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Apply Now to UCLA Summer Scholars Support Scholarships

UCLA Summer Sessions offers a limited number of full and partial scholarships to California high school students participating in academic courses or Precollege Summer Institutes.
Summer Scholars Support is awarded based on academic ability (and artistic ability, if applicable) and financial need. Priority is given to those without any comparable experience. This year, $100,000 is available to support 40-50 partial or full scholarships.
In order to apply for Summer Scholars Support, students must meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Must be registered and attending a high school in the state of California
  • Have not received any Summer Scholars Support in the past
  • Must be a continuing high school student in Fall 2018 (seniors graduating in 2018 are ineligible)
  • Must be enrolled in 2018 UCLA Summer Sessions, either an academic course or an eligible Precollege Summer Institute
  • Have a family annual adjusted gross income of $115,000 or less
How to Apply
  1. Complete registration for Summer Institutes or academic courses and pay the non-refundable deposit ($150)
  2. Complete the Summer Scholars Support Online Application by April 1 at 4 p.m.
  3. Mail the following Supporting Materials in ONE packet:
    • An official copy of the student’s most recent High School Transcript
    • A recent copy of W2s and 2017 Federal Income Tax Form (1040) of parent(s) or legal guardian(s)
    • A completed and signed recommendation form from a teacher or school counselor
All supplemental documents are due to the Summer Sessions office by April 2 at 4 p.m. 

For more information on the scholarship application, please visit 
Summer Scholars Support or contact us at

Summer Programs Spotlight

Dear DVD Families,

Here is a list of a few Summer Programs your student may be interested in. Summer Programs are an opportunity to experience life on a college campus or career-related field while updating your resume. Application due dates are listed and other information can be found using the program’s website:

UCLA’s Summer Math and Science Honors Program, SMASH (Application due March 1st):

Program Cost: Free

The Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH) is a free of cost, STEM-intensive college preparatory program for underrepresented high school students of color.SMASH boasts a rigorous 5-week, 3-year summer, fully residential STEM enrichment program which provides access to STEM coursework and access to mentors, role models, and support networks of students of color.


UCLA’s Pre-Med Summer Scholar Program (Application due March 2nd):

Program Fee: $500

The Pre-Med Summer Scholar Program is an intense, one-week, primarily educational program incorporating medical guest speakers and hospital-related tours and activities giving the Summer Scholar an involved sense of working within the field of medicine. This is not a “summer camp-like” program and housing accommodations are not included.


Girls Who Code (Application due March 16th): 

Cost: Free

Free 7-Week Summer Programs For Current 10th and 11th Grade Girls to Learn Coding and Get Exposure to Tech Jobs


SCI-Arc’s Design Immersion (Application due May 15th)

Need based Scholarships are available.

SCI-Arc’s Design Immersion Days (DID) is an immersive four-week summer program that introduces high school sophomores and juniors of varying backgrounds to the academic and professional world of design and architecture.



For other activities, check out this information sheet:  Miscellaneous Summer Activities


The College Counseling Team

Coffee and Chat with the DVD College Counseling Team: March 1st

Dear Parents,

You are invited to the DVD College Counseling Team’s monthly Coffee and ChatThis is a great opportunity to drop by and talk with your student’s college counselor, discuss college preparation, summer opportunities, extra curricular activities, and more!

Who: All DVD Parents

When: The first Thursday of every month from 8-9 AM

Where: Da Vinci Design, Lunch Room on the 1st Floor

You're Invited (2)

We look forward to seeing you there,

The Counseling Team

Pam Baker (A-GL), Rachel Fusco (GO-O), Erin Knott (P-Z)

Find the College that’s Right for You: Attend a NACAC College Fair

Dear DVD Students and Families,

It’s never too early to plan for college. Start your college search for free at a NACAC National College Fair!

Free and open to the public, NACAC fairs connect you to hundred of colleges and universities in one location. 

To find a NACAC College Fair in your area, check out the flyer below and register for free at

Flyer: NACAC College Fair Flyer


You’re invited: Families Connected Speaker Series- Issues on the Minds of Teens, March 20th

DVD Families,

Wondering what’s on the minds of teens and how we as parents can help them cope with today’s pressures? Then please register today for our March 20th Families Connected Speaker Series production, Issues on the Minds of Teens, featuring a teen panel moderated by Leah Niehaus, LCSW, and Adam O’Neil, Mindset Coach.

Details and Registration
The event is provided in partnership by South Bay Families Connected and Beach Cities Health District, and is co-sponsored by the Manhattan Beach Unified School District, The Redondo Union Unified School District, and the Hermosa Beach City Unified School District. All South Bay parents are invited to this free event. Space is limited, so please register today.


