22nd Annual Destination College - New Hampshire's Statewide College Planning Event
Saturday, March 20, 2021

Hosted by Plymouth State University (PSU)

Your Journey Begins Here

The NHHEAF Network’s signature event is designed to help high school juniors and their families prepare for entry into college. This annual statewide college planning convention is held each spring through the collaborative efforts of The NHHEAF Network and New Hampshire colleges and universities. All of the day's events are FREE to students and parents.

Attendees will have access to a variety of free college planning workshops, learn tips about the college application process from a student keynote speaker, have the opportunity to participate in scholarship raffles, and attend a college fair. Join us at Destination College 2021 and jumpstart your college planning experience!

Registration is closed for this event.

Questions? Call 1.888.747.2382, x119 or Email

Speech Contest Winner

2021 Destination College Speech Contest Winner

Greetings and Salutations! My name is Amaya Simmons and I am so honored to be deemed the winner of the 2021 Destination College Speech Contest scholarship. I am a Senior at Concord High School located in Concord, New Hampshire. I am a part of the Concord Regional Technical Center Health Science program in which I am working towards my Licensed Nursing Assistant certification.

Along with this, I am a class representative for the Health Occupations Students of America organization. This organization is student-led and is largely based around the promotion of career opportunities in the healthcare industry.

My passions and values include patient advocacy, equality, dignity, and justice which has greatly motivated me to pursue my interests in Nursing. My personal interests are hiking, reading, and socializing with family and friends. I am looking forward to indulging myself in the full college experience this upcoming year.


Speech Contest Runner Up

2021 Destination College Speech Contest Runner Up

Deetya Buddhineni

I am a senior at Nashua High School South. Over my high school years, I have developed a deep passion for coding. From my passion bloomed my selected major, Computer Science.As an ambitious seventeen year old, I hope to pursue a successful career in the technology field, and use my talents to break barriers and make my mark on the world.

Apart from my interest in coding, I delight in dancing, running, and writing. I have danced competitively since I was six years old, and plan to continue to set the stage on fire. Running is my favorite physical activity, and my daily dose of energy. Writing allows me to express the creativity bottled up inside my soul. I hope to author a few books in the future, one of them being an autobiography. Another goal of mine is to create a successful YouTube channel where I can share my ideas and interests with a like-minded audience.


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Speech Contest Registration

Are you graduating from high school in 2021? If so, we encourage you to submit a three to five (3 to 5) minute speech for our DC Speech Contest. By submitting this short narrative about your path to college and navigating the college admissions process, you can win a $1,000 scholarship and have the opportunity to be a part of the event's opening ceremonies. Sit with our President and CEO Christiana Thornton and other dignitaries!

Our contest has closed for 2021; applications were due Tuesday, February 09, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Saturday, March 20, 2021 - Schedule of the Day


9:00 AM – 9:40 AM Opening Session
9:45 AM – 10:30 AM Session I (Click for Session Descriptions)
10:35 AM – 10:40 AM Speech Contest Winner Presentation
10:45 AM – 11:30 AM Session II (Click for Session Descriptions)
11:35 AM – 11:45 AM PSU President’s Address
11:45 AM – 1:15 PM College Fair

DC College Fair

Registration for the 2020 Destination College fair has closed as of 3/19/2021 11:59:59 PM. For additional information, please contact Destination College co-chair Cameron Owen at 888.747.2382, ext. 332.

As of Thursday, March 18, 2021, participating colleges include:

Please check back as additional colleges will be added weekly before the event.

Video Presentations (Youtube):


Workshop Sessions

Sessions (I, II)


Admissions Perspective  [Session: I, II]

Everything you've always wanted to know about college admissions...but were afraid to ask! Gain insight and advice about selecting a college, the application process, and finding the right fit from an expert panel of college admissions professionals. Bring your questions!

Presenter(s): Matt Wallace - Plymouth State University, Jim Washington - Dartmouth College, Julie Lanman - Saint Anselm College

Admissions Perspective (Youtube)


Financial Aid 101  [Session: I, II]

Some of the best things in life are free, unfortunately college isn't one of them! Join a college financial aid expert as she discusses the basics of financial aid and how this aid can help families to manage college costs.

Presenter(s): Angela Castonguay - NHHEAF Network Center for College Planning

Financial Aid 101 video (Youtube)


Paths to Choosing a Major  [Session: I, II]

Learn how to explore career options and enhance your personal experiences through internships, part-time jobs, community involvement, co-ops, enrichment programs, and more. This workshop will get you started on the right path for your future career.

Presenter(s): Shanyn Grenier - Coe-Brown Northwood Academy

Paths to Choosing A Major (Youtube)


The College-Bound Student-Athlete  [Session: I, II]

Join college athletes, current college coaches, high school athletic directors, and a college compliance officer to learn about recruitment strategies and eligibility requirements for NCAA division-level sports.

Presenter(s): Courtney Tully - Endicott College/Collegiate Compliance Consultant, Amie Felker - Prospect Mountain High School, Jared Felker - Saint Joseph's College, Maine, TBD, Student Athlete - Plymouth State University

The College-Bound Student-Athlete (Youtube)


Two Year Degrees & Community College Options  [Session: I, II]

Learn about the two-year advantage! Representatives from New Hampshire community colleges and two-year degree programs offer information and advice about special degree programs, financial considerations, and the many advantages of earning an associate degree.

Presenter(s): Denine Garnett - New Hampshire Technical Institute, Deb Pack - University of New Hampshire , TBD - Colby-Sawyer College

Two Year Degree (Youtube)


It's a Digital World  [Session: I, II]

Learn about online tools available to aid you in the college selection, application, and financial aid processes. Learn the best methods (and some helpful tips) for using social media to your advantage in your college search and how public information on your social media profiles can impact your life for many years to come.

Presenter(s): Kate Kulacz - Bow High School, Beth Corkum - Bow High School


Accessing College Accommodations  [Session: I, II]

In this workshop, college accessibility services professionals discuss ways in which students with documented disabilities are supported through the process of requesting and obtaining reasonable accommodations for their college academic, housing, and dining needs.

Presenter(s): Colleen Bolton - Southern New Hampshire University , Jan Carlson - University of New Hampshire, Melissa Olson - Manchester Community College

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