DESTINATION FUTURE

An extension of the Big Brothers Big Sisters one-to-one mentoring program, Destination Future helps Littles ages 13 to 25 take a proactive focus on graduating from high school and pursuing education, employment or enlistment.

Destination Future programming gives Littles access to resources including university and community college tours, free Princeton Review test prep, workshops for skills such as career-building and financial literacy, scholarships and apprenticeship opportunities.

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DESTINATION FUTURE EVENTS

HIGH SCHOOL ROADMAP

CAREER-BUILDING RESOURCES

SAT/ACT TEST PREP

FINANCIAL AID & SCHOLARSHIPS

APPLICATIONS

DESTINATION FUTURE EVENTS

All dates and times for Destination Future events are included in the Bigs Only newsletter emailed to volunteers on the first Thursday of every month.

Contact Andrea Burgos at aburgos@ocbigs.org to RSVP for an event

Career Day

Upcoming dates: TBD

Big Brothers Big Sisters hosts an annual Career Day for high school-age youth in the program to learn about different opportunities available to them post-high school, from education to enlistment to employmentAn info fair, motivational speaker series and keynote discussion inspire Littles to overcome obstacles and get ready for their futures.

College Tours

Upcoming tours: TBD

Big Brothers Big Sisters partners with universities and community colleges to host campus tours that get Littles excited about postsecondary education opportunities. Past tours have taken place at campuses including UC Irvine, Chapman, Santa Ana City College and Cal State Fullerton.

 

Take a virtual tour of any college campus here!

STEM activities

Upcoming dates: TBD

Throughout the year, Big Brothers Big Sisters hosts activities that foster interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Matches can attend a wide range of events, from LEGO engineering and Minecraft modding to corporate tours that allow Littles to see STEM careers in action.

Financial Literacy Workshops

Upcoming events: TBD

Big Brothers Big Sisters offers Littles a range of workshops focused on achieving financial wellness. Topics include obtaining financial aid, balancing budgets and paying for college.

Career-Building Skills Workshops

Upcoming events: TBD

Through partnerships with organizations such as YES (Youth Employment Service), Big Brothers Big Sisters offers Littles the opportunity to advance skills that will help them land a job and start a career. Workshops cover topics such as resume development and mock interviews.

HIGH SCHOOL ROADMAP

High school flies by quickly! Use the dropdown menus below to learn more about what Littles should accomplish each year.

FRESHMAN YEAR

1. Academic Planning: Partner with your high school counselor on required classes to graduate and enroll in college. You’ll want to touch base with your counselor each year to ensure you’re on track to achieving your academic goals.

2. Extracurriculars: Get involved in extracurricular activities such as sports, music, art and school clubs, and pursue opportunities for leadership.

3. Community Service: Explore ways to give back to your community, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters’ High School Bigs program.

SOPHOMORE YEAR

1. Stay the course: Continue everything from your freshman year, including academic planning, extracurriculars and community service.

2. SAT/ACT/Test Prep: Attend an SAT/ACT Princeton Review workshop through Big Brothers Big Sisters (refer to the Test Prep tab for upcoming sessions).

3. Begin College Research: Visit college websites and take virtual tours to familiarize yourself with available options.

4. Attend a College Fair: Visit booths and college representatives questions about admissions, majors and what makes the campus stand out from others. Explore the CollegeBoard page prior to attending a fair for advice on questions to ask.

4. Work Experience: If your schedule permits, begin applying for a part-time job that will help you save for college but still allow you to focus on success in school.

JUNIOR YEAR

1. Keep up the momentum! Continue with academic planning, college exploration, community service and extracurriculars and/or work.

2. Register to take the PSAT in October: This preliminary test doesn’t count toward your college admissions, but allows you to to be eligible for National Merit Scholarships. Click here for more info.

3. Visit local universities: After attending college fairs and exploring online during your sophomore year, schedule campus tours of community colleges and/or four-year universities.

4. Research scholarships: Identify scholarship opportunities based on your financial need, extracurriculars, academic performance, community service, work experience and future educational interests.

5. Register for the SAT in spring: While students may take the SAT at any point during high school, many take the test for the first time during spring of their junior year.

SENIOR YEAR

1. You’re almost there! Keep up the great work with your academic planning, extracurricular involvement and post high-school research.

2. SAT/ACT: If you didn’t take the SAT your junior year or plan to retake the test, don’t forget to register by early September. See the Test Prep section on this webpage for registration deadlines.

3. Apply for financial aid and scholarships: Fill out the FAFSA form by the March 2 priority deadline to increase your opportunity to qualify for more aid. Click here for more information about funding your college experience.

4. Apply for college: Based on your research, apply for community colleges or four-year universities that best fit your interests. Discuss your options with your family and high school counselor—remember, your Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor and our Destination Future coordinator are also here to help you find your best path to success!

Click here for direct application links to California Community Colleges, Cal State Universities and University of California schools.

Click here for more information about Cal State University A-G requirements.

 

If you are interested in pursuing vocational/technical certificate programs or military service, contact Stephanie Arroyo at sarroyo@ocbigs.org for more information and resources.

 SAT/ACT Prep

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides an incredible opportunity for high school-age Littles to participate in FREE professional sessions that will prepare them to take the SAT or ACT. The multisession courses include include prep and practice exams that help build confidence and develop a better understanding of problem-solving as it relates to the test.

BBBS Test Prep Sessions

Upcoming Test Prep Sessions: TBD

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides an incredible opportunity for high school-age Littles to participate in FREE professional sessions that will prepare them to take the SAT or ACT. The multisession courses include include prep and practice exams that help build confidence and develop a better understanding of problem-solving as it relates to the test.

Contact Stephanie Arroyo at sarroyo@ocbigs.org for more information about BBBS test prep sessions.

CollegeBoard

An excellent resource for college planning, including information related to the SAT, Advanced Placement testing and financial aid.

Click here for college planning resources.

SAT

Check for test center locations, important deadlines, watch videos on keys to success and access practice tests.

Dates and Deadlines

Test Center Locations

Register for the SAT

SAT Practice Tests

What to Expect on Test Day

Test Day Checklist

How to Send Your Test Scores to Colleges

ACT

Find test center locations, important registration deadlines, test preparation tips, download a free study guide and take online practice modules.

Test Dates and Deadlines

ACT Registration

Study Guide

Test Prep Tips

What to Bring on Test Day

FAQ

CAREER-BUILDING RESOURCES

Resume Writing

Career Decision-Making

College Board: Explore Careers

Career One Stop: Learn About Careers

O-Net Online: Career Exploration and Job Analysis

Career Zone California: Career Fields

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Career Outlook

Job Search

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 Financial Aid & Scholarships

We’re committed to making college dreams possible for every Little in our program. Please visit the tabs below for links to financial aid and scholarship resources.

For more information on financial aid and scholarships, please contact Stephanie Arroyo at sarroyo@ocbigs.org

Federal Student Aid/FAFSA Form

To be eligible for any federal student aid, you have to start by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. You have to fill out the FAFSA form every year you’re in school in order to stay eligible for federal student aid.

 

Federal student aid is based on FAFSA Expected Family Contribution (EFC) amount, enrollment status, year in school and cost of tuition. Need-based federal student aid programs include the Federal Pell GrantFederal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)Direct Subsidized LoanFederal Perkins Loan and Federal Work-Study.

 

Visit the links below for more information on the FAFSA:

FAFSA Application

Financial Aid Eligibility Criteria

Deadlines

How is Aid Calculated?

Types of Financial Aid

Financial aid is money to help pay for college or career school. Aid can come from

Click here for more information about the types of aid available to college students.

California Student Aid Commission

To be eligible for any Cal Grant student aidyou must file the FAFSA form in addition to submitting a Cal Grant GPA form (link below).

Visit the links below for more information on the FAFSA:

How to Apply

Eligible Cal Grant Schools

Cal Grant GPA Form

Other State Financial Aid Programs

Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship America
Application period: Now – Oct. 15, 2017
Scholarship America’s Dream Award supports continuing students in a 2 year or 4 year college/university. It is a renewable scholarship fund for students in their sophomore year and beyond — with growing, renewable awards that help ensure talented students can afford to complete the degree programs they’ve started. Application open to DREAM students.

 

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation – Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship
Application period: August 2017 – October 2018
A selective scholarship for high achieving community college students seeking to complete their bachelor’s degrees at selective four-year colleges or universities. The Foundation provides up to $40,000 per year for up to three years, making it the largest private scholarship for community college transfer students in the country.

 

QuestBridge College Match
Deadline: Summer 2017 – Sept 27, 2017
We are looking for high school seniors who have shown outstanding academic ability despite financial challenges.

 

AXA Achievement Scholarship
Application period: September – Dec. 15, 2017 (or until 10,000 applicants received)
The AXA Achievement Scholarship provides over $1.4 million in scholarships to young people throughout the nation representing all 50 states, Washington DC and Puerto Rico. Students have the opportunity to receive a $2,500, $10,000 or $25,000 scholarship. In addition, for every student who wins a scholarship, a grant in the amount of $1,000 will be made to the winner’s school. Our scholarship winners are known as AXA Achievers. They are ethnically and economically diverse, but they share these qualities: Ambition and drive; Determination to set and reach goals; Respect for self, family and community; Ability to succeed in college.

 

 

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation – College Scholarship Program
Application period: September 2017 – November 2017
An undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend a 4-year college/university. College Scholars receive up to $40,000 per year, college planning support, ongoing advising, and the opportunity to network with the larger JKCF Scholar community.

 

Hispanic Education Endowment Fund (HEEF)
Application period: October 2017 – January 2018
HEEF scholarships are based on a combination of low-income family background, academic achievement and involvement in extracurricular activities, community volunteer work, church service or work-employment. Scholarships are open to high school graduates enrolling in a 4 year college/university or a community college transferring to a 4 year college/university. Selected scholarships are open to community college student and vocational college. Application open to DREAM students.

 

National Hispanic Business Women Association (NHBWA)
Application period: TBA in Fall 2017
The NHBWA has awarded 195 educational scholarships to deserving students who are attending or planning to attend any accredited college/university and have plan to pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree.

 

South Coast Higher Education Council (SCHEC) Scholarships
Application period: TBA in Fall 2017
The South Coast Higher Education Council is a network of Southern California colleges and universities dedicated to helping student purse their higher education. SCHEC will award scholarships for students transferring from a SCHEC-member community college to a SCHEC-member university. The majority of southern California colleges and universities are members, but double check to see if your school is a member.

 

 

Mesothelioma
Deadline: Aug. 15, 2018
Danziger & De Llano, LLP. is now offering qualifying college students the chance to win a $2000 scholarship for detailing their personal experiences either living with cancer or watching a loved one battle cancer.  We hope to offer this financial assistance to help one deserving student meet his or her academic goals.

 

Coca-Cola Scholars
Deadline: Oct. 31, 2018
The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. With the 28th class in 2016, the Foundation has provided over 5,700 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $60 million in educational support. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship.

 

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Deadline: Applications will open winter 2018 for academic year 2018-19
The HSF Scholarship is designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree. Scholarships are available, on a competitive basis, to high school seniors, undergraduate students (all years), community college students transferring to four year universities, and graduate students. Awards are based on merit; amounts range from $500 to $5,000, based on relative need, among the scholars selected.

 

Horatio Alger National & State Scholarships
Deadline: Varies
Scholarships valued at $6,000-$10,500 available in every state to high school seniors planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Additional scholarship programs if you are interested in pursuing an associate’s degree or certificate program.

 

My Undocumented Life Undergrad Scholarships
Deadline: Varies
Scholarship information and resources for undocumented immigrants

 

The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY)
Application period: TBA
Educational success for all Scholars remains an important focus of NAEHCY. We are committed to supporting our young people and ensuring they achieve their goals. The scholarship funds are available to students who are homeless or who have been homeless during their K-12 school attendance, and who have demonstrated average or higher than average achievement. Applicants may be high school seniors; students enrolled in a GED or other alternative education program, or recent graduates/GED recipients.

 

Milton Fisher Scholarship
Deadline: 2017 application period closed; 2018 TBA
The scholarship is open to exceptionally Innovative and Creative High School Juniors, Seniors and College Freshmen who are from any part of the U.S. who plan to attend (or are attending) college in CT or NYC.

 

2017 Work Ethic Scholarship Program
Deadline: 2017 application period closed; 2018 TBA
For the fourth year in a row, the time has come to announce another pile of free money available for our Work Ethic Scholarship Program, a program that gives scholarships to people getting trained for skilled jobs that are in demand.

Scholarship Resources & Search Engines

U.S. Department of Education Scholarship FAQs and Resources

MALDEF Latino Legal Voice Scholarship Resource Guide

 

SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH ENGINES

FastWeb

College Board

Sallie Mae

Scholly

Scholarship Mentor (find your local community and see what scholarships are being offered in your area)

 

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

Check out your own college or university for scholarships specific to your school. Many colleges have a one-in-all application, where a single application will be run through different possible scholarships. Your college will then notify you of scholarships you have been awarded.

APPLICATIONS

Admissions information and application links for California community colleges, state universities and the UC system can be found below.

For more resources related to trade school and enlistment, please contact Stephanie Arroyo at sarroyo@ocbigs.org.

COMMUNITY COLLEGES

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA

CAL STATE UNIVERSITIES

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