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WESTWOOD January/February 2011 EDUCATION AND CAREER STUDENT BULLETIN 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? LOOKING FOR SERVICE LEARNING HOURS? 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 FAFSA. 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 FAFSA. 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- cation. 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- ment. 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 information. 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 Te ing Office and make an appointment. om pc tU ou Ab ow Kn u Ne ed to Take a practice SAT Test for FREE! Yo e ryt hin g 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 probability 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- tion. 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 Science. 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 options. 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. score.) 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- ins.) 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 SAT 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 ACT for an application. http://www.actstudent.org/sampletest/index.html http://www.4tests.com/exams/examdetail.asp?eid=13 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 persuasively. 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 Composition 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. Biotechnology Accuplacer Test MARICOPA COMMUNITY COLLEGES ADMISSIONS TESTING 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 later. 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 Get the 411 on all Armed Forces Scholarships! Get the 411 on all Armed Forces Scholarships! Get the 411 on all Armed Forces Scholarships! 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: http://afrotc.com/scholarships/high-school/process-description/ 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 year 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? ACTIVITY HOURS PER WEEK Working______________________ Going to Classes________________ Sleeping_______________________ Dressing, showering, etc__________ Traveling to and from school and work, etc.________________ Studying_______________________ Eating_________________________ 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 waiver. 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 office. NAIA 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 clearinghouse. 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 www.fafsa.ed.gov 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 azcis.intocareers.org 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 email@example.com 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 www.collegegoalsunday.com 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. SCHOLARSHIP BULLETIN 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 Activities. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~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 Grade:12 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 Grade:12 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 Deadline: 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 online. 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 length. 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?” firstname.lastname@example.org ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ARIZONA SCHOOLS SCHOLARSHIPS~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Arizona State Uni versity http://www.asu.edu/promise http://asu.edu/fa/scholarships http://clas.asu.edu/students/grants/scholarships.htm Central Arizona College http://www.centralaz.edu/x975.xml Chandler Gil bert Community College www.cgc.maricopa.edu/scholarships Eastern Arizona College http://www.eac.edu/Academics/catalogs/cat0406/scholarships.shtm Maricopa Community Colleges http://www.maricopa.edu/resdev/scholarships/apply.php www.maricopa.edu/foundation/apply/index.php http://www.mcli.d ist.maricopa.edu/honors Mesa Community College https://mc.scholarships.nelnet.net/ Northern Arizona Uni versity www.ho me.nau.edu/admissions/finaid/scholarships.asp Uni versity of Arizona https://financialaid.arizona.edu/scholarships/ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~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.azfoundation.org www.collegeboard.com www.collegenet.com www.hsf.net/ - Hispanic www.fastweb.com www.fedmoney.org www.finaid.org www.maldef.org - Hispanic www.salliemae.com www.scholarshipexperts.com www.scholarships.com www.students.gov 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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