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Featured Scholarships


"The QuestBridge National College Match is a college and scholarship application process that helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to the nation's most selective colleges. College Match Scholarships, which are provided by participating colleges, cover the full cost of tuition, room and board, are loan-free, and require no parental contribution." 

Who are they looking for, you ask?

*High School students 

*Students in the top 5-10% of the class

*Students who have earned a majority of As in their school's most rigorous classes

*SAT score of at least 1310

*Family income of less than $65K

If you fit this criteria you should:

The Gates Scholarship

"The Gates Scholarship is a highly selective, full scholarship for exceptional, Pell-eligible, minority, high school seniors. Starting in 2018, the scholarship will be awarded to 300 top student leaders each year with the intent of promoting their academic excellence through college graduation, and providing them the opportunity to reach their full potential."

Their ideal candidate:

*High School Senior

*U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident

*From at least one of the following ethnicities: African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native*, Asian & Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American

*At least a 3.3 (out of 4) GPA

*At least in the top 10% of Senior class

*Demonstrated leadership ability and successful personal attributes. 


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

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 two articles I enjoyed on the subject:

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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