Encourage involvement in a wide variety of activities
Most college and scholarship applications ask students to list their high school activities.
Many applications also ask for evidence of leadership.
Participate in activities out side of school
Church groups, scouting, volunteer work and community service (keep records NOW as this will become very helpful later in the process.)
Depth of involvement (length) is also important as it shows focus and commitment.
Be involved in a variety of activities and wherever possible take a leadership role.
Stay in the Loop about School
Parents: Keep your ear to the ground for any changes in academic performance.
Discuss with your teachers and counselors how many courses beyond the minimum required it is feasible for you to take.
Nurture relationships with your teachers
Begin to make connections with college admissions offices and college coaches
This will help you and your family get to know each college and program and watch the changes they make over the next few years
It allows the coaches to begin to get to know the student and their family in order to have a better idea of whether or not to give a scholarship to an 18 year old.
It also keeps the student motivated and excited about their college future as the continually receive information about colleges.