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A Senior Fall To-Do List

The to-do list for high school seniors seems to be growing longer each day. When they’re not doing homework, participating in their extracurricular activities, hanging with friends, sleeping, eating or texting, here’s what they’re thinking about: their college list, testing; upcoming campus visits; college applications; the Common Application essay, supplemental essays; transcripts; an activity list; letters of recommendation and scholarships.

Are you tired or stressed? Think about how they must feel.

Let’s try to de-stress the situation by creating a Fall timeline and breaking each of these bigger tasks into more manageable pieces.

Check them off as you complete them:

  • Finalize the college list by making certain it is a balanced list with reach/target/safety schools
  • Be sure to include an in-state safety school for financial reasons
  • Review the standardized testing calendar and register for the SAT in October, November or December or the ACT in October or December
  • Find out if any of the colleges on your list have separate “Scholarship Deadlines” – they are earlier than the traditional deadlines and you forfeit your opportunity for scholarship opportunities if you don’t apply by that deadline
  • Check your school’s calendar and take advantage of any teacher work days and schedule campus visits
  • See if any of the colleges you’re considering offer Open House Dates or Discovery Days for seniors
  • Determine which schools offer Early Action
  • Decide if a binding Early Decision option at one college makes sense
  • Figure out which of the colleges on your final list are on the Common Application and which are not
  • Research the number of essays required or recommended by each college and create a document for each college listing their essay prompts and their deadlines
  • Set up accounts on each college’s website
  • Prepare a timeline of activity based on each college’s deadline
  • Brainstorm essay ideas for colleges with the earliest deadlines first
  • Write a first draft of essays
  • Edit essays and yes, edit again
  • Ask a trusted source to review your essays
  • Meet with college representatives when they visit your school
  • Review and then order high school transcripts – find out how your high school is sending transcripts to each college. Most high schools are now transmitting transcripts electronically.
  • Prepare your resume/brag sheet/activity list and give it to your recommenders
  • Research which colleges accept letters of recommendation and find out how many they require and how many they will accept
  • Ask teachers, coaches, advisors and employers for letters of recommendation
  • Begin researching scholarship opportunities

After reading this, I hope all of you parents are now a little more sympathetic to the angst of being a high school senior.

Lee Bierer is an independent college adviser based in Charlotte. Send questions to: lee@collegeadmissionsstrategies.com; www.collegeadmissionsstrategies.com

Counselor Recommendation Packet

Having to write recommendation letters for your students? Here is a quick form that a Counselor (Courtney Jaeger) developed to use in Naviance for a Counselor Recommendation Questionnaire that Students and Parents can fill out:

*Please type answers to at least 3 questions.  Please use a separate sheet of paper to write your answers.

Student Name: __________________________

  1. If you were writing your own recommendation, what personal information would you include to show your uniqueness? (i.e. what personal qualities distinguish you from your peers?)
  2. What are your personal and academic strengths? (Explain with examples).
  3. What are your special talents? (may be in any area such as art, music, athletics, science, literature, mathematics, computer science, etc.   Please indicate if you have been recognized with awards for these talents.  Also indicate how much time you spend developing these talents.)
  4. How do you spend your free time? (Give specific examples.  For instance, if you like to read, make sure you list the titles of your favorite books.  If you play video games, which ones?  If you play sports, which ones, where?)
  5. What do you choose to learn on your own time? What is your intellectual passion?
  6. What are your current career goals? How did you get interested in this career?  Is there anything specific you are doing now to work toward that career goal?
  7. Describe an obstacle that has affected your, positively or negatively? How has overcoming this obstacle helped you grow?
  8. In what ways has your family influenced you personally and academically?
  9. In reviewing your transcript, is there anything you would like to explain to colleges in order to put your grades or course selection in an appropriate context? If so, explain.
  10. Of all the activities in which you have been involved in during high school, which activity has been most important to you and why? (You may choose a school-affiliated program or an independent one.)
  11. How have you shown evidence of leadership ability?
  12. How have you demonstrated good character?
  13. 3Anything else you would like to share with your counselor?

Parent Questionnaire for Counselor Recommendation

Student Name: ­­­­­­_________________________________

Please share with me the colleges you think would be good matches for your student.  Please indicate if these choices are reaches, 50-50’s, or safeties.

  1. Why, specifically, do you feel these are good matches for your student?
  2. Are there any financial limitations that could impact where your student applies?
  3. List three adjectives that best describe your student. (Please provide examples of these traits)
  4. What are some of your child’s accomplishments during the past three years?
  5. If there are any unusual personal circumstances which have affected your child’s educational experience or personal development, please explain.
  6. What are your student’s strengths, accomplishments, preferences, work habits, goals, personality, etc.?
  7. Is there anything else you feel would be important for an admission committee to know that isn’t already mentioned in the college application?

Parent Signature:  ______________________________________________

5 Things for your Students to Do After They Have Applied to College

Hitting “submit” for that final college application produces myriad feelings: a deep sense of relief that the process is done coupled with the anxiety of knowing that you now must wait for college decisions. Perhaps you’re simply exhausted and ready to catch up on your favorite Netflix series and spend Saturdays doing something other than writing essays or taking college entrance exams. Before you dismiss all further thoughts of college applications, however, consider these few critical tasks in order to stay on top of things as you await college decisions. Check out what to do after applying to college.

1. Stay organized and remain on top of deadlines

Much like you monitored the calendar as you filled out and submitted college applications, you’ll want to stay organized and keep an eye on any remaining deadlines. Chances are, you applied to several colleges, so if you haven’t already, you’ll want to note important dates, such as when colleges release decisions (some schools have a fixed date or dates; others have a range of notification days). Pay attention to when you need to make your final decision: remember, you can only attend one college, and many schools will ask you to make your decision by May 1, if not sooner! Let colleges know if you won’t be enrolling, in order to free up space for another student waiting for a spot in the incoming class. You may also have to submit final copies of ancillary materials, like official score reports and transcripts, by a certain deadline in order to secure your spot at that school. You may also need to complete a housing application if you wish to live on campus. As you did with application deadlines, keep track of these follow-up tasks and due dates.girl-planning-things-could

2. Apply for the range of financial aid

As you wait for colleges to release decisions, you’ll want to ensure that you’ve completed any forms for financial aid, including but not limited to scholarships, grants, and loans. Most colleges will require submission of the FAFSA (and sometimes the CSS) by a certain date in order to maximize your chances for receiving the appropriate amount of need-based financial aid. Be sure that you’ve filed these important documents early if you will need assistance paying for college. Many colleges automatically consider you for merit-based scholarships when you file your application, and many have priority scholarship deadlines. As noted above, ensure that you’re tracking all deadlines, not only application due dates. Furthermore, if you haven’t started applying for scholarships during the summer before your senior year, you may not be too late! While awaiting college admission decisions, use scholarship search engines like FastWeb and GoingMerry to seek out and apply for scholarships.

3. Develop a plan to pay for college

Even if your family isn’t planning to apply for need-based financial aid, you should still use the time following application submissions to plan how you’ll pay for college. By now, you know that college isn’t cheap, and if you haven’t had the conversation with your family about how you’ll afford the costs, now is the time! First, you’ll need to find out what financial responsibility you’ll have when it comes to paying for college. Will your parents cover all expenses? Will you have to take out any loans? You and your family must sit down and map out a monthly college budget plan that includes such things as tuition, room and board, and other mandatory fee payments, along with a plan for paying for books and other incidentals. You’ll likely want to set aside some money for entertainment. How much will you need and what will be the source of your pocket money? Will you need a job or paid internship to help cover college expenses? Your parents or other family members may have set aside money in the form of a 529 plan or other investments. Be sure that you understand how to access and apply these funds for your college finances. Have this conversation early, then adjust as needed throughout your four years at college.

4. Keep your social media accounts in check

Social media has become an increasingly important way for college admission officers to get to know you, so while you await decisions – and even after you receive them – you’ll want to ensure that you maintain a clean social media presence. What does that mean, exactly? Follow social media best practices – never post anything that others may deem inappropriate. Use your social media accounts to your advantage by creating posts that reveal you and your passions in the most positive light possible! For instance, share highlights of the newly-acquired piano skills you picked up during quarantine, or results from your most recent athletic tournament. Remember that your social media posts say much more about you than you think, so make your online presence a positive, thoughtful one.Applying-College

5. Take a moment to disconnect and relax

Of course, as you wait for decisions, you’ll want to take some time to relax. You’ve worked hard throughout the college application process, so set aside time to decompress. Allow yourself to de-stress and start getting excited for the next step in your application journey – deciding where you’ll call home for over the next four years!

