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              January/February 2011

               Career Center Calendar                                               What’s inside?
   01/04           University of Advancing Tech.      Lunches             Page 1    Volunteering/Calendar
   01/06           ASU— Financial Aid                 2,3,4A              Page 2    FAFSA info
   01/12           Maricopa Skills Center             Lunches             Page 5    College Goal Sunday
   01/18           Grand Canyon University            3, 4A               Page 6    Testing Center
   01/20           U of A                             2                   Page 10   Community College
   01/21           ASU                                3                   Page 11   Alternatives to College
   02/08           ASU— Financial Aid                 2,3,4A              Page 13   Military Scholarships
   02/11           ASU                                3                   Page 14   MPS Portal
   02/17           Grand Canyon University            2                   Page 14   Where does your time go
   02/24           U of A                             3                   Page 15   NCAA/ NAIA
   02/25           ASU                                2                   Page 16   Counseling Corner
                                                                          Page 17   Senior Checklist
   Get your pass to see college reps in the Counseling Office or Career
   Center. Students may attend with permission from their teacher only.
                                                                          Page 19   Scholarships

                                     Parent Night
  “How to Beat the High Cost of College”
           Parents and students are invited to attend!
  Wednesday, January 26 , 2011 6:00 pm in the Auditorium
     Break out sessions with many area colleges/universities
    Financial Aid presentation by the Hefar Financial Group
        If you are unable to attend, stop by counseling and
      pick up information about financial aid for college.

                    DO YOU VOLUNTEER?
 Remember, all Service Learning hours MUST be pre-approved!!!
     Please see MS. MURPHY in room 126 for an application.
Project ideas are online! Just visit: www.mesaservicelearning.org
                          Free Application for Federal Student Aid

               Five Reasons to File Your FAFSA
                          Bridget Kulla        Fastweb Resources

Submitting your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be a com-
plicated process. From digging through information on your family's assets to de-
coding income tax forms, filling out the FAFSA is a hassle, so why bother? Here
are five reasons why it's worth it.

1. Federal Aid        Do you want some of the more than $80 billion the federal govern-
ment provides in grants, loans and work-study programs every year? Federal Student Aid
programs are the largest source of student aid in the United States. The only way to be
considered for Pell Grants, Perkins Loans, Stafford Loans and more is by submitting your

2. State Aid           Your FAFSA also puts you in consideration for state financial aid pro-
grams. Eligibility and deadline dates for these programs differ by state, but they all have
one thing in common -- they require the FAFSA. Learn more about the financial aid your
state offers its residents at your state's higher education agency.

3. School Aid           Colleges and private scholarship sponsors offer billions of dollars in
financial aid. Even if you don't have a high level of financial need, you may be eligible for
these awards. Most colleges and many private scholarship sponsors require students to
submit their FAFSA to be considered for financial aid. Some school and private scholarship
programs are specifically designed for students who were rejected for federal financial aid,
so even if you don't think you'll qualify for federal aid; it's a smart move to submit your

4. It's Free           A completed FAFSA will put you in consideration for federal, state,
college and private scholarships and it's completely free. The only thing you'll spend com-
pleting your FAFSA is a few minutes of your time, and you could get thousands of dollars of
financial aid in return.

5. Getting Help is Easy and Free                    Not only is submitting your FAFSA free,
but it may be easier to complete than you realize. You can print the paper form off from
the FAFSA Web site, or fill it out online. Don't know how to figure out your parents' net
worth? Don't worry. When you complete your FAFSA online help is built into the system, so
you won't get bogged down by the form's confusing financial jargon. You can still submit
your questions online at the FAFSA Web site if you choose to fill out the paper form, or
you can call the:

Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-
3243). Federal, state and private financial aid can be within your reach when you submit
your FAFSA, so what are you waiting for? FAFSA forms become available on or before
January 1st each year. Submit your FAFSA as soon after January 1st to have the best shot
at financial aid.
            Quick Tips for Filing Your FAFSA
                              Mike Pugh        Fastweb: Resources

Identify Yourself
    Use your legal name as it appears on your Social Security card. Nicknames or aliases will cause a
processing delay.
    Read the questions carefully. The words "you" and "your" on the FAFSA always refer to the
student, not the parents.
    To be considered a veteran, you must have served on active duty and been discharged under
other than dishonorable conditions. If your service was only for training purposes (e.g. National
Guard or Reserves, or ROTC), you are not considered a veteran for your federal financial aid appli-
Remember to count yourself, the student, as one of the people in your household who will be a
college student during the award year.

Your Parents and the FAFSA
     If your parents are divorced or separated, the parent with whom you lived the most during the
past 12 months is the parent responsible for filling out the FAFSA. This is not necessarily the par-
ent who has legal custody.
If the parent responsible for completing the FAFSA has remarried, the new spouse must report
their income and assets on the FAFSA. Prenuptial agreements have no bearing on this require-

Your Dependents
    A legal dependent is a person for whom you provide and will continue to provide more than
half of their support. Support includes money, gifts, loans, housing, food, clothing, automobile,
medical and dental care, and payment of college costs. If you have a child who is supported by your
parents or someone else, you should answer "no" to the question that asks about legal dependents
other than a spouse.
If you have an unborn child who will be born before or during the award year (July 1 through June
30) and will be your legal dependent, that child should be counted as a member of the household.

Given the Option
    In the question that asks about your interest in different types of aid (e.g. work-study and stu-
dent loans), answer "yes" to each question. Answering "yes" does not obligate you to accept a loan
or work-study position, nor does it guarantee you'll be offered either. Answering "no" to these
questions will not get you more grant aid.
    Even if you qualify for the simplified needs test, you should still complete the asset information
section of the FAFSA. Some states and schools use this information for computing their own fi-
nancial aid awards.
By submitting the FAFSA, you give permission to release your information to the state aid agency.
You cannot apply for financial aid without releasing this information.

What Counts as Income?
    The Earned Income Credit is considered "untaxed income" on the FAFSA. Other types of un-
taxed income include retirement plan contributions made during the year and military food and
housing allowances.
    Taxable earnings from work-study jobs as well as any grant or scholarship monies that were
reported on your income tax return are counted.
Prepaid tuition plans are not reported as assets on the FAFSA.
Before You Submit Your FAFSA
    Whether filing online or off, sign the form (you'll use your PIN online) and get all the other
required signatures. If you don't sign the form, you will receive an SAR (Student Aid Report), but
you will not receive aid.
    Do not include anything with the form when you mail it; any enclosures will be destroyed.
Likewise, do not write comments or notes in the margins of the form. If there are unusual family
financial circumstances, you should contact the school's financial aid administrator to ask for a pro-
fessional judgment review.
    Make a copy of the form before mailing it. You can print out your online FAFSA before you
submit the application.
    Submit the form on time.
If you don't understand a question or are having trouble filling out the form, call the Fed-
eral Student Aid Information Center at: 800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).

                      APPLY FOR YOUR PIN NOW
PIN INFORMATION. The Personal Identification Number (PIN) serves as your electronic
signature and provides access to your personal information in various U.S. Department of Educa-
tion systems. It's like the Personal Identification Number (PIN) that you get from your bank that
enables you to access your account. Anyone—including parents of dependent students—who has a
valid Social Security Number and is a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen may apply for a PIN. Be-
cause you can use your PIN to sign your financial aid documents, you should keep it in a safe place.
Do not give or entrust it to anyone, even if that person or organization is helping you fill out
your FAFSA.

After completing a FAFSA on the Web application, you and your parents—if you are a dependent
student—will need to sign your application. We cannot process your FAFSA until we receive your
signature(s). Using a PIN to sign your application electronically is by far the fastest and most reli-
able way to sign your application. However, you can print, sign and mail in a signature page, or pro-
vide signature(s) on your paper Student Aid Report (SAR). Each year that you apply for financial
aid you can use your PIN to access and electronically sign your FAFSA. You and your parents do
not need to apply for a new PIN from one year to the next. The PIN stays the same.

If you, or your parents, do not have a PIN, we encourage you to apply for one now. You can apply
at Federal Student Aid's PIN Web site, www.pin.ed.gov, by selecting Apply for a PIN. Students
and parents of dependent students who have not previously applied for a PIN are able to apply for
a PIN within the FAFSA application. Once you successfully complete a request, we will e-mail or
mail you a PIN, depending on whether you and your parents provided us with an e-mail address. It

                          Need Help filling out FAFSA?
                       Frank Granillo from ASU will be here to help answer
          all of your questions on 1/6 and 2/8 from 9:00 till Noon in the Career Center.
                          February 12, 2011 2-4 PM (Saturday)
 Maricopa Workforce Connection      Arizona State Univ–Downtown    Arizona State Univ–Polytechnic
 Career Center 735 N. Gilbert       411 N Central Ave              Peralta Hall Power and Williams
 Road, No. 134                                                     Field Roads

                           February 13, 2011 2-4 PM (Sunday)
               Mesa Community College                Arizona State Univ–Tempe
               Paul A. Elsner Library, LB 145         Lattie F. Coor Building, Room 150
               1833 W. Southern Ave.                 10th Street and Myrtle Avenue

                           Free help to complete the FAFSA online.

                Speed the process by getting your PIN at www.pln.ed.gov.

         Bring your 2010 tax returns (if available) or W-2’s, SS # and other tax

         Bring your parents’ tax information unless a foster care youth/alumni.

Info and online FAFSA instructions at www.collegegoalsunday.com
                        602-258-2435 X11
                                                                                                     The PSAT and AIMS
                                                                                                      Dates Have Past.
                                                                                             If you missed either test and would like
                                                           sts                               more information, visit the Counseling
                                                  ing                                            Office and make an appointment.

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                                                               Take a practice SAT Test for FREE!

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                                                               Visit CollegeBoard.com to take the test:
Ev                                                            http://sat.collegeboard.com/practice/sat-practice-test

                   What is the SAT?
                   The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets you show colleges what you know and how well
                   you can apply that knowledge. It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects that are taught every
                   day in high school classrooms. Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and al-
                   most all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions.
                   What does the SAT test?
                   The SAT doesn’t test logic or abstract reasoning. It tests the skills you’re learning in school: reading, writing and
                   math. Your knowledge and skills in these subjects are important for success in college and throughout your life.
                            The critical reading section includes reading passages and sentence completions.
                            The writing section includes a short essay and multiple-choice questions on identifying errors and improv-
                            ing grammar and usage.
                            The mathematics section includes questions on arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics and
                   How do I register?
                   Sign up on the College Board website: www.collegeboard.com. Under the ―Students‖ tab, click ―College Board
                   Tests‖ in the blue box. Follow registration instructions.
                   Where do I take the test?
                   The SAT will be held at Mountain View High School or Dobson High. Student may choose at the time of registra-
                   What does the test cost?
                   The test costs $47 if paid by the registration deadline. Late registration is $71.

                               Test Date                Registration Deadline                       (Late Fee Required)
                          November 6, 2010                         October 8, 2010                     October 22, 2010
                          December 4, 2010                     November 5, 2010                       November 19, 2010
                          January 22, 2011                    December 23, 2010                         January 7, 2011
                           March 12, 2011                      February 11, 2011                       February 25, 2011
                               May 7, 2011                          April 8, 2011                        April 22, 2011

                   How do I get my score?
                   Scores are available online at collegeboard.com. When you take the test, your forms ask you where you would like
                   your scores sent. You may select up to four colleges. These scores are sent automatically the day they become avail-
                   able. If you would like an unofficial copy of your scores, log in at collegeboard.com to view your scores online. If
                   you need an official copy sent to a university, you must request this online at collegeboard.com.
                   When are my scores available?
                   If you take the test Jan. 22, your scores are available Feb. 10.
                   If you take the test Mar. 12, your scores will be available Mar. 31.
                   If you take the test May 7, your scores will be available May 26.
2010 – 2011 SAT/ACT Test Dates www.collegeboard.com

  What is the ACT?
  The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject areas in: English, Math, Reading, and
  Who can take the ACT?
  People of all ages and grade levels may test, including Freshman and Sophomore students.
  What is the difference between the ACT and SAT?
  The ACT is an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school. The SAT is more of an aptitude
  test, testing reasoning and verbal abilities. The ACT has up to 5 components: English, Mathematics, Reading, Sci-
  ence, and an optional Writing Test. The SAT has only 3 components. The SAT has a correction for guessing. That is,
  they take off for wrong answers. The ACT is scored based on the number of correct answers with no penalty for
  guessing. The ACT also has an Interest Inventory that allows students to evaluate their interests in various career
  How do I register?
  Sign up on the official ACT website: http://www.actstudent.org/regist/index.html.
  Where do I take the test?
  The ACT will be held at Mountain View or Dobson High. Student may choose at time of registration.
  What does the test cost?
  The test costs $33 without the Writing portion, or $40 with the Writing test.

           Test Date                    Registration Deadline                        (Late Fee Required)
       December 11, 2010                    November 5, 2010                            November 19, 2010
        February 12, 2011                    January 7, 2011                             January 21, 2011
           April 9, 2011                      March 4, 2011                               March 18, 2011
          June 11, 2011                        May 6, 2011                                 May 20, 2011

 How do I get my score?
 Scores are available online at http://www.actstudent.org/. You must first log-in or create an account. Once you have
 logged-in, you may view your scores online. If you need an official copy, click ―Send Your Scores‖ on the left hand
 column. You may use this tab to select universities to send your scores to.

 When are my scores available?
 If you took the test Dec. 11, your scores will be available December 27, 2010 – February 4, 2011
 If you take the test Feb. 12, your scores will be available February 28, 2011 – April 8, 2011 .
 If you take the test Apr. 9, your scores will be available April 25, 2011 – June 3, 2011 .

                                 Looking for a Job?
                           Check out the MPS Job Bulletin!

 Visit the Mesa Public Schools Website at http://www.mpsaz.org/
       1. Click “Students” on the lower left side,
       2. Click “Career Services” on the left column,
             7th link down,
       3. Click “Web Based Job Bulletin Board”
       4. Apply online!
                                          ACT                                  SAT
Length                        3 hours, 25 minutes                 3 hours, 45 minutes
                              (with Writing Test)

Structure                     4 Sections                          10 Sections
                              (English, Math, Reading, Sci-       ( 3 Critical Reading, 3 Math, 3
                              ence) plus an optional Writing      Writing, and 1 Experimental,
                              Test.                               which is not scored.)

Score                         Composite of 1-36 based on av-      Total score range of 600-2400
                              erage scores from the 4 test sec-   based on adding scores from 3
                              tions;                              subjects;
                              4 scores of 1-36 for each test;     3 scores of 200-800 for each
                              Optional Writing test score of 0-   subject;
                              12 (not included in overall         Score of 0-12 for the essay.
Wrong Answer Penalty          No penalty for wrong answers.       1/4 of a point is subtracted from
                                                                  your raw score for each wrong
                                                                  answer (except for Math Grid-

Sending Score History         You decide which scores are sent You decide which scores are
                              out.                             sent out, however, some col-
                                                               leges require applicants to sub-
                                                               mit all scores. Check with the
                                                               college admissions office.

Essay                         Optional Final Section;             First section of the test;
                              30 minutes;                         25 minutes;
                              Not included in composite score;    Factored into overall score;
                              Topic of importance to high         More abstract topic.
                              schools students.

             Can’t Pay the Fee?                     Looking for Some Extra Practice?
                                             Try these FREE online resources :
    If you qualify for free and reduced
      lunch, then you qualify for a fee      http://www.proprofs.com/sat/exams/practice-tests.shtml
                   waiver!                   http://www.4tests.com/exams/examdetail.asp?eid=6
         See the Counseling Office
             for an application.             http://www.actstudent.org/sampletest/index.html
                          A Different Kind of Class
                          From the moment you enter an AP classroom, you'll
                          notice the difference—in the teacher's
                          approach to the subject, in the attitude of your class-
                          mates, in the way you start to think. In AP classrooms,
                          the focus is not on memorizing facts and figures.
                          Instead you'll engage in intense discussions, solve
                          problems collaboratively, and learn to write clearly and

     Earn College Credit and Placement
     More than 90 percent of four-year colleges in the United States and colleges
     in more than 60 other countries give students credit, advanced placement
     or both on the basis of AP Exam scores. By entering college with AP credits,
     you'll have the time to move into upper level courses, pursue a double-
     major or study abroad.

2011 Exam Calendar - Week 1
                      Morning - 8 a.m.                              Afternoon - 12 p.m.

Monday, May 2         Chemistry                                     Psychology
                      Environmental Science

Tuesday, May 3        Computer Science A                            Art History
                      Spanish Language

Wednesday, May 4      Calculus AB                                   Chinese Language and Culture
                      Calculus BC

Thursday, May 5       English Literature and Composition            Japanese Language and Culture
                                                                    Latin: Vergil

Friday, May 6         German Language                               European History
                      United States History

                      Studio Art-last day for your school to submit digital portfolios and to gather 2-D Design
                      and Drawing students for the physical portfolio assembly. Students should have for-
                      warded their completed digital portfolios to their teachers well before this date.

2011 Exam Calendar - Week 2
                      Morning - 8 a.m.          Afternoon - 12 p.m.               Afternoon - 2 p.m.

Monday, May 9         Biology                   Physics B                         Physics C: Electricity and
                      Music Theory              Physics C: Mechanics              Magnetism†

Tuesday, May 10       United States Govern-     Comparative Government
                      ment and Politics         and Politics
                                                French Language

Wednesday, May 11     English Language and      Statistics

Thursday, May 12      Macroeconomics            Microeconomics
                      World History

Friday, May 13        Human Geography
                      Spanish Literature
                                          *MCC * SCC* CGCC* RSC* GCU* PCU

               There are so many ways for you to further your education after high school!
            The Maricopa Community Colleges offer numerous certificate and occupational
                        programs that help you gain skills and employment.
     Mesa Community College                  Chandler /Gilbert Community College               Scottsdale Community College
     Nursing-Nursing Assistant               Aircraft Construction                             Administration of Justice Studies
     Police Academy Preparation              Aircraft Flight                                   Architectural Technology
     Fire Science Technology                 Aircraft Maintenance                              Building Safety & Planning Technology
     Emergency Medical Technology            Avionics                                          Computer Information Systems
     Mortuary Science                        Computer Networking                               Culinary Arts
     Transmission & Power Trains             Developmental Disabilities                        Early Child Development
     Manufacturing                           Dietetics & Nutrition                             Fire Science technology
     Landscape Specialist or Aide            Health Professions                                Engine Science
     Urban Horticulture                      Manufacturing Technology                          Gaming Management
     Apparel Merchandising                   Virtual Reality Technologies                      Hotel/Restaurant Management
     Library & Information Resources
     Bilingual Teacher Aid
     Micro Circuit Mask Design                                        These are just a few of the many programs offered in the Valley.
     Construction Drafting
     Engineering Technology                                                                  Check out the website
     Welding                                                                                  www.maricopa.edu
     Machinist Tool & Die                                                   for all certificate/occupational programs offered by
     Brakes, Alignment, Suspension & Steering                                          Maricopa Community Colleges.

                                                     Accuplacer Test
      If you are planning to attend a community college in the Valley, please note that these colleges all have open
       enrollment. All you need is your high school diploma to be admitted. You don’t need to take the ACT or
          SAT, but you must take a placement test to determine which Math and English classes you may select.
                   Please contact each community college for available test times and locations.
      The closest center to Westwood is the MCC Campus at Southern and Dobson. Call 480-461-7336 to
                                                 set an appointment.

                                COLLEGE TERMS YOU NEED TO KNOW
Grants- money awarded to you that doesn’t have to be repaid; usually given with regard to financial need.

Scholarships- money awarded to you that doesn’t have to be repaid; usually given with regard to academic excellence, athletics,
music, art or other fields.

Loans- money given to you that you must repay during or after college

Work Study- an on campus job that may be awarded to you as part of your financial aid package.

Internship- work experience that contributes to the student’s major: A professor or faculty member monitors the process. A
student usually is required to write a paper or take a test on the experience.

Independent Study- a program where students are allowed to take a course under a professor’s direction, without classroom
participation, and still gain academic credit.
                         Alternatives to College

By Howard and Matthew Greene               Peterson’s College Guide

Not every student graduating from high school wants to go to college; some will decide never to
go, while others will opt for a year or two of "something else" prior to enrolling in higher educa-
tion. What are some of our favorite non-college possibilities for high school graduates?

The military. There are some obvious tried and true alternatives, some of which we won't spend
too much time on. For example, some students, particularly those whose families have a tradition
of serving in the military, will join the armed forces after high school. This is often a first step away
from home, a chance to build skills and discover aptitudes, and an opportunity to save money for
college. There are numerous educational and financial aid options for veterans. Many active mem-
bers of the armed forces will take advantage of on-line learning programs whether serving abroad
or in the U.S. However, joining the military involves a significant commitment of time and per-
sonal dedication, as well as the risk of exposure to the dangers of armed combat. This should be a
carefully considered personal and family decision.

Career training.            Another common alternative to college is vocational training or education,
where students can learn how to be an auto mechanic, hair stylist, carpenter, firefighter, or other
technical, professional, or service industry employee. Many of these types of careers involve educa-
tion at a technical institute, an academy (for fire fighters or police officers, for example), a commu-
nity college, or a certificate program, and many can also be pursued part-time while working and
living at home. Typically there will be exams to pass, licenses to be earned, or skills to master. Stu-
dents can join unions, such as those for electricians, plumbers, or truck drivers, or choose to ap-
prentice to licensed or accredited professionals. Entering one of these vocations could be a short-
term step or the beginning of a long-term career. In many cases, gaining additional coursework or
even a higher educational degree could help significantly with career advancement.

The post-graduate year.         There are additional options for those interested in college but who
are considering doing something else for a while, or for those who want to improve their readiness
and chances for college admission before applying. One option is a post-graduate (PG) year at a
boarding school. This thirteenth year of high school is an opportunity to move away from home,
gain academic and extracurricular depth and experience, and prepare in a focused manner for col-
lege admission. A PG year is like an intermediate step between high school and college, and col-
leges generally look very favorably on students who are able to complete a PG year successfully.
More information on boarding schools and a PG year may be found on the Petersons.com Web
site and in our latest book, The Greene’s' Guide to Boarding Schools, published by Peterson's.

“Gap” or “deferral” year.          Students may also want to consider taking some form of a "gap" or
"deferral" year. High school graduates in many other countries, including Australia, Britain, and
Israel, often take a gap year as an accepted chance to explore their interests and see the world prior
to entering a college or university. More American students are starting to look at the gap year as a
chance to do the same. In the case of a deferral year, students who have been admitted to a college
they like may request to defer admission for a semester or a year. Typically, colleges want them to
have a plan of action involving some kind of structure for that year off. Many colleges and univer-
sities, including Harvard, encourage the deferral year as a chance to explore one's passions, mature
socially, and avoid burnout from working so hard in high school to gain admission to a selective
college. You can usually find out about colleges' deferral policies on their Web sites or in their offi-
cial bulletins. Normally, deferral requests are made in May or June of senior year and are preceded
or accompanied by an enrollment deposit at the school.
             Figuring out what's right. There are obviously many things to consider doing in place of or in
             advance of entering college. As students consider their future following high school, they should
             spend some time doing a bit of self-analysis. What are their strengths and weaknesses? What are
             they most excited about pursuing? Do they have in mind one or more careers? How does college
             fit into their future plans? Are they ready for the challenges and opportunities of college? Do they
             have a sense of the right kinds of college environments for themselves, or would more time to ma-
             ture and explore interests and colleges help them make the right first choice? Many students (and their
             parents) worry about getting off the college-bound train but we have found that most students interested in higher edu-
             cation will go to college, and that a gap year of some kind often increases their motivation for college and their odds of
             success once they enroll.

             Keep goals in mind. During a deferral year, students can participate in any number of things
             such as community service, working, traveling, high level athletics, performing arts, or music. How
             such activities influence future college admissions isn't particularly important if a space for the next
             academic year has already been reserved. However, if that isn't the case, then how time is spent
             during the gap year should be taken under careful consideration if there's a plan to apply to college
             When students choose to take a gap year, their senior year grades and (possibly) their Advanced
             Placement (AP) scores or SAT Subject Test scores will be more important than ever. Those con-
             sidering a gap year experience should attempt to end their senior year on a high note to demon-
             strate their improving academics and readiness for college. This will be the foundation of their col-
             lege applications and a part of their permanent transcript.
             Most colleges will encourage gap-year students to pursue their passion(s). Be it music, community
             service, travel, or sports, colleges want students to focus on one or more interests and dedicate
             themselves to them. Students should also consider whether there are gaps to fill or weaknesses to
             address in their current academic or personal profiles. Perhaps they had a tough time in math, had
             spotty English and writing grades, or didn't get to take all the science courses they wanted prior to
             applying as a pre-med. If they don't want to pursue a PG year, then they may want to look into
             study abroad programs or community college courses to shore up those weak areas.
             There are many things gap-year students can do that will improve their chances of getting into col-
             lege later. For students who have never been away from home, study abroad could help cultivate an
             ability to manage independently and adapt to different cultures — a definite plus in the eyes of col-
             lege admission committees. Participation in competitive hockey, tennis, basketball, or other athletic
             program can improve one's chances of being recruited for a college team. Students can consider a
             year of interning to add work experience and maturity, or a year with Americorps to earn money
             for college while helping others. The opportunities for self-improvement are numerous!

                MILITARY CAREERS
                                                                                  REGISTRATION FOR THE SELECTIVE
 The Military recruiters will see students in the Career Center during                        SERVICE-
                           the lunch hours.
                                                                                           IT’S THE LAW!
Tuesdays:         Army               SSG Aungst         602-751-3156

                  Reserve            SSG Crawford       602-318-8586             Draft registration is mandatory for ALL males who
                                                                                                  turn 18 years of age.
Thursdays:        Marine             SSG Studer         602-820-1580             Male Students should complete registration forms
                                                                                        within 30 days of their 18th birthday.
By appointment: Navy                 CEI Flores         480-632-1016
                                                                                          Registration forms are available
                  Nat’l Guard        SFC Tovar          602-267-2211                          at your local Post Office, or
                                                                                        you may register here at Westwood .
                  Air Force          SGT Washington 480-833-0695                      You can also register online @
 Visit the Career Center for military career information                                           www.sss.gov
                 and reading materials!
        Military Scholarships
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U.S. Air Force
The Air Force ROTC High School Scholarship provides 3 and 4 year scholarships in three different types to high
school seniors.
Type 1 – Pays full college tuition, most fees and $900 per year for books. Approximately 5% of our four-year
scholarship winners will be offered a Type-1 scholarship (mostly in technical fields related to careers in the Air
Force that have a scientific basis such as engineering, chemistry and meteorology, and that the Air Force considers
a need for its officers. ).
Type 2 – Pays college tuition and most fees up to $18,000 and $900 per year for books. Approximately 20% of our
four-year scholarship winners will be offered a Type-2 scholarship (mostly in technical fields). If a student attends
an institution where the tuition exceeds $18,000 per year, then he/she pays the difference. All three-year scholar-
ships are type 2.
Type 7 – Pays college tuition up to the equivalent of the in-state rate and $900 per year for books. If
a student receives a Type-7 offer but wishes to attend a college/university where they do not qualify
under the guidelines above, the student can convert the four-Year Type-7 scholarship to a three-Year
Type-2 scholarship.
                                   Visit the scholarship website to apply:

U.S. Navy
The Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) Scholarship Program can solve the monetary problem –
offering up to $180,000 for tuition plus a host of other advantages.
The Navy adheres to strict moral, physical and academic standards. This applies to students in the NROTC pro-
gram. Here is a list of some of the basic requirements to apply for the program. You must:
        Be a U.S. citizen
        Be not less than 17 years old by September 1 of year starting college and no more than 23 on June 30 of that
        Have acquired a high school graduation or equivalency certificate by August 1 of the year
        you plan to enter the NROTC program
        Be physically qualified by Navy standards

Marine Scholarship Foundation
Applicants must be the son or daughter of one of the following:
        Active duty, reserve or veteran U.S. Marine
        U.S. Marine who has served at least 90 days and has received an Honorable Discharge, Medical Discharge
        or was killed while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps
        Active duty or reserve U.S. Navy Corpsman who is currently attached to a Marine unit, or
        was attached to a Marine unit
        U.S. Navy Corpsman who was attached to a Marine unit and has received an Honorable
        Discharge, Medical Discharge, or was killed while serving in the U.S. Navy.

       Visit the main website for the application: http://www.mcsf.org/page.aspx?pid=183
   My MPS Portal—Login to Sucess!
                        Student achievement is our top priority in Mesa Public
        Click here      Schools. Research concludes that a parent’s interest and
                            participation in their child’s education is a key to
                                            academic success.
                            MyMPS is an Internet-based program that allows
                        parents to access information about their child. Security
         or go to        measures are in place to prevent unauthorized access.
https://mymps.mpsaz.org Access is granted using an activation key that parents
                                      receive from the school office.
                             Using MyMPS, parents can review and monitor
                                   school-related information, such as
                         attendance, grades, class schedule, course history and
                                             AIMS test scores.

                                     WHERE DOES YOUR TIME GO?
                 Estimate the number of hours you spend each week on the following activities.
             When you are finished, subtract your total hours from 168, the number of hours in a week.
                               How much time is left? How will you use this time?

        Going to Classes________________
        Dressing, showering, etc__________
        Traveling to and from school and work, etc.________________
        Watching TV/on computer/listening to music_______________
        Playing sports: other leisure activities_____________________
        List any other regular obligations or appointments you must meet during a typical week and the
        time you spend:
        __________________________                          _______________________
        __________________________                          _______________________
        __________________________                          _______________________

        TOTAL = _____________            168 hours minus total=___________________

        Now answer the following questions:
        1.    On what activity did you spend the least amount of time?
        2.    On what activity did you spend the most amount of time?
        3.    Is the amount of time you spend studying producing the grades you want?
        4.    Overall are you satisfied with the way you spend your time? Why or why not?
           NCAA Clearinghouse
Any student wanting to play Division I or Division II athletics should register with the NCAA Clearinghouse
the spring of their junior year by going to www.ncaaclearinghouse.org. You will be asked to complete the My
Sports section when registering. In order to register you must have the following information:
∙ Valid email address: You need a valid e-mail address that you check regularly for any possible updates that
the Eligibility Center might send. If you do not currently have one there are several providers who provide
free accounts (e.g., AOL, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, etc).
∙ Basic Personal Information: This includes information such as your name, gender, date of birth, contact
information and a list of any other countries in which you have lived.
∙ Basic Education History: This includes a list of all high schools or secondary schools you have attended and
the dates during which you attended them.
∙ Additional Coursework: This includes details pertaining to any coursework you may have taken in addition
to your normal high school or secondary school education (e.g., courses taken to improve a grade, summer
school, courses taken at a college or junior college, or any type of correspondence or internet courses).
∙ Sports Participation History: This includes details for any teams with which you have practiced or played
or certain events in which you may have participated, as well as information about any individuals that have
advised you or marketed your skills in a particular sport.
∙ Payment: The Eligibility Center accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. If you are a
U.S. resident, you can choose to pay by electronic check. Some individuals may qualify to apply for a fee
At the end of your junior year see your counselor to get your transcripts sent to the clearinghouse.
Send your ACT and/or SAT scores to the clearinghouse using the code 9999
At the end of your senior year send your final transcript to the clearinghouse.
If you have any questions regarding the NCAA Clearinghouse, please contact Mr. Hutchins in the counseling

Students wishing to play college athletics at an NAIA school should register for the NAIA Clearinghouse
during the spring of their junior year at www.playnaia.org.

Students should send their ACT and/or SAT scores to the NAIA Clearinghouse using the code 9876.

Students should see Mr. Hutchins towards the end of their senior year to send their final transcripts to the
                                                                   When can I make an appointment?
                                                                      The counselors are available by
                                                                   appointment Monday through Friday,
                                                                        from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm.

                                                                      Who is my counselor?
                                                                   The counselors are assigned by
                                                                      the student’s last name.

                                                                   Ms. Cicero              A-Cam
                                                                   Mr. Hoerber             Can-Gar
                                                                   Mr. Hutchins            Gas-Loq
                                                                   Ms. Rangel              Lor-N
                                                                   Mr. Fletcher            O-Seq
                                                                   Mrs. Williams           Ser-Z

                     Letters of Recommendation:
                             How to Stand Out in the Crowd
Whom Should I Ask?
Read the application carefully. Often colleges request letters of recommendation from an academic teacher
(sometimes a specific discipline) and/or your school counselor. If a non-specified academic teacher is re-
quested, your English or math teachers usually make good candidates. Also, you should use a teacher from jun-
ior year or a current teacher if they have known you long enough to form an opinion. It is best not to go back
too far, as colleges want "current" perspectives on their potential candidates. All the better if you get a recom-
mendation from a teacher who's also been involved with you outside the classroom, but unless a college specifi-
cally requests it, don't use a coach or someone who can't speak to your academic achievements and potential.
When Should I Ask?
Make sure to give your recommendation writers plenty of time—at least one month before letters are due—to
complete and send your recommendations, but as with anything, the earlier the better. Many teachers like to
have the summer to write recommendations, so if you asked last spring, you're doing great. If you apply under
early decision or early action plans, you'll need to ask at the start of the school year, if you didn't request one
last spring.
How Can I Get the Best Possible Recommendations?
Talk to your recommendation writers. For teachers, it's important that they focus on your academic talents and
accomplishments within their classroom, because that's what colleges are looking for in teacher recommenda-
tions. Talk to them about what you remember about their class and your participation in it. Highlight a particu-
lar incident, paper, or anything else that might help them provide anecdotal information and specific examples
of your achievement, rather than just vague praise.
It's also important that you spend time talking with your counselor to ensure he/she knows about your plans,
accomplishments, and involvements. You may want to provide them with a brief resume of your activities and
goals; a resume can provide the best overview of your high school involvement and contributions. Also, if there
is some aspect of your transcript that needs explaining—perhaps low grades sophomore year—it's helpful to
talk with your counselor to explain "why" and "how" you've changed and improved.
                   WESTWOOD 2010-11 SENIOR CHECKLIST
                    Graduation Day is May 26st, 2011, Rain or Shine!
                   How is your ECAP? Education and Career Action Plan
                  Technical schools, Military, Community College and Universities are waiting.
                  PAY ATTENTION TO 2 ND PERIOD” Warrior Time” ANNOUNCEMENTS!
               DIRECTIONS: check off tasks when done and shared with parent.
                                                         Counseling & Community
   DATE                      ACTION                            RESOURCES                  DONE

Aug. NOW        URGENT-Analyze Transcript                  Credit Recovery-counselors
Sr. Check       Fill out Jr. Sr. Declaration if applies   Add class, MDLP, Sundown
                Check MyMPS Portals –credits,              CEP, correspondence, etc.
                grades, transcript, etc.                   https://mymps.mpsaz.org
                Must Pass AIMS to Graduate!
Aug. NOW        Stay academically focused!                 Teacher-lunch and pm help
                Do Daily Homework &                        Peer Tutoring-counseling
                Don’t work too many hours-employer         Public Library On- line tutoring
Aug. NOW        APPLY, APPLY, APPLY                        www.mpsaz.kuder.com
                Research School Deadlines &                Select a college NAVIGATOR
                Admissions requirements                    Webs: ASU, UTI, UofA, MCC,
                www.arizonacollegeanswer.com               Gateway, Out –of- State, Military…
                Attend Monthly College Rep Mtgs.           Career Center- announced
                $$$$ Look for money for college            www.scholarships.com free
Aug. NOW        Kuder Navigator “Find Financial Aid”.      Ed. & Career Student Bulletin
                Become familiar with FAFSA web site        Navigator search
                Do Worksheet and Get PIN number            www.fastweb.com
                Post Secondary Private & Public            www.latinocollegedollars.org
                Institutions: Some Az $ grants are         www.azgrants.gov
                Non-need                                   www.azhighered.gov
                Research & Choose 2-4 year college         www.mpsaz.kuder.com
Aug. Now        Majors, Technical Schools                  www.collegeboard.com
                Military options: speak to reps -lunch     www.goarmy.com Tuesday
                in the Counseling Office                   www.nav yjobs.com Friday
                                                           www.af.mil             Friday
                ASVAB- Sign up- Test Nov. 10               www.usmc.mil            Wed.
                See Mr. Hutchins                           Graduation Make it Happen Book
Aug./Sept.      Update RESUME, ECAP-Education              www.mpsaz.kuder.com
Senior          &Career Action Plan                        NavigatorWeb-based Portfolio
Lesson          Finish Skills Assessments                  Personal Profile Worksheet
                Update M y Profile Favorites
Sept. & each    ASU on campus-announced so listen          Career Center
month           UofA on campus                             Get a pass from counseling
                MCC on campus
                College Workshops                          to be announced

Sept. 26        Attend the National College Fair           collegefairs@nacacnet.org
                                                           Phoenix Convention Center
Sept. 27        Attend MPS Op Shop                         150 colleges
                Mt. View High School                        6-8PM
Sept. on      Request letters of recommendation-        Form in the counseling office
going…        give 2-3 week notice before pick up
Sept. on      Four Year Universities: Check the         www.collegeboard.com
going…        ACT and SAT Test Registration             www.actstudent.org
              deadlines and test dates                  counseling office
              Fee waivers for qualifying students
Sept. on      Community College: Register to take       Community College Testing
going…        ASSET (placement test)                    Centers:  www.maricopa.edu
Sept. asap  Find out about NCAA Clearinghouse-          Make appt. with Mr. Hutchins
            complete application                        In Counseling
October     ASU Rep-announced …so listen!               Career Center
            UofA Rep                                    Get a pass from counseling
October on… * Apply on line asap                        Selected college web site
            * Check ACT and SAT testing                 www.actstudent.org
            * Make counseling appointment               www.collegeboard.com
October 1   Request Official Transcripts                Mrs. Kim Roady-Registrar
November on * Turn in In-state applications             Check your college deadline
            * Finalize college Essay, personal          Counselors, teachers, community
            statements and personal profiles            letters
            * Check on your Letters of Rec
            Attend College Bound Seminars               Career Center at Lunch
            UofA Rep –announced…so listen!              Career Center-
November    ASU Rep                                     get a pass from counseling
December    FAFSA Worksheet available                   Counseling or College Rep
            ALL Seniors must apply!                     Financial Aide is awarded first
            Must be a US citizen to apply               come first served
December    UofA Rep-announced… so listen!              www.fafsa.ed.gov
            ASU Rep                                     Career Center-get pass
December 10            AUDIT APPEALS DUE!               See Mrs. Winsor about appeals/
January 1   FAFSA –Apply on line                        www.fafsa.ed.gov
February 14 FAFSA-Priority Deadline                     Priority Deadline Feb. 14
January 20  Parent Financial Aid Night- Aud.            Notify $$ Awards to Couns.
            College Breakouts Parent Night
February 26 Sign Up for AP Exams-                       See Mrs. Rangel in counseling
            $25 deposit –Balance by March 25
January     Attend COLLEGE GOAL Sunday!                 Phoenix Civic Plaza &
            Help with FAFSA, colleges, reps, ….         MCC- Dobson/Southern
March-April   * Continue to College Rep visits,         Listen to announcements
              Seminars, scholarship applications
              * Review Federal Student Aid Report
              * Notify colleges of your decision to     Respond to US Mail from colleges
              attend or not attend
              Mail Housing deposits by deadlines
              * Take ASSET test if not already          Community College Testing Center
May           * Take AP Tests –May 2-13th               Mrs. Rangel-Counseling
              * Mail 8th final semester Transcripts     Mrs. K. Roady-request/front office
              * Notify Counseling of your $$$ grants,
              loans, scholarships- Sr Exit Survey       * Around
        st    All Sundown, Correspondence, MDLP         DEADLINE-May 1st- all work done
May 1
              Must be completed!                        if credit will be used for graduation!
              GRADUATION! See you at the
May 26        football field….rain or shine.
                                    SPRING 2011
   Many of these scholarships have websites where they have posted the
  applications. Printed copies can also be found in the Counseling hallway
                           and the Career Center.

  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~VOLUNTEER & LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Toastmasters and Peer Leaders are joining together to present…
FREE 8 week public s peaking and leadershi p traini ng
Grade: 9-12 (ages 12-18)
Deadline: RSVP today… space is limited
Classes are held every Thursday starting January 13, 2011 fro m 5:00p m- 6:00p m.
Care Partnership Center 466 South Bellview Street Mesa, AZ 85204
Contact: Lauren Johnson Phone: (480) 255-4469 E-mail:Ljohnson@cbridges.com

Americorps UCAN Serve Program
Grade: 12
Deadline: call 480-461-7393
Website: http://educationpartnerships.asu.edu/content/americorps
Must commit to a minimu m of 300 hours of commun ity service hours in one of three different goal areas:
Education Serv ices, Ho meland Security-Pub lic Health and Safety, or Co mmun ity Strengthening Volunteer

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~SCHOLARSHIP APPLI CATIONS DUE SOON~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Desert Club of Mesa
Grade: 12
Deadline: J anuary 5
Website: http://christmasideahouse.org/sites/cih/scholarships/
Desert Club provides scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are in need of financial assistance.
Many of our recipients work 30 to 35 hours per week, as well as, participate in positive school and
community activ ities. Applicants must rank in the top 6% to 50% of the graduating class.

Alliance for Young Artists & Writers
Grade: 9-12
Deadline: J anuary 8
Website: www.artandwrit ing.org Please visit website for scholarship opportunities and submission
guidelines. Sub missions must be postmarked by January 8, 2010.

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest
Grades: 9-12
Deadline: J anuary 8
Website: http://www.jfklibrary.org/
The annual John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest invites high school students from across the
nation to write an original essay about an elected official who has demonstrated political courage. The
contest is a companion program of the Profile in Courage Award, named for President Kennedy’s 1957
Pulitzer Prize -winning book, Pro files in Courage, which recounts the stories of eight senators, the
obstacles they faced, and the special valor they demonstrated despite the risks. Visit the website and read
the articles listed in order to write a 1,000 word essay.
Burger Ki ng Scholarshi p
Grade: 12
Deadline: J anuary 10
Website: http://www.haveityourwayfoundation.org/bksp_scholarship_eligibility.html
*up to 700 $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. Student must plan to enroll in an accredited two -or-four-
year college, un iversity or vocational/technical school.

Gates Millenni um Schol ars
Grade: 12
Deadline: J anuary 10
Website: http://www.g msp.org
Applicants for this scholarship MUST BE NOMINATED by their school. To be considered, students must
be African A merican, A merican Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander A merican, or Hispanic
American; a citizen or legal/national/permanent resident of the U.S.; attained a cumu lative GPA of 3.3 o r
higher; attend a college or university in the Fall of 2009; have financial need; and demonstrated leadership
commit ment through participation in co mmunity service, extra -curricular, or other activities that reflect
leadership abilities. No mination forms are availab le online. See your counselor immediately if applying.
Both nominator and Reco mmender forms are required fo r a co mp leted application.

Kai bab AS U Scholarshi p
Grade : 12
Deadline : Jan. 15, 2011 (Selection)
Pick up applicat ion in Counseling
One Senior per high school
Must experience financial need, Az resident, leadership, 3.0 GPA and active in clubs and organizations.
Turn in all applicat ions to Ms. Cicero in Counseling. This is a selection committee scholarship.

Mahnah Club
Grade: 12
Deadline: J anuary 15
Website: http://www.mahnahclub.org/mahnah-club-college-scholarships.htm
Applicants to the Mahnah Club Scholarship must rank between the top 11%-40% of their class (top 10%
are inelig ible) and demonstrate a commit ment to co mmunity service as well as leadership skills. Applicants
must also demonstrate financial need and complete the applicat ion packet with all materials.

T.W. Lewis Foundation
Grade: 12
Deadline: J anuary 15
Website: http://www.twlewisfoundation.org/scholarship-program/
The T.W. Lewis Foundation offers scholarships to seniors who rank in the top 10% of their class, score a
minimu m of 1800 on the SAT and have an unweighted G.P.A. of 3.5. Awards are granted on the basis of
academic performance, demonstrated leadership potential, and financial need.

Grand Canyon State Games - Essay Contest
Grade: 9-12
Deadline: Postmarked by January 22
Website: gcsg.org/
The Grand Canyon State Games Essay Conest sponsored by South western College pro motes creativity
through writing as an effective method for authors of all ages to express their dreams and ideas for a
successful life and a better co mmunity. Format, themes, criteria and ru les can be found online.

The Arizona Colleen and Rose Programs
Deadline: J anuary 22
Website: http://www.azcolleen.org
Participants must have some Irish ancestry. Judging is based on communication skills, poise, personality,
talent, well roundedness in life, an essay, and Irish pride. Winners receive a trip to Ireland, a $1000
scholarship, and other gifts. Selection is February 20, 2011.
McKel vey Foundati on Entrepreneurial Scholarshi p
Grade: 12
Deadline: J anuary 25
Website: www.mckelveyfoundation.org
Student must: Be planning to attend a 4-year college or university, private or public, own and operate a
genuine business, non-profits are eligib le, have at least one employee, even if only part t ime. Up to
$10,000 per academic year fo r 4 years - Awards are based solely on demonstration of entrepreneurial spirit
by owning and operating their own business while in high school. Applications must be completed online.

RHMC- Ronal d McDonal d House Charities
Grade: 12
Deadline: J anuary 28
Website: www.rmhc.org
Applicant must be legal U.S. residents. Applicants may only apply for 1 program: RMHC/ASIA,
RMHC/African A merican Future Achievers, RMHC/ HACER (Hispanic A merican Co mmit ment to
Educational Resources), RMHC Scholars

Opti mist Club International Essay Contest
Grade: 12
Deadline: J anuary 31
Website: http://www.optimist.org/e/member/scholarships3.cfm
Essay Contest- topic “How my Education is the Key to a Successful Future”. Contest is open to students
under the age of 19 as of December 31, 2010. $2,500 co llege scholarship for the first-place winner.

Sam Walton Communi ty Scholarshi p
Grade: 12
Deadline : J anuary 31
Website: http://walmartstores.com/Co mmun ity Giving/8736.aspx?p =236
Applicant must have at least a 2.5 GPA, financial need, strong community service and activities. Other
Walmart scholarships are also available on this website.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~SCHOLARS HIPS B Y DATE~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

ES A Foundati on
Grade: 12
Deadline: Postmarked by February 1
Website: http://www.esaintl.co m/esaf/scholarship_application.html
The ESA Foundation awards numerous scholarships annually. Scholarship applications are submitted to the
Foundation’s state counselor of the applicant’s state of residence. In Arizona, the state counselor is : Jackie
Young 1010 East Roberts Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85022-4806 Telephone: 602.942.1511 E-mail: ESAF-
AZ@msn.co m Students can apply for up to three of the scholarships. For a co mplete list, visit
counseling or go online.

Phoenix Suns Student College Scholarshi p
Grade: 12
Deadline: February 1
Website: http://www.nba.com/suns/charities/scholarships.html
2.5 and above GPA. Su mmarize evidence of regular involvement in charitable or volunteer activit ies at
school, church, or co mmunity organizations . *Focus is community service

Daughters of the American Revol uti on
Grade: 12
Deadline: varies; February 1 - April 15
Website: http://www.dar.org/natsociety/edout_scholar.cfm
Offers $1000 - $2000 scholarships to well qualified graduating seniors. Students must meet the criteria of this
organization. A list of scholarship possibilities and applications is availab le online. See your Career Specialist
for the DA R Chapter contact info required on the application.
ADEQ Arizona Recycling Program
Grade: 12
Deadline: February 6
Website: www.azdeq.gov/environ/waste/solid/program.ht ml
Submit a pro ject application which will be evaluated on: creativity of the education campaign and/or
collection project; the methodology used to implement the project; and environmental impact on the school
or commun ity.

KFC Colonel’s Scholars
Deadline: February 9
Website: http://www.kfcscholars.org
High school seniors with financial need and an entrepreneurial spir it. Awards are up to $20,000 for tuit ion,
fees, textbooks, roo m and board. Must have a 2.75 GPA, enro ll in a public co llege or university in their
state, be a US cit izen or permanent resident, and demonstrate financial need.

Arizona PTA Scholarshi p Program
Grade: 12
Deadline: February 15
Website: http://www.azpta.org/
Selection criteria includes: 3.0 GPA, financial need, personal essay and letters of recommendations.
Scholarship amount shall be for $500 per semester and may be renewed each semester with proof of
registration and current GPA of 2.65 on a 4 point scale.

Best Buy @ 15 Scholarshi p Program
Grade: 9-12
Deadline February 15
Website: https://www.at15.co m/contests_scholarships/at15_scholarship
Award $1,000 scholarships to 1,000 students living in the U.S. and Puerto Rico who will be entering
college in the fall after their high school graduation. Scholarships were awarded to students in grades 9-12
who demonstrated academic achievements, volunteer efforts and work experience.

Cooperati ve Education Schol arships
Grade: 12
Deadline: February 15
Website: www.co-op.edu
Students must complete all required ad missions application material and be accepted for the 2009 -2010
academic year at one of the Nat ional Co mmission Partner Institutes listed.

Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go! College Scholarshi p
Grade: 12
Deadline: February 15
Website: http://www.ohtheplaces.org.
This scholarship recognizes a high school senior who understands and values the limit less possibilities that
education can offer with a scholarship award.

Dorrance Scholarshi p Program
Grade: 12
Deadline: ACT or SAT by December, Application due by February 15
Website: http://www.Do rranceScholarship.org
The Dorrance Scholarship is a program, providing academic and financial support for Arizona ’s first
generational college students. Up to twenty-five scholarships are awarded annually to inco ming freshmen
at Arizona’s public universities. The total programmatic value of each scholarship is estimated at more that
$65,000, including a one-time $4,000 international study/travel stipend.

US A Funds
Grade: 12
Deadline: February 15
Website: http://www.usafunds.org/STUDENTS/Pages/Access2EdSchol.aspx
$1500 scholarship, renewable to students with need. Read the website to see if you meet eligibility.
The Vegetarian Resource Group College Scholarshi p
Grade: 12
Deadline: February 20
Website: http://www.vrg.org/student/scholar.htm
This scholarship is for students who are and promote vegetarianism in their school and community.

Central Arizona Tall Society
Grade: 12
Deadline: February 28
Website: www.tallphoenix.org
Selection criteria includes: minimu m height – females 5’10”; males 6’2”, student involvement in clubs and
activities in and outside the school commun ity. Scholarship amounts: $250 - $1,000.

Desert Schools Federal Credi t Uni on Service Scholarshi p
Grade 12
Deadline: March 4, 2011
Website: www.desertschools.org/scholarship
One $10,000, one $5,000 and five $1,000 scholarships for graduating Seniors attending a two-year or four-
year accredited college/university in Arizona beginning Fall 2011. This is a service scholarship, 3.0 GPA,
be a member, child or relative of a current member of DSCU.

SAMMY- Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year
Grade: 12
Deadline: March 4
Website: www.sammy.bodybymilk.co m
The SAMMY Awards reward student athletes who demonstrate exce llence in academics, athletics, and
community service, leadership and include milk as part of their healthy lifestyles.

AS U His panic Business Students Association
Grade: 12
Deadline: Postmarked by March 7
This scholarship is not listed on the ASU Scholarship website. Applicants must be Hispanic, inco ming
fulltime fresh man, AZ resident, and have a min imu m h igh school unweighted GPA of 3.0. Applications
are available in counseling.

Al pha Kappa Al pha Scholarshi p
Grade: 12
Deadline: March 18
Website: www.aka-dbo.org
Delta Beta Omega has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to deserving students during the past 7
years. Scholarships have ranged from $500-$4,000. Scholarship will be awarded to a graduating high
school African/African-A merican female senior entering a four-year college or university.

Catching the Dream
Grade: 9-12
Deadline: March 15 (summer sem.), April 15 (fall sem.), and Sept. 15 (s pring sem.)
Website: http://www.catchingthedream.org
The objective is to recognize and reward outstanding student achievement. Th is award is intended to help
American Indian students of any age, fro m any U.S. tribe, within any state, striving to get an education.
Applicants must be an enrolled member and possess one-quarter degree or more A merican Indian blood fro m a
federally recognized, state recognized, or terminated U.S. tribe. A ll awards are based on merit, academic
achievement, and ambit ion. An essay including academic information, career plans, service to the Indian
community, and leadership/scholarships must be submitted..
Kohl ’s Ki ds Who Care Scholarshi p
Grade: 9-12
Deadline: March 15
Website: www.kohlskids.com
Applicants must be nominated. The Program recognizes and rewards young volunteers (ages 6-18) who help
make their co mmunit ies a better place. Applicat ions will be availab le in January 2011.

AYN Rand Anthem Essay Contest
Grade: 9-10
Deadline: March 20
Website: http://www.aynrand.org/contests
AYN Rand offers scholarships to freshmen and sophomores for writ ing an essay of at least 600 to a
maximu m o f 1,200 words on one of three topics covering the novel, “Anthem.”

**Homa and Irene Wood Foundation**
Grade: 12
Preference will be g iven to students who will be the first in their family to graduate from college.
Candidates must be dedicated to completing a bachelor’s degree, associate’s degree or technical train ing
program. Applications can be picked up in counseling.

Otto and Edna Neel y Foundati on
Grade: 12
Deadline: March 26
Website: www.ottoandednaneelyfoundation.org
The Foundation is a non-profit corporation dedicated to those who need assistance. Student must be a U.S.
citizen and have a demonstrated financial need. Must attend an academic college within the State of
Arizona, enroll as a fu ll-time student and complete (earn) 12 hours or more each semester in classes toward
a degree program. HHS Scholarship Co mmittee will select 1 student to represent our campus.

US B ank Internet Scholarshi p Program
Grade: 12
Deadline: October 2010- March 2011
Website: usbank.com/scholarship
Here's your opportunity to apply for one of 40 $1,000 scholarships. Apply online - quickly and easily. No
pens required. Our Internet Scholarship Program is exclusively for Web visitors and our online application
is the only way to apply. Students will be selected at random.

American Fire S prinkler Association
Grade: 12
Deadline: September 1 - April 1, 2011
Website: http://www.afsascholarship.org/
All applicants must read the “Fire Sprinkler Essay” and take a ten-question mu ltiple -choice test. For each
question answered correctly, students will receive one entry into a drawing fo r one of ten $2,000
scholarships. A total of ten (10) entries into the drawing are possible. Applications will only be accepted

Holocaust Remembrance Project
Grade: 9-12
Deadline: April 15
Website: www.holocaust.hklaw.co m
This is a creative writing contest; please visit website for writing pro mpt and word count. The (10) First-
Place W inners will be awarded college scholarships from $2,500 to $5,000.

9 Beans and a B urrito Foundation
Grade: 12
Deadline: April 16
Website: http://www.9beans.org
Two scholarships in the amount of $1000 will be awarded for the fall 2009/Spring 2010 semesters. This
scholarship opportunity is open to full-time students in any field of study with a min imu m 3.5 GPA.
AYN Rand Fountai nhead Essay Contest
Grade: 11-12
Deadline: April 26
Website: http://www.aynrand.org/contests
AYN Rand is based solely on an essay with a choice of three topics. First place is one $10,000 prize and
there are five second place prizes at $2,000, ten third p lace prizes at $1,000, 45 finalists at $100 each and
175 semifinalists at $50 each. The essay needs to be no fewer than 800 and no more than 1,600 wo rds in

Big Sun Scholarshi p
Grade: 12
Deadline: June 23
Website: http://www.pgcps.org/.../SCHOLA RSHIPS/ Big Sun Scholarship - 6-23-11.doc
All student athletes are elig ible regardless of the sport they are engaged in. Sub mit a short essay answering
the following question: “Have you ever struggled for something and succeeded? What made you feel that
you were successful? Have you ever struggled for something and failed? How did you react to this?”

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ARIZONA SCHOOLS SCHOLARSHIPS~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

                                           Arizona State Uni versity

                                          Central Arizona College

                                   Chandler Gil bert Community College

                                        Eastern Arizona College

                                       Maricopa Community Colleges
                                  http://www.mcli.d ist.maricopa.edu/honors

                                         Mesa Community College

                                     Northern Arizona Uni versity
                           www.ho me.nau.edu/admissions/finaid/scholarships.asp

                                             Uni versity of Arizona

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OUT OF S TATE SCHOLARS HIPS~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Eastern Oregon Uni versity
Grade: 12
Deadline: February 1, 2011
Website: www.eou.edu/fao/
FULL RIDE SCHOLARSHIP available to AZ High School Students. Required 2.5 GPA or above with
demonstrated financial need determined by the FAFSA.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~HELPFUL LINKS~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

American Legion “ Need a Lift”
Grade: 9-12
Deadline: Varies
Website: http://www.needalift.org/
College financial aid handbook with many scholarship opportunities

Money for College- IDA Savi ngs Program
Grade: 12
Deadline: Varies
Website: http://www.mesacc.edu/students/money_for_college/anl/
Want to learn more about MATCHING savings to help pay for college? Through a partnership with A
New Leaf MesaCAN, Mesa Co mmun ity Co llege and private donations YOU can apply for an individual
Develop ment Account (IDA) for your education. The IDA program will match your saving on a 3:1 ratio
up to $1,000. You can save up to $1,000 and may receive up to $3000 in matched funds, leaving you with
$4,000 fo r educational expenses. Your funds can be used for tuition, educational fees, and books.

                                       Eligibility requirements:
                          -Inco me eligib ility (household size in parentheses)
*Maximu m Inco me = $21,660 (1), $29,140 (2), $36,620 (3), $44,100 (4); + $7,480 each additional member
                 -Attend Mesa Commun ity Co llege in a cert ificate or degree program
                   -Have a Social Security Nu mber or Federal Taxpayer ID Nu mber

Western Undergraduate Exchange Program
Grade: 12
Deadline: Varies
Website: http://wiche.edu/wue
WUE is the Western Undergraduate Exchange, a program coordinated by the Western Interstate
Co mmission for higher education. Through WUE, students in western states may enro ll in many two-year
and four-year public co llege programs at a reduced tuition level: 150% of the institution’s regular resident
tuition. In all cases, WUE tu ition is considerably less than nonresident tuition. http://wiche.edu/wue

                                     www.hsf.net/ - Hispanic
                                   www.maldef.org - Hispanic
                                 www.uncf.org/ - African American

                                          BEWARE OF SCAMS
There are many legiti mate schol arship databases, accordi ng to the Federal Trade Commission, but
there are also scores of fraudulent ones. Each year, thousands of families get bilked out of the fees
they pay these official-looking web sites and offline services. The FTC says to watch out for:
A company that guarantees a scholarshi p or your money back, or that says it will do all the work;
Scholarship services that charge fees for their listings or claim to have “excl usive” informati on;
Services that ask for a credit card number or say you are a “finalist” in a contest you di dn’t enter.

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