Summer Marine Lab Experience: Apply Now!

Dear DVD students,

Interested in Oceanography? Want to learn more about Earth? Spend one week exploring the ocean and apply to the Summer Marine Lab Experience! Visit the USC Phillip K. Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies on Catalina Island and work with local researchers, conduct research projects, and build your own ROVs, snorkel, kayak, and more!

Program dates are June 26 – July 2, 2018. The program is FREE to the students including transportation to/from the program and space is limited.  It is offered in partnership by USC Sea Grant Program, Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations, and Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies. Applications are due by 5:00 PM March 9, 2018. Questions? Email:

For more info visit:

Summer Lab Experience

Parent Workshop on Adolescent Anxiety and Depression

Dear DVD parents,

There will be an interactive informational presentation on Tuesday March 13, 2018 at 6:00pm in the Multipurpose Room (201) to discuss signs, and symptoms of depression and anxiety in your child.  A doctoral student from Pepperdine University will be at the meeting to provide you with different skills and strategies to help you ease your child’s discomfort. The presentation will be free and all Da Vinci parents are welcome to attend!

For more information, check out the attached flyer!


El Camino College Space Science Day – Saturday, March 10

El Camino College invites DVD students to Space Science Day 2018 at El Camino College on Saturday, March 10!
The day is designed for students interested in science in grades 5 through 12. Once again, the whole event is FREE – including lunch for the first 900 students. Because of limited space, and to ensure a seat and early check-in, students should sign up now. To make reservations go to
Questions can be sent to or call 310-660-3487.
For more information, check out the flyer: ElCaminoSpaceDay
More information will be sent as the date nears to all who sign up. Check-in will begin shortly before 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 10. The day will end just after lunch with the awards for the Egg Drop Competition. Once again, parents, teachers, and administrators are welcome and encouraged to attend. 
Attention Artists:  
An Arts Contest is also being conducted for El Camino College Space Science Day 2018, with the winner receiving an invitation to meet and attend dinner with Astronaut Kimbrough on Friday, March 9, 2018. The winner will be able to bring 3 guests to the dinner as well – usually the parents and one sibling or friend. Only students in grades 5 through 12 are eligible for the contest: 
Onizuka Space Science Day Arts Contest
Theme: “Space through My Eyes”
Accepted forms of artwork: drawing, painting, printmaking, computer-generated image, photograph, or photographic collage. Art must be original – reproductions of other artwork are not accepted.
Submission Requirements:
·         Only new pieces of artwork inspired by the theme may be submitted
·         Each entry must be the original work of one student only
·         Student should give the artwork a unique title
·         Include with the entry: the student’s name, age, home address, phone number, parent’s email, grade in school, teacher’s name, and school they are currently attending
Please submit a digital photo or scan of the artwork as an attachment to, or mail to Brian Hayden c/o Space Science Day, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd. Torrance, CA 90506. The deadline to receive artwork is Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 10:00 p.m.
All entries become the property of El Camino College and may be reproduced in print form, along with the identity of the winner, in our Space Science Day Event or Dinner Program.
 El Camino looks forward to seeing you at Onizuka Space Science Day 2018!

Extended Scholarship Deadline: Apply to Boston University’s Pre-College Summer Journalism Institute

Interested in Journalism? The New England Center for Investigative Reporting presents a once-in-a-lifetime experience for high school students interested in journalism, communications or writing: 

The Pre-College Summer Journalism Institute at Boston University.

The Institute gives students ages 15 to 18 the opportunity to expand their skills, experience college life and explore Boston.

Financial aid is available for students who demonstrate financial need. The deadline for full and partial scholarships for students of color has been extended to February 16, 2018.

For more information visit their website and apply for scholarships before the new deadline:


DVD Students: You’re invited to “Los Angeles Black College Expo”

Dear DVD Students,

You’re invited to the 19th Annual Black College Expo, on Saturday February 10th at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Seniors and Juniors meet with top HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges/Universities) and a variety of colleges and universities to start planning where you want to be when you graduate. EVERYONE is Welcome, the event is for Students of ALL Ages. 

Seniors: This event will grant acceptances on the SPOT for qualified students.


  • Scholarships on the SPOT
  • Audition for Band Scholarships (Vocal or instrument, bring your instrument)
  • Applications fees waived
  • Meet with companies about internships and careers

Students come prepared with your transcripts, ACT or SAT scores and reach out to all the schools present. You can get accepted on the spot and maybe earn a scholarship to your dream school.

For more information visit the event website.

Los Angeles Black College Expo

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