WBHS Counselor Connection & News
News & Info for the WBHS Community Feb 6, 2020
In this issue:
- Important notice regarding 2020-2021 Course Registration - Please read!
- What are you doing this summer? Summer Opportunities List with links!
- ASVAB Test at WBHS
- Joyce Ivy Summer Scholars
- UNCF Informational Meeting
- AP Class Showcase
- WBEF Casino Night
- Roadmap to Opportunity Video Series
- Seniors - FAFSA due March 1st (for state aid consideration)
- WBSD Innovation Extravaganza
- College Weekend 2020 - Second Ebenezer Church
- Metro Detroit College Fair
- Bloomfield Library is hiring
- Future Teachers of Color Inspire Conference at WMU - Free!
- Free ACT Prep
- Mrs. Essig's Top Picks - Articles of Interest
(Please note - Scholarships are listed in two editions of this newsletter,
please check prior editions of the Counselor Connections for more!)
- VIBE Credit Union Scholarship
- Colleges That Change Lives Scholarship
- Sparkling Ice Scholarship
- Skilled Trade Scholarship Program
- AAA School Safety Patrol Scholarship
- 2020 Future Educator Scholarship
- U of M MUSIC Matters Scholarship
- 2020 Metro Bureau Scholarship
- Oakland Community College Scholarship
- Lockheed Martin Scholarship
- DAUMW Scholarship
- Scholarship for Success (Eligible OSTC Students)
- BMW/SAE Scholarship
- National Council of Jewish Women - Jewish Youth Awards
- Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation
- Hutt Scholarship
- Organization for Autism Research Scholarship
- Robert A. Leonard Charitable Trust Scholarships
- Link to Scholarships
Check Twitter Daily for Additional Scholarships @WBHSCounseling #WBHSScholarships2020
Welcome to the 2nd semester! You've got this!
Important message from administration:
Dear Parent(s) and/or Guardian(s),
It is hard to believe that we are already starting the registration process for the 2020-2021 school year! It’s an exciting time for our students and we hope that the details below ensure that the process is as smooth as possible.
All students will take part in registration meetings this week. Students should report to class first and will be dismissed by a PA announcement. The schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, February 4th during 4th hour: Current freshmen
Wednesday, February 5th during 3rd hour: Current sophomores
Thursday, February 6th during 4th hour: Current juniors
During this meeting, students will hear a presentation on the various course offerings, graduation requirements and will start to select their courses for the 2020-2021 school year.
The master schedule and staffing are solely based on student requests. We ask students to choose their courses carefully because they are held accountable for the choices they make. Course changes will only be granted out of necessity for one of the following reasons:
An incomplete schedule
Previous completion of a course
Failure in a prerequisite course
Therefore, it is very important that students select courses they are interested in taking- even their alternates. We appreciate your help in reiterating this with your student! Please take a moment to look through your child’s course selections for the following school year to ensure that they are selecting courses they are truly interested in taking.
Teachers have made recommendations for further study in their particular discipline prior to this meeting. You can view these recommendations on PowerSchool. Since teachers have already worked with students for one semester, they have a reasonable perception of the course level that a particular student should be able to handle. Students should also look to their counselor for guidance in this process. In addition to knowledge of WBHS graduation requirements, the counselor can bring all of the disciplines into one program. Of course, parents/guardians are also an integral part of the course selection process. Thus, parents/guardians should be reviewing their student’s course selections. If you and/or your student disagree with a recommendation, you may complete an against recommendation form. However, it is important to note that if a student goes against recommendation we do not pull them from the course for any reason.
Following the registration meetings, students will be assigned to a scheduling day with their counselor during one of their english classes. Course selections in PowerSchool should be completed prior to your student’s assigned scheduling meeting. The due dates are as follows:
9th Grade: Monday, February 10th
10th Grade: Wednesday, February 19th
11th Grade: Monday, March 2nd
During scheduling days, students will meet with their counselor individually to make specific course selections for the coming school year. Course selection is dependent upon grade level, recommendation and availability.
Following the scheduling meetings, students and parents should check PowerSchool very carefully and make any corrections immediately by speaking with the student’s counselor. West Bloomfield High School course offerings are based solely on data received from students during these meetings. Again, students should not expect to change their course selections after registration. Therefore, it is very important that students are selecting primary courses and alternate courses that they are truly interested in taking. The primary goal for our registration process and procedures is for students to be able to begin the correct courses and to provide a smooth start when school resumes in the fall.
OVERALL COURSE SELECTIONS MAY NOT BE CHANGED AFTER APRIL 6TH
Finally, as students select their courses for the coming year they should take into consideration: The level of challenge of each course, the overall balance of their workload and potential effects on their mental health, and the career pathway they wish to pursue to be prepared for post-secondary education (university, community college, military, art school, vocational training). Students should take a minimum of four academics (Math, English, Science, Social Studies, Global Language) per semester. They should also review the course descriptions, so there are no surprises as to the expectations of the course.
If you have any questions or concerns throughout the registration process, please do not hesitate to email your child’s counselor.
West Bloomfield High School
ASVAB Test at WBHS
The ASVAB will be given on Feb 14 at 7:15 am in the I-Center. The ASVAB is only available to 10th, 11th and 12th grade students. There are 60 spots available.
The ASVAB measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success. Your child doesn't have to go through any lengthy preparation to take the ASVAB. As with other tests, how much they have learned will probably make the most difference in their results.
Find the order and content of the ASVAB subtests and sample test items, below. More test taking strategies for your child.
If you have any questions, please see Ms. Jo Wegrzynowicz in the Counseling Office.
Attention high achieving 10th and 11th grade female students:
Joyce Ivy Summer Scholars Program
for current 10th and 11th Grade Female Students
The Summer Scholars program provides scholarships for talented female high school students to participate in a summer academic program at one of our partner programs – some of the most rigorous and selective colleges and universities in the country.
Scholars receive a full or partial scholarships, based on demonstrated financial need, to cover tuition, room and board, travel expenses, and supplies. The Joyce Ivy Foundation works directly with our set of program partners to combine Joyce Ivy scholarships with additional financial aid provided by the summer program.
Female high school student in Michigan, Ohio, Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota or South Dakota, who is also attending high school in one of these seven states.
Academically high-achieving student who will be entering 11th or 12th grade in Fall 2020. Occasionally, an exceptional rising 10th grader is selected as a Summer Scholar.
Past Summer Scholars, who used their scholarships, are not eligible to apply again for another scholarship.
Learn more about the UNCF!
'Roadmap to Opportunity' Video Series
Roadmap to Opportunity,” to promote high-demand, high-wage fields in Michigan. These seven videos and their associated information sheets showcase college, credentials, and careers in the following fields:
- Dental Hygiene
- Electrical Technology
- Heating & Cooling (HVACR)
- Information Technology
- Insurance and
- Physical Therapy
The videos and information sheets are housed on the "Roadmap to Opportunity" microsite and can be accessed by visiting roadmap2opportunity.org.
What are you doing this summer? Check out this amazing list of opportunities! Programs fill up fast and pay attention to deadlines.
Seniors - Get that FAFSA submitted! Don't miss out on money for college!
Interested in an AP class next year?
West Bloomfield Educational Foundation
WBSD Innovation Extravaganza
Metro Detroit College Fair in Novi - NOTICE NEW DATE!!!!!!
There’s a new date for the Metro Detroit College Fair!
Mark your calendars for:
Metro Detroit National College Fair
Monday, April 27, 2020
8:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Suburban Collection Showplace
Students should click here to register.
Future Teachers of Color Inspire Conference at WMU - FREE!
Mrs. Essig's Top Picks
SCHOLARSHIPS - Where to look
Please note that Ms. Essig posts all scholarship information on our Twitter account. You do not have to have a Twitter account to read the posts. We post opportunities in the newsletter twice and then remove them. Please follow the Twitter page for the most up-to-date opportunities!
Look for #WBHSScholarships2020.
How do I find scholarships?
1. Apply for Financial Aid after October 1st. www.FAFSA.gov
2. Check with each college in which you are applying for merit based scholarships and deadlines.
3. Check for memorial and alumni scholarship opportunities at each college in which you may qualify.
4. Check with student’s/parent’s employer, banks/credit union, religious & civic affiliations, etc. for scholarships.
5. Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/WBHSCounseling Click on the hashtag #WBHSScholarships2020.
6. Read the Counselor Connection
7. Conduct a search by using a national search engine, such as www.fastweb.com, www.scholarships.com, www.myscholly.com, etc. Be sure to create an email address just for these searches as students will receive a lot of email. There is no need to pay money for these services! Watch for scams!
8. Check Careeronestop: https://www.careeronestop.org/toolkit/training/find-scholarships.aspx
9. Beginning Class of 2020,College Board Opportunity Scholarships. https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/
10. For more information: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/finding-scholarships#how-find
11. Remember it takes work to receive most scholarships! You won't know if you don't try!
MI Student Aid Scholarship Search Tool
Oakland Community College Scholarship Opportunity
Want Free College Tuition? Apply Now!
Oakland Community College is pleased to offer 100 non-competitive scholarships to Oakland County’s high school graduates that will pay for the first year of a student’s degree. At $3,500, the Chancellor’s Scholarship is OCC’s largest and will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis to all that qualify. To view details and important deadlines, please visit our webpage at https://oaklandcc.academicworks.com/opportunities/2053.
Vibe Credit Union - FU$E Scholarship Program
At Vibe Credit Union, we are pleased to announce that we are awarding ten deserving students $1,500 towards the school of their choice.
The FU$E Scholarship Program is designed for members graduating high school and pursuing an education at a university, college, or technical school.
The Scholarship entry deadline is April 1, 2020.
- Be a 2020 graduating high school senior
- Be a member in good standing (no required length of time)
- Maintain a 3.0 GPA
- Submit volunteer hours, most recent high school transcript, and proof of acceptance to a university, college, or technical school
- Submit a 250-word essay during the application process.
2020 Essay Question: "What do you expect to gain from earning a degree/certificate at a university, college or technical school?"
Please share with all graduating seniors and encourage them to apply.
2020 Metro Bureau Scholarship Application
Here is the application for the Metropolitan Detroit Bureau of School Studies Inc. Annual Scholarship Award. Interested students in your district can complete and submit this application electronically. The form can be printed and copied as necessary to meet your needs. The application can also be downloaded at www.metrobureau.org.
Applications must be submitted or postmarked by February 28, 2020.
To be eligible students must:
a. Be a graduating senior from a high school of a Metro Bureau member school district.
b. Intend to enroll at one of the following Metro Bureau Member Colleges/Universities:
Ø Oakland University
Ø Wayne County Community College District
Ø Wayne State University
Submit a TYPED application – only complete, typed applications will be considered.
Scholarship award amount will be $1,000.00. A matching amount may be made by the college/university for those students entering the field of education. Recipients will be required to provide proof of acceptance at one of the institutions listed above.
Successful scholarship recipients will receive their scholarship award in their local school district this spring.
It will expedite the process if you fax (313-577-8278) the completed application to the Metro Bureau and follow-up by mailing the application to us at 391 College of Education, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan 48202.
Colleges That Change Lives Scholarship
CTCL Scholarship Application
The Colleges That Change Lives Scholarship was established in 2016 to honor the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first edition of Loren Pope’s classic book and the 10th anniversary of the non-profit organization, Colleges That Change Lives.
Since first appearing in 1996, four versions of Colleges That Change Lives have been published, each update offering valuable insights about the college search, as well as profiles of 40 small, residential, liberal arts schools that deliver a quality education to thousands of students each year. The non-profit College That Change Lives organization is dedicated to preserving and promoting the book’s message, and this scholarship is yet another way to ensure that the CTCL experience becomes a reality for even more students. In 2020, CTCL Scholarships of $1,000/year (renewable for up to four years) will be awarded.
New first-year students, including international students and undocumented students, who intend to attend a CTCL-member college or university are eligible to apply for the CTCL scholarship. Recipients are selected by the CTCL Board of Directors based on the merits of the application; financial need may be taken into consideration.
To apply for the CTCL Scholarship, complete the following two parts of the application.
Part 1: Submit the online CTCL scholarship application before 11:59 p.m. (EDT), March 25, 2020.
Part 2: Email the following two items to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name in the subject line before 11:59 PM (EDT), April 7, 2020:
- at least one copy of an admission letter from a CTCL-member school
- a copy of Page 1 of your Student Aid Report from the FAFSA (see example)
All student applicants will be notified about the results by email on April 21. Read about the latest winners of the CTCL Scholarship.
Questions? Please contact Executive Director Maria Furtado with questions (727.465.8005).
Sparkling Ice Scholarship
The deadline is approaching soon! Applications are due by February 15, 2020 and winners will be announced in Spring 2020. Apply now at https://go.pardot.com/e/120702/2020-02-03/d466zb/548823151?h=WJspEY-jd_QERrQTLDKYDHgn9wF35AP977kx-FEUvd8.General Requirements
Visit sparklingice.com/scholarship for full list of requirements.
- Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States.
- Must be a high school senior graduating between August 1, 2019 and July 31, 2020.
- Must have a cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4-point scale (high school/home school seniors).
Skilled Trade Scholarship Program
The SET SEG Foundation is excited to announce our new Skilled Trade Scholarship program. The scholarship opportunity is available to Michigan public high school seniors who have participated in a career and technical education program and are enrolled in, or planning to enroll in, an accredited two-year college, technical school or other accredited technical institute within the next 12 months.
Who is Eligible: High school seniors attending a Michigan public school, who are enrolled or plan to enroll in an accredited two-year college, technical school or other accredited technical institute within the next 12 months. Scholarship Amount: Students will receive a $500 scholarship.
Application Deadline: March 29, 2020 How to Apply: Students must complete the application available here.
If you have any questions regarding the application process or the scholarship, please contact Lisa Truscott at (517) 816-1616 or via email at email@example.com.
AAA School Safety Patrol Scholarship Program
U of M Scholarship MUSIC Matters
2020 Future Educator Scholarship
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Lockheed Martin Scholarship
Calling all STEM Scholars!
Lockheed Martin launched a new scholarship program in 2019 to provide opportunities to students who want to build their talents and change the world!
We are continuing to award scholarships of $10,000 per student – renewable each year. The program will continue to add up to 200 new recipients each year, and will be open to individuals studying engineering or computer science that demonstrate financial need and come from underrepresented or underserved communities.
Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year open January 15, 2020 and will close March 12, 2020
DAUMW Scholarship (U of M Scholarship for females)
THE NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP
We think of our National Scholarship as the “Pell Grant” for highly motivated DREAMers with significant, unmet financial need. While we consider your GPA and test scores, we place great emphasis on your demonstrated commitment to community service and your ability to overcome the barriers and challenges that DREAMers face each and every day.
The 2020-21 Round is now open!
TheDream.US has adopted new immigration eligibility criteria! You are now eligible to apply if you came to the country before November 1, 2014.
National Council of Jewish Women - Jewish Youth Awards
National Council of Jewish Women, Michigan, an organization guided by Jewish values and
dedicated to social justice for women, children, and families, is proud to continue the
tradition of honoring exceptional high school students who demonstrate strong leadership
within the community.
All Jewish high school seniors are invited to apply. To be eligible, an applicant needs
to fulfill the following requirements:
- Submit (6) hard copies of a typed essay (600-800 words) on the following topic: What experience or person has had the greatest impact on your Jewish identity? MUST BE
- ANONYMOUS-- THESE COPIES SHOULD NOT HAVE THE APPLICANT’S NAME ON THEM ANYWHERE IN THE ESSAY
- Submit (6) copies of applicant’s leadership positions or other involvement in the Jewish and/or secular community. MUST BE ON THE FORM PROVIDED AND MUST BE ANONYMOUS—NO NAME ON THIS PLEASE.
- Submit (1) application form
- Be available for a personal interview by a panel of judges on the morning of Sunday, April 19, 2020.
NOTE: By no later than noon on Monday, February 24, 2020, this application form
and all copies of the supporting documentation requested above must be submitted by mail or hand-delivered to:
NCJW | MI
26400 Lahser Rd, Suite 306
Southfield, MI 48033-2675
Finalists will be recognized at an Awards Ceremony at the NCJW Michigan office on
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 7:00 PM.
NCJW, Michigan greatly appreciates the funding provided by the
Dina and Herman (z’l) Brodsky Jewish Youth Awards Fund and
Nathan (z’l) and Esther (z’l) Katz Jewish Youth Awards Fund.
Awards totaling $5,500 will be distributed to the finalists.
1st place: $2,500
2nd place: $1,200
3rd and 4th place: $500 each
Four honorable mentions: $200 each
Chairs: Julie Silberg & Lauren Mandel
To download 2020 Jewish Youth Awards application please click here
Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation
The Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation offers a $2,000, non-renewable scholarship
to Michigan high school graduating seniors. Winners are selected on the basis of
scholarship, leadership, financial need, and dedication to the civil rights principles of
Rosa L. Parks, whose historic stand against racial prejudice in 1955 brought her national recognition. The Foundation was established in 1980 to provide equal-opportunity scholarships to Michigan high school seniors.
A key determining factor in judging is ‘financial need.’ Students with
numerous other scholarships (especially full-tuition scholarships) will receive
a very low rating for ‘financial need,’ virtually eliminating them from
contention for this scholarship. Because of this, these students may choose not
to complete the Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation application process.
Be a senior attending a public or private Michigan high school
Graduate by August of the application year.
Have GPA of 2.5 or above
Complete an application form and essay
Furnish official copies of high school transcript and ACT or SAT results
And, meet additional requirements as noted in application package
Deadline: March 1, 2020
About the Lloyd F. Hutt Scholarship
Established in 1990, this scholarship program honors the legacy of Lloyd F. Hutt – teacher and founder of LMCU. Each year, we establish a question for high school seniors to answer in the form of an essay and award (15) $2,000 scholarships. We are proud to have provided $391,500 in scholarships to 237 deserving students over the years.
Who is eligible?
All applicants must be a resident of Michigan or Florida, or a member of Lake Michigan Credit Union or the child of a Lake Michigan Credit Union member (i.e. a student in Texas must be a member/child of a member to be eligible). LMCU employees, children of LMCU employees, directors or officers are not eligible.
All applicants must be high school seniors (includes home school students) and plan to enter a trade school, college or university in the next academic year. Recipients must submit evidence of acceptance and enrollment in an accredited trade school, college or university before payment will be made.
Organization for Autism Research Scholarships
$3,000 SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENTS WITH AUTISM
OPEN until May 4, 2020 at 11:59 PM ET.APPLY
Applicants may start or continue working on their application materials by logging into SurveyMonkey Apply using the above link.
OAR maintains a list of scholarships from other organizations that are available to students on the spectrum.
2020 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Our scholarship program provides $3,000 scholarships to students across the autism spectrum. We are pleased to invite applications from persons with an autism diagnosis (DSM-IV or later criteria) pursuing full-time, post-secondary, undergraduate education or vocational-technical training in any of the following:
FOUR-YEAR UNDERGRADUATE COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY
TWO-YEAR UNDERGRADUATE COLLEGE
TRADE, TECHNICAL OR VOCATIONAL SCHOOL
COOPERATIVE LIFE SKILLS PROGRAMS
BMW/SAE Foundation Scholarship
This annual scholarship is provided by BMW AG in recognition of its commitment to excellence in engineering. BMW is world famous for designing and building luxury, high-performance passenger cars and motorcycles. The company is also a leader in developing and manufacturing high technology, high performance internal combustion engines.
This scholarship is in support of the SAE Foundation to ensure an adequate supply of well-trained engineers for the future.
- U.S. resident.
- 3.75 or better grade point average on a 4.0 scale (required).
- Rank in the 90th percentile in both math and critical reading on SAT I or composite ACT scores.
- Pursue an engineering or related science degree through an ABET accredited program.
CMU Multicultural Advancement and Lloyd Cofer Scholarships
Robert A. Leonard Jr. Charitable Trust Scholarships
The Robert A. Leonard Jr. Charitable Trust was established in 2014 to provide scholarship assistance to high school seniors in the state of Michigan. We have awarded nearly $1 million in scholarships and are proud to announce a 100 percent college enrollment retention of the students we have awarded. This year, our first class of awardees will be completing their undergraduate studies. We want to award more deserving students and announce the 2020 application is now available.
Last year, we awarded scholarships to three (3) students of West Bloomfield High School due their exemplary high school achievements.
Deadline is March 1.
MSU Alumni Club of Oakland County Scholarship
The Michigan State University Alumni Club of Oakland County has one of the oldest and largest scholarship programs of any alumni club. Many years of fund raising activities (such as service auctions, art auctions and working concession stands at the Silverdome) have allowed us to create the largest endowment of any regional alumni club.
David Barns Scholarship
Hello Administrators & Counselors,
I am writing on behalf of David’s Faith & Hope for Life Foundation. The Foundation was established in early 2013 to continue the spirit and legacy of David Barns. David was a 2000 graduate of Goodrich High School where he achieved success in the classroom and in athletics. David attended the University of Detroit Mercy where he played basketball and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Computer Information Systems. Upon graduation, David became a basketball coach at Goodrich where he coached both boys and girls middle and high school teams. In addition to his obligations as a regular season coach, David used Saturday morning basketball clinics and his annual B&D summer basketball camps to teach skills, commitment, accountability, teamwork, and leadership. In March of 2011, David was diagnosed with cancer. For more than 18 months, he endured chemotherapy and radiation, complex surgeries, and intense rehabilitation. He handled every obstacle with a gentle grace and determination embodied by few. David courageously fought his competitor, cancer, to the very end. David passed away on November 4, 2012 at the age of 30.
We are pleased to offer your students a scholarship created in honor of David. The David Barns Scholarship will be awarded to two high school seniors that best represent David’s academic excellence, athletic prowess, and commitment to the community. The scholarship will provide $2,500 of financial assistance for college tuition. Additionally, the scholarship is eligible for renewal for three years, assuming good academic standing, continued community involvement, and a service commitment to the Foundation. The attached application is due by March 13, 2020.
Pontiac Delta Sigma Theta Scholarship Opportunity
We are excited to invite you to apply for ONE our five scholarships for 2020. Due to the number of applications we will receive, please only apply for ONE scholarship. You have the option to apply for the following awards:
Community Engagement Award
Arts & Letters Award
Pontiac Scholar Award
Please note this application should be completed online, NONE of the required documents should be received via mail. See below for individual scholarship requirements:
All required documents including recommendations, transcripts, and essays should be uploaded via the online application. If you have any questions please contact Dr. Jennifer Banks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current African American High School Senior (male or female) who resides in or attends school in the Pontiac Alumnae Chapter (PAC) service area: Auburn Hills, Bloomfield, Bloomfield Hills, Keego Harbor, Lake Orion, Oakland Township, Orion Township, Orchard Lake, Pontiac, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Sylvan Lake, Troy, Waterford and West Bloomfield
Acceptance into a post-secondary educational program (of any type)
William D. Jewell Brewer Scholarship - American Legion
If you are a Michigan high school senior who is a son, daughter, grandchild or great-grandchild of a war-time veteran and plan to attend any nationally accredited college, university, or trade school, apply for the William D. Jewell Brewer scholarship.
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WBHS Counseling Department
A-CU Kelly Casinelli
CV-HA Joanne Wegrzynowicz
HB-LO Karen Brody
LP-PO Felicia Neumann
PR-TE Lisa Thompkins
TF-Z John Hepper
College & Career Counselor Noelle Essig
Mr. Pat Watson, Principal
Ashleigh Larkin, Assistant Principal
Eric Pace, Assistant Principal
Eric Pierce, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director
Jamie Glinz, Assistant Principal