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COLLEGE PLANNING INFORMATION/RESOURCES



College Info
ABOUT.COM: COLLEGE ADMISSIONS

About.com:College Admissions page provides a wealth of information and links to articles regarding Admissions, Scholarships, College Essays, and more...

http://collegeapps.about.com

ACCREDITEDSCHOOLSONLINE.ORG

Accredited Schools Online is a comprehensive accreditation resource that provides prospective students and families with the tools needed to make well-informed decisions about their education.

http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/

ACHIEVEALABAMA.ORG

AchieveAlabama.org was created by C.A.M.P. (College Admissions Made Possible) in partnership with the Rotaract Club of Birmingham to give high school students in Alabama a tool to assist in the college admissions and scholarship application process.

Site powered by Cappex, to help connect students throughout the State of Alabama with the school that best fits their needs and with scholarship opportunities that will enable them to pursue their goals and dreams.

http://achievealabama.org

PETERSONS.COM

The Peterson’s databases includes over 50,000 accredited Schools and Programs, and over 5,000 Scholarships. Use our search tools to find the school, program, or scholarship that’s right for you. You can focus your search on the categories important to you.

http://www.petersons.com

COLLEGERESULTS.ORG

College Results Online (CRO) is an interactive, user-friendly Web tool designed to provide policymakers, counselors, parents, students, and others with information about college graduation rates for nearly any four-year college or university in the country.

CRO allows users to:

  • Examine colleges' graduation rates, and see how those rates have changed over time.
  • Compare graduation rates of similar colleges serving similar students.
  • Learn about colleges' track records in graduating diverse groups of students.

This information reveals that some colleges do a much better job of graduating students than others. It also shows that at many colleges, significant gaps exist in graduation rates between white students and students of color.  But, it also provides powerful examples of colleges that prove that low graduation rates - especially for diverse students - are not inevitable.

http://collegeresults.org

YOUNIVERSITYTV.COM

Site dedicated in provided virtual tours of several college campuses according to trends, various rankings, affordability, etc.

http://www.youniversitytv.com

COLLEGETOOLKIT.COM

College Toolkit can help with every step of the college admissions process, from picking the right college, to paying for, to researching majors.

http://collegetoolkit.com

BESTCOLLEGES.COM

Bestcolleges.com seeks to empower students by providing the information needed to make informed higher education decisions. Through proprietary research, website offers user-friendly guides and rankings that lead students of all ages on their personal path to a college degree. Bestcolleges.com is a site dedicated to helping students find the school that best meets their needs.

http://www.bestcolleges.com/

BIG FUTURE BY THE COLLEGE BOARD

Find Colleges, Explore Careers, Research Scholarships, and much more!

https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR COLLEGE ADMISSION COUNSELING

Site includes tools to help students transition from high school to college. Includes advice on:

  • College Preparation - what can you do to make sure you are ready for the next phase.
  • College Search - Expand Horizons - there are 1000's of schools in the US alone!
  • Applying to College is a detailed process - Start your research
  • Paying for College can be stressful - Examine options, start building a plan
  • Succeeding in College - Find the right fit and prepare for the next chapter in life!

http://www.nacacnet.org/studentinfo/Pages/Default.aspx

CAPPEX

Cappex.com makes the process of finding the perfect college simple. There's a college out there that's just right for you, and Cappex, Your College Decision Headquarters™, makes finding it much simpler. MeritAid.com provides Cappex with comprehensive details about $11 billion in merit scholarships offered by colleges across the country. It is the first centralized website dedicated to matching students with merit-based scholarships from more than 3,000 colleges. Knowing what merit-based scholarships are available before students apply to colleges can help them make a more educated decision on where to apply.

http://www.cappex.com

CHRISTIAN COLLEGE GUIDE

ChristianCollegeGuide.net is dedicated to helping college-bound students and their families in the search for Christian higher education. We provide tools and resources to find and connect with Christian colleges and universities, plus expert, trustworthy content on the college search and preparation process, all from a Christian point of view.

http://www.christiancollegeguide.net

BRIDGE TO MUSIC

Bridge to Music is a resource guide for musicians at every level. Featuring over 3,000 music schools and teachers.

http://www.bridgetomusic.com/

COLLEGECONFIDENTIAL

Considered to be the leading college-bound community on the Web. Includes hundreds of pages of articles about choosing a college, getting into the college you want, how to pay for it, and more. You'll also find the Web's busiest discussion community related to college admissions, and a CampusVibe section.

http://www.collegeconfidential.com

THE COLLEGE ESSAYIST

The College Essayist is a student-led organization dedicated to assisting college bound students in the college admissions process by pairing up potential students with a school-specific mentor, who can help to devise, edit, and finalize an admissions essay to the school of their dreams. Site is 100% free in order to ensure equal access to higher education for all.

http://www.thecollegeessayist.com/

COLLEGE LIVING EXPERIENCE

College Living Experience helps students with special needs prepare for life as independent adults.

Young adults with autism, Asperger’s, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy and other special needs can successfully transition to independent adulthood with tailored support. With new-found skills and a degree or certificate in hand, our students find meaningful work and relationships as independent adults. CLE provides support in three areas: academics, social skills and independent living skills.

http://experiencecle.com/

COLLEGE HUB

At Education.com's main college hub you will find over 60 Information Centers and thousands of articles to walk you along the entire road to college, through college, and beyond college.

http://www.education.com/special-edition/college-and-beyond/

COLLEGEVIEW

CollegeView is a Web site for student and parents searching for college-related information. CollegeView contains hundreds of articles pertaining to the college planning process, along with over 4,000 college-specific information pages. Students and families can also use our leading college search tool, SuperMatch, to search for and find colleges that match their interests and needs.

http://www.collegeview.com

COLLEGENET

CollegeNET, Inc. is the world's leading 'virtual plumber' for higher education internet transactions, featuring over 1500 customized Internet admissions applications built for college and university programs. When applying to more than one program you save redundant typing since common data automatically travels from form to form.

http://www.Collegenet.com

COLLEGEWEEK LIVE

CollegeWeekLive offer the following tools to assist students in their college search:

  • Live streaming video presentations from admissions experts, guidance counselors, admissions officers, and current college students – with real time q&a sessions
  • Virtual booths for colleges and universities featuring:Scheduled school-specific presentations by admissions officials
    • Electronic brochures and course catalogs
    • Campus images, videos and podcasts
    • Real-time IM and video chat between students and school representatives
    • Videos that describe a school and its surroundings
  • A resource center for students and parents
  • Networking capabilities so that attendees can communicate with other attendees

http://www.collegeweeklive.com

COLLEGE XPRESS

CollegeXpress is a college planning website, including comprehensive college and scholarship search tools, tons of informational articles and advice, college lists and rankings and spiffy one-click college recruitment.

http://www.collegexpress.com/

GoCOLLEGE

GoCollege.com is one of the oldest and most trusted resources to guide students on how to finance and succeed in college.

http://www.gocollege.com

KAARME

A networking and information site for students and student athletes. Kaarme Provides information about: Colleges, Scholarships, College Sports, and Careers. All the information you need to get into college and make the right choice.

http://kaarme.com/

KNOW HOW 2 GO

Know How 2 Go is a website designed to aid low-income students and their families on taking steps toward postsecondary education. Information on how to be prepared for, and ultimately apply to College.

http://www.knowhow2go.org/

MYFUTURE

Myfuture.com helps young adults plan their next steps in life by bringing together the most recently available information about colleges, careers and military service opportunities from the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Defense, Education and Labor.

http://www.myfuture.com

NEXTSTEPU

NextStepU – Everything you need to know about life after high school! NextStepU provides great resources for students planning for college, career and life. Online, NextStepU.com offers a college match section, a career finder, planning resources, forum postings, thousands of relevant articles and a chance to win up to $10,000 with the Win Free Tuition contest. Don’t’ have a copy of NextStepU Magazine? Check out the digital e-Mag at NextStepU.com, which you can download for free!

http://www.nextstepu.com

ONLINECOLLEGES.NET

With a focus on emerging trends and developments in online education, OnlineColleges.net provides free student guides and college search information for onlineschools catering to students who cannot or prefer not to attend classes in the traditional, on-campus setting.

http://www.onlinecolleges.net/

SCHOOLS FOR THEATRE

Schools for Theatre is the only comprehensive online guide to theatre schools and universities that offer programs in theatre arts.

http://www.schoolsfortheatre.com/index.php

       



CAREER EXPLORATION AND RESOURCES



Career Exploration
ALABAMA CAREER INFORMATION NETWORK

This website is a gateway to valuable career exploration activities and college financial aid information.

http://alcareerinfo.org/

US BUREAU OF LABOR AND STATISTICS

US DEPARTMENTOF LABOR AND STATISTICS Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Information on Careers with ability to search by Median Pay, Occupation Groups, Skill set, etc.

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/

CAMPUSRN

Search Thousands of Entry Level nursing jobs, healthcare jobs and allied-health jobs. Site also offers resources for Nursing Scholarship Opportunities.

Healthcare Careers

http://www.campusrn.com/

BSNEDU.ORG

BSNEDU.ORG is an independent group of web publishers committed to developing user-friendly resources on healthcare education. They admire nurses that put in the extra effort to go beyond meeting the base requirements for RN licensure, and respect the unique level of skill and leadership BSN-prepared nurses bring to the clinical environment. They also work to support the larger nursing community and advocate for initiatives that make BSN programs more accessible and more affordable.

Site is not dependent on any outside funding and have no outside affiliation, so they able to develop BSNedu.org as a dedicated resource designed to serve the needs of the nursing community working directly with BSN-educated RNs and BSN students to get a real understanding of the kind of objective resource nursing students are looking for.

http://www.bsnedu.org/

REGISTEREDNURSING.ORG

Website developed by registered nurses who care deeply about the profession and provide the resources future nurses need to succeed. Helping to bring those interested in nursing from the research phase to enrollment to landing that first RN job and beyond. Site dedicated to helping students become a great RN!

http://www.registerednursing.org

CAREERTOOLKIT.COM

Free website with tools to help students figure out the right career path.

Information includes:

  • Nearly 200 career profiles of popular careers with an easy to use widget to help sort careers based on criteria most important
  • Top 100 careers ranked based on salary, job outlook, employment changes, and the typical education required
  • Career insights from people already employed in the career in the form of interviews and more ...

In addition to all the career profiles website also has a financial aid center with articles explaining student loans, where to look for scholarships, and more.

http://www.careertoolkit.com

GO BUILD ALABAMA

Created by the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute, the Go Build campaign is designed to educate young people on the value of learning a trade, dispel their misconceptions about the construction industry and inspire them to consider building a career as a skilled construction tradesman.

http://www.gobuildalabama.com/

BIG FUTURE BY THE COLLEGE BOARD

Find Colleges, Explore Careers, Research Scholarships, and much more!

https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/

QUINTESSENTIAL CAREERS

Quintessential Careers is the ultimate career, job, and college site, offering comprehensive free expert career and job-hunting advice (through articles, tools, tips, samples, and tutorials), as well as serving as a directory of links to all the best job sites. Special sections for teens, college students, and all other job-seekers (by industry, geography, and job-seeker type) make this site a comprehensive resource for all.

http://www.quintcareers.com

UWANNADU

Uwannadu matches students to real careers. Students may view video interviews of working professionals, see engaging infographics and comparable data about careers and colleges… on any device… for free.

Uwannadu helps high school students:

  • Match their interests to potential careers
  • Understand the degrees these jobs require
  • Compare colleges where they can make it happen

http://uwannadu.com/default.aspx

MYPLAN.COM

MyPlan.com helps students and professionals plan more fulfilling lives by making well-informed decisions about education and careers. Whether deciding on what college to go to, choosing a major, planning ahead for a first career, or thinking about making a career change, MyPlan.com can help explore options and bring clarity and insight into figuring out what may be right for you. 100% independent and unbiased, MyPlan.com gives the truth about colleges, careers and majors. Research and data is the most comprehensive on the subject.

http://www.myplan.com

CAREER ONE STOP

CareerOneStop is your pathway to career success, featuring the broadest and deepest collection of information about careers on the Web. We have information and tools to help job seekers, students, businesses, and career professionals.

http://www.careeronestop.org

US COLLEGE SEARCH

Searching for a school or college is a difficult and extremely personal process - finding the right school can also be very time-consuming. So why would you not start your college search at the web's largest directory of schools, colleges and universities? US College Search has a wealth of information for people looking to continue their education, find the right school or college, and succeed in all of their life endeavors.

 

http://www.uscollegesearch.org

FIND AUTOMOTIVE SCHOOLS

A site that is dedicated to showing all the options in Automotive Careers. All of theinformation on this site is neutral, very in depth and provides every school, training program & certifications. The website provides every career path in automotive that a person interested in a mechanic profession could decide upon. Besides things like Salary, the site also offers ASE Testing schedules, FAQs and interviews with Mechanics running their own business.

There is an Alabama specific page that lists every single school and training program available in Alabama you may find this page by clicking the logo below: 

http://findautomotiveschools.com/

EDUCATING ENGINEERS

EducatingEngineers.com is a site designed to help students find in-depth information on degrees and careers in the engineering sector. Resources on the site provide information such as: what kind of Engineering degrees and careers are in demand, what it’s like making a living in those careers, and lastly, where to look for job openings and who is hiring these types of engineers.

http://educatingengineers.com/

LEARN HOW TO BECOME

This site is to help students (or other aspiring professionals) understand what it takes to land their perfect career, from picking the right school all the way to climbing the company ladder. LearnHowToBecome.org is passionate about creating a one-stop, comprehensive resource that can guide individuals through each of the steps they need to take to begin, further, or change their career path. Several websites publish data to facilitate college and career decisions, but fail to go beyond that first dimension. LearnHowToBecome.org works alongside educational and employment experts so that information on their website is accurate and up-to-date. The website also works with content and design specialists to maximize readability and comprehension for multiple educational levels. The learnHowToBecome.org team creates expert-driven educational content, and presents it both logically and creatively to maximize understanding and engagement.

http://www.learnhowtobecome.org

IT CAREER PATHS

IT Career Paths is your place to find information about careers in the field of Information Technology. Resources on this site, provide information about the kinds of technology careers are in demand, what those careers are like, and how to contact employers who are looking for individuals with your set of skills.

http://itcareerpaths.com/

       



SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION



Scholarships

VARSITY TUTORS MONTHLY SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST

Deadline: Competition is open from the 1st-15th each month.

