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College Counseling

College Selection Process

Chaminade has two full-time College Counselors. From Freshman through Senior year, each student is assigned a College Counselor to help him prepare and plan for the college admission process.

College Counselors work with Freshmen and Sophomores in groups to engage them in early college awareness activities.

For Juniors and Seniors, they work one-on-one with students and their families in an individualized program to develop college goals, establish timelines, and complete applications. College Counselors pride themselves on being accessible to the students, parents, and faculty through before and after school appointments, during academic labs, evening appointments (as needed) and communication via email over weekends and breaks. Seniors have multiple one-on-one meetings with their College Counselor to proof applications prior to submission.

Students will determine who their College Counselor is based on their House. Please note that seniors have priority for fall appointments. Juniors should plan to meet their College Counselor second semester.

Mrs. Julia Martin (Gray, Lamourous, O'Donnell A-L), [email protected]

Mrs. Dawn Michel (Mauclerc, Meyer, O'Donnell M-Z), [email protected]

If you haven’t accessed your SCOIR account yet, contact your College Counselor to have a registration invitation sent to your email.

Accessing your SCOIR account

Go to the SCOIR student website:

Your username will be your school email address.
If you don't know your password, contact your College Counselor to have it reset.

Students will use their SCOIR account for the following tasks:

  • Managing your college search and applications
  • Requesting transcripts for college applications
  • Registering for College Representative visits at Chaminade
  • Reviewing available scholarships

There are several opportunities for out-of-state tuition reduction programs for students who are seeking to attend college outside of Missouri. Below you will find several opportunities you should consider (this is by no means an exhaustive list of schools that offer such programs, but strictly a list of opportunities of which we have been made aware.)

University of Alabama Out-of-State Scholarships. Seniors applying to this school can check out the awards in this category online at You must meet the priority deadline by 12/15.

University of Arkansas Non-Resident Scholarships. Seniors who are applying to U Arkansas-Fayetteville can qualify for automatic partial tuition waivers again this year. A minimum 3.6 GPA and 28 ACT will get you 90% of the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition waived. A minimum 3.4 and 26 ACT will get you 80% of the difference waived. A minimum 3.2 and 24 on the ACT will get you 70% of the difference waived.

University of Arkansas at Little Rock UALR now offers in-state tuition for neighboring states! For more information on UALR, visit

Baldwin Wallace Residency Grant This $4,000 grant is awarded to admitted Liberal Arts majors who reside outside of Ohio. For more information, visit

Colby College Colby Commitment and Fair Shot Fund Through the Colby Commitment, they pledge to meet 100 percent of each admitted student’s demonstrated financial need without loans. For the Class of 2022, more than 95 percent of families with an income of $200,000 or less qualified for financial aid. If your family has a total income of $60,000 or less and has assets typical of this income range, they've ensured they will have a parent or guardian contribution of $0. For families earning up to $150,000 with assets typical of that range, the Fair Shot Fund now ensures your parent or guardian contribution will be capped at $15,000 — which may make Colby an affordable option for your family. For more info, see the following site:

Colorado State University Non-Resident Scholarships. Presidential, Provost's, Dean's, and more. Additional scholarships exist for students from diverse backgrounds, Native Americans, and more. For details, go to

Eastern Kentucky University The SMART (Selective Merit Aid/Reduced Tuition) program offers undergraduate students in certain markets an amazing opportunity: $10,000 Annual Tuition. The SMART Program will save a student nearly $8,000 off annual out-of-state tuition costs. Students from SMART designated states (which Missouri is one of them) who have a high school GPA of 2.5 and an ACT composite of 18 or SAT total of 940 or higher will be charged tuition of $5,000 per semester or $10,000 per year. For more information, visit the following website:

Florida State University The First Year Abroad (FYA) program at Florida State allows students to complete the first twelve months of their Florida State careers while studying abroad with International Programs. Students choose to spend their first year at any of our four year-round study centers: London, England; Florence, Italy; Panama City, Republic of Panama; Valencia, Spain. Upon completion of a minimum of 36 FSU credit hours at their European or Panama IP study center with an FSU GPA of 3.0 or better, FYA students who are in good judicial standing may qualify for out of state tuition waivers allowing students to pay in-state tuition rates for the remainder of their first undergraduate degree at Florida State in Tallahassee. For more info, visit the following website:

Illinois State University. Students from neighboring states (Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri, Kentucky) are eligible for a rate of tuition equal to students who live in Illinois.

Iowa State University Non-Resident Scholarships. Seniors who are applying to Iowa State this year can check out the scholarships they have for Missouri residents HERE.

University of Iowa Nonresident undergraduate first-year students who submit a complete application by March 1st, are automatically considered for the National Scholars Award. Award amounts range from $2,000 to $12,000 per year. For more information, CLICK HERE.

University of Kansas KU offers opportunities for out-of-state students to earn scholarships that will potentially put them at the equivalent of paying in-state tuition. For more info, check out the THIS LINK.

Kansas State University. K-State offers a variety of scholarship programs for non-residents, based upon academic merit, alumni relations, intended college curricula, etc. For more information, visit the scholarship website HERE.

University of Kentucky. UK offers scholarships for non-resident students with varying application deadlines during a student's senior year:

Midwest Student Exchange Program. This is a tuition reduction program that makes attending out-of-state colleges more affordable for non-resident students. By enrolling in a MSEP program at a participating institution, you will receive a reduced tuition rate. Over 140 colleges in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wisconsin participate. Actual savings will vary from school to school. Participating students will typically realize savings between $500 and $3,000 annually. Search for participating schools and programs and learn more at

Mississippi State University MSU offers a variety of scholarships for nonresidents. To see these opportunities, CLICK HERE.

University of Mississippi. Ole Miss offers a great amount of scholarships for incoming students, and some of them help pay for the out-of-state tuition: For instance, if you look at the "Academic Excellence" scholarship chart for nonresidents, you will see that at a 3.0 GPA and 25 on the ACT, they start offering money to assist with out-of-state tuition. The higher the ACT is, the more money a student receives. I would encourage you to look at the entire list of scholarships on that site to see what all they offer.

Montana State University. MSU will offer millions of dollars in scholarships and awards to non-resident freshmen who apply for admission. You can find scholarship information online at

Murray State University Murray State University offers discounted tuition rates (a regional rate) for Missouri residents. Check out this site for more information.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has added scholarships for out-of-state students ranging from $5,000-$22,000 per year. Students can estimate their scholarship eligibility using their GPA/ACT/SAT scores HERE.

Northern Arizona University President's and President's Excellence Scholarships Two merit scholarships are available to help academically motivated out-of-state students achieve their educational goals at Northern Arizona University. Freshmen applicants who have been admitted to the university may qualify to receive a total of $28,000 to $36,000 in scholarships over four years. Additionally, incoming students will pay the same tuition rate for up to four years—no increases, guaranteed. For more information, visit this website.

The Ohio State University National Buckeye for Non-Residents This award ($12,000 per year) is offered on a competitive basis to qualified non-Ohio domestic freshmen admitted to the Columbus campus for autumn semester. Those considered, rank in the top 25 percent of their graduating classes and have ACT composite scores of 29 or higher. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Oklahoma State University Out-of-State Scholarships. Seniors applying to OK State can check out this link for more information about these scholarships for non-residents:

University of Oklahoma Non-Resident Scholarships OU offers a variety of scholarships for admitted incoming freshmen based on criteria such as academics, leadership, community involvement, intended major, extracurricular interests, etc. A common scholarship is the Non-Resident Merit Award, which starts at a 24 on the ACT and a 3.5 GPA and gives students a partial tuition waiver over four years. For more information and additional out-of-state scholarship opportunities, CLICK HERE.

Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale All newly entering freshmen students from Missouri will pay the same in-state tuition rate as students from Illinois.

University of Southern Indiana Out-of-State Scholarships USI awards scholarships to students who meet ONE of the following criteria: ACT of 24 or minimum 3.5 GPA or top 25% of the class. For more information on this scholarship and other freshman offers from USI, visit the following website:

Western Illinois University Cost Guarantee Program. Seniors considering this school should know that they have pledged to charge in-state tuition rates for Missouri students. They also have a cost guarantee where student pay the same rate for four straight years including room and board.

Western Kentucky University Western Kentucky University offers a Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) to qualified undergraduate students who are residents of specific counties in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas. Students residing in TIP counties can attend WKU for nearly half of the regular out-of-state rate! For more information, please visit the following website:

Wichita State University The Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) allows students from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin to attend Wichita State University at a discounted tuition rate, making the cost of attending WSU significantly less than out-of-state tuition. For more information, visit the following website:

Tuesday, September 14 – Senior Student and Parent Information Night, 6:30PM The Skip

CLICK HERE for a listing of scholarship opportunities!