WBHS Counselor Connection & News

News & Info for the WBHS Community November 14, 2019

In this issue:

  • Junior Parent College Meeting - Dec. 4th
  • Seniors - Fill out FAFSA now!
  • West Point visit to WB - Nov. 21
  • Air Force Academy & Air Force ROTC visit to WB - Dec. 4
  • MAT2 Meeting at WB
  • DAR Good Citizen for WB - Hasnat Ahmed
  • District Champions - Varsity Football and Varsity Volleyball
  • OSTC Open House - Dec. 5th
  • Cosmetology Information Night - Nov. 21
  • Pictures of HBCU visits
  • Pictures of MiCareer Quest event
  • Hamilton Scholars- Juniors
  • Media Mash Up Event at LTU- Nov.16
  • Black Friday Scholarship Bootcamp - Nov. 29
  • College Rep Visits
  • Mrs. Essig's Top Picks - Articles of Interest
  • Looking for a job? Employment Bulletin Board -

Scholarships -

(Please note - Scholarships are listed in two editions of this newsletter,

please check prior editions of the Counselor Connections for more!)

  • Foot Locker Scholar Athlete Program
  • USDA 1890 National Scholars Program
  • Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship
  • U of M Detroit Alum Scholarship
  • LSSU Scholarships
  • DECA Scholarships

Check Twitter Daily for Additional Scholarships @WBHSCounseling #WBHSScholarships2020

Junior Parents - Save the date!

WBHS Junior Parent College Meeting

Wed, Dec. 4

7:00 pm in the iCenter

Guest speakers from

University of Michigan, Michigan State University,

Oakland University and Oakland Community College

District Champs!

Congratulations to the Varsity Football Team and Varsity Volleyball Team who are District Champions!

Seniors - Now is the time to fill out the FAFSA!

Need some support? Click here!


West Point and Air Force Academy

10th-12th Graders-

West Point and the Air Force Academy & Air Force ROTC will be visiting WBHS!

Thurs., Nov 21 West Point 8:30 a.m.

Wed., Dec. 4 Air Force Academy & Air Force ROTC 12:30 p.m.

Click here to sign up:


MAT2 Meeting at WBHS

MAT2 is an apprenticeship program for students interested in pursuing an education in an in-demand field, while earning a paycheck. MAT2 provides students with an opportunity to earn an associate’s degree at a participating community college, while gaining real-world, hands-on training in the high-tech, in-demand fields of Mechatronics, IT, Technical Product Design, and CNC Machining. Participants of MAT2 have their tuition at a college paid for by an employer, receive a weekly stipend while in school, earn an hourly wage while training on the job, and are guaranteed employment upon successful completion of the program. More information can be found at https://www.mitalent.org/mat2.

A representative of MAT2 will be coming to West Bloomfield High School on Tuesday, November 19th, 6th period in the auditorium.

Sign up here: https://forms.gle/7e7Qc7Snp2eDADri7


MiCareer Quest Event!

120 WBHS students attended the MiCareer Quest event last week. It was an amazing experience to learn more about careers in the health professions, trades, technology, and manufacturing!

Attn Juniors - Hamilton Scholars

Each year, AHS selects 35 underserved high school juniors for their academic, personal, service, and entrepreneurial accomplishments, to participate in its no-cost, 5-year empowerment program. These students receive mentorship, practical guidance, and a comprehensive network of support, much like Hamilton did, so they, too, can leave a lasting legacy that will forever change their communities, our nation, and the world.

Provided at no cost to the student the program consists of individual support through phone calls, video conferencing, and emails with AHS staff members and an assigned peer Scholar mentor. Group support and learning is offered through conference calls and Leader Weeks. All curriculum is designed around our 5 Pillars of Success. After completion of the 5-year Empowerment Program, success is defined by all Scholars reaching the following benchmarks:

  • TRANSITION: Successful transition from high school to college, and college to career.

  • HERITAGE: Increased knowledge of how the history of the United States connects both with each Scholar’s individual journey, and with the collective national experience. Increased civic engagement and participation in community governance.

  • EMPOWERMENT: Establishment and fulfillment of the goals identified in the Personal Development Plan process in all 7 key areas – financial, career, educational, public service, family & friends, personal, spiritual. Goals correspond with Scholars’ values and guiding principles.

  • FINANCIAL LITERACY: Scholars graduate college with manageable debt, and with a solid understanding of how to create and manage a budget, save money, and invest in their future financial health.

  • LEADERSHIP: Inspired by Alexander Hamilton’s legacy of leadership through service, Scholars prioritize and value their responsibility to use their talents and skills to effect positive change in their communities, the nation, and the world, and have an overall understanding of the importance of social impact and legacy.

Achieving these goals requires AHS staff to offer their full support and guidance to each Scholar while helping them access resources and opportunities. This relationship and the success of the program relies on reciprocity and a mutual commitment from both AHS staff and Scholars. Each curriculum year has corresponding assignments and conference calls that require Scholar time and attention, and prompt communication is essential.

Winners will also receive a $500 cash scholarship to pay for college expenses. In addition, all winners will have access to AHS internship programs and will join a distinguished cohort of peers from across the US. This unique Scholar community extends back through 12 years of cohorts and supports one another as they take steps together towards achieving a college education and a meaningful career.

Our application opens in November and closes in January each year. See our timeline here!

All applicants should:

  • be juniors in high school

  • be high-achieving and service-focused

  • possess grit and perseverance

  • have demonstrated need

  • live in the United States (though you don’t have to be a resident!)

  • be college-bound to a US-based institution

  • be committed to participating in our rigorous five-year curriculum

  • be able to attend New York Leader Week July 11-16, 2020\


DAR Good Citizen for WBHS

Congratulations to Hasnat Ahmed who was selected as our DAR Good Citizen nominee for WBHS. Hasnat is a senior who will be recognized at a ceremony on December 10th at the Bloomfield Hills Library. Congrats Hasnat!

Media Mash Up Event at LTU - Nov. 16th

OSTC Open House

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Cosmetology Information Night

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The Black Friday Scholarship Bootcamp

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College Representative Visits to WBHS - Juniors and Seniors!

Every fall WBHS will host over 50 colleges and universities during the day to meet with current juniors and seniors. Below is a link to the visits currently set up. Please know that this list is updated daily! Out of respect for the representative's time, if you sign up, please make sure you attend. Click on the link to learn more! All meetings take place in the College and Career Center unless otherwise noted.


Mrs. Essig's Top Picks

Click on the links below to read the "top pick" articles of interest for this week.

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!

Foot Locker Scholar Athletes


The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program awards $20,000 to 20 high school, college-bound seniors across the nation for being exemplary leaders on their sports teams, in their classrooms, and in their communities. The college scholarship, sponsored by the Foot Locker Foundation, is intended to help phenomenal student-athletes pursue their dreams of attending and excelling at a four-year college/university. Applications are due on January 3, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. EST.


For the ninth consecutive year, Foot Locker will be awarding 20 incoming college freshman with $20,000 in scholarship funding (totaling $400,000) to pursue a 4-year college degree – not because they scored the most touchdowns or goals, but because sports have helped them grow into strong leaders at school and in their communities.

As an extra bonus, one of our 20 winners will be selected for the Ken C. Hicks scholarship for demonstrating superior educational achievement, outstanding leadership, and a true love of the game. This winner will receive an additional $5,000 award.

This year’s 20 winners will join the program’s eight previous classes of Foot Locker Scholar Athletes, which will result in 180 total scholarship recipients since the program’s inception in 2011. By 2019, Foot Locker will have contributed nearly $3 million to supporting the education and future of this generation’s most promising leaders, both on and off the field.


The scholarship is open to students who:

  • Are current high school seniors entering an accredited, four-year US college or university in the Fall of 2020;

  • Are currently members (in good standing) of a high school sports team or are involved in after-school sports (e.g. intramurals, martial arts, etc.);

  • Have maintained an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher from ninth grade to first semester of 12th grade;

  • Are US citizens or US Permanent Legal Residents;

  • Are NOT Foot Locker employees or immediate family members of a Foot Locker employee.


Applicants will be evaluated based on whether they:

  • Embody good sportsmanship and strong moral character;

  • Display academic excellence;

  • Are passionate and committed to empowering the community in which they live;

  • Are confident and enthusiastic about being a leader;

  • Come from diverse backgrounds;

  • Are Foot Locker Scholar Athlete material – they are proactive, highly motivated, inspiring, charismatic, honest, trustworthy, genuine, strong and courageous.


Application opens on October 9, 2019 and will close on January 3, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. (EST).


  • Basic information including name, high school, sports they play, unweighted GPA, test scores, etc.

  • Two 500 word essays

  • One required non-family recommendation and one optional second recommendation


Visit footlockerscholarathletes.com.

USDA 1890 National Scholars Program


The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program will provide full tuition, employment, employee benefits, fees, books, and room and board each year for up to 4 years to selected students pursuing a bachelor's degree at the following universities:

  • Alabama A&M University
  • Alcorn State University, Mississippi
  • Central State University, Ohio
  • Delaware State University
  • Florida A&M University
  • Fort Valley State University, Georgia
  • Kentucky State University
  • Langston University, Oklahoma
  • Lincoln University, Missouri
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • Prairie View A&M University, Texas
  • South Carolina State University
  • Southern University, Louisiana
  • Tennessee State University
  • Tuskegee University, Alabama
  • University of Arkansas Pine Bluff
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • Virginia State University
  • West Virginia State University


The goal of the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is to increase the number of minorities studying agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, and the related disciplines. National Scholars are required to study in the following or related disciplines.

  • Agriculture
  • Agricultural Business/Management
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Engineering/Mechanics
  • Agricultural Production and Technology
  • Agronomy or Crop Science
  • Animal Sciences
  • Botany
  • Food Sciences/Technology
  • Forestry and Related Sciences
  • Home Economics/Nutrition
  • Horticulture
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Soil Conservation/Soil Science
  • Farm and Range Management
  • Other related disciplines, (e.g. non-medical biological sciences, pre-veterinary medicine, computer science)

The Award
Scholarships are awarded annually and must be used at one of the 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities. Each award provides full tuition, as well as room and board, for the term of the scholarship. The scholarship may be renewed each year, contingent upon satisfactory academic performance and normal progress toward the bachelor's degree.

General Eligibility
To be eligible for the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program scholarship a student must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Have been accepted for admission or currently attending one of the nineteen 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities.
  • Study agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or other related academic disciplines
  • Demonstrate leadership and community service
  • Submit an official transcript with the school seal and an authorized official's signature
  • Submit a signed application (original signature only)

Who Should Apply
The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is available to high school seniors entering their freshman year of college and rising college sophomores and juniors.

USDA 1890 National Scholars Program 2020 Application Deadline: January 31, 2020

All application materials must be postmarked by Friday, January 31, 2020, , and sent to the university liaison (or universities) selected by the applicant to attend. (University addresses and contact information are included in the back of the application.)

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship

Online Application Now Available!


We are pleased to inform you that the online application for the Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship is now available at jackierobinson.org. The JRF application is the vehicle through which more than 4,000 talented young minority high school students apply to become JRF Scholars and carry on the civic-minded legacy of the Foundation’s namesake, Jackie Robinson. The deadline to submit the application for a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship is February 1, 2020 by 5:00 pm ET.

About the Jackie Robinson Foundation

The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) Scholarship program addresses the financial needs of college students and provides extensive, hands-on mentoring and support services. Once chosen from a national, selective application process, Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars receive a generous four-year grant to attend the undergraduate school of their choice and enroll in JRF’s celebrated “42 Strategies for Success Curriculum”. This four-year program guides JRF Scholars to effectively navigate their college environments, explore career options, develop leadership skills, and embrace a commitment to service. The program also promotes the values and character traits embodied in the heroic life of the Foundation’s namesake, encouraging Scholars to positively impact the lives of others.

To learn more about the Jackie Robinson Foundation, please visit our website at jackierobinson.org.

To be eligible for a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Be a graduating, minority high school senior
  • Plan to attend an accredited and approved four-year institution within the United States
  • Show leadership potential
  • Demonstrate a dedication to community service
  • Present evidence of financial need
  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Have a minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading sections or a composite ACT score of 21
  • Not possess a degree from a 2 or 4-year college when applying for the scholarship

Application Timeline

  • November 1, 2019 - Application goes live
  • February 1, 2020, 5pm (ET) – Completed application is due
  • April 30, 2020 - Notification of application status
  • June 30, 2020 - Final selections announced

Lake Superior State University Scholarships

Philip Hart Scholarship -deadline is Nov 15th. 3.0 GPA w/leadership roles & public service activities. https://foundation.lssu.edu/senator-philip-hart-memorial-scholarship/…

Engineering Scholarships deadline Nov 18th. https://lssu.edu/school-of-engineering-and-technology/scholarships/#toggle-id-7…

U of Michigan Detroit Alumni Scholarships

The University of Michigan Club of Greater Detroit funds scholarships each year for both the general student body as well as for student-athletes. Several of these scholarships are endowed. In addition to the scholarships that we sponsor, at times we have been asked by the University to help a student that needed financial assistance to continue their education. The University of Michigan Club of Greater Detroit has always tried to meet each and every request from the University. All profits from our events each year plus a special scholarship solicitation are allocated to the Club Scholarship fund. Reports are made on the progress of the scholarship recipients, which are a source of pride to all Club members.

If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please read the important eligibility and deadline information below:


Eligibility Criteria

ACT: Minimum score of 31


SAT: Minimum score of 1430


Top 1% of your graduating class

(Must meet 1 of the 3 criteria)

Application Deadline

The entire online application must be completed and submitted no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, January 18, 2019. At this time all items must be marked complete for the application to be considered.


Submit Scholarship Application

By submitting a completed application, you will be considered for all scholarships that meet your qualifications.

DECA Scholarships

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Important Contacts

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


Administrative Staff

Mr. Pat Watson, Principal


Ashleigh Larkin, Assistant Principal


Eric Pace, Assistant Principal


Eric Pierce, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director


Jamie Glinz, Assistant Principal




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