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College Night event coming in September

Posted: August 9, 2017 - 12:50am
James Brown Arena is packed with students, parents, college representatives from more than 130 colleges and universities every year for CSRA College Night.
James Brown Arena is packed with students, parents, college representatives from more than 130 colleges and universities every year for CSRA College Night.

High school students can meet recruiters from more than 130 colleges and universities and win scholarships totaling $16,000 at CSRA College Night from 5-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at the James Brown Arena.

The free annual event includes seminars, information booths and career and counseling centers. Members from local professional societies also will be on hand to provide information about engineering, management, chemical science and nuclear science, among others.

Last year, approximately 7,000 area students, parents and guidance counselors attended.

College Night provides a way for students and parents to:

• Obtain information on educational opportunities, admission requirements and tuition;

• Attend seminars to get information about HOPE and LIFE scholarships, financial aid and essay writing for college admissions, time management, learning styles, scholarships and joint enrollment;

• Visit a counseling center that will be open throughout the evening where students and parents can seek advice about the college application process from high school advisers and admissions professionals;

• Visit a career exploration area where students can discover their options after college. Students will be able to participate in a quick "card sort" interest inventory to validate their career choice; and

• Register to participate in the drawing for a $1,000 scholarship. Students must attend and register in person at CSRA College Night to be eligible. To qualify for a College Night scholarship, students must be high school juniors or seniors and graduate with a GPA equal to or above 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent.

The U.S. Department of Energy-Savannah River is a major sponsor of the event and a large number of College Night volunteers are employees at Savannah River Site.

"It's amazing, you can actually feel the excitement in the air," said Gladys Moore, SRNS employee and event coordinator. "It's one of those events that has to be experienced to be fully understood."

 

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