• Hello McFatter Family,

    With the closing of school of Friday, the please remember to go to www.browardschools.com/coronavirus to receive the most up to date information. Please help us to slow this down by following precautions.  Should the need arise, please report self-isolation associated with exposure to confirmed or suspected COVID-19 here, this includes Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) staff, parents, students, vendors, volunteers and other relevant community members.

    We hope you all stay well. There are a couple of updates of student success and the link to the McFatter Foundation Scholarship below.


    Take care, 


    Lillie de Castro

    Magnet Coordinator


    For any current attachments, see list below:

    BCPS Coronavirus Update 03/06/2020

    McFatter Scholarship Application

    Weekly News Reminders March 2020

    (Coronavirus attachments linked through the message below)


    Recurring Attachments

    2019-2020 State University System Matrix (with Costs)

    2018-2019 State University System Matrix

    2019-2020 SAT/ACT Test Dates

    2020-2021 FAFSA Step by Step Worksheet

    2020 Ready for College Flyer

    2020 Virtual FAFSA Labs

    American Muslim Alliance Scholarship

    Apply Yourself Florida: Student Guide to College Application Process

    BC Dual Enrollment Advisement Schedule Flyer

    BCPS_Phishing Information

    Broward College Honors College Application

    Broward Education Foundation Scholarship

    Broward Futures Mentorship Program

    Broward Futures WOT

    Bright Futures Scholarship Information

    City of Dania/Hollywood Scholarship

    Class of 2022 T-Shirt Sale Flyer

    Free Tutoring Opportunity (MECCA)

    Financial Aid Presentation (Spanish)

    HSF Scholarship Requirements

    Lauderhill Scholarship Flyer

    Local FAFSA Workshops

    Navigating Your Financial Future Feb-Mar

    Pathway to the American Dream

    Plantation Women’s Club Scholarship

    Rebecca Kirtman Memorial Scholarship

    Rotary HBA Notification

    Student Naviance Transcript Process

    Sunrise Scholarship Application Supplement 




    March 16-20: School cancelled due to COVID-19

    March 23-27: Spring Break

    April 4: Pathways to the American Dream Event

    April 16: BC FALL 2020 Dual Enrollment Application DEADLINE

    April 24: Grad Bash (12th grade) –(tentative)

    May 2: Prom 2020 –(tentative)

    May 26: High School Graduation Rehearsal – 10am (McFatter gym)

    May 29: McFatter Graduation Ceremony – 2pm (Broward Center for Performing Arts)



    Please see the attached BTC Foundation scholarship application above. MTC and MTCHS Class of 2020 students are eligible to apply for funds to continue their education at an accredited post-secondary institution.  

    The McFatter Foundation Scholarship Fund awards dollars (a minimum of $500) to current McFatter Technical College & Technical High School students who are about to graduate, for the purpose of continuing their education at an accredited post-secondary institution.


    CoronaVirus 19 Update:

    Below are educational resources for staff and parents on the Novel Coronavirus.  This information is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website


    Resources include:
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers the most up-to-date information on COVID-19. For updates from CDC, please see the following:

    Additional information is provided at Coordinated Student Health Services ‘Share Point site at:
    https://browardcountyschools.sharepoint.com/sites/Intranet/Academics/SS/CSH/Pages/default.aspx and Coordinated Student Health Services’ website: www.browardschools.com/CSHS


    Click to retrieve each desired attachment:

    ▪ Fact Sheet: What you need to know about 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov)

    ▪ STOP the Spread of Germs

    ▪ What to do if you are sick with 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov)

    ▪ Parent Guide to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov)

    ▪ 2019-nCov: What the public should do

    ▪ Handwashing poster

    ▪ Cover your cough poster

    ▪ Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). 


    Parent Involvement Rally

    Attached is a flyer regarding the 2nd annual Parent Involvement Rally that is occurring April 4th, 2020 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm at the Plantation Community Center.  Tables will be set up for parents to rotate around and obtain resources from school, district, and community stakeholders.


    Broward College Dual Enrollment:

    It seems a bit early, but Broward College requires that students register now for SUMMER 2020 classes and very soon for FALL at their institution. The deadline to submit ALL documentation to High School Student Services is as follows:

                       FALL 2020: April 16, 2020

     Some of you may already know that we have created a Facebook Pages and an Instagram account for the Broward College Dual Enrollment Program. We hope that connecting on social media will serve as another way to communicate information to our students and parents.  There is a Facebook Group for students, parents, and the community. Search Name: Dual Enrollment at Broward College for students & parents or just Link to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BCDualEnrollment/

     Also, follow the Broward College Dual Enrollment Instagram account at “bc_dualenrollment”.


    BTC Monthly Newsletter

    The monthly newsletter to our alumni is out, feel free to click on the link below and to share with those whom you think are not getting our emails currently. 

    If you would like to include anything for March, do not hesitate to reach out. 

    February news and events! Click here to be in the know. 



    News from Ms. Lynn, BRACE Advisor (multiple attachments): 

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


    Congratulations to the following students who were offered admission to various colleges and universities.  Basil Casson - USF, Edison Delmoral - UF, Arman Mahmood - UF & NSU, Mariah McSweeney - UF, Jacquelyn Rossiter - UF, Sarena Shaw - Loyola & Le Moyne, and Logan Smith - UNF & FAU, (Don't forget to stop by my office to place your flag pin.)  Seniors - I hope that you are completing your college applications and that you will notify me when you receive offers of admission.


    Financial Aid - Students who have been offered admission to a college/university and who have completed their FAFSA can expect to start getting financial aid award letters.  Very often the student will need to log in to their student portal at the perspective institution, in order to see their letter.  It is important to understand what the student is being offered.  Is it gift aid, earned aid, or borrowed aid?   Attached is a NyFF flyer which briefly explains about financial aid.  If you have questions regarding your child's financial aid award letter, please contact me.  (More often than not, I will need to see the letter in order to advise the student properly.)

    FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Time - See attached FAFSA Step by Step Worksheet

    It is not too late to apply.  The 2020-2021 FAFSA (for Aug. 1, 2020 - July 31, 2021) will open on Oct. 1st.  I encourage all seniors, and their families to complete a FAFSA and to do so ASAP.  There are certain forms of aid that are on a first come first served basis and they are small pools of money.  The earlier that you apply the better.  The 2020-2021 FAFSA is based on 2018 taxes.  The correct website is www.fafsa.ed.gov.  It is a free application!  It is best to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when possible.  This should alleviate the need for verification (student's needing to prove their income information). 

    • Students planning on starting college over the summer should complete a 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 FAFSA.  The 19-20 FAFSA covers the academic year from Aug. 1st, 2019-July 31st, 2020.

    Need help completing the FAFSA?  Here are a couple of opportunities for Virtual FAFSA workshops.  Following are the links.

    BC FAFSA Fridays - https://seahawkFAFSA.eventbrite.com

    B2L FAFSA Saturdays - https://b2lFAFSA.eventbrite.com 


    Broward Education Foundation -  Deadline - March 15th - The Broward Education Foundation Scholarship Application is now open.  It is one simple application that allows to be reviewed for hundreds of scholarships.  I highly recommend that every senior complete the application.  There are other outside scholarships tied to this program. Be sure to check them out.  Apply at: https://browardedfoundation.org/apply/


    Bright Futures Review - Senior transcripts were sent to Tallahassee for the Bright Futures mid-year review.  Students can check their award status at: https://www.floridashines.org/go-to-college/pay-for-college.  There will be one more review after graduation (July/August).  Test scores through the June test dates will be considered for the second and final review.         

     Juniors -   Following is an opportunity specifically for juniors, that you should be aware of.  

    1 - 2020 Questbridge College Prep Scholars Program - This program equips high-achieving juniors from low-income backgrounds with the knowledge, confidence, and resources to apply to top colleges.  College Prep Scholars Awards may include: full scholarship to a college summer program at a top college/university, scholarship money, invitation to Questbridge National College Admissions Conference, laptop, and many more benefits.  Details can be found at: https://www.questbridge.org/high-school-students/college-prep-scholars    


    Transcripts - All transcripts should be requested through your Naviance Student (formerly known as Family Connection) account.  For schools that have multiple ways to apply, be sure to list how you applied to the school (i.e. - directly to the institution, common app, coalition app, etc.) The students will go to: student.naviance.com/wtmtc or log on using your Broward County single sign on.  The log on and password are similar to virtual counselor (Student ID # 06....and birth date for password (MM/DD/YYYY).


    SAT & ACT Test schedules - Please see attached flyer for the 2019-2020 SAT and ACT test dates.  Pay attention to the registration deadlines.  

    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 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 can 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. 


    Free and Reduced Lunch - 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 (1 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 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 for juniors are now available in the BRACE office for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch.


    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/


    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 (http://www.eventbrite.com/o/brigitte-lynn-8407916290) to get a college visit pass/ticket. ~ Space is limited ~ Students must have their teacher's 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 and Eventbrite often as visits are constantly being added. 


    May 18th - Senior Awards Ceremony @ Signature Grand - All seniors are invited.

    May 26th - Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal @ 10:00 am - All seniors must attend

    May 29th - Graduation @ 2:00 pm


    Off Campus Events: 

    Multiple Pathways to the American Dream

    When: April 4th, 8:30 - 11:30 am

    Where: Atlantic Technical College Arthur Ashe, Jr. Campus, 1701 NW 23 Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

    What:  This is a free event that will give parents information on very affordable post-secondary education opportunities.

    Walk-ins welcome.  Register at: www.ftlchamber.com/americandream


    Scholarships:  One of the best resources available to our students is Naviance Student (formerly known as Family Connection).  In addition to great college and career resources, there is a wonderful scholarship section.  It is located at on the student's college page.  Click on the Colleges tab, then Scholarship Match or Scholarship List.  The "AAA Complete Easy to View Bulletin," through google docs, shows an easy to view, easy to sort list.  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


    Broward Education Foundation - The Broward Education Foundation Scholarship Application is now open.  It is one simple application that allows to be reviewed for hundreds of scholarships.  I highly recommend that every senior complete the application.  There are other outside scholarships tied to this program. Be sure to check them out.  Apply at: https://browardedfoundation.org/apply/  


    The Horatio Alger Denny Sanford Scholarship - Deadline: March 15th- Award: $10,000

    Graduating senior.  Plans to enter Nova Southeastern University in the Fall of 2020.  Commitment to complete a bachelor's degree at NSU.  Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income required).  Extracurricular and community involvement.  Display integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity.  Minimum 2.5 GPA.  U.S. Citizen.  Application available at: https://smarterselect.com


    City of Sunrise Outstanding Citizenship Scholarship - Deadline: March 15th - Award; 2-year scholarship (60 credit hours)

    Senior.  Resident of the City of Sunrise.  Outstanding citizenship.  volunteer work.  Approved for free/reduced lunch.  Apply through the Broward Education Foundation Scholarship Program at: http://browardedfoundation.org/apply.


    GFWC Plantation Woman's Club, Inc. Scholarship - Deadline: March 28th (received by) - Award: $3,000

    Plantation resident.  Graduating senior.  Minimum 3.5 GPA.  Must attend a Florida state college or university as a full-time student (exceptions may be made).  Financial need considered.  Application attached.


    BTU Scholarship - Deadline: March 31st - Award: $500

    Senior.  Graduating from a Broward County Public School.  The parent, guardian, or grandparent of the applicant must be a member of the Broward Teachers Union.  Application Attached


    Hallandale Scholarship Fund - Deadline: April 1st - Award: varies

    High school senior.  Resident of Hallandale/Hallandale Beach.  3 different scholarships (Cum Laude Scholarship, College Incentive, and Education Advancement).  See attached flyer for details.


    Hallandale Beach-Aventura Rotary Foundation, Inc. - Deadline: April 1st - Award: Varies

    Senior.  Resident of Hallandale or Aventura for more than 1 year at the time of application.  Financial Need.  Minimum 3.2 unweighted GPA.  Plans to attend 4-year college.  Significant community services (minimum 75 hours).  essay.  Application attached.  Details available at: rotaryhba.org


    Becca's Closet Scholarships - Deadline: April 1st - Award: Varies

    There are three types of non-renewable scholarships available.  Minimal criteria include: Graduating high school senior.  Minimum 2.0 cumulative unweighted GPA.  See attached for application and details.


    Broward County Seminole Club 2020 Scholarship- Deadline: April 6th - Award: Varies

    Broward County graduating senior.  Minimum 3.0 unweighted GPA.  Demonstrate financial need.  Community involvement.  Broward County resident.  See attached


    Hollywood Florida Scholarship Foundation - Deadline: April 10th - Award: $4,000 ($1,000/year) 

    Graduating Senior.  Legal resident of Hollywood, Fl or Dania Beach, Fl.  Demonstrated financial need.  Minimum 3.2 unweighted GPA, 1070 SAT or 23 ACT.  Exceptional community service.  Attending a 4-year college or university.  Application attached. 


    Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Scholarship - Deadline: April 22nd - Award: $300

    Graduating Senior.  Female.  Majoring in Education.  Demonstrate a positive impact consistent with capacity and circumstances.  Will look at employment and community and school involvement.  Application attached.  


    Robert "Bob" Elmore Honors IRM's Scholar Award - Deadline: May 1st - Award: Broward College 60 credits 

    Graduating Senior.  Plans to attend Broward College. Minimum 3.5 unweighted GPA or 1250 SAT )650 EBRW and 590 Math) or 22 ACT (21 English, 21 Math, 22 Reading, or PERT (113 reading, 123 meth, 123 writing).  Students must meet one of the criteria listed above.  Application and details available at: https://www.broward.edu/academics/honors/Pages/default.aspx


    PB & J Scholarship - Deadline: May 31st - Award: $500 - $1,000

    The PB&J scholarship awards students who have experienced challenges in their life that may not have allowed them to perform well academically but still have the drive to succeed.

    From The Scholarship Director

    When I attended Farrington High School in Hawai’i, my GPA and test scores were low, but I was determined to go to college. I managed to receive ten different scholarships, which helped me fulfill that dream. To give back to future students, I lived off PB&J sandwiches during my first year in college to save money to fund a scholarship for another student like me.

    Application available at: http://bit.ly/pbjscholars2020


    Southern Scholarship Foundation, Inc. - Deadline: Ongoing - Award: Low-cost housing

    Rent free housing for students admitted to FSU, UF, FAMU, or FGCU.~ Motivation demonstrated through awards and activities.~ Financial need.~ Minimum 3.0 GPA.~ Information and application available at: http://www.southernscholarship.org

    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 good resource for students who have residency issues.)


    For any referenced attachments, go to the top of this message for the links.