Crosby Senior Newsletter

CLASS OF 2019 - January


  • Jan 15: Martin Luther King Day - Crosby Office Closed
  • Jan 31: Senior Community Service Form Deadline
  • Feb 28: College Survival Academy

Make sure you are on track to meet all Crosby Scholars senior requirements!

  1. Have you completed 2 senior academies?
    Check online for remaining events.
  2. Have you turned in your community service form?
    You have until Jan 31st!
  3. Have you been meeting with your Senior Advisor?
    Your 5th meeting deadline is on Feb 19th.

Seniors who complete all program requirements will be eligible to apply for a Last Dollar Grant and designated Crosby Scholars scholarships.

Meeting Critical Deadlines!

As you start this new year- and your LAST one as a high school student, make sure you are meeting critical deadlines.

It is very important as you are seeking scholarships, financial aid, and it demonstrates responsibility as a young adult that will follow you the rest of your life. The choices you make today can and will affect you in 1 year, 5 years, 10 years and beyond!

Now is the perfect time to check your portal to see if you have met the Crosby requirements so you can graduate as a Crosby Scholar!

It's Financial Aid Season

Happy New Year! Hopefully by now you have finished applying to your target colleges and maybe you've even heard back from some! So, it's time to shift your focus from applying for college admission to applying for student financial aid.

Each family's situation is unique and will be considered individually. The information you submit on financial aid applications is treated confidentially. So, when in doubt, apply for financial aid!

  • Remember to first create your FSA ID before you start the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). When filing the form electronically, the FSA ID becomes your signature. Students and parents need to sign the FAFSA, so each will require different FSA ID numbers.
  • Need help understanding some of your options for funding your education? Here is a Guide to Federal Student Aid.
  • If you are not sure if you should apply for student financial aid, complete an Early Estimator like a Net Price Calculator or FAFSA4caster—both are early eligibility estimators that can help you plan ahead when it comes to paying for college. Use the results from an early estimator to make informed decisions about college affordability. Remember, neither form is an application for financial aid. The results are only as reliable as the data you provide, and these forms will only give you an estimate of your aid eligibility. When in doubt, APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID!
  • Confirm which financial aid forms (FAFSA, CSS/PROFILE, Institutional form) are required by the colleges to which you have applied.
  • Most 4-year colleges have priority deadlines for student financial aid applications. Deadlines range from early February to mid-March. Two-year schools generally have later deadlines. It is critical for you to meet the earliest deadline of the schools on your target list.
  • Remember that the student financial aid process is very time sensitive — you do NOT have to wait to receive an acceptance letter before you apply for student financial aid.

$cholar$hip $ea$on Is In Full Swing

Scholarship season is just revving up. Since it is a New Year, it is also time to commit to organizing yourself as you begin your "part-time job" looking for scholarships.

Start right now with what you have. Create a working calendar or spreadsheet to list deadlines, amounts and requirements. Most importantly read the application carefully, fill it out completely, and meet the application deadlines!

  • Stay on top of the requirements, if you miss one item (say your essay is a few words over the limit) you will eliminate yourself from the running.
  • Where should you look? Start locally, perhaps your parent's employers, or yours, many local religious affiliations have small scholarships that add up! Check with your guidance counselor at your school- they should know you by your first name by now!
  • Last but not least- Crosby Scholars has several scholarships we promote, including Last Dollar Grant and the Alice and Fred Stanback $25,000 Scholarship!!!! Check the website and portal frequently.

Excellent places to research:

Ask a Senior: Angelina @ South Rowan

As you are prepare for one of last few exams in high school, I want you to stay motivated and pull through this semester! You’re about to be one step closer to graduation and one step closer to the rest of your lives. I know I’ve had to find my motivation this semester and honestly, it’s been graduation. I can’t wait to walk across the stage in June and prepare myself for bigger and better things!

My good friend Oprah Winfrey once said that, “The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.” Well, Oprah may not be a good friend of mine, but her advice is right.

So no worries seniors, we can do this. Just remember why we’re doing this and stay focused!

-Angelina Palacios

South Rowan High School

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Volunteer Opportunities for Crosby Scholars

We have several Academies for our middle and high school Crosby scholars and can use our Seniors to assist! We need one Senior from each school so sign up now by emailing All Saturday Academies are at RCCC in the 600 Building from 9:15-11:45. Please be there by 9am to assist with registration.

January 13th 7th/8th and 9th/10th Grade Academy

January 27th 7th/8th Grade Academy

MLK Holiday parade volunteer opportunity

The City of Salisbury Parks and Recreation is in need of 10 Crosby Scholars to participate in the MLK Day parade on Sat. Jan 13th at 10am.

If you want to march, you need to contact Teri Shaw at She will provide additional details upon your registration.

College Chat Night @ Salisbury City Parks and Rec Center

The Black Student Union at Catawba will be joining with the Salisbury Parks and Rec to host an informal look at the behind the scenes of college life. Many questions will be addressed such as: What is it like to live in a dorm? What is the food like? What is work-study? How can you balance work and school? Why is GPA important now? Come join us:

Wednesday Night, January 31st from 6-8 pm join us for College Chat night!

316 Lake Dr, Salisbury, NC 28146

Save the date!! Senior Gala 2018

We are excited to share the date of our for the celebration of our Class of 2018 Seniors on Sunday, April 29th at 4pm. Invitation to follow soon! Seniors will be honored and recognized as well as many scholarships announced!