October 29, 2020
Attention Seniors!

Please be aware of your college application deadlines. Any letters of
recommendation that you need from your counselor require two weeks’ notice:
Your request is not complete until you submit the Counselor Recommendation Form and a detailed resume to Dr. McBride. The school is closed over Thanksgiving and Christmas break, and no calls or emails will be answered during the break, so please plan accordingly.

You will take the official SAT with Essay on Tuesday, March 3, 2021 on campus. Students are required to take an ACT or SAT for graduation. If you do not want to take the SAT on March 3 rd with your class, you must provide a copy of your registration or score report from any ACT or SAT to Lauren McBride by December 11, 2020 to opt OUT of the exam.

If you are in need of test preparation services, here are some resources:

Attention Parents of AP Students!

Are you dropping an AP class at semester? If your child may drop an AP course at the end of the semester, please communicate with your counselor now to notify her and then log in to My AP to cancel your AP exam (if one was ordered) to avoid being charged for the exam and any late/cancellation fees. If you fail to cancel your test, and we order one for you, you will be charged on your January tuition statement. Any student who orders an exam after November 13th or chooses to cancel an exam will be assessed a $40 fee by the College Board. Additionally, any student who requires a late testing date for any reason (illness, athletics, etc.), must order a late exam through the My AP portal and pay the $40 late-testing fee assessed by the College Board.
Featured Article
How to Find Scholarships
Credit: Federal Student Aid (2020)

Scholarships are gifts. They don't need to be repaid. There are thousands of them,
offered by schools, employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities,
religious groups, and professional and social organizations.

What kinds of scholarships are available?
Some scholarships for college are merit-based. You earn them by meeting or exceeding
certain standards set by the scholarship-giver. Merit scholarships might be awarded
based on academic achievement or on a combination of academics and a special
talent, trait, or interest. Other scholarships are based on financial need.

Many scholarships are geared toward particular groups of people; for instance, there
are scholarships for women or graduate students. And some are available because of
where you or your parent work, or because you come from a certain background (for
instance, there are scholarships for military families).

A scholarship might cover the entire cost of your tuition, or it might be a one-time award
of a few hundred dollars. Either way, it’s worth applying for, because it’ll help reduce the
cost of your education.

How do I find scholarships?
You can learn about scholarships in several ways, including contacting the financial aid
office at the school you plan to attend and checking information online. But be careful.
Make sure scholarship information and offers you receive are legitimate; and remember
that you don't have to pay to find scholarships or other financial aid. Check out our
information on how to avoid scams.

Try these free sources of information about scholarships:

When do I apply for scholarships?
That depends on each scholarship’s deadline. Some deadlines are as early as a year
before college starts, so if you’re in high school now, you should be researching and
applying for scholarships during the summer between your junior and senior years. But
if you’ve missed that window, don’t give up! Look at scholarship information to see
which ones you can still apply for now.

How do I apply for scholarships?
Each scholarship has its own requirements. The scholarship’s website should give you
an idea of who qualifies for the scholarship and how to apply. Make sure you read the
application carefully, fill it out completely, and meet the application deadline.

How do I get my scholarship money?
That depends on the scholarship. The money might go directly to your college, where it
will be applied to any tuition, fees, or other amounts you owe, and then any leftover
funds given to you. Or it might be sent directly to you in a check. The scholarship
provider should tell you what to expect when it informs you that you’ve been awarded
the scholarship. If not, make sure to ask.

How does a scholarship affect my other student aid?
A scholarship will affect your other student aid because all your student aid added
together can’t be more than your cost of attendance at your college or career school.
So, you’ll need to let your school know if you’ve been awarded a scholarship so that the
financial aid office can subtract that amount from your cost of attendance (and from
certain other aid, such as loans, that you might have been offered). Then, any amount
left can be covered by other financial aid for which you’re eligible. Questions? Ask your
financial aid office.

College Visits & Information
Virtual Campus Tours

College visits will be virtual this year to help minimize student and staff exposure to traveling visitors and to accommodate both cohorts of students on and off campus on college visit days.  Many visits use Zoom, Webex, and Microsoft Teams. Please download those apps prior to the visit so you can be on time.

  • Colgate University (NY), November 2, 2020 at 9:20am via Zoom.
  • UPDATED TIME: Hofstra University (NY), November 2, 2020 at 9:12am Via Zoom.
  • Hawaii Pacific University, November 2, 2020 at 7:00pm. Click HERE to register.
  • Hillsdale College (MI), November 5, 2020 at 10:20am via Zoom.
  • University of Dallas (TX), November 5, 2020 at 1:00pm via Google Meet.
  • Linfield University (OR), November 5, 2020 at 1:00pm via
  • Gonzaga University (WA) November 6, 2020 at 10:20am via Zoom.
  • University of Oregon (OR), November 6, 2020 at 1:00pm via Zoom.
  • Syracuse University (NY), November 9, 2020 at 9:20am via Zoom.
  • Trinity College Dublin (D), November 9, 2020 at 9:20am via Zoom.
  • Carroll College Montana (MT) November 9, 2020 at 11:00am via Zoom.
  • University of Nevada, Reno, November 9 at 3:30. Learn more about Admissions, Scholarship, and Residential Life. Click HERE. Meeting ID: 861 8327 5165 and Passcode: 542643
  • Davidson College (NC), November 9, 2020 at 12:25pm via Zoom
  • Belmont Abbey College (NC) on November 10, 2020 at 9:20am via Zoom.
  • The University of Arizona (AZ), November 10, 2020 at 9:20am via Zoom
  • Loyola University Chicago (IL), November 10, 2020 at 11:00am via Zoom.
  • Pacific University (OR), November 10, 2020 at 12:25pm via Zoom.
  • Whitman College (WA), November 12, 2020 at 10:20am via Zoom.
  • U.S. Air Force (AA), November 12, 2020 at 1:00pm via Zoom.
  • Academy of Art University (CA, November 12, 2020 at 1:00pm via Zoom.
  • University of the Pacific (CA), November 13, 2020 at 1:00pm via Zoom.
  • University of Nevada, Reno, November 16 at 3:30. Learn more about the Nevada Scholars Program Edition. Click HERE. Meeting ID: 886 4272 6086 and Passcode: 656616
  • University of Nevada, Reno, December 4 at 3:30. Learn more about Housing and Admissions. Click HERE. Meeting ID: 838 5413 5032 and Passcode: 842966
  • Sonoma State University: Live Admissions Presentations - Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Register
  • Through the Eyes of a Rebel: UNLV Digital Walking Tour occurring daily Monday-Saturday. unlv.today/events 
  • Mount Saint Mary’s University (CA) Talk with an Admission Counselor: Students can schedule an appointment to discuss any questions they have about MSMU.
  • Colgate University (NY) allows students to schedule an admissions visit themselves HERE.
  • USC Viterbi School of Engineering has ongoing virtual admission events HERE.
UC Berkeley Info Session/Q&A

Friday, October 30, 2020 at 3:30 PM until 4:30 PM PST

Join the territory manager for the State of Nevada for a virtual information session and Q&A. Meeting details and zoom link will be emailed 1 hour prior to the event. Register here.

College Fairs
Princeton Review's Free Online College-Prep Events

These online programs help students learn more about the SAT, ACT, and the college admissions process. Follow the links to register for any programs. All times listed are for the Eastern Time Zone.

