The College & Career Chronicle

June 5 - 9, 2017


ACT National Assessment

Register online for the next ACT assessment. Contact Mrs. Holubetz if you have any problems registering for the assessment.

Assessment date: Saturday, September 9, 2017

Registration deadline: August 4, 2017

2017-2018 fees: TBD

SAT National Assessment

Register online for the next SAT assessment. Contact Mrs. Holubetz if you have any problems registering for the assessment.

Assessment date: Saturday, August 26, 2017

Registration deadline: July 28, 2017

2017-2018 fees: $46 (SAT), $60 (SAT with essay)

ACT & SAT Prep

Kaplan Test Prep offers a number of free ACT and SAT practice opportunities so that you can stay current over the summer, or prepare for June assessments. Click here for access to these events.

PSAT & SAT Score Interpretation

Understanding Your PSAT/NMSQT Score Report
Understanding Your SAT Score Report

PSAT & SAT Score Troubleshooting

Volunteer Opportunities

I Can Bike Camp

What: I Can Bike Camp

Where: Vaughan Athletic Center, 2121 W. Indian Trail, Aurora

When: Monday - Friday, July 17-21

5 available shifts: 8:30 - 9:45 a.m.; 10:00 - 11:20 a.m.; 11:40 a.m. - 12:55 p.m.; 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.; 3:30 - 4:50 p.m.

Responsibilities: walk or run alongside individuals with disabilities learning to ride a bike for the first time

Contact: Brian Houzenga, 630-907-1114,

Career Opportunities

The Anti-Cruelty Society Veterinary Mentoring Program

The Anti-Cruelty Society, in partnership with the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, offers an exciting program for high school students with a serious interest in veterinary medicine or animal science-related careers. The Veterinary Mentoring Program is an academic program that introduces students to the many areas of science that they will encounter in veterinary school. Students attend seminars one Saturday per month at which they will explore various topics and learn how clinical science is used to diagnose and treat injury and disease in animals. They also become exposed to what college-level coursework will be like.

Students must meet the following qualifications:

  • must be entering 10th-12th grade and have completed at least one biology course
  • must have at least a 3.00 overall GPA (verified by guidance counselor)
  • must have a serious interest in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine or animal-related sciences and a proven aptitude for science
  • must be able to attend a two hour seminar one Saturday per month at the Anti-Cruelty Society (in Chicago)

Applications are available in the College & Career Center (D129) and are due by July 31, 2017.

Painters and Allied Trades District Council 30 - Apprenticeship

The Painters & Allied Trades District Council #30 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Fund will accept applications year-round at the District Council Apprenticeship School located at 1905 Sequoia Drive in Aurora, IL.

Trades include - Painting (Residential-Commercial-Industrial), Drywall Finishers & Glaziers (in certain areas). All applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  • 18 years of age
  • High school graduate (or proof of GED); applicants must furnish a final high school transcript at the start of classes (sealed in an envelope)
  • Applicants must get Letter of Intent to Hire from employer
  • Must be a legal resident

Classroom instruction will begin at different times during the year. Classes must be attended. Each class is of 8 hours duration and the term of apprenticeship is 3 years. Should you have questions, feel free to call 630-966-1451 for more information. You can also visit their website at

I.B.E.W. Local Union #461 - Apprenticeship

Applications will be taken during the months of July, August and September on Wednesdays ONLY from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at I.B.E.W. Local Union #461 - 591 Sullivan Road, Suite 200, Aurora, IL.

Basic requirements for application:

  • minimum of 17 years of age at the time of application and must be a minimum of 18 years of age at the time of selection and indenture
  • all applications must be completed in the Local Union office and must not be taken out of the building
  • must be a high school graduate or have a G.E.D.; proof of one year of high school Algebra 1 with a C or better grade; a high school transcript is required and must be in a sealed envelope from the school
  • must possess and maintain a valid driver's license
  • agree to sign a statement that he/she is physically able to perform electrical construction work

Upon receipt of the above information, applicants may be scheduled to take an aptitude test. A successful test score of (3) three or better is required. Those who meet the minimum requirements on the documents submitted above, and have taken the aptitude test and received a score of (3) three or better, will be scheduled for an interview by the Apprenticeship Committee.

College Visit, Open House and Fair Opportunities

University of Wisconsin (Parkside) - Campus Visits

Ranger Saturdays - attend an admissions presentation on academics, campus life and more. Tour the campus with a Parkside student and ask any departing questions before you leave.

June 17

Sign up for your visit, here!

Summer Programs on College Campuses

If you haven't decided how to spend your summer, you may want to think about the possibility of participating in a summer program on a college campus. Not only is it an exciting way to spend your summer, but you'll get to experience life on a college campus, explore new and exciting fields you may want to pursue as a college major, make friendships with students from around the globe and, perhaps, even earn college credit for the courses you take.

If summer programs interest you, you should act soon! Application deadlines come early in the year. To get started on the process, check out the following directory of summer programs for high school students.

Scholarship Opportunities (Local & National)

In addition to all of the local and national scholarship opportunities listed below, you may also want to check out these top three (3) scholarship sites for students:

Abbott & Fenner Scholarship (NATIONAL)

Who can apply: YHS juniors and seniors who meet indicated criteria

Format: essay (submitted via email)

Award: $1000

Deadline: June 12, 2017

Abbott & Fenner are committed to continuing their efforts at helping those who have the desire and ambition to succeed. The A&F Scholarships are available to all high school juniors and seniors.

To apply for this scholarship you will need to write a 500-1000 word essay on the following topic:

  • Describe your educational career and life goals. Explain your plan for achieving these goals. Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals.

Submissions must be sent via email to by June 12, 2017.

Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship Program (NATIONAL)

Who can apply: YHS seniors who meet indicated criteria

Format: online

Award: $2500

Deadline: June 15, 2017

Eligibility criteria:

  • Graduating high school senior
  • Plan to enroll in an eligible program starting in the Fall of 2017
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States
  • Demonstrate critical financial need (must be eligible to receive the Federal Pell Grant as determined by completion of the FAFSA)
  • Demonstrated perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Be a U.S. citizen

Funds may be used for tuition, fees, books and supplies. Applications can be completed here by June 15, 2017.

BigSun Scholarship (NATIONAL)

Who can apply: YHS seniors who meet indicated criteria

Format: essay (sent via email)

Award: varies

Deadline: June 19, 2017

The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. In order to do their part, they are offering an annual scholarship to a deserving student. All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating in.

To apply, applicants must send a short essay (500 - 1000 words) answering the following questions:

  • How did your participation in sports during your high school careers influence you?
  • Has your participation influenced your career goals?
  • Has your participation influenced how you relate to your family?

Applicants must be graduating high school seniors. All essay submissions should be sent to by June 19, 2017.

Nursing Schools Almanac - Aspiring Nurse Scholarship (NATIONAL)

Who can apply: YHS seniors who meet indicated critieria

Format: online

Award: $1000

Deadline: June 30, 2017

Nursing Schools Almanac has just launched its third annual Aspiring Nurse Scholarship. The website will award a $1000 scholarship to an aspiring nurse who best demonstrates:

  • a track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics
  • a passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare

This scholarship is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue college education in nursing, including LPN/LVN, ADN and BSN programs. Scholarship applications will be accepted until midnight on June 30, 2017.

Interested students may visit and click on the banner on the right-hand side of the website's homepage. Here you'll find detailed scholarship information and the official application form.

Kendall Co. Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarship Program (LOCAL)

Who can apply: YHS seniors who meet the indicated criteria

Format: Paper application (available in the College & Career Center, D129)

Award: varies

Deadline: July 1, 2017

The objective of the Kendall County Farm Bureau Foundation's Scholarship Program is to assist students pursuing higher education. There are eight (8) scholarship programs for 2017-2018, each with their own eligibility guidelines. Applicants for all scholarships may have been recipients of a previous Kendall County Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarship.

  • Kendall County Farm Bureau Foundation General Scholarships
  • $2000 Dobbin Family Scholarship
  • $1000 Matlock Memorial Scholarship
  • Bob Brummel Memorial Scholarship
  • $1000 Rock-I Scholarship
  • Albert & Phyllis Wykes Memorial Scholarship
  • Stephan P. Bazan Memorial Scholarship
  • V. Robert Brummel Memorial Scholarship

While some of the scholarships require Kendall County Farm Bureau and/or 4H membership, others do not. Additionally, not all of the scholarships require students to pursue an agriculture-related degree.

Applications are available in the College & Career Center (D129). Completed applications must be turned in to Mrs. Wallin, Registrar.

Groth & Associates Scholarship (National)

Who can apply: YHS seniors who meet indicated criteria

Format: online

Award: $1000

Deadline: July 31, 2017

The lawyers at Groth & Associates are proud to offer a generous $1000 scholarship for any individuals who qualify. To qualify for this scholarship, you must:

  • have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • complete application with an essay about difficulties or hardships you have had to overcome

The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2017. Qualifying students can apply at Micro-Scholarships (NATIONAL)

Who can apply: YHS students in grades 9-12

Format: online

Award: varies

Deadline: varies

What if you could earn $1000 for college every time you got an "A" in a class? What if you could earn $600 for college every time you got a "B" in a class? How about $250 for participating in an after-school club or sport? Students can earn scholarships for their achievements in class, attendance, participation or leadership roles in sports & clubs, community service, test scores and more!

Starting today, you can earn scholarships to colleges each time you achieve one of these goals. Get started today at This program is FREE for every 9th-12th grade student. Here's how it works:

  • Students see a list of goals recommended by colleges
  • Students enter achievements into their portfolio -- earnings are instantly displayed as they enter content
  • The home page contains a live feed of all their earnings

Over 100 colleges and universities already participate - new ones added daily!

YCteen Magazine Essay Contest (NATIONAL)

Who can apply: all Yorkville students between the ages of 14-19

Format: online

Award: $50 - $150

Deadline: Varies (check site)

Contest rules:

  • you must be between the ages of 14-19
  • essays should be no more than 800 words - essay prompts can be found here.
  • they must be true stories written by you; this is a non-fiction essay contest
  • you must provide your full name, age and a U.S. address to win

Varsity Tutors Monthly College Scholarship Contest (NATIONAL)

Who can apply: all YHS/YHSA students who are 16 years of age

Format: essay (online submission)

Award: $1000 (monthly)

Deadline: varies (check site)

Varsity Tutors holds a monthly $1000 scholarship contest where students write an essay in response to a monthly prompt. Entries are reviewed by Varsity Tutors at the end of the month and one winner is subsequently chosen to receive the $1000 college scholarship. Interested students can enter the contest by clicking here. Eligibility is limited to individuals who are at least 16 years of age.

Disability and Health Condition Scholarships

Students with disabilities and/or health conditions have a lot of barriers that other students may not. Sometimes these barriers include financial burdens due to medical costs. Luckily, there are many organizations and companies that want to help students (and sometimes their family members) with the cost of higher education by providing scholarships.

Find numerous scholarships here:

JLV College Counseling - Scholarship Saturday Blog

There are thousands of scholarships out there. Some are large scholarships that are well publicized, while others are lesser know. The goal of this blog post is to share some lesser-known scholarships with readers. Be sure to check out every week to see what's new!

High school juniors and seniors are invited to submit an application for the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) $180,000 scholarship. The scholarship pays full tuition and fees, provides an allowance for books, and a monthly stipend of $250-$400 for 4 years of college.

The NROTC Scholarship offers a 4 year scholarship option and a 4 year Bachelor of Science in Nursing option.

Applicant requirements:

  • U.S. citizen between ages 17 and 23
  • High school senior or junior (in your second semester of high school)
  • Minimum ACT scores: Math 21 & Verbal 22 AND combined 47
  • Minimum SAT scores: Math 540 & Verbal 550 AND combined 120

For more information, contact Chief Michael Blankenship at 407-202-6732 or, or visit The application is available at

Course Selection

Course Selection 16 17 Tutorial

Family Connection from Naviance is a web-based service designed especially for students and parents. Naviance is a comprehensive web site that you can use to help with making decisions about colleges, careers and academic planning. In this section, we will post a series of webinars that will introduce you to Family Connection and all of its components.

Family Connection Intro #1
Strengths Explorer Webinar for Grade 10
Cluster Finder Tutorial for 11th Grade
Tutorial for Requesting Letters of Recommendation & Transcripts
Family Connection Parent Login Tutorial