Thursday, October 30, 2014

AL School Public Relations Association Scholarship

Please see Mrs. Cochran if you are interested in this scholarship!

ALABAMA SCHOOL Public Relations Association SCHOLARSHIP

 Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

The Alabama School Public Relations Association is a statewide coalition of professional school communicators. ALSPRA offers financial support to students who plan to enroll in an Alabama college or university after high school graduation and who plan to seek a degree in communication, public relations or a related field. Student members who are eligible may apply for the education scholarship program offered at the beginning of each calendar year and awarded at the annual ALSPRA Conference in mid-Spring. This scholarship will be awarded in Spring of 2015.

The candidate must be interested in pursuing a public relations major, communication major or emphasis track at a university or college within the state of Alabama. The candidate must be a high school junior or senior at an Alabama public school with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

An official transcript from your high school must be submitted with your application. Applicants who participate in a school organization related to journalism, public relations, communication, student media or marketing or who are members of a local, state or national public relations organization are preferred.

Please type or fill out the student scholarship application in black or blue ink (print legibly). The application must be accompanied by your transcript, résumé, photo and response to an essay question related to the public relations field.

Select one of the two questions presented below for your essay. Choose the question that best suits your interests in public relations. The essay must be original, typed, double-spaced and no longer than two pages, approximately 800 words.

  1. What do you think is the most important issue or trend affecting PR today and why? Give real-world examples.

  2. Over the last 10 years, how has the PR profession changed and where do you see the profession going in the next 10 years and why?

The scholarship winner will be selected by an ALSPRA committee and notified by mid-February. ALSPRA will award one $500 scholarship and present the winner with a certificate in recognition of his or her achievement. The winner will be honored during the Annual ALSPRA Conference luncheon in mid-Spring. In addition, the winning essay may be published on ALSPRA’s website.  In addition to the winning essay, student photograph may also be published on the ALSPRA website and will not be used as a criteria in the judging process.  The final decision will be left up to the discretion of the scholarship committee.

The deadline for the ALSPRA Student Scholarship is January 1. Mail your application to: ALSPRA, P.O. Box 2093, Montgomery, AL 36102-2093 or email it to .  Application can also be found on the ALSPRA website at:  Once received by ALSPRA, your essay and application materials become property of the Association and will not be returned.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Shelton State

Senior students who plan to enroll at Shelton State Community College in the fall 2015 (August 2015) here is the link: Also, students who are interested in the Shelton/Mercedes partnership can also apply starting October 17th. Finally, students must apply to the college first, then the Mercedes program. The student will need a "S" number to start the application process.

Here is a link to the Shelton/Mercedes Partnership:

Burger King Scholarship


Do you know some high school seniors that need help paying for college? The BURGER
KING(SM) Scholars Program wants to help students gain access to a higher education.

Students eligible to earn a scholarship and be BURGER KING(SM) Scholars are:

High school seniors, BURGER KING(SM) employees, their dependent children, spouses or
domestic partners living in the U.S., Puerto Rico or Canada
High school seniors must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
Plan to enroll full-time for the 2015-16 academic year at an accredited 2- or 4-year

Tell your students to apply today for the BURGER KING(SM) Scholars program! You can
download a flyer (in English and Spanish) to share with students:

Application Deadline: December 15, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

College Week Live - All Access October + Scholarship Opportunity!

Join College Week Live for free information about the following:

Click this link to be directed to the page that you see below!

Event Overview

Our biggest event of the Fall!
Everyone wants a behind-the-scenes look at what college life is really like. Now you can get just that. Login to live chat with current students at 200+ colleges to hear firsthand all you want to know about classes, programs, campus life, and more. You can also get advice from admissions reps and education experts on finding the best college match, getting financial aid, and more.
Plus you can enter to win our biggest scholarship of the season.  It's easy to enter:
- Login to the All Access College Fair.
- Visit three college profile pages on the site.
- You'll be automatically entered to win our $5,000 scholarship drawing.
Sign Up Now. 


The SAT/ACT – How to Succeed at Standardized Tests While Keeping Your Sanity
10:00 AM EDT

Speaker Information
Scott Farber
Founder and President of A-List Education 

Path to the Student-Athlete Experience
12:00 PM EDT

Speaker Information
Jessi Hilger
Coordinator of Customer Service at the NCAA Eligibility Center 

STEM Focused: The Exquisite Joy of Creating Amazing Code
1:00 PM EDT

Speaker Information
David Thielen
Chief Technology Officer and Founder, Windward Studios, Reporting Software and Document Generation Software 

University of Rochester

2:00 PM EDT

Narrowing the College Application List
3:00 PM EDT

Speaker Information
Susanna Cerasuolo
M. Ed., Founder and CEO of CollegeMapper 

Johnson and Wales University

3:00 PM EDT

Steer your Career
4:00 PM EDT

Speaker Information
Aaron Doody
Project Manager, Service Innovation and PMO at Zipcar 

Conquering the College Essay
5:00 PM EDT

Speaker Information
Alan Gelb
Author of Conquering the College Admissions Essay in 10 Steps 

New England School of Photography

5:00 PM EDT

University of Vermont

5:00 PM EDT

Show Me the Money: Straight Talk on Important Financial Considerations for College
6:00 PM EDT

Speaker Information
Lyssa Thaden
Manager of Partner Education at American Student Assistance 

Secrets to Winning a Scholarship
7:00 PM EDT

Speaker Information
Mark Kantrowitz
Senior Vice President & Publisher of Edvisors 

University of Louisville

7:00 PM EDT

The State of College Admissions in 2014-2015
8:00 PM EDT

Speaker Information
Dr. Michele Hernandez
President of Hernandez College Consulting and Application Boot Camp 


All Access October $5,000 Scholarship

Visit three schools while you’re there and you’ll be automatically entered to win a $5,000 scholarship

Saturday, October 18, 2014

VFW Scholarship

First Place is $30,000!

Do you know a high school student who could use some help paying for

Let them know about the VFW's Voice of Democracy Scholarship competition!

This Year's Topic: Why Veterans are Important to our Nation's History and Future
DEADLINE: November 1, 2014

We need to spread the word, and we're asking friends like you to help out.

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All students in grades 9-12 can apply. We want to reach as many patriotic students
as possible to compete for the grand prize: $30,000 paid directly to the American
college, university or vocational/technical school of their choice! Download the

Pass the word on to:

  *   High School Students
  *   Teachers
  *   Counselors
  *   Youth Groups
  *   Parent-Teacher Associations
  *   School Boards

Thanks for spreading the word about this incredible opportunity!

HOBO Scholarship

Each year HOBO awards a $2500 scholarship to a deserving high school senior from Coosa or Chilton County.  Funding for the annual scholarship comes from a combination of proceeds from the sale of the HOBO calendar.

Applicants who are seniors and residents of Chilton or Coosa County with a minimum B average, and entering any accredited Alabama  two or four-year college,  may apply. 

Each student applicant must complete the following:
  • Lake Mitchell HOBO Scholarship Application Form
  • Attach an official transcript of grades (9-12), and include their GPA, and ACT or SAT scores.
  • Provide two letters of personal recommendation with names, addresses, and telephone numbers.
  • Submit an essay on what they consider to be the most important environmental issue and state what they can do to make a difference regarding that issue.
  • Participate in either a lake cleanup day or water monitor training where they learn to perform water chemistry tests.
  • Complete an interview with the HOBO Scholarship Committee. Interviews are held in May at which time the winner is chosen.

All applications, with attachments and essays, must be submitted or postmarked by March 1 of the. 

Applications may be emailed or mailed to the following address:
Rebecca Beaty 
320 Shoshone Drive
Montevallo, AL 35115

Contact Rebecca Beaty with any questions.
Telephone – (205) 305-7597
Email –

Here is the link to the HOBO Scholarship info for this year!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Upcoming ACT Explore (8th Grade) and Plan (10th) Grade Testing

On Wednesday, October 15th the 8th grade will take the ACT Explore test.  On Thursday, the 10th graders will take the ACT Plan.  Both of these assessments will help the students see how well they could perform on the ACT and give them suggestions for improvement and other important information.
Testing will begin at 8:15 and last all morning.  Please do not plan any appointments for this day!  :)  Students can use their own calculator.  They will also not be able to have a snack during the test - please make sure they eat a good breakfast!
Feel free to call my office if you have any questions!
Mrs. Cochran

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Spirit of Community Award - Four Weeks Left to Apply

Please come see me if you are interested the opportunity below...  :)

Four weeks left to apply for Prudential Spirit of Community Awards!

Just four weeks remain for youth volunteers to apply for national recognition
through the 2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

This program is an excellent opportunity to shine a spotlight on students who have
distinguished themselves through community service, and celebrate the spirit of
volunteerism throughout the student body. We hope you'll encourage your youth
volunteers to apply.

2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards are open to students in grades 5-12 who
have participated in a volunteer activity within the past year. Honors are granted
at the local, state and national level. Top honorees earn cash prizes and
all-expense-paid trips to Washington, D.C. for four days of special recognition

Here's how students can apply:
* Visit or
* Complete the application and the student/parent agreement by November 4, 2014
* Email or hand-deliver certification instructions to a middle or high school
principal, or the head of a county 4-H organization, Girl Scout council, American
Red Cross chapter, YMCA or HandsOn Network affiliate.

To learn more about the program, call 877-525-8491 or visit