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Western PA College Success Roundtable

"A consortium of secondary and post-secondary schools, community and government organizations, focused on networking, collaborating, inspiring and creating opportunities for students to achieve college success."

WPACSR Executive Council Members 2018-19

  • President – Wendy Dunlap, PHEAA
  • President-Elect - vacant
  • Past-President - Kimberly McCurdy - PHEAA
  • Secretary – Denise Fisher, Pittsburgh Technical College
  • Treasurer* – Melony Ohalek, Sallie Mae
  • Site Coordinator – Peggy Schmiedecke, La Roche College
  • Speakers/Training Coordinator – Samantha Rapp, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild
  • Committee Coordinator – Antonietta Riley, City Charter High School
  • Conference (CSF) Coordinator – Stephanie Hendershot, Robert Morris University
  • Ad Hoc Executive Council Member – Ian Harkness, Malvern Preparatory School
  • Constitution and By-Laws – Michael White, Slippery Rock University

Executive Council Meeting Minutes

WPACSR Constitution and Bylaws (May 2018) (pdf)

Contact/Join Us:

Members: College Success Contact List (pdf)

Meeting Schedule:

  • July 11, 2019 --  Round Table Retreat -- Pittsburgh Theological Seminary -- Pittsburgh, PA
  • September 10, 2019 -- University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
  • November 12, 2019 -- Waynesburg University, Southpointe
  • January 14, 2020 -- Location TBD
  • January 28, 2020 --  College Success Forum -- Robert Morris University, Yorktown Hall
  • March 17, 2020 -- Location TBD
  • May 12, 2020 -- Location TBD

*Meetings are held at various locations in Western PA, usually in and around the Pittsburgh area.

How to join us:
If you would like to be added to the email distribution list (which includes invitations to meetings, agendas, conversations and general information regarding college access and success) please contact Wendy Dunlap, WPACSR President, at


Roundtable Roundup - 5-14-19 (pdf)
Roundtable Roundup - 3-12-19 (pdf)
Roundtable Roundup - 1-8-19 (pdf)
Roundtable Roundup - 11-13-18 (pdf)
Roundtable Roundup - 9-11-18 (pdf)
Roundtable Roundup - 7-24-18 (pdf)
Roundtable Roundup - 5-15-18 (pdf)
Roundtable Roundup - 3-13-18 (pdf)
Roundtable Roundup - 1-9-18 (pdf)
Roundtable Roundup - 11-14-17 (pdf)
Roundtable Roundup - 9-12-17 (pdf)
Roundtable Retreat Roundup - 7-11-17 (pdf)
Roundtable Roundup - 5-16-17 (pdf)
Roundtable Roundup - 3-6-17 (docx)
Roundtable Roundup - 1-10-17 (pdf)
Roundtable Roundup - 11-8-16 (pdf)
Roundtable Roundup - 9-13-16 (pdf)
Roundtable Roundup - 7-22-16 (docx)
Roundtable Roundup - 5-17-16 (docx)
Roundtable Roundup - 3-8-16 (docx)
Roundtable Roundup - 1-12-16 (docx)
Roundtable Roundup - 11-10-15 (docx)
Roundtable Roundup - 9-8-15 (docx)

FAFSA Completion Events:
Please visit for a listing of public FAFSA Completion Sessions.

Counselor Resources:

Financial Aid Resource Manual (pdf)
Free streaming of the First Generation film available here

College Success Forum 2018 Presentations

College Success Forum 2019 Presentations

Student Outreach

PASFAA and the Western PA College Success Roundtable have teamed up to provide resources to all Pennsylvania students and parents in a one-stop-shop. Both organizations work toward helping students achieve their educational dreams through access and funding sources.

Employment Resources:
    PA Careerlink
    Workforce Investment Board
    Goodwill Industries
    *If you are an alum of a school, keep in touch with their Career Services Office for assistance with employment, resume writing, etc.
College Access/Planning Resources:
    Pennsylvania Association for College Admissions Counselors (PACAC)
    The College Board
    Princeton Review
    Education Planner
    Net Price Calculator
The Application Process:
    The Common Application
    The College Board
College Visits:
    Education Planner
    Big Future (College Board)
Financial Aid Resources:
    Interest-free loans (Allegheny County residents)
    Federal Student Aid
    Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA)
    Stafford Loans/PLUS Loans/Entrance-Exit Interviews
    Military Benefits
    Outside Scholarships
    *Google "unusual scholarships", speak to your guidance counselor regarding local scholarships, and talk to your college and major department.
    Study Abroad
Financial Literacy Information:
    The Missing Semester
    Junior Achievement
Support Services:
    Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)
    The Pittsburgh Promise
    Disability Services on Campus (ADA)
    Transition (Intermediate Units)
Parent Information:
    FSA Resources for Parents
    College Prep Checklist
    PLUS Loans
    Outside Scholarships
    *Google "unusual scholarships", speak to your guidance counselor regarding local scholarships, and talk to your college and major department.
    Additional Funding Options
*Contact your local lending agency or the school for alternative/private education loans.
    FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)
Graduation and Beyond:
    Exit Interview Information
    Loan Consolidation
    National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)
    Public Service Loan Forgiveness
    Loan Repayment Information
    Federal Servicers
    *If you are an alum of a school, keep in touch with their Career Services Office for assistance with employment, resume writing, etc.
Other Related Sites:
    PA Treasury
    Ed Tax Credit
    Tax Transcript Service
    Selective Service
    Social Security Administration
    US Citizen and Immigration Services
    Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB)
    FSA Ombudsman
    US Senate
    US House of Representatives
    PA House of Representatives
    PA Senate
    Find Your Legislator in PA
    Military Benefits

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