When any scholarship opportunities are received by High School Guidance throughout the school year, these are posted in the Guidance Gazette that is sent out weekly to students and parents. If, though, a certain scholarship allows 9th– 11th grade students to apply this is noted in the Gazette.

Hard copies of scholarship information are also posted for students in the Scholarship File Box which is always located outside of room #114. The RCS Guidance Department isn’t the only place to look for scholarships. There are many opportunities out there that students can find by looking online. Two sample websites are www.fastweb.com and www.schoolsoup.com. Additionally, most colleges and universities offer merit-based and need-based scholarship programs and students should check with individual college/university admissions representatives or financial aid offices for specific information about scholarships offered by an institution.

President Ronald Reagan Foundation Scholarship

Honoring the legacy and character of our nation’s 40th President, the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program rewards college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with financial assistance to pursue higher education. Each year, the Program selects numerous recipients to receive a $10,000 scholarship renewable for up to an additional three years – up to $40,000 total per recipient. Awards are for undergraduate study and may be used for education-related expenses, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, and board. In addition, Scholars are invited to participate in a special awards program and receive ongoing leadership-development support. For more information and to apply, visit: https://www.reaganfoundation.org/education/scholarship-programs/ge-reagan-foundation-scholarship-program/

UNC-Greensboro Teaching Fellows Scholarship

The UNC-G Teacher Education Fellows Program awards a $20,000. scholarship distributed incrementally over four years of study at UNC-G. In addition to scholarships, the UNC-G Teacher Education Fellows Program includes a variety of other benefits, including integrated seminars, networking events, community engagement opportunities, and leadership development. Fellows also live in relative proximity to one another as part of the Residential Colleges or Lloyd International Honors College. Additionally, Fellows study abroad during their sophomore year as part of the global focus of the program.

To be eligible for participation in the UNC-G Teacher Education Fellows Program, a student must be a North Carolina resident and have a recommended minimum 3.80 weighted cumulative high school GPA and a minimum SAT verbal and math score of 1170 or ACT composite score of 24. Students must also select one of the following UNC-G majors that lead to N.C. teaching licensure:

  • Elementary Education
  • Middle Grades Education
  • Special Education
  • Dual (Elementary and Special) Education
  • One of the following majors in the College of Arts and Sciences with Secondary Education concentrations:
    • Anthropology
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Economics
    • English
    • Geography
    • History
    • Integrated Science
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Sociology

For more information, visit http://utlc.uncg.edu/teacher-education-fellows.

ACT Student Champions Scholarship

Applications are open for the ACT Student Champion Award! The ACT Student Champion Award recognizes one student in each state who is tenacious and persistent, no matter the challenge, and is prepared for life after high school with a goal in mind and plan in place.

ACT Student Champions receive a $500 non-renewable scholarship, certificate, plaque, and state-level recognition.

Please encourage students in the graduating class of 2018 who have taken the ACT who fit the following criteria to apply:

  • A student who has overcome challenges and can articulate education and career actions
  • Students must have a composite ACT score of a 22 on a single test date or a 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale
  • Preference will be given to underrepresented and/or first-generation college students.

Applications can be found at www.act.org/readinesschampions.

UNC-Charlotte Belk Scholars Program in Business Analytics

This program provides two (2) college degrees – a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Business- in 5 years of study. Accepted students receive scholarship assistance to cover in-state tuition and fees. High school seniors must apply for admission to UNC-Charlotte and meet undergraduate admission requirements for the Belk College of Business Analytics Program. Requirements include a minimum high school GPA of 3.5, combined SAT score of 1275 with a math score of 675 or minimum ACT composite score of 29 with a math score of 29. For more information, students can visit: belkcollege.uncc.edu/belkscholars.

FAFSA® Changes for 2017–2018

On Sept. 14, 2015, President Obama announced significant changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) process that will impact millions of students. Starting with the 2017­–18 application cycle, the following changes will be put in place:

  • Students will be able to submit a FAFSA® earlier. Students will be able to file a 2017–18 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early asOctober 1 every year. (There is NO CHANGE to the 2016–17 schedule. The FAFSA became available January 1 as in previous years.)
  • Students will use earlier income information. Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, students will be required to report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017–18 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income information, rather than their 2016 income information.

If you’d like more details about the upcoming changes, you may read the fact sheet called College Students and Parents: What You Need to Know About the 2017­–18 FAFSA® and you can access it at the following this link: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/sites/default/files/2017-18-fafsa-updates-students-parents.pdf