Friday, November 18, 2016

Volunteers Needed: Food Sorting & Packing 2016

CVCC and the Chula Vista Welfare Council are holding our annual food packing event. Food will be delivered to needy families and will also be given to the Chula Vista Community Collaborative – Family Resource Centers for distribution to families.

Volunteers needed – Sat/Sun Dec 3 & 4 from 10 am to 1pm December 5, 6, 7 & 8 from 4 pm to 6 pm

Location: 650 L Street (Behind CrossFit Gym) Chula Vista CA

To sign up please (619) 425-9600 X 1366 Or email

CTA Cesar Chavez Scholarship

CTA Cesar Chavez Scholarship deadline is approaching.

The deadline is December 2nd

This is an scholarship opportunity for all grade levels. 

The brochure is below along with the application to be completed and requires a sponsoring CTA member. Most teachers and counselors at Sweetwater High are CTA members. 

For the application, our Region is IV and our service center council is – San Diego.  

See Ms. Arroyo if you have any questions. 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

UC and CSU College Apps: Haven’t started? No worries, it can still be done!

The UC and CSU deadline is just around the corner! November 30th is just 4 school days away!

Remember, you need to have at least a 2.0 (preferably a 2.5 or higher) to apply to the CSU schools and a 3.0 to apply to UC schools.

You should have been receiving call slips from us to come down to the counseling center to work if your teacher allows.

If not, see us at nutrition break, lunch, or afterschool Nov 18, or 28 to 30th if you need help!

Haven’t started? No worries, it can still be done!

All you need is:

·        Your transcript (We can provide you another one if you need it)
·        Your social security number (if none, its OK)
·        Parents'/Guardians’ highest levels of education
·        Total annual family income (an estimate of how much money your parents earn in a year)
·        Family size (how many people live in your home)
·        What U.S. state does your parent/guardian regard as his/her permanent home?
·        Does your parent/guardian claim California residency?
·        Has your parent/guardian lived in California continuously since his/her birth?
o   If no, when did his or her stay in California begin? (month and year)
·        Applying to a UC, write your responses to the Personal Insight Questions

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Financial Aid: First Come, First Served?

Is financial aid based on first come, first served?

To increase your financial aid, apply for the earliest deadline

Schools, state government, and federal government have preferred deadlines to maximize aid.

Students should check with each school they have applied to for their respective FAFSA deadline. 

For the state of California, March 2nd is the deadline to be eligible for Cal-Grants. 

Here are some articles to help: 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Scholarship Opportunity - Brad Fowler Memorial Scholarship

The Brad Fowler Memorial Scholarship Fund offers a two-year, $5,000 scholarship to several high school seniors in San Diego County. The nominee must have demonstrated an ability to overcome personal obstacles associated with drugs or alcohol, a strong commitment to athletics and a desire to continue personal growth and development through higher education.  There is no minimum GPA requirement, but academic growth will be considered.

The following is a description of the scholarship, nomination criteria and submission process.

  • One-year scholarship for $5,000 for the school year September 2017  - June 2018
  • Eligible expenses include college tuition, books and on-campus housing
Nomination Criteria:
  • High school senior who will enroll in either a two- or four-year college
  • Has overcome personal obstacles and troubles in life associated with drugs or alcohol
  • Demonstrated athletic achievement and participation in organized sports
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and demonstrated personal responsibility
  • Demonstrated academic growth
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Has a strong commitment to setting and reaching life goals
Submission process:
·        All submissions must include: the completed nomination form, a copy of the student’s high school transcripts and a letter of recommendation from a teacher, coach or counselor.  The letter of recommendation should attest to why the nominee’s behavior, attitude, desire and character warrant this scholarship.
·        All nominations should be submitted by a coach, teacher, counselor or principal
·        Please submit application packets to:
San Diego Hall of Champions
Attn: Sarah Petitpierre-Branco
2131 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101

·        Submission Deadline: Friday, February 17, 2017

Please note that all documents must be postmarked on or before that date.

Turk Scholarship Opportunity

Ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday break, I wanted to send a reminder about the launch of the 3rd annual Abraham and Lillian Turk Scholarship program! Your students will have plenty of time during their break from school to get a head start on filling out their application.

The program was created in memory of Abraham and Lillian Turk who believed that every person, regardless of his or her financial means, was entitled to an equal opportunity for a post high school education. The program provides up to 20 scholarships each year, of up to $10,000 each, to San Diego graduating high school seniors and those who have graduated within the last five years and have not yet attended a post high school institution, to attend a two-year or four-year college or a technical or vocational school, who meet the program requirements.

Over the last two years, a total of 37 scholarships have been awarded, representing 29 San Diego County high schools. Below, please find the scholarship announcement. Note all applications must be submitted no later than March 1, 2017. 

Here is the link to apply

College Tour Program for High School Students

The Student Promoted Access Center for Education and Service at UC San Diego would like to invite your students to apply to our 7th Annual College Tour!

This event aims to introduce students to various university campuses with the goal of informing them of the different educational paths they may pursue after high school. We hope that students may envision themselves as students on these campuses. Priority will be given to students who are from low-income households and/or who are bound to be first-generation college students.

For any further questions, contact us at

Community Service Opportunties


Click here >>> San Diego Civic Youth Ballet Event Volunteer
San Diego Civic Youth Ballet is hosting a large event in Balboa Park on Thursday, November 17th, 2016 and we are looking for close to 50 volunteers to assist between 4:00pm - 10:00pm. The event will begin in the House of Hospitality with a cocktail reception and silent auction in the courtyard and following dinner in the Ballroom. Volunteers will then be ushering the guests over to the Casa del Prado Theater for a theatrical performance.

Click here >>> Clean & Green River Cleanup - Grantville
Interested in clean water and safe habitats for wildlife? Join the San Diego River Park Foundation and Benchmark Brewing Co for a special river clean-up and end of the year celebration.

Legal Workshops for Undocumented Students and Families

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Community Help for the FAFSA and Dream Act Applications

Did you miss our financial aid night last week? No worries!
Here is another opportunity for you!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Can Game Design Teach Us How The World Works?

Hey Red Devils! We know lots of you are interested in a study in Game Design in college! This video from The New School in New York City does a wonderful job at explaining how "gaming" can apply to lots of different scenarios! Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Summer at Duke - 2017 Available Now!

Use your summer to prepare for college, learn from renowned professors, and experience a truly international program.  

Last Summer over 500 lucky high school students spent the month of July at Duke University taking classes, going on excursions, enjoying great residential activities, and making friends from around the world! 

Visit our website to review the 2017 programs dates and details:

If you are currently in Grades 10 or  11, you can take classes with Duke Professors and earn college credit through Summer College.

If you are currently in grades 9 -12, you can enjoy personal enrichment classes with a global perspective through Summer Academy

Career Resources from Southwestern College