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, May 30, 2019

SCIAA Offering Free Summer Sports Camps for Boys & Girls Age 8-18 -- Apply Now!

SCIAA Offering FREE Summer Sports Camps For Boys & Girls Age 8-18. Apply Now!

 May 14, 2019 
SCS students can take part in free summer sports camps at multiple school sites across the District. The camps are free for students age 8-18 and cover fundamentals in basketball, football, soccer, volleyball, cheer and golf. 
Camps are led by coaches and college athletes from around the Mid-South. Participants get to compete in similar age and skill level groups, as well as hear from special gues speakers on education and life skills. 
All participants get a free shirt, snacks and certificate. There's also an awards ceremony on the final day of each camp.
Click here for more information, including camp sites, dates and requirements. (Español)

Click here to download an application. (Español)

2019-20 SCS Pre-K/Head Start -- Register Now


Is your 4-year-old future scholar ready to begin his or her education journey? Begin the journey with SCS Pre-K! Our Pre-K program is one of the first and most important steps families can take to ensure students are prepared for success in Kindergarten and beyond. We serve approximately 5,000 students each year at select elementary schools across Shelby County and multiple community partner sites. Every year, Pre-K students score higher in Kindergarten than many of their peers who did not take an early childhood program. Pre-K students also routinely outperform District goals for foundational skills, language and more.
NO APPOINTMENTS NECESSARY. Space is limited, so check our upcoming screening dates for 2019-20 Pre-K. For more info, call (901) 416-3450.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Memphis ACE Academy - June 17 - 21 | Ages 14 - 17 - Free

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 Spaces are still available for this year's ACE Academy (June 17-21).  If you know of any interested students (ages 14-18) please have them and their parents register as soon as possible on the OBAP website at OBAP Memphis ACE Academy I.  Students must be able to register online.  Unfortunately, we cannot accept paper registration.

Also everyone wanting to be a chaperone this year please email me with your name and the days you are able to come out (Please put ACE Volunteer in the subject).  Several of our stops require your name to be submitted to security ahead of time so please don't just show up or bring other chaperones if you haven't responded to this email.  In addition, ALL chaperones must submit for a background check at the following website  When you send your email ( please confirm that you have submitted your information for the background check.

Our stops for week are as follows:
Monday - Memphis Center, Memphis Tower, Tennessee College of Applied Technology (Tchulahoma location)
Tuesday - TN Air National Guard, Memphis Hospital Wing
Wednesday - Fly day - Luke Weathers Flight Academy (Olive Branch)
Thursday - Huntsville AL (US Space and Rocket Center)
Friday - FedEx Flight Simulators, GOC, Maintenance Hangar

Saturday, November 24, 2018

The Common Black Application Overview

EDU, Inc. has been developed to augment the recruitment efforts of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and to increase the number of educational opportunities for students nationwide. Complete the EDU, Inc. Online Common Black College Application and have it delivered to all 34 Member Institutions below for only $35. All Member Institutions have agreed to waive their application fee.


Please contact EDU, Inc office at (770) 716-0616 if you have questions.

There are no limits but applicant must follow the instructions below and you must enter the free code “shelby” in lower case so there will be no charge. One application provides access to up to 43 HBCUs!   
Please Note:  Students should mention they have or will use this application process when they talk to HBCU counselors.
2) Click on the Apply Now button on anyone of the slides.

Lowes Fall ACCESS Scholarship -- Deadline: May 12, 2019, 11:59 PM EST

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund in partnership with Lowes is pleased to provide financial assistance scholarships to undergraduate college sophomores, juniors, and seniors at TMCF member-schools who are in good academic standing who are at risk of not returning to school or graduating due to an outstanding financial need and/or emergency situation that leads to a financial crisis. Qualified applicants must have an unmet financial need ranging from $500 to $7,500.  Students must meet the following minimum criteria to apply for the award:

  • Enrolled full-time in an accredited TMCF member-school
  • College sophomore, junior or senior
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Demonstrate a combination of financial need and merit
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident
  • Complete a FAFSA
  • Must be at risk of not returning to school or graduating due to an outstanding financial need
  • Have an outstanding balance remaining on their account


SCHOLARSHIP END May 12, 2019, 11:59 PM EST


Saturday, November 17, 2018

State Student Financial Aid Deadlines - Nationally

State deadlines may be earlier than the federal deadline. Click the link below to view the various deadlines for states across the country:

State Student Financial Aid Deadlines

TIP: State forms do not replace filling out the FAFSA. You must fill out the FAFSA to receive federal student aid.

Note: Date received means received by Federal Student Aid unless otherwise indicated.

Remember to apply early before funds run out.

2019 Scholastic Awards - Apply Now!

Portfolio Scholarships

Graduating seniors may submit a portfolio of their art or writing for consideration in the Scholastic Awards. Through generous support of our sponsors, the following Portfolio Awards include a scholarship to encourage our students to continue their creative studies in college and beyond.

Gold Medal Portfolio 

Our highest honor, Gold Medal Portfolio, is given to sixteen graduating seniors–eight writers and eight artists–whose portfolio of work exemplifies the Scholastic Awards’ core criteria: originality, technical skill, and emergence of a personal vision or voice.
Scholarships of $10,000 are presented to 16 students earning a Gold Medal for their portfolio.

Silver Medal with Distinction Portfolio

A Silver Medal with Distinction is given to art and writing portfolios of thirty graduating seniors whose exceptional works received recognition at the national level.
Scholarships of $1,000 are presented to select students earning this award.


Only graduating high school seniors may submit portfolios.
Art Portfolios should contain a series of 8 distinct works that communicate a single cohesive idea or visual investigation. The works can come from one category or any combination of multiple categories.
Writing Portfolios should contain a series of 8 distinct works that demonstrate versatility as a writer and diversity in writing technique and styles. The works can come from one category or any combination of multiple categories.
Visit our categories page to learn more about the requirements for art portfolios and writing portfolios.

Ready to go? Submit your work! (click link to retrieve)

Other sponsored awards:

2019 Google Internships - Nationwide -- Deadline: Various

Google invites you to come join us for a unique summer experience, including a 10 – 12 week paid internship and professional development workshops. Take a chance and discover what it’’s like to work at a technology company. Be challenged. Become an expert. Work together and make an impact. Be bold.

This summer experience includes: The job: A 10-12 week summer internship with 1 of 6 business groups.Exposure: A unique glimpse into a business career at a technology company.Professional development: Attend weekly Google business case study workshops, tech talks and skill-building seminars.Fun: Social activities, community building and networking. Build a relationship with your peers.Mentorship: Be matched with a Googler, other than your manager, to guide you through your summer experience.

Google Summer Internships (click link to view)

1100 Words You Need to Know (5th Edition)

An excellent book to purchase for high school  and college students wanting to prepare for Exams such as ACT, SAT, or just wanting to improve their grades or adults who may want to get the most out reading, etc the "1100 Words (5th edition) by Murray Bromberg and Melvin Gordon is a top selection to choose.

The book was originally designed as a 36-week program to conform to school schedules.  The additional 10 weeks were included as an extra credit section.  As tribute to the Anniversary Edition, the book includes bonus weeks and new words to enrich your vocabulary.

Product Description

Aimed at college-bound students who need extra vocabulary help, this 20-minute-a-day program guides users towards a mastery of 920 new words and 200 useful idioms. All new in this edition are 46 words-in-context exercises that reflect the SAT change in emphasis regarding vocabulary questions.

Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards - Registration Open


Calling All Creative Teens: Be Bold, Claim Your Place in Art & Writing History

and Earn Scholarships to Support Your Talent

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards 90th annual call for submissions is open, inviting innovative teens to follow in the footsteps of distinguished alumni such as Andy Warhol, Robert Redford, Zac Posen, Sylvia Plath, Joyce Carol Oates & Ken Burns, who won when they were teens

The 90th annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is now open and calling all creative teens, grades 7-12, to “be bold” and submit their work for the opportunity to gain recognition and scholarships.  The Awards program is the nation’s longest-running, most prestigious educational initiative supporting student achievement in the visual and literary arts, and has an impressive legacy of being the first to acknowledge creative talent.  

How to Submit (click link to retrieve)

Work is submitted online according to regional guidelines. Please note that deadlines generally range from September 15th to December 15th (based on your region; check your region).

All deadlines are effective 11:59PM EST  12/15/2018

Monday, September 17, 2018

Preparing for College with Using Online Resources


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Preparing for College with Using Online Resources:

As you prepare for college, below are some excellent sites to consider to find out information on colleges and universities.  The sites provides information such as tours, factual information on the colleges, retention and graduation rate, etc..  To tour a college of your choice via videos, and other informtioin,  click here.  The college navigator will also help you find out valuable information click here.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

NASA Internships, Fellowships & Scholarship Opportunities -- Deadline: Various

Students have the ability to search and apply for all types of NASA internship, fellowship, scholarship opportunities in one system. A single internship or fellowship application places students in the applicant pool for consideration by mentors for all NASA internships or fellowships.


OSSI:SOLAR is a NASA-wide system for the recruitment, application, selection and career development of undergraduate and graduate students primarily in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. Opportunities for students in other disciplines are available.

NASA Internships, Fellowships, and Scholarships
NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI)
Student Assistance | More Details | Mentor Login
• Internships: Pre-College | Undergraduate | Graduate

Fall internship applications are accepted: 03/02/2017 - 5/31/2017

Spring internship applications are accepted: 06/02/2017 - 10/17/2017

Summer internship applications are accepted: 10/18/2016 - 03/01/2017

Year-long internship applications are accepted at any time.

NASA internships for college and high school students are also offered during Spring, Fall and Year Long Sessions.

Friday, April 21, 2017

FedEx Express Memphis Hub Now Hiring Workers -- Apply Now!

Now Hiring Handlers
Part-time – Day and Night Shifts Available

Package Handlers

FedEx Ground specializes in cost-effective small package shipping, offering dependable business-to-business delivery and convenient residential service. Our network safely and efficiently moves millions of packages each day utilizing some of the best technology in the industry.
FedEx Ground Package Handlers load and unload sorted packages in a fast-paced environment and ensure that FedEx Ground continues to deliver packages to its customers on time and with care.

Material Handlers

To provide safe and efficient operation of equipment used for the movement of packages/documents/heavyweight, dangerous goods and ULDS (Unit Load Device System). To assist in the buildup/breakdown of pallets containing heavyweight freight. Serve as liaison between company and ULD repair vendor, as required.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

The Health Careers Program (HCP) Office -- Summer Science Institute (SSI) -- Apply Now!

The Health Careers Program (HCP) Office, , is offering an unpaid
two week Summer Science Institute (SSI) for incoming junior and senior high school students.
Outstanding high school students with strong academics, citizenship, community involvement, and

commitment to pursuing a career in the sciences are invited to apply. Classroom lectures, experiential
learning activities and exposure to the academic programs at The University of Tennessee Healt
Sciences Center (UTHSC) will be provided. Students will participate in a variety of activities such as:
  • A fetal pig dissection
  • Tours of local medical centers
  • Career development workshops
  • A community service project
  • An introduction to research
Space is available under rolling admission until all spots are filled for both sessions. 

APPLY NOW: SSI Online Application

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Internships @ MTV Networks & Campus Rep Program


College students, put your smarts to work with a Viacom internship! You'll crank up your skill set by getting real-world experience at a top-notch media and entertainment powerhouse. Internships are open to college juniors and seniors, though some departments also accept graduate students and law school students. Viacom is proud of its diverse environment, and we encourage students of all backgrounds to apply. Viacom’s internships are paid at a standard competitive hourly rate. To view all our open internship opportunities, click here.
To learn more about internship opportunities by location click below.


We're looking for those born to tweet, driven to develop and made for media. The Summer Associate Program is a one-of-a-kind 10-week program for recent college grads interested in emerging media. 2016 applications are closed at this time. Click here for additional program information.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Pathway to Dignity Re-Entering Citizens Training & Employment Program

Pathway to Dignity

PATHWAY TO DIGNITY: Filling the Missing Link in the Re-Entry Process 

PATHWAY TO DIGNITY is a life-changing program that breaks the cycle of self-defeat for those returning to work after incarceration.  We offer a six-month curriculum that includes classes, life coaching, and hands on support.  After graduation, we actively work with our clients to place them in meaningful jobs at living wages.  We assist employers in the hiring process, and we continue to support them and their new hires for a minimum of two years.  We are now recruiting new clients for our NEXT CLASS.  The classes are FREE!!!  HURRY THE EMPLOYERS ARE WAITING TO GET NEW HIRES!!

Please contact Deloris Clayborne at 901-270-0050 or email us at   

Memphis & Shelby County Office of Re-Entry -- Application MSCOR University

The Memphis & Shelby County Office of Re-Entry is now accepting online applications for MSCOR University (formerly known as Second Chance), Winter 2016 Term.
Memphis & Shelby County Office of Reentry (MSCOR) is a collaborative effort to aid returning citizens with the tools necessary to ensure their successful community reentry with family, employment and education. 
This collaborative consists of parole supervision from the Tennessee Department of Correction; case management from the Shelby County Division of Corrections; and soft skills training from the City of Memphis’ Second Chance Program.  In order to expand the services to all returning citizens regardless of the number and type of convictions, the Second Chance Program was enhanced to be called “MSCOR University.”
The classes and training offered through MSCOR University have proven to be beneficial in helping the student understand relationships and behaviors related to changing their status as a “labeled felon” to a respected and productive citizen. 
With this newfound self-accountability, the student will be better equipped to project confidence when applying for and functioning as a productive and valued employment. Enrollees will be eligible to participate in all services offered by MSCOR – healthcare, GED certification, Forklift certification, transportation passes, job fairs, etc. Completion of MSCOR University will show their dedication and commitment to improving their lives living with a conviction.
MSCOR University is taught on an array of tried and true life-coaching strategies.  MSCOR is a one-stop-shop hub with a mission “To help citizens returning from incarceration navigate a holistic network of community services designed to restore dignity and confidence while providing opportunities for individual and family success.”
Classes will be offered over a 4-month period beginning in February 2016. Potential students are required to reside in Shelby County, TN.  They must attend one Core Class per month and one Elective Class over the 4-month period for a total of five classes. At the completion of the Winter 2016 term, students will be invited to participate in a graduation ceremony to receive a Certificate of Completion recognized by many local employers.
If you are interested in this wonderful opportunity, please visit, click the link “Enroll in a Class Today,”  and fill-out the application.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

InRoads - Apply Now -- 4/1/2016

Inroads program application

Internships are Highly Competitive!

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Now accepting applications for summer 2016

Application Deadline

INROADS accepts applications year-round, however for priority consideration, we recommend college undergraduates submit their online internship application by April.

Information and Instructions

Our mission has changed thousands of lives worldwide – you could be next. If you have what it takes, the INROADS Application is the first step to becoming an INROADS Intern.
Please note: Students applying to Canada or Mexico opportunities should click to view unique application qualifications.

