Both Clinton City Schools and Sampson County Schools are set to participate in the upcoming North Carolina College Application Week (CAW), held this Monday through Friday, Nov. 18-22. The week-long event gives high school seniors across the state the opportunity to complete and submit college applications, many with a fee waiver, online through the College Foundation of North Carolina’s website (cfnc.org).
This year, numerous North Carolina colleges and universities are participating in the week, waiving application fees for all high school seniors in the state who choose to apply via cfnc.org. Among the colleges and universities participating are all 58 community colleges; independent colleges and universities including Campbell University, Meredith College, Davidson College, Methodist College, Mount Olive College, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Salem College, Shaw University, Wake Forest University, William Peace College, and many more; as well as five universities in the UNC system — Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina Central University, and Winston-Salem State University.
With such an opportunity available to students, Clinton High School College Adviser/Scholars Coordinator Toni Blount and Sampson County Schools Scholars Coordinators Bambi Dove (Union High and Hobbton High) and Rosemary Simpson (Lakewood High and Midway High) have been busy encouraging students to take full advantage of it.
“Our job is to get our students to be productive that week in submitting college applications. It’s a week when we really push and emphasize college applications because it is a wonderful opportunity for the kids to take advantage of applications to all colleges,” shared Simpson. “We hope to have 100 percent of our seniors going through the application process.”
At all the county high schools and at Clinton High School, time and computers will be available to students during normal school hours to complete their college applications. The applications are live on cfnc.org beginning Monday at 7 a.m. through Friday at 5 p.m.
As students work on their applications, questions are likely to arise so Blount has made sure a variety of help will be available to her Dark Horse seniors. Employees with the State Employees Credit Union will volunteer next week; Walter Palmer, a college and career adviser from Fayetteville State University, will be at the high school on Thursday to offer his assistance; and Dark Horse students who applied early for college and have already gone through the application process will also be on hand as peer tutors.
To ensure that students have ample time to get those applications in during the week, the high schools are also offering extended open computer hours.
At Clinton High School, extended hours — until 7 p.m. — will be offered on Monday and Thursday, shared Blount, noting that the extra time is not only a benefit for students but also a benefit for parents who wish to be with their children and assist them as they complete their applications.
In the county school system, Union High will participate in College Application Week on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 18 and 19 while Hobbton High will participate Thursday and Friday, Nov. 21 and 22.
“Each student has an appointment time to visit the computer lab for application assistance,” shared Dove, noting though that “students may also work on their applications at any time during the week; they don’t have to wait until their appointments.”
On those days at each of the two schools, “computer labs will remain open immediately after school for any student who did not finish their application or for those who have additional questions,” she added.
Similarly, Lakewood High will emphasize college applications on Tuesday, Nov. 19, and Midway High will do so on Thursday, Nov.21. Computer labs will also be open to those students until 7 p.m. on those specific days.
State Employees Credit Union employees will also visit the county’s high schools during the week to help students, and Simpson shared that guidance counselor Lynn West has volunteered to be hand at both Lakewood and Midway to assist students as well.
Leading up to College Application Week, Simpson and Dove have been working hard, coming up with a variety of fun ways to get their students actively thinking about college.
According to Simpson, signs have been posted outside each teacher’s classroom door, detailing his or her education information and encouraging students to talk with the teachers who graduated from colleges or universities they are interested in applying to themselves.
Additionally, next week, both students and staff have been encouraged to don jeans and collegiate clothing as a way “to help promote the college-going culture,” shared Dove.
For more information about College Application Week, emails can be directed to Toni Blount (CHS) at TBlount@clinton.k12.nc.us, Bambi Dove (UHS and HHS) at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Rosemary Simpson (LHS and MHS) at email@example.com. Also visit cfnc.org for futher information and resources.
Lauren Williams can be reached at 910-592-8137, ext. 117 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.