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OAC students submit college applications as part of Ohio College Application Month

by | Dec 08, 2014

OAC students submit college applications as part of Ohio College Application Month

A key goal of the OAC is to help more rural students be prepared for succCrooksville (3)ess in college and careers. But for some students, being prepared in the classroom is just part of the equation―they also need to be supported and encouraged to apply to colleges. This is especially true for students who may be the first in their families to go to college.

That’s why events that help students submit college applications and apply forfinancial aid are so important. Throughout the month of November, 12 OAC high schools held events as part of Ohio College Application Month to give students the opportunity to meet with colleges, military recruiters, and employers. The goal of these events was to get all seniors to apply to at least one college, apply for their FAFSA pin to get them started on the application process, and expose them to all of their post-secondary opportunities.

These events had a big impact on students and their potential futures. Read what the OAC site coordinators had to say:

  • “Students interacted more with guidance office staff regarding post-secondary plans. The guidance secretary and I wrote and were awarded a mini-grant for this event. We distributed free jump drives and ornaments for the holiday tree themed "It's beginning to look a lot like college." We also hosted a "How to Pay for College" presentation as part of this month's activities.” Mary Beth Schultz, Counselor, Fort Frye High School, Fort Frye Local School District
  • “For us at John Glenn, we brought awareness to our entire school. We did activities at each grade level and teachers promoted the event by wearing their college T-shirts and posters listing their colleges. I actually worked with seniors beginning in September with college planning ending with the application campaign. The number of applications has increased at this point in the year. Some who would have waited to apply later now have the application completed.” Betty Caw, John Glenn High School, East Muskingum Local School District
  • “The biggest impact would be early applications, which perhaps could mean more acceptances and increased grants and scholarship opportunities.” Leslie Smith, Counselor, Philo High School, Franklin Local School District
  • “About 70 seniors participated and applied. Many first generation college students who needed extra encouragement were able to apply and receive the instruction/support needed! Many schools allowed our students to use Fee Waivers that day as well. Overall, our even was a huge success!” Darcy Gordon Nelson, Counselor, Coshocton High School, Coshocton City School District
  • “We had several students ask questions about filling out their applications. If they were doing them on their own, the students would have given up. Also, many of our students are so busy that the extra, dedicated time was helpful for them. We put the steps for the event on our website and it provided a breakdown of the process for students so they felt less overwhelmed. Also, using two days allowed more time for students to do additional things such as creating their parchment account to send their transcript electronically and to set up their FAFSA pin. Overall, we are very glad to have participated in the college application month this year and look forward to conducting it again next year.” Angela Haver, Bellefontaine High School, Bellefontaine City School District
  • “Students said they liked having the opportunity to sit and work on applications and scholarships with help. They liked that it almost forced them to get started. Those not going to college liked that they could explore additional options after high school.” Chelsea Tolliver, School Counselor, West Muskingum High School, West Muskingum Local School District
  • “The biggest benefit was being able to have an entire day to meet one on one with students to assist them with their applications. It was also great to have the college reps here to answer specific questions. The entire school was talking about what was going on so I love that impact on the underclassmen as well.” Samantha Mitts, School Counselor, Maysville High School, Maysville Local School District
  • “The biggest impact is that everyone gets experience with the college application process and what steps you have to go through to get into college. Many of our students are first generation college students, so their parents may not be aware of how to help them with the process.” Lesley Powell, New Lexington High School, New Lexington City Schools

Congratulations to the following OAC high schools for hosting successful College Application Month events:

  • Philo High School, Franklin Local School District
  • Maysville High School, Maysville Local School District
  • John Glenn High School, East Muskingum Local School District
  • Meadowbrook High School, Rolling Hills Local School District
  • River High School, Switzerland of Ohio Local School District
  • Crooksville High School, Crooksville EVSD
  • Fort Frye High School, Fort Frye Local School District
  • West Muskingum High School, West Muskingum Local School District
  • New Lexington High School, New Lexington City School District
  • Batavia High School, Batavia City School District
  • Bellefontaine High School, Bellefontaine City School District
  • Coshocton High School, Coshocton City School District
  • Tri-Valley High School, Tri-Valley Local School District

Thanks to the following colleges and universities for participating in OAC College Application Month events:

  • Ohio University
  • West Virginia State University
  • Waynesburg University
  • Shawnee State University
  • Washington State Community College
  • Bethany College
  • Ohio Valley University
  • West Liberty University
  • Heidelberg University
  • Wheeling Jesuit University
  • Muskingum University
  • Ohio University-Zanesville
  • Zane State College
  • Central Ohio Technical College
  • Kent State Tuscarawas
  • Hocking College

Thanks to the following community organizations for participating in OAC College Application Month events:

  • Ohio Means Jobs
  • Ohio National Guard
  • United States Air Force
  • United States Army
  • Scholarship Central
  • Coshocton CARES
  • College Access