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New Salem - February 6, 2008

Counselor’s Corner


By
Dr. Gaylynn Becker
National Certified Career Counselor
National Certified School Counselor
New Salem High School


Grants, ACT Fee Waivers & an Apprentice Program

Need money to attend college? This article describes 2 grant programs that students with financial need can get by taking academically challenging courses and earning good grades in high school and college. If you are still in high school, consider these requirements in your high school course planning in order to qualify.

Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG)
The Academic Competitiveness Grant began during the 2006-2007 academic year. Students who qualify for this must receive a Federal Pell Grant, and have completed an academically challenging high school curriculum that must have included:
3 years of math (Algebra I and above),
3 years of science,
3 years of social studies,
4 years of English, and
1 year of a foreign language.
The award can be as high as $ 750.

National SMART Grant
This grant program is for full-time undergraduate students in their 3rd and 4th year of college. The student must also be receiving a Federal Pell Grant. This grant can be as high as $ 4,000. Eligible majors include: physical, life, or computer sciences, engineering, technology, mathematics or a critical-need foreign language. The student must also have a minimum of a 3.00 GPA.

Students attending an institution in the North Dakota University System and who qualify should be receiving these grants automatically. If you are currently attending college and think you qualify for one of these grants and you aren’t receiving the grant, go to your college financial aid office and inquire about these grants.

ACT Fee Waivers
If you are either a junior or a senior in high school who has trouble paying the $ 30.00 to take the ACT, then this section should be of interest to you. I have a few ACT Waiver Forms in my office. If your family qualifies, you can complete the form and submit it with your ACT registration and your ACT fee can be waived. Only one of the following requirements needs to be met:
1. Family receives public assistance
2. Student is a ward of the state
3. Student resides in a foster home
4. Student participates in free or reduced-price lunch program at school
5. Family income is at or below the 2007 Bureau of Labor Statistics Low Standard Budget listed below:

# In Family ....2007 Before Taxes
1 ....................$ 11,500.
2 ....................$ 18,800.
3 ....................$ 25,800.
4 ....................$ 31,900
5 ....................$ 37,600.
6 ....................$ 44,000.
I have a limited number of waiver forms. If you think you may qualify, stop by my office or give me a call.

Apprentice Program!

Are you out of work or thinking of making a career change? If so, the Dakotas & Western Minnesota Area Electrical JATC is accepting applications for an “Electrician Apprentice” program. Interested parties can either call (701) 258-6370 or go on-line and request an application at www.dakotasjatc.org. The apprenticeship program involves working and attending 5 evening of classes per month. In addition to salary, those selected for the program will receive a family health insurance plan. Application deadline is February 18th and interviews begin February 26th.

For more information on career information and links, please go to http://www.cplanning.org. If you have any questions on career, counseling, or assessment topics, please contact me at either New Salem High School at 843-7610, or at my residence at 222-3222.

Have an excellent academic day!