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    Ms. Jenni Adams
     Success Program Director
      Ms. Nneka Onyilofor
     Success Coach
    Ms. Rachel Lostumbo
     Success Coach

    Ms. Fenise Dunson
     Success Coach


1) Look at your schedule to see when you're available for a 1-hour check in.

2) Go to your coach's link (below).

3) Choose an appropriate time slot and fill out the necessary information. Note where your coach will be that day.

4) Book it! A confirmation will be sent to your email. Now, put that check in on your calendar and set your reminder.
Ms. Jenni:

Ms. Nneka:

Ms. Rachel:
Name some items that you enjoy spending your money on to reward yourself for working hard?

Ms. Jenni

"Seeing new corners of the world is important to me.  A few years back I set aside money in my bank account so I could go to Turkey (it was an awesome trip!)  Since then, I make sure that I always have enough money in my "Turkey Fund" so that I can visit all the places that I want to see!"

Ms. Nneka
"I like to reward myself by buying a new piece of clothing, after I realize how good I have been NOT buying any clothing (or shoes) for awhile. I believe that lengthy periods of frugality should be rewarded by a little splurge from time to time."

Ms. Rachel

  "A real treat for me is going to a concert. I love fully immersing myself in loud, live music!"

Ms. Fenise Dunson
" I am all about rewarding myself, its an important part of self-care.  I like to splurge on a night out or a spa day when I have really worked hard or accomplished a big goal.  For smaller goals, I treat myself to a day or night of binge-watching my favorite shows with my favorite snacks!"

Mr. Dennis

" I love to buy new sneakers with money that I earned. There is something rewarding about the smell of a fresh pair of sneakers when you first take them out of the box!"

Ms. Courtney
"I honestly don't treat myself often because I prefer to save up for traveling and vacationing with friends and family, but when I do reward myself it's usually by going to a nice restaurant or by buying tickets to a concert."

Shout out to Tendekai Gamanya 
(Montgomery College). Tendekai started the Surgical Tech Program this summer and has already gotten to observe a brain surgery!
Shout out to Yanna de Castro  (Howard Community College). Yanna started the Sonography program and LOVES how visual and hands-on the program is!
Ms. Jenni would like to give a huge Shout out to her Frostburg Scholars because all 10 of them showed up for a check-in during her campus visit with them!
Shout out to Nidia Blanco  (University of Maryland College Park). Nidia, an accounting major, was a pioneer intern this summer at Deloitte Services LP, one of the biggest professional services network in the world. During her internship, she was able to assist in administrative tasks and shadow at the Deloitte Greenhouse. Additionally, she designed a lab that addressed the changes in the accounting industry, which would then lead to breakthroughs for the company in question. As a result of her performance, she was offered a second internship for Summer 2018!
Shout out to Dairon Celistan  (Montgomery College). After being out of school for a year, Darion was able to get back into school for the Fall 2017 semester and is currently taking two classes. He also plans to increase his course load for Spring 2018! 
Shout out to Isabella Hlavacek  (UMBC at The Universities at Shady Grove). After graduating with her Associates Degree from Montgomery College in Spring 2016 and then taking some time to develop her professional skills by working part-time, Isabella, a history major, transferred to UMBC at USG this fall semester. She is already making connections with her professors and has joined an on-campus student organization as well!  
Shout out to Natalie Herrera  (Salisbury University). Natalie recently made the decision to declare as a social work major after having such an amazing internship experience this summer at the Betty Ann Krahnke (BAK) Center, a domestic violence shelter for women and children in Montgomery County. Natalie learned about her passion through hands-on experience and is excited to volunteer at another domestic violence shelter in Salisbury this semester!
Shout out to Aisha Mughal  (Ithaca College). Aisha, was recently awarded the Exceptional Academic Award for a GPA of 3.5 and above, also actively participates in ALANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Native American) student organizations as well as other activities that support the success of ALANA students at Ithaca College!
Shout out to Jordy Diaz ( Montgomery College). Jordy, a political science major, was recently featured on TV station WDVM to discuss DACA. He also helped organize a Defend DACA forum as part of the MC Student Senate!
All of the Success Coaches would like to give a huge shout out to all the scholars who have been patient with us as we have been hiring their official coach for the 2017-2018 academic year! 
Please keep up the great work,we are proud of you all! 




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Scholars, filing season for the  Free Application for Federal Student Aid,
better known as the FAFSA; opens October 1, 2017.  

Don't be afraid of c ompleting this application! It is how you get financial assistance through various sources, specifically from the Federal Government, State Government, and Institutional Grants;  as well as, Scholarships!  Fun fact:  According to the National College Access Network "students have an 85% chance of getting some kind of student financial aid, and 92% of applicants from low-income households get grant money that never has to be paid back." 

Don't let the process confuse you. You can get help with completing the application early! CollegeTracks is fully prepared to assist you with the FAFSA renewal process.  When you schedule your check-in, let your coach now that you would like assistance with the application.

Please bring the following with you to your check-in:
  • Your parent(s)' 2016 Federal Tax Return
  • Your 2016 Federal Tax Return (if you filed)*
  • Parents' W2 forms (if both parents worked, so we know who made how much)
  • Please also bring your parents' birth dates (this is NOT included on tax return forms)
  • Your and Your Parents- FSA ID and password.  If you don't remember it, then you and your coach can try to retrieve it together, but things will go more quickly and smoothly if you already have this.  
  • Please KNOW your Social Security Number.
For the tax returns, hard copy or electronic copy is fine.  Please let your coach know if you have difficulty in securing any of these items.  *Although the IRS Data Retrieval Tool may be working, we would like to be prepared if it isn't so please bring your actual documents! 

Another opportunity to get assistance - a ttend one of the following FAFSA Renewal Workshops sponsored by CollegeTracks!

Here are some great links to help you in renewing your FAFSA and what to do after you have filed.  

Where to renew:

5 Things to Do After you File your FAFSA

3 Types of FAFSA® Deadlines You Should Pay Attention To

As always, please reach out to your CT Coach if you have any questions or concerns; we are really here to assist you! 
Don't Delay-Apply Today! 

So, You Want to Transfer?  College Tracks proudly presents:
Look for new additions to our coaching team and a new section entitled: Scholar Talent Showcase in our November Newsletter!              

~CollegeTracks Success Team
Here's a great resource to find online help with studying, budgeting, 
and even student discounts! 

"50 Insanely Useful Websites College Students Need To Know"
  Don't miss out! Scholarships are a great way to help pay for your school, books, transportation, etc. And best of all, you don't have to pay them back!

Name: The Herb Block Scholarship
Due Date: November 10, 2017
Amount: Up to $8000 per academic year
Eligibility: Attend a participating community college and have earned less than 40 credits towards a degree.
Name: Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarship
Due Date: November 14, 2017
Amount: Up to $40,000 per year
Eligibility: Must be a student at a communitycollege with the intent to enroll in the Fall of 2018 as a full time student at an accredited university. Must have at least a 3.5 GPA and have demonstrated financial need.

Name: Education Matters Scholarship
Due Date: November 30, 2017
Amount: $5000
Eligibility:  Open to all legal residents enrolled in a post-secondary institution. Must answer the question, "What would you say to someone who thinks education doesn't matter, or that college is a waste of time and money?"

Scholars - check out these workshops for MC students:
FAFSA Renewal Wksp
MC Rockville 
Thurs, Oct. 19, 1-4pm, Welcome Ctr
FAFSA Renewal Wksp
MC Germantown
Thurs, Oct. 26, 1-4pm, Welcome Ctr
Transfer Wksp 
MC Rockville Fri, Oct. 27, Noon-1:30pm, Science Center, Rm 152

Feeling hungry? MC knows that hungry students don't learn. 
You may want to check out MC's Mobile Market

  • It provides fresh fruits, vegetables and other food at no cost to you
  • Distribution dates at MC Rockville are: Nov. 14 and Dec. 5 (10am-noon)
  • Located outside of the North Garage (NG). 
  • Bring bags to carry food home!
  • For more info:


CollegeTracks College Success Program Team: