Stokes Early College High School seniors are off to a strong start and have already earned $2,177,988 in college scholarships.
“This is a record for us this early in November,” said Principal Misti Holloway. “The Class of 2018 is very motivated and diligent with their studies and academic progress. They are very hard working.”
In 2017, Holloway’s students earned $3.7 million in scholarship offers and the year before, in 2016 were awarded $5.1.
“Our students are used to a rigorous course of study, and colleges see their hard work. We are also fortunate to have Ms. Moyer, our college liaison, and Dr. Cox-Franklin, our guidance counselor, who work individually with seniors on college and scholarship applications. These ladies are valuable resources and sources of support for our students,” Holloway said.
The principal tells her students information is key and by beginning the scholarship process as early as possible, they will have information about college affordability and how to plan financially for their post-secondary path.
“Be diligent. Apply for as many scholarships as possible that best meet student’s qualifications and desired major or career path. Even smaller academic scholarships, such as $250 to $500 add up to help decrease the amount of financial burden students and parents may face with college.”
Stokes Early College is in its ninth year and currently has 180 students enrolled, their highest in school history.
Holloway explained that students take both college and high school courses each semester and the ultimate goal is to complete a high school diploma and an associate’s degree.
“Success looks different for each student. For some, a high school diploma or a high school diploma with a career certification is our main goal. Because of our small size, our students receive more individualized instruction due to smaller classes. Unlike the traditional high schools in our school system, our students don’t currently have access to organized sports or band. We do offer a wide variety of clubs and several intramural sports such as basketball, volleyball, indoor soccer in which our students compete with three other early colleges. “
The recruitment process for the 2018-19 school year will begin at the end of the year. Currently 8th, 9th and 10th graders are eligible to apply for the program. Applications will be available on the Stokes Early College website at www.earlycollege.stokes.k12.nc.us, at the three public libraries in the county and at North, South and West Stokes High Schools.
Amanda Dodson may be reached at 336-813-2426.