Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Headed West!

We are so excited that a few members of our team will be heading to Los Angeles, CA to discuss RazorCOACH with counselors and educators from all over the United States. We are proud of what the program seeks to do here in Northwest Arkansas and hope similar programs can be modeled throughout the U.S. We hope to attend other presentations as well, and continue to gain knowledge of the college-going process and how to best serve our students. We will post more about our trip when we return, so stay tuned!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Financial Aid 101

This week the Razorcoaches are hitting the ground running and are excited to be back in their schools after a chilly winter break. Last week they spent some time learning about Financial Aid, including how to fill out the FAFSA and the details of the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship. We can't wait to share everything we learned with our students, but here are a few quick reminders:

FAFSA opened January 1 and can be filled out as soon as your parents or guardians taxes have been filed.

When filling out your FAFSA, mark that you are interested in Work Study. This is another opportunity to earn money for your education while working an on-campus job. Last year, many Arkansas institutions had positions left unfilled! You can always decline the work-study position later if you decide it's not best for you. But if you don't mark the box, you won't even be eligible!

The official name of the "Lottery Scholarship" is the "Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship." This scholarship can be filled out as soon as FAFSA is complete. So get those taxes filed!

Please feel free to comment with a question about Financial Aid if you have one and we will do our best to answer. Have a great week, everyone!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

What Are My Strengths?

When writing resumes, scholarship essays or talking about ourselves in a job interview, being in touch with what we are naturally good at is a very useful tool. Strengths are defined as: "...people's naturally recurring patterns of thought, feeling, or behavior that can be productively applied." When we are engaged in activities that stimulate our natural strengths, research shows we are not only more productive, but happier.

You can take this Strength's Quiz for free. It is similar to the Gallup StrengthsQuest.

Feel free to comment below what your strengths are after taking the quiz!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Recruitment Recap!

We are so excited to be working with our new group of students and our students from last year. This year the program will be serving 354 new students and about 200 returning students.  We couldn't have done recruitment without the wonderful counselors, teachers, administrators and other staff at our various schools! We have hit the ground running and are busy working on things such as ACT prep, pro-academic behaviors, and career and college exploration. We want to give a shout out

With the October and December ACT around the corner, here is a helpful tip from our newsletter, the Razor C.O.A.C.H. chronicle. 

When taking the ACT/SAT, request for your scores to be sent to the colleges where you plan to apply. Most schools (but not all) will accept ACT/SAT scores from high school transcripts as official. 
When the registrar at your high school sends your transcript(s), request for the test scores to be included. Also, most colleges take the highest ACT/SAT score, and many schools use the “superscore.” This is the top score from each of the subtests (Math, English, Reading, and Science) averaged together. Often, the superscore results in a higher composite score, which is another reason why taking the ACT/SAT multiple times is encouraged.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Welcome Back Students!

We hope everyone had a great first week back in school. While you were in class, we were busy getting things together for all of our RazorCOACH students! Most of us will be out in the schools the first week of September to recruit students to the program. Applications will be due on September 13. We can't wait for this year to begin!