How Funders Build “College Knowledge” for First-Generation College Students

From Inside Philanthropy:

You’ve heard of “helicopter parents,” right? You know, those moms and dads who hover over their kids’ lives, involving themselves in every decision? This kind of parenting often lasts through high school and even into college. Many first-generation college students, however, face the opposite problem: not enough parental support and involvement, rather than too much.

Read the full article here.

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Applications for Smith College Women of Distinction due Sep. 19

Applications are now available for Women of Distinction at Smith College! Information about the program and the on-line application are available at

Women of Distinction is a program for high school seniors that highlights the opportunities at Smith for African-American, Latina, Asian American and Native American students. Smith provides round-trip transportation, meals and accommodations for all participants. Admission is competitive and the application is due Friday, September 19th. The program is October 17 – 19th.

Please encourage your young women to apply! Questions about the program or application process should be directed to Marilyn Flores,

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ACT and SAT Professional Development by A-List Education, Sep. 17

A-List Education is dedicated to the mission of bringing innovation and equity to education. We work with schools, school districts, families and non-profit institutions providing solutions tailored to meet specific learning assessment and curriculum needs with the ultimate goal of improving college readiness and access. A-List currently works with over 300 organizations across the US, Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

As part of our ongoing effort to be an active participant in the communities we serve and help level the playing field, we’re offering a FREE Introductory Professional Development seminar on the ACT and the SAT to our nonprofit partners. We have scheduled our Free Seminar for Wednesday September 17th from 9 to 1 pm at our office: 363 Seventh Ave 13th Fl. Breakfast will be provided.  b

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Spots are limited, but we will create a waiting list once all spots have been reserved.

Discounts on materials will be available for participating organizations.

For more information about our programs please visit our website.

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Two Website Resources for College Searches

Two websites with great resource potential: LinkedIn for Education and

LinkedIn now allows users to enter a college and/or a field of study and see what people from a particular college & particular field have done career-wise. aggregates massive amounts of information about various schools for users to consider.

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The Opposite of Helicopter Parents

From Inside Higher Ed:

As the associate provost of Chaminade University of Honolulu, Curtis Washburn has met many first-generation college students.

A small Roman Catholic institution located near the white sands of Waikīkī, Chaminade has a significant population of Polynesian students. More than 400 of the university’s 2,700 students are Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander. The majority of these students are low-income and the first in their family to go to college, Washburn said.

“They may be 1 of 10 kids, and they’re the one child that the family decided to send,” he said. “They give him a $100 and send them off to school. ‘Here’s 100 bucks. That should last you four years. Now, go save the family.’”

And that’s where their guidance may end. If so-called helicopter parents typically hover above students from more elite and educated families, many first-generation college students have the opposite problem: parents who may as well be watching their children from a space station.

Read the full article here.

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Application Announcements from Wesleyan University

Greetings from Middletown!

We are just days away from welcoming the Wesleyan Class of 2018 and already have Common Apps ready to download for the Class of 2019!  What a difference a year makes.  And, a great way to introduce my reason for writing today:

I want to remind counselors of the important decision we made in May:  Beginning with the 2014-2015 application review cycle, Wesleyan will no longer require SAT or ACT scores for most applicants.  There are a few exceptions such as homeschooled students and others without traditional grades; the details of our new policy can be found here.

Additionally, in a move to keep Wesleyan as affordable as possible for low-income families, we have increased by 50% the income eligibility for financial aid packages with no loans. Starting with this class, most students from families earning less than $60,000 a year will be packaged with grants and work-study–and no loan expectation.  Students who are Pell Grant eligible and from families that earn more than $60,000 may qualify for a reduced-loan package. Wesleyan asks students to borrow no more than a total of $19,000 over four years. And, of course, we continue to be committed to meeting the full demonstrated need of all who are admitted.

This email is being sent to those counselors who had one or more applicants to Wesleyan in the past year.  Please share this message with other counselors in your school or in your larger circle of colleagues to help us spread the word to students who will benefit from these policy changes.  Creating access for low-income, first-generation and underrepresented students has long been a priority at Wesleyan and we see these initiatives as further opening opportunities for students who are a good match with all that Wesleyan offers.

Be in touch if you have questions—here’s to a great year ahead for us all!

Nancy Hargrave Meislahn
Dean of Admission & Financial Aid

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Colby College “Experience Colby” Overnight Application Deadline August 22

Greetings from the admissions office at Colby College.

Please note that the application deadline for our September Experience Colby overnight visit program is close. Please encourage your students who would benefit from this opportunity to submit their applications. We are especially interested in making a Colby visit available to those students who might not otherwise be able to afford to visit campus.

In order to be considered for the September program, applications must be submitted no later than Friday, August 22, at 5 p.m. EST.

Seniors can apply online. Please forward this message to students who may be interested.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

The Colby Admissions Team

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