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Apply now for Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship

October 16, 2019 2 comments

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The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program offers funds — up to $40,000 a year, for up to four years — to support the college ambitions of high-achieving students who have financial need.

The scholarship is available to high-school seniors who have GPAs of 3.5 or higher and have high SAT or ACT scores. (See the JKCF web site for complete eligibility information.)

The foundation will consider applications from students whose families make up to $95,000 a year, but most of the recipients will have family income low enough to qualify for a Pell Grant. The average family income of recipients is $35,000 per year.

Application for the scholarship will be done using the Common App. (Again, see the JKCF site for details.) There is no cost to apply. You must complete the application by November 13, 2019. You’ll need to provide financial information, school records, essays and teacher recommendations, so allow yourself time to compile and complete the needed paperwork.

Georgia Tech engineering event for 9th and 10th-grade girls

November 20, 2015 2 comments

WIERegistration is open now for the second annual Students Exploring Engineering event, sponsored by the Women in Engineering group at Georgia Tech.

The one-day event for high-school freshman and sophomore girls will be held January 21, 2016, on the Georgia Tech campus. Participating students will be introduced to a variety of engineering disciplines, visit a faculty lab or engage in an interactive project, and tour the campus. Admissions staff from Georgia Tech will be on hand to discuss the academic requirements for admission to Tech.

The program is limited to 100 students. A $25 fee includes breakfast and lunch.

Women in Engineering, founded in 1994, seeks to increase the number of women students who pursue engineering degrees and careers.

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Apply now for Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship

October 2, 2015 Leave a comment

Jack Kent Cooke The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program offers funds — up to $40,000 a year — to support the college ambitions of high-achieving students with financial need.

The scholarship, which can be renewed for up to four years, is available to high-school seniors who have GPAs of 3.5 or higher and have scored in the top 15 percent on the SAT or ACT.

According to the foundation’s web site, students whose families make up to $95,000 a year will be considered; however, most of the recipients will have family income low enough to qualify for a Pell Grant.

The first part of the application process is open now. There is no cost to apply. The Phase I application must be mailed in by November 3, 2015. Financial information, school records and teacher recommendations are required for the application, so allow yourself time to compile and complete the needed paperwork.

Scholarships to elite colleges for low-income, high-achieving students

July 29, 2015 Leave a comment

QuestBridgeLow-income students often don’t apply to our nation’s elite colleges, believing those prestigious campuses are out of their reach because of their families’ finances.

QuestBridge aims to change that with its National College Match program, which is now accepting applications from rising high-school seniors.

Students choose their top schools from three dozen highly respected universities, including Amherst, Dartmouth, Brown, Emory, MIT, Princeton and Stanford. The schools review the applicants, and if they want to admit a student who selected them, the student will receive a full scholarship to their school. If a match isn’t made with the applicant’s top choices, the student will still be considered by all participating universities and may receive significant financial aid.

The application deadline is Sept. 28, 2015. The application is extensive, requiring transcripts, letters of recommendation, and financial records, so you’ll want to get started now.

Full college scholarships for high-achieving, low-income students

August 24, 2014 Leave a comment

High-achieving students should have the chance to attend one of the country’s best colleges, regardless of their family’s financial situation.

That’s the principle behind the QuestBridge National College Match program, which seeks to send excellent students from low-income homes to elite colleges. Students choose their top schools from among more than 30 highly respected universities, including Amherst, Dartmouth, Brown, Emory, MIT, Princeton and Stanford. The schools review the applicants, and if a match is made, the student will receive a full scholarship. If a match isn’t made, the student will still be considered by all participating universities and may receive significant financial aid.

The application deadline is Sept. 26, 2014, and the application process is pretty involved, so don’t wait if this program is a fit for a high-school senior you know.

Preview days for Advanced Academy early college at UWG

October 24, 2013 1 comment

Advanced AcademyThis Sunday, Oct. 27, will be the first preview day of the season at University of West Georgia in Carrollton, home of the Advanced Academy of Georgia.

Advanced Academy is an early college program for high-school juniors and seniors — and occasionally an extraordinary sophomore. Students live on campus in their own dormitory and take college classes. Advanced Academy is one of the few residential programs in the nation that allows students to earn both high-school credit and college credit for their coursework.

You can register online for this weekend’s preview until tomorrow, or register onsite when you arrive. If you miss this one,¬† there will be additional days to visit the campus on January 26 and March 30, 2014.

 

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Application now available for Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship

September 12, 2013 Leave a comment

Jack Kent CookeThe Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program offers funds — up to $30,000 a year — to support the college ambitions of high-achieving students with financial need.

The scholarship, which can be renewed for up to four years, is available to students who have high-school GPAs of 3.5 or higher and have scored in the top 15 percent on the SAT or ACT.

According to the foundation’s web site, students whose families make up to $95,000 a year will be considered; however, most of the recipients will have family income low enough to qualify for a Pell Grant.

The first part of the application process is open now. The Phase I application must be mailed in by November 5, 2013. Financial information, school records and teacher recommendations are required for the application, so allow yourself time to compile and complete the needed paperwork.

Application deadline for Advanced Academy at UWG is June 1

May 1, 2013 Leave a comment

Advanced AcademyThe Advanced Academy of Georgia, a residential program located at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, is now accepting applications for Fall 2013.

The Academy mostly admits rising high-school juniors and seniors, although the school will consider younger students of exceptional ability.

Advanced Academy can be an ideal environment for students with both the intellect and social maturity to get an early start on their college experience, in an environment where they have like-minded peers.

Unlike some early college options, Advanced Academy is one of a handful of programs in the United States where a high-school student can learn in a college setting — including living on campus — while earning both high-school and college course credits. That means they begin earning credits for a college degree, while at the same time fulfilling the requirements for their high-school diploma.

The application deadline for both admission and need-based financial aid is June 1.

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QuestBridge scholarship helps low-income students prepare for top tier colleges

March 4, 2013 Leave a comment

Of all the scholarships out there, the QuestBridge College Prep Scholarship is one of my favorites.

QuestBridge recognizes that giftedness knows no racial, ethnic or socio-economic barriers. Its College Prep Scholarship program reaches out to high-school juniors who have amazing academic potential, but whose gifts are at risk of being squandered because their families cannot afford to send them to a top-tier college.

The College Prep Scholarship provides full scholarships to summer programs on elite college campuses, helps students navigate the admissions and financial aid application processes required by the best schools, and even provides all-expenses-paid visits to QuestBridge partner schools — colleges including Brown, Columbia, Princeton, Yale, Stanford, and their peers.

Finally, the College Prep Scholarship prepares students to apply during their senior year for the QuestBridge National College Match program, which pairs exceptional high-school seniors with prestigious colleges that will provide them full scholarships.

Current juniors can fill out the free application now through March 27, 2013. The application is long and involved, so leave time to gather the requested information and documentation.

Teachers, if you know a student who deserves to be considered for this scholarship, won’t you encourage them to apply?

Apply now for scholarships to early college program at West Georgia

December 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Advanced AcademyThe Advanced Academy of Georgia, located at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, is one of just a handful of U.S. colleges that allow students to earn their high-school diploma while attending school in a residential college setting. Students can enter the Academy for their junior and/or senior years of high school.

The Academy is now taking applications for merit-based scholarships for students who will be in 11th or 12th grade in the 2013-14 school year. The Freshman  Foundation Scholarship deadline is January 18, 2013; the deadline for the Presidential Scholarship is February 22, 2013.

The regular admission deadline and need-based financial aid deadline for Fall 2013 are June 1, 2013.

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