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P CU NEW S & VIEWS It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year: Financial Aid Renaissance scholars have completed yet another semester of school and are well on their way to completing high school. Our Seniors are steadily receiving acceptance letters to colleges of their choice while their parents are asking how they will pay for their child’s education.

What’s Inside? • College Access Corner • Fee Waivers • Scholarships

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) ensures that all eligible individuals benefit from federally funded financial assistance for education beyond high school. Many schools have deadlines in early February for submitting the FAFSA, so to get as much money as possible, submit the application as soon after January 1st as possible. Below is a checklist to keep you on track:

• TRIO Quest • 2012 ACT/SAT Test Dates

• Parents are encouraged to complete their income tax early. If they have not completed their tax forms, estimates can be provided on the FAFSA (but be sure to make any necessary changes later)

• Student Spotlight

• As soon after Jan. 1st as possible, complete the FAFSA at (not!)

• Upcoming Events

• You should receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) within three days to three weeks which summarizes the information you provided and either supplies you with the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) or requests additional information. Quickly make any necessary corrections and submit them to the FAFSA processor.

• A Season of Giving

• What’s Happening at HQ? • Staff Spotlight

• Contact your college’s Financial Aid office if you have any questions We know this process can be tedious, so if you need additional help, feel free to contact your Upward Bound or Talent Search Academic Coordinator. SEASON’S GREETINGS FROM RENAISSANCE!



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College Access Corner Each activity sponsored by Renaissance is meant to place our students one step closer to college. Through career exploration, ACT preparation, college tours, and Integrity Day, students acquire the skills and resources to finish high school and prepare for entrance into college. In the 2012 Spring College Tour, students will tour universities in Ohio to gain perspective about schools outside of North Carolina. Below is a snapshot of the universities students we will visit.

University of Dayton

Wright State University

Tuition The Spring College tour is April 10 - 13, 2012 to Ohio. Remember, not ALL students are able to attend. Students must EARN the privilege to take part in college tours. E l i g i b i l i t y requirements will be conveyed to Renaissance Scholars in the spring semester.


Tuition $14,325

Size 5,000-10,000


Athletics No Students receiving aid 99% Application Fee $50

Students receiving aid 87% Application Fee $30





Under 2,000



Highly selective

Athletics No



Selectivity Open Admissions

Wilberforce University



Selectivity Selective

Central State University

Highly selective





Students receiving aid

Students receiving aid



Application Fee $20

Fee Waivers ATTENTION JUNIORS AND SENIORS! As college draws near, you will be required to dish out money for college admission tests, applications, and other college materials. Let Renaissance help YOU. Eligible participants are able to receive waivers for ACT/SAT tests and college admissions applications. If you want a waiver from Renaissance, you must: • Be a Junior or Senior • Turn in all current year release forms • Attend a Renaissance ACT Simulation in the current year Remember, the more times you take a test, the more comfortable you are with it. Let us pick up the tab for some of your college entrance needs!

Application Fee $25



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TRIO Quest Renaissance Scholars Place in National Contest R e n a i s s a n c e U B s c h o l a r s w e r e • DigiSites — Students work to create recognized as Quarterfinalist in the high quality, innovative and 2011 TRIO Quest Competition? content-rich educational web sites that meet high standards of During the six-week residential summer intellectual honesty. program students in Mr. Rasheed’s UB • DigiText — Introduces students to the summer technology class hit the campus compelling interaction possible of NCCU. Loaded in the Renaissance between text and images and van and armed with several digital encourages research, reflection, and cameras and a Flip video camera, they creative expression. were in search of intriguing photos and (Source: relevant videos to compete in the trio/trioquest/) national TRIO Quest competition. Over 600 entries were received in the Congratulations to the Renaissance three competitive areas. Those areas S c h o l a r s w h o s e p r o j e c t s w e r e are: recognized as quarterfinalists. Your • DigiMedia — Teaches students how determination and hard work is to use multimedia for creative celebrated by the entire Renaissance purposes, to present information, family. and/or to support the presentation of research by creating a short video. DigiSites Quarterfinalists Project Name: Places We Call Home Team Members: Zana Johnson, Brendan Wheller, Dwanuika Moss, Fantasia Bridgers, and Constance Farrington Link to project: Project Name: Helping You Recycle Team Members: Clayton Barnes, Destini Jones, Donte' Johnson, and Jayla Royster Link to project: DigiMedia Quarterfinalists Project Name: Places We Call Home (Living While Homeless) Team Members: Dyamund Corley, Ebony Belser, Ellana Brown, Breonna Chavis, and Jackson Ndoyo Link to project:

2012 TEST DATES ACT Test Date

Registration Deadline

SAT Test Date

PRO F ESS ION AL BAL L CAREE RS Let’s talk statistics...

• The average NFL career is 3.52 seasons; • The average age of retired NFL players is 28; • Within five years of leaving the league, 75% of NFL players end up broke, divorced or unemployed; • 65% of NFL players leave the game with permanent injuries; • At least 20% of players reading this are clinically depressed; • The average life expectancy for retired NFL players is 53-59 years.

Remember, it’s okay to be a professional athlete, but what do you have to back it up? A college degree broadens your opportunities past athletic careers.

Registration Deadline

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Ellena has participated in the Upward Bound Program of The Renaissance Education Group, Inc. since she was a rising freshman. Rarely has she missed a Saturday session and has participated in every summer session. She has sought and been elected to many leadership positions within the program. Ellena is a shining example of what a committed student can achieve with Upward Bound.

As a graduating senior, Ellena has taken advantage of all of the special “senior sessions”. Because of this, and her own diligence, Ellena has already received acceptance letters from Campbell University and Lenoir-Rhyne University. We are sure that plenty more are on the way to her mailbox. Ellena Brown is a true Renaissance Scholar!

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Renaissance has a busy schedule approaching designed to give students a wide variety of services that will help them succeed in high school, enter, and succeed in college. Here is what we have going on for the next three months. • • • • • • • • • • •

December Holiday Social - 12Ÿ17Ÿ11 January Parent Workshop, FAFSA - 1Ÿ5Ÿ12 (Durham) Parent Workshop, FAFSA - 1Ÿ12Ÿ12 (Edgecombe) Talent Search Integrity Day - Scholarships - 1Ÿ7Ÿ12 Talent Search Career Development Workshop - 1Ÿ7Ÿ12 Academic Advising - 1Ÿ9Ÿ12, 1Ÿ10Ÿ12, 1Ÿ11Ÿ12 (Durham) Talent Search ACT Simulation - 1Ÿ14Ÿ12 Academic Advising - 1Ÿ25Ÿ12, 1Ÿ26Ÿ12 (Edgecombe) The George Washing STEM Symposium - 1Ÿ27Ÿ12 - 1Ÿ29Ÿ12 February Saturday Session - 2Ÿ4Ÿ12 Parent Workshop, Non-Traditional Parent - 2Ÿ7Ÿ12

What’s Happening at HQ?


Just as the new school year started for our students, new things are also going on at Renaissance.


Talent Search Program The goal of the Talent Search program is to: 1. Identify qualified youths with potential for education at the postsecondary level and encourage them to complete secondary school and undertake a program of postsecondary education, 2. Publicize the availability of, and facility the application for, student financial assistance, and


3. Encourage persons who have not completed education programs at the secondary or postsecondary level to enter or reenter and complete these programs. “The Annual Edition” Yearbooks are a way for students to remember activities, accomplishments, memorable moments, and lifelong friends. Renaissance will be publishing a yearbook, “The Annual Edition”, so that you may be able to remember the amazing times you had at PCU activities, document the accomplishments you fulfilled, recall the wonderful moments of the year, and remember the lifelong friends you met along the way. In order for “The Annual Edition” to be successful, Mr. Mathis will be establishing a yearbook committee. This committee will write the articles, take the pictures, and create the layout for “The Annual Edition.” Criteria to be on the committee include, but are not limited to, attendance, grades, writing ability, and grade level. ARE YOU INTERESTED? Call, email, or stop Mr. Mathis at the next event!


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Please help us welcome Mr. Maurice Mathis to the Renaissance family. Mr. Mathis is the new Assistant Director for PreCollege Services and has been with the agency since August. Mr. Mathis received his bachelors degree in Communications and his masters degree in Organizational Communications. He has been with TRiO since 2007 and has worked with both Upward Bound and Talent Search. Mr. Mathis was born and raised in Kansas City, MO. As the Asst. Director, Mr. Mathis will work with Upward Bound, Talent Search, and 21st Century to ensure that all students have the proper resources to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

M S. FA BR IC E BL AC KSON Join us in giving a round of applause to our very own Ms. Fabrice Blackson as she is pursuing a masters degree in Human Development and Family Studies at NC State University. Ms. Blackson plans to complete her degree in the Fall of 2012. As you see Ms. Blackson, be sure to encourage her as she has encouraged you in the past years.



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Fabrice Blackson


Patrick DuPree


Luqman Rasheed


Dr. Kenneth Mitchell


Maurice Mathis


Gerald Alston


Natasha Patterson


Upward Bound The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. Talent Search The goal of Talent Search is to identify, assist and encourage students to complete high school and attend the college of their choice. For more information: Parents and/or students interested in programs sponsored by The Renaissance Education Group, Inc. should contact the office directly by: Phone: 1-877-416-REN Fax: 919-416-1729 Email:

The Upward Bound Programs of The Renaissance Education Group, Inc. are funded by grants from the US Department of Education. Grant Numbers: P047A0707916 / P047A070754.

The Talent Search Program of The Renaissance Education Group, Inc. is funded by a grant from the US Department of Education. Grant Numbers: P044A110768.

The Renaissance Education Group, Inc. Pre-College Services Unit 1058 W. Club Blvd. Office Area 6 - Suite 661 Durham, NC 27701

Trenz Pruca 4321 First Street Anytown, State ZIP

THE RENAISSANCE EDUCATION GROUP, INC. The Organization The Renaissance Education Group, Inc. (Renaissance) is a youth-centered, social purpose, non-profit organization, created in 2000 and incorporated in 2006. Our mission is to provide educational programs and services to at-risk, underserved, and disadvantaged youth, their families, and organizations and institutions that work with them.

Renaissance is an emerging organization that focuses its energy, talent, and community resources towards our vision to be “the educational resource center of excellence.� The vision is in alignment with our governing values: personal mastery, educational access, leadership development, and resiliency.

PCU News & Views  

The quarterly Renaissance newsletter details programs and resources at The Renaissance Education Group, Inc.

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