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Activities that Look Good on a Scholarship Application

No Comments 09 August 2017

Spinning the activities you have done this summer, or plan to do, as things to add to scholarship essays will benefit you. Here are some activities that scholarship decision committees will be pleased to see on an application.


Volunteering is a great way to show scholarship administrators that you are a well-rounded student. You can find a new passion, build your resume and reinforce teamworking skills. Many scholarships require a supplemental essay with the application. The character built and experienced gained from volunteering is a great subject for an essay.

College Prep Programs

Showing you are thinking about college during the summer goes a long way with a scholarship committee. Attending some sort of college preparation program allows you to get a taste of a college campus and some of the courses that are offered. Take a look at this extensive list of fly-in programs. Many colleges offer free fly-in programs, travel assistance scholarships, overnight programs and diversity programming that comes at little or no cost to students accepted to their programs. Listing a program like this on a resume would show a scholarship decision committee that you take your studies seriously and deserve a scholarship.

Part-time work

Working a part-time job comes with a number of benefits. If you happen to come from a low-income household, this money can go a long way. Working a job at a young age shows scholarship committees you are dedicated to pursuing higher education. Plus, your place of employment might offer its own scholarships.

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Why You Should Intern

No Comments 26 June 2017

It’s never too early to start preparing for your career. If you want an advantage over other job candidates, working an internship is the way to go. Take a look at these reasons for why you should work an internship in college.

Build your resume. Come graduation, internships will look great on your resume. An internship allows you to gain experience in your chosen field, which will give you a leg up over any other job applicants. In the meantime, a beefed-up resume also can lead to more scholarship opportunities.

Gain confidence. Applying to jobs and going on interviews is intimidating. With an internship, you’ve already been there. You will have gone through the interview process and have the skills it takes to succeed in an office.

Expand your network. Like the saying goes, it’s all about who you know. This is true in the workforce as well. The people you meet in an internship can jumpstart your career. They can advocate for you to get a job at that company or introduce you to a connection to help you get hired elsewhere.

Find your future employer. Companies love hiring internally and internships are designed to find future employees. If you perform well during your internship, you could land yourself a job after college. This can save you the time and stress of a months-long job hunt that your classmates will go through after college.

It can be a great experience. Aside from the obvious career advantages, an internship can be a great experience. It can introduce you to lifelong friends and potentially help you to uncover a new passion that will allow you to excel in your career.

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College Fly-In and Diversity Programs

9 Comments 25 April 2017

One of the most important factors is in deciding if a college is right for you is whether or not you can picture yourself as a member of campus. For many students this means a campus visit.  If the college isn’t nearby, however, traveling to visit the college might not be possible due to financial limitations.  The good news is that several colleges offer free fly-in programs, travel assistance scholarships, overnight programs and diversity programming that comes at little or no cost to students accepted to their programs!

Below is our updated list of these fly-in, diversity, and other programs that are great opportunities for multicultural students.   We continually update this list of fly-in programs as colleges announce their programs. Some colleges announce the dates for their fly-in programs in the spring, while other colleges do not announce the dates until later in the year. (Until each college announces the new dates for its fly-in program, the chart will list the previous year’s dates to suggest likely dates for the current year’s program.) Be sure to check back frequently for updates.

Do you know of any great programs that we missed? Feel free to share in the comments section so we can add it to our list.

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College NameName of Fly-in or Diversity ProgramProgram Date
Application Deadline
Albion CollegeFly-In Reimbursement ProgramApril each year
Admitted students only
Allegheny College#Allegheny Bound Overnight04/23-24/201704/06/2017
Amherst CollegeAmherst College Diversity Open Houses (DIVOH)09/23-25/2017
Babson CollegeMulticultural Overnight Experience11/22-23/201709/1/2017
Barnard CollegeBarnard Bound10/7-9/201706/01/2017
Bates CollegePrologue To Bates10/8-10/2017
Bentley UniversityFalcon Preview!11/11-12/2016
TBA for 2017
TBA for 2017
Bowdoin CollegeExplore Bowdoin09/21-24/2017
Brandeis UniversityExplore Brandeis SEED Fly-in Program10/19-21/201708/15/2017
Bryant UniversityFly-In to BryantContact admissions office.
Available to high school seniors and prospective transfer students only.
Bryn Mawr Fall Travel ScholarsFall 201706/15/2017
Bucknell UniversityJourney to Bucknell10/29-31/2017May 2017
Calvin CollegeVisit GrantsFriday VisitsRolling
Carleton CollegeTaste of Carleton10/26-28/201709/02/2017
Carnegie Mellon UniversityCelebration of Diversity11/11-13/2017
TBA for 2017
Colby CollegeCommitment Experience Fly-In10/1-2/2017
TBA for 2017
Colgate UniversityColgate in Focus10/15-17/201709/08/2017
Applications evaluated on a rolling basis.
College of IdahoFly-In ReimbursementArrange visit through admissions officeRolling
College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's UniversityNational Fly-in Weekend Program11/18-20/2017
Registration available starting on September 1, 2017
College of the Atlantic (COA)Fall Fly-In10/12-15/2017
COA Presidential Scholars only
College of the Holy CrossPerspectivesFall 2017
TBA for 2017
TBA for 2017
Colorado CollegeTigers on a Quest and Flyin' Tigers09/30/2017 - 10/2/2017
Columbia UniversityColumbia Engineering Experience10/9-11/2016
TBA for 2017
TBA for 2017
Connecticut CollegeExplore Weekend11/12-14/2016
TBA for 2017
August 2017
Dartmouth CollegeDartmouth Bound Program07/16-19/201705/01/2017
Dartmouth CollegeNative American Community Program
Native Fly-In Program
Davidson CollegeMulticultural Visitation Program (MVP)10/15-17/2017 08/28/2017 (priority)
09/11/2017 (final)
Dickinson CollegeDiscover Diversity at Dickinson10/8-10/2017
Emory UniversityEmory's Cultural Overnight Recruitment Experience (CORE) Fall Visit Program10/12-14/2017 08/16/2017
Franklin & Marshall CollegeCollegiate Leadership Summit09/24-26/2017
George Washington University (GWU)Your GW09/28-29/2017
Gordon CollegeFly-In to Gordon03/23-25/2017
TBA for 2018
Grinnell CollegeGrinnell College Diversity Preview Program09/24-25/2017 09/4/2017
Gustavus Adolphus CollegeFly-In ProgramApril each year
Admitted students only
Hamilton CollegeDiversity Overnight09/17-19/2017
Harvey Mudd College
Future Achievers in Science and Technology (FAST)09/28-30/2017

These are tentative dates.
Summer 2017
Haverford CollegeMulticultural Scholars Experience10/29-31/2017 09/15/2017
Holy Cross CollegePerspectives11/5-7/2016
TBA for 2017
TBA for 2017
Hope CollegeFly-In Weekend03/2-4/2017
TBA for 2018
TBA for 2018
Illinois Wesleyan UniversityTitan Weekend02/3-4/2017
TBA for 2018
TBA for 2018
Ithaca CollegeInside Look
Ithaca Today
TBA for 2018

Inside Look is a program for accepted students who self-identify as ALANA (African American, Latino[a], Asian American and Native American). It is followed by the admitted students weekend, Ithaca Today.
TBA for 2018
Johns Hopkins University
H.O.M.E. Program10/12-14/201709/15/2017
Kalamazoo CollegeIntercultural Fly-In ProgramFebruary and April 2018TBA for 2018
Kenyon CollegeCultural Connections Programs11/4-6/201710/13/2017 travel grant
10/30/2017 program
Lafayette CollegeOur Beloved Community (OBC) Symposium11/12/2016
TBA for 2017
TBA for 2017
Lehigh UniversityDiversity Achievers Program and
Diversity Life Weekend
TBA for Fall 2017
TBA for Fall 2017
Lewis and Clark CollegeLEAD Fly-In Program11/5-7/201709/18/2017
Luther CollegeFly-In Reimbursement ProgramPresent ticket at admissions office during visitRolling
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)Weekend Immersion in Science and Engineering (WISE)09/17-19/2017
Miami University (Ohio)Bridges at Miami University10/22-23/2017
Middlebury College
Discover Middlebury multicultural open house10/8-10/201708/11/2017
Missouri University of Science and Technology¡Sí Se Puede! weekend retreat for Hispanic and Latino students10/30/2017 - 11/1/201710/16/2017
Mt. Holyoke CollegeFocus on Diversity overnight program10/15-16/20178/24/2017
Oberlin CollegeMulticultural Visit Program (MVP)10/26-28/2017
11/30/2017 - 12/2/2017
Occidental CollegeFall Multicultural Visit Program (MVP) and Spring MVP11/10-12/2016
TBA for Fall 2017
Ohio UniversityMulticultural Visit Program (MVP)TBA for 2017TBA for 2017
Pitzer CollegeDiversity Program at PItzer10/27-29/2016
TBA for Fall 2017
TBA for Fall 2017
Pomona College Perspectives on Pomona09/30/2017 - 10/3/2017
Purdue UniversityPurdue University Summer and Diversity CampsMultiple camps in June and July 2017Two weeks prior to start date
Reed CollegeDiscover Reed Fly-In10/8-10/201709/05/2017
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)STAR (Science, Technology, Arts at Rensselaer)10/27-29/2016
TBA for 2017
TBA for 2017
Rice UniversitySeeking Opportunities at Rice (SOAR)09/30/2017 - 10/2/20178/18/2017
Saint Mary's University of MinnesotaFly-in Airfare Assist ProgramContact admissions office
Applicants for admission only
Two weeks prior to visit
Scripps CollegePreview Scripps
Multicultural outreach travel grants
TBA for 2017TBA for 2017
Simpson CollegeFly-In Program ReimbursementArrange visit with admissions office and present ticket at admissions office during visitRolling
Smith CollegeWomen of Distinction Program10/20-22/201706/16/2017
St. Olaf CollegeFly-In Program11/07/201709/30/2017
Swarthmore CollegeDiscover Swarthmore overnight weekend program09/21-23/2017
Trinity College Preview Weekend11/5-6/201710/6/2017
Tufts UniversityVoices of Tufts: the University Experience10/19-20/2017 (Engineering)
10/26-27/2017 (Arts & Sciences)
TBA for 2017
10/3/2017 (Engineering)
10/11/2017 (Arts & Sciences)
Union CollegeGetting to Know Union Weekend10/8-9/2017
University of DenverLatino/a Pioneer Prep Institute and Black & African American Pioneer Prep Institute06/27/2017 - 07/01/2017
University of EvansvilleFly-In PolicyApril each year
Admitted students only
University of PennsylvaniaPenn Early Exploration Program (PEEP)10/9-11/2016
TBA for 2017
TBA for 2017
University of RichmondMulticultural Overnight Visitation Experience (MOVE)11/12/2017TBA for 2017
University of RochesterMulticultural Visitation Program 11/10-12/2016
TBA for 2017
TBA for 2017
University of St. ThomasSt. Thomas' Fly-In ProgramAvailable for a Tommie Overnight VisitRolling
University of Vermont Discovering UVM10/22-24/2017
Utica CollegeFly-In Visit Reimbursement ProgramArrange visit with admissions office and present ticket at admissions office during visitRolling
Vassar CollegeVassar View10/22-24/201709/15/2017
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityPrimeros Pasos11/19/2016
TBA for 2017
TBA for 2017
Washington University in St. LouisWashU Preview10/1-2/201707/14/2017
Wellesley CollegeDiscover Wellesley and Fall Travel Grant10/15-16/201706/30/2017 (priority)
08/15/2017 (final)
Wesleyan University
Fall Open House Transportation Assistance Programs10/8-9/2017
06/29/2017 (priority)
09/04/2017 (regular)
10/13/2017 (regular)
Whitman CollegeVisit Scholarship Program10/13-15/2016
TBA for 2017
TBA for 2017
Whitworth UniversityMulticultural Visit Program (MVP)03/15-17/201802/26/2018
Williams CollegeWindows on Williams (WOW)09/21-23/2017
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)Discover: The Diversity Experience11/10-11/20179/29/2017

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Spotlight on Ladder Up

No Comments 17 March 2017

Ladder Up is a community-based organization that provides people with resources and opportunities to move up the economic ladder. This organization provides participants with free programs to help students obtain financial aid to make their college dreams a reality.

This program is based in Chicago and visits local high schools — mainly Chicago public schools and charter schools — to give presentations on financial aid. With its Life-Improving Financial Tools (LIFT), Ladder Up helps participants and their families create a foundation for economic self-sufficiency. The sub-programs, Higher Education Access Initiative (HEAI) and Financial Literacy Program, help participants to secure financial aid for college and gain the appropriate skills to make smart financial choices. Participants learn about FAFSA, award letters, student loans, college finances and personal statements. One-on-one counseling also is offered for parents and students. Ladder Up offers counseling year-round for those who need it.

Students and parents alike can learn about financial aid opportunities through Ladder Up. Participants walk away with follow-up information about award letters, student loans and college finances. They also will learn how to successfully fill out the FAFSA. Keep an eye on Ladder Up’s website to see if they are hosting an event near you.

Ladder Up encourages financial responsibility going into college. Follow their mantra and check out your College Greenlight profile for the newest scholarships you are eligible for. College Greenlight regularly has been a beneficial scholarship resource for Ladder Up students.

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How to Negotiate for More Financial Aid

No Comments 15 March 2017

If you are not happy with the financial aid package you’ve been offered, you do not have to settle for it. You have the option to appeal for more financial aid.

The first thing you need to do is come up with a plan. Study your college’s financial aid appeals process to know how to make your case. A common and effective way to do this is to write a direct letter to your financial aid office. Some colleges have a form to fill out.

These steps will guide you through the appeals process:

  1. Be as specific as possible when describing your financial situation. The financial aid office cannot help you if your appeal is too vague. Instead of saying you do not have enough money to cover tuition, you must explain why. Include facts, dates, figures and any other specifics that might help your case. Although you want to include details, keep the letter short. Do not bog it down with personal stories — write just the facts that affect your ability to pay. Be sure the amount you are asking for is reasonable as well. If a college thinks you are asking for too much, they may reject your appeal.
  2. List evidence and provide third-party documentation to back up your situation. Job loss, salary reduction, death of a wage earner or expenses for a special-needs child are among some of the reasons you could appeal need-based aid. Bills and receipts, letters of termination and bank statements are great examples of documentation. If you are looking to appeal for more merit-based aid, you can include a copy of a higher offer from another college, additional letters of recommendation or grades and awards. When the U.S. Department of Education audits colleges, they look at professional judgement appeals. They want to make sure any increase in financial aid is backed up by documentation.
  3. Mail your letter to the correct office. Contact the college and make sure you have the correct office. If you are sending a letter to appeal for more need-based financial aid, the letter should go to the financial aid office. If you are appealing for merit-based scholarships, contact the enrollment or admissions office. Explain to whoever you speak to that you want to initiate a Professional Judgement Review, which is the official term for an institution’s ability to review a student’s financial aid package and potentially increase it due to special circumstances. Do not try to begin the appeal over the phone – you just need to verify where to send the letter.
  4. Follow up. If you have not received a response to your letter within a week, follow up with the appropriate office. But remember, just because you are appealing your package, doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed more money. Some colleges do not negotiate. The decision whether to make an adjustment to your financial aid package is entirely up to the college. But with a well-written letter, you will have a better chance at success.

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