North Lenoir High School

Innovative Practices 2021 Grant Winner

North Lenoir High School (Lenoir County Public Schools) created a College Ambassadors Club for students with the goal to increase students’ confidence when completing college applications, scholarships, and the FAFSA application.

As of August 13, 2021

North Lenoir High School’s

strategies and efforts earned the school a FAFSA completion rate of


Key Strategies

Peer Mentoring

  • Observed most students learn about college, scholarships, and FAFSA through word of mouth.
  • Developed a peer mentoring approach for students in grades 10 to 12.

Safe Space

  • Provided students with a safe place to ask questions and get the help they may not be able to get from home.
  • Equipped students with knowledge about the college-going and FAFSA process to reduce fear and shatter misconceptions among first-generation students

Community Conversations

  • Student participants applied the knowledge they learned through the club and effectively communication to their peers and community.
  • Club activities led to a dramatically increased number of conversations around the FAFSA.