Youth Development

College Options Foundation

  • Tyrone, GA
  • www.collegeoptionsfoundation.net

Mission Statement

College Options Foundation is dedicated to enriching the academic development of high school students and assisting them in their preparation for higher education. Our emphasis lies with serving military families and students who participate in JROTC.
The foundation also serves as a resource for any individuals interested in obtaining more information about higher education. Our award-winning software takes people through the process of preparing for college entrance exams, submitting applications, obtaining financial aid and getting ready for that first year of college.

Main Programs

  1. JROTC Joint Service Leadership and Academic Bowl
  2. Total College Success
Service Areas

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International

4,000 plus high schools with JROTC programs; 132 military bases around the world.

ruling year

2007

President

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Mr. Terry Wilfong

Keywords

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College,funding,scholarships,financial,aid,admissions,JROTC,military,dependents, youth,leadership,education,ACT,SAT,Academic,Bowls,competition,counseling,planning,fundraising,testing,success,enrollment,recruitment,symposium,learning,student,high,school)

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EIN

03-0566869

 Number

2628862348

Physical Address

115 Lloyd Avenue

Tyrone, GA 30290

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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College Options Foundation (aka Scholarship and Financial Aid Services)
Since 2007, College Options Foundation has impacted 39,000 individuals monthly. Our award-winning materials - smartphone application prototypes, on-line programs and CDs/DVDs – help students navigate college admissions, scholarships, financial aid, SAT/ACT prep and requirements for overall college success. Online personal career counseling and leadership training round out our outstanding portfolio.
Our content on March2Success website assists service members, dependents, and high school students in SAT test prep and college and technical certification programs. COF has orchestrated and conducted the nation's largest and most prestigious Academic Bowl since 2009.
Supported by additions to our revenue development department, COF will accomplish the following significant projects within the next 3 years:
*National campaign to support JROTC extra-curricular activities
*National JROTC fundraising program
*Citizen Soldier award program.
*Academic Competition enhanced capabilities.

Programs

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Program 1

JROTC Joint Service Leadership and Academic Bowl

Currently, College Options Foundation conducts academic bowls for the JROTC of all four service branches. The JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl is a nationally recognized academic competition and leadership skills event created exclusively for JROTC students. The Program is operated by the College Options Foundation, a national 501 (c) (3). Participating students learn the values of citizenship, academic competition, college opportunity, and leadership

Thousands of educators and tens of thousands of students participate in online and live competitions each year, advancing through practice rounds and three levels of challenges, and culminating in a live, national competition. The select teams who qualify to participate at the national level receive fully-funded travel and accommodations to Washington DC. There they experience a multi-day event with high profile speakers, leadership training, competition, and capitol excursions, all culminating in a fast-paced, final round of competition.

Category

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 2

Total College Success

TOTAL COLLEGE SUCCESS is a comprehensive application, online or DVD service program designed to assist students through every phase of the college-bound process.  It provides interactive, competitive, fun programs for students and parents with access to financial and scholarship information, standardized test preparation materials, college and/or career matching services and keys to long-term college success.  TOTAL COLLEGE SUCCESS consolidates a series of seven separate programs to unify all aspects of the college bound process: 1. "The Complete Guide to College Financing and Admissions" includes critical information about admissions and financing, with special emphasis on scholarships.  2. "The Student Planning Guide" (grades 9-12) is a month-by-month plan of essential steps in the four-year college preparation process. 3. "The Essential Student Guide to the ACT" and 4. "The Essential Student Guide to the SAT" include exclusive embedded videos of high-scoring student tutors providing instruction of specific, successful test taking strategies.  5. "Understanding Athletic Recruiting" gives instruction on how to obtain athletic scholarships, and how to balance schoolwork with success as a college student athlete.  6. "Zero Hour Threat" I and II (developed by IDEAS at Disney Studios) are exciting, fun web-based interacted adventure games that build SAT/ACT math and verbal skills in a competitive, time-sensitive environment.  Finally, 7. the "Vocabulary Flashcards" application includes 1300 SAT/ACT vocabulary words:  visual and voice over information, phonetic pronunciation, definition, spelling, use in a sentence, and two multiple choice questions.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

4,000 plus high schools with JROTC programs; 132 military bases around the world.

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Funding Needs

By May of 2013, COF intends to raise $ 46,000 in matching funds specifically for support of JROTC extra curricular activities and the creation of a JROTC national giving program. We are looking for financial support from individuals, corporations and foundations who want to invest in the lives of high school students who participate in JROTC. These gifts will help match the first year of a 3-year, $500,000 grant our foundation has been awarded to develop this program.

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COLLEGE OPTIONS FOUNDATION INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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President

Mr. Terry Wilfong

BIO

Mr. Terry Wilfong is one of the nation's top experts on financing college and admissions and for over 18 years has worked with hundreds of Colleges and Universities across the U.S.; holding positions in Admissions, Recruitment and Enrollment Management. Mr. Wilfong is a retired military officer who has dedicated his life to advancing educational opportunities for thousands of young men and women. He provides the Foundation with technical expertise in college admissions, financing and success. Mr. Wilfong has made hundreds of radio and TV show appearances across the country and provided seminars to hundreds of thousands of parents. He is a syndicated columnist, producing weekly and monthly articles on college admissions and financing.   He is the recipient of the MacArthur Award for the most outstanding junior officer in the United States Army world-wide, and the recipient of the University President's Recognition Award, 2003 in Educational Marketing and Recruitment.
 
Mr. Wilfong holds a Bachelor of Science Management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Wallace Arnold

MG (Retired), U.S. Army

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