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    PLAN and PSAT Scores are available!

    PLAN and PSAT test scores will be given out during homeroom on Monday to sophomores.  The counselors will be in the Theater during Enrichment on Monday to explain the PLAN scores.  Please go to the theater  during enrichment if you would like further explanation of the scoring process and ideas on how to prepare for the ACT.

    Students who took the PSAT: you can access your scores in the online score reporting portal through The College Board.  If you do not have a college board account you must make one to be able to see your scores.  If you provided your email address on your PSAT answer sheet, you should have received an email reminder from the college board in early January.  See your counselor with questions. You will also get a score report in homeroom on Monday, 2/1.
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    Providence Grove High School

    Class of 2016

    Senior Connection

    January 2016


    Every attempt is made to make certain that the information and deadlines printed in this newsletter is correct. 

    However, it is your responsibility to check and meet the deadlines






    Randolph Community College Presidential Scholars

    This is sponsored by the RCC Foundation.  It provides $2,500 renewable. www.randolph.edu/it

    Completed application packet must be delivered to RCC by 3:00 on February 12, 2016.  


    Randolph Telephone Foundation for Rural Service Scholarship

    Applicants must be a dependent of a member or subscriber of RTMC or RTC. There are 25 scholarship given with each being $2,000.  See the application for the residential areas covered by this scholarship. Applications are available at www.frs.org. The deadline says March 1 but the application requires specific signatures that makes the deadline to guidance by February 15, 2016


    FELS (Forgivable Loans for Service)

    Replaces the Teaching Fellows, Prospective Teachers Loans and Nurse Scholars Programs. The areas cover nursing, teaching, allied health fields or medicine. Go to www.CFNC.org/FELS for the applications and other important information. Deadline for application is April 1, 2016. Remember these are forgivable!


    North Carolina Bar Association

    Offering scholarships ranging from $250 to $4000 to high school seniors who are children of NC law enforcement officers killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. If you are eligible for this scholarship opportunity, please visit http://younglawyers.ncbar.org. The completed application packet must be returned to the address listed on the packet by April 1, 2016.


    American Legion Scholarships

    The Legacy Scholarship deadline April 1, 2016. Other scholarships for members and their dependents are at www.legion.org/needalift. Contact them directly for the applications and other deadlines.


    Golden Leaf Scholarship Program

    Demonstrate financial (complete the FAFSA) The Gold Leaf application is available at CFNC.org/goldenleaf. Deadline March 1, 2016


    B. Davis Scholarship

    $1,000 scholarship; apply at http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm; look under “Application Procedure” for the essay topic of 1000 words or less. Deadline: May 23, 2016.

    State Employee Credit Union “People Helping People” Scholarship

    $10,000 scholarship! One PGHS senior will win this award!!! Applicant must attend one of the 16 UNC system universities; must have at least a 2.5 GPA, must have demonstrated leadership, excellence of character, integrity and community involvement; students interested in applying should submit a one page (may not be longer than a page) essay describing how you exhibit the qualities of leadership, excellence of character, integrity and community involvement AND a detailed resume. Please keep in mind that the resume may be longer than one page to adequately describe the activities completed and time invested. Deadline to submit to PGHS guidance April 15, 2016.



    Off to College Scholarship Sweepstakes. Not based of GPA or financial need. Apply every 2 weeks for a chance to win. Go to www.offtocollege.info.


    Elon University Watson and Odyssey Scholarships

    A separate application is needed (separate from the college application) in order to apply for these scholarships. Applications are available at www.elon.edu/apply. Deadline January 10, 2016


    Co-Op Scholarships

    Scholarship for students interested in one of 10 participating institutions. Go to www.waceinc.org to see if your college is participating. Postmark deadline February 15, 2016.


    Families First Foundation Scholarship

    Ten $50,000 4-year scholarships to high school seniors who have a parent who is an active-duty Service Member; applications available at www.ourfamilyfoundation.org.

    Deadline: February 11, 2016.


    Meredith College Teaching Fellows Program

    Despite the recent elimination of the Teaching Fellows Program, Meredith College is still offering financial aid to students who want to pursue a teaching career. Apply to Meredith College online and complete a Teaching Fellows Application available at www.meredith.edu/teachfel.

    Due January 15, 2016


    ANS Incoming Freshmen Scholarship

    $1,000; for students planning to earn a degree in nuclear engineering; more info at www.ans.org/honors/scholarships ; deadline February 1, 2016.


