February, 2016
Limited Space Still Available for Spring impACT the 216 Program
With colleges and universities using it as a tool for awarding financial aid dollars, a strong ACT score is more important than ever!

College Now offers students in grades 9-12 enrolled in any Greater Cleveland public, private, parochial or charter school FREE ACT test prep through its impACT the 216 program. 

Offered in six Greater Cleveland locations, impACT the 216 is an eight-week ACT boot camp designed to enhance students' math and reading proficiency, boost ACT scores and increase college and career readiness.

Students have the opportunity to go on college visits and receive a $100 stipend for successfully completing the program.

Space is limited - only 25 students per site for the spring session. Click here for more information or to register!
Medical Mutual Invests Employees' Time and Talent in College Now Scholarship Recipients

The oldest and largest health insurer in Ohio, Medical Mutual has been providing health insurance to Ohioans for over 80 years. With its Cleveland headquarters, Medical Mutual and its employees have a deep partnership with College Now. 
Today, thanks to Medical Mutual's philanthropic leadership and its sustained commitment to postsecondary educational attainment, College Now continues to provide the full range of our college access advising services, financial aid counseling and scholarship and retention services to more than 26,000 individuals across four Northeast Ohio counties.
2015 Mentor of the Year (and Medical Mutual employee), Dan Hollowell with his mentee, Mario Davenport
However, Medical Mutual's involvement with College Now extends far beyond its financial contributions. For the last five years, Medical Mutual has hosted students who are participating in College Now summer programs in its downtown office so that our students have the opportunity not only to see a large corporate headquarters first-hand but also to speak directly with Medical Mutual's college interns about their paths and how pursuing postsecondary education leads to great opportunities such as working at Medical Mutual.
In addition, 20 Medical Mutual employees are currently serving as mentors for College Now scholarship recipients as part of our innovative and impactful mentoring program that pairs each of traditional-age scholarship recipients in a one-to-one match with volunteers from across our community. In fact, one of these Medical Mutual employees was selected as one of College Now's 2015 mentors of the year.
College Now Mentees Broaden Horizons by Studying Abroad

The Mentoring Program is excited to share that eight of its students are currently studying abroad! We are so proud of these students for challenging themselves and stepping outside their comfort zones. Jessica Howell, a junior, had this to say about her experience thus far: "After being in Heredia, Costa Rica for a month now I have learned a tremendous amount. Every day is a new adventure. On a typical day I have three delicious meals prepared by my "Tico Mom". The family I live with only speaks Spanish so it could be a challenge getting my point across. It gets easier with each day here. The weather here is perfect. On weekends there are gorgeous beaches, national parks and volcanoes to explore. I have never felt more in touch with nature and less in touch with my American customs. Studying abroad in the 'pura vida' lifestyle is an experience like no other." 

Thanks for letting us share your experience, Jessica!

Are you a mentor or a mentee with a great story? We'd love to highlight you or your pair in the next newsletter! Contact Corie Wright at cwright@collegenowgc.org with your fabulous doings.

Miss the Feb. 15 FAFSA Priority Deadline? Don't worry, there's still time!

ATTENTION STUDENTS AND FAMILIES! You can still complete your FAFSA even if you missed the February 15 priority deadline.

If you have questions about filling out your FAFSA, or don't know what you need to start the financial aid process, stop in to the College Now Resource Center, located on Level Three of Tower City Center in downtown Cleveland. You can get all your financial aid questions answered!

The Resource Center can also help you obtain your FSA ID, which has replaced your FAFSA PIN. You will need an FSA ID to log in to U.S. Department of Education websites where you previously needed a FAFSA PIN.

Financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so it's in your best interest to complete your FAFSA ASAP! Reach out to the College Now Resource Center to get started today!

Resource Center:
50 Public Square
Cleveland, OH 44113
Level Three of Tower City Center

Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: by appointment

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