Seniors ~ This is it!
Welcome to the Crosby Scholars Senior Program. High school juniors who complete the requirements of the Junior Program, including attending a Think Like a Senior meeting, are eligible to become senior Crosby Scholars.
Scholars begin the Senior Program by meeting individually with their senior advisor at a required summer meeting prior to starting the school year. Scholars who do not attend this meeting are dismissed from the Program.
As active participants in the Senior Program, scholars must follow the Partnership Agreement and complete the Senior Program requirements. Graduates are honored and presented a graduation cord at a Senior Gala in the spring. They also have the opportunity to apply for Last Dollar Grant funding.
Click 2020-2021 CSI Senior Advisor FAQ to view Frequently Asked Questions about Selecting a Senior Advisor
2020-2021 Requirements for Senior Crosby Scholars to learn what is required of Seniors in the Class of 2021
Research the NCAA requirements for students wishing to play DI or DII collegiate sports.
Seniors are required to attend two Crosby Senior Academies (CSA), which are offered during the summer and throughout the school year. Topics range from preparing for the ACT and SAT to completing the FAFSA. Online registration is required through the Crosby Scholars Student Portal. Within a few days following an academy, seniors can check their Academy status through their student portal.
- Plan wisely in order to complete this requirement-- seniors are required to attend only two academies, so the Program does NOT offer a make-up session.
- To receive credit for attending an academy, scholars must: arrive on time, sign in, stay for the entire academy, and submit a confirmation of attendance at the end. Scholars who skip any of the steps to this process DO NOT receive academy credit.
- Seniors who have a question on the day of the academy outside of office hours may call Jenniffer Jamison at 704-380-0559.
- Seniors who register for an academy but do not attend and do not cancel their registration prior to the event will jeopardize their status in the Program.
- Read the special instructions listed in the Crosby Scholars Student Portal on accessing a webinar academy.
20-21 Update to Academy Requirement due to COVID 19
Watch your Student Portal for opportunities to complete the Senior Academy requirement. We will be offering a variety of online, self-paced, recorded, and live zoom meetings.
Click Community Service Form 2020-21 to download a community service form for the 2020-21 school year!
Grades 11 - 12: January 31, 2021
Crosby Scholars are required to complete two hours of community service, although five are recommended. Scholars must submit a form documenting their hours that includes a signature of the person in charge of the service activity by the deadline noted above. The form can be submitted various ways: turn it into your school counseling office; drop it off at the Crosby Scholars office; upload the form to the My Documents page (drop-down of My Crosby page) of your Crosby Scholars student portal; take a picture of the form and email it to email@example.com; fax it to 704.873.4891; send via US mail.
Scholars who completed the Crosby Scholars Program during the previous school year may count hours volunteered after the previous year's deadline, including summer volunteer hours, toward the following school year's requirement.
Community service must be performed with a non-profit agency or be an activity that benefits a non-profit agency. The volunteer commitment can be fulfilled through scouts, school clubs, civic organizations, and/or certain church activities. While membership in a club or organization does not count as service, volunteering in the community in a club-sponsored activity does. For example, being a member of a youth choir doesn't count, but singing at a nursing home with the choir qualifies as service hours. If you have questions about whether your community service idea meets the requirement for the Program, please contact Crosby Scholars at 704.873.5005. Crosby Scholars Program staff reserves the right to determine if a community service activity fulfills our requirement.
College Fair/College Visit Requirement:
EVEN DURING A PANDEMIC, it is important to research your list of colleges. Students are still required to explore 4 colleges. We encourage you to participate in VIRTUAL college tours offered by most colleges and universities. Colleges are also offering Zoom, Instagram, Facebook, and other sessions as a way to learn about their school. Click here to view and print the college visit form for juniors and seniors.
Please download the link above and list the 4 schools you have toured virtually. Then upload the document to your student portal.
To fulfill the college fair/college visit requirement, Crosby Scholars must speak with four college admission reps about their respective schools. Students typically fulfill this requirement by attending one college fair and submitting a college fair form during their sophomore year, junior year, or senior year; however, juniors and seniors may fulfill this requirement by visiting four college campuses. Details are posted below and are outlined in the Crosby Scholars student portal. This requirement must be fulfilled by the end of October of your senior year. Submitting one college fair form or one college visit form is required to verify your presence.
The most popular way to fulfill this requirement is to attend the local college fair.
Since there will not be any in-person college fairs this fall, NACAC is partnering with STRIVE to offer virtual college fair.
Here is a TIP sheet to help you with the registration process.
Some organizations are offering Major Specific College Fairs. Check out this STRIVE college fair Aug 11 - 13. Register for free for Engineering and STEM schools.
The Senior Program publishes a monthly newsletter called destinationcollege2021. It is published monthly for Crosby Scholars in the Class of 2021 to keep them informed of activities, deadlines, and announcements. Each newsletter offers appropriate advice and assistance for a specific month. Newsletters are posted on this website and in the Crosby Scholars student portal. The link to the newsletter is e-mailed to senior parents and Senior Advisors.
destinationcollege2021 -- August
destinationcollege2021 -- August part 2
destinationcollege2021 -- September
destinationcollege2021 -- October
destinationcollege2021 -- November
destinationcollege2021 -- December
destinationcollege2021 -- January
destinationcollege2021 -- February
destinationcollege2021 -- March
destinationcollege2021 -- April
destinationcollege2021 -- May
Timelines for Success
The key to the college admission process is to stay organized. Seniors should maintain a calendar and follow the timelines below. Seniors will receive a monthly reminder in their student portal to follow the timeline. Each month beginning in August, we will post a timeline to guide you through the month's activities. This guide will help you to stay organized.
May Timeline for Success 2020
Scholarships & Financial Aid
Scholarships. The Crosby Scholars Program offers several scholarships and awards. As each scholarship application becomes available, it is posted in the Crosby senior portal. Read each description carefully for instructions on applying, including what documents to upload.
- Teacher Impact Scholarship - CLOSED - Winner Notified in April
- ASPIRE Video Scholarship Deadline December 28, 2020
- Joyce Kohfeldt Determination Scholarship - Due January 5, 2021
- Mooresville Rescue Squad Deadline January 31, 2021
- Goodwill Willpower Scholarship Open December 1
- Opportunity Scholarship Deadline Coming January
- Community College Book Scholarship Opening in February
Last Dollar Grant. The Crosby Scholars Last Dollar Grant is need-based financial aid. Scholars must demonstrate not only financial need but also remaining need after the school of choice has awarded aid. For more information, go to the Last Dollar Grant tab on this page.
Other scholarships. Students can begin by researching institutional scholarships offered at the colleges where they plan to apply. The financial aid web page of every college lists scholarships unique to their school and the qualifications necessary for consideration. Crosby Scholars provides a link to the scholarship page of all colleges in North Carolina and lists them in the senior portal as well. Students applying to schools in other states can easily locate this information on their web pages.
Every high school in the Iredell Statesville School System has a school counselor designated to serve as the scholarship coordinator. Seniors should make sure they know who is in charge of scholarships and how to access their high school's scholarship newsletter. High schools provide information on local, state, and national scholarships.
The first step to applying for financial aid is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which opens online October 1 annually. It is important to submit the FAFSA as early as possible. Every college has a priority filing deadline for filing the FAFSA, and students who meet the deadline receive first consideration for aid. Follow these steps to the financial aid process and then review these Helpful Hints.
While all colleges require the FAFSA, some schools also request the College Scholarship Service (CSS) PROFILE, which is the institution's analysis of the family's financial circumstances. Unlike the FAFSA, the PROFILE costs $25 for the first application and $16 for each additional one.
College costs vary widely, and the sticker price at some schools discourages students from applying because they are convinced they couldn't afford to attend. However, the only way to discover the true cost of attendance is to submit the FAFSA and review the school's financial aid package upon receipt. Private colleges with large price tags frequently provide merit aid that makes their overall cost comparable to, or in some instances, more affordable than, public universities.
Outside scholarships can further reduce the cost, depending on how they are factored into the aid package. Students should ALWAYS check with the financial aid office to determine how private scholarship funds will affect other aid they were offered. Ultimately, students and families are best served by waiting until they compare all financial aid packages before deciding which college is the best choice financially.
- Line by line demo - How to complete the FAFSA
- When completing the FAFSA online, use the "live help" button or the online chat feature
- Call the FAFSA hotline at 800.433.3243 or 800.730.8913
- The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is up and running. Learn more about this tool here.
- #AskFAFSA Office Hours—the last Wednesday of each month on Twitter or watch the stream live at http://bit.ly/AskFAFSA2
- Differences between Federal v.s. Private Student Loans Infographic
- Need help comparing your Financial Aid Award Letters? Check out this Compare your Aid Award tool from College Board & Big Future.
- Have a financial aid question? Contact Jenniffer Jamison, Crosby Scholars Senior Program Coordinator at 704/873-5005 ext 11407 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Dollar Grant
OUT OF FUNDS - At this time we have already awarded the $27,000 that we had available this year. If you are still in need of funds, please go to your student portal and complete the application and if funds become available we will process the applications in the order in which they were received.
The Last Dollar Grant application and instructions on how to complete the application will be posted in your Crosby portal in the spring. Read these instructions before starting your LDG application. The LDG application will open on May 1, 2021.
The Crosby Scholars Last Dollar Grant is need-based financial aid.
****A scholar must apply for financial aid by submitting a FAFSA to be considered for a Last Dollar Grant. Link to the line by line demo of how to complete the FAFSA
****A scholar must demonstrate not only financial need but also remaining need after the school of choice has awarded aid.
****To determine eligibility, the Crosby Scholars staff completes a need analysis form on each scholar individually.
Three supporting documents must be uploaded to the application. These documents include:
- a copy of the scholar’s letter of admission from the institution he/she will attend,
- a copy of the financial aid award letter from the institution he/she will attend, and
- a copy of pages 1 and 2 of the SAR- Student Aid Report
If the scholar does not have the three supporting documents, he/she must submit the application and then upload the supporting documents when they are received. Priority is given to those applications received prior to the deadline. The deadline for grant requests is June 30.
Scholars are notified of our decision by letter posted in their Crosby portal beginning in July. An award is made payable to the institution and is sent directly to the institution to be credited to the scholar's account. The funds will be mailed in the summer and are to be used for the Fall Semester. You are responsible for submitting your grades at the end of each semester. You do not have to submit an official college transcript. Submitting a copy of your grades printed from your college account is acceptable provided it includes your cumulative GPA.
Crosby Scholars who complete the Program their senior year with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher are eligible to apply for a Last Dollar Grant for up to 4 years. Even if the Last Dollar Grant is not awarded the first year, the scholar may still reapply 3 times.
A scholar who does not graduate from high school with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, may apply once his/her college cumulative GPA is 2.0 or higher.
Students must apply for Last Dollar Grant funding within two years of high school graduation. The Last Dollar Grant policy states that scholars are eligible for funding consideration for up to four years of undergraduate studies within six years after high school graduation.
Each Spring we celebrate our students that have completed the Senior Program Requirements. At our Senior Gala we will:
- Award Scholarships
- Recognize each Senior
- Present Graduation Chord & Certificate
- Recognize Officers
- Announce Board of Director Award Winners
Click Here to view information about the Class of 2020 Senior Gala
Essays & Mock Interviews
Two Programs offered exclusively to Students participating in the Crosby Scholars Senior program are Essay Review & Mock Interviews. We have some of the best volunteers that help in reviewing student writing and helping students to practice their interviewing skills.
Want to Volunteer to assist in these areas? Contact Jenniffer Jamison email@example.com