[BHS Etree] COLLEGE/CAREER: Bulletin for Week of Dec. 16

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College and Career Center Hours:  Mon-Fri 8:00 am - 4:00 pm


College Advisor:  Angela Price  <mailto:angelaprice at berkeley.net>
angelaprice at berkeley.net


College Advisor:  Skyler Barton  <mailto:skylerbarton at berkeley.net>
skylerbarton at berkeley.net


*New or updated information.


SAT Word of the Week: Ignominious - disgraceful and dishonorable


*FINANCIAL AID:  The FAFSA and the CA Dream Act application periods are open
from January 1, 2014 - March 2, 2014.  In order to receive the best
financial aid package that you are eligible for, you are highly encouraged
to submit your FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application as early as possible. 


Please note that many private colleges require the CSS Profile application
as well. Please check with individual college admissions offices and/or
financial aid offices for the requirements and deadlines. 


*SAVE THE DATE: We will have our annual Financial Aid "Cash For College"
workshop on January 30th, in the Berkeley High School Library and College
and Career Center, from 6:30-8:30pm.  At this workshop, seniors and
parents/guardians will receive hands-on support with completing financial
aid applications.  BHS college advisors and financial aid experts from the
East Bay Consortium will be providing assistance at this event.


1.  Sending Test Scores:  


Sending Test Scores to UC's:   Remember, when sending test scores to UC's,
you only need to send them to ONE UC, and all other campuses will then have
access to your scores.


Sending Test Scores to CSU's:  SAT - List the CSUMentor institution code so
that CSUMentor can store your scores for any CSU campus to retrieve.  The
CSUMentor institution code for the SAT is 3594.


ACT - If you have listed a CSU campus as an ACT score report recipient, you
can use the ACT Scores Manager to release your score to additional campuses.
Before you can use the ACT Scores Manager, you must first have arranged for
your scores to be sent to a CSU campus. If you have not yet arranged for
your ACT scores to be sent to a CSU campus, you can learn how to request
this at www.actstudent.org/scores/send/index.html.


Private Colleges:  You must send the test scores to each individual campus.


2. Sending Mid-Year Grade Reports:  For schools on the Common App, your
counselor who you have identified to provide a Secondary School Report will
also upload your mid-year report (transcript) online.  For non-Common App
schools that require mid-year reports, you must submit a transcript request
form with a stamped and addressed envelope to our Registrar's Office, D-173.
Please check all of your accounts and school websites for requirements and
deadlines.  We recommend that you check all of your accounts and school
portals at least once per week for updates.


3.  A Few CSU's Still Accepting Undergraduate Applications for Fall 2013: A
handful of CSU's will continue to accept applications on a space available
basis, including CSU East Bay, CSU Dominguez Hills, and Cal Maritime.
For a complete list, please visit


CSU East Bay: CSUEB offers a variety of academic programs, including highly
regarded business administration options and pre-professional programs in
medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, veterinary
science, allied health sciences, law and theology. To learn more about this
non-impacted university, please visit  <http://www20.csueastbay.edu/>
http://www20.csueastbay.edu/ (Currently accepting applications!)


4.  Educational Opportunity Program (EOP): What is Educational Opportunity
Program (EOP)? The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is designed to
improve access for and retention of historically low-income and
educationally disadvantaged students. An EOP student has the potential and
demonstrated motivation to perform satisfactorily at a CSU, but has not been
able to realize this potential because of economic or educational
background. The program provides admission and academic assistance to
EOP-eligible undergraduate students. In many cases, the program offers
financial assistance to eligible students. Campuses tailor their programs to
accommodate the needs of their student population (CSUMentor.edu)


Who May Apply?

Only historically low-income and educationally disadvantaged undergraduate
students who need admission assistance and support services to succeed in
college are admitted to EOP. They must demonstrate academic potential and
motivation, be California residents or otherwise eligible, and meet the
income criteria.  


For additional information about EOP, please visit:



How to apply to EOP:  In your CSU application, answer "yes" to the question
asking if you would like to be considered for the EOP.  After submitting a
CSU application, you will receive a confirmation page. On the confirmation
page, click on the EOP link.


If you are planning on applying to EOP and would like to receive assistance
with your application, please visit your College Advisor (Ms. Price or Mr.
Barton) for support.


colleges/universities, check your e-mail accounts frequently.  You will
likely receive contact from the colleges you have applied to, traditionally
providing instructions and information to set up your account with the
particular school you have applied to.  These accounts, often referred to as
portals, will be your main line of communication with each particular
college/university.  We recommend checking for updates frequently!  


6. CSU PLACEMENT TESTS: CSU requires you to take the English Placement Test
(EPT) and the Entry-Level Mathematics Test (ELM) before you enroll. Your
scores are not used for admission purposes, but they do determine which math
and English courses you should take to begin your career at CSU.  Most
students will have to take the exam, but there are some circumstances under
which you may be exempt. Seniors: If you are planning on attending a CSU, we
encourage you to take care of this requirement (Placement Tests) early in
the spring. By completing this process early, you will not have to worry
about missing any deadlines for this requirement. Free online preparation
for these exams is available at  <https://www.ets.org/csu/about/>


7.  Common App - The new CA4 Version:  The new version of the Common App has
experienced some glitches throughout the first month or so.  Some issues
have been fixed and other glitches are currently being addressed. Here are
some basic tips and recommendations:


a.      Save your work constantly!

b.      Don't wait until the last minute to submit your application.

c.      Compose your essay in Word and save it.  Do not type your essay
directly into the application.  Copy your essay from Word into Notepad.
Then, copy it form Notepad and paste it into your application.  This seems
to be the best method thus far.  This is a lot of steps, but the formatting
and word count has been off on many applications where students copied
directly from Word.

d.      Use the Print Preview before submitting the application.  Review
every section and be sure to answer EVERY question.  Be sure to proofread
your essay.

e.   Invite your recommenders early in the process. *After inviting your
recommender, confirm their receipt of the Common App Recommender invitation.


8. College Essay Readers are now available Monday and Wednesday mornings,
during the lunch period every day, and after 6th period every day except
Friday (3:40 PM).  


9. Advising Appointments for Seniors:  Sign-up sheets are available in the
College & Career Center. Seniors may also drop in any day at lunch or after
6th period without an appointment to have shorter questions answered.
Please note that college advisors will be conducting application workshops
in the Library Computer Lab after school on Tuesday and Thursday.


College Advisor assignments:  Ms. Price - BIHS and AC students with last
names L-Z.

Mr. Barton - AHA, AMPS, CAS, GRN and AC students with last names A-K.


10. Seniors who are applying to colleges that are not on the Common
Application: please review this message for document submission



a. If the college does not use the Common Application:


- Download the required form (Secondary School Report) from the college


- Complete a "Transcript Request Form" (available from the BHS Registrar's
Office in D173) and sign it.  If you are under 18, the parent or guardian
must sign.


- Paper-clip the Transcript Request Form and the college's form to a large
manila envelope addressed to the college, with the Berkeley High School
address as the return address.  Put on $1.38 in postage (that is the large
envelope 3 oz. rate).


- Turn in all the large manila envelopes to the College and Career Center
ASAP for those applying Early Decision/Early Action (the original deadline
to turn these in was Oct. 1) and by November 1 for those applying regular
admission.  Attach the College Application Checklist (available at the
College and Career Center or in your senior folder) to the front of the


b. Completing forms for schools that only require an official transcript and
not a Counselor Recommendation:


Submit the following forms to the Registrar in room D173:


- A signed transcript request form for each college.  If you are under 18,
your parent or guardian must sign it.


- Clip each transcript request from to a stamped business-size envelope
addressed to the college with Berkeley High School as the return address.
Clip all forms and envelopes together.


Remember, CSU's and UC's do not require letters of recommendation for
admission purposes.  CSU's usually request transcripts, but they do so
individually and they do not all have the same deadlines.  UC's will
traditionally request official transcripts in the spring, from students who
are accepted to their university.  It is important to check your email
accounts frequently.


For colleges using the Common App, the counselor submitting the letter of
recommendation (also known as the Secondary School Report) will also
electronically upload and submit the mid-year report and final transcript.


32 member institutions for a one-time fee of $35. For information and to
view the online application, please visit - www.eduinconline.com


12. SENIOR GRADES COUNT!  Whether you are applying to a private
college/university, CSU, UC, or out of state public school, senior year
grades count!  While you may be admitted to a college in the winter or early
in the spring, this is traditionally a preliminary or "conditional"
admittance pending receipt of your official senior year grades.



SAT and ACT registration procedures - Photos required during registration!


ACT (Register at  <http://www.ACT.org/> www.ACT.org) - Check website for
complete listing of test dates.

ACT Test Dates:       Registration Deadline                      Late
Registration Period


February 8                 January 10
January 11-24



SAT (Register at  <http://www.collegeboard.org/> www.collegeboard.org) -
Check website for complete listing of test dates.

SAT Test Dates:       Registration Deadline


January 25                 December 27





SAVE THE DATE:  Sunday, May 4, 2014

Where: Berkeley High School

What: BHS 3rd Annual COLLEGE FAIR and 2nd Annual CASE STUDIES Event

Who:  Exclusive to BHS Juniors and Parents/Guardians


COLLEGE FAIR - Enjoy an opportunity to meet and chat with college admissions
officers and representatives from over 60 colleges/universities.  More
details coming soon (including time of day).


CASE STUDIES - The Case Studies Workshop will group students and parents
with college admissions officers to discuss what colleges look for when
admitting students. Learn how college admissions representatives analyze
mock applications and make their decisions.  RSVP guidelines coming soon.  





*Dec. 7th SAT/ACT PRACTICE Combo Test  Results: If you were unable to attend
the score back review session on Thursday, Dec. 12th, you may contact
jackiel at review.com to retrieve your results.  





BHS Alumni College Panel, Thursday, December 19, Periods 1 - 6: Each year
the College and Career Center and BHS Counselors organize college panel
discussions for BHS sophomores.  BHS graduates representing all of our
communities are looking forward to attending this college panel.  Every 10th
grade English class at BHS will attend this experience over the course of
the day.  Teachers prepare their students in advance with questions about
college life, college admissions, college preparation, etc.  This is a very
informative and motivating event for our BHS sophomores.





*CAREER LOCKER:  Do you want to explore career opportunities and possible
majors for college?  Career Locker is a web-based program purchased for
Berkeley High School students for career and college exploration.  Students
can use Career Locker from any location that can access the internet.  This
program includes assessment tests, occupation and education search tools,
and practice questions for test preparation.  For information on how to set
up your Career Locker account, please see Ms. Price or Mr. Barton in the
College and Career Center.





1. California College of the Arts hosts National Portfolio Day!  January 18,
2014 - 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco. Tours and presentations 10AM-12PM,
Portfolio reviews 12PM-4PM. For more information, visit portfolioday.net or
cca.edu/portfolioday  This event is free and open to the public, and is
aimed to be an excellent opportunity for students pursuing a future in the
visual and related arts. 


2.  Black College Expo for 11th and 12th graders - Saturday, January 25,
2014.  9AM-5PM.  Meet one-on-one with college recruiters, get application
fees waived, get accepted to colleges on the spot, and participate in
seminars and workshops. Students are encouraged to bring several copies of
transcripts and test scores (if available).  For more information, please
visit thecollegeexpo.org  





4-year scholarships and mentoring support for academically talented and
resilient Berkeley High School students.  We will be hosting an
informational meeting in the College and Career Center (D-221) for seniors
interested in applying for this scholarship.  The meeting date was December
10th during the lunch period.  


Elena Castaneda Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship was created to honor
Berkeley educator and social justice advocate Elena Castaneda. Elena was
particularly committed to assisting young people who spoke English as their
second language in obtaining a quality education. This scholarship is given
annually to a Berkeley High School student whose first language was Spanish
and who has worked to learn English and complete the course work necessary
to be admitted to a four-year college or university. This scholarship is
also intended for those attending two-year colleges.


Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was
established in 1999 to provide outstanding African American, American
Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American
students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education
in any discipline area of interest.  For more information, please visit
http://www.gmsp.org/  Applications must be submitted online by January 15,


RON BROWN SCHOLAR PROGRAM:  To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens
or permanent residents, Black or African American and current high school
seniors at the time of application.  Applicants should demonstrate academic
achievement, exhibit leadership ability, participate in community service
activities and demonstrate financial need.  Applications are available in
the College and Career Center.  Applications are due January 9th in order to
be considered for the Ron Brown Scholar Program.  For further information,
please visit www.ronbrown.org <http://www.ronbrown.org/> 


*STUDENTS RISING ABOVE - For Current Juniors, C/O 2015: Students Rising
Above is looking for high school juniors who have demonstrated strength of
character in the face of challenging odds, and dream of a college education.
Selected students come from low-income households and are rising above
tremendous difficulties and succeeding in school and in life despite their
circumstances at home.  These difficulties include poverty, neglect,
violence, addiction and homelessness. Applicants are required to have a 3.0
GPA, and applications are due on April 4, 2014.  For more information,
please visit


*University of Michigan: College of Engineering Giesinger Scholarship - This
scholarship is a $20,000 per year annual award. The deadline is January 15,
2014. For more information, please visit


The Italian Catholic Federation is a National Roman Catholic Fraternal
Organization composed of persons of Italian ancestry (including their
non-Italian spouses) who are of the Roman Catholic Faith.  One of the many
programs of the Federation is to offer college scholarships to further the
education of students who achieve a total cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 and
meet all of the requirements listed in the scholarship application. For more
information, please visit www.icf.org <http://www.icf.org/>   


CALIFORNIA STATE PTA:  The California State PTA offers graduating high
school senior scholarships in the amount of $500 to acknowledge the
achievements of high school seniors for outstanding volunteer service in
their school and community. www.capta.org <http://www.capta.org/> .
Applications are due Feb. 3, 2014.


E4FC - Educators for Fair Consideration - www.e4fc.org
<http://www.e4fc.org/> :  Visit this site for a listing of local, regional,
and national scholarships available for Bay Area immigrant students.


AnimationCareerReview.com is offering the 3rd annual "Aspiring Animation
Professional" Scholarship Program, offering high school seniors the
opportunity to win a $1,000 scholarship.  This will be awarded to students
that are interested in pursuing an animation career path at an accredited
post-secondary school or college. Please visit
tion-professional-scholarship-program to find eligibility information along
with the online application. 


Saint Mary's College of California Performing Arts Scholarship and Brother
Dominic Barry Mathematics Scholarship:  Each of these awards equals $13,000
per year for four years of full-time study at Saint Mary's, and they can be
combined with other merit scholarships.  To be considered, students must
apply for admission by the Early Action deadline of November 15th, submit
additional scholarship materials to the admissions office by December 6th,
and interview during the scholarship program Saturday, January 25th.  For
more information, visit


The Princeton Prize in Race Relations:  This scholarship recognizes students
who are helping improve race relations in their schools or communities.
Winners are awarded up to $1,000 and invited to Princeton University for an
expense-paid weekend symposium on race.  For information, please visit


AXA Achievement Community Scholarship - Awards $2,000 scholarships for up to
375 winners nationwide.  Application deadline is February 1, 2014 - Only the
first 10,000 applications will be accepted.  For more information, please
visit www.axa-achievement.com <http://www.axa-achievement.com/>  


Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles - Music Scholarship Auditions in
Voice, Piano, Guitar, Organ, and Orchestral Instruments:  To complete an
online application, visit


KPAA Kaiser Permanente Asian Association - KP Asian Association scholarships
recognize students who have brought demonstrable, tangible benefit to an
Asian community and have the potential to be future leaders. Students may
have demonstrated this potential through activities in school, in  the
community, or in the face of unusual circumstances. Deadline for submitting
application is Feb. 16, 2014 at


Skidmore College Filene Music Scholarship Competition:  The Filene
Scholarship provides a special opportunity for musically gifted students
with high academic aspirations.  Information can be found at





*SEEDS - Spring Engineering Education Days at Santa Clara University (for
JUNIORS):  Over three Saturdays in April, participants attend workshops
facilitated by Santa Clara University engineering faculty.  Sessions are
held on  April 12, 19, & 26.   This program is offered free of charge!
Application deadline is February 6, 2014, at 5:00pm.  For more information,
visit www.scu.edu/engineering/undergraduate/seeds.cfm  


*USC Summer Programs:  Offers students a preview of "freshman year" through
its college experience, offering 4 and 2 week courses in a variety of
subjects.  For more information please visit summer.usc.edu


*The University of British Columbia Summer Scholars Program: Eligible
students must be entering one of their final two years of high school (16-18
years of age) and in good academic standing. Applications close May 15,
2014, and limited space is available. For more information, please visit


Santa Clara University Summer Engineering Seminar:  The program introduces
participants to the engineering profession, the academic expectations of
college, and university life.  Application deadline is March 13, 2014, at
5:00pm.  For more information, please visit


Colorado College Summer Session Pre-College Program:  Earn college credit
and find out if Colorado College and the Block Plan are right for you.  For
more information and application materials, visit the website at


Oxford  Royale Academy: Summer course offerings for July and August 2014.
Please visit www.oxford-royale.co.uk 


University of Notre Dame Pre-College Programs:  The office of Pre-College
Programs offers students the opportunity to experience the life of Notre
Dame college students.  To view the list of opportunities offered for the
2014 Summer Scholars Program, 2014 Leadership Seminars, and the 2014 Study
Abroad (Rome, Italy), please visit precollege.nd.edu   


Washington University in St. Louis Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
Summer Pre-College Programs:  Are you passionate about art or architecture?
Have you considered a career as an architect, artist, or designer? These
Pre-College Programs - Architecture Discovery Program and Portfolio Plus
Program - give high school students the opportunity to develop skills that
are fundamental to these fields while producing work in a real studio under
the guidance of WUSTL faculty.  Samfoxschool.wustl.edu/precollege   


High School Summer Scholars Program - Washington University in St. Louis:
Explore Careers and majors in medicine, writing, engineering, leadership,
and more.  For more information and application materials, visit:


The 2014 Summer Academy at St. John's College - The Summer Academy at St.
John's College offers rising high school juniors and seniors the experience
of a lifetime - self-discovery, friendship, and intellectual growth.  One
week sessions are held at east and west campuses in Annapolis, Maryland and
Santa Fe, New Mexico. For more information, please visit:
www.stjohnscollege.edu <http://www.stjohnscollege.edu/> 


ADEVENTURES OF THE MIND - Astronomical Opportunities for 200 Talented Teens:
Blasting off from Occidental College, June 15, 2014.  Meet with talented
faculty, take exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab
and The Autry, tour the campuses of Los Angeles' stellar universities, and
explore your future during sessions on leadership, creativity, goal-setting,
entrepreneurship, money matters, and college/career paths.  For
applications, please visit www.adventuresofthemind.org



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