Things to do this summer.
What are you doing this summer? Still don’t know? Consider these ideas:
Get a job. Everywhere I go I see HIRING signs. Good employees are a valuable commodity. And, yes, colleges like to see an applicant with the maturity to hold down a job, interact with a team of co-workers, learn customer service skills and learn about themselves. It is ok during the application and interview process to ask about how many hours will be expected during the summer and how flexible the employer is able to be around your school and vacation schedule. Honesty still is the best policy!
Some employers offer competitive hourly rates AND scholarship opportunities. Just in the last weeks we’ve received job postings from Chick-fil-A and Westminster Village. Both offer teens some great work benefits. Check their postings out in the JOBS file on the DMHS College & Career Webpage.
Apply for Scholarships! There are scholarships and contests for all high school grade levels. You just have to read the eligibility criteria to make sure you meet it before applying.
The $2,000 Minecraft Scholarship is open to high school and college students. You must be a U.S. citizen, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and submit an essay of at least 500 words that details your opinion on how Minecraft can be a positive influence on education and career development in order to be considered for this award.
Sign up for a scholarship search Engine.
- Niche offers a chance to win a $2K scholarship just for signing up. CLICK HERE
- Get Up! Get Active scholarshipFASTWEB
STUDY for ACT/SAT. Our instate colleges award scholarship money based on BOTH your ACT/SAT and GPA. So do many other colleges. Improve your chances of being accepted & your ability to pay for college by improving your TEST SCORES.
- ACT prep Low cost from the makers of ACT: http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/test-preparation/act-rapid-review.html
- SAT and Khan Academy: Log into your College Board account to link your scores to the Khan tutorials.
Visit a college campus wherever you’re vacationing. Wherever you go, there’s bound to be a college in the area. Visiting a small liberal arts college or an elite university or a large state university can help you understand the pros and cons of each AND help you find your FIT. (College Vine Blog on” Fit” here).
For more information on College Visits – read about what to know from Reader’s Digest CLICK HERE
- College Planning information for DMHS students listed by grade level
- Reading matters: How Reading Rewires Your Brain
Mark your Calendars:
July 23, 2019 ASU hosts High School Peer-to-Peer Impact Symposium. Look for flyer on the DMHS College and Career webpage calendar. All day event. Registration required.
September 5th, 2019 - Desert Mountain’s Family College Night. College information event hosted by the DMHS Counseling office. LOADS of information relevant for all grade levels. Break out session format
October 1, 2019 - FAFSA opens. JUNIORS off to college & their family will want to file EARLY (everything is happening earlier and earlier in the admissions process these days. Don’t scrape the money barrel for financial aid by missing deadlines – FILE early!
- PAY4COLLEGEArizona website – a great resource for understanding FAFSA, financial aid, scholarships and https://collegegoal.az.gov/pay4collegearizona-0
- Need help filing FAFSA? College Goal Sundays calendar for 2019-20 CLICK HERE
October 20, 2019 - NACAC College Fair @ the Phoenix Convention Center, the mother of college fairs comes to town.
See you in August! I will not be answering emails over the summer, please contact the front office if you need help at 480-484-7000.