Goucher College no longer requires transcripts

Goucher College, a small liberal arts college in Maryland, has gone transcript optional. The college announced the change on their website on Wednesday. Instead of submitting the traditional application materials, such as the high school transcript, students can choose to submit a two-minute video about attending the college. The college has been test-optional since 2007.

Read the full article here.

Scholarship Saturday – August 30, 2014

The deadlines for the scholarships that were on this list have passed. To see scholarships that are still accepting applications, visit more recent Scholarship Saturday posts.

California legislature passes ‘yes means yes’ bill


On Thursday the California Senate unanimously passed SB 967, also known as “Student Safety: Sexual Assault.” The bill is now headed to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for signature.

The bill states in order to receive state funds for student financial assistance, such as the Cal Grant, colleges and universities in the state of California must adopt the policy related to sexual assault investigations. According to the bill, there will be “an affirmative consent standard in the determination of whether consent was given by both parties to sexual activity.” This means that each party must consent to sexual activity and lack of protest or silence does not mean consent. The bill also says that it is not consent if the person is intoxicated, drugged, unconscious or sleeping. When investigating sexual assaults, only “yes means yes” will be considered consent.

Senator Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) explains his bill would create uniformity in the way college campuses investigate and provide services to victims of sexual assault. He argues, “we need to have a cultural shift across institutions of higher education to take these crimes very seriously.” The federal government is currently investigating 76 colleges and universities for possible violations of Title IX.

Supporting the Bill, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) said, “this bill is needed and makes a strong statement that California does not tolerate rape and sexual violence.” Currently five California colleges are under investigation for Title IX violations, including UC Berkeley, UCLA and USC.

The National Institute of Justice has found that 19 percent of women in college have reported “experiencing completed or attempted sexual assault since entering college.” De Leon has said sexual assaults are far too common on college and university campus and it needs to change. He also said he brought this bill forth because “administrators are either under-reporting or not reporting at all” the sexual assaults on their campuses.

The bill requires colleges and universities to adopt “detailed and victim-centered policies and protocols.” The policy will provide protections for the privacy of individuals involved. In addition, the goal of this bill is to ensure that every college student have the opportunity to succeed in college and not have their college career impeded because of a sexual assault.

Student missed deadline due to computer glitch

Lincoln To, 17, graduated in June from Junipero Serra High School in San Diego. He was ranked in the top five of his graduating class and had a 4.67 grade point average. To was a finalist for QuestBridge, a program that bridges under-served students with top university. He chose to apply to Stanford University through Questbridge, and if selected for the program, would have received a full-ride scholarship. However, Questbridge notified him that he was not selected for the scholarship because his application was incomplete.

To discovered QuestBridge did not receive his transcript by the deadline. However, he had made the necessary requests to have his school submit his academic record. The school district discovered the problem and sent an email notifying QuestBridge of a ”technological error” with their student information system. Unfortunately, it was too late.

Other students in the school district also had problems getting their academic records to colleges and universities. In February, Superintendent Cindy Marten of the San Diego Unified School District wrote a letter to colleges, universities, scholarship committees and financial aid offices explaining the error. In the letter, she asked that organizations requiring transcripts to “hold our students harmless for any unforeseen nuisances on their transcripts and for any possible deadlines missed due to our internal workings.”

District spokesperson Ursula Kroemer told San Diego 6 News the district “made a mistake. We’re fixing that mistake so that it doesn’t happen again.” The district offered an apology to To on Tuesday. While he will not be attending Stanford in the fall, he is starting at UCLA with a full-tuition scholarship.

Although the school made the mistake, this is a good reminder for students to closely monitor their college and scholarship applications. For items that are submitted by other individuals, such as transcripts and recommendations, students should always request these items early in the process. In addition, students should check with colleges and scholarship committees to ensure documents were received before the deadline. By being proactive, students should be able to meet deadlines even if there is an error made by others.

Parents: Prepare a healthy care package

Healthy Care Package

When packing for college, many students and their parents forget about medication. It’s just something many people don’t think about when packing for college. Instead, their focus is on things like extra-long bedding and room decorations. However, many students will get sick during the fall semester of college. From the changes in sleep patterns to the communal living, it’s bound to happen.

Whether students have moved-in already or are moving in soon, parents should prepare a “healthy” care package for their child. Here are list of items to consider:

Students will not want to go out and get these items for themselves, especially if they are already getting sick. Plus, drug or convenience stores are not always conveniently located near college campuses. Therefore, parents should prepare a care package full of medication and healthy items for their children before they get sick.

I have found that CVS has everything available students may need. CVS carries name-brand products, as well as CVS brand products. I’ve tried many of the CVS products and they do the job just as well as name brand and cost much less!

Parents can go to the store themselves and prepare the package, or shop online and have it shipped directly to their child. Shipping rates are a standard $5.49, no matter how much is purchased. However, shipping is free for most items if you purchase $49 worth of merchandise. CVS also offers 20% off and free shipping if you choose to have items automatically shipped on schedule. For example, this would be a great option for vitamins.

Before your child get sick, make sure they have the medication they need to take care of themselves when away from home. You, as a parent, won’t be able to be there physically, but you’ll know your child will have everything they will need to get better.