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Visiting Colleges

Hello Senior Parents!


We just wanted to inform you of the colleges that have visited our campus so far:

University of Oregon

Goucher College

Northern Arizona University

Vanderbilt University

Beloit College

California State University, Dominguez Hills

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Azusa Pacific University

University of California, San Diego

Muhlenberg College

Oregon State University, Cascades

Cornish College of the Arts

Marymount California University

Southern California Institute of Architecture

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

University of Maryland, College Park

Purchase College, SUNY

Xavier University of Louisiana

University of California, Santa Cruz

University of California Merced

Loyola Marymount University

Pennsylvania State University

University of California, Santa Barbara

Syracuse University


Below is also a list of all the colleges that will be visiting soon:

Smith College (Tue. October 16, 2018)

Bennington College (Wed. October 17, 2018)

Boston University (Wed. October 17, 2018)

University of Massachusetts, Lowell (Mon. October 22, 2018)

Mount Saint Mary’s University (Mon. October 22, 2018)

Chapman University (Tue. October 23, 2018)

University of Southern California (Thu. October 25, 2018)

University of Redlands (Wed. October 31, 2018)

Hawaii Pacific University (Wed. October 31, 2018)

If you have any questions please contact your student’s counselor.

Thank you!

Counseling Team

The Horatio Alger Scholarship

Hello Senior Parents!

We would like to invite your student to apply for a Horatio Alger Scholarship.

The scholarship programs provide financial assistance to students throughout the nation who have significant financial need and have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity. The scholarships are given to deserving students each year and range in award value from $6,000 to $25,000.


To be considered eligible for Horatio Alger National and State Scholarship Programs, applicants must:

  • Be enrolled full-time as a high school senior in the United States, progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall toward graduation.
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution).
  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required).
  • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities.
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.
  • Be a United States citizen.


To apply for the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs, the following items must be completed by October 25:

  • An online application at
  • One Support Form completed online. This must be completed by an adult over the age of 21 who is not related to the applicant and who is aware of the adversities mentioned in the application. This form must be filled out online. Faxes, emails, or letter will not be accepted.
  • Online Certification Form. A login will be emailed to the applicant’s counselor.
  • High school transcript. Applicants should upload a transcript through the application. Transcripts must be submitted online.
  • Income Verification. A copy of the first page of the applicant’s parent(s) federal tax return (1040, 1040A, 1040EZ or 1099 SSA-Social Security Form) or tax transcript (request a tax transcript here from 2017 is needed in order to verify income stated on the application. Income verifications may be uploaded online or sent by mail. Applicants of divorced or legally separated parents need to submit tax forms from both parents.  No emails or faxes accepted  (844) 422 – 4200

The Jefferson Scholarship

Hello Seniors!

The Jefferson Scholars Foundation at the University of Virginia is now accepting nominations for the next class of Jefferson Scholars.

What is a Jefferson Scholarship?

The Jefferson scholarship is the premier undergraduate scholarship at the University of Virginia. Valued at more than $150,000 for an in-state student and $290,000 for out-state, it is awarded based on merit and covers the entire cost of attendance for four years at the University of Virginia. In addition, the Scholarship provides a number of enrichment opportunities, including a study abroad experience.

What is the Jefferson Scholarship competition?

Students must be nominated by their high schools based on demonstrated excellence and exceptional potential in the areas of leadership, scholarship, and citizenship. Nominees participate in a regional selection process and if identified as a regional finalist, the student will be invited to the University of Virginia to participate in the Jefferson Scholars Selection Weekend.

To learn more about the Scholarship criteria and selection process, please visit

What is the Jefferson Scholars Foundation?

The Jefferson Scholars Foundation is an independent organization whose sole mission is to serve the University of Virginia by identifying, attracting, and nurturing individuals of extraordinary intellectual range and depth who possess the highest concomitant qualities of leadership, scholarship, and citizenship


P. (434) 243 – 9029

F. (434) 243 – 9081



Multi-Cutural College Fair at Vista Mar

Hello Parents/Students,

VistaMar School will be hosting their Multi-Cultural College Fair October 14, 2018 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm.  Designers are always invited and we suggest all grades levels attend.  It is never too early to begin gathering information on colleges.  Please click on the flyer below for more information:


College Fair 2018 Flyer


Thank you,


Counseling Team

Kayne Scholars informational meeting

Hello Seniors (and Parents),

• Are you planning on attending a California State or University of California college in 2019?
• Are you interested in receiving additional scholarship money, in addition to your Pell grant, Cal Grant and other university money that will help you pay for books, fees, emergency funds, supplies, transportation, etc.?
• Are you planning on majoring in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) or business related field (including Sociology or Psychology) and have a minimum 3.0 GPA?
• Are you a first generation student?
• Would you like to participate in a program that will provide you with an advisor to help you navigate classes and resources on campus?
• Would you like to participate in a program that will provide you with a mentor who will help you find a paid internship/job in your field of study while in college?

If you answered yes to at least the first four of these questions, then the Kayne Scholars program may be for you! If you’re eligible (criteria attached based on GPA, financial eligibility, major and other criteria), please come to the Kayne Scholars information session at DaVinci Schools. If you’re not sure if you’re eligible, come to hear more about the program and ask questions. Please see click on informational flyer below for logistics:


Kayne Scholars flyer


Thank you,

Your Counseling Team

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