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College Bound

If you are a High School Junior or Senior, planning to go to College, or already in College the following resources are offered as a means of helping you with the process.

You may also want to check to see if the colleges you are applying to have an Orthodox Christian Fellowship.

Are you still undecided about where to go to college, or what to major in? Maybe St. James House is for you. St. James House, in Eagle River, Alaska, is a one-year residential program where young, single people live in an extended-family setting and become better prepared to live in the world as faithful Orthodox Christian men and women. 

Scholarships for Orthodox Christian Students

Francis Maria Scholarship:
Antiochian Archdiocese - several $2,500 scholarships awarded annually, based on Youth Group and community activity as well as academic achievement. Some consideration is given to financial need as well.
Francis Maria Scholarship Application

Katina John Malta Scholarship: 
A scholarship program established at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America by means of a generous gift from the estate of Katina John Malta. The donation and the formation of the scholarship program has been done in recognition of the love Katina had for the Church and in honor of the desire she had to help others, especially children and youth of the Orthodox Christian Faith. At least two scholarships of $2,000 each.
Katina John Malta Application Form

Scholarships for Orthodox Scouts
The EOCS established a national scholarship in 1993 for Orthodox Eagle and Gold Award recipients. There are two annual awards, first place $1,000 and for the runner up $500. These awards are made posible from the EOCS Scholarship Endowment Fund and an annual contribution from the Russian Orthodox Catholic Mutual Aid Society of U.S., Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

Guides to Colleges, Information, and Scholarships

U.S. News College and Careers Center: College rankings and a great deal of other information and advice. Well worth the visit. 

Fast Web: Scholarship Search

 AcademicInfo: Subject Guides & Online Degrees - Planning and Financial Aid Resources

College Search Sites

The Princeton Review: Search for Colleges 

CollegeNet:  Searchable Database of Schools.

College View: Very detailed search engine for Colleges.

College Zine: Extensive Links to colleges and Universities. Advice on interviews and admission - test preparation.

Online Colleges:  Connects prospective students directly to online colleges and universities.

MatchCollege: Search to find the school that is right for you.

Financial Aid ">FAFSA on the Web: Interactive Web version of Free Application for Federal Student Aid. If you are seeking any financial aid from your college you need to fill out this form.

CSS Profile:  Many colleges require this financial profile to completed by Students and Parents - check the requirements for the college you are applying to or attending.

The Student Guide: Financial Aid primer from the U.S. Department of Education. ">Financial Aid Information Page: Good information. Includes scholarship Searches.

FastWeb: Free scholarship search engine that creates an account for you and updates the search as new scholarships become available. Good source for scholarships that fits your profile.

Source of the above information was obtained from a variety of sources including U.S. News and World Report and Newsweek Magazines.

Other Suggestions

Start Early

Research the colleges you are interested in and expand your horizons to find other colleges that also meet your needs. The College Board has resources available listing all of the colleges and Universities in the U.S. by location and subject matter and provide a lot of other information. U.S. News prints each year a College report, which you can obtain either at the local News Stand or Bookstore. U.S. News also offers an On-Line Information Service that is great. You can even Register online with services such as College Edge.

Start taking as many PSAT, SAT and Acheivements tests that you are allowed to take and can afford to take. Despite what you hear many colleges still put a lot of weight into these tests and virtually all of them require at least the SAT if not the Achievements as well. There is a wealth of information available on this tests and you can even register on line for them with the College Board.

Remember while there is a lot of Financial Aid available to attend College you have do do some work, research, and plenty of paperwork to find it. Most Colleges require you to fill out the CSS Profile to obtain financial aid. You will also want to fill out the Free FAFSA Form provided by the U.S. Government. You can obtain this and most other forms from your Guidance Counselor.

The Summer before you start applying is a good time to start writing the essays you will need to submit with your college applications. Do your best to get an application early so you can use those quiet summer months to get that work done, which you will not want to do once schoola and all of the other activities begin in the Fall.