Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Coolidge Scholars - Full Ride Merit Scholarship Opportunity for 11th Grade Students

The Coolidge Scholarship is an annually awarded, full-ride, presidential scholarship that covers a student’s tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study. The Coolidge may be used by recipients at any accredited American college or university. Anyone of any background, pursuing any academic discipline of study, may apply to this non-partisan, need-blind, program.
Students apply for the Coolidge Scholarship during their junior year of high school. Finalists are flown in for a finalist weekend at the Coolidge Historic Site in Plymouth Notch, Vermont where they interview with the Coolidge Scholars Finalist Jury. Recipients of the Coolidge Scholarship are notified of their award late in their junior year, before college application (note: current high school seniors are not eligible to apply). Finalists who are not named Coolidge Scholars are eligible to receive a smaller, one-time, college scholarship.
Calvin Coolidge worked hard in academics; the young New Englander’s only sport was public speaking, often on public policy. The main criterion that distinguishes Coolidge Scholars therefore is academic excellence. Secondary criteria include: demonstrated interest in public policy; an appreciation for the values Coolidge championed; as well as humility and service.
The summer before their senior year of high school, newly-selected Coolidge Scholars spend several orientation days at the picturesque birthplace of the President, Plymouth Notch, Vt. There scholars get to know Coolidge and his world, and help the Coolidge Foundation oversee its formidable debate programs. Scholars return to Plymouth Notch for a week in each of the next three summers.
The top Coolidge applicants are named “Coolidge Senators.” In the summer, the Coolidge Foundation invites Coolidge Senators to the Senators Summit in Washington, D.C.  At the Summit, the Senators explore the nation’s capital, learn about President Coolidge, and meet other high achieving students from across the country.
The Coolidge Scholars Program is operated by the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation.

Monday, November 11, 2019

MICA Summer Pre-College Programs

Summer Pre-College Art and Design Residency Program

This summer, experience one of the most challenging and rewarding opportunities for young artists and designers.

Learn from MICA's expert faculty, visit working artists, earn college credit, and build an application portfolio that stands out. Students get to explore Baltimore and travel to cities such as New York City, Washington, D.C. or Philadelphia while making art with other creative-minded students from all over the world.
Choose the full five-week program, or three and two-week options to fit your summer schedule. Apply online beginning November 1, 2019  to secure your spot in MICA's Pre-College Art and Design Residency Program.

Summer 2020 Program Dates:

  • 5-Week Program (combine the two sessions below): earn 3 credits [Dates:  June 20 - July 25, 2020]
  • 3-Week Session: earn 2 credits [Dates: July 5 - July 25, 2020]
  • 2-Week Session: earn 1 credit [Dates: June 20 - July 4, 2020]
  • Students view artwork on a large screen. A faculty member sits at the front of the class. A group of students eating lunch in the Meyerhoff dining hall.
    A group of students huddles around a computer in a Game Design classroom.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

High School Writing Contest

Managing Stress & Anxiety

Helping Teens Manage Stress and Anxiety: Dr. Lisa Damour

There is nothing that worries parents more than the stress and anxiety our teens feel. Their pain quickly become our pain as we feel lost trying to help them through the struggles of high school.
Dr. Lisa Damour, psychologist, educator and best selling author of Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood and Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls, reminds us it that doesn’t have to be this way. She offers us five, immediately actionable things we can do to make school better for our kids.
Listen below as Dr. Damour explains how parents can help their teens navigate the high school years while reducing stress and anxiety. Here is a brief guide to her invaluable advice.

5 Ways Parents Can Help Their Teens Make School Less Stressful

  1. We have powerful and misguided misconceptions about stress, and Dr. Damour shows us what we can do to change the narrative for our kids. Reframing stress, the way she suggests, can be invaluable for us and our teens. She explains why school is actually supposed to be stressful (truly), and what teens need to know about themselves to make the stress constructive.
  2. Sleep is the single most important issue in the stress and anxiety we are seeing among our kids. Dr.Damour offers small changes that can make a huge impact in how much sleep our families get.
  3. We may wish that our kids were motivated or even fascinated by everything that happens at school and that focus and learning were effortless. But we might need to be a little more realistic. She explains how students can find motivation when it’s not easy to come by.
  4. We need to be careful about what we praise and how we convey disappointment. Doing this the right way can reduce stress for our teens.
  5. We want our kids to be happy when they grow up. We say this, and mean it, throughout their childhood but we prod our kids towards the wrong things. We need to better understand what really causes happiness in adults and share those values with our kids. Psychologists already know what makes us happy and Dr. Damour shares this with us.

From the Challenge Success website:
Responding to an increase in academic and emotional problems among kids in the United States, experts in child and adolescent well-being convened at Stanford University in July 2007 to envision a coordinated approach to helping schools and families develop alternative success models to align with research on healthy child development.
In response to this meeting, Madeline Levine, Ph.D., Jim Lobdell, M.A., and Denise Pope, Ph.D. founded Challenge Success, an expansion of the highly successful SOS (Stressed-Out Students) Project at Stanford University.Utilizing the resources of a prominent advisory board of interdisciplinary experts, the co-founders created a research-based organization that develops practical curriculum, conferences, and programs for parents, schools, and kids looking for a healthier and more effective path to success in the 21st century.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

2020 Coolidge Scholarship- Merit Scholarship

Greetings! We are so pleased to have received an application to the Coolidge Scholarship from a student at your school in past years.

We write to let you know that the 2020 Coolidge Scholarship application is now live. We hope that you will consider sharing this opportunity with interested high school juniors.

As a quick refresher, the Coolidge Scholarship is a full-ride, four-year, merit scholarship that may be used by recipients for undergraduate study at any accredited college or university in the United States. Any high school junior who plans on enrolling in college in the fall of 2021 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident is eligible to apply (unfortunately current high school seniors are not eligible to apply).

Coolidge Scholars are selected based primarily on academic excellence. Secondary criteria include: an interest in public policy, an appreciation for and understanding of the values President Coolidge championed, as well as humility and service.

The competition for the Coolidge Scholarship is indeed significant -- but even students who do not win have reported to us they are glad they went through the application process because it helps prepare them for college applications later on. Furthermore, the Coolidge Foundation invites the top 100 applicants to participate in its Coolidge Senators Program, which includes an all-expenses-paid Summit Weekend in Washington, D.C and a one-time $1,000 scholarship. Applicants who make it to the finalist level, but do not ultimately win the full scholarship, receive a one- time finalist scholarship of $5,000.

We hope you will share this opportunity with outstanding high school juniors at your school. The scholarship application, along with additional information, can be accessed on our scholarship site: Please note the deadline is 5:00 PM EST, Thursday, January 16, 2020. If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, the Coolidge Scholars Program can be reached by email at or by phone at (202) 827-4291.

With kind regards,

Matthew Denhart                   Rob Hammer
President                               Program Manager

Local Anxiety Groups

Groups Offered: 
• Teen Anxiety Group (TAG) (for teens with anxiety ages 13-18) 
• Child Anxiety Group (CHAG) (for children with anxiety ages 8-13) 
• TAG: Spilling the Tea (for high-achieving or gifted/talented teens) 
• CHAG: Fear of Illness & Separation Anxiety (for children ages 7-12) 

A new Teen Anxiety Group (TAG) will be forming in November 2019 and a new Child Anxiety Group (CHAG) will be forming in November/December 2019.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Parent Info Sessions:
•Friday October 25th at 4:30PM
•Saturday November 2nd at 11AM
•Saturday November 2nd at 2:30PM ⠀⠀
Pre-screening is required for new clients interested in therapy groups at NJCHA. To schedule the pre-screening assessment, contact Victoria by calling (732) 747-2944 or email