Thursday, December 18, 2014

9th Grade College and Career Presentation

Hi Class of 2018!

Here is the link to follow during the presentation in your English Class on Dec 19th!

Make sure you visit all the other cool stuff here on our website!
Click the links on the right!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Alumni Parents Share their College Going Experiences

It's a pleasure every year when we have parents of our recent alumni share their experiences in having their children leave for college as the culminating workshop of our 5-week parent workshop series. The challenges of high school academics, completing community service hours, and navigating financial aid are anxieties many parents have.

Our parents this year shared their experiences of having their children leaving home. Mother of alumni Janet and Steven Nava shared her support of her children finding themselves and exploring their options through moving away for college. She shared that having your children move away is worrisome, but as parents you cannot hold onto our children forever. She shared that the fears we have as parents need to be put aside and we have to trust in our children that they will be successful in college. 

The father of Ashley Lopez, SUHi alumni 2014, who is now attending Harvard University, expressed the importance of taking advantage of outside support organizations like Hermanitas through the MANA program. Through this program, his daughter received the mentorship which encouraged her to pursue her dreams of attending a prestigious university. 

Thank you to all of our parents for making our annual parent Workshop Series a success!

Congrats to Senior Luis Pena!!

Great news! Senior Luis Peña, won a scholarship on Lincoln Acres Library. He won first place!

The Jose Rodriguez scholarship was presented by our county supervisor Mr. Gregg Cox and the director of public San Diego Libraries Mr. Jose Ocadiz on the Annual Celebration of Life honoring Jose Rodriguez, which organized every year by the Lincoln Acres Library!

Congrats Luis Peña!

For more scholarship info, click the scholarship link on the right!

Friday, December 5, 2014

National City Library Volunteers

The National City Library has an immediate need for volunteers to assist with a three week inventory conversion project. During that period, staff and volunteers will be removing the existing security tags from library lending materials, affixing new tags to the materials and scanning the new tags into the computer tracking system.

Project dates: Monday through Friday, December 15, 2014 through January 3, 2015 (except December 24, 25 and January 1).

Hours: Project hours are 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The hours for each volunteer are flexible based on availability.

Students seeking community service hours creditable towards graduation are encouraged to volunteer.

To volunteer, applicants must be 151/2 years or older.

To apply, please go to the National City website by clicking this link. All applications will be forwarded to the Library as they are received. If you have questions, please contact the Library at (619) 470-5800.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Scholarship Bulletin - DECEMBER 2014

Scholarship Bulletin


Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF)

The APIASF General Scholarship is open to Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) high school and college students who will be enrolling in a U.S. accredited college or university as a degree-seeking undergraduate student in the upcoming academic year, Fall 2015. There are multiple scholarship opportunities that vary in award amount, number of years, field of study, location, and more.

Additional Information:

Below is a list of the current scholarship opportunities available and requirements associated with each scholarship. You only need to complete one application. Based on the answers you submit, you will be automatically considered for the scholarships for which you are eligible to receive.

APIASF/AT&T Scholarship
APIASF/BBCN Bank Scholarship
APIASF/Coca-Cola Foundation Scholarship
APIASF/Darden Restaurants Foundation Scholarship
APIASF/FedEx Scholarship
APIASF/Frances Sonn Nam Memorial Scholarship
APIASF/NBCUniversal Scholarship
APIASF/Southern California Edison Scholarship
APIASF/Toyota Scholarship
APIASF/TAAP (A Toyota Giving Circle) Scholarship
APIASF/Target Scholarship
APIASF/United Health Foundation Scholarship
APIASF/Wells Fargo Scholarship

Application Deadline: January 9, 2015

California Association of Educational Office Professionals

The scholarship is $1,000 to assist business education students who wish to pursue a career in business administration or education.


• High school seniors enrolling in a college or university in Fall 2015

• Must major in the field of business administration or education

• Minimum 2.0 GPA

• Demonstrate financial need

Application deadline: Postmarked by January 9, 2015

Gates Millennium Scholars Program 2015:

Support for the cost of education by covering unmet need and self-help aid, including graduate school funding for continuing Scholars in the areas of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science.

Students must do the online application at


• High school seniors enrolling in a U.S. college or university in Fall 2015

• Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities

• Minimum 3.3 GPA

• Demonstrate financial need (Federal Pell Grand eligibility criteria)

• United States citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the United States

• African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian & pacific Islander American, or Hispanic American

Application deadline: January 14, 2015

Adelante Mujer and Maida Torres-Stanovick Scholarship

Scholarship totaling $500.


• A member of the graduating class of 2015

• Attend a Sweetwater Union High School District school

• Female of Latina background

• Will be attending a college or university in Fall 2015

• Have a 3.0 or better gpa


Application due to Ms. Donato-Palmore before January 16, 2015

John Lyons Memorial Foundation Scholarship

Scholarship totaling $5,500 to be distributed through four years; the initial year amount is $2,500 and continued assistance is $1,000 per year for a maximum of three additional years provided that the student continues to meet scholarship standards.


• Essay Topic: “In what ways does the community benefit when union members work to get politicians elected?”

• A member of the graduating class of 2015

• Will be attending an accredited four-year university, community college, or trade/technical school in Fall 2015

• Have a 3.0 or better gpa

• Participates in community and/or extracurricular activities

• Parent or legal guardian is a member in good standing of any local labor union


Application postmarked by January 20, 2015

Better Business Bureau 2015 Student Ambassador Program

The program gives students the opportunity to deliver information to their peers on campus regarding budgeting, saving, using credit cards wisely, reading credit reports and protecting their identity. Students may apply online at and to get more information.


• A member of the graduating class of 2015 or 2016

Application Open January 1 - February 20, 2015

San Diego County Ford Dealers: Salute to Education Scholarship

The program aims to recognize students for their personal accomplishments and contributions to their school and community. Scholarship recipients are awarded $1,000 scholarship and one recipient will also win a new Ford vehicle.


· Resident of San Diego County

· Senior attending a public or private school in San Diego County

· Graduate in Spring, 2015

· Attend a university, college or vocational/technical school

· NO grade point average required

· Applications can be accessed at


Application Due to Ms. Donato-Palmore before February 13, 2015

WACE National Co-op Scholarship Program

Scholarship amount depends on the university. To be eligible for the scholarship, you must apply to one of the eleven WACE partner institutions listed below:

Clarkson University State University of New York Oswego

Drexel University University of Cincinnati

Johnson& Wales University University of Massachusetts Lowell

Rochester Institute of Technology The University of Toledo

Wentworth Institute of Technology Merrimack College

Kettering University

Apply online at


Application deadline: February 15, 2015

Brad Fowler Memorial Scholarship Fund

$5,000 scholarship to the nominee who has demonstrated an ability to overcome personal obstacles associated with drugs or alcohol, a strong commitment to athletics and a desire to continue through higher education.


• A high school senior who will enroll it 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

• NO minimum gpa required.


Application postmarked by February 20, 2015

Abraham &Lillian Turk Scholarship

This scholarship us awarded for up to $10,000.


· Citizens or legal residents residents of the United States

· High school senior who will be attending an accredited 2- or 4-year college/university, and technical and vocational schools

· Demonstrate financial need


Application Deadline: March 15, 2015

Sweetwater Authority 2015 High School Photo Contest

Theme: “Water: Conserving Our Most Precious Resource”. Students submit photographs taken during 2014-2015 within Sweetwater Authority’s service area and Sweetwater River Watershed and include a short essay (50-100 words) on how the photo relates to the theme of water conservation. Official Entry form required.


Application due March 6, 2015

Jewish Community Foundation: Jeffrey D. Sollender Scholarship

The Jeffrey D. Sollender Business and Philanthropic Youth Entrepreneurship Scholarship Program provides $2,500 scholarships to graduating high school seniors.


· Resident of San Diego County

· High school senior who will be attending an accredited 2- or 4-year college/university.

· Have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the workplace, entrepreneurial ventures or community service

· Minimum 3.0 gpa

· Demonstrate financial need

· May be of any faith or belief system

APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE AT and must be submitted on-line

Application Deadline: March 15, 2015

Veterans of Foreign Wars: Mexican Ancestry Scholarship

The scholarship awards range from $500 to $1,000.


• High school student

• Will be attending a college, university or trade /technical school in the Fall 2015

• Demonstrate financial need

• Minimum 3.2 gpa

• Of Mexican Ancestry


Application due to Ms. Donato-Palmore before April 20, 2015

Beware of Scholarship Scams: For additional information:


See this website for links to scholarships listed below:

American Association of University Women: La Mesa/El Cajon Branch Scholarship

Multiple $1,000 awards / Candidates must —

· Be a female enrolled full time as a sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student.

· Have a cumulative overall 3.0 GPA.

· Demonstrate leadership principles for women and girls which epitomize the mission of AAUW.

American Association of University Women: San Diego Branch Scholarship

Scholarships in the $750—$1,500 range open to students who—

· Are full time (12 units or more per semester).

· Have earned at least 60 semester units towards a baccalaureate degree in any area of study.

· Earned a GPA of 3.4 or higher.

· Is pursuing a baccalaureate degree or credential, but not a graduate degree.

American Indian Education Foundation Scholarships

Applicants must be—

· Native American or Alaska Native descent.

· Attending or intend to attend full time as an undergraduate.

American Society of Naval Engineers Scholarship

Applicants must be—

· Senior or first year graduate student leading to an engineering or physical science degree.

· U.S. citizen.

Army Emergency Relief Scholarship Programs

Scholarships offered in three categories—

· Dependent children of Army Soldier active duty, retired, or deceased.

· Overseas spouse living with active duty Army Soldier.

· Stateside spouse of Army Soldier active duty, retired, or deceased.

Asian Business Association Foundation, Tom Fat Scholarship

Several scholarships offered to undergraduate students who —

· Are U.S. citizens or permanent residents living in San Diego County.

· Have a minimum 3.5 GPA.

Request an application: Call 858-277-2822.

Association of Environmental Professionals: Student Scholarship

Scholarships of up to $2,000 and a one-year student membership to the AEP are available to undergraduate or graduate students who —

· Are actively engaged in the pursuit of a career in a field with an environmental emphasis. Have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Barona Sustainable Environment Scholarship Program

As part of the Barona Valley Environmental Sustainability Program, this scholarship is available to students with a passion for the environment who are pursuing careers in—

· Environmental sciences industries.

· Natural resources.

· Horticulture or turf grass management.

Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship

Scholarships up to $1,500 for awardees who are—

· U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen and a legal resident of California.

· Graduates of a California State Department of Education recognized high school.

· Enrolled full time in a U.S. post secondary institution.

· Registered with Selective Service unless not required.

CALFED California Sea Grant College Program

Up to 12 fellowships available in Estuarine Science for Pre-and Postdoctoral research.

· June application deadline for fellowships that begin September.

· Postdoctoral fellows $45,000 stipend per year plus eligible expenses up to $30,000 per year.

· Graduate fellows stipend $25,000 per year plus expenses up to $19,500.

Research Topics:

· Trends/patterns of habitats, populations, and system response to a changing environment.

· Aquatic invasive (Exotic) species.

· Water supply, water quality.

· Developing indicators and performance measures.

California Chicano News Media Association

Scholarships awarded annually to qualified Latino students pursuing a career in journalism who are—

· Undergraduate students enrolled full time.

· California residents or attending an accredited California college or university.

California Council of the Blind

Scholarships available to legally blind students—

· Undergraduate or graduate.

· California residents.

California Retired Teachers Association (CRTA) East County Division 69 Scholarships

Three scholarships of $1,500 available to students—

· With a bachelor's degree.

· Enrolled in teacher-training program.

· Are residents of San Diego County.

California Retired Teachers Association (CRTA) North Shores Division 78 Scholarships

Applicants for the $1,500 scholarship must—

· Be a legal resident of San Diego County.

· Have earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

· Be a junior, senior or first year graduate student.

· Enrolled in or intending to enroll in study leading to a Teaching Credential.

California Strawberry Scholarships

· For children of strawberry farmworkers.

· Full-time enrollment required.

Capture the Dream

Scholarships of $1,000 available to full-time, undergraduate, California residents in two categories—

· Single Parent Scholarship.

· Minorities in Leadership Scholarship.

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

Several different scholarships are available through this foundation.

Executive Women International (EWI) of San Diego

Scholarship opportunities for Adult Students in Scholastic Transition (ASIST) are available to nontraditional adult students with clearly defined career goals and objectives.

Future Educators Scholarship Program

Scholarships of $2,000 - $2,500 for students who—

· Commit to teach in the SDUSD for at least 3 years.

· Graduate from an SDUSD school in the spring.

· Will attend a San Diego County 4-year university/college.

· Is a U.S. citizen or have permanent residency status.

· Demonstrate financial need.

Gates Millennium Scholars Program

Multiple minority race scholarships to students who—

· Are U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

· Are African American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander, Hispanic American.

· Earned a cumulative 3.3 GPA.

· Are full-time, degree-seeking students for the first time.

· Have demonstrated leadership through participation in community service or other activities.

· Meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria.

GEICO Achievement Award Program

Multiple $1,000 awards to undergraduate students who—

· Are sophomores or juniors attending full time.

· Earned a 3.00 overall undergraduate GPA.

· Are majoring in business, computer science, mathematics or a related program.

· Have demonstrated leadership within the campus or community.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

Scholarships of up to $5,000 awarded to students traditionally underrepresented in study abroad programs and who may not traditionally apply due to financial constraints. Applicant requirements—

· Student is applying for or accepted into a study abroad program for at least 4 weeks in one country.

· Programs going to more than one country are eligible if the student will be studying in one country for at least 28 consecutive days.

· Studying abroad in any country except Cuba or a country on the U.S. Department of State's current Travel Warning list.

· Receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of his/her study abroad.

· Be an undergraduate student in good academic standing.

· A pilot summer award cycle is available for 2010.

Governor's Scholarship Programs

How to claim and withdraw funds from the Governor's Scholarship Program and California 529 College Savings Plan.

Graduate Equity Fellowship

A California grant program administered by the SDSU Graduate Division to help graduate students needing financial support, especially for groups underrepresented in their respective disciplines. Applicants must—

· Be a legal California resident.

· Be admitted to a master's program at SDSU (not for second doctorate or master's degrees).

· Be enrolled in at least 6 units (fall and spring) applicable to your degree program.

· Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before application deadline (See How to Apply at the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships Web site).

· Have at least $1,000 in financial need.

· Demonstrated potential to succeed and complete your master's program based on undergraduate work and letters of recommendation.

Health Professions Education Foundation

Multiple scholarships and loan repayment programs for healthcare students and workers who provide direct patient care in a medically underserved area of California for one to two years.

Hispanic College Fund (HCF) Scholars Program

Multiple scholarship programs. HCF will select scholarships that best match student's qualifications from one application.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Multiple scholarships available. Minimum requirements include—

· U. S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.

· Enrolled full time and pursuing a degree.

· High school senior, undergraduate, or graduate student.

· Pursing first undergraduate or graduate degree.

International Code Council (ICC) - San Diego Chapter Scholarship

Scholarships of $500 are available to students pursuing an education in building construction or inspection technology.

The International Code Council is dedicated to helping the building safety community and construction industry provide “safe, sustainable and affordable construction through the development of codes and standards used in the design, building and compliance process.”

The San Diego Chapter of the ICC promotes uniform and consistent application of the building codes, public health and safety through education, training and the code development process, and awareness of the role of the regional building and safety departments.

Iranian-American Scholarship Fund

Candidates' requirements include—

· Verifiable Iranian heritage.

· U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.

· Enrolled full time in a degree program as sophomore through senior or graduate student (not PhD).

· Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA.

· Must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship (See How to Apply at the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships Web site).

· Demonstrated commitment to community service.

Junior League of San Diego Textbook Scholarship

For transitional-age foster youth attending school in San Diego County.

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation - Our Heroes Tribute Scholarships

One year, renewable scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.

· For children of Marines or Navy Corpsmen serving with Marines whose parent was killed in the War on Terror.

· For grandchildren of Marines whose grandparent must be a member of specific associations.

· Eligible family maximum adjusted gross income of $77,000 (adjusted if more siblings apply,

· Be a continuing undergraduate sophomore, junior, or senior.

· Have earned a GPA at least 2.0.

Military Education Scholarships

· Current or prospective ROTC program students.

· Active-duty military with plans to attend college.

· Honorably discharged Veterans of the U.S. military.

· Children of Veterans or Active-duty military.

Music Scholarship Council of the Grossmont Community Concert Association

Multiple instrumental and vocal scholarships are available. An audition is required.

National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences-Pacific Southwest Chapter (NATAS-PSW)

· Must be enrolled in at least 3 courses.

· Must be a resident of the NATAS-PSW chapter area (San Diego, Las Vegas, Bakersfield, Palm Springs, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, or San Luis Obispo).

· Intends to pursue a career in telecommunications or related fields.

· Has demonstrated creative achievement.

For applicants of the NATAS-PSW David Garcia Broadcast Journalism Scholarship, students—

· Must be a journalism major leading to a career in broadcasting.

· Must be a Coachella Valley resident.

National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL)

NHCSL STEM Target Majors Scholarship.

· Sophomore or higher class level.

· Minimum GPA of 3.0.

· Specific majors are indicated on their Web site.

National Latino Peace Officers Association (NLPOA)

Scholarships of $1,000 awarded.

· Demonstrated commitment to community service.

· Open to all students regardless of race, gender, or ethnicity who exemplify NLPOA's mission.

· Enrolled in or accepted in an undergraduate or graduate program (including social work, law and medicine).

· Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (High School) or 3.0 (College).

National Military Family Association (NMFA) - Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship Program

Awarded to spouses of Uniformed Services members (active duty, National Guard and Reserve, retirees, and survivors).

National Science Foundation - SDSU STEM Scholars Program

Scholarships of $5,000 (for first year participants) and $6,000 (for second year participants) are available through the SDSU STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Scholars Program. Requirements include—

· Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who meets the federal financial aid eligibility criteria.

· Science and engineering majors with a minimum 2.85 GPA.

· Must be enrolled or ready to enroll in junior or senior level courses specified for your major.

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution - American Indian Scholarship

· Must be Native American in financial need.

· Minimum 2.75 GPA.

· Open to undergraduate and graduate students.

National Student Nurses Association (Foundation of)

Application requirements include—

· Being admitted or enrolled in nursing program leading to a degree.

· Enrolled in at least 6 units.

· Involved in student nursing organizations and community health activities.

· U.S. citizen or permanent residency status.

Naval Officers' Spouses' Club of San Diego

Scholarships are available for graduating high school seniors in the greater San Diego area who are dependents of military personnel.

Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) Tweeddale Scholarships

For more information e-mail Lt. John Ferrara or call (619) 260-2292.

The purpose of the Tweeddale Scholarship is to encourage students who excel in the hard sciences to consider a career in the Navy. Two candidates may be awarded.

· Majors: Engineering, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics.

· Scholarships provide 100% tuition and fees.

· A monthly stipend (starting at $250 per month and increasing to $400 during the senior year).

· Must have completed 1, but not more than 4, semesters.

· GPA of 2.0 overall and 3.0 in calculus.

· U. S. Citizen.

· Meet medical and other screening criteria.

Navy League of the United States: San Diego Council (E-mail link)

For dependents, direct descendants of sea service personnel, and NJROTC Sea Cadets stationed or living in San Diego.

Navy ROTC Four-year Scholarships for Navy, Marine Corps or Nurse

For additional information, telephone the SDSU Department of Naval Science at (619) 594-1134/5 or (619) 260-2292.

· U. S. citizen.

· Open to all majors.

· Current or prospective freshman.*
* Sophomores may apply for the NROTC two-year scholarships. Call (619) 594-1134/5.

· High school graduate or equivalency certificate.

· No moral or personal convictions against taking up arms and defending the U.S.

· Meet Navy or Marine Corps physical standards.

· Qualifying SAT scores.

· Applicants to select only one of the three scholarships.

· Students with prior military experience may be eligible.

· Four-years active duty in the Navy or Marine Corps required upon graduation.

Rotary Centers for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution

This fellowship opportunity is for graduate students studying peace and conflict prevention/resolution and related fields.

Fellows study at one of six Rotary Peace Centers at leading universities in Australia, England, Sweden, Japan, the United States, and Thailand.

The award/stipend and benefits include tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation and internship/field study expenses.

San Diego County Office of Education

Source for many scholarships.

San Diego Foundation Scholarships

· Over 100 scholarships available to San Diego County resident college students.

· Specific scholarships for SDSU students majoring or pursuing a career in science, math, engineering, public service and education.

· Awards range from $500 to $15,000 with an average award of $2,500.

· Early February deadline.

SA Funds-Access to Education Scholarships

Scholarships open to high school seniors, incoming college or professional degree students, and currently enrolled college or professional degree students who—

· Plan to enroll or are enrolled as full or half-time undergraduate, or full-time graduate/professional degree students.

· GED recipients also are eligible.

· Have an annual adjusted gross family income of $35,000 or less.

· Are U. S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.

Sell Used Books College Essay Contest Scholarship

· Legal U.S. residents, 18 years or older at the time of application.

· Award offered twice a year.

"Shout It Out" Scholarship

· Legal U.S. residents.

· Attending or will be attending an undergraduate or graduate degree program.

Soroptimist International of La Mesa Women's Opportunity Awards

Financial and recognition awards for women—

· Who are financially responsible for themselves and their dependents.

· Have financial need.

Southwest Airlines Education Travel Program

Awards roundtrip airline tickets to students who travel away from home to pursue a higher education.

Tillman Military Scholarships - Leadership Through Action

Supporting educational opportunities for service members and their families.

· Open to service members and their dependents from all branches of the U.S. Military.

· Any degree objective or class level.

· Have unmet financial need.

· Demonstration of service to others in the community and intention to continue such service.

United States Public Health Traineeships

Administered by the SDSU Graduate School of Public Health with funds provided by the U. S. Public Health Service. Candidates must be—

· U. S. Citizen or permanent resident.

· Enrolled full time in specific public health programs.

Vanguard Scholarship Program

Merit-based scholarships of up to $10,000—

· Are entering senior year and enrolled full time.

· Are pursuing studies in business, finance, economics, accounting, information technology, or liberal arts.

· Earned a minimum GPA of 3.0.

· U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.

· Member of racial minority.


American Indian College Fund

Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

Sallie Mae Scholarship Search

Thurgood Marshall College Fund (Asian American) (Native American) (Hispanic) (Hispanic) (African American)

Marist College is offering 5 full scholarships to study Computer Science and Technology

Marist College is offering 5 full tuition, room and board scholarships to study Computer Science and Technology

Marist College is a long-time higher education leader in preparing students to live and work within a technologically driven, rapidly changing world. Through its partnerships with IBM, Cisco, and other technology leaders, the College’s sophisticated technology infrastructure is at the level typically found only at advanced research institutions.

Home of the New York State Cloud Computing and Analytics Center, Marist is offering a special scholarship opportunity for interested and qualified undergraduate applicants interested in pursuing computer science and information technology and systems degrees. 

These 5 scholarships provide an unmatched opportunity for students to gain academic and professional preparation to succeed in a variety of exciting and high-demand technology fields.

Cal State Fullerton’s President’s Scholars Program

Traditional college scholarships offer generous financial benefits to reward outstanding performance and attract the best students, but Cal State Fullerton’s President’s Scholars Program offers much more. The comprehensive, rigorous program offers outstanding experiences and opportunities in academics,leadershipservice and mentorship.


Duke Summer College for High School Students

Dear Student,

We are accepting applications starting TODAY!

It's time to apply for an unforgettable summer, as we invite you to the Duke Summer College for High School Students (grades 10 & 11) to earn academic credit, or Duke Summer Academy for High School Students (grades 9-12) for personal enrichment. Make friends from all over the globe as you learn in a classroom environment that is intimate enough to gain the individual attention you need to thrive.

The application is available on our website today and we encourage you to apply early as spaces fill quickly!

Applications can be submitted either online or in paper. Please visit our website for further details.

Email us at or with any questions.

Monday, December 1, 2014

The San Diego Half Marathon & 5K is looking for smiling supportive RACE CREW volunteers!

The San Diego Half Marathon & 5K is looking for smiling supportive RACE CREW volunteers! 

Perks include:
Official 2015 "Race Crew" t-shirt (picture shown)
FREE event parking
FREE Gaslamp Block Party at the Finish!
Community Service Hours, if needed
Satisfaction of benefiting a true community event

Note: 100% of all event proceeds benefit local community service projects

Register to Volunteer by visiting:

Xmas Tree Fundraiser Volunteers

Help our City Heights Clinic ring in the holidays and raise funds! Volunteers are needed in shifts 1pm-9pm Dec 2nd to 23rd (MON-FRI) to help at a Christmas Tree fundraiser sales lot. Duties may include cashiering, or helping customers select and move trees out to their car. Please specify if you cannot do any heavy lifting. Proceeds from tree sales will benefit La Maestra's community programs. Shifts and sign-ups are available below. An application and waiver (signed by parents if under 18) are required.

We're using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming signups.

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot:

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

4) UNCHECK the boxes upon sign up if you DO NOT wish to receive additional emails from VolunteerSpot or Advertisers.

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Community Service Hours for Students 15+

Chula Vista Starlight Parade
Sponsor: The City of Chula Vista

Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014
Time: Various Shifts (3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
Place: Third Avenue, Downtown Chula Vista

Contact: Jennifer Bustamante, 619-585-5614

Parade Volunteer Positions

*Parade Staging Area - 12 needed (Time Frame: 3 PM to 8 PM); Help place parade participants in order, and help with participant questions.

*Parade Water and Cookies - 2 needed (Time Frame: 5 PM to 7 PM); Deliver water and cookies and other items to the parade participants. Continue to go around and offer.

*Parade Route Monitor - 20 needed (Time Frame: 5 PM to 8 PM); Monitor crowd and ensure parade route closures are enforced.

*Snow Hill Monitor - 10 needed (Two shifts of 5 people. Time Frame: 1 PM to 3 PM and 3 PM to 6 PM) Assist with coordinating snow hill activities.

*Marching Band - 5 needed (Time Frame 5 pm to 8 PM); Check in with your band, make sure to show them the changing tent, take care of all their needs and communicate to event planner if they need anything else from start to finish. Make sure they have their trophies.

*Carry Sponsor Banners in Parade - 16 needed (Time Frame 5 PM to 9 PM)

*Parade Drivers** - 10 needed (Time Frame: 5 PM to 9 PM) Supply a convertible or jeep to drive one of the parade entrants down the parade route. ** Valid driver's license

19th Annual LegiSchool Legislative Summit

There is a great opportunity for Sophomore and Juniors to travel to Sacramento to participate in the 19th Annual LegiSchool Legislative Summit on April 22nd, where the topic will be Climate Change.

The Students must submit a 750 word essay, typed and double-spaced, on the following;

• What, if anything, is your community doing to address climate change? ** “Community” may be the state, the city or county you live in, the school you attend, your neighborhood – you decide!

• Do you agree with the efforts your community has undertaken? Have you seen positive or negative effects? Should the community do more or less?

• What should the role of government be when it comes to climate change?

Essays must include a cover sheet with a name, home address, phone number and e-mail; the name and address of the school; and the name and email of the teacher who distributed this announcement. Please email the essay to If unable to email an essay, please contact Ms. Townsend and make alternative arrangements. Essays must be emailed by January 30, 2015 in order to be considered

About The LegiSchool Project
The LegiSchool Project is a civic education collaboration between California State University, Sacramento, and the California State Legislature, administered by the Center for California Studies. The Project's mission is to engage young people in matters of public policy and state government by creating opportunities for students and state leaders to meet and share ideas on the problems affecting Californians.

Core activities coordinated and administered by the LegiSchool Project include:
Interactive Town Hall Meetings in which state officials and high school students discuss contemporary issues. 

