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Overview on how the Imagine America Scholarship and Award Programs process, for career college representatives.

Overview on how the Imagine America Scholarship and Award Programs process, for career college representatives.

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  • 1. IMAGINEAmerica Foundation Scholarship and Awards TUTORIAL www.imagine-america.org
  • 2. About the Imagine America Foundation  Established in 1982 Since inception, the  A not-for-profit organization Foundation has dedicated to serving the career provided more than education community $75 MILLION in  Provides scholarships and financial assistance to STUDENTS awards attending  Conducts sector research career colleges  Offers faculty training through across the United the Center for Excellence in States and Puerto Education Rico.
  • 3. Foundation OverviewSCHOLARSHIPS Imagine America for graduating high school seniors  Promise Scholarship Program Military Award Program (MAP) for active duty reservist or honorably discharged U.S. military veterans  LDRSHIP Award Adult Skills Education Program (ASEP) for adult learners  Adult Excellence Award
  • 4. Foundation OverviewRESEARCH Fact Book: A Profile of Career Colleges and Universities (Annual)  The Fact Book contains research and analysis of important trends in the career college sector of higher education. Educational Benchmark Study (Fall 2012)  IAF and Wonderlic have jointly initiated a research project that will develop educational benchmarks of student attitudes, opinions, performance, and satisfaction that can be used to help future students have the best overall educational experience, as well as begin to dispel the cloud of doubt around our industry.
  • 5. AgendaOverview of Imagine America Scholarship and AwardPrograms and additional benefits  Imagine America High Scholarship  Financial Planning Made Simple (FPMS)  Adult Skills Education Program (ASEP)  Military Award Program (MAP)  Additional Benefits  Promise Scholarship Program  LDRSHIP Award  Adult Excellence Award  Student Success Zone  Program Search Feature  Promotional Materials
  • 6. High School Scholarship Program Graduating high school seniors who meet the recommended guidelines are eligible to receive a $1,000 tuition discount that can be used at you career college. Recommended Guidelines:  Applying between Jan 1 – Dec 31, 2012 (2012 high school graduates can apply January 1, 2012)  Enrolling in a participating career college  Recommended GPA of 2.5 or above  Able to demonstrate financial need if required  Demonstrated community service in senior year
  • 7. Adult Skill Education Program (ASEP)Non-traditional students who meet the criteriaare eligible to receive a $1,000 tuition discountthat can be used at you career college.Criteria: Be enrolling in a participating college “With today’s economy, more Meet eligibility requirements of the college adults are finding they need Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to get a higher education, however, there is Be at least 19 years of age and have a high school not much help diploma, GED or pass an Ability to Benefit test financially, which is why I Not be a previous recipient of any other Imagine was extremely excited to America Foundation scholarships/awards receive the Imagine America ASEP award.” Complete the NCCT Educational Success Potential Assessment (required) -Carolyn Crump, Imagine America ASEP recipient, Medical Careers Institute
  • 8. Military Award Program (MAP)Military students who meet the criteria areeligible to receive a $1,000 tuition discountthat can be used at you career college.Criteria: Be enrolling into a participating college Active duty, reservist, honorably discharged or retired veteran of the United States military Likelihood of enrolling and successfully completing postsecondary education Not be a previous recipient of any other Imagine America Foundation scholarships/awards Financial need
  • 9. High School Application Process - Student1. Students must apply online at www.imagine-america.org, by clicking on the HighSchool Scholarships “Apply Now” button2. Student must first choose their college by searchingalphabetically, geographically, or by program of study.3. After choosing the college, the student must select the high school they willgraduate from. If the high school is not enrolled they can enroll by contacting us atscholarships@imagine-america.org.4. Finally the student must fill the application and click on submit. Student willreceive a confirmation page and an application id. The application id can be used tocheck the status of their application at www.imagine-america.org/check-application-status5. Students must complete the Financial Planning Made Simple (FPMS) videotutorial. Students can complete this by going to www.imagine-america.org/fpms andentering their application id. The student must watch the video to the end and clickon the “Simulation Complete” button.
  • 10. ASEP Application Process – Students1. Apply online at www.imagine-america.org, by clicking on the Scholarships forAdults “Apply Now” button.2. Student must first choose their college by searchingalphabetically, geographically, or by program of study.3. Next the student must fill our application, and click on Submit and CompleteSurvey. Student will then be asked to complete the student assessment surveycreated by the National Center for Competency and Testing.4. After completing the survey the student will receive an onscreen confirmationand an application id. Students can check the status of their application atwww.imagine-america.org/check-application-status with their application id.5. Students must complete the FPMS video tutorial. Students can complete thisby going to www.imagine-america/fpms and entering your application id. Thestudent must watch the video to the end and click on the “Simulation Complete”button.
  • 11. MAP Application Process – Students1. Apply online at www.imagine-america.org, by clicking on the Grants forMilitary “Apply Now” button.2. Student must first choose their college by searchingalphabetically, geographically, or by program of study.3. Next the student must fill our application, and click on Submit.4. After completing the application the student will receive an onscreenconfirmation and an application id. Students can check the status of theirapplication at www.imagine-america.org/check-application-status with theirapplication id.5. Students must complete the FPMS video tutorial. Students can complete thisby going to www.imagine-america/fpms and entering your application id. Thestudent must watch the video to the end and click on the “Simulation Complete”button.
  • 12. Financial Planning Made Simple (FPMS) This online-based tool was created to help career college students protect their future by makingresponsible borrowing decisions. It consists of an 18- minute animated video tutorial with the students choice of two avatars to walk them through the budgeting, borrowing and repayment process. The downloadable Student Financial Planning Tool gives students the opportunity to calculate their own budgets.
  • 13. Application Process – FPMSStudents will have several opportunities tocomplete the Financial Planning MadeSimple (FPMS) Video Tutorial. After watching the video, 15% of career1. After the student has completed the college students application a link to FPMS will be on strongly agreed that the confirmation page. they decided to borrow2. When a student checks their less money for school; application status a link to FPMS will and 26% agreed. appear. Overall, 41% favorable3. Students who have not completed the rating in encouraging FPMS will get reminder emails every students to borrow two weeks. more conservatively.4. Both the student and college will receive confirmation emails once FPMS has been completed.
  • 14. High School Application Process - Counselor1. After the student has submitted an application an email is sent to thehigh school counselor on record. If the counselor is not correct, they willneed to contact us at scholarships@imagine-america.org to update thisinformation.2. High school counselor receives anemail asking them to approve ordisapprove the student’s applicationbased on the recommended guidelines.3. Counselor logs in to applicationmanagement page and approves ordisapproves the student’s application.An email is sent to student with anupdated application status.
  • 15. Application Process – Career College 1. College representative receives email to approve or disapprove student’s application. 2. College representative logs in to application management page to review student’s application.3. College approves or disapproves student’s application.Student is notified by email of application status.4. If student is approved by college they will receive instructionson how to get their electronic award letter and certificate.
  • 16. Reviewing Student Applications Go to and www.imagine-america.org/career-colleges-process-student-applications and log in with your username and password. Your username and password will be listed in emails requesting review of applications. We recommend you bookmark this page for future use. Once you log in, you will see a list of pending student applications. If the student has not completed FPMS it will be noted as Needs FPMS.You can approve or disapprove student applications one-by-one or all at the same time:  To approve or disapprove one-by-one, use the pull down menu to the left (the column is titled Approval Status), select approve or disapprove for each student.  When finished scroll down to the bottom and click on Update All Changes.  Once the application is process it will be removed from the application management page and you will receive a confirmation email.  To approve or disapprove all applications at once, click on either Set All To Approve or Set All To Disapprove.  When finished scroll down to the bottom and click on Update All Changes.  Once the application is process it will be removed from the application management page and you will receive a confirmation email.
  • 17. Application Process - Final Colleges will receive a confirmation email for each student they approve or disapprove. Some colleges use the confirmation email as verification of the award Students will receive an email with instructions on how to download and print their electronic certificate and bring to the college as verification of their award.
  • 18. Imagine America PromiseEach student who has received an Imagine America high school scholarship iseligible to receive a cash grant of $500 from the Imagine America Foundation. TheFoundation begins collecting nominations for Promise in November with a Februarydeadline. At that time applications will be available at www.imagine-america.org/promise.Prospective recipients must meet the following scholarship criteria: Student must be nominated by his/her career college – each career college campus may nominate up to 5 applicants per campus Student must have been an Imagine America (high school) scholarship recipient Student must have completed at least one term in his/her course of study Students graduation date must be after April 30th, (subject to change) Student must have a college cumulative 3.5 or higher GPA Student must currently have a 95 percent or higher attendance record Student must obtain a written recommendation from a faculty/administrator representative of his/her career college A copy of the students transcripts must be sent with the nomination form
  • 19. Imagine America LDRSHIP AwardThe LDRSHIP Award offers a $2,500.00 cash grant toward college tuition to activeduty, reservist, honorably discharged or retired U.S. military veterans attending a participatingImagine America institution. The Foundation begins collecting nominations for the LDRSHIPAward in January with a March deadline. At that time applications will be available atwww.imagine-america.org/ldrship.Criteria: Must be nominated by career college – each career college campus may nominate 5 applicants per campus Must be an active duty, reservist, honorably discharged or retired U.S. military veteran attending a participating Imagine America institution Must be currently enrolled in his/her course of study with a graduation date after May 30th (subject to change) Must have a cumulative 3.5 or higher GPA Must currently have a 95 percent or higher attendance record Must obtain a written recommendation from a faculty/administrator representative of his/her career college Must include a copy of his/her current college transcript with application If applicable, must include a copy of his/her DD214/DD215
  • 20. Imagine America Adult Excellence AwardEach student who has received an Imagine America ASEP scholarship is eligible toreceive a cash grant of $500 from the Imagine America Foundation. The Foundationbegins collecting nominations for Excellence in July with a October deadline. At that timeapplications will be available at www.imagine-america.org/adult-excellence-award.Prospective recipients must meet the following scholarship criteria: Student must be nominated by his/her career college – each career college campus may nominate up to 5 applicants per campus Student must have been an Adult Skills Education Program scholarship recipient Student must have completed at least one term in his/her course of study Students graduation date must be after December 31st (subject to change) Student must have a college cumulative 3.5 or higher GPA Student must currently have a 95 percent or higher attendance record Student must obtain a written recommendation from a faculty/administrator representative of his/her career college A copy of the students transcripts must be sent with the nomination form
  • 21. Student Success ZoneTo help our colleges and their students, IAF joined forces withPearson Learning to provide a website dedicated to studentsuccess. We want to keep these students motivated to succeed.The tips will focus on four basic categories – LifeBalance, Study Skills, Finance, and Professionalism.As students apply for an Imagine America scholarship or awardthey will receive emails with tips to keep them motivated tosucceed. Through the email they will be able to click a link thatwill take them to the website where they can find additionalinformation on the tips.www.pearsoncustom.com/imagineamerica/
  • 22. Student Success ZoneTopic Potential Benefit to StudentsLife Balance Encourages coping mechanisms for dealing with the stresses that accompany day-to-day life, in school and beyond.Study Skills Promotes consistent and organized habits around studying and preparing for tests.Financial Literacy Promotes smart financial decision-making and understanding of economic principles applicable to daily life.Professionalism Encourages strong work-ethic and good habits to ensure professional interactions.www.pearsoncustom.com/imagineamerica/
  • 23. Program Search Feature Participating college can add or update programs of study for their college. Colleges can log in to the application management page, click and "Update College Profile.” Colleges can update the address for the school at the top of the page. To add programs, click on “Add Programs,” then search for your schools programs by alphabet or scrolling down. Select the programs of study your college offers and click on “Add Programs.” Colleges can also remove programs from this page.
  • 24. Promotional MaterialsTo help promote the Imagine America scholarship and awardprograms to your students, we have created promotional materialssuch as one-page flyers, how-to-apply posters and web banners.Web banners are available to be placed on your schools web site tolet students know that your school participates in our ImagineAmerica scholarship and award programs. Imagine America Web Banner Scholarship and Award Flyers How-to-Apply Posters Informational Slide for Power Point Presentations Guidance Counselor List Scholarship Program Descriptions User Guidewww.imagine-america.org/promotionalmaterials
  • 25. Contact UsAndrea Spisak, Dir. of Strategic DevelopmentPhone: 314.378.2958E-mail: andreas@imagine-america.orgCheri Thompson Rudd, Client Services Rep.Phone: 314.304.1179E-mail: cherir@imagine-america.orgGeneral InquiresPhone: 202.336.6800E-mail: scholarships@imagine-america.org