Meet the Team


We hope to provide you with valuable information that will assist you in navigating your way through your four years at SHS. Our goal is to prepare you for the road ahead and to give you the tools you need to successfully complete your journey.

If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Moya or Mrs. Chainey by selecting the links below.

We look forward to celebrating your success! Go Stars!

- Counseling Department


Grad Requirements

In order to earn a diploma from SOAR High School, students must meet specific criteria:
1. Earn a total of 230 credits.
2. Meet the State Algebra requirement.


English 9, 10, 11, 12 40 credits
Mathematics 30 credits
Science 20 credits
Biological (10)  
Physical (10)  
Social Science 30 credits
World History - 10th Grade (10)  
U.S. History - 11th Grade (10)  
Civics - 12th grade (5)  
Economics - 12th Grade (5)  
Health 10 credits
Physical Education 20 credits
Visual/performing arts OR Foreign Language 10 credits
Electives 70 credits


Things You Need to Know

Things You Need To Know

Things You Need To Know informs students of registration, fees, fines, withdrawals/drops, requirements, restrictions, as well as rules pertaining to SOAR High School/Antelope Valley College. It is recommended to read the entirety of this document as it contains pertinent information about the program. Good Luck!


Fall and Summer registrations take place in the Spring. 

Spring and Intersession registrations take place in the Fall. 

General Information
  • All registrations are completed online by the student through the student’s myAVC portal.
  • Registration dates and deadlines are communicated via SOAR High School and AVC email and through AVID classes prior to registration, each semester. 
  • If registration is during a high school class, students will be given time and access to computers to complete registration. 
  • College classes CANNOT conflict with high school classes (review your high school schedule prior to college registration). 
  • You WILL NOT be allowed to crash college classes without prior approval.
  • Students may ONLY register for classes from the IGETC list.  If students register for classes that are NOT on the IGETC, they will be required to drop the class and will incur a fine. 
  • Students MUST be registered in an academic college class to continue attendance at SOAR.  

Freshman Specifics:

  • ONLY one of the required foundational course and one PE course per semester are allowed in your Freshman year.  (See list under “Required Foundation Courses for ALL students at SOAR High School”)
  • As a freshman, in order to take a course(s) other than the required foundational course(s), a family meeting is REQUIRED prior to registration.
  • If PE is offered during Intersession, you can enroll in PE - ONLY if it does not conflict with your high school schedule.

Sophomore Specifics:

  • Priority is to finish your foundational classes. 
  • NEW Sophomores must complete foundational courses before moving on to other AVC courses. 

Sophomore, Junior, Senior Specifics:

In order to register for more than one academic college course you MUST:

- have a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average in high school and college

- maintain the 3.0 GPA throughout Fall and Spring terms

 Senior Specifics:

  • If a college course is being taken to meet a high school graduation requirement, the student must meet with their high school counselor.
  • High school graduation requirement cannot be completed at AVC during the spring semester of a student’s senior year. 

Summer Classes and Intersession

  • A student will be restricted to only ONE summer course if they have a 2.5-2.99 cumulative GPA
  • In order to register for Intersession and/or Summer you MUST:
    • have a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average in high school and college
    • maintain the 3.0 GPA throughout Fall and Spring terms
  • Students need to complete a “College Preference Form” with parent’s signature and submit it to the SOAR Office by the deadline (in the bulletin) for Intersession ONLY.

Online and Palmdale Classes 

  • If you take an online, night, or Palmdale course permission is required. This form is available in the SOAR office. Freshmen are EXCLUDED from taking these classes.


  • Once college registration for SOAR students closes, students must complete an AVC Drop Request Form to withdraw from a class. This must be done by the drop date established by SOAR. The form is available in the SOAR Office. The request will be processed once the $50 fine is received and the textbook is returned to SSV 180 (cash or check only made payable to AVC).
  • Once the drop date has passed, if an AVC class is dropped by either the student or instructor, this will incur a $50 processing drop fine payable to AVC in SSV 180 (cash or check only).

If a student withdraws or an instructor drops you from a class, you may be removed from the SOAR program if you no longer have any academic classes. If you continue in the program you will be limited to one academic class the next semester.


  • Always have your college ID with you when paying fines and fees.
  • The Student Health Fee along with the $1 Student Representation Fee must be paid online or at the Cashier’s Office by 11:30 p.m. on the day you register for college classes or you will be dropped from your classes.
  • All students are responsible for paying all class material fees by the drop date or the student will be dropped from their classes. Keep your receipts for all money paid to AVC.  
  • College fees, like library fines or parking permits, can be paid at the Cashier’s Office, located in the SSV building.
  • All SOAR fines such as late textbook fines, SOAR class drop fines, or SOAR repeat class fines, must be paid at the Student Life and Services Office, SSV 180.
  • All fines (except withdrawal drop fines) must be paid before the next registration cycle begins.
  • Students are responsible to pay any fines and fees incurred. 
  • No additional registrations can occur if there are ANY holds on your college record such as owing money for dropping a class, a library fine, or student fees.

Required Foundation Courses for ALL students at SOAR High School

  • CA103 - Introduction to Computers & Dig Tech
  • HD101 - College & Life Management
  • Lib 101 - Intro to Acad. Lib Research
  • (PE) Kinesiology or Dance 
    • Note - When registering it is referred to as Kinesiology (e.g. KINF 108 or DA 102)
  • HE101 - Introduction to Health Education
    • Note - That is if you did not complete this class during the summer before your 9th grade year.

 After a student completes the foundational course work, they should refer to their Student Education Plan (SEP) and the IGETC form (from the school year the student began high school) for approved AVC course options. Student Educational Plans will be completed annually.


A-G requirements must be completed to be eligible for a four-year college or university.  UC/CSU’s will only accept a grade of C or better in A-G coursework.

  • Students must complete their Foreign Language and Visual Performing Arts A-G requirements at AVC. See the IGETC for which classes you can take to meet these requirements. 


  • Visual and Performing Arts requirement are met with courses in Area 3 of the IGETC. 
    • NOTE: Language, English, History, Philosophy and Photo classes in Area 3 of the IGETC cannot be used to meet the VPA requirement. 

Foreign Language:

  • DO NOT take CHIN or LATN. 
  • If you desire an Associate’s Degree in Arts and Humanities, do not take ASL.
  • A 101 level language course must be completed for foreign language even though it is not indicated on the IGETC. 
  • It is recommended you take a 102 level language class as soon as possible after completing a 101 level language course. 

A-G approved coursework for both SOAR and AVC can be found at  .


In College:

  • If you received a D or F in a college course, every attempt must be made to retake that course the following semester (or summer school, if applicable).
  • Students who get a D or F in a college class will be required to pay for the class.
  • If a new textbook is required or is not in the SOAR book inventory, student will be required to pay for the textbook.
  • Payment must be paid at the time of registration to SSV 180 in cash or a check made out to AVC with the memo indicating which class they are repeating.

In high school: 

  • If you received a D in a high school A- G course, every attempt must be made to retake that course during summer school, if applicable.  If you received an F in a high school class you MUST retake the course at summer school. 

 Academic Probation (AP):

  • Students will be placed on AP based on their high school or AVC GPA from the previous semester. 
  • High School GPA’s below a 2.5 or AVC GPA’s below a 2.0 will result in AP placement.
  • A grade of a D or an F during the semester at the 5-week and quarter marks for freshman and quarter marks for 10th-12th grade students will also result in placement in AP.
  • If a student is placed on Academic Probation during the current semester, and ends up earning a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in both high school and college during the time of registration, they are still ONLY allowed to enroll in ONE academic college course.
  • A student on academic probation must complete a certain amount of hours for academic probation per week, as defined in the AP contract.
  • A student who is on AVC or high school probation may be withdrawn from the program at the end of the semester.


  • All SOAR students must take the AVC English and Math Assessments at AVC in building T100.
  • Each assessment can only be taken twice.
  • In Spring of Freshman year at SOAR, student’s take the English Assessment at AVC. 
  • After completing Algebra 2, and at the recommendation of our SOAR math teachers, students take the Math Assessment at AVC. 
  • Math assessments are timed; English assessments are not.
  • Assessments should be taken during free time. You will not be allowed to assess during class.
  • Once tests are taken, a copy of test results must be taken to the SOAR Office

Please note: assessment scores may be required as prerequisites for college courses. 


  • ALL college textbooks must be returned to the SOAR textbook return, LS1 122, by the Monday following the end of the term or there will be a $25.00 fine per class.
  • If textbooks are not returned within one week after the last day of the term, you will be charged the full cost of replacing each late book, a hold will be placed on your college record, and you will not be able to register for any future terms, nor be issued any additional textbooks until it is cleared.
  • Fines for late books should be paid in SSV 180.
  • All fines MUST be paid before college textbooks are released to students.


  • BOG Fee Waivers must be submitted every year you are in the SOAR program. You must complete this prior to the deadline. Failure to meet the deadline can result in removal from the SOAR program.
  • Any medical condition that occurs while enrolled in SOAR which may result in missing college classes must be reported to the college instructor, the high school office, and Dr. Zimmerman’s office.
  • It is your responsibility to make sure that your address, phone and email are current with AVC and SOAR. This can be done online or in person through the Admission and Records Office in the Student Services building for AVC and the SOAR Office for high school.
  • Make sure you ALWAYS have your college ID when conducting college business.  
  • Log into myAVC to make sure it works. If it does not, call the help desk at (661) 722-6300, ext. 6535 or 6605 or go to the computer lab for assistance.
  • Check your AVC and district emails DAILY.


  • Students may apply to take CTE courses, held on other high school campuses throughout our district, in their senior year ONLY.


  • You must apply for graduation in the Graduation Office, SSV 117, by the deadline established by the Graduation Office.
  • Verify that you do not have a FERPA hold on your record at the Graduation Office if you want your name to appear in the Commencement Program. Take a photo ID to Admissions and Records to complete the form.
  • The SOAR program does not pay for your cap and gown, but if you need help with this contact Dr. Zimmerman.


  • If you withdraw from the SOAR program during the semester, all textbooks must be returned. If all textbooks are not returned at the time you withdraw, you will be charged the cost of replacing the textbooks.
  • It is your responsibility to review the SOAR Rules, and follow them, so that you understand:
    • Student options to return to SOAR
    • How to return to AVC as a Special Admit Student
    • How to have your transcripts released as a high school graduate

Things You Need to Know 18-19

Things You Need to Know Senior Year/5th Year

Things You Need To Know -Senior year/5th year


  • You must apply for graduation in the Graduation Office, SSV 117, by the deadline.
  • Verify that you do not have a FERPA (privacy) hold on your record at the Graduation Office if you want your name to appear in the Commencement Program. Take a photo ID to Admissions and Records to complete the form.
  • The SOAR program does not pay for your cap and gown, but if you need help with this contact Dr. Zimmerman.


  • Complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA by March 2nd and include AVC school code: 001113
  • Complete a new AVC application online for Fall 2019 as a HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE.
  • Pass ALL High School and AVC college classes with a “C” or better in your senior year.
  • If you plan to attend summer school at AVC or any other university you will also complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA, include AVC school code: 001113


  • Failure to complete or comply with all bullets in this section AND in the “All Senior” section of this document will make you ineligible for the 5th year at AVC.
  • You must be enrolled for the Fall 2019 semester of your additional year to be funded for the Intersession and Spring terms if you still need to finish your Associates Degree or transfer courses.  All of these courses must be listed on your Student Educational Plan (SEP) for the SOAR program to pay.
  • You must earn at least a 2.00 grade point average in each semester/term in which you are enrolled to continue to be funded by the SOAR program.
  • You must complete the online orientation if not already completed.
  • Students not receiving financial aid (BOG, Cal-Grant) will be funded by SOAR program and must enroll in a minimum of 15 units each semester in attendance to qualify for funding.


    • Make sure all fees and fines are paid so there are no holds on your records – check online for holds.
    • You will be given an appointment time to register online through your myAVC portal. You will register online on your own.
    • Classes must be on your Student Education Plan (SEP). 
    • Spring semester of the 5th year is your last semester funded by the SOAR program.
    • All students must complete 2019-2020 FAFSA by March 2nd and include the AVC school code:  001113 to be funded for the 5th year. This will determine your financial aid eligibility.  It is YOUR responsibility to follow up with the Financial Aid Office to see if there are any issues associated with your application.
    • Repeat courses and textbooks will not be paid for by the program.
    • All students must apply online @
    • Textbooks for SOAR students completing their additional year will be purchased by the Books Help Program and distributed through Student Equity Office.

Things You Need to Know-Senior Year/5th Year/ with Signature Page


SOAR High School Tutoring Schedule.


Princeton Review

We had a lot of enthusiasm last year from students, parents, and faculty when we launched our live homework help program, Princeton Review’s Homework Help. This service will be available again this year. 

Homework help is available to all students in the district.  Each student is allotted an initial 20 hours of LIVE 24/7 tutoring.  Additional hours will be made available to students that take full advantage of this service.

Students can access Princeton Review when logged into their Student PowerSchool Portal by selecting the Homework Help/Live Tutors icon.  Students will use their school ID number as their username, and their password will be their PowerSchool password.  

Princeton Review


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Sample Schedule

SOAR Sample schedule


College & Career

A-G Requirements

The intent of the “a-g” subject requirements is to ensure that students have attained a body of general knowledge that will provide breadth and perspective to new, more advanced study. To see which courses at SOAR High School or AVC are A-G approved, visit UCOP Doorways and type in "SOAR HIGH SCHOOL" or "Antelope Valley College" under "Schools".


The Subject Requirement:

  • History/social science (“a”)Two years, including one year of world history, cultures and historical geography and one year of U.S. history, or one-half year of U.S. history and one-half year of American government or civics.
  • English (“b”)Four years of college preparatory English that integrates reading of classic and modern literature, frequent and regular writing, and practice listening and speaking.
  • Mathematics (“c”)Three years of college-preparatory mathematics that include or integrate the topics covered in elementary and advanced algebra and two- and three-dimensional geometry.
  • Laboratory science (“d”)Two years of laboratory science providing fundamental knowledge in at least two of the three disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
  • Language other than English (“e”) Two years of the same language other than English or equivalent to the second level of high school instruction.
  • Visual and performing arts (“f”)One year chosen from dance, music, theater or the visual arts.
  • College-preparatory elective (“g”)One year chosen from the “a-f” courses beyond those used to satisfy the requirements above, or courses that have been approved solely in the elective area.

Brag Sheet

A brag sheet is used to write information about yourself that can be given to a staff member (teacher, counselor, etc), coach, club advisor, or employer when asking for a letter of recommendation.

  • Be as specific as possible.
  • Save this document so you can go back to it and update it as often as necessary and print copies when needed.
  • Make sure you give your recommenders plenty of time to complete their letters, at least 2 weeks in advance.
  • Ask them to save their recommendations for you so you may ask them for an updated reference letter in the future.

SOAR Bragsheet Fillable

There is also a more detailed brag sheet available in Naviance Student that we would prefer students to use for teacher and counselor recommendations.  Students can go to their Naviance Student portal by logging into PowerSchool and clicking on the "Naviance" link to the left of the page, then the "About Me" link once in Naviance, and finally the "SOAR Brag Sheet Survey" on the About Me page.   This form can be edited and updated at any time.

College Information



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College Testing

Testing is a necessary step toward college and is often a requirement to be considered "eligible" for consideration to a four year college/university. Whether it is the PSAT, SAT, ACT, or the UC Writing Exam, students will most likely be testing at some point throughout their high school experience. This page will provide valuable information regarding testing that is often required for college entrance.


The PSAT 8/9 and the PSAT/NMSQT are highly relevant to your future success because they focus on the skills and knowledge at the heart of education. They’ll measure:

  • What you learn in high school
  • What you need to succeed in college

If you think the key to a high score is memorizing words and facts you’ll never use in the real world, think again. You don’t have to discover secret tricks or cram the night before. The best way to prepare for the test is to:

  • Take challenging courses
  • Do your homework
  • Prepare for tests and quizzes
  • Ask and answer lots of questions

In short, take charge of your education and learn as much as you can!

The PSAT will be offered at SOAR on October 10, 2018.  Students will be working with their teachers in preparation using the student guides provided below.

PSAT 8/9 Student Guide      

PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide

PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 Score Ranges

PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10 Score Reported
Score Range

Total score

Sum of the two section scores.


Section scores (2)

Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Math.


Test scores (3)

Reading, Writing and Language, and Math.


Cross-test scores (2)

Analysis in History/Social Studies and Analysis in Science. Based on selected questions in the Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Tests.


Subscores (7)

Reading and Writing and Language: Command of Evidence and Words in Context. Writing and Language: Expression of Ideas and Standard English Conventions. Math: Heart of Algebra, Problem Solving and Data Analysis, and Passport to Advanced Math.


PSAT test scores from the October 2017 test are available at

PSAT Scores and Information

The world needs more people who can solve problems, communicate clearly, and understand complex relationships. The SAT Suite of Assessments focuses on the skills and knowledge that will help today’s students meet that need.

The tests are designed to:

  • Measure the essential ingredients for college and career readiness and success, as shown by research.
  • Have a stronger connection to classroom learning.
  • Inspire productive practice.

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SAT Test Dates and Registration

The SAT is a nationally administered, standardized paper-and-pencil test that helps colleges evaluate candidates.

Generally, you'll take the SAT for the first time in the spring of your junior year, and scores typically come back in four weeks. This allows you enough time to retake the test during the summer or fall if you're not satisfied with your score.

2019 - 2020 SAT Test Dates and Registration

SAT Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Registration Deadline

August 24, 2019

July 26, 2019

August 13, 2019

October 5, 2019

September 6, 2019

September 24, 2019

November 2, 2019

October 3, 2019

October 22, 2019

December 7, 2019

November 8, 2019

November 26, 2019

March 14, 2020

February 14, 2020

March 3, 2020

May 2, 2020

April 3, 2020

April 21, 2020

June 6, 2020

May 8, 2020

May 27, 2020


Fee Waivers Available from Mrs. Chainey in S3. Students must fill out a fee waiver request form and provide proof of need to be issued a fee waiver.

SAT Registration

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  • ACT test scores are accepted by all four-year US colleges and universities, including highly selective institutions.
  • The ACT is not an aptitude or an IQ test. Questions are directly related to what students have learned in high school courses.

Registering for the ACT Test

You'll need to create an ACT student web account or log in to your existing account (see image). Registration includes a career exploration component that relates to your personal characteristics and career options to help you start thinking about future plans.

Registration takes approximately 40 minutes. As you go through the process, the system will periodically save your data, so you can stop any time and return when you're ready.

We recommend that you have the following items handy for registration:

  • Your high school course information
  • Payment method
  • Photo (now or anytime before the photo deadline)



ACT Test Dates for 2019-20

Looking for information about the 2019-20 ACT test dates? Look no further! The charts below provide comprehensive information about the test dates, regular registration deadlines, late registration deadlines, and score release dates.

2019-20 ACT Test Dates & Registration Deadlines

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline Estimated Score Release
June 8, 2019 May 3, 2019 May 4-20, 2019 June 18-August 2, 2019
July 13, 2019 June 14, 2019 June 15-24, 2019 July 23-August 26, 2019
September 14, 2019 August 16, 2019 August 17-30, 2019 September 24-November 8, 2019
October 26, 2019 September 20, 2019 September 21-October 4, 2019 November 12, 2019-January 2, 2020
December 14, 2019 November 8, 2019 November 9-22, 2019 December 24, 2019- February 7, 2020
February 8, 2020 January 10, 2020 January 11-17, 2020 February 18-April 3, 2020
April 4, 2020 February 28, 2020 February 29-March 13, 2020 April 14-June 5, 2020
June 13, 2020 May 8, 2020 May 9-22, 2020 June 23-August 10, 2020
July 18, 2020* June 19, 2020 June 20-26, 2020 July 28-September 4, 2020


Fee Waivers Available from Mrs. Chainey in S3. Students must fill out a fee waiver request form and provide proof of need to be issued a fee waiver.

ACT Registration

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The Requirement

ALL STUDENTS who will enter the University of California as freshmen must demonstrate their command of the English language by fulfilling the Entry Level Writing Requirement (formerly known as Subject A requirement).

Students can meet this requirement by scoring:

  • 30 or better on the ACT, English Language Arts; or
  • 30 or better on the ACT, Combined English/Writing (last administered June 2015); or
  • 680 or better on the College Board SAT Reasoning Test, Writing (last administration January 2016); or
  • 3 or above on either Advanced Placement Examination in English; or
  • 5 or above on an International Baccalaureate Higher Level English A: Literature exam (formerly known as Higher Level English A1 exam); or
  • 6 or above on an International Baccalaureate Standard Level English A: Literature exam (formerly known as Standard Level English A1 exam); or
  • 5 or above on an International Baccalaureate Higher Level English A: Language and Literature exam; or
  • 6 or above on an International Baccalaureate Standard Level English A: Language and Literature exam

The requirement can also be met by earning a grade of C or higher in an acceptable English composition course offered by a college or university.

