College Ready

Bishop Kearney High School is proud of our 100% college acceptance rate and your child’s counselor is here to help you and your student navigate the college application process. Following junior year classroom guidance related to college and career exploration, your child’s counselor will start the college application process with classroom guidance beginning in September of senior year. Keep an eye on the calendar for Senior Parent Night so that you can get the same valuable college information your child is receiving. Our counselors are always available to help with college applications. Simply set up an appointment through the main office to see your counselor.

All Applications with a January 1st deadline are due to the counseling office by December 10th. Any applications submitted to the counseling office after December 10th will not be completed until we return from break in January.

Complete Your Applications

  • Start by narrowing  your list of colleges down to approximately 5 – 8 and review it with your counselor.
  • Get applications and financial aid information from each of these colleges and visit as many as possible.
  • When you ask for recommendations, give each person your resume, a stamped and addressed envelope, and any required forms.
  • When writing your application essays, ask an English teacher to review them with you.
  • Decide whether to apply Early Action or Early Decision. For early admission, colleges may require test scores and applications in early November. Ask if your college offers an early estimate of financial aid eligibility
  • Refer to the Senior Calendar for important deadlines such as:
    • Test dates, fees and deadlines
    • College application due dates
    • Required financial aid applications and their deadlines
    • Recommendations, transcripts and other necessary materials
    • BK’s  deadlines for application requests (Applications must be turned in to the counseling office 2 weeks before the application deadline)

Gather Financial Aid Information

  • Attend financial aid info events in your area:

Statewide Student Financial Aid Days: January 19 & February 9th – Attend any Financial Aid Day program by registering online at www.suny.edu/studentevents or by calling 1-800-342-3811

  • Talk to your counselor about CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and learn about completing the PROFILE
  • Use Scholarship Search, review scholarship books, and ask your counselor about local and state funding sources
  • The FAFSA Form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is available in December. The US Department of Education is recommending that people use the online availability at (www.fafsa.ed.gov) to obtain a paper copy of the FAFSA to use as a worksheet and to use for filing online after January 1st of each year. Students/Parents can use (www.pin.ed.gov) to request a Personal Identification Number (PIN) to use as an electronic signature for FAFSA on the web, renewal FAFSA and Corrections on the Web, and to access the National Student Loan Data System. Students should check with the college of their choice to determine which application to file. Students who list a college within New York State on the FAFSA will automatically receive a Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) Form from the State.
  • Students who want to apply to two-year and four-year SUNY colleges can get the application online at www.SUNY.edu.  Students can use one application to apply up to four different state schools at once.
  • The common application, www.commonapp.org  provides students with the option of applying to different private colleges with one application.  There are over 100 different private schools to choose from. This application also allows students and parents to track when application materials are downloaded by the college admissions office. Click on the link below for a short video on how to use the Common Application: How to use the Common Application
  • Some schools will offer their own application for students to use.  It is up to the student to decide which application will work best for them.

Attend College Admissions Visits at BK

Many college representatives will be visiting BKHS this fall to present information about their colleges and to answer student questions. These visits are intended for juniors and seniors only.  To attend any of the college visits scheduled you’ll first need to get a College Visit Pass from the Counseling Office at least one day before the visit. Your teacher may deny permission if they feel the day’s lesson is too essential to miss. Students are responsible for any missed work.

College Fairs & Summer Programs

Rochester Area College Fair: Every fall, the Rochester Area College Fair comes to BK. Keep an eye on the calendar for the next date of this event.

Jesuit Excellence College Fair: In the Spring, the Jesuit Excellence College Fair visits BK. This fair is composed of Jesuit schools from around the country. Check the calendar for the next date of this event.

National College Fair: Every spring, Bishop Kearney takes the junior class to visit the National College Fair at the Riverside Convention Center. This is an excellent event for Juniors to start exploring college options. Over 200 colleges and universities from across the country attend this event.

Be sure to ask you counselor for an updated listing of summer programs offered for high school students at universities across the country each year!

Scholarships

Our BK Counseling department receives many different types of scholarships that we offer to our students. Applications for scholarships listed are available in the counseling office. We encourage seniors to regularly check in the counseling office, for any updated scholarship materials.

Italian American Community Center Scholar-Athlete Award: The Italian American Community Center is sponsoring a scholar-athlete award for a deserving male, and female athlete, who will be a senior this coming September, and is planning to pursue a college education upon graduation from high school. Each recipient will receive a $1,000.00 award. To qualify, scholarship applicants must demonstrate achievement in both athletics and academics, display good citizenship, sportsmanship, and rank in the top 10% of their class or possess a GPA above 3.67. Please contact your counselor for an application.

Helpful Scholarship Links:

American Legion Need a Lift

American Society for Engineering Ed.

College Fund

FastWeb

FastWeb’s College Gold

FinAidScholarship

Financial Aid Finder Scholarship Search

Gates Millennium Scholars Program

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Latino College Dollars

MeritAid.com

Microsoft

MoolahSpot.com

National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering

National Society of Black Engineers

Next Student

Questbridge

Sallie Mae’s Scholarship Search Tool

Scholarship Experts

Scholarship Points

Scholarship Quest Helper

Scholarships 4 School

Scholarships.com

 

Scholarships4students

School Soup

SuperCollege.com

Tips to avoid scholarship scams

Undergrad Zone

United Negro College Fund Scholarships

USA Jobs

Weekly Scholarship Alert

Additional Resources for Students and Families Planning for College