Sony Star Class Scholarship Program Info
• This is a Sony signature program that started in 1991.
• The program is designed to encourage sophomore students to contemplate their future and successfully complete high school and go onto higher education.
• In October, Sony holds a "pep rally" at the Orange Glen High School gym with the entire sophomore class (approx 600 students) to inform them about the program and encourage them to apply. At this rally, the band plays, the cheerleader cheers, Sony reps and Junior and Senior Star Class finalists speak to encourage student participation.
• Criteria: Any sophomore student who maintains a 3.0 or better grade point average, has excellent attendance, serves their school and community qualifies as a STAR.
• Sophomores submit a portfolio for review at the end of March. Most sophomore English teachers make this portfolio a class project and to submit it for Star Class judging is optional.
• The portfolios include essays, a resume of their achievements and activities and a letter of recommendation. Orange Glen High School teachers and administrators judge the portfolios with the top 12 finalists selected as members of the Star Class.
• During their junior and senior years, the 12 Star Class finalists are members of the Sony Club on campus…they participate in Sony activities such as Groundhog Job Shadow Day, Junior Achievement Program, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk, March of Dimes Walk, they tour the Sony site as well as Sony Pictures and they assist at other special events.
• At the end of their senior year, the 12 finalists submit another portfolio based on their achievements and activities for the past two years and are interviewed by a panel of judges that include school administrators, members of the community and Sony representatives. Judging percentage breakdown is 10% peer review; 40% portfolio and 50% panel interview.
• Two winners are selected. They each receive a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500 per year for four years) and a Sony VAIO Notebook computer.