March 2024

Welcome to the March issue of the College Now Student Newsletter! Read on for information on our in-person and virtual workshops, scholarship opportunities and more. 

 

Be sure to pass along this information to your parent(s)/guardian(s) and reach out to your College Now advisor for any questions or additional details. College Now is dedicated to supporting YOU as you embark on your path toward a successful career.

Have you completed your FAFSA? While students may not have received their Student Aid Index (SAI) and FAFSA Submission Summary (FSS) yet, here's what you should focus on now:  


  • Keep track of institutional deadlines, including priority FAFSA completion dates, external and institutional scholarship deadlines and enrollment deadlines. 
  • Compare the costs of the institutions you're considering. Understanding the cost of attendance will help you make an informed decision once award letters are available in late March to mid-April. 


For further details on the FAFSA, visit studentaid.gov or consult with College Now College and Career Access Advisors at your school. 

Complete the FAFSA Here

Need help completing your FAFSA?



Remember, you are not alone in your journey to completing the FAFSA! Join us at one of our informative in-person workshops for assistance and guidance on completing your application.  

Cuyahoga Community College

Metropolitan Campus


Wednesday, March 6

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Register Here

Cuyahoga Community College

Metropolitan Campus


Thursday, March 7

2 - 6 p.m.

Register Here

Cuyahoga County

Public Library

Maple Heights Branch


Thursday, March 7

6 - 8 p.m.

Register Here

Lorain Public Library

Avon Branch

Thursday, March 7

6 - 8 p.m.

Register Here

Cuyahoga County Public Library

Parma-Powers Branch

Tuesday, March 12

6 - 8 p.m.

Register Here

Cleveland Public Library

Martin Luther King Branch

Wednesday, March 20

4 - 6 p.m.

Register Here

Cleveland Public Library

Harvard-Lee Branch

Friday, March 22

4 - 6 p.m.

Register Here

College Now-related Scholarships

College Now Traditional Student Scholarship


Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 27


College Now’s Traditional Student Scholarship provides scholarship dollars and one-to-one mentoring throughout a student's college journey.


To be eligible for the scholarship, students must:


  • Attend a College Now served high school
  • Have a cumulative weighted GPA of at least 2.5 through first semester of high school senior year
  • Have a minimum ACT composite score of 18 or combined verbal and math SAT score of 960
  • File the 2024-2025 FAFSA / FAFSA Submission Summary
  • Qualify for the Federal Pell Grant
  • Show ambition by working with your College Now advisor
  • Submit the required documents by the deadline
Apply Here

Cleveland Foundation Scholarships managed by College Now


Application Deadline:

Friday, March 15


College Now manages more than 60 Cleveland Foundation scholarships. These scholarships vary in criteria and scope, and there is something for nearly everyone. By completing the general application, students can be considered for dozens of scholarships.


Please note that while the general application covers many scholarships, others (such as corporate/group scholarships, external scholarships and a small number of specialized scholarships) require a separate application.  

Apply Here

Cleveland Browns Foundation Marion Motley Scholarship managed by College Now


Application Deadline:

Tuesday, March 5


The Cleveland Browns Foundation Marion Motley Scholarship Program presents an exciting opportunity for driven students with aspirations of pursuing careers in education or within professional sports organizations, across a spectrum of roles.


Applicants must be high school seniors graduating in spring 2024 who intend to enroll full-time in a 2-year or 4-year college. Students must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA and at least an 18 ACT or 960 SAT score. This scholarship is renewable for up to 4 years.  

Apply Here

Phi Beta Kappa Scholarship managed by College Now 


Application Deadline:

Friday, March 6 


The Phi Beta Kappa Scholarship is for students who are in the top 10% of their high school graduating class, have high test scores and plan to pursue a liberal arts or humanities major. Students should have a love of learning and be active in the school and community. This $1,000 scholarship is renewable. Students must attend a College Now-served high school in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina or Summit counties.  

Apply Here

The Malone Scholarship managed by

College Now 


Deadline EXTENDED: Wednesday, March 27 


The Malone family is looking for students with passion, drive, energy, a sense of humor and financial need. There is no tangible list of requirements. The Malone family firmly believes in tolerance and acceptance, and therefore these characteristics are a requirement of all Malone Scholars. Students of all races, religions, ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientations are welcome in the Malone Scholarship family. 

Apply Here

Manufacturing

Scholarship managed by College Now


Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 27

  Applicants must be Black, African American or of African descent and pursuing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in engineering or manufacturing-related technologies at a 2- or 4-year public or private not-for-profit college.

In addition, scholarship recipients must be a resident of Cuyahoga, Stark or Summit Counties. The manufacturing scholarship is renewable for up to 4 years.

Apply Here

Other Scholarships We Suggest

While College Now offers and manages many scholarships, we also encourage and support students to explore other scholarship opportunities.

Learn More and Apply

Register for an upcoming college entrance exam today! We encourage you to take at least two exams before applying to college. Check with your College Now advisor about the steps needed for registration.

ACT


Saturday, April 13

  • Registration deadline: Friday, March 8


Saturday, June 8

  • Registration deadline: Friday, May 3
Register Today

SAT

The SAT will be administering a digital exam.  


Saturday, March 9

  • Registration is closed.


Saturday, May 4

  • Registration deadline: Friday, April 19


Saturday, June 1

  • Registration deadline: Friday, May 16
Register Today

Get support preparing for entrance exams by participating in College Now’s impact! program! Learn more about our test prep programming HERE

Why should you test? It is recommended that students take at least two entrance exams before submitting college applications. Scoring well on entrance exams can increase a student’s eligibility for merit-based aid and special scholarships. Although many institutions across the nation no longer require entrance exams, College Now encourages students to take at least two exams before graduating. Plus, colleges/universities may require a test score for specific academic majors and scholarships.  

Use your spring break to sign up for one of our out-of-school-time programs! College Now partners with several community organizations – both corporate and non-profit – to bring college access services to students outside of school hours.  

Find your career passion and travel the country with Xplore!


Xplore is College Now’s after school program that focuses on college and career readiness, travel and finding the major that’s best for students. Each session is focused on a different meta-major and students are encouraged to register for the session that aligns most closely with their desired college and career path. Xplore sessions are 3 weeks long and trips are typically 3 nights and 4 days long.


And that's not all! Xplore features several all-expense paid trips during school breaks to celebrate the end of session!

Register Here

Get paid to study for the ACT and PSAT with impact!


impact! is an eight week-long program that focuses on entrance exam preparation and college and career readiness. The impact! team works toward enhancing ACT or PSAT test-taking strategies, providing enrichment activities that complement students’ regular academic programming and giving students the necessary tools to prepare for postsecondary education.


Students that complete an impact! session are eligible to receive a stipend and will be able to participate in college exposure opportunities!

Register Here

Spring break is just around the corner!

Use this time to check off items from the lists below. 

Freshmen

  • Apply for summer opportunities such as jobs, programs, internships, volunteering or job shadowing. Many application deadlines for these programs are in April. 
  • Create a resume to keep track of what you accomplish this year. Use your school’s college & career planning tool or ask your College Now advisor for assistance. 


Sophomores

  • Watch for announcements from your school on college exposure opportunities, such as college fairs or field trips.  
  • Search summer opportunities and apply for summer jobs and activities.  
  • Continue to research career options and matches to college majors. 


Juniors

  • Create or polish up your resume.  
  • Set up job shadowing opportunities and apply for summer internships or jobs.
  • Explore training programs, apprenticeships and other postsecondary options.  
  • Explore summer opportunities on college campuses.  
  • Keep studying for the in-school ACT or SAT, participate in impact! and afterschool test prep programs with College Now.  
  • Register for an ACT and/or SAT national test. This is separate from the in-school test and will give you an alternative score.  
  • Meet with your College Now advisor to learn about the college application process. 
  • Create a list colleges you’re interested in.  
  • Look into scholarships that you may be eligible for.  
  • Watch for announcements from your school about college exposure opportunities, such as college fairs and college visits.  
  • Attend college fairs and open houses. Learn as much as you can about colleges online and visit some colleges during spring break.  
  • Make a list of teachers and/or community leaders you may want to ask for a letter of recommendation. 


Seniors

  • Plan to make a final visit to your top choice colleges during spring break.  
  • Continue to do your best academically. Second semester grades are important to colleges.  
  • Continue to apply for scholarships
  • Notify your counselor and College Now advisor about admissions decisions that you have received. If you have been waitlisted, meet with your school counselor to write a message to college admissions office expressing your interest and asking how you can strengthen your application.  
  • If you have not yet completed your FAFSA, schedule a time to get the application completed with your College Now Advisor or register for one of our in-person FAFSA workshops
  • If you have completed your FAFSA, watch out for your FAFSA Submission Summary (FSS) and Student Aid Index (SAI) via email.  
  • Keep an eye out for financial aid award letters from each institution. Once you have received multiple letters, schedule a time to meet with your College Now Advisor to compare award offers.  
  • Continue to check your college student portals for announcements and items on your “to do” list. 

As a parent, use the spring break to think about what you can do with your student over the spring and summer.  

All Grades

  • If your student has gotten lower grades or there are issues at school, use information and strategies from your parent/teacher conference  to help your student get back on  track.  
  • Begin to look at various websites for summer camp and learning activities.


Freshmen and Sophomores

  • Your student may be able to start choosing courses and electives for the next year, so make sure that your student’s course load and performance are on track for their potential interests. For example, if they want to be a doctor, discuss what science and math courses they should take. 
  • Browse the Y.O.U. website to apply for summer jobs. 


Juniors

  • Discuss your student’s college and career interests. If your student has spring break in March, it might be a great time to schedule college visits or take time over the break to do virtual tours of campuses or attend online events. 
  • Browse the Y.O.U. website to apply for summer jobs. 
  • Explore summer enrichment programs on college campuses. Many applications are due in late February/early March. This is a wonderful way to explore a career field and determine what type of campus is a good fit for your student. 

Seniors

  • Most colleges will notify students of acceptance and provide financial aid award letters in March. A few highly selective colleges (such as Ivy League schools including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, etc.) wait until April 1. Support your student with collecting all the information necessary to help make their final decisions about college, career and/or military programs.  
  • Start comparing financial aid award letters and determine options to bridge the gap between the cost of attendance and your student’s financial aid award package.  
  • If you are still unsure of your senior’s best fit for school, investigate if the schools your student is considering have any admitted student visit days and sign up to participate. 



See you next month! In the meantime, reach out to your

College Now advisor!

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