This may be the most important, news-packed newsletter I have ever written. 
Lots of game-changing news items!

Deadlines, Essays, and Interviews..oh my
Hi College bound friends!

Deadlines are upon us with a vengeance!  My seniors are doing a great job of hitting these Early Action deadlines, getting in their applications and working on their interviews.  I know I've already sent an Oct newsletter but there are a few extra items that are time sensitive that I need to share. I hope this helps you guys!

- FAFSA day tis Sunday- Free help with FAFSA for NC residents

- Interview Skills and Effective Communications class THIS Saturday- Oct 22nd

- College Bound Essentials class THIS Saturday- Oct 22nd

- Lots of other great information!

Go forth and conquer!   Elizabeth Hartley

NC FAFSA Day- Free help applying for Financial Aid

North Carolina FAFSA Day - Saturday, October 29, 2016

If you're going to college in the 2017-18 academic year and need help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), we'll make it easy. College Foundation of North Carolina, the North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, and State Employees' Credit Union are offering free programs to help you complete and submit this important form.
College financial aid officers and other volunteers will be ready to help students and families complete the FAFSA on Saturday, October 29, 2016. Help with FAFSA completion also will be available December 5 - 9, 2016 at State Employees' Credit Union branches. To register for FAFSA Day or find FAFSA completion services at a nearby college campus, click on one of the blue counties on the map below.
Important Notes on Preparing for either October or December FAFSA Completion:
Prior to the event, each student and one parent should apply for a FSA ID at 
Make sure to keep a record of the parent's and student's email addresses, their answers to the security questions, and both FSA IDs in a secure place. You'll need that information to sign the FAFSA.

Completing the 2017-18 FAFSA on the Web Worksheet in advance will help you get familiar with what's on the electronic version you'll be completing and submitting. Worksheet available at

The day of the event, you'll need to bring information from your 2015 tax filing. With that in hand, most families will be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool in the income/asset section of the FAFSA.

Last Call!! Upcoming Events in Lake Wylie

THIS SATURDAY- On Oct 22nd-  have two events here in Lake Wylie.  If you have not attended the College Bound Essentials workshop yet, I strongly encourage you to do so.  Also, we will have a fun and interactive  Interview Skills workshop from 1:00-4:00.  

If you are applying to Governor's School or selective colleges or if you're interviewing for admissions or scholarships this year, please plan to attend the Interview workshop.  It is a lot of fun and will equip students for what lies ahead!


Workshops are only $75/student and parents come along at no extra charge. Course materials are included.


** Special Free Supplemental Session** Heath Walters CPA will graciously offer a free talk on the 22nd from 12:00-1:00 on topics especially important for self-employed people and business owners.  Knowing how to position your business wisely so that you don't impede your ability to qualify for financial aid is extremely important.  What you don't know can cost you.  See below for the link to sign up.




Upcoming Events

Click on event title to sign up.

 Only sign up the student- parents come along at no extra charge.



Saturday October 22, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM


This is absolutely one class that every 8th-11th grade college bound student and their parents should attend! Come learn how to navigate scholarships, financial aid, how to pick a college, test prep tips and much more! This event may totally change how you approach what lies ahead!

Good Samaritan United Methodist Church- Lake Wylie






Saturday October 22, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM 


Few people know that the college financial aid process gives business owners opportunities for incredible financial aid. Knowing the rules can save you over $75k per year! Heath Walters (CPA) is one of the nation's leading experts (& is a good friend of Scholarship Gold) & will share his best tips for free. Don't miss out!

Good Samaritan United Methodist Church- Lake Wylie



Saturday October 22, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM



This essential class will teach students how to be effective, relaxed and articulate in an interview situation for scholarships, admissions and even for jobs and internships.

Good Samaritan Methodist Church- Lake Wylie


 ONE Bonus session by the request of seniors
Next one won't be until April 2017!

Saturday November 5, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM


There is a fine art to writing a compelling and insightful essay for college admissions and scholarship applications. This class will cover all of the elements of an effective essay and assist students as they create their own unique creative work.

New River Community Church- Lake Wylie



Saturday November 5, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM



This class will walk you step by step through all you need to do the junior year, including when to take the SAT/ACT and how to prepare for it, what you can do to best position for scholarships and financial aid, how/when to tour schools, what is important to do over the summer and much, much more. Every junior & parents should come!

New River Community Church- Lake Wylie




Scholarship List

Attached are some resources for scholarships that might be of interest.  Many of these will be available to students who are seniors but others are open to students in any grade level. 

Scholarship list-  for students in Charlotte/upper SC region
Scholarship list-   for students in Guilford County/Greensboro
Scholarship list - for SC students
Scholarship list - for NC students

It's not too soon to start looking ahead to scholarships that might be a fit!  You can also search a list of $19 billion of scholarships by completing a profile and filtering for scholarships that might fit your unique details.  I recommend and as great resources.

Summer Experiences!

I know the school year has just begun but it's a great idea to start planning what you want to fit into your summer next year.  Many opportunities book up by Feb so take the time now to begin thinking about it.

  • List of college-based programs around the country- click HERE
  • Addl' list of college-based programs around the country- click HERE
  • Oxford or Cambridge summer experiences-  click HERE
  • Broyhill Leadership Camp- Wingate University- $250 - click HERE
  • Summer abroad- language immersion programs- click HERE
  • Middlebury 4-week language immersion camps- click HERE
  • "Summerfuel" range of summer programs- click HERE
  • Martha Guy Summer Institute for NC students wanting to pursue business major- HERE

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