Cathy McMeekan

Independent Educational Consultant

McMeekan College Consulting

College counselor with 23 years of experience in college admissions and high school counseling, specializing in college fit /financial aid.

Call Rates

Duration Price
6 minutes (SixFree Call) $0 (No charge)
15 minutes $30.00
30 minutes $55.00
60 minutes $100.00

Tags

admissions financial aid athletics college essay college lists transfer students performing arts admissions College Fit application guidance College Admission Counseling Independent Educational Consultant College application

Biography

Cathy is a college admission veteran with over twenty years of college counseling and admission experience. She has worked for both small private colleges, large public universities and high schools, assisting a wide variety of students in the various stages of their college search process.

She believes staying current in the profession is vital to providing relevant and up-to-date information and advice for students and families adn therefore devotes time and resources to visit college campuses and attend regional and national conferences. She is an active member of the Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling (PNACAC), Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). She is active in the college admission profession as the chairperson of the Spokane National College fair, held each fall. She is a member of the Rural Alliance Network, serving on the Design Team for the Rural Counselors' Network. Cathy served as president of PNACAC, a five state regional association, in 2009-2010, and currently serves on the executive board in her capacity as the National College Fair Chair. She is currently serving on the National College Fair commitee for NACAC at the national level, and  has served on both the Finance and Goverance/Nominating committees as the national level. She is an approved adjunct instructor for a college counseling class at Seattle Pacific University and also facilitates a college counseling course for PNACAC as well.

For more information on services provided see the McMeekan College Consulting website.

Experience

Educational Consultant

McMeekan College Consulting
June 2012 - present

Director of College Counseling

Saint George's School
June 2004 - June 2012

Assistant Director of Admission

University of Oregon
October 2003 - June 2004

Director of College Counseling/Head Volleyball Coach

Annie Wright School
June 2002 - June 2003

Assistant Director of Admission

Northern Arizona University
July 2000 - June 2002

Assistant Director of Admission/ Transfer Coordinator

Linfield College
January 1993 - June 1998

Education

Oregon State University

Master's Degree
1998 - 2000

Masters in Education, College Student Services Administration

Linfield College

Bachelor's Degree
1985 - 1989

BS Business, minor Psychology, graduated Magna Cum Laude

Other

6/20/2017 5:44:03 PM,
Cathy McMeekan replied:
Thank you for your question! I encourage students even before their senior year of high school to start looking for scholarships for which they might be eligible when they become a senior. This gives them a head on finding scholarship opportunities. They can bookmark those scholarship webpages, or use scholarship websites that allow they to create an account and save those scholarships for future. Students should start applying as soon as those scholarship applications open for them in their senior year (or earlier). There are scholarships that are open to even younger students so it doesn't hurt to start looking early! Some places to start looking for scholarships are www.bigfuture.org or https://www.cappex.com/scholarships/. For information on need based finacial aid, www.studentaid.gov is great resource.

One caveat that students need to know is that when looking to fund a college education, only a small percentage of the total financial aid funding comes from outside sources, so spending time developing a college list that has schools that are generous with need-based or merit aid is more important than spending hours searching for smaller outside scholarship dollars.