Counseling Office News – February 14, 2020


The Case Study college night is an engaging and effective way to discuss the college application process and is commonly used in California. College representatives will lead parents and students through a mock admission committee of four cases. The exercise will point out the intricacies of the process and the importance of assembling a strong application. Guests will gain insight and understanding as to what is valued in the application. The Case Study program concludes with a mini college fair.

Event Details:

Case Studies Reading Material:


Go Overseas is hosting a Gap Year Fair in San Diego this month.  Students, parents, and educators can connect with gap year program providers from all over the world. Attendees can expect to meet with 30-60 different gap year and summer opportunities program representatives. Fairs are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is highly recommended.

  • Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020
  • Time: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: La Jolla High School, 750 Nautilus Street, La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Registration: GO Gap Year Fair


Parents are invited to attend “Parenting the iGeneration,” a talk given by Dr. Jean Twenge, Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University and researcher. An author of more than 140 scientific publications and books, Dr. Twenge will speak on the topic of how to parent the current generation of connected kids.

  • Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020
  • Time: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Warren Walker Middle School (Morning) and The Bishop’s School (Evening)
  • Registration is not required.


Make-A-Wish® San Diego now offers a Youth Leadership Council, a leadership and development opportunity available to youth in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Members selected for the Youth Leadership Council will learn about philanthropy by volunteering with Make-A-Wish San Diego. It’s the goal of the Youth Leadership Council to encourage youth to give back to children with critical illnesses right in their community while making new friends and having fun.


  • Be a junior or senior (students can begin applying as sophomores)
  • Be passionate about helping kids with critical illnesses
  • Be able to attend monthly meetings
  • Commit to a one-year term on the council and participate in a number of planned activities within that period of time
  • Plan one individual and one group fundraiser with YLC
  • Complete an interview and two-our orientation
  • Have a committed adult advisor (teacher or student council advisor) willing to help during the term and attend at least one meeting a year

Interested students should visit the Make-A-Wish San Diego website to download the application. The deadline to apply is February 24, 2020.


The Poway American Legion Post 479 is seeking qualified young men to attend the upcoming American Legion Boys State to be held June 20 – 27, 2020. It will take place on the campus of CSU Sacramento. This is a program based on exposing our youth to the duties, rights, and responsibilities of American citizenship and will be structured around the California State Constitution. An overview of the program can be viewed at California Boys State. Interested candidates must be Juniors with at least one semester remaining in their Senior year after completion of the 2020 session. They will be required to supply a brief bio/resume along with a short essay on why they would like to attend Boys State and what they hope to achieve from the experience. This application should be forwarded to Willis Rief no later than February 18th. Interviews will be conducted by Officers of the Poway American Legion Post in March. Three (3) delegates and one alternate will be chosen among the candidates. Please direct all questions to Willis Rief, Poway Post 479, 619-743-1620 or


The Marine Technology Society (MTS) Program is a 6-week summer experience for motivated high school students, hosted by one of MTS’s corporate sponsors. Students will be provided with a hands-on science/technology experience, building important scientific, technical and employment skills under the direction of a workplace mentor.

Applicant Qualifications/Requirements:

  • Be at least 16 years old on July 1, 2020
  • Be a rising junior or senior
  • Have a 3.5 GPA or better
  • Have transportation

Interested students can download the application here. The application deadline is February 28, 2020. For additional information and a timeline of the application process, please visit MTS San Diego.

ThoughtSTEM‘s summer internship program is designed for high school (2019/20 seniors and up) through college students interested in pursuing careers in technology or education. This is an unpaid internship with a focus on developing a portfolio and new skills in education & leadership. For half of the internship, interns will mentor local students in computer science summer camps. For the other half of the internship, interns will be observing camps, students, and teachers and help design better educational experiences for students. MetaCoders’ internship program is designed to build leaders in computer science education!

Internships are limited. To apply, please use this link.

High school seniors interested in a career in wealth management may apply for an internship at Morgan Stanley. Interns will develop business, financial and analytical skills needed for a career in global wealth management and financial services, provide marketing and sales support to branches and their teams, perform market research and gain exposure to wealth management business, products, services, and clients’ financial needs.

Applicant Qualifications:

  • High school diploma required. In pursuit of a college degree preferable.
  • At least 18 years of age.
  • Strong desire to gain further understanding of the global wealth management business.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills (both written and verbal)
  • Ability to work on a team.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to interpret.

Apply online at Morgan Stanley’s career section.



Helix Water District Scholarship

  • Description: High school seniors who reside in the Helix Water District are eligible to apply to this scholarship award
  • Award: $1,000
  • Deadline: February 28, 2020
  • Application:

Sons of Italy Grand Lodge of California Scholarship

Banatao Family Filipino American Education Fund

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

  • Description: The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation is the Nation’s oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to military families
  • Award: Scholarship awards are $1,500, $2,500, $5,000, $7,500, or $10,000 per academic year
  • Deadline: March 3, 2020
  • Application:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Choir San Diego Scholarship

  • Description: Multiple scholarship awards to high school seniors who will be majoring in the areas of visual and performing arts
  • Award: $1,500 – $3,000
  • Deadline: March 5, 2020
  • Application:

NAWIC Collegiate Scholarship

  • Description: Male or female students pursuing any college degree, who has a parent currently employed in the San Diego construction industry and female students pursuing a college degree in a construction-related profession (Architecture, Engineering or Construction Management)
  • Award: $1,000
  • Deadline: March 6, 2020
  • Application:

North County Italian Association Scholarship

Italian Catholic Federation First Year Scholarship

  • Description: Awards scholarships to high school students who are Roman Catholic and of Italian descent
  • Award: $400; First-year scholarship winners are eligible for second, third, and fourth-year awards of $500, $600, and $1,000 respectively.
  • Deadline: March 15, 2020
  • Application:

Athena Pinnacle Scholarships

  • Description: Five merit scholarships are available to San Diego County graduating high school women pursuing careers in the sciences including math, engineering and computer science
  • Award: $2,500 or more
  • Deadline: March 16, 2020
  • Application:

MyPoint Credit Union Scholarship

  • Description: Awards a scholarship to high school seniors who are current members of MyPoint Credit Union (membership consists of a $5 application fee and opening deposit of $5)
  • Award: $2,500
  • Deadline: March 31, 2020
  • Application: