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Ohio's College Application Month: OAC Districts Getting College Ready!

by Bellefontaine, Crooksville, Fort Frye, East Muskingum, Maysville, Rolling Hills, Switzerland of Ohio, New Lexington, Franklin, River View, and West Muskingum | Dec 02, 2015

Held annually in November, Ohio College Application Month (OCAM) is part of a national effort to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students pursuing a college degree or other higher education credential. The primary purpose of OCAM is to help high school seniors navigate the complex college admissions process and ensure they apply to at least one postsecondary institution. The event occurs during the school day, with a focus on students who might not otherwise apply to college. Twelve high schools participated from the Ohio Appalachian Collaborative including: 


Maysville counselors, area college admission representatives, and Mid-East Adult Education Center were on-hand to provide support to the entire senior class to ensure that students were prepared to participate. After the event, school counselors followed up in senior classes to answer questions and discuss the upcoming Financial Aid Night presentation as well as scholarships. 

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In Fort Frye, 18 seniors participated and students who already filled out college applications before the event, spent the time focused on working on scholarship submissions. 

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River High School students participated in a door decoration contest based on college and career theme. Winning classes with best doors received a pizza party where students participated in college theme Kahoot.it games for prizes. 

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At John Glenn High School in East Muskingum School District, a teacher door decorating contest was held and a keynote address was provided by former East Muskingum superintendent, Dr. Barb Hansen. In her opening remarks to the entire student body, her inspirational and insightful message was, “If it is to be, it is up to me.”
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Philo High School offered numerous sessions for seniors to choose from and passed out transcripts to those who needed them. Superintendent, Sharon McDermott gave opening remarks. It was a very motivating and uplifting day. 


Ninety-one students from Bellefontaine participated during their senior English class. Each participating student completed an average of two college applications for a total of 175 college applications completed!  Additionally, 20 students set up their FAFSA ID account and 17 students were working on career planning on the OhioMeansJobs K–12 account. Students were also encouraged to conduct scholarship searches and work on letters of recommendation if time permitted.

Check out the Ohio Higher Ed Department for more information about OCAM. For tips on how to plan for next year, contact Linda Knicely