Nordstrom Fashion Ambassador Program

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Looking for an exciting opportunity? You must be a student who will be entering your Junior or Senior Year of High School next year.  You must love fashion and have a genuine interest in the fashion industry. I've had experience with this program with former students and my own daughter was fortunate enough to have the opportunity as well. 

The program is an excellent opportunity for teens to be introduced to each sector of the fashion industry and actually get a front row seat to the next seasons upcoming fashion trends.

You can learn more about it here. Deadline is end of February for next years program.

https://shop.nordstrom.com/c/fashion-ambassador

 

Haven't applied to college yet?

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If you are a senior in the spring and hoping to attend college in the fall, you still have time!

Many schools have late application deadlines and / or rolling admissions. Many students hesitate to apply because they fear rejection or don't yet see a bright future for themselves. I see it everyday.  The truth is there is a place for everyone, that means YOU!

Where to start?

College Board has an excellent resource that you can use to see which schools in America have upcoming deadlines.  College Board’s Big Future college search engine , select your preferences for size, location, majors, etc. At any point, click on “See Results.” Once results appear, go to the dropdown box labeled “Alphabetical," click on “Application Deadline,” and specify “Ascending.” Click on “Sort” and a complete list of colleges reflecting your preferences will appear according deadline.Schools with “no deadline” are listed at the end.

Here is a different approach for schools with rolling admission, you can see them here: 

https://ink.niche.com/list-of-colleges-with-rolling-admissions

In addition to the ideas above, I think it is always a good idea to send an email to the admissions counselors at your school of interest. You can ask questions, get information, build a connection and possibly even make a new friend through the interaction.

We are available to help with any questions you may have. Shoot us your questions on our Contact Us page 

The Imagine College Coaching Team

10 Things College Bound Juniors Can Do Now

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The Junior Year is a great time to get a jump start on the college admissions process. Here are 10 things to get you started.

1. Keep your grades up! Staying competitive with your GPA and Class rank is a valuable way to stay ahead of the competition.

2. Set up a college board acct. - Once you are on College Board, you can take advantage of the many wonderful resources they offer. 

3. Begin researching colleges - Here is an excellent resource for you. https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/?affiliateId=FeaturedListing&bannerid=bigfuture_usearch

4. Register for an SAT and ACT test. It s a good idea to take both to find the one you are most comfortable with.

5. Sign up with Khan Academy to begin free SAT prep. You can design a schedule that works for your study time.  

6. Build a resume

7. Look for leadership opportunities and fill any holes you may have in your resume.

8. Network with your High School teachers and counselors. They will likely be writing letters of recommendation for your college applications. Give them an opportunity to get to know you now. 

9. Get a professional email address.

10. Attend College Fairs

Entrepreneurship Seminar

If you are in the Austin area, you might want to consider attending this Entrepreneurship Seminar.  I know the young men hosting it and can't recommend it enough.

http://austinentrepreneurshipseminar.weebly.com/

What is the Young Entrepreneurship Seminar?

This is a seminar aimed at inspiring young people to be successful and adventurous in their career and college ambitions. 

Our sessions will include

  • How to prepare yourself for a future in Entrepreneurship
  • How to define success
  • How to build a successful business model
  • Prosperous Habits in the workplace
  • Steps to Launching your own business


We are eager to explore training, guidance, and employment experiences so that youth can discover career opportunities and cultivate your individual interests in business. Through this 1 day seminar, you will develop critical thinking skills and learn from successful entrepreneurs.  

Who is it for:
High School Students / College Students

Date and Location
April 8th, 2017 /Rudys on 620, Austin, Texas
7709 Ranch Rd. 620 North Austin, Tx 78726

Scholarship for Current College Students - It's LOVELY!

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/02/09/style/modern-love-college-essay-contest.html

We’re inviting college students nationwide to open their hearts and laptops and write an essay that tells the truth about what love is like for them today. In our previous contests, which attracted thousands of entries from students at hundreds of colleges and universities, the winning essays explored ambivalence about hooking up, the way technology is changing how we connect and how an aversion to labels can impact relationships.

What will be on students’ minds this year?

If you have a story that illustrates the current state of love and relationships, email it to us at essaycontest@nytimes.com, along with your name, college, graduation year, email address and phone number. The winning author will receive $1,000 and his or her essay will be published in a special Modern Love column in late April.

Contest details appear at nytimes.com/essaycontest. For more information, follow Modern Love on Facebook (facebook.com/modernlove) and the Modern Love editor on Twitter (@danjonesnyt).

Teens and Summer Jobs

https://qz.com/703049/teens-summer-jobs-unglamorous/

Well-off kids who don’t have to work or take care of a sibling during the summer can embark on elaborate journeys to find or foster their passion. They can volunteer for an HIV program in Africa, study health care in the Caribbean or immerse themselves in Mandarin in China. They can code at camp, hone up on Graph Theory and Combinatorics at Harvard or do an internship at the Stanford Medical School (beware: last year 1,300 kids applied for 70 spots.)

Or, they could get a job.

Not an internship at their uncle’s architecture firm, or a glorified filing job at their neighbor’s investment bank: jobs like scooping ice cream or flipping burgers, where no kid is too special, they actually earn money, and they get to see life through a radically different lens.

“The lessons are huge,” said Richard Weissbourd, a lecturer and researcher at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. “You see how hard people work, how rude and unthinking people can be to them.”

“It’s a real lesson in how to treat people,” he added.

Weissbourd, who wrote a report on how to change the college-admissions process to stem the insanity it breeds, said that many parents think that high-profile internships broaden horizons. Not so: “For many well-off kids, we are narrowing their options,” he countered. “Those are the only jobs that are elevated as having meaning.”

Will it help or hurt with colleges?

Starting in high school, many parents wonder how to structure their kids’ summers. The iterations are endless: academic enrichment or sports? Music or animation? Hip hop or gaming? Should parents let kids free-range it, and take a break from their amped up school-year schedules? Or should they hone up on biochemistry while prepping for the SAT and practicing the oboe?

And beneath all of that: What do colleges value?

“Colleges will forever find holding a job more attractive, and far sexier than going to Costa Rica to build houses and surf in the afternoons,” said Susan Warner, an independent college counselor in New York City.

Irena Smith, a former Stanford admissions officer who now runs a private college-consulting practice in Palo Alto, recalled a student whose stand-out essay was about her summers working in fast-food. “Given the population of students I see, she probably shone like a diamond in the applicant pool at Harvard,” she told the Atlantic.

The student was accepted at many Ivy League schools—not because of the job, but because of the way she viewed the world and captured it in her writing. But the job helped her develop the perspective. “Kids think summers are part of the community service Olympics, that it’s about finding a high-profile, impressive activity,” said Weissbourd. “That’s not what colleges care about.”

Building character

Colleges want kids who know who they are and what they want. Jobs can help with that.

Michele Borba, author of Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About Me World argues that empathy builds resilience, but that empathy is a verb, not a worksheet: we have to work for it. She interviewed 500 kids for her book to ask them what helped them most in becoming more empathetic—the majority reported it was exposure to different views.

“We are more likely to empathize with those in our own social hub,” Borba said. More privileged kids live in more privileged hubs; the more exposure they get to differences, the better. “Exposure helps them see that others have the same feelings or likes or needs,” she said.

Kids with jobs have benefits for parents too. Teens often hate parents’ rules. But good luck to them if they try to challenge, or defy a boss managing a large staff of people living on the minimum wage.

“Any way you turn it, holding a job is one of the most important things an adolescent can do,” Warner said. They have to get up in the morning, manage their time and money, pay taxes, and be responsible to a schedule that neither kid nor parent designed.

Another perk: they have to put away their phones.

For all its merits. admissions officials are not seeing a surge in real-world summer job experience. Bruce Poch, the former dean of admissions at Pomona College told me here that his colleagues in the admissions office used to joke:

“…that they were witnessing the ‘complete disappearance of summer jobs,’ especially among upper-income applicants who opted for “decorative” internships at places like investment banks, where they could work with friends of their parents.”

Instead of helping kids tailor the most impressive-sounding summer, maybe we should help them with a character-building one.

“A service job is an opportunity for well-off kids to have exposure to something they won’t at any other time in their life,” said Harvard’s Weissbourd.

And you don’t have to pay for it.

Bill Gates takes son on College Visits

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/02/28/bill-gates-and-warren-buffett-think-success-isnt-about-money.html

Though Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are worth $86.4 billion and $76.8 billion respectively, the two friends have the same definition of success, and it's one that has nothing to do with wealth.

In a Reddit Ask Me Anything session on Monday, Gates replies to the question, "What is your idea of success?" by citing his friend: "Warren Buffett has always said the measure is whether the people close to you are happy and love you."

At 61, Gates has not shown any signs of slowing down. He remains actively involved in running The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. But he prioritizes making time for family.

"I just went on a trip with my 17-year-old son to see six colleges," says Gates. "He is a junior in high school and trying to figure out where he should go. Trips like that have been a great way to spend time together."

"WARREN BUFFETT HAS ALWAYS SAID THE MEASURE IS WHETHER THE PEOPLE CLOSE TO YOU ARE HAPPY AND LOVE YOU."-Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft

When in public with his three children, Gates says he sometimes disguises himself a bit in order to remain inconspicuous.

 

"For example, when I did college tours with my son, I wanted the focus to be totally on him," says Gates. "A lot less people recognize me when I have a hat on or else they realize I am trying to be incognito."

Gates, an avid reader, also says that he takes book recommendations from his son.

Even billionaire business magnates appreciate the routine moments with family. "Melinda is very creative about helping me find chances to spend time with the kids. Even just driving them to school is a great time to talk to them," says Gates.

He admits that he hopes to become a grandfather.

In addition to making sure the loved ones in his life are happy and cared for, the second critical component of success to Gates is making the world a better place. Gates writes, "It is also nice to feel like you made a difference — inventing something or raising kids or helping people in need."

Gates says he still considers his work at Microsoft to be the most important of his lifetime, more vital even than his philanthropic endeavors.

"Although the Foundation work is super promising and will be the biggest thing over the decades ahead, I still think the chance to be part of the software revolution empowering people was the biggest thing I have gotten to do."

Scholarships for YOU!

There is a wonderful resource on JLV College Counseling for Scholarships.  I've listed their link and scholarship saturday post below.  Hope you enjoy it.

https://jlvcollegecounseling.com/2017/02/18/scholarship-saturday-february-18-2017/#more-13535

There are thousands of scholarships out there. Some are large scholarships that are well publicized, while others are lesser known. My goal is to share some lesser-known scholarships with my readers every Saturday.

Don’t wait. Apply for these great scholarships today! And, if you missed the last Scholarship Saturday, check it out. There are scholarships there that are still open! Lastly, check out my list of scholarships FebruaryMarch and April due dates.

Only brief information about each scholarship is listed. Therefore, you are encouraged to visit the scholarship websites to get further details about eligibility and requirements.

Here are 75 scholarships for Saturday, February 18, 2017.

PDF Version of Scholarship Saturday – February 18, 2017

CEMS Fund Scholarship
Sponsor: Cynthia E. Morgan Scholarship Fund
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: February 25, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to current residents of the state of Maryland who are high school juniors or seniors or currently attending an accredited Maryland post-secondary school. Applicant must be the first person in his/her immediate family who will be attending a Maryland accredited post-secondary school and studying (or planning to study) in the medical field.

Crowley Foundation Scholarship
Sponsor: The Crowley Foundation
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: February 28, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors who are permanent residents of Colorado. Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen, have at least a 2.7 GPA, and have performed community service.

Essay Writing Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Cool Last Names HQ
Amount: $500
Closing Date: February 28, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors and current undergraduate and graduate students. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to surnames.

Georgia United High School Scholarship Competition
Sponsor: Georgia United Credit Union
Amount: Up to $10,000
Closing Date: February 28, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to Georgia graduating high school seniors who are a member of Georgia United Credit Union in good standing. Applicant must submit a video sharing how they are going to use their education to help their community.

Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest
Sponsor: The Gallery Collection
Amount: $10,000
Closing Date: March 2, 2017
Description: Scholarship contest is open to all high school, college and university students enrolled at any time during the latter half of 2016. Applicant must be a legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. Applicant must submit a photo, artwork or computer graphic for the front of a greeting card.

Farm Kids for College Scholarship
Sponsor: National Farmers
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: March 2, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors who will major in an agricultural field at an accredited college or university.

Friends of the California State Fair Scholarship Program
Sponsor: California State Fair
Amount: Up to $2,500
Closing Date: March 2, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and current college students who are legal residents of California. There are 14 categories of scholarships – see website for details. In addition to the general scholarships, there are specific scholarships open to Agriculture, Art, Business, Culinary Arts, Education, Enology, Hospitality Management or Viticulture majors.

Generation Google Scholarship for High School Seniors
Sponsor: Google
Amount: $10,000
Closing Date: March 2, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors who plan to pursue a computer science or computer engineering degree, or a degree in a closely related technical field. Applicant must be a student from an underrepresented group in computer science (African-American, Hispanic, American Indian, Filipino/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Female, or a Person with a Disability).

San Diego County Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation Grants
Sponsor: San Diego County Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: March 2, 2017
Description: Scholarships are open to graduating high school seniors in San Diego County who plan to attend an accredited college in San Diego County.

Shell Oil Company Technical Scholarship
Sponsor: Shell Oil Company
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: March 2, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors who will be enrolling in engineering or geosciences. Applicant must have expressed an interest in the energy industry and demonstrated an aptitude in mathematics and science.

State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarship Program
Sponsor: State Farm Companies Foundation
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: March 2, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors who plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study for the entire 2017-2018 academic year. Applicant must have a GPA average of 2.5 to 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, be a U.S. Citizen, and demonstrate financial need.

AGA Women’s Scholarship
Sponsor: Alabama Golf Association
Amount: $2,000 per semester and will be renewed on a fall and spring basis for eight consecutive semesters.
Closing Date: March 3, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to female graduates of an accredited secondary school who have an interest in the game of golf. Applicant must be in need of financial assistance to pursue an undergraduate education in a college or university in the state of Alabama and applicant must be a resident of Alabama.

Annual Kaplun Essay Contest
Sponsor: Morris J. and Betty Kaplun Foundation
Amount: Up to $1,800
Closing Date: March 3, 2017
Description: Contest is open to students in grades 7 through 12. Applicant must submit an essay related to Jewish values. Students do not have to be Jewish to enter.

Cancer Survivors’ Fund Scholarship
Sponsor: Cancer Survivors’ Fund
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: March 3, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming and current undergraduate students who are cancer survivors or currently diagnosed with cancer.

Claes Nobel Academic Scholarships
Sponsor: National Society of High School Scholars Foundation
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: March 3, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to high school junior and senior NSHSS members. Applicant must submit a personal statement on how they hope to make a positive impact on society.

DCU Memorial Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Digital Federal Credit Union (DCU)
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: March 3, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors who will be attending college in Fall 2017. Applicant must submit two references and an essay on why they should receive the scholarship.

FLAG Flag Football Scholarship
Sponsor: FLAG Flag Football
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: March 3, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to Massachusetts graduating high school seniors who have made a high school and/or community sports program safer for and more inclusive of LGBTQ student-athletes, as either a role model or ally.

Ford Driving Dreams Scholarship
Sponsor: Ford Motor Company
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: March 3, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors from the San Antonio and Houston areas who have at least a 3.0 GPA AND 20 or higher on the ACT or 1050 OR higher on the SAT.

Foundation for the Carolinas Scholarships
Sponsor: Foundation for the Carolinas
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: March 3, 2017
Description: Scholarships are available to students attending public and private institutions at the graduate and undergraduate levels, as well as for private K-12 schools. Student must live in either North Carolina or South Carolina. There are 148 scholarship programs – see website for specific details about scholarships.

Gotta Have Sole Scholarship
Sponsor: Gotta Have Sole
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: March 3, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to students between 17-22 who will be entering their first year of higher education at an accredited institution, technical college, or vocational school. Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen, have at least a 2.0 GPA, and must submit three personal essays.

TELACU Education Foundation Scholarships
Sponsor: TELACU
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: March 3, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to first-generation college students who come from a low-income household and have at least a 2.5 GPA. Applicant must be a permanent resident of specific areas of California, Texas, Illinois, or New York (specific locations available on website). Priority will be given to students majoring in the fields of Business and STEM.

Tzu Chi Scholars
Sponsor: Tzu Chi Foundation
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: March 3, 2017
Description: Scholars program is available to graduating high school seniors and current undergraduate students. Applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be enrolled (or planning to enroll) full-time at an accredited U.S. college or university. Scholarship selection will be based on financial need, academic achievement, and community involvement.

Youth Courage Awards
Sponsor: Colin Higgins Foundation
Amount: $10,000
Closing Date: March 3, 2017
Description: Award is open to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two Spirit, Queer and Questioning youth activists (through age 20) who have transformed their experience with bigotry and discrimination into opportunities to inspire others by taking action, rallying support, building community, and working to change the systems and institutions that impact their lives. Applicant must be nominated.

4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest
Sponsor: The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc.
Amount: Up to $750
Closing Date: March 3, 2017 – National deadline. Check with state for state deadline (typically prior to national deadline)
Description: Contest is open to active 4-H Club members. Applicants must submit an essay on a given topic related to honey bees.

Dottie R. Walker LEAD Foundation Scholarship
Sponsor: LEAD Foundation
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: March 4, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to Colorado residents with an identified learning disability or AD/HD, who are pursuing a post-secondary degree.

EWISP – Dallas Scholarship
Sponsor: Executive Women International – Dallas
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: March 4, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors located within the boundaries of the Dallas Chapter. Applicant must demonstrate financial need, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and have contributed to their community as demonstrated by their involvement in extracurricular activities, work, religious, or volunteer activities. Only one student per school is eligible to apply. Applicant must contact a school official and be selected to submit the EWISP scholarship application.

Students Rising Above Scholars Program
Sponsor: Students Rising Above
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: March 4, 2017
Description: Scholars program is open to high school juniors from low-income families who live within the nine-county California Bay Area. Student must have demonstrated strength of character in the face of challenging odds, and dream of a college education.

ACEC Scholarships
Sponsor: American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)
Amount: Up to $10,000
Closing Date: March 6, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to students seeking degrees in engineering who will be entering their junior, senior, fifth, or master’s degree year in the fall of 2017 at an ABET-accredited engineering program or in an accredited land-surveying program.

Bob Warnicke Memorial Scholarship Program
Sponsor: USA BMX/BMX Canada
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: March 6, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and current college students who have a current USA BMX license or be a Track Operator/Official and participates in BMX racing events sanctioned by the USA BMX/BMX Canada.

Book Industry Charitable Foundation Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Book Industry Charitable Foundation
Amount: Up to $10,000
Closing Date: March 6, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors, high school graduates, and postsecondary undergraduates and graduate students. Applicant must be a current employee or owner of a retail bookstore in the U.S. or a dependent (children under the age of 25, spouses, and qualified same-sex partners) who have a minimum of one year of continuous employment at the bookstore.

Florida Realtors Education Foundation Student Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Florida Realtors
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: March 6, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming and current college students who are residents of Florida and have a family member who is connected to the Realtors, i.e. Realtor, Realtor Association staff, association affiliate members, etc. Applicant does not need to attend a Florida institution, but should have an intent to return to work in Florida after graduation.

Greater Worchester Community Foundation Scholarships
Sponsor: Greater Worcester Community Foundation
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: March 6, 2017
Description: Scholarships are open to graduating high school seniors who live in Worchester County, Massachusetts. There are multiple scholarships available – see website for details.

Hood Sportsmanship Scholarship
Sponsor: HP Hood LLC
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: March 6, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. legal residents of the six New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont) who are high school seniors with at least a 3.0 GPA and have participated in a varsity sport.

JVS Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Jewish Vocational Service (JVS)
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: March 6, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to Jewish students who are residents of Los Angeles County (California) and are incoming or current college student.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: March 7, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to undergraduate students in good academic standing who are U.S. citizens. Applicant must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant and applying to or has been accepted into a study abroad program or internship.

Blue Grass Energy Scholarship
Sponsor: Blue Grass Energy
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: March 8, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors living with a parent or guardian who is a Blue Grass Energy member (service area is in Kentucky).

Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship
Sponsor: Shire US Inc.
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: March 8, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to students who have been diagnosed with ADHD and is under the care of a licensed health care professional for ADHD. Applicant must be accepted to or will be enrolled in a 2- or 4-year undergraduate program at an accredited college, university, trade school, technical school, or vocational school located in the United States.

OJCF Higher Education Scholarships
Sponsor: Oregon Jewish Community Foundation (OJCF)
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: March 8, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to Jewish students who are incoming and current college students. Applicant must be a resident of Oregon.

TheDream.US Scholarship Program
Sponsor: The Dream.US Scholarship Program
Amount: $25,000
Closing Date: March 8, 2017
Description: Applicant must be a DREAMer who is DACA eligible and has applied for or received DACA approval. Applicant must be a first time college student and intend to attend a partner college (details available on website). In addition to the national scholarship, there is location specific scholarships (states where they face paying out-of-state tuition or will not admit students to their universities).

BP Global Citizen of Tomorrow Scholarship Program
Sponsor: BP
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: March 9, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to financially challenged students who want to study abroad and gain the intercultural skills needed to succeed in a global economy. Applicants must be planning to study abroad in Brazil or India. Applicant must be a high school student (graduates and graduating seniors are not eligible) who possess academic and career interest in science, technology, engineering, math or other field important to the energy industry.

Women in Cyber Security Scholarship
Sponsor: Raytheon
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: March 9, 2017
Description: Scholarships are open to women pursuing a degree with an information security/cybersecurity focus who are high school seniors or current undergraduate or graduate students.

AG Bell College Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Amount: Up to $10,000
Closing Date: March 10, 2017
Description: Scholarships are open to full-time students who are deaf and hard of hearing and who are pursuing an undergraduate degree at an accredited mainstream college or university.

DNA Day Essay Contest
Sponsor: American Society of Human Genetics
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: March 10, 2017
Description: Contest is open to high school students in grades 9-12. Applicant must submit an essay on a topic related to genetics.

EWISP – Spokane Scholarship
Sponsor: Executive Women International – Spokane
Amount: Up to $6,000
Closing Date: March 10, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to high school juniors who live within Spokane (Washington) or Kootenai (Idaho) counties who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have contributed to their community as demonstrated by involvement in extracurricular activities, work, religious, or volunteer activities. Up to three juniors per school are eligible to apply – applicant must contact and be approved by a school official to submit an EWISP scholarship application.

Future of Water Scholarship
Sponsor: Just Paddleboard
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: March 10, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens and legal U.S. residents (international transfer students are eligible if enrolling in a U.S. institution) who are currently enrolled full-time in a degree program at an accredited college in the United States. Applicant must submit an essay on the future of water.

General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program
Sponsor: Air Force Aid Society (AFAS)
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: March 10, 2017
Description: Applicant must be a dependent of an Air Force member, spouse of an Active Duty member, or a surviving spouse of an Air Force member. Applicant must be a high school graduate enrolled or accepted as a full-time undergraduate student during the 2017-2018 academic year.

MySolo401kFinancial Scholarship
Sponsor: MySolo401KFinancial
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: March 10, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to students currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited United States university, college or trade school. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to 401ks, IRAs, or other retirement accounts.

New Leader Scholarship
Sponsor: Marin Community Foundation
Amount: Up to $8,000
Closing Date: March 10, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to students enrolled in one of the public universities in the California Bay Area who are studying social sciences, human services, public interest law, health-related fields, or public service.

NEWH Dallas Scholarship
Sponsor: NEWH Dallas
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: March 10, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to currently enrolled students attending an accredited college in Northern Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, or Kansas. Applicant must have a career objective in one of the areas of the Hospitality Industry (i.e., Hotel/Restaurant Management, Culinary/Foodservice, Architecture, Interior Design, etc.)

Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest
Sponsor: Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
Amount: Up to $2,000
Closing Date: March 10, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to high school juniors and seniors. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to religious tests and immigration and refugee policies.

Robert Sheppard Leadership Awards
Sponsor: National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS)
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: March 10, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are NSHSS members and demonstrate an outstanding commitment to community service and initiative in volunteer activities.

Ruiz 4 Kids Scholarships
Sponsor: Ruiz 4 Kids
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: March 10, 2017
Description: Scholarships are open to high school seniors who live within 35 miles of an area with a Ruiz Foods presence (Dinuba or Tulare, California; Denison, Texas; Florence or Darlington County, South Carolina).

UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship Program
Sponsor: UCB, Inc.
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: March 10, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to students living with epilepsy or students who are a family member or caregiver of a person living with epilepsy. Applicant must be seeking an associate’s, undergraduate, or graduate degree program during the fall of 2017.

H-E-B- Primo Picks Showdown Video Contest
Sponsor: H-E-B
Amount: Up to $25,000
Closing Date: March 13, 2017
Description: Contest is open to legal Texas residents who are at least 18 years old at the time of entry. Contestant must submit a commercial or short video (less than 60 seconds) on a H-E-B Primo Pick of their choice.

AFWA Milwaukee Chapter Scholarships
Sponsor: Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance – Milwaukee Chapter
Amount: Up to $2,000
Closing Date: March 15, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to female graduating high school seniors and current students at two-year schools majoring in Accounting or Finance who are Wisconsin residents and attending a school with a Wisconsin campus, including online attendance at such school.

Alabama Home Builders Foundation Scholarship
Sponsor: Alabama Home Builders Foundation
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: March 15, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to Alabama residents who are enrolling in, or attending, an accredited junior college, technical school, or university in Alabama. Applicant must be enrolled in a residential construction-related curriculum.

All For Mailers Student Scholarship
Sponsor: All For Mailers
Amount: $500
Closing Date: March 15, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and current college students. Applicant must submit an essay on one of three given topics related to the mail.

American Foreign Service Association National High School Essay Contest
Sponsor: American Foreign Service Association (AFSA)
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: March 15, 2017
Description: Contest is open to high school students in grades 9-12 who are U.S. citizens. Students must submit an essay on a given topic related to the Foreign Service.

Aspiring Literary Scholar Award
Sponsor: Go On Girl! Book Club, Inc.
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: March 15, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens of African descent from any area of the Diaspora who are full-time freshmen, sophomore or junior students at any historically Black College or University (HBCU) in the United States. Applicant must submit a compelling essay of no more than 800 words on the following topic: The Power of the Written Word.

Beyond the Boroughs Scholarship
Sponsor: Beyond the Boroughs National Scholarship Fund
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: March 15, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors who have been accepted to an accredited four-year college, university, or equivalent and are from a low-income household. Applicant must submit personal essays and an essay on their community.

California Groundwater Association Scholarships
Sponsor: California Groundwater Association
Amount: Up to $2,500
Closing Date: March 15, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to California residents with an interest in ground water technology. Applicant must submit a 500 word essay demonstrating their interest in ground water technology.

Catching the Dream Scholarship
Sponsor: Catching the Dream
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: March 15, 2017
Description: Applicant must be 1/4 or more degree American Indian and be an enrolled member of a U.S. tribe. Applicant must be attending or planning on attending a college or university within the U.S. on a full-time basis that is fully accredited.

Change a Life Scholarship
Sponsor: Change a Life Foundation
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: March 15, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors planning to enroll in a four-year college or university with full-time status. Applicant must have at least a 3.5 GPA, financial need, and be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident with a green card. Student must be graduating from an approved public high school within the boundaries of Los Angeles, San Diego, or Orange counties (California).

Columbus Guarini Scholarship
Sponsor: Columbus Citizens Foundation
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: March 15, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. students who are transfer, degree seeking or study abroad students panning to attend John Cabot University. Applicant must be of Italian descent (at least 25% Italian) with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Commercial Video Scholarship
Sponsor: CheapAutoInsurance.org
Amount: $500
Closing Date: March 15, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens and permanent legal residents of the United States who are high school seniors and will enroll in college in the Fall semester or current undergraduate college students. Applicant must submit an original commercial promoting car insurance.

Community Foundation of Louisville Scholarships
Sponsor: Community Foundation of Louisville
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: March 15, 2017
Description: Scholarships are open to graduating high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students in the Louisville area. There are multiple scholarships available with different requirements. See website for details.

Curwen-Guidry-Blackburn Scholarship Fund
Sponsor: Southern Bowling Congress
Amount: $750
Closing Date: March 15, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors who are residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, or Texas. Applicant must currently be bowling in a USBC-sanctioned league and have bowled for three out of four years in high school.

Delaware Community Foundation Scholarships
Sponsor: Delaware Community Foundation
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: March 15, 2017
Description: Scholarships are open to students in Delaware. There are multiple scholarships available, including scholarships open to students in Elementary School, Middle School, High School and College. Some scholarships have general requirements while others are very specific. See website for details.

Don’t Text & Drive Scholarship
Sponsor: Law Offices of Matthew J. Quinlan
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: March 15, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to students 24 years of age or younger who are currently admitted or enrolled in a four-year college/university or graduate school. Applicant must submit an essay on texting and driving.

Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program
Sponsor: Fontana Transport Inc.
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: March 15, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming and current undergraduate students who will be studying full-time in one of the following concentration: Transportation, Math, Science, Engineering, Architecture, Environmental Design, Pre-Med, Psychology, or Spanish Language/Literature. Applicant must be low-income, underrepresented, or a first generation college student who has at least a 3.5 GPA (no citizenship requirement).

Foodservice Communciations Scholarships
Sponsor: International Foodservice Editorial Council (IFEC)
Amount: Up to $6,000
Closing Date: March 15, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to current college students who are preparing for a career in writing or public relations within the foodservice or food and beverage industry. Examples of careers can include Journalist, Public Relations Practitioners, Food Photographer, Food Stylist, and Marketing Specialist.

FormSwift Scholarship Program
Sponsor: FormSwift
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: March 15, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and current college students. Applicant must create a business plan infographic for one of the given industries provided.

Fruitful Kitchen Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Fruitful Kitchen
Amount: $600
Closing Date: March 15, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and current college students. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to a healthy meal.

Get Educated Online College Scholarship
Sponsor: Get Educated Online
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: March 15, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens enrolled in an accredited online program located in the USA with a minimum cumulate GPA of 3.0. Applicant must submit an essay on what an online college degree means to them.

Hagia Sofia Internet Marketing Scholarship
Sponsor: Hagia Sofia Consulting
Amount: $500
Closing Date: March 15, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to students currently studying in the areas of Online Marketing or Offline Marketing, Business, or Information Technology. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to internet marketing.

Note: Please use my scholarship lists as just one of the resources you use to look for scholarships. Here are 12 places to look for scholarships.

The Common Application Announces 2017-2018 Essay Prompts

 

The Essay Prompts for 2017-2018 are here!  Article by Common Application https://www.commonapp.org/whats-appening/application-updates/common-application-announces-2017-2018-essay-prompts

We are pleased to share the 2017-2018 Common Application essay prompts with you. The changes you see below reflect the feedback of 108 Common App member colleges and more than 5,000 other Common App constituents, as well as consultation with our advisory committees and Board of Directors. Students represented the single largest share of constituent survey respondents (59%), followed by school counselors (23%), and teachers (11%).

We were gratified to learn that 91% of members and 90% of constituents agree or strongly agree that the current prompts are effective. In addition, the narrative comments we received helped us see areas for improvement in three of the prompts. Working in close consultation with the counselors and admission officers on our advisory committees, we revised these prompts in a way that we believe will help students see expanded opportunities for expressing themselves. Those revisions appear in italics. You will also notice two new prompts. The first asks students to share examples of their intellectual curiosity. The second is a return to inviting students to submit an essay on a topic of their choice, reframed to help students understand that they are welcome to draw inspiration from multiple sources, not just their own creativity.

The word limit on the essay will remain at 650.

The goal of these revisions is to help all applicants, regardless of background or access to counseling, see themselves and their stories within the prompts. They are designed to invite unencumbered discussions of character and community, identity, and aspiration. To this end, we will be creating new educational resources to help students both understand and approach the opportunities the essay presents for them.

2017-2018 Common Application Essay Prompts

1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. [No change]

2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? [Revised]

3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome? [Revised]

4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. [No change]

5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others. [Revised]

6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more? [New]

7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design. [New]
  

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October 2016 Scholarships

SCHOLARSHIPS WITH OCTOBER 2016 DEADLINES

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Horatio Alger Scholarship

Amount: 10,000.00

Deadline: October 25, 2016

Description: Texas High School Student with Financial Need and a GPA of 2.0 or higher

 

Asian Women in Business Scholarship
Amount: $2,500
Deadline : October 1, 2016
Description: Women who are at least 50% Asian or Pacific Islander ancestry and are enrolled full-time in an accredited four-year undergraduate institution.

Commercial Video Scholarship
Amount: $5,000
Deadline: October 1, 2016
Description: High school seniors who will enroll in college in the Spring semester or current college students who are U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents of the United States. Applicant must submit an original commercial about car insurance driving habits good or bad.

Cosmetology Scholarship
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: October 1, 2016
Description: Currently enrolled cosmetology students. Applicant must submit a brief video of their best looks, skills, or beauty tips.

CPFI Scholarship
Amount: $250
Deadline: October 1, 2016
Description: Students in good standing at an accredited North American pharmacy college/school or training program, as well as a current member of the national CPFI organization.

Debt.com Scholarship for Aggressive Scholarship
Amount: $500
Deadline: October 1, 2016
Description: Applicant must send proof they have applied to other scholarships, as well as a letter explaining why they need the scholarship and their experience applying for scholarships.

Ehline American Military Vets Scholarship
Amount: $500
Deadline: October 1, 2016
Description: Military veterans who are enrolled in an accredited Law Office Study Program, or Law School, such as a judge’s chambers, law school, or other university.

Future Innovator Scholarship Program
Amount: $2,000
Deadline: October 1, 2016
Description: Graduating high school seniors and current college students. Applicant must submit three short essays.

General Scholarship for Advanced Education
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: October 1, 2016
Description: Residents of the United States who are at least 16 years of age and currently enrolled in an accredited post-secondary academic institution in the United States. Applicant must answer four personal, open-ended, and thought-provoking questions.

I Define Success Scholarship
Amount: $500
Deadline: October 1, 2016 (extended from August 15, 2016)
Description: Incoming and current undergraduate students who will be enrolled during the Fall 2016 semester/quarter. Applicant must submit an essay sharing how the applicant defines success and what their plan is to be successful.

Jacqueline Harrison Memorial Scholarship
Deadline: October 1, 2016
Description: Student preparing to enter or already attending an accredited degree-granting college or university pursuing a bachelor’s degree and who themselves or whose parents were victims of a violent crime.

Marion Motley Scholarship
Amount: $2,500 per year – renewable for four years
Deadline: October 1, 2016
Description: High school seniors from Northwest Ohio who plan to major in areas that could lead to a career working in education or for a profession organization, such as, but not limited to: accounting, business communications, event management, exercise science, finance, graphic design, human resources, information technology, journalism, kinesiology, marketing/advertising, public relations, or sports management. Scholarship is aimed at first generation, low-income students.

Millenial Scholarship Program
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: October 1, 2016
Description: U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled full-time at an accredited American college or university with a course of study in business, technology, engineering or finance.

Paralegal Career Scholarship
Amount: $500
Deadline: October 1, 2016
Description: Students who are at least 18 years of age. Applicant must be a current college student enrolled at an accredited college or university who is pursuing a paralegal related degree OR a high school student who has been accepted to a college and plans to pursue a paralegal degree program.

Raymond Davis Scholarship
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: October 1, 2016
Description: Advanced-level undergraduate or graduate students with an academic and/or research focus in a field related to imaging.

Save the Frogs! Art Contest
Amount: $100
Deadline: October 1, 2016
Description: Contest is open to anyone, regardless of age, with a talent for art. Applicant must submit a cool frog piece of art.

Startup Law Scholarship
Amount: $500
Deadline: October 1, 2016
Description: Current undergraduate, graduate, law school students, as well as incoming college freshman at an accredited U.S. educational institution who wants to become a lawyer.

Students with Heart Scholarship
Amount: Up to $6,000
Deadline: October 1, 2016
Description: Current college students who suffer from any Cardiac disease or deformity.


Venngage Startup Scholarship
Amount: Up to $5,000
Deadline: October 1, 2016
Description: Current college students who are looking to launch their own startup.  Must create an infographic using Vennage that pitches their amazing startup ideas.

Zeiger Firm Scholarship
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: October 1, 2016
Description: Students enrolled in an accredited United States college or university or planning to attend in the fall 2016 semester. Student must have an interest in a field of study related to law. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to police brutality.

Voices From the Margins ’16 Short Film Contest
Amount: Varies
Deadline: October 2, 2016
Description: Undergraduate students currently enrolled in an accredited college or university, as well as recent graduates (anytime after Oct. 2, 2015). Applicant must submit a short film on the theme Social Justice.

Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards
Amount: Up to $3,000
Deadline: October 2, 2016
Description: High school seniors (2017) of Hispanic/Latino descent who have demonstrated leadership in the classroom and community and for their focus in various categories including: Business & Entrepreneurship, Community Service, Education, Engineering, Healthcare & Science, and Mathematical Science.

BCL | MUD Makeup Scholarship
Sponsor: Beauty Changes Lives Foundation
Amount: $2,500
Deadline: October 3, 2016
Description: Students enrolled at an AACS member school who has an expressed interest in make-up and who is taking a MUD Make-up Course or standalone course as part of their licensed cosmetology or esthetics program.

Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award
Sponsor: From the Top
Amount: Up to $10,000
Deadline: October 3, 2016
Description: Classical instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers between the ages of 8 and 18 who have not yet entered college during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Wendy’s High School Heisman Award
Sponsor: Wendy’s Restaurants
Amount: Varies
Deadline: October 3, 2016
Description: High school seniors who have participated in one of the 43 sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games or the National Federation of State High School Associations and sponsored by their school. Applicant must have a GPA of at least 3.0.

BEA Scholarship
Sponsor: Broadcast Education Association (BEA)
Amount: Up to $4,000
Deadline: October 4, 2016
Description: Current college juniors, seniors, and graduate students attending a BEA Member institution.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
Sponsor: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State
Amount: Varies
Deadline: October 4, 2016
Description: Current undergraduate students who are receiving the Federal Pell Grant. Applicant must be applying to or has been accepted into a study abroad program or internship eligible for credit by the student’s academic institution.

AES Engineering Scholarship
Sponsor: AES Engineers
Amount: $500
Deadline: October 6, 2016
Description: High school seniors and current college students. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to a successful life. Scholarship is open to all majors.

Leadership for Diversity Scholarship
Sponsor: California School Library Association
Amount: $1,500
Deadline: October 7, 2016
Description: Students enrolled in a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing-accredited teacher librarian credential program. Applicant must also be a member of a traditionally underrepresented group.

WRLA Scholarship
Sponsor: Western Retail Lumber Association (WRLA)
Amount: $3,000
Deadline: October 7, 2016
Description: Current college students who are a full or part-time employee or dependent of an employee of a WRLA retail, affiliate or associate member company.

Bridging Scholarships
Sponsor: American Association of Teachers of Japanese
Amount: Up to $4,000
Deadline: October 10, 2016
Description: Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study who will be participating in a study-abroad program in Japan. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen.

Future Engineers Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Kelley Services, Inc.
Amount: $5,000
Deadline: October 14, 2016
Description: Scholarship is open to full-time students at the time of application submission, pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or Canada, and be accepted into the School of Engineering.

NHHF Scholarship
Sponsor: National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF)
Amount: Up to $5,000
Deadline: October 14, 2016
Description: Students enrolled full-time in an accredited graduate program in dental, medical, nursing, public health or health policy. Applicants are not required to be Hispanic, however, an affinity for the health of Hispanic communities and an interest in NHHF Scholars alumnus activities is required.

YoungArts Program
Sponsor: National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts
Amount: Up to $10,000
Deadline: October 14, 2016
Description: Artists in grades 10-12 or ages 15-18 with talent in cinematic arts, dance, design arts, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing. There is a $35 application fee, but fee waivers are available to qualified applicants.

Airman Scholarship and Commission Program (ASCP)
Sponsor: Air Force ROTC
Amount: Up to $18,000
Deadline: October 15, 2016
Description: Students participating in Air Force ROTC who are U.S. citizens, under 31 years of age as of Dec. 31 of the year of graduation or commission, and in good academic standing. Applicant must receive a recommendation from their immediate commander.

AmericanMuscle Automotive Scholarships
Sponsor: AmericanMuscle
Amount: $2,000
Deadline: October 15, 2016
Description: High school seniors and current college students who are pursuing an automotive degree or related field of study.

Branson Shows Inspired Scholarship
Sponsor: Branson Show Tickets
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: October 15, 2016
Description: Legal residents of the United States between the ages of 16 and 19, who are current students at any accredited educational institution or program of higher learning. High school students and homeschooled students who plan to enroll in college upon graduation are also encouraged to apply. Applicant must submit an essay on how a show inspired their dreams.

CJ Pony Parts Scholarship Video Contest
Sponsor: Pony Parts
Amount: $500
Deadline: October 15, 2016
Description: U.S. residents who will be enrolled in post-secondary education in their next semester. Applicant must submit a video that is under three minutes on one of several given topics.

College Scholarship Contest
Sponsor: Pelican Water Systems
Amount: Up to $1,500
Deadline: October 15, 2016
Description: Residents of the United States who are currently enrolled full-time at an accredited university in the United States. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to water conservation.

Cooley Scholarship, Masters Scholarship
Sponsor: Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE)
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: October 15, 2016
Description: Master’s level students who are currently enrolled in a health education program at an accredited college or university in the United States or a U.S. territory.

DEED Educational Scholarships
Sponsor: American Public Power Association (APPA)
Amount: $2,000
Deadline: October 15, 2016
Description: Full-time students attending an accredited institution in the United States. Applicant must be working toward a career at an electric utility. Applicant must also be attending school in a county with at least one DEED member utility and be sponsored by a DEED member. See website for specific information.

FormSwift Scholarship Program
Sponsor: FormSwift
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: October 15, 2016
Description: Graduating high school seniors and current college students. Applicant must create a business plan infographic for one of the given industries provided.

FunLeased Scholarship
Sponsor: FunLeashed
Amount: $500
Deadline: October 15, 2016
Description: Students currently or soon to be enrolled in college or graduate school. Applicant must submit an essay on the vacation of a lifetime.

General Scholarship for Higher Learning
Sponsor: HotelsCheap.org
Amount: $1,500
Deadline: October 15, 2016
Description: 16 years of age and are enrolled in an accredited post-secondary academic institution in the United States. Applicant must answer a total of four questions.

Get Educated Online College Scholarship
Sponsor: Get Educated Online
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: October 15, 2016
Description: U.S. citizens enrolled in an accredited online program located in the USA with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Applicant must submit an essay on what an online college degree means to them.

Healthcare Administration and Management Scholarship
Sponsor: Healthcare Administration Degree Programs
Amount: $1,500
Deadline: October 15, 2016
Description: Undergraduate and graduate students studying healthcare administration and management. Applicant must submit an essay on their career plans in the area of healthcare administration and why they have chosen the field.

Interior-Deluxe Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Interior Deluxe
Amount: $1,500
Deadline: October 15, 2016
Description: Students who are at least 16 years of age, and who are enrolled in an accredited post-secondary academic institution. Applicant must fill out a short application and answer a few personal questions.

JEN Scholarships
Sponsor: Jazz Education Network (JEN)
Amount: Varies
Deadline: October 15, 2016
Description: High school and university students with talent and potential in jazz performance and/or education or industry. Multiple scholarships available with different requirements. Applicants should see website for details.

NVMA Centennial Scholarship Foundation Scholarships
Sponsor: Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association
Amount: Minimum of $250
Deadline: October 15, 2016
Description: Students who have completed two semesters of veterinary education and are pursing completion of the professional program. Applicant must be a Nebraska High School or State of Nebraska approved Home School Program.

Olin E. Teague Scholarship
Sponsor: National Space Club
Amount: $4,000
Deadline: October 15, 2016
Description: Graduating high school seniors who are U.S. citizens and plan to pursue careers in the aerospace fields.

Ruth Abernathy Presidential Scholarship
Sponsor: Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE)
Amount: Up to $1,750
Deadline: October 15, 2016
Description: Undergraduate and graduate students majoring in a field related to one of the disciplines represented by SHAPE (health education, physical education, physical activity, dance, sport).

Sheriff’s Association of Texas Youth Scholarship
Sponsor: Sheriffs’ Association of Texas
Amount: Varies
Deadline: October 15, 2016
Description: Scholarship is open to sons, daughters, and grandchildren of sheriffs, former sheriffs, sheriff’s office employees or peace officers in the state of Texas who are currently enrolled in college.

Texas Railroad Peace Officers Association Scholarship
Sponsor: Sheriffs’ Association of Texas
Amount: Varies
Deadline: October 15, 2016
Description: Current college students in the state of Texas who are pursing a degree in Criminal Justice and a career in law enforcement.

Halloween Express Summer/Fall 2016 Scholarship Contest
Sponsor: Halloween Express
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: October 16, 2016
Description: Students of all fields of study who are at least 18 years of age or older and have been accepted to an accredited post secondary undergraduate program or college located in the United States for the 2016 school year. Applicant must submit an essay on a given prompt related to Autumn.

Tagore Society of Houston Essay Contest
Sponsor: Tagore Society of Houston
Amount: Up to $500
Deadline: October 16, 2016
Description: High school seniors attending school in the United States. Applicant must review a famous quote from Tagore and write an essay based on its relevance to current times and how it can help today’s society.

BCL | Murad | Esthetics Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Beauty Changes Lives Foundation
Amount: $2,250
Deadline: October 17, 2016
Description: Scholarship is open to prospective and newer students at a qualifying AACS schoolS.

College JumpStart Scholarship
Sponsor: The College JumpStart Scholarship Fund
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: October 17, 2016
Description: Students in 10th through 12th grades, college students, and non-traditional students. Applicant must submit a short essay.

Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway
Sponsor: Dr Pepper/Seven Up, Inc.
Amount: Up to $100,000
Deadline: October 17, 2016
Description: U.S. legal residents who are btween the ages of 18 and 24 years of age. Applicant must submit how they will change the world in 350 characters or less. Once the applicant receives 50 votes, they will be eligible to submit a video. Individuals can also nominate a student.

The Music Center Spotlight program
Sponsor: The Music Center
Amount: Up to $5,000
Deadline: October 17, 2016
Description: Southern California high school students (Grades 10-12) who have talent in acting, Non-Classical Voice, Classical Voice, Non-Classical Dance, Ballet, Jazz Instrumental and Classical Instrumental. Applicant must submit an audition video.

Michigan Injury Lawyers Scholarship
Sponsor: Michigan Injury Lawyers
Amount: $500
Deadline: October 20, 2016
Description: Students currently enrolled at an accredited college or university or planning to enroll for the fall 2016 semester. Applicant must demonstrate interest in success in a field of study related to law.

Horatio Alger Association Scholarship
Sponsor: Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc.
Amount: Up to $25,000
Deadline: October 25, 2016
Description: High school seniors in the United States who demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income).

Williams-Mystic/Joseph Conrad Ocean Essay Contest
Sponsor: William-Mystic
Amount: Up to $400
Deadline: October 28, 2016
Description: Undergraduate students of any major in good academic standing and graduating high school seniors. Applicant must submit either fiction or nonfiction about any topic and in any genre as long as the ocean or a major body of water is the primary setting or aspect of concern.

ADCI Scholarship
Sponsor: Association of Diving Contractors International
Amount: $4,000
Deadline: October 31, 2016
Description: Members of the community of ADCI voting member companies who are current and in good standing with ADCI.

American Bullion Scholarship Program
Sponsor: American Bullion, Inc.
Amount: $500
Deadline: October 31, 2016
Description: Undergraduate students currently enrolled at an accredited college or university within the United States. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to gold and retirement.

Archways & Ceilings Architecture Scholarship
Sponsor: Archways & Ceilings
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: October 31, 2016
Description: Students currently enrolled at an accredited university. Applicant must be studying Architecture.

Archways & Ceilings Construction Management Scholarship
Sponsor: Archways & Ceilings
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: October 31, 2016
Description: Students currently enrolled at an accredited university. Applicant must be studying Construction Management.

Beauty School Scholarship
Sponsor: Beauty Schools Directory
Amount: $2,500
Deadline: October 31, 2016
Description: Students planning to attend a school in one of the following programs: cosmetology, barbering, hair design, nail technology, makeup artistry, esthetics and skin care, permanent cosmetics/makeup, laser hair removal, etc.

Best Value Schools STEM Scholarship for Women
Sponsor: Best Value Schools
Amount: $2,000
Deadline: October 31, 2016
Description: Currently enrolled college students who are majoring full-time in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics program. Application opens October 15, 2016 and only the first 50 completed applications will be considered – apply early.

Buildium’s Women in Technology Scholarship
Sponsor: Buildium
Amount: $2,500
Deadline: October 31, 2016
Description: Female students enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate degree program in Product Design, Interaction Design, UX Design, or Computer Science.

CARiD Scholarship
Sponsor: CARiD
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: October 31, 2016
Description: Current college students between the ages of 16 and 20 who will be enrolled in post-secondary education in the upcoming semester. Applicant must create a photo inspired by any aspect of the automotive industry.

Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship
Sponsor: Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation
Amount: Up to $20,000
Deadline: October 31, 2016
Description: Current high school seniors attending school in the United States. Program recognizes students for their capacity to lead and service, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.

Fraternal Scholarship
Sponsor: Catholic Order of Foresters
Amount: $5,000 ($1,250 for four years)
Deadline: October 31, 2016
Description: High school seniors who are members of the Catholic Order of Foresters.

George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest
Sponsor: National Rifle Association of America (NRA)
Amount: Up to $1,000
Deadline: October 31, 2016
Description: Students in grades 1-12, including home-schooled students. Student must submit a piece of art on a given topic related North American game birds or animals that may be legally hunted or trapped.

Geraldine “Polly’ Bednash Scholarship
Sponsor: American Association of Colleges of Nursing | CastleBranch
Amount: $5,000
Deadline: October 31, 2016
Description: Students admitted or enrolled in a baccalaureate or higher degree nursing program at an AACN member institution affiliated with CastleBranch (see link for details). Applicant must also have at least a 3.2 GPA in current program or at last school attended.

Kim Brooks-Rodney Personal Safety Scholarship
Sponsor: Cohen & Cohen, P.C.
Amount:
Deadline: October 31, 2016
Description: Students enrolled in an accredited undergraduate college or university during the fall of 2016. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to lawyers.

National Eagle Scout Association Scholarships
Sponsor: National Eagle Scout Association
Amount: Varies
Deadline: October 31, 2016
Description: Seniors through college juniors who are Eagle Scouts.

National Poetry Competition
Sponsor: The Poetry Society
Amount: Varies
Deadline: October 31, 2016
Description: Competition is open to anyone aged 17 or over at the time of entering. International entries are welcome. Applicant must submit a previously unpublished single poem.

OB/GYN Group Scholarship
Sponsor: Revere Health OB/GYN Group
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: October 31, 2016
Description: Students who attend an accredited not-for-profit institution of higher education. Scholarship is open to students of all majors. Applicant must submit a personal essay related to their education.

Quest for Success Scholarship
Sponsor: Kass & Moses P.C.
Amount: $500
Deadline: October 31, 2016
Description: Incoming and current college students who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to bicycle safety.

Rug & Home Humanitarian Scholarship
Sponsor: Rug & Home
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: October 31, 2016
Description: College freshman, sophomores, and juniors who are anticipating completion of a university degree at the time of application. The scholarship wishes to recognize a student for his or her capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.

Rug & Home Interior Design Scholarship
Sponsor: Rug & Home
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: October 31, 2016
Description: College freshman, sophomores, and juniors who are pursuing a degree at an accredited university by the Council for Interior Design and majoring in Interior Design.

Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $2,000
Deadline: October 31, 2016
Description: Students 13 years of age or older who are legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia who are currently enrolled (or will enroll no later than the fall of 2022) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. Applicant will need to submit a short response to a given prompt.

 

Regular Decision, Early Decision or Early Action? What's the answer?

The choices can be dizzying!  So many schools to evaluate and once you find it, then it is decision time again!

Hopefully this will help clarify some of the confusion when it comes to Early Decision, Early Action or Regular Decision.

EARLY DECISION - Early Decision is a legally binding agreement.  This means that if you choose to apply early decision, you must accept their admissions agreement if accepted.  This offers both positives and negatives.  The negatives are that often, you haven't seen the financial packages offered and yet are still committed.  The positives are that the school knows that you will be committed if they give you a spot.  Consider their perspective.  They want to fill seats.  They want students to choose their school.  When you decide to go early decision, they have a guarantee that you will be attending and paying.  This increases your chances of getting into possibly difficult schools.   However, you must be academically in the "ball park" of what they accept.  Many times, students who apply early decision are exceptional students who have done their homework, they know beyond a shadow of doubt that this is the school for them and they have the grades and test scores to prove it.  You can only apply to one institution early decision and if you are accepted you must withdraw all other applications.

EARLY ACTION-  If you are prepared on time, you can apply early action.  I only recommend doing this if your grades and test scores are very strong.  If not, you might benefit from additional grades in high school as well as testing again to improve your scores.  Early Action is not a legally binding agreement.  If you apply early action, you will simply get an answer sooner.  In addition, if the school is slightly out of reach for you, you may be deferred to regular decision, in which they will review your application again with the students who applied regular decision.  This is often when many students have the opportunity to get into schools that they are "reaching" for.  Even though you will receive your acceptance early, you still have plenty of time to make your decision as well as apply to other schools of your choice.

REGULAR DECISION- By far, the most popular choice of applying is regular decision.  Most students simply don't have all necessary things done by early action / early decision.  When applying regular decision, just make sure you are up to date on the deadlines.  If you miss a deadline, you won't be able to apply again until the next semester.  These deadlines are non negotiable.  In addition to application deadlines, there are very strict financial aid and scholarship deadlines to note as well.  One of the biggest drawbacks to regular decision is that you often will not find out the decision until late spring. 

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What about the FAFSA ?

What is the FAFSA?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (known as the FAFSA) is a form that can be prepared annually by current and prospective college students (undergraduate and graduate) in the United States to determine their eligibility for student financial aid.

Do I have to fill it out?

Yes and no!  You are not required to, but I highly recommend that you do.  At some schools, if you do not apply as a freshman, you cannot apply later.  In addition, even if you have a high salary, you may still be eligible for something, depending on how many students you have in college, other children at home in addition to salary.  Life is often uncertain, if you find yourself in a financial crisis, it would be better to have done it in advance.

Here is an excellent article with some very insightful information about the FAFSA and middle class Americans http://deltavalleycollegecounseling.tumblr.com/post/148109014923/the-fafsa-is-broken-middle-class-students-have

FAFSA has excellent videos on their site, walking you through each step of the process.  

https://fafsa.ed.gov/

There are Four Main Sources of Financial Aid

  • Federal government (the largest source)

  • State governments

  • Colleges and universities

  • Private organizations

The FAFSA qualifies you for federal aid, but many state governments and colleges also use this application to award their own aid.  The FAFSA is easy to do.  Complete the form online at www.fafsa.gov or download paper forms there. You can even import your family’s tax information directly from the IRS website. 

 

Once you have completed the FAFSA, you should apply for these types of aid:

  • Financial aid at the colleges you are applying to

  • Private scholarships you are eligible for

For more information about financial aid, see Financial Aid: FAQs 

To learn more about filling out the FAFSA, read How to Complete the FAFSA.

 

 

 

 

 

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How to get Your Best Grades In High School

High School is hard.  There are so many things to juggle.  The social aspect of high school is complicated to say the least.  Just yesterday, some high school girls in my car were discussing how hard it is to not know who your friends are.  It is difficult to know who is a true friend or just a "to your face friend."  That is a different conversation.  Excelling academically in high school is challenging.  I've put together some tips that are simple to do and will give you great benefits if you do them.

I want to encourage you to give it your best shot this year.  You have an incredibly bright future ahead.   

1. Get to know your teachers!  Remember, you never get a second chance to make a first impression.  

Take time to introduce yourself and get to know your teachers. This will impact your grade in a positive way.

2. Get a Plan!  Make sure you have a planner.  Record test dates for the entire semester and assign study hours for when you will study for each test.  In addition, plan study hours for each week to study.  If you fail to plan, then plan to fail.  You have to be proactive about your study times.  

3. Flashcards are your friend!  The human mind is amazing.  Using flashcards incorporates three different ways of gaining information.  When you WRITE the information on the flashcard, it helps you remember it, then you SEE  the information on the card and then you SPEAK the information as you quiz yourself with the flashcards.  Remember, flashcards are your friend!  I really like the small flashcards that have a spiral attached to the top.  Stock up on these. 

https://www.amazon.com/Oxford-Spiral-Assorted-Bright-40281/dp/B006VYWUGQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1472141359&sr=8-1&keywords=spiral+note+cards

4. Every time you say YES to something, your are saying NO to something else.  Make your YES count. Discipline buys freedom.  Once you have taken the time to study and get your homework done, only then have you earned your free time.  Make sure you are in charge of your schedule and what you spend your time on.

5. Sit in the front of the class if possible.  This helps force you into paying attention.  Just a personal trick I had to learn on my own.  

You are going to have a fabulous year!

 

5 Tips for College Fairs

Tips for College Fair

By Ty Anderson

 

COLLEGE FAIRS ARE AN EXCELLENT WAY TO LEARN ABOUT YOUR SCHOOLS OF INTEREST.  HERE ARE 5 TIPS TO HELP YOU GET THE MOST OUT OF COLLEGE FAIRS.

#1] Put your name and email on email lists, contact inquiries, student information pamphlets, and questioners. Get connected to the university! Make sure you don’t leave the table/booth without the university having your contact information in some way.

    Why?  One of the biggest things that universities look for is a student’s“level of interest.” You may not end up wanting to go that school in the long run, which is fine, but if you decide you are interested and apply, being on their contact list will be greatly beneficial, it shows that you are truly interested in their school. 

 

#2] Make a personal connection with the representative at the booth. 

    Why? Often times this person is an alumnus, school representative, or current student. Regardless, they have personal experience with the school and can give you a student’s perspective about academic programs, campus life, residential life, clubs and organizations, etc. The point is, this person is the best source of info for that school outside of a student currently on campus. Garrett, this is your time to ask questions that may be more than surface level. (How big are classes? What is the longest walking distance class to class on campus? How clean/ new are the dorms? How safe is campus? How does your financial aid work? Is it need- based? Do you accept all outside scholarships? ) This person is a great source of information; don’t walk away without making a personal connection! 

 

3] Pick up flyers, pamphlets, information brochures, and one-pagers. 

    Why?  Now, don’t come home with 34,937.3 flyers, however have “hardcopy” sources of information, that way when you have a question about a school, or we are trying to organize information, it can be more quickly accessed rather than searching the internet to find it. 

 

4] Make a list of school preferences BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE COLLEGE FAIR. 

    Why? College fairs present a lot of information in a condensed setting. You (like I did) will forget information or things you liked about the schools. I’m not saying that you should make your concrete list before you leave, but just jot down some pros/cons about schools you liked and ones you didn’t. I/we can take this information to create a profile of schools you may like. Example: if you list 10 schools, and one common theme you like is the small class sizes, then I/we know to start creating a profile for schools with smaller class sizes. Don’t leave the fair until you have this list going, it will help you a ton in the long run! 

 

5 Bottom Line] This fair is a GREAT source of information. Use it to your advantage. Meet and connect with representatives, gather info about the schools, and ENJOY YOURSELF! Take time to form opinions and be particular about what you like and don’t like! After all, this is your college experience! This is really the first step to being on your way; we can start the process once you have some schools in mind! Feel free to call/text me if you have questions during the fair! 

FOR A LIST OF UPCOMING COLLEGE FAIRS, CLICK ON THIS PHOTO FOR COLLEGE FAIR LINKS AND MAY MORE RESOURCES.

Remember 10th Grade Typing Class ?

What your student really needs before starting school this year

Imagine College Coaching It is still fresh on my mind. I struggled. I can not lie. It took weeks and weeks of practice to get my fingers to follow my brain’s lead. Once I got the letters down, it was time to learn the numbers. *!(#@*)4 And yet, this one semester of frustration and investment has produced a mighty return ( no pun intended) for the last 20 years.

I have the amazing privilege of working with teens everyday. I love them to pieces. I love everything about the way they think, make decisions, struggle to stay focused, laugh at awkward times etc …. I love every last thing about them…… EXCEPT…… their absolute inability to type !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It makes me crazy to watch them peck at their keyboards. Our teens simply have not been taught to type. Less than one in ten are proficient at typing. Parents, as much as we are laughed at regarding our “technology gap”, this is truly one skill where we have an advantage :)

I know what your thinking, of course your teen can type. What you really mean, is that your teen can text! It is not the same thing. I have no idea why they can spend literally thousands of hours texting and can’t type a single sentence. Simply mind boggling.

I tell my children as well as all my students they are “bursting with potential, every square inch of them!” I know this to be true. I see the potential in each set of eyes I meet. So, here is the deal …. I KNOW they can type. I just know it! They only need a bit of motivation (and one of many online typing courses) from us more experienced typists. ( Yes, even if you only took 1 short semester of typing, you are now considered experienced!)

So, while you are preparing for a new year to begin, ….. buying the school supplies, the new sneakers, the dorm room decor, the crayons etc….. one of the greatest things you can do to equip them with the needed tools this year is teach them to type. Can you imagine the hours this will save them? Those precious hours could be used to actually study instead of peck on the keyboard. The thought of it makes me want to do cartwheels.

I’m including some online typing apps and links. Some are free, some are not. I have no affiliation to any of them but I am considering them for my own kids and wanted to share with you.

Moral of this story, if you have kids from Kindergarten to College, one of the greatest things they need for school this year is the gift of typing :) And just think, they wont even need white out tape. That will just be our little secret :)

 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/key...

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gho...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z3c6tfr

http://www.typing-lessons.org/

http://www.powertyping.com/

http://www.sense-lang.org/typing/

http://www.typingweb.com/

The College Sendoff!

The College Sendoff!

Imagine College Coaching

Today I write to you as a mother. Though I am very familiar with "all things college" it is a different thing when you are dropping off your own "baby" at college, even if they are 6' feet tall. This is round 2 for me. The memories of dropping off our oldest at college are still deeply engrained in my mind which is why I wanted to help prepare any of you who might be walking this road for the first time.

I don't think it is coincidence that the college send off lines up with the Olympics. It is a huge event and the participants need a lot of courage. Though we have spent years preparing for this, it somehow still seems to sneak up on us. This day will take all the strength you have and endurance to finish this race strong.

Here are a few tips that might make this day a winning event for you, and for them.....I am certainly not suggesting it will be easy!

1. Get Your Attitude On! You are going to be the one to set the "tone" for the day. Your student is feeling a little apprehensive as well, so you need to fake it till you make it for their sake. Put on your best lipstick, hold your head high and put a smile on that face. You have prepared your child for this moment their whole life. You will want to remember these last few hours with your student as positive ones, not sad ones. Decide ahead of time to make this a fun, happy memorable event for all involved.

2. Write a letter to leave with them. Since you are setting a positive and excited "tone" for the day, you should leave your heartfelt words written neatly in a letter for after you have gone. Your student can read them when they are ready. They will read this letter over and over and over again, trust me on this. They really do value your words more than you know. I suggest that in this letter you let them know how much you believe in them. To let them know that you have confidence in their future and their ability to succeed will encourage them with a bright hope and future! You can cry all you want while writing this letter, but it will allow you to not make a blubbering idiot of yourself in front of their new friends / peers. Trust me on this one. Leave it under their pillow. Maybe with a pack of Hershey’s kisses.

3. Let them Lead. This is where you officially hand over the reigns. Tell yourself from the moment you step on campus that you are following their lead. This means they make the decisions. Now, this will require every ounce of strength from you. Of course, we all know that “mother knows best” but in this moment, mother has to take a step back. In order for them to become independent, we have to let them lead. It starts here.... in the dorm room. Emotions will be running very high and you will see obvious things that need to be done. Don’t!

4. Plan for things to go differently than you have envisioned. The departure may look much different in real life than it does in your mind. The campus will be crazy crowded, the roommates parents may be lingering in your student’s room too long, ( Remember they are experiencing their own sendoff ) all of the dorm items you brought may not be fitting together neatly etc..... It will be chaos. Both literal chaos and your heart and mind will be a little scrabbled. I mean, how does a parent prepare for dropping off their baby? There is no perfect way to do this, but hopefully these tips will help you know a little more about what to expect. Plan for the unplanned!

5. LET THEM GO! I know that even the sound of those words seem impossible. You can do this. Plan a time to talk to them again soon. Kiss that little forehead one more time. Plaster a smile on your face and say your goodbyes! Make it quick. From here, let them reach out to you next, don’t bug them. Don’t try to parent from afar. Your job is done! Well Done Mama! Think back to your life during the college years. The mistakes you made, they will make them also and more. They need these experiences to make them stronger. Learn to smile and keep that positive “tone” in your voice. Now, take a deep breath and let it all out if you need to. There is no shame in your pain. When you have poured all your heart, soul and prayers into a child, it is only natural to feel every single feeling that is washing over you.

6. CROSS THE FINISH LINE! This is a new start for you too! Celebrate It! Go get that pedicure, have a margarita, whatever you want to do. You just won the olympics. You did it! You crossed the finish line! There is a gold medal waiting for you. When that same unsteady and uncertain student comes home in a few months, you will likely see that an amazing young adult has emerged. The confidence, the pride, the independence they have found in themselves is your shiny gold medal. Just knowing that you made a significant contribution in the life of someone so amazing is enough to keep that smile on your face for years to come. GREAT JOB!

 

 

 

 

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR COLLEGE ADMISSIONS

RESOURCES

The College Admissions Process can be overwhelming to say the least.  At Imagine College Coaching, we are committed to making the process as easy as we can.  We have put together a list of our favorite resources to give you a head start!  www.imaginecollegecoaching.com

 

COLLEGE APPLICATIONS

COMMON APPLICATION

The Common Application is the most well known college application.  The Common Application is the preferred application for over 600 Universities in the United States.  

UNIVERSAL APPLICATION

The Universal Application is the new kid on the block but has 46 Colleges and Universities on board already.  

THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA APPLICATION

If you have your eye on a California school, it is likely you will need this app. It is the only way to apply to UC campuses.  

APPLY TEXAS

If you are considering a College in the Lone Star State of Texas, this is the app that is accepted by most Texas public schools.  

 

GENERAL COLLEGE HELPFUL RESOURCES

 

COLLEGE BOARD

College Board is a wealth of knowledge.  This is the gold mine of college info.  This is also the place to register for the SAT. 

 

COLLEGE NAVIGATOR

This website is hosted by the Department of Education.  All the information is directly form the data that is submitted by colleges.  

 

IMAGINE COLLEGE COACHING LIBRARY

A Library of engaging videos for High School Students grades 9-12 and College Freshmen.  These videos are helpful in helping teens gain an understanding of the college admissions process and how they can be successful.  The fee is $15.00 per month and you can cancel anytime.  Well worth the money.  The best resource around for a low monthly fee.  

 

COLLEGE RAPTOR

COLLEGE RAPTOR IS NEW TO THIS FIELD BUT I LIKE THE USER FRIENDLY SITE THEY HAVE.  THEY ALSO INCLUDE AN ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE AND MATCHING OPTION.  THIS IS A VERY STUDENT FRIENDLY SITE. 

 

BLOG

This blog offers helpful advice to navigate your way through the college admissions process.

 

TESTS

SAT

SAT is administered by College Board. You can use this site to register for upcoming tests as well as view your scores and have scores sent to colleges of your choice.  

ACT

This is the official site of the ACT test.  You can register for upcoming tests as well as view your scores.

 

 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT TESTS

You can learn everything you need to know about AP tests here.  Some colleges give class credit for passing these tests.  

KHAN ACADEMY

In my opinion, the best SAT tests tutoring is offered FREE by Khan Academy as well as tutoring for many other subjects.  I can't recommend this site enough.  

 

FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS

 

FAFSA

Free Application for Student Aid. The FAFSA is used to determine how much money a student will receive from a school based on family income.  They have excellent videos to help you understand how the process works.  

 

 

# ASK FAFSA OFFICE HOURS ON TWITTER.  

FAFSA has an office hour to allow anyone to ask questions.  A valuable resource indeed!

 

FEDERAL STUDENT AID

This is the "go to" source for all things financial aid.  They give information on pell grants, work study programs and many loan options.  

 

FASTWEB

A reliable place to search for scholarships.

UNIGO

Unigo is another great resource for scholarships as well as college matches.

ROOMSURF

A website that is good at matching students with like interests.  A great way to find a roommate.

 

FINAID

A Non Profit Organization who helps guide the way through financial aid.

 

COLLEGE FAIRS

NACAC

WACAC

CHRISTIAN COLLEGE FAIRS

 

ATHLETIC RECRUITING

NCAA

The National Collegiate Athletic Association

NJCAA National Junior College Athletic Association

GAP YEAR OPTIONS

AMERICAN GAP ASSOCIATION

CARPE DIEM EDUCATION

THE CENTER FOR INTERIM PROGRAMS, LLC

USA GAP YEAR FAIRS

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS OF INTEREST

HILLSONG INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP COLLEGE

COLLEGE OF THE OZARKS  Does not charge students tuition for college