Compass Points: FAFSA Edition
Paying 4 College
October 17, 2017
Financial Aid representatives from local colleges will be available to assist with FAFSA completion and answer any questions you may have. Bilingual representatives will be available to help families who need translation assistance.
MCC on Campus
Mesa Public Schools College Fair
Dobson High School, Gym
We have over 150 colleges and universities for students to choose from.
This is a great event for all high school students to attend.
Other College Visits Around the Valley -
Coast to Coast College Tour
Join Coast to Coast College tour for an information program with representatives from
Dartmouth College | Northwestern University | Princeton University | Univ. of Cali., Berkeley | Vanderbilt University
When: Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 | 7:00 PM
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton | Phoenix Tempe | 2100 S. Priest Dr. Tempe, AZ 85282
**NACAC - Performing and Visual Arts College Fair**
Registration and School List
PSAT - October 25th
Simulate test day by printing and taking official PSAT/NMSQT practice tests.
collegeboard.org/psatpractice - for downloadable full length practice tests
khan academy is another great online test prep resource.
ACT Test Dates - register online
2017-2018 Test Dates (National)
Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
September 9, 2017
August 4, 2017
August 5-18, 2017
October 28, 2017
September 22, 2017
September 23-October 6, 2017
December 9, 2017
November 3, 2017
November 4-17, 2017
February 10, 2018*
January 12, 2018
January 13-19, 2018
April 14, 2018
March 9, 2018
March 10-23, 2018
June 9, 2018
May 4, 2018
May 5-18, 2018
July 14, 2018*
June 15, 2018
June 16-22, 2018
|Test Date||Registration Deadline||(Late Fee Required)|
|September 9, 2017||August 4, 2017||August 5-18, 2017|
|October 28, 2017||September 22, 2017||September 23-October 6, 2017|
|December 9, 2017||November 3, 2017||November 4-17, 2017|
|February 10, 2018*||January 12, 2018||January 13-19, 2018|
|April 14, 2018||March 9, 2018
||March 10-23, 2018|
|June 9, 2018||May 4, 2018||May 5-18, 2018|
|July 14, 2018*||June 15, 2018||June 16-22, 2018|
SAT Test Dates - register online
|SAT Date||Registration Deadline||Late Registration Deadline|
|October 7, 2017
||September 8, 2017||
September 27, 2017
|November 4, 2017
||October 5, 2017||
October 25, 2017
|December 2, 2017
||November 2, 2017||
November 21, 2017
|March 10, 2018
||February 9, 2018||
February 28, 2018
**Students who are on free/reduced lunch can pick up a fee waiver for the SAT or ACT in Student Advisement.**
Mesa Sister Cities
The Mesa Sister Cities Youth Ambassador Exchange Program is looking for sophomores and juniors interested in traveling to one of Mesa's five sister cities next summer: Burnaby, Canada; Caraz, Peru; Guaymas, Mexico; Kaiping, China and Upper Hut, New Zealand.
The program is open to Mesa residents and offers students the opportunity to learn more about the city and its culture through a three-week, home-hosted experience. Mesa students then reciprocate and house their host brother or sister when they visit Mesa during the same summer.
The application deadline is October 6th. Applications and program details are available at MesaSisterCities.org.
For additional information, contact Jerry Paulus, Mesa Sister Cities Youth Ambassador Program Chair, at 480-861-9573
Application - Paperwork is also available in the Compass Center.
U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship Program
Deadline: October 11, 2017
The United States Senate Youth Program, established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution, is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. The 55th annual program will be held in Washington, D.C., from March 3 – 10, 2018. Two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity will spend a week in Washington experiencing their national government in action. Student delegates will hear major policy addresses by Senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies, as well as participate in a meeting with a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. All transportation, hotel and meal expenses will be provided by The Hearst Foundations. In addition, each delegate will also be awarded a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science.
For more information, please visit: http://ussenateyouth.org/ If you have questions about the program or hope to apply, stop by the Compass Center.
Athena Valley of the Sun - 2017-18 Young Athena Leadership Program
**Deadline extended: Friday, October 6th**
The Young Athena (YA) Leadership Program is based on efforts established through its affiliated chapter, ATHENA Valley of the Sun (AVOS). AVOS strives to support, honor and develop the next generation of women leaders. The ATHENA Leadership Model® recognizes the attributes of leadership that are intuitive in women and is based on extensive research encompassing hundreds of women. We continue to look to younger women and their guiding principles that will ensure ~ Live Authentically; Learn Constantly, Build Relationships; Foster Collaboration; Advocate Fiercely; Act Courageously; Give Back and Celebrate. In line with the guiding principles of AVOS, the YA leadership program seeks to:
Leave no woman leader behind.
Enable women to show up and be seen as a leader.
Develop the next generation of women leaders.
The Young ATHENA Leadership Program offers young women, in grades 11 and 12, a unique opportunity to explore eight leadership principles through training, service learning activities, and motivational experiences.
PHASE I - ALL 2017-18 Young Athena participants MUST be able to commit to the following events:
Young ATHENA Leadership Workshop: Saturday 10/14/2017, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at Canyon 49 Grill, Grand Canyon University Hotel, 5115 N. 27th Ave. | Phoenix, AZ 85017. During this training, the eight ATHENA Leadership principles will be presented and discussed. Each participant will develop her own Leadership Storyboard that represents how she demonstrates each of the principles.
- Young ATHENA Service Component: Volunteer at the Girls Rule Foundation - 5th Annual Mother-Daughter Summit: Saturday 10/28/2017. The event is from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at ASU Student memorial Union 2nd floor ballroom however volunteers will need to be on site at 7:00am. While in service to the attendees at the event, participants will be observed for examples of demonstrated leadership.
- Each participant will be interviewed by the President of ATHENA Valley of the Sun to identify other examples of leadership within the participants school and the leadership principle she best aligns with.
Application - Applications can also be picked up in the Compass Center.
Please submit all application materials to Jennifer Schultz, Personal Assistant to
Dr Kristine Quade, JD, EdD. - ATHENA Valley of the Sun
Applications may be scanned and emailed to Jennifer@athenaaz.com
Below you will find a few highlighted scholarships found on the MPS Scholarship Website. The site is updated regularly by all of the MPS High Schools so make sure to check back often to see new scholarships. Students can search by date the scholarship is due and by name. There are also many great resources on the page to begin the scholarship search. If you have any questions about scholarship searching or what you have found, stop by the Compass Center and talk to Mrs. Mason or Mr. Hoerber.
AES Engineers Scholarship
Deadline: October 6, 2017
Website: AES Engineering
Students must submit an essay of between 500 and 1000 words in answer to the following question:
When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey?
Amount of award: $500.00
Submit essay to: firstname.lastname@example.org
There is no application packet for this award. Please do not include your resume at this time. You are not required to be taking Engineering courses before applying.
Be sure to include your full name as well as the name of the school you are attending this year and your plans for next year.
U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship Program
Deadline: October 11, 2017
This program provides two Arizona high-school juniors or seniors with a $10,000 scholarship and all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to meet nation leaders. Winners are chosen by a panel of prominent government representatives following a detailed civics exam and interview. Students must be a permanent resident of the State of Arizona and currently enrolled as a junior or senior in a public or private secondary school, must be currently serving in an elected capacity in a student organization, and high school counselors will administer a written test covering U.S. Constitution, bill of rights history, political leaders, and Arizona government.
Colgate "Haz La U" Scholarship
Deadline: October 15, 2017
Colgate-Palmolive in partnership with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, encourages you to get on the path to higher education! The Haz-La-U program helps put Hispanic youth on the track to college by providing financial relief via educational grants totaling $100,000.
Flinn Foundation Scholarship
Deadline: October 23, 2017
Flinn Scholarships are provided to 20 of Arizona's highest-achieving students annually for undergraduate study at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona. Each award provides nearly the full cost of study for eight semesters, study-related travel opportunities, faculty mentorship, exclusive meetings with leaders across a spectrum of disciplines, and a community of high-achieving peers. Merit, demonstrated by academic and personal achievement, is the basis to select Flinn Scholars.
As a general rule, Flinn Scholarship applicants should:
- Participate and demonstrate leadership in a variety of extracurricular activities,
- Be in the top 5% of their graduating class,
- Have at least an unweighted 3.5 GPA,
- Have at least a 1300 on the old SAT (CR+M) or 1360 on the new SAT (ERW+M) or minimum 29 composite score on ACT.
Applicants must also be a U.S. citizen (or legal permanent resident) and an Arizona resident for at least two years by the time of entry to the university.
Horatio Alger Scholarship Program
Deadline: October 25, 2017
Online Application: https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/about-our-scholarship-programs/
This scholarship program provides financial assistance to students who have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity and who aspire to pursue higher education. Criteria are: be enrolled full time as a high school senior in Arizona; graduate in May 2018 and expect to attend college in Fall of 2018; plan to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree; demonstrate critical financial need - $55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required; be involved in co-curricular and community service activities; display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity; maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and be United States citizen. There are links to the National, State, Targeted and Vocational Scholarship Programs.
Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship
Deadline: Originally October 31, 2017
Online application requires making an account. This foundation selects 150 Coca-Cola Scholars (high school seniors) each year to receive $20,000 scholarships. Applicants must be planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution and carry a minimum 3.0 unweighted GPA at the end of their junior year of high school. Coca-Cola Scholars are well-rounded, bright students who not only excel academically, but are also actively involved in their school. These leaders are passionate, service-oriented, and demonstrate a sustained commitment to bettering their community.
Stokes Educational Scholarship Program
Deadline: October 31, 2017
The Stokes Educational Scholarship Program, formerly known as the Undergraduate Training Program, facilitates the recruitment of individuals, particularly minority high school students, who have demonstrated skills critical to NSA. Stokes is open to high school seniors planning on majoring in computer science or computer/electrical engineering. As an NSA employee with the Stokes Program, participants will attend college full-time, receive up to $30,000 per year for tuition and mandatory fees, and work during the summers at NSA for 12 weeks in areas that are related to your course of study, and acquire real-world experience and receive a year-round salary. Participants must maintain at least a 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale each semester/quarter in the freshman year and a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale each semester/quarter after the freshman year. If selected as a program participant, you are required to work in your area of study for NSA after your college graduation for at least one-and-one-half times the length of study. If you leave NSA employment earlier, you must reimburse the government for your tuition. Application opens September 1st
VFW Voice of Democracy
Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Post Level Deadline: October 31, 2017
Students compete by writing and recording a broadcast script on an annual patriotic theme. This year’s theme is, “My Responsibility To America.” Contestants should record their reading of the draft to a CD (between 3 and 5 minutes). Entries begin at the Post level with submittal of the typed essay, burned audio version/CD or flash drive, photo, and entry form. Information and the entry form are available on line