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Scholarship Opportunities 2018-2019. Check this link frequently for regional and national scholarship opportunities!  Many of these scholarships are open to underclassman too!  Don't wait until you are a senior to apply for scholarships! This list is always a work in progress!  Please let my office know if you win one of these scholarships!

Summer Pre-College and Camp Programs

Information on summer pre-college and camps can be found by clicking the link. Summer Programs

Local Job Training

Mother Lode Job Training is available to assist all students and parents with job training, GED, and finding work!

Job Searches

California Employment Development Department for training and job searches available in California.

ZipRecruiter for high school students will assist with finding jobs nationwide.

College/Career Corner

Senior Local Scholarships

Seniors will be given local scholarship information on February 15, 2019 at 2:30 in the theater.  All seniors should plan to attend!  If you have questions, please see Mrs. Brooksher.

last chance fafsa workshop

Seniors who have not completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may sign up for an application workshop scheduled for February 27th from 5:30-7:30 in the Learning Center.  Financial Aid staff from Columbia College will be here to assist parents and students.  The workshop will be canceled if there are not sufficient sign ups.  Students and parents must secure an FSA ID prior to the workshop.  Stop by the Career Center to register and for assistance with FSA ID questions.  As a reminder, the priority deadline to receive California financial aid is March 2nd.

SAT/ACT/FAFSA/UC/CSU Important Dates 2018-19

The complete schedule of SAT/ACT/FAFSA/UC/CSU  dates for AY 2018-19 can be printed from this document:  SAT/ACT/FAFSA/UC/CSU DATES 2018-2019.  Stop by Mrs. Millar’s office if you have question about the test, registration, timeline or test strategies.

collegeboard announces new college planning opportunity scholarship

CollegeBoard has announced a new Opportunity Scholarship program available to all community and four year bound students. 5 million dollars will be awarded randomly to Class of 2020 students who complete six college planning steps.  The program starts on December 10th.  Learn more on  how to participate by clicking on this link.  Stop by to see Mrs. Millar if you need further assistance.

Central valley-Motherlode plumbers, Pipe & refrigeration apprentice Training program

Graduating seniors interested in the trades should check out this local program that lets you earn while you learn!  The program is five years long.  Testing in reading comprehension, figure visualization, mechanical ability, and basic math are required.  For more information and the next testing date please check out their website.

Job Corps Presentation

Job Corps will be on campus March 1, 2019 to showcase training programs that are free to qualified students.  Sign up in the office for the presentation at 2 PM.

Official Transcript Requests

Students who need official transcripts sent to universities need to see Mrs. Brooksher.  Make sure to complete a transcript request form!   Athletes who need official transcripts uploaded to the NCAA or NAIA Eligibility Center need to see Mrs. Millar.

Rotary Summer Exchange

Students interested in the France short-term summer 2019 Rotary Youth Exchange program should check out the Rotary website and can download an information summary sheet.  Additional questions can be answered by Mrs. Millar.  The deadline to apply is February 15, 2019.

Merit Co-Op Scholarship Program

Seniors interested in Co-op programs (combine education and work experience in most professional fields) at nine highly ranked universities are encouraged to apply to the WACE National Co-op Scholarship Program.  160 merit scholarships are available.  A 3.5 GPA is required and you must meet the application deadlines at one of the nine participating universities and submit your scholarship application by February 15, 2019.  Information is available online or see Mrs. Millar.  Early applications are highly encouraged!

Columbia  DSps Workshop

Columbia College DSPS staff will be on campus February 22nd from 11:30-3 PM assisting students with their DSPS application, developing their Education Plan, and reviewing services available for students with disabilities.  These services include but are not limited to:  High Tech Center, Special Instruction, Mobility Assistance, Real Time Captioning, Alternate Media Format, Alternative Testing Services and Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.  Parents are welcome but must check in at the main office.  Students who want to attend need to sign up with Mrs. Robinson (IEP students) or Mrs. Drayton (504 students).

Stanislaus State Scholarships

Stanislaus State is proud to announce the 2019-2020 scholarship application is now open!  Seniors who plan to enroll at CSUS should apply now!  The Stan State online scholarship application allows students to apply for multiple on-campus scholarships using one application.   The deadline is March 2, 2019.  The Office of Financial Aid will be hosting scholarship application workshops on their campus on November 29th, January 30th and February 19th.  See Mrs. Millar for more information on these workshops.

California state summer school for the arts

Applications are being accepted for the CSSSA program at CalArts in Valencia.  The school runs from July 13-August 9.  The deadline to apply is February 28, 2019.  Financial aid is available.  Apply here. Programs are available in animation, writing, dance, film, music, theater and the visual arts.

UC Davis young scholars program

High achieving 16-18 year aged (summer 2019 age) science students interested in biological and natural sciences research are encouraged to apply to the UC Davis Young Scholars Program.  The application process is competitive.  40 students will be selected for this prestigious program.  Financial aid is available to off-set the $6500 fee.  The program runs from June 23rd-August 3rd.  Students reside in dormitories for the duration of the program. The deadline to submit all materials is March 16, 2019.  

Cosmos STEM Program

COSMOS is an intensive four-week summer residential program for talented and motivated students who have graduated from any grade 8-12 and have an interest in a STEM career.  Students apply to attend one of four UC campuses:  UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, and UC Santa Cruz.  Selection competitive; each campus will host 160-200 students from July 8-August 4, 2019.  A typical COSMOS student has a GPA of 3.5 or higher.  The cost is $3545 and financial aid is available.  The deadline to apply is Feb.1, 2019.

University of new mexico

All college bound freshman through juniors interested in learning more about programs and scholarships available at the University of New Mexico are invited to meet with our regional rep, Jasmine Bryan, on March 6, 2019 at 2 PM.  Sign up at Mrs. Millar's office.

Junior Class college and military night

All juniors and their parents are invited to attend a presentation on timelines for college readiness, graduation requirements and military options.  Representatives from community college, four year college and the military will be presenting.  Representatives will be available  prior to and after the event to answer questions.  Mark your calendar for March 6, 2019 from 6-7:30 PM!

Student athlete NCAA Eligibility workshop

All student athletes who are considering competing in college athletics should attend this workshop with their parents.  Ben Griffin, NCAA compliance officer from Stanislaus State will be our guest presenter.  Freshman through senior college bound student athletes should attend.  The workshop is from 6-7:30 pm on April 1, 2019 in the theater.  This workshop is only offered every other year so don't miss it.  Did you know that college athletic eligibility requirements start your freshman year of high school?  Have you met with Mrs. Millar to complete an NCAA eligibility worksheet?  Are you registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center?  Don't wait until your senior year to complete these steps!  Start as a freshman!

National college fair

The San Francisco Bay Area National College Fair is scheduled for April 6, 2019 from 1:30-4:30 pm at the Santa Clara Convention Center.  Registration is now open and is free!  This is your opportunity to connect with over 400 college representatives!  College bound freshman through juniors should take advantage of this opportunity to explore a variety of colleges from across the nation.

Regional college fairs

 UOP is hosting a WACAC regional college fair on Monday, April 29, 2019.  Registration workshops will be on April 10th at 2 PM or April 23rd at 12:50.  Students must attend a workshop to create an online registration.  This event is free and bus transportation will be provided.  Only 50 students may attend, so sign up early!  See Mrs. Millar to get on the list!

Showcasing Scholarship Opportunities

This section showcases outstanding scholarships available at the regional and national level and will be changed periodically.  A full list of scholarships is available on the scholarship link on the left side of the webpage.

Bret Harte Class of 2020, have you started thinking about college and the steps you need to take to make your dreams a reality?  By completing a step in a new Collegeboard program you have the opportunity to win a scholarship worth $500-$2,000; complete all six steps and you could win $40,000.  No essay or minimum GPA is required!  Register

Seniors planning to major in engineering are encouraged to apply for the San Joaquin Engineers Scholarship.  Six $2000 scholarships will be awarded.  Applications 

Beverage Industry College Scholarships are available to students who have a parent or grandparent that work at any industry that holds a California beverage license.  Applications are due February 15, 2019.  A Bret Harte alum has been a past winner!

California seniors of Asian descent are eligible for scholarships worth up to $20,000.  Applications are due February 26, 2019.

Seniors with a GPA of 2.6 or higher with an interest in transportation related career are encouraged to apply for a $1000 Caltrans District 10 scholarship.  The deadline is March 1, 2019 

Seniors who have connections to the Italian Catholic Federation or are Roman Catholic and have a GPA of 3.2 or higher are encouraged to apply for regional scholarship opportunities.  Applications are due March 15, 2019.

Seniors planning to major in horticulture or an agribusiness related to horticulture should apply to the Caners Foundation Scholarship.  The deadline is March 15, 2019.  Applications are available at or in Mrs. Millar’s office.

Women specific scholarship are available.  Deadlines, rules and scholarship amounts vary.  


The Bret Harte Memorial Scholarship

The Bret Harte Memorial Scholarship is a donation-based scholarship  awarded annually by the BH Scholarship Committee to deserving students who qualify by GPA and  have plans to continue their education at either a college or a career tech program.  Students must have demonstrated  financial need.  The number of scholarships and the award amount are based on the number of donations that are received year-by-year.  Please donate if you can.
Contact Courtney Brooksher at or 209-736-8315

Relevent Published Articles

From time to time, staff and parents share interesting articles related to career/college issues with me.  I will post links to some of these stories.

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CAreer Center Events 2018-19


2/15   Senior Local Scholarships

2/22  DSPS Applications

2/27  FAFSA Applications

3/1    Job Corps

3/6   University of New Mexico

3/6   Jr College and Military 

4/1  NCAA Eligibility Workshop

4/10  WACAC Registration

4/23  WACAC Registration

4/24  ASVAB

4/29  WACAC College Fair

5/8   ASVAB Interpretation

5/14  Columbia College