North Shore Counseling Department

January News

Test Prep Options Available At North Shore

North Shore students are fortunate to have two test prep options to choose from.

Common App Prompts


The 2019-2020 Common Application Essay Prompts are now available. Students are encouraged to start early since that can alleviate some of the applications stress senior year. English teachers will also be working with students on essay writing.


The Prompts:


1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.


2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?


3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?


4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.


5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.


6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?


7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.


During the 2018-2019 application year, the most popular topic of choice was: “Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.” (24.1%). The next most popular topics were: “Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.” (23.7%), followed by “The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?” (21.1%).

Viking Quest Scholarship News

Welcome to the scholarship e-news brought to you by North Shore High School. Once a week, we will send a sampling of some of the scholarships available on our Naviance Family Connection Scholarship database (emails are sent via Naviance and/or School Messenger). Seniors are encouraged to check Naviance regularly, and to search online databases like Big Future and FastWeb.


This week’s highlights:


FLAVORFUL FUTURES SCHOLARSHIP—The Sparkling Ice Flavorful Futures Scholarship Program awards 5 scholarships of $5000 each. Eligible applicants who complete the online application process will be evaluated based on academic achievement and the creativity of their application, which should showcase what makes them who they are and how they want to contribute their gifts through education. Apply online. Deadline: February 15.


THE DANTE FOUNDATION OF NASSAU COUNTY SCHOLARSHIP – This Italian-American organization awards several $5,000 scholarships to students of Italio-American ancestry who reside in Nassau or Suffolk and will attend college. Important criteria includes high grade point average and above average SAT/ACT scores. Due to your counselor date: February 25.


NORTH SHORE SCHOOLS FEDERATED EMPLOYEES RETIRED MEMBERS CHAPTER SCHOLARSHIP—This $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior of the North Shore School District who is pursuing an education-related profession such as social work, psychology or teaching. Candidates must demonstrate that he or she have been involved in community service and submit a short essay describing their community service experience, the lessons learned and how this experience has inspired their choice of profession. Selection will be based on: academic achievement, education related community service, student essay and letters of recommendation. Apply using the application listed. Due to your counselor date: March 1.


FIREMEN’S ASSOCIATION OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK SCHOLARSHIP – Members or children of members of FASNY who are current seniors planning to enroll in an accredited college or postsecondary school and who are current junior firefighters, Explorer Scout or RAM, volunteer firefighters, or volunteer EMS workers are eligible to apply for one of 20 $1,500 scholarships. Find all the details in a flyer available in guidance. Deadline: March 15.


There are more awards from all types of groups from benevolent societies to cultural organizations and beyond. Please come down and see which work for you. Remember, you’ve got to be in it to win it!