Planning and Preparing for College (Scholarships, Internships, Etc)

To prepare students and their parents for college success in areas of academic readiness, community service, internships, summer programs, etc. The blog is to be used as a preparation infrastructure on various areas of college topics.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

University of Tennessee Knoxville - Design Matters Camp - Deadline: May 15, 2015

Design Matters Camp
The University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design is hosting a week-long summer camp. High school students from around the world can learn innovation and invention skills at our overnight summer camp, Design Matters. The scholarship deadline for this camp is May 15, 2015. Please see their website for more details and share with your students:

Multiple full and/or partial scholarships will be awarded for the Design Matters 2015 Camp. The competition is open to high school students up to age 17.  The deadline to submit is May 15. Please send all scholarship applications to:
ATTN: Design Matters
College of Architecture and Design
1715 Volunteer Blvd., Room 224
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-2400

The Nordstrom Scholarship -- Deadline: May 1, 2015

The Nordstrom Scholarship: Earn $10,000 for College.
The $10,000 Nordstrom Scholarship is open to 80 high school juniors who:
• Live and attend school in a state or U.S. territory with a Nordstrom or Nordstrom Rack store. Not sure if there's a store in your state or territory? See our store locations.
• Have at least a 2.7 GPA.
• Volunteer or participate in community service or extracurricular activities.
• Plan on attending an accredited college during all four years over which the scholarship is distributed. (The scholarship is paid out in equal installments of $2,500.)
• Plan on applying for financial assistance in order to attend college.

Deadline:  May 1, 2015

Apply Now  (click link to apply)

Friday, February 27, 2015

iSchool Inclusion Institute (I3) -- Extended Deadline: March 31, 2015

Summer research program for undergraduate students from underrepresented populations
Application deadline: March 31, 2015 | Please share with students of all majors
The iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3) is an undergraduate research and leadership development program that prepares students from underrepresented populations for graduate study and careers in the information sciences. i3 is held each year in June at the University of Pittsburgh and includes two summer institutes and a year-long team research project. Students are immersed in special-topics workshops, professional development seminars, research projects, and network-building opportunities. Students of all majors are encouraged to apply. For more information about the program and the information sciences, click here:

i3 Scholars receive full funding for travel and housing as well as a $50 per day stipend for their continued participation. Upon completion of the program, i3 Scholars are eligible for scholarship opportunities at select graduate schools in the United States.  Also the i3 Scholars can receive travel stipends to attend the annual Conference.

To apply to i3, students must submit an online application with essay questions, two letters of recommendation, and official undergraduate transcripts. All application materials must be submitted by March 31, 2015. Additional information about the program and application process can be found online:

Before applying, please be sure to review the admissions criteria.

Delta Airlines Summer Internship -- NWA

Summer Luggage Handler/Equipment Services Employee

College students will earn up to $2,000 in tuition assistance in addition to your hourly rate and great travel privileges for you and your parents!
Delta Airlines Airport Operations has a number of opportunities for college students to work as luggage handlers (ESEs) during their summer and winter breaks.
Enrollment in a two year or four year college program is required. In addition, students must meet all qualifications for the luggage handler position (ESE).

This program is available in select locations.

Apply (Click Link)

College Internships
If you are interested in the various job opportunites at Delta Airlines, click the link below:
Career Opportunities

2015 FedEx Internship Positions -- Various Areas -- Marketing, Engineer, Field Operations, Etc -- Apply Now

is currently accepting applicants for their 2015 Summer Internship positions.

Below are some of the Job Names, Locations and FedEx's companies:

Students can apply for jobs online.  Click here (list of internships throughout the US)

If you want to specific a location (state, city, etc) FedEx Services (Memphis) - Current Intern List (Click link to retrieve)

Selection for Search:

Location = can be Zip Code or specific Country and State, etc.

Keyword = Intern
Category = Select the company or area from dropdown

Then select the Job Id and follow the instructions.

**New visitors to the site will be asked to complete a profile.

Friday, February 06, 2015

University of Tennessee Undergraduate Admissions Office - Smokey's Scout

Smokey’s Scout

Attention #futurevols!
Join everyone’s favorite hound dog as he scouts the land to recruit the best and brightest juniors to the one and only Volunteer Family.
Visit Big Orange Country on February 21 or April 11 and let us show you what every day is like for a Tennessee Volunteer. Rocky Top is ready! Are you?

JuniorOpenHouse front
  • Receive tips on the college search and application process from experts from Undergraduate Admissions and Scholarships & Financial Aid
  • Explore academic majors and programs
    Learn about life outside the classroom, including things to do and the best ways to get connected on a college campus
  • Interact with current students and experience all things Rocky Top
  • Tour the UT campus at your own pace while we highlight UT history and traditions
Rocky Top is ready! Are you? Visit to register.

The Health Careers Program (HCP) Office -- Summer Science Institute (SSI) -- Apply Now!

The Health Careers Program (HCP) Office, , is offering an unpaid
two week Summer Science Institute (SSI) for incoming junior and senior high school students.
Outstanding high school students with strong academics, citizenship, community involvement, and

commitment to pursuing a career in the sciences are invited to apply. Classroom lectures, experiential

learning activities and exposure to the academic programs at The University of Tennessee Healt 
Sciences Center (UTHSC) will be provided. Students will participate in a variety of activities such as:
  • A fetal pig dissection
  • Tours of local medical centers
  • Career development workshops
  • A community service project
  • An introduction to research
Space is available under rolling admission until all spots are filled for both sessions. 

APPLY NOW: SSI Online Application

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

University of Tennessee @ Knoxville Ignite -- Accepted Freshman - Apply!


Ignite is a long standing tradition on our campus that has been expanded to include three different programs and serve 1/3 of the incoming first year students! These programs include: Summit, a fun-filled three-day camp focusing on traditions and networking with other freshmen, Serves, a five-day service focused program hosted at the University of Tennessee the week before classes being, and Outdoors, a five-day wilderness adventure and outdoor leadership program.

Ignite is a great way for incoming students to get a head start on leadership and inVOLvement at UTK! They will leave with everything they need to know about being a Volunteer, new friends, and great advice on how to succeed at The University of Tennessee! In addition students who participate in Ignite statistically have a greater rate of persisting to their sophomore year at the university, compared with non-participants.

Ignite programs will be offered throughout the entirety of the summer, and students can choose to participate in one, two, or three programs. Dates are strategically placed near orientation sessions or campus move-in dates to allow students to coordinate their trips to Knoxville. The dates for Ignite sessions are as follows:

For details about registration, housing, meals, parking, and other information please download the Ignite Participant handbook HERE!

Ignite registration opens mid-January and closes August 1st or when a session reaches capacity.  Please review all participant and registration information before registering for an Ignite session.
There are three types of Ignite (Summit, Outdoors and Serves). Students may participate in one type or all three!  Registration is available on a first-come, first serve basis.

2015 Ignite Program Dates
Ignite Summit Session 1: June 26-28, 2015, Session 2: August 13-15, 2015
Ignite Outdoors Session 1: June 3-7, 2015; Session 2: June 13-17; Session 3: July 15-19
Ignite Serves August 10-13, 2015

The cost for Ignite is $150.00 for Summit and Outdoors. Ignite Serves will cost $130.00.   The cost for Ignite Summit is $140.00.

For more information on that process, please email directly. Regardless of financial situation, we want you to experience Ignite!

Tennessee HOPE Scholarship—Non-traditional Component

The non-traditional student must be a Tennessee resident, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and be enrolled at an eligible postsecondary institution. In addition, the student must:

Be age 25 or older, as an entering freshman in an eligible postsecondary
institution or have not been enrolled for at least two (2) years after last
attending any postsecondary institution.
Must have parents’ or independent student’s and spouse’s adjusted gross income of $36,000 or less on IRS tax form
Be continuously enrolled at an eligible postsecondary institution in the fall and spring semesters and maintain satisfactory academic progress
Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 after 12 and 24 attempted semester hours
To continue receiving the HOPE Scholarship, the non-traditional student shall meet
the HOPE Scholarship Renewal Criteria mentioned above
The non-traditional student shall continue receiving the HOPE Scholarship until the FIRST of the following terminating events:
The student has earned a baccalaureate degree;
If the student previously received a HOPE Scholarship, the sum of the
number of years the non-traditional student received the non-traditional HOPE Scholarship and the HOPE Scholarship from previous years equals five (5) years;
Five (5) years have passed since the student enrolled in an eligible postsecondary institution as a non-traditional student A non-traditional
student shall not be eligible for the Aspire Award or the General Assembly Merit Award.

Additional Non-Traditional Students Information

Additional Tennessee Hope Scholarship Information

2015 Microsoft Scholarships -- Deadline: Postmarked by January 30, 2015

A Microsoft scholarship provides a leg up so you can pursue undergraduate studies in computer science and related technical disciplines. You’ll join a community of scholarship recipients from the United States, Canada and Mexico who share your passion for technology and academic excellence. It all adds up to achieving your primary goal—making a real difference in the software industry.

Microsoft is offering four different types of technical scholarships for the 2011-2012 academic year to current undergraduate students: General Scholarships, Women's Scholarships, Minority Scholarships, and Scholarships for Students with Disabilities.

Deadline:  Postmarked by January 30, 2015

Google Computer Science Summer Institute - Deadline: March 5, 2015

Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI)


Kick start your university studies in computer science with an unforgettable summer program at Google. Google's seventh annual Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) is a three-week introduction to computer science for graduating high school seniors with a passion for technology — especially students from historically underrepresented groups in the field.
CSSI is not your average summer camp. It's an intensive, interactive, hands-on and fun program that seeks to inspire the tech leaders and innovators of tomorrow by supporting the study of computer science, software engineering and other closely related subjects.
You'll attend the program at one of our Google office locations in Mountain View, Calif., Boston, or Seattle/Kirkland, and experience firsthand Google's unique and innovative office culture. And at the end of each day, attendees will enjoy a unique residential experience in dorm-style housing at local universities.
CSSI is an all-expenses-paid program. Google will provide housing, meals and transportation for invited students.
The application for the 2015 CSSI program is open. Please find the link to our application here. The application period will close on March 5th, 2015 at 11:59pm PST.

2015 Generation Google Scholarship - Deadline: March 5, 2015


The 2015 Generation Google Scholarship 
As part of Google's ongoing commitment to advancing computing and technology, we are pleased to provide scholarships to encourage students to excel in their studies and become active role models and leaders. We hope these programs will also help in dismantling barriers that keep women and minorities from entering computing and technology fields.
The Generation Google Scholarship was established for aspiring computer scientists to excel in technology and become active role models and leaders in the field. Selected students will receive 10,000 USD (for those studying in the US) or 5,000 CAD (for those studying in Canada) for the 2015-2016 school year. As part of the scholarship, recipients will be required to attend Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) in the summer of 2015

Who can apply?
A To be eligible to apply, applicants must:
         Be a current high school senior
         Intend to be enrolled in or accepted as a full-time student at a university in the US or Canada for the 2015-2016 school year
         Intend to pursue a computer science or computer engineering degree, or a degree in a closely related technical field
         Exemplify leadership and demonstrate a passion for computer science and technology
         Exhibit a strong record of academic achievement
         Be a student from an underrepresented group in computer science (African American, Hispanic, American Indian, Female, or a Person with a Disability)
         Be available to attend Google's Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) in the summer of 2015.  Applicants must be high school seniors and meet the following eligibility criteria:

Application process
Please complete the online application


Google Journalism Fellowship Program - Deadline: January 31, 2015

Google Journalism Fellowship Program
The Google Journalism Fellowship program offers students interested in journalism and technology the opportunity to spend the summer working at relevant organizations in a bid to gain valuable experience and make lifelong contacts. The host organizations taking part are based in Berkeley, CA, Columbia, MO, Cambridge, MA, St. Petersburg/Miami, FL, New York, NY and Washington, DC.

Fellows will receive a stipend of $8,500 USD for 10 weeks during the summer of 2015 (June-August) and a travel budget of $1,000 USD.  Accepted students in good standing with their host organization will receive a $3,750 USD stipend payable shortly after they begin the Fellowship in June 2013. A travel budget of $1,000 USD will be payable at the same time.

Application Deadline:  January 31, 2015

The Fellowship will start on June 8 2015 with time at Google in Mountain View, California on the first week of the program. Fellows will join their host organization on June 15 2015 and finish on August 14 2015.

[Read More] about important dates, eligibility, program, etc.


Monday, January 12, 2015

Yale Young Global Scholars - Deadline: February 26, 2015

The Science, Policy, and Innovation (SPI) session of the Yale Young Global Scholars Program (YYGS) is targeted at students with interests in emerging global challenges in fields such as global health, environment, and energy, all areas that require technical expertise, policy fluency, and innovative leadership to effectively confront.

Summer 2015 is the inaugural year for SPI, and the session will combine cutting edge work in the sciences with a focus on the interaction of policy and science. With an emphasis on developing scientific citizenship, students will learn how to effectively translate complex ideas to a non-expert audience and how scientific innovation is shaped by–and makes impacts on–policymakers and businesses, as well as the forces of globalization, development, and markets.

Financial Aid:

YYGS financial aid is need-based and is offered as a discount on tuition (up to $5,000 USD, 100% of tuition). In order to qualify for our need-based financial aid, applicants must submit detailed financial information in their online applications.   Financial aid does not cover travel cost and extra expenses.

Apply (click link to retrieve)

FAQ (click link to retrieve)

University of Tennessee (UTK) Engineering Diversity Pre-College Programs - Deadline: March 6, 2015

Office of Diversity Pre-College Programs

The Office of Diversity Programs at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, offers an array of pre-college enrichment programs for middle and high school students. The following programs are offered:

College of Engineering Summer Counselor Application 2015
The College of Engineering is seeking counselors for the 17th Annual Summer Pre-college Programs during 2014 for rising 7th through 12th grade students.  

Middle School Introduction to Engineering Systems (MITES) Middle School Introduction to Engineering Systems (MITES7)
Established in 1997, the MITES7 program selects rising seventh grade students who demonstrate interests within math/science and provides them with a definition of engineering.

Middle School Introduction to Engineering Systems (MITES) Middle School Introduction to Engineering Systems (MITES8)
Established in 1997, the MITES8 program selects rising eighth grade students who demonstrate interests within math/science and provides them with a definition of engineering.
Engineering VOLunteers for Ninth Graders (E-VOL9)Engineering VOLunteers for Ninth Graders (E-VOL9)
Established in 2013, the E-VOL9 program selects rising ninth grade students who demonstrate interests within engineering and provides college preparation.

Engineering VOLunteers for Tenth Graders (E-VOL10)Engineering VOLunteers for Tenth Graders (E-VOL10)
Established in 2013, the E-VOL10 program selects rising tenth grade students who demonstrate interests within engineering and provides introduction to applied sciences.

High School Introduction to Engineering Systems (HITES) High School Introduction to Engineering Systems (HITES)

Additional Information

Deadline:  March 6, 2015

For additional information, please contact us by e-mail at or by phone at 865-974-0625.

Princeton Prize in Race Relations -- Deadline: Postmarked, January 31, 2015

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations

There is perhaps no greater challenge facing our country than increasing understanding and cooperation among people of different racial backgrounds. It is a challenge that every new generation encounters. We therefore believe that young people have a particularly important role to play, and hope, through the Princeton Prize, to recognize and encourage young people who have made or are making efforts to improve racial harmony.

Overview -  A description of the program, important dates and whom to contact for more information.


Applications postmarked by January 31 will be eligible for prizes—including cash awards up to $1,000 for particularly noteworthy work.

Delta Airlines Summer Airport Customer Service Program -- Apply Now!!!

Delta is looking for people who want to work full-time during the summer
months only. We need people who are committed to providing exceptional
front-line service - assisting customers at check-in and baggage handling.
Employees will receive $10.82 per hour as well as worldwide travel privileges
that enable them to fly on Delta.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, able to lift at least 70lbs, authorized
to work in the US, have a H.S. diploma/GED equivalent as well as a valid driver’s
license and the ability to pass an extensive background check and drug test.

Select Apply Now and then select either Airport Customer Service Ticket/Gate
or Ramp Operations/Baggage Handler

Memphis Alumnae Chapter -- Annual ACT Workshp -- January 31, 2015

Annual ACT Workshop
Sponsored by
The Memphis Alumnae Chapter of
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Saturday, January 31, 2015
Registration:  8:00 - 8:45 am
9 a.m. - 1:00 pm
Southwind High School
7900 E. Shelby Drive
Memphis, TN

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The workshops will be conducted by National Board Certified instructors and is FREE.

Registration is required:  Register Here  (click link to register)
     • Please Bring T1-83 or T1 84 Calculator (calculators will be programmed as needed)

Snacks will be provided.

University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) Health Career Programs -- Begins November 1, 2014

Enrollment process for Health Career Programs at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC).

The programs are:

Tennessee Institutes for Pre-Professionals (TIP) program (Deadline has occurred)
Summer Science Institute (SSI) Program
Summer Research Scholars Program (SRS) 

To learn more about the programs offered by the Health Career Programs, click here. This online form will take some time to complete. You may return to this online form as often as you wish to enter information; however, once the form is submitted, changes can be made only by contacting the HCP office at 901-448-8772.

Online Application Enrollment (click link to retrieve information)

ACT Prep Sessions -- Prep for Success Workshops -- Dates: Various -- Please Share

ACT Prep Sessions
(Prep for Success Workshops)
Sponsored by
Moolah Temple #54
Phi Delta Kappa (Delta Mu Chapter)

Saturday, January 14, 21, and 31, 2015
Registration:  8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. (no pre-registration required)
9 a.m. - 1 pm

Moolah Temple #54
Carver High School
1591 Pennsylvania, Memphis, TN 38109
The invitation is open to all youth in the 9th through 12th grades from Memphis, Shelby County, Fayette County, Tipton County, Munford, TN, West Memphis, AR and cities in North Mississippi.

Each student will have an opportunity to review the four (4) basic content areas that are covered on the test.  They will build their test taking skills and participate in a "Mock" test under strict test conditions.  Answers will be scored and given to the student so they may assess their strengths and weaknesses prior to taking the official ACT test.  Please note that the next ACT will be on Saturday, January 17, 2015.

The three sessions are free and a free lunch will also be served at each session to the participating students.

For More Information Contact the Following:

Walter Norris @ (901) 774-6810; Charlie Mae Reed @ (901) 351-5960 or (901) 948-4878; Myrna Robinson @ (901) 266-0470 or 901-606-2017

     • Please Bring T1-83 or T1 84 Calculator (calculators will be programmed as needed) 

As always, share with others!!!

Friday, January 09, 2015

The Common Black Application Overview

EDU, Inc. has been developed to augment the recruitment efforts of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and to increase the number of educational opportunities for students nationwide. Complete the EDU, Inc. Online Common Black College Application and have it delivered to all 34 Member Institutions below for only $35. All Member Institutions have agreed to waive their application fee.


Please contact EDU, Inc office at (770) 716-0616 if you have questions.

Are You Preparing for College? If Not, Please Read and Share with Others!

This posting will provide you with information on how to prepare for college and the resources needed in order to be successful now and during the peak period of January 15th which is one of the major college/university application processing dates. At least 70 to 75 percent of the colleges/universities utilize this date as their application deadline date. Many high schools throughout the country are on Christmas break and will not be back in school until January 7th.

It is important that the Class of 2015 continues to work throughout the break and submit their request for Transcripts on the first day they get back to school after the break. If they can request letters of recommendation from their teachers and/or counselors via email prior to getting back in school, please do so. Also make sure that you give your references a copy of your resume so that they can create favorable and competitive letters that can be submitted with their college application packet. Please note that preparing for college is similar to a beauty pageant without the beauty.

It is my hope that you do not break the posting but use the link so that all of the information can be intact and that when you share it they get everything needed to be successful in the college preparation process.

Below are valuable links that will allow you to retrieve information needed to be successful in your quest in getting admitted to college:

College Preparation document for parents and students:

ACT/SAT Preparation:

FAFSA starts on January 1st:

YouTube Video on a Faster and Simpler Way to Fill Out the FAFSA:

Best Colleges for Blacks:

Common Applications Processes

     Black Common Application Overview
     Common Application Overview

Accreditation of Colleges and Universities


State Student Financial Aid Deadlines - Nationally

         Fiinancial Aid Deadlines

The Common Application Overview

The Common Application process is becoming popular for students applying for college. There are about 255 common application members of colleges anduniversities. Many students who are applying to various colleges and don¡¦t want to keep creating duplication of information, difference essays, shortanswers, etc are using the process. The URL for the common application is:

The purpose of the Common Application is to serve students by facilitating and simplifying the college application process for those seeking admission to member institutions. In so doing, the Common Application introduces candidates to a broader range of institutions than they might otherwise consider, provides immediate access to application forms, and may be used as an educational tool in preparing students for the college selection and application process.

If you have already applied at a particular college or universities do not duplicate the process on the common application website. You only need one application submitted per student to a college.


High School Transcripts, Letters of Recommendations, Counselor Report, Secondary Report, need to be submitted to the colleges/universities prior or by theregistration or scholarship deadline. If you have not done so already, students should request them from the necessary persons or institutions ASAP. The clock isticking and coming to a fast end. Please remember that you are competing with students from across the country or state and your letters should reflect you in a verystrong way or not be average in meaning or tone.

College Application Fee Waivers:

Below are the eligibility guidelines for college application fee waivers. Many colleges do allow fee waivers under the listed condition. The following URL listed some of the colleges that will allow fee waivers. You may also contact the individual college/university to see if they allow waivers and the procedure for obtaining a waiver. Sample list of college participating in the SAT College applicationfee waivers. The URL is:

Fee Waivers

Eligibility Guidelines for High School Seniors

Must meet at least one of the following indicators of economic need:

Family receives public assistance. Student is a ward of the state. Student resides in foster home. Student participates in free or reduced-price lunch program at school. Financial Hardship (must be approved by the guidance counselor or principal)

Preparing for The ACT/SAT -- Please Share

As you prepare for your ACT/SAT, below are some excellent sites to consider to practice with.  To find out the next scheduled ACT click here.  The find out the next scheduled SAT click here.

Next Date:  Saturday, February 7, 2015 --

Photo Identification Information

If late registration is over for the ACT, you can try to register as a standby participant click here.  To register as a standby for the SAT click here.

ACT Tips:

1. Register and pay the $24.50 use the  ACT Online Prep (click link to retreive). It is good for 1 year or 12 months and is an excellent tool in preparing for the ACT.
2. If you have taken the ACT or after you have taken it, take the time to purchase your ACT exam so that you can use it as a study tool and know areas that you need to work on.
3. Get someone to help teach you the methods and techniques for the different areas of the ACT or SAT.
4. Consider purchasing the book 1100 Words (click link to retrieve info)

Practice Test Links:  (Go through all of the links and select the one you want to use to practice the ACT or SAT with.)

March 2 Success Online ACT Test Preparation Demo  (Register and then use the online test preparation.)

National Board of Teachers ACT Prep Workshop - Register Now!


Saturday, January 31, 2015
Registration:  8:00 - 8:30 am
8:30 a.m. - 1:00 pm
Melrose High School
2870 Deadrick
Memphis, TN

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The workshops will be conducted by National Board Certified instructors and is FREE.

Registration is required:  Register Here  (click link to register) 
For More Information Contact the Following:

Mary Helen Sinclair/NBCT @ 345-2675

     • Please Bring T1-83 or T1 84 Calculator (calculators will be programmed as needed)

Lunch will be provided.

Next ACT Exam is scheduled on February 7, 2014.

In addition:
Scholarship opportunities available
Door Prizes (Memphis Grizzlies tickets)


HBCU Memphis, Shelby County Schools, Middle Baptist Church and Building Blocks Mentoring Program