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Your Path Beyond High School

Happy Holidays!

Well, it's that time of year again! College application and acceptance time! This is a busy time of year for all of us - running around getting last minute gifts, cooking, shopping, visiting friends and family. It is also the time where our Senior students who have applied early action to college, are starting to hear back from their schools. If you have received an acceptance letter, please bring it to the Counseling Office so that we can share your success!

This newsletter if chock full of info so grab a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate, and catch up on the latest college info. I wish you and your family the most wonderful of holiday seasons! See you in 2020!

Seniors: What Should I Be Doing Now?

-Begin searching for scholarships. Begin checking the scholarship page in Naviance and check there regularly for new additions to the scholarship list (see below for newly added scholarships). Just as with college applications, if you need something from a counselor or teacher for a scholarship application, please make that request at least two weeks in advance of the deadline.

-If you did not apply for early action deadlines, now is the time to begin your college applications for the regular deadlines in Jan-March. Need help on where to start? See Ms. Campbell or your school counselor for help. See below for an application checklist.

-Complete the FAFSA. This is the place all financial aid starts. Even if you don't think you will qualify for federal student aid, many colleges require the completion of the FAFSA in order to make acceptance decisions, offer scholarships and create your financial aid package. Make sure that you have added any schools that you are applying to in the FAFSA. In order to access any MD money, your FAFSA must be done by March 1st and include at least one MD school in your FAFSA list. or download the myStudentAid app (iOS or Android) and fill it out from a mobile device.

-Create an MDCaps account. To those who have completed their FAFSA's, the MD Higher Education Commission will begin sending out notifications to students who are eligible to receive the Guaranteed Access Grant for the 20-21 academic year.

Juniors: What Should I Be Doing Now?

-2nd quarter is half over! If you are having trouble in a class, ask the teacher for help or come to a help session held after school (calendar below). Remember, colleges will be judging you on 9th, 10th and 11th grades.

-Review your PSAT scores. You spent an entire morning taking the PSAT, but it only really helps you if you take the time to carefully review your answers in order to do better next year. Scores not up to par? Start practicing for the SAT on Khan Academy. Students who practiced for 20 hours, were able to raise their score on average by 115 points!

-Beef up your resume! Start the new year by joining a new club or volunteering in the community! Colleges want to see that you are actively engaged in your school and surrounding community. (See below for a list of clubs here at PHHS)

Scholarships: Also check on Naviance for updated scholarships as well as the bulletin board in the Counseling Office

-MD School Counselor Association: MSCA is offering a $500 scholarship to two high school seniors for the best essay written in recognition of a school counselor (elementary, middle or high school) who has helped the candidate in some significant way. In a 300 - 500 word essay, the candidates should give specific examples of how the counselor helped make a difference in the candidate's life. Deadline is 12/22/19

-Coolidge Scholarship is a full-ride, four year, merit scholarship that may be used be students for undergraudate studey at any accredited college or university in the US. This scholarship is for Juniors only. Deadline is 1/16/2020. Apply at:

-Hamilton Scholars: JUNIOR in HS, High achieving and service focused, college bound. Will be committed to participating in the New York Leader Week. Deadline is 1/29/20

-Marine Scholarship Fund: for children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen pursuing a post-secondary education at any accredited school—whether that be a career training or trade school, community college, or four-year university. Our scholarships are need-based, and we award scholarships to every eligible applicant. Applications available 1/1/20-3/3/20

-First Financial Credit Union: $3,000 given to one senior in every BCPS high school. Student must be a member of FFCU. See Ms. Campbell for a fee waiver. Applications available in the Counseling Office or online at Deadline to the Counseling Office 2/4/20

-Baltimore County Retired School Personnel Association - for application. Deadline is 2/21/20

-MELLFIN Scholarship: $1,000 for former or current ESOL students. GPA or 3.0 or better. Current ESOL or former ESOL student within the past 3 years. Deadline is 3/12/20

-Big Sun Scholarship: The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to continue to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. We are offering an annual scholarship to a deserving student. All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating in. Their participation may be in any capacity, whether as a player, coach or official. $500 awarded. Deadline is 6/19/20

Junior Family College Night

Thursday, Feb. 7th 2019 at 6:30pm

4601 Ebenezer Road

Nottingham, MD

Come learn about what Juniors should be doing now to prepare for college admission. Hear about the college application process, including information on college visits, financial aid, essay writing, and SAT prep.

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University of Baltimore Junior Visit Day

Saturday, Feb. 29th, 1-3:30pm

1420 North Charles Street

Baltimore, MD

Freshman/Sophomore Family College Night

Thursday, March 5th, 6:30pm

4601 Ebenezer Road

Nottingham, MD

It's never too early to learn about the college admission process and find out what colleges are looking for in their applicants. Know what your child should be doing to best prepare for success.

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CCBC College Fair - Essex

Tuesday, March 10th, 6-8pm

7201 Rossville Boulevard

Baltimore, MD

CCBC College Fair - Catonsville

Wednesday, March 11th, 6-8pm

800 South Rolling Road

Catonsville, MD

Cool Summer Programs

-Bank of America Student Leaders Internship: Work as a paid intern at a local nonprofit for 8 weeks. Attend a week-long summit in D.C. Open to Juniors and Seniors. Apply from 11/4 to 1/31/20.

-A Day with an Engineer: Junior and seniors students interested in Engineering can apply to spend the day with a professional at a local Science or Engineering Firm! Applications are due no later than January 10, 2020. Applications available on Ms. Campbell's door.

-Hopkins Engineering Innovation: For rising Juniors and Seniors. This is a great opportunity for students to try college engineering while still in high school. They can decide if they want to pursue an engineering major and which field is of the most interest to them.