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Welcome to the First Edition of What’s Up?

Learning Illumination Center’s (LIC) new monthly newsletter offers information, advice, and resources to help parents support their middle and high school student-athletes in making a clear academic-athletic connection.

LIC is a nonprofit based in Raleigh, NC, whose mission is to educate and elevate student-athletes to become future leaders by providing learning opportunities for them and the adults in their lives. We offer free workshops to student-athletes and their parents on topics such as understanding the business side of college athletics, preparing academically for college, and learning life skills that contribute to success on and off the field.

We're glad to have you with us!

Educate. Elevate. Graduate!

Meet Executive Director Karen Parker

Hello! I’m Karen, a former teacher, award-winning school counselor, and strong student-athlete advocate. I’m thrilled to share this first edition of What’s Up with you!

During my counseling days, a high school baseball player came into my office and asked me for homework assignments he could do while attending a baseball showcase in Florida. He didn’t want to get behind in his school work. That was the day I learned about travel teams, showcases, and youth sports beyond junior varsity and varsity. Although I spent several more years counseling students, my conversation with that sophomore taught me the importance of the academic-athletic connection. Student-athletes need informed adults in their lives to help them navigate through the education/sports/career maze. LIC is committed to providing information parents need and want to know to ensure their student-athlete is at the head of the pack for college decision making, recruitment, admission, and scholarships.

I invite you to contact me personally if you have questions or want to share your own experiences with school and athletics at

I look forward to providing lots of helpful information to you each month!


Middle School: Get a Head Start at the NCAA Eligibility Center

All student-athletes planning to attend college must take NCAA-approved courses in high school to be considered eligible for college play. Prior to choosing classes for 9th grade, parents can check which courses the NCAA has approved at their intended high school to help their student-athlete plan a class schedule.

There are two ways to get the list of approved classes for your high school:

▪ Request it directly from the high school counselor
Request it directly from the high school counselor


▪ Find the CEEB code on the high school's website (usually under Counseling or Student Personnel Services)
▪ Use the CEEB code to locate the list on the High School Portal of the NCAA Eligibility Center website.
Find the CEEB code on the high school's website (usually under Counseling or Student Personnel Services)
Use the CEEB code to locate the list on the High School Portal of the NCAA Eligibility Center website.

Visit the NCAA Eligibility Center at


High School: Senior Moments

• The Common Application opened on August 1st. Visit and click on the Parents tab for info on how to help your student. You can also browse the 700+ colleges that accept the Common Application.
• Fee waivers can take the sticker shock out of testing (SAT, ACT) and college applications. Talk to the school counselor to see if your child qualifies.
• There’s still time to visit colleges before applying! Ask about a fee waiver for the application during your visit.
LIC TIP: If your student-athlete gets a scholarship, remember that he/she still needs to apply and get admitted to the college.


Testing Corner


October 11 and October 14: Ask your counselor about registration


October 28: reg. deadline Sept. 22; late registration Oct. 6

December 9: reg. deadline Nov. 3; late registration Nov. 17


October 7: reg. deadline Sept. 8; late reg. Sept. 19 mailed, Sept. 27 online/phone

November 4: reg. deadline Oct. 5; late reg. Oct. 17 mailed, Oct. 25 online/phone

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Show Me the (Scholarship) Money!!

LIC Tip: Paying cash up front for scholarships is usually a scam. Scholarships are FREE money.

Check out the following cool scholarship websites! There's one for every day of the week:

▪ Fast Web
▪ College Xpress
▪ Scholarship Experts
▪ Find Tuition
▪ Scholarships
▪ Broke Scholar
▪ Sallie Mae/College Answer
Fast Web
College Xpress
Scholarship Experts
Find Tuition
Broke Scholar
Sallie Mae/College Answer

See you next month!

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