Seniors - This is it!
Welcome to the Crosby Scholars Senior Program. High school juniors who complete the requirements of the Junior Program, including attending a Mandatory Rising Senior Meeting, are eligible to become senior Crosby Scholars.
As active participants in the Senior Program, scholars must comply with the Partnership Agreement and complete the Senior Program requirements. Scholars who complete the Senior Program receive a special designation on their transcript and in their graduation program. They are honored at a Senior Gala in the spring and given the opportunity to apply for Last Dollar Grant funding.
Research the NCAA requirements for students wishing to play DI or DII collegiate sports.
Seniors are required to attend two Senior Academies, which are offered during the summer and throughout the school year. Topics range from preparing for the ACT and SAT to completing the FAFSA. Online registration is required through the Crosby Scholars Student Portal. Within a few days following an academy, seniors can check their Academy status through their student portal.
- Plan wisely in order to complete this requirement-- seniors must participate in a minimum of two Senior Academies
- To receive credit for attending an academy, scholars must: arrive on time, sign in, stay for the entire academy, and submit a confirmation of attendance at the end. Scholars who skip any of the steps to this process DO NOT receive academy credit.
- Read the special instructions listed in the Crosby Scholars Student Portal on accessing a webinar academy.
Seniors community service deadline is January 31st!
Crosby Scholars are required to complete two hours of community service, although five are recommended. Scholars must submit a form documenting their hours that includes a signature of the person in charge of the service activity by the deadline noted above. The form can be submitted various ways: turn it in to your school counseling office; drop it off at the Crosby Scholars office; upload the form to the My Documents page (drop-down of My Crosby page) of your Crosby Scholars student portal; take a picture of the form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org; fax it to 70.762.3513; send via US mail.
Scholars who completed the Crosby Scholars Program during the previous school year may count hours volunteered after the previous year's deadline, including summer volunteer hours, toward the following school year's requirement.
Community service must be performed with a non-profit agency or be an activity that benefits a non-profit agency. The volunteer commitment can be fulfilled through scouts, school clubs, civic organizations, and/or certain church activities. While membership in a club or organization does not count as service, volunteering in the community in a club-sponsored activity does. For example, being a member of a youth choir doesn't count, but singing at a nursing home with the choir qualifies as service hours. If you have questions about whether your community service idea meets the requirement for the Program, please contact our office. Crosby Scholars Program staff reserves the right to determine if a community service activity fulfills our requirement.
College Fair/College Visit Requirement:
To fulfill the college fair/college visit requirement, Crosby Scholars must speak with four college admission reps about their respective schools. Students typically fulfill this requirement by attending one college fair and submitting a college fair form during their sophomore year, junior year, or senior year; however, juniors and seniors may fulfill this requirement by visiting four college campuses. Details are outlined in the Crosby Scholars student portal.
The most popular way to fulfill this requirement is to attend the local Rowan County College Fair, held each fall in the gymnasium at Catawba College.
The Senior Program publishes a monthly e-newsletter to keep seniors informed of activities, deadlines, and announcements. Each newsletter offers appropriate advice and assistance for a specific month. The link to the newsletter is also e-mailed to senior parents and Senior Advisors.
Scholarships & Financial Aid
Students can begin by researching institutional scholarships offered at the colleges where they plan to apply. The financial aid web page of every college lists scholarships unique to their school and the qualifications necessary for consideration. Students applying to schools in other states can easily locate this information on their web pages.
The Crosby Scholars Program offers several scholarships and awards. As each scholarship application becomes available, it is posted in the Crosby senior portal. The complete list of Scholarship opportunities for seniors will be released by the end of December. Read each description carefully for instructions on applying, including what documents to upload.
Every high school has a school counselor designated to serve as the scholarship coordinator. Seniors should make sure they know who is in charge of scholarships and how to access their high school's scholarship newsletter. High schools provide information on local scholarships as well as opportunities on a national scale, such as the Ron Brown Scholar Program and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship Program.
Last Dollar Grant. The Crosby Scholars Last Dollar Grant is need-based financial aid. Scholars must demonstrate not only financial need but also remaining need after the school of choice has awarded aid. For more information, follow the link to the Last Dollar Grant page.
The first step to applying for financial aid is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which opens online October 1 annually. It is important to submit the FAFSA as early as possible. Every college has a priority filing deadline for filing the FAFSA, and students who meet the deadline receive first consideration for aid.
While all colleges require the FAFSA, some schools also request the College Scholarship Service (CSS) PROFILE, which is the institution's analysis of the family's financial circumstances. Unlike the FAFSA, the PROFILE costs $25 for the first application and $16 for each additional one.
College costs vary widely, and the sticker price at some schools discourages students from applying because they are convinced they couldn't afford to attend. However, the only way to discover the true cost of attendance is to submit the FAFSA and review the school's financial aid package upon receipt. Private colleges with large price tags frequently provide merit aid that makes their overall cost comparable to, or in some instances, more affordable than, public universities.
Outside scholarships can further reduce the cost, depending on how they are factored into the aid package. Students should ALWAYS check with the financial aid office to determine how private scholarship funds will affect other aid they were offered. Ultimately, students and families are best served by waiting until they compare all financial aid packages before deciding which college is the best choice financially.
- When completing the FAFSA online, use the "live help" button or the online chat feature
- Call the FAFSA hotline at 800.433.3243 or 800.730.8913
- Read the Completing the FAFSA 2018-19 booklet online at www.studentaid.gov
- The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is up and running. Read this blog post by NCAN to find out more about the updates: The IRS DRT is Ready for FAFSA Season – Are You?
- #AskFAFSA Office Hours—the last Wednesday of each month on Twitter or watch the stream live at http://bit.ly/AskFAFSA2
- Scholarship websites for North Carolina Colleges
- Understanding your Responsibility when Borrowing Student Loans
- Differences between Federal v.s. Private Student Loans Infographic
- Need help comparing your Financial Aid Award Letters? Check out this Compare your Aid Award tool from College Board & Big Future.
Last Dollar Grant
The Last Dollar Grant application and instructions on how to complete the application will be posted in your Crosby portal in the spring. Read these instructions before starting your LDG application.
The Crosby Scholars Last Dollar Grant is need-based financial aid. A scholar must apply for financial aid by first submitting a FAFSA to be considered for a Last Dollar Grant. A scholar must demonstrate not only financial need but also remaining need after the school of choice has awarded aid. To determine eligibility, the Crosby Scholars staff completes a need analysis form on each scholar individually.
Three supporting documents must be uploaded to the application. These documents include:
- a copy of the scholar’s letter of admission from the institution he/she will attend,
- a copy of the financial aid offer letter from the institution he/she will attend, and
- a copy of the FAFSA SAR - Student Aid Report
If the scholar does not have the three supporting documents, he/she must submit the application and then upload the supporting documents when they are received.
Scholars are notified of our decision by letter posted in their Crosby portal beginning in July. An award is made payable to the institution and is sent directly to the institution to be credited to the scholar's account. The first half of the award is mailed after August 1 and is to be used for the fall semester. The second half of the award is mailed upon receipt of the scholar’s fall semester grades and is to be used for the spring semester. You are responsible for submitting your grades to Crosby Scholars at the end of each semester. You do not have to submit an official college transcript. Submitting a copy of your grades from your college account is acceptable provided it includes your cumulative GPA.
Crosby Scholars who complete the Program their senior year with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher are eligible to apply for a Last Dollar Grant for up to 4 years. Even if a Last Dollar Grant is not awarded the first year, the scholar may still reapply 3 times.
A scholar who does not graduate from high school with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, may apply once his/her college cumulative GPA is 2.0 or higher.