Burger King’s What We Do Scholars Program

High school seniors, BURGER KING® employees, their dependent children, spouses or domestic partners in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico can apply to receive up to $50,000 in scholarship awards for the 2016-2017 school year!

High school seniors must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale to be eligible.

Don’t miss your chance to become a BURGER KINGSM Scholar. Apply today!


The application period for the 2016-2017 school year closes Dec. 15, 2015.

Duke Summer Programs for High School Students

If you are currently in grade 10 or 11, spend your summer Duke Summer College for High School Students!  Get ahead this summer and earn college credit with academically-motivated students from around the world.

Or you might choose to spend your summer at Duke Summer Academy for High School Students if you are currently in grades 9-12!  This program for personal enrichment offers courses with a global perspective.

Duke will begin taking applications on December 1, 2015. For additional info, visit http://summersession.duke.edu/high-school-students/duke-summer-academy

BigSun Athletic Scholarship

The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to continue to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. We are offering an annual scholarship to a deserving student. All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating in.

  • Deadline        –  June 17, 2016
  • Amount of Award  –        $500.00

 The successful applicant will be a high school senior or be attending a post secondary institute and currently involved in some sport at that institution or in the community..

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

Goucher College

Goucher College has a December 1 application deadline for two scholarship opportunities:

  • Dr. Rhoda M. Dorsey Leadership Scholarship: Students with an interest in leadership and strategic community engagement should apply.
  • Fine and Performing Arts Scholarship: Outstanding student artists who plan to major in dance, theatre, music, or the visual arts should apply.

Interested students must complete an application for admission to Goucher and complete a separate scholarship application by December 1 to be considered.

Goucher also offers a number of other merit- and need-based financial aid opportunities that are awarded at the time of acceptance for interested students who do not fit into the above categories. For more information, visit http://www.goucher.edu/admissions.

Updates from the University of Minnesota

Q: Has your admission timeline changed?
A. No. However, we did begin sending decisions a few days earlier than we did last year. 
More on Admission Decision Timeline: We practice rolling admissions and our first admission decisions were sent in mid-October. We admit freshmen directly to seven colleges—selectively—and timing can vary by college of interest. As a reminder, students can only be admitted to one of our freshman-admitting colleges. We review students for admission with the objective of admitting them to their college of choice. If we are unable to do that, we review students for their alternate choice college as it is listed on the application, or for another college that best matches students’ academic interests and preparation. All students who submit a complete application by the December 15th priority deadline will receive a decision by the end of February. Decision timing is dependent on a number of things: the date an application is complete, the academic strength and preparation of the applicant, additional (or secondary factor) information included in the application materials, and competitiveness of the applicant pool (within the overall pool and by college).
The decision timeline is published on our website at  http://admissions.tc.umn.edu and printed in admissions materials. In addition, once a student’s application becomes complete with all supporting materials submitted, the student receives an email indicating that the application is complete, and that a decision of admit, waitlist, or deny will be sent to the student by the end of February.
Please note that we will continue sending decisions, including admit decisions, to students through February. Again, competitiveness of the applicant pool and shifting program popularity from year to year can impact decision timing. We find that students often try to draw conclusions about their forthcoming admission decisions based on our timing, but the timing of our decision does not suggest any particular outcome. We try to help students understand that not hearing early on is only an indication that we are still considering the student and have not yet rendered a decision.
Again, with our review by, and admission to, seven different freshman-admitting colleges, competitiveness and decision timing can vary by student. We complete our review and render decisions as quickly as we can. However, because we review each application holistically, and each application is read by multiple reviewers, our review does take time to complete. And with our approach of direct college admission, our corresponding review process can take a bit longer. This process is student-centered, with our objective being to determine the best decision for a student, based on the best University of Minnesota Twin Cities college match for the student, at this point in their academic career.
Q: What test score or GPA is necessary for admission to the University of Minnesota?
A. We do not have automatic admission criteria. Admission decisions are based on a holistic review of each student’s application materials. 
More on application review: Freshmen accepted to the University of Minnesota are admitted directly to one of seven colleges based on their academic interests and preparation. We complete a holistic review of all applications, based on the colleges students list on their application, in the order they list them. In addition, if we are not able to admit a student to one of the colleges listed among their two choices, we automatically consider applicants for all colleges to which they may be admissible. We believe that it is important to admit students to the college that is the best fit or ‘match’ with a student’s academic interests and preparation. As such, it can take some time for us to complete our review.
Admission decisions are based on a very careful, overall assessment of each student’s academic preparation and performance, as well as the additional information provided in the application, based on the primary and secondary factors, which can be found at
http://admissions.tc.umn.edu/admissioninfo/fresh_requirements.html. The strongest consideration in the decision is given to the primary (academic) factors, and no single factor is the deciding factor in the decision.
Please know that if your students have questions about our review process, our staff members will take the time to address individual student questions and, as needed, provide additional information about our decision timeline.
Q: How can a student check on the status of application materials? How is a student notified that the application is complete?
A: Students can go online to our Application Tracker, 24 hours a day, to confirm that a complete application has been received. We also send an email to students confirming that we have received all application materials and the application is complete. 
More on Application Tracker: We encourage students to utilize our Application Tracker tool (http://admissions.tc.umn.edu/tracker), for the most up-to-date information on the status of their applications. Applicants can find out if their application is complete or if any items are missing.
Our website, emails, and other communications indicate that received items such as transcripts or test scores will be noted on Application Tracker within 10 business days. We will continue processing documents as quickly as possible and most documents are connected to student files much more quickly than this. However, we share the 10-day timeline in an effort to manage student expectations and ensure adequate time to manually download, appropriately label documents, match them with student records, and update our communications to students regarding missing or complete application materials notification.
All decisions (admit, waitlist, deny) are also posted on the Application Tracker website.

USA Science & Engineering Festival

STEM is a fast growing field, with new jobs added every day. If your students enjoy problem solving and working on a team, a career in the sciences may be the right fit. Need more reasons? Here are three of our favorites:

  1. Job Availability – There are TONS of jobs in the STEM field ranging from research assistant to bio-medical engineer.
  2. Higher Pay – 63% of people with a STEM career make more than someone with a bachelor’s degree in anything else.
  3. Innovation – STEM is a field where you can simultaneously do something you love and change the world. Your students may just create something revolutionary that gets honored at the USA Science & Engineering Festival.

The 4th Annual USA Science & Engineering Festival is the only NATIONAL science festival featuring nationwide contests and school programs. 350K+ attendees will join the celebration to engage with some of the biggest names in STEM, hear stories of inspiration, and rock out to science during incredible stage show performances.

For more info, visit http://www.usasciencefestival.org/

Meredith College

There are a lot of misperceptions about what it’s like to attend a single-gender institution such as Meredith College. Many college-bound women will rule out the possibility of attending a women’s college from the outset and miss out on the proven opportunity to grow and develop as strong leaders and intellectuals.

That’s not an overstatement. It’s a fact that the majority of women holding leadership positions worldwide are graduates of women’s colleges. Meredith College is no exception. Many of our alumnae are out in the world, cracking the glass ceiling. And that’s possible thanks to the unique learning environment we offer.

At Meredith, women are encouraged to pursue their strengths and develop traits associated with success and leadership. They interact more frequently with faculty, participate more actively in class, and attain greater gains in self-understanding – including learning effectively on their own and working collaboratively with others – than their counterparts at coed institutions.

It’s an approach that works – and that our alumnae value. In a recent survey, 98% of our alumnae said they saw important benefits in attending a women’s college, and 97% said they were very satisfied with their academic experience.

Learn more about Meredith College by visiting http://www.meredith.edu/about_meredith/quick_facts/.