Links and resources for planning your future.
Can you believe that we only have six weeks left in the school year!? 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!
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
A ttention all Aspiring Scholar's Program students, with a GPA of
3.25 or higher:
ttention 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.
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!
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.
Check back often for a current list of scholarships available in the college and career lab.
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 must be submitted by June 1st. If you’re an interested applicant, see Mrs. Cook today!
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!
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 frankeidson.com/college-scholarship.
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.
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!
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 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!
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 http://www.legion.org/oratorical and see Mrs. Cook in College & Career.
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 www.NFIB.com/YEA 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!
Click Here to access over 70 online scholarship search sites, an online GPA calculator, and many
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.
Here is a list of information discussed at the college planning nights during the Fall semester. Email Mrs. Cook if you need additional information.
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: http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/online-colleges/florida/
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 floridastudentfinancialaid.org 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:
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!
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.
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 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.
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 www.number2.com. 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.
|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 www.sat.org.
|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 www.act.org
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|
|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|
|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|