Jennifer Scalora Biography
Jennifer Scalora is a uniquely experienced counselor and admissions professional with more than three decades of experience advising students and leading admissions efforts at the University of Texas.
Jennifer attended the University of Texas, completing a BA in Spanish and Portuguese and a Master's in Latin American Studies. She commenced her advising career while in graduate school managing graduate student advising and admissions and undergraduate advising in American Studies. After completing her Master's, she moved to New York City and completed an intensive restaurant management and culinary arts program at the New York Restaurant School. However, Jennifer realized that her passion was working with students and she returned to the University of Texas.
Jennifer spent five very busy years at the Population Research Center before moving to her UT Austin dream job at the Plan II Honors program. The first three years at Plan II, Jennifer was an academic adviser. She was the Director of Plan II Admissions for the next fourteen years.
Jennifer received two particularly meaningful awards while at UT Austin: Outstanding Service by a Staff Member from the College of Liberal Arts, and a University Staff Excellence Award. Staff excellence awards honor and recognize the contributions of non-teaching employees who have had a significant impact on the University.
After participating on the Executive Committee for four years, Jennifer served as the president of the University of Texas Chapter of the Honors Society of Phi Kappa Phi from 2010 to 2014. She maintains her PKP membership and stays active within the association. She established and directed the UT Honors Admissions Group (HAGs), connecting representatives from all UT Austin honors programs and from the University's Office of Admissions to collaborate on the University’s honors application processes, and was also a member of the UT Austin Honors Advisers Group.
Jennifer served two terms on the UT Austin Provost's Council on Academic Advising; helped to establish and served on the Provost’s Council for Student Advocacy; served as an Executive Officer of the University's Academic Counselor's Association (ACA); and completed one term on the ACA Advisory Committee. Jennifer also served as a district representative to the University of Texas Staff Council. In June 2014, Jennifer retired from Plan II Honors and the University of Texas at Austin. Jennifer is married to Will Rice. They have two sons who are currently living and teaching abroad.
Jennifer is currently a member of the Texas Association for College Admission Counseling (TACAC), the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA). She is a former member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).
Referencing the admissions bribery charges in March 2019: The difference between me and William Rick Singer (the college admissions consultant who masterminded the scheme to defraud colleges in an effort to gain acceptance for students): As a professional member of the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) and the Texas Association for College Admission Counseling (TACAC), I adhere to strict ethical guidelines. You can review those standards by clicking on the links below.
Suffice it to say, ethical college consultants do not bribe, cheat, perpetrate frauds or engage in any other illegal or immoral behavior in an effort to game the college admissions process.
HECA Standards and Ethics and TACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice
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