For Immediate Release
December 5, 2016
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Photo Caption: Kassidy, a senior at Berlin High School (BHS) won BHS’ $500 college scholarship as part of the school’s "I Am College Bound/I Applied" initiative in November.
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Concord, N.H.– During the month of November, New Hampshire’s 2016 "I Am College Bound/I Applied" campaign assisted 1054 NH high school seniors at 24 public high schools submit 2221 college applications.
Students from these high schools participated: Belmont, Berlin, Dover, Fall Mountain, Groveton, Kearsarge, Keene, Laconia, Manchester Central, Manchester West, Mascenic, Merrimack Valley, Nashua South, Newfound, Newport, Pembroke Academy, Portsmouth, Profile, Raymond, Salem, Sanborn Regional, Somersworth, Stevens and White Mountains.
The state’s campaign was created as part of the national American College Application Campaign (ACAC), launched by the American Council on Education (ACE), ACAC is a national effort to increase the number of first-generation and low-income high school seniors who pursue a postsecondary education. Students are encouraged to submit at least one college admission application during a particular school day with the support of their school and local higher education professionals.
According to Dr. Edward R. MacKay, Division Director for the state’s Department of Education’s Division of Higher Education, "This year, over 81% of applications submitted during this initiative were for colleges and universities in the state of New Hampshire. These institutions generously waived application fees for all participating students, removing a potential barrier in the college admissions process."
Students are provided with follow-up support and materials regarding completing the college admissions and financial aid processes. Each participating high school receives one $500 scholarship to be raffled and awarded to a participating student.
In New Hampshire, the "I Am College Bound/I Applied" campaign began in 2014 when 264 students at six public high schools submitted 533 college applications. For more information, visit https://www.nhheaf.org/index.asp?page=events_collegeboundinfo.