WBHS Counselor Connection & News

News & Info for the WBHS Community October 4, 2019

In this issue:

Tuesday is an odd day

No School Wednesday

Picture retake day

MiCareer Quest Event

Michigan College Month - Application Fee Waivers for some colleges

FAFSA is open

On Site Admissions Day - Last call for sign up

CSS Profile - Do you need it?

Salute to Young Heroes Event

Howard University STEM Scholars Program

Essay Help

US Selective Service Registration

HBCU Visit - Tuskegee University

SAT Prep - Community Ed

OSTC Open House

Cosmetology Information Night

We Need to Talk - Mental Health Support

College Rep Visits

Tutoring Schedule

AP Registration

Mrs. Essig's Top Picks - Articles of Interest

Looking for a job? Employment Bulletin Board

2020 Black College Tour

Scholarships -

Virginia Military Institute - The Institute Scholarship Program

Horatio Alger Scholarship

2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Award

Indiana University Bloomington Scholarship Info

Davidson College - Lowell Bryan Scholarship

Davidson College - John M Belk Scholarship

Elks National Foundation Scholarship

University of Dayton Scholarship

2020 Profile in Courage Essay Contest - JFK Library

Bronfman Fellowship

Gayle S. Joyner Memorial Scholarship

Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship

Check Twitter Daily for Additional Scholarships @WBHSCounseling #WBHSScholarships2020

Change to schedule for next week

Tuesday, October 8 is an Odd Day. (no school on Wednesday, October 9)

Seniors - It's Michigan College Month!

It's time to get those college applications submitted! Check out these colleges who are waiving their application fees for the month of October!

Seniors - Have you filled out the FAFSA yet? It's open!

The FAFSA forms are now available! If you haven't filled it out, now is the time!
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Seniors- Do you need to fill out the CSS Profile?

For most of you, the answer is "no"... but if you are applying to U of M or certain private schools, you may need it. Check out this article to learn more!

Picture retake day

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Interested in learning more about an HBCU?

Tuskegee is coming to WBHS! Join us! Sign up below!

MiCareer Quest Event - Open to 9th-12th grade - Sign up now!

What is MiCareerQuest Southeast?

MiCareerQuest Southeast, the region's largest interactive career exploration event for high school students, taking place on November 8th at the Suburban Collection Showcase in Novi.

Space is limited. We plan to take 3 buses of students. Students will not be registered until they have turned in the parent permission slip to Mr. Muylaert, Ms. Mattson or Mrs. Essig in Counseling. We will leave the school at 7:15 a.m. and return by 11:00 a.m. Space is limited so register early! It promises to expose students to a broad range of exciting, rewarding career opportunities as they prepare for their futures!

Thousands of high school students from Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Wayne, Washtenaw and Livingston counties will be meeting with working professionals who have built successful careers in a variety of fields. In addition, young people will have the opportunity to touch, feel and work with the equipment, tools and technology used by people every day in a broad range of in-demand jobs.

The goal is to connect classroom learning with real-world jobs and their requirements. Students also will discover engaging workplace opportunities, such as internships, job shadowing and more.

2019 Exhibitors


Applied Process, Inc.

Applied Technology Systems

Ascent Aerospace

ATS Midwest, llc.

Braun Machinery Company

Brose North America


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)

Glass and Mirror Craft


Hurco Companies

L&L Products

Macomb Community College

Michigan Boating Industries Association

Oakland Community College

Oakland University - School of Engineering and Computer Science



United Technical

Washtenaw Community College

Wenzel America Ltd

Williams International


Administrative Controls Management

AUCH Construction

Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 2

City of Farmington Hills

City of Novi Department of Public Works

City of Rochester Hills

Construction Association of Michigan

Consumers Energy

Detroit Carpenters Apprenticeship School

Detroit Electrical Industry Training Center

DTE Energy

Edward Rose & Sons

Farmington Hills


GD Top Notch Cleaning Service

George W. Auch Company

Great Lakes Boat Building School

HBA of Southeastern Michigan

International Trucking School

Lawrence Technological University

Lee Industrial Contracting

MCA Detroit

MIAT College of Technology

Michigan Center for Truck Safety

Michigan Society of Professional Surveyors

Oakland County Facilities

Oakland County Parks

Oakland County WRC

Operating Engineers 324

Oscar W. Larson Company

Paragon Properties Company

Roofers Local #149

Sheet Metal Workers Local 80 Training Center

Thornton and Grooms

U.S. Truck Driving School

Washtenaw Community College

Wright Tree Service


Alliance Mobile Health

American Society Of Safety Professionals

Ascension Health Saint John Hospital

Ascension Michigan Labs

Baker College

Beaumont Health

Beaumont Health - Imaging Services

Beaumont Health Royal Oak

Carnegie Institute

City of Novi Fire Department

DMC Huron Valley - Sinai Hospital

Dorsey Schools

Eastern Michigan University MSOP

Henry Ford Health System

Henry Ford Health System Department of Ophthalmology

Henry Ford Orthopedic and Sports Medicine

HNC Virtual Solutions

HNC Virtual Solutions and J&B Medical Supply Co Inc

Irenes Myomassology Institute

Livingston County

Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College Veterinary Technician Program


Michigan Rehabilitation Services-Business Network Division

Oakland Community College

Oakland Community College/CREST

Oakland University - Beaumont Graduate Program of Nurse Anesthesia

OAKWAY Fire Mutual Group

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

University Pediatricians Autism Center

Washtenaw Community College



City of Rochester Hills

Crosswinds Aviation

CTS Companies

Genisys Credit Union

Lawrence Technological University - College of Business and Information Technology

Livingston County

MIAT College of Technology

Northwood University

Novi Police Department

Oakland County

Oakland County - Central Services, Aviation Division

Oakland County - Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Oakland County IT - CLEMIS

Oakland Schools Technical Campus

Red Level

Site Development Inc

SMART - Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation

Soothsayer Analytics

Specs Howard

Specs Howard School of Media Arts

The NEXT Education

Washtenaw Community College


Last Updated: 10/02/19

Salute to Young Heroes Event

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SAT Prep

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Senior Class Parents - Join us for Coffee Talk!

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OSTC Open House

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Cosmetology Information Night

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Interested in Howard University's STEM Scholars Program?

Let us nominate you! Please see Mrs. Essig to be nominated for the Bison's STEM Scholars Program!

On Site Admissions Day for Seniors - Sign Up Now!

The signup is open for our annual On Site Admissions Day! It will be held on Wednesday, October 16th in the iCenter. Students MUST pre-register and follow the instructions in the form. Please read carefully as there are GPA/ACT or SAT minimums. Space is limited and spots will fill up quickly.


Click here to sign up: https://forms.gle/T5mfrayEXk7p61WT7

Colleges attending this year:

Bowling Green State University

Central Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University

Ferris State University

Grand Valley State University

Kettering University

Lawrence Tech University

Michigan Technological University

Northern Michigan University

Oakland Community College

Oakland University

Saginaw Valley State University

University of Detroit Mercy

University of Michigan-Dearborn

University of Michigan-Flint

University of Toledo

FAFSA Workshops - Space is Limited - Class of 2020 student with parent/guardian

West Bloomfield High School is hosting a FAFSA Workshop for current seniors attending college in the fall of 2020. Parents and students should attend together to complete and submit the FAFSA. Prepare to attend the workshop by gathering relevant information on the FAFSA Checklist as well as creating FSA IDs. One parent in the household and the student must each create a FSA ID at least one week prior to completing the FAFSA.

1. View the FAFSA Checklist
2. Create a FSA ID (use the FSA ID Worksheet to record your information)

3. Click on the Sign Up link below. Space is limited.

Location: Media Center/iCenter

Click on the link here to sign up:


We need to talk... mental health support...

College Representative Visits to WBHS - Juniors and Seniors!

Every fall WBHS will host over 50 colleges and universities during the day to meet with current juniors and seniors. Below is a link to the visits currently set up. Please know that this list is updated daily! Out of respect for the representative's time, if you sign up, please make sure you attend. Click on the link to learn more! All meetings take place in the College and Career Center unless otherwise noted.


AP Registration Information

2020 Black College Tour

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Bronfman Fellowship - 11th grade Jewish students apply before Dec. 1st

Seniors - Selective Service Reminder for Male Students

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Mrs. Essig's Top Picks

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

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!

Elks National Foundation Awards

High school seniors can apply beginning August 5th. Click on the link for further details!

Davidson University - Lowell Bryan Scholarship and John M. Belk Scholarship

Interested in Davidson University. Check out these huge scholarship opportunities! One is for scholar athletes and the other is for high achieving students.



2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Are you a middle level or high school student making a difference through volunteering? Apply today for national recognition, a scholarship and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington D.C.!

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors students in grades 5-12 for making meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.

Applications are now open for 2020 awards. Here's how it works:

  • By November 5, 2019, students must submit their completed applications, and signed student/parent agreements, to a certifier. (Certifiers can be school principals or the head of a county 4-H organization, Girl Scout council, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or a Points of Light Global Network member.)
  • By November 15, 2019, certifiers select and certify top applicants for state level judging.
  • On February 4, 2020, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards announces state-level winners for 2020.

Indiana University Bloomington Scholarships

Check out this site for scholarship opportunities.


Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program

Check out this scholarship opportunity. Students can go to to our website to learn more about eligibility requirements and the application process.

Applicants to the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program must:

  • Have a demonstrated commitment to community service, outstanding qualities in character, integrity and leadership
  • Be enrolled as a high school senior
  • Reside in a community served by Comcast and/or participating NBCUniversal or Telemundo markets. Eligibility will be determined by zip code in the online application
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the United States for the entire 2020-2021 academic year
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent)
  • Demonstrate financial need

All scholarship application materials must be submitted by December 6, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. EST, in order to be considered.

If you have any questions, please reach out to our partners at Scholarship America, Inc. at leadersandachievers@scholarshipamerica.org or 1-800-537-4180.

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University of Dayton Scholarship

Interested in the University of Dayton? See Mrs. Essig for a nomination!

You can make a University of Dayton education even more affordable for students from West Bloomfield High School. Simply nominate graduating seniors with a passion for personal development and a commitment to service to receive a $10,000 Leadership in Service scholarship ($2,500 per year for four years). While the chosen students need to meet our admission standards, we are looking for students with an innate desire to learn and grow in service to others — not necessarily ones with the highest GPA.

Nominees will also be eligible to receive a University of Dayton merit scholarship, worth up to $112,000 over four years.

Please complete the nomination form for the Leadership in Service scholarship by Nov. 1, 2019. To notify students of their nomination — and encourage them to take the next steps — download our “next steps” card (.pdf).

Gayle S. Joyner Memorial Scholarship

Horatio Alger Association Scholarship Programs

Since 1984, Horatio Alger Association Members and Friends have funded need-based college scholarships for low-income youth to pursue their dreams through higher education. So far the Association has awarded more than $159 million to approximately 20,000 students.

Through its many scholarship programs, the Association supports students pursuing career and technical certificates and degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and graduate studies.

In addition to scholarship support, the Association offers a number of services and opportunities to Horatio Alger Scholars:

  • Financial Aid and Scholarship Counseling
  • College Readiness Tools
  • Support and Referral Services
  • Internship Opportunities
  • Alumni Association
  • Online Education
  • Graduate Grants


Virginia Military Institute

High school students with a strong academic and well-balanced high school record may be eligible to become Institute Scholars.

Institute Scholars are awarded scholarship funds to supplement ROTC scholarships or other forms of financial aid in order to meet the full cost of attendance at VMI. Financial need is not a criterion for selection. In addition to the financial award, all Institute Scholars are automatically enrolled in Institute Honors.


  • 1380 (combined) SAT (or) 31 ACT, High school GPA 3.7, Top 10% of high school class

Only incoming students may apply for this program. Applicants must apply both for admissions to VMI and or the Scholars program. Both applications must be received by admissions no later than Feb. 1. Outstanding candidates will be invited to make arrangements for an on-post interview conducted during an Open House weekend. Alternate dates for on-post interviews may be arranged in some circumstances.

For questions contact:

Col. Rob McDonald, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
540-464-7212 or mcdonaldrl@vmi.edu

Admissions Office
540-464-7211 or admissions@vmi.edu

JFK Library Essay Contest

2020 Profile in Courage Essay Contest for High School Students
Midwest Student Exchange

Colleges with tuition agreements for Michigan residents

Students looking for a job? Click here!

Dairy Queen, WB Library and are hiring!

ACT Test Dates

ACT test dates and registration

SAT Test Dates

SAT test dates and registration

Free Career Aptitude and Career Assessment Tools

What do you want to do with your life? It won't just come to you in your sleep... invest some time exploring!

Upcoming College Fairs

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


Quick Links

Coming soon!



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