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

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

How to Plan a College Visit: 16 Great Tips From a Former Dean

When my daughter started her college search, I joked that there were three parts to the college admissions process: the visiting, the applying, and the leaving. We found the first part, the visiting, mostly exciting and fun. Applying was busy and sometimes stressful. Part three, the leaving, well…it has been forty-two days since college drop off, but who’s counting?
I worked in higher education for over 20 years. In my various roles, I spoke at countless recruitment events, read hundreds of essays, and reviewed numerous transcripts, but over the past two years, I got to experience the process from the other side. As a parent with a background in academic advising and student life, I felt confident that my perspective would be valuable, but I quickly realized that it was essential to develop a few strategies (and even make a few rules for myself) to ensure a fruitful visit.
Tips for parents and students when they are planning a college visit. (Daytripper University)

BEFORE Your College Visit:

1. It is important to visit a college while classes are in session. Visiting a college without students on campus is a visit to see a bunch of beautiful (or not so beautiful) buildings. The best way to get a feel for the campus vibe is to plan your visit while the current students are at school. Of course, if you need to return to the campus for an interview or second visit, you can visit over the summer, but for an initial visit, it is best to see a college during a regular semester.
2. Take a few minutes to go through your child’s high school calendar and write down all of the days that school is closed between September and May. Although work and life schedules can be complicated, try to schedule a few visits during those weekdays. Your child should also ask a guidance counselor about the school policy and procedure for missing school to go on a college visit or interview. Most high schools allow for, at least, a few absences in the junior and senior year for college visits.
3. Make a plan. If you have nearby schools on the list, take day trips. Use longer breaks for schools that are farther away and, obviously, group nearby schools together. If you’re planning to drive to school visits and your child has a permit, share the driving. Longer drives are great practice for new drivers and leave plenty of time for bonding and making memories.
4. As soon as you have a date for a visit, reserve your spot for a tour and an information session. Many schools allow you to make reservations online. Others require a call during business hours or an email. After you get a confirmation, be sure to print it along with any other important information such as parking passes or special directions.
5. Plan for an admissions interview. If your child is planning to have an admissions interview or an individual meeting with a coach or professor, encourage your student to bring a transcript, resume, and any other relevant materials.

ON THE DAY OF your College Visit:

6. Leave early to get there early.
7. Parking. When you arrive at the school, find the admissions office and figure out where you will park. Admissions parking lots can be difficult to find, and they are also sometimes full. Overflow parking lots are typically even harder to locate.
8. Then park and walk (or drive) somewhere to get a snack. If you prefer to bring food and find a spot to eat it on campus, that works too. For my family, it was crucial to refuel before the visit started because getting “hangry” half way through the tour is definitely not productive.
9. Listen carefully to the information session. What do they highlight? What do they leave out? Do they involve current students in the presentation? Is it casual? It is professional? Is it crowded? If this isn’t your first college visit, how does it compare to previous information sessions?
10. Let your child take the lead. Encourage your student to check in upon arrival. At any point, if you or your child have questions, let your child ask the question.
11. During the tour, stay near the front. But let the students interact with the tour guide and ask the questions. Some schools even separate parents and children for the tour, and some schools let you choose your tour guide after the guides introduce themselves. Notice these types of choices by the admissions office. What do those choices say about the college?
On the tour, what do they show you? What don’t you see? I, personally, was always slightly suspicious when a school did not show you the inside of a residence hall. Unless your child plans to commute, the residence halls are a big part of the student experience. Pay attention to the other students that you pass along the way. Do they look happy or stressed? Is the tour guide prepared? Does the student share personal anecdotes during the tour?
12. Tour guide. Watch how the tour guide interacts with current students as you walk around campus. Do other students say hello to the tour guide?
13. Photos. Along the way, take a few photos or make a few notes to help you remember the visit. After a while, campuses start to blur together. Without notes or photos, you’ll end up saying “Wait, which was the school with the beautiful dining hall and the really good cookies?”
14. After the visit. Let your child share impressions first. My husband instituted this rule for our family. As a former college dean, I was bursting with opinions after each visit. Yet letting my daughter speak first was vital. As much as I wished that I was off to college again, I occasionally needed a reminder that this was her journey.
15. Dining hall. If you get an opportunity to eat in the dining hall, take it. Eating with your family in the dining hall as a prospective student is uncomfortable, but it is definitely worth it. Observing the student body during a meal will give you a wealth of information. The dining menu can also provide insights on how they deal with a wide variety of dietary needs. Discussing the value of this opportunity in advance gives your child a bit of time to adjust to the idea.
16. Thank-you notes. During the visit, if your child met individually with a staff or faculty member, your student should be sure to get the person’s full name and email. When you return home, encourage your child to send a short thank you note.
I hope these tips will help you have many successful college visits. Remember to enjoy step one of your child’s college admissions process because, for many parents, the applying, packing, and leaving is markedly less fun.

Article reposted from Grown & Flown Blog. Written by Karen Dentler, mom and higher education administrator. 

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Business Excellence Conference 11/16/19- $1000 Scholarship - University of Scranton

We would like to introduce an exciting opportunity for you to share with your students. The fifth annual Path to Business Excellence Conference (formerly Future Accountants Leadership Conference) will be held at The University of Scranton on Saturday, November 16, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The purpose of Path to Business Excellence is to introduce students to the dynamic and rewarding world of business. This conference will be an interactive and meaningful educational experience. Sessions will be held with our award-winning faculty, distinguished executive alumni, and students from our Business Leadership and Beta Alpha Psi Honor Programs.​​​​​

Students attending the conference should be current seniors who have applied to a business program at the University, with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Participants who meet the eligibility requirements will receive a $1,000 scholarship upon acceptance to The University of Scranton for the freshman entry term of fall 2020.*

All participants will receive a certificate of completion and attend a brief recognition and networking reception. Students may invite their parents/guardians to attend the conference and participate in the parent track. All participants are requested to dress business casual.

To register, students should complete the online Path to Business Excellence form by Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Please note that space is limited. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Rebekah Bernard, Information and Technology Specialist for Admissions, at (570) 941-5918 or

Thank you for your assistance. We look forward to welcoming your students to Scranton.

Joseph M. Roback
Associate Vice Provost
Admissions and Enrollment

Dr. Douglas M. Boyle, DBA, CPA, CMA
Accounting Department Chair
Doctorate in Business Administration Program Director
Nonprofit Leadership Program Director
Associate Professor

*In adherence to our Comprehensive Guide to Financial Aid Programs.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

11 Strategies for Managing Stress

The root of stress management is realizing stress is information that we can examine and use, and the first step in understanding that data is becoming mindful of our stress and its impact upon us, says Kathleen Hall, founder of The Stress Institute in Atlanta.
While the subtleties may vary in stress management sources’ tips on how to manage stress, there are a number of constants. The following covers some of the universal ground, and a few wild cards.

1. If you can’t avoid a stressful situation, try to alter it.

Often, this involves changing the way you communicate and operate in your daily life. Express your feelings instead of bottling them up. Be willing to compromise but be more assertive. Manage your time better.

2. If you can’t change the stressor, change yourself.

Reframe problems. Try to view stressful situations from a more positive perspective. Look at the big picture. Take perspective of the stressful situation. Focus on the positive; this simple strategy can help you keep things in perspective.

3. Take a break from a stressor.

Even 20 minutes of self-care is helpful.

It may seem difficult to get away from a big work project, a crying baby, or a growing credit card bill, but when you give yourself permission to step away from it you can gain a new perspective and feel less overwhelmed. It’s important to not avoid your stress (those bills have to be paid sometime), but even 20 minutes of self-care is helpful.
(American Psychological Association)

4Breathing is the foundation to de-stress and heal.

Our normal shallow breathing starves the body and brain of oxygen, which affects the immune and cardiopulmonary systems. Develop the practice of taking several deep diaphragmatic breaths in a tense moment; it clears the mind, body, and soul.
(The Stress Institute)

5. Scientific research supports the practice that quieting the mind, body, and soul offers great health benefits.

Find a quiet place, get comfortable, focus on a one- to five-word phrase you fancy and repeat it over and over. Take deep diaphragmatic breaths, in and out, in and out. You may want to set a timer in the beginning for 10 minutes so you won’t worry about time. The practice sends healing hormones into your body for relaxation and health.
(The Stress Institute)

6. Be aware of your unhealthy coping methods to dealing with stress.

Avoid those unhealthy coping mechanisms from the start.

Turning to food, alcohol or drugs often just turns one set of problems into another that can balloon out of control. It’s better to avoid those unhealthy coping mechanisms from the start, and find good ways to keep your stress under control.
(Psych Central)

7. The practice of journaling has health benefits.

Journaling reduces stress by removing the worry and thoughts racing over and over in your mind. You move these worries, concerns, hopes or dreams out of your body onto the paper.
(The Stress Institute)

8. Affirmations can affect our health.

Research indicates every thought and emotion creates a chemical release into our bodies, which affect our mental, physical and spiritual health and well-being. Negative self-talk can be damaging; giving positive messages wards this damage off.
(The Stress Institute)

9. Friendships are strong indicators of mental, physical and spiritual health.

Friendship is not a luxury, but is essential to work-life balance and your health. Studies show that isolation decreases immune functioning and increases mortality risk.
(The Stress Institute)

10. Exercise regularly, sleep, and eat a healthy diet.

Well-nourished bodies are better prepared to cope with stress.

Physical activity plays a key role in reducing and preventing the effects of stress. Make time for at least 30 minutes of exercise, three times per week. Aerobic exercise does wonders for releasing pent-up stress and tension. Well-nourished bodies are better prepared to cope with stress. Start your day right with breakfast, and keep your energy up and your mind clear with balanced, nutritious meals throughout the day. Reduce caffeine and sugar. Get enough sleep. Adequate sleep fuels your mind, as well as your body. Feeling tired will increase your stress because it may cause you to think irrationally.
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

11. Heighten your awareness of the moment by focusing intently on an object.

Notice a pencil’s shape, color, weight and feel. Or slowly savor a raisin or a piece of chocolate. Mindfulness leads to relaxation. Realize that managing stress is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. Everyone is different, and reacts to stress differently.
(Multiple Sources)
Editor’s note: This post was originally published in April 2014 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy and comprehensiveness.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

College Planning Workshop 10/29/19 BCC

Dear Guidance Counselor,

At New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG), we understand how rising college costs can impact our customers so together with Brookdale Community College we’re sponsoring a FREE College Planning Workshop. Premier college admissions expert, Peter Van Buskirk, will share his 25 years of experience and valuable insights on a successful college search, the application and admissions process and finding financial aid opportunities. And, there will be ample opportunity to ask questions at the end of the program.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.Brookdale Community College
Twin Lights Room 1, Student Life Center
765 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, NJ 07738

Light refreshments served.
Don’t let your students miss out on this informative and rewarding FREE program. I have attached a PDF to post to your Web site. And, upon request, I will provide an e-mail blast for you to send or postcards for you to distribute. Seating is limited, so e-mail me today or call me at 732-938-1035. We look forward to seeing you, your students and their parents at this valuable workshop!

PS: Spread the word – attendees will be eligible for prizes valued from $20 to $90!
Winners must be present to claim the prize.


Carolyn E. Cannon
Lead Customer Relations Coordinator
New Jersey Natural Gas
732-938-1035 phone
732-938-7183 fax

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Raising Resilient Teens

Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide - Youth Council Kickoff Meeting

University of Delaware - Open House 10/19, 11/9

Your students are invited to Blue and Golden, UD’s open house.
The University of Delaware has two remaining Blue and Golden open houses. There, students can get a glimpse of life as a Blue Hen and see why over 18,000 undergraduate students are proud to study and live at UD.
Students can take a tour of campus, see our residence halls, hear from faculty representing all 150+ majors. Admissions officers will also be available to talk about the application process, and staff from study abroad, Career Services and more are on hand to answer student questions.
Blue and Golden open house:
  • Saturday, October 19, 2019
  • Saturday, November 9, 2019
Students can register for Blue and Golden here.
For more information on UD and our application process, visit our website.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Heisman High School Scholarship for student athletes

The Heisman High School Scholarship continues a 25-year tradition of honoring high school seniors who accomplish tremendous feats in the classroom, on the field, and most importantly, within their communities. The scholarship recognizes and rewards both male and female high school athletes who are community-minded and driven to use their exceptional talents for the benefit of all.

100 scholarships awarded.

The Heisman High School Scholarship program recognizes male and female community-minded scholar-athletes at the state and national level.
  • 88 State Winners receive a $500 scholarship.
  • 10 National Finalists receive a $1,000 scholarship.
  • 2 National Winners receive a $5,000 scholarship. National Winners and their parents will also be invited to attend the Heisman Trophy weekend in New York City where they will receive national honor and recognition during the televised ESPN Heisman Trophy ceremony.

They’ve done the hard work. Now, they just need to apply.

Winning a Heisman High School Scholarship requires a weighted GPA of 3.0 or better, participation in at least one school-sponsored sport, and demonstrated leadership at school and in the community. You have students who have worked hard for years to make the grade. Now help them get the recognition they deserve:

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Congressional Youth Council Application

Open to all grade levels! Students - check your email for the application form and more info!

The ‘extracurricular’ question lives on

by Nancy Griesemer

Harvard and Princeton both ask the ‘extracurricular’ question on each of their three applications:

1.   Common Application: “Please briefly elaborate on an extracurricular activity or work experience of particular significance to you.”
2.  Coalition Application: “Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences that was particularly meaningful to you.”
3.  Universal College Application (UCA): “Tell us more about one of your extracurricular, volunteer, or employment activities (100-150 words).”

And they are not alone. At least 85 Common App members, or about 10 percent of the colleges currently posting applications, ask the exact same question or some near variation on the same theme. While the allowable word count ranges from 50 to 800 (the latter is an outlier), the intention is the same: focus on one item on your resume and tell us about it.

In a previous life, the Common Application required all applicants to provide two writing samples — a personal statement of about 500 words and a 150-word short answer focused on a single extracurricular activity or work experience.

Many writing coaches liked the extracurricular question because it basically served as a “warm-up” for reluctant writers or students who had little or no experience writing essays, particularly those that required a bit of reflection. In other words, it was a good place to start, especially for students nervous about their writing abilities, by asking them to describe an activity they cared about.

But several years ago, the new Common App (CA4) dropped the short answer in favor of a much longer, 650-word single writing sample (the subject of some controversy from institutions quietly objecting to the artificially-increased length of the personal statement). The extracurricular essay was relegated to one of a series of possibilities provided in a bank of questions from which colleges could choose as writing supplements or additions to the basic application.

But despite the demotion, the question apparently lives on. Among the colleges asking the extracurricular question are:

  • Amherst College (175 words)1
  • Brown University (150 words)1
  • Bryn Mawr College (word count varies by application) 1 and 2
  • Christian Brothers University (500 words)1
  • Colorado College (250 words)1
  • Cornell University (150 words)3
  • Davidson College (200 words)1 and 2
  • Fisk University (250 words)1
  • Guilford College (250 words)1
  • Harvard University (150 words) 1, 2 and 3
  • Howard University (250 words)1
  • Princeton University (150 words)1, 2 and 3
  • Purdue University (250 words) 1 and 2
  • RPI (300 words)1
  • Stanford University (150 words)1 and 2
  • Tulane University (250 words)1
  • University of Central Florida (250 words)1
  • Vanderbilt University (150–400)1 and 2
  • Washington and Lee University (250 words)1

Common Application
Coalition Application
Universal College Application

Students tackling this question should embrace the opportunity to write about an activity they actually care passionately about or one which provides an insight into character. Here are some tips:

  • The Activity: Don’t pick an activity because you think it needs further explanation or because you think it will impress an admissions reader. Colleges want to know what’s important to you. Use this opportunity to write about a passion or interest whether it’s playing the violin, swimming, or working at the local thrift shop.
  • Show Importance: You want to do more than simply describe the activity—keep that to a minimum. Instead, you want to provide some context in your narrative that will illustrate or otherwise surface its importance. This can be in the form of analysis or a brief anecdote. Or you can focus on specific impact — what you did and why. The purpose of the essay isn’t for readers to learn more about the activity; it’s for them to learn about you. Consider an activity that shows personal growth and development or possibly reflects career-related or personal ambitions.
  • Provide Details: Vague language and generic detail inevitably fail to convey passion. If you can imagine thousands of other applicants using the same ideas and phrases, you need to try another approach. Be colorful and specific in your descriptions, while avoiding clich├ęs and tired language. Write in the active (not passive) tense — those helper verbs not only slow the action but they also add unnecessary words to your narrative.
  • Avoid Repetition.If you related an anecdote about one of your most important extracurricular activities in your personal statement, don’t go back over the same ground. Go for the next most important activity or one that sets you apart from the pack.
  • Be Precise:Short answers need to be concise and substantive especially if the word count is very limited. Unlike the personal statement, you may be actually “telling” as much as “showing” to get the point across that this is a meaningful activity for you. There’s no space for flowery language, wordiness, or repetition when you’re working with 150 words. On the other hand, don’t come up short on your word count. Take full advantage of the opportunity to show your passion using compelling descriptions.
  • Avoid Bragging: When elaborating on an extracurricular activity, be careful not to come across as an insufferable braggart with an ego as big as all outdoors. Again, it’s more about passion and not individual awards or accomplishments. Don’t use the essay as a vehicle for self-promotion.
  • Be Real: Resist the temptation to create a false reality in an effort to sound impressive. Don’t write about the one time you walked for hunger if your real passion is marching band. Colleges won’t admit based on a single good deed. They want students who reveal motivation, persistence, passion and honesty.

    excerpted from College Explorations Blog by Nancy Greisemer