Canes' Counseling Connection
November 2 - July 1, 2020: Seniors to complete and report 8 hours of community service for TN Promise (must report on-line)
December 23-January 2: Christmas Break
January 4: Return to School
January 14: Counseling Office Late Night
January 22: First Semester Ends
February 11: Class Meeting Night (Virtual Meeting for Students & Parents 9th-11th Grade)
February 18: Counseling Office Late Night
February 22: Current Junior Registration Begins
Need to talk with your Counselor?
Spring Semester Schedule Changes
Community Counseling Resources
- In any emergency situation, call 911 or go to the local emergency room
- Youth Villages Specialized Crisis Services (students under age of 18): 1-866-791-9224
- Cherokee Health Systems Crisis Services (adults or students 18 and over): 1-800-826-6881
- TN Statewide Crisis Hotline: 1-855-274-7471
- The National Suicide Prevention Line: 1-800-273-8255
- National Crisis Texting Service: text TN to 741741
- Camelot Care Center: 423-318-7373
- Cherokee Health Systems: 423-586-5032
- Health Connect: 423-839-2550
- Helen Ross McNabb: 423-581-4761
- Youth Villages: 423-522-2200
- Jean Ellen Jones, LCSW: 423-307-8373
- Joyful Life Counseling: 423-616-0297
- Kim Harris, LCSW: 865-978-0636
- Still Waters Counseling: 865-262-9098
- Wellsprings Counseling: 423-587-9339
UT Promise is a new undergraduate scholarship program, which guarantees free tuition and mandatory fees for qualifying Tennessee residents attending UT Knoxville, UT Chattanooga, UT Martin, and UT Memphis. UT Promise is a student-success oriented scholarship program that requires students to complete volunteer service hours and meet with a mentor each semester to ensure a successful college experience.
Qualifying students must meet the following criteria:
- Be a Tennessee resident
- Have a family household income under $50,000/year
- Receive the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship
- Be admitted and attend any UT campus
- Complete 8 volunteer service hours and participate in mentoring each semester
Interested students may find more information, including a timeline and the application, here.
Note: A separate application is required for this program, The deadline to apply for UT Promise is to December 15.
TN Promise Community Service Requirements for Class of 2021
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, tnAchieves recognizes that completing in-person community service hours may be challenging.
As an additional resource, TN Achieves has recorded a virtual opportunity for you to complete community service hours. By watching the webinars below, you will accumulate community service hours. Each video will account for one hour of community service, so feel free to watch multiple episodes. TN Achieves representatives hope that these webinars/interviews will provide you with insight to career paths, college success and general life skills.
Duplicate viewings of the same webinar will not be counted as an hour of community service. You may only receive credit for viewing each webinar once!
To receive your hour of community service, simply login, view the webinar in its entirety, then click Submit!
File For FAFSA
The 2021-2022 Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now open for completion. Seniors must complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov by 11:59 PM on February 1, 2021 for TN Promise eligibility. Please see document below for the documents and information needed to successfully file FAFSA.
If you need help completing the FAFSA, please contact the Counseling Office at 423-586-6102 to schedule an appointment with Miss Nellie, our Niswonger Care Advisor. We will also have a representative from Douglas Cherokee on select Fridays to assist families with FAFSA completion. Information was sent to parent emails on file and student email in mid-November.
The following videos are helpful tools provided by the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation. Please view if you are having trouble completing any steps of your FAFSA.
Burger King McLamore Foundation Scholarship
Award: Up to $50,000 nationally, $1,000 - $5,000 regional scholarships available
Eligibility: Must have 2.5 GPA be active in community service, demonstrate financial need, and plan to enroll in a 2 year or 4 year college.
To apply visit www.bkmclamorefoundation.org
Edison Scholars Program
Award: $40,000 (30 Awards)
Eligibility: A high school senior with at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA, who plans to pursue studies in STEM fields at a 4-year accredited college or university and shows a financial need. To apply visit https://studentscholarships.org/scholarship/13965/edison_scholars_program_scholarships.php
Imagine America Foundation
Eligibility: Must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, Financial Need, Demonstrated volunteer community service record. Must attend a college that participates in the Image America High School Scholarship Program. For information about schools who participate visit www.imagine-america.org or contact 571-267-3010. To apply visit www.imagine-america.org/applyforscholarships
Deadline : 12/2020
Award: $10,000 per year renewable scholarship
Eligibility: Student must demonstrate strong academic record, leadership, drive, integrity and citizenship. To apply visit www.reaganfoundation.org/scholarships
National BETA Scholarships
Award: National BETA will award over 250 scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $15,000
Eligibility: Senior Beta Club members who are registered with national headquarters by November 1st and who present leadership potential, academic excellence, and commitment to community service.
Apply at www.betaclub.org/scholarship
The Coolidge Scholarship for America
Award: Full-ride scholarship that covers student’s tuition, room, board, and expenses for 4 years of undergraduate study.
Eligibility: High school juniors who plan to enroll in college in the fall of 2021 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident. Application information can be found at www.coolidgescholars.org
Ron Brown Scholarship Program
Award: $40,000 (10 Awards)
Eligibility: Current high school senior who is a US citizen or permanent resident, a part of the Black/African American community, and demonstrates academic achievement, leadership ability, and community service activities. Visit https://studentscholarships.org/scholarship/9535/ron_brown_scholarships_program_scholarship.php
Tennessee Concrete Association High School Essay Contest
Award: 1st place-$250, 2nd place-$100, 3rd place-$50
Eligibility: High school students ages 16 to 18.
Visit www.tnconcrete.org to complete online form and to submit essay. Essay must be typed, double spaced, and not exceed 600 words. Essay should demonstrate student’s awareness of concrete’s role as a building material.
Elks Legacy Scholarship
Eligibility: Student must be a child or grandchild of an active Elk Member. To apply visit www.elks.org
Andrea Price wins the Samuel Doak Chapter of the Daughters of American Revolution Good Citizen Award
College Scholarship Deadlines
Below is a list of FIRM scholarship deadlines for some local colleges. Please note that in some cases, students must apply and be accepted before they are able to access the scholarship application(s). Also, many schools require that ALL parts of the application are received by the deadline, including the application, application fee, test scores, and high school transcript. It is important to apply well before the stated deadlines!
- Carson-Newman University - Apply Early
- East Tennessee State University - December 15 priority deadline for Academic Performance Scholarships
- Middle Tennessee State University - December 1
- Tennessee Tech University - December 15
- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - December 1
- University of Tennessee Knoxville - November 1 (for competitive scholarships, honors programs); December 15 (general)
- Walters State Community College - February 1
Scholarship Search by Sallie Mae
See below documents for more information.
Work Ethic Diploma
Seniors will apply and learn more about the Work Ethic Diploma during STORM classes. Students who successfully complete the application process will earn cords to wear during the graduation ceremony. The deadline for meeting requirements and submitting completed applications is April 15, 2021. Please click here to view the Tennessee Work Ethic Diploma standards.
Upcoming ACT Information
The following dates are the national test dates offered on Saturdays (please note that not all dates will be held at East High):
February 6, 2021
April 17, 2021
June 12, 2021
July 17, 2021
There are a limited number of fee vouchers available to current seniors who qualify and would like to take the test again. See Mr. Bowlin in the counseling office if interested.
The school code to have scores delivered to East is 431585.