Thursday, October 3, 2019

FAFSA Opened October 1st – File as soon as you can



What do you need before you fill out the FAFSA?


If you need financial aid to help you pay for college, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. The 2020–21 FAFSA form just opened this week on Oct. 1, 2019. You should fill it out as soon as possible at the official government site, fafsa.gov. All information below is provided by the U.S. Department of Education.
Federal funding is limited, so experts urge students and families to file their FAFSAs as soon as possible.

Fill out the FAFSA a.s.a.p.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Forgivable Education Loans for Service

Forgivable Education Loans for Service

Description
Established by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2011, the Forgivable Education Loans for Service provides financial assistance to qualified students enrolled in an approved education program and committed to working in critical employment shortage professions in North Carolina. For the 2018-19 academic year eligible degree programs may be found by clicking the link below. The North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority provides administration for the program.
Eligibility
A recipient must meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered for FELS:
  • Be a legal North Carolina resident and NC resident for tuition purposes
  • At the time of application, present a cumulative minimum grade point average (GPA) of:
    • 3.00 for graduating high school students (weighted GPA)
    • 2.80 for undergraduate students pursuing an associate or bachelor's degree
    • 3.20 for students pursuing a graduate or professional degree
  • Register with the Selective Service System, if required;
  • Recipients must not be in default, or does not owe a refund, under any federal or State loan or grant program
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress according to the enrolling policy of the institution.
  • Be willing to work in NC in a designated critical employment shortage profession (careers corresponding with a FELS Approved Program)
  • Must plan to enroll in at least six credit hours in an Approved Program at an Eligible Institution
Note: You do not have to be admitted to the program when you apply, but you must be admitted prior to receiving funding, if selected.



https://www.cfnc.org/FELS

Webinar: Recognizing and Managing Teen Anxiety

Watch our webinar on teen anxiety:
Complete the post-survey by October 25th for a chance to win one of Lisa's workbooks!
      
Did you miss the Recognizing and Managing Teen Anxiety webinar? You can watch the webinar on demand at your convenience. Make sure to watch the webinar and complete the post-survey before October 25th, 2019, for your chance to win one of webinar presenter Lisa M. Schab's anxiety self-help books. 

U.S. Senate Youth Applications Now Available!

 


The United States Senate Youth Program is a scholarship program that provides an educational opportunity for juniors and seniors interested in pursuing college coursework in history or political science.  Student delegates who win the $10,000 scholarship and attend the week-long event in Washington, D.C. will hear major policy addresses by Senators, cabinet members and directors from other federal agencies.  
  • North Carolina applications will be available August 1 through October 6, 2019. 
  • Deadline for submission is 11:59 p.m. Sunday, October 6, 2019.
  • Information and applications may be found at http://senateyouthnc.webs.com/  

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Scholarship Opportunities

The College Board partners with scholarship providers connected to the SAT®, PSAT/NMSQT®, and PSAT™ 10. Through these partners, students can access over $300 million in scholarship awards. Learn more about scholarships.

Below are deadline notifications for three of our partners:

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation invests in exceptional students who are dedicated to leadership, service, and action that positively affects others. Know a high school senior who fits the bill? Encourage them to apply for one of 150 college scholarships worth $20,000 by October 31, 2019, at 5 p.m. ET.

For more details and a link to the application, please visit their website.

Horatio Alger Association

As one of the nation's largest need-based college scholarship programs in the country, the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who've faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger Association seeks students who've exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, in addition to having critical financial need.

The online application is open until October 25 for undergraduate scholarships.

For more information about the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs, please visit their website.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Scholarships can open doors for students who aspire to go to college but don't have the funds. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. In addition to the monetary award, Cooke scholars receive comprehensive educational advising, significant cohort-based programming, and graduate school funding, as well as access to a thriving network of more than 2,600 fellow Cooke scholars and alumni.

The Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program application (exclusively through the Common App) closes November 13, 2019.

Subscribe to the Cooke Foundation's counselor newsletter to stay updated on all scholarship programs and opportunities.

Register for Selective Service


Virtually all male U.S. citizens, regardless of where they live, and male immigrants, whether documented or undocumented, residing in the United States, who are 18 through 25, are required to register with Selective Service.

The law says men must register with Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday
. That means men are required to register with Selective Service sometime during the 30 days before their 18th birthday, their 18th birthday, and the following 29 days after their 18th birthday – that is a 60-day registration period.
Men who do not register with Selective Service within the 60-day window are technically in violation of the law and should register as soon as possible. Late registrations are accepted up to the 26th birthday. However, once a man reaches his 26th birthday and still has not registered with Selective Service, it is too late!
It’s important to know that even though a man is registered, he will not automatically be inducted into the military. Registering with Selective Service does not mean you are joining the military.

In a crisis requiring a draft, men would be called in a sequence determined by random lottery number and year of birth. Then, they would be examined for mental, physical, and moral fitness by the military before being deferred or exempted from military service or inducted into the Armed Forces.
ALSO:  Any male required to register with Selective Service at any time must have done so to receive federal student aid.

Want Money for College? Better File That FAFSA




U.S. News & World Report

Extra Help: College Admissions
Helping parents get their teen to college
Oct. 1, 2019
As of today, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid is open. That means it's time to create an FSA ID and get an early start on the FAFSA, which is due to the federal government on June 30. States and colleges impose their own deadlines, so be aware of those too. Since institutional aid is typically offered on a first-come, first-served basis, filing the FAFSA early may help minimize student loans as your family navigates the landscape of paying for college.

Unsure of where to start? U.S. News has you covered with a guide to all things FAFSA.

Monday, September 30, 2019

2020 NC Governor's School Information

The North Carolina Governors School is a 5½-week summer residential program for gifted and talented high school students, integrating academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses on each of two campuses. The curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline, and does not involve credit, tests, or grades.
The North Carolina Governor's School is the nation's oldest statewide summer residential program for gifted high school students. The program, which is open to rising seniors only, with exceptions made for rising juniors in selected performing/visual arts areas, is located on two campuses of up to 335 students each: Governor's School West at High Point University in High Point, and Governor's School East at Meredith College in Raleigh. The program is administered by the Public Schools of North Carolina, the State Board of Education, and the Department of Public Instruction through the Exceptional Children Division. A Board of Governors, appointed by the State Board of Education, acts as an advisory body.

Interested Juniors can see Ms. O'Kane or check the link below. 


Thursday, September 26, 2019

Interested in Applying to UNC Chapel Hill?


Below is a link provided to counselors across North Carolina to provide updates on the new application cycle and to show how we review applications to get to know students. This is a helpful resource for anyone interested in applying to Carolina. 



https://youtu.be/Au25i-BY9tY

CFNC Scholarship List


List of Scholarships

Financial Aid Handbook for North Carolinians
Featured Webinar - How To Find Scholarships    You Tube icon

General Scholarships 
Scholarships for Students with Special Needs 
Programs for Military and Their Dependents 
Programs for Graduates and Professional Students 
Forgivable Loans for Service 





https://www.cfnc.org/paying/schol/all_schols.jsp#professional

CFNC Webinar: How To Find Scholarships


THE FAFSA OPENS OCT 1!!

The College Foundation of North Carolina prepared a webinar on how to find scholarships and grants. We'll talk about . The different types of scholarships, both need and merit based . Federal and state financial aid programs . Financial aid basics . Where to find scholarships . Where to find private scholarships . What to put on private scholarship applications and interview tips . Plus, CFNC.org tools and website information If you have any questions about scholarships and grants, call CFNC.org at 866-866-2362.


https://youtu.be/8AzG57S-liQ



Thursday, September 19, 2019

NC Governor’s Highway Safety Program Click it or Ticket Scholar-Athlete Essay Contest

DEADLINE: Monday, September 30 at 11:59 pm

Student-Athletes can write a 400-word or less essay for a chance to win prizes from the NCHSAA! Here is the prompt: As a scholar athlete, describe the misconceptions teens have about seatbelt usage. As their peer, what are some practical ways you could encourage them to wear their seatbelt every time they get into a vehicle?

Learn more about the NC Governor’s Highway Safety Program Scholar-Athlete Program here

NC Governor's School

The North Carolina Governors School is a 5½-week summer residential program for gifted and talented high school students, integrating academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses on each of two campuses. The curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline, and does not involve credit, tests, or grades.
The North Carolina Governor's School is the nation's oldest statewide summer residential program for gifted high school students. The program, which is open to rising seniors only, with exceptions made for rising juniors in selected performing/visual arts areas, is located on two campuses of up to 335 students each: Governor's School West at High Point University in High Point, and Governor's School East at Meredith College in Raleigh. The program is administered by the Public Schools of North Carolina, the State Board of Education, and the Department of Public Instruction through the Exceptional Children Division. A Board of Governors, appointed by the State Board of Education, acts as an advisory body.
  • "It's a fantastic opportunity to expand your knowledge and focus on learning in an area you care about, living in an environment in which learning is not required, but encouraged and enjoyed. While school's strict expectations and rigid nature can be suffocating, the Governor's School atmosphere is light and elicits natural growth." — Governor's School East student, 2019
  • "Governor's School is the best venture I have ever taken part in. You're surrounded by wonderful and intelligent people and staff who make you strive to be a better and more complete person. The curriculum is challenging and will give you even more of a thirst for knowledge." — Governor's School West student, 2019
Governor's School offers amazing educational opportunities to selected students in eleven different academics and arts disciplines. Each student's chosen discipline becomes their Area I class. See the Area I descriptions below and then review the associated pages (i.e., Areas II and III; Electives & Seminars; Speakers & Convocations; Student Life & Daily Schedule) to understand the fullness of this robust and unique program, profoundly impacting the lives and education of hundreds of North Carolina's brightest high school students every summer.

Nomination Packets for the summer of 2020 will be available soon.!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Durham College Fair 9/29

Students and parents are encouraged to attend the Durham College Fair!

Sunday, September 29 at the Durham Convention Center. 

Go to meet representatives  from over 75 colleges and universities without leaving Durham!

This is a great chance to figure  out which college is right for you.

 To register, log on to GoToCollegeFairs.Com.

EVENT MATERIALS
  1. A complete listing of participating institutions | http://bit.ly/DPSDurhamCollegeFair2019
  2. Event flyer | Click Here

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Helpful ACT Resources


The ACT is a standardized test used by almost all of the colleges in the United States to assess a student’s success in college. It was first introduced back in 1959 and all colleges and universities in the United States now accept the ACT for students applying for admission. 
The ACT is administered free of charge to all VAHS Juniors in the spring as part of our State Testing Program. Scores from this test can be submitted for college applications. Often times student will re-take the ACT  a second time through a National Test Center in order to improve their scores  or "Superscore" their subtests to enhance their college admission chances.      
Because of how many students are taking the ACT every year, some of the best colleges and universities in the country require applicants to have scores of over 27 or within the 10% of those who took the test. The minimum composite score  all of the UNC System colleges is 17.  As such, students  need to know how to do well on the ACT in order to conquer the exam . One way of doing so is to take note of the  ACT tips and test taking strategies listed below. 
 (by the way, if you’d prefer to read our list of SAT tips, you check them out here).

Conqueryourexam.com/act-tips

See ACT National Test Center dates for registration and additional study prep at

http://www.act.org/

Friday, September 13, 2019

A Great Career in Less than a Year

The Duke Ophthalmic Technician Program, sponsored by Duke University School of Medicine, is an affordable 51-week accelerated certificate program with tremendous advantages and career advancement opportunities.

High school graduates interested in an allied health career are encouraged to apply.


Program Benefits
  • Certificate from Duke University School of Medicine
  • Clinic rotations after 3 months of classroom time
  • Hands on experience in a fast-paced environment at a top ranked eye center
  • Outstanding career advancement opportunities
  • More than 90% of our graduates placed within one month of graduation
Please visit the website or contact me with questions about the program. I look forward to hearing from you and your interested students!




Thursday, September 12, 2019

Durham College Fair sept 29, 2019 1-3


Sunday, September 29 at the Durham Convention Center for the Durham College Fair.
Come and meet representatives from over 75 colleges and universities without leaving Durham! This is a great chance to figure out which college is right for you. To register, log on to GoToCollegeFairs.Com.

EVENT MATERIALS
  1. A complete listing of participating institutions | http://bit.ly/DPSDurhamCollegeFair2019
  2. Event flyer | Click Here







9 Days to a Less Stressed You



Are you feeling stressed? Check out these small steps to help find some peace: 



9 Days to a Less Stressed You

Resources for Re-taking the ACT

If a student is  taking the test again because something didn’t go quite right and they want different results, students need to focus on all aspects of the testing experience. This means evaluating their previous preparation–academically, strategically, mentally, and physically–and knowing which areas they need to improve to get a better score.
They may need to focus on one area more than another, but by assessing all of the key areas, they'll have a much better chance of giving the ACT the one-two (three-four) punch on their retake and avoid the frustration of the same old result.
For a firsthand account of several successful ACT retake strategies, watch the embedded video below!

How to Study for an ACT Re-Take

Sallie mae: Paying for College Resource





Use this resource to learn about how to responsibly pay for college. Explore important, timely topics find answers to your questions about planning for college.





Paying For College Resources

UNC Charlotte Levine Scholars Program

The Levine Scholars Program seeks outstanding high school seniors who are eager to embark on a transformative college experience. Requirements include:
  • Students must be applicants for freshman enrollment at UNC Charlotte in an undergraduate program for the fall term immediately following their high school graduation. Note: Students must be admitted to UNC Charlotte to receive a Levine Scholarship.
     
  • Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
     
  • Students must demonstrate a commitment to community service, hold an academic record that reflects a sustained passion for knowledge, and possess a capacity for ethical leadership that elevates fellow students to a higher standard.
     
  • While there are no minimum SAT, ACT or grade point averages to apply for the Levine Scholarship, students must excel academically and show evidence of experience, motivation and commitment toward the ideals of the program. 


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

College Foundation of NC College Fairs

Chapel Hill College Fair
September 17, 2019
6:30pm - 8:30pm
UNC Chapel Hill - Dean Smith Center
300 Skipper Bowles Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 



Durham County Schools College Fair
September 29, 2019
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Durham Convention Center
301 W Morgan Street, Durham, NC 27701 

Triangle Kickoff to College & Career in collaboration with Art of Cool Fest 2019


Saturday, September 28, 2019. 9 am. Durham Armory.
COLLEGE & SCHOLARSHIP FAIR. CAREER & MILITARY EXPO. EDUCATION RESOURCE SHOWCASE.


Learn what it takes to get into college, about different careers and how to get involved in your community via service opportunities! Parents and students can attend and learn what it takes to get into college, about different careers, and how to get involved in the community via service opportunities! Attendees can attend multiple breakout sessions to learn about college admissions, financial aid, and more. Colleges and universities will be represented at a college fair and available to speak with students about opportunities at their institutions. Student athletes will have access to recruitment professionals who can answer questions about eligibility for scholarships. Find out about applying for college scholarships. A host of community organizations will be available to discuss volunteer and service opportunities that can help students explore different career paths and build resumes that demonstrate their gifts outside the classroom. 

#EducationIsCool

Monday, September 9, 2019

Extra Help: College Admissions

College Application Season Is Here


A new school year is upon us. As your family continues to narrow down your teen's list of school options, check out the 2020 Best Colleges rankings - released today. See which schools comprise the top ranks of National Universities and National Liberal Arts Colleges.

With the Common App open, students would be wise to wrangle letters of recommendation from trusted teachers and sharpen their resume before college. Here’s a look at how students can get started on soliciting letters of recommendation. Hot tip: They should start asking soon.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Assistance with the FAFSA



The FAFSA launches on October 1. The NC campus financial aid offices are holding multiple events, including FAFSA Day on October 26, 2019, to assist students and families with FAFSA completion. Attached is a flyer where students/families can receive assistance with financial aid/FAFSA completion. The flyer includes a link asking students/families to complete a VERY short form – name, email, county of residence, and how they wish to be contacted. Once they  receive a request, they will reach out to the financial aid office on the campuses of the designated counties. The financial aid office will then send information on the events in the family’s area.









Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Free Annual HBCU College Fair

Free Annual HBCU College Fair September 21:  Raleigh-Broughton High School
The Annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) College Fair will be 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, September 21, at the Holiday Gymnasium at Broughton High School, 723 Saint Mary’s Street, Raleigh, NC. 
This free event is open to the public and sponsored by the Sigma Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha.
An informal “meet and greet” session with light continental breakfast will be held at 8:30 AM. 
For more information and to RSVP, contact Stephanie Davenport, at 919-210-7606 or Stepd65@gmail.com or Linda Simmons-Henry, at 919-889-8212 or lshenry25@gmail.com

PSAT for Juniors



VAHS will be offering the PSAT to interested 11th grade students.  The PSAT test will take place on Wednesday, October 16th, beginning at 8:00am in the High School Commons. The test will only be offered once and there is no make-up date. Students who choose to take the PSAT will be excused for that portion of the school day. Parents may register their student at
 https://forms.gle/tVACLzay2aabfoCz7 . The cost of the exam is $16.

The PSAT is a practice test that prepares students for success on the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test). Additional information for students and parents about the PSAT can be found at
 https://www.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt

Additionally, Juniors who do very well on the PSAT may qualify for the NMSQT Scholarship Competition. Test results are usually received in December. Students will receive their test book back as well as a score report that gives specific information about their correct/incorrect answers, difficulty level of questions and content each question assessed. VAHS counselor, Jill O'Kane will make arrangements to distribute and explain results to students.

Questions regarding the PSAT administration, should go to Laura Howell, VA Testing/Accountability Coordinator.

Davidson College Scholarships

THE BELK SCHOLARSHIP
The John M. Belk Scholarship, Davidson’s flagship merit program, covers the comprehensive costs of attending Davidson (room, board, tuition and fees) – valued in 2019-2020 at over $67,000.

Belk Scholars are game changers – recognized for outstanding intellectual ability, leadership skill, commitment to service, personal vigor, and potential for impact.
  • Nomination Deadline (your school may nominate one or two students) – November 1, 2019.
  • Nominees’ Admission Application Deadline –November 22, 2019.


THE BRYAN SCHOLARSHIP

The Lowell Bryan Scholarships are offered to two scholar-athletes (one woman and one man) in each entering class and valued at $35,000 annually.

Bryan Scholars are chosen on the basis of academic and personal excellence and potential for impact in their sport in Davidson’s NCAA Division I athletic program.

  • Nomination Deadline (your school may nominate up to three students) – September 27, 2019.
  • Nominees’ Admission Application Deadline – must be completed and received in our office no later than 5:00 p.m., October 15, 2019.
  • Finalists will participate in selection interviews on campus on November 3, 2019.