Happy Friday Cudas!

There is a lot happening in the CAP office as we get started with the 2nd half of the school year.

Seniors –

·         Most of you have finished up the application process and are starting to hear back from your colleges and universities. Please remember to update your SCOIR accounts!

·         An email will go out next week regarding Mid-year reports (for those of you that need to send them out) – please be on the lookout for that.

·          Its time to get serious about looking for funding for the next 4 years of your life. Go back into the scholarship bulletins I sent out and take a look at the new ones I listed below.

Juniors –

·         I had the opportunity to present to most of the Junior class through their English class. I know that there were 2 teachers who have not had presentations yet – I’m working on getting that set up.

·         Students, please remember to join the Class of 2023 Schology Group to stay in the loop – if you need the code, please email me.

·         There are some summer opportunities listed below – be sure to check them out.

·         High Achieving Juniors from low-income backgrounds – check out the Questbridge College Prep Scholars program information (listed under the Pre-College section below). This is an AMAZING, FREE opportunity that shows the Questbridge partner colleges that you are a competitive candidate for admission!

There are so many opportunities listed below! Many have deadlines that are fast approaching.

Make sure you find everything that you are eligible for and apply, apply, apply!


I’d like to begin by congratulating Richard Tijerino.  Richard was chosen by the scholarship committee from an impressive group of students to be Coral Reef’s nominee for the Fair Scholarship. We are very proud of you. Good Luck!


One of the biggest determining factors in deciding where to attend college is cost. Below are two great tools to help you compare costs of colleges and universities.

·         2021 Tuition Comparison Between Colleges In Florida

·         Tuition Comparison for Over 8000 Institutions Nationwide

Free online webinars for students in all grade levels hosted by FloridaShines. The webinars will be given throughout the month of February. There is something for everyone.

·         www.FloridaShines.org/College-101

(free) Assistance with writing your personal statement or college application essay (this is for you, juniors!). The College Essay guy provides practical, step-by-step guides on writing beautiful college essays and putting together an awesome college application.



No Limits HBCU College Fair

Join MDCPS, partnered with Broward, Palm Beach and Osceola counties in presenting the Spring (virtual) No Limits HBCU College Fair. There are several events during the week of Feb.7-Feb.10.

Kickoff for the event will begin Feb. 7 at 3:00pm

For more information, please visit:



Federal Bar Associations’ Civics Essay and Video Contest

The Federal Bar Association is sponsoring a Civics Essay and Video Contest for high school students with scholarship prizes. 

Students can participate in this year’s Civic Essay and Video Contest on the topic “In light of the First Amendment, what type of social media posts should schools be allowed to punish as cyberbullying?


More information can be found on the following flyer: https://www.fedbar.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Essay-Video-Contest-flyer-FY22.pdf

Zeta Phi Beta / MU Gamma Zeta Scholarship

Scholarship for Women

In addition to service, sisterhood, and finer womanhood, scholarship is one of Zeta Phi Beta’s founding principles. Mu Gamma Zeta encourages scholarship via our yearly scholarship to high achieving young women in the South Dade area.

NUMEROUS young women from Coral Reef have received this scholarship in the past!

Apply, Apply, Apply! (see attached)

Do The Right Thing Angel Calzadilla Scholarship

The Miami Police Department’s Do The Right Thing (DTRT) Program is in search of young adults between the ages of 18-22 interested in serving the community as police officers.
 The Senior Police Executive Angel Calzadilla/Do The Right Thing Police Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Senior Police Executive Angel Calzadilla, a well regarded officer who succumbed to a lifelong private struggle with cystic fibrosis at the age of 48.
 Do The Right Thing, known for recognizing and rewarding area youths for their positive behavior and actions, awards the scholarship to one young adult annually to cover tuition up to $6,100 to attend the Miami Police Academy.
 Applications will be accepted throughout the month of February. You must be between the ages of 18-22 to apply.

 To Apply:  https://dotherightthinginc.org/scholarship/
If you have any questions about the scholarship please call 305-603-6957 or email admin@dotherightthinginc.org.

Progressive Black men Inc. at the University of Florida

The Collective Knowledge Scholarship

The Collective Knowledge Scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to one lucky high school senior in Florida. This scholarship has been created to exemplify one of our pillars: academic excellence. As students across the country have been transitioning to learning again through in-person formatting, we want to do our part to help ease this transition and make the shift back to classrooms full-time as smooth as possible for our graduating seniors. The Collective Knowledge Scholarship reward will be a $1,000 grant provided to the institution of the selected individual to go towards their tuition or housing for the 2022-2023 academic year. Eligibility Must be a high school senior in Florida Must intend to enroll in a college or university for the 2022-2023 academic year.


·         Copy of High School Transcript

·         Letter of Recommendation

·         Minimum of 25 Community Service Hours Scholarship

·         Essay Response Essay Prompt ~ 500 Word Minimum How do you plan on using your education to empower those around you?

Please send all documentation and proof for requirements to ufpbmscholarship@gmail.com prior to the application deadline

DEADLINE: March 15, 2022

Winner announced: March 22, 2022 @12:00pm

Rising Black Scholars program at Miami Dade College

The Rising Black Scholars program provides free tuition for up to two years, plus academic and co-curricular experiences, to equip students with the knowledge, resources and skills for success. The program highlights include financial support and holistic support services. Scholars receive a book stipend each term (up to $600), a laptop computer, and MDC scholarship opportunities. Scholars also receive a tailored orientation, academic coaching with a personal academic advisor, peer mentoring, career exploration, and internship opportunities

To qualify for the Rising Black Scholars program, students must graduate from high school in 2022.  Students must also complete the MDC admissions application, FAFSA, Rising Black Scholars program application, and submit a letter of recommendation.  To apply to the Rising Black Scholars program, students should visit: mdc.edu/risingblackscholars.

The Collective Knowledge Scholarship

The Collective Knowledge Scholarship

The Collective Knowledge Scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to one lucky high school senior in Florida. This scholarship has been created to exemplify one of our pillars: academic excellence. As students across the country have been transitioning to learning again through in-person formatting, we want to do our part to help ease this transition and make the shift back to classrooms full-time as smooth as possible for our graduating seniors. The Collective Knowledge Scholarship reward will be a $1,000 grant provided to the institution of the selected individual to go towards their tuition or housing for the 2022-2023 academic year. Eligibility Must be a high school senior in Florida Must intend to enroll in a college or university for the 2022-2023 academic year.

SAR – George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest
The George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest, provided by the National Society Sons of the America
Revolution, is open to high school students . Applicants must submit an 800 – to 1200 – word essay
discussing an event, person, philosophy, or ideal associated with the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution. Contest entries must be submitted as PDF files attached to emails. Essays will be judged on historical accuracy, clarity of thought, organization and proven topic, grammar and spelling, and documentation. The essay must have four parts: 1) title page, 2) essay pages, 3) bibliography or works cited, and 4) applicant’s biography. The contest must be entered through an SAR chapter near the student’s residence. Awards: From $1,000 to $5,000. First place: $5,000, a medal and recognition certificate and up to $500 toward travel expenses for the winner and a chaperone at the annual SAR Congress. Second Place: a $2,500 and a recognition certificate. Third place: $1,000 and a recognition certificate. The winning essay of the national contest will be submitted for publication in the SAR Magazine.
APPLICATION: https://www.sar.org/education/youth-contests-awards/george-s-stella-m-knight-essay-contest

Florida State University

The Service Scholar Program is a four-year, comprehensive, co-curricular program. Service Scholars will complete a minimum of 75 service hours per semester (45 hours for first-semester first-year students), participate in individual and group service projects, attend regular meetings, engage in coursework tailored to each year in the program, and promote community participation among their peers. The program includes an annual $3,000 scholarship, which is automatically renewed each year, provided requirements are met.

The Service Scholars is affiliated with the Center for Leadership & Social Change, and will participate in activities and events in the Center. It is expected that Service Scholars will develop as effective leaders and exemplary citizens.

·         It is a four-year program (as a maximum of eight semesters of scholarship funds are available).

·         Service Scholars participate in 75 hours of community service each semester (45 hours for the first semester of one’s first year).

·         Service Scholars must maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA.

·         Service Scholars attend monthly meetings called Evenings to engage in thoughtful conversation around civic engagement topics.

·         Service Scholars enroll in a service-focused course each semester to help connect out-of-class experiences to in-class learning and development.

·         First-year students are assigned a peer mentor.

·         The Service Scholar Program is a second family — a supportive community of service-minded student leaders.

Application Information

High school graduating seniors with a distinguished record of community involvement and a strong desire to continue to learn through service are encouraged to apply. Competitive candidates have community involvement beyond the normal requirements for high school graduation or Florida Bright Futures scholarships, both in quantity and depth of service. A commitment that exhibits initiative and leadership will be given greater consideration.

2021 Applicant Timeline

·         Application Opens: December 1, 2020

·         Application Deadline: 5pm March 1, 2021

·         Recommendation Deadline: 5pm March 11, 2021

·         Semi-Finalists Announced: March 19, 2021

·         Finalists Announced: April 9-12, 2021

·         Program Admissions Decisions Made: April 19, 2021

The application is completed via Fluid Review, an online application system. The application can be accessed via the button below. While applying, please make sure to check your junk or spam email inboxes for Fluid Review emails. For more information regarding receiving Fluid Review emails, check here.

Applicants are encouraged to stay attentive to their email for changes in their application status.

AFA Teen Alzheimer’s Awareness Scholarship

AFA’s Teen Alzheimer’s Awareness Scholarship provides educational funding to college-bound high school seniors who have been impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. Applicants are asked to write an essay (1,500 word maximum) describing the impact of Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia-related illness on themselves, their families or their communities, and what they have learned from it. Winners are chosen based off of their essay scores. The grand prize winner receives $5,000, with additional prizes awarded for runners up. More than $350,000 in college scholarships have been awarded since the program’s inception.

Entries for the 2022 contest are now being accepted.

DEADLINE: March 1, 2022.

Click here to register

Northwestern Mutual Cancer Survivor & Sibling Scholarship

The Northwestern Mutual Childhood Cancer Survivor & Sibling Scholarship programs assists survivors and siblings of individuals affected by childhood cancer who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs. To apply, students must be U.S. citizens, 25 years or younger and siblings of individuals who have survived or passed away from pediatric childhood cancer or are patients/survivors who are in current treatment. Applicants must plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 (or the equivalent) and demonstrate financial need. One online recommendation form must be submitted. Awards: The scholarship program will award up to (25) $5,000 scholarships, renewable for
up to one year or until a bachelor’s degree is earned. Applications will open December 1, 2021, for the2022-2023 academic year.
DEADLINE: Feb. 4 at 3:00 PM

APPLICATION: https://northwesternmutual-foundation.com/scholarships/

The SAWF (Southern Automotive Women’s Forum) Scholarship

The SAWF Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to women enrolled or who plan to enroll in a STEM related field, such as science, technology, engineering, or math at an accredited two year technical program, four year undergraduate program, or graduate program that can be used for a career in the automotive industry. Applicants must submit an essay about their future plans in automotive and/or STEM or why they are choosing a career in automotive and/or STEM. Two letters of r commendation are required. Awards: ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.

DEADLINE: March 20

APPLICATION: http://southernautomotivewomen.org/scholarship/

American Foreign Service National High School Essay Contest

Students whose parents are not in the Foreign Service are eligible to participate if they are in grades nine through twelve in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. territories, or if they are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent attending high school overseas. Students may be attending a public, private, or parochial school. Entries from home-schooled students are also accepted. Previous first-place winners and immediate relatives of directors or staff of the AFSA, the U.S. Institute of Peace, Semester at Sea and National Student Leadership Conference are not eligible to participate. Previous honorable mention designees are eligible to enter.

Application: https://afsascholarships.communityforce.com/Funds/Search.aspx


Questbridge College Prep Scholars Program (Current 11th Graders)

Questbridge is looking for high school juniors who have shown outstanding academic ability (Primarily A’s in the most challenging courses available to you) despite financial challenges (typically households earning less than $65,000 annually for a typical family of four – this is NOT a strict cut-off).

Awards for College Prep Scholars may include:

·         A full scholarship to a college summer program hosted by Yale, Emory, UChicago, and more.

·         Quest for Excellence Awards, such as $1,000 for a new laptop or other resources to help the student enhance their college application.

·         Exclusive access to a QuestBridge National College Admissions Conference — an invite-only event featuring workshops and a college fair with our college partners.

·         Personalized college essay feedback.

·         Campus visits or other opportunities from QuestBridge college partners.

·         Specialized guidance and resources for the college application process.

·         Peer-to-peer support in an online community.


For More Information: https://www.questbridge.org/high-school-students/college-prep-scholars

Cornell Summer Programs

As one of the nation’s longest running and most highly regarded precollege academic programs, it gives motivated students the chance to

·         Get a head start on college by earning 3 to 8 credits and a Cornell transcript

·         Immerse themselves in rigorous university courses taught by top Cornell faculty

·         Prep for college applications with one-on-one admissions counseling

·         Connect with a diverse group of high school students from around the world

Students choose from regular undergraduate Cornell courses in Arts and Architecture, Business and Hospitality, Engineering, Health and Humanities, International Relations, Science and Technology, Social Change, Veterinary Medicine, and more. They can also combine on-campus and/or online courses to create their own six- or nine-week program.

Courses are offered between May 31 and August 2, 2022. Limited financial aid is available for on-campus courses.

Applications open in late January

Barnard College Pre-College Summer Programs

We are so happy to announce that Barnard’s 2022 Pre-College Programs will be in-person and residential this summer! 

This summer, we will be offering some fantastic new and enhanced offerings, including Kode with Klossy Powered by Barnard, our signature three-week Young Women’s Leadership Institute and Athena Summer Innovation Institute, as well as a seven week (for-credit) Pre-Baccalaureate Program. Students will have unique opportunities to delve into an area of interest on a deeper level through both in-class discussions and city exploration in everything from entrepreneurship to STEM. Learn more about Barnard’s Pre-College Programs here.

Our team is working very hard to provide our students with an unforgettable experience as we bring Summer back to our campus in New York City. Health and safety continues to be our top priority and we will tailor our pandemic response program and COVID-19 protocols for summer students accordingly. 

Bucknell Academy Summer Experience (Current 10th and 11th Graders)

What is BASE?

At BASE, the Bucknell Academy Summer Experience, rising high school juniors and seniors spend a week living like a college student.

You’ll stay in our residence halls, attend classes taught by Bucknell professors and develop problem-solving skills designed to help you make an impact on the world.

BASE participants join Bucknell faculty and students to find innovative solutions to pressing issues. Perhaps you’ll team up with environmental engineers and global managers to create better technology for clean water. Or maybe you’ll collaborate with performing artists and biomedical engineers to reimagine prosthetics used by actors or musicians.

Reach into your imagination and solve problems in innovative ways. It all starts at Bucknell.

Applications for BASE 2022 open in February 2022.

The next edition of the Bucknell Academy Summer Experience will be held from Sunday, June 26, to Friday, July 1, 2022.

BASE 2022 will be in person, focusing on the theme of the Anthropocene — how have humans permanently impacted the planet and what can we do about it?

The BASE 2022 application will go live in February, so we invite you to return to this page then.

Bucknell’s Academic Summer Experience

COST: $1,500 (includes housing, meals and learning materials)

A limited number of applicants may receive financial aid based on need.

Fore More information: https://www.bucknell.edu/meet-bucknell/plan-visit/camps-conferences-visit-programs/bucknell-academy-summer-experience

Coast Guard Academy’s AIM Program

he Academy Introduction Mission (AIM) is a one-week summer program where you’ll immerse yourself in Academy life. Exclusively for students entering their senior year of high school, AIM is regarded as the most realistic of the service academy summer orientation programs.

AIM will test and inspire you. It will push you to your limits. You’ll rise early. You’ll study. You’ll compete. For six non-stop days, you’ll test your mind, body and spirit in every way.

Intense and rewarding, AIM will help you to discover whether the Academy experience is truly what you want from college, and whether you have what it takes to succeed.

Application Opens: February 8

For more information: https://www.uscga.edu/aim/

Naval Academy’s Summer Seminar & Summer STEM

Applications Opened January 4

For Students Entering the 12th Grade

Summer Seminar gives you a taste of life at the Academy and kick-starts your application journey for an appointment to the Academy. For one week in June, you will experience first-class academic, athletic and professional training while building lifelong friendships with campers from all over the country.

2022 Session Dates and Program Fee

For more info and application please click here.

For Students Entering 9th – 11th Grade

Summer STEM at the Naval Academy is a vibrant week of problem solving, exploratory learning, critical thinking, and team building for rising 9th-11th graders interested in a future in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

For more info and application, please click here.

Rochester Institute of Technology Pre-College Programs

Programs for High School Students:

·         Virtual STEM Trivia Contest Virtual STEM Trivia Contest  (It’s trivia all about STEM and there are two more trivia’s left to attend for the year!!!)

·         Digital Arts, Film and Animation Competition (DAFAC)à Digital Arts, Film and Animation Competition (It is where students can put their creative minds to the test with digital arts)

·         The Next Big Idea: High School Edition The Next Big Idea™ – High School (It is a similar concept to Shark tank, where students can come up with a product or business and pitch it)

·         SPIRIT Writing SpiRIT Writing competition ( It is where students can write about what they want and possibly win something)

·         Explore Your Future (EYF) Explore Your Future | (rit.edu) (It is our biggest and popular program of the year, the past two years due to COVID were online. Which means we hope to aim for In-person EYF but that could change so stay tuned for updates.)

Florida State University Mini-Medical School Experience

The FSU College of Medicine Summer Institute is a weeklong program designed for students who are committed to pursuing a career in the medical field.
The SSTRIDE Summer Institute introduces students to a variety of clinical settings, provides information about financial aid and university pre-health advising/programs, exposes students to college life, gives students a perspective on the life of a medical student, exposes students to certain aspects of the medical school curriculum through interaction with faculty and participation in faculty led presentations about medical topics, and inspires students to pursue careers in health-care professions.


·         3.0 GPA

·         Performance in college prep math and science courses

·         Essay

·         Recommendation

DEADLINE: March 14

For More Information and Application: https://med.fsu.edu/outreach/summer-institute