SENIORS: THIS IS AN IMPORTANT YEAR FOR YOU. At various times you may be invited to attend functions which are meant to honor or recognize you. It is extremely important that you put your “best foot forward” during these occasions. Although we all agree the person inside the clothing is much more important than the clothing, it is important that you consider carefully how you dress and how you present yourself when you are attending a special function or when you are interviewing for a scholarship, job, or college nomination. In general, jeans, t-shirts, tennis shoes, etc. are not appropriate. If you have any questions about what you should wear to be appropriately dressed for an occasion other than school, please ask your counselor. If we don’t know we’ll find out for you! :O)
CONGRATULATIONS: Students named National Merit Semi-finalists are: Rachel Buckser, Joe Drummond, Victoria Savikhin, Emily Hollenbeck and Ben McCartney. Taz Ahmed has also been named a National Achievement Finalist. These students have completed applications in order to try to advance to Finalist standing. Finalists are considered for numerous scholarships.
Commended Scholars are: Stephanie Dana, Melissa Gass, Claire Goldsbrough, Michael Kim, Peter Kvam, Lucia Lorenz, Samuel Owens and Bindu Ranganath.
Indiana University Wells Scholar nominees are Melissa Orizondo and Ben McCartney.
Becky Lillianfeld is our DAR Good Citizen.
Rotary Luncheon representatives for October will be Stephanie Dana and Michael Kim.
Exchange Club nominees are Melissa Gass and Phil Hogan.
Taz Ahmed and Melissa Orizondo are applicants for the Lugar Hoosier Scholarship.
Remember to check whether your college list includes colleges that will accept the “Common Application.” Paper copies are available in the college filing cabinet, but the preferred and most professional looking applications can be printed on-line. Go to www.commonapp.org for details. Some of your classmates are using this site and really like it!
Recognition is annually given to the student/s who have the highest and second highest grade point averages at the end of the seventh semester. This procedure will still occur, even though we do not announce class rank.
All students who want to play Div. I or Div. II sports in college must register with the NCAA Clearinghouse. This should be done on-line. If you have already registered, you do not need to register again, but if you have not registered please go to: www.ncaaclearinghouse.net. From the home page, click on “Prospective Student-Athletes,” which will link you to the necessary information.
Do you still need to register for SAT I, SAT II, ACT? October 2 is the deadline for November 3 SAT. November 2 is the deadline for the December 8 ACT. ALL seniors planning to attend college next fall should take either an SAT or ACT test before January!!
SAT II: SUBJECT MATTER TESTS
If you are applying to a university, which requires SAT II: Subject Matter tests, watch deadlines carefully. The College Board recommends you send the scores to the university directly. It is no longer possible to “hold” grades until you see them. Students needing to take SAT II-Subject Tests may borrow sample test from Mrs. Zink.
COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES—PLANNING TO VISIT WEST LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL
If you wish to see the representative, you must get a visitation pass from the Guidance Office at least 24 hours prior to the visit. Your teacher’s signature on that pass indicates s/he recognizes you will be absent from class for the interview. Absence will be recorded as a “School Approved” absence—one of your 12. All work must be made up. Meetings will be in Guidance, unless noted. PARENTS ARE DEFINITELY WELCOME TO COME TOO! PLEASE EXTEND AN INVITATION TO THEM.
DATE COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY TIME
OCT. 2 BALL STATE UNIVERSITY 10:00 A.M.
OCT. 2 CALVIN COLLEGE 1:30 P.M.
OCT. 3 HANOVER COLLEGE 8:00 A.M.
OCT. 3 ST. MARY’S COLLEGE 9:00 A.M.
OCT. 3 FRANKLIN COLLEGE 10:00 A.M.
OCT. 4 DEPAUW UNIVERSITY 10:50 A.M.
OCT. 4 UNIVERSITY OF EVANSVILLE 1:30 P.M.
OCT. 5 ST. JOHN’S COLLEGE 11:30 A.M.
OCT. 5 ST. JOSEPH’S COLLEGE 1:30 P.M.
OCT. 9 UNIVERSITY OF INDIANAPOLIS 1:00 P.M.
OCT. 15 VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY 11:48 A.M.
OCT. 16 EARLHAM COLLEGE 12:40 P.M.
OCT. 18 PURDUE AIR FORCE ROTC 1:30 P.M.
OCT. 31 BUTLER UNIVERSITY 10:45 A.M.
NOV. 5 BETHEL COLLEGE 2:30 P.M.
NOV. 7 VINCINNES UNIVERSITY 1:30 P.M.
NOV. 14 INDIANA TECHNICAL OF FT. WAYNE 10:53 A.M.
NOV. 16 OBERLAIN COLLEGE 9:58 A.M.
COLLEGE FAIR—OCTOBER 3 LAFAYETTE JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL AUXILIARY GYM 6:00-7:30 p.m. Over 30 Indiana colleges will be represented. Financial Aid information will also be available.
College applications are being submitted daily. Again, please remember to bring stamps with your applications. Keep up the good work in your classes. The senior year grades and transcript are VERY IMPORTANT. Many colleges will make decisions at the end of semester 7, or even semester 8.
It is very important for you to visit colleges. Try to attend a class, meet students, tour the facilities, talk to admissions officers and personnel in your area of interest. Contact the admissions office and make an appointment for your visit. Go to college web sites to learn of high school visitation programs.
The 2007-2008 attendance policy allows you one (1) excused absence to visit a college. However, you must follow procedures:
(1) Have a parent call Mrs. Florence before the visit.
(2) Pick up form from Mrs. Florence before the visit.
(3) Bring back form signed by a college official within 48 hours.
If you decide to visit additional colleges during school time, you may use Parent Approved absences.
SCHOLARSHIP/COLLEGE AND OTHER HELPFUL INFORMATION
Have you learned the system? Current scholarships are described and posted online on the guidance home page, in the newsletters, announced on daily announcements, and listed on bulletin boards near senior lockers. If you are serious about looking for scholarships, several computer services will help you. Some contain a lot of advertisement, but, still very good sites.
• www.fastweb.com (A free scholarship search. Nightly updates and email notices will keep you in formed of scholarships. College officials say this is the best search for scholarships.)
• www.ed.gov/finaid.html Program details types of federal programs.
• www.collegeboard.org 2000 scholarships in data base.
• www.wiredscholar.com Covers variety of issues concerning selecting school, scholarship search, paying for college. Good data base of scholarship.
• www.WeeklyScholarshipAlert.org (ads, but no solicitation)
• When making application for a scholarship, always type or word process essays!
• Admittedly, applying for scholarships takes a lot of time. There is also no guarantee that you will
be selected for a scholarship. However, one thing is for sure; if you don’t at least try, you will not receive any scholarships.
It is critical to check directly with any college financial aid office for potential scholarships. Also, please check the guidance web page and the s:common drive at school, for scholarship information. Remember, too, that we often put notes on your locker, so please check it regularly.
If you and your parents receive letters inviting you to attend financial aid seminars and they tell you that you must pay for a service to help find financial aid, be very wary! Excellent free resources are available on the web, in books, in the guidance office and in libraries. Check out these sites for scholarship scams:
School CEEB code # 153745 Hispanic Scholarship Fund
The High School Scholarship Program is designed to assist high school students of Hispanic heritage obtain a bachelor’s degree. It is available to graduating high school seniors who have concrete plans to attend a community college or four-year institution full-time the upcoming academic year.
Award amounts generally range from $1,000 to $2,500.
December 15, 2007
Art School Scholarship
AIA/AAF Minority/Disadvantages Scholarship
Open to high school seniors and college freshmen studying architecture at an NAAB accredited program. Financial need is considered.
1. Applicant must be dependent of a business owner who employs fewer than 20 people and owns at least 10% of stock or capital.
2. Student must be a graduating senior who will attend a post-secondary school.
3. Apply on line at: email@example.com
Saint Joseph College -
Presidential Scholarship –full tuition, room and board. Must apply to college and for scholarship before
December 1. Call 1-800-447-8781.
Top Ten scholarships for students in Top 10% of class
Minimum of $50,000 over 4 years.
Congratulations to all of the seniors who are or have been involved in fall sports. Senior leadership and participation continues to be a vital link in the success of sports programs, as well as other extracurricular activities. Keep up the good work.
All amateur poets invited.
You may submit a poem from a school assignment.
The contest is open to everyone, and entry is free.
Your poem could win $10,000
Prizes totaling over $58,000 to be awarded.
Deadline for this round is October 15, 2007
Click Here to Enter Now!! (Must visit the s:common drive to connect to the website) First Freedom Student Competition
Must be a US Citizen or permanent resident, have a 2.0 GPA, financial need, planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree, and involvement in extra curricular activities.
Apply online at: www.horatioalger.org/scholarships by Oct. 30th.
Tall Clubs International College Scholarships
Awarded to students under age 21 who will be attending college for the first time this fall.
You must be tall: Women over 5’10”, Men over 6’2”. Read this web page completely. There are strict rules.
Deadlines vary by club, but inquires should start now.
http://www.tall.org/scholarships.cfm?CFID=742513&CFTOKEN=5530834 Beginning September 15th through May 15, 2008; you can log on to offtocollege.info and register to win a $1,000 scholarship which is randomly drawn from applicants. More information can be found at suntrusteducation.com.
Educational Scholarship Program
About the Program-
With the Stokes Program, you work during the summer at NSA in areas related to your course of study. If you are selected as a program participant, you are required to work for NSA after your college graduation for at least one-and-one-half times the length of study. *This program is also open to college sophomores who are majoring in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, or Korean.
Qualifications for college sophomores (who are majoring in Foreign Language)
You must be a U.S. citizen
You must earn at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA for your freshman year
Qualified career fields
You may choose a full-time major in one of the following areas:
Computer Science, Electrical or Computer Engineering, Languages, or Mathematics
Tuition at the college of your choice
Reimbursement for books and certain fees
Housing and travel entitlements during summer employment (if the distance between NSA and the school exceeds 75 miles).
You must achieve a minimum 1100 SAT/College Board score in reading and math, or 25 ACT score
You must have at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
You must demonstrate leadership abilities
Deadline November 30th
VFW Voice of Democracy
Audio essay contest for high school students in grades 9-12
November 1, 2007
http://www.vfw.org/index.cfm?fa=cmty.leveld&did=150 Seniors: If you are interested in nursing as a career, you should apply for a nursing scholarship from the State. Applications are available at http://www.in.gov/ssaci/programs/. Also available at the same web site is a scholarship for minority students (defined as Black or Hispanic) interested in entering the teaching profession; or, any student pursuing a special degree, physical or occupational therapy degree.
Due October 31, 2007: Coca-Cola Scholars. Apply online at: http://www.coca-colascholars.org
Click on the apply online hyperlink, then Four Year Award for Seniors. Clock on Coca-Cola Scholars Application. Review the detailed instructions and then complete. (You will need to get your rank and GPA from Mrs. Zink or one of the counselors BEFORE attempting to complete the application.)
Teacher Scholarship program
Our new program offers four scholarships per year exclusively to students who will become teachers.
October 14, 2007—current deadline
http://www.straightforwardmedia.com/education/ Nursing School Scholarships (one nursing scholarship every 3 months)