PHS Jr/Sr Counseling Newsletter

January/February 2020

Welcome back to PHS for the second half of the school year! You have already accomplished so many things and are well on your way to finishing this year strong. Do you have a New Year's Resolution or goal? Here are some tips to be successful: https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/resolution


Keep up the hard work and come see me when you need help this semester. This spring semester will fly by with all the classes, service hours, games, Prom, and end of year activities. Below are reminders on scholarships and links to applications due in the next few weeks. There is information for juniors about registration for senior year, PSAT score reviews, the Academies, and planning ahead for next year. Seniors, double check the end for college and scholarship offers - continue to forward these to the counseling office.

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Scholarships!

Scholarship Opportunities

Now that it is the spring semester and the rush of college applications has slowed down, now is the perfect time to apply for many scholarships. Students are receiving letters from colleges and this is the time of hard decisions on where to attend. For so many students, the cost of one college over another can be the deciding factor on where to attend. Extra scholarships can offset the cost and make the college experience more affordable. Students should plan to apply for several scholarships. This is also the start of many local college scholarships being available. Take advantage these next couple of months and apply for several.


General information on scholarships and where to apply through: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/finding-scholarships


Where to find scholarships: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/pay-for-college/grants-and-scholarships/where-to-find-college-scholarships


How to apply: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/pay-for-college/grants-and-scholarships/how-to-apply-for-a-college-scholarship


Tip sheet on some "Do's and Don'ts" with scholarships: http://www.moolahspot.com/answers/index.cfm?adv_id=top10_scholarship_do_dont_1


Some scholarships students can apply for with upcoming deadlines:

  • January 15, The scholarship application closes Jan. 15. Kentuckiana Mensa - essay of 550 words required; describing applicant's career, vocational or academic goal toward which the scholarship is to provide aid. Awards range in amounts from $300 to $1,000. Visit www.mensafoundation.org/scholarships
  • January 15, Vincennes University Scholarships - many scholarship opportunities check out by going to:http://www.vinu.edu/scholarships (12th grade)
  • January 17, Profile in Courage Essay Contest- $10,000 The contest is open to United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial, or home schools. https://www.jfklibrary.org/Education/Profile-in-Courage-Essay-Contest/Contest-Topic-and-Information.aspx
  • January 20, Harrison County: 2020 Universal Application Application Deadline to apply: January 20th at 4:00 p.m. This universal, online application allows students to apply for the Building Our Future scholarships, IU Southeast scholarships, Founder’s Vocational scholarships and most of our Endowment scholarships all with the ease of one application. https://hccfindiana.org/Scholarships (12th grade)
  • January 27, Community Foundation Scholarship Applications Available for high school students throughout Clark and Floyd counties. Students interested in learning more are invited to visit the scholarship section of Foundation's website here: http://cfsouthernindiana.com/scholarship-overview/ Completed applications will be due to the Community Foundation by noon on January 27. (12th grade)
  • January 31- Nancy Jaynes Memorial Scholarship - The scholarship of up to $2,500 for college or post-secondary technical schooling is awarded to an Indiana High School senior(s) whose parent is currently battling breast cancer or who has lost a parent to breast cancer. The Scholarship Application is available in January of each year with an early February deadline. Visit website at: http://www.breastcancerplate.org/scholarships/application/ for more info and for application. Applications must be postmarked by January 31 (12th grade)
  • February 1, Jamie Parsley Family Foundation: A $5,000 (some years renewable) scholarship awarded to students who reside in Jefferson County, KY or an adjacent county. Students must be High school seniors currently enrolled in a Catholic, Private or Independent school (such as Our Lady of Providence) and planning to attend an accredited undergraduate institution. Student must also have a minimum 2.75 GPA. Website for more information: http://jpff-ky.org/apply.html The Jamie Parsley Family Foundation honors the memory of Jamie Parsley who, at the age of 16, was killed by a drunk driver in 2002. The crash took the lives of both Jamie and her friend Cory Stauble.http://jpff-ky.org/assets/jpff_scholarship_application.pdf
  • February 14, Louisville Art Guild Scholarship: GPA requirement is a 2.0 out of 4.0, Metro Louisville resident including Clark, Floyd, and Harrison Counties in Indiana. Applicants should submit their best five pieces for review. The jury committee will review the application on: appearance, design, originality/creativity, workmanship, and overall neatness. https://www.cflouisville.org/apply-today/apply-online/
  • February 15, University of Louisville Scholarships will open January 6 and close February 20th: http://louisville.edu/financialaid/scholarships/scholarships-managed-by-the-student-financial-aid-office
  • February 16, Kiwanis Indiana Foundation Scholarship- must submit application, high school transcript and a narrative relating to their reasons/plans for furthering their education. Submit to local Kiwanis Club. (12th grade) http://www.indkiw.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/2018-Foundation-Scholarship-Application.pdf
  • Scholarships are available to military children. Deadline to apply is February 24, 2020. http://militaryscholar.org/
  • Loretta M. Burd Scholarship Program from Centra Credit Union will open in January. All applications will need to be submitted online. Students can find the application here: https://www.centra.org/scholarships/ There is also a Guidance Counselor Verification Form that each student will need submitted by a Counselor or High School Official to verify academic information.

