Friday, December 19, 2014

Stanford Medical Youth Science Program

The Stanford Medical Youth Science Program (SMYSP) Summer Residential Program is an annual all expense paid five-week science- and medicine-based enrichment program that takes place annually from mid-June to late July, and is held on the Stanford University campus. The Summer Residential Program bolsters student’s science skills while introducing them to a host of health-related careers. Students live in a residence house on the Stanford campus for the entirety of the program, and family members are invited to visit each Sunday morning.
New in 2015: The entire SMYSP application is now online! There are two parts to our online application that must be completed (a Stanford Pre-Collegiate Institutes Preliminary Application and an ApplyWeb Online Application.) A complete application will also include an unofficial transcript (uploaded by the student) and two letters of recommendation (which are uploaded by the recommender).
The 2015 Summer Residential Program will operate from June 21 - July 26, 2015. All participants must be available to attend the entire program.
Information, eligibility requirements, and a link to the application can be found
Applicants must be:
  • current sophomore or junior in high school;
  • from a low-income background, and will likely be the first in their family to attend college;
  • interested in science, medicine, and health;
  • taking, or have taken, science and math classes, with at least some B's in these class;
  • living and attending high school in one of the following California counties (only): Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Madera, Marin, Merced, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, and Yolo.
Please note: Due to Stanford's academic calendar, our On-Campus Interviews are scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2015. This is an SAT test date. For those candidates who are selected for in-person interviews, they must attend On-Campus Interviews in order to be considered for the program. It is recommended that serious applicants do not schedule any standardized testing on this date.

Deadline for receipt of applications is February 15, 2015.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Engineering Opportunities at Santa Clara University

Are you interested in Engineering? Here's an amazing opportunity for you!

Spring Engineering Education Days (SEEDs): The 2015 SEEDs program is looking for 10th and 11th grade students with an interest in exploring engineering topics during April. Selected participants come to Santa Clara University over the course of three Saturdays (April 4, 18, 25) from 10 am to 3 pm and participate in workshops spanning the following engineering areas: Bio, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical and Web Design. Workshops are presented in a typical university format, with a mix of lecture and interactive experiences. Free Program and lunch, but you DO have to get yourself there! To apply for the program, students must complete an online application and have a teacher complete an online recommendation form by February 5, 2015. 

The application and full program details can be found at:

SEEDS Brochure

Summer Engineering Seminar (SES): Summer Engineering Seminar (SES): The SES program is an outstanding, five-day experience in late July/early August offering specially designed workshops covering different fields of engineering. The SES program also provides students with a taste of university life, as they stay in university residence halls for the duration of the program, eat meals on campus and at neighboring dining facilities, and take part in afternoon recreational activities and evening projects. Program is FREE but you DO need to get yourself to and from the University. To apply for the program, students must complete an online application and have a teacher complete an online recommendation form by March 12, 2015.  

The application and program details can be found at:

SES Brochure

Stanford Horizon Scholars

Stanford Horizon Scholars

The Stanford Horizon Scholars Program offers up to fifteen low-income, high-achieving,
local-area high school students the opportunity to attend High School Summer College
at little to no cost. 
Horizon Scholars attend Summer College as commuting students. In addition to a generous
financial aid package, Horizon Scholars have access to special programming during the
 Summer and, as alumnae of the program, quarterly events during the rest of the academic

2015 Application Deadline: March 1

How Will Students Benefit from Being Horizon Scholars?

As High School Summer College commuting students, Horizon Scholars enjoy 

the opportunity to:

  • Take Stanford college courses for Stanford University credit, and have their work recorded on an official Stanford University transcript.
  • Select from more than over 145 courses in 30 departments.
  • Access Stanford’s world-class libraries and athletic facilities.
  • Attend Summer College events, speaker series, and workshops.
  • Access Collegiate Programs academic advisers and tutors at no cost.
  • Experience college life at one of the world’s leading educational institutions.

Financial Aid package includes:

  • Application Fee
  • Program Fees
  • Tuition for 3 to 6 units of coursework, four of which must be academic in nature
  • Commuter Program Fee
  • Books/Required Course Supplies (up to $500)
  • Public Transportation Pass for the duration of the Summer Quarter (Amount varies)
  • Health Insurance Fee (if ineligible for health insurance waiver)
  • College Preparation Programming
  • Horizon Scholars-only gatherings
  • Quarterly Meetings on-campus for Horizon Scholars Alum during the rest of the academic year


To be eligible for the Stanford Horizon Scholars Program, students must be:

Application Process

Students who meet the Horizon Scholars eligibility requirements should complete the High School Summer College online application designated for Horizon Scholars. To apply, interested students should:

  • Begin an application from the Summer College Apply page. 
  • Select the “Stanford Horizon Scholars” application when presented with the list of program options. 
  • Follow the instructions on the application, taking special note of any instructions directed at Horizon Scholar applicants.
  • When arriving at the financial aid section of the application, students may submit a copy of a signed letter from their high school counselor or principal on school letterhead confirming that they are eligible for free or reduced lunch in lieu of a parent/guardian’s U.S. federal tax return. Otherwise, students should mail or fax signed copies of their parent/guardian’s most recent U.S. federal (1040) tax returns. 
  • In the “Optional” textbox, students should briefly describe anticipated or known changes in family income during the year since the most recent filing. Students may be requested to follow up by submitting a copy of the family’s 2014 tax returns once they have been filed.
  • Review of Horizon Scholars applications begins after the March 1 application deadline.
  • Students not selected for the Horizon Scholars Program may still be offered admission to Summer College as a commuting student, and may receive a corresponding Commuting Student financial aid package. No separate application is required.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

CSU East Bay Education Summit 2015

Here is another AWESOME college fair for those of you interested in getting to know about those CSU's we haven't visited. And did we mention there will be workshops and FREE food!?

You’re Invited to Attend!
Education Summit 2015
An event for First Generation, African American, Latino,Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander students and their Families

SaturdayJanuary 31, 2015
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Cal State East Bay • 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd • Hayward CA

Event Highlights Include: 
  • Educational, college and career related workshops for Middle, High School and Community College students and their families
  • College and resource fair, including representatives from CSU campuses, community colleges and community vendors
  • Free lunch, parking & shuttle for BART riders
    Please visit our website to print event flyers in English and Spanish, to register to attend, and to receive more information about the event:
    For questions, please call the Summit Hotline at 510-885-3516

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

    Free Speech Essay Contest

    Win a $10,000 scholarship contest by answering the following question in 800-1,000 words:

    Why is free speech important at our nation’s colleges and universities?

    Using examples from both videos, discuss how censorship of student speech is incompatible with higher education.

    The Details

    Who Can Enter

    High school juniors and seniors for the 2014–2015 school year who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to participate.


    FIRE must receive all entries by January 1, 2015. Winners will be announced January 31, 2015

    For more Information, and to apply:

    Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute

    Such an amazing opportunity for students interested in science and research in healthcare!!

    Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute(CHORI), the research branch of Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland is seeking applications from qualified - motivated high school students in their junior and senior year of high school with at least one year in math and Biology to participate in our 2015 CHORI Summer student research program Clinical- Research for under represented high school students. The Program provides the students with a research training experience to stimulate interest in pursuing a career in biomedical, clinical and behavioral research in a friendly and nurturing environment.

    Funded Opportunity
    Clinical-Research for Under Represented High School Students Funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
    How to Apply:
    Students should submit the following:
    1. Completed application form
    1. Official Transcript
    1. On a separate sheet of paper, please write an essay of 500 words or less that addresses the following topics:
      • Community and/or outreach activities you have participated in and/or organized independently or with any other organization.
      • The reasons why you want to participate in the CHORI Summer Student Research Program
      • The goals you hope to achieve through this program
      • Why you believe you should be chosen as a candidate for our program
    1. Two letters of recommendation are required.  At least one teacher, and a counselor or school official can write letters.  They should address the applicant’s educational achievements and potential to succeed.  The letters of recommendation may be sent with the application in a sealed envelope or separately, however no application will be considered until all items are received.  All letters must be signed and written on school letterhead.
    The completed application must be received (at the address below)
    by 4:00 p.m. PST on January 12, 2015
    Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute
    Attention: Summer Student Research Program
    5700 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way
    Oakland, CA 94609
    Please contact Chandra Andrews-Wright with
    any questions or comments concerning our
    Undergraduate Summer Research Internship (Funded by the NIH- Pending)
    How to Apply:
    Students should submit the following:
    1. Completed application form
    1. A list of undergraduate courses taken and grades received (a non-official transcript is acceptable).
    1. On a separate sheet of paper, please write an essay of 500 words or less that addresses the following topics:
      • Community and/or outreach activities you have participated in and/or organized independently.
      • Research opportunities you have participated in previously
      • Reasons why you want to participate in the CHORI Student Research Program
      • Goals you hope to achieve through this program
      • Why you believe you should be chosen as a candidate for our program
    1. Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your interests, abilities, and/or career goals; the letters must address these issues.  Students are encouraged to check with their references to make sure these letters are delivered prior to the application deadline.  Applications without two letters of recommendation will not be considered (letter may be included with application in a sealed envelope or mailed separately).  All letters must be signed and on institutional letterhead.

