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Featured Scholarships

The Opportunity Scholarship

The $80,000 Opportunity Scholarship is for DREAMers looking to offset college costs. From the website:

"As we continue to fight and wait for congress to find a permanent solution for DREAMers, there is a message of hope that you can share...  The Opportunity Scholarship is for high school graduates who have DACA, TPS, or would have met the DACA eligibility criteria and live in states that do not offer in-state tuition to DREAMers - or bar them from attending state colleges and universities altogether. The Scholarship is for up to $80,000 to cover tuition, fees, and on-campus housing and meals for a bachelor’s degree."

The Opportunity Scholarship application closes on January 23, 2018.

$1K Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship

"Young people spend an average of 7.5 hours a day consuming media--and this doesn't include computer use for schoolwork--according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. With technology always at the ready at your fingertips, it can be a challenge to unplug. But taking a break from technology is healthy for both the mind and body.

The purpose of this scholarship is to help you understand the negative effects of too much screen time."

How to apply: Complete the application form below including a 140-character message about technology addiction. The top 10 applications will be selected as finalists. The finalists will be asked to write a full length 500- to 1,000-word essay about technology addiction.

Deadline: 1/30/18


Perhaps my favorite website for college scholarships, Fastweb is a free service that compiles scholarships tailored made for you. 

Besides constantly updating their offerings, Fastweb also provides interesting articles and resources via their email subscription service. 

Fastweb is a must for any high school and college student looking to ease the financial burden of higher education.

College Application Tips

Mr. Gordan's Quick + Easy Personal Statement Tips

What makes writing a personal statement so difficult for so many students is quite simple: personal statements cannot be formulaic, which is how students are taught to write essays. Naturally this makes it hard for scholars to go against their natural instincts. 

Here are some quick tips to make that essay pop just a bit more:

*Start in scene! 

*Backstory is meaningless! If you must, 1-2 sentences max! 

*Be personal! They don’t care about learning about your friend or father. They want to learn about you! Instead of writing about what makes Grandma amazing, write about how you've been inspired by that amazing grandmother.

*Remember the psychology of the physical layout of the page! No blocks of words. Use  paragraphs where natural breaks occur. Formulaic essay structure is no good here! 

*What did you learn from “this” experience? 

*Be personal! Be vulnerable! Be specific! 

Most of all, know your audience. These admissions officers read hundreds of essays a day. In order for them to enjoy reading your essay, you must have had fun writing it. So write about something you like! Don't force it! Rest assured that if you enjoyed the event or experience you're writing about, the reader will as well.

UC System Personal Statements

Every AIMS Seniors must apply to UC schools. In order to complete this task, the student must write four (4) personal statements, or as they call them, personal insight questions, to turn in with their application.

Four personal statements may seem like a lot, but each one cannot exceed 350 words. In terms of content, the UC system provides eight (8) prompts for the student to choose four (4) to write about.

Here is the link to the official site of the UC personal statements. This is a really cool page because not only do they provide the prompts to choose from, but they also give tips on what they are looking for when they review the essays. It is always awesome when you can go directly to the source to receive information. It's like being able to ask Stephen Curry how to improve your jump shot. You would not ignore his advice, so do not ignore the UC system's advice either!

As AIMS Seniors create drafts of these statements, it is my job to review them and give feedback. Do not let your scholar waste any time! Send them my way!

What Is a Liberal Arts Degree?

This is perhaps the most challenging question for students and parents alike, with a stigma attached to it that drives parents away.

My quick answer: A Liberal Arts degree ensures your child emerges from college a well-rounded scholar and person, equipped to be a versatile player in the employment marketplace.

For a more thorough discussion on this, here are three articles I enjoyed on the subject:

That 'Useless' Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech's Hottest Ticket, by George Anders from Forbes.com.

What Can You Do With That (Useless) Liberal Arts Degree? A Lot More Than You Think, by Rob Sentz from Forbes.com.

See All You Can Do With A Degree In Liberal Arts, by Catey Hall from mycollegeguide.org.

Did You Know...

Did you know with your College Board log-in information you have access to free SAT study plans designed specifically for you by Khan Academy based on your PSAT and SAT results?

Well, you do! Here are the instructions on how to do so

Good luck!

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