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SENIOR BULLETIN #1
Scholarship and College Information
- UC and CSU Application Workshops will take place on our campus later this year, probably in October. Workshop dates and times will be announced as soon as we know. This is a great opportunity to hear from a representative from each system and ask questions about the application process. There will also be a Financial Aid Workshop, probably in November or December.
- College Night will be held at Walnut High School on Monday, September 21st at 7:00 pm. This is a good evening to gather information about universities and chat with representatives about their campuses.
- Comprehensive Review – The CSU bases their admissions decisions on your GPA and test scores only, but the UC uses “Comprehensive Review” in deciding who to admit. This means you really need to think about all of your high school experiences, both here and off-campus, and include as much as possible in your UC application. These are the factors they consider:
- Academic GPA
- SAT/ACT scores
- Number of courses taken beyond the minimum requirements
- Number of honors/AP/IB courses taken
- Eligibility in Local Context (being in the top 9% of your class)
- The quality of classes taken in senior year
- The level of your academic classes in relation to what is offered here
- Outstanding performance in a specific subject area
- Outstanding work in one or more special projects
- A marked improvement in academic performance
- Special talents and achievements in a particular field
- Completion of special projects within the school or community
- Academic accomplishments in light of applicant’s life experiences
- Location of the applicant’s school
- The Common Application – Over 500 private schools now use the Common Application. Go to www.commonapp.org to see if the schools you’re applying to are Common Application members and to familiarize yourself with their application process.
- Look at each individual school’s requirements to make sure you don’t miss something. For example, USC’s deadline for applications for regular consideration is January 15th, BUT their deadline for applications for anyone who wants to be considered for merit scholarships is December 1st.
- Letters of recommendation – If you’re applying to a private college or university, you probably need letters of recommendation from your GLC and two academic teachers. The first step is to download the “School Profile” from www.dbhs.org (Guidance, then Class of 2016, then “Senior Profile LOR Packet” on the bottom of the page). This form allows you to tell the people writing letters for you all about yourself and the accomplishments and experiences you’ve had both on and off campus – spend time working on this so your GLC and teachers can write the best possible letter for you. The second step is to carefully read through “College Application Process” (located in the same part of www.dbhs.org). After following all directions, deliver your Letter of Recommendation Request directly to your GLC and teachers (you must hand it to them directly). You should list all schools you are applying to and the deadlines for those schools on the cover page. The absolute deadline to turn in a letter of recommendation request is October 9th, but you are strongly encouraged to deliver them sooner. No letters are required for UC or CSU schools.
- Online application via www.commonapp.org – You and your GLC will be required to submit all Common Application papers online. To notify your GLC that you would like him or her to complete his or her part (Secondary Report) online, you need to email him or her through the Common Application. Once you complete your part of the application, including senior classes for both semesters, you are ready to send the email notification to your GLC. You will need their correct email addresses:
- Time to take those tests. You must have a score for either the SAT or the ACT with writing for all CSU’s, UC’s, and private schools. If you haven’t taken either test, you only have a few more chances. Go to www.collegeboard.org or www.act.org to sign up for either test. If you plan to take a December test, the UC wants you to indicate the planned test date on your admission application.
- WARNING: San Diego State, San Jose State, and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo have said in the past that November is the last test they will accept, and Cal Poly SLO has indicated they prefer the ACT. If that’s what they want, that’s what you should give them.
- SAT Subject Tests are no longer required by the UC, but the UC has said some majors at some campuses may still recommend particular tests and students are still encouraged to send in Subject Test scores to be considered during the comprehensive review process as this extra information can only help. In addition, several private schools still require or encourage Subject Tests, and if they say they’d like to see a certain test, you want to provide it. Look at each school’s admission requirements carefully to find this information.
- Keep an eye out! There will always be scholarships listed in the Senior Bulletin, but this should not be your only resource. Ask your parents about scholarships through their jobs and keep an eye out for scholarships within the community. You can also go to fastweb.com for free scholarship searches. There are thousands of scholarships available out there, like this one that awards scholarships to brave souls who manufacture prom clothing out of duct tape - http://stuckatprom.com/.
- QuestBridge College Match Scholarships – QuestBridge is a national college match program which assists outstanding low-income students in gaining admission and full four-year scholarships to leading colleges such as MIT, Princeton, Stanford and Yale. In 2014, over 1500 Questbridge applicants gained admission to their partner colleges, and over 500 of these students were offered full scholarships. For information go to questbridge.org. Scholarship varies depending on the school but can include the full cost of tuition and room and board. Deadline is September 28th, 2015.
- Coca Cola Scholars Foundation – The Coca Cola Company supports over 1400 students with $3.45 million dollars’ worth of scholarships each year. 150 students are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship. They are looking for students who “are most committed to positive leadership in serving others and to academic excellence.” Applications must be submitted online at www.coca-colascholars.org. Deadline is October 31st, 2015.
- Prudential Spirit of Community Awards - This award is to recognize students who have demonstrated exceptional citizenship through exemplary, self-initiated community service/ volunteer work. Examples might be working with the disabled or with the elderly. The activity must be either self initiated or the individual must demonstrate exceptional leadership in group activities. Go online to http://spirit.prudential.com to submit an application by November 3rd, 2015. After you submit, you must tell Mr. Desmond you have entered your name - DBHS can only forward one representative for the state judging and a chance to earn $1000 and a trip to Washington DC.
- Wendy’s High School Heisman Award – This awards student-athletes who excel in academics, athletics and student leadership. Must have a 3.0 GPA, participate in at least one high school sport, and “serve as a role model for underclassmen.” Apply online at wendysheisman.com. You need to have your GLC review your application so notify him or her that you’re applying, and include your GLC’s email address on your application. Deadline is October 2nd, 2015.
- Horatio Alger Association Scholarship – This organization will be awarding several national scholarships of $22,000 and over 30 state scholarships of $7,000 each. Applicants must have household earnings of less than $50,000, a 2.0 minimum GPA, be involved in extra-curricular and community activities, and “display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity.” Apply online at HoratioAlger.com – application deadline is October 25th, 2015.
- The Fantasy Sports Daily Scholarship – This fantasy sports website is offering a $1,000 scholarship for students who “demonstrate a strong aptitude for higher learning, have a drive to improve themselves, and a desire to improve society in general.” For an application, more information, and advice on whether to draft a running back or wide receiver in the first round, go to https://www.fantasysportsdaily.com/scholarship/. Deadline is October 1st, 2015.