Frequently Asked Questions
What is Crosby Scholars?
The Rowan County Crosby Scholars Community Partnership is a non-profit college access organization dedicated to helping all students attending a public middle or high school in Rowan County. This organization helps prepare students academically, personally, and financially for college admission and other post-secondary opportunities based on the student's needs, aptitudes and dreams.
Who can participate?
Any 6th through 10th grade student who submits an application by the deadline and is enrolled at a public school in Rowan County will be accepted into the Program.
- The Middle School Program is for students in grades 6 – 8. Students may apply in 6th, 7th or 8th grade. If they do not meet requirements one year in middle school they can reapply in any middle grade.
- The High School Program is for students in grades 9 – 12. However, students will need to apply by their 10th grade year in order to be admitted into the program. There is no 11th or 12th grade application to the Program.
Students must complete the senior program in order to apply for our Last Dollar Grant and any other scholarships from the Crosby Scholars Program.
How much does it cost?
This program is absolutely FREE! There is no cost for a student to join our program and we never expect the student to pay for any services we give (including shirts, college tours, workshops, etc.)
What is my Crosby Scholars Portal?
The Crosby Scholars student portal provides a student and parent/guardian access to Crosby Scholars Program information, events, registration links, and requirement statuses.
- For new Crosby Scholars - you should have received a confirmation at the student email address you provided on your application. In this e-mail, you should also have received a temporary password and instructions on how to activate your Crosby Scholars student portal.
- For returning Crosby Scholars - you will have received an email at the email account we have on record for you and instructions on how to activate your Crosby Scholars student portal.
All students need to sign in to their Crosby Scholars student portal to activate their account:
- Click on the Crosby Portal button on our website.
- Sign in with your email address and the temporary password that was sent to you.
- Once you’ve signed in for the first time, you’ll be asked to create a new permanent password (with a minimum of 6 characters, using at least one number and one capital letter).
- Make sure to write down or save your permanent password somewhere safe as Crosby Scholars staff will not have access to it.
We will be sending you emails and updating your Crosby Scholars student portal with events and opportunities - so please make sure to check your portal often and keep your information up to date!
PARENTS: Once your student activates his/her student portal - you will receive an email with a temporary password to activate your Crosby Scholars parent portal. From the parent portal, you will be able to view all of the information in your student's portal, register your student for Crosby Scholar Academies, view his/her requirement status and more.
What is considered community service?
For Crosby, community service is any volunteer work that benefits the community and its citizens. It can be fulfilled through church activities, scouts, school clubs, civic organizations, etc.
Go to the community service tab on this website for community service opportunities and the online community service form.
- Helping a teacher at school
- Tutoring other students
- Reading buddies
- Work at the Soup Kitchen
- Work with the elderly in nursing homes
- Participation in Walks to raise money or awareness for illnesses or medical conditions
- Campus clean up at your school
- Volunteer service through Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, youth groups, school groups, etc.
- Work for family members (even unpaid)
- Paid work
- Donations – like donating clothes or canned food is not enough, unless you put in hours to organize a drive
- School performances such as band, chorus, orchestra, plays, etc.
What will happen if I do not fulfill a requirement?
If a student does not fulfill a requirement, they will receive notice that they have been dismissed from the Program and may not participate in program activities for the remainder of the school year.
HOWEVER, dismissed students are encouraged to reapply to the program the following school year. Students can continue to reapply to the program up until 10th grade.
How do I apply for the Last Dollar Grant?
All students who successfully complete the Crosby Scholars Program in their senior year with a 2.0 or higher weighted GPA are eligible to apply for the Crosby Scholars Last Dollar Grant.
The Last Dollar Grant is a need-based financial aid of up to $1,000 per year!
Students must upload all of these supporting documents to the Last Dollar Grant application through Submittable to be considered:
- College Acceptance Letter
- FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR)
- College Financial Aid Offer (which should list all aid offered: ie. scholarships, grants, loans, work-study)