Scholarship • Leadership • Service

 

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  • Emerging Leaders Cohort  (Middle School Students – Program runs from September 1 – May 1) 
  • Grades 9 – 11 (Program runs from September 1 – May 1)
  • 12th Grade (Program runs from June 1 – May 1)
  • Returning Students
  • Registrations for Florence School District 3 and Pinellas County Schools students are paid for by the school district:
    • Click here  if you attend school in Florence School District 3
    • Click here  if you attend school in Pinellas County Schools

How Our Program Works

Grade-level appropriate activities are assigned during each month from September through May. Activities are sequenced throughout the school year, focused on important actions, such as choosing classes, choosing extracurricular activities, identifying leadership opportunities, setting goals, engaging in self-reflection and self-assessment, engaging in a mid-year assessment, exploring college/career opportunities, and researching summer programs—all within a college planning context.

The overriding goal is to guide each student through developing a “Body of Work” aligned with their gifts, talents, personality, interests, and college/career aspirations. A core philosophy in our program is “alignment.” Aligning each student’s coursework, activities, service, and leadership around their gifts, talents, interests, and college/career aspirations. We seek to inspire students to pursue exceptionality within the areas in which they are most gifted and apply themselves in a manner as to become the most competitive college and scholarship applicant possible.

On the second Saturday of each month (10:00 am – Noon), students are engaged in a virtual session with students at their grade level from throughout the country. Following an opening presentation on a monthly-specific topic, students participate in small group discussions with peers sharing similar college/career aspirations from throughout the country. These discussions are facilitated by our staff, high school, and college interns as “Conversational Communities.”

College planning is not something in which students engage while parents are bystanders. The best outcomes occur when parents and students are part of a circular partnership between our program, students, parents, and school counselors.

Live Virtual Support

Guiding students in identifying the ‘right’ colleges is a comprehensive process of engaging students in a self-reflective analysis of each student’s body of work, financial background, educational/career aspirations, personality, and passions. The process can begin in elementary school and evolve throughout a student’s middle-through-high school journey, or it can begin as a high school student, at which time a student’s ‘body of work’ has defined a student’s college and scholarship access.

Our slogan, “We provide content and you provide conversations,” is even more relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced students into their homes and other small group settings. Despite moving to an all-virtual format, in 2021, participating students were offered admission and full scholarships to such schools as Benedict College; Brown; Caltech; Carleton College; Claflin University Honors College; Cornell; Duke; Georgia Tech; Harvard; Johns Hopkins; Mount Holyoke; North Carolina A&T Honors College; Northeastern; Notre Dame; Penn; Princeton; Rice; The University of Chicago; Tuskegee; UC Berkeley; UCLA; USC; Vanderbilt; Wesleyan University; Xavier University of Louisiana; and Yale. Our Cohort Class of 2022 experience similar full scholarship outcomes with nearly 50 percent of participating students attend college on full scholarship and avoiding hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loan debt.

Our program is based on a three-prong approach to delivering instruction and engaging students in small group conversations:

  • Print materials:  “A High School Plan for Students with College-Bound Dreams: Third Edition,” (2019 Wynn) and “College Planning Cohorts – Expanding College and Scholarship Pathways” (2022 Wynn) supplement our online curriculum.
  • Online Curriculum: Comprised of a comprehensive set of lessons guiding students through grade-level appropriate actions during each year of high school. Monthly modules, sequenced throughout the school year, provide lessons ranging from choosing the right classes and assuming leadership roles to choosing the right colleges and avoiding student loan debt—all within a college/career context.
  • Virtual Instruction: Mychal Wynn, educator, researcher, parent, curriculum developer, author of 28 books, and creator of the College Planning Cohort Program, presents live online lectures, providing step-by-step guidance across an array of college planning topics such as how to engage in college and scholarship research, self-assessment, the importance of developing an academic résumé, developing expository and narrative writing skills, identifying gifts and talents through an understanding of Multiple Intelligences theory, understanding each student’s best and worst learning situations, and how to research careers and future jobs.

Our books, materials, and online curriculum are research-based and research-responsive, which means that our program is based on the best available data and information pertaining to such areas as admission rates, student loan debt, college readiness, and secondary school support. This data is undergirded by our own data, gathered each year from reviewing admission decisions and financial aid award letters for hundreds of participating students.

Despite the urban legend that scholarships are falling from the sky and millions of dollars in scholarships go unclaimed each year, data from the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study provides clear evidence that students should be focusing less attention on searching for scholarships and more attention on getting into the right colleges.

  • 1.58 million students are scrambling for the $6.1 billion in scholarships awarded each year, which averages to about 1 in 8 students amassing just $4,202 in scholarships
  • Only 0.2 percent of students acquire $25,000 or more in scholarships 
  • Only 1.5 percent of first-time college students receive a full scholarship to college
  • Only 2.3 percent of students are awarded athletic scholarships, which average only $11,914 each

 

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