• ACT registration http://www.actstudent.org

    SAT registration http://www.collegeboard.com

    If you are junior or senior who recieves Free or Reduced Lunches, you qualify for an SAT or ACT fee waiver.  See Mrs. Duncan for more details.

    SAT & ACT Online Prep:

    Free online test prep for Texas students through TOPCAT (Texas Online Preparation for College Admissions Tests).  Go to http://www.collegefortexans.com/   then click on TOPCAT and choose the test you want to prepare for. 

    [This is also a good resource for scholarships.]

     
     
    March2Success provides an online study program, furnished by the US Army free of charge, to help students prepare for standardized tests, improve school work and review materials. They also provide tools for educators and parents to track and encourage their students.  The link below will help you get started.  You will need to create an account to log-in so you can take advantage of this free service.  There are no strings attached to recruit you into the Army.  It is only a great service they offer to all students to improve academic skills, especially test preparation for college entrance tests.
     
     
     
     
     

    Career Planner

    Try these websites to explore your interests and see how they match up with various majors and careers.

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    To find a college that offers the major/degree program you are looking for try

    http://apps.collegeboard.com/search/index.jsp

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    Interest profiler for careers

    http://www.collegetoolkit.com/Career/Main.aspx

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    This publication describes, a wide range of occupations, the nature of the work, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects.

    Go to http://www.bls.gov

    Scroll down to Occupations on left side of screen. Under this heading, click on Occupational Outlook Handbook. Next go to top, right of screen and click on A-Z Index. You're ready to search for a specific job. Related jobs will be listed at the end of each set of job details.

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    Senior Year Checklist
     

    September

    • Take challenging classes in English, mathematics, science, history/geography, government, economics, foreign language, technology and arts. Colleges DO NOT like to see a "mental vacation" your senior year.
    • Your college list should be narrowed to about 3 or 4. Start applying to these now. Realize that there are fees to apply at most colleges.  Sometimes there are fee waivers available, so ask the admissions office.
    • Prepare your applications carefully. Follow the instructions and pay close attention to deadlines. Neatness and completeness count!
    • Make a check list for each school you apply to so you can keep track of what you have sent where.
    • Create a Senior Year Calendar to keep track of college applications, financial aid, testing, scholarship deadlines, senior activities, etc.
    • Stop by the counselor's office to request a transcript be sent to the college where you have applied.
    • Register for the October SAT or ACT if you still haven't taken it or if you are retaking it to boost your score.
    • Take advantage of the College Fair.

    October

    • Start using your college days to visit college campuses (seniors get 2). While you are on college campuses, don't forget to check out student housing options. See Mrs. Duncan to get a college visit day form - located outside her office.
    • Register for the December SAT or ACT if needed.
    • Start filing your FAFSA.  College Financial Aid staff start having times designated to help you the next several months.  Check the Counselor's bulletin boards or website for information on these opportunities on our campus or Grayson's campus.  The earlier you can file your FAFSA, the better.  Even if you qualify for financial aid, if you wait until after the Spring deadline, all the money may be gone!
    • Continue to check the scholarship board and counselor's website for scholarships and deadlines.
    • Continue your high school resume and portfolio.
    • Continue to apply to colleges. Follow the instructions and pay close attention to deadlines. Neatness and completeness count!
    • Be sure to ask the counselor several weeks in advance for transcripts. Also, give those you have asked for letters of recommendation the courtesy of at least 3 weeks advance notice (as well as a gentle reminder the week before you need it). You may also want to provide them with a copy of your high school resume so they can write a more specific letter or recommendation.  Forms are located outside the Counselor's office to help with this.
    • Use your high school resume to help you complete applications for colleges and scholarships.

    November

    • Be aware of college application deadlines as many Early Decision and Early Action plans are due now. Keep a copy of everything for your records.
    • Keep watching for scholarship applications on the scholarship board and on Mrs. Duncan's website. Also, apply for scholarships at the colleges where you have applied for admission. Most colleges have a scholarship application on their website that allows you to fill out one application for ALL the scholarships they offer at that particular college.
    • Use your high school resume to help you complete applications for colleges and scholarships.

    December

    • December through mid-January is NOT a good time to visit colleges as students are involved in finals and many offices may be closed for the holiday break.
    • Some Early Decision notifications are sent out now so read the mail carefully and follow instructions for replying to the college.
    • Register for the January and February ACT & SAT if needed.
    • Keep watching for scholarship applications on the scholarship board and on Mrs. Duncan's website. Complete them carefully and get them in by the deadline!! Any that you submit after the deadline will get thrown away in the trash!
    • Use your high school resume to help you complete applications for colleges and scholarships.

    January

    • Make sure your FAFSA gets submitted. Even if you don't think you will qualify, you need to file it. Most colleges will not award academic scholarships unless you have filed. On-line submission is best because the turn-around time for a response is about 4 times faster than the paper application. Remember, the sooner you can file, the better!
    • Request that the counselor send your 7th semester transcript to colleges where you have applied. Make the request, but know they will not be sent until almost February, so we can finalize 1st semester.
    • Remember to monitor your applications to colleges and be sure that all the necessary materials have been sent.  Housing applications for residence halls (along with fees) are processed by "first come, first served" basis.
    • Continue to check for new scholarships and get them in on time. Remember to ask the counselor several weeks in advance for transcripts. Also, give those you have asked for letters of recommendation the courtesy of at least 3 weeks advance notice (as well as a gentle reminder the week before you need it).
    • Use your high school resume to help you complete applications for colleges and scholarships
    • Remember to apply for scholarships at the colleges where you have applied for admission.

    February - April

    • You should begin to hear from colleges now. Review you acceptance letters and financial aid packages very carefully. Make sure you are signing and returning the required documents to them as indicated in those acceptance letters.
    • Local scholarships kick into high gear at this time of the year. Check the scholarship board at least twice a week for new applications.
    • If you have not used your college days yet, you NEED to do so by May 1. If you've already decided where to go, use your college day to go talk to a counselor/advisor at that college to plan your classes for your Freshman year!

    May

    • You have until May 1 to notify most colleges of your final decision. Also notify colleges to which you are not attending so that they may plan accordingly.
    • May 3, 2018 we will celebrate your decision with you on College Decision Day with many activities that week leading up to the big event!
    • Let Mrs. Duncan know all your scholarships you have been given by May 10 for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on May 17.
    • Finish your senior year strong -- don't coast to the finish line!
    • Request the counselor send a final official transcript to YOUR college.
    • GIVE YOUR SCHOOL COUNSELOR A BIG HUG FOR ALL HER HELP!!!

    June

    • Write thank you notes to organizations that gave you scholarships.
    • Attend any freshmen experiences or orientations at YOUR college.
    • Enjoy your summer!
     

    Admissions

             Each college and university has its own admissions policy. The best source of information is found by logging onto the college's web site. Most sites have a link for New or Prospective Students. There you should find admission requirements, deadlines, dates for college preview days, etc.

             Students must graduate on the Recommended or Distinguished Achievement Graduation Plans in order to meet admission requirements at 4-year colleges/universities in Texas. Students graduating on the Minimum Plan will be restricted to beginning college classes at junior colleges. This will change with the new graduation plans and the graduating class of 2018

             You can apply online at http://www.applytexas.org to any 4-year public school in Texas. You can also check deadlines of scholarships and admissions.

             You can apply online at http://www.commonapp.org for many private colleges. Not all private colleges accept this application so be sure to check out the list of Member Colleges.

     

    College Visits

             In order to allow students the opportunity to visit prospective colleges, juniors and seniors may be granted 2 days to visit colleges. These days must be approved by the counselor before the visit. A student must have already taken the ACT or SAT before the visit will be approved. The absence will be excused and will not be counted against the student for exemption purposes. 

             If you are interested in taking a college visit day you must do the following:

             1) Print out the College Visit Form (above) or pick up a form from the table outside the counselor's office.

             2) Fill out the college visit form and have it signed by parent/guardian.

             3) Bring the form to the counselor at least one week prior to the visit.

             4) Go to each teacher and find out what you will miss while gone.

             5) While at the college, go by the registrar's or admissions office and obtain a letter verifying that you were at their college on the specified date.

             6) Bring the letter to the counselor when you return from your visit. (This step must be completed within 3 days of your college visit in order for your college visit to be an excused absence which does not count against you               for exemption purposes).

     

    Scholarships & Financial Aid

    I post scholarship applications on the Scholarship Board in the commons area as I receive them. Below are some online scholarship opportunities, but these change all the time so do your own searching as well:

    NAME

    AMOUNT

    BEGINS

    DEADLINE

    URL/WEBSITE

    NFIB Young Entrepreneur

    $1K-$10K

    OCT 31

    DEC 15

    www.NFIB.com/YEA

    NAT’L CENTER FOR LEARNING DISABILITIES

    ANNE FORD SCHOL.

    $10,000

     

    DEC 31

    www.ncld.org/about-us/scholarships-aamp-awards

    NAT’L CENTER FOR LEARNING DISABILITIES

    ALLEGRA FORD SCHOL.

    $2,500

     

    DEC 31

    www.ncld.org/about-us/scholarships-aamp-awards

    GATES MILLENNIUM SCHOLARSHIP

    VARIES

     

    JAN 11

    https://nominations.gmsp.org/GMSP_App

    BIG SUN ATHLETICS

    $500

     

    JUNE 22

    www.bigsunathletics.com

    KFC COLONEL’S SCHOLARSHIP

    Up to $20K

    DEC 1

    FEB 10

    www.kfcscholars.org

    JFK ESSAY CONTEST

    PROFILES IN COURAGE

    $500-$5K

     

    JAN 8

    www.jfklibrary.org

    (select ‘education’ from menu)

    AXA ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP

    $10K - $25K

     

    DEC 15

    www.axa-achievement.com

    BEING AN AMERICAN ESSAY CONTEST

    9 awards - $5K each

    81 awards –

    amts. vary

     

    DEC 15

    www.BeingAnAmerican.org

    SAM WALTON COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP

    $3,000

     

    JUNE 1

    www.act.org/walmart/community

    WALMART ASSOCIATE SCHOLARSHIP

    $3,000

    DATES VARY

    DATES VARY

    www.act.org/walmart/assoc

    WALTON FAMILY FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

    UP TO $13K

     

    JAN 31

    www.act.org/walmart/walton

    COCA-COLA SCHOLARS

    $10K - $20K

    (250 awards)

    AUG 1

    OCT 31

    www.coca-colascholars.org

    FREEDOM IN ACADEMIA (FIRE) ESSAY CONTEST

    $1K - $5K

     

    NOV 5

    www.thefire.org/contests

    DIXIE SOFTBALL

    $1,500

    AROUND JAN 1

    MARCH 1

    www.dixie.org/softball

    DISCOVER COLLEGES, INC.

    $2,500 DRAWINGS

    ONGOING

    ONGOING

    www.discovercolleges.com

    CHRISTIAN CONNECTOR

    $2,500 DRAWINGS

    ONGOING

    ONGOING

    www.christianconnector.com

    AFSA NAT’L SCHOLARHSIP

    ESSAY CONTEST

    $1K - $4

     

    EARLY JAN

    http://afsascholarship.org/

    APHA (Amer. Public Health

    Assoc.) GET READY SCHOL.

    $500

    (6 awards)

       

    www.getreadyforflu.org/new_pg_scholarship.

    htm

    CALGON TAKE ME AWAY TO COLLEGE CONTEST

    $1K - $7K

     

    FEB 28

    www.takemeaway.com/contest

    CAMPUS DISCOVERY $5000 “VALUE OF COLLEGE” SCHOLARSHIP

    $1K - $10K

     

    JAN 31

    www.campusdiscovery.com/

    COLLEGE PROWLER ESSAY COMPETITION

    $250 - $1K

     

    SEPT 15

    www.collegeprowler.com/scholarship/

    COLLEGE PROWLER “NO ESSAY” COMPETITION

    $2000

    ONGOING

    ONGOING

    www.ehow.com/list_6106092_scholarships-require-essay.html

    COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS ANYONE CAN WIN

    VARY

    VARY

    VARY

    www.collegeandfinance.com/32-weird-scholarships-almost-anyone-can-get/

    COLLEGE.US.COM COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

    $3,000

    (4 awards)

       

    www.scholarshipwinnings.org

    DISCOVER TRIBUTE CARD AWARD

    $2,500

    (300 awards)

    $25,000

    (10 awards)

     

    DEC 31

    APRIL 30

    www.discoverfinancial.com/community/scholarship

    HORATIO ALGER ASSOC.

    SCHOLARSHIP

    $10K

    (100 awards)

     

    OCT

    www.horatioalger.org/scholarships/index.cfm

    SCHOLARSHIPPOINTS.COM $10,000 SCHOLARSHIPS

    $10,000

       

    www.scholarshippoints.com/

    TEENAGE VISION FOR AMERICA ESSAY CONTEST

    $300

     

    JUNE 1

    www.bestkeptsecretsforwinning.com/vision.php

    OP LOFTBED SCHOLARSHIP

    $500

     

    JULY 31

    http://oploftbed.com

     

    College-specific Scholarships

    • Check specific college web sites for scholarship applications for that school. Most will have one application to submit which will be applied to all of the scholarships they offer.
    • Be aware of creative scams for financial aid. Some seminars, sites and services may not be legitimate. Quick warning signs are: if they charge a fee, if they offer a "money-back guarantee" and/or request your credit card or bank account information.