Smart Money Moves

Your monthly guide to Scholarships & Financial Aid: Jan 2021



Our Mission

We will assist public middle and high school students in Forsyth County in preparing themselves for successful college enrollment.


Our Vision

To ensure that every public school student in Forsyth County has the opportunity to attend college.

In This Issue:


It's Scholarship Season!

  • Wake Forest University Scholarship for Crosby Scholars - APPLY TODAY!
  • Joyce Kohfeldt Determination Award + Scholarship - APPLY TODAY!
  • Wingate University Scholarship for Crosby Scholars - APPLY TODAY!
  • Friends of Bernardine Rea & Mommie J Scholarship - APPLY TODAY!
  • Mona W. Lovett Awards + Scholarships - Opens January 18th
  • Kenneth Simington Scholarship - Opens January 25th

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Need FAFSA Help and Answers? Schedule a One-on-One Appointment!

Want help completing the FAFSA? Do you have questions about CSS Profile, RDS, or how to find Scholarships?


Help is here! Contact our Financial Aid Coordinator, Ashly Wilson, at awilson@crosbyscholars.org to schedule a one-on-one Zoom appointment today!

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It's Not Too Late to Submit your FAFSA!

If you haven't completed your 2021-22 FAFSA, you still have time to submit your FAFSA! Remember, submitting your FAFSA is the only way to know if you will qualify for Federal Student Aid. Don't wait any longer!


Did you know? Every year, Federal Student Aid provides over $120 Billion in grants, loans and work-study funds. Don't leave money on the table and miss your chance at Federal Student Aid -- read this helpful article to find out what you need to get started right now.

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Don't miss these UNC School System FAFSA Priority Filing Deadlines

Still haven't submitted your FAFSA? Get started NOW before your school's FAFSA deadline passes.


Filing out and submitting your 2021-22 FAFSA by a school's priority deadline is the best way to ensure you will be considered for the most federal and state financial aid funds. Make sure you know the Financial Aid priority deadline for your school!


Upcoming UNC School System FAFSA Priority Filing Dates


March 1st Deadline

  • North Carolina State University -- March 1st
  • University of North Carolina at Asheville -- March 1st
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill -- March 1st
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte -- March 1st
  • University of North Carolina at Pembroke -- March 1st
  • University of North Carolina School of the Arts – March 1st
  • Winston Salem State University -- March 1st


March 15th Deadline

  • North Carolina Central University -- March 15th


If you do not see your school listed, you can find their FAFSA priority deadline by checking the Financial Aid section of their website.

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CSS PROFILE Fee Waivers

The CSS Profile is an additional financial aid form required be some colleges to determine institutional scholarship eligibility. Unlike the free FAFSA, the CSS PROFILE does have a cost of $25 for the first application and $16 for each subsequent application. You may be eligible to receive a fee waiver to eliminate the cost of submitting your CSS Profile.


You may be eligible to receive a CSS PROFILE fee wavier if you will be a first year undergraduate whose parents live in the U.S. You may receive a waiver if:


  • You received an SAT fee waiver OR
  • The parental income you reported on your application is approximately $45,500 or less for a family of four OR
  • You are an orphan or ward of the court under age 24


Check out the CSS Profile website and read their FAQ for more info!

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James L. Einstein College Scholarship

The James L. Einstein College Scholarship provides one $3,000 renewable scholarship to a graduating Crosby Scholar senior who will attend a two- or four-year college or university with a cumulative unweighted GPA of 2.5 or higher; who demonstrates participation in community service; and who demonstrates financial need.


Preference may be given to Crosby Scholars seniors whose parents are employees of WestRock Company and work in Forsyth County.


The deadline to apply is March 15, 2021. Interested applicants may apply online at www.wsfoundation.org/scholarships.

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Crosby Scholars offers several scholarship opportunities specifically for Crosby Scholars Seniors. These scholarships were created with YOU in mind, so don't miss your opportunity for FREE money for college.


Don't wait! APPLY TODAY in your Crosby Scholars Student Portal. New opportunities are posted in your Crosby Scholars Student Portal every Monday. You may apply for as many scholarships as you are eligible for!

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Wake Forest University Scholarship for Crosby Scholars

Wake Forest University will award $2,000 scholarships annually to up to three graduating Crosby Scholar seniors who have been admitted to WFU. The scholarships will be offered to active Crosby Scholars from historically underrepresented populations or families whose parents did not attend college, who rank within the top 20% of their graduating classes, demonstrate financial need, and successfully complete all requirements of the Crosby Scholars Program.


The scholarships will be renewable for four years of undergraduate study for students who continue to uphold the standards of the Crosby Scholars Program and who maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 while at Wake Forest.


The application is available in the Crosby Scholars Student Portal TODAY! The application deadline is January 31, 2021.


Crosby Scholars who wish to be considered for this scholarship must submit an application through their Crosby Scholars Student Portal by January 31, 2021. You do not have to wait until you have received an admission decision to apply for this scholarship.


By submitting this scholarship application, you are verifying that you have submitted an application for admission to Wake Forest University for enrollment in the fall of 2021. We realize that most WFU applicants will have not received an admissions decision at this time. Wake Forest officials select the recipients of this scholarship. Recipients are not selected by a Crosby Scholars Program Scholarship Selection Committee. Recipients are notified this spring directly by Wake Forest University before being notified by Crosby Scholars.

Joyce Kohfeldt Determination Award

Crosby Scholars will award a non-renewable $1,000 scholarship to one graduating Crosby Scholar senior who will enroll in a two- or four-year college or university, who actively participates in community service and extracurricular activities, and who clearly expresses in an essay how any events or special circumstances have impacted his or her educational experience as well as any adversities he or she has overcome.


This scholarship recognizes a senior who has overcome adversity while pursuing his or her educational goals and has emerged with a remarkable story of determination.


The application is available in the Crosby Scholars Student Portal TODAY! The application deadline is January 31, 2021.

Wingate University Scholarship for Crosby Scholars

The Wingate University Scholarship for Crosby Scholars is a $2,000 scholarship is awarded to any Crosby Scholar participant from Forsyth, Iredell or Rowan county enrolling at Wingate University as a regular full-time undergraduate student and is renewable for that student's four years of undergraduate study. Students receiving this scholarship must maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined in Wingate University's catalog.


The application is available in the Crosby Scholars Student Portal TODAY! The application deadline is March 4, 2021.

Friends of Bernardine Rea Scholarship

The Program will award up to five non-renewable $500 scholarships to graduating Crosby Scholar seniors who faithfully participate in service to others and who plan to enroll in a two- or four-year college or university.


Bernardine’s friends wish for this scholarship to assist deserving students in continuing their education with fervor and drive according to their unique abilities, while never forgetting that life is not just about what you accomplish, but how well you treat your neighbors and friends.

The student must write an essay clearly describing a time when someone unexpectedly treated them with kindness and compassion, and that how that event influenced their future behavior.


The application is available in the Crosby Scholars Student Portal TODAY! The application deadline is February 7, 2021.

Mommie J Scholarship

The Program will award a non-renewable $1,500 scholarship to one graduating Crosby Scholar senior who enrolls in a two- or four-year college or university, who faithfully participates in community service and extracurricular activities, and clearly expresses in an essay how a special friendship has helped shape his or her life.


The application is available in the Crosby Scholars Student Portal TODAY! The application deadline is February 7, 2021.

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Mona W. Lovett Awards - OPENS JANUARY 18th!

Mona W. Lovett Community Volunteer Excellence Award – The Program will award a non-renewable $1,000 scholarship to the graduating Crosby Scholar senior who provided outstanding service to the community as evidenced by his or her nomination for this award by a local agency.


Mona W. Lovett Excellence in Volunteer Leadership Award – The Program will award a non-renewable $1,000 scholarship to one graduating Crosby Scholar senior who created, spearheaded, or recruited others to participate in a service activity and who describes the journey as a volunteer leader in a clearly-written essay.


Mona W. Lovett Outstanding Commitment to Service Award – The Program will award a non-renewable $1,000 scholarship to one graduating Crosby Scholar senior who completed a minimum of 100 hours of volunteer service during high school and who demonstrates in a clearly-written essay the sacrifices necessary to perform so many hours of service alongside the many demands of academics, extracurricular activities, part-time employment, and/or other commitments. The essay should also address what motivated the applicant to maintain such an extensive commitment to volunteering.


Mona W. Lovett Service and Relationships Award – The Program will award a non-renewable $1,000 scholarship to one graduating Crosby Scholar senior who made a significant commitment to volunteer service in grades 9-12 and who submits an essay about a significant relationship developed through volunteering, especially one that might not otherwise have been established.


All Mona W. Lovett Awards open in the Crosby Scholars Student Portal on January 18, 2021. The application deadline for all Mona W. Lovett awards is February 14, 2021.

Kenneth Simington Scholarship - OPENS JANUARY 25th!

The Kenneth Simington Scholarship Fund provides a $1,000 non-renewable scholarship to one graduating Crosby Scholar senior who is a first generation college student; maintains a weighted 2.75 GPA; demonstrates service to their school and community, and explains in an essay how they will give back to the community.


The application opens in the Crosby Scholars Student Portal on January 25, 2021. The application deadline is February 21, 2021.

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