Richard Montgomery High School THE CONNECTION NEWSLETTER #4 From the College/Career Center Mary Fitzgerald Hull October 15, 2008 If you have questions about scholarships, you may want to attend the 2008 College Scholarship Conference on October 18 at the Germantown Campus of MC. The conference is sponsored by The Gazette and Montgomery College. The conference will run from 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and there will workshops and information sessions you can attend. The keynote speaker is Marianne Ragins, author of ―Winning Scholarships for College: An Insider’s Guide.‖ Ms. Ragins won more than $400,000 in scholarships while she attended college. Don’t miss this opportunity! For more information please visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/scholarshipconference Preparing for Success Fall Forum will be held on November 22, 2008, at Montgomery College, Germantown Campus. This forum is sponsored by the Montgomery County Women’s Bar Foundation, and is free of charge and open to all high school students (public, private and alternative schools, as well as girls in independent living programs). The conference will start with a keynote address and will offer workshops focusing on resume writing and interview techniques, budgets, checkbooks and credit cards, as well as the college admission process. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. The day will conclude with a ―Dress for Success‖ fashion show. Free bus transportation will be provided from Gaithersburg HS, Watkings Mill HS, Quince Orchard HS, Montgomery Blair HS, Einstein HS, Paint Branch HS and Blake HS. Please visit www.preparingforsuccess.org for more information. DATES & DEADLINES: 10/25 ACT Test 11/1 SAT Test 11/5 Deadline to register for 12/6 SAT 11/7 Deadline to register for 12/13 ACT 11/18 Late deadline to register for 12/6 SAT 11/19 Financial Aid Night, 7:00 p.m. in the Cafe 11/20 Late deadline to register for 12/13 ACT 12/13 ACT Test 12/26 Deadline to register for 1/24 SAT UPCOMING VISITS: Below is a list of upcoming visits to the career center at Richard Montgomery. Please stop by the career center and sign up in the log notebook and pick up a pass for your teacher’s approval. You must have a signed permission slip from your teacher in order to attend an information session in the career center. If you want to see the complete list of school visits, go to the Richard Montgomery High School website, click on Counseling, then click on the link to Family Connection under career center. Sign on as a guest using the password ―rocket‖. Click on ―school visits‖ to see the complete list. College/University Date Time Ursinus College Thu October 16, 2008 7:30 AM Boston University Thu October 16, 2008 8:45 AM Union College Thu October 16, 2008 12:00 PM Montgomery College, Rockville Thu October 16, 2008 1:00 PM University of Chicago Mon October 20, 2008 7:30 AM Randolph-Macon College Mon October 20, 2008 8:30 AM Rosemont College Mon October 20, 2008 9:30 AM California Institute of Technology Mon October 20, 2008 10:30 AM Yale University Mon October 20, 2008 12:00 PM Duke University Tue October 21, 2008 1:30 PM Loyola College in Maryland Wed October 22, 2008 7:45 AM University of Richmond Wed October 22, 2008 8:45 AM Gettysburg College Wed October 22, 2008 10:00 AM The Ohio State University Wed October 22, 2008 11:00 AM Christopher Newport University Wed October 22, 2008 12:00 PM Sewanee: The University of the Wed October 22, 2008 1:00 PM South University of Georgia Wed October 22, 2008 1:30 PM Northeastern University Thu October 23, 2008 7:30 AM University of New Hampshire Thu October 23, 2008 8:30 AM Queen's University Thu October 23, 2008 9:30 AM Longwood University Thu October 23, 2008 10:30 AM Mount Saint Mary's University Thu October 23, 2008 11:30 AM Bowie State University Thu October 23, 2008 12:30 PM University of British Columbia Thu October 23, 2008 1:30 PM University of Toronto Thu October 23, 2008 1:30 PM Career Speaker - Physical Therapy Fri October 24, 2008 8:30 AM Allegheny College Fri October 24, 2008 9:30 AM Soka University of America Fri October 24, 2008 10:30 AM Wellesley College Fri October 24, 2008 1:15 PM Lycoming College Wed October 29, 2008 8:30 AM University of Mary Washington Wed October 29, 2008 9:00 AM Randolph College Wed October 29, 2008 11:30 AM Brandeis University Thu October 30, 2008 7:30 AM Barnard College Thu October 30, 2008 11:30 AM Davis & Elkins College Thu October 30, 2008 12:30 PM Skidmore College Thu October 30, 2008 1:40 PM Claremont McKenna College Fri October 31, 2008 9:30 AM Fairleigh Dickinson University Fri October 31, 2008 1:35 PM Hispanic Student College Fair Wed November 5, 2008 - Pennsylvania State University, Wed November 5, 2008 8:30 AM University Park Bryant University Wed November 5, 2008 1:30 PM Shippensburg University of Thu November 6, 2008 11:30 AM Pennsylvania Washington and Lee University Thu November 6, 2008 1:30 PM Career Speaker - Military Academies Fri November 7, 2008 8:30 AM Johns Hopkins University Fri November 7, 2008 9:30 AM Marymount University Fri November 7, 2008 1:30 PM Binghamton University Mon November 10, 2008 7:30 AM Lesley University Mon November 10, 2008 1:30 PM Stony Brook University Thu November 13, 2008 8:00 AM The College of New Jersey Thu November 13, 2008 11:45 AM Fairmont State University Thu November 13, 2008 1:00 PM Washington College Fri November 14, 2008 11:45 AM OPEN HOUSES & INFORMATION SESSIONS: 10/18 University of Toronto will host an information session from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the North Bethesda Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. Visit www.artsci.utoronto.ca/prospective/internationalstudents/receptions for more information and to register for this event. 10/18 Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations will host an open house. Please register by 10/15 at www.openhouse.cornell.edu 10/18 Drew University will host an open house. Register online at www.drew.edu/cla/visit 10/18 Quinnipiac University will host an open house. To register, visit www.quinnipiac.edu/visit 10/18 Indiana University of Pennsylvania will host an open house. To learn more about the open house and to register, please visit www.iup.edu/admissions/undergraduate 10/19 Clark University (Worcester, MA) will host an information session at the Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008, starting at 2:00 p.m. Please RSVP by October 14th by calling 1-800-GO-CLARK or email firstname.lastname@example.org 10/19 Scripps College will host an information session from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the ICI Urban Bistro at the Sofitel Hotel at Lafayette Square, 606 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC. Please call 1-800-770-1333 and speak with Carol Carter to confirm your attendance. 10/20 Duke University will host an information session at Georgetown Preparatory School, Hanley Athletic Center, 10900 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD 20852, at 7:00 p.m. RSVP at www.admissions.duke.edu 10/21 Brown University will host an information session from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, Nolan Performing Arts Center, 1524 35 th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007. For more information, please visit www.brown.edu/Administration/Admission/gettoknowus/brownnearyou.html 10/21 Tulane University will host an information session at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda, MD, starting at 7:00 p.m. RSVP by calling 1-800-873-9283. 10/21 New York Institute of Technology will host an information session from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Normandie Farm, Potomac, MD. Please RSVP to Jill Brown by 10/14/08 at email@example.com or call 516- 686-7927. 10/22 Vassar College will host an information session from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Georgetown Day School, 4200 Davenport St., NW, Washington, DC 20016. Visit http://admissions.vassar.edu/receptions to RSVP. 10/24 Syracuse University will host an open house. For more information and to register please call 315-443- 3611 or visit www.admissions.syr.edu 10/25 Lebanon Valley College will host an open house. Register at www.lvc.edu or call 1-866-582-4236. 10/25 Roanoke College will host an open house. Register at www.roanoke.edu/visit 10/26 Manhattan College will host an open house. For more information please visit www.manhattan.edu 10/26 University of Scranton will host an open house. RSVP by calling 570-941-7540. 10/28 Bowdoin College will host an information session from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Key Bridge Marriott, 1401 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA 22209. 11/2 Lawrence University will be conducting interviews at The Hamilton Washington, DC, Crowne Plaza hotel, 14th and K Streets, NW, Washington, DC from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your time slot. 11/3 Lawrence University will be conducting interviews at The Hamilton Washington, DC, Crowne Plaza hotel, 14th and K Streets, NW, Washington, DC from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Please email email@example.com to reserve your time slot. 11/1 Barnard College will host an open house. Register at www.barnard.edu/admiss or call 212-854-2014. 11/1 Indiana University of Pennsylvania will host an open house. To learn more about these programs and to register, please visit www.iup.edu/admissions/undergraduate 11/2 Barnard College will host an open house. Register at www.barnard.edu/admiss or call 212-854-2014. 