BCC ACCESS NEWSLETTER                        March 2019
BCC High School CollegeTracks Team

Mrs. Patty Olszewski 
Program Director

Ms. Jhessyka Vargs
Program Coordinator
What's Inside?


Seniors! You Can Take C ollegeTracks to College!

When you sign up, you will get matched with a Success Coach who will help you work toward your academic and career goals throughout college. 

Click here to sign up to attend an information session in room F310 during lunch or after-school on: 
          • Monday, March 4 
          • Tuesday, March 5
Visit CollegeTracks in the CCC to learn more and ask questions.
Senior Workshops: 
Scholarships & Financial Aid

March 4 & March 7: Legislative Scholarships
  • Find your district and apply to Legislative Scholarships
March 11 & March 14: Financial Aid Wrap Up
  • Complete verification forms for MDCAPS, Colleges, and MC
Junior Spring Workshops!

Save these dates and be prepared to sign up for a workshop date!

Keep a look out for Mrs. Olszewski's email!

Free Tax Preparation Services
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides FREE tax preparation services for low to moderate income Montgomery County residents!

Most sources of financial aid require tax information from students and their families. Filing your taxes now will help you to be prepared for financial aid season in Fall 2019. 

March Scholarship Packet


NAME: Kappa Youth & Community Foundation Scholarship
DUE DATE: March 15, 2019
AMOUNT: Varies 
ELIGIBILITY: Grade 12; Submit short essay, transcript, and two letters of recommendation: one from a school administrator and one from a community member.

NAME: Legacy of Life Scholarship  
DUE DATE: March 31, 2019
AMOUNT:  $1,000 - $5,000
ELIGIBILITY: Grade 12; must be a legal resident of the DC Metro Area; requires a 1000-word persuasive essay about organ and tissue donation.  

NAME: The American Bar Association Law Day Art Contest
DUE DATE:  March 31, 2019
AMOUNT:  $750  
ELIGIBILITY:  Grades 9-12; create a two-dimensional art piece that highlights the theme "Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society"; submissions accepted from individuals and teams. 

NAME:  Central Scholarship
DUE DATE:  April 1, 2019
AMOUNT:  Up to $10,000
ELIGIBILITY: In grade 12, Maryland resident, minimum GPA of 2.0, family income is below $90,000 per year, or $66,000 for students pursuing career and tech training.  US citizen or a permanent resident 
Student Spotlight: 
Kwame Amankwah-Ayeh

1. Where have you applied to college?
I applied to UMD, Indiana, Lafayette, Middlebury, Hamilton, Miami-Ohio, Alabama, Denison, Union, Dickinson, and Franklin & Marshall.

2. Why do you want to go to college?
I want to go to college because my mom was not able to but she always pushed me to strive higher. I want to be an example for her, my siblings, and other kids in my old neighborhood who feel that their future isn't bright.

3. What do you like most about CollegeTracks? 
I love everything about CollegeTracks! The supportive staff, learning new career paths from volunteers, the snacks, the open nature of the office (you can drop in at any time for anything), the messages that are sent about deadlines and the memes. 

4. Do you have any advice for the junior class?
My biggest advice for juniors is that you may not know where you want to go but start looking now and be open minded about your list. Do your essays, supplemental essays, resume, self reflection, and find your family's tax information early because deadlines creeps up on you. 


College and Career Center
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays
9:00am - 5:00pm