Career Center News - 9/29

National Merit Announces Semi-Finalists

The National Merit Foundation recently announced the students who have achieved National Merit Semi-Finalist status from the PSAT that was taken in the fall of 2016.  One of our Mountain View seniors was among those named.  We are very proud to announce that Mark Merrill was named as semi-finalist. The Mesa Public School Board also recognized his accomplishments this past month at the board meeting.

Congratulations to Mark!  He will now go on and compete to be a finalist.  Being named a semi-finalist opens many opportunities for choices in university and means additional scholarship money.  Juniors make sure to take the PSAT test in October to be in contention next year!!



If you have dreams of Achieving a College Education and believe there could be some obstacles that will keep you from doing so, learn how you can begin the path to achieve your dream of being a college graduate. The ACE Program is not a GPA based Program.


Student must meet one or more of the following:

  • Be a current 10th grader / Sophomore (Fall 2017)
  • First Generation to graduate college
  • Work 10-30 hours per week
  • Evidence of Single Parent home
  • Underrepresented Group
  • Environmental Factors: Foster Care, Teen Parent, Large Family Low Income
  • Transitional living situation
  • Have had a sibling participate in ACE

If you are interested in attending the informational meeting on Thursday, November 2 at lunch, you will need to sign up in the Career Center, room 235. The ACE representatives will be there to pass out the application packets and answer all questions. Any questions, see Ms. Hess in Counseling. 


Mesa Sister Cities

Do you know a high school student who is interested in International travel, culture or being a leader?

Seeking well rounded sophomores and juniors.

Would they want to meet teenagers from all around the world?

Places like Canada, China, Mexico, New Zealand and Peru

Would they like to travel and try new things?

Culture, art, music, dance, language, sports...

Ever heard of Mesa Sister Cities?  

Log on to find out more about the

Application Deadline is October 6th

Mountain View has had many of our students participate in this wonderful program in previous years. This is a very exciting and wonderful opportunity for students. 


October is Financial Aid Month

FAFSA Workshop 

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Open to students who will be attending college in 2018-2019 and their families
October 5th at 6:00pm
Room 206
Required items and documents:
-Separate FSA ID accounts for the student and parent/guardian (
-2016 tax return
Information you will need to know:
-Social security number of student and parent
-Student's driver's license number (if applicable)
-Parent's email address
*A bilingual staff member will be available to assist Spanish speakers



Interested in learning more about MCC?  Meet with Ms. Wong, the MCC representative at Mountain View, by:

  1. Scheduling an appointment online at (case sensitive). I will send you a pass to meet one-on-one to answer all your questions about MCC.
  2. Stopping by my office in the Small Conference room with quick questions or to schedule an appointment.
  3. Signing up for messages about MCC through by going to

Be a Leader Foundation

Taking Steps Towards College Success

Civic Space Park (Downtown Phoenix)

October 22, 2017

“Taking Steps Towards College Success” is the first event in Arizona that provides the opportunity for all Arizonans to have direct access to college going materials and to ignite and motivate the masses on the importance of supporting and promoting higher education.  This year, the event begins with a college-going resource fair at Civic Space Park and culminates at the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) College fair the Phoenix Convention Center. This event will continue to encourage, enrich and enhance each family member’s chance of becoming college bound, focused and prepared.



BYU Admissions Newsletter

Last school year BYU sent out a very helpful article regarding AP vs. Dual Enrollment. This guide is helpful to future students and their families.

Compare and Contrast: AP/IB Classes vs. Concurrent Enrollment

AP classes or concurrent enrollment? Is there a clear direction of what's best for prospective BYU students? In reality, both have advantages...

One of the most common questions fielded by BYU Admission Services is the perceived value of concurrent college work when compared to enrollment in AP or IB classes. Certainly, each of these programs has merit!  This article will seek to detail the advantages of each, all in an effort to help prospective BYU students make informed decisions about selecting high school courses.  In terms of definition, concurrent work for our purposes is formal enrollment in college classes while the high school student is also enrolled in, or in lieu of, high school courses. The college classes may be taught online, on the college campus, or on the high school campus. If a student will be earning college credit while still enrolled in high school, and that credit will appear on an official college transcript, we would consider this concurrent college work.

Advantages of Concurrent Enrollment

Transferability - With a few exceptions, almost all freshman-level-or-higher college work will transfer to BYU. However, how they transfer to BYU is the more salient question.  Some classes will meet GE/Core requirements, others may fulfill specific classes for majors/minors, and others will transfer as electives.  Please to learn more about our transfer credit policy and how specific classes transfer.  Additionally, we have transfer guides with more than 30 colleges and universities across the country. These guides detail specific courses which will transfer from an individual school AND meet GE requirements at BYU.  

Less Time to Graduation? - On the surface, this seems like an added benefit to concurrent enrollment. However, BYU's own research is aligning with other schools' findings from across the country: the time saved to graduation is minimal, if any at all. It appears students will find ways--meaningful ways--of using the extra time on campus. Examples include participating in study abroad, securing internships, adding a minor, exploring research opportunities, and enrolling in classes in preparation for graduate school or personal/professional development.   

Advantages of AP/IB Enrollment

Higher Standardized Test Scores - BYU's internal research shows students tend to score higher on either the ACT or SAT exam when their high school coursework has included AP/IB enrollment.  With the ACT being a curriculum-based exam, preparation in the classroom can be a key component to scoring higher on the standardized exam.  AP and IB enrollment appear to positively influence that relationship.  

Higher First-Year GPA at BYU - Students who enter BYU with AP/IB courses as part of the high school experience tend to outperform their non-AP/IB cohorts in terms of first-year GPA at BYU. Admittedly, this is only one metric of student success, but it is an important one.  

Earned Credits at BYU - We invite you and your students to visit to explore how AP and IB test results impact course equivalencies at BYU.  Of the 36 AP exams that earn credit at BYU, 13 will earn credit with a score of 3 or higher.  Others will require a 4, while one (AP Statistics) will require a 5.

Extra Consideration in the Admission Process - Due to the research and results mentioned above, BYU is very comfortable offering extra consideration in our admission evaluation for each AP or IB class appearing on a student's high school transcript. While we do not extend the same consideration for honors, college prep, or concurrent enrollment classes, the evidence supports the admission bonus for AP/IB enrollment.   

In short, when we are asked about a preference between concurrent enrollment or AP/IB enrollment, BYU is transparent about the benefits of AP and IB enrollment. In terms of getting admitted to BYU, then performing well at BYU, the AP/IB experience tends to put students at a real advantage.   


Career Center Visits

The following is a list of colleges and universities and other events hosted in the Career Center in the coming weeks. It is an ever-changing list. There is always an up-to-date list outside of the Career Center for students to look at.

Sign up in the Career Center to attend any of these visits

         Date             University/Activity     Time 

Wednesday, 10/4 U of Utah, Business Scholars 3rd hour
Thursday, 10/5 ASU & Barrett the Honors College  3rd hour
Thursday, 10/5     Johns Hopkins University  1st hour       
Tuesday, 10/17 ASVAB Test 1st - 3rd hour    
Tuesday, 10/17 NAU 5th hour
Wednesday, 10/18  Chapman University (California) 2nd hour
Tuesday, 10/24 California Baptist

3rd hour

Thursday, 10/26 Utah Valley University  3rd hour
Thursday, 10/26 University of Utah  
5th hour
Friday, 10/27 University of Hawaii, Manoa 5th hour

Spotlight on Scholarships

As always, all the scholarships listed below (and more) can be found of the MPS Scholarship Bulletin

Barro's Pizza and Dr Pepper are teaming up to give away $10,000 worth of tuition to a local Arizona student! You must be 18 to enter the contest which ends December 9th. There are 3 ways to enter. Go to, Facebook/Barros Pizza Contest Tab or text BARROS to 737737.  


Raise.Me Scholarship
Grade: 9 - 12
Deadline:  Ongoing
Website: is a platform that helps 9 to 12th grade students prepare for college by earning scholarships for their achievements in high school. Over 150 colleges and universities have partnered with, and award micro-scholarships for both academics and extracurricular activities.  Students create a portfolio and select colleges they’re interested in attending.  As they add achievements to their portfolio - grades, club or sports participation, even college visits - they can see the micro-scholarships add up.  Partner colleges assign a potential dollar amount to certain achievements, which shows students how much they’d be guaranteed in scholarships if they are accepted to that school.  For example, one college may offer $100 for an A, and another may offer $500.  As long as students meet the college’s eligibility requirements and any deadlines, and are accepted to the university, they can count on at least that much in scholarship awards on a per year basis.  Over 150 colleges are awarding micro-scholarships on, and many more have begun the process of joining!  Visit the website for more detailed information.


Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship
Grade: 12
Deadline: November 27, 2017
Online Application:
The ENF awards 500 four-year awards of varying amounts annually to high school seniors who are U.S. citizens and need financial assistance to fulfill their dreams of attending college. Applications will be judged on academics, leadership and financial need. 


University of Utah
The Business Scholar Program Scholarship
Grade: 12
Deadline: December 1, 2017 (application opens October 1)

This University of Utah Business Scholar Program $18,000 Scholarship requires a 3.5+ GPA and a 29+ ACT score (or equivalent SAT score), and completion of the program application online at You must plan on attending the University of Utah and participate in the Business Scholar Program. Students are eligible to receive additional scholarships from the University of Utah, which range from $6,000-12,000 per year.


Mahnah Club Scholarship
Grade: 12
Deadline: January 15, 2018 to  Mountain View Career Center, Red Mountain College Center, Skyline College and Career Center, and Westwood Compass Center. (Check with your individual school Advisement office)                                    
Demonstrate commitment to community service, financial need and leadership skills. Intended for a student not in the top 10% of class, but must rank between 11% - 40% of graduating class.  Must intend to go to an Arizona university, community college, or vocational school

Applications for these $1,000 scholarships can be obtained from the schools’ advisement departments/career center or downloaded from the Mahnah Club website, and must be submitted in hard-copy to the appropriate person in that office by the specified date for screening and submission by the school.


Yale Undergraduate Admissions Office

Dinée Dorame, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions, will discuss academic programs, residential colleges and campus life, admissions, and financial aid.

Monday, October 16, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Phoenix Country Day School
3901 E Stanford Dr
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Event Registration

All students are welcome to attend.


Tufts University

Interactive admissions workshop for high school students and their parents.

When: Monday, October 16th, 2017 @ 6:30 p.m.

Where: Arizona School for the Arts

(1410 N. 3rd Street Phoenix 85004)


  • The program will highlight the various elements of a successful college application.Topics include:
  • How do colleges evaluate a high school transcript?
  • Tips on successful essay writing & the impact of an application supplement
  • The role of recommendations and interviews in a highly-selective admission process
  • How to highlight "intangible" factors



Pepperdine Fall Admission Event

Pepperdine will be doing Regional Information Sessions in the area. You and your family are invited to join the admissions team at one of their fall admission events. These events will give you the opportunity to learn more about Pepperdine University, ask questions about the admission and aid process, and aid process, and connect with members of the Pepperdine Community

Saturday, October 21, 2017
3:00 - 5:00 PM
Marriott Mesa
200 N Centennial Way
Mesa, AZ 85201




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