Crosby Scholars Senior Program Newsletter - April 2019

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

  • April 1 - The Mary Katherine Dixson Scholarship Opens
  • April 1 - The Fulton Carolina Medal Scholarship Opens
  • April 1 - The Dean Smith Integrity Award Opens
  • April 1 - James L. Einstein College Scholarship Application Deadline
  • April 7 - Jessica Hill Davis Memorial Scholarship Application Deadline
  • April 7 - Right Decisions/Right Now Scholarship Application Deadline
  • April 13 - Open House at Forsyth Technical Community College
  • April 15-19 - Spring Break for Traditional WSFCS Schools
  • April 22 - RSVP Deadline for Senior Honors Gala
  • May 2 - Senior Honors Gala
  • May 3 - Open House at Forsyth Technical Community College

Time to Celebrate Success!

We want to celebrate your successful senior year at the Senior Honors Gala on May 2 at 6:15 p.m. in Piedmont Ballroom (Lower Level) of the Benton Convention Center. Invitations were mailed on April 1. RSVP through your Crosby Scholars Student Portal by April 22. Each senior is welcome to bring two guests. We look forward to seeing you there! We will recognize Crosby Scholar graduates by calling each, by name, to the stage to be honored, and we will announce scholarship winners and acknowledge those who have been with us since 6th grade without missing a deadline. Scholarship finalists are notified via email prior to the Gala.

Stress Management Tip

As you finish out senior year and prepare for entering college, we want to share some tips over the next few months to help you stay stress-free!

We know all-nighters are a thing in college, but only if you don't plan ahead and prioritize. Sleep is essential to wellness and especially in college. Did you know that teenagers generally need about 8-10 hours of sleep at night? Studies have shown that teens who don't sleep enough have lower GPAs and higher rates of car crashes. Lack of sleep is also attributed to physical and mental illness. You may think you can function on little to no sleep, but you really aren't performing at your highest!

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Here's Looking At You Kid!

We want to highlight your success by creating a slide show of pictures that will scroll at the Gala. We are looking for individual or group pictures of you wearing a Crosby Scholars T-shirt, favorite college shirt, or your college enrollment shirt. Grab some friends and have a Crosby Photoshoot, then send the pictures our way! (E-mail pictures in jpeg format to


Check out our new series #WhatsNextWednesdays on Instagram and Facebook!

Every Wednesday we will be posting the series through Instagram @CrosbyScholars IGTV to share tips, tools, and advice for seniors as they transition into their freshman year on campus. Our goal is to provide helpful/specific insight on what to expect now that most students are finished with applications, are making final decisions, and enrolling.

Here are a few topics we will cover in April:

  • Why you should attend and how to make the most of your Admitted Students Day/Campus Visits
  • Final advice on making your final enrollment decision
  • Tips on navigating the Housing and roommate process
  • And Many more topics!

Last Dollar Grant Application - Opens April

The Crosby Scholars Last Dollar Grant (LDG) is need-based financial aid. Crosby Scholars who complete the Program Senior year with a cumulative weighted GPA of 2.0+ are eligible to apply for a Last Dollar Grant for up to four years.

A scholar must apply for financial aid by submitting a FAFSA to be considered for a LDG and demonstrate not only financial need but also remaining need after the school of choice has awarded aid. To determine eligibility, the Crosby Scholars staff completes a need analysis form on each scholar individually. Even if the LDG is not awarded the first year, scholars can reapply three times. Three documents must be uploaded to the Crosby Scholars Student Portal to support the application:

1. A copy of the scholar’s letter of admission from the institution he/she will attend

2. A copy of the financial aid award letter from the institution he/she will attend

3. A copy of your entire Student Aid Report (SAR)

Understand your Financial Aid Award and Loans

Do you need help completing your FAFSA? Do you have questions about your financial aid award? Schedule an appointment with Ashly Wilson, our Financial Aid Coordinator by emailing her at or calling the Crosby Scholars office at 336-725-5371.

Click HERE to Read the April Issue of Smart Money Moves - Financial Aid Newsletter!

National Candidates Reply Date is May 1!

No college can require you to commit to attending prior to May 1, the National Candidates Reply Date, with the exception of Early Decision or NCAA athletic scholarship programs. When you have confirmed your enrollment plans, notify the other colleges from which you have received an offer of admission that you will not attend. Those colleges may then offer admission to students who have been placed on a waiting list. Then let us know your plans by adding your college’s name to the profile page of your Crosby Scholars Student Portal.

Don’t get senioritis — offers of admission are conditional upon review of your final transcript. Keep performing at the same competitive level throughout this semester so your grades do not drop. Your college will review your final transcript and may revoke your acceptance if you have performed below the college’s acceptable standards.

Things to Consider when Choosing a College

Still trying to decide where to enroll? Here are helpful stats to check out and thoughts to consider that might help you choose the best fit for your future:

Net Cost: how much you’ll actually be paying annually

Intellectual Development: will I be challenged academically and pushed to excel?

Graduation Rate: % of undergraduate students who complete program

Leadership Opportunities: how can I develop my ability to lead and inspire others?

Students Paying Down their Debt: if students are able to repay loans

Volunteering/Outreach: in what ways do students connect with the larger community around campus?

Post-College Earnings: if students were able to find good paying jobs

Health/well-being: does this school promote healthfulness in all dimensions?

Visit to compare schools side by side.

CFNC College Redirection Program

The College Redirection module allows applicants who have not been accepted into their school of choice to be recruited by colleges they may not have considered; it allows North Carolina colleges to offer admission to interested and qualified candidates.

If you choose to participate in the College Redirection module, your name will be submitted to a "pool" of North Carolina colleges and universities with open admissions space. The "pool" is open from April 1 through August 31, so why not jump in now?

Participation is voluntary and is advantageous for both denied applicants and schools seeking additional students. For more information on the College Redirection module, visit

Scholarship Opportunities

If you are seeking ways to fund your college education, check out the scholarship opportunities listed on the scholarship applications page in your Crosby Scholars student portal. As each application becomes available, it will be posted on this page. Some deadlines are as early as April 7 (this month)! Check out the newest issue of Money Talk Monday for scholarship announcements! Good luck!

Cultural Awareness Scholarship Winners!

Congratulations to the following students, who attended the Piedmont Opera's performance of Elixir of Love, and won a $250 scholarship!

  • Nicole Iturbide of Simon G. Atkins Academic & Technical High School
  • Adam Ernest of Simon G. Atkins Academic & Technical High School
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Where Will You Call Home in the Fall?

Update your Crosby Scholars Student Portal with your enrollment plans once you’ve made the final decision. There will be a drop down option on your profile page with most colleges and universities listed. If you are having trouble, check the post in your Crosby Scholars Student Portal titled, “Steps to Update Your College Name in the Portal,” for detailed instructions. If your school isn’t on the list, e- mail and we will be happy to add your school.

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Final Conference Notes

You are almost finished with the Senior Program! Conference Notes 5 and 6 are now posted. When you meet with your advisor, let him/her know if you feel comfortable finishing the last two Conference Notes in one session. You can also complete them in two sessions if you feel the need.

Conference Notes 5 — April 30/Final Notes — May 30

Summer Savings!

Getting a summer job before college is a great way to save some money before you’ve spent what you don’t have. April is a great time to start looking for a job, because current college students will be home in May and will be on the summer job hunt, too.

Here are some ideas:

  • Lifeguarding
  • Nannying/Babysitting
  • Restaurant host/hostess
  • Mowing lawns
  • Camp Counselor
  • Pet sitting

Link Up With Crosby Scholars

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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 Crosby Scholars Parent Portal, email seniorprogram@crosbyscholars.or or 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.