College & Career Weekly Update

RCHS Counseling Department Week of 01/25/2016

Summer School Dates Have Been Set

Summer School PE 9 and 10 will be offered from June 13 to July 21. Registration information, as well as a list of credit recovery courses to be offered, will be posted as soon as that information becomes available.


Seniors who intend to attend DSLCC this fall, please come to a special presentation to learn about the many scholarship opportunities at the college! Parents/guardians are welcome to attend. Tuesday, February 9th at 10:00 am in RCHS auditorium. Seniors, please sign up in the Counseling office.

FAFSA Help Webinars Are Available!

Super FAFSA Project Virginia has partnered with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid to offer a free webinar. The webinar is open to all Virginians (students, parents, counselors, access providers, etc.). For more information, go the Web site listed below:

Webinar #2
How to Complete the FAFSA Tutorial
Thursday, February 11 at 5:30PM
Register now at

Free FAFSA Help

Talent Search, Student Support Services, and Student Services at DSLCC will team up to offer two opportunities for parents and students to get free help with the FAFSA:
Feb. 4th from 4:00 -7:30 pm at the Rockbridge Regional Center
Feb. 11th from 4:00 – 7:30 pm on the DSLCC Campus in the Moomaw Center

Please call 540-862-2897 to set up an appointment during the times listed. Walk-ins will be accepted, but only on a first-come, first-served basis, so an appointment is strongly recommended. Families are asked to bring all relevant documents (W2s, tax forms, etc.) in order to receive help with filing the FAFSA.

2016 Youth Conservation Corps

Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) - Virginia State Parks Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is a three-week residential program that provides young people (14 -17 years of age) the opportunity to work on field-based projects. Crews live in a Virginia state park and work on projects throughout their park. Recruitment is targeted to attract youth from diverse backgrounds. Young people with a strong background in environmental education are encouraged to apply, but those who have never experienced a park setting are welcome as well. The program’s goal is to create environmental stewards and future leaders through community engagement, physical labor and teamwork. The YCC experience is unique and impossible to forget. Crew members are expected to work in hot, sometimes harsh conditions. Crew members live in provided housing with nine fellow (same-sex) crew members and three crew leaders. Crew members are not paid for their work, but they will receive meals, housing and a $500 stipend for this valuable community service and learning experience.

YCC 2016 Session Dates

  • Session One: June 26 – July 16
  • Session Two: July 24 – Aug. 13

Applicants may choose a session preference but not a given park, so specific park requests can’t be accommodated. Some applicants’ session preference will not be granted. Also, participants are responsible for their transportation to and from the park. For more information, please go to:


Attention Juniors and Seniors: Are you interested in promoting social change while earning college credit this summer? You can earn up to 5 transferable college credits from George Mason University by successfully completing the Advanced Leadership Academy program and implementing the project. For more information, please refer to


PSAT scores from this October's administration are now available online. Mrs. Burkhardt created a video tutorial to help students and families access the online score report, interpret their PSAT scores, understand the National Merit Scholarship, and understand how to utilize the PSAT score information to guide SAT preparation. Use this link to watch her video tutorial:

New Career Coach

We are pleased to announce a new addition to our counseling office. Ms. Trecia Wheelock is our new Career Coach who comes to us from Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. Ms. Wheelock will be at RCHS two days per week to work with students in need of career coaching services. Her email is Feel free to contact her for more information!

College Acceptance Letters

Seniors, please make sure to update your school counselor and/or Ms. van Ravenswaay as you begin to hear back from colleges you've applied to. We want to celebrate your acceptances with you! Also, please come and have your picture taken for the "Accepted" slide show.

A Guide for using the Common Application

Mrs. Burkhardt created a new video designed to help students and families understand the Common Application, or "Common App." Click here to read about our department's recommendations for the Common App and to watch Mrs. Burkhardt's video, which covers the basics of common app and how to assign recommenders.

College Scorecard

The White House just unveiled a new resource for the college search process: College Scorecard. This is a website that we highly recommend to use as you search for colleges.

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!


Note: Scholarships are arranged by due date; new scholarships are written in bold.

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 and a completed essay. Essays and applications are due to Ms. van Ravenswaay or Mr. Hand NO LATER THAN Monday, February 1, 2016.

Law in Society Competition: The Law in Society competition is sponsored by the Virginia State Bar and its Litigation Section and Communications Committee, in cooperation with the Virginia State Department of Education, to increase awareness and appreciation of our legal system among high school students. The criterion for the competition is an essay in response to a hypothetical on a predetermined topic. Awards go to students whose essays best demonstrate a superior understanding of the role and value of our legal system in our everyday lives. A panel of volunteers from the Virginia State Bar will judge all entries. All winners will receive a current hardback copy of Strunk & White's Elements of Style. Awards will be presented in May/June 2016 at the winners’ schools.The first place winner’s essay will be published on the VSB website.

Prize Amounts: 1st Place $2,300; 2nd Place $1,850; 3rd Place $1,350; Honorable Mentions (5) $250. The entry deadline is Friday, February 12, 2016 at 4 p.m. Electronic submissions are requested. To apply, please go to:

Foundation for Roanoke Valley Scholarships: This foundation oversees several scholarships for which RCHS seniors are eligible. The Alphin Family Scholarship; the Margaret Jones Irvin Scholarship; the Walter M. Otey Scholarship and the Dianne E.H. Wilcox Scholarship. There is one online application for all of them, but the requirements are very specific for each one. Please visit the Foundation's website for details: If you need help with your application or any of the requirements, please see Ms. van Ravenswaay. The online application is due by February 26, 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.

Mary Davidson Bryan Scholarship:
The Community Foundation is pleased to announce 2016 Mary Davidson Bryan Scholarship for graduating Rockbridge County High School students. An eligible student must demonstrate outstanding academic work, financial need, strong participation in school activities and community service, and a strong desire to attend college and plan to enroll in an accredited 4-year college or university.
Personal Statement Topic
: Post-secondary academic interests
Additional Letter of Recommendation: from a clergy, teacher, or business professional.
Scholarship amount: $1000, renewable for an additional three years. The application information can be accessed on the Foundation's website: and is due to them by March 3, 2016 at 5 pm.

The Community Foundation for Rockbridge, Bath and Allegheny: The Foundation manages several scholarships available to RCHS seniors. Applications are available on the Foundation’s website: or in the Counseling Office. Please have your application to Ms. van Ravenswaay no later than February 29th (if you want RCHS to mail your application). Otherwise, the application is due to the Foundation by March 4 at 5:00pm.

  • Lexington High School Alumni Scholarship: This scholarship's typical grant is $500 for graduating RCHS seniors who demonstrate high moral values, a concern for others and involvement in school and community. Letters of recommendation and an essay are required. See the application for more details.
  • Charles L. Lauck, Jr. Memorial Scholarship: Typical grant $1000. Fund provides higher education scholarship assistance to graduating RCHS students who are involved in the community as well as the high school; financial need and work ethic are considered. Letters of recommendation and an essay are required.
  • Jacqueline Corbin Pleasants Scholarship: This scholarship is typically between $500 and $1000, for a graduating RCHS senior; leadership, good citizenship and financial need are considered. Letters of recommendation are required.
  • George C. Marshall Chapter of MOAA Scholarship: Typical grant $350-$500. This scholarship is intended for graduating seniors who are children of active duty, reserve, National Guard and retired members of the United States military. You must be going full time to a 4-year college or university and demonstrate good citizenship and leadership in school and the community. Letters of recommendation are required.

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: The deadline to apply is March 1, 2016. DCCU would like to have at least three entries from RCHS.

The Virginia School Plant Managers Association Annual Scholarships - provides financial assistance to individuals attending an accredited technical school, college or university where the student/applicant's learning is focused on building applications and studies in the area of building design, building construction, building engineering and facility maintenance. If you would like Ms. van Ravenswaay to mail your application, the deadline to turn in the application to her is March 11th, 2016. Otherwise, the application is due to the VSPMA by March 15th.

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.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

Have you applied to JMU and are you interested in science? JMU has multiple scholarship opportunities for students interested in science. Please see The Second Century Scholarship and Madison Achievement Award are merit based awards and the Centennial Scholars Program is based on financial need. The application for the Second Century Scholarship is due February 19 and Centennial Scholars Program is due March 11.

Recruiter Visits

The following military recruiters will be visiting RCHS during all three lunches:
United States Marine Corps:
United States Army:
United States Air Force:
Virginia National Guard: Thursday, February 4th
United States Air Force: Thursday, April 14th

SAT – Important Dates

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

*Redesigned SAT

Accommodations are available for students with disabilities. Please see your counselor.

ACT – Important Dates:

February 6th ACT NOT at RCHS

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

College Board and the Khan Academy have entered into a partnership to provide free SAT preparation for students. You will have access to four official full-length practice tests, plus study and test-taking tips, interactive practice, thousands of practice questions, video lessons, and hints. There are also short quizzes and instant feedback. To learn more, please go to:

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 and set up your preferences.

Register For Your Free Account:

1. Visit

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 account

2. In the top navigation bar, click ‘Transcripts’

3. Click ‘Order History’ to see the status


Or see our new video at:

Become a Delegate to Boys and Girls State!

Boys State and Girls State are summer leadership and citizenship programs sponsored by The American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary, for high school juniors. Representatives are nominated by their high school during their junior year. Boys and Girls State are among the most respected educational programs of government instruction for high school students. Each participant becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government. Our delegates are generously supported each year by the Brownsburg Ruritan Club. If you are interested in applying, please see Ms. van Ravenswaay.

Service Academy Day 2016 - Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Senator Mark Warner invites middle and high school students and their parents to Academy Day 2016. Attendees will be provided a comprehensive overview of the admission process for the United States service academies. In addition, students will be able to meet with representatives from all five academies, as well as representatives from ROTC programs, Virginia Tech and the Virginia Military Institute. The event takes place between 10 am and 1 pm at the Paramount Theater, 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902. For more information on this and the nomination process, please visit

Camp Rising Sun

The Louis August Jonas Foundation has a very unique summer opportunity: "Camp Rising Sun," is a seven week, full-scholarship international leadership camp in upstate New York. The program's mission is to "...develop in promising young people from around the world a lifelong commitment to compassionate and responsible leadership for the betterment of their communities and the world." Teenagers from over 25 countries attend. The cost of attendance is free, the foundation pays for the seven week program as well as transportation to and from.

Eligibility Criteria:

Leadership Potential: A history of taking initiative among one’s peers; self-confidence, openness and fairness in dealing with others; cooperation and collaboration when others lead. Character: Honesty, compassion, integrity, a concern for humanity and an appreciation of the value of human diversity.
Individuality: A wide range of personal abilities and interests; creativity; divergent thinking. Intellect: A capacity for academic achievement and the ability to think critically; curiosity about the world. Learning from Experience: The ability and willingness to learn from mistakes; using feedback to improve and grow; gaining insight from new experiences. Cultural Representation: The ability to represent one’s local or regional culture. Candidates should have lived at least 5 years in the region or country from which they are chosen. The application and additional information are available online at:

Summer Opportunities

There are many summer opportunities available for high school students: pre-college programs, internships, specific interest camps, and many college and university programs. Check out the list at: