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    Counseling Bulletin Dec 18, 2020
    Posted on 12/18/2020

    Counselors will be unavailable from December 19 until school starts again on January 4.

    If you are in a mental health crisis, please call 911 or the 24-hour crisis line 1-866-427-4747

    Or you can find a list of outside resources here

    If you are in need of meal support, SPS meal site information can be found here

    North Shore is also offering meal support for ANY family with students.

    Having tech issues during break? Contact Tech support through SPS.

    Letters of recommendation for January 1 and January 15 deadlines were due December 11. We will ensure we get those requests in by the deadline. Students can submit their portion of the application at any time independent of the counselors submitting their portion. Any requests made during winter break will be addressed when we get back in school.

    We hope you have an amazing winter break! Take time to disconnect from your devices, and reboot for the new year.


    Thank you to all the parents and guardians who could attend the “Ending the Silence” workshop on December 9 on recognizing the signs of mental health issues in our youth.  If you or your student have any questions, please reach out and contact us: Aislin Percival, Program Coordinator, NAMI Seattle at (425) 298-5179 and/or Aislin@namiseattle.org

    or visit the NAMI website.


    VIRTUAL COLLEGE VISITS

    Please remember to sign up to attend the visit through Naviance!

    Academy of Interactive Entertainment  Thursday January 7, 2021 11:00-11:30AM

    Johnson & Wales University, Providence  Thursday January 21, 2021 1:00-1:30PM


    SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

    Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship (APIA). Deadline: January 14, 2021. Award: Range from one-time $2,500 awards to multi-year $20,000 awards. Some of the eligibility requirements for this scholarship are:

    • Be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the US Census;
    • Be enrolling as an undergraduate student in a US accredited college or university in the Fall of 2021;
    • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted) or have earned a GED.

    More information and an online application form may be found on their website.


    The annual Seattle Association of Educational Office Professionals (SAEOP) Scholarship is open for graduating seniors of the Class of 2021 who wish to continue their education at a 2-year, 4-year college or vocational school. Deadline: Friday, April 9, 2021. Award:  One (1) - $1000 scholarship and two (2) - $500 scholarships. This is not a need-based scholarship. Scholarship application packets are available online or contact the Counseling Secretary, wjunterschute@seattleschools.org , who will forward you the packet through email. Application forms need to be mailed to Sandra Warner/Sand Point Elementary/6208 60th Ave NE/Seattle, WA 98115. The winning scholarship recipient will be expected to provide the higher institution name/contact information to issue a check on behalf of the student to said institution. This information must be provided by June 25, 2021. If the information is not received by June 25, 2021, the scholarship will be forfeited and granted to the next qualified candidate. If you have any questions or need further clarification, please feel free to call Sandra Warner at (206) 252-4640 or email at sjwarner@seattleschools.org


    The Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship awards 100 high school seniors with a $40,000 scholarship for college, plus a guaranteed paid internship at Amazon.  For high school seniors seeking to continue their computer science education at a four-year college, the program can make all the difference for a bright and developing future. Students, families, and teachers can learn more about eligibility requirements and apply online here.

    Amazon Future Engineer is a comprehensive childhood-to-career program aimed at increasing access to computer science education for children and young adults from underserved and underrepresented communities. You can learn more about our other Amazon Future Engineer programs here.

    Applications are due on February 18, 2021, and this year, it’s even easier to apply on our partner sites or with the Common Application. One hundred winners from around the U.S. will be chosen and notified in February 2021. Winners will receive a $10,000 scholarship per year for four years while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer science, plus a paid internship opportunity at Amazon following their freshman year. You can learn more about the 2020 scholarship winners in this blog post written by Jeff Wilke, CEO of Amazon Worldwide Consumer.


    REMINDER. Pride Foundation Scholarship connects 60+ scholarship opportunities with just one application for current and future leaders in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-gender, queer (LGBTQ) community. Most scholarships are also available to the straight ally and questioning communities. Applications are open October 11, 2020 through January 8, 2021.


    REMINDER. Ron Brown Scholar Program. Deadline: January 9, 2021. Award: $10,000/year for 4 years. Must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident and Black/African American to apply. Must excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, and participate in community service activities. Demonstrate financial need.


    REMINDER. Washington Career and Technical Administrators is offering students the Phyllis Lawson Scholarship. Deadline: January 15 though you need to send the completed application to Catherine Smith, casmith1@seattleschools.org  for her signature by January 10. Award: 10 - $1000 scholarships. This scholarship is for graduating Washington State high school seniors. Please contact Catherine Smith or the counseling secretary, wjunterschute@seattleschools.org for an application form.


    REMINDER. Air Force ROTC Scholarship. Deadline: January 14, 2021. Award: up to full tuition plus more. Check their website for further information, requirements and obligations. If you need assistance in completing the application, they are offering an event called “Air Force ROTC Scholarship Finish Line” on Mon, Dec 21 from 5-6PM (PST) with Sarah J. Boggins, 2d Lt, USAF, Scholarship and Admission Advisor. Register on this google form and you will receive a Zoom meeting invitation on the evening prior to the event.


    REMINDER JUNIORS! The Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation is now accepting applications for the Coolidge Scholarship. It is a full-ride scholarship that covers a student’s tuition, room, board and expenses for four years of undergraduate study at any accredited US college or university! Any high school junior who plans to enroll in college in the fall of 2022 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident is eligible to apply. All applications must be completed online and submitted by 5:00PM Eastern Standard Time, Wednesday, January 20, 2021. Click here for more information and to access the application form. A complete selection criteria can be found here.  ALERT: The application requires that applicants read President Coolidge’s Autobiography (it’s not overly long) and complete a few other reading assignments. Even if one does not win the scholarship, the top 100 applicants will be invited to participate in the Coolidge Senators Program that includes an all-expenses-paid Summit Weekend in Washington, D.C. and a one-time $1000 scholarship. Those applicants who make it to the finalist level, but do not ultimately win will also receive a modest one-time finalist scholarship. Questions? Please contact Rob Hammer, Program Director at the Coolidge Foundation: email coolidgescholars@coolidgefoundation.org  and/or call 202-827-4291.


    MISCELLANEOUS OPPORTUNITIES

    Journeymen Institute is a “non-profit organization rooted in the heart of the Salish Sea (Puget Sound), WA. Inspired by nature, we are a diverse community of young adults, elders, volunteers, guides, youth and families wholly focused on bringing out the best in our boys.” They have recently launched a new online mentoring course, Band of Brothers Online. This experience is designed to meet the social and emotional needs of middle and high school boys, leveraging the power of technology to meet more boys right where they’re at – getting them into nature, engaging their bodies, and making deep connections with peers and mentors. Enrollment is now open and in recognition of historic and ongoing economic disadvantage, they are providing full scholarships for BIPOC youth to participate in this offering.


    Princeton Summer Journalism Program

    The Princeton Summer Journalism Program (PSJP) is a free journalism and college preparatory program for high-achieving current juniors from low-income backgrounds who are interested in journalism. Over seven weeks, students will attend virtual workshops to learn reporting skills from professional journalists. They will also attend virtual lectures on liberal arts topics led by Princeton University professors. Participants hold a press conference, produce a short documentary, report on a professional sporting event, attend a virtual theatrical production, and interview subjects for their feature stories, which will be published in the Princeton Summer Journal. Review the 2020 Program Schedule for a sample of what to expect. After the program, students work with a volunteer college adviser, a professional journalist or program alum, to complete their college applications.
     
    Program dates: mid-June through early August 2021
    Cost: None. There is no cost to students to participate in this program.
     Eligibility: To apply, students must be:

    • Current high school juniors (Class of 2022)
    • living in the United States permanently
    • with an unweighted GPA of 3.5/4.0 (or equivalent)
    • who have an interest in journalism (no experience required)
    • and meet one of the financial eligibility requirements below:
      • The custodial parent(s)/guardian(s)’ combined income (including child support received) must not exceed $60,000 annually
      • The student must be eligible for Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch. 
      • The student is eligible for a SAT or ACT fee waiver.

    Students facing extenuating circumstances should explain their situation on the application.

    Applying: The online application is available on our website and due no later than Monday, February 22, 2021. Please note that students must submit an unofficial transcript to be considered. You may read about the full application process and find answers to FAQs online.


    REMINDER: Team Read Coach application due January 4, 2021. Do you have a passion for reading? Do you like working with kids? Do you want to help all kids have super reading skills? Then you should apply to be a Team Read Coach! Team Read is a program about “Teens Tutoring Kids to Achieve Reading Success”. The program has partnered very closely with SPS and has been working in Seattle schools for over 20 years. Team Read coaches are Seattle high school students or 8th graders that tutor twice a week after-school throughout the school year. Teens work one-on-one with 2nd, 3rd, or 4th graders online from home 2 hours each session. Reading coaches earn hourly pay at $16.37 (8th grade reading coaches can only earn community service hours)! They are starting a new program in February in the North End. *Positions are limited and teens from north and west Seattle are needed. Applications are available online. Deadline is January 4, 2021. Apply today! Questions? email info@teamread.org