Jose E. Santiago, Diverse Talent Recruiter and Senior Manager at INROADS, Inc.,
is seeking full time undergraduate college students for summer internships June -Aug 2016. Many opportunities with Fortune 500 companies available. Current opportunities include:
McGraw Hill Financial NYC - Acct, Finance and Economics majors graduating Dec 2016 or May 2017; 3.2 minimum gpa
Horizon Blue Cross Newark, NJ - Human Resources, Business, Marketing majors graduating 2017 or 2018, 3.1 minimum gpa UPS Mahwah, NJ - Acctg/Finance majors
Interested students should complete an online app at and email resume to

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Carpenter Primary Healthcare PLLC

Black Business Association of Memphis - 2015 Outstanding New Business Award

To read additional details on the Carpenter Primary Healthcare PLLC visit 

Our Mission

The Mission of Carpenter Primary Healthcare (CPH) is to provide excellent patient-centered preventive and primary healthcare that leads to favorable and positive patient outcomes.

Our Goal

To care for our patients:

  • with passion, quality care and professionalism
  • with enthusiasm for continuous learning and improvement
  • with respect, integrity, teamwork and a commitment to our personal

  • Annual Physical Exams
  • Well Child Exams (age 12 & above)
  • Well Woman Exams
  • School, Sports & Camp Physicals
  • Immunizations (Limited)
  • Preventive Health screenings
  • Chronic disease management (high blood pressure & diabetes)
  • Abnormal weight gain, Obesity & Weight Loss management
  • Family Planning
  • Acute Gyn conditions
  • Minor surgical procedures (skin tags, mole & wart removal)
  • Full laboratory testing

    Wednesday, November 25, 2015

    Delta Airlines Summer Internship -- NWA

    College Internships
    If you are interested in the various job opportunites at Delta Airlines, click the link below:
    Career Opportunities


    Wednesday, October 14, 2015

    Grammarly -- Grammar Checker

    The World's Best Grammar Checker

    Grammarly is an automated proofreader and your personal grammar coach. Correct up to 10 times more mistakes than popular word processors.  Grammarly will not edit your work for you; it is up to you to incorporate Grammarly's feedback and decide what suggestions are most appropriate.

    Grammarly will analyze your document in real time for over 150 points of grammar, plagiarism, word choice and much more.  In 30 seconds or less, you will receive a detailed report on all mistakes and marked up text.

    First-time Grammarly users must click on "Register a new account."

    Trusted by 3,000,000+ People

    Grammarly has been featured in:

    Faculty members and educators, click here

    Grammarly works best using the Firefox or Google Chrome browsers. 


    NAACP Youth & College Division Membership -- Ongoing -- Apply Now!

    The NAACP believes strongly that future leaders must be developed today, and such development is ongoing in the Youth & College Division, created in 1936.

    The mission of the NAACP Youth & College Division shall be to inform youth of the problems affecting African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities; to advance the economic, education, social and political status of African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities and their harmonious cooperation with other peoples; to stimulate an appreciation of the African Diaspora and other people of color’s contribution to civilization; and to develop an intelligent, militant effective youth leadership.

    The NAACP has one of the largest organized groups of young people of any secular organization in the country. Today there are more than 25,000 young people, under the age of 25, representing 700 Youth Councils, High School Chapters and College Chapters actively involved in the fight for civil rights.


    · Provide young people with personal and leadership development training
    · Proactive political and community activism
    · Public awareness of the necessity of positive youth engagement

    You access the NAACP National websiat for additional information. You may also access the Memphis Branch NAACP to obtain information at the local level at Youth memberships are $10.00 w/out the Crisis Magazine or $15.00 w/the Crisis Magazine. Memberships may be purchased online or simply join at the next Memphis NAACP Youth Council Meeting.

    If you have additional questions, please call the Memphis Branch NAACP at 901-521-1343.

    Monday, October 12, 2015

    U.S. Department of State Pathways Internships - Apply Now!

    We are accepting applications for the U.S. Department of State Pathways Internships.

    Visit USAJobs to start the online application process and search for the following vacancy announcement numbers. Applications received after the closing of the announcement will not reviewed. Therefore, timely submission of applications is important.

    The Recent Graduates Program targets recent graduates of trade and vocational schools, community colleges, universities, and other qualifying educational institutions or programs. To be eligible, applicants must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion.

    Successful applicants will be placed in a two-year career development program.
    Pathways internship opportunities with the U.S. Department of State allow students to witness and participate in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy, and work closely with the U.S. diplomats and civil servants who carry out America’s foreign policy initiatives.

    We appreciate your interest in a career with the U.S. Department of State.
    Visit our forums if you have any questions, or to search for topics of interest. The forums can be found under Connect on the website. You can also search our FAQs for more information.
    U.S. citizenship is required. An equal opportunity employer.

    U.S. Department of State Logo
    Questions? Contact Us

    Tuesday, September 29, 2015

    Meeting President and Mrs. Carter in Plains, Georgia -- Sunday, September 27, 2015

    President and Mrs. Carter in Plains, Georgia at church on Sunday, September 27, 2015

    Sponsors for Educational Opportunity -- Summer Internship -- Apply Now

    Apply Now to SEO

    SEO recruiters are available to help you decide which internship will help launch your career. Details about each program and internship area can be found throughout the site. Click link below to retrieve information on Internships:

    Which Internships

    How SEO Determines Eligibility (click here for additional informaton)

    Eligibility is based on graduation date not class standing or credits. (When in doubt consider the date after which you would be available to start a full-time job or law school.) SEO defines class years as follows:

    ■Freshmen - Will have two more summers in addition to the SEO Summer before graduating

    ■Sophomores - Will have one more summer in addition to the SEO Summer before graduating

    ■Juniors - Will graduate in the winter or spring after the SEO Summer (after one or two semesters)

    ■Seniors - Will graduate before the SEO Summer Begins

    ■Graduates - Already graduated

    Rounds and Deadlines

    ***SEO has a rolling admission process. It is advantageous to apply as early as possible. We interview candidates based on the round in which they apply. Final deadlines vary by internship area, please check the table below carefully.

    Apply Now!
     For questions about admissions to the San Francisco program, please email

    Why Apply?

    2016 Ecology Co-Op/Internship Opportunities

    Co-op/Internship Opportunities
    for 2016

    Animal & Plant Biology
    Marine Science

    Some links will require the Adobe Acrobat Reader to read pdf format.
    If you don't have a copy on your computer, click here for a free download
    All co-ops/internships listed are PAID, unless otherwise indicated
    Skip the introduction and
    Go to Co-op/Internship PostingsReturn to Special Interest Group Co-op/Internship List

    Sunday, September 20, 2015

    I AM Going to College Too!

    Overview of film:

    I AM Going to College Too!
    I have long envisioned creating an infrastructure that helps in preparing all that want to attend college or get information on college the opportunity to do so.  I created the film to show that the audience for attending college is not just the typical high school seniors and juniors, but rather anyone.  The audience for college can be high school students, parents, dropouts, GED graduates, both traditional (18-24) and nontraditional students (25-and over), special needs (handicap, hearing impaired, learning disabilities, etc), individuals with felons, and senior citizens. 
    It hurts seeing so many students whom have the potential to attend college, not do so due to lack of information or knowledge.  My goal is a platform to help boost college preparation for anyone seeking to attend college.  A mind is a terrible thing to waste and everyone should feel they have the ability to learn and become whoever they want to be.  They should not be limited to their circumstances or what others opinions may be of them.  In essence this allows everyone to obtain valuable knowledge.
    Click link below to view the film:

    Friday, September 18, 2015

    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, October 24, 2015 --

    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 $24.50 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.)

    Are You Preparing for College? If Not, Please Read and Share with Others!

    This posting will provide you with information on how to prepare for college and the resources needed in order to be successful now and during the peak period of January 15th which is one of the major college/university application processing dates. At least 70 to 75 percent of the colleges/universities utilize this date as their application deadline date. Many high schools throughout the country are on Christmas break and will not be back in school until January 7th.

    It is important that the Class of 2016 continues to work throughout the break and submit their request for Transcripts on the first day they get back to school after the break. If they can request letters of recommendation from their teachers and/or counselors via email prior to getting back in school, please do so. Also make sure that you give your references a copy of your resume so that they can create favorable and competitive letters that can be submitted with their college application packet. Please note that preparing for college is similar to a beauty pageant without the beauty.

    It is my hope that you do not break the posting but use the link so that all of the information can be intact and that when you share it they get everything needed to be successful in the college preparation process.

    Below are valuable links that will allow you to retrieve information needed to be successful in your quest in getting admitted to college:

    College Preparation document for parents and students:

    ACT/SAT Preparation:

    FAFSA starts on January 1st:

    YouTube Video on a Faster and Simpler Way to Fill Out the FAFSA:

    Best Colleges for Blacks:

    Common Applications Processes

         Black Common Application Overview
         Common Application Overview

    Accreditation of Colleges and Universities


    State Student Financial Aid Deadlines - Nationally

             Fiinancial Aid Deadlines

    Thursday, September 17, 2015

    Students can apply for college aid (FAFSA) earlier starting in October 2016 -- Please Read

    Applying for federal financial aid for college will be a little easier for millions of students and families next year, under a proposal announced by President Barack Obama on Monday, 9/14/2015.
    The federal government will allow students to apply for college aid based on their family's income from two years earlier instead of the past year.

    "This puts things in a logical timeline," said Lauren Asher, president of the Institute for College Access & Success, a nonprofit policy and research organization. "It means students will be able to apply for aid earlier and more easily, and make better informed decisions about where to apply and how to pay for college." The institute had been urging lawmakers and presidential administrations to make this change since 2007

    In an effort to make college more accessible to low-income families, the Obama administration is launching a new initiative to streamline the process of applying for federal student aid.
    Starting in October 2016, aspiring college students will be able to access the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form in October rather than January using data from 2015 tax returns.  Previously, students had to wait until at least January to fill out the student aid forms as their parents finalized their 2016 tax returns. They also can electronically retrieve and use the prior year's tax information, instead of waiting until the current year’s tax returns have been filed and processed. Under the current system, students find themselves with college acceptance letters that they don't yet know if they can pay for.

    The changes will not only reduce “paperwork burdens for students and costs for colleges,” but they will also allow students to apply for aid “when or even before they apply to college,” Lauren Asher, president of The Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS), told The Washington Post.

    Wednesday, September 16, 2015

    Call Me Mister Program

    The Call Me MISTER program combines the special strengths and resources of Clemson University with the individualized instructional programs offered by four historically black colleges in South Carolina: Benedict College, Claflin University, Morris College and South Carolina State University. To provide even greater opportunity and access, students have the option of first attending one of our two-year partner colleges before transferring to one of the four-year institutions to complete their baccalaureate degree. In addition, the project has limited enrollment in the middle school Master of Art in Teaching program. Please click on the participating schools on the menu to the left to learn more about these schools' programs.

    How to Apply

    Complete the Call Me MISTER online application

    Participating Colleges


    You may be eligible for funding of up to $5000 per year while you are in college or a vocational or technical training program!

    You may qualify if:
    1 You are 18, 19 or 20 years old.
    2 You are in foster care or you were in foster care as a teenager and you are a US citizen or qualified non-citizen
    3 You aged out of the foster care system at age 18 or were adopted from foster care with adoption finalization after your 16th birthday.
    4 You have been accepted into or are enrolled in a degree, certificate or other program at a college, university, technical or vocational school and you show progress towards that degree or certificate.



    Postdoctoral Fellowships for Academic Diversity - Deadline: November 15, 2015

    The Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity Program is a competitive program whose goal is to increase the diversity of the community of scholars devoted to academic research. We seek to attract promising researchers and educators from different backgrounds, races, ethnic groups, and other diverse populations whose life experience, research experience and employment background will contribute significantly to the academic mission. Fellowships are available for postdoctoral training in all areas of study at Penn. Successful candidates will receive mentored scholarly and research training as well as courses and workshops to enhance their research success skills and prepare them for a faculty position in a major university.

    • Graduate students from PENN and other institutions who have completed, or will complete their requirements for Ph.D. by the Fellowship start date.
    • Postdoctoral scholars from other institutions who have completed their dissertation within the last three years.
    • Professional applicants (M.D., D.M.D., V.M.D., J.D., etc) within a year of completing their post-degree professional training.
    • Candidates must be US citizens or permanent residents.
    • Postdocs, residents and fellows who currently have a position at Penn are ineligible for this program.
    Awards: Fellows receive a stipend of $43,000 in year 1 with $2,000 increments in years 2 and 3, as well as annual allowances for travel ($2,000) and research ($5,000), and a one-time relocation expense of $5,000. The University also provides a medical, vision, dental and life insurance benefits package. Successful candidates will receive highly mentored scholarly and research training as well as courses and workshops to enhance their research success skills and prepare them for a faculty position in a major university.
    Start date will be arranged in consultation with the faculty mentor but can be as early as January 2, 2014.

    Application Process

    Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity
    Application Deadline: November 15, 2015

    Mississippi State Fall Preview Day -- Registration Begins Now!

    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 12, 2015
    • October 26, 2015
    • November 9, 2015

    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.

    Tuesday, September 15, 2015

    NeighborHood Christian Centers Volunteer Opportunities

    Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

    LoveBuilders/LoveBuilders Kids- 3rd or 4th Friday each month (6pm-9pm)
    LoveBuilders and LoveBuilders Kids offers monthly family enrichment programing designed to help promote and support healthy marriages and families through fun activities, Biblical lessons, and keynote speakers. Volunteers are needed to help prepare and serve dinner, facilitate fun children’s activities, serve as keynote speakers, set up and clean up, and more. 

    NCC Youth Christmas Party- Thursday, Dec. 3 (6pm-8:30pm)
    Each Christmas, NCC hosts a special Christmas Party to reward the hundreds of youth that participate in the year-round educational and empowerment programs. This event includes a special Christmas dinner for the youth and their parents, a Christmas program, and Christmas gifts. Volunteers are needed to help set up and clean up, prepare and serve dinner, and pass out Christmas gifts. 

    Compassionate Kids: Family Afternoon of Service- Wednesday, Dec. 9 (5:30pm-7pm)
    NCC’s Compassionate Kids event offers a unique opportunity for children to volunteer with their parents. During the event, kids and parents will assemble and pack Christmas Meals Baskets to be given to families in need. Those interested can sign up to attend with their children. A $25 registration fee is required. 

    Christmas Basket Packing- Saturday, Dec. 12 (Shifts Available) – Location TBA
    Each Christmas NCC provides over 10,000 Christmas Meals Baskets to families to ensure they have food on Christmas. Hundreds of volunteers are needed to help assemble and pack the boxes with the food items. 

    Christmas Basket Distribution- Saturday, Dec. 19 (Shifts Available) – Location TBA
    Each Christmas NCC provides over 10,000 Christmas Meals Baskets to families to ensure they have food on Christmas. Volunteers are needed to help load the meal boxes onto trucks and pass them out at NCC’s 6 centers to be distributed to the community.

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

    Minority Access Internship(s) -- Deadline: Various

    Minority Access, Inc. accepts applications from qualified college and university for PAID INTERNSHIPS in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and other locations throughout the United States.
    The Minority Access Internship Program is designed for students to experience the DIVERSITY AND SCOPE OF PROFESSIONAL CAREER OPPORTUNITIES available in the Federal Government, state and local governments, major corportations, and other entities.
    Internship Program: A National program that places talented undergraduate and graduate students with internships during the summer, fall and spring in the Federal Government and private sector.

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