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The Youth Leadership Institute has announced their 2020 Conference! YLI is a free, five-day, overnight college empowerment conference for Latino high school juniors held at two top universities across the US. Students can apply at either the University of Chicago or the University of Southern California. Applicants must be a high school junior with at least a 3.0 GPA, be of Hispanic heritage and plan to enroll in a four-year degree program at an accredited private or public college or university. Go to https://www.hsf.net/sign-up for more information and to apply. Deadline is March 15, 2020.
Dystonia Medical Research Foundation from Marion IA is announcing their 2020 T-Shirt Design Contest! The contest is open to any high school or middle school student. See information on the Counseling bulletin board. The winning t-shirt design will be featured at the Hope On A Leash Dog Walk that will take place at Thomas Park in Marion on August 29, 2020. Deadline to submit a design is February 28, 2020.
HOBY Youth Leadership
HOBY’s flagship program allows high school sophomores to realize their leadership talents and apply them in becoming effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace and community! Students will participate in 3-4 days of fun, interactive leadership training; meet state leaders; and make new friends. They will experience life on a university campus, learning about themselves and how to be an impactful leader, discover how leadership leads to social change, and gain new skills and inspiration of lead change. Register by December 6th for the HOBY Leadership Conference on June 19-21, 2020 at Drake University in Des Moines. See your counselor for registration form.
The Iowa District Optimist Club is announcing their 2019 Essay Contest. The contest gives young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. It’s also an opportunity to win a college scholarship! Club winners advance to the District Contest to compete for a $2500 scholarship. The 2019-20 Essay Topic is “Is Optimism the Key to Achieving the Dreams You Imagine?” Contest is open to all youth under the age of 19 and not enrolled in a post-secondary institution. Interested students must contact their local Optimist Club to get information on their submission process and essay rules. If there is not a local club, contact Theresa Dunkin at firstname.lastname@example.org to find a local contact or an at-large contest. Most contests will end in February.
Iowa students and families can participate in college funding programs offered by Iowa Student Loan during the 2019-20 school year. Each program promotes essential concepts in saving for and financing college for all participants.
October 15-February 21: Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge-Senior Scholarship – Open to Iowa high school seniors who will attend college in fall 2020. Register online and follow emailed instructions to complete two online components and a related assessment. Start at www.iowastudentloan.org/seniorscholarship.
March 16-April 30: College Funding Forecaster Giveaway – Open to Iowa high school seniors attending college in fall 2020 and their parents/guardians. Complete the College Funding Forecaster tool to estimate total college costs over four years and enter contact information to register for a random drawing. Start at www.iowastudentloan.org/giveaway.
The ASVAB Career Test will be held Wednesday, September 18th from 8:00-11:00 a.m. for 10th-12th grade students wanting to practice for the military entrance exam, ACT, or want great career exploration resources. The military will not receive your scores or contact information, so this is a free practice. Sign up with Mrs Stenger in the Counseling Office.
As part of Amazon’s $50 Million commitment to Computer Science Education, students now have access to Introductory and Advanced Placement Computer Science course offerings, scholarships and early college internships through the Amazon Future Engineer Program. Go to https://www.amazonfutureengineer.com/ for more information – applications are now being accepted.
Check out Jobs For Teens Headquarters today! This website is dedicated to helping teens find jobs. They understand that getting a job is tough, but getting a job when you have little or no experience makes it even tougher. They are working to change that! If you are interested in online jobs, summer jobs or part-time jobs – they can help!
Jobs For Teens HQ educates teens about potential jobs that they may not know exist and will encourage them to build their job skills for future employers with blog posts and other resources.
Jobs For Teens HQ provides teens with resume writing tips, job fair information, interviewing best practices, work permit info, volunteering opportunities, and other information to help them succeed.
Jobs For Teens HQ spends countless hours researching and compiling information that teens need such as companies that hire teens by state, jobs for teens by age, work permit info, and more!
Simply put, it’s the best resource out there to help teenagers find jobs! Go to www.jobsforteenshq.com for more information!
Experience a new world and expand your horizons – study abroad! The US Dept of State offers full scholarships to high school students to study abroad one academic year. Create long-lasting friendships with people around the globe, promote mutual understanding, learn a new language, and develop leadership skills. Find out more at https://exchanges.state.gov/us/high-school .
Culver Fellows at Simpson College
The John C. Culver Fellows program honors Senator Culver’s career and legacy in public service, democratic values and courage in public life. Culver Fellows are involved in every aspect of fulfilling the Culver Center’s mission to encourage civic engagement and public service. Culver Fellows receive a renewable annual scholarship of $2000 in addition to all other merit- and need-based financial aid awarded by Simpson College. Want to learn more? Contact the Office of Admissions at 800-362-2454 or email at email@example.com.
ConsumerAffairs.com believes everyone deserves to make smart decisions and their site provides readers with the most up-to-date information about today’s products and services. Check out their reviews on Tutoring Services. Standardized tests and college admissions process are making it increasingly important for students to do well and tutors can help students get better grades by helping them develop a mastery of course material. Different tutoring centers have different approaches, so parents can find the service that matches their students’ learning. Go to https://www.consumeraffairs.com/education/tutoring/ for more information on this and many other topics.
Edmentum – a resource for parents and teachers. Resource examples:
– How Parents Can Help Students Succeed on the ACT and SAT
– How to Monitor Student Progress with Portfolios
– How to Create Entrepreneurs in the Classroom
-Information to Inspire Teachers and attend OnDemand Webinars.
For more information, contact Fabiola Garcia at 800-447-5286 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union has established the On-A-Roll program to honor students who show improvement in their GPA or maintained a 4.0, but not necessarily to just those who experience academic success or have honor roll level grades, but for all female students who have participated in an IGHSAU-sanctioned sport or cheerleading/drill team in the previous and current semester. See Mr. Lambert or Mrs Stenger for more information on this program and how to get an application form, or go to www.ighsau.org . (Administrators, Counselors, Activities Directors: Forms are in the Awards Applications section under the Administrators tab on the website and must be filled out electronically and emailed to Sherry@ighsau.org).
Volunteers will help families complete the FAFSA. You can also contact ICAn at 877-272-4692 or email at FAFSA@icansucceed.org .
ICAN (Iowa College Access Network) wants students and parents to take advantage of their online tool – the College Funding Forecaster – a tool to determine yearly and total estimated costs, funding gaps and potential student debt for a four-year undergraduate college career. This is a no cost for the student and family. For more details, go to the ICAN website at www.icansucceed.org .
College Planning Tips can be found for each grade level! Go to www.icansucceed.org/en/services/the_resource_zone/college_planning_tips/ for all the information. Don’t let graduation find you unprepared for college. If your goals include continuing your education after high school, use these tips to help you stay on track for college every year of high school. In addition to these great tips, visit the ICAN YouTube Channel and check out the video “Tip of the Week”. Each week ICAN releases a video tip for students preparing for lift after high school.
Financial aid season is right around the corner. ICAN has nine locations: Ankeny, Cedar Rapids/Hiawatha, Coralville, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Orange City, Sioux City and Waterloo. Get FAFSA help – schedule your apt at www.icansucceed.org/apt . Go to the website for all the details.