CHS School Counseling Newsletter

October 2018


VFW Youth Scholarships

Deadline: October 31, 2018

Win a $2500 Rover Scholarship

Deadline: May 1, 2019

Essay Contests for Ayn Rand’s Anthem, The Fountainhead, and Atlas Shrugged

Deadline: January 15, 2019 and April 25, 2019

Discover Student Loans Sweepstakes

Deadline: January 31, 2019

Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship

Deadline: March 1, 2019

Getting Real About Distracted Driving Scholarship

Deadline: December 31, 2018 (fall contest) and May 31, 2019 (spring contest)

National Honor Society Scholarship

Deadline: December 7, 2018


Fredericksburg Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes

John Clements Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship winner will be awarded based on GPA & Class Rank, community involvement, FCA leadership, Athletic achievement, Extra-curricular activities, Church involvement, Faith walk, FCA involvement, Athletic participation, References, must full-time 4 year college in the Fall 2019; Deadline/postmarked by February 1, 2019.

Pick up application in main office.

The 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 open on November 14, 2018. Applications will be accepted until March 3, 2019 at 11:00 PM.

Apply at

Applying to Colleges: What is The Common Application

What Is the Common Application?

The Common Application is a college application shared by its member colleges. Member colleges then accept this application from prospective students.

So what does this mean for you? Instead of filling out an individual application for each school, all you have to do is fill out the Common Application once and send it to whichever colleges you want to apply to that accept it.

However, this doesn’t mean you can apply to dozens of colleges with the click of a button. Many colleges have additional supplements you have to submit. These are forms with additional questions and sometimes an extra essay.

Furthermore, most colleges have application fees, so you can’t apply to hundreds of schools—unless, of course, you have a lot of money to burn!

Above retrieved 9/20/2018 online from

Virginia Schools that Participate in the Common Application

  • Christopher Newport University
  • The College of William & Mary
  • Eastern Mennonite University
  • Emory & Henry College
  • George Mason University
  • Hampden-Sydney College
  • Hollins University
  • Jefferson College of Health Sciences
  • Lynchburg College
  • Marymount University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Randolph College
  • Randolph-Macon College
  • Roanoke College
  • Sweet Briar College
  • University of Mary Washington
  • University of Richmond
  • University of Virginia (UVA)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Washington and Lee University
Above retrieved 9/20/2018 online from

College Acceptance Letters and Awards, Recognition, and Scholarships/Grants

Please make a copy of all of your college acceptance letters and give this information to your School Counselor. Please provide copies of all of your scholarship/grants, and awards to Mrs. Huntsinger, School Counselor, in the counseling office. Our goal is for the class of 2019 to surpass the scholarships/grants/awards awarded for the Class of 2018!

This information will include all college letters of acceptance and awards - not just the college where you plan to attend.

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

FAFSA opens on October 1 at This form is required for anyone who wants to receive financial aid (loans, grants, work-study) to pay for college or career/technical schools. Even if you don't believe you/your student will receive aid, it is still important to file the FAFSA! You may be surprised by what you get. Additionally, almost anyone can receive a federal student loan, which is much lower interest than any loan from a bank. FAFSA may also be required for certain scholarship applications. In short, COMPLETE THE FAFSA! Keep an eye on FAFSA deadlines for any prospective colleges. And remember: FAFSA is always FREE! Never pay to file a FAFSA.

Ms. Taylor is available to answer any questions students or parents have about the FAFSA. To schedule an appointment, email Ms. Taylor at, or give her a call at 804-633-9886 ext. 5026.

Please inform Ms. Taylor when FAFSA is submitted. Students who show proof of completion will be entered into a raffle for gift cards and other prizes.

CHS will be hosting a FAFSA Night on October 23 at 5:30pm. Senior parents and students are encouraged to attend. A financial aid professional from Germanna Community College will be available to answer any questions. Sign up by submitting this form:


Seniors planning on going to a four-year college are encouraged to take the SAT or ACT. Though some colleges no longer require standardized testing, many still ask for scores. Fee waivers are available for those who qualify. See Ms. Taylor or your counselor for details.

Remaining SAT Test dates in 2018:

  • November 3rd: Registration due by October 5th, 2018. Late registration (with extra fee, unless registering with waiver) due by October 24th, 2018. * This test date will NOT be offered at CHS. Those taking the test must travel to a different test site *
  • December 1st: Registration due by November 2nd, 2018. Late registration (with extra fee, unless registering with waiver) due by November 20th, 2018.

Free SAT prep can be found at Students are highly encouraged to utilize this source. Register for the SAT at

The ACT is an alternative standardized test and is accepted by most colleges. To view the differences between the ACT and SAT, go to Fee waivers are also available for the ACT. The ACT is currently NOT available at CHS: Any student wishing to take the ACT must travel to a different site.

Remaining ACT Test dates in 2018:

  • October 27th: Late registration (extra fee required) due by October 24th, 2018.
  • December 8th: Registration due by November 2nd, 2018. Late registration (with extra fee) due by November 19th.

Register for the ACT at

College Application Boot Camp and FAFSA Night

Ms. Taylor (College Adviser) will host a College Application Boot Camp and FAFSA Night on October 23rd, 2018. Boot Camp will begin at 3:00pm and will feature information about the Common Application, Coalition Application, and college essays. Students will receive one-on-one help with applications from Ms. Taylor. FAFSA Night will follow at 5:00pm and will include a presentation/Q&A session with a Germanna Community College financial aid professional. Parents are encouraged to attend FAFSA Night with their students.

Pizza and drinks will be provided for those who stay for BOTH College Application Boot Camp and FAFSA Night. To register, please fill out the form on

Important Reminders

Students: Please remember to check your school email DAILY. Check Remind as well, but keep in mind that longer updates are often sent via email.

Share information with parents/guardians. Parents may also text @cavsfamily to 81010 to receive Remind updates.

Send any college acceptance letters to Ms. Taylor and/or your counselor.

Workforce Preparation

Prepare for the Workforce:

1. Sign up for internships

2. Build diverse set of skills

3. Earn credentials

4. Be a life long learner

5. Take Advantage of Career Services

6. Adapt to other generations- younger and older in the workplace setting

7. Be committed and loyal to your company

8. Get to know your co-workers, team build, help to set and reach goals

9. Research the company and match their desired skills and needs from employers

Information retrieved 10/05/2018: