Charles L. Warren Memorial Heritage Scholarship 2019

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“Chuck” as he was known to his many colleagues and friends counseled and advised numerous students during his years of service in the guidance profession before his untimely passing from cancer in July 1999. Chuck received his B.S. in Secondary Education and an M.A. degree in Guidance and Counseling from Miami University and worked in the Office of Financial aid. He also served in the US Air Force as a Russian Linguist. Chuck’s passion was working with high school students and advising them on their future opportunities. He believed that any student could achieve their dream if they worked hard and put forth the effort. This belief and passion was shared with students as a Wrestling Coach and Guidance Counselor at Middletown High School and as a Guidance Counselor at Colerain High School in Cincinnati. He was very active in OACAC and beloved by his colleagues and we honor him with this scholarship.

The Charles L. Warren Memorial Heritage Scholarship is awarded by the Ohio Association for College Admission Counseling each year to outstanding high school seniors. The scholarship is a one-time $1,500 award. For more information including personal statement prompts, please click here.

CRITERIA FOR ELIGIBILITY: This scholarship is awarded to students who meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate and show a continued commitment to cultural and intellectual diversity
  • Attend an OACAC member high school. Just one HS counselor needs to be a member to qualify, please check with your counselor to verify that your high school is an OACAC member.
  • Have an accumulated grade point average of 3.00 or better on a 4.00 scale in a college preparatory curriculum
  • Required to attend an Ohio college or university
  • Submit the Charles L. Warren Memorial Heritage Scholarship application, an official high school transcript, a counselor recommendation and a personal statement by the published deadline

All of these criteria are required, along with other factors as determined by the Inclusion, Access, and Success Committee of OACAC. Students from underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply.

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS January 21, 2019.

Please return completed application forms to:

Courtney Johnson-Benson

OACAC Inclusion, Access and Success Committee Chair

The University of Akron – Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Simmons Hall Akron, OH 44325

Email: caj4@uakron.edu

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The State of Student Loan Debt

As 2017 comes to a close, recaps of our eventful year are popping up in the media, social media feeds, and end-of-year reports. News stories have come and gone from our short-term memory, but the student loan debt crisis has perpetually remained top-of-mind. It won’t fade away anytime soon considering at least $1.3 trillion is owed by 44 million borrowers, according to a Forbes piece from February 2017.

The picture is particularly tough for minorities when digging deeper. “In 2013, 42 percent of African American families had student loans, compared to 28 percent of white families, according to the Urban Institute” (from a piece in The Atlantic).

The Brookings Institution reported in 2016 that “black borrowers remain more than three times as likely to default within four years as white borrowers (7.6 percent versus 2.4 percent). Hispanic borrowers, despite having about the same level of debt as white graduates, are more than twice as likely to default (5.7 percent).”

Repayment plans are available for loans offered through the federal government, but some borrowers aren’t always aware of them. However, short-term relief can turn into a long-term financial burden. To share an anecdote from my own experience, an income-based repayment plan sets a lower monthly payment than the 10-year standard repayment plan, but that prolongs the life of the loan and in turn the amount of interest paid.

Without question, students of all backgrounds face challenges in a landscape of rising costs of attendance and tightening budgets, but minority students are particularly impacted.

No need to make a prediction for 2018 – with certainty, the student loan debt crisis will remain top of mind for students and all of us who counsel them.

One last note: Now more than ever, scholarships are extremely valuable for students seeking funding for their education. The Charles L. Warren Memorial Heritage Scholarship is awarded by the Ohio Association for College Admission Counseling each year to outstanding high school seniors. The scholarship is a one-time $1,500 award, and eligible students may apply here: https://form.jotform.com/72675876761170. The deadline to apply is January 19, 2018.

Ryan Collins is an admission counselor at Baldwin Wallace University.

DEADLINE APPROACHING: Charles L. Warren Memorial Heritage Scholarship

IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN….

The Charles L. Warren Memorial Heritage Scholarship deadline for high school seniors is this Friday, February 12, 2016! Click this link for the application http://oacac.org/student-scholarships/. Please remember that high schools counselors must be OACAC members* for their students to be considered for the scholarship! Click here to become a member http://oacac.org/become-member/. Please contact Nancy Gibson at gibsonn@denison.edu if you have any questions.

*Just one counselor in your high school needs to be an OACAC member to qualify.

TEASER: OACAC Warren Scholarship

ATTENTION ALL HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELORS…

One of your students could be standing here as an OACAC Warren Scholar in 2016!

 

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The Charles L. Warren Memorial Heritage Scholarship deadline has changed this year! The application will be live on the OACAC website after December 1, 2015, and the new deadline is February 12, 2016. Be watching for more details in December!