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June 2010

(SAVANNAH, GA) Securing College Scholarships in Difficult Economic Times

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Securing College Scholarships in Difficult Economic Times
(SAVANNAH, GA) College has always been an expensive proposition
for most students and their parents, and the floundering economy over
the past couple of years has made it that much tougher for students to
come up with the funds necessary to attend the college of their choice.
But finding a college that is a perfect fit and securing a scholarship to
help pay for it is not as elusive as it may seem.

“The ‘sticker price’ should not be the first determining factor in
whether the student can or can’t afford a school,” says Mary Beth Fry,
Director of College Counseling at Savannah Country Day School. “I tell
families never to cross schools off of their lists because of tuition.”
Fry, an expert in college counseling with 17 years of experience in the
field, explains that if a college or university offers merit scholarships,
or if a student meets full demonstrated financial need, there’s a strong
chance that the student won’t have to pay the often shocking “sticker
price” in tuition.

“It’s best to keep those options open, at least in the early stages of
the college-search process,” says Fry, who helped Savannah Country
Day School’s 78 seniors secure more than $4 million in merit-based
scholarships in 2009 (not including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship).

Determining and Finding Scholarship Opportunities
Fry says that one of the most important factors in getting started in
the scholarship search process is to carefully research the available
options. She explains that some of the most competitive colleges and
universities, particularly the Ivy League schools, do not offer merit
scholarships. However, those colleges may offer generous financial aid
packages for students who demonstrate need. Fry suggests visiting to get an estimation of family need.
When searching for merit-based scholarships, Fry says that rising
seniors should spend the summer before their senior year researching
scholarships by visiting college websites. She says that students
should specifically consider the following when researching scholarship

Does the school have named scholarships that require a specific
teacher or counselor nomination?

Can the student self-nominate for a particular named

Are there application deadlines for the scholarship?

Are there baseline criteria for a named scholarship that
the school publishes (for example, a minimum grade point
average, class rank or SAT or ACT composite score)?
“If a student determines which of his or her schools has named
scholarships and if he or she keeps a check list of application/
nomination deadlines and criteria, starting off the senior year can be
so much easier,” Fry says.

Fry also encourages students to use “a bit of old-fashioned leg
work” when seeking out scholarship opportunities, for example
asking parents if their businesses offer scholarships for employees’
children and looking into small scholarships offered by churches and
community groups. These smaller scholarships can help defray the
cost of travel, books, computers, and other miscellaneous expenses
and fees.

Students may also use free search engines such as
and to access information about various
scholarship opportunities. Once they visit the websites, students
simply register and respond to questions that help refine their search.
The students will then receive regular updates about scholarships that may
fit their student profile and for which they can apply.

Positioning Yourself as an Ideal Scholarship Candidate
But what is ultimately going to be the determining factor in getting
those much-coveted merit-based scholarship?
“For those of us on the admission side, we’re looking for what this
student will add to campus both inside and outside the classroom
and diversity—geographic, ethnic, socio-economic,” says Jean
Jordan, Dean of Admission at Emory University. “For faculty, I’d
say the emphasis would be much more on what they will add to the

Fry echoes Jordan’s advice, encouraging students to begin positioning
themselves as ideal scholarship candidates from the moment they
begin their high school careers.

“Students should strive to do their best in all of their classes and to
take progressively more challenging coursework from one year to
the next,” says Fry. “In addition to that, we encourage our students
to discover their interests and develop their talents right from the
beginning of high school.”

Characteristics that may make a student stand out to admission
professionals include:

The demonstration of leadership in any area of interest (e.g.
student government, environmental awareness, volunteering,
athletics, etc.)

a particular academic or artistic passion pursued over the course
of high school

Seriousness about independent research (e.g. scientific
research), or community outreach
“The ways a student can make himself attractive to colleges are
practically endless,” says Fry. “The key is to find a passion and to
pursue it with consistency and dedication.”
Savannah Country Day School is a pre-k through twelve independent
school that seeks to prepare students of academic and personal
promise to meet with confidence, imagination, and integrity the
challenges of college and of life. In partnership with supportive
families, we strive to cultivate in each student the desire and the
discipline to grow wise, to lead lives of personal honor, to appreciate
beauty, to pursue physical well being, and to serve others with a
generous and compassionate spirit. For more information about
Savannah Country Day School, its mission, and its programs, please
visit Savannah Country Day School.
Laurie Ross
Allison Rhodes
Carriage Trade Pr
Savannah Country Day School

(SAVANNAH, GA) Down Syndrome Camp

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The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society to hold Summer Camps in Effingham and Chatham

(EFFINGHAM/CHATHAM, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society announces their Summer Camp, geared for children (ages 3 to 6) with Down Syndrome. Many educational and recreational activities are designed with these special kids in mind; speech, physical and occupational therapists are on board to help campers exercise motor and speech skills among other areas that may need improvement. This year Camp Buddy is adding a special education teacher who will bring in another area of expertise; ‘Handwriting Without Tears’.

The main purpose of this camp is to promote the retention of the educational accomplishments that the children have made during the school year by bridging the summer months to the upcoming school year.

Effingham Camp Buddy
Dates: June 29th – July 1st (Tues.-Thurs.) and July 6th-8th (Tues.–Thurs.)
Place: First Baptist Church of Springfield
Time: 9:00-12:30 for children over 3 and 8:30-9:00 for children under 3

Chatham Camp Buddy
Dates: July 26th,28th, and 30th(M,W,F) and August 2nd,5th,and 6th (M,TH, F)
Place: Marshpoint Elementary School
Time: 9:00- 11:00 for children under 3 1/2

9:00- 12:30 for children 3 1/2 through 6
1:00- 4:00 for children over 7 years old

Cost is $30.00 for each weekly session your child attends. Financial assistance is available.

To RSVP contact Molly at; 912-754-4437.

The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society is a family support group to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families through local leadership in support, outreach, education and advocacy.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Celia Dunn attends Luxury Real Estate meeting

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Celia Dunn of Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty attends Luxury Real Estate meeting

(SAVANNAH, GA)  – Celia Dunn of Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty recently attended the 8th Annual Luxury Real Estate Retreat at the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, Miami.

Luxury Real Estate ( and Who’s Who of Luxury Real Estate) is a luxury brokerage assemblage based in Seattle, Washington. The network includes the most prominent global luxury brokers; each member is carefully selected. Members sell homes for record prices and handle transactions of incredible complexity and magnitude with complete discretion.

 “Everyone at Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty is committed to providing excellent customer service with the highest degree of integrity,” Celia Dunn said. “Continuously learning about marketing opportunities for clients’ properties is an important part of delivering excellent service, as is staying abreast of what’s happening to the real estate market around the country and around the world. We showcase our clients’ properties to buyers throughout the city and throughout the world.”

The event in South Beach covered multiple topics of great interest to those who serve the high net-worth demographic. An ongoing theme covered at each conference is the state of the luxury market around the world. In addition, there were several discussions and breakout sessions that focused on next generation real estate, how to differentiate your brand from your competition, ways to integrate social media and sales, how to use marketing, publicity and advertising to brand yourself and grow business, ways to grow your relocation business, and financial strategies that will help double your business.

Keynote speakers were Katrina Campins, owner/broker of the Campins Company, LLC and star of the first season of The Apprentice; Joe McAuliffe of Metamorphosis Consulting; and Liz Christoffersen, owner of Empower Consulting Group.

The conference was hosted by John Brian Losh, Chairman and CEO of Luxury Real Estate. 

Celia Dunn has been inducted into the Savannah Business Hall of Fame and has received recognition for being in the Distinguished Sales Society of the Savannah Area Board of Realtors for the past 30 years. She has been featured on the BBC and HGTV.

Celia has been the Georgia Week chairperson and served on the board of the Savannah Technical Foundation and the Savannah Music Festival, as well as Historic Savannah Foundation. She served as president of the Junior League of Savannah. She serves on the board of the Sweet Briar College Friends of Art.

Known for its tradition of integrity, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty specializes in residential and commercial properties in Savannah and the Low Country of Georgia and South Carolina. Founded in 1981, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty is noted for outstanding service to its clients, thorough knowledge of Savannah and the South Carolina Low Country, and excellent staff, in addition to having one of the region’s top property management departments. Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty is a member of Who’s Who in Luxury Real EstateThe owners are natives of Savannah who have more than 60 years’ combined experience in real estate. The offices are located at 9, 13, and 17 West Charlton Street on Madison Square in Savannah and 6 Bruin Street in Bluffton, S.C.

For more information, call Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty at (912) 234-3323 or visit To contact the Bluffton office, call (843) 836-3900.


(HARDEEVILLE, SC) Local Interior Designer Wins IIDA Award for Showroom at Reve Surfaces

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JUNE 2010

(HARDEEVILLE, SC) Local interior designer Linn Gresham, IIDA, ASID, of Reve Surfaces has been awarded the 2010 International Interior Design Association of Georgia Best of the Best Award of Merit for Retail Design for her design of the Reve Surfaces Showroom located within the Savannah Hardscapes’ facility near Bluffton, South Carolina. 

The statewide competition included submissions from design firms across Georgia, including many larger firms that submitted entries for projects done throughout the United States. Among the prestigious firms to share the award with Gresham was TVS & Associates, an Atlanta-based architectural and interior design firm whose multi-member design team won for its work on the Herman Miller Showroom in Los Angeles.

“To be recognized for interior design excellence amongst the state of Georgia’s top interior designers is a speechlessly divine honor for me,” says Gresham, who works as an interior designer at Reve Surfaces in addition to having her own interior décor business and serving as a professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design. “Our project was done with a one-person design team on a limited budget with all new branding and business model concepts. It was a feat to design, build and open the Reve Surfaces showroom within a year, and it feels great to be recognized alongside such a prestigious project and firm as TVS.”

The IIDA Georgia B.O.B. award recognizes Gresham’s masterful design work in collaboration with the vision and business concept created by Jonathan and William Rhangos, owners of Savannah Hardscapes | Reve Surfaces, as well as branding by Tytan Advertising Group, which developed the brand concept for Reve Surfaces.

The Reve Surfaces Showroom is the interior and exterior surfacing division of Savannah Hardscapes. The Reve Surfaces design staff specializes in kitchens, baths, pools and outdoor kitchens, and the showroom features fine finish materials including tile, stone slabs, antique mirror glass, stone mantles, specialty plumbing fixtures and other special interior finishes. Reve Surfaces features the largest finish selection in the Coastal Empire and is frequented by top regional interior designers, architects and contractors.

Savannah Hardscapes | Reve Surfaes is located at 64 McDowell Circle
 in Hardeeville, South Carolina, off of Highway SC 315. Savannah Hardscapes specializes in the sale and installation of upscale outdoor furnishings including stone, pavers, brick, stucco, gravel, tile, mosaics, wood, antique materials, outdoor furniture, fountains, fireplaces and architectural elements. The company counts among its clientele residential customers, builders, designers and architects. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged. For more information, please call 843-784-6060 or visit or . For more information about Reve Surfaces, please visit .