College Access Plan Supports Two PUSD Gates Millennium Scholarship Finalists

first_img Community News Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribe Education College Access Plan Supports Two PUSD Gates Millennium Scholarship Finalists From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, April 18, 2014 | 1:49 pm Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuffcenter_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News Community News Abigail Jacob of John Muir High School and Carlos Valladares of Blair High School. Photo courtesy College Access PlanCollege Access Plan, a Pasadena nonprofit that provides free programs in college preparedness and success, has had the honor of supporting hundreds of underserved students who attend Pasadena’s public schools as they reach for their college dreams. This year, CAP assisted two students who have been selected as finalists for the Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMS). Thousands of underrepresented minority students apply each year for the opportunities the GMS program offers. According to the GMS website, the program “selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice.” Gates Scholars receive “personal and professional development through…leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career.” (http://www.gmsp.org/). The application process includes writing eight personal essays and submitting transcripts and multiple recommendation letters.Both Carlos Valladares, who attends Blair High School, and Abigail Jacob, who attends John Muir High School, first came to CAP with a determination to attend college that they cultivated at a young age, guided by older siblings who set examples by attending college or illustrating that hard work pays off.Carlos’s parents, who immigrated from Honduras, support Carlos’s college dreams but never attended college themselves; it was Carlos’s older sisters who attended college and set an example that he is eager to follow.While Abigail’s father attended college in the family’s home country, The Philippines, and her mother received a degree in the United States, family circumstances made it hard for her parents to help Abigail and her sisters navigate the complex college process. It was Abigail’s older sister who served as her role model, encouraging Abigail to work hard and pursue her dreams.During their senior year, multiple CAP staff members provided a support system for these two exceptional students and their quest to become Gates Scholars. Although Carlos had heard of the GMS program, he thought he had virtually no chance of winning the honor until CAP Program Coordinator (and past Gates Millennium Scholar) Jeanny Fuentes encouraged him to apply. He says, “Jeanny convinced me and became one of the best proof-readers and mentors I’ve ever had.”Abigail notes having been directly influenced by the enthusiasm and encouragement of CAP’s Executive Director, Mo Hyman, and a number of CAP staff members. Abigail states, “CAP was actually the motivation I needed in writing the eight essays [required for the application]. It was the idea that there’s at least four people who believe that I had a chance in getting the scholarship and were ready to help me.”Opportunities AheadCarlos is excited about the potential to capitalize on the various GMS program opportunities that would be offered to him and his fellow students from underrepresented groups should he become a Gates Scholar. He is thrilled that he has made it this far in the process and notes, “I know that it places me in the pantheon of great scholarly minds before and after me.” Carlos will pursue a career in the critical study of the cinematic arts and hopes to one day to become a professor of film studies.Abigail is also excited to meet the other Gates Scholars if she wins the award. She says, “These are amazing people who have overcome countless obstacles to get to a place in which they’re leaders who are pursuing and/or creating projects to make an impact on the world they live in.” Abigail plans to major in material science and engineering with a minor in bioengineering, and she wishes to promote STEM education to young girls and students from low-income backgrounds. When she goes to graduate school to work in a field related to human technology or stem cells, the GMS program will continue to support her there if she wins the prestigious award.While both students first used CAP services during their junior year, they have appreciated CAP’s guidance and support during the college application process their senior year. Carlos credits CAP with helping him apply to schools and finding ways to stand out to university admissions as a future film scholar. Abigail received tips on how to identify schools that were good matches for her interests, help with revision of personal essays, and assistance with time management and schedules for due dates. She says CAP has been her “number one source for scholarship opportunities.”In the fall, Carlos will attend Stanford University and Abigail is headed to University of California at Berkeley. Both students have already received full-ride scholarships for their undergraduate degrees.About College Access PlanCollege Access Plan is an independent 501c3 nonprofit that prepares underserved students to succeed in college. Through partnerships with PUSD, Pasadena LEARNs, and other local agencies, CAP provides no-cost drop-in college readiness advisement and topic-specific workshops on site at four PUSD high schools as well as at Washington Middle School. CAP’s programs are open to all students who aspire to Dream Bigger about their futures. 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Average London couple unable to buy Starter Home until 2028

first_imgIt’s not good news for the ‘average couple,’ says JLL research. A couple in their twenties, with no savings, earning average London salaries of £28,130 will be unable to accrue a sufficient deposit to secure a mortgage for a £450,000 maximum price Starter Home in London until 2028.The same couple could buy a £250,000 maximum price Starter Home outside London by 2020, within the current Government’s five year parliament.JLL research shows that a couple of the same age both among the top 25 per cent of earners, with salaries of £35,784 and no savings, would need to save for only six years to purchase a top priced London Starter Home. This figure would be halved to three years for a Starter Home outside of London.Philip Wedge-Bernal (left), Residential Research EMEA Analyst at JLL, said, “The implementation of the Starter Home policy will go some way to addressing the ever growing disparity between house price and wage growth. This policy provides some short term stability, in the form of a capped upper limit, for prospective purchasers in a world of ever-moving goalposts.”“It is important to note that average would be home owners in London could purchase a Starter Home in its bordering markets by 2020, an option that could prove extremely alluring. Furthermore, JLL’s research focused on savers coming from a standing start, when in reality many aspiring homeowners will already have existing savings.”These opportunities will not be ubiquitous and many restrictions will apply to buyers gaining access to this scheme, but this forthcoming policy will help alleviate the financial burden of getting on the housing ladder for some.“As the Housing and Planning Bill was defeated in the House of Lords, significant pressure has now been placed on Government to get the bill through both houses in a timely manner, ahead of local elections and the EU referendum.“Peers supported two key amendments; the first would lengthen the tapering period and the second calls for councils to have a greater say in the number of starter homes are built in their area. Government’s reaction to this setback could be to lower their 200,000 Starter Homes target but ultimately, as things stand; the Conservatives will require greater flexibility with regards to their flagship housing policy to ensure it comes to fruition.”housing market mortgages JLL research London couple Starter Home Starter Homes June 6, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Average London couple unable to buy Starter Home until 2028 previous nextHousing MarketAverage London couple unable to buy Starter Home until 2028Says JLL in latest residential research findings.The Negotiator6th June 20160715 Viewslast_img read more