Athens High School

SENIOR NEWSLETTER & OPPORTUNITY BULLETIN

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Be in the {KNOW}


From now until school is out- meaning you've graduated and are out for good- there will be a TON of information & important dates for you to keep up with. I will be keeping all upcoming events, programs, info, etc. up to date on the senior newsletter. It is the sure fire way to know what is going on. So take a moment to get it all down in your calendar, notebook, watch, phone or what ever you use to keep your life organized. I would hate for anyone to miss out on something important.


A special note from the wise- let your parents/family/guardians in on all of "the happenings" well in advance. It will make your life and theirs a little less chaotic.

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ASVAB Opportunity

If you are interested in taking the ASVAB again here at AHS on Friday, March 10th, please come sign up outside of Mrs. Smith's offices by Friday, March 3rd.

KEEP THOSE ACCEPTANCE LETTERS ROLLING ON IT!

College & Military Recuiters Coming Soon

Make a point to go speak to the recruiters if you have been accepted to their schools. They love to put a face with a name and can answer any lingering questions you may have.


MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY- Tuesday, February 14th


UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA IN HUNTSVILLE- Wednesday, February 22nd


UNIVERSITY OF NORTH ALABAMA- Friday, February 24th


TROY UNIVERSITY- Tuesday, February 28th

**IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES**

Calhoun Rep on Campus

Wednesday, Feb. 22nd, 12-3pm

100 U.S. 31

Athens, AL

Our admissions representative from Calhoun Community College will be on campus from 12-3 in the back of the library. He will be available to help you register, apply for admission, apply for scholarships, answer questions, etc. If you do not have a "plan" yet or would like to secure a backup plan, please sign up outside of my office to see him. You can also "drop by" on that day to see him, but if you've signed up in advance, I will make sure to send a note to allow you out of class to meet with him.


MARCH 1st is Calhoun's Scholarship Application Deadline. Don't miss it!!!


* COME BY MY OFFICE TO SIGN UP TO SEE HIM THAT DAY

FAFSA Individual Meetings

Thursday, Feb. 16th, 12-4pm

AHS Guidance

Last chance to meet with Karlton Stephens from the North Alabama Center for Educational Excellence BEFORE THE MARCH 1 preferred deadline. He will be available to meet with parents and/or students to assist them in filling out the FAFSA. Meetings will take place every thirty minutes from 12pm- 4pm. Please try and get both the student and parent FSA ID prior to meeting with him. Directions to do that are listed below. You will need a copy of the student (if they have one) and parent(s) 2015 taxes and W2. If you have any specific questions prior to meeting, please call the NACEE office at 256-350-6478.


DON'T MISS OUT ON THIS VALUABLE OPPORTUNITY!

Please click here to reserve your time.

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**FEATURED WEBSITES**

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www.achievealabama.org

The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) and the Rotaract Club of Birmingham have partnered to launch the first state-specific scholarship database - AchieveAlabama.org.


The site is cost-free and is available to all high school students in the state. It houses thousands of university-specific and private scholarships. The site also focuses specifically on local scholarship dollars that are awarded each year by Alabama businesses and private foundations.


Registration for the site is free and voluntary, and all student data is secure and protected in accordance with applicable state and federal laws. No student information is ever provided to any third parties unless a student opts in to share information with colleges.


For more information about Achieve Alabama or to access scholarship information, please visit www.achievealabama.org.

JUNIORS- Come sign up outside of my office if you are interested in....


  • Alabama Governor's School offers academically strong Alabama high school juniors an opportunity to participate in a short residential program of stimulating academic and extra-curricular activities. It will be held June 18-30, 2017 at Samford University. If interested and would like more information, sign up outside my office by February 28, 2017.


  • American Legion Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary Girls State are the premier programs for teaching how government works while developing leadership skills & an appreciation for your rights as a citizen. As a participant in the program you, will run for office, learn public speaking, create and enforce laws and actively participate in all phases of creating and running a working government in this exciting and fun summer program. You’ll meet other students from across your state who will become friends for life. You’ll develop confidence and leadership skills that will shape your future. Both Boys and Girls State will take place on the University of Alabama's campus during the summer of 2017- dates have not been released. Please sign up outside of my office by February 28, 2017 if you are interested in representing AHS at either Boys or Girls State.

JUNIORS- Preview Days

Spring and Summer Preview Days are a great way to see many facets of a college or university. Go to a school's website to sign up online to participate in their preview day. If you cannot make the preview day, then sign up online for a tour of campus. If the preview day or campus visit takes place on a weekday, make sure to fill out the appropriate form so that absence does not affect your attendance.

University of Alabama- Huntsville

Saturday, March 25
Saturday, July 22
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^^THE SCHOLARSHIP BINDER^^ WITHIN THE SCHOLARSHIP BINDER YOU WILL FIND INFORMATION ABOUT SCHOLARSHIPS PRINTED IN THIS NEWSLETTER AS WELL AS COPIES OF SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS. YOU CAN ACCESS IT IN THE GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT AT ANY TIME. CHECK IT ON A REGULAR BASIS FOR UPDATED INFORMATION.

SCHOLARSHIPS

All scholarships and special opportunities will be listed here in chronological order.


SCHOLARSHIPS


  • Huntsville Hospital Athlete of the Year Scholarship Program is taking applications. From September to April, a panel of judges selects one Athlete of the Week. Applicants must be a high school senior, have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and display a history of athletic and academic accomplishments, as well as community/civic involvement. All weekly winners are invited to a banquet held in their honor in May, and two students are selected as Athletes of the Year. The two Athletes of the Year each receive a $1,000 scholarship. Go to http://www.huntsvillehospital.org/aoy to apply today.


  • The National Co Op Scholarship Program is for students interested in attending one of these 10 schools: Clarkson U, Drexel U, Johnson & Wales U, Merrimack U, Rochester IT, State U of NY Oswego, U of Cincinnati, U of Mass. Lowell, U of Toledo, Wentworth IT. You must have a 3.5 GPA and apply to one of the schools above. Awards range from $24,000 to $26,000 over 4 years. Applications available at www.waceinc.org. Deadlines vary from November 1- February 15 depending on the school.


  • Through its Mentoring and Leadership Development Program, The Jackie Robinson Foundation provides scholarships of up to $28,000 over 4 years to minority high school students showing leadership potential and demonstrating financial need to attend an accredited 4-year college or university of their choice. Must be a senior with a minimum composite of a 21 on the ACT. Applications are available at http://secure.infosnap.com/family/gosnap.aspx?action=9786&culture=en. Deadline is February 15, 2017.


  • The Alabama Fire College Foundation extends an invitation to apply for a Recruit School Scholarship. Only students who have successfully completed the fire service course of study and received provisional certification can apply. The scholarship will cover tuition and equipment rental. Applications are available in the Guidance Department. Deadline is February 28, 2017.


  • Redstone Federal Credit Union's Scholarship Program is designated for students attending their partners colleges- Alabama A&M, Drake, UAH, MTSU, Oakwood, Calhoun and Athens State. At-Large scholarships to other accredited colleges or universities are also available. Go to www.redfcu.org/scholarship for more information and to apply. Deadline is February 28, 2017.


  • The College Counts Scholarship's award amount is $4,000 for students enrolled in 4-year colleges and $2,000 for students enrolled in 2-year colleges for the Fall of 2017. Applications and more info are available at www.collegecounts.com. Deadline is March 1, 2017.


  • The Alabama Association of School Office Personnel Scholarship will award four (4) $1,000 scholarships to students pursuing a degree from the college of business or in k-12 education. Scholarships will be awarded based on scholastic record and financial need. Applications are available in the Guidance Department. Deadline is March 1, 2017.


  • The University of Alabama Rural Minority Scholarship Program will provide 10 incoming freshmen from rural backgrounds that have an interest in the health care profession a head start in the college preparation they will need for admission to professional programs. Seniors must have a minimum 21 on the ACT to apply. Applications are available in the Guidance Department. Deadline is March 1, 2017.


  • The Athena League recognizes the importance of academic achievement, need, extracurricular activities and community involvement, thus establishing the Athena League Trent- Crutcher Scholarship. The award is a one-time $1,000 scholarship. Senior girls planning on starting college in the fall of 2017 are eligible (except daughters of Athena League members past and present). Deadline is March 1, 2017. Applications are available in the Guidance Department.


  • The 100 Black Men of Greater Huntsville, Inc. are sponsoring the 2017 Scholarship Program. Seniors with a minimum 2.5 GPA who will be entering a 2 or 4 year college in fall 2017 are eligible. Awards will be based upon demonstrated academic excellence and community service. Applications are available in the Guidance Department. Deadline is March 1, 2017.


  • The John Stallworth Foundation Scholarship is available to graduating seniors with a minimum GPA of a 3.0, have a score in the 50 percentile or above on the ACT and documented leadership qualities in high school, church or community activities. Students must be attending a 4 year college or university in the state of Alabama. The minimum scholarship award is $3,500 and is renewable. Applications are available in the Guidance Department. Deadline is March 1, 2017.


  • The University of North Alabama’s Department of Chemistry and Industrial Hygiene awarded over $32,000 for the 2016-2017 school year. Application for their endowed scholarships are available in the Guidance Department. Deadline is March 1, 2017.


  • The Alabama Office of State Treasury is sponsoring The CollegeCounts Scholarship to help more Alabama high school students pay for an education in a 2 or 4-year Alabama school. Informational postcards are available on the table outside of Mrs. Smith's office or at www.treasury.alabama.gov/collegecounts-scholarship. Deadline is March 1, 2017.


  • The Alabama Conservation District Employees Association is awarding six $500 scholarships. One scholarship will be awarded for each of the Association's six districts. Seniors who are US Citizens living in Alabama are eligible to apply. Applicants must be active in student affairs and/or show leadership abilities and must show financial need. Applications are available in the Guidance Department. Deadline is March 3, 2017.


  • The Alabama Association of Secondary School Principal's District Eight Scholarship is available to students with an ACT of 22-28. Other factors to be considered are extra-curricular activities, honors, awards or leadership positions, community, church or related activities and employment. Applications are available in the Guidance Department. Deadline is March 10, 2017.


  • The Alabama Home Builders Association awards scholarships to students who want to pursue a career in the core trades of the home building industry, whether through trade school, junior college or four year colleges. Examples of these trades but are not limited to: carpentry and cabinetry, masonry, HVAC/HVACR, plumbing, drafting, electrical engineering and electrical work. Scholarship applications are available in the Guidance Department or online at www.ahbfoundation.org. Deadline is March 15, 2017.


  • The F.A.I.T.H. Initiative invites seniors to apply for the Bobby Bodiford Memorial Scholarship and the Dr. Constance Dees Memorial Scholarship. Two or more undergraduate scholarships are available annually. Criteria to apply is a 3.0 GPA, evidence of volunteering, reside in North Alabama, accepted into a college, university or tech school and have a demonstrated financial hardship. Applications are available in the Guidance Department. Deadline is March 18, 2017.


  • The Jessica Michelle Elkins Love, Live, and Laugh Memorial Scholarship is available to graduations seniors with a minimum GPA of 2.5 and also have a need for financial assistance. The scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $2,000. Applications are available in the Guidance Department. Deadline to turn into Mrs. Smith in Guidance is March 24, 2017.


  • The James Ferman & Wiletta Elmore Scholarship does not have a minimum GPA but is intended for students who have a financial need and who have the ability to perform college work. The amount of the scholarship is $750. Applications are available in the Guidance Department. Deadline to turn into Mrs. Smith in Guidance is March 24, 2017.


  • The Roy Bolton Patton Jr. Scholarship Endowment Fund will award a scholarship in the amount of $1,000. It is intended for students who have a financial need and who have the ability to perform college work. Applications are available in the Guidance Department. Deadline to turn into Mrs. Smith in Guidance is March 24, 2017.