Analytical Writing Placement Examination

All incoming California students who have not met the Entry Level Writing Requirement by April 1, must take the UC Analytical Writing Placement Examination. The exam will be administered the morning of the second Saturday in May, at testing centers throughout the state.

In early April, students will receive a letter directing them to the test center at which they must take the test.

In mid-June, students can log in to their campus's admission website to check whether or not they have passed the exam. Results of the exam will not affect a student’s admission to the University. Those who do not pass the examination can still satisfy the Entry Level Writing Requirement before enrolling in the university by achieving a satisfactory score on one of the tests listed above or by completing an acceptable college course in English composition with a grade of C or better.

Students who have not satisfied the Entry Level Writing Requirement at the time they enroll in their classes must take a writing course designated by their campus.

Entry Level Writing Requirement Website


Fee Waivers

Students who qualify for the National School Lunch Program are often eligible for various fee waivers. You may use the link below to print a copy of your Free or Reduced Lunch Status if you need it for eligibility verification.


Financial Aid


FAFSA Website



Dream Act Website

- Due March 2nd Annually



- For California State Aid Information

In order to receive a Cal-Grant, a student must meet the criteria and submit their FAFSA/Dream Act and Allow their school to submit their Cal-Grant GPA Verification by the March 2nd deadline.

Create an account (After submitting the FAFSA or DREAM ACT) @ MY GRANT INFO and find out if you are eligible to receive a Cal-Grant

Cal-Grant Opt Out Forms

Per Assembly Bill (AB) 2160, all seniors will have a Cal Grant GPA submitted electronically by their high school, to the California Student Aid Commission, unless a signed Opt Out form is returned to the Guidance Office (Rm. S3 for the purpose of this document) by October 1st of their senior year. Please see the English or Spanish version of this document below for more information regarding the process.



For eligible CA students whose annual income is under $80,000, UC's system wide tuition and fees will be fully covered during your first four years at UC (or two years if you are a transfer student) up to your financial need. Blue + Gold students with sufficient financial need can qualify for EVEN MORE aid to help reduce the cost of attending UC.



Overview of the Financial Aid Process

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Windows on Williams (WOW)

Want to visit Williams but aren’t sure you can afford to? Windows on Williams (WOW) gives high school seniors (Class of 2020) the opportunity to spend three all-expenses-paid days at Williams.

WOW is a selective program open to high school students in the U.S. and Puerto Rico; preference is given to high-achieving students who couldn’t otherwise afford to visit Williams.

WOW participants stay in dorms with current students, attend classes, meet with professors, and learn about our admission process and our extraordinary financial aid program. The 2019

WOW programs will be held September 19-21 and September 26-28.

Deadline: August 1.

Regardless of when you apply, you’ll have the opportunity to select which WOW program you want to attend. .

Before you begin your WOW application, you'll need:

-          Approximately 20 minutes to answer questions (you cannot save the form and return to it later)

-          A copy of your high school transcript (screenshots or pictures of your transcript are accepted)

-          A paper that you submitted for an English class during the 2018-2019 academic school year 

Apply for WOW 

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The Perspectives on Pomona (POP!) fall fly-in program welcomes students from diverse backgrounds who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education (including low-income, first-generation, rural, and those from underrepresented ethnic or racial groups) to experience the Pomona College campus.

During POP! prospective students will have the opportunity to meet current students, speak with faculty and explore the Pomona College community. Although space is limited due to the small size of our engaged community, we are dedicated to providing this opportunity to those whom the program will most benefit.

All POP! participants are provided with on-campus housing, meals and shuttle transportation between local airports and Pomona College. Travel grants are available to cover airfare expenses.

Perspectives on Pomona (POP!) 

Dates: September 21-24 and October 5-8, 2019

Application deadline: August 4, 2019 (both programs).

The application will open May 15, 2019.

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The Diversity and Inclusion Visit Experience (DIVE) is a selective, two-day all-expense paid program for rising high school seniors (Class of 2020). The visit focuses on personal engagement with faculty members and current students, life in a residential campus community (including staying in first-year residence halls), and a primer on W&L's admission and financial aid process.

DIVE reflects Washington and Lee University's commitment to introducing our distinctive liberal arts university opportunities to students from diverse backgrounds. DIVE affords curious, committed, high-achieving students an immersive campus visit where our focus is not only on the transformative opportunities at W&L, but on the ways they can make an impact on a community as conscious, civic-minded scholars.

DIVE I: September 22-24, 2019 (Application Deadline: August 8)
DIVE II: October 20-22, 2019 (Application Deadline: September 6)

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How Fly-In Programs Work:

Our Fly-In Programs give admission counselors an opportunity to get to know prospective students by their academic achievements, extracurricular activities and personality.

1. Apply: Submit an application to attend a fly-in program. Applications will be reviewed by our admissions staff.

2. Get Invited: Applicants who are selected for a program will receive an invitation by email. Check your schedule and confirm your attendance.

3. Plan: Our travel agent will arrange a flight, unless the student opts to drive to campus. The University will pay the cost of the flight for the invited student. Participants who are driving to campus will be reimbursed the cost of gas or mileage for their trip to/from campus.

4. Attend: On travel day, a member of the admissions team will be stationed at the Roanoke Airport (ROA) to welcome students and see you safely to campus.
Returning home will be a reversal of the arrival process.

Apply for the Washington & Lee DIVE Program 



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Taste of Carleton, 2019:

October 10 – October 12.

We are pleased to invite high school senior students (Class of 2020) to sample one of the nation’s best liberal arts colleges! Nestled in historic Northfield, MN Carleton College is home to some of the most exceptional professors and extraordinary students in the country. Our students represent all 50 states, several U.S. territories, and 42 countries. More than 27% of our students identify as people of color, and 9% of our students come to us from outside the United States.  We value diversity of all types on campus, and we strive for a student body that’s representative of as many different backgrounds as possible.

As part of this commitment to diversity, we host several programs for traditionally underrepresented. The Taste of Carleton (TOC) fly-in program offers students a chance to get just that — a taste of Carleton College! This all-expenses-paid program brings 60 high school seniors to campus for three days and two nights. The selection committee will give priority to students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. We particularly encourage students of color, first-generation college students, and low-income students to apply.

To apply for Taste of Carleton, submit your application and all supporting materials by August 11th.  In order to be considered for the program, you must submit a completed application, a high school transcript showing your coursework and grades, your senior year schedule, and an unofficial copy of your standardized test scores (ACT or SAT).  You can upload digital copies of your academic materials (transcript, senior schedule, test scores) as part of the online application, or you can fax/mail them to our office after you apply. Because we use a rolling admissions system, priority is given to students who finish their application early, so we strongly recommend submitting all required materials ASAP. 

Apply to Taste of Carleton



Amherst College

Diversity Open Houses (DIVOH)

As part of Amherst College's commitment to diversity, the Office of Admission hosts two weekend Diversity Open Houses (DIVOH) in the fall to introduce prospective applicants to Amherst's campus, student body, faculty, classes, and residence halls. Up to 100 students are selected to attend each weekend. The Diversity Open Houses are available to all prospective students, but the DIVOH selection committee prioritizes the invitation of students from traditionally under-represented groups, such as African-American, Hispanic/Latinx American, Native American, and Asian-American backgrounds, as well as first-generation students. To support socio-economic diversity, the selection committee will also prioritize students from families with limited financial resources, regardless of cultural or racial background. The above-mentioned are priorities, but are not meant to imply any exclusivity regarding the program or selection process. Should you have an interest in attending, we encourage you to apply no matter your demographic or economic background.

Funding Opportunities

Students selected to visit Amherst for a DIVOH weekend will receive 100% of round-trip transportation costs (airline, bus, or train) for DIVOH attendance and will be hosted on campus by current students. Typically, seventy-five percent of the students who attend one of our DIVOH programs choose to apply to Amherst, although they are under no obligation to do so. A fee waiver of the $65 application fee is provided to all students invited to attend a DIVOH weekend. Some students who apply to the Open House will also receive a waiver for the Amherst College $65 application fee in order to encourage their applications to Amherst, regardless of whether they are invited to attend the Open House.

Fall 2019 Diversity Open House Weekends

·         Saturday, September 28 - Monday, September 30

·         Saturday, October 19 - Monday, October 21

Special programming for the DIVOH weekends includes information sessions with our admission deans, a faculty panel, and opportunities to attend classes and spend time with current Amherst College students, faculty and staff. You can get an idea of the typical weekend activities by reviewing our DIVOH Sample Program.

Applying for DIVOH 

To apply for attendance at one of the Fall 2019 DIVOH weekends, you must complete and submit our online DIVOH Application.

The application deadline for both DIVOH weekends is 1:00 p.m. (EST) on Monday, August 12, 2019.

To be eligible for the programs, you must:

·         be a high school senior in the fall of 2019

·         reside in the U.S.

·         complete an on-line DIVOH application (essay required)

·         submit a copy of your transcript (an unofficial one will be accepted) through your junior year and a list of senior classes.

Apply for the Amherst Diversity Open House




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Future Achievers in Science and Technology (FAST)

2019 Dates: September 19–21 and October 27–29

DEADLINE: August 12th, 2019

The Future Achievers in Science and Technology (FAST) program provides high-achieving, college-bound high school seniors with an opportunity to travel to campus, stay in our residence halls, visit classes, learn about on-going research, complete an admission interview, and much more. The FAST program is FREE (including overnight accommodations, meals, and transportation to campus).

The FAST program is intended for students from groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM – women, underrepresented minorities, students from low income or rural backgrounds, students with disabilities, students who are first-generation to college.

FAST invitees will:

  • Get an inside-look into Harvey Mudd by spending almost two days on our campus.
  • Learn about the HMC experience from current Harvey Mudd students, professors, and deans.
  • Interact with other college-bound students from around the nation who share their passion for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
  • Receive a fee waiver for their first-year application to HMC.

The FAST 2019 Application requires all of the following:

1. Essay (prompt available in "Essay" section below)

2. Unofficial transcript/report card showing all high school grades, including final junior year grades (We accept screenshots from electronic grade book, scanned copies of report cards/progress reports, etc.)

3. Resume highlighting extracurricular activities, honors, jobs, etc.

Apply for FAST



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2019 Fall Preview Program

Saturday, October 12 – Tuesday, October 15

Apply to the Claremont McKenna College Fall Preview

Deadline: August 15, 2019

The 2019 Preview Fly-In Program application is now live! The deadline for all applications is Saturday, August 15, 2019.

During the Fall, Claremont McKenna College hosts a fly-in program for students from historically underrepresented communities - first generation American, first generation to college, etc. - who demonstrate strong academic excellence and genuine interest in exploring all that CMC has to offer. This program is open for students who will be seniors in high school in the Fall of 2019. Prospective applicants get an inside look into the life of a "CMCer" by attending classes, meeting faculty and students to discuss academic pursuits, research and co-curricular opportunities, enjoying an Athenaeum dinner and talk, and diving deep into conversations that explore CMC's commitment to diversity, academic success, and internships & experiences. 

If selected, all airfare, transportation between local airports and campus, housing accommodations, and meals will be covered by the College.

If you have any questions please reach out to the Preview Program team at [email protected] or 909.621.8088.




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Diversity Overnight Application

Case Western Reserve University invites high school seniors from diverse backgrounds to visit our campus in the heart of Cleveland's University Circle. Choose the dates that fit your schedule: Oct. 13-14 or Nov. 10-11.

·         Spend Sunday making connections with prospective and current students and exploring campus.

·         Join the Fall Open House Monday to meet with faculty, learn about financial aid and admission, discover student research and study abroad opportunities, and get a taste of student life.

Space is limited, and participants will be selected based on their short application, which includes:

·         Completion of the online form

·         Electronic copy of your (unofficial) transcript

·         Electronic copy of your (unofficial) ACT/SAT score report (we will also accept scores included on your transcript)

The priority application deadline is Aug. 15, however, applications will be accepted through Sept. 1 for the October program and through Oct. 1 for the November program.

Meals, lodging and travel expenses (for those outside the Cleveland metropolitan area) will be provided for those accepted to the program.



Vassar View

Sunday, October 13 - Tuesday, October 15, 2019

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The Vassar View program offers high-achieving high school seniors (Class o 2020) from diverse backgrounds an immersive introduction to the Vassar College campus. During the three-day program, participants experience academic and social life at Vassar first hand by staying in a residential house with a current student, attending a class, eating in the dining hall, exploring our beautiful 1000-acre campus, and attending campus events. 

Vassar covers the cost of this program for all participants including on-campus accommodations, meals, and transportation. Modes of transportation to Vassar will vary depending on a student’s point of departure and may involve plane, train, bus, or car. We are unable to provide transportation assistance for students and family members visiting campus outside of the Vassar View program.

Vassar View is designed to support high school seniors from historically underrepresented groups in higher education, such as students from ethnically diverse backgrounds, students who are the first in their family to pursue a four-year college education, and those from families with limited financial resources. Due to the limited duration of the program, only students living in the United States with U.S. citizenship, Permanent Residency or undocumented/DACA are eligible for consideration.

The Vassar View application is available until August 16, 2019. In addition to completing the online application, students will also need to submit their transcript (an unofficial copy is acceptable) showing final grades through the end of 11th grade. All students interested in participating in Vassar View should submit their complete application no later than Friday, August 16th, 2018.

Please email [email protected] or call the Office of Admission at 845-437-7300 with any questions.

Apply for the Vassar View program




Explore Bowdoin Fly-In Program

You’ve scoured hundreds of college websites, taken the virtual tours, and checked out their social media. Now it’s time to experience campus for yourself.

Explore Bowdoin is an all-expenses paid college visit program for high-achieving low-income and/or first-generation high school seniors who come from diverse backgrounds. Because we understand that traveling may pose a significant financial burden for many families, the College covers the entire cost of the trip, including all transportation (by plane, Amtrak, or bus) and meals.

Explore Bowdoin I is Sept. 19-22
(Application deadline: Aug. 16)

Explore Bowdoin II is Nov. 7-10
(Application deadline: Sept. 27)

Visit campus, meet current students and faculty, sample food, and learn more about life at Bowdoin. While on campus, you will experience many of the academic opportunities and social activities that Bowdoin students enjoy. Participants stay with current students in campus housing, attend classes, receive personal admissions interviews, and attend information sessions on admissions and student aid. You will see that academic excellence, leadership, creativity, and character are hallmarks of a Bowdoin education.  

Interested high school seniors (US citizens, permanent residents, and undocumented/DACA students living in the US) are welcome to apply. Please note that preference is given to applicants from lower income backgrounds and students who will be the first in their families to attend college.

Travel dates

For both programs, students will arrive on Bowdoin's campus throughout the day on Thursday (travel day) and depart very early on Sunday morning. Students must select one of the program dates and should ensure that they do not have any scheduling conflicts for the date selected.

Required materials

In addition to completing the online application (essay required), students will need to send a copy of their transcript (an unofficial copy and screenshots are acceptable) for consideration. Transcripts must show final grades through the end of the student's junior year and can be emailed to [email protected], faxed to (207) 725-3101, attached to the application, or uploaded to the student's Explore Bowdoin portal after applying. The transcript must be received by the program deadline for the application to be considered complete. Applicants will be notified, via their applicant portal, shortly after the application deadline regarding our selection for the programs.  

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions about the program or the application.

Apply for Explore Bowdoin



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Diversity Program

The Fall Diversity Program is an all-inclusive, all-expense-paid program for which round-trip transportation (air, train, bus, gas/mileage reimbursement) will be covered. Attendees will be hosted by current students in the residence halls and will dine on campus throughout the three-day weekend. 

This program is designed specifically for high school seniors from underrepresented racial, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds from across the United States. 

As a participant of the Fall Diversity Program, you will stay in a residence hall with a current student and learn about the admission selection process and how to apply for financial aid. You will also have the chance to meet with faculty, staff and student mentors. You may also interview with an admission officer or senior admission fellow.

Please complete the online application. Additionally you will need to upload an unofficial copy of your high school transcript with your application. The application deadline is Monday, August 26, 2019

The application for the Fall Diversity Program is available now and due in late August. The exact deadline will be posted by the end of June. For your convenience, the prompts are listed below.

Please note: You will need a copy of your unofficial high school transcript through junior year; you will be asked to upload a copy to your application. You will also be asked to write one essay, so it may be beneficial to write the essay before starting the application. This essay prompt is the same one you will find on the Common Application, and it is okay to use the same essay for both applications.

Here is the prompt:

At Pitzer, five core values distinguish our approach to education: social responsibility, intercultural understanding, interdisciplinary learning, student engagement and environmental sustainability. As agents of change, our students utilize these values to create solutions to our world’s challenges.

Please answer only ONE of the following prompts in 650 words or less.

·         Incorporating one or more of our core values, how would you contribute to solving a local or global issue of importance to you?

·         Reflecting on your involvement throughout high school or within the community

Apply for the Pitzer College Diversity Program 





Diversity Fly In Program: Prologue to Bates

Since its inception in 1855, Bates College has been committed to the ideals of inclusion and egalitarianism. Celebrated as one of the first U.S. institutions of higher learning to admit women and people of color, Bates is recognized for its inclusive social character and progressive tradition. We value the diversity of persons and perspective, and engage in the transformative power of our differences. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is the guiding principle behind our Prologue to Bates, a fly-in program geared towards students entering their senior year who express interest in being a part of our inclusive and pluralistic community. All students who attend high school in the U.S. and Puerto Rico are welcomed to apply, especially students who are first-generation-to-college, low-income, and/or historically underrepresented in higher education.

Immerse yourself in all Bates College has to offer with a three day visit on us! During the overnight program you will:

·        Attend a class of your choosing

·        Stay in a residential hall with current Bates students

·        Meet Bates faculty and staff

·        Tour Bates’ beautiful, 109-acre campus

·        Eat at Commons Dining Hall

·        Participate in an admission interview

·        Sit-in on an information session

·        Explore the various academic, athletic, cultural, and co-curricular opportunities offered at Bates

Prologue to Bates provides a real opportunity for students who might not otherwise visit to experience our campus and community.

The Fall 2019 Prologue program will be Sunday, October 13 through Tuesday, October 15. 

The deadline to apply for Prologue is Sunday, September 1.

Apply to Prologue to Bates



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The Grinnell Diversity Travel Opportunity offers you the chance to apply for a FREE trip to campus so you can discover your place at one of the nation's top liberal arts colleges.

Selected students travel to Grinnell College to participate in a fall Discover Grinnell Program September 29-30, 2019. Program participants will attend the full range of activities offered through Discover Grinnell, our fall preview program. These include an overnight stay with a current student, a campus tour, opportunities to attend classes and panels led by current faculty and students.

All application materials are due September 4, 2019.

Applicants must:

·         be high school seniors (Class of 2020),

·         be students of color (African American, Latinx, Asian, Native American) OR the first in their family to attend college,

·         be interested in liberal arts education (arts and humanities, mathematics and sciences, and social sciences),

·         submit the Grinnell Diversity Travel Opportunity application,

·         submit unofficial (or official) high school transcript showing final grades through the end of junior year, and

·         submit unofficial (or official) SAT or ACT score.

If you have questions, please call the Office of Admission at 800-247-0113 between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM (central time). 

Apply for the Grinnell College Diversity Travel Opportunity




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October 6–8, 2019

Have-A-Look, a program designed for students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in higher education, offers the opportunity to become acquainted with the academic and social opportunities at Haverford.

The program gives students the opportunity to interact with professors, visit classes, learn about diversity and inclusion on campus, hear current Haverfordians' perspectives, and immerse themselves in the Haverford experience.

Haverford can provide need-based travel scholarships. If you need financial assistance to attend Have-A-Look, please indicate this on your application.

Interested high school seniors (Class of 2020) (U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and undocumented/DACA students living in the United States) are welcome to apply. We look forward to reviewing your application!


The priority deadline for the program is September 5; you must apply by this date if you are requesting a travel scholarship.

Apply for the Haverford Have a Look Program



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HOME: Hopkins Overnight Multicultural Experience

October 10-12, 2019

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is proud to present the Hopkins Overnight Multicultural Experience (HOME)—an on-campus, overnight program connecting African American, Black, Latinx, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander, and multiracial high school seniors to the people, organizations, and resources that unite our multicultural community.

The deadline to apply is September 6. 

Apply for HOME

This application is required to be considered for the HOME Program and all applicants must be rising seniors who have taken a standardized test. To apply, please fill out the application below. Applicants must upload their high school transcript when completing the online application in order for their application to be considered complete.

Travel Information

Monetary assistance up to the full cost of travel and logistical support are available for admitted students. More information on how to request monetary travel assistance for HOME will be provided to students who are accepted into the program.



Oberlin MVP

Oberlin’s Multicultural Visit Program (MVP) is a selective, all-expenses-paid visit program for high-achieving high school seniors interested primarily in the College of Arts and Sciences.

We encourage applications from students from diverse backgrounds such as black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Hispanic/Latino/a/x, or Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander. To support socioeconomic diversity, the selection committee also will consider students from families with limited financial resources, regardless of cultural or racial background, as well as those who are among the first in their families to attend college (first generation). To be eligible, students must be a US citizen, permanent resident, or undocumented student living within the US, and must be currently residing in the US.

This is a selective program that seeks students serious about Oberlin and their education. High school seniors accepted to the program receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Oberlin to stay in residence halls, tour the campus, visit classes, attend admissions and financial aid workshops, and meet current students, professors, and staff.

Be aware of the application dates and deadlines for our 2019 Multicultural Visit Programs. Apply early if possible.

2019 Program Dates and Deadlines

Program Date

Application Deadline

October 10-12, 2019

September 16

November 14-16, 2019

October 21


The application for our fall Multicultural Visit Programs will be available in Summer 2019.

Apply for the Oberlin MVP

The application will include the following:

  • Essay: Be prepared to answer the following in 300 words or less: Since 1835, Oberlin has been a leader in diversity, becoming the first school in the nation to admit black students and adopting a policy to admit students regardless of race or gender. Knowing this, what do you feel you can contribute to Oberlin’s community and commitment to diversity?
  • Completed Counselor Form: This form is sent to the counselor upon submission of application.
  • High School Transcript: Part of the Counselor Form. Unofficial copies are acceptable.
  • Self reported SAT or ACT scores: Reported by the student and confirmed on the Counselor Form.




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Experience Colorado College: Fall Visit Scholarship Program

Our next fly-in program is scheduled for October 26 - 28, 2019 Additional dates: September 1st-2nd, October 6th-7th

DEADLINE: 9/29/19

ECC is a visit program unlike any other. We know your college decision doesn’t just include you, which is why we fly you and a guest out to campus. Why be ordinary? Learn differently, one block at a time, and get ready to experience the gateway to the southwest. #americathebeautiful #pikespeak #gardenofthegods

What does ECC offer to prospective students?
During Experience Colorado College (ECC) fly-in program, prospective students will have the opportunity to

·         Observe the Block Plan in action

·         Tour campus

·         Explore Colorado’s beauty

·         Stay on campus overnight with a student host

·         Interview with an Admission Fellow

·         Connect with faculty and staff

·         Complete the CSS Profile

·         Participate in essay writing workshops

·         Engage in the Affinity Conversation to explore diversity, inclusion and equity at CC

Why apply? We know you have options. At CC, you’ll author your own story. You’ll discover your community. You’ll find your home. Over the weekend, you will see campus through the eyes of a student — living the Block Plan, sampling the best that Rastall has to offer, crashing at the residence halls, and engaging in a #RealTalk. And yeah, a ton more.

Eligibility: The program is open to high school seniors (class of 2020), gap year students or transfer students currently residing in the United States. To apply for this program, you must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Self-identify as a student of color
  • Eligible for the Pell Grant
  • Qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch
  • Are a DACA or undocumented student
  • Identify as a First Generation Student (Neither of your parents obtained a bachelor degree)

Application: In order to complete your application, your counselor will need to submit the following items. (Once you've applied, you will receive further instructions.)

  1.    An official transcript
  2.    Any one of these official test scores (SAT/ACT/AP/IB/SAT Subject/IELTS/TOEFL)
  3.    School profile (if available)
  4.    Letter of Recommendation (Counselor or Teacher)

Travel Grant: Once accepted to the program, you will receive information regarding registration, flight information, and ground transportation reimbursements (if you’re driving).

Questions? Please contact our office at [email protected] with ATTN: Experience Colorado College in the subject line. Or if you have questions for current students, please reach out to our Outreach and Access Team Members [email protected], or[email protected]

Apply for Experience Colorado College (ECC)




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Penn is proud to host, PEEP, an annual fall fly-in program with a focus on serving low-income students from historically underrepresented backgrounds attending high school in the United States.

PEEP 2019 will take place from Sunday, October 13th through Tuesday, October 15th.

The PEEP application will be available in early August.

Before high school seniors (Class of 2020) across the country finalize their college lists and submit their college applications, the Admissions Office hosts a 3 day, 2 night preview of the academic and social life at the University of Pennsylvania. Students invited to the Penn Early Exploration Program (PEEP) will have all costs associated with food, housing, and transportation to Philadelphia fully sponsored by Penn Admissions.



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The Voices of Tufts Diversity Experiences, sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, are overnight programs designed to expose high school seniors to the vast diversity that exists in our community.  Participants have the opportunity to experience academic and social life by staying in a residential dorm with an undergraduate student, attending lectures from professors, eating in the dining halls, and watching a student-led showcase by several on-campus performance groups. Travel assistance is available for students for whom the trip would present a financial hardship. 

Students apply to and attend one of the following Voices programs:



For students interested in majoring in an engineering field, please apply to the Engineering Experience. Students interested in all other academic disciplines (including the natural and physical sciences, and the SMFA at Tufts), please apply to the Arts & Sciences Experience.

Please note that students in either school can study Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, or Architectural Studies. If any of these academic interests apply to you, please select either experience.

A completed application will consist of the following materials:

·         The Voices Application, which includes a 100-word response addressing your interest in visiting Tufts and participating in Voices

·         High school transcript (including your senior year courses)

·         SAT or ACT scores (if available)

·         Recommendation letter from your high school counselor

Application Deadlines: 

·         Engineering Experience: Applications and all required materials must be received by 5:00 PM EST on October 1, 2019 to be considered.

·         Arts & Sciences Experience: Applications and all required materials must be received by 5:00 PM EST on October 8, 2019 to be considered. Priority for travel assistance will be given to applications completed by October 3, 2019 5:00 PM EST.

*  The applications for both Voices programs will be available in late August.

Apply for Voices of Tufts



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Harness the Power of Your Dreams

Disney Dreamers Academy is a 4-day, power-packed event in March 2020 which 100 select high school students—ages 13 to 19—are inspired, motivated and prepared to dream big.

Disney Dreamers Get To Experience:

·         Inspirational guest speakers with immersive presentations

·         Career activities ranging from animation, journalism and entrepreneurship to culinary arts and zoology

·         Networking and interviewing opportunities

We’re currently seeking potential Dreamers with a winning combination of attributes—strong character, positive attitude and persistence to take advantage of opportunities.

Key Attributes:

·         Intellectual curiosity – creative and quick-witted

·         Compassion – gives to others who need assistance

·         Courage – overcomes obstacles, brave, spirited, survivor

·         Leadership ability – the go-to person who pursues ideas with passion


·         Dreams about the future

·         Positive approach to life

·         Grateful and humble

·         Takes advantage of resources

Does this sound like you or someone you know? Read on. We’re looking for Dreamers for next year’s Disney Dreamers Academy, a program designed to give young people the tools they need to make their dreams come true. Potential Dreamers must be between the ages of 13 and 19, living in the United States and be enrolled in high school, grades 9 through 12, when applying.

Apply to Be in the Class of 2020

Disney Dreamers Academy will accept applications for the 2020 program from March 21 to October 31, 2019.




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R&D Scholarship (12th)

$1,500, students pursuing a science major, personal statement on 500 words or less, 200 character statement on extra-curriculars. DEADLINE: 7/31/19


The Margarian Scholarship (11th/12th)

$1,000, students w/ commitment to their heritage, community, and society through persistence, dedication, success, and humility. DEADLINE: 7/31/19


Flavor of the Month Scholarship (13+ years old)

$1,500, In 250 words or less, “If you were an ice cream flavor which would you be and why?” DEADLINE: 7/31/19


Minecraft Scholarship (currently be enrolled in college/high school)

$2,000, 3.0+ GPA, short essay of no less than 500 words about how Minecraft can be a positive influence on education. DEADLINE: 7/31/19


CIA Undergraduate Scholarship (18 years old or older, 12th grade)

$18,000, 3.0+ GPA, 1000+SAT or 21+ACT, planning to be a full time student, financial need, available to work at least 90-day summer tours. DEADLINE: 7/31/19




Driver Education Initiative Scholarship (Rising 10th-12th)

$3,000, complete an essay regarding the Driver’s Education Initiative 2019 – In the Driver’s Seat. DEADLINE: 8/1/19


Arctic Physical Therapy Scholarship (12th)

$500, 3.0+ GPA. 1000 words or less outlining at least 3 ways Physical Therapy can make a difference in lifestyle. DEADLINE: 8/31/19




Don’t Text & Drive Scholarship (9th-12th)

$1,000, 140-character message about texting while driving. DEADLINE: 9/30/19




Women in Science Environmental Scholarship (12th)

$500, Female, 1 page essay on a topic, 1 letter of reference, 1 page summary about why you need the scholarship and where you are going. DEADLINE: 12/1/19


Odenza Marketing Group (16-22 year old)

$500, 2.5+GPA, contributed at least 50 hours of volunteer service. DEADLINE: 12/30/19




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Do you know a Girl who’s passionate about ‘Greening Up the World’?

The Ian Somerhalder (IS) Foundation & Girls Impact the World Film Fest have partnered to present the GITW/ Green IS Environmental Award! 

Show in film what YOU can do to change the story!

The Girls Impact the World Film Festival is an annual event that focuses on issues facing women and girls around the world. High school and undergraduate students, submit your 3-6 minute short films that address global women's issues such as: education for girls, maternal health, violence against women and girls, and a variety of other issues. See topics and awards  

Please start working on your films for the 2019 Festival - the film submission deadline is January 20, 2020! 

Submission portal will be open for entries on November 1, 2019.


Eligibility: high school and undergraduate students aged 25 or under (all genders) are eligible to enter. See guidelines for more details.

Winners will be awarded over $25K in prizes! The Red Carpet Event for the 2020 awards ceremony will be held in Austin, TX, USA - date TBD

See our amazing panel of past and present judges, including two Nobel Laureates, here.



Additional SCHOLARSHIPS TRADITIONALLY DUE IN JANUARY (Deadlines are subject to change in 2020):

Danforth Scholars Program – Washington University in St. Louis - 1/2

Ge-Reagan Foundation Scholarship - 1/4

Drive Smart Teen Contest - 1/6

The Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist - 1/7

Safe Jobs for Youth Month Poster & Video Contest - 1/8

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest - 1/9

Black College Expo “Why is a College Education Important to Me?” 1/9

Ron Brown Scholars Program - 1/9

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship - 1/10

Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship - 1/15

Washington Crossing Foundation Scholarship - 1/15

C-Span’s StudentCam Documentary Competition 1/20 

The Coolidge Scholarship - 1/23 

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* - Jenny Parks Memorial Scholarship - 1/23 

Point Foundation Scholarship - 1/28

Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship - 1/30 

ABPA Harrington-Arthur 1/31

California Coastal Art & Poetry Contest - 1/31 

Redfin Scholarship - 1/31 

New Year’s Resolution Scholarship - 1/31

AWM Essay Contest 1/31





SCHOLARSHIPS TRADITIONALLY DUE IN FEBRUARY (Deadlines are subject to change in 2020):

Ronald McDonald House Charities HACER Scholarship - 2/4

AASM High School Video Contest - 2/12 

Pink Ink Essay Contest - 2/14 

Corvias Military Dependent Children Scholarship - 2/14 

 Flavorful Futures Scholarship 2/15

 AFA 2019 Teen Scholarship Essay - 2/15 

Blacks at Microsoft African American Heritage Scholarship - 2/15

Why Black History Matters Essay Contest - 2/16

The Christophers’ 28th Annual Poster Contest - 2/18 

Vegetarian Resources Group College Scholarship 2/20 

Liv Mas Scholarship 2/21 

Asian Pacific Fund Scholarship - 2/26 

RMEL Scholarship - 2/27 

Teen Drive 365 Video Challenge 2/28

Student Art Contest - 2/28 

Get Up! Get Active! Active Life Scholarship - 2/28





SCHOLARSHIPS TRADITIONALLY DUE IN MARCH (Deadlines are subject to change in 2020):

META Scholarship (12th) - 3/1

Why Education Matters Essay Contest (12th) - 3/1

Photography Contest: Education for All (12th) - 3/1

Topping Scholarship (12th) - 3/1

Carl N & Margaret Karcher Founders’ 2019 Scholarship (12th) - 3/1

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* Antelope Valley College Foundation Scholarship (students taking at least 6 units) - 3/1

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* Scout of the Year (Active Girl Scout or Boy Scout) - 3/1

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* MEEC Environmental Science and Engineering Scholarship (12th) - 3/1

Seton Hall UNSustainable Development Challenge (9-12) - 3/3

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* PEO Scholarship (12th) - 3/8

Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship (11th/12th) - 3/8

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* Women in Mining Scholarship (12th) - 3/8

Tzu Chi USA Scholarship (12th) - 3/8

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* APWA Engineering Scholarship (12th) - 3/9

Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship (12th) - 3/12

The Great Unknowns Scholarship (12th) - 3/13

2019 Breaking Barriers Essay Contest (9th) - 3/14

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* Delta Sigma Theta Scholarship (12th) - 3/15

Skilled Labor Shortage Scholarship (12th) - 3/15

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* American Society of Military Comptrollers Scholarship (12th) - 3/15

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* AV Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary Scholarship (12th) - 3/15

National High School Essay Contest (9th-12th) - 3/15

Earth Day Scholarship (9th-12th) - 3/15

State Council Cabrillo Civic Clubs of California, Inc. Scholarship (12th) - 3/15

World Trade Week Scholarship (12th) - 3/15

2019 Editorial Cartoon Contest (9th-12th) - 3/16

Doodle for Google Scholarship (9th-12th) - 3/18

CCU Student Scholarship (12th) - 3/21

TRENZA Viva la Mujer Scholarship (12th) - 3/22

TRENZA Founding Mother Scholarship (12th) - 3/22

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* Edwards Spouses Club Scholarship (12th) - 3/22

TASF Scholarship (12th) - 3/27

Royal Business Bank Scholarship (12th) - 3/27

Mega Bank Scholarship (12th) - 3/27

Cathay Bank Foundation Scholarship (12th) - 3/27

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* LPAC Performing Arts Education Scholarship (12th) - 3/29

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* Raymond J. Monti Scholarship (12th) - 3/29

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* Lancaster Work Ethics Scholarship (12th) - 3/29

Beat the Odd’s Scholarship (9th) - 3/29

Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship (16-25 years old) - 3/30

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Guide Right Scholarship (12th) - 3/31

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* Young American Creative Patriotic Art Award (12th) - 3/31

Hearthstone Housing Foundation Scholarship (12th) - 3/31

JVS Scholarship (12th – 16yrs+) - 3/31

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* Society of Women Engineers Scholarship (12th) - 3/31





SCHOLARSHIPS TRADITIONALLY DUE IN APRIL (Deadlines are subject to change in 2020):

Project Yellow Light Video/Radio Scholarship (11th-12th) - 4/1

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* Lancaster United Methodist Scholarships (12th) - 4/1

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* AV Republican Women, Federated Scholarship (12th) - 4/5

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* AKA Scholarship (12th) - 4/6

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* Antelope Valley School Boards Association Scholarship (12th) - 4/12

Steps for Change Scholarship (12th) - 4/15

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes (Ages 8-18yrs old) - 4/15

Speak Truth to Power Scholarship (9th-12th) - 4/15

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* Re/Max All Pro Higher Education Scholarship (12th) - 4/16

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* GAVAR Scholarship (12th) - 4/17

*LOCAL* No More - Art Contest (9th-12th) - 4/18

Honorsgradu Scholarship (12th) - 4/28

SCAG Scholarship (11th-12th) - 4/26

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* AARP #2195 Palmdale Chapter Scholarship (12th) - 4/30

A Voice For Animals Contest (14-18 years old) - 4/30

E-Waste Scholarship (9th-12th) - 4/30




Amount: $500

Participants must meet the following criteria:

·         Enrolled at an accredited high school, college, or university in the U.S.

·         Enrolled at the graduate level, undergraduate level or your final year of high school

·         Aged sixteen (16) years or older

·         Carry a status of "good standing" (i.e. currently enrolled)

·         Maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (or equivalent)

·         Postmarked by May 30, 2020

Please note:

  • There is no formal printed application from 1800wheelchair, all necessary information is on this page
  • There are no requirements in terms of physical disability or ability. All applications are welcome
  • We do not accept fax or email applications
  • Please send your application via traditional mail; express mail will not be accepted
  • No need to print this page; just send your written response and contact information
  • Do not send any CD ROMs, letters of recommendation, tax returns, bank balances, resumes or CVs
  • Please keep a digital copy in Word or Google Docs. We'll need a copy to put up on our site.

Scholarship Topic

For this scholarship period, we are going to repeat our visual contest. Please submit a 'visual poem', in a style of your choosing, on the theme of overcoming a personal challenge. Limit your 'visual poem' to an 8.5in x 11in piece of paper. You can choose to represent words, images, or both. It can abstract or representational. Please include a personal statement that gives us an idea of who you are and how your poem relates to a challenge you've faced. The poem and essay (combined) should be between 500 and 1,000 words, but feel free to write a little more or less.
Note: We will not be able to return any submissions.

Send all materials to: Scholarship
515 Canal St,
Suite 1C
New York, NY 10013

Your application should include:

  • Typed copy of your submission (make sure to save a digital copy, so we can publish it, in the event that we decide to publish it.)
  • First & last name, email address & phone number printed at the top or back of each page
  • Statement or transcript of your Grade Point Average (GPA) - unofficial transcripts accepted
  • Students submitting their work should sign-up for our scholarship email list below




SCHOLARSHIPS TRADITIONALLY DUE IN MAY (Deadlines are subject to change in 2020):

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Nu Omicron Zeta Chapter Scholarship (12th) - 5/1

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* Prince Hall Memorial Education Scholarship (12th) - 5/10

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* Don Self Integrity Scholarship (12th) - 5/13

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* Lockheed Martin Leadership Scholarship (12th) - 5/13

LA County Resilience Scholarship (12th) - 5/17

Genita Evangelista Johnson Endowed Scholarship (12th) - 5/20

 *LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* DAL Scholarship (12th) - 5/22

B.Davis Scholarship (11th-12th) - 5/24

Cameron Impact Scholarship (Rising Seniors) - 5/24

Charles “Pete” Conrad Jr. Scholarship (12th) - 5/25

Howard Drollinger Scholarship (12th) - 5/25

Morrey Plotkin Scholarship (12th) - 5/25

Anton Acherman Scholarship (12th) - 5/25

Clay Lacy Scholarship (12th) – 5/25

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* AV Gem and Mineral Club Scholarship (12th) - 5/30

Get Up! Get Active! Scholarship (15 years old +) - 5/31

Cottage Inn Scholarship (12th) - 5/31

Courage to Grow Scholarship (11th-12th) - 5/31

Mother’s Day Scholarship (18 years old +) - 5/31

LM Scholarship (12th) - 5/31

Triple Impact Competitor Scholarship (11th) - 5/31





SCHOLARSHIPS TRADITIONALLY DUE IN JUNE (Deadlines are subject to change in 2020):

Odenza Vacations College Scholarship 6/1

IEI $1,000 Bi-Annual Scholarship - 6/1

Got a Spine Scholarship - 6/2  

Antelope Valley Freethinkers Scholarship 6/7 

CBMLA Scholarship - 6/14

Abbott & Fenner Scholarship - 6/14

Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship - 6/15 

Providian Medical Scholarship - 6/21  

#thefutureisfemale Scholarship - 6/29 

CACESF Scholarship 6/29   

Dolman Law Group Scholarship - 6/29  

Lift Parts Express Scholarship - 6/30 

The Andrew Flusche Scholarship - 6/30  

Delete Cyberbullying Scholarship - 6/30

Writers and Illustrators of the Future Scholarship - 6/30  

Hoshizaki Ice Maker Supporting STEM Scholarship - 6/30  

The Scholarship 6/30 

Digital Privacy Scholarship 6/30  

IBPA Scholarship - ROLLING



Minecraft Scholarship

All of us here at Apex Minecraft Hosting believe that education is a fundamental part of living a full and joyful life. In the past, we have partnered with educational institutions and libraries as part of our commitment to education in the classroom and the power of Minecraft. This typically has been in the form of sponsored get togethers, class projects, and similar programs and colleges, high schools, middle schools and libraries.

Students are able to apply for our $2,000 scholarship which can be used towards tuition for their next semester at college. All drawings will be done early August each year after submission deadlines have passed. All interested students will be required to write a short essay about their opinion on how Minecraft can be a positive influence within their education and career development. Minecraft has been used in many different facets of education and we want to know how you believe that the game can be further utilized to enhance learning and development. We are interested in hearing your thoughts and experiences about how this amazing game that we love can be much more than just a game.

Eligible students will need to:

  • Write a short essay of no less than 500 words about your opinion on how Minecraft can be a positive influence on education and career development.
  • Fill out the information online with your essay and appropriate information.


  • You must be a United States citizen
  • You must currently be enrolled in college or high school
  • You must carry a 3.0 or higher GPA


  • Submissions must be received by July 31st, 2019.

Apply for the Minecraft Scholarship



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The Undergraduate Scholarship Program is a financial needs based initiative that offers undergraduate students an unmatched experience in a diverse and inclusive environment. Undergraduate students, serving as scholarship recipients with the CIA, attend an accredited college/university on a full-time basis and work during summer breaks at the Agency. While working at the CIA, you will be exposed to real intelligence challenges while performing meaningful work that relates to your college major. An IT major, for example, might be given increasingly complex projects involving sophisticated computer systems. An engineering major might help produce a piece of state-of-the-art equipment. A finance major could be involved in developing and analyzing budgets for a worldwide operation, while a foreign language major might be instrumental in translating documents for US policymakers. An international relations major might brief a senior policymaker and, as a final example, a human resources major could have the opportunity to develop and implement personnel policies and procedures.

If selected as a scholarship recipient, you will receive a wide array of benefits, including:

  • Tuition assistance up to $18,000 per calendar year for tuition, mandatory fees and books
  • Daily allowance for meals and incidentals during summer tours
  • Reimbursement for transportation costs between school and Washington, DC
  • Annual salary
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Federal retirement plans
  • Paid time off, as well as sick and holiday leave

Because the CIA invests in scholarship recipients, accepting an offer means continued employment with the Agency for a specified timeframe. You are required to work at the Agency after college graduation for a period equal to 1.5 times the length of the college sponsorship you received from CIA. Students who leave earlier are required to reimburse the US government for their tuition. All positions require relocation to the Washington, DC Metropolitan area during summer work tours.

Our Undergraduate scholarship recipients work in all Directorates and Offices of CIA.

Apply for the CIA Undergraduate Scholarship

DEADLINE: 7/31/19


R & D Scholarship Flyer and link to apply


The Margarian Scholarship Flyer



Flavor of the Month Flyer and link to application





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Driver Education Initiative Award – Scholarship Opportunity

National Driving and Traffic School is proud to announce their 2019 scholarship opportunity, entitled “In the Driver’s Seat.” The company is seeking to reward essay applicants $3,000 in scholarships- for students enrolled as a High School Sophomore, Junior, or Senior or as a College Freshman – on the topic of being a safer driver.

Driver Education Initiative 2019: In the Driver’s Seat

The Topic of this year’s essay submissions deals with the serious implications of being a driver. In America, an average of 34,000 people die each year as a result of driving. This is more people who have died in one year as a result of driving, than the total number of American soldiers who have died from war in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. The total number of Americans who die within the span of two years as a result of driving is more than the total number of American deaths from the Vietnam War. This is to say, driving is more dangerous and deadly for our nation than being involved in combat, and highlights the serious consequences of being negligent on the road.


·         What is the importance of driver education in reducing the number deaths as a result of driving?

·         What steps can be taken to reduce the number of deaths related to driving?

·         Have you ever had an experience of being in car accident or have seen your friends or family members driving irresponsibly?

·         What steps can you take to be a better and safer driver as well as help others become safer on the road?


Applicants must be currently enrolled in either High School, University or College as a full-time student (2019-2020 school year).

Employees and relatives of National Driving and Traffic School are ineligible.

There will be three contest submission dates. To be eligible for the contest submit your essay by one the submission dates.

1. Round 1: April 1st: application deadline PASSED
2. Round 2: Accepting entries May 3rd – August 1st. Winner announced 9/1/19
3. Round 3: Accepting entries September 1st - November 31st. Winners announced 1/01/20

Along with your submission please include a picture of yourself which we can post on our site to go along with your essay

The winner will be required to provide proof of successful acceptance to a Higher Institute of Learning, College or University. Payment will be made directly to the applicant’s college. If you have additional questions, please contact us @ [email protected].

Apply for the Driver Education Initiative Award




Arctic Physical Therapy Scholarship and link to apply





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The Cameron Impact Scholarship will be awarded annually; in December to approximately 10-15 high-school seniors (applications are due in May and September preceding the awards). This four-year, merit-based scholarship (“Scholarship”) is intended to cover the full tuition and ‘qualified educational expenses’ (as defined by the Internal Revenue Service) at the recipient’s chosen collegiate institution (estimated to be between $20,000-$50,000 per annum). ‘Educational expenses’ vary amongst higher institutions, but the Scholarship is intended to cover tuition, fees, course-related expenses, books, supplies, and equipment.

Eligibility for the Cameron Impact Scholarship is based on the following criteria:

The applicant must:

- Prioritize academic excellence (maintaining a minimum cumulative unweighted 3.7 grade point average/4.0 scale or equivalent in their high school studies);

- Be a citizen of the United States of America;

- Be in the high school graduating Class of 2020, planning to enroll in a full-time course of study toward a bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year U.S. college or university for the full academic year following high school graduation;

Excel in a broad variety of extracurricular activities. This includes, but is not limited to: athletics, academic clubs, music lessons, performance art, and philanthropic organizations;

-  Be motivated leaders with a strong work ethic and social acumen. Scholars rise to the occasion and are both candid and confident;

-  Demonstrate active participation in community service and in civic-minded arenas, exhibiting an appreciation for the world outside themselves and a belief in their own capacity to effect change on scales both large and small;

-  Submit by the Regular DEADLINE 9/13

-  Online Application,

-  Two (2) required Letters of Recommendation** (these letters MUST be submitted prior to the Application Deadline for an Application to be considered complete), and

-  Transcript (unofficial is fine) certifying academic performance.

Bryan Cameron Education Foundation Website


Money Metals Exchange Scholarship Program Logo

Announcing the First Gold-Backed Scholarship of the Modern Era

Money Metals Exchange, a national precious metals dealer recently ranked “Best in the USA,” has teamed up with the Sound Money Defense League to help qualified students pay for the ever-rising costs of tuition, fees, books, and supplies.

These groups have just introduced the first gold-backed scholarship of the modern era, setting aside 100 oz of physical gold for scholarships to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students who display deep understanding of economics and monetary policy.

2019 Eligibility Requirements

Money Metals Exchange and the Sound Money Defense League will be awarding this scholarship to two incoming or current undergraduate students:

Judged Scholarship Award:

  • Undergraduate Student First Place: $2,000
  • Undergraduate Student Runner Up: $1,000

People's Choice Award:

  • First Place: $500

Application Deadline: Application, resume, and essay must be submitted by September 30, 2019.

How to Apply

To apply for this scholarship, students should fill out the application form online, provide proof of current attendance at a high school, college, or university (by submitting, for example, a transcript) and upload their current resume and their essay. Essays should be roughly 1,000 words in length and should answer ONE of the following questions:

  1. How has the Federal Reserve System helped or hurt the American economy?
  2. Most economists, even those who support private property and free markets, think that money (or monetary services, or money and banking, etc.) is a special good that must be produced and controlled by the government. Do you agree or disagree, and why?
  3. How do you think the free market would handle money, if there were no government intervention of any kind?
  4. How could America best return to a gold or bi-metallic standard?

This scholarship will be open to high school seniors, undergraduate students, and graduate students with an interest in economics, specifically the tradition of the Austrian school. You DO NOT have to be an economics major to be eligible to receive this scholarship.

Essays will be reviewed by a blue ribbon committee of professors, economists, and executives of Money Metals Exchange and Sound Money Defense League. The panel will select two (2) undergraduate winners and two (2) graduate winners. All four (4) articles will be published on one or both organizations' websites. The four (4) winners will have the opportunity to win the People's Choice Award by sharing their published article on social media (Facebook, Twitter). The winner will be chosen based on which article gets the most "shares" or "retweets" within fourteen (14) days of the announcement of the winners.

Apply for the Money Metals Exchange Scholarship



Don't Text and Drive Scholarship


Do you know how far you will drive on the freeway if you take your eyes off the road for five seconds, the average time it takes to send a text? An entire football field.

According to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, texting while driving makes drivers 23 times more likely to get into a "safety-critical event."

The purpose of this scholarship is to help you understand the risks of texting while driving.

Who may apply: You must be a high school freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior or a current or entering college or graduate school student of any level. Home schooled students are also eligible. There is no age limit. You must also be a U.S. citizen or legal resident.

How to apply: Complete the application form online including a 140-character message about texting while driving. The top 10 applications will be selected as finalists. The finalists will be asked to write a full length 500- to 1,000-word essay about texting while driving.

Deadline: September 30, 2019 to coincide with September's No Texting while Driving Day.

How we'll select the winner: We'll select the 10 finalists based on the content of the 140-character message. The winner will be selected based on the content and creativity of the 500- to 1,000-word essay.

Awards: The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

SCHOLARSHIPS TRADITIONALLY DUE IN SEPTEMBER (Deadlines are subject to change in 2019):

The Gates Scholarship - 9/18

 Questbridge College Match - 9/27

 Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship - 9/30







VFW Voice of Democracy Entry Form Part 1
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College Jump Start Scholarship

The College JumpStart Scholarship is an annual, merit-based competition -- financial need is not considered -- that is open to 10th-12th graders, college students and non-traditional students. The main requirement is that you are committed to going to school and can express your goals for getting a higher education. The first place prize is a $1,000 scholarship to help cover educational expenses. This award can be used at any college or university in the United States.

Personal Statement

Please answer ONE of the following questions in 250 words or less. 

(1) What are your educational goals?
(2) How will winning this scholarship help you attain your goals?
(3) Write about a time when "hard work" paid off.
(4) Describe your experience with community service and volunteering and how that has affected you and your outlook.

Your personal statement will be judged on its content not your writing style. Please focus on the substance of your answer. And remember the words of Thomas Jefferson who said, "The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do." Good luck! 

The deadline for the competition is October 17, 2019. When you are ready to apply, please SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION TODAY.




Other SCHOLARSHIPS TRADITIONALLY DUE IN OCTOBER (Deadlines are subject to change in 2019):

AES Engineering Scholarship - 10/6

 Hispanic Heritage Foundation Youth Awards - 10/15

College Jump Start Scholarship -10/17

Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarship - 10/17

O Captain, My Captain Scholarship 10/25

Horatio Alger National and State Scholarship - 10/25

Stokes Educational Scholarship Program - 10/31

Coca-Cola Scholars Program 10/31

Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship - 10/31 

National Rice Month Scholarship 10/31

Liaison Data-Inspired Future Scholarship - 10/31 Scholarship - 10/31

Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest - 10/31

Good360 Sustainability Scholarship - 10/31





SCHOLARSHIPS TRADITIONALLY DUE IN NOVEMBER (Deadlines are subject to change in 2019):

National Co-Op Scholarship Programs - 11/1 

IVEY Engineering Inc (IEI) Scholarship 11/1 

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards 11/6 

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* - Elk’s most Valuable Student Scholarship - 11/15

Maryknoll Student Essay Contest - 11/16 

The LegiSchool Project - 11/16 

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship 11/20 

Sustainability in Your Community Scholarship 11/27 

Bachus & Schanker LLC Scholarship - 11/30 





Women in Science Environmental Scholarship Flyer and link to website

DEADLINE: 12/1/19



Look Twice...Save a Life Scholarship Logo

Look Twice, Save A Life Scholarship ($1,000) is proud to introduce a new scholarship promoting motorcycle safety among students.

The Look Twice, Save A Life Scholarship of $1,000 is awarded to any student who is currently attending or planning to attend college or some form of higher education.

One applicant will be chosen who best brings awareness to motorcycle safety. The scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis for the Spring semester. The deadline to apply is December 1st.

Find out the requirements and how to enter below.

How to Apply

  1. Create a form of social awareness that inspires other students to focus on Looking Twice for Motorcycle Safety. This can be a video, artwork, essay or anything that would engage other students to focus on safe driving.
  2. Once you have completed Step 1, please proceed to fill out the application in our contact form online.
  3. Submit a link to your video, artwork, essay or cre1349
  4. ative element of your choice in the final step of the application form.


  • Current college student or anyone planning on attending college (or another form of higher education) in the upcoming school year.
  • Student must have a valid driver’s license.

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

Apply for the Look Twice...Save a Life Scholarship



Odenza Marketing Group Volunteer Award Flyer and link to apply




SCHOLARSHIPS TRADITIONALLY DUE IN DECEMBER (Deadlines are subject to change in 2019):

Notes for the Future Scholarship - 12/4

Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Scholarship - 12/5

Science Ambassador Scholarship - 12/11

Edison Scholarship - 12/14

AVUHSD Sustainability Scholarship - 12/14

AXA Achievement Scholarship - 12/14

Footlocker Scholar Athlete Scholarship - 12/14

BK Scholars Program - 12/15

Youth Financial Literacy Foundation Scholarship - 12/15

Rubincam Youth Award - 12/15

Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards - 12/18

Dolman Law Group Scholarship - 12/29

Snaps for College Cash - 12/30

Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Scholarship - 12/31

Because College is Expensive Scholarship - 12/31

NRA Civil Right Defense Fund Scholarship - 12/31

 G2 Overachievers Student Grant - 12/31

FIRE Free Speech Essay Contest - 12/31

Unigo $10K Scholarship - 12/31

 Imagine America Scholarship - 12/31

OppU Achievers Scholarship - 12/31

Your Gift to the World Scholarship - 12/31





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CLASS of 2019

Senior Information


Dear SOAR Seniors and Parents,

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on a tremendous achievement as the year draws to a close.  High school graduation is a milestone of which you, as students and parents, should be extremely proud.  As graduation day approaches, SOAR High School’s staff will work hard to ensure that this is a special and memorable occasion. 

We hope that your years at SOAR have prepared you for the many opportunities that await you as an adult.  We at SOAR are proud of your accomplishments and we wish you much success.  Let us all endeavor to make this year’s graduation ceremony a memory to last a lifetime!


Stephanie A. Herrera, Ed.D.

Principal, SOAR High School



Principal:  Dr. Stephanie Herrera




Head Counselor:  Mrs. Rika Moya

School Secretary:  Mrs. Janet Andrews

Pupil Services Technician:  Mrs. Tracey Chainey

Data Tech/Registrar:  Ms. Jaylene Schaeffer




President:  Angela Estrada

Vice President:  Ryan Ohaya

Secretary:  Dominic Vinluan

  Treasurer:  Brenda Castro

Historian:  Daniela Bermudez

Parlimentarian:  Monica Escobedo

Public Relations:  Dominic Vinluan

Fundraising Coordinator:  Luke Vinluan

Events Coordinator:  Xavier Williams

Advisor:  Ms. Katy Nelsen


This booklet is designed to assist you in planning for your upcoming senior activities. These activities are specifically for graduating seniors.  Please note the events and the details that describe them.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact the SOAR High School office at 661-722-6509.


(Each senior must submit a signed copy of these standards)

Seniors must follow all school rules and regulations at all senior activities.  Appropriate behavior and regular school attendance are required in order to be eligible for all senior activities.  Remember that senior activities, including graduation, are privileges.  School officials reserve the right to remove students from any senior activities, including prom, or graduation.  Specifically,

·     any senior who is subject to significant disciplinary action in the months prior to graduation may forfeit their participation in the commencement ceremony and/or other senior activities;

·     any senior who has not met all of the graduation requirements 48 hour prior to graduation may not participate in the commencement ceremony;

·     any senior who has not attended the mandatory senior meeting(s) and graduation practices may not participate in the commencement ceremony; or

·     any senior who behaves inappropriately during the commencement ceremony may be removed from the ceremony.


DATE:            May 3, 2019

TIME:             6:00 p.m.

PLACE:          AVC Performing Arts Theater

The annual SOAR High School Senior Awards Night will honor seniors for their scholastic achievements. 

Senior ladies should wear dresses or dress slacks and blouses.  Senior gentlemen should wear slacks, dress shirts with collars and ties.  NO JEANS.


Seniors can still purchase yearbooks for $60 until the end of February. The price will increase to $65 for March and April and $70 for May.  In addition, family members can buy a special Senior Ad in the yearbook. Prices are a business card, $15; quarter page, $35; half page, $50; full page, $75.  Contact Mrs. Jefferson ([email protected]) for more information.


All graduation requirements must be met before the school can certify graduation.  Seniors MUST meet all graduation requirements in order to participate in the commencement ceremony.  Any senior failing a required course may make it up in Independent Study Summer School.  The diploma will be awarded after a counselor verifies that the requirements have been met.  Non-graduates who are 18 can see their counselor for a transcript and paper work to enroll in Adult Education after Summer School.

Students who must attend Summer School may participate in all activities except commencement and Grad Nite.


DATE:              Saturday, May 11, 2019 – Sunday, May 12, 2019

TIME:               8:00 a.m. (Saturday) – 4:00 a.m. (Sunday)

COST:               TBD

PLACE:            Disneyland

Transportation: By bus (no exceptions) departing from SOAR HS parking lot by the tennis courts.

Suggested dress for Women:

¨               Will be included in Grad Nite packet available 2nd semester

Suggested dress for men:

¨               Will be included in Grad Nite packet available 2nd semester                                


·     Seniors will be cleared to graduate on May 28th through their AVID classes.

·     Students will proceed through each of the clearance stations in no particular order:

1.     College books:  students will check in books with Ms. Fite and fines will be identified

2.     Textbooks:  students will check in books with their teachers.  Late books can be turned into Mrs. Andrews and Ms. Schaeffer; fines will be identified

3.     Student charges:  students will pay all charges

4.     Graduation check:  students will confirm with Mrs. Speaks that they have met all graduation requirements and that they do not have substantial discipline that will prevent them from participating in the ceremony

5.     Cap and gown: students will purchase from the AVC Student Store (approximately $40).

6.     All signatures must be complete before Dr. Herrera will sign you off officially and distribute graduation tickets.


Finals:  May 20 - 23, 2019                            

Senior Grades Due:  May 24, 2019


1.  Wednesday, May 29th, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m., SOAR High School.

2.   Thursday, May 30th, 8:00 to 9:30 a.m., SOAR High School.

     *Please contact Dr. Herrera if you are unable to attend.

3.   Thursday, May 30th, 4:00 p.m., Eastside High School.

Participation in commencement practice is mandatory. Graduates who do not attend practice will not be allowed to participate in the commencement ceremony. NO EXCEPTIONS. You MUST have your graduation contract signed and returned to the office in order to attend practice and graduation. 

REMINDER:  Graduates must attend ALL commencement practices!!  All debts to the school must be cleared in order to participate in the ceremony.


Senior Breakfast will be held on May 30, 2019, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., at the AVC Cafeteria.  This event is hosted by the Senior Class.


If you are planning to attend a college, university, or trade school in the fall and they are expecting you to furnish an official high school transcript after graduation, you will need to order your transcript on-line through  Directions for this process can be found in the office.  High school grades will be updated through 2nd semester by June 14, 2019.


All seniors participating in the Commencement exercises should have already purchased their cap and gown from the AVC Student Store.  Cost for cap and gown is approximately $40.00 plus tax.  Cap and gowns will be available after SOAR’s Spring Break.

Please press/steam the gown.  Put your cap on well forward with the short point almost between your eyebrows.  Wear your tassel over your RIGHT eye.

Please do not throw your caps in the air after graduation.  The graduation gown is also yours to keep; take care of it.  Many graduates keep both their cap and gown as important keepsakes.

Everyone should bring several bobby pins and a couple of safety pins for emergencies.  It may be very windy, and you will need to secure your hats with bobby pins.  If something breaks on your gown, you may need your safety pins.  We will have Junior Class ushers pick up items that are retrievable for you when possible.

COMMENCEMENT (Graduation Exercises)

DATE:            Thursday, May 30, 2019

TIME:             6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

PLACE:          Eastside High School Theater

All graduates are to report at 4:00 p.m.  BE ON TIME!  All graduates must wear a cap and gown.  Ladies are reminded to wear dresses or skirts/slacks and blouses and to leave purses with parents.  Gentlemen should wear suits, or slacks and jackets with shirts and ties.  Please do not wear sandals or white socks.  Students should leave phones, presents, flowers, or other items with parents during graduation.  Do not bring items to carry (camera, phones, sunglasses). There will be no check-in of valuables and the school will not be responsible for items that may be lost or stolen.

Graduates are not permitted to carry anything, nor may they adorn their cap and gown. 

The commencement ceremony is not mandatory.  It is a privilege which comes only once in a person’s lifetime!


Graduates will receive only the cover of their diplomas when they go through the ceremony.  Diplomas will be available for pick-up immediately following the graduation ceremony.  Diplomas will only be released to the graduate. Please make every effort to pick up your diploma at this time or you will need to make an appointment with the SOAR Registrar.   DIPLOMAS WILL NOT BE MAILED HOME.


Remember, this booklet does not ensure graduation.  All seniors must fulfill the academic requirements as set forth by the State of California, The Antelope Valley Union High School District, and SOAR High School. 


·       You must apply for graduation in the Graduation Office, SSV 117, by the deadline established by the AVC Graduation Office.

·       Verify that you do not have a FERPA hold on your record at the AVC Graduation Office if you want your name to appear in the commencement program.  Take a photo ID to AVC Admissions and Records to complete the form.

·       The SOAR program does not pay for your cap and gown, but if you need help with this contact Dr. Zimmerman.

·      AVC Graduation is at 8:00 a.m. on May 31, 2019 in the AVC football stadium.  There is practice the day before at 2 p.m.  You should not miss a college class for practice. 

SOAR’s Vision—

SOAR Stars are life-long learners and self-advocates who solve the most pressing challenges through an unwavering pursuit of knowledge, innovation, and collaboration, becoming engaged and productive leaders in their communities.

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