CHS Counseling Newsletter

January 2019


2019 Fary Memorial Scholarship

Available now for download at The scholarship is $6,000 for each of four years of college. Graduating seniors residing in specific geographical areas of eastern Virginia are eligible to apply (see attached flyer). The minimum requirements are a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and a combined SAT Critical Reading and Math of 1160, or ACT Composite score of 24. Financial need is a consideration.

Virginia Council on Women STEM Essay

The chief purpose of the Virginia Council on Women is to help women reach their potential and maximize their contributions to society and the Commonwealth as wage earners and citizens. To be eligible for their scholarship, one must be a female or identify as a female, reside in Virginia, be a junior or senior in high school and hold at least a 2.5 GPA. Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on February 22, 2019. Essays will be judged by a panel of Council members and individuals who represent STEM fields. Winners will be notified by March 21, 2019. The scholarship awards will be presented at a reception at the Executive Mansion in Richmond, Virginia, in April 2019.

Woodman Life Scholarship 2018


  • Be a 2017, 2018 or 2019 high school graduate

  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year school

  • Be a good-standing WoodmenLife member for a minimum of three years

  • Be from a 100% Woodmen Life family

To apply go to; click on get started now and enter the quick access code: diplom


The Virginia Association of Federal Education Program Administrators will award two students in Virginia with $500 scholarships. The two Virginia scholarship recipients will also be entered into a national scholarship competition for $2500. This scholarship requires a short essay and 3 letters of recommendation. See Mrs. Minor for an application. All applications are due by January 16th, 2019.

Tau Rho Chapter Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Fredericksburg, VA

Over $70,000 for area students. Applications are in the main office.

Deadline: Application must be postmarked by January 31st, 2019

Virginia Credit Union Scholarship

The Virginia Credit Union Scholarship was established to help members who are working toward their first undergraduate degree. The applicant must be a primary member of Virginia Credit Union and must have joined by Dec. 1, 2018. A 3.0 cumulative GPA is required. To apply, visit and complete the application and essay by March 1, 2019.

Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region

Various Scholarships

The Community Foundation manages over 40 different scholarship funds aimed at assisting area young people by advancing education. Last year, over $140,000 was awarded to local students. Transcripts and recommendations are required. Applications will be accepted until March 3, 2019 at 11:00 PM.

Apply at


To qualify for the scholarship students must have been accepted to attend (or already attending) the University of Richmond as a full-time undergraduate student. The scholarship can be applied for each year the student is enrolled at U of R as a full time student, provided that the recipient(s) maintains satisfactory academic citizenship.

The deadline to submit an application for this scholarship is May 1, 2019.

Interested and eligible candidates can apply online at the following:

Breathing Blessings Scholarship Fund

Breathing Blessings is offering several scholarships to local students. You must have a 2.5+ GPA and received an admissions offer from a college (including community) or trade school. Applicants must submit an essay, short biography, and two letters of recommendation. See Mrs. Minor for application.

Taco Bell Live Mas Scholarship

Taco Bell has launched their 2019 scholarship application. They're asking for innovators, creators, and dreamers. Applicants are asked to submit a 2 minute video explaining their passion.

Mildred Remos $1620 Scholarship

You must be a high school senior, a Virginia resident, related to a Virginia resident or a member of the Virginia Mayflower Society. You must have a 3.0 / B grade point average or equivalent. Deadline to apply: March 8, 2019

Applications and deadlines are online at:

FAFSA Reminders

Seniors, if college or trade school is in your future, remember to submit the FAFSA. Some schools have priority filing dates coming up in February and March. If you don’t file by the priority deadlines, you may not get your financial aid information until after decision deadlines (meaning you may have to commit to a school without knowing how much money they will give you).

When filing the FAFSA, choose 2019-2020 if you are entering college in Fall 2019. Make sure you indicate which schools you’d like to send your FAFSA to; send it to any school you are interested in attending.

Click here to begin.

What Can Juniors Do to Prepare for College?

  1. Keep your grades up!

    1. Spring semester will be the last full semester to show up on your college applications next year (if you’re applying early).

    2. Poor grades in dual enrollment courses can affect your financial aid eligibility. Stay at a C or above to avoid any future problems.

  2. Study for AP exams (if taking)

    1. Getting AP credit can reduce credit load (and cost) in college.

  3. Volunteer and/or get involved in extracurricular activities

    1. Colleges love to see applicants who are involved in their communities. Find volunteer opportunities, participate in clubs or sports, or begin working a part-time job.

  4. Research colleges

    1. Use resources such as or to research colleges

    2. It is a good idea to have at least three types of colleges on your list:

      1. Reach: A college you like but may not completely have the grades/test scores for;

      2. Match/fit: A college that is just right for your abilities;

      3. Safety: A college that you are almost certain you will be accepted to

    3. Visit campuses when possible. If it’s not financially feasible, try using online virtual tours.

  5. Take the SAT and/or ACT

    1. Taking the SAT or ACT during spring of junior year is often the best plan. This will allow you plenty of extra time to retake the test if needed. In fact, a lot of students take the test twice.

    2. Fee waivers are available to students who qualify. See a counselor or Ms. Taylor.

    3. Register before the deadline! Registration info can be found at Registering past the deadline will result in an extra charge. Students who register with a fee waiver will not have an extra fee if registering past the regular deadline.

    4. Sign up on to practice for the SAT. The site contains free video tutorials covering all the types of problems you may see on the test. Start practicing early!

  6. Save money

    1. Applying to college can be expensive. Application fees, college visits, and testing costs can really add up. Save now so that it isn’t as much of a burden later. Note: Students with free/reduced lunch will qualify for SAT/ACT fee waivers and application fee waivers.

  7. Make an appointment with Mrs. Hummer (Career Coach) or Ms. Taylor (College Adviser). Mrs. Hummer can help with career exploration and community college needs, while Ms. Taylor can assist with applications, financial aid, SAT/ACT registration, etc.
  8. Attend College Night in March (see info below)

Why Take the SAT During Junior Year???

Students often get their best test results during spring of Junior year. The math section is primarily algebra-based with a few advanced math concepts. Junior year is often the time when these skills are still fresh. Students can refresh these skills on Khan Academy.

Taking the test during Junior year gives ample time for retakes. Those who wait until the first semester of their Senior year often run out of time to improve their scores before applications are due. Don’t fall into this trap!

SAT Prep

To help you prepare for the SAT, Ms. Taylor (college adviser) will be holding six (free) prep sessions. Mr. Hartinger will teach the math sessions. See the dates below:

Thursday, Jan. 17: Essay practice (the essay section is optional on the SAT)

Tuesday, Jan. 22: Reading Part 1

Thursday, Jan. 24: Reading Part 2

Tuesday, February 5: Writing/language

Thursday, February 7: Math Part 1

Wednesday, February 13: Math Part 2

Each session will have in-depth review of the topic and some practice time. You can also study for free on Practicing can make a big difference in your score!

Upcoming Events

  • SAT Prep: Ms. Taylor will host a 6-session SAT prep course beginning in January. These sessions will be free to all students. Students do not have to attend every session, but it is recommended. The sessions will involve a breakdown of material covered as well as plenty of practice time. See details above.

  • College Night: Juniors and their parents are encouraged to join us for College Night on March 12th (5:30 PM- 7:30 PM) . The night will begin with a presentation detailing the steps of the college process. We will be joined by several guest speakers from colleges around Virginia. Pizza will be provided.

  • College and Career Day: Mrs. Huntsinger has been busy planning our College and Career Day! All CHS students will have the opportunity to speak with several college representatives, employers, and more.

  • College Scholarship Summit: The Betty J. Hunter Bazemore Scholarship Fund will host their College Scholarship Summit on Saturday, January 19th from 10 AM - 1 PM at River Club Church in Fredericksburg. This event is free to attend for all 10th through 12th grade students. Workshops will include college selection, financial aid, writing sessions, and more. Students MUST register on Eventbrite in order to attend. Find more info at

Additional Reminders

Students: Check your emails daily!

To sign up for Remind alerts:

Juniors should visit in their phone browser. Follow the instructions given.

Seniors should visit in their phone browser and follow the instructions.

College Night

Tuesday, March 12th, 5:30-7pm

19155 Rogers Clark Boulevard


Juniors and their parents/guardians are invited to attend College Night. This event will include a presentation about all things related to the college-going process, such as types of colleges, the benefits of a degree, how to choose a college, how to apply, how to obtain financial aid, and more. Following the presentation, we will have several guest speakers. Free pizza and drinks will be provided to students.

Students, please continue to listen to the announcements for more information about this event.

Summer 2019 Opportunities

VA Association of Soil and Water Conservation District sponsors Summer Youth Conservation Camp this July 2019.

Applicants should be in grades 9-12 and interested in the environment and/or agriculture.

For additional information or contact Bonnie Mahl, Camp Director at

Employment Opportunities

Room and board paid for. Weekly pay throughout the summer. This is for both male and female students aged 15 and up (14 by summer can CIT). Great place to work a summer job!

Career Opportunities

VEPF Institute

Pharmacy Technician Program. The Program is recognized and approved by the Virginia board of Pharmacy and both inseat and online classes are available.

Students will have the opportunity to do a full externship at their local CVS Pharmacy and that would open up career opportunities.

This is an exciting 2 months career program which we believe near high school graduates students can benefit from.



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