E3: The Countdown Begins!

September 2023

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E3- Each and every TCS graduate will be enrolled, enlisted, or employed.

The Tuscaloosa City Schools system is committed to supporting students in becoming ENROLLED (in a post-secondary institution or training program), ENLISTED (in a branch of the military), or EMPLOYED (in a high-wage, high-demand career pathway) following high school graduation.

Senior year is an important part of this process. To help you stay on top of activities and deadlines, we have created the Senior Timeline Campaign. On the first Friday of each month, look for key actions that you should take to help secure your future. Keep up with your to-do list and stay on track toward meeting your goal. We are here to help!

Your September To-Do List

Firm up your post-secondary plans during your one-on-one with your school counselor.

Are you planning to ENROLL?

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Check out Shelton State on Your Campus!

Shelton State Community College will visit high school campuses each month to host college prep sessions. Topics include financial aid, dual enrollment, scholarships, and academic advising. Scan the QR code below to register to attend your high school's sessions.
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Take the ACT!

If your planned college or university requires an ACT score for admission or for scholarship consideration, register for the October test date.
Register for the October ACT

Deadline to register is 9/22/23. If you qualify for free/reduced lunch, see your school counselor for an ACT fee waiver.

Tuscaloosa Area College Fair

Wednesday, Sep. 20th, 8am-12pm

9500 Old Greensboro Road

Tuscaloosa, AL

Your school is assigned a time slot for its visit to the Tuscaloosa Area College Fair. Check with your school counselor for details.

Scholarship Alert!

It's not too early to grab scholarships to help you fund your education. Check out the opportunities below.
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The Gates Scholarship

Phase I application deadline is 9/15/23.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • A high school senior
  • From at least one of the following ethnicities: African American, American Indian/Alaska

Native*, Asian/Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American

  • Pell-eligible
  • A US citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • In good academic standing with a minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0
  • scale (or equivalent)

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Nike HSI Scholarship Program

The deadline to apply is 9/15/23 at 5:00 PM PT.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be of Hispanic heritage
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent).
  • Currently enrolled full-time in an accredited, public or not-for-profit, four-year university that is officially designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) – as defined by the Higher Education Act of 1965. For more information, visit the US Department of Education NCES list.
  • No documents are required for the successful submission of Phase I. In October, students selected to proceed in the application process will be required to submit their undergraduate transcript(s), financial aid award letter, and enrollment verification.
  • Students who are first-year undergraduates, and who do not have undergraduate grades for summer/fall 2023, must submit their high school transcript in October, if they proceed in the application process. Students who submit a high school transcript must have obtained a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent).
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Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship

The deadline to apply is 10/2/23 at 5 PM EST.

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Currently enrolled high school/home-schooled students attending school in one of the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or select DoD schools who will graduate high school during the 2023-2024 academic school year (students graduating from an American or expat school abroad are not eligible for this award; individuals who have already graduated from high school are not eligible)
  • U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, U.S. Permanent Residents, Refugees, Asylees, Cuban-Haitian Entrants, or Humanitarian Parolees - based on the guidelines utilized by U.S. Department of Education for Federal Financial Aid eligibility
  • Expecting to receive high school diploma during current academic year
  • Planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution
  • Able to verify a minimum overall B/3.0 GPA in high school coursework

Are you planning to ENLIST?

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Sign up to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test.

The ASVAB is the test you must take in order to enlist in the military. Different branches and jobs within the military require different AFQT (Armed Forces Qualification Test) scores.

See your school's Career Coach for more information.


Are you planning to be EMPLOYED?

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Update your resume!

Did you work a summer job, earn any volunteer hours, or earn any industry-recognized credentials? Make sure these awesome accomplishments make it on to your resume.

Check out the Nucor Technical Academy!

You can GET PAID to earn an Associates degree and land a job. Yes, you read that right. The Nucor Technical Academy is a unique program designed to launch successful Nucor careers by providing full tuition scholarships and housing for motivated, qualified candidates who GET PAID to go to class.

The application window is open now!


Looking for employment? Sign up for the I.G.N.I.T.E. Student Job Portal.

Still have questions? Contact your School Counselor!

Need help with post-secondary planning? Contact your Career Coach!