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Crosby Scholars enrolled more than 3,600 in two years

During the Rowan County Crosby Scholars’ annual board meeting on Tuesday, the organization announced that the program has enrolled 3,686 Rowan-Salisbury students since its introduction two years ago.

According to its website, the Rowan County Crosby Scholars Community Partnership is a nonprofit organization that helps prepare students for college. It helps students get ready academically, financially and personally, starting as early as middle school. The program provides academic training, college and financial aid workshops, advisory services, campus tours and Last Dollar grants based on unmet need.

The program partners with the Rowan-Salisbury School System, Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina, individuals, businesses, foundations and other organizations.

In order to participate in the program, students have to complete some requirements.

Some of those requirements include completing at least two hours of community service each year, attending one Crosby Academy per school year and two during senior year and attending one college fair during high school.

The Scholars have 2,066 Rowan county students this year. That includes 1,019 in middle school and 1,047 in high school. They completed more than 9,500 hours of community service last year.

There are 205 students in the Scholars’ first graduating class. Senior advisors were provided to 175 of them during their senior year to help them with college applications and the admissions process.

The Scholars’ will host a Senior Gala on May 1 to celebrate the first graduating class. The colleges the students have decided to attend will be announced, as well as scholarship recipients.

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