Scholarship Information

 

OCTOBER 2016

GUIDANCE INFORMATION FOR SENIORS

 

(This list includes information regarding scholarships, applying to colleges, the ASVAB test, Selective Service, college representatives visiting BRCS, and senior activity sheets.)

 

College Application and Financial Aid Planning Night at BRCS

           The Guidance Office is offering an informative presentation appropriate for parents and students regarding all aspects of college planning including the application process and financial aid. Plan to meet in the high school media center on October 19 at 7:00 pm.  Call Mr. Barrett with questions.

 

. Financial Aid Workshops

This year, JCC will be conducting their financial aid workshops at Lowville Academy and Copenhagen Central Schools.  Beaver River students and parent wishing to attend are cordially invited to attend either workshop.  The speaker will be a financial aid counselor from Jefferson Community College. The workshop will be held on October 12 at Lowville Academy at 7:00 in the large group instruction room.  Copenhagen’s workshop will be on October 26 from 6:00 to 7:30.  The FAFSA can be submitted after October 1. Check in with the Guidance Office at 346-1211 (Ext. 522) or moric.myschoolpages.com/schools/Beaver River/webpages/abarrett for updates.

 

.ASVAB Testing

          Any high school student interested in taking the ASVAB will have the opportunity on November 16 at Beaver River.  The ASVAB consists of eight short tests which cover the areas of General Science, Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Auto and Shop Information, Mathematics Knowledge, Mechanical Comprehension, and Electronics.  As a result of taking these tests the students will receive information on themselves (such as interests and abilities), information on the world of work, and ideas relating to specific careers they may be well-suited for.  This test is no longer just for military-bound students.  The ASVAB does an excellent job matching a student’s academic strengths and general interests with both civilian and military careers.  All juniors will be encouraged to take this free assessment.  See Mr. Barrett with questions. 

 

College Representatives and Military Recruiters

   College bound students are strongly encouraged to speak with the college representatives who visit Beaver River. Please check the bulletin board outside the Guidance Office for an updated listing. Meeting with these representatives provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about what individual colleges have to offer.  Students are asked to check with the teacher of the affected class (the class which is scheduled at the same time) before visiting the Guidance Office for this purpose.  Please obtain a pre-signed pass from the Guidance Office to meet with these representatives. Below is a list of the representatives and recruiters we have at this point. 

 

                          COLLEGE/MILITARY            DATE                              TIME

                                 Goshen College                      October 6                         11:00

                                            Clarkson University                         October 12                                10:30

                                            SUC at Potsdam                              October 13                                  1:30

                                            Morrisville State College                October 18                                12:30

                                            SUC at Plattsburgh                         October 24                                  9:45

                                            Alfred State College                        November 1                                9:15

                                            St. Lawrence University                November 2                                 9:50

                                            North Country Com. Col.                November 3                              12:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

College Open House/Campus Visitation Days

Attending a college open house/campus visitation day is an excellent way to gain firsthand information about a college as well as to meet with other students who are interested in the same college.  The college visit is so important that some colleges require it before accepting a student.  The dates below are for open house programs only.  Be sure to contact campuses directly about individual visit programs and events, as well as preregistration and visit details.  Open house dates/events for SUNY colleges are available on the following http://www.suny.edu/attend/visit-us. This website also gives the telephone numbers to contact for each colleges open house event. If you don’t see a college listed, contact the college’s admission office as their open house date may not have been posted at the time of this printing.  Please contact the Guidance Office if you need assistance with this. 

 

Questions About College ???

Listed below are some possible questions you may want to ask during college open house/campus visits, at college fairs (i.e. Higher Ed. Night) or even a college representative who comes into school to visit.

Admissions:

  • What high school courses and entrance exams are required?
  • What high school average and/or SAT/ACT scores are needed for admission to your college?
  • On what basis are applicants accepted?What criteria are most important?

The College:

  • What is the surrounding community like?Where do most students come from?
  • Do most students live on campus or commute?Do freshman have to live on campus?
  • What can your school do for me that no other school can?

Residence Halls:

  • What are the dorm rooms like?Are there residence hall activities?
  • How are roommates assigned?How are residence halls supervised?

Academics:

  • I am interested in the field of__________, what degrees/majors do you offer in this field?
  • What is the placement record for graduates in this field?
  • If I have an academic problem, what kind of help is available on campus?
  • What services are available for those undecided about their major?
  • What is the smallest, average, and largest class size?Do instructors keep office hours?
  • How many students in last year’s freshman class returned for their sophomore year?
  • Can I do an internship, co-op or work in a research position in the major I’m interested in?

Finances:

  • What are the total costs?What do they include?
  • What scholarships and other financial aid opportunities are available?
  • What is the typical financial aid package for a freshman?
  • Are campus or off campus jobs available?

Student Life:

  • What athletic facilities and programs are available?
  • What are the fraternities and sororities on campus?How important are they on campus?
  • What do students do socially on weekends?

Student Services:

  • What services are offered through the counseling center?
  • What types of meal plans are available?Are off-campus alternatives nearby?
  • How convenient is parking and are freshman allowed to have cars on campus?
  • What health services are available?
  • Is there an office available to help students find a job after graduation?

Activity Sheets

                Seniors…your activity sheets are now ready for you to pick up and update. Remember that your activity sheet is part of your high school transcript. Your activity sheet is also helpful to have, not only when filling out college applications but, when you are completing scholarships, employment applications or asking people to write recommendations for you.  Please stop in the Guidance Office and pick up your copy to update so that it will be ready when you need it.

 

Scholarship Information

*Note on deadlines*-Parents and students are sometimes confused by the listed deadlines on scholarships.  At times there may be up to three dates listed: an early date listed in our newsletter and our leaflets, one advertised by local organizations sponsoring the scholarships and possibly a later date listed by a state or national sponsor.  Which date should you use?  The answer is to go by the date listed by the Beaver River Guidance Office.  Why? Almost every academically based scholarship needs to have an official transcript sent by our office and signed by Mr. Barrett.  Our office will process several hundred transcripts of current and past students this year.  To ensure accuracy and that we meet the ultimate deadline set by the scholarship’s sponsors, we set earlier deadlines to allow for that processing time.  Please refer to our school’s website (www.brcsd.org) and the leaflets sent to the 12th grade English class for these specific dates.  Unless otherwise listed, scholarship applications can be obtained in the Guidance Office.  Plan ahead.  Important:  Many scholarships and college applications will ask for the BRCS CEEB code. This code is 330-365.

 

AES Engineers Scholarship

  • Their Deadline:October 6

    This scholarship is available to all high school seniors and all students attending a post-secondary educational facility.  Application process – Students will submit an essay on one of the two topics that appear on the scholarship page of their website, http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm .  This scholarship is not intended just for engineering students.  They will be awarding $500 to the winner(s) each year.  Scholarships are awarded on the basis of character, as determined by the essays submitted.

     

    Daughters of the American Revolution National Society

  • BRCS Deadline:October 11

    The student selected as the school’s DAR Good Citizen must have the qualities of            Dependability (truthfulness, loyalty, and punctuality), Service (cooperation, courtesy, and consideration of others), Leadership (personality, self-control, and ability to assume responsibility), and Patriotism (unselfish interest in family, school, community and nation) to an outstanding degree.  Students should contact the Guidance Office if they are interested.

     

    Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

  • BRCS Deadline October 24

    These awards recognize youth who have distinguished themselves through community volunteer work over the past year. Any middle or high school level student who is a legal US citizen is eligible.  Interested students should fill out an online application form.  Once you’ve completed the application online, go to the “Certification” page hand-deliver them to the Guidance Office by the above deadline.  For an application and more information, go to www.prudential.com/spirit or www.principals.org/prudenial (access key: spirit).

     

    Horatio Alger Scholarship Program

    • Their Deadline:October 25

      This application is now open!  This association seeks to assist student who have demonstrated integrity, perseverance in overcoming adversity, strength of character, financial need, a good academic record, commitment to pursue a college education, and a desire to contribute to society.  The scholarship program provides financial assistance to students who have critical financial need and have been involved in co-curricular and community service activities.  Must be a high school senior, have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 GPA and intend to pursue a bachelor’s degree.  Applications must be submitted online.  For more information and application go to scholars.horatioalger.org. Please contact the Guidance Office when you decide to apply for this scholarship.

       

      Coca-Cola Scholars Program

  • Their Deadline: October 31

    The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors each year. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. It is our privilege to award over $3 million annually in scholarships to these young leaders. Current high school seniors with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA may apply using the following link through October 31:
    http://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/applicants .  For additional information about this scholarship and profiles of past recipients, please visit our website at http://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org.

    Elks Scholarships  

  • BRCS Deadline:November 8 (with the exception of the Elks Legacy Award)

    This year all Elks scholarships are on-line.  Elks National Foundation scholarships can be downloaded by going to www.elks.org/enf/scholars/mvs.cfm .  For Elks State Association scholarships go to www.nyselks.org.  All completed Elks applications except the Legacy applications must be returned to the Guidance Office by the above deadline.  It is recommended that if a student has a parent who is an Elk that he or she applies for each scholarship in the Elks Program to increase the opportunity to be awarded a scholarship. 

    Elks National Foundation Leadership (MVS) Scholarship:

             Students DO NOT need to be the child of a member of the Elks.  Applications are for only high          school seniors. 

    1. Visit www.elks.org/enf/scholars/mvs.cfm.
    2. Click on the 2018 MVS application link
    3. Enter your email address to register
    4. Fill out your contact information
    5. Your unique cover page will be generated, along with the remaining pages of the application
    6. Save the PDF of the application to your computer
    7. When complete, print the application

      New York State Elks Association Scholarship:

               Applications are available only for children or stepchildren of living or deceased Elks who are             presently (or at the time of death), members of a New York State Elks Lodge

  • Elks Deadline: The entire application including high school transcript must be submitted online by 11:59 a.m. (Central Time) on February 2, 2018. (Applicants should request their transcript from the Guidance Office as soon as they’ve decided to apply.)

    .        Applicant must be college-bound high school seniors who are the children or grandchildren of dues-

             paying Elks. For more information about eligibility requirements and to obtain the online application

    visit www.elks.org/enf/scholars.  THIS SCHOLARSHIP IS NOT BASED ON FINANCIAL NEED. 

    Elks Emergency Grants:

             This grant is for any student who will be attending or is now attending college and who has a parent

             who is an Elk and has a disability and can’t work.  This grant is also available for a student whose

             parent was an Elk at the time of death.  This grant is for up to $4,000 a year depending on need and can be renewed each year of college attendance.  THIS GRANT IS NOT AN ACADEMIC

    SCHOLARSHIP.  To obtain an application, contact the ENF Scholarship Office at 773-755-4732.

     

     

     

     

    AXA Achievement Scholarship

  1. Visit www.nyselks.org
  2. Click on the Programsthen scroll down and select Scholarship - Academic
  3. On the left side under Links select Cover Page for 2018 NYS Scholarship
  4. You can then attach this cover page to the copy of the Most Valuable Student Application

    Elks Legacy Awards:

  • BRCS Deadline: December 4

    The AXA Achievementsm Scholarship provides over $1.4 million in scholarships to young people throughout the nation. Students have the opportunity to receive a $2,500, $10,000 or $25,000 scholarship. Applicants should demonstrate ambition and self-drive as evidenced by outstanding achievement in school, community or work-related activities. Apply early!! The application process is open now.  Your application must be one of the first 10,000 submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. CST on December 15, 2017 to be considered. To learn more about this scholarship program, go to www.axa-achievement.com.

     

    National Federation of Independent Business Young Entrepreneur Awards

  • BRCS Deadline: December 18

This award is open to any graduating high school senior who owns and operates his/her own small business.  Additionally, the student must enter their freshman year at an accredited two- or four-year university, college or vocational/technical institute during the fall 2018.  Children of NFIB members are eligible to win awards. Financial need is not a factor. For more information and to apply, go to www.NFIB.com/YEFThe link will be available on October 1.

 

Burger King Scholars Program

  • Application Data must be submitted electronically on or before December 15. If 50,000 applications are received prior to December 15, the application will no longer be available.) Application opens in October

Integrity, high standards, entrepreneurial spirit, good citizenship and education were the values that defined BURGER KING® co-founder James W. McLamore. It was those values that helped realize a dream and it is those same values that are the core of the BURGER KING McLAMORE Foundation.  High school seniors are invited to apply for the Burger King Scholars program if they live in the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico; have a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent; and plan to enroll full-time at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico. To apply, visit https://www.scholarsapply.org/burgerkingscholars.

SCHOLARSHIPS and GRANTS

Look on-line for scholarships and grant opportunities.  Before you get an educational loan try getting scholarships and grants first. Below are a few popular sites that might be helpful for finding a scholarship or grant.

 

www.studentaid.ed.gov -- A government site with plenty of information on funding opportunities and grant application packages. It lists grants that are currently available, and shows you how to apply for them. There's also a special link for minority languages.

 

www.fastweb.com -- This helpful site links you to several scholarship databases, and runs a free scholarship search for you.

 

www.petersons.com  -- Peterson's provides one of the largest free undergraduate scholarship databases available!

 

www.bigfuture.collegeboard.org  -- The College Board provides a free search for scholarships, other financial aid, and internships from more than 2,200 programs.

 

www.scholarshipexperts.com -- Fast, easy and free way to find scholarships on the Internet, ScholarshipExperts.com delivers accurate and timely search results that have been filtered and customized to match unique user profiles.

 

www.studentscholarshipsearch.com -- Student Scholarship Search provides students and parents with a FREE searchable database of college scholarships and grants. No registration required. Scholarships updated daily.

 

Scholarships.com --cholarships.com is a resource for high school students who are considering attending a college, university or trade school.  This site has financial aid information and includes a free scholarship search.

 

Consider resources in your community – Be sure to look into scholarship availability through local civic groups, religious organizations, and area businesses. If you've exhausted your scholarship and grant opportunities and you need additional financial aid, you might want to consider applying for a federal student loan.

 

ALSO --

        Along with the above scholarships, listed below are additional Web sites you may want to check out to search for scholarships:

            collegegreenlight.com                                                     scholarshipamerica.org

             mycollegedollars.com                                                    https://scholarshipmentor.com

            schoolsoup.com                                                                        supercollege.com

                        nichebeta.com                                                                                     scholarshipguidance.com

            scholarswag.com                                                           yconic.com

            edvisors.com

 

ACT/SAT Schedule

The Scholastic Aptitude Test and American College Test are national examinations that are used for college admissions.  College bound seniors who have not taken the tests or plan to retake an examination should take the ACT on October 28 and/or the SAT I on November 4 at Lowville Academy.  (Please note the deadlines for registration.) The SAT II may also be required for admissions.  Please check college catalogs or speak to Mr. Barrett.

 

                                    Date                         Deadline

Test                              of Test                      for Registration            Location

SAT I                          Nov. 4                      October 5                        Lowville, Carthage, Watertown H.S.

SAT II                         Nov. 4                      October 5                        Lowville, Carthage, Watertown H.S.

SAT I                          Dec. 2                      November 2                    Watertown H.S.

SAT II                         Dec. 2                      November 2                    Watertown H.S.

ACT                            Dec. 9                      November 3                    JCC

SAT I                          March 10                 February 9                      Watertown H.S.

ACT                            April 14                    March 9                           JCC, Carthage

SAT I                          May 5                       April 6                              Beaver River, Carthage, Lowville,

                                                                                                                    Watertown H.S.

SAT II                         May 5                       April 6                              Beaver River, Carthage, Lowville,

                                                                                                                    Watertown H.S.

SAT I                          June 2                      May 3                               Watertown H.S.

SAT II                         June 2                      May 3                               Watertown H.S.

ACT                            June 9                      May 4                               Lowville, JCC, IHC