Colleges often send important or even critical communications to prospective students via email. It is important to be sure that messages from colleges are not being caught in your spam folder. It is a good idea to take a few minutes to check spam and make sure colleges are on your “safe sender” list so you do not miss anything.
Pay close attention to college financial aid deadlines at your colleges. Many institutions have priority deadlines in January, February, or March for filing the FAFSA (www.fafsa.gov) and/or CSS Profile https://profileonline.collegeboard.com/prf/index.jsp).
Seniors seeking outside scholarship opportunities can get started with the following list:
- The Knights of Columbus national organization operates several scholarship programs for children of Knights in good standing. Most K of C scholarships require enrollment at a Catholic college.
- Intertech, Inc. STEM Scholarship – a one-time $2500 award for students with minimum 3.3 high school GPA intending to study computer science in college. Application deadline is March 15
- Schulze Family Foundation Scholarships – PA seniors who also attended Catholic elementary schools (at PA or a parochial school) are eligible for this scholarship. Minimum academic requirements include a GPA of 3.3 and ACT of 22. The application is due on March 1.
- Rotary Club of Plymouth Scholarship – Three $1,500 scholarships will be awarded and all students who attend high school in the city of Plymouth are eligible to apply. The applications are due on March 11, 2019.
- National Catholic College Admission Association Prize – No criteria or application, just a registration form to complete if you are planning to attend a Catholic college next year. It is simply a prize drawing. Deadline is March 15, 2019.
- Check email regularly – colleges often will notify students about missing materials or other opportunities via email only
- Keep Naviance Student updated with all college decisions
- Remember to thank teachers who have supported you throughout the application process. Let them know how their support has helped you in making your college plans.
- Remain focused on school work. Grades from all of senior year do matter. Bootcamp participants will recall the conversation about admission offers rescinded for, among other things, major grade declines.
- We can help with interpreting financial aid and scholarship packages. Let your counselor know if you need to meet.