Scholarships — Foot Locker Scholar Athletes

October 8th, 2014 by


NextStepU is happy to help guide you toward scholarships and opportunities to earn money for college. Here is a new scholarship we found for you!

Scholarship: The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program

Amount: Twenty Foot Locker Scholar Athletes will each receive $20,000 in college scholarship money for their excellence in school, on their sports teams, and in their communities.

Description: Foot Locker Foundation, Inc. will be awarding $20,000 college scholarships to 20 outstanding student athletes (totaling $400,000) through The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program. The program honors students who demonstrate academic excellence and exemplify strong leadership skills in sports, at school, and within their communities.

• Be entering college in the fall of 2015 as a Freshman at a four-year school for an undergraduate degree.
• Be currently involved in high school sports, intramural sports, or community based sports.
• Have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
• Be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident (you will be asked to prove citizenship and age if you win).
• Not be an employee, officer or director of Foot Locker, Inc., or any of its subsidiaries, or a member of the immediate family of such an employee, officer or director.

Deadline: December 18, 2014 at 5 pm (ET). Winners will be announced in April.

Full rules and regulations can be found on The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program.

Best of luck to those who apply!

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Tuesday Tour Day – Wade College

October 7th, 2014 by

Wade College-Fashion SketchingWade College is located in Dallas, Texas and features intimate class size in a creative and compassionate setting. The college resides in the heart of the Design District where they have access to The Dallas Market Center, the world’s largest Wholesale Market. Through this, students have the opportunity to seek out amazing internships, part time work, and full time work. It’s a specialized college that offers dual major Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Merchandising and Design. The program highlights the significance of both general education and specialized fields of study.

The college feels it’s important to prepare students with general fields of study like mathematics, social science, behavioral science, humanities, fine arts and more, to pair with their careers in visual fields while also helping them broaden their learning outcomes. Through completing general liberal arts credits, Wade students possess analytical, written, mathematical, communication, business and presentation skills to bridge their fields of study with the demands of the modern career world.

Wade’s most popular fields of learning are specialized studies focused in graphic design, fashion design, interior design, merchandise marketing and visual communication at the baccalaureate degree level. The college offers many resume building opportunities and they have guest speakers and field trips related to the industry. They also have numerous clubs such as the Merchandising and Design Student Association, ASID Student Chapter, Phi Theta Kappa and Mu Kappa Tau.

Financial aid is available for those who qualify and the college offers a great Financial Services Department that is available to aid prospective and current students. They have an all-inclusive tuition rate of $29,425 for an AA in Merchandising and Design and it includes an iPad mini, e-books and art supplies.

Additionally, the school offers an academic scholarship of $4,000 for the top 20 percent of their graduation class in High School or College. Because of the college’s small size, prospective students must go through an interview and application process where the college will work with them to get through the admissions process. The college is also unique in that it has shorter completion times, full time students can complete their Associate and Bachelor degrees in 16 or 32 months. Most professors still work actively in the professional industry.

> To see how you’d fit with Wade College, check out their profile.


Major Monday – Early Childhood Education

October 6th, 2014 by

Kindergarten teacher standing with children in corridorCan you look back and remember playing school with your childhood friends? Did you often find yourself playing the role of the teacher? Are children often drawn to you because you’re fun, creative and yet still responsible? Do you enjoy being around children and helping them learn and create?

If you answered yes to these, you have a lot in common with those who choose to study Early Childhood Education and those who work as teachers now. You might consider this major for the aforementioned things and because you’ll learn how to create and manage a nurturing and safe learning environment where children grow, thrive and develop.

This degree is offered at the associate’s and at the bachelor’s level. Prospective students might find it helpful to take the following courses while still in high school: AP English Language, a foreign language, sociology, family and consumer studies and AP psychology. These of course are not required, but help students achieve success and excel in their program.

Once in their college programs, students will find themselves taking childhood development, classroom management and behavior, curriculum methods, instructional design, instructional resources and technology and parent-child relations. These of course vary based on particular schools, but still hold true for most programs.

What to know before you apply
Students will find that it makes the process easier if they are caring, patient, and creative. Teamwork skills are vital too. You’ll want to teach cooperation to your students, and you’ll need it yourself — chances are you’ll be working with an aide or another teacher.

During your junior and senior years, you’ll spend lots of time in classrooms, gradually moving from observer to active participant. You’ll probably visit a number of schools that adhere to different educational philosophies, so you can find out which approach suits you best.

No matter what the model, you can watch how teachers create a caring and stimulating classroom, how they involve parents in the learning process, and how they work with students on both academics and issues such as self-esteem. Before you graduate, you’ll spend a semester student teaching and putting into practice all you’ve learned.

Early education majors don’t necessarily have to go into teaching, they can use their degree to be an education administrator, educational counselor, a preschool teacher, a librarian, a school psychologist and a special education teacher.

Colleges offering related fields of study
Barry University —Miami Fla.
Gannon University — Erie, Penn.
Monroe Community College — Rochester, N.Y.

In 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics listed early childhood education majors who worked as kindergarten or elementary school teachers as making $53,090 a year.

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Push yourself

October 2nd, 2014 by

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Everyone has that one thing that they need to push themselves for. Maybe it is just the push to apply for a college. To write the essay. Or maybe to start searching for scholarships. Maybe you need a push just to convince yourself that college can happen for you.

Whatever you need it for, give yourself an extra pat on the back and tell yourself you are worth the extra effort.

We believe in you!



Scholarships — Survivors Scholarship

October 1st, 2014 by


NextStepU is happy to help guide you toward scholarships and opportunities to earn money for college. Here is a new scholarship we found for you!

Scholarship: Survivors Scholarship from Chalik & Chalik Law Firm.

Description: A new college scholarship for those who have survived a serious medical diagnosis and are moving forward in their lives. Open to anyone attending college or law school in the U.S. after spring 2015.

Amount: $1,000

Requirements: Submit a short personal essay about how their cancer or significant medical issue influenced their choice to pursue a higher education and this application. Academic requirements are set at a current GPA of 3.0 or above. Students entering college for the first time will have to document acceptance at an accredited institution, and all applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal residents. The award will be paid directly to the college in the student’s name to help with tuition or materials costs. Full requirements can be found here.

Deadline: The deadline for submission is 1/12/2015 and the winning applicant will be notified by 2/1/2015.

Full rules and regulations can be found on the Chalik & Chalik Law Firm website.

Best of luck to those who apply!

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Tuesday Tour Day – SUNY Fredonia

September 30th, 2014 by

main image 2013SUNY Fredonia offers you the academic contests of a liberal arts college while committing to help you develop your character as you prepare to settle into post graduate life and search for your career path. In doing this, Fredonia also offers affordable tuition and housing in a small, intimate setting of 5,300 students.

Fredonia resides near Lake Erie in western New York and is about an hour drive to the thriving city of Buffalo, N.Y. The campus is constantly filled with events from the fine arts and performing arts departments. Cultural, social, academic and athletic clubs are the driving force behind many campus activities and proceedings.

You can really find it all at Fredonia as the university offers traditions in the arts, sciences, business, education, humanities, undergraduate research, interdisciplinary studies and athletics. The campus environment is creative and vibrant with a diverse population of students and faculty. Over 100 academic programs are offered and taught by faculty from all around the world. These programs are divided into Fredonia’s School of Music, College of Education and School of Business.

Fredonia’s athletic complex features an ice rink, two gyms, a four-lane indoor track and a new natatorium. Outside, students will find a cutting-edge soccer and lacrosse stadium.

The university features rich, traditional architecture and state-of-the-art facilities where students can choose from 14 different residence halls. University Commons is the newest residence hall complete with a dining hall, bookstore, and a Starbucks café.

Admission to Fredonia is competitive and the university encourages applications from students who have taken a strong college-preparatory program in high school, graduated in the top half of their high school class, and who have earned an average better than 80%. Approximately 80% of admitted undergraduates receive some form of financial aid.

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Major Monday — Merchandising & Design

September 29th, 2014 by

iStock_000014382161MediumAre you the fashionista of your friend group? Do you have an eye for design and creativity? Merchandising & Design combines two specialized majors and creates a balanced dual major program.

The core curriculum offered consists of 14 courses totally 42 semester credit hours and the core fields of study include merchandising, design and general studies. A minimum of six elective courses totaling 18 semester credit hours are also required, which allows students to develop specialized skills in either fashion design, interior design, merchandise management or visual communication.

After earning the Associate of Arts degree, a student can complete the Bachelor of Arts degree in an additional four consecutive trimesters of study. Each trimester is 15 weeks of instruction in length and is equivalent to a traditional semester. Full-time students can graduate 16 months after entering the Bachelor of Arts degree program.

