Raider Nation Round Up

To LRHS Juniors and Seniors from the College Counselor

Where Has the Time Gone?

Well, it's 2020 already and it's hard to believe but the school year is already half over! The year is flying by. This newsletter is chock full of info. Please pay particular attention to the FAFSA information as deadlines are approaching. Also, please see below for some important information on scholarships as they are really rolling in right now. Check out the events that will be held here at Loch Raven as well as in our community that are college and career focused. As always, please reach out to me at any time for assistance in the college process. It is a great time of the year for students and their families to make sure they are on-track for success after high school. Don't forget to sign up for LRHS' College Counseling Schoology Group!

Join code: DCK69-64XX5

Ms. Stephanie Campbell

scampbell3@bcps.org

Seniors: What Should I Be Doing Now?

-Wrap up college applications for those schools that have February deadlines. Make sure you have submitted your recommendation and transcript requests at least 2 weeks before your deadline!


-College acceptances – Seniors are asked to please provide the counselor with a copy of their college acceptance letters as well as any scholarship awards from the schools. Seniors who were not accepted at their first choice colleges should see the counselor to search for rolling admissions opportunities.


-Interested in CCBC? LRHS will be holding a CCBC Instant Admissions Day on February 27th at 9:30 am. Sign up on Naviance to attend.


-If interested in CCBC, there are opportunities to reduce the cost. Want to know how to go to CCBC tuition free? See below for information on the Baltimore County and Maryland College Promise Programs.


-Apply for financial aid. Regardless of whether the student will attend a career/tech school, a community college, or a 4-year college, families should complete the FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid (http://www.fafsa.gov) between now and the end of February. Families will use their tax information from 2018. Both the student and parent first need to secure an FSA ID at https://fsaid.ed.gov

Students will only be considered for financial aid from the state of Maryland if the FAFSA is filed by March 1st.



Parents who need assistance with their FAFSA are encouraged to contact Ms. Campbell to set up an appointment for assistance.


-Once you have done your FAFSA and included at least one MD school, check your email to see if you qualify for the Guaranteed Access Grant – Families that meet the income guidelines listed with a senior who has a 2.5 GPA or above, may also be eligible for the Maryland Guaranteed Access Grant. Grant awards can be up to $19,100, depending on the financial need. For more information:

https://mhec.state.md.us/preparing/Pages/FinancialAid/ProgramDescriptions/prog_gagrant.aspx.

To be eligible, families must complete the FAFSA by March 1st and also complete the grant application with materials submitted by April 1st by mail, available at

https://mdcaps.mhec.state.md.us. Students will need to create a user ID and password, and will then receive a link to the application.


Families must be Maryland residents. The student must be enrolled in a two-year or four-year Maryland college or university full time (12 or more credits per semester), degree-seeking, undergraduate student, and must demonstrate financial need.


-Apply for scholarships! Check out the scholarships below, on your Naviance account, as well as the bulletin board in the Counseling Office. If you need something from a counselor or teacher for a scholarship application, please make the request at least two weeks in advance of the deadline.


- Grades - Quarter 2 will end next week. Please check your grades and take care of any improvements that are needed.

Juniors: What Should I Be Doing Now?

-Sign up on your Naviance account for a visit with an admission rep here at Loch Raven:

The American University of Rome: 1/23 @ 8 am

University of Baltimore: 2/6 @ 9am


-Post-secondary planning – Continue to add things to your post-secondary folder or box: copies of your service learning forms, any awards or certificates you are given, a list of activities in which you’ve participated, etc. When it’s time to write a resume’, this information will be helpful. Naviance also has a great resume writing tool under the "My Stuff" tab.


-Look at opportunities in the school for activities to join as well as summer programs that may boost your resume and give you networking opportunities. (See below for a list of school activities)


-Grades - Quarter 2 will end this week. Please check your grades and take care of any improvements that are needed. Please make a last push to get your grades as high as possible before the end of the quarter.


-College - If you plan to apply to a 4-year college, please don’t miss the College Fair at CCBC Essex on March 10th or Catonsville on March 11th. This is a great opportunity to talk with representatives from over 100 colleges. For more information, please see your LRHS counselor.


-Visit colleges! There is no substitute for actually stepping foot on a college campus to see if it is a good fit for you! Click on the "Visit" link on any college website to find out about opportunities for campus tours.


- Make sure that you create a College Board account as this will be crucial for college applications. Prepare for the SAT which will be given in April to all Juniors. Go to Khan Academy to set up an account and personalize your practice for free! English teachers in 11th grade will be distributing PSAT scores and assisting students with setting up these accounts.

Scholarships

-Hamilton Scholar Award for current JUNIORS who are high-achieving and service focused, show demonstrated need, college bound in the US, able to attend the NY Leader Week 7/13-18/19. Deadline 1/29/20

https://www.hamiltonscholars.org/


-First Financial Credit Union: One $3,000 scholarship will be awarded to a senior here at LRHS!!! Must be a member at FFCU. See Ms. Wolfkill or Ms. Campbell for an account waiver so it costs you nothing! Applications available in the Counseling Office or at https://www.firstfinancial.org/youth-young-adults/scholarship-program/ Deadline is February 3rd to Ms. Wolfkill


-CCBC Francis X. Kelly Endowment Scholarship

If you are enrolled to take a class at CCBC this Spring semester and demonstrate financial need please consider applying for this scholarship.

Deadline: February 14 https://ccbcmd.academicworks.com/opportunities/7337



-42nd District Senatorial Scholarship: Applicant must be a resident of the 42nd Legislative District, completed and submitted the FAFSA by March 1st and must attend a 2 or 4 year school in MD. Application in Counseling Office and postmarked to Senator West by April 1st.


-Optimist Club of Timonium: One-time $500 or $1000 scholarships based on financial need, character and scholarship. Application available in Counseling Office. Deadline is April 1.


-The Kiwanis Club of Loch Raven: GPA of 3.5 or above, school involvement through high school, academic achievement, community service and financial need. To be considered for the scholarships, students must complete and return the application and essay to Ms. Campbell by April 6. Application available in the Counseling Office.


More scholarships located on Naviance and available in the Counseling Office.

ASVAB Testing

Friday, Jan. 31st, 7:30am

1212 Cowpens Avenue

Towson, MD

Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors can sign up to take the ASVAB on Naviance or on the sign-up sheet in the Counseling Office.

LRHS FAFSA Frenzy

Wednesday, Feb. 12th, 8am to Thursday, Feb. 13th, 8am

1212 Cowpens Avenue

Towson, MD

Students who have not started on their FAFSA will be sent passes to come to the LRHS school library to begin the process. Parents who need help with their FAFSA are encouraged to contact Ms. Campbell directly to set up and appointment for assistance.

CCBC Instant Admissions for Seniors

Thursday, Feb. 27th, 9:30am

1212 Cowpens Avenue

Towson, MD

Interested in attending CCBC as a freshman next year? Get admitted instantly at this event. You will need your ss# and your device. Sign up on Naviance under "What's New" to attend!

CCBC College Fair - Essex Campus

Tuesday, March 10th, 6-8pm

7201 Rossville Boulevard

Baltimore, MD

CCBC College Fair - Catonsville Campus

Wednesday, March 11th, 6-8pm

800 South Rolling Road

Catonsville, MD

Stay Up to Date With the Remind App!

-Seniors text @ake26g to 81010


-Juniors text @ba7dda to 81010

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