Two years ago, the Dare County Board of Education began seeking funding for a Carolina College Advising Corps adviser. The Corps aims to help low-income, first-generation and under-represented students apply and enroll in a higher education institution where they will succeed, and importantly, stay until graduation. The CCAC adviser helps out on several fronts – by assisting school counselors, who realistically don’t have the time it takes to give individual attention to students, and by being a near-peer – bringing in not only a cool factor but he is current on everything-college. The CCAC advisers do have time to spend to help with the FAFSA, to find the best match for students, to help edit college and scholarship essays, and answer other questions that occur to students. They also go on tours of colleges, where grant funding is available.
Our College Advisers this year are Sophia Figuero and Sophie Shaw.
Funded by grants and private gifts and based in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at UNC-Chapel Hill, the Corps aims to help low-income, first-generation and under-represented students apply and enroll in a higher education institution where they will succeed by placing UNC-Chapel Hill graduates in selected high schools across the state. The Corps is a constituent program of the national College Advising Corps.
Many thanks to individual contributions and the major donors who have made this program possible in Dare County – Dare County Boat Builders Foundation, Bear Drugs, Brew Thru, Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative, Hooker Sportfishing, Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates, E.R. Midgett Insurance, Outer Banks Community Foundation, North Banks Rotary Club, and TowneBank of Currituck.
Check out the video, here.