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Q&A with PUC’s Director of Enrollment, Pauline Cidro 

Coming from Manila, Philippines, is PUC’s Director of Enrollment, Pauline Cidro. Pauline started working at PUC in 2020 as a part-time enrollment counselor and enjoyed it so much that she continued as a full-time. One of the perks of her job is getting to travel around the country for work- but the best part is interacting with students and their families—sharing with them what PUC has to offer and providing them assistance from the beginning until they officially become part of the PUC family.

How does PUC stand out from other colleges and universities?  

We are located in the very beautiful town of Angwin in Napa Valley, CA. Our campus is surrounded by great spots for outdoor activities and tourist attractions, and we have nice weather up here in Angwin with very low air pollution, so you definitely have clean air to breathe! Lastly, and most definitely, our students and faculty are able to build personal relationships that make it easy for the students to live away from home but still feel at home with the community they are part of here at PUC.

What’s the average amount of financial aid students receive? 

Last year, PUC awarded over $30 million in financial aid with the average award of about $23,000 per student.   

What health and academic support services are available for students?  

PUC offers a free health clinic, counseling, disability, and tutoring services to our students. These resources are available to all PUC students to make sure they are physically and mentally healthy and striving academically.

Why should high school students consider attending PUC?  

We have small class sizes with an average of 12:1 student-faculty ratio. I find this beneficial to the majority of students because I believe it helps improve their learning. We also have a one-on-one advising system which many students find very helpful as their advisors would walk them through each step in achieving their academic goals.

How do you support your students during their enrollment process?  

As their main person during the enrollment process, I walk my students through the steps they need to complete and connect them with the vital people they will be interfacing with when they start attending PUC: financial aid advisor and academic advisor.

What advice do you have for students applying to PUC? 

My advice is to understand there are many resources and help available to them, especially during the enrollment process. Their enrollment counselor (like myself) is their number-one resource when finding answers to their questions regarding anything. Our enrollment counselors always look forward to talking with the students and having authentic conversations with them to understand what they really need so we can continually support them while they go through the decision-making process. 

Five PUC Scholarships To Check Out 

At PUC, we understand the cost of college is quite a number, which is why each student receives one or more forms of financial aid to help them on their educational journey. Here are just five scholarships specifically from PUC:

Maxwell Scholarship (Yearly: $32,000 / 4-Year Total: $130,620)

The Maxwell Scholarship is only available to incoming freshmen for the fall 2022 term. 

The student must have a 3.9-4.0 GPA and a 34+ ACT or 1500+ SAT. This scholarship cannot be combined with any other PUC scholarships, awards, or discounts, and is renewable for three years with a 3.5 GPA, with a potential 4th year under qualifying conditions. The student must also be living in the residence halls. 

Merit Scholarships

These are based on an unweighted cumulative GPA and test scores. These are automatically awarded to students who meet the criteria after the admissions application is reviewed. The awards are renewed for three years for students meeting the GPA requirements. 

  • President’s ($15,000 / 4-Year Total: $52,000) 

The President’s Scholarship is awarded to students who have a 3.75-4.0 GPA or 29+ ACT / 1350+ SAT. This scholarship is renewable with a 3.0 GPA. 

  • Dean’s ($13,00 / 4-Year Total $52,000) 

The Dean’s Scholarship is awarded to students who have a 3.5-3.74 GPA or 26+ ACT/1200+ SAT. This scholarship is renewable with a 3.0 GPA. 

  • Trustee’s Scholarship ($11,000 / 4-Year Total: $44,000) 

The Trustee’s Scholarship is awarded to students who have a 3.25-3.49 GPA, and is renewable with a 3.0 GPA. 

  • Founder’s ($9,000 / 4-Year Total: $36,000) 

The Founder’s Scholarship is awarded to students who have a 2.8-3.24 GPA, and is renewable with a 3.0 GPA. 

