Get Ready for Coral Reef’s College Fair

Coral Reef’s AMAZING College Fair is RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!!  We are excited as this is always a great event full of important valuable information attended by wonderful college representatives eager to talk to you and your parents  We are so fortunate to have over 140 institutions (see attached!) coming here to talk to YOU!!

Wednesday, October 11th 2017

6:00pm to 8:00pm 

But please keep in mind two important things:

  1. YOU MUST HAVE YOUR CORAL REEF ID WITH YOU TO BE ADMITTED TO THE FAIR.  Of course your family is welcome to join you, but we must be able to identify you as a Coral Reef student.

  2. As these college representatives are indeed coming to talk to YOU…plan on making a good 1st impression on THEM!  Please plan to come dressed appropriately but comfortably.  Our school uniform is great!  A quick change at home into some comfy jeans (with no rips!) and a nice shirt or maybe even one of our spirit shirts is great too.  What’s not? Gym clothes, dance clothes, short shorts, saggy shorts…if you’re questioning it, change it!

[College Fair Photo Gallery]

College Stuff Week 11/28-12/2

HELLO!!!  Here’s the weekly College Stuff email…as promised I have attached the CURRENT, UPDATED 40 PAGE!!!!! SCHOLARSHIP BULLETIN.  Please be sure to take some time after reading through all this info to open the attachment (maybe even save it to your desktop?) and apply…APPLYAPPLY!!!

I am currently finishing up my visits to ALL the junior Academy classes.  I cannot tell you all how excited I have been to have the opportunity to get into these classes at this early time to give our amazing juniors the information and tools necessary to be successful on their journey to post secondary success.  One of the sites I have been really happy to share with our juniors for just this reason is  which is great for all kinds of college & career planning.  A tool found within is mycareershines that is specifically great for the career planning aspect.  There will be a Parent Webinar in the use of this tool coming next Monday, please see below for more information and to register if interested:

MyNewsShines where opportunity knocks

Upcoming Parent Webinar

On Monday, December 5, MyCareerShines is hosting two webinars specifically for parents of students who use MyCareerShines. The first webinar focuses on Parents as Partners in the career planning process and will be held at noon ET. The second focuses on the Navigator Parent Portal and Resources and will be held at 2 p.m. ET.


Spread the News

Be sure to inform the parents of your students of these exciting opportunities! For more information or to register for these and future webinars, visit

Over 250,000 students
are currently using MyCareerShines.



the United States Naval Academy (USNA) is requesting a list of students – DUE TO THE TIMING I AM ASSUMING THEY MEAN JUNIORS – interested in the Naval Academy so that they may reach out to them and invite them to visit.  If you are a JUNIOR interested in the Naval Academy please provide me with your FULL NAME & EMAIL so that I may send it to the coordinator.
Another very important point I have been trying to make in my junior presentations is the importance of juniors getting in and registered for the upcoming SATs and/or ACTs.  As such, please see below for the calendar of 2016-2017 test dates that remain for this school year:


CORAL REEF SENIOR’S CEEB Code is 101-199.  YOU MUST report this code in order for Coral Reef to receive your scores.

SAT & SAT Subject Area Test Dates & Deadlines

Test Type Test Date Regular Deadline to register LATE DEADLINE (add $28)

fee waivers do cover the cost of late fees

·         SAT no essay – $45

·         SAT w/essay – $57  

·         Sub. Area $26.00 + $20 per Subject

Oct. 1, 2016 Sept. 1, 2016


Sept. 20, 2016

$73 or $85

fee waivers do cover the cost of late fees

·         SAT no essay – $45

·         SAT w/essay – $57  

·         Sub. Area $26.00 + $20 per Subject

Nov. 5, 2016 Oct. 7, 2016


Oct. 25, 2016

$73 or $85

fee waivers do cover the cost of late fees

·         SAT no essay – $45

·         SAT w/essay – $57  

·         Sub. Area $26.00 + $20 per Subject

Dec. 3, 2016 Nov. 3, 2016


Nov. 22, 2016

$73 or $85

fee waivers do cover the cost of late fees

·         SAT no essay – $45

·         SAT w/essay – $57  

·         Sub. Area $26.00 + $20 per Subject

Jan. 21, 2017 Dec. 21, 2016


Jan. 10, 2017

$73 or $85

fee waivers do cover the cost of late fees

·         SAT no essay – $45

·         SAT w/essay – $57

No Sub Area available in March 


March 11, 2017 Feb 10, 2017


Feb. 28, 2017

$73 or $85

fee waivers do cover the cost of late fees

·         SAT no essay – $45

·         SAT w/essay – $57  

·         Sub. Area $26.00 + $20 per Subject

May 6, 2017 April 7, 2017 April 25, 2017

$73 or $85

fee waivers do cover the cost of late fees

·         SAT no essay – $45

·         SAT w/essay – $57  

·         Sub. Area $26.00 + $20 per Subject

June 3, 2017 May 9, 2017


May 24, 2017

$73 or $85

fee waivers do cover the cost of late fees

And speaking of SAT…

A number of juniors have asked questions about sending SAT test scores (which makes me very happy!  ).

Here is information right off the College Board website. It can be found in full at:

Sending Your SAT Scores

There are two ways to send your scores to colleges, universities or scholarship programs:

  1. During Registration

You receive four free score reports every time you register for the SAT. We highly recommend that you take advantage of these reports, as additional reports are subject to a fee.

Also, using registration score reports ensures that test scores are sent to colleges as early as possible. Choosing your score recipients during the registration process ensures that colleges have the most complete set of your information to review for admission as well as scholarship awards, course placement, or selection to a specific program or major. In a recent survey, colleges said that receiving score reports is important to them because it shows which students are interested in their schools.


  • After Registration


You can send score reports at any time from your “My SAT” account. The time frames for score delivery vary based upon each institution’s method of receiving scores. Please remember that an additional week may be needed for the score recipients to process your scores once they receive them.

There is a fee for sending score reports after registration. However, if you are a fee-waiver-eligible student, you may have additional score report credits.

If you are sending reports after you’ve finished high school and have not tested for a year, see Requesting Old Scores.


There is an additional fee for this service.

Ordering Information:

Online (credit card required):

  1. Sign in to My SAT. If you haven’t already created a account, do so now.
  2. Click the “Send Available Scores” button.
  3. Search by name, state, code or country for the institution(s) you’d like send your scores to.
  4. Select the Rush Reporting option on the “Review Your Order” screen.

Phone: toll-free: 866-756-7346.

What does a fee waiver cover?

  • Your SAT fee waiver covers 100% of the registration fees for a single test date.
  • You can use up to two waivers for the SAT and up to two waivers for the SAT Subject Tests™. That’s a total of four fee waivers (up to three subject tests per test date).
  • Everyone gets four free score sends with registration. When you use a waiver, you can also send four additional score reports (worth a total of $44) to the colleges of your choice at any time for free.
  • Most colleges charge an application fee. As a fee waiver recipient, you can obtain up to four requests to waive college application fees from your counselor. Many four-year and two-year colleges accept application waivers – view a list of schools that participate in the College Application Fee waiver process. College is totally within your reach, and application waivers can help you get there.
  • Get a $40 discount on The Official SAT Online Course™ when you order it during online registration.
  • Choose either the Question-and-Answer Service or the Student Answer Service (for the SAT only), and get it FREE when you order during registration.

More news from The College Board:

Tell your students they can use Score Choice™ to select and send their best SAT® scores to colleges. They can convert old SAT scores to new ones (and vice versa) in accordance with each college’s score-use policy.

Remind your students to register for the January SAT by December 21.October SAT scores are now available. Students can log in to their College Board account to view their scores

Khan Academy
Make sure students who took the October PSAT/NMSQT create and connect their College Board and Khan Academy accounts. That way, when they get their PSAT/NMSQT scores on December 12, they can log in to Khan Academy and get a personalized SAT practice plan.

In January, we’ll be making a special effort to encourage students to connect their accounts. Watch for details in next month’s newsletter.

You can create your own Khan Academy educator account to track students’ progress. Here are some guides to get you started.

ACT Test Dates & Deadlines

Test Test Date Regular Deadline to Register LATE DEADLINE (add  $27.50)

No writing – $42.50

w/ writing-$58.50

Sept. 10, 2016 Aug. 5, 2016 Aug.6-Aug19, 2016


 w/ writing – $86

fee waivers DO NOT cover the cost of late fees


No writing – $42.50

w/ writing-$58.50

Oct. 22, 2016 Sept. 16, 2016 Sept 17-Sept 30, 2016


 w/ writing – $86

fee waivers DO NOT cover the cost of late fees


No writing – $42.50

w/ writing-$58.50

Dec. 10, 2016 Nov. 4, 2016 Nov. 5-18, 2016


 w/ writing – $86

fee waivers DO NOT cover the cost of late fees


No writing – $42.50

w/ writing-$58.50

Feb.11, 2017 Jan. 6, 2017 Jan. 7-20, 2017


 w/ writing – $86

fee waivers DO NOT cover the cost of late fees


No writing – $42.50

w/ writing-$58.50

April 8, 2017


March 3, 2017 March 4-17, 2017


 w/ writing – $86

fee waivers DO NOT cover the cost of late fees


No writing – $42.50

w/ writing-$58.50

June 10, 2017 May 5, 2017 May -6-19, 2017


 w/ writing – $86

fee waivers DO NOT cover

the cost of late fees

Now lets take a look at a few updates directly from some colleges & universities.

Travel Season by the Numbers
As the admission counselors conclude their busy travel season, we like to reflect on the students we have met on the road and all the work we have done in just a few short months. Take a look at this Fall’s travel by the numbers:

We truly enjoyed meeting many of you through our travels, and we are excited to transition from travel season to reading applications from the plethora of students we met this Fall!

Processing… It Takes Time
Chapman University expects to receive more than 15,500 applications this Fall. Although our staff is dedicated to processing applications and document quickly, we are also extremely committed to accuracy. Please know that it may take three to five weeks after the arrival of your documents in our office for them to be reflected in your Admission Status Page. Not to worry, we will always consider the date they were sent and received.

Follow Up On Your Application:
Soon after we process your Common Application, we will email you to provide access to your
Admission Status Page. Once you log in, you’ll be able to track the status of your application materials. Please keep in mind there will be a lag time for all your documents to be accurately reflected. We look forward to reviewing your application and thank you for your patience while we work to process your documents.

Time is Running Out to Schedule your Fellows Interview!
The Fellow Interview deadline for Early Action applicants has passed. High school seniors applying for Regular Decision have until January 27 to complete a Fellows Interview. The interview process is an optional part of our application and only open to high school seniors. Interested students can register online to schedule a Fellows Interview.

Early Action Applicants

If you applied Early Action and have submitted all of your materials, it is time to patiently wait for your decision. Early Action decisions will be released starting in late December (mid-February for Film Production). These are the possible decisions you might receive:

  • An offer of admission
  • A roll into Regular Decision requesting your updated senior grades or more information
  • A denial

Be sure to check your Admission Status Page for updates on admission documents that we have received and what we may be missing to complete your application file.

Pharmacy, Screen Acting & Theatre Performance applicants:
Pharmacy, Screen Acting and Theatre Performance applicants will be contacted if invited for an in-person interview or audition.

  • If invited, Pharmacy candidates will be asked to interview on Saturday, December 10. Admission notification for Pharmacy will be in mid-December to early January.
  • Applicants to Screen Acting and Theatre Performance may be invited to attend an in-person audition, either on Chapman’s campus in Orange (December-February) or at a regional audition in New York City (January 21 & 22) or Chicago (February 9). Admission notification for Screen Acting and Theatre Performance will begin in in late-December and continue through late-February.

Notification Timeline for Early Action & Film Production

Term, Program & Priority Response Date
Fall 2017 Early Action (First Year only) Mid- to Late December
Fall 2017 Film Production applicants* (First Year only) Early February
Fall 2017 Theatre Performance priority deadline (First Year only) Late December & ongoing
Fall 2017 Screen Acting priority deadline (First Year only) Late December & ongoing
Fall 2017 Pharmacy (FEAP) priority deadline (First Year only) Late December & ongoing

*There is no Early Action deadline for Film Production applicants even though they share the same deadline. Whether a Film Production applicant selects Early Action or Regular Decision on the Common Application is irrelevant as long as the Common Application and Creative Supplement are submitted by the November 1 deadline.

Office of Admission Holiday Hours


Thanksgiving Week:
» Thursday-Friday, November 24-25: Closed

Winter Break:
The Admission Office will be closed from December 22, 2016-January 1, 2017 for Chapman’s winter break. Should you have any questions during that time, please feel free to reach out to your counselor by email, but keep in mind there may be a delay in their response.

Spring 2017 Applicants & Admits

Prospective Applicants for Spring 2017 
It’s not too late to complete your application for Spring 2017 for some undergraduate majors. Chapman operates on a rolling admission basis for the spring cycle, so we will continue to accept applications on a space and funds available basis. If you have questions regarding applying late for spring, please e-mail and one of our counselors will get back to you. If you’ve already applied for the Spring, admission decisions have been going out and will continue to go out until we fill the class. The first day of Spring classes is Monday, January 30, 2017.
Admitted Spring 2017 Students
Advising and registration will begin in mid-December and be on-going from there. If you have not yet submitted your enrollment deposit there is still time to do so. For instructions and more information on submitting enrollment deposits you can click here. Spring housing options are available and you can submit your Spring 2017 housing application here. You can see a checklist of everything you need for Spring 2017 admission by visiting our admitted students page.

Chapman Happenings

Chapman’s breaks in the soil at new Community Farm Holocaust Rescuer Oskar Schlinder’s archive gifted to Chapman
Student Nicole Renard ’17 is baking up a future in food show entertainment
Outpouring of love for former CU student Leslie Jones after cyber-bullying

Scholarship and Guaranteed Admissions Program deadlines

The deadlines for our Scholarship and Guaranteed Admissions Programs are approaching!

  • School of Medicine Graduate Guarantee: November 15
  • Physician Assistant Graduate Guarantee: December 1
  • Academic Scholarships: December 15

Students who wish to be considered for these programs should make sure that all of their application materials are submitted by the deadline listed above.

Visit Campus

Students who are interested in learning more about Pitt are encouraged to visit campus for our tours and information sessions, offered Monday through Friday and on select Saturdays. There are also options for visitors to tour the specific school that interests them. We are now waiving the $45 application fee for students who register and attend an information session Monday through Friday. Please note that we are not refunding application fees for students who visited prior to October 24.

New School of Computing and Information

Pitt has announced a new School of Computing and Information, which will begin enrolling students in fall 2017. The School combines the former Computer Science program and the School of Information Sciences and will offer a variety of academic programs that combine computing and information expertise with academic disciplines across campus. The focus will be on discovery and entrepreneurship driven by technology.

Praise for Pitt

We are proud to announce that Pitt is ranked #47 among global universities in the U.S. News & World Report 2017 Best Global Universities. We are the largest Pennsylvania university in the top 50.

Pitt was also named the best public university in the northeast by the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings, earning the highest scores in three out of four categories: student outcomes, academic resources, and student engagement.

Honors Designation

The University Honors College will now offer a University Honors College Scholar Designation that will recognize Pitt’s most ambitious students. Those who meet the requirements will receive a special designation on their transcript when they graduate.

The University Honors College (UHC) is unlike a typical honors college program. We provide thousands of incredible opportunities without unnecessary obligations. Students may participate in the UHC in a multitude of ways during any point of their time at Pitt.

Facebook Live Chats

For insight into the admissions process at Pitt, students can watch recordings of our recent Facebook Live chats. Our Associate Director of Admissions Ron Jankowski hosted an event about Pitt scholarships and Associate Director of Operations Kerri Meeks-Griffin fielded questions about the Pitt application.

Stay tuned for information about future Facebook Live events!

School Counselor Office Hours

Do you and your students have questions about the application and admissions process? Call us!

Every Tuesday from 9-11 a.m. and Thursday from 3-5 p.m., Kerri J. Meeks-Griffin is ready to answer your calls. Contact her at 412-624-0770.

Mrs. Meeks-Griffin has more than 10 years of experience serving on the Admissions Committee and also oversees the administrative support staff that processes Pitt applications.

School Counselor Office Hours are offered through May 1.


Resource for Parents

We’ve gotten a great response to our new brochure, “Future College Parent Toolkit.” The piece guides parents (and, by extension, their students) through the college search and application process with some timely tips and words of wisdom, collected from our team of admissions experts. The information is not all specific to Dickinson but will hopefully be helpful no matter what colleges and universities end up at the top of the student’s list. We invite you to share the Issuu version with your students and parents, and if you’d like, we’d gladly send you a print copy.

The Financial Factor

The cost of a college education is a significant investment, but we want you and the families you work with to know that we are committed to making a Dickinson education affordable. We’re also trying to keep things as streamlined as possible. All students apply using the Common Application, there is an optional writing supplement for merit scholarship consideration, and our deadlines for the FAFSA and CSS PROFILE align with the selected admissions application deadline. We even inform students of their need-based financial aid package and any academic merit scholarships at the time of acceptance, so if a student gets into Dickinson, they and their family know right away what to expect in terms of aid and scholarships. Check out this video from our financial aid director for more.

Connect With Us

Dickinson’s admissions counselors are assigned to specific geographic regions. See who the counselor in your region is and reach out to establish that connection! In addition, Dickinson has eight financial aid staff members with a combined 128 years of expertise available to assist you and your students.

Decision-Release Timing

Dates and deadlines are on everyone’s minds during application season, but along with letting Dickinson applicants know when things are due, we also want applicants to be aware of when they will hear from us. Our deadlines page breaks that down for each application pool. (Reminder: Our next application deadline is Dec. 1 for Early Action!)

Keep Up with Dickinson!

There’s always a lot happening at Dickinson, from stellar student-faculty research projects to student performances, winning athletics contests to innovation competitions. Our news page is a great resource for all these things and more, like profiles of our students and alumni, video features (we even got in on the mannequin challenge!) and more.

And now for some insight into a few more careers…

Arts Administration

Arts Administration is the field that concerns business operations around an arts organization. Arts administrators are responsible for facilitating the day-to-day operations of the organization and fulfilling its mission. Arts organizations include professional for-profit entities (e.g. auction houses, art galleries, music companies, etc.) and many smaller professional and non-professional non-profit arts-related organizations (e.g. theaters, museums, symphonies, jazz organizations, opera houses, and ballet companies).

To learn which colleges offer Arts Administration and watch videos about Arts Administration please go to


Accounting can be divided into several fields including financial accounting, management accounting, auditing, and tax accounting. Accounting information systems are designed to support accounting functions and related activities. Financial accounting focuses on the reporting of an organization’s financial information, including the preparation of financial statements, to external users of the information, such as investors, regulators and suppliers, and management accounting focuses on the measurement, analysis and reporting of information for internal use by management

To learn which colleges offer Accounting and watch videos about Accounting please go to:    

Web Design/Digital Media

Multimedia artists design computer-delivered electronic systems that allow the user to control, combine, and manipulate different types of media, such as text, sound, video, computer graphics, and animation. The most common multimedia machine consists of a personal computer with a sound card, modem, digital speaker unit, and CD-ROM. Interactive multimedia systems under commercial development include cable television services…

To learn which colleges offer Web Design/Digital Media and watch videos about Web Design/Digital Media please go to:

Applied – Science

Applied science, is a way to major in the “The Skilled Trades”. Skilled labor is in high in demand nationally. Long gone are the images of poor “blue collar” workers with dirty faces, and small paychecks. In the 21 st century, the image should be more like an Electrician, Plumber, or HVAC contractor with a small fleet of vans and employees who has become very successful and wealthy.

To learn which colleges offer Applied science and watch videos about Applied science please go to:   

And one of my faves…

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The Bronfman Fellowship

The Bronfman Fellowship is a pluralistic program that seeks students from a wide range of Jewish backgrounds

Each year, The Bronfman Fellowship selects a diverse group of 26 North American students in their junior year of high school for an all-expense paid, 5-week Fellowship to Israel. Fellows engage in thought-provoking, academically rigorous study and conversation while making lifelong friends. Our high-caliber faculty deliver educational content at a university level.  Fellows encounter the land and people of Israel, study major issues in contemporary Jewish life, meet with some of Israel’s most influential figures, and learn about themselves and each other.

The academic and professional successes of our 1100+ alumni reflect the high quality of the program and the long-term benefits it can have for participants. For example, over 50% of BYFI alumni currently attend or have attended Ivy League schools.  Bronfman alumni have a particularly strong presence in Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and Columbia.  Our Fellows are supported in their senior year college application process with visits to older alumni on college campuses, personal conversations with the BYFI staff, and recommendations written on their behalf.  Professionally, BYFI alumni comprise former U.S. Supreme Court Clerks, celebrated authors, journalists and producers with leading news organizations such as The New York Times and NBC, and numerous teachers, scholars and clergy.

Prospective applicants can find out more about the program and apply at  If you have any questions, please be in touch. Thank you for helping us reach qualified, talented young Jewish students!

Application deadline: January 4, 2017
Summer dates: June 27th – August 3rd, 2017

New Scholarships

Good360 Sustainability Scholarship


Various $1,000


  • High school senior

  • 3.3 GPA

  • Though Open to ALL Majors – Must Have An Interest In Environmentalism Or Sustainability

  • 200-300-word essay “What Does Sustainability Mean To You?

  • A photo reflecting what sustainability mean to you, how you live it, etc… has on Instagram and/or Twitter w/ #Good360 and linked to photo

  • Application available online at

Foot Locker Scholar Athletes



(20) $20,000 12/16/16 ·         High school seniors who are leaders on their sports teams, in their classrooms and in their communities

·         Currently members in good standing of a high school sports team or are involved in after-school sports

·         3.0 UNWEIGHTED GPA

·         U.S. citizen or permanent resident

·         Two (2) 500 word essays

·         One (1) required non-family recommendation & an optional 2nd recommendation

·         Application online at

Drive Smart Teen Digital Short Contest – NEW!!! $10,000 12/19/16
John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest


Up to $20,000 Cash awards for top 25 essay! 1/4/17
  • Essays can be no more than 1,000 words but must be a minimum of 700 words. Citations and bibliography are not included in the word count.
  • Essays must be the original work of the student.
  • John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Edward M. Kennedy are not eligible subjects for essays.
  • JFK Centennial Year Contest Topic: Essays must describe an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born. The official may have addressed an issue at the local, state, or national level. See Contest Information and Topic Guidelines and Helpful Tips for Writing Your Essay for more information.
  • Essays about past recipients of the Profile in Courage Award  will be disqualified unless they describe an act of political courage other than the act for which the award was given.
  • Essays must have a minimum of five sources.
  • All students must list the name of their nominating teacher on the registration form. The role of a nominating teacher is to provide students with support and advice during the writing of their essay. Nominating teachers are also asked to read students’ essays to make suggestions for improvement before they are submitted to the essay contest. As part of this review process, the nominating teacher reviews the essay for syntax, grammatical, typographical and spelling errors and ensures the essay meets the contest requirements listed above. The first place winner and his/her nominating teacher, as representatives of their school, will be invited to receive awards at the annual Profile in Courage Award ceremony held each May at the Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston.
  • Nominating teachers can be former or current teachers, but must still be teaching at the same high school as the essay participant. Usually students ask their English or History/Social Studies teachers. In very few cases, we will make an exception if a student is unable to ask a teacher from their high school to be their nominating teacher. The parent or legal guardian responsible for the instruction of home schooled students can also serve as a nominating teacher.

·         For further information & submission guidelines visit

RMHC/HACER Scholarship Programs


(various) $1,000 1/18/17 ·         Must be a current high school senior who is eligible to attend a two or four year college, university or vocational/technical school.

·         Must be a U.S citizen or a legal U.S. resident.

·         Committee will also consider community involvement, 4 Question Essay content & academic achievements & records

·         Must be less than 21 years of age.

·         Must have a minimum 2.7 GPA.

·         Must reside within the geographic boundaries of a participating Chapter (we do!)

·         Application only available online at Ms. Gilman will happily email you their overview & guidelines should you request them by email

Ford Salute to Education Scholarship



(50) $1500 2/3/17 ·         High school senior

·         3.0 GPA


·         Financial need

·         Community involvement

·         Leadership & quality of character

·         Application ONLY AVAILABLE ONLINE AT

You Can Make A Difference Scholarship Poster Contest



Honorable Mentions – $100

3rd – $250

2nd – $500

1st – $1000

  • 9th – 12th grade students
  • Create a poster interpreting the theme One Person Can Make A Difference
  • Send entries to: High School Poster Contest,
    THE CHRISTOPHERS, 5 Hanover Square, 22nd Floor New York, NY 10004
  • Entry form and more info found at:
Tall Clubs International Scholarship


(Various) $1000 3/1/17 ·         High school senior entering their 1st year of college…FEMALES MUST BE 5’8” OR TALLER AND MALES 6’2” OR TALLER

·         Visit for more info and to request an application.  Ms. Gilman is also requesting an application be sen tot her so she can make it available to all of you.

B. Davis Scholarship



Various $1,000 5/22/17 ·         High school JUNIORS & SENIORS!

·         Essay of up to 1000 words on “Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most.  “Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that they are developed in an individual”.

·         Essays must be submitted via email to

·         Further info & details found at

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

College Stuff Week of 10/31/16

Hi Everyone

I was in Chicago last week at the College Board national conference and was not able to get the weekly (and more) email out to you. So here is an early one and expect a couple more in the coming days as there is lots and lots of college info coming in…and MUST BE GOING OUT TO YOU!!!

There are quite a few documents attached to this email.  please be sure to open and review those that are of interest and/or pertain to your situation, grade level or needs.

Attached please find:

SENIORS…IT IS TIME TO COMPLETE YOUR FIANCIAL AID APPLICATIONS – the FAFSA & the Florida Financial Aid application (for Bright futures & everything else Florida offers.  Please see attached FFAA Instructions for detailed directions for completing this important application.  And below is more info about the FAFSA…

Senior Financial Aid Reminders. A couple of things to do now (IF you haven’t already done so)….

Create your and your parents FSA ID  (See the attached step-by-step guide)

Creating an FSA ID is a necessary step for ALL financial aid applicants.

Your FSA ID and your parent’s FSA ID will allow you to:

  • Access your FAFSA
  • Sign your FAFSA
  • Allow your parent to access the IRS Data Transfer tool
  • Allow you to view your VERY IMPORTANT Student Aid Report (SAR)

Creating an FSAID ID for your parent will 1) allow you to assess and use the IRS Data Transfer Tool   2) it will allow your parent to sign the FAFSA.


Do your FAFSA online at

Seniors, please feel free to come to my office if you would like me to finalize the information on your FAFSA. If you need help using the IRS data transfer tool entering you parents income tax information  – I will be happy to help you.

YOUR SAR Student Aid Award Letter

Your Student Aid Report (SAR) will come to you in the form of an email a few days after you complete and submit your FAFSA. It is important for you to follow the link back to the FAFSA website so you can review this very important report. It is here that you are notified if you made mistakes on your FAFSA. It is very important that you carefully read your SAR and correct any errors. Errors found on your FAFSA must be corrected or they will delay your being awarded financial aid.

DO NOT assume that everything is OK just because you did your FAFSA.

SAMPLE SAR (Student Aid Report) you must read your SAR for mistakes that you must correct. If you do not correct these errors, yourFinancial Aid Award Letter will be delayed.


Your Award Letter:

This will come after you are accepted to a college and submitted an error free FAFSA

This is so very critical…please do not hesitate to come and ask me to explain your award letter.

It is important that you know and understand:

  • Total Cost of Attendance (what are the individual costs and are they necessary)
  • What is your EFC (Expected Family contribution.
  • How much did you receive in Grants and Scholarships (Free Money)
  • Were you offered Work Study (a job on campus)
  • How much in loans were you offered (money that you must repay

Once you understand all of the above, you can then determine if you can cut some of your loans or not.


We’ve heard from many of your students and their families that they would benefit from extra time to complete the online application to George Mason University. As such, I am pleased to announce that I have instructed my staff to extend the non-binding Early Action application deadline to Tuesday, November 15. I know how busy senior year can be for you and your students, and I hope this extra time helps to alleviate some senior year stress for everyone!

As a reminder, when your students apply to Mason by the November 15th non-binding Early Action deadline, they receive the following benefits:

  • Priority merit-based scholarship consideration without an additional essay or application;
  • Honors College and University Scholars Program consideration;
  • A non-binding admission decision, sent electronically, by December 15

In order to submit the application before the extended Early Action application deadline of November 15, instruct your students to visit or click here. Don’t forget that the deadline is 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) that night for full consideration!

Once again, thank you for all of the work you do to support your students as they make plans for their future academic careers. If we may be of assistance to your or your students, please do not hesitate to contact us at 703-993-2400 or via e-mail at


Honors College Application and Information Sessions!

The Honors College would like to extend an invitation to you, your students, and their families to attend any of our upcoming information sessions. This is an opportunity to meet our directors and learn more about The Honors College application and student experience. You can RSVP to any of the sessions listed below by clicking here.

The Honors College would also like to remind you and your students that our online application is open! The Honors College is a great place for your students to begin their academic career, build leadership skills, work with high achieving students, travel around the globe, and then venture off to some of the nation’s finest institutions. Interested students may refer to the updated applications requirements and follow the steps to apply outlined on our website.


Information Session Dates

Thursday, November 10, 2016

4:30 pm

North Campus

11380 NW 27th Avenue Miami, FL 33167

Room 3249A/3249C

RSVP – North Campus Information Session


Thursday, December 8, 2016

4:30 pm

lnterAmerican Campus

627 SW 27th Avenue Miami, FL 33135

Room 401

RSVP- InterAmerican Information Session


Thursday, December 15, 2016

4:30 pm

Wolfson Campus

300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132

Room 7128

RSVP – Wolfson Campus Information Session


Thursday, January 26, 2017

4:30 pm

North Campus

11380 NW 27th Avenue Miami, FL 33167

Room 3249A/3249C

RSVP – North Campus Information Session


Our priority deadline is on February 1st, 2017 and our final deadline is on April 1st, 2017.



Please join us for FloridaShines’ first live Virtual College Night Wednesday, November 16 beginning at 5 p.m. ET, with follow up seminars Thursday, November 17 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. ET. Virtual College Night is free to everyone and funded by the state of Florida!

6:30 – 7:30 pm: College 101 for High School Students

Give your students insight on the admissions process, explain how to earn college credit while still in high school, and what resources are available to help them succeed in college. 

 8:00 – 9:00 pm: College Survival Guide for Parents

Help parents and students understand how to pay for college without breaking the bank and how to help successfully transition to college. 

 Thursday, November 17 

3:00 – 3:30 pm: MyCareerShines: Plan Your Future Today

Get an overview of MyCareerShines, Florida’s comprehensive education and career planning system.

 4:00 – 5:00 pm: FAFSA: Your Gateway to Financial Aid

Help your students learn the secret to filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is required for most financial aid. 

 5:30 – 6:00 pm: Back-to-School Basics for Adults

Find out how easy it is to go back to school with Complete Florida, which offers more than 100 online degree programs and coaches to provide personalized support from admission to graduation. 

Representatives from the Florida College System, State University System, Florida Department of Education and others will participate.

Register HERE Today! 

For more information, email


RAISE.ME…Ms. Gilman would love love love for every Cuda to be registered and earning micro-scholarships towards their college education.  Join now…almost 200 institutions are on and ready to start rewarding your all for you awesome accomplishments, achievements and success!

Check it out now… and then take a look at this 2 minute video to hear from kids directly 9and if you scroll down just a little you’ll see a video of Ms. Gilman talking about too!

SOPHOMORES & JUNIORS…And check out the attached flyer for earning $$$ from various institutions JUST FOR TAKING THE PSAT THIS PAST OCT. 19TH…

And now…

I would like to take a moment to lay out some application and financial aid strategies for the next few months.

It is my hope for everyone to have the absolute best chance at being accepted to college as well as receiving the maximum amount of financial aid that they are eligible for.

In the strategies below, I am being as basic and general as possible as I understand that many of you have already applied early to meet Common Application and state university deadlines. I wish you all the success in the world…


For many others, you are still working on various application or thinking about applying to more schools.  ALL OF YOU are wondering about financial aid and more. The following strategies are for you. One of my greatest concerns is always students applying late to college and therefore applying late for financial aid. By doing so, you risk receiving far less financial aid and thus finding college less affordable.

The Strategies are as follows:

Deadline Goal
I am still testing and or working to improve my GPA.
Apply now to your desired universities.
Use the attached “SUS GPA & Test Score Chart” for
State University GPA and Test score mid-ranges.
Use the numbers to learn more about what these schools
are looking for.
November 1 or earlier
Applying for summer admissionssometimes puts you in a better position to receive financial aid earlier as compared to waiting to be accepted for the fall.
Consider applying for the summer to gain early admissions.
If you desire a fall admissions date continue testing and send
in your 1st semester grades. If your profile is now closer to
the fall admission requirements, contact the college and
request consideration for fall admissions.
If your application is being deferred due to grades or test scores, stay on the top of your application and follow-up with admissions once new test scores and grades are available
If you are still taking any tests, please make sure that your
scores are sent as soon as possible – directly to your college.
Also as soon as your 1st semester transcripts are ready –
have them sent ASAP to the admissions office of your college.
FOLLOW-UP. Make sure that that things take place in a timely
I am waiting for my admissions to a state university.
Too many students wait till they hear back from a university
only to hear that they have been denied. Only then will they
consider their back-up colleges – like MDC and BC. Often
they find that by the time they apply to MDC or BC that the
majority of free financial aid has been exhausted.
Apply to MDC NOW. Along with doing your FAFSA in January,
you will be in a good position to receive the financial aid that
you are eligible for.
When do I apply for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) ?
Federal Financial Aid is serious business. It is essential that you apply as soon as possible after October 1, 2016.
Even if you have not been accepted yet, do your FAFSA shortly after October 1, and send your information to those colleges where you have applications waiting for a decision.
The 2017-2018 FAFSA is now available. New FAFSA rules will
now allow you to complete the FAFSA using your/parents
2015 income tax returns. This is called Prior-prior year.
This procedure now allows you to complete your FAFSA much
earlier than before and also allows you to almost eliminate
FAFSA errors by now being able to use the
IRS DATA RETRIVAL TOOL. This tool allows you to gain access
to IRS tax information by using your parent’s FSAID user ID
and Password. It is simple, fast and easy.
View Tutorial:
Apply at:
Apply shortly after the FAFSA becomes available January 1, 2016
I have been accepted for the summer term of the 2015-2016 school year. What do I do for financial aid?
You can apply RIGHT NOW for financial aid as follows:
(your 2015 income taxes are now available as well as the 2016 – 2017 FAFSA. So get it done!)
Attending College
Use FAFSA Form
Use IRS Income Tax From
Beginning Summer 2017
Then Fall   2017
2016 – 2017 FAFSA
2017 – 2018 FAFSA
2015 (prior-prior year rule)
2016 when completed if requested by your college.
Beginning Fall  2017
2017 – 2018 FAFSA
2015 (prior-prior year rule)
Do your 2016-2017 FAFSA for summer attendance Do the 2017-2018 FAFSAOctober 1.

As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions

LADIES…check out this awesome workshop on career & professional development just for you!!


Students are to go to:

to register today for a special workshop on careers and development. *SPACE IS LIMITED! **Lunch will be provided

And talking about careers – I often get questions about career exploration tools etc…College Majors 101 is a great platform for just such a task.  Check it out and then take a peek at a few highlighted areas to get a taste of what you can learn:


 Nursing is by one of the most stable and rewarding of all medical careers. Good nurses are always in high demand, and according to most salary websites make a salary range from $45,000–$85,000 per year on average. The training is hard, but when you’re done you will have a career that will be in demand anywhere in the country. Male nurses are the fastest growing segment in this field and the image of nursing as a women’s’ only field will change dramatically in the near future. Nursing is not for the weak or timid. Dedication is a must.

To learn which colleges offer Nursing and watch videos about Nursing please go to:

Marine Science

 Marine Science also called Oceanography , is the branch of Earth science that studies the ocean. It covers a wide range of topics, including marine organisms and ecosystem dynamics; ocean currents, waves, and geophysical fluid dynamics; plate tectonics and the geology of the sea floor; and fluxes of various chemical substances and physical properties within the ocean and across its boundaries.

To learn which colleges offer Marine Science and watch videos about Marine Science please go to:

“Pre-vet” and Animal Science

With the evolution of the vast pet industry, comes the need for more students trained in Animal Science. There are not just opportunities to become a full Veterinarian. A “Pre-vet” and Animal Science major can become a Veterinary Technician, work for a pet product manufacturer, teach, work at a zoo, and many other things. Like many other medical fields, pre-vet students should look for schools that specialize in, and have highly visible “Pre-Veterinary” programs.

To learn which colleges offer “Pre-vet” and Animal Science and watch videos about “Pre-vet” and Animal Science please go to:

Film / Broadcast

With technology being able to turn a small project in to a multi-national, million dollar best selling movie, learning the basics from the ground up is where you begin. If you have the will, the work ethic, and the creativity, there is nothing stopping you from becoming the next great Hollywood icon. Watch the videos at the bottom to learn some fun film techniques. When looking for a good film school, actual breadth of facilities should be your #1 concern. How many cameras per student? should be your first question.

To learn which colleges offer Film / Broadcast and watch videos about Film / Broadcast please go to:

Hospitality Management

Hospitality Management is for students who truly enjoy making strangers into friends. As the very name implies, Hospitality requires management whether it’s a grand hotel, an opulent restaurant, an immense golf course resort, or a sharp corporate event. This is a major that could very well have you traveling the world. Make no mistake, the work is very hard. To be the best, you must have an iron work ethic, as well as a real desire to please even the most fussy of customers.

To learn which colleges offer Hospitality Management and watch videos about Hospitality Management please go to:

Physician Assistant

A Physician Assistant is a healthcare professional who practices medicine as a part of a healthcare team with collaborating physicians and other providers. In the United States, PA’s are nationally certified and state licensed to practice medicine. PAs are concerned with preventing and treating human illness and injury by providing a broad range of health care services with a collaborating physician. Their scope of practice can vary according to jurisdiction and healthcare setting, some will require a license. Accordingly, their work may include conducting physical exams, ordering and interpreting tests, diagnosing illnesses, developing treatment plans, performing procedures, prescribing medications, advising on preventive health care, and assisting in surgery.

To learn which colleges offer Physician Assistant and watch videos about Physician Assistant please go to:



Florida Memorial University

Attached you will find the Admissions material for Florida Memorial University. We would like you to share this with all of your seniors. Students can print, fill out, and scan the application attached free of charge. We need transcripts, SAT/ACT scores, and a personal statement as well. If you or any of your students have any questions please feel free to contact me. Looking forward to helping your students begin their college journey.

Eileen Cruceta, M.S.

Diversity Admissions Counselor

Florida Memorial University

15800 NW 42nd Ave

Miami Gardens, FL 33054

Toll Free: 1-800-822-1362






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

College Stuff (Week of 10/10/16)


The George Jenkins Scholarship @ The University of Miami

Good Afternoon

If you are applying to UM and feel you are a good candidate to be Coral Reef’s nominee for the AMAZING scholarship opportunity, please submit a paragraph/statement explaining why – concentrating on the highlighted features of the program belowPLEASE SUBMIT THIS INFO TO ME VIA EMAIL NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 10TH TO ALLOW ENOUGH TIME TO SUBMIT THE NOMINATION AND FOR THE NOMINEE TO COMPLETE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS.

The George W. Jenkins Scholarship, funded by Publix Super Markets Charities, is one of the premier scholarships available to students at the University of Miami. This four-year scholarship is awarded based on academic merit, financial need, and an essay that demonstrates a history of overcoming significant adversity. The scholarship is valued at more than $62,000 per year; in total, it is worth more than $250,000 over four years. The award includes tuition and fees, on-campus room and board, a meal plan, University health insurance, and a laptop allowance Students may also receive a stipend for books, transportation,and personal expenses.

 The George W. Jenkins Scholarship program was established through the generosity of Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc., and the University of Miami in honor of Publix founder George W. Jenkins. The scholarship is awarded to high school graduates from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee with strong academic credentials, significant financial need, and a history of overcoming adversity. George W. Jenkins, founder of Publix Super Markets, came to Ybor City, FL, in 1925 with only $9 in his pocket. At age 17, he began his career as a broom pusher and store clerk at Piggly Wiggly Grocery. Jenkins quickly earned a promotion but was distraught when an absent owner purchased the store and refused to meet with him. A true self-starter, Jenkins bought a vacant space next door and opened the first Publix Food Store in 1930.  As Jenkins expanded his grocery chain, he maintained the belief that Publix stores should be places where “customers find it a pleasure to shop and employees find it a pleasure to work.” Today, Publix is the largest employee-owned supermarket chain in the United States, with over 1,000 stores – a testament to Jenkins’ strong work ethic and desire to achieve. It is these qualities the George W. Jenkins Scholarship program wishes to encourage and reward in today’s students.

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

College Stuff (Week of 09/30/16)


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:




To access the application, click here:


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

Federal Financial Aid – The FAFSA – Is Coming! Here’s A Bit To Get You Started

Good Afternoon…this information is really geared towards the parents of SENIORS as this is the year for applying for financial aid.  However – the earlier you are familiar with this information the better.  This exact same email has also been sent to all the seniors on the Class of 2017 Coral Reef gmail distribution list.  Please let your children know they need to be checking their emails regularly and if they are not getting them, they must see either Ms. Phelan or Dr. Silio i the Main Office as they are the ladies charged with the maintenance of the emails distribution lists.  I am simply not able to add anyone to these lists. Thank you all for your continued support and assistance in gettting important information where it needs to be!

As I have been stating in all my senior class presentations, the FAFSA, the federal financial aid application, is opening earlier than ever this year on October 1st.  I am so fortunate that our wonderful PTSA is allowing me to address the FAFSA & financial aid as a whole at their monthly meeting October 24th.  However, there is lots students & parents can do to prepare to file this very important application ahead of time.  I am including a couple of things on this email to help you all do just that.   Below is a link to the Federal Student Aid’s YouTube video for establishing the parent & student’s FSA (Federal Student Aid) ID along with an attached overview of the same.  The student & parent FSA IDs serve as “electronic signatures” for the completion & submission of the FAFSA.
As financial aid can be a bit of an overwhelming process, it is my hope to give you all a little bit at a time about the whole process and then be able to review, address and answer any concerns at the FAFSA/ Financial Aid Info Night on October 24th.  Of course I am more than happy to attempt to answer any questions you might want to email as well as we make our way together through this next part of the COLLEGE APPLICATION & FINANCIAL AID PROCESS.