Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Furman Scholars Recognition Program

North Oconee High School has been invited by Furman University to recommend students for their Furman Scholars recognition program.  Students that are selected as Furman Scholars are eligible for at least $20,000 per year, $80,000 over four years, in scholarships upon acceptance to Furman University.  Additionally, Furman Scholars are eligible for a fee wavier on the Common Application.  
Furman Scholar nominees must be current juniors who meet the following standards:
  • A genuine interest in an education in the liberal arts and sciences
  • A high school weighted GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • At least a 1300 on SAT, a 1360 on the SAT-R*, a 1360 on the PSAT, or a 20 on the ACT or Aspire (excluding writing).  *the SAT-R is the "new" SAT
  • Significant involvement in extracurricular activities and community service
  • Demonstrated leadership potential

If you feel that you meet the criteria listed above, please email Christy Conley by Wednesday March 29th at cconley@oconeeschools to be considered for nomination.

Monday, March 20, 2017

UGA's Reading Skills and Speed Reading Programs

UGA is offering a Reading Skills and Speed Reading Program this summer on campus. You will learn to read much faster in materials ranging from novels to non-fiction. The comprehension, concentration, and retention techniques you leearn will enable you to get more and retain more from everytning you read. See the attached for more information.
UGA's Reading and Speed Reading Programs
UGA's Reading and Speed Reading Schedule

EarthCare: The Leadership Challenge of the 21st Century

It is my pleasure to announce that Georgia Power will serve as the Corporate Sponsor for the 21st Century Leaders program, EarthCare: The Leadership Challenge of the 21st Century. It will be held June 11-16 and will be hosted by Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, GA. There is not cost for students to participate, but acceptance is highly competitive. 
We are looking for very bright and diverse high school students to participate in activities that challenge them to develop leadership skills for the 21st Century.  I have included a letter, flyer, FAQ document, and recruiting information that will address some of the questions that you may have.
Students must complete and submit an online application form and acquire a teacher, mentor or youth leader to submit an online application form on their behalf by March 26, 2017.
This link will take you to the program description, online application and recommendation forms.

If you have students interested in the program, please encourage your students to complete the application and request a recommendation, found on the 21st Century Leaders website, by March 26, 2017.

Georgia Driver's Education Commission

The Georgia Driver's Education Commission launched a new grant scholarship program on March 1, 2017. The program allows studentss to apply for driver's education grant scholarship and, upon award, choose a driver training school of their choice from a list of authorized providers to complete a driver's education course consiting of 30 hours of classroom instruction and 6 hours of behind the wheel instruction. Online applications are due by the 5th day of each month. See the attached letter and brochure for more information.
The Georgia Driver's Education Grant Has been set up to assist families in paying for this program that is required to get a driver's license at age 16.  These classes can be quite expensive!  This program will award funds to cover the cost of the driver's education program that the family chooses.  Applications can be completed at
Georgia Driver's Education Grant Scholarship Letter
Georgia Driver's Education Grant Brochure

Friday, March 17, 2017

Graduation Sign

Guess what it's almost time for? Graduation? Guess what that means? It means you can let your student know how proud you are of them by buying them a Graduation Sign to go in your yard!! In the next couple of days, you should be receiving your senior letter in the mail. It has all sorts of important information for you and your senior. Also, in the envelope, you will find an order form for the Graduation Sign. You can use that one or use the form that is attached to this post. The orders are due by April 21st and the signs will be ready for pick up in the Counseling office on May 1st. Wow! Can you believe you have a SENIOR!!!
Graduation Sign Order Form

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Friday UGA Releases Regular Decision Results

March and early April are filled with students finding out the results of their college applications.  A large portion of our students are waiting to hear what UGA has to say about their application.  On Friday, March 17th, that wait will be over.  Please check out the blog post below from UGA for more details surrounding their release of admissions decisions.  If you or your student have questions about your decision, please reach out to your counselor.  We are happy to help you think through the best options for your student.

UGA Regular Decision Results Will Go Live Friday- Blog Post

Financial Aid Package Not What You Envisioned?

We are often asked about advice when a student's financial aid package does not reflect the families desired amount.  JLV College Counseling posted a timely article that gives insight and advice on how to navigate those waters.

Can You Negotiate Your Financial Aid Package?