Q: Our high school has several guidance counselors for our senior class – how do we decide which one will be the Imagine America contact person?
A: Excellent question! Your high school may have counselors assigned to students according to their last name. If this is the case or you just have several guidance counselors, choosing one contact can be a tough decision. To help your high school select one Imagine America contact, here are some guidelines.
First, the contact person does not have to be a guidance counselor. A suitable representative can be a school administrator or any school representative with the ability to confirm a student’s academic status. This includes the principal or an assistant principal, a career counselor or scholarship coordinator, or even the school registrar. The important thing is that the contact person is a current staff member who can confirm that the student applying for the award is in good academic standing and is likely to graduate within the program year.
Furthermore, to process a student’s application, the contact must have easy access to email and the Internet and can be contacted by telephone. We understand that school representatives are very busy during the school year and value their time. We will only contact you when it is necessary to process a student’s application or to give you important information about the scholarship program.
With this information, your high school is on its way to choosing the best Imagine America contact. Don’t wait another minute! Help your students pursue opportunities that will help them succeed!
Q: After we have selected a contact person for our school, how do we notify the Imagine America Foundation?
A: Another good question. There are multiple ways of updating your school’s contact information.
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your school’s name and mailing address as well as the name, title, telephone number and email address of the new contact.
Use the online form found on our web site. To use the form, go to www.imagine-america.org and select the High School Counselors tab from the navigation menu on the left, and then select “Sign Up or Update Your High School Info” below the text or from the menu. From here, all you need to do is fill in the information and click on “Submit.” You should receive a confirmation email shortly. (Detailed information on how to use the online form is also available in our How Do I Do That? entry in our Winter 2007 edition at: http://www.imagine-america.org/newsletter/2007_winter/howdoidothat.
For more assistance on updating your school’s contact information, registering your program or appointing a contact representative, please feel free to contact Danica Benson at 202.336.6724 or DanicaB@imagine-america.org.