Compass Points: FAFSA Edition

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It's FAFSA Time

Paying 4 College
FAFSA Workshop
October 17, 2017
Compass Center 

What to Bring Checklist


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.

Videos of the Week


FAFSA Overview






Overview of the Financial Aid Process - from Federal Student Aid











Step 1 for FAFSA - Creating an FSA ID from Federal Student Aid

Upcoming Compass Center Visits


Wed Oct 4 10:30am – 12:00pm Gettysburg College - 3rd Hour
Wed Oct 4 11:15 - 1:00am Military Recruiters - Social Porch
Wed Oct 4 1:00pm – 2:00pm Northwestern University
Wed Oct 4 2:00pm – 3:00pm U Penn - 6th hour
Thu Oct 5 10:00am – 11:00am Utah State - 3rd Hour
Thu Oct 5 1:00pm – 2:00pm Johns Hopkins - 5th Hour
Mon Oct 16 8:00am – 9:00am Boston University - 1st hour
Mon Oct 16 11:00am - 1:00pm MCC Social Porch during lunches
Mon Oct 16 1:00pm – 3:00pm Air Force ROTC Scholarship Presentation 5th & 6th Hour
Tue Oct 17 10:00am – 11:00am California Baptist University
Tue Oct 17 11:00am – 1:00pm GCU - Social Porch
Tue Oct 17 1:00pm – 3:00pm MCC Info Sessions 5th & 6th Hour
Wed Oct 18 9:00am – 11:00am MCC Info Sessions 2nd & 3rd Hour
Wed Oct 18 1:00pm – 3:00pm UofA Honors & Engineering Presentation 5 & 6 Hours
Thu Oct 19 9:00am – 10:00am Arizona National Guard Presentation
Fri Oct 20 11:30am – 12:00pm Dorrance Scholarship presentation 3rd hour


**For any of the visits (besides lunch) listed below, students MUST sign up in the Compass Center to attend.

MCC on Campus

Are you interested in attending Mesa Community College after you graduate?  Stop by and see MCC College Adviser Mr. De La Cruz on-campus in Room 521.

Mesa Public Schools College Fair

MPS College FairMonday, October 23, 2017 MPS College Fair 
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

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.

Exhibitor List

Other College Visits Around the Valley -
This Week 


Coast to Coast College Tour

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

Register Here

**NACAC - Performing and Visual Arts College Fair**

The National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) has offered a traditional college fair in the greater Phoenix area for several years.  This year, for the first time, in addition to the 'traditional' college fair on October 22nd, the are offering a specialized PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS COLLEGE FAIR at the Scottsdale Performing Arts Center from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. on October 5th Additionally, they are offering a workshop on Navigating Performing and Fine Art Admissions from 6 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. that same night.  

If you have any students, particularly seniors and juniors,  interested in  pursuing a college degree in music, theater, art, dance, or other related disciplines this is a GREAT opportunity for them to meet with representatives from 30+ schools that have outstanding performing and/or visual art programs.  

The event is FREE and open to the public however students are expected to register in advance.  
Registration and School List


College Testing


PSAT - October 25th

Simulate test day by printing and taking official PSAT/NMSQT practice tests. PSAT - 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 DateRegistration 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

2017-18 SAT Administration Dates and Deadlines
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

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:  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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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



MPS Scholarships

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
Grade: 12
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:
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
Grade: 12
Deadline: October 11, 2017

Website: | Application    

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
Grade: 12
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
Grade: 12
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
Grade: 12
Deadline: October 25, 2017
Online Application:  
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
Grade: 12
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
Grade: 12
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



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