Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Durham County Scholarships

Benjamin F. Ward Scholarship, $10,000, Due February 28, 2019
Graduating high school seniors in Wake, Durham, Orange, or Chatham counties planning to attend a 4-year public or private college or university in North Carolina. Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale with demonstrated commitment to community service and family financial need.

Joseph Nystrom Working Student Scholarship, Up to $16,000, Due February 28, 2019
Students in Orange, Wake, Durham, Chatham or Alamance counties who are working at least part-time while in school and have demonstrated financial need.

GSK Opportunity Scholarship, Up to $20,000, Due March 15, 2019
Be a U.S. Citizen for a minimum of one year; reside in Chatham, Durham, Orange, or Wake counties for a minimum of one year; be eligible to receive NC resident tuition costs; attend a public state university or community college in NC and demonstrate the potential to succeed despite adversity as well as an exceptional desire to improve himself or herself through further education or training.

Elizabeth Marie Roberts Scholarship, $8,000, Due March 31, 2019
Graduating seniors from Northern High School, Riverside High School, Voyager Academy, or Durham School of the Arts. Must be accepted into any public state university or college in NC, Watts School of Nursing, or Durham Technical Community College and have a minimum grade of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale with demonstrated family financial need.

Umesh and Usha Gulati Scholarship, $2,500, Due March 31, 2019
Seniors at one of the following high schools in Durham, NC: Hillside High School, Northern High School, Riverside High School, Southern High School, Jordan High School, Durham School of the Arts, or City of Medicine Academy. Graduating with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA and planning to attend a 2- or 4-year technical school, college, or university. Able to demonstrate financial need.

Juanita McNeil West End Scholarship, $1,500, Due April 15, 2019
Be a graduating high school senior in Durham County with a GPA of at least 2.5 and demonstrated financial need. Residents of the West End Community (zip codes 27701 and 27707) are encouraged to apply and will be given preference.

NC American Indian Fund Scholarship, $1,000, Due May 1, 2019
Be enrolled in a state- or federally-recognized tribe (with documentation), demonstrate sustained involvement in the American Indian Community and commitment to American Indian concerns and initiatives, have family residency in the state. Be currently enrolled or planning to enroll in a post-secondary institution in NC, maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA and plan to pursue a 2-year or 4-year undergraduate degree as a full-time student at an accredited public, private, or technical college or university.

Citrix Scholarship, Up to $20,000, Due June 1, 2019
Students planning to attend or currently attending NC Central University, Shaw University, or St. Augustine's University and pursuing a major in computer  and/or information science. 

Monday, January 14, 2019

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Opportunity

The Jackie Robinson Foundation and TheDream.US partner with the College Board to increase scholarship opportunities for eligible students who’ve taken the PSAT/NMSQT® or PSAT™ 10.

No one succeeds in college alone. That’s why the Jackie Robinson Foundation offers promising minority students a generous four-year grant to assist with college costs as well as a support network of fellow scholars, alumni, and professional mentors to help them excel in college and beyond.

The application deadline is February 1, 2019, so please encourage eligible students to apply right away. Learn more about the Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship.

TheDream.US, the nation’s largest college access program for immigrant youth who are DACA, TPS, or DACA-eligible, opened its new round of scholarship applications for the 2019-20 academic year on November 1, 2018. TheDream.US has provided more than 4,000 scholarships to students who are attending one of the more than 75 colleges and universities in 15 states and Washington, D.C.

The application deadline for the Opportunity Scholarship Award, which provides scholarships up to $80,000 for first-time college students, is January 31, 2019. The application deadline for the National Scholarship Award, which offers scholarships up to $33,000 for high school or first-time college students and community college graduates, is February 28, 2019. Visit TheDream.Us for more information on eligibility, how to apply, and FAQs.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

SECU People Helping People Scholarship Program

SECU Foundation established the People Helping People four-year scholarship program to help North Carolina public high school students attend college. Each of the 115 North Carolina Local Education Agencies (LEAs)/School Districts will receive a minimum of one scholarship valued at $10,000 payable at $1,250 for up to eight consecutive semesters for a senior to attend one of the 16 constituent campuses of the University of North Carolina System.
Recipients of the scholarship will be selected by the LEA Scholarship Selection Committee provided they meet all eligibility criteria. Scholarship recipient information must be submitted by the Scholarship Selection Committee at each LEA. No individual applications are reviewed by the Foundation.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Duke Summer Program Presentation

Abby Demarest from Duke Summer Session for High School Students ill be on campus at VAHS during lunch on Wednesday Jan. 16 to meet with students and parents who are interested in learning about pre-college programs and summer opportunities.

High School Students


  • Summer College (four-week academic credit program for students currently in grades 10 – 12)
  • Summer Academy (three-week academic enrichment program for students currently in grades 9 – 12)
  • Accelerated STEM Academy (one-week academic enrichment program for students currently in grades 9 – 12)
We invite you to imagine yourself at Duke this summer if you are:
  • seeking to gain academic credit from renowned Duke faculty or interested in engaging deeply with a particular subject.
  • hoping to spend your summer enjoying residential activities on Duke’s historic West Campus.
  • seeking to prepare for college and to create an international network of peers.
Check out our 2018 Duke Summer Session for High School Students Blog for more information and a glimpse at what the programs are like.

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Summer Enrichment: Gettysburg College

Gettysburg College is excited to offer several opportunities for high school juniors and sophomores to attend academic camps over the summer months. Subjects include psychology, history, creative writing, piano, or information technology. Please find information to share with your students about our academic camps below: 
  • Camp Psych - Campers will get hands-on experiences that introduce them to research in psychology during this fun, challenging, and engaging introduction to the field.
  • Sunderman Piano Institute - Pianists 12-17 years old who desire to improve their performance skills, collaborate with other pianists, and dive deeply into related music subjects of their choice. Pianists will have opportunities to perform in daily studio class, and the final Friday concert will showcase pianists in both solo and ensemble works.
  • Writing Camp - Students gain an in-depth introduction to all four genres of creative writing: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and writing for stage and screen.
  • 3D Object Modeling and Printing Camp - Students will study 3D object modeling and printing starting with the basics of a 3D printer. After learning the fundamentals, they will practice designing objects.
  • Coding for Robotics & Electronics Camp - Students will gain hands-on experiences in coding, wiring, hardware, and building robots through the open source software known as Arduino. Throughout this camp, campers will learn basic electrical engineering, the physics behind electricity, and how to think like a scientist.
  • Civil War Institute Summer Conference - The High School Student Scholarship component of Gettysburg College's annual Civil War Institute summer conference provides high school students an opportunity to explore the history of the Civil War era on the site of the war's most decisive battle. 

Summer Enrichment Opportunity at UNC-Chapel Hill

Project Uplift is a summer enrichment and college access program designed to promote and increase access to higher education for all outstanding students, especially those underrepresented in post-secondary education. Every year, during May and June, approximately 1,000 high school seniors participate in one of four separate Project Uplift sessions. During this two-day experience, Project Uplift participants live on Carolina’s campus, interacting with faculty, staff and current students, participating in educational, cultural and social activities. Project Uplift Scholars have the opportunity to immerse themselves in college life and experience the academic rigor and social climate of a four-year institution.

For 50 years, Project Uplift has consistently provided a diverse selection of rising high school seniors from across the state of North Carolina with an opportunity to live, lead, and learn about the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a first-hand basis.

Project Uplift 2019
Project Uplift sessions are held from Thursday to Saturday. Once accepted, participants will have the opportunity to register for their preferred week. The 2019 program dates are below.

  •     Week 1: May 23-25
  •     Week 2: May 30-June 1
  •     Week 3: June 6-8
  •     Week 4: June 13-15

Browse answers to commonly asked questions in the FAQ section or contact us with any additional questions.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Kyle Byrd Memorial Scholarship

The North Carolina JCI Senate offers a scholarship to graduating North Carolina seniors. The application and information are available at http://www.ncjcisenate.org/KyleByrdMemorialScholarship.aspx.

North Carolina awards at least (2) $500 scholarships. Additionally, North Carolina submits (2) applications to the United States JCI Senate to participate in the national scholarship program. The US JCI Senate awards various $1,000 scholarships.

Friday, December 7, 2018

USA Gap Year Fair

Come learn about Gap year options at the Chapel Hill area fair in Carrboro, NC on Saturday, February 9th from 1:00-4:00 PM for an incredible FREE opportunity to learn about a number of life-changing gap year programs from all around the world!
For more information, visit the website

You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. See you there!
*Presentation 1:00-2:00 PM, Fair 2:00-4:00 PM

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Getting Help with the FAFSA

Getting Help with the FAFSA and CSS Profile

If you need assistance completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or the CSS Profile – or wondering where to start – you’ll find helpful resources below!
If your child will be in college for the 2019-2020 school year, you can file the FAFSAand the CSS Profile now. The official release date for both financial aid applications was Oct. 1, 2018.

FAFSA Resources

FAFSA on the Web.

This is the official website to complete the FAFSA. 
It’s highly recommended that parents complete the FAFSA online, but here is the  2019-2020 FAFSA in PDF form.
The paper FAFSA contains eight pages of questions and two pages of explanations.

Trending FAFSA questions.

The U.S. Department of Educations maintains a list of trending FAQs about the FAFSA. See what questions other parents are asking and you might discover what you need here.

FAFSA Contacts.

Questions about the FAFSA? Here is how to get answers:
FAFSA hotline: (800) 433-3243.
Email contact: FederalStudentAidCustomerService@ed.gov
When parents are working on the FAFSA online, they can click a live help button for assistance.

FAFSA on the Web Worksheet.

This FAFSA worksheet for the 2019-2020 school year provides a preview of FAFSA questions.

FAFSA YouTube Videos.

FAFSA videos from the U.S. Department of Education include a FAFSA overview and how to complete the FAFSA.

Financial Aid Toolkit.

This federal website provides student aid information for counselors, nonprofits and college consultants. Families can take advantage of the materials.

Counselors and Mentors Handbook on Federal Student Aid.

On the toolkit website, you’ll also see a guide that provides a great deal of background on the federal financial aid system and FAFSA.

Khan Academy Video: FAFSA Walkthrough

 This step-by-step video guide, narrated by the financial aid director at Stanford University, explains how to complete the FAFS

National Association for Student Financial

This website for financial aid professionals includes a section entitled, Students, Parents & Counselors. You’ll find information about financial aid on this site, including links to state aid programs in the 50 states.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Appalachian State Martha Guy Summer Institute

The Martha Guy Summer Institute for future business leaders was created to give high achieving high school students, interested in pursuing a college degree in business, a premier summer experience exploring the different disciplines within business, exposing them to regional business leaders and developing leadership and professional behavior skills needed to be successful in the business realm.
Former participants call the Martha Guy Summer Institute for Future Business Leaders (MGSI) the best summer opportunity available to high school juniors. Since 2004, the institute has provided a select group of students an unparalleled opportunity to learn about business and develop leadership skills in a fun and friendly environment.
The program brings students to Appalachian’s campus to learn about business, and to develop leadership and professional skills. Included in the three weeks is travel to various businesses and cultural activities. The entire experience is described by all as "amazing!"
The online application will open on December 1, 2018. Please review the admission requirements before submitting your application.
Application Deadline is Thursday, February 28, 2019.

See the link below or Ms. O'Kane for more information.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Duke Summer Session Applications Open

Dear Students, 

The day has arrived! We are thrilled to share that Duke Summer Session applications are now open. Through participating in one of our three transformative summer programs at Duke University, you will experience our commitment to academic excellence and personal growth as you challenge yourself, connect with new people, and create lasting memories over the course of the summer. All the while, you will be enhancing your college application and laying the foundation for future success at elite universities. 

Why wait? Apply online today to secure your spot in one (or more) of our incredible programs.

Going Merry Scholarship Application Platform

One app for all  scholarships

It just got a lot easier for anyone to find and apply to scholarships online, absolutely free.

What is Going Merry?

Going Merry is a scholarship application platform. This platform is developed to help students find, apply for, and win scholarships without ever having to leave the site. GM is different from scholarship search engines, and is inspired by what the Common App.. Students can apply directly to multiple scholarships using auto filled applications from the profiles that they create.

All VAHS seniors have been invited to register for an account and start using this scholarship platform. So far 16 scholarship applications have been submitted.


Friday, November 30, 2018

Duke Summer Sessions for High School Student Presentation 1/16

On January 16, during lunch. Abby Demarest with Duke Summer Session for High School Students will be on campus to meet with students and parents to provide information about their summer  programs. This is an opportunity for  high school students and parents to learn more about pre-college programs and summer opportunities at Duke University.

Duke University Programs For High School Students

  • Summer College (four-week academic credit program for students currently in grades 10 – 12)
  • Summer Academy (three-week academic enrichment program for students currently in grades 9 – 12)
  • Accelerated STEM Academy (one-week academic enrichment program for students currently in grades 9 – 12)
We invite you to imagine yourself at Duke this summer if you are:
  • seeking to gain academic credit from renowned Duke faculty or interested in engaging deeply with a particular subject.
  • hoping to spend your summer enjoying residential activities on Duke’s historic West Campus.
  • seeking to prepare for college and to create an international network of peers.
Check out our 2018 Duke Summer Session for High School Students Blog for more information and a glimpse at what the programs are like.

Duke Ophthalmic Technician Program

The Duke Ophthalmic Technician Program is

·         A professional certificate program through the Duke School of Medicine
·         Accessible: No pre-requisite college level courses are required, but it is always helpful to see an applicant with a history of successful academic performance at the high school or college level.
·         Affordable: Tuition for 2019-2020 is $9000.00 plus books, student fees, and if necessary, insurance.
·         Accelerated: The program is completed in 51 weeks with a program from January until December 2019, or from July 2019 until June 2020. We are one of only two, one-year COT programs in the country.
·         Accredited: We are fully accredited through the International Council for Accreditation for Allied Ophthalmic Education Programs and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Certified Allied Ophthalmic Personnel are in demand.  The most recent information from November 2017 indicates that there are a total of 25,257 certified allied ophthalmic personnel worldwide to support over 200,000 practicing ophthalmologists. This represents a significant staffing shortage and with an aging population, the demand for skilled, certified allied ophthalmic personnel will be even greater in the future.

Certified Ophthalmic Technicians enjoy a wonderful, demanding career that challenges them to seek to improve their knowledge and skills set. New technology is always on the horizon so learning is a continual pursuit and the work never becomes stale or mundane.   It’s a very satisfying career as COTs are part of a team of professionals who work together to help our patients, some of whom are in desperate situations. It provides a good work/life balance, as the work schedule is typically Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 5:00, with an occasional late evening. The pay and benefits are very good and the working conditions are excellent.  Being a COT is also an excellent career from which to launch into a variety of other careers in the eye care industry.

Duke-trained ophthalmic technicians are sought after because our ophthalmic technician students are trained by some of the best ophthalmologists in the world.  Currently Duke Ophthalmology is ranked #6 in ophthalmology training programs nationwide.  Because of our program’s rich educational resources, world renowned ophthalmologists providing weekly lectures, and our skilled technician staff mentoring our students through twelve clinical rotations, employers know our ophthalmic technician students have received quality training and will be an asset to their practice.

See the brochures below of Ms. O'Kane for more information.