Senior Newsletter

October 2015, Volume 2

COLLEGE APPLICATION WEEK IS HERE!!!!

One of the most exciting weeks during your senior year is here ... COLLEGE APPLICATION WEEK! We have a lot of activities planned for you, including various workshops, contests, and of course assistance with your college applications. We know the Class of 2016 can reach 100% participation in these events! See your counselor to make an appointment to receive assistance with your college application! Below is a full list of activities for the week to help you plan things out:


Monday, October 26th:

  • College T-Shirt Day: Students in grades 9-12 should wear a t-shirt or sweatshirt from any college/university to "Show College Pride." The homeroom with the most participation will receive breakfast treats on Tuesday!

  • A Representative from Albany College of Pharmacy and SUNY Oneonta will visiting the Counseling Office. Students must pick up a pass from Mrs. Bills to attend.

Tuesday, October 27th:

  • College Experiences Bingo: Students in grades 9-12 must turn in a completed Bingo card to the Counseling Office by the end of the day to be entered to win a gift card.

  • A Representative from SUNY Morrisville will be visiting the Counseling Office. Students must pick up a pass from Mrs. Bills to attend.

  • Mrs. Jenkins and Mrs. Rust will be in English 12 classes for a “College Essay" workshop.

  • Instant Admit Day for SUNY Adirondack. Seniors please see Mrs. Bills for an application and to sign up for an appointment.

Wednesday, October 28th:

  • College Word Search: Student in grades 9-12 must turn in a completed Work Search to the Counseling Office to be entered to win a gift card!

  • Mrs. Jenkins & Mrs. Rust will be in the Counseling Office Conference Room during 5th/6th periods, as well as after school, for a “College Athletics and the NCAA” workshop. Please sign up with Mrs. Bills to attend.

  • Mrs. Jenkins & Mrs. Rust will be in Mrs. Fay's Career & Financial Management class for a “College Search” workshop.

  • A Naval Recruiter will be here during 5th/6th period to share opportunities in the Navy, including educational options.

Thursday, October 29th:

  • Mrs. Jenkins & Mrs. Rust will be in Government/Economics classes for a “Overview of Financial Aid and Scholarships” workshop.

  • A Representative from SUNY Cobleskill will visiting the Counseling Office. Students must pick up a pass from Mrs. Bills to attend.

  • Mrs. Rust, Mrs. Jenkins, and Mr. Testani will judge the door decoration contest. The homeroom with the best decorated door will receive breakfast treats on Friday!

Friday, October 30th:

  • A Representative from Southern Vermont College will be visiting the Counseling Office. Students must get a pass from Mrs. Bills to attend.

Scholarships are Beginning to Roll In ...

SCHOLARSHIPS ARE BEGINNING TO ROLL IN ...

Buyer Beware of Fee-Based Scholarship Searches: Please be careful about opting to use a fee-based service for scholarships. They are often very expensive and frequently find the same scholarships students could find themselves, using free sources. Some "red-flags" to watch for include services that:

  1. Demand you pay upfront
  2. Request credit card numbers or bank account information
  3. Claim that a company can offer "exclusive" information
  4. Promise to give you cash if you first pay a registration fee

Below are the most recent scholarships available in the Counseling Office/online:

  • VFW's Voice of Democracy Scholarship: eligible applicants will submit an essay on an audio CD or a flash drive about an annual patriotic topic, which this year is: My Vision for America. Please click here for more information. Deadline: November 1, 2015
  • GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program: eligible applicants must be high school seniors who embody the characteristics of President Ronald Reagan (drive, integrity, citizenship, and leadership) at school, in the workplace, at home, and in the community. Applications are available online at: www.reaganfoundation.org/scholarships. Deadline: January 7, 2016
  • The Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award Program: eligible applicants must make their community and world a better place through volunteerism. All applicants must demonstrate initiative in both identifying a problem and working to solve it, as well as show significant and noteworthy volunteer accomplishments. Please stop in the Counseling Office for an application. Deadline: December 31, 2015
  • Elks Scholarship - Most Valuable Student Scholarship: eligible applicant must be a high school senior and US citizen; applicant need not be related to a member of the Elks. To apply, please visit www.elks.org/enf/scholars. Deadline: December 4, 2015
  • The Ford Motor Company Fund and Lawrence Technological University - Designing For The Future Scholarship: eligible applicant must complete the admissions process for LTU's Transportation Design or Industrial Design Programs and submit a design proposal in either automotive or product track. The application can be found at:http://mainevent20.com/competition/d4future
  • Elks Scholarship - Legacy Award: eligible applicants must be a high school senior who is the child/grandchild of a dues-paying Elks member; applicants are judged on the core values of the Elks National Foundation (knowledge, charity, community service, and integrity). Applications can be found online at: www.elks.org/enf/scholars. Deadline: January 29, 2016
  • The New York Water Environment Association, Inc.: eligible applicants must submit an application with two letters of recommendation, an official high school transcript, two essays, college acceptance letter, and be a resident of New York State. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a B.S. or a B.E. program with and environmental emphasis. Applications are available in the Counseling Office. Deadline: February 10, 2016
  • Boston University Trustee & Presidential Scholarship: eligible applicants with outstanding academic records and a strong set of leadership skills are encouraged to apply for BU's merit-based scholarships. Click here for more information. Deadline: December 1, 2015
  • Naval Reserve Offices Training Corps (NROTC): this is a scholarship program that offers student the opportunity to earn a degree and receive valuable leadership/management skills while embarking on his/her career. Eligible applicants must be a U.S. citizen, at least 17 years old, complete high school, and have taken the ACT or SAT (minimum scores are required). For more information about this program, please click here.

IMPORTANT ADMISSION TERMS & DEFINITIONS

Early Action: Students may apply before the normal application deadline and receive an early acceptance decision; if admitted, students are NOT obligated to commit to enrollment at the college, but are permitted to apply to other colleges.

Early Decision: Students apply to their first choice college usually be November 15th of their senior year, and agree by contract to enroll in that college if accepted. If applying early decision, students are only permitted to apply to ONE college.

Regular Admission: Students apply by the regular deadline (varies from college to college) and the college usually makes a decision by April 1st; students have until May 1st to accept the college's offer.

Rolling Admission: College reviews applications as they are received and offers a decision to the student usually with in two to five weeks of application review.

ACT (American College Testing): College entrance exam the measures educational development in English, mathematics, science, and social studies. Scores are reported on a scale of 1-36.

SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test): Standardized examination used to help measure academic potential. Scores are reported on a scale of 200-800 (for each area - math, critical reading, writing).

Source: Commission on Independent Colleges & Universities; October 2008; Vol 2, No. 2

IS COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOR YOU?

  • You know where you want to be but need some training to get there.
  • You want to explore different choices before settling on a path.
  • You need to cut the cost of a four year college degree.
  • You want to sharpen your study skills before enrolling at a university.
  • You want small classes and personal attention during your first college years.
  • You want to continue to work at your job while going to college.
  • You want to live at home.

Source: College Counseling Sourcebook Sampler 2007, College Board)

FINANCIAL AID

If you are applying to a private college be sure to check and see if they require the CSS Profile. See your counselor if you have any questions on this additional financial aid form.


Also, just a reminder, you may not file your FAFSA until after January 1, 2016. Also new this year is a FAFSA ID which is replacing the PIN. If you have a PIN from a previous student, you may link your information to your new FAFSA ID by entering your PIN while registering for your FAFSA ID. If you have forgotten you PIN, you can answer your "challenge question" and link your PIN or you can create the FAFSA ID from scratch.


Please note that we are no longer able to order paper copies of the FAFSA. If you plan to use a paper application to apply for Financial Aid, you must request a copy be sent to you directly by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID.


We strongly encourage you to apply online if at all possible. If you do not have access to a computer at home, you are welcome to use the computers in the Counseling Office. The Corinth library also has internet access and has notified us that students are welcome to utilize their computers to file financial aid applications. Again, please be sure to see your counselor if you have ANY questions.

College Specific Information ...

  • Siena College will have a live video chat with students on Tuesday, October 27th from 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm. Register here.
  • Norwich University will be holding an open House on Saturday, November 14th. To register for the event, please click here or call (802) 485-2649.
  • SUNY Oneonta will be holding an Open House on Saturday, November 7th from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. All reservations can be made online by clicking here.
  • There will be an informational meeting for students/parents interested in learning more about Georgetown University on Sunday, November 1st at 7:00 pm at the Emma Willard School. If you are interested in attending, please click here.
  • Springfield College will hold an Athletic Training Program Showcase on Saturday, November 15th from 9:30 am - 1:30 pm. Please see your counselor for registration information.

Mrs. Jenkins & Mrs. Rust

Please contact the Counseling Office with any questions or concerns!