Como-Pickton schools will host the 4th Annual Path to Scholarships Workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, for current C-P students in grades eight through 12, as well as alumni.
“Path To Scholarships is an amazing program that works as hard as you do. Students using this program in the past have received thousands of dollars, regardless of ACT/SAT and financial status. If you have a 2.0 or higher, you can earn scholarships. In fact, all student participants will be entered for a scholarship door prize,” said CPCISD Counselor Laurie Bult.
Path to Scholarships teaches students career and college readiness with scholarship planning that guides students to properly organize the materials necessary to apply successfully to college and for scholarships. It’s designed to help motivate and inspire students to dare to dream high, and offers hope for a better future by empowering them with tools to reach their dream and pay for it.
The Path to Scholarships book series by nationally acclaimed author June McBride is an academic, motivational blueprint for a guided dropout prevention program. The series helps empower all students to prepare for a career, college and scholarships, thus reducing the dropout rate and increasing the graduation rate.
In a nutshell, the program is a college and scholarship planning guide that empowers students with checklists, planning forms and organizational tools that assist students to reach their dream of college. It’s targeted at students from middle school to college. Scholarships are available to all students from elementary school to college and graduate school.
Spencer Boyd, 2009 Como-Pickton High School graduate, credited this program with helping prepare him for college, and contributing to his selection in 2012 to Teach America. He went through the Path to Scholarship program.
“Going through the Path to Scholarship program, my junior and senior year had focus on the following things: applying to local and national scholarships, perfecting my resumé, filling out applications for different universities, working on/doing ACT/SAT work, looking at characteristics that are attributes to me and applying for things like financial aid,” Boyd noted in a 2012 interview upon being selected for Teach America.
“My goals at the time were to get into a successful university, continue my education through a college and do so without putting a hindrance on my family financially.”
He achieved that goal in May 2009, when he received a four-year scholarship to the University of North Texas “that would cover all tuition and fees not covered by grants and other financial assistance,” Boyd explained. “This also was beneficial for me, because it covered my housing and meals entirely.”
In addition to the $36,000 University of North Texas Emerald Eagle Scholars Grant, Boyd also went home from the CP end-of-the-year senior awards program with a $500 Como-Pickton PTO Scholarship, a $300 Eagle Baseball Scholarship, a $500 Gus Garrison Masonic Lodge Scholarship, a $500 Como-Pickton Athletic Booster Club Scholarship, a $500 Lake Country Antique Tractor Association Scholarship, a $1,000 Custom Shutters Scholarship and a Robert Davis Mowat Scholarship.
Seating for the Oct. 12 workshop at Como-Pickton CISD is limited, so registration is required. The workshop fee of $30 includes a workbook, CD/DVD, and online resources.
The fee for anyone who brings a workbook purchased last year to the workshop will only be $10. Participants will leave with a portfolio, all necessary forms and “the start of an award winning essay.”
Interested individuals must visit the counseling/student services office on the C-P High School campus to register and pay by Oct. 1, for priority scheduling. After that date, registration cannot be guaranteed. Participants may also RSVP online, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/C6QCB5S.
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