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!


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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:

Top Colleges That Enroll Rich, Middle Class, and Poor

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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:

All Access Virtual College Fair


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:,  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!!

Fast Web and College Week Live Information

Ms. Pecora, McKee's intrepid college advisor, hopes you have all signed 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 up for and make a FULL 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 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!! 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

2014 Summer Youth Employment Program

Information for the Summer Youth Employment program is here.

Teens can apply online at: 
Remember to apply on line by the deadline, April 25, 2014.

Call YOUTH CONNECT at 1-800-246-4646

Monday - Friday, 9 am - 7 pm

Email Youth Connect at

Visit DYCD at

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Emma Bowen Scholarship

The Emma L. Bowen Foundation is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2014!
The 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.
Students 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.

This 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.

Click here for the Emma Bowen Scholarship or copy and paste the link into your browser:

Myself Third Scholarship

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
application process.
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: to get the application.

Dr. Calvin Martin Memorial Scholarship

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:
to get the application and find out more about the scholarship.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

PTA Federation Essay Contest

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 PEASY!

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 specifics below.

·        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

The criteria is:
  • Written essay based on this years essay question
  • Completed student information sheet
  • Essay 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 essay.
"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 M
s. Miller by MARCH 7TH.

Monday, February 10, 2014

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