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To PHHS Juniors and Seniors from the College Counselor

Happy Fall!

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

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.

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

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 ( . 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.

-Apply for FAFSA beginning October 1st.

-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

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.


Financial Aid Town Hall

Tuesday, Oct. 13th, 7pm

This is an online event.

This informative session for PHHS Seniors and their families will be hosted by the College Counselor, Ms. Campbell and led by Nasim Reich, a financial aid officer from CCBC. She will be discussing the FAFSA, scholarships and grants, student and parent loans and the College Promise Scholarship. Students and parents will need to use the student's BCPS Google account and log in via the nickname "finaidtownhall"

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

Pace University-New YorkWed October 28, 2020max)Openview

Duke UniversityiWed October 28, 2020

Rochester Institute of TechnologyFri October 30, 2020

Fast Web Scholarship Directory

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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

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