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Spotlight on North Carolina Scholars’ Latino Initiative

No Comments 02 March 2017

N.C. Sli (Scholars’ Latino Initiative) serves Hispanic students across Chatham, Durham, Lee and Orange counties in North Carolina. Program participants receive a support network, academic enrichment and college and career preparation. The majority of students are first-generation college students and/or first-generation Americans who come from low-income households.

Approximately 20 percent of Sli Scholars are undocumented or have DACA status. Program participants tend to be in the top 25 percent of their class. Most Sli students take advanced classes and go on to enroll in a four-year college or university. Prospective Sli Scholars should be committed to academic achievement and personal growth, aim to serve their local communities and work collaboratively with others.

N.C. Sli provides advising and mentoring to ensure that its students succeed in college. The program selects undergraduate students from University of North Carolina to provide peer mentoring for Sli  Scholars. Many of these mentors identify as Latinx, immigrant and/or first-generation college students.

Program participants receive three years of mentoring, which begins the summer prior to their sophomore year of high school. UNC also will provide scholars the opportunity to take classes on Latinx literature and history. Ultimately, this program allows students to participate in a transformative experience that will allow Sli Scholars to positively change the way they think about themselves and the world.

The parents of Sli Scholars also benefit from this program. N.C. Sli allows students to learn about their child’s high school and college experience through Familias Unidas por la Educación. Parents learn about the high school experience in the U.S., the college application process and financial aid. They also discuss parenting-related issues such as bullying, adolescent development, mental health and a family’s transition when a child goes to college.

College Greenlight allows N.C. Sli to track each scholar’s college application process, from building college lists to weighing different college options. As many students live far from N.C. Sli’s headquarters, College Greenlight has been a resource for communicating with and advising these students. Reach out to Alice Dolbow at dolbow@unc.edu to learn more about N.C. Sli.

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College Application Tips for First-Generation Students

No Comments 01 February 2017

Resources for first-generation college students are abundant — you just need to know where to look. Here are a few tips to help you get started on the college-application process.

Attend Fly-In Programs and College Fairs

It’s vital to know about a college before you apply. Seeing a campus in person is drastically different than experiencing it behind a computer screen.

Traveling to a college for a campus visit can get expensive, so some colleges offer fly-in programs to curb costs for prospective students. These programs cover transportation and allow you to see the school for yourself.

If a fly-in program is out of the question, attending a local college fair is a great alternative. Although you won’t be able to experience a college in-person, this gives you the opportunity to talk to a representative from that institution.

Research

If you have questions related to the college-application process, don’t be afraid to Google. Look up any terms on an application that you are unfamiliar with.

If you need further assistance, email or call an admission counselor. They can break down application requirements and financial aid into easy-to-follow steps. Once you have narrowed down your college list, search for “first-generation students” on a college’s website to see what resources are available.

Sign Up for a Summer Program

A summer program is the best way to learn about a college’s culture and curriculum. First-generation students can feel out of place at college. Attending a summer program can ease the transition to college and ensure students are up for the challenge of college courses. Not every summer program provides financial aid to its participants, so take a look at this list of programs that do.

Ask For Help

Although your parents may not be able to guide you through this process, you don’t have to go through it alone. Share your goals with your family. They can offer emotional support and assist you in finding another family member, friend or organization that can to provide you with financial support or answer questions. Organizations like I’m First guide first-generation college students through this process.


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