The mission of the Roxboro Community School Guidance Department is to support the academic, personal/social, and career development of students in a way that empowers and inspires them to become effective, productive citizens and that enables students to pursue rigorous and relevant learning in middle school, high school and beyond.
Reminder to 12th graders: When submitting your online college applications to Common App or Send Edu, be sure to insert the correct email address of any recommenders that you list. If you list a recommender’s correct name but insert an incorrect email address, the recommender will not receive the invite to complete your recommendation. This will also cause the recommendation to show as incomplete in the student view.
College Application Week will take place next week across North Carolina. From November 13-17, some N.C. college/universities will entirely waive the application fee for all North Carolina high school seniors applying online through CFNC.org.
President Ronald Reagan Foundation Scholarship
Deadline: Applications accepted October 16, 2017 through January 4, 2018.
Honoring the legacy and character of our nation’s 40th President, the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program rewards college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with financial assistance to pursue higher education. Each year, the Program selects numerous recipients to receive a $10,000 scholarship renewable for up to an additional three years – up to $40,000 total per recipient. Awards are for undergraduate study and may be used for education-related expenses, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, and board. In addition, Scholars are invited to participate in a special awards program and receive ongoing leadership-development support. For more information and to apply, visit: https://www.reaganfoundation.org/education/scholarship-programs/ge-reagan-foundation-scholarship-program/
UNC-Greensboro Teaching Fellows Scholarship
The UNC-G Teacher Education Fellows Program awards a $20,000. scholarship distributed incrementally over four years of study at UNC-G. In addition to scholarships, the UNC-G Teacher Education Fellows Program includes a variety of other benefits, including integrated seminars, networking events, community engagement opportunities, and leadership development. Fellows also live in relative proximity to one another as part of the Residential Colleges or Lloyd International Honors College. Additionally, Fellows study abroad during their sophomore year as part of the global focus of the program.
To be eligible for participation in the UNC-G Teacher Education Fellows Program, a student must be a North Carolina resident and have a recommended minimum 3.80 weighted cumulative high school GPA and a minimum SAT verbal and math score of 1170 or ACT composite score of 24. Students must also select one of the following UNC-G majors that lead to N.C. teaching licensure:
*Middle Grades Education
*Dual (Elementary and Special) Education
*One of the following majors in the College of Arts and Sciences with Secondary Education concentrations:
– Integrated Science
– Political Science
Priority will be given to those applications (to both the University and the Program) received by January 1, 2018.
For more information,visit http://utlc.uncg.edu/teacher-education-fellows.
ACT Student Champions Scholarship
Applications are open for the ACT Student Champion Award! The ACT Student Champion Award recognizes one student in each state who is tenacious and persistent, no matter the challenge, and is prepared for life after high school with a goal in mind and plan in place.
ACT Student Champions receive a $500 non-renewable scholarship, certificate, plaque, and state-level recognition.
Please encourage students in the graduating class of 2018 who have taken the ACT who fit the following criteria to apply:
- A student who has overcome challenges and can articulate education and career actions
- Students must have a composite ACT score of a 22 on a single test date or a 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale
- Preference will be given to underrepresented and/or first-generation college students.
Applications can be found at www.act.org/readinesschampions. Applications are due December 31, 2017, and champions will be notified on or before April 2, 2018.
UNC-Charlotte Belk Scholars Program in Business Analytics
This program provides two (2) college degrees – a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Business- in 5 years of study. Accepted students receive scholarship assistance to cover in-state tuition and fees. High school seniors must apply for admission to UNC-Charlotte and meet undergraduate admission requirements for the Belk College of Business Analytics Program. Requirements include a minimum high school GPA of 3.5, combined SAT score of 1275 with a math score of 675 or minimum ACT composite score of 29 with a math score of 29. For more information, students can visit: belkcollege.uncc.edu/belkscholars.
National Beta Club Scholarships
Application deadline: January 25, 2018
For more information and to apply: visit betaclub.org/scholarship
COLLEGE OPEN HOUSE DATES
Piedmont Community College Open House
Monday, November 13, 2017
5 – 6:30 p.m. in S-100
Fall 2018 Open House Dates at North Carolina Colleges & Universities (Two year & four year schools)
COLLEGE APPLICATION & PLANNING RESOURCES
Tips for Requesting Letters of Recommendation
At some colleges, letters of recommendation are no longer weighted as heavily in the admission process. While a strong letter of recommendation, by itself, is not enough to help you gain admission to a competitive college, it certainly can enhance your application. Here are a few things to remember about letters of recommendation.
- There are three types of recommendations: bad, good, and effective. Your goal is to seek out recommenders who can write effective letters of reference for you. Effective letters do not only address your academic accomplishments and strengths but also give great and specific insight to your character, personality, and work ethic.
- Be sure to allow ample time for a recommender to prepare your letter of recommendation but be sure to communicate when it is that you need to receive the letter. Sharing a copy of your resume with the recommender is also helpful. Taking a few minutes to talk with the recommender about you and your college goals can also help the person write an effective letter.
- Find out how many letters of recommendation your college will accept and be sure not to send more letters than what the college requests.
Here is a website where you can easily search for colleges throughout the United States based on selected criteria.
Online College & Universities
This is a directory of colleges by state that offer full-time and part-time online classes and programs of study throughout the country.
Historically Black Colleges & Universities
Here is a listing of the Historically Black Colleges & Universities throughout the United States.
Christian Colleges & Universities
Looking for a Christian college? Take a look at this list
CFNC’s College Application Checklist
Here is a form to help you begin gathering the information needed for your online college application.
Dr. A’s List of Top 10 Things to Do on A College Visit
Planning to visit a college campus anytime soon? Here are some things to do that will help you get the most out of your visit.
- Visit the Admissions Office. While there, be sure to verify admissions requirements and, if possible, meet with an Admissions Counselor to discuss your chances for successful admission.
- Go to the Scholarships & Financial Aid Office. Find out about university-based scholarships and financial aid (these are scholarship and financial opportunities that are separate from the FAFSA opportunities). If you can, meet with a Financial Aid officer to discuss your financial situation. If you receive a scholarship, loan, or grant (as a college student), this is the office that will be responsible for distributing the funds to you each semester.
- Before you visit, check out the college’s undergraduate student course catalog (usually available online) for information about the degree program(s) that you are interested in. While visiting on campus, go by the office of the program(s) to pick up any available information about degree requirements and also meet with staff or professors.
- Nearly every college has a Career Services Office. The purpose of the office is to help students on the campus prepare for and find internship opportunities during college and work opportunities after college. Take a few minutes to drop by the Career Services Office to find out what career planning services will be available to you on the campus.
- While on the campus, talk with a few students on the campus about how they like the school. Don’t just ask them what they like, but also ask them about the challenges. This will give you the most complete information.
- If possible, request to see the inside of a residence hall to get a good look at living accommodations. This, also, must be arranged in advance of your visit.
- Ask to visit/observe an actual class that interests you. You must request permission to do this well in advance of your visit.
- Every college has a campus newspaper, while visiting be sure to pick up a copy of the college’s newspaper and take a look at the happenings on campus.
- The Student Union is usually the hub of student life on every campus. Be sure to visit this important place and to find out about clubs, student groups, and other social opportunities that will be available to you.
- College demands strong study skills. Most colleges have a tutoring center or academic support office on the campus that provide help to students who have academic difficulty in a certain course or who just want to improve study skills. Be sure to visit this office to find out what academic support will be available to you should you need it.
2018 Catalyst Conference at UNC-Chapel Hill
The annual Catalyst Conference brings a select group of 100 North Carolina high school students (grades 9-12) to our campus to explore social justice issues affecting both America and the world. Through leadership and personal development sessions, participants are empowered to serve as catalysts for positive change in their own communities.
When: Friday, February 16 – Sunday, February 18
Where: UNC campus in Chapel Hill, NC
Cost: $50 registration fee to help with some of the costs of food and housing for the weekend.*
Apply by: Interested students should apply online by 11:59 pm on Friday, December 1, 2017.
Online Application: Please visit https://unccatalyst.wordpress.com/.
Free SAT/ACT Prep Review for High School Student Athletes
Saturday, December, 2, 2017 @ 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Free SAT/ACT Prep Review for High School Students
Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Free ACT Prep Session for High School Juniors
Saturday, January 27, 2018 @ 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Summer Ventures at NCSSM
Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics is a cost-free, statewide science and math enrichment program for students with proven academic ability, motivation in the STEM fields of study, and emotional maturity. Summer Ventures takes students beyond the traditional boundaries of high school science and mathematics while exploring topics of interest to them and learning experimental design, laboratory skills, instrumentation, mathematical modeling, strategies in mathematical problem solving and more. At the end of the four-week residential program, students present a comprehensive research project on a current topic in a STEM field of study. The online application may be found at: https://www.ncssm.edu/summerventures
The application period for 2018 opened October 15, 2017 and the deadline for submitting summer 2018 applications is January 15, 2018. Students who submit applications prior to January 15, 2018 will be notified of admission decisions April 4, 2018.
2018 Duke University Summer Session Opportunities
2017-18 North Carolina State University Pre-College Programs for High School Students
UNCG Teacher Education Fellows – Are You Ready?