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					                                             Upward Bound
                                                       Talent Search
Spring 2010
Volume 1, Issue 3
                                  Spring 2010 Events & Activities
                                  January 23, 2010 – There will be no academic classes planned on this day. Instead
Inside This Issue. . .            workshops are planned for both students and parents.
•     Target Grants
                                  For juniors, seniors, and parents a financial aid workshop will be lead by a representative
•     Bridgewater in the Fall
                                  from the Office of Scholarships and Financial aid at Virginia Tech beginning at 10:00a.m.
•     Financial Aid Overview
                                  in McBryde Hall. While this workshop takes place, the remainder of students will listen to
•     Event Cancellations &
                                  a panel discussion with program alumni about adapting to college. Students will receive
      Inclement Weather
      Procedures
                                  “real” information from current college students. Students and parents will attend a
•     Davidson College
                                  workshop with representatives from several single sex colleges in the area. Expected to
      Open House                  attend are representatives from Hollins University, Sweetbriar College, Mary Baldwin
•     Nashville Trip              College, Meredith College, Hampden-Sydney College and Morehouse College. A conflict
•     New UBTS Staff              resolution workshop is being planned and seniors/parents will also have the opportunity
                                  to visit a computer lab to begin work on their FAFSA.

                                  February 27, 2010 – National TRIO Day will be celebrated. UB/TS are part of the TRIO
                                  programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Classes will be held as usual.
                                  Following lunch we will be treated to a performance of “One Noble Journey” by Michael
                                  Wiley. Michael is a professional actor who currently resides in North Carolina and is a
                                  former Upward Bound participant from Roanoke. Partial funding for this event is provided
                                  by TARGET. For parents who are in the process of completing their tax returns, we plan
                                  to have accountants and other professionals and volunteers on hand to answer questions
                                  and assist in filing these forms. More details to come.
School Acceptances:
                                  March 20, 2010 - As part of our “Arts in Action” program with TARGET, we are
• We would love to hear           partnering with Dr. David Ehrlich with the Virginia Tech Fine Arts Initiative to provide a
  from you. . .                   musical “introduction” to the symphony. More details in the near future.

    Students - Please
    share with your
    counselors any
    college acceptance            College Entrance Exams
    news
                                   PSAT-The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
                                   (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit
                                   Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It's a standardized test that provides firsthand
                                   practice for the SAT. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs
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                                   and gain access to college and career planning tools (for 11 graders only). The
                                   PSAT/NMSQT measures: critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills, and
                                   writing skills. This test doesn't require you to recall specific facts from your classes.
Got Questions about
the FAFSA. . .
                                   SAT-The SAT Reasoning Test is a standardized test which is required for college
Get Help from Colleges at          admission by many colleges and universities in the United States. The College Board
                                   manages the SAT, along with an assortment of other standardized tests used in
    Super Saturday                 university admissions. The SAT includes three sections: mathematics, critical reading,
 February, 13, 2010                and the writing, each of which can earn a maximum score of 800 and a minimum
      What To Bring
                                   score of 200, for the test-taker's final score add the three scores together. Sitting for
     http://bit.ly/SSdocs
       Where to Go                 the SAT takes around four hours, including scheduled breaks.
     http://bit.ly/SSsites
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      Book Scholarship



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                                          SAT SUBJECT TESTS-Students may also opt to take up to three subject tests
                                          known as SAT-IIs when they sit for the regular exam. These subject tests can be
                                          used to demonstrate particular skills to a college, or to bypass entry level courses
                                          in these subjects, depending on college policies.

                                          ACT-The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of
                                          subject area tests in: Mathematics, English, Science, and Reading. The ACT Plus
                                          Writing includes the four subject area tests plus a 30-minute Writing Test. ACT
                                          results are accepted by all 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S. The ACT
                                          includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 3 hours and
                                          30 minutes to complete, including a short break (or just over four hours if you are
                                          taking the ACT Plus Writing).

                                          UB/TS Receive Grants from Greater Lynchburg
                                          Community Trust and Target
                                          For the second year, Upward Bound and Talent Search have received a grant from
                                          The Greater Lynchburg Community Trust (from the Calvin and Virginia Cox Fund
       OPEN HOUSE                         and the Charles F. Stevens Fund) to provide transportation for students at E.C.
 For High School Juniors and              Glass High School and Linkhorne Middle School to Virginia Tech for our monthly
         Their Families                   Saturday sessions/workshops. With rising transportation costs and level funding
       Davidson College                   from the U.S. Department of Education, these funds will ensure that students from
       February 13, 2009                  these schools will still be able to attend our Saturday events.
     12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Register at www.davidson.edu              For the first time, UB/TS applied for grants from Target and was recently provided
Click Admissions and Financial            funds from Target stores in Christiansburg, Roanoke and Lynchburg. Through
    Aid tab or call toll-free at          these grants UB/TS will be able to provide three “arts” initiatives during 2010.
          800-768-0380                    Through the Roanoke and Lynchburg stores, students and parents from Franklin
                                          Co., Henry Co., Patrick Co., Martinsville, and Lynchburg will be invited to attend a
Davidson College eliminates               performance from the Roanoke Symphony and Opera Roanoke. As part of this
student loans from financial              grant we will also be treated to a performance by Mike Wiley as part of our TRIO
aid packages. Students have               Day event on Feb. 27 and will be involved in a musical performance at our
100 percent of their need met             Saturday session on March 20. During the summer Target in Christiansburg will
through grants and student                be providing funds to help cover part of the cost of a trip to the Barter Theatre in
employment. Davidson also                 Abingdon where students in both programs will receive a tour of the theatre receive
offers the Bonner Scholars                hands-on experience from Barter professionals and attend a performance of a
Program.                                  play.

                                          Upward Bound and Talent Search wish to thank these organizations for their
                                          support of our programs.

                                          Bridgewater in the Fall
                                          Talent Search and Upward Bound students spent a magnificent fall day on September
                                          11, 2009, touring Bridgewater College and visiting the Grand Caverns.

                                          A small college nestled in the Shenandoah Valley fifteen minutes from Harrisonburg,
                                          Bridgewater College offers a quality education with some unique programs. Our
                                          students were delighted to hear about the dual degree programs offered at
                                          Bridgewater. Students would study 3 years at Bridgewater and then go to the partner
  http://www.bridgewater.edu/             university to complete a master’s or doctorate degree.
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 Bridgewater in the Fall continued from Page 2
 These programs include Engineering–partnered with George Washington University
 and Virginia Tech for a master’s; Nursing–partnered with Vanderbilt University for a
 master’s; Physical Therapy–partnered with Shenandoah University for a doctorate;
 and Veterinary Science–partnered with Virginia Tech for a doctorate in veterinary
 medicine (DVM). Financial aid opportunities abound with scholarships that range
 from full tuition, room and board, to $17,500, and $14,000. Bridgewater College is
 an attractive option for many of our students.

 The afternoon was spent touring the Grand Caverns–a mile long trek through
 beautiful formations underneath the surface of the earth.

Financial Aid Overview                                                                                 Visit to Bridgewater College
The idea of financing a college education may sound overwhelming, but keep in mind                        & the Grand Caverns
that there are ways to help make school affordable.

The major source of financial aid will come from federal and state monies. To receive
these monies and also some scholarships, the FAFSA form needs to be completed as
                    st
soon after January 1 as possible. FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal
Student Aid and can be accessed online at www.fafsa.gov or www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Please do not use any other web site (it may be a scam).

There are four types of aid. Three types of aid do not require paying the money back.

Grants are a type of need-based aid awarded to students who demonstrate enough
financial need. Pell Grants (a name we hear often in the news reports) are the largest
source of need-based gift aid and are available to undergraduate students who
demonstrate financial need.
                                                                                                   “BEWARE of financial
Scholarships are either need-based or merit-based and do not have to be repaid.                    scams. If someone
Many scholarships are awarded for one academic year, but are renewable if you                      guarantees you financial aid,
continue to meet the requirements. While colleges will award scholarships, don’t forget
local scholarships which can add up. Check with local service organizations such as                it is most likely a scam.   ”
the Kiwanis Clubs, employers both of student and parents, and home churches.
                                                                                                   The application for Federal
Federal Work-Study lets you earn money while you’re in college. These jobs might
                                                                                                   Student Aid is always free.
be related to your field of study so you’ll be getting some practical experience. You’ll
                                                                                                   You can access it at
earn at least minimum wage and possibly more. Working a work-study job on campus
is a great way to network, find some possible study time, and have employers who are               www.fafsa.ed.gov.
more flexible with a student’s study schedule.

Loans are a way of life for most students. Loans are made available to you or your
parents. Although they must be paid back with interest over time, education loans
generally have low interest rates. Look for subsidized loans – this means that the
government is paying the interest while you are in college. With unsubsidized loans,
the interest accrues while you are in school and you are responsible to pay that
interest. You are not required to pay these loans back until after you graduate or leave
school. Parent loans are also available (PLUS). However, parents are paying on the
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                                           Financial Aid Overview continued from Page 3
                                           Beware of financial scams. If someone guarantees you financial aid, it is most likely a
          Virginia Tech                    scam. All that company or person will do is complete the FAFSA form for $500, $700
                                           or up, something you and your parents can do for free. If you have questions about
                                           completing the FAFSA, please check with your Upward Bound or Talent Search
          Upward Bound                     counselor, or with the financial aid office of the college to which you are applying.
          Talent Search
                                           Event Cancellations and Inclement Weather
              Phone:
           540.231.6911
                                           Procedures
                                           Extreme weather forced cancellation of two fall events for VT’s Trio programs. First, the
                                           annual Talent Search Junior Virginia Beach Trip scheduled for November 12-14, was
               Fax:
                                           cancelled when Hurricane Ida bombarded eastern Virginia. The trip was to include
           540.231.1266                    tours of William and Mary, Old Dominion and Hampton Universities, as well as a
                                           walking tour of Williamsburg, a delicious seafood feast, time on the beach and
              E-mail:                      shopping. Flooding and the evacuation of Virginia Beach forced the cancellation.
           ub.ts@vt.edu
                                           Second, the December tutorial and Holiday Dance were cancelled due to the area’s
             Website:                      first significant snowfall of the season. The threat of impending snow and dangerous
     http://www.ubts.vt.edu/               driving conditions made it necessary to cancel the event for the safety of our students.

                                           If inclement weather forces the cancellation of a Virginia Tech TS or UB event,
                                           announcements will be made ASAP to our schools, to local television station WDBJ 7
                                           in Roanoke, local radio stations 100.7, 105.3, 107.1 in Radford, Q99, K92 Star Country
                                           94.9, WFIR, ViBE100 in Roanoke, WMEV 93.9 in Marion, WVTF NPR in Roanoke and
                                           J-104 in Bluefield. These announcements will also be available on our website and
                                           Facebook page.

                                          Nashville Trip
                                          Ever considered going to college in Tennessee? You should. Some exciting and
                                          prestigious schools are in this state-and have very reasonable costs. In particular,
                                          Nashville, Tennessee, six hours from Blacksburg, has seventeen colleges and
                                          universities, right in the area! Knowing that, Upward Bound took thirty juniors and
                                          seniors on a trip to visit this diverse and friendly city. It was one our best college visits!
                                          Commonly known for its country music history, Nashville is very cosmopolitan-offering
                                          music for any interest, along with a fun social scene and some outstanding schools.
UB Students at Fisk University            Day 1 We stopped three hours from Blacksburg, in Knoxville, to tour the University of
                                          Tennessee (UT).Our UT guides were knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic! As a
                                          large school, UT has tons of diverse offerings and some very strong academic
                                          programs. Next, we visited The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. We learned a lot of
                                          great things about the history of women’s basketball and got to shoot some baskets, as
                                          well. Then we headed on to Nashville.

                                          Day 2 We started the day at Vanderbilt University. Vanderbilt is a prestigious private
                                          school whose financial aid package includes NO LOANS. That’s right; if you’re lucky
                                          enough to get into Vanderbilt, you will not have any loans. Even though they are small
                                          and have a beautiful campus, nestled in the city-don’t let their size fool you! They have
NEW UBTS STAFF MEMBER                     many well known and well respected majors-from African –Studies, to neuroscience!
Monique Sno joined the Upward
Bound/Talent Search programs in           Next we had an extremely welcoming tour of Fisk University. Fisk is an HBCU founded
November 2009 as a part-time              in 1866. The 40-acre campus is a recognized historic district. Fisk has a strong record
Office Services Assistant. Monique        of academic excellence: it has graduated more African-Americans who go on to earn
was a participant in the Upward           Ph.D.s in the natural sciences, than any other institution.
Bound program at West Virginia
State College during her high school
career. It was the support of the         Finally, we toured Tennessee State University. Like VT and UT, it is a public land grant
Upward Bound program that                 school-though somewhat smaller. It boasts a student/faculty ratio of 24/1 and has been
prepared her for college. Outside of      listed in U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges for the past 12 years.
work, she enjoys blogging, singing,       In addition to all of this, we toured the world renowned Frist museum, shopped at Opry
watching movies, and spending time
                                          Mills Mall and visited the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum.
with her daughter Simone.

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