What to know before you apply
Wade College offers shorter completion times where students can attend full time and complete either their Associate or Bachelor Degree in as little as 16 or 32 months. They also offer an all-inclusive tuition rate where students receive an iPad mini, e-books, books and art supplies. This way, all costs are up front and no hidden fees surprise you. Wade is located in the Dallas Design District where students will find multiple opportunities for networking, interning, and future career exploration.

Colleges offering related fields of study
This particular program is unique to Wade College in Dallas, Texas.

Depending on location and some other factors, designers and merchandisers can make anywhere from $53,200 to $62,820 a year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Help us send someone to college!

September 25th, 2014 by

NextStepU-indiegogo-iPadNextStepU is on a mission to give students participating in local community-based organizations access to a program that will prepare them to make educated decisions regarding a college or career choice after high school.

Through our College Planning for Community Based Organizations Campaign, we hope to fund seminars all over the country. We’ve seen success locally, but we can’t keep this to just Rochester, NY any longer — we need your help!

Through this program, we will give teens in community-based organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Club, assessment, education and evaluation as they are making important decisions for their futures. They can go to college. They can have a career they are proud of.

It all starts with someone giving them the opportunity.

NextStepU has that opportunity to give. Help us share this program in all 50 states by donating to our Indiegogo campaign. Please also share it with your friends and family socially. We need all of the help we can get!

Much thanks to those of you who will contribute. We are thrilled to be able to scale this project beyond our backyard.



Staying safe on campus

September 24th, 2014 by

iStock_000013095630MediumBinge watching episodes of Law and Order: SVU, Criminal Minds and The X Files have made me a somewhat paranoid, yet highly alert college student. In all likelihood, most campuses are very safe environments. However, you can never be too cautious. To up your safety game, check out these tips.

1. Program the following numbers into your phone right now: local taxi services, bus station information numbers, campus shuttles, campus security, campus escort, and finally ICE. ICE is an acronym that stands for in case of emergency. This is the first place a rescue service will try to call in case of emergency. If you live off campus you may want to look into services like Smart 911. Smart 911 is a free service that allows you to keep your medical records and security information in a secure place online that emergency responders can access if you call 911. You can upload pictures of yourself, your roommates, and even pets. You can also add any medications you are taking or health concerns that you might have.

2. Use technology and download safety apps like:
BSafe. This app focuses on turning your phone into a GPS-based panic button. Using the app, you can program your phone to automatically notify your family, 911, or your friends of your exact location with the push of a button. It can also be setup to “fake call you” to let others think that you have someone on the line who would be aware of your situation. BSafe offers a free basic version of their service or you can pay $20 a year for premium service.

Watch Over Me. This allows you to create your own safety rule tied to a specific amount of time. For example, you might set it before you walk home alone from class at night to call your emergency contact if you don’t check-in within 15 minutes.

OnWatch. Like the other apps, OnWatch allows you to preset emergency contacts for a one button dial. You can connect it to your local 911, campus security, or even a safe list of friends.

3. Keep an eye out in residence halls and in academic buildings late at night. Most buildings are secure through use of your personal key or an electronic swipe. Be wary of holding the door for strangers and watch for people who aren’t familiar to you lingering near buildings and trying to find a way in. If someone needs to get into the building and they are a student or staff member, they should have their own means. Do not put it on yourself if you are unsure.

4. Lock your door. Thefts and suspicious behavior can be avoided through doing this, even if you’re only gone for a short amount of time. Going to the bathroom? Lock your door. Going to your neighbor’s room? Lock your door. The #1 way a burglar is going to get into your space is by walking through an unlocked door after they piggy back into a building. The people breaking into on-campus homes are not obvious criminals. The people that are breaking into dorms are RAs, football players, basketball players, cross country team members, and other well-known campus members. Keep your guard up and be safe.

5. Travel in groups, don’t walk alone at night and always note where you are if you are venturing off of campus. Trouble is less likely to happen to those sticking in group settings and you always have someone else to rely on for help in case of an emergency. Look out for your friends and they will in turn look out for you and don’t forget to utilize your campus resources when you feel it’s necessary, it’s what they’re there for.

Ali-2014-blogAli Sewalt is the marketing intern for NextStepU and is a senior at Nazareth College. You can reach her with questions and for advice at

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