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Area students and parents learn about higher education at the JBA

A long-time tradition that gives students and parents the opportunity to meet with representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities is coming up later this week.

This is the 30th anniversary of CSRA College Night, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River Operations Office. The first one was held in 1993. Although COVID-19 forced its cancellation in 2020, it bounced back by staging a virtual event in 2021 and returned to in-person in 2022.

It will be held at the James Brown Arena on Thursday, September 14, from 5-8:30 p.m.

“We’re thrilled to serve the needs of area students,” said Cindy Hewitt, SRNS Education Outreach. “We strive to provide opportunities that allow students to explore options for higher education and pathways that lead to great careers.”

In addition to the opportunity to meet with recruiters from colleges, universities, and technical schools from across the U.S., the event includes seminars and career centers.

There will also be members of professional societies on hand to offer information on a wide assortment of career paths including engineering, management, chemical and nuclear science.

Students will also be able to visit a career exploration area where they can validate their career choice. They can also learn about the college application process from admissions professionals.

Parents and students will also find information about the all-important financial aid opportunities in Georgia and South Carolina that are available. There will be seminars about HOPE and LIFE scholarships and SRS apprenticeships.

High school seniors who will attend the event will be able to register for a $1,000 scholarship. They must have a GPA equal to or above 2.5 on the standard 4.0 scale. A total of $15,000 in scholarships will be awarded.

“The atmosphere of the event will be very exciting,” said Hewitt. “There are scholarships to be won and important decisions to be made.”

To date, more than $300,000 in scholarships have been awarded to students who have attended previous CSRA College Nights.

“The generosity of our scholarship sponsors and much-appreciated help from more than 100 volunteers are major reasons why this effort is consistently so successful each year,” added Hewitt.

Additional sponsors include the SRP Federal Credit Union, the South Carolina Society for Professional Engineers, and Bridgestone.

There is no admission fee to attend CSRA College Night.

For more information, visit the College Night website at http://www.srs.gov, click on Outreach, then Education Outreach Programs, then CSRA College Night: http://www.srs.gov/general/outreach/edoutrch/coll_night.htm.

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