Friday, December 16, 2016

So You Want To Go To College? Now What?

Here is a chronological checklist of how to prepare!

9th and 10th grade
Get good grades! Complete your A-Gs and try to take a few AP and honrs classes.

11th and 12th grade
  • Register and take the SAT and ACT exam
  • SAT and ACT is required for more 4-year universities. It is NOT required for COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  • You should take your SAT and ACT at least once at the end of your junior year and again at the beginning of your senior year
  • Go to to register for the SAT
  • Go to to register for the ACT
  • If you qualify for free lunch, see your counselor for a FEE WAIVER to waive the fee for the exams.
  • Make sure you SEND SCORES to the college and universities you plan to apply to when you register for the test
    • For ACT and SAT, if you send to one UC school, your scores will automatically be sent to all UCs.
    • For the SAT, if you send to “California State University Mentor”, your scores will automatically be sent to all CSUs.

  • Research colleges and universities
    • Click on “Explore Careers”, then “College Majors”, and enter what you would like to study in college
    • Explore the description of the major and research colleges and universities which offer the field of study
  • – explore the site!
    • Click on MAJORS to search UCs and CSUs that offer your desired field of study
    • Click “CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT THIS MAJOR ON THE CAMPUS WEBSITE” to learn more about the major and the campus
    • Search for the college and universities you are interested in.
    • Click the ADMISSIONS tab and take a look at the ADMISSIONS SCATTERGRAM to see your chances of gaining admissions to that particular school.
12th graders

  • Apply for Financial Aid
  • Visit often for scholarship updates
  • Register on sites like and for more opportunities.
  • The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) opens October 1. The deadline is March 2. This is the application for LOANS, GRANTS, and WORK STUDY >>>
    • Counselors available afterschool to help
    • SUHi’s Financial Aid Night – January every year – see counselor for date
      • Bring your parents! FAFSA process will be explained in detail.

  • Wait for Admissions Notices
  • Check your email at least once a week for communication from the schools you’ve applied to!
  • Pay attention to deadlines!
  • Send requested forms and documents in a timely manner!
  • UCs and CSUs Intent to Enroll deadline is May 2 (private and out-of-state deadlines vary)


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Cornell Engineering HS Summer Engineering Academies Seeking Applicants

The CURIE and CATALYST Academies are one-week summer residential programs for high school students who excel in math and science, enjoy solving problems, and want to learn more about careers in engineering. 

The target population for the CURIE Academy is rising junior and senior women students of all backgrounds; while the target population for the CATALYST Academy are rising junior and senior male and female students from backgrounds (African American, Native American/Alaska Native, Latino/a and Pacific Islander) severely underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines.

During these summer academies, Cornell University's world-renowned faculty and graduate students lead classes, lab sessions, and a research project designed for Academy participants. During the week, students work in teams conducting research and learning to solve problems that mirror real-life situations. In addition, social events, panel discussions, and other out-of-classroom activities provide participants with opportunities to network informally with each other and Cornell faculty, staff, and students.

Primary goals of our academies include:
  • Expose students to the exciting opportunities that exist for them in engineering; 
  • Help students understand that women and all underrepresented minorities belong and are needed in STEM fields; 
  • Demonstrate the connections between the study of engineering and solving problems affecting people and society.
All program materials including the link to the online application and the recommendation form for our summer academies are available at the following websites:

CURIE Academy:


Additionally, a PDF version of our Program Overviews (below) and recruitment poster can be downloaded at the following link: CURIE & CATALYST Program Overviews & Flyer
 If you have any questions about the CURIE and CATALYST Academies, please contact Diversity Programs in Engineering at (607) 255-6403 or

Friday, December 9, 2016

Information to Support Undocumented Students at SDSU

Many members of the San Diego State University community have expressed concerns about the status of undocumented students, including those qualified under the California DREAM Act or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This memo provides information that faculty and staff can share to support student success.

SDSU is committed to providing a safe and welcoming campus environment for all students, faculty and staff. In recent statements, California State University Chancellor Timothy White has affirmed the University’s commitment “to protect[ing] access, affordability, intellectual freedom, inclusivity, and diversity for all students . . . including supporting DACA students.” Additionally,
SDSU is working with our legislative representatives to ensure support for undocumented students. 

If a student approaches you with concerns about their status at the university, SDSU will maintain a FAQ webpage with current information supporting undocumented and DACA students.

The following sources of information may also be helpful:
  • Assistant Deans for Student Affairs and Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) counselors are trained to provide guidance to impacted students. Students can call (619) 594-6298 or email to schedule an appointment with EOP.
  • SDSU’s Financial Aid Office can provide information to students with questions about aid eligibility.  Counselors are available (no appointment necessary) at SSW 3605 every day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., or call (619) 594-6323.
  • Education Without Borders (EWB) is a student organization providing support for undocumented students. For additional information visit
  • SDSU’s Counseling and Psychological Services can provide support to students experiencing concern: call 619-594-5220 or visit for more information.
Additionally, faculty who seek to create a welcoming classroom environment might consider including a brief statement on their Spring 2017 syllabi: 

“The CSU has affirmed its commitment to ‘protecting access, affordability, intellectual freedom, inclusivity, and diversity for all students . . . including supporting DACA students.’  Discrimination, harassment, or retaliation against students, faculty, and staff on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexuality, disability, nationality, immigration status and other categories of identity is prohibited.  If you have concerns about your status at the university, please visit for information or contact the Dean of Students or the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in your College.”

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

What to Rock the SAT/ACT? Free Test Prep for Juniors!

To qualify for admission to a four-year university as a freshman, students must take an SAT or ACT. We strongly encourage students to participate in a free workshop to prepare them to do well on the SAT and/or ACT. Test scores are an extremely important factor that can affect whether a student is admitted to his/her college of choice. Earning a competitive score is crucial.


The 19th Annual Summer Internship Program for High School Students

The San Diego Section of the Marine Technology Society is proud to announce its 19th annual summer internship program. The MTS Program will provide a six-week summer experience for motivated high school students, hosted by one of MTS’s corporate sponsors. Click here to see what previous interns have said about their experiences with the program.

Students will be provided with a hands-on science/technology experience, building important scientific, technical and employment skills under the direction of a workplace mentor.

Students will also receive a stipend of at least $2400 upon successful completion of the program.

  • Must be at least 16 years old on July 1, 2017.
  • Must be starting the 11th or 12th grade in the fall of 2017.
  • Must have a 3.5 GPA or better.
  • Must submit a complete application (please see link below)

  • Applications are due January 15, 2017.
  • Interviews and Student Selection will occur during Feb-May 2017.
  • All students interviewed will be contacted about the status of their application.
  • Final Student Selection will occur in late May/early June 2017.
  • Internships begin in early July 2017.

Click Here for MTS Student Intern Application

The completed Application Form must be received by January 15, 2017.

MAIL TO: Marine Technology Society P.O. Box 371348 San Diego CA 92137-1348

Monday, December 5, 2016

Calling for Applications for the 2017 Princeton Prize in Race Relations Awards

In this time of extreme racial polarization, isn't it critical to recognize and celebrate those high school students who help bridge the chasm? We do! The Princeton Prize in Race Relations grants cash awards of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Princeton University to attend the Princeton Prize Symposium on Race. Please help us find the student leaders who are working to improve race relations within their schools or communities. Our future depends on them!

What is the Princeton Prize in Race Relations?
Each year, Princeton University sponsors a high school awards program for students who are committed to advancing the cause of race relations within their schools or communities. Winners receive a prize of $1,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Princeton University to attend the Princeton Prize Symposium on Race.

Why recognize race relations leadership at the high school level?
One of the greatest challenges facing our country today is our need to foster/increase/improve understanding and cooperation among people of diverse racial backgrounds. We believe that high school students have a particularly important role to play in shaping the perspectives and conversations for an entire generation, and for making immediate, lasting, positive changes within their communities.

Who should apply for the Princeton Prize in Race Relations?
Any current 9th-12th grade student who in the past 12 months has been actively involved in a volunteer effort that has positively impacted race relations in his or her school or community is encouraged to apply. Students from participating geographic regions are eligible to win the Princeton Prize: students from other regions will be considered for a Certificate of Accomplishment.

What is the application process?
Students must complete and submit (online or by mail) Part I of the application form, available here. Part II of the application must be submitted by the student's sponsor. Sponsors may be any adult, not related to the student, who is familiar with the activity being put forth for the award. Sponsors can include teachers, advisors, community leaders, or religious leaders. Applications must be received by January 31, 2017.

What types of activities qualify for recognition?
Here are a couple of examples.
Perceiving the need for his school's curriculum to reflect increasing student diversity, a high school senior worked with faculty members in the social studies and history departments to develop a new course to be taught to fellow students, "Diversity in America".
Recognizing that students of color are under-represented in technology, a student created a program that encouraged students of color to learn coding alongside other students. Finding common ground in a shared interest resulted in better understanding while creating more robust opportunities for all.

More examples can be found here.

National City Collaborative Family Resource Centers - December Updates

Click here for the NCC FRC December 2016 Calendar

Friday, December 2, 2016

Help for Immigrant Families Post-Election

Since the election, service providers and community-based organizations report that immigrant communities are in a panic. President-elect Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric throughout the campaign has immigrant families worrying that they could be targeted, detained, deported. As a trusted institution in immigrant families’ lives, schools can play a critical role in ensuring immigrant families have access to important information and resources.

Visit for more information regarding services for support to at-risk minority and immigrant teens from low-income families who will be first-generation college students.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

1st Annual UndocuYouth Conference

San Diego Dream Team and Education Without Borders at SDSU are happy to invite you to our upcoming 1st Annual UndocuYouth Conference! Join us Saturday, December 10th from 9:00am-2:30pm at San Diego State University.

This year’s theme is Moving Forward: What's Next for Immigrant Communities? The conference will seek to provide resources to undocumented youth, families, and allies along with serving as a platform to engage undocumented youth in community advocacy and create the new generation of community leaders.

We invite you to share our event flyer below with any students or families that may be interested in attending. Childcare will also be provided.

Spaces are limited. To secure a seat and lunch please register at: