Volunteer at the Children’s Museum

This winter is shaping up to be a busy time here at the Lincoln Children’s Museum! We have our Candyhouse Funshop starting just around the corner which is a great opportunity for high school student groups to get involved in the community!

Candyhouse Funshop is an event that takes place Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays December 5th – December 20th. There are 5 shifts available each week.

  • Thursdays 9:30-12pm & 4:30-8 pm
  • Saturdays 9:30-1pm & 1-5 pm
  • Sundays 12:30-5 pm

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Rachel Hermsen  at 402-477-4000 ext. 105. This is a big event for the museum that is sure to be loads of fun for anyone that can make it!

Franklin & Marshall College

In Your Own Words
Inspired by all the great high school seniors and counselors he has come to know, Franklin & Marshall President Dan Porterfield outlines the three steps to writing a winning college-application essay.

Aim High (Very High)
Take a moment to look at this video of Telford, Pa., native Richard Camuccio, an aspiring astronaut who graduates in 2016.

College Town Appeal
Franklin & Marshall College, located in Lancaster, is full of great places to eat, cool places to visit and fun things to do. Check out what Fodor’s Travel has to say about our high-energy downtown. If you are interested in visiting F&M and seeing more of our city, call 877-678-9111 or email today. For more info, visit www.fandm.edu/

Coast Guard’s Food Service Specialist Training

For students interested in culinary careers and all things food, the Coast Guard is offering world-class training and promising careers as Food Service Specialists (FS).

Any student wishing to become an FS will undergo our ACE accredited training in culinary arts—at no cost—where they will gain adept understanding of food preparation and dining facility management.

Upon completion of training, students will have a rewarding career earning a starting salary of $46,595 with strong work/life balance and important benefits like health coverage and tuition assistance.

Click here to learn more about the Food Service specialty.

I’m First’s Special Admissions Policies

Visit ImFirst.org to discover your college opportunity!

Educational Opportunity Program The Educational Opportunity Program is a five-week summer program designed for students who have the potential and the desire to do college-level work, but do not meet CCSU’s regular admissions standards. EOP students live on campus in CCSU residence halls during the summer with all expenses paid. Graduates of the summer program are admitted to CCSU as full-time matriculated students. >>

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

New York State Opportunity Program Cornell offers a Higher Education Opportunity Program & an Education Opportunity Program. The programs are for New York residents who possess neither the traditional academic profile or financial means to afford college, but have potential for success in a competitive academic environment. Accepted student receive academic counseling, financial aid application   assistance & financial aid to make Cornell affordable. >>

Illinois College

Jacksonville, IL

Test-Score Optional Admissions Illinois College utilizes a holistic application review, meaning all information & accomplishments in a student’s application are evaluated. Students who believe their test scores strengthen their application are encouraged to submit them, but those who feel their classroom grades & other accomplishments tell a better story can omit their test scores from the application. There is no penalty for opting out. >>

Pitzer College
Claremont, CA

Test-Optional Admissions Policy Pitzer’s admission policy provides applicants flexibility in submitting application materials that accurately reflect their academic history. Students are not required to submit standardized test scores and have 3 options as to how they would like to represent their academic achievements. >>

Promise Scholar Program Students who have demonstrated academic achievement  yet do not meet one or more of the traditional freshman admissions criteria, are offered contractual admission to the University of Michigan-Flint. Participation in the EOI Promise Scholar Program is intended as a means of providing students with a good high school to college transition experience & a foundation for success at the University. >>

Davidson College

Davidson, NC

Need-Blind Admissions Davidson practices a need-blind admission policy, meaning an applicant’s character, academic achievement, potential and talents are the factors considered for admission, not the family’s bank balance. Davidson has also entirely replaced student loans with grants to ensure that all students are able to graduate without student loan debt. >>

University College University Academic Services sponsors a limited conditional admission program, University College (UC), for freshmen & transfer students who do not meet regular admission criteria but show potential for academic success. Students are selected for participation in UC through application review & interviews. Students admitted through this process must sign an agreement to specific conditions, and are linked to necessary support services and developmental advising. >>

Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, NY
Opportunity Program (HEOP/AOP) Skidmore’s Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) has been one of the most successful in New York State. HEOP recruits in-state students whose academic & financial circumstances might make them otherwise unable to attend Skidmore. The Academic Opportunity Program (AOP), Skidmore’s own program, recruits similar students who reside out of state and/or whose family income slightly exceeds HEOP guidelines. >>

The Opportunity SVC/ACT 101 Student Support Services Placement in the program is determined by the Admission Committee which evaluates the applicant’s grades, test scores, & recommendations. Program participants are required to complete a three-week, credit-bearing summer component.  In addition, a fall transitional semester is an added benefit of the program. The Opportunity staff provides ongoing academic support and counseling to the student throughout his or her college years.  >>

Grinnell College
Grinnell, IA

Need-Blind Admissions Grinnell is committed to need-blind admission and accessibility for academically qualified students, and thus offers significant financial aid. Grinnell meets 100 percent of demonstrated need, and awards over $30 million in financial aid every year. >>

University of Notre DameNotre Dame , IL

Need-Blind Admissions Policy Notre Dame has a need-blind admissions policy for all U.S. citizens and permanent residents. A student’s financial situation is not considered in the evaluation of his or her application. Notre Dame is committed to meeting 100% of each family’s demonstrated financial need in its need-based financial aid process, which is completely separate from its admissions process. >>

Alternative Admissions Program Western accepts a limited number of students through the Office of Academic Services (OAS) program who show academic potential based on several different criteria, but who do not meet regular admission standards. The OAS assigns advisors to these students, whose role is to serve as mentors and advocates and help them achieve success at WIU. >>

University of North Dakota’s Updates

Enrollment Confirmation Deposit
Beginning with the 2016 fall semester, UND is implementing a $200 non-refundable enrollment confirmation deposit. Read more.
Military Friendly

Once again for the year of 2016, UND has been named a military friendly school. Read more.
Meet the Reps
The team of admissions representatives is here to assist you with any questions you have about scholarships, the admission process and more. Contact the rep in your area.
Important Dates & Upcoming Events
Make sure you don’t miss an important deadline or event by marking your calendar now.
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Cornell University

First, the College of Arts & Sciences at Cornell recently launched a brand new, comprehensive website located at http://as.cornell.edu/. It provides students with a plethora of useful information about applying, majors/minors available, course offerings, academic advising, and much more.

Cornell continues to welcome use of the Universal College Application (UCA) or the Common Application (CA) and considers both applications on equal footing. It is important to note, U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are admitted during early decision, but who have not initiated a financial aid application by February 15, 2015, will not be considered for institutional aid. Students admitted during early decision will receive more information regarding the financial aid deadlines. Additional information regarding Financial Aid at Cornell can be found at: http://finaid.cornell.edu/apply-for-aid.

For students who may be interested in deferring their enrollment for one or two years, Cornell University broadly supports the notion of a gap year experience for students between high school and college. Successful gap year experiences start with a well-developed plan and include personal goals. Cornell University encourages students considering Cornell for their undergraduate education to apply and gain admission before requesting an enrollment deferral to participate in a gap year experience.  Students will be asked to submit their request in writing and will quite often want to discuss gap year plans before granting a request. Early decision admitted students who wish to request a deferral must do so by March 1, and regular decision admitted students who have deposited and wish to request a deferral must do so by June 1. More detailed information can be found at: http://admissions.cornell.edu/apply/enrollment-deferral-policy

Very soon, early decision applicants will receive an email reiterating the ED binding commitment. Here are some of the highlights from the email to students:

  • Early decision is binding. If you’re admitted to Cornell, you are required to withdraw any applications you’ve sent to other schools and send your enrollment deposit to Cornell by early January.
  • You can be admitted or denied during early decision as well as postponed to regular decision. Students whose applications are postponed to regular decision are no longer subject to the early decision binding commitment.
  • While early decision acceptances to Cornell are binding, students may be eligible to be released from the early decision agreement if the financial aid award does not make a Cornell education affordable for applicants and their families (must have applied for financial aid).

Scholarship Opportunities

Below are five scholarships with deadlines in as little as 10 days. To view more information about each scholarship, visit the individual application page for each.
1. Good360 Sustainability Scholarship – $1,000 – 1 Award (Deadline: November 30, 2015)

Student Eligibility:

If you’re a high school senior applying to college, or you’re currently a college student, and you have an interest in sustainability and the environment, then we’d love to hear your thoughts on what sustainability means to you. Thus, we’re sponsoring a college scholarship with an award of $1,000 to go towards tuition.

Applications can be found by going to:


2. Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships – $5,000 – 20 Awards (Deadline: December 5, 2015)

Student Eligibility:

A) Applications for Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships are accepted from October 5 through December 5, 2015.

B) Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships are open to student’s enrolled in an accredited educational institution in the United States.

Applications can be found by going to:


3. Solution Reach Scholarship – $2,000 – 2 Awards (Deadline: December 18, 2015)

Student Eligibility:

A) High school graduates with a GPA of 3.2 or higher and already accepted at an accredited college/university may apply.

B) There are no requirements for major or graduation date.

C) Any undergraduate student currently enrolled in an accredited US college or university with a minimum of 9 credits and a GPA of 3.0 may apply.

Applications can be found by going to:


4. December SP Scholarship – $10,000 – 10 Awards (Deadline: December 8, 2015)

Student Eligibility:

A) Be at least 13 years old and enrolled or will enroll in a college or university in the US.

B) Be a legal resident of the U.S. or Puerto Rico.

Applications can be found by going to:


5. You Deserve it Scholarship – $1,000 – 1 Award (Deadline: February 15, 2016)

Student Eligibility:

A) You must be a resident of any of the 50 United States, District of Columbia or US Territories

B) You must be 16 years of age or older

C) You must either be enrolled now, or will be enrolled in a qualified high school, college or university within the United States.

Applications can be found by going to:

University of Minnesota-Rochester

The University of Minneosta-Rochester wants to help provide students with the resources to make their education more affordable. This year, it will be hosting a scholarship competition. The Health Care Scholars Day competition will take place on February 20, 2016.
Scholarships will be awarded in the amounts of $1,000-$8,000. To have the opportunity to be invited to the scholarship competition, students are required to complete the UMR Admissions Application by the priority deadline of December 15, 2015.
Any student interested in one of the Living Learning Communities must also apply by Dec. 15th.
For more info, please visit https://r.umn.edu/.

PrattMWP College of Art & Design

PrattMWP College of Art and Design in Utica is the extension campus of the renowned Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Utica is located about four and four and a half hours from New York City and is conveniently located near Albany, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo. It’s an ideal environment for students who are not ready for or interested in starting their bachelor’s degree in a large city like New York City.

Top Ranked College
PrattMWP was ranked among the top US design schools by Graphic Design USA. Pratt Institute is ranked among the top design schools by BusinessWeek, number one for fine arts and studio programs by USA Today, and number five out of the top ten most influential design schools of the past half century by Graphic Design USA.

World-Class Majors in Art and Design

PrattMWP offers the first two years of Pratt Institute’s prestigious bachelor’s degree programs in
Art and Design Education (teacher preparation/certification)
Communications Design (graphic design, illustration, advertising art direction)
Fine Arts (painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics)

How Does a PrattMWP Education Work?
Pratt Institute offers students the option of starting their Pratt BFA degree at PrattMWP and then finishing their degree at Pratt’s main campus in Brooklyn, New York. After completing two years at PrattMWP, students automatically relocate to the main campus as juniors with no application required.  Upon completion, students graduate with their degree awarded by Pratt Institute. PrattMWP provides students with the same prestigious education for the first two years that they would receive at Pratt’s main campus in Brooklyn.

Although the majority of students relocate to Brooklyn, they may also apply to any other college as a transfer student.

Why do students choose PrattMWP?

1. Pratt’s outstanding rankings and reputation

2. An automatic relocation to Pratt’s main campus in year three (junior year)

3. A professional faculty of artists and designers and an intimate and nurturing environment with small class sizes and modern, fully-equipped studios, as well as on-campus residence halls.

4. Generous merit-based scholarships and significantly lower tuition cost: all students are automatically considered for scholarships, which range up to half tuition, with no separate application required. Tuition is also substantially less than most top art and design schools.

Some statistics that may interest you:

Total Enrollment: approximately 200 hundred students (freshmen and sophomores)
International Enrollment: about 26 percent of the freshman class is from outside the US, creating a diverse and unique environment
Number of incoming freshmen: 105 each year
Average entering high school GPA:  3.3
Tuition: $28,630 per year—much less than Pratt’s main campus and less than most of the other top art and design schools

Scholarships: all accepted students are considered for generous merit scholarships at the time of acceptance; no separate application is required.  They are based on portfolio, grades and test scores, and they range up to half-tuition.

Applying: the application deadline is January 5.  Students applying to PrattMWP apply using Pratt Institute’s online application, where they may select PrattMWP or Pratt or both.  All application materials must be sent to Pratt’s main campus admissions office in Brooklyn.  Full instructions are online (www.mwpai.edu/admissions).

Students interested in an individual visit are also invited to participate in the winter open house on Saturday, December 12.  It includes optional portfolio reviews, meetings with faculty, presentations, campus tours and more.