School Counseling


Scholarships, Updated 9/13/18

For great opportunities in WA State, check out this link and also remember to do your washboard profile, also linked below under search engines.  

AES Engineering Scholarship: This link takes you to the full instructions, but it's due October 6, 2018.  Only an essay required, open to ANYONE, not future engineers.  

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!

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! 

Comparing careers and programs?  Favorite sites for that:

College Board's Big Future

College Majors 101 to explore career paths and majors.

WOIS: Site key required, see counselor.  Great resource!

College Scorecard is a great comparison tool. 

Want to see last year's FAFSA night Power Point?  Click here.

Great article on Big Money, Hard Choices  from Cardinal Newman Society.  

Senior meetings are happening daily!  Let's be in touch!

College Sessions On and Near Campus, 2018-2019

University of Portland, Lunch visit in foyer, Sept. 19

Washington State University, Lunch visit in foyer, October 19

Pacific Lutheran University, Lunch visit in foyer, October 26

Eastern Washington University, Visit and Onsite Admissions, October 31 starting in mod four

Gonzaga University, 11:30 to noon in foyer, Nov.1

\Whitworth University, Lunch visit, Nov. 5

Whitman College, Tuesday, Nov. 27, Lunch visit

Central Washington University:  TBA

Carroll College TBA

Seattle University, TBA

St. Martin's University,TBA

Montana State University in Bozeman is hosting five MSU FRIDAYS:
At these events, students will have the opportunity to meet with faculty and students, exploreacademic facilities, tour the campus and investigate possibilities for financial aid and scholarships.

Access a good resource for students of color here. 

For further information and to register please, visit the website at

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


Junior and senior female students, consider attending Women in Engineering Day at the University of Idaho!  This event is FREE to the first 80 qualified applicants.  Sign up at this link.  


Free full-length test and free KHAN ACADEMY prep accessible HEREregister HERE
2017-18 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.  

Register Late Reg/+Fee TEST DATE

Jul 28

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Sep 19

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Oct 17

Nov 4

Nov 2

Nov 14

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May 15

June 2


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


Register by LateReg/+fee TEST DATE

Aug 4

Aug 5-18 Sep 9

Sep 22

Sep 23-Oct 6 Oct 28

Nov 3

Nov 4-17 Dec 9

Jan 12

Jan 13-19 Feb 10
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June 9

Jul 14

Knowledge Bowl Meet Schedule

  • Thursday October 12, 9 AM, St. Pat's, DeSales Hosts, East Group, all teams
  • Thursday, November 16, 9 AM Waitstburg, Waitsburg Hosts in churches, East Group, all teams
  • Tuesday, December 12, 9 AM, St. Pat's, DeSales Hosts, 1 team invitational, #1 team only
  • (Thursday January 11, 9 AM Dayton, we won't attend this one due to final exams)
  • Tri-Cities 2-team Invitational, February 6
  • Wednesday, Feb. 21, Regional Tournament for State Qualification, #1 team only, Waitsburg hosts
  • State Meet, Arlington WA, March 17

College -Prep Testing at Assumption and DeSales

  • PSAT/NMSQT:  A preliminary SAT and scholarship contest, in October of junior year. October 11, 2017
  • PSAT 8: March 11, 2018, all 8th graders take the PSAT for the first time to form a baseline and practice
  • PSAT 9: March 13, 2018, all freshmen will take the PSAT for practice and progress monitoring
  • PSAT 10: Thursday, March 22, 2018
  • 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 27, 2018, requred for juniors, optional for others with interest.

Career Services:  WOIS is a great way to learn about careers.  Visit and use the site key available from the school counselor!  

Spotlight on Safe Driving!

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

Parents, this document may be useful as you prepare to talk to your child:

Tips for Talking about Death with Your Child

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