Class of 2018
Morristown West High School Counseling Department Newsletter December 2017
January 16th is FAFSA Deadline!!
We're getting close to the deadline for FAFSA completion. It is very important that ALL seniors planning to go to college complete the FAFSA as soon as possible!!
TN Promise applicants MUST submit the FAFSA (available at FAFSA.gov) by January 16, 2018 to remain eligible for the scholarship. A student should file a FAFSA even if the student thinks that he/she will not qualify for need-based aid. The FAFSA serves as a student’s application for the TN Hope Scholarship and is needed to access federal student loans.
Students or parents may contact the student's counselor or Mrs. Gillett in the Counseling Office for assistance with FAFSA.
FAFSA Application Process
Prior to completing the FAFSA, students must create a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID), which is used to confirm a student's identity when accessing financial aid information and to electronically sign federal student aid documents, including the FAFSA. Dependent students will also need to have one of his/her parents create an FSA ID so that the parent may electronically sign the student's FAFSA. To create an FSA ID, please visit fsaid.ed.gov.
Please remember that the FAFSA is FREE!! There are many internet scams which require payment to file a FAFSA. You should never have to pay for any part of this process.
After submitting the FAFSA, a student should be sure that he/she receives 2 e-mails: one verifying that the FAFSA was submitted and another stating that the FAFSA was processed.
Attention Dual Enrollment Students!
Any student enrolled in WSCC courses for the spring semester needs to bring a copy of his/her WSCC student schedule to the Counseling Office. Any student who needs to make a change to his/her West High schedule to accommodate WSCC classes should see his/her counselor as soon as possible.
WSCC classes begin on January 16th. WSCC dual enrollment students need to report to TNN first thing on Wednesday, January 3rd, and then report to the library for any class period for which they are enrolled in dual enrollment classes. Students will continue to do so until told otherwise.
Ned McWherter's Scholars Program
The Ned McWherter Scholars Program is a highly competitive scholarship program created to encourage academically exceptional Tennessee high school graduates to attend college in Tennessee. This renewable award is $6,000 per academic year - $3,000 from the State of Tennessee and $3,000 from the college or university that the student attends. To be eligible, the applicant must:
- be a resident of Tennessee, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and attend an eligible Tennessee college or university full time, AND
- have at least a 3.5 unweighted cumulative grade point average, AND
- have a minimum composite score of 29 on the ACT (or concordant equivalent score on the SAT).
An applicant may receive extra credit for honors or advanced placement courses and leadership in extracurricular activities while in high school.
The application as well as additional information about eligibility and renewal criteria may be found at https://www.tn.gov/collegepays/article/ned-mcwherter-scholars-program.
Any student wishing to apply must request that a copy of his/her transcript and test scores be sent to the scholarship program. The scholarship program must receive all application materials by February 15th.
Honors and Distinction Diploma List
TN Promise Community Service
Students should keep track of the following information related to their community service so that they have what they need for on-line submission: place, date, number of hours, supervisor's name, supervisor's phone number, and supervisor's e-mail address. More information may be found on the TN Promise website or in the green TN Promise student handbook that students received during the assembly on October 11. Students who did not attend the meeting on October 11 or pick up their student handbook may stop by the counseling office to get a copy.
TN Promise Timeline
TN Promise applicants must meet all deadlines to remain eligible for TN Promise.
January 16, 2018 - FAFSA deadline
Fall 2017/Spring 2018 - complete application for admission for selected TN Promise school
March 8, 2018 - MANDATORY 2nd TN Promise meeting at 5:30p.m. in West High cafeteria
November 2, 2017 - July 1, 2018 - complete and report 8 hours of community service
Fall 2018 - if selected for FAFSA verification, provide requested documentation to financial aid office
Financial Aid Presentation
May 9 - AP English Literature and Composition (8:00 AM)
May 10 - AP United States Government and Politics (8:00 AM); AP Environmental Science (12:00 PM)
May 11 - AP United States History (8:00 AM); AP Studio Art deadline
May 14 - AP Biology (8:00 AM)
May 15 - AP Calculus AB (8:00 AM); AP Calculus BC (8:00 AM)
May 16 - AP English Language and Composition (8:00 AM); AP Macroeconomics (12:00 PM)
May 17 - AP Statistics (12:00 PM)
May 18 - AP Human Geography (8:00 AM); AP Microeconomics (8:00 AM); AP European History (12:00 PM)
Class of 2018 Remind Messages
College Open House Dates
College visits can be extremely helpful as a student is making important decisions about to which schools he/she will apply and eventually about to which school he/she will eventually commit to attending. College visits and open house events often give students opportunities to learn about the application process, available financial aid and scholarships, housing options, and academic programs/majors. Students will generally be offered a tour of campus which includes dorms, dining and recreation facilities, student centers, and academic buildings. Setting foot on a college campus and experiencing some of the same things experienced by the college's students can help high school students decide if the school is a good "fit". Click the links below to register on-line for upcoming events. If these dates do not work, students may check college websites for other visit opportunities.
Be sure to visit the Morristown West Counseling Department webpage often for scholarship updates! To access this webpage, please go to the Morristown West High School main webpage and click on the “Scholarships” link on the left (under “News & Events”). Here you will find scholarships listed in order of receipt. This is not an exhaustive list. Many scholarship opportunities are available to students, and it is the student's responsibility to seek these opportunities. Students may wish to research opportunities to apply for scholarships at the post-secondary institution(s) to which they plan to apply as well as on-line search engines (some are listed below) and places of student/parent employment. Of course, the TN Promise scholarship is available to eligible students (see article above).
Upcoming Dates to Remember
October 1 - FAFSA – Seniors and parents can start completing FAFSA after this date.
November 1 - Deadline to apply for Tennessee Promise Scholarship
January 16 - FAFSA Deadline for Tennessee Promise Scholarship
March 8 – MANDATORY 2nd TN Promise meeting at 5:30p.m. at West High (cafeteria)
April 13 - Deadline to submit Work Ethic Diploma Requirements
April 15 - Deadline to submit Tennessee Scholar Applications
West High ACT Code 431-587 (Where your scores are sent)
West High Test Center Code 193810 (Where you take the test)
Upcoming Exam Dates*February 10, 2018 - registration deadline is January 12, 2018
*April 14, 2018 - registration deadline is March 9, 2018
June 9, 2018 - registration deadline is May 4, 2018
July 14, 2018 - registration deadline is June 15, 2018
Please visit www.act.org for information about late registration and photo upload deadlines.
*The test will be administered at Morristown West High School
Students will not be admitted to the test center without an admission ticket.
March 10, 2018 - registration deadline February 9, 2018
May 5, 2018 - registration deadline April 6, 2018
June 2, 2018 - registration deadline May 3, 2018
Work Ethic Diploma
Seniors will apply in their TNN classes. Students who successfully complete the application process will earn cords to wear during the graduation ceremony. The deadline for meeting requirements and submitting completed applications is April 13, 2018. Please click here to view the Tennessee Work Ethic Diploma standards. Please click here to view a list of frequently asked questions.
Students may use any provider they wish for the 10 panel drug test. To get reimbursed, they bring their receipt (must be under $50) and clean results to Mrs. Alvarado at the Hamblen County Board of Education.
TN Hope Scholarship
How to Qualify:
· Entering freshmen must have either a 21 ACT score OR an overall unweighted minimum 3.0 GPA.
For entering freshmen beginning with fall 2015 and thereafter
· Four-Year Institutions and two-year institutions with on-campus housing: Up to $1,750 per full-time enrollment semester as a freshmen and sophomore; then up to $2,250 per full-time enrollment semester as a junior and senior
· Two-Year Institutions: Up to $1,500 per full-time enrollment semester as a freshman and sophomore
Award amounts are available for summer enrollment
· Class status is determined by the postsecondary institution
How to Apply:
· Complete your FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1, 2017. The completion of the FAFSA is your application for the TN Hope Lottery Scholarship.
Click here for a list of eligible institutions.
College Scholarship Deadlines
Carson-Newman University - Apply Early
East Tennessee State University - December 15
King University - Apply Early
University of Tennessee at Knoxville - November 1 (competitive); December 15 (general)
Walters State Community College - March 31
Students who need their transcripts sent to colleges may see Ms. Davidson in the Counseling Office to complete a transcript request form. The first transcript is free; each additional transcript costs $3.00. Please allow at least two weeks to process transcript requests.
Meet Erica Gillett - Niswonger CARE Advisor
Counseling Office Contact Information
- Jill Reuschel: Students A-E
Gwen Ledford, Lead Counselor: Students F-L
Renae Byrd: Students M-R
Melanie Justis: Students S-Z
Crystal Davidson: Counseling Office Secretary
Office Contact Information:
- Phone- 423-581-1600
- Fax- 423-585-3791