“Developing Critical Thinkers for a Critical Time”
Setting Goals ……………………………………………….…………………………………………………………..3
Finding the Right Fit………………………………………………………………………………………………….4
Myths and Facts about College…………………………………………………………………………………6
Ideal Student Profile …………………………………...…………………………………………………………..7
Personal Statement …………………………………..…………………………………………………………… 8
Campus Visits ……………………………………………..…………………………………………………………...9
Financial Aid Overview …………………………….………………………………………………………………10
Types of Financial Aid …………………………………………………………………………………………...…11
Student Loans …………………………………………...................................................................12
Financial Aid- Frequently Asked Questions …………………………………………………………..….13
Types of Scholarships…………………………………..……………………………………………………………14
HOPE Scholarship ………………………………………..……………………………………………………………17
GA colleges ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….19
Scholarships for African Americans ………………………………………………………………………..…20
Applying to College Checklist …………………………………………………………………………………….27
Online Resources ………………………………………………………………………………………….…………..28
Finish What You Started…………………………………………………………………………………………….29
The College Process Begins With You- Set Goals
This template is designed to help you organize your priorities, establish your life goals and
design a plan for your life. Your life plan considers all of the areas in your life that are important
to you. Straying from your plan on a whim becomes a risk that’s quantifiable, so having a plan in
place provides a means to calculate risk and manage impulsiveness.
Establish Your Goals
Think about where you want to be in that area of your life in the next one to two years, the
next five years, and ultimately, at the end of your life.
MY LIFE In 1-2 YEARS I want to be here: In 5 YEARS I want to Ultimately, I want to
AREAS be here: be here:
Develop Your Action Plan
What gets planned – gets done! Without specific steps and dates, all you have is a wish list - not
a plan. Writing in the details of the plan is essential to your success. This is where you set in
place the action steps and deadlines to get you where you want to be and help you accomplish
your goals. Consider using the SMART model: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and
within a specific Timeframe.
GOALS ACTION STEPS DEADLINES
Finding the Right Fit
There are more than 3,500 colleges and universities in the United States, all offering different
social and academic experiences. Complete the survey below to narrow your search and begin
the process of finding schools that will best suite you.
Directions: Check the box next to the answer choice that most correctly reflects your interest.
1. What type of school do you want to attend?
Private Public Mixed Cold Weather
Small Medium Large Urban
Women only Men only Co-ed Commuter
Religious affiliated Non-religious affiliated Warm weather
2. What general subject areas interest you? Feel free to circle more than one subject.
Agriculture Arts Biological and life sciences
Education History Business/ marketing/ Economics
Law Psychology Health professions and medicine
Literature Theology/seminary Foreign languages
Political science Planetary sciences other_____________________
3. What type of extra-curricular activities would you like to participate in while in college?
Film Dance Choral groups
Sorority Student government Fraternity
Volunteer mentoring Newspaper
Athletics Debate other ____________________
4. What is your GPA?
4.0 ---3.8 3.7---3.5 3.4---3.0 2.9---2.7
2.6---2.3 2.2---2.0 1.9---1.5 1.4 or lower
5. What geographical region would you prefer?
Northwest Southwest Central Midwest
Northeast Southeast International other___________
6. What types of financial assistance are you interested in learning more about?
Need-based grants Loans ROTC/ Army/Navy/Air Force
Merit-based grants Debate scholarships Athletic scholarships
7. Notes, comments and/or questions?
Types of College Degrees
Associate degrees (two year community college) typically fall into three main categories;
Associates of Arts (AA), Associates of Science (AS), and Associates of Applied Science (AAS).
An associates of arts (AA), and associates in science (AS) degrees are designed for transfer to a
four year college or university. Therefore, these include a good balance of humanities, social
science, and written communication. The AAS is a terminal degree, giving the student all the
expertise needed to enter the workforce after completion of the degree.
Bachelor's degree (four year college or university) there are two common categories; Bachelors
of Arts (BA), and Bachelors of Science (BS). The BA has a broader scope, with a strong
emphasis on the humanities, theoretical and general knowledge in a recognized discipline,
interdisciplinary field, or of a professional study. The BS is more of a focused approach with a
science base to include a balance of liberal arts, technological knowledge, math and computer
oriented skills, and practical skills needed for a particular discipline within the field.
Top Myths and Facts about College 5. No college will take the time to
Admissions look at your Facebook page.
1. Don't tie yourself down to one Fact: Admissions officers will
school by applying early decision. absolutely look at any and all of
your social-networking profiles, so
Fact: If you have a first-choice make sure you're not putting
college, you should absolutely apply anything out there you wouldn't
to it early decision. Early decision has want to see on the front page of
been shown to increase one's chance The New York Times.
of admission by as much as 25% over
regular decision admission rates. 6. Get a recommendation from the
most important person you or your
2. Wait until you get accepted to visit. parents know.
Fact: Colleges view you as a more Fact: Get a recommendation from
serious applicant if they know you've a person who knows you best. The
visited. But don't just take the tour -- strongest recommendations
audit a class and arrange to spend include specific anecdotes that
the night to get the true feeling of show why you're an excellent
the school. candidate.
