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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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Google Scholarships -- Deadlines: Various

  • Google SVA Scholarship -- Deadline to apply: Submit a completed application here by Tuesday, January 27, 2015.   As part of our commitment to military veterans, Google established the Google SVA Scholarship in partnership with Student Veterans of America. The scholarship provides assistance to student veterans who are pursuing university degrees in the field of computer science in the U.S. Selected students will receive 10,000 USD for the 2015-2016 school year and will be invited to attend the Google Scholars’ Retreat in the summer of 2015.

  • Google Europre Scholarship for Students with Disabilities -- Application deadline: Submit a completed application by January 1, 2015, 17:00 GMT.  Google is proud to present the Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities. Google is committed to helping the innovators of the future make the most of their talents by providing scholarships for Computer Science students with disabilities. As part of our commitment, we’ve partnered with EmployAbility, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting students with disabilities while they pursue education and promising careers.

  • Google AISES Scholarship -- Deadline:  Various
  • Google is please to announce a new scholarship program in partnership with the American Indian Science and Engineering Society.  Click link for:  Program Scholarships and Internships

  • Google Generation Scholarship -- Deadline to apply: Apply here by Thursday, January 15, 2015.  The Generation Google Scholarship was established to help aspiring computer scientists excel in technology and become leaders in the field. Selected students will receive 10,000 USD (for those studying in the US) or 5,000 CAD (for those studying in Canada) for the 2014-2015 school year. As part of the scholarship, current high school seniors who are entering their first year of university in 2014-2015 will be required to attend Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) in the summer of 2014. Current undergraduate or graduate students will be invited to attend the Google Scholars’ Retreat in the summer of 2014.

  • The Google Lime Scholarship for Students with Disabilities --Deadline to apply: Submit a completed application here by Sunday, January 18, 2015.  We're partnering with Lime to offer scholarships to students with disabilities who are pursuing university degrees in the field of computer science in Canada or the U.S
    **All of the above Scholarship recipients will receive an academic scholarship as well as be invited to attend the Annual Google Scholars’ Retreat in Mountain View, CA**
    Google Student Scholarships

    Yale Young Global Scholars - Deadline: February 26, 2015

    The Science, Policy, and Innovation (SPI) session of the Yale Young Global Scholars Program (YYGS) is targeted at students with interests in emerging global challenges in fields such as global health, environment, and energy, all areas that require technical expertise, policy fluency, and innovative leadership to effectively confront.

    Summer 2015 is the inaugural year for SPI, and the session will combine cutting edge work in the sciences with a focus on the interaction of policy and science. With an emphasis on developing scientific citizenship, students will learn how to effectively translate complex ideas to a non-expert audience and how scientific innovation is shaped by–and makes impacts on–policymakers and businesses, as well as the forces of globalization, development, and markets.

    Financial Aid:

    YYGS financial aid is need-based and is offered as a discount on tuition (up to $5,000 USD, 100% of tuition). In order to qualify for our need-based financial aid, applicants must submit detailed financial information in their online applications.   Financial aid does not cover travel cost and extra expenses.

    Apply (click link to retrieve)

    FAQ (click link to retrieve)

    Summer Research-Early Identification Program - Deadline: February 1, 2015

    Summer Research-Early Identification Program

    Talented undergraduates from around the nation are invited to apply for the Washington University in St. Louis Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) through the Leadership Alliance at (Deadline February 1st). 
    The experience will introduce participants to the important elements of graduate study which include management of a mentor-mentee relationship, graduate level research and independence. Participants will engage in a research project under the mentorship of faculty at Washington University in St. Louis. For their participation, students will receive round-trip travel, free room and board, plus a stipend. Prior research experience is not required however; students who have had previous research experience are strongly encouraged to apply.
    Program Dates: TBA
    Apply (click here to retrieve)
    Deadline:  February 1, 2015

    University of Tennessee (UTK) Engineering Diversity Pre-College Programs - Deadline: March 6, 2015

    Office of Diversity Pre-College Programs

    The Office of Diversity Programs at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, offers an array of pre-college enrichment programs for middle and high school students. The following programs are offered:

    College of Engineering Summer Counselor Application 2015
    The College of Engineering is seeking counselors for the 17th Annual Summer Pre-college Programs during 2014 for rising 7th through 12th grade students.  

    Middle School Introduction to Engineering Systems (MITES) Middle School Introduction to Engineering Systems (MITES7)
    Established in 1997, the MITES7 program selects rising seventh grade students who demonstrate interests within math/science and provides them with a definition of engineering.

    Middle School Introduction to Engineering Systems (MITES) Middle School Introduction to Engineering Systems (MITES8)
    Established in 1997, the MITES8 program selects rising eighth grade students who demonstrate interests within math/science and provides them with a definition of engineering.
    Engineering VOLunteers for Ninth Graders (E-VOL9)Engineering VOLunteers for Ninth Graders (E-VOL9)
    Established in 2013, the E-VOL9 program selects rising ninth grade students who demonstrate interests within engineering and provides college preparation.

    Engineering VOLunteers for Tenth Graders (E-VOL10)Engineering VOLunteers for Tenth Graders (E-VOL10)
    Established in 2013, the E-VOL10 program selects rising tenth grade students who demonstrate interests within engineering and provides introduction to applied sciences.

    High School Introduction to Engineering Systems (HITES) High School Introduction to Engineering Systems (HITES)

    Additional Information

    Deadline:  March 6, 2015

    For additional information, please contact us by e-mail at or by phone at 865-974-0625.

    The Al Neuharth Free Spirit Scholarship and Journalism Conference -- Deadline: February 1, 2015

    The annual Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference program will award college scholarships to rising high school seniors who are interested in pursuing a career in journalism and who demonstrate qualities of “free spirit.” The program includes two $50,000 college scholarships for two top students. These scholarship winners — a boy and a girl — are selected from among the 102 students chosen for the program.

    Effective in 2011, the conference will be held in July rather than March. Also, the conference will be for students who are between their junior year and senior year of high school. Previously, the conference was for high school seniors who were about to graduate.

    Students will come to Washington, D.C., June 20-25, 2015, to participate in an all-expenses-paid journalism conference at the Newseum, located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. This program began in 1999 and is funded by the Freedom Forum to honor Al Neuharth, the founder of USA TODAY, Newseum and the Freedom Forum. The scholarships and conference are designed to inspire and encourage students to pursue journalism.

    Register Online (click link to retrieve)

    Additional Information

    Deadline:   February 1, 2015

    The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS ) - Deadline: January 14, 2015 at 11:59 est

    The Gates Millennium Scholars 2015 Nomination Process has launched.

    In order to be eligible to be considered for the GMS scholarship, all three forms must be submitted online by Wednesday, January 14, 2015 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST).

    The forms are:

    1. Nominee Form (student application)
    2. Nominator Form
    3. Recommender Form

    All three forms are linked by the student registration identification number. The student's registration identification number is a combination of their five digit zip code and the last four digits of their preferred phone number.

    Click here to access the GMS Scholarship application.

    Paper Application Forms

    Sunday, November 16, 2014




    The Nanotechnology Research Experience for Undergraduates (N-REU) Program SUBJECT TO FUNDING BECOMING AVAILABLE*
    2015 N-REU Program Application
    Please go to
    for the complete information on the 2014 N-REU Program

    Minority and female candidates are especially encouraged to apply, along with students with no previous research experience.

    Participants receive a $4,000 stipend, plus housing and all travel expenses to their research site and the convocation site. They may be responsible for their own meals.

    YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED BY Wednesday, February 12th, 2015. 8 PM Eastern, 5 PM Pacific.

    Saturday, November 15, 2014

    Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) - Deadline: February 15, 2015

    The Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) is a federally funded program managed and supported by the Office of Minority Health Research Coordination (OMHRC) in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health. The overall goal of NIDDK's Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) program is to build and sustain a biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social science research pipeline focused on NIDDK mission areas. STEP-UP is particularly interested in increasing the participation of students from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research on a national basis, including individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, and individuals with disabilities.
    To accomplish this goal, the STEP-UP provides research education grants to seven institutions to coordinate three High School STEP-UPs and four Undergraduate STEP-UPs that provides eligible students with ten to twelve weeks of summer research experience and training opportunities. The program culminates with an all expense paid trip to the Annual STEP-UP Scientific Research Symposium in August.
    If you have an account, please login using menu above. If you do not have an account yet, you can create a new account there as well.

    How Do I Apply?

    Applications for admission will be accepted through our Online Application System.
    Visit the High School STEP-UP or the Undergraduate STEP-UP for additional information and specific eligibility criteria.

    Key Dates for 2014 STEP-UP

    11/15/2014 Online Application Opens
    2/15/2015            Application Deadline / Application Closes
    Mid-March, 2015            Award Notifications

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014

    SMEDP - Summer Medical Dental Educational Program - Deadline: March 1, 2015

    SMDEP is a free (full tuition, housing, and meals) six-week summer medical and dental school preparatory program that offers eligible students intensive and personalized medical and dental school preparation.

    Click URL below to see eligibility requirements:

    To apply click URL below:
    Apply Now

    Click URL to get a list of Program sites:
    Program Sites

    Click URL below to see FAQ:

    The SMDEP will be offering travel scholarships for students meeting the guideline qualifications. The deadline for application is on March 1st.  Scholarships must be completed in order to apply. Click below for details:

    Program Overview (click link to retrieve info)

    Monday, November 10, 2014

    Preparing for The ACT/SAT -- Please Share

    As you prepare for your ACT/SAT, below are some excellent sites to consider to practice with.  To find out the next scheduled ACT click here.  The find out the next scheduled SAT click here.

    Next Date:  Saturday, December 13, 2014 --

    Photo Identification Information

    If late registration is over for the ACT, you can try to register as a standby participant click here.  To register as a standby for the SAT click here.

    ACT Tips:

    1. Register and pay the $24.95 to use the  ACT Online Prep (click link to retreive). It is good for 1 year or 12 months and is an excellent tool in preparing for the ACT.
    2. If you have taken the ACT or after you have taken it, take the time to purchase your ACT exam so that you can use it as a study tool and know areas that you need to work on.
    3. Get someone to help teach you the methods and techniques for the different areas of the ACT or SAT.
    4. Consider purchasing the book 1100 Words (click link to retrieve info)

    Practice Test Links:  (Go through all of the links and select the one you want to use to practice the ACT or SAT with.)

    March 2 Success Online ACT Test Preparation Demo  (Register and then use the online test preparation.)

    University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) Health Career Programs -- Begins November 1, 2014

    Enrollment process for Health Career Programs at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC).

    The programs are:

    Tennessee Institutes for Pre-Professionals (TIP) program (Deadline has occurred)
    Summer Science Institute (SSI) Program
    Summer Research Scholars Program (SRS) 

    To learn more about the programs offered by the Health Career Programs, click here. This online form will take some time to complete. You may return to this online form as often as you wish to enter information; however, once the form is submitted, changes can be made only by contacting the HCP office at 901-448-8772.

    Online Application Enrollment (click link to retrieve information)

    Saturday, November 08, 2014

    2015 TN Governor's Schools -- Application Accepted Now

    2015 Governor's Schools

    The State of Tennessee provides twelve summer programs for gifted and talented high school students. These programs provide challenging and intensive learning experiences in these disciplines: Arts, Humanities, International Studies, Engineering, Science, Prospective Teachers, Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage, Information Technology Leadership, Agricultural Science, Computational Physics, Emerging Technologies, and Scientific Models and Data Analysis.  Below are the details on the programs:

    Applications are being accepted now. Art school deadline is on November 7, 2014. (Check the individual websites on the actual deadline dates.  The deadlines dates may vary.)

    Governors Schools will be hosted at the following:

    Apply Now !!! (click here to select 2015 applications)

    The following Schools are still taking applications for the 2014 Governor's Schools and their deadlines are provided:

    The School for the Agricultural Sciences – Postmarked by December 1, 2014

    The School of Computational Physics– Postmarked December 6, 2014

    The School for Emerging Technologies – Postmarked December 6, 2014

    The School of Humanities – Postmarked December 6, 2014

    The School for Information Technology Leadership – Postmarked December 6, 2014

    The School of International Studies – Postmarked December 6, 2014

    The School of Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage – December 6, 2014

    The School for the Arts - November 7, 2014

    The School for Prospective Teachers - December 6, 2014

    The School for the Sciences - December 6, 2014

    The School for Scientific Models and Data Analysis - December 6, 2014

    The School of Engineering - December 6, 2014

    Saturday, November 01, 2014

    The Dell Scholars Program Class of 2015 -- Deadline: January 15, 2015

    While many students dream of obtaining a college degree, life sometimes gets in the way, particularly for those dealing with personal responsibilities at home or in their communities. The Dell Scholars college scholarship program, an initiative of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, recognizes students who have overcome significant obstacles to pursue their educations. In turn, these scholars serve as positive role models and change the trajectories for their siblings, friends and communities.

    The Dell Scholars Program places greater emphasis on a student’s determination to succeed than just academic record and test scores. Several studies have shown that completing rigorous academic curriculums in high school may help students overcome socioeconomic disadvantages. committee.

    How to Apply

    College Readiness Programs

    Deadline:  January 15, 2015

    2014 ACS Diversity Programs Education and Training Resources Scholars Program - Deadline: 3/1/2015

    ACS Scholars Program  (Starts on November 1)

    Apply now for the scholars program designed to be a CATALYST for African American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian students seeking to pursue undergraduate college degrees in chemical sciences and chemical technology.

    Over 100 awards, $2500 for freshman, up to $3,000 for sophmores and up to $5,000 for juniors and seniors. Up to $3,000 will be given to students pursuing a 2-year degree. The awards can be renewable base on merit and financial situation.

     Returning Applicants (students who have started and not yet completed an application this year)

    Click here for additional information

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

    4th Annual Memphis HBCU Hoop Classic College Fair -- November 5-8, 2014

    The vision for the HBCU Awareness Foundation is build the awareness of all HBCUs and supporting students who attends or a desire to attend a HBCU. The vision for the HBCU Hoop Classic College Fair is have over 20 HBCU recruiters in town for 4 days. To visit 3 high schools in 3 days, with a one day event at hickory hill community center.

    Sunday, October 26, 2014

    Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) -- Deadline: Janaury 2, 2015

    The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy, is a 10-week summer internship program that provides opportunities to minority and female students who are pursuing degrees in science, technology (IT), engineering, or mathematics (STEM majors). Candidates who are selected will have the opportunity to work on focused research projects consistent with the mission of the Office of Fossil Energy.

    During the 10 weeks, students will work at one of several locations. At the conclusion of the internship, students will attend a "Technical Forum" where they will present their research project and tour several technical sites located nearby (the location of the technical forum changes every year).

    Candidates will receive a paid stipend during the program, in addition to approved transportation expenses to and from the internship site and technical forum location. The MLEF program allows students to gain valuable experience in DOE/FE mission-related research programs, and offers an "inside view" of federal employment which encourages students to consider future opportunities within the Department of Energy. 

    FOR CLASS OF 2015

    Click here for additional information.

    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.

    Friday, October 17, 2014

    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!  

    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!