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Causes: Education, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

Mission: “To assure every qualified Newark High School graduate the opportunity to pursue higher education.”

Results: 2013-14 Highlights: Early Awareness  The PEAK Program provided over 800 hours of targeted, activity-based college outreach to 2,000 second, fourth, sixth and eighth grade students in nearly 100 different classrooms.  Over three-quarters of the 59 Newark City School partner teachers at each of these grade levels chose "strongly agree" when asked whether PEAK programming was a valuable use of class time. High School  Sixty percent of the junior class received assistance registering for the ACT.  Evening help sessions and in-office appointments assisted over 100 parents and students with submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Visits to four colleges and a regional college fair trip offered 338 juniors and seniors a closer view of college options and campus life.  Five specialized junior and senior information sessions provided approximately 225 parents and students valuable college timeline and cost-saving tips. Grant Recipients  Last-Dollar Grant awards totaling $232,032 were awarded to 235 qualified graduating seniors and returning college students  Last-Dollar Grant scholarship checks were sent to over 61 different colleges and universities across the country Community Support  Over 500 individuals from 33 states supported the program financially.  A Call to College was named the 2014 Non-Profit of the Year by The Licking County Chamber of Commerce State Farm awarded a $15,000 strategic focus grant for personal financial literacy to support PEAK’s fourth and eighth grade programming.

Target demographics: Newark City School District students and families

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 3000 students from second grade through senior year and hundreds of Newark families

Geographic areas served: Newark City School District (6700 students in 1 high school, 3 middle and 7 elementary school buildings)

Programs: need-based scholarships, ACT test registration and preparation assistance, help with filing the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and comprehensive early college awareness outreach for elementary and middle schoolers.

Community Stories

57 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank all of you so much for your support and help as I prepared to take the next step towards my future! Having the opportunity to meet with my adviser where I could gather my thoughts and organize my plan of action my junior and senior year of high school was a huge help and a great stress-reliever!

Robert196

Client Served

Rating: 5

A Call To College is a fabulous non-profit organization that operates directly out of the Newark High School building and provides overwhelmed students with the information and guidance they need to pursue higher education, should they choose to. With FAFSA assistance, ACT and SAT prep help, and the generous Last Dollar Grant, college-bound students need not fear their future as they will receive advice and considerable financial assistance every step of the way. Even though college and branching out into the real world is a scary transition, A Call to College ensures that NCS students don't have to go it alone.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A Call to College is a fantastic organization whose mission helps local students realize their college dreams. I will be a sophomore at Kent State University this year and have been the recipient of two scholarships from A Call to College. These have been a huge financial help to me and my family and I can't thank them enough for their generosity and for the good work they do. Our community is truly blessed to have such an organization.

Brian Boehmer

Client Served

Rating: 5

A Call to College has been a huge help to us in navigating all aspects of the college experience for both of our sons- from filling out FAFSA forms, applying for scholarships, and all types of general advice about college.
The staff and advisors at ACTC are all very helpful and go out of their way to provide information, support, and encouragement to students and parents alike.
Some of our family friends from other school districts are always so surprised to learn that Newark City Schools has such a great resource available to us and have said they wish their own schools offered something similar.
ACTC has been so important to us in helping with the nuts and bolts of financing and obtaining a college education for our sons. Without the knowledgeable assistance and financial help from ACTC and their generous donors, our family would have struggled greatly having 2 kids in college at the same time. The financial help and support from ACTC has had such a positive impact on both our sons, and our whole family. Thank you from the Pancini family !!!!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Attending college is essential to completing my life goal of becoming a CPA. Though college provides endless opportunities, it also comes with a great deal of financial burden. I just completed my second year of college and am about to start my third, and A Call to College has helped me all three years by taking some of that burden off. This has allowed me to not worry about the money as much, and to focus on my studies and campus involvement more. A Call to College has definitely played a huge role in contributing to my success and has allowed me to further prepare myself for my career.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A Call to College is awesome!!! I am a Newark High school student who comes from a family with a single income. So the idea of having over $20,000 in college debt wasn't very inviting. The A Call to College foundation at my local high school has been very helpful in relieving some of this burden. With help from a Call to College, Licking county Foundation and several other scholarships i have been able to college with no debt so far. I am currently in my junior year at The Ohio State University pursuing a Bachelors degree in Welding Engineering.

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Donor

Rating: 5

A Call to College is made up by a group of people dedicated to making college accessible and affordable. And what makes that group so unique is the drive, the commitment and personal mission that they share in making this happen. Though a small group, they are tireless champions who educate and tell the story over and over – driving home the message that yes, you've got this and yes, you can be exactly who you always wanted to be . That is a message all children need to hear.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A Call to College provides a vital service to the students who live in my community. Starting in second grade, the group's programming encourages students to think of high school graduation as the beginning of their lives, and as a stepping-off point for their futures. A Call to College also helps students prepare for the ACT, college applications and financial aid. The cherry on top is in the Last Dollar grants that all students can apply for, which give up to $1,000-per-year for four years to students who need the extra help.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a student, I believe that each member of the A Call to College staff genuinely cares about the success of myself and my peers. I have always left their office feeling relieved and confident in our solutions. This program made a HUGE difference on my college decision process.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm a relatively new member to the Newark community and am the Head of Children's services for the county library system. This group has invited to me to participate with them as a guest reader during their career day program & the day was very well put together. The purpose of career day is to allow the 2nd grade students to be exposed to a variety of career options in an up-close, informal setting. Each child gets a book to keep. This small portion of the program that I've participated in is just one facet of a large, ongoing program that takes place each fall.