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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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

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All co-ops/internships listed are PAID, unless otherwise indicated
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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:

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.

Free application process for Shelby County School students until September 30, 2015.   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.
3)  At the bottom of the application enter the code shelby (must be in lowercase letter)  just before they submit their application. Choose payment category Send Check. That choice with the “shelby” code will create a “no charge” for the application fee.
Students will be able to complete the (CBCA) for free until September 30, 2015

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.

About Us

2016 Pre-Medical Studies Students Co-Op/Internships: Deadlines: Various

Co-op/Internship Opportunities
Pre-Medical Studies Students
All co-ops/internships listed are PAID, unless otherwise indicated

The website has selected co-ops from the larger Biology & Biotechnology Co-op Opportunities on the Web website that meet any of the following criteria - 1. located in a medical or clinical setting, 2. located in a medical school or health science center, 3. has "biomedical" as a descriptor, 4. may be of particular interest to pre-med students.
In addition to the valuable experience and good pay that a Co-op or Internship will give you, very many of the Opportunities listed on this website also provide Travel Reimbursement, Housing and Meals. So, don't let concerns about living expenses or the location of an organization posted on this website prevent you from checking out an exciting and challenging Co-op or Internship position!! If travel support, housing and meals are provided, this information will almost always be included in the details about the Co-op or Internship that can be found by clicking on the co-op website next to the organization's name and location.
To view the list of co-ops/programs, click the link below:


Tennessee Promise - Application Day - Apply Now through November 2, 2015

The Tennessee Promise application will be re-opened to all eligible high school seniors on
Monday, November 2, 2015
from 8 AM-4:30 PM CST.  Students may access the application at, or directly through the TSAC portal at  Please ensure students are aware that creating a log-in is NOT applying, and that they must continue past creating a log-in and submit a full application.