Elizabeth and Scholarship Gold Crew:
Getting your newsletter today reminded me that I wanted to share a success story with you. As the time to apply for college grew closer, my son (Quaid) and I were under-prepared and overwhelmed. You were recommended to us by a family friend, so we attended a couple of your workshops at Lake Wylie last year. We didn’t know much about the process, so those sessions were really invaluable to us. Quaid took the advice you provided, applied to a good mix of public and private schools, and was thrilled with the options and scholarship opportunities he ended up with. A week or so ago, he made the decision to attend East Carolina University (my Alma mater) where he was admitted into the EC Scholars Program – the most prestigious scholarship program they offer, with a full-ride!
I credit attending your workshops for helping prepare him for this. Our twin girls are in 9th grade now, so you’ll be seeing us again at some point in the future as they prepare for their own college journeys.
Joey L March 12, 2019
I wanted to let you know Amber was offered a full tuition ride to Tulane University as she was awarded the Deans Honor Scholarship. However; she has opted to attend Furman as they awarded her the Hollingsworth Scholarship and she was one of only 6 students accepted into the direct entry admission program to the USC Greenville Medical School.
I want to thank you for all your help, You were definitely a contributing factor to Amber's success. I wanted to let you know so you can tell her success story to other students to inspire and motivate them.
Thank you again.
Frances May 15, 2018
I wanted to let you know Lawton has been accepted to just about every school he applied to and he is thrilled. SAT score 1250 and GPA of just barely above a 4.0 and he was accepted to South Carolina, Auburn, App State, and UNC Wilmington. He credits your help with his essay. He has friends with MUCH higher test scores and GPAs who were deferred from these schools.
He now thinks I am brilliant for setting him up to take the essentials class, essay class and meet with you one on one for advice. He dreaded the Saturday classes a bit when I signed him up, but he found them not so bad when he did them (and he really enjoyed the 1:1 session with you because you built him up and made him feel hopeful and optimistic about his future!
You have been such a blessing to our family and we appreciate you sharing your expertise with us.
Kristen B February 9, 2018
Merry Christmas Elizabeth! I wanted to send a quick note and let you know that Logan was accepted to every college where he applied! We appreciate all of your guidance and help! I cannot say enough positive things about the services that you provided. Many, many thanks!
Shannon T December 27, 2017
Hi Ms. Hartley!
I hope you have had a Merry Christmas, I wanted to thank you for all your help with my college applications. I have recently been accepted to Clemson, Wofford, Furman, and TCU… all with scholarships!!! I also have the opportunity to increase TCU and Furman’s amounts in the spring.
Clemson - 7,500 per year
Wofford - Benjamin Wofford Scholarship - 24,000 per year Furman - Bell Tower Scholarship - 23,000 per year TCU - Dean’s Scholarship - 21,000 per year and have been accepted into their Honors College. I’ll compete for their full ride Chancellors scholarship in the spring!
I am ecstatic and super grateful for all the help!!
Carter P December 27, 2017
I just wanted to let you know our son Jack was just accepted at Vanderbilt. I/we would never have considered a private college unless I had sat in on your seminar at Covenant Day School. Your Junior Year Prep Seminar was perfect for focusing Jack and us on giving him the best chance at an elite school. The second Seminar he took on Writing Essays was invaluable. I believe he is a semi-finalist for the National Merit Scholarship because of that essay seminar.
In short, we are extremely proud of Jack and very thankful for all your assistance and insight!
All the best,
David W December 18, 2017
I just wanted to thank you for all you did for Sophie. I told you she was a Questbridge Finalist. We are still waiting for Ivy Day, but that wasn't what I wanted to thank you for. You recommended Muhlenberg to us because Sophie is a Theatre person. We toured it and loved it. It is VERY pricey though. She was admitted a few weeks ago, but we steeled ourselves, feeling pretty certain that the FA would not be sufficient. She received a tiny audition based talent scholarship, but it was a drop in the bucket.
We heard today.....
She received the Presidential Merit Scholarship and a ton of grants.
Parental Contribution: $0
Total loans: Less than $6,000 a year.
Total package without loans $54,000. So awesome.
She's very excited. We have options now.
Thank you so much!
Kathleen C July 26, 2017
Thank you Mrs Hartley for all you did for Lauren. We are very happy with her acceptance into NC STATE spring 2018! I am very appreciative of all the seminars you hosted at MCA and near your office to teach parents and students how and what to do about college.
It certainly is a different process than when my two boys started college many years ago. Your seminars and personal one on one appointment is valuable and more than worth the money.
You have a heart for people and I appreciate all your phone calls and emails to help me understand what is going on and to guide Lauren in her decision.
I recommend parents and students attend your seminars at their school and at the location you host. I recommend people spend the money for one on one consultation to make sure they know what they are doing. Thank you for helping Lauren and helping me. I appreciate you so much!
Cindy H April 18, 2017
I'm reaching out to let you know that I just heard back from LaGrange. I was awarded the presidential scholarship and will be attending LaGrange on a full ride! Thank you for all your help.
Michael Z March 6, 2017
Elizabeth, we learned last night that KK was accepted to NYU Steinhart Graduate School to study Music Therapy (only 12 accepted). Your impact on our lives is still being felt all of these years later, and I am so grateful that you helped direct her. She graduates Furman in May Phi Beta Kappa, with NO DEBT!!!
Thank you again Elizabeth, and I look forward to bringing my "baby" (12 year old Alex) to the middle school event in the future.
Deborah V March 4, 2017