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#41 8th, 9th & 10th graders: What do you think is the most important thing YOU can focus on to improve your chances of getting into the college of your choice? 

Improving my grades.
Getting involved in activities or sports.
Volunteering or getting a job.
Staying out of trouble!

#12  Behind every bit of technology driving the US economy you will find mathematics and science.

The skills that you learn in math and science will be used every day in life.

Links of Interest


Baltimore County

Students page (http://www.bcps.org/students/)

Parents page (http://www.bcps.org/parents/)

SUMMER PROGRAMS/JOBS/ONLINE COURSES

Overlea High School Internship Program: http://www.bcps.org/schools/CHS/overlea/internship.htm

The Urban Teaching Program www.paymyway.org

City Year & AmeriCorps offer a national program in cities across the United States for young people to promote leadership and development of children through teaching, running after school programs and many other out-of-school initiatives. http://www.cityyear.org/joinus/joincorps.cfm

General Job Search: http://www.snagajob.com/default.asp

General Job Search: http://www.teens4hire.org/index.asp

Job Corps (government sponsored job training program): http://jobcorps.doleta.gov/about.cfm

Take high school classes online!: http://mdk12online.org/


SCHOLARSHIPS


Here are just a few websites that can help you search for scholarships and learn about other types of financial aid available to you.

Try your own web search as well.  Use words and phrases like "scholarships," "paying for college," "financial aid," "Maryland scholarships" etc... 

Maryland Higher Education Committee scholarship search page.

College Loan CALCULATORS

The Student Guide published by the U.S. Department of Education.

U.S. Department of Education
- View general information about loans and other types of aid. 

FAFSA on the Web
- Free application for Federal Student Aid. Complete and submit your FAFSA form electronically. 


If your parent is a teacher, you may be eligible for a scholarship through the American Federation of Teachers. 


American Indian College Fund
- Offers scholarships to American Indian students based upon merit and demonstrated financial need.   

ASPIRA
- Lists scholarship opportunities for Hispanic and other students with links. 

Scholarships for African American students:
http://blackstudents.blacknews.com/scholarship.html, http://www.blacknews.com/scholarship.html

EdFund
- Compare different types of loans; learn about loan management; look at the financial aid planning guide. 

FastWeb
- Search a database of 600,000 scholarships.

FinAid
- Estimate your college tuition costs with the site's College Cost Projector; consult financial aid experts via e-mail with questions.

Scholarships for students at certain MD colleges, sponsored by the Independent College Fund of Maryland.

Jackie Robinson Foundation
- Offers scholarships, mentoring, and internships to minority students. 

Maryland Gear Up Scholarship


Learn about the
National Achievement Scholarship Program – see what you can get if you do well on your PSATs. 

National Hispanic Scholarship Fund (NHSF)
- Offers scholarships to Hispanic students, with an application online. 

National Student Loan Program
- Download free loan application software; learn about what kinds of aid are available; get tips on loan management. 

National Urban League Scholarships
- Offers scholarships to African American students. 

Petersons's Scholarship Search - Search for scholarships; use calculators to estimate college costs; compare the aid awards you receive from different colleges. 

Sallie Mae Plan for College Site - Search for scholarships; estimate your college costs with the site's School Affordability Analyzer; learn about loans and other sources of aid. 

Scholarship Resource Network Express - Search a database of 150,000 scholarships for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. 

Scholarships.com
 

United Negro College Fund
- Features a database of scholarships that primarily serve African American students. The organization itself offers scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students attending a UNCF member college or university.

US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce
- list of scholarships for students of Asian heritage.

Washington Mutual's Mapping Your Future Center - Use the debt/salary wizard to determine the maximum you should borrow in student loans; complete a student loan-counseling interview online. 

 

MISCELLANEOUS

Set goals, learn more about careers, and plan your future with the help of the Tiger Woods Foundation: http://startsomething.target.com/info/index.asp

Need homework help?  http://www.Tutor.com

Have a question?  About ANYTHING?  Go online and ask a librarian: http://www.askusnow.info

Montgomery County homework help: http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/students/homework.cfm

Links to all counties’ education departments: http://www.mdarchives.state.md.us/