3. You should take the easiest courses 7. Be modest when writing your
that your school offers in order to resume.
maximize your GPA.
Fact: Admissions officers won't
Fact: Colleges know the most difficult read between the lines. They have
classes your high school offers and to read between 75 and 100
they factor that in when reviewing applications a night, so make it
your application. easy for them. Give them the facts,
and don't be afraid to brag.
4. If you're getting a C in an AP
course, just keep at it. Colleges will be 8. By the time you get to the
impressed with your determination. application, the hard work is done.
Fact: Don't take a class in which you Fact: You have 5 pages to
can't maintain a B. Colleges are represent 17 years of your life.
impressed by students who know Every word has to count, and
their capabilities and don't bite off essays must be written and
more than they can chew. rewritten many times.
The Admissions Process
The Ideal Student Profile
What do colleges want from you?
1. A high school curriculum that has challenged you
Students should demonstrate a willingness to challenge themselves with a rigorous
program of studies. Academically successful students should have several honors, I.B.,
and/ or advanced placement classes if available at their high school.
2. Grades that represent strong effort and upward trend
Grades should show an upward trend over the years. However, slightly lower grades in a
rigorous program are preferred to all A’s in less challenging coursework.
3. A well-written essay that provides insight into the students unique personality, values
The application essay should be thoughtful and highly personable. It should
demonstrate careful and well-constructed writing.
4. Passionate involvement in a few activities and the demonstration of leadership skills
Depth, not breath, of experience is most important. It is better to have a sustained
presence and leadership role in one organization than to have a spotty presence in six
5. Solid scores on standardized test (ACT, SAT)
These should be consistent with your high school performance. You should practice
taking theses exams early to ensure the best score possible.
6. Special talents or experiences that contribute to a well-rounded student body
These are things that make a student unique and that adds to the diversity of the
campus. These can stem from your upbringing and other life experiences.
7. Letter of recommendation from teachers and guidance counselors that give evidence
of integrity, special skills and positive character traits
Students should request recommendations from teachers who respect their work in an
academic discipline and with whom they have an established relationship with.
If you are worried that you don’t fit the ideal student profile, that’s okay! Meet with the school
counselor, a teacher, or an AUDL staff member for guidance. Everyone deserves to go to
college. We all have potential and college is a great opportunity for a fresh start.
Tips for Writing your Personal Statement
Along with your admissions application, many universities require an essay or personal
statement. Schools receive many applications from students with similar education
backgrounds. The essay is your opportunity to expand beyond the information given in the
application. Here are some do’s and don’ts of writing a personal statement.
- Write more than one rough draft.
- Read carefully. Follow the directions of the essay prompt and be sure to answer the
- Make your first paragraph powerful and engaging.
- Develop clear and cohesive paragraphs.
- Be honest, stick to the facts.
- Be modest. Your letters of recommendations will discuss how awesome you are. Instead
of labeling yourself smart or hardworking, tell a narrative that demonstrates such
- Have at least two teachers proofread your final product.
- Follow the guidelines for length. Do not exceed the page/word length.
- Be informed about the college to which you are applying.
- Do not write your essay based on what you think the admissions committee wants to
- Do not repeat information already given elsewhere in your application.
- Do not have someone else write your essay.
- Do not exaggerate or use a lot of clichés.
- Do not copy an essay posted from the internet.
“You don’t buy shoes without trying them on first, so why would
you choose a college that way?”
Campus visits are one of the best ways to see if a school really is a good fit for you. A
campus visit is your opportunity to get a firsthand view of a college. A college catalog or
website can only show you so much. To really get a feel for the school, you need to walk
around the quad, attend at least 2 classes and visit the residential complexes.
Here are some tips for preparing for your campus visits:
- Pick a time when classes are in session. This will allow you to sit in on a lecture or two.
- Call ahead for tour times and special visit event dates.
- Be sure to get information about accommodations nearby, directions, a map of the
school, where to park and where to go when you arrive.
- If an interview is suggested, make an appointment. Also, consider meeting with a
financial aid officer to discuss options for paying for college.
- If you are interested in a particular student organization, sport, or program, arrange to
attend a practice, rehearsal or meeting during your visit.
- If you have documents to turn in to complete your application for admissions, bring
them with you and submit them during your tour.
- Be sure to make a list of questions that you have about the school to ask a college
representative, tour guide, or current student.
If you cannot physically visit the campus:
- Look at videos about the university online.
- Call and/or email school representatives to request promotional material such as DVDs,
brochures, flyers etc.
- Try to contact an alumnus of the school to get a better idea of life as a student there.
- Find out if recruiters are scheduled to visit your high school. Many colleges bring
information sessions right to your school during the day.
Financial Aid- Overview
What is financial aid? Financial aid is intended to make up the difference between what your
family can afford to pay on your behalf and the cost of attending a particular university. Over
half of the students currently enrolled in college receive financial aid to help pay college costs.
