Counseling Newsletter

January 2019 Newsletter 2


2019 Charles J. Colgan Scholarship

VA Aviation Business Association

$2000.00 for a senior who plans to pursue an aviation career in an accredited university/college/tech school. To be eligible you must have a 3.0 or higher for senior year. PDF Applications are available at the counseling site: and in the Main Office with Ms. Minor, Counseling Secretary.

Deadline to be received by: Friday, April 12, 2019


To be eligible: child of active duty, drilling reservist, National Guard member,, or military retiree; or child of a permanently disabled or killed in action service member;

Apply online at:

Deadline to apply by March 31st, 2019



To be eligible you must be a VA resident planning to attend a 2 or 4 year college.

To apply go online to

Deadline to apply: Must be postmarked by March 30, 2019.

Local Scholarships:

Greater Richmond VA Chapter of the Links, Inc 2019 Scholarships:

This scholarship will be awarded to four out-standing African American students, GPA minimum: 3.0; Must plan to attend a two or four year college.

The Sandra Holland King Scholarship: $1200.00 for a total of six non-renewable scholarships, must be an Education Major in College

Historical Black College or University Scholarship: Must plan to attend a Historical Black College; Deadline: Must be postmarked by 3/29/2019. Applications are in Main Office with Mrs. Minor or online at the Counseling Website as a downloadable PDF.

Local Scholarship:

Betty Bazemore 2019

To be eligible you must plan to attend a technical school, 2 year, or 4 year college in the Fall of 2019, must be actively involved in church ministries or community service, and have a 2.5 GPA or higher. Deadline to apply: Must be received or post marked by June 29, 2019.

Applications are in the Counseling office or on the Counseling website as a downloadable PDF.

Junior and Sophomore Scholarships:
The JA Future Laureate Scholarship Competition is an annual scholarship essay contest that awards students from the Central Virginia region a $2,500 scholarship each. This competition is open to students in the graduating classes of 2020 and 2021 who have participated in at least one JA of Central Virginia program since September 2017.

Apply online: Applications will be accepted until 11:59, March 16, 2019.

For a list of all local scholarships:


Deadlines for Local Scholarships : Applications will be accepted March 3, 2019 at 11:00pm

This list is in Main Office and on the CHS Counseling Web site!

FAFSA Information

If you have not done your FAFSA, now is the time to do it! Many schools have priority filing dates coming up soon. If you do not file by the priority date, you may not receive your financial aid information before committing to a college. Start yours at

A few reminders about the FAFSA:

  1. You should be filing a 2019-2020 FAFSA.
  2. Read the questions carefully. You do not want to miss out on money because you read something incorrectly.
  3. If your parents are divorced/separated, you will give information from your custodial parent. Your custodial parent is the parent you live with the most.
  4. Use the IRS Data Retrieval tool if you can. Most people are eligible to use the tool. When you put in the information on the IRS website while using the tool, make sure the information is put in exactly as it is on the tax return. For example, do not type in "Rd." if the address on the tax return says "Road."
  5. Both the student and a parent should make an FSA ID. This is a unique username and password that will allow you to electronically sign the FAFSA.

FAFSA Raffle

Once you have submitted your FAFSA, please email Ms. Taylor ( You will be entered to win a $50 Visa gift card. The winner will be announced March 1st.

The Class of 2018 submitted 40% of their FAFSAs. So far, the Class of 2019 has a 21% submission rate. Let's step it up and beat the Class of 2018!

Upcoming Events

College Night: March 12th, 5:30 to 7:30pm

College Night is an event for Junior and Senior students and their parents. Come to learn about all the steps of the college process, including choosing a college, applying for financial aid, and more. Representatives from Virginia Tech and Mary Washington will speak about their admissions processes. Pizza will be provided. We will also have raffles for gift cards. More info to come!

Decision Day: First week of May, during school day

Decision Day is a celebration of the Class of 2019's accomplishments. Those who are attending college (including community college), trade school, or the military are invited. We will celebrate with snacks and shirt decorating. College-bound students must provide acceptance letters and financial aid award letters in advance in order to attend. More info will be sent to the senior class soon.

College/Career Day at CHS

Mark your calendar! March 29th, 2019 all grades 9-12 will have the opportunity during scheduled class time rotation to visit with colleges and business.

Other Important Notes

Paying a deposit: Most colleges (community colleges not included) will require you to pay a tuition deposit in order to enroll. Many of these will be due on May 1. Be prepared!

Loans: When accepting a student loan, make sure you understand its policies and long-term consequences. For example, some loans will begin accruing interest immediately, while others will wait until after you finish college. These are important differences that can affect your finances for years to come. If you need assistance, please see Ms. Taylor or Mrs. Hummer.



Please look at the local scholarships offered to Caroline Students. Here's the direct link:

The Walton Mahon Scholarship (as well as the Irene Miller Memorial Nursing Scholarship) is offered ONLY to Caroline High School seniors, so I wanted to make sure you are aware of this opportunity!

Counseling Newsletters are sent to you monthly with scholarship Information and other important information.

The local Scholarship information came out in a previous newsletter emailed to you. All of the newsletters are on our Counseling website at the following link:

Summer Opportunity

Duke University Grades 9-12

Grades 9-12 Duke Summer Session applications are now open. STEM opportunities! Through participating in one of our three transformative summer programs at Duke University, you will experience our commitment to academic excellence and personal growth as you challenge yourself, connect with new people, and create lasting memories over the course of the summer. All the while, you will be enhancing your college application and laying the foundation for future success at elite universities.

For information Apply online: