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Lead The Way Learning Academy
Virtual College Readiness 2022

February 10th 3pm-4:30pm
- Admissions Process and Application Overview (General)
- Access & Diversity Programs 
- Ohio State Panel (Admissions Office, Access & Diversity Office, Columbus Campus Representative, Regional Campus Representative)

February 24 3pm-5pm

HBCU Panel

March 10: 3pm-4:30pm
Financial Aid/FAFSA + Scholarships (General Overview)
Otterbein, Columbus State & Denison

April 14: 3pm-5pm
College Panel - Variety of Institution Types
Antioch, Capital, Columbus College of Art and Design, University of Cincinnati, Youngstown State, & BGSU

May 5: 3pm-5pm
Student Panel


*In person campus visits will be made available to LTWLA enrolled youth, dates and times TBD.

University Building
College Friends

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Post-Secondary Prep Programs
Lead The Way Learning Academy offers a variety of programs such as College Readiness Workshops, college visits, and “ACT Prep” programs dedicated to assisting young people in some of the more tangible aspects of the college-going process.

Mega List of Scholarships You Should Apply For
Find dozens of scholarships from companies and organizations that are eager to help students pay for college.

College Board Opportunity Scholarships
Applying to college is a complicated process, so The College Board has created a program that guides you through it. It doesn’t require an essay, application, or minimum GPA. Instead, it rewards your effort and initiative. Starting this December, complete key steps along your path to college for a chance to earn scholarships.

Global Citizen Year
Global Citizen Year is launching a generation of leaders with the the insight, conviction and courage to move the world ahead.

Each year we recruit and train a diverse corps of our country’s brightest high school graduates and support them through a school-year long immersion in communities across Africa, Asia, and Latin America during a “bridge year” before college. Through a mix of experiential learning and world-class training, our Fellows develop self-awareness, global skills and grit — the foundations for success in higher education, and leadership in our global economy.

Since our launch in 2010, we’ve grown our operation ten-fold. Our 700+ alumni are thriving in college and careers, and have been honored as Fulbright Scholars, Davis Peace Prize winners, Gates Millennium Scholars and Teach For America corps members. We have raised $20M in seed capital from a growing roster of funders and partners, and awarded $15M in financial aid to ensure each cohort reflects our nation’s diversity. We’ve built a talented global team, advisory council and board of directors, and our work has been featured in prominent forums from the PBS NewsHour to the Aspen Ideas Festival, and by thought leaders including Katie Couric and Nicholas Kristof.

Beyond our core program is an even bolder vision. Using our model as a proof-of-concept, we’re partnering with colleges, policymakers, and our own alumni to ensure that one day a “global year” becomes a new rite of passage, and the hallmark of an American education. Ultimately, we’re building a new generation of leaders who will advance human progress on a global scale.

Learn more and apply at

College Planning Timeline
When it comes to college planning, it may seem like there are a million things to think about, but don’t worry. Whether you’re a student or parent, the following college planning timelines will keep you on track and in the know throughout high school. Helpful, step-by-step tips cover everything from taking the right classes, making a list of colleges, to filling out college forms and applications on time!

Peterson’s has planning timelines for freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors to help you on your path to success. Access the College Planning Timeline


Big Future Scholarship Search Engine
BigFuture is your personal future planner from CollegeBoard — the SAT people! The CollegeBoard website has something to help you at every step of your college planning: take a quiz to help you start mapping your major, search and compare colleges, learn more about financial aid, plus much more. Begin finding your future here:

FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, but the website provides much more than just an application. You can find resources to help you browse and search for scholarships, information on securing loans and tips to help you manage your accounts.

Learn more about preparing for college, the difference between loans and scholarships, and more here
Use this resources if you’re interested in taking some courses at a local institution and then transferring them to another college later. Learn more about how transferring courses works, how to get in touch with each school’s transfer office to learn about transfer restrictions, and what others steps you need to take so things can transfer smoothly. Begin at

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