  • March 2, $1,000 REMC Scholarship for students who reside with a parent or legal guardian who is a member of the REMC may apply. There are scholarships available for students planning to attend IUS, Ivy Tech, and Purdue Polytechnic in New Albany. Applications are online and paper copies are with the counseling office. theremc.com/scholarships
  • March 10, IUS Scholarship application: If you're considering attending IUS, then you should apply for these scholarships (one application, many opportunities): https://www.ius.edu/financial-aid/types-of-aid/scholarships.php

Registration for 2020-21 School Year

Student Online Registration Process

To ensure students can select their courses on time, current 9-11th grade students will need to register online for next school year through Skyward in January in order to begin the registration process for the 2020-21 school year. The $100.00 registration
fee (which is applied to next year’s tuition) must be paid online as part of this process. Counselors will be scheduling with students the week of the 22nd so it is important to have them registered so they can select their courses. Register with Skyward Family Access at: http//access.providencehigh.net and complete the 2020-21 Registration.

Juniors scheduling for 2020-21

It's that time of year now when students will be reviewing the Program of Studies (https://www.providencehigh.net/academics/program-of-studies/) and making the informed decisions for their schedules next year.


  • Counselors will be going into all Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior classes starting January 2nd and continuing through the second week of January. At this classroom visit teacher recommendations will be shared with the students and each student will choose their electives. Counselors will review the PHS Program of Studies, career paths, and diploma requirements.
  • Junior minute meetings: I'll be quickly checking in with every junior individually on Monday and Tuesday, January 13th and 14th. I will also be available in my office for longer meetings with students.
  • Starting the week of the 13th there will be five dates for students to complete the Appeals Testing process. Testing will be held during BLUE Day sessions on:
  1. Monday, January 13
  2. Tuesday, January 14
  3. Tuesday, January 21
  4. Monday, January 27
  5. Tuesday, January 28
          • Students will meet in person with a counselor or administrator on one of the following dates: 1/21-1/24 to register through Skyward for the 20-21 school year.
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          Juniors: Academies

          The United States Academies are public universities that if accepted, are free tuition, room and board, plus a stipend in exchange for a commitment in service to that branch of the military. Here is an overview: https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristenmoon/2019/08/20/what-students-need-to-know-before-applying-to-one-of-the-united-states-military-academies/#356e14d1348c


          There are five:

          United States Military Academy, West Point, NY.
          United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD.
          United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Spring, CO.

          United States Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT.

          United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY.


