To PHHS Juniors and Seniors from the College Counselor
Fall is here and that means the beginning of college application season! Even in this very uncertain time, the college train rolls on! Things look somewhat different this year on the college landscape. Many universities have started the semester online, some are doing a hybrid approach and others are holding in-person classes. College admissions are changing as well. Most schools have moved to test-optional for the coming year meaning if a student does not have SAT or ACT scores to submit, this will not be held against them in the application process. Need to know if the college you are interested in is test optional? See the link below to Fairtest.
As you probably know, BCPS has cancelled all SAT administrations through November 13th. We do not know any more than that at this time. What does that mean for our seniors applying to college this fall? Without test scores, all other items in the application will take on more significance. Grades, the college essay, letters of recommendation, activities and community service are now that much more important.
Last week, the PHHS Senior College Night took place where I shared detailed information on the application steps as well as what students should be doing now. Missed the presentation? See below for a link to the Powerpoint that was shared.
In the coming weeks, counselors at Perry Hall will begin meeting with their seniors to discuss credits and plans for after high school.
As you hopefully know, Naviance is our main platform by which college applications are tracked along with teacher recommendations and transcripts. If as a parent, you need access, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarships are just starting to roll in. As we receive them, they will be updated in Naviance and also listed in the PHHS College Counseling Schoology Group. The join code for this group is 9BXF-ZC87-VV3SM.
As always, if you have any questions, please contact me. email@example.com
Seniors - What Should I Be Doing Now?
-If you have not done so already, schedule a virtual meeting with colleges you are applying to. Websites and virtual tours are the next best thing to being on a campus. Perry Hall has tons of colleges scheduled already to meet with Juniors and Seniors via virtual meetings. Check out the schools coming below and sign up on your Naviance account for a visit under the "What's New" section on the homepage.
-Start completing the steps to apply to college. Refer often to the attachment below, "10 Steps to Apply to College" below for a detailed break-down.
-Complete your Senior Brag sheet on Naviance. Your teachers and counselors need this for your recommendation letters. It is on the homepage of Naviance and is required if you wish to have a letter of recommendation.
-Waivers – If you are eligible for free or reduced lunch, please make sure your parent does the application this year. Being on free/reduced lunch entitles you to fee waivers for testing, application fee waivers for colleges, and free tuition at CCBC if you are doing parallel enrollment. To apply go to https://mealapps.bcps.org/lfserver/EFORM
If you are a foster child or your family is designated homeless, please talk with your school counselor. There are particular benefits to which you are entitled but your counselor may not know your situation.
- Athletics – If you are participating with high school athletics and plan to play Division 1 or 2 sports in college, you must register with the NCAA (eligibilitycenter.org) . You should
also review the rules related to recruitment.
-College Transcripts -PHHS must have a transcript release form, signed by your parent, before transcripts can be released to colleges or career/tech schools. These forms were distributed through the Class of 2021 Schoology Group last week, but you can also access it below. It needs to be filled out and emailed or sent via Schoology to your school counselor.
-Know the deadlines and application requirements of the colleges you are applying to. Don't wait until the last minute to apply.
-If any schools that you are applying to are Common Application schools, go onto their website and begin the application. https://apply.commonapp.org/login
-Apply for FAFSA beginning October 1st. http://www.fafsa.gov
-Make sure you have a professional sounding email that you use for colleges and check it often!!!
Juniors - What Should I Be Doing Now?
-Begin the college exploration process. Set up some college visits virtually, even to schools that you are not sure you want to apply to. Get a sense of what type of school you are looking for; big, medium, small, rural, in the city, etc. Juniors can sign up for scheduled college visits on Naviance under the "What's New" section.
-Keep on top of your grades! This time next year, you will be applying for college. They will be judging you on your grades from 9th-11th grade.
Start Researching Colleges!
Sweet Briar College Forum for Young Women Interested in STEM Fields
- Tuesday, October 13 from 7-8 p.m. EST: Life at a Women's College
- Monday, November 2 from 7-8 p.m. EST: Applying to Colleges for Engineering
- Thursday, January 21 from 7-8 p.m. EST: Going to College in a Pandemic
- Thursday, March 25 from 7-8 p.m. EST: Majoring in Engineering
FAFSA - the Free Application for Federal Student Aid Opens on this date
Thursday, Oct. 1st, 12am
This is an online event.
All students regardless of income should apply for federal financial aid as this is how colleges determine your financial aid package.FAFSA
Financial Aid Town Hall
Tuesday, Oct. 13th, 7pm
This is an online event.
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
October College Visits - Make sure to check Naviance for updates!
Pennsylvania State University Tue October 6, 2020
Virginia Commonwealth University October 6, 2020
Jacksonville UniversityTue October 6, 2020
University of Mary Washington Wed October 7, 2020
Randolph College Wed October 7, 2020
University of the Sciences Wed October 7, 2020
Juniata College Wed October 7, 2020
La Salle University Wed October 7, 2020
Widener University Fri October 9, 2020
Wilson College Fri October 9, 2020
Clemson University Tue October 13, 2020
Radford UniversityTue October 13, 2020
University of ChicagoTue October 13, 2020
New Jersey Institute of TechnologyTue October 13, 2020
Shenandoah UniversityTue October 20, 2020
Trinity Washington UniversityTue October 20, 2020
Carnegie Mellon UniversityTue October 20, 2020
Saint Vincent CollegeTue October 20, 2020
St. Bonaventure UniversityWed October 21, 2020
Rider UniversityWed October 21, 2020
Washington & Jefferson CollegeWed October 21, 2020
Lebanon Valley CollegeWed October 21, 2020
Stevenson UniversityWed October 21, 2020
Arcadia UniversityFri October 23, 2020
Gannon UniversityFri October 23, 2020
Coppin State UniversityTue October 27, 2020
Goucher CollegeTue October 27, 2020
Johnson & Wales University, ProvidenceWed October 28, 2020
Washington CollegeWed October 28, 2020
Notre Dame of Maryland UniversityWed October 28, 2020
Duke UniversityiWed October 28, 2020
Rochester Institute of TechnologyFri October 30, 2020
Fast Web Scholarship Directory
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Our huge directory organizes millions of scholarships and grants into simple categories. Whether you’re a high school student or parent looking for ways to fund your/your child’s college education, or you’re a current college student wanting to pay your way without racking up student debt, Fastweb’s scholarship directory is THE place to start.
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
Now in its 26th year, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), provides a wide range of opportunities to amplify the stories of today’s young changemakers - and the schools that have supported them along the way. Open to students in grades 5-12 who have participated in a volunteer activity within the past year, top honorees from all 50 states and the District of Columbia are eligible to receive a scholarship, medallion and invitation to the program’s national recognition events.
To apply, students should do the following by November 10, 2020:
•Apply at https://spirit.prudential.com
Go to the "certification" tab on the application, then email instructions to your certifier
Applications can be certified by a middle or high school principal, or the head of a county 4-H organization, Girl Scout council, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or Points of Light Global Network member
To learn more about The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program, student eligibility and recognition resources for schools and principals, please visit https://spirit.prudential.com/certifiers.