Three Young Teenagers

Recent Testimonials:

I wanted to let you know that I was accepted into UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State, UNC-Charlotte, and Clemson University. I truly could not have had this success without your help. I am currently still deciding where I will end up going in the fall :).

Thank you for EVERYTHING!

Kathryn February 17, 2021

I didn't get a chance to talk with you on Saturday during the breaks or afterwards, however, I really appreciate your classes and golden nuggets of information you share with students and parents! This is my second time through these classes. We brought our son to these classes four years ago.
I can honestly say that he would not have applied to many of the colleges that he did thinking that there wouldn't be any way we could afford it. With your help and by sharing your knowledge (golden nuggets), he was accepted at Wofford College and was given a large pile of money! The scholarship money helped bring the tuition, fees and r&b out of pocket expenses down to a state school price. He is a rising senior and spent last semester studying abroad in Barcelona. He also got to travel throughout Europe. He loves Wofford and can't imagine himself anywhere else. It sure is a great feeling when you know your child picked the right college and is so happy!
We will be forever grateful for you for giving us the knowledge that we didn't have to help our children as they prepare for the next big step in their lives. This crazy competitive college application process is so much more manageable when you have the correct tools and confidence in your belt!

June 26, 2019


My daughters, Sophia and Kayla, have been attending your workshops since they were rising freshman, and they decided to earn the Congressional award after hearing about it in the College-bound Essentials workshop. They received their gold medals last summer in DC!

They decided to apply to several selective liberal arts schools. Both worked for several years to raise their ACT scores. They were both accepted to Colby College and Franklin and Marshall College. Sophia was also accepted to Middlebury College and Kayla to Muhlenberg College. (Sophia was also waitlisted at Williams College and Kayla at Amherst.) They both decided to commit to Colby mainly because of the no-loan financial aid package. Another factor was that they both received the R J Bunche scholarship for students of color for academic achievement and community involvement. Our out-of-pocket cost will be less than $5,000! Their plan is to apply for more scholarships to help with that cost.

So I wanted to thank you for providing all the helpful information in your workshops! As a home educator, I felt confident in the college application process.


Rose M. June 24, 2019

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.

Thank you.

Joey L March 12, 2019

Dear Elizabeth,
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

Hi Elizabeth,

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

Hi Elizabeth,

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

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