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Steppingstone Scholars

Steppingstone Advisors continue to support Scholars throughout middle school and high school as they pursue their long-term goal of attending a four-year college. Steppingstone’s college counseling services are designed to complement the college guidance programs provided by their high schools. Steppingstone Advisors provide support to help families successfully navigate the college admission and financial aid processes. This support includes tutoring, mentoring, workshops, recommendation writing, college visits, summer opportunities, access to reduced-rate SAT preparation courses, and one-on-one guidance.
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Steppingstone hosts a semiannual conference,which allows Scholars and their families to attend workshops on topics such as:
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The College Admission Process: An Overview
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Financial Aid and Scholarships
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Writing the College Essay
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Mock Interviews
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Introduction to the Steppingstone Alumni Network
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Summer opportunities are also an important component for college admission. Therefore, Steppingstone directs Scholars to rigorous and fulfilling summer programs and offers financial aid to assist with the cost of programs. For more information on the Steppingstone Summer Opportunities Fund, see the “Links” page.
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Senior Section
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Did you know that Steppingstone offers Scholars the following college counseling services:
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• Individual college counseling meetings
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• Fee waivers for all of your schools
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• Essay help, both brainstorming and editing
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• Recommendations
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• Free college tours
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• Financial Aid application assistance
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• Scholarship search assistance
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Contact your Advisor to set up an appointment or to give him/her your college list. Download a form here: College_List
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For more information about Steppingstone’s support for Scholars applying to colleges, please e-mail collegecounseling@tsf.org
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99% of Steppingstone Scholars who have completed the academic preparation component have graduated from high school, and 90% have gone on to four-year colleges. Click on the link below to view a list of the colleges and universities that Scholars have attended. (See the list of colleges Steppingstone Alumni attend)

SMASH
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(IMAGE)David Paradela and tutor SMASH CALENDAR FALL 2011
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One of the best ways for Steppingstone to keep in touch with the Scholars once they have completed 14-month component is through SMASH – Saturday Mentoring And Study Hall. The primary focus of SMASH is to provide academic resources and assistance to the Scholars through 12th grade. The program, however, is also set up to encourage relationships that go well beyond just academic support.
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SMASH is held Saturday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. throughout the academic school year (see schedule below). During the first two hours, volunteers work one-on-one with the Scholars to complete their homework or special projects. Scholars may choose to be paired with the same volunteer each week in a Mentoring partnership, or to work independently in Study Hall where various volunteers, referred to as Study Hall Specialists, are available to help when needed.
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The last half hour is an optional recreational time for Scholars and volunteers to socialize and play games. Since the Scholars attend schools all across the city, time with their friends from Steppingstone is a rare opportunity and a valuable element of SMASH.
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Steppingstone’s Mentors and Study Hall Specialists are a group of adults who value their own education and wish to help others excel in theirs. The relationships that develop between Mentors and Scholars, in particular, help the Scholars have confidence in themselves both academically and personally. The volunteers enjoy a real sense of giving back to the community as they see the Scholars progress throughout the year.
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To find out more about how to volunteer in The SMASH Program, click here.