Six Steps Toward Higher Education
North American Precis Syndicate
Students have a chance to earn a $40,000 college scholarship by completing six important steps. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—School vacations can be an excellent time for high school
seniors and their parents to get a head start on the college application
process—you can focus on finding the right college without balancing
the responsibilities of schoolwork and extracurriculars.
Fortunately, there is a new tool that serves as a free and simple college
planning guide for all students, while giving them a chance to win
scholarships for each step they take.
The College Board Opportunity Scholarships support students and families
on the path to college by laying out six steps of what to do and when to do
it. The program launched in December for the class of 2020. Completing each
step will earn a chance for a scholarship; completing all six will earn
students a chance to win $40,000 for their college education. Here’s
what you can do now to save time later:
1. Build Your College List—Get
started by exploring colleges you’re interested in and create a list of
at least six schools.
2. Practice for the SAT—Use
Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy to get ready for test day.
3. Improve Your Score—Show
how practice pays off by improving your SAT score. You can sign up to take
the SAT on August 24 before school starts.
4. Strengthen Your College List—Add
to your college list and make sure it’s a mix of academic safety, fit,
and reach schools.
5. Complete the FAFSA—Fill
out the free government form to apply for financial aid.
6. Apply to Colleges—Apply
to the schools you want to attend.
To be eligible for the $40,000
scholarships, students in the class of 2020 must sign up for the program and
complete the Build Your College List steps by June 30.
The College Board Opportunity Scholarships are about how much you grow,
not how high you score. The program doesn’t require an essay, application,
a minimum GPA or a minimum SAT score. Instead, the program rewards all
students’ efforts and actions on their way to college. The more effort
you put in and actions you complete, the more chances you have to earn a
The College Board is investing $25 million over five years. The class of
2020 will earn a total of 4,000 scholarships for $5 million by the time the
program ends for them in March 2020. A total of 1,025 scholarships, amounting
to $850,000, have been given to date. Winners have come from 42 states, D.C.
and Puerto Rico.
Students can sign up at www.CB.org/Opportunity.
The program opens to the class of 2021 in December 2019.
“There’s a new tool that not only serves as a free and simple
college planning guide for all students, but gives them a chance to win
$40,000 in College Board Opportunity Scholarships. http://bit.ly/2YB5nse”
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