23rd Annual Destination College - New Hampshire's Statewide College Planning Event

Saturday, April 09, 2022

DC 2022 will be a VIRTUAL event

Co-hosted by Saint Anselm College

Your Path Awaits

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, and attend a college fair. Join us for Destination College 2022 and jumpstart your college planning experience!

Registration is closed for this event.

Questions? Call 1.888.747.2382, x119 or Email

Speech Contest Winner

2022 Destination College Speech Contest Winner

Hello! My name is Jennifer Patient, and I am incredibly grateful that NHHEAF selected my speech as the winner for the 2022 Destination College Speech Contest. I am eager to share my college application experience to high school juniors and their parents at Destination College!

I am a high school senior homeschooled with the Abeka homeschooling curriculum. When not in school, I like to read, bake, and spend time with my cat! I am also active in youth group and have participated in several theatrical productions with Manchester's Palace Youth Theatre.

Writing my speech for NHHEAF was quite enjoyable, since writing is one of my passions. Consequently, I intend to major in English in college. It is my goal to either use a bachelor's degree in English as a springboard to law school or to achieve my master's degree in speech-language pathology to eventually work as a speech therapist. As a soon-to-be first generation college student, I am elated that I have the opportunity to go to college, which has been a dream of mine since I was little, and pursue one of these careers.


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Speech Contest Submission

Are you graduating from high school in 2022? Are you interested in scholarship money to help pay for college? If so, we encourage you to submit a 3- to 5-minute speech for our Destination College Speech Contest. By submitting a short narrative (via either essay or YouTube video) about your path to college and navigating the college admissions process, you may win a $5000 scholarship and have the opportunity to be a part of the event's opening ceremonies. Click here for more information.

Our contest has closed for 2022; applications were due Friday, March 11, 2022 at 5 p.m.

Saturday, April 09, 2022 - Schedule of the Day


9:00 AM – 9:40 AM Welcome & Keynote Speakers
9:45 AM – 10:45 AM Session I (Click for Session Descriptions)
10:50 AM – 11:50 AM Session II (Click for Session Descriptions)
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM College Fair

DC College Fair

Registration for the Destination College fair has closed as of 04/01/2022 11:59:59 PM. For additional information, please contact Destination College co-chair Cameron Owen at 888.747.2382, ext. 332.

As of Friday, April 01, 2022, participating colleges include:

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

2022 Workshop Sessions


SESSION 1 


Exploring Careers & Majors 

Shanyn Grenier
Program Director
Reach High Scholars
  Email Shanyn Grenier

Choosing your major is an important step toward your career. Learn how to navigate this choice to maximize future options. Discover tips to explore your values, personality, interests, skills, and strengths and how these relate to career choice and selecting a college major.

  View DC Exploring Careers and Majors 2022

  View session video


The College Search 

Colleen DesRuisseaux
Director of School Counseling
Bow High School
  Email Colleen DesRuisseaux

Brenda Poznanski
Director of School Counseling and Admission
Bishop Guertin High School
  Email Brenda Poznanski

Creating the "perfect" list of colleges can feel like an overwhelming task. Join our experts to learn how to ease the stress, have productive conversations, utilize your resources, weigh your needs and wants, and make the most of the college exploration process.

  View session video


The College-Bound Student Athlete 

Katie Greene
Assistant Director of Athletics
Bowdoin College
  Email Katie Greene

Carly Sweeney
Head Field Hockey Coach
New England College
  Email Carly Sweeney

Courtney Tully
NCAA Compliance Consultant
Endicott College
  Email Courtney Tully

Join college athletes, current college coaches, high school athletic directors, and a college compliance officer to learn about recruitment strategies, eligibility requirements, and what life is like for NCAA college athletes.

  View DC College Bound Student Athlete 2022
  View DC College Bound Student Athlete DI Requirements Fact Sheet
  View DC College Bound Student Athlete DII Requirements
  View DC College Bound Student Athlete Eligibility Center
  View DC College Bound Student Athlete NCAA Guide
  View DC College Bound Student Athlete NCAA Registration Checklist

  View session video (part 1)
  View session video (part 2)


It's a Digital World: Utilizing Online & Mobile Resources in the College Process 

Beth Corkum
School Counselor
Bow High School
  Email Beth Corkum

Kate Kulacz
School Counselor
Bow High School
  Email Kate Kulacz

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

  View It's a Digital World .pdf (link)

  View session video


Financial Aid Panel 

Ken Ferreira
VP for Institutional Planning & Effectiveness; Student Financial Services
Franklin Pierce University
  Email Ken Ferreira

Elizabeth Keuffel
Assistant VP for Enrollment & Director of Financial Aid
Saint Anselm College
  Email Elizabeth Keuffel

Some of the best things in life are free; unfortunately college isn't one of them! Join a panel of college financial aid professionals as they help demystify the financial aid process, share tips to ensure students receive their best financial aid offer, and explain how this aid can help families manage college costs.

  View DC Financial Aid Panel 2022

  View session video


SESSION 2 


College Admissions Panel 

Julie Lanman
Director of Admissions
Saint Anselm College
  Email Julie Lanman

Kevin Donohue
Assistant Director of Admission
Dartmouth College
  Email Kevin Donohue

Peg Richmond
Director of Admissions
Keene State College
  Email Peg Richmond

Learn 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 a panel of expert college admissions professionals. Bring your questions!

  View DC Admissions Panel 2022

  View session video


Presenting Your Best Self in the College Process 

Jill Teeters, M.A.
Associate Director of College Counseling
The Derryfield School
  Email Jill Teeters, M.A.

Simon Pierpont
Assistant Director of Admission
Plymouth State University
  Email Simon Pierpont

Join us for tips and advice about how to best present yourself during all parts of the college application process. From email inquiries to college interviews, learn how to communicate effectively and make a great first (and lasting!) impression with the college admissions office.

  View DC Presenting Your Best Self in the College Experience

  View session video


Community College Advantage 

Amanda Gaeb
Admissions Counselor
White Mountains Community College
  Email Amanda Gaeb

Denine Garnett
Director of Admissions
New Hampshire Technical Institute
  Email Denine Garnett

Learn about the career and education benefits of attending a two-year college or trade school. Representatives from New Hampshire community colleges offer information and advice about program options, financial considerations, and the numerous advantages of earning an associate degree, or trade certificate.

  View DC Community College Advantage 2022

  View session video


Navigating Campus Resources 

Colleen Bolton
Assistant Director, Campus Accessibility Center
Southern New Hampshire University
  Email Colleen Bolton

Jenne Powers
Director, Academic Resources Center
Saint Anselm College
  Email Jenne Powers

There are many resources available on college campuses to help you succeed. In this workshop, college professionals explain the academic, accessibility, and health + mental health services available to all students, what to consider in your college search, and how best to utilize these resources while in college.

  View DC Navigating Campus Resources 2022

  View session video


Tips for Reducing College Costs 

Kris Garnjost
Enrollment Specialist
River Valley Community College
  Email Kris Garnjost

Bill Hughen
District Director of School Counseling
Hudson School District
  Email Bill Hughen

It's no secret that college is expensive! Applying for financial aid is a first step to help with college costs, but what else can you do? Join us for some clever ways to save money, purchase only what you really need, and navigate those unexpected expenses that are part of the college experience.

  View session video

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