  • The Joe B. Broadwater Memorial Scholarship will award a $1,500 scholarship to a deserving Athens-Limestone County graduating senior. This scholarship is available only to students attending Auburn University in the Fall of 2017. Applications are available in the Guidance Department. Deadline to turn into Mrs. Smith in Guidance is March 24, 2017.


  • The Martin Endowed Scholarship is available to students attending one of the following schools in the Fall of 2017: Auburn University, Calhoun Community College, University of North Alabama, University of Alabama- Huntsville, Alabama A&M University. The amount of the scholarship for 2017 will be determines upon review of the applicants. Applications are available in the Guidance Department. Deadline to turn into Mrs. Smith in Guidance is March 28, 2017.


  • The Michael David Goldberg Memorial Band Endowed Scholarship is available to any senior band members. The amount of the scholarship is $500. Applications are available in the Guidance Department. Deadline to turn into Mrs. Smith in Guidance is March 28, 2017.


  • The Rotary Club of Athens, Alabama will award two (2) $4,000 scholarships to deserving Athens-Limestone County graduating seniors. There is no minimum GPA but is intended for students who have a financial need and who have the ability to perform college work. Applications are available in the Guidance Department. Deadline to turn into Mrs. Smith in Guidance is March 28, 2017.


  • The Limestone County Sports Hall of Fame will award two (2) $3,000 scholarships to deserving Athens-Limestone County graduating seniors. There is no minimum GPA but is intended for students who have a financial need and who have the ability to perform college work. Applications are available in the Guidance Department. Deadline to turn into Mrs. Smith in Guidance is March 28, 2017.


  • The Limestone Area Community Foundation will award a $1,500 scholarship to a deserving Athens-Limestone County graduating senior. There is no minimum GPA but is intended for students who have a financial need and who have the ability to perform college work. Applications are available in the Guidance Department. Deadline to turn into Mrs. Smith in Guidance is March 28, 2017.


  • Family Security Credit Union's scholarship program is available to graduates of 2017. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to aide with college expenses. Applications will include a 750 word essay regarding the importance of establishing and maintaining good financial habits. Information cards are available in the Guidance Office or go to www.myfscu.com for more info and applications. Deadline is March 28, 2017.


  • The Athens Garden Club will award a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving high school senior planning on pursuing a degree in Horticulture, Agriculture or another field. While Horticulture and Agriculture are nor required, they are preferred. Other characteristics considered are academic excellence, community service high school honors and activities. Applications are available in the Guidance Department. Deadline is April 3, 2017.


  • The Athens Chapter 214 Order of the Eastern Star Scholarship Program is available to seniors planning on attending Calhoun Community College. The requirements are a minimum 2.5 GPA and a 16 or higher on the ACT. The scholarship amount is $500. Applications are available in the Guidance Department. Deadline is April 10, 2017.


  • The Athens-Limestone Education Retirees Association is soliciting applications from high school seniors intending on pursuing a bachelor's degree. They will award two $1,000 scholarships to Athens City and Limestone County Schools. Applications are available in the Guidance Department. Deadline to turn into Mrs. Smith is April 15, 2017.


  • The 2017 Student-View Scholarship Program is offereing $11,000 worth of scholarships to high school seniors who plan to attend a four-year college, community /junior college or career school. No minimum ACT or GPA. Applications are available at www.student-view.com. Deadline is April 22, 2017.


  • Enter the Suntrust Off To College Scholarship Sweepstakes for a chance to win one of 30 $500 scholarships. You can enter once each drawing period from September 12- May 12, 2017. Enter to win at www.suntrusteducation.com/scholarshipsweepstakes

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES for 9th -12th GRADES


  • Charger Con is a gaming and technology expo on UAH's Campus. There will tournaments with cash and prizes, workshops, free play areas, cosplay contest and a vintage arcade. It will take place on Saturday, February 18th from noon-midnight at the Conference Training Center. For more info, visit www.uah.edu/chagercon.


  • St. John Paul II Catholic School will be hosting a College Fair Night on February 22, 2017 from 5-7pm. It will be located in the gym & multi-purpose room and is open to the public. Over 40 colleges will be participating . More information is available in the Guidance Department.


  • Auburn University's Engineering Day is scheduled for Friday, February 24th from 8 am-1 pm. Seventh through twelfth graders considering a career in engineering will have opportunities to chat one-on-one with students and faculty, experience interactive exhibits, and visit classes and labs, including the new Shelby Center for Engineering Technology. They can also tour the beautiful Auburn campus, and learn about admissions, scholarships, financial aid and residence life. Register online to attend at www.eng.auburn.edu/eday.

  • The Athens Ladies Civitan Club and Alabama District North Civitan are sponsoring the 2017 School Essay Contest. 9th- 12th grade students are eligible to enter. Cash prizes from $25-$100 will be awarded to the top three winners. 1st place will be entered into the district competition for more cash prizes. Contest rules and information are available in the Guidance Department. Deadline is February 15, 2017.


  • Power Up: It's a Mother Daughter Thing will take place on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 5:30-8:30 pm at the AIDT/Alabama Workforce Training Center located at 3500 6th Ave. South, Birmingham, AL 35222. It will be a night to educate, engage and encourage mother and daughters to explore career opportunities in the construction industry. It is open to all 6th-12th grade. Those students selected must attend with a female legal guardian. Applications are available in the Guidance Department. Deadline is February 16, 2017.


  • The University of Alabama’s Rural Health Scholar’s Program is available to 25 11th grade students in the state of Alabama. The program pays for all expenses including tuition, housing, books and meal allowance. Requirements are a 21 on the ACT, a resident of rural Alabama for 5 years, currently in the 11th grade with a 3.0 GPA, 2 letters of recommendation and a statement of interest essay. Applications are available in the Guidance Department. Deadline is March 15, 2017.


  • The Emperor Science Award initiative is a unique mentoring opportunity designed to engage 10th and 11th grade high schools students curious about exploring careers in science, specifically around cancer research and care. Winning students will be awarded the opportunity to work with esteemed scientists on a rewarding, multi-week cancer research as well as a Google Chromebook and $1,500 for expenses. Entries will be accepted from January 10 through March 17, 2017. Visit the Guidance Department for more information.

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  • Have you ever dreamed of becoming a scientist? Make that dream a reality this summer at Duke Summer College. Whether you want to study black holes or the human genome, we have a course for you. For a full list of the classes we are offering this summer, click here.


  • The University of Notre Dome Summer Scholars Program will be held on campus June 24- July 8, 2017. 300 Rising high school juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to explore one of 20 diverse fields of study. To find out more information, visit the website at www.precollege.nd.edu.



  • The Federal Service Language Academy will take place this summer at the University of North Georgia. Students have a choice of learning Arabic, Chinese, Russian, German, Korean, French, Japanese or Portuguese. You will also learn about federal service careers where knowing a critical foreign language and culture is important. This opportunity is available to rising 10th, 11th & 12th grade students. More info is available at http:///ung.edu/global-engagement/fsla/index.php. Deadline is April 1, 2017.

NEED A TRANSCRIPT?

All schools that you apply to will require that you send an official transcript which must be sent directly from Athens High School. Most scholarships will require a transcript as well. The Transcript Request Form is located in the Guidance Department or on the AHS Website. Turn the form into Mrs. LL Smith (outside the door) or Ms. Ramona Malone.


Please allow ample time for the transcript to be processed.

NEED A RECOMMENDATION?

Things to consider when asking for a recommendation...


  1. Look at the recommendation criteria. It will be specific in who the recommendation can come from.
  2. Choose someone with whom you've had a positive relationship.
  3. Provide them with a resume, what or who the recommendation is for, and when you need it completed.
  4. Let them know if it is to be returned to you or if they are to mail it. If they are to mail it, please provide them with a stamped, addressed envelope.
  5. Give them ample time to write the recommendation. A month before the deadline is preferable.

Mrs. Laura Lou Smith

I'm so excited to meet each and every one of you. Please stop by my office and sign up to see me today!