Scholarship Information

 

NOVEMBER 2017

GUIDANCE INFORMATION FOR SENIORS

 

College Representatives and Military Recruiters

College bound students are strongly encouraged to speak with the college representatives who visit Beaver River. Please check the bulletin board outside the Guidance Office for an updated listing. Meeting with these representatives provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about what individual colleges have to offer.  Students are asked to check with the teacher of the affected class (the class which is scheduled at the same time) before visiting the Guidance Office for this purpose.  Please obtain a pre-signed pass from the Guidance Office to meet with these representatives. Below is a list of the representatives and recruiters we have at this point. 

 

                          COLLEGE/MILITARY            DATE                              TIME

                                          Alfred State College                        November 1                             9:15

                                            Albany College of Pharmacy         November 1                                9:30

                                            St. Lawrence University                November 2                                 9:50

                                            North Country Com. Col.                November 3                              12:00

 

 

 

ASVAB Testing

Any high school student interested in taking the ASVAB will have the opportunity on November 16 at Beaver River.  The ASVAB consists of eight short tests which cover the areas of General Science, Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Auto and Shop Information, Mathematics Knowledge, Mechanical Comprehension, and Electronics.  As a result of taking these tests the students will receive information on themselves (such as interests and abilities), information on the world of work, and ideas relating to specific careers they may be well-suited for.  This test is no longer just for military-bound students.  The ASVAB does an excellent job matching a student’s academic strengths and general interests with both civilian and military careers.  All juniors will be encouraged to take this free assessment.  See Mr. Barrett with questions.

 

 

 

FAFSA Student Aid Assistance Days

Free FAFSA assistance days are being offered by the Northern Credit Union and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County (CCE). A College Financial Readiness Counselor from CCE will be available on a walk-in basis to answer questions about the FAFSA process, offer resources on scholarships, provide tips on saving for college and complete a FAFSA application.

 

This service will be available from 10 am – 2 pm at the following Northern Credit Union Branches:

  • October 26 – Commerce Branch, 1180 E. Commerce Drive, Watertown, NY

     

  • November 2 -- Lowville Branch, 5801 Number Four Rd., Lowville, NY

     

  • November 7 – Factory Branch, 120 Factory St., Watertown, NY

     

  • November 9 – LeRay Branch, 26424 Johnson Rd, Evans Mills, NY


Please RSVP at www.mynorthern.com/FAFSA or by calling 315-782-0155.  Please check the Web site to find out what you need to take with you if you plan on attending.

 

 

 

 

SUNY Financial Aid Day at Jefferson Community College

Jefferson Community College (JCC) will hold its local Financial Aid Day in conjunction with SUNY’s statewide Financial Aid Day on Saturday, November 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Room 6-218 Jules Center (Building 6). Check-in will begin at 8:45 a.m. Attendees who plan to submit their FAFSA online are highly encouraged to arrive by 11:30 a.m. in order to have ample time to complete the form and submit.

 

SUNY Financial Aid Day is open to students who anticipate attending SUNY Jefferson or any other SUNY institution. During Financial Aid Day, prospective SUNY students will have the opportunity to get their questions answered about higher education funding opportunities including loans, grants, student employment and scholarships. The agenda will include a financial aid presentation at 10:00 a.m. for anyone interested in an overview of the FAFSA form and how to apply. JCC’s computer lab will be open for students ready to obtain their federal student aid (FSA) ID and/or ready to enter their FAFSA form online. JCC financial aid staff will be on hand to answer questions and assist. Students may register for SUNY Financial Aid Day online at www.suny.edu/attend/events. For more information, contact Jefferson’s financial services office at 315-786-2355.

 

College Open House/Campus Visitation Days

Attending a college open house/campus visitation day is an excellent way to gain firsthand information about a college as well as to meet with other students who are interested in the same college.  The college visit is so important that some colleges require it before accepting a student.  The dates below are for open house programs only.  Be sure to contact campuses directly about individual visit programs and events, as well as preregistration and visit details.  Open house dates/events for SUNY colleges are also available on the following Web site, https://www.suny.edu/attend/visit-us/campus-visit. This website also gives the telephone numbers to contact for each colleges open house event. If you don’t see a college listed, contact the college’s admission office as their open house date may not have been posted at the time of this printing.  Please contact the Guidance Office if you need assistance with this


Alfred State College of Technology               Nov. 4

SUC at Brockport                                               Nov. 11

Broome Community College                           Nov. 4

SUNY Buffalo                                                     Nov. 10

Canisius College                                               Nov. 5

Canton College of Technology                      Nov.10

Cayuga Community College (Auburn)          Nov.4

Cayuga Community College (Fulton)           Nov.18

Clinton Community College                            Nov. 10

Clinton Community College                            Dec. 4

Cobleskill College of Ag. and Tech.              Nov.4

SUC at Cortland                                                Nov. 13

Delhi College of Technology                          Dec. 2

Dutchess Community College                        Nov. 10

Col. of Env. Science & Forestry (Syracuse) Nov. 11

Farmingdale State College of Technology  Nov. 5

Finger Lakes Community College                 Nov. 11

SUC at Fredonia                                               Nov. 11

Fulton Montgomery Community College      Nov. 18

Genesee Com. College                                   Nov.10 & 18

Herkimer County Community College          Nov. 3

Hudson Valley Community College              Nov. 11

Ithaca College                                                    Nov. 10

Jamestown Community College                    Nov. 18

Jefferson Community College                        Nov. 17

Le Moyne College                                             Nov. 5

Maritime College                                               Nov. 4

Mohawk Valley Community College             Nov. 17

Morrisville State College                                  Nov. 11

Nassau Community College                           Nov.5

Niagara Com. College (Sanborn Campus)  Nov. 2 & 4

Niagara University                                            Nov. 11

SUC at Old Westbury                                       Nov.11

SUC at Oneonta                                                Nov. 11

SUC at Oswego                                                 Nov. 10

SUC at Plattsburgh                                           Nov. 17

SUC at Potsdam                                                Nov. 11

SUC at Purchase                                               Nov. 10

St. Elizabeth College of Nursing                    Nov. 4

St. John Fisher College                                   Nov. 11

Tompkins Cortland Community College                                                        Nov. 3

Upstate Medical Center                                   Nov. 4 & 18


 

 

 

 

Scholarship Information

*Note on deadlines*-Parents and students are sometimes confused by the listed deadlines on scholarships.  At times there may be up to three dates listed: an early date listed in our newsletter and our leaflets, one advertised by local organizations sponsoring the scholarships and possibly a later date listed by a state or national sponsor.  Which date should you use?  The answer is to go by the date listed by the Beaver River Guidance Office.  Why? Almost every academically based scholarship needs to have an official transcript sent by our office and signed by Mr. Barrett.  Our office will process several hundred transcripts of current and past students this year.  To ensure accuracy and that we meet the ultimate deadline set by the scholarship’s sponsors, we set earlier deadlines to allow for that processing time.  Please refer to our school’s website (www.brcsd.org) and the leaflets sent to the 12th grade English class for these specific dates.  Unless otherwise listed, scholarship applications can be obtained in the Guidance Office.  Plan ahead.  Important:  Many scholarships and college applications will ask for the BRCS CEEB code. This code is 330-365.

 

Scholarships…Just think

The world is at your fingertips. There you are about to graduate from high school and realizing how important the next two to four years of your life are going to be; not to mention finding the actual money to pay for your schooling without going into massive amounts of debt. Along with checking the scholarships listed in our monthly list, please browse scholarship websites and find the right ones that match up with you. If you’re starting a bit late, don’t worry, there is still time to get grants and scholarships. The first step is to search and start the application process. You’ll want to identify all the relevant scholarships and craft your application with as much care as you can. Prioritize them so you’re putting the most effort into the scholarship that shows the most promise specifically for you. Take a step and consider what your time is worth. For example how much does your current job pay? $10 per hour? $15? Now think about the amount of time it will take to complete a scholarship application. Hopefully that motivated you. Remember, if you need help, just stop in the Guidance Office.  We wish you the best of luck on your journey!

Chegg $1,000 Monthly Scholarship

  • Their Deadline: The last day of each month

     

    All U.S. high school and college students are eligible. Take two minutes to respond.  To see the official rules and apply go to https://www.chegg.com/scholarships.

     

     

     

    Northern New York Community Foundation, Inc., Scholarship Program Rotary Purple Heart Scholarship

     

    The applications for this scholarship are reviewed throughout the year until all funds available for the academic year are awarded. One year scholarships awarded to recipients of the Purple Heart Award, or their dependents (spouse or child) Applicants must be residents of Jefferson, Lewis or St. Lawrence County.  Applications are available at www.nnycf.org.

