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Volunteer this Summer

4 Jun

Hey Cardinals,

Summer is fast approaching! I’m sure you’re already swamped with college prep, IB Extended Essay writing, working, or just plain having fun, but please consider giving back to your community this summer. Not only will you be helping those in your community and adding vital experience to your resume and life, you’ll also feel great about giving back.

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Here are some opportunities to flex your education & literacy muscles:

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Friends of the Multnomah County Library

We Love Our Libraries!

Do you want to give your time back to your community and love the library? Do you have retail, library, book selling, or customer service experience? If so – The Friends of the Multnomah County Library may be the volunteer team for you.

As a volunteer store clerk your primary duties are customer service, gift, and used book sales. All volunteers help to maintain the store through light housekeeping, merchandising and assisting with special projects as needed. We also expect you to promote memberships and special events organized by the Friends of the Library. We will provide you with the training and support that you need to be successful.

We are recruiting for weekday and weekend shift times as available. We ask for a six month commitment and, because our volunteers are a vital part of our organization, a commitment to give two weeks notice when exiting FOL volunteer service.

For more information visit us at http://friends-library.org

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Oregon Mentors

Do you remember when you knew a job, college or other career training was an option for you? Imagine being the person who introduces a child to more possibilities. That’s what a mentor can do.

If you’re interested volunteering as a mentor, you can find a mentoring program in your community by going to http://oregonmentors.org/programs/search/ to search our database for a program that matches your interests and availability. There are hundreds of ways to mentor youth throughout the state, so find the place that’s right for you.

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Nicodemus Wilderness Project

Help your community, wildlife, and the environment!

The Apprentice Ecologist Initiative (officially recognized by the U.S. EPA) has engaged tens of thousands of young people (kids, teens, and college-age youth) from around the world in environmental cleanup and conservation projects since 1999.

Here’s how to become an official Apprentice Ecologist:

  1. Conduct your own local environmental stewardship project.
  2. Take a few digital photos of your project in action.
  3. Write an essay about your project and what it meant to you.
  4. Register and upload your favorite project photo along with your essay.

After uploading your project photo and essay, we will publish your work on our Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists and provide links to download an official Certificate of Achievement and an Apprentice Ecologist heat transfer (for T-shirt). An NWP tote bag (made with organic cotton) will be awarded to the authors of the 10 best essays on an annual basis. School groups, especially those working with at-risk and disadvantaged youth, are highly encouraged to participate.

Three scholarships totaling $850 will be awarded annually to the authors of the top Apprentice Ecologist essays.

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International Reptile Rescue

Seeking volunteers for all aspects of our Organization.

1. Fundraising and grant writing

2. Office and bookkeeping.

3. Doing outreach Educational Reptile Presentations in the community.

4. Social media, website and blog monitoring and updates.

5. Reptile fostering.

6. Assisting with rescues.

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Impact NW

Impact NW is looking for volunteers to coordinate and lead fun group activities for low income children at the Richmond Place housing site. Come in for one afternoon each week to engage with our families, encourage them to learn and have a blast in the process!

Apply online at http://impactnw.org/main-navigation/how-to-help/volunteer/volunteer-how-to-apply/ or call 503-988-6887 x268.

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Impact NW

Gain classroom experience teaching elementary school children this summer! Impact NW is recruiting volunteer instructors to teach reading, writing, math, science, and many other subjects to students at Buckman SUN.

Qualifications:

  • Able to pass a criminal background check
  • 18 years old
  • Able to effectively communicate with students and staff
  • Experience working with students or in a classroom a plus, but not mandatory
  • Enjoy messy art and outdoor projects. We spend some time in hot summer weather with students.

Schedule & Commitment:

Commit to a set day and time between June 17 – August 2, 2013, 9 am – 1 pm OR 12 pm – 4 pm:

  • June 17 – 21 – Do It Yourself Science (assist with science experiments)
  • June 24 – 28 – Fitness, Food & You (be active and work with students in our community garden)
  • July 9 – 19 -Peter Pan Drama Camp (acting, drama, set design experience a huge plus!)
  • July 29 – August 2 – SUN Summer Academy, Moving Mountains (tutor students)

To apply, complete an online application here: http://impactnw.org/main-navigation/how-to-help/volunteer/volunteer-how-to-apply/.

For more information visit http://impactnw.org/main-navigation/programs/youthfamily/community-schools/ or call 503-988-6887 x268.

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Scholarship Opportunity Round-Up

15 May

DUE MAY 31 

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“Penguin Books “Out of the Easy” College Scholarship – Open to 12th grade full-time matriculated students who are attending high schools located in the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and possession.” Click here or the image above.

DUE MAY 31

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“Write a poem about a topic of your choice to win $1,000 for your college education!” Click here or the image above.

DUE MAY 31

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College is Power Scholarship – Students age 17 years or older who plan to start a program of higher education within the next 12 months or who are currently enrolled in a program of higher education. Applicants may be full- or part-time students and attend a campus-based or online program. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. May 31 deadline

DUE JUNE 10

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Students must submit an essay (under 500 characters) to the following question: “School is a balanced mix of work and play, and PCs have everything you need to do it all! What are the programs or apps you mix to be productive and have fun – and why?”. 10 applicants will be selected to win an HP ENVY x2 PC courtesy of Windows 8 and Chegg.

DUE JUNE 30

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“Century Link College Scholarship – Tell them about a time you helped a friend or family member with an Internet-related problem.” Click here or the image

Scholarship Opportunity Round-Up

18 Apr

OPEN APRIL 1 – MAY 15

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“What was the most important thing you learned this year and why? Not only could answering this question help provide some insight into your priorities for next year but it could also earn you $1,000 or a Kindle Fire for college.” Click here or the image above.

 

DUE MAY 31 

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“Penguin Books “Out of the Easy” College Scholarship – Open to 12th grade full-time matriculated students who are attending high schools located in the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and possession.” Click here or the image above.

DUE MAY 31

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“Write a poem about a topic of your choice to win $1,000 for your college education!” Click here or the image above.

 

DUE JUNE 30

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“Century Link College Scholarship – Tell them about a time you helped a friend or family member with an Internet-related problem.” Click here or the image above.

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Writing Tip Thursday: Scholarship Essay

11 Apr

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Want to win a free day at the Willamette Writers Conference in August 2012?

3 Apr

Then apply for a C. Whitcomb Conference Scholarship! You’ll need to find a teacher who teaches writing that would nominate you & “[y]ou’ll both be awarded a day at the Willamette Writers Conference, August 3-5, 2012 at the Airport Sheraton in Portland, OR.”

Here are the deets:

Rules:

* Entries must me submitted between March 1st and June 1st, 2012. Postmark deadline.
* Winners will be notified by June 13th, and will have until July 1 to accept or decline the award. Alternates will receive any awards not claimed.
* Instructors from accredited colleges who teach writing and accredited high school teachers who teach writing can nominate their best students by telling us why the student would benefit from the conference (150 words or less). The most compelling entries will be selected. 
* The name and contact information for both the teacher and the student must be included on the entry.
* Submissions can be e-mailed, mailed or faxed.
* Teachers can enter as many students as they like. However, they are limited to an award of one free day, even if several of their students also win one free day.
* Ten one day conference scholarships are available.
* Students who have already received a scholarship for previous years are not eligible.
* Scholarships cannot be transferred to anyone else.

The Willamette Writers Conference offers a wide variety of workshops from some of the best professionals in the business. Topics include writing techniques, marketing, the writing life, and other “how tos.” In addition, approximately 50 consultants – literary agents & editors, and film professionals– will be there to take pitches. A handful of people get their start with these consultants every year, and some go on to great success.

Note: The scholarship is for registration, which includes classes, daytime meals and snacks. Transportation, accommodation, pitch sessions and evening meals are on your own.

Willamette Writers
2108 Buck St
West Linn, OR 97068
503.305-6729
wilwrite@willamettewriters.com
Fax 503.344-6174.
For more information: http://www.willamettewriters.com

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I Like Financial Aid

7 Feb

And who doesn’t?

This coming Thursday, February 9th from 4-8pm, you can go to the I Like Financial Aid page on Facebook and get some answers to your questions about financial aid & the college admission process.

Writing Tips From a Pro

13 Jan

Since I’ve posted about scholarship opportunities in the past and intend to write about contests & college essays in the future, I thought it a good idea to share some tips from a pro. The focus is for writing competitions but the advice easily translates to scholarship & college essays.

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