Crosby Senior Newsletter

CLASS OF 2016 - APRIL

April Reminders

  • Apr 8: John O. Reynolds Memorial Scholarship Deadline
  • Apr 8: SAT registration deadline for May 7th test
  • Apr 9: ACT Test Date
  • Apr 15: Senior Advisor Meeting 5 Deadline
  • Apr 25: RSVP to Senior Gala
  • May 1: Senior Gala @ 4pm, West End Plaza
  • May 1: National Candidates Reply Date

Things to Consider When Choosing a College

Still trying to decide where to enroll? Here are helpful stats to check out and thoughts to consider that might help you choose the best fit for your future:


  • Net Cost: how much you’ll actually be paying annually
  • Intellectual Development: will I be challenged academically and pushed to excel?
  • Graduation Rate: % of undergraduate students who complete program
  • Leadership Opportunities: how can I develop my ability to lead and inspire others?
  • Students Paying Down their Debt: if students are able to repay loans
  • Volunteering/Outreach: in what ways do students connect with the larger community around campus?
  • Post-College Earnings: if students were able to find good paying jobs
  • Health/well-being: does this school promote health in all dimensions?


(Visit collegescorecard.ed.gov to compare schools side by side.)

Last Dollar Grant application opens April 15

The Crosby Scholars Last Dollar Grant (LDG) is need-based financial aid. The application will be open in the Crosby portal from April 15th - May 15 under the College/Funding tab. A scholar must also apply for financial aid by filing the FAFSA in order to be considered for a LDG and demonstrate not only financial need but also remaining need after the school of choice has awarded aid. To determine eligibility, the Crosby Scholars staff completes a need analysis form on each scholar individually.


Three supporting documents must be uploaded to the senior portal under My Documents to complete the application:


  1. A copy of the scholar’s letter of admission from the institution he/she will attend
  2. A copy of the financial aid award letter from the institution he/she will attend
  3. A copy of pages 1 & 2 of the FAFSA SAR (Student Aid Report)


Eligibility: Scholars who complete the program Senior year with a cumulative GPA of 2.0+ are eligible to apply for a LDG for up to 4 years. The deadline to submit the online application in the portal is May 15. All supporting documents must be uploaded by June 15.

May 1: Let's Celebrate!

On Sunday, May 1st at 4pm, we invite all senior Crosby Scholars (with up to 2 guests) to join us for a special Senior Gala, held at West End Plaza (formerly known as the Salisbury Mall JCPenney) for a dessert reception to celebrate the accomplishments and college commitments of our seniors. In addition to hearing from special guest speakers, we will recognize Crosby graduates by calling each, by name, to the stage to be honored and presented with a Crosby Scholars honor cord to be worn at high school graduation. Additionally, several scholarships will be awarded and students with outstanding academic achievements will be noted.


An invitation will be mailed to each senior at the beginning of April. Please RSVP in the Crosby portal by April 25th. Each senior is allowed to bring 2 guests to the Gala. Dress code is nice casual (please no jeans, t-shirts, or hats). Seniors, please check-in between 3:40pm-3:55pm. We hope you will join us!

May 1: College Decision Day!

No college can require you to commit to attending prior to May 1, the National Candidates Reply Date (aka College Decision Day), with the exception of Early Decision or NCAA athletic scholarship programs.


When you have confirmed your enrollment plans, notify the other colleges from which you have received an offer of admission that you will not attend. Those college may then offer admission to students who have been placed on a waiting list.


Then let us know your plans by adding your college’s name to the profile page of your Crosby portal. If you college name does not appear in the drop down list, be please email info@crosbyscholarsrowan.org and we will add your school name. (And also add your new college email address and college ID number.)


Don’t get senioritis — offers of admission are conditional upon review of your final transcript. Keep performing at the same competitive level throughout this semester so your grades do not drop. Your college will review your final transcript and may revoke your acceptance if you have performed below the college’s acceptable standards.

College Redirection Program

The College Redirection module allows denied applicants who have not been accepted into their school of choice to be recruited by colleges they may not have considered; it allows North Carolina colleges to offer admission to interested and qualified candidates.


If you choose to participate in the College Redirection module, your name will be submitted to a "pool" from which North Carolina colleges and universities with open admissions space.


This service is provided during the later months of the application season to connect denied applicants with NC colleges and universities which still have open admission slots. The "pool" is open from April 1 through August 31, so why not jump in now?


Participation is voluntary and is advantageous for both denied applicants and schools. For more information on the College Redirection module, visit www.cfnc.org/redirection.