Lake Forest College: Application Deadline; New Minor; Honors Fellow Program

Counselor Connection

January News & Notes

Our application deadline for Regular Decision is February 15. Students can apply online with the Lake Forest Application or the Common Application. There is no application fee.

Next fall, Lake Forest College will become one of the first schools in the Associated Colleges of the Midwest to offer entrepreneurship as a minor, meeting a high demand among students and employers alike. One in three employers seek college graduates with entrepreneurial experience as potential hires, according to a May 2012 article in U.S. News & World Report.


Honors Fellows Program
The Honors Fellows Program recognizes students admitted to Lake Forest College with exemplary high school academic careers. Many unique opportunities are offered to Honors Fellows, including an invitation to apply for the Richter Scholar Program. As a Richter Scholar, students conduct independent research with a faculty member the summer after their first-year at the College. It’s an amazing opportunity for a student to become involved with research that early in their college career.

Lake Forest
555 N. Sheridan Road
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

Seeking Young Writers: Scholarship Opportunity Grades 8-12

I am reaching out to young writers again.  The Ayn Rand Essay Contest is a scholarship opportunity for students grades 8-12(MS/HS).

The Ayn Rand Essay Contest for Anthem (8, 9, and 10 graders) and The Fountainhead (11 and 12 graders) is an opportunity to demonstrate your talent. Young writers can present analytical skills while learning about one of the most controversial America writers of the 20th century.


Anthem link:


The Fountainhead link:


Prize awards range from $30 – $10,000. The submission deadlines are respectively March 20, 2014 and April 26, 2014.


Contest rules, additional information, and a contest flyer are available at:



Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge: Grades 9-12

Do you love to write and have aspirations of being an author?  The Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge is sponsored by B’nai B’rith International.  The scholarship competition is open to students in the following areas:


New York City

Washington, DC Metro Area

Delaware/Delmarva Peninsula

Southern New Jersey


Read the summary and follow-up, if interested.  The submission deadline is March 21, 2014.  Click on the link for details.



The Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge is a scholarship competition hosted by B’nai B’rith International that asks high school students (9-12 grades) to write and illustrate a children’s book that tells a story of tolerance or diversity. The first place winner will see his or her book professionally published and will receive a $5,000 college scholarship. The teacher and school of the first place winner will also each receive a $500 grant. Submission deadline is March 21, 2014.
Contest rules, additional information and a contest flyer is available at:

2014 MITES Summer Program (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) for Rising HS Seniors

Visit the following links for information about MITES: Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science 2014-15 programs. The enrichment opportunities, for rising seniors, are sponsored by the MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs.  All three programs are free; two residential (six-week and one-week programs) and one online.  Students are responsible for their transportation to the campus for the residential summer programs.

The application DEADLINE date is Saturday, February 1, 2014!!
MIT is located in Cambridge, MA, which is located near downtown Boston.  Even though MIT is most commonly known as the “A+ school” for science, engineering, and technology, it also showcases its programs in economics, political science, and management.  And don’t think of MIT students as engineering nerds; the D-III school has 33 varsity sports.  Applications overlap with Caltech, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, and Yale.

Barnard College (New York City)

Peruse the email from Barnard College, New York City.  Barnard is a liberal arts and science women’s college with close proximity and access to “Ivy” Columbia University as a coeducational partnership.  It’s located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and its curb appeal is a big attraction, as well as other perks made available in NYC.  The population of approximately 2400 women have ambitions of being “movers-and-shakers” in the world. Good fits would be good scholars and intellectual artists.  Collegians graduate with a degree from Columbia U-Barnard.  Applications overlap with Brown, Columbia, NYU, University of Penn, Tufts, and Yale.  Barnard offers six summer programs for rising/prospective high school juniors and seniors.

Welcome from the Dean of Enrollment
Happy New Year! 

I am delighted to send you our first issue of Barnard’s Counselor Newsletter. I hope this e-communication will help you stay informed about what’s new at Barnard. We plan to send an issue in January, May, and September, key points in the admissions counseling process.
Please feel free to share relevant information with your students and with colleagues who may not already be on our mailing list. Colleagues may sign up for future newsletters on our Counselor Page.  Also, let us know what you think. Any and all feedback is welcome.
Jennifer Gill Fondiller ’88
Dean of Enrollment Management

Reflections on Early Decision
Although Barnard College’s Early Decision pool has traditionally been modest, we have seen incredible growth over the last 5 years.  We encourage eager students to apply early, but we favor an approach that’s about love, not strategy.  Students who have selected Early Decision have often visited, know current Barnard women or alumnae, and are 110% sure Barnard is the right choice for them.  More on Early Decision here.

Pre-College Programs
Barnard’s Pre-College Programs provide great insight for rising junior and senior girls considering New York City or women’s colleges for their college list. Six programs ensure they can find diversity in their course selections and unique program compositions. Students may immerse themselves in two classes as part of our Summer in the City program, sample one course during our Liberal Arts Intensive, focus on performance and theory during Dance in the City, hone leadership skills with the Young Women’s Leadership Institute, dive into the sciences during the Summer Science Seminar, or build their brand with Entrepreneurs-in-Training,

Who is my best contact in Admissions?
At Barnard, each staff member is assigned to a geographic region, distributed both to develop regional knowledge and continuity and to ensure application reading volume remains manageable.  Above all, we try to encourage the understanding of regional context, which we consider central to a holistic review process.  If you haven’t met your regional counselor, feel free to reach out to her with questions about Barnard or your applicants.  She would be happy to make your acquaintance.  Contact us.

Global Symposia
Barnard College of Columbia University presents The Sixth Annual Global Symposium
Barnard’s Global Symposia series was launched in 2009 with four main goals in mind:  to provide a dynamic forum for discussion of women’s issues in regions where such opportunities do not readily exist, to create a network of women leaders from around the world, to inspire young women and spark their own leadership potential, and to provide an opportunity for Barnard, as an American college, to learn from women in other parts of the world and bring their stirring stories back to our students.
Symposia have taken place in Beijing, China (2009), Dubai, UAE (2010), Johannesburg, South Africa (2011), Mumbai, India (2012), Sao Paolo, Brazil (2013) and will take place in Shanghai, China in 2014.  More on the Symposia can be found here.

Fourth Annual Athena Film Festival
February 6-9, 2014
New York City
The Athena Film Festival — a celebration of women and leadership through film — was founded by Barnard College’s Athena Center for Leadership Studies.  It is an engaging weekend of feature films, documentaries and shorts that highlight women’s leadership in real life and the fictional world.  The four-day festival, which includes conversations with directors and Hollywood stars and workshops for filmmakers, has quickly established itself as one of the most prestigious festivals of its kind.  If you find yourself in the neighborhood of Morningside Heights during the dates of the Festival, we would love to have you join us.
The Office of Admissions
Barnard College
3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 Phone 212-854-2014 Fax 212-854-6220

Youth Technology Program and Scholarships: Washington, DC Area; Grades 8-12

Peruse the announcement below regarding an opportunity for current students, grades 8-12, in the MD-DC-VA area to participate in a technology enrichment program.  The objectives include career exploration, competition preparation, and academic enrichment.  Click on the link for more information and to register for the Open House.  The next Open House/information session will be Saturday, January 18th, 11:00-12:30.

The Youth Technology Program is recruiting students in the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area (which includes Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC).  The program trains students in information technology, while laying a solid foundation for their collegiate and professional careers.  The program has an intensive training curriculum for 8th – 12th grade students. The program prepares students to compete in the Regional and the National High School Computer Competitions (HSCC) annually. You can find more information about the Youth Technology Program at
All new and previous students as well as their parents or guardian must meet with Youth Technology committee in an Open House Session.  We will conduct two Open House Sessions on Saturdays, January 11th and 18th 2014.  Both sessions are from 11:00AM – 12:30PM.  Please schedule an interview online at

2014 Summer Programs at Northeastern University (Boston) for HS Students

Northeastern University will be offering summer programs for rising/prospective sophomores, juniors, and seniors on its campus.  Experience the college scene in Boston with an introduction to Northeastern, the city, and other intellectual and social attractions.  It’s also a great opportunity to meet other high school students with similar or different interests prepare, just like you, for higher education.
Register to attend the January 14th webinar or click on the website for a video and information.  Now is the time to start researching summer enrichment programs.
Northeastern University Undergraduate Admissions
Last year, Northeastern University experienced great success with its Summer Programs for High School Students. This year, we are confident that the program will be our best yet. As we look forward to Summer Programs 2014, we encourage you to tell your talented students and their parents about this opportunity.
Summer Programs at Northeastern are designed to prepare rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors for the academic, social, and campus experiences of college. Building upon Northeastern’s world-renowned reputation for experiential learning, our credit and non-credit programs bring together classroom learning and real-world experiences.
What makes our Summer Programs at Northeastern so unique? Students can:
  • Test an area of study: Prepare for college and beyond by exploring classes in environmental studies, entrepreneurship, robotics, and more.
  • Put ideas into action: Whether you’re programming an app or developing a business plan, you’ll watch your ideas come to life.
  • Explore Boston: Our 73-acre campus is set in America’s best college town, Boston. Visit Fenway Park, the North End, Newbury Street, and all that summer in Boston has to offer.
Learn more by attending our January 14, 2014 webinar or contacting Lucy Fitzpatrick, enrollment coach for our Summer Programs at 877.668.7727.
The Summer Programs Admissions Team
Northeastern University
Contact: Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

Boston University’s Winter Event for Prospective Students: February 21, 2014

Boston University has announced a Winter Open House for interested sophomores, juniors, and parents on Friday, February 2014.  Click on the website link, in the email, for more details and to register.



Dear Colleague:

We will be hosting a special Winter Visit Day for your sophomores and juniors and their families to learn more about Boston University. These events will include an in-depth information session, covering everything from student life to study abroad opportunities to what makes an application competitive for admission. Guests will also have the opportunity to visit our schools and colleges to learn about specific academic programs and will tour BU’s residential community. Lunch will be provided in one of our dining halls.

Winter Visit Day: Friday, February 21, 2014
Boston University George Sherman Union
775 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Program: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

For more information about Winter Visit Day, please visit our website.

We encourage you to share this information with students and parents on Naviance. Please note that all students that plan to attend should RSVP on our website. We look forward to seeing your students on campus.

Best wishes,

John C. McEachern
Director of Admissions

775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

2014 Health and Biomedical Sciences Summer Camp for High School Students

Peruse the email below regarding a health and biomedical science summer program for high school students at Lebanon Valley College, located in Annville, PA. The “hands-on” camp is a one-week experience and will be offered twice during the summer.  The residential program is for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors.   I visited LVC in 2009 and health sciences is one of their popular majors, so this is an ideal campus to explore the life sciences from an academic and experiential perspective.  Lebanon Valley is located 21 miles from Harrisburg; 85 miles from Philadelphia.  As per the email, visit the website to access a summary of the program.  Contact information for the director,  Dr. Courtney Lappas, is provided in the email.
As an educator who advises high school students, I would like to alert you to a valuable academic opportunity that may be of interest to your students: the Health and Biomedical Sciences Summer Camp, which will be held at Lebanon Valley College from June 22-27 and July 6-11, 2014.
The goal of the Health and Biomedical Sciences Summer Camp is to provide a window into the scientific basis of human health.  Through lectures and hands-on laboratory investigations in state-of-the-art laboratories, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of molecular biology, pharmacology, immunology, biochemistry and medical ethics.  Students will learn how laboratory science can be translated into improved human health, and they will engage in investigative experiences that will allow them to apply their laboratory skills to real life problems.  In addition, students will interact with practicing professionals in fields such as medicine, physical therapy, toxicology, genetic counseling and biomedical laboratory research. The Health and Biomedical Sciences camp will provide a fun, challenging and engaging college environment in which students will develop a deeper understanding of what it means to be a biomedical scientist and health professional.
For more information, or if you or your students have questions about the camp, you can visit the Health and Biomedical Sciences website ( or contact Dr. Courtney Lappas at
Thank you for your time, and we hope to see some of your students at LVC this summer!
Courtney Lappas
Director, Health and Biomedical Sciences Summer Camp
Assistant Professor of Biology
Lebanon Valley College

Great Scholarship Opportunities for High School Seniors!

Great scholarship opportunities for high school seniors!!



Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) U.S. Scholarship Program. graduating seniors visit for information or apply at The RMHC Program seeks to invest in students who are exemplary role models in their communities and have the initiative to fulfill their educational goal. DEADLINE: January 21, 2014.
AFCEA NOVA (Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association) Scholarship offered beginning December 1! $2,000 scholarships are primarily based on merit to qualified students who are pursuing degrees or advanced training in various technical fields such as: Information Technology /Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Pure Natural/Physical sciences and other technology-related fields supportive of our National Security. Must visit the AFCEA Nova web site to create and account and apply. The deadline for application is February 28, 2014.
The 12th Annual National Co-Op Scholarship Program is now accepting applications. Merit scholarships awarded to high school students who plan to participate in college cooperative education at one the nine partnership colleges that include Clarkson U., the State University of NY Oswego, Drexel U., the University of Cincinnati, Johnson & Wales, the University of Massachusetts Lowell, RIT, the University of Toledo and Wentworth Inst. of Technology. Applicants should have a GPA of 3.5 or better (on a 4.0 scale) and apply to one of the partnership colleges. Visit for more information. DEADLINE: February 14, 2014.
Scholarship Opportunity for Latino High School Seniors. Done Vida Scholarship Video Based Contest. Make a video. Win a scholarship. Save lives! Create a 2 minute video and compete for up to $3,000 in scholarship money. Video submissions must be made by 11:59 pm on Monday, March 31, 2014. Visit and select ‘News and Events’ for competition rules. Video entries must be submitted by email to
Joseph Fox Jr. Memorial Scholarship Min 3.2 GPA (open to HS recipients who plan to major in reading or a reading field and pursue coursework that will prepare him/her for a teaching career). Interested in applying go to and click on resources. DEADLINE: April 14, 2014.