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.
- Senior Academy
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.
- Community Service
Click here to download a community service form for the 2017-18 school year!
Grades 11 - 12: January 31, 2018
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 336.725.1321; 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 Crosby Scholars at 336.725.5371. Crosby Scholars Program staff reserves the right to determine if a community service activity fulfills our requirement.
- College Fair/Visit
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 posted below and are outlined in the Crosby Scholars student portal. This requirement must be fulfilled by early October of your senior year. Submitting one college fair form or one college visit form is required to verify your presence.
The most popular way to fulfill this requirement is to attend the local college fair.
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School Post-Secondary Opportunity Session (PSOS) or College Fair!
Date: Monday, October 2nd
Time: 5-8pm (You are not required to stay for three hours; you will not need to pre-register to attend.)
Location: Benton Convention Center, 301 West 5th Street in downtown Winston-Salem
List of Colleges Attending: Click here
Parking: Parking is available in the parking deck. Be prepared to pay for parking. (Several hundred students will attend this fair, so please allow extra time to enter and exit the parking deck.)
Approximately 125 colleges/universities are represented at this fair. Each college will have its own table and will be placed in alphabetical order. To help scholars navigate the college fair, a list of colleges and their table number is provided by the WS/FCS system and is available upon entering the fair. Additionally, the list is posted on the Crosby Scholars Programs website approximately one week prior to the fair. Several hundred students will attend this fair, so please allow extra time to enter and exit the parking deck. PSOS offers students the opportunity to interact with admission reps from North Carolina colleges as well as out-of-state colleges.
Click here to view and print the college visit form for juniors and seniors.
- Senior Newsletter
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.
- Timelines for Success
The key to the college admission process is to stay organized. Seniors should maintain a calendar and follow the timelines below. Seniors will receive a monthly reminder in their student portal to follow the timeline. Each month beginning in August, we will post a timeline to guide you through the month's activities. This guide will help you to stay organized.
- Read December Issue of DestinationCollege2018
- Prepare for December 2nd SAT and/or December 9th ACT, if taking either
- Take December 2nd SAT and/or December 9th ACT, if necessary
- Confirm schedule for spring semester: verify with your counselor that you are enrolled in the classes necessary to meet all requirements for graduation
- Continue to submit admission applications in time to meet deadlines
- Complete the FAFSA, if you have not already
- Review your high school’s scholarship bulletin, and apply for scholarships
- Complete two hours of community service, and submit community service form to our office
- Check e-mail and student portal at least weekly
- Complete Crosby Senior Academy Requirement
- Participate during Crosby Senior Academy: Taking a Gap Year WEBINAR on December 12th
- Complete online academy, Financial Basics for High School and Beyond
- Meet with your Crosby Scholars Senior Advisor to catch up on any outstanding Conference Notes
- Scholarships & Financial Aid
Scholarships. 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 in January. Reach each description carefully for instructions on applying, including what documents to upload.
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.
Other scholarships. 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. Crosby Scholars provides a link to the scholarships page of all colleges in North Carolina and lists them in the senior portal as well. Students applying to schools in other states can easily locate this information on their web pages.
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.
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. Follow these steps to the financial aid process and then review these Helpful Hints. The 2017-2018 Senior Financial Aid Timeline For Success is posted in the student portal.
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
- Changes to 2018-2019 FAFSA -- Read what has been updated: FAFSA Changes of Note for 2018-19
- 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
- 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 LDG application deadline is May 15.
The Crosby Scholars Last Dollar Grant is need-based financial aid. A scholar must apply for financial aid by 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 the 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 award letter from the institution he/she will attend, and
- a copy of pages 1 and 2 of the SAR- Student Aid Report
If the scholar does not have the three supporting documents by May 15, he/she must submit the application and then upload the supporting documents when they are received. Priority is given to those applications received prior to May 15.
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 at the end of each semester. You do not have to submit an official college transcript. Submitting a copy of your grades printed 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.
Students must apply for Last Dollar Grant funding within two years of high school graduation. The Last Dollar Grant policy states that scholars are eligible for funding consideration for up to four years of undergraduate studies within six years after high school graduation.