NEWSLETTER – Edition 46

Last week we celebrated Veterans Day, honoring all who have served in the United States military. The day of recognition also provides the opportunity to remind students of an incredibly attractive path to college: ROTC. The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) is an officer training program for college students who commit to serve in the U.S. military after college. There are over 1,700 civilian, military, and junior military colleges that host and participate in an ROTC program. 

High school students who apply for an ROTC program are eligible for scholarships covering the full cost of tuition, fees and textbooks for four years, plus a monthly stipend for personal expenses.

The Army, Navy, and Air Force each has its own ROTC. And while the Marine Corps does not have its own ROTC, there is a Marine option of the Navy ROTC. You can find information about ROTC programs (including host schools, tuition assistance, eligibility requirements, post-graduation benefits, and more) on their websites:

          Air Force




In my role as a college admissions consultant, I explore all kinds of college options – and ways to fund those experiences. And for some students, military options are ideal. Let me help your student focus on what matters for his/her situation. I realize that no two students are alike, and my approach to college admissions reflects that. I am definitely here to help you explore all of the options! And that is just one of the reasons I am committed to sharing with you each week through my newsletter. Here you’ll find the latest news from colleges, a 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! 




There was exciting news out of Oklahoma State University last week. Its College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT) has been awarded the largest university grant in the National Defense Education Program from the U.S. Department of Defense. The $6 million grant is for the development and implementation of additional STEM education programs for schools with economically disadvantaged or underrepresented students. Learn more HERE.


I’ve mentioned before that I am a member of The Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). This not-for-profit, international professional association represents experienced, independent educational consultants. An IECA member educational consultant is a skilled professional who provides counseling to help students and families choose a school, college, or another program that is a good personal match: one that will foster the student’s academic and social growth.

I was reminded this week that the IECA website provides a wealth of information for parents and students. Be sure to check it out HERE.


CONFERENCE: IECA is on my mind this week because we just wrapped up our fall conference. Wow! So much to learn. And so many opportunities to collaborate with my peers. All-in-all, some of my favorite sessions were:

  • The Lasting Impacts of COVID-19 on College Admissions
  • Navigating This Year’s Application Season 
  • How to Improve the World through Unique Summer Programs
  • Athletes: Perfectionism, Anxiety, and Procrastination
  • Making the Most of College Visits
  • Working with Performing Arts Students
  • Five Steps to College Financial Aid and Affordability
  • Teens, Anxiety, and Why Gap Years Are Here to Stay
  • Case Studies in Selective College Admission

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: Overwhelmed by the college admissions process? Give me a call! I am here to help with both! 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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