March Counselor's Update
February, is behind us and with the month of March comes Women's History Month and Spring Break during the week of March 18th-22nd. The school year is rapidly progressing and before you know it summer will be here yet again.
Summer opportunities for students
The priority deadline for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2019-20 school year has passed but 12th-grade students can still access and complete the application. All senior students and parents should complete the application regardless of their financial need as it will provide you with valuable information and some scholarships such as the Doyle require a completed FAFSA to receive the award. Completing the FAFSA will take approximately 30 minutes and the prior prior tax year (2017) information is required. You can access the application by clicking here.
The California Dream Act allows undocumented and nonresident documented students who meet certain conditions to apply for and receive private scholarships funded through public universities, state-administered financial aid, University grants, community college fee waivers, and Cal Grants. You can access the application by clicking here. The application priority deadline was March 2nd but you can still apply.
Any students and/or parents contemplating or planning on transitioning to a school other than Valley Oaks next year should arrange to meet with me as soon as possible to discuss the plan for doing so. One of the great things about Valley Oaks is that students have the ability to earn variable credits, however, for students transitioning to a comprehensive school, it is important that their credits align with the credits at the new school prior to transitioning.
Scheduling appointments to see me
Each week there are various times blocked off on my calendar for Valley Oaks student and/or parents interested in meeting with me. Please click this link to view and schedule an appointment from the times that are available.
Test administration on March 9th
Test administration on May 4th
Regular registration deadline for May 4th test on April 5th
Additional upcoming test dates
Regular registration deadline for June 1st test on May 3rd
Test administration on April 13th
Regular registration deadline for the April 13th test on March 8th
Additional upcoming test dates
Regular registration deadline for the June 8th test on May 3rd
Regular registration deadline for the July 13th test on June 14th
Thousands of scholarships are available all throughout the year with a wide range of eligibility criteria. There are several websites that will help identify possible scholarship opportunities such as Fastweb and Big Future. Here are some scholarships that may not appear on the national website searches. Also attached to this email is a document containing a list of some national scholarships currently available.
SRJC Doyle Scholarship and Doyle Trustee Award
This year marks the first year that the Doyle scholarship does not require a separate application. You must complete the FAFSA or Dream Act application to apply. The Doyle scholarship has a $1200 award per year and is renewable for a 2nd year. To qualify for the Doyle scholarship students must have an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher. The Doyle Trustee award is for students with overall GPA's of 2.00-2.74 and requires an additional 300-500 word essay. Click here to access and submit the scholarship essay.
McDowell Drug Task Force scholarship
For graduating 12th graders with GPA's of 2.0 or higher. Have completed a minimum of 40 hours of community service. Should be enrolled in one of the following fields of education: Health services, Educator, Law Enforcement, Counseling, or Wildlife Management. The application deadline is April 5th. The application is attached to this email.
Cruisin' the Boulevard scholarship
Scholarships are awarded to Petaluma area high schools’ graduating 12th graders, as well as college students continuing in these studies who are pursuing a career in automotive technology/repair/mechanics/
In closing please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Here is another summer opportunity for 11th-grade students.