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January 2016

January 2016 - updated 1/20/16

Welcome back to a new year! It's 2016, the year you graduate! Below you will find updated information about applications and and a whole bunch of scholarships.

Pay close attention to the section on mid-year reports!

-Mrs. deQuevedo

College Application Progress

Mid-Year Reports

It is not unusual for colleges/universities to request a senior mid-year report. This is especially prevalent with schools that use The Common Application. If a school notifies you that they need a mid-year report sent, make sure you indicate that in Naviance so I know to send them. Many of you have already done so but if you aren't sure, you should check. Mid-year reports will go out after grades are finalized at the conclusion of the 2nd quarter.

Class of 2016 Application Statistics as of 1/19/2016

  • 72% of students have applied to college or trade school
  • 3.07% of students have firm plans to or have joined the military
  • 237 applications submitted
  • 63 reported college acceptances
  • 15.5% of students have reported that they intend to enter the workforce upon graduation

Application Results

Now that many of the college applications are done, the acceptances are starting to roll in. Please remember to bring a copy of your college acceptance letters in to the guidance office. If your notification was in an email or on an online college account, you could forward the email or screenshot the screen showing the acceptance. My email address is

We will not announce your college of attendance if we do not have evidence of your acceptance. It is also helpful for us to collect this data as it will help us guide future applicants to each college. Even if you receive a denial letter, it is very helpful if you can provide that information to me. Certainly, I won't share your individual information with anyone but would like to collect the data to better assist future students.

College Acceptances

The students listed below have been accepted to college for the fall of 2016! They have provided documentation of their acceptances. Some have been accepted to more than one school!

Congratulations to you all, I am very proud of you!

  • Liz Albanesi
  • Connor Albino
  • Dana Beecroft
  • Jenneca Comes
  • Marina Contorno
  • Collin Cooper
  • Corey Davis
  • Harley Davis
  • Tiffany DeMarco
  • Kayla Deremer
  • James Eskra
  • Taylor Flynn
  • Teya Heller
  • Amanda Imbalzano
  • Kaela Jennette
  • Lindsay Jones
  • Brianna Krzan
  • Michaelene Krzan
  • Mariah Loughney
  • Karleigh Lukasik
  • Maria Merrigan
  • Taylor Morgan
  • Graeme Nichols
  • Armen Rissmiller
  • Sara Roscioli
  • Mary Rzucidlo
  • Jazlyn Sienkiewicz
  • Brooke Stearns * New Acceptance
  • Georgia Verrastro
  • Katie Walsh
  • Joseph Wanat
  • Joshua Wayman * New Acceptance
  • David Williams * New Acceptance
  • Ami Yanochik

Roy W. Piper Charitable Trust

Deadline: March 15, 2016

The Roy W. Piper Charitable Trust, Tunkhannock, announces the availability of annually renewable scholarships, beginning academic year 2016-17. Fully completed applications will be accepted from high school seniors or those students already attending an accredited higher education institution. Principle preference will be given to Wyoming, Lackawanna and Luzerne County students. Scholarships are awarded based upon a combination of financial need, academic merit and community service/extra-curricular activities, and are for the use of education at an accredited higher education institution.

Application packets are available on Naviance

Roy W. Piper Charitable Trust - CTC

Deadline: March 15, 2016

The Roy W. Piper Charitable Trust, Tunkhannock, Pa. in addition to the Trust's annually renewable academic scholarship, a 2 year or less Career Technology Scholarship Program for students wishing to earn an Associates Degree, an Accredited Certificate or to receive license preparation. This scholarship is meant to help students that want to enter various fields such as but not limited to: Accounting, Automotive, Business/IT, Computer Sciences, Cosmetology, Culinary, Health Sciences, Skilled Trades, Truck Driving, etc. Principal preference will be given to Wyoming, Lackawanna and Luzerne County students. Scholarships are based upon a combination of financial need, academic merit, and community service/extra-curricular activities, and are to be used for education at an accredited post secondary education institution.

Application packets are available on Naviance

Hermine Solt Student Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: March 1, 2016

Each year the PA Association of Educational Office Professionals (PAEOP) offers the Hermine Solt Student Scholarship which is a $500 scholarship for a Pennsylvania High School senior who is pursuing higher education in a business-related field (secretarial, office technology, accounting, business education).

Complete details including criteria, guidelines, and scholarship application can be found at PAEOP’s website: – under Award & Scholarships.

Scholarship Committee Chairperson and contact is:

Patti Fogarty

Central Columbia Elementary School

4777 Old Berwick Road

Bloomsburg, PA 17815


PenSPRA 2016 scholarship program

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: March 23, 2016

The Pennsylvania School Public Relations Association wants to encourage and promote the field of public relations to public high school students through an educational scholarship for those interested in studying the field or related subjects (i.e. journalism, English, public relations, advertising, graphic arts, etc.). The candidate should have maintained a 3.0 GPA, and have been accepted to or applied at a two or four-year college, vocational-technical school, or other institution of higher learning.

The award consists of three one-year scholarships worth $1000 each. Scholarships will be awarded to one public school student from each of PenSPRA"s three regions (Eastern, Central and Western). We invite all interested candidates to complete and submit an application.

Applications and more information are available on the PenSPRA website at:

McDaniel College Educator's Legacy Scholarship

Excellent teaching is McDaniel’s priority and its legacy. Our expert faculty-mentors empower students to achieve their personal best, and many of our graduates go on to become top K-12 educators. The 2015 Maryland Counselor of the Year, Principal of the Year and Superintendent of the Year are all McDaniel graduates. And three of the last five Maryland Teachers of the Year are McDaniel alumni too.

This year, we are celebrating our commitment to educators and our K-12 legacy by rewarding elementary and secondary school employees for their good work in preparing the next generation. The Educator’s Legacy Scholarship welcomes the sons and daughters of K-12 school employees to McDaniel with a $100,000 scholarship. Four years of service in any school district by a parent equals $25,000 per year for their child.

Learn how to apply for the Educator’s Legacy Scholarship below.

  1. Complete and file the online K-12 employment verification form at Your parent’s school administrator will need to verify the employment record in writing on school letterhead.
  2. Submit The McDaniel Application or The Common Application for admission.
  3. Send a copy of your high school transcript.
  4. Submit a Secondary School Report form and two letters of recommendation from academic sources.
  5. Provide SAT or ACT scores unless you qualify for our Test Optional Plan.
  6. Send a $50 application fee or official fee waiver.

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program

Deadline: February 29, 2016

Amount: 50 scholarships each up to $25,000/year

Buick: Inspiring, Celebrating, and Enabling Human Achievement

For high school seniors and current undergraduates who plan to enroll full time at a four-year college or university in 2016-17 and plan to major in a specified course of study focused on engineering, technology or design, with an interest in the automotive industry.

James F. Swift Scholarship of the Scranton Area Foundation

Deadline: March 15, 2016

Amount: Up to 18 scholarships in the amount of $4,000 will be awarded this year.

The Scranton Area Foundation has established the James F. Swift Scholarship to assist students from Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania high schools, who plan to continue their education in a college or university program. Renewable scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited institution, preferably one of the Lackawanna County colleges or universities, of the student's choice.

Pennsylvania Society Scholarship Program with the Maguire Foundation

Deadline: February 2, 2016

Amount: up to $8,000 per year

Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited, non-proprietary four-year college or university in the state of Pennsylvania for the entire 2016-2017 academic year.

· Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).

"Aspiring Fashion Professional" Scholarship

Deadline: June 1, 2016

Amount: $1,000

This is a $1,000 scholarship that will be awarded to students that are interested in pursuing a fashion degree at an accredited post-secondary school or college. Interested students can visit this link and find the scholarship located at the bottom of the page and click on it.

"Aspiring Animation Professional" Scholarship

Deadline: June 1, 2016

Amount: $1,000

This will be awarded to students that are interested in pursuing an animation career path at an accredited post-secondary school or college. We ask that you have interested students visit our website, to find eligibility information along with the online application. The scholarship will be on the right side of the page and click on it.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Scholarship 2016

Deadline: April 29, 2016

Amount: 2 scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each

Primary Award Criteria:

  • Outstanding academic achievement throughout one's high school career.
  • Demonstration of leadership in extracurricular and/or academic activities.
  • Has been an active participant in one or more varsity sports during their high school career (must include senior year).

Must be currently enrolled as a high school senior, scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2016 with plans to enroll in a 2 or 4 year college/university beginning in the fall of 2016 as a full-time student (at least 12 credit hours per semester). Scholarship will be paid directly to college/university.

Application Process;

Please present the following to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders by the due date of April 29, 2016:

  • Completed Application
  • High School Transcript
  • Essay of 1,000 words or less on the topic of: "How can a person's involvement in youth and adult athletics contribute to a successful future?"

Return completed Application to:

SWB Railriders

Attn: Scholarship Committee

235 Montage Mountain Rd.

Moosic, PA18507

Applications may also be returned in person to the administrative offices of the RailRiders. Office Hours: 9AM-5PM, Monday-Friday.

NFB Scholarship

Deadline: March 31, 2016

Amount: 30 national scholarships ranging from $3,000-$12,000 and 2 PA scholarships each in the amount of $1,000

The National Federation of the Blind and the National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania award scholarships to high school seniors and college students who plan to attend college during the next academic year.

For blind or visually impaired persons who will be a full time student during the 2016-17 school year is encouraged to apply.


Educational Opportunity

2016 Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Forum

We at the Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown, PA are hosting the 2016 Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Forum, which will take place on February 4th from 5:30 - 9 pm at the Renaissance Hotel. High school girls will be able to network with female STEM professionals over dinner, followed by a public panel program with distinguished female speakers. We would appreciate it if you would distribute this information to all interested girls. Attached is an informational letter. While the event is free, there is an application to attend, which can be found with the link below. Qualified applications will be considered on a rolling basis until January 18, 2016.

Aspiring Nurse Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: June 30, 2016

Our website will award a $1,000 scholarship to an aspiring nurse who best demonstrates:

+ A track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics

+ A passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare

This scholarship is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue college education in nursing, including LPN / LVN, ADN, and BSN programs. Scholarship applications will be accepted until midnight on June 30, 2016.

We ask interested students to visit and click the banner on the right-hand side of the website's homepage. Here they'll find detailed scholarship information and the official application form.