Friday, August 30, 2019

NC State University Park Scholarship is now Live

The mission of the Park Scholarships program is to bring exceptional students to NC State, based on outstanding accomplishments and potential in scholarship, leadership, service, and character. The program develops and supports Park Scholars in these areas, preparing them for lifelong contributions to the university, state, nation, and world.
The Park Scholarships are named for the late Roy H. Park ’31, an NC State alumnus who created the charitable Park Foundation, dedicated to education, media, and the environment. With a generous grant from the Park Foundation, the Park Scholarships program was established in 1996 to provide a superb educational opportunity for exceptionally talented and well-prepared young men and women who merit the intellectual challenge of a distinguished faculty and a superior university. To date, 20 classes of Park Scholars have graduated and have built a vibrant alumni network.
Approximately 40 scholarships will be awarded this year to outstanding entering freshmen for undergraduate study in any discipline at NC State. For more details about the program and recent accomplishments of Park Scholars and Alumni, please review the 2018-2019 Annual Report.

The Park Scholarship provides:

Exceptional Benefits

  • Four-year scholarship valued at up to $111,000 in-state and up to $205,000 out-of-state, including tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, travel, and personal expenses
  • Grants to fund professional and personal enrichment experiences, such as research projects, service activities, and conferences in the United States and abroad
  • Early course registration
  • Guaranteed invitation to join the University Scholars Program for all Park Scholarships Finalists

Personal and Professional Development in Scholarship, Leadership, and Service

  • Mentoring: Park Faculty Mentors work individually with Park Scholars on preparation for undergraduate research, internships, graduate/professional schools, and national scholarships
  • Freshman Seminar: Weekly seminar during the first year featuring distinguished guests, including former North Carolina Governor James Hunt and outstanding NC State faculty
  • Retreats: Team-building retreats at the start of the freshman and senior years
  • Learning Labs: Experiential learning opportunities to study leadership in the context of state and national issues
  • Leadership Academy: A comprehensive, four-year program designed to develop Park Scholars’ leadership potential
  • Civic Engagement Initiatives: Year-long projects with community agencies to develop strategies and implement solutions for issues facing the populations they serve

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Upcoming YouTube Series: Student Guide to the First Year of College Featuring Michelle Obama

Last month, Common App and Reach Higher had the privilege of hosting former First Lady Michelle Obama for the 2019 Beating the Odds Summit, designed to inspire nearly 100 first-generation college-bound students to help them prepare for their college experience.
Highlights and important topics addressed during the Summit will soon be featured in an upcoming YouTube series called “A Student’s Guide to Your First Year of College.” Premiering on September 4, the 10-episode playlist will cover topics ranging from applying for financial aid, finding mentors, and living on your own as a first-year student.
Read more

See the trailer HERE

UNC Computer Science Open House

Students from all over the state will be gathering in Chapel Hill to learn about Computer Science at Carolina! 

From Charlotte to Wilmington and areas in between, students will be loading field trip buses and carpooling with friends and parents to meet at the UNC Computer Science Middle/High School Open House:

Saturday, September 14
10 AM to 1 PM
Sitterson Hall
201 S Columbia Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Participants will experience hands-on demonstrations and check out research labs to learn what computing is all about.

Come join us! Registration Required. Click here to register.

Parents of High School juniors and seniors: 
Join us for a special junior/senior information session. We will host 3 sessions: 10 AM, 11 AM, and 12 PM. At each session, our department chair, faculty members and a student representative will discuss the programs and majors we offer, what you can do with a computer science degree, and the student experience in the UNC Department of Computer Science. 
We encourage all high school juniors and seniors to attend.
Since space is limited, please sign up early to guarantee your spot(s). Registration is required for the info sessions (look for info session signup on the bottom of the form).
Register for Middle / High School Open House

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

U.S. Senate Youth Applications Now Available!


North Carolina’s application process for this year’s United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) officially opened Thursday, August 1, 2019!  

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. March 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  

Webinar: Recognizing and Managing Teen Anxiety

Recognizing and Managing Teen Anxiety
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
7 to 8:15 PM (ET) / 4 to 5:15 PM (PT)

Is teen anxiety a normal part of life?

Everyone experiences anxiety! But not everyone experiences a diagnosable anxiety disorder. What's the difference? How can adults help teens with anxiety?

Join us Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 7pm ET for our live webinar to get answers to your questions regarding teen anxiety. During the webinar, you'll learn how to 
  • recognize signs of an anxiety disorder
  • practice youth-friendly anxiety management skills
  • encourage teens to be a part of choosing treatment options

The webinar features Lisa M. Schab, LCSW, a psychotherapist and author of 18 self-help books for children, teens, and adults including 
Put Your Worries Here:  A Creative Journal for Teens With Anxiety, and the international best-sellers, The Anxiety Workbook for Teens and The Self-Esteem Workbook for TeensShe is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and maintains a private counseling practice in the greater Chicago area. 

If you are new to the topic of teen depression or in need of a refresher, please watch our "Understanding Teen Depression" webinar first!
View the webinar live to have the opportunity to ask questions. If you can't make it, include your questions when you register, then watch the recorded webinar on demand.

Free ADHD Webinar

Live Webinar on September 30: What Is ADHD? Everything You Need to Know Before and After an ADHD Diagnosis

Register below for this free expert webinar to learn everything you need to know before and after an ADHD diagnosis, on Monday, September 30, at 1 pm ET.
Sign up and you will receive the free webinar replay link after 9/30 as well!

Register for this free webinar ►

Not available September 30? Don’t worry. Register now and we’ll send you the replay link to watch at your convenience.
Part 1 of ADDitude’s 3-part ADHD Awareness Month Webinar Series
Every day 3,000 people of all ages and from all over the world are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD), and they take yet another step in the lifelong process of coming to know and manage their special type of nervous system. This process rarely follows a straight line. For every patient, it begins at different times and moves at different speeds along different paths — its efficiency and helpfulness largely determined by how well the patient understands the answer to this question: What is ADHD?
Knowing the facts about ADHD — how symptoms present in children, how symptoms present in adults, and the best treatment approaches for each — is key to managing the condition. Knowledge is considered the bedrock of a good treatment plan.
Educating yourself and your family about ADHD is tougher than you may think. Most physicians receive little training in ADHD during medical school. Often, they do an inadequate job of explaining what ADHD is, how to treat it, and how to live successfully with it. This webinar will fill in those holes — and get you off to a great start in understanding ADHD and how best to manage the condition in children and adults.
In this webinar you will learn about
  • The positives and negatives of having an ADHD nervous system
  • The key elements of a good, thorough ADHD evaluation
  • The formal diagnostic criteria for ADHD — and what ADHD looks like at different stages of the life cycle
  • Signs that indicate a person may have ADHD
  • How to find a competent and willing clinician to help make the diagnosis and start a treatment plan
  • How co-existing conditions complicate the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Horatio Alger Scholarship


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 have 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 have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as have critical financial need.

QuestBridge College Admission Program

Did you know that top colleges are actively seeking high-achieving students from low-income backgrounds? Through QuestBridge, students can be considered for early admission and a full four-year scholarship at 40 top collegesPlease contact Ms. O'Kane if you would like to be referred and to receive more information.  The deadline for students to apply is Thursday, September 26.

Who's qualified? We're looking for students from low-income backgrounds who are academically prepared to excel at a top college. We review applications holistically, so there are no strict cut-offs. These factors can help you determine if you know qualified students:
Academic Achievement
Earn primarily A’s in the most rigorous classes available. 
Score >1310 on the SAT and >28 on the ACT (if taken).
Financial Background
Come from households earning <$65,000 annually (for a family of four), with minimal assets. Often eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.
Personal Qualities
Exhibit strength in character and extracurricular achievement. May have  family responsibilities.

Go Crew Information

The application for the 2019-20
GoCrew program is closing soon!

What is the GoCrew?
The GoCrew is a transit ambassador program open to transit enthusiasts ages 13 years and older.
The purpose of the GoCrew is simple: to get more people using transit!Through the GoCrew program, you get to promote transit usage in your community and shape the transit experience for years to come.
Should I apply?
  • Do you live, work or attend school in Wake, Durham or Orange County?
  • Are you passionate about using and improving transit?
  • Are you able to commit 6-8 hours each month to the program?
  • Are you able to attend a seminar on the 3rd Saturday of each month from Sep 2019 - Aug 2020?
  • Are you at least 13 years old?
If you answered yes to all these questions, the GoCrew awaits!
What will I do?
  • Use social media to promote and share information about transit services and programs.
  • Volunteer at community outreach events and help answer questions regarding transit.
  • Attend monthly seminars to stay up to date on all things transit.
  • Work collaboratively with the GoCrew team to plan and execute a signature GoCrew event.
  • Assist GoTriangle and GoDurham in identifying ways to improve our communication with the communities we serve. 
All monthly seminars will take place from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Regional Transit Center (4600 Emperor Blvd., Suite 104, Durham, NC 27703).
What are the benefits?
As a GoCrew member, you get the unique opportunity to:
  • Learn the inner workings of the transit system
  • Develop public speaking, social media and communication skills
  • Connect with fellow transit users and expand your network
In addition, each member receives a custom GoCrew package that includes a t-shirt, name badge, hat, lanyard, bag and a GoPass active for one year!
I'm sold! How do I apply?
To apply click the link below and fill out the online application. The application will remain open until August 30, 2019 at 5 p.m.
Apply Online Today!
Questions? Contact Samone Oates-Bullock, Public Engagement Specialist, at or visit!

Friday, August 23, 2019

ASVAB Career Exploration Program and Testing

The ASVAB will be administered at VAHS on Monday 11/4/2019 at 2:00.
See Ms. O'Kane to sign up to test.


  • Aptitude Test
  • Interest Self-Assessment
  • Career Exploration Tools
ASVAB CEP empowers students nationwide to discover their engths and interests then map out post-secondary plans that work. Start exploring. It's free!

Triangle Kickoff To College & Career

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

Saturday, September 28, 2019. 9 am. Durham Armory.
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.