Today's Scholars - Tomorrow's Leaders
Mott Hall High School
Altagracia Villalona, PRINCIPAL
6 EDGECOMBE AVENUE, MANHATTAN, NY 10030Phone: 212-690-5501
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SCHOLARSHIPS:My name is Jorge Valencia, Executive Director & CEO of Point Foundation, the nation’s largest publicly-supported organization granting scholarships to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students of merit. Over the past 10 years, we are proud to have invested over $12 million in support of our scholars’ educational pursuits. We’re very proud of our newest class of 34 individuals who this fall joined 37 other exceptional Point Scholars at institutions of higher education across the nation. We would like to enlist your help in recruiting outstanding LGBT students to become Point Scholars. In addition to financial support, a Point Scholarship provides students with mentorship, leadership training and internship opportunities while also requiring scholars to complete a Community Service Project (CSP) every year of their Point tenure. Among the most notable efforts, Point Scholar Corey Bohman helped raise over $500,000 to keep the doors open at Lyon-Martin Health Services, the only free standing community clinic in California that serves women and transgender people regardless of their ability to pay. Another recent Point Scholar, Alex Morse, reorganized and expanded the reach of the Holyoke GLBTQ Task Force. We are also proud that Alex will be continuing to serve his community now that he was elected Mayor of Holyoke on November 8. With your assistance, we can continue to grow the number of talented LGBT professionals in the world. Additionally, it would be beneficial for students if you would post the following message on your website: “Point Foundation, the nation’s largest scholarship granting organization for LGBT students, is seeking driven scholars who will become the leaders of tomorrow. To apply, please visit: http://www.pointfoundation.org/instructions.html ”. Point’s online scholarship application will be available from December 16, 2011 to February 10, 2012.
■ Try to finalize your college choices.
■ Prepare Early Decision, Early Action, or rolling admissions applications as soon as possible.
■ Ask for counselor or teacher recommendations if you need them. Give each teacher or counselor an outline of your academic record and your extracurricular activities. For each recommendation, provide a stamped, addressed envelope, and any college forms required.
■ If you’re submitting essays, write first drafts and ask teachers and others to read them. If you’re applying for Early Decision, finish the essays for that application now.
■ If you have not had your test scores sent to the college to which you are applying, be sure to contact the College Board or ACT to have them sent.
■ November 1−15: For Early Decision admissions, colleges may require test scores and applications between these dates.
■ Complete at least one college application by Thanksgiving.
■ Counselors send transcripts to colleges. Give counselors the proper forms at least two weeks before colleges require them.
■ As you finish and send your applications and essays, be sure to keep copies.
■ If your college wants to see seventh-semester grades, be sure you give the form to your counselor.
■ If you apply to colleges online, be sure to have your high school send a transcript—it goes to colleges separately, and by mail.
■ No senioritis, please! Accepting colleges do look at second-semester senior grades.
■ Keep active in school. If you are wait-listed, the college will want to know what you have accomplished between the time you applied and learned of its decision.
■ You should receive acceptance letters and financial aid offers by mid-April. If you’ve not done so yet, visit your final college before accepting. As soon as you decide, notify your counselor of your choice.
■ If you have questions about housing offers, talk to your counselor or call the college.
■ May 1: Colleges cannot require a deposit or commitment to attend before May 1. By that postmarked date, you must inform every college of your acceptance or rejection of the offer of admission and/or financial aid. (Questions? Talk to your counselor.)
■ Send your deposit to one college only.
■ Wait-listed by a college? If you will enroll if accepted, tell the admissions director your intent and ask how to strengthen your application. Need financial aid? Ask whether funds will be available if you’re accepted.
■ Work with a counselor to resolve any admissions or financial aid problems.
■ Ask your high school to send a final transcript to your college.