WMHS ACCESS NEWSLETTER               March 2018
Watkins Mill High School CollegeTracks Team

Ms. Lindsey Barclay 
Program Director
240.221.1699
lbarclay@collegetracksusa.org

Mr. Dominic Chappell
Program Assistant
301.284.816
dchappell@collegetracksusa.org

Ms. Estefani Rondon
Program Coordinator 
301.541.8239
erondon@collegetracksusa.org
         

Seniors: Join the Success Program!

Take CollegeTracks with You to College!

Sign up for the Success Program to get matched with a Success Coach who will help you work toward your academic and career goals throughout college!



SUCCESS PROGRAM INFO SESSIONS:

Monday, March 5th during STEP and after school

Tuesday, March 6th during STEP and after school

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR A SUCCESS INFO SESSION
         
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT
 
Victoria Joya 
Class of 2018 

Victoria applied to 10 colleges and will attend American University in Washington, D.C. 
 
1. What are you interested in studying in college and why?
At American University (AU) I am planning to pursue a major in CLEG (Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) or Political Science. I want to be a voice for immigrant minorities.

2. What are your hobbies?
In my free time, I enjoying playing field hockey and getting sleep!

3. What part of college are you looking forward to the most?
I'm excited for the D.C. city life and for all of the new opportunities, such as interning on Capitol Hill. 

STAFF SPOTLIGHT
 
Dominic Chappell 
 Mr. Chappell is in his second year at Watkins Mill High School and serves as the JV Basketball Coach and CollegeTracks Program Assistant.

Playing Division III Basketball

1. What is your career background?
After college graduation, I worked in the admissions office at my college. I worked there for 3 years before realizing that a lot of kids I recruited to come were transferring schools because they were not happy there. That is when I found CollegeTracks!

2. What are your hobbies outside of CollegeTracks?
Coaching and playing basketball, cutting hair, bowling, skating, going to the movies, and spending time with family and friends

3. What were you like in high school? 
In high school, I was the "popular, cool kid." I excelled academically and was loved and spoiled by most teachers and staff in the building, including my basketball coach who was also my counselor. I would often get passes to see my "Counselor" during class and stay in his office all day to do my school work, watch basketball film, and eat pizza. I played on the varsity basketball team my freshman year and was starting to get recruited my sophomore year. I had a bad attitude and quickly lost many of the scholarship offers. I still managed to get a basketball scholarship to play at Salem International University.

         
SENIORS DO NOW!
  •  Bring your college acceptance and financial aid award letters to CollegeTracks!
  • Visit colleges during early release and no-school days.
  • Claim your MC account!
  • Complete your FAFSA!
  • Complete any necessary financial aid paperwork!
  • Apply to at least 4 scholarships!
  • Sign up for spring workshops! Click here for the schedule.
  • Encourage your 11th grade friends to join CollegeTracks!

Schedule an appointment with CollegeTracks TODAY!
     
UPCOMING TESTING OPPORTUNITIES
 
 
 
Don't Miss Out On These Opportunities!!



JUNIORS TAKING THE ACT:
  • Register for FREE to take a MOCK ACT at WMHS on Monday, April 9! Sign up here
  • Come to CollegeTracks so we can help you register for the June ACT test.
     

JUNIORS ARE INVITED!! !
  • Meet the CollegeTracks staff and volunteers
  • Learn about what you will do to prepare for college
  • Register for Spring workshops
  • Enjoy free food and giveaways
  • Take a selfie in our photobooth!
FRIDAY, MARCH 9th during STEP!
CollegeTracks Room - A006
         
ATTENTION JUNIORS!!!!
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund Presents:

 
 
  • Attend free workshops to help you prepare for the college application and financial aid processes 
  • Learn how to prepare, plan, and pay for college
  • Parents can join sessions in English or Spanish
  • Interact with HSF scholars, alumni, and staff
Who:  All middle and high school students can attend
When: 
Saturday, March 9th from 9:00 am- 3:00 pm
Where: 
The Cloyd Heck Marvin Center at GWU
George Washington University
800 21st Street, NW
The Cloyd Heck Marvin Center
Washington, DC 20052

     
SPRING WORKSHOPS FOR JUNIORS! 
 
