Senior Bulletin, January 9, 2018


You’ve Applied to College, Now What?

Although the application process is nearing its end, you probably still have questions and concerns about what is next.  Check out this article to help you understand what to expect.


Acceptance Recognition Wall

We’d like to add your acceptance letters to our recognition wall! Please bring in your letters so we can make a copy and add it.


Mid-Year Grades–Make Sure You Complete Every Requirement for Admission

Check the requirements of each college to which you are applying. You can do this in three ways: check requirements on the school portal; refer to the list of requirements in the application forms; or you may get an email from a college asking for additional information.  Many colleges consider mid-year grades; if you need these sent please sign up on the sheet on Ms. Hirschfield’s door.  Remember that colleges also consider final grades and may change decisions if grades fall below their standards

How Much Did You Get When You Got Admitted?

The College Office is here to help you understand the financial packages you receive.  Grants, scholarships, work study, and loans make up your package, but the bottom line for each college will be different.  Use the attached link to help you figure out your yearly financial responsibilities and how to repay loans:

Here’s a quick video to help you understand your financial aid package:

All SLA College Transcript Requests are due by January 15th, 2018

We want to remind everyone that all transcript requests are due by January 15th. If you haven’t applied to colleges, do so immediately!

The Philadelphia Foundation is a source for information on many scholarships.  Here are some scholarships with upcoming application deadlines:

January and February Scholarships:

Jan, 2018  Mensa Education and Research Foundation

Jan 11, 2018 Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

Jan 15, 2018 Drexel Liberty Scholars Program – regular admission

Jan 26, 2018 – Urban League of Philadelphia Community Scholars:

Jan 31, 2018  Union Plus Scholarship

Open Dec – March The Wilt Chamberlain Memorial Fund provides college scholarships for local high school seniors..  Applications available February 1. For more information, please visit

Feb 15, 2018  AFA Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness College Scholarship

Feb 24, 2018 Philadelphia City Scholarship Program: Scholarships for four year colleges in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware or Montgomery counties.

Various deadlines: Community College of Philadelphia

Various deadlines:

Spring 2018: PhillySEEDS Scholarship:

March 2018: Mayor’s Scholarship at the University of Pennsylvania,

March 2018 The Pennsylvania School Counselor Association sponsors a scholarship opportunity for high school seniors graduating this spring.  In order to be considered eligible, you must submit an essay on how your school counselor has helped you with your academic career and socioemotional development.

Princeton Prize in Race Relations

Princeton University honors students in grades 9-12 throughout the country who do outstanding work in their schools or communities to advance the cause of race relations. The Philadelphia area recipient of the Princeton Prize in Race Relations will receive a $1,000 cash award and an invitation to an all-expenses-paid trip to Princeton University to attend the Princeton Prize Symposium on Race,  held in April.  Download the application form at The deadline for the Princeton Prize applications is January 31, 2018.

Monthly Instagram Photo Contest

Students are invited to participate in the @PrincetonPrize Monthly Instagram Photo Contest by submitting photos of what diversity looks like in their school or community.  The photo selected as the best in a month will be awarded a $100 prize.  The contest will run for three months.  More details about the photo contest are given at

Are You Planning to Attend Temple University Next Fall? Apply for Scholarships!

You may be eligible for a Temple scholarship. Temple will award the 2018 Outstanding Achievement Scholarship to at least one SLA senior, and perhaps more. Students must have a minimum 3.5 gpa, above average SAT/ACT scores, or a strong performance on their Temple Option question. To be considered students must answer the following prompts in no more than 300 words total: What do you plan to study at Temple and how will your chosen field contribute to your short-term and long-term plans?  (if you don’t know, what are some academic interests you’d like to explore); Describe your most meaningful achievements and how they relate to your field of study and future goals.  Send your responses to Mrs. Hirschfield ( no later than January 27, 2018

Wilt Chamberlain Scholarship Application

The Wilt Chamberlain Memorial Fund provides college scholarships for local high school seniors. They select a minimum of 8 scholars annually, and this year their scholarship has increased up to $2500/year for 2 year colleges and $5000/year for 4 year colleges. Students with 3.0+ GPA who are also involved in community services are welcome to apply. Applications are available NOW. For more information, please visit

Tech Scholarship Opportunity

Lucid Software is launching a $1000 scholarship opportunity for incoming college freshmen. To apply, visit  Entries must be submitted before June 16, 2018.

Scholarships For Women

This website provides information on many different scholarships available for women, from freshmen in college to graduate school. Click here to find out more about them and which ones you could qualify for.

Pamela and Ajay Raju Foundation Germination Project

The winner of this high school essay contest will receive a $10,000 college scholarship and will meet the Philadelphia Zoo’s Amphibian Conservation Biologist, Dr. Carlos Martinez Rivera. Application deadline: Sunday, February 25, 2018 (midnight).  For information including the required prompt, and eligibility, please visit the contest website.


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