Crosby Scholars Senior Newsletter, November 2018

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:

November 1st - Early Action Application Deadline for some schools

November 2nd - Registration Deadline for December 1st SAT

November 2nd - Registration Deadline for December 9th ACT

November 3rd - SAT Test Date

November 6th - CSA #16B Scholarships: Seeking Additional Funding for Your Education WEBINAR

November 10th - CSA #15C Completing the FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid WEBINAR

November 12th - CSA #7B Engaging Your Future

November 12th - CSA #20D-F Scholarship Labs

November 12th - CSA #22 ¡Listos Para el Éxito! Como prepararse para la Universidad y una Carrera Profesional

November 12th - CSA #17L-N FAFSA Labs Spanish/Laborario/Taller de FAFSA

November 12th - Deadline to turn in permission slip for Jaycee's Holiday Parade

November 14th - CSA #12E Essay Writing Bootcamp

November 29th - CSA #12F Essay Writing Bootcamp

November 30th - Deadline to submit CSA #21 Khan Academy SAT practice

November 30th - Conference Notes 3 Due

Do You Know your CSA Status?

As of November 1st, only 17 academies remain!! Register TODAY through your Crosby Scholars Student Portal!

Click to view the list of remaining senior academies by date!

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Tips to Complete your Residency Determination Service

All students who apply to any North Carolina public, private, or community college are required to complete the NC Residency Determination Interview.

  • Make sure you have a CFNC account and know how to access it
  • Take your time answering the questions
  • It's a good idea to complete the RDS and FAFSA at the same time with your parents/guardians because you'll need their information on both!
  • If you make a mistake, you will need to complete a reconsideration
  • Students can complete only three reconsiderations in a 90-day period
  • Write down your Residency Certification Number in a safe place
  • Know what your status is after you've completed the online interview

If you have any questions, contact your Crosby Scholars Senior Advisor or call our office.

For more information go to:

Alumni Spotlight - "It Takes a Village" NCSU Blog Post

Who do you rely on when you're stressed and overloaded with school work? Who is your village? Do you recognize when it's time to ask for help?

Crosby Scholars Alumni, Amari, is a student at North Carolina State University in the Goodnight Scholars Program. She wrote a blog post for the school to share about how she manages stress and leans on her village to get her through the rough patches. While home is where the heart is, Amari has found her home at NC State to give and receive help when its needed and even necessary.

Click the link to read Amari's blogpost:
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CSA #21 Khan Academy Online SAT Prep

Need to take the SAT again to bump up your scores?!

Use Khan Academy to practice from home and earn Senior Academy Credit:

The Senior Program is offering an online Crosby Senior Academy through Khan Academy to complete SAT prep. Read this description thoroughly before you begin. You must apply for academy credit by November 30, 2018. This online opportunity will allow you to earn one of the two academy credits needed to fulfill your senior academy requirement.

Follow the steps below to begin:

1. Go to:

2. Create a Khan Academy Login, if you do not already have one

3. Enter class code: E5A9DUYY

4. Click on the Home Tab

5. Click on the “Start” button in the Official SAT Practice box

5. Scroll down to the box titled, “Sharing SAT practice activity with your coach”

6. Click, “Start sharing”

7. Scroll up and click Practice tab to view practice problems for each section.

Completion instructions:

Please complete all practice questions from one full lesson from the SAT Math practice section and the SAT Reading and Writing practice section:

  1. SAT Math Practice
    1. Heart of Algebra
    2. Passport to advanced mathematics
    3. Problem solving and data analysis
    4. Additional topics in Math
  2. SAT Reading & Writing Practice
    1. Reading
    2. Writing: Passages
    3. Writing: Grammar

When you have completed one full lesson from the SAT Math and the SAT Reading and Writing sections, please send an email to to verify your completion and earn ONE senior academy credit. You must achieve a score of 80% or better on the questions to count that module toward your academy credit. In the email, please include your full name, high school, and the names of each lesson that you completed with the number of questions you completed correctly.

If you have done SAT Prep with Khan Academy previously, you can still share your practice and earn academy credit. Follow steps 1-6 above to join the Senior Program Classroom. Once you have done that, the Senior Program will be notified and will be able to review your work and award academy credit.

If you have questions, please contact your Crosby Senior Advisor or email

Congrats National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists!

Nine students in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County high schools have been named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists for the 2019 Scholarship Program. They have the opportunity to continue to compete for over 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $31 million that will be offered next spring. We are proud to recognize the following semifinalists who are Crosby Scholars.

  • Adam Ernest - Atkins Academic & Technology High School
  • Aaron Petty - Atkins Academic & Technology High School
  • Suaj Upadhya - Atkins Academic & Technology High School
  • Himani Bhat - Ronald W. Reagan High School
  • Sunnie Li - Ronald W. Reagan High School
  • Luke Stephen - RJ Reynolds High School
  • Davis Hundt - West Forsyth High School

Don't Fall for the Financial Aid Myths!

There are common misconceptions about federal student aid, but here are a few myths that have been busted.

"My parents make too much money, so I won't qualify for aid."

There is no income cut-off to qualify for federal student aid. Many factors besides income are taken into account. Your eligibility is determined by a mathematical formula, not by your parents' income alone. Don't forget: when you fill out the FAFSA, you are also automatically applying for funds from your state and possibly from your school as well. Some schools won't even consider you for scholarships if you don't complete the FAFSA.

"Only students with good grades get financial aid"

Most of the federal student aid programs do not take the student's grades into consideration. High GPA and good grades may help with academic scholarships.

"My ethnicity or age makes me ineligible for federal student aid."

The basic eligibility requirements can be found at, but ethnicity and age are not part of the requirements.

"I support myself, so I don't have to include parent info on the FAFSA."

It is likely that you are still considered dependent even if you support yourself and pay your own taxes. If you are independent, you won't need to include your parents' information, but if your parents list you as a dependent on their taxes, you DO need to include their information on your FAFSA. You can preview the dependency questions at

This information is from a fact sheet that can be found at

Check your Email and Crosby Scholars Student Portal Weekly!

Look Who Won A Cultural Awareness Scholarship!

Congratulations to the seniors who won the $250 Cultural Awareness Scholarship for attending the Piedmont Opera's La Boheme!

  • Marc-Alain Bertoni - Parkland Magnet High School
  • Neil Williamson - Simon G. Atkins Academic & Technology High School

Dairi-O Contest Winners!

If you submitted your community service form before or during the month of October, you were entered into a drawing for a $10 Dairi- O Gift Card! Every high school had ONE winner! Congrats to the lucky seniors who won!

  • Amanieh Williams - Simon G. Atkins Academic & Technology High School
  • Riley Green - North Carolina Leadership Academy
  • William Wallen - Robert B. Glenn High School
  • Keith Sherard -- North Forsyth High School
  • Leah Oxley North Forsyth High School
  • Germany Davis -- East Forsyth High School

Your Social Media May be Under the Magnifying Glass

What do you reveal about yourself through your social media accounts? Do colleges consider any of this information while making admission decisions? Some do! Think of your social media page as your electronic resume.

· Review Honor Codes at the colleges to which you submit applications

· Remember, colleges admit students to a community

· College proof your social media pages

· Google search yourself

· Don’t be afraid to show your personality, but consider your audience

· Watch posts from friends

· Be careful what you follow and like

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 parent portal, 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.