Our Story


Summit Scholars was created to provide greater options for students and parents seeking to optimize their college plans.

We focus on assisting and preparing students to strive for and reach for their highest potential, their own summit. 

Our philosophy is student centric, not institution centered.

Our perspective is broader than the traditional approach as we believe that students are developed both inside and outside of the classroom.

Our clients are taught not just to be concerned about getting admitted to college, but selecting a place where they can fully develop and reach their full potential.


Our Difference

For over a decade we have enjoyed traveling all over the country to visit over 100 outstanding colleges and universities of every kind. These campus visits and evaluations have allowed us not only to take the pulse of the constantly changing university system, but also to understand what families are facing across the national landscape of American colleges.  A picture is worth a thousand words " but an inspection is worth a thousand pictures".  Our president Priscilla ONeill is a  member of The American Institute of Certified Educational Planners achieving the high designation of CEP. She is also a graduate of the Independent Educational Consultant Graduate Program from University of California.

Over the last ten years we have focused on "Who is the Student" not the traditional question "Who is the college"   

Independent Educational Consulting

Summit Scholars provides expert, comprehensive college advising to help high school students and families successfully navigate the multitude of college options through counseling, teaching, and guidance, conveyed in a professional manner.


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Our membership 


The American Institute of Certified Educational Planners (AICEP) awards the CEP credential to professionals, working independently or in schools, who have achieved the highest level of competence in educational planning. Only the best and most experienced counselors qualify to become CEPs. Summit Scholars is a distinguished CEP provider.


Summit Scholars adheres to the Higher Education Consultants Association Standards and Ethics.  HECA members are guided by Guided by a set of Core Values: Sound Advice, Integrity,  Respect and  Confidentiality.


Summit Scholars has a A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. The BBB sets standards for ethical business behavior and monitors compliance.  Almost 400,000 Accredited Businesses meet and commit to our high standards.


The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of more than 16,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. NACAC is committed to maintaining high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process, as outlined in the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP). Summit Scholars is a member of NACAC. 

Our Focus


Student Readiness

Traditional plans tend to focus on the senior year in high school called late stage college planning which is 12th grade. Summit Scholars prepares students in early stages of college planning, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades where we maximize high school opportunities while lowering stress about college.

Students must be ready for all the changes that will occur once they step on the college campus as a freshman. We prepare students in the areas of responsibility, accountability, flexibility and academic ability.  

Student Discovery

Our approach is very holistic: you are so much more than numbers and test scores. We see each unique person and your God given talents as facets of who you are and what you will become as a leader in your future career.

Because of the full range of our educational and personal development programs that are implemented our students discover a great deal more about themselves than those exposed only to traditional introductions to college planning. Our students discover more about themselves and acquire higher levels of confidence and knowledge and therefore are not only prepared but true to themselves. 

College Selection

Every student and their families dream for the day when they get to apply for college. Summit Scholars will help you know for sure what colleges are the best fit for you the student and in meeting your goal of graduation in 4 years.

Parental preferences, as well as students abilities, aspirations, and trajectory allow Summit to custom fit a program strategy just for them.

At Summit Scholars one college option is not a option. We help students find several match colleges that they would consider attending, ones that fit their own learning styles and personality. 

College Admissions



Summit Scholars coaches and provides professional insight into the college process that saves parents time, stress and unnecessary financial obligations.

Unlike the traditional methods of “college admissions” where the student re-actively waits until a college reaches out to them, our advisors will teach students how to proactively position themselves.  Students learn to create more favorable responses and more importantly informed choices as they go through the college selection process.