College & Career

Links and resources for planning your future.

Seniors - Still Looking for Scholarships?

The Broker's Realty of Central Florida for Future Professionals Scholarship

Seniors, we have another scholarship exclusive to Auburndale Senior High School! The Broker's Realty of Central Florida Scholarship for Future Professionals is open to graduating seniors with a 3.5 GPA (or higher) and an ACT score of at least 27 or an SAT score of 1200 or higher. Applications are due by May 12th.

Please see Mrs. Cook in College and Career right away if you are interested!

Seniors: Are you still looking to obtain Scholarship Dollars to finance your college or university dreams? Do not forget that College & Career has opportunities waiting.

Walter Kersey Memorial Scholarship

This week we are highlighting the Walter Kersey Memorial Scholarship.  If you have at least a 2.5 GPA, a minimum of 200 community service hours, plan to attend college, and have financial need, you may qualify for this $1,000 scholarship.  Applications are due by May 5th!

If you are interested please stop in and see Mrs. Cook today!

NROTC Scholarship

A representative from the Navy will be on campus, Thursday, May 7th at 1:00 PM in College & Career, to discuss the NROTC Scholarship, sponsored by the Navy and the Marine Corps. If you are interested in attending this informational session, please stop in to College & Career to sign up. Students who do not sign up, will not be permitted to miss class. See Mrs. Cook if you would like more information on this great scholarship opportunity.


End of Year Announcements from Mrs. Cook

Can you believe that the 2014-15 school year is almost over? Whether you are an underclassman ready to leave for the summer, or a Senior finalizing your next move, please ensure that your paperwork is current in College & Career!

All Students

Community Service Hours are due to Mrs. Cook no later than Friday, May 15th, to count for this year.  This deadline is for all students.


I want to personally thank you for your tremendous efforts this year.  Together you have accumulated thousands of community service hours, scholarship dollars, and the college acceptances are extremely impressive, and AHS needs to keep record of them! 

Seniors, if you have been accepted into a College or University, please bring your official letter (or email) to College & Career; I will make a copy and give the original back to you.  You will be given a college pennant, to create, for bragging rights on our College Wall of Fame.

If you have been awarded any scholarships, please bring the letter/email stating the dollar amount to Mrs. Cook in College & Career. 

Acceptance, Scholarships, and Community Service hour paper work is important!  The more you take care of now, the less you will have to do, for College & Career, the week of graduation. 

Congratulations on all of your accomplishments, I cannot wait to celebrate them all with each of you!!

Scholar's Program Trip to Keiser

Attention all Aspiring Scholar's Program students, with a GPA of 3.25 or higher:

This is a reminder of your invitation to take part in our next college excursion on May 13, 2015, to Keiser University. At Keiser we will be touring the Graphic Arts, Social Media, and Medical Programs.

Interested students must submit the required fieldtrip paperwork to Mrs. Parada by May 1st in order to reserve your seat on the bus. Stop in Guidance today, before the seats are filled!

Scholars Program Learning Legacy

Attention All Scholar’s Program Students:

This is a reminder that on Thursday, April 30th, at 2:00, in College & Career, we will have our Learning Legacy Program

Sophomores and Juniors can expect to learn about and to register for AP, Dual Enrollment, and Early Admission courses.  They can also expect to learn from the 2015 graduating class of Scholar’s Program Students. 

Senior Scholar’s Program students should expect to come prepared to share

*      Your journey to committing to the College/University of your choice

*      Bring one visual aid pertaining to the above subjects

Successful completers of the Auburndale Senior High School Scholar’s Program will be awarded special recognition at graduation including a Scholar’s Cord and designation in the graduation program. This event is required for Graduating Seniors to obtain their Cord for graduation, and will be very worthwhile to underclassman, who have questions about their senior year and transitioning into life after AHS.

Scholar’s program Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, if you plan to attend, you must see Mrs. Cook, in College & Career, to sign up.

Scholarship Bulletin

Check back often for a current list of scholarships available in the college and career lab.

East Polk County Association of Realtors

We have another scholarship opportunity! the East Polk County Association of Realtors is offering a $1,000 scholarship, based upon the question "How does home ownership benefit your community?" Applications are due by May 20th.

See Mrs. Cook in College & Career if you are interested!

Polk County Police Chief's Charitable Foundation

Are you a graduating Senior looking for Scholarships to pay for college?  Do you have a family member who is either active or retired from the law enforcement field AND you have an invested interest in seeking a degree within the Criminal Justice or Law Enforcement Field?  If yes, stop into College & Career to seek more information about the Polk County Police Chiefs Charitable Foundation Scholarship, in memory of Auburndale’s Chief Nolan McLeod!  All Application   If you’re an interested applicant, see Mrs. Cook today! Applications are due to Mrs. Cook by Friday,, May 1st.

Walter Kersey Memorial Scholarship

Students with a GPA of 2.5 (or higher) and a minimum of 200 community service hours can apply for this scholarship. Please see Mrs. Cook in College and Career, if you qualify. Applications are due to Mrs. Cook by Monday, May 4th.

2015 Mike Grady Scholarship

Hey Freshman!  Did you know that you are required to take a test called the PSAT during the fall of your sophomore year? 

Hey Juniors and Seniors!  Did you know that if you are planning to attend a College or University, you will need to take the SAT as a part of the application process?

Taking the PSAT and SAT can be a stressful process!  At AHS our staff provides students with the tools you will need in order to take these exams, but true success requires effort during your own time.

The Learning Resource Center is currently offering the 2015 Mike Grady Scholarship, which will provide 23 FREE hours of PSAT/SAT preparation!  This Scholarship is a $440 value!

If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, and have clear secondary education goals, or if you are just looking to acquire more information about the PSAT and SAT tests, please stop into College & Career and see Mrs. Cook today!

Frank M. Eidson, P.A., Scholarship Essay Contest

The first prize is $1,500, the second prize is $1,000 and third prize is $500. The contest is open to Florida high school seniors who are on pace to receive their High school diploma/GED within 9 months, and have been accepted into a higher learning institution within Florida. The deadline for entries is May 15, 2015.

The link to all the scholarship information and rules can be found at

Polk Education Foundation Scholarship Opportunities

Polk Education Foundation is ranked #17 out of top 100 Education Foundations in the Nation! Polk Education Foundation Scholarships will open February 11th and close on March 4th. All applications are available online at the district website and must be printed, completed, and returned to Mrs. Cook or to your guidance counselor. If you need assistance please stop by College & Career.

Scholarship Opportunity

Are you a high school senior, with at least a 2.5 GPA, planning to attend an accredited Florida public or private college, with a major in computer science and/or information technology?  If the answer is yes, please see Mrs. Cook in College & Career for a $3,000 scholarship opportunity!  The deadline is fast approaching, so please do not wait!

Great Value Colleges First-Generation Student Scholarship for Florida Residents

This scholarship is directed toward Floridian high school students who are hoping to be the first in their families to graduate from college. The application is simple and explained at the link, and the total reward is $1,500.

The David Logan Scholarship

The David Logan Scholarship is awarded once each year to four high school seniors (one male and one female in both Tampa Bay and Central Florida) who excel in athletics and academics. This scholarship is in memory of David Logan, Former NFL player ans sportscaster on "The Sports Connectin" on Bay News 9. The $2,500.00 scholarship is meant to assist students as they transition to college and the application must be received by February 28th.

If you are a Senior, have a minimum GPA of 3.5, have participated in athletics, and attend AHS, please see Mrs. Cook for an application today!

American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program Contest

Attention students who are seeking a high-yield scholarship with national-level completion: The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program Contest presents participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation's laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship. Students who are interested in applying can go to and see Mrs. Cook in College & Career.

2015 National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Young Entrepreneur Award

Are you a young entrepreneur, this scholarship may be picture perfect! Are you a young entrepreneur? Do you know a young entrepreneur? Graduating high school seniors who operate their own small business are eligible to receive a 2015 National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Young Entrepreneur Award from the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation. Visit for more information or see Mrs. Cook in College & Career. Applications will be accepted between October 1st and December 18th. Apply today because this opportunity could be gone in a flash!

College and Scholarship Resources

Click Here to access over 70 online scholarship search sites, an online GPA calculator, and many

Historically Black College & University Recruitment Jump Off Event

The Polk County Pan-hellenic Council is sponsoring the Historically Black College & University Recruitment Jump Off Event, in Lakeland, on Saturday, January 31st, from 8:00 AM until Noon.

Recruiters from Bethune Cookman University, Edward Waters College, Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, and Florida Memorial University will be on site.

Admission is free! There will also be Free Breakfast, Door Prizes, Giveaways, and ample opportunities to seek out Scholarship Funds! If you are interest in learning in a diverse, culturally rich environment, then this event is for you!

Please see Mrs. Cook in College & Career if you would like more information.

College Planning Night Information

Here is a list of information discussed at the college planning nights during the Fall semester. Email Mrs. Cook if you need additional information.

  1. Senior College Planning PowerPoint.
  2. Junior College Planning PowerPoint.
  3. Freshmen and Sophomore PowerPoint.
  4. For studying for the SAT / ACT and PSAT, use this website -
  5. To register for the SAT, use this website:
  6. To register for the ACT, use this website:
  7. Use this website for Bright Futures information:
  8. Here is a list of college application deadlines for the 2013 - 2014 school year.
  9. Here is a list of requirements for the Public State Universities.
  10. Here is a website to estimate you federal grant money for college.
  11. Here is a website for college planning.

Affordable Colleges Online

Resources for high school students including financial aid guidebooks, accredited college search tools, and free open online courses (MOOCs) from national universities such as MIT and UC Berkeley. Florida colleges guide can be accessed here at no-cost:

In order to be recruited to play a sport in college, you must complete the appropriate clearing house registration. This should be completed the Fall of your Junior Year. If you are on free or reduced lunch, you may be eligible for a fee waiver. See Mr. Blankenship for more information.

The State of Florida offers academic scholarships to graduating seniors in the form of Bright Futures Scholarships. Auburndale High School students can earn either Florida Academic Scholar, Florida Merit Scholar or Florida Gold Seal. Each program has slightly different requirements. Review this document for requirements for each program.

The Bright Futures Program is subject to change each year by the Florida Legislator. Check for up to the minute information.

Community service hours are required for many scholarship programs including Bright Futures. To stay on track, students should earn at least 25 community service hours each year. The general regulations for hours are:

  1. Student cannot receive compensation (money or grade) for work completed
  2. Student cannot receive hours for work completed during school hours (7am to 2pm)
  3. Student cannot receive more than 8 hours in any one day
  4. Student cannot earn hours for work completed as part of regular religious worship
  5. Students cannot earn hours for attending meetings. 

Download the Community Service packet for more information and the hours log. See Mrs. Cook for more information.


Community Service is not required for graduation, however it is a vital component of high school.  Did you know that participating in community service can help you to:


1)      Be a better student

2)      Build Skills outside of the classroom

3)      Increase employability so that you can get the career you want

4)      Improve problem solving

5)      Increase responsibility, self-esteem, and pride

6)      Statistically, it will increase your chances at obtaining college scholarships!


If you are looking to increase your community service hours or to begin earning them, please see Mrs. Cook in College & Career, to find out check out our local events!

ASVAB Information

Did you know that the ASVAB or the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery is not just a Military prerequisite?

The ASVAB is a tool often utilized by students in their personal career planning. The results of the ASVAB (a multiple-aptitude test) are an interest self-assessment and a wide range of career exploration tools. Any sophomore, junior, or senior, who is interested in seeking information regarding their future careers is encouraged to take the ASVAB!

AHS will be offering the ASVAB on Wednesday, February 4th, at 7:30 AM. If you are interested in taking the ASVAB for career exploration or for Military qualification, please see Mrs. Cook to sign up.

Community Service Opportunity for Male Bloodhounds:

If you are interested in being a Big Brother for a male elementary school student and you would like to earn community service hours, please see Mrs. Cook in College & Career.  We have a fun opportunity lined up, entirely for Bloodhounds, and would love some enthusiastic volunteers!

Auburndale Central Elementary Needs Volunteers

Auburndale Central Elementary is in need of volunteers Monday through Friday, immediately after school, from approximately 2:00-3:00 on a weekly basis. If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please see Mrs. Cook in College & Career!

Lake Alfred Parks & Recreation - Volunteers Needed

The Lake Alfred Parks & Recreation Department is looking for Junior Counselor Volunteers for Summer 2015.  This is a program for students seeking community service hours for graduation (summer is an awesome time to acquire these hours!)

A Junior counselor is one who provides assistance organizing and conducting summer day camp programs. The work is performed under the direction of Summer Camp staff and volunteers must at least be in the 9th grade. Space is limited for volunteers; priority is given to Lake Alfred residents.  If you are interested please see Mrs. Cook in College and Career for an application.

LegoLand Opportunity

Attention Seniors who are looking for work and planning to attend Polk State College after graduation: LegoLand Florida has created the Eagle's Coop: a place to earn college credit, get paid, and establish a resume with work experience. Interested? Please see Mrs. Cook in College & Career for more information! Click here to see a flyer with more information.

The Postsecondary Education Readiness Test, or PERT test, is required for admissions to Polk State College and for students who complete Dual Enrollment classes. Testing is offered occasionally at Auburndale High School but can be taken any time at Polk State College. Call PSC for hours and requirements at (863) 297-1000 and ask for PERT testing. Be sure to prepare for the test by reviewing the study guide.

SAT and ACT tests are required for students going to college. Students should take both tests during the 2nd semester of their Junior Year. Students should then retake one or both tests at the beginning of the Fall Semester during their Senior Year.

Waivers for the fee are provided for students on free or reduced lunch, see Mr. Blankenship in the College and Career lab for more information.

Be sure to prepare before taking each test. The best preparation site available is This site will tell you what your weaknesses are and explain why some answers are correct and others are not. Tip Sheets are also located below and tutoring for each test is available during Hound Town. See Mr. Blankenship for more information.

2014 - 2015 SAT Deadlines

Test Date Regular Registration Late Registration (extra fee)
Nov 8 Oct 9 Oct 28
Dec 6 Nov 6 Nov 24
Jan 24 Dec 29 Jan 13
Mar 14 Feb 13 Mar 3
May 2 April 6 Apr 21
June 6 May 8 May 27

Find additional information on locations and fees at

2014 - 2015 ACT Deadlines

Test Date Regular Registration Late Registration (extra fee)
Oct 25 Sept 19 Oct 3
Dec 13 Nov 7 Nov 21
Feb 7 Jan 9 Jan 16
April 18 March 13 March 27
June 13 May 8 May 22

Find additional information on locations and fees at

College Admissions deadlines approach quickly during the senior year. Be sure to keep track by visiting the college and universities' websites.  See Mrs. Cook if you would like further guidance. 

University Early / Priority / Scholarship Regular
Bethune-Cookman University NONE Rolling
Florida Atlantic University 2/15/15 5/1/15
Florida A & M University NONE 5/1/15
Florida Gulf Coast University 2/15/15 5/1/15
Florida International University 11/1/14 5/1/15
Florida Southern College NONE 3/1/15
Florida State University 10/15/15 1/14/15
New College of Florida 11/1/14 4/15/15
Southeastern University NONE 5/1/15
University of Central Florida NONE 5/1/15
University of Florida 11/1/14 3/1/15
University of Miami 11/1/14 1/1/15
University of North Florida 10/31/14 Rolling
University of South Florida 1/2/15 4/15/15
University of West Florida 12/1/15 5/30/15

College and University Scholarships

Students should be looking for college scholarships beginning the Spring of their Junior Year. Seniors should spend at least 1 hour a day working on applications and scholarships beginning during the summer before their Senior Year.  This includes completing a Fast Web profile ( and checking with organizations you belong to for opportunities.  During the admissions process for each college or university, students should also apply for foundation or university alumni scholarships.  These typically require an additional application found on the college or university foundation website.