There is a ton of money out there for college and you’re probably wondering, “Where can I find it?” Of course there are popular websites like Fastweb.com and Scholarships.com; however, there are other resources available that you might not know about.
Try these three easy places to start your scholarship search.
Local foundations and organizations: Many local foundations have scholarships and grants available to residents of the area. In addition, check out organizations such as fraternities, sororities and professional membership groups in your area for more opportunities. Check each local chapter’s website for additional information.
Your employer: Collect more than a paycheck! Many companies offer tuition assistance or scholarship programs as a benefit for employees. Check with your manager to see what opportunities are available for you.
Check the guidance counselor’s office: Guidance counselors often receive information about scholarship opportunities via mail and email. Check with the guidance counselor’s office to see if any opportunities are available.
“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die life is a broken-winged bird, that cannot fly.”
― Langston Hughes
1. Build a Strong Support System
Giving and receiving support from others is a basic human need. Trying to figure out everything on your own can be difficult. Running an idea or decision by someone else can help you view things more clearly rather than just from your own perspective.
2. Write Down Your Goals
Research shows that you become 42% more likely to achieve your goals and dreams, simply by writing them down on a regular basis.
3. Get Motivated
Step up with more leadership power, authority and self-confidence. Apps like Peptalk Motivation, ThinkUp: Positive Affirmations and more send daily reminders to your phone to inspire, encourage and motivate.
4. Take Action
Taking action is the only way to overcome your inability to act. Instead of thinking about all the things that could go wrong, focus on the things that could go right!
5. Learn Something New
Start a new hobby, learn a new language, take a dance class. The best time to start something new is now! So what are you waiting for?
Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook can be all fun and games, however, have you ever thought about your digital footprint?
If you have never heard that word before, let’s take a closer look.
- dig·i·tal foot·print
- the information about a particular person that exists on the Internet as a result of their online activity.
Imagine all of the searches you conduct, content you post on social media and websites you visit are all breadcrumbs. For every platform you use, you leave a breadcrumb and these breadcrumbs will eventually form a trail.
Simply put, whatever you post, like and comment on online can be accessed and traced back to you.
There are two types of digital footprints: passive and active.
Your passive digital footprint is information collected about you and your online activity without you knowing.
Have you ever searched for a pair of shoes and suddenly tons of shoe ads “mysteriously” appear on your Facebook timeline and other web pages you visit? Or do you tend to like photos of art on Instagram and then your suggested photos are full of cool street art from around the world?
You may wonder, “How did they know I was searching for Nikes when I was supposed to be doing my homework? Something weird is going on here!” This is simply your passive digital footprint at work.
Your active digital footprint is what you post online about yourself.
While active digital footprint is more straightforward and you control what people are able to see about you, it can still have a major impact on your future.
Sometimes we share things that we find funny or amusing but can be deemed as inappropriate. In addition, sometimes we don’t think about the things we say or how we speak online because teachers or parents aren’t around to hear or see them.
However, your information can still be stored for anyone to potentially see.
When it is time to apply for scholarships, internships and jobs some companies are turning to social media to get to know you better. They want to see what your interests are, how you present yourself and if you are actively involved online.
If someone were to look at your social media profiles what would your digital footprint say about you?
Ready for the holiday break? Make sure you have your plan together for the spring semester first. Check out these five ways you can get ready for the spring semester.
Don’t let the stress get the best of you. Find some time to take care of yourself by relaxing over the break. Self-care is really important.
- Get organized
Spring semester is going to fly by in the blink of an eye. Take some time to plan and get organized this month. This way you’ll ensure that you don’t miss any important deadlines, dates or meetings.
The holidays provide ample chances to give back. There’s such a rewarding feeling you get from helping others. In addition, many scholarship applications ask about volunteer hours. Take some of your free time to give back to someone else.
- Save Money
Now is the perfect time to start saving for the New Year. Prom is right around the corner and you’ll have expenses that come with that so it’s best to think ahead. Start saving now so you’ll have nothing to worry about.
- Find a mentor
Identify some influential people in your future career field or someone older you can look to for advice once you begin college. Surprisingly most of the time if you simply introduce yourself, rather it be in person, by email or even direct message on social media, people will respond.Read More
It’s never too early to start thinking about college. No matter if your student is a freshman, sophomore or junior here are five tips to get them prepared for college.
1. Go on college tours.
The best way to get the feel of a college campus is to actually visit one. Some schools host specific college days filled with activities or you can always call ahead to schedule a tour any day.
2. Sign up for the SAT or ACT.
You don’t have to be in a certain grade to take the SAT or ACT. By taking the test early on students get a feel of what the test is like and have a better opportunity to increase their score.
3. Strengthen time management skills.
Time management is very important in college. Students have much more freedom to make their own choices, however, finding the balance between social life and academics can be hard. No one is going to constantly remind them of the paper that due or test they have to complete online by 11:59. Help your child get in the habit of managing their time wisely in high school so by the time they reach college, they have mastered time management.
4. Research different majors and career paths.
Encourage your child to explore their interests by having them research various career paths and majors. Do they love video games? Some schools offer video game design degrees. Do they have a passion for fashion? Explore majors like fashion design, fashion merchandising and more. Did you know students can even major in social media in college?
5. Take a class that offers college credit.
What better way to dive into college coursework than to take a class? Students can earn college credit through dual enrollment and AP courses through Capitol’s Early College Academy. Once they start college they will already have credits under their belt and know what to expect before they enroll.
Planning for college takes place right in the midst of the excitement of senior year. Students are closing one chapter of their lives and beginning another right away. It can be overwhelming remembering deadlines, writing essays, completing volunteer hours and focusing on graduating.
We’ve gathered all the key information to help students understand the basics of a college application.
Once they have identified their schools of choice it’s time to apply! However, before you start the application it is important to gather key information ahead of time. Sit with students to explore the admissions requirements including fees, deadlines, what documentation is required and more. Different schools have different requirements, so be sure to review their admissions website beforehand.
A transcript is the official record of your coursework at a school. A student’s high school transcript is usually required for college admission and for some financial aid packages. Since seniors have not graduated at the time they are completing their college applications schools make a decision based upon their progress thus far and will review the transcript again after graduation. Most Louisiana colleges and universities can access in-state transcripts electronically through the Louisiana Department of Education. If your child is applying for a school outside of Louisiana, their guidance counselor will have to submit a sealed official copy transcript by mail to the school(s) of their choice.
SAT and/or ACT scores
Students should take the SAT and/or ACT as soon as they can. Most colleges require a review of SAT or ACT scores during the admissions process. While you don’t have to know your SAT or ACT score right away, it is important that when you sign up for the test you indicate you want the testing company to send an official copy of your scores to the colleges you plan on applying for. If you decide to apply for a school you didn’t send a copy of your scores to, simply log in to your SAT or ACT account and request your official scores to be sent to an additional school.* Note that an additional charge may occur to resend scores.
Application fees can vary in price and when applying for multiple college fees can start to add up. Some colleges offer fee waivers which will allow you to complete the application at no cost based on an individual’s financial situation. If you are concern about fees reach out to your child’s guidance counselor or the university’s admissions office for more details.
Ask for recommendations early
Teachers and counselors are humans who have lives just like students. Students should ask for recommendations at least two weeks early so they can have time write the so many wonderful things about them.
Complete the essay early
Believe it or not, autocorrect does not catch all errors. Students shouldn’t procrastinate or rush to complete their essay without carefully reviewing it for grammatical errors. They should always give themselves time to have someone else proofread it.
Complete the application with your child to the best of your ability
Sometimes filling out so many applications can become frustrating. The school may ask for personal information that you may not know or have a definite answer to, but don’t be discouraged. Simply look for resources. The first stop would be the guidance counselor’s office if you don’t understand a term or question. You can also reach out to the admission counselors at the school they are applying for. These resources are designed to help and provide clarity during the application process.
Remember all of the deadlines
We wouldn’t want your child to miss out on their chance to apply for their dream school because they missed the deadline. Deadlines are set for a reason and are typically not flexible. Some schools may have an extended deadline, however; there will most likely be an extra fee. Always add important deadlines to a calendar and set reminders so no one forgets.
Check your email
We can’t stress this enough! Encourage your child to CHECK THEIR EMAIL! In college, email will be essential! Students should get into the habit of checking their email for important information from their future school. Updates about their application will come through via email. Most of the time acceptance messages are sent instantly via email before an official acceptance letter arrives in the mail.
Keep essays saved for future applications
Most applications ask for a personal statement or pose a question to learn a little more about them. They can work smart by saving their essays in one place to reference and pull information from for future applications.
Any parents, students, community individuals wishing to be a part of our Wellness Committee, please contact Justin Blanchard at: [email protected]
Friendship Capitol Wellness Policy Draft 2017-18
2. Wellness Policy Summary Attachment
3. SP 24-2017 – LSWP Q and A