ACTS COLLEGE SUMMIT 2019
The fifth annual ACTS College Summit, hosted by former NFL cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and U.S. Olympian Allyson Felix, will be held at The Foundation Center on Saturday, October 12, 2019. The college fair portion of the program will feature national colleges and universities, and will run from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
ACTS, the Asomugha College Tour for Scholars, was founded by Nnamdi Asomugha in 2007. The ACTS tour quickly grew from an annual college tour into an 18-month mentoring program that is dedicated to providing high school students of color with mentorship, need-based scholarships, and exposure to college campuses around the country.
This year, ACTS is once again partnering with Allyson Felix to conduct its fifth annual College Summit to continue our commitment by offering higher education-related resources and information with access for all. The College Summit invitation is open to all high school juniors and seniors in Los Angeles County. All attending students will benefit tremendously from the opportunity to connect one-on-one with representatives from admissions offices, financial aid, scholarship programs, and others. Our goal is to assist students in learning more about the higher education opportunities that exist and finding the right fit for their educational endeavors.
We hope to see you there!
Below are this year's breakout sessions. Enrolled students have the option of attending three of the six sessions. Selected sessions must be indicated in your registration form.
How to Write Great College Essays
Tips for success from an insider
Learn about how to make your college application and essay stand out, from Head Counselor & Vice President at Collegewise, Arun Ponnusamy, who has reviewed the applications of over 8,000 high school seniors, read approximately 20,000 college essays, and has served on the admissions teams of some of the nation’s most prestigious universities. This session will teach you about the dos and don’ts of essay writing and will provide insight on how applications are evaluated by universities, what an application to a highly selective school looks like, and what makes an application stand out from the competition.
How to Graduate from College Debt Free
Understanding financial aid and making the most of it
It’s time to find out what “FAFSA” means! This session, led by counselor college and author of "College as Reality," LaToya Franklyn, guides students through the college financing process. The session will cover important topics, such as how to reduce college costs, what factors affect FAFSA eligibility, common FAFSA errors, what kinds of financial aid are available, and the realities of college budgeting and debt. The speaker will also discuss different financing options, including scholarships, need and merit-based aid, work study, and tuition-free colleges!
Secrets of College Admissions
How do colleges make their decisions?
A lot of the information students and families hear from friends about getting into college is just plain wrong. So with the help of our Collegewise counselor Noor Haddad, who worked in admissions, we created this seminar to answer the question, “What are colleges really looking for?” Are grades, test scores and activities all equally important? What other factors are considered during the admissions process? We’ll talk about all of those things and take you behind the scenes of a college admissions office to show you exactly how they evaluate and select students.
Navigating the World of Scholarships
Tips from a Shark Tank entrepreneur
Understanding scholarships can be difficult--but with the right tools, you could save thousands of dollars or more on your college education! This session, led by Christopher Gray, Shark Tank entrepreneur and founder of scholarship search tool Scholly, will help you understand the various kinds of scholarships out there, including merit scholarships such as academic, athletic and artistic, need-based scholarships, and others. It will also introduce you to tools and resources to help you navigate the world of scholarships, and to access and apply to ones you may be uniquely eligible for.
Advice from the Inside
A session with Nnamdi, Allyson, and current college students
Never underestimate the power of advice from people who were once in your shoes! In this session, Nnamdi, Allyson, and a panel of college students will answer your questions about education and college in general, as well as their personal reflections with respect to their transition to college, the college experience, balancing college and their other responsibilities, following one’s passion, and the paths they took to get where they are. This session will consist entirely of Q & A between the speakers and the audience.
How to Find the Right College for You
Building a smart college list
Choosing a college is difficult! But how much does it matter? This session will help guide you through the college selection process and cover what every student should know when picking a school. For example, the pros and cons of attending community colleges, state schools, and private schools; what characteristics beyond ranking make up the best school for each student; how academic and extracurricular opportunities on each campus should affect the college selection process; and balancing passion vs. practicality when making it comes to making the ever-important final decision.