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Hello Graduating Senior!   

Are you ready to begin applying for scholarships?  The time is now!  Go to the school district’s website and begin looking over the hundreds of opportunities for you to apply.  Make sure to look at deadline dates!  If you need help, please reach out.  I am available for you in this process.  Some important dates to remember: 

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Cash for College—Filling out the FAFSA at Sierra College is FREE, even if you do not decide to attend Sierra College, you can still go to the workshop on October 17th or October 24th from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.  see flyer

  

District Scholarship Applications are DUE—JANUARY 16th/17th/18th

I AM AVAILABLE by appointment on these days:

  • North Point Academy Tuesdays 9:30-10:30am
  • Silver Springs HS Wednesdays 9:00am-10:30am
  • NU Tech HS Wednesdays 10:30am-Noon
  • Bear River HS Wednesdays Lunch thru Bruin Time 12:30pm-3:30pm
  • Nevada Union HS Thursdays 8am-1:30pm
  • Ghidotti Early College HS Fridays Phoenix Gold 7:45-9:15am, Phoenix Red 10:00-11:15am
****EXTRA OPEN APPOINTMENTS CAN BE MADE ON TUESDAY AFTERNOONS AT MY OFFICE.

GO TO:  www.calendly.com/kdesena and book your time slot today!

 

NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS:

GOLDEN DOOR SCHOLARS:  DUE October 25th
Golden Door Scholars is a nonprofit scholarship organization which provides large college scholarships to high performing students with DACA. This year we are excited to announce that we will award the scholarship to up to 50 students across the country attending college in Fall 2019. In addition to funding, Golden Door provides 1:1 mentorship and summer internships.  https://www.goldendoorscholars.org/app/open
 

HORATIO ALGER SCHOLARSHIPS: DUE October 25th 

106 scholarships at $25,000 each  flyer here

As one of the nation’s largest college financial aid programs in the country, the Horatio Alger National Scholarship Program is one of the major scholarship programs nationally that specifically assists high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. The scholarships are funded by Horatio Alger Members who, like the Scholars, have experienced challenges but ultimately overcame them to become successful business and civic leaders.Recipients must attend the National Scholars Conference to receive the award.

To be eligible to apply for the Horatio Alger National Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the United States; be progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2019 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
  • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and
  • Be a United States citizen

The application will be available August 1 – October 25.

 
The 2019-20 program will not be a nomination program like it has in the past, Comcast has decided to open the program to all eligible students!  Comcast NBCUniversal anticipates awarding over 800 scholarships for the 2019 – 2020 school year. If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $2,500 award. Furthermore, a select number of awardees will be chosen as recipients of a Founder’s Award. These scholarship winners will receive awards in excess of $2,500.
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to community service, outstanding qualities in character, integrity and leadership
  • Be enrolled as a high school senior
  • Reside in a community served by Comcast 
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or vocational-technical college in the United States for the entire 2019-2020 academic year
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent)
  • Demonstrate financial need
Please go online and apply directly.  Please have all questions sent to Scholarship America by email: leadersandachievers@scholarshipamerica.org or Call: 1-800-537-4180.
 

Western Association for College Admission Counseling presents Two Large College FAIRS!  Tons of colleges and universities will have booths with Admissions Reps to speak with.  There will be tons of handouts for you!   Register here for free!

WACAC Fall College Fair--UNR, Reno—  see colleges attending list

Sunday November 18, 2018 University of Nevada, in their Student Union 12pm to 4pm

WACAC Spring College Fair--Sacramento State—

Sunday, April 28, 2019 11am-1pm

 
AXA ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP:  DUE DECEMBER 2018 or first 10,000 applicants so don't delay!
The AXA Achievementsm Scholarship offers college scholarships of $2,500, $10,000 and $25,000 to high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their activities in school, the community or the workplace. Scholarship winners are known as AXA Achievers. They are ethnically and economically diverse, but they share these qualities: ambition and drive; determination to set and reach goals; respect for self, family and community; ability to succeed in college. 
 
NEW:  Music Department at Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles.  Masterclasses for singers and instrumentalists are offered as part of our October 27, 2018 Mount Orchestra Festival from Noon to 5pm. The registration link is included here:
https://www.msmu.edu/undergraduate-bachelor-programs/music/masterclass-for-high-school-and-college-students/

Full tuition Scholarships are available to all incoming freshman and transfer students. An audition and music application is required. Please note the application deadline. For more information, visit the link included here:
https://www.msmu.edu/undergraduate-bachelor-programs/music/music-scholarship-auditions/
NEW:  THE TYLER NIELSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP--$2000
Students must have been involved in Nevada Union High School football program, graduating senior, minimum 2.5 GPA, and plan to enroll in a vocation/trade, 2 or 4 year college or university.  Open to any major.  Financial need not a consideration.  MUST FILL OUT DISTRICT APP for consideration.
 
NEW:  SIXT SCHOLARS PROGRAM--5 $5,000 awards DUE NOVEMBER 30, 2018
First 500 applicants only so if interested, don't delay!  Must have 3.7 GPA, plan to enroll in a 2 or 4 year college or university, copy of your official transcript and a completed application appraisal online.  
 
NEW:  BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF NEVADA COUNTY & N. LAKE TAHOE-- $1,000

John M Pichitino Memorial Big Pal Scholarship--Students from any high school in the NUJHSD that has been a Big Pal in their Junior year. They may continue on in their Senior year, but not required ..although would be a plus for students applying. Only graduating Senior can apply.  Must write 500 word essay on their experience as a Big Pal, what they learned from the experience and how it might help them in the future. Students may attend any post secondary education. (Community College, trade/vocational school, 4 year college). Open to any major.   Financial need not a consideration. GPA of at least 3.0  MUST FILL OUT DISTRICT APP and INCLUDE ESSAY for consideration.

ACT STUDENT CHAMPION AWARDS--$500 DUE OCT 31, 2018
Students who have score of 22 on a single test date or a Gold ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate.  Students will receive $500 scholarship, certificate and state level recognition.
 

COCA COLA SCHOLARS PROGRAM--DUE OCT 31, 2018

Applicants must be current high school senior who will graduate 2018-19 school year.  The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation supports more than 1,400 exceptional college students each year, with annual scholarships of $3.55 million awarded through 3 nationally recognized programs.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship. The application is open! Students who will be graduating in the 2018-2019 academic school year may apply here through Wednesday, October 31, 2018

NEW:  JACK KENTE COOK SCHOLARSHIP - DUE NOVEMBER 20, 2018

an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities.
 
NEW: Sons of the American Revolution, specifically SAR Gold Country Chapter.  Open to high school students. 
BROCHURE LINK
The Children of the American Revolution Award This award is given at chapter, state, and national levels to C.A.R. members who have performed outstanding service in the furthering of the principles of freedom, and knowledge about and appreciation of the American Revolution, and in supporting the goals of the C.A.R. (C.A.R. members) http://www.sar.org/Youth/CAR 
(12th grade +, those who have not reached their 19th birthday during the year of application) (State--$1000, National-- 1st $10,000, 2nd $6000, 3rd $4000)Contact the local Gold Country Chapter directly. DUE to chapter November 15, 2018
Contest Rules and Checklist links.  (9-12) ($100 local, State $1000, National prizes are 1st $5000 with metal recognition and up to $500 toward travel expenses and one night hotel stay for winner and a chaperone to attend the SAR Annual Congress--this year held in Costa Mesa, CA)   Application given to scholarship coordinator.  Due January 10, 2019
 
 

Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.  Current high school seniors, or the equivalent, who are citizens of the United States are eligible to apply.  Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks.  The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2019 competition.  Male and female students compete separately.  Ranging from $1,000 per year to $12,500 per year, Most Valuable Student scholarships are for students pursuing a four-year degree, on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 semester hours), in a U.S. college or university. All scholarships are in the form of certificates of award conditional upon the full-time enrollment of the winner in an accredited U.S. college or university.

Legacy Awards are $4,000 scholarships available to children and grandchildren of Elks members. Eligibility requirements are outlined below.  The Foundation will offer a total of 300 awards in the 2019 contest.  The 2019 contest opened on September 1, 2018.  The deadline for applications is February 1, 2019

 

BOSTON UNIVERSITY TRUSTEE SCHOLARSHIP DUE DECEMBER 1, 2018

44nd annual Boston University Trustee Scholarship Competition. For more than four decades, the Boston University Trustee Scholars Program has attracted students with outstanding academic ability from around the world.

Trustee Scholars rank at the top of their classes and demonstrate exceptional leadership in their schools and communities. Scholarship recipients are selected by a faculty committee from a competitive pool of applicants after rigorous review. The Trustee Scholarship covers full undergraduate tuition plus orientation and mandatory undergraduate student fees for four years. To be considered, students must submit their application for admission with the two Trustee Scholarship essays by December 1, 2018.   Questions:  617-353-2300 or admissions@bu.edu.

 
PHENTERMINE CLINICS HEALTH SCHOLARSHIP:  DUE  December 31, 2018
You are currently enrolled in a college, university, high school or trade school. The content you submit in your application must be unique and must offer value to the reader. Creative, high-quality submissions have a higher chance of winning. One winner will be selected by January 15th, 2019 and will be awarded the $1,000 scholarship.
 
IMAGINE AMERICA FOUNDATION--TRADE AND VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS

The Imagine America Foundation is a nonprofit organization striving to help students find the school, the program, and the career path that’s right for them. For more than 35 years, our mission has been to provide resources that help students in all phases of their journey.

We provide award-winning scholarship and award programs, information on trade schools (both online and in your area), and helpful tips for navigating life as a postsecondary student—whether deciding where to live, how to budget, or where to apply for jobs.  Have questions or want to learn more? Visit our website at imagine-america.org or contact Lee Doubleday (571.267.3015 or leed@imagine-america.org) today!     Here is a flyer to read!

Check out our Trade Schools.  Imagine America offers scholarships to over 200 trade schools all across the country.
What's out there?  Explore our most popular trade school programs that students are taking.