|University of Mary Washington|
Apr 28, 2012
Apr 27, 2012
|Savannah College of Art and Design|
Acknowledging that educational funding has become a “greater challenge than ever,” Nordstrom is funding 80 $10,000 college scholarships designed to recognize students across the country for exceptional academic achievement and community involvement.
A chain of upscale department stores located in 28 states, Nordstrom is extraordinarily committed to the communities in which the company does business. “Helping students achieve their dreams of higher education is a meaningful way” to show this commitment.
Limited to students residing in specified states and the District of Columbia, these scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, awards/honors, leadership, school activities, community/volunteer activities, financial and employment history.
To qualify, students must:
- Be a high school junior
- Live and attend high school in an eligible state (including Maryland, Virginia, and DC)
- Have participated in community or volunteer activities
- Have and maintain a cumulative unweighted GPA of at least 2.7 (on a 4.0 scale) throughout high school
- Plan to apply for financial assistance to attend college
- Be eligible for and plan to attend an accredited four-year college or university in the US
Key to winning the scholarship will be a thoughtful, well-written essay on one of three topics as well as a personal statement addressing a character-defining moment, cultural awareness, or a personal hardship or barrier overcome.
The Nordstrom scholarship application may take a little time to complete, so try to get started as soon as possible. It will be great practice for completing those pesky college applications next summer!
Note that applications must be submitted by no later than 5:00 p.m., Central Time, on May 1, 2012. Semi-finalists will be notified by email, and all finalists will be interviewed in person or via video conference.
This is an amazing opportunity for a student anticipating financial need, who has a proven track record of service to his or her community. More information and the complete application may be found on the Nordstrom website.
Apr 25, 2012
Apr 24, 2012
- student success in persistence, completion, and transfer
- consistent improvement in outcomes over time, and
- equity in outcomes for students of all racial/ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Organized in partnership with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the fair will include opportunities to meet with medical school representatives and admissions staff.
Registration is not necessary. And counselors as well as parents are welcome to attend.
This is a great opportunity to learn more about navigating the path to medical school. For more information, visit the National Hispanic Medical Association website.
Apr 22, 2012
“The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges” reports on 320 US institutions and two in Canada demonstrating “strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.”
Developed in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the US Green Building Council (USGBC), the 232-page book can be downloaded free of charge from either the Princeton Review or Center for Green Schools websites.
In addition to detailed descriptions of environmental and sustainability initiatives, the guide provides statistics and facts on each school’s use of renewable energy sources, recycling and conservation programs, and the availability of environmental studies programs. For the uninitiated, a glossary of more than forty “green” terms and acronyms is also provided.
“College-bound students are increasingly interested in sustainability issues,” commented Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president for publishing. “Among 7,445 college applicants who participated in our spring 2012 ‘College Hopes & Worries Survey,’ nearly 7 out of 10 (68 percent) told us that having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school.”
The Princeton Review chose the 322 schools based on a survey of hundreds of colleges that asked about institutional sustainability-related policies, practices, and programs. Green Ratings were tallied for 768 institutions and all those receiving a score of 83 or above were included in the guide.
For more information or to download a copy of the “Guide to 322 Green Colleges,” visit the Princeton Review website.
Apr 21, 2012
|University of California San Diego|
And despite an anemic economy, it appears that big money continues to flow to big name national research universities.
- Johns Hopkins University
- University of Michigan—Ann Arbor
- University of Wisconsin—Madison
- University of Washington
- UC San Diego
- UC San Francisco
- Stanford University
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Pittsburgh
- Columbia University
- University of Minnesota—Twin Cities
- Pennsylvania State University
- University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill
- Ohio State University
- Cornell University
- Washington University St. Louis
- UC Berkeley
- Texas A & M
- University of Florida
- UC Davis
- Yale University
- Georgia Tech
Apr 20, 2012
|Johns Hopkins University|
- Opportunities to assist in well-funded labs working on cutting-edge research
- A faculty of acknowledged “experts” connected to industry and academia (a benefit for students looking for jobs and internships)
- State of the art facilities for research that include significant investment in equipment, support staff, and libraries
- A larger variety of courses featuring professors who are aware of or possibly working in the newest developments in their fields
- Larger choice in majors in more specific areas
- Opportunities to take graduate level courses in many different program areas
- Easy access to a variety of 5-year or “coterm” masters programs
- The availability of well-funded summer research opportunities both on and off campus
- Publishing opportunities or the chance to present work in professional forums
- Invitations and financial support to attend conferences
- Admission advantage to those graduate and professional schools biased toward training available at research universities or strong institutional name recognition in key research areas
- The chance to network with acknowledged experts who not only provide connections but also the possibility of five-star recommendations
- The very real psychic rewards of being in on important findings or discoveries
Locally, Emory & Henry College, Marymount University, Roanoke College, and Virginia Intermont College will be joining the CA team for the 2012-13 application cycle.
Nine of the new members are public institutions including two new flagships: Ohio State University and the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. In addition, the association will welcome 5 international institutions and 2 historically Black colleges and universities.
Membership in the association is open to undergraduate colleges and universities that are accredited by a regional accrediting association and are nonprofit members in good standing of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). All members must agree to promote college access by evaluating students using a “holistic” selection process.
Apr 18, 2012
According to a survey conducted by US News & World Report (USNWR), American University tops the list of national universities with the highest percentage of 2010 graduates who worked as interns at some point in their undergraduate careers.
With 84.7 percent of its 1,515 graduating seniors working as interns, American takes advantage of its intern-friendly location in the nation’s capital to place students in government-related positions in D.C. and beyond.
Similarly, George Washington University placed fifth on the USNWR list, with 66 percent of its 2,405 graduating seniors with internship experience most of which in the D.C. area.
Based on data provided by 416 colleges and universities, USNWR found that on average 37.6 percent of 2010 graduates took part in an internship while in school. Of the “national universities” providing data to USNWR, an average of 30.4 percent graduated with internship credentials.
In today’s competitive job market, grads are finding that it’s not always enough to have top grades to get the job. Employers are increasingly looking for hands-on experience to support academics.
And colleges are responding by encouraging students in all majors to seek out “experiential” learning opportunities. In fact, many are beginning to require internships, clinical experiences, or practicum experiences for graduation.
At American University, most students intern locally at institutions such as the World Bank, National Institutes of Health, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or the Smithsonian Institution. But there also exists a “global network of opportunities” where students may also find exciting internships at places like the Associated Press in Thailand or the Global Conscience Initiative in Cameroon.
To capture some of their experiences, American asks interns to contribute to a blog which recently included entries from Capitol Hill, the State Department, the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Fox business studio, and the Caps locker room.
Across town, GW’s National Security Internship Program is a great example of how academics and practical experience can be tied together to produce amazing opportunities through the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security. Created through a partnership with the Classics and Semantics program in GW’s Columbian Department of Homeland Security, the internship is designed to provide students the skills necessary to serve the country focusing on matters related to the Middle East.
Internship programs are not without controversy, and colleges have recently been called to task for displacing paid workers with unpaid students. The Department of Labor was concerned enough to publish a series of Federal Guidelines on Internships.
Nevertheless, the top 10 “national universities” producing the most interns are:
- American University (85%)
- Colorado School of Mines (81%)
- Dartmouth College (72%)
- University of Pittsburgh (69%)
- George Washington University (66%)
- Florida Institute of Technology (60%)
- South Carolina State University (60%)
- University of Massachusetts—Amherst (57%)
- Pace University (57%)
- University of South Dakota (53%)