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Dozens of High School Students College Bound at Fisher


Dozens of High School Students College Bound at Fisher

From August 5-9, nearly 40 area high school students attended St. John Fisher College’s College Bound program, an intensive five-day residential program designed to help them discover their academic and career interests.

The program is designed for soon-to-be high school seniors who are academically qualified, low-income students and are the first in their families that plan to attend college. In order to be considered for the program, students must be nominated by a school official, and meet specific academic and financial criteria. Half of the 2012 attendees are students from the Rochester City School District.

“What an amazing opportunity for our rising seniors,” said Jamie Salatino, School Counselor, M.S., NCC, at the School Without Walls. “This week-long exposure to campus life, social events, and academics gave students the confidence and encouragement to enter senior year motivated and ready to apply to college.”

College Bound 2012

Attendees during one of the opening workshops.

Throughout the course of the program, admissions counselors from various colleges and universities helped students discover their interests and explore potential career options; enabled students to develop a consideration set of colleges and determine the aspects of a college that are most important to them; and offered information and helped students understand the admissions application process, including completing an application, admissions interviews, and the college essay. Students were also given the opportunity to experience other college campuses in the Rochester area, and developed an action plan for their college admissions process.

In addition to completing the on-campus program, students will attend a follow-up workshop during their senior year of high school.

“Coordinating this program every year is an honor for me,” said Jennifer Polanco, Admissions Counselor/Multicultural Recruiter, at St. John Fisher College. “Knowing that we are helping first-generation students understand the college admissions process, and helping them discover and reach their full potential, is really rewarding for everyone involved.”

In the first five years of the College Bound Program at Fisher, nearly 150 students participated. Of those students, nearly 140 were accepted into two- or four-year colleges, making them first-generation college students.

Students attend College Bound for free, and the program is supported in part by M&T Bank; the Fred & Floy Willmott Foundation; and the Ames-Amzalak Memorial Trust, in memory of Henry Ames, Semon Amzalak, and Dan Amzalak.

M&T Bank Corp., established in 1856, is one of the 20 largest U.S. bank holding companies, with $66 billion of assets. M&T operates a regional headquarters in downtown Rochester and serves customers at 29 Monroe County branches.

The Ames-Amzalak Memorial Trust was established in memory of Henry Ames, Semon Amzalak, and Daniel Amzalak, immigrants from Gibraltar whose successful clothing and real estate businesses began in Rochester. This trust provides gifts to organizations working to improve the quality of life for area residents.

The Fred & Floy Willmott Foundation makes its grants to community-based programs of non-profit organizations (primarily in Monroe County, New York), with a special interest in religion (especially the
United Methodist Church), education, elders, and community projects.

College Bound 2012

Admissions Counselor Penny Myler takes a participant through an admissions mock interview.

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