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Your monthly guide to Scholarships & Financial Aid: Jan 2020

In this issue, you will find:

  • James L. Einstein College Scholarship

  • Wake Forest University / Crosby Scholars Scholarship -- Apply TODAY!
  • Joyce Kohfeldt Determination Award -- Apply TODAY!
  • Friends of Bernardine Rea Scholarship opens Jan 13
  • Mommie J Scholarship opens Jan 13
  • Mona W. Lovett Awards open Jan 20
  • Kenneth Simington Scholarship Fund opens Jan 27
  • CSS PROFILE Fee Waivers
  • UNC School System FAFSA Priority Filing Deadlines
  • Need Answers about the FAFSA? CFNC is here to help!

James L. Einstein College Scholarship

The James L. Einstein College Scholarship provides one $3,000 renewable scholarship to a graduating Crosby Scholar senior who will attend a two- or four-year college or university with a cumulative unweighted GPA of 2.5 or higher; who demonstrates participation in community service; and who demonstrates financial need.


Preference may be given to Crosby Scholars seniors whose parents are employees of WestRock Company and work in Forsyth County.


Interested applicants may apply online at www.wsfoundation.org/students The deadline to submit an application is April 1, 2019.

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Crosby Scholars offers several scholarship opportunities specifically for Crosby Scholars Seniors. These scholarships were created with YOU in mind, so don't miss your opportunity for FREE money for college.


Don't wait -- APPLY today in your Crosby Scholars Student Portal. New opportunities are posted in your Crosby Scholars Student Portal every Monday. You may apply for as many scholarships as you are eligible for!

Wake Forest University / Crosby Scholars Scholarship -- APPLY NOW!

Wake Forest University will award $2,000 scholarships annually to up to three graduating Crosby Scholar seniors who have been admitted to WFU. The Wake Forest University/Crosby Scholars Scholarships will be offered to active Crosby Scholars from historically underrepresented populations or families whose parents did not attend college, who rank within the top 20% of their graduating classes, demonstrate financial need, and successfully complete all requirements of the Crosby Scholars Program.


The scholarships will be renewable for four years of undergraduate study for students who continue to uphold the standards of the Crosby Scholars Program and who maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 while at Wake Forest.


Crosby Scholars who wish to be considered for this scholarship must submit an application through their Crosby Scholars Student Portal by February 2, 2020.


By submitting this scholarship application, you are verifying that you have submitted an application for admission to Wake Forest University for enrollment in the fall of 2020. You do not have to wait until you have received an admission decision from Wake Forest to apply for this scholarship. We realize that most applicants to WFU will have not received an admissions decision at this time.


Wake Forest officials select the recipients of this scholarship. Recipients are not selected by a Crosby Scholars Program Scholarship Selection Committee. Recipients are notified this spring directly by Wake Forest University before being notified by the Crosby Scholars Program.


The application is available in the Crosby Scholars Student Portal TODAY! The application deadline is February 2, 2020.

Joyce Kohfeldt Determination Award -- APPLY NOW!

The Program will award a non-renewable $1,000 scholarship to one graduating Crosby Scholar senior who will enroll in a two- or four-year college or university, who actively participates in community service and extracurricular activities, and who clearly expresses in an essay how any events or special circumstances have impacted his or her educational experience as well as any adversities he or she has overcome. (This scholarship recognizes a senior who has overcome adversity while pursuing his or her educational goals and has emerged with a remarkable story of determination.)


The application is available in the Crosby Scholars student Portal TODAY! The application deadline is February 2, 2020.

Friends of Bernardine Rea Scholarship Opens Jan 13!

The Program will award up to five non-renewable $500 scholarships to graduating Crosby Scholar seniors who faithfully participate in service to others and who plan to enroll in a two- or four-year college or university.

Bernardine’s friends wish for this scholarship to assist deserving students in continuing their education with fervor and drive according to their unique abilities, while never forgetting that life is not just about what you accomplish, but how well you treat your neighbors and friends.

The student must write an essay clearly describing a time when someone unexpectedly treated them with kindness and compassion, and that how that event influenced their future behavior.


The application is available in the Crosby Scholars Student Portal January 13, 2020. The application deadline is February 9, 2020.

Mommie J Scholarship Opens Jan 13!

The Program will award a non-renewable $1,500 scholarship to one graduating Crosby Scholar senior who enrolls in a two- or four-year college or university, who faithfully participates in community service and extracurricular activities, and clearly expresses in an essay how a special friendship has helped shape his or her life.


The application is available in the Crosby Scholars Student Portal January 13, 2020. The application deadline is February 9, 2020.

Mona W. Lovett Awards Open Jan 20!

Mona W. Lovett Community Volunteer Excellence Award – The Program will award a non-renewable $1,000 scholarship to the graduating Crosby Scholar senior who provided outstanding service to the community as evidenced by his or her nomination for this award by a local agency. Opens in the Student Portal January 20, 2020 – Deadline is February 16, 2020.


Mona W. Lovett Excellence in Volunteer Leadership Award – The Program will award a non-renewable $1,000 scholarship to one graduating Crosby Scholar senior who created, spearheaded, or recruited others to participate in a service activity and who describes the journey as a volunteer leader in a clearly-written essay. Opens in the Student Portal January 20, 2020 – Deadline is February 16, 2020.


Mona W. Lovett Outstanding Commitment to Service Award – The Program will award a non-renewable $1,000 scholarship to one graduating Crosby Scholar senior who completed a minimum of 100 hours of volunteer service during high school and who demonstrates in a clearly-written essay the sacrifices necessary to perform so many hours of service alongside the many demands of academics, extracurricular activities, part-time employment, and/or other commitments. The essay should also address what motivated the applicant to maintain such an extensive commitment to volunteering. Opens in the Student Portal January 20, 2020 – Deadline is February 16, 2020.


Mona W. Lovett Service and Relationships Award – The Program will award a non-renewable $1,000 scholarship to one graduating Crosby Scholar senior who made a significant commitment to volunteer service in grades 9-12 and who submits an essay about a significant relationship developed through volunteering, especially one that might not otherwise have been established. Opens in the Student Portal January 20, 2020 – Deadline is February 16, 2020.

Kenneth Simington Scholarship Fund Opens Jan 27!

The Kenneth Simington Scholarship Fund provides a $1,000 non-renewable scholarship to one graduating Crosby Scholar senior who is a first generation college student; maintains a weighted 2.75 gpa; demonstrates service to their school and community, and explains in an essay how they will give back to the community.

Opens in the Student Portal January 27, 2020 -- Deadline is February 23, 2020.

CSS PROFILE Fee Waivers

You may be eligible to receive a fee waiver to eliminate the cost of submitting your CSS Profile.


The CSS Profile is an additional financial aid form required be some colleges to determine instutitional scholarship eligibilty. Unlike the free FAFSA, the CSS PROFILE does have a cost of $25 for the first application and $16 for each subsequent application.


You may be eligible to receive a CSS PROFILE fee wavier if you will be a first year undergraduate whose parents live in the U.S.:


  • You received an SAT fee waiver OR
  • The parental income you reported on your application is approximately $45,500 or less for a family of four OR
  • You are an orphan or ward of the court under age 24


Check out the CSS Profile website and read their FAQ for more info!

Don't miss these UNC School System FAFSA Priority Filing Deadlines

Still haven't submitted your FAFSA? Get started NOW before your school's FAFSA deadline passes.


Make sure you know the institutional Financial Aid priority deadline for your school! Filing out and submitting your 2020-21 FAFSA by a school's Institutional priority deadline is the best way to ensure you will be considered for the most federal and state financial aid funds.


UNC School System FAFSA Priority Filing Dates


  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte -- March 1st
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill -- March 1st
  • Eastern Carolina University -- March 1st
  • University of North Carolina at Asheville -- March 1st
  • University of North Carolina at Pembroke -- March 1st
  • Winston Salem State University -- March 1st
  • Appalachian State University -- March 1st
  • Elizabeth City State University -- March 1st
  • North Carolina State University -- March 1st
  • North Carolina Central University -- March 15th


If you do not see your school listed, you can find their FAFSA priority deadline by checking the Financial Aid section of their website.

Need Answers About the FAFSA? CFNC is here to help!

Financial Aid and FAFSA Completion Assistance


Want help completing the FAFSA? We'll make it easy. College Foundation of North Carolina, the North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, and State Employees' Credit Union are offering free programs to help you complete and submit this important form.


Follow this link to a short form that will tell us where we can find you assistance: Find Me FAFSA Assistance