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Thursday, December 15, 2016


January 4            SAEOPP scholarship applications due
ONLINE. Read qualifications and what is required closely (review email for details) 
(I will complete the application with a letter of recommendation, transcript, and ACT score verification) for the 2 students (1 from P-1 and  from P-2) with the highest scores (see grading scale online).
January 9            Linly Heflin applications due.
January 13          Deadline to register for February 11 test
January 14          Super Saturday
January 15          Dell scholarship applications due ONLINE.
January 16          AAEOPP applications (PreCollege or Survivor)
via EMAIL (use attachments of WORD or PDF versions) to

More scholarship deadlines for JANUARY can be found at 

Upcoming scholarships:
Regions Riding Forward (February)
College Counts (you can start this now).

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Monday, December 5, 2016


You're worn out, tired, and perhaps just a little sick this time of year. Stay with it!  There's just three weeks left of the semester and it is CRUCIAL that you stay strong through the end of the semester.  Your semester GPA will be what shows up on all the scholarships due next semester, so push through and make sure you do your best!  

SENIOR SUCCESS SEMINAR                    12/05/2016                
Guest Speaker:  Demetrius L Castleberry 

If you need a transcript of your grades sent to a school, EMAIL me the name of the school.  PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE APPLIED to the school before I send a transcript.

By DECEMBER, you should have narrowed your college choices to 2. 

Check your Google Drive and make sure you have the following documents:
  1. Updated Academic Résumé
  2. Transcript (PDF Spring 2016); I will update it with the Fall 2016 transcript when it comes available in January.
  3. Highest ACT Score (PDF)
  4. FAFSA SAR (PDF)  (Ask for assistance if you need to get this saved)
  5. PDF Scans of Letters of Admission
  6. PDF Scans of Scholarship offers
  7. PDF Scan of Taxes (if you are applying for Dell, Linly Heflin, or College Counts)

AAEOPP PreCollege and Survivor Scholarships —(MERIT-BASED SCHOLARSHIP)apply for 1—not both—these scholarships consider GPA, ACT, leadership, awards, academic rigor, and recommendations:  DUE TO ME JANUARY 16th
(Read specifics of requirements—including the new essay prompt—on each application).  (Check your November 30th email from me for the application)
·        3.0 GPA minimum
·        20 ACT (18 for Survivor)
o   Complete application (Please remove lines before typing it) and 1 page essay—300—450 words (I need to edit this by January 14th)
o   Make sure to detail ALL your Awards and Honors, Leadership, and Community Service
o   2 letters of recommendation (I will do 1;
o   Transcript
Attach WORD DOCUMENT of application with essay, Transcript, and a Scan of Letter of Recommendation in an email to ME; SUBJECT: YOUR NAME AAEOPP Scholarship before January 16th


DELL—(NEED-BASED Scholarship and ACADEMIC RIGOR) LENGTHY Application and 10 essays; EVERYTHING IS SUBMITTED ONLINE before January 15th.
Dell awards 300 scholarships annually and since 2004, have provided students with over $60 million in college scholarships and support services. The Dell Scholars Program places greater emphasis on a student’s determination to succeed than just academic record and test scores. The GPA requirement is GRIT, POTENTIAL, and AMBITION. Dell rewards low-income, highly motivated students who are better than their numbers indicate and demonstrate the drive to succeed despite personal obstacles.
·       Grit by overcoming personal challenges in their lives related to their families, schools or communities
·       Potential by participating in college readiness programs and seeking out academic rigor
·       Ambition by dreaming of obtaining a college degree
·         Participating in a Michael & Susan Dell Foundation approved college readiness program (Upward Bound) in grades 11 and 12
·         Graduating from an accredited high school this academic year
·         Earning a minimum of a 2.4 GPA
·         Demonstrated need for financial assistance
·         Eligible to receive a federal Pell grant in first year of college
·         Planning to enroll full-time in a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited higher education institution in the fall directly after your graduation from high school
Dell Scholars are students who demonstrate their desire and ability to overcome barriers and to achieve their goals. Your application will be evaluated on your:
·         Individual determination to succeed
·         Future goals and plans to achieve them
·         Ability to communicate the hardships you have overcome or currently face
·         Self-motivation in completing challenging coursework (especially Honors, AP, and dual enrollment courses)
·         Demonstrated need for financial assistance

Linly Heflin—(MERIT-BASED AND NEED-BASED Scholarship)
·         3.0 GPA/25 ACT minimum
·         Essay and picture must be MAILED with application and postmarked before January 9, 2017.

Over 100 Scholarships listed here:  JLV Counseling—follow the blog