Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Mental Health Research - Join the Conversation

Although we've come a long way, the stigma associated with mental health is still very prevalent and unless we open the conversation and raise awareness, it will not change.

I thought this article was very insightful and I wanted to pass it on to you:


Now is the Time to apply for Scholarships

While listening to a podcast that discussed scholarships with February and March deadlines (during the last five minutes) I learned about these two opportunities that may be relevant to my target readers:

If you are applying to one of the colleges that change lives (CTCL) check out this scholarship: http://ctcl.org/ctcl-scholarship/

If you belong to a New Jersey credit union check out this scholarship: http://www.princetonfcu.org/home/fiFiles/static/documents/YIB%20Scholarship%20App%202016_2017.pdf

Don't forget to check out the Local Scholarships tab on this blog for an updated list of local scholarships.

Just for the fun of it (and while we are on the subject of scholarships) I received an email from AdmitSee, a service designed to help students with the college admissions process, that provided a list of weird scholarships that you might enjoy or maybe even qualify for!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Lunch Break 2017 Foodstock

Important Information for Seniors

Dear School Counselor,

The New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority and the New Jersey Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators wish you a Happy New Year!

Because many colleges and universities give priority consideration and award packages to students who complete their FAFSA by January 31, HESAA and NJASFAA would like you to remind your senior class that the 2017 ‒ 2018 FAFSA should be completed as soon as possible. Although many of your students may have already completed the FAFSA, others still have not. Processing can take several weeks. The earlier your seniors apply, the earlier they can make informed decisions about their college selection.

Please direct your seniors and their families to our website pages at www.HESAA.org and www.NJFAFSADays.org .There, they will find a YouTube video on how to file the FAFSA, information on how to create an FSAid (Federal Student Aid ID) and the 8 Steps to Apply for Federal & State Student Aid. Also featured online is a helpful PDF file provided in both English and Spanish. Feel free to print and distribute these flyers to your seniors as appropriate.

If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Austin at saustin@hesaa.org or 609-588-3300, ext. 1402.

Thank You!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Did You Apply to Northeastern? Read This.

Greetings from Boston and Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and that you are back feeling excited and rejuvenated for a great year ahead.
Now that we have passed the January 1 deadline for Regular Decision (RD), I wanted to provide you with a brief update. We have received a record number of applications, totaling more than 54,000 overall (a 6% increase), and over 28,000 RD applications, for our largest and most competitive class yet. We are working tirelessly to complete files and evaluate applications, and will release all admission decisions electronically before April 1. In addition, I’d like to share two other updates:
  • We would like your help encouraging your ED and EA admitted students to attend their Welcome Day event this springstudents can choose from dates in March or April. For a comprehensive list of admitted student events, please click here.
  • New this year, we are hosting a special Honors Welcome Day for all students admitted into the Northeastern University Honors Program. This event will take place on Sunday, March 19 and will touch upon the distinctive opportunities that make the University Honors Program so unique. Please encourage your honors students to attend!
My team is eager to assist you and your students throughout this process. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 617.373.2200touch base with your Admissions officer, or tweet your question to @NUAdmissions with the hashtag #askNUAdmissions.

Summer Program at Lebanon Valley Collete

I have an opportunity for your math/finance students, and I hope you can help.

An actuary is a business professional who uses mathematical and financial tools to help identify and manage risk, so it's a great career for students who are strong mathematically but who are not necessarily interested in teaching. It's also great for students who like business and have good math aptitude.

I run a one-week summer program for rising high school seniors who want to learn more about the profession. Here's a link to the program web site:


If you or your students have questions, please let me know.


Patrick Brewer
Director of Actuarial Science
Lebanon Valley College

Friday, January 13, 2017

Coalition Essay Topics Stay the Same

Coalition Essay Questions
As you introduce the college application process to new students and parents, I wanted to let you know that the Coalition Essay questions will remain the same for next year. The essay prompts are available on our website at the following link.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Seton Hall Credits Spring 2017

In the beginning of semester two, I will be going into the classrooms of students enrolled in classes eligible for credit under our articulation agreement with Seton Hall University. Please select the Seton Hall Credit Instructions tab if you would like to preview the information that I will be presenting.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

College Key Workshop

On Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at William Paterson University, NJACAC will be hosting College Key, a FREE workshop for traditionally underrepresented, low-income, first generation 10th and 11th grade students and their parents or guardians.

Throughout the day, students and parents will participate in a series of interactive presentations presented by school counselors and admissions representatives. Topics of discussion include researching and applying to colleges as well as navigating the financial aid process. Breakfast, lunch, and a campus tour of William Paterson University will be provided.

Space is limited! Though there is no cost for this program, students must apply online and are responsible for their own transportation. We encourage parents to attend as well! 

The application deadline is February 7, 2017. The application link is as follows:

2017 NJ College Key Application 

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at: NJCollegeKey@gmail.com.

Student Athletes

Updated Academic Requirements Resources
The DI and DII Academic Requirements quick reference guides have been updated for 2017.  Please feel free to use these documents when educating prospective NCAA student-athletes in your area.
Division I
Division II (2018)       Division II (current)

Monday, January 9, 2017

DuBois Summer Institute at Princeton University

It is a pleasure to invite applicants to participate in the 2017 W.E.B. DuBois Scholars Institute at Princeton University. The Institute will be held on the campus of Princeton University from June 24 2017 to July 29, 2017. Founded in the summer of 1988, the W.E.B. DuBois Scholars Institute provides scholarship and leadership training for high-achieving youth. Each year for more than 28 years, the overall average SAT score for our W.E.B. DuBois Scholars has been significantly higher than national norms. Approximately 99 percent of the participants attend college and graduate. An overwhelming majority of them attend highly selective colleges and universities.

While in residence, participants receive between four and five weeks of rigorous instruction in university-level courses taught by university professors, post-doctoral fellows, and doctoral candidates from top research universities and institutions throughout the country. The Institute aims to sharpen students’ research and quantitative analysis skills, as well as writing, verbal, and critical reading skills through a diversity of high-level academic courses. Students entering the Eighth, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh grades in the fall of 2017 are eligible to participate. Please note that scholarship amounts are decided and awarded on a rolling basis upon receipt of application and supporting materials. Early and prompt submission of materials is highly recommended. For scholarship consideration, the application and supplementary materials submission deadline is Friday, February 10, 2017. Following this deadline, online applications and supplementary materials are due no later than Friday February 24, 2017.

The W.E.B. DuBois Scholars Institute provides leadership, scholarship, community service, and entrepreneur training along with exposure to science and technology for high-achieving youth attending middle and secondary schools. It was founded with an aim to develop a cadre of brilliant leaders/activist scholars with a commitment to contributing their talents for the betterment of others by solving major problems facing our society. The scholars of the Institute are encouraged to be leaders/activist that define personal success in terms of the impact of their talents on the well-being of others, especially members of underserved communities.

Each summer at Princeton University, we convene a body of talented middle- and high school students from around the country, and in some cases throughout the world. While all students take courses that enhance their aforementioned skills, the Institute offers a unique system of Academies, allowing each individual to pursue a specific course of study- from Engineering to Social Science-during the summer. Not only does the Institute prepare students academically and socially for college, but it also provides them tools to navigate bureaucracies  in institutions of higher learning and have a positive impact upon the challenging political, social, and economic landscape of the times.  

To download applications and get information about requirements, cost, scholarships, curriculum, residential living, and deadlines click on the link duboisscholars.org/apply  

Friday, January 6, 2017

National Youth Science Camp for Graduating Seniors

Two high school seniors from New Jersey will receive a full scholarship to attend this competitive summer program. If you would be interested in learning more:


To apply:


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Summer Internship Program

From: Amit Jani <amit@njlead.org>
Subject: Summer Internship Opportunity for Students - New Jersey Leadership Program
Date: December 29, 2016 at 4:22:59 PM EST
To: undisclosed-recipients:;

Dear Superintendents and Principals:

My name is Amit Jani and I am the founder and president of the New Jersey Leadership Program, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with the mission of getting more South-Asian youth to consider careers in government and public service.

We hope to accomplish this through the NJLP Fellowship Program, in which high school and college students of South-Asian descent will take part in a six-week summer internship with their local government (Governor/ Mayor's Office or with their State Legislator), along with a speakership series, networking events, career development workshops and field trips. You can read experiences from last year's fellows here.

We hope you will encourage your students to apply by February 17 by completing the online application at http://njlead.org/application/. I am also attaching a flyer for distribution to students, guidance counselors and teachers. Thank you in advance for your assistance and time.


Amit Jani
New Jersey Leadership Program
E: amit@njlead.org
W: http://njlead.org