Thursday, June 22, 2017

Great Article on College Admissions

Fredrick Douglass Distinguished Scholars Program at American University

Please share this with My Brother’s Keeper family, friends, and students in grades 9-12 ASAP…
The award-winning Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars (FDDS) program at American University (AU) is offering five full scholarships to high potential, incoming freshmen dedicated to creative problem-solving, post-baccalaureate education, and socially-responsible leadership!
FDDS personify innovation, entrepreneurial thinking, and originality. They are a new generation of leaders in relentless pursuit of excellence. FDDS draw on the knowledge, experience, and network of influential alumni, faculty, and staff to prepare for graduate/professional school, develop long-term personal and professional goals, and hone the distinctive skills necessary for leadership.
Ranked among the top three in Washington, DC, AU’s undergraduate schools and colleges include business, international studies, communications, public affairs, and arts and sciences. The FDDS benefit from AU’s location in the nation’s capital, providing unparalleled access to immersive leadership training and opportunities that develop their capacity to lead measurable change in an ever-changing world. Bringing together the best of AU – personal development, professional development, and leadership development – the FDDS program elevates the college-to-career experience of our most enterprising Honors students and propels them into successful careers in domestic and international entrepreneurship, health, business, government, law, communications, and education. To this end, AU has designed programs and established partnerships to intentionally foster a mutually respectful learning community in which FDDS come together to share a greater purpose, prepare for modern leadership challenges, and contribute to the intellectual, social, and political environment of the institution.
Selected on the basis of recommendation letters, intellectual curiosity, leadership experience, personal qualities, and interest in attending graduate and/or professional school, FDDS receive AU’s most prestigious merit-based scholarship - full tuition, room, board, books, metro pass, and mandatory fees. It is renewable for a total of four years of undergraduate study, provided Scholars maintain a minimum cumulative 3.2 GPA. Students applying as freshmen who would like to be considered for the scholarship must complete the FDDS program AND Honors program applications by January 15th.
While we encourage applications from all ambitious, well-rounded students, the most competitive applicants will have a minimum 3.8 GPA (unweighted) or 4.0 GPA (weighted). Standardized test scores are not required and submission is optional.

Larry P. Thomas, M.S., M.B.A.
Managing Director
The award-winning Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars program
American University
(202) 885-6213

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Summer Meals

There are some meal programs available over the summer for those students who depend on school for breakfast and lunch. For more information visit:

Volunteer Opportunity

Just wanted to inform you of some summer volunteer opportunities for your students.  We have summer day camps for the children we serve.  We offer volunteer hours for those students needing them for National Honor Society.  

Camps are held in the following locations on the following dates:  Neptune/Asbury Park, weeks of July 10th and July 17th ; Long Branch, weeks of July 24th and 31st; and Red Bank, weeks of August 7th and August 14th.  Camps run Monday through Friday from 9:45-1:45.  We need counselors and students that would like to teach something, share a skill, etc.  

Thank you for letting your students know about these opportunities.  if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.


Janis Marler, MSW, LSW
Volunteer Coordinator
Aslan Youth Ministries
Red Bank, NJ  07701
732-741-7824 office

Thursday, June 1, 2017

NYIT Summer Programs

Dear Carol Caruso

NYIT Academy is an immersive New York college experience for American and international students ages 15 and over. Our programs combine academic instruction with hands-on learning opportunities and unique cultural experiences. 

All of our programs are offered in both tuition-only and campus life immersion packages, which include chaperoned housing and additional social, academic, and cultural programming. 

Admissions Requirements
  • Ages 15 and older.
  • No prerequisites are necessary.
  • Completed application form, submitted by June 15.
  • 250 word biographical statement (in English) telling us about the student, her/his interests, and what s/he does during spare time.
  • $500 deposit.
  • Proof of immunizations at time of application submission.
  • Individual programs may have additional requirements.
  • International students welcome. Please submit a copy of passport with application materials.
Application Deadline: June 15

Over the course of these one- to four-week programs, students are able to learn through projects, field trips, tours, guest speakers, and much more. Students can connect with current NYIT students and faculty, and learn about different majors and career opportunities available.
Please share this opportunity with your students so that they can get ahead in their college careers. If you have any questions, please contact NYIT Academy at

Jennifer Rubin
Office of Global Engagement