CollegeTracks is hosting workshops for JUNIORS who are beginning their college and financial aid processes.  

  
     
JUNIORS DO NOW!  
  • Schedule your CollegeTracks interview!
  • Attend the Junior Kick-Off on March 9th during lunch!
  • Sign up for and attend Spring workshops!
  • Keep up with your schoolwork, every grade counts!
  • Follow CollegeTracks on social media- see below for accounts!
WE WILL BE EMAILING AND TEXTING YOU THIS MONTH. REMEMBER TO CHECK YOUR EMAIL! 
 
$CHOLARSHIP SPOTLIGHT

CLICK HERE FOR THE MARCH SCHOLARSHIP PACKET

 Let Ms. Barclay, Mr. Chappell, or Mrs. E know if you're applying for any of these scholarships! 
 
NAME:  Tzu Chi Scholars
DUE DATE:  March 10, 2018
AMOUNT:  $1,000 (Multiple Awards)
ELIGIBILITY: Students in grade 12 who demonstrate financial need for college, minimum 3.0 unweighted GPA, enroll full-time in a college during the fall of 2018.
MORE INFO:  Click here

NAME:  Bernie Scholarship Awards
DUE DATE: March 20, 2018
AMOUNT:  $1,000-$1,500
ELIGIBILITY:  Total household income must not exceed provided requirements, high school student in grade 12 with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Must be a resident of Montgomery County and live in housing owned, managed or administered by either the Housing Opportunities Commission, Rockville Housing Enterprises, Edgewood Management Corp., or live in the Scotland Community.
MORE INFO: Click here

NAME: Superpower Scholarship 
DUE DATE:  March 31, 2018
AMOUNT: $2,500 
ELIGIBILITY: Legal resident of the 50 U.S. states or the District of Columbia. Currently enrolled, or will enroll in the fall, in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education.
MORE INFO:

NAME: Central Scholarship
DUE DATE:  April 3, 2018
AMOUNT: Up to $10,000 per year
ELIGIBILITY:  Maryland resident in grade 12 with a GPA of 2.0 or higher. Family income is below $90,000 per year, or $66,000 for students pursuing career and technology training. Must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident. 
MORE INFO:  

Click here for scholarships that do not require U.S. citizenship!
  
COLLEGE SPOTLIGHT! 


DID YOU KNOW?
All Goucher undergraduates are required to study abroad at least one time before graduation. 



All Goucher undergraduates are required to study abroad at least one time before graduation.



Goucher is one of the Colleges That Change Lives because it offers opportunities to research and engage with faculty, apply learning in hands-on environments, and become a global citizen by studying abroad. 

Goucher's mascot is the Gopher and can be spotted at various campus events!

CollegeTracks staff and students from WHS, BCC, and Watkins Mill visited Goucher this year and  learned that Goucher allows students to apply by submitting a video about themselves instead of a standard online application!   

  
 Stop by CollegeTracks to learn more about Goucher!!
  
SHOUT OUTS
  • Watkins Mill High school administrators and staff, we appreciate all you do to support and encourage students!
  • Shoutout to all of the Seniors for your continuous dedication to the college application process!
  • Congratulations to the seniors who have started receiving acceptance letters! 
  • Thank you to the CollegeTracks volunteers for their continued dedication to student success. 
  
WHERE TO FIND US?
Room A006
Mondays, Tuesdays, 
Thursdays, & Fridays 
9:00am-5:00pm
CONNECT WITH COLLEGETRACKS!
   @WMHSCollegeTrcks            @WMHSCollegTrks          @WMHSCollegTrcks  @ CollegeTracksWatkinsMillHS