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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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Conference at Georgia Tech gives high-school girls a look at engineering majors

September 14, 2012 Leave a comment

The Georgia Tech Women in Engineering program invites science-minded high-school girls to its annual Engineering Career Conference, to be held Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the Georgia Tech campus.

Girls who attend will hear from Tech faculty and students about the 11 engineering majors offered at Georgia Tech, to help them decide if there’s one they’re interested in studying in college. The girls also can meet with an admissions counselor to learn about getting into Tech.

There is no registration deadline posted, but spaces are first-come, first-served.

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“College Prep Scholarship” helps bright, low-income juniors apply to elite schools

February 27, 2012 Leave a comment

If you’re a high-school junior whose family is just getting by financially, you might not let yourself think about attending Dartmouth or Yale. But an unusual scholarship is reason to think again.

The QuestBridge College Prep Scholarship comes to the aid of high-achieving, lower-income students, to help them navigate the admissions and financial aid application processes required by the best schools. The College Prep Scholarship also gives students the chance to experience college life on elite campuses, through full scholarships to summer programs, and all-expenses-paid visits to QuestBridge partner schools. (These include some of the most respected names in higher education — Brown, Columbia, Princeton, Stanford and their peers.)

The QuestBridge scholarship program also prepares students to apply in 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, 2012.

Brenau University in Gainesville now offers early college for young women

December 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Exciting news for parents of high-school girls who are ready to tackle college academics:

Brenau University will open its Early College Academy in fall 2012 to rising 11th and 12th graders. Young women admitted to the academy will take college-level courses which will count toward both their high-school graduation requirements and a college degree.

Students who complete the two-year program, beginning in what would be their junior year of high school, can earn their high-school diploma and an associate of arts degree. (Those who start in their senior year of high school will earn their diploma and one year of college credits.) The credits can serve as the start of a full bachelor’s degree program at Brenau, or can be transferred toward a degree at most colleges or universities.

Early College Academy is part of the Women’s College, and that’s part of what I love about this opportunity. First, research has shown that bright young women feel more comfortable using their full range of talents in all-female environments. And second, I like the idea of giving a high-school-aged girl access to college without throwing her into a world of — pardon me for saying it bluntly, but — college boys.

I also like that Brenau will let Early College students take honors sections of classes, which is ideal for gifted students.

The young women in the program can live in a residence hall that’s just for Early College students, or can commute to the campus, located in Gainesville.

If you’d like to learn more, visit the Early College web site or contact the director of the academy, Lenna Applebee, either by e-mail or by calling (770) 534-6286.

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Full scholarships to elite colleges for high achieving, low income students

August 9, 2011 Leave a comment

For high-achieving students from low-income families, attending a top-tier college can feel completely out of reach. But it doesn’t have to be.

The National College Match program looks for students who have achieved excellence in school, and whose families face economic challenges. Then it matches those students with elite colleges that are prepared to offer full scholarships to these talented kids.

Participating schools include Amherst, Dartmouth, Brown, Emory, MIT, Princeton, Stanford and more — 31 highly respected universities in all.

High-school seniors are invited to apply now. The application deadline is Sept. 30, 2011, and the application process requires a good bit of documentation, along with three essays, so best to get started now. The good news? With just one application, students can be considered for scholarships to up to eight schools.

One month left to apply to Advanced Academy early college at UWG

May 16, 2011 Leave a comment

The Advanced Academy of Georgia, a residential program located at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, is now accepting applications for Fall 2011.

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 being able to fulfill the requirements for a high-school diploma.

The application deadline is June 15.

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A different kind of college scholarship — one that helps students get into outstanding schools

February 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Every capable student should have the chance to get into a premier college. That’s the idea behind the QuestBridge College Prep Scholarship, which helps lower-income, high-achieving students navigate the admissions and financial aid application processes required by the best schools.

Current juniors can fill out the free application now through March 29, 2011. Available awards include:

  • Full scholarships to select summer programs, including the Pre-College Program at Emory University
  • College admissions counseling
  • All-expenses-paid campus visits to QuestBridge partner schools, which include some of the most respected names in higher education (think Brown, Columbia, Princeton, Stanford and their peers)

The QuestBridge scholarship program also prepares students to apply for the QuestBridge National College Match program, which pairs exceptional high-school seniors with prestigious colleges that will provide them full scholarships.

Early college deadlines start in January

December 29, 2010 Leave a comment

If your high-school student is ready for the challenge of college coursework, there’s no shortage of options here in the Atlanta area. Just don’t miss the deadline for the program you want!

