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Posted: Saturday, January 4, 2014 12:00 am

Jan. 10 is the registration deadline for the Feb. 8 ACT Exam. (April test is at Tokay High.) Register online at . Include Plus Writing if you will use your ACT score for admission to a University of California or private college.

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Scholarship Deadlines

Jan. 12 (postmark): San Joaquin Engineers Council will award scholarships to seniors who plan to enroll in an engineering curriculum. Last year, eight $1,500 scholarships were awarded in our area. Application is online.

Jan. 15: Golden One Credit Union has a scholarship program for members and their dependents. Scholarships of up to $20,000 will be awarded to seniors and current college students who will enroll at a 2- or 4-year college in California. Parent or students must have been a member for one year. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Scholarships are renewable. Application is online.

Jan. 15: Dell Scholars Program awards 300 $20,000 scholarships to high school seniors who will enroll in a 4-year college for Fall 2014. Criteria include:

  • 2.4 minimum GPA
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Enrollment in AVID for 2 of the last 3 years
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency

Apply online. Check eligibility criteria on the Dell website.

Jan. 15: Gates Millennium Scholars Program is available to graduating high school seniors. It provides substantial scholarship awards (nearly a full-ride) to 1,000 exceptional students for study at the college of their choice. Eligible applicants must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale, demonstrated leadership skills, and significant financial need. Ethnicity requirements include: African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American. Find rules and application online. Be sure to check the FAQ section before you begin the application.

Jan. 15 (postmark): California Association of Collectors awards scholarships from $1,500-$2,500 to high school seniors who submit winning essays on this topic: Importance of Establishing and Maintaining Good Financial Credit During Your College Years”. Details are online.

Jan. 31: I Have a Dream essay. Go to for more information.

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