NEWSLETTER – Edition 32

SCHOLARSHIP SEASON IS HERE!

One of my favorite scholarships just opened for the 2021/2022 season. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation offers one of the most prestigious independent scholarships in the nation. Typically, over 90,000 high school seniors compete to be selected as one of 150 winners. The perks include a $20k college scholarship, a weekend retreat in Atlanta with all 150 winners, and a $2,500 professional development scholarship for a teacher of the student’s choice.

In 2016, my son was one of those 150 winners. (My husband previously penned a blog on this accomplishment. Find it HERE.) In 2020, my daughter was named as one of the 2,500 semi-finalists. This scholarship is achievement-based. Applicants are evaluated on leadership, academics, and service. It’s one of the prime reasons I like to start working with students in the ninth grade. It allows us to cultivate a resume that highlights these key aspects of a high school career.

Helping you fund the ideal college experience is an important part of my role as a college consultant. Ultimately, my job is to provide you with information and advice. I read the books, research the articles, pursue the opportunities, explore the scholarship options – all so that you don’t have to do so on your own. And my weekly newsletter has become a great vehicle for sharing information with you. Here is where you’ll find the latest news from colleges, the biggest resource you may have missed, and a glimpse at what I’m doing at SCOUT to help students find and fund their ideal college experiences. Thanks for joining me!

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COLLEGE NEWS

This is the time of year where colleges are promoting newly created and recently added majors/programs. Click the major to find details on the dozen that have piqued my interest:

Augusta University – Cybersecurity Engineering 

Belmont University – Social Media Management 

Boston College – Human-Centered Engineering 

Brown University – Contemplative Studies 

Caldwell University – eSports Management 

Colby-Sawyer College – Five (5) new degrees in Health Science 

Elizabeth City State University – Unmanned Aircraft Systems 

George Mason University – Health Informatics 

Goddard College – Socially Engaged Art 

Mary Baldwin College – Autism Studies & Applied Behavior Analysis 

Morgan State University – Cloud Computing 

University of Pittsburgh – Digital Narrative and Interactive Design 


A RESOURCE YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

SCHOLARSHIP: Ready to apply for the $20k scholarship from Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation? Find the link HERE.

EXPLORE COLLEGES: If you’re looking at Harvard, Princeton, The University of Virginia, Wellesley, or Yale, consider their online fair as a great introduction to their admissions officers, programs, and scholarships. The next session is Sunday, August 29. Find more information and the registration link HERE.

And I’m providing these resources again this week – just because it’s always nice to have them at your fingertips:

SAT – Fall testing dates include August 28, October 2, November 6, December 4

ACT – Fall testing dates include September 11, October 23, December 11

Common Application – now open and accepting applications

Coalition for College Application – now open and accepting applications


SCOUT-ING REPORT

COLLEGE FAIR: I attended my first college fair of the season, thanks to Crossings Christian School. After more than a year of COVID restrictions, college representatives are eager to meet and visit with high school students. Take advantage of every college fair opportunity because each is a great way to explore a wide variety of institutions.

FRESHMEN & SOPHOMORES: Do you have your eye on that $20k scholarship from Coca-Cola? Start building your resume now. My goal in working with high school freshmen and sophomores is to help students plan for a variety of aspects so that they are positioned to make the most of high school opportunities and then poised to find and fund ideal college experiences. If you want to learn more, use the button and let’s get busy!

JUNIORS: I would love to help you focus on the things that matter. Let’s ensure that you take advantage of the opportunities that will enable you to shine next fall. College admissions and the scholarships cycle will be here before you know it! Use the button below to connect with me and let’s make a plan together!           

SENIORS: The season of college admissions and scholarships has officially started! Applications for both are open and I would love to help you complete the process from beginning to end. My goal is to help you find and fund the ideal college experience! My approach is individualized for you and designed to keep you focused on the aspects that matter to your specific situation. Don’t stress! Just use the button below to connect with me and let’s get started today!

BOOK OF THE WEEK: Another new book that just hit the market last week is Valedictorians at the Gate: Standing Out, Getting In, and Staying Sane While Applying to College by Becky Munsterer Sabky. Again, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review the book this past spring. Sabky’s experience in the Dartmouth admissions office adds credibility to what other authors have been telling us for years. And that is: You can’t control what goes on inside the admissions office. Priorities change year to year, and even within the same admissions cycle. Admissions representatives are trying to build a cohort to complement the existing classes already in place. It’s impossible to guess what that looks like from year to year. Your best bet is to look beyond the college rankings and find the college that is truly the best fit for your student.

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