WHS ACCESS NEWSLETTER               OCTOBER 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

IT'S FAFSA SEASON!
 
Students and Families: 
 
Your Free Application for Federal Student Aid is one of the first steps in securing financial aid to attend college. We can help you and your family complete your FAFSA accurately and on time. 

You can start filling out the FAFSA on October 1st! You and your family can start by gathering the documents you will need to complete the FAFSA. 

To make an appointment & get started on the process today:
  • Stop by CollegeTracks in Room 1007
  • Email us at wheaton@collegetracksusa.org
  • Text Ms. Lynch, Mr. Brown, or Ms. Rula 
  • or CLICK HERE to book your appointment online!
         
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT
 
Ribeka H.
 
What excites you most about beginning  your college journey?
The most exciting part of starting my college journey is getting to embark on my educational path of getting my dream job. AKA finally getting into the real world!!

What do you like most about being a part of CollegeTracks?
My favorite part is having the resources right at my fingertips. If I have any questions or I am confused about something, I have a group of people that are willing to help me.

What colleges are you applying to and what do you want to study?
I am applying to most schools in Maryland including University of Maryland, Towson, Goucher and more! I am not sure what I want to study, but I know that I want to be in the medical field since I am in the Wheaton High School Bioscience Academy.

What advice do you have for juniors who are beginning their college application journeys?
All I can say is work hard now! This is the year that counts. Focus on your GPA and studying for the SAT, ACT, or ACCUPLACER. Also, don't forget to volunteer and get your SSL hours. You don't want to become a Senior and have to worry about completing your SSL hours  when you have a million and one things to do for college!
         
EARLY ACTION VS. 
EARLY DECISION?
  
As you research your college application deadlines, you will see terms like "Early Action" and "Early Decision."  Although the names sound similar, they are very different. Use the chart below to distinguish the differences and apply by the appropriate deadline! If you have any questions about the difference, stop by CollegeTracks!

             EARLY ACTION
           EARLY DECISION
                Non-binding
                      Binding
If accepted, student is 
not r equired to attend the college. Student receives early notification of acceptance and is free to apply to other colleges.
If accepted, student is  promising to attend   the college.  Student has not received a financial aid package at this time.

     
SENIORS DO NOW!
  • Email us your college essay draft for review and feedback

  • Complete your resume

  • Complete your Naviance Forms
  • Request recommendation letters from teachers on Naviance
  • Attend ACT or SAT prep session
  • Continue working on your Common Application
  • Continue working on your Coalition Application if you are applying to University of Maryland- College Park
  • Create an FSAID for yourself and one parent 
  • Schedule your FAFSA appointment
  • Identify 3 scholarships that you can apply for
Schedule an appointment with CollegeTracks TODAY!
    
UPCOMING DEADLINES!
University of Maryland, College Park's priority application deadline is on Wednesday, November 1st.
 
You will need to apply using the Coalition Application!

University of Maryland, Baltimore County's
early action deadline is Wednesday, November 1st.
 
You will need to apply using the Common App!

TALK TO US NOW   IF YOU ARE APPLYING!
       
COLLEGE VISITS
 
The following colleges will be visiting Wheaton in October. To sign up for a college visit, see Ms. Hammond-Davis for a pass!
 
College
Date
Time
Mon October 2, 2017
9:30 AM
St. Mary's College of Maryland
Mon October 2, 2017
11:00 AM
Elon University
Tue October 3, 2017
8:45 AM
Shepherd University
Tue October 3, 2017
10:00 AM
Notre Dame of Maryland University
Wed October 4, 2017
8:30 AM
Washington College
Wed October 4, 2017
1:30 PM
Lycoming College
Thu October 5, 2017
11:00 AM
Morgan State University
Thu October 5, 2017
1:00 PM
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Mon October 9, 2017
11:00 AM
Virginia Commonwealth University
Mon October 9, 2017
1:00 PM
The Catholic University of America
Tue October 10, 2017
9:00 AM
American University
Thu October 12, 2017
11:00 AM
Shenandoah University
Thu October 12, 2017
1:00 PM
Frostburg State University
Mon October 16, 2017
9:00 AM
Stonehill College
Mon October 16, 2017
1:00 PM
Ferrum College
Tue October 17, 2017
1:00 PM
Bethany College
Wed October 18, 2017
11:00 AM
Old Dominion University
Thu October 19, 2017
9:30 AM
University of Richmond
Thu October 19, 2017
11:15 AM
Lehigh University
Thu October 26, 2017
9:00 AM
Pomona College
Fri October 27, 2017
10:00 AM
Smith College
Fri October 27, 2017
11:00 AM
 
Come see us to learn more about these colleges!
       
ESSAY COVER SHEET
 
You all are working hard on your college and scholarship essays...keep up the great work! 
 
 

CollegeTracks is happy to review and edit your essays. It helps us a lot when we know some info about your essay.  
We will begin using the:  


 
Here's how it works:
  • Complete the top part of the Essay Cover Sheet (it's attached and we have copies in our office)
  • Staple the Essay Cover Sheet to your essay draft
  • Give your essay and the cover sheet to CollegeTracks staff (Ms. Lynch, Mr. Brown, or Ms. Rula)
  • We'll review your essay and put feedback on the Essay Cover Sheet
  • When we're done, we'll let you know when you can pick up your edited essay
If you email us your essay, please answer these questions and attach your essay to the email:
  • What is the essay question?
  • Which draft is this? (1, 2, 3, Too many to count)
  • What is the word count?
  • When is the essay due?
  • What is the essay for? (college, scholarship, something else)
We're looking forward to reading your incredible essays!
 
$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:  AES Scholarship
DUE DATE:  October 6, 2017
AMOUNT: $500 
ELIGIBILITY:  Minimum of a 1,000 word essay. Open to High School Seniors and all students attending a post-secondary educational facility.
M ORE INFO:  Click here

NAME:  Coca-Cola Scholars 
DUE DATE:  October 31, 2017
AMOUNT:  200 students receive awards of $1,500, $1,250, or $1,000
ELIGIBILITY: 
Grade 12. A minimum of 3.0 GPA at the end of their junior year 
of high school * U.S. Citizens; U.S. Nationals; U.S. Permanent Residents; Temporary Residents (in a legalization program); Refugees; Asylees; Cuban-Haitian Entrants; or Humanitarian Parolees
MORE INFO: Click here

NAME:  Zombie Apocalypse 
DUE DATE:  October 31, 2017
AMOUNT:  $2,000
ELIGIBILITY: Must be age 13 or older, grades 9-12. Be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall) in an accredited post-secondary institute of higher education. Be a resident of the (50) U.S. States or the District of Columbia.
MORE INFO:  Click here
  
COLLEGE SPOTLIGHT! 


DID YOU KNOW? 

Stevenson is the third-largest independent university in Maryland, with more than 4,100 students pursuing bachelor's, master's, and adult undergraduate degrees.





Ninety-three percent of Stevenson graduates found a job or continued their education within six months of graduating.








Stevenson has two campuses - one in Stevenson, MD (Greenspring campus) and one in Owings Mills, MD (Owings Mills campus).





Stevenson has nearly 50 student clubs and organizations that range from academic interest to social activities and 27 Division III athletic teams.

  
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! 
  
WHERE TO FIND US?
Room 1007
Mondays, Tuesdays, 
Thursdays, & Fridays 
9:00am-5:00pm
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