How To Introduce College As A Goal For Children

You are probably aware of the numerous benefits of a college education. People with college degrees typically make more money than those who only graduated high school. Graduates report a higher rate of job satisfaction. In addition to these, many college graduates lead healthier lifestyles. With benefits like these, it’s never too early to introduce college to your kids!

The first eight years of your child’s education will provide them with fundamental skills and knowledge. Admittedly, some of these lessons might not be very exciting. However, this knowledge can open him or her up areas they find particularly engaging or interesting! When your child finds something like this, you can tell him or her about jobs that specialize in those areas, or about how much more they could learn about it if he or she goes to college!

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You can also ask your child what he or she wants to be as a grown up. Even if you get a different answer every week, you can still point out that many jobs require a college degree. You can gently tell your child that even zookeepers have to take special classes to know how to take care of the animals at the zoo.

Another way you can introduce the idea of college to a young child is to read to him or her often! Not only will this stimulate your child’s imagination, but if he or she asks questions, it can be an opportunity for you to share resources like the dictionary or encyclopedia. Showing your child how to look things up will provide a nice foundation for research later on in life!

Getting your child excited about college is very important! It will help to establish academic routines that will be helpful in the future.

Our Crayons To College field trip for preschool students is one of the cornerstone initiatives of the Dual Generational Pathways program. This field trip takes young students at local community preschools on a tour of NOVA, with fun stops at locations like the cafeteria, library, and theater. Students love being a part of campus for the day, and it is our hope that the Crayons to College trip will spark an interest in college that will continue to grow over time.

SCHOLARSHIP: 2016 Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest

dc5e3b_8b22732bc6e842c8bcd57a6c7298ddb2SCHOLARSHIP ALERT: deadline July 31, 2016

1st Prize $1500 | 2nd Prize $750 | 3rd Prize $500

Our Topic for 2016  – Immigration is a controversial topic in American history, even more so in 2016.  Citing examples from his writings, speeches, and policies, what was Abraham Lincoln’s position on immigration?  Did it evolve?  Is it relevant to our contemporary debate?

Contest Rules:

  • Please examine the rules below closely before contacting The Lincoln Forum or the contest coordinator with eligibility questions.

  • The scholarship essay contest is designed for students who are FULL TIME, undergraduate students in an AMERICAN COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY during the Spring 2016 semester. The July 31 deadline is designed to give these students time to finish their essays, if need be, after final exams.

  • You do not have to be an American citizen, but you do need to be attending an AMERICAN COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY during the eligibility period.

  • It is NOT open to high school students. Key question to consider; when we contact your college or university registrar will they be able to confirm that you were enrolled as a full-time college student during the spring 2016 semester? If the answer is no, you are not eligible.

  • The eligibility of entrants will be confirmed by the Lincoln Forum prior to the awarding of prizes.

  • Entries will be judged by the essay committee of The Lincoln Forum.

  • Deadline for entries is July 31, 2016

  • Entries must contain a minimum of 1,500 and a maximum of 5,000 words.

  • Essays may be submitted via regular mail (postmarked by July 31, 2016) or via e-mail (time stamped before midnight PST July 31, 2016) to the address below.

  • The essay must be typed and include a works-cited page or bibliography. End notes are suggested but not required.

  • There is no application form for the contest. The essay and your contact information serves as your application.

  • Applicants must include the name of their college or university with their entire and all contact information (regular and email address) must be put on the essay proper.

  • Judging will take place during the fall. The three winners will be announced at the Lincoln Forum annual meeting in Gettysburg on November 18th. Checks from the Lincoln Forum will be sent to the winners in December 2016 The scholarship prize money is designed as a reward for academic excellence. It can be used for any purpose the winner desires.

  • The essay can be sent via email ( e-mail: ) or regular mail to the address below.

Don McCue, curator of The Lincoln Shrine in Redlands, California serves as coordinator of the Essay Contest.

NOVA students are encouraged to enter an essay! For advice or support, please contact your ACP advisor.