Jerome A. Cole, MAJerome A. Cole, M.A., is the Director of College Counseling for the Edmund Burke school in Washington, D.C. and the founder of Cole Educational Consulting Services (Cole ECS.) He has worked with students and families for over seven years to help them plan and strategize for college. As a college counselor at Burke, an independent college preparatory high school founded in 1968, Mr. Cole oversees a program that is designed to support students and families as they go through the selection and admission process for college. Mr. Cole advises over 100 students each year in a small academically challenging environment where every senior is expected to apply to and enroll in college. Prior to Burke, he was a school counselor at Bethesda-Chevy Chase high school in Montgomery County, Maryland. He has successfully counseled hundreds of students and helped them prepare for admission to a variety of schools such as: American University, Clark-Atlanta University, Davidson College, George Washington University, Harvard University, Pitzer College, Stanford University, Temple University, and the University of Maryland at College Park, to highlight just a few. He established the consulting firm Cole ECS to provide students and families with the necessary information and support to make the best choice for college. Cole ECS defines the best choice as the optimal learning and social environment to ensure a student’s holistic success, culminating in on-time or early graduation and desirable post-graduate options. Mr. Cole earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Catholic University, and then went on to obtain a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development from George Washington University. He is certified as a school counselor and is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC).
Host: How do I identify scholarships and grants for my student?
Jerome Cole: There is a lot of scholarship money out there, lot of grants out there. The first place you want to start is at your high school, you want to let your counselor know that, you are interested in scholarships and grants. Usually that person would be able to direct you to a site on the Internet or some publications in the library or in the college reference section it will highlight these scholarships, so that s one.
Two, you want to go to the college that you are interested in and you want to ask that question, Do you have scholarships? Can you talk about scholarships that you have here on campus, grants here on campus? Three, you want to check with mom and dad with their employers, a lot of organization give out scholarships to the children of their employees. Another source is your place of worship, your Church, your Synagogue, do they have scholarship? So, you want to ask their.
The last thing that you want to do is, go on the Internet and there are couple of sites where you go on you typing the word scholarship or you tying the word grant and it will just give you a listing, their web services out their that will update you on -- this month there is this new scholarship, there is this new grant, so you want to use all of those sources and you want to do it early, you want to start the scholarship search in that summer after your Junior year going into your Senior year. So, start in June, July, August the months leading up to your senior years and then carry on. The two biggest sources of financial aid and scholarships and grants are going to be the federal government and your state government and the college or university. There the ones that are going to have the most money to give to you to finance your education.