* 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
Initiatives for All
by Cynthia Olmedo
Table of Contents
• What is an Academic Portfolio?
Questions and Answers
What is an Academic
organized collection of
personal information, academic
community involvement, work
experience, awards, resources,
Purpose of an Academic
• Introduce who you are, your skills, and
• Provide evidence of your abilities and
• Document efforts and contributions
GPA : Grade Point Average
Majority of scholarships require a 3.0 GPA
•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)
Testing Dates/ Scores
• Dates for exams are listed on www.collegeboard.com
• National Average SAT score is 1500
• National Average ACT is between 20 – 21.
• Research the University for accepted exams and
– Rice University -Average SAT Score: 2120, Acceptance Rate: 22%
– Texas State University-Average SAT Score: 1570, Acceptance Rate: 76%
• Waiver eligibility
• Programs sponsored by organizations, associations,
Community colleges/universities offers summer
Houston Young Lawyers Association
• Teen Court
• Church involvement/Community Projects
• Find organizations that support your interests
Talento Bilingue de Houston/MECA/Museums
• Art, Theatre, Music
Texas Children’s Hospital
• Health care
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
• Employers seek individuals with previous work
• Look for student-friendly employers
– Tuition reimbursement programs (Chase, Home Depot,
– Part-time, Flexible schedule
• Resume building
• Supervisors are great references
• Local scholarships
-(School, city/county residents, local organizations,
retail stores, parent’s/student’s employer, or parent’s
• State/National scholarships
-Area of study, ethnicity, prospective colleges
• Unique Scholarships
- Specific characteristics and circumstances
• 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
• 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.
The Academic Portfolio is designed to organize and
showcase your abilities, talents, experiences, and
The portfolio is a life long project.