Tuesday, October 15, 2013

College Prowler “No Essay” Scholarship

The CollegeProwler “No Essay” Scholarship is based on the idea that you DO NOT have to submit an essay.  This scholarship can be used for everything from tuition to paying for books to buying a laptop for school and is worth a cool $2,000!

Am I eligible to apply for the College Prowler “No Essay” Scholarship?

Pretty much any student (from high school students to community college and graduate students) who is enrolled or planning to enroll in college within the next year is eligible to apply.

Where is the application?

The application for the College Prowler “No Essay” Scholarship can be found and completed online!
The deadline for is October 31, 2013 (at 11 pm EST).

Cappex $1,000 GPA Isn’t Everything Scholarship

Who is this scholarship for?

The Cappex $1,000 GPA Isn’t Everything Scholarship is open to almost all students who are more than just a number (in this case their Grade Point Average).

Who is eligible for the GPA Isn’t Everything Scholarship?

This scholarship also does not require students to submit test scores, recommendations, or essays.  Instead, you simply need to be a student.  So whether you are a high school senior interested in English, a college sophomore who is going pre-med, or an aspiring engineer attending community college, you are eligible to apply.  To be eligible, you need to be a current or aspiring student in college, university, community college, or graduate school.
On another note, Cappex is also an awesome resource for checking out different colleges/navigating the admissions process.  The slogan of Cappex is “the college search made simple”–highly recommended website and definitely worth checking out.

How can I apply?

Click Below for the direct link!

When is the deadline?

The deadline for the $1,000 GPA Isn’t Everything Scholarship is October 31, 2013, so get started TODAY!

Im First! Website AND Scholarship

Mr. Zarazua sent over information to this really cool website, read below:

 I’m First is an awesome website to check out for researching colleges and getting your questions answered. It's geared towards many students like YOU, who will be the first in their family to go to college. Aside from being a great college search engine, it also has stories and videos from 1st generation college students.

I’m First Scholarship

Am I eligible for this scholarship?

To be eligible, students must be enrolling in an I’m First College Partner institution.  The complete list of college partners can be found here.  The list  includes many highly-selective institutions such as Vanderbilt, University of Pennsylvania, Williams, Amherst College, and Stanford.

How much is this scholarship worth?

The scholarship award is a $2,000 four-year renewable scholarship.  Additionally, students have the opportunity to be student bloggers on I’m First (and give advice to other first gen students!).

What will the scholarship committee be looking at?

Good question!  The following factors will be considered:
  • Financial need
  • Writing skills
  • Unique perspective
  • Experience with community service
  • Leadership experience
  • Commitment to helping other first-generation college students
Additionally, the “strong capacity for blogging” will be considered.  This scholarship will not consider GPA, test scores, or intended majors.  Finally, undocumented students are encouraged to apply.
The scholarship application for this program can be found and completed online closer to the deadline.
Last years deadline for the I’m First Scholarship was May 24, 2013, so you can expect the deadline to be similar for 2014.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Yale, Tufts, and Princeton Information Sessions

Have you thought about going to a private school, or perhaps even going out of state? If so, I highly recommend checking out the Info sessions being put on by Yale, Princeton and Tufts University. Come with your families!

Yale Info Session
7pm Wednesday, October 16th
Oakland Technical High School
4351 Broadway
Oakland Ca 94611
Admissions representatives will discuss academic programs, residential college and campus life, admissions, and financial aid.
To register visit:

Princeton Info Session
7pm Monday October 14
Hilton Oakland Airport
1 Hegenberger Road
Oakland, Ca 94621
Admissions representatives will discuss academic programs, residential college and campus life, admissions, and financial aid.

Tufts University Info Session
The Selective Admission Process
Topics include: How do colleges evaluate a high school transcript, Tips on successful essay writing, the role of recommendations and interviews in a higly selective admissions process, etc.
Wednesday October 16 2013 at 7pm
Presentation High School
2281 Plummer Avenue
San Jose, Ca 95125


Sunday October 20, 2013 at 2pm
Grant Hyatt San Francisco
345 Stockton Street
San Francisco, Ca 94108

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholarships

Take a look at ALL of the scholarships you can apply for through HSF. There are many that can be applied for within the same account, but take note of their deadlines- Most are due in December and January. Pretty cool!

Hispanic Scholarship Fund General College Scholarships

Have you created an account with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund yet? If you qualify, HSF has a great variety of scholarships. Check it out!


Award amounts generally range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be of Hispanic heritage
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident with a permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551 (not expired)
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Have plans to enroll FULL-TIME at a U.S. accredited college or university in the U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands or Guam during the 2014-2015 academic year
  • Must apply for federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in 2014
  • Be pursuing first undergraduate or graduate degree
  • Upload a photograph (headshot) of yourself for your profile. *Please upload a maximum photo size of 3MB in JPG or PNG format

Deadline: December 15, 2013

The Lowe’s Scholarship

While the deadlines for 2013 have not yet been added, we can expect that they will be similar to last years. For the 2013/2014 scholarship program applications were accepted from 12/15/2012 until 02/28/2013. Add this to your calendar!

Lowe’s will award up to one hundred forty (140) $2,500 scholarships to high school seniors who intend to enroll full-time in an undergraduate course of study in the U.S. 


The Lowe’s Scholarship is available to all eligible students within the United States, including Lowe’s employees and their children. Eligible candidates must:

  • Be current high school seniors
  • Maintain a minimum 3.25 Grade Point Average (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Demonstrate a history of commitment to their community through leadership activities, community service and/or work experience
This scholarship is open to all students regardless of status

AXA Achievements Scholarship

Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants to the AXA Achievementsm Scholarship in association with U.S. News & World Report must:
  • Be United States citizens or legal residents living or claiming residency in one of the 50 U.S. states, District of Columbia or Puerto Rico.
  • Be current high school seniors who plan to enroll full-time in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States for the entire 2014-2015 academic year. Enrollment at an accredited postsecondary institution outside of the United States will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Demonstrate ambition and self-drive as evidenced by outstanding achievement in school, community or work-related activities.
Special consideration will be given to achievements that empower society to better face risk through education and action in areas such as financial, environmental, health and/or emergency preparedness.

Our scholarships 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

Some of the remarkable accomplishments of our AXA Achievers include: establishing a nonprofit volunteer organization building wells in rural India to provide clean water; starting a literacy and leadership program for elementary school children; creating a multi-faceted anti-bullying campaign.

What will be awarded?

Fifty-two (52) students, known as AXA Achievers, will each receive a $10,000 scholarship. One recipient will be selected from each U.S. state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
From among the 52 recipients, ten (10) will be selected to receive an additional $15,000 scholarship. These National AXA Achievers will each be awarded scholarships totaling $25,000.
AXA Achievementsm Scholarships must be used for education-related expenses for undergraduate study only. Awards are not renewable; however, recipients may arrange to receive payment in installments over multiple years as long as the student continues to enroll in undergraduate study.

Our scholarships 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
Some of the remarkable accomplishments of our AXA Achievers include: establishing a nonprofit volunteer organization building wells in rural India to provide clean water; starting a literacy and leadership program for elementary school children; creating a multi-faceted anti-bullying campaign.
Eligible students are encouraged to apply for all AXA-sponsored scholarships, but a student may receive only one AXA-sponsored scholarship. For more information about all AXA Achievementsm scholarships, visit

APPLY EARLY:  only the first 10,000 applications will be accepted.

The application deadline is December 15, 2013, but if 10,000 applications are received
before that date, the program will automatically close.


Check out this scholarship...we qualify just because we are a charter high school!!

The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) will award five $1,500 scholarships to high school graduates of CCSA member schools. Scholarship awards will be payable to the recipient upon proof of his/her enrollment into an accredited four-year or two-year public or private university or college. The application deadline is Friday, November 30, 2012. Award winners will be notified by January, 2013 and will be featured on our website and in the program at the 20th Annual California Charter Schools Conference, March 11-March 14, 2013.

Selection Criteria:
  • Scholastic record must reflect a proven ability to succeed at a college or university level
  • Student must be a graduating senior from a charter high school that is a member of the California Charter Schools Association
  • Student must demonstrate need for financial aid
The scholarship is named in honor of Susan Steelman Bragato, the co-founder of the first charter school in California and the founder of the California Network of Educational Charters (which was renamed the California Charter Schools Association in 2003). Sue was one of the first people to recognize the importance of building a strong network of support among charter school leaders statewide. Sue also organized the first California Charter Schools Conference. In honor of her unprecedented contribution to the charter school movement, the Association named this scholarship for her. Sue died in 2005 after a battle with breast cancer.
Online application must be completed by October 11, 2013. Please if you have any questions about the scholarship.

Apply at:

Good Tidings Foundation Community Service Scholarship

Good Tidings Foundation

Community Service Scholarship

Good Tidings supports education by providing education grants to high school seniors in need who have dedicated themselves to extraordinary community service projects. The program currently awards $100,000 annually to 20 underserved high school seniors at $5,000 each, providing much needed support to youth who have demonstrated tremendous leadership potential despite their economic circumstances.

2013 Applicants must:

  • Be a high school senior in the graduating class of 2014
  • Have financial need
  • Have extraordinary community service accomplishments (far exceeding "minimum service hours" required by schools - not necessarily with hours but in depth of involvement)
  • Reside in one of the following counties: San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito, Merced, Stanislaus, Alameda, San Joaquin, Contra Costa, Solano, Yolo, Napa, Sonoma or Marin.
  • Attach a single-sided, two-page (maximum), double-spaced essay describing your unique community service activities, focusing on one project in your essay. Discuss any of the following subjects: what made you choose/create this project, how did you help the community, how many people were affected by your work, why is community service important to you, what have you gained or learned from this experience, and what will you do in the future?
  • Include a one-page letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, Charity Director or person familiar with your community service and financial need.
    *Undocumented residents are eligible for the scholarship as long as they are accepted into an American school.

      Important Dates:

      August 1, 2013: Applications available on our website
      November 12, 2013: Postmark Deadline for Applications (Don't know what a postmark is? Clickhere)
      November 22-28, 2013: Scholarship Recipients Notified

    Golden Doors Scholars


    Golden Door Scholar (GDS) recipients will receive funding to cover tuition (less other scholarships), room, and board for a four-year degree. Golden Door Scholars will also have access to internships and other career-building opportunities. Please review the important information below prior to submitting your GDS application.
    • Applicants must be eligible for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).
    • Applications received after midnight EST on 11/01/13 will not be considered.
    • Strong preference will be given to candidates from NC and SC.
    In 500 words or less, please attach an essay that answers the following question:

    Aside from the academic credentials evident in your application, why should you be selected as a recipient of this scholarship?
    Describe a meaningful achievement or challenge and how it will drive your academic and professional success. 
    Deadline is November 1, 2013 

    Univision Es el Momento Scholarship

    The Univision Es El Momento Scholarship will be available beginning October 21, 2013. Eligible registrants will receive a courtesy reminder email.

    Please have the following items available for your scholarship application:

    · Family Income Information

    · Three Essay Responses (400 to 600 words each)
    Tell us about your academic/career short-term and long-term goals. How has your Hispanic heritage influenced these goals?

    Describe your participation in extracurricular activities (community service, volunteer work, employment, school clubs, sports, family, church, etc.). What have you learned from your experience(s)?

    Describe a recent academic challenge you have faced. Explain how you overcame it.

    · Electronic copy of transcript(s) (including grades through Spring and/or Summer 2013) ready for upload (official or unofficial) in .PDF or .JPG format

    Application Deadline: November 18, 2013

    Internship Opportunity

    Brothers on the Rise is seeking interns for their PAID after school Lift a Brother Up 4-8th grade mentoring program. The program is looking to recruit 11th and 12th grade boys who can commit time during Sep-June for 1-2 days a week. 

    Informational meeting on THURSDAY October 3rd during Advisory in the Auditorium.