The Counseling Department provides a four year comprehensive guide to the college admissions process. The process begins upon admittance to Mater Dei with a meeting between each incoming eighth grader and his or her parent, and a counselor. Counselors will meet with every student and his or her parent each year to determine an appropriate plan for students to get into the college or university of his or her choice.
- Diana Luna – Last Names A-F
- Marissa Meda – Last Names G-M
- Andrea Puschendorf – Last Names N-Z
Counselors will host parent information sessions throughout the year focusing on standardized tests, financial aid, scholarships and student positioning. At the beginning of the junior year, each student along with his/her counselor will develop a personalized list of prospective colleges to use as a springboard for further conversation and research. During the entire application process, parent involvement is actively encouraged. Counselors will meet with students and parents during the senior year to help facilitate the ultimate decision process.
Key DocumentsUniversity/College LinksUC Universities – www.universityofcalifornia.eduCalifornia State Universities – www.csumentor.comCalifornia Colleges – www.californiacolleges.edu/The Common Application –www.commonapp.orgCatholic Colleges – www.catholiccollegesonline.orgSAT/PSAT/AP LinksSAT, PSAT, and AP website – www.collegeboard.comACT LinkACT Website – www.actstudent/orgFinancial Aid/Scholarship LinksFAFSA Application and FAFSA Pin – www.fafsa.ed.gov/Fast Web – www.fastweb.orgScholarships – www.scholarships.comHispanic Scholarships – www.scholarshipsforhispanics.org/Hispanic Heritage Awards – www.hispanicheritageawards.org/index.phpMultipurpose LinksPetersons – www.petersons.comPrinceton Review – www.princetonreview.comUSA News – www.usnews.comNCAA – www.ncaa.orgNavy – www.navyjobs.comArmy – www.goarmy.com/rotcROTC – www.afrotc.com
There is much for Graduating Seniors to do to assure that they are prepared to move on after graduation. Missing a deadline can have dire consequences. Below are some useful links and documents.
►California Dream Act (for those students who do not have a social security number) www.caldreamact.org
IMPORTANT: All university financial aid questions should be directed to the financial aid office of the university that your student is planning to attend.
Since its inception in 2005, the Bank of America Student Leaders Program has recognized more than 2,200 exemplary high school juniors and seniors who have a passion for improving their communities. The program helps students gain a greater understanding of how nonprofits create impact in the community and helps develop them as the next generation of community leaders through two components:
A summer eight-week paid internship with a nonprofit organization selected by the bank. This internship is designed to provide opportunities for the students to develop and apply leadership skills through hands-on work experience, while raising their awareness of community issues addressed by their Host Organization.
The week-long, all-expense paid Student Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. from July 10-15, 2016. Conducted in partnership with the Close Up Foundation, the Summit introduces students to aspects of civic, social and business leadership and provides them with knowledge and skills they will use throughout their life to create positive community change.
Students can apply by going to www.bankofamerica.com/studentleaders .
To become a Student Leader, you must:
Currently be a junior or senior in high school
Be able to participate in an 8-week paid internship at a local nonprofit organization and work 35 hours a week
Be legally authorized to work in the US without sponsorship through the end of September 2016
Be able to participate in a week-long Student Leders Summitin Washington, DC (July 10 – July 15, 2016) (All expenses paid. This week will be part of your 8-week experience.)
Be a student in good standing at your school
Obtain a letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, or school administrator.
Presidential Scholarship – Covers 100% of Tuition
- Awarded to students who place in the 99th Percentile Nationally on the High School Placement Test (HSPT).
- Valued at over $54,000 over four years.
Principal Scholarship – Covers 75% of Tuition
- Awarded to students who place in the 98th – 95th Percentile Nationally on the HSPT.
- Valued at over $41,000 over four years.
Merit Scholarship – Covers 50% of Tuition
Students must take the High School Placement Test (HSPT)
- Awarded to the top 10 students who test in the 94th – 90th Percentile Nationally on the HSPT.
- Valued at over $27,000 over four years.
at Mater Dei to be eligible to receive all scholarships.For more information contact the Director of Admissions, Roy G. Vasquezat 619.423.2121 ext 106 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friends of Mater Dei ScholarshipApplication limited to incoming 9th Graders who scored in the 75 percentile or greater on the High School Placement Test.Preference given to students who otherwise would not be able to afford a Catholic Education. Preference also given to students who have family members who attended Marian Catholic or Mater Dei Catholic High School.
- 2016-2017 Minimum Award $1,500
- Recipient(s) chosen by Administration
The Milke Family ScholarshipAwarded annually to a student/athlete(s) who exhibits a will to succeed and lead in academics, athletics and citizenship. Someone who epitomizes the adage of “work hard and good things will happen!” This award is in honor of Bud & Virginia Milke, longtime supporters of St. Rose of Lima, Marian Catholic / Mater Dei Catholic High School.
- 2015-2016 Minimum Award $2,000.00
- Recipient(s) selected by Administration
- Applications submission for 2015-2016 School Year closed on March 20.
The John Pappas Memorial Scholarship
Awarded annually to an incoming Junior for their determination, effort, attitude and behavior exhibited in the classroom and on the athletic field. Someone who truly makes a difference at Mater Dei Catholic High School. Mr. Pappas was a longtime teacher and coach at Marian Catholic High School.
- Applications submission for 2015-2016 School Year closed on March 20.
Richard G. Balelo Sr. Memorial Scholarship Program
The recipient of the Richard G. Balelo Memorial Scholarship epitomizes leadership, sacrifice and overcoming adversity on the field, in the classroom as well as in the community.
- Student must have at least one-year participation on Frosh, Junior Varsity or Varsity football team. Must demonstrate satisfactory or outstanding citizenship.
- GPA: 2.5 or above
- Recipient chosen by Administration.
- 2015-2016 minimum award, $1,000
- Applications submission for 2016-2017 School Year closed on March 20.
MDCHS Katherine Rubano Memorial ScholarshipAwarded to a member of the senior class who has been accepted into a nursing program, has good grades, has taken per-requisites in sciences, is a serious student, and who can prove financial need to attend school. If there is no nursing student, then it can be awarded to a student who has been accepted into a pre-med program. The interest in medicine is foremost.
Mary Ruis Memorial ScholarshipAwarded to any prospective Freshman or current Mater Dei Catholic High School student athlete(s) that has ever participated in the sport of wrestling during their K-8 education years or in high school. Scholarship recipients shall be identified by their quality character traits, which have been ingrained in a value system forged and reinforced due to their participation in the sport of wrestling. Recipients should also have a display of leadership, effort, citizenship and high moral character in the classroom and a sincere responsibility to help others by making a positive difference in the community through volunteerism..
- GPA: 2.5 or above
- Recipient(s) chosen by the Administration
- 2016-2017 school year: No minimum or maximum amount
Dr. Estelle L. Kassebaum Memorial Scholarship Program
Scholarships are awarded annually to qualified members of the Junior Class of Mater Dei Catholic High School. Candidates who are selected exemplify excellence in scholarship, character, leadership, and service.
- Dr Estelle L. Kassebaum Memorial Scholarship Program Fall 2016 Applications are available in the school counselors office beginning on August 2016 or you can download it from the link below when available.
- The service based scholarship is available to current MDCHS Juniors.
- Scholarship will be awarded for the students senior year toward tuition at MDCHS. Please direct questions to school counselors.
Pay It Forward Scholarship
Awarded annually to a student who strives to be a leader in his/her school and home community. Available for low income families or families with large out of pocket medical expenses. Special consideration will be given to students who have lost a parent, a student who has a diagnosed learning disability and/or special need, and/or have a special needs or disabled parent or sibling.
For question contact the Director of Admissions, Roy G. Vasquezat 619.423.2121 ext 106 or email him at email@example.com.
- GPA: 3.0 or above
- Student must participate in, at minimum, one extra-curricular school activity (sports, ASB, Campus Ministry, Ambassadors, choir, clubs, etc.)
Abraham and Lillian Turk Scholarship
The Abraham and Lillian Turk Scholarship program was created in memory of Abraham and Lillian Turk who believed that every person, regardless of his or her financial means, was entitled to an equal opportunity for a post high school education. The program provides up to 20 scholarships each year, of up to $10,000 each, to San Diego graduating high school seniors and those who have graduated within the last five years and have not yet attended a post high school institution, to attend a two-year or four-year college or a technical or vocational school, who meet the program requirements. Please see the Turk Scholarship Criteria and Frequently Asked Questions for further information.
APCA scholarship Program
We are proud to announce that twenty-eight $2000 APCA scholarships will be awarded for the 2016 academic year. For 2016, applicants from Southern California who are not awarded a national scholarship will automatically be considered for scholarships worth $1000 each. The APCA Scholarship Program is open to all full-time graduating high school seniors in good academic standing (minimum GPA 3.40 on 4-point scale, or 4.25 on 5-point scale), of any ethnic or cultural background, who plans to attend an accredited college (2-year and 4-year) in Fall 2016. Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents of the United States. . The application package can be downloaded from our web site at http://www.apca-att.org/scholarship.html .
Asian Pacific Fund
Asian Pacific Fund administers 12 scholarship programs, each with unique eligibility criteria. Scholarships range from $1,000.00 dollars to $20,000.00 dollars and many are renewable. Incoming or current college students of various ethnic backgrounds can apply. You must be enrolled full time in the fall. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. Also, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident unless otherwise stated. Please go to www.asianpacificfund.org/scholarships for more information.
Buick Achievers Scholarship Program
Buick Achievers Scholarship Program is awarding 100 scholarships each up to $25,000/year. www.buickachievers.com. .
Cabrillo Civic Clubs of California
if you are of Portuguese descent, you can apply to the 2015 Cabrillo Civic Clubs of California scholarship. You can download the application at www.cabrillocivicclubs.org/scholarship.asp
Ford Salute to Education
Here is your chance to win a new car! The San Diego County Ford dealers are offering scholarships to San Diego County senior high school students through the San Diego County Salute to Education scholarship program. Please feel free to call 619-521-2404 or visit the website at salutetoeducation.com/home/
Italian Catholic Federation
The “Italian Catholic Federation” offers $400.00 scholarships to Roman Catholic graduating Seniors of Italian descent who have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2. For more information call the “Italian Catholic Federation” at 1-888-423-1924 or visit their website at www.icf.org./scholarships.html.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Choir
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Choir San Diego will award scholarships to graduating seniors who will be majoring in the area of visual and performing arts. Applications can be obtained at www.mlkccsd.org If you have any questions about this scholarship, you can contact Ms. Shelly Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since the inception of the RMHC/HACER scholarship, more than 16,000 thousand Hispanic students have been awarded over $24 million in scholarships to support their college education. The program nationally offers four $100,000 (25K per year), scholarships each year, as well as other local scholarships. Application opened October 1st and goes through January 20. Get your application and full details at www.meencanta.com/hacer/en/index.html
San Diego Foundation
The San Diego Foundation is the largest private scholarship provider in San Diego County outside of the university systems. www.sdfoundation.org/ScholarshipApplication
www.horationalger.org/scholarships -Horatio Alger Association Scholarships
www.jkcf.org/scholarships -Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarships
wendysheisman.com -Wendy’s Scholarship for athlete scholars
scholarships.uncf.org -Scholarships for African-American students
www.jkcf.org/scholarships – Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarships
www.stescholarships.org -Ford Salute to Education Scholarship (available mid October)
www.questbridge.org -low income and academic excellence)
http://www.princeton.edu/pprize- Princeton Prize in Race Relations Scholarship (deadline January 31st, 2017)
www.buickachievers.com: Buick Achievers Scholarship
http://www.nrotc.navy.mil/- Navy ROTC Scholarship
http://goarmy.com/rotc/scholarships.html- Army ROTC Scholarship
http://www.afrotc.com/scholarships/ Air Force ROTC scholarship
www.hsf.net Hispanic Scholarship Fund
www.legion.org/needalift- American Legion Scholarships
www.tylenol.com/news/scholarship- Tylenol Scholarship
www.gmsp.org – Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Scholarships
www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org -Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation