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Litchfield Guidance Counselor Corner NAME: Cherie Kluender SCHOOL: Litchfield Public Schools CLASS: K-12 School Counselor SCHOOL PHONE: (308)-446-2244 Ext. 423 Email: ckluender@esu10.org Scholarship Opportunity There is a scholarship opportunity for students taking dual-enrollment college courses. Students participating in dualenrollment college courses or early admit programs, are encouraged to apply or the Access College Early (ACE) Scholarship if they show financial need. This state and federally-funded scholarship will pay tuition and mandatory fees at participating Nebraska colleges. Applications will be reviewed by Nebraska’s Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (CCPE). If you have questions, contact myself or Ritchie Morrow, Financial Aid Coordinator, CCPE, ritchie.morrow@nebraska.gov or 402.471.0032. Seniors…it’s time to start the admissions process! Admission deadlines will start hitting this fall. Follow these steps to stay on track: Complete your college visits and narrow your choices to 3-4 schools. Contact your top colleges NOW and ask about deadlines and the process for applying for admission, college-based scholarships and financial aid. Apply to your top 3-4 colleges before the deadline. Along with your application, the colleges will require your high school transcript, class rank, GPA and ACT/SAT score. They may also request a list of your extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, an essay, and an interview. Update your Activities Resume. Since extracurricular activities are an important part of the admissions application, keep them up-to-date by using the Activities Resume at EducationQuest.org. Contact your admissions representative periodically to stay informed about deadlines and campus activities. Winning the scholarship game Follow these tips to increase your chances of earning scholarships: Place scholarship applications in deadline order. Local awards and college-specific applications deserve top priority because you're more likely to earn them. Update your activities, honors, community service or paid jobs on your resume. Use quality references such as a teacher, coach or counselor. Encourage them to write specific examples of your leadership skills. Give them advance notice and a specific deadline. Tailor your essay to the scholarship. Ask an English teacher to read your essay and offer advice on making a big impact. Your essay will need to stand out from other applications. Page Earn the best possible ACT scores by taking the exam in the spring of your junior year and again in the fall و[