Monday, December 23, 2019

SECU Scholarship

It is time again to begin thinking about the 2020 SECU Foundation People Helping People Scholarship! Each year, $10,000.00 scholarships have been awarded to three graduating seniors attending North Carolina Charter Schools. These scholarships will be awarded to students attending one of the 16 constituent campuses of the University of North Carolina. Funds are made possible through the contributions to SECU Foundation by members of the State Employees’ Credit Union. Please see the Eligibility information below and contact Ms. O'Kane if you believe that you are eligible and would like to be considered for this scholarship.

SECU Eligibility Criteria

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Triangle Community Foundation Scholarships and Awards

The Triangle Community Foundation administers many scholarship and award funds established by individual donors and organizations. Each scholarship and award has a unique set of eligibility criteria, application processes, and deadlines, which can be searched below. Please review all eligibility and application requirements and deadlines carefully.
Please also check out our list of additional financial aid resources and scholarships on our "Resources for Students" page!

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship Program

Deadline to apply: January 17, 2020 3:00 pm CT
The Amazon Future Engineer  scholarship program assists high school seniors who have completed an advanced placement computer science course, or who have taken an advanced placement computer science test and plan to continue their education at an accredited four-year college or university majoring in computer science, software engineering, computer engineering or other computer related field of study.  Winners of the award receive $10,000 per year at an accredited four-year college or university as well as a paid summer internship at Amazon after their freshman year of college.
Learn more about the program and meet a previous winner here.
The program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance, and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability, or national origin.
Applicants to the Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship Program must be:
  • Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Be high school seniors who are currently enrolled in or who have completed an advanced placement computer science course or who have taken an advanced placement computer science test.
  • Be planning to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited four-year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year majoring in computer science, software engineering, computer engineering or other computer related field of study.
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).
Immediate family members of Amazon employees or its subsidiaries are not eligible to apply.
Sponsor has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you the Scholarship America Student Hub!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Apply TODAY for an Unforgettable Summer at Duke University!

Applications for Duke University Summer Session 2020 are open NOW! Click on one of the links below to apply to your program of interest TODAY:
Applications are reviewed as they are received, so don’t wait! Get into your top choice by applying NOW! You can apply for multiple programs with one application.

See you at Duke this summer!

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Finalize College Applications Over Winter Break

The holidays are approaching and winter break is looming like an impending snowstorm. Don’t let your teen lose precious time to video games and Netflix binges as college apps go untended.

Students can use winter break to finalize college applications, work on essays or take campus visits; it’s also wise to find a balance and enjoy downtime with family before school resumes.

As your family celebrates the holidays, consider how to make the most of winter break

Monday, December 2, 2019

UNC Asheville University Scholars Program

UNC Asheville is proud to announce the new University Scholars Program.  As the only public liberal arts and sciences university in North Carolina, the University is committed to advancing academic excellence on campus by attracting and enrolling exceptional students and enhancing their high-impact learning opportunities. 

The University Scholars Program provides students the best possible opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge, and understanding necessary to pursue their goals and take their places as leaders and contributing citizens in a changing society.

Recipients of University Scholars Program awards are chosen through a rigorous selection process.  They are competing for scholarship awards up to $10,000 per year along with additional funding of $10,000 to support high-impact learning opportunities such as study abroad, undergraduate research, and internships.  Selected nominees will be invited to the UNC Asheville campus for interviews with faculty, staff, and student leaders as part of the University Scholars Day.

The main criteria for selection include academic accomplishment and demonstrated leadership.  University Scholars are students who will actively contribute to the student and academic life at UNC Asheville, and they exhibit the following behaviors:
  • Academic accomplishment in their current high school setting
  • Demonstrated leadership interest and capability in their high school, community, or during a summer activity
  • Build bridges among students with different life experiences, talents, and interests
  • Strong work ethic
Nominations must come from school counselors or leaders in the student’s community no later than January 10.  Self-nominations are not accepted. Nominees must have completed their application for admission to UNC Asheville no later than January 10.

Please see Ms. O'Kane if you would like to be considered for a nomination. 

Monday, November 25, 2019

New Firsts For Students Taking the ACT Test

Introducing: ACT Section Retesting,
ACT Superscoring, and Faster Results with
ACT Online Testing on National Test Dates

Beginning with the September 2020 ACT test, these new options offer students more choices, a better experience, and greater confidence that their ACT test scores best reflect their hard work, overall academic achievement, and potential for success throughout their lives. 

Learn about new choices below:  

Friday, November 22, 2019

Local Scholarship Applications for Seniors

Elizabeth Marie Roberts Scholarship$8,000
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.

Benjamin F. Ward Scholarship$10,000 
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.

Citrix ScholarshipUp to $20,000
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. 

GSK Opportunity ScholarshipUp to $20,000
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.

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

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Rube Goldberg Competition Saturday

Fall 2019 Engineering Competition

One Durham Tech engineering team is made up entirely of Voyager Academy students and two other teams have graduates from Voyager on them. 

The ~ twenty-five judges are local industry engineers and architects. They provide $2500 in prize money for the top 10 teams. There are usually about 75 - 80 teams participating from Wake Tech's and Durham Tech's Intro to Engineering classes (EGR 150). It is a great experience for our students. Although we only bring  5 or 6 teams to the competition Durham Tech has either placed 1st or 2nd for last several semesters.

Family, friends and teachers are welcomed to attend all or part. Come cheer on out students in this prestigious competition! 

7:30 a.m. – Doors Open for Judges

·        A light breakfast and coffee for judges will be available.

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.: Judges’ Meeting/Doors Open for Competitors

·        Student teams check in to get table assignments and confirm attendance.
·        Judges will receive judging materials and a small token of our appreciation.
·        Dr. O’Riordan-Adjah, Department Head of Engineering, will review judging procedures and scoring sheets, and assign judges to teams.

9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.: Announcements

·        Welcome/Introduction
o   Special Guests
o   Special Thanks to Faculty
·        Explain Roles
o   Judges, Volunteers, Scorers, Runners

9:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: First Round of Judging

·        First Round

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Lunch and Coordinators’ Meeting

·        Scorers will determine top ten teams.
·        Judges, staff, and volunteers will meet and procedures for second round will be explained.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Second Round of Judging

·        Judges’ scores determine the third, second, and first place winners.         
1:15 p.m.: Announcements, Thanks, and Awarding of Prizes

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

VAHS Student on Durham Tech. CC Team that Wins Math Competitions

Durham Tech won the NCMATYC Math competition this year for the second time in three years and, in doing so, became the first three-time winner of the ten-year-old competition!
Congratulations to Durham Tech NCMATYC team members Josh Christie, Claire Cronin, Sam Dod, Zach Gordon, Tyler Hampton, Rimeh Ksiksi, Chase Raupp, Jasper Sylvestre, Maria Tyurina, Milo Vaisey, and Jennifer Wright.
Special recognition goes out to Zach Gordon, Chase Raupp, Maria Tyurina, and Jennifer Wright, whose team finished 2nd out of 31 teams in the collaborative portion of the competition, and to Jasper Sylvestre, who finished first out of 117 students in the individual competition. 

Friday, November 15, 2019

UNC Chapel Hill Summer Journalism and Media Programs

Students interested in journalism and media are invited to apply for these on-campus summer opportunities offered through Carolina's Hussman School of Journalism and Media.

NC Scholastic Media Institute - This four-day institute provides students and advisers with intensive training in disciplines such as broadcast, newspaper, yearbook, literary magazine, and design. To learn more, click here.

Carolina Sports Journalism Camp -  From attending a Smith Center press conference to writing a sports feature story on deadline, students get an inside look at what it takes to become a sports journalist. Click here to learn more.

Chuck Stone for Diversity in Education and Media - This fully-funded program gives rising seniors of diverse backgrounds the opportunity to hone their storytelling and writing skills through classroom study, real-world scenarios, and professional mentors. To learn more, click here.

Project Uplift and Uplift PLUS

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.


Experience Your Future in Medicine

Future doctors and health care practitioners will enjoy an extraordinary opportunity to discover their passions through hands-on medical experience at NYLF Medicine. Over nine amazing days on the campus location of your choice, you will experience the collegiate lifestyle firsthand, learn from doctors, participate in an interactive curriculum led by advisors, visit a top medical school, test your medical knowledge during clinical skills rotations, and explore professional opportunities in the ever-expanding fields of medicine and health care among fellow high school students.

Read more here

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

VAHS Career/College Fair Nov. 18, 2019

The VAHS Advisory Committee is Proud to present the VAHS Career and College Fair on Nov. 18, from 10:45-11:45 (during Advisory and lunch).

  • All VAHS students will have the opportunity to meet representatives from 10 colleges and universities. 
  • Military recruiters from the Army, Navy, and Marines will be in attendance. 
  • Teacher alumni will  be presenting exciting information from the colleges and universities  they attended.
  •  This is a great chance for students to learn and begin to explore which college or career is right for them. 

Admission Representatives from the following universities will be in attendance from 10:45-11:45 in the VAHS gym.

Durham Tech
Lenoir Rhyne
Cambell Univ
UNC Charlotte
Teacher alumni will be presenting information form their colleges in their classrooms during Advisory. Students are encouraged to visit both areas to gain the most of this experience.   

VAHS Teacher Alumni and Colleges 

Appalachian State University
Belmont Abbey College
Gardner-Webb University
Pembroke University
UNC Chapel Hill
Shaw, Baker, Dodson, Hobgood
University of Maine at Orono
Western Carolina University
Duke University
Penn State University
University of Florida
University of Mississippi
University of Pennsylvania
Davidson College
Bloomsburg University
Dartmouth University
CSU Northridge
FL A Atlantic University
Wheaton College
Acadia University
Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute
Shenandoah University


It’s been just over a month since the FAFSA officially opened for the 2020-2021 school year. Parents  have been working to help their students through the application process. Completing the FAFSA is a crucial step in a student’s college-going journey, but getting the application done can be challenging! 

Please see the  FAFSA resources below for assistance. 

Friday, November 8, 2019

Student Video: How to make Friends in College

Though your high school friends are awesome, typically, your college friends will be there for make sure they're great!
In this must-watch video, Amanda opens up about her experience acclimating to a new social setting and shares her top 5 friend making tips.

college advice: how to make friends freshman-year

New ACT Test Options for Students

Students Get More Options on the ACT Test: Four Fast Takeaways

When enough students have opportunities, our society changes for the better.

Our new, student-focused options for ACT test-takers beginning in Sept. 2020 are meant to meet the current generation of learners where they are—in a personalized, online environment.
Simply put, we are committed to opening every door possible to help today’s students succeed and leveling the playing field for all.

We introduced these options based on feedback from students, parents, teachers, counselors, administrators and higher education officials. Here’s what you should know:

1.) It’s about showing what students have learned.

These new options are designed to provide students with a better testing experience that encourages more personalization and choice. But the most important thing they do is create opportunities for deeper learning and content mastery with section retesting.

ACT Section Retesting allows students to retake one or more section (subject) tests once they have taken the full ACT test, rather than having to take the entire test again. This gives students the option to focus on areas that may need improvement and better master the content they need to succeed.

We are committed to providing everyone with the opportunity they deserve to show what they know and pursue their unique path to success.

In this vein, we are doubling the number of fee waivers we provide to students from low-income families. Students who currently test with a fee waiver will now receive a total of four fee waivers to use on a full ACT test or up to three section retests per waiver. It will be up to the student to decide how they would like to use their four waivers, as long as they have taken a full ACT test before they register for a section retest.

2.) Superscoring is the best, literally.

Superscoring—averaging the best section (subject) scores across test attempts to provide the highest ACT Composite—is an existing practice already used by many colleges and universities for admissions and scholarship decisions. The number of institutions that superscore continues to increase as more students choose to retest.

We have conducted research on section testing and superscoring across test administrations to ensure these new options are valid and reliable.

We know from research that:

These studies informed our decision to allow students to retake individual sections of the ACT. And our latest study on superscoring showed that it was more predictive of first-year college success than any other scoring method.

We believe these new ACT test options, combined, will help students reach their maximum potential, showcase their academic readiness, and put their best foot forward in the college admission process.

We continue to advocate for colleges and universities to dig into the data on superscoring to make the best decision for their institution. Students can determine if the college they’re applying to accepts superscores by visiting the college’s admissions page.

Read thr full blog post from the ACT below