Activities & Workshops

DURING YOUR JUNIOR YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL – MUST APPLY BY MAY 15th!

Review the Newlin Foundation website thoroughly.  If you meet the eligibility requirements and wish to participate in the Newlin Scholar Program, submit your completed application with required attachments by May 15th of your Junior Year in High School.   The absolute deadline for applications is May 15th.

Talk with one of your core academic teachers (English, History, Science, Math or Foreign Language) about writing a recommendation affirming that you have exhibited the capacity to perform at the college level.  Attach it to your Newlin Scholar Application.
You will also need to ask your Guidance Counselor about writing a recommendation to the Newlin Scholar Program and providing an official copy of your up to date transcript to be attached to the Newlin Scholar Application.

SUMMER BEFORE YOUR SENIOR YEAR

JUNE
Applications received by May 15th will be reviewed and prospective scholars will be interviewed by a committee made up of Newlin Foundation staff and board members along with community advisors.

Generally, five new students are accepted into the program and notified no later than June 30th.  The new Scholars may also be invited to participate in the July Team Building Activity with those scholars that are already attending or enrolled in college.

GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS:  

Usually in June, a Luncheon is held for those Newlin Scholars that are completing their senior year of high school and finished the senior year college prep workshops.   This group of Newlin Scholars is preparing for their freshman year at college in the upcoming fall.  Parents andGuardians are invited to celebrate their sons and daughters high school graduation and acceptance into college.

JULY/AUGUST
During the summer months, the new Newlin Scholars and their families will be invited to two mandatory Workshops.

SEPTEMBER – MAY
For those scholars already in college, it is important to follow the designated schedule for keeping in contact with your assigned Newlin College Aid Administrator.

For those scholars who are seniors in high school, weekly college prep workshops are scheduled throughout the school year.  The workshops are conducted by the Newlin staff.  Additional speakers with relevant experience and skills are invited to facilitate special workshops, as well.

Various topics will be covered throughout the school year, including but not limited to:

    • Standardized test preparation including SAT’s
    • College search, application process and writing college essays
    • College Scholarships and Financial Aid [Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)  and
    • Financial literacy *
    • Building social capital on a college campus
    • Behaviors that foster student success / key components to academic success
    • Exploring careers and majors
    • Making the transition from high school to college

*Parents are invited to workshops that are key to helping their sons and daughters make the transition to college life and manage college costs.

Additional coaching or one on one mentoring sessions may be held as needed.

NEWLIN SCHOLARS ATTENDING COLLEGE
Newlin Scholars are required to keep regular contact with their Newlin College Aid Administrator.   Phone calls are the preferable method used, though e-mails may be acceptable.   It is important that you follow the designated schedule that will be provided to you to keep in contact with the Newlin College Aid Administrator.   Highs and lows (what is going well and what is not) should be shared with your Newlin College Administrator.   All experiences can be an indicator of how well you will do as a college student.  Sharing experiences with your College Aid Administrator can help you manage the transition to college life, and be successful academically and socially.   The Newlin College Aid Administrator is assigned as a coach and mentor throughout your college tenure.

The College Aid Administrator is the primary contact for managing the services provided by the Newlin Foundation including financial assistance.  The Newlin Scholar is responsible to manage their college financial account and remain in good standing academically and financially.  Their college or university resources should be used for this purpose as well as the services available through the Newlin staff.

Late communications and documentation can delay payment of your bills and prevent your college from releasing your grades and reconciling accurate balances that are paid and/or due.   Delays are likely to disrupt your college program and put Newlin Scholars in jeopardy of losing scholarships and financial assistance from the Newlin Foundation as well as other sources.

Colleges will restrict and/or block registration for upcoming classes and/or hold grades if payments are not timely.   Waiting to submit grades or bills can further delay administrative decisions and financial aid payments.  Newlin Scholars must assume responsibility for prompt submission of grades, financial aid packages, statements, and college bills.  Final financial aid packages, scholarship awards, refunds and other adjustments made to your financial account must be reported and reconciled with the Newlin Foundation.
It is paramount that Newlin Scholars communicate issues of concern or incidents that can impact their status as a student in good standing.  If Newlin Scholars are put on academic probationary status or lose their financial aid/scholarships, this must be reported promptly to the Newlin College Aid Administrator.  Keep in mind that Newlin Foundation does not pay for repeat/remedial courses or catch up programs.

Regular, timely and appropriate communications are expected by various departments at the college, as well.   Newlin Scholars must keep abreast of their status as a student and keep the Newlin College Aid Administrator informed.