Crosby Senior Newsletter

CLASS OF 2019 - February

February Reminders

  • Feb 1: Crosby Scholarships open
  • Feb 11: Adulting 101 Academy
  • Feb 18: Health Care Symposium/ Academy

If you haven't turned in a Community Service form yet, contact our office immediately!

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Halfway there!

The Senior Program staff encourages you to finish the Crosby Scholars program strong. You have come this far with us, and you will benefit from finishing!

Crosby Scholars offers the following benefits to all students:


  • One-to-one guidance in college admissions and financial aid
  • Amazing and fun academies that are relevant to your senior year
  • Individual recognition at the Crosby Senior Honors Gala
  • Individual recognition at your HS Senior Awards Day
  • Graduation distinction with special Crosby Scholars honor cords
  • Eligibility to apply for scholarships unique to Crosby Scholars
  • Eligibility to apply for the Last Dollar Grant, if weighted GPA is 2.0 or higher

College Fair opportunity

If you have not yet met the college fair requirement consider attending the Charlotte College fair Sunday, March 17th. Visit the website below for details.


https://www.nacacfairs.org/attend/national-college-fairs/charlotte-college-fair/

Scholarships for Crosby Scholars

We encourage Crosby Scholars to apply for these scholarships that are only available to students who complete our program. You will have access to these applications through your Crosby portal. Log-in and click the Scholarships tab to view all the details. Pay special attention to deadlines and requirements for completing the applications.


All scholarship recipients will be announced at the Crosby Scholars Senior Gala on May 17th.


ALL SCHOLARSHIPS WILL OPEN ON FEBRUARY 1ST AND CLOSE ON MARCH 15TH.


Antonio and Victoria Muñoz Scholarship

Sponsored by Gegorek and Associates a $500 scholarship is available for a Spanish speaking applicant with at least one parent from Mexico. Essay required telling the story of how his/her parent came to America.


Joyce Kohfeldt Determination Award

This is a $1,000 non-renewable scholarship.

Requirements: actively participates in community service and extra-curricular activities, and clearly expresses in an essay how any events or special circumstances have impacted his/her educational experience as well as any adversities he/she has overcome.


Paul Fisher Scholarship

This is a $1,000 non-renewable scholarship.

Requirements: Be a first-generation college student; student essay describing how you have been inspired educationally and how you hope to inspire others. Must attend a 4-year university.


Sue P. Fisher Scholarship

This is a $1,000 non-renewable scholarship.

Requirements: Be in good standing with Crosby Scholars and complete all requirements, Be a first-generation college student, and completed a minimum reported 10 hours of community service during tenure as a Crosby Scholar. Demonstrate in an essay how you plan to be an agent of change in your community.


Goodwill Willpower Scholarship

This is a $1500 non-renewable scholarship.

Requirements: activities resume and essay are required; the recipient must enroll in a 2 or 4-year college. Describe in an essay an obstacle or adversity you have overcome.


John A. Carter Memorial Scholarship

This is a $1,000 non-renewable scholarship.
Requirements: from a middle-income family with a minimum cumulative unweighted GPA of 2.5 or higher who clearly expresses in an essay which adult in his/her life has had the most impact on him/her and why.


John O. Reynolds Memorial Scholarship

This is a $1,000 non-renewable scholarship.

Requirements: from a family with demonstrated financial need who plans to attend a two or four-year college or university, cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.25 or higher, and 2 short essays. (see portal for prompts)

More Scholarship links

Searching for scholarships can be very overwhelming! Start local and work your way out. Check with your school's counseling office, employers and retailers, civic organizations, churches, etc. And of course, check your college's financial aid page for potential scholarships. Millions of scholarship applications can be found online through a simple Google search. Here are some links to help you find other scholarship opportunities. Remember to start locally then broaden your search.


JCHS - scholarships page


SRHS - scholarships page


WRHS - scholarships page


ERHS- scholarships page


Salisbury High- scholarships page


NRHS- scholarships page


RCEC- scholarships page


RCCC Scholarships


College Foundation of NC - Grants & Scholarships


Foundation For The Carolinas - scholarships

College Board


Scholarships Online

Award Letter- Now what??

Before you make a decision carefully read and consider your awards letter. The wording can be tricky and make sure you are comparing the remaining cost for each school before you accept.


Award Letters should answer these 5 Questions:

1-What is the total cost for one year at this school?

2-How much gift aid did you receive?

3-How much do you have to pay for the first year?

4-What are the options for raising or paying the money you owe? (your unmet need)

5-What are you supposed to do next? (Who do you call with questions? What forms need completing and by when?)


Things to look for on an Award Letter:

- a clear "EFC" (expected family contribution)

-number of credits this award letter is based on (there may be a minimum number of credits)

-clearly outlines what is gift aid and what must be repaid

-detailed breakdown of your COA (cost of attendance)

-clear instructions on action required

-clear instructions on next steps to secure a work-study position (if that is included in your Award Letter)

-clear message that this award can be declined


Good online resources:


Award Letter Comparison Tool

(helps students compare financial aid packages from the school where they have been accepted; the specific goal is to highlight differences in cost of attending)

http://www.finaid.org/calculators/awardletter.phtml


College Affordability and Transparency Center

Federal website that provides net price calculators, graduation rates, retention rates, etc.

https://collegecost.ed.gov/


Financial Aid Award Letter

Read sample Award Letters and translates common jargon and offers tips to understanding your Award Letters.

http://www.financialaidletter.com


Student Loan Repayment Calculator

http://www.mappingyourfuture.org/paying/standardcalculator.cfm


Easy to read diagram for understanding your award letter

From your Senior Cordinator

I am so proud of the Class of 2019! You guys have accomplished so much and are striving hard to complete your program requirements. Keep up the good work. If you find you are struggling for any reason, reach out to us and we will provide additional support as needed. We are here to advise, guide and help you navigate your own future. We are here to serve you, for college and for life!


Warmest Regards,
Sarah Featherstone

Crosby Scholars Rowan

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