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.

2019-2020 Scholarships Totaling Over $3.5 Million

Baylor University Academic Scholarship $64,000 over four year

Baylor University Academic Scholarship $84,000 over four years

Baylor University Music Incentive Talent Scholarship $48,000

Baylor University Provost’s Gold Scholarship $72,000

Boston University Academic Scholarship $62,000 over four year

Case Western Reserve Academic Scholarship $120,000 over four years

Colorado State University Presidential Scholarship $40,000 over four years

Eastman School of Music Scholarship $24,000

Emory University Academic Scholarship $60,000 over four years

Georgia Tech Academic Scholarship $60,000 over four years

Kenyon College KEEP Academic Scholarship $5,500 for freshman year

Miami of Ohio Academic Scholarship $168,000 over four years

Michigan State University Honors Excellence Scholarship $52,000 over four years

Michigan State University Non-Resident Scholarship $60,000 over four years

Michigan State University Presidential Study Abroad Scholarship $4,000

Oregon State University Provost Scholarship $48,000 over four years

Pratt Institute Presidential Scholarship $140,000 over five years

Purdue University Academic Scholarship $64,000 over four years

Rice University Academic Award $51,000

Rice University Investment Grant $50,310

Rice University Trustee Scholarship $5,000

Saint Louis University Academic Scholarship $94,000 over four years

Southern Methodist Provost Scholarship $120,000 over four years

Texas A & M Academic Scholarship $10,000 over four years

Texas A & M Brown Scholarship in Engineering $100,000 over four years

Texas Christian University Academic Scholarship $36,000

Texas Christian University Academic Scholarship $92,000 over four years

Texas Christian University Dean’s Scholarship $81,200 over four years

Texas Christian University Dean’s Scholarship $84,000 over four year

Texas Christian University Dean’s Scholarship $92,000 over four years

Texas Exes Academic Scholarship $1,500

Texas State University $32,000 over four years

Texas Tech University Academic Scholarship $4,000 over four years

Tisch Academic Scholarship $59,000

Tisch Futures Talent ID Scholarship $9,500

Trinity University Murchison Scholarship $27,000

Tulane University Academic Scholarship $67,000 over four years

University of Alabama Academic Scholarship $96,000 over four years

University of Alabama Merit Scholarship $80,000 over four years

University of Arkansas Non-Resident Tuition Award $60,000 over four years

University of Auburn Academic Scholarship $44,000 over four years

University of Georgia Honors Program Scholarship $40,000 over four years

University of North Texas Academic Scholarship $6,000

University of North Texas Music Scholarship $3,000

University of Notre Dame Questbridge Award $250,000 over four years

University of Oklahoma Academic Scholarship $14,000 (multiple)

University of South Carolina Academic Scholarship $105,000 over four years

University of St. Thomas Basilian Distinguished Scholar Award $64,000 over four years

University of Tennessee Academic Scholarship $64,000 over four years

University of Texas Academic Award $9,000

University of Texas at Arlington Academic Scholarship $12,000 over four years

University of Texas at Austin Academic Scholarship $10,000 over four years

University of Texas at Austin Academic Scholarship $40,000 over four years

University of Texas at Austin Dell Scholarship $20,000

University of Texas at Austin Theatre Studies Scholarship $8,000 over four years

University of Texas at San Antonio Distinguished Presidential Scholar Award $3,500

University of Texas Dell Scholars Award for Laptops $750

University of Texas Delta Phi Epsilon Oderbotz Tillie Scholarship $2,000

University of Tulsa Academic Scholarship $100,000 over four years

University of Washington Academic Scholarship $8,300

Whitman College Academic Scholarship $25,000

Yale University QuestBridge Award $250,000 over four years

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.