PB ACCESS NEWSLETTER                                 February 2020
Paint Branch High School CollegeTracks Team

Mr. Peter Marsden
Program Director

Ms. Tierra Merritt
Program Coordinator

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Are you taking the ACT? If you are unsure if you should take the ACT or SAT, stop by CollegeTracks! 

Preparing for the ACT can help improve your test-taking strategies. A strong ACT score can lead to more college options and scholarships!

CollegeTracks Juniors can receive  FREE ACT Test Prep  for the 
June 13th ACT! Prep is offered during lunch and after school, in small groups,
led by knowledgeable tutors. 

The ACT has less math than the SAT, it uses a lower reading level, and colleges don't care which test you take!

Prep begins the week of March 2nd. If interested, attend our information session in mid-February. More info to follow via email and social media.

CollegeTracks holds workshops on all parts of the college process, including financial aid, best fit colleges, resumes, and more. Plan to attend these important spring workshops so that you get a headstart on the process. 

Sign up begins the week of February 17th. Visit us in Room 2236 if you have any questions!


 Let Mr. Marsden or Ms. Merritt know if you're applying for any of these scholarships! 
NAME: Davidson Fellows Scholarship
DUE DATE: 2/12/2020
AMOUNT: $10,000-$50,000
ELIGIBILITY:  Grades 9-12; Be a U.S. citizen residing in the United States, or a Permanent Resident of the United States residing in the United States, or be stationed overseas due to active U. S. military duty. Submit significant work in the STEM field or humanities.
M ORE INFO:   Click here

NAME:  30th Annual Poster Contest for High School Students
DUE DATE:  2/18/2020
AMOUNT:  $100-$1,000
ELIGIBILITY Must be a high school student. Students must work individually to create posters of original content. Posters are judged by a panel based on overall impact, expression of the year's theme, artistic merit and originality.
MORE INFO:  Click here

NAME:  Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge
DUE DATE: 2/26/2020
AMOUNT:  $15,000
ELIGIBILITY:  Grades 9-12; US Citizen or Permanent Resident; Students must create a 30-to 60-second video aimed at teenage drivers about how important it is to drive safely. 
MORE INFO: Click here

NAME:  Annual Create a Greeting Card $10,000 Scholarship Contest
DUE DATE:  3/2/2020
AMOUNT:  $10,000
ELIGIBILITY:  Grades 9-12; Submit original photo, artwork, or computer graphic for front of greeting card; US citizen or permanent resident, International students with visa to attend school also eligible. 
MORE INFO: Click here


Jonathan R.

1. Why did you join CollegeTracks?
The reason I joined CollegeTracks was to get help applying to college, doing my FAFSA, and to have someone keep me on track.

2. What do you like about CollegeTracks so far?
I like how they always accept me in the office with open arms. It's a great place after school to get work done too. They're so nice.

3. Why should other students join CollegeTracks?
If you don't know anything about college and if you don't meet the requirements for other college programs like AVID, CollegeTracks is here for you.


Location: Salisbury, Maryland
Application Deadlines: 
December 1, 2020 (early action) |  January 15, 2021 (regular decision)


1. Salisbury is a medium-sized public university with a total enrollment of 7,650 undergraduate students, so class sizes are smaller, compared to larger Maryland public universities (Towson, UMD, UMBC).

2. Salisbury is a test-optional school for students with a 3.5+ GPA, meaning they do not require SAT or ACT scores for their application if you have a 3.5 or higher.

3. Salisbury is only 40 minutes away from Ocean City. Students commonly go to the beach for a day trip.

4. The most popular majors at Salisbury are: Biology, Business Administration, Kinesiology, Psychology, and Nursing.

Learn more about Salisbury University  here!
Room 2236
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Thursdays, & Fridays