Just in, Mardsen Scholarship! This is connected to the St. John the Evangelist Cathedral in Spokane but open to all of us. Big money, considers need but really looking for academic potential and a drive to contribute to your community. Due March 29!
Pointe Pest Control: This one is unique. It involves passing a good deed on and using social media.
Gesa Credit Union: Great WA state scholarship providers. If you already have accounts there, piece of cake. If not, they will help you start one with just a $5 investment, a few minutes of time, then apply!
Daughters of the Pioneers: This $750 local scholarsihp honors descendants who can trace roots back to this area (WA, ID, OR) in specific years for each region, but around 1870. Visit the site for full information, due May 1.
Just in, McGregor. Full application online, due March 23, and check out the options for ag-related careers!
George T. Welch: This scholarship requires the CSS Profile financial aid document through the College Board. Whitman applicants already did this! For anyone else, it's a hoop to jump through but may be worth it. File for more information.
Kiwanis Service/Merit: This paper application requires some recommendations and forms, so plan ahead, and it's due 4/14/18.
Leadership 1000: This is need-based but great for those with need and easy to do. See the documents attached to the link, due 2/28/18.
*See this handout for an overview of all four Elks Scholarships below!
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.
For future teachers and all school-related fields (including school psycholgy): The WSSR invites seniors with a 3.0 or higher GPA to apply for 8 Foundation Scholarships of $2500 each, 16 Robert J. Handy awards for $900/year over four years, and one Neil D. Prescott Scholarship of $2500. Apply online at www.wssra.org Follow instructions online and mail no later than March 2!
Columbia REA has an academic schoarship for their members and also one to support lineman training. Due 2/15/18
P.E.O. Chapter C1 offers scholarhsips for women locally, apply by March 15, 2018.
Washington Masonic Charities: Offering scholarships to members and non-members. Due 2/24/18.
Gonzaga Scholarships: Due Feb 1.
WSU Scholarships: Due Jan. 31
Blue Mountain Community Foundation: Presentation in class 1/17, Mod 4. Due March 1.
For great opportunities in WA State, check out this link and also remember to do your washboard profile, also linked below under search engines.
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.
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!
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 email@example.com