Friday, January 29, 2010


The University of North Florida (UNF) is proud to serve the Jacksonville area with high quality undergraduate and graduate academic programs and community partnerships. We appreciate your continued commitment to this goal. UNF plays a unique and vital role in the intellectual, cultural, economic and civic development of Florida’s northeast region.
In an effort to work with our community partners to help prospective students achieve their college goals, UNF is proud to offer FREE SAT/ACT prep sessions. Their FINAL session for this semester: Saturday, February 20, 2010. These sessions last from 9:00 am – 2:30 pm.
We encourage all high school seniors and juniors who need help in preparing for these exams to attend. As you know students who prepare for the SAT/ACT have a higher success rate. On average, our workshop has helped students improve their SAT score by 28.8 points.
Interested students can RSVP online at Space is limited, so students must act fast!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Young Women in Public Affairs Award - $1500

One of you has an opportunity to win a $1500 award or more!!! Each year, the Zonta Club of Jacksonville offers the Young Women in Public Affairs Award to a local young woman in recognition of her leadership and volunteerism. All pre-university and pre-college female students ages 16 - 20 are encouraged to apply. Because Zonta International recognizes the international need for increased participation of women in public affairs at all levels, the Young Women in Public Affairs Award hopes to encourage young women to pursue careers in government, public policy, and community organizations.
An application can be downloaded directly from the website:

Students must submit the application, essays, letters of recommendation, and certification of school enrollment to the Zonta Club of Jacksonville by March 10, 2010. The winner of the Jacksonville’s $1500 award will go on to compete at the District level for an additional $1000. District winners will then vie for one of five International awards of $3,000 each.

Art Institute of Jacksonville's Scholarships, Open House & Workshops!

8775 Baypine Road Jacksonville, FL 32256-8528

The Art Institute of Jacksonville is awarding more than $50,000 in scholarships to eligible students, and will host a free workshop this Saturday, January 30 for interested seniors. We will offer workshops in:
Digital Filmmaking
Interior Design
Graphic Design
Web Design
To RSVP, please call me at the number below. Seating is limited so don’t delay!

Get the practice, get the instruction, get the critiques, get lunch, and get help with scholarships!
If there are interested students who can’t make this Saturday’s workshop, they can register to attend our next Open House slated for Monday, February 15 at 10:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m.
Maria Cooper
Assistant Director of Admissions
The Art Institute of Jacksonville
Direct Line: (904)486-3003
Toll Free: (800)924-1589 x 3003

Community Service Opportunity!!

Enterprise Learning Academy is hosting a Manatee Spring Fling Carnival May 1, 2010 from 11am-3pm. They need service organizations and students interested in helping at booths to acquire some volunteer hours. Please email Sherry Brown, Principal,
If you’d like to participate- All volunteers eat free while working the carnival and get lots of laughs while helping!!!!

Scholarship Opportunity for 1st Generation College Goers!!

22-Year Old Nationally Recognized Youth Speaker & Author Laymon Hicks, Launches Scholarship Fund!!
The Laymon A. Hicks recently launched a scholarship fund where Mr. Hicks will be giving away a $750 scholarship to one deserving first generation student to attend a 2 year or 4 year accredited college or university. A recent graduate of Florida State University, Laymon Hicks, is no stranger to adversity, but he's refused to let life's challenges hold him back. Instead, he's used his story to inspire and engage youth, and dare them not only to dream, but also to invest in and work tirelessly towards those dreams. Hicks often shares his journey from being a struggling middle school student to serving as the student body president of Florida State University, responsible for leading one of the nation's largest student populations and managing a $10.3 million budget. His messages of determination, hard work, and perseverance have resonated with kids ages 8-18. 
The deadline to apply is Friday, May 7, 2010
For more information, you can visit our website at

Monday, January 25, 2010

Come be part of PAL's Youth Directors' Council!

ALL TEENS 14 to 18 Welcome!
Open House
January 28, 2010 at 5:30pm
2165 West 33rd Street
PAL teens participate in community service, workforce and college preparation, leadership training, the State PAL YDC conference in Orlando and MUCH MORE! This is an exciting opportunity to gain leadership experience, form friendships, give back to your community and have some fun! Parents are also welcome to attend this informational meeting. Join us to learn more about what our Youth Directors' Council can offer you!
RSVP to Ms. Fredericks at (904) 355-3308 ext. 16 or

Governor’s Black History Month Essay and Art Contests

DEADLINE: [extended] FEBRUARY 1st!!!!
4th and 5th Grade Essay Rules and Forms -
6th – 12th Grade Essay Rules and Forms -
K – 3rd Grade Art Rules and Forms -
Educator Contest Rules and Forms -

Friday, January 22, 2010

New Bachelor's degree in Computational Science @ FSU!!

The Department of Scientific Computing is pleased to announce that The Florida State University Board of Trustees has approved the implementation of a new B.S. degree in Computational Science, starting in the Fall 2010 semester.
The new degree program should be of interest to and is well suited for those who like working on computers and who ordinarily would also be interested in any of the mathematical sciences (mathematics, computer science, statistics), or the natural sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, geological sciences, ...), or any engineering discipline. Thus, students in the new degree program will learn how to develop and apply new computational tools to solve science and engineering problems.
The newly established Department of Scientific Computing is the focal point of computational science activities at FSU. Computational science involves the invention, implementation, testing, and application of algorithms and software used to solve large-scale scientific and engineering problems. The Department provides a venue for innovative research and education in scientific computing. Our faculty come from a wide variety of traditional mathematical and scientific disciplines who are primarily interested in developing knowledge and tools for computational science and applying those tools to the solution of problems in a variety of applications.
Please note that computational science is different from computer science. At the risk of oversimplifying things, one can say that computer science is about the science of computers whereas computational science is about the use of computers to solve science and engineering problems.
The new degree program, along with the already established Master's and Ph.D. programs, trains students in computational science by providing them with a mix of theory and practice, including substantial hands-on experience in the deployment and use of algorithms for scientific computing.
More information about the new degree program and a sample academic map are found at
under "Computational Science." Information about the Department of Scientific Computing is found at
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Are you related to a Chief Petty Officer? If so, there is a scholarship for you!!


The Chief Petty Officer Scholarship Fund was established solely for the purpose of generating and distributing funds to provide educational opportunities for qualified family members of Chief Petty Officers. Candidates eligible for scholarship awards are spouses and children (natural born, adopted or stepchildren) of all Chief Petty Officers.

Candidates submitting scholarship applications must, in the year of submission of their scholarship application, be about to graduate or have graduated from an accredited high school , or equivalent educational institution or have successfully earned a General Equivalency Diploma (GED), and must intend to enter, or be currently enrolled in a community college, vocational college, college or university to complete the curriculum prescribed in or to be graduated with an AA, AS, BA or BS degree.

The number of scholarship awards and the amounts to be disbursed yearly are determined solely by the financial status of the fund. The Chief Petty Officer Scholarship Fund is non-profit and dependent upon Tax-deductible donations to support its educational "Gift of Knowledge."

For more information, requirements and application, visit:

Friday, January 15, 2010


The Scholarship Selection Committee of The McCurry Foundation, Inc. accepts applications from all interested seniors attending public high school. The deadline to apply is February 15th. Scholarships are awarded no later than June 15th and will be paid directly to the educational institution prior to the Fall semester tuition deadline.

  • geographical preference will be given to applicants from the Florida counties of Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns and from Glynn County, Georgia
  • all public high school students having a minimum GPA of 3.0 and employment experience will be considered
  • scholarships will be awarded for the upcoming college year
  • consideration will be given to making awards in subsequent years depending on the recipient’s college performance
  • the application is silent on gender, race, religion, physical handicap, foreign origin, and sexual preferences, which are not factors in the selection process 
  • financial need is one of the many factors considered
  • the combined annual earnings of the student and parents must not exceed $75,000 (as measured by “Adjusted Gross Income” on your income tax returns)
  • other factors considered are: academic success, leadership, work experience, scholarship excellence and awards, and community involvement and service
Applicants may be required to interview with the Scholarship Selection Committee as part of the final selection process. SEE MRS. CURRAN in guidance for an APPLICATION!

Interested in a career in Massage Therapy?

Massage Therapy is one of the fastest growing professions in the country. Massage Therapy is regulated by the Florida Department of Health and is considered a Healthcare profession in this state.

The oldest and most respected Massage Therapy School in Jacksonville is again waiving the usual $9,000.00 tuition for their 900 hour advanced massage therapy program.
That’s right, absolutely no tuition for an entire year of training! There is an initial (one-time) enrollment fee of $200 and a small monthly fee of $99. That’s it, no other fees are charged by the school. Neither a student loan or financial aide is required. Students graduate ready to take the state licensing exam without having the usual college debt. Everything is paid for by the end of graduation.
Current and past students frequently ask “Why would anybody borrow $12,000.00 to $24.000.00 for tuition to learn massage therapy when you can learn from the best for next to nothing?”
Florida leads the country in massage education and can boast of having some of the finest massage instructors anywhere. Nowhere is this more evident than at Alpha School of Massage, which has 2 instructors that have been teaching there since 1995.
While some schools are closing their massage therapy programs, Alpha School of Massage is expanding their massage program. Unlike many of the other massage programs which are taught at schools that offer several other programs (such as ultrasound; nursing assistants; medical assistants; radiology; etc.) massage is the only program taught at Alpha. This enables their staff to focus and expand their knowledge and expertise completely on massage and massage related topics.
There aren’t any tricks or gimmicks to this offer. Channel 4 news aired a story about this wonderful “no tuition” opportunity in July, 2007. We have also been featured in a few other local television stories, as well as having a full page story in Folio Weekly. This is a fantastic opportunity for your students that don’t want a traditional 2 or 4 year college degree, or can’t afford one.
Alpha School of Massage, Inc.
4642 San Juan Ave.
Jacksonville, Fl. 32210
(904) 389-9117 mm6527

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Sweet-diggity-dawg $20k Scholarship, the company connecting young people to academic opportunities, is hosting its 3rd Annual Sweet-diggity-dawg $20k Scholarship.
The Sweet-diggity-dawg Scholarship is one of the most exciting scholarships offered to students today.
Each year, Zinch selects the semi-finalists based on their Zinch profile. Semi-finalists then compete, March-Madness style, in a bracket of 64 students. These students go head-to-head, with the best Zinch profile advancing, until one student remains to claim the $20k prize.

Students who wish to compete must meet the following guidelines:
1. Be a current high school student (c/o 2010-2013)
2. With a minimum 2.0 GPA
3. And have a profile
If you are interested in competing for the Sweet-diggity-dawg Scholarship, create a free profile and apply by January 15th.
Click here to learn more.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Teen Volunteer Program at the Jacksonville Zoo

Donate a minimum of 12 hours a week from June 11th - August 23rd and 12 hours a month from September - May (with the exception of pre-approved absences). You will work outdoors and get your hands dirty! Learn new skills and gain community service hours! Great opportunity - see Mrs. Curran in guidance for the application packet - they are due APRIL 1st

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

$1,000 Scholarship from the Florida Striders Track Club

Florida Striders Track Club is awarding three $1000 scholarships to high school seniors who live in Northeast Florida.

The scholarship application is posted on the club's website at and can be downloaded as a Word document. The deadline for applications is March 10, 2010.

Bank of America Paid Summer Internship & a free trip to D.C.!!

Current juniors and seniors who are accepted into this program will receive an 8 week PAID summer internship ($10/hour), and an opportunity to be selected for an all expense paid trip to Washington DC this summer. This is a great opportunity for our student leaders to build networks in the community.
Students MUST APPLY online at: by Feb. 17, 2010.
The application must include a recommendation from a counselor or teacher.
To be considered as a Student Leader, the student must:
• Currently be a junior or senior in high school (U.S. Markets)
• Be able to participate in a week-long Student Leadership Summit in Washington, DC (July ,2010)
• Be able to participate in an 8-week paid internship at a local nonprofit/charitable organization
• Be legally authorized to work in the US without sponsorship (U.S. Markets)
• Be a student in good standing at his/her school

Updates on Alex Ross

Below is the website that Alex's family has started to keep everyone informed and to help dispel rumors. Please make sure we are conscious of how we are communicating information to our students.

Haven Hospice Teen Grief Camp

The bereavement department of Haven Hospice is conducting a camp for teens who have suffered a loss of a loved one, or friend. The Camp (Camp Safe Haven) is free of charge and open to kids ages 13-17. It will be held on Monday Feb 15th from 9am -5pm at Shepherd of the Woods Church & School. This lovely wooded area is located at 6595 ColumbiaPark Court, Jax, 32258. It is close to US1 & 9A. If you are interested in attending, see your counselor - we will forward your name on the necessary parties.

Friday, January 8, 2010

National Summer Academy - Distinguished Young Gentlemen of America, Inc

Hosted on the campus of Florida A & M University Tallahassee, Florida Sunday, June 13th - Saturday, June 26th
Application Deadline: Saturday, March 31, 2010
See Mrs. Curran for an application & more info!

-Prospective Distinguished Young Gentlemen must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average. (*Note: D.Y.G. Program Staff will verify the G.P.A of all Applicants).
- Prospective Distinguished Young Gentlemen must be 9th-12th Grade African American Male Students. (*Note: 8th Graders entering 9th Grade are eligible to apply. Students that will be graduating at the end of the 2009-2010 academic school year with a High School Diploma are not eligible to apply).
- Prospective Distinguished Young Gentlemen must have three letters of recommendation.
- Prospective Distinguished Young Gentlemen must write a full one page typed essay detailing their personal background and relevant life experiences.
- Prospective Distinguished Young Gentlemen must submit an official high school transcript.
- Prospective Distinguished Young Gentlemen must submit a photo with application.

Financial Aid Nights Reminder

Come learn about how to pay for college!
January 12th:
Paxon @ 6pm
3239 Norm Thagard Blvd, 32254, 693-7593
Forrest @ 7pm
5530 Firestone Rd, 32244, 573-1170

Best Buy @15 Scholarship

In 2010 Best Buy Children’s Foundation is proud to award $1 million in scholarships to more than 1,000 students in grades 9-12 nationwide.

• 1,000 high school seniors from schools living within the US and Puerto Rico will receive a scholarship for $1,000 (no mileage radius requirement).

Scholarship recipients are selected based on solid grades and exemplary community service and/or work experience. Recipients must be entering an accredited university, college or technical school in the fall immediately after graduation. Recipients in grades 9-11 will have their status tracked and be awarded their scholarship upon high school graduation and enrollment in postsecondary school.
The @15 scholarship is our way of reaching out to our community and empowering our future leaders.
The deadline for scholarship applications is February 1, 2010
Students must go online to and register Scholarship applications are available only to @15 members -- you can become a member for free right here on Click here to become a member. After registering you will immediately receive an email that confirms your registration and includes a password. Once you log in with your username and password you will have access to the link to the scholarship application website.

The week of May 10 recipient names will be posted on,

Thursday, January 7, 2010

100 Black Men of Jacksonville Infinite Scholar College Fair

Saturday January 16, 2010
Hyatt Regency Downtown Jacksonville, FL
National, Regional and Local Colleges and Universities

to include Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

**Students are asked to register at
For updates about the event log onto


Senior women: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is offering a scholarship if you:
  1. are a current resident of Duval County
  2. are a US citizen
  3. are a graduating female senior
  4. have a 3.0 GPA
  5. have an ACT score of 19 OR SAT score of 940
  6. provide letter of college acceptance
  7. indicate a financial need
  8. provide a typed written essay, official transcript w/1st semester grades, and have a recent photo
Scholarships awarded: 1-$10, 000 (over 4yrs.) to HBCU college ONLY!
                                    1 - $5,000 (over 4yrs.) to a college of your choice
DUE DATE: February 15, 2010

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Seniors! Do you need money for college? Did you know that the less money your household makes, the more the government is willing to give you to go to school?!?! That's right! All you have to do is fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - - good news: the folks [volunteers] at College Goal Sunday will WALK YOU THROUGH the entire application!
You can go online now and get your PIN; this is step 1 to completing the FAFSA, but why not get help? This IS a federal tax document that requires information about you and your parents and even their tax information, so TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS OPPORTUNITY!!
WHAT: College Goal Sunday
WHEN: January 31st, 1-5pm
WHERE: Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) Downtown Campus

JUNIORS: Important FCAT reminder...

An ACT Science subscore of 15 can be used to meet the 11th grade Science FCAT Promotion Requirement. To count, it must be in the system by the end of the school year, so don't waste any more time! Sign up for the ACT - and see your counselor about how you might take it for free...  (:

Monday, January 4, 2010


Planning to attend a Historically Black College or University in the fall of 2010? The Tom Joyner Fondation is ready to offer a scholarship covering all expenses! Graduating high school seniors can apply for the scholarship by going to ( To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:

1) A United States Citizen
2) Current high school seniors attending school in the United States (applicant must be anticipating completion of high school degree in the spring of 2010).
3) Minimum high school grade point average of 3.50 (on a 4.00 grade scale, excluding home school studies) and Minimum SAT score of 1300 – combined math and verbal score/ or ACT score of 28.
4) Applicants must have applied and accepted to an HBCU by July 1, 2010.
5) Applicants must have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities.
The applications must be postmarked no later than January 23rd, 2010. The winner will be announced on April 2, 2010. Please submit any questions to - see this information on the guidance bulletin board as well!!

**Volunteers Needed** (get community service hours!)

Urban Tree Ranger

When: Saturday, January 16, 2010

Time: 9:00 am—12:00 pm

Where: Southside Boulevard

This is the award winning event that invites volunteers to spend a Saturday morning learning how to improve the health and appearance of trees. Following a brief presentation, volunteers are divided into groups under the supervision of forestry professionals. The fun begins with hands-on instruction as we provide the care our city trees need to survive and flourish. Volunteers should bring pruning tools and work gloves. As work will be close to a highway, no one under the age of fourteen may participate. Volunteers will receive an informative pruning booklet and a special t-shirt. This is a fee free event, but registration is recommended. Call 398-5757 or email to RSVP. (check in will begin at 8:30 a.m.)
Directions: On Southside Boulevard, turn east on Ivey Road at the pedestrian overpass. Volunteers may park at Southside Estates Elementary School and proceed to the community park located at the foot of the overpass on Southside Boulevard for check in.
Sponsored by

Greenscape of Jacksonville, Inc