Saturday, October 21, 2017

Great Scholarship Options To Consider

Doodle4Google: If the thought of seeing your own artwork on Google's homepage doesn't tempt you, their $30,000 scholarship might. The Doodle 4 Google Scholarship is open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade who submit a doodle that incorporates the word "Google." The only requirement is creativity, but work fast – this year's Dec. 2nd deadline is coming right up.

Greeting Card Contest:  your chance to win $10,000 for school and see your greeting card on store shelves. Applicants must be 14 or older and submit original artwork or photos to qualify. Channel your inner artist and see what you can dream up for your chance to win. The deadline is March 1st, 2018.

The Spirit of Anne Frank Scholarship:  This scholarship offers winners up to a $10,000 award to put toward the cost of their college application. Applicants must be high school seniors who plan on attending a four-year college or university starting in the fall of 2018. You'll need to submit a 1,000-word essay and two letters of recommendation that prove you've been actively involved in social justice issues within your school or community. The deadline to apply is March 17th.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Film Festival Competition

Dear Christy,
We invite you to help us celebrate the creative spirit and beauty of the region by encouraging your students to participate in the SOUTH GEORGIA FILM FESTIVAL,March 2-4, 2018 at Valdosta State University.
The second annual South Georgia Film Festival is an open film competition for high school students, college students, and filmmakers of all ages. While we are looking to showcase films under 15 minutes in length, we are open to animation, narrative, documentary and experimental genres. We want to emphasize the growing film community in the Southeast (Georgia, Florida, Alabama and South Carolina).
All films must be submitted through Entry fees are extremely low for participants ($10 by the November 1 deadline / $20 by the December 15deadline),  
but we are offering your school a waiver of all fees with the code:   

Along with our wonderful trophy and prizes from local sponsors there are tremendous Scholarship Opportunities for our overall winners in both the High School and College categories.
All participants will be invited to attend the screenings at the Student Union Theater on our beautiful campus at Valdosta State University. Along with film screenings, we will have panels and discussions with regional film and media makers, including this year’s guest Brantly Jackson Watts. Brantly recently served as a Filmmaker in Residence at the Atlanta Film Festival. Her film BIRTHDAY CAKE, screened at the Atlanta Film Festival, Sidewalk Film Festival, and many more.
Winners will be announced Sunday, March 4 at 1 pm. Only attending filmmakers will be eligible for the overall prizes. Filmmakers will be notified by February 26, 2018 if their works will be screening during the festival.
Films will be judged by experts from the region. Students in Valdosta State University’s Mass Media program will be participating as screeners in the open and high school categories. Beyond the overall winners, films will also be recognized by our judges for various areas of achievement – such as best use of prompts, cinematography, production design and acting. 
We look forward to having you and your students be a part of this experience. For more information, please direct students to:
A. Blake Pearce
Dean, College of the Arts
Professor of Art
Valdosta State University

Monday, October 16, 2017

Danforth Scholar Nomination Deadline Approaching

If you are applying to attend Washington University in St. Louis, check out the Danforth Scholar Program.  Full or partial scholarships can be provided to eligible students.  Check with your counselor for more information.  Nomination deadline for NOHS students will be November 1st!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Looking For Some Test Prep Pointers?

Hi Christy,

I hope you're doing well.

My colleagues and I really enjoyed meeting you at NACAC last month.

I'm reaching out to hopefully set up a time for us to touch base again and to let you know about a special free ACT & SAT prep opportunity I hope you'll consider sharing with your students and their parents.

On Tuesday, October 17th, I'm going to be leading a free ACT/SAT strategies webinar at 7pm. I've taken the actual ACT and SAT far more times than any person who cherishes his or her sanity ever should, and I'll be discussing some of the key insights I've gained as well as strategies that are highly effective on both exams.

The ACT/SAT strategies webinar is primarily intended for juniors and their parents, but I welcome anyone you feel might benefit. I'll be leading the webinar live, so students and parents can pose questions, and I assure you the feedback will be phenomenal.

Families can register for my free live webinar by clicking the link below.

Special ACT/SAT Strategies Webinar with Catalyst's CEO

Thank you, and I hope we'll have an opportunity to touch base next week, after this event!

