Madison County High School Guidance Office
News for Seniors & Juniors
April 19, 2011
Dr. Courtney Gulbro
Summer Entrepreneurship Camp at UAH
The UAHuntsville College of Business Administration and Junior Achievement of North
Alabama are joining together to offer an Entrepreneurship Camp June 12-17. This camp
is a six-day intensive experience designed for high school students who are considering
careers in entrepreneurship and new business ventures. To be eligible you must be a
current 9th, 10th, or 11th grade student.
Students will be exposed to all aspects of planning and launching an entrepreneurial
venture including: recognizing opportunities, understanding customers and competition,
determining how much money is needed to start and grow a business, building the start-
up team, and other topics. Camp participants will work in teams with each team planning
the launch of a new product, with the guidance of successful community entrepreneurs,
leading faculty, and UAHuntsville Entrepreneurship Club student members. The week
will conclude with a competition for best smart phone app and plan – with prizes and
awards for the winning team.
The $250 total fee includes all housing, meals, and program materials for the
Sunday through Friday program.
Merit and financial need scholarships are available.
Students will work in teams on a real new product opportunity, mentored by
UAHuntsville Entrepreneurship Club student members and successful community
Information and applications are available at www.janaonline.org.
Youth Leadership Challenge Class #17 Program
For Rising Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
The Huntsville/Madison County Youth Leadership Challenge Class #17 Program
provides an outstanding opportunity for student leaders to develop their skills, increase
their understanding of our community, and experiment with leadership outside the
Students who are rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors are eligible to apply. The
program runs July 11-15 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and July 16th from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
(Graduation ceremony). Applications are available in the Guidance Office. Deadline to
apply is May 2.
For Juniors Interested In Attending Auburn University
The Huntsville/Madison County Auburn Club will host its annual AU Admissions
Information Evening – Junior Appreciation Night – on Tuesday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m. in
the Fellowship Hall of the Twickenham Church of Christ on Whitesburg Drive in
Huntsville. If you have a strong academic record and strong ACT scores, and are
interested in attending Auburn, consider attending this Junior Appreciation Night. RSVP
by April 26 to Larissa Chastain, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Judson College Junior Visitation Day May 14, 2011. Info at 1-800-447-9472 or email
New Listings Are In Bold
Alabama B.A. Scholarships offered by the Leadership Section of the Alabama Bankers
Association is a $1,000 scholarship to a high school senior whose parent is employed
full-time at an Alabama bank. Application available online at
www.alabamabankers.org/alb/moak.html Deadline is May 1.
Alabama A&M University Alumni Association, Huntsville Progressive Alumni Chapter,
announces the book stipend scholarship. The stipend is awarded to a first-time freshman
who has been accepted to attend Alabama A&M University. The amount of the stipend
is $1,000 ($500 for fall and $500 for spring semesters). Applications are available in the
Guidance Office. Deadline is May 4, 2011.
Alabama-Mississippi AIAA Engineering Scholarship Program awards scholarships
up to $1,500 to selected students who plan to enter an ABET accredited university in
pursuit of an engineering or science degree that would reasonably lead to a career in
aeronautics or astronautics. Applications can be found on www.al-ms-aiaa.org.
Application deadline is May 13, 2011.
Albert Lane and Kenneth Turvey Vocal Scholarship of $500 will be awarded to a high
school senior. Auditions will be held in May; applications are due April 25.
Applications are available in the Guidance Office.
BBG Communications Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship designed for students between
16 and 21 who are currently in or will be attending an institution of higher education in
the Fall of 2011. There are two essay questions in the application. Information and
applications are available at http://www.breylancommunications.com Deadline is June
Buick Achievers Scholarship Program offers scholarships of up to $25,000/year. This
program is designed to recognize motivated, passionate college bound students who have
succeeded both inside and outside of the classroom, who may not be able to attend
college without financial assistance. Applicants should plan to major in one of the
following: science, technology, engineering, math, business administration, finance,
marketing, or design; and have an interest in a career in the automotive or related
industries. Applications are available online at www.buickachievers.com
Carmen Gum Memorial Scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Carmen Gum and
her tireless contributions to Junior Achievement and the Huntsville area. Eligibility:
have participated in at least one JA program during high school (such as job shadowing),
plan to attend a 2- or 4-year college or university in Alabama; have aspirations that
include living and working in the Tennessee Valley Region, be available to attend the JA
Business Hall of Fame Event on June 11 to accept the scholarship. Application
information is available in the Guidance Office or online at www.janaonline.org and click
on the Local Programs link to the left, and then Scholarships. Applications must be
delivered to the Junior Achievement office by May 13 or postmarked by May 12 to be
Community Awareness and Emergency Response (CAER) of Metro Huntsville is
offering a $1,000 scholarship to a local graduating senior who writes the winning essay
on the subject of the senior’s intentions to pursue a science or engineering degree which
would lead to a career in the environmental/health/safety related discipline. GPA is not a
consideration for this scholarship. Applications are available in the Guidance Office.
Deadline is April 22.
Delta Chi Fraternity: Auburn Chapter offers a new scholarship of $500 which will be
awarded to an incoming male freshman attending Auburn University. Applications are
available in the Guidance Office. Deadline is June 1.
Eagles’ Nest Ministries Annual Youth Scholarship Program provides financial
assistance to qualified candidates who are chosen on the basis of academic achievement,
demonstrated leadership skills, extracurricular activities, community service, and
Christian character. Applications are available in the Guidance Office or by writing
email@example.com. Deadline is April 25.
enGenious, Inc. Scholarship program will award five scholarship of $1,000 to $1,500.
Selection criteria: 2011 graduate of a Huntsville City or Madison County school; plan to
continue education in a science-related field such as engineering or information
technology; demonstrated financial need; GPA of C or better; a 200-word essay stating
your future goals and how this scholarship will help you achieve those goals; and three
letters of recommendation. Applications are available in the Guidance Office. Deadline
to apply is April 25.
Imagine America scholarships of $1,000 are awarded to deserving students to attend a
participating career college. Information is available at www.imagine-america.org. If
you are interested in applying for this scholarship, please see Dr. Gulbro.
Jim Black Memorial Scholarship is to provide an incentive for students who attended
Lincoln Elementary School to finish high school and enter college. If a student attended
Lincoln Elementary School for a minimum of three years, he or she will receive a $50
check when they graduate from high school with their class. If they enroll in any post
high school institute, $100 will be paid to the school after the Black Scholarship
Committee receives proof of their enrollment. If you are a graduating senior and
attended Lincoln School for at least three years, please see Dr. Gulbro about this
John Stallworth Foundation awards two types of academic scholarships to Alabama
A&M based primarily on scholarship merit, financial need and evidence of leadership.
Type I scholarship is granted for one academic year in the amount of $1,000. Type III
scholarship is payable for four years as long as the student maintains eligibility.
Applications are available in the Guidance Office. Deadline is May 1.
Kids’ Chance Scholarship Fund was established by the Workers’ Compensation Section
of the Alabama State Bar in 1992 to provide scholarships for college and technical school
to children who have had a parent killed or permanently and totally disabled in an on-the-
job accident. Information and applications are available online at www.alfinc.org. The
deadline for submitting applications each year is May 1.
Madison County Alumni Association scholarship of $1,000 will be awarded to a
graduating MCHS senior. To be eligible the applicant must be in good standing, plan to
enter post high school study either in a trade school, technical school, junior college, or
four-year college or university; have been involved in community and school activities.
Applications are available in the Guidance Office. Deadline is April 29.
Members Only Club will provide scholarships of $1,000 each to two high school
graduates who meet the following criteria: Minimum GPA of 2.5; essay of 300-400
words (typed) stating “Why I would Like To Be Awarded This Scholarship,” (writing
skills and need will be considered to determine the winner); must have been accepted in
an accredited technical school, college or university; must not be a recipient of a full
scholarship or grant; must provide two character references. Applications are available in
the Guidance Office. Deadline is April 23.
North Alabama Interdenominational Golf Association scholarship program is
intended to support students with an evidenced financial need, and who demonstrate
academic merit, leadership potential, and Christian service. Selection criteria includes:
ACT of 20+, a 250-300-word essay on goals and ambitions, and resume.
Paul Mitchell The School offers scholarships of $1,000. Students who are interested in
cosmetology may apply. Applications are available in the Guidance Office. Deadline is
August 30. For more information go to www.pmtshuntsville.com
Partnership for Biotechnology Research program offers a $500 scholarship to a student
who will be enrolled in a college or university program associated with biotechnology
during the academic year for which the scholarship is awarded. Information and
applications are available at http://www.alpbr.org/scholarship.
Redstone Arsenal Chapter US Army Warrant Officers Association Scholarship
Program offers scholarship opportunity for children, adopted children, dependent
stepchildren, or the spouse of a Sponsor on active duty, in the Reserves, in the National
Guard, is retired military, or is a current DOD civilian. Applications are available in the
Guidance Office. Deadline is May 1, 2011,
SAME Huntsville Post Scholarships will award a $5,000, $3,000, and @2,000
scholarship for children, stepchildren, and grandchildren of Huntsville Post Society of
American Military Engineers. Applications and information are available at
http://www.samehsvpost.org/ Deadline is May 13.
Will to Win – Asthma – Scholarship program will award $5,000 scholarships to two
deserving high school seniors with asthma. Applicants must demonstrate outstanding
performance in one of the following categories: Performing Arts (dance, music, theater),
Visual Arts (painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, film), Community Service,
Athletics, and Science. Applications are available online at
www.willtowinscholarship.com. Applications must be received by April 30.
Deadline Extended: Drake State Student Summer Bridge Program for rising high
school juniors and seniors combines traditional classroom learning, field trips, and hands
on opportunities taught by instructions from the fields of Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics. Students are exposed to classes in the areas of
Mathematics, Physics, Biology and Computer Science. Students will learn to build a
personal portfolio and explore physics simulations that are animated with game-like
environments. The month-long classes run June 6-June 30. Classes meet every Monday
through Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon. As part of this program, each student completing
a minimum of half the program will receive a stipend of $8.50 per class hour completed.
If a student attends all of the classes he or she will receive $544.00 for participating.
Additionally, students who successfully complete the program will receive either dual
enrollment credit or three (3) college credit hours for CIS 146 Microcomputer
Applications. Applications are available online at
http://www.drakestate.edu/summer_programs.aspx Deadline extended to April 30, 2011.
AAMU – Partners for Innovation in Information Technology conducts summer
computer camps. Starting with 9th grade, interested local high school students will be
invited to attend one of the three week-long (full time, 40 hours) summer camps: The
Alice Camp (create graphical animations and videogames), The Robotics camp (intensive
training and hands-on learning opportunities constructing and programming Lego NXT
robots), and the Computing in the Modern World camp (create useful programs
implementing simple algorithms, develop web pages that include images, sound, and text,
and acquire a working understanding of the Internet, common formats for data
transmission, and insights in to the design of the human-computer interface). The
weeklong camps are free but seating is limited. Lunch will be provided. Each participant
will be paid $50 compensation for participating. For more information go to:
www.mtsu.edu/~piit. Applications are available online at
The Alabama School of Math & Science invites you to AIMS (Adventures in Math and
Science). AIMS will run for three sessions. Session 1 - June 6-10 is an overnight camp.
Session 2 - June 13-17 is an overnight or day camp. Session 3 - June 20-24 is a day
camp. Overnight camp tuition is $375 per week. Day camp tuition is $260. ASMS is
located in Mobile, AL. Application deadline is May 14. Applications, more information,
and course descriptions are online at www.asms.net. Questions? Call 251-441-2128.
Loyola University Chicago’s Pre-Collegiate Summer Scholars program is designed for
motivated sophomores and juniors who want to get a head start on their college careers.
In addition to earning college credit, Summer Scholars become acquainted with college
life through study, academic discussions, and social activity. The program offers
students the opportunity to expand their world view by spending a portion of their
summers in Chicago or Rome. For more information, go to LUC.edu/summerscholars, or
contact their office directly at 312-915-6565. Admission deadline is May 16.
Washington University in St. Louis Summer Experiences for High School Students offers
a five-week Summer Scholars Program in which students earn full college credit taking
two college courses from a variety of academic disciplines. Also there are three-week
Summer Institutes (non-credit) in Creative Writing, Japanese Popular Culture, and Pre-
Medical. Applicants should be a current high school sophomore or junior with an
academic average of B+ or better. For more information and application materials go to
http://summerscholars.wustl.edu or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. 866-209-0691
NASA INSPIRE Program
NASA’s Interdisciplinary National Science Program Incorporating Research
Experience, known as INSPIRE, is accepting applications from high school students now
and through June 30. The selectees will participate in an online learning community in
which students and parents have the opportunity to interact with their peers and NASA
engineers and scientists. The INSPIRE project is designed to encourage students in
grades 9-12 to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. For
information about the project, including details about how to apply, visit
Job Skills That Employers Seek
The skills that are in the most demand by employers include:
Strong Work Ethic
Employers want employees who are reliable, dependable, and self-motivated.
Time Management Skills
Time management involves planning and following a schedule: listing what tasks
need to be accomplished, estimating how long each will take, and determining the
sequence in which the tasks should be done. Every profession requires good time
Virtually all employers look for employees who can identify a problem and
develop and implement a solution.
Verbal Communication Skills
Verbal communication skills include both speaking and listening skills.
Communication is a two-way street; you must be able to listen to communicate
Written Communication Skills
The ability to write clearly and concisely is vital in the workplace. Writing in the
working world often comes in response to a request for information or to brief
The ability to work well with others and build good working relationships is
important in any field. Good working relationships require trust and mutual
respect and help employees work more efficiently and effectively.
At a minimum, technical skills include the use of a word-processing program (like
Microsoft Word) and a spreadsheet program (like Microsoft Excel). The ability to
search the Web to gather reliable information is also important.
Do you have those job skills? Invest the time now, while you’re in school, to
develop these skills so that you can compete and succeed in the workplace .