Crosby Scholars Senior Newsletter, October 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:

October 1: FAFSA opens

October 1: CSS Profile opens

October 1: WSFCS PSOS/College Fair

October 1: CSA #15A Completing The FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid

October 1: CSA #16A Scholarships: Seeking Additional Funding for your College Education

October 3: CSA #14 Your Digital Footprint Matters WEBINAR

October 5: Registration Deadline for November 3rd SAT

October 8: CSA #11C Writing the College Admissions Essay

October 8: A Conversation with Duke University Admissions

October 9: CSA #17A-C FAFSA Labs

October 10: CSA #15B Completing The FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid

October 11: CSA #12B Essay Writing Bootcamp

October 11: CSA #17D-F FAFSA Labs

October 16: CSA #12C Essay Writing Bootcamp

October 17: CSA #9I-K College App Labs

October 17: CSA #17G-H FAFSA Labs

October 25: CSA #18 Taking a Gap Year WEBINAR

October 30: CSA #2C Take the ASVAB

October 30: CSA #23 Listos Para el Exito! Como prepararse para la Universidad y una Carrera Profesional

October 31: Conference Notes 2 Due

Monday, October 1: 5:00-8:00 p.m.

The WS/FCS System, along with CACRAO, sponsors a college fair each fall called the Post-Secondary Opportunities Session (PSOS). Approximately 125 colleges/universities are represented at this fair. Crosby Scholars are required to speak with four college admission reps about their respective schools. Students typically fulfill the College Fair/College Visit requirement by attending one college fair and submitting a college fair form during their sophomore, junior, or senior year. If you have not completed this requirement, use this opportunity to meet with representatives from colleges where you are thinking of applying. It's your FINAL opportunity to fulfill this requirement.

Know your CSA status?

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Don't wait to register, or you might run out of options!

Most of the academies will be held before December 2018.

Click here to view all academy topics and dates!

October Community Service Contest!

Don't miss out on the October Community Service Contest!

Turn in your community service form to our office by 5:00 p.m. on October 31st to be entered to win a $10 gift card to Dairi-O!

ASVAB - Career Exploration Program

It’s Not Just for Those Seeking a Military Career!

We at the Crosby Scholars Program believe in the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery’s (ASVAB) value for clarifying strengths and interests that might direct you toward a major area in college or toward a specific career field. Although branches of the military use ASVAB results to determine training assignments, it is NOT a recruitment tool, and the information gathered from the assessment has value for students fully committed to post-secondary education. Please consider this opportunity to fulfill one of the Crosby Scholars Program requirements while gaining a better understanding of your intellectual aptitude as you are setting goals for further education.

Upcoming Test Dates:

Reynolds - September 25th at 9:00 a.m. in the Media Center

North Forsyth - October 11th

Mount Tabor - October 19th in the Media Center

Glenn - October 25th at 9:00 a.m. in the Media Center

Atkins - November 19th at 9:00 a.m.

Reagan -November 19th (registration will be available at school two-weeks prior to the test)

Register at the student services office of your high school! To receive Crosby Senior Academy credit, show us a copy of your ASVAB test results. We will ask you what you have learned about yourself!

CFNC College App Week - October 15-19

North Carolina’s annual campaign to support college access is moving to the month of October this year and is now named NC Countdown to College. Activities during the month support high school seniors in completing three important college enrollment steps: residency determination, FAFSA, and applications. College Application Week will take place October 15th – 19th. During this week, volunteers at hundreds of NC high schools help students submit online applications for admission while some colleges offer application fee waivers.

Crosby Scholars will be hosting College Application Labs during this week:

  • CSA #9I will be held on October 17th from 2:00-3:00 p.m.
  • CSA #9J will be held on October 17th from 3:00-4:00 p.m.
  • CSA #9K will be held on October 17th from 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Visit the NC Countdown to College campaign site for more details and school registration information.

Visit the CFNC Application Hub to apply to college and send electronic high school transcripts.

Send Us Your Scores!

FAFSA Day - October

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required for all students to complete in order to determine eligibility for state and federal student aid to help cover college expenses. Students and parents/guardians must create an FSA ID to complete the form. You can complete the FAFSA at

FAFSA Checklist

Tips for Filing out the FAFSA

The FAFSA will be open on October 1, 2018. Students and parents must use their 2017 tax information when applying for Federal Aid for the 2019-2020 school year.

FAFSA Day is an opportunity for you to receive free help beginning and completing the FAFSA. Winston-Salem State University will be hosting FAFSA Day on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 9:00am-12:00 p.m.

Registration Info

FAFSA Workshops

Crosby Scholars staff and volunteers will be available to assist you in starting, working on, and completing your FAFSA. Register through your Crosby Scholars Student Portal.

CSA #17A FAFSA Lab will be held October 9th from 4:00-5:00 p.m.

CSA #17B FAFSA Lab will be held on October 9th from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

CSA #17C FAFSA Lab will be held on October 9th from 5:45-6:45 p.m.

CSA #17D FAFSA Lab will be held on October 11th from 4:00-5:00 p.m.

CSA #17E FAFSA Lab will be held on October 11th from 5:00-6:00 p.m.

CSA #17F FAFSA Lab will be held on October 11th from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

CSA #17G FAFSA Lab will be held on October 17th from 5:00-6:00 p.m.

CSA #17H FAFSA Lab will be held on October 17th from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

To successfully work on and complete your FAFSA you will need the following information:

  1. If already created, the FSA ID username and password for the student and ONE parent
  2. If the student/parent has not created an FSA ID, please bring the following:
    1. Student social security number, birth date, email address, and phone number
    2. Parent(s) social security number, birth date, email address, and phone number
  3. Parent financial information
    1. 2017 Taxes
    2. 2017 W2
  4. Student financial information (if the student filed taxes please bring the following)
    1. 2017 taxes
    2. 2017 W2

IMPORTANT: Students and families who arrive without this information cannot receive assistance. The information is critical in completing the FAFSA.

CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE®

The College Board’s CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE® is an online application that collects information used by almost 400 colleges and scholarship programs to award financial aid from sources outside of the federal government. Check your Crosby Scholars student portal to view a list of colleges that require the PROFILE®.

PROFILE applications can be accessed beginning October 1. You complete the Fall 2019/Spring 2020 PROFILE®.

The PROFILE Application is customized for the student and his or her family following registration. It contains questions about the student's and parents' households, income, assets, and expenses. Applicants are provided with step-by-step instructions and a customized Pre-Application Worksheet. (

Click here for more details.


Youth Grantmakers in Action (YGA) participants are a diverse group of youth from across Forsyth County who come together to represent youth in our community, voice their opinions, and make grants to youth-directed projects that address community issues and challenges in Forsyth County. Crosby Scholars advertised this opportunity to our active 9-11 graders this past spring, and 13 seniors were selected to participate during the 2018-2019 school year!

Congrats to these students who were selected for this great opportunity!

    • Zavera Basrai, West Forsyth High School
    • Tucker Bowman, Reagan High School
    • Hamia Clemons, Reagan High School
    • Olivia Fleming, Walkertown High School
    • Harris Gregg, Reynolds High School
    • Karina Hernandez-Reyes, Atkins High School
    • Rhyan Johnson, Mt. Tabor High School
    • Daisy Orozco, Parkland High School
    • Nicholas RiCharde, Mt. Tabor High School
    • DeMorris Samuel, Atkins High School
    • Anahi Sanchez-Tapia, North Forsyth High School
    • Kekoa Thompkins, Forsyth Tech Middle College
    • Eleanor Tyson, Parkland High School

    September Contest Winners are Headed to the Fair!

    The September community service contest was a free admission ticket to the Dixie Classic Fair! Ten high school students were drawn as winners, and six of them were seniors! Congratulations to the following seniors:

    Kennedy Goode - Parkland High School

    Caleb Howell - East Forsyth High School

    Mikya Wilkins -- Carter G. Woodson

    Nickolas Childs - East Forsyth High School

    Morgan Carawan - West Forsyth High School

    Myles Halsey - Reagan High School

    College Scorecard

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    College Scorecard is an online tool that you can use to compare schools you are applying to. The site allows you to compare student population, average annual cost, graduation rate, starting salary after attending, and other factors.

    Stay Connected!

    There are many ways to stay connected to the Crosby Scholars Senior Program. Check your email and Crosby Scholars Student Portal often—visit our website—follow us on social media @CrosbyScholars—meet with your Crosby Senior Advisor—follow our timelines, and read our newsletters!

    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 Crosby Scholars Parent Portal. If you need assistance accessing your Crosby Scholars 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.