University of Houston’s Cougar Preview

UH Open House
Saturday, April 2, 2016

The University of Houston invites students to experience the excitement of UH firsthand at Cougar Preview — our largest open house held twice each year — Saturday, April 2, 2016! At Cougar Preview, students will have the chance to:

  • Tour our beautiful 667-acre campus, including a sneak peek inside our residence halls.
    Learn about admission requirements, academic programs and more than 500 student organizations.
    Speak to faculty and staff about your future at UH.
    Bring friends and family.

Registration is Now Open!

Visit UH Majors and Minors and discover the opportunities available to students at UH, based on their interests. For students uncertain about a major, they should plan to attend the Academic Session for Undeclared/Undecided students.

For more info, please visit or email at Students also can connect on Twitter @UHCampusVisits!

Summer College at Duke University

Summer College at Duke University offers a unique and excellent choice for your “college test-drive” experience. For complete details about this summer program and to apply, visit

  • TOP RANKING UNIVERSITY:  Duke consistently ranks in the TOP TEN from US News and World Report!  Learn more about Duke University here:
  • BECOME A GLOBAL CITIZEN: Duke University Summer Session is committed to the development of Global Citizens.  We believe that high school students should have the opportunity to live and learn with students from around the world to gain an appreciation for perspectives from students living in countries other than their home country.  At Duke, we have successfully created a truly international community for you with at least half of our students coming from international countries!
  • RIGOROUS AND ACADEMICALLY CHALLENGING CLASSES: We introduce you to topics which are not typically offered in most high schools!  Take a look at a great variety of classes offered this summer.
  • COMPARABLE PROGRAM FEE:  We work hard at Duke to keep our costs in line with other pre-college programs offered at top universities and we have no hidden fees.
  • SAFETY, SMALL TOWN HOSPITALITY & SOUTHERN CHARM:  Duke is located in Durham, “The City of Medicine” which has a rich cultural history – In Durham you will experience the safety and graciousness of a smaller southern town where you will be treated with care respect and compassion.  Southern hospitality is alive and well in Durham NC!
  • TRANSFORMATIONAL EXPERIENCE: Visit the student blog to learn what students love about their summer at Duke!
  • COLLEGE PREPARATION: Students who attend Summer College for High School Students at Duke University report feeling more prepared for college after this “college test-drive” experience.
  • A TRUE CREDIT BEARING PROGRAM: The summer classes at Duke have the required number of contact hours with Duke Professors for you to earn transferable credit.  You will earn a Duke transcript which will highlight your ability to succeed in college!

Application deadline is April 15APPLY EARLY as the program fills quickly.

Spring College Fairs

The Omaha Area College Fair is Sunday, March 20 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in the Sapp Fieldhouse.  The Lincoln Area College Fair is Sunday, April 10 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Southeast Community College in Lincoln.

These free events help students – especially juniors and even sophomores – begin their college selection process. students to register for a barcode at (If students registered for a barcode for a fall fair, they may reuse it.)

Click here for additional College Fair details.

Questions about the Omaha Area College Fair? Contact Joan Jurek at 888-357-6300.

Questions about the Lincoln Area College Fair? Contact Amanda VonSeggern at 800-303-3745, ext. 6650.

Sewanee Bridge Pre-Health & Field Science Program

The Sewanee Bridge Pre-Health and Field Science Program, a three-week head start on becoming a healthcare professional or scientist for your students.

Students must apply by April 15.

Here are some details of the program:

  • It provides rigorous preparation for students from diverse backgrounds.
  • It takes place June 12July 2, 2016, on the Domain of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn.
  • The cost of $1,575 covers three weeks of tuition, room and board, and field trips. Limited financial aid is available for those who qualify.
  • Students pursue either the pre-health track or the field science track.

The pre-health track is designed for aspiring healthcare professionals. Coursework includes neuroscience, molecular science, calculus, and statistics.

