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How to Utilize Your Spring Break

No Comments 13 March 2017

It’s never too early to start preparing for college. Spring break is great time to get ahead of the game. Between your Netflix marathons and beach trips, here are some tips for preparing for college during any grade.

Build a College List

Take some time to think about what you want from your college experience. What size campus do you want? What do you think you want to study? How far from home do you want to be?

Once you’ve answered these questions, research colleges that fit your requirements. From there, you can start to build your college list. Make sure your college list includes a variety of safety, match and reach schools.

Make Time for Extracurriculars

Utilize this free time to make your college application stand out. Reach out to a professional in your desired career path and shadow them for a day. Volunteer at your local soup kitchen. Grades and test scores are important, but colleges want to see who you are beyond those criteria. Show your dream college why you’d be a great fit in their community.

Practice for the ACT or SAT

Complete a few practice questions every day of spring break. Review some geometry concepts. Spend a little more time reading. The earlier you begin preparing for the test, the better you will likely perform on the test. Whether you’re about to take the test for the first, second or third time, any bit of preparation helps.

Look into Scholarships

It is never too early to start looking start thinking about money for college. Make sure your College Greenlight profile is up-to-date so we can match you to scholarships you are eligible for. We always are updating our scholarship database, so check in weekly to see what’s new on your list. Get creative with your scholarship search as well. Reach out to local businesses, your place of worship or leaders in your community to see if they are aware of any local scholarship opportunities

Pick Next Year’s Classes

Your high school courses should be selected with a bit of strategy. Aside from your required classes, think about what classes will best serve you in the future. Experiment with different subject matter to see if you can a course you’d be passionate about to study in college. If you are eligible, see where you can fit in a college credit or AP class.

Money, Scholarships

Greenlight to College Scholarship

No Comments 09 March 2017

College Greenlight is dedicated to helping the next generation of college students overcome obstacles to higher education. The Greenlight to College Scholarship is dedicated to making college more accessible to these students. Applications are due Dec. 31 and the scholarship award amount is $1,000.

This scholarship is for juniors and seniors in high school. Applicants must demonstrate academic merit, leadership history and extracurricular activities. Students also should embody College Greenlight’s mission in at least one way: demonstrating financial need, having underrepresented minority status or being a first-generation college student. Preference will be given to students participating in a college preparatory program.

To apply, log on to your College Greenlight profile. Select “College Greenlight Scholarships” in your Scholarship Center. Select the Greenlight to College Scholarship and hit the Apply Now button.

Just like that, you will be considered for the scholarship. At College Greenlight, we want our students to have access to every scholarship opportunity they are eligible for. The Greenlight to College Scholarship can get you one step closer to attending your dream college and landing your perfect job.

Tests

How To Know If You Need to Retake the ACT

No Comments 08 March 2017

Students can retake the ACT up to 12 times. But the real question is, should you retake the test? Ask yourself the following questions to see if retaking the ACT is the right move for you.

Are You A Sophomore Or Junior?

If the material on the test confuses you, it might not be your fault. The ACT contains material that students might not encounter until the end of their junior year. If you prepare during the summer, you might have a better chance of improving your score if you take the test during the end of your junior year or beginning of your senior year.

What Scores Are Necessary For The Colleges On Your List?

Enter one of the colleges on your list into Cappex’s Scattergram. Then, enter your GPA and ACT scores. The Scattergram shows you where you compare to other students admitted to this school. Repeat this with every school on your list. If your ACT score tends to be below average, it might be a good idea to retake the test.

How Many Times Have You Taken The ACT?

It is true that the more times you take the ACT, the more likely you are to raise your score. But it has been proven that generally, after taking the ACT three times, your score will not improve. If this is the case for you, and you still haven’t reached the ideal ACT score for your dream college, you might need to reevaluate what college would be best for you.

Is Your Ideal Score Realistic?

