Seniors: If you are planning on majoring in music in college, please come to guidance for the $1000.00 Travis Powell Memorial Music Scholarship.

I'd like to make you aware of a scholarship opportunity. has just launched its fourth annual Aspiring Nurse Scholarship. Our website will award a $1,000 scholarship to a future nurse in the high school graduating class of 2018.

They will award this scholarship to the applicant who best demonstrates:+ A track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics+ A passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare

This scholarship competition is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue college education in nursing, including LPN / LVN, ADN, and BSN programs. Scholarship applications will be accepted until midnight on August 31, 2018.

Interested students may visit and click the banner on the right-hand side of the website's homepage. Here they'll find detailed scholarship information and the official application form.

Their website maybe a helpful reference for your college search. They provide the most complete online directory of U.S. nursing schools. I've included below our most popular article on your state, which profiles a comprehensive list of accredited local nursing schools.

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Award Letter Handout: Just published is a new and simple guide that breaks down the components of the award letter. It will give you the information you need on how to pay for school in an easy-to-understand way. You can download it here:

New Scholarship Program: We’re excited to announce the launch of our 2018 scholarship program. This year, entrants have a chance to win $10,000 to help pay for college! High school seniors, current college students and parents are eligible to enter. No essay is required. Pass on this link to your students.

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A partnership between Virginia Tech and Virginia Union University are sponsoring an essay contest. The prize is $750.00. Please visit the website for details and to submit your essay. . The essay is:
To identify the ideas, steps and practices