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Posted 10/3/22: NC Schools Waiving Application Fees on CFNC.org During College Application Week (Oct. 17 – 21)
See which colleges are waiving fees this year during October 17-21: https://www.cfnc.org/media/v5znwqly/c2c-nc-college-application-fees.pdf
Posted 9/26/22: Paying for College-Slides from the presentation
On September 22, a representative from College Foundation of NC joined seniors for a presentation on paying for college. View her slide show here:
Posted 9/1/22: Countdown to College - October is College Application Month!
Check out these resources from CFNC for Countdown to College:
Join CFNC for a month of live virtual events and How-To videos to support high school seniors in completing three important college enrollment steps: Residency, FAFSA, and applications.
Posted 8/22/22: Cybersecurity Discovery Day at Montreat College on teacher workday 9/23
Montreat College is hosting a Cybersecurity Discovery Day on Friday, September 23rd (a teacher workday at PCA). During this event, students will have the opportunity to visit campus, learn about their cyber program, scholarships, and take a guided campus tour. They will also have the added bonus of attending breakout sessions of their professional RETR3AT Cybersecurity Conference! Here is some more information. They would love to see either a group or individual students from Pinnacle Classical Academy on that day!
Posted 8/16/22: "The Admissions Game" on YouTube
Curious how your college application and credentials are reviewed? This conversation provides insight into who “gets in” and why.
Find some comfort (and plenty of takeaways) in this recently recorded workshop, presented by Peter Van Buskirk. (Mr. Rowe is a fan.) This link provided courtesy of Scoir: "The Admissions Game"
Posted 5/26/22: College Application Resources
It's definitely not too early to start planning for your college applications! A great way to start is by creating a Common Application account. Check out this great resource for many "how-to's" and tips: https://www.commonapp.org/counselors-and-recommenders/common-app-ready
Also: view Dr. Martin's College Admissions Process slideshow here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/13QNfDU_ka87x61WTRzjrz0zOAgQtvyBtPDJvfbAT8Lg/edit?usp=sharing
Posted 5/4/22: Cybersecurity Conference at Montreat College
Learn more about Cybersecurity careers and the new Cybersecurity degree at Montreat College on Spetember 23, 2022. A great opportunity to visit Montreat College also.
Posted 5/3/22: Gardner-Webb University is looking for students interested in attending the Summer Math Academy.
June 20-24, 2022
See Dr. Martin to pick up an application!
Posted 5/2/22: Now is the time to explore summer opportunities!
The CFNC Student Enrichment Programs directory has been updated with programs for summer 2022. The directory provides information on summer programs, workshops, and other activities at colleges around the state. Students can search by interest area, location, residential or day, by fee range, and more. Explore these great enrichment opportunities!
Additional opportunities can be found on this website under the Summer Opportunities tab.
Posted 5/2/22: Extension of Test-optional application process for UNC System schools through fall of 2024
See details here: https://www.northcarolina.edu/standard-test-requirement-waiver/
Posted 3/10/22: Registration for 2022-23 courses starting soon!
2022-23 College Courses Information for 12th Grade
2022-23 College Courses Information for 11th Grade
Posted 10/14/21: Senior College Application Day - Tuesday, October 19
We are so excited about College Application Day just for YOU next Tuesday, October 19.
Check in with homeroom, and then report to the Downstairs Media Center
Bring your Chromebook, charger, and any materials you might need for FAFSA or RDS
Lunch will be provided
It's a college t-shirt day for seniors only!
Schedule Highlights for the Day:
8:00-3:00 Work on College Applications, FAFSA, RDS, Scholarships, etc.
9:00-12:00 Admissions and FAFSA Experts onsite (schedule a FAFSA app't here-parents welcome)
12:00-2:00 Mock Interviews
Posted 10/4/21: NC Countdown to College 2021 Events
Join the College Foundation of NC for a month of live virtual events and How-To videos to support high school seniors in completing three important college enrollment steps: Residency, FAFSA, and applications.
Also find helpful information for juniors beginning the college search process!
Posted 9/30/21: Paying For College Information Session
Last night's Paying For College Info Session was full of great ideas and information about how to pay for college, how to qualify for in-state tuition, and how the financial aid process works. This information is essential for seniors and senior parents. You can view the recording at the link below.
Paying For College Session (50 minutes)
Also, additional information is available at the College Foundation of NC (CFNC) website: https://www.cfnc.org/
Virtual College Fairs
For High School Students:
Monday, October 11th and Tuesday, October 12th
During the Virtual College Fair, students and families will have the chance to hear from many different colleges. You can choose which colleges you want to hear from by registering for their sessions. You can ask questions of the college representatives throughout the presentations too!
Check out the schedule, list of colleges, and register now!
College Essay Guy Virtual College Fair
Wednesday, October 6th
3pm - 6:45pm PDT (6pm - 9:45pm Eastern)
Connect with over 65 colleges and universities from around the world
Join me in the opening session as I share How to Develop a Preliminary College List in Under an Hour
6x6 format: 6 schools present for 6 minutes each (super efficient way of getting to know many colleges/universities)
Check out the schedule and list of colleges, and register now!
Show up at 3pm PT to catch the opening session How to Develop a Preliminary College List in Under an Hour. It’ll be an interactive session in which you can actually develop an initial college list—or refine the list you’ve already started—in less than 60 minutes.
Posted 9/20/21: CFNC List of NC Colleges Waiving Application Fees for College Week
Posted 9/9/21: Important Scholarship Dates
Please note the following deadlines for the flagship scholarships (usually full tuition, room & board) at these NC colleges/universities:
All except the EC Scholars Program at East Carolina require a school/counselor nomination.
Posted 8/24/21: US Senate Youth Program
Apply for the United States Senate Youth Program
Application materials are now available for the upcoming United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP).
The USSYP provides an educational opportunity for juniors and seniors interested in pursuing college coursework in history or political science to spend a week in Washington D.C. meeting Senators, cabinet members, Supreme Court justices, and officials from various federal agencies and the White House.
Two student winners will be selected to represent North Carolina.
These two winners will each attend the Washington Week program, March 5-12, 2022, and receive a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship.
North Carolina application materials can be found on the North Carolina Senate Youth website August 1, 2021 – October 3, 2021. http://senateyouthnc.webs.com/
Posted 8/18/21: Recording from the Open House at CCC for students taking college classes
Access the recording from the Open House meeting at this link: https://use.vg/qroZWj
Posted 8/10/21: Cleveland Community College Open House Information
CCC is offering an Open House and Information Session for 11th and 12th grade PCA students who will be taking CCP (college) courses this year.
Geared to students new to CCP (11th graders and 12th graders taking college courses for the first time), but all CCP students are invited.
Great opportunity to learn about how to access Blackboard (similar to Google Classroom) and many other essential items needed for college courses.
August 17 at 2:00 in Rose Library at CCC (see flyer below)
Posted 6/2/21: NC State and the UNC System announce the continuation of test-optional applications for the 2021-22 year
Posted 5/27/21: Amazing New Grant Opportunity for 2021 Grads
North Carolina Longleaf Commitment Grant
ELIGIBLE 2021 NC HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES WILL HAVE THEIR TUITION AND FEES COVERED AT ANY ONE OF OUR “GREAT 58” COMMUNITY COLLEGES FOR UP TO TWO YEARS.
The Longleaf Commitment is a grant program for 2021 North Carolina high school graduates who will attend one of our state’s “Great 58” community colleges starting in the Fall 2021 semester. High school students may be eligible to receive this grant – not a loan – for tuition and fees toward a degree or to attain transfer credit. Full-time eligible students are guaranteed to receive $700 to $2,800 per year, for a total of two years. Less than full-time students may receive a partial award. The Longleaf Commitment Grant Program ends at the conclusion of the 2023 spring semester.
Graduate from a North Carolina high school in 2021
Be a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes
Be a first-time college student (Career & College Promise (CCP) and Early/Middle College High School students are eligible)
Enroll in a curriculum program during the 2021-22 academic year
Enroll in at least 6 credit hours per semester
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2021-22
Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from $0 - $15,000. (“EFC” is based upon student’s FAFSA determination)
Renew FAFSA for the 2022-23 academic year and meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements of the college
NC Community College System Longleaf Commitment Grant Information Page
College Foundation of North Carolina Longleaf Commitment Grant Information Page
Posted 5/13/21: New PCA Scholarships
Champion Investments is offering a $1,000 scholarship application to a diploma, 2 or 4-year education institute pursuing a field that supports or involves entrepreneurship. This offer is available to any high school student graduating from PCA in 2021 seeking a career specific to entrepreneurship. Complete the information at the following link to apply: https://forms.gle/hG9XAt6dzK1d8rRq7 Deadline: May 14, 2021
Shelby Alarm Scholarship
A $1000 scholarship will be awarded by Shelby Alarm Company, Inc. to a Pinnacle Classical Academy senior who displays the characteristics of a good work ethic. This will be the student who always works hard, willing to help where help is needed, and does the best to his or her ability. This student understands the importance of work ethic, personal responsibility and positive attitude. The scholarship will be applicable to any 2 year or 4 year college or university. Deadline is May 18, 2021
Shelby Alarm Work Ethic Scholarship Application
Senator Debbie Clary Scholarship
The founding chair of Pinnacle Classical Academy is honored to offer one Pinnacle graduate a $1,000.00 scholarship, beginning with the first graduating class of 2020. This scholarship is open to a Pinnacle Classical Academy high school senior who plans to attend a four-year college or university upon graduation.
In order to be eligible for this scholarship, students must complete an application and submit a 600-1200 word essay answering the question of what does freedom of speech mean to you.
Applicants must submit their application to Mrs. Angela Brooks. The application should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, May 18th. Access the application here: Senator Clary Scholarship Application
Troy Sewell True Grit Scholarship
The Troy Sewell True Grit Scholarship award is a one time $1,000.00 scholarship open to a high school senior from Pinnacle Classical Academy located in Shelby, NC. Students who apply must be planning to attend either a two or four year university. Applicants must submit this application as well as a vision board or PowerPoint presentation describing their future goals. This application form and visual representation of what your vision is for the future must be submitted to Dr. Martin by Thursday, May 20 at 10:00 am. A scholarship committee will make the final decision on the recipient. Access the application here
Dearmin Family/Farm Bureau Scholarship
The Dearmin Family Scholarship award is a one time $1,000.00 scholarship open to a high school senior from Pinnacle Classical Academy located in Shelby, NC. Students who apply must be active in their community through volunteering, sports, clubs and/or religious organizations; and plan to enroll full-time in 2021-22 in a two year school, trade school, or any continuing education program. Applicants must submit their application, unofficial transcript, and one letter of recommendation to Dr. Martin by Thursday, May 20th by 10:00 am. An interview will be arranged for finalists. Access the application here
Clary Construction Concepts Scholarship
Information coming soon!
Farm Bureau Ray Family Scholarship
This is a one time $1,000.00 Scholarship awarded to one high school senior from Pinnacle Classical Academy, located in Shelby NC. This Scholarship will be reserved for a student enrolling full time into a 2-year, 4- year, or trade school for the year 2021-2022. The selection will be based on extracurricular activities, scholastics, and an essay of 500 words or less. Applications, unofficial transcripts, and a letter of recommendation to Dr. Martin must be submitted no later than Thursday May 20th 10:00 AM. Access the application here
The Caldwell Family Scholarship
The Caldwell Family Scholarship award is a one time $1,000 scholarship open to a high school senior from Pinnacle Classical Academy located in Shelby, NC. Students who apply must be active in their community through volunteering, sports, clubs and/or religious organizations; and plan to enroll full-time in 2021-22 four year school, two year school, trade school, or any continuing education program. Applicants must submit their application, unofficial transcript, and one letter of recommendation to Dr. Martin by Thursday, May 20th by 10:00am. An interview will be arranged for finalists. Access the application here
Posted 5/11/21: Local Summer Volunteer Opportunity - Gain Hours and Experience!
The Cleveland County Register of Deeds is seeking a student volunteer to assist in the office 2 days a week this summer. These hours can be logged as community service for NHS and/or college and scholarship applications. It is also a good opportunity to learn more about county government operations. Please contact Betsy Harnage at 704-477-0936.
Posted 4/28/21: Essay Contest on Citizenship
Fourth Circuit Sponsors 2021 High School Essay Contest
In his inaugural address 60 years ago, President John F. Kennedy uttered a profound and enduring challenge regarding citizenship: “Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.” As Kennedy recognized, citizenship carries with it both rights and responsibilities.
What are the responsibilities of citizenship, and how do those responsibilities support and reinforce the rule of law?
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is seeking submissions for its 2021 essay contest.
Students are invited to consider and share their thoughts on the question: "What are the responsibilities of citizenship, and how do those responsibilities support and reinforce the rule of law?"
The contest is open to all students currently in grades 9 through 12 from Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Essays are limited to 1,000 words and must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 28, 2021.
Students have the opportunity to win one of three cash prizes: first place, $2,000; second place, $1,500; and third place, $1,000.
Winners will be announced in the summer, and travel will be provided to the court’s Essay Awards Program in September 2021.
For additional information and instructions on how to submit an essay, visit www.ca4.uscourts.gov/essay-contest.
For questions, contact the Fourth Circuit Clerk’s Office at email@example.com or (804) 916-2706.
Please note: Prior award winners as well as children, grandchildren, stepchildren, and members of the household of a federal judge or federal judiciary employee are excluded from the competition.
Please contact Dr. Martin with any questions!
Posted 4/22/21: College Application & Essay Workshop for Rising Seniors
See flyer below. Dr. David Parker will be joining us again for this great opportunity to get a jump start on your college application process! The first 10 students to sign up will attend for FREE. Rising seniors only! Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E45ACAE2AA5F85-college1
Posted 4/12/21: Financial Aid Bootcamp April 20-21, 2021
Federal Student Aid (FSA) will be hosting a two-day virtual financial aid boot camp on April 20 and 21. This boot camp will feature day and evening sessions with subject matter experts providing information designed to help participants learn about
innovative tools like Loan Simulator and College Scorecard,
interpreting financial aid award letters
navigating the federal financial aid process
steps to take upon completion of your 2021–22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form, and
FSA tools and resources.
This boot camp is ideal for students, parents, guidance counselors, college access professionals, college and career coaches, and members of the financial aid community.
Posted 4/12/21: Planning on Attending a UNC System School? Student Panel opportunity this week!
Ask a Student Virtual Panel Hosted by the UNC System
The UNC System will be hosting four live Ask a Student Virtual Panels the week of April 12, 2021. These events will allow prospective students the opportunity to learn more about campus life at the 16 UNC System universities by asking their questions directly to current students. Interested students can register via this webpage: https://www.northcarolina.edu/ask-a-student.
Virtual sessions will highlight campus life and activities, academic opportunities, residence life, and more. Registrants will have the opportunity to submit questions to the panel when they register for each session or they can ask questions live during the event. After each hour-long session, there will be an opportunity for students to join a 30-minute Zoom session with each individual institution where they can ask an Admissions Counselor specific questions about the admissions process. Please access the link above to register.
Posted: 3/25/21: Zoom Recording from Virtual Visit on College Classes
Topic: PCA Parent Student Information Session: Taking College Classes in High School
Date: Mar 23, 2021 05:39 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Posted 3/19/21: PCA College/Career Day Recordings & resources
Click on the resources below to access recordings/powerpoints from today's sessions:
College Application How-To with Dr. Martin
Surgical Tech and Radiography Tech
Contacts: Surgical Tech: Cathy Dover – firstname.lastname@example.org 704-669-4179 and Radiography Tech: Tiffany Houser email@example.com and Lee Ann Mayse - firstname.lastname@example.org 704-669-4121
Scoir Session with Dr. Martin -- 10th graders: how to create an account in Scoir; 9th graders can get a sneak peek
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Manicuring Technology
Contacts: Charley Sain, Penny Boyce and Wanda Gilliam Belk email@example.com 704-669-4497
Manufacturing and Construction Trades - (Welding, HVAC, Collision Repair, Automation Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Drafting, Electrical Systems, Plumbing, etc.)
Contacts: Amy Dulin – firstname.lastname@example.org 704-669-4420
Information Technology and Broadcasting Programs
Contacts: IT: Derek Ramsey – email@example.com 704-669-4253 and Broadcasting: Tim Foster – firstname.lastname@example.org 704-669-4177
Contact: Dalton Sullivan email@example.com
Additional Info on Wofford at this link: https://begin.wofford.edu/register/pcavirtual\
Belmont Abbey College/Honors College
Contact: Joseph Wysocki firstname.lastname@example.org
NC A&T University
Contact: Sydney Dowd-Smith email@example.com
Senior Panel: “What I’ve Learned…” College Application Tips
Hear from our seniors as they share their stories
Session Recording 0:00-35:00
YouScience Career Profile Session with Dr. Martin: What Is YouScience? How Can It Help Me Find a Career/College/Major?
Continuing Education Academies (inc. Electrical Lineworker, Barbering, Automotive, Pharmacy Tech)
Contact: Chad Chastain – firstname.lastname@example.org 704-669-4224
Session Recording 54:00-1:15
Posted 3/17/21: Virtual College Fairs
Virtual College Fairs
High School Students
Thursday, March 25th and Monday, April 19th
Thursday, April 22nd
Registration is now open for our Virtual College Fair! Sign-up to virtually connect with 200+ colleges and universities from around the country and world for free.
During the Virtual College Fair, you will have the chance to hear from many different colleges. You can choose which colleges you want to hear from by registering for their sessions. You and your family can ask questions of the college representatives throughout the presentations too!
All sessions will be recorded, so please register for ALL college/universities that you have an interest in, even if you can't make the live session...you'll have an opportunity to watch the recordings later!
Posted 3/9/21: STEM Interests???
Check out these resources from Inspirit AI, a group of Stanford and MIT mentors:
Our Basics of AI for High School Students guide covers the fundamentals of artificial intelligence and points students to additional materials to help them take the next step in exploring key technical and ethical questions.
Our Building AI Projects for High School Students guide provides a step-by-step framework for high school students to design and implement a project that applies AI to a domain they care about. Educators may also use this guide to integrate AI projects into their classes!
Students can watch a recording of our recent webinar, Preparing High School Students for an AI-Powered Future, where a group of our instructors from MIT, Stanford, Cambridge, and Amazon discussed how high school students can combine their passions with AI and lead innovative and impactful careers in the fields of their choice.
As a reminder, applications for our spring and summer programs close on March 31st. Students in grades 9-12 can apply here, and more information is available in this brochure.
Posted 3/1/21: A Guide for High School Students: Evaluating College Summer Programs
Now is an excellent time to give some thought to how you want to spend your high school summer. Here's a helpful article on making decisions among the many opportunities out there.
Posted 2/3/21: Local Scholarship Opportunity
Eta Mu Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity-- Scholarships to two (2) deserving Gaston, Cleveland, or Lincoln County high school graduating seniors interested in or intending to pursue a post-high school course of study at either college/university or other post- secondary educational institution.
The applicant must demonstrate positive-impact involvement – in the complete sense – consistent with capacity and circumstances and/or significant improvement/success in scholarship and community involvement, determined through letters of recommendation.
The completed application must be RECEIVED by April 30th by 5 PM. If you need help mailing or emailing the application please submit to Dr. Martin no later than April 21, 2021. Click HERE to download the application.
Posted 2/2/21: ACT and SAT Test Prep Resources
11th graders will take the ACT on Feb. 23 and the SAT March 3. If you would like to incorporate some test practice questions into your classes between now and then, here are some handy resources:
For ACT: Go here: https://www.kaptest.com/act/free/act-free-practice-test and you can sign up for the ACT Question of the Day. Also there are more resources including practice tests/questions here: Free ACT Prep.
For SAT: Go to: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice/khan-academy. SAT Question of the Day here: http://www.kaplanquizzes.com/new-sat/
Students, you would be surprised how much of a difference even 1 hour/week of practice questions can make on your score.
Posted 11/23/20: College Day Virtual Visit links
You can access recordings of the college visits with Pinnacle today at the links below:
Appalachian State University, Queens University, and Wingate University
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Meredith College and Clemson University
Meredith Events: Open House...etc: https://www.meredith.edu/admissions/college-fairs-open-houses
Visit Meredith: https://www.meredith.edu/admissions/visit
Quadeshia- Admissions Counselor: https://www.meredith.edu/directory/quadeshia-batts
Lenoir-Rhyne University Code to apply for free to Lenoir-Rhyne: HJApply21
NC State University and East Carolina University
Posted 10/27/20: Virtual College Exploration
Follow the link below to access video sessions created by many NC and SC colleges:
Hear from admissions officers: Experienced admission counselors will tell you what you need to know
Gain important college knowledge: Choose from 280 different presentations and information sessions
201 Colleges and Universities: Learn more about different colleges from 26 states, Washington DC and 4 countries
Posted 10/14/20: Summer Ventures application opens 10/15!
Rising juniors and seniors:
The application for Summer Ventures through the NC School of Science and Math opens tomorrow, October 15! Please see the link below for FAQ's and other information about this wonderful summer program. Applications are due by January 15, 2021.
Posted 10/12/20: Clemson University Lyceum Scholars Program
The Lyceum Scholars Program offers $10,000 scholarships to study the moral, political, and economic foundations of a free society at Clemson University.
Lyceum Scholars read the greatest works in western civilization over a series of eight classes. Course topics range from ancient political thought to the political thought of the American founding to constitutional law.
Email email@example.com or
visit our website: www.clemson.edu/lyceum
Posted 10/5/20: US Senate Youth Program
This is a week-long program in March (this year, virtual). Selected delegates (2 per state) will receive a $10,000 scholarship and encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science.
Selection criteria include: grade 11 or 12 and
Be currently serving in an elected or appointed leadership position in any one of the following during the entire academic school year:
* Student body president, vice president, secretary, or treasurer
* Class president, vice-president, secretary, or treasurer
* Student council representative
* Student representative elected or appointed (appointed by a panel, commission or board) to a local, district, regional or state-level civic, service and/or educational organization approved by the state selection administration
* National Honor Society officer (this may include a discipline-based Honor Society that incorporates service components, e.g., the National English Honor Society, Social Studies Honor Society, etc.)
Students may qualify to apply through leadership positions they currently hold per the USSYP official criteria for the current 2020-2021 academic year. If students are unable to hold leadership positions this year due to the pandemic, they can submit the position they held during the 2019-2020 academic year.
Contact Dr. Martin with any questions!
Posted 9/29/20: Teaching Scholarship to Catawba College
The West Teaching Scholarship and the Commit to Teacher Education Scholarship are available through the Catawba College Academy for Teaching! Applications for the scholarships are available through the link below. If you need further information, please contact our Teacher Education Department (firstname.lastname@example.org) to set up an appointment. Our campus is open for visitors, so we would be happy to meet in person, online, or via phone. The deadline to apply for these scholarship opportunities is January 15, 2021.
The West Teaching Scholars application is located at the following link:
Please note, our website is currently being updated to reflect the most recent information and requirements listed below:
Catawba’s West Scholars:
West Scholars receive $5000 per year in addition to any academic scholarship awarded by Catawba with the exception of Socratic Scholarships.
Training in the integration of technology to enhance student learning
Field experiences throughout their education program
Participation in community, service, and scholarly research activities
Optional international study opportunities
A strong history of employment following graduation
A supportive learning community of peers, business and community leaders, faculty and staff
A mentoring program
Cohort activities (retreats, dinners, etc.)
A fall semester activity for all cohorts
Qualifying for Catawba’s West Scholarship:
All students who are interested in the West Scholars program must:
Be entering Catawba College as first-time freshmen
Complete a West Scholars application
Complete a Catawba College application for admission (and be accepted to Catawba)
Have a qualifying GPA of 3.5 or higher
Maintain minimum Catawba GPA of 3.0
SAT/ACT scores optional (Note: Full West Scholars may submit SAT scores in order to seek exemption from the required Praxis CORE exam for entry to Teacher Education. An SAT score of 1170 is required for exemption from taking the Praxis CORE exam prior to admission to the Teacher Education during the sophomore year.)
Conditional West Scholars:
Conditional West Scholars receive $2500 per year in addition to any academic scholarship awarded by Catawba (with the exception of Socratic Scholarships ) and must:
Have a qualifying GPA of 3.2
Maintain minimum Catawba GPA of 3.0
SAT/ACT scores optional
Submit passing scores for the Praxis Core exams by April 15 of your freshman year.
Commit to Teacher Education Scholarship:
For students who do not qualify for the West Teaching Scholarship or the Conditional West Scholarship, the Teacher Education Department offers the "Commit to Teacher Education Scholarship." Recipients of this scholarship will receive $1000 per year, with an increase to $2000 per year once successfully accepted in the Teacher Education program. To receive this scholarship, interested students must:
Complete a Catawba College application for admission (and be accepted to Catawba).
Complete the online application for the scholarship, noting your intent to major or minor in Education.
To continue to receive the scholarship, recipients must declare a major or minor in Education by the end of their first semester, qualify for admittance to Teacher Education for the junior year, and complete the coursework required for the major or minor selected in education.
Posted 9/28/20: Oratorical Contest & Scholarship Program
The American Legion sponsors an oratorical contest each year for high school students. PCA can send one local winner to compete at the district level, where there are scholarship prizes for the winner. Contact Dr. Martin if you would like to compete!
Posted 9/15/20: School-specific Scholarship Opportunities
Please see below for links to access information on several university-specific scholarship programs that offer incredible opportunities. Most of these are full-ride scholarships. Please reach out to Dr. Martin with any questions--I would be happy to help you apply! Click on the scholarship name to link to the website.
Counselor Recommendation is needed to receive an invitation to apply.
Contact Dr. Martin by October 1 if you would like to be nominated.
Must apply to UNCC by November 1.
Students may self-endorse themselves as a candidate by November 1.
Must apply to NCSU by November 1.
Goodnight Scholars Program at NCSU
for STEM majors
Family income must be <$110,000/year
Must apply to NCSU by November 1.
Students can self-nominate as candidates between Nov. 1 and Dec. 1.
Bryan Scholarship at Davidson College
Counselor nomination is due by September 28. Please contact Dr. Martin by September 23 if you would like to be nominated.
For scholar-athletes in volleyball, soccer, track, baseball
Must apply to Davidson College by October 15.
Belk Scholarship at Davidson College
Counselor nomination is due by December 1. Please contact Dr. Martin by November 1 if you are interested in being our nominee.
Must apply to Davidson by December 15.
Robertson Scholars Program at UNC-CH and Duke University
Robertson application available online and is due by November 15.
Must apply to either or both UNC-CH and/or Duke separately by either Early Action/Decision or Regular Decision deadlines.
EC Scholars Program at East Carolina University
Must apply to East Carolina University by November 25.
Students that apply to ECU and meet ECU Honors minimum requirements will be invited in their acceptance package to complete the Honors College online application. Honors College and EC Scholars applications due by December 16.
Cheatham-White Scholarship Program at NC Central University
Counselor nomination is due by November 15. Please contact Dr. Martin by November 1 if you would like to be nominated.
Cheatham-White application deadline in December 15.
Minimum Weighted GPA of 4.0, Minimum ACT 28.
Posted 9/3/20: Davidson Admission Workshops
Join the Davidson College Admission Staff and other admission professionals this fall for a workshops series to help prepare you for the college search and application process. Sessions will cover topics ranging from essay writing to interview preparation to making the most of virtual college visits. All workshops are free but space is limited in some sessions. View the full schedule and register here. Questions? Email: email@example.com
Posted 8/31/20: Virtual College Fairs this fall
Students and parents can sign up at virtualcollegefairs.org. General information about the fall season of NACAC Virtual College Fairs is at nacacfairs.org/virtual-students.
Posted 8/27/20: Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
Are you a middle or high school student who's making a difference through volunteering?
See the attached flyer for information on how to apply for a $1,000 award in recognition of your service!
Posted 8/19/20: The Robertson Scholars Program
Please see info below on information sessions about The Robertson Scholarship. The Robertson is a full ride scholarship to UNC-Chapel Hill or Duke University. You can also learn more at the website: https://robertsonscholars.org/
August 19, 2020
New in 2020 – Robertson Scholars Leadership Program Webinar Information Sessions. Students and counselors are invited to participate in Webinar where they will hear directly from our Director of Selection, as well as alumni and current scholars. This is an opportunity to learn about the Robertson’s program offerings and our application process. There will also be a live Q&A section for students and counselors to pose questions.
Registration is required. Please register at the link below:
Posted 8/13/20: Important Information for CCP Students from PCA Open House
Posted 8/12/20: Resources from CCC Open House for CCP Students
Power Point from the Open House (see "Back to School" above)
Info on CCC Library, the Career and College Promise Program, Tutoring through CCC, and Portal Login info
How to Login to Email: https://use.vg/7mFFGS https://app.vidgrid.com/view/iZQV72TImRpt
Office 365 for Students: https://app.vidgrid.com/view/yCWTf7vP3UpA
How to Access Blackboard: https://app.vidgrid.com/view/HPOs3PZK5z8m
Posted 5/19/20: NC School of Math and Science Summer Programs Move Online
The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM)’s Summer Accelerator program is proud to announce the launch of our online courses for summer 2020!*
Posted 5/4/20: Colleges Waiving ACT/SAT Requirements
Available from FairTest.Org:
Updated list of colleges and universities that are waiving ACT/SAT Requirements for 2020 admission: www.fairtest.org/colleges-and-universities-temporarily-waiving-acts
List of test-optional colleges and universities: www.fairtest.org/university/optional
Posted 5/3/20: Virtual College Fair and Admissions Conference
NAVIGATE 2020 Virtual Conference and College Fair. May 4-6
This event will host three days of live-stream expert presentations for students and families and a concurrent virtual college fair with fully interactive booths. Students can chat live with college admissions representatives, helping to find fit.
Students and families have lost opportunities in their college search due to COVID-19.
This event is free-of-charge to attendees and is designed to help students and colleges connect safely during the COVID-19 crisis. The event will be live for three days, packed with informative sessions about the college decision process. During those three days, students can also browse interactive college fair booths, chatting live with admissions representatives.
After three days of live interactions, this event will remain posted at the event site until the COVID-19 crisis is over. Students need access to information and this site will remain a robust tool for exploring their options.
We hope you can join us in this important event! Register soon, space is limited.
Posted 4/27/20: Virtual College Visits
Feeling discouraged that you can't visit colleges like you may have been planning? Colleges and universities have been working hard to organize virtual visits and information sessions so that prospective students can learn more without visiting in person.
Here is some information I just received from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC: https://admissions.appstate.edu/visit
They are offering virtual tours daily with Admissions Counselors and Student Ambassadors as well as a Zoom drop in lobby from 8-5 everyday.
You can schedule a face to face one-on-one with our App State admissions counselor, Liz Alliss, as well: firstname.lastname@example.org
There is actually a Campus Visit Tuesday at 2 and Friday at 2 that Liz will be presenting if anyone wants to attend. The link is on the page linked above under Virtual Campus Visit.
This is just an example of one university. Information on visiting campuses YOU are interested in is just a few clicks away! So on your next break from those online classes, take a few minutes to remember what awaits you after all that work---COLLEGE! Go virtual and go visit!
Posted 4/23/20: COVID and ACT/SAT
Students have begun receiving their score reports from the ACT test they took at school back in February. I would love to talk with you if you have questions about your scores or would just like to talk them over related to your college plans. Please shoot me an email with your score so I can enter it into SCOIR.
Taking/retaking the college entrance exams (both ACT and SAT) is really up in the air right now with the coronavirus crisis. Right now, ACT has summer tests scheduled for June 13 and July 18. You can view summer dates and how to register here: ACT home page. However, the June SAT was just cancelled, so I think it is a strong possibility that one or more of the summer ACT tests could be cancelled as well. August and September test dates (for either test) are also worth considering as your scores would be available in time for early decision/early action college applications. The ACT will also be offering section retesting beginning with the September test. This is NEW and will allow you to retake only the sections you'd like to improve instead of the entire test.
There have also been reports that both ACT and SAT may offer at-home testing, either late summer or early fall. They are working on this now. Another thing that is happening is that many colleges have moved/are considering moving to test optional for applications in the 2020-21 year due to the pandemic crisis. Both of these changes could affect your decision on when/if to retake the test.
Where would I retake ACT or take SAT?
You would retake the ACT at an ACT Testing Center (usually local high schools or community colleges). PCA is not a testing center, but Crest is. When you register online for the test, you will see the location options you can choose from. Starting in July, you will be able to see which sites offer online ACT testing--the benefit to this is that you can get your results almost immediately (2 days) instead of 6-8 weeks. (!) We don't have information at this time on if/when a rescheduled SAT at PCA may be offered for you. If you want to go ahead and register for a fall SAT test, you can find dates and do that here: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/dates-deadlines There is a lot of helpful information on SAT Coronavirus updates here: https://pages.collegeboard.org/sat-covid-19-updates
New ACT Options
Starting with the September ACT test, there will be new options to choose from. Section retesting, as I mentioned, but also superscoring, where ACT will report your highest score in each section (from multiple test dates) rather than just your highest composite (overall) score. You can find out more and watch a video here: https://www.act.org/content/act/en/act-september-2020.html
The ACT costs $52-68. The SAT costs $50-65. If your family income meets certain criteria, you may qualify for a fee waiver for both tests, which covers the cost. Please contact me for more information.
Posted 3/19/20: Here's a list of helpful activities to do at home with students of all ages: Home Activities
Free resource for coping during this challenging time: The ebook Mindfulness & Other Natural Treatments for ADHD is now free of charge. We hope you will download it and put to use its strategies for practicing deep breathing, yoga, and mindful meditation during this stressful time. This resource is great for all students.
Check out this COVID-19 library of articles about parenting, working, and managing anxiety during the time of coronavirus.
Video Message from Dr. Martin posted March 16, 2020
Welcome to the 2019-20 school year! I am the high school counselor at PCA, and I am so excited to be a part of the PCA family. You can learn more about me from the About tab at the top of the page. Together we will work towards academic success, personal and social development, and college and career readiness.
I believe that every student has a natural capacity for positive growth and development. It is my goal to help create an environment that is conducive to the discovery and fulfillment of this potential. Each of us is unique and has something to contribute to our learning community. By knowing and living into our own strengths of character, we can perform at our best. (You can discover your signature strengths with this free Character Strengths Survey here!)