College & Career

Links and resources for planning your future.

Scholarship Bulletin

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

2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Award

Are you a high school student who is making a difference through volunteering? Apply for a 2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Award and you could win $1,000 AND a trip to Washington, DC in May 2015! If interested, please go to http://spirit.prudential.com or http://nassp.org/spirit and apply. All applications must be submitted to Mrs. Cook by November 4, 2014. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Cook in College & Career.

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 http://www.legion.org/oratorical 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 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!

Attention Students Taking the SAT October 11th

Are you struggling with your calculator and in need of assistance before the SAT? Mr. Sweet will be providing a "quick course" on the Texas Instruments, TI-84 calculator, on October 10th starting at 2:15 p.m. in Room 713. This demonstration will be specifically aimed at students taking the SAT on October 11th and who plan to use this calculator on the test. Sign-ups for this SAT Calculator course will be in College & Career. Please see Mrs. Cook to sign-up today!

Auburndale Youth Chamber Leadership Applications

Attention Juniors: October 7th, is the final day to submit Auburndale Youth Chamber Leadership Applications. Interviews will take place on October 14th.  Please see Mrs. Cook if you need 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 - www.number2.com.
  5. To register for the SAT, use this website: www.sat.org.
  6. To register for the ACT, use this website: www.act.org.
  7. Use this website for Bright Futures information: http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/bf/.
  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. www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov
  11. Here is a website for college planning. www.bigfuture.collegeboard.org.

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:

  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 Mr. Blankenship for 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 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.

2013 - 2014 SAT Deadlines

Test Date Regular Registration Late Registration (extra fee)
Nov 2 Oct 3 Oct 21
Dec 7 Nov 8 Nov 25
Jan 25 Dec 27 Jan 14
Mar 8 Feb 7 Feb 24
May 3 April 4 Apr 21
June 7 May 9 May 28

Find additional information on locations and fees at www.sat.org

2013 - 2014 ACT Deadlines

Test Date Regular Registration Late Registration (extra fee)
Oct 26 Sept 27 Oct 11
Dec 14 Nov 8 Nov 22
Feb 8 Jan 10 Jan 24
April 12 March 7 March 21
June 14 May 9 May 23

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
Bethune-Cookman University 6/30/14 On Going
Florida Atlantic University 12/1/13 5/1/14
Florida A & M University NONE Rolling
Florida Gulf Coast University 11/15/13 5/1/14
Florida International University 11/1/13 2/4/14
Florida Southern College 3/1/14 Until Full
Florida State University 10/16/13 1/4/14
New College of Florida 11/1/13 4/15/14
Southeastern University 12/1/13 Until Full
University of Central Florida 11/1/13 5/1/14
University of Florida None 11/1/13
University of Miami 11/1/13 1/1/14
University of North Florida 12/13/13 Rolling
University of South Florida 11/1/13 4/15/2014
University of West Florida 11/1/13 Until Full

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 (www.fastweb.com) 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.