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Counselors' Corner is where you can find events, resources, opportunities and information not officially sponsored by MASCA, but which may be of general interest to the counseling community.

You may also link to our REQUESTS page to view requests made by the greater counseling community, including information about research studies in which school counselors my be interested in participating.

  • 04 Feb 2022 7:05 PM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    Girls Who Code invites current high school students who identify as girls or non-binary to apply to join us this summer for our free programs:

    • Our 2-week, introductory Summer Immersion Program (SIP) hosts current 9th-11th graders in live, virtual classrooms led by industry-leading companies like EAPfizer, and ViacomCBS. Students learn HTML, CSS, and JavaScript while getting an inside look into the tech industry. Plus, all SIP students can apply for grants up to $500.
    •  Our Self-Paced Program offers independent study and real-world projects for current 9th-12th graders to earn beginner-level badges in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript for web development or an intermediate-level badge in Python for cybersecurity.

    With one quick application, we’ll recommend the best opportunity for students’ needs. They can apply to one or all of our programs with the same form!

    Plus, participants can access exclusive alumni benefits and career support for life, including our pre-internship programs, Hiring Summit, virtual mentoring, and GWC Talks webinars for career tips and strategies.

    Programs are available June 17 - August 12. Learn more on our website or in a webinar, and tell students to apply here as soon as possible ! Students get priority consideration when they apply by February 16, 2022 . Regular-decision applications are due by March 18, 2022.

    To view the Virtual Summer Programs Flyer  click the underlined link.

  • 06 Jan 2022 3:03 PM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    The Red Pine Scholars Program is seeking its next class of students from low- to middle-income families in Massachusetts who have demonstrated academic excellence and are planning to attend competitive colleges as freshmen in the fall of 2022. This program is designed to support undergraduate students through tuition assistance, mentoring, and other flexible financial supports. The Red Pine Scholars Program is dedicated to making college affordable for Massachusetts families and helping students reach their full potential. The program is funded by an anonymous donor and administered by The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI).

    We invite you to share the Red Pine Scholars Program guidelines with students who will be entering college in fall 2022 and who meet this program’s criteria.

    Information about the program, including guidelines and application instructions, can be found here.

    While many students are deserving of this type of support during college, to be eligible for this program students must:

    1.   Come from low- to middle-income families

    2.   Have a strong academic record or have shown significant improvement over time

    3.   Be planning to enroll as a freshman at a competitive four-year college in fall 2022

    Applications must be submitted online – hard copies will not be accepted.

    Applications must be completed online by February 15, 2022 at 5:00 PM EST.

    The Red Pine Scholars Program is administered by The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI). Please direct any questions to Ellie Galer at or 617.338.5885.

  • 22 Oct 2021 9:42 AM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    Franklin Pierce University is hosting our annual Discovery Day on Saturday, November 13th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at our scenic (and foliage-full!) Rindge campus. During this day, collegebound students and their families can hear about our academic programs directly from our faculty, learn about financial aid and meet with current students. Campus tours will also be provided, and as a bonus, the Franklin Pierce University football team kicks off against New Haven at 1 p.m. (with a chili cook-off!).

    For students who have submitted their application materials by November 7th or bring them to Discovery Day on November 13th will receive their admissions and scholarship decisions during Discovery Day. What a great way to celebrate a trip to Rindge!

    Registration is required via this simple weblink.

    We continue to offer safe, in-person weekday and select weekend individual tours.  Families may register for a tour here.

    Tori Berube
    Project Manager, Admissions and Student Financial Services
    Franklin Pierce University
    40 University Drive
    Rindge, NH  03461

  • 06 Oct 2021 6:44 PM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    Hello School Counselors of Massachusetts,

    The Army, Air Force and Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs located in central Massachusetts (WPI and College of the Holy Cross) invite you to attend an ROTC Information Session that will be conducted over zoom (see zoom link below) on October 19th at 11:00 am. To RSVP for this event simply accept the zoom invitation. We hope to see all of you on the 19th.

    We plan to present branch specific information that will include basic information for each program, scholarship opportunities for current high school seniors as well as college students once they are on a college campus. Each branch will have 15 minutes to brief information specific to their program and then we will have a question and answer period after the presentations.

    Army ROTC is widely regarded as the premier leadership course in the world. Opportunities for specialized training are readily available, giving students exciting and challenging professional experience that most people never get. The professional development they receive in Army ROTC enables them to succeed not only in the military, but also in the civilian sector. ROTC students attend college like other students, but are also educated and trained in the science and art of military leadership through the ROTC unit at or near their college. Army ROTC offers 4 and 3 year scholarships to current high school seniors as well as campus based scholarships for students who are already in college.

    Air Force ROTC develops the leaders of tomorrow by preparing students to become officers in the U.S. Air and Space Forces while earning a college degree. In AFROTC, you’ll not only build lifelong friendships, but you may also have the opportunity to pay for school through our scholarship programs. Upon graduation, you’ll commission as a 2nd Lieutenant and have a rewarding career as an Air or Space Force Officer.​The program at Detachment 340, hosted at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, is 3 to 4 years of participation in elective classes, a weekly leadership laboratory, and physical training twice a week.

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 955 9624 6349

    Join by SIP

    Join by H.323 (US West) (US East) (Amsterdam Netherlands) (Germany) (Australia Sydney) (Australia Melbourne) (Canada Toronto) (Canada Vancouver) (Japan Tokyo) (Japan Osaka)
    Meeting ID: 955 9624 6349

    Join by Skype for Business

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