STEM College & Career News

An Update from Ms. Lytle | OCTOBER 2020

Hello Spartans,

Welcome to October! This is a busy month for the Class of 2021 with college applications. I advise students to submit the top applications by October 15!

REMINDER: Free Application Day is October 13. Please have all transcript and letter of recommendation requests submitted at least two weeks prior!

Below you will find information related to the College & Career events occurring on our campus! I have also included information related to SAT & ACT Testing, Naviance, and scholarship search tools. I hope you find this resource a helpful guide to preparing our students for their futures.


Kandace Lytle

STEM School Highlands Ranch

College & Career Counselor

Free Application Day! October 13

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Colorado Free Application Day | Tuesday, October 13, 2020

What is Colorado Free Application Day?

For the third year in a row, the Colorado Department of Higher Education is teaming up with colleges and universities across Colorado to waive college application fees for all Colorado students on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. That means if you submit your application between 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. that day, you can apply for free to any public institution in Colorado and many private institutions as well.

Colorado Free Application Day was created to encourage Colorado’s best and brightest students to further their education in the state of Colorado. In 2018, Colorado students submitted almost 23,000 applications to Colorado colleges and universities for the state’s first free application day. As a land-grant institution, CSU is committed to removing barriers to higher education, and officials hope even more students take advantage of this year’s free application day.

Requesting Transcripts from STEM

Transcripts for Common App, you must sign your FERPA (located on the left hand side of the Common App Portal) before you are able to invite your recommenders. You will add Kandace Lytle, as your Counselor Recommender to add your transcripts. You will do this in the Common App portal (we do not use Naviance for our recommendations). Here is a video that shows you how to do that:

Transcripts for SendEdu, Coalition, & all other Application Portals: You will add Kandace Lytle, as your Counselor to add your transcripts.

Transcripts that need to be mailed or emailed due to lack of portal system: Please complete the Transcript Request Form

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of Recommendation (LOR): In order to receive a letter of recommendation from Ms. Lytle, you need to have a Post-Secondary Planning Packet (PPP) on file (linked above). To request a letter of recommendation, you will add Ms. Lytle as your Counselor Recommender via the website you use to apply to college. For most of you, this will be Common Application. For the colleges not listed on Common Application, the others use either SendEdu or Coalition where you will create an account to request your Letter of Recommendation. The process is the same with your other recommendation letter writers. Some colleges do not use these systems and have recommenders send the letter directly to a university email, for example:

Colorado School of Mines:

For Mines, you can use SendEdu OR your recommenders will need to send their letters directly to:

Links to Application Portals:

Common Application:



SAVE THE DATE! STEM Alumni College Advice Panel on November 4th

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NEW! College Application & Essay Resources

Applying to College Powerpoint

Ms. Lytle has prepared an overview presentation of what materials you need to apply to college and what the college application process entails.

CLICK HERE or the photo above for the presentation.

Writing an Effective College Essay Video

Join Ms. Lytle as she leads the Class of 2021 through several exercises to help students write and brainstorm their college essays!

How To Sign FERPA in Common App

You must sign your FERPA in order for teachers and counselors to upload letters of recommendation and other documents.


Link to Colleges Hosting Virtual Visits for STEM

This calendar can also be found in Naviance! ALL VISITS ARE VIRTUAL (the system is accidentally populating as in-person on some). The links are found in Naviance. All visits are scheduled on Fridays only!

Exploring College Options Virtual Event

Exploring College Options is an informational program sponsored by the admissions offices of 5 of the country's leading universities: Duke University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford University.

Colorado Council Virtual College Fair | October 5 - 9

The Colorado Council Day/Night Fair Committee is excited to announce that we will be hosting a Virtual College Fair Week for ALL of the Colorado students this Fall in place of our in-person fairs. Please save the week of October 5th-9th, for the Colorado Council Virtual College Fair Week. The Virtual College Fair Week will be FREE to students and their families. We are hoping by offering the Virtual Fair for one week, that students and families from across the state will have time to participate in the fair, when it is convenient for them. This is also the week before Colorado Free Application Day on October 13th, so we hope this will be a good lead up to that day.

So far we have 61 colleges and universities registered including 21 in state institutions. There will be four features to this event which include specific live chat times with colleges, individual college information sessions, panel presentation sessions with at least 3 institutions, and a virtual fair booth students can visit at any time for information. Please share the following video with students which outlines the virtual fair website,


We are excited to announce we will be raffling off 5 separate $500 scholarships for students who register to attend our virtual fair. We hope this will help you encourage students to attend! Students can begin registering now at Students will also be able to register during the week of the fair.

Virtual Fair Booths

Each of the virtual fair booths will include quick, helpful information for students such as institution location, top 3 things the institution wants students to know about them, live chat, important links to the institution, and buttons to quickly access the inquiry form, apply now, and more. There will also be a button for students to schedule a meeting later with the college, so they can dive deeper into their questions.


For the chat portion, we are setting hours each day for chat to be live and college reps to be present and ready to answer questions, like at an in-person fair. The chat hours are:

Monday & Wednesday: 9-11am, 1-3pm, 6-8pm

Tuesday & Thursday: 11am-1pm & 5-7pm

Friday: 9-11am & 1-3pm

Individual College Information Sessions

Each institution will also have the opportunity to host up to two live information sessions throughout the Virtual College Fair Week, so students can learn more about the institutions they are interested in. Each information session will be 45 minutes long and start on the hour from 9am-6pm. Each session will be recorded so students can go back and watch any sessions they might miss.

Panel Presentations

We will also have live 45 minute Panel Presentations throughout the Virtual College Fair Week on various topics. Some of the topics we are hoping to have presentations for are Colleges in the West, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Out of State Options, Nursing Schools, WUE Schools, Division I or Division II athletics, etc. These presentations will be recorded so students can go back and watch any sessions they might miss. Each panel will be 45 minutes long and start on the hour from 9am-6pm.

After the Virtual College Fair Week

The Virtual College Fair website will stay live after the fair with the recordings of all the sessions and virtual fair booths so students can go back and look around when they would like after the fair week.

Who can participate?

Any Colorado student can participate, no matter what age, but we highly recommend Seniors and Juniors participate at a minimum. The information in the fair will likely be geared more towards Seniors and Juniors, as well. Your school and students can choose to participate in the fair at any point in the Virtual Fair Week when it is convenient for you. There will not be a set time for each school.

Questions to Ask A College Representative

Click this button for a list of questions to ask on a college tour or when meeting with a college representative.

SAT & ACT Dates 2020 - 2021

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Gap Year in the Time of COVID

Ms. Lytle's FAFSA Newsletter

Click here for a newsletter full for FAFSA resources!

FAFSA Night Presentation Link

STEM FAFSA with Solutions for College Tuition

Click here for a recording of the FAFSA Webinar from September 29, 2020.

Finding Scholarships - Helpful Search Engines

BHW Scholarship

Available to: Women pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in STEM

Boettcher Scholarship

Our merit-based scholarships for Colorado high school seniors provide what is essentially a full-ride to any four-year institution in Colorado. Please do the gage your competitiveness quiz on their website before applying.

Coca-Cola Scholarship

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.

Daniels Fund Scholarship

The Daniels Scholarship Program provides the opportunity for highly motivated students to earn a bachelor's degree that helps them build a successful career and rewarding life. Daniels Scholars are honest, respectful, self-reliant, and compassionate.

Denver Foundation Scholarships

Several scholarships available with various criteria.

Gates Millennium Scholarship

The Gates Millennium Scholars was established to provide outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, & Hispanic students with an opportunity to complete a college education in any discipline.

Greenhouse Scholars Scholarship

Greenhouse Scholars is catalyzing change in low-income communities by cultivating leaders and role models from those communities.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

HSF empowers families with the knowledge and resources to successfully complete a higher education, while providing scholarships and support services to as many exceptional students as possible.

Honors Grad U! Scholarship

High school students can participate in a design-thinking community building project: Design & work on a community improvement project. Submit final design thinking project application by May 28, 2021. 5 awardees of $10,000 scholarship.

Latin American Educational Foundation Scholarship

The Latin American Educational Foundation, LAEF, has established itself as a leader in meeting the higher educational needs of Hispanic students in Colorado.

Pinnacol Foundation Scholarship

Scholarships for children of injured workers

Prudential Spirit of Community Award & Scholarship

Scholarships and awards based on volunteerism and community service

Sachs Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship

Awarded to Black high school students in their senior year, must be a Colorado resident with at least a 3.0 GPA from their last completed term.

Sisters in Service Scholarship

Must be a Colorado resident attending a trade school.

Society of Illustrators - Multiple Scholarships

Several scholarships for Junior and Senior artists!

Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Scholarships

Available to: Women currently enrolled in or accepted to bachelor’s, master’s, or PhD program in engineering, technology, or computing

STEM Lights Me Up Scholarship

Available to: Any full or part-time college students, high school students enrolled in STEM classes, or gap year students

White Rose Scholarship

Must have a GPA of 3.0, demonstrated financial need, and be a permanent resident of Colorado.

Women Techmakers Scholars Program

Available to: Women currently enrolled in or accepted to a bachelor’s, master’s, or PhD program in computer science, computer engineering, or a related field

Military Information

What is Naviance?

How do I log in and gain access?

Students: To log in to Naviance go to:

Click Sign In

Click Students & Families

Enter Zipcode 80129

Parents: If you have not logged in before, please e-mail Kandace Lytle for your access code to set up an account.You will only be able to see what your child does in Naviance. You will not be able to add or change anything. Students will need to log in using their information in order to participate in anything within the system.