Colleges and Girl Scouts to Work Together on “College Life 101” – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Colleges and Girl Scouts to Work Together on “College Life 101”

The Girl Scouts – Seven Lakes Council, Inc., has received a grant from The MetLife Foundation to implement the Girl Scouts’ innovative “College Life 101 program in Geneva in association with Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

The grant will allow the Girl Scouts to bring 100 girls in grades 7-12 to the College Pathways program being developed in conjunction with Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Geneva Middle and High Schools. The project will include a college preparation course for girls and parents, shadowing college students and campus life experiences, and writing personal statements that will help with college applications.

“We are honored to be a part of this program that will benefit 100 young women in our region who come from a wide range of backgrounds, said Alejandra Molina, assistant professor of Spanish and Hispanic studies and director of intercultural affairs at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. “I am excited that this initiative requires that the Girls Scouts reach out to young women of color and of different socio-economic backgrounds.

Colleges’ students will help organize the one-day conference and will assist middle and high school students at the one-day workshop on subjects like career information, writing college essays and the financial aid process.

“I am very excited about this opportunity to extend the Pathways program beyond the borders of our campus, and into the greater community, said Hannah Zale ’09, the creator and manager of the Pathways house, which works in conjunction with Career Services to promote academics and leadership.

The first phase of College Pathways is scheduled for March 31 when girls and parents will be offered transportation to and from the Colleges for the day-long workshop. A translator for Spanish-speaking participants will be present throughout the program. Lunch will also be provided. Shadowing college students will take place in April or May, followed by writing personal statements in the fall.

HWS Students interested in the program should contact Molina at extension x3797.

Girls interested in registering for the program should contact the Girl Scout office at (315) 539-5085, ext. 724 or write

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