Catalyst for Achievement FAQ
+ IS CATALYST FOR ACHIEVEMENT A RECOGNIZED 501(C)(3) NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION?
Catalyst for Achievement is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Verification is available online via the IRS Exempt Organizations Select Check.
+ HOW CAN I OBTAIN CATALYST FOR ACHIEVEMENT'S MOST RECENT 990-N?
Catalyst for Achievement's most recent 990-N is available online via the IRS Exempt Organization's Select Check, 990-N (e-Postcard) Filer Information.
+ WHAT DO DONATIONS FUND?
Administration expenses are paid for by the Board of Directors, allowing 100% of every donation to go exclusively towards funding the Catalyst Scholarship and Hand-in-Hand Initiative. Our annual report details our funding sources and uses, as well as the impact linked to those donations.
+ ARE ANY BOARD MEMBERS OR VOLUNTEERS PAID COMPENSATION?
No one in our organization receives any compensation, including the Board of Directors. This ensures 100% of every donation to go exclusively towards funding the Catalyst Scholarship and the Hand-in-Hand Initiative.
+ HOW CAN I SUPPORT CATALYST FOR ACHIEVEMENT?
There are multiple avenues to support Catalyst for Achievement - contributing a donation, volunteering as a mentor or team member, or partnering with us to expand our reach or increase the impact of mentoring. If you believe there is a way to support us beyond these listed methods, please contact us to start a conversation about how we can catalyst together.
Catalyst Scholarship FAQ
+ HOW CAN I APPLY FOR A CATALYST SCHOLARSHIP?
Currently, only junior level high school students enrolled at Warren Mott High School are eligible to apply for the Catalyst Scholarship. For those who qualify, please fill out a Catalyst Application to be considered for the Catalyst Scholarship and the Hand-in-Hand Initiative. Currently, there are two methods to apply: a paper application (obtained and submitted via your WMHS counselor) or a online application (completed and submitted via our website).
+ WHEN IS THE CATALYST APPLICATION AVAILABLE FOR SUBMISSION?
The Catalyst Application for the Catalyst Scholarship becomes available for submission to eligible junior-level high school students at 12:00 AM EST April 1st of every year.
+ WHAT IS THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING A CATALYST APPLICATION?
The deadline for submitting a Catalyst Application is on or before 11:59 PM EST on June 2nd, 2017.
+ WHAT INFORMATION IS REQUIRED IN ORDER TO COMPLETE A CATALYST APPLICATION?
Integrity is a one of Catalyst for Achievement's fundamental values. Intentional falsification of any application information by an applicant, discovered at any point in time, will result in automatic dismissal from the Hand-in-Hand Initiative and revocation of the Catalyst Scholarship. We encourage all applicants to read our Terms and Conditions before submitting a Catalyst Application.
+ WHY IS AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED FOR SUBMISSION?
A transcript is required to verify an applicant's self-reported GPA and SAT score, and confirm the integrity of the applicsnt - one of Catalyst for Achievement's fundamental values.
Submission is accomplished by either the online service provider Parchment or your high school counselor. Intentional falsification of any application information by an applicant, discovered at any point in time, will result in automatic dismissal from the Hand-in-Hand Initiative and revocation of the Catalyst Scholarship. We encourage all applicants to read our Terms and Conditions before submitting a Catalyst Application.
+ HOW CAN I SUBMIT MY OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT TO CATALYST FOR ACHIEVEMENT?
Applicants are highly encouraged to use the online service provider Parchment to submit their official transcripts. To learn more about the shift towards electronic transcript submission, we encourage you to visit the Michigan's E-Transcript Initiative's FAQ. Applicants may submit their official transcript via his or her high school counselor; however, this method will require a completed and submitted paper application.
+ WHY IS A PARENT OR GUARDIAN SIGNATURE NECESSARY IN ORDER TO SEND AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT VIA MY COUNSELOR?
A parent or guardian signature is required for the release of your official transcript in accordance with Michigan and Federal laws that govern information disclosure by minors. As a reminder, your official transcript is required in order to validate the integrity of the self-reported scores on your Catalyst Application and will need to be submitted in order to secure your acceptance of both the Catalyst Scholarship and enrollment into the Hand-in-Hand Initiative.
Hand-in-Hand Initiative FAQ
+ AM I ELIGIBLE TO ENROLL IN THE HAND-IN-HAND INITIATIVE?
The Hand-in-Hand Initiative is exclusively for junior level high school students awarded the Catalyst Scholarship. Currently, only students enrolled at partnering high schools are eligible to apply. We aim to increase availability to all junior and senior level high school students; however, due to several constraints including manpower limitations, this exclusion applies until further notice.
+ HOW AM I MATCHED AND ASSIGNED A MENTOR?
Mentors are matched on an applicant-by-applicant basis using the following criteria:
Same Gender Mentor Relationships - mentors are the same gender as the mentee; cross gender mentor relationships are permissible, but only in mentor team interactions. Mentor teams are a collection of mentors collaborating to effectively mentor the mentee on a ad-hoc basis.
Career Aspirations - all of our mentors have diverse backgrounds. Career aspirations are established during the application process. We fine tune a mentee's profile, exploring the motivation and understanding of his or her aspirations. A mentor is then selected that best matches this profile.
+ WHEN DOES THE MENTOR RELATIONSHIP END?
The mentor relationship is not intended to end at the completion of college applications. The relationship is meant to be one that lasts - one that a mentee can go to when advice or guidance is needed as life marches on.
+ MY PARENTS WANT TO MEET MY MENTOR. HOW CAN I SET THAT UP?
We aim to mitigate any reservations or concerns parents may have with the Hand-in-Hand Initiative. If an applicant's parents desires to speak with the assigned mentor, someone on the Board of Directors, or both parties, we encourage them to contact us. Parent communication requests are expedited in order to accommodate the mentor relationship - we take all concerns seriously and address them with upmost professionalism.
+ I'M DISSATISFIED WITH MY MENTOR. WHAT CAN I DO?
Although this is every mentor's worse fear, your mentoring comes first. We are developing a private line of communication for mentees to communicate mentor related issues including this one- stay tuned.