Years in Practice

25 years +


Bradenton FL 34209 - United States


MS, NCC, Other

Additional Expertise

Career Coach, Career Counselor, Consultant, Parenting Coach

I Practice in

All areas, please inquire



I Believe

College is a singular opportunity to rummage through and luxuriate in ideas, to give your brain a vigorous workout and your soul a thorough investigation, to realize how very large the world is and to contemplate your desired place in it.

About Dianne Keilholtz

I am the owner and president of Launching College Success, a college coaching and consulting business, located in Bradenton, Florida and Martinsburg, West Virginia. I  retired from the Frederick County, Maryland public school system in June 2013 after working for 28 years as a high school counselor. During my time in public education, I was instrumental in supporting over 1,500 students in the college admissions process. I spearheaded the AASPIRE Project, a program designed to teach and advise the African-American population in Frederick, Maryland about the importance of Advanced Placement and rigorous academics in college admissions. I also organized and facilitated many evening events on various aspects of college admissions, including financial aid and scholarships.

I am passionate about helping students and families with all aspects of the college admissions process. As the eldest of eight, I was raised outside of Washington DC and was the first person in my family to attend and graduate from college. I received a bachelor degree in Special Education from Hood College in 1984.  In 1995, I earned my Masters of Science degree from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. I am a National Certified Counselor. Currently, I have clients in Florida, West Virginia, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Illinois.   When not working, I love spending time with my family, including my husband of 34 years, Fred, my four children, and my five beautiful granddaughters.

Dianne Keilholtz Success Stories

Impacts the World One Student at a Time

“Dianne has been a great friend, mentor, and inspiration in our lives. Her heart for our sons’ lives has been a God-send. She single handedly has been the most impactful person in our lives in regards to our young men being prepared substantially and early within the process of furthering their education after high school. Best regards in your endeavors to impact this world one student at a time” ~ Kevin & Marsha M., Maryland Parents

Above Expectations

“Dianne is extremely knowledgeable in the college admission process, as well as providing scholarship information. She shared information with high school juniors and seniors and their parents at a special workshop at our church. She is a true professional, and knows the process inside and out. She speaks frankly and makes the information understandable. As a parent who used her services, I found her to work with my daughter on her own level, respectful of her ideas and opinions. The investment was well worth our time. She went above and beyond what we expected.” ~ Kim S., Florida Parent

She Gets Kids

“My working relationship started with Dianne over a year ago, and I couldn’t be more pleased, as Dianne is an asset to our community. As a former guidance counselor, Dianne’s knowledge and level of expertise in the field of successfully helping students learn about colleges, scholarships, and essay writing is second to none. One area of concentration that Dianne is passionate and good at is helping first generation college applicants prepare for college. She is very adept at talking with students, in fact I often tell people “she gets kids”! The ability to cross generational lines make her someone that will continue to succeed in an ever changing field of getting into college. Finally I believe that her passion for her work and her knowledgebase will greatly help the people who use her. I am glad that we have a great partnership, and look forward to helping many students get into college and be successful in their college career.” ~ Kelly T., Development Director, WV Public Library System

On My Way!

“Thank you for everything you have done for me over the past year. I could not have done it without you. I leave for Creighton in August and I have you to thank for getting me there.” ~ Kristen R., Illinois Student

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