Varsity Tutors holds a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest where students write an essay in response to a monthly prompt. Visitors to the Varsity Tutors scholarship webpage are able to vote via social media for submitted entries. The top five entries with the most votes are reviewed by Varsity Tutors at the end of the month and one winner is subsequently chosen to receive the $1,000 college scholarship.

Enter the contest here



MORRIS, KING & HODGE, P.C. DRIVER SAFETY SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST

Deadline: April 21, 2017

Texting and driving poses a serious safety hazard for young drivers in across the United States. Morris, King & Hodge, P.C. will award three scholarships to graduating seniors and/or rising freshmen in U.S. colleges and universities who create an original essay public service announcement explaining the dangers of texting and driving and practical steps to ending this momentous problem. 

Please answer the following question in your essay:

"How can we educate our community about the dangers of distracted driving and what are some practical ways we can drastically reduce distracted driving related accidents?

We’re seeking clever, well researched ideas that offer a fresh take on the dangers of texting and driving. The tone can be light-hearted or serious, as long as it’s informative, helpful and original.  Also submit a signed and scanned application form along with a digital photo of yourself.

More Information...               Online and Paper Application...



ALABAMA SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION ASSOCIATION - CHARLES "CHUCK" POLAND EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP

Deadline: April 28, 2017

One-time $1000 Education scholarship award made to a deserving public high school student in the state of Alabama. The scholarship award is made to the postsecondary school selected by the awarded student.

Criteria:

  • Student's Parent/Guardian must be listed as an active employee at a local Alabama Public School Transportation program over the past three years.
  • Minimun GPA of 3.0
  • High School graduate enrolling in postsecondary institution in the fall.

More Information and Application...



DIGITAL RESPONSIBILITY - E-WASTE SCHOLARSHIP

Deadline: April 30, 2017 to coincide with Earth Day

Digital Responsibility was started by a group of Silicon Valley tech employees who wished to share with young people the personal and public consequences of technology. Technology is part of our daily lives, but we have an obligation to use it and share it responsibly.

The purpose of this scholarship is to help students understand the impact of e-waste and what can be done to reduce e-waste.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a high school freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior or a current or entering college or graduate school student of any level. There is no age limit.
  • You must also be a U.S. citizen or legal resident.

More Information and online submission...



PTSA JETS SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

Deadline: May 1, 2017

The PTSA Jets Service Scholarship honors the outstanding service and accomplishments of one JCHS Senior each year with recognition at Senior Awards Night and a cash award of $500. This award will be paid to the institution of the award-winner's choice (after providing evidence of school registration) to help defray the expenses associated with tuition and fees for scholastic endeavors or professional training.

Criteria and Eligibility:

The award-winner will be a current JCHS Senior who is preparing to transition from high school to pursue further academic or technical instruction.

  1. Minimum 3.0 GPA—provide copy of official transcript
  2. 40 hours of documented Community Service over 4 years of High School
  3. Participation in 3 extra-curricular activities over 4 years of High School (school clubs, church outreach, or even part-time work)
  4. 2 Teacher Recommendations
  5. 500-word essay on community service

Information and Application...



B. DAVIS SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: May 22, 2017

AWARD VALUE: $1,000

This Scholarship is available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any post secondary institution. Be sure to include your name and the school you are attending this year and next. This is not an academic scholarship but we would like to know where you are going to school now and what your future academic plans are. 

Please do not send transcripts or letters of recommendation at this time.

To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay of less than 1000 words on the topic posted on website: http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm



THE BRYAN CAMERON EDUCATION FOUNDATION - CAMERON IMPACT SCHOLARSHIP

Early Application Deadline May 26, 2017: Regular Application Deadline September 15, 2017

The Bryan Cameron Education Foundation awards four-year, full-tuition, merit-based undergraduate scholarships to exceptional high school students who have demonstrated excellence in academics, extracurricular activities, leadership, and community service. The Cameron Impact Scholar is unique among their high-achieving peers in their desire to make an impact on their communities and in the world at large. Our Scholar aspires to contribute to positive forces for change and plans to tailor their education to that end.

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 2018, 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;
  • And submit the online application, two (2) required letters of recommendation (link provided once the student-portion of the application is submitted - if you require more time for your recommendations, you may contact the Foundation directly to request the form), and transcript certifying academic performance, by the application deadline. PLEASE NOTE THAT INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

More information...           Online Application...



AMERICAN ADDICTION CENTERS BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ACADEMIC S SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Deadline: May 31, 2017 

American Addiction Center (AAC) is proud to announce our 2017 AAC Behavioral Health Academic Scholarship. We will be awarding three (3) scholarships for individuals studying in the fields of behavioral health, counseling, psychology, social work, nursing, and related sciences.

Eligibility:

  • High School graduate as of Summer 2017
  • Open to full or part-time college undergraduate or graduate students
  • Enrolled or entering program in nursing, counseling, psychology, social work, marriage/family therapy, or other curriculum that focuses on treating mental health and substance use disorders

Online Application and Submission Requirements...



DIGITAL RESPONSIBILITY - DIGITAL PRIVACY SCHOLARSHIP

Deadline: June 30, 2017

Digital Responsibility was started by a group of Silicon Valley tech employees who wished to share with young people the personal and public consequences of technology. Technology is part of our daily lives, but we have an obligation to use it and share it responsibly.

The purpose of this scholarship is to help you understand why you should be cautious about what you post on the Internet.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a high school freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior or a current or entering college or graduate school student of any level. There is no age limit.
  • You must also be a U.S. citizen or legal resident.

More Information and online submission...



PARRY & PFAU LEFT-HANDED SCHOLARSHIP

Deadline: July 31, 2017

Parry & Pfau, personal injury attorneys in Las Vegas, are pleased to promote higher education and give back to the community with a scholarship for southpaws.

Eligibility

  • Open to left- or right-handed (or ambidextrous) high school seniors and college or graduate students who live in the United States
  • Student must enroll in college or graduate school beginning no later than Fall 2017
  • Winner is not based on financial need, but will be selected by Parry & Pfau’s selection committee based on creativity, humor, and overall quality
  • Relatives of Parry & Pfau attorneys and staff may not enter
  • Applicants required to upload a video to YouTube

More Information...                Application...



ADVANCED CARDIAC LIFE SUPPORT (ACLS) SCHOLARSHIP FOR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS

Deadline: August 20, 2017

Pacific Medical Training offers the Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Scholarship for Healthcare Providers to support students in their studies, to help them complete medical school, and get a head start on their careers.

A $1,000 scholarship is granted to the author of the winning essay, and complimentary access to any of Pacific Medical Traning's courses for three runner up essays. Courses at Pacific Medical Training include ACLS, Basic Life Skills (BLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and monitor technician certification.

Eligibility Requirements and Conditions

  • Any undergraduate or graduate college student currently enrolled in a “healthcare degree” program may apply
    • This includes, but is not limited to, degree programs and courseware supporting the following professions: Athletic Trainer, Cardiac Sonographer, Cardiovascular Technologist, Dental Assistant, Dentist, Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, Electrocardiographic Technician, Emergency Medical Technician, Exercise Scientist/Specialist, Mammographer, Medical Assistant, Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Assistant, Paramedic, Pharmacist, Phlebotomist, Physical Therapist, Physician Assistant, Physician, Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse, Respiratory Therapist
    • Pre-professional programs such as pre-nursing and pre-medicine students are qualified as well. Students begin their coursework but ultimately transfer to another institution to complete their degree.
  • Employees and Pacific Medical Training, and their family members, are not eligible to participate in this program.
  • All entries become the sole property of Pacific Medical Training.
  • Proof of enrollment in a qualifying degree program may be required for eligibility.
  • Payment will be made as a stipend in September 2017 to the winner, funds are unrestricted

More information and Submission Requirements...



       



EXAMS, TEST PREP AND INFORMATION



Exams
TAKING THE ACT/PLAN/EXPLORE

Information on the ACT Series of exams (EXPLORE, PLAN, and ACT) and for students to Register to take the ACT Exam.

http://www.actstudent.org

TAKING THE PSAT/SAT/AP EXAMS

Direct Link for information about the College Board exam series and to register for the SAT exam.

http://www.collegeboard.org

ARMED SERVICES VOCATIONAL APTITUDE BATTERY

Direct Link for information on the ASVAB exam.

http://official-asvab.com/

McGraw-Hill: Online Practice Plus

McGraw-Hill's Practice Plus, a complete interactive test prep center. No matter what test you're taking, we've got online practice exams, videos, and other resources to help you reach your goal. ACT Prep, SAT Prep, PSAT Prep, AP Prep, GMAT Prep, GRE Prep, LSAT Prep, MCAT Prep. 

http://www.mhpracticeplus.com/index.php

VARSITY LEARNING TOOLS

Varsity Tutors has launched a powerful new academic resource called Varsity Learning Tools: a comprehensive suite of completely free practice tests, digital flashcards, and questions-of-the-day for standardized tests and academic subjects of all levels. ACT, SAT, AP, ASVAB, Calculus 1, and much more...

http://www.varsitytutors.com/practice-tests

QUIZLET

Quizlet is a free website providing learning tools for students, including flashcards, study and game modes. It was created by a high school student in 2005 and now contains over 400 million study sets. All of the material is user-generated.

http://quizlet.com/

FREE TEST PREP

Free resource designed with students and educators in mind for ACT, SAT, and GED. Free guides, articles and high quality test preparation.

http://www.freetestprep.com/

NUMBER2 - FREE ONLINE TEST PREP

Must create a free account to access a customized course. Includes tutorials, practice sessions that adapt to ability levels, a vocabulary builder, and more...

http://www.number2.com

4TESTS - FREE ONLINE TEST PREP

4tests.com is a provider of free, online practice exams. Students may access a broad range of Practice Exams. 

http://www.4tests.com

TEST PREP REVIEW

 TestPrepReview.com provides free unofficial review materials for a variety of exams.

http://www.testprepreview.com

TESTING ANXIETY

Website to help provide strategies for dealing with test anxiety, from test prep to coping strategies that will help both before and during the actual test.

http://www.testanxietytips.com/

TEST TAKING TIPS

Website offering Test Taking Tips to help improve test taking & study skills.

http://www.testtakingtips.com/

STUDY GUIDES AND STRATEGIES

Website for students, ages middle school through returning adult, as well as their parents, teachers and support professionals.

http://www.studygs.net/

       



FINANCIAL AID PLANNING



Financial Planning

SCHOLARSHIP SCAM INFORMATION FROM STUDENTAID.GOV 

Avoid scams and paying for free services when you’re searching for scholarships, filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and sharing your personal information.



Applying for Financial Aid in 7 Easy Steps

Step by step video guides for starting and completing the FAFSA



ACHIEVE ALABAMA

The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) and the Rotaract Club of Birmingham have partnered to launch the first State-specific scholarship database - AchieveAlabama.org.

Achieve Alabama is an online scholarship resource providing students, educators, and parents with an effective scholarship search tool and college preparation resource that has the capability to guide students through the entire college admission process.

The site is cost-free and is available to all high school students in the state. It houses thousands of university-specific and private scholarships. The site also focuses specifically on local scholarship dollars that are awarded each year by Alabama businesses and private foundations.

http://www.achievealabama.org/

AFFORDABLECOLLEGES.COM

AffordableColleges.com believes in education’s intrinsic value and the right of everyone to pursue a degree. AffordableColleges.com is a free resource to help families address the costs of an education in a way that works for them.

Site Offers:

  • Affordability Center: From scholarships, to financial aid, to loans, Site provides everything needed to explain the ins and outs of making the most for your money. Earn a degree with the smallest debt burden possible and provides scholarship resources and tips on getting and saving money on tuition.
  • College Rankings: Choice of school not only determines how much you pay in tuition, but also employment and salary prospects upon graduation. Site has developed an intensive methodology using government data that is used to determine rankings of the most affordable schools in the country.
  • Degree Breakdowns: Depending on the career you want to pursue, your recommended degree and education path may differ from the standard of earning a bachelor’s degree. Degree pages will help you figure out your best options for reaching your career and higher education goals.

http://www.affordablecolleges.com/

CAMPUSRN

This nationwide scholarship program is the most comprehensive of its kind for nursing programs and nursing students because it features scholarship winners from six different regions across the country in which CampusRN has launched state edition sites.

Scholarships Nursing

Scholarships Nursing
CampusRN has $15,000 in Scholarships Available to Nursing & Allied Health Students.

http://www.campusrn.com/network/scholarship_program

MONEYGEEK.COM

MoneyGeek.com combines decades of experience in financial literacy and data to provide comprehensive, easy-to-use tools to help users make smarter financial decisions. Site provides step-by-step instructions to filling out the FAFSA, alternative ways to pay for college, ranging from scholarships and grants to newer strategies such as raising money through online crowdfunding campaigns and explore different types of college savings plans.

http://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/

ALABAMA COMMISSION ON HIGHER EDUCATION

The Alabama Commission on Higher Education has a great list of financial aid resources to help pay for college.

http://www.ache.state.al.us/Students&Parents/PayingforCollege.htm

NATIONAL COLLEGE FINANCE CENTER

The National College Finance Center (NCFC) is a free, first-stop, unbiased resource to help educate students, prospective students, graduates and families all across the country about their options for financing a colelge education and repaying student loans. The NCFC’s mission is to guide students and families to resources that will help pay for college the smartest way possible, as well as provide information and advice on repaying students loans.

 

http://collegefinancecenter.org

DEBT.ORG

Debt.org is an organization that strives to give consumers a wealth of information on a broad range of topics related to their financial well-being. One of the organization’s goals is to inform and educate students about loans and the debt they can incur during their time in school. The website has a wide array of information on the topic including: different types of student loans, how to repay them, and how to avoid other types of debt.

http://www.debt.org/students/

COLLEGESCHOLARSHIPS.ORG

Site to serve people who are interested in college funding. Lists a broad array of funding opportunities without asking for information from you. No long forms to fill out in order to access resources.

http://www.collegescholarships.org/

SCHOLARSHIPEXPERTS.COM

ScholarshipExperts.com has been helping parents and students find scholarships and free college money since 2001. Save time and search for scholarships now!

https://www.scholarshipexperts.com/

GO TO COLLEGE CHEAPER

This web site provides suggestions, ideas and advice that can help you spend less on school. Some of the ideas will save several dollars at a time, others only pennies. But what is important to understand, is that many ideas with small savings, coupled together and carried out over time will result in significant savings.  You may not feel the difference at the time, but if you continue to utilize these savings strategies throughout college, you'll save money and keep control of more of your own money - and "go to college cheaper."

http://www.gotocollegecheaper.com/

STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP RESOURCE

Student Scholarships Resource - This site can be used for more information about scholarships as well as information on Universities and career choices:

All Applications may be found the the studentscholarships website at:

http://www.studentscholarships.org

FEDERAL STUDENT AID

Federal Student Aid for College or Career School - The U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid provides grants, loans, and work-study opportunities to eligible students attending participating colleges or career schools. Federal Student Aid is the largest source of financial aid in the U.S. For further information and an online application, visit StudentAid.gov or call the Federal Student Aid Information Center toll-free:1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243). TTY for the hearing-impaired:1-800-730-8913.

http://www.studentaid.gov

HISPANIC SCHOLARSHIP FUND

The nation’s leading Hispanic higher education fund, HSF works to address the barriers that keep many Latinos from earning a college degree.

http://www.Latinocollegedollars.org

BESTCOLLEGES.COM

Tuition can add up, but students rarely have to pay the full sticker price for their higher education. Learn about the financial aid options available that can help you lower the cost of your degree, and utilize bestcolleges.com's comprehensive scholarship database to search for more aid opportunities.

http://www.bestcolleges.com

FINAID

An award-winning site that has grown into the most comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools -- on or off the web.

http://www.finaid.org

FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID

Direct Link to FAFSA Website for Information and to complete the FAFSA.

http://www.fafsa.ed.gov

ACADEMIC INVEST

AcademicInvest.com is a site that offers information on potential career fields as well as current and upcoming opportunities within those fields. Site also provides a venue for information on available scholarships, grants, bursaries and awards to assist students with funding their education.

http://www.academicinvest.com/scholarships?keys=united%20states

SCHOOLQUEST

SchoolQuest is designed for military students, their families and the caring professionals who support them, SchoolQuest is an educational resource tool from the Military Child Education Coalition. Although the primary audience includes military students and their parents, SchoolQuest is well-suited to anyone who is “questing” information about schools, college and workplace readiness, transition, etc. It is meant to facilitate the search for new schools and centralize resources.

SchoolQuest also hasa Scholarship Finder component as part of their services

https://www.schoolquest.org/resource-library/resource/scholarship-finder

       



COLLEGE ATHLETICS



Athletics
NCAA

Eligibility Requirements for Division 1, 2, & 3 schools.

http://www.ncaa.org

NJCAA

The National Junior College Athletic Association provides opportunities for student-athletes to continue their athletic careers. The schools who are members of this organization are two-year community and junior colleges.

http://www.njcaa.org

NAIA

Private colleges and universities that are members of NAIA offer most of the same opportunities as NCAA schools.

http://naia.org

Eligibility Center

This site is maintained by the NCAA and helps students prepare for athletic scholarships.

http://web1.ncaa.org/ECWR2/NCAA_EMS/NCAA.jsp

       



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SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES



Summer Programs

STUDENT EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Site dedicated to help find Alabama Summer Programs and Camps for High School and Middle School Students. Site also has information on other states of interest.




GETTYSBURG COLLEGE SUMMER PROGRAMS

Gettysburg College is excited to offer several opportunities for high school juniors and sophomores to attend academic camps over the summer months. Subjects include psychology, American government, creative writing, or information technology. Please find information to share with your students about our academic camps below: 

  • Camp Psych - Campers will get hands-on experiences that introduce them to research in psychology during this fun, challenging, and engaging introduction to the field.
  • Campaigns and Elections Academy - This program is designed for highly-motivated students who have a strong interest in American campaigns and elections. Participants learn about the origins and evolution of democracy in America and gain hands-on experiences related to modern political campaigns. *Application will go live in early February.
  • Writing Camp - Students gain an in-depth introduction to all four genres of creative writing: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and writing for stage and screen.
  • 3D Object Modeling and Printing Camp - Students will study 3D object modeling and printing starting with the basics of a 3D printer. After learning the fundamentals, they will practice designing objects.
  • Adruino Camp - Students will use their creativity and the easy-to-learn Arduino to create projects with its sensors, motors, speakers and displays, to create projects that interact with them and their world.
  • Civil War Institute Summer Conference - The High School Student Scholarship component of Gettysburg College's annual Civil War Institute summer conference provides high school students an opportunity to explore the history of the Civil War era on the site of the war's most decisive battle. 



AUBURN YOUTH PROGRAMS

Deadline: vary by program and camps selected

Choose from over 100 summer programs designed to educate and inspire youth in a variety of academic, athletic, and extracurricular endeavors. Participants have the opportunity to further their education and skills while making new friends and experiencing life at Auburn University!

High School Camps, Middle School Camps, Elementary School Camps, and much more...



K-12 SUMMER PROGRAMS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA

Deadlines: Varies by program or Camp

The Univesity of Alabama offers a variety of fun and intriguing summer programs for students of all ages. Whatever your interests, UA may have a program for you!

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STANFORD PRE-COLLEGIATE STUDIES

The Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies offers highly motivated, intellectually curious students the opportunity to investigate topics not typically taught in secondary schools. Students engage in small classes taught by instructors who are experts in their fields and passionate about teaching. In this setting, students hone their academic skills and form new friendships with intellectual peers.

Stanford Sports Business Academy – Grades 10-11
Students get a glimpse into the world of sports and entertainment, with a focus on management, law, negotiation, marketing, and leadership.

Summer Humanities Institute –Grades 10-11
A three-week residential program where students explore the big questions at the heart of the humanities in seminars led by distinguished Stanford professors.

Summer Arts Institute – Grades 9-11
Students come together for a three-week intensive arts program offering academically challenging, interdisciplinary courses in art, visual design, and music.

Artificial Intelligence Laboratory’s Outreach Summer Program – Grade 9
The Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory has opened its lab doors with a summer program aimed at increasing the number of women in science.

High School Summer College – Ages 16-19
High-achieving students to enroll in Stanford’s Summer Quarter and take the same courses as fully matriculated Stanford students and other visiting undergraduates.

Summer Institutes – Grades 8-11
A three-week summer residential program where students engage in single-subject intensive study and benefit from small class size and academically themed residences.

Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC) – Grades 10-11
SUMaC welcomes an elite group of talented current students from around the world for intensive study in advanced mathematics.



THE SUMMER ACADEMY AT ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until June 16, 2017

The Summer Academy at St. John’s College is a pre-college, residential summer program that offers high school students ages 15 to 18 an exceptional learning experience. Organized in one-week sessions, students read and discuss texts from the Western canon in small classes guided by St. John’s renowned faculty. Students live in dormitories and share campus amenities as well as enjoy off-campus excursions to celebrated sites. Sessions are hosted on both St. John’s campus locations, in Annapolis, MD and Santa Fe, NM.

Tuition is $1,100 per week-long session if you deposit by June 1; after June 1, tuition is $1,250. Tuition includes room and board, books, and activity fees. Limited financial aid is available; please contact Summer Academy directors for more information.

Students are encouraged to attend multiple Summer Academy sessions. For those attending multiple weeks on one campus, supervised activities, food, and lodging are provided and included in the tuition.

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MADISON CITY ENDORSEMENTS



Madison City Endorsements

MADISON CITY SCHOOLS DIPLOMA ENDORSEMENTS

Beginning with the Class of 2017, High School Diploma Endorsement options for students in Madison City Schools:

Alabama State High School Diploma

  • Meet Minimum Graduation Credit Requirements

Alabama State High School Diploma with Madison City Advanced Academic Endorsement

  • Meet Minimum Graduation Credit Requirements, to include:
  • 2 World Language Credits
  • Algebra II with Trig Credit
  • One (1) AP Course Credit

Alabama State High School Diploma with Madison City Advanced Academic Endorsement and Madison City Seal of Academic Distinction

  • Meet Minimum Graduation Credit Requirements, to include:
  • 2 World Language Credits
  • Algebra II with Trig Credit
  • Three (3) AP Course Credits