The Carpe Diem Foundation is offering a great scholarship for their gap year programs to a low-income, first generation student. The student must be admitted to Portland State University, awarded a Pell grant and be a first generation college student. Click here for the application process. This is a great opportunity to travel internationally, earn credit and serve your community. The application deadline is June 1. Ask for an deadline extension if you need it! Let them know you just found out about the program.
The Common Application is the most used application in applying to private colleges (and now a few public universities). Please do not use the fast applications that some colleges will send you. If they have offered the fast app to you as a free option, they also have to let you submit the Common Application (CA) without any cost to you. Ask the college admissions representative at that particular college how you can do that or write to me and I will give you the information. The fast apps shortchange your application and could affect your admission qualifications or the amount of scholarships you may be offered. The CA goes live on August 1 each year for the upcoming application season, but you can begin working on your essays before then. The new prompts are outlined below. Remember, applying to college is like adding another AP or IB course to your schedule. Get as much done in the summer as possible! Don't forget to check each college's website for early scholarship application deadlines. If you do not apply by these deadlines, you will not be offered any scholarships. Not all schools have early deadlines, but you don't want to miss those that do. Here are the new essay questions. You should write around 500 words, but no more than 650 words and no fewer than 250 will be accepted.
Here's the official link to this page on the common application website.
Kathy Garrett has been a school counselor for over 30 years, and a college counselor for well over a decade.