Raising your ACT score by a few points will require hard work, but it is possible. Make sure, however, that you do not set unrealistic goals for yourself. Know yourself and know your academic abilities. If you are disappointed with the score you end up with, remember that colleges look at more than just your ACT scores when they are considering you for admission.

How Did You Prepare for the ACT?

If you prepared for the ACT on your own and are not happy with your scores, you should reevaluate how you study. Look into ACT prep classes or one-on-one tutoring sessions. There also are a variety of free resources that can help you prepare for the test. Find a resource to match your learning style, and you may see a huge difference the next time you take the ACT.

Money, Scholarships

Scholarships Expiring in March

No Comments 08 March 2017

Take a look at these scholarships expiring in March. Don’t let that application deadline come and go.

Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest —This scholarship is for high school students in the graduating classes of 2017 and 2018. There are no requirements regarding faith. Applicants must submit an essay on a religious-based topic. See its website for further details. Applications are due March 10 and the award amount varies between $500-$2,000.

American Foreign Service Association National High School Essay Contest — Applicants must write an essay on a given topic related to the Foreign Service. In addition to the scholarship award amount, the winner will receive other prizes. Applications are due March 15 and the scholarship award amount is $1,250-$2,500.

Imagination Begins With You … High School Short Story Contest — Applicants must submit an original, unpublished short story of 1,000 words or less. Any genre of fiction or non-fiction is acceptable. Applications are due March 15 and the scholarship award amount varies between $50-$250.

Ayn Rand “Anthem” Essay Contest Applicants must submit an essay for the book “Anthem” by Ayn Rand on one of the topics listed on the website. Applications are due March 29 and the scholarship award amount varies between $30-$2,000.

Communicative Disorders Scholarship This scholarship is for graduate students who are studying speech-language pathology and/or audiology. Applications are due March 30 and the scholarship award amount is $1,000.

Sleeklens Academic Scholarship Program Students must write a 2,000 to 2,600-word essay on a given topic. Applications are due March 30 and the scholarship award amount is $2,000.

Abbvie Immunology ScholarshipThis scholarship is for students who are living with inflammatory diseases who are seeking an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution in the United States. Applications are due March 31 and the scholarship award amount is $15,000.

Association of State Dam Safety Officials Senior Undergraduate Scholarship — This scholarship is for college seniors who are enrolled in a civil engineering program (or related field). Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in a discipline related to the design, construction and operation of dams. The application deadline is March 31 and the scholarship award amount ranges between $5,000-$10,000.

Dr. Arthur A. Kezian DDS Science ScholarshipThis scholarship is for students pursuing a degree in the science field. Applicants must submit a one- to two-page essay on why they deserve the scholarship. Applications are due March 31 and the scholarship award amount is $4,200.

Germans from Russia Heritage Society Essay Contest — Applicants must submit an essay on German-Russian history and culture. See website for essay topics. Applications are due March 31 and the scholarship award amount ranges between $100-$1,000.

Resources, Undocumented Students

California DREAM Act Applications Increase Despite Concerns

No Comments 03 March 2017

Despite initial concerns because of immigration changes by the Trump administration, the total number of applications for the California DREAM Act rose 5 percent from 2016. As of the March 2 deadline, 35,882 applications have been received by the California Department of Education.

The California DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Minors) is a state law that allows children who immigrated to the U.S. to receive state financial aid. To qualify, a student must have been brought to the U.S. when they were less than 16 years of age and lacked immigration paperwork.

The California DREAM Act provides state grants to undocumented college-bound students. Dreamers also are able to pay in-state tuition at any California college and receive fee waivers for community college.

Immigration reform by the Trump administration potentially could be to blame for an initial decrease in applications. The California Department of Education responded to these concerns by releasing a statement that reiterated the fact that Dreamer’s immigration status never will be released to the federal government. Dreamers also were assured that they do not need Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status in order to apply for the California Dream Act.

If you have applied for the California DREAM Act and have concerns, contact the California Student Aid Commission at 916-464-8271 or the California Department of Education, College Preparation and Postsecondary Programs Office, Career and College Transition Division at 916-323-6398.

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