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Students from Fairfax County in Virginia are leading the state in terms of college enrollment, according to the Fairfax Times.
A recent report published by the Department of Education and the State Council for Higher Education for Virginia revealed that more seniors graduating high school in Fairfax County enrolled in college than other counties. Approximately 74 percent of students graduating from Fairfax County Public Schools enrolled in community colleges or four-year institutions within 16 months of leaving school, 12 percentage points higher than the state average.
"These reports present a clearer picture of the success of schools, school divisions and the commonwealth in preparing young Virginians for postsecondary education and training," Patricia Wright, superintendent of public instruction, said in a statement.
Virginia is also setting an example for the rest of the country in terms of college transparency. According to the Huffington Post, students filling out college applications will soon be able to look into the earnings potential of different schools thanks to a centralized database of university information.
If you're doing a college search, look into things like graduation rates, tuition and the availability of financial aid packages such as scholarships.
Under budget proposals from Governor Chris Christie, New Jersey's higher education budget could be increased by as much as 6 percent next year, reports NJSpotlight.com.
Governor Christie's budget would mean that colleges and universities across the state would receive $80 million more in fiscal 2013 than this year, totaling $1.4 billion. Financial aid programs for students would be increased by 8 percent, and funding for the state's Tuition Aid Grants would go up more than 10 percent.
"Funding of state aid programs for students with the greatest financial need is significantly increased," said Michael Klein, executive director of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities, as quoted by the news source. "This will keep New Jersey among the top states in providing grants to students with limited means."
According to the Star-Ledger, Governor Christie also proposed the new Governor's Urban Scholarship Program, which aims to enable students from poorer areas who are in the top 5 percent of their class to receive extra help with college tuition.
Don't forget to research financial aid packages such as scholarships when you're filling out college applications. These programs can really help offset the cost of earning your degree.
Although tuition hikes and decreasing federal funding tend to make bigger headlines, officials in Illinois hope to reverse this trend by investing more than $50 million back into higher education, according to WREX.
The money will be used to increase the Monetary Assistance Program, which helps students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds with tuition fees and other educational expenses. Governor Pat Quinn said education was an important part of the state's future.
"This budget invests more in education. From birth to university, I believe jobs follow brainpower," Quinn said, as quoted by the news outlet. "At a time when student loan debt is more than credit card debt, too many deserving Illinois students are denied access to high education because they cannot afford it."
According to the Chicago Tribune, Governor Quinn wants part of Illinois' education budget for next year to include additional funding for merit-based financial aid packages such as scholarships.
Although earning a degree can be expensive, make sure to look into scholarship programs when you're doing a college search. Many high school seniors don't realize how many financial aid programs are out there.
Recent winner of the $1,000 Cappex Promoter Scholarship, Joshua M. took some time aside to share with his peers (you guys!) his experience in the college and scholarship search. Hopefully you’ll find some very useful tips!
Here’s what Joshua shared:
What is your secret to finding and applying for scholarships?
To be honest, just look everywhere for them! I started applying for scholarships my sophomore year of high school and have been earning them ever since. From looking at scholarship bulletins posted at my school to checking up periodically on great websites, there’s lots of places where you can find scholarships! When applying for scholarships, you really have to be yourself and present yourself as a well-rounded individual. Sure, you might have stellar grades. But you’ve got to be able to back that up with service to your community and other extracurricular activities that show you can contribute your part to the world.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
After graduating from Stanford, I aspire to work at Apple. I haven’t narrowed down a particular position yet, but I know I want to work there because they embrace the intersection of liberal arts and technology and create amazingly designed and engineered consumer electronics. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll even become the CEO or start a company of my own!
Name one to three things you cannot live without.
I think life without my iPhone would be much more difficult. From scheduling my busy lifestyle to managing my school email and playing my music, it does almost everything I could ask for simply and intuitively! Aside from that, my family, teachers and friends have been a great source of support over the years and I could not imagine being where I am today without them.
If you could offer a younger student one piece of advice for the college search, what would you say?
Don’t be discouraged from applying to top schools like Stanford. After all, the only way to guarantee that you won’t be accepted is not to apply! And be sure to visit several college campuses, if you can. When you walk on campus, you should “feel” like you belong there! You’re going to be spending quite a few years there, after all.
You can discover more scholarships from Cappex and beyond. Simply visit Cappex.com. And thanks again to Joshua for sharing his college and scholarship tips!
Officials at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, announced that they will expand the number of art degree programs offered by the school thanks to a donation of $3 million by the Sorenson Legacy Foundation, reports the Salt Lake Tribune.
As well as launching a new bachelor's degree program in art, the school will also introduce a master's degree program in art education. Officials will also use the money to launch an outreach program to encourage artists to visit the university as guest lecturers.
The Sorenson Foundation has donated a lot of money to art education in Utah. Recently, Southern Utah University (SUU) received $1 million from the organization to further develop the Southern Utah Museum of Art at the college's Cedar City campus.
"We are incredibly grateful to Beverley Sorenson and the Sorenson Legacy Foundation for this terrific gift," Michael Benson, president of SUU, told KCSG News. "Beverley’s commitment to arts education and her tireless efforts on behalf of school children everywhere will be evidenced in the daily activities of this magnificent facility."
If you're considering filling out a college application for an art school or related degree program, be sure to ask the admissions officials at your prospective universities about merit-based financial aid packages such as scholarships.
As most of you are well aware, college is, like, really expensive. At Cappex, we try to do our best to make you aware of scholarships you should apply for. So today we’ve racked up six great scholarships that most high school students are eligible to apply for. The catch is, you gotta be a bit speedy about about submitting your applications because all of these deadlines are in February. You still have time, but it’s better to start working on your essays, short answers, projects–whatever it may be– sooner than later.
So take a look through these 6 scholarships and see if you’re a match!
Best Buy Scholarship Program
Average Award: $1,000
Quick Fact: Freshman through seniors in high school are eligible for the 1,200 awards that will be granted.
National Doing Good Scholarship
Average Award: $5,000 – $25,000
Quick Fact: High school seniors, college students, all the way up to Doctoral-level students are eligible to apply for this RENEWABLE scholarship. That means that every school year, you can receive the scholarship again, granted you keep up with the requirements.
Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship
Average Award: $5,000
Quick Fact: This scholarship is for graduating US high school seniors who are vegetarians and have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities.
The Christophers’ Poster Contest for High School Students
Average Award: $100 – $1,000
Quick Fact: This scholarship is open to all high school students who create an original poster inspired by the theme “You Can Make a Difference” and illustrates the idea that one person can change the world for the better.
Optimist International Essay Contest Scholarships
Average Award: $1,000 – $2,500
Quick Fact: High school students under the age of 18 must submit an essay on the topic: “How my positive outlook benefits my community.” If you’re a glass-full kind of person, definitely consider applying for this scholarship!
Average Award: $2,500
Quick Fact: 140 students will be recipients of this scholarship. College-bound high school seniors who have a minimum 3.25 GPA and have demonstrated a strong commitment to their community through leadership activities, community service, and/or work experience are eligible for this scholarship.
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Georgia Governor Nathan Deal recently announced that students from low-income families could receive scholarships worth as much as $2,500 per year for four years, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Under the new plan, known as the REACH program, students would commit to the initiative in middle school. In order to be eligible for the scholarships, they would have to maintain an average GPA of 2.5, remain in school and stay out of trouble. Telecommunications giant AT&T donated $250,000 to the program, and Governor Deal is encouraging other companies to do the same.
Deal told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the REACH program "will hopefully give opportunity to young people who might otherwise not be able to continue education after high school. I think it will create new opportunities for students all across our state."
According to the news source, Georgia is the only state in the Southeast that doesn't have a needs-based scholarship program. Officials hope that REACH will enable more students to earn a college degree.
If you're worried about how to pay for college, talk to your college admissions adviser about scholarships. You might be surprised how many different financial aid programs are available to you.
During his State of the Union address earlier this month, President Barack Obama made the rising cost of college a priority for his administration. According to The Washington Post, many academic leaders support the proposals.
President Obama intends to link the amount of federal funding colleges receive to measures they take to keep the cost of earning a degree down for students. Schools that do not increase tuition will receive more money. Many college officials support the plans.
"Tying the method of funding to the outcomes we’re looking for is a positive development," William Powers, president of the University of Texas at Austin, told the news source.
According to USA Today, President Obama met with several college leaders in the weeks leading up to the address. The president said many schools are redesigning courses to use technology more effectively and help students graduate earlier, and that more colleges should adopt these strategies.
When you're filling out college applications, be sure to talk to your admissions adviser to ask about financial aid packages such as scholarships. Although the cost of a degree is something to think about, many schools offer grants and scholarships that can offset the cost of things like tuition.
According to a report published by the National Association of College and University Business Officers, college endowments increased by almost 12 percent last year, reports the Huffington Post.
College endowments are sums of money donated to universities. They are often used to provide student financial aid programs such as scholarships. According to the report, many colleges reported an increase in their endowment funds last year, despite federal budget cuts and other financial struggles.
Some schools are more dependent on endowments than others. Public universities receive much of their funding from state support, whereas Harvard University in Massachusetts uses almost one-third of money donated to the school to function.
The growth in donations to many universities could be a good sign for students hoping to secure financial aid packages such as scholarships.
According to the Spokeman-Review, the more gradual increases in tuition and growth in endowments are encouraging more students to fill out college applications at smaller, private universities.
When you're doing a college search, make sure to look into merit-based financial aid packages such as scholarships. Some schools offer generous financial aid programs that can help lower the cost of earning your degree.
Officials at Antioch College in Ohio recently announced that they are offering full scholarships for students enrolling in the next three years.
"We don’t want economics to be an impediment to a high-quality liberal arts education," Mark Roosevelt, president of the college, said in a statement. "By providing four-year, full-tuition scholarships, we make attending Antioch College a realistic option for the best and brightest students, regardless of their family’s economic situation."
According to the Huffington Post, the full scholarships will be worth $106,000 to incoming students. Currently, tuition at the school is around $26,500 per year, with room and board costing an additional $8,500. The plans are part of a wider goal to increase enrollment at the college to 300 students by 2015.
Although the announcement could be tempting to students filling out college applications, cost shouldn't be the only factor in choosing a school. Make sure the colleges you're applying to offer the major you want before committing to any decisions. There are always ways to reduce the cost of earning your degree, such as scholarships, but don't choose a school purely based on the cost of tuition – even if it's free.
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