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Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs

Looking for a college?  HAVE YOU BEGUN TO APPLY TO COLLEGES OR UNIVERSITIES?  If not, get started NOW!  Many application deadlines are December 1st. College/University scholarships are usually due at that time, as well.  Get all you paperwork in and on time, don’t miss out due to missed deadlines!

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Prepare For College

Federal Student Aid - Getting ready for college or career school can be easier than you think. Start by defining your goals and interests, understanding college costs, and planning financially and academically.

Academic/Financial Preparation

Thinking about college, career, technical, or trade school, or graduate school? There’s so much to consider when it comes to getting ready for college...

Middle School Checklist

Federal Student Aid - Junior high school or middle school is a great time for students to take control of their college preparation. Find out what students and parents can do to start building a strong academic record and a healthy savings account.


NMEAF - The website provides real-time answers to your questions about college admissions, financial aid applications, scholarships and careers.

9th Grade Checklist

Federal Student Aid - Ninth grade is an important year in a student’s college-preparation journey. Learn how a student can have a well-rounded experience in high school and how a parent can support his or her child

10th Grade Checklist

Federal Student Aid - There’s a lot a 10th-grade student can do to stay on the right track toward college, and a lot a parent can do to help. Take a look at these tips for thinking about the future, managing time, taking standardized tests, and more.

11th Grade Checklist

For both students and parents, it’s crucial to stay on top of college preparation during the 11th-grade year and the following summer. Here’s what you should be doing...

12th Grade Checklist

12th grade is the time to apply for admission to college and then to apply for federal student aid by filling out the FAFSASM. Here’s what students and parents should be doing throughout the year...


Like the SAT, the ACT is accepted by almost all colleges and universities. But instead of measuring how you think, the ACT measures what you’ve learned in school.


The ACT consists of four multiple-choice tests: English, reading, mathematics, and science. If your college requires a writing test, you can take the ACT Plus Writing, which includes a writing test in addition to the other four tests. These tests are offered several times a year at locations (usually high schools and colleges) across the country.


Check out detailed information about the ACT,


including preparing to take the test, what to take with you on test day, and understanding your scores.


Check out the web for scholarship searches. Information is free at the following sites:



PLATO Scholarship 

Wired Scholar 

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Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund: 

dependents of a Military Serviceman/woman who has become permanently disabled, killed in action, or classified as POW or MIA.  Read more on the website at:  www.FAScholarship.com

Navajo Nation Johnson-O’Malley Scholarship: 

Must have a CIB card, a 2.75 GPA, and an acceptable ACT. Application available with Mrs. Sandoval.

Daniels Fund Scholarship: 

Student must demonstrate financial need; earn an ACT composite score of 17 or higher with no score lower than 17.  Test must be taken no later than October 5th.  The application takes time to complete and also includes several short answer questions.  You will also be required to obtain a recommendation from an individual at their school.  Do not wait until the last minute to apply!    www.DanielsFund.org/Apply

Wendy’s High School Heisman: Apply on-line at:  www.WendysHeisman.com

 Discover Colleges: provides a Free private college information service as well as a $2500 scholarship drawing.  Log on to: www.DiscoverColleges.com to request information and automatically be entered in the drawing

The Christian Connector: 

provides a Free Christian college information service as well as a $2500 Christian college scholarship drawing.  Log on to:  www.ChristianConnector.com to request information and automatically be entered in the drawing.

The Horatio Alger Scholarship:

 Must have at least a 2.0 GPA and require financial assistance to go to college.  Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree (students may attend a 2-year institution and then transfer to a four-year school.)  Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities, display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity.  Apply online at:  www.horatioalger.org/scholarships 

Click Below to Access the ACT/SAT Waiver Form