During freshman year, our counselors introduce the students to Naviance, a comprehensive college, career, and life readiness program designed to align student strengths and interests to post-secondary goals. Introductory lessons include the learning style inventory and the college search. Freshmen also learn about academic expectations, adjusting to high school, study skills, and exam preparation. Additionally, freshmen will be introducedto CollegeBoard and Khan Academy.
- In Naviance: under the Self-Discovery tab, start taking advantage of the surveys & assessments, especially the Learning and Productivity, Skills, & StrengthsExplorer; under the About Me tab, begin filling out your resume to keep track of your activities, honors, etc.
- In CollegeBoard: link this account with your Khan Academy account to allow for more individualized SAT/PSAT prep. Sign up for an account with raise me to begin earning money for college.
- Get involved in at least one activity/sport and engage in community service.
- Employ good study habits to build an academic record.
- Sign up for our college rep visits.
During students’ second year, their counselors guide them through Naviance’s career assessment tools and career search engines, as they continue to explore the college search features. Continue to build your resume in Naviance and use the tools of assessment in the Self Discovery tab, like the Personality and StrengthsExplorer. You may also wish to start searching career interests & pathways. We provide sophomores with interest surveys in order to draw out values, preferences, and goals to identify potential majors and occupations. Counselors also help students review and analyze PSAT results.
- Use your Khan Academy account to prepare for the PSAT & SAT.
- Use the tools in your CollegeBoard account to search careers & colleges.
- Continue with quality study habits to improve GPA.
- Sign up for our college rep visits.
- Continue to get involved in clubs, sports, and community service; look for opportunities for leadership.
- Sign up for courses that reflect your interest, are rigorous, and will keep you on track for graduation.
Students and their families meet individually with their college counselors to develop a graduation plan. We identify personal values and preferences to help match them to higher education settings and post college experiences. Standardized testing options, the Common Application, writing the college essay, understanding financial aid, mock-interviewing, letters of recommendation, and summer planning, among many other areas are covered by College Advising Counselors. We encourage families to plan college visits and attend our Junior Parent College Night.
- Use the tools in Naviance and CollegeBoard for career and college searches.
- Use your Khan Academy account for individualized SAT prep.
- Complete your resume in Naviance.
- Maintain or improve GPA and academic record.
- Attend college fairs.
- Attend the Financial Aid Night in the fall and the College Information Night in the spring.
- Continue using your Khan Academy account for SAT prep and take the test in the spring.
- Engage in college & career searches in Naviance and CollegeBoard and begin visiting schools.
- Sign up for our college rep visits.
- Continue your involvement in clubs, sports, community service and leadership opportunities.
- Choose courses for senior year that are rigorous and reflect your career interests.
- If you will be playing DI or DII sports in college, sign up for an NCAA account.
- Before the end of the school year: complete your Senior Profile, ask a teacher(s) for a recommendation, and write your college essay.
- During the summer: visit colleges and start filling out the Common App (Aug.1).
In their senior year, students and their families work with college counselors during meetings that cover applications, letters, essays, scholarship packages, and college selection. Students are encouraged to meet individually with their counselors and interact with college reps. Families are invited to attend our Parent Financial Aid Night in the fall.
Maintain and/or improve your GPA.
- Register for the SAT.
- Continue to visit schools and sign up for our rep visits.
- Apply to colleges/trade/technical schools using either the Common App or direct to the institution.
- Make sure your Parent Permission Form is signed and turned in.
- Have your Senior Profile completed and sent in.
- Fill out a Transcript Request form for each school once you have applied.
- Be extremely conscious of deadlines – for college applications & scholarships.
- Attend the Financial Aid Night and fill out the FAFSA (Oct. 1). Some schools may also require a CSS Profile to be filed.
- Search for scholarships and apply.
- Send all college acceptances & scholarship offers/financial aid packages to Guidance as soon as you receive them, and let your counselor know which school you will be attending. Notify the school you will be attending – the usual deadline is May 1, and let your other schools know you have declined their offer.
- Complete the Senior Questionnaire.
College Advising Links
- Admissions Representative Visits via RepVisits
- Top Catholic Colleges in the US
- Philly Goes to College – Local Info
- College Board Registration Site
- ACT Testing Service Registration
- Education Planner – Information about College Planning
- Common College Application
- PA State School System
- Application for Federal Aid
- Federal Aid Information
- College Rankings
- Princeton Review
- NCAA Organization
- Scholarship Search Engine
- College Information
- College Search Engine
- Non – SAT Required Schools
- United States Air Force
- Air Force ROTC
- United States Marine Corps
- Marine Corps ROTC
- United States Army
- United States Navy
Scholarships and Financial Aid
PHEAA – Financial Aid Planning Video for 2019-2020
Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) has published their Student Financial Aid Planning video for 2019-2020 and it is now available on YouTube. Students and their families should view this video to learn about the financial aid process. It talks about FAFSA, PA State Grants, Loans, and some tips, hints and suggestions.
College Scholarships Guide
College education in the United States comes at a high cost, with annual fees ranging from $20,770 for public schools, up to $46,950 for private schools. In fact, on average, students graduate with over $37,000 of student loan debt. The topic of student loan debt in the United States is an increasingly contentious issue and has left many parents and students like contemplating whether a four-year college education is even worth it. The good news is that college expenses can be drastically reduced – and in some cases, eliminated altogether – through scholarships. While the process of identifying and applying to scholarships can be tedious and time-consuming, they can help students overcome the financial obstacles that stand in the way of their future careers While the best college scholarships are highly competitive, there are strategies that can be used to improve your chances of being awarded one. This guide provides insight into the types of scholarships available, the application process, and how to improve your odds of being awarded a scholarship. (Source: https://www.chamberofcommerce.org/best-college-scholarships
- National Co-op Scholarship Program The National Co-op Scholarship Program sponsored by WACE (Advancing Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education) will award up to 160 merit co-op scholarships for a total of $4.2 million. These merit co-op scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors who plan to participate in college cooperative education at one of the partner institutions. Click here to view a list of colleges/universities and their deadlines.
- Unigo Scholarships Unigo exists to help make your path to financial ease a bit less treacherous. Through this page, you can explore more than $14B worth of scholarships, awards, and grants, including ones from Unigo, schools, privately-owned companies, and a host of other public, private, and other sources. Click here to explore the scholarship opportunities.
- Trustee Scholarship Competition at Boston University . The Trustee Scholarship Competition at Boston University is being offered to students with exceptional academic credentials. Trustee Scholars are intellectually and creatively adventurous and demonstrate viewpoints, experiences, or achievements beyond the usual. They are well-rounded individuals. A Trustee Scholarship covers full undergraduate tuition plus mandatory undergraduate student fees, and is renewable for four years if certain criteria are met. Click here for more information. Deadline to apply is December 1, 2019.
- 2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Award Applications are now open for the 2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, honoring students in grades 5-12 for making meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service. Students can win a $1,000 scholarship and a trip to Washington, DC in May. To apply, click here. Deadline to apply is November 5, 2019.
- Horatio Alger Association Scholarship . The Horatio Alger Association seeks to assist students who have demonstrated integrity, perseverance in overcoming adversity, strength of character, financial need, a good academic record, commitment to pursue a college education and a desire to contribute to society. Students must be involved in co-curricular and community service activities, be a U.S. citizen and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0. To apply, click here. Deadline to apply is October 25, 2019.
- Mercy Presidential Scholarship at Mount Aloysius College There are 30 competitive scholarships available to candidates who demonstrate a solid academic record, commitment to home, school and community; possesses leadership abilities, participates in extra-curricular activities, volunteers, and is involved in community service projects. The scholarship is valued at $56,000 and is dispersed over a four-year period.
- Projectorlamps.com Entrepreneurial Scholarship–The ProjectorLamps.com $1,000.00 Scholarship is available to a student enrolled as a Business major who may one day be an entrepreneur and start their own business. An essay is required along with a transcript and letter of recommendation. For more information and to apply click here. Deadline to apply is May 1, 2020.
- Pureland Supply Scholarship–The $1000.00 Pureland Supply Scholarship is available to students who have been accepted to an accredited trade school, vocational college, technical school or community college for the study of trade, craft, or labor occupations. Recipients are chosen on their ability to describe how their chosen trade or field plays an important role in today’s world and why this is the path they have chosen. An essay is required along with a transcript and letter of recommendation. Deadline to apply is May 1, 2020.
- Light the Way Scholarship at Assumption College–The Light the Way Scholarship is awarded to incoming students who utilize their abilities to Light the Way for others. Whether it’s community service to help people in need, innovation to improve society, or volunteering to heal our planet, this scholarship recognizes and supports students who positively impact the world in their own meaningful way. Each year, Assumption College will award up to 50, $27,000 scholarships, renewable all four years. Deadline to apply is December 15, 2019
- 2019 John D. Unangst Memorial Scholarship – Deadline to apply: January 15, 2020
The 2020 John D. Unangst Memorial Scholarship is being offered to high school seniors planning to attend a full-time course of study at an accredited two- or four-year institution of higher learning. Five (5) one-time scholarships of $3,000 are being awarded. To be eligible for this scholarship, students or any members of their immediate family must be a member of Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union. An essay is required. Click here to apply.
- John P. McNulty Scholars Program at Saint Joseph’s University – Deadline to apply: January 15, 2020 . This scholarship program is designed for highly qualified young women who are pursuing a degree in one of the natural sciences, mathematics or computer science at Saint Joseph’s University. This challenging program provides full- and partial-tuition scholarships and a supportive environment to help bright young women become leaders who reach the highest echelons of the STEM professions. Students must have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA and minimum score of 1360/1600 or 29 ACT. Click here to apply.
- Sustainable Development Challenge at Seton Hall University- Seton Hall University is hosting a Sustainable Development Challenge for current sophomores, juniors and seniors designed to engage high school students in thinking about the needs of society and the planet. Students must submit a 300-500 word statement that describes an innovative idea for addressing one of the UN Sustainable Development goals like zero hunger, no poverty, clean water, etc. Cash prizes range from $1,000-$2,500 plus scholarship money to attend Seton Hall. For more information here. All submissions must be received by March 1, 2020.
No Ordinary Scholarship sponsored by the Tabernacle Interdenominational ChoirThe Tabernacle Interdenominational Choir is sponsoring the “No Ordinary Scholarship” to current high school seniors. All applicants must have a 3.00 GPA and plan to attend a 2 or 4 year college in 2020. The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded on December 14, 2019. Stop by Guidance for an application. Applications are also available in Naviance under Scholarships. Applications must be postmarked by November 9, 2019.
- Senior Caregiver Scholarship- SeniorAdvice.com is offering a $2,000 scholarship to an eligible student who has been a caregiver for a senior friend or relative. One student, who will be attending a college or university in the Spring of 2020, will receive $2,000 for tuition and/or books. Students should email their completed questions and 2 required attachments (copy of transcript and video file) to email@example.com. For more information click here. Deadline to apply is January 15, 2020.
- The Herb It Forward Foundation Scholarship- The Herb it Forward Foundation is offering 30 renewable scholarship awards for motivated students who have shown a commitment to service and giving back. Applicants must be residents of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or the Philadelphia area counties, who are applying to or are students of accredited programs at colleges, vocational, or technical schools in the United States. Open to all students who are graduating high school or will complete homeschooling in 2020. Only fully completed applications, which include a transcript, GED, or State Certification will be considered. All applicants have to state clearly in their application materials how they have helped their community in the past and how they have chosen career paths to help in the future. Must demonstrate a strong financial need. To apply, click here. Deadline to apply is March 1, 2020.
- University of the Aftermarket Foundation Scholarships– The University of the Aftermarket Foundation is offering scholarships to be awarded for the 2020-21 academic year to students training to become automotive, heavy duty or collision repair technicians, as well as those studying engineering, accounting, business or other courses of study. These scholarships are for graduating high school seniors. Each completed application is considered for all scholarships where the student meets the qualifications. Students will need to write a 250 word (about 1 page) personal story about their career goals and plans. A high school transcript and one reference letter are also needed. All documents can be submitted online. Click here to apply. Deadline to apply is March 31, 2020.
- 2020 Broomall Rotary Club Community Service Scholarship- The Broomall Rotary Club is offering several community service scholarships in the amount of two thousand dollars ($2,000.00) each, to graduating seniors who reside in Marple Township. The applicant must be entering a program leading to advanced education and must be accepted by an accredited school (college, university, community college, or trade school); must show need for financial aid; must be in the upper 50% of their graduating class. The applicant must attach the following to the application: a. An explanation as to why you should be considered for a scholarship award. b. A description of financial need. Please explain need, while maintaining you and your family’s privacy. Please do not provide tax returns. c. A list of community service activities. Please describe, in detail, the activities. Our committee members may not be familiar with specific service projects and what the project entails. d. A list of school activities, outside school activities, hobbies. The applicant must provide no less than two (2) written references from faculty members; must provide the most recent transcript, which should include current GPA and class ranking (if available). 8. The applicant must designate whether he/she is applying to be considered for the Broomall Rotary Scholarship, Interact Scholarship, or both. The applicant must have participated in a recognized/chartered Rotary Interact Club at a participating high school to be considered for the Interact scholarship. There are checkboxes on the application. If you are applying for both the regular scholarship and the Interact Scholarship, the applicant does not need to submit two applications. Only one scholarship will be awarded per successful applicant. Please reference you Interact activities. Applications are available in the Guidance Office, Naviance, or click here for an application. Application and supporting documentation should be submitted to the Guidance Office by April 10, 2020.
- Sparkling Ice Scholarships- Sparkling Ice is awarding five $5,000 scholarships to eligible high school seniors who are planning their bright and colorful future. Applicants must meet ALL of the following criteria:
– Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States.
– Must have a cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4 point scale (high school/home schooled seniors).
– Must enroll for Fall 2020 as a freshman or 1st year student in part-time or full-time study at a 2-year, 4-year, college, university, trade or vocational school. The school must be an accredited U.S. institution, and listed on the official website for the U.S. Department of Education.
– Must not be a relative or dependent child of an employee of Talking Rain or any of its retail customers.
Eligible applicants who complete the online application process will be evaluated based on academic achievement and the creativity of their application, which should showcase what makes them who they are and how they want to contribute their gifts through education. For more information, go to sparklingice.com/scholarship. Deadline to apply is February 15, 2020.
- Scholarship from the Delaware County School Nurse Association- The Delaware County School Nurse Association is sponsoring a scholarship for a Delaware County high school senior who is planning a career in nursing and has been accepted into a NLN accredited program leading to a bachelor degree in nursing. The scholarship is valued at $1,000. If there are enough applicants, two students will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship each. Application is available in Naviance or stop by the Guidance Office for an application. Deadline to apply is April 3, 2020.
Horatio Alger Association Career & Technical Scholarship Program- Students interested in enrolling in Career and Technical Education Programs for Fall 2020 should apply for the Horatio Alger Association Career & Technical Scholarship Program. Students should be enrolled in a 2 year or less career or technical degree/certificate program in Fall that will lead to employment; attend a not-for-profit post-secondary institution; demonstrate financial need and be a United States citizen. To apply click here. Deadline to apply is April 15, 2020.
- Pirates Pitch Competition at Seton Hall University – Deadline to apply: October 17, 2018
This competition offers high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors the opportunity to share innovative business ideas and win amazing prizes. Students must submit an original business idea, that, in 350 words or less, describes an innovative product or service that you would like to create or have already created. The first place winner receives $2,500 cash prize plus $10,000 scholarship to attend Seton Hall. Second place winner receives $1,000 cash prize plus $6,000 scholarship to attend Seton Hall. All other finalists receive a $4,000 scholarship to attend Seton Hall. Click here to submit your idea.
- Ithaca College School of Business, High School Investment Competition – Deadline to register: October 26, 2018
Students can test their investment skills in the School of Business High School Investment Competition. Competing teams will receive $1,000 in virtual U.S. dollars to invest, and portfolios with the best performance will win real cash prizes ranging from $500 to $1,500 per team. Students will learn the basic principles of the stock market as they experience its ups and downs in real-time. Click here to register your student team.
- KidGuard for Education Scholarships – Deadline to apply: October 31, 2018
KidGuard for Education is offering scholarships to high school students ranging from $500 to $1,000. Students must submit an essay or video and answer one of five questions such as, “How have your family, parents, school and teachers influenced who you are today?” Use personal experiences to support your answers. Click here to apply for this scholarship and for a list of the other questions.
- University of Dayton Future Flyer Pitch Competition – Deadline to apply: November 1, 2018
This contest is for juniors and seniors. To enter the competition, students must submit a two-minute video that presents a solution to a challenge faced by their local community. The contest is open to teams of up to four juniors or seniors, but there is no limit on the number of teams that can participate. Videos will be evaluated by a panel of judges and selected teams will be invited to the University of Dayton in early April, when they will present a two-minute pitch to a panel of judges in person. Video submissions are due November 1, 2018, and finalists will be announced in January, 2019. Students can earn up to $40,000 in scholarships over four years to the University of Dayton. Click here to read more about the guidelines and how to submit a video.
- Norm Brodsky Business Concept Competition – Deadline to apply: November 18, 2018
Sophomores, juniors and seniors are invited to submit a 400-word description of a business concept. Finalists will present to a panel of judges. Seniors would win a 4-year, full-tuition scholarship Rider University. All travel costs will be covered for finalists in the Senior Division. Sophomores and juniors could win $750, a plaque and automatic entrance to the finals when they are a senior. Click here to submit your idea.
- The Stamps Scholarship at University of Pittsburgh – Deadline to apply: December 1, 2018
The University of Pittsburgh, in partnership with the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation, is awarding a full-tuition, room and board scholarship to five incoming freshmen from Pennsylvania. Seniors will need to submit an essay of no more than 500 words, responding to the question, “if you could change anything in our world, what would it be and why?”, a one page academic resume/activity sheet highlighting the student’s leadership, community service, and international experiences, along with a one page letter of recommendation from an individual discussing the student’s leadership experiences and continued leadership potential. Students must submit a completed admissions application and the PA Scholars application by December 1, 2018. Click here to apply.
*Please note that the PA Scholars application needs only to be submitted once to be considered for both the Stamps Scholarship and the Nordenberg Leadership Scholars Program (below).
- Nordenberg Leadership Scholars Program at University of Pittsburgh – Deadline to apply: December 1, 2018
Each year, five graduating high school seniors from Pennsylvania will be selected to participate in the Nordenberg Leadership Scholars Program at the University of Pittsburgh. Each student will receive a full-tuition scholarship for four years (or eight terms), which may include one international experience as well as assistance with securing internship positions throughout their time at Pitt. Seniors will need to submit an essay of no more than 500 words, responding to the question “if you could change anything in our world, what would it be and why?”, a one page academic resume/activity sheet highlighting the student’s leadership, community service, and international experiences, along with a one page letter of recommendation from an individual discussing the student’s leadership experiences and continued leadership potential. Students must submit a completed admissions application and the PA Scholars application by December 1, 2018. Click here to apply.
*Please note that the PA Scholars application needs only to be submitted once to be considered for both the Stamps Scholarship (above) and the Nordenberg Leadership Scholars Program.
- Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program – Deadline to apply: December 7, 2018
The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program recognizes high school seniors for their community service, academic performance and leadership skills. We provide these scholarships to give young people the opportunity to continue their education to better compete in tomorrow’s workplace. Seniors should have a 3.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need along with community service and leadership skills. Students will receive a $2,500 award. Click here to apply.
- The Eugene McDermott Scholars Program at UT Dallas – Deadline to apply: December 7, 2018
This program provides select students with UT Dallas’ rigorous and personalized education, along with a four-year program of intensive extracurricular activities. McDermott Scholars have access to leadership training, cultural enrichment, and opportunities designed to equip them with the skills, experience, and confidence to succeed as leaders in society’s many dimensions. The scholarship includes tuition and fees, book stipends, over $16,000 in living stipends each year, up to $12,000 to study abroad, up to $3,000 for career-oriented support, etc. Students should have a 1490 or higher in their SATs or a 34 or higher in ACTs. Click here for more information.
- Fireside Essay Scholarship – Deadline to apply: December 7, 2018
The Fireside Essay Scholarship awards a graduating Catholic high school senior a $1,000 cash award. The senior must write a 750-word essay on how their religious education is influencing their lives. Seniors can submit their essays to the Guidance Department where the essays will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee.
- Lexus Eco Challenge Grants and Scholarships – Deadline to apply: December 10, 2018
The Lexus Eco Challenge is a national STEM competition for grades 6 through 12 that awards a total of $500,000 in grants and scholarships to eligible teachers, students and schools each year. Teams of five to 10 students tackle environmental issues related to land, water, air, and climate, and create practical solutions while competing for amazing prizes. Click here for more information and to apply.
- Light the Way Scholarship from Assumption College – Deadline to apply: December 15, 2018
The Light the Way Scholarship is awarded to incoming students who utilize their abilities to Light the Way for others. Whether it’s community service to help people in need, innovation to improve society, or volunteering to heal our planet, this scholarship recognizes and supports students who positively impact the world in their own meaningful way. Each year, Assumption College will award up to 50 $25,000 scholarships, renewable all four years. Click here to apply.
- Student-Caregiver Scholarship at Caring.com – Deadline to apply: December 31, 2018
The Student-Caregiver Scholarship provides financial assistance to students who are caring for an adult relative while enrolled in college. Two scholarships of $1,500 are awarded each year to student-caregivers to help cover the costs of tuition and books. Applicants must be full-time college students at an accredited two- or- four-year college or university in the United States, or full-time high school students who are registered to attend a qualifying institution the following semester. Interested students can submit either a 1,500-word essay or a two-minute video addressing the following questions: Who are you caring for and how are you involved as their caregiver? How has your role as a caregiver influenced the decision for your college major/career path? How would this scholarship be helpful to you in your current student-caregiving role? In addition to the essay or video, students must complete an online application.
- GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program – Deadline to apply: January 4, 2019
High school seniors who demonstrate exceptional leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship are invited to apply for the 2019 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program. Each year, this program provides college-bound students with $10,000 renewable scholarships-up to $40,000 total per recipient-and supports them as they lead and serve in college and beyond. To be eligible for this award, applicants must: demonstrate at school, at the workplace, and within the community the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship; demonstrate strong academic performance (minimum 3.0 grade point average/4.0 scale or equivalent); be citizens of the United States of America; be current high school seniors attending high school in the United States; and plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study toward a bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States for the entire upcoming academic year. Click here to apply online.
- Full-tuition Scholarship available at Jefferson – Deadline to apply: January 8, 2019
Portfolio Review Day will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2019, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for those students interested in a creative career. They will have the opportunity to share their portfolio, get personal feedback on their work, and chat with design professors for a chance to win a full-tuition scholarship to a Jefferson design program. To be eligible for the full-tuition scholarship, students must: submit an application for admission and all supporting materials, postmarked by January 12, 2019. Provide a portfolio on the day of the event. Portfolios can either be in printed (hard copy) or digital (electronic) format. If digital, please have your portfolio saved on a flash drive in jpeg images and bring it with you on the day of the event. Submit the take home design challenge by January 31, 2019. Optional campus tours will be offered at the conclusion of the event. Space is limited. RSVP by January 8th by clicking here.
- Ron Brown Scholar Program – Deadline to apply: January 9, 2019
The Ron Brown Scholar Program seeks to identify students who will make significant contributions to society. Applicants must excel academically, show exceptional leadership potential and make an impact on their communities through service to others. Each year, 20 or more students are designated Ron Brown Scholars and receive $10,000 annually for four years, for a total of $40,000. The recipients may use the need and merit based scholarships to attend any four-year accredited college/university within the United States. Ron Brown scholarships are not limited to any specific field or career objective and may be used to pursue any academic discipline. To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, Black/African American, and current high school seniors at the time of their application. Stop by the Guidance Office for an application.
- STEM Scholarship Program at Gettysburg College – Deadline to apply: January 15, 2019
With help from a generous grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Gettysburg College is offering a STEM scholarship program for students interested in STEM fields (Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics). STEM Scholars will have their full demonstrated financial need met for all four years with no loans, and have the opportunity to attend a STEM-focused pre-orientation workshop with other STEM Scholars, enroll in an exclusive First-Year Seminar taught by STEM faculty, participate in bi-monthly luncheons with STEM faculty and a variety of learning activities on and off campus, take advantage of various STEM offerings, including faculty-student research, peer-mentoring, preferential residence in Gettysburg College’s Science House, and internship opportunities with industrial partners. The deadline for Regular Decision admission (using the Common Application) is January 15, and students should file both the CSS Financial Aid Profile and FAFSA by January 15. To be eligible for the STEM Scholars program, students must meet the following requirements: be a U.S. citizen, national (as defined in section 101(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act), alien admitted as a refugee under section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, or an alien lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence, demonstrate financial need through submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS Profile, be enrolled as a full-time student, and intend to major in one of the following fields: Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, or Physics. Click here to apply.
- 2019 Coolidge Scholarship for Current Juniors – Deadline to apply: January 23, 2019
Current juniors are invited to apply for the Coolidge Scholarship, which is an annually awarded, full-ride, presidential scholarship that covers a student’s room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study and leadership training. This one-of-a-kind scholarship may be used at any Accredited American University. For eligibility requirements and to apply, click here.
SCAD Challenge Scholarship – Deadline to apply: February 1, 2019The Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) is sponsoring a competition that is open to current juniors and seniors. Entries must demonstrate creativity, innovation and a strong understanding of aesthetics. Students should complete an undergraduate application for admission by February 1, 2019 to enter the competition. For more information, click here.
- HSF (Hispanic Scholarship Fund) Scholarship – Deadline to apply: February 5, 2019
The HSF Scholarship is designed to aid students of Hispanic heritage in their pursuit of a college degree. Scholarships are available to high school seniors who have a 3.0 GPA. Awards are merit-based, and final amounts range from $500 to $5,000, based on demonstrated financial need. Phase 1 of the application, which is a short questionnaire, opens on January 1 and closes on February 5. After review of all Phase 1 submissions, the most qualified applicants will be invited to complete the Phase 2 application. Click here to apply.
- We The Students Essay Contest – Deadline to apply: February 14, 2019
The 2018-2019 We The Students Essay Contest is being offered by the Bill of Rights Institute. This contest is for students ages 14-19. The essay question is “What are the essential qualities of a citizen in your community in 21st century America?” This year we are asking you to dig deep and make your scholarship essay personal. A citizen comes in many shapes and sizes. Some serve their community by voting and participating in political events. Others serve through entrepreneurship or philanthropy. We want to know what you think makes a good citizen in your community. We encourage you to bring emotion, creativity, specific examples (including current events), and well-researched facts into what you write. A good essay will demonstrate how citizenship is not an abstract idea, but is, in fact, action inspired by constitutional principles. Cash prizes range from $500 to $5,000. Click here for more information on contest details and rules. All essays must be submitted online.
- Flavorful Futures Scholarship sponsored by Sparkling Ice – Deadline to apply: February 15, 2019
Sparkling Ice is awarding five $5,000 scholarships to eligible high school seniors that celebrate students’ individuality, creativity and communication of future goals. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents and must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5. Eligible applicants who complete the online application process will be evaluated based on academic achievement and the creativity of their application, which should showcase what makes them who they are and how they want to contribute their gifts through education. Click here to apply.
- Clarence Schock Foundation Scholarship at Millersville University – Deadline to apply: February 22, 2019
The Clarence Schock Foundation Scholarship at Millersville University is awarded annually to freshmen on the basis of scholastic record, financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and personal attributes. To be considered for this scholarship, you must be a legal resident; currently enrolled in a secondary school in the following counties: Adams, Berks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon and York; complete the FAFSA prior to February 22, 2019; and complete the scholarship application. Stop by the Guidance Office for an application.
- Anna M. Vincent Scholarship Trust – Deadline to apply: March 1, 2019
This scholarship is for students worthy of financial assistance; of high scholastic standing and good character; and residents of Philadelphia or the surrounding five county Philadelphia area. Grant awards range from $1,000 to $5,000 and are renewable for up to five years, provided an acceptable renewal application is submitted online. Anna M. Vincent was a believer in the value of working while pursuing education. Students who have not held a paying job while in school may not be considered for funding. Application deadline is March 1, 2019 and online letters of recommendation are due March 15, 2019. Click here to apply.
- Herb It Forward Scholarship – Deadline to apply: March 1, 2019
The Herb It Forward Foundation is giving away 30 renewable scholarships (ranging from $5,000-$1,000) to college-bound high school seniors. The Foundation’s mission is to provide financial assistance to students who, despite growing up in challenging environments, have an incredibly optimistic spirit, a desire to help others, and a passion for giving back to their communities. All applicants have to state clearly in their application materials how they have helped their community in the past and how they have chosen career paths to help in the future, must be residents of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or the Philadelphia-area counties, and must demonstrate a strong financial need. Click here to apply.
- Padre Pio Full Tuition Scholarship Competition at Christendom College – Deadline to apply: March 1, 2019
There are three Padre Pio full-tuition scholarships available at Christendom College. Applicants must have a minimum 1280 SAT score and 27 ACT score. Applicants will travel to the Christendom College campus on March 16, 2019, to meet with a scholarship panel and to write an essay. Parents are highly encouraged to visit with the applicants, and all participants are invited to join the college community in celebrating St. Patrick’s Day one day early at the end of the event. Contestants must complete a Christendom application as a first-time freshman for Fall 2019 and must complete an online registration for the competition. Click here to apply.
- The Charlotte Drummond Memorial Scholarship (for the 2019-2020 school year) – Deadline to apply: March 18, 2019
The Charlotte Drummond Memorial Scholarship is being offered to rising juniors and seniors who are involved in their school community, have financial need, and have a written recommendation from a teacher or counselor. One $2,000 scholarship, one $1,000 scholarship, and one $500 scholarship will be awarded for the 2019-2020 academic year. The foundation is also proud to announce an inaugural $1,000 CD Alumni Scholarship for a student who is a legacy of Cardinal Dougherty (a student whose grandparent, parent or sibling attended Cardinal Dougherty High School). If qualified, click here to download an application or stop by the Guidance Office for an application. Click here to email and submit all required scholarship application materials.
- Samuel A. Green Scholarship – Deadline to apply: March 22, 2019
The 2019 Samuel A. Green Scholarship Program sponsored by Firstrust Bank is now accepting applications. Seniors are asked to write a 300-word essay to explain how a college education will help them cultivate prosperity in their neighborhood/community. The top female and top male student will each receive $10,000 and 30 additional students will each receive $1,000. Click here to apply.
- Nursing Scholarship from Delaware County School Nurse Association – Deadline to apply: March 29, 2019
The Delaware County School Nurse Association is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a senior who is planning a career in nursing and has been accepted into a NLN accredited program leading to a bachelor degree in nursing. Stop by the Guidance Office for an application.
- Mary Ryan Memorial Scholarship – Deadline to apply: March 31, 2019
A $500 scholarship will be awarded to a Delaware County high school senior who will enroll this fall in training for a medical career and has Masonic ties and/or financial need. The scholarship will be a cash gift to offset training expenses. Seniors will need to write an essay. Stop by the Guidance Office for an application.
- Urquhart Memorial Foundation Scholarship – Deadline to apply: March 31, 2019
The Urquhart Memorial Foundation Scholarship is being offered to African-American residents of Philadelphia planning to attend an undergraduate program at a 4-year college or university in the state of Pennsylvania. Applicants must have at least a 2.5 GPA and current SAT or ACT scores. A short essay is required of their personal and educational goals along with 2 letters of recommendation from either a community organization leader, church leaders, teacher, or employer. A copy of their acceptance letter from the eligible 4-year college or university is also required. Click here to apply.
- Philadelphia Area Tennis District (PATD) Scholarship – Deadline to apply: April 1, 2019
PATD (Philadelphia Area Tennis District) will award up to four $3,000 college scholarships to tennis players graduating high school in 2019. Applicants must be a high school graduating senior student who has demonstrated achievements in leadership, and participated extensively in an organized community, or school tennis program. Applicants must demonstrate sportsmanship on and off the court. Telephone and/or in-person interviews may be conducted as part of the PATD final selection process. The scholarship will be a one-time award and will be paid directly to the college, contingent upon participation on the tennis team, intramural or any other college tennis program during the freshman year, including tennis community service. Documentation from the college coach or program director will be required after participation. Applicants will need to provide a recommendation from the applicant’s current tennis coach/program director and an essay explaining how the applicant’s participation in a tennis program has impacted his/her life. Stop by the Guidance Office for an application.
- Wilt Chamberlain Memorial Fund Scholarship – Deadline to apply: April 8, 2019
The Wilt Chamberlain Memorial Fund Scholarship Program is available to high school seniors with financial need who are furthering their studies in the fall at a four-year college or university, a two-year community college, or a vocational school. Our goal is to award a minimum of eight scholarships in the 2019 scholarship cycle. This competitive scholarship includes: up to $5,000 per year to attend a four-year accredited undergraduate school; up to $2,500 per year to attend an accredited community college or vocational school and the ability to pursue any area of study; and mentoring support during and after the transition to post-high school schooling. Wilt Chamberlain Scholars are selected based not only on their academic accomplishments and financial need, but also their embodiment of Wilt Chamberlain’s characteristics of hard work and the pursuit of greatness, as well as a passion for volunteering and serving others. At a minimum, applicants must: plan to graduate from a U.S. high school at the end of the 2018-2019 academic year, intend to enroll in an accredited post-secondary institution beginning in fall 2019, earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 2.5 or above, and demonstrate significant unmet financial need. Click here to apply.
- The Upper Merion Township Employee Scholarship Fund Program – Deadline to apply: April 12, 2019
Upper Merion Township has announced the Upper Merion Township Scholarship Fund Program. Scholarships will be awarded in the form of grants to high school seniors whose ambitions and desires are to undertake full time study at an accredited college or university of their choice. Such scholarships are to be distributed as follows: The first priority by which a recipient shall be selected is of the sons and daughters of present, past or retired employees of Upper Merion Township and the second priority from which a recipient shall be selected is students who are employed or have been employed by Upper Merion Township. Stop by the Guidance Office for an application. The application and supporting documentation should be turned into Guidance by Friday, April 12, 2019.
- Dunkin’ Scholarships – Deadline to apply: March 1, 2019 through April 15, 2019
Dunkin’ Donuts is awarding 25 $2,000 scholarships to high school seniors who plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school in Fall 2019. Students will be accepted on the basis of “well-rounded” character: positive academic record, demonstrated leadership, commitment to school and community activities. Click here to apply.
- Citrin Cooperman College Scholarship Program – Deadline to apply: April 19, 2019
Citrin Cooperman is offering grants of $500 per college semester (for a maximum two semesters per student per year for four years) to be awarded to selected students attending college beginning the Fall 2019 school year. The scholarship will be extended for a fifth year for accounting students who enroll in a five-year program that qualifies them to sit for the CPA exam. The applicant must be a high school senior who will declare a major in Accounting/Business in an accredited four-year college or university, must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident (Green Card Holder), and must submit two letters of recommendation. The letters must be from a Teacher, Coach, Employer or Clergy, etc. Family members and friends cannot submit letters of recommendation. The following documentation must be submitted: a high school transcript reflecting a GPA in junior and senior year of 2.75 or better out of a 4.0 scale, a college/university acceptance letter, a resume of extracurricular activities, work experience, honors and achievements, an essay of at least 500 words in response to the following: Why do you feel that the accounting/business profession may be suitable for you? Explain past experiences, challenges, thoughts, and future goals that bring you to believe that you could succeed in accounting/business. Or, you can submit your college essay. The application and supporting documents must be postmarked by Friday, April 19, 2019. All finalists will be required to come in for an interview during the week of May 6, 2019, at the applicable Citrin Cooperman office in Philadelphia. Stop by the Guidance Office for an application.
- Delta Sigma Theta Chester Alumnae Chapter Scholarship – Deadline to apply: April 24, 2019
The Chester Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority annually offers a scholarship to young women. Applicants should have a GPA of 2.5 or better, be accepted at an accredited two- or four-year college or institute of higher learning, show evidence of involvement in extra-curricular activities, community, and/or church activities and volunteerism. Click here to apply.
- Women’s Club of Upper Merion Scholarship – Deadline to apply: April 24, 2019
The Women’s Club of Upper Merion is offering a $1,200 scholarship to any high school graduate residing within the Upper Merion Area school district who has been accepted at an accredited school. The primary criteria for selection is academic achievement with preference given to applicants who demonstrate financial need. To apply for this scholarship, stop by the Guidance Office for an application. Students can also access the scholarship application through Naviance under the Scholarship list. Completed applications should be turned into the Guidance Office.
- Emre Umar and Correctional Medical Care Future Health Leaders of America Scholarship – Deadline to apply: April 30, 2019
Correctional Medical Care, Inc. in Blue Bell is offering the Emre Umar and Correctional Medical Care Future Health Leaders of America Scholarship to students who will be pursuing a degree in a medical field. Multiple $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. Students will need to provide a brief letter introducing themselves, transcript, essay (600 words max), list of activities demonstrating a commitment to serving others, and two letters of recommendations. Click here to apply.
- Main Line Martin Luther King Association Scholarship – Deadline to apply: April 30, 2019
The Main Line Martin Luther King Association is offering scholarship aid to any graduating high school senior who lives, worships, or attends school along the Main Line. They must demonstrate an understanding of the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and planning to matriculate at a post-secondary school institution. The graduate can attend any post high school institution of higher learning. A 500-word essay on community service, transcript, and a letter of recommendation from a counselor, principal, religious leader or community leader is required. Stop by the Guidance Office for an application.
- Dr. Vincent F. Miraglia Scholarship sponsored by the Borough of Bridgeport – Deadline to apply: May 8, 2019
The Borough of Bridgeport is offering the Dr. Vincent F. Miraglia Scholarship to all Bridgeport residents who have lived in Bridgeport for at least 2 years prior to April 1, 2019, and who are seeking further education that will result in a degree, diploma or certificate. The total award this year will be $2,000. The committee will take into consideration the following: extracurricular activities, involvement within the Bridgeport Community, scholastic record, financial need, character, and the minimum two-year residency requirement. A completed application must be sent along with an official high school transcript and a copy of an acceptance letter from the post-secondary institution. Applications are available in the Guidance Office or students can download the application through Naviance.
- Projector Lamps Entrepreneurial Scholarship – Deadline to apply: June 1, 2019
The Projector Lamps $1,000 scholarship is available to a student enrolled as a Business major, who may one day be an entrepreneur and start their own business. Click here to apply.
- Pureland Supply Scholarship – Deadline to apply: June 1, 2019
Pureland Supply, located in Kennett Square, PA, is offering an annual $1,000 scholarship to high school students interested in attending a vocational school or community college. The scholarship is open to students who have been accepted to an accredited community college, vocational college, technical school or trade school. Recipients are chosen based on their ability to describe how their chosen trade or field plays an important role in today’s world and how the student expects to play a part in the future of their trade or field. Click here to apply.
- Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship Program – Deadline to apply: June 15, 2019
The Horatio Alger Association is offering the Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship Program. Applicants must meet the following criteria: Have completed high school by Spring 2019; be enrolled in a 2 year or less career or technical degree/certificate program in Fall 2019 that will lead to employment; attend a not-for-profit post-secondary institution; demonstrate critical financial need (must be eligible to receive the Federal Pell grant as determined by completion of the FAFSA); demonstrate perseverance in overcoming adversity; and be a US citizen. Applicants will need to complete an online application and submit a copy of the full Student Aid Report (SAR). Income documentation must be submitted online along with proof of citizenship (if not born in the US). Click here to apply.
- Senior Caregiver Scholarship – Deadline to apply: July 15, 2019
Senior Advice is offering a $2,000 scholarship to an eligible student who has been a caregiver for a senior friend or relative. One student, who will be attending college or university in the Fall of 2019, will receive $2,00 for tuition and/or books. Email your completed questions and two required attachments (copy of transcript and video file) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for more information on how to apply.
- Camp Cardiac and Camp Neuro Summer Camps Camp Cardiac and Camp Neuro are 1-week summer day damps open to all high school students 15-18 years of age. Their primary focus is on the care and maintenance of the heart and brain. This is an excellent starting point for students interested in all fields of medicine. The camps focus on both education and real world experience. Scholarships are available. For more information and to apply, select Camp Cardiac or Camp Neuro.
- Doodle 4 Google Scholarship Google is sponsoring a Doodle 4 Google Scholarship for kindergarten through 12th grade students. Students are asked to bring their creativity to life in a Doodle of the Google logo, using any medium they choose for the chance to be a Doodle 4 Google winner. The National Winner’s artwork will be featured on the Google homepage, and will win a $30,000 scholarship and a $50,000 tech grant for their school. Click here for more information and to apply.
- Fisher House Foundation Scholarships for Military Children Fisher House Foundation is sponsoring scholarships for military children in recognition of the contributions of military families to the readiness of the fighting force and to celebrate the role of the commissary in the military family community. This program is open to sons and daughters of active duty, reserve/guard, or retired military commissary customers. The recipient must be enrolled or planning to enroll full-time in a U.S. accredited, four-year undergraduate college or university or a two-year community college. The recipient must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. A total of 500 scholarship grants, each for $2,000, will be awarded for the 2019-20 school year. Click here to apply.
- Good Neighbor Undergraduate Scholarship at Salisbury University Salisbury University is offering the Good Neighbor Undergraduate Scholarship. Requirements for this scholarship are: Have a home address in Delaware, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.; must be a new SU student; maintain full-time, first-time bachelor’s degree enrollment (12 credits) and satisfactory academic progress; complete 24 credits per academic year and maintain a 3.0 GPA to renew the scholarship annually. Click here to learn more.
- Mercy Presidential Scholarships at Mount Aloysius College 30 competitive scholarships valued at $56,000 over a four-year period are available at Mount Aloysius College to candidates who demonstrate a solid academic record, commitment to home, school and community; possess leadership abilities, participate in extra-curricular activities, volunteer, and are involved in community service projects. Click here to apply.
NCAA Compliance Officer
Role and Responsibilities as NCAA Compliance Officer
The NCAA Compliance counselor is responsible for assisting the student-athletes who are projected or desire to participate in Division I or Division II College Athletics. Within this role, the NCAA Compliance Counselor is responsible for the following:
Maintain our school’s list of NCAA Approved Core Courses to ensure it is accurate and up to date.
Being mindful of approved and non-approved courses when helping students develop their schedules each spring.
Validate Student/Athlete registration fee waivers via the NCAA High School Portal when applicable.
Support students and parents as they navigate and register for the required accounts, as well as understanding what is required for documentation.
Upload Official Transcripts for all Student/Athletes who have Certification Accounts with the Eligibility Center at the beginning of each school year.
Upload and Send Final Transcripts to the NCAA Portal at the end of senior year.