Best Regards,

Jared Friedland

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Need Help With The FASFA?

New Webinars for October and November
There are some great webinars scheduled for the months of October and November! Students, parents, and professionals who work with students are invited. Remember, you can submit questions during the webinar and our team will answer your questions during the event. Here is a complete list for the fall:
  • 2018-19 FAFSA® Demo Line-by-Line (Tuesday, Oct. 17 4–5 p.m. ET)
  • How to Create Your FSA ID Step by Step: Live Demo (Thursday, Oct. 19 3–4 p.m. ET)
  • Eligibility for Federal Student Aid (Tuesday, Oct. 24 2–3 p.m. ET)
  • After the FAFSA® Form: What Happens Next? (Wednesday, Nov. 81–2 p.m. ET)
  • Get Your Questions Answered About Financial Aid and the FAFSA® Form (Thursday, Nov. 163–4 p.m. ET)
Remember, registration fills up quickly so sign up today!
Ordering FSA Publications
On Sept. 27, we completed the transition to our new publication distribution center and launched our new publication ordering website.
To order publications, you'll want to start at, where you'll find information about our publications and a link to the publication ordering site. The design of the ordering site has changed and the ordering process is a bit different, but you still have access to the same free publications. The main changes to the ordering process are that you will no longer need to log in to order publications, and you won't be able to see your past account or order information.
If you're new to ordering publications or want to know more, you can learn about ordering publications.
Please direct students and their parents to, where they can browse publications, videos, and graphics and order print copies of certain items.
Order publications at
New Edition of the FSA Partner Spotlight
Are you searching for ways to collaborate with community partners to promote financial aid awareness, increase parental engagement in the financial aid process, or create a culture of FAFSA completion among your students? In the latest edition of the FSA Partner Spotlight, our featured partners share how they have achieved all of the above and more through their innovating programming.
We would love to hear from you! If your district, school, or organization is interested in being featured in the FSA Partner Spotlight, please contact

Easy-to-Use Social Media Resources to Promote FAFSA Completion
Social media is a great way to disseminate financial aid information and engage students and parents. Creating resources and social media content can be time-consuming, so we've done the work for you. Here are some easy-to-share Facebook and Twitter posts, YouTube videos, infographics, and blog posts.
Additionally, we've written a number of blog posts that address some of the most common questions we get about the financial aid process. Read our blog posts and subscribe.
Finally, on the last Wednesday of each month at 5 p.m. ET, we host an open Q&A session on Twitter called #AskFAFSA Office Hours. "FAFSA Frenzy" is the topic for the Oct. 25, 2017, #AskFAFSA Office Hours. Due to the holidays, our November #AskFAFSA Office Hours will be held on Nov. 15, 2017. The topic will be "Repaying Student Loans" and the Federal Trade Commission will join us as a co-host. In December, #AskFAFSA Office Hours will resume a normal schedule. View transcripts of past #AskFAFSA Office Hours.
We encourage you to follow us and share any content from our pages.
Additional Resources for Your FAFSA Outreach
We've created resources (e.g., fact sheets, videos, brochures, infographics, PowerPoint presentations) that share information about the FAFSA process. Be sure you know where to get our resources for youand where to send students and parents so they can check out our resources for them.
For you, the counselor or advisor: At, you'll find a search tool that you can use to filter resources by type, audience, and topic. You'll find webinars for your professional development and PowerPoint presentations you can adapt for your school's/organization's college night, as well as plenty of items you can pass along to students.
For students and parents: offers dozens of items that explain the federal student aid programs and application process to students and parents.
Visit for items for you; send students and parents to

I Took The PSAT, Now What?

What To Do After The PSAT

Interesting Article That Shares the Concern Of Numbers On the College Side of Admissions

Colleges can be places of opportunity and new beginnings, yet, we need to remember that they are a business.  The process of the college admissions is interesting.  Whether one is viewing it from the high school side or the college admissions standpoint, the system is fascinating and complicated.  A great article in Forbes magazine does a great job of highlighting some concerns that are not openly talked about in the college admission world.  This article is great for families that are beginning to generate their college list and for those that are not sure that the one they have in place is solid.