1st of all, I would like to remind all students who have put in a FEE WAIVER REQUEST for either the SAT or ACT or BOTH, you must come by my office to pick up those waivers.  It usually only takes me 1 day to fulfill a request (barring any meetings off campus I must attend) and I am noticing quite a number of waivers have not been picked up.  You do not want to miss these deadlines as that can often result in extra fees…now for some more cool COLLEGE STUFF!!!  And please read ALL the email…attached goodies @ the end include:

  • Updated Oct/Nov Scholarship Bulletin
  • Congressman Curbelo’s Meet & Greet Academy Night Oct. 15th
  • 2016-2017 State University Matrix – all you need to know for applying to any of our 12 state institutions in Florida
  • “College Essays That Work

College Visits coming to Coral Reef next week…check them out online:


Interested in learning more?  Sign up to attend their info sessions & and see ALL the schools coming to Coral Reef soon here:


Nomination Based Scholarships…HURRY, DEADLINES COMING SOON!!!!

Morehead-Cain Scholarship @ UNC Chapel Hill Students interested in UNC Chapel Hill so much so that you are planning to early to the institution as a school’s Morehead-Cain nominee cannot apply binding Early Decision or binding Early Action at other institutions.  BRIEF PARAGRAPH EXPLAINING WHY YOU SHOULD BE CORAL REEF’S NOMINEE IS DUE TO MS. GILMAN BY OCTOBER 5TH! .


The Levine Scholars Program seeks exceptional high school seniors who demonstrate a commitment to community service, hold an academic record that reflects a sustained passion for knowledge and possess a capacity for ethical leadership that elevates fellow students to a higher standard. The program takes the brightest, most capable students and gives them the tools, resources and environment they need to connect, transform and make a difference in the world. Levine Scholars receive:

*   An award for four years of tuition, room, board and mandatory fees

*   An $8,000 grant to implement a service project of their own design

*   Four summers of experiences including study abroad<> and NOLS<>

*   Access to a professional development fund

*   An undergraduate experience they will cherish for a lifetime

The total value of this four-year scholarship is estimated at $105,000 for in-state students and $155,000 for out-of-state students.

Levine Scholars are eclectic in their interests and pursuits. Our scholars have secured diverse internships at companies and agencies such as Apple, Google, Martha Stewart Living, the Manhattan Transit Authority and the Children’s Defense Fund. Members of the first three graduating classes<> have gone on to explore and achieve at the highest levels. Four alumni are recipients of the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant; several are attending graduate school at Carnegie Mellon University, Johns Hopkins University, UNC Chapel Hill, University of Pennsylvania and the University of Texas at Austin; others are enrolled at medical school at East Carolina University, Rush Medical College in Chicago and UNC Chapel Hill; and one is a third-year law student at Stanford University. Our alumni can also be found at Google, Johnson & Johnson, Wells Fargo Securities and the U.S. Air Force. The sky is truly the limit for our scholars and alumni! BRIEF PARAGRAPH EXPLAINING WHY YOU SHOULD BE CORAL REEF’S NOMINEE IS DUE TO MS. GILMAN BY OCTOBER 5TH!

Davidson College’s JOHN M. BELK SCHOLARSHIP  8 Belk Scholars will be chosen to receive an annually renewable scholarship equivalent to the college comprehensive fees (THAT’S OVER $61,900!!!) plus two study stipends (that’s like getting paid to study!) of $3,000 each to pursue international study or other enrichment opportunities.  If you are interested in Davidson College and would like to explore this further check out this link and be sure to let your counselor and Ms. Gilman know if you’re interested in pursuing a nomination   BRIEF PARAGRAPH EXPLAINING WHY YOU SHOULD BE CORAL REEF’S NOMINEE IS DUE TO MS. GILMAN BY OCTOBER 21ST!

The Danforth Scholars Program @ Washington University St. Louis The Danforth Scholars Program honors the student who embraces high ideals, whose life choices are guided by personal integrity, selflessness, a commitment to community, and a dedication to leadership and academic excellence.  Danforth Scholars may receive full- or partial-tuition scholarships. The scholarship is renewed each year for the duration of the degree program, provided the scholar progresses academically and upholds the high standards of character required of scholars.  The Program is open to prospective graduate or undergraduate students applying to Washington University. Undergraduates must be nominated to receive consideration. Be sure to let your counselor and Ms. Gilman know if you’re interested in pursuing a nominationBRIEF PARAGRAPH EXPLAINING WHY YOU SHOULD BE CORAL REEF’S NOMINEE IS DUE TO MS. GILMAN BY November 4th!

The Jefferson Scholarship at the University of Virginia Students who receive the Jefferson Scholarship come from rural counties and urban environments, from the United States and beyond. They care deeply about the mysteries of science and the beauty of art. There is no typical Jefferson Scholar.   Yet these individuals do share a certain posture. They yearn to ask questions, to take risks. To push toward excellence and to do so humbly. To take control of the next four years and their futures. They are the leaders, scholars and citizens of a better world ahead. Thomas Jefferson’s University of Virginia is a place where producing leaders for a self-governing people has always been a primary goal.  The undergraduate scholarship program has been attracting and cultivating undergraduate leaders since 1980, providing them sufficient financial support so that they are free to develop their talents and to use them for the good of the University community.  Award – Intended to cover the entire cost of attendance for four years at the University of Virginia plus coverage of the supplemental enrichment experiences.

Total value of the scholarship exceeds:

  • $240,000 for non-Virginian students

The Jefferson Scholar Stipend in 2016-2017 will exceed:

  • $61,000 for non-Virginian students  Enrichment – The scholarship also includes an extensive enrichment program which supports and nurtures these students throughout their four years at U.Va.  Opportunities include:
  • Jefferson Scholars’ stipend includes tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, board, and personal expenses.
  • Team Challenge Program
  • Institute for Leadership and Citizenship
  • Foreign Travel Studies
  • Alumni Connections Program
  • Career Counseling
  • Public Service Fellows
  • Enrichment Dinners and Receptions
  • Information and nominating process found online at Once  again, Be sure to let your counselor and Ms. Gilman know if you’re interested in pursuing a nomination.  BRIEF PARAGRAPH EXPLAINING WHY YOU SHOULD BE CORAL REEF’S NOMINEE IS DUE TO MS. GILMAN BY November 10th!




Hispanic Heritage Foundation Scholarships There are many exciting  scholarship opportunities of up to $3000 for rising Latino high school senior class of 2017!  We are awarding over 180 scholarships in cities across the country, including but not limited to Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago and New York! (Click here to view the full list of cities)


Our Scholarship Categories & Sponsors are:


  •         Business & Entrepreneurship: sponsored by BBVA Compass
  •         Community Service sponsored by Colgate Palmolive.
  •         Education: sponsored by Southwest Airlines
  •         Engineering: sponsored by ExxonMobil
  •         Health & Science sponsored by CVS Health
  •         Mathematical Sciences sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC)
  •         Parent Award sponsored by Learning Heroes



To access the application, click here:




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To find out more about what we do click here:


I LOVE LOVE LOVE Khan Academy – and now they are offering a $250,000 scholarship for 13-18 year old students interested in the STEM field!  See below for details for this creative scholarship opportunity – but hurry!!!  Deadline is 10/10/2016!


We’re proud to partner with the Breakthrough Junior Challenge video contest again this year. Enter for a chance to win a $250,000 college scholarship.

To enter, create a short video explaining a challenging concept in physics, mathematics, or the life sciences in an engaging, illuminating, and creative way.

Learn more and register today

Anyone ages 13 through 18 is eligible to enter. The winner’s teacher will receive a $50,000 prize, and their school will get a new $100,000 science lab. The winner will also be invited to an awards ceremony, where the prize will be presented in front of the superstars of science, Silicon Valley, and Hollywood.

Good luck, and we can’t wait to see your videos!


Sal and the Khan Academy team

P.S.The deadline for submissions is October 10, 2016. Learn more and register today.


Trustee Scholarship

Boston University’s most prestigious merit-based award recognizes students who show outstanding academic and leadership abilities. Every year, Boston University welcomes about 20 outstanding students to the Trustee Scholars Program. Many of our current Scholars had perfect 4.0 grade point averages in high school and typically ranked in the top 5–10% of their class.

In addition to exceptional academic credentials, Trustee Scholars are intellectually and creatively adventurous and demonstrate viewpoints, experiences or achievements beyond the usual. They are, in other words, not just top students, but extraordinary people. At BU, scholars also become part of a unique campus community that offers many intellectual, cultural, and social opportunities.

While the competition is especially rigorous, the benefits are considerable. A Trustee Scholarship covers full undergraduate tuition plus the University orientation and mandatory undergraduate student fees and is renewable for four years if certain criteria are met.

How to Apply

To be considered for a Trustee Scholarship:

  • Submit the Common Application and all required materials for admission to one of the undergraduate degree programs at Boston University by December 1.
  • Boston University Trustee Scholars are encouraged to develop well-informed and well-reasoned views of important political, social, and artistic issues. We select students who have a sense of how to present persuasive arguments in support of their views. With that in mind, please select one of the questions below and respond with an essay explaining your perspective in 600 words or less. Please complete your essay on the Common Application as part of your application to Boston University.  Click the link below for the essay prompts and more information:

More information if you’re looking in the Massachusetts area: This from UMass Boston:

  • Annual Fall Open House – October 15th
    • We will be hosting our annual Open House on Saturday, October 15th. Open House is a great opportunity for students to explore all that UMass Boston has to offer from academics and our Honors College to student life and varsity athletics. Students can register online at
  • New Early Action deadline  – November 1st
    • We have moved our Early Action deadline to November 1st. Supplemental documents are due by November 15th. Nursing majors are highly encouraged to apply Early Action.
  • Test Optional Program
    • UMass Boston will be piloting a test optional application program for Fall 2017. Students who feel their SAT or ACT scores are not representative of their academic abilities are now able to apply without submitting a standardized test score. More information is available to students when they apply with the Common Application or UMass Boston’s web application.
  • University Hall is open!
    • Our newest general academic building (pictured above) adds more than 2,000 classroom seats to our campus. Our arts and performing arts students are loving University Hall’s new dance studio, recital hall, black box theatre and musical performing classrooms.
  • New Residence Halls – Fall 2018
    • UMass Boston is currently in the process of building the university’s first ever residence hall which will open in Fall 2018. The new residence hall complex will include 1,000 beds for first year students as well as a dining facility for the entire campus community.

Eckerd College’s Fall Open House is Monday, November 7 and I hope you will help spread the word to your students.  Registration is online at  Students will also be able to spend the night before with our Eckerd College Organization of Students (ECOS) on our very own South Beach for South Beach Supper Club. ECOS will be hosting a cookout just for students so that they can meet and chat with various members of our campus community. The event starts at 6:00 p.m. Sunday, November 6 and is only for students.

Eckerd College is a private four-year coeducational liberal arts college at the southernmost tip of St. Petersburg, Florida, in the Tampa Bay metropolitan area. The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools



PACE University will be in South Florida to answer your admissions question.  Please see below for more info & to register to attend.


Dear Guidance Counselor:


I am excited to announce that Pace University will be visiting Southern Florida in October and would like to invite you and your prospective students to attend a special information session!


Monday, October 10

6:30pm – 8:30pm


The Westin Fort Lauderdale

400 Corporate Drive

Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33334

Pace University is the only University in New York where students will benefit from the Pace Path – a personal, academic, and professional plan for success in the classroom and beyond. Many Pace students participate in the University’s internship program, which has the largest internship placement program of any university in the New York metropolitan area and is available to students on both campuses.

Our campuses are located in downtown New York City, just four blocks from Wall Street and in scenic Westchester County, which is the home of many Fortune 500 companies and just a short train ride from the city.

Find out more about the wealth of opportunities Pace University has to offer at our fall regional information session on Monday, October 10th! Please contact Maria Dressler at to RSVP. Students can register at Light refreshments will be served.


Maria Dressler

Associate Director of Admissions and Recruitment

Undergraduate Admission

I just recently subscribed to this website and they offer good, cute, QUICK little tips about the whole College Application/Scholarship/Financial Aid process.  Hope you all enjoy it as much as I am:

And for our juniors & sophomores…these summer enrichment programs are pretty AWESOME!!!!

line to apply is January 31, 2017

Read the 2017 YYGS Press Release announcing two new sessions for 2017!

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Watch this video to learn more about YYGS sessions on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math:


Save the Date

Applications for the Pre-College Programs at the University of Notre Dame GO LIVE on October 1, 2016! 

2017 Summer Scholars 

Program Date: June 24 – July 8, 2017

The Summer Scholars program is a two-week program for talented rising high school juniors and seniors who are interested in experiencing a taste of college life. Summer Scholars introduces students to college-level academics in fields ranging from the liberal arts to the sciences and business. Summer Scholars courses are rigorous and small in size, and the campus experience serves as an excellent introduction to the life of a college student.

For rising high school juniors and seniors.

Application deadline: February 6, 2017

2017 Leadership Seminars 

Program Date: July 15 – July 26, 2017

Leadership Seminars is a 10-day, all expenses paid program for advanced students who wish to hone their critical thinking and expressive skills in the company of dynamic peers. Students engage in lively discussions on issues of global concern under the tutelage of Notre Dame faculty. The three seminars offered are American Arts, Popular Culture, and Social Change; Global Issues: Towards a Just Peace; and Science, Ethics, and Responsibility.

For rising high school seniors only.

Application deadline: January 30, 2017

2017 Study Abroad: Rome

Program Date: June 3 – June 17, 2017

This two-week program immerses students in the history and culture of the Eternal City, with a focus on the architectural landscape and its stories. Scholars representing a range of fields, from art history to anthropology, are on hand to guide students in their exploration of this fascinating city. The new Notre Dame Center in Rome serves as the home for lectures and discussions, while the city itself, with its monuments, museums, and historic neighborhoods, serves as the program’s true classroom.

For rising high school seniors (that means current juniors) only.  Application deadline: January 30, 2017.


2017 Study Abroad: Ireland

Program Date: July 15 – July 29, 2017


Ready to really #GoIrish? Discover the rich history and culture of both bustling Dublin and bucolic Connemara, Ireland with this 12-day exploration of the Emerald Isle. Guided by Notre Dame faculty and local scholars, students will embark on an exploration of Irish culture, history, and landscape through what O’Connell House calls “learning through the soles of your feet.” With seminars held at the Keough-Naughton Notre Dame Center in Dublin and the historic castle of Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, Study Abroad: Ireland treats students to numerous sites of interest in both the east and west.For rising high school seniors only.
Application deadline: January 30, 2017.
For more details about the programs offered for Summer 2017, please visit
Applications are available online October 1.

Lou Gilman
CAP/College Advisor
Coral Reef  Senior High School
305-232-2044, ext 2151

“I stand upon my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way.”
Robin Williams,
Dead Poets Society – 1989