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College exploration is as close as your public library!

Launch Pad empowers high school students with the information and materials necessary to apply for college by providing free, individual and small-group college application counseling in Fort Worth Library locations. The Launch Pad Coordinator helps young applicants demonstrate college readiness, insightful thought and polished responses through development of the application essay and other self-expressive materials.

2018 Scholarships Totaling $3.6 Million

Texas Christian University full tuition scholarship for four years

Texas Christian University Dean’s Scholarship $21,000 per year (multiple)

Rice University Freshman Full Tuition Scholarship

University of Texas Forty Acres Academic Scholarship tuition for four years

University of Texas full tuition scholarship for four years

Texas A & M Academic Scholarship $8000 per year

Texas A & M Academic Scholarship Full Tuition for four years

Texas A & M Core of Cadets Scholarship

Texas A & M ROTC full tuition and board scholarship for four years

University of Texas Dedman Distinguished Scholars full tuition and board for four years

University of Texas at Arlington Aerospace Engineering Scholarship $2000 per year

Southern Methodist University Merit Scholarship $25,000 per year (multiple)

Southern Methodist university School of Engineering Scholarship $36,000

Southern Methodist University Business Scholarship $7500 per year

Trinity University Academic Scholarship $25,000 per year (multiple)

Trinity University Bell Choir Scholarship $1000

Trinity University Distinguished Scholars Award $30,000 a year

Southwestern University Merit Scholarship $27,000 per year

Southwestern University Ruter Scholar Award $25,000

Southwestern University Academic Scholarship $22,000

Austin College Academic Excellence Award $24,000

Austin College Academic Scholarship $29,000 per year

Baylor University Science Research Fellowship $25,000 per year

Baylor University full tuition scholarship

Baylor University Academic Scholarship $15,000

University of Dallas Academic Scholarship $22,000 per year

Texas Tech Presidential Scholarship

Texas Tech Academic Scholarship $16,000 for four years

University of North Texas Academic Scholarship $20,000 for freshman and sophomore years

University of North Texas Academic Scholarship $5000

St. Edward’s Dean’s Achievement Award $18,000

UTA Maverick Academic Scholar Award $2000

University of Southern California Navy ROTC scholarship

Santa Clara University Dean’s Scholarship $18,000 a year

University of Georgia Academic Scholarship $21,000 per year

Tulane University Half Tuition Scholarship for four years

Tulane University Scholarship $7200 a year

Louisiana State University Academic Excellence Scholarship $15,500 a year

University of Oklahoma Academic Merit Scholarship

University of Oklahoma Chemical Engineering Honors Scholarship

Oklahoma City University $109,000 for four years

University of Colorado Boulder Academic Scholarship $7000 per year

Colorado State University Academic Scholarship $8000 per year

University of Rhode Island Centennial Scholarship $54,000

University of Tennessee Academic Scholarship $40,000 for four years

University of New Hampshire Dean’s Scholarship $24,000 for four years

Loyola University Academic Scholarship $20,000 per year

Northeastern University Academic Scholarship $14,000 per year

Louis and Clark Academic Scholarship $22,000

Portland State University Academic Scholarship $6000

University of Arizona Academic Scholarship $20,000 per year

New Mexico Military Institute in-state tuition scholarship

Girls Inc. National Scholarship $20,000

Eddleman-McFarland Foundation Scholarship $4000 per year

Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc. State Scholarship $2500 per year

Scovell Foundation Scholarship $400

Simon Youth Foundation $1500 per year

Impossible Possibilities Scholarship $2000

Gorrondona & Associates, Inc/WTC High School Scholarship $2500

Hispanic Heritage Foundation Youth Awards Scholarship $1000

Texas International Fishing Tournament Scholarship $2000

Rio Grande Valley Red Brangus Association Scholarship $500

Launch Pad counsels and supports high school students in the college application process.

Students range from highly motivated youngsters in the top 10% who have long lists of potential colleges, including many of the most prestigious American Universities, to first generation applicants who are considering whether they can go to a 4-year college or university. Students can meet with Dr. Tyler one-on-one in their school, a library, somewhere close by, or through her small classroom seminars in six area high schools.

Testimonials from students themselves show just how effective and life changing this program is in our community.

“Launch Pad was the most crucial resource for applying for and thriving in college. The support I received ranged from learning how to design the most effective college application, to how to maximize my college education, and self-discovery. Launch Pad has given me a(n) invaluable boost in my writing skills that has already made a huge impact on my life.” -Cenobio H.

As Dr. Tyler noted, the “secret is to provide a human structure for encouraging an individual all the way through an application and decision process.” Your generous donations support Dr. Tyler’s efforts and provide her with the resources to deliver this rapidly expanding service. Support youth programming at fwplf.org/give.

To inquire about upcoming Orientation Sessions or for further individual sessions call Youth Programming Coordinator Dr. Paula Tyler at 817-565-4747 or email paula@fwlibraryfoundation.org

Workshops

Our 1.5 hour sessions explore a variety of topics related to the college experience, including:

• Can I, could I, should I go to college?
• What are my college and university options?
• How do I make my list of colleges?
• How do I pick my college?
• What do I need to do to get into my “reach” college?
• What do I need to do to get into college?
• Can I get financial aid for college?
• Community college versus 4-year college?
• What are the most useful standardized test taking strategies?
• How do I create an effective student résumé?
• What are colleges looking for in the application essays?
• Are there career and vocational options I should consider as well as college?

 

Individual Sessions

Experienced college advisors work one-on-one with students to discuss:

• Student educational background and strengths assessments
• Academic evaluation of grades and classes
• Creation of student profile of character and interests
• Suggestions for parent/student collaboration

Our process walks students step-by-step through what they need to do to prepare for and apply for college. We work with students ready to apply and those younger students who are creating a plan for college acceptance.

Call 817-565-4747 or 817-871-8022 for more information.