We Want You to be a Leader at PUC!

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We’re looking for leaders at Pacific Union College – is that you? PUC has two scholarships in particular for leaders: our Maxwell Scholarship Program, and our Mostert Christian Leaders Scholarship. You must apply for these scholarships before March 2. More information about these scholarships and their applications can be found at puc.edu/scholarships.

Please note: You have to be an accepted student to apply for our scholarships. To find out what your application is missing, look at the application checklist on your personal PUC site or contact your Enrollment Counselor. If you aren’t sure who your counselor is, email enroll@puc.edu and we can get you connected with them!

The Maxwell Scholar Program is a full tuition scholarship awarded to five students, and is renewable for three years. Winners are selected based on academic success, leadership experience, and Christian service. Candidates must also have the following:

  • A 3.5 GPA or higher
  • High test scores (a minimum of 26 on the ACTs or 1700 on the SATs)
  • Submit a complete scholarship application that includes an essay and letters of recommendation

The Mostert Christian Leaders Scholarship is a $3,000 scholarship awarded to 25 students, and is renewable for three years. Candidates are students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in their schools, churches, or communities. While there is no GPA or test score requirement, answering a set of essay questions is required.

PUC offers many other scholarships and grants based on academic performance, test scores, athletic ability, artistic performance, and more. See a full list of what’s available to incoming new students at puc.edu/scholarships.

10 Scholarships to Apply for This Winter

Don't let Cash Cat steal your college cash!

Don’t let Cash Cat steal your college cash!

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If you haven’t already begun your scholarship search to help pay for college, now’s the perfect time to get started! PUC offers many scholarships for various things, ranging from athletics to leadership to the creative arts, but the deadline to apply for them is quickly approaching and we don’t want you to miss out! Remember, you need to be an accepted student and apply before the March 2 deadline.

There’s also plenty of scholarship money available to students outside of what colleges offer – you just have to look for it! Below is a list of 10 scholarships open to current high school seniors that have application deadlines in the next few months. Get to applying!

1. DoSomething.org’s Love Letters scholarship
Deadline: February 15, 2016
Award amount: $5,000

There are over 11 million seniors in America who live alone and face isolation on a daily basis. By signing up for facts about older adults from DoSomething.org, you will also receive ideas for making a Valentine’s Day card for a senior to help them combat isolation, as well as an entry into the scholarship drawing.

2. The Christophers Annual Poster Contest scholarship
Deadline: February 17, 2016
Award amount: $1,000

Another scholarship for artistic students, this scholarship asks students to create a poster interpreting the theme of “One Person Can Make a Difference.” There are also monetary prizes for second and third place, as well as up to five honorable mentions.

3. Teens for Jeans scholarship
Deadline: February 29, 2016
Award amount: $5,000

Want a chance to help others and possibly earn some cash for yourself? DoSomething.org is giving away another $5,000 scholarship to a student who organizes a gently-used jean drive for the homeless in their community.

4. Growing up Asian in America scholarship
Deadline: March 4, 2016
Award amount: $1,000

In honor of the upcoming Olympic games, this scholarship asks students to think about a person in their life they would award a gold medal, and why. Responses can be an essay, video, or artwork. The contest is open to all students, regardless of background, but does require entries to be about an Asian or Pacific Islander American experience and / or person.

Please note, this scholarship is only available for students living in the following Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano or Sonoma

5. Toyota Teen Video Challenge
Deadline: March 7, 2016
Award amount: $15,000

If you’re into making videos, this is the scholarship for you! Create a video encouraging teens to drive safer and you could win $15,000. Another sweet perk? If you win, you also get to work with a film crew to reshoot your video entry into a PSA to be aired on TV! Second place also nets you $10,000, and there are 12 other monetary prizes for runners up.

6. Frame My Future Scholarship Contest
Deadline: March 8, 2016
Award amount: $1,000

Applicants must submit a collage, drawing, graphic design piece, painting, photograph, poem or another creative entry discussing what they hope to achieve in both their personal and professional life after college. Five winners receive $1,000, and the grand prize winner also receives an additional $1,000 to be given to their college.

7. Superpower Scholarship
Deadline: March 31, 2016
Award amount: $2,500

How many of us have daydreamed about what we would do if we had a superpower? The possibilities are endless. This short essay contest asks students to answer the question “Which superhero or villain would you want to change places with for a day and why?”

8. Project Yellow Light
Deadline: April 1, 2016
Award amount: $5,000

In honor of Hunter Garner, who was killed in a car accident, this scholarship asks students to create a 25 or 55 second video to encourage teens not to drive distracted. The winner receives a $5,000 scholarship, while the second place winner receives $2,000. Third place gets you $1,000.

9. Niche.com “No Essay” Scholarship
Deadline: Monthly
Award amount: $2,000

This scholarship is basically a random drawing every month. Scholarships don’t get any easier!

10. CollegeWeekLive Monthly $1,000 Scholarship
Deadline: Monthly
Award amount: $1,000

The requirements for this monthly scholarship drawing are simple! Sign up for CollegeWeekLive, research at least five colleges while you’re logged in to your account, and then you’ll be entered into a drawing to win $1,000.

You’re Accepted to PUC – Now What?

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Christmas break is the perfect time to work on your college applications and everything you need to do to be ready for college next year. If you’re an accepted student to PUC, you can look at your personal site for a checklist to keep you on track. The checklist is located on the right-hand side of the home screen. For parents or students still working on their PUC application, you can use our helpful High School Senior Checklist

For accepted students, here are the four most important things you can do for PUC right now:

  1. Pay your enrollment fee & fill out a housing form. All students will need to pay a $200 enrollment fee before registering for classes, as well as submit a housing form. You can do both at puc.edu/reserve. Paying the fee before May 1 means $100 of it will be put towards your Fall 2016 tuition bill!
  2. Apply for PUC scholarships. Our scholarship deadline isn’t until March 2, so there’s plenty of time to write those essays! See a list of what we offer incoming freshmen at puc.edu/scholarships.
  3. Fill out a PUC Financial Aid Application. All students are required to submit a PUC Financial Aid Application, which can be found at puc.edu/reserve. This information, along with your FAFSA, is used by the Student Finance office to put together a financial estimate where you can see how much per month it would cost you to attend PUC. It’s very helpful! If you have any finance-related questions, the Student Finance office can be reached at studentfinance@puc.edu or at 800.862.7080 option 1.
  4. Register for classes. Registration for Fall 2016 doesn’t start until April, but if you let your Enrollment Counselor know what you’re planning on studying, they can put together a sample class schedule for you so you can see what classes you might end up taking next fall.

If you have any questions while working on these items, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Enrollment office at enroll@puc.edu or through our 800 number at 800.862.7080 option 2. Our six Enrollment Counselors happy to help!

We hope you have a blessed Christmas and a happy New Year!

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Postcards from the Golden State

Greetings from CA

I could’ve worn flip flops today. They would go with my slacks about as well as pickles go with ice cream, but it’s not outside the realm of possibility for a November day in California. My friends in northern Wisconsin could try it, but they’d probably come back with fewer toes than they woke up with. And that is a wonderful thing about living where we do. The weather is just one of the reasons you might consider coming to California for college (and sticking around when you’re done).

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If I were to hop in my car and leave my office at PUC right now, I could be at the beach in an hour and a half. Since my boss is able to see this, I’m not going to. However, I could be in San Francisco just as quickly. Or, I could rediscover how bad I am at winter sports after a three hour drive to Tahoe. The point is, you can find just about anything you’re after in California except for Waffle House… And most of us here would consider that a blessing.

Our location also benefits you when it comes time to look for internships and jobs. Being so close to the Bay Area and Silicon Valley gives you the opportunity to work with heavy hitters like Google, Buzzfeed, Airbnb, and Facebook (among others). It’s a fantastic place to build your networks and cultivate some real-world experience, as well as a great way to set up some roots on the west coast if you’re looking to stay.

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Oh, did I mention the money stuff? It pays to stay in California thanks to Cal Grant, which can land you over $8,000 dollars if you attend a four-year college in the Golden State. It’s just something to keep in mind when all those out-of-state colleges start fawning over you and your 4.2 GPA in the spring.

So between the places, the people, the weather, the food, and the scholarships, what more are you looking for in a place to spend your college years? You’d be hard-pressed to find a more diverse and vibrant place to live than California. Take it from someone who travels for three months out of the year… There’s no better place to call home.

Come visit Pacific Union College!

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With Thanksgiving and Christmas break quickly approaching, soon high school seniors across the country will be flocking to college campuses to start figuring out where they want to be attending next fall. If you’ve never been to Pacific Union College, here are a few reasons why you it’s worth adding us to your list of colleges to visit! You can come during one of our College Days events or on your own for a personalized experience.

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During your visit to PUC, you will:

  • Tour the campus with a student ambassador
  • Meet with a professor in your major of interest
  • Sit in on a college class*
  • Discuss scholarships and financial aid options with a financial counselor
  • Talk with your enrollment counselor about next steps
  • Worship with our campus community*
  • Attend social activities with other students*
  • Stay in a residence hall and eat in our Dining Commons
  • Experience the nearby town of St. Helena and Pier 39 in San Francisco*

*Available during all College Days events OR weekday visits by request (if possible)

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The next College Days event is scheduled for January 31- February 2, 2016, and there will be another April 10-12, 2016. If you aren’t able to make it to either of those events, or if you would like to visit on your own, scheduled campus visits are offered Monday through Thursday at 9 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM, and 2 PM.

To request a visit to PUC, or to register for College Days, go to puc.edu/visit. We look forward to hosting you!

We’re Not Waiting on the World to Change

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By Trent Broeckel

On Friday, October 30th, Pacific Union College’s student-led philanthropic group REVO kicked off its fundraising campaign with a vespers and launch party. Short for revolution, REVO is based on the idea students will not wait for the world to change and together, will become a movement for positive change.

This year, REVO is partnering with a fair trade business called Freeset, located in Sonagacchi, one of Asia’s largest red light districts in Kolkata, India. Women at Freeset are offered a chance to change their lives and are taught skills like making clothing, bags, and other merchandise. All profits from Freeset go directly to these women, providing them with salary, health insurance, and retirement plans. REVO’s goal for this quarter is to raise $10,023 which is the exact amount necessary to employ 27 woman at Freeset.

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This past summer, seven PUC students were led by professors Alisa Jacobo and Cristian Cruz to work side by side with women at Freeset in Kolkata. REVO’s president and PUC senior communication major Evelyn Marquez was one of those who saw the global issue in Kolkata first hand. “They didn’t have a choice, but Freeset created the opportunity for them to have one,” Marquez explained, “A choice to experience freedom.”

The REVO team has organized and presented a $10 challenge to PUC students in hopes of reaching their goal for fall quarter. If every student at PUC participates in the challenge, REVO could raise far more than their goal. College students stereotypically do not have much money, though Marquez argues accepting the $10 challenge is not taxing. “We can sacrifice one trip to Giugni’s with our friends to give someone a lifetime of freedom. I met a girl named Daali in Kolkata. Her monthly food budget before starting work at Freeset was $10. A small donation can really go a long way.”

Christopher Lawrence, senior accounting major and REVO’s vice president, expresses, “Helping people is one thing but offering them the option of a completely better life is something I believe God wants us to do as Christians.”

Marquez, Jacobo, and senior intercultural communication major Pascale Pean shared their summer experiences in Kolkata at REVO’s vespers. Afterwards, the Student Association provided samosas and mango lassi. During the course of REVO’s opening weekend, with the support from both the Student Association and Enactus (non-profit business club), REVO has already raised around $1,000 in donations. This marks a fantastic start for the campaign, but more work needs to be done.

If you would like to learn more about REVO and the opportunity to change the future of women at risk of being trafficked, please visit www.facebook.com/revopuc.

If you feel compelled to help, you can donate at www.crowdrise.com/revopuc (tax deductable).

10 More Scholarships to Apply for This Fall

There's still time to beat Cash Cat and get free money for college!

There’s still time to beat Cash Cat and get free money for college!

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This blog post is a follow up to last week’s “10 Scholarships to Apply for This Fall” post, so if you missed that one, make sure to take a look at it for another helpful list of scholarships to apply for this fall season. Also, don’t forget to check out PUC’s scholarships, many of which are due March 2! Our Maxwell Scholar Program now offers full tuition to five students!

Without further ado, here are 10 more unique scholarships available to high school seniors with upcoming application deadlines.

1. The MoolahSPOT $1,000 Scholarship
Deadline: December 31, 2015
Award amount: $1,000

Presented by MoolahSPOT.com, this essay contest asks you to respond to one of the following questions, in 400 words or less:

  • Why do you deserve to win this scholarship?
  • What is your academic or career goal?
  • Describe what is most important to you and why
  • Or, you can write an essay on any topic of your choice

2. Unigo’s $10K Scholarship
Deadline: December 31, 2015
Award amount: $10,000

For such a big scholarship, the requirements for this one are pretty simple: In 250 words or less, write a response to the question “What’s the biggest challenge facing college students today and how can it be addressed?”

3. Unigo’s 10 Things You Love About You Scholarship
Deadline: December 31, 2015
Award amount: $1,500

Another relatively simple scholarship, this one asks you to write 10 reasons why you should be awarded the scholarship, in 250 words or less.

4. Gates Millennium Scholars Program
Deadline: January 13, 2016
Award amount: Varies

Sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Gates Millennium Scholars Program annually awards scholarships to 1,000 minority students who have demonstrated leadership skills by participating in extracurricular activities and community service. Students must be African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, or Hispanic American and have a minimum unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.3.

5. Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarships
Deadline: January 20, 2016
Award amount: Varies

The Ronald McDonald House Charities has four different scholarship opportunities for students:

  • RMHC/Scholars: All students are eligible to apply regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or national origin
  • RMHC/Asia: Applicant must have at least one parent of Asian-Pacific heritage
  • RMHC/African-American Future Achievers: Applicant must have at least one parent of African American or Black Caribbean heritage
  • RMHC/HACER: Applicant must have at least one parent of Hispanic/Latino heritage

Typically winners are awarded a minimum of $1,000.

6. Hollister Co. Anti-Bullying Scholarship Program
Deadline: February 1, 2016
Award amount: $2,500 (renewable up to $7,500)

Sadly, it’s estimated over three million students are victims of bullying every year. This scholarship hopes to help put an end to that. Students who have experienced bullying or have participated in anti-bullying efforts at their school or within their community are encouraged to apply.

7. Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship
Deadline: February 15, 2016
Award amount: $28,000

The Jackie Robinson Foundation provides college scholarships of up to $28,000 over four years to minority students who show “leadership potential and dedication to community service” and also demonstrate financial need. Typically 60 students are awarded each year.

8. Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship
Deadline: February 20, 2016
Award amount: $10,000

To apply for this scholarship, you need to have shown “shown compassion, courage, and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian diet/lifestyle.” Two runners-up will receive $5,000 each.

9. Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest
Deadline: February 25, 2016
Award amount: $10,000

Calling all artists! It’s worth taking the time to apply for this scholarship. The contest is to design the front of a greeting card and the winning entry will actually be made and sold as a real greeting card, which would be a pretty cool thing to add to your portfolio.

10. Niche.com “No Essay” Scholarship
Deadline: Monthly
Award amount: $2,000

This scholarship is essentially a random drawing every month. Scholarships don’t get any easier!