     

     

     

    New York Farm Bureau Agriculture Youth Scholarship

     

  • BRCS Deadline: November 13

     

    This scholarship is open to high school seniors who will continue their education to prepare for a career in some way connected to the diverse agricultural industry.  Candidates may live or work or be involved with agriculture via any avenue.  Family Farm Bureau membership or a student Farm Bureau membership is required and may accompany application.  For more information and to get an application, go to www.nyfb.org  and scroll down to “Programs” on the very bottom; choose Promotion and Education next. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Elks Scholarships  

     

  • BRCS Deadline:November 13 (with the exception of the Elks Legacy Award)

     

    This year all Elks scholarships are on-line.  Elks National Foundation scholarships can be downloaded by going to www.elks.org/enf/scholars/mvs.cfm  .  For Elks State Association scholarships go to www.nyselks.org.  All completed Elks applications except the Legacy applications must be returned to the Guidance Office by the above deadline.  It is recommended that if a student has a parent who is an Elk that he or she applies for each scholarship in the Elks Program to increase the opportunity to be awarded a scholarship. 

     

    Elks National Foundation Leadership (MVS) Scholarship:

     

             Students DO NOT need to be the child of a member of the Elks.  Applications are for only high          school seniors. 

     

    1. Visit www.elks.org/enf/scholars/mvs.cfm.

       

    2. Click on the 2018 MVS application link

       

    3. Enter your email address to register

       

    4. Fill out your contact information

       

    5. Your unique cover page will be generated, along with the remaining pages of the application

       

    6. Save the PDF of the application to your computer

       

    7. When complete, print the application

       

      New York State Elks Association Scholarship:

       

               Applications are available only for children or stepchildren of living or deceased Elks who are             presently (or at the time of death), members of a New York State Elks Lodge

       

  • Elks Deadline: The entire application including high school transcript must be submitted online by 11:59 a.m. (Central Time) on February 2, 2018. (Applicants should request their transcript from the Guidance Office as soon as they’ve decided to apply.)

     

    .        Applicant must be college-bound high school seniors who are the children or grandchildren of dues-

     

             paying Elks. For more information about eligibility requirements and to obtain the online application

     

    visit www.elks.org/enf/scholars.  THIS SCHOLARSHIP IS NOT BASED ON FINANCIAL NEED. 

     

    Elks Emergency Grants:

     

             This grant is for any student who will be attending or is now attending college and who has a parent

     

             who is an Elk and has a disability and can’t work.  This grant is also available for a student whose

     

             parent was an Elk at the time of death.  This grant is for up to $4,000 a year depending on need and can be renewed each year of college attendance.  THIS GRANT IS NOT AN ACADEMIC

     

    SCHOLARSHIP.  To obtain an application, contact the ENF Scholarship Office at 773-755-4732

     

     

     

    AXA Achievement Scholarship

     

  1. Visit www.nyselks.org

     

  2. Click on the Programsthen scroll down and select Scholarship - Academic

     

  3. On the left side under Links select Cover Page for 2018 NYS Scholarship

     

  4. You can then attach this cover page to the copy of the Most Valuable Student Application

     

    Elks Legacy Awards:

     

  • BRCS Deadline: December 4

     

    The AXA Achievementsm Scholarship provides over $1.4 million in scholarships to young people throughout the nation. Students have the opportunity to receive a $2,500, $10,000 or $25,000 scholarship. Applicants should demonstrate ambition and self-drive as evidenced by outstanding achievement in school, community or work-related activities. Apply early!! The application process is open now.  Your application must be one of the first 10,000 submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. CST on December 15, 2017 to be considered. To learn more about this scholarship program, go to www.axa-achievement.com.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Doodle 4 Google Art Competition

     

  • Their last year’s deadline: December 7

     

    From cave paintings to selfies, artists have always found creative ways of expressing themselves. Now, with the Google homepage as a canvas, Google is asking students to do the same. Young artists can doodle with any materials to show what makes them unique, and the winner’s artwork will be featured on our homepage for a day.  Go to https://www.google.com/doodle4google for more information.

     

     

     

    ChameleonJohn.com $3,000 Scholarship for USA University Student

     

  • Their Deadline: December 15

The purpose of this scholarship is to give a hand to students who are struggling financially.  To apply answer all three questions with all different three short essays (no more than 1,000 words each).  For information go to http://www.chameleonjohn.com/scholarship.

 

Burger King Scholars Program

  • Application Data must be submitted electronically on or before December 15. If 50,000 applications are received prior to December 15, the application will no longer be available.) Application opens in October

Integrity, high standards, entrepreneurial spirit, good citizenship and education were the values that defined BURGER KING® co-founder James W. McLamore. It was those values that helped realize a dream and it is those same values that are the core of the BURGER KING McLAMORE Foundation.  High school seniors are invited to apply for the Burger King Scholars program if they live in the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico; have a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent; and plan to enroll full-time at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico. To apply, visit https://www.scholarsapply.org/burgerkingscholars.

Foot Locker Scholar Athlete Scholarship

  • Their Deadline: December 15

     

    The Foot Locker Scholar-Athletes program awards 20 high school, college-bound seniors across the nation for being exemplary leaders on their sports teams, in their classrooms, and in their communities. The college scholarship, sponsored by the Foot Locker Foundation, is intended to help phenomenal student-athletes pursue their dreams of attending and excelling at a four-year college/university. Go to https://www.footlockerscholarathletes.com for more information and to apply. 

     

     

     

    Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship

     

  • Their Deadline: December 31 (Application opened October 24)

The Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship is a merit-based program which means financial need is not considered. The selection of the winner is made by an independent panel of judges and is based primarily on the quality of the submitted personal statement. Past academic performance (e.g. grades and standardized test scores) are not considered. The goal is to create a level field where students have complete control over their applications and are not given an advantage or disadvantage based on financial or academic circumstances. The scholarship is named for Gen and Kelly Tanabe, best-selling authors on education, whose generous donations fund this program.  Go to www.genkellyscholarship.com for more information and to apply.

 

 

 

 

 

A Few Other Ideas of Places to Search for Scholarship

genkellyscholarship.com

Treat your activities and interests as scholarship leads -- Here's a reason to enjoy your extracurricular activities even more. One benefit of participation may be a scholarship sponsored by the organization. Inquire with the officers or advisors of the organization about scholarship funds. Bands, newspapers, academic clubs, athletic organizations and service organizations often have scholarships that are awarded to outstanding members. If the organization has a national parent organization (for example, National Honor Society), visit their website. Often you will discover awards that are given by the parent organization for members of the local chapters. If you're involved with a church or religious organization, be sure to inquire both locally at your church and with the district, state, and/or national offices to see what scholarships may be available to members.

 

Contact community organizations and civic groups -- If you've ever wondered why community organizations have so many pancake breakfast fundraisers, one reason is that some provide money for scholarships. Usually you don't have to be a member of these organizations to apply. In fact, many community groups sponsor scholarships that are open to all students who live in the area. If you are a college student, you may have two communities: your hometown and where you go to college. Don't neglect to check for scholarships and awards in both of these places.
How do you find these organizations? Many local government websites list them. Visit the websites for your town, city and state. Finally, don't forget to visit the public library and ask the reference librarian for help.

 

Keep an eye on local businesses -- Businesses like to return some of their profits to employees and students in the community. Many offer scholarships as a way to reward students who both study and work. Ask your manager if your employer has a scholarship fund and how you can apply. Some companies—particularly large companies that have offices, distributorships or factories in your community—offer scholarships that all students in the community are eligible to win.

 

Find the professional association of your future career -- There is an association for every profession you can imagine. Whether you want to be a doctor, teacher or helicopter pilot, there are professional organizations that exist not only to advance the profession, but also to encourage students to enter that field by awarding grants and scholarships. To find these associations, contact people who are already in the profession. If you think you want to become a computer programmer, ask computer programmers about the associations to which they belong. Also look at the trade magazines that exist for the profession since they have advertisements for various professional organizations. Finally, do a web search for professional associations at the local, state and national level.

 

Remember that big business can also mean big bucks -- If you've never received a personal "thank you" from large companies like Coca-Cola, Calgon, Tylenol or Microsoft, here it is. A lot of these conglomerates have charitable foundations that award scholarships. Companies give these awards to give something back to the community (and the positive PR sure doesn't hurt either). When you visit business websites, look for links to their foundations, which often manage the scholarship programs. Many corporations offer similar types of scholarships. Consider the companies that will benefit from more people using their products and services. Some corporations also offer awards to attract future employees. For example, Microsoft, the software company, sponsors a scholarship program for student programmers. Be sure to investigate companies that employ people in your field of study—especially if it is highly competitive—to see if they offer scholarships.

 

Ask the college for a list of scholarships -- You may think that checks only travel from your pocket to your college to pay for tuition. But schools actually give a lot of money to students. Some of this money comes from the college itself while other money is from generous donations of alumni. Every college administers a number of scholarships, some based on financial need and some based on merit. What many students don't know is that often a student's application for admission is also used by the school to determine whether he or she may win a scholarship. This is one reason it is worthwhile to submit any optional essay suggested on a college application. Even if the essay does not impact your admission, it could be used to award you some scholarship dollars. To discover what awards may be available to you, send an email to the financial aid office of your college or of the colleges you are considering. In this email ask for a list of the college's scholarships. Pretty simple!

 

Hit up your employer or parent's union -- Flipping burgers may have an upside. Even if you work only part-time, you may qualify for an educational scholarship given by your employer. For example, McDonald's offers the National Employee Scholarship to reward the accomplishments of its student-employees. There is even a McScholar of the Year prize that includes a $5,000 scholarship. If you have a full- or part-time job, ask your employer about scholarships. Companies often award scholarships to the children of their employees. Ask your parents to speak with their human resources department about scholarships and other educational programs offered to employees and their families. Like companies, many unions also sponsor scholarships for the children of their members. Again, have your parents speak with the union officers about union-sponsored scholarships and other educational programs.

 

Search local newspapers as if they were treasure maps -- Most community newspapers announce local students who win scholarships. Keep a record of the scholarship announcements or go to the library and look at back issues of the newspaper. Check last year's spring issues and you'll probably find tons of announcements of scholarship recipients. Then contact the sponsoring organizations to see if you're eligible to enter the next competition. A newspaper archive really is like a treasure map that can lead you to scholarships.

 

ALSO … Listed below are additional Web sites you may want to check out to search for scholarships:

            collegegreenlight.com                                                     scholarshipamerica.org

             scholarshipexperts.com                                                 mycollegedollars.com

            schoolsoup.com                                                                        supercollege.com

            scholarships.com                                                           fastweb.com

            scholarswag.com                                                           yconic.com

            https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org                                     edvisors.com

             scholarshipguidance.com                                              https://scholarshipmentor.com

            www.studentscholarshipsearch.com                               www.petersons.com

               nichebeta.com                                                                                      http://www.moolahspot.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scholarship Scams

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is the best source for straight talk on scholarship scams. The FTC (2009) warns students to be wary if they hear the following comments:

"The scholarship is guaranteed or your money back." "You can't get this information anywhere else."
"I just need your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship."
"We'll do all the work." "The scholarship will cost some money."
"You've been selected by a national foundation to receive a scholarship."
"You're a finalist in a contest you never entered."

                           --Scholarship Scams http://www.ftc.gov/scholarshipscams

 

 

Types of Scholarship Scams

Scholarship-Going-Going-Gone -- You send them money and you never see them or your money again.

Wheel-of-Scholarship -- Requires a fee of anywhere from $5 to $50, but your chances of winning a game

     show are probably better.

Surprise, Surprise Scholarship -- You receive a slick announcement in the mail that says you've just won

     a huge scholarship (along with a choice between a free trip to Hawaii or a new car). The only catch is

     that you are required to pay a modest fee for them to release the prize to you. Hello? Trash belongs in

     the garbage, not on your list of things to do.

The 100%, Sure-Fire, Real Deal Scholarship -- Any promise of a scholarship or a full refund is a full-blown scam. Your money will disappear and so will the real deal.

 

If you believe that any scholarship offer is a scam, report it to the FTC immediately to Federal Trade Commission, CRC-240, Washington, DC 20580 (977-FTC-HELP or 877-382-4367) or the National Fraud Information Center (800-876-7060).

 

Scholarship and financial aid services abound today. What you need to know is that this information does NOT require a fee. This is free information. Everybody wants to earn a living, including scammers who see the uninformed as a potential meal ticket. It is not against the law to charge a fee for services provided, but the problem with scammers is that they don't provide you with anything but misery. Fraud is fraud!  Most scholarship information is on the internet. There are ways to search smart for your scholarship. Here's how:

  1. If any scholarship site asks you for your credit card number for payment up front, STOP! Move on.
  2. Know who and what you are dealing with at all times.
  3. If you (or your parents) are invited to attend a free seminar about paying for college, do your homework on the invitation before you go. Investigate, authenticate, and validate the legitimacy of the company. Protect yourself and your family from imposters who will dig for your knowledge of your parents' financial investment history.

If any scholarship offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

                                                                                                         --From www.scholarship4school.com