SAT, ACT, or Both? Monday, November 02, 2020 8:00 PM
SAT Sample Class Wednesday, November 04, 2020 5:00 PM
College Application Essay Writing Workshop Monday, November 09, 2020 8:00 PM ACT Strategy Session Wednesday, November 11, 2020 5:00 PM
SAT, ACT, or Both? Monday, November 16, 2020 8:00 PM
SAT Sample Class Wednesday, November 18, 2020 5:00 PM
College Application Essay Writing Workshop Monday, November 23, 2020 8:00 PM Dream Colleges Monday, November 30, 2020 8:00 PM
ACT Sample Class Wednesday, December 02, 2020 5:00 PM
SAT, ACT, or Both? Monday, December 07, 2020 8:00 PM
Virtual Christian College Fairs

Check out the entire list here.
NACAC Virtual College Fair

Hey, Students! Thinking about college? Here's your chance to hear firsthand from those-in-the-know at hundreds of colleges and universities nearby, across the country, and around the world. How? Attend a NACAC Virtual College Fair!

See the fall schedule below. Registration begins in mid-August. Parents are invited also! Please sign up here to receive an email reminder as soon as registration opens.

Save the date! More than 600 colleges and universities will be online to talk with high
school juniors and seniors on this date:

Sunday, Nov. 8
2 - 10pm ET

The virtual fair is a free, one-day event. Simply log in to virtualcollegefairs.org using your phone or computer. Learn, connect, ask questions, and discover your best college fit!

Student Opportunities
Columbia University Programs

Columbia University Programs for High School Students is offering our Academic Year
Immersion program in an online format for Fall 2020. We are uniquely positioned to deliver a rigorous academic program with flexible options for course times on Saturdays and Sundays, mornings and afternoons, and a full portfolio of engaging co-curricular activities. You can also learn more about the program by visiting our website.

UNR Computer Science National Council for Women in Technology (NCWIT) Scholarship

Check it out HERE!
48 Scholarships with no GPA Requirement

Check it out HERE!
32 Off-beat Scholarships that May save you Money

Check it out HERE!
23 Community-Service Scholarships and Grants for 2020-21

Check it out HERE!
26 Amazing Merit-Based Scholarships for 2020-2021

Check it out HERE!
18 Scholarships for Asian-Americans

Check it out HERE!
Soroptimist Club Youth Scholarships

Check it out HERE!
Soroptimist Club's Unsung Hero Award

Check it out HERE!
Boston University

  • Trustee Scholarship: Boston University's most prestigious full-tuition scholarship recognizes extraordinary academic performance and leadership ability. Students must submit one additional essay with their application for admission.

  • Presidential Scholarship: This four-year, $25,000 scholarship is awarded to students with exceptional academic achievements. No additional application materials are required—all students need to do to be considered is apply for admission by the scholarship deadline.

The application deadline for these scholarships is December 1, 2020.

To learn more about the requirements of these scholarships and other merit awards offered by BU, please visit their website.
Creighton University ROTC Scholarship

Check out the Creighton University ROTC Scholarship HERE!
James B. Duke Scholarship

The James B. Duke Scholarship recognizes students whose academic achievement, diverse talents, work ethic, resilience, and concern for others give evidence of their capacity to make a difference in the world. Five new James B. Duke Scholars will be named in each entering class. The award is valued annually at full tuition + a $5000 special study stipend. Any Davidson applicant for admission is eligible to apply.
TMCC Nevada Promise Scholarship

The TMCC Nevada Promise Scholarship Application is now open for the class of 2021!
Students have the opportunity to complete an associate degree program, a bachelor's degree program or a certificate of achievement at close to no cost to the student, if they meet program requirements. Please go to nvpromise.tmcc.edu for more information.

  • TMCC’s Nevada Promise Scholarship application is now available
  • The Nevada Promise Scholarship provides students a last-dollar scholarship to cover registration and mandatory fees not covered by gift aid. Please visit our website for more information. 
  • The Nevada Promise Checklist provides detailed information about each required step to earn a Nevada Promise Scholarship. 

  • Nevada Promise Application Tutorial 
  • We are virtually available to help! Please share this application tutorial with students to assist them in applying to the Nevada Promise Scholarship.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

Check out just some of the offerings here:

  • Haz La U Program
  • Provider: The Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Colgate-Palmolive
  • Amount: Varies
  • # of winners: Varies

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