Fequently Asked Questions

  • What is Crosby Scholars?

    Crosby Scholars is a college access program. We provide services to public middle and high school students and parents. These services include:

    • workshops
    • test prep for ACT/SAT
    • college visits
    • individual advising for seniors through the college application process
    • help with financial aid process
    • help with scholarship applications
    • Crosby scholarships for some students
    • need-based grants to Crosby graduates
  • Who can participate?

    Public middle and high school students in Iredell County may enroll.

    The Middle School Program is for students in grades 6 – 8*. Students may apply in 6th, 7th or 8th grade.   (*MGSD begins with 7th grade.)

    The High School Program is for students in grades 9 – 11. However, students need to apply no later than 10th grade to be admitted into the program. There is no 11th or 12th grade application to the Program.

    The Senior Program is for students who completed the program in 11th grade and attended a Think Like a Senior meeting. 

    Students must complete the senior program in order to apply for Last Dollar Grants or scholarships from the Crosby Scholars Program. 

  • When should I apply?

    Online enrollment is open between August and early October each year. 

    We encourage students to apply in middle school to take advantage of all the program has to offer.

    10th grade is the last year students may apply to the program.

    Students who start in 6th grade and remain active all the way through the senior year may be eligible for special awards. Note: all deadlines must be met each year!

  • How much does it cost?

    The program is FREE!

    There is no fee to join or to participate!

  • What is my Crosby Scholars Student Portal?

    The Crosby Scholars student portal provides access to Crosby Scholars Program information, events, registration links, and requirement statuses.

    For new Crosby Scholars -

    First, you should receive a confirmation message at the student email address you provided on your application.

    Next, this e-mail will provide you with a temporary password.

    In addition, instructions to enter the portal are included in the message.

    For returning Crosby Scholars -

    First, your username and password remain the same from year to year.

    Second, if you become inactive because of not completing requirements, your portal won't work.

    Finally, contact us if you have trouble using the portal.

    All students need to sign in to their Crosby Scholars student portal to activate their account. Follow these instructions to sign in:

    First, CLICK on the  STUDENT/PARENT SIGN IN  button on any page of our website.

    Next, sign in with your email address and the temporary password that was sent to you.

    Then, once you’ve signed in for the first time, you’ll be asked to create a new permanent password. 

    Last, make sure to write down or save your permanent password somewhere safe. Crosby Scholars staff will not have access to it. (We are able to reset passwords.)

    It's important to sign in to the Crosby Scholars student portal regularly and keep your account and information up to date. Most colleges use online portals for student accounts that work like our portal. Therefore, we are preparing you for the college admission experience right from the start!

    PARENTS: Once your student activates his/her student portal - you will receive an email with a temporary password to activate your Crosby Scholars parent portal.  Then, from the parent portal, you will be able to view all of the information in your student's portal. Also, you can register your student for Crosby Scholar Academy, view his/her requirement status and more. 

    The parent portal is identical to the student portal. Exception: Scholarships must be applied for using the student portal. The parent portal does not work for scholarship applications!

    Please contact us if you are having difficulty activating your Crosby Scholars Student or Parent Portal.

    info@crosbyscholarsiredell.org or 704-873-5005 ext. 1427

  • What is considered community service?

    Community service is volunteer work that benefits the community and its citizens. It can be done through church activities, scouts, school clubs or civic organizations. The service should be done at non-profit organizations or programs.

    Go to the community service tab on this website for community service ideas and a downloadable community service form.

    **Good Examples

    • Help a teacher at school
    • Tutor younger students
    • Read with buddies
    • Work at the Soup Kitchen
    • Share time with the elderly in nursing homes
    • Participate in walks to raise money or awareness for non-profit groups
    • Clean up at your school
    • Volunteer service through Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, youth groups, school groups, etc.
    • Organize a food or supply drive

    **Unacceptable Examples

    • Babysitting
    • Work for family members
    • Work at for-profit businesses even though you are not paid
    • Donations – donating clothes or canned food is not enough  
  • Where will Middle School Crosby Scholar Academy be held?

    There are 4 possible locations for middle school academies. The location for each specific session will be listed in the portal.

    Mitchell Community College Statesville Campus - 500 West Broad Street, Statesville, NC 28625

    Mitchell Community College Mooresville Campus - 219 North Academy Street, Mooresville, NC 28117

    Unity Center - 1145 Salisbury Road, Statesville, NC 28677

    Goodwill Development Center - 124 Fourth Crescent Place, Statesville, NC 28625

    Click here to see this year's schedule

  • Where will High School Crosby Scholar Academy be held?

    The High School Crosby Scholars Academies are held at 4 possible locations. Information about the specific location of an academy will be in the portal and also sent in an email prior to an academy.

    Mitchell Community College Statesville Campus - 500 West Broad Street, Statesville, NC 28625

    Mitchell Community College Mooresville Campus - 219 North Academy Street, Mooresville, 28117

    Unity Center - 1145 Salisbury Road, Statesville, NC, 28677

    Goodwill Development Center - 124 Fourth Crescent Place, Statesville, NC 28625

    Click here to see this year's schedule.

  • Where is Mitchell Community College Statesville Campus?

    From I-77 South traveling north or south

    • Take exit 50
    • Turn right (Or left if coming from south)
    • The destination will be where the road ends

    From I-40 traveling east or west

    • Take exit 150 
    • Go south toward downtown Statesville
    • Turn right on to North Race Street at next traffic light past the interstate exit(s)
    • Turn left onto West End Avenue (traffic light)
    • Turn right onto North Mulberry St.
  • What are Crosby Club Meetings?

    Crosby Club Meetings (formerly called Grade Advisor Meetings) are group meetings held for students in grades 9-11. Each grade level is assigned a Club Advisor. That Advisor meets with the group of students to discuss important topics.

    Students may find information about the meetings at their high school by checking their student portal. Meetings may be held at lunchtime, after school, or during the school day. Schedules are determined by each high school.

    While meetings for all grades are not required students are encouraged to attend. Crosby Club meetings are canceled if school is canceled due to inclement weather conditions, and will be rescheduled.

    Attendance at these meetings is recorded and may be used for some senior awards consideration.

  • How do I apply for a Last Dollar Grant?

    All students who successfully complete the Crosby Scholars Program in the senior year with a 2.0 or higher weighted GPA are eligible to apply for a Crosby Scholar Last Dollar Grant.

    Students submit the online application through their Crosby student portal. Graduates who complete the application and upload the supporting documents will be considered for a Last Dollar Grant.

    These are need-based grants and not every student will qualify.

  • Why should I join Crosby Scholars in Middle School?

    Participation in the program throughout middle school increases learning opportunities. Crosby Scholars learn new habits that will give them an advantage over other college-bound students entering high school.

    Middle school is the perfect time to start exploring career possibilities. Crosby Scholars offers information to 6th - 8th graders to help them learn about career paths.

    Students will get an early start on community service. By trying out a variety of activities, they will have the chance to find out what they enjoy the most. They also will feel a sense of pride and accomplishment by helping fellow citizens!

  • What will happen if I do not fulfill a requirement?

    Before a student is dismissed, the student and parent will receive several communications from Crosby staff with reminders and opportunities to complete the requirement.

    Then, if a student does not meet a requirement, they will receive a dismissal notice. This means they may not participate in program activities for the remainder of the school year.

    After dismissal, students in grades 6-9 are encouraged to reapply to the program the following school year.


    Students in grades 10-12 must appeal in order to be re-instated in the program. Contact the office for more information about this process.