Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Have a safe & warm Winter Break!

Classes resume January 6th

SENIORS: Winter Scholarship (and Jax Giants ticket) Opportunity!

FAMU is comin' to town!!!! MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!

9th Annual Teen Entrepreneurship Conference
It’s HER Business
Friday, March 7, 2014
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
University of North Florida, University Center
Cost: FREE (Lunch and Materials provided)
Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from UNF.

The It’s HER Business Teen Entrepreneurship Conference is a one-day conference for girls ages 15-18 enrolled in high school.  We are now in our 9th year.  This event brings parents, students, school administration, and women business owners together in one forum and has so far exposed over 800 young women to a whole new world of opportunities. 

It is designed to encourage financial literacy and help girls learn about starting businesses and managing personal finances through interactive games and hands-on activities.  We use successful local business women as conference facilitators/mentors to share their ideas and experiences with the participants.

•          Must be 15-18 years of age and enrolled in a Duval, Clay, or St. Johns County High School to attend.
•          Both Forms must be either e-mailed/scanned to:, faxed to: (904) 620-2567 OR mailed to: Marice Hague, Small Business Development Center at UNF; 12000 Alumni Drive; Jacksonville, FL  32224 by Friday, February 1, 2014.  The forms are also located online.
•          Only a limited amount of students will be accepted. 
•          Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from UNF.

Camp Kesem - a free network of summer camps run by college students for kids affected by a parent's cancer

FREE WEBINARS from Zinch - SENIORS: check 'em out!

Check out Zinch's FREE webinars this spring!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

It's time to get creative!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 
5:00- 7:00 PM at The Schultz Center

Free and Open to All. Registration is Required.
Register at

Who Should Attend?
  • Registered One Spark Creators
  • Those interested in registering
  • Educators, students, families and others looking for more information about the Schultz Center-One Spark partnership
What to expect?
  • Speak directly with staff and Creators from last year's festival
  • Hear from sponsors and ask questions
  • Network with fellow student and adult Creators
The world will focus its attention on Jacksonville when One Spark, the World's Crowdfunding Festival, convenes to showcase the future in the areas of Art, Innovation, Music, Science and Technology. And for the first time, The Schultz Center's #EDSPARK venue will house all of the  Projects proposed by students under the age of 18, along with Projects featuring  innovations in education and learning proposed by educators, families and others interested in enhancing student achievement.

TAKE VIRTUAL TOURS on your Winter Break!

Choosing the Right College is Hard

It is hard for college bound students to figure out which campus is the best fit for them, and for those that are not able to visit all campuses physically, it's even harder. is the only website where college bound students can actually walk on college campuses as if they were physically there.  With more than 500 Interactive Walking Tours, led by current students, it is the next best thing to being there in person, and best of all, it's completely free for Counselors, Students, and Parents to use. 

the video below to see how you can help your students in the college search process, and make sure to let them know about!


Monday, December 16, 2013

Interested in studying Enginnering? $CHOLAR$HIP for you!

Vietnam Veterans Scholarship for: relatives of Military Veterans, NJROTC members, OR Sea Cadets/Scouting program members!

Scholarship for students with ADHD!

DEADLINE: March 19, 2014
Who Can Apply
The scholarship program is for individuals in the United States who:
  • have been diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • are accepted to or will be enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited college, university, trade school, technical school, or vocational school
  • under the care of a licensed health care professional for ADHD
Void where prohibited by law. Contest is subject to all federal, state, and local laws. Please view fullRules and Regulations for details
The Anchor Scholarship is available to dependents of service members who have served a minimum of six years in a unit under the administrative control of Commander, Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Atlantic Fleet or U.S. Pacific Fleet. You must attend, or plan to attend an accredited four-year college or university and intend to work toward a BS or BA degree to be eligible for this award.

Janice M. Scott Memorial Scholarship

Friday, December 13, 2013


Singing carols at a nursing home with a group of 15 kids?
That's 15 toys or games that Hasbro will donate.
Hosting a school-wide food drive with 450 students?
That's 450 toys or games donated!

Help us get over 100,000 toys to kids in need this season. It's as easy as 1-2-3! 
  1. Go to
  2. Pledge your service using the form.
  3. Click Give Joy to submit. 

Now through December 20th

UNF Updates

News from Florida Polytechnic University - Coming to Jville on January 4th!


November 2013



Florida Poly Premeire is Coming to a Theater Near You!

Join us at your local movie theater to learn more about Florida Poly. We will be rolling out the purple carpet for our future students and parents to showcase our six innovative degrees and our unique college experience. Meet our admissions team for a short presentation and video from 11am to 1pm at the following dates and locations:
 Sign-up at

Florida Polytechnic will soon be open for campus tours! On November 25th, the admissions team will be moving into our new building on campus and will begin prepping for visitors. Tours will be up and running December 2nd. Come see our 160,000-square-foot Innovation, Science and Technology (IST) building which will house classrooms, labs, common areas and faculty offices. You’ll get a firsthand look at our 170-acre campus that will continue to develop as Florida Poly expands. Once you’ve seen the campus, take time out to explore the city of Lakeland. Walk around the shops or catch an IMAX movie at the Lakeside Village shopping center. Then have dinner at one of the many restaurants downtown, or – better yet – ask us about Lakeland’s next Food Truck Rally! You can coordinate your visit for a special post-tour treat.
Because our campus is still an active construction site, everyone who goes on tour will be required to wear long pants, closed toed shoes, and a Florida Poly hard hat. As a result, we can only accommodate small groups of 12 or less at a time. For larger groups, please contact the admissions office directly.
Tours are by appointment and will take place every day Monday-Saturday at the following times:
  • Monday-Thursday 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 10:00 a.m.
Visit to schedule a visit today!
Over the past few months, Florida Poly recruiters have traveled throughout the state of Florida visiting more than 200 high schools and college fairs. The student response has been amazing!
One special event that Florida Poly attended was Robocon, which took place in Tampa October 27-28. Robocon brought together students with a passion for engineering from around the state of Florida. Our team met tons who were excited about the possibility of joining Florida Poly’s inaugural class in 2014!
Events like Robocon are important for introducing young engineers to opportunities that are right at their fingertips – like Florida Poly, a dedicated STEM university right here in their home state!


December 1, 2013 - Initial Application Deadline

Counselors, it has been an exciting first application season for Florida Polytechnic University! The interest from students has exceeded our expectations. So far we have received more than 3,500 inquiries and over 1,000 applications. Much of this interest is thanks to your awesome work helping us get the word out about Florida Poly. Thank you!
We’ve also tried to make the application process as simple as possible. Remember, there is no essay requirement and students are able to submit their application even if they do not have their transcripts, letters of recommendation or ACT/SAT (with Writing) test scores just yet. The $30 application fee is waived until December 1st, but if a student, for some reason, cannot summit their application before that date, we will accept fee waivers to ensure no one misses this great opportunity due to financial burden.
Thank you again for your support and great work!
Florida Poly Application Overview:
  • Application Fee Waiver Deadline is December 1st
  • Students can apply even if all supporting materials are not ready yet
  • Fully online application at:
  • ACT School Code: 2869; SAT School Code: 7303
  • Letters of Recommendation can be emailed to any admissions counselor or to
  • Official transcripts should be mailed to:
Florida Polytechnic University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
439 S. Florida Avenue, Suite 300
Lakeland, FL 33801


We've  made some updates to Florida Poly's academic programs: Degrees in Mechanical  and Industrial Engineering and Science and Technology Management will now be offered beginning Fall 2014 under the College of Engineering and the College of Innovation and Technology. 



Transfer students who have already applied to Florida Poly or are planning to apply before the end of the Fall Semester, shouldn’t wait until December to send their official college transcripts. If you’ve already earned college credit, be sure to send official transcripts to us as soon as possible so that we can provide you with an admission decision as quickly as possible. Sending your transcripts promptly will also allow us to evaluate your credits and properly advise you as you begin registration for your Spring Semester classes.


Cameron Newton
Admissions Counselor
Incoming Freshman
Lauren Willison
Admissions Counselor
Incoming Freshman
Rachel Gordon
Admissions Counselor
Incoming Freshman

Richard Truncale
Admissions Counselor
Incoming Freshman
Ryan Sullivan 
Admissions Counselor
Transfer Students

Tuesday, December 3, 2013


(one of the most fun and heartwarming volunteer experiences
you will ever have!)

 HandsOn Jacksonville's A Visit from St. Nicholas
Thursday December 4th and Friday December 5th Opportunities
Volunteer for a Visit from St. Nicholas Decorating Party:
Thursday December 5th 6:00 pm
Join as we transform a normal community school into a magical wonderland for the children who attend. We will deck the halls with gold tinsel and place backpacks on the desks of each child at the school for them to discover the following morning. This is a rewarding opportunity for all! We recommend you wear shoes that you can move up and down the halls in!

Individual volunteers can sign up HERE 
Groups contact Jenny O'Donnell -   

Volunteer for a Visit from St. Nicholas Discovery Day:
Friday December 6th 7:45 am
On the morning of December 6th, the children of selected local elementary schools will arrive to a magical surprise. Their school will be decorated with gold tinsel and upon arrival to their classroom; they will find a new backpack filled with books and toys! Volunteers will then visit classrooms and read our story of St. Nick to children and share messages of kindness and anonymous giving. This is such a special moment for all parties; volunteer, child and teacher. Volunteers will arrive and check-in at a predetermined meeting area at the school. A light breakfast and coffee will be prepared for volunteers. Your school's Project Leader will instruct volunteers on classroom assignments. Depending on the number of volunteers, you may be asked to read to more than one classroom. Please dress appropriately for school and we invite you to be festive!

Individual volunteers can sign up HERE 
Groups contact Jenny O'Donnell - 

Be a Project Leader:
Project leaders are present at Decorating Party and Discovery Day. There primary role is to get everyone signed in and delegate tasks to the volunteers. There is a Project Leader Training for all new Project Leaders on Monday, December 2nd at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm and 4 pm at the HandsOn Jacksonville Office, 6817 Southpoint Pkwy, Ste 1902. Training should run about 30 to 45 minutes. If you are interested in being a Project Leader please contact Jenny O'Donnell - 

Be St. Nicholas:
St. Nick is the jolly green giant who dresses up in a St. Nick costume and it placed at one of our schools on the morning of December 6th at 7:45 am. St. Nick visits each classroom and distributes a kindness coin to every child and shares messages of kindness, anonymous giving and charity. Anyone interested in being a St.  Nick please contact Jenny O'Donnell - 

Summary of volunteer needs:

Biscayne Elementary: 12230 Biscayne Blvd, 32218
Project Leader
15 volunteers 12/5
20 volunteers 12/6

Kings Trail: 7401 Old Kings Rd S, 32217
Project Leader
6 volunteers 12/5
8 volunteers 12/6

Normandy Village: 8257 Herlong RD, 32210
Project Leader
15 volunteers 12/5
20 volunteers 12/6

Pinedale: 4229 Edison Ave, 32254
Project Leader
St. Nick
5 volunteers 12/5
10 volunteers 12/6

Ramona Blvd: 5540 Ramona Blvd., 32205
Project Leader
St. Nick
9   volunteers 12/5
10 volunteers 12/6
“B. Davis Scholarship”

The creators of the “Student Award Search Aid” website are renewing the scholarship for 2014.

Please visit our website at to read about us and to apply for our scholarship.  While you’re there, please browse through the rest of the site to learn more about applying for scholarships.

This Scholarship is available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any post secondary institution.
  • There is no age restriction
  • Be sure to include your name and the school you are attending this year and next
  • This is not an academic scholarship but we would like to know where you are going to school now and what your future academic plans are.

    Please do not send transcripts or letters of recommendation at this time.
The deadline for applications is May 26, 2014

Amount of Scholarship:  $1,000

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at