WHS ACCESS NEWSLETTER               December 2017
Wheaton High School CollegeTracks Team


Ms. Meghan Lynch 
Program Director
240.221.1699
mlynch@collegetracksusa.org

Mr. Dwaine Brown
Program Coordinator
240.293.0324
dbrown@collegetracksusa.org

Ms. Rula Zaru 
Program Coordinator 
240.244.6640
rzaru@collegetracksusa.org

 
Colleges WILL NOT send you financial aid award letters unless they receive your FAFSA!
   
Don't wait until the last minute!
 
CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE YOUR FAFSA APPOINTMENT TODAY!
         
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT
 
  Milena P.
 
Milena was accepted to Mount Holyoke College's "Focus on Diversity" Fly-In Visit Program in South Hadley, Massachusetts! 
 
Campus Impressions:  
"I liked the environment of an all-women's college. It was nice to share experiences with different girls! The campus was very open and had a lot of study areas, which is important to me because you need different places to study rather than the library." 

Visit Highlights: "Being with my host who is a student at Mount Holyoke was great. I got to learn about her experience and that was very comforting!"

What do you want to study in college? "Biology or chemistry so I can go to medical school after college."

What is the most enjoyable part of the application process? "Hitting the submit button because when you get everything in on time you are one step closer and it's relieving!" 

What are some lessons you've learned? "I've learned to have more responsibility. If you don't keep up you can miss a big opportunity if you leave things for tomorrow!"

What are you hobbies? "I like painting. It is a way of showing your creativity without having all the thinking involved!"

         
All About the CSS Profile!
 
Here is a detailed intro to the CSS Profile! 
 
The College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile is an online application, hosted by The College Board, that students use to apply for non-federal financial aid.

Almost 400 colleges and universities require students to submit a CSS Profile in order to be considered for grants and scholarships. Each college has a different deadline for completion of the CSS Profile. Deadlines can be found on each college's financial aid website.

The CSS Profile requires detailed information from students and families in order to be completed.

Only SOME colleges require the CSS Profile. 
Click here to see which colleges require it.
     
SENIORS DO NOW!
  • Finalize your college list

  • Send your ACT/SAT scores to colleges you are applying to

  • Visit colleges during early release and no-school days

  • Take a campus tour and arrange to meet with an admissions representative

  • Submit your FAFSA and, if required, the CSS Profile

  • Apply to at least 3 scholarships
Schedule an appointment with CollegeTracks TODAY!
     
A Visit to McDaniel College!
CollegeTracks Scholars from Wheaton, Watkins Mill, and BCC attended McDaniel College's "Discover McDaniel Day" in November! 
     
MAXIMIZE WINTER BREAK
It's tempting to unplug during the entire Winter Break, but it is one of the best times to focus on your college process. Here's how:
  • Make progress on your college applications - If you have upcoming deadlines in January and February, work on your applications during break. It's less stressful when you have time to focus.
  • Visit campuses - Some colleges may be open while you are off from school. Go to your college campuses! Get a feel for the environment, talk to current students, take a campus tour. 
  • Apply for scholarships - Use the extra time to look for and apply for scholarship money. Every penny counts!
  • Double check to ensure you've submitted supplements - Check your email and application portals to ensure your colleges have all the materials needed to apply (essays, letters of recommendation, test scores, etc.)
  • Say thanks - Your teachers and counselors have taken the time to write your letters of recommendation. Take a moment to write a note to them expressing your gratitude.
 
$CHOLARSHIP SPOTLIGHT

CLICK HERE FOR THE FALL SCHOLARSHIP PACKET

 Let Ms. Lynch, Mr. Brown, or Ms. Rula know if you're applying for any of these scholarships! 

NAME:  Burger King Scholars Program
DUE DATE:  December 15, 2017
AMOUNT: $1,000-$25,000 
ELIGIBILITY:  Residents of the U.S., Canada, or Puerto Rico. Must be in Grade 12 with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher and plan to enroll full-time in an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or technical school
M ORE INFO:  Click here

NAME: FootLocker Student Athlete Scholarship
DUE DATE: December 15, 2017
AMOUNT:  $20,000
ELIGIBILITY: 
Current high school senior with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher who is a citizen or Permanent Resident of the U.S. and who is entering a four-year accredited U.S. college or university in the Fall of 2018. Must currently be a member (in good standing) of a high school sports team or to be involved in after school sports. 
MORE INFO: Click here

NAME:  Top 10 List Scholarship
DUE DATE:  December 31, 2017
AMOUNT:  $1,500
ELIGIBILITY: Thirteen years or older and legal residents of the 50 U.S. states or the District of Columbia. who plan to enroll in a post-secondary institution no later than Fall 2020. Be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2020) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. Must submit an online short written response (250 words or less) for the question: "Create a top ten list of the top ten reasons you should get this scholarship!"
MORE INFO:  Click here

Click here for scholarships that do not require U.S. citizenship!
  
COLLEGE SPOTLIGHT! 

DID YOU KNOW? 

university of the Catholic Church!
 
There are approximately 3,600 undergraduate students and 400 full-time faculty members at CUA. 
 
  
Catholic U. offers popular majors such as          Engineering, Nursing, and Architecture! 
 
 
CUA students are from all 50 states.  The average class size is 20 students. The male to female ratio is 45 to 55.
  
SHOUT OUTS
  • Wheaton High school administrators and staff, we appreciate all you do to support and encourage students!
  • Shoutout to all of the Seniors who are attending Fall Workshops!
  • Thank you to the CollegeTracks volunteers for their continued dedication to student success. 
  • Thank you to the WHS Wellness Center for inviting CollegeTracks to host 2 fall workshops!
  
WHERE TO FIND US?
Room 1007
Mondays, Tuesdays, 
Thursdays, & Fridays 
9:00am-5:00pm
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