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Senior Newsletter and Scholarships

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Watch your deadlines – You are responsible!

Do you have a January 1st deadline?  Advise your counselor by November 30th.  Winter Recess is December 23rd - January 1st.

Applications! Essays!  Scholarship Forms!   Where do I begin?

These may seem like insurmountable tasks to you, but you can do it! Just be sure to organize your time by breaking each task into manageable pieces that you can reasonably accomplish by their respective deadlines; and be sure to use your school supports to the fullest!

College Applications


Fill out as much of the application as you can and make an appointment by email to meet with your counselor to review your colleges and to have any final questions answered.
Counselors must be advised at least 15 school days before deadline dates in order to process supporting application materials.  This also pertains to scholarship applications.
You are responsible for contacting the College Board (SAT) or ACT to have your official test scores sent directly to the college.
When you submit a college application online, you MUST advise your Counselor immediately.  The Guidance office will send the supporting materials (transcript, profile and letter of recommendation) to the college admissions office. The deadlines still apply.

The COMMON APPLICATION is the recommended form for more than 900 member colleges and universities for admission to their undergraduate programs.  Many of these institutions use the form exclusively.  All give equal consideration to the Common Application and the college’s own form. Students complete one Common Application that can be sent to any of the participating colleges.
Direct links to the Common Application, your Naviance account and other helpful sites can be accessed from the District Guidance website.

Open Houses, Information Sessions, etc.
For example:

Ithaca College:  Various dates, Ithaca College:    (In-person and virtual)

SUNY Delhi: Various dates, SUNY Delhi  (Virtual)

Lafayette College: Various dates, Lafayette College  (In-person and virtual)

Siena College: Various dates, Siena College  (In-person and virtual)

Plymouth State University: Various dates, Plymouth State University Schedule a Visit  (In-person and virtual)

Sacred Heart University:  Various dates, Sacred Heart University Open House  (Virtual)

University of Scranton:  Various dates, University of Scranton Undergraduate Admission  (Virtual)

SUNY Brockport:  Nov. 9, SUNY Brockport Open House  (In-person)

Colgate University, Various dates, Colgate University  (In-person and virtual)

Westchester Community College:  Nov. 14,  Westchester Community College Open House  (Virtual)

College Essay
Before sitting down to write a first draft of your essay, spend some time organizing your thoughts. Talk to your English Teacher or Counselor about the topic you are considering.  Borrow one of the books on College Application Essays or pick up a tip sheet in the Guidance Office.

Financial Aid

Remember to complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible. The U.S. Department of Education publication Do You Need Money for College? The Guide to Federal Student Aid, provides a comprehensive description of federal student aid programs. Visit Federal Student Aid Programs to view the publication and find other helpful resources.

Many colleges use your FAFSA information to award non-federal aid, and their deadlines vary. Contact the college’s financial aid office to find out if any additional forms are required.

If you list a New York college on your FAFSA form, you can link directly to the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). For more information on TAP, visit New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

After submitting your FAFSA you’ll receive a Student Aid Report, or SAR, containing the information reported on your FAFSA and including your Expected Family Contribution (EFC).  The schools you list on your FAFSA will receive your SAR data electronically and each school will send you an aid offer showing the amount and types of aid available to you.

Go to to complete the FAFSA form. FAFSA on the Web Worksheets are available in Guidance.

Links to information on financial aid, options for paying for college as well as access to financial aid applications are all conveniently located on the district’s web page at Lakeland Central School District  . Go to “Departments”, “Guidance” then to the “Scholarships and Financial Aid” tab

Pertinent Miscellaneous

 **SUNY recommends that regular decision freshman applicants apply by December 1st to maximize chances for financial aid, campus housing, and consideration for major of choice.

**Many US colleges and universities that provide federal financial aid have a Net Price Calculator on their website.  These online devices offer students customized approximations of college costs based on their family size, financial status, etc.

**Review your college applications and essay 3 or 4 times before submitting them.  Check capitalization, punctuation, and grammar.   Make sure your e-mail address is appropriate for review and use by a college admissions office.  It’s a good idea to keep copies of everything you send to colleges.

**Remember that the admissions process does not represent a personal judgment.  Often times, colleges have specific institutional goals that an applicant cannot control.  What you can control at this point is where you choose to apply, so commit yourself to choosing a healthy mix of colleges.

**Try not to worry about college interviews. You should be yourself and be prepared to answer and ask some simple questions.  (You may find it helpful to pick up a list of questions in the guidance office).  Be sure to be on-time and dress appropriately. Most colleges do not require an interview. However, a borderline student may benefit if willing to speak meaningfully about him/herself or about something in the record that needs interpretation.

 **Athletes should keep in mind that NCAA eligibility certifies you to compete as a student athlete but it has nothing to do with a college’s academic admissions requirements.  If a student-athlete meets NCAA initial-eligibility standards, that student still may not be admitted to the institution.  Likewise, a student-athlete who gains admission to a college or university may not meet NCAA initial-eligibility standards. NCAA Eligibility Center

** Work hard all year!!  Colleges ask for mid-year and final grades.  They can affect your scholarship.


An Admission Ticket and an acceptable photo ID are required for entry into the Testing Area—no exceptions.
Changes to the test type, test date or test center cannot be made at the test center on test day. Standby/Walk-in testing is not permitted. Test-takers who miss the last registration deadline for an administration may request Waitlist Status online up until five days before the test.


SAT Reasoning & Subject Tests:  

Nov. 7, 2020: @Walter Panas HS Regular registration deadline:  Oct. 7, 2020, Late registration deadline:  Oct. 27, 2020

Dec. 5, 2020: *Regular registration deadline:  Nov. 5, 2020, Late registration deadline:  Nov. 24, 2020


ACT Assessment:  

Dec. 12, 2020:  Regular registration deadline:  Nov. 6, 2020, Late registration deadline:  Nov. 20, 2020

The LCSD Guidance page at Lakeland Central School District  is your source for a number of helpful links including:  college planning, college applications, financial aid, college/scholarship/career searches, testing, NCAA and access to your Naviance account.

(If you have never registered in Naviance, please email Mrs. O’Neill (LHS) – boneill@lakelandschools.orgor Ms. Zadra (WPHS)  - for your registration code.)

Don’t be fooled by scholarship scams.  Visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website for tips on what to look for. Federal Trade Commission’s Scholarship and Financial Aid Scams

WALTER PANAS HIGH SCHOOL, 300 Croton Avenue, Cortlandt Manor, NY  10567
PH:  (914) 739-2823 (press 3, Guidance), FAX: (914) 739-3545
ADMINISTRATION:  Joseph Spero, Principal, Samantha Sherwood, Asst. Principal, Doris Dapaah, Asst. Principal
COUNSELING OFFICE: Frank Gizzo , Director of Guidance
SCHOOL COUNSELORS:  Chelsea Aversano, Dale Chappelle, Laurainne Mosca, Bianca Raniolo (leave replacement for Sonia Recuppio) , Brandon Thomas
SUPPORT STAFF:  Mary Ellen Brown, Kathy Giordano, Carole Henkin, Kathy Zadra, College and Career Ctr