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News from Monte Vista High School’s 

College & Career Center

[ Week of February 22nd, 2021 ]


Important Announcements!

  • SOPHOMORES & JUNIORS, please see an update below about the PSAT 10 & the SAT that will both be offered at MVHS. 

  • JUNIORS, I have created a SAT FAQ sheet for your reference with more detailed information as the SAT approaches. Find it here. 

  • JUNIORS, Check out the updated Common Application Essay prompts for 2021-2022 application cycle here. 

  • SENIORS, new DVC Enrollment Sessions have been added. Students with a 504/IEP, there will also be a student/parent session coming up soon! 

  • SENIORS, apply for the MVHS PTSA Scholarships below! Here is a quote from one of the Class of 2020 Scholarship recipients! 

    • “Combined with other scholarships I’ve been able to complete my first semester and start my second semester debt free. I applied because I felt like my challenges in high school were relevant to the Gary Natali Memorial scholarship. I struggled a lot with anxiety, and despite the struggle I was able to put time and energy every day toward serving my community. My advice is to apply for any scholarships that are available. Even if it seems like a long shot, it is still worth it.” 

  • ALL GRADES, I have just added two new presentations on College Admissions and testing from CollegeWise. Scroll down to “Upcoming Workshops & Webinars” Parents and students are welcome to attend! 

College & Career Chats with Miss Wells

Students, do you have questions about anything college & career related? Click here to schedule a one-on-one appointment with me!

Upcoming Professional Speaker Series

Tuesday, February 23rd at 7:00-8:00pm. We will hear from David Luong is a Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS) at Kaiser Permanente. David grew up in San Francisco and attended Lowell High School. After high school, he went to UCLA and majored in biochemistry, and spent 3 years doing research in organic chemistry. After graduating from UCLA, David came back to the Bay Area and completed a graduate level Clinical Lab Scientist Internship program at San Francisco State University. David has worked at Kaiser Permanente for 10 years in various roles including as supervisor of the Transfusion Service, and as Assistant Lab Director overseeing the outpatient laboratory. Click here to register.

Wednesday, February 24th at 7:00-8:00pm. We will hear from Katie Wells (RN) is from Danville (SRVHS Grad!) and graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). After moving back home, Katie started her nursing career as a Cardiac Nurse at Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, CA. She has recently transitioned to an ICU nurse and is looking forward to talking about her nursing career so far and what it has been like during COVID times. 


We will also hear from Annie Humphrey who grew up in Danville, attended SRVHS before completing her undergraduate degree in psychology at UCLA. After graduating from UCLA, Annie spent a gap year volunteering on marine conservation projects internationally before returning to the Bay Area to complete her prerequisite courses and clinical experiences for PA school. She received her Master of Science in Physician Assistant studies degree from Stanford University School of Medicine in the spring of 2020. Now, she practices medicine in the Emergency Department at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. This is a great opportunity to learn about the different medical careers after high school! 


Click here to register. 

Wednesday, March 10th @ 7:00-8:00pm. We will hear from Clarke Stevens, a Principal Architect of Emerging Technologies at Shaw Communications. In this role I learn as much about new technologies as I can and use that information to develop strategy and design systems for a Canadian company. Before Shaw, I worked at CableLabs where I developed international standards and designed systems for the cable television industry. Recently, I’ve been focused on the Internet of Things. I lead the development of software tools for an international Internet standard that connects all sorts of smart devices. I have about 25 granted patents for things like a Lego-type remote control and an automatic system to keep track of your food inventory. I live in a smart home and built an Internet-connected nixie clock last year. I got started in Engineering by exploding a Christmas light in my bedroom. I built the world’s largest subwoofer. I have BSEE and MSEE degrees from BYU, a master’s degree from Georgia Tech and an MBA from the University of Colorado. I love being an Engineer. Click here to register. 


College Visits

Spring 2021 College Visits are back on! Interested in virtually chatting with admission counselors from various colleges? Sign up for a college visit in Naviance to get all of your admission questions answered. Some of the colleges that will be “visiting” Monte Vista in the future will be CU, Denver, Belmont University, University of Northern Arizona. *Open to all grades. To access, log onto Naviance and click on the “colleges” tab then “college visits” 

Upcoming College Events & College Fairs

DVC | Enrollment Presentations for the Class of 2021

Tuesday, February 23rd @ 5:00pm & Wednesday, March 3rd @ 3:00pm

Interested in attending DVC next year? Graduating high school seniors, their parents/legal guardians and high school staff members are welcome to attend. Click here to register. Please remember to use your personal email to register as your student email will be blocked. The zoom link will be sent one hour prior to the event from the DVC representative. Missed last week’s enrollment video? Check it out here!


DVC Disability Support Services | Enrollment Presentations for the Class of 2021

Wednesday, March 3rd @ 5:00-7:00pm & Tuesday, March 9th @ 5:00-7:00pm 

For students with an IEP/504, you and your parents/legal guardians are invited to attend this DVC Enrollment presentation to learn about the benefits of Diablo Valley College, learn how Disability Support Services will assist you, and prepare to apply to DVC and what documents to gather. Register here! 


Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory | Science on Saturdays

February 27th @ 10:00am

Join Lawrence Livermore Labs in their “Science on Saturdays” presentations. Click here to register! 


College Board | Big Future Days

Northeast Region | Sunday, March 7th @ 1:00-5:00pm PT

West + Southwest Region | Tuesday, March 30th @ 2:00-6:00pm PT * New Date Added! 

Southeast Region | Thursday, April 29th @ 2:00-6:00pm PT

Midwest Region | Saturday, April 18th @ 1:00-5:00pm PT * New Date

College Board is hosting virtual events for high school students to connect directly with college admissions representatives and take action on the most important steps for college. Click the above links to register for the event. You do not have to stay the whole time and can go to different breakout rooms to chat with various admissions representatives from around the country. 


A Crash Course on Applying in the UK & Europe | College Essay Guy

Wednesday, February 24th @ 4:00pm

The College Essay guy will be presenting on applying to college in the UK & Europe and will discuss Why you might consider attending college in the UK or Europe, Four ways the college experience in the UK and Europe differs from the US experience, An overview of options that include England, Scotland, Ireland, Netherlands and European business schools, and Application timelines. Register here! 


WACAC (Western Association For College Admission Counseling) | Virtual College Fair

Wednesday, March 3rd @ 5:00-7:00pm PT, Sunday, March 14th @ 1:00-3:45pm PT, Monday, April 19th @ 5:00-7:45pm PT

Students, interested in talking with admission counselors from different colleges? There will be more than 200 colleges attending this event. Registration is now open! Click here for more information. 


Summer Pre-College Virtual Program Fair 

Wednesday, March 3rd @ 6:30-9:00pm (EST)

Current high school students, parents/guardians, and education professionals are invited to register for the 2021 Summer Pre-College Virtual Program Fairs. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with representatives from leading US colleges and universities to learn more about Summer 2021 academic programs for high school students. 

  • Visit virtual program booths, where you can chat 1-on-1 via text or video with summer program representatives. 

  • View helpful webinars on how to choose a summer program, how to strengthen your application, how to make the most out of your summer program experience.

  • Register here for free. 


The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) | Campus Weeks

March 8th-11th (Time TBD)

AICCU has coordinated the virtual “AICCU Campus Weeks” as an additional option for students to learn about the private, nonprofit colleges and universities located throughout the state. The AICCU Campus Weeks will be March 8-25, one week for first-time freshmen, California Community College transfer students, and Associate Degree for Transfer students. It is designed to be a forum in which colleges and universities can share information and guide students to resources. Click here to access the Zoom Links. 


UC Berkeley | Black Engineering & Science Student Association | All About STEM-Data Science Day! 

Saturday, March 13th @ 9:00am-5:00pm PT

The purpose of this event is for BESSA to engage with the community and teach K-12 students in the Bay Area about STEM through interactive workshops! This year, they have taken on the theme of data and its applications to our daily lives and our pursuit for justice for marginalized communities. I believe this is a wonderful opportunity for your students to gain exposure to STEM fields as well as higher education. The deadline to register is February 19th and students can register here.


University of San Francisco | Sophomore College Night 

Tuesday, March 16th @ 6:00-7:00pm PT

Sophomores, this is the event for you! Hear from both college admission counselors and high school guidance counselors about steps you can take to prepare for your future after high school. You still have plenty of time, so no need to get too overwhelmed yet! We'll walk you through a few easy things you can do to get in the mindset for college and how you can begin researching different colleges remotely. Register here. 

University of San Francisco | Junior College Night 

Tuesday, March 23rd @ 6:00-7:00pm PT

Juniors, this is the event for you! Hear from both college admission counselors and high school guidance counselors about steps you can take to prepare for your future after high school. You still have plenty of time, so no need to get too overwhelmed yet! We'll walk you through a few easy things you can do to get in the mindset for college and how you can begin researching different colleges remotely. Register here. 


Campus Pride | Building LGBQT+ Friendly College Awareness

Campus Pride serves LGBTQ and ally student leaders and campus organizations in the areas of leadership development, support programs and services to create safer, more inclusive LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities. It exists to develop, support and give “voice and action” in building future LGBTQ and ally student leaders. Click here to check out the best LGBTQ+ friendly campuses in the US & scholarship opportunities. Check out upcoming events here! 


College Wise | Upcoming Webinars 

Students, interested in learning more about college research, college visits, testing etc.? Check out these useful webinars from College Wise! 


Upcoming Workshops & Webinars


Los Altos Hacks V | Hackathon

Saturday, March 20th & Sunday, 21st 

Los Altos Hacks V is a 24-hour high school hackathon taking place on March 20-21. No coding experience is required; there's a place for everyone at our hackathon. Los Altos Hacks will be 100% free, including prizes, swag, mentorship, and much more! For more information, visit


College Admissions 101 Presentation with CollegeWise

Thursday, March 25th @ 5:30-6:30pm

This seminar will help families separate college admissions fact from fiction and enjoy the college process a little more. We’ll discuss grades, test scores, activities, and everything else colleges evaluate. Attendees will get straight answers about what college admissions committees really look for and how they ultimately decide who gets in. Click here to register. 


Testing 101 Presentation with CollegeWise

Thursday, April 13th @ 5:30-6:30pm

Standardized tests like the SAT and ACT have plagued students, families, and bank accounts for decades. Our presenters will provide their insight and experience in the world of standardized testing to cover the following topics: appropriate test times, the differences between the SAT & ACT, how colleges interpret your score and more! Register here. 


DVC | Spring Into Success

Seniors, interested in attending DVC next year? DVC’s Spring into Success webpage was developed to help promote Student Services, Student Life, Learning Communities, etc. to incoming, graduating high school seniors – the class of 2021! Check it out here. 



College Admission Tips from The College Essay Guy!

Check out these videos & tips from the College Essay Guy!

SAT/ACT Testing Updates

  • PSAT 10th Grade Update:  

    • 10th Grade: SRVUSD is administering the PSAT 10 exam to all sophomores on Tuesday, April 20th, 2021 to all high schools in the district, so students will have the opportunity to take the exam at MVHS. You should have received an email from Dr. Ahern on 2/11 with more information. Students will need to register for this exam between March 26th-April 4th. The district will send out a registration link and reminder emails closer to the registration window. Please note that students can take this at NO charge. 


  • SAT for 11th Graders ONLY Update: 

    • 11th Grade: SRVUSD is administering the SAT exam to juniors ONLY on Tuesday, April 27th, 2021 to all high schools in the district, so students will have the opportunity to take the exam at MVHS. Students must register for the SAT between February 26th-March 7th. The district will send an email to the junior families on February 25th with registration information. Please note that students who want to take the exam will need to pay a registration fee. 

    • If you have any questions about any of the upcoming tests please contact 

  • The College Board has just decided on 1/19 that they will discontinue the SAT Subject Tests as well as the SAT Essay portion. Please find the article here. Find out what this means for you here. 

  • The Academic Boosters has worked with local test prep vendors to provide opportunities for our students to prepare for the upcoming SAT and ACT tests. There are several boot camp opportunities and practice tests. To check out all of the options available to our MV students, please check out this link.  Classes and Testing (  Contact Jen Lindsay at with questions.

  • The California State University (CSU) will continue to temporarily suspend the use of ACT/SAT examinations in determining admission eligibility for all CSU campuses for the 2022-2023 academic year. This temporary change of admission eligibility applies for the following terms: Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Winter 2023 and Spring 2023 admission cycles. Please find the whole article here. This means that for current juniors and sophomores CSU’s will be test-blind which means admissions counselors will NOT be looking at ACT/SAT test scores. 

  • The below UC’s have moved to test-blind for the Fall 2021-Fall 2024 admissions cycle. *Please note that the UC’s below are test-blind for Fall 2021+. 

    • UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UC Davis, UC Merced, UC Santa Cruz, UC 

    • Please note that UC Santa Barbara & UC San Diego have yet to make a decision on their testing policy for the Fall of 2022 admission cycle. 

    •  UC’s will not consider SAT or ACT test scores when making admissions decisions or awarding Regents and Chancellor’s scholarships. If students choose to submit test scores as part of their application, they may be used to determine eligibility for the California statewide admissions guarantee, as an alternative method of fulfilling minimum requirements for eligibility or for course placement after they enroll. 

  • For Juniors, some colleges will be moving to test-optional permanently, I would suggest looking at the college website for testing updates. Find this helpful site that discusses which schools have decided to move forward with the SAT/ACT being test-optional. 

Financial Aid Information

Please see below for Financial Aid Information from the UC’s Counselor Bulletin 

  • March 2nd is the deadline for consideration for Cal Grants and UC’s need-based grant programs.

  • Early applicants will receive preliminary information from the US Department of Education on eligibility for Pell Grants once their FAFSA has been processed. The college determines finalized eligibility for Pell Grants and other federal aid programs.

  • Students will also receive preliminary information about Cal Grants eligibility from the California Student Aid Commission. The college determines finalized eligibility for Cal Grants and other state funded aid.

  • Completing applications early will allow UC to provide financial aid offers either simultaneously or shortly after an offer of admission is received.

  • Interested in learning more about the FAFSA? Click here to watch a presentation by the Coalition! 

  • Here is another resource on the FAFSA & CSS Profile

  • Here is a helpful link to fill out the FAFSA step by step. 

  • University of the Pacific has another FAFSA presentation

  • Learn more about Financial Aid from the UC’s! 

Extracurricular & Volunteer, & Job Opportunities 

Town of Danville Summer Camp Jobs

  • Camp Counselor

  • Camp Site Leader

  • Camp Site Managers

  • Application Deadline: April 2, 2021

  • Click here to apply


Town of Danville Summer Aquatic Jobs

  • Swim Instructor/ Lifeguard

  • Senior Guard

  • Pool Manager 

  • Application Deadline: May 14, 2021

  • Click here to apply


Here is a list of things you can do during the COVID! 


Interested in getting tutored by a MVHS student? Sign up here! 


Caltrans Student Volunteer Program


“Get Interested” Volunteer Opportunity

Looking for a way to get involved? Click here to apply for volunteer opportunities such as a website designer, logo  & media designer, communications team etc. This is open to all grades! 


High School Services

High School Services is a platform where SRVUSD students are given the opportunity to advertise fundraisers, events, business, services, and more for free. We think this is a great way for students to find new ways of giving back to their community and ultimately cultivate connections between the entire SRVUSD student body. Click here to find out more. .


Youth Representative Volunteer Opportunity | Town of Danville 

Interested in the Arts & Local government?The town of Danville Recreation, Arts & Community Services is looking for a youth representative! Please click here for more information. 


John Muir & San Ramon Regional Medical Center | Volunteering

Please note that both hospitals are on hold and are NOT taking any volunteers due to COVID at this time. I will be sure to update this once volunteers are needed. 


  • Find a way to virtually volunteer to spruce up your resume & activities list on your college application. 

  • Here is another link to virtually volunteer! 

  • Advocacy Volunteer | The Borgen Project

    • Interested in volunteering for 4-hours a week? Reach out to me to learn more about how you can virtually volunteer to serve as an ambassador for global poverty. To learn more about this opportunity, visit the website here. 

Summer Programs/ Enrichment Programs


Interested in Summer 2021 Programs?

Log into your Naviance account, click on the “colleges” tab then “research colleges” then “enrichment programs”



The College Prep Scholars Program 

Deadline to apply is March 24, 2021

Applying to college can seem daunting, and the prospect of paying for it can seem even more overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be. The College Prep Scholars Program equips high-achieving high school juniors from low-income backgrounds with the knowledge, confidence, and resources to apply to top colleges.

Why apply as a junior? Being a College Prep Scholar is a notable distinction that shows our 45 college partners that you are a competitive candidate for admission. In addition, your application will automatically carry over for the National College Match when you’re a senior, giving you a head start on applying for a full four-year scholarship to our college partners. College Prep Scholars are historically five times more likely than other applicants to receive full four-year scholarships through the National College Match. Find more information here!


UC Santa Barbara Pre-College Programs | Research Mentorship Program (RMP)

Program Dates: June 20th - July 30th

Application Deadline: March 15th, 2021

UC Santa Barbara is excited to offer two virtual Pre-College Programs for high school students, in grades 9–11, during Summer 2021! Our programs allow participants to dive deep into an interdisciplinary subject while discovering new knowledge through university-level research. These transformative summer experiences help students get ahead academically while honing skills that prepare them to excel in higher education. We invite your students to learn and grow in a diverse and supportive virtual environment at one of the top research institutions in the country. In this immersive six-week program, students participate in ongoing, university-level research projects in STEM, Humanities, or Social Sciences under the guidance of a mentor. Available for grades 9-12. 


ED100 Academy for Student Leaders 

Program Dates: June 21st-23rd

Application Deadline: February 14th

  • This conference is designed to prepare student leaders from EACH of California’s high schools with knowledge and connections they need to make a difference in their school and in their school system. 

  • Students are particularly encouraged to apply if they might serve on their school's site council, ELAC, school board, or in the leadership of an organization focused on underserved students.

  • Early applications are being accepted NOW. The early application deadline is February 14. Early applicants will attend the conference free of charge. Apply here! 


UC Santa Barbara Pre-College Programs | Summer Research Academies (SRA)

Program Dates: June 27 – July 23, 2021

Application deadline: April 15, 2021

In this dynamic four-week program, students are introduced to the research enterprise through project-based, directed research in STEM, Humanities, and Social Sciences related fields. Students are admitted into one of the following research tracks based on their interests, and investigate a unique research question.

Please visit UC Santa Barbara’s Pre-College website to learn more about specific program eligibility and requirements, and to access the online applications. Students are admitted to both programs on a rolling basis.

To learn more about our programs, check out our digital brochure, or register for an upcoming counselor webinar here. We greatly appreciate you sharing this information with your students. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Student Services team at Available for grades 9-12. 


UC Davis | Young Scholars Program

Program Dates: June 21st - July 31st, 2021

Interested in applying to UC Davis’ Summer Residential Research program that is designed to expose incoming juniors & seniors to natural sciences with an emphasis on biological, environmental, & agricultural sciences where students will work one-on-one with research faculty for 6 weeks. The deadline to apply is March 15th, 2021. 


NYU | Precollege Program

Program Dates: July 5th-August 13th, 2021

NYU Precollege gives rising juniors and seniors the unparalleled opportunity to spend their summer experiencing academics at NYU. For six dynamic weeks, high schoolers can take online college-level courses for credit, develop their essay-writing skills, and learn how to manage their time, all while connecting with NYU Precollege and undergraduate students from around the world.


Lawrence Livermore National Labs | Summer Programs 

Given the current health crisis, the Laboratory is not hosting any onsite opportunities for high school students this summer. However, we do plan to offer a virtual program in bioinformatics in late July. This is the bioinformatics portion of the Biotechnology Summer Experience. I don’t have any additional information yet, but it will be on the Science Education website in early spring,



Some great websites for looking up local/state/nation wide scholarships are:,,,,, College Board Scholarships 

*Scholarships will be updated on a weekly basis and can be accessed through Naviance.

Go into your student account and click on the “colleges” tab then “scholarships & money” then “local and regional scholarships”


Local & State Scholarships: 

Asian Pacific Fund | Various Scholarships Due 2/26/2021

Alameda Contra Costa Links | Due 2/28/2021

San Ramon Valley Republican Women Federated | 3/1/2021

Assistance League Diablo Valley | Due between March - April 2021

Alamo Women’s Club Scholarship | Due 3/9/2021

Tri County Bank Scholarship | Due 3/10/2021

Karen Ha Scholarship | Due 3/24/2021

Contra Costa Association of Realtors Scholarship | Due 3/31/2021

Asian American Scholarship | Due 4/1/2021

Patty Hart Memorial Scholarship Award | 4/1/2021

Women in Mining Scholarship | 4/1/2021

Montair Alumni Scholarship | Due 4/1/2021

MVHS PTSA 2021 Scholarships | Due 4/16/2021 *For MVHS Seniors Only 

Gary Natali Memorial Scholarship | Due 4/16/2021 *For MVHS Seniors Only 

Monte Vista Athletic Boosters Scholarship Award | 4/19/2021 *For MVHS Seniors Only

The Disability Advocate Scholarship | Due 4/30/2021

PB & J Scholarship | Due 5/31/2021

A Brighter Day Scholarship | Due 6/1/2021


National Scholarships:

*The scholarships in black can be found on Naviance. 

College Board Opportunity Scholarships | If students complete a series of action steps/ activities to help with college readiness, building a college list, SAT test prep, FAFSA etc.  you can qualify for scholarships ranging from $500-$40,000. This is a great opportunity for seniors. Find out more information here! 

Princeton Prize in Race Relations | Due 3/1/2021 *Open to grades 9-12

American Association of Blacks in Energy Scholarship | Due 3/7/2021

Italian Catholic Federation (I.C.F) | Due 3/15/2021 

ITE Diversity Scholars Program | Due 3/15/2021

League Foundation LGBTQ Scholarship | Due 4/15/2021

Cameron Impact Scholarship | Due 5/21/2021

2020 Ponton Law Scholarship | Due 7/31/2021

Rustic Pathways; Global Perspective Scholarship | Due 8/1/2021