College Short Cuts

By: Paul Aker
By: Paul Aker

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If you're a high school senior or parent of one, you may be looking for ways to get ahead of the college admissions game. One company claims that for a fee, they can get seniors into a good college and maybe even find them some extra scholarships.

Suzanne Montalbano would like to see her daughter Danielle get into a good college. A company called National Honor Roll told her they could help make that happen for good students. National Honor Roll sent a letter to Montalbano stating Danielle was in an elite group of students selected for their achievements.

For $60, the company said they would send Danielle's picture and information to several college admissions offices. The company promised this service would open the doors to many colleges and maybe even shake loose some scholarship money.

Friends University Admissions Director Tony Myers says decisions about who gets in are not based on the services of companies like national honor roll.

KAKE On Your Side contacted National Honor Roll. A company spokeswoman told us she did not have time to answer any of our questions, but instead sent an e-mail defending the company.

In the email, she claims to have spoken to admissions officers and college presidents who consider it a plus when a student takes the time to fill out the complicated profile form and send it back in order to be screened because it shows the student has drive and focus.

We asked for the names and contact information for these people, but company officials said they were too busy to provide them.

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