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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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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.