School Counseling Newsletter

November 2019

Scholarships- Seniors Only

Elks Scholarship- due 11/5/2019

The selection of winners begins at the regional level then advances to district, state, and national judging. Elks scholars are outstanding students who are at or near the top of their classes and active in their communities. Applications will be judged on academics, leadership, and financial need. To apply, go to

Hagan Scholarship- due 11/15/2019

This is a need-based scholarship worth $6,000 per semester. The award also includes opportunities for study abroad funding and paid workshops. To apply, you must have the following: cumulative GPA of 3.75+, SAT 1150+ or ACT 24+, FAFSA EFC cannot exceed $6,500, and must work 240 hours in the 12 months previous to starting college (August 2019-August 2020). This scholarship can only be used at four-year colleges. Apply here:

Young Women STEM Essay Contest- due 1/10/2019

The STEM Essay Contest was launched in 2012 with 170 young women from across the Commonwealth submitting essays focused on their vision for pursuing a STEM career. In the first year, the Council raised $10,000 and awarded three scholarships. Now, in its ninth year, the Council has awarded nearly $200,000 in scholarships. Last year, the Council received more than 500 essay submissions, and thanks to the generosity of sponsors, awarded $25,000 in scholarships to five Virginia students. Apply here:

VA JCI Senate- due 1/24/2020

Each year, the U.S. Junior Chamber International (JCI) Senate Foundation grants $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who plan to continue their education at accredited post-secondary colleges, universities or vocational schools. The number of grants awarded annually is at the discretion of the Foundation and must be used for educational expenses in the first year of full-time study. Checks awarded will be made out in the name of the recipient and the educational institution of the recipient’s choice. Must be postmarked by 1/24. Apply here:

Gloria Wille Bell and Carlos R. Bell Trust Scholarship- due 2/1/2020

Must plan to attend University of Michigan and pursue a degree in engineering, math, physics, computer science, or some other science field. Scholarship is valued at $80,000 over four years. This scholarship requires an essay and a completed application.

For information visit the following website:

Community Foundation: LOCAL- due 3/1/2020 at 11 PM

Over 40 scholarships totalling over $149,000! For information, visit the following link:

New this year: Applications, Official Transcripts, and your Letters of Recommendation will be completed and submitted via the Community Foundation online system!

Virginia Mayflower Society- due 3/16/2020

This is a $1620 scholarship for a high school senior. Must be a resident of Virginia and have a 3.0 or above. The application requires a brief resume, a recommendation letter from a current teacher or counselor, transcript, and an essay. Applications may be emailed or mailed. Find the application here:

Samsung American Legion Scholarship

This is a $1,000 state-level scholarship for a student who has participated in Boys State and/or Girls State Programs. Must be a direct descendant of a U. S. Wartime veteran: WWI, WWII, Korean, Lebanon/Grenada, Panama, Persian Gulf. Apply online at:

Seniors: An Important Note on Test Scores

By now, many of you have discovered that sending test score reports to colleges is expensive! However, there is a way to avoid paying these fees if you do a bit of research.

1. Check to see if the colleges you are applying to will allow self-reported test scores.

This takes some time, but it is crucial if you want to save money. The easiest way to check (if you are using the Common App) is to click on the school's name in your "Colleges" section. This will pull up a list of application requirements for the college. You will see a link that says "Test Policies"- from here, colleges will usually specify whether or not they need official reports. If official reports are required, the test scores MUST be sent from the testing agency ahead of time. If self-reported scores are allowed, simply putting your test scores in your application is enough.

2. If you are not on the Common App, find the college's admissions page.

You may have to do some digging, but most colleges will have an Application Requirements page on their websites. From here, you should be able to find their testing policies.

3. When in doubt, contact admissions or Ms. Taylor.

If asking Ms. Taylor, email is the quickest option:

** Students who used fee waivers for their SAT or ACT are granted unlimited free score reports.


DIVAS and Men of Valor

DIVAS With Promise is a mentoring program for young ladies in middle and high school. The primary focus is to empower young ladies with the skills needed for success in the current year and beyond. Focuses are on Exploration of talents and abilities, Exposure to diverse opportunities in and outside their community, and Motivation to achieve excellence in daily

living and long term endeavors.

Men of Valor is a mentoring program for young men in middle and high school. The primary focus is to empower young men with the skills needed for success in the current year and beyond. Focuses are on Education, one of the most powerful tools in achieving success, Exposure to diverse opportunities in and outside their community, and Encouragement to achieve excellence in daily living and long term endeavors.

Both programs:

  • Meet twice monthly- once for a general meeting and once for community service.
  • Require a $20 membership fee.
  • Require attendance for at least 80% of meetings and activities

Please see Ms. Taylor or Mrs. Huntsinger if you would like an application.

College Application Deadlines

Early Action Deadlines:
  • George Mason, JMU, UVA, University of Richmond: November 1
  • Hollins, Randolph Macon, and Mary Washington: November 15
  • Christopher Newport, ODU, Radford, and Virginia Tech: December 1

Why apply early action?

  1. You will receive an admissions decision sooner than the regular applicant pool. This may help calm your nerves!
  2. If you are not admitted after applying early action, most colleges will give you a second chance after other students apply regular decision. This means your application could be reviewed twice.
  3. Unlike early decision, early action is non-binding.

Financial Aid

Seniors: Submitting your FAFSA is the only way to obtain state and federal grants, loans, and work study to help pay for college. If you are entering college in Fall 2020, remember to do the 2020-2021 FAFSA!

Start by making an FSA ID at Both the student and parent need to make an FSA ID. Remember to keep this information in a safe place- you will need it the next time you file your FASFA. After making an FSA ID, go to to begin. Answer questions carefully!

As part of Virginia College Application Week, Ms. Taylor will host another FAFSA Night on Wednesday, November 20th. Details can be found below.

Virginia College Application Week

Members of the Class of 2020 from across the Commonwealth of Virginia will be applying to colleges during the week of November 18-22, 2019. We hope you join them! Remember that enrollment at a college begins with just one step: the completion of an application.

Here at CHS, we will host the following events:

  • Monday, November 18: College Application Drive: Seniors- are you still working on your college applications? Do you need to start the process? Come see Mrs. Hummer and Ms. Taylor on Monday of VCAW to get started. Ms. Taylor can help students with four-year applications while Mrs. Hummer can assist with Germanna and other community colleges. Some applications may only take ten minutes! More information to come.
  • Tuesday, November 19: Longwood On-Site Admissions: On-site admissions is an excellent way to learn an admissions decision quickly. Longwood's admissions counselor will visit CHS to review transcripts and test scores of those who would like to participate. At the end of the visit, students will learn their admissions status. Sign up here: You must file an application in order to participate. Use the code "Instant Lancer Decision 2019" to file an application for free!
  • Wednesday, November 20: FAFSA Workshop: Submitting your college applications is only part of the process. In order to obtain financial aid, you must submit your FAFSA. Come to our workshop between 4 and 7 PM on Wednesday to get yours done. Location to be announced.
  • Thursday, November 21: College Spirit Day: Wear gear from your favorite college! There will be a gift card drawing during lunches for students who participate. All grades are invited to participate!

Upcoming SAT and ACT Testing Dates


  • December 7th- Regular registration deadline: November 8th. Late registration deadline: November 26th.

* Remember, those registering late must pay an extra fee. Students with fee waivers do NOT have to pay the late fee. If you think you may be eligible for a fee waiver, please see Ms. Taylor or your counselor by November 19th.

** SAT testing will resume in March.


  • December 14th- Regular registration deadline: November 8th. Late registration deadline: November 22nd.

* Like the SAT, there is an extra fee for late registration unless using a waiver.

** ACT testing will resume in February.

*** The ACT is NOT administered at Caroline High School. Students must travel to a neighboring county in order to take the test.

When should I take the SAT or ACT?

It is highly recommended that you attempt at least one of these tests before the end of your Junior year. While you will run into a few advanced math concepts on the SAT and ACT, generally the highest math tested is Algebra II. In short, if you have completed Algebra II you are ready for the test! However, it is recommended that you spend at least a couple of months studying on Khan Academy before taking the test.

You can take the tests as many times as you would like, but keep in mind that each test is around $50. If you have free/reduced lunch, please see Ms. Taylor or your counselor for a fee waiver. Be sure to request this ahead of time, as we sometimes run out of waivers. The fee waiver will cover two tests and give you access to unlimited free score reports.

Generally, colleges have no preference of test, meaning you can take whichever you would like. Also, most colleges no longer require the essay section!


As of November 1st, the Class of 2020 has reported over $750,000 in scholarships and financial aid. If this pace continues, the total will likely surpass the Class of 2019's $7 million! Students should continue to report their financial aid and scholarships to Mrs. Huntsinger or Ms. Taylor.

Remember: Scholarship and financial aid totals will be recognized at the Senior Awards ceremony this spring. However, we cannot recognize you unless we receive documentation of these awards.

Opportunities for Underclassmen

Harcum College Open House- 11/9/2019

Harcum College is hosting an all-campus open house event designed specifically for prospective students and families on Saturday, November 9 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on its Bryn Mawr Campus, 750 Montgomery Avenue in Bryn Mawr, PA. Harcum enrolls 1,400 students at its main campus in Bryn Mawr and at 13 Partnership Sites throughout the region. In the Fall of 2018 it launched a new partnership with the former Antonelli Institute to offer grahpic design and photography programs. If interested, register here:

Sorenson Institute High School Leaders Program- due 11/12/2019

The Sorensen Institute's High School Leaders Program (HSLP) offers concentrated study in Virginia politics and government for high school students from across the state. The HSLP is based on a firm belief that young people not only can make a positive difference in their communities, they should be strongly encouraged to do so.

Our High School Leaders Program gives students the practical skills and political knowledge to become effective advocates in their communities and schools. Participants engage in substantive debate about the public policy challenges facing the Commonwealth and interact with Virginia's political and business leaders. The two-week HSLP is held each summer on grounds at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Students who successfully complete the program receive three hours of college credit from the University of Virginia.

Applicants must be at least a rising junior as of Summer 2020. Letters of recommendation, transcripts, interviews, and resumes will be considered. The cost of the program is $2,800. Financial aid is available. Find more info here:

National Leadership Conference- Nomination due by 11/15/2019

The National Leadership Conference (NLC) provides current and future state and national leaders the opportunity to learn critical information about successfully leading a nonprofit association, to network with other leaders from across the country, and to gain new skills to become a more effective and engaging leader. If you would like to participate in the NLC costs may be between $2,500-$5,000 (you would need to pay for this). You must have a Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (B), and be a 9th, 10th, or 11th grader. Participants will be considered for a $20,000 (over four years of college) Merit Based College Scholarship.

Information and pictures are available at the following links: and

If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Huntsinger by November 15th.

Class of 2021 Coolidge Scholarship- due 1/16/2020

The Coolidge Scholarship is a full-ride, four-year, merit scholarship that may be used by recipients for undergraduate study at any accredited college or university in the United States. Any high school junior who plans on enrolling in college in the fall of 2021 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident is eligible to apply (unfortunately current high school seniors are not eligible to apply).

Coolidge Scholars are selected based primarily on academic excellence. Secondary criteria include: an interest in public policy, an appreciation for and understanding of the values President Coolidge championed, as well as humility and service.

The competition for the Coolidge Scholarship is indeed significant -- but even students who do not win have reported to us they are glad they went through the application process because it helps prepare them for college applications later on. Furthermore, the Coolidge Foundation invites the top 100 applicants to participate in its Coolidge Senators Program, which includes an all-expenses-paid Summit Weekend in Washington, D.C and a one-time $1,000 scholarship. Applicants who make it to the finalist level, but do not ultimately win the full scholarship, receive a one- time finalist scholarship of $5,000.

The scholarship application, along with additional information, can be accessed at :

Please note the deadline is 5:00 PM EST, Thursday, January 16, 2020. If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, the Coolidge Scholars Program can be reached by email at or by phone at (202) 827-4291.

Bezos Scholars Program- due 1/31/2020

Current high school juniors are invited to apply to the Bezos Scholars Program. Students from across the US will be selected to participate alongside five students and an educator from the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa. Scholars gain leadership skills, collaborate and build their networks, and make a meaningful difference in their community. The program kicks off with an all-expense paid trip to the Aspen Ideas Festival June 27-July 3, 2020. During their senior year, Scholars receive mentorship, leadership development, and $1,000 in funding to launch their own community change project. More information can be found at

Duke University Summer Sessions

Heads up, students! The 2020 Duke University Summer Session info is ready for you! Check it out here: By attending a summer session, you will earn academic credit through coursework and you will have the opportunity to spend time on Duke's campus.

Career Coach Corner

Steps to becoming a Germanna graduate

Admissions steps may vary for different types of students.

1. Apply online

2. Apply for free money (FAFSA and scholarships)

3. Participate in a required orientation

4. Meet with the Career Coach (Mrs. Hummer)

5. Register for your courses

6. Pay your tuition and fees and purchase your textbooks

7. Attend a Welcome Day

Experience Germanna

There’s a place for you at Germanna. Experience it first-hand by visiting one of our

campuses. Discover all that Germanna has to offer through an engaging presentation,

discussion and campus tour. Get your questions answered and learn how to get started.

Future students, parents/guardians and mentors are all welcome to attend. Germanna

is a safe space and welcomes people of all ages, cultures, experiences and abilities.

Register online here:

Career Center News

Career Cafe Happenings

Possible cafes this month: Stephen C. Letchford, L.S., Survey Manager, AES Consulting Engineers

Germanna with the Career Coach

Job Opportunities

It is the season for hiring. Are you looking for a job? There are several places to start your


1. Ask people you know who may be hiring.

2. Look at job search engines such as ,,

3. Use your social media skills.

4. Go directly to where you want to be hired and ask if they are hiring.

5. Check out the Job Board in the cafeteria.

I did a drive by and found the following are hiring for the season (this list is just a short


● Lowes

● Cracker Barrel

● McDonalds

● Arby’s

● Value City

● Kohl’s

● Kings Dominion

● Costco

● FedEx Ground PH US

● Caroline Animal Hospital

● Calypso Kennels

● Denny’s

Job Seeker Checklist

What field(s) are you interested in?

● Are you seeking a full-time or part-time schedule?

● Remote or in-person obligation?

● Are you open to contract work?

What compensation base are you looking for?

● Factor in your desired base salary including additional costs, such as childcare,

clothing, fuel, etc. If working from home, calculate the cost of a home computer,

internet service, and cell phone.

● Research salaries within your desired fields to know what others with similar

experience and duties are requiring.

Craft or update your resume.

● BEFORE: List out all volunteer activities, work experiences, awards, education

certificates and degrees.

● DURING: Decide which of the above are relevant to what you are applying for.

● AFTER: Enlist a trusted person or organization to review the document for

accuracy, grammar and effectiveness.

Start your job search.

Draft a cover letter adapted to the specific job description of what you are applying for.

● Use keywords from the job description,

● Explain gaps in your resume, and connect the dots from your qualifications to the

desired position.

Create a professional email address for all communication.

Take stock of your social media accounts.

● Are they professional?

● Consider the privacy of your accounts because some hiring managers do

research online.

● If you haven’t already, create a LinkedIn account and ensure it matches the

information on your resume.

Keep track of the jobs you apply for, where you found them, any notes that are relevant

to your search and communication with the company.

Career Information

Explore your path to the future through Career Clusters.

Step One:

Log in and take the Student Interest Inventory on Major to

help determine what career choices are available based on what activities you

enjoy, your personal qualities, and the subject you like.

Step Two:

Explore the career clusters that best match your interests and talents.

• Agriculture, food, and natural resources

• Architecture and construction

• Arts, audio/video technology, and communications

• Business management and administration

• Education and training

• Finance

• Government and public administration

• Health science

• Hospitality and tourism

• Human services

• Information technology

• Law, public safety, corrections, and security

• Manufacturing

• Marketing

• Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics

• Transportation, distribution, and logistics


Step Three:

Investigate what type of education or training your selected career clusters

require. A great place to start is Careeronestop.

CHS Life-Ready Day

Tuesday, Nov. 26th, 7:30am

19155 Rogers Clark Boulevard


CHS students from all grade levels will participate in our first "Life-Ready" Day on November 26th. As a replacement to our traditional career fair, students will spend time in 30 minute workshops to learn about various topics related to careers, college, and life skills. Ms. McMullin and Mrs. Ward have been working hard to make this event possible. We hope students are as excited as we are!

Class of 2020 Cap and Gown Pictures

Wednesday, Nov. 13th, 7:30am

19155 Rogers Clark Boulevard


** NO sitting fee! **

Order online at Code is RV029062Q0.

You MUST sign up for an appointment with Mrs. Zellerino in D03A by November 8th. Email with any questions.