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
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 (www.collegeboard.com).
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).
materials will be with our school’s PSAT/NMSQT materials.
On test day
make sure you follow the instructions provided by the counselor on the
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.
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.
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
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
·Internship and career preparation
·Community of motivated students
·Mentoring by business professionals and networking opportunities
·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
·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!
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,
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: www.newschool.edu/p/rsvp/
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.
With regular decision deadlines fast approaching, NOW is the time for students to put their best foot forward in the competitive college application race. Login to the All Access Virtual College Fair, on September 18, 2014 where admissions reps from over 200 colleges like Texas Tech, UCLA & Syracuse University will be available to chat live with students about application questions, financial aid and more. Students will be automatically entered to win the $2,500 Tuition Scholarship Giveaway when they visit 3 colleges during the event.
Don’t miss expert presentations on career planning, managing college stress, paying for college and managing credit card debt.
PARENTS-GUARDIANS-CAREGIVERS – Strongly, and I mean strongly encourage your child by helping them guide the mouse to follow the link: www.collegeweeklive.com, and go to this virtual college fair!! If your child signs up for the website with your email address, they will send your child emails often with new and updated scholarship opportunities and the schools that will have representatives online. You can also check out information from past online fairs and workshops. This website is a really great resource so use it!!
Ms. Pecora, McKee's intrepid college advisor, hopes you haveallsigned up for as many college and scholarship websites as possible.
She continues researching scholarships and passing out information to those
that are eligible for the larger scholarships. Sign upforwww.fastweb.comand make aFULL PROFILE, and they will match you
with scholarships that you are eligible. Start working on your essays because
you can use one really good essay for many scholarships!
Also, check out www.collegeweeklive.com. They give many options
for scholarships and virtual college fairs where you can talk to college and
financial aid representatives from around the country. They have a VIRTUAL
COLLEGE FAIR coming up tomorrow (Nov 21) – all students who “attend” (sign in,
make an account, explore the colleges) are automatically entered into a drawing
for a $2,500 scholarship!!
Emma L. Bowen Foundation is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2014!
Foundation was created in 1989 to prepare minority youth for careers in the
media industry. The Foundation’s program is unlike traditional intern programs
in that students work for partner companies during summers and school breaks
from the summer following their senior year in high school until they
graduate from college. During the four-year program, students have an opportunity
to learn many aspects of corporate operations and develop company-specific
skills. Corporations have an opportunity to train and mentor students with the
option of full-time employment upon completion of their college degrees.
earn an hourly salary and matching scholarship funds for college expenses.
Academic excellence is also a key component of the program—students are
required to maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average to remain in good
standing. The Foundation staff works closely with corporate partners to monitor
each student’s academic and work progress. An annual summer conference, a
mentoring program and a technical program are also provided to further
enhance the student’s knowledge and experience. Resource guides for both
students and corporate supervisors are provided to maximize the student’s
experience and productivity while in the program.
unique, multi-year program prepares a diverse group of talented young
professionals to enter the workforce with specific job-related skills,
knowledge of the corporate environment and a strong foundation for future
advancement. Students work in a variety of functional areas (e.g., marketing,
sales, finance, public relations, production, operations, human resources,
technology, news, web design, promotion, etc.) and rotate each summer.
Currently, we have more than 260 active students nationwide and 550 graduates.
Approximately 60-70 new students join the program each year.
The Myself Third Scholarship Program is designed to encourage and reward ten (10) NYC high
school students who have demonstrated a commitment to participating in civic engagement.
The scholarship program selects 10 CUNY‐bound high school seniors who are enrolled in or
have completed at least one College Now course or activity and who will attend college in fall
2014 a one‐time scholarship of $5,000 in support of their studies at CUNY.
Teachers/counselors may nominate up to two students and guide them through the
In order to be considered, students must submit a complete application package to their
College Now liaison by March 28th and should include the following:
Essay on civic service (Service and volunteer experiences should be substantive and
not solely connected to high school community service requirements)
Description of volunteer, work, and extracurricular activities
Letter(s) of recommendation (Please note that recommenders must use the Letter
of Support template available on the College Now website. Generic and/or college
recommendation letters will not be accepted)
Official academic transcript
In judging the applications, the quality of the essay, the personal experience described in it, as
well as the letter(s) of recommendation, and the service activity are the main criteria. In the
essay, students are asked to discuss 1) what it means to live in a democratic society and the
values they believe are associated with a democratic way of life; 2) how these values motivated
them to become involved in civic service; 3) describe a specific project or activity they
developed or participated in that provided service to others; and 4) reflect on the personal
impact of that experience.
Click here or copy and paste the following link: http://tinyurl.com/mg2qhho to get the application.
The Dr. Calvin Martin Memorial Scholarship Trust Fund Inc, a non-profit charitable organization, was named in memory of its founder Dr. Calvin Martin. His passion was a love for education.
The mission of the Scholarship Trust Fund is to educate African American Male Students through a scholar and mentorship program, to achieve higher academic excellence.
The scholarships are available to students who demonstrate high academic achievements in high schools. They must be born in the USA and reside in the Tri-State area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Click here or copy and paste the following link: http://tinyurl.com/l7dw6sh
to get the application and find out more about the scholarship.
Calling all Parents/Guardians/Caregivers of Seniors + SENIORS
It’s time to helicopter and swoop in on the scholarships.
This is a scholarship WE ARE URGING ALL SENIORS to take
part in!! Your child could win $2000 for writing a 500 word
essay on KINDNESS and how an act of kindness has made a difference in your life. EASY
This scholarship is NOT need-based! ANYONE is
eligible! The most important thing for you to know about this scholarship: A $2000 scholarship award is given to one
graduate of EACH STATEN ISLAND PUBLIC
HIGH SCHOOL. That means that one student at McKee is guaranteed to win
the $2000. BUT – if they don’t receive at least 3 applications from
McKee, no one wins! COME AND GET THIS SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FROM MS. MILLER. Read the
·Staten Island Federation of Parent Teacher Associations $2000
Scholarship Award Essay Contest
·A $2000 scholarship award is given to one graduate of EACH
STATEN ISLAND PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL and one District 31 Special Education
student. Any student in the January, June or August 2014 graduating
class may apply. The scholarship award application can be obtained by your
College Advisor/Guidance Counselor. It can also be accessed on the Federation
website at www.sifpta.org.
The criteria is:
essay based on this year’s essay question
student information sheet
recipient must be present to accept the award on June 2nd at the
Scholarship Luncheon held at the Hilton Garden Inn
The essay, which is to be written
by the student, is to be no more
than 500 words(2 pages) and typed in a 14 point plain font with double
spacing. Be advised that the student's name MUST NOT appear ANYWHERE on the
"Kind hearts are the gardens,
Kind thoughts are the roots,
Kind words are the blossom,
Kind deeds are the fruits."
-19th century rhyme used in primary schools
Sometimes a simple act of kindness can change one's life. Tell
how an act of kindness you offered, or that was offered to you has made an
important difference in your life.
Return the completed Student Info Sheet and Essay to Ms. Miller by MARCH 7TH.