College & Career Weekly Update
RCHS Counseling Department Week of 11/30/2015
College Bound Seniors Please Note:
College Acceptance Letters
A Guide for using Common App
Instructions for Creating a Parchment Account
American Legion-High School Oratorical Contest
Ms. Burkhardt just wrote a new blog post about the resource and all of the features it offers. Click here to read that post to learn more about how you can utilize the information in your college search!
Army ROTC scholarship: Are you a Senior who would like to apply for the Army ROTC scholarship? Apply now! Why? Because the next selection board meets in January. Army ROTC scholarships are awarded by a national selection board at Ft. Knox, KY. Tentative dates for the next two series:
- January 5th: Deadline to complete application to be eligible for January board
- January 25th: Second selection board meets to review applicants not selected in October, and new applicants
- February 12th: Results are released
- January 10th: last day to start the scholarship application
- February 29th: Deadline to complete application to be eligible for March board
- March 7th: Third selection board meets to review applicants not selected in January, and new applicants
- March 25th: results released
The DoDMERB physical exam is not required to apply for the scholarship. Physical exams will be scheduled after the award is made. Students may need your athletic director's assistance in administering the Scholarship Physical Fitness Assessment.
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Army ROTC Scholarship expert, Mr. Greg Killeen at email@example.com or 706-864-1884.
The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2016 competition.
- Any high school senior who is a citizen of the United States is eligible to apply.
- Applicants need not be related to a member of the ELKS.
- College students are not eligible to apply.
- Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify.
- Male and female students compete separately.
Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.
Ranging from $1,000 per year to $15,000 per year, Most Valuable Student scholarships are for students pursuing a four-year degree, on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 semester hours), in a U.S. college or university. Requests for additional information should be addressed to the scholarship chairman of the local Lodge or of the Elks association: John Hutchinson, 540-691-5743. Applications are due on December 4th, 2016. Please go to: http://www.elks.org/enf/scholars/mvs.cfm for an application and details.
JCI Senate Foundation - This foundation grants $1000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who plan to continue their education at accredited post-secondary colleges, universities or vocational schools. The funds awarded must be used for educational purposes in the first year of full-time study. The application is available online at: http://www.usjcisenate.org/index.php/scholarship-program and in the Counseling Office. If you would like Ms. van Ravenswaay to mail your application and materials, everything is due to her NO LATER THAN Friday, January 8th, 2016. If you choose to mail your application yourself, the deadline is January 15th, 2016.
The BBB Student of Integrity Scholarship Awards: This is a $1000 scholarship for graduating seniors. The application consists of an essay, your transcript, a letter of recommendation and an activities sheet. Return completed applications to Ms. van Ravenswaay no later than January 27, 2016.
P.E.O. ("Philanthropic Educational Organization") Educational Loan Fund: This organization offers funding for young women who are high school graduates and who are currently enrolled in an accredited school. You must be a US or Canadian citizen. Please see their website for more information: http://www.peointernational.org/about-peo-educational-loan-fund-elf
The P.E.O. Star Scholarship: This non-renewable scholarship is available to women who are graduating this year and who will attend an accredited post-secondary institution full or part-time next year. You must be a citizen or legal resident of the US or Canada and be recommended by your local P.E.O. chapter. For more information, please see Ms. van Ravenswaay or call Patricia Anderson at 540-691-5389.
The Pamplin Leadership Award: This is a one year, merit-based, $5000 Virginia Tech tuition scholarship. The nominee from RCHS will have a cumulative GPA of a 3.8 and be ranked in the top ten percent of his or her class. Applicants do not need to know of their admission decision to Virginia Tech at the time of application. Students who wish to apply for the Pamplin Leadership Award are not required to also submit a University Honors application. However, a student must be willing to join University Honors should they be offered and accept this award. Please see your counselor if you would like to be nominated, and go to http://www.univhonors.vt.edu/html/scholarships.html for Pamplin Leadership Award and other scholarship opportunities. Deadline to submit the application is January 29th, 2016.
Lee-Jackson Foundation - The Foundation honors General Robert E. Lee's and General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's shared belief in the importance of a well-educated populace by working to increase educational opportunities for Virginia’s youth. The Foundation has established a non-discriminatory scholarship program to encourage high school students to continue their education, and sponsors an annual essay competition. Scholarships are awarded for outstanding essays which demonstrate a carefully researched, well-reasoned examination of the historical legacy left by Generals Lee and Jackson. The Foundation awards one $10,000, eight $2,000, and nine $1,000 scholarships to public, private, and home school students throughout the state of Virginia. Public and private school students: must submit to the high school principal: a completed Lee-Jackson Educational Foundation Scholarship Application Form (available from Ms. van Ravenswaay guidance or from the Foundation’s web site at www.lee-jackson.org) and a completed essay. Essays and applications are due to Ms. van Ravenswaay or Mr. Hand NO LATER THAN Monday, February 1st, 2016.
Virginia PTA Scholarship: This scholarship is offered to current seniors who are planning to enter teaching or other youth-serving professions. Students must maintain a 2.5 average, provide evidence of financial need and academic achievement. The applicant must submit three letters of recommendation, complete the application and return everything to Ms. van Ravenswaay. The deadline is March 1, 2016.
DuPont Community Credit Union 2016 Scholarship Contest: Each year the DuPont Community Credit Union offers $1000 scholarships to students continuing their education. Scholarships are awarded to one graduating senior from each high school in their service area. Applications, criteria and instructions are available at: www.mydccu.com The deadline to apply is March 1st, 2016. DCCU would like to have at least three entries from RCHS.
Society of the Cincinnati History Essay for Scholarship – This $3000 scholarship is available to a graduating senior who will attend any four year college or university in Virginia for the fall of 2016. The essay topic is: The Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom. Contest rules, applications and award criteria are available in the Counseling Office. The essay is due to Ms. van Ravenswaay NO LATER THAN March 16, 2016.
Southern States Scholarship Program - Applicants must be accepted at Virginia Tech or Virginia State University, and must be the son or daughter of a producer of agricultural products. FFA and/or 4-H experience is preferred but not required. If you are interested, see Ms. van Ravenswaay for a Southern States interest form to mail to your college.
United States Army: December 2nd, 16th and 30th.
United States Navy: December 8th
United States Marine Corps: Tuesday, December 14th
United States Air Force: Thursday, January 7th
United States Air Force: Thursday, April 14th
SAT – Important Dates
January 23rd SAT NOT at RCHS; Deadline to register: Dec 28th
March 5th SAT* at RCHS; Deadline to register: Feb 5th
May 7th SAT* at RCHS; Deadline to register: April 8th
June 4th SAT* NOT at RCHS; Deadline to register: May 5th
Accommodations are available for students with disabilities. Please see your counselor.
ACT – Important Dates:
December 12th ACT at RCHS;
February 6th ACT NOT at RCHS; Deadline to register: Jan 8th
April 9th ACT at RCHS; Deadline to register: March 4th
June 11th ACT at RCHS; Deadline to register: May 6th
Accommodations are available for students with disabilities. Please see your counselor.
*FREE* SAT Prep: Khan Academy's Partnership with College Board
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Parchment: How to Send Your Transcript
Parchment is our new transcript service. It is free to our students. We will be using Parchment to send all transcripts. Anyone asking for a transcript to be sent (including the Common Application) must have a Parchment account and a completed “Blue Sheet” on file with Ms. van Ravenswaay. Please create an account at www.parchment.com and set up your preferences.
Register For Your Free Account:
1. Visit Parchment.com
2. Click ‘Sign Up Now’
Request Your Transcript:
1. In your account, go to ‘Transcripts’
2. Click ‘Send Transcripts’
3. Select a destination
4. Request is confirmed
Track Your Transcript:
1. Log into your Parchment.com account
2. In the top navigation bar, click ‘Transcripts’
3. Click ‘Order History’ to see the status
IF YOU ARE APPLYING TO A COMMON APP SCHOOL, YOU MUST SUBMIT A REQUEST FOR "COMMON APP" AND INCLUDE YOUR COMMON APP ID NUMBER. See Ms. van Ravenswaay with any questions.
Or see our new video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Anwie08OJo&feature=youtu.be&hd=1
Become a Delegate to Boys and Girls State!
"YES Abroad" Program for International Exchange
Other Scholarship Opportunities:
- American Culinary Federation Scholarships - https://www.acfchefs.org/ACF/Education/Scholarships/ACF/Education/Scholarships/
- Xerox Minority Scholarships - http://www.xerox.com/jobs/minority-scholarships/enus.html
- Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART from the DoD) http://smart.asee.org/about/eligibility
- NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics - http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5257
- United States Naval Academy STEM Program for rising 9-11 grades - www.usna.edu/admissions/stem