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Students Makayla Hardin (Chillicothe), Shayla Kibble (Eastern), Lauren Dunn (Southern), Alysa McKee (Nelsonville-York), and Autumn Lawless (Logan) show teamwork!


High School Graduation Planning


College Admissions:

Below are links to admission applications for several colleges and universities. Pay attention to the different methods of applying that the school requires; some may use the Common App while others have their own process. These memberships are usually free.

For a more comprehensive list, visit our Pinterest page for Ohio's colleges and universities with their respective application sites. Additionally there is more information about getting into college, exam help, and scholarship opportunities.


Northwestern 2012

Group of students at Northwestern University in Chicago, 2012.

College Success Strategies:

The Ohio University Upward Bound Cookbook is loaded with healthy recipes that can easily be made in a dorm room setting. Additionally this cookbook contains great tips for studying as well as time management for our incoming college students!

Click this link to access a great website that has practice ACT and SAT tests!

This page from Cerritos College has some great advice on how to succeed in college!

Click this link to access a website with helpful tips on succeeding in college!


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Summer session students during the UB Olympics, 2013.

Financial Aid: College Scholarships, Colleges, and Online Degrees page is designed to offer college-bound, graduate school-bound, and career school bound students of all age’s easy access to information about a wide variety of subjects which include:
-free college scholarship and financial aid searches
-SAT and ACT test preparation tips, and more.
-Colleges and universities throughout the United States.
-online degree and online college program. FastWeb is 34 million students strong and growing. We’re recommended by more than 16,000 high schools—and for good reason. Last year, one out of three college-bound high school seniors used FastWeb to find money for school and get advice on everything from what major to choose to what to pack for your dorm room. We’re the leading Internet scholarship search—we’ll help you find a scholarship to pay for school and let you know what to expect when you get there. We can help with college visits, the application process and understanding financial aid.

Federal Student Aid: Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, ensures that all eligible individuals can benefit from federally funded or federally guaranteed financial assistance for education beyond high school. We consistently champion the promise of postsecondary education to all Americans —and its value to our society. Federal Student Aid plays a central and essential role in supporting postsecondary education by providing money for college to eligible students and families. We partner with postsecondary schools, financial institutions and others to deliver services that help students and families who are paying for college. is a public service website that offers students information on scholarships, grants, loans, and other types of financial aid for free.

IEFA: IEFA is the premier resource for financial aid, college scholarship and grant information for US and international students wishing to study abroad. At this site, you will find the most comprehensive college scholarship search and grant listings plus international student loan programs and other information to promote study abroad.

San Diego Foundation: The San Diego Foundation is a program that provides several links to helpful financial aid websites, institutions, etc. Since their founding in 1999, has had one goal: to help students find the money they need to get a college education. Over the last several years, they've become the largest free and independent college scholarship search and financial aid information resource on the Internet, and have been recognized by high schools and colleges and universities nationwide. Their mission is to assist students and their families in finding college scholarships and to help them explore a variety of valuable financial aid opportunities. employs a professional staff of data researchers to maintain an up-to-date database of over 2.4 million scholarships worth more than $14.7 billion.

Scholarship Search Secrets: In this ebook, you'll find today's top secrets for finding college scholarships at little or no cost to you except your time. You'll learn how to maximize your free financial aid with search engine tips and tricks, online resources, and personal branding to work for you and your college education.

Local Scholarship Listing: A listing of scholarships for our local school districts.

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Students Heaven Herrold and Marilynn Sprague (both Vinton County) receive Chemistry help, summer 2013.

First Generation College Students:
College Board: In addition to providing all the information you need about the PSAT and SAT, the College Board website has tools for planning for, finding, and applying to college. It offers an interactive tool called “My Organizer” that is well worth signing up for. is a revolutionary college planning web site featuring 360° x 360° virtual campus tours of over 1200 college campuses. Each campus tour allows you to see what college life is really like through unique panoramic photographs. If you like what you see in the virtual campus tour, you can search the college website, contact the college's admission office, or save the virtual college tour in your eCampusTours portfolio. You can also view all kinds of college planning information about choosing a college, student financial aid, campus life, career exploration, student loans, scholarships and more. The link below is a series of tips for first generation college students.

First in the Family: First in the Family is a series of books and a website that contains stories of first generation college students’ journey from high school to college. First in the Family also contains several useful resources for organizing your own journey to college, such as planning checklists, financial aid resources, links to useful summer programs you can get involved in, as well as inspirational quotes.

Information from

  • Student Pamphlet: Be the first in your family to go to college! You can find your own way—and the support you need—to make your own future. By starting now to think about and plan for college, you can make it happen. There are many resources to help make this process easier.
  • Parent Pamphlet: Parents your support will make a difference. Sending a child to college is a big step, particularly when your child is the first in your family to consider college. College will provide opportunities and experiences to your children that you didn’t have. How do you advise them? This brochure can help

Ohio Appalachian Center for Higher Education (OACHE): The OACHE is an uncommon partnership of public higher-education institutions and K–12 schools in the 32 counties of Appalachian that was established and funded by the State of Ohio in 1993 to increase the low educational attainment of the region’s citizens. The program unites colleges, universities, K–12 schools and the private sector to increase the region’s college-going rate, currently only half the national average.

The Council for Opportunity in Education: The Council for Opportunity in Education is a nonprofit organization, established in 1981, dedicated to furthering the expansion of educational opportunities throughout the United States. Through its numerous membership services, the Council works in conjunction with colleges, universities, and agencies that host TRIO Programs to specifically help low-income students enter college and graduate.

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A group of students work on their art project, summer 2013.


Get Involved:
A program of the Corporation for National and Community Service: Learn and Serve America supports and encourages service-learning throughout the United States, and enables over one million students to make meaningful contributions to their community while building their academic and civic skills. By engaging our nation’s young people in service-learning, Learn and Serve America instills an ethic of lifelong community service.

Corporation for National and Community Service: The Corporation for National and Community Service plays a vital role in supporting the American culture of citizenship, service and responsibility. We are a catalyst for change and champion for the ideal that every American has skills and talents to give.
The Corporation is the nation’s largest grant maker supporting service and volunteering. Through our Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, we provide opportunities for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to express their patriotism while addressing critical community needs.

Do Something: Do Something believes you have the power to make a difference. It is our aim to inspire, support and celebrate a generation of doers: people who see the need to do something, believe in their ability to get it done, and then take action. At we provide the tools and resources for you to convert your ideas and energy into positive action. Be part of a generation of doers.

Dove: The Dove brand's mission is to make women feel beautiful every day by widening the definition of beauty and inspiring them to take great care of themselves. Dove strives to realistically portray women by accurately depicting their natural shape, size, skin color, and age.

Living Word Project: The Living Word Project (LWP) creates verse-based work that is spoken through the body, illustrated by visual and sonic scores, and in communication with the important social issues and movements of the immediate moment. LWP is the theater’s connection from Shakespeare’s quill to Kool Herc’s turntables; from Martha Graham’s cupped hand to Nelson Mandela’s clenched fist: a new voice for a new politic. The Repertory Works of the LWP premiere at either the Living Word Festival or the Hip Hop Theater Festival Bay Area, then tour nationally and internationally year round, and are presented before audiences numbering over 100,000.

Managed by the Corporation for National and Community Service: The President has said that the challenges America faces are unprecedented, and that we need to build a new foundation for economic growth in America. The Administration has begun this work with dramatic new investments in education, health care and clean energy, but we cannot do this alone here in Washington. Economic recovery is as much about what you're doing in your communities as what we're doing in Washington – and it’s going to take all of us, working together. is your online resource for not only finding volunteer opportunities in your community, but also creating your own. Use to help you do your part. America’s foundation will be built one community at a time – and it starts with you.

What Kids Can Do (WKCD): A national nonprofit founded in January 2001 by an educator and journalist with more than 40 years' combined experience supporting adolescent learning in and out of school. Together, they felt an urgent need to promote perceptions of young people as valued resources, not problems, and to advocate for learning that engages students as knowledge creators and not simply test takers. Just as urgent, they believed, was the need to bring youth voices to policy debates about school, society, and world affairs.

YouthNoise: YN is a social networking site for people under the age of 27 who like to connect based on deeper interests than Paris Hilton's wardrobe and want to get engaged within a cause. Find a cause, join the discussion and get involved. Whatever your cause-- from human rights and education to clean water and sports for social good-- promote it here.

Youth Serve America (YSA): Youth Serve America seeks to improve communities by increasing the number and diversity of young people, ages 5-25, serving in important roles. Founded in 1986, YSA is an international nonprofit resource center that partners with thousands of organizations in more than 100 countries to expand the impact of the youth service movement with families, communities, schools, corporations, and governments. Youth Serve America often has grants that we may be eligible for to help out with transportation costs, food for all the volunteers, etc.