Academic Portfolio
Initiatives for All
by Cynthia Olmedo

Discipline
Education

Networking

Success
Table of Contents
• What is an Academic Portfolio?

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•

Purpose
Contents
Conclusion
Questions and Answers
What is an Academic
Portfolio?
• An

organized collection of
personal information, academic
achievements, activities,
comm...
Purpose of an Academic
Portfolio
• Introduce who you are, your skills, and
your goals.
• Provide evidence of your abilitie...
Transcripts
GPA : Grade Point Average
Majority of scholarships require a 3.0 GPA
Transcripts
•Dual credit/College credits ...
Testing Dates/ Scores
Testing Dates
• Dates for exams are listed on www.collegeboard.com

Scores

• National Average SAT s...
Programs include:
• Programs sponsored by organizations, associations,
colleges, etc.
Examples:
Community colleges/univers...
Extracurricular Activities
• Sports (baseball, volleyball, track, football,

tennis, golf, soccer, etc.)
• Clubs (chess, d...
Community Service
• Church involvement/Community Projects
• Find organizations that support your interests
Talento Bilingu...
Honors/ Awards/ Scholarships
• Honors are earned for outstanding
achievement in a particular field
• Academic/ Educational...
Work Experience/Internships

• Employers seek individuals with previous work
experience.
• Look for student-friendly emplo...
Scholarship Research
• Local scholarships
-(School, city/county residents, local organizations,
retail stores, parent’s/st...
Scholarships Examples
• Tall Clubs International (TCI) Scholarship
Tall Clubs International (TCI) offers a $1,000 scholars...
Conclusion
The Academic Portfolio is designed to organize and
showcase your abilities, talents, experiences, and
accomplis...
Questions?
Initiatives for All (IFA)
Contact IFA at :
(713) 530-4036
For more information:
Email: cynthia.olmedo@ifahouston.org
Visit...
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  • * Why should we accept you into ____ University? * Why should we hire you?
  • * Take exam at least twice for optimal results.
  • Programs have a start and an end date.
  • Make your own opportunities.
  • * Be genuine about your passions and where you spend your time.
  • Beware of mail solicitations, “Congratulations, based on you academic achievementyou have been nominated for membership into ……”
  • * It’s not what you know, its who you know.
  • * Don’t pay for scholarship research. No one can “guarantee” you a scholarship.
  • * Collect business cards for lettersof recommendation.
  • Academic Portfolio presentation

    1. 1. Academic Portfolio Initiatives for All by Cynthia Olmedo Discipline Education Networking Success
    2. 2. Table of Contents • What is an Academic Portfolio? • • • • Purpose Contents Conclusion Questions and Answers
    3. 3. What is an Academic Portfolio? • An organized collection of personal information, academic achievements, activities, community involvement, work experience, awards, resources, and contacts.
    4. 4. Purpose of an Academic Portfolio • Introduce who you are, your skills, and your goals. • Provide evidence of your abilities and development • Document efforts and contributions
    5. 5. Transcripts GPA : Grade Point Average Majority of scholarships require a 3.0 GPA Transcripts •Dual credit/College credits earned •AP classes completed •Class Rank (Top 10%, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th quartile) •Type of HS program completed (Core/Recommended /Distinguished Diploma)
    6. 6. Testing Dates/ Scores Testing Dates • Dates for exams are listed on www.collegeboard.com Scores • National Average SAT score is 1500 • National Average ACT is between 20 – 21. Research • Research the University for accepted exams and acceptance scores – Rice University -Average SAT Score: 2120, Acceptance Rate: 22% – Texas State University-Average SAT Score: 1570, Acceptance Rate: 76% • Waiver eligibility
    7. 7. Programs include: • Programs sponsored by organizations, associations, colleges, etc. Examples: Community colleges/universities offers summer programs: • Maritime • Aerospace • Engineering Houston Young Lawyers Association • Teen Court
    8. 8. Extracurricular Activities • Sports (baseball, volleyball, track, football, tennis, golf, soccer, etc.) • Clubs (chess, debate, cooking, art, dance.) • Societies (National Honor, etc.) •Others organizations (Band, ROTC, Yearbook, School newspaper.)
    9. 9. Community Service • Church involvement/Community Projects • Find organizations that support your interests Talento Bilingue de Houston/MECA/Museums • Art, Theatre, Music Houston SPCA/BARC • Animals Texas Children’s Hospital • Health care
    10. 10. Honors/ Awards/ Scholarships • Honors are earned for outstanding achievement in a particular field • Academic/ Educational/Performance Awards • Scholarships/Grants previously received • These funds must be disclosed • Detailed record-keeping is important
    11. 11. Work Experience/Internships • Employers seek individuals with previous work experience. • Look for student-friendly employers – Tuition reimbursement programs (Chase, Home Depot, Starbucks, Target) – Part-time, Flexible schedule • Resume building • Supervisors are great references
    12. 12. Scholarship Research • Local scholarships -(School, city/county residents, local organizations, retail stores, parent’s/student’s employer, or parent’s industry). • State/National scholarships -Area of study, ethnicity, prospective colleges • Unique Scholarships - Specific characteristics and circumstances
    13. 13. Scholarships Examples • Tall Clubs International (TCI) Scholarship Tall Clubs International (TCI) offers a $1,000 scholarship for tall people. Women who are at least 5'10" and men who are at least 6'2" are eligible for the award. • David Letterman Telecommunications Scholarship The David Letterman Scholarship was established to provide scholarships for telecommunications students at Ball State University. • Al’s Formal Wear - Salute to Education Scholarship To be eligible to win, participants must be at least 17 years of age and must be currently attending an accredited high school in Arkansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, or Wyoming. • City of Houston Employees Children's Scholarship The City of Houston has established a scholarship program to assist employees' children who plan to attend college.
    14. 14. Conclusion The Academic Portfolio is designed to organize and showcase your abilities, talents, experiences, and accomplishments. The portfolio is a life long project.
    15. 15. Questions?
    16. 16. Initiatives for All (IFA) Contact IFA at : (713) 530-4036 For more information: Email: cynthia.olmedo@ifahouston.org Visit www.ifahouston.org Add us on Facebook: ifa Houston

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