Updated: March 30, 2013 2:16AM
FAFSA: College applicants and their parents can get bilingual assistance to complete and submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at sessions across Lake County. All sessions are scheduled in computer labs that enable the students to submit the application electronically upon completion. The FAFSA must be completed by all students who wish to access federal and state financial aid. Many colleges and universities also require it in order to receive institutional aid. Students seeking Illinois Monetary Assistance Program (MAP) awards are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible. A group of Lake County organizations have worked together to recruit volunteers, obtain training from Illinois Student Assistance Commission staff and schedule a series of workshops, each of which will have at least one Spanish-speaking volunteer. All college-bound high school seniors and their parents, prospective adult students and current college students are invited to attend a session Jan. 30 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at University Center, 1200 University Center Drive, Grayslake or Feb. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mundelein High School, 1350 W. Hawley St. Details, (847) 665-4004 or (847) 543-2383.
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Scholarship: The alumni of Beta Sigma Psi, the national fraternity for Lutheran men, are offering the 25th annual Beta Sigma Psi Scholarship for the fall of 2013. This $1,500 scholarship award will be given to a confirmed Lutheran freshman male beginning his college studies in the fall of 2013. The alumni members of Beta Sigma Psi offer this scholarship to provide assistance to young men attending the University of Illinois. The recipient will be under no obligation to become a member of Beta Sigma Psi, but will receive information about the chapter. The due date for the scholarship is Feb. 15. Details, e-mail the Scholarship to Director Tyler Mathews at UIUCscholarship@betasigmapsi.org, or visit www.alpha.betasigmapsi.org.
University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha
Certificate program: The Center for Community Partnerships at the UW-Parkside will host a free information session on its 2013 Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Feb. 1 at 9 a.m., 900 Wood Road. The Nonprofit Leadership Certificate program is designed for adult learners, professionals new to nonprofit leadership, career changers, and experienced nonprofit executives who want to brush up on their knowledge. Participants will gain credentials for career advancement, enhance their knowledge and skills, have opportunities to network, and enjoy increased access to resources. Details or to register, call (262) 595-2367 or visit www.uwp.edu.
Columbia College of Missouri, Lake County, Gurnee
Recognition: Columbia College’s online bachelor’s degree programs and the MBA program were recognized in the second edition of Top Online Education Programs by U.S. News & World Report. Recognition was based on teaching practices and student engagement; faculty credentials and training; and student services and technology. U.S. News & World Report ranked online bachelor’s degree programs as well as online graduate degree programs in business, engineering, nursing, education and computer information technology. In order to be considered for the rankings, online degree programs needed to have at least 80 percent of their course content available online. Columbia College offers 23 online associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
University Center of Lake County
Scholarships: Dominican University’s Graduate School of Social Work has received a $100,000 grant from the Healthcare Foundation of Northern Lake County that will provide Lake County social workers with scholarships toward master’s degrees at the University Center. The program is designed for social workers committed to working with underserved and bicultural/ bilingual populations in Lake County. The university will partner with local social service agencies to identify qualified employees for the program. Details, (708) 524-6289.