SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL

Crosby Scholars 2017 Scholarships Announced

Joyce Kohfeldt Determination Award 
The Program awards one $1,000 non-renewable scholarship to a senior who will enroll in a two- or four-year college or university; who actively participates in community service and extra-curricular activities; and clearly expresses in an essay how a special circumstance, life event, or adverse situation influenced his/her education experience and what the student did to overcome it. Five students received scholarships in 2017.  

They are:

Jordan Bishop of the North Carolina Leadership Academy.  She is the daughter of Jason and Dana Bishop and plans to enroll at UNC Wilmington.
Summer Cottrell of Early College.  She is the daughter of Katherine Cottrell and plans to enroll at UNC Chapel Hill.
Jacob Harrison of Reagan High School.  He is the son of Mark and Julie Harrison and plans to enroll at UNC Charlotte.
Nuri Park of Glenn High School.  She is the daughter of Hee and Boksoon Park and plans to enroll at Wake Forest University.
Aylin Sandoval of North Forsyth High School.  She is the daughter of Elena Pineda-Gutierrez and Alberto Sandoval and plans to enroll at Salem College.


Friends of Bernardine Book Scholarship 
The Friends of Bernardine Rea Book Scholarship provides a $500 book scholarship annually to three graduating Crosby Scholar seniors.  To be considered for this award, applicants must faithfully participate in service to others, plan to enroll in a two- or four-year college or university, and complete all requirements of the Crosby Scholars Program. 
The recipients are: 

Nandie Elhadidy of West Forsyth High School.  She is the daughter of Mohamed and Shireen Elhadidy and plans to enroll at UNC Chapel Hill. 
Jacob Harrison of Reagan High School.  He is the son of Mark and Julie Harrison and plans to enroll at UNC Charlotte.
Nuri Park of Glenn High School.  She is the daughter of Hee and Boksoon Park and plans to enroll at Wake Forest University. 


Right Decisions/Right Now Scholarship 
The Program awarded three $1,000 non-renewable scholarships to Crosby Scholar seniors who attended a week of the Right Decisions/Right Now camp; who hold a cumulative weighted GPA of 2.5 or higher; who clearly express in an essay how their decision making in high school was guided by the RDRN camp (including a statement as to why the applicant is tobacco free); and complete all requirements of the Crosby Scholars Program.   The recipients are: 
Brea Brown of Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy.  She is the daughter of Twila Brown and plans to enroll at UNC Pembroke. 
Nandie Elhadidy of West Forsyth High School.  She is the daughter of Mohamed and Shireen Elhadidy and plans to enroll at UNC Chapel Hill.  
Faith Fleming of Walkertown High School.  She is the daughter of Bernard and Christa Williams and plans to enroll at Hampton University or Wingate University.  


Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (Gamma Kappa Boule’) Scholarship 
The Program awarded two non-renewable $1,000 scholarships to minority males who hold a cumulative weighted GPA of 2.0 or higher; clearly address the topic “My Brother’s Keeper” in an essay and complete all requirements of the Crosby Scholars Program.   The 2017 recipients are: 
Christian Davila of Early College and Juwan Huey of Parkland High School.  Christian is the son of Marco and Dawn Davila and plans to enroll at UNC Chapel Hill.  Juwan is the son of Lori Kupkowski and plans to enroll at Wingate University. 


Harry Scofield Memorial Book Scholarship 
The Program awarded two $300 non-renewable book scholarships to Crosby Scholar seniors who will enroll in a two- or four-year college or university and who attended the Senior Academy on Scholarships; hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better; and complete all requirements of the Crosby Scholars Program.  
The 2017 recipients are Carlos Mata of Early College and Nathan Wesley of Mt. Tabor High School.  Carlos is the son of Juan Mata and Angeles Arellano and plans to enroll at Belmont Abbey College.  Nathan is the son of and plans to enroll at North Carolina Central University.


Wake Forest University Scholarship 
Three students who plan to attend Wake Forest University received a $2,000 renewable scholarship.  

They are Chloe Beatty of Parkland High School, Naomi Cammock of Parkland High School, and Nuri Park of Glenn High School.   Chloe is the daughter of Kent and Angela Beatty, Naomi is the daughter of Christopher and Cheryl Cammock, and Nuri is the daughter of Hee and Boksoon Park.


The eleven Crosby Scholars with the highest GPA, from number 11 to number 2, are:  

Sydney Schamay of West Forsyth High School, who plans to enroll at UNC Chapel Hill.
Peyton Frey of West Forsyth High School, who plans to enroll at UNC Chapel Hill.
William Rogers of Reynolds High School, who plans to enroll at Duke University.
Madeline Kraft of Mt. Tabor High School, who plans to enroll at UNC Chapel Hill.
David Herman of Parkland High School, who plans to enroll at Clemson University.
Levente Bathory of Reagan High School, who plans to enroll at Harvard University.
Georgia Burgess of Parkland High School, who plans to enroll at NC State University.
Sarah Templeton of Reynolds High School, who plans to enroll at Wake Forest University.
Annemarie Marshall of Reagan High School, who plans to enroll at NC State University.
Sarah Watkins of West Forsyth High School, who plans to enroll at Duke University. 


The Crosby Scholars Program presents the Michael Nachman Scholarship to the senior with the highest cumulative weighted GPA through the first semester of the current school year.  The recipient of this award receives a $2,000 scholarship each of four years of undergraduate study for a total award of $8,000.  This year’s recipient of the Michael Nachman scholarship is Sofia Pauca of Mt. Tabor High School. Sofia has a 4.0 GPA, and has achieved a 5.36 weighted GPA while pursuing a rigorous high school curriculum, including 18 Advanced Placement courses. The daughter of Victor and Theresa Pauca, she will enroll at Princeton University. Sofia has been a Crosby Scholar since 6th grade, which means that she is an Executive Director’s Award recipient. She was ranked first in her class at the end of the first semester of her senior year. She is a founding member of the Young Life Capernaum Buddy program that serves high school students with disabilities. Sofia conducted research at Wake Forest’s School of Medicine and was a summer intern at the National Institutes of Health where she did additional research in the area of neurobiology. Sofia practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, is a devoted caregiver of her brother with special needs, and is co-founder and co-president of Mt. Tabor’s computer club.

Cultural Awareness Scholarship
The Crosby Scholars Cultural Awareness Scholarship was awarded to students who attended a performance of the Piedmont Opera.  Winners of this $250 scholarship are selected via a random drawing at each of two performances in the fall and spring.  The 2017 recipients are:

Dorian Barnes of Atkins High School, who plans to enroll at Forsyth Tech. Dorian is the son of Jeff Barnes and Kim Sheffey.
Brendan Boaz of Mt. Tabor High School, who plans to enroll at Forsyth Tech. Brendan is the son of Gary Boaz and Tracy Johnson.
Siearra Emmerson of Parkland High School, who plans to enroll at NC A&T University. Siearra is the daughter of Lanique Adams.
Ashley Middleton of Parkland High School, who is undecided about her enrollment plans. Ashley is the daughter of Douglas and Angela Middleton.

Mona W. Lovett Service Scholarships
These scholarships were established as a tribute to Mona W. Lovett, the President and CEO of the Crosby Scholars Community Partnership, and in recognition of her 20 years of service to the organization.  Collectively, these awards recognize students for their volunteer work, while each individual scholarship emphasizes a unique aspect of service.  Winners receive a one-time award of $1,000. The scholarships and their winners are:

Service and Relationships: This award recognizes a student who built a significant relationship through volunteering during high school, especially one that would not otherwise have been established.  The 2017 winner is Spenser Harless of Middle College, who plans to enroll at Catawba College.  He is the son of Steve and Wendy Harless.
Outstanding Commitment to Service: This award honors a student who, while balancing the many demands of senior year, completed a minimum of 150 hours of volunteer service.  The 2017 winner is Boris Morales of West Forsyth High School, who plans to enroll at UNC Greensboro.
Community Volunteer Excellence: This award highlights a student who provided outstanding service to the community and was nominated by the organization in which he/she volunteered.  The 2017 winner is Annemarie Marshall of Reagan High School, who was nominated by the Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center.  She plans to enroll at NC State and is the daughter of Daniel and Tammy Marshall.
Excellence in Volunteer Leadership: This award recognizes a student who created, organized or recruited others for a specific volunteer activity.  The 2017 winner is Alexa Bellias of Reagan High School, who plans to enroll at the University of South Carolina.  She is the daughter of Robert and Kerri Bellias.
Outstanding Service to Crosby Scholars: The winner of this award was selected by Ms. Lovett for her extraordinary commitment to the Program and her tireless effort on behalf of students and parents in the Crosby family.  The 2017 honoree is Diana Tapia of North Forsyth High School, who plans to enroll at Winston-Salem State University.  She is the daughter of Angel Tapia-Ortega and Sonia Sanchez-Garcia.

Goodwill Willpower Scholarship
This award recognizes a student who has experienced challenging circumstances and persevered.  The 2017 winner is Sofi Kiser of Walkertown High School, who plans to enroll at Western Carolina University.  She is the daughter of Sibel Kiser.

 

 Money Talk Monday Financial Aid Newsletter

SCHOLARSHIPS:

Crosby Scholars Program offers 25 different scholarships. The list of scholarships offered through the Crosby Scholars Program can be found here. As each scholarship application is made available, it will be posted in the Crosby senior portal. Check out the Crosby scholarship opportunities here. Read each description carefully as not every scholarship requires an application form.

Last Dollar Grant Program: The Crosby Scholars Last Dollar Grant is need-based financial aid. A scholar must demonstrate not only financial need but also remaining need after the school of choice has awarded aid. To find more information check out the Last Dollar Grant page on the website.

Other scholarships: There are many opportunities to receive scholarship funds for college.  Like most valuable opportunities in life, the more a student puts into the search for gift aid funding, the more likely he or she is to receive gift aid.  There are now so many ways to discover funds available to assist with educational expenses on the post-secondary level, it is usually unwise to pay a firm to do a scholarship search for you.  Instead, take the time to explore the free resources available to students and their parents.

Remember, each high school has designated a school counselor to serve as a scholarship coordinator. Do you know the scholarship coordinator at your school?  Have you read your school’s scholarship newsletter? Have you read the Crosby Scholarship newsletter? Keep up to date with deadlines and applications. Scholarship committees often reward the applicants who put forth the most effort and that takes time! 

 

FINANCIAL AID:

Student financial aid can make a difference in your college choice and life after college. Student financial aid may allow you to continue your education, or it may allow you to attend a school despite higher costs.  Applying for federal student aid is FREE.  It is also time sensitive.  Submit your FAFSA as soon after October 1 of your senior year.  Follow these steps to the financial aid process and then review these Helpful Hints. The 2016-2017 Financial Aid Timeline For Success is posted in the student portal. 

Usually students are eligible for more gift aid at higher cost schools than at lower cost schools.  Until you apply for institutional need-based and merit aid programs and receive a financial aid award, you will not be able to determine the true cost of enrolling at one school over another.  Therefore, it is highly recommended that you evaluate factors other than just gross charges when looking at potential colleges.  Factors include academic offerings, academic support services, size, location, single sex or co-ed, diversity, housing opportunities, religious ties, and social atmosphere.  With the tremendous amount of financial assistance available, both gift aid and self-help aid (jobs and loans), most students who have followed the correct application process on time will be able to attend his or her first choice school if offered admission.  By receiving scholarships from outside sources a student has the opportunity to improve his or her financial aid by increasing the total award and/or converting self-help into gift aid.

 

HELPFUL LINKS:

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