BCC ACCESS NEWSLETTER                     April 2018
BCC High School CollegeTracks Team

Ms. Aja Simpson Zulfiqar

Seniors and families, join us to celebrate the
Class of 2018 CollegeTacks High School seniors who are off to college in the fall and Success program participants who will graduate from college this year!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Silver Spring Civic Building, Silver Spring, MD

Food courtesy of California Tortilla!
**There will be raffles and prizes for students!

Seniors and families, CLICK HERE to RSVP!
Gabriella A.F.   

Gabbs has been accepted to Southern Vermont College, Trinity Washington University, and Gannon University!

1. What do you want to study in college?  How did you become passionate about it?
I want to study to become a lawyer in the field of immigration or family relations.  I have a passion to help others succeed and show them the way to opportunities they didn't know about before. 
2. What has been the most helpful part about being in the CollegeTracks family?
CollegeTracks is my second home.  I am constantly there.  They have helped me alleviate my stress level with college applications and scholarships, and SoulCycle among other activities.  They are even motivating me to keep on striving my senior year. 

3. What are you considering as you decide on which college to attend in the fall?
I am considering staying local at Trinity Washington University - the DC location will facilitate me getting internships close by, and I can commute by Metro.

4. What activities do you want to be involved in at college?
I would like to continue being part of a women's empowerment club,
a student ambassador, getting internships, joining a sport, International Club, community services trips and even challenging myself to partake in an honors program to continue my studies.

5. Gabbs' advice for Juniors in CollegeTracks?
Get yourself an agenda book and sticky notes - this will help you stay organized but in addition will keep you aware of any deadlines for scholarships, ACT tests coming up. Give yourself time to study for the ACT/SAT and and apply for scholarships. Ms Aja and Ms O will guide you but you have to put in the work for this! You can do this! If I did it this far, of course you can do it, don't give up! You've made it this far. I'm so proud of you!

Seniors: Join the Success Program!

Did you know you can take CollegeTracks to college with you?

A CollegeTracks Success Coach will help you with your academics, financial aid, career opportunities, and life as a college student!
Info Sessions:
4/23 during lunch
4/23 after school
4/24 during lunch
4/24 after school


Seniors, did you know you need to decide which college you are going to attend by May 1st?
  • National deadline to let colleges know you are going to attend
  • Pay your enrollment deposit 
  • Come to CollegeTracks to review your financial aid award letters
  • We can help you make a decision by May 1st!
  • Sign up for the CollegeTracks graduation celebration
  • Apply to at least 2 scholarships, including Legislative scholarships.
  • Schedule an appointment to review your financial aid award letter.
  • Submit your MC financial aid paperwork.
  • Bring in your acceptance and financial aid award letters.
  • Complete ALL of your college applications.
  • Sign up for an appointment with a CollegeTracks Success Coach so you can take CollegeTracks to college.
Schedule an appointment with  CollegeTracks TODAY!
Did you apply to Montgomery College?
BCC will be hosting the Accuplacer 
for Montgomery College
How can you register for the ACCUPLACER?
The Accuplacer will be offered to registered seniors on May 7 & 8.

Please see Mr. Robinson or CollegeTracks to register.

What is the ACCUPLACER?
The ACCUPLACER is a computerized self-paced, untimed test. The test is delivered in a multiple choice format.
Most students complete the test within 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Your scores will determine which English and math courses you are eligible to take.

How can I prepare for the ACCUPLACER?

CollegeTracks is hosting workshops for 
who are beginning their college and financial aid process.

Workshops are held after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 
2:40 - 4:00 pm!

March 20 & 22
CollegeTracks 101
April 3 & 5 Who Am I & Resume
April 10 & 12 Careers & Your Favorite Subjects in School
April 17 & 19 Career Matchmaking & Skills
April 24 & 26 Finding Best Fit Colleges
May 1 & 3 Exploring Colleges
May 8 & 10 Create Initial College List
May 15 & 17 Financial Aid & FSA ID
  • Schedule your CollegeTracks interview.
  • Attend Junior Workshops after-school.
  • Follow up on workshop tasks!
  • Keep up with your schoolwork, every grade counts!
  • Prepare for the SAT on April 24 at BCC!
  • Follow CollegeTracks on social media- see below for accounts
Juniors: Standardized Testing

The SAT will be offered to
ALL Juniors on Tuesday, April 24th.

No need to register.

Start studying today with  Khan Academy



 Let us know if you're applying for any of these scholarships! 
NAME:  Alfred Street Baptist Church Foundation Scholarship
DUE DATE:  April 8, 2018
AMOUNT:  $1,000-$10,000 (25)
ELIGIBILITY: Graduate from a high school in the DMV, be a U.S. citizen, be admitted and committed to attend a four-year college in the Fall of 2018, demonstrate commitment to community service, have a 2.75 or higher GPA, combined SAT scores of 850 or 19 or higher on the ACT, exhibit financial need. 
MORE INFO:  Click here

NAME:  Student Insights-Student View Scholarship
DUE DATE: April 22, 2018
AMOUNT:  $500-$4,000
ELIGIBILITY:  Complete a 15-25 minute online survey about local colleges and be entered into a random drawing for a scholarship award.
MORE INFO: Click here

NAME: Great Minds in Stem Heenaac Awards 
DUE DATE:  April 30, 2018
AMOUNT: $500-$10,000 
ELIGIBILITY: Must demonstrate leadership, must be interested in a Science, technology, Engineering, or Math related major, GPA of 3.0 or higher, must enroll in a 2 or 4 year college during fall 2019, must be of Hispanic origin or actively participate in Hispanic community

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/technology training. Must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident. 

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


Shepherd was founded in 1871 in Shepherdstown, West Virginia and approximately 3,800 undergraduates attend the university.

Shepherd University offers more than 79 undergraduate programs, which include a variety of majors!

Shepherd is recommended for students interested in majoring in Sports Communication, Sports Marketing, Athletic Coaching, Aquatic Science, Environmental Engineering, Photography/Computer Imagery, and Historic Preservation/Public History.

Shepherd has twelve NCAA Division II teams, including men's football, men's basketball, women's basketball, and women's volleyball (among others).

See CollegeTracks to learn more about Shepherd!
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