October Guidance Newsletter

10/4/2019 10:00:56 AM

Guidance Office Newsletter

October 2019

September was a busy month! Seniors went on their retreat to self-reflect, while sophomores bonded with each other and participated in leadership activities at Camp Joy. We had visits from college reps and students were encouraged to attend the many college fairs in the area.


Some reminders for the month of October:

Please watch for any updates from the Guidance Department in Mr. Gressock’s Friday emails.

Upcoming College Representative Visits to CLS:

During the month of October, several college representatives will stop by to see students. The visits will take place outside of the forum or in senior guidance classes. I encourage all students to stop by to say hello to the reps, but especially those who are thinking about attending that college - tell the rep your name, introduce yourself and let them know you are interested.

10/4 University of Cincinnati 12 pm in Commons

10/7 Walsh University 11:15 am in Commons

10/8 University of Evansville during senior guidance class

10/9 Centre College 11:45 am in Commons

10/15 University of Kentucky during senior guidance class

10/22 Northern Kentucky University during senior guidance class

10/29 Thomas More University during senior guidance class


Questions to Ask on a College Visit:

What questions should you ask during a college visit? Students received a list of questions to ask college reps at college fairs to help them become more comfortable talking with college reps. Here is a list of questions that may be helpful when visiting colleges to determine if the college will be a good fit.




their major?

should be aware of?

interviews, study skills workshops, etc.)?


Financial Aid & Scholarships:


Campus Life:


Questions to Ask Current Students:


College Fairs and College Meet and Greets in October:

College Fairs are a great place to go to get information from many schools at once. During sophomore, junior and senior guidance classes, we will talk about questions to ask college admission representatives. Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are encouraged to go to college fairs. It is never too early to start thinking about post-secondary goals.

10/3 Meet Morehead State University from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Newport Aquarium.       

10/9 Northern Kentucky Regional College Fair from 6 pm to 7:30 pm at Thomas More University Connor Convocation Center.

10/17 Information Session with Harvard, Princeton, UVA, Wellesley, and Yale starting at 7 pm at Cincinnati Marriott at RiverCenter in Covington. Admissions representatives from Harvard, Princeton, UVA, Wellesley, and Yale will discuss academic programs, campus life, selective college admissions and financial aid. Please bring your friends and family. Please register for this event here.


Scholarship Opportunities!

Start your scholarship search now. Many scholarships are open to freshmen through seniors. There are many websites to search for scholarships. Try fastweb.com, studentscholarships.org, or goingmerry.com to name a few. You may also contact local organizations, companies, and religious organizations to ask if they offer scholarships. Start accumulating your college money now!


Listed below are a couple scholarships of interest.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. Each year 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected to receive this $20,000 scholarship. Apply now! High school seniors may visit Cokeurl.com/Apply2019 to apply to be a Coca-Cola Scholar. Deadline: October 31, 2019, at 5 pm.                                                                                                                                              

Horatio Alger Scholarship Program is one of the nation's largest need-based college scholarship programs in the country. This scholarship specifically assists high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger Association seeks students who've exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, in addition to having critical financial need. You may apply for this scholarship here. Deadline: October 25, 2019


William T. Robertson High School Essay Scholarship Contest is open to any Kentucky resident High School Seniors. The winner will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship to be paid to the college of their choice in their freshman semester and will also be invited to attend the KCA Winter Convention to be held in Louisville Kentucky this year to accept the award. You may apply here.

Deadline: November 4, 2019

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. In addition to the monetary award, Cooke Scholars receive comprehensive educational advising, significant cohort-based programming, and graduate school funding, as well as access to a thriving network of more than 2,600 fellow Cooke Scholars and alumni. You must apply for this scholarship through the Common App. Deadline: November 13, 2019

Ramsey Debt-Free Degree Scholarship Giveaway is giving away $10,000 in college scholarships. Answer a few easy questions about going to college debt-free and be entered for a chance to win one of three scholarships. Open to freshmen through seniors. First place wins $5,000, second and third place wins $2,500 each. It really is as simple as answering a few True or False questions! You may apply here.



10/16 PSAT at CLS Mandatory for all Juniors and Optional for Sophomores

10/26 ACT National Test Date (not held at CLS) register here by October 8.

10/30 Practice ACT at CLS Mandatory for Juniors

11/2 SAT National Test Date (not held at CLS) register here by October 15.


Other News:

FAFSA opened on October 1. The website http://www.understandingfafsa.org/  has guides to help both parents and students complete FAFSA.

To file your FAFSA, please go to https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa


College Essays

The blog written by Ethan Sawyer aka College Essay Guy, a nationally recognized college essay expert, is full of tips, advice, and examples to help with writing a college essay. Please check out this post “How to Start a College Essay-9 Surefire Techniques” to help you get started!



Seniors, juniors, and sophomores work with a program called Naviance in guidance class. Naviance is a tool for students to learn more about their interests and then connect those interests to colleges, majors, and careers. One of the tools in Naviance is SuperMatch. Using SuperMatch students can choose things important for them to have in a college and receive a list of colleges that match their “must-haves” by percentage. They can also compare their GPA and test scores with the averages of current students attending that college.

I hope you enjoy this short highlight video of SuperMatch!