Thursday, December 17, 2020

10 Sites to Kick Off Your Scholarship Search


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Through these sites, students can begin to tap into the billions of dollars in scholarship money awarded each year.

NCSSM Application Deadlines Jan 15, 2021

 10th Graders: 30 Days Left to Complete Your Application!

The application for the NCSSM Residential and Online Class of 2023, as well as for Summer Ventures 2021 opened on October 15. If you're in your second year of high school, you can start your application today at! The application deadline is 11:59 pm on January 15, but don't wait until January! We highly encourage everyone to get started as soon as possible if you haven't already. Winter Break would be a great time to work on (or better yet, finish!) your application. You can find more details and instructions on our website.

Also, remember that you can apply for NCSSM Online, NCSSM Residential, and Summer Ventures all in the same application. It doesn't hurt to apply for all three!

Friday, December 11, 2020

Wake Forest Summer Immersion Program For HS Students

 The Summer Immersion Program is an opportunity for high school students (9th - 12th grade) to pursue their passions, immerse themselves in a career pathway or field of study, and engage with Wake Forest faculty and professionals. With 20 unique Institutes being offered on-campus and online, we are excited to offer options for everyone.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

SECU Foundation Scholarships


SECU Foundation established the “People Helping People®” scholarship program to assist students across North Carolina with their educational goals. Since being established, the “People Helping People” scholarship program represents an annual commitment of over $5 million, with a collective total of over $71 million since the initial scholarship funding began in 2005.

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 VAHS Scholarship Selection Committee provided they meet all eligibility criteria. Scholarship recipient information must be submitted by the Scholarship Selection Committee at VAHS No individual applications are reviewed by the Foundation. Speak with your Ms. O'Kane, VAHS guidance counselor for more information about applying, requirements, and deadlines.

Read more below.

Friday, December 4, 2020

The Common Application is Mobile!


Common App is excited to share our new mobile application – Common App for mobile. Aspiring college students can now search for Common App member colleges, request recommendations, write essays, and submit their applications through the mobile app.
Over the last five years, we’ve seen a nearly 40% increase in mobile device use for the application, with more than 400,000 applications submitted on mobile devices last year. Common App for mobile furthers our commitment to access and equity in the college admission process by providing students with an additional access point to apply to college using their Android or iOS devices.
Learn more

Thursday, December 3, 2020

How to Correct or Change Your FAFSA


Each year, approximately 19 million people complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the application you have to fill out to access most forms of financial aid, including grants and federal student loans.

With so many people completing the FAFSA—many of them teenagers applying on their own—mistakes happen. Whether you made an error or your information changed since you submitted your application, it’s important to update the FAFSA as soon as you learn of a mistake. Otherwise, you might not get all of the aid you deserve.

Below, learn about the FAFSA corrections process and update deadlines.

Continue reading HERE

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship


The Jackie Robinson Foundation scholarship application is now available!

The Jackie Robinson Foundation provides four-year scholarships of $30,000 and extensive support services, including career guidance and internship placement, to highly motivated African American students who have maintained a 98% college graduation rate. 

We appreciate your support by sharing this opportunity with students. The application closes at 5:00 pm ET on February 1, 2021.


Thank you,
Damian Travier
Vice President, Core Programs

Monday, November 30, 2020

2021-2022 Aubrey Lee Brooks Scholarship Program Announcement

 The 2021-22 school year A.L. Brooks Scholarship application will be activated on December 7, 2020.  The student’s full application packet must be electronically completed and submitted with all required information/documentation via the application system by January 31, 2021 to receive consideration.


The website that houses information about the Program and that will have the link to the application can be accessed via the “Program Information” tab below.


Select HERE For more information


  • Graduating high school senior
  • Permanently reside and attend high school in one of the following counties:
    • Alamance, Bertie, Caswell, Durham, Forsyth, Granville, Guilford, Orange, Person, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Swain, Warren
  • Plan to enroll as a full-time student in a degree-granting program at one of the following:
    • N.C. State University
    • UNC-Chapel Hill
    • UNC-Greensboro


Established in 1955 by a Trust endowed by the late Aubrey Lee Brooks, these scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors from a 14-county area of North Carolina. The North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority provides central administration for the Brooks Foundation.

Application Requirements

  • Complete an Aubrey Lee Brooks Scholarship Application
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and demonstrate financial need as determined by the application process

Other Information

Of the 17 scholarships, one is awarded to a student from the areas of Greensboro and High Point and to a senior at the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics who is from an eligible county. Additional criteria include merit, leadership, character, and the desire of the recipient to prepare for a career as a useful and informed citizen.

Best Colleges in North Carolina

 Colleges and Universities have a wide variety of locations, settings, social styles, and academic offerings. They have rankings that try to provide a picture of the school as a helpful guide to students and their families engaged in the selection process. There are many ways to consider a school and rankings are a familiar way.

When using rankings and ratings, students should remember they are not based on the same criteria nor do they have the same weight for common factors. For example, some rankings place a high rating, as much as 25%, on the success rate of graduates. Other rankings may value the on-time graduation rate as a chief factor. Students should take a glance at the rating factors when using college rankings.

Check out more below at:

University HQ

Take honors level and AP STEM & humanities courses online, via NCSSM!


The Distance Education and Extended Programs division of NCSSM invites you to join us for an upcoming webinar about our Open Enrollment Program! 

NCSSM’s Open Enrollment program allows NC public high school students to take tuition-free, honors-level and AP NCSSM courses via interactive video conferencing. These courses make it possible for students to take advanced courses in STEM and humanities subjects while remaining at their home schools.

Open Enrollment courses are live, synchronous courses taught by NCSSM faculty to students in their home schools during the school day. During class, teachers use group activities and cutting-edge instructional technology to facilitate active participation, with project-based learning and cross-site collaboration among peers around the state. 

Registration for Spring 2021 courses is now open!

Registration must be requested and facilitated by a school official, usually the school counselor. Students cannot register for the Open Enrollment courses on their own. 

How is the NCSSM Open Enrollment Program different from the other NCSSM programs? Click here to learn more.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Going Merry Scholarship Platform

Going Merry has thousands of active scholarships on our website, at any given time. 

What is Going Merry?

We are a free scholarship and financial aid platform.

Learn More HERE

Personalized matching. Thousands of scholarships.

More local scholarships
Less competitive, easier to win.
Auto-filled forms
Never type the same thing twice.
Bundled scholarships
Apply for multiple scholarships, at once.
Mobile app or Desktop, we've got you covered

Check out just ten of the December offerings here:


Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger ScholarshipsProvider: Stop Hunger Foundation
Amount: $5,000
# of winners: 25


Rockefeller Foundation Food System Vision PrizeProvider: The Rockefeller Foundation
Amount: $200,000
# of winners: 10


Make the U / Haz La U Hispanic Scholarship FundProvider: The Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Colgate-Palmolive
Amount: $1,000
# of winners: 100


Burger King James W. McLamore Whopper Scholarship AwardProvider: BURGER KING℠ McLamore Foundation
Amount: $50,000
# of winners: 18


AQHF Youth ScholarshipProvider: American Quarter Horse Foundation
Amount: $50,000
# of winners: Varies


Dell Scholars ProgramProvider: Equitable
Amount: $20,000
# of winners: 500


Teen Changemakers Essay ContestProvider: International Bipolar Foundation
Amount: $1,000
# of winners: 3


Hispanic Heritage Youth AwardsProvider: Hispanic Heritage Foundation
Amount: $3,500
# of winners: Varies


The NHS ScholarshipProvider: National Honor Society
Amount: $25,000
# of winners: 600


Be The Change Minority Nursing Scholarship (2020)Provider: Family & Friends of Lauren Douglass
Amount: $1,000
# of winners: 5

College Board Updates


PSAT-Related Assessments

Scores for the PSAT™ 8/9 and the October administrations of the PSAT/NMSQT will be available online to counselors on November 30 and to students starting December 7. Visit our score resources page to help your students understand their scores.

Weekend SAT

The December 5 SAT administration is scheduled to proceed as planned. Students can register until November 24. Our recent press release gives you more information about test center safety requirements and closures.


Seniors can earn College Board Opportunity Scholarship entries by completing the FAFSA® and applying to colleges. Current juniors can begin participating in the program in December by signing up at


Step-by-Step Guide for College Search

Sophomores and juniors can use search tools on BigFuture™ to explore colleges without the pressure of application deadlines and have time to enjoy the discovery process.

Students are encouraged to spend 20–30 minutes checking out our College Search Step-by-Step tool and adding a few recommended colleges to their list.

Help Students Get Discovered by Colleges and Scholarships

College Board's Student Search Service® helps students connect with more than 1,500 colleges and over $300 million in scholarships. Your students can now join this program online at any time to start hearing from participating organizations.