    2. A resume
    The completed application must be received (at the address below)
    by 4:00 p.m. PST on February 4, 2015
    Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute
    Attention: Summer Student Research Program
    5700 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way
    Oakland, CA 94609
    Please contact Chandra Andrews-Wright with
    any questions or comments concerning our

    Black College Expo on January 24, 2015

    Don't forget to check out the BLACK EXPO going on this coming January 24th! Learn more about colleges and even get accepted on the spot!!

    Brothers Code Event

    The Kapor Center is hosting Brothers Code 2014 as part of Hour of Code on Saturday, December 12 at Laney College (with a focus on black and Latino males) from 1-3PM. Event is free but you must register!! First come first serve!!

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

    AMIGOS Youth Ambassadors Program

    Are you in 9th, 10th or 11th grade, have at least two years of Spanish and have a lot of leadership and/or volunteer service experience?

    If you answered YES to these questions, you could qualify to go on an ALL-paid 3 week trip to Uruguay this summer.

    AMIGOS Youth Ambassadors study community development, civic engagement, and leadership theories and practice through a three-week International Training. During their International Training, participants learn about and engage with US and South American history and culture through host family stays, service work with US and South American peers, and visits to cultural and historic sites. The International Training provides Youth Ambassadors with hands on experience in the design and implementation of Community-Based Initiative (CBI). After returning home from the International Training, each participant carries out a CBI in his/her home community.
    -Tentative Trip Dates: June 25-July 17 2015
    -Develop leadership skills and immerse yourself in the Uruguay culture
    -Return home to carry out your project idea

    Application deadline is: March 9, 2015

    Apply at

    Hispanic Community Affairs Council Scholarship

    Hispanic Community Affairs Council Scholarship offers $750 scholarships for students going into community college and $1,500 for students going into a four year college. 


    Applicants must meet the following requirements:
    • A Hispanic heritage as defined by the U.S. Department of Education;
    • A graduating senior, past-year GED recipient, community college student, transferring community college student, student attending a four-year institution, or a student accepted into a post-graduate program or teacher credential program;
    • A resident of Alameda County. Applicant must show proof of Alameda County residence (e.g., Alameda County address on application, Alameda County address on 1040 tax forms);
    • Plan to attend an accredited community college, university or approved technical or vocational school;
    • Community college and university scholarship recipients must be taking in at least six units/credits.
    Required Documentation
    • Application
    • Essay
    • Copy of all applicable 2013 1040 tax form(s) as requested or W2 if you did not file a tax return
    • Official transcript(s) in a sealed envelope
    • Photocopy of your school identification card
    • Signed Photo/Video Consent Form
    • Two (2) business-sized self-addressed (with your address), stamped envelopes
    Selection Criteria:

    The applicant will be evaluated on the following criteria, in order of importance:
    -Financial Need
    -Scholastic Record (i.e., GPA)

    DEADLINE: Friday, February 13, 2015
    Get your application now.

    PG&E Scholarships

    PG&E would like to announce that the 2015 PG&E Scholarship Applications are now available on the PG&E website at:  

    New and past applicants are encouraged to apply for more than one ERG scholarship, as some students have received awards from multiple ERGs in a given year. This year applications must be submitted  online and are due February 9, 2015. 

    Students interested in applying to more than one of these scholarships should use the chart below for last years scholarships as a guide. 

    Required documents for a complete scholarship application packet:
    q Completed and signed application form (one for each)
    q Essay(s) on the topic specified per the erg application supplement
    q Copy of PG&E bill from within the last six months or other proof of residency in the PG&E service area
    q Two (2) letters of recommendation from teachers, guidance counselors, coaches, community leaders, mentors, or work supervisors

    Some of the ergs require additional documents. Be sure to review the erg application supplements for those requirements.

    Oakland Dollars for Scholars

    This is a great LOCAL scholarship to add onto your calendar Seniors!

    Oakland Dollars for Scholars grants students up to $1,000 per year for 4 years.

    Who is eligible?

    You are eligible if you are a graduating senior in a high school located in the city of Oakland, 
    California. Further scholarship requirements include a minimum 2.5 GPA and a valid application 
    submitted by the deadline. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and funds

    Grants for the first year are paid at the beginning of the school year with proof of college
    enrollment. If awarded a multi-year scholarship, grants for years two through four are contingent 
    on further requirements as described in the application form, subject to funds availability.

    The application for this scholarship should open around January 15 with a tentative deadline of March 15.


    The Educational Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2005 by the California Association of Collectors (CAC ESF). The CAC ESF is a 501 (c)3 charitable corporation. All donations are tax deductable. Tax ID Number 56-2521491.

