WBHS Counselor Connection & News

News & Info for the WBHS Community January 23, 2020

In this issue:

  • What are you doing this summer? Summer Opportunities List with links!
  • Report cards available Jan. 28th
  • Claflin University Visit to WBHS (HBCU)
  • Aveda Cosmetology Rep at WBHS
  • Consider AP Government
  • 2020-2021 Co-Op Applications
  • Skandalaris Business Plan Opportunity
  • ASVAB Test at WBHS
  • e-Funds For Schools - Having issues accessing your account?
  • UNCF STEM Scholarships
  • Kid Standard is seeking volunteers
  • WBEF Casino Night
  • Bank of America Student Leaders opportunity
  • Metro Detroit College Fair (Note date change)
  • Engineering and Computer Science Day at Oakland University
  • OSTC Open House in Wixom- January 30th
  • College Weekend 2020 - Second Ebenezer Church
  • Future Teachers of Color Inspire Conference at WMU - Free!
  • Free ACT Prep
  • Caddie Positions available at Oakland Hills Country Club
  • Stock to Scholarship Challenge
  • 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 Connections for more!)

  • Lockheed Martin Scholarship
  • DAUMW Scholarship
  • Scholarship for Success (Eligible OSTC Students)
  • BMW/SAE Scholarship
  • Engineering Scholarships by SAE
  • Princeton Prize in Race Relations
  • National Council of Jewish Women - Jewish Youth Awards
  • Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation
  • Hutt Scholarship
  • Organization for Autism Research Scholarship
  • Robert A. Leonard Charitable Trust Scholarships
  • DREAM Scholarship
  • CMU Multicultural Advancement Scholarship
  • Juniors - Triple Impact Competitor Scholarship
  • David Barns Scholarship
  • MSU Alumni Club of Oakland County
  • Juniors - Coolidge Scholarship
  • Michigan Retailers Association Scholarship
  • William D. Jewell Brewer - American Legion Scholarship
  • Pontiac Delta Sigma Theta Scholarships
  • Link to Scholarships

Check Twitter Daily for Additional Scholarships @WBHSCounseling #WBHSScholarships2020

Report Cards

Report cards will be available on Jan. 28th.

Be sure to look in PowerSchool as they will

not be mailed home. Thank you!


The ASVAB test will be given in the morning on Feb 14. This test is available for interested 10th-12th grade students. Registration details will be available on Monday in your Google Classroom.

The ASVAB measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success. Your child doesn't have to go through any lengthy preparation to take the ASVAB. As with other tests, how much they have learned will probably make the most difference in their results.

Find the order and content of the ASVAB subtests and sample test items, below. More test taking strategies for your child.

If you have any questions, please see Ms. Jo Wegrzynowicz in the Counseling Office.

What are you doing this summer? Check out this amazing list of opportunities! Programs fill up fast and pay attention to deadlines.

Mrs. Essig has updated our Summer Program list and links to websites. Take a look at this list and make your summer meaningful! There is something for everyone!


Claflin University visiting WBHS next week!

Claflin University will be here next Thursday, January 30th at 9:00 a.m. We will meet in the College and Career Center.

Claflin University is located in South Carolina and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the 9th ranked HBCU in the country and the 9th ranked Best Regional College in the South.

Click here to sign up:


Aveda Cosmetology School

Interested in a career in cosmetology? Join us to learn more about Aveda's program. Financial Aid can be available to help pay for it!

Aveda Cosmetology School
Monday, February 3rd
at 9:00 a.m. in the
College and Career Center.

Click here to sign up:


Consider AP Government!

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2020-2021 Co-Op Applications

2020-2021 Co-Op Applications

Do you have a job within 15 miles of the high school? Do you want to get credit for going to work and getting paid? Do you want to leave school during 7th hr? If so, then sign up for Business Co-Op. You must also have a business class on your schedule. See Ms. Wowk in room 520 by Jan. 24th for an application!

Having issues connecting to your e-Funds for Schools Account?

If you cannot connect to your e~Funds for Schools, please access it through Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as the Internet Explorer will not provide access. If you have any questions, please call the Nutrition Office at 248.865.6733.

Cold Season Supplies

FYI - The Inspiration Station (in room 302 --open 1st hour and a class of Renee Samuels) has chapstick, small hand sanitizer and small packets of kleenex for sale to students for $0.50.

Seniors - Get that FAFSA submitted! Don't miss out on money for college!

Seniors - Have you submitted your FAFSA? Get your FAFSA submitted by March 1st or you might miss out on aid programs! Students must have their 2020-21 FAFSA submitted by March 1, 2020 to be considered for the Michigan Competitive Scholarship and the Michigan Tuition Grant.

Skandalaris Business Plan Competition

The Skandalaris Business Plan Competition is presented by the EMU Center For Entrepreneurship.

The competition has university/community college and high school categories, as students compete separately for prize money. For each category, first place is $1000, second place is $750 and third place is $500. There is also a $200 prize for “best presentation.”

Plans are judged by professional business counselors from the Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC) and EMU Entrepreneurship Faculty.

The competition was re-named in 2010 to honor EMU alumnus Robert Skandalaris; author, entrepreneur, and philanthropist.


UNCF - STEM Scholars Program

Kid Standard Academy is looking for volunteers

We are looking for High school students who can go to elementary schools for one hour weekly

to tutor and mentor younger students to be published in Kids Standard’s magazine.

The selective students must be committed for 10 weeks from this week till the next 10 weeks at

an assigned Elementary School on any of the following days and time:

The program starts next week and will continue for 10 weeks.

Mondays- Friday at Elementary schools 3:15=4:15

There is one-hour training required.

One hour per week going to elementary school.

The hours will count toward their community hours.

You may visit our web site to learn more about mentorship. http://kidsstandard.org

Please have all the students who are interested to participate with mentorship program to fill the

application and send it Maggie@kidsstandard.org or call 248-410-3976

Scholarship and certificate program will be given to a couple of High School Mentors from Kids

Standard Academy

West Bloomfield Educational Foundation

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Bank of America Student Leaders

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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.

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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OSTC Open House in Wixom - January 30th

OSTC Southwest will be hosting a Career Night on January 30th from 4:45 – 7:30 pm at 1000 Beck Road in Wixom. The purpose of this evening is for students and parents to explore Career and Technical programs offered at our building for the 2020-2021 school year. Enrollment is open for current 10th and 11th graders but we welcome attendance from 8th and 9th graders as well, as it is never too early to start planning ahead.
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Future Teachers of Color Inspire Conference at WMU - FREE!

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Free ACT Test Prep

Our free learning tool #ACTAcademy is designed to help you master the skills you need to succeed in college and career. Learn more and create an account today: https://bit.ly/2Q6sPwL

Mrs. Essig's Top Picks

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

Caddie This Summer at Oakland Hills CC

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Stock to Scholarship Challenge

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!

Lockheed Martin Scholarship

Calling all STEM Scholars!

Lockheed Martin launched a new scholarship program in 2019 to provide opportunities to students who want to build their talents and change the world!

We are continuing to award scholarships of $10,000 per student – renewable each year. The program will continue to add up to 200 new recipients each year, and will be open to individuals studying engineering or computer science that demonstrate financial need and come from underrepresented or underserved communities.

Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year open January 15, 2020 and will close March 12, 2020

DAUMW Scholarship (U of M Scholarship for females)

Female students planning to attend U of M in the fall should check out the Detroit Association of University of Michigan Women Scholarship. Check the Google Classroom for the application. Mrs. Essig just emailed it out!

Are you attending OSTC? Scholarships for Success Program

The Oakland Schools Education Foundation proudly offers the Scholarships for Success program to help ensure you can take the next step in your education, whether it is at a college/university, trade school or apprenticeship program. Due to the success of our fundraising gala in April 2019, we will be awarding $50,000 in scholarships in 2020!

These scholarships will be presented at an awards breakfast at Oakland Schools, 2111 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, MI on Wednesday, March 12, 2020.


We are pleased to invite seniors attending one of the Oakland Schools Technical Campuses (OSTC) to apply for the Scholarships for Success Award Program.

Scholarship Application

Sample Application

Letter of Recommendation Template

Scholarship Criteria:

To be considered for these scholarships, a student must:

1. Be a senior student at one of the OSTC campuses.
2. Have an overall GPA of at least 2.0.
3. Have a career technical education (CTE) program GPA of at least 3.0 (either at OSTC or a district CTE program).
4. Intend to pursue studies at a two or four-year college/university, apprenticeship or trade school.

Application deadline: Friday, Feb. 7, 2020

DREAM Scholarships


We think of our National Scholarship as the “Pell Grant” for highly motivated DREAMers with significant, unmet financial need. While we consider your GPA and test scores, we place great emphasis on your demonstrated commitment to community service and your ability to overcome the barriers and challenges that DREAMers face each and every day.

The 2020-21 Round is now open!

TheDream.US has adopted new immigration eligibility criteria! You are now eligible to apply if you came to the country before November 1, 2014.


National Council of Jewish Women - Jewish Youth Awards


National Council of Jewish Women, Michigan, an organization guided by Jewish values and

dedicated to social justice for women, children, and families, is proud to continue the

tradition of honoring exceptional high school students who demonstrate strong leadership

within the community.

All Jewish high school seniors are invited to apply. To be eligible, an applicant needs

to fulfill the following requirements:

  • Submit (6) hard copies of a typed essay (600-800 words) on the following topic: What experience or person has had the greatest impact on your Jewish identity? MUST BE
  • Submit (6) copies of applicant’s leadership positions or other involvement in the Jewish and/or secular community. MUST BE ON THE FORM PROVIDED AND MUST BE ANONYMOUS—NO NAME ON THIS PLEASE.
  • Submit (1) application form
  • Be available for a personal interview by a panel of judges on the morning of Sunday, April 19, 2020.

NOTE: By no later than noon on Monday, February 24, 2020, this application form

and all copies of the supporting documentation requested above must be submitted by mail or hand-delivered to:


26400 Lahser Rd, Suite 306

Southfield, MI 48033-2675

Finalists will be recognized at an Awards Ceremony at the NCJW Michigan office on

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 7:00 PM.

NCJW, Michigan greatly appreciates the funding provided by the

Dina and Herman (z’l) Brodsky Jewish Youth Awards Fund and

Nathan (z’l) and Esther (z’l) Katz Jewish Youth Awards Fund.

Awards totaling $5,500 will be distributed to the finalists.

1st place: $2,500

2nd place: $1,200

3rd and 4th place: $500 each

Four honorable mentions: $200 each

Chairs: Julie Silberg & Lauren Mandel

To download 2020 Jewish Youth Awards application please click here

Princeton Prize in Race Relations

We are now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 cycle! Remember, you must be in high school in the United States in order to apply. We do not accept group applications. So, if you are applying for a project that was done as a group of no more than 3, please have each member of your group apply individually.


    Applications are evaluated on each of the three following criteria. The work you have done toward racial equity and understanding is much more important than the quality of your writing.

    1. The significance of your activity and how it advances racial equity, understanding and mutual respect among members of your school or community.

    2. Your role in the activity.

    3. The scope and impact of your activity on your school or community.

    Two-Part Application

    There are two parts of the application — one for you and one for your sponsor. Your sponsor must be a teacher, advisor, community or religious leader, or other responsible adult, who is not related to you, and who oversaw your project or who has directly witnessed your project's outcome. They must be familiar with the work you are presenting for the Prize. Each part of the application can be completed separately online — OR — downloaded, printed and mailed. Both parts of the application are due by January 31, 2020.


    Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation

    The Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation offers a $2,000, non-renewable scholarship

    to Michigan high school graduating seniors. Winners are selected on the basis of

    scholarship, leadership, financial need, and dedication to the civil rights principles of

    Rosa L. Parks, whose historic stand against racial prejudice in 1955 brought her national recognition. The Foundation was established in 1980 to provide equal-opportunity scholarships to Michigan high school seniors.

    A key determining factor in judging is ‘financial need.’ Students with

    numerous other scholarships (especially full-tuition scholarships) will receive

    a very low rating for ‘financial need,’ virtually eliminating them from

    contention for this scholarship. Because of this, these students may choose not

    to complete the Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation application process.

    Eligibility Requirements

     Be a senior attending a public or private Michigan high school

     Graduate by August of the application year.

     Have GPA of 2.5 or above

     Complete an application form and essay

     Furnish official copies of high school transcript and ACT or SAT results

     And, meet additional requirements as noted in application package

    Website: https://www.rosaparksscholarship.org/

    Deadline: March 1, 2020

    Hutt Scholarship


    About the Lloyd F. Hutt Scholarship

    Established in 1990, this scholarship program honors the legacy of Lloyd F. Hutt – teacher and founder of LMCU. Each year, we establish a question for high school seniors to answer in the form of an essay and award (15) $2,000 scholarships. We are proud to have provided $391,500 in scholarships to 237 deserving students over the years.

    Who is eligible?

    All applicants must be a resident of Michigan or Florida, or a member of Lake Michigan Credit Union or the child of a Lake Michigan Credit Union member (i.e. a student in Texas must be a member/child of a member to be eligible). LMCU employees, children of LMCU employees, directors or officers are not eligible.

    All applicants must be high school seniors (includes home school students) and plan to enter a trade school, college or university in the next academic year. Recipients must submit evidence of acceptance and enrollment in an accredited trade school, college or university before payment will be made.

    Organization for Autism Research Scholarships


    OPEN until May 4, 2020 at 11:59 PM ET.


    Applicants may start or continue working on their application materials by logging into SurveyMonkey Apply using the above link.

    OAR maintains a list of scholarships from other organizations that are available to students on the spectrum.


    Our scholarship program provides $3,000 scholarships to students across the autism spectrum. We are pleased to invite applications from persons with an autism diagnosis (DSM-IV or later criteria) pursuing full-time, post-secondary, undergraduate education or vocational-technical training in any of the following:





    BMW/SAE Foundation Scholarship

    This annual scholarship is provided by BMW AG in recognition of its commitment to excellence in engineering. BMW is world famous for designing and building luxury, high-performance passenger cars and motorcycles. The company is also a leader in developing and manufacturing high technology, high performance internal combustion engines.

    This scholarship is in support of the SAE Foundation to ensure an adequate supply of well-trained engineers for the future.

    Eligibility Requirements

    • U.S. resident.
    • 3.75 or better grade point average on a 4.0 scale (required).
    • Rank in the 90th percentile in both math and critical reading on SAT I or composite ACT scores.
    • Pursue an engineering or related science degree through an ABET accredited program.

    Engineering Scholarships - Undergrad Opportunities

    Click on this link to see other SAE Scholarships.


    CMU Multicultural Advancement and Lloyd Cofer Scholarships

    Multicultural Advancement & Lloyd Cofer Scholarships are awarded to students who have previously exemplified in HS & pledged a continued commitment at CMU to academic achievement, community service, enhancing diversity, multiculturalism and inclusion. https://cmich.edu/ess/cid/MASS/mac_scholars/Pages/default.aspx

    Robert A. Leonard Jr. Charitable Trust Scholarships

    The Robert A. Leonard Jr. Charitable Trust was established in 2014 to provide scholarship assistance to high school seniors in the state of Michigan. We have awarded nearly $1 million in scholarships and are proud to announce a 100 percent college enrollment retention of the students we have awarded. This year, our first class of awardees will be completing their undergraduate studies. We want to award more deserving students and announce the 2020 application is now available.

    Last year, we awarded scholarships to three (3) students of West Bloomfield High School due their exemplary high school achievements.

    Deadline is March 1.


    Junior Athletes- Triple Impact Competitor Scholarships

    Triple Impact Competitor Scholarships https://positivecoach.org/awards-programs/triple-impact-competitor-scholarships/… Class of 2021 Plays a high school or club sport GPA 2.5+

    Michigan Retailers Association Scholarship

    Does your employer belong to the Michigan Retailers Assoc? Apply for a scholarship! http://Bit.ly/MRAscholarship2020… #WBHSScholarships2020

    MSU Alumni Club of Oakland County Scholarship

    Planning to attend MSU? Check out this opportunity for a $2,000 scholarship from the Oakland County Alumni Association. Due March 27th!

    The Michigan State University Alumni Club of Oakland County has one of the oldest and largest scholarship programs of any alumni club. Many years of fund raising activities (such as service auctions, art auctions and working concession stands at the Silverdome) have allowed us to create the largest endowment of any regional alumni club.


    David Barns Scholarship

    Hello Administrators & Counselors,

    I am writing on behalf of David’s Faith & Hope for Life Foundation. The Foundation was established in early 2013 to continue the spirit and legacy of David Barns. David was a 2000 graduate of Goodrich High School where he achieved success in the classroom and in athletics. David attended the University of Detroit Mercy where he played basketball and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Computer Information Systems. Upon graduation, David became a basketball coach at Goodrich where he coached both boys and girls middle and high school teams. In addition to his obligations as a regular season coach, David used Saturday morning basketball clinics and his annual B&D summer basketball camps to teach skills, commitment, accountability, teamwork, and leadership. In March of 2011, David was diagnosed with cancer. For more than 18 months, he endured chemotherapy and radiation, complex surgeries, and intense rehabilitation. He handled every obstacle with a gentle grace and determination embodied by few. David courageously fought his competitor, cancer, to the very end. David passed away on November 4, 2012 at the age of 30.

    We are pleased to offer your students a scholarship created in honor of David. The David Barns Scholarship will be awarded to two high school seniors that best represent David’s academic excellence, athletic prowess, and commitment to the community. The scholarship will provide $2,500 of financial assistance for college tuition. Additionally, the scholarship is eligible for renewal for three years, assuming good academic standing, continued community involvement, and a service commitment to the Foundation. The attached application is due by March 13, 2020.

    If you have any questions about the Foundation or scholarship, please email info@faithhopelife.com or visit our website at https://faithhopelife.com/scholarship/.

    Pontiac Delta Sigma Theta Scholarship Opportunity


    We are excited to invite you to apply for ONE our five scholarships for 2020. Due to the number of applications we will receive, please only apply for ONE scholarship. You have the option to apply for the following awards:

    • Academic Excellence

    • Social Action/Leadership

    • Community Engagement Award

    • Arts & Letters Award

    • Pontiac Scholar Award

    Please note this application should be completed online, NONE of the required documents should be received via mail. See below for individual scholarship requirements:

    All required documents including recommendations, transcripts, and essays should be uploaded via the online application. If you have any questions please contact Dr. Jennifer Banks at banksj@pontiacdeltas.com.

    Initial Requirements

    • Current African American High School Senior (male or female) who resides in or attends school in the Pontiac Alumnae Chapter (PAC) service area: Auburn Hills, Bloomfield, Bloomfield Hills, Keego Harbor, Lake Orion, Oakland Township, Orion Township, Orchard Lake, Pontiac, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Sylvan Lake, Troy, Waterford and West Bloomfield

    • Acceptance into a post-secondary educational program (of any type)


    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.


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    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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    Jamie Glinz, Assistant Principal




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