Monday, April 14, 2014

Deadline Fast Approaching

The deadline for the Burlington Community Scholarship Foundation Scholarship process is Friday April 18th.  As a reminder seniors need to create a profile at the Burlington Dollars for Scholars web-site by April 18. For students under 18, parents must complete a portion of the application.The web-site can be found by clicking here.

We encourage ALL seniors to complete this application, and submit your name for as many scholarships that you are eligible for.

For parents that need help understanding the process please click here for a summary of your role in the application process.

Although seniors have been given instructions previously, feel free to click here for specific student instructions.

After the profile is complete students MUST submit their name to all matched scholarships.
We encourage ALL seniors to complete this process.

If you have any questions please contact the Guidance Office at 781-270-1780. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

2014 Boston National College Fair

The National Association for College Admission Counseling is pleased to invite students to the 2014 Boston Area National College Fair, which will be held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center -  This year the BHS Guidance Department recommends students attend on Thursday, May 1st from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Click here for a list of schools attending

Below are some key points recommended by The National Association for College Admission Counseling:

·   Over 350 colleges and universities offering a wide variety of educational options have registered
·   Students and parents can find help in obtaining information from diverse institutions
·   Students and parents can attend financial aid presentations at all three fair sessions at 10 am, 11am, 7 pm, and 8 pm
·   Students and parents can take advantage of a variety of counseling services relating to college admission and financial aid at the on-site College Advising Center.
·   Lead Retrieval at this Fair!  Please register in advance by going to  AND – smart phone registration is available!  Bar codes can now be scanned directly from the smart phone, or printed out and brought to the fair.  By doing this, you will save lots of time filling out cards at the college tables.  Registration will be available on-site but to save time students are encouraged to register online before arriving and either bring the printed bar code to the fair or use a smart phone to retrieve the bar code during the fair.
·   Concession stands and Restrooms are located in the exhibit hall
·   Encourage your students to come to the College & Financial Aid Advising tables (near the fair entrance) if they don’t know where to begin or need help identifying colleges offering specific majors, and inform them about the Financial Aid workshops offered during the fair as well.

The evening session is a great time for families to attend, and we encourage you to suggest it to the parents of your students in particular if you will not be attending the fair. 

College Admission Testing Breakfast

The BHS Guidance Department cordially invites parents of underclassmen ( grades 9, 10 and 11) to join us for the next Guidance Breakfast. The topic will be about College Admission Testing.  Our hope to provide parents with a better understanding of standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT and PSAT.  The breakfast will be held in the BHS Guidance College and Career Center at 8:30am on Thursday April 10th, 2014. Please RSVP by calling 781-270-1780. We look forward to seeing you!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Burlington High School General Scholarship Application

Tuesday April 1st at 2:15, is the deadline for the Burlington High School General Scholarship Application for seniors (BHS Class of 2014). All general scholarship applications must be delivered directly to the Guidance secretaries. A receipt will be given for the General Scholarship Application indicating that the Guidance Department has received the General Scholarship application. This application takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

Filling this scholarship automatically places your name in the running for over 20 scholarships. We encourage ALL students to apply, whether four year, two year, trade school, etc.

As a reminder all applications can be downloaded on the Naviance program, however all applications must be submitted in paper format ONLY to the Guidance Department. Please do not e-mail any completed applications.

Early College Planning

The first Early College Planning Night sponsored by the Burlington High School Guidance Department was well attended. Over 70 Parents of students in Kindergarten through 8th grade were in present. Julie Shields-Rutyna from MEFA gave a very detailed and informative presentation. Many facets of financial aid were covered. Julie discussed the College Navigator Webs-Site which gives tuition prices, % of students receiving merit aid and % of students receiving need based aid. We encourage parents to further research this web-site. The other two hot topics of the night were the MassachusettsU Fund 529 Plan and the U Plan Prepaid Tuition Program.

For Parents that missed the event it will be televised and streamed on BCAT.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Boston Globe hosting panel March 11 on getting into, paying for college

Boston Globe hosting panel March 11 on getting into, paying for college (via
Are you a high school junior starting out your college search this spring? Are you a senior weighing your choices and figuring out how to pay for it all? Bring your questions to Globe Insiders, where our panelists will discuss their perspectives on…

Friday, March 7, 2014

Burlington Scholarship Program Breakfast for Senior Parents

The BHS Guidance Department cordially invites parents to join us for the next Guidance Breakfast called the"Burlington Scholarship Program Breakfast". The breakfast will be held in the BHS Guidance College and Career Center at 8:30AM on Wednesday March 12, 2014.   This breakfast is designed for the parents of seniors and will briefly cover the scholarship application process, but will serve as more of a question and answer session. Please RSVP by calling 781-270-1780. We look forward to seeing you

Friday, February 28, 2014

Attention Class of 2014

The deadline for the Kevin Fitzgerald/Cambridge Savings Bank scholarship has been extended to Monday March 3, 2014.  Two awards are guaranteed to BHS seniors, one $2500 scholarship for a student attending a 4-year college and another $2500 scholarship for a student attending a two-year college or trade school. The application is available on Naviance. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Is there a deserving senior you would like to nominate?

Peace Scholarship Award

Peace Scholarships for one thousand dollars ($1,000) are available for students who are graduating this year.  If you know of a senior who has contributed to promoting peace or understanding in our school, community or wider area you can nominate them for this scholarship.  The congregations below initiated this scholarship program several years ago as a means to promote peaceful, non-violent relationships in the schools and beyond.  Outstanding efforts have been recognized each year, some for students who have been in such programs as peer mediation and multicultural clubs, and some for students who have acted in less formal settings to resolve conflicts or build cooperation. Any adult or student who works with any high school senior in any capacity in school or community may submit a nomination. The nominee is not required to be a member of any church or religious organization.  A representative committee will select students to interview from those who are nominated.  Recipients will be announced at the annual Scholarship Awards Night.  A nominatingform can be found by clicking here.  Please submit any nominations to the Guidance Office by April 4, 2014. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Course Selection Process Breakfast

The BHS Guidance Department cordially invites parents to join us for the next  Guidance Breakfast.  The topic will be about the "Course Selection Process". The breakfast will be held in the BHS Guidance College and Career Center at 8:30AM on Wednesday February 12, 2014. Please RSVP by calling 781-270-1780. We look forward to seeing you!