Senior Newsletter

November 2014

College Application Week Is Here!

Corinth High is participating in New York State’s College Application Week from November 17th through the 21st. We are encouraging all students to apply to at least one post secondary program, either at a 2 or 4 year college/university or vocational/technical school program. The week’s events include several informational activities. Counselors and computers will be available all week to assist our seniors. We are looking forward to a great week filled with all things related to college applications! Please see the schedule of events below:

Monday, November 17th:

College T-Shirt Day (everyone wear your college shirts, sweats, etc.); breakfast will be served on Tuesday by your Counselors in the homeroom with the most representation!

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Online Chat with Hamilton College

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM College Essay Workshop in Room 101, sign up with Mrs. Bills

Complete your College Application worksheets

Tuesday, November 18th:

College Experiences Bingo, prize for the student in each grade with the most teacher signatures!

11:00 AM -11:45 AM Online Chat with Johnson & Wales University

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Scholarship Workshop, Start your Dollars for Scholars scholarship profile, sign up with Mrs. Bills

Set up an appointment with your counselor to complete your applications online

Wednesday, November 19th:

Sign up for your Financial Aid Pin # , see your counselor for help

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Online Chat with Champlain College

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Brief overview of Financial Aid for the Student, sign up with Mrs. Bills

Set up an appointment with your counselor to complete your applications online

Thursday, November 20th:

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Online Chat with Hofstra University

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM College Athletics and the NCAA Workshop, sign up with Mrs. Bills

Set up an appointment with your counselor to complete your applications online

Friday, November 21st:

Breakfast treats for the senior homeroom with the best college door decoration

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Online Chat with University of Bridgeport

Set up an appointment with your counselor to complete your applications online

Scholarships Are Beginning To Roll In ...

Buyer Beware of Fee-Based Scholarship Searches: Please be careful about opting to use a fee-based service for scholarships. They are often very expensive and frequently find the same scholarships students could find themselves, using free sources. Some "red-flags" to watch for include services that:
  1. Demand you pay upfront
  2. Request credit card numbers or bank account information
  3. Claim that a company can offer "exclusive" information
  4. Promise to give you cash if you first pay a registration fee

Below are the most recent scholarships available in the Counseling Office/online:

  • Chief Executives Network for Manufacturing of the Capital Region, Inc. (CEN): eligible applicants must be graduating in 2015, be accepted at an accredited 2 or 4 year college/university/trade school, and be planning to enroll in a major that will lead to a position with a manufacturer. Application can be found online at: Deadline: March 31, 2015
  • Elks Scholarship - Most Valuable Student Scholarship: eligible applicant must be a high school senior and US citizen; applicant need not be related to a member of the Elks. To apply, please visit Deadline: December 5, 2014
  • The Ford Motor Company Fund and Lawrence Technological University - Designing For The Future Scholarship: eligible applicant must complete the admissions process for LTU's Transportation Design or Industrial Design Programs and submit a design proposal in either automotive or product track. The application can be found at:
  • Elks Scholarship - Legacy Award: eligible applicants must be a high school senior who is the child/grandchild of a dues-paying Elks member; applicants are judged on the core values of the Elks National Foundation (knowledge, charity, community service, and integrity). Applications can be found online at: Deadline: January 30, 2015
  • Empire State Potato Growers, Inc.: eligible applicants must be pursuing an agricultural-related area of study; scholarship will be based on area of study, academic achievement, and leadership abilities. Applications are available in the Counseling Office. Deadline: January 15, 2015
  • The New York Water Environment Association, Inc.: eligible applicants must submit an application with two letters of recommendation, an official high school transcript, two essays, college acceptance letter, and be a resident of New York State. Applications are available in the Counseling Office. Deadline: February 10, 2015
  • Corinth Dollars for Scholars: this scholarship application must be completed entirely online through the Corinth Dollars for Scholars website. Create your scholarship profile now and be ready when the scholarship window opens. To complete your profile visit: There will be no paper applications available this year!

Financial Aid

If you are applying to a private college be sure to check and see if they require the CSS Profile. See your counselor if you have any questions on this additional financial aid form.

Also, even though you may not file your FAFSA until after January 1st, you may file for your PIN number (online signature) at any time. (

Please note that we are no longer able to order paper copies of the FAFSA. If you plan to use a paper application to apply for Financial Aid, you must request a copy be sent to you directly by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID.

We strongly encourage you to apply online if at all possible. If you do not have access to a computer at home, you are welcome to use the computers in the Counseling Office. The Corinth library also has internet access and has notified us that students are welcome to utilize their computers to file financial aid applications. Again, please be sure to see your counselor if you have ANY questions.

Important Admission Terms & Definitions

Early Action: Students may apply before the normal application deadline and receive an early acceptance decision; if admitted, students are NOT obligated to commit to enrollment at the college, but are permitted to apply to other colleges.

Early Decision: Students apply to their first choice college usually be November 15th of their senior year, and agree by contract to enroll in that college if accepted. If applying early decision, students are only permitted to apply to ONE college.

Regular Admission: Students apply by the regular deadline (varies from college to college) and the college usually makes a decision by April 1st; students have until May 1st to accept the college's offer.

Rolling Admission: College reviews applications as they are received and offers a decision to the student usually with in two to five weeks of application review.

ACT (American College Testing): College entrance exam the measures educational development in English, mathematics, science, and social studies. Scores are reported on a scale of 1-36.

SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test): Standardized examination used to help measure academic potential. Scores are reported on a scale of 200-800 (for each area - math, critical reading, writing).

Source: Commission on Independent Colleges & Universities; October 2008; Vol 2, No. 2

Is Community College For You?

  • You know where you want to be but need some training to get there.
  • You want to explore different choices before settling on a path.
  • You need to cut the cost of a four year college degree.
  • You want to sharpen your study skills before enrolling at a university.
  • You want small classes and personal attention during your first college years.
  • You want to continue to work at your job while going to college.
  • You want to live at home.

Source: College Counseling Sourcebook Sampler 2007, College Board)

Important Dates to Remember:

End of 3rd Marking Period: December 12, 2014

Financial Aid Night: January 8, 2015 at H-L High School @ 6:30 pm

January Regents Exams: January 26th - January 29th

End of 4th Marking Period: January 29th