2017-09-08 / News Update

Colleges to reach out to students Thursday

BY DT TOWNSEND
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions


Students and parents make their way through the James Brown Arena during the CSRA College Night held in 2016. This year, numerous universities will be in attendance and there are scholarships totaling $16,000 at this year’s College Night scheduled Sept. 14 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. 
COURTESY PHOTO Students and parents make their way through the James Brown Arena during the CSRA College Night held in 2016. This year, numerous universities will be in attendance and there are scholarships totaling $16,000 at this year’s College Night scheduled Sept. 14 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. COURTESY PHOTO High school students will have a special opportunity to meet recruiters from more than 130 colleges and universities and win scholarships totaling $16,000 at CSRA College Night scheduled Thursday from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the James Brown Arena in Augusta, Georgia. Admission is free and open to the public.

Each year, the entire arena is filled with seminars, information booths, career and counseling centers, plus colorful exhibits manned by representatives from colleges, universities and technical schools from throughout the U.S. In addition, members from local professional societies will be prepared to provide beneficial information in areas such as engineering, management, chemical science and nuclear science.

Last year, approximately 7,000 students, parents and guidance counselors from the Central Savannah River Area attended the event.

“We’re thrilled to have use of this huge arena to serve area students,” said Candice Dermody, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions manager, Education Outreach and Talent Management. “Working with our co-sponsors and volunteers, we do our best to meet the individual needs of each attending student and parent.”

College Night provides a way for CSRA students and parents to:

• Obtain information on educational opportunities, admission requirements and tuition;

• Attend seminars to get information about HOPE and LIFE scholarships, financial aid and essay writing for college admissions, time management, learning styles, scholarships and joint enrollment;

• Visit a counseling center that will be open throughout the evening where students and parents can seek advice about the college application process from high school advisors and admissions professionals;

• Visit a career exploration area where students can discover their options after college. Students will be able to participate in a quick “card sort” interest inventory to validate their career choice; and

• Register to participate in the drawing for a $1,000 scholarship. Students must attend and register in person at CSRA College Night to be eligible. To qualify for a College Night scholarship, students must be high school juniors or seniors and graduate with a GPA equal or above 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent.

“It’s amazing, you can actually feel the excitement in the air,” said Gladys Moore, SRNS employee and event coordinator. “It’s one of those events that has to be experienced to be fully understood.”

A large number of the College Night volunteers are employees working at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site near Aiken, South Carolina. The U.S. Department of Energy-Savannah River is a major sponsor.

The event is now entering its third decade of service to area high school students. “Well over $250,000 in scholarship funding has been offered to the tens of thousands of students who have attended College Night in the past. The generosity of our scholarship sponsors and much-appreciated help from more than 100 volunteers are major reasons why this effort is consistently so successful each year,” said Moore.

For more information, visit the College Night web site at http:// www.srs.gov, click on Outreach, then Education Outreach Programs, then CSRA College Night: http://www.srs.gov/general/outreach/edoutrch/coll_night.htm.

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