In Conclusion

Stay mindful of the above steps following submission of your college applications. Yes, you’ll have some important tasks to complete, and you’ll want to stay on top of those as you move into the spring of your senior year and prepare to graduate.

This post was written by Barbara Leventhal of JRA Educational Consulting and Score Academies. Since 1980, thousands of families have turned to Judi Robinovitz, Certified Educational Planner, and her team of seasoned professionals to help them choose, apply to, and get admitted to their “best fit” schools, colleges, and graduate schools. Check them out at https://www.jraeducationalconsulting.com/

The FAFSA is available October 1st, Only 20% of Parents are Aware of this

A new study conducted by Discover Student Loans related to the FAFSA found the following facts:

     Nearly 1-in-3 parents have never talked to their child about the FAFSA, and another 22% have discussed it just once or twice.  

o    30% of parents said applying for scholarships, grants, loans and other forms of financial aid is causing their child anxiety. 

·         Just 20% of parents know the FAFSA becomes available in October 

o    Slightly more than half (51%), think the FAFSA is available year-round – something that’s been relatively consistent over the last three years.  

·         More than a third (36%) of parents, believe it takes 1 to 3 hours to complete the FAFSA, when in reality, most families complete it in less than 1 hour.  

·         More than 4 in 10 families who do not plan to complete the FAFSA, say it’s because they don’t believe they’ll qualify for federal aid. However, 86% of first-time, full-time students at public 4-year colleges were granted aid.  

Given the FAFSA offers access to the largest source of financial aid to help pay for college, these misconceptions are important to address. This is a great reminder that letting your students and their parents know about the pending October 1st date when the FAFSA will be be open is a great practice.

Sleep Anxiety: What It Is and How to Reduce It

When our minds race at night, it can be difficult to get enough sleep. Especially for high school students under significant stress, winding down can be even more of a challenge. Trying out effective time management strategies can help reduce some of the stress. However, if getting sleep is still a struggle, there may be a deeper issue under the surface.

For those who can’t seem to control worrying at night, it may be a sign of sleep anxiety. Sleep anxiety refers to the cycle of nervous thought patterns that keep some people up at night. As a result, people who suffer from sleep anxiety may even start to dread bedtime altogether.

To help yourself and others who may be experiencing sleep anxiety, there are several ways you can raise awareness and fight it. From common symptoms to soothing tips, keep reading to learn everything you need to know about sleep anxiety.

Sleep Anxiety Symptoms

The signs of sleep anxiety vary for each person, but there are a range of common symptoms to keep in mind. These symptoms include the following:

  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Trouble focusing
  • Restlessness and nervousness
  • Digestive troubles
  • Nightmares or night terrors
  • Hypnic jerk (twitching)
  • Panic attacks

Sleep Anxiety Causes

Wondering why some people suffer from sleep anxiety? Depending on the person, nervous thoughts before bed could be a result of a unique set of factors. Here are some possible causes:

  • Too much work, relationship, or other stress during the day
  • Fear, sadness, or worries causing a nighttime adrenaline rush
  • Fast-moving thought patterns at night
  • Pattern of poor sleep quality or difficulty falling asleep
  • Psychiatric and anxiety disorders

Sleep Anxiety Effects

Since sleep anxiety may lead to a vicious cycle of sleep deprivation and bedtime dread, it can have a significant impact on one’s health. Take a look at some potential effects of sleep anxiety:

  • Down moods
  • Poor performance at work or school
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Higher chance of depression
  • Reduced cognitive reaction times

Sleep Anxiety Tips

Sleep anxiety can have a profoundly negative impact on one’s well-being, but there are a variety of ways to manage it. Check out these helpful tips:

  • Limit screen time before bed
  • Avoid napping during the day
  • Practice nighttime meditation or relaxing yoga
  • Exercise lightly before bed
  • Set aside 30 minutes to wind down before bed
  • Stay away from stressful situations or activities at bedtime
  • Use a journal to express your worries
  • Get up and do something else if you can’t fall asleep
  • Keep your room dark and cool
  • Purchase a better bed for your sleeping needs

Sleep anxiety can affect not only one’s ability to get enough rest, but also their ability to go through daily life. For students suffering from sleep anxiety, their academic performance, mental health, and relationships may also suffer as a result. 

However, sleep anxiety doesn’t have to have as strong of a hold on our lives. By spreading information about the issue and taking steps to address it, you can help yourself and others ease sleep anxiety and finally get some rest.

For an in-depth guide to sleep anxiety, take a look at the infographic below.

The Best Ways to Manage Money as a College Student

Most college students are financially limited and adult life is starting to become their new norm. You just graduated high school, not yet working on your dream career, and still learning who you want to become. 

As you build your adult life, good finances will be a common denominator in how far you go. Use your college years to learn how to manage your money. Follow money management habits and you’ll be sure to endure better outcomes post-graduation. 

1. Cutting down on school supply costs 

College is a multi-year commitment which means school supplies should be a part of your budget for roughly 2 to 4 years or more. Therefore, there is no real need to overspend in this area. A few good frugal choices could save you hundreds of dollars if not thousands.

Renting used textbooks

Never buy a brand new college textbook unless you have exhausted all other options. If renting a used textbook is not an option in the college bookstore, then consider renting from Amazon. The cheapest option out there would be renting the eBook version of any college textbook.

Avoid overpriced supplies

While fancy planners and writing utensils may spark your interest, don’t fall for the hype of buying them. A $15 notebook with a trendy design on the cover does not exceed much value or functionality than a $3 notebook.

The latest tech isn’t an immediate need

It can be tempting to want the latest laptop, tablet, and more when completing work on them. Most likely the existing tech you have is sufficient enough to complete your studies. Be mindful that features to help with productivity and work completion are what matters.

2. Keeping food costs lower

Creating the right budget for food can provide better results of your college finances. The best advice is to tailor your food budget to your exact needs.

Get the right meal plan at your college

Meal plans are purchased passes to get food in a college cafeteria. They vary based on frequency and method of redemption such as points or swipes. However, plans should be bought based on how much food you’ll need for the cafeteria versus what you cook yourself or order elsewhere.

A commuting college student may need a one meal per day plan versus the full-time on-campus student needing two to three meals per day.

Avoid going out to eat so much

As convenient as it seems, ordering food will significantly increase monthly spending especially if done frequently. Visit a grocery store and pre-plan what you’ll be eating at least a week at a time. Cooking more, especially if not living in a small college dorm, could save you thousands on ordered food and snacks.

3. Having financially reasonable housing

Living arrangements are likely the biggest expense you have other than college tuition. Therefore, frugal options while in college can promote better money management.

Staying at home during college

While many students love the independence of not being under your parents’ roof, it can endure some costs you should avoid for now. If you attend a college within an hour from home, there is no need to save thousands on dorm living. Have an understanding with your parents or guardians on staying at home during college and your plan post-graduation.

On-campus housing

At most colleges, there are always people attending that particular school who are from another state or another area of the state. If you fall in that category, it may be cheaper to stay in a dorm on-campus versus renting off-campus. Apartment costs are significantly rising so there is more potential to save thousands of dollars.

Having roommates 

Maybe staying off-campus is a preference of yours while attending college. Renting an apartment or house with roommates would make this easier to achieve financially. Depending on the cost of the place and your number of roommates, it could be the most frugal option if not staying at home.

4. Finding ways to increase income

Income can be quite low for college students as most of their time is spent towards their studies. However, students should determine the best ways for them to improve their money management by increasing how much they bring in. An increased income will be always helpful to manage your debt issues per month, which is the prime reason for low savings.

Working a typical job

It is not uncommon to see a college student with a part-time job. Part-time working is still reasonable even while handling college courses. Look for opportunities that may offer benefits to some degree even if you are a part-time employee.

Paid internships

Some college students rely on internships while in school to complete their degree or have an easier time seeking opportunities once graduated. If an internship program doesn’t collide with your school schedule, a paid internship can prove it’s value long-term.

Gaining a side hustle

The biggest advantage in developing a side hustle is the time flexibility. If you have a demanding school schedule, entering the gig economy can allow you to increase income more on your own terms. Determine what your skills are or what skills you are going to learn, to work as a freelancer. Even a part-time commitment to freelancing could increase your income substantially.

Whatever option you choose, remember that working within the field of your degree while in college can have its advantages. With a higher income, money management will be considerably easier.

Proper habits yield positive results

College students will learn the importance of finances as they experience some limitations. Financial decisions could put you on the right or wrong path at a young age. In addition to actions to save or make more money, there are other suggestions to manage money well.

Pay on your student loans while still enrolled in school for good rapport. Use resourceful apps like Mint to track expenses and budget accordingly with every categorized transaction. Cut unnecessary expenses out to avoid higher monthly costs. And most importantly, always save for a rainy day and be disciplined with how it’s spent.

Document to use for College Week

Does your school have a College Week? Many schools do and Ashley Wick, a Counselor at Royal Valley ISD in Kansas has created a document she uses in her school that you can adapt and share at your school. This can be shared with teachers, students and parents/guardians. Her goal is for the teachers to start discussions during their seminars and that those discussions continue later at home.

Here is a link to the document: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xh-yb24Ri_2lYb9ZYnbtUfy-EA7wFdTquQAtrujTJws/edit?fbclid=IwAR1UxPyblrWYboMJhjUwh668j3YkrjZwQwmWEZ8Gf3vNnEbhQj8AIxKsMGs

Suicide: Signs to Look Out for

Suicide continues to be a problem in society. I was reminded of this recently when I saw a post on Facebook from a mother who’s daughter had committed suicide in her room several years prior. She made a post on the date two years later as a warning to other parents on some of the signs she missed. Her daughter was a great student with many friends, but some of the signs were there and she wanted to make sure all parents recognized them in their own children.

The American Association of Suicidology advocates asking a person directly if they exhibit warning signs of suicide. The following is a list of behaviors that may necessitate this action, whether or not communicated directly or outwardly:

  • Threatening to hurt or kill themselves, or talking or wanting to hurt or kill themselves
  • Looking for ways to kill themselves by seeking access to firearms, pills, or other means
  • Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide, when these actions are out of the ordinary
  • Increased substance (alcohol or drug) use
  • No reason for living; no sense of purpose in life
  • Anxiety, agitation, unable to sleep or sleeping all of the time
  • Feeling trapped, like there’s no way out
  • Hopelessness
  • Withdrawal from friends, family, and society
  • Rage, uncontrolled anger, seeking revenge
  • Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities, seemingly without thinking
  • Dramatic mood changes
  • Giving away prized possessions or seeking long-term care for pets

Suicide Prevention is Everyone’s Business

“Suicide Prevention is Everyone’s Business” is this year’s campaign by the American Association of Suicidology in observance of National Suicide Prevention Month.  

Know the signs, be aware, ask questions, be kind, and seek professional help for you or for others. Learn more and get involved in advocating by checking out resources from groups like the American Association of Suicidology and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
  • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741 741

Counseling Schools has put together a National Suicide Prevention Month Advocacy Guide. Here is a link to it for more information: https://www.counselingschools.com/blog/national-suicide-prevention-month-advocacy-guide

6 Steps to Help Your Students Create a Final College List

The following steps will help your students learn more about the colleges on their initial list so they can eliminate those that don’t fit and hone down to a balanced, strategic selection of approximately 8 to 12 schools that if admitted, they would be delighted to attend. Here are the steps they should take:

  1. Get Organized:

Start by creating a spreadsheet or Google doc (or both!) to organize all the information about the colleges on your list. We love the idea of shareable files so your parents or college counselors can also add notes.

What goes in these files? Some suggestions would be school size, location, majors of interest to you, SAT/ACT and GPA requirements, social life, cost, and anything you can think of that’s important to you in your decision-making process. Later, once you’ve finalized your list, you’ll create a more detailed spreadsheet with each school’s requirements and deadlines. For now, it’s about compiling your information in one place so you can compare and contrast each school.

Make sure to leave yourself plenty of room for notes. As you begin the next steps of investigating and touring, the information can begin to overlap and blur. Record memorable details as you go!

2. Dig Deeper in Your Research:

You’ve done some general research to get to this point. Now it’s time to dig in. The best place to begin, of course, is the college’s website. Spend some time there exploring more than the home page. Watch the videos, scroll through their clubs and organizations, read the online news articles. Then visit the school’s social media sites to get a feel for the issues and activities the school focuses on. Beyond that, these additional sites can shed light on more aspects of the college:

3. Visit Campuses:

These days you can visit most universities without leaving home. Thanks to 2020’s events, “virtual visits” became a necessity and schools have upped their games in this department. Take advantage of every online opportunity you can, including student panels, faculty panels, info sessions, and campus tours.

Still, we think there is no substitute for an in-person visit (information session, campus tour, on-campus meal, and perhaps even attending a class) if your schedule and budget allow for it. Many students tell a similar story about visits: “When I stepped foot on that campus, I just knew it was where I belonged.” It’s the best way to really feel the campus “vibe” and know for sure if it’s for you or not.

Whether you visit virtually or in person, don’t forget to log your notes during or immediately afterward. Did you love the special pizza party nights they discussed? Were you turned off by the seriousness of the students? Could you imagine yourself hanging out with friends in the quad? Write down all of your thoughts. Those notes will come in handy later, too, when you’re writing your “Why this college?” essays.

4. Talk to Students:

Current or recently graduated students are some of your best resources for honest, relatable feedback that can help you determine if a college is right for you or not. On in-person campus tours, you’ll likely get a chance to interact with current students. Don’t be shy. This is a big decision for you so think of everything you’d want to know and ask away. Then listen to the answers objectively, understanding that everyone has a unique experience and this student may have different pros and cons than you. Talking to students can help you get the real-life picture of day-to-day campus life, including how difficult or easy classes are and how much interaction you can expect with faculty.

Again, talking with students is something you can do from home. Maybe a family member, friend, or neighbor knows a student you can connect with. Or you may find opportunities to speak with students through the website or by emailing your admissions officer at the college. You’d be surprised how many students are willing to FaceTime or Zoom with you and answer your questions. Or check out CollegeT, a website that facilitates (for a small fee) private conversations between current students and potential students.

5. Be Open to Suggestions:

Yes, your goal is to narrow down your choices. But as you fine tune, you may also come across some colleges you hadn’t considered in your initial searches. In fact, as you find schools that you like, it’s a great idea to ask students there what other schools they applied to or considered. Or perhaps do a Google search for “schools similar to” that college. In addition, as you discover more about what you want in a college, teachers, counselors, and peers may have additional suggestions that are worth investigating. Keep asking questions, listening, and being open to new ideas that might arise.

6. Whittle it Down:

As you research, you’ll undoubtedly eliminate some schools from your initial list. Your aim is to get down to about 8 to 12 schools at the most, with most being in your target range, meaning you fall somewhere in the middle of a college’s mid-50% GPA and SAT/ACT ranges for admitted students. You should also have several “likely” schools and a few of those “reach” schools you’d love to attend. If you’re struggling to weed out colleges, review your notes, prioritize your favorites, and when you’ve reached 8 to 10 put the rest on an overflow list that you can come back to if you want.

What we know from over 30 years of experience is that every college application and its accompanying admission essays take time and effort. With an effective list that you’ve created by finding your best-fit schools, researching, and touring, you’ll have less time stressing and more time to enjoy your senior year.

This post is from a blog posted at Judi Robinovitz Associates Educational Consulting. For over 30 years, they have provided an integrated array of academic support and guidance services to students of all ages. Check them out here: https://www.jraeducationalconsulting.com/

Scholarship Specifically for your Students that are Planning to be Doctors

Do you have any high school students that have told you their ultimate plans are to become Doctors and attend Medical School after College? If yes, there is a scholarship available they should apply for.

Future Medical Doctors of America can apply to the Dr. Philip Sobash Scholarship for $1,000 to a single university or high school student that plans to attend medical school in route to become a doctor.

Scholarship Overview

Dr. Sobash has spent years in the medical field and wants to give back to the future medical doctors of America.

The Dr. Philip Sobash Scholarship is an annual scholarship geared to university or high school students in the United States with an interest in becoming a medical doctor.

Criteria

In order to apply, be a current undergraduate student at a university or high school student  that will attend university in the United States on the path to a medical degree.

One winner will be chosen based on an essay competition.  A winner will be selected based on an essay of 1000 words or under giving an answer to the following:

“Describe a problem in the world that needs drastic improvement and how you would use your medical degree to help solve this problem”

Scholarship Amount

 A one time award of $1,000

Deadline To Apply

The deadline to apply for the scholarship is December 16, 2021.

Winner Announcement

The Dr. Philip Sobash Scholarship winner will be announced on January 16, 2022.

How Do They Apply?

The prospective student should email their response to the essay question “Describe a problem in the world that needs drastic improvement and how you would use your medical degree to help solve this problem” in Word Doc format to drsobash@drphilipsobashscholarship.com.

Please also provide the following information along with the essay:

  • Full Name
  • Phone Number
  • Bio
  • Address
  • Email Address
  • Projected Graduation Date
  • The School That You Currently Attend.
  • Cumulative GPA
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