Post-Secondary Bulletin December 2007
The Holiday Edition Volume 9
Fulfillment Fund, 6100 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048
How a Thank You Card Opens Doors
INSIDE THIS ISSUE Thank you cards are great ways to show appreciation. Writing a thank you note
speaks very highly of your character, and potential employers are very impressed by
1 Personal Development: your professionalism when you send a thank you note right after an interview.
How a Thank You Card
Opens Doors. When to Write Thank You Cards
When in doubt, write a thank you card. They can never hurt, and they show people
2 News: Volunteer that you are grateful, organized and responsible. Most people know that they should
Opportunities write a thank you card when they receive a gift, but did you also know that you
should write a card when someone goes out of their way to do something for you,
3 College Money: Free and after a job interview?
Money for College
How to Write a Thank You Card
3 Student Spotlight: Antonio When you are getting ready to write your card, keep the following in mind:
Galvan 1. Be honest. Writing a thank you card should feel natural, not forced. Don’t say
anything you don’t mean.
4 Classifieds: Scholarships, 2. Be brief. You’re not writing a letter, so keep it short and sweet. It should be
Fellowships and More exclusively about thanking someone for their kindness. If it’s too long, it could loose its
power. If you have a lot to say a thank you card may not be what you want to do. A
5 Win a $50 Gift card of your better idea might be writing a formal letter.
choice! 2. Spell Check! Handwritten thank you cards have a much more personal feel to
them and they are definitely recommended, but be sure to, practice on a computer
6 Upcoming Dates first! Spelling errors send the opposite message you are trying to give, especially if you
are writing to a potential employer.
What Should You Write
*Important Loan It is not enough to buy a card with a pre-inscribed message and sign it. No matter
Information you can’t what type of thank you note you are writing, make sure you:
1. Greet the reader (Dear Sally Mae,).
afford to miss in the next 2. Express gratitude (Thank you for your hospitality.).
issue of the Post 3. Make it personal (You spent a lot of energy making me feel at home in your
Secondary Bulletin.* beautiful Spanish villa.)
4. Mention the past, allude to the future (I’ll never forget the good times we had on
your farm, like when we went horseback riding. I hope to one day be able to repay
5. Regards (Sincerely, John). For extra power to your note, include a Worldly Theme.
This is something that can be applied to many other situations (I am reminded of how
it is always the little things that make a person feel special.).
1. Think ahead. Chances are you will have to write a good share of thank you cards
from now on, so always have a stash of thank you note cards at hand.
2. Avoid pre-inscribed cards so that you can personalize each note card.
3. Be respectful.
4. Avoid clichés.
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With the Holidays in full swing, consider investing vacation time into making
someone’s life a little merrier. Here are some great local involvement opportunities
this winter break for those who have a big heart plus a weekend, a day, or an hour
“It is every man's to give.
obligation to put back
One Hour to Give
into the world at least
the equivalent of what Friends of Animals Foundation: This is a fantastic “no-kill” cat and dog shelter in West
he takes out of it.” L.A. that is always looking for volunteers to walk the dogs and feed the cats. Call in
advance to let them know you’re coming. You can also donate used towels and
-Albert Einstein bedspreads for the animals.
Phone: (310) 479-5089
Behind Closed Doors: They need volunteers to support their new program, Behind
Closed Doors which helps women who have been emotionally abused. Duties
would involve writing nice cards to women who have been in abusive relationships.
Visit their website today at www.freewebs.com/dionne and click on Behind Closed
One Day or More to Give
American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles: The Red Cross is always looking for
volunteers for a wide spectrum of activities. Here are some of the ways you can get
• Blood Drive Assistant
• Disaster Relief Volunteer (respond to local emergencies. On call, one week of
the month, 6pm-8am. Free training)
• Peer educator (more than one day commitment)
• Presenter at fairs and special events (more than one day commitment)
Address: 11355 Ohio Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90025
The Hospitality Kitchen: Located in the heart of L.A.’s skid row, the Hospitality
Try this Sudoku challenge. It is an
Kitchen serves a huge homeless population. They are always looking for individuals
easy one. Remember, the object of
to help prepare and serve meals. If interested, call in advance to reserve your spot.
the game is to get all of the rows, Location: 821 E. 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021
columns, and the three by three Phone: (213) 614-9615
boxes within them to contain the
numbers 1-9 without repeating any
numbers. Have fun! If you really
need to know, the answers are on For more volunteer
page 3. opportunities visit::
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Student Spotlight: Antonio Galvan
Antonio Galvan, first year student at UC
Davis, came out to greet Fulfillment Fund High
School seniors who visited his campus this
October while on the Fulfillment Fund’s annual
Northern California College Trip. “I liked meeting
them,” he said, “because they are going through
what I went through.” The high school students
spent a week on the road visiting different
colleges throughout the state, including UC
Berkeley, UC Davis, Mills and Stanford.
Antonio believes he made the right choice
by selecting a college he visited just two years
prior on that same Northern California trip. In
thinking about his first year college experience Antonio Galvan (center) giving a tour of his campus to Fulfillment Fund High
he says, “The best thing about college so far is School Students.
dorm life. I enjoy it so much because I live in a when it rains- and it rains more than down south, we get
suite and it can’t get any better than that. Plus, what is called a freshman stripe. The freshman stripe is a
my neighbors are very fun too. We are all good stripe of mud that goes on your back when you ride your
buddies.” However, all colleges have their perks bicycle without a fender.” We wish him luck with that
and their downsides. When asked what he freshman stripe!
dislikes about college Antonio responded, “The
only thing I don’t like about this place is that
Grants: Free money for College!
Whether you are you’re at a four year school or planning to transfer, chances are you
have thought about how to finance your education. Below are a few grants to consider
when applying for financial aid.
Entitlement Transfer Cal Grant- This is one of the least used grants because few students
don’t know about it. Students are eligible to receive it when transferring from a
Community College to a 4-year school. Students must have a minimum 2.4 GPA and be Sudoku Answers
graduates of a California high school. Everyone who qualifies and submits their FAFSA
and GPA verification on time will receive it.
Cal Grant A- This federal grant is given to those in low to medium income families. It
covers tuition and fees. Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and it pays up to $2,772
for CSU students, $6,636 for UC students and $9,708 for private school students.
Cal Grant B- This federal grant is given to low-income families. Students must have a
minimum 2.0 GPA. This grant provides students with $1,551 the first year of college. After
that, during the 2nd- 4th year of college students will receive $1,551, as well as the same
tuition payoff offered by Cal Grant A.
If you have questions regarding which grant is best for you, please make an
appointment to meet with Yvonne Berumen or Adriana Publico. For appointments
please contact Karina Santos at 323-900-8734 or email@example.com.
Please see Grant on page 4
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Grant from page 3
Cal Grant C- It is given to low or middle income students Additional Grant Info:
who are planning to attend vocational or technical
Chafee Grant- This is a grant intended for foster youth. It
programs. It is a competitive grant that will give students
will supply up to $5,000/year for college.
up to $2,592 for tuition and $576 for books and supplies a
year. Students must submit a supplemental application SMART Grant- Need-based grant that provides grants
after the FAFSA to receive it. of up to $4,000 for 3rd and 4th year students who major
in computer science, math, engineering, physical or life
To be eligible for these grants you must:
science, technology, or designed foreign languages.
A. File a FAFSA. Must be a Federal Pell Grant recipient and have a
minimum 3.0 GPA.
B. Submit a GPA Verification before the March 2nd
Deadline. ACG- Academic Competitiveness Grant is a need-
based grant available to Federal Pell Grant recipients
C. For Cal Grant C, submit the supplemental
for 1st year ($750) and 2nd year ($1,300) of college.
Minimum GPA requirement is a 3.0.
To monitor your Cal Grants, you can go to:
Classifieds: Scholarships, Fellowships, and More…
Applications for the Capital Fellows Programs are now available information:
online at: www.csus.edu/calst/programs.
The application deadline for the 2008-09 class is February 27,
Check out this great scholarship website! Scholarship
2008. The Capital Fellows Programs consist of four individual
Deadlines for minority students approaching…
• California Senate Fellows (www.csus.edu/calst/senate) http://www.collegescholarships.org/our-
• Executive Fellowship Program scholarships/minority.htm
(www.csus.edu/calst/executive) Google Policy Fellowship
• Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program The Google Policy Fellowship program offers
(www.csus.edu/calst/assembly) undergraduate, graduate, and law students interested
• Judicial Administration Fellowship Program in Internet and technology policy the opportunity to
spend the summer contributing to the public dialogue
on these issues, and exploring future academic and
These nationally recognized fellowships are an outstanding professional interests. Fellows will receive a stipend of
$7,000 for 10 weeks during the summer of 2008 (June-
opportunity for college graduates to engage in public service
August). Applications are due by January 1, 2008.
and prepare for a future career. Fellows work 10-11 months as http://www.google.com/policyfellowship/
full-time staff members in the California State Assembly, Senate,
or Executive Branch or within the California Court System.
The only prerequisite for the programs is a four-year college or
university degree and a demonstrated interest in state December 6th- Spring Scholarship Request
government and public service. Fellows come from all sent out.
economic, cultural, political, career and educational December and January- Sophomore and
backgrounds, and no previous legislative or political experience Senior career advisement sessions. If you are in
is required. the Scholarship Program, are in your second or
last year of college, and have not come in for
For further information please see the website career advisement this year, you are required
www.csus.edu/calst/programs or contact the Center for to do so in order to receive your spring
California Studies at 916-278-6906. scholarship money. To schedule an
appointment, contact Karina Santos at (323)
Do you know any black male High School seniors who want 900-8734 or email@example.com.
to be teachers and want to go to college for FREE? This January 20, 2008- Date USC requires FAFSA.
program is a collaboration between four historically black Don’t rely on the March 2nd deadline. Check
colleges who would like to ameliorate the critical shortage with your school to see when they need your
of black male teachers. Visit their website for more FAFSA.
January 22, 2008- Date UC’s require FAFSA.
February 7, 2008- Fulfillment Fund