Congratulations to our seniors who continue to hear about college acceptances! Seniors, please keep sending in a copy of your college acceptances, denials and deferrals as well as academic scholarships to firstname.lastname@example.org
. The subject line should be: First initial, Last name, College letters (EX: S. Brown college letters). Once we receive copies of your college decision letters, we’ll add them to this list: SCHS College Acceptances 2021.
Seniors, are you focused on paying for college? The first step is to complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov
. You can find details about financial aid resources at Paying for College Resources
. Several scholarships for seniors to consider:
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
. Competitive scholarship for students of Hispanic heritage who complete the FAFSA and have at least 3.0 GPA. The deadline February 15. They are looking for strong academic record with preference for STEM majors.
Kappa Sigma Student Leadership Scholarship
. Open to senior boys admitted to the University of Arizona. Minimum GPA 3.5, committed to service and those who have an interest in joining a fraternity. Must have completed the FAFSA. The deadline is March 26.
Arizona Earn to Learn program
: Juniors and seniors planning to attend Pima College may be eligible for the Earn to Learn savings match program. If you meet eligibility and plan to enroll full time at Pima College, you can qualify for an 8-to-1 match of money you save for college (i.e. $500 of savings turns into $4000 given by this grant.) Please find details at Earn to Learn
Counselors are having short meetings with juniors in theology class to launch their college planning. A reminder to juniors to join the Future Plans, Class of 2022 Google Classroom.
The College Board announced this week that they will discontinue the SAT Subject Tests and the optional essay section of the SAT. The SAT will still be given as usual. Some colleges have turned to "test optional" admissions and so they don't require the SAT or ACT. Other colleges still require one of these tests for admissions or to be considered for academic scholarships. Mrs. Ossowski recommends that our juniors take both the SAT and the ACT before school starts in August, just to be sure that they are not losing out on any opportunities.
The United States Naval Academy has opened applications for their two summer programs: Summer Seminar for current juniors, and Summer STEM for grades 9, 10, 11. Both offer a one week on-campus experience and a glimpse of life at the Naval Academy. Cost is $650 for Summer Seminar and $900 for Summer STEM. Need-based scholarships are available for the program fee and travel. Details at USNA Summer Programs
. The deadline to apply is March 31.
Student-athletes in all grades interested in playing their sport in college should check out our handout on Playing Your Sport in College
. Here is the coursework required
for Division I and Division II. Many athletes need the third or fourth year of language study, and fourth year of science to fulfill the academic requirements. The NCAA has also created a webinar helping you through the academic eligibility process. You can watch that HERE
Applications are now open for the Joaquin Bustoz Math-Science Honors Program
this summer at Arizona State University, open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. This FREE program provides motivated students an opportunity to begin college level math studies and connect with like-minded scholars from around the state. Minimum GPA 3.25. Must have completed Algebra II before the summer, with grades of B or higher in all math and science classes. Deadline to apply is February 15. Details HERE
Sophomores and juniors, this is a great time to explore possible colleges. Attend one of the eight National College Fairs
sponsored by the National Association for College Admissions Counseling between January 21 and May 2, 2021. These are the fairs that most colleges attend. There is no cost to participate, but you need to decide which colleges to visit ahead of time. Here is a GREAT two minute video
on how to get the most out of the NACAC fairs. And here is the college fair Quick Start Guide