WASHINGTON YOUTH SUMMIT ON THE ENVIRONMENT

I am pleased to be able to nominate  top students to attend the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment (WYSE) or the Washington Journalism and Media Conference (WJMC), sponsored by, and held on the campus of, George Mason University, located in the Washington, D.C. area.  WYSE and WJMC were developed for high-achieving students with an interest in environmental science or journalism and the media.  WYSE will be held June 24 to 29, 2018 and WJMC will be held July 8 to 13 and July 15 to 20, 2018

The WYSE and WJMC curriculums are interactive as all students take an active role in the conferences, and inspirational as students are introduced to life in college, residing on a major state university college campus.  For 6 full days students taking part in these valuable conferences practice and apply important leadership and decision-making skills that begin to prepare them for success in college.
A day-by-day conference schedule can be found at www.wyse.gmu.edu andwww.wjmc.gmu.edu, along with comments by nominating teachers and conference alumni.  Students represent their high school and state during this exciting conference and receive 1 full college credit for attending.
The WYSE curriculum includes lively panel discussions and exclusive site visits to the National Geographic Society and the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Past speakers include the Administrator to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Assistant Secretary of Energy and the Director of the U.S. Geological Survey Keynote addresses have been given by leaders of the nation’s most prominent environmental and conservation organizations.
At WJMC students are placed in real-world experiences with media professionals at the National Press Club, the Newseum, and the U.S. Capitol.  Past WJMC conference speakers include, Hoda Kotb of the “TODAY Show” on NBC; Chuck Todd, moderator of Meet the Press for NBC; Carol Guzy, Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist; and and Brian Lamb, Founder and Executive Chairman of C-SPAN
Your nominees and their parents will be notified of your nomination and will receive all the information they will need to register to attend the program.  WYSE and WJMC award a limited number of need-based scholarships to qualified students.  Student information will not be shared with any external organizations.
We always enjoy speaking with educators interested in the conference, and I encourage you to call our Program Director, Elena Johnson at (703) 993-5010, if you have any questions, or to nominate by phone.
We look forward to receiving your nominations and welcoming your students.
Sincerely,
Amy Takayama-Perez
Dean of Admissions & Executive Director, Washington Scholars Program
George Mason University

P.S.  Nominating your students is fast and easy directly online through our secure web page at www.wsp.gmu.edu.  Your timely response by the nomination deadline of October 20 will enable us to send nomination announcements right away to your nominees and their parents, and provide them with adequate time to plan for attending the program.

DILLER TEEN TIKKUM OLAM AWARD

Based on the Jewish concept of tikkun olam, or “repair of the world,” the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards seek to recognize teens who are exceptional role models in their communities and beyond. The awards celebrate teens who have demonstrated remarkable leadership and are actively engaged in projects that embody the values of tikkun olam. Teen projects may benefit the Jewish community or the general community.

Up to fifteen selected teens will be acknowledged for their visionary actions with an award of $36,000 to be used to further their philanthropic work or education.

Anyone is eligible to nominate a teen except for family members, and teens are welcome to apply without a nomination. In that case, no nomination form will be filled out, but an additional (third) recommendation is required. Anyone can serve as a reference for a teen, except for the applicant’s nominator or a member of the applicant’s family.

To be eligible, nominees must self-identify as Jewish, be between the ages of 13 and 19 at the time of nomination, be working to repair the world in a leadership capacity, and be volunteering without compensation.

For complete award guidelines, nomination and application instructions, an FAQ, and profiles of 2017 award recipients, see the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards website.

INFORMATION ON THE NEW EXCELSIOR SCHOLARSHIP FOR GRADUATES

Dear Parent/Student/Guardian,
This year, Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature enacted the nation’s first tuition-free degree program for full time students: the Excelsior Scholarship.  A college education is increasingly necessary to secure the jobs of tomorrow, and the Excelsior Scholarship ensures New York’s students have access to a quality education and the skills they need to succeed.  The Scholarship is available to students enrolled at a SUNY or CUNY community college or university beginning in the fall of 2017.
More than 940,000 middle-class families across New York State will be eligible for the Scholarship.  How do you know if you qualify?  The requirements are simple:
Students must:
  • Be residents of New York State
  • Enroll in a SUNY or CUNY two- or four-year degree program
  • Take 30 credits per calendar year (including winter and summer sessions)
  • Plan to live and work in New York following graduation for the length of time they participate in the scholarship program
The program goes into effect immediately, and is available for students whose families earn up to $100,000 annually beginning in the fall of 2017.  It will extend to families making up to $125,000 annually by 2019.
The application will be available starting June 7th.  To receive an electronic notification when the application is live, we encourage you to enter your email in the Excelsior Alert Form on the HESC website: www.hesc.ny.gov/excelsior.
Please find additional information below on the benefits of the scholarship and how to apply.  Students and their families can also visit www.hesc.ny.gov or www.ny.gov/college to learn more, and text COLLEGE to 81336 for updates.
Sincerely,
H. Carl McCall
Chairman, The State University of New York
Board of Trustees
William C. Thompson, Jr.
Chairman, The City University of New York
Board of Trustees

COLLEGE FAIRS

SUNY COLLEGE FAIR

THE JAVITS CENTER

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11TH

4 – 7 PM

REGISTER FOR THE FAIR AT www.suny.edu/studentevents or

call 1 800 342 3811.


Information sessions:

WHICH SUNY ARE YOU? 

Wednesday, 10/18, 5:30 pm

FINANCIAL AID

Monday, 10/16, 6 pm

NYC Welcome Center

MINORITY STUDENTS MEDICAL CAREER FAIR

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH

BOSTON MARRIOTT COPELY PLACE

BOSTON, MA

8 AM – 4 PM

$90 PER STUDENT, $60 ACCOMPANYING PARENT/GUARDIAN

For information email vlsparks@hotmail.com or call  (718) 704-8047

 


YALE UNIVERSITY MULTICULTURAL OPEN HOUSE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14TH

8:30 AM – 5 PM

FOR INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION: apps.admissions.yale.edu/register/MOH2017


SAVE THE DATE
NYSACAC FALL COLLEGE FAIR
BRAND NEW LOCATION!

Monday, October 23rd, 2017
10 AM – 12 PM
St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn Campus

Registration details will follow shortly.

Please feel free to contact college.fairs@nysacac.org for any additional information.
We look forward to seeing you in October for this exciting recruitment event!

LEGAL AID CLINIC

The Legal Aid Society may help parents complete Designations of Person in Parental Relationship forms.  These allow the parents to name someone to make healthcare and medical decisions for their minor children, in case the parent is detained/deported (or is otherwise unavailable).

If there are any parents who are interested, please have the parent or their contact person at the school email Hassan Shafiqullah (HHShafiqullah@legal-aid.orgthe following information:

– Full name

– Phone number

– Email or mailing address (so that we can send them a confirming email or letter with the location and their appointment time)

– Best language

If you have further questions, please contact the Legal Aid Society at 212-577-3300 or Hasan Shafiqullah at HHShafiqullah@legal-aid.org.

Museum of Finance Academy

A course will be offered in the Fall semester only.

  • 8-week personal finance certificate course
  • FREE; open to high school juniors and seniors only
  • Field trips to financial destinations
  • Scholarship awarded to top student/s
  • http://www.moaf.org/education/museum-finance-academy/index