Monday, August 22, 2016

Lexus Eco Challenge 10th Anniversary | $500K in Scholarships and Grants


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Lexus Eco Challenge
$500,000 in Scholarships & Grants - STEM CONTEST | GRADES 6รข€
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Dear Niki,

Since 2006, students and teachers have been making a difference in the eco health of our planet through the Lexus Eco Challenge, a national STEM competition for grades 6–12.

Teams of 5–10 students tackle eco issues related to land, water, air, and climate in the contest, and create practical solutions while competing for amazing prizes—for eligible teachers, students, and schools, $500,000 in scholarships and grants awaits.

That's 10 years and HUNDREDS of winning projects. Will yours be next?

About the Contest
All you need to know.

STEM Lessons
FREE plans that support academic standards.

Prizing Breakdown
What can your team win?
Find out now.

Register your team(s) today at our brand-new website:
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY to enter or win. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. The Lexus Eco Challenge ("Contest") is open to students in grades 6–12 who are enrolled in a public or accredited private school or who are schooled at home in compliance with the laws of the students' primary state of residence and who are legal residents of the United States (one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia) by law. Only the winners from the Land & Water and/or Air & Climate Challenges will be eligible to participate in the Final Challenge. Click here for Official Rules.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

UC Counselors and Advisers Bulletin - August 2016

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UC Application is now open!
The fall 2017 admission application is available. Students can begin filling out the application now, but must wait to submit their applications between Nov. 1-30.

Also, we have updated the "Presenting Yourself on the UC Application" presentations for both freshman and transfer applicants to provide you and your students guidance on how applicants can better present themselves on the application. Students can access the freshman presentation here and the transfer presentation here. Counselors can find it in the downloadable guides section here. Both versions include extensive notes.
Admissions news
Personal insight questions video and media release
Although information about the new personal insight questions was made available in March 2016, UC now has a video to further expound on information about the questions and help students prepare for completing this part of the admission application.  We encourage counselors to review the video and share the link below with their students.
TAG Matrix
UC's Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) program matrix provides information about the criteria each participating UC campus requires for the admission guarantee in an easy grid format.  The updated matrix is for 2017-18 admission.  Included on the TAG Matrix are important deadlines, links, and excluded majors from the 6 UC campuses that offer a TAG.  Please don't forget to refresh your browser when you access the link below.
2016-17 "a-g" course submission period deadline approaching
The 2016-17 "a-g" course submission period will close on Thursday, Sept. 15 at midnight PDT. That is the final day to submit new courses, resubmissions and other course list updates for the 2016-17 academic year. All new courses and course revisions are submitted via the A-G Course Management Portal.
University news
Financial Aid: New for 2017-18

Advice for students and parents on changes for the 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and CA Dream Act Application (CDAA):

  1. Apply in Fall - The 2017-18 FAFSA and the CDAA will open on October 1, 2016.  This allows students to apply three months earlier than in the past.
  2. Applying is Easier - Completing forms for both the FAFSA and the CDAA is easier because applicants will provide income and tax information filed for tax year 2015 (they don't have to estimate).  Many students and parents will find completing the FAFSA easier since they will be able to provide income-tax information directly from the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) that is linked to the FAFSA.*
                Info on the DRT

*Please note the CDAA does not support the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.

Unchanged: The priority filing deadline is still March 2 for both applications.  Students may receive information regarding Cal Grant eligibility in the fall, but will still receive their UC financial aid offer(s) after notification of admission in the spring.

What students and parents can begin doing before October 1:

  1. Secure a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID here for FAFSA applicants or here for a CA Dream Act ID for CDAA applicants.
  2. To attend a FREE Cash for College workshop for hands-on application assistance click here.

After submitting a FAFSA or CDAA students should open an account to check the status of their Cal Grant eligibility here.

Click here for more information on FAFSA Changes for 2017-18.

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Upcoming events
Sept. 7-14: UC Counselor Conferences
Thanks so much for the overwhelming response for the UC Counselor Conference.  Please know that most locations are at complete capacity and the waitlist is also at capacity.  The only location with space available is at UC Santa Barbara.  Click the link below to the Counselor Events page to register for either the high school or community college track of the UC Counselor Conference in Santa Barbara.

REMINDER: All registration payments for the Counselor Conference must be received by August 26 at 5:00pm to retain your registration space.
Quick Reference for Counselors available in Sept. and other downloadable resources
The Quick Reference for Counselors guide will be available on the UC Admission website in early September.

Current other resources and downloadable guides for Counselors include: 
  • Quick-Start Guides for Applying to UC for California, out-of-state, international and transfer students
  • Personal insight question guides for freshman and transfer applicants
  • Undocumented Student Resources site fliers
  • Blue & Gold Opportunity Plan mini-posters
Click the link below to access these online resources.
UC Systemwide admission policy, practices, processes, and evaluation questions:
High school articulation and "a-g" course submissions:
Downloadable guides for Counselors
Eligibility in the local context (ELC):
Integrated CTE and "a-g" curriculum and UC Curriculum Integration (UCCI) Institute:
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Pitzer College's Fall Diversity Program!

Hi Nichola,

We will be hosting Pitzer College's Fall Diversity Program from October 27 to October 29, 2016, in collaboration with our Preview Pitzer Day on October 28, 2016. The program is designed specifically for high school seniors from underrepresented backgrounds from the United States. Students will have an opportunity to experience the distinct atmosphere that defines Pitzer College while interacting with current students, faculty, staff and other prospective students. 

The Fall Diversity Program is all-expense-paid and covers round-trip transportation (air, train, bus, gas/mileage reimbursement). Attendees will be hosted by current students in the residence halls and will dine on campus throughout the three-day program.

We hope you will share this opportunity with your students. The application is due on Monday, September 12, 2016, and requires an essay as well as a copy of the student's high school transcript through their junior year. You can find out more information regarding the Diversity Program, as well as a link to the application, by clicking here: Pitzer Fall Diversity Program

Provida futuri,

Yvonne Berumen
Vice President for Admission and Financial Aid

PS: You can watch a video of our Fall 2015 program by clicking on the photo below!


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