*See this handout for an overview of all four Elks Scholarships below!
Elks 2018 Most Valuable Student Scholarship: Open to all academically competitive seniors. Deadline November 27, 2017.. Follow instructions at this website: enf.elks.org/mvs; info. cards on board in senior hall or in counselor's office. *Note, this one requires copies of certificates and awards; do NOT try to pull this one off right before deadline. Plan ahead!
Elks Legacy Scholarship: Open only to children and grandkids of dues-paying Elks. Due February 2, 2018. Use website above to access information.
Elks Dave Nicholas Memorial: Counselor's personal favorite, only for GPA's 2.2 to 3.2. Paper applications in counseling office, deadline March 16, 2018.
Elks Vocational Scholarship: This one often gets very few applicants! Only for an already-determined 2 year program. Due March 2, 2018.
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, 2017*
*All visits in the foyer at lunch time unless otherwise noted.
A West Point Admissions Information Meeting for students and parents will be held Sunday, October 15th, at 2 PM, at the Moran Prairie Library, 6004 S. Regal Street, in Spokane. 9th, 10th, and 11th graders and their parents are invited to explore the application process which starts during the junior year.
West Point is a highly-selective yet free, four-year college and is once again ranked highly by all college-rating entities: #1 of all public colleges in the country according to US News and World Report magazine, and #12 in liberal arts colleges overall. West Point offers 35 majors that are typical to all colleges and the unique experience to serve one's country at a military academy and beyond.
The highly informative session usually lasts about one hour, and its organizers wish to point out that October 15th is a bye week for the Seahawks!
Central Washington University: Thursday 9/21
University of Portland, Thursday 9/21, 2:15 PM, Passes required
Gonzaga University, Thursday 10/5
Carroll College Tuesday 10/10
Whitman College, Wednesday, 10/11
Pacific Lutheran University, Tuesday 10/17
Seattle University, Thursday 10/19
Whitworth University, Friday 10/20
College Fair at Walla Walla High School, Monday, 10/23, noon to 3 PM
Washington State University, Monday, 10/23
St. Martin's University,Friday, 10/24
Eastern Washington University, Wednesday, November 1, ONSITE ADMISSION!
College of Idaho, Could not come this year.
Grand Canyon University, TBA
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 firstname.lastname@example.org