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For most college-bound students, the hardest part of their college search is the admissions process. Then comes finding the scholarships and financial aid to actually pay for college. But for some students going to out-of-state schools, they may find themselves taking a few extra steps…
Would you get married in order to save on the in-state tuition? Is the out-of-state school of your dreams worth matrimony? According to The New York Times, for some students, it most definitely is:
When Berkeley still denied [Elaine Davis] residency (living in an apartment owned by her father disqualified her as independent), Ms. Davis married a childhood friend. She saved $38,000 in out-of-state tuition over two years.
|I Found My College Scholarship – Scholarship Winner:
Philip S. of Brinklow, Md., embarks on his college journey this fall with an intended major in Business Administration and Management. Philip’s inherent business know-how and diligence have already shown him the strides he is capable of making. An entrepreneur at heart, Philip began a successful neighborhood landscaping business at the age of 11. He has since volunteered countless hours at his local fire station and achieved certifications in CPR, EMT, Fireman1 and Fireman2. After 4 years, Philip has earned over five hundred volunteer service hours while still managing his studies and being an active member of Future Business Leaders of America Club. Watch out, this entrepreneur will own your favorite baseball team some day.
|Cutting Edge Careers Scholarship – Summer– Summer I Scholarship Winner:
Danique S., from Lake Worth, Fla., is an honor roll student who has brought her academic motivation and integrity to college after graduating high school in 2009. Danique is a talented student who is studying Health and Clinical Sciences. Danique has proven her leadership and compassion as she led her high school class of 2009 as vice president, volunteered at Mount Sinai Medical Hospital, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and the Yvonne Learning Center. Danique’s profound interest in medicine will lead her to an exciting and of course, cutting edge career.
|“A GPA Isn’t Everything” Scholarship – Summer I Scholarship Winner:
Giao T., from Garden Grove, Calif., has proven that GPA is certainly NOT everything, especially when compared to a person’s commitment to creating a better world. As president of both the Wilderness Adventures Club and Pennies for Peace, Giao has shown us her dedication to environmental preservation and helping those in need. Currently, she is training to become a Sierra Club/ICO leader to teach youth about the outdoors and will complete her provisional trip in the upcoming year. Giao is well-versed in juggling many things. From sports such as cheerleading, badminton and mountaineering to artistic hobbies like photography and woodworking, Giao will continue her multitasking In the fall of 2011.
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|“I Don’t Want To Pay For College” Summer II Scholarship Winner:
Calvin H., from Tigard, OR, will be starting his freshman year at Northwest University this Fall and plans on majoring in History & Political Science, with a minor in Accounting. Calvin is an honor roll high school student who is an active leader in his church and well as in his high school’s LINK program, which helps freshman make an easier transition into high school. Calvin also spends time volunteering at a day camp for 1st through 3rd graders and working with the homeless through his High School Youth Group Leadership team. As a Co-Captain of his high school tennis team, Calvin developed skills that helped him in other areas. Calvin hopes to join his college’s debate team and participate in Student Congress!
|“I Don’t Want To Pay For College” Spring Scholarship Winner:
Tyler D., from Gilbert, AZ, is majoring in Biological and biomedical sciences and health professions. Tyler is the Secretary of the Arizona Men’s Soccer Club and a team leader in the Arizona Blue Chip Leadership Program. Tyler is also a volunteer for Hospice, assisting Hospice nurses as well as interacting with elderly patients. As an Organic Chemistry Preceptor, or teaching assistant, Tyler held office hours, tutored students and held review sessions. Tyler has also held a Clinical Rotations Internship, which helped prepare him for his future career in medicine.
|A GPA Isn’t Everything Winner:
Jewell S., from Kansas City, MO, is a high school senior interested in political science and government. Jewell helped organize a variety of community service events at his school including a food drive, school mural project and a teddy bear drive for a local hospital. Jewell took flight lessons and attended the ACE flight camp with the hopes of becoming a professional pilot or working with the Air Force or Homeland Security. In his spare time Jewell plays the drums and guitar for two bands!
|College Pro Scholarship Winner:
Hunter B., from Fort Smith, AK, is a high school junior who is interested in majoring in Computer Information Sciences. Hunter is a freelance website designer and placed first in a computer game and simulation programming competition at the Arkansas State Conference. Hunter has designed the following sites: www.neumeiernurseryandflorist.com, www.ldesignsbylisa.com and www.cometothefortress.com. In addition to his website design experience, Hunter is an aviation enthusiast and would love to become a professional pilot one day.
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Mallory B., from Eau Claire, WI, is an honor roll high school senior interested in studying health professions and pre-medicine. Although she is not certain what career path she will take, Mallory is interested in exploring the field of psychology and is interested in helping people overcome mental illness. Mallory is the co-leader of her high school Key Club’s project Read and Lead which is a program where high school students tutor elementary school students who are struggling with their reading skills. In addition to Key Club, Mallory is a member of the National Honor Society, through which she volunteered at blood drives and was a member of the planning committee for Relay for Life. When she’s not spending time volunteering, Mallory is a swimmer, a member of her high school softball team, plays viola in the orchestra and is in her high school show choir!
|College Edge Scholarship for Juniors Winner:
Carmyn R., from Los Angeles, CA, is a high school junior interested in majoring in biological and biomedical sciences. She hopes to one day become a pediatrician and work with children to improve their lives. As an honor roll student, Carmyn is the president of her high school’s United Student Body, a group that leads student activities. She is also a member of the California Scholastic Federation, the Hispanic Awareness Club and the College Access Pilot Program. For the past three years, Carmyn has spent time volunteering at the East Los Angeles County Library.
|I Don’t Want To Pay For College – Spring Winner:
Joel S., from Coeur d’Alene, ID, is studying health professions and related clinical sciences, including counseling psychology. Joel graduated from high school with a 3.98 GPA and participated in a variety of activities including being a camp counselor and 4-H Club president. Joel recently spent a year interning at St. Innocent’s Orphanage in Rosarito, Mexico where he worked as a mentor to 25 male orphans. He had previously volunteered at the orphanage to build houses for homeless families in Mexico. Joel is excited to begin his work towards a degree that will allow him to further serve his community.
|Health Careers & Nursing Scholarship – Winter Winner:
Conrad B., from Macomb, MI, is a college sophomore at Oakland University studying health professions with a focus on pre-pharmacy studies. Conrad is an active member of his pre-pharmacy organization, helping to coordinate volunteer activities and trips, as well assisting with finding guest speakers for the group. He currently works as a hospital pharmacy technician, which allows him to get practical experience in his field. Conrad also spends time volunteering for his church, local hospitals and other community organizations. Conrad’s ultimate goal is to use his education to give back to the community and help people live longer, more productive lives through medicine.
|Cutting Edge Careers Scholarship – Winter Winner:
Sophie S., from Atlanta, GA, is a 4.0 high school junior who intends on majoring in psychology. Sophie is extremely active in her community. She founded a tutoring program for students at her high school, is the secretary of her school’s Beta Club, where she organizes volunteer opportunities as well as schedules and leads the clubs meetings, and a camp counselor at the Sandy Springs Mission summer camp. Sophie is also the Co-Captain of the Riverwood Equestrian team and in training to get her student pilot license!
|Psychology Scholarship – Winter Winner:
Allison G. from Newport Beach, CA is a high school senior intending on majoring in psychology. Allison volunteers with a variety of organizations, including being the president of the Make-A-Wish Club, the Co-Founder of the Magic Shoe Foundation Club, which focuses on collecting used running shoes and donating to less fortunate communities in the area, and a tutor for the Academic Mentoring Program. Allison is currently interning at the Oncology Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Orange County. Her internship is helping her prepare for a career in the health sciences industry, with a focus on psychology.
Even though school is out for summer break, now is the best time for rising high school seniors to get a head start on their college searches, according to these five summer tips from Cappex.com.
“Using the summer to get a head start on the college search process will help make what can be a very stressful process much less stressful,” says Chris Long, president of Cappex.com. “These five tips, plus the use of online resources such as Cappex.com, will make your college search as painless as possible.”
1. Decide what the most important factors are in choosing a college, and keep those in mind when researching and visiting schools. To start, spend some time researching colleges on college search sites, Facebook, or on the university’s own website. Explore different colleges’ admission requirements as well as tuition costs.
2. Schedule a campus visit to get a real feel for the college. According to a survey by Cappex.com of more than 1,100 high school seniors, visits to colleges were the key factor in helping students get a feel for colleges being considered. Be sure to take the time to go on a guided campus tour, sit in on a class, visit a residence hall, eat at a campus cafeteria or meet with admissions staff.
3. Prepare a game plan for senior year. Find out when your school’s college fairs are and develop questions for admissions representatives that will be attending. If you are looking to bolster your extracurricular or volunteer hours, take the time to get involved with clubs and activities that spark your interests and passions.
4. Prep for or take the ACT or SAT. If you are waiting until fall for standardized testing, use the time beforehand wisely as you may not have a second chance to improve your test scores before applications are due.
5. Write application essays for colleges that you know you are applying to. Working on essays over the summer will give you a head start and take the pressure off in the fall when things can get really busy with senior year schedules.
“With application season starting in the fall, leaving your college search to the first semester of senior year can sometimes be too late,” says Long. “Taking advantage of the time you have outside of school in the summer can really give you the upper hand.”
With summer right around the corner, rising high school seniors have a prime opportunity to visit the different colleges they are considering. But with all the attention focused on the Web these days, do students still see college visits as an important part of their college search?
To find out, Cappex surveyed more than 1,300 high school seniors who had just gone through the college search process. Students were asked about what helped introduce them to college options, what helped them get a feel for colleges and what resources helped them narrow down their choices. They were also asked about the benefits and drawbacks of visiting colleges.
The answers pointed to one thing: college visits are seen as extremely important, and they significantly outweigh online and other resources.
Helping introduce students to college options
Many students may start their college search by visiting nearby colleges and then expand their consideration set by going online. Thus, college visits are reported as the most influential resource in introducing students to colleges and helping them understand more about what attributes appeal to them. The colleges’ own websites are the second most influential resource. Parents are third, closely followed by college search sites.
Getting a feel for colleges
As expected, college visits clearly won out in this area. Far behind are the colleges’ own websites, mail from colleges and college search sites. There appears to be an opportunity to improve the online experience (as well as offline materials) to help students understand what a day on campus is like.
Narrowing down college choices
There are similar trends in this area. Parents also seem to be especially important at this stage, which makes sense, because they are typically footing the bill and, as a trusted resource, should know their student’s personality and aspirations pretty well.
What do students see as the important benefits of a campus visit?
Getting an authentic campus experience is the number one answer. There’s nothing like experiencing a day walking around a campus and nearby town, and maybe even sitting in on a class.
Understanding the size of the campus is next most important. It can really provide a perspective on the differences in scale between a college with 30,000 students and one with 3,000 students.
Surprisingly, checking out the food on campus is deemed more in the area of somewhat important, so food apparently is not a deal breaker for many students.
Campus political views rank last in importance. This could be because those views are difficult to determine from just a day on campus. Additionally, many students may just not be that strongly political at this stage in their lives.
Are there any drawbacks to college visits?
The simple answer provided by 44% of respondents is that college visits are difficult to manage and pay for. In many cases, it is just too much effort for students to see all of the campuses they are considering. Students also indicate that they would like to it to be easier to get a feel for what classes are like when they are visiting.
Even given the drawbacks, when possible, college visits appear to play an extremely important role and continue to help students get an authentic feel of a campus. For students who may not have the resources to visit colleges, there seems to be an opportunity to bring that experience online to the increasingly flexible college search sites.
Where do you find college-bound students online?
On Cappex.com. With more than 2 million student users, Cappex is the leading online college search platform for students and an ideal way for colleges to generate qualified inquiries. To learn more about how Cappex helps colleges meet their recruitment goals, click here, or contact Alex Stepien at email@example.com.
Spring conference season is always an exciting time for us here at Cappex. It’s a great way to meet with college and high school connections and share knowledge about trends in higher education. This year we have already had the pleasure of presenting educational sessions at several annual conferences including SACAC, PCACAC and IACAC and we’re looking forward to the rest of our upcoming conference schedule which includes NYSACAC (6/2-6/3), WACAC (6/9-6/11), and PACAC (6/27-6/29), among others.
One of our conference presentations this spring centers on the anatomy of a college choice, and what type of online factors play into a student’s decision making process. For those of you who are interested in our presentations, but were not able to attend any of our speaking engagements, here are some highlights.
Findings are based on an online survey of over 2,400 2010 high school grads as well as data mining of 160,000 high school seniors.
What we’re hearing from students:
- Online resources are outpacing all others when it comes to introducing students to new colleges
- Colleges’ own websites and parents are the two most influential sources when students began narrowing down college choices
- Students are most interested in learning about scholarships and financial aid information, and are concerned with the affordability of colleges
- Use of Facebook for college searching is up 17% from 2009
What we’re hearing from college admissions:
- 62% of colleges plan to dedicate more resources to social media in 2010 as compared to 2009
- 47% of colleges say that social media is important or critically important to their recruitment strategies
We are proud to announce that Cappex president Chris Long will be speaking at the Lawlor Summer Seminar on June 10, as well as the Noel-Levitz National Conference on Student Recruitment, Marketing and Retention on July 21. Be on the lookout for more coverage of those presentations closer to the dates.
To request a full copy of the presentation, “The Anatomy of a College Choice: A National Perspective from College-Bound Students Online”, please contact Alex Stepien at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information from Cappex, follow us on Twitter or Facebook.
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