Canes' Counseling Connection

December, 2020

Important Dates

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?

To schedule an appointment with your counselor, please fill out the google form titled Student Sign-In. Click here to go directly to that form. Counselors will receive the requests and will contact you to schedule a time to meet in person or virtually.

Spring Semester Schedule Changes

The spring semester will begin January 22, and students will soon be able to request changes to their schedule. The counseling office will be sending out schedule change request forms when we return from Christmas Break (January 4). Students will be given the forms (if they request one) during STORM or they can do the Google Form that will be posted in their Google Classroom.

Community Counseling Resources

During school hours Morristown East High School counselors are available to assist students with any social/emotional needs. Students may schedule an appointment with his or her counselor. Parents may call or email counselors with any questions or concerns. While counselors are available during school hours, students may need help outside of this time. The following resources are available to families who may be in need of assistance.

Crisis Services

  • 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
Community Services

  • 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
Private Counseling Services

  • 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

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!

To view any of the community service webinars below, click here!

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 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.

How to Create an FSA ID

Part 1: Student Demographics

Part 2: School Selection and Dependency Status

Part 3: Parent Demographics

Part 4: Parent Financials

Part 5: Student Financials and Signature Status

Scholarship Section

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

Deadline: 12/15/2020

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

Deadline: 12/14/2020

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 or contact 571-267-3010. To apply visit

Deadline : 12/2020

GE-Reagan Foundation

Award: $10,000 per year renewable scholarship

Eligibility: Student must demonstrate strong academic record, leadership, drive, integrity and citizenship. To apply visit

Deadline: 01/2021

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

Deadline: 01/5/2021

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

Deadline: 01/20/2021

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

Deadline: 1/9/2021

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 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.

Deadline: 01/22/2021

Elks Legacy Scholarship

Award: $4,000

Eligibility: Student must be a child or grandchild of an active Elk Member. To apply visit

Deadline: 02/5/2021

Andrea Price wins the Samuel Doak Chapter of the Daughters of American Revolution Good Citizen Award

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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

Sallie Mae is promoting National Scholarship Awareness through the end of November. Sallie Mae is increasing our monthly scholarship sweepstakes for those who sign up for the scholarship search from $1,000 to $5,000 for the month of November. Scholarship Search by Sallie Mae® is the free, easy way for students to find scholarship opportunities that match their skills and interests, with access to 5 million scholarships worth up to $24 billion. Registering is fast, easy, and free – and there’s no essay required!

See below documents for more information.

Work Ethic Diploma

The Work Ethic Diploma was first offered in the 2015-16 school year as part of a LEAP (Labor Education Alignment Program) grant. The standards that students are required to meet to earn the Work Ethic Diploma reflect the skills and characteristics that are needed for students to be college and career ready. More than 30 Lakeway region businesses and industries guarantee an interview to students who have earned the Work Ethic Diploma and who meet other job-related qualifications.

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.


Raise.Me is a microscholarship opportunity for students looking to attend a 4-year college. Students begin by discovering colleges. Students should learn more about which colleges could be a great fit, see the micro-scholarships they’re offering, and share that you’re interested by hitting the “Follow” button (for each school). Students should then add their achievements by completing their RaiseMe Portfolio. With this portfolio, he or she can add each of course grade, club involvement, sports, volunteer activities, and more. Then students can earn scholarships for achievements. For each achievement, students may earn a micro-scholarships from colleges they're following, the sum of which will be awarded when he or she attends that college.

Upcoming ACT Information

Any student graduating from a Tennessee High School is required to take the ACT prior to graduation. The current plan is for all JUNIORS to take the ACT at school on March 16, 2021. The registration process will take place during school. This ACT is offered free of charge to all juniors.

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.