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Post-Secondary Bulletin December 2007 The Holiday Edition Volume 9 Fulfillment Fund, 6100 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048 www.fulfillment.org (323)939-9707 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 your kindness). 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.). Final Tips: 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. Page 2 Post-Secondary Bulletin Volunteer Opportunities 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. 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Post-Secondary Bulletin Page 3 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see Grant on page 4 ATTENTION: Give the Post-Secondary Bulletin its new name and Win a $50 Gift Card! You choose the store (Starbucks, Bestbuy, Amazon, Target or your favorite store!!). To make your suggestions, email email@example.com. Your suggestion must be received by January 1st, 2008. Page 4 Post-Secondary Bulletin 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. application. Minimum GPA requirement is a 3.0. To monitor your Cal Grants, you can go to: www.mygrantinfo.csac.ca.gov Classifieds: Scholarships, Fellowships, and More… Applications for the Capital Fellows Programs are now available information: online at: www.csus.edu/calst/programs. http://www.callmemister.clemson.edu/index.htm 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… fellowships: • 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 (www.csus.edu/calst/judicial) 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. Upcoming Dates: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Scholarship Deadline