Testimonials

"My biggest challenge prior to working with Mrs. Kidwell was me. I did not believe college was an option for me so I did not really focus on preparing for college applications or searching for scholarships. Mrs. Kidwell helped me see that college was an option and helped me achieve that goal. She made applying for college and scholarships easy and much less stressful…Mrs. Kidwell's guidance and attention...opened so many opportunities for me. I began to see a brighter future for myself. I graduated from college in 2019 and since then have been working...as a legal assistant.  I have a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice … [with] a career in the legal field and the knowledge that I can do whatever I put my mind to. Knowledge is power. 

Mrs. Kidwell is not only a kind human being, she is a gift. She has so much patience and such a big heart. I am forever grateful to Mrs. Kidwell. I would not be where I am today without her. I have a bachelor's degree which I thought I would never be able to say. But Mrs. Kidwell made that possible."

Towson University

Class of 2019

"[My biggest challenge was] figuring out how I would pay for college, along with almost everything I was required to do in order to get to college.  [I was] not scared, but nervous and determined to get to college.  [After talking with Mrs. Kidwell] I … [knew] what I had to do and was able to ask …questions about things I did not know about. I was a lot more confident.  My freshman and sophomore year of college is guaranteed to be covered by various scholarships and grants.  [Students should not] … worry about feeling dumb or inexperienced!  [Mrs. Kidwell]  will definitely have something to help you along your way, be it resources to read or scholarships to apply to."

Calvert High School 

Class of 2022

"Around my junior year of high school was when the panic of the college-finding process sunk in for me. There were many questions that were running through my mind about where to start and what to do. The whole process seemed intimidating and I felt overwhelmed when I thought of all the deadlines and applications. I felt lost, and above all, I was very scared and unsure of myself.  Mrs. Kidwell, did an exceptional job with advising me.  I felt more prepared and aware of the things that I needed to accomplish in a timely manner.  Mrs. Kidwell did an amazing job at addressing my personal concerns; however, she was also good at informing me about things that I wasn’t giving enough attention to. She made me see the big picture of what college could offer."

University of MD Baltimore County

Class of 2020

"My biggest challenge [as a high school senior] was completing my FAFSA and finding grants.  I was feeling stressed [but after meeting with Mrs. Kidwell] I was able to receive answers and learn so much. The help I received allowed me to attend college and receive [financial] aid. I was able to receive extended help even after graduating high school. As well as [have] someone to talk to about anything.  [Mrs. Kidwell is] pleasant, helpful and caring … loves [her] job …has patience, and [goes] above to assist."

University of MD Global Campus

Class of 2023

"[My biggest challenge] was getting everything ready for college.  [I was] worried because I didn’t know what I was doing.  [After meeting with Mrs. Kidwell] I felt confident and on the right path. I applied for [community college] … and I was able to fill out [the] majority of my fafsa which I didn’t know how to do.  [Students] should go visit … Mrs. Kidwell.  Mrs. Kidwell is the best."

Calvert High School 

Class of 2022

"Mrs. Kidwell helped me from the beginning to the end of the college application process. Things such as finding a college, selecting a major and applying for financial aid were some of the many things she helped me with. I am forever grateful for everything she has done for me."

Salisbury University

Class of 2022

"I had many doubts and problems regarding my college admission. Mrs. Kidwell helped me face all the issues. She provided me with the necessary information needed for knowledge about college admissions. She assisted me in filling my FAFSA, helping me apply for scholarships, providing all the information I needed to make my college career perfect."

University of MD Baltimore County

Class of 2021

"I didn’t know where to start and [then] I met Mrs.Kidwell and she helped me and my mom understand a lot of things. It [not knowing where to start] stressed me out because I didn’t know what I was going to do with my life.  [Since working with Mrs. Kidwell] I’m staying on top of things, I have lists I have to follow … She is really helpful and a kind person.  She makes room in her schedule and definitely shows that she cares."

Patuxent High School

Class of 2022

"This fall I will be attending Wingate University, in Wingate, North Carolina. Ms. Kidwell has helped me along a journey I believed I was alone in. She helped me with my FAFSA, my applications and so much more. I really appreciate all of the help Ms. Kidwell has provided me, because without her help, none of this would be possible."

Wingate University

Class of 2022

"[My biggest challenge was] receiving financial support to assist with my cost of attendance for college.  [That]  made me feel hopeless and doubtful about pursuing college.  When I worked with [Ms. Kidwell] it was great. [She was] able to connect me with resources that helped me find funding to pay for my college tuition. My emotions turned from sadness to relief, gratefulness, and happiness!  I received delegate/senatorial scholarships and a state grant that assisted me with cost of attendance for my university.   Take a chance and be open to allowing Ms. Kidwell to assist you! She changed my life for the better and prepared me for college! She is a phenomenal person and mentor. 

Ms. Kidwell is very good at what she does...I am truly grateful to have met her and experienced her work firsthand.  I graduate[d] from University of Maryland Eastern Shore] on May 20, 2022. I am pursuing my master's in public health with a concentration in epidemiology in the fall."

University of MD Eastern Shore

Class of 2022

"My biggest challenge was how to navigate FAFSA and what to do with it. I had only heard about it …and didn't really understand the process of applying for financial aid.  I was very stressed and nervous. [I] definitely felt very overwhelmed with being a senior in high school and college applications.  [With Mrs. Kidwell’s assistance], I understood how to do the FAFSA application as well as … other ways to receive aid and pay for college … I still continuously receive aid from MHEC [Maryland Higher Education Commission].  [Mrs. Kidwell] is  awesome to work with and made the process very simplistic and easy to understand for a high schooler. I learned a lot about college from [her]  and I barely had to pay for my college at all."

University of Maryland

Class of 2023

"[I had]  little to no information about FAFSA and…financial aid. I felt as if I was unable to attend college because of my lack of information and abilities for applying [for admission] and financial aid.  Mrs. Kidwell patiently helped me to find and take advantage of every possible financial aid. She also helped me to gain experience in the professional world.  Mrs. Kidwell helped with reading, replying and creating professional emails, creating a successful schedule that assists with my time management, reading and understanding the fine print to agreements and many other skills that will help throughout my life.  Mrs. Kidwell has been one of the most influential factors in my journey to success.  She has become a close friend of mine because of her kindness, patience and wisdom. She has also been extremely supportive of all of my changes and difficult circumstances, truly giving me hope for a successful future." 

Northern High School

Class of 2022