11/4 Roanoke College will host an open house. Register at www.roanoke.edu/visit 11/7 Towson University will host an open house from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please RSVP at 1-888-4TOWSON or online at www.discover.towson.edu 11/7 Denison University will host an open house. Call 1-800-DENISON to register or visit www.denison.edu/admissions/visit.html 11/7 Scripps College will host an open house. Register by calling the Office of Admission at 800-770-1333. 11/8 Millersville University will host an open house. Register online at www.millersville.edu 11/8 University of Michigan TECH DAY 2008 – The School of Engineering at the University of Michigan will host their annual TECH DAY. For more information and to register visit www.engin.umich.edu/techday Registration deadline is November 3rd. 11/8 University of North Carolina-Greensboro will host an open house. To register please call 336-334-5243 or visit www.uncg.edu/adm/visit 11/8 Roanoke College will host an open house. Register at www.roanoke.edu/visit 11/8 Drew University will host an open house. Register online at www.drew.edu/cla/visit 11/9 University of Scranton will host an open house. RSVP by calling 570-941-7540. 11/10 Skidmore College will host an open house. For more information visit www.skidmore.edu 11/10 Syracuse University will host an open house. For more information and to register please call 315-443- 3611 or visit www.admissions.syr.edu 11/10 St. Lawrence University will host an open house. For more information visit http://web.stlawu.edu/admis/contact.html 11/11 Smith College will host an open house. Register online at www.smith.edu/admission/fallpreview Please RSVP by 11/5/08. 11/14 University of Maryland Eastern Shore will host an open house. To register please call 410-651-6178 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 11/15 Wellesley College will host an open house. Register online at www.wellesley.edu/admission/fall2008/specialvist.html 11/15 Towson University will host an open house from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please RSVP at 1-888-4TOWSON or online at www.discover.towson.edu 11/15 Wellesley College will host an open house. For information and to register please call 781-283-2270 or visit www.wellesley.edu/admission/fall2008/specialvisit.html 11/15 Lebanon Valley College will host an open house. Register at www.lvc.edu or call 1-866-582-4236. 11/15 St. Lawrence University will host an open house. For more information visit http://web.stlawu.edu/admis/contact.html 11/15 High Point University will host an open house. For more information please call 888-345-6993. 11/21 Towson University will host an open house from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please RSVP at 1-888-4TOWSON or online at www.discover.towson.edu 12/12 University of Maryland Eastern Shore will host an open house. To register please call 410-651-6178 or email email@example.com SCHOLARSHIPS: Emory Scholars – Emory University is seeking nominations for the Emory Scholars program. Each high school is allowed to nominate four students to complete for this scholarship award. Nominated students must have outstanding records of academic achievement, posses extra-ordinary personal qualities, and have made significant contributions to their class, their school, and their community. If you are interested in being considered for this scholarship, please complete a self-nomination form along with a one page essay on what makes you an Emory Scholar. Your completed form and essay must be received in the career center by October 21, 2008. John Montgomery Belk Scholarship at Davidson College – If you are planning on applying to Davidson College, you may want to apply for the John Montgomery Belk Scholarship which equals $42,950 per year. The scholarship is renewable for four years! Each high school is invited to nominate one student to compete for this scholarship. You must have a completed application for admission to Davidson College submitted by December 1, 2008 in order to be considered. If you are interested in competing for this scholarship, please complete a self-nomination form and write a one page essay on why you should be awarded the John Montgomery Belk Scholarship. The deadline for turning in your self-nomination form and essay to the career center is October 27, 2008. Principal’s Leadership Award (PLA) is co-sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School principals (NASSP) and Herff Jones, Inc. Scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $12,000 will be awarded to 100 outstanding seniors from all 50 states. Awardees are selected based on leadership skills, participation in service organizations and clubs, achievements in the arts and sciences, employment experience, and academic record. The PLA scholarship program values the importance of a well-rounded education. Each high school is allowed to nominate one senior student, and if you think you have what it takes to be considered for this award, please see Ms. Hull in the career center no later than November 3, 2008. Veterans of Foreign Wars