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The Future Next 2014 College Bound Workshop Series

Future Next recently hosted a free College Bound Workshop “Where’s the Money” on January 23rd at the Waldorf West Branch Library in St. Charles, Maryland. The workshop was designed to help 12th graders navigate the financial aid process, find scholarships, and secure internships during college. The event was led by Dr. Edith Patterson, a member of the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Here is an overview of the information that the event discussed.

Scholarships

There were a total of 19 students and 20 parents registered for this workshop all wanting to know “Where’s the Money!” Dr. Patterson walked workshop participants through a series of scholarships that are available through local, state and federal levels. A list of potential scholarships was presented, discussed and provided to all participants such as the following:

General Scholarshipshttp://futurenext.org/enewsletterfiles/General_Scholarships.pdf

STEM Scholarships http://futurenext.org/enewsletterfiles/STEM_Scholarships.pdf

Scholarships Mass List http://futurenext.org/enewsletterfiles/Scholarship_2014.pdf


College Essay


The college essay is a crucial aspect of any admissions application. It should give the admissions staff a sense of your character as well as provide information about your academic background and goals.

Selected colleges, universities, or graduate schools require you to submit an essay or personal statement. This is an essential opportunity to show admission officers who you are and to provide information about yourself that did not fit in other areas of your application.


FAFSA Application

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is a basic requirement for any student applying for financial aid. All students’ college students must submit a new FAFSA application every year to renew their financial aid.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form used by the U.S. Department of Education to determine your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) by conducting a need analysis based on financial information, such as income, assets and other household information, which all students will be asked to provide.


Internships

Internship opportunities are available for high school and college students to learn, grow, and contribute in a professional setting.

The workshop provided opportunities to apply classroom knowledge in a “real world” professional environment, as well as how to write an effective resume, appealing attention of potential employers and how to interview successfully.


Helpful resource links for college bound students


Financial Aid

http://www.collegeboard.org/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRyXfUStHO0


Interview Tips

http://www.upj.pitt.edu/11440.pdf


Resume Tips

http://www.bucknell.edu/documents/cdc/creating_an_effective_resume.pdf

 http://www.dol.gov/vets/tap/F-TAPSupplement-CreateanEffectiveResume8.9.07.pdf


Internships

http://www.internmatch.com/

http://www.internships.com/


Interview Tips

http://futurenext.org/enewsletterfiles/STAR_Interview.pdf


Future Next provides summer and after-school academic programs to student K-12 and offers college and life skill workshops throughout the state of Maryland. Please view our upcoming events and feel free to contact us for more information.