VSH Career and College Information

Issue 9- November 19, 2020

SENIORS - Check your inbox!

Seniors - It's imperative that you check your emails regularly. Colleges are sending out emails with important information about deadlines, financial aid, scholarships, housing and so much more! Please check your student email and personal email often.

Need help with the FAFSA?

Seniors - If you need help completing the FAFSA, VSH staff and CWI Representative, Bryan Duran, are available to walk you through the online process of creating an FSA ID and completing the FAFSA.

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) will determine your financial aid eligibility for grants, work study, and federal student loans including parent PLUS loans.

  1. Create an FSA ID - a secure username and password. *A parent FSA ID is also required for dependent students
  1. Login to the FAFSA application using your FSA ID
  2. Select your school year - if you are starting college in FALL 2021 you will complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA application.

To schedule a FAFSA meeting please email:

jerome.breeonna@westada.org or bryanduran@cwi.edu


Scholarships are the most sought after type of financial aid. Who doesn't love FREE money? There are different types of scholarships: institution and private/outside scholarships. There is often an additional application to apply for institution scholarships. Check with the financial aid office of the college where you are applying. Private scholarships may vary in size but I encourage students to apply for as many as they can. Students often have the best luck with local scholarships. Local organizations, chamber of commerce, your parents' employer, churches, and banks may offer scholarships for local high school students. Visit the VSH website for a list of scholarships. https://www.westada.org/Page/83377

Idaho Opportunity Scholarship

Application is OPEN!

The Opportunity Scholarship awards eligible applicants up to $3,500 per year and is renewable for up to four years.

Eligibility requirements include 2.7 unweighted cumulative GPA, FAFSA completion before March 1, 2021 and must attend an eligible Idaho college or university.

For more details please visit: https://boardofed.idaho.gov/scholarships/idaho-opportunity-scholarship/

*When completing the eligibility profile select "high school not listed below." Write in Virtual School House - West Ada.

Highlighted Scholarships

IETA Girls: College-Bound Scholarship - Award: $1000 Deadline: 12/4/20


  • Female high school students
  • 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Pursue a degree in STEM
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • 500-words answering the following questions:

  1. What is your background in the STEM field you will be pursing?
  2. Why are you interested in moving forward into this career?
  3. Who is someone who has inspired you toward this career path?

Click HERE for more information

Hispanic Heritage Foundation - Award: $3,500 Deadline: 12/6/20


  • High school student
  • 3.0 unweighted GPA or higher
  • Hispanic heritage
  • U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident, or qualify under DACA

Click HERE for more information

American Public Works Association - Award: $2,000 Deadline: 4/5/21


  • Idaho high school students
  • 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Participation in activities outside of school (employment, athletics, clubs, etc.)

Click HERE for more information

CWI Campus Tour

Are you interested in visiting a college campus? College of Western Idaho (CWI) offers in-person campus tours for small groups. CWI has locations in Ada and Canyon counties. They also have a virtual campus tour available on their website.

For more information please visit:


Next Steps Idaho

Next Steps Idaho offers resources for high school students grades 9-12 and families including:

  • Career Exploration
  • Future Finder - simple quiz to highlight careers of interest
  • Scholarship Search
  • Grade Level Checklists
  • Financial Aid Resources

Visit the website for these resources and more! https://nextsteps.idaho.gov/

Apply Idaho

October was College Application Month. It's NOT too late to complete the Apply Idaho application. It is a free application to 10 Idaho colleges and universities.

Seniors: If you have not completed the application, please create an account using your EUDID (can be found in PowerSchool) and submit your application today!

Apply to 1 or all of the following colleges and universities:

  • Boise State University (4-year public college in Boise)
  • College of Idaho (4-year private college in Caldwell)
  • College of Southern Idaho (2-year public college in Twin Falls)
  • College of Western Idaho (2-year public college with various Treasure Valley locations)
  • Idaho State University (4-year public college in Pocatello)
  • Lewis-Clark State College (4-year public college in Lewiston)
  • North Idaho College (2-year public college in Couer d'Alene)
  • Northwest Nazarene College (4-year private college in Nampa)
  • University of Idaho (4-year public college in Moscow)

*Boise Bible College and Brigham Young University-Idaho have separate applications.

Apply Idaho Tutorial Video 2020

Career & Technical Education

Are you interested in a hands-on career? College of Western Idaho (CWI) offers comprehensive training in just 9-24 months. CWI partners with local employers to ensure students learn the skills necessary to be competitive. Visit: https://cwi.edu/programs-degrees/career-technical-education for more information.

Programs include: Automotive Technology, Computer Support Specialist, Early Childhood Education, Heavy Equipment Technician, Welding and Metals Fabrication, and many more!

Careers in a High Tech World Job Shadow

Micron is offering monthly virtual job shadow events for students in grades 9-12 to explore careers in the high-tech world. Registration is required and additional information will be available following registration.

Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Computer Science, Data Science - Tuesday, December 15th

Register online: https://k12foundation.wufoo.com/forms/microns-careers-in-a-high-tech-world-registration/

Women in Technical Careers

Women in Technical Careers is an interactive and informative discussion for female students in grades 9-12. Presenters will include engineers, chemists, physicists, and more!

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, November 4th 11:00-12:00

Wednesday, December 2nd 11:00-12:00

Register online: https://k12foundation.wufoo.com/forms/women-in-technical-careers-registration/

Girls in STEM presented by MICRON

Attention high school girls: Take an hour out of your day to join a discussion with female STEM professionals from MICRON Technology. Bring your questions, or just plan to listen in on an informative session where you will hear personal experience about the path from high school through college to a career in a STEM field.

Discussions will be the first Monday of each month - October 7th, November 4th, December 2nd 11:00-12:00

Registration is required: https://k12foundation.wufoo.com/forms/sqs3p4m13yub6q/

Students will receive a secure Zoom link to join following registration.


University of Idaho is hosting their annual AVANZA program virtually this year. November 17, 18, 19 6-8PM. MT.

Avanza is a great opportunity for Hispanic/Latina seniors to discover how U of I will help them achieve their goals. They’ll meet U of I staff and alumni, learn about the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), and get one-on-one help with their admission application and FAFSA before our December 1 priority date (the early consideration date for our diversity scholarships). All services at Avanza for parents and students are offered in Spanish and English.

Students who attend Avanza will be interviewed for a chance to win one of twenty $500 scholarships provided by Idaho Central Credit Union.

Students can register for the event at www.uidaho.edu/avanza-events.

The Boss Up Empowerment Conference

Our Boss Up Empowerment Conference is for high school girls in the 9th-12th grade. During this interactive, 3-hour virtual conference, we will teach girls the importance of using their voice and platforms to effect positive change for themselves and their communities. We will cover topics like leadership, college readiness, entrepreneurship, and advocacy. From this conference, we want girls to take away the knowledge of how to propel their communities forward and develop lasting success for themselves. Over the summer, we hosted two Boss Up Empowerment Conferences and served over 500 girls from 35+ states.

This event will take place on Saturday, December 12th from 9 AM- 12PM MST. Since the program is virtual, there is no limit to the number of girls you can invite. If you have any questions, please let me know. I can be reached through email or at 757-477-0184.

Click Here to Register for the Boss Up Empowerment Conference

Juniors and Seniors who would like to take the ACT

You must sign-up online at act.org

  • Upcoming test dates are: December 12th
  • Deadlines to sign-up vary - check the ACT website here for more information
  • Cost is $55

ACT Test Prep

Virtual College Rep Visits

Will need to sign in with your West Ada credentials. Click the link to the right of the school to sign into the meeting.

Emails from college representatives from across the country are coming in DAILY! They want to meet YOU and share information about their schools, including the application process. All visits are virtual and most begin at 3:30 PM. Invite your parents to join the meeting too!

High School Transcripts

Have you applied to a college and need to send your transcript? Click this for more information.

Sign up for Remind!

Don't forget to sign up for Remind! At the end of every year, seniors tell us that this was the best service we provided, especially the scholarships we send via Remind.


Contact Your High School Counselors

Mrs. Price

9th/10th Grade Counselor


Mrs. Robinson

11th/12th Grade Counselor


Mrs. Jerome

Career and College Counselor