College & Career Weekly Update

RCHS Counseling Department Week of 11/16/2015

College Acceptances

Seniors, we want to celebrate with you as you start receiving your acceptance letters to college. Please inform Ms. van Ravenswaay or your school counselor whenever you receive an acceptance letter!

A Guide for using Common App

Mrs. Burkhardt created a new video designed to help students and families understand the Common Application, or "Common App." Click here to read about our department's recommendations for the Common App and to watch Mrs. Burkhardt's video, which covers the basics of common app and how to assign recommenders.

Instructions for Creating a Parchment Account

Every senior who is applying to college must create a Parchment account. Parchment is a free, electronic transcript service. If you would like your transcript sent to any college, including via the Common Application, you must request it through Parchment. Here is a video created by Mrs. Burkhardt with easy-to-follow instructions on how to create your Parchment account and request your transcript.


The school Counseling Office will be hosting Lunch Bunch every Wednesday during 4th period (covering all lunches). Lunch Bunch is designed for seniors who want feedback or assistance on their college application essays. School counselors and students from W&L will be available to read your essays, give feedback on your essays, and answer any questions that you may have about the college application process in general.

No appointment is needed! Just stop by the Counseling Office conference room during your lunch period. If you have any questions about Lunch Bunch, please see Mr. Rapoza!

American Legion-High School Oratorical Contest

Each year the American Legion sponsors the National High School Oratorical Contest to help students gain a greater appreciation for the United States Constitution through research, writing, and oration skills. The winner of this national competition will win an $18,000 college scholarship. More information may be found at:

College Scorecard

The White House just unveiled a new resource for the college search process: College Scorecard. This is a website that we highly recommend to use as you search for colleges.

Ms. Burkhardt just wrote a new blog post about the resource and all of the features it offers. Click here to read that post to learn more about how you can utilize the information in your college search!


Note: Scholarships are arranged by due date; new scholarships are written in bold.

Army ROTC scholarship: Are you a Senior who would like to apply for the Army ROTC scholarship? Apply now! Why? Because the next selection board meets in January. Army ROTC scholarships are awarded by a national selection board at Ft. Knox, KY. Tentative dates for the next two series:
  • January 5th: Deadline to complete application to be eligible for January board
  • January 25th: Second selection board meets to review applicants not selected in October, and new applicants
  • February 12th: Results are released

  • January 10th: last day to start the scholarship application
  • February 29th: Deadline to complete application to be eligible for March board
  • March 7th: Third selection board meets to review applicants not selected in January, and new applicants
  • March 25th: results released

The DoDMERB physical exam is not required to apply for the scholarship. Physical exams will be scheduled after the award is made. Students may need your athletic director's assistance in administering the Scholarship Physical Fitness Assessment.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Army ROTC Scholarship expert, Mr. Greg Killeen at or 706-864-1884.

The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2016 competition.

  • Any high school senior who is a citizen of the United States is eligible to apply.
  • Applicants need not be related to a member of the ELKS.
  • College students are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify.
  • Male and female students compete separately.

Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.

Ranging from $1,000 per year to $15,000 per year, Most Valuable Student scholarships are for students pursuing a four-year degree, on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 semester hours), in a U.S. college or university.

Requests for additional information should be addressed to the scholarship chairman of the local Lodge or of the Elks association: John Hutchinson, 540-691-5743. Applications are due on December 4th, 2016. Please go to: for an application and details.

DuPont Community Credit Union 2016 Scholarship Contest: Each year the DuPont Community Credit Union offers $1000 scholarships to students continuing their education. Scholarships are awarded to one graduating senior from each high school in their service area. Applications, criteria and instructions are available at: The deadline to apply is March 1st, 2016. DCCU would like to have at least three entries from RCHS.

P.E.O. ("Philanthropic Educational Organization")
Educational Loan Fund: This organization offers funding for young women who are high school graduates and who are currently enrolled in an accredited school. You must be a US or Canadian citizen. Please see their website for more information:

The P.E.O. Star Scholarship
This non-renewable scholarship is available to women who are graduating this year and who will attend an accredited post-secondary institution full or part-time next year. You must be a citizen or legal resident of the US or Canada and be recommended by your local P.E.O. chapter. For more information, please see Ms. van Ravenswaay or call Patricia Anderson at 540-691-5389.

The BBB Student of Integrity Scholarship Awards: This is a $1000 scholarship for graduating seniors. The application consists of an essay, your transcript, a letter of recommendation and an activities sheet. Return completed applications to Ms. van Ravenswaay no later than January 27, 2016.

The Pamplin Leadership Award: This is a one year, merit-based, $5000 Virginia Tech tuition scholarship. The nominee from RCHS will have a cumulative GPA of a 3.8 and be ranked in the top ten percent of his or her class. Applicants do not need to know of their admission decision to Virginia Tech at the time of application. Students who wish to apply for the Pamplin Leadership Award are not required to also submit a University Honors application. However, a student must be willing to join University Honors should they be offered and accept this award. Please see your counselor if you would like to be nominated, and go to for Pamplin Leadership Award and other scholarship opportunities. Deadline to submit the application is January 29th, 2016.

Virginia PTA Scholarship: This scholarship is offered to current seniors who are planning to enter teaching or other youth-serving professions. Students must maintain a 2.5 average, provide evidence of financial need and academic achievement. The applicant must submit three letters of recommendation, complete the application and return everything to Ms. van Ravenswaay. The deadline is March 1, 2016.

College Visits

These college(s) will be visiting the College and Career Center in the Counseling Office:

US Naval Academy: December 1st at 11:00 am

SAT – Important Dates

December 5th SAT at RCHS;

January 23rd SAT NOT at RCHS; Deadline to register: Dec 28th

March 5th SAT* at RCHS; Deadline to register: Feb 5th

May 7th SAT* at RCHS; Deadline to register: April 8th

June 4th SAT* NOT at RCHS; Deadline to register: May 5th

*Redesigned SAT

Accommodations are available for students with disabilities. Please see your counselor.

ACT – Important Dates:

December 12th ACT at RCHS;

February 6th ACT NOT at RCHS; Deadline to register: Jan 8th

April 9th ACT at RCHS; Deadline to register: March 4th

June 11th ACT at RCHS; Deadline to register: May 6th

Accommodations are available for students with disabilities. Please see your counselor.

*FREE* SAT Prep: Khan Academy's Partnership with College Board

College Board and the Khan Academy have entered into a partnership to provide free SAT preparation for students. You will have access to four official full-length practice tests, plus study and test-taking tips, interactive practice, thousands of practice questions, video lessons, and hints. There are also short quizzes and instant feedback. To learn more, please go to:

Parchment: How to Send Your Transcript

Parchment is our new transcript service. It is free to our students. We will be using Parchment to send all transcripts. Anyone asking for a transcript to be sent (including the Common Application) must have a Parchment account and a completed “Blue Sheet” on file with Ms. van Ravenswaay. Please create an account at and set up your preferences.

Register For Your Free Account:

1. Visit

2. Click ‘Sign Up Now’

Request Your Transcript:

1. In your account, go to ‘Transcripts’

2. Click ‘Send Transcripts’

3. Select a destination

4. Request is confirmed

Track Your Transcript:

1. Log into your account

2. In the top navigation bar, click ‘Transcripts’

3. Click ‘Order History’ to see the status


Or see our new video at:

Become a Delegate to Boys and Girls State!

Boys State and Girls State are summer leadership and citizenship programs sponsored by The American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary, for high school juniors. Representatives are nominated by their high school during their junior year. Boys and Girls State are among the most respected educational programs of government instruction for high school students. Each participant becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government. Our delegates are generously supported each year by the Brownsburg Ruritan Club. If you are interested in applying, please see Ms. van Ravenswaay.

"YES Abroad" Program for International Exchange

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad program is an innovative student international exchange program between Americans and people from countries with significant Muslim populations. Sixty-five scholarships are available for American students to study abroad. complete criteria are detailed on the application and on the program website:

Other Scholarship Opportunities:

National Student Leadership Conference

This is a career-focused leadership program where students can meet and learn from prominent national and world leaders, experience a future career, and experience life on a college campus and earn college credit from the American University. Current 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students who have demonstrated academic excellence, extracurricular involvement and leadership potential. Nominees must have a "B" average. If you are interested in being nominated, please see your school counselor. If you would like more information, please go to

Scholarships to Study Language Abroad

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth program is sponsored by the US Department of State, provides merit-based scholarships for eligible American high school students to study less commonly taught languages in summer and academic year overseas immersion programs. Some languages available are: Korean, Hindi, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, and Turkish. Students must be American citizens, have a minimum 2.5 GPA, and be between 15 and 18 years of age at the start of the program. For more information, please go to