          Early November, I had the opportunity to visit and tour the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland for a couple of days. One thing they suggested, if you're interested, is applying for the Summer Seminar which opens today (1/3): https://www.usna.edu/Admissions/Programs/NASS.php#fndtn-panel1-Steps-For


          • SESSION 1: MAY 30- JUNE 4
          • SESSION 2: JUNE 6 - 11
          • SESSION 3: JUNE 13 - 18

          PSAT/SAT/ACT

          PSAT Results shared with students

          Counselors will be sharing the PSAT results with students in the classrooms the week of January 6th. Juniors who took the PSAT at PHS will receive a copy of their full report to bring home and share with parents. They will also receive their test booklet showing their work during the exam to use as a study tool. These results are helpful for students to know how they may perform on the upcoming SAT exams they will take this spring as Juniors. The results will also provide insight into areas they may need to study and improve on in order to boost their SAT scores. The College Board recommends using the free and online Khan Academy study course to help prepare. Paper study booklets are also available for the ACT and SAT in the counseling office. A parent guide to help understand the PSAT scores: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/pdf/understanding-psat-10-results-parent-tutorial.pdf



          Juniors should register to take the SAT or the ACT in the spring.


          SAT: To study for the upcoming exams, the College Board recommends the free online Khan Academy course. https://www.khanacademy.org/sat

          For more information about registering, studying, and interpreting scores:

          https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat?affiliateId=cbhomeexp&bannerId=sat


          ACT: Students may pick up a paper copy of the ACT study guide at any time from the counseling department. To register for upcoming test dates, or to access the online study course please visit the website: www.act.org


          Additional resources for studying and preparing for the exams:


          • https://gradepowerlearning.com/ This is an in-person tutoring option. They also offer tutoring for school subject areas (like extra help with math).
          • Magoosh.com (online program). If you do all the practices and watch all the videos and your score doesn't move up four points you can get a refund.
          • In the counseling office there are copies of study guide books you could borrow. There are also study guides you could purchase in book form. Here is a link to one on Amazon for $18 but it can be purchased from any major retailer: https://www.amazon.com/Official-SAT-Study-Guide-2020/dp/1457312190/ref=dp_ob_title_bk

          FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

          FAFSA - Due by April 15, 2020, WORKSHOP at PHS on February 20, 2020 3:15-6pm

          As a reminder, every senior should complete the FAFSA and each following year of undergrad/graduate school. Nearly 70 PHS seniors have already completed the FAFSA. For students and families with questions here are some resources, and of course, please contact me with questions.


          The Director of Financial Aid, Pam Meek, presented at the Financial Aid Night at PHS in September and a workshop to complete the FAFSA was held in November at PHS. She is still available as a resource and can be reached at pmeek@ivytech.edu. Some highlights from her presentation are below and if you would like a copy of her PowerPoint, please contact Mrs. Losey for a copy. Ms. Meek has also offered to return to help families complete the FAFSA at an additional workshop in February on the 20th from 3:15-6pm.


          • Use 2018 tax records for school year 20-21.
          • It's recommended to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to submit tax records.
          • The FAFSA is the required application for all state financial aid programs and grants. In Indiana, students must complete the FAFSA by April 15th to be eligible for state aid. Some colleges and scholarships require the FAFSA to be completed by an earlier date.
          • What is Financial Aid? Gift Aid=grants, scholarships, Self-Help Aid=loans, employment. Recommended to start searching and applying for scholarships junior year. FAFSA is the application for grants (money that does not have to be paid back).
          • Expected Family Contribution (EFC): will be the same from school to school, calculated by a federal formula using information provided on FAFSA, amount the government determines a family can reasonably be expected to contribute, is NOT the amount your family will have to pay for college and is NOT the amount of federal aid a family will receive, and IS based on both student and parent contribution and household demographics of size, income, and number of students attending college.
          • Families should log back in to their account to check the status. Processing can take 5-7 days and edits will be allowable after application is processed.
          • Students should list all schools they are applying to on the FAFSA so the school(s) will receive the application in order to potentially make financial aid offers to the student.


          Where to complete the FAFSA: https://fafsa.gov/

          Does your college want an updated high school transcript?

          7th Semester Transcripts

          Some colleges and Universities will request a 7th semester transcript from students. Parchment is the means to send the updated transcript with the most current grades from the fall semester. Students, if you need to send an updated transcript, log into Parchment and "order" your transcript to be sent to the college or university. Your updated grades and class rank will be added from last semester. Grades from first semester have not yet been finalized as of today (1/3) but will be by Monday. Rank will be calculated and transcripts will be ready to be sent by mid-January.
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          A Successful Second Semester

          Need Homework Help?

          National Honor Society members are available to tutor students. Please contact your counselor if interested in a one-on-one tutor. Your tutor will be matched with you based on the subject(s) in need. BLUE DAY tutoring with a NHS student is also available to students.


          Community tutors are often available through local colleges. The University of Louisville offers an online sign-up for in-person tutoring on their campus. For more information and to sign up:The University of Louisville offers tutoring to the community. For more information check out: https://reach.louisville.edu/CommunityTutoring.html

          Upcoming Events and Activities

          Counselors in classrooms/Scheduling for 2020-21

          Thursday, Jan. 2nd, 8am to Friday, Jan. 24th, 3pm

          707 Providence Way

          Clarksville, IN

          Counselors are meeting with all students multiple times this month to plan and schedule courses for next school year. During the week of the 21nd-25th, course requests will be entered in online. Please contact us with any questions you have regarding career pathways, availability, and the best options for your next year and beyond.

          FAFSA Workshop at PHS

          Thursday, Feb. 20th, 3:15-6pm

          707 Providence Way

          Clarksville, IN

          In the library at PHS there will be an opportunity to complete your FAFSA if it has not yet been completed. This workshop is free. Both senior student and parent(s) should attend.

          STEM Career Fair

          Tuesday, Feb. 25th, 1:30-4pm

          707 Providence Way

          Clarksville, IN

          Students, come during or after school to PHS and meet with many professionals in the STEM field. Representatives from several colleges will be in attendance as well to promote their STEM programs. It will be a great opportunity to network and discover opportunities. We also hope that students are able to narrow their selections to careers and schools that will best suit their goals. A checklist on planning ahead for the fair: https://www.fastweb.com/college-search/articles/college-fair-checklists

          RSVPs are enabled for this event.

          Congratulations!

          Congratulations on your college acceptance!

          Colleges and universities are just beginning to process the thousands of applications they have received. If you haven't received notification yet of your application status, you will soon. The following are students who have been accepted to a college AND have shared their acceptance status with the Counseling Department. An updated list will be published in the following newsletter.


          Congratulations to the following students:


          Aldridge, Chase - Western Kentucky University

          Allender, Kennedy - Eastern Michigan University, Indiana State University, University of Indianapolis, Western Kentucky University

          Andriot, Jillian - Ball State University

          Arnson, Jack - University of Louisville

          Banet, Nolan - Bellarmine University, Hanover College

          Barnett, Austin - Indiana University Bloomington

          Benningfield, Vincent - Indiana State University

          Boesing, Natalie - Butler University

          Brooks, Nadia - Ball State University

          Carl, Bryce - Indiana University Bloomington, University of Louisville

          Cecil, Laramie - Indiana University Bloomington

          Culwell, Claire - Eastern Kentucky University, University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University

          Davis, Donte - University of Indianapolis, Xavier University

          Dodd, Emily - University of Louisville

          Edwards, Bishop - Ball State University, Indiana State University, Western Kentucky University

          Elias, Regan - Ball State University, Butler University, Eastern Michigan University, University of Louisville

          Galligan, Gavin - University of Louisville

          Grantz, Austin - Bellarmine University, Indiana State University, Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana University Southeast, University of Louisville

          Happel, Carson - Butler University

          Hartlage, Jessica - Bellarmine University, University of Southern Indiana

          Hazen, Connor - Eastern Kentucky University, Western Kentucky University

          Hensley, Taylor - Ivy Tech Community College

          Jones, Henry - Indiana University Bloomington

          Koopman, Stephanie - Bellarmine University, Butler University, Hanover College, Indiana State University, Western Kentucky University

          Kristiansen, Elyse - Bellarmine University, Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana University, Southeast, Morehead State University, University of Evansville, University of Kentucky

          Lancaster, Alex - Indiana University Bloomington

          Libs, Zoe - Indiana University Bloomington, Xavier University

          McCurdy, Olivia - Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana University Southeast, University of Southern Indiana

          Morra, Michael - Ball State University, Indiana University Bloomington

          O'Bannon, Elle - Arizona State University, Butler University, Indiana University Bloomington

          Oakley, Faith - Ball State University, Bellarmine University, DePaul University, University of Louisville

          Payne, Dylan - Ball State University, University of Louisville, University of Southern Indiana

          Perkinson, Alex - Bellarmine University, Indiana University Bloomington, Middle Tennessee State University

          Popson, Maria - Bellarmine University, Butler University, Indiana University Bloomington, University of Dayton, University of Louisville

          Purichia, Maggie - Ivy Tech Community College

          Reyes, Claire - Butler University

          Russell, Liberty - Ball State University, Brescia University, Indiana State University, Indiana University Southeast, University of Louisville, University of Southern Indiana, Western Kentucky University

          Sidebottom, Caden - Bellarmine University, Indiana University Bloomington

          Sprigler, Chloe - Bellarmine University, Butler University, IUPUI, Indiana University Southeast, University of Louisville

          Stoner, Helena - Eastern Kentucky University

          Stumler, Avery - Bellarmine University, Western Kentucky University

          Sullivan, Jacob - Butler University

          Tucker, Gabriel - Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana University Southeast, University of Louisville, University of Southern Indiana

          Walthers, Brynna - University of Dayton, University of Georgia

          Wilson, Stephen - Indiana University Bloomington, IUPUI, University of Louisville

          Wisdom, Kyle - University of Louisville

          Wright, Shelby - Ball State University


          If you have received an acceptance letter but do not see your name on the list, be sure to forward the acceptance email or bring in a copy of your acceptance and the list will be updated next newsletter. The Counseling Department keeps a record of all acceptances and scholarships awarded even if a student attends another school.

          Direct Scholarships from Colleges/Universities

          The following students have shared their scholarship offers with the Counseling Department. This list will be updated in the next Counseling Newsletter. Congratulations to the following students:


          Andriot, Jillian - Ball State University

          Banet, Nolan - Bellarmine University, Hanover College

          Carl, Bryce - University of Louisville

          Davis, Donte - Xavier University

          Edwards, Bishop - Ball State University, Western Kentucky University

          Elias, Regan - Ball State University, Butler University, Eastern Michigan University

          Grantz, Austin - Bellarmine University

          Hartlage, Jessica - Bellarmine University

          Hazen, Connor - Eastern Kentucky University

          Koopman, Stephanie - Bellarmine University, Butler University, Hanover College, Western Kentucky University

          Kristiansen, Elyse - Bellarmine University, Indiana University, Southeast, University of Evansville

          Libs, Zoe - Xavier University

          McCurdy, Olivia - University of Southern Indiana

          Morra, Michael - Ball State University

          O'Bannon, Elle - Butler University

          Oakley, Faith - Ball State University, Bellarmine University, DePaul University

          Perkinson, Alex - Bellarmine University, Middle Tennessee University

          Popson, Maria - Bellarmine University, Butler University, University of Louisville

          Reyes, Claire - Butler University

          Russell, Liberty - Brescia University, Western Kentucky University

          Sidebottom, Caden - Bellarmine University, Indiana University Bloomington

          Sprigler, Chloe - Bellarmine University, Butler University, Indiana University Southeast

          Stoner, Helena - Eastern Kentucky University

          Stumler, Avery - Bellarmine University

          Sullivan, Jacob - Butler University

          Tucker, Gabriel - Indiana University Southeast, University of Southern Indiana

          Wilson, Stephen - Indiana University Bloomington, University of Louisville

          Wright, Shelby - Ball State University



          If you have received scholarship offers from a college or university and don't see your name here, please share your offer with the Counseling Department. All scholarship offers are recorded even if another university is ultimately chosen.

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