2014-15 Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge

It’s that time of year again for the Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge for students, grades 9-12, sponsored by B’nai B’rith.
                                                                       Scholarship opportunities

What is Diverse Minds?

The Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge is an education and awareness initiative created by B’nai B’rith International as part of its series of programs that promote tolerance and communicate a message of equality among all citizens regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender or sexual orientation. Our goal is to destroy prejudices and strengthen the future of our youth through enlightenment, inspiration and education.

This scholarship competition asks high school students to write and illustrate a children’s book that discusses the topics of tolerance, diversity and inclusion. Executed through public, private and charter high schools, the Challenge encourages teens to create innovative ways to teach tolerance to elementary-aged children, as well as encounter new insights into these issues for themselves.

The contest winner in each city will receive a $5,000 college scholarship and publication of his or her book!

Contest participants should think about how tolerance and diversity can improve our world, and then create innovative ways to teach these ideas to elementary-aged children through the creation of a book. Submissions should provide a story that children can identify with and relate to and promote a greater understanding of different cultures, lifestyles and beliefs.

While this is not a comprehensive list, students can consider the following issues when choosing a topic for their books:

  • Bullying in Schools
  • Children and Adults with disabilities
  • Diverse Families: LGBT parents; intergenerational, foster and single parent homes
  • Equal Rights
  • Religious and Cultural Tolerance

This year’s contest cities are New York, Washington, D.C. Metro Area, Atlantic City Electric Region (Southern NJ), Delmarva, and Greater Columbus Area (OH).

Click the following link for information:

2014-15 Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge


Don’t take these moments for granted…

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Recently I’ve been having a hard time living in the moment. All the excitement for my upcoming future has me daydreaming or worried, and I forget to appreciate this time that I’m in now. I ran across a picture on Facebook of a beautiful poem, and it resonated with me. I wanted to share this with you all as a reminder to appreciate each period of life.

First I was dying to finish high school and start college
And then I was dying to finish college and start working.
And then I was dying to marry and have children
And then I was dying for my children to grow old enough for school, so I could return to work.

And then I was dying to retire.
And now, I am dying…. and suddenly I realize I forgot to live.


Girls Who Code ~ Summer 2015 Program (Washington, DC)



Scroll down for the information and announcement.  The FREE program is for rising junior and senior girls.




Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program Flyer

Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program Video

Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program Interest Form


Girls Who Code is excited to bring our free 7-week Summer Immersion Program to Washington, DC this summer! In the program, rising juniors and seniors are embedded inside a technology company each day. Here, young women get hands-on experience in computing concepts, mobile app development, robotics, web development and design. Daily classroom instruction is paired with talks and workshops led by female entrepreneurs, CEOs, developers, designers, and computer science majors that serve as mentors and role models throughout the program.  Field trips to leading technology companies allow young women to envision a future for themselves and begin networking with those in the field. 


To learn more, check out our Recruitment Flyer and FAQ sheet and watch our Girls Who Code Video. Sign up on our Interest Form to be alerted when our application goes live on January 15!


Elizabeth Caudle | East Coast Regional Director

(646) 335-3961 | elizabeth@girlswhocode.com

Girls Who Code | 28 W 23 Street | New York, NY 10010

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Significant Investment in Financial Aid at Colby College (ME)

Scroll down to read the announcement from Colby College regarding its generous financial funding for fall 2015. September 2011, I visited Colby and have had school counselees and clients attend.  It’s a private, liberal-arts college located in Waterville, Maine.  They have a 29% admit rate; approximately 1,863 students; 95% return for sophomore year; and applications overlap with Amherst C, Bowdoin C, Brown U, Cornell U, Dartmouth C, Middlebury C, Williams C, Princeton U, Harvard C, and Tufts U.







NEWS FROM COLBY COLLEGE!!!!http://www.dreamstime.com/-image21420837

I am writing with exciting news from Colby College: at its fall meeting, Colby’s Board of Trustees authorized a new investment in financial aid totaling $1.2 million for this admissions cycle.

We recognize that the cost of higher education is of major concern, and these funds will enable us to offer admission to many more highly qualified students regardless of their families’ financial situations. If you have students who are interested in Colby, I hope you will make them aware of these new grant funds.

Our longstanding commitments to making a Colby education accessible remain unchanged:

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about Colby, our financial aid policies, or the type of student who is most likely to be qualified for and excel at Colby.

With best wishes,

Steve Saunders Interim Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

Oxford Summer Experience Programme 2015

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY): Lally School of Management

A business degree from Rensselaer is a strong value.
Business at Rensselaer
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We invest in our students’ talents and futures.

Business education at the Rensselaer Lally School offers value beyond industry connections and expert faculty in many ways, including:

Strong ROI. Rensselaer leads the nation as one of the best private schools for return on investment, based on total cost and alumni earnings.
Generous financial aid. More than 75% of students receive financial aid. The average grant is nearly $21,000.
Infrastructure investment. We’ve invested $1 billion in campus technology, infrastructure, and student life over the last decade.
Real-world experience. Class projects involving real businesses mean that our students learn from experience, not just textbooks.
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Visit our website to see the scholarship and financial aid options we offer.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rensselaer Admissions
110 8th Street
Troy, NY 12180-3590

University of South Carolina Application Decisions Update


As you may be aware, this year we required freshmen applicants to self report their grades and upload an unofficial copy of their transcripts. As a result, we are happy to report that we are able to release a number of decisions sooner than expected. Late last week, we mailed acceptance packets to many students who met our October 15 deadline. We are not finished!   All students who met our October 15 early answer deadline or the November 15 Honors College application deadline will still receive a decision before the middle of December.

You may get questions from students who did not receive a decision; please assure them we are still processing applications and will notify all students who met the early answer notification deadline by the middle of December, as promised.

We thought we’d also share with you the message we are sending students through our social media. We have a post written by our Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Dr. Mary Wagner, that speaks specifically to students about our early release of decisions. Feel free to read it and share with your students. You can find it at: http://uofscadmissions.tumblr.com/

Fall 2015 Honors Application Deadlines for 80 Public Universities


Have you extended your college search to include honors programs at public universities?  If not, shame on you.  You are limiting many opportunities for a rigorous undergraduate program with research, a competitive curriculum, financial incentives, and unexpected privileges.

View Fall 2015 Honors Application Deadlines for 80 Public Universities to access information and most importantly, immediate deadline dates.