COVINGTON - High school advisers are urging students and their parents to begin thinking about how they are going to pay for their post-secondary education.
All three Newton County high schools will hold local scholarship offerings meetings next week that are open to high school seniors and their parents.
Newton High School will give one at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the school's media center.
The school used to hold it in the auditorium, but Shelley Lawyer, a college admissions and financial aid advisor at NHS, said turnout to the meeting has been low in the recent years, so they moved it to a smaller location.
"I hope this will be the year everybody comes out, so we can move it back (to the auditorium)," she said. "We are trying to generate more people to come out because this is free money for seniors to attend college."
She said students already have been given a list of local scholarships, but she encourages parents and students to attend this meeting.
"We welcome students to attend the meeting ... and we also want to make sure parents have the same information, so they can get behind their child," Lawyer said. "You've got to do some work to get these, but it's worth the while if they do it. ... Last year, from local donors, we had $172,750."
At the meeting, Lawyer will present the list of about 40 donors, as well as the process of applying for the scholarships and general scholarship information.
The meeting for students at Eastside and Alcovy high schools - to be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Alcovy High School's auditorium - will be similar.
"I will be explaining the application process, going over local scholarships that are available to seniors this year and handing out the local scholarship applications," said Catherine Crisp, college and financial aid advisor for both high schools, in an e-mail. "We are fortunate in Newton County to have generous local clubs, businesses, organizations and individuals who are willing to help our graduates afford college by giving scholarships to deserving seniors each year."
Both meetings are expected to last between 45 minutes and an hour and will include a time for parents and students to ask questions.
Michelle Floyd can be reached at michelle.floyd @newtoncitizen.com.