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COLLEGE & CAREER

Financial Aid Workshops

INCREASING THE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES & SOCIAL MOBILITY IN OKEECHOBEE

Each year, more than $3 billion in student financial aid goes unclaimed. There was a common theme among students when asked why they hadn’t completed their FAFSA- the application is just too difficult. This collaboration with Okeechobee High School and Indian River State College was aimed at increasing our students’ access to student financial aid through FAFSA Workshops and Financial Aid Nights. Every student that attended left with a completed FASFA. The impact of this program directly creates more employment opportunities while increasing students’ college readiness and attendance to a 2-year and 4-year institution.

SAT Support Camp

PROVIDING GRADUATING SENIORS WITH THE SKILLS NEEDED TO SUCCEED

Okeechobee County currently has an average SAT score of 1060 and an average ACT score of 25. Students are required to have a minimum ACT composite score of 25 or a SAT score of 1210 to be eligible to receive the Bright Futures Florida Medallion Scholarship. This project allowed us to better educate and prepare students to successfully achieve higher scores on the SAT/ACT exams, resulting in more students being eligible for Florida Bright Futures. The camp took place over 4 weekends. Taught by IRSC staff and a student mentor, students were provided lunch while they worked through prep modules.

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