CHS Counseling Newsletter
The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region
The Community Foundation manages over 40 different scholarship funds aimed at assisting area young people by advancing education. Last year, over $140,000 was awarded to local students. Transcripts and recommendations are required. Applications open on November 14, 2018. Applications will be accepted until March 3, 2019 at 11:00 PM.
2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
State Level Award and scholarship money opportunity for selected candidate with volunteer experience. The deadline to apply is November 6, 2018. For eligibility requirements and to complete and submit your application go online: spirit.prudential.com or nassp.org/spirit
Lee-Jackson Educational Foundation Scholarship
18 scholarships to be awarded to Virginia juniors and seniors. The student will submit an application and an essay about the legacy of General Robert E. Lee and or General Stonewall Jackson. The deadline to apply is February 1st, 2019. The application instructions are located at the website: http://www.lee-jackson.org
Hagan Scholarship Foundation:
This is both a financial need and merit based scholarship for rural students who worked 240 hours or more in the 12 months prior to starting college. The student must complete the FAFSA and have an EFC less than $6,500, have a 3.5 GPA or higher, and 1,150 SAT scores or 23 ACT scores or higher. This scholarship offers up to $48,000 total for 4 years. 300 scholarships are awarded each year. The deadline to apply is November 15, 2018. To apply go to: www.hsfmo.org
The Gloria Wille Bell and Carlos R. Bell Charitable Trust
This scholarship offers up to $80,000 over 4 years for VA students who plan to enroll at the University of Michigan and pursue a degree in engineering, math, physics, computer science, or a scientific related field. Applications and essays may be submitted at www.bellscholarship.org
Falmouth High School Alumni Association Bill Bolton Scholarship Fund
To be eligible you must be a direct descendant of a person who attended Falmouth High School between 1931-1952. This is a merit based scholarship.
Applications must be postmarked by April 5th. Hard copies of the application are available in main office, downloadable from the CHS Counseling website http://chscounseling.blogs.ccps.us/
Super FAFSA Virginia
Students who attend CHS's FAFSA Night on November 13th (5 to 7 PM) and complete a FAFSA during the event will automatically be considered. Five awards will be given statewide. Scholarships range from $250 to $1,000. Random drawing will be held in March.
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
All higher-education bound seniors should submit the FAFSA at fafsa.gov. FAFSA is used to determine state, federal, and institutional aid.
Please notify Ms. Taylor (College Adviser) when your FAFSA has been submitted. You will be entered into a raffle for various prizes. Ms. Taylor is also available to help with FAFSA completion and/or interpreting your Student Aid Report. To schedule an appointment outside of school hours, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ms. Taylor will be hosting a Super FAFSA Night on November 13 from 5 to 7pm. Volunteers will be present to give each student/parent one-on-one help with completing the FAFSA. Students and parents may drop in during these hours. Details have been sent via student email. Students who attend will be entered into a statewide raffle for scholarships!
Virginia College Application Week
Virginia College Application Week is an initiative to increase the number of Virginia students pursuing higher education. Higher education can include four-year colleges, community college, and trade schools. Some colleges may also be offering free applications during this week. Take a look at some of our planned events!
* A note about on-site admissions: Seniors thinking about pursuing four-year schools are highly encouraged to attend if they meet the requirements. This is the perfect opportunity to get at least one school on the student's list!
Monday, 11/12: Radford On-Site Admissions
Senior students with 2.8+ GPA and 980+ SAT (or 19 ACT) are encouraged to attend. Info has been sent to student emails. Student must have already submitted an online application to Radford by 11/6. Students should also bring copies of their transcripts and SAT/ACT scores. Those who are qualified will receive same-day acceptance to Radford!
Tuesday, 11/13, 5 to 7 PM: Super FAFSA (FAFSA Completion Night)
Volunteers will be on-hand to give students/parents one-on-one support with the FAFSA. Parents should bring 2017 tax documents and should know social security numbers and marriage/divorce dates. More info has been sent to student emails. Drop in at any time between 5 and 7! Students who attend will be entered into a statewide raffle for scholarships!
Wednesday, 11/14: College Spirit Day
Students and staff are encouraged to wear their favorite college apparel. Get creative!
Thursday, 11/15: Community College Application Day
Ms. Taylor and Mrs. Hummer will be on-hand during lunch to help get community college applications submitted.
Friday, 11/16: VCU Campus Tour (for selected students only)
- November 5: Longwood On-Site Admissions- an admissions counselor from Longwood will review applications and let students know their admissions decision. Students should submit an online application to Longwood before this date. A fee waiver code is available. Sign-up is required!
- November 12-16: Virginia College Application Week
- November 13, 5pm-7pm: FAFSA Completion Night
- November 16: VCU Tour (for selected students)
Reminders For You! Staying on Top of Things to Do!
Senior college and career reminders, scholarship information, upcoming events, and important dates are sent through the Remind App.
Step 1: On your phone, open a web browser.
Step 2: Type in the appropriate link (shown above).
Step 3: You will be prompted to download the Remind mobile app.
*** If you do not have a smartphone, text @chscavs20, @chscavs19, @gcc4u or @cavsfamily to 81010 to enable text notifications. Text messages may also be sent to smartphone users who do not wish to use the app.
College Information for Juniors: rmd.at/chscavs20
College Information for Seniors: rmd.at/chscavs19
Career Coach and GCC Information: rmd.at/gcc4u
Complete the Senior Profile!
You can access this on the CHS Counseling site at the following: http://chscounseling.blogs.ccps.us/page/2
The information you provide will assist the teacher/counselor in writing your letter of recommendation.
You can send your own Transcript!
How to access and send your Transcript: Transcripts can be sent electronically through Parchment.
College Acceptance and Awards and Scholarships
Let your counselor and Mrs. Huntsinger know the colleges where you are accepted and the scholarship and award money you receive. This includes the colleges you decline, and all award and scholarship money. This is your time to shine!
Early action and scholarship deadlines for many Virginia colleges will be coming during November. Alert yourself to deadlines for colleges that are of interest to you. Don't wait until the last minute!
Reminder: Checking your email is an important life skill. Set aside a few minutes per day to check. You don't want to miss a big event or deadline simply because you didn't look at your emails!
Steps to Applying to Community College
Explore the programs available at Germanna or another community college
Community colleges offer associate degrees, certificate programs and job training to students. Find more information on the school’s website and take note of the requirements for your intended program. See Mrs. Hummer for details!
You can apply online. Apply early - we can help you complete the application at school! If you’re in dual enrollment classes at CHS, you already have an application on file.
3. Complete the FAFSA
This is the most important step in paying for college. You’ll need 2017 tax information and you can start the application as early as Oct. 1st. Most community colleges have a March. 1st priority deadline.
4. Take the Virginia Placement Test (VPT)
The Virginia Placement Test is required by Virginia community colleges to place you into English and Math courses. If you’ve taken the SAT or ACT, qualifying scores can also be used for your placement. You may also be able to use a qualifying High School GPA and Math coursework for placement, see Mrs. Hummer for details!
5. Apply for scholarships
Community colleges offer many scholarships for students. Find more information on their website.
6. Register for classes and attend orientation
Know how to access your college student email for information on how to register for classes and attend orientation. Mrs. Hummer can help students register for Germanna if they have completed the steps to enrollment!
Steps to Finding Employment
Looking for a holiday job?
Many businesses are looking for holiday help. Come see Mrs. Hummer for lists of who is hiring. Tips for job hunting:
1. Determine what type of job you want
Think about the work environment you want to be in on a daily basis and if you have the skills needed to be successful.
2. Create a resume
A resume is a list of skills, education, and work experiences that employers use to decide whether you’re qualified for the job. You can find many resume templates online. See Mrs. Hummer for additional help with creating a resume.
3. Utilize various job search resources
4. Practice interview skills
Employers may require an interview before hiring you for the job. Get a friend or family member to practice interviewing you so you’re prepared or participate in the CHS Job Cafe event for a mock job interview experience.
Are you looking for a Job? Value City is Hiring!
Are you looking for a job?
Do you want to financially be able to move out and live on your own after graduation?
Do you need help with interview skills?
Are you interested in applying with Value City?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above please sign up to meet with representatives from Value City on Wednesday Nov. 7th during 2nd period. You must sign up to attend.
If you have any questions please see Ms. Ward.