Why be a Crosby Scholar?
Now that you’re in high school, are you wondering how Crosby Scholars helps you?
We asked the Cruzat sisters to share some of their insights into the program. All four sisters attended or attend Early College and serve or have served as Crosby Scholars officers.
Marianne, 23, graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and works with a San Francisco tech start-up. Although their mother received her master’s degree in the Philippines, the college system in the United States is a different process.
“Since I am the oldest sibling, I was the first one to try and navigate the craziness of college admissions – Crosby Scholars was tremendously helpful in guiding me through the process,” she said. “We’ve been involved in Crosby Scholars since middle school. Throughout our time in Crosby, there were a lot of great classes that helped me start thinking about how I should be thinking about things like time management and how to do well in school and leadership. It was helpful for me in middle school to guide my thinking to be prepared to go to college.”
Marianne said that through Crosby Scholars, she met a group of peers who were equally motivated to pursue an excellent college experience. Through Crosby Scholars, she was able to find third-party scholarships, and she received the Last Dollar Grant, which lessened the burden of paying for her education.
Maria just graduated from UNC Charlotte, where she studied public health, international studies, and Spanish. She now works for an organization that helps make Bible translation possible. One of the key lessons she learned from Crosby Scholars in the High School Program is that “a lot of the preparation you need for applying for college happens junior year.”
“I think a lot about the Crosby Scholars motto ‘For college, for life,’” she said, because that proved true for her.
“The college tours helped a lot,” Maria said, since she did not have a parent who had attended college in the United States. For first-generation or minority students, she said that the invitation to attend a college tour plants a seed for a mindset that college is possible. The tours teach students the questions they should be asking during the college planning process.
“Early on, in middle school, Crosby ingrained in us to get involved in the community and do service work,” Maria said. “Doing that at an early age and through high school prepares you to have a service mindset and service attitude. I learned about the important work that different organizations in Winston-Salem were doing.”
She knew in college she wanted to cultivate that passion for service, and she asked herself, “what are the needs and how can I use my time to serve others?” she said. “That’s great college skills, but also great life skills.”
Monica, who is in her second year at UNC Chapel Hill, valued her Near Peer Advisor Blaine Pugh, who helped her navigate the college application process her last year of Early College.
“I didn’t realize I needed someone to help guide me through the whole process and time management,” she said. Pugh taught her balance that was critical to the college application process.
“I realized through him I was doing way too much,” she said. “He helped me work through that and manage my time better and analyze what is most important and how I can better use my time, like the clubs I had leadership positions in. He helped me realize I needed time to myself.”
The youngest sister, Michelle is a sophomore at Early College where she was elected Crosby Scholars Sophomore Vice President. She has learned from her sisters—and Crosby Scholars—that now is the time to start identifying what colleges interest her, and she appreciates the academies that have helped her with time management. Michelle, who is considering UNC-CH, knows that Crosby Scholars will be with her every step of the way to pursue whatever post-secondary goals she sets.
Their brother, Michael, will be a 6th grader at Hanes Middle School this year, and Marianne said it’s likely he, too, will enroll in Crosby Scholars.