Minimum College Admission Standards
First time college freshman in the Fall of 2014 will face tougher than ever admission standards. Not only will they need to have taken the LA Core 4 courses, they must have an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and need no developmental courses. Developmental courses are needed if the English ACT score is below 18 and/or the math ACT score is below 19. The final factor in determining admission is a GPA/ACT combination depending on what school students are seeking admission to:
Core GPA on Core 4 courses OR ACT Composite (minimum)
3.0 LSU Baton Rouge 25
2.5 LA Tech, ULL, UNO, 23
2.0 Grambling, LSUA, LSUS, MSU, 20
Southeastern, Southern A&M,
SUNO, UL Monroe
Community or Technical College Admission: Open to high school graduates
STUDENTS ATTEMPTING TO GET DRIVER PERMITS OR LICENSES!
\All students attempting to get a driver's permit or license must come by the my office and pick up a form verifying your enrollment in Bell City High School. The form is mandatory and there are no substitutions (such as using your school id) for it. The state implemented this policy this month. Also, only the original form signed in blue ink will be accepted. It cannot be emailed or faxed so make sure you pick it up BEFORE you wait in line at the DMV only to find you can't get your permit or license.
Sowela STEPS Information
Bell City has three students participating in the Sowela STEPS program this year. These students will take all of their classes (both high school and college) on the Sowela campus but will remain Bell City students. In the spring I will hold a meeting for all current juniors who may be interested in attending the STEPS program next year. We will take a tour of the campus and you will take the ASSET test while there to determine if you need remedial classes. There are a couple of days that Calcasieu Parish schools have teacher in service days but Sowela classes will still continue. Please click on the attachment to view the Sowela calendar for 2013-2014.
Free Homework Help
The state of Louisiana, in partnership with public libraries, has made available a free online after-school tutoring program. The website is www.homeworkLA.org. In addition, there is an app available for use with an iPad, iPod Touch, or an iPhone. The program services k-12 students in the subjects of math, science, social studies, English, and Spanish. Hours of operation are 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm Sunday-Thursday. Access is free to any internet connected computer within the state's borders or from any public library computer.
Louisiana Connect Portal
Louisiana Connect is a website that parents and students will be able to access that will give information on scholarships, colleges, Individual Graduation Plans, and many other topics. The website iswww.louisianaconnect.org. Students should have created their accounts last year. If you haven't yet created your account log on and do so to start taking advantage of the website.
· * LELA has periodic drawings for scholarships. Complete online application at www.asklela.org.
*Sussle is a website that allows students to post knowledge about their interests. They will give away a $1000 each month. There are no essays or applications and the contest is open to all high school seniors who are US citizens. Visit http://sussle.org/scholarshipto find out more info.
*Horatio Alger Louisiana Scholarships will be awarded to 50 high school seniors. They are valued at $10,500 each and students must be enrolled fulltime, planning to enroll in a LA college no later than the fall following graduation, demonstrate financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income) and have at least a 2.0 gpa. Apply online at www.horatioalger.org/scholarships by April 15, 2014.
*McReynolds Scholarship Committe will award a one-time scholarship to a student from the 5 parish area that has been accepted to a two or four year college. Eligibility requirements are at least a 2.5 GPA, residence in the 5 parish area (Allen, Beaureguard, Calcasieu, Jeff Davis and Lafayette), willingness to volunteer for the Tournament of the Stars if chosen and a 1 page typed essay titled "Why I Want a College Education" or "What will I do to impact my community wit a college education?" Deadline to apply is April 11, 2014. See Mrs. Doland for an application.
*Ray D. Molo Chapter of Grambling State University is a $1000 book stipend to a Calcasieu Parish student planning to attend Grambling. A GPA of 2.5 or higher is needed and also an essay of 2000 words or less titled "Out of all the historically black universities, why am I choosing Grambling State University?" Deadline to apply is March 21, 2014. See Mrs. Doland for an application.
*Four $1000 FCA scholarships will be awarded to two male and two female students in SWLA. Students must be in FCA, a committed Christian, played a sport in high school and have at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Deadline to apply is March 15, 2014. See Mrs. Doland for applications.
*Priority date for Sowela scholarships is April 1, 2014. See Mrs. Doland for a complete listing of scholarships available and eligibility requirements.
Louisiana Lions Camp is looking for high school students aged 16 or older to fill summer staff positions. The summer staff consists of 65 high school and college students. Camp runs for 7 weeks starting the third week of June. The camp is for mentally challenged youth and provides a wonderful opportunity for students to help the campers make lasting memories. Graduating seniors may also apply for one of ten $500 scholarships. If you are interested in applying see Mrs. Doland before May 15.
Senior Award Application
Graduation is getting closer every day and the requirements on your time are increasing! Here is something else for you to add to your “to do” list. Fill out the Senior Award Application that Mrs. Doland sent to your school board email and either email or hand deliver it to her by the due date of Friday, March 14th. Every student should fill it out, regardless of your GPA or ACT score. The awards presented at graduation such as the KC award or the American Legion award don’t go off of academics, rather they are awarded on character. If you don’t return the application by the deadline you will not be eligible for any of these types of awards that the scholarship committee decides upon. See Mrs. Doland with any questions.