Morristown West High School
Counseling Department Newsletter --- August 2019
Senior Financial Aid Night
Tuesday, Sep. 3rd, 6-7pm
West High Auditorium
Five Rivers College Fair September 23
United States Senate Youth Program
Applications are now being accepted from junior or senior high school students to be a participant in the 2020 United States Senate Youth Program. Two Tennessee delegates will participate in an annual Washington Week in March which includes a variety of events that promote a unique understanding of the structure of our national government. The Hearst Foundation also offers selected state finalists a $10,000 undergraduate scholarship. The student application and instructions for applying are available here. Students who are interested in applying for this program should see Mrs. Byrd in the Counseling Office by October 1 to arrange to take the required exam. All other application materials are due to the counseling office by October 9.
Currently Available Scholarships
Niswonger Foundation Scholarship applications are available in the Counseling Office. Mr. Kinsler will nominate two well-rounded students who demonstrate leadership, academic ability, financial need and a commitment to return to Northeast Tennessee for employment. Applications must be returned to the Counseling Office by September 9, 2019. *Please note West High sets an earlier deadline to allow students the necessary time to request a letter of nomination from another organization (in the event he or she is not chosen as a West High nominee).
If you are not selected as a West High nominee, your packet will be returned to you in order for you to have time to receive a nomination from your church, troop leader or other community organization. Final submission of the application must be made to Niswonger Foundation by September 25, 2019.
East Tennessee State University Roan Scholars
The Roan Scholars Leadership Program is East Tennessee State University’s most prestigious, full-tuition scholarship. Candidates for Roan Scholars are students who have made a significant impact on their school/community and want to make an even greater impact at ETSU and beyond. They have outstanding character, intellectual curiosity, and leadership potential.
Students who wish to be nominated by West High for the Roan Scholars Program must submit a resume and a brief, one page essay addressing their educational goals and desire to attend ETSU. Resumes/essays must be returned to the Counseling Office by September 27, 2019. Mr. Kinsler will identify West High scholarship candidates based on resume/essay. School level nominees will be required to complete an application through the link below before the final deadline in October. https://roanscholars.org
QuestBridge National College Match connects high-achieving, lower income high school seniors with admission and full four-year scholarships to 35 of the nation's best colleges. To qualify you must be able to demonstrate academic excellence and have faced significant financial hardship. Finalists for the program usually come from households than $65,000 per year for a family of 4, but this is not a strict cut-off. The application can be accessed online and must be submitted by September 26, 2019. Students who plan to apply should research the program's requirements and submit the application well before the deadline.
The Gates Millennium Scholars Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, provides outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline area of interest. Applicants are expected to demonstrate high academic achievement and leadership potential and have significant financial need. The deadline for this competitive scholarship is the afternoon of September 15. Visit thegatesscholarship.org for more info and to apply.
Tennessee Promise Scholarship
Counselors will provide help with the Tennessee Promise application during the school day, but students may complete the application on their own, as well. Below is a list of important deadlines.
October 3, 2019 at 9:00 AM - Tennessee Promise informational meeting for Class of 2020, West High auditorium
By November 1, 2019 Complete on-line application
By February 1, 2020 Complete the 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - FAFSA opens October 1
March 4, 2020 at 5:30 PM (arrive by 5:00 PM for check-in)- attend MANDATORY meeting in West High cafeteria [Parents are welcome to attend but may not attend in place of their child!]
By spring of 2020 - apply to school of choice
By July 1, 2020 Complete and report on-line your first 8 hours of community service - only community service completed November 2, 2019 or later will be considered.
Emory, Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame, Washington Univ. Admissions Event in Knoxville
Thursday, Aug. 29th, 7-9pm
9800 Webb School Lane
Important Dates and Deadlines
September 3: 9th-11th grade fall pictures
September 3: Senior Parent Scholarship/Financial Aid Meeting at 6:00PM
September 9: Niswonger Foundation Scholarship deadline
September 18: College Fair trip permission forms due to Counseling Office
September 23: College Fair trip to Carson Newman
September 27: ETSU Roan Scholars deadline
October 1: ACT Senior re-take (at school during the school day)
October 1: FAFSA opens - Seniors and their parents can start completing FAFSA on this date
October 3: 1st TN Promise meeting at 9:00AM at West High auditorium
October 22 & 25: Individual Retakes Seniors
November 1: Class of 2020 deadline to apply for TN Promise Scholarship
Nov. 2, 2019 - July 1, 2020 - complete and report 8 hours of community service (must report on-line) (Please note that students may only use community service hours performed between these dates.)
February 1: Complete FAFSA to ensure Tennessee Student Assistance Grant availability (based on income) and TN Promise eligibility
March 4: Mandatory TN Promise meeting at 5:30PM at West High cafeteria (arrive by 5:00)
April 15: Deadline to submit Work Ethic Diploma Requirements
April 15: Deadline to submit Tennessee Scholars Applications
Each senior will have an individual senior appointment with his/her school counselor beginning in early September to talk about progress toward graduation and post-secondary planning, including applying to college and scholarships, the financial aid process, etc. Parents/guardians who are interested in attending or who have questions may wish to contact their student's school counselor (see contact information at the bottom of the page).
West High ACT Code 431-587 (Where your scores are sent)
West High Test Center Code 193810 (Where you take the test)
Upcoming Exam Dates
*September 14, 2019 - registration deadline is August 16 (August 30 for late registration)
*October 26, 2019 - registration deadline is September 20 (October 4 for late registration)
*December 14, 2019 - registration deadline is November 8 (November 22 for late registration)
*February 8, 2020 - registration deadline is January 10 (January 17 for late registration)
*April 4, 2020 - registration deadline is February 28 (March 13 for late registration)
June 13, 2020 - registration deadline is May 8 (May 22 for late registration)
July 18, 2020 - registration deadline is June 19 (June 26 for late registration)
Please visit www.act.org for information about late registration and photo upload deadlines.
*The test will be administered at Morristown West High School on these dates
Students will not be admitted to the test center without an admission ticket.
October 5, 2019 - registration deadline September 6 (September 24 for late registration)
November 2, 2019 - registration deadline October 3 (October 22 for late registration)
December 7, 2019 - registration deadline November 8 (November 26 for late registration)
March 14, 2020 - registration deadline February 14 (March 3 for late registration)
May 2, 2020 - registration deadline April 3 (April 21 for late registration)
June 6, 2020 - registration deadline May 8 (May 27 for late registration)
Please keep in mind that the best days to visit colleges are Open House or Preview days (typically held on Saturdays) because students and parents have the opportunity to see more campus facilities and have access to more faculty to inquire about specific program requirements, financial aid, admissions, scholarships, housing, etc. A list of these events for some local schools may be found below.
College Open House Dates
Saturday, October 5
Saturday, October 19
September 21 True Blue Preview
October 1 True Blue Tour Johnson City; Prospective Student Reception 6:00 @ the Carnegie Hotel
October 2 True Blue Tour Knoxville; Prospective Student Reception 6:00 @ The Foundry
November 2 True Blue Preview
February 22 True Blue Preview
March 21 True Blue Preview
Sept. 28 (Big Orange Preview)
TN HOPE Scholarship
How to Qualify:
· Entering freshmen must have either a 21 ACT score OR an overall unweighted minimum 3.0 GPA.
For entering freshmen beginning with fall 2015 and thereafter
· Four-Year Institutions and two-year institutions with on-campus housing: Up to $1,750 per full-time enrollment semester as a freshmen and sophomore; then up to $2,250 per full-time enrollment semester as a junior and senior
· Two-Year Institutions: Up to $1,500 per full-time enrollment semester as a freshman and sophomore
Award amounts are available for summer enrollment
· Class status is determined by the postsecondary institution
How to Apply:
· Complete your 2020-21 FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1, 2019. The completion of the FAFSA is your application for the TN Hope Lottery Scholarship.
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
King University - Apply Early
Middle Tennessee State University - December 1
Tennessee Tech University - December 15
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - December 1
University of Tennessee at Knoxville - November 1 (for competitive scholarships, honors programs); December 15 (general)
Walters State Community College - February 1
Text 81010 with the following message - based on the student's grade level and last name. For example, for a senior with the last name Smith, text 81010 to @4Trojans20.
Seniors Class of 2020:
For Last Names A-E: @1Trojans20
For Last Names F-L: @2Trojans20
For Last Names M-R: @3Trojans20
For Last Names S-Z: @4Trojans20
Junior Class of 2021:
For Last Names A-E: @1Trojans21
For Last Names F-L: @2Trojans21
For Last Names M-R: @3Trojans21
For Last Names S-Z: @4Trojans21
More to follow soon for sophomores and freshmen!
Be sure to visit the Morristown West Counseling Department webpage often for scholarship updates! To access this webpage, please go to the Morristown West High School main webpage and click on the “Scholarships” link on the left (under “News & Events”). Here you will find scholarships listed in order of receipt. This is not an exhaustive list. Many scholarship opportunities are available to students, and it is the student's responsibility to seek these opportunities. Students may wish to research opportunities to apply for scholarships at the post-secondary institution(s) to which they play to apply as well as on-line search engines (some are listed below) and places of student/parent employment. Of course, the TN Promise scholarship is available to eligible students (see article above).
Students who need their transcripts sent to colleges may see Mrs. Howerton in the Counseling Office to complete a transcript request form. Please allow at least two weeks to process transcript requests.
Work Ethic Diploma
Seniors will apply in their TNN 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, 2020. Please click here to view the Tennessee Work Ethic Diploma standards.
Counseling Office Contact Information
Students are assigned by the first letter of their last name.
- Tonya Ely: Students A-E
Erica Gillett: Students F-L
Renae Byrd: Students M-R
Melanie Justis: Students S-Z
Aimee Howerton: Counseling Office Secretary
Office Contact Information:
- Phone- 423-581-1600
- Fax- 423-585-3791