News from Doherty Guidance (Nov. 30th)

1.    Information session for Worcester State University AID Admissions Program

Worcester State University offers an alternative admissions program for students who would benefit from educational assistance. The information session will take place on Tuesday, December 1 at 9 a.m. in the cafeteria. Sign up in the guidance office.

2.    Upward Bound program at Worcester State University

Upward Bound is accepting applications from 9th and 10th graders until 12/4/15. Participation in the program throughout high school includes tuition and fees for Upward Bound students who choose to attend Worcester State University as a college student.

3.    Dual Enrollment at Worcester State University

Juniors and seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0 may apply for dual enrollment courses at Worcester State University. Earn both high school and college credit for courses completed this spring. Dual enrollment courses include Survey of Math, Physical Geography, and English Composition. Courses are free to Doherty students. Application deadline is 12/23 but courses fill quickly so apply soon. See Mrs. Fairfull in guidance for more information. www.worcester.edu/dualenrollment

4.    Seniors with college application deadlines in January:  Submit your transcript and letter of recommendation request forms to your guidance counselor by 12/1.  

5.    SAT - next test is 12/5; remember to bring your ticket and identification

ACT - next test is 12/12; remember to bring your ticket and identification

6.    Scholarships: See the scholarship listings on the Doherty website for details.

Guidance counselors need two weeks to complete recommendations for scholarship applications. Remember, you should never pay for scholarship information. It is available for free from reputable organizations.

Scholarships with November Deadlines:

Hanover Insurance – due by 11/30 Ron Brown Scholarship
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Veterans of Foreign Wars/Voice of Democracy

Scholarships with December Deadlines:

Anne and Allegra Ford (learning disability) Univision Scholarship
Axa Achievement ($10,000 winner from MA) American Institute of Architecture
Barbara J Sinnott Scholarship AFL-CIO (labor history exam; study guide provided)
Burger King Scholars Nat’l Academy of TV Arts & Sciences
Hispanic Scholarship Fund Francis Ouimet Scholarship
Hispanic Heritage Youth Award American Legion – Oratorial Scholarship
Toyota Community Scholars Worcester Latino Dollars for Scholars
Elks Most Valuable Student  

7.    MEFA Scholarship database:

Try MEFA’s free scholarship database available at yourplanforthefuture.org. Register with Your Plan for the Future, click on the Paying for College link, and then click on Search for Scholarships. The database is free and has many listings. You may search by deadlines, academic interest, work and volunteer interests, personal characteristics, and personal affiliations.

8.    Financial Aid for College:

All colleges require the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Make an appointment to get free help filling out the FAFSA at www.FAFSADay.org. Register now for an appointment at Worcester State or Quinsigamond Community College on January 31, 2016.  See FAFSADay.org for other dates and locations.

9.    Financial Aid for College:

CSS Profile – Do any schools on your list require the CSS Profile? See Anne Muirhead in guidance  for help. amuirhead@massedco.org or 508 755 4571

10.  Free SAT Prep Course for New SAT:

Mr. Litizzio is offering a class that will meet Wednesday afternoons from 2-3:30 p.m. in Room 403 starting 12/2. The class will focus on the New SAT that will be offered starting in March 2016. 

11.   Job Opportunity:

USPS is hiring seasonal workers for their Shrewsbury and Clinton locations.  Apply at www.usps.com/careers