College and Career Update
December 3, 2021
Greenwich Scholarship Association (GSA)
GSA is a non-profit organization that awards need-based scholarships from local sponsor organizations and families to students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 residing in Greenwich or attending Greenwich High School who have financial need. Awards for qualified applicants range from $500 to multiple combined awards up to $15,000 and are paid directly to the college or university for tuition, room, board, supplies and mandatory fees. DEMONSTRATED FINANCIAL NEED IS A PREREQUISITE FOR CONSIDERATION OF ANY SCHOLARSHIP THROUGH GSA. Financial need means that a student’s combined financial resources (including income and savings) together with their financial package (grants, scholarships, work study and subsidized loans) from their chosen school will not cover the cost of their college or university. The online application is now available and the deadline for submission of ALL material is March 10, 2022 (no exceptions can be made to this deadline). Application to GSA includes: submission of the online application found at www.greenwichscholarship.org, as well as submission of the Student Aid Report (SAR) which is generated when the FAFSA is completed. Applicants who do not meet the financial criteria will be notified in early April. The date for interviews is April 29, 2022 which is required for all applicants. Students also MUST submit financial aid packages from their intended school before matching with scholarship funds can be completed. For additional information, please visit our website at www.greenwich scholarship.org. Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org.
GHS PTA Meeting: Q&A With the Counselors - Tuesday December 7th at 6:30 PM via Zoom
Judith Nedell (Guidance Program Coordinator), Alison Lochridge (College & Career Counselor), Kristina Sapienza (Clark House Counselor) and Danielle Nash (Bella House Counselor) will share information and answer your questions about post-high-school planning and all aspects of the college admissions process. Our information will be targeted for parents of freshmen and sophomores. Parents of juniors may also wish to attend, but as a reminder, there will be a College Kick Off meeting on December 13th for all juniors and their parents at 6:30pm, also via Zoom. To help prepare for the panel Q&A, please submit questions in advance using this (anonymous) survey
Norwalk Community College High School Partnership Information Session - Monday, December 6th at 7PM
For juniors and seniors and their parents. The High School Partnership is a wonderful opportunity for eligible students to take college classes while in high school, free of charge!
Use the link below to join the High School Partnership Information Session hosted by Robin Morris, Norwalk Community College Assistant Director of Admissions.
Meeting number: 2624 930 3503
Join by phone
1-650-479-3208 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)
Access code: 262 493 03503
Carnegie Prep Free Practice SAT & ACT and Free Webinars
Free Practice SAT & ACT
Carnegie Prep is offering in-person practice tests at Greenwich Country Day School, as well as online options. Every student's first SAT and ACT is free of charge. Use the following codes when checking out on the website:
- Code for a free SAT: FreeSAT
- Code for a free ACT: FreeACT
Tuesday, Dec 14, 2021
PSAT scores are released on Dec. 6th! Join Carnegie Prep's panel of experts to understand PSAT scoring, the differences between the SAT and ACT, and how to plan for the rest of junior year. Register here
Join Carnegie Prep's panel of experts to discuss junior year priorities, the differences between the SAT and the ACT, and how to create a timeline for the rest of the academic year, summer, and beyond. Register here
FREE Virtual FAFSA Session For High School Seniors & Families - Tuesday, December 14th — 6 PM
New Haven Promise is joining forces with the State Department of Education, Quinnipiac University, CT College Bound and others to host FAFSA workshops for the Class of 2022.
Financial aid professionals will be on hand to help students and families complete the FAFSA and learn about the process of need-based federal aid. Students can sign up at FAFSACT.org. The session is capped at 100 participants so please register as soon as possible. Those who sign up will receive a checklist of items that they will need to have during the workshop in order to successfully complete the process. Zoom call details will be sent in advance of the meeting. Questions? Please contact Jorgieliz Casanova (email@example.com).
Tuition Break Offerings for 2022-23
Tuition Break – officially known as the New England Regional Student Program (RSP) – provides students access to hundreds of degree programs at public colleges and universities in the five other New England states – with significant savings on regular out-of-state tuition.
The average annual tuition savings is about $8,300. The actual savings ranges from about $3,000 to as much as $14,000 annually and varies by college or university.
The program offerings include:
- Specialized programs that are not offered by the students' home-state public colleges and universities; and
- Flexible programs at some institutions. Flexible Policy allows eligibility for additional programs (even though they may be offered by the home-state public colleges); and
- Proximity eligibility at some colleges and universities – for students living closer to an out-of-state college than an in-state college.
Connecticut residents are eligible for more than 900 undergraduate and graduate degree programs through Tuition Break. Please visit the Connecticut Residents page to view specific program lists and other information.
Internship With Congressman Jim Himes
An excellent opportunity to gain valuable political insight and observe first-hand how our government operates! Prospective applicants should visit the Jim Himes website to learn more about the internships and to apply. The Winter Internship Program will start January 5th, 2022 and end March 25th, 2022. The application window deadline is December 10th, 2021 at 5:00 pm. Questions? Contact Shindler Auguste at Shindler.Auguste@mail.house.gov or (203) 333-6600.
DATES TO REMEMBER
- December 6: Hispanic Parent Meeting "The College Process" - 7PM GHS Media Center
- December 7: PTA meeting for parents - Panel presentation by GHS School Counselors: "The College Planning Process" - 6:30PM GHS Media Center
- December 13: College Kick Off Meeting (Virtual) - An important overview of the college research and planning process. All juniors and their parents are strongly encouraged to attend.
- December 22: Alumni Return Day Panels for students - 10:45AM-2:15PM