LegiSchool’s annual essay contest, photo contest and art contest.
A Video Curriculum Library comprised of short videos produced by the California Channel and LegiSchool on basic functions of state government (e.g., How A Bill Becomes Law, The Initiative Process, and Checks & Balances: The Three Branches of Government).

Friday, November 28, 2014

November 2015 Contruction and Engineering Career Speakers

Thank you to our construction and engineering  career speakers for sharing their insights with our students today! 

The importance of team work, people skills, English skills, and math mastery are MUSTS for the contruction and engineering fields. 

Check out this video to learn more about what our career speakers had to share!

Career Speakers:
Chris Caricato - Sheet Metal Workers Apprenticeship and Training Center
William Borinski - BAE Systems
Raul Moreno Field Representative for New School of Architecture
Donatello V. Josue P.E. Senior Civil Engineer
Charles Henkels - AGC Apprenticeship & Training

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Free Drivers Safety Class

The California Highway Patrol's Start Smart program is a free driver safety education class which targets new and future licensed teenage drivers between the ages of 15 - 20 and their parents/guardians.  

WHAT:       Start Smart Class


WHEN:       Tuesday, December 2, 2014

                     6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.


WHERE:     Sweetwater High School Theatre

                     2900 Highland Ave.


College Application Deadlines are Fast Approaching!!

Get help before Thanksgiving Break!!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

#RedDevils make sure you support @reddevilsafterhours! See and click "after school" for more details!


Building a College Going Culture at Sweetwater High!

The parent workshops focused on building a college going culture are in full swing at Sweetwater High School!

There is still time join us on December 3rd and December 10th! We hope to see you then!

In case you missed the presentations so far, you can access the presentations here:

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Adelante Mujer Scholarship

Once again, the Adelante Mujer Conference Committee, will be offering a $500.00 dollar scholarship to a female senior student from the SUHSD. See your counselor if you have any questions!

Monday, November 17, 2014

SUHi Counselors Present at the California Association of School Counselors Conference

Thank you to the California Association of School Counselors Conference for allowing us to present our work in regards to counselor roles in Local Control Funding Formula and the district's Local Control Accountability Plan. We hope that the information we shared will encourage our fellow school counselors across the state of California to advocate for the work they do!

Resources from our presentation:

If you were a workshop attendee and have questions, please feel free to contact us!

Workshop in Progress!

Workshop Participants Engaging in Discussion:

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Love Fashion? Show your student ID and get in FREE!


Need to talk? After school hours? Call @peer2peersd


Community Service - Thanksgiving Run for the Hungry

Thanksgiving Day Run for the Hungry
Thursday, November 27, 5:30am - 10:30am

We will need volunteers to assist in a variety of jobs to facilitate the race. This is a great event that supports us and our partner in fighting hunger here in San Diego County. It is an early start and we will end in plenty of time to get back and put the turkey in the oven. Free parking will be in the Horton Plaza parking structure, parking will be unavailable after 6:10am. Volunteers are expected to be there NO LATER THAN 5:30AM , the check-in area will be located in front of the US Post office on Broadway Circle. The majority of tasks for this event will involve standing for long periods of time, so please wear comfortable shoes; tasks will be assinged by the organizers the day of. Families with children 6 or older are encouraged to volunteer.

Need Community Service?

Here are a few resources to help you earn your community service hours.

You can call any of these phone numbers and say:
"Hello, I'm a student at Sweetwater High. I was wondering if you might have community service oppotunities for students?"

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center
Suite B, 140 East 12th Street
National City, CA. 91950-4301
(619) 336-4290

National City Library
1401 National City Blvd.
National City, CA 91950
(619) 470-5800 

Paradise Valley Hospital
2400 East Fourth Street
National City, CA 91950

Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center
751 Medical Center Court
Chula Vista, CA 91911
City of San Diego Volunteer Office
1200 Third Ave, Suite 1316
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 236-5586

Rady Childrens Hospital

Kalusugan Community Services
1419 E 8th St, National City, CA 91950
(619) 477-3392

San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project

San Diego Food Bank

Monday, November 10, 2014

Check out the Opportunities at UC Santa Barbara

UC Santa Barbara has many opportunities to connect and stay updated on what is going on around campus.

We have a Facebook page ( and Twitter account ( where students can follow and ask questions. We also have a website called Zinch (, similar to Facebook where they can have questions answered as well. 

Another service we offer is College Week Live (, where counselors and directors in the UCSB admissions office are online to answer questions from students in a chatroom type setting.

All of these services are designed to keep students, parents, and counselors in the loop as well as answer any questions about the admissions process, UC Santa Barbara, or the UC System as a whole.

I would also like to offer up a link to our financial aid website ( For many students, attending a UC is not considered because of the cost.

We offer many different options for financial aid at UCSB including grants, scholarships, loans, and work study. Please refer your students to this website for any concerns about the cost of a UC.

Lastly, for any students who were not able to attend my visit and would like to receive more information about UC Santa Barbara, here is a link to sign up for our student mailing list:

As always I am available to students by phone or email and I am more than happy to answer any questions that may come up.

Anne Johnson
Admissions Counselor
Office of Admissions
University of California, Santa Barbara

Seniors! It's Time to Make Memories!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Get College Life Experience This Summer!

Have the summer of your life while preparing for the sophisticated, vibrant and life-altering educational experience that is college!

If you are currently in grade 10 or 11, spend your summer at The Duke Summer College for High School Students! With a dynamic curriculum designed for your passions and talents, we set you up for Duke-caliber greatness in the setting of our gorgeous university campus. Make friends from all over the globe as you learn from the highly-trained, highly-intriguing faculty of Duke University and earn college credit.

Or you might choose to spend your summer at the Duke Summer Academy for High School Students for students currently in grades 9 - 12! This program for personal enrichment offers courses with a global perspective: The Global Entrepreneur, The Global Leader, The Global Communicator, The Global Healer and The Global Environmentalist.

Our new programs for 2015 also feature an evening film series and evening extended learning opportunities in Academic Writing, SAT training, and College preparation.  The classroom environment is intimate enough to gain the individual attention you need to thrive, and the residential life is full of exciting excursions and activities.

Begin preparing, as the competitive application opens up December 2. Check out our active website and blog, where you can read testimonials about how other students like you have expanded their minds at Duke International Summer College and Summer Academy for High School Students.

Email us at or with any questions.

California students can apply for free AND be considered for a scholarship!

California students can apply for free* AND be considered for a scholarship!

University of Massachusetts, Lowell is pleased to announce a special scholarship opportunity for undergraduate applicants from California. They offer more than 100 undergraduate majors, 200 student organizations and hands-on experience to help prepare students for the real world. Our prime New England location attracts students from 30 states and 50 countries, creating an exciting and diverse campus community, watch it now

All students who meet the criteria outlined below will automatically be considered to receive the California Academic Achievement Award. All majors are eligible and no special application is necessary.

Criteria for Freshman Award of $7,500

> California resident

> 1150 SAT (combined verbal and math) or equivalent 25 on ACT

> 3.0 GPA (recalculated)

Want to know more about the University of Massachusetts Lowell?

Attend our fun webinar all about life at UMass Lowell, on Saturday Nov. 8 2 p.m. pst. Register Today

If you are ready to apply, we will waive the application fee, they can use the Common Application or our customized UMass Lowell application online at

Application Deadlines:

Early Action - Nov. 15 (Materials deadline Nov. 25)
Regular Decision - Feb. 15
* To waive the application fee on the Common Application, go to Questions in the General section and answer "yes" to the question, "Do you intend to use one of the school-specific fee waivers?"

As always, feel free to contact us in Admissions with any questions at or register for our webinar this Saturday at 2 p.m. pst

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Seniors! It's College Application Season! Get Help Afterschool!

Seniors! It's college application season!

Get help with your college applications and admissions essays, Monday to
Friday, afterschool until 3:30PM

The counselors will help you through the process!

CSU applications are available on - Deadline is November 30th.

UC applications are available on - Deadline is November 30th.

Out of State and Private Colleges and Universities have varying deadlines.

Community College applications are available Spring Semester. The best time to apply is January – March of your senior year!
Here is our recognition wall of students with completed college apps!

Red Devils After Hours Calendar for November

Please click here to access the November schedule for our after school programs!

Thanks for showing your Red Devil Way!


Worried about college costs?


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

One Book: Filipinos in San Diego

Check Out

Cappex has several college and scholarship tools designed to complement your programs and help students with their college search.

Here are a few examples of links to Cappex that can help students find their best-fit colleges and scholarships.
  • Cappex homepage: students can create accounts or log back in for easy access to their student dashboard. 
  • Scholarship $$: The Cappex Scholarships homepage directs students to their matches with local and national scholarships.
  • The Cappex Blog: students can get up-to-the-minute college tips, advice, news, and scholarship lists.

UChicago No Barriers Program

UChicago No Barriers is our new comprehensive program to assist students and families through the process of applying to college, affording college, and making the most of the college experience after graduation. 

As part of this program, UChicago does not charge an application fee to students applying for financial aid and has eliminated loans in need-based financial aid packages, replacing them with grants that do not need to be repaid.

If you  need any assistance with the admissions or aid processes, please send us an email at, or call 773.702.8650. We’re ready to help.

National City Collaborative Family Resource Centers - November Calendar

Click here for the November calendar!










Southern Utah University Open House

Nov. 20, 2014
Courtyard Marriott - San Diego Central
8651 Spectrum Center Blvd
Mesa Room
San Diego, CA
6pm - 8pm