NEWSLETTER – Edition 40


Juniors are in the spotlight this week. Most will be taking the PSAT in school on Wednesday, October 13th. Personally, I am a big fan of the PSAT. First, it gives you an opportunity to experience a standardized test without all the usual pressure. Your score is not sent to colleges, and it does not impact your high school grades. Second, it is a good indicator of how you will perform on the SAT. And finally, it determines your eligibility for a National Merit Scholarship.

Certainly, earning a National Merit Scholarship is no easy task. Each year, approximately 16,000 students (out of 1.4 million juniors) qualify for National Merit Scholar status based on their PSAT Score. Another 34,000 students receive recognition as Commended Scholars. And while Commended Scholars do not typically include a guaranteed scholarship, the status definitely looks good on your college application.

Preparing for college starts early. The PSAT is a great example of that. Being able to highlight this aspect of the college admissions process is why I love having a weekly newsletter. 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!



The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University both offer substantial scholarships for National Merit Scholars. And each offer includes five (5) years of tuition! See the details for OU HERE and OSU HERE.


As a reminder, Applerouth Tutoring Services is offering some FREE resources to help you prepare for the PSAT. Yes – free! Sign up HERE for free strategy sessions for math, reading, and writing. Plus, take a practice test and receive a detailed report on your results. 


ANOTHER BUSY WEEK: A big shout-out to Harding Fine Arts Academy for having me come to talk all things FAFSA! The students had so many fabulous questions! My webinars for the week included one looking at the ACT vs. SAT – and helping students decide which might be best for them. And then I attended a College Share event where 40+ colleges & universities shared their latest and greatest! It truly feels like every campus has something new and exciting to offer this year. It’s a great time to be a high school senior! If you want to talk FAFSA, ACT vs. SAT, or colleges in general, give me a call (405-906-7044)!

FRESHMEN & SOPHOMORES: Need some help navigating the high school journey? I’m here to help you build academic, personal development, and extracurricular strategies in an effort to achieve college and life goals. Plus, this is the perfect time to identify scholarships, internships, and summer programs. My goal is to help you plan for a variety of aspects so that you are positioned to make the most of high school opportunities and then poised to find and fund your ideal college experience. If you want to learn more, use the button below to set-up a no-cost / no-obligation call with me.

JUNIORS: Wondering how to best prepare for the college admissions process? Now is actually the perfect time to start making some key decisions about your college future. 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. Use the button below to connect with me and let’s make a plan together!             

SENIORS: Need help exploring colleges? Does the Common App process have you stumped? I am here to help! My goal is to help you find and fund the ideal college experience! And my approach is individualized for you – so it’s designed to keep you focused on the aspects that matter to your specific situation. Just click the button below to connect with me and let’s get started today!

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