    NC Child Support Council Scholarship

    $1,000; applicant must be a member of the NC Child Support Council or a client of the Child Support Program; more info at www.nccscouncil.org under “Scholarships”; application available in January.


    Jackie Robinson Scholarship

    $24,000 over four years to attend a four-year accredited college or university.  In addition to cash grants, JRF Scholars participate in our extensive, four-year program that includes: mentoring, leadership development, practical skill-building, internship and job counseling and placement, and a myriad of networking opportunities.  www.JackieRobinson.org Deadline February 15, 2016.




    Elks Legacy Scholarship

    $4,000 ($1,000/year) available to seniors in high school who are children and grandchildren of Elks in good standing.  As above, the application and available information is currently online at www.elks.org.    The Legacy Deadline this year is January 29, 2016


    SEANC Scholarship

           Approximately a $1000 scholarship opportunity. If your parent is a state employee/retiree and
           SEANC member, you may be eligible for a scholarship for a financial need, or merit, or member only
           opportunity. Please visit www.seanc.org/membership/scholarship.aspx for more information and the
           scholarship application. Please submit the completed application packet to the SEANC District by 4/15



    Here is some helpful information about the Federal Student Aid Office and the                  process for gaining federal financial aid help in paying for college.

              Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, plays a central and essential role in America's postsecondary education community. Our core mission is to ensure that all eligible individuals benefit from federal financial assistance—grants, loans and work-study programs—for education beyond high school. The Federal Student Aid team is passionately committed to making education beyond high school more attainable for all Americans, regardless of socioeconomic status. By championing access to postsecondary education, we uphold its value as a force for greater inclusion in American society and for the continued vitality of America as a nation.

               The aid from the programs allows students and their families to cover school expenses, including tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation. To receive federal student aid, a student must be enrolled in an eligible program at participating postsecondary institution, whether it be a two- or four-year public or private college or university, career school, or trade school.

               There are three basic types of federal student aid: grants, loans, and work-study.


    Grants do not have to be repaid. Sometimes they are referred to as gift aid. Generally, grants are for undergraduate students, and the grant amount is based on the student's financial need, as determined by the information reported on the FAFSA, cost of attendance, and enrollment status. There are several different types of grants:

    ·         Federal Pell Grant

    ·         Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

    ·         Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant

    ·         Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant


    For a brief picture of them all, go to http://studentaid.ed.gov/sites/default/files/federal-grant-programs.pdf .



    Loans are borrowed money that must be repaid with interest. Our loan programs allow undergraduate and graduate students to borrow money to cover their education expenses. Parents also may borrow to pay education expenses for dependent undergraduate students. Generally, loan amounts depend on the student's year in school, cost of attendance, and the amount of other aid received. Some loans are based on the student's financial need and others are not.

    Great information about the different types of loans can be found at http://studentaid.ed.gov/types/loans .



    Work-study lets students earn money while enrolled in school to help pay for education expenses.

    Note: Not all schools participate in all Federal Student Aid programs. Ask the financial aid administrator at your school about the programs that are available.


    For more information about Federal Student Aid visit












    Financial Aid Checklist

    “What should I be doing now?”


    ü Apply for your FSA ID number online at the FAFSA.gov web site.  This allows you to electronically sign the FAFSA.  Both student and one parent/guardian must have a number.


    ü Gather tax information  (NOTE: you can estimate your tax information on the FAFSA, but you will need to submit the accurate information on the Student Aid Report later)


    ü Complete the FAFSA  (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

    Check with your college for their deadlines!


    ü You will receive a “Student Aid Report” in the mail or by email.  Review.  If any information is incorrect, correct and return the form.


    ü The Financial Aid Office(s) at the Colleges you listed on the FAFSA will then send you a financial aid award letter indicating aid for which you are eligible.  Please review carefully.


    ü Contact the specific Financial Aid Office of the college if you have any questions.


    FAFSA Day sponsored by CFNC will be held on

    Saturday, February 20, 2016.

    To participate you must register online at www.cfnc.org


    During FAFSA Day you can receive help to complete the necessary forms. You will need to apply for your FSA ID numbers in advance of this day (student and parent) and your 2015 tax information.




    Minority Scholarship Resources


    Bring in your acceptance letters!

    Turn these letters in to Mrs. Hall or Mrs. Porter

    We will make a copy and give back your original.



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