Wednesday, April 24, 2013

HandsOn Jacksonville needs volunteers!

Global Youth Service Day is the largest youth service day in the world! During the weekend of April 26th - April 28th, youth led projects engaging youth volunteers will be taking place all around the world. 

Our Youth Council Leaders are an enthusiastic, compassionate group that have worked hard to develop projects to benefit our community.  Come out and show your support by joining a GYSD Project!

Art Against Bullying
Friday, April 26th
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Oceanway Community Center
Help lead an art project for 40 elementary school-aged children  
that will offer them a platform to express what makes their schools safe and address the importance of preventing bullying.  Click to register

Adopt a Room
Saturday, April 27th
7:30 am - 11:30 am
Community Connections
This project was designed by youth to address the issues of homelessness and poverty. Help paint and decorate a room for an incoming woman and her children at this transitional housing facility. Click to register

Grounds Beautification
Saturday, April 27th
8:00 am - 11:30 am
Community Connections
Help with mulching, weeding, gardening and more to spruce up this transitional housing facility.  Click to register

Work for Change
Saturday, April 27th
8:00 am - 1:00 pm
City Rescue Mission
Help paint walls, read to kids, build a library, make comfort bags for children entering the shelter and distribute food to families.  Click to register

Fletcher Beautification Day
Saturday, April 27th
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Fletcher Middle School
Work with school faculty to spread mulch, clear out sawgrass plants, weed gardens, remove palmettos, plant new trees and more.  Click to register

For more information about our Youth Leadership Council, please contact

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Shawn Carter (Jay-Z) Scholarship Fund - DEADLINE: May 31st!

The Shawn Carter (Jay-Z) Scholarship Fund offers scholarship opportunities to any under-served student across the United States 

Scholarship Notification Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation 

APPLICATION DEADLINE is May 31, 2013 Eligibility Requirements Qualified  applicants must be a high school senior, college student, and/or  between the ages of 18-25, pursuing studies at a vocational or trade  school. All applicants must be a US Citizen and complete the on-line application no later than the published deadline date, which is May 31, 2013. The  Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation is unique in that it offers  scholarships to single mothers, children who attend alternative schools,  students who have earned a GED, students with grade point averages of  2.0 and students who have previously been incarcerated, etc. but desire a  higher educational opportunity. This group is generally not the  recipients of college scholarships and is typically ignored by the Board  of Education. 
The Shawn Carter Foundation offers scholarship opportunities to any  under-served student across the United States who desires a higher  education. One of the key questions asked by the Foundation when  students apply for a scholarship is: What are your plans to give back to  the community?. 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Happy Earth Day!
Today marks the 43rd celebration of Earth Day, which started in 1970. This year’s theme... The Face of Climate Change. How are you making Earth a better place to live? Share your story on the district Facebook page.

Applications for the “Living in a Material World” grant from the ASM Foundation Teacher Grants can be submitted by kindergarten – 12th-grade teachers now through May 25th. The grant award ranges up to $500. These grants are intended to enhance awareness of materials science and the role of materials scientists in society. For more information, visit the ASM website or contact Dorie Davis in External Funding at 390-2132 or

For graduation purposes, current freshmen and sophomores must complete a course online at Florida Virtual School (FLVS).  FLVS will be offering several half-credit courses during this summer at a 10-week pace.  For course descriptions and more information, please visit .

Friday, April 19, 2013

Scholarship name: Sussle Scholarship
Deadline: June 30 and December 31 each year
Value: $5,000
Scholarships available: 1 at each deadline
Mission: Sussle collects the best content by topic. This is not your usual scholarship. There is no application or essay, and it's actually fun. By participating, you will be posting your knowledge for the benefit of others, and in return, the best contributor will win the scholarship.

·         Full-time undergraduate or graduate students as of Fall, 2013 at an accredited college or university in the United States.
·         US citizen or legal permanent resident.
How to enter:
·         Use to contribute knowledge about your interests.
Do we sell student information or market to them after they sign up? No we do not. The goals of the scholarship are only to incentivize students to use the site, and of course to help students pay for their education. You'll notice that there aren't even advertisements on the site.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Duval County UNCF Scholarship is now OPEN!!!
 There are 8 scholarships available and the application deadline is May 18, 2013. The recipients will be invited to an awards activity (lunch/dinner) to receive their scholarship.  


"What is THAT Major?"
College Majors 101

 Designed to help students learn:
 "What the major ACTUALLY is"

  - From Colleges/ Universities who teach it
- BLS Info and Videos
- Future Employers
- Industry Publications
- Professional/Student Associations
When they ask: "What is THAT major?"
Simply send them to:
To learn ALL about it...
College Majors 101
2101 Vista Parkway #231
West Palm Beach, FL. 33462
ph: 561-228-6182

Wounded Warrior Project ® is offering a scholarship to Jacksonville area seniors attending school in Duval, St. John’s, Nassau, and Clay counties.  The scholarship consists of an application and a 500 word essay on the topic “Why is it important to help our Wounded Warriors succeed as they return home from serving our country?”.  The essay rules and application can be found at deadline to apply is May 3, 2013.  In May, the scholarship committee members will choose the top essay from each county to receive a scholarship award of $1,000.  Please inform high school seniors about this scholarship opportunity.

Friday, April 12, 2013

FSCJ has Special orientations just for seniors throughout April call 646-2300 to reserve your spot if you have applied to FSCJ!

Look familiar? You should have received one of these...DON'T MISS OUT!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Need part time work? CHECK THIS OUT!


***If interested, potential volunteers can call Anne Wall at 346-5100, ext. 250.

THE READ ALOUD ESSAY EVENT is scheduled for Saturday, April 27th at the Edward Waters College gymnasium. Applicants are to be present at 10 o’clock AM for briefing. The event begins at 10:30.
I understand that the typist mistakenly omitted this statement from the list of requirements. It was the last item listed on the Fact Sheet, which read thusly, “Read Essay with conviction at event.”
If you wish to attend EWC, I understand that the Band and Chorus Directors will be present at this affair and are willing to have you show your talent for an opportunity to receive a scholarship, to attend Edward Waters College during the 2013-2014 school year. If interested, please govern yourself accordingly.

The First Annual Jacksonville MoneyWi$e Week was a huge success. We invite you to view the results of this great week by viewing theMoneyWise-Report(M) . We are very excited The 2nd Annual Jacksonville MoneyWi$e Week is just a few weeks away!! To learn more, click here.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


Nearly 73% of Florida high school seniors fail to apply for federal college aid
~Interactive map reveals rate at which students in state counties complete the FAFSA~
Tampa, FL – As of March 15, nearly 73% of Florida high school seniors have failed to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). According to the most up-to-date data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s FAFSA Completion Tool, just 27.1% of Florida high school seniors had finished the key document which secures them access to Pell Grants, federal loans and work-study jobs. A new interactive map developed by the Florida College Access Network (Florida C.A.N.! ) charts the FAFSA completion rates by county and allows viewers to see differences from last year.
“The state deadline to complete the FAFSA is May 15 and for several Florida higher education institutions, their priority deadline has already passed. It’s not too late to get money for college but you have to fill out the form,” said Braulio Col√≥n, executive director of Florida C.A.N.! “Florida has 204,629 high school seniors but only 55,529 of these students have successfully completed the FAFSA. That number is far too low. It means major grants and federal loans are going unused by students who will need them to get a college education and secure a future.”
Last year, the federal government began offering access to its FAFSA Completion Tool which allowed viewers to track how many students at each high school across the country are completing the federal financial aid forms. Previously, high schools estimated their FAFSA completion rate using self-reported surveys, which are often unreliable. Both the FCAN map and the FAFSA Completion Tool will be updated every two weeks.

Monday, April 8, 2013


Every year the elementary students from our district compete in the Sunshine Math Competition. This year it is on May 2, 2013 from 4:00-6:00 pm at Wolfson High School.
We are looking for students who would like to earn volunteer hours to help us with the following:

  • setting up and tearing down tables from 3:00-7:00 pm.
  • runners to deliver finished tests to the scorers AND
  • students who could provide entertainment such as singing, dancing, step groups, bands, etc.
The entertainment will last roughly an hour before we present the winners of the math competition. 

Missy Reardon can be reached through e-mail at or cell (904) 651-1811.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

A GREAT opportunity for service from HandsOn Jacksonville:

Jacksonville will be hosting a big event called One Spark.  From April 17 - 21, 2013, Creators in art, music, science and technology from all over the world will showcase ideas and projects to connect with a $250,000 crowdfund awarded by popular vote, up to $1 million in capital investments from Jaguars' owner Shad Khan and immediate individual contributions. Volunteers are needed! One Spark is a great way to meet like-minded curiosity seekers, gain behind-the-scenes access, and help shape our inaugural event.  Multiple volunteer opportunities are available on our project calendar.  Visit our calendar and look for One Spark volunteer opportunities from April 18 - 20!  Volunteer training ends on April 10th, so hurry and register - you won't want to miss this event!