Monday, February 23, 2015

FAFSA Workshop at McKee on Thursday, February 26, 2015

Have you filled out your child’s FAFSA yet? Do you want to get as much FREE MONEY as possible to pay for college?
Just a reminder that we are having a FAFSA WORKSHOP here at McKee on Thursday, February 26th at 6pm.

We’ll have SNACKS and DRINKS and a RAFFLE FOR $100 toward SENIOR DUES.

In order to be eligible for the raffle, student AND parent have to attend!! This workshop is open to EVERYONE.


Friday, October 24, 2014

List of Scholarships + Links

It is time to apply for Scholarships.  Click here to see the spreadsheet of over 50 scholarships.

My advice, as you find out more, add it to the EXCEL list.

In addition, below is a list of 7 scholarship links. Make sure that you register.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Text Messaging College News Courtesy of the College Board

Text Messaging College News Courtesy of the College Board
Text messaging campaigns to provide students with personalized college and financial aid information have been used in school districts and communities across the country and have consistently led to improved college enrollment rates. We are confident our students will benefit from these reminders as well.

With the PSAT/NMSQT administration just around the corner October 15, here’s what we will do and will ask you to do in order to offer your students the chance to participate:

Before test day
§  Our counselors will receive a package with instructions and yellow sign-up forms that will explain the purpose of the text messaging campaign and ask students if they would like to provide their cell phone number and consent to receive text messages from the College Board (
§  The forms and the accompanying instructions for administration in advance of test day will be reviewed and also reviewed with the proctor(s) and assistant(s).
§  The materials will be with our school’s PSAT/NMSQT materials.
On test day
§  Please make sure you follow the instructions provided by the counselor on the form.

§  For you to be on the text alert messages, you must return the completed sign-up forms in the envelope provided using the same box in which you will return your school’s PSAT/NMSQT materials.

UBS NextGen Leaders

We are pleased to share with you that we are now actively recruiting for UBS NextGen Leaders, a free, comprehensive college success program for African-American and Hispanic/Latino males in the 12th grade.  This initiative is a new partnership between UBS and SEO Scholars.  

The application deadline is Sunday, October 26, 2014 and all eligible students are encouraged to apply.  The application is easy to complete and should take no longer than 20 minutes.

Benefits to students include:
·            College and financial aid application workshop
·            Free laptop for college
·            Paid international travel experience
·            One-on-one support from an advisor throughout college
·            Semi-annual leadership events with inspirational speakers and skill-building courses
·            Internship and career preparation
·            Community of motivated students
·            Mentoring by business professionals and networking opportunities

Program eligibility:
·            African American or Hispanic/Latino males in the 12th grade
·            Public high school students from New York City, Newark, NJ, Weehawken, NJ, or   Stamford, CT
·            Minimum GPA of 80 or 2.7
·            Have taken/scheduled to take the SAT or ACT in 2014 and plan to apply to a four-year college

Next steps:
·         We would like to set up a phone conversation or in-person presentation with schools by October 17, in consideration of the application deadline.
·         Recruitment brochures will be sent to all DOE high schools next week.

We hope you are able to forward this information to your networks.  Please let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing applications from your students!


Cristina VĂ©lez, LMSW
Program Manager
SEO Scholars, College
Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO)
55 Exchange Place, Suite 601
New York, NY 10005
(O) 646-442-3859

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Parsons Pre-College Academy Program

Parsons holds the Pre-College Academy program on Saturdays for students in grades 3 through 12. Students can choose from a variety of art and design disciplines grouped by elementary, middle and high school grade levels. Students do not need art or design experience to participate, although more experienced students may choose to enroll in a portfolio development class to further their art and design studies. Registration is currently open and classes begin on Saturday, September 27.

We are holding an information session on Saturday, September 13th at 11:00 a.m. in Kellen Auditorium, located at 66 5th Avenue between 11th and 12th Streets. Representatives will discuss the different classes on offer this semester and details about our pre-college certificate program. Attendees will have an opportunity to see examples of student work and ask questions from Parsons representatives. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please RSVP here:

More information about the Pre-College Academy program and directions for how to register for a Saturday class can be found here:

Throughout the year, Parsons hosts a variety of free art and design related events and workshops for youth. Many of our events like Portfolio Redefined are focused on portfolio preparation and college readiness. Other events like PlayTech are opportunities for students to learn about industry careers like Game Design and interact with peers from across the tri-state area.

To join the mailing address to receive more information about these free events please visit this link:

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Monday, September 8, 2014

ACT and SAT Deadlines and Registration

Calling all McKee Juniors and Seniors - 

Check out the ACT. One must score a minimum of a 24 for the colleges to flock to your door at:

Need information on the SAT - then move your mouse to the following link:

Need a refresher on the topics in the ACT and the SAT, here are two great sites: