A workshop was held Saturday, November 14, for high school seniors, participating in the Migrant Education Program (MEP) who are interested in attending college. The students met at Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School and information was provided by Jose Pimentel, Counselor to MEP secondary school students.
A group of 12th graders arrived by bus from several high schools. They listened attentively to the guest speakers, Lila Silvern and Heliberto Cano, who encouraged them to follow their dreams and take advantage of all scholarship opportunities available to them.
The students shared their hopes to be accepted into the University of California schools, Cal State University campuses and even colleges in other states. Their career aspirations ranged from Architecture to the Sciences. They were eager to get the best advice on the college application procedures.
Mr. Pimentel gave students computer tips on scholarship applications available through Dollars for Scholars and a list of other scholarships to be checked out on-line.
He also provided a Power Point presentation entitled “Writing Effective Personal Statements.” It included prompt themes, common writing problems, and information on how the essays are reviewed. He pointed out the importance of getting feedback on the essays before submitting them to the colleges.
This very special group of highly motivated students expressed appreciation in their evaluations of the day. Mr. Pimentel once again demonstrated his belief in their abilities and his dedication to helping them realize their dreams. Mr. Pimentel did a good job encouraging students to apply on-line to Dollars for Scholars.
The Board members, who met February 27 to select this year’s recipients, were impressed with the quality of their writing, the recommendations they received from their high school teachers, and their academic achievement.
The board was also affected emotionally by the challenges the young people dealt with and their determination to get the college education that would enable them to improve the lives of their families.