Crosby Scholars Senior Program Newsletter - Sept./Oct. 2023
On the Scholarship Hunt
Many of you are thinking to yourselves, “If only I could get a scholarship to pay for college…” Well, you can, but you should be prepared to work for it. Scholarships are earned, not won.
Scholarships are one of four forms of financial aid for students, the others being grants, loans, and work-study. The beauty of scholarships is that you don’t pay them back. They are free money for school that you earn through your achievements.
In this issue, we’ll tell you where you can find scholarships and what to avoid. We’ll also share resources for writing your scholarship essays. With a plan and some effort, a scholarship can be in your financial aid portfolio.
Also In This Issue:
- Details about upcoming Academy Options - for students & parents
- Upcoming College Fairs
- How to get help with your Essay
- Reminder of Advisor Requirements
- Update Student Cell Number in your profile
- Add 704-253-8612 as Crosby Senior Program to your phone contacts
- Continue to check your emails
In this crazy time, everything seems to change at a moment's notice and text is a great way to get a message to you fast.
Before we talk about how to find a scholarship, let’s first dispel a few scholarship myths.
Myth #1: So much scholarship money goes unclaimed.
Google “scholarships” and many of the hits are for articles exclaiming that millions of dollars in scholarship money go unclaimed. That’s just not true. There might be a few scholarships offered by local organizations or individuals that don't draw as many applicants. There is competition for most scholarships, so you will need to put effort into your applications to have a chance at earning one. The more local the scholarship, the fewer people will apply.
Myth #2: I’m just not qualified for any scholarships.
It’s a common misconception that there’s no way to earn a scholarship unless a student is at the top of their class and has stellar SAT or ACT scores or they’re an amazing athlete. Yes, there are plenty of scholarships that have these requirements, but there are just as many that are looking for other qualities in applicants. You just need to look.
Myth #3: Applying for a scholarship is so not worth it!
Some students believe that the effort to apply for scholarships is just not worth the reward. Let’s put this in perspective with an example. You’ve identified 10 $5000 scholarships that you qualify for and spend a total of 50 hours completing the applications and essays. Several months later, you learn that you’ve been awarded one of them. You’ve just been paid $100 an hour for that 50 hours of work. Not bad!
Scholarship Scams: A Note of Caution
Also, there are many “sweepstake” scholarships that claim to give away money for free. In fact, you are likely providing businesses with data about you and your preferences which is worth a lot of money to them. If you choose to enter these scholarship drawings, do so knowing what you’re giving away for a chance to win.
What’s the easiest way to apply for a scholarship? At many schools, the answer is to simply apply for admission. Colleges often consider every student for institutional merit aid, which is awarded directly by the school. Some schools require you to apply for admission by an earlier deadline to be considered for this aid, or they may have additional requirements such as forms, essays, or interviews. So, it’s important that you do your research about institutional scholarships at the schools you’re applying to.
This year IT IS really important that you understand their SAT/ACT testing policy. Many schools are test optional due to COVID. Some will still require scores for merit scholarships while others will not. YOU HAVE TO RESEARCH to make sure you understand each school's policy.
Click here for links to North Carolina College Financial Aid/Scholarship web pages so you can research college-specific scholarships offered by schools in our area. (TIP: Many college websites list external scholarship opportunities as well.) Schools outside of North Carolina have similar information on the financial aid sections of their websites.
Top Merit Scholarships in NC
Are you near the top of your class? Are you applying to UNC Chapel Hill, NC State, UNC Charlotte, or Davidson College? If you answered "YES!" to these questions, then check out some of the most prestigious and competitive merit scholarships available in North Carolina below to see if you qualify. Deadlines are approaching quickly, and you may need to seek a nomination from your school counselor or complete a pre-application, so act now!
Crosby Scholars Iredell County Scholarships
How to Find Other Scholarships
Look for local scholarships through school guidance department websites at your school and other schools in your area. Also, there are a number of scholarship search sites on the web that are worth looking into. Try some of these:
Featured Senior Academy...
Understanding the Financial Aid Process
Financial Aid seems like a high-stakes maze teeming with acronyms, deadlines, and detailed requirements. Jenniffer Jamison and Anna Stovall, Associate Director of Financial Aid at Davidson College will teach you the ins and outs of the financial aid process so you can avoid expensive mistakes and maximize your financial aid dollars.
September 30, 2023, 11 am.
Open to Parents and students.
Mitchell Community College, 500 Broad Street, Statesville, NC 28677 - 2nd Floor in the Vocational Building across from the library.
In-Person Sessions Available on 9/30/23 for Juniors, Seniors & Parents
Essays - Need Help?
College Visit/College Fair Deadline: August 31, 2023
I will accept Virtual College Visits - Complete the form with the names of the schools and the date and time of the virtual visit. Need help finding a virtual visit. Here are some ideas:
- Visit the College Website and search for Virtual Campus Tour or Virtual Open House
- Go to YouVisit.com to see a large number of different schools
- Attend Virtual/Zoom Opportunities at your School. Check with your Guidance Counselor to see if they are hosting any College Visits Virtually.
- Check your school's guidance page. Many schools visit your high school and can set up a time to talk.
You can also attend the NACAC College Fair coming to Iredell County October 17 - 19. See image for details.
Crosby Scholars Advisor Meeting Requirement
- Initial Spring Meeting Due May 30, 2023
- Summer Meeting - Due August 31, 2023
- Fall Advisor Check In - Due by Dec 30, 2023
- Spring Advisor Check In - Due by March 30, 2024
You can meet with your advisor as many times as you need. This is a basic minimum requirement. Because there has been some confusion on this I have EXTENDED the Summer Meeting requirement until September 30, 2023. If you do not meet with your advisor and have notes in our system, I will have to dismiss you from the program. If you have any questions, please contact me directly. Jen Jamison - email@example.com
Still don't have your senior T-Shirt? Contact Jen Jamison firstname.lastname@example.org
Iredell County Crosby Scholars Senior Program
Location: 124 4th Crescent Place, Statesville, NC, United States
Phone: (704) 873-5005