During the month of November, New Hampshire’s 2017 “I Am College Bound/I Applied” campaign helped 1,356 New Hampshire high school seniors at 34 public high schools submit 3,365 college applications.
This national initiative is designed to help high school seniors navigate the college admissions process and ensure that students pursue a post-secondary education by inviting each of them to submit at least one college admission application during a particular school day with the support of their school and local higher education professionals. While special focus is placed on assisting students who would be the first in their families to attend college and students who may not have otherwise seriously considered applying to college, all students are encouraged to participate.
In New Hampshire, students filed 2,900 applications for post-secondary institutions within the state. As part of this initiative, each of state’s colleges and universities waived application fees, saving participating students and families in excess of $100,000. In addition, each high school receives one $500 scholarship to be raffled and awarded to a participating student.
“This program not only brings much-needed assistance to students who have developed their plans for college, it brings general awareness and encouragement to students who may be struggling with creating a plan for after high school," states Val Castonguay, a college counselor with The NHHEAF Network Organizations’ Center for College Planning.
At Kearsarge Regional High School, 19 high school seniors participated in “I Am College Bound/I Applied”. According to Pete Angus, a school counselor at the school, “On the day of the event I noticed there were students who were not participating, but stuck their heads in the door to check out the event. The following day I had emails from four students, asking for assistance with college applications. This event had inspired them to apply.”
Participating high schools for 2017 include: Belmont High School, Berlin High School, Colebrook Academy, Conant High School, Dover High School, Epping High School, Fall Mountain Regional High School, Franklin High School, Groveton High School, Kearsarge Regional High School, Keene High School, Kennett High School, Kingswood Regional High School, Laconia High School, Lisbon High School, Manchester Central High School, Manchester West High School, Mascenic High School, Merrimack Valley High School, Nashua High School North, Nashua South High School, Newfound Regional High School, Newport High School, Pembroke Academy, Pittsburg High School, Pittsfield High School, Portsmouth High School, Profile High School, Raymond High School, Salem High School, Sanborn Regional High School, Somersworth High School, Stevens High School, and White Mountains Regional High School.
The state’s campaign was developed as part of the American College Application Campaign (ACAC), launched by the American Council on Education (ACE). This is the fourth year this national initiative has taken place in New Hampshire. For more information, visit nhheaf.org/IACB-info.asp.
Rachel, a senior at Newport High School, signs the school’s “I Am College Bound” banner after applying to college. (Courtesy photo)