NEWSLETTER – Edition 1


COVID hampered many of our efforts in 2020. Let’s wipe the slate clean and start anew in 2021 with great plans to live in the moment and prepare for the future. Let’s help our kids unearth those daring college dreams and strategically find ways to chase and achieve them. I would love to help in any way you’ll let me. To start, I will provide weekly updates with the latest news from colleges, the biggest stories you might have missed in the last week, and a glimpse at what I’m doing at SCOUT to help students find and fund their ideal college experiences. It’s going to be a great year! 


Well, of course the BEST college news is that both University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University won their bowl games. But when it comes to college admissions, the buzz is all about whether or not your child should take the SAT and/or ACT. US News & World Report recently published an article on why these standardized test scores matter. Since scholarships are a big part of our focus here at SCOUT, we think this article is worth passing along. Check it out HERE


We’ve all heard and read about the latest COVID stimulus package, but did you know that the legislation also addresses FAFSA? An article by Mark Kantrowitz in Forbes Magazine gives a great overview. Find the article HERE on the Forbes website. 


Two of my kids are still at home for the holidays. Cooper is in his first year of law school at the University of Texas. And Delaney is in her first year of college at The University of Oklahoma. Before they return to school, both want to make sure that they have completed all of their scholarship applications. I’ve taught them that the search for creative ways to fund your ideal college experience never ends!

Book of the Week: Every so often, I like to re-read Do Hard Things by Alex & Brett Harris. It’s written for teens, but I think we could all use the reminder to do something hard – like something out of your comfort zone, something that goes beyond what is expected or required, something that is too big to accomplish alone, something that doesn’t earn an immediate payoff, or something that challenges the cultural norm. It’s not unusual for a ‘hard thing’ to become the focus of a college application essay. This book might just be the inspiration your student needs!   

Coming Soon: Speaking of doing hard things … I’m getting out of my comfort zone in 2021 by creating a Facebook Live series. This is new territory for me, but I’m anxious to introduce you and your students to some great opportunities around town. Stay tuned!

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