[BHS Etree] COLLEGE|CAREER BULLETIN: Week of April 19-23, 2010

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COLLEGE ADVISOR'S BULLETIN: Week of April 19-23, 2010

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SAT WORD OF THE DAY: sycophant – a person who tries to win favor by flatter


1. The 2010 Metropolitan Transportation Commission High School Internship program is now open and accepting student applications. Approximately 30 internships will be available throughout the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. The hourly rate is $10.00 per hour and students may work full-time or part-time, for up to 8 weeks, between June and August 2010. For more information and applications go to http://www.mtc.ca.gov/jobs/high_school/

2. Like Science? Want to learn about biotechnology? Sign up for the Biotech Academy. Applications available in G305. Program is open to students who will be juniors in the fall. Paid summer internships are part of the program. See Ms. Hansen for more information.

*3. Social Security Administration 2010 Summer Hire Recruitment – SSA is accepting applications for summer interns in Richmond, CA.  Responsibilities include analyzing, collecting and compiling data and statistical information for reports or performing general clerical office work, e.g. answering phones, filing, photocopying, shredding, opening and distributing mail.  Work Location: Frank Hagel Federal Building, 1221 Nevin Ave., Richmond, CA. Pay for high school students is $12.96/hr. Online applications only by April 20, 2010.  To apply go to www.usajobs.gov and search for announcement: STEP-SC332219-10-MTC.  For more information contact Marge Castano, Student Program Coordinator, at Marge.Castano at ssa.gov or (510) 970-2808.


*1. MAY 1 DEADLINE – May 1 is the deadline to send in your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) to most colleges and universities.  For most schools, if you do not send in your SIR and your deposit (if required) by May 1, you will not be able to attend that school in the fall.  You may only send in a SIR to one school.  It is unethical to tell more than one school that you plan to attend their college in the fall.  If you have any questions at all, please stop by to see me or Ms. Price at lunch or after school.  

*2. SENIORITIS – It’s the last quarter of the senior year.  Don’t let your grades drop.  Don’t think this semester doesn’t count! All four year colleges will require a copy of your official transcript after you graduate.  If your grades drop, they may rescind your admission

3. University of California - To help manage enrollment the UCs (except for UCLA) have for the first time instituted waitlists. Merced will continue to offer admission to all of its UC-eligible applicants. The principles that will guide the waitlist process are outlined on UC's website, http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/article/22825

4. The financial aid booklet "Fund Your Future" is now available. Stop by the College/Career Center to pick up your copy and get important information on the ins and outs of financial aid, Cal Grant, and other state and federal aid programs.  

SCHOLARSHIPS -- Pick up a complete list of scholarships in College Center D221

1. Elena Castañeda Scholarship – Open to Berkeley High seniors who speak Spanish as their first language and plan to attend a four year college in the fall. Application available in D221. US citizenship/permanent residency is NOT required. Scholarship is for $3,000.

2. The Chinese American Citizens Alliance (CACA) scholarship – Open to graduating high school seniors of Asian descent, currently residing in Alameda County or Contra Costa County and will be attending college beginning Fall 2010. Eight $1000 scholarships will be awarded to seniors with outstanding academic, social service achievements and financial need. Applications available in D221. Completed application and all documents must be received by May 1, 2010.

3. The Steve Silver Foundation & Beach Blanket Babylon Scholarship for the Arts – Open to high school seniors planning to pursue an education in the performing arts. Three $10,000 scholarships will be awarded, one in each of the following categories: Voice, Acting, and Dance. Entries will be first judged by a panel of performing arts professionals and experts, who will pick the top three finalists in each category. Finalists will be notified by phone on May 10 2010 and will perform their selection live at a venue in San Francisco on Monday, June 7, 2010.  Applications are available in the College Career Center and are due April 30.

4. Gloria Keith Dugan Scholarship - Open to African American graduating high school seniors, with plans of attending a four-year accredited university or college upon graduation. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average. One scholarship of $250.00 will be awarded. The completed application must be received by Monday, April 19. Applications available in D221.  

5. Exito Escolar Scholarship – Open to Bay Area Latino 12th grade students. Finalists will be selected based on academic achievement, two essays, two paragraphs in Spanish and extracurricular and community activities. The amount of each scholarship award will vary based on academic achievement and will be between $500 and $2000.  Applications are available online at www.univision.com (keyword exito escolar) or in D221. Applications have to be received by May 7, 2010.

*6. The Greater San Francisco Advertising Club Scholarship – Open to seniors with an interest in studying in the areas of advertising, communications, design, journalism, marketing or media. Two $500 scholarships will be awarded.   Applications and supporting materials are due Tuesday, April 20, 2010.  Winners will be notified by Monday, May 3, 2010.  Applications are available in D221 or online at http://www.gsfadclub.org/scholarships/HS-Scholarship.htm

*7. Don & Roy Splawn Charitable Foundation West April 2010 Scholarship – Open to all seniors. Special consideration given to students who have extraordinary circumstances in their lives, as well as students who may not have the chance to attend college without financial assistance.  Applications are available online only at www.fsrequests.com/splawnschoarhip   All documents must be scanned and uploaded directly to the website. If that is not possible for a student he/she needs to contact Natalie Yee at splawnscholarship at hotmail.com   Applications are due April 30, 2010 by 6pm.

*8. Berkeley Student Foundation Diversity Scholarship – Open to seniors who plan to attend UC Berkeley in the fall and who are African American, Native American, Chicano Latino, Southeast Asian, Pacific Islander, or Filipino. The award will be $500 for the first semester and $1,000 each additional year, amounting up to $3,500 for a total of four years.  Applications are available in D221 and must be postmarked by May 1, 2010.

*9. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority – Open to African American seniors with plans to attend a four year college or university after graduation who have a minimum GPA of 3.0.  $250 scholarship. Received deadline:  April 30.  


College advising appointments available sign up in the College Center, D221. Please come in and make an appointment to see your College Advisor.  

1. Nordstrom scholarship –  Five $10,000 scholarships will be awarded to students in Northern California.  It is open to juniors who have maintained an overall unweighted 2.7 GPA, participated in community or volunteer activities, are planning to apply for financial assistance to attend college, attend an accredited 4-year college or university during all years for which the scholarship is awarded, maintain a GPA of at least a 2.7 while in high school, are eligible to attend a 4-year college, currently reside in Northern California, and don't have a conviction for any crime. All applications must be postmarked no later than May 15, 2010.

*2. Canadian College Fair, Monday, April 19, 7-9pm – Meet with visiting representatives of Canadian institutions.  Location: Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA.

3. College-bound athletes can now access the 2009-10 Guides on the NCAA Eligibility Center website, www.ncaaclearinghouse.net, to find important information on how to become eligible. On the website go to "General Information" then click on "Guide for the College Bound Student Athlete." The Eligibility Center's registration fee is $60. Students from low-income families should see Ms. Price or Ms. Sandberg for a fee waiver.

4. CollegeWeekLive is an online virtual college fair, with hundreds of colleges and universities from around the world participating. Besides virtual college fairs and open houses, attendees can watch admissions experts speak on topics such as how to prepare for the SAT, the application essay, and how to pay for college. Attendees can also have questions answered via live chat with admissions experts and college students. CollegeWeekLive is free, and can be accessed at www.collegeweeklive.com.

5. SAT TEST: Register for the SAT at www.CollegeBoard.com. Students will also be able to find tests dates and national test center locations at this site as well as helpful SAT prep information.

ACT TEST: Register for the  ACT at www.actstudent.org. Students will also be able to find test dates and national test center locations at this site as well as helpful ACT prep information.

6. Free SAT Prep Class - Monday and Wednesdays, 3:45- 5:30, class will meet in D219. Juniors will be given preference. The class is being taught by the Peoples Test Prep Service. (UC Berkeley)

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