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Regional & National Scholarship Opportunities

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

Career Center Hours

The Career Center is located in Room 27.  Hours are from 12-4 pm on Monday and 7:30-3:30 Tuesday-Friday.  Students can schedule appointments to discuss careers, college, military, technical programs and college athletic eligibility requirements.  Assistance with college applications, FAFSA, regional and national scholarship searches and much more is available!

claim jumper Day

Juniors and seniors are invited to attend Claim Jumper Day on September 19th at Columbia College. The event is free, bus transportation and lunch are provided.  Field trip forms must be completed by September 13th.  Pick up the forms in the Career Center (Room 27).  The bus leaves at 9 am and will return at 1:30.

Calaveras County Internships

Students interested in securing an internship with a Calaveras County office should stop by the Career Center to pick up an application packet.  Applications are due on September 24th.  Internships are available with the following offices: Administration, Human Services, District Attorney, Victim Witness, Economic Development, Emergency Services, Library, Public Works and Public Access.

William Jessup Representative

Students interested in attending a faith based liberal arts college in Rocklin are invited to meet with our local admissions representative during Pond on September 25th.  Several Bret Harte alum currently attend WJU!  Stop by the Career Center to sign up and get a pass!

junior & Senior night

All juniors, seniors and their parent/guardian should plan to attend this event which will cover various components of the planning process for college or military careers.  Representatives from various agencies will present materials and will have tables set up before and after to answer individual questions.  This event is only offered once a year so make sure to mark your calendar now for October 2, 2019 from 6-7:30 pm in the Theater.

freshman & Sophomore night

Freshman and sophomore student and parent night will be on October 7th at 6 pm in the Theater.  Make sure to save the date!  Important information regarding  Bret Harte graduation requirements, preparing for dual enrollment opportunities as well as how to be prepared for college or technical paths will be discussed.  No need to sign up; just show up with your parents!


The Practice SAT (PSAT) will be administered on October 16th.  Freshman through juniors may take the test.  Junior year scores are used for National Merit Scholarships.  All students may link scores to Khan Academy for free test prep.  How to secure a test:  go to the fee window and pay the $17 fee then bring your receipt to Room 27 to register and get the study guide!  Students on free or reduced lunches can request a fee waiver but only 10 are available.  Only 30 open slots remain so make sure to register today!

All college bound juniors should take the SAT in the spring. For the first time ever, Bret Harte will host a school day SAT for juniors only on April 14, 2020!  Registration information will be released in December.  


College is expensive and is an investment in your future. Seniors should not miss this opportunity to have professional assistance in completing their FAFSA or Dream Act Application on October 23rd from 5:30-7:30 pm in the Learning Center.  Every student and parent must create an individual FSA ID prior to the workshop.  Stop by the Career Center for a handout on how to create and FSA ID and documents needed for the workshop.


Sophomore through senior students who would like to take the ASVAB Career Assessment test can sign up in the Career Center in Room 27.  The test will be administered on Wednesday, October 23rd from 8-11 am in the Learning Center.  The test is free and is administered by the military once per semester.  You do not need to be interested in a military career to take the test.  Scores are used for career exploration!  Interpretation of results will be on November 15th during Pond.  All Bret Harte students are encouraged to take this test once during their Bret Harte career!  Space is limited to 38 students


All juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to attend the Calaveras County College and Career Fair on November 6th.  Permission slips will go home with students the first week of October.  Students must return the slips by October 22nd in order to attend.  Bus transportation will be provided.

College Fall Preview Events

Seniors planning to attend a four-year college campus should check out campus specific Preview Days that are held in the fall.  Check the admissions page for dates and information.  As a reminder, official campus visits which require you to miss school time can be excused if documentation is given to Mrs. Shires at the attendance window.

CSU Fall College FAir

Students and parents are invited to the only college fair in Northern California where all 23 California State University campuses will be represented.  The event is at the San Ramon Marriott on September 23rd from 6-8 pm.  The event and parking are free!  Preregistration is not required!

Prudential Spirit of Community award applications

Student in all grade levels who are busy volunteering in the community or at Bret Harte are eligible to apply for a Prudential Spirit of Community Award.  Applications are due in the Career Center by November 5th.  Access the application here.  The top five students will receive certificates and one student will advance to the state level and becomes eligible for monetary and travel awards.

Yale science & Engineering applicant information session

Yale university invites students interested in applying to Science and Engineering programs to meet with their associate director of admissions and three faculty professors on either Saturday, September 14th or Sunday, September 15th in the Bay Area.  Additional information and registration can be found at this link.

High academic student Event

Students interested in meeting with admissions counselors from Columbia University, University of Chicago, University of Texas at Austin, University of Michigan and Yale University are invited to attend one of their programs scheduled from September 15th through September 18th in our region.  The closest will be in Sacramento on September 16th.  Register here.

Performing and Visual arts college fair

Students passionate about the arts are encouraged to attend the Performing and Visual Arts College Fair on September 19th from 7-9 pm at the Santa Clara Convention Center.  The event is free but register in advance to avoid the lines!  Stop by the Career Center if you have questions!

STEM College Fair

Students interested in majoring in a STEM career are highly encouraged to attend the STEM College and Career Fair on October 6th at the Santa Clara Convention Center from 1-4 pm.  Register in advance!  It will let you get in much quicker and as always the event is free!  Stop by Room 27 if you have questions.

Class of 2020 Fly In Programs

Seniors are you aware that many universities have fly in programs for prospective students?  Each has different criteria for selection as well as deadlines.  Some require a nomination from you college counselor/adviser.  Check out the link of colleges that offer this option!

SAT/ACT Dates 2019-2020

The SAT will be administered on the Bret Harte campus on April 14, 2020.  Per CollegeBoard regulations only juniors may participate in School Day SAT.  Other SAT/ACT national dates are listed in this document.

collegeboard opportunity scholarship program

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.   Learn more on  how to participate by clicking on this link.  Stop by to see Mrs. Millar if you need further assistance.

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.

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

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.

Elite Admission: what is college worth?”

California SAT Averages Higher Than National Averages


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Selective service registration

Males must register when they turn 18. Stay eligible for college aid, job training benefits, federal jobs and more! Register now!

CAreer Center Dates 2019-20

9/10  University of New Mexico

9/19  Claim Jumper Day

9/25  William Jessup

10/2  Jr/Sr/Parent Night

10/7  Fr/So Parent Night

10/16  PSAT Administration

10/23  ASVAB Administration

10/23  FAFSA  Workshop

11/5    Prudential Awards Due

11/06  College&Career Fair

11/15  ASVAB Interpretation

2/26   FAFSA Application

4/14  School Day SAT Day