School Counseling


Seniors' Corner

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  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  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 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 PortlandWednesday, 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:  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



Announcements & Testing

Essay Contest for Students in 9th -12th Grades

Cancer Unwrapped is an essay contest inviting students to submit essays on their experiences with cancer for the opportunity to win one of several $1,000 prizes.  Winning essays must be well-written, honest, and emotionally compelling.  Essays must be 500-2,000 words in length and submitted by March 12, 2017.  Submit online at

Spotlight on Safe Driving!

Check out this excellent resource from  Very practical tips for teen drivers and everyone, just click here!

Knowledge Bowl 2016-17 Schedule

Practice: Every Monday, DeSales Library, 6:15 to 7 PM.

Meet #1, Thursday October 27, DeSales Hosts East Group Schools at St. Pat's, 9 AM

Meet #2, Thursday November 17, Waistburg Hosts East Group Schools, 9 AM

1-Team Invitational Meet, Tuesday December 13, DeSales Hosts ALL ESD 123 schools, St. Pat's at 9 AM

Meet #4, Thursday January 5, Dayton Hosts East Group, 9 AM

2-Team Invitational, February 7, Tri-Cities Invitational, 2 teams per school, 9 AM

Regional Tourmanent, Monday, February 27, Regional Competition to Qualify for State, Waitsburg, 9 AM

State Tournament: TBA, likely Saturday, March 18, 2017, Arlington, WA



Free full-length test and free KHAN ACADEMY prep accessible HEREregister HERE
2016-17 SAT Dates: Meet the first deadline to pay the regular fee of $57 with essay, $45 no essay.  Late registration costs $28 extra.  If you choose the colleges you want to receive your scores at the time of registration, you can add 4 with NO FEE!  Additional score reports or reports after the test, $12.  

Test Date Register By Late Reg for Online or Phone Formats

Oct 1

Sep 1

Sept. 20

Nov 5

Oct 7

Oct. 25

Dec 3

Nov 3

Nov. 22

Jan 21 Dec 21 Jan. 10

Mar 11

Feb 10

Feb. 28

May 6

Apr 7

Apr. 25

Jun 3

May 9

May 24


Register HERE
Free full-length ACT practice tests and information booklets available in the office and online.
ACT fee waivers for financial need available in the counseling office!

2016-17 Dates


Test Date Register by *Late Reg/Fee Period

Sep 10

Aug 5 Aug 6-19

Oct 22

Sep 16 Sep -17-30

Dec 10

Nov 4 Nov 5-18

Feb 11

Jan 13 Jan 14-20
Apr. 8

Mar 3

Mar 4-17

Jun 10

May 5 May 6-19


Testing at Assumption and DeSales

  • PSAT/NMSQT:  A preliminary SAT and scholarship contest, in October of junior year. October 19, 2016
  • PSAT for freshmen: Practice SAT for the start of high school.  Feb, 2017
  • ASVAB: Vocational and academic test provided free of charge by US Military during March of Junior year. Results delivered along with career exploratory presentation two to four weeks after test. Important to students considering military and/or ROTC options; useful for all students.  Does not initiate contact from military. March 28, 2017, requred for juniors, optional for others with interest.
  • ACT-ASPIRE: Given on campus to 8th and 10th as computer based pre-ACT.  Dates TBA.



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