I’m reaching out because WE NEED YOUR HELP on behalf of NYC high school students!
Please share this email with NYC high schools with which you work for an exciting opportunity to motivate students to learn about college and to boost college application rates and FAFSA completion rates (while competing for rewards and celebrity visits for the strongest performing schools!)…
Capital One Bank, in partnership with Get Schooled, a national education nonprofit, is launching the New York City College Challenge, a year-long program designed to increase college readiness skills, college application rates and FAFSA completion. Last year, 66% of schools that participated in a similar Get Schooled College Challenge posted increased FAFSA completion rates.
This Challenge will take place during the 2014-15 school year and will be organized into three rounds, with each round focused on a key college readiness and application milestone. Schools will engage their entire student body, participating in fun and engaging online educational activities, while also motivating their seniors to submit college applications and FAFSAs. Top schools in each round will earn prizes such as a celebrity celebration event at their school, $1,000 cash grants to underwrite their college counseling efforts, etc. In addition, students will also have the opportunity to earn individual prizes for themselves when they participate, and the top seniors (in the Challenge) from across the participating schools will be recognized in the spring.
There is no cost for a school to participate in the College Challenge. However, the Challenge is limited to 75 New York City high schools. Additional criteria being considered include schools’ free/reduced lunch percentages and prior FAFSA completion rates.
I have attached an overview that offers more information about the Challenge. To sign-up for the Challenge, please contact Fiona Yung at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-846-6485. Don’t delay – the deadline to apply is Friday, September 5th!
Please forward this email to the high schools in your network-we’d like to cast a wide net to ensure that the participating schools are the ones who are in the greatest need of the support that the Challenge will offer.