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College Application Month Motivates Students
College Application Month 2016 is in the books, and what a success it was! With 84 high schools participating, nearly 3,000 North Dakota high school seniors completed a college application to a North Dakota college in October during their school’s event. By doing so, they took advantage of assistance given by high school staff and volunteers to complete the application and Bank of North Dakota’s sponsorship of one $35 application fee per student. Click here to watch a video highlighting the 2016 event.
Teachers and students were wearing college gear on their school’s application day and teachers shared their college experiences. Oakes High School planned an entire ‘college bound’ month with learning activities so students knew how to ask engaging questions with college representatives, self-defense training to learn about self-awareness when on campuses and community members posted “I Graduated” posters in businesses so students would stop in and ask about their college experiences.
High school counselors are asked to sign up by May 31, 2017 to host College Application Month 2017 which will be held in October.
Volunteers Needed for North Dakota DECA Career Development Conference
The North Dakota DECA Career Development Conference will be held in Bismarck March 12-14, 2017 at the Ramkota. More than 450 high school students are expected to attend the conference and compete in more than 50 competitive events in the areas of marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Over 100 business people are asked to help with judging students on problem solving skills, performance, soft skills, presentation, and knowledge of the career cluster field. Judges are provided all information materials to clearly evaluate students. Those selected will represent North Dakota at the international competition held in April in California. This is a great way to volunteer, give back to the community, and help youth prepare for the future. Judging is from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm or from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, on Monday, March 13, 2017. To sign up to judge go to: www.nddeca.org (judge for high school DECA Conference) or contact the North Dakota DECA Advisor Kevin Reisenauer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beware of Scholarship and Financial Aid Scams
It's scholarship season and companies and websites are offering scholarships for varying amounts. Some, though, may be too good to be true. Protect yourself by watching for scholarship warning signs:
- Fees: True scholarships are there to aid you, not the other way around so never pay to apply for scholarships or financial aid.
- Guarantees You’ll Win: Legitimate scholarship sponsors will never guarantee that you’ll win. If an offer is guaranteed, it’s exactly as it seems: too good to be true.
- You’re already a winner! You didn’t apply, yet you’ve won. Legitimate scholarship offers are those you need to put effort into winning through the application process – you aren’t just awarded money for no reason.
- Personal Information Requests: A legitimate scholarship sponsor will never request personal information that you shouldn’t be giving out, like your social security number. If you’re ever uncomfortable with the type of information requested, it’s likely not a legitimate offer.
- Missing Sponsor Information: When a scholarship sponsor is legitimate, you will always be able to access their contact information in some form. If it seems like a “don’t call us, we’ll call you” type of situation, look at it as a red flag for a scam.
For more information on warning signs on scholarships and financial aid, visit the below websites.
Federal Trade Commission Scam Guidelines
• Federal Student Aid: Avoiding Scams
• FinAid’s Scholarship Scam Signs
• Fastweb’s Scholarship Scam Red Flags