[BHS Etree] COLLEGE-CAREER BULLETIN - Week of Feb. 28, 2011
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COLLEGE/CAREER BULLETIN: Week of Feb. 28, 2011
*New or updated information
SAT WORD OF THE WEEK: Contrite - admitting guilt; feeling especially guilty
1. It's Time To Apply For Financial Aid - Sign up to attend one of the
workshops on filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA). Prior to the workshop please fill out the informational worksheets
you received in class. You can estimate numbers if necessary. YOU MUST SIGN
UP IN ADVANCE TO ATTEND BECAUSE WE HAVE A LIMITED NUMBER OF COMPUTERS. All
workshops will be held in the BHS library.
Wednesday, March 2, 3:40 pm
2. 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
3. Second Semester Schedule Changes: Schedule changes must be reported and
explained to colleges a student has applied to. This should be done right
away, keep in mind colleges do not want students to change their senior
semester schedules. A schedule change could negatively affect your college
admission outcome. If you have questions and/or need help with this you
should contact Ms. Sandberg or Ms. Price.
4. CSU Applicants: Students will receive acknowledgment of their CSU
application by email fairly quickly. Each campus will then ask students to
create an account in a second email. This has to be done for each campus
separately. It is important that students check these accounts regularly
for updates on their admission status. Some CSU's will also ask students to
forward an official transcript right away. It is important that students
follow all the instructions. CSU applicants must send official test scores
from College Board or ACT. See directions on sending your scores at the
beginning of this section.
If you are applying to any Cal State campuses, you are required to take the
ELM and the EPT tests (assessment tests in math and English). You are
exempt from the EPT (English assessment) test if your SAT Critical Reading
score is 500 or above, if your ACT English score is 22 or above or you have
a score of 3, 4 or 5 on either the AP Language and Composition or AP
Literature and Composition test. You are exempt from the ELM (math
assessment) test if your SAT math reasoning test score or SAT subject test
math score is 550 or above or your ACT math score is 23 or above or your AP
test score in AP Calculus or AP Statistics is 3 or above. You can take
these tests at any Cal State campus. The website at CSU East Bay is
http://testing.csueastbay.edu/eptelm/eptelmwho.php and the SF State website
to sign up for testing is http://www.sfsu.edu/~testing/eptelm.html
<http://www.sfsu.edu/%7Etesting/eptelm.html> . You can also find practice
materials and other helpful information at
*5. Parents of Seniors
Don't forget to take a moment to fill out the survey on the Senior Handbook.
FOR JUNIORS AND SENIORS
UC Irvine Stay-Over Program: Are you interested in checking out the college
lifestyle? UC Irvine is giving students the opportunity to stay with a host
at UC Irvine matched to them for gender and interests for one day and one
night. The stay includes a tour, class attendance, and dining, as well other
activities. Monday through Thursday nights are available from January 12
through March 3, but Spring quarter is reserved for seniors who have been
admitted to UC Irvine. Cost is $25 and there are limited scholarships
available. Applications should be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to
intended visit. For more information, call 949-842-5167 or visit
1. Junior college advising appointments available! Sign up for junior
advising appointment in the college center, D221.
2. Free SAT Prep Class: People's Test Prep (PTPS) will conduct a free
SAT/ACT prep class on Mondays and Wednesdays at 3:30 -5:30 beginning Feb. 7
in room D220 for Berkeley High School juniors only.
*3. National College Fair - National College Fair. Concourse Exhibition
Center, 635 Eighth Street, San Francisco, CA 94 103, March 19, from 1:30pm
to 4:30pm. Admissions officers representing colleges from around the country
will be present to answer your questions and provide helpful information.
*4. St. Mary's College Fair - Admissions officers representing colleges from
around the country will be present to answer your questions and provide
helpful information. April 9, St. Mary's College, Moraga. 1p.m-4p.m.
*5. Experience Berkeley - This program is for Black, Latino & Native
American juniors with a 3.5 or higher GPA (class of 2012) to get a close,
personal look at UC
*6. UC BERKELEY INCENTIVE AWARDS PROGRAM (IAP) -The Incentive Awards Program
provides up to $32,000 in scholarship funds over eight semesters, and
student support services to low-income students and first generation college
students who have demonstrated leadership potential, high academics, and a
commitment to serve others. Find out about this excellent
scholarship/mentorship/leadership development program for students applying
to UC Berkeley. You are eligible to apply if you are UC eligible, have a
minimum unweighted 3.4 GPA from your UC approved classes taken in 10th and
11th grades, and are a US citizen, permanent resident or eligible
non-citizen. Informational meeting, Wednesday, March 9, at lunch in the
College Career Center,D221.
California Dream Week (Green Design Contest): This is your chance to make a
difference for a healthier planet, and let your creativity lead you to a
world of fantasy and invention. Invent your own original and environmentally
sustainable design for architecture or home interiors, transportation, or
any product that encourages the use of other environmentally sustainable
products. If you win, a well-known designer from another part of the globe
will create a new design based on your specifications, but interpreted and
perhaps re-elaborated according to his or her own cultural experiences from
another part of the planet. Your winning project with the professional
designer's interpretation will be the showcase attraction for a major event
week celebration in 2011. You will also win scholarship money for yourself,
cash awards to help your school AND your project will be seen around the
world. It might even be published in some really cool magazines. If the
organizers decide to commercialize your project, you will be paid royalties!
Project submission deadline is 12pm on March 4, 2011. For more information
go to: http://www.californiadreamweek.com/
FOR ALL STUDENTS
1. Free SAT/ACT Preparation Service: Berkeley High students now have access
to a free online test preparation service. Students can access this service
by logging in to www.berkeleyhigh.us <http://www.berkeleyhigh.us/> and
then click "More" from the top navigation and select "Grockit". They will
then be directed through a few registration steps and into the site. Logins
to www.berkeleyhigh.us <http://www.berkeleyhigh.us/> are as follows:
username: full name (first + last)
password: Berkeley + student id
2. Test Preparation Resource: The Berkeley Public Library has Learn a Test
database, which provides free access to SAT practice tests and AP practice
exams. Students can take the tests and get them scored online. The
resource can be accessed by going to:
3. Youth for Understanding: American Overseas programs offer US high school
students and recent graduates the opportunity to experience the world
firsthand. Choose from over 100 programs in more than 30 countries to learn
a new language and global perspective while on an academic year, academic
semester, or summer program. The program offers scholarships to help make it
affordable. In particular, the World Affairs Council of Northern California
is pleased to offer up to three scholarships $4000 (for summer programs) or
$4300 (for semester and academic year programs) to local high school
students to study abroad through the Youth for Understanding program.
Programs available are any YFU semester, year or summer program listed with
a departure date in the summer or fall of 2011. Scholarship winners are
responsible for the remaining balance of the tuition costs. Open to high
school students in Northern California. Students must hold a 3.0 grade point
average or better on a 4.0 scale. Applicant's birth date must fall between
September 1, 1992 and July 15, 1996. For more information and application go
*4. Education Summit - April 30, 2011 from 8:30am to 12:40pm, Cal State East
Bay, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward, CA. This event is for African American
and Latino Youth. Students and families will be able to attend workshops on
how to prepare for college and career success. There will also be a college
and resource fair including representatives from Northern CSU campuses.
Light breakfast will be provided and lunch available to purchase.
For a more extensive list of scholarships go to the BHS website or moodle or
come to the College Center and pick up a hard copy!
1. Asian Pacific Islanders for Professional and Community Advancement - This
scholarship program grants awards of $1,800 to five college-bound students
and awards of $1,500 to four college-bound students. Eligibility
requirements for this scholarship include a minimum GPA of 3.00, ethnic or
cultural background, and a plan to attend an accredited college or
vocational school. Applicants must complete the application, write an
original essay, and submit one letter of recommendation and high school
transcripts. Visit http://www.apca-att.org/scholarship.html for more
information and to download the application. Due March 1, 2011
2. For African-American high school seniors: Community NETwork Scholarship.
This scholarship is in honor of Lewis Latimer, an African American inventor
and draftsman who contributed to the invention of the telephone. To be
eligible for this scholarship, which awards a minimum of $500, you must be
an African American senior with a minimum GPA of 2.5 intending to attend a
four-year accredited college, two-year community college, or an accredited
business school. You will turn in an application including a personal essay,
letter of recommendation, high school transcripts, and a photo of yourself.
Finalists will be interviewed and will deliver a short oral presentation and
are expected to be able to demonstrate knowledge about Lewis Latimer. Pick
up a copy of the application and more information about the scholarship in
the College Career Center. Due March 4, 2011
3. Patrick Charnon Memorial Scholarship - Each $1,500 scholarship is awarded
to full-time undergraduate students who have demonstrated their commitment
to building communities. Applications are available in the College Career
Center or online at http://www.cesresources.org/apply.html Deadline: March
4. Cherry Blossom Festival Scholarship - Applicant must be a graduating
senior of Japanese American descent with a grade point average minimum of
2.5 on a scale of 4.0. Applicant should be actively involved in her or his
community. Two winners will each receive $2,000.00 cash. Winners will
participate in various Cherry Blossom Festival activities. Applications are
available in the College Career Center, D221. Due Date: March 15, 2011
5. Tzu Chi Scholarship - Open to outstanding, college-bound high school
seniors who have financial need and demonstrated community involvement. Each
winner will be awarded $1,000. Applications are available on the web at
http://www.us.tzuchi.org <http://www.us.tzuchi.org/> or in the College
Career Center, D221. Due Date: March 1, 2011
6. Templeton Press Scholarships - Applicants need to write an essay or
compose a video response to excerpts from the book, New Threats to Freedom.
There are two chances to win: a short form contest and a long form contest.
Scholarships are will be between $1,000 and 5,000. Any student who intends
to be enrolled in an American college or university by the start of the fall
2011 semester is eligible to enter. For rules and information go to:
http://newthreatstofreedom.com/contests/ Due Date: March 31, 2011
7. Kiwanis Club Scholarship - Open to graduating seniors. Applicants will be
considered who demonstrate academic ability, leadership and moral integrity,
a commitment to serve their school and community, and the greatest incentive
to continue development of their life goals. Income will not be a
consideration. Deadline: March 25. Scholarships ranging between $2000 and
10,000 will be awarded. Applications are available in the College Career
8. PDK Prospective Educator Scholarship - open to high school senior
planning to major in education or undergraduate members of PDK who are
enrolled in an education program at the college level. Deadline: March 1,
2011. Applications available in D221 or at
9. U.S. Bank Internet Scholarship Program will award forty $1,000.00
scholarships in a random drawing to high school seniors planning to enroll
at an eligible four-year college or university participating in the U.S.
Bank No Fee Education Loan Program by September 2011. To apply go to:
http://www.usbank.com/cgi_w/cfm/studentloans/marketing.cfm Deadline: March
10. Skidmore College Scholarship - Are you planning to study math or science
at a small liberal arts college? Skidmore Scholars in Science and
Mathematics - S3M Scholars Program - is funded in part by a National Science
Foundation grant and supports eight students in each entering class. In
order to be eligible, students must show demonstrated financial need.
Students receive financial aid packages with no loan component in the first
two years and with reduced loans in years three and four. Skidmore also has
the Porter Presidential Scholarships in Science and Math. These are awarded
on the basis of superior accomplishment and exceptional promise in science
and math, without regard to financial need. Each Porter Scholar is awarded
$15,000 per year. Applicants who wish to be considered to either program
must respond to the science/math essay question on the Skidmore Supplement
to the Common App., available on Skidmore's Admissions Web site.
11. Berkeley Rotary Club Scholarships: Open to students graduating from a
high school in Berkeley who are academically qualified to complete a four
year college degree but would be unable to attend without the scholarship.
Selection is based on financial need, academic potential, extracurricular
activities, willingness to work during the summer. The scholarships provide
an annual award ranging from 2,000 up to $5,000. At least one scholarship
of $5,000 per year for four years will be awarded. To keep the application
process as green as possible, the Rotary Club requests that students use the
Word application on their website at
5266> &pid=45266 and email it to Don at AlterConsulting.Net
Paper applications are also available in the College Center (D221.)
Application Deadline: April 14.
12. Morris and Juliet James Achievement Award - Open to Berkeley High
seniors who have spent most of their school age years in the Berkeley
Unified School District. Awards will be based on hobbies, community
service, home responsibilities, work experience, career goals,
extracurricular activities and leadership experience. $2,000 will be
awarded to five applicants. Applications available in D221. Deadline:
13. Robert T. Nahas Scholarship Award - Open to graduating senior from an
Alameda County high school with a record of community service/involvement
for at least two years, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 who has competed in a
competitive sports program for at least two years, who plans to attend a
four year accredited college, and is a native born US citizen. Four
scholarships (two male and two female) of $2,750 per year to a maximum of
$11,000 within a five year period will be awarded. Deadline: April 30.
14. Jon & Ann Reynolds Scholarship Award - Open to graduating senior from an
Alameda County high school with a record of community service/involvement
for at least two years, with a minimum GPA of 2.6 who plans to attend a four
year accredited college, has financial need and is a native born US citizen.
Scholarships are worth up to $1000.00 per student. Applications are
available at www.fsrequests.com/splawnscholarship Deadline: April 30.
15. The Stephanie Brown Cadet Memorial Foundation Scholarship - Open to
seniors who have a significant number of volunteer hours in community, grade
point average of 3.0 or higher, attend a US two or four year academic,
vocational or technical college during next school year and reside in the
Greater San Francisco Bay Area. Selected students will be awarded $1,000
each year (renewable for up to four years). Applications available in D221
or online at www.sbcfoundation.org <http://www.sbcfoundation.org/> .
Application deadline is March 25, 2011.
16. New American College Fund - Open to foreign-born graduating seniors
planning to enroll in a two or four year college in fall 2011 who have
financial need, have lived in California for three or more years during high
school, have community or extracurricular involvement and have a minimum
unweighted GPA of 3.3. US Citizenship or permanent residency is NOT
required. Scholarships of up to 10,000. Applications available in D221
and at http://www.e4fc.org/ . Deadline: March 1.
17. Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
scholarships - Latino students: Pick up this list of scholarship
opportunities, some of which are available to students who are not US
citizens or permanent residents. Scholarship list available in the College
18. Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated Sigma Iota Chapter Scholarship -
Open to African American high school seniors residing in Alameda or Contra
Costa counties who will be attending a four-year college in the fall, have a
GPA of 2.5 and are active in community service. Successful applicants will
receive $1,000. Applications are available in D221. Application Due Date:
19. George P. Scotlan Scholarship Award - Open to seniors in Alameda County
who have been involved in community service for at least two years, have a
minimum GPA of 3.0, have financial need and are U.S. citizens. Three
awardees will be selected who will receive $2,750 per year to a maximum of
$11,000 within a five-year period. Applications in D221. Application Due
Date: April 30.
*19. Cruzando Fronteras/Ayudando a la Comunidad Scholarship - Open to
undocumented seniors who have a minimum 2.5 GPA and are planning to pursue
higher education with the goal of returning to the community. Applications
are available in College Career Center (D221). Application Deadline: March
*20. Los Hermanos de Stanford - Open to outstanding Latino seniors who plan
to attend a two or four year college in the fall and has financial need.
Students are NOT REQUIRED to attend Stanford. Two $1000 scholarships will
be awarded Applications available at
www.stanford.edu/group/hermanos/scholarships.html and in D221. Deadline:
*21. Bay Area Gardeners Foundation - Open to seniors with a minimum GPA of
2.5 who have financial need who are willing to do 25 hours or more of
community service each semester, will be attending a two or four year
college and live in one of the 9 Bay Area counties. Applications available
in D221. Deadline: April 4.
*22. Young Women in Public Affairs - Zonta Club of Berkeley/North Bay
recognizes women ages 16-20 for their participation in public and political
life, their commitment to the volunteer section, their leadership
achievements and their dedication to the advancement of the status of women.
Club winners will receive $1,000. Applications available in D221 and at
www.zonta.org <http://www.zonta.org/> . Deadline: March 15.
*23. Greater San Francisco Ad Club - Open to seniors who are interested in
advertising, communication, graphic design, journalism, media and marketing,
have an overall GPA of 3.2 or better and are planning to focus their first
year in college in advertising or related fields. Two $500 scholarships will
be awarded. Applications are available in the College Career Center (D221)
and are due April 3.
*24. Compassion and Choices of Northern California is holding the Matter of
Life and Death Scholarship Writing Contest, financially assisting
college-bound juniors or seniors. It requires students to write an essay to
the prompt: Why should California pass a law that protects aid in dying for
terminally-ill patients who are suffering at the end of their lives? Essays
must be submitted by May 1, 2011. for more information and guidelines go to
*25. Questbridge College Prep Scholarship - Open to high achieving, low
income juniors. Apply for full scholarships to summer school programs on
college campuses, individualized college admissions counseling, invitations
to admissions conferences at Stanford or Yale, and all expense paid visits
to college campuses. QuestBridge is an initiative of the Quest Scholars
Program, serves as an intermediary between the nation's brightest,
under-served youth and leading institutions of higher education Apply at
www.questbridge.com <http://www.questbridge.com/> . Deadline: March 29.
SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: The Berkeley Public Library has acquired a new
database of scholarships. Anyone who has a Berkeley Public Library card can
Tuition Funding Sources is listed in the Grants & Scholarships section. The
database is also available from the online catalogs inside the public
library locations, regardless of whether users have cards.
For a more extensive list of scholarships go to the BHS website, moodle or
come to the College Center and pick up a hard copy!
SUMMER INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
A complete list of summer opportunities can be picked up in the College
1. Oxbridge Academic Programs: Experience the learning environment in
Cambridge, Oxford, Paris, Barcelona and Montpellier, France. They offer 65
different courses to choose from. For information, please visit
2. Student Conservation Association National Conservation Crew: Summer
opportunity for students currently in high school, ages 15 to 19, and
looking for tuition-free opportunities to serve planet earth. Successful
applicants will contribute to sustaining the earth's bountiful resources for
two-five weeks during the summer. With a group of 6-8 students and two
experienced leaders students will sleep under the stars and connect to the
land in ways they never thought possible. For more information go to
3. Summer Engineering Seminar (SES): The SES program is a five-day
experience offering specially designed classes taught by Santa Clara
University engineering faculty. Courses are presented as a mix of lecture
and interactive laboratory work, spanning several fields of engineering.
This program provides students with the opportunity to work together
creatively to solve problems while learning what engineers can do to improve
society. It also gives them a taste of university life as they stay in
residence halls, eat meals at campus and neighboring dining facilities and
take part in fun afternoon and evening. The program is free and students
can apply online at: http://scu.edu/engineering/undergraduate/ses.cfm
Application Deadline: March 18. Program brochures are also available in the
College Career Center.
4. Are you looking for an internship? Interested in politics/city planning.?
The Jacquelyn McCormick Campaign of Berkeley City Council is looking for
volunteers. If you are interested contact Anna or Lara at 843-0318.
5. Academic Talent Development Program at UC Berkeley: Open to students
currently in grades 7-11. This is a 6-week session (June 20 - July 29) of
challenging and stimulating classes is designed for both acceleration and
enrichment. Courses are available in a wide variety of subjects. Financial
aid is available (application deadline March 2.) Application deadline is
March 2 for new students and February 16 for returning students. For more
information go to <http://atdp.berkeley.edu/> http://atdp.berkeley.edu or
6. UC Davis Young Scholar Program - This program offers summer research
opportunities in the biological and natural sciences for 40 current
sophomores and juniors. Students live in the dorm from June 19-July 30 and
work closely with university research faculty on individual projects. For
more information and application, go to <http://ysp.ucdavis.edu/>
http://ysp.ucdavis.edu . Fee reductions are available for students based on
need. Application deadline: March 31
7. COSMOS - CA State Summer School for Mathematics and Science. Programs
offered at UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Santa Cruz, and UC San Diego. COSMOS is
a four-week residential program for talented and motivated students
completing grades eight through twelve. Students work side-by-side with
outstanding university researchers and faculty exploring advanced topics
that extend beyond the typical high school curriculum. COSMOS courses are
hands-on and lab intensive emphasizing current research underway at the
University of California. Most students have a GPA of 3.5 or above.
Students may only apply to one campus, but may apply to more than one
cluster at that campus. Application deadline: March 15. Applications are
available at http://www.ucop.edu/cosmos/
SUMMER JOBS AND PAID INTERNSHIPS
1. iCLEM is an 8-week paid internship program for current sophomores and
juniors with an interest in biotechnology. Applicants should come from
disadvantaged social/financial backgrounds, must be US citizens or permanent
residents and must be 16 years of age by June 1, 2011. The program takes
place at the Joint BioEnergy Institute in Emeryville from June 12 through
August 11, 2011. In addition to basic science and research, the program
exposes students to career exploration and college preparation. Students
are paid a stipend of $1500 plus a scholarship of $500 upon successful
completion of the program. Online applications are now being accepted at
www.synberc.org/iCLEM_internship Application Deadline: March 1.
*1. Want work on the College Application Handbook?
Any parent, guardian or friend who is interested in working on the college
application handbook series, please contact <mailto:druyffelaere at gmail.com>
druyffelaere at gmail.com . Working on the handbook series is a great way to
keep up on the ever changing world of college applications, and to
participate in working on this series which will be in its 12th year.
Diane Douglas, Marguerite Fa-Kaji and Pat Anderson are the parent-volunteer
facilitators of the etree; please direct any questions to them at
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