WHS ACCESS NEWSLETTER                   February 2019
Wheaton High School CollegeTracks Team

Ms. Cait Belney 
Program Director

Ms. Wendy Nagoski
Program Coordinator

Ms. Monet Blakey 
Program Assistant 
What's Inside?

WHAT: HBCU College Fair and On-Site Admissions

WHEN: Friday, February 22nd from 4 PM-8 PM

WHERE: The Universities at Shady Grove (Bldg. 3)

WHO: ALL students and families may attend.

WHY: Learn about HBCUs and talk to college reps, apply on-site and receive an admissions decision at the fair.  CLICK HERE for a list of participating colleges.

HOW: All student participants must FOLLOW THIS LINK TO REGISTER through Naviance.

Please see Ms. Hammond Davis for more information



Plan to attend these important spring workshops  and learn about additional financial aid opportunities, get assistance to complete scholarship applications, and interpret financial aid award letters. 


Hey Seniors! Have you been accepted to college? Congratulations! 

Please share your good news with CollegeTracks. Share your acceptance letter or email with us so we can make a copy and update your folder.

Welcome, Class of 2020!
Thank you for joining CollegeTracks 

We know that there is a lot to think about before you go to college! That's why we are here. 
Our staff and volunteers are excited to help you plan a successful and rewarding future. 

Here are some things that you can do now:
1. Schedule an appointment to complete your welcome interview.

2. Stop by the office to determine if you should take the SAT or ACT in the spring.

3. Come to Junior Kick Off Week (Feb. 19th-Feb 22nd) and sign up for workshops and ACT Prep.

4. Prepare for the April SAT offered by Wheaton. April ACT testing is also available. Please see a CollegeTracks staff member. 

5. Bring a classmate to register for CollegeTracks. 

6. Follow us on social media.

7. Register and attend our spring workshops.

If you have questions, please stop by the office (Room 1007) or email us. We are here to help you. 

February Scholarship Packets

NAME: Davidson Fellows Scholarship
DUE DATE: February 13, 2019
AMOUNT: $10, 000-$50,000
ELIGIBILITY: Grades 9-12;  U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Submit significant work in the STEM field or humanities. 

NAME: Annual Create A Greeting Card Scholarship Contest
DUE DATE: February 28 , 2019
AMOUNT:  $10,000
ELIGIBILITY: Grades 9-12; U.S. Citizen, permanent resident, or International students with education visa may apply.  

NAME: The Hispanic Scholarship Fund
DUE DATE:  February 15, 2019
AMOUNT:  $1,500 for 2-year college; $2,500 for 4-year colleges  
ELIGIBILITY: Be of Hispanic heritage,  U.S. citizen, permanent resident, I-551 passport, or DACA status, minimum 3.0 GPA, must be enrolled in a high school, a 2-year or 4-year accredited college.
NAME: Bernie Scholarship
DUE DATE:  March 1, 2019
AMOUNT: Up to $1,500
ELIGIBILITY: US Citizen or DREAMER, live in subsidized housing in Montgomery County, minimum 2.0 GPA unweighted. Essay required.

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 
Enter the 2019  Scholarship Challenge!
Win prizes now!  Get money for college! 
Everybody wins!

2. After verifying your eligibility, apply for as many scholarships as you can between February 1st through February 15th. 

3. Take a screenshot or photo of your submission's confirmation email or your completed application. 

4. Email wheaton@collegetracksusa.org with a document that includes your name, scholarship name, link for the scholarship, and proof of submission between February 16th until February 18th at noon.

5. Winners will be notified on February 22nd. 
Meet Your CollegeTracks Staff

1. What was your major in college and grad school? 
I received a B.F.A. in Painting from Arcadia University and M.Ed from the University of Vermont.

2. What are your hobbies/interests? 
I love to read.

3. What is your favorite book?
I love The Awakening by Kate Chopin.

4. What is your favorite thing about working at CollegeTracks?  
So far, I like to help students apply for financial aid because it can make dreams a financial possibility.

Ms. Wendy
Program Coordinator

1. What was your major in college and grad school?
I have a B.A. in English and a M.A .in Education. I'm currently working on my Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership and Administration.

2. What are your hobbies/interests? 
I enjoy listening to music and reading. Also, my husband and I have 4 cats, and we spend a lot of time watching their antics.

3. What is your favorite book?
The Great Gatsby is my favorite book. I first read it in high school. Since then, I read it once a year, and I see something new in it every time. 

4. What is your favorite thing about working at CollegeTracks?   
I believe that everybody should have equal opportunity to get a college degree. I enjoy helping students to begin that process.

Ms. Monet
Program Assistant

1. What was your major in college and grad school?
I have a B.A. in African American Studies from Bates College.

2. What are your hobbies/interests? 
I enjoy working out and ballet.

3. What is your favorite book?
My favorites are Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein and Tears of a Tiger by Sharon M. Draper

4. What is your favorite thing about working at CollegeTracks?   
Seeing students progress over the course of a year and editing essays.

  • The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) is a land-grant, historically black college founded in 1886 as the Delaware Conference Academy.
  • UMES offers major programs leading to B.A. and B.S. degrees in the arts and sciences, professional studies, and agricultural sciences. The most popular undergraduate major is business/marketing (17%).
  • The college has a unique Aviation Sciences Program where students can receive a B.S. in Aviation Science, with a concentration in professional pilot training.  
  • There are approximately 3,000 undergraduate students enrolled; Students come from 30 states and 55 other countries. 53% of students live in off-campus housing.
  • Ocean City is an hour away from the campus. 
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