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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

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.

CSS Profile for financial aid

Seniors applying to private colleges should check to see if the university requires a CSS Profile as part of their financial aid process.  The deadline to submit this varies from institution to institution but many of them have early November deadlines for students applying early action or early decision.  Complete the CSS Profile and submit  to the colleges that require it!

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.

UC Merced application deadline extended!

Seniors who missed the November UC application deadline may still apply to UC Merced through December 15th.  Students who applied to other UC campuses  may go into their UC undergraduate admission application and add UC Merced to their list.  There is an additional fee. Students who have a goal to attend a UC campus should make sure that UC Merced is one of their top choices! 

UC Pre-admission verification

UC  pre-admission verification is coming soon!  What does this mean?  Students randomly selected to verify information in their application, including 7/8 grade language other than English and math (including geometry) courses, will be notified by email by the end of December.  The deadline to respond is Jan. 31, 2019.  Failure to respond to the request by the deadline will result in withdrawal of the application!

4-H Camp counselors needed!

Applications are being accepted for students 14 and older who are interested in being a counselor for a summer 4-H camp from July 14-18, 2019.  This is an overnight camp.  Applicants do not need to be 4-H members but must be available for training and program development meetings.  The deadline to apply is December 21st.  Applications are in the main office or can be printed from this link.  Submit your application to

Science Camp counselors needed!

Juniors and seniors who are interested in being counselors for the Mark Twain and Copper 6th grade science camp in the Santa Cruz Mountains may sign up and get an application packet at Mrs. Millar's office.  Mandatory training will be from 1:30-3:00 PM on Wednesday, January 23rd, an early release day.  The camp is from  February 25th-March 1st.  This volunteer opportunity is a fantastic job and college application resume builder. High school students have a chance to make a positive impact on a student's camp experience!  Bring a completed application packet to the training session.  Stop by the College and Carer Center if you have questions.

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 15th 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 in the main office on Mrs. Millar's board.

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.

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.  

Junior Advisory Board

Juniors interested in joining a Junior Advisory Board at IE University in Madrid Spain during April 2019 are invited to submit an application by January 20, 2019.  Students will be immersed in a university environment, participate in workshops to develop their soft skills, and share their ideas about the future of higher education.  All expenses will be paid and students also have the opportunity to win an 80% scholarship for an IEU bachelor's degree!  Apply at  See Mrs. Millar if you have questions.

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

The WACAC College Fairs are in the spring.  UOP is a host site on Monday, April 29, 2019.  Registration will open in January for all Northern California sites.  We will have more information available later this winter for our students to attend the UOP fair.

Out of State community college option

Students interested in attending an out-of-state community college on the Southern Oregon Coast are encouraged to check out Southwestern Community College.  On campus housing is available as well as full tuition waivers for students with a GPA above 3.75.  Southwestern has athletic opportunities and even has an Esport gaming team!  

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 

Seniors planning to attend a California Community College are encouraged to enter the SNAPS for College Scholarship contest.  Top prize is $5000.  Weekly prizes are also up for grabs.  Registration  Click the Snaps for College banner and follow the prompts. Contest closes December 30, 2018.

Juniors who are interested in attending a four year university are strongly encouraged to apply for a Coolidge Scholarship.  Applications are due January 23, 2019.  Recipients receive a full-ride scholarship to attend any accredited university in the US.  Winners are notified in the Spring of 2019, before submitting college applications!

Elk's Legacy award scholarships in the amount of $4000 for children and grandchildren of Elks members are available.  The deadline to apply is February 1, 2019.  25 scholarships are available in the California-Hawaii region.  Three winners have been selected locally in the last two years!

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!

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.

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

1/16  PSAT Interpretation

1/25  CCC Apply Workshop

1/30  PSAT Interpretation

2/15  DSPS Applications