October 16, 2015 (Volume 5)
*IN THIS ISSUE*
SECRETS & SUGGESTIONS
Some unsolicited advice...
FINANCIAL AID & SCHOLARSHIPS
LETTER(S) OF RECOMMENDATION
- Ask someone that LIKES you and KNOWS your character
- PLAN AHEAD: Give a MINIMUM of two weeks notice - preferably a month
- Request that the LoR say more about your AMAZING character than your academic achievements
Schools can read your academic accolades via your transcript and test scores. What they are truly looking for in an LoR is to learn WHO you are and what would make you a unique asset to their community. You can put in 157 hours of community service, be a straight A student, and be involved in 12 different clubs, but if no one can vouch for the determination, organization, and self-discipline it took to get there, then it was wasted effort, my friend (for the purpose of networking, that is).
You should be asking for references from teachers, coaches, mentors, employers, etc. that like you; that know you and your character. It is imperative to ASK these folks if they would be willing to write an LoR for you. It is not a requirement for them to do so; it should be viewed as an honor that they are willing to take the time to brag on you in writing. Please, I beg of you, understand this. They get hundreds of requests and are often left writing LoR's on their own time.
You MUST give a minimum of two weeks to write an LoR. We are all busy. Giving more time allows your writer to truly pay attention to what they want to share about you. You will get significantly better letters by planning ahead and speaking with your contact about what you would like them to highlight.
Everyone loves to feel appreciated! Please be sure to thank your LoR writer appropriately (coffee & chocolate are often favored *wink*). In all seriousness, a sincere expression of appreciation is required.
*Click on the pink button above to access a handy-dandy packet to provide to your recommender when you ask for an LoR. For best results, complete it before you need it.
Upcoming College Visits
Emporia State University, 10/19 @ 10:15a
Baker University (Baldwin, KS campus), 10/19 @ 1:00p
MidAmerica Nazarene University, 10/20 @ 10:15a in the PCR
Pittsburgh State University, 10/20 @ 1:00p
Vanderbilt University, 10/21 @ 9:30a
University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), 10/21 @ 10:15a
Southwest Baptist University, 10/26 @ 10:15a
Rockhurst University, 10/26 @ 1:30p in Elliot Hall
Northwest Missouri State University, 10/27 @ 7:45a (location TBA)
Columbia College, 10/27 @ 10:15a
WyoTech, 10/28 @ 10:15a (location TBA)
Don't forget to sign up for these ahead of time (below)!!!
CCU to YOU (Colorado Christian University)
Tuesday, Oct. 20th, 6-9pm
10611 Nall Avenue
Overland Park, KS
Meet with admissions staff and learn more about financial aid. Apply for free. Interview in place of application essays. Event attendees will be entered to a trip to CCU for an overnight Preview. Register online at: http://www.ccu.edu/ccutoyou/. Dinner and Top Golf included.
McKenzie Hughes, Enrollment Counselor
Avila University Social Work Showcase
Thursday, Oct. 29th, 6:15-8:15pm
11901 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO
- Hear from faculty and alumni
- Learn about curriculum and field practicum
- Discuss financial aid and scholarship information with an admission representative
- Talk to faculty about minors in Spanish and International Advocacy
- Enjoy desserts and refreshments
- Learn more and/or register to attend @ http://www.avila.edu/swshowcase
UMKC LATINO Youth Day
Friday, Oct. 30th, 8:30am
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO
Engineering Night (jointly sponsored by MCC-Longview & Missouri S&T)
Tuesday, Nov. 10th, 6:15-8:30pm
500 Southwest Longview Road
Lee's Summit, MO
- Students and parents who arrive between 5:30-6:00p will be able to talk with Longview and S&T employees directly. The presentations and demonstrations will begin at 6:15p.
- Check out this short video which highlights previous students of the transfer program: http://youtu.be/AugmWszry0l.
- Students can register online (http://mcckc.edu/visitLV) or via phone 816/604-2515.
DAR Good Citizen Program and Scholarship Contest
If you are interested in putting yourself forth as a potential nominee or if you know a student whom you feel would be an excellent candidate, please email Jessica.Keltner@lsr7.net. All nominations must be submitted to Ms. Keltner no later than Nov. 2, 2015!
- Deadline: Nov. 16, 2015
- Scholarship Contest Awards = $250 - $5,000
- HS Senior
- NO academic requirements (rank, GPA, etc.)
- US Citizenship NOT required
Earl Collins Foundation, Kiwanis International
This scholarship considers the following characteristics: academic achievement, volunteerism, honors, educational objective, letters of recommendation, financial need, and Kiwanis Family membership/involvement.
- Deadline: Jan. 15, 2015
- Minimum ACT score of 23
- Two recommendation letters
- Academic resume'/list of activities & accomplishments
- One-page essay
YOUR LSN GUIDANCE TEAM
Rebecca Seitz (A-D) 986-3036 firstname.lastname@example.org
Robin Gray (E-La) 986-3020 email@example.com
Laura Hillbrand (Le-R) 986-3018 firstname.lastname@example.org
Shelley McCain (S-Z) 986-3021 email@example.com
Tina Faulker (Social Worker) 986-3003 firstname.lastname@example.org
Karla Barnhill (Registrar) 986-3017 email@example.com
Valerie Meuschke (Admin. Asst.) 986-3003 firstname.lastname@example.org
J. Keltner (College & Scholarship Coor.) 986-3051 email@example.com
Harris Deutsch (ReDiscover) 986-3087 firstname.lastname@example.org