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11/10/2008

Dear Parents,

Hope you had a great Halloween and are looking forward to a wonderful
Thanksgiving holiday. Between these two holidays a lot is happening in terms of college
planning. Cal State and UC applications are due this month, the holiday season provides
lots of opportunity for volunteering, and as always now is the best time to take the SAT or
ACT.
I hope you’ll find the following information useful for all of your college planning
needs this month. As usual, if you need assistance with anything, require specific
information regarding colleges, or have any questions please feel free to email me at
heather@empire-academy.com.
The extra scholarships this month were provided with information given to me by
Joanne Tabasz. Thank you, Joanne!

Thanks,
Heather

Article from Fastweb.com


Volunteering for Your Future
Roxana Hadad

You're getting the most out of your education and job preparation by doing your best in
class. But you can continue your education outside of class as well by volunteering.
Volunteering teaches you more about yourself and your world while preparing you for the
future and connecting you to your community.

Community Service for Career Building

You'll get more than just warm fuzzies from performing community service. Volunteering
can help you:

• Gain practical skills and experience. Volunteer positions can develop your
problem-solving and organizational skills, your ability to multi-task and work
well under pressure - which are great skills to have on the job.
• Explore possible career tracks. Volunteering is a risk-free way to try out a field
you're interested in without making a long-term commitment.
• Build a strong networking base. The people you meet while volunteering can
make great mentors, giving you career information and insight - and even
reference letters and news about job openings.
• Develop your interpersonal skills. Community service jobs involve working
with a variety of people from different social, economic and cultural backgrounds.
You'll learn to operate effectively in a diverse workplace.
• Prove that you care. Apathy isn't in demand. Volunteer work demonstrates your
motivation, energy and enthusiasm.
Opportunities Near You

There are opportunities to make a difference all around you. But choose carefully. Look
for a position that will help you feel connected to your community, but that is also
conveniently located and fits your schedule. Here's where to start your search:

• Look for postings on campus. Departmental bulletin boards, campus kiosks and
university Web sites are good places to check for volunteer opportunities.
• Check with clubs or your fraternity or sorority. Lots of campus organizations set
up volunteer positions for their members. Ask club officers for more information.
• Call your area Chamber of Commerce. Many businesses and civic organizations
coordinate volunteer efforts. In addition to helping you find volunteer
opportunities, working with business leaders can give you connections that may
come in handy when you're looking for a job.
• Contact campus organizations that interest you. Many community service
organizations operate active chapters on college campuses.
• You can now find a volunteer opportunity on FastWeb Volunteers.

Thousands of organizations are looking for motivated students just like you. You might
not get a hefty paycheck, but what you do get in return will be invaluable.

College Application Deadlines


November 1–30 UC and Cal State Filing period for applicants for fall 2009

SATs & ACT


Next SAT: December 6
Registration Deadline: November 5
Late Registration: November 18

Next SAT after that: January 24


Registration Deadline: December 26
Late Registration: January 6

Next ACT: December 13, 2008


Registration Deadline: November 7, 2008
Late Registration: November 8 – 20, 2008

Next ACT after that: February 7, 2009


Registration Deadline: January 6, 2009
Late Registration: January 7 – 16, 2009
Scholarships from fastweb.com
Brickfish "Show Us Your Best Facial Feature" Promotion
Provided by: Brickfish
Deadline: November 19, 2008
Type of Award: Promotion
Awards Available Amount
15 $50 - $1000
Website
http://www.brickfish.com/Lifestyles/ShowUsYourFacialFeature?tab=entries&=fast_featu
res
Description
The Brickfish "Show Us Your Best Facial Feature" Promotion is open to students who are
at least 13 years of age. Open to anyone who is a resident of the 50 United States, the
District of Columbia or Canada (excluding Quebec), and has access to the Internet. To be
eligible for this promotion, you must submit a photo of your best facial feature.

Brickfish "College Must-Haves" Promotion


Provided by: Brickfish
Deadline: December 10, 2008
Type of Award: Promotion
Awards Available Amount
6 $100 - $1000
Website
http://www.brickfish.com/Lifestyles/CollegeMustHaves?tab=entries&=fast_college
Description
The Brickfish "College Must-Haves" Promotion is open to students who are at least 13
years of age. Open to anyone who is a resident of the 50 United States, the District of
Columbia or Canada (excluding Quebec), and has access to the Internet. To be eligible
for this promotion, you must create video, submit a photo with a detailed description or
write a blog with photos telling us all about your college must-haves and why it's
essential to making your student life bearable.

Other Scholarships
METRO PCS: Deadline Dec. 15, 2008
$1,000 one-time scholarship. Seniors who will be attending a two or four
year college or university full-time in the fall. Students must have a
minimum of a 3.0 GPA and have demonstrated exceptional involvement in
volunteerism and community service. Applications are available online at
www.metropcs.com.

KFC Colonel's Scholars Program: Deadline Feb. 10, 2009


Up to $5,000 a year for four years. The following
applies:
Applicant must pursue a bachelor's degree at a public 2 or 4 year college or university.
Have maintained a minimum high school cumulative GPA of 2.75 or
higher.Enrolling in a public, in-state college or university (starting no
later than 9/30/09.) Recipients do not have to be an employee of KFC.
Scholarships available December 1, 2008 online at www.kfcscholars.org

Burger King: Deadline February 22, 2009


$1,000 scholarships awarded to seniors who have demonstrated the following:
Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
Work part-time an average of 15 hours per week
Actively involved in community service activities
Demonstrate financial need
Plan to enroll in an accredited two/or four year college, university, or vocational/technical
school by Fall of the application year.
Students DO NOT have to be employees of Burger King to be eligible.
Apply online at: www.bk.com/scholars, Access Key: BKS

Santa Cruz Elks Most Valuable Student: Deadline January 9, 2009


Santa Cruz Elks Lodge has 6 scholarships for graduating seniors in this
area. There is a first, second and third place for both a boy and a girl
from the lodge. Total scholarships are $3,000. The first place students go
on to compete in the District contest, on to the State and then on to the
National competition. Local students have won $800-$1,000. The Elks Most
Valuable Student can win up to $15,000 a year for four years!!! Any high school senior
is eligible. Applications available at www.elks.org/enf/scholars.

AXA Achievement: Deadline December 15, 2008


National -
$10,000 scholarships to 52 students (one in each state)
$15,000 additional scholarships to 10 national recipients chosen
from the pool of 52 state winners. The national scholarship
winners will also be offered internships at AXA offices. To
qualify students must demonstrate:
Ambition and drive
Determination to set and reach goals
Respect for self, family and community
Ability to succeed in college
For more information got to: www.axa-achievement.com.