There are three primary types of early transition to college:

  1. Dual enrollment
  2. Move On When Ready
  3. Early admission

Dual enrollment (also called joint enrollment) means that a student is enrolled in high school but takes one or more courses at a college. Georgia has established a scholarship program for juniors and seniors called Accel, which is available to students in public and private schools as well as accredited home schools. Accel is funded through the HOPE Scholarship program, so it’s worth noting that the classes your child takes under the Accel Program will be deducted from their total HOPE eligibility. (HOPE sets a cap of credit hours it will pay for per student.) If all goes according to plan, your child will graduate from college early and the Accel spending will be a moot point, but it’s important to know how the system works.

Move On When Ready is a new, state-wide program for high-school juniors and seniors which was launched just this year. In MOWR, a student is still enrolled in high school but takes a full-time class load at the college level and none at the high school. All state colleges are required to participate in MOWR, which is open only to students who are currently enrolled in a public school. Tuition is paid by the state, but parents are responsible for all other expenses (books and fees). Students earn high-school credit for any college coursework they successfully complete, which means they will receive a high-school diploma. MOWR students also remain eligible for extra-curricular activities at their high-school, including sports.

Dr. Katherine Kinnick, director of pre-college programs at Kennesaw State University, asked me to share this advice for students choosing between Accel and MOWR:  “Students using MOWR funding must attend the college full-time and may not take any courses at their high schools. Students using Accel funding may take as little as one college course and the rest of their classes at the high school, so it is a good option for students who would like to balance a mix of AP courses while taking college courses that aren’t available through AP.  This is the route that we recommend for students who are looking at highly selective colleges, because it offers the best of both worlds.”

Early admission is just what the name says: skipping the senior year of high school and starting college instead. Unlike students admitted under dual enrollment or Move On When Ready, early admission students are full-fledged collegians, and they can choose any classes that any other college freshman could take. (In contrast, Accel and MOWR limit class selections to the approved course directory.) However, going the early admission route could mean not earning a high-school diploma, so you’ll want to check with the guidance counselor at your child’s school.

I visited web sites and e-mailed admissions officers at a dozen local colleges and universities to see what they offer and when their application deadlines fall. I didn’t limit myself to schools in DeKalb, because there are some great opportunities beyond the county line.

Here’s what I learned:

Agnes Scott College: Offers dual enrollment for college seniors. Accel scholarship is accepted but won’t fully cover tuition. Apply “as early as possible but no later than one month before the start of the new semester.”

Clark Atlanta University: Offers dual enrollment to juniors and seniors who attend Atlanta Public Schools or City of Decatur Schools. Also accepts applications for early admission. Priority deadline is March 1.

Clayton State University: Offers dual enrollment or early admission through Accel and MOWR, and they told me they have “the largest dual-enrollment program among the comprehensive universities in Georgia.” Dual enrollment coordinator is Bill Hagans. Official application deadline is July 1, but they recommend applying in March to give them more time to help students work out their schedules.

Emory University: Offers dual enrollment (deadline June 15) and early admission (early decision II deadline Jan. 1; regular decision deadline Jan. 15). As a private school, Emory doesn’t participate in MOWR or Accel.

Georgia Gwinnett College: Participates in MOWR and Accel for dual enrollment. The coordinator for both programs is Donald Singer. Deadline is June 17, but they recommend applying by June 1 or earlier.

Georgia Perimeter College: Offers dual enrollment with the Accel or MOWR scholarships at all campuses. The coordinator for Clarkston/Decatur campuses is Susan Lofstrom (678-891-3625).  The coordinator for the Alpharetta/Dunwoody campuses is Janet Orr (770-274-5375). General application deadline is July 1; unclear whether there is a different date for dual enrollment applications.

Georgia State University: Offers dual enrollment through Accel and MOWR. Deadline May 1.

Georgia Tech: High-school juniors and seniors can take classes through dual enrollment using MOWR or Accel (deadline May 1; application will be available March 1). Current juniors can apply for early admission (deadline Jan. 15).

Kennesaw State University: Offers dual enrollment with a twist: It’s an honors program, which means high-school students can enroll in honors sections of classes. Deadline Jan. 14. As a state college, they accept MOWR and Accel.

Oglethorpe University: Offers dual enrollment to high-school juniors and seniors as well as early admission. Their web site says students can apply anytime using the online application. Unclear whether they accept Accel or MOWR for tuition.

Southern Polytechnic State University: Offers dual enrollment through Accel or MOWR. Deadline is June 1. Also offers early admission. Coordinator is Gary Bush.

Spelman College: Offers dual enrollment for high school seniors in Atlanta Public Schools only. Deadline Jan. 15.

 

Sorry this was such a long post, but I hope it was worthwhile!

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Early college? Apply now for scholarships at Advanced Academy

December 20, 2010 Leave a comment

The Advanced Academy of Georgia — located at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton — is now taking applications from students who will be in 11th or 12th grade in 2011-12. Advanced Academy is a full-time, residential college program for high-school-aged students. To be considered for the best scholarships, your application must be received by Jan. 17, 2011. The regular admission deadline is June 15, 2011.

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