• BrACE NEWS 4/12/2024

    Below is news that Brigitte Lynn, or BrACE Advisor, would like shared.

    ** Please call (754)321-5805 with any questions you may have regarding BRACE News. **    

     

    CURRENT ATTACHMENTS:

    ACTE Horatio Alger Scholarship

    Alesha Ramjohn Memorial Scholarship

    American Muslin Alliance

    BrACE Cadet Cohort 8 Flyer

    Brace Cadet Cohort 8 Application

    BC Jumpstart Flyer

    BTU Scholarship 2024

    DIY Flyer BCAA

    FAFSA Live 4.24.24

    FSU Admissions Update 2024

    Going Merry- April Scholarships

    Got into College

    Jostens Cap and Gown Flyer

    McFatter Resume Workshop 4.17.24

    McFatter Spring Job Fair 4.17.24

    McFatter Transcript Request via Direct Institution

    No College

    Paul DeAtley Memorial Scholarship

    TATI CAHM Essay Competition

    TATI Financial Hardship Scholarship

    Xello Scholarship Spreadsheet 

    NEW:

     

    Congratulations to the following students who were offered admission to these various schools. Nikkhil Gosine – FIU and Spencer Guillaume - FIU. Congratulations!

    I have more very exciting college admission news. Emilia Leon has been admitted to: Harvard, Cornell, Duke, NYU Abu Dhabi, and UF. What an awesome list of opportunities! Also, what an amazing year! 

     

    I can hardly believe that the Class of 2024 has a Yale and a Harvard admit!!!

    Kids of Character – Tolerance

    Congratulations to the following students who were selected as Kids of Character representing Tolerance.

    9th grade – We have a tie – Aniese Watson and Victoria Caraballo

    10th grade – Manuel Frietez

    11th grade – Isaac Berger

    12th grade – Samuel Leon

    As always, we would also like to recognize the students who were nominated for this recognition. Julius Mota, Angela Walker, Ruben Ortiz, Noah Ledain, Martin Burrows, and Hewson Sharp.

    The College and Career Corner is holding a FAFSA Live event on April 24th 6:00 – 7:30 pm *See attached flyer for QR code link.

    Spring Job Fair – Our Career Center has organized a job Fair. It will be held on Wednesday, April 17th, from 10 am – 12:30 pm. We will also be holding a resume writing workshop from 1:30 – 3:30 pm. This is open to all current students and alumni. We encourage students/alumni to visit as many tables as possible. Organizations who primarily operate outside of their programs are hiring in multiple sectors. For example, Publix who is hiring for IT, Industrial, Culinary, Pharmacy techs, etc. * List of employers and resume writing registration flyers attached.


    Broward College has announced their Pledge2Success program - The Pledge2Success (P2S) Scholarship Program is seeking 2024 graduates from any Broward County public, private, or charter high school, 2024 Broward County homeschool graduates, and Broward County residents who earned a GED in 2024. The application is currently open and will close on July 1, 2024. To be considered, a student must submit a BC admissions application and meet other eligibility requirements. The BC admissions application, P2S scholarship application, scholarship requirements, contact information, and info session dates can be found on the Pledge2Success Scholarship Program page.

    Free tuition, up to 75 credits, towards an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science degree program for up to 7 semesters. And: Career Services Financial Incentives In-Demand careers and degree programs taught by experienced faculty Internships Peer Mentoring Personalized Academic Advising Student clubs and fun activities Transfer Services Transportation assistance with Lyft Tutoring Wrap-around services and holistic support (Lap top loaner program, food pantry)

    Eligibility Criteria: Graduate from any Broward County Public, Private, or Charter High School in 2024, be an eligible Broward County homeschool 2024 graduate, or Broward County resident who earned a GED in 2024 Complete a 2024 - 2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with an annual adjusted gross income at or below $100,000. Submit a Florida Residency Declaration Form and qualify for Florida in-state tuition. Submit a final, official high school transcript with the graduation date posted to the Office of the College Registrar. Attend New Student Orientation to register for Fall 2024 classes at Broward College. Maintain full-time status at Broward College (Earn 30 credits per academic year). Minimum of 12 credits - fall term; Minimum of 12 credits - spring term; Minimum of 6 credits - summer term.

    For details, go to : https://www.broward.edu/admissions/financial-aid/scholarships/pledge2success.html

     

    NOT NEW BUT STILL IMPORTANT:    

    The University of Florida announced that it will now offer two application plans for prospective students: Early Action and Regular Decision.

    In adopting the Early Action plan, potential first-year students who submit their application by Nov. 1, 2024, will learn of their status with Gator Nation earlier than in the past. Early Action applicants will be notified on Jan. 24, 2025, while students who apply by the Regular Decision deadline of Jan. 15, 2025, will be notified on March 14, 2025.

    Unlike Early Decision, Early Action is non-binding for students. UF hopes Early Action will provide more certainty to students and reduce stress for aspiring Gators and their families, giving them more time to prepare for their experience at UF – such as looking into housing and financial aid options.

     

    College Board BigFuture – National Recognition Programs – The BigFuture National Recognition Program offers a tangible way to recognize the academic achievement of rural area/small town, African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Indigenous/Native American and (new in 2024) first-generation students. This recognition shows that the student is a top student, helps students get recruited, and helps students explore their options. They earn this recognition by taking eligible PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10 or AP Exams and meet specific criteria to be considered for awards. It was recently announced that McFatter has 44 students who qualify for the National Hispanic Recognition (NHRA), 43 students who qualify as National First-Generation Recognition (NFGRA), and 23 students who qualify as National African American Recognition (NAARA). These students should have received an email from College Board congratulating them on this award with an attached certificate. These students should save this email. Currently, the NHRA students who upload these documents to Bright Futures (in their senior year) will not need to meet any specific test score requirements for the Florida Academic or Florida Medallion Scholars awards. Congratulations to all of our winners!

     

    News from the University of Florida - The University of Florida announced we will extend our freshman confirmation deadline from May 1 to May 15 due to the FAFSA delays. Given the reduced time students and families will have to consider the true financial cost of their college options, we determined extending the deadline was the best course of action. We hope this will reduce some of the stress our incoming class faces in making their final college decisions.

    • Check with each individual school to see if they are offering an extended deadline.

     

    Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE) - FIRE is hosting a no-cost, weeklong summer camp for high school students called the Free Speech Leadership Summit. It takes place in Philadelphia, PA, from June 23-29. Student is responsible for transportation costs, but everything else is covered (food, lodging, etc.). (There are limited scholarships to help students with the cost of travel. To learn more about the program, go to: https://thefire.org/summit or check out attached flyer.  Deadline – April 30th

     

    Classis Learning Test (CLT) -  https://www.cltexam.com/

    The Classic Learning Test (CLT) is a new college entrance exam option (in addition to the SAT and ACT). It is accepted at the 12 Public Florida Universities and by Bright Futures (for FAS and FMS). It may or may not be accepted at other colleges and universities throughout the country. Students should check with their intended schools to see what their testing policy is. Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) does not have an agreement with CLT to administer the test at school during the school day. Therefore, the student must purchase the test (or request a fee waiver claiming financial hardship) on their own and take the proctored CLT remotely at home. Students who wish to use this test for college admissions purposes must register for the CLT (NOT the CLT 10).

     

    Scholarships, Scholarships, Scholarships – Don’t forget to apply for scholarships. Here are a few links to help you with your search.

    College Scholarships for Class of 2024 High School Seniors - https://www.fastweb.com/college-scholarships/articles/scholarships-for-high-school-seniors#scholarships

    College Scholarships for Women in STEM Majors - https://www.fastweb.com/college-scholarships/articles/College-scholarships-for-women-in-STEM-majors

    Going Merry April Scholarship List

     

    Announcing the Robert “Bob” Elmore Honors College and Irm Scholars Award – The Honors College at Broward College (BC) and Irm Scholars Award is now accepting applications. https://www.broward.edu/academics/honors/prospective-app.html

    The criteria for the Honors College are either 3.5 unweighted GPA or specific test scores of:

     

    Students who qualify need to complete the honors application and additionally complete the Irm Scholars application at: https://www.broward.edu/academics/honors/scholarships.html

    The Irm Scholars award will pay for the first two year’s tuition. Anyone who meets the criteria should apply for the Honors College and the Irm scholars award!

     

    Looking for ways to be a leader? How about becoming a BRACE Cadet? – BRACE Cadets are peer mentors who help their classmates prepare for college, career, and lite after high school by designing and implementing projects to complete applications for college, Bright Futures, scholarships, FAFSA, and much more. BRACE Cadets do receive a $500 compensation for successfully completing their plans. 

    What are Requirements for BRACE Cadets/Ideal BRACE Cadets:

    • GPA of 2.8 +and above
    • Good attendance
    • Already taking action for post-secondary life
    • Rising sophomores to seniors (grades 9-11)
    • Altruistic - want to help their peers.
    • Motivated - want to do learn as much as possible to prepare themselves for post-secondary life.
    • Completes what they begin.
    • Reliable
    • Involved in extra-curricular but not in everything.
    • Leadership skills

    See attached flyer for details. Application attached.

    • Application opens March 12, 2024, at 8 am 
    • Applications closes April 24, 2024 @ 12:01 pm 
    • Finalists notified by email by May 23, 2024 

     

    Seniors - If you have not already ordered your cap and gown for graduation, you are encouraged to do so ASAP (preferably before Spring Break) Josten’s flyer attached. 

     

    2024-2025 Common App Essay Prompts – Common App has announced that their essay prompts will remain the same for the upcoming year. Juniors – Why not get a head start!

    1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
    2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
    3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
    4. Reflect on something that someone has done for you that has made you happy or thankful in a surprising way. How has this gratitude affected or motivated you?
    5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
    6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
    7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

     

    Going Merry Senior Spring College Decision Handouts

    Going Merry knows that the college decision process brings a mix of emotions. Some students get into their dream schools while others may not get any acceptances at all. Therefore, Going Merry created these three flyers on student’s next steps. *Documents attached

     

    Words of Support - Many schools have become increasingly competitive. Remember, you will end up where you’re supposed to be! One decision does not define you. I am here to support you, please reach out if you have any questions about the decisions you receive.

     

    Florida State University Decision Release – FSU released regular decision admissions decisions on Thursday (2/15) afternoon. I have not heard from any of our seniors. Please share your admissions decisions.

    • Attached you will find some notes from FSU’s admissions update. This was a very competitive year! FSU received approximately 76,700 applications. They admitted 7,050 students and deferred (not a deny, just a pause, requires follow up with FSU) 5,800. 18,000 were denied admission.

     

    Message from Florida Atlantic University’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions has experienced a 30% increase in freshman applications over the last year for the combined 4,100 spots in the Summer and Fall 2024 entering class. While demand has risen, space available for incoming first-year students has remained relatively constant. As a result, for the first time in Florida Atlantic history, we are implementing a waitlist. Some qualified applicants are being placed on the waitlist until we can determine, within our rolling admissions process, if spots will remain for them. We anticipate communicating a final decision to these students by May 31. Please note: Waitlisted students are encouraged to report updated grades through the SSAR and submit any new standardized test scores in their application portals or by sending official score reports through the testing agency. The waitlist is not ranked, and we are unable to share a student’s position on the waitlist. Other than updated test scores and grades, no additional information (including letters of recommendation or statements of continued interest) will be accepted or considered. Waitlisted students are encouraged to view a list of frequently asked questions and their answers.

      

    FAFSA – Be Patient – FAFSA is truly becoming a bad word (acronym). The federal government has had more setbacks. It was recently announced that the government would not be sending student FAFSA results to colleges and universities until early March. This is extremely late for the schools and the students. Once the schools receive the student records, they will need to do a lot of behind-the-scenes calculations. Schools will only calculate awards for students once they have received an offer of admission.

     

    UCF Information – I recently attended the UCF Counselor OverKnight Showcase. Attached you will find notes from my trip. All seniors who have a UCF account should check out UCF’s scholarship website: Access2Opportunities (A2O).

     

    Dartmouth’s New Testing Policy - Dartmouth has announced that they will reactivate the standardized testing requirement for undergraduate admission beginning with applicants to the Class of 2029 (high school graduating Class of 2025). For full announcement, go to: https://admissions.dartmouth.edu/apply/update-testing-policy

    • Many schools are evaluating student success rates based on the “test optional” policy. This may be the start of more selective colleges changing their policies.

      

    Class of 2024 Bright Futures Mid-Year Evaluations – The mid-year evaluations for Bright Futures are complete. Students who met the mid-year awards are guaranteed to receive this award as long as they graduate and attend a Florida based school that accepts BF. These students, as well as our other students, will have one other evaluation to try to qualify for an award or a higher award. Currently we have 21 students who qualify for the Florida Academic Scholars (FAS) award, 18 for the Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS) award, 7 for the Gold Seal CAPE (GSV) award, and 38 who qualify for the Gold Seal Vocational (GSV) award. (See attached documents for criteria and awards).

    • Yay! We have 100% FFAA completion!

     

    Class of 2025 Students and Parents - You should have either already received or you will be received a letter regarding a post-secondary conference from me. Since the link can be difficult to type in, I am sharing the letter with a hyperlink to my bookings page. Please make sure that you select the post-secondary conference link. The meeting times will be Monday – Friday at 8:00 am and Mondays & Tuesdays at 2:00 pm. This meeting is for students and parents. I look forward to meeting with you.  https://outlook.office.com/bookwithme/user/3be878d42c1b4b54801f2d5b4f3fc008@browardschools.com/meetingtype/q0zdA-XCnk22wcBdt0xHmQ2?anonymous&ep=mlink

     

    Are you a Student Athletes – Are you a student athlete? Would you like to learn more or get help with college recruitment. Coach Lawrence is available to help you with this process. Check out the attached BCAA DIY Recruiting flyer. 

     

    FAFSA Open for Class of 2024 - The 2024 -2025 FAFSA is now open. Any student who is planning to attend college/university during the 24-25 school year is encouraged to complete a FAFSA as soon as possible. This is a new FAFSA, and they are experiencing glitches and other issues. Please be patient and retry when necessary. Here is a brief statement from the Department of Education: 2024–25 FAFSA Soft Launch Details and Timelines | Federal Student Aid - Financial Aid Toolkit

    There are many free resources available to families, including this link from Common App: https://www.commonapp.org/plan/paying-for-college.

     

    Let’s Get Ready for FAFSA – FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It is the application that is used for college students to “apply” to be reviewed for the possibility of financial aid (grants, work study, loans, etc.). Traditionally, the FAFSA opens every Oct. 1st. However, FAFSA is getting a face lift. There will be new student and parent portals. The Better FAFSA has begun it’s “Soft Launch.”  Every student and every “Contributor” (usually just one parent, but maybe both) will need an FSA ID which will act as their electronic signature. In preparation of the FAFSA becoming available, I strongly recommend that every senior and contributor go ahead and request an FSA ID ( https://studentaid.gov/fsa-id/create-account/launch).  If a parent already has an FSA ID, they do not need a new one.

     

     

    Is Barry University a school in which you are interested? If so, you should check out their scholarship offerings. * Barry Bright Futures Award – Students who qualify for the Florida Academic or Florida Medallion Scholars awards and are enrolled full-time at Barry University will receive a full-tuition scholarship.  https://www.barry.edu/en/bright-futures/  * Barry CRAFT (Cultivating Resilience Through Agriculture and Food Training) Scholarship – The Barry CRAFT scholarship provides full scholarships and academic support for students in majors related to the science of food, nutrition, and social and personal interactions, including applications of biology, chemistry, sociology, criminology and data analysis to promote planetary and community health. https://www.barry.edu/en/academics/arts-and-sciences/craft-scholars/  

      

    2024 Graduation Date - McFatter's graduation date is Friday June 7, 2024 @ 7pm. More details to come.

     

    Free NHS Tutoring - NHS has been offering Tues/Thurs lunch tutoring since early October. Beginning in

     

    SeeMeForward is a non-profit organization that is targeting students 9 – 12 grade students (12th graders must start early in their senior year) who are first generation, low-income, and high achievers. SeeMeForward’s goal is to help students reach their potential to attend and be successful at top tier colleges and universities. There are no fees for their services. See flyer for more information.

      

    Gap Year – I have been hearing more students talk about taking a “Gap Year.”  A Gap Year is an intentional period of time devoted to personal growth and exploration through experiential learning opportunities (not taking time off from school to earn money). If you would like to learn more about gap years, I would suggest that you check out these resources (www.EnRouteGapYear.com or on social media @enroutegapyear.  

        

    The College and Career Corner – The School Board of Broward County and Bridge2Life offer many educational and enrichment opportunities for students and families. There are multiple sessions and topics. For more information, visit: browardschools.com/BRACE.

    FAFSA Live events – Dates have been pushed back.

      

    Helpful videos from BrACE Cadet Videos – The district has a program known as BrACE Cadets. It is a peer-to-peer leadership program. Students from across the county are trained on College and Career topics. They then choose a project to address. Following are a couple of projects that BrACE Cadets from across the county created.

    1. BRACE Cadets mini-documentary - We Are YOU! Going to College Debt-free. As students are thinking about how to fund their college/career programs, the stories of these students will inspire and instruct them what to do. Please watch before sharing - you will love the cost of attendance breakdown for each student.

    Trailer - https://youtu.be/fDXWn_koDms?si=S8Baa10Me4QDPScb  

    Documentary- https://youtu.be/m-jEIPJlkRg?si=m9w-uzG_b4RbK4lq  

      

    1. Khan Academy Digital - https://www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/digital-sat - not sure if your students know this exists to help them prepare for the new SAT. I'm thinking this would be especially helpful for seniors who are only missing the SAT/ACT scores to qualify for Bright Futures.

      

    Transcript Requests – It is time to transition the transcript request process to Xello. Under Goals and Plans, students select college planning. The student should “create a college application” for all of the schools to which they are applying. Under application method list “Direct Application” (even if applying via Common App). Add the college to your application list. Then under application tasks, click “request transcript.”       

    **If you have trouble requesting transcripts through Xello, you can make your requests by using my Forms Survey (https://forms.office.com/r/g5W86N5wXx).    

      

    Don’t forget about Xello Scholarships – The district has started adding scholarships to Xello. There are currently 134 scholarships available, but more are being added every day. Please make sure that you check out the scholarships list. Many scholarships are Broward County or South Florida specific. Go to: Xello – Goals and Plans - College Planning - Local Scholarships  

      

    Work Hours Clarification - I have had a few students ask me about substituting work hours for service hours. To be clear…  Work hours can only be applied to Bright Futures only. They do not count as service hours. If a student would like to use work hours to qualify for Bright Futures, they need a total of 100 work hours or a combination of 100 service and work hours. Keep in mind that all students need 40 volunteer service hours for graduation purposes. Therefore, they would only need 60 work hours (for a total of 100 hours) to complete the BF criteria. *Work hours can only be used for Bright Futures, not graduation of silver cord.

      

    New Information regarding Bright Futures – For the Class of 2024, Bright Futures will accept all test scores through August 31st (previously through June of senior year). Class of 2024, seniors, will be able to take the July ACT scores.

    The State of Florida has approved the use of the Classic Learning Test (CLT) as a concordant test for Bright Futures criteria. So far New College of Florida and the University of South Florida will also accept CLT test scores. More information and details to come.

    Bright Futures will now combine volunteer and work hours for Bright Futures purposes. Students will need 40 service hours for graduation purposes. They will need a total of 100 combined hours for all of the four Bright Futures scholarship awards. *Work hours can only be used for Bright Futures, not graduation or silver cord.

      

    Resources from Highly Selective Institutions Webinar - I was recently on a webinar with admissions representatives from Vassar, Johns Hopkins, Princeton, and University of Richmond. Here are a few resources that they shared with us.

    Essays & Personal Statements  

    https://apply.jhu.edu/college-planning-guide/essays-that-worked/  

    https://www.collegeessayguy.com/  

    Fly-in Colleges, Summer bridge programs, tons of resources   

    https://www.appily.com/guidance/counselors  

    These schools stated that they are reviewing students in three ways: Meta-cognitive skills (motivation, goal setting, perseverance), Academic Performance (transcripts, SAT/ACT Test Scores, School Profile) and Potential for student contributions. These three topics allow schools to review students holistically. When applying to these or any schools, make sure that you are thorough, giving them as much detail as possible, and that you are portraying yourself well.

    The question was asked about if/when to submit test scores for test optional schools. As a general rule of thumb, the student should look at the individual schools 50% scores. If they fall within range, they are confident that their scores are a good depiction of their academic ability and they feel that the scores add to the application, they should submit them. If they are not confident of their scores, and the school is test optional, the DO NOT need to submit them.

    Although schools are race blind and they cannot offer a student admission based on their race, the student’s story is very important. Their lived experience can be considered.

    Some essay prompts ask about an impactful event or experience. It is important for students to remember to reflect on the outcome and how it shaped them. The essay should be 30% about the experience and 70% about the student.

      

    Check out Fastweb Scholarship Opportunities –   

    Scholarships for High School Juniors – https://www.fastweb.com/college-scholarships/articles/scholarships-for-high-school-juniors?utm_source=solo&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20230918_EDU   

    Scholarships for High School Seniors – https://www.fastweb.com/college-scholarships/articles/scholarships-for-high-school-seniors?utm_source=solo&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20230918_EDU   

    Scholarships for College Students – https://www.fastweb.com/college-scholarships/articles/scholarships-for-college-students?utm_source=solo&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20230918_EDU    

    Vocational, Technical and Trade School scholarship programs - https://www.fastweb.com/college-scholarships/articles/vocational-and-trade-school-scholarships?utm_source=solo&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20230918_EDU   

       

    Test Optional – Over the past few years, many schools have gone test optional. This applies mostly to private or out-of-state colleges and universities. All of our public Florida Universities require test scores. Test optional means test optional. However, many students and parents think that the student’s application will be adversely affected if the student does not share their scores with the school. This is not true. It is up to the student to decide. If they feel confident in their test scores and they believe that the scores are a good reflection of their academic ability and they will add to their college application, they should submit them. If they are not confident of their scores, they may withhold them. Keep in mind that although the university may be test optional, scores may be needed for certain programs and/or scholarships. Students should check with their individual schools to see what the requirements and deadlines are.

         

    Unique Programs – Many schools have unique programs to offer their students. Sometimes the student is automatically reviewed and invited in. Other times, the student must self-initiate the application. Make sure that you check to see what programs are offered at the schools you are interested in, and you meet the deadlines.

    UF – Innovation Academy, Honors, Promise (for 1st generation students)     

    FSU – CARE Program (for first-generation, low-income students) Quest Scholars – Similar to CARE, but non-first gen.

    UCF – Burnett Honors College, EXCEL, Compass, LEAD Scholars     

    FIU – Top 10% Pathway (guaranteed admission for top 10% of class)     

    FGCU – Soar in Four (students who sign up for the program, graduate in 4 years, and take a job in Florida, will receive a rebate)      

    NSU – Dual Admission – Incoming Freshmen are able to apply to their graduate level program. If accepted into the graduate program, they will have a guaranteed seat.

      

    Slate.org for Students: Application Tracking & More!

    Slate.org is a platform designed to strengthen communication between undergraduate admission offices, school counselors, community-based organizations, and students during the college search process.

       

    General Advice for all students - While most of the information that I share is most pertinent to seniors (and juniors), I do try to share information for all grade levels. Over the years, the most common question that families ask me is: "What should my child be doing now to prepare for college?"  My answer is:  Your child should be doing whatever they can to make themselves marketable. That means:       

          Challenge themselves by taking their courses at the highest level of rigor that they can handle.

          Get the best grades that they can get.

          Get involved, both in school and out-of-school.

          Become a leader if possible.

    There is no magic formula for getting into college or into a specific college. Schools are looking at students holistically. They want students that "fit" what they are looking for. You want to be true to who you are. Try to find a passion.

          It's not about checking all of the boxes or having a laundry list of activities. Schools would prefer students do one or two activities that they are devoted to over 20 or 30 activities as a bystander. Be transparent and genuine and portray yourself well through your application and essays.

        

    SAT & ACT Test schedules - Please see attached flyer for the 2023-2024 SAT and ACT test dates. Pay attention to the registration deadlines. Fee waivers are available to students who qualify and have their name on the Meal Benefits Disclosure list.

         

    Free/Reduced Lunch Program -   

    There are many benefits to qualifying for free or reduced lunch, other than the meals themselves. Students who qualify for free/reduced lunch are eligible to receive SAT and ACT fee waivers for both their junior and senior years (per test, per year). Additionally, seniors who have taken a test using a fee waiver are able to receive college application fee waivers. If a student were to take advantage of all of the fee waiver offers, they could save over $500. It is well worth the time to complete an application to see if you qualify.

    Fee Waivers are now available in the BRACE office for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch and have given permission via the meal benefits disclosure form. A students’ name must be on the meal benefits disclosure list in order for me to assign fee waivers.

     

    College Entrance Exams -    

    There is always a great deal of anxiety regarding college entrance exams. The Florida State University System (SUS) has always and is still requiring SAT and/or ACT test scores for admissions purposes. Many schools (out-of-state and private) have gone “test optional.”  This means it is up to the student to decide if they want to share their test scores or not. If the scores positively impact and support the student’s application, they should send them. There is no penalty for not sharing test scores for these schools.

    Traditionally students take the SAT and or ACT for the first time during the spring of their junior year and a second time during the fall of their senior year. Both of these tests are college entrance exams. Schools will accept these tests equally. It is recommended that students take both the SAT and ACT. This way they will be able to determine if they have a strength on one test over the other. Keep in mind that most schools look at the scores that are most favorable to the student. At the time of registration, students are able to send their scores to 4 schools for free. If students wait until after testing to send these scores, they will have to pay a minimum of $12.00 to have their scores sent. It is the student’s responsibility to have their scores sent to the various schools. Schools will only accept official score reports which are sent directly from these testing agencies. *Students must send their test scores to at least one of the Florida public universities in order for Bright Futures to receive the scores.

     

      

    ON CAMPUS EVENTS:  

    College visits are open to juniors and seniors. ~ All students must have a college visit pass to attend. ~ The student must sign up through Eventbrite to get a college visit pass/ticket. ~ Space is limited ~ Students must have their teacher's signature/permission to attend. ~ It is between the teacher and the student whether it is appropriate for the student to miss class time to attend the college visit ~ Students should check Naviance often as visits are constantly being added.

          

    April 22nd – Broward College Jump Start Day (for seniors who have previously completed their BC application

    11:00 AM - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/broward-college-jump-start-orientation-and-registration-session-1-tickets-876639782187

     

    1:10 PM - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/broward-college-jump-start-orientation-and-registration-session-2-tickets-876642349867

     

    April 29th – Last day for seniors to turn in service hours for Senior Awards Recognition 

    May 20th – Senior Awards Ceremony – More details to follow. 

    June 4th – Senior Breakfast – Time to be determined.

    June 4th – Mandatory High School Graduation Rehearsal @ 10:00 am following senior breakfast (This is when cap, gown and tickets will be handed out.)

     

     

    OFF CAMPUS EVENTS:  

    June 1st – Explore Hopkins – 1:00 – 2:00 pm

    What:  Johns Hopkins University Information Session

    When: 6/1/24 @ 1:00 pm

    Where: Hilton Miami Dadeland, 9100 N. Kendall Dr., Miami, FL 33176

    Register at: https://admissions.jhu.edu/register/?id=4113cd83-6b25-467e-a0b6-6c9d77bbf1ed&utm_campaign=explores&utm_content=inv&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cy24

     

    June 7th – Class of 2024 Graduation @ Broward Center for the Performing Arts @ 7:00 pm All graduating seniors will be guaranteed 4 tickets (for guests).

     

    SCHOLARSHIPS:

    Check out these social media scholarship links.

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scholarshipmoneyforstudents/    

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scholarshipmoneyforstudents/?hl=en    

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNeevUe8tLB8PdF0JwWK2ag    

    Twitter:       

    https://twitter.com/scholarshipsusa   

        

    Scholarships!!!! - All students, especially seniors, should be very familiar with the scholarship page on Naviance. It is listed under the college tab. There are multiple ways to search for scholarships. Each scholarship has its own deadline. I would make a scholarship search part of your weekly routine.

     

    RaiseMe - Students (all grade levels) and parents, are you aware of Raise.me? It is a way for students to earn micro-scholarships for things that they are already doing (i.e. - completing a FAFSA, taking AP courses, earning an A). Raise/me has partnerships with many schools across the country. I highly recommend that all students create and update a Raise.me account. https://www.raise.me/      

     

    Going Merry - Going Merry was new to me last year.  https://www.goingmerry.com/  Going Merry is a scholarship database. It is also a scholarship application. Many of the scholarships listed on Going Merry allow students to use the one going merry application to apply to multiple scholarships.

     

    Big Futures Scholarship for 2024, 2025, and 2026 – The College Board Big Future scholarship is available to students between the junior and senior years. Students who sign up for the program will complete various tasks, which include, researching careers, practice for the SAT, explore scholarships, strengthen your college list, complete the FAFSA, apply to colleges. After a student completes the task, their name is entered in a random lottery drawing. Every month 2 students will win a $40,000 scholarship, in addition to multiple $500 scholarships. If you are a senior and you have not already done so, I encourage you to sign up for this program! These are all steps that you will complete as part of your post-secondary planning.

     

    Memorial Scholarship TWO Available to McFatter seniors Very unfortunately, we lost two students from our class of 2009. Their families have created scholarships to keep their memories alive. Both of these scholarships are to be turned in to Ms. Lynn and have a deadline of April 23rd at 1:00 pm. *Applications attached.

     

    Alesha Ramjohn Memorial Scholarship - Graduating senior from McFatter high school who intends to pursue a degree in medicine, or a medical or healthcare related course of study. (No letters of recommendation required.)

    Paul A. DeAtley Jr. Memorial Scholarship - Graduating senior from McFatter high school Pursuing a post-secondary course of study at an accredited institution. Based on extracurricular involvement outside of school. Requires two (2) letters of recommendation.

    *Both of these scholarships are to be turned in to Ms. Lynn and have a deadline of April 23rd at 1:00 pm. *Applications attached.

     

    BTU Scholarship – Deadline: April 26th – Award: $500.

    Graduating High School Seniors. Graduating from SBBC Public Schools.

    Pursuing higher education at a College, University or Trade School. Parent/Grandparent/Guardian must be or have been a BTU member. In addition, the BTU Retirees will award a $500 scholarship to the student with the most service hours. The Parents/Guardians or Grandparents of the applicants must be members of the Broward Teachers Union/Retirees. Application attached.

     

    Madge Lewis Scholarship Foundation – Deadline: April 30th – Award varies.

    • Graduating Senior. Florida resident. Essay required: Prepare a 500-word essay from one of the topics below:

          1. If you had the chance to have a 30-minute conversation   

          with any person in human history (either living or deceased),

          who would that person be? Why? What topics would you?

          discuss with this person?

          2. What do you consider to be the most important political or

          social movement of the 20th century? Why?

    Application and details at: https://www.mlsf.org/apply-online

     

    Johnson Scholarship Foundation – Deadline: May 1st – Award: Varies

    High School senior. With Disabilities. Degree-seeking student. Attending one of the 12 Florida State Universities. Need-based. https://jsf.bz/

     

    American Muslim Alliance of Florida, Inc. Scholarship – Deadline: May 6th – Award: $500 - $1,000 

    Open to students of all faith and race. Graduating senior. Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Letter of recommendation. Application attached.

     

    TATI Scholarships 2024- Deadline: May 31st - Award: Varies

    11th & 12th grade high school students. 

    Caribbean American Youth Essay Competition. This year’s essay title presented by TATI, Inc. is: What toy has had the most impact on people of Caribbean heritage, in what way, and is that positive or negative? Please explain.

    2024 TATI Financial Hardship Scholarship - Award: $1,000

    Be 18 years or older or have a parent or guardian who must apply on their behalf. Enroll as an incoming Freshman or Sophomore. § Enroll on a full-time basis in a bachelor’s degree program.

    *See attached

     

    Richard and Mary Ann Cook Business Scholarship – Deadline: May 31st.

    Broward or Palm Beach County graduating senior. Accepted to and planning to attend Florida Atlantic University. Preference will be given to students from Northeast High School, and Saint John Paul Academy. Application attached. (https://fau.scholarshipuniverse.com/)

     

     

    Florida Design and Construction Professionals (FLDCP) Scholarship – Deadline: June 1st – Award: Varies

    Permanent Florida Resident. Enrolled and attending a full-time degree program at an accredited Florida college or university. Majoring in a design o construction related field. Application attached. 

     

    Kantner Foundation Scholarship – Deadline: June 30th – Award: $2,000 - $3,000

    Florida resident. Criteria: academic achievement, leadership, and entrepreneurship. Application and details available; see Ms. Lynn

     

    The Robinson Scholarship Fund – Deadline: Dec. 30th, 2024 – Award: Varies

    Be a current or Future Broward Technical College post-secondary student. Pursuing a degree in the Building or Construction Trades. See attached.



    RECURRING ATTACHMENTS:

    2023-2024 SAT/ACT Test Dates

    2023-2024 SUS Matrix – Florida

    8 Reasons ACT over SAT

    BCPS Work Hours Form

    Bright Futures Refusal Letter

    FAFSA Soft Launch Dates and Timelines

    FAMU Spring Tour Flyer

    Florida Academic Scholars/ Florida Medallion Scholars Scholarships

    FSU Young Scholars Program

    Free FAFSA Boot Camp

    Gold Seal Vocational Scholarship

    Gold Seal Cape Scholarship

    Jostens Cap and Gown Flyer

    Letter of Recommendation Request

    Say Hello to Xello flyer

    SeeMeForward

    Student Volunteer Application

    Student Volunteer Log Sheet

    McFatter Transcript Request

    Women’s Club Community Service Flyer

    What is a High School Transcript

    Why take AP Classes

    Xello Transcript Request Quick Guide

    Xello Flyer

    Xello Family Portal Directions

     

    INTERESTING WEBSITES:

    Following are a couple of free test prep websites.

    PERT prep - Go to Broward.edu.~ Click on Student Resources, then click Testing center.~ When you click the PERT link it opens up to offer you a PERT study guide and practice test.~ They also have links to YouTube tutorials.~ You can also register for a free 4 - week on line college foundations course.

    March2Success
    www.march2success.com
    Website includes test prep for the ASVAB, SAT and ACT.~ They also offer help with high school math and verbal skills.~ There is a high school science hub to help with Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Science.~~~ Additionally they offer a college readiness online course.~ There is a Spanish option for this website.~ 

    http://www.maldef.org ]www.maldef.org - MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) Scholarship List. - This list is an informative resource for students, parents, and educators. ~ MALDEF is not a direct provider of the scholarships on the list, with exception of the MALDEF Law School Scholarship Program. (This can be a valuable resource for students who have residency issues.)