Out-Of State Scholarship ($1,500-$4,000) 

Freshman students out-of-state will automatically receive $1,500. For freshman students who are California residents and qualify for Cal Grant, up to $4,000 may be awarded.

Mostert Leadership Scholarship ($2,000) 

This scholarship is given to incoming freshmen for selected leadership roles they had during their junior and/or senior years. (Limited to two awards.)

Transfer Scholarships 

  • President’s ($13,000)

The President’s Transfer Scholarship is awarded to students who have a 3.75-4.0 GPA, and is renewable with a 3.0 GPA.

  • Dean’s Transfer ($11,000)

The Dean’s Transfer Scholarship is awarded to students who have a 3.40-3.74 GPA, and is renewable with a 3.0 GPA.

  • Trustee’s Transfer ($8,000) 

The Trustee’s Transfer Scholarship is awarded to students who have a 3.10-3.39 GPA, and is renewable with a 3.0 GPA.

  • Founder’s Transfer ($6,000)

The Founder’s Transfer Scholarship is awarded to students who have a 2.70-3.09 GPA and is renewable with a 3.0 GPA.

To view a list of all the scholarships given by PUC, visit our website. Please keep in mind that some of these scholarships have certain qualifications and restrictions. No matter what year you are, PUC offers other scholarships, grants, and discounts to make sure you and your family have financial support. 

A Day In The Life of A Remote-Learner: Lewis Govea 

“I’m Lewis Govea, a voice/pre-pharmacy major and Student Association social vice president. This makes me the authority on absolutely nothing during this quarantine! I was asked to share my experience with remote learning and so far, this is what I have come to realize: life is literally whatever you want it to be. Something I’ve noticed is that I consistently eat breakfast, but the other two meals can happen quite literally at any time or not at all. Riveting, right?

But seriously, I believe the biggest challenge of this shelter-at-home order is staying organized. Eat when? Whenever I’m hungry. When is class? I don’t remember. When is this due? Gotta check canvas for the umpteenth time. Exercise? Nah.

It’s not easy being an online student doing virtual school, but the best thing we can all do for ourselves is to figure out what works for each of us as an individual. For me, that means scheduling out each day so I can figure out what I have to do for the day instead of binge-watching YouTube. What can I say? I try.

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7:00 a.m. – Start my day by my baby niece barging into my room and waking me up.

8:00 a.m. – Eat breakfast

9:00 a.m. – Watch a morning lecture, History of Western Art with Carstens. It’s a pre-recorded lecture but I try to keep up with regular class times.

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Pretty big break for homework. Maybe an asynchronous class meeting here or there.

1:00 p.m. – I always have a virtual meeting at this time, but it differs day-to-day.

2:00 p.m. – Same thing here, but these classes are more discussion-based.

3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – I try to be productive and go through each class and pick out what’s due next. Not much of a routine here, but I hope to stay on top of everything. My biggest fear is missing something just because I didn’t see it. 

 

 

You CAN Afford An Adventist Education

If you’re a high school senior you’re probably starting to get excited about graduation. That might lead you toward thinking about college next year and you might start to get nervous about how to afford it. College is expensive. But here are three ways to make it possible.

Step 1: Apply for FAFSA

One of the most important things you can do to prepare for college is to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is an online form you will submit each year that determines your eligibility for student financial aid. Be sure to file FAFSA as soon as possible since some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. To have your FAFSA information sent to PUC, include PUC’s school code—it’s 001258. Apply for FAFSA at fafsa.gov

Step 2: Apply for Cal Grant

Cal Grant is a financial aid program administered by the California Student Aid Commission that provides aid to California undergraduates, vocational training students, and those in teacher certification programs and can be used at most colleges in California. If you’re planning on attending a private non-profit California college like PUC, Cal Grant is worth up to $9,084 per year. That’s over $36,000 to help pay for four years of college—and it’s free!

To be considered for a 2020-21 Cal Grant award, you must complete the following requirements by March 2nd:

  1. Submit a 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA)
  2. Ensure that a certified GPA is submitted to the California Student Aid Commission 

 Not from California? That’s ok! We have a different step 2 for you! 

 Step 2: Apply for PUC’s Out of state Scholarship ($1,500-$4,000)

To reward students who choose to adventure outside of their home state, PUC presents the Out-of-State Scholarship. A student whose residential address is outside of California will receive an automatic award of $1,500. Requirements and qualifications: 

  1. Have residency in a state outside of California
  2. For students who meet the qualifications for a Cal Grant and would receive one if they were a state resident, up to $4,000 may be awarded 

Find out more about this scholarship and more by visiting our website.

Step 3. Apply to PUC Promise

PUC is excited to be partnering with Ardeo Education Solutions to offer the first-ever Loan Repayment Assistance Program. LRAP is a financial safety-net we offer at no cost to you or your family. If your income after graduation is under $45,000, we can help you pay back your federal, private, and parent plus loans. This is just for new students coming in Fall 2020. 

If you’re interested in learning more about PUC Promise or if you want to register, visit our website!

BONUS STEP: Look for outside scholarships! There are tons out there, you just have to search and apply. Here are a few options we found so you don’t have to! Check out our outside scholarship blog post.

 

 

Making Adventist Education Possible: A PUC Promise

Getting a college education is important for many reasons. Having a degree looks great on your resume, lots of jobs even require one. It can help you with future career success and satisfaction as well as provide you with long term financial stability. The one downfall is that college is expensive, but we like to think of it as an investment in yourself. Here at PUC, we are always working on ways to make that investment financially possible. 

Did you know the average student takes out loans EACH year of college? While that enables you to get the education you deserve, those loans add up and eventually, you have to pay them off. 😩 For most, getting your dream job (with dream pay) right out of college doesn’t happen so you might be worried about making enough money to afford student loans. This is why PUC is excited to be partnering with Ardeo Education Solutions to offer the first-ever Loan Repayment Assistance Program. LRAP is a financial safety-net we offer at no cost to you or your family. If your income after graduation is under $45,000, we can help you pay back your federal, private, and parent plus loans.

How does the PUC Promise work you ask? Well, it’s fairly simple.

  1. Visit  MYLRAP.ORG/PUC and follow the simple steps on the page
  2. Review and sign your LRAP award
  3. Graduate from PUC with a bachelor’s degree
  4. Work at least an average of 30 hours per week—in any profession (or more than one job if needed)
  5. Begin repaying your federal, private alternative, or parent PLUS loans
  6. The PUC Promise reimburses a percentage, or all, of your loan repayment

The PUC Promise is new and we’re sure you’ve got questions. Reach out to our Admissions team via phone (800) 862-7080, option 2, or email admissions@puc.edu for more information.

Please noteStudents who pursue nursing aren’t eligible for the PUC Promise. The good news is, PUC made that decision because most of our nursing graduates’ starting salaries are well over $45,000 annually. PUC is actually ranked for top-earning alumni with 2-year degrees because of our nursing graduates, and we want to focus this offer on students who are pursuing majors leading to careers with more modest starting salaries.

 

Take A Look at PUC’s Scholarships​

It’s really easy to get overwhelmed by the thought of paying for college. The thing is, all PUC students, 100 percent, receive at least one form of financial aid. Our finance team is committed to working with you and your family to be sure the opportunity of an Adventist education is possible whether it’s through scholarships, grants, or helping you understand the loan options available to you so don’t feel discouraged by the sticker price! 

PUC offers scholarships based on a variety of factors, including leadership, participation in music groups or athletic programs, and of course high GPA and high test scores. There are also scholarships available depending on your program of study, like the Adventist Mission Scholarship, available to theology and education majors. Visit puc.edu/scholarships to see all available scholarships. 

Here is just a preview of a few merit-based scholarships available. 

President’s Scholarship (Renewable with a 3.0 GPA)

    – 3.75-4.0 GPA or 29+ ACT / 1350+ SAT 

    – $13,000 / 4-Year Total: $52,000

Dean’s Scholarship (Renewable with a 3.0 GPA) 

   – 3.5-3.74 GPA or 26+ ACT / 1200+ SAT

   – $12,000 / 4-Year Total: $48,000

Trustee’s Scholarship (Renewable with a 3.0 GPA) 

   – 3.25-3.49 GPA 

   – $10,000 / 4-Year Total: $40,000

Founder’s Scholarship (Renewable with a 3.0 GPA) 

   – 3.0-3.24 GPA 

   – $9,000 / 4-Year Total: $36,000 

For high-achieving students, PUC offers the prestigious Maxwell Scholarship, worth up to a whopping $116,000. Students meeting qualifications receive full tuition based on their unweighted cumulative GPA and test scores; requirements are a 3.9-4.0 GPA and a 34+ ACT or 1500+ SAT. 

There are also several other PUC scholarships worth checking out, like the Legacy Scholarship for students whose parents attended PUC, and the Mostert Leadership Scholarship, which recognizes students for selected leadership roles held during their junior and/or senior years. 

Visit puc.edu/scholarships to see all available scholarships. If you have questions about what you might qualify for, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of financial aid counselors, who can give you a financial aid estimate that shows what it might cost for you to attend PUC. Call (800) 862-7080, option 1 or email studentfinance@puc.edu to talk with a counselor now.

 

Get Started on Cal Grant

Hey California seniors! We hope you’re enjoying this new(ish) school year! It may seem early but it’s never a bad time to start thinking about applying for Cal Grant. 

What is Cal Grant?

Cal Grant is a financial aid program administered by the California Student Aid Commission that provides aid to California undergraduates, vocational training students, and those in teacher certification programs. The short version: A Cal Grant is money for college you don’t have to pay back!

Cal Grants can be used at most colleges in California. If you’re planning on attending a private non-profit California college like PUC, Cal Grant is worth up to $9,084 per year. That’s over $36,000 to help pay for four years of college—and it’s free!

How to Apply for Cal Grant

Applying for Cal Grant takes just two easy steps! To be considered for a 2020-21 Cal Grant award, you must complete the following requirements by March 2nd:

  1. Submit a 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA)
  2. Ensure that a certified GPA is submitted to the California Student Aid Commission 

GPAs are accepted only if certified by a school electronically or submitted by using the CSAC official GPA verification form. No transcripts are accepted.

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PUC Offers Exciting New Scholarship Opportunities

Pacific Union College is proud to announce two new scholarship opportunities available to students entering Fall 2018; the STEM Scholarship and the Campus Impact Scholarship. Recognizing the financial difficulties families face when planning for college, PUC has strengthened its commitment to make a Seventh-day Adventist liberal arts education accessible and affordable to all admitted students.

PUC’s new STEM Scholarship recognizes first-time freshmen who have obtained a strong understanding of and competence in advanced mathematics and science during high school. Recipients must have completed three years of college preparatory laboratory courses (biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy & physiology) and three years of college preparatory math courses (intermediate/advanced algebra, pre-calculus, calculus, geometry, and statistics) to receive the $1,000 renewable award. (Please see scholarship guidelines for specific requirements and details.)

The Campus Impact Scholarship is a $1,000 renewable scholarship available to students who are invited to participate in PUC’s orchestra, wind ensemble, iCantori, or octet, or are selected for specific roles in campus ministries or CONNECT outreach. These awards are renewable upon continued participation in the specific programs.

In addition, amounts for many existing scholarships have been increased, including the President’s and Dean’s Scholarships for both transfer and first-year students. These scholarships are automatically received by qualifying incoming students, based upon GPA and/or test scores.

Other scholarship changes include transfer student eligibility for the Legacy Scholarship, a renewable $1,500 scholarship awarded to students with a parent or legal guardian who attended a minimum of two years or graduated from PUC.

The qualifications for the Mostert Christian Leader Scholarship have changed as well, which now awards a maximum of $2,000 to incoming freshmen who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in their schools, churches, or communities during their junior and/or senior years of high school. This includes student association officers, junior and senior class officers, and athletic team captain. Award applies to freshman year only.

“Making college affordable has never been more important. As a parent of two college-bound daughters, I personally understand the financial challenges families are facing,” said Jennifer Tyner, vice president of enrollment management and marketing. “PUC is working very hard to make an Adventist college education possible and creating more opportunities for students to succeed in their professional goals.”

Last year, PUC awarded students over $40 million in financial aid. To learn more about all of PUC’s scholarship opportunities, application criteria, and to apply, visit puc.edu/scholarships or call (800) 862-7080, option 1.

10 Scholarships to Apply for This Spring

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Have so much scholarship money you can chew on it.

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Seniors, if you’re still looking for ways to help pay your college tuition this fall, this blog post is for you. Here is a list of 10 scholarships open to high school seniors with application deadlines this spring—and even a few into the summer, for those of you who need a little extra time!

1. Project Yellow Light
Deadline: April 1, 2017
Award amount: Varies

In honor of Hunter Garner, who was killed in a car accident, this scholarship asks students to create a 25 or 55 second video to encourage teens not to drive distracted. The winner receives a $5,000 scholarship, while the second place winner receives $2,000. Third place gets you $1,000.

2. The Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest
Deadline: April 5, 2017
Award amount: $1,000

This fun contest asks contestants to come up with a clever promposal idea incorporating Duck Tape, and then posting a photo or video of it to social media with the hashtag #DuckTapePromposal.

3. The American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship
Deadline: April 7, 2017
Award amount: $2,000

Taking an 8-question multiple choice test after reading an essay from the American Fire Sprinkler Association could earn you $2,000. For every question you answer correctly, you will receive one entry into a drawing for one of 10 $2,000 scholarships.

4. Unigo’s All About Education Scholarship
Deadline: April 30, 2017
Award amount: $3,000

This scholarship asks you to write a short essay (250 words or less) in response to the question “How will a $3,000 scholarship for education make a difference in your life?”

5. The Sports Unlimited Scholarship
Deadline: April 25, 2017
Award amount: $1,000

Write an essay between 500 and 1,000 words about how to improve a piece of gear or equipment currently used in a sport for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship.

6. The Momentrix College Scholarship
Deadline: May 19, 2017
Award amount: $2,500

For this scholarship, you write an essay of 2,000 characters or less (approximately 400 words) about how the work you put in ahead of time helped you overcome adversity and achieve a goal. The essays will be put online for visitors to vote for their favorite essay. There are first, second, and third place prizes of $2,500, $1,000, and $500, respectively.

7. The Krylon Clear Choice Art Scholarship
Deadline: May 31, 2017
Award amount: $1,000

This scholarship awards five winners $1,000 each, as well as gives each winner’s school a $500 grant and Krylon supplies. To apply, you must submit a portfolio, an artistic statement, a letter of reference, and your transcripts.

8. Unigo’s Do Over Scholarship
Deadline: June 30, 2017
Award amount: $1,500

This scholarship asks you to write a short essay (250 words or less) in response to the question “If you could get one ‘do-over’ in life, what would it be and why?”

9. The Harold G. Henderson Haiku Contest
Deadline: July 31, 2017
Award amount: Varies

If you have a way with words, this scholarship may be for you. Created in memory of Harold G. Henderson, the cofounder the Haiku Society of America, applicants must submit five unpublished haikus. The winner receives $150, and their haiku will be published in the Frogpond magazine and on the Haiku Society of America’s website. Second prize receives $100 and third prize $50.

10. Unigo’s Flavor of the Month Scholarship
Deadline: July 31, 2017
Award amount: $1,500

Another short essay scholarship, this one asks you to write in 250 words or less a response to the question “ If you were an ice cream flavor, which would you be and why?”

10 Scholarships to Apply for This Winter

This could be you.

This could be you.

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This is the second post in what will be a series throughout the school year featuring outside scholarships for high school seniors. If you missed the first post, “15 Scholarships to Apply for This Fall,” many of those scholarship deadlines are still open so be sure to take a look!

Below are 10 scholarships that have application deadlines within the next several months. Don’t forget to check out PUC’s scholarships, many of which are due March 2, 2017!

1. DoSomething.org’s Take Back the Shelves Scholarship
Deadline: December 31, 2017
Award amount: $5,000

To apply for this scholarship, applicants need to sign up for facts about tobacco and resources for how to get pharmacies to stop selling and advertising tobacco, as well as create an illustration about what should be advertised in place of tobacco products. Artwork can be shared on social media using the hashtag #TakeBackTheShelves.

2. Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarships
Deadline: January 18, 2017
Award amount: $1,000

The Ronald McDonald House Charities has four different scholarship opportunities for students:

  • RMHC/Scholars: All students are eligible to apply regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or national origin
  • RMHC/Asia: Applicant must have at least one parent of Asian-Pacific heritage
  • RMHC/African-American Future Achievers: Applicant must have at least one parent of African American or Black Caribbean heritage
  • RMHC/HACER: Applicant must have at least one parent of Hispanic/Latino heritage

Typically winners are awarded a minimum of $1,000.

3. Hollister Co Anti-Bullying Scholarship Program
Deadline: February 1, 2017
Award amount: $2,500 (renewable up to $7,500)

This scholarship is awarded to students who have academically persevered while experiencing bullying as well as for students who have led anti-bullying efforts in their schools and communities.

4. Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarships
Deadline: February 15, 2017
Award amount: $28,000

The Jackie Robinson Foundation provides college scholarships of up to $28,000 over four years to minority students who show “leadership potential and dedication to community service” and also demonstrate financial need. Typically 60 students are awarded each year.

5. Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship
Deadline: February 20, 2017
Award amount: $10,000

To apply for this scholarship, applicants need to have demonstrated “compassion, courage, and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian diet/lifestyle.” Two runners-up will receive $5,000 each.

6. Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge
Deadline: February 23, 2017
Award amount: $15,000

For this scholarship, applicants need to create a video (up to 60 seconds in length) encouraging other teen drives to drive safely. The grand prize winner receives $15,000 and then works with a professional film crew to reshoot their entry into a PSA to be aired on TV. There are eight other monetary awards for runners-up.

7. Unigo’s Sweet and Simple Scholarship
Deadline: February 28, 2017
Award amount: $1,500

Applicants are asked to respond to the following writing prompt: “Not every gift has to be expensive or extravagant. In fact, sometimes it’s the sweet and simple things that make a real difference in our lives. Think back and tell us about something you received as a gift and why it meant so much to you.” Entries must be 250 words or less.

8. Frame My Future 2017 Contest
Deadline: March 1, 2017
Award amount: $1,000

Applicants can submit a collage, drawing, graphic design piece, painting, photograph, poem, or another creative entry expressing what they hope to achieve in both their personal and professional life after graduating from college. Five winners receive $1,000, and the grand prize winner also receives an additional $1,000 to be given to their college.

9. Create-a-Greeting-Card Contest
Deadline: March 2, 2017
Award amount: $10,000

Calling all artists! It’s worth taking the time to apply for this scholarship. Applicants must submit a design for the front of a greeting card and the winning entry will be made and sold as a real greeting card.

10. Unigo’s Superpower Scholarship
Deadline: March 31, 2017
Award amount: $2,500

How many of us have daydreamed about what we would do if we had a superpower? The possibilities are endless. This short essay contest asks applicants to answer the question “Which superhero or villain would you want to change places with for a day and why?” Entries must be 250 words or less.

Keep an eye out for our next outside scholarship post with scholarships that have application deadlines this spring!

Editor’s note: The information provided on this post is for informational purposes only. Pacific Union College makes no claims regarding the accuracy, currentness, or validity of the information provided here and will not be liable for any errors.