Diamond Bar High School
SENIOR BULLETIN #9
Scholarship and College Information
THE TRANSITION TO LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
· Embrace your new school. By the time you read this, many of you will have sent a SIR (Statement of Intent to Register) to the university you’ll be attending in the fall. You had your time to debate the decision and weigh the pros and cons of each choice, but now you’ve made the commitment to one school. Don’t waste your time thinking about the other schools to which you applied. Now is the time to embrace your school and get excited about the new experiences awaiting you. Tell your GLC and teachers and friends where you’re going, go get a sweatshirt from your new school, and wear it with pride!
· Don’t ignore emails from your future school – if they are emailing you they usually need something. Whether you are attending a 4-year university, two-year community college or trade school, make sure you continue to monitor your student account and follow through with all requests from the school. Now is the time to ensure you have taken all appropriate assessment/placement exams, submitted all Financial Aid paperwork/documents, on-campus housing reservations etc.
· Final transcripts need to be sent to the campus that you will attend in the fall. Go to http://dbhs.wvusd.k12.ca.us/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=167814&type=d&pREC_ID=345011 and follow the steps required to send the final transcript via Parchment. Once you have chosen your future school, you can go on the site and make the request for a transcript – be sure to request for the next grading period so the transcript includes all of your second semester grades. You can request it now, but the transcript will not be sent until at least 2-3 weeks after graduation.
· Let us know where you’re going to go! This is an exciting time, and we want to know your decision. Please go by the Guidance Office to turn in the small white forms your English teacher gave you. Turn in these questionnaires for a chance of winning the senior raffle, and then fill out a paper for Mrs. Taylor so we can display where you’ll be attending in the fall. Oh, but make sure you don’t tell those GLC’s and teachers who spent hours working on your letters of recommendation, that would be just silly. That’s sarcasm. Tell us!
· East San Gabriel Regional Occupation Program is a good option for anyone A) interested in technical training for a career or B) trying to get more of their general education classes out of the way. Several of their classes transfer to the community college so if you’re having trouble getting all of your breadth requirements taken care of at Mt. SAC or Fullerton College, this might be another option. Look at www.esgvrop.org for more information. You can also check out this article in which ESGVROP was named the #1 community college value in the nation - http://finance.yahoo.com/news/top-10-community-colleges-190928710.html.
· Take the time to be appreciative in your last days of high school. There are just a few weeks to go and you’re probably very excited about the prospect of life after high school, but believe it or not, there are some things and people you’ll miss and you don’t want to overlook them. Amidst all the frenzy of your final days on campus, take a moment to reflect on the teachers, school staff, and friends who have been there for you along the way. Most importantly, set some time aside to show your gratitude to your family before you start the next chapter of your life. They have been there for you for the last eighteen or so years, and it’s good to acknowledge how much they’ve done for you. It’s probably a good idea to have one last cookie from the school kitchen as well.
· The Chen Foundation Scholarship – The Chen Foundation “is focused on helping economically-challenged youth fulfill their dreams of obtaining a higher education.” Ten $2000 renewable scholarships are available. Applicants must be planning to attend a CSU and major in math, engineering or science, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and have a household income at or below “Low Income” based on the California State Low Income Level. For information and to apply, visit www.apcf.org. Application deadline is Midnight, May 16th, 2014.
· Girls’ League of DBHS Scholarship – That’s right our very own scholarship from the Diamond Bar High School Girls’ League! The Girls’ League awards two $500 scholarships and five $100 scholarships. Since Girl’s League is a service-based organization, community involvement is a primary factor in deciding who receives awards. These scholarships will only go to Brahmas so apply! Pick up an application in Mr. Desmond’s office or in Ms. Pacheco’s room (577). Application packages must be submitted to Ms. Pacheco in Room 577 by Friday, May 2nd, 2014.
· Seiji Isomoto Scholarship – This is for graduating seniors of Asian-American descent who have demonstrated excellence in academics and athletics throughout their high school career. $1000 will go to one male and one female recipient. Applicants must have at least one Asian parent, a minimum GPA of 3.0 in academic classes, and a varsity letter for a high school sport. Pick up an application in Mr. Desmond’s office. Application packages must be postmarked by Saturday, May 10th, 2014.
· Class of 2012 Ginger Auten and Phyllis Irving Scholarship – Here is another great scholarship that’s guaranteed to go to a Brahma. One of the people whose name is on the scholarship is walking around our campus every day! A $250 award will be given to a DBHS senior with a minimum 3.5 GPA and the best application (unofficial transcript, two 250 word essays, four short answer questions). You can pick up an application in Mr. Desmond’s office – applications and scanned transcripts must be submitted to AutenandIrvingScholarship@gmail.com by May 3rd, 2014.
· Schools First Scholarship – Schools First Credit Union will award two $250 scholarships to DBHS seniors. Applicants must have at least a 3.25 GPA and complete an application. You can pick up an application in Mr. Desmond’s office. Applications must be submitted to Mr. Desmond by Monday, May 5th at 3:00 pm – no exceptions.
· Walnut Valley Educational Foundation Scholarship – That’s Walnut Valley as in OUR district so you know this one isn’t going to some dude in Bakersfield – apply! They award three $1000 scholarships (Visual and Performing Arts, Industrial Technology, and Teen Citizen) to DBHS students and a fourth is available for someone within our district! You can pick up an application in Mr. Desmond’s office – applications must be received by MAIL by May 2, 2014 or hand-delivered to Mr. Desmond by 2:00 pm on Friday, May 2nd.
If you won a scholarship and would like to be recognized at our All School Awards Night, you must contact Mrs. Taylor in the Guidance Office by Thursday, May 8th.