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Bridges to College Sponsors an ACT and Financial Aid Night

Bridges to College is an organization that works with students from the Greenville, Ansonia and Franklin Monroe school systems to help navigate the college process. We work with both students and their families, because getting to college takes a commitment from both sides. The most often asked question that we get from parents is “How can we find scholarships?” This presentation will help to answer that question because the biggest hurdle to cross when it comes to college, is often, how to pay for it.

Many of you may be wondering how a student’s ACT score fits in with financial aid. The ACT composite score is one of the most important factors in a student obtaining scholarships and merit aid from colleges. This translates into what most would call “free money.” The best part is that these awards are given each year the student attends the college, as long as the student maintains the requirements set out within each scholarship.

Research has proven that a student’s ACT score can be improved with preparation. Julie Goldschmidt and Shelly Poeppelman, teachers from Fort Loramie High School, have recognized how important it is to provide students with an opportunity to learn how to improve their ACT score. Bridges to College is excited to have them share their program that they have built over the past few years in an ACT Prep Class format.

On Tuesday, January 19th at 7p.m., Chris Seger, a Bridges to College Board member, will present helpful information on Financial Aid and the FAFSA. The presentation will be held at the Greenville Senior High School Cafeteria. At the conclusion of the presentation, we will have a time for questions and also provide additional resources for getting help.
Please Contact Anne McKinney, Executive Director of Bridges to College, with questions at 937-423-2442.

Julie Goldschmidt teaches Algebra 2, PreCalculus, and AP Calculus at Fort Loramie High School. Shelley Poeppelman teaches the Senior English courses, including AP English, at Fort Loramie High School. They have been conducting the ACT prep workshops for students in the tri-county area for the past three years, with very positive results!

College Club begins in Ansonia, continues in Greenville
The Greenville High School College Club was such a success, Bridges to College partnered with Ansonia High School and started a College Club there this fall.

In early October, about 25 Ansonia High School sophomores met during lunch and learned about the different types of colleges. Later this month about 10 of them are joining Greenville High School College Club juniors on a trip to Sinclair Community College.

The College Club includes two components: educational seminars and campus visits. During lunch seminars, the students learn about careers and majors, college selection, college admissions and testing, and financial aid. By visiting college campuses, students learn more about the admissions process, about the types of colleges, and about what to look for during a college visit.

The GHS College Club took its first campus visit in the spring of 2012 when more than 50 GHS sophomores visited Wright State University. In early October, GHS College Club seniors wrapped up their College Club visits when they traveled to the University of Cincinnati.

College Night draws people from throughout the county
About 80 parents and students from throughout Darke County attended the annual College Night, presented by Bridges to College, on Monday, Sept. 30, at St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville.

The free program, designed for high school juniors and seniors and their parents, gave an overview of careers and majors, college selection, campus visits, college admissions, ACT testing, and financial aid. Chris Seger, Bridges to College trustee and admissions director at Ivy Tech Community College-Richmond, presented the program.

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Advising program underway
Five volunteer advisors and the Bridges to College director are mentoring more than 35 juniors and seniors at Greenville and Ansonia high schools this year.

Advisers usually meet monthly with students to discuss college plans and help them stay on track for college.
To learn more about our mentorship program, visit the Bridges to College advising page.

Ohio State University students visit Ansonia Elementary School
Ansonia Elementary School students received information about college when 10 Ohio State University college students visited the school in September.

The early college awareness program was designed to encourage students to think about college, to make the connection between education and careers, and to do well in school. Bridges to College helped bring the event to Ansonia.

The presentations were part of Access 88, an Ohio State University service outreach program focused on access to higher education in Ohio’s 88 counties. Last year, the OSU students and Access88 gave a presentation to Greenville Junior High School students.

Many upcoming college awareness programs planned
Bridges to College has several more programs planned for students throughout the rest of the school year. A few of these include:
● Financial Aid Night for high school seniors and their parents.
● An early college awareness program and trip to Edison Community College for Ansonia and Greenville sixth-graders.
● College Club trips to Ball State University and Wright State University
● An early college awareness program for Greenville and Ansonia second-graders. Community volunteers will read and discuss “I Know I Can” and give each second-grader a book.

Stayed tuned to our website and newsletter for more details about these programs!

Bridges to College Fund Drive kicks off
Bridges to College is impacting primary, secondary and college-aged students. To continue doing this, it needs your help. The Bridges to College Fund Drive recently began.

New this year are giving levels: Contributor (to $49); Friend ($50-$99); Associate ($100-$249); Bachelors ($250-$499); Masters ($500-$999); and Professional ($1,000 and over).

Your contribution will help fund programs; support overseeing the mentorship program; and pay for need-based scholarships. People can make contributions online or by mail. Please donate today!

For more information, contact Beth Sears, executive director, at Anne McKinney or call 423-2442.

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