West Perry Counseling Newsletter

March 2021

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Apprenticeship Opportunity!

Seniors! Unsure of your future plans? Interested in free training while making $18+ per hour? Please check this out!
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Youth Employment Opportunity - LEAF Project (Leadership Education and Farming)

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Lebanon Valley College Health and Biomedical Sciences Summer Program

The Health and Biomedical Sciences Summer Program will be held via Zoom, July 26-28, 2021 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. ET each day and costs $175. They are happy to welcome rising High School freshmen-seniors.

The goal of the Health and Biomedical Sciences Summer Program is to provide a window into the scientific basis of human health. The online Health and Biomedical Sciences Summer program will include live lectures from LVC faculty, visiting guest speakers, online laboratory exercises and other interactive activities. While they cannot duplicate the in-person experience of a traditional summer camp, their faculty are committed to providing students with an engaging and valuable experience!

Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of immunology, molecular biology, pharmacology, physiology and neuroscience. In addition, students will interact with practicing professionals in fields such as medicine, physical therapy, toxicology, and biomedical laboratory research. The Health and Biomedical Sciences Program will provide a fun, challenging and engaging college environment in which students will develop a deeper understanding of what it means to be a biomedical scientist and health professional.

For more information, or if you have questions about the camp, you can visit the Health and Biomedical Sciences website (http://www.lvc.edu/academics/summer-community-programming/health-biomedical-sciences-camp/) or contact Dr. Courtney Lappas at lappas@lvc.edu.

Gettysburg College Academic Summer Programs

Gettysburg College is excited to offer several opportunities for high school juniors and sophomores to attend virtual academic camps over the summer months. Subjects include psychology, history, and creative writing. Information about their academic camps:

  • Virtual Camp Psych: Campers will get hands-on experiences that introduce them to research in psychology during this fun, challenging, and engaging introduction to the field.
  • Civil War Era Studies Virtual Camp: Campers will get to enjoy historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania while studying American Civil War History through unique learning experiences. Students will explore the circumstances leading to the war, investigate significant battles during the war, and explore the condition of the United States after the war.
  • Young Writers Virtual Workshop: Students gain an in-depth introduction to all four genres of creative writing: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and writing for stage and screen.

You can learn more and register on their summer camp website.

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Perry Human Services Winter 20/21 Newsletter

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Wellness Tips

Please click on the link below to read an article to determine the difference between a panic attack and a heart attack.
Please click on the link below for a video of the importance of sleep.


Scholarship Websites

Check out these websites for Scholarships!



Judith H. Reid Memorial Diversity Outreach Scholarship

Paper copies of a Scholarship application are available at the Counseling Center if you’re interested in becoming a realtor. The deadlines are: March 15th, June 15th, September 15 and December 15.

Chandler Ramsey Scholarship

The Chandler Ramsey Scholarship is presented in memory of Chandler Ramsey, a West Perry High School Student who passed away in a car accident in December 2018. Chandler loved music and was part of the chorus and musicals at West Perry High School. The Scholarship is offered by the West Perry Music Partnership and Danny and Chrissy Brown, Chandler’s parents. It is open to seniors who are participating in any Partnership supported program (e.g., chorus, bands, guard) and who attend West Perry High School, West Perry Cyber School, or Cumberland Perry Vo-Tech. The Scholarship must be used for secondary education expenses in any course of study.

The Scholarship is in the amount of $1,000.00 and is open to students in all fields of study.

Scholarship applications will be available for students on February 16, 2021. They will be available in the West Perry High School Guidance Office or by requesting from the West Perry Music Partnership via email at wpbbpres@gmail.com.

Applications are due to the Guidance Office on March 26, 2021.

Cantor & Team Orthodontics Scholarship

Cantor and Team Orthodontics will present a $500 scholarship award to a graduating senior planning to attend an accredited two or four year institution of higher learning.

Please come to the Counseling Center for a paper copy of the application. Completed information due to the Counseling Center by March 30th. Don't delay, apply today!

Steven Hile Leadership Scholarship

Purpose: To provide a one-time scholarship to one (1) deserving female and male from the West Perry High School Senior class who has demonstrated the value of leadership in school, activities, and the community.

Award Components: One (1) $250 scholarship will be awarded to one (1) female and one (1) male selected by the family of Mr. Hile.

Paper copies of the application may be obtained at the Counseling Center - deadline to apply is April 2, 2021.

PA School Counselors Association Scholarship

Do you have a Counselor that has made a difference in your life and would like to tell the story? You could win a $1,000 scholarship for college, please see the details below.

Eligibility & General Guidelines:

  • Participants should be high school seniors planning to pursue a post-secondary education.
  • Please submit a one (1) page essay of no more than 500 words (single spaced, double spaced between paragraphs) on a School Counselor who has made a difference in your academic, career and/or social-emotional development.
  • The School Counselor you are writing about must be a certified School Counselor, employed as such in Pennsylvania.
  • ALL Essays must be submitted with a PSCA Essay Competition Entry Form (attached).


April 2, 2021- Deadline for submissions (postmark date)
May 7, 2021- Recipient announced

Please return the attached entry form and essay to:


ATTN: Scholarship Committee

PO Box 174

McKeesport, PA 15134

Please see the Counseling Center with any questions.

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The Sparks Foundation - Scholarships for Science Majors

The SPARKS Foundation College Scholarship Committee encourages applications from all high school students in their senior year whose intended major is in an area of the sciences and who are in need of financial assistance. The committee also considers scholastic achievement, academic promise and science related extracurricular activities in addition to financial need.

The program of study should be full time (2-year or 4-year) and one which will result in a degree or diploma. The Committee relies on the accuracy and completeness of the information provided in the application in order to choose recipients each year. Both the student and the parent(s) should carefully review the application for accuracy and sign where indicated.

The SPARKS Foundation board of directors have decided to offer six $1,000 scholarships this year. Last year we had 40 stellar applicants – and that was with a much longer application! We have stream-lined the application, which you may find on our website: www.sparksfoundation.org.

Deadline is April 8, 2021 - Paper copies of the application are available at the Counseling Center.

Landisburg Lions Club - $500 Community Service Award

The Landisburg Lions Club is happy to announce an annual community service award. The purpose of this award is to foster the importance of participating in service throughout one’s life. The club plans to give, at a minimum, two $500 awards. The awards will be given to two applicants who meet the following requirements:

  1. Student completes and submits this application by April 15th of the current school year.

  2. Student lives within the service area of the Landisburg Lions Club. That includes Elliottsburg (17024), Landisburg (17040) and Loysville (17047).

  3. Student must reside in the West Perry School District.

Pick up a paper copy of the application in the Counseling Center.

CAEA 2021 Scholarship Program

The Capital Area Education Association is pleased to announce their 2021 Special Education Scholarship Program. This year, one scholarship of $500.00 will be given to a qualified applicant.

Two groups of individuals may apply; seniors currently attending a high school in one of the CAIU member districts or paraprofessionals currently working for the CAIU who are volunteer members of the CAEA. Applicants must plan to enroll or be enrolled in a program of study that leads to a degree in Special Education, Speech & Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Audiology, Adaptive Physical Education or School Psychology.

Pick up a paper copy of the application in the Counseling Center. Completed applications are due by April 15, 2021. Results will be announced by May 10, 2021.

2021 Road to Safety Scholarship Contest for High School Seniors

Information from the Metzger Wickersham Law Firm.

Each year, many young lives are drastically changed or cut short by risky behaviors like driving under the influence of alcohol or texting while driving. Motor vehicle crashes involving teenagers are especially heartbreaking, because most of these teen tragedies are fully preventable.

At Metzger Wickersham personal injury law firm, we are committed to promoting education and awareness about safe driving through community outreach. We would like to remind you of our annual Road to Safety Scholarship Contest, which encourages young drivers to get involved in spreading the message to keep our roads safe.

Graduating, college-bound seniors may submit a creative project about the dangers of drunk driving or distracted driving for their chance to win college scholarship money. First, second and third place winners will be selected by our panel of judges and will receive $1,000, $750 and $500 scholarships, respectively.

To inspire your students, consider sharing the 2020 Scholarship Entries below for inspiration:

All projects must be the original work of the entrant. Entries cannot include Copyright graphics, photos or songs. We are no longer accepting essays or poems.

The deadline for entries is April 16, 2021.

TFEC Scholarships

Seniors, check out some awesome scholarship opportunities that are exclusively for Perry County Students! The website is www.tfec.org. Please click this link: Search by County

Please click Application Hints document for details about the application process.

SENIORS - look for an email with a PDF outlining Scholarships Offered to West Perry High School Seniors. For more information, see the counseling center!

Tuition Assistance Program-James K. Adams and Arlene L. Adams Foundation

The letter below is information pertaining to a tuition assistance program for seniors. Please see the Counseling Center with any questions or to obtain a paper copy of the letter. Deadline to apply is April 19, 2021.
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West Perry High School Counseling Center

Mrs. Bell- 9th Grade Counselor - hbell@westperry.org

Miss Meili- 10th & 11th Grade Counselor - lmeili@westperry.org

Mrs. Zeigler- 12th Grade Counselor - mzeigler@westperry.org

Mrs. Barber- Guidance Clerk - cbarber@westperry.org