Financial aid is money from federal, state and private institutions that is used to pay
educational costs. There are several categories of financial aid, and specific types of aid within
each of those categories. These categories are:
The federal government
The state government
Colleges and universities
Community groups, including religious and civic organizations, professional associations
People are usually familiar with the first three sources of aid. But they sometimes overlook the
money available from community sources. Millions of dollars in outside scholarships go
unclaimed because students haven't applied for them.
Costs that you can anticipate:
Tuition and fees
Room and board (dorm and meal plan)
Books and supplies
Questions to ask financial aid representatives
Here are a few questions that you may want to ask a financial aid representative (or consult the
- What is the average total cost of attendance (including tuition, fees, books and supplies,
room and board, travel and personal expenses)?
- What is the priority deadline to apply for financial aid?
- When will I be notified about financial aid award decisions?
- Does financial need have an impact on admission decisions? Is the university need-
- Does the school offer need-based and merit-based financial aid?
- Are there other scholarships available that aren’t based on financial need? Do I need to
complete a separate application for merit-based scholarships?
- When can I expect to receive bills from the college? Is there an option to spread the
yearly payment over equal monthly installments?
Types of Financial Aid
Grants- also referred to as gift aid. Grants do not have to be repaid.
debate in college?
Grants come from federal and state governments and from individual
Most universities colleges. Sometimes they are awarded on the bases of need and
with debate teams sometimes they are awarded on the basis of merit; it depends on the
offer full and specific grant.
scholarships, Scholarships- Scholarships are usually awarded on the bases of merit
covering anything and do not have to be repaid. There are tons of different scholarships.
from part of the
For example, you can find athletic, academic, debate, disability, and
tuition costs to all
ethnic scholarships. Use the attached list of college resources to find out
more about scholarships.
Merit-based scholarships- are awarded to students with a particular
Check out the
following link to skill, achievement, talent or characteristic. Most scholarships require
learn more about separate applications, often with written essays and referrals.
debate program Loans- Loans are a type of financial aid that must be repaid after the
and scholarships. student finishes their education. Loans will be deferred if the student
chooses to pursue graduate studies. Most loans are awarded based on
www.wcdebate.co financial need and are low-interest and sponsored by the federal
m/7others/list-of- government. Some loans are even subsidized by the government so no
policy- interest accrues until the student begins repayment after graduation.
Off campus employment and work-study- Student employment and
work-study aid helps students pay for education costs such as books,
supplies, meal plans, and personal expenses. Work-study is a federal
program that provides students with part-time employment to help
meet their financial needs and give them work experience while serving
their campuses and surrounding communities.
Student Loans True of False
1. Millions of dollars in outside
Perkins Loans scholarships go unclaimed
Perkins Loans are need-based loans awarded by the financial aid because students do not apply
office to students with the highest need. The interest rate is very low for them. True False
- 5 percent - and you don't make any loan payments while in school. 2. Every Georgia resident will
qualify for the HOPE
Subsidized Stafford or Direct Loans scholarship. True False
Subsidized Stafford Loans are need-based loans with interest rates in
the 4-6 percent range. The federal government pays the yearly 3. All student loans are
interest while you're in school. This is why they're called "subsidized" subsidized by the government,
so no interest accrues until the
student begins repayment after
graduation. True False
Unsubsidized Stafford or Direct Loans
Unsubsidized Stafford Loans aren't based on financial need and can 4. Only students with a 3.5 GPA
be used to help pay the family share of costs. You're responsible for or higher should Complete the
paying interest on the loan while in school. You may choose to Free Application for Federal
capitalize the interest. The advantage of doing this is that no interest Student Aid (FAFSA).
payments are required. The disadvantage is that the interest is added
to the loan, meaning that you will repay more money to the lender. 5. Work-study is a federal
program that provides students
Grad PLUS Loans with part-time employment to
This is a student loan for graduate students sponsored by the federal help meet their financial needs
government that is unrelated to need. Generally, students can and give them work experience
borrow Grad PLUS loans up to the total cost of education, minus any while serving their campuses
and surrounding communities.
aid received. The advantage of this loan is that it allows for greater
borrowing capacity. However, we recommend that students consider
lower-interest loans, such as the Subsidized Stafford or Unsubsidized
loans prior to taking out a Grad PLUS loan.
Answers: True, False, False,
Private Student Loans
A number of lenders and other financial institutions offer private
education loans to students. These loans are not subsidized and
usually carry a higher interest rate than federal need-based loans.
The College Board private loan program is an example of a private education loan for students
Financial Aid- Frequently Asked Questions
What is need-based financial aid? Need-based financial aid is provided to students who cannot
afford college using only their own or their family's financial resources. The level of need is
determined through federal, state and institutional formulas. The most common forms of need-
based aid are grants, work-study programs and subsidized student loans, which means the
federal government pays the interest for you while you are in school. You must complete the
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for federal and state need-based aid. Your
college may require additional forms for institutional aid.
How is eligibility for need-based aid determined? Two major formulas are used to determine
1. Expected Family Contribution (EFC) = Parents' wages/income + Student's
wages/income. Data on the FAFSA determines the EFC
2.Demonstrated Need = Cost of Attendance - EFC
You must meet the following criteria to be considered for federal and some state financial aid:
Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
Have a valid Social Security number
Be enrolled at least half-time or accepted for enrollment in an eligible program and
working toward a degree or certificate.
Have a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate, or pass
a test approved by the U.S. Department of Education
Make satisfactory academic progress
Register with the Selective Service, if required (males only)
Not be in default for any previously received federal student loan
Types of Scholarships
A common misconception about scholarships is that they are only available for the smartest students
with the highest GPAs. However, this just isn’t even close to true. There are scholarships out there for
every type of student seeking a college education.
Academic scholarships are also often referred to as merit scholarships; though a merit scholarship can
mean anything that has some level of contest to it. These are for the students with the 4.0 GPAs, years
as part of several extracurricular activities and the well-rounded applications. They typically have the
highest payouts and are considered very prestigious as they are often national awards.
Average Academic Performance Scholarships
Even if your grades aren’t the best, there are plenty of scholarships meant for you as well. Average
student scholarships do take academics into consideration, but focus on other factors as well, such as
community service, leadership, the strength of your essay, etc.
For students with strong academics and physical skills, athletic scholarships are the way to go. There is
practically a scholarship for every single sport, from volleyball to football; gymnastics to cheerleading.
So, if you excel in anything physical, you should definitely pursue an athletic scholarship.
Scholarships for Minorities
There are also many scholarships for minorities available. Some of these are general and for all
minorities as a collective whole, while others are catered to individual ethnic groups. It is also a good
idea to apply for a minority scholarship if you are part or full of a certain ethnicity. You will get to
represent your culture and possibly win money.
Scholarships for Women
As with the scholarships for minorities above, there are also scholarships specifically for women. Since
colleges were dominated by men for many years, scholarships have been created for strong, career-
minded women that need assistance paying for college expenses. If you are female, it is strongly
recommended you pursue a scholarship for women. Moreover, scholarships for women are typically
available in just about any field.
For those artistic at heart, there are creative scholarships available to help you pursue your passion. Art
scholarships, music scholarships and even dance scholarships usually involve an audition of some sort,
and can help you get through art school or an art program at a university. Regardless of your creative
field, you can rest assured that there is a scholarship out there just for you. However, it is your job to
find it and to apply!
Recession Proof Trends
About every ten years or so
Unusual scholarships are a lot of fun and a great way to be creative and there is a recession. If you are
get some cash while you’re at it. They are typically sponsored by private one to be concerned with job
companies and are meant to be fun. For instance, there is a scholarship stability and security, you
available for left-handed students and one for who can create the best might want to check out some
of these recession proof fields
prom dress out of duct tape. Even though there aren’t very many of
these off-beat scholarships each year, there are enough to attract
significant attention from potential applicants, schools and even the Public Relations Specialist
media. Because of this, they may be a bit competitive. However, if you
have a killer idea, go for it!
Community Service Scholarships
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Community service scholarships are fantastic for those that love to give
to others and give back to their communities. If you already perform a Engineering
lot of community service, then a scholarship in this vein may be perfect
for you. There is also the Federal Work Study program, which awards a
percentage of their funding to students performing community service Software Engineering
activities. It may be a viable option for you if you were planning on using
work-study as a means of paying for college anyway.
Note: Government based jobs
are generally known for their
job security. However, lack of
tax income can often
negatively influence the
amount of positions available .
What Is a FAFSA?
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form the U.S. Department of Education (ED)
requires to determine your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The government conducts a “need
analysis” based on financial information, such as income, assets, and other family information, which
you (and your parents if you are a dependent student) will be asked to provide.
Your application is examined by a federal processor and the results are sent by computer to the financial
aid offices of the colleges you’ve chosen.
The FAFSA is the application most colleges use to determine eligibility for federal, state, and college-
sponsored financial aid, including grants, educational loans, and work-study programs.
Nearly every student is eligible for some form of financial aid, including low-interest Federal Stafford
and/or parent PLUS loans, regardless of income or circumstances, provided that you:
are a U.S. citizen, a U.S. national, or an eligible non-citizen;
have a valid Social Security Number;
have a high school diploma or GED;
are registered with the U.S. Selective Service (if you are a male ages 18 to 25);
complete a FAFSA promising to use any federal aid for educational purposes;
do not owe refunds on any federal student grants;
are not in default on any student loans; and
have not been found guilty of the sale or possession of illegal drugs during a period
when you received federal student aid.
To be considered for federal financial aid, you must submit a completed FAFSA on time.
Additionally, most states, colleges and universities use the FAFSA to award other types of aid, including
state-and-college-sponsored financial aid such as grants, loans, and work-study programs.
Besides the FAFSA, some states and colleges require that you file other applications for aid. Check with
your college’s financial aid administrator for any state or college-specific requirements.
You can file your FAFSA starting January 1. (You can do it earlier with us and we’ll file the form January
Federal aid is limited and much of it is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, so the earlier
you file the better your chances of accessing the most financial aid possible.
What is the HOPE scholarship? The HOPE scholarship (Helping Outstanding Pupils
Educationally) is a state scholarship program that rewards students with financial assistance
when working toward a degree, diploma, or certificate program at an eligible Georgia public or
private university. The assistance also extends to students attending public technical colleges.
For more information about HOPE visit www.gacollege411.org.
To receive HOPE Scholarship funding, students must:
1. Meet one of the following academic requirements:
o Graduate from a HOPE-eligible high school with a 3.0 grade point average.
o Complete a HOPE eligible home study program with a 3.0 grade point average.
o Graduate from an ineligible high school, complete an ineligible home study
program, or earn a GED, and score in the national composite 85th percentile or
higher on the SAT or ACT tests.
o Graduate from an ineligible high school or complete an ineligible home study
program, and then earn a 3.0 grade point average on 30 semester hours or 45
quarter hours of college degree-level coursework. This option allows for
payment of the first 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours after they are taken.
o Earn a 3.0 grade point average at the college level on degree coursework after
attempting 30, 60, or 90 semesters hours or 45, 90, or 135 quarter hours,
regardless of high school graduation status.
2. Be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at an eligible public or private college or
university or technical college in Georgia.
3. Meet HOPE's Georgia residency requirements.
4. Meet HOPE's U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen requirements.
5. Be in compliance with Selective Service registration requirements.
6. Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990. A
student may be ineligible for HOPE payment if he or she has been convicted for
committing certain felony offenses involving marijuana, controlled substances, or
7. Not be in default or owe a refund on a student financial aid program.
8. Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the college.
How much money will HOPE contribute?
The money provided to HOPE Scholars varies and depends on the type of institution you are
attending and your specific enrollment.
Students attending public colleges or universities receive a HOPE Award Amount based upon a
per hour rate at the institution he or she is attending. To determine your HOPE Award Amount,
go online to see the award chart.
Full-time students: $1,800 per semester, $1,200 per quarter
Half-time students: $900 per semester, $600 per quarter
Applying for the HOPE Scholarship is easy, but you should always check with the college you are
going to attend to make sure you are completing the applications they require. All you need to
do is complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
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Program Program demonstrate a desire and
The program, sponsored by
ability to overcome barriers scholarships to the United established to help low
and achieve their goals. Kingdom, for academically, income minority students.
highly talented sophomore
Development Fund for Black students attending United Go On Girl Book Club
Students in Science and Negro College Fund member Scholarship
Technology institutions, and Howard and Supports authors of the Black
For students studying science Hampton Universities. African Diaspora who want
or technology at Historically to write their way to college
Black Colleges and EPP Undergraduate money.
Universities (HBCUs). Scholarship Program
The goal of the EPP Google Anita Borg
Discovery Scholarship Undergraduate Scholars Scholarship
Annual scholarship for high Program is to increase the For women who excel in
school juniors to support number of students who computing and technology,
continued education and undertake course work and and are active role models
training beyond high school. graduate with degrees in and leaders.
targeted academic fields
Ed Bradley/ Ken integral to NOAA's mission. Hallie Q. Brown Scholarship
Kashiwahara Scholarships For African American women
Open to full-time students ESA Foundation Computer who have a minimum C
who are pursuing careers in and Video Game Scholarship average, and can
radio and television news. Program demonstrate financial need.
For minority and female
Edward S. Roth students majoring in a field Herman J. Neal Scholarship
Manufacturing Engineering related to computer and This scholarship program
Scholarship video game arts. supports African-American
All applicants must be students in their pursuit of
graduating high school Fisher Communications an accounting education and
seniors or current full-time Minority Scholarship the CPA designation.
graduate or undergraduate Since 1987, Fisher
students seeking a bachelor's Communications, Inc. has HP Scholars Program
or master's degree in sought to attract minority The HP Scholar Award is a
manufacturing engineering students into careers in scholarship opportunity for
from an ABET-accredited broadcasting with annual students interested in
school. scholarships. engineering.
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Award Scholarship Program Scholarship Program
Designed to increase For students pursuing a The HSF/Marathon Oil
diversity in the medical career in engineering who Corporation Scholarship
rehabilitation field by shows outstanding academic Program is a scholarship of
awarding students of color. performance. up to $15,000 per year.
English-Speaking Union Gates Millennium Human Capital Scholarship
Luard Scholarship Scholarship The scholarship provides
Since 1969, the English- Funded by the Bill & Melinda educational opportunities for
Speaking Union has provided Gates Foundation; first-generation college
full junior year abroad
students from any themselves and their
underrepresented ethnic Indiana CPA Society community.
groups. Diversity Summit
Scholarship Joe Francis Haircare
Humphries/HKS Scholarship Multiple scholarships of $500 Scholarship
The HKS/John Humphries will be awarded at the For cosmetology and barber
Minority Scholarship was INCPAS Diversity Summit. school students who can
established to assist senior demonstrate a financial
architecture students INROADS Internship need.
enrolled in the Skyline High Opportunities
School Architecture Cluster. The mission of INROADS is to KATU Thomas R. Dargan
develop and place talented Minority Scholarship
HBCU Study Abroad minority youth in business In the tradition of Thomas R.
Scholarship and industry and prepare Dargan, dedicated and
Provides travel opportunities them for corporate and lifelong broadcaster, this
for students of color who are community leadership. scholarship is intended to
traditionally under- encourage and assist
represented in such Jackie Robinson Foundation minority students to
programs. Scholarship complete their education in
Minority high school broadcasting or
The Hyatt Hotels Fund for students are invited to apply communications.
Minority Lodging for scholarships, internships,
Management Students mentoring, and more. KFC Colonel's Scholars
In 1988, Hyatt established Program
this fund through the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship For college-bound students
American Hotel & Lodging Program who can demonstrate
Educational Foundation Provides fellowships to financial need, and have a
(AH&LEF) to provide financial students who excel in the GPA of at least 2.75.
aid to minority students arts, humanities, and social
pursuing a degree in hotel sciences. Lagrant Foundation
Joshua David Gardner The Lagrant Foundation
IIE UPS Scholarship for Memorial Scholarship annually provides 15
Minority Students The Joshua David Gardner scholarships to
The UPS Scholarship for Memorial Scholarship undergraduate and graduate
Minority Students is available Endowment Inc., was students who are attending
to undergraduate students established in June 2007 to accredited institutions and
enrolled in any school in the provide scholarships to are pursuing careers in the
United States and its undergraduates at fields of advertising,
territories, Canada and historically black colleges and marketing or public relations.
Mexico, provided the universities.
school's engineering Leonard M. Perryman
program or equivalent is Jeannette Rankin Women's Communications Scholarship
accredited by an accrediting Scholarship Fund for Racial Ethnic Minority
agency recognized by IIE and For low-income women who Students
the student is pursuing a have a vision of how their The Leonard M. Perryman
course of study in industrial education will benefit Communications Scholarship
engineering. for Racial Ethnic Minority
Students awards a $2,500 underrepresented scholarship is worth up to
scholarship for undergraduate students who $5,000. Scholarships are
undergraduate study of wish to, and have open to any foreign or
religion journalism or mass demonstrated the ability to American born students,
communications. pursue graduate careers currently attending an
(Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.) in accredited four-year
Lincoln Forum Scholarship microbiology. college/university in the U.S.
Essay Contest or those who are candidates
A writing contest pertaining Minority Access Internship for graduate school.
to the life and times of Program
Abraham Lincoln and the The Minority Access National Black Police
Civil War era. Internship Program is Association Scholarships
designed to allow talented For students pursuing
Marriott Minority undergraduate and graduate careers in law enforcement,
Entrepreneurs Scholarship students to experience the criminal justice, and other
Program diversity and scope of career related areas.
Marriott International and opportunities available in the
the IFA Educational federal government and National Press Club
Foundation have teamed up other participating entities. Scholarship for Journalism
to sponsor the Minority Diversity The competition is
Entrepreneurs Scholarship Minorities in Hospitality open to high school seniors
Program. Scholars Program The who are preparing to enter
purpose of the scholars college and intend to
Martin Luther King, Jr. program is to recognize and become journalists.
Scholarship Award support minority students
The scholarship is awarded who are enrolled in the National Institute of Grants
to minority nominees who Hospitality course of studies For Women
have demonstrated a need complete their academic Designed to help women and
and a willingness to continue programs by providing girls find funding for college
an educational mission scholarship assistance. education, and more.
toward a college education
or graduate training related National Achievement National Institute of Health
to a career in the criminal Scholarship (NIH) Undergraduate
justice field. Established in 1964 to Scholarship
provide recognition for For students from
McKesson Pharmacy outstanding African disadvantaged backgrounds
Scholarship American high school who are pursuing science
Designed to assist pharmacy students. and health-related research.
students who plan to
continue their education. National Association of National SMART Grant
Black Journalists Scholarship Available to full-time
Microbiology Programs students who are majoring in
Undergraduate Research NABJ awards deserving science, math, technology,
Fellowship students interested in engineering, and more.
The goal of the Microbiology pursuing a career in
Undergraduate Research journalism awards of more NBNA Scholarships
Fellowship (MURF) program than $30,000 in NABJ The National Black Nurses
is to increase the number of scholarships. Each Association, Inc. offers
various scholarships each American high school seniors team research projects in
year ranging from $500 to who will make significant science, mathematics,
$2,000. contributions to society. engineering, and technology.
Ohio Newspapers Ronald McDonald House SIT Study Abroad HBCU
Foundation Minority Charities African American Scholarships
Scholarship Future Achievers
Applicant must be a Local Ronald McDonald SIT offers HBCU scholarships
collegebound high school House Charities® (RMHC®) are offered to students
senior and enroll as a college Chapters, with support from enrolled in Historically Black
freshman at an Ohio college RMHC Global and Colleges and Universities
or university for the coming McDonald’s Corporation (HBCUs) to participate in any
school year. The applicant (McDonald’s®), offer SIT Study Abroad program.
should be planning on scholarships to students
majoring in journalism. from communities who face Smithsonian Minority
limited access to educational Student Internship
PMI Educational Foundation and career opportunities. Internships in residence at
Scholarships the Smithsonian are available
Established for students in Ronald Reagan College for students to participate in
the field of project Leaders Scholarship research or museum-related
management or a project Seeks to recognize activities for periods of 10
management related field. outstanding young people weeks. U.S. minority
who are promoting American undergraduate and
Presbyterian Church-U.S.A. values on college campuses. beginning graduate students
Student Opportunity are encouraged to apply.
Scholarships RTNDA Ed Bradley Broadcast
The Presbyterian Church- Journalism Scholarship Smithsonian Institution
U.S.A. Student Opportunity A $10,000 award established James E. Webb Internship
Scholarships serves by 60 Minutes Internships in residence at
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Correspondent Ed Bradley. the Smithsonian are offered
college students in select Preference given to an to minority junior and senior
majors (Education, Health undergraduate student of undergraduate and graduate
Service/Science, Religious color. students in Business and
Studies, Sacred Music, Social Public Administration.
Service/Science) by providing SAE Engineering
aid for the expenses of their Scholarships Significant Opportunities in
third and fourth years of an Through generous Atmospheric Research and
undergraduate program. contributions from various Science SOARS Program
individuals, corporations and SOARS encourages
Rocky Mountain Biological universities, SAE applications from individuals
Lab REU Program International is proud to who are members of a group
This 10-week scholarship award scholarship money to that is historically under-
field research program is both undergraduate and represented in the
funded by the National graduate engineering atmospheric and related
Science Foundation. students. sciences, including students
who are Black or African
Ron Brown Scholar Program Siemen Competition American, American Indian
Seeks to identify African Competition for individual or or Alaska Native, and
Hispanic or Latino, female, Tri-Delta Scholarships Woods Hole Undergraduate
first generation college For students who excel in Fellowships for Minorities
students, and students with chapter and campus Minority Fellowships are
disabilities. involvement, community awarded to undergraduate
service, academics, and students who have
Society of Toxicology more. completed at least two
Minority Undergraduate semesters of undergraduate
Student Awards Tylenol Scholarship study at a U.S. college or
The Minority Undergraduate For students pursuing a university and are interested
Student and Advisor Awards career in health care who in the marine sciences,
provide support for can demonstrate leadership oceanographic engineering,
awardees to participate in and academic qualities. or marine policy.
Education Program at the United Negro College Fund William B. Ruggles Right To
Society of Toxicology Annual Scholarships Work Journalism
Meeting. Administers 400 different Scholarship
scholarship programs so low- Available to undergraduate
Sphinx Competition income families can afford and graduate students who
To be eligible for the Sphinx college, tuition, and books. are majoring in journalism or
Musical Assistance Fund, one a related field.
must apply to compete in the U.S. Bank Internet
Sphinx Competition for Scholarship Women of the ELCA Amelia
Young Black and Latino String For high school seniors Kemp Scholarship
Players. planning to enroll or college This scholarship is designed
freshmen, sophomores, and to help women of color in
T-Mobile/UNCF Internship & juniors already enrolled. undergraduate, graduate,
Scholarship Program professional, or vocational
T-Mobile USA, Inc. and the USDA/1890 National course of study.
United Negro College Fund Scholars Program
have partnered to provide For students seeking a Writer's Digest Annual Short
scholarships up to $4,500 to Bachelor's degree in Story Competition
selected students during the agriculture, food, or natural Contest for writers who can
upcoming academic year. resource sciences and compose the best fictional
Scholars will be invited to related majors. short story, written in 1,500
participate in a 10- to 12- words or less.
week summer internship. Vanguard Minority
Scholarship Program Xerox Technical Minority
Thurgood Marshall College Provides merit-based Scholarship
Fund Scholarships scholarships to minority For academic high-achievers
For first-generation students students studying business, in science, engineering, and
majoring in business, finance, economics, and information technology.
finance, science, engineering, more.
Applying to College Checklist
Print and use this checklist to keep track of your college application requirements, tasks and
Application Checklist School Name
Get the application
Make a note of the regular application Date:
Make a note of the early application deadline Date:
Make a note of the priority financial aid Date:
Make a note of the FAFSA application deadline Date
Request that your high school transcript be
sent to the school
Find out if an admission test is required (SAT,
Schedule and take the required admission test Date of test:
Take other required or recommended tests
(e.g., SAT Subject Tests, AP Exams, IB exams)
Send admission-test scores to the college
Request recommendation letters from Request date: Due date:
Confirm that recommendations were
completed and sent
Optional: send thank-you notes to
Complete 1st draft of personal statement
Have a teacher/mentor/friend proofread
essay for spelling and grammar.
Have two people read your essay
Revise and proofread your personal essay
Complete and submit college application Date submitted:
Make copies of all application materials for
Pay application fee
Submit FAFSA application Date:
What to expect after you’ve applied to college: You will receive a letter from office of admission
informing you that you have either been accepted or rejected from the school. You will also receive a
financial aid award letter detailing the exact amount of money that you will need to attend the school.
You might be asked formally accept or decline admission to the university.
Georgia College 411 (www.gacollege411.org) —Visit this comprehensive web site for college
advice, college admission applications, information about paying for college, financial aid,
scholarships, career fields and much more.
Know How 2 GO (www.knowhow2go.org)—This website provides students with tips and tools
for preparing for college. Be sure to visit this website for information about choosing schools
and using your time in high school and middle school to build the perfect student profile.
College Navigator (www.collegenavigator.gov/) — The U.S. Department of Education's college
Federal Student Aid YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com/user/FederalStudentAid)— You can
watch real students talk about their experiences planning and preparing for college on this
Federal Student Aid YouTube Channel.
College.gov Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/college.gov) —Federal Student Aid will
continue to post informational tips and announcements on planning and preparing for college
on the College.gov Facebook Page.
College Board (www.collegeboard.org)—This resource provides students with all the
information they need to be prepared for college and professional employment. Visit this site
to register for standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT.
College Policy Debate Programs (www.wcdebate.com/7others/list-of-policy-colleges.htm)
Visit this site for information about specific universities and their debate squad and debate
scholarship opportunities. This site is a great resource for students wanting to continue their
Degreed Up (http://degreedup.com/) Any student that attends a university, community college
or technical college may apply. A student must be accepted or attending the college in order to
apply for the scholarship.
Finish What You Start
10 Ways to Set Yourself Up for Success from the First Day to Graduation
Learning Community This program provides for the same group of students to take several
classes together that are linked around common themes or ideas (example: leadership,
environment, or creative arts). These learning communities are very popular among incoming
freshman and provide a support system, produce healthy GPAs, and a place for sharing ideas
and the new college experience.
New Student Orientation Courses These programs help prevent disappointment down the
road. Successful orientation programs include familiarizing students with the services available
and showing them how to locate these services. Check with your school to see if you can earn
college credit for these courses.
Academic Support Services This department provides tons of resources: mentoring and
tutoring programs, academic accommodations, writing center, employment opportunities,
academic counselors and more. The catch is that you will have to take the initiative to ask for
services; and you should every time you think you need help. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
Developmental Courses One of the support services offered by some institutions is the
developmental course. These courses are designed to build academic skills by reviewing basic
concepts in order to eventually comprehend higher level concepts.
Attitude Students with such personality traits as conscientiousness, agreeableness, and self-
efficacy are more likely to be successful in college, as well as stay IN school.
Support System College is a fun and thriving environment that offers many opportunities.
But when you have that really tough professor, project, or homesick feeling, make sure you
have people to turn to. Family and friends are the obvious—but don’t forget professors,
classmates, student organizations, and the counseling center. There should be no shortage of
Tutoring Studies show that tutoring positively affects students’ retention rate. That means
that the aid of a tutor provides the academic guidance and often moral support needed in
staying in school until you earn your degree.
Flow theory This theory states that the best chance of achieving success is when there is a
balance between the challenges of the tasks and a student’s skills. Basically, you will be most
motivated to accomplish something when the task is not so easy that you are bored, but not so
difficult that you are overwhelmed.
Value vs. performance Studies show that when you set goals based on the value of education
and mastery of your skills, you will show more of a positive pattern of motivation then when
you just aim to set the goal of a good grade on your exam or project.
Internship/Co-op Programs Many community college students have financial and career
concerns. Internship and co-op programs make the connection between the classroom and
the workplace. These programs encourage academic excellence and retention as the
students can see the result of their hard work. These programs may lead to full-time
employment upon graduation (or part-time employment during college), easing some of the
financial concerns that affect staying in school.
Some colleges report having barely 50 % of their incoming students graduate with a degree.
Explanations range from rising college costs to insufficient academic support to students simply
not realizing how valuable a college degree is.
But consider this…
- The gap between high school and college graduates had widened considerably, to $32,000 for high
school graduates and $55,000 for those with at least a Bachelor's degree.
-In December 2010, a month marked by high overall unemployment, high school graduates had an
unemployment rate of 9.8 percent, while those with a Bachelor's degree had an unemployment rate
of just 4.6 percent. Among 16- to 24-year-olds who were incarcerated during 2006-07, only 1 in
1,000 had a bachelor’s degree, while 6.3 percent were high school dropouts who didn’t have a