Student Services News 2-2-18

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 4:06pm

                                                                                                          STUDENT SERVICES NEWS
                                                                                                                                 February 2, 2018

                                                                 Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Lambda Gamma Zeta Chapter, Howard County is presenting:
                                                                                                  Nuts and Bolts 2:  Organizing & Writing
                                                                                                 For College and Scholarship Applications

                                                                                        Wednesday, February 7, 2018 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm
                                                                                             5640 Wilde Lake High School Media Center
                                                                                                    Trumpeter Road, Columbia, MD
Parents and students are invited to join Lambda Gamma Zeta for a free information-packed session.  Attendees will receive a complimentary organization template and tips on how to successfully write for college and scholarship applications.  To register, contact

From the HCPSS Office of Diversity Equity and Incllusion:   Youth in Conversation 2017-2018

Youth in conversation is a group of high school students who want to “talk about the things no one talks about”. Their goal is to build community by having conversations about things they have in common and things that separate us, such as race, culture, religion and gender.  They believe if we take the time to listen to each other, we can find ways to be a better community because of our diversity.
The group is high school representatives from the HCPSS with mentors from #OneHoward YouthSpeak.  It is co-sponsored by HCPSS Diversity Director, Dr. Kevin Gilbert and the HCPSS Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  Meetings are the second Monday of every month from 6:30-8:30 in Columbia, MD.  
Send questions to Rebecca Dietz at (443-326-3816).  Applications can be downloaded at  and are due to Ms. Currie-Scott ASAP.

Win Scholarship money for College by writing an essay.
The Black College Expo is looking for all Juniors and Seniors to participate.  All students are welcome.  Write an essay on “Why is a College Education Important to Me?”
Instructions for completing and submitting the essay are available in Student Services.  Scholarship Deadline is Tuesday, February 20, 2018.  Winners will be notified by email and phone.  Winners must attend the Black College Expo to receive their scholarship.  
The DC/Maryland Expo is March 3, 2018 at Bowie State University.  There is an admission fee to attend.  Find out more in Student Services.

Montgomery County Public Schools is holding their 10th Annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) College Fair on Friday, February 9, 2018 at Albert Einstein High School in Kensington, MD. Many universities will be attending and there will be interview opportunities for prospective students.  The Fair is open to all students in grades 8 – 12 and their parents.  On the spot interviews will be available for registered students starting at 4:00 pm.  All students and parents need to register to attend an event.
For more information and to register, contact Ms. Robyn Hart, Secondary Counseling Instructional Specialist at 240-314-4862.


Petty Officer Hewitt from the U.S. Navy will be in student services on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. to meet with any students who are interested in finding out more about the Navy.  Sign up in Naviance or see Mrs. Miles in Student Services if you are interested in attending.

Catrina Diggs, admission rep from Howard Community College is coming to Student Services to talk to students interested in finding about more about HCC.  She will also assist students in applying at that time.
February 9, 2018 at 9:00
March 6, 2018 at 1:00
Freshman Focus registration will be the main focus of these visits.   She will gladly talk to students who have concerns about any of the programs at HCC, including the Honors Program.  
Students should sign up in Naviance if they want to meet with Ms. Diggs.  You can also see Ms. Miles in Student Services to sign up.  It is the student's responsibility to note the scheduled visit dates and time in your agenda book.  Then come to Student Services for the scheduled visit. 

New Scholarship Opportunities

                                                                                   February 2018 General and Local Scholarship Updates  

The Howard County Professional Fire Fighters Association, IAFF Local 2000 is pleased to announce 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

Columbia, MD members of the Links Incorporated Scholarships
Two different scholarships will be awarded.
A student planning to attend a Historically Black College or University (four-year award for $2,500 each year, for a total of $10,000).
A student planning to attend Howard Community College (two-year award for $2,500 each year, for a total of $5,000).
Applications and more details are available in Student Services.  Completed scholarships applications must be returned The Columba Chapter of Links, Inc. by March 31, 2018,  

 Masonic Charities of Maryland, Inc. Grand Lodge of A.F. & A.M. of Maryland Masonic Educational Grants   Scholarships of $500 are awarded to students pursuing a post-secondary education in a two- or four-year college or vocational training school. Applications will be judged on participation and leadership roles in community and school activities, academic record, need for financial assistance and evaluation by a school official.  The Lodge Grand Selection Committee will choose finalists.  Applications are available in Student Services.  Completed applications must be given to Mrs. Miles in Student Services by March 1, 2018.

The Howard County Foundation For Black Educational and Cultural Achievement invites African-American students who will be graduating in the Spring of 2018 to apply for their scholarship.  The principal requirements are residency in Howard County, a GPA of 2.5 or better, two recommendations, and a 250-300 word essay.  The applicant has multiple topics to choose from for the essay. Other requirements are listed on the application.  The application and criteria are available for download at the website   The application deadline is March 15, 2018.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. State of Maryland -  Issie Jenkins Scholarship
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated - State of Maryland is proud to announce that applications for the 2018 Issie  Jenkins Scholarship are now available. This scholarship is open to female high school seniors in the state of Maryland. Adherence to the requirements is very important, so please pay close attention to the requirements.
The application must be received by Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Applications and Criteria for Selection are available in Student Services.
1. Applicant must possess a 3.0 or above cumulative Grade Point Average (“GPA”).
2. Applicant must submit three (3) letters of recommendation.
3. The scholarship will be given directly to the awardees at the Maryland State Conference. The awardees
must be present to accept the award.
4. The applicant must complete the application in its entirety or it will not be considered. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.
5. You must use the official Scholarship Application.
6. The application deadline will be March 20, 2018.