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A Call To College

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

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

Results: 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 preparing 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 over 300 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 now total over 3 million dollars since the organization's founding in 1991 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

101 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dear Reader,

A Call To College is a nonprofit college access organization in Newark, Ohio. I have been apart of Newark City Schools K-12 and A Call To College has always been apart of my primary and secondary education. This organization teaches children/teens and gives them opportunities to learn and understand their future options from an early age to high school alumni. A Call To College has been so helpful to have all of these years. Being a first household college student was not easy and there were many things me and my parents had no idea about. A Call to College helped guided my path to my future and helped me and my family financially. I believe a lot more schools should have access to such a great organization, staff and donors.
Thank you to everyone at a Call To College.
- Brianna Harvey

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Students begin their PEAK journey in second grade by getting a glimpse of college through the eyes of local college students. By the 8th grade, "Reality Store" prepares them for the reality of how your choices - personal and financial - determine your future. As our new freshmen enter Newark High School, A Call to College is there to take them through to their final steps. With the generosity of Last Dollar Grants students walk out of our hallways into possibly the same college hallways they visited on their 6th grade campus visit, ready to build their future.
It has been an absolute honor as a Newark City Schools building leader to participate in implementing the PEAK program from its inception and more importantly, watch how students learn and grow from year to year.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My first interaction with A Call to College (ACTC) was in Middle School, when staff members would come to our classrooms and present lessons designed to get us thinking about our futures. Every year until Junior year of high school, ACTC would provide different workshops designed to make sure no one fell through the cracks when it came to graduating from high school and pursuing postsecondary education. Though the specific activities changed with each grade, the message was clear and consistent: you, too, can go to college.

By my Junior year I was able to meet regularly with an advisor at A Call to College to begin planning for the ACT and preparing application materials. Not only did ACTC cover the cost of the ACT for everyone in my grade, they provided free training and preparatory materials as well. I was able to take the ACT a second time because my first one was paid for by A Call to College, and the second opportunity allowed me to increase my score by 3 points. By Senior year, I was meeting with my ACTC counselor every week to finalize a list of colleges to apply to and complete applications. I was able to gain admittance to my first choice of schools and enrolled in Ohio State.

After I finally completed the college application process and had a spot at OSU, I thought my help from A Call to College was over. However, shortly before graduation I was informed that I was the 2016 recipient of the Marion D. Wetzel Scholarship, a $15,000 a year scholarship that is renewable for four years. This scholarship has allowed me to study abroad at Oxford University in England, intern in the office of a Member of Parliament in Canada, live in Washington, D.C. for a semester to work for the nation’s leading think tank, and pursue countless other opportunities that would not have been made available to me without this huge financial assistance.

These experiences have prepared me to pursue a PhD in Economics after graduating from Ohio State. I know that if it were not for ACTC and their countless interventions in my academic career, I would not be able to think about pursuing such a profession. I cannot overstate the importance of this organization in shaping my educational trajectory and I continue to feel humbled and incredibly grateful for the doors that ACTC opened up for me.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have never volunteered with an organization where the “red carpet is truly rolled out.” ACTC staff displays the upmost professionalism, support and appreciation for every individual. Likewise, I have always felt educated for my role to provide the best service to the Newark City Schools student body. ACTC has a very high standard and this is displayed from the top down of this nonprofit. I think we could all gain personal
growth from the leadership ACTC models. Hats off to a phenomenal group!

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Donor

Rating: 5

In my 38 years of working in education I never saw a county wide educational community come together like we did twelve years ago when CAN DO Access (to college) whose partners included Central Ohio Technical College, A Call to College, Newark City Schools, Denison University, and Ohio State University at Newark, partnered to initiate the PEAK program. A Call to College fostered this strategic and important partnership which to this day has helped thousands of Newark City Schools students believe that they CAN achieve their dreams and go to college!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer advisor with A Call To College for the last 5 years and I am still in awe of this program! The age range of students, the diversity of their back grounds and the depth of their individual needs are never an obstacle. Rather, they are a challenge for the staff to find new and inovative ways to help every single student. This program inspires younger students to dream of a future education, middle school students to start facing the reality of what life might look like without further eduction and , in great detail, assists every high school junior and senior in researching and executing a plan to achieve their educational goals.
A Call to College is there to help with prep for ACT testing, filing the FAFSA, finding and filling our scholarship applications, and awarding it's own 'Last Dollar Grant' , to name a few benefits . This program is there to guide and support the Students of Newark City Schools all through their years of attendance and into their future. The door is always open to our students and their families.
It has been an honor to be a part of this program.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have had two students ('18,'20) participate with the programming and receive Last Dollar Grants. The timelines the program provides really help parents and students stay on track for the conversations, visits, applications and financial aid progress without getting overwhelmed or behind. Some of the programming and information can feel a bit repetitive if you have two or more students separated by a year or two, but it's all set up well to take advantage of what makes sense for your family. I have found the student -staff pairings exceptionally helpful. Our youngest student was paired with Brent Smith, and even if Brent was talking with him about the same information as we would be, our student paid attention differently and absorbed the advice in a much better way. He looked forward to his meetings and always recapped them with plenty of details. When he was ready to make his acceptance decision, Brent was one of the first people he wanted to tell.

Both of our students applied to a reasonable number of schools that they were most interested in, and were able to take advantage of the College Application Blitz, where some of the application fees were waived.

We found the ACT prep classes and lunch time programming to be the right fit for going over the material in a guided way and help be prepared for the test in a way that didn't overwhelm or panic the kids.

In talking with other high school parents it's easy to learn that most high schools don't have a similar program and parents and students are left on their own for this type of support. Not only does A Call to College keep the family generally on track for the decision process, but also helps with some of the costs. In addition to the Last Dollar grants the program helps with ACT prep classes, Senior year ACT test fee, and the College Application Blitz. These costs might be $65 or more a piece, allowing the family to be strategic with every dollar possible for additional test dates, and college deposits and expenses. Our entire family has found it valuable. Even as our students are navigating the college experience, we've been able to continue to utilize A Call to College staff for FAFSA and Financial Aid questions. Just a great layer of support, guidance and understanding!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A call to college is a great program I got to participate at NHS. Most people think oh $1000 isnt a lot but you can renew the grant for four years. For me thats a big deal because thats $4000 less im going to be taking out in a loan and for that im grateful. This year because the pandemic they changed the formatting to apply a little and I thought it was great. Super easy to fill out and email the other information. It was a quick and painless process and for that im also grateful because it can be difficult sometimes trying to make time for things.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A Call To College is an outstanding program that has helped me during my high school career by learning about how to prepare for college and aiding me in my college ventures, such as preparing AND paying for my ACT test. The program is very helpful during the junior and senior years of high school as they help you make informed decisions about where you are going after high school and how you are going to get there. I would recommend this program to every high school student interested in building a career after high school; especially students who will be first generation college students like I am.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A Call to College has been an invaluable part of helping me decided to take the path to college , as well as aiding me through the whole process. From applying to reviewing financial aid packages and choosing a college. The staff is full of welcoming individuals who are dedicated to help with all aspects of furthering a you’re education.Personally I applied to many different colleges and Mr.Underhill specifically took the time to help make it a very positive experience . From applying to answering any questions me and my family have had and especially with much assistance reviewing my financial aid options.

3 Pyxis P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A Call to College reaches out to students and parents when they have a problem, and there is never a time when they aren't there to help you. I really appreciate that, because when life gets in the way, and you forget to do the important things to prepare you for your future, A Call to College is always there to help you get it done.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks again for your knowledge and helpfulness with the FAFSA and preparing us for college.
There is no way we would have made it through the process without YOU!!! It's really a lot of information to understand, from year to year.
Thanks for being there for us.

Previous Stories
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Client Served

Rating: 5

We, at Newark High School are so lucky to have this program. The staff is so kind and understanding, and very knowledgeable. about college information. They helped us every step of the way, from the FAFSA to acceptance letters, and then followed through with our student. My student was very nervous about the process and they worked with him and made the process very smooth. Thank You!!! My son is heading to college this fall.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A Call to College is a change agent for Newark, Ohio. A generation of students have been counseled and are given last dollar grants to help them with their post secondary education. Trained staff and volunteers are passionate about student success and have made a difference in the lives of thousands of students with increasing participation each year. What a gift to this community and a model for other school districts as well.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A Call To College has helped me so much with my college experience! I am currently going into my senior year of college, and this program has definitely played a major role in getting me to where I am today. The support from the wonderful staff while I was in high school was so helpful—they made the transition and all of the confusing aspects of applying to college, financial aid, so much more so easy for me. I am so grateful to this program. In addition to this, having received a scholarship every year while in college has helped me get so much closer to reaching my goals. One day I will be an RN, and I believe that A Call To College played a major role in that.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A call to college has helped me in every way to get back on track to college. I’ve been out of high school for two years and was excited to start college this fall. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help from Tara Houdeshell and all the other advisors from Newark High School. I am forever grateful for Tara taking time out of her summer to get me on the right path! With being a full time mom and full time employee she was able to work around my schedule and help me prepare all my applications for this fall. If it wasn’t for them I definitely wouldn’t be where I am with what i have. I appreciate every single person working hard to make it easy for us to go back to school! Everyone needs to take advantage of the opportunities they have.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you to all of the staff at ACTC! They are helpful, passionate and knowledgeable. They have made the college preparation and admission process so easy for both of my children and the FAFSA boot camp they hold is so great. The Last Dollar Grant awarded to graduates who are eligible is also a huge help, especially towards room and board which is not covered by many other scholarships. My son went on to graduate from Denison University with a degree in Physics, was accepted to Officer Training School afterward for the ASAF and is now a Second Lieutenant working in logistics. My daughter will be a sophomore at Wittenberg University looking to major in Sociology and Philosophy. A Call to College helped give both of them confidence and opportunity.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A Call to College is one of the best, if not the best, nonprofit organization out there. Their programs have helped not just me, but thousands of other students grades 2-12 embark on their college journey. I know that second grade may sound a bit young to be thinking about education after high school, but each project and event that they host leaves a new impact for the student's memories to hold.

My personal experience with this organization is nothing but good things! They have helped me with things such as preparing for the dreaded ACT test, finding what college would best fit me, and they have even held my hand through signing up for college orientations and paying my initial fees. Without A Call to College I don't think that I would have made it this far when it comes to my education. They have helped me so much and have always done so with a smile. I appreciate all of their hard work and I am excited to see what more they can do in the future!

2 Faith Hammer P.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Not only am I a proud Board Member with A Call to College (ACTC), but I have also volunteered with this wonderful organization for over 20 years. The way in which ACTC assists students through the entire college admissions and financial aid process is significant and unlike other college access programs. They plant the seed of "College is Possible" as early as second grade with their elementary and middle school programming. Then they continue this groundwork by assisting juniors and seniors through the college process. And then to award over a million dollars in need-based grants just speaks volumes for what ACTC is capable of. Newark City Schools are so fortunate to have this resource available to students and parents. They serve as a model to other schools for how to run a successful program. To say I am proud to be involved with ACTC is an understatement. The co-founders would be so proud to see where their vision has gone!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very thankful for the opportunity to work with A Call To College, and for recieving their assistance with my plan of action for college.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been affiliated with Newark City School's A Call to College program for many years, as I am a classroom teacher in the District's high school. I have watched the program continue to be focused on its mission of helping students find and secure funds for post-high school education. The staff and volunteers work tirelessly to meet with students, to help them understand the college and financial aid process, and to celebrate their commitment to furthering their own education. In my years in the classroom I have watched the A Call to College program grow from only counseling college bound seniors to now helping juniors prepare for the ACT and the college search process, working with freshman and sophomores learning about post-secondary and career education opportunities and conducting programs for 8th, 6th, 4th and 2nd graders to further their "college knowledge." A Call to College has secured funding for grants and scholarships for students committed to furthering their educations. They provide tremendously valuable counseling for students who need help understanding the many elements of paying for college. In a district where there is a very high rate of poverty, A Call to College has provided a treasure chest of opportunity and access for first generation college students as well as those seeking professional trade educations. It has been an honor and a privilege to be affiliated with this incredible organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I think that call to college is very helpful! Their very welcoming and I did not feel like it was just a meeting to talk about my future. They made a connection with me and really encouraged me to go somewhere that I was going to love! As well as finding a place to reach my full potential and I cannot thank them enough!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A Call to College has been a valuable resource for my husband and I as we help our oldest prepare for the next step in her academic career. The college process has changed since we were seniors in High School, therefore making the staff and advisers a huge help to not only our daughter but to us as well. Thank you so much for helping our daughter prepare for this exciting chapter in her life.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

LOVE this program! They offer so much support and direction to students and their families in preparing for the future. I cannot express the amount of gratitude our family has for this program. From exciting kids at an early age, to facilitating college visits and ACT prep....Call to College in Newark Ohio is one of a kind and we are lucky to have them in our community!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent three years volunteering with A Call to College through their Reading Rocks program. A few times a month we would meet with them at the local library to read the book The Little Engine That Could. The staff from ACTC was remarkable. They were always so excited to work with us as volunteers but more importantly, were incredibly exciting and friendly to the kids they were serving.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A Call to College is a phenomenal organization! The staff went above and beyond to assist my daughter with her pursuit of a college education. They provided her a wealth of valuable programming and services, including free ACT prep and testing, college information and planning nights, advising, college visits, an application blitz night, college fairs and a Last Dollar Grant. Moreover, they extended their services to assist me with completing the FAFSA, kept me up to date on upcoming events through text reminders and provided me with helpful tips and information through periodic newsletters. In addition, Brett always took the time to patiently answer my MANY questions and provided reassurance. I sincerely appreciate everything the staff has done to assist us with my daughter's pursuit of a college education. Without a doubt, the efforts of A Call to College have a positive impact on the students at Newark High School!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A Call to College is a wonderful program. I have been fortunate to have had experiences with this program as a second grade and an eighth grade teacher and as a step-parent of children in the district. The program exposes students to the importance of getting a good education and to what options are available to them after they graduate high school. Volunteers begin talking to students in elementary school and continue all the way through high school. Students learn about college, saving, budgeting, planning ahead, and moving forward with their education. They provide numerous resources to students who are applying to college and/or post-secondary education. The program also offers assistance for parents who are in the process of filling out the FAFSA. Our community is very lucky to have a program like A Call to College that is so devoted to continuing education.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What an energetic, fun-filled, informative experience at The Works! The creators of the program were very knowledgeable and presented the subject matter clearly so that maximum learning occurred. They also visited our school to link the learning to activities in the classroom. I cannot think of a thing that could have been improved!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with A Call to College for 3 years now. Over the last 3 years I have been amazed at how well this organization connects with students in a way that can make a very stressful time, like preparing for college, and make it less stressful by guiding them through the process. They truly care about the future success of students after high school.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are the parents of four children who have gone through this school system. When our oldest daughter was a senior, A Call to College was there for us every step of the way. This was our first experience with college and the work it takes to prepare. ACTC made it seem effortless. They were positive and practically held our hand. I will be forever grateful for their assistance as we had three more children coming up behind her.
I can remember when the Peak Program began. It was that same year that our oldest was a senior. Our 2nd grade son came home so very excited about the visitors in his classroom that day. He couldn’t wait for me to read the book he was given called I Know I Can. What a wonderful way to start small minds geared toward further education.
A Call to College explains the process in such a way that every parent feels they can help their child achieve their goals. The students understand and in turn get excited about the possibility of attending college. Even after the first year, students are encouraged to continue their studies with the opportunity to have The Last Dollar Grant for the entire four years!
ACTC invites colleges to come to the high school campus and set up a table with representatives to help answer questions or apply for their schools. They also take the students on college campus tours. Some of these students may not have visited otherwise. They provide workshops for filling out the FAFSA, ACT Prep and a free ACT test to all seniors and guidance for additional scholarships.
My husband teaches in a different school district and dreams of having this program for his student!
We want to thank the generous donors with the vision to begin this program. It has been a true blessing to this family!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This nonprofit not only gives funds to students but does so much more! They start in elementary school by just having conversations with the word college . Many students in this school district do not have knowledge about continuing their education. This continues in middle school. At the high school level, they have study sessions for the ACT and provide one free ACT test. They also take students to different college trips. This is how my daughter found her college choice. When she returned from her trip, we knew that she would attend Ohio University. During a student's jr and sr years of high school, the program helps them apply to schools and guidance to make their applications better. The Call to College Program has the Last Dollar Grant. Both of my daughters were fortunate to receive this grant. One great thing about this is that they can reapply for the four years in college-just not their freshman year! The one thing that the recipients have to do is give back to the program by visiting their school and talk about their college experience. What a way to give back and encourage others to continue their education!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A Call To College has helped in anyway that they can. By having this nonprofit organization in a high school, it allows the students to get information on colleges that they need in order to continue their education. A Call to College helped me by showing which college best fit my interest and which college best fit my budget. Even though each student is different, this organization leads students to success!
-Brittany Butler

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My students look forward to this program year after year. A Call To College engages my 4th grade students to learn about college-going behaviors and the vocabulary that is associated with college in fun way. They also teach them the importance of financial literacy and money skills such as saving, investing, spending, and donating. Students actually get to earn money, decide how they want to spend it and choose a philanthropy to donate to. This is always a rewarding learning experience. A Call To College has been such a valuable experience to my students that they continue to look forward to it throughout their school years.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the things I look forward to each year is volunteering for the Reality Store Liberty Middle School. This activity is a great way to show them the little steps that life brings in the adult world. It is a real world activity within the safety net activity to help them see the actions and the decisions they make have consequences. Some turn out well and others learn hard lessons. I think this is a great way to help them prepare for life and responsibilities as well as how their education now and continuing will play a crucial part in their lives. I believe this is something we need to continue to educate and enrich the children of our community now and in their future.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with A Call to College over a number of years.
They do a tremendous job helping high school students get into colleges and universities.
Actually, ACTC starts younger school age students think about college while still in their elementary grades. They challenge public school students to think about life and what goals they want to pursue.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

At the beginning of the year my students take a survey that asks them if they want to go to college, most of my students mark no. At the end of the program they take the same survey and almost all of them change their answer to yes. This program helps instill that college is very important for success as an adult. It is an amazing program!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A Call To College was exceptionally helpful resource to me while I was in high school, and has continued to help as I pursue my undergraduate degree. One of the best forms of assistance they offered while I was in high school was helping with the ACT. They paid for me to take it, and also administered a practice test several months before that definitely made my score higher than it would have been without that preparation. Since I graduated, they have helped to make my college more affordable for my family by awarding me with the Last Dollar Grant. This is a great nonprofit that really seeks to help out students be able to reach their academic goals both in and out of high school.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our family cannot thank A Call to College enough for their continued financial support. Their generosity has made it possible to cover expenses such as tuition, books, house and more. The work they do on behalf of our students is outstanding and our community is truly blessed to have this organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Refreshing to deal with a non-profit that walks the walks when it comes to community service. A Call to College get's it and put the students and education first during a time when we focus far too much on sports.

Thanks for a job well done!!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wow! Call to College is a fabulous program! I have been involved many years and it is such a privilege to interact with the children. The program is so uplifting to the students and very well organized. Thanks for all you do!

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Donor

Rating: 5

My experience with A Call To College and its staff over the past 10 years has been nothing less than fantastic. It continues to provide real, tangible support toward ensuring high school students from my hometown can enroll in college if they desire to do so. The program does this through last dollar grants, counseling and assistance in the financial aide process, among other forms of support to high school students. In addition, it's programs for younger students (beginning in 2nd grade) help to encourage a mindset toward higher education at an early age. With the changing demographics of the Newark community, this mission fills a critical need. Though a diverse group, the leadership and staff of A Call To College share a common passion for the program. As such, everything they do is for the benefit of students, including their professional interactions with the community. A huge "hats off" to you! Thank you for everything you do each to support our youth!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been in contact or dealt directly with ACTC for the past 5 years. Because I have taught Seniors, Juniors, and Freshmen, the volunteers and workers would often come into my room to present or give lessons on the different topics related to each grade level. All of the ACTC staff are completely professional, polite, and extremely helpful. I love partnering with the ACTC staff members because they are always so prepared and really try to help the kids in life after high school.

They work very hard to help students, parents, and teachers with students' transitions to college/career. The ACTC Junior ACT prep program is top-notch. I've worked with the staff 4 out of the 5 years I have been teaching, having the ACTC staff come into my classroom to help my Juniors prepare for the ACT test. They offer before, after, and during school test prep for Juniors and throughout the year have events which promote college/career readiness.

I don't get to see their elementary programs in process, but I know they have implemented money awareness, future planning, and college prep programs for our younger students in the district as well. Students come up to the high school with a familiarity of ACTC and its purpose, which often helps builds relationships when discussing college/career planning as freshmen.

Overall, one of the best things about working in our school district, is the ACTC program. So many students have benefitted from their wisdom and guidance over the years. I often have kids that come back as graduates who volunteer for different events for ACTC, which is a testament to what this program is all about!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I wouldn't have been able to complete the college preparation process without A Call To College. They're great people who do great things for their students. Great organization!

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a group of extraordinary people who deeply care about the students they serve. The level of dedication and attention they give to every student who walks through their doors is what sets them apart. The programs they implement changed my life by giving me the information needed to start my college career. But they did not stop there! Next was a four year scholarship used for books and other miscellaneous costs. I have been involved with this great organization first as a student and now as a volunteer. I came back because I saw firsthand how important this organization is to our community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A Call to College is a great nonprofit organization that has helped numerous students over the years at Newark High School. Counselors are always available to help with college searches, scholarships, and filling out financial forms. As a recipient of a Last Dollar Grant, I have always felt encouraged and special to A Call to College, even as a senior in college. I know that they will continue to make a difference in the community of Newark and I hope to be able to help do so.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We partner with A Call to College for many programs and they are always amazing partners. they assist us with identifying students for Needs Based Scholarships and STEM programs. The opportunities they provide for local students are leading to great academic accomplishments. We love this group and all their offerings.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer advisor with ACTC, I am continually impressed by the scope of offerings; from 2nd grade programs thru graduation.
Students are exposed to the importance of continuing their education and the knowledge that it is a real possibility for each of them. With tools like the Big Future website they can learn about and compare colleges.
Advisors meet with all students at regular intervals to insure they are on track to graduate and have access to information from financial aid to the ACT and every important date and event.
I have been extremely impressed with the organization and preparedness of every facet of Newark's ACTC program and I feel that it is an integral part of the success of all of our students!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a first-generation college student, I had all the support in the world from my parents, but none of the three of us knew where to even start with getting me into college, let alone how to get me through the entire process. A Call to College not only helped me figure out my starting point, but they have run the entire race with me. From visiting colleges and applying for the FAFSA to finding enough scholarship money to be able to afford the tuition year after year, A Call to College has continually offered me their support and expertise, and the staff members were just as excited to see me start college as I was! This is not a special case, either; I have seen the staff members work just as diligently to help every student they come across, and be just as thrilled when each of them succeeds.

Zach P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ACTC does a fantastic job preparing NHS students for the transition to college. The Last Dollar Grant that ACTC offers is very helpful for many families, mine included, in covering college expenses. Amazing organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

ACTC has been very helpful in the entire college process during my time at Newark High School through the present. They were great at helping me find the right college for me and making sure I was on the path that would lead me there. Also, I can not stress enough the importance the Last Dollar Grant has been for my family. College for us has been a financial obstacle, so for us and other families in similar situations this is a great source of college funding. Overall, I am extremely happy with every ACTC has done, and continues to do for myself and other Newark High School students.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A Call to College has been very helpful to me during my high school years. Whenever I had a question or concern there was always someone available to assist me. Additionally, the advisors helped to keep me on track with the meetings that were held throughout the year. Most importantly, I was very grateful to receive a financial award before the beginning of my freshman year of college.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A Call to College and it's staff are awesome! They offer much needed help and experience with enrolling your child in college, more than just offering scholarships. Of course the scholarships are wonderful and a huge benefit! They will help you understand the whole financial-aid and student loan process. For incoming freshman and their "first kid in college" parent, it can be very daunting! A special thank you to Tara for answering my many phone calls in one day and walking me through it!

Client Served

Rating: 5

A Call to College has been enormously helpful to me in the process of going back to school. Everyone there is friendly and available to help me with any questions I have about financial aid, enrolling, even how to find the right school for me. My academic career has been so much smoother because I have their help. Couldn't have done it without you!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is outstanding that A Call to College has been able to help relieve financial stress throughout my undergraduate career. Somehow the good news has been delivered in times of greateer need for my family, so I thank God for that. I am grateful for such a consistent, generous program to be included in my life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at A Call to College as a high school adviser for 6 years and it is a wonderful organization. College or any form of education beyond high school is so important to succeed in the world today and, for too many, the cost is too great. A Call to College advisers help juniors and seniors at Newark High School navigate the financial aid and scholarship maze so that they can achieve their goal of higher education. The teamwork at A Call to College, from the board down, along with the collaboration with the Newark school system is amazing. I am proud to be a part of an organization that is helping young people pursue their passions!

Client Served

Rating: 5

A Call to College has helped me with college journey in so many ways. By providing excellent guidance and financial help, A Call to College has shown that students like me are their top priority. One of the most valuable things A Call to college has taught me is how to prepare for the future. With great support and guidance they gave me that needed extra hand. I encourage every Newark student to get involved with A Call to College since their staff will be there from day one to the very end of one’s exciting journey through college. They are the shadow that has your back! Always!