Junior News Highlights, April 15, 2015

Dream it Be it Program Application

The Dream it Be it Program aims to empower adolescent girls with the confidence and tools that they need to achieve their professional and personal dreams.  This session will focus on career exploration.  It will lead participants through a self-assessment of interest and values because participants’ current interests can predict fulfilling, future careers.  This event will take place on Friday, May 1, 2015 from noon to 2 PM.  Space is limited.  If interested, please complete this form by Monday, April 20.  You will be notified via email if you have been selected to attend.

Mainline Regional College Fair

The Professional Development Committee of the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling (PACAC) is hosting a college fair at Villanova University on Tuesday, April 28 from 6:30 PM to 9 PM.  For more information, please click here.

Philadelphia Access Workshops and College Fair

The Association of Black Admissions and Financial Aid Officers of the Ivy League and Sister Schools (ABAFAOILSS), Bryn Mawr College, and the University of Pennsylvania are hosting workshops and a college fair catered to underrepresented and low-income students.  These events will take place on Saturday, May 9 from 9:30 AM to 3 PM at the University of Pennsylvania. For more information and to register for this event, click here.

Camp College 2015

Camp College 2015 is a real life residential college experience exposing rising high school juniors and seniors to a comprehensive college prep curriculum over the course of three days and two nights on the campus of Albright College in Reading, Pa. The program will take place from Wednesday July 29th – Friday, July 31st.  For more information and to apply, click here.  Applications are due Friday, May 15.

Senior News Highlights, April 9, 2015

Congrats to the 2015 FIBOT Winners!


Seniors Amani Bey, Maggie Hohenstein, Darya Nemati, Edgar Pacio, Alaina Silverman, and Reggie Simmons were awarded the prestigious Franklin Institute Board of Trustees (FIBOT) Scholarship!  Each year, five SLA seniors with intentions to major in STEM fields are awarded a two-year, $5000/year scholarship.  Congrats again!

Scholarships due in April!

The Richard A. Ash Scholarship Fund – This award offers $1,000 or up to your 90% of your educational cost!  Information must be received by The Philadelphia Foundation no later than April 14.

Bob Schiller Memorial Scholarship – Students should demonstrate academic excellence and show evidence of progress over the last two years.  Recommendations and a short essay are required for the application, which is due by April 17.

Colman Witte Scholarship Fund – Perfect for students who demonstrate a commitment to the fields of art, architecture and interior design.  Applications are due April 27.

For more information, please go to the Scholarship tab in the College News Blog.

Interesting Article About College Admissions

As college decisions are rolling in, students may be feeling excited, overwhelmed and confused.  If you have some time, read an article about “How to Survive the College Admissions Madness.”

Spend a Summer Day at Penn State!

Penn State offers summer open houses at their different campuses where you can learn more about admissions, academics, and students life.  For more information and to register, please click here.

Senior News Highlights, February 2, 2015

 mid-year requestNeed Mid-Year Grades?

The College Office is now accepting mid-year grades request.  We have a request sheet on Ms. Hirschfield’s door. Please note that we are still waiting for grades to be processed and will be sending them as soon as they become available.

fafsa night2 family FAFSA and PHEAA

It was great seeing many of our families complete their financial aid applications at our FAFSA night event at SLA! Make sure to get all requested financial aid applications completed by the schools’ deadlines.  If you still haven’t completed your applications, and need help, make an appointment to see Ms. Hirschfield.

FIBOT Scholarship Deadline Extended to February 15th

Students majoring in STEM careers: Apply for the Franklin Institute Board of Trustees Scholarship: https://www.fi.edu/franklin-institute-board-trustees-scholarship-application Continue reading

Questions to Ask Colleges


Here are a few scripted questions that Juniors and Seniors can ask when talking to College Admission Representatives:

Around Academics:

-Do you have any professional programs? (eg: does your liberal arts school offer a teaching credential, is your nursing program accredited)

-How many students on campus do research with their professors? How easy will it be for me to find academic mentorship at your school? Continue reading

Interested in taking a year off after Graduation?

Preparing for life after graduation could be quite stressful; deciding what college to attend, what you want to major in or even if you want to take a year off to explore your options.  It is typical for students who take a gap year to use the extra time to travel, get an internship, find a job to pay for their expected college tuition or just to decide what career path they are interested.  If you are interested in a gap year see the links below:

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