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Career & College Happenings 2017-2018 (Bi-weekly)

Patrick Henry High School, Minneapolis, MN

February 12, 2018


Opportunities are detailed below and/or info is attached.  This email is intended to help make you aware of potential opportunities; AchieveMpls and the school district are NOT endorsing or sponsoring the organizations or events (unless otherwise noted).  After reviewing the additional information, please let me know if you have any additional questions.


In this edition:

·         CCC Schedule*

·         Important Dates/Events*

·         ACT Test Prep*

·         Accuplacer Test Info*

·         Youth Opportunities*

·         Scholarships*

·         Scholarship Resources

·         Career & College Resources

·         Counseling Team Info


* Denotes updates since previous newsletter.




Mon. 2/12                           8:30am- 4:30pm

Tues. 2/13                           8:30am- 4:30pm

Wed. 2/14                           *1:00pm- *3:45pm

Thurs. 2/15                         8:30am- 4:30pm (Parent Conferences from 4-8pm)

Fri. 2/16                               NO SCHOOL


Mon. 2/19                           NO SCHOOL

Tues. 2/20                           OUT

Wed. 2/21                           OUT

Thurs. 2/22                         *11:00am- *4:00pm

Fri. 2/23                               8:00am- 4:00pm


*Note change in time.





*Parent/Teacher Conferences—Thursday, Feb. 15th and Friday, Feb. 16th

-          The format for Thursday’s conferences has changed a bit for this year

o   From 4-6pm is appointment only.  Staff will reach out to those students and families.

o   From 6-8pm is walk-in/open as usual.

-          Friday is the same, from 8am-12pm.


*Senior Field Trip to MCTC—Wednesday, Feb. 28th

Seniors who are interested in MCTC should attend this field trip to learn more about MCTC and to take the Accuplacer, which is a requirement for MCTC (see more info below about the Accuplacer).  Forms are due Wednesday, Feb. 21st.  See or email Ms. Nou if interested.


ACT Test Day for Juniors—Tuesday,  Feb. 27th

All juniors will be taking the real ACT test on Tuesday, Feb. 27th!  Please arrive to school on time that day and make sure to get enough sleep.  All other grades will be having class as normal.  For more info, see your counselor or Ms. Nou.




1.       ACT: Go to and look at their test prep help online (some are free).


2.       Chegg Test Prep: a free awesome test prep that gives you detailed explanations and helps identify your weaknesses/strengths.  Has a lot of great features! ACT and SAT!


3.       Hennepin County Library:

                To access FREE ACT/SAT/PSAT/AP practice tests, you must have library card (which is free).

o   Go to

o   Click on the “Reference and Research” tab at the top of the page

o   Click on “Databases A-Z”

o   Scroll down to “Learning Express Library”

o   Enter your barcode from your HC Library card

o    Register (enter username and password)

o   A page will pull up with all kinds of practice exams.

o   Click on an exam, and follow directions.


4.       Princeton Review in Minneapolis offers FREE Practice ACT/SAT Test.  For details or to sign up, go to!Test-ACT


5.       PrepFactory is a completely FREE ACT prep site (recently showcased on FreeTech4Teachers & being used by more than several hundred other schools).


6.       KhanAcademy is a site that provides free math and science prep.  To use it, go to and click on SUBJECTS on the top left.  You do not need to sign up for an account.


7.       Best ACT Prep is a site that provides some free tips and lessons.




Seniors: if you’re thinking about attending a two-year college in MN, you will be required* to take the Accuplacer, a placement test that will determine whether or not you can take college-level courses at your intended two-year college. 


Here are FREE ways to prepare for the Accuplacer:

·         College Board:

·         Sample Questions:  North Hennepin Community College has a great sample question packet with great resources--

·         Khan Acacdmey: (click on the SUBJECT tab on the top left side, and click on the MATH)

·         Study Guide Zone:

·         Test Prep Review:

·         Math Accuplacer Review:


*If you took PSEO college level courses in English or Math OR received a certain score on the ACT in Math, English, and/or Reading, you may be eligible for a waiver (meaning you don’t have to take the Accuplacer).  To find out if you do qualify, check the college website or come see Ms. Nou.





*St. Kate’s First Step Summer Institute

-          4-day residential program for female students to gain a deeper sense of commitment to pursue higher education, a strong network of diverse, college-bound friends, a sense of support and encouragement

-          Must be current sophomores/juniors and have a 2.75 GPA

-          For more info or to apply, go to



Bachman’s in Fridley, MN is hiring! 

-          Must be 16 years and older. 

-          Starting wage is $10.25/hour. 

-          See flyer for more info--



Elm Creek Winter Recreation Area is HIRING!


