Tuesday, May 27, 2014


House Bill 851 was recently passed.
This law will grant in-state tuition to all students regardless of immigration status. 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

BLOCK PARTY for parents & teachers - May 31 - CareerTech Grand Opening


1. MCO Scholarship - $500 – 1 Award (Deadline: May 15, 2014)
Student Eligibility:
A) Be attending college or university no later than December of 2014.
B) Be attending college or university on a full-time basis by December of 2014.
C) Submit an answer to the essay question no later than 11:59 PM EST on May 15, 2014.
Applications can be found by going to:

2. Odenza Vacations Scholarship - $500 – 1 Award (Deadline: June 1, 2014)
Student Eligibility:
A) Be between the ages of 17 and 24 on September 1st, 2014
B) Submit an answer to the essay question, which can be found on the application page, prior to the June 1st, 2014 deadline.
Applications can be found by going to:

3. Global Lift Equipment Scholarship - $500 – 1 Award (Deadline: June 15, 2014)
Student Eligibility:
A) Be currently attending or planning on attending a post-secondary institution in Canada or the US by September of 2014.
B) Submit a short story. Detailed instructions can be found on the application page.
C) Have a GPA of 2.5 or greater.
Applications can be found by going to:

Big Sun Athletics Scholarship: deadline June 20

The scholarship for the BigSun Organization has a deadline of June 20, 2014.

We are proud to be able to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits.  The successful applicant will be currently involved in athletics in some capacity, either for their school or for their community. 

Amount of Award  -  $500.00

Please visit our website at http://www.bigsunathletics.com to learn how to apply.

Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards - apply by Sept. 15th, Juniors!

Rising Latino high school seniors (graduating in 2015) across America can apply to the Youth Awards program presented for the 16th year by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF). The 2014 Youth Awards application is available on our website at www.HispanicHeritage.org or by clicking on the following link:http://hhfawards.hispanicheritage.org/2014/forms/login.php,all supplemental material must be postmarked no later than Monday, September 15th, 2014.

To participate in the Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards you must be:
·      A current high school rising senior, graduating in the Spring of 2015
·      Planning to enroll in college in 2015-2016
·      A citizen or permanent resident of the US
·     Of Hispanic/Latino descent (at least one parent)
·     Minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or 7.5 (on a 10.0 scale)
·     Willing to travel at own cost to the awards ceremony in your selected region.
Regional ceremony attendance is absolutely mandatory for students who are selected.
Recipients are selected for their accomplishments in the classroom and community, and for their focus on various categories. Recipients are awarded up to $3,000 in educational grants to be used for their college education or to fund a community service effort. In each of the 10 regions, three students will be honored in various categories including those listed below.  The regions include: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Phoenix, San Jose and Washington, DC.  Students from across the USA can apply in the region nearest to their area of residence in an effort to ensure all Latino students have an opportunity for the Youth Awards. If selected, the students only have to attend the awards event to receive their award.
The 2014 Youth Awards categories are:
·         Business & Entrepreneurship – Presented by BBVA Compass
·         Education - Presented by Southwest Airlines 
·         Engineering & Mathematics - Presented by ExxonMobil
·         Healthcare Science - Presented by CVS Caremark Workforce Initiatives
·         Innovation & Technology – Presented by The Entertainment Software Association
Students are also encouraged to join our Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) Network. LOFT is a leadership and workforce development program which connects emerging Latinos to each other, to experts, to resources, to platforms, and career paths in STEM fields, business and finance, education and other fields.  Join the LOFT Network http://loftnetwork.org
Please feel free to contact us at info@hispanicheritage.org or 202-861-9797 with any questions.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Lupus Day Walk @ Ed White: Saturday, May 10

Scholarship for minority engineering students!! DEADLINE: May 30

PSA video contest!! DEADLINE: May 30

IOM/NRC Play It Safe! Video Contest

Sports teach valuable lessons - about teamwork, goals, leadership, and how to handle defeat and learn from mistakes. One lesson many are still learning, though, is when not to play.

A recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council (NRC) report finds that as many as 1.6 million to 3.8 million sports- and recreation-related concussions and other traumatic brain injuries are reported each year in the United States. Some youth athletes don't tell anyone they have been hurt because they want to keep playing. And players may resist taking all the time they need to heal, with or without teammates', parents', and coaches' backing.

The IOM/NRC "Play it Safe" video Public Service Announcement contest invites youth ages 13-22 to create a 30- to 60-second video about how they can change a sports culture that may encourage "shaking it off" and getting back in the game, and how they can get their teammates, coaches, and parents to recognize the signs, symptoms, and need for proper treatment of concussions.

Entries will be accepted through May 30. Winning entries in each of three school-age categories will be awarded a $300 gift card. More information and official rules and regulations can be found at www.iom.edu/PlayItSafe.

For more information, please contact YouthSportsConcussions@nas.edu.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Volunteers needed at THE PLAYERS!

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We are thrilled to be THE PLAYERS "Charity of the Day" on Friday, May 9th. This is an amazing opportunity to promote HandsOn Jacksonville and community volunteering! We need a few more volunteers to help out at the 11:30 - 3:00 shift.  

As a volunteer, you will welcome fans to "HandsOn Jacksonville Day at THE PLAYERS" and hand out give-away items. 

In return you will receive parking passes, water and a ticket for entry.

Once you register, we'll let you know all the details and when to pick up your tickets and parking passes at our office.  Click below to sign up to volunteer at one of these gates:

The remaining volunteer time slots will be filled on a first come basis, so don't let this one pass you by!


Friday, May 2, 2014

THIS JUST IN: Dates & Times of Summer School, paperwork to come

Edward H. White High School will be a Duval County Summer School site for students at Ed White & Baldwin students.
Summer School dates for students: June 16th - July 25th
Summer School hours for students: 8:00AM - 12:30PM
Information on registration/paperwork is forthcoming!

May 9: deadline for last available ACT, SAT for Bright Futures eligibility

High school graduation may be just weeks away, but it’s not too late to meet the required test score requirement for Bright Futures eligibility.
Test score requirements for the Bright Futures Scholarship Program increased substantially this year, placing a lot of stress and concern on Floridastudents looking to go to college.  But there’s still time to take the all-important tests, as students have until June 30 to submit the scores needed to become eligible for Bright Futures.
While the deadline to submit test scores is two months away, students need to register quickly for the few remaining test dates on the calendar.
The last date to take the SAT is Saturday, June 7, but students are required to register by Friday, May 9.  For more information on SAT testing locations and registration, click here.
The last ACT test for Florida students is being administered Saturday, June 14, but also requires registration by Friday, May 9.  Information on ACT testing locations and registration can be found here.
Students whose families cannot afford the registration fees may also apply for fee waivers to take the test for free. For more information, click here to find out how to apply for ACT fee waivers and SAT fee waivers.  The ACT charges $36.50 for those who don’t qualify for fee waivers, while the SAT costs $51.  Because some school districts offer free testing for students, make sure to speak with your school counselor about your options.
Students now need a 1290 SAT Reasoning Test score (critical reading and math sections), or a composite score of 29 on the ACT for the Florida Academic Scholars award, worth up to $103 per credit or $12,360 toward a 4-year degree in the state.  The Florida Medallion Scholars Award requires students to have an 1170 SAT Reasoning Test score (critical reading and math sections), or a composite score of 26 on the ACT for eligibility, worth up to $77 per credit or $9,240 toward a 4-year degree.  For a complete listing of eligibility criteria, visit this Bright Futures Fact Sheet.
Now is also a great time to check in with the Florida Department of Education’s Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) to make sure all other eligibility requirements for state financial aid programs like Bright Futures and others are met.  Students and parents can visit the OSFA website for information or call 1-888-366-2004 (toll free) to speak with a program specialist.