Senior Newsletter December 2014

High School Counseling Office

Approaching College Application Deadlines!

Please be aware of your college application deadlines! You must give yourself, your counselor, and your teachers enough time to complete their portion of your application. Remember, the Counseling Office is closed from December 20th - January 4th. If you have any questions, please see your counselor today!

Congratulations to those students who have received acceptance letters! As you receive these letters, please let us know so we can share the exciting news on the morning announcements (only if you allow us to and we hope you do)!


Burger King Scholars Program: scholarship criteria based on grade point average, work experience, extracurricular activities and/or community service. To apply, visit:

Deadline: December 15, 2014

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program: eligible applicant must demonstrate leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship; have a 3.0 or higher grade point average; demonstrate financial need; plan to enroll full-time in an undergraduate course of study at an accredited four-year college or university. To apply, visit:

Deadline: January 8, 2015

Aspiring Fashion Professional Scholarship: eligible applicant must be interested in pursuing a fashion degree at an accredited post-secondary school or college. For more information and to apply, please visit:

Deadline: June 1, 2015

Aspiring Animation Professional Scholarship Program: eligible applicant must be interested in pursuing an animation degree at an accredited school or college. For more information, please visit:

Deadline: June 1, 2015

Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York, Inc. ("Ned" Carter/Past Presidents Scholarship): applicant must be continuing his/her education at a two or four-year accredited college; must have or be entering a career of service to the community; and have financial need. Applications are available in the Counseling Office and online at: Deadline: March 7, 2015

Corinth Dollars for Scholars Scholarship: all applicants must complete an online profile and application; visit: There will be no paper application this year!

College Specific Scholarships:

Marist College: Technology Scholarships are available for students who select a major in Computer Science or Information Technology and Systems. More information is available in the Counseling Office and online at:

Summer Enrichment Opportunities

New York State Summer School of the Arts: open to students in grades 8-12 that are interested in creating and exploring their art in various new ways. Each program is residential and runs for four weeks. Students are able to work alongside artists and artistic companies that are internationally acclaimed. For more information, please visit:

Duke University Summer Session: open to students in 12th grade who are looking for personal enrichment courses. Applications are available online and more information can be found at:

Financial Aid Information

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid as soon as possible after January 1st. There are a few ways to apply:

  1. Apply online at: (both the student and parent will need a PIN number to file online; to create a pin go to:
  2. Download and complete a PDF version of the FAFSA at: (must be mailed in for processing)
  3. Request a paper FAFSA by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center at: 1 800 4 FED AID.

Financial Aid Night

January 8, 2015 at 6:30 PM at Hadley-Luzerne High School

SUNY Financial Aid Days will be held on Saturday, January 24th and Saturday February 28th at a location to be determined. Stay tuned for more information.

Useful Websites

The following websites, and many others, can be found on the Counseling Office webpage at (under the support services tab)

  • This website teaches students about a major by showing them a University made major video, university program profiles, industry publications, professional and student associations, student competitions, future employers. Visit today ... it's free of charge!
  • there are many helpful features on ... you can view college application deadlines, you can go directly to a colleges' application page to start applying, you can get an estimate on your likelihood of admittance with the "What Are My Chances?" tool. Also, the financial aid process is right around the corner and has a handy one-page worksheet that covers the key reasons to complete FAFSA and what is needed to file. Also, on December 17th at 6 PM CST, Cappex will be hosting a Financial Aid & FAFSA 101 Session. This is a free information session for students. To register for this session, please go to: