Crosby Scholars Senior Newsletter, January 2019

Our Mission

We will assist public middle and high school students in Forsyth County in preparing themselves for successful college enrollment.

Our Vision

We seek to ensure that every public school student in Forsyth County has the opportunity to attend college.

Important Dates:

January 1st -- Happy 2019!

January 1st - Winston-Salem Foundation Scholarship Application Opens

January 1st -- James L. Einstein College Scholarship Opens

January 7th -- CSA #20j & CSA #20K Scholarship Labs

January 7th - Joyce Kohfeldt Determination Award Opens

January 7th - Wake Forest University/Crosby Scholars Scholarship Opens

January 10th - WSFCS Financial Aid Night

January 11th - Registration Deadline for February 9th ACT Test

January 14th -- Friends of Bernardine Rea Scholarship Opens

January 21st - Mona W. Lovett Community Volunteer Excellence Award Opens

January 21st - Mona W. Lovett Excellence in Volunteer Leadership Award Opens

January 21st - Mona W. Lovett Outstanding Commitment to Service Award Opens

January 21st - Mona W. Lovett Service and Relationships Award Opens

January 21st - Mommie J Scholarship Opens

January 22nd - 25th - Midterm Exams

Janaury 29th/30th -- CSA #20L & CSA #20M Scholarship Labs

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Community Service Due!

The Crosby Scholars Program recommends its scholars complete five hours of community service but requires only two hours. Submit your form as soon as you volunteer, but no later than January 31, 2019. We will be honoring seniors who complete the most community service hours at the Senior Gala. Check your Crosby Scholars Student Portal to confirm your community service status! Submit a completed form via any of the following:

  • Take a picture and text it to (336) 777-7648
  • Take a picture of it and email to
  • Upload to your Crosby Scholars student portal
  • Fax it to our office at 336-725-1321
  • Drop it by our office in person

The Winston-Salem Foundation Scholarships App is Open!

The Winston-Salem Foundation's Student Aid program - the online scholarship application process - is now open! Check out their website to learn more about the many student aid opportunities that the Foundation offers. The one-stop application process opened online on January 1, and most applications for merit-based scholarships have an April 1 deadline. You'll also find information about scholarships administered by independent committees. It’s never too early to start looking and applying for scholarships!
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WSFCS Financial Aid Night - January 10th

Looking for help with the FAFSA? Want to learn more about the Winston-Salem Foundation Scholarships? Join us at the WSFCS Education Building on January 10th for an information session, a chance to ask questions, and the opportunity to receive help to complete your FAFSA or Residency Determination Service!

Date: January 10, 2019

Time: 6:00pm

Location: WSFCS Education Building, 4801 Bethania Station Road, Winston-Salem, 27105

Presenters: Timeka Ruffin from CFNC and Kay Dillon from the Winston-Salem Foundation

** Representatives from Winston-Salem State University's financial aid office and UNC-Greensboro's Latino Affairs Office will be available to assist students and families regardless of where you plan to attend college.

Earn ONE Senior Academy Credit by attending this event!

Financial Aid Advising Available!

Need help completing your FAFSA or understanding your financial aid award?

Schedule a meeting with our Financial Aid Coordinator, Ashly Wilson. You can contact her directly at OR call our office at 336-725-5371.

Youth-Directed Project Grants Now Being Acccepted by Youth Grantmakers in Action!

Youth Grantmakers in Action (YGA) of The Winston-Salem Foundation makes grants to youth-directed projects that address community issues and challenges in Forsyth County. YGA is now accepting grant applications, with a deadline for submission of Thursday, January 31st. If your group is interested, access the application. What a great opportunity for local youth to make a difference!

USA Gap Year Fairs

Did you know that North Carolina is the 13th most popular state for Googling "gap year' on the internet? We hosted a webinar about taking a gap year in December, and there was so much to learn! If you weren't able to join us or want to learn more, USA Gap Year will be hosting two fairs in North Carolina in February:

Chapel Hill – Sunday, February 9, 2019 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. –

Charlotte – Monday, February 10, 2019 from 7:00-9:30 p.m. –

We will be opening Crosby Scholars scholarship applications soon! Be on the lookout!

Bank of America Student Leaders Program

Student Leaders is an integral piece of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation's work and stems from our commitment to support the community leaders of today and tomorrow. The program is part of Bank of America's goal to support education and workforce development opportunities. As you know, young people ages 16-24 have been the hardest hit by the economy with high unemployment rates. Student Leaders provides young people with tangible work experience and insights into the important work of nonprofits in our communities. Through this program, we will recognize two junior or senior high school students in Forsyth & Guilford County (two total SL’s across both counties) with a passion for community service. Over 280 students will participate nation-wide.

Student Leaders will participate in two key components:

  1. An eight-week paid internship with selected nonprofit organizations during the summer.
  2. A week-long all-expense-paid Student Leaders Summit for all participants in Washington, D.C., July 8-13.

Please note the application deadline of February 1st, 2019. Students can apply for the program by going to:

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Environmental Debate Tournament - March 16th, 2019

Join Piedmont Environmental Alliance and Wake Debate for the fourth annual Environmental Debate Tournament for high school students on March 16th. Debate is a fun way for students to develop critical thinking skills, question the status quo, and deepen understanding of key environmental topics. Research shows that high school debate students graduate at higher rates, score better on ACT and SAT tests, get into better colleges, and perform better once in college. The deadline for teachers to register as advisors is January 25, and the deadline for students to register is February 15. For more information, take a look at our Environmental Debate Guide or contact Melanie Eddington at

Scholarships Are Everywhere - Know Where to Look!

Scholarships are a great way to help pay for college, because they do not have to be repaid. Scholarships don't just appear, though; there is research and applications that need to be submitted. Here are some recommended sites to start your scholarship search:

We will be sending out a weekly scholarship newsletter to help you with your search, suggest local scholarships, and announce Crosby Scholar scholarship opportunities.

Parents can monitor their senior’s Crosby Scholars Student Portal, view announcements and events, and confirm if their senior has fulfilled each program requirement by logging into their parent portal. If you need assistance accessing your Crosby Scholars Parent Portal, email seniorprogram@crosbyscholars.or or call our office at 336.725.5371.

Only students who complete the Crosby Scholars Senior Program are eligible to apply for Last Dollar Grants and Crosby scholarships.