WBHS Counselor Connection & News

News & Info for the WBHS Community December 17, 2019

In this issue:

  • Farewell Mr. Watson
  • HBCU Information Session - Student Panel
  • Allegheny College - WB Alum Presentation
  • Aveda Cosmetology Rep at WB
  • Reminder Juniors - Submit your Junior Profile to Counselors
  • Student Leadership Class Applications - Available for 2020-2021 school year
  • Peer Mentor Class Applications - Available for 2020-2021 school year
  • Metro Detroit College Fair (Note date change)
  • Engineering & Computer Science Day at Oakland University
  • WBEF Casino Night
  • OSTC Open House in Wixom- January 30th
  • College Weekend 2020 - Second Ebenezer Church
  • Bloomfield Twp Library is hiring

Scholarships -

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

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

  • Society of Women Engineers Scholarships
  • Michigan Council of Women in Tech Scholarship
  • American College Foundation Scholarship
  • Writing Competition for 9th-12th grade students
  • Jewish Studies Majors at IU Scholarships
  • Scholarship Links for Students with Dyslexia
  • MASFPS Scholarship
  • GE Reagan Foundation Scholarship
  • Credit Union One Scholarship
  • Kent State University Out of State Scholarships

Check Twitter Daily for Additional Scholarships @WBHSCounseling #WBHSScholarships2020

Best Wishes Mr. Watson.... We will miss you!

We are incredibly grateful for the many years of service Mr. Watson has given to West Bloomfield High School. He is truly an incredible leader and will be missed tremendously. We wish you all the best in your new role. Please know that you will always have a special place in our heart. Thanks to you and your family for the many years of dedication to WB.

11th Grade- Junior Profile Reminder

Please remember to turn in your junior profile ASAP! Counselors will use this to help you with your career planning and letters of recommendation. It's also a great chance for you to see what types of questions colleges/employers might ask you in terms of extra curricular, work and volunteer experience. Counselors sent you the link in your student email. Please have this filled out now or during the break!

Curious about attending an HBCU?

Join us for a conversation about why an HBCU might be the place for you! Hear from students currently attending Morehouse, Clark Atlanta, Spelman and North Carolina A&T. Wed., Dec. 18th at 10 a.m. iCenter

Click on the link to register:


Metro Detroit College Fair in Novi - NOTICE NEW DATE!!!!!!

There’s a new date for the Metro Detroit College Fair!

Mark your calendars for:

Metro Detroit National College Fair

Monday, April 27, 2020

8:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Suburban Collection Showplace

Novi, Michigan

Students should click here to register.

2020-2021 Student Leadership Class Applications

Apply for the Student Leadership class! Applications are available outside of room 300 and at …https://westbloomfieldhighschoolstudentleadership.weebly.com/apply.html

2020-2021 Peer Mentoring Class Applications

Interested in becoming a Peer Mentor? Pick up an application in Ms. Crewes’ room (625) or Ms.Tobias’ room (605).

Applications are due JANUARY 15th.

West Bloomfield Educational Foundation

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College Weekend 2020

2020 ~ 23rd Annual College Weekend Schedule of Events

Friday, February 21 6:30p.m. Clash of Champions- Performing Arts

Saturday, February 22 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. College Fair

Sunday, February 23 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. College Spirit Day

Engineering and Computer Science Day at Oakland University

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Wednesday January 8,2020 Allegheny College 12:00 p.m. - Olivia Krieger (WB Alum)

Monday February 3, 2020 Aveda Cosmetology School 9:00 a.m.

OSTC Open House in Wixom - January 30th

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Bloomfield Township Library is hiring!

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Need some FAFSA help? Click here....


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!

William D. Jewell Brewer Scholarship - American Legion

If you are a Michigan high school senior who is a son, daughter, grandchild or great-grandchild of a war-time veteran and plan to attend any nationally accredited college, university, or trade school, apply for the William D. Jewell Brewer scholarship.


Society of Women Engineers - Scholarship Opportunities

SWE-Detroit Scholarships

· SWE Detroit annually awards scholarships to exceptional high school seniors who intend to pursue a college degree in engineering at an ABET-accredited college or university.

· The scholarship application must be filled out by the student and postmarked or e-mailed by March 1, 2020.

Josie Rewald Memorial Community College Scholarship

· Now in it’s second year, SWE-Detroit has endowed the Society’s first scholarship specifically for students starting their engineering program at a community college.

· The scholarship application must be filled out by the student and postmarked or e-mailed by April 1, 2020.

The applications for both programs can be downloaded at: http://www.swedetroit.org/high-school-scholarships.html

SWE, at a national level, also has many scholarships for outstanding high school woman students. This application form can be found on the National SWE website: www.swe.org.

Michigan Council of Women in Technology Scholarship

MCWT provides scholarships to women who have the interest, aptitude and potential for a successful career in computer science.

Our scholarship program encourages talented female students to continue their higher education and ultimately help Michigan become the No. 1 state for girls and women in technology.

In 2019, we awarded scholarships to 28 recipients; those scholarships had a value of $90,000. Since 2006, we’ve provided 192 women with scholarships totaling more than $1.2 million. Retention of women in tech majors in college is below 10 percent in general; among MCWT scholarship winners, that rate is over 90 percent.


  • Current Michigan resident
  • United States citizen
  • Female student with a GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Enrolled (or will be enrolled) full-time in a Michigan university

*Applicant must be able to provide documentation showing she meets these requirements.


Annual awards up to $5,000, with a possibility of renewal, awarded to high school seniors through college juniors. At least one award annually is awarded to a high school senior who has been active in an MCWT Girls Exploring Together - Information Technology (GET-IT) club.


Each applicant must be enrolled during the grant period in a full-time undergraduate or graduate degree program in a major such as information systems, computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, computer information systems, digital forensics and software engineering. This is not a complete list, but rather serves to provide examples. Applicant must maintain program requirements and will be subject to verification.

The scholarship application for the 2020-2021 academic year is open October 1, 2019 - January 31, 2020.


Writing Competition for 9th-12th Grade Students

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Scholarships for Jewish Studies Majors at Indiana University

Multiple Scholarships of up to $40,000 ($10,000/year for 4 years) for incoming Jewish Studies majors or Jewish sacred music students entering Indiana University in Fall 2020. “The Place for Jewish Studies” with more than 200 alumni working in careers related to Jewish Studies.

To apply for Fall 2020 Jewish Studies scholarships, see (go.iu.edu/js_scholarships). Deadline: Thursday, January 16, 2020. (Note: Students applying to IU before November 1, 2019, will be considered for IU Selective Scholarships, too.)

Questions? iujsp@indiana.edu and see: www.indiana.edu/~jsp/index.shtml

“The best undergraduate Jewish Studies experience in the country.”

American College Foundation - College Planning Visionary Scholarship


Applicant must be currently enrolled as a High School Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior (2023, 2022, 2021, or 2020) and must be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen. Financial need is NOT considered; all income levels are encouraged to apply.

Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000 each with multiple winners to be selected. Each award is a non-renewable, one-time award and is to be used exclusively to offset costs and fees related directly to the student’s first year of higher post-secondary education at an accredited institution of the student’s choosing within the US.

MASFPS Scholarship

MASFPS Scholarship Information 2020

The Michigan Association of State and Federal Program Specialists (MASFPS) will award three state scholarships ($1500, $1000, and $500) to eligible high school seniors who are on track to graduate in the Spring of 2020. Selections will be based upon the NAFEPA Scholarship Application (National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators), which is attached. MASFPS will submit the applications of the top two Michigan awardees to NAFEPA for consideration for four (4) NAFEPA Scholarships of $2500 each. (Please refer to the NAFEPA Scholarship information for scoring criteria.)

The full amount of each MASFPS scholarship will be made payable to the recipient‘s institution of choice. It is the responsibility of each scholarship recipient to forward enrollment verification and a tuition invoice from the institution to the MASFPS Treasurer, Sam Ewing. (Use the address below.) Please note that the scholarship is paid directly to the institution only after a letter is received from the institution verifying the student is enrolled.

Eligibility for MASFPS Scholarships:

• Applicant must be a graduating senior (Class of 2020); and

• Applicant must be enrolled in a school or district that has at least one current MASFPS member on staff. (The scholarship committee will check the status of the district/school’s MASFPS memberships prior to reviewing submitted applications.)

Submission Directions for Applicant:

1. Complete the NAFEPA Scholarship Application and attach all required information and


2. Submit one (1) original and one (1) copy of the completed NAFEPA application packet to the address below by January 6, 2020.

3. Application packets must be mailed directly to the address below. No hand-delivered

or emailed applications will be accepted.

Jan Callis, Scholarship Chairperson Michigan Association of State & Federal Program Specialists P.O. Box 163 Tipton, MI 49287

4. Applications must be received no later than January 6, 2020.

5. Questions? Contact Jan Callis: janet.callis@oakland.k12.mi.us or 248-209-2596.

GE - Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program


GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program Honoring the legacy and character of our nation’s 40th President, the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program rewards college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with financial assistance to pursue higher education.

Each year, the Program selects numerous recipients to receive a $10,000 scholarship renewable for up to an additional three years – up to $40,000 total per recipient. Awards are for undergraduate study and may be used for education-related expenses, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, and board. In addition, Scholars are invited to participate in a special awards program and receive ongoing leadership-development support.

Credit Union ONE Scholarship Program


Credit Union ONE-- William G. Coyne Memorial Scholarship Program This scholarship is for graduating high school seniors that are a member of a family that has been a member of the Credit Union ONE for 6 months or more.

Kent State University Scholarships for Out of State Students

To learn more about our new scholarship programs, visit www.kent.edu/scholarships!


Students who apply by Dec. 1 will be automatically considered for all renewable merit scholarships. And applying to Kent State as never been easier! Your students can submit their application through the Common App or Kent State application.

Questions about our scholarships or the application process? Contact us at 800-988-5368 or at admissions@kent.edu.

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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


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Ashleigh Larkin, Assistant Principal


Eric Pace, Assistant Principal


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