WBHS Counselor Connection & News

News & Info for the WBHS Community March 20, 2020

In this issue:

  • We are here for you! You can virtually meet with your counselor.
  • AP Exams- Recent information from the College Board
  • Seniors - College Decisions
  • Virtual Junior Parent Financial Aid Night
  • March Madness Bracketology - Careers!
  • Virtual Brown Bag Lunch Series
  • Self Discovery Journaling
  • Interesting Websites
  • Attending OCC this Fall? Next Steps Virtual Meeting
  • Mrs. Essig's Top Picks - Articles of Interest

Scholarships -

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

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

  • Pearls of Service Foundation Scholarships
  • Be Like Bob Scholarship - $1500 exclusively for WBHS Students!
  • B'nai B'rith Great Lakes Region College Scholarship
  • NOBLE Scholarship
  • OCTEA Scholarship
  • 100 Mensches Essay Contest
  • Skilled Trade Scholarship Program
  • Colleges that Change Lives Scholarship

Check Twitter Daily for Additional Scholarships @WBHSCounseling #WBHSScholarships2020

Counseling Department Appointments

Please note that your WBHS Counseling Team is still taking student appointments via Google Meet or Google Chat. To schedule an appointment time, please click on the link.

If you have not submitted your course requests for next year, please submit this immediately as we are working on scheduling for next year. Thank you!


Latest Update - AP Exams.... from the College Board...

Click on the link below to read the latest information from the College Board who administers the AP Program. Please know that this is all of the same information they have shared with us. We will continue to keep you posted as we hear updates. Thanks!


ACT/SAT Updates - Note this changes daily....

Here is what we know so far:

ACT has canceled the ACT scheduled for April 4. It's now rescheduled for June 13. Details: http://bit.ly/examACT

The College Board has canceled the SAT scheduled for May 2, as well as all March makeup exams. Details:

College Board Cancels May SAT in Response to the Coronavirus

Additional future testing opportunities will be offered to replace lost administrationsCollege Board also providing supports for AP students and educatorsIn response to the rapidly evolving situation...


Virtual Junior Parent Financial Aid Night

You are invited to attend a virtual financial aid presentation to learn general information regarding the financial aid process. The presenters are the same and it is just like a Financial Aid Night held at local high schools. We provide general information able to be used no matter what college or university students plan to attend. Topics include the elements of financial aid, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), variety of resources available, and more!

Please join this virtual presentation from your computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone using either WiFi or cellular service. Below are linked handouts available for download, print, or viewing during the presentation.

Event Details: Junior Financial Aid Night

Date: April 7, 2020

Time: 7:00 PM

Link to join: www.bit.ly/LiveWithCarrie

Presentation Outline

FSA ID and FAFSA Instructional Handout

Federal Student Aid At-a-Glance


Many colleges are changing their due dates for decisions, deposits, orientation, etc... make sure you are in contact with them with the latest information.

Are you missing March Madness? Try this!

Learn more about your career choices by clicking on the link...Let's have our own March Madness! It's the 2020 Career Madness! Make a Copy and play along!

Self-Discovery Journaling: Self-Care for Teens & Adults

What are the benefits of journaling? Journaling helps to reduce stress, improve mood, and increases positivity! It also is proven to decrease anxiety levels, while increasing mindfulness and self-reflection.

  1. Write about the qualities/characteristics that you are most proud of possessing.

  2. If you could do anything, what would it be and why?

  3. What would your perfect day look like, why?

  4. What are your strengths/weaknesses?

  5. Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

  6. What do you need more/less of in your life?

  7. How are you feeling right now?

  8. What do you love about yourself?

  9. What drains your energy?

  10. Who or what inspires you the most?

  11. What are you most thankful for?

  12. What is something that you feel strongly about?

  13. What is one thing that you do regularly that qualifies as self-care?

  14. What are your three biggest goals, and why are they important to you?

  15. What motivates you?

  16. What is holding you back from striving for your goals?

  17. What are you most passionate about?

  18. Describe yourself in ten words, and explain why they represent you.

  19. How can you simplify your life in little ways starting today?

  20. What are five things that you would like to do more of and why?

  21. What are five things that you would like to do less often and why?

  22. What is one way that you would like to grow in the next year and why?

  23. What is something that you need to get off of your chest today and why?

  24. What are priorities in your life right now?

We Are All In This Together.... Laker Nation!

In case you need a little pick me up! :)
High School Musical - We're All In This Together

VIRTUAL - BROWN BAG LUNCH SERIES - Mrs. Essig is hosting these events online!

11th/12th Grade Students - Announcing the 2020 Spring Brown Bag Lunch Series! Please take a minute to look over the attached document to learn how to join us for a discussion on a variety of college related topics.

Click on the link to register and Mrs. Essig will send you the code for the Zoom Meeting.

WBHS Spring 2020 Brown Bag Lunch Series.pdf

Seniors Planning to Attend OCC in the Fall.... Virtual Information Session

Attending OCC in the fall? Have you filled out the application but aren't sure what to do next? Join us for a virtual meeting with an OCC rep who will walk you through the next steps!

Wednesday, April 8th at 9:00 a.m.

Click here to register - https://forms.gle/oM9mMrncADa91usC8

Apprenticeship Showcase - Updates coming if necessary....

Mrs. Essig's Top Picks

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

Pearls of Service Foundation Scholarships

The Pearls of Service Foundation, Inc, along with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, Pi Tau Omega Chapter, has approximately 201,000 dollars in scholarships available for 2020 graduating Seniors.Please disseminate the attached documents to your students who meet the scholarship criteria and encourage them to complete apply for scholarships.

Note there are 5 scholarships to apply for!

The Pearls of Service Foundation, Incorporated is committed to helping students
pursue their academic goals at a four-year college or university. We invite you to
apply for one of our Pearls of Service Foundation and Jubilee Freedom
scholarships. The completed application must be sent according to the
instructions listed on the application.

Please review the criteria for each scholarship application. Only applicants who
meet the criteria and follow application instructions will be considered. You can
apply for more than one scholarship but must submit an application for each.

Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU)
One $2,000 Scholarship will be awarded.

Pearls of Service Foundation General Scholarships
One $1,500 Scholarship and One $1,000 Scholarship will be awarded.

Lawrence Technological University Presidential Jubilee Freedom Gala Scholarship
Three $64,000 Scholarships will be awarded and disbursed in increments of
$16,000 dollars annually for four years. Recipients must attend LTU and will receive
automatic admission.

Ascension Emancipation Scholarship
One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded.

Jubilee STEM Scholarship
One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student majoring in science.

The following documents must be included with the application:
1. An official transcript
2. Two letters of recommendation
A. From someone familiar with you academically, such as a teacher,
counselor or academic program advisor
B. From another respected member of the community, such as a pastor,
mentor, coach or civic organization advisor
3. Essay
4. A recent photograph (Sorry no photographs will be returned)

The scholarship recipient will be notified by telephone or e-mail on or before May
15, 2020. If you require any additional information, visit our website:
www.pearlsofservicefoundation.org or contact Sherrie C. Ross at
PSFScholarships2020@gmail.com or (313)-610-6361.

$1,500 Scholarship Exclusively for WBHS Students!

Apply now!!! Scholarship opportunity exclusively for WBHS Seniors!

West Bloomfield Optimist Club

Who was Bob?
This scholarship is in memory of Robert “Bob” Mellen, who was an active and longtime member of the West Bloomfield Optimist Club. Mr. Mellen was a founding partner in the accounting firm of Mellen, Smith & Pivoz. A dedicated member of WB Optimists since 1982, he lived its mission by his positive attitude, kind heart and generosity to others. Bob was a strong believer in public and higher education. He felt public education is the foundation of our democracy and the character of our youth determines the strength of our future. This scholarship is given in his memory.

Applicant Criteria:
• Have a 2.5 or higher GPA in high school and plan to attend a college in the state of Michigan.
• Must be a current West Bloomfield High School senior who will graduate this year.
• Must provide an official high school transcript.
• Must provide (2) letters of recommendation (No family members).
• Write an essay answering each of the essay prompts.
• Scholarship will be presented at a meeting of the West Bloomfield Optimist Club in April of 2020.
• Winner and family will be required to attend the Michigan Week Breakfast on May 8, 2020 at Wabeek Country Club as guests of the West Bloomfield Optimist Club.

Award Process:

• Applications must be submitted to Mrs. Essig at noelle.essig@wbsd.org by April 6, 2020 at 2:10 p.m.
• The West Bloomfield Optimist Club will announce the winner of the scholarship via email after April 15, 2020.
• Scholarship will be presented at a meeting of the West Bloomfield Optimist Club in April of 2020.
• Winner and family will be required to attend the Michigan Week Breakfast on May 8 at Wabeek Country Club as guests of the West Bloomfield Optimist Club.

• All applications become the property of the WB Optimist Club and will not be returned to the applicant.
• All decisions are final.
• Any questions should be directed to Ms. Joey Spano, joey.spano@wbsd.org or 248-865-6463.

B’nai B’rith Great Lakes Region College Scholarship Program

The B’nai B’rith Great Lakes Region is pleased to announce open enrollment for its College Scholarship Program for high school students who will be entering college in the fall of 2020. We anticipate awarding three or four scholarships for the 2020-21 academic year in the amount of $2,500 each. It is our goal that these scholarships will inspire the honorees to pay our gift forward after graduation by serving as leaders in their communities and as ambassadors for the B’nai B’rith Great Lake Region’s College Scholarship program.

Candidates will be judged by many factors including financial need, academic achievement, their record of community service, extra-curricular activities as well as other attributes. To be eligible candidates must:

  • Reside in Michigan.
  • Submit a completed B’nai B’rith Great Lakes Region (BBGLR) College Scholarship Application including the following required documents by the April 27, 2020 deadline. Please send in ALL of the required paper work to be fully considered for the scholarship:
    • ​First two pages of the Parent’s/Guardian’s 2019 (2018 if they have not filed 2019 yet) Federal Income Tax Form 1040.
    • Most current High School transcript.
    • ACT and/or SAT transcript.
  • The top five candidates must be available to attend a personal interview with the BBGLR’s College Scholarship Selection Committee during the beginning of May.
  • The successful candidates are expected to attend the B’nai B’rith Great Lakes Region’s annual Golf Classic Dinner Banquet on Monday, June 1, 2020 at Tam O’Shanter Country Club in West Bloomfield, Michigan, where they will be honored.
Applications may be downloaded here or by calling the BBGLR office at 248-646-3100. A candidate’s completed application should be mailed to the BBGLR office addressed as follows:
B’nai B’rith Great Lakes Region
Attention: College Scholarship Selection Committee
P.O. Box 250696
West Bloomfield, MI 48325

If you have questions concerning the BBGLR’s new College Scholarship Program, please feel free to contact our office at 248-646-3100 or forward your question to us from our website. We encourage individuals or businesses who are interested in partnering with our College Scholarship Program to perhaps endow a special scholarship or to simply make a contribution to contact us at 248-646-3100 to discuss the vast array of possibilities.

Download the 2020/2021 College Scholarship Program Application

NOBLE Scholarship

Seniors with a GPA between a 2.75 to 3.4 -National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives Metro Detroit Chapter 2020 Scholarship Applications now available.

2019-2020 OCTEA Scholarship Application


To provide an Oakland County graduating senior who has participated in a State Approved Career and Technical Education Program an opportunity to obtain $500 of funding assistance for post-secondary educational costs. One Scholarship of $500 each will be awarded.


Graduating high school senior

Participant in a State Approved Career and Technical Education program (CTE)

GPA 2.0 and higher, verified by submission of a copy of your official high school transcript

District has a registered OCTEA member

Essay Contest for 11th and 12th grade

The 100 Mensches, a program of Jewish Family Service, is once again offering college scholarships to Jewish juniors and seniors through an essay contest on the topic of healthy relationships and dating.

New this year is the opportunity to apply for a position on the Haven Youth Advisory Board for the 20-21 school year.

Deadline for essay submissions is May 4. Details, including essay prompt, eligibility requirements and submission details can be found on the attached flyer.

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MI Student Aid Scholarship Search Tool

Searching for scholarships can seem like a daunting task since there are so many scholarships out there, but we're here to help! Our scholarship search tool is easy to use, just pick the county you live in and get a list of scholarships! https://bit.ly/2SIlkKr

Colleges That Change Lives Scholarship

CTCL Scholarship Application

If you are attending one of the CTCL colleges, check out this scholarship! (Ex. Wooster, Hillsdale, Hope, K-Zoo, Wheaton) #WBHSScholarships2020 https://ctcl.org/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 scholarships@ctcl.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).

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 ltruscott@setseg.org.

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Spend a night talking to college representatives and learning more about educational opportunities available to you!


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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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)


Text - HELLO to 741741