Visit our College Financial Aid page (under College and Career Planning menu) to download the Local Scholarship Application. While you're there, don't forget to review the rest of the page for more about securing free money for college!
Thank you to all the senior parents and students who participated in the 11/07/19 Title I Senior Parent Night! We appreciate your braving a cold, rainy evening to learn more about the high school-to-post-secondary transition.
For any and all who need it, the slideshow and handout items are now available on the Senior Parent Night resources page.
This article features a Dalton State College nursing student who refused to let her learning disability hold her back from achieving her goals. Through positive working relationships with Dalton State classmates and instructors, learning strategies tailored to her learning disability, and grit, she found success in Dalton State's challenging nursing program and is thriving in the workforce!
We encourage all students to read this inspiring story about a student with a growth mindset!
‘Hard but Rewarding:’ Nursing Graduate Pushes Through Disability to Succeed (Dalton State College)
This might be a good time to ask: Did you know that Exceptional Student Services (ESS; also known as special education) does not have to stop in high school? In earlier levels of education, ESS is often initiated by educators or parents who notice students who may have special needs that impact their education. After high school, a student can still arrange for such accommodations. If you have received ESS accommodations in grade school and/or high school and are interested in securing accommodations in college, you must reach out to your college's disability services department. The approval process does not automatically begin for you just because you had an IEP or 504 Plan in high school. The exact name of the department providing disability services may vary from college to college, but it's usually a title like disability services, student success services, etc.
If you think you aren't worthy of scholarships, think again! From scholarships for your height to scholarships for best duct tape prom dress, there are a variety of scholarships that don't necessarily require financial need and/or academic prowess.
Follow the link to see CNBC's 7 of the Strangest College Scholarships
As always, you can also visit the NMHS Counseling Office's own College Financial Aid page for more information about state and federal aid, aid based on financial need and merit, and searching for scholarships.
In this article by the "College Corner" columnist for Davis Enterprise, Jennifer Borenstein answers a common question she receives: "What are my chances of getting into (highly competitive college)?" Using her know-how as an independent college advisor, Borenstein offers practical pointers for making your application stand out.
Read Borenstein's article here: For Selective Schools, Here’s How You Stand Out (Davis Enterprise)
Once a high school senior has filed their FAFSA as well as been accepted to a higher education institution, that school's financial aid office gets to work on the student's financial aid award package. After interfacing with the appropriate federal and state agencies to confirm what free money (grants and scholarships) and federal education loans the student is eligible for, the financial aid office lets the student know what college financial aid is being offered to them and gives them the opportunity to accept or decline the different sources.
But what if the federal/state free money and federal ed loans won't totally cover your cost of attendance? Visit HomeRoom, the blog of the US Department of Education, to learn their suggestions:
7 Options to Consider if You Didn't Receive Enough Financial Aid
Here are the latest additions to the scholarship page:
Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest - February 28 deadline
Must write an essay of 500 words or less about an African-American who has inspired you. Minimum GPA of 2.0. $5,000 scholarship award each for 15 high school seniors.
State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarship - March 2 deadline
Established to provide financial assistance to fifty high school seniors who plan to attend college, technical, or vocational school, but may not be able to meet the expenses of a higher education without such aid and often do not qualify for other scholarships. Cumulative GPA requirement of 2.50 to 3.20, and applicant must demonstrate financial need. $2,500 award each for up to 50 high school seniors. Also, scholarship is renewable for up to one additional school year if eligibility is maintained.
Also, don't forget about the NMHS Local Scholarship Application, featured at the top of our College & Career Planning page--deadline of February 1!
For more information about these and other scholarships, visit our College & Career Planning page!
This Title I Parent Meeting for current junior students and their parents will take place at 5:30-6:30 PM, Tuesday, January 31, 2017, in the NMHS Theatre. Get ready to learn more about college admissions testing, the college search and application process, scholarship searching, and basics of the financial aid application process--all essential for students to know as they approach their senior year!
Joining the counselors for this presentation is Marcus Hilliard from the Georgia Student Finance Commission, the agency that administers Georgia HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships/Grants. We look forward to seeing you there!
America wasn't built from behind a desk, but now this country is suffering a skilled trade skills gap and nobody seems to be talking about it. Georgia is no exception--even as unemployment rose in recent years, there were still more skilled trade job openings than there were skilled workers qualified to take those jobs. Go Build Georgia is an initiative to usher Georgia career seekers into these high-demand skilled trades (such as welding, brickmasonry, plumbing, electrical tech, and carpentry). These tend to have shorter postsecondary training but can still have higher salaries and more job security than meets the eye.
For stats on the national and Georgia's skilled trades gap and a skilled trades career exploration tool, please visit GoBuildGeorgia.com.
We're used to hearing about 'summer melt' in reference to the way students lose learning momentum after they have been away from school for the summer. This article from Inside Higher Ed describes another level of summer melt--that of students who are accepted into college but ultimately lose momentum in following through with enrollment. There are ways to prevent this summer melt between high school graduation and higher education, and it seems that a student's social network--particularly parents and friends--plays a key role in helping the situation. Please follow the link to learn more!
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