Patriotic Audio Essay Competition Voice of Democracy – This scholarship is open to students in grades 9-12, who are enrolled in high school. Students compete for this scholarship by writing and recording a broadcast script on an annual patriotic theme. This year’s theme is Service and Sacrifice by America’s Veterans Benefit Today’s Youth by… Applications are available in the career center and your entry must be received by the VFW by November 1, 2008. The University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) is pleased to announce its premier scholars programs. These competitive programs combine financial awards with special opportunities for advanced research, unique seminars, directed internships, study abroad and more. All scholars programs offer four-year awards at varying levels. Selected scholars will receive awards ranging from $5,000 to $22,000 per year. If you are interested in applying to UMBC and being considered for any of these scholarships, please stop by the career center no later than November 13th and give your name and address to Ms. Hull. Names will then be forwarded to UMBC and students will then be contacted by the UMBC Office of Financial Aid with additional program information and application materials. CWIT Scholars Program (Center for Women in Information Technology) supports high-achieving undergraduates, both men and women, who plan to major in computer science, computer engineering, information systems, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, or another IT-related field. Humanities Scholars Program seeks talented students who intend to pursue degrees in English, history, philosophy, ancient studies, classical or modern languages, linguistics, or American or Africana studies. Linehan Artist Scholars Program brings together talented students from the visual and performing arts disciplines: theatre, music, dance, and visual arts. Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program supports students who are interested in developing a fundamental understanding of public policy and pursuing careers in public policy, government service, or the non-profit sector. Sherman Teacher Education Scholars Program seeks students interested in the teaching profession and in STEM areas of study (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Meyerhoff Scholars Program (deadline was extended) supports students who plan to pursue doctoral study in the sciences or engineering and who are interested in the advancement of minorities in those fields. A separate letter was sent in early September directly from the Meyerhoff office with specific nomination instructions. Comcast Leaders and Achievers’ Scholarship Program – The Comcast Foundation is pleased to announce the 2009-2010 Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship program which recognizes high school seniors from Comcast communities for their commitment to community service, academics, and demonstrated leadership. To acknowledge these accomplishments, recipients of the award will receive a one-time grant of $1,000. Each high school is allowed to nominate one senior from the Class of 2009. Applicants must have a GPA of at least a 2.8 and have demonstrated leadership abilities in school activities or through work experience. If you are interested in being considered for this scholarship, please complete a self-nomination form along with a one page essay describing the most rewarding community service project you spearheaded. Your self-nomination form and essay must be received in the career center by November 17, 2008. Rider University’s 29th Annual High School Writing Contest – Entries are now being accepted in three categories: essay, fiction and poetry. There will be three prizes in each category with 1 st place receiving a $100 award, 2nd place receiving a $50 award, and 3rd place receiving a $25 award. All finalists will receive a certificate of honorable mention, and all winners will be considered for publication in Venture, Rider’s literary magazine. Entries must be postmarked no later than 12/12/08 and winners will be announced in April 2009. More information is available in the career center! Sanz College Scholarship Program – Sanz College provides career training programs in Medical Assistant, Medical Office Specialist, and Medical Billing & Coding, and they are offering scholarships to qualifying students who enroll in their program. Applications are available in the career center and can be submitted to Sanz prior to February 2009. For more information visit www.sanz.edu. Abbott & Fenner are committed to continuing their efforts at helping those who have the desire and ambition to succeed. This award is open to high juniors and seniors! The winner(s) of this annual $1,000 scholarship will receive their award within two weeks of the listed deadline. All applicants should include their full name and mailing address with their submissions. To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay on one of the two topics listed at their website. For more information, please visit www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.htm Your essay must be submitted online by June 20, 2009. BigSun Scholarship – The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to continue to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. BigSun is offering an annual scholarship to a deserving student. All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of their chosen sport. The award is $500 and your application must be received by June 27, 2009. For more information and an application, please visit www.bigsunathletics.com OPPORTUNITIES FOR UNDERREPRESENTED STUDENTS: Morehouse College Admission and Scholarship Information and Interview Program – Morehouse College is seeking young African American men and young Latino men to attend an admission/scholarship/interview program at Gaithersburg High School on Thursday, November 13, 2008, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Dr. Hudson, Morehouse College Director of Admissions, will speak on the advantages of a Morehouse education. After Dr. Hudson’s presentation, individual admission interviews will be conducted. Students should have a 2.80 or higher GPA and bring a completed Morehouse application (which can be downloaded from www.morehouse.edu), a transcript, test scores, and at least one counselor or teacher recommendation. If you are interested in attending this program, please see Ms. Hull as soon as possible. 2009 Historically Black College Tour is sponsored by the Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church, 7707 Allentown Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744 and will be held April 5th – April 8th, 2009. Tour stops include Clark- Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, North Carolina A&T State University, Bennett College, Johnson C. Smith University, Hampton University and Virginia State University. The trip costs $425 and includes luxury coach transportation, 3-nights hotel accommodations, and all breakfasts and lunches. Registration forms are available in the career center and must be received at the Ebenezer AME Church by February 2, 2009. For additional information, please contact 301-265-8326 or 301-248-8833. College Horizons 2009 Pre-College Workshop for Native American Students – College Horizons is a five-day ―crash course‖ in preparing for college. There will be two sessions: June 20-24, 2009 at Yale University, and June 27-July 1 at Whitman College. Expert college counselors, teamed up with college admissions officers will help students select colleges to apply to, complete applications and write essays, become a test-prep whiz kid, and find your way through the financial aid/scholarship jungle. Visit www.collegehorizons.org for an application and more information on the program. For questions, please contact Christine Suina, Program Coordinator, P.O. Box 1262, Pena Blanca, NM 87041, or call at 505-401-3854. The Program Director is Dr. Whitney Laughlin. Florida A&M University has scholarship money available for African American Women in Computer Science (AAWCS). If you are female and planning on studying computer science and want to attend Florida A&M University, check it out! Women who apply to AAWCS will be accepted based on financial need, and will be awarded a scholarship of between $3,000 and $5,000 per semester. For more information and an application, please visit www.cis.famu.edu/~aawcs MC CORNER: Montgomery Scholars – Are you interested in learning more about the Montgomery Scholars program? There will be an information session on Saturday, November 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center on the Rockville Campus. Current Scholars and honors faculty will share their experiences and information about the program. Also featured will be a ―Cambridge Slideshow’ in which scholars recount their summer adventures in Cambridge, England. Put the date on your calendar and learn more about this great opportunity. You can also visit their website at www.montgomerycollege.edu/admissions/MCScholars to preview information and download an application. OTHER NOTES OF INTEREST: Tufts will host their annual Fall Telescope Program on November 5 th-7th, 2008. The TELESCOPE program, sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, is designed to introduce prospective students to the vast diversity that exists in their community. This is an excellent opportunity to explore the campus, attend classes, meet professors, and spend a night with a current student. You may discover that Tufts is a perfect match for you! Please submit your application by October 17th by visiting Tufts Admissions Connection Website at http://admissions.tufts.edu/telescope Travel grants are available. Please contact their office at 617-627-3170 for further questions about the program! Maryland General Assembly 2009 Student Page Program – Are you interested in government procedures and policies? Want to learn first hand how our state government works? You may want to apply for the Maryland General Assembly 2009 Student Page Program! To learn more about the program and to download an application, please visit www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/studentaffairs/sao/page The deadline for submitting your completed application to the Department of Student Services is Friday, October 24, 2008. Shared Accountability Advisory Committee (SAAC) – The Office of Shared Accountability (OSA) is seeking Grade 11 and Grade 12 students to join the Shared Accountability Advisory Committee (SAAC). SAAC provides input and advice to OSA on topics of interest to audiences within MCPS. Examples of topics include student testing and assessments, evaluation of instructional programs, and applied research—including systemwide surveys of the school community. One SSL hour may be earned for every hour spent representing students at SAAC meetings. If you are interested in joining SAAC, please stop by the career center to pick up a registration form. Your form must be received at the Board of Education by October 24. Howard Hughes Medical Institute, National Institutes of Health, and Montgomery County Public Schools (HHMI/NIH/MCPS) – Applicants are being sought for the June 2009-May 20010 HHMI/NIH/MCPS student internship program. This internship program is a demanding and extremely rewarding experience that will be offered to only 23 MCPS students who best meet the qualifications. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, demonstrate a significant interest in exploring a career in biomedical research, have completed Algebra 2, biology, and chemistry, or are taking Algebra 2 and chemistry concurrently, have an excellent attendance record, will be 16 on or before July 1, 2009, and are a United States citizen or hold a valid Green Card. Each high school is allowed to nominate four students for consideration. If you are interested in being considered for one of RM’s four nominations, please go to www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/intern/stp/ and download the Student Worksheet. Students should complete the worksheet and turn it in to Ms. Hull no later than November 3, 2008. Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Seminar – Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership, commonly known as HOBY, is one of the oldest and most prominent youth leadership organizations in the world. HOBY was founded by actor Hugh O’Brian after returning from spending nine inspirational days working and volunteering with Dr. Albert Schweitzer, the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize Winner. In 1958, two weeks after his visit, O’Brian sought to change the world in his own way—by engaging young leaders and teaching them to develop their skills. The HOBY conference is for interested 10th graders who are looking for opportunities to further develop their leadership skills. Each high school is allowed to nominate one student to participate in this conference. For more information on HOBY, please visit www.hoby.org If you are interested in competing for the HOBY conference, please stop by the career center and pick up a self-nomination form. There is a $150 registration fee if you are selected; however, HOBY does offer some scholarship monies. Your completed form must be returned to the career center by November 7, 2008. Operation Understanding DC is an organization whose mission is to build a generation of African American and Jewish community leaders who promote respect, understanding and cooperation while working to eradicate racism, anti-Semitism and all forms of discrimination. Operation Understanding DC is looking for students who have good communication skills, and are curious and willing to learn. Students should self-identify as either Black or Jewish (or both) and be willing to have their identity enriched by being a part of Operation Understanding DC. (There is no charge to students for this program, and students are selected without regard to financial status. The application and recommendation forms can be downloaded from www.oudc.org and the application deadline is Wednesday, November 12, 2008. Youth Leadership Greater Washington – Sophomores and juniors who have demonstrated leadership in school and/or community activities and have an interest in addressing social issues and furthering their knowledge of government processes, may want to consider completing an application for the 2009 Youth Leadership Greater Washington conference. Please visit www.lgwdc.org for more information and to download an application. Applications must be received at the Leadership Greater Washington office by November 14, 2008.