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                                             Elizabeth Hartley, coach/consultant/author 
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Vol 2, Issue 1


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There have been a few important developments that I wanted to pass along without waiting for the February newsletter.  Please read below and pass along this news to anyone you believe may benefit. Read below to find out details on:

  • A brand new College Bound Essentials tailored specifically to homeschoolers & two other College Bound Essential dates
  • New services available by my new associate, Kay Holleman  
  • A free one-hour event by Brian Culbreth, Executive Director of the Princeton Review (top company in the US for SAT and ACT preparation) on March 8th in Lake Wylie! Open to everyone.  
    Topic: Demystifying the SAT and ACT
  • An outstanding free event by Princeton Review's nationally acclaimed author, tv personality and speaker, Rob Franeck on April 8th.  Reservations required. (This guy is awesome!)    
    Topic- Getting In- Inside Scoop on Admissions and Financial Aid 
  • Great summer opportunities for leadership and adventure

See?  Too much good stuff to wait any longer to tell you!


I hope your new year is off to a great start!




Brand new class- Exclusively for Homeschool Families



At the prompting of a home school parent, I have finally gotten around to doing something that has been in the back of my mind for a while now.  I'm sharing this information with you guys in case you would like to pass it on other homeschool families.  About 30% of my clients are homeschool families and, over the years, I have worked with many homeschool students as they successfully applied to college and competed for scholarships.


As you know, there are unique challenges and opportunities for college bound home schoolers as well as unique documentation responsibilities for home school parents, I have created a custom version of College Bound Essentials just for this population and will be presenting it on Saturday, March 29th from 9:00-noon.


You can click here to read all the details and/or sign up.  This 3-hour class, including materials, is only $75 for the student.  Parents are strongly encouraged to come along at no extra charge. 


If you would like to share the news of this new, custom class for college bound home school students, feel free to forward this email or link. 


(If, for any reason, someone cannot get the link to work, they can access the registration page by going to www.ScholarshipGold.com, clicking on the Events page and then on March 29th on the calendar.)




College Bound Essentials

(for general public, homeschooler or not)


The original College Bound Essentials workshop, open to everyone, will be offered again on the following dates:


March 8th (click here), 9:00-noon, in Lake Wylie

May 20th (click here), 9:00-noon,  in Lake Wylie 


This class covers all of the essential topics for planning and positioning for admissions, scholarships and financial aid.  It is only $75/student but parents are strongly encouraged to come along at no extra charge.  When signing up, just enroll the student- no need to sign up the parents.  I'll just assume they are coming along.  


Kay Holleman Available for After School & Concierge


Private appointments available after school!  

I'm pleased to announce that my new associate, Kay Holleman, is available for convenient after school appointments on most weekdays.  She has over 20 years of experience as a college placement counselor from a prominent private school in Atlanta and a public school in GA. She retired and moved to this area with her husband but just isn't ready to stop counseling.  I have every confidence in her guidance and expertise.  If you would like an appointment for after school (4 pm or later), Kay is available to help.


Concierge-   Kay is also available to take on concierge students- students that she guides throughout the whole high school experience, through college apps and essays and everything in between.  My concierge classes for 2014, 2015 and 2016 have been full for a while since I only take on 10 per each class, which is why Kay is available to take on other students who are seeking the same service.  (I will still be part of the process, teach some of the group classes and will consult on various portions but Kay will be your main point person.)  So, in a way, you get a tag-team for the price of one!  For concierge details, click




Because of my commitments with teaching, concierge students, speaking and work with some local foundations, being able to work with new students after school has become a very difficult thing to schedule.  This is why I'm delighted that Kay is available for those in-demand hours and can help serve the student that my schedule no longer allows.  I'm excited to have her on board!


Email me at HartleyGold@yahoo.com if you would like to set up a session with Kay. 



Princeton Review's top College Expert Coming to Charlotte



Rob Franeck, one of Princeton Review's chief research and author on college reviews and rankings is coming to Charlotte for a free, exciting event. You may have seen him on the Today show, FOX News, Good Morning America and more.  I've had the privilege of meeting with him in the past and he is an entertaining and dynamic speaker.  


Click here to reserve your spot.  (I already have mine! Love this guy!)



The Knowledge to Get Into College - April 8th, 2014

Your quest for admission to your top-choice schools begins here! We'll reveal the secrets of the admissions process and show you what it takes to land a spot at your dream school. Registration is required for this free event.

  • How to Be a Savvy College Shopper and Applicant
    Smart ways to filter a "hit" list of "best-fit" schools
    What colleges are really looking for in applicants
    How test scores affect admission and financial aid prospects: tips to "up" your score
  • Insider Scoop on Colleges
    Why the most expensive school on your list may be the most affordable
  • College Costs and Financial Aid
    Where the money is when it comes to grants, scholarships and financial aid awards
    Key facts about the FAFSA (the most important aid application you'll need to submit)
    How to get the most financial aid possible and lower college cost

Time: 6:30pm
Date: April 8, 2014 
Location: Calvary Church
5801 Pineville-Matthews Road
Charlotte, NC 28226

Princeton Review's Executive Director Giving Free Event in Lake Wylie after the College Bound Essentials class



Over the years I have come to highly regard the insight and expertise of Brian Culbreth, Executive Director of the Princeton Review, which is the country's leading company in SAT and ACT training.  (He's the one that is bringing Rob Franeck, above, to Charlotte for his great event!)


At a recent meeting with him, he mentioned he would like to come sit in on one of my workshops and I mentioned how much I wish my students and families could benefit from his wisdom regarding:

 -the SAT vs the ACT- understanding the difference 
-how to prepare for either one
- how to tell which is the better test to take for you

- how the SAT may or may not be changing soon and much more.


So- I was thrilled when it turns out that he's available to come down from Raleigh on March 8th, at 12:30, to do just that!  It will be at Good Samaritan Methodist Church in Lake Wylie, immediately following my College Bound Essentials class mentioned earlier in this email. 


REGISTER-   While the event is free, I do need to make sure we don't exceed the capacity of the church so I would very much appreciate it if you would just save your spot by clicking HERE.





It is time for students to plan their summer activities.  What a student does in his or her down time and summer vacations says a lot about them.  Here are a few of my favorite options locally.  Registration is open now but spots fill up soon!


BROYHILL LEADERSHIP CAMP-  registration just opened! - click here-  Every college asks about students' leadership experience.  If that's not something you're particularly strong in, then let's help you get some experience so you are all set when we're completing your applications.  The most reasonably priced and outstanding program around here is the Broyhill Leadership Camp (sponsored heavily by Broyhill furniture) is June 22-26 at Queens University in one of the prettiest sections of Charlotte. 


Since Broyhill Company pays for a large portion of it, your expenses for this experience (5 days, 4 nights, all meals) is only $255 if you sign up soon.  I've had a number of students do this experience in the past and they loved it.  My own son, Jackson, is doing it this year.  If you have any hesitancy about your leadership experience, please take advantage of this sooner than later since it will fill up quickly. 


Landry Summer Camps-  Click here to see a complete list of the variety of week-long camps offered this year.  (Pre-law, Anatomy/Physiology, Photography, Camp CSI, and more.)  Held at Lees-McCrae University in Banner Elk, NC- not too far from App State Univ.


Boys State and Girls State-  Each state has their own Boys State and Girls State camps, hosted by the American Legion.  Google the one for your state to find out details.  You will need to talk with your guidance counselor about being nominated by your school.  This is an excellent program, is widely recognized, can give you leadership training and will sometimes translate to automatic $5000/year scholarships to certain colleges.  Those nominations usually go in around February.


Volunteer work-  If you are struggling to find meaningful volunteer interests, consider how you can channel what you love doing already into something that can help others. Play soccer? Host a drive to collect gently used equipment to donate to a youth outreach program. Play an instrument? Volunteer to play at retirement centers.   Get creative and find something you will enjoy and that will make use of your unique talents!







Elizabeth Hartley                 

Scholarship Gold Consulting                                         


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