AchieveMpls Career & College Center Announcements


CCC Happenings November 23, 2015–December 4, 2015


Monday, November 23 (Rates and Abdullah in the CCC)

AVID seniors in CCC period 3


Tuesday, November 24

Rates and Abdullah out at AchieveMpls Meetings


Wednesday, November 25 - Friday, November 26: No School-Thanksgiving Break


Monday, November 30 (Rates and Abdullah in the CCC)

AVID seniors in CCC period 3


Tuesday, December 1 (Rates in the CCC)

Financial Aid Night on Tuesday, December 1st from 6:30-8pm in the Auditorium

Frequent college application deadline

Wallin Scholarship Opens


Wednesday, December 2 (Abdullah in the CCC)

AVID seniors in CCC period 3

Minnesota Air National Guard rep visit at 10am

Walk-In Help Sessions, Topic: College Applications from 2-3:30pm in the CCC


Thursday, December 3 (Rates in the CCC)


Friday, December 4 (Rates and Abdullah in the CCC)

CCC Closed for Coun Dept Meeting from 9-10:30


Upcoming Events

Wallin Scholarship Application Opens: December 1

Step Up Online Application Opens: December 7

Frequent College Application Deadline: December 15


Seniors: To Do List:

All seniors…

-Researching colleges and narrowing your list down to around 5 schools

-Meet with college admission reps when they come to South

-Attend the National College Fair at the Minneapolis Convention Center on October 21st from 4:30pm- 8pm

-Register for October ACT if you haven’t taken it or want to retest

-Send ACT scores if you didn’t put that school when you registered

-Start applying to colleges (on school’s website or using the Common App)

-Send your transcripts

-If your school requires a LOR from your counselor: Complete counselor recommendation survey on Naviance and make appt with your counselor for LOR interview

-Ask teachers for letters of recommendation if required

-Start your college essay if required. NOTE: go to The Writing Center in the media center to get help on your college essay


Need help or just more information…

-Come to the College and Career Center, room 246

-Make an appointment with your counselor, room 247A or 247B


College Campus Travel/Visit Opportunities




Montana State University in Bozeman

MSU Friday Visits

January 29, 2016

March 11, 2016

April 8, 2016

Online registration at

Wisconsin Private School

Campus Visit Opportunities

Sept 2015- Aug 2016

For more information about all visits or to schedule your own private tour go to

Hope College

Spring Visits

January 18,22,29

February 5,19,26

March 4,11

April 1,8,15

You can get up to $500 of your travel expenses paid. For more information and to register go to or call 616.395.7850

Simpson College

Scholarship audition and interview event

February 18-19, 2016

Register at or call 515.961.1624

Winona State University

Academic preview

Dec 4



Saturday visits

Jan 23, 30

North Dakota State College of Science

Wahpeton Special Event Tour Days

Fargo Special Event Tour Days

NDSCS-Fargo Programs-mar 8

UW-La Crosse

Campus Close Up Dates

Feb 19

Apr 22

Register to attend at

Seton Hall University

Open House Events

Feb 14

Apr 24

UW-River Falls

College Visit Days

Dec 4

Feb 15

Mar 25

Apr 15, 29

Milwaukee School of Engineering

Open Houses

Dec 5

Apr 23

Junior Visit Days

Jan 22, Feb 26, Mar 11

Senior Visit Days

Oct 30

Minnesota State University, Mankato


Apr 11-Discover

To register or for more information contact

Augustana University

Visit Days

Feb 12, Apr 15, 29

Scholarship Events

Dec 4, Feb 5, 21

or call 605.274.5516

Illinois Wesleyan University

Audition Days

Feb 6, Feb 20, Mar 5

Laura Dolan, Music Admissions Coordniator at 309.556.3063 or email

Grandview University

Action and Visit Days

Winter-Jan 18

Admitted student-Mar 4

Sophomore & Junior Visit-Apr 1

Summer-June 10

Banson NYC

Fashion Week Adventure

February 12-16, 2016

Deadline: 12/18/15


Upcoming Events at Local Colleges/Local Visits



Dates and Location




·         Gap Year informational website:

·         Leap is a gap year program, for more information go to

·         Book:  Our Plan:  A Family-Centered Approach to Paying For College

·         CollegeXpress a resource for students and parents regarding college and scholarship search.

·         The MN Department of Education – in partnership with TPT – has produced videos featuring students from all over the state in their first year of college, and talking about the decision-making that went into the process of going to college. They’ve also got some films featuring parents. Here’s a link to the videos on the web:

·         Affordable Online Colleges Guide

·         Code U  is a free online workshop for high school students exploring college and health careers.

·         Fast Web  Matches you to scholarships. Get started at

· is a new and powerful college search tool that makes the college search process easier for students and parents.

·         Next Step Academy offers solutions for students of all ages, whether they are seeking a college program, trying to figure out what career path is right for them or are looking to gain valuable life skills.

·         “You Wanna Do” a new free service matching people to careers, colleges and companies for a better life. Go to for more information.

·         Huntington Learning Center now offers one-to-one subject tutoring in Math and Science.  Call 1-800-CAN LEARN today.

·         Free Financial Coaching through Prepare and Prosper! Money Mentors is a financial coaching program offered to community members FOR FREE! Participants work 1:1 with a volunteer coach to achieve financial goals by creating an action plan to create true change. Apply to participate at

·         Khan Academy is now providing free SAT practice

·         ATTN: 9th grade females: Coastal Studies for Girls - Is an extraordinary 10th grade semester for girls in Freeport, Maine. Now seeking applicants for next year! For more information about this program and to apply go to

·         University of Alabama-Early College is accepting for highly motivated sophomore, junior and senior students who are prepared for college study. For more information go to then talk to your counselor.

·         The government is trying to make the college aid application easier and come out earlier, check out the website

Career and Community Opportunities

·         2016 High School Page Program-Minnesota House of Representatives is an opportunity for juniors who are interested in politics. You get to spend one week in the Capitol. Stipends are available. More information and application at (Deadline: 12/4/15)

·         U.S. Military Academy for the Fifth Congressional District House of Representatives. For more information or questions contact Mike Siebenaler at, application in the CCC (Deadline:11/2015).

·         HOBY sophomore state leadership seminar and advanced leadership academy for juniors and seniors. For more information go to Register at For more information come to the CCC.

·         Minnesota National Guard Montgomery GI Bill, Federal Tuition Assistance, State Tuition Reimbursement. For more information call David Crowe at 612.418.4794

·         Minneapolis Electrical JATC application winter schedule: complete app before 12/18/15. aptitude test 1/29 and Interview late Feb

Scholarship Opportunities

· is a website where you can earn scholarship money for simply doing what you're suppose to be doing in high school!  Example: did you get an A in English for 9th grade?  Enter that info in, and you get a $200 scholarship!  You can start now as a freshmen or as a senior!

o    These scholarships only apply to colleges that choose to opt in to Currently there are about 30 schools participating (you can see the list by visiting the website), and the only school in MN so far is the University of MN- Duluth.  

o    You have to graduate high school with a 3.2 GPA in your core classes to receive these scholarships.

·         Elks National Foundation Scholarships 500 scholarships for seniors across the country. Applications are online at . Must complete and bring to Hopkins Elks (Deadline: 12/1/15).

·         SCAD Challenge register by 12/15/15, submissions must be complete by 2/1/16, winners announced 3/1/16. For more information and to apply go to

·         Mensa Education and Research Foundation Scholarship Essay Contest write an essay about your career goals and why will achieve them and you could win $300-$1000. For essay rules and to enter visit (Deadline: 1/15/16).

·         Gates Millennium Scholars full ride scholarship for a diverse students who is pell eligible and has at least a 3.3 gpa. For more information and to apply go to (1/14/16).

·         Dell Scholars $20,000 scholarship for AVID students who demonstrate financial need with a 2.4 gpa or higher. For more information and to apply go to (1/15/16).

*School specific scholarships below. Note: this is not an extensive list, just what has been sent to us, you should check every school's financial aid webpage for more information about scholarships at their college or university.


Name of Scholarship



Montana State University

Presidential Scholarship


University of Missouri

Nonresident Scholarships


·         Skidmore College

·  annual scholarships



The University of Iowa

Multiple scholarships for 1st year students

For more information go to


Mankato State University

Multiple incoming freshmen scholarships



Automatic academic scholarships

-Excellence scholarship

-Concordia college scholarship

-National merit finalists

-Transfer student academic scholarship

Competitive academic scholarships

-Presidential distinction scholarship

Performance scholarships


-visual arts




St. Thomas

Dease Scholarship

·         A full tuition scholarship to St. Thomas. You must apply and be accepted to St. Thomas to get this scholarship. Criteria: underrepresented, first generation and graduate from an urban school. For more information and to apply go to

·  2/1/15

Hendrix College

Hays Memorial Scholarship

For freshmen, funds for tuition, room, board and mandatory fees. Requirements: senior, 3.6 gpa or higher, minmium 32 superscore ACT, accepted to Hendrix Early Decision Nov 15 or Feb 1 (at the latest)

Drake University

Physics Prize

1st place-4 year full tuition scholarship to Drake University. Must take the exam between Jan 27-Jan 29.

Boston University

Trustee Scholarship Competition

4 year full tution scholarship at BU.


The University of Virginia

Jefferson Scholars Foundation

4 year full tuition scholaship.



ACT Prep Options

·         Community Education: Prep Classes contact our community education office for more information.

·         Naviance’s PrepMe: Free online option to practice for the ACT. Come to the CCC if you have questions.

·         Peterson's Test Prep Guidance Net: Online courses are available for PSAT, ACT or SAT. Contact: or 877 837-8773

·         Hennepin County Library: Access FREE ACT/SAT/PSAT/AP practice tests:go to

·         Books: There are book options by Princeton Review, Barron’s, McGraw Hill and others that you can purchase online, check Amazon for the best price.

*Other places to contact/websites: The following offer test prep options that require payment:

·         ACT Ready: offers personal, high quality ACT preparation at a reasonable price to students of all academic abilities and tailored to their needs. Contact: Mary Ann Dorsher and Mary Langfeldt or 612-927-9516

·         Aspire Personalized: Offers in-person tutoring for college entrance exams and mathematics.  Thore has helped diverse students reach their potential, including a number of 9 point score increases on the ACT and 500 points on the SAT.  Aspire Instruction strives to strengthen core academic competencies, study skills, and test taking strategies, so the tutoring benefits students long past the test date. Contact:  Thore Dosdall:, 320-287-0933

·         Huntington Learning Center: Provides one-on-one tutoring with flexible scheduling for both ACT and SAT. Cost:  Varies by individual and number of students. Contact: or call 952 922-2488

·         Kaplan Test Prep: Offers Prep Courses for PSAT, ACT, or SAT. Options include classroom courses, online courses and private tutoring, and a new option called “ACT Express”.  ACT Express is a condensed, 12-hour course. Call 1-800-KAP-TEST for information on any of Kaplan’s test prep options. Click on the link “Find a Free Event” for information about free practice tests in the Twin Cities area. Contact:

·         Princeton Review: PSAT, ACT< and SAT prep courses are available.  Options include classroom courses, online courses or private tutoring. Free practice tests and strategy sessions are available for students at various locations throughout the Twin Cities. Contact: or 1-800-2-Review

·         Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc: ACT and SAT classroom and small group courses are available.  Students are encouraged to attend all classes, but can make-up a missed class online.  Cost: ACT $888, SAT $988 . Contact: or 952-831-5351

·         PrepFactory is a completely FREE ACT prep site (recently showcased on FreeTech4Teachers & being used by more than several hundred other schools), and which features:

o    99th percentile instructors

o    thousands of practice questions (which kids seem to love)

o    gamification elements to keep kids engaged (also very popular!

o    Here's a special invite link if you'd like to check it out:


*specific ACT/SAT prep options in the area, this list is not exhaustive for more information and opportunities check out the above company/organization’s websites.


Location and Date



Summer Opportunities

Washington University in St. Louis high school summer experiences, for more information go to summer