WBHS Counselor Connection & News

News & Info for the WBHS Community November 26, 2019

In this issue:

  • Junior Parent College Meeting - Dec. 4th
  • Air Force Academy & Air Force ROTC visit to WB - Dec. 4
  • Navy visit to WB - Dec. 9
  • Health Professions Night at U of M Dearborn
  • Engineering & Computer Science Day at Oakland University
  • OSTC Open House in Wixom- January 30th
  • STRIVE Applications due Dec. 5th
  • Hamilton Scholars- Juniors
  • Black Friday Scholarship Bootcamp - Nov. 29
  • Final Fall College Rep Visits
  • Plum Market and Stein Mart are hiring
  • 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!)

  • American College Foundation Scholarship
  • MASFPS Scholarship
  • GE Reagan Foundation Scholarship
  • Credit Union One Scholarship
  • Kent State University Out of State Scholarships
  • LSSU Scholarships
  • U of M - Detroit Alumni Scholarships
  • DECA Scholarships
  • Ryan Fischer Legacy Scholarship
  • Community Foundation Scholarships
  • Foot Locker Scholar Athlete Program
  • USDA 1890 National Scholars Program
  • Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship

Check Twitter Daily for Additional Scholarships @WBHSCounseling #WBHSScholarships2020

Junior Parents - Save the date!

WBHS Junior Parent College Meeting

Wed, Dec. 4

7:00 pm in the iCenter

Guest speakers from

University of Michigan, Michigan State University,

Oakland University and Oakland Community College

Military Visits

10th-12th Graders-

Wed., Dec. 4 Air Force Academy & Air Force ROTC 12:30 p.m.

Mon., Dec. 9th Navy 10:00 a.m

Click here to sign up:


Health Professions Night at U of M Dearborn

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Engineering and Computer Science Day at Oakland University

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Attn Juniors - Hamilton Scholars

Each year, AHS selects 35 underserved high school juniors for their academic, personal, service, and entrepreneurial accomplishments, to participate in its no-cost, 5-year empowerment program. These students receive mentorship, practical guidance, and a comprehensive network of support, much like Hamilton did, so they, too, can leave a lasting legacy that will forever change their communities, our nation, and the world.

Provided at no cost to the student the program consists of individual support through phone calls, video conferencing, and emails with AHS staff members and an assigned peer Scholar mentor. Group support and learning is offered through conference calls and Leader Weeks. All curriculum is designed around our 5 Pillars of Success. After completion of the 5-year Empowerment Program, success is defined by all Scholars reaching the following benchmarks:

  • TRANSITION: Successful transition from high school to college, and college to career.

  • HERITAGE: Increased knowledge of how the history of the United States connects both with each Scholar’s individual journey, and with the collective national experience. Increased civic engagement and participation in community governance.

  • EMPOWERMENT: Establishment and fulfillment of the goals identified in the Personal Development Plan process in all 7 key areas – financial, career, educational, public service, family & friends, personal, spiritual. Goals correspond with Scholars’ values and guiding principles.

  • FINANCIAL LITERACY: Scholars graduate college with manageable debt, and with a solid understanding of how to create and manage a budget, save money, and invest in their future financial health.

  • LEADERSHIP: Inspired by Alexander Hamilton’s legacy of leadership through service, Scholars prioritize and value their responsibility to use their talents and skills to effect positive change in their communities, the nation, and the world, and have an overall understanding of the importance of social impact and legacy.

Achieving these goals requires AHS staff to offer their full support and guidance to each Scholar while helping them access resources and opportunities. This relationship and the success of the program relies on reciprocity and a mutual commitment from both AHS staff and Scholars. Each curriculum year has corresponding assignments and conference calls that require Scholar time and attention, and prompt communication is essential.

Winners will also receive a $500 cash scholarship to pay for college expenses. In addition, all winners will have access to AHS internship programs and will join a distinguished cohort of peers from across the US. This unique Scholar community extends back through 12 years of cohorts and supports one another as they take steps together towards achieving a college education and a meaningful career.

Our application opens in November and closes in January each year. See our timeline here!

All applicants should:

  • be juniors in high school

  • be high-achieving and service-focused

  • possess grit and perseverance

  • have demonstrated need

  • live in the United States (though you don’t have to be a resident!)

  • be college-bound to a US-based institution

  • be committed to participating in our rigorous five-year curriculum

  • be able to attend New York Leader Week July 11-16, 2020\


STRIVE Applications due Dec. 5th


STRIVE is a program targeted toward academically and motivationally at-risk high school juniors and seniors who want to improve their current educational status and life prospects.

Established by the West Bloomfield Rotary Club in 2008, STRIVE benefits West Bloomfield High School students who might otherwise be unlikely to continue their education beyond high school. Students involved in this program are ones who could easily be left behind. Our goal is to serve those who may not receive recognition and assistance. STRIVE provides a motivating force to further education beyond high school.

Each year, juniors are selected as incoming STRIVE Scholars. Students meet regularly with a Rotary Mentor who encourages and promotes their improvement in the areas of academics, attendance and attitude. Those scholars meeting their contractual goals can earn $500 per high school semester to be applied to the vocational, art or trade school, community college or four-year college where the student has been successfully enrolled.

To qualify, please see Ms. Wegrzynowicz and complete the application along with 3 short answer questions. Once we receive your application and essay, you will be contacted for an interview in December.

Please turn in your completed application and essay to Ms. Wegrzynowicz no later than Dec 5.

Members of the Rotary Club of West Bloomfield are men and women from business, government, education, religion and non-profit organizations. Rotary initiatives include Peace and Conflict prevention and resolution, Disease Prevention and Treatment, Water and Sanitation, Maternal and Child Health, Basic Education and Literacy, and Economic and Community Development. Our club supports these programs both locally and internationally.

All are welcome to attend our meeting. Visit our website,

www.westbloomfieldrotary.org for more information.

OSTC Open House in Wixom - January 30th

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The Black Friday Scholarship Bootcamp

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College Representative Visits to WBHS - Juniors and Seniors!

We are wrapping up the last of our fall college visits!

Tues., Dec. 3, 2019 Albion College 12:24 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 4, 2019 Air Force Academy & Air Force ROTC 12:30 p.m.

Mon., Dec. 9, 2019 Navy 10:00 a.m.

Wed., Dec. 11, 2019 Northern Michigan University 10:42 a.m.


Plum Market and Stein Mart is hiring!


Stein Mart - Inquire within

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!

Ryan Fischer Legacy Scholarship

Attention Hockey Players - https://www.ryanfischer.org/legacy-scholarship


  • Senior in High School with a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA

  • Accepted to a university or universities - Scholarship made payable to university only

  • Must have lettered in at least two varsity sports including hockey

  • Must be of high moral character, demonstrate a strong faith in God, a love for this country and be committed to community service

  • Must also demonstrate outstanding sportsmanship, exceptional leadership, integrity and a positive attitude.

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.

Community Foundation Scholarships

Click on the link to learn more about the Community Foundation Scholarships.


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Scholarships For Graduating High School Seniors

Detroit Economic Club Scholarship: For graduating seniors in Wayne, Oakland or Macomb counties who have overcome hardships to achieve personal goals

Robert Holmes Scholarship: For graduating seniors who are children of eligible Michigan Teamsters members

Chris Kurzweil Scholarship: For graduating seniors who are children of Intertape Polymer Group employees

Miguel Cabrera Family Scholarship: For Michigan and Florida graduating seniors who would be first generation college students and demonstrate financial need.

Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber Scholarship: For graduating seniors who reside in one of the 21 communities served by the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber

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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Foot Locker Scholar Athletes


The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program awards $20,000 to 20 high school, college-bound seniors across the nation for being exemplary leaders on their sports teams, in their classrooms, and in their communities. The college scholarship, sponsored by the Foot Locker Foundation, is intended to help phenomenal student-athletes pursue their dreams of attending and excelling at a four-year college/university. Applications are due on January 3, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. EST.


For the ninth consecutive year, Foot Locker will be awarding 20 incoming college freshman with $20,000 in scholarship funding (totaling $400,000) to pursue a 4-year college degree – not because they scored the most touchdowns or goals, but because sports have helped them grow into strong leaders at school and in their communities.

As an extra bonus, one of our 20 winners will be selected for the Ken C. Hicks scholarship for demonstrating superior educational achievement, outstanding leadership, and a true love of the game. This winner will receive an additional $5,000 award.

This year’s 20 winners will join the program’s eight previous classes of Foot Locker Scholar Athletes, which will result in 180 total scholarship recipients since the program’s inception in 2011. By 2019, Foot Locker will have contributed nearly $3 million to supporting the education and future of this generation’s most promising leaders, both on and off the field.


The scholarship is open to students who:

  • Are current high school seniors entering an accredited, four-year US college or university in the Fall of 2020;

  • Are currently members (in good standing) of a high school sports team or are involved in after-school sports (e.g. intramurals, martial arts, etc.);

  • Have maintained an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher from ninth grade to first semester of 12th grade;

  • Are US citizens or US Permanent Legal Residents;

  • Are NOT Foot Locker employees or immediate family members of a Foot Locker employee.


Applicants will be evaluated based on whether they:

  • Embody good sportsmanship and strong moral character;

  • Display academic excellence;

  • Are passionate and committed to empowering the community in which they live;

  • Are confident and enthusiastic about being a leader;

  • Come from diverse backgrounds;

  • Are Foot Locker Scholar Athlete material – they are proactive, highly motivated, inspiring, charismatic, honest, trustworthy, genuine, strong and courageous.


Application opens on October 9, 2019 and will close on January 3, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. (EST).


  • Basic information including name, high school, sports they play, unweighted GPA, test scores, etc.

  • Two 500 word essays

  • One required non-family recommendation and one optional second recommendation


Visit footlockerscholarathletes.com.

USDA 1890 National Scholars Program


The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program will provide full tuition, employment, employee benefits, fees, books, and room and board each year for up to 4 years to selected students pursuing a bachelor's degree at the following universities:

  • Alabama A&M University
  • Alcorn State University, Mississippi
  • Central State University, Ohio
  • Delaware State University
  • Florida A&M University
  • Fort Valley State University, Georgia
  • Kentucky State University
  • Langston University, Oklahoma
  • Lincoln University, Missouri
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • Prairie View A&M University, Texas
  • South Carolina State University
  • Southern University, Louisiana
  • Tennessee State University
  • Tuskegee University, Alabama
  • University of Arkansas Pine Bluff
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • Virginia State University
  • West Virginia State University


The goal of the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is to increase the number of minorities studying agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, and the related disciplines. National Scholars are required to study in the following or related disciplines.

  • Agriculture
  • Agricultural Business/Management
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Engineering/Mechanics
  • Agricultural Production and Technology
  • Agronomy or Crop Science
  • Animal Sciences
  • Botany
  • Food Sciences/Technology
  • Forestry and Related Sciences
  • Home Economics/Nutrition
  • Horticulture
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Soil Conservation/Soil Science
  • Farm and Range Management
  • Other related disciplines, (e.g. non-medical biological sciences, pre-veterinary medicine, computer science)

The Award
Scholarships are awarded annually and must be used at one of the 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities. Each award provides full tuition, as well as room and board, for the term of the scholarship. The scholarship may be renewed each year, contingent upon satisfactory academic performance and normal progress toward the bachelor's degree.

General Eligibility
To be eligible for the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program scholarship a student must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Have been accepted for admission or currently attending one of the nineteen 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities.
  • Study agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or other related academic disciplines
  • Demonstrate leadership and community service
  • Submit an official transcript with the school seal and an authorized official's signature
  • Submit a signed application (original signature only)

Who Should Apply
The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is available to high school seniors entering their freshman year of college and rising college sophomores and juniors.

USDA 1890 National Scholars Program 2020 Application Deadline: January 31, 2020

All application materials must be postmarked by Friday, January 31, 2020, , and sent to the university liaison (or universities) selected by the applicant to attend. (University addresses and contact information are included in the back of the application.)

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship

Online Application Now Available!


We are pleased to inform you that the online application for the Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship is now available at jackierobinson.org. The JRF application is the vehicle through which more than 4,000 talented young minority high school students apply to become JRF Scholars and carry on the civic-minded legacy of the Foundation’s namesake, Jackie Robinson. The deadline to submit the application for a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship is February 1, 2020 by 5:00 pm ET.

About the Jackie Robinson Foundation

The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) Scholarship program addresses the financial needs of college students and provides extensive, hands-on mentoring and support services. Once chosen from a national, selective application process, Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars receive a generous four-year grant to attend the undergraduate school of their choice and enroll in JRF’s celebrated “42 Strategies for Success Curriculum”. This four-year program guides JRF Scholars to effectively navigate their college environments, explore career options, develop leadership skills, and embrace a commitment to service. The program also promotes the values and character traits embodied in the heroic life of the Foundation’s namesake, encouraging Scholars to positively impact the lives of others.

To learn more about the Jackie Robinson Foundation, please visit our website at jackierobinson.org.

To be eligible for a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Be a graduating, minority high school senior
  • Plan to attend an accredited and approved four-year institution within the United States
  • Show leadership potential
  • Demonstrate a dedication to community service
  • Present evidence of financial need
  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Have a minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading sections or a composite ACT score of 21
  • Not possess a degree from a 2 or 4-year college when applying for the scholarship

Application Timeline

  • November 1, 2019 - Application goes live
  • February 1, 2020, 5pm (ET) – Completed application is due
  • April 30, 2020 - Notification of application status
  • June 30, 2020 - Final selections announced

Lake Superior State University Scholarships

Philip Hart Scholarship -deadline is Nov 15th. 3.0 GPA w/leadership roles & public service activities. https://foundation.lssu.edu/senator-philip-hart-memorial-scholarship/…

Engineering Scholarships deadline Nov 18th. https://lssu.edu/school-of-engineering-and-technology/scholarships/#toggle-id-7…

U of Michigan Detroit Alumni Scholarships

The University of Michigan Club of Greater Detroit funds scholarships each year for both the general student body as well as for student-athletes. Several of these scholarships are endowed. In addition to the scholarships that we sponsor, at times we have been asked by the University to help a student that needed financial assistance to continue their education. The University of Michigan Club of Greater Detroit has always tried to meet each and every request from the University. All profits from our events each year plus a special scholarship solicitation are allocated to the Club Scholarship fund. Reports are made on the progress of the scholarship recipients, which are a source of pride to all Club members.

If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please read the important eligibility and deadline information below:


Eligibility Criteria

ACT: Minimum score of 31


SAT: Minimum score of 1430


Top 1% of your graduating class

(Must meet 1 of the 3 criteria)

Application Deadline

The entire online application must be completed and submitted no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, January 18, 2019. At this time all items must be marked complete for the application to be considered.


Submit Scholarship Application

By submitting a completed application, you will be considered for all scholarships that meet your qualifications.

DECA Scholarships

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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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