The field science track is designed for students who plan to pursue a Ph.D. in a scientific discipline or who would like to more fully develop a specific interest in field science. Coursework includes ecology, biodiversity, population and environment demographics, calculus, and statistics.

Whether your students choose the pre-health track or the field science track, they will make strides toward college preparation, discover the benefits of deep mentorship, and make lifelong friends.

For more info, visit If you have questions about the program or financial aid, please contact Coordinator of Pre-Collegiate Programs Laura Buckner.


Coe College’s Kohawk Kickoff College Preview Week

Kick off your college search at Coe College during Kohawk Kickoff College Preview Week, a visit program designed specifically for high school sophomores and juniors!
February 22-26, March 21-25 or April 18-22
While visiting, your students can…

Tour campus and residence halls
Discuss academics with a professor
Eat lunch with current students
Meet with an admission counselor
Learn about the college search process
and more!
 Students can register online or call 877.CALL.COE to schedule their visit.  Questions can be directed to admission counselor, Jay Caughren, at 505.730.8558 or

Varsity Brands School Spirit Awards

To celebrate the very best of America’s high schools, Varsity has created the Varsity Brands School Spirit Awards. The Varsity Brands School Spirit Awards will reward schools, school groups and individuals who go the extra mile to build school pride, student engagement and community spirit. Each winner will be honored with up to $1,500 in prize money, totaling $25,000 awarded from Varsity Brands! Contest submissions will open on February 8, 2016 and will close on March 1, 2016. Read on to learn more about the submission requirements and selection criteria: Submission Requirements for All Entries: Nominees must be nominated by a student, colleague or community member.

All entries must include:

  • One 500-word essay about why the nominee is deserving of this award
  • One letter of recommendation from a school principal, administrator or community leader
  • Two photos of the nominee and his/her/their work
  • Optional: Three links to additional media (including but not limited to press releases, videos, additional photos, articles, etc.)
  • All nominees must be affiliated with a high school in the United States (student, faculty, coach, staff, etc.)
  • Please submit a separate nomination for each category if you are interested in being considered for more than one award.

Scholarship Opportunities for Seniors

Seniors are reminded to use ScholarshipQuest when looking for scholarships provided by organizations in Lincoln, Southeast Nebraska, and the state of Nebraska. Some of the new additions to ScholarshipQuest  this week include the following:

  • Johnny Baxter Carriage House Foundation
  • Lincoln Builders Bureau
  • Nebraska Legal Professionals Association

Each year, thousands of scholarships, especially those available at the national level, remain unused because students do not complete the application process. To learn which national scholarships are being offered, students need to register with at least one or two national scholarship search.  USA Today, rates the following sites as its top 10  college scholarship searches:

  • Peterson’s
    • Peterson’s is a one-stop scholarship resource — not that we recommend this strategy —  with a number of great (and free!) resources. The site boasts $10 billion in scholarship awards and has an impressive collection of articles, test prep resources and more.
    • But it’s not just a stockpile of scholarships. It also has the tools and tips you need to start your search — and its search filters make navigation simple. Filling out a very short survey allows you to adjust the filters as you go, which gives you more control than sites that require extensive profiles to get started.
  • Unigo
    • Like Peterson’s, Unigo has plenty to offer beyond just scholarships, including jobs, internships, college profiles and rankings, articles and a textbook store. When it comes to scholarships, the site offers both profile-based matching as well as easy-to-browse categories.
    • Perhaps best of all is its user-friendly interface, which is somewhat reminiscent of a photo-sharing site. It makes finding scholarships simple. What’s more, the site values security and privacy of personal information – so, in other words, no spam!
  • Fastweb
    • Fastweb, a subsidiary of Monster, hosts more than 1.5 million scholarships that amount to more than $3.4 billion dollars. And it’s all so well organized! The search platform’s filters make it hard not to find exactly what you’re looking for.
    • One minor drawback: You have to fill out a profile to get started. But the profile helps match you with scholarships most likely to suit your needs, and the sign-up process is relatively painless.
  • Cappex
    • Cappex has a large scholarship database and they’re not afraid to brag a bit: “We’ve Got More Than $11 Billion in Scholarships.” Registering can be annoying, but you’ll be glad you took the time to get personalized results.
    • Cappex sets itself apart with its “What Are My Chances” tool, which attempts to calculate the odds that you’ll get into a certain college before you apply.
  • Chegg
    • Over the years, Chegg has expanded from its humble beginnings as an online textbook store to become a well-rounded education resource. It acquired scholarship match service Zinch in 2011 and now hosts scholarships totaling over $1 billion.
    • Its interface is simple and the mandatory sign-up process is well worth the time. What’s more, it has a “top scholarship picks this week” category, which highlights opportunities you may have otherwise missed. And on top of the scholarships, Chegg offers homework help, tutoring, test prep, internships and (of course) textbooks.
  • The College Board
    • As with all of the best resources, The College Board offers much more than an extensive list of scholarships. It also has test prep, articles and college search tools, among others. And its “scholarships, other financial aid and internships from more than 2,200 programs” totals nearly $6 billion. Added bonus: While you’re perusing the site you can prepare for the SAT!
  • Niche
    • Formerly known as College Prowler, Niche is one of the easiest sites to navigate. It’s neatly organized into categories that make it simple to start finding and applying for scholarships.
    • You can browse by categories – including, but not limited to, sports, interest area, career and major — but it can be tricky to filter outside of these preset groupings. Still, with no required sign-up and a user-friendly design, Niche is a simple and powerful resource.
    •’s tagline says it all: “With more than 2.7 million scholarship and grant opportunities worth more than $19 billion, just about everyone is bound to find something.”
    • It’s one of the largest databases and is updated daily. You can browse by category, but if you really want to navigate the extensive list of opportunities, you’ll need to make a profile. It’s one flaw: The site has ample information about alternate forms of financial aid, but it lacks some of resources other sites offer.
    • Despite its somewhat unusual interface, Collegenet has an impressive number of scholarships. You can search by keyword or create a personalized profile to get filtered results. From there, you can create, manage and save lists that you can return to later.
    • Scholarships are listed by their award amounts, with the highest payout listed first. While the site’s search results are often extensive, it could benefit from some more filtering or organizational tools..
  • Scholarship Monkey
    • Scholarship Monkey offers three search options: personalized search, search by keyword and lists of scholarships. Results from any of these searches can then be further filtered by college, but unfortunately not by any other criteria.
    • Despite its huge index of scholarships, the site is not as easily navigable compared to some others, making it more difficult to take full advantage of its opportunities. Another reason it ranks lower on the list: spam. I’ve received numerous emails from the site, even after unsubscribing.
    • Nonetheless, it’s a great tool with a huge database of scholarships – even if it is trickier to use than others on the list.

Additional  resources for scholarships include:

2016 Student-View Scholarship Program

The Student-View Scholarship is a unique opportunity for high school seniors. It is open to all students regardless of academic achievement or financial need. Please visit to apply!

Student Insights will award the following prizes:

  • One (1) individual prize of a $4,000 scholarship.
  • Two (2) individual prize of a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Ten (10) individual prizes, consisting of $500 scholarships each
scholarships for seniors

* NO minimum SAT or ACT score
* NO minimum grade point average
* NO lengthy, time-consuming paperwork
* NO essays
* NO application fees

Simply complete a 15-25 minute online survey about local colleges. You will then be automatically entered into a random drawing for a scholarship award.

Free Virtual College Fair

College Fairs Online is currently presenting a free virtual college fair for the Midwestern United States!  This fair is scheduled for February 15th-20th so it’s going on now.  The students can log on any time during this week and get information from many colleges.  There is a question and answer section for the students to get answer directly from college reps. The students must go to to the students tab to register ASAP.  This service is completely free!

I’m First’s Academic Courses & Service Learning Programs

Opportunity Knocks features programs and opportunities for first-generation college students on our College Partner campuses. This edition focuses on :

Academic Courses & Service Learning Programs

Bay Path University
Longmeadow, MA

Women in STEM Honors Program 
Housed within the Center of Excellence for Women in STEM, the Bay Path University Women in STEM Honors Program (WiSH) offers a four year curriculum consisting of integrated and advanced study and research for dedicated future women scientists. Within this program students will experience hands-on project-based research and be able to link science to real world applications. WiSH uniquely prepares women to not only enter scientific fields and excel within them, but to truly impact them. Students also receive great scholarship support. WiSH students receive a renewable annual $2,500 scholarship!
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Intensive English Program
OBU offers the Intensive English Program for students who would like to improve their English language proficiency in a variety of contexts. With a focus on English comprehension through practice in reading, writing, conversation and listening, the program enables students to succeed at English-speaking colleges, universities, or professional environments and meet the English qualifications required for admission to OBU. Students must be at least 16 years of age, have completed secondary school and qualify as non-native speakers of English in order to apply.
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Holy Cross College
Notre Dame, IN

The Service Learning Experience
The Service Learning Experience is one of the pillars of the Holy Cross Experience which will help students gain the competence to see and the courage to act. This phrase, from the Constitutions of the Brothers and Priests of Holy Cross, points to the connection between education and action. Thus, the Service Learning Experience is focused not just on performing charity or on studying ideals of Christian love. Rather, students gain valuable self-knowledge about the ways in which they are called to serve in the world.
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The M.A.R.C.H and S.I.S.T.E.R.S Program

M.A.R.C.H and S.I.S.T.E.R.S are programs that offer mentoring, advising and cultural development programs. The goal of these programs is to encourage retention of minority students by providing them with the necessary knowledge and skills to be successful in a competitive academic environment. The programs also offer guidance in the form of tutorial assistance and workshops to aid students in graduating and going on to become influential citizens of the global community
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Serving to Learn & Learning to Serve
Service Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities. Every semester, a dozen courses across the curriculum enable Quinnipiac students to reach out to the surrounding community. Class time is balanced with a major assignment performed at a community agency, followed by personal and academic reflection on the experience.
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Structured Learning Assistance
The SLA Program grew out of a need to reach large numbers of students who would not normally seek academic assistance voluntarily. We discovered courses that students would traditionally struggle with in their programs. As an effort to help students be successful, we sought to provide a method of direct transference of study skills and learning methods to those content areas. Research literature indicated that students should be taught study skills that will apply directly to the content area. The SLA program devised a way to do that.
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President’s McDonogh Lecture Series
The President’s McDonogh Lecture Series brings scholars to campus who have gained prominent attention for their work with multicultural education and diversity issues. Speakers invited to campus for this occasion are asked to participate in a variety of events that can include a campus lecture, student leadership development, course teach-in, and discussion with administration and interested faculty. The McDonogh Lecture is always informative, engaging, and often inspirational.
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Kalamazoo College
Kalamazoo, MI

Helping Youth Through Personal Empowerment (HYPE)
In partnership with many community-based organizations, K students lead unique weekly reading, writing, and math programs, as well as arts, language, health/wellness, and environmental education initiatives. The HYPE program at the Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home is dedicated to promoting restorative, community based justice by building meaningful relationships with the youth in the juvenile home and through advocacy within the Kalamazoo community.
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Center for Community Service Initiatives
The Center for Community Service Initiatives (CCSI) is Barry University’s community engagement clearinghouse, providing programs, resources, and services that facilitate University engagement with communities at the local, regional, national, and global levels. Through community service, service-learning, community-based research, community-engaged scholarship, internships, practicum and field placements, and advocacy projects, Barry students, faculty, and staff collaborate with community partners to meet educational, social, economic, cultural, and environmental challenges.
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