Thursday, February 28, 2019

Criminal Justice Fellows Program


The mission of the North Carolina Criminal Justice Fellows Program is to recruit talented high school senior graduates into the criminal justice profession. Each year this program will fund fellowships for high school senior graduates who have exhibited high academic achievement, a history of service to the school and community, and a desire to serve the state of North Carolina in a field within the criminal justice profession. Click here to get to the Criminal Justice  Fellows Program website.


The ACT will be given to all Juniors at VAHS on Tuesday March 12.  There is a 35 minute reading Section. Passages come from pros fiction, social science, humanities and natural science. Ability to find supporting evidence within the text is the focus of the reading section. 

There is no single “correct” way to tackle the ACT Reading section; depending on your reading speed, comprehension level, and retention ability, you may need to make adjustments to what you read below. See the link below and follow the steps to start on your way in determining the best ACT Reading strategy that works for you.

ACT Reading Quick-Tip Guide

Practice passages for the Reading section can be found Here

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

College Board Scholarships

College Board Opportunity Scholarships

  • The @CollegeBoard #OpportunityScholarships program guides students through the college planning process and offers them a chance to earn money for college for each action they complete.
  • The new @CollegeBoard #OpportunityScholarships program is awarding $5M in #scholarships to the class of 2020. There is no GPA or family income requirement. Students simply get rewarded for the work they're already doing to apply for college.
  • High school juniors: You may be eligible for @CollegeBoard #OpportunityScholarships. Earn #scholarships from $500 to $40,000 while planning for college. Learn more.
  • The @CollegeBoard is awarding $5 MILLION in scholarships every year over the next five years, beginning with the class of 2020. No application is required. All students have to do is plan for college.

FBI Teen Academy

The FBI Charlotte 2019 Teen Academy will welcome high school students (sophomores, juniors and seniors) between the ages of 15-18 to a four-day program this summer beginning Tuesday, July 16th to Friday, July 19th from 9:00am -3:30pm each day.  All sessions will be held at the Charlotte FBI headquarters.  

Students will learn about SWAT Teams, evidence collection, and investigations, among other fun activities; and they will have the chance to interact with FBI Agents and professional staff every day.  

The application for the 2019 Teen Academy is posted on the FBI Charlotte website -

FBI Teen-academy-application

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Durham Tech. Annual Senior Day

Please see the information below from Sasha Jazmean Afanador, Coordinator, Student Recruitment
College Recruitment and High School Partnerships. 

Durham Tech’s Annual Senior Day is coming up. I would like to inform you of this great opportunity. We have finally selected an official date and time.

All first – choice students* are invited to Durham Tech’s Main Campus to complete the majority of the enrollment process in one day.
Upon confirmation of your attendance, I will send an itinerary in March and request your list of student participants.
Please let me know if your school is interested and has bus transportation available for your students.

*First- choice students must have applied to Durham Tech & have a Durham Tech ID number.

Below you will see important event information.

Date: Tuesday, April 9th
Requested Arrival Time: 9:00 a.m.
Event Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Registration Deadline: March 15th

Tentative Agenda:

-       Intro with premade name tags
-       Group Tour
-       New Student Orientation (Connect Session)
-       One-on-One Advising
-       Personalized Financial Aid Assistance

Summer and STEM Opportunities at Virginia Tech. University 

Virginia Tech is committed to diversity among our student body. To achieve this goal, we are offering several programs focused on building student populations from different backgrounds. Please pass this information along to any students who may be interested at your school, we'd love to welcome them to campus!

Monday, February 25, 2019

2019 Couch Oil Cares Scholarship

2019 Couch Oil Cares Scholarship Program

Couch Oil Cares Scholarship ProgramThe Couch Oil Cares Scholarship Program is an effort to help local students with the costs of higher education. Again this year, Couch Oil is teaming up with the Durham Bulls to award scholarships to six deserving individuals. The $1,000 scholarship is available to students who have been accepted into either a four-year or community college and reside in a 16-county area surrounding the Triangle.
Download the 2019 Couch Oil Scholarship Application here and submit by June 21, 2019. Recipients will be recognized at the August 8, 2019 Durham Bulls game.

Deadline: June 21, 2019

Eligibility Requirements:
Must be a resident of Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Nash, Orange, Person, Vance, Wake or Wilson county.
Must have been accepted to and registered as a 1st-year college student for the 2019-20 school year (four-year or community college)
Must be no more than 25 years old at the time of the scholarship presentation.
For more information, send email to

Friday, February 22, 2019

ASVAB Career Exploration Program

The ASVAB CEP will be administered at VAHS on Monday, March 25, 2019 at 2:30 p.m.. Interested 10th - 12th grade students should contact Ms. O'Kane to sign up for testing.   

ASVAB CEP empowers students nationwide to discover their strengths and interests then map out post-secondary plans that work.

The ASVAB CEP is made up of three components:
  • ASVAB: The aptitude test estimates your performance in academic and vocational endeavors.
  • FYI: The interest inventory measures your work-related interests.
  • OCCU-Find: A career catalog provides activities to help you put a plan together.
High school students in grades 10-12, and first and second year post-secondary school students can participate. Participation in the CEP is voluntary, but the future is mandatory. So, be ready!
How it works...
ASVAB CEP helps you figure out what you're good at, what is important to you, and the jobs that match your skills and interests. After you take the test, you will participate in a series of activities to help you understand your scores, yourself, and your options.
Read more below:

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Durham County Scholarship Deadlines Are Approaching!

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. 

DurhamWorks Job Expo

YouthWork’s annual Youth Summit, held each year, offers youth ages 14-24 tips and techniques for successfully applying for jobs and internships and succeeding on the job.

Connect with organizations that can help you get career-ready. Get the latest information on the upcoming summer internship program.

2019 DurhamWorks Job Expo

Saturday, February 23
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The Chesterfield
701 West Main Street, Durham, NC 27701

Learn More and Register to Attend Here.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

College Vine Free Webinar: How To Make Your Perfect College List

Join us for our webinar next week:
Tuesday, February 26th at 8 p.m. ET
Creating a strong college list will help you get into the best schools possible, while also finding the right fit. Our webinar will guide you through what factors to look for and how to choose "reach," "target," and "safety" schools. We'll give you the resources to help you confidently navigate the college application process.  
Join us for a free online webinar to understand how to find the right schools and understand your admissions chances.
In the webinar, we’ll answer the following questions and more: 
  • How many schools should be on your college list?
  • What are “reach,” “target,” and “safety” schools?
  • How do you know which schools are best for you?
  • How can you make sure that you maximize your chances of getting accepted?
  • What are the common mistakes that students make when creating their own school lists?
  • ...and much more!

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We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Duks Summer Opportunities

Duke Summer Programs

  • 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.

Friday, February 15, 2019

CLTL Scholarships

The Colleges That Change Lives Scholarship was established in 2016 to honor the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first edition of Loren Pope’s classic book and the 10thanniversary of the non-profit organization, Colleges That Change Lives.
Since first appearing in 1996, four versions of Colleges That Change Lives have been published, each update offering valuable insights about the college search, as well as profiles of 40 small, residential, liberal arts schools that deliver a quality education to thousands of students each year. The non-profit College That Change Lives organization is dedicated to preserving and promoting the book’s message, and this scholarship is yet another way to ensure that the CTCL experience becomes a reality for even more students.
The 2019 Colleges That Change Lives Scholarships ($1,000 per year, renewable for up to four years with a maximum award of $4,000 per student) will be awarded to new first-year students, including international students and undocumented students who choose to attend a CTCL-member college or university.
The CTCL Board reviews the applications and selects the recipients. Decisions will be based on the merits of the application, and financial need may be taken into consideration. All students will be notified about the scholarship results. Learn more about the most recent CTCL Scholarship winners.
To apply:
  • Complete and submit the online application before 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, March 22, 2019.
  • To complete the application, two items must be emailed with your name in the subject line to before 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, April 5, 2019:
    — at least one copy of an admission letter from a CTCL-member school
    — a copy of page one of your Student Aid Report from the FAFSA (see this example of page 1 of the SAR)
  • If you cannot file a FAFSA and/or provide a copy of your Student Aid Report, please select “I will not be able to submit a Student Aid Report, but would like to compete for this scholarship” when prompted on the application. If you are a finalist who did not provide the SAR, CTCL will contact you directly for more information. 
Awardees will be notified by email on April 19, 2019.
Questions? Please contact Executive Director Maria Furtado with questions (727.465.8005).

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Durham Tech Guaranteed Admissions Pathways to NCSU and UNCCH

The Community College Collaboration (C3) is a dual-admission, dual-enrollment program between NC State and eight community college partners. The application deadline for C3 is June 1.

C3 Information

C-Step is a guaranteed pathway for students who begin at Durham Tech. tp transfer to UNC Chapel Hill. Tha application deadline for C-STEP is April 1. 

C-STEP Information

Free National College Fair

Free and open to the public, National College Fairs are the perfect place to kick off your college search.

Admission representatives from schools across the country are all gathered in one place. Their goal: To encourage you to learn more about their institutions, and help you sort through the qualities you’re looking for in a college. 

Use your visit to:

Explore your options. Each fair draws representatives from 175 to 400 colleges. The schools are located throughout the US, and from around the globe. 

Ask questions. What’s college life like? What majors are popular on campus? Chatting with representatives from a variety of colleges can help you cement your own preferences. 

Gather information. Pick up brochures and other materials about the schools that interest you. Ask admission reps to scan your barcode—an easy way to help colleges follow up with you after the fair.
  • Event Details:

    Raleigh Convention Center
    500 S Salisbury St. 
    Raleigh, NC 27601

  • Fair Hours:

    Tuesday, March 19, 2019 
    March 19, 2019 
    4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Contact Us:

    E-mail or call: 703/836-2222 ext. 14

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Free College Funding Event

Kestrel Heights is hosting the College Funding Coach on Tuesday March 19th from 6:30-8:30 pm. This event is for any family wanting to learn how to pay for college (Preschool - High School).
The College Funding Coach was founded in 2002 to help families better understand the complexities of paying for college and make higher education more affordable. Since that time, The College Funding Coach team have been on a mission to help families save on the high cost of higher education. The College Funding Coach’s founder, Brock Jolly, realized that most families want to help pay for their children’s education; but they often lack the liquidity and/or the cash flow to be able to do so. The College Funding Coach has established an approach that helps parents understand the college funding process, reduce their out-of-pocket expenses, and balance the challenge of saving for college and retirement simultaneously.
This is a free educational event.  Please register by clicking HERE or on the flyer linked below.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

GAP Year Fairs

Discover learning beyond the classroom

Don't miss USA Gap Year Fairs this winter! These fairs provide a broad exposure to gap year options and the opportunity for face-to-face conversations with gap year organizations, experts, and alumni. 
Gap year providers offer a variety of programs:
  • Academic
  • Adventure & Trips
  • Community Service
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Internship & Work Experience
  • Travel & Culture
  • Gap Year Advisors

Register to attend the fairs TODAY!

Click here to view some programs attending the fairs

Wednesday, February 6, 2019


Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 at 8 p.m. ET
Learn what students do during their Junior year that will dramatically affect their admission outcomes. How can families prepare to have the best Junior year possible? 

Join CollegeVine for a free, online webinar to learn what to do Junior year to set yourself up for success during the college admissions process. 
In the webinar, we’ll answer the following questions and more: 
  • What are the main things I should focus on during Junior year for maximum impact on my admissions chances?
  • What should I do starting ASAP that will have long-reaching effects?
  • Which deadlines should I stay aware of?
  • Which tests should I take?
  • What should I do the summer after Junior year? Does it really matter?
  • Which common mistakes should I avoid?

Register Now