Monday, May 9, 2016

Senior Exit Survey

Please take the exit survey by Tuesday, May 17th.  This is for your final transcript and Honors Night information.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Setting scholarship goals...can you apply for two a week?

Set Goals. Work Hard. Get Money. 

This is how we make applying for scholarships easier.

Finding Scholarships you qualify for can be difficult. But by visiting The Scholarship Bank, you know that all of these scholarships are open and valid, and all of the qualifications and application requirements are listed for you to easily look through. 

How can you make the application process easier on yourself? Goals. Set a timeline that you can reach and hold yourself to it. By doing this you make each piece of the application much more approachable and you'll find yourself completing way more scholarships than you thought you would have. 

So we challenge you: Can you do two scholarships a week for the next month? 

Want support on your quest? Join our Facebook group.

Scholarship Bank! 

Happy Scholarship Hunting, 
Megan and the Scholarship Junkies Team


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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Upward Bound information (8th and 9th grade)

Melissa Edwards from Upward Bound sent this link to their new video that the 8th grade students viewed on Thursday.  This link goes into detail about Upward Bound and what they can offer your child.  They do have some availability for 9th graders at this time.  If your child needs a packet, please have them come by my office Monday.  Packets are due TUESDAY.  If you have any questions, feel free to call my office.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Counselors Scholarship - Jeff State

Seniors - I need to know ASAP if you are interested in the Jeff State Scholarship.  You must have a 20 composite on the ACT and provide me a resume and essay (two pages, why I want to attend Jeff State).  This is a full scholarship, renewable.
I would like to have the resume and essay by Monday...please let me know if you have any questions.  I will be in and out tomorrow, so you may have to message me on remind.

Scholarship Information

The new post from Student Scholarships is up!
Go here for more information!

From FastWeb:
We want students to finish the school year strong and get prepared for the next. Share the articles below to show to your students the impressive scholarship programs available now. 
Super High School Scholarships
These awards would certainly start off your college career with a bang!
First-Class Scholarships for College Students
Make the scholarship search a component of your college education.
The Latest & Greatest Scholarships for Grad Students
Who says you're too old to get an award? Certainly, not us!

Friday, April 15, 2016

College Counts Scholarship Deadline

Please see information below regarding the CollegeCounts Scholarship deadline—students must apply by April 22.

College can be the best time of your life. But paying for college isn’t easy. In fact, the cost of college can make some students afraid to even try. That’s why we created the CollegeCounts Scholarship: to provide funding assistance to Alabama high school students who demonstrate a financial need and a genuine desire to make a difference in what’s next. If you’re thinking about enrolling at an Alabama college or university, don’t let funds get in the way. The CollegeCounts Scholarship might just be for you!

This year, $1M will be awarded to deserving Alabama students.  To apply, visit

Upcoming ASVAB Date

Jefferson State CC will host the ASVAB on April 29th at 9:00.  After the test, there will be a campus tour and lunch provided.  Please call Mrs. Cochran by Tuesday, April 26th if you need to reserve a seat.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

ACT with Writing (11th Grade) on Tuesday - importance of ACT scores!
This Tuesday, April 19th, our 11th grade students will take the ACT in the band room.  Testing will start at 8:00 and  last until 12:30 (approx).  I visited the 11th graders today to pass out the free College Planner from Potential Magazine that we received at College Night on Tuesday at Jeff State. Our Career Coach, Kim Benson, hopes that we can have the group that presented back again soon.

I shared with the Juniors about the importance of the ACT and information we heard at the meeting last night.  The presenters discussed that 80% of scholarship money comes from Merit awards from schools.  These are awards based on GPA and ACT score.  An ACT score can help you with a full ride to institutions in our state and beyond.  Students have been preparing during acceleration for the ACT, but please encourage them to study at home and do their best Tuesday.  The difference in ONE point on their score can be thousands of dollars of tuition!

Please call the office if you have any questions.  :)

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Mock Interviews/Resume Template

Mock Interviews will take place during 1st and 4th periods tomorrow.  Dual Enrollment students who want to participate will go after Mrs. Price's 4th period is finished.
1.  Have a copy of your resume.  If for some reason you do not have one - you can use this easy resume template (borrowed from Simsbury High School)  Click on the blue PDF link in the middle of the page.
It will load gray - you need to highlight and change to black.  Modify as needed.
2.  Dress Appropriately (Dress for Success!)
3.  Remember to make eye contact and shake hands.  Wait until you are asked to be seated.
4.  This will be a generic interview - not job specific.

Feel free to message me on Remind if you have questions.

Monday, March 21, 2016


The Good South, Southern lifestyle clothing company based in Greenville, SC, is proud to announce the launch of our third annual scholarship application.  As former college admissions counselors, we know how expensive college can be and understand the majority of families cannot outright afford college expenses.  At The Good South, we donate a portion of our yearly proceeds to the The Good South Scholarship Fund and are excited to award four scholarships this year ranging from $250 to $500.  We are looking for well-rounded applicants who excel both inside and outside the classroom.  While scholastic achievement is very important, it is equally important for students to be leaders and have a passion for service.  
The application for the The Good South Scholarship can be found  The application deadline is April 15, 2016.  

ALFA Scholarship

Scholarship opportunity

Alabama Farmers Federation members can now apply online for a $1,000 college scholarship funded by the Alfa Foundation. Applications are due April 1. Scholarships will be awarded to 100 students attending Alabama colleges, universities or technical schools and may be used for tuition, fees, books or supplies required for coursework.  The program is open to high school seniors and post-secondary undergraduates enrolled or planning to enroll in a two- or four-year school in Alabama. Winners will be notified in May. Scholarships will be awarded on academic record; demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities; honors; work experience; and statement of goals and aspirations. A minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale is required. To be eligible, the scholarship applicant must be a member of the Alabama Farmers Federation, and the membership must be issued in the name of the scholarship applicant. To apply, visit AlfaInsurance. com. The Alfa Foundation Scholarship Program is administered by Scholarship America. No officers, directors or employees of the Alfa Foundation, Alabama Farmers Federation or any Alfa companies are involved in the selection process. Questions about the scholarship program should be addressed to: Alfa Foundation Scholarship Program, Scholarship Management Services, One Scholarship Way, Saint Peter, MN 56082 or (507) 931-1682 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

RITA JONES (Local Scholarship) REPOST

These funds are provided by the Rita Jones Scholarship Trust of the Alabama-West Florida United Methodist Foundation. This scholarship is designed to assist students meeting the requirements stated in the scholarship and who would otherwise not be financially able to attend college.  It is not designed for student eligible for the Pell Grant.  We are seeking the student that might “falls between the cracks” and without our help could not attend college.   It is based on student needs and character.

The forms to apply are on the VHS website - go HERE to find them!

VHS had a winner last year - Hannah Sanford!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Scholarships (Fastweb Newsletter)

Green represents St. Patrick's Day and today that custom is widely celebrated. Students who love the planet can keep thinking green beyond today with the eco-friendly scholarships, green grants and internship opportunities we've gathered together in our new Go Green & Get Greenarticle.

In this article we've brought together opportunities students can immediately pursue and we've compiled impactful environmental ideas they can take into their community. We've wrapped all this up in this Green Scholarships article so you can easily share with your students.
Women's History Month is an annual celebration of the contributions women have made to America's history, culture, and society. Fastweb is dedicated to helping the future generation of women leaders meet their educational goals. Today, there are a variety of scholarship opportunities for women in academic areas from technology to sports media to environmental sciences and more.

In Fastweb's new article, Scholarships for Women, focus has been placed on bringing together important scholarship opportunities that cover many educational interests and all education levels. Applications are open today on many awards with various award payouts to help students with paying for school.

Countdown to College Workshop FREE

Mark your calendars to attend the Countdown to College Workshop at Jeff State on April 12th.  This free event is for all Chilton County students.  The event will take place from 6-7:30.
More information to follow!

April ACT Deadline - Friday

Don't forget that the deadline to sign up for the April ACT is this Friday.  You can sign up at
JUNIORS:  You will take the ACT in school on April 19th for FREE.  
Let me know if you need help!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Central Alabama/Southern Union Information

Central Alabama Community College, Chattahoochee Valley Community College, and Southern Union State Community College are excited to share that we are combining forces to become a regional community college so that we may
ENHANCE student opportunities and student success,
SUPPORT workforce development, and
ENGAGE the lifelong learning needs of our communities, businesses, and industries.

Students attending the newly consolidated regional community college will continue to receive an excellent and affordable education as well as outstanding training opportunities to gain the skills needed for today's in-demand careers. In fact, students will benefit the most from expanded resources and multiplied possibilities! 
In keeping with the vision of the Alabama Community College System, affordable pathways to quality education and training will continue to be offered to all students with financial aid options available to students who qualify.  
As we move forward with the consolidation of our three colleges, specific steps will be taken to ensure a smooth transition for our students, beginning with the consolidation of a federal student aid code that must be included on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
·         Effective immediately, students should ADD the federal school code, 001007, on the 2016-2017 FAFSA.
·         Students who have already completed the 2016-2017 FAFSA should go back in on the website to make a correction and ADD the federal school code, 001007, to the FAFSA.
·         If you have already listed Central Alabama Community College, 001007, on your 2016-2017 FAFSA, no further action is needed at this time.
Please note that this federal school code is currently assigned to Central Alabama Community College; therefore, this college will appear on your FAFSA as a selected school regardless of the location you plan to attend. Once the consolidation of the three colleges has final approval by the Department of Education, the college name will automatically update to the new regional college name. 
While sharing the commitment of the Alabama Community College System to provide a unified system of institutions, our promise to you is to continue the provision of comprehensive and high quality services as we create our consolidated regional college. 
Stay tuned for additional updates. We look forward to seeing you in the Fall!

UA Rural Scholars Program (Juniors)

Seeking Your Best & Brightest Juniors for the  
Rural Health Scholars Program 
We need your help in identifying candidates for UA's Rural Health Scholars Program.

High school juniors interested in healthcare are invited to come to the UA campus for five weeks in the summer to live on the UA campus and take two college-level courses. Additionally, they get the opportunity to participate in health-related seminars and field trips and even get to shadow physicians at University Medical Center.

Studies show, students from rural areas who study medicine often return to rural settings to practice as professionals. By fostering an interest in healthcare now, RHSP seeks to improve and expand medical services in rural communities in the future.

Please share this information with your colleagues and ask them to encourage the best and brightest students to apply to this exciting program. 

Application deadline is March 15!
 Complete eligibility requirements are included in the program brochureflyer and are posted online

Michael Johnson College/Career Expo

Thursday, March 3, 2016

ACT April Test Deadline Approaching

If you need to sign up for the April ACT - you need to do so by tomorrow!  If you need help, let me know.  Juniors, remember that you are already taking the ACT that month at school (April 19th).