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Keep track of your Cal Grant grade point average

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Posted: Friday, May 9, 2014 12:00 pm

Sophomores and juniors

Keep track of your Cal Grant GPA that is listed on your transcript. Only 10th and 11th semester grades count — no weighted credit and no physical education — in building your Cal Grant GPA. Why does it matter? Having a 3.0+ Cal Grant GPA at the end of your junior year qualifies you academically for a Cal Grant, which currently pays up to $12,192 per year of college! Income ceilings are posted online. GPAs of 2.0+ may qualify, but require much lower family income. More information about Cal Grants is available online.

Juniors and seniors

Accelerated College Entrance: Through the ACE program, advanced, high-achieving juniors and seniors can study subject matter, which may not otherwise be available to them. Qualified students may take courses at Sacramento State provided they maintain good academic standing with both the university and their high schools. Credits earned while participating in ACE may be applied to degree programs at Sacramento State or may be transferred to other universities. Only a nominal fee is charged for these courses.

Scholarship deadlines

May 15 postmark: Mayor Joe Serna Jr. Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to seniors who face limited access to educational and career opportunities. Students are selected based on academic achievement, financial need and community involvement. Must be majoring in studies leading to a degree in business, computer science, engineering, health services or a vocational program leading to a professional career. Students must be of Hispanic origin. Apply online.

May 15: James Beard Foundation awards scholarships to aspiring culinary professionals who will enroll in a licensed or accredited culinary school.

May 16: Chen Foundation — Asian Pacific Community Fund will award 10 renewable $2,000 scholarships to high school seniors who will attend a California Community College or California State University in fall 2014. Minimum 3.0 GPA and must be low income. There is no ethnicity requirement and all majors qualify. Apply online.

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