    The scholarship requires a simple one-page application and an essay on "The Importance of Establishing and Maintaining Good Financial Credit During Your College Years". The scholarship is available to any California high school senior for their use at any accredited college, university, or trade school.
    For information and more scholarship information please visit:
    2015 Application Deadline is January 5th

    East Bay College Fund

    East Bay College Fund provides $16,000 four-year scholarships, mentoring, on-going college counseling and life skills training to East Bay (primarily Oakland) public high school students from low income families and communities with historically low college attendance rates. 

    Applicants must meet the following criteria:
    • Senior attending an Oakland public high school
    • Demonstrates:
      • Academic preparation to succeed in college.
      • Resiliency: able to overcome obstacles to achieve academic and personal goals
      • Life skills: responsible, resourceful and involved with others (work, school, family, community)
    • Documented financial need
    • Must have applied to at least two 4-year colleges – we encourage applications to a range of 4-year colleges including private schools, UC’s and CSU’s
    • Will be attending a four-year accredited college or university in the fall.
    • Cumulative minimum 3.0 GPA to maximum 3.7 GPA.  Note: Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis
    • This application is also open to DREAMERS
    The application consists of:
    • Complete and submitted on-line application which includes:
      • a personal essay
      • contact information for high school counselor–they will be contacted to upload or send high school academic transcript with cumulative GPA for freshman through first semester senior years
      • contact information for one teacher and one Other Adult–they will be contacted to submit on line recommendation
      • basic financial information

    Application will be up on December 1st, 2014

    Deadline for submission is February 12, 2015.

    RMHC African American Future Achievers Scholarship

    If you like McDonalds...You're really going to like their Scholarships!

    Amount: Minimum of $1,000

    Eligibility: Currently enrolled high school seniors who have at least one parent of African American or Black Caribbean heritage and who are eligible to attend an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational/technical school with a complete course of study. Applicants must be legal U.S. residents, be less than 21 years of age, have a minimum 2.7 GPA and reside within the geographic boundaries of a participating Chapter that offers a scholarship under the RMHC/African American Future Achievers Scholarship program (Alameda County residents are eligible). Applicants may apply for only one RMHC scholarship program.


    Beginning October 1, 2014, students may apply online. Graduating high school seniors may only apply for one of the four scholarships. The deadline for the 2014 academic year is January 20, 2015, and all mailed back-up documents must be postmarked by the same date. Applicants will be notified of scholarship award status by June 30, 2015.

    Ronald McDonalds Hacer Scholarship(s)

    If you like McDonalds...You're really going to like their Scholarships!

    Ronald McDonalds Hacer Scholarship(s) have both National and Local Scholarships.

    The RMHC®/HACER® National Scholarship application for 2015 begins October 1st, 2014 and ends on January 20, 2015.


    To be eligible for a scholarship, a student must:
    • Be a high school senior.
    • Be a legal U.S. resident.
    • Be younger than 21 years old.
    • Carry a minimum 2.7 GPA.
    • Be eligible to attend a two- or four-year college or university with a full course of study.
    • Plan to enroll at an accredited post-secondary education institution during the academic year following their graduation.
    • Apply online at or visit for more information. Send required supporting materials and documentation to ISTS, postmarked no later than January 20, 2015.
                  The supporting materials and documentation required include: 

                           - Transcript 
                           - Personal statement 
                           - Letter of recommendation
                           - Form 1040

    To apply for the RMHC®/HACER® scholarship, the applicant must have at least one parent of Hispanic heritage.

    Scholarship details
    Each year, RMHC®, with the support of McDonald’s, offers four $100,000 RMHC®/HACER® National Scholarships, as well as other local scholarships.
    RMHC®/HACER®National Scholarships
    Each year, RMHC® with the support of McDonald’s, awards four (4) $100,000 RMHC®/HACER® National Scholarships. The award is paid over 4 years ($25,000 per year), provided the student can verify enrollment at any accredited institution providing post-secondary education each year.
    RMHC®/HACER®Local Scholarships
    Local scholarships are generally a minimum of $1,000, although some local RMHC® Chapters may award different scholarship amounts.

    Note: It is only necessary to fill out one application to participate in the RMHC®/HACER® scholarship. Students can only receive one (1) RMHC®/HACER® scholarship. If an applicant is awarded a national scholarship, then they will no longer be eligible for a local scholarship.

    Scholarship recipients are selected based on:
    • Academic achievement.
    • Financial need.
    • Community involvement.
    • Personal qualities and strengths as portrayed in a personal statement.

    Recipients must enroll in and attend an accredited institution in the academic year after their selection and provide verification of enrollment. Scholarship funds are paid directly to the schools, and no funds will be dispersed to students directly.

    Click here to apply for a scholarship.

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