Planning and Preparing for College (Scholarships, Internships, Etc)

To prepare students and their parents for college success in areas of academic readiness, community service, internships, summer programs, etc. The blog is to be used as a preparation infrastructure on various areas of college topics.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Society of Wetland Scientists -- Deadline: November 7, 2014

Dr. Lougheed is the coordinator of a NSF sponsored program that provides travel awards and career mentoring to undergraduates from underrepresented groups at our Society of Wetland Sciences annual meeting. The upcoming meeting is May 31-June 4, 2015 in Providence, Rhode Island. In order to meet our goal of increasing diversity in wetland science fields, the Society brings the students to our national meeting and matches them with mentors for the duration of the meeting. The areas of interest of the student participants can range from freshwater to marine and involve a wide variety of organism types.
I am asking you to encourage qualified students to apply for this exciting opportunity. We will cover all travel expenses associated with the meeting. Spring 2015 graduates are eligible, and while a poster presentation on their research would enhance a student’s application, it is not required. Please use the attached poster to spread the word about this opportunity. Contact me if you have any questions. Additional information, including the on-line application form, can be found on our web page (

Additional information can be found on our web page (

The deadline for applications this year is November 7, 2014.
For more information about SWS Undergraduate Mentoring Program contact Vanessa Lougheed, University of Texas - El Paso.

NeighborHood Christian Centers Volunteer Opportunities

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Hallelujah Fest Fall Carnival
Friday, October 31
(4 pm - 7 pm)
Assist with games, rides, concessions
Rain Date- Saturday, Nov. 1 (10 am - 1 pm)
Sponsors/Donations also needed

Annual Youth Christmas Party
Thursday, December 4 (6 pm)

Compassionate Kids: Family Afternoon of Service
Tuesday, December 10 A family volunteer experience
$25 registration fee per family
(5:30 pm - 7:00 pm)

Christmas Basket Packing

Saturday, December 13 Location TBA
(8 am)

Annual Toy Store
Monday, December 22 (9 am)

Contact Pamela Cox at 901-881-6013, ext 115 or to sign up or for more information.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Alpha Phi Alpha: Go-to-High-School, Go-to-College - Saturday, October 28, 2014

Go To High School, Go To College
(7th - 12 Graders - Males Only Event)
The "Go to High School, Go to College" Seminar will be on this
Saturday, October 25th at the  University of Memphis.  The event will be in
 the University Center in Room A and B. The event will start at 10:00 am and
 end no later than 2:30 pm.   
We are looking for young men from 7th to 12th grade to participate.
Students at this event will actively engage in an educational dialog with the
Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
We will teach them life skills that range from but not limited to, time
management,  goal setting, conflict resolution, oral communication,
 self-esteem,  current events, etc.
The contact person for this event is Rahiem Laurore

Background Information

The Go-to-High-School, Go-to-College program, established in 1922,
concentrates on the importance of completing secondary and collegiate
 education  as a road to advancement. Statistics prove the value of this extra
impetus in making  the difference in the success of young African-American
 men, given that school  completion is the single best predictor of future
 economic success.
Through the Go-to-High-School, Go-to-College educational initiative,
young men receive information and learn strategies that facilitate success.
 Alpha men provide youth participants with excellent role models to emulate.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Tennessee Promise - Deadline: November 1, 2014

TN Promise

Apply for the Tennessee Promise here
between August 15 and November 1, 2014.

The Tennessee Promise is both a scholarship and mentoring program that will begin in the Fall of 2015.  It will provide students a last-dollar scholarship, meaning the scholarship will cover tuition and fees not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE scholarship, or TSAA.  While removing the financial burden is key, a critical component of Tennessee Promise is the individual guidance each participant will receive from a mentor who will provide guidance and assistance as the student enters higher education.  In addition, students will be required to complete eight hours of community service per term enrolled, as well as maintain satisfactory academic progress (2.0 GPA). 

Student of Vision Abie Award

Student of Vision Abie Award

Show us your vision of a future where the people who imagine and build technology mirror the people and societies they build it for.
The Student of Vision ABIE Award recognizes and celebrates a student who has a unique vision of making a difference in technology through innovation or inspiration. The student of Vision is passionate about innovative technologies or inspires others to broaden participation of women in computing. This video submission should bring to life your vision for women in Technology.
At ABI, we believe technology innovation powers the global economy, and that women are crucial to building technology the world needs. What’s your perspective? Whether you raise important questions about the state of the technology world, or inspire people to reflect on the meaning and potential of diversity in the technical workforce, we seek productions that showcase your vision and your involvement towards positive changes in the technology world.
We are looking for original, wise, brave, eye-opening and creative videos. The video should help viewers understand and remember what your vision is for the future of students like you.

Nominate Now

Learn More

2015 ABIE Award for Leadership - Nominate Now


 2015 Women of Vision ABIE Awards

The ABIE Award for Leadership recognizes a leading technical woman who has led an important technology development or innovation, made a significant contribution to the technology industry, and inspires others.

Women recognized have included the leader of a team of computer scientists, interaction designers, human factors engineers and social scientists who has fundamentally altered the way products are designed so that they are centered on people’s needs, the first female fellow at a major technology company, and the Chair of the Mozilla Foundation, who organized and motivated a massive, worldwide collective of employees and volunteers to launch the Firefox browser.

Nominate Now

Girls Unversity (GU)

Calling All Girls 12 to 18!

There's a new university in town, but this one's special - no textbooks or final exams and all girls!
Girls Incorporated of Memphis is launching Girls University (GU) this fall, a unique program that provides girls from across Shelby County with one-of-a-kind experiences and opportunities to give back to the community.
GU invites girls to explore a wide variety of interests, from painting murals to learning computer code to feeding the hungry. Program coordinator Karen Strachan says GU is a vital extension of Girls Inc. programming.
" Girls University , embodies the universality of the Girls Inc. mission and purpose: inspiring ALL girls to be strong, smart, and bold," Karen said. "It doesn't matter where you live, ALL girls need this inspiration and community of support and resources."
ANY Girls University session is open to ANY GIRL - not just current Girls Inc. participants.
Do you know a girl who would love to enroll in Girls University ? Check out or call 901.523.0217 for more information!
Watch Karen Strachan and Lindsey Stanfill  
promote Girls University on Local Memphis 24's 
Midday show!  

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards -- Deadline: 11/4/14

If you've made a difference through volunteering over the past year, you could be one of the 102 State Honorees that  receive a $1,000, silver medallions and an all-expense paid trip with a parent to Washington , D.C. , for four days of national recognition events, including an awards gala at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.  Even more importantly, you could win recognition that might inspire other young people to follow your example. These prestigious awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, have honored more than 100,000 middle and high school students at the local, state, and national level over the past 17 years solely for their volunteer work.

At a formal luncheon held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the program announces 10 National Honorees as America ’s top youth volunteers of the year. The 10 National Honorees each receive $5,000 personal awards, engraved gold medallions, crystal trophies for their schools, and $5,000 grants from the Prudential Foundation for the charities of their choice.

In addition, all Local Honorees who have devoted a minimum number of hours to their volunteer activities will receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Apply Now!! (click link to retrieve)

The deadline is November  4, 2014.

2015 FedEx Internship Positions -- Various Areas -- Marketing, Engineer, Field Operations, Etc -- Apply Now

is currently accepting applicants for their 2015 Summer Internship positions.

Below are some of the Job Names, Locations and FedEx's companies:

Students can apply for jobs online.  Click here (list of internships throughout the US)

If you want to specific a location (state, city, etc) FedEx Services (Memphis)

Selection for Search:

Location = can be Zip Code or specific Country and State, etc.

Keyword = Intern
Category = Select the company or area from dropdown

Then select the Job Id and follow the instructions.

**New visitors to the site will be asked to complete a profile.

Local 24 News Turkey Tuesday Volunteers


Local 24 News Turkey Tuesday

November 18th

Friendly, happy volunteers needed to help collect turkeys on Turkey Tuesday, November 18th sponsored by Local 24.  The drop off sites are Kroger located at Hacks Cross and Winchester and Mid-South Food Bank located at 239 S. Dudley.

Four shifts to choose from:
5:00   am -   8:30   am
8:30   am -   11:00 pm
11:00 am -    2:30  pm
2:30   pm -    6:30  pm
Local 24 will be heavily promoting this event on the 18th and days prior to the event.

Come join the fun and help provide turkeys to food insecure people for the Thanksgiving Holiday!
If you would like to volunteer for the special event, contact Paula Rushing  at or 901.373.0400.

Mid-South Food Bank Volunteer Opportunity - Apply Now!

Volunteer Opportunities

India Festival 2014

Personable, outgoing volunteers needed to help collect donations at the India Festival 2014 benefiting Mid-South Food Bank.

The India Festival is on Saturday, November 1st at the Agri-Center.

Two volunteers are needed per shift:
9:00   am - 11:45 am
11:45 am - 1:45   pm
1:45   pm - 4:00   pm
Volunteers will receive wristbands for free entrance to the festival and food coupons at the end of their shift.
If you would like to volunteer for a special event  contact Paula Rushing  at or 901.373.0400.

United Way Free Tax Prep Program -- Volunteers Needed!

U.S. Department of State Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP) and the Internship Temporary Experience Program (ITEP)

We are accepting applications for the U.S. Department of State Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP) and the Internship Temporary Experience Program (ITEP).
Visit USAJobs to start the online application process and search for the following vacancy announcement numbers. Please note the cutoff number for each position. Applications received after the cutoff number is reached will not reviewed.  Therefore, timely submission of applications is important.

Announcement Number
GS-999 Paralegal
Washington, DC
Announcement Number
GS-2299 IT Specialist
Charleston, SC
GS-599 Accountant
Charleston, SC
The Internship Experience Program (IEP) allows for non-temporary appointments that are expected to last the length of the academic program for which the intern is enrolled. IEP participants, while in the program, are eligible for noncompetitive promotions.

The Internship Temporary Experience Program (ITEP) places interns on temporary appointments not to exceed one year with the possibility of extensions in one-year increments. The temporary nature of ITEP allows for interns to work during seasonal and holiday breaks in academic programs. ITEP participants are ineligible for noncompetitive promotions. If an ITEP participant is qualified at a higher grade level, he/she must compete for the position via a USAJobs vacancy announcement.

Both programs allow for noncompetitive conversion into the competitive service following successful completion of all program requirements. Veteran’s preference applies.

U.S. citizenship is required. An equal opportunity employer.

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Questions? Contact Us

The Emma L. Bowen Foundation -- Deadline: January 31, 2015 -- Apply Now!!!

If you know of anyone that meet the critera for the internship, please share.  See details below:

The Emma L. Bowen Foundation is currently recruiting high school students (rising juniors, seniors) and rising college freshman for several PAID summer internships at media (television, radio, cable) companies in the following cities: Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; > Birmingham, AL; Boston, MA; Greenville, SC; Herndon, VA; Knoxville, TN; Lanham, MD; Lawrenceville, GA; New York, NY; Peoria, IL; Philadelphia, PA; Raleigh-Durham, NC; Sacramento, CA; Silver Spring, MD; St. Petersburg, FL; Syracuse, NY and Washington, DC. !

The internships start Summer 2015 and last throughout college. Eligible candidates must have at least a 3.0 GPA, plan to attend a 4-year college, and have an interest in the media. Selected candidates will be paid an hourly salary and earn scholarship dollars to help pay for college expenses.

If you know of any qualified students that would benefit from this opportunity, please have them retireve Application .  (Click the Application link to apply).

Click Here for Additional Information

NIDDK StepUp -- Deadline: February 15, 2015

NIDDK Short-term Education Program for Underrepresented Persons


High School Program
Undergraduate Program
PLEASE NOTE: The application deadline is February 15, 2015. No applications will accepted after this date.

Program Purpose:

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease’s STEP-UP Program is designed to provide short-term research education for high school students from racial and ethnic minority or disadvantaged backgrounds to expose them to research within the mission area of NIDDK.

The Program exposes students to research in areas of diabetes, endocrinology, metabolism, nutrition, obesity, digestive, liver, urologic, kidney, and hematologic diseases.

The Program provides support for 8 full-time consecutive weeks of basic or clinical research education and training during the summer provided by experienced faculty currently active in research related to the mission of NIDDK.

Additional Information for high school and how to apply (click link)

Additional Information for Undergraduate and how to apply (click link)

Burger King/McLamore Foundation Scholarship Program -- Deadline: December 15, 2014

The BURGER KING® Scholars Program has awarded more than $15.4 million to high school seniors and employees across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico since the program’s inception in 2000. This year alone we awarded more than $1.4 million in scholarships to 1,258 students, and introduced and awarded four new major scholarships, including one King $25,000 award and three James W. McLamore WHOPPER™ Scholarship $50,000 awards.

The James W. McLamore WHOPPER™ Scholarship awards were made possible thanks to the generosity of the McLamore Family Foundation.

To learn more about the BURGER KING® Scholars Program or your eligibility, click one of the links below. 

Apply to become a BURGER KING® Scholar:

Apply Online Now (click link to apply)

FAQ on Who is eligible to apply? (click link to retreive)

Application period opens Oct. 15, 2014 and closes December 15, 2015.

Google 2015 Anita Borg Scholarship - Deadline: January 15, 2015

The 2015 Google Anita Borg Scholarship will be awarded based on the strength of candidates' academic background and demonstrated leadership. A group of female undergraduate and graduate student finalists will be chosen from the applicant pool. The scholarship recipients will each receive a $10,000 scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year. Remaining finalists will receive $1,000 each.

How to apply

Complete the online application and submit all required documents online. First-time users will be required to register and create an account.

All applications must be submitted online by January 15, 2015.

Citizens, permanent residents, and international students are eligible to apply. Past applicants and finalists are also encouraged to re-apply. If you have any questions, please email

Application process             
  • General background information (includes contact information and information about your current and intended institutions for the 2014-2015 school year)
  • Current resume
  • Academic transcripts from your current and prior institutions (if you have earned a prior degree)
  • Two letters of reference from a professor, instructor, adviser or supervisor
  • Responses to four essay questions
Apply here
Deadline to apply: Thursday, January 15, 2015

Additional Information

Tennessee HOPE Scholarship—Non-traditional Component

The non-traditional student must be a Tennessee resident, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and be enrolled at an eligible postsecondary institution. In addition, the student must:

Be age 25 or older, as an entering freshman in an eligible postsecondary
institution or have not been enrolled for at least two (2) years after last
attending any postsecondary institution.
Must have parents’ or independent student’s and spouse’s adjusted gross income of $36,000 or less on IRS tax form
Be continuously enrolled at an eligible postsecondary institution in the fall and spring semesters and maintain satisfactory academic progress
Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 after 12 and 24 attempted semester hours
To continue receiving the HOPE Scholarship, the non-traditional student shall meet
the HOPE Scholarship Renewal Criteria mentioned above
The non-traditional student shall continue receiving the HOPE Scholarship until the FIRST of the following terminating events:
The student has earned a baccalaureate degree;
If the student previously received a HOPE Scholarship, the sum of the
number of years the non-traditional student received the non-traditional HOPE Scholarship and the HOPE Scholarship from previous years equals five (5) years;
Five (5) years have passed since the student enrolled in an eligible postsecondary institution as a non-traditional student A non-traditional
student shall not be eligible for the Aspire Award or the General Assembly Merit Award.

Additional Non-Traditional Students Information

Additional Tennessee Hope Scholarship Information

Internships at Walt Disney and ESPN -- Year Around

It’s a vision. A passion. An intimate understanding of who we are and what we are capable of achieving. And in your heart, you know you are already a part of it. We are The Walt Disney Company, a global family live with a rich legacy of innovation, entertainment, and life-long memories. You’re invited to make our future your future. From one-of-a-kind vacation excursions and edge-of-your-seat theatrical thrillers to futuristic, interactive entertainment experiences, our vision is one of innovation. And our innovation touches millions every day. If you bring your individual talents to The Walt Disney Company, you could be a part of it all.
Career Areas
Apply for Internship Online. (perform search of potential openings)

Search Opening (enter keyword of Internship)

Nursing Scholarship -- Apply Now!

Nursing Scholarship

Whether this is your first foray into getting a education or you’re looking to further your education with additional schooling, it can be expensive either way. Scholarships are like saviors when it comes to helping alleviate some of the financial burden that comes with education. Applying for scholarships is one of the smartest things you can do when it comes to saving money on education.
We’ve already done most of the work for you compiling this list of 99 scholarships. All you need to do is find the one that fits you the best and apply. Feel free to browse our listing for the scholarship that suites your needs and good luck!

Click link for details on nursing scholarships.

CBU Package Engineering -- Deadline: October 21, 2014


Tuesday, October 28, 2014 • 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

CBU ISTA Certified Packaging Lab – St. Benilde Hall, Christian Brothers University
You will learn about:
  • How to predict stacking strength of a corrugated box?
  • How to protect a packaged product?
  • How to test a packaged product?
Register by email at Please include the following: First Name, Last Name, School, Grade, Email, and Phone.

Registration Deadline: October 21, 2014

Packaging Engineering– Students are introduced to packaging principals, testing methods, and career opportunities.

Additional information Click Here

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarships -- Deadline: December 5, 2014

The Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarships recognize students who are driving awareness and mobilizing youth to be catalysts for innovative models and solutions to eliminate hunger in America.

The Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarships recognize and reward students who have made a significant impact in the fight against hunger. The scholarship recipients each receive $5,000 for their education as well as a matching grant in their name for the hunger-related charity of their choice. The Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarship is named for the Sodexo Foundation's founder and former president, who was an unstoppable champion in the fight to end hunger. Thanks to Steve's efforts, which made these scholarships possible, an emerging generation of leaders will be cultivated in the fight against hunger.

Additional Information

Apply Oct 5-Dec 5

2015 MEMPHIS IN MAY INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL -- Student Exchange to POLAND -- Deadline: November 21, 2014


2014 Memphis in May Student Exchange Program 
Application deadline for the 2014 Exchange is
Thursday, November 22, 2013!

Each year, Memphis in May selects students from Memphis and Shelby County to participate in a unique opportunity to visit the present year's honored country. The student group lives with host families, attends a local high school, and experiences the sights, sounds, and culture of the honored country. The program is offered at no charge to the students and lasts for 10-12 days - enough time to give the students a true experience of the country without interfering with their school year.

The deadline for applications is Friday, November 21, 2014. Equip your students with global experience and enhance their resumes for college applications and other future endeavors! Visit for more information and to download applications.

The Student Exchange Program provides selected students and chaperon with an all-expense paid, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the culture of our honored country. Each year students are selected based on communication skills, grades, and community service.

Please print, complete, and return the appropriate application and required documentation to the Memphis in May offices; applications must be received by November 21, 2014.  Click the link below to apply as a student or chaperone.




If you have additional questions, please email
or call the Memphis in May office at (901) 525-4611.

My Leading Young Ladies Inc: Higher Education Seminar - November 1, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mississippi State Fall Preview Day -- Registration Begins on September 15, 2014

Program Highlights

Check-in for Preview Day will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Joe Frank Sanderson Center. The event will conclude by 3:00 p.m.  Registration begins on September 15, 2014. 

Fall Preview Dates

  • October 13, 2014
  • October 27, 2014

Campus Tours

Let our staff take you on a riding tour of the beautiful Mississippi State campus. Organization Fair

A number of MSU's most prominent student organizations will be on hand to share information regarding academic, honorary, Greek, religious, and service opportunities on campus. General Assembly

Enjoy an official university welcome and general program announcements! Also, hear from a host of university students and administrators regarding student and academic life, and preparing for admission into MSU. Lunch

Enjoy an all-you-care-to-eat buffet in the historic Marketplace at Perry.

Also hear an overview of admission, scholarships, financial aid, and housing and answer questions from students and parents. Academic visits along with talking to faculty about programs.  Tours of university residence halls and much more.

Additional Information

Click here to register.