Student Services News 1-5-18

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                                                                                                      STUDENT SERVICES NEWS
                                                                                                               January 5, 2018

Students are invited to participate in a program sponsored by Princeton University-the Princeton Prize in Race Relations. The purpose of the program is to recognize high school students who have done outstanding work in their schools or communities to advance the cause of race relations. Any student currently enrolled in grades 9-12 in the Baltimore area is eligible. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2018. Additional information and an application can be downloaded from or brochures can be ordered by calling 800-742-1036.

The ARL is again hosting Shadow Day opportunities for freshman and sophomores January 30th, 31st and February 1st
If you are interested in exploring any of the academies listed below please fill out the appropriate permission slip (available in student services) and return to Mrs. Devlin in Student Services by Thursday, January 18. Students who turn in permission slips after 2:30pm on January 18th are not guaranteed participation in the Shadow Day Experience.
Attending a Shadow Day can play an important role in a student’s decision making as they go through the scheduling process for next school year. Remember that the academies are countywide programs, some of which fill up quickly. The earlier a student requests enrollment in an academy, the better chance he/she has of being scheduled for that academy.
Below are the dates for the academy specific Shadow Days:

Tuesday, January 30th (periods 1 and 2) – current 10th graders only
Construction Management, Biotechnology, Computer Essentials – Cybersecurity, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Animation and Interactive Media
SNOW DATE: February 6th

Wednesday, January 31st (periods 1 and 2) – current 10th graders only
Computer Networking - Cybersecurity, Architectural Design, Academy of Finance, Graphic Design, Automotive Technology, Systems & Project Engineering
SNOW DATE: February 7th

Wednesday, January 31st (period 5 and 6) – current 10th graders only
Health Professions, Hotel/Restaurant Management
SNOW DATE: February 6th

Thursday, February 1st (period 1 and 2) – current 9th graders only
Early College Program in Cybersecurity, PLTW Aerospace Engineering
SNOW DATE: February 8th a reminder, if you would like to visit the ARL to hear more about the career academies there is an evening information session scheduled

for next Tuesday, January 9th at 7pm at the ARL. More information is available in Student Services.
*For questions about the academies or scheduling in general please contact your counselor.

On “A” days, come to Mrs. Doermann’s classroom - Room 238 during A, B, or D lunch

  • You can receive help with any level math up to Calculus BC
  • 3 Calculus BC students will be available for help along with Mrs. Doermann
  • You can receive help for homework, test corrections and/or any other math questions you may have.


The Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) has confirmed the date window for the 2018 high
school graduations. Commencement ceremonies will take place at Merriweather Post Pavilion between May 21–31, 2018.
HCPSS has made this early announcement to enable planning by parents, students, schools and
community members. HCPSS will provide the specific dates and times of each school’s graduation
ceremony after Merriweather finalizes its concert schedule, generally in the early spring.

Scholarship Opportunities

                                                                                    January 2018 General and Local Scholarship Updates

The Professional Staff of Howard County General Hospital is again sponsoring the Aronson/Willis
Memorial Award.
The award is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Barry Aronson and Dr. Eugene (Pebble)
Willis, fellow members of the Professional Staff, who were enthusiastic supporters of school athletes.
This year, the Professional Staff is pleased to announce that two individual $2,000 scholarships will be awarded
to one graduating male and one graduating female chosen.
Criteria for the award are:
1) The application must be completed by the applicant and returned to the Office of Medical Staff
Administration no later than Friday, March 30, 2018.
2) A letter of recommendation directed to the Aronson/Willis Memorial Award Committee from someone
knowledgeable of the applicant’s academic and sports abilities must accompany the application.
Applicants must have participated in at least two varsity sports while maintaining the highest grade point
Applications are available in Student Services.

The VIP Women in Technology Scholarship Program is sponsored by Visionary Integration Professionals
(VIP), a leading provider of technology solutions that drive enterprise performance. The 2018 WITS Program
will grant multiple scholarship awards that value up to $2,500 per recipient. Applications are available in
Student Services.
Eligibility: At the time of the award, students must be enrolled at, or accepted into, either a two or four year
college or university within the United States for the 2018 school year. These women must be planning a career
in computer science, information technology, management information systems, computer engineering, or
another related field.
The scholarship is based on three important criteria:

  • A cumulative 3.0 grade point average or higher
  • Thoughtful answer to the essay question
  • Level of participation in community service and/or extracurricular activities

Download the 2018 application from the VIP website.
All applications must be emailed to or postmarked by April 1, 2018.

The Howard County Professional Fire Fighters Association, IAFF Local 2000 is pleased to announce that
they will provide a $500 scholarship for a graduating senior from each of our Howard County public high
schools. This scholarship is geared to help the “average” student who displays exceptional qualities and effort
rather than being an award for the highest grades or sports aptitude. Any student who has attained a 2.5 grade
average in their senior year and a minimum SAT score of 900 will be welcome to participate by submitting an
application. Applications are available in Student Services. Entries must be postmarked no later than April 1,
2018. Entries shall be submitted to:
Howard County Professional Fire Fighters
ATTN: Scholarship Committee
5397 Twin Knolls Rd. Suite 16
Columbia, MD. 21045

The Jackie Robinson Foundation Class of 2021
We are pleased to inform you that the online application for the Jackie Robinson Foundation
is now available at The JRF application is the vehicle through
which more than 4,000 talented young minority high school students apply to become JRF Scholars and
carry on the civic-minded legacy of the Foundation’s namesake, Jackie Robinson.
The deadline to submit the application for a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship is February 1,
2018 by 5:00 pm ET.
2018 Application Process Timeline

  • February 1, 2018 JRF Scholarship Application due
  • April 30, 2018 Notification of Application Status
  • June 15, 2018 Final selections announced

Frequently Asked Questions
We are happy to provide you with Frequently Asked Questions about the Jackie Robinson Foundation
Scholarship. We have compiled a listing of the queries we most often receive into one easy to read
document for you and your students. To download click here.
To be eligible for a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Be a graduating, minority high school senior
  • Plan to attend an accredited and approved four-year institution within the United States
  • Show leadership potential
  • Demonstrate a dedication to community service
  • Present evidence of financial need
  • Be a United States citizen
  • Have a minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading sections or a
  • composite ACT score of 21
  • Not possess a degree from a 2 or 4-year college when applying for the scholarship

To learn more about the Jackie Robinson Foundation, please visit our website at


Women’s Board Scholarship Program at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center is offering a scholarship to support students pursuing a degree in the healthcare field. Last year the

Women’s Board Scholarship Program at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center awarded $80,000 in scholarships. Awards to high school students ranged from $500-to $4,000.

Deadline for applying is March 15, 2018 at 5:00 pm. For information and to apply please go to