Mrs. Michelle Luraschi
M.Ed., NCC, LPC (IL), MCC
College & Career Preparation Coordinator/Counseloremail
Mrs. Luraschi assists students & families in exploring, preparing for, & transitioning from high school to their future educational program &/or career.
- meeting individually with upperclassmen for college & career planning
- coordinating the college fair, college visits, & career & college programs
- offering programs such as College Academy and College Boot Camps
- managing financial aid and scholarship resources
Individual appointments fill up VERY fast! Please see Mrs. Patrick in the Counseling Office to book your appointment.
- 1st semester appointments--Seniors
- 2nd semester appointments--Juniors
TEXT MESSAGES for students & parents on events, colleges, & scholarships.
Seniors: text @phs2017sr to 81010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Juniors: text @phs2018sr to 81010 or email email@example.com
Sophomores: text @phs2019sr to 81010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Freshmen: text @phs2020sr to 81010 or email email@example.com
ACT Fee Waiver: Students who receive free or reduced lunch at PHS are eligible for 2 ACT fee waivers per academic year (regular fees only). Please see Mrs. Luraschi.
- All classes are 6:00-8:00pm.
- Attendance at all sessions recommended.
No registration required. Listen to announcements for last minute changes.
Bring pencil/paper and a TI-30 calculator or above for the math review.
What are your interests? What are your strengths and skills? What are your plans for after high school graduation?
Missouri Connections will help you explore careers, occupations, salaries and more! You do not need an account to browse the website, however PHS students are provided a personal user id and log in to track career information, resumes and other helpful life planning tools.
My Majors: Learn about majors that fit your interests.
Explore Your Career:
- Graphic Design, Animation, Visual Arts
- Information Technology
- Skilled Trades
The Pattonville College Academy is held the week before classes begin for rising seniors who are first generation college-bound. Seniors meet college representatives from around the state and learn about ACT testing, essay writing, how to find the right college fit, financial aid, and many other college related issues. Students also tour a variety of colleges and universities in St. Louis. The program is free and space is limited. All students must provide their own transportation. Past participants have also received a $100-$500 scholarship.
Interested juniors who have a 2.0 GPA or higher and are first generation college-bound, should apply.
The following Summer 2016 programs provided middle & high school students with the opportunity to explore college and career options and/or gain work experience.
Please check with each program for Summer 2017 opportunities. This list is not exhaustive; please check with individual universities for additional opportunities.
Pattonville PTO Summer Camp Grant-application deadline is typically April
Accounting Careers Leadership Institute with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Bryant University: Free residence based institute for rising Latino/a or African-American seniors (current juniors) interested in accounting careers.
Athletic Training Summer Camp: Learn about careers in athletic training at Missouri State University.
Barnard College and Summer in New York Programs: Offers a variety of summer enrichment opportunities.
BESt Pharmacy Summer Institute: Prepares talented multicultural high school students for a career in pharmacy.
Carleton College Liberal Arts Experience: Free for African American Sophomores or students who have an interest in African American culture.
Colleges That Change Lives: Offer a variety of summer enrichment opportunities at colleges across the U.S.
Columbia College (MO) Entrepreneurship Summer Camp: Free summer camp in business entrepreneurship
Columbia College (MO) Summer Camps: Summer camps in Nursing, Biotechnology, Forensic Science/Criminal Justice, Legal Academy, STEAM, Theatre
Computer Science Institute for Young Women: Two day, free institute to expose young women to science/IT careers
Cornell University Catalyst Academy: One-week residential program for juniors and seniors from underrepresented backgrounds interested in engineering.
Cornell University Curie Academy: One-week residential program for junior and senior girls who excel in math and science.
Directory of College Access Programs: Nationwide directory of college access programs.
Discover Architecture Pre-College Program at UIUC: Two-week program offered by the Illinois School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to introduce high school students to architectural graphics, design, and modeling.
Fontbonne University: IOS Apps Development Camp
Gettysburg College: Camps in psychology, government, writing, & 3D modeling
Grammy Camp: Camps in performance and music business
Harvey Mudd College: Women's Introduction to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Program includes a free two day spring residential workshop for women and a 9 month online program.
Inroads: Develops and places talented under served youth in business and industry, and prepares them for corporate and community leadership.
Joyce Ivy Foundation: Provide scholarships for talented and high-achieving female high school students to attend summer academic programs on college campuses, including Harvard, Yale, Brown, and similar Ivy-league institutions.
Junior Achievement: Educates students about entrepreneurship, work readiness, and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs.
Kode with Klossy: Free 2 week summer camp for girls, 13-18 yrs, to learn coding
Leadership in Practice: Prepares sophomore students with leadership skills and experiences in a four day program at Westminster College in Fulton, MO.
Maryville University: Digital Media, Digital Photography, Graphic Design, Architecture/Interior Design Camps and Portfolio Workshop
Ranken Technical College Adventure Academy: Provides a variety of hands-on summer camps for middle and high school students.
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology: High intensity summer camp for students very serious about engineering, science, and math.
SEMO: Academic, Athletic, and Cheer/Dance camps.
SIU-Edwardsville Healthcare Diversity Summer Camp: 1 week camp for minority students entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade and interested in health care professions (Pharmacy, Nursing, Dentistry)
SLATE (St. Louis Agency on Training and Development) Summer Youth Program: Build soft skills, confidence, responsibility, references, networks and financial literacy while gaining work experience.
Stevens-The Institute of Business and Arts: 1 day summer camp for interior design and/or fashion merchandising. Contact Chris at 314-421-0949.
Saint Louis University Summer Camps: Offers a variety of summer enrichment opportunities
- Allsup Summer Academy in Entrepreneurial Business: Explore, learn, develop, and present innovative solutions to real world market needs.
- Healthcare/Medical Summer Program: Explore healthcare careers, participate in a cadaver lab
SLU Summer Camps: Offers a variety of summer enrichment opportunities.
Summer Science Programs: Provides a variety of summer/internship opportunities in various science fields.
Summer Talent Academy for Professions in Health: Explore healthcare professions with faculty from Truman State University and the A.T.Still University of Health Sciences
University of Central Missouri: Hands-on graphics camp and Kansas City field trip
University of Chicago: Neubauer Family Adelante Summer Scholars for Latino/Hispanic juniors, Free tuition and room/board
University of Dayton: Engineering camps, some are low cost
University of Missouri-Columbia: Life Sciences Quest, free program for students interested in agriculture, biotechnology, and the life sciences
University of Missouri-Columbia: Trulaske Business Academy: Free, week long, residential summer pre-college program for rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade minority students interested in business.
UMSL Bridge Program: Provides college access services to the St. Louis community through the Saturday Academy, Summer Academy, and Parent Component.
UMSL Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS): 6 week summer science research program
University of Missouri-St. Louis: Research and Engineering Apprenticeship Program, summer STEM research opportunities for students at UMSL, includes stipend
University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Camps in computing, weather, veterinary science, filmmaking, engineering, culinary arts, outdoors, and youth legislation.
University of Tulsa: Filmmaking and Screenwriting Residential Camps
Upward Bound: Services are provided primarily to students in St. Louis Public Schools (grades 9-12) who are low-income, and first-generation college-ready.
Washington University: Offers a number of summer enrichment opportunities
Webster University: Filmmaking and Music Recording camps
Free workshops on specific college planning topics.
Thursdays, 1:15-2:10 pm, College & Career Center
Bring laptop; No registration required
Aug. 18 Researching Colleges Aug. 25 Understanding College Applications & Creating a College Resume Sept. 1 Competitive College Admission Sept. 8 Common Application Sept. 15 Writing a College Essay Sept. 22 None Sept. 29 Pattonville College Fair Oct. 6 Financial Aid Oct. 13 Finding Scholarships Oct. 20 Walk-in College App Help Oct. 27 Walk-in College App Help Nov. 3 Financial Aid Help Nov. 10 Walk-in College App Help Nov. 17 Financial Aid Help Dec. 1 Walk-in College App Help
- Register, pay the fee, send a PHS transcript, and send ACT scores directly to NCAA by using the 4 digit code, 9999.
- Register, pay the fee, send a PHS transcript, and send ACT scores directly to NAIA by using the 4 digit code, 9876.
NJCAA (Community College Athletics)
- CoreCourseGPA.com is web-based software that allows school counselors, coaches, parents and student-athletes to easily track a student-athlete's progress towards meeting NCAA Eligibility Center requirements (formerly NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse) for both Division I and Division II.
Date & Time Fair Location
For more information
Aug. 27, 10am-12pm
"Colleges That Change Lives" College Fair
Hilton St. Louis Frontenac Hotel More Information Sept. 20, 6-8pm
West County Regional College Fair
Queeny Park, Greensfelder Complex Sept. 22, 6-7:30pm
Regional College Fair
St. Charles Community College More Information Sept. 25, 1-3pm
National Performing Arts College Fair
Webster University, Grant Gym More Information Sept. 29, 1-2:30pm
Pattonville High School College Fair
Pattonville High School, Main Gym Oct. 2, 1-3pm
North County Regional College Fair
University of Missouri-St. Louis Oct. 16, 1-4pm
National College Fair
Saint Louis University, Simon Recreation Center More Information
Fall 2016--View the Calendar of Events on the College Counseling home page
- Link to the Calendar via iCal.
- Students must schedule with Mrs. Patrick, Counseling Secretary, in order to receive a pass to meet with the college.
- All visits will be held in the College & Career Center
Student & Family Evening Events--Fall 2016
Free, no registration required.
Programs will be presented by Michelle Luraschi, College & Career Preparation Coordinator/Counselor and/or special guest speakers from college, scholarship, and financial aid organizations.
Location Aug. 30 7-8:30 pm
Junior & Senior College Planning Night for Students & Parents
PHS, Auditorium Sept. 6 7-8:00 pm
College Athletics and NCAA Requirements
Katie Zingg, SIUE, Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance
PHS, Auditorium Sept. 15 7-8:00 pm
Financial Aid Information Night for Students & Parents
PHS, Auditorium Oct. 11 6-8:00 pm
FAFSA Frenzy: Financial Aid Completion Workshop
PHS, B206 Nov. 2 6-8:00pm
FAFSA Frenzy: Financial Aid Completion Workshop
Financial Aid Resources for 2017 Seniors
Prior-Prior Year (PPY) for Class of 2017 & Beyond: Resources for new FAFSA deadlines impacting Class of 2017
Create my FSA ID: Must be created 1 week prior to completing FAFSA.
- A FSA ID is a username and password that you must use to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education websites.
- All students and at least one parent (if a dependent student) must create their own unique FSA ID. Parent and student must have a SSN# and general email address (not school email).
- FSA ID Tutorial
FAFSA Website: Free Application for Federal Student Aid; application for all federal and student aid programs including grants, work-study, and loans.
- Starting college in Spring or Summer 2016: Complete the 2015-2016 FAFSA now using 2014 taxes.
- Starting college in Fall 2016-Summer 2017: Complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA beginning Jan. 1, 2016 and before March 1 using 2015 taxes (or tax estimates).
- Who's My Parent When I Complete My FAFSA?
- Do I Have to Provide My Parents' Information on My FAFSA?
- Transferring IRS Tax Data to my FAFSA
College Data: Find out which students receive financial aid, how much they receive, and how you compare. View thousands of real student financial aid awards.
College Savings Plans: Serves as a clearinghouse for information among state-administered college savings programs
Financial Aid Process: Graphic representation of the process and types of aid.
All requests should be made at least 3 weeks in advance and include a copy of your college resume. Only request a letter if required for the application.
- Most letters of recommendation should be written by core academic teachers, unless otherwise specified by the college. Select teachers who know you well, can speak about your work ethic, participation, helpfulness to other students, and academic performance. While it is not necessary to have an A in the class, be sure you worked hard in the class.
- If a counselor recommendation is required, ask your guidance counselor who has known you the longest so that your letter can speak about your growth as a student, personal characteristics, and challenges you have overcome.
- If a letter of recommendation is required from Mrs. Luraschi, please complete this questionnaire.
Open House Location, if not at college
9/14 Emory, Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame, Univ of Virginia St. Louis Priory School General Information 9/18 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD John Burroughs School General Information
College Visits Company: Offers tours across US and Canada for a fee
Scholarships may be found through all 6 of these sources, arranged in priority order.
Resources for #3 & #5 will be updated as new scholarships are identified. Please check back for new scholarships every 1-2 weeks.
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- Automatic &/or merit-based scholarships awarded through the college application process.
- Departmental and/or institutional scholarships applied for through a separate application with each college. Search the college's website for "institutional scholarships", "endowed scholarships", and "scholarships in XYZ department".
- Local scholarships forwarded to PHS.
- Family/work/church/community connections.
- National scholarship search engines that identify possible opportunities by major, ethnicity, St. Louis, and more.
- Internet key word searches (ie: scholarships from professional associations in your major; scholarships for students with family situation, disability, ethnicity.