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SAT and ACT Prep Information

  1. Free SAT Prep resources are located at: https://www.khanacademy.org/sat
  2. Free ACT Prep resources are located at: act.org/academy 

Special Programs sponsored by Colleges

The following Special Programs are being held in the area:

Brown UniversityColumbia UniversityCornell UniversityRice University and the University of Chicago have traveled together for many years to speak to students and their families about college admissions. We do so because our institutions, at their core, are similar. We all offer students a broad-based liberal arts curriculum, committed to providing every student with a well-rounded education in social science, humanities, mathematics and science. We are all residential colleges; the vast majority of our students live on campus, so much of our students' education takes place outside of the classroom. Lastly, we all practice highly selective admissions; each of our schools seeks not only a class that is strong academically, but a class that is diverse in every way and one with dynamic students who will enrich their campus intellectually, extracurricularly and personally.
In light of these challenging economic times, the members of Exploring Education Excellence understand that the cost of paying for college can seem daunting.  However, we believe that investing in a college education is invaluable.  Making college affordable is an idea that unites our group.  Consider the following:
  1. Our schools offer need-blind admission, meaning that your ability to pay for college does not impact your admission decision.
  2. For those families qualifying for need-based assistance, we will meet 100% of demonstrated financial need.
  3. For low-income families, there is the strong possibility that your financial aid package will contain no loans.
What else unites the five schools of Exploring Educational Excellence?
  1. Research opportunities for undergraduates
  2. Access to world-class faculty
  3. A commitment to diversity
  4. The opportunity to study alongside some of the best student minds in the country
We look forward to seeing you at one of our Exploring Educational Excellence events this year
To register for the Wednesday, August 28, 2019 program in Charlotte click link below:
http://exploringeducationalexcellence.org

Consortium - Durham

Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM

Durham Academy Upper School
3601 Ridge Rd
Durham, NC 27705
United States

Join admission representatives from Emory University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Notre Dame, and Washington University in St. Louis for a group presentation. Learn more about academic programs, student life, admission, and financial aid at these institutions. There will be time for questions and to meet representatives at the end.

Venue: 
Durham Academy Upper School
Room: Auditorium
Parking: Parking is available on campus.

Consortium - Raleigh

Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM

Ravenscroft School
7409 Falls Of Neuse Rd
Raleigh, NC 27615
United States

Join admission representatives from Emory University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Notre Dame, and Washington University in St. Louis for a group presentation. Learn more about academic programs, student life, admission, and financial aid at these institutions. There will be time for questions and to meet representatives at the end.

Venue: Ravenscroft School
Room: Jones Theatre, Fine Arts Center
Parking: Parking is available on campus. Lot G is the closest lot to the Fine Arts Center.

Please go to website to register: https://admission.emory.edu/portal/nwhe

Scholarship Opportunities

The following scholarship opportunities are available for qualified students. Each of these scholarships is on a "faculty nomination" basis. However, if you are interested in attending any of these schools, have checked the criteria on the school website, and would like to self-nominate, please see Ms. Ferrerio:

 UNC Chapel Hill Morehead Cain Scholarship

The First.

The first merit scholarship program established in the United States. Founded at the first public university in the United States. The first to envision and implement a strategic summer enrichment program and, most recently, the first to designate a fund for discovery for each of our scholars. Established in 1945 and inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University, the Morehead-Cain provides an undergraduate experience without peer.

The Framework.

Four years, four summers—fully funded. A world-class education. Immersion in a vibrant student body. Experienced advisors to help introduce the scholars’ passion and potential to a world of opportunity. Exclusive enrichment and networking opportunities—indeed a lifetime connection—with the unparalleled community of Morehead-Cains across the globe.

Things you should know:

  •  
    Morehead-Cain applicants may apply to other colleges and universities.*
    *In previous years, applicants who applied to other institutions on a binding Early Decision admissions plan were not eligible to apply for the Morehead-Cain. That restriction is lifted for the 2019–2020 selection year.
  •  
    Admission to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a separate process from the Morehead-Cain application. All forms and correspondence dealing with admission to Carolina should go directly to the Office of Undergraduate AdmissionsThe deadline to apply for admission to Carolina is January 15, 2020.
  •  
    UNC-Chapel Hill hosts two independent merit scholarship programs: the Morehead-Cain and the Robertson. A student may not be considered for both scholarships at the same time.
Students interested in being nominated for Morehead Cain must see Ms. Ferrerio by September 13

NC State Park Scholarship

The Park Scholarship is a four-year scholarship awarded on the basis of outstanding accomplishments and potential in scholarship, leadership, service and character.

The Park Scholarship provides:

Exceptional Benefits

  • Four-year scholarship valued at up to $111,000 in-state and up to $205,000 out-of-state, including tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, travel, and personal expenses
  • Grants to fund professional and personal enrichment experiences, such as research projects, service activities, and conferences in the United States and abroad
  • Early course registration
  • Guaranteed invitation to join the University Scholars Program for all Park Scholarships Finalists

Personal and Professional Development in Scholarship, Leadership, and Service

  • Mentoring: Park Faculty Mentors work individually with Park Scholars on preparation for undergraduate research, internships, graduate/professional schools, and national scholarships
  • Freshman Seminar: Weekly seminar during the first year featuring distinguished guests, including former North Carolina Governor James Hunt and outstanding NC State faculty
  • Retreats: Team-building retreats at the start of the freshman and senior years
  • Learning Labs: Experiential learning opportunities to study leadership in the context of state and national issues
  • Leadership Academy: A comprehensive, four-year program designed to develop Park Scholars’ leadership potential
  • Civic Engagement Initiatives: Year-long projects with community agencies to develop strategies and implement solutions for issues facing the populations they serve
Students interested in being nominated for Park must see Ms. Ferrerio by September 13

Davidson College John Montgomery Belk Schoalrship

The John Montgomery Belk Scholarship is one of our nation's most prestigious and generous undergraduate scholarships.
The program is built around our belief that, as a Belk Scholar, you possess unique talents that should be recognized and nurtured.
John M. Belk '43 amassed a record of leadership and accomplishment at Davidson. Thanks to the generosity of the John M. Belk Educational Endowment, 32 Belk Scholars are currently enrolled at Davidson (eight Belk Scholars named in each entering class). MC Belk Pilon is board chair of the John M. Belk Endowment, where she and her team are committed to increasing access to and completion of postsecondary education in order to give all citizens the chance at long-term, family-sustaining careers.
The Belk Scholarship will provide you comprehensive funding (tuition, fees, room and board) plus special study stipends that allow you great flexibility in the on- and off-campus opportunities you choose to explore. Those experiences, paired with our academic programs, deepen your intellect, maturity, and global understanding.

Nomination Process

Guidance counselors, heads of school, or principals may nominate one or two candidates from each school. Our admission staff may also nominate students based on the strength of their application for admission. Learn more about the nomination and selection process, including deadlines for nominations.
To make a nomination, complete the online nomination form. Nominations must also include a recommendation letter and transcript. For additional information, contact Director of Merit Programs Gardner Roller Ligo at 704-894-2970.

The Scholars

Belk Scholars are energetic, adventurous, studious, artistic, athletic, creative, collaborative, engaged, and compassionate. 

Students interested in being nominated for Belk must see Ms. Ferrerio by September 13

UNC Charlotte Levine Scholarship

The Levine Scholars Program seeks outstanding high school seniors who are eager to embark on a transformative college experience. Requirements include:
  • Students must be applicants for freshman enrollment at UNC Charlotte in an undergraduate program for the fall term immediately following their high school graduation. Note: Students must be admitted to UNC Charlotte to receive a Levine Scholarship.
     
  • Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
     
  • Students must demonstrate a commitment to community service, hold an academic record that reflects a sustained passion for knowledge, and possess a capacity for ethical leadership that elevates fellow students to a higher standard.
     
  • While there are no minimum SAT, ACT or grade point averages to apply for the Levine Scholarship, students must excel academically and show evidence of experience, motivation and commitment toward the ideals of the program. 
Students interested in being nominated for Levine must see Ms. Ferrerio by September 13



The following scholarship opportunities are available for any qualified students and do NOT require a nomination:

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. With the 31st class in 2019, the Foundation has provided over 6,150 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $69 million in educational support. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship. Apply now! High school seniors may visit Cokeurl.com/Apply2019 to apply to be a Coca-Cola Scholar.

Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must be:
- Current high school (or home-schooled) students attending a school in the U.S. (or select DoD schools) who will graduate during the 2019-2020 academic school year
- U.S. Citizens (not a Temporary Resident), U.S. Nationals, U.S. Permanent Residents, Refugees, Asylees, Cuban-Haitian Entrants, or Humanitarian Parolees - based on the guidelines utilized by U.S. Department of Education for Federal Financial Aid eligibility
- On track to graduate this academic year (2019-2020)
- Planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution
Applicants may not be:
- Children or grandchildren of employees, officers, or owners of Coca-Cola bottling companies, The Coca-Cola Company, Company divisions or subsidiaries.
- International students (with the exception of students at DoD schools)
- High school graduates
- Temporary Residents (Your Permanent Legal Residence is outside the U.S.)

 

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholarship program
The Cooke College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities.
 
Program Experience
Each award is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational experience – including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees. Awards vary by individual, based on the cost of tuition as well as other grants or scholarships they may receive. This highly competitive scholarship includes:
 
  • Up to $40,000 per year to attend a four-year accredited undergraduate school.
  • Ability to pursue any area of study.
  • Personal advising about selecting a college and navigating financial aid.
  • Multifaceted advising about how to transition to college and maximize the student experience.
We are currently accepting applications for the Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program. The deadline to apply is November 13, 2019.
For application please visit: https://www.jkcf.org/our-scholarships/college-scholarship-program/

Cameron Impact Scholarship

The Bryan Cameron Education Foundation (“Foundation”) awards four-year, full-tuition, merit-based undergraduate scholarships to exceptional high school students who have demonstrated excellence in academics, extracurricular activities, leadership, and community service. The Cameron Impact Scholar is unique among their high-achieving peers in their desire to make an impact on their communities and in the world at large. Our Scholar aspires to contribute to positive forces for change and plans to tailor their education to that end.

The Cameron Impact Scholarship will be awarded annually, in December, to approximately 10-15 high-school seniors (applications are due in May and September preceding the awards). This four-year, merit-based scholarship (“Scholarship”) is intended to cover the full tuition and ‘qualified educational expenses’ (as defined by the Internal Revenue Service) at the recipient’s chosen collegiate institution (estimated to be between $20,000-$50,000 per annum). ‘Educational expenses’ vary amongst higher institutions, but the Scholarship is intended to cover tuition, fees, course-related expenses, books, supplies, and equipment.

The Foundation will allocate approximately 25%, or a quarter of the scholarships to individuals pursuing careers in education, nonprofits, government, and/or military and have a stated professional goal of public service. However, the criterion for the Scholarship is intentionally broad. There are countless ways to make a positive impact in many professional careers (Finance, Education, Healthcare, Technology, Military, Legal, Sports, Engineering and Art to name but a few). In either the Private or Public Sector, the Cameron Impact Scholar has the ability to make real, tangible contributions in their lifelong dedication to the greater good.
Eligibility for the Cameron Impact Scholarship is based on the following criteria:
The applicant must:
  • Prioritize academic excellence (maintaining a minimum cumulative unweighted 3.7 grade point average/4.0 scale or equivalent in their high school studies);
  • Be a citizen of the United States of America;
  • Be in the high school graduating Class of 2020, planning to enroll in a full-time course of study toward a bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year U.S. college or university for the full academic year following high school graduation;
  • Excel in a broad variety of extracurricular activities. This includes, but is not limited to: athletics, academic clubs, music lessons, performance art, and philanthropic organizations;
  • Be motivated leaders with a strong work ethic and social acumen. Scholars rise to the occasion and are both candid and confident;
  • Demonstrate active participation in community service and in civic-minded arenas, exhibiting an appreciation for the world outside themselves and a belief in their own capacity to effect change on scales both large and small;
  • And submit by the Application Deadline*:
    • Online Application,
    • Two (2) required Letters of Recommendation** (these letters MUSTbe submitted prior to the Application Deadline for an Application to be considered complete), and
    • Transcript (unofficial is fine) certifying academic performance.
*IMPORTANT: Applicants are strongly advised to submit their application well in advance of the final deadline. The Foundation assumes no responsibility for an applicant’s technical submission issues encountered on the final due date.
**Recommendations and Transcript may be uploaded directly within the Application when prompted, OR e-mailed directly to the Foundation atadmin@bryancameronef.org.  Please submit only two Recommendation letters.  
PLEASE NOTE THAT INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE REVIEWED OR CONSIDERED.
Applicants may not be related to, or have pre-existing relationships to any members of the Bryan Cameron Education Foundation staff, Board of Directors, or Selection Committee. The Foundation is committed to a policy against discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, race, color, religion, national origin, or disability or any other characteristic protected by law.

Please visit the website to submit an application: https://www.bryancameroneducationfoundation.org/cameron-impact-scholarship/submit-an-application

 



Serving Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Whispering Pines, Sanford, West End, Aberdeen, and areas surrounding Moore County, NC.


The O’Neal School
3300 Airport Road
Southern Pines, NC 28387
910.692.6920

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