Blue Water College Access Network
Back to School | September 2020
College Knowledge for EVERYONE
Welcome to your resource for planning, preparing, and going to college after high school. Blue Water College Access Network is here to provide information and opportunities that will ensure you graduate confidently prepared, with plans for career and college beyond high school. Whether you choose to go on to a 4-year, 2-year, technical school, trade school, or apprenticeship, we can help you get there!
Each month, we will publish a newsletter to keep you on track, informed, and engaged in college activities provided by organizations across the county. To subscribe to the newsletter, submit your email address using this form. Contact Nick Beaudry with any questions you might have at email@example.com.
Fall Essentials - Events and Resources
Attend a Fall Essentials career and college planning webinar for a chance to win $500
The Blue Water College Access Network’s 4-Part webinar series will provide high school students with the essential steps for career and college planning. During these 1-hour virtual sessions, industry experts will help students and their families easily navigate the application process, identify important changes, and successfully prepare for their future after graduation.
*One attendee at each event will win a $500 scholarship from the Community Foundation of St. Clair County. Find more details in the Community Foundation Scholarships section below.
College Applications and Essays - September 23 | 7PM
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - September 30 | 7PM
A To-Do Checklist for the Class of 2021
Paying for College
Futures for Frontliners Scholarship Opportunity Announced
Do you know of a high school graduate that was a front-line worker for at least 11 of 14 weeks between April 1 - June 30? If so, they are eligible for scholarship money through the community college.
What is it?
- Provides scholarships for Michiganders without college degrees who worked in frontline jobs in essential industries during the state COVID-19 shutdown in Spring 2020
- Provides tuition-free access to public community colleges to earn an associate degree or industry-recognized certificate
- Uses federal funds to launch the program
Path 1: For the frontline workers who have a high school degree (or equivalent)
Path 2: For the frontline workers who need to complete a high school degree (or equivalent)
- Be a Michigan resident
- Worked in an essential industry (at least half time) for 11 of 14 weeks from April 1 to June 30, 2020
- Have not previously earned a degree
- Not be in default on a Federal student loan
- Apply to and be admitted to a Michigan public community college
- Enroll at least half time in a Pell-eligible program that leads to an associate degree or industry-recognized certificate
- Complete the current-year Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Enroll and begin classes in the winter, spring, summer, or fall semester of 2021
Complete the Futures for Frontliners scholarship application by December 31, 2020
- Application period: September 10 - December 31, 2020
- To apply and for more information, click here
Local Contact at SC4
Please contact Jo Cassar at St. Clair County Community College if you have any questions about the Futures for Frontliners Scholarship Program. Jo may be reached at 810.989.5539 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Earn up to $40,000 in Opportunity Scholarships from The College Board
The Class of 2021 can earn up to $40,000 from The College Board by completing important college preparation actions: Build, Practice, Strengthen, Complete, and Apply. Scholarships will be awarded through monthly drawings to students who complete 5 of the 6 actions below:
- Build Your College List
- Practice for the SAT
- Improve Your SAT Score
- Strengthen Your College List
- Complete the FAFSA
- Apply to Colleges
The more effort you put forth, the more money you can earn! For full details, visit CB.org/opportunity.
Attention Class of 2020 Grads: Do you qualify for reduced (or FREE) college tuition?
September is College Savings Month
SC4 News for You
There's still time to register at SC4
Include SC4 on FAFSA
Community Foundation Scholarships
Attend a Fall Essentials Webinar Series event for a chance to win a $500 scholarship
Local Scholarship Opportunities - Save the Date
BWCAN Welcomes New College Advisers for 2020-21 School Year
Four of our local high schools will welcome the service of new college advisers for the upcoming school year, while two others will embrace the wisdom of returning advisers. Look for adviser spotlights in newsletters throughout the school year as we get to know each of the county's college experts:
Seth Cunningham - Algonac High School
Claire Nowinski - Memphis High School (year 2)
Brandon Wardlow - Port Huron High School
Steven Curtis - Port Huron Northern High School (year 2)
Shaila Moore - Yale High School