Located at 12400 James Deane Parkway, Maple Grove



-          Lift Attendants

-          Ski Instructors

-          Food Service Assistants

-          Tube Hill Attendants


Benefits:  Free Season Pass, Flexible scheduling, Competitive pay ($9.65/hour) and other "Perks"


Apply for this or other Three Rivers Park District positions, visit



Summer Reads- AmeriCorps VISTA—Must be 18 years old age by May/June



Do you like helping others? Would you like professional experience and training that looks good on your resume? Change a child’s life this summer by joining Summer Reads, an AmeriCorps VISTA program at Minnesota Literacy Council. Each year, approximately 75 VISTAs serve in pairs at one or two placement sites in summer schools, libraries and community organizations across Minnesota, with the goal of helping children in grades K-3 improve their literacy skills and fight the summer slide. Under the mentoring of an on-site supervisor, VISTAs serve in a variety of program environments. They may use the site's curriculum or design their own lesson plans; work with children one-on-one or in small or large groups; act as a classroom assistant or lead a program themselves - depending on the placement site.



At least 18 years of age at the time of placement 
A U.S. Citizen, National or permanent resident, asylee, or DACA
Must be able to clear a general background check, including a search of the Sex Offender Public Registry 
History of volunteerism, work with literacy or work with children
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Must be able to speak proficiently in English and read aloud to groups/individual children
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Must be able to serve full-time (approximately 40 hours per week):
Twin Cities metro: June 11-August 5 

Greater Minnesota locations: Tentative 
Outreach Specialists: June 4-August 12


Deadline: 5/11/18


 How to Apply:

Visit our website for details on how to apply for the Summer Reads VISTA positions:


VISTA members can serve at sites throughout Minnesota. In the Twin Cities metro area (including suburbs) VISTA candidates first apply to the Twin Cities Summer Reads program and then, once accepted into the program, are placed at 1-2 host sites in the metro area. Outside of the metro in greater Minnesota, VISTA candidates apply directly to the location(s) of their choice. 


Applicants must create a My AmeriCorps account to apply. After you create your My AmeriCorps account, you must then apply to the Summer Reads position listing(s). Applications are accepted and interviews are granted on a rolling basis until filled. Priority consideration will be given to applications received before April 30.



Minds Matter:  Free college prep program, now accepting 9th graders!


This program transforms the lives of accomplished high school students from low-income families by broadening their dreams and preparing them for college success. They do this through an intensive three-year program which includes group academic instruction, personalized mentoring, and summer enrichment programs.

·         Students start in 10th grade and receive weekly mentoring and academic support every Saturday

·         Mentors support students in applying to summer programming on highly selective campuses. Minds Matter fully funds these opportunities

·         In 11th grade, students receive ACT prep support in addition to ongoing mentoring and academic support every Saturday

·         The summer after their 11th grade year, mentors support students in applying to international summer enrichment programs. Minds Matter fully funds these opportunities.

·         In 12th grade, mentors support students in applying to highly selective colleges


Powered by 1,900 volunteers nationwide, Minds Matter Chapters are located in 13 cities across the country. The national office of Minds Matter is located in Manhattan.



• $23,644 average family income

• About 50% of students will be the first in their

family to attend college

• Average incoming GPA of 3.8

• 89% of students identify as minorities



• 100% of Minds Matter graduates are accepted

into a 4 year college or university.

• 73% of students attend schools ranked by

Barron’s as Most, Highly or, Very Competitive

• 93% of Minds Matter alumni age 28 and older

have received a Bachelor’s degree (vs. 41% of

all high-achieving, low-income students)

• 17:1 ROI: Every dollar of donor-invested funds

yields $17 in economic and social impact



If interested in apply, please email Travis Bezella at for more info.






Please read each scholarship eligibility requirements carefully and go to the website for more information.  As always, please come to the CCC (room 313) or email Ms. Nou if you still have questions.


NOTE:  This is only a highlight of scholarships.  For a more extensive list, please visit your Naviance and other scholarship resources listed below.


Chegg $1,000 Monthly Scholarship: DUE at the end of each month

·         Must be a high school student, at least 16 years old

·         Answer ONE short question

·         For more info or to apply, go to


AXA Achievement Community Scholarship: DUE Thurs. Feb. 1st (or after first 10,000 applications received)

About: $2,500

-          High school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their activities in school, the community or the workplace.

-          U.S. citizens or legal residents

-          Students plan to enroll full-time in an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the United States by Fall 2018

-          Ambitious and motivated, as evidenced by outstanding achievement in school, community, or work activities.

-          How to apply: Visit the website for a detailed list of application instructions. Students need to create an account to apply for the scholarship.

-          Website:


AAUW Branch of Minneapolis:  DUE Friday, Feb. 9th

Award: $4,000/renewable for 4 years

-          The Scholarship Fund of the Minneapolis Branch of AAUW will be offering two four-year scholarship to young women graduating from a Minneapolis Public High School. Women graduating with a G.P.A. of at least 3.0 and a documented financial need are encouraged to apply.

-          Female

-          Graduating senior from MPS

-          Minimum GPA of 3.0

-          Demonstrated financial need

-          Educational goal of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year institution

-          How to apply: Complete application found online (includes essay, parent’s tax forms, and two letters of recommendation, transcript); email or mail to AAUW Minneapolis Branch

-          Application and more information


Wallin Scholarship:  DUE Thursday, Feb. 15th

Award: $16,000 over four years

-      About: Wallin Education Partners awards college scholarships to high potential students with financial need. Awards are $16,000 for four years (maximum of $4,000 per year) and can be used for any cost of attendance at an eligible college or university (e.g., tuition, fees, books, room, board, etc.). Selected scholars receive personalized and professional advising services to ensure college success.

-      Eligibility:

-          Senior with un-weighted cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

-          ACT score of 19 or higher

-          Apply to at least one eligible four-year college or university (MN, WI, IA, ND, SD or HBCUs)

-          Family taxable income no more than $75,000

-          College academic readiness, motivation, and leadership are considering factor in the selection process

-          How to apply: Complete the online application and submit all required supplemental academic and financial documented

-          Application and more information:


Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society Essay Contest:  DUE Thursday, Feb. 15th

Award: nine $500 awards

-      The Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society, with the support of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Civil Litigation Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association, is sponsoring an essay contest that is open to Minnesota high school juniors and seniors. Students have an opportunity to compete for scholarships as they examine the role of the judiciary in our society.

-      Eligibility: MN high school junior or senior

-      How to apply: Complete the online registration (see info in PDF), and then email essay by submission date.

-      Application and more information: or


Shui Ken and Allen Chin Scholarship:  DUE Friday, Feb. 23rd
Award: $1,000

  • The Asian Pacific Fund administers numerous scholarship programs to help undergraduate and graduate students achieve their education goals.
  • Incoming freshman at a 2-year or 4-year in 2018-19
  • Self or parent currently/formerly employed at Asian-owned or Asian cuisine restaurant
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (unweighted)
  • Active advocacy/social justice work
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • How to apply: Complete application form, including short essays, transcripts and two letters of recommendation.
  • Application and more information:


Vernetta Wilson Memorial Scholarship:  DUE Saturday, Feb. 24th 

Award: From $500 and $1,500

-      About: The Vernetta Wilson Memorial Scholarship Fund was formed in late 1987 in honor of a departed sorority sister, Vernetta Wilson, an active member of the community whose passion in life was working with young adults. The scholarship is part of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Minneapolis/St. Paul Alumnae Chapter’s larger commitment to provide encouragement and support to African American students who choose higher education as their goal. !

-      Eligibility

-          African-American Minnesota resident

-          Enrolling in a U.S. accredited college or university in the Fall of 2016

-          Minimum GPA of 2.7 (unweighted)

-          Active volunteer in community service activities (minimum 30 hours)

-          Demonstrated leadership skills

-          How to apply: Download the application online, including personal reference form and community service verification form, then mail all completed application parts.

-          Application and more information:


Que Llueva Café Scholarship:  DUE Sunday, Feb. 25th
Award: $500

  • The Que Llueva Café Scholarship aims to support the dreams, hopes, and aspirations of college bound undocumented students so that they can earn their college education and allow for all their hard work and sacrifice to perservere. 
  • Must be Chicano/Latino descent
  • Must be an undocumented student (DACA students are eligible)
  • Must enroll in accredited college for the 2017-18 school year
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must demonstrate academic potential and promise
  • How to apply:  Complete application, including letter of recommendation, transcript and personal statement, and mail by postmark date
  • Application and more information:


Distinguished Raven FAC Memorial Scholarship:  DUE Wednesday, Feb. 28th
Award: $1,000

  • This scholarship is meant to provide educational assistance to the descendants of those who served so ably alongside the Ravens in the defense of their country. This assistance is intended to enable the individual to further their education and to reward the qualities that the Ravens and Laotian forces admire. 
  • Descendants or legal wards of any Lao or Hmong individual who served in the Royal Laotian Military or Hmong forces in defense of the Kingdom of Laos between 1960 and 1975
  • Enrolling in an accredited two or four-year intuition
  • How to apply: Complete application found online (includes form, 500-word essay, a transcript, and two letters of recommendation)


Catch a Break! Scholarship:  DUE Thurday, March 1st

Award: $10,000/renewable upon collegiate academic performance

  • This scholarship is about giving deserving students the chance to lessen the load and change the trajectory of your life
  • Be current high school seniors
  • Be U.S. citizen and resident of MN
  • Be accepted for enrollment for the first time in full-time undergraduate studies at an accredited public four-year college or university in Minnesota for the entire 2018-2019 academic year
  • Plan to live on campus for the first year of undergraduate studies.
  • Composite ACT score of 24 or higher.
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • How to apply: Download the application online, attach required essay, parents must fill out financial data section and sign application, counselor must fill out transcript section (in addition to including a transcript), then mail all completed application parts.

Application and more information:


Tzu Chi Foundation Scholarship:  DUE Friday, March 2nd
Award: $1,000 (A small number of scholars will be recognized for a four-year scholarship if certain eligibility requirements and criteria are met)

  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Be a jigh school graduating senior
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Will enroll in an accredited U.S. college full-time for the entire academic year 2018-2019
  • How to apply: Follow the directions found on the link below. This link also includes the application. Be sure to send completed applications to the appropriate office: we are the Midwest Region. Application includes the form, transcript, financial documents, two letters of recommendation, an autobiography, and an essay.
  • Application and more information:


MnACC Scholarship: DUE Monday, March 5th
Award: $500- $2,500

·         Identify as a student of color graduating from a Minnesota high school

·         Enroll as a full-time, first year student for the 2018-2019 school year at a MnACC member institution. For a full list of MnACC member institutions, please click here.

·         Complete the scholarship application, including the required essay, and enrollment verification, if selected as a recipient. If applying for the President's Award, candidates must also submit an official high school transcript & letter of recommendation.

·         For more info or to apply, go to this link


Live Más Scholarship:  DUE Sunday, March 18th by 11:59 PST

Award: $5,000-$25,000

-          All applicants must be ages 16-24 and a legal resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia.

-          Awards must be used at an accredited post-high school/post-secondary educational programs (including accredited two- and four-year college, universities, vocational-technical, and trade schools) for tuition, required fees, books and course specific supplies.

-           First-time Live Más Scholarship applicants must create and submit a 2-minute video that tells the story of their life’s passion and why they should be considered for a Live Más Scholarship.

-          All videos must be submitted to

-           Previous recipients of a Live Más Scholarship may apply for the renewal program if they meet certain criteria, including: current enrollment in a post-high school educational program and in good academic standing, have used 75% or more of previously awarded funds, and explain in their new 2-minute submission video how they have furthered the pursuit of their passion since first winning a Live Más Scholarship.

-          For complete details, visit


Gao Lee Yang’s High School Senior Scholarship:  DUE Friday, March 30th by 11:59pm

Award: Two $150 scholarships

-      Must be a current high school senior

-      Must have at least one parent who is Hmong

-      Must live in MN or WI and be able to meet if awarded

-      Must be accepted to 2 or 4-year college/university (proof of acceptance)

-      To apply, go to

-      Email complete application, which includes answering a short essay question, to NkaujLis Yaj (a former Henry student) at




Recommended sites:


College Greenlight:

College Board:




Other sites:

Scholarship Experts:  










A tool to help you with post-secondary (after high school) planning and for your counselor and CCC Coordinator to communicate important information to you and your family.


College Scorecard:

A great online tool that has great data on colleges to help you compare/decide which will be the best fit for you.


My InTuition:

See how affordable a top college can be.  Gives you an estimate for 15 of some of the top colleges across the country.


Bureau of Labor Stats:

The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupation Finder site lets you filter jobs by wage, post-secondary training required, on the job training, growth and one or two more filters.


Career Wise

A great career research website.


ARTICLE:  “What recent Minnesota college grads earn after studying most-popular fields”









Shawn Crenshaw

9 & 10th graders, last names: A-G, W-X



Nicholas Walker

9 & 10th graders, last names: H-M, Y-Z



Jennifer Zupan-Maiser

9 & 10th graders, last names: N-V



Kimberly Mannel (Department Chair)

11th graders last names: A-L
12th Graders Last names: M-Z



Vang Lo

11th graders last names: M-Z
12th Graders Last names: A-L



Kimberly Cook

Henry Achievement Program (ALC within Henry)



Nou Vang

Career and College Center Coordinator



Latiesha Bogar

GEAR UP Grant, working with 9th & 10th graders




ESSC Grant, working with Olson M.S. & H.I.A. 9th graders
*Here on: Tuesdays and Thursdays



Jodi Burke

Indian Education Program, working with Native American students
*Here on:  Thursday for Group Counseling


Davis Center


For more information about the counseling team, check out our website at: