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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 2022-2023

President – Amy Sawdey, PHEAA
Past-President – Wendy Dunlap – PHEAA
Speakers/Training Coordinator – Open Position
Treasurer – Melony Ohalek, Sallie Mae
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

Meeting Schedule

  • November 14, Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3, Homestead, PA
  • College Success ForumTentative January 30
  • March 12, Virtual
  • May 14, Location TBA

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

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 Amy Sawdey, WPACSR President, at

09-12-2023 Meeting (Click for Recording)

WPACSR Presentation

05-09-2023 Meeting (Click for Recording)

Allegheny Intermediate Unit – Flyer and PresentationHebrew Free Loan Association of PittsburghNeighborhood Learning Alliance – Pittsburgh (PGH) HBCU Collaborative Flyer and EventsPittsburgh Scholar HouseThe Mentoring Partnership – Troutwood

03-02-2023 Meeting

STEM PUSH Presentation
Pitt Bio Outreach: Gene Team
Young Naturalists
Remake Learning

01-31-2023 College Success Forum

Elizabeth McCloud Keynote
Advocating for an Ethical Process
Building Scholastic Community for Parenting Scholars
Stacking Coins: Expanding Banking Access Through Education & Partnerships
The New Digital SAT: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Understanding FAFSA Simplification
Investing: It’s Not Important You Know How, It’s Imperative!
PA 529 and Keystone Scholars Usage, Access, and Benefits
Meeting Students’ Basic Needs
Reaching Across the Desk—Best Practices for Admission and Secondary School Counselors
The Justice Scholars Institute an Equity-Focused, College Preparatory Initiative
Why Entrepreneurship Education Is Critical to Pave the Way for College and Career Success
The Importance of Financial Literacy
ACT WorkKeys for Pennsylvania Students

11-08-2022 Meeting

University of Pittsburgh Financial Wellness Presentation
Ingram Market Analytics, LLC Presentation

09-13-2022  Meeting (Click for Recording)

Pittsburgh Foundation Postcard
Pittsburgh Promise Presentation
Questbridge Presentation

05-10-2022  Meeting

CCAC Presentation
JFCS Presentation

03-15-2022  Meeting

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Admission Counselor Job Posting
Duquesne University Center for Student Wellbeing

01-25-2022  College Success Forum

Recognize Respond and Refer
Addressing Life Challenges
Caring for Community Caregivers
Enrollment Trends
FAFSA Simplification
How to Support Minority Students
Junior Achievement
Project-based AP Courses
Master Plan for Higher Education
Character in Application Review
How America Pays for College
Introducing Pennsylvania Western University
Reaching Across the Desk

11-09-2021 Meeting

View the recording
Junior Achievement
Rosedale Tech Presentation
Rosedale Tech Educators’ Luncheon
Student Loan Relief for Nurses

05-11-2021 Meeting

Oakland Planning and Development Corporation
OPDC Video
CCBC High School Academy Pathways
CCBC Video

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.

FAFSA Completion Events

Please visit for a listing of public FAFSA Completion Sessions.

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

Scholarship Tips
Pittsburgh Foundation Scholarship Postcard page 1
Pittsburgh Foundation Scholarship Postcard page 2
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

Voting Resources

Elections Infographic
18th Birthday Card
Civic Engagement Presentation
Municipal Elections Infographic

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