Nov 13

College Counseling News – November 13, 2019


Upcoming Visits

US Naval Academy – November 26 –  11:10 a.m.

Upcoming Events

Junior College Search Launch Meetings in the LGI

November 21 – 7:30 a.m. (before school) and 1:35 p.m. (2nd PRT)
November 25 – 11:10 a.m. (1st PRT)
November 26 – 7:30 a.m. (before school) and 12:50 p.m. (2nd PRT)

We will be kicking off the college admissions process for Juniors with brief college search sessions. During this meeting we will be covering the following: Naviance and *new* SCOIR (college counseling software), standardized testing, ‘Naviance SuperMatch’ – an intuitive matching algorithm that helps students sort preferred characteristics of colleges, and how to prepare for both the Junior individual and family meetings. Students are required to attend one of the meeting times above offered before school or during PRTs.

Service Academy Day

Tuesday, December 10
12:45-1:45 p.m. (during 5s & PRT P)
France Stone Room

Interested in one, or more, of the service academies? Come learn about the admission process, timeline, requirements, etc. as well as how to obtain a congressional nomination. Representatives from the academies, along with congressional reps, will be present to take your questions. All interested students are encouraged to attend!

From the College Counseling Team: What We are Reading/Listening to this Week

From Mrs. Smith – NACAC Podcast: College Admissions Decoded

From Mrs. Davis – Good Resources for College Scholarships

From Mrs. Easterday – What you can — and can’t — say to a high school senior at Thanksgiving

Summer Program Opportunities

Oxbridge at St. Andrews – For current 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students!

Program Overview: The study course will be the history of Scotland and England, as well as Celtic identity. Class will meet each morning, and there are planned activities in the afternoons and evenings, including an outing to the Royal and Ancient golf-testing facility at Kingsbarns, walks along the Fife Coastal Path, tour of the cathedral ruins, and summer games on the beach, as well as a day trip to Edinburgh.

Dates: Saturday, July 19 – Saturday, July 25, 2020, immediately following the second session of summer school.

Cost: The cost is $2,150, which covers the program fee, room, and breakfast and dinner each day.  Students will need to bring money for lunches and additional purchases. Round-trip airfare will be an additional $1,200 (approximate estimate as of today). Each family will also be required to purchase trip insurance, through a vendor that we provide, for approximately $125.

Registration: Registration in the college counseling office begins November 1 and ends December 1 at 4:00 p.m. The trip is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. If needed, we will maintain a wait list after the first 20 students register. A deposit of $500, check made payable to the Foundation for International Education must accompany the registration form for it to be complete. The balance is due to Oxbridge by February 3, 2020.

Passport: Students need a current U.S. passport, not to expire within six months of our return date. If students or families have any questions, please see Liz Otteson in the College Counseling Office.

For additional Summer Opportunities, please see this document. Opportunities will be added as the College Counseling Office receives them. 

College-Bound Student-Athletes 

If you are a student-athlete planning to compete at the college level, please remember that you must achieve at least a 2.3 GPA in core academic courses to be eligible. Also, please remember to enter 9999 on the College Board and/or ACT student websites to send your SAT and/or ACT scores to the NCAA. Download and read the updated NCAA College-Bound Student-Athlete Guide for more information about the initial-eligibility and recruiting process:

Equity and Inclusion Announcements

The College of Charleston in South Carolina offers multiple scholarship opportunities to Jewish students. If interested, please go to to learn more about these and other opportunities at the College of Charleston.

Students interested in other Scholarships for Jewish Students can find information about many opportunities Here.

Scholarships for minority students vary in their criteria and are not limited to race or ethnicity. Some examples include African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic and Latinos, Asian and Pacific Islanders, LGBTQ, in some instances, women, and so forth. Please go to the following link Here to find scholarship opportunities for minority students.

The Ron Brown Scholarship honors the legacy of Ronald H. Brown through a selective scholarship program that advances higher education for community-minded and intellectually gifted African Americans.  RBSP competitively awards Ron Brown Scholars four-year $40,000 scholarships ($10,000 each year) to the most talented and economically-challenged high school seniors who demonstrate a keen interest in public service, community engagement, business entrepreneurship and global citizenship – the four pillars of the late Ronald H. Brown’s mission to uplift people of all races, cultures and ethnicities – especially our disadvantaged youth. Learn more and apply.

Many colleges offer free college fly-in programs, such as the one listed below, to underrepresented students in order to increase diversity on their campuses. These programs are wonderful opportunities to see and experience campuses in different regions of the country.  Please find a complete list of these opportunities.

Questions about Equity and Inclusion announcements? Contact Beth Newman at

Scholarships and Financial Aid

The GE – Reagan Foundation Scholarship – APPLICATION DEADLINE OF January 3, 2020

Honoring the legacy and character of our nation’s 40th President, the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program rewards college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with financial assistance to pursue higher education.

Each year, the Program selects numerous recipients to receive a $10,000 scholarship renewable for up to an additional three years – up to $40,000 total per recipient. Awards are for undergraduate study and may be used for education-related expenses, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, and board. In addition, Scholars are invited to participate in a special awards program and receive ongoing leadership-development support.

To be eligible for this award, applicants must:

  • Demonstrate at school, at the workplace, and within the community the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship;
  • Demonstrate strong academic performance (minimum 3.0 grade point average/4.0 scale or equivalent);
  • Be citizens of the United States of America;
  • Be current high school seniors attending high school in the United States (students living on U.S. Armed Forces base and homeschooled students are also eligible); and
  • Plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study toward a bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States for the entire upcoming academic year.

Semifinalists will be required to provide a recommendation from a community leader, such as a high school principal, elected official or executive director of a nonprofit organization, and must provide documentation to certify academic performance and financial need. Finalists will be interviewed via Skype or telephone by a member of the selection committee.

Opportunities for Juniors

The Coolidge Scholarship – the Coolidge Scholarship is a full-ride, four-year, merit scholarship that may be used by recipients for undergraduate study at any accredited college or university in the United States. Any high school junior who plans on enrolling in college in the fall of 2021 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident is eligible to apply (unfortunately current high school seniors are not eligible to apply).

Coolidge Scholars are selected based primarily on academic excellence. Secondary criteria include: an interest in public policy, an appreciation for and understanding of the values President Coolidge championed, as well as humility and service.

Richard G. Lugar Symposium – I invite any students who are interested to participate in the Richard G. Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders at the University of Indianapolis, Saturday, December 7, 2019. There is no cost to attend the Symposium, and juniors who attend are eligible to receive two college scholarships. The link to register is not yet available, but I wanted to put this on your radar, as it’s an excellent opportunity.

From their website:

The Richard G. Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders at the University of Indianapolis is hosted by the Lugar Academy. It brings together top high school juniors from around the state for a day of discussion on public issues and world events.

The symposium is designed to expose some of the best and brightest young minds in Indiana to current global issues and is part of the expansive legacy former Indiana Senator Richard G. Lugar created in his lifetime. His dedication to public service was evident in his insistence on being present for the symposium, considering his keynote address his most important speech of the year. Throughout its history, more than 15,000 students have benefited from the symposium.