Fewer high school seniors in Wisconsin are applying for federal student aid for college | WFRV Local 5 – Green Bay, Appleton

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) The pandemic has impacted many things and now some worry a college education might be the next casualty. Fewer students are applying for federal student aid and experts want to change that.High school seniors preparing for college use the FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid form to apply for financial aid. But this year the head of Achieve Brown County says FAFSA completion rates are down 10 percent and that has him worried.

“Our high school students have been through a lot this last year,” said Jennifer Jones.

Jones is the vice chancellor for enrollment at UW-Green Bay and on the FAFSA team.

“Ask for help. We have offices at all of these institutions just ready and waiting for somebody to come and say I need help finishing this little task, so I can take that next step towards enrollment,” Jones said.

Source: Fewer high school seniors in Wisconsin are applying for federal student aid for college | WFRV Local 5 – Green Bay, Appleton

New freshmen and continuing students may apply for 2021-2022 scholarships now

Scholarships play an important role in helping many talented students achieve their educational goals at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. A wide variety of funding opportunities exist thanks to the generosity of donors. Qualified incoming freshmen and continuing students may fill out a general application through the Office of Financial Aid to be considered for a large pool of awards. The priority application date for these funds is February 15, 2021. Review the Scholarships website for information about additional departmental and private scholarships! For more information, please contact Allen Voelker (Student Employment and Scholarship Coordinator) at voelkera@uwgb.edu or 920-465-2556.

Tommy G. Thompson Leadership Scholarship

The Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership is offering a scholarship of $2,300 to one undergraduate student at each university in the UW System. Scholarships are intended for undergraduates who have shown public leadership in their lives in a way that reflects the general legacy of Governor Tommy G. Thompson. Applications are due Nov. 29, 2020. Additional details about the award (and other outside scholarships) are available on the Private Scholarships webpage.

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Video: Financial Aid and Emergency Grant information

Attention UW-Green Bay students. Talking about finances is difficult! GBOSS is here to help! GBOSS or the “Green Bay One Stop Shop” specializes in helping students with Financial Aid and Emergency Grant information. The office is open remotely 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by phone, 920-465-2111, email, gboss@uwgb.edu, or virtual appointment. Find more at https://www.uwgb.edu/gboss/.

Video Transcript: Hi, I’m Jennifer Jones, your Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services at UW-Green Bay. Today I’d like to talk to you about something many people find uncomfortable to talk about and that is money. Many of us are nervous about how we’re going to afford college this fall, how we’re going to pay for our classes. If you’re one of those people and you’re unsure or your family situation your income has changed this year, please reach out to Financial Aid. You can do this by contacting GBOSS. GBOSS is the best place to start. GBOSS has connections to all the resources both financial aid emergency grants and anything else that you need to be successful in your career at UW-Green Bay. Please don’t hesitate to reach out and have that conversation. You can schedule an appointment, you can email, you can call. You can have a video chat with a financial aid advisor to talk about your specific situation. Please reach out. GBOSS is easy to connect with 920-465-2111 or GBOSS gboss@uwgb.edu. I hope to hear from you soon. We are all in this together and we can’t wait to support you to see your success at UW-Green Bay.

Beware of Financial Aid scams

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a warning last week notifying students that suspicious emails claiming to be from the “Financial Department” at their respective institutions are advertising how to receive the economic stimulus check.

The phishing email contains a link to a message about the check and asks students to enter their login information for the school, potentially exposing sensitive material to scammers.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has also identified a scam targeting students in which callers are reaching out to student loan borrowers claiming to represent a loan servicer, in this case Navient. The scam is telling borrowers that as part of a lawsuit settlement, their student loan debt is either partially or completely forgiven, but first they must provide their personal information and pay a fee to transfer the debt from the loan provider to the “the Department of Education” or another official-sounding organization.

Federal Student Aid (FSA) has a resource list available for students to help them avoid financial aid and loan-related scams. Phishing scams can be reported to the FTC or the BBB scam tracker.

Fill out your legitimate 2020-2021 FAFSA application at studentaid.gov. Call the Student Services Office at (920) 459-6633 with questions. The UW-Green Bay school code is 003899.

Lolar Moua announced as UW-Green Bay Student Employee of the Year

Green Bay, WI—After announcing finalists last week, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay announced the winner of the Student Employee of the Year on April 27, 2020. Lolar Moua (center of photo), from Green Bay, who works with Web Development staff in the Information Technology (IT) division, received the honor. Students were evaluated on eight National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) core competencies:

  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
  • Oral/Written Communications
  • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • Digital Technology
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism/Work Ethic
  • Career Management
  • Global/Intercultural Fluency

Moua is the student lead web developer, creating and updating websites for personnel and divisions across campus. His work includes spearheading web projects from scoping and planning, to execution. He assures the sites meet accessibility standards, serves as the primary back-up for the other developers, and mentors new student employees.

His supervisors had this to say, “By nature, web development is an ever-changing environment in which technologies and best practices can change very quickly. This never hindered Lolar. In fact, he seemed to thrive with it (he is a Computer Science major, after all). Despite having little-to-no prior knowledge with web development, Lolar was able to work with and learn new technologies and programming languages at an incredibly fast rate. He easily became nuanced in using the Kentico and WordPress platforms, and a list of some of the languages Lolar utilized on the job includes HTML, CSS, JavaScript, ASP.NET, C#, SQL, VBScript, and PHP…. Arguably one of his greatest gifts is his ability to transfer his knowledge and the ability to teach them. He has done a great job becoming a mentor to other student employees, as he provides the majority of training during the onboarding process for new students.”

There were 872 student employees at UW-Green Bay (prior to the pandemic). Here’s a full list of the SEOTY nominees along with their departments and job titles:

  • Jenna Bares, University Recreation (Graphic Design/Marketing Supervisor and Events Staff Supervisor)
  • Kiana Bennett, Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment (Office Assistant)
  • Callyn Diamond, Admissions Office (Call Team Lead)
  • Evy (Evelyn) Ehrlich, University Union (Phoenix Club Coordinator)
  • Yaching Kuo, Graduate Studies (Office Assistant)
  • Kyle Loose, University Recreation (Lead Event Staff Supervisor)
  • Lolar Moua, Web Development – Division of IT (Student Lead Web Developer)
  • Rebecca Schwerman, Weidner Center (Production and Event Intern/Assistant)
  • Katie (Kathleen) Stephenson, Marketing and University Communication (Graphic Design intern)
  • Elizabeth Traska, Weidner Center (Valet)
  • Emily Walczak, Office of Student Life (Good Times Programming General Manager and Student Ambassador)

Features and photos of all the nominees are posted on the UWGB Student Employment Facebook page.

In the photo: Moua center, with supervisors Drew Ryan (left) and Brandon Langer (right).

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Now’s a great time to nominate for Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY)!

The Student Employment Office is seeking nominations for the 2020 SEOTY competition. Take advantage of the break between semesters to submit a nomination for your outstanding student employee. The National Student Employment Association adjusted selection criteria for the program, so the form has changed from past years.  Nominees will now be evaluated according to eight career readiness competencies the National Association of Colleges and Employers identified (communication, digital technology, problem solving, professionalism/work ethic, intercultural fluency, career management, leadership, and teamwork). A special ceremony to recognize nominees and award winners will be held April 13, 2020.  Submissions are due February 14, 2020.  Please contact Allen Voelker (Student Employment and Scholarship Coordinator) at voelkera@uwgb.edu or 920-465-2556 with any questions.

2020-2021 scholarships open for continuing students

Scholarships play an important role in helping many talented students achieve their educational goals at the UW-Green Bay. A wide variety of funding opportunities exist thanks to the generosity of donors. Qualified continuing students may fill out a general application through the Office of Financial Aid to be considered for a large pool of awards. The priority application date for these funds is Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. Review the scholarships website for information about additional departmental and private scholarships!  For more information, please contact Allen Voelker, student employment and scholarship coordinator, at voelkera@uwgb.edu or 920-465-2556.

Reminder: Tommy G. Thompson Scholarship deadline is approaching for students

Faculty and staff, please encourage students to apply. The Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership is offering a scholarship of $2,300 to one undergraduate student at each of the University of Wisconsin System’s four-year campuses for the 2019-20202 academic year. Scholarships are intended for undergraduates who have shown public leadership in their lives in a way that reflects the general legacy of Governor Tommy G. Thompson. Applications are due Nov. 24, 2019.  Additional details about the award (and other outside scholarships) are available on the Private Scholarships webpage.

Students can apply for the Tommy G. Thompson Leadership Scholarship

Faculty and staff, please encourage students to apply. The Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership is offering a scholarship of $2,300 to one undergraduate student at each of the University of Wisconsin System’s four-year campuses. Scholarships are intended for undergraduates who have shown public leadership in their lives in a way that reflects the general legacy of Governor Tommy G. Thompson.  Applications are due Nov. 24, 2019.  Additional details about the award (and other outside scholarships) are available on the Private Scholarships webpage.