Parent Resources

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Parents/Guardians,

We need your help in our effort to improve Polk County Public Schools. We want to know what you think and how you perceive our schools and the school district. Polk County Public Schools is conducting a Parent Survey as part of the District Accreditation Process. If you have not completed the survey through your child’s school, we are asking that you take time to complete the survey. The District, as well as the school, values and needs your opinion as we move from being a “Good District” to a “Great District.”  The link to complete the survey is:http://www.advanc-ed.org/survey/public/4122801 – select the school which your child/children attends.

Thank you for completing this survey and sharing your opinion and know that we honor your opinion and appreciate your time.


 

I have compiled a list of upcoming scholarships and scholarship search engines to help jump start your scholarship bulletin for the school year. Please review the scholarships below & share with eligible students.
 
Upcoming Scholarships:
 
·         Hispanic Heritage Month Art & Essay Contests (Grades 4-5, 6-8, 9-12)
Contest is open to all 4th through 12th grade students in the state of Florida. Three winners will be selected: one elementary (4-5) student, one middle (6-8) student, and one high school (9-12) student.
Awards: Winners will receive a 4-Year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by Florida Prepaid College Foundation. Winners will receive awards at Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration to be held in Tallahassee. Reasonable travel and lodging expenses will be paid for the winners and one immediate family member. Winners will be notified after September 19, 2017.
·         Project Weather Scholarship
The Project Weather Scholarship Contest is a one-time award of $1,000 presented to seven high school seniors who excel in science. The scholarship is granted as a part of Bay News 9’s commitment to educating children about science and weather.
 
·         Back to School Scholarships – Fastweb Back To School Scholarship List
o    List of available scholarships to jump start the scholarship search
o    Counselors & Students encouraged to create a FastWeb account to receive constant updates
 
·         Scholarship Themes – List of FastWeb Scholarship Themes
o    List of themed scholarships to jump start the scholarship search
o    Counselors & Students encouraged to create a FastWeb account to receive constant updates
 
·         The Gates Scholarship (it’s back!)
Basic Eligibility
To apply, students must be:
·         A high school senior
·         From at least one of the following ethnicities: African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native*, Asian & Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American
·         Pell-eligible
·         A US citizen, national or permanent resident
·         A minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale
 Additionally, a student must plan to enroll full-time, in a four-year degree program, at a US accredited, not-for-profit, private or public college or university.
  
·         Wendy’s High School Heisman
Requirements: GPA: 3.0+; Participate in at least one of the 47 sports recognized sponsored by your school :Archery, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bobsleigh, Bowling, Boxing, Canoeing/Rowing, Cross Country, Curling, Cycling, Diving, Equestrian (Dressage/Eventing/Jumping), Fencing, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Handball, Ice Hockey, Ice Skating (Figure or Speed), Judo, Karate, Lacrosse, Luge, Rugby, Sailing, Shooting, Skateboarding, Skiing (Alpine, Biathlon, Cross Country, Free-Style, Jumping), Snowboard, Soccer, Softball, Spirit/Cheerleading, Sports Climbing, Surfing, Swimming (or Synchronized), Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Track & Field, Trampoline, Triathlon, Volleyball (or Beach), Water Polo, Weightlifting, and Wrestling. Fromhttps://www.wendyshighschoolheisman.com/application/are-you-eligible/
 
·         Coca-Cola Scholarship
Requirements: High School Senior pursing higher education.
 
 
Scholarship Search Engines and Scholarship Programs
·         Scholly – A mobile app that provides students with a fast and simple way to find scholarships for college. (Created by Christopher Gray, a Coca-Cola Scholar!)
·         Fastweb – Create a profile and let fastweb do the research on scholarships, internships colleges and more for you.
·         Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation – Educational and scholarship opportunities for students of all levels.
·         Cappex – A free website where you can learn which colleges want you, before you apply and learn about more than $11 billion in merit aid scholarships.
·         Scholarships.com– A free college scholarship search and financial aid information.
·         Scholarship America – Provides information and resources for your scholarship search.
·         HS Finder (Hispanic Scholarship Fund) – Scholarship information for Latino students.
·         Thurgood Marshall College Fund – Provides scholarships, programmatic and capacity building support to the 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
·         Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund – The nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).
·         American Indian College Fund – Provides Native American students with scholarships and financial support for the nation’s 33 accredited tribal colleges and universities.
·         Dell Scholars Program – Recognizes academic potential and determination in students that have a definite need for financial assistance.

Here you can find links to parent/guardian resources that can help you make sure your child is successful:

Username: Last name followed by first letter of first name, Example: for Nick Sotolongo the username would be SOTOLONGON. Password: 53 followed by the first four letters of your last name followed by your birth month and day. Example: 53SOTO032