From the counselor's desk, here is what is new and interesting . . .
Daughters of the Pioneers grants one $750 scholarship annually to a descendant of a pioneer who can prove connection to residence in specific areas of WA, ID and OR from specific years in the 1870's range. For more information, click on this link, applications due May 1, 2017.
Great WA State Opportunities!
Opportunity Scholarship: Need-based for STEM careers, click here.
Leadership 1000: click here.
St. Martin’s University offers a chance for Catholic High School grads to earn a full-ride scholarship. Consider below, and see Mrs. Ruthven for forms and nomination:
- Must be Pell-Grant eligible (FAFSA will tell you this)
- Must have counselor’s nomination in by 2/1; interviews will take place in April with winners announced in May
- Core values of Reason, Faith, Community, and Service form the basic criteria
- Recipients of the full-tuition scholarship must commit 5 hours per week of service to St. Martin’s and live on campus to fulfill leadership roles
Columbia REA: They offer two scholarships for their clients: one is broadly academic, while the other is for those wishing to become linesman. Access both and more information HERE.
WSSRA, Washington State School Retirees' Association: Seniors with 3.0 and higher GPAs may apply for several awards given each year in our state to students who intend to go into fields of education including teaching, counseling, speech or occupational therapy, and school psychology. Application available online at www.wssra.org. Click on "forms and files,"then click on "Scholarship Application" from the drop-down. Due by March 1, 2017.
McGregor Standing Tall for Northwest Agriculture Scholarship: 3 awards of $1,000 available for those planning to study in ag-related fields. Paper application available at the office, or visit www.mcgregor.com. Deadline is 3/22/17.
Blue Mountain Community Foundation: Access the application HERE. This is one of the BEST sources for up to $400,000 of local monies for college this year. A representative will meet with our seniors at DeSales and urge them to get this application IN. We hope for 100% participation this year!
Paper forms: We have several local scholarships that provide a paper application each year and only change the dates or other basic information. If you want a head start on any of these, stop by my office: Trippeer, Gillette, Daughters of the Pioneers, Kiwanis, Providence St. Mary, WW County Cattleman, NW Grain Growers, or the McGillis, I will post more on them later, but last year's paper apps can be a good place to start planning. At least, we can look at what you need and get you heading in the right direction.
WSU is promoting a new major called Construction Engineering, the only degree like it in the Pacific Northwest. Check it out online and consider its fit with a start at WWCC using a direct transfer agreement, and explore Construction Management, online, too.
Link to the Common Application here, and remember to ask your teacher, coach, and community recommenders for letters of recommendation, and provide them with a resume!
Eastern Oregon University is offering a new Asteo Scholarship funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation for students pursuing STEM careers. It provides close to a full-ride financial award to qualifying students. Apply or learn more HERE.
If you are dreading the resume writing piece, consider this site that really breaks the task into little chunks for you and lets you create a nice workign document: Resume Wizard!
Still comparing careers and programs? Favorite sites for that:
College Board's Big Future
College Majors 101 to explore career paths and majors.
WOIS: Use our site key to log in, TBA
College Scorecard is a great comparison tool.
Want to revisit the FAFSA night Power Point? Click here.
Senior meetings are happening daily! Let's be in touch!
College Sessions On and Near Campus, 2016*
*All visits in library at lunch time unless otherwise noted.
Corban University, Thursday 9/22
Carroll College in the Tri Cities, 5:30 to 7 PM Friday 10/7, at Anthology, 706 Williams Blvd., Richland. Hors d'oeuvres and desserts will be served, RSVP at www.carroll.edu/admission or call 406-447-4384
Pacific Lutheran University, Tuesday 10/11
Whitworth University, Tuesday, 10/11, in library during mod 5 after PLU
University of Portland, Wednesday, 10/12, after mass in library
College of Idaho, Friday, 10/14
Gonzaga University, Monday, 10/17
Whitman College, Wednesday, 10/26
St. Andrew's University, (Yes, the one in Scotland!) Thursday, 10/27
Seattle University, Tuesday,11/3
Eastern Washington University, Monday, 11/7
St. Martin's University, Tuesday 11/15
Grand Canyon University, Monday, November 21, Pizza or sandwiches provided.
Central Washington University: Monday, 12/5
Washington State University, Thursday, February 16
Tips for College Visits
WWCS School Counseling enthusiastically recommends high school students of all levels making official visits to as many campuses as possible! The link below has some tips for focusing on what is important; the academic and career tips are especially helpful and too easily overlooked on any "tour," so you may have to ask! Always ask for the chance to sit in on a class or talk wtih a professor, too.
Click here for a good "visit" resource.
Scholarship Search Engines
We all like a personalized invitation, but these search engines allow students to create profiles, browse, learn more about national and statewide options. Check them out:
theWashboard.org This one is WWCS School Counseling's favorite; it is run by WA state and inlcudes local, state, national awards by emailing students after they complete a profile. For any student, any year, any time, a worthwhile exercise.
Mission Statement: Through a student and family-centered approach, School Counseling supports WWCS in the formation of every student, pre-K through post-graduation, toward maximizing potential within academic, personal-social, and vocational realms. The School Counselor strives to provide personalized service to every student and family through advising, outreach, counseling, and classroom guidance.
Please contact School Counselor Kathy Ruthven, M.Ed, Ed.M., at at (509) 525-3030 or at email@example.com