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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Monday, May 28, 2012

National High School Poetry Contest -- Deadline: Various

In an effort to encourage the youth of America in the pursuit of literary exploration and excellence, and to help provide a venue in which American High School students may share their poetic works; The Live Poets Society of New Jersey presents our 15th annual, National High School Poetry Contest.High School Poetry Contest open to all U S high school students. This year's individual scholarship prizes range from $100 up to $500.

 They also publish an anthology at the end of each contest featuring only the very best poetry available from the contest.

more information (click here)

To Enter (click here)


Submissions are accepted 24/7. Only one submission per poet per quarter.

Estimated deadlines for each quarterly publication are:

June 30 for the Fall issue
September 30 for the Winter issue
December 31 for the Spring issue
March 31 for the Summer issue

The Easterday Poetry Award Winner will be announced in August and appear in
the Fall issue.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Free Legal Clinic Workshops @ Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library - Dates: Various

Free Legal Clinic Workshops continue at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. Free Saturday Legal Clinics provide opportunities for individuals with legal questions to talk with attorneys and receive advice.

All of the free legal clinics are staffed with members from the Memphis Bar Association, Memphis Area Legal Services, and Memphis Paralegal Association.

May 12, 2012, June 9, 2012, July 14, 2012, and August 11, 2012

All workskhops will start at 10 am

For more information, call 415-2731.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Year Up Free IT Training Information Technology - Apply Now

Free IT Training (Information Technology) for 18-24 year olds who live in the DC, MD, VA, ATL, Boston, etc. If you know any one with a high school diploma or a GED who are between the ages of 18-24 yrs old and have an interest in IT. Refer them to this site: org to learn more about this free program. This program asks for a 1 year commitment between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:00 pm.

They provide the student with a stipend and after six months, internships at companies such as Freddie Mac and AOL to name a few. Check out the website.

Year Up is a one-year, intensive training program that provides urban young adults 18-24, with a unique combination of technical and professional skills, college credits, an educational stipend and corporate apprenticeship.

Classes begin in March and September. Applications are considered on a rolling basis until the class is filled.

Accepting applications now for September 2012 class.

Saturday, May 05, 2012

MIFA Cool Program

MIFA Cool Program

COOL (College Offers Opportunities for Life) is a college readiness and life/academic preparedness program providing students from Central, G. W. Carver, and Booker T. Washington high schools higher education counseling, mentoring, life skills, ACT preparation, and assistance with the college admissions process.

Download the COOL application here

Fill out an application if you are interested in becoming a COOL participant, or contact Dr. Derek Henson at 529-4556 or for more information.  Download the application here and return it to .

Clients must live in the 38126 zip code and/or attend Central, Carver, or Booker T. Washington high schools, have at least a 2.0 GPA with good attendance, provide two recommendation letters, and complete an interview.
Click here to read Additonal Information

Friday, May 04, 2012

Wake Forest University Master of Arts in Management Program -- Deadline: March 1, 2012

In order to be admitted to the Wake Forest University Master of Arts in Management program and be considered for a Corporate Fellowship, applicants, prior to applying, we encourage you to verify your eligibility for the MA in Management program and/or schedule an admissions consultation.

Candidates interested in being considered for the Corporate Fellowship award for Summer 2012 enrollment are required to complete the online admissions application for the MA in Management program and submit all supplemental application components by the scholarship deadline of March 1, 2012. No separate scholarship application is required.

Wake Forest University Schools of Business Online Application --  Apply Now

To hear a message on the Corporate Fellowship award, call 336.758.4584.

View brochure below for details:

Corporate Fellowship Brochure

WFU MA Brochure

The 2012 application is available for all graduate business programs. Please use this application to apply for Summer/Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 enrollment.

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Accreditation of Colleges and Universities

Most people don't take into account the accreditation of a school when applying, but it can play a big role in terms of employment beyond college, in terms of financial aid, transferability of credits, etc. The link provides information about institutions that are accredited by accrediting agencies that are recognized by the US Dept. of Educ:

Other useful sites include:,,,

Accreditation can be quite important in terms of applied sciences and fields such as architecture, medicine, law, and others. There are all types of occupational schools popping up, for-profit institutions, etc. that may be appealing but are not accredited and can negatively affect one's abilities to be licensed to legally practice in areas.

If one is considering transferring or obtaining advanced degrees, insufficient (or otherwise) accreditation can also negatively affect transferability of credits or whether one degree is recognized as valid by a graduate or post graduate institution.
I know less about the financial aid aspects of accreditation, but information is available at the sites above.

One can also use the accreditation information by contacting the accrediting agency to find out if complaints have been filed against a given institution recently, how many complaints, why, etc.

Submitted by: Devon L. Hill

SMW Local 4 Apprenticeship Training -- Apply (In-Person) on July 10, 2012

The Sheet Metal Workers’ Local Union No. 4 apprenticeship program consists of 4 years of on-the-job training and a minimum number of hours per year of classroom instruction. Apprenticeship programs provide comprehensive instructions in both sheet metal fabrication and installation. On the job, apprentices learn the basics of pattern layout and how to cut, bend, fabricate, and install sheet metal products. In the classroom, apprentices learn drafting (CAD), plan and specification reading, trigonometry and geometry applicable to layout work, welding, and the principles of heating, air-conditioning, and ventilating systems. Location is in Memphis, TN. Check other training locations throughout the United States to see if they have the apprenticeship program.

Applications will be taken on the following dates:


Applications will be taken from 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm on the above dates at 663 S. Cooper St. ~ Suite 5A, Memphis, TN. 38104 or you can call (901)278-7288 or e-mail John Williams for more information.

Additional Information about the Program.

Video on Apprenticeship (click link)

Also, if you are interested in becoming a Classified Worker, they are accepting applications from 8 am - 4:30 pm daily.

StraightForward Media's Minority Scholarships


They offer four scholarships a year exclusively to college students (and soon-to-be college students) who are members of racial or ethnic minority groups. StraightForward Media is committed to creating educational opportunities for those to whom traditional opportunities have been closed in the past. Eligibility requirements for the Minority Scholarships is wide open. Our scholarships are open to current and prospective students at community colleges, universities, technical/vocational schools, and continuing education programs.

Award Amount: $500
Deadline: June 30, 2012
Website/Contact Info: Scholarship Application Form

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Great Clips - Alice Madden Barton Scholarship -- Deadlines: Various

Scholarship Program for Cosmetology Students - The Alice Madden Barton Scholarship program was created in memory of Alice Madden Barton, the mother of Great Clips CEO Ray Barton and President Rhoda Olsen.

These scholarships are given twice a year to current or soon-to-be cosmetology students who portray the love of the industry and determination that Alice herself showed as one of the pioneer's of Great Clips.

Applications are due by June 30 (recipients awarded in July) or Dec. 31 (recipients awarded in January). Click here to apply.

Additional Information

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

College Preparation Document for Parents and Students

To students and parents especially the Class of 2012 or any senior class. I am providing you with my college preparation document that I use as a guide or tool for preparing for college. Special thanks to Anniece Robinson for revising my layout so that it will be more presentable.

College Preparation Document

The document is a quick reference to allow you to be prepared in getting your child admitted for any college or university, be it private or public.

As always, share with others.