Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Symptom Checker - Child Mind Institute

Here's how it works: You indicate the behaviors that are making you concerned about your child by answering a series of questions. The Symptom Checker analyzes your answers to give you a list of psychiatric or learning disorders that are associated with those symptoms.

Since individual symptoms can reflect more than one disorder, this tool will give you a range of possibilities and guide you toward next steps. This tool cannot diagnose your child, but it can help you inform yourself about possible diagnoses and will offer information and articles to help you learn about them, to facilitate a conversation with a professional.

Remember, this tool is not a substitute for a diagnostic evaluation by a medical or mental health professional. If you believe your child has a psychiatric or learning disorder, please consult a professional.

Note: They do not collect any personally identifiable information.


Read This if You're Considering Columbia University

I am writing to share a policy change that hopefully will make applying to Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science more affordable and accessible to your students. Beginning with this current admissions cycle (for students applying for fall 2018 admission), applicants can provide self-reported ACT and SAT test scores. Only admitted students who choose to enroll at Columbia must have their official scores sent by the testing agency.
Applicants are able to self-report their ACT and SAT scores in one of two ways:
  • Input their scores in the testing section of either the Common Application or the Coalition Application. 
  • Update their scores after they apply on their Columbia application status page. 
We are also able to accept score reports directly from the school via email, fax or mail.

Please note that our office will verify scores for all enrolling students, and any discrepancies between official and self-reported scores may jeopardize a student's place in the class.

We wish you the best of luck at this busy time of year. Thank you, as always, for all you do to support students applying to Columbia. 
We encourage you to share this policy change broadly within your community.
Best wishes,

Jessica Marinaccio
Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid

Read This if You're Considering Saint Joseph's University

If you have students who are interested in realizing their potential and using their talents for the benefit of others, we would love to hear from them. Our Early Action and Early Decision I deadline is November 1. Details about the admissions process can be found at sju.edu/apply

Admitted Student Profile for Class of 2021 (Middle 50%)
  • GPA: 3.31–3.95/4.0 
  • SAT: 1130–1280/1600
  • ACT: 24–29 (composite) 

Each year we award merit-based scholarships to freshmen and transfer students who have excellent academic and achievement records. The value of these scholarships ranges from $1,000 per year to full-tuition. All students who submit a complete application for admission are reviewed for merit-based scholarships. We also award speciality scholarships, including our full-tuition Dean's Scholarship and John P. McNulty Scholars Program Scholarship. The full list of our scholarships and applications are available online.

If you have any questions regarding the application and scholarship process, please contact the admissions counselor for your region. A list of our counseling staff can be found by visiting sju.edu/information/contact-admissions

Read This if You're Considering the University of Dayton

The November 1 early action deadline to apply to the University of Dayton is rapidly approaching, but I wanted to make sure you knew that there is still time for your students to apply.
While our early action deadline is nonbinding, students who apply by November 1will receive their admission decisions before January, so we encourage them to apply by this date. Students can apply using either the UD application or the Common Application.
Our regular decision deadline for applications is Feb. 1. More information about application deadlines and requirements is available on our website, for your reference.

Read This if You're Considering Florida State

FSU Removes Barriers to the College Application Process

By Kara Irby

With initial application deadlines quickly approaching, Florida State University is making it easier for Seminole hopefuls to apply to the university by implementing new features to assist in their higher education endeavors.

FSU will now waive the $30 application fee for prospective students who self-report their financial need. Previously, students were required to go through their guidance counselor to request and submit a fee-waiver application that had to be mailed or faxed to the university.

“We have a responsibility to increase access for first-generation and underrepresented students in our university community,” said Hege Ferguson, FSU’s director of admissions. “We feel obligated to remove as many barriers as possible to the admissions process, which reduces anxiety and increases participation.”

Ferguson said the changes were prompted by conversations with students and college counselors who talked about the complicated processes of tracking down forms and signatures, as well as the stigma associated with students who had to seek out the additional help.

Florida State is also reducing financial strain and deadline pressures by allowing prospective students to initially self-report their SAT and/or ACT scores. FSU is the only public university in the state to offer this option. Students and families were having to pay additional fees to the testing companies to have score reports sent to the university to meet application deadlines. Now, they only have to send their official test scores once they are admitted and before they enroll.

“As a public university, we need to be very cognizant about the cost of applying and going to college,” Ferguson said. “Some families may not be able to afford the $30 application fee or the cost of sending all their test scores to Florida State. Now, those extra costs are no longer barriers.”

In addition, Florida State is increasing access by participating in the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, a national group of prestigious institutions nationwide that has created a new way to prepare for the college application process. Through the coalition, students can build a profile that allows them to start thinking about and preparing for their college career as early as the ninth grade. They can store essays, school projects and other potential application material in a digital locker at no cost to the student. The locker is sharable to allow parents, teachers and mentors to access the student’s work and provide feedback.

Prospective students can choose to apply to any of the participating 134 postsecondary schools, both public and private from across the country. The group shares a common goal of providing pathways for students who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education.

“FSU is serious about access and service,” Ferguson said. “Our partnership with the coalition and the changes to our application process are evidence of this. We are constantly on the lookout for new and creative ways to meet our enrollment goals.”

The application deadline is Nov. 1 for an early admission decision by Jan. 25. For more information on the freshman admissions process, visit http://admissions.fsu.edu/freshman/.

Friday, October 27, 2017

NY Women in Communications Scholarship and Conference

The 2018-19 NYWICI Scholarship Application period will open in conjunction with the Student Career Conference on November 18, 2017.
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, need and a demonstrated commitment to the field of communications. New York Women in Communications is committed to inclusion and diversity. Scholarships are generally in the amounts of $2,500, $5,000, and $10,000.
You may recognize one of the 2017 recipients:

Jean Rutherford Wengler Memorial Scholarship and the Betty Bradbury Vail Scholarship

The Governor William Livingston Chapter of the New Jersey Daughters of the American Revolution is pleased to announce the Jean Rutherford Wengler Memorial Scholarship.

If you are a senior with a history of good citizenship and active in helping your community, see your see your school counselor for application information. This is a $1,000 scholarship and applications are in guidance before 3/1/2018.

The Betty Bradbury Vail Scholarship is targeted to the graduating senior majoring in Political Science, History, Government or Economics. Financial need is assessed. This is a $2,000 scholarship and applications are due in guidance before 1/1/2018.

Rock the NOCTI Video Contest 2018


2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards



Application deadline: November 7, 2017

2018 New Jersey Shout Down Drugs Contest

Created in 2005, New Jersey Shout Down Drugs challenges high school students to create original music and lyrics with powerful substance abuse prevention messages to allow teens to deliver the prevention message to each other through their favorite medium of music. County Finalists are chosen by peer judges to perform their original songs at the Annual Statewide Prevention Concert, held in May, at a state-of-the-art venue. First, second and third place winners are chosen by a panel of judges that night to receive music contracts worth $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 respectively to perform their winning songs at different events throughout the state during the year. 


Monday, October 23, 2017

Fastweb Scholarship Search App

The Fastweb Scholarship App is available.
Fastweb Has a Brand New App
Share the news about our smart new App with your students. With the Fastweb College Scholarship App students can access and manage their scholarship matches directly from their devices. Available today on both iOS or Android devices; it is free, easy and convenient.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Win a 4-year, full-tuition scholarship to Rider University

The Norm Brodsky Idea/Business Concept Competition

1. Write a 400-word description of an idea or business concept.
2. Submit your idea at http://www.rider.edu/BrodskyCompetition.
3. Finalists will present to a panel of judges.

Entry Deadline: November 19, 2017, and the competition is open to High School seniors, juniors, and sophomores.

Friday, October 13, 2017

A Conversation With Rob Franek About College Reviews and Rankings at RFH

Join us for "A Conversation with Rob Franek,"
Sr VP and Publisher at Princeton Review about the rankings and how to use them.
Rob will tell us about the methodologies of the rankings and how to let the rankings help us find the right fit!
10.24 at 7pm in the RFH Auditorium

Thursday, October 12, 2017

ACT Bootcamp at Biotechnology

ACT Bootcamp at Biotechnology
Just $175 Per Student

Catalyst's ACT Bootcamp is a confidence-boosting weekend seminar that teaches students strategies for every type of question they're guaranteed to encounter on the ACT. Selected topics include how to:
  • Shortcut math questions that stump more than 90% of test-takers

  • Highlight key information in seemingly confusing ACT Science passages

  • Use a surefire template for the newly-revised ACT essay

  • Crack the 10 types of English questions guaranteed to be on the ACT

Catalyst's ACT Bootcamp is not a mock test or an infomercial for our services. Students learn proven strategies from experts who earned perfect scores on the ACT. Participants receive 8 hours of instruction, Catalyst's 224-page ACT Bootcamp book, bonus online instruction, and personalized feedback.

ACT Bootcamp at Biotechnology
Saturday, October 21st, 9am - 1pm & Sunday, October 22nd, 9am - 1pm
(Students attend both days.)

Tuition is just $175. To enroll visit www.CatalystPrep.com and click on the Bootcamp Sign-Up tab on the website's menu bar or call us at 800.235.0056. The deadline to enroll in this special prep opportunity is Wednesday, October 18th.

Enroll Here!
A Portion of the proceeds benefit CHS PSFA!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

University of Notre Dame Information Night

University of Notre Dame Information Night
Sunday, October 15th
7:00 pm
Christian Brothers Academy
850 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, NJ

RSVP: https://enrollment.nd.edu/ndontheroad/
(Use zip code 07738)

Rolling Thunder Scholarship

Rolling Thunder, Inc., New Jersey Chapter 2 will award a $1000 scholarship to three veteran dependant graduating seniors.

Congressman Frank Pallone Jr's Youth Advisory Council


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Cyber Bullying Presentation

A Tool to Determine College Affordability

MyinTuition is a Wellesley-developed tool that, in only three minutes, provides a personalized estimate of what it would cost an individual to attend college. In just 3 minutes, MyinTuition can help students/families see that a top college is not only an option but also a realistic financial fit.

Raise Me Scholarship App

Raise Me is an app that helps students earn scholarship points with over 225 partner colleges.


I wanted to let you know that if you are administering the PSAT on October 11th, then now is a great time to get your students excited about taking the exam -- students can earn up to $3,000 in scholarship money on RaiseMe for simply taking the PSAT, and up to $8,250 for scoring well. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Magic Spell Studios at RIT

Johnson Scholars Program

If you are interested in Santa Clara University (CA), they award a full-tuition merit scholarship to 10 high-achieving students. To learn more click here.

Seabrook Jobs For Students

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Fairleigh Dickinson University Full Tuition Scholarship

Dear Colleague,
Fairleigh Dickinson University will once again be offering the Presidential Scholarship, a renewable, full-tuition award for four years of study at FDU’s Florham Campus or Metropolitan Campus.
Students can apply online and must have a minimum SAT score of 1350 or minimum ACT composite score of 29, and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. A recommendation from a school counselor is optional, but encouraged, and can be submitted online or emailed to sampolak@fdu.edu.

The Presidential Scholarship deadline is January 15, 2018 (students must also have a completed FDU application for admission on file by that date).

Fairleigh Dickinson University provides challenging academics, study-related internships, exciting study abroad opportunities, stimulating honors programs, and student-faculty research initiatives.

We welcome Presidential Scholarship applications from qualified students.
Traci Banks
Associate Vice President for Admissions and Financial Aid