Tuesday, January 26, 2016

ACT Prep Class - Montgomery

At the end of last year we contacted Montgomery area counselors to make you aware of our ACT Prep Course being offered in your area this spring. This course is designed  to prepare students for the In-School ACT on April 19th or any upcoming test date

We enjoyed speaking with many of you, and are following up to offer details now that dates and times have been established.  Many students have attended our prep classes in Birmingham over the years, and we are excited to offer a local course!  

The Montgomery course will be a two workshop format:

Math/Science Workshop with George Mizzell:
(Six sessions - $195 per student)

March 7, 2016, 4:30 to 6:00 PM
March 14, 2016, 4:30 to 6:00 PM
March 28, 2016, 4:30 to 6:00 PM
April 4, 2016, 4:30 to 6:00 PM
April 11, 2016, 4:30 to 6:00 PM
April 18, 2016, 4:30 to 5:45 PM

English/Reading Workshop with Nancy Smith:
(Six sessions - $195 per student)

March 7, 2016, 6:15 to 7:45 PM
March 14, 2016, 6:15 to 7:45 PM
March 28, 2016, 6:15 to 7:45 PM
April 4, 2016, 6:15 to 7:45 PM
April 11, 2016, 6:15 to 7:45 PM
April 18, 2016, 6:00 to 7:15 PM

Students may attend either workshop or both!  If students attend both, they will receive a discount, and total cost will be $350 for both courses.  

The exact location will be finalized soon, and the classes are open for registration now at allpencilsdown.com!  

Please feel free to pass this information along to students and parents - we are happy to answer any questions or provide further details.

We look forward to the opportunity to help your students be confident and prepared for the ACT!

Kim Brittle

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Buick Achievers Scholarship


We encourage the following to apply:
• High school seniors and current undergraduates
• Those who plan to enroll full time at a four-year college or university in 2016-2017
• Those who plan to major in a specified course of study focused on engineering, technology or design, with an interest in the automotive industry

BUICK: INSPIRING, CELEBRATING, AND ENABLING HUMAN ACHIEVEMENT Proudly funded by the GM Foundation. Scholarship America, One Scholarship Way, Saint Peter, MN 56082

Visit our website for more information: www.buickachievers.com 
Application Deadline: February 29, 2016 (5:00 p.m. EST)

Click HERE for the flyer.

Jefferson State Community College Scholarships (READ)

Below you will find the information on their full academic scholarship.  Each counselor also has an additional full scholarship to award per school.  Please see me for details.  :)
****I have copies now in the office for pickup****


Jefferson State Community College scholarships are open to students entering as freshman, currently enrolled students and to students who transfer to other colleges and universities. Either the Donor or the Student Assistance and Scholarship Committee establish the selection criteria.


  • must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher at the end of their 1st semester senior year
  • 22 or higher on their ACT
  • Applied for admission to Jefferson State for the fall 2016
  • Submit a copy of their high school transcripts showing their grades and GPA after the first semester of their senior year.
Forms – High School

Rita Jones (LOCAL Scholarship)

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!

Monday, January 18, 2016

HOSA/FCCLA Scholarship

The NTHS Scholarships are for members of HOSA, BPA, FBLA, FCCLA, DECA and SKILLSUSA.  For  additional information about  NTHS,  please visit their website atwww.nths.org. Thank you so very much for all you do to serve the students in Alabama schools.

The 2016 Jon H. Poteat Scholarship on-line submission is accessible from September 1, 2015 until midnight EST April 20, 2016.  The application is simple and only takes a few minutes. Just log in as a member, click on “scholarship application“, confirm your name and email address, then submit! NTHS will award at least 200 one-thousand dollar scholarships to eligible members in 2016.  Eligible applicants must be current NTHS members who have not graduated.
                                                      Partnership Scholarships with other CTSOs.
Please use the links below to access the NTHS scholarship page and follow the links provided for each (HOSA, BPA, FBLA, FCCLA, DECA & SkillsUSA).  Eligible applicants must be a dues-paying member of both organizations and the requirements and criteria are decided by our CTSO partners.  For further assistance please email our NTHS Scholarship Coordinator.  
NTHS/HOSA Scholarship

The mission of Health Occupational Students of America is to promote career opportunities in health care and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. NTHS is honored to be partnered with HOSA to promote their mission and provide Six $1,000 scholarships to active HOSA members who are also current NTHS members in good standing. Three (3) scholarships will be awarded to  high school members, and three (3) scholarships will be awarded to college/postsecondary members. For more information and application form, which opens Jan. 1, 2016. Click here.

NTHS/SkillsUSA Scholarships
NTHS has teamed up with SkillsUSA to promote outstanding student achievement within career and technical education. NTHS will award Four $1,000 scholarships to SkillsUSA members at the SkillsUSA National Leadership Conference. Two (2) scholarships will be awarded to high school members, and two (2) scholarships will be awarded to college/postsecondary members. To be eligible, students must be active, dues-paying members of both SkillsUSA and NTHS. For more information and application form, which opens Jan. 1, 2016. click here.
NTHS/DECA Scholarships
DECA, the association for students and teachers of marketing, management and entrepreneurship has partnered with NTHS to promote outstanding student achievement within career and technical education and to develop future leaders.

Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to high school students that are members of both DECA and NTHS. Access is open now.  For more information, Click here.
NTHS/FCCLA Scholarships
Involvement in FCCLA offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for life -- planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision making and interpersonal communication -- necessary in the home and workplace. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to students who are members of both FCCLA and NTHS. To learn more about the NTHS/FCCLA scholarships and to get forms, which opens Jan. 1, 2016. click here.
NTHS is pleased to partner with FBLA-PBL to recognize the outstanding achievement of their students. FBLA-PBL offers an extensive competitive event program for their members. NTHS will award Two $1,000 scholarships as well as provide funding and awards for one of the events at the FBLA/PBL National Conference - to check out the FBLA-PBL Scholarships, which opens Jan. 1, 2016. Click here.
NTHS/BPA Scholarships

The mission of Business Professionals of America is to contribute to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, academic, citizenship, and technological skills. NTHS will award Three $1,000 scholarships to students

AchieveAlabama.org (Scholarships)

Free program that is available to all students.  11th and 12th grades will have time to create accounts this week during acceleration.  If you don't have 5th period, take a minute and create one at home.  See the info from WBRC below:

What's Right With Our Schools: AchieveAlabama.org helps students find scholarships

Posted: Feb 12, 2015 4:02 PM CSTUpdated: Feb 19, 2015 4:03 PM CST
(Source: AchieveAlabama.org)
(Source: AchieveAlabama.org)
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -FOX6 News anchor Sarah Verser shows us a new tool to make your search for college money much easier.

Jalen Newton's smile is matched only by his achievements on the varsity football field at Parker High School and in the classroom. He can boast a 3.6 GPA.

He has a couple more things going for him including his mentor Justin Mayfield of the Rotaract Club and now AchieveAlabama.org. The website puts scholarships opportunities right at his fingertips for free. It's the fruit of a partnership between Rotaract Club, College Admissions Made Possible and an online scholarship search engine called Cappex.

Students and parents can search for national and local scholarships. Some of the local money can go unnoticed.

"A lot of scholarships come to my office and my counselors' offices but what this website has done is it's opened up scholarships that I have never heard of as a high school principal," Parker principal Darrell Hudson said.

The website also rates the difficulty of the application process and if a college is a good match for students. There are also student reviews of colleges and information like tuition costs and admission requirements.


Seniors - we will schedule a date soon where you and your family can file the FAFSA at school.  We are looking at the first week of February.  In the meantime, please request your FSA ID.  This is your electronic signature.
Please read the following from www.studentaid.edu.gov

You know you have to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), but maybe you’re not sure what to do. 

Let’s review what to expect.
Filling out the FAFSA® can be a straightforward and easy process. The online FAFSA at fafsa.gov will guide you through the application; click on the “Start A New FAFSA” button on the home page, and just follow the directions on the screen. Below are some tips to help you along the way.
Ready to fill out the FAFSA now? Go for it!

Getting an FSA ID

You’ll need an FSA ID, a username and password combination that allows you to sign your FAFSA electronically. Your FSA ID also can be used to sign loan contracts and to access certain information online. You can get your FSA ID as you fill out the FAFSA, but you also have the option to get it ahead of time.  Find out how to get an FSA ID andwhat to do if you forgot your FSA ID.

Woman smiling from behind computer
Getting an FSA ID before you begin the FAFSA could prevent processing delays, and it only takes a few minutes to apply.

Gathering the Documents Needed to Apply

The FAFSA asks for information about you (your name, date of birth, address, etc.) and about your financial situation. Depending on your circumstances (for instance, when you filed taxes or what tax form you used), you might need the following information or documents as you fill out the FAFSA:
  • Your Social Security number (it’s important that you enter it correctly on the FAFSA!)
  • Your parents’ Social Security numbers if you are a dependent student
  • Your driver’s license number if you have one
  • Your Alien Registration number if you are not a U.S. citizen
  • Federal tax information or tax returns including IRS W-2 information, for you (and your spouse, if you are married), and for your parents if you are a dependent student:
    • IRS 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ
    • Foreign tax return and/or
    • Tax return for Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or Palau
  • Records of your untaxed income, such as child support received, interest income, and veterans noneducation benefits, for you, and for your parents if you are a dependent student
  • Information on cash; savings and checking account balances; investments, including stocks and bonds and real estate but not including the home in which you live; and business and farm assets for you, and for your parents if you are a dependent student
Keep these records! You may need them again. Do not mail your records to us.
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One thing you don’t need for the FAFSA is money! The FAFSA is FREE, so if a website asks you to pay to fill it out, you’re not dealing with the official FAFSA site. Remember, the FAFSA comes from the government, so it’s on a .gov site: fafsa.gov.

Getting Help

If you need help filling out the FAFSA, use these free tools:
  • Read the “Help and Hints” located on the right side of any FAFSA entry page. (The hints change depending on what question you’re on.)
  • Click “Need Help?” at the bottom of any FAFSA entry page (in other words, any page where you’re entering information into the application).
  • Chat (in English or Spanish) with live technical support staff by clicking the “Help” icon with the big question mark at the top of any FAFSA entry page, and then selecting "Contact Us," "Federal Student Aid Information Center," and "Chat With Us."
  • Contact the financial aid office at the college or career school you plan to attend.
  • For details about the purpose of FAFSA questions and how information should be reported in some unusual cases, try our guide called Completing the FAFSA.

Friday, January 15, 2016

State Farm Scholarship

The State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarship doesn't require a high GPA, but rather focuses on students who are leaders and volunteers in their communities and demonstrate financial need.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Be a 2016 graduating high school senior.
  • High school seniors must have a cumulative GPA between a 2.5 and 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Plan to enroll full-time for the 2016-17 academic year at an accredited 2- or 4-year college, university or vocational-technical school.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen

The deadline is March 2, 2016.
Tell your students to apply today for the State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarship program!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Jeff State Academic Scholarships - READ

One year scholarships - which may be renewed for one additional year provided the recipient meets the criteria.
Min GPA 3.0 for the end of the first semester and a min of 22 on the ACT.

Go to www.jeffersonstate.edu to apply for admission.
Fill out a NEW 2016-2017 scholarship application on the website.

Additional Requirements:
One recommendation and a two page essay stating why you want to attend Jeff State.  Should be typed and two pages.  MUST BE ON FILE BY MARCH 1ST.


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Debbie Rice Memorial Scholarship (IT or related field)

Debbie B. Rice Memorial Scholarship 
Alabama Educational Technology Association announces a $10,000 scholarship will be awarded to a public high school senior enrolled in a school system with a delegate member in this organization. Seeking graduating seniors with a record of volunteerism in the community in both non-school sponsored and extracurricular school activities. The recipient must attend an accredited college/university or technical school located in the state of Alabama.
To apply for the Debbie B. Rice Memorial Scholarship click here.
{Link to the site:  http://bit.ly/1Vvhkaa } 
Criteria for Scholarship Applicant:
* Minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.75 and plan to attend a 2 or 4 year accredited college/university or technical school pursuing a degree in IT or related field
* Application must be accompanied by an essay (guidelines listed under item 11 of the application)
* One page resume' (attachments are allowed for activities, honors and service)
* Two letters of recommendation as to your character and your ability to meet your scholastic and community responsibilities – one must be from principal/counselor
* Applicant must have the endorsement of their Guidance Counselor/Principal on their application attesting they are a qualified applicant for this scholarship program
* Application deadline is January 15th by 4:00 p.m. Late applications are not accepted.
If you have any questions contact Barbara Burchard, Scholarship Chair - barbara.burchard@elmoreco.com
Confirmation receipt of the application will be sent. It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure the application arrived on time.
The applications will be reviewed and recipient of the scholarship selected by a committee of volunteers. The scholarship will be awarded at AETA Winter Meeting in Montgomery.
Start by filling out this form.
You will need to upload all the following documentation to this site. The password is aeta. All files should be named: lastnamefirstnamesample.pdf. smithjohngpa.pdf
  1. Attach proof of GPA. Your most recent school transcript include-senior year after Term 1.
  2. ACT Score. Provide copy of Score Report if not listed on Transcript.
  3. Please make a copy of this form. Print, sign, and upload.
4.      One page resume' (attachments are allowed for activities, honors and service)
5.       Two letters of recommendation as to your character and your ability to meet your scholastic and community responsibilities – one must be from principal/counselor
  1. Attach your essay with the following information.
What life experiences have shaped who you are today and what challenges have you overcome in achieving your education (i.e. financial, personal, medical, etc.)? Describe your academic and career goals and your plans to achieve them and discuss any of your extracurricular/volunteer activities (both on and off campus) that you have performed.
{Your scholarship essay should not exceed 500 words and use the following formatting-Double spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, One-inch top, bottom, and side margins}