What’s Up ?! – March 2019
Mary, Maddy and Beja model their character concepts during the More Than Words e-book hackathon.
From the CEO
One of the best things we get to do as a part of our work here at Lead Up is to celebrate the successes of our students who are working hard to make their way in the world. It is my pleasure to highlight two recent honors earned by our student leaders.
Senior Leader Anthony has been selected to receive the Billy Michal Student Leadership Award from The National WWII Museum. The Billy Michal Student Leadership Award is given annually to one student from each state who demonstrates the American Spirit in his or her community. Anthony will join his fellow awardees and represent Nebraska in New Orleans in May to dream and share ideas about their next community endeavors.
Senior Leader Maddy led her team to victory in the 14th Institute for the Culinary Arts High School Invitational. The team scored big with their gorgeous seared sea scallop starter, beef tenderloin with purple sweet potato mash and tournee carrots. And for the crowning finish – chocolate mousse. Maddy and her fellow chefs will head to Washington D.C. in May and try to clinch the national title.
Congratulations. We are so proud of you!
Founder and CEO
Paying for college can be a major stressor for students and families – especially those who are experiencing the financial aid process for the first time. Helping our leaders navigate the system, and secure the funds needed to pursue their dreams, is a big part of our program.
While Lead Up doesn’t “write the check,” we actively work to help our leaders find, compete for and win scholarships, grants and other aid. Although there is no magic recipe, with organization and a whole lot of stick-to-itiveness, we position our leaders to cover their costs with minimal or no student loan debt.
The first step is helping to identify scholarships each student is qualified for and organizing application deadlines. Did you know Lead Up has its very own on-line scholarship search tool? We do; and it saves our students precious hours of search time with a carefully curated and annotated list of scholarships from the thousands available.
Once the targets are identified, we’re there with coaching, editing and encouragement. And of course, we help families with the FAFSA anytime they request it.
While all of these activities are critical to putting together a great aid package, there are others that are just as crucial – but not often thought of as a traditional part of financing higher education.
The first is ensuring that students have the best credentials they are capable of. Lead Up provides tutoring throughout the school year (and summer) personalized ACT coaching and preparation, and we actively engage in helping students select the courses that they will need to qualify for admission.
The second is empowering our young people to be confident and connected. Colleges (and scholarships providers) want to invest in students who are not only competent but also curious and interesting. The networks we create and the many experiences that Lead Up provides helps students gain insight into their skills, interests, and opens up their thinking to new ideas and perspectives.
If we’ve done all of these things well, late spring brings the exciting last step: tallying up scholarship awards, evaluating and comparing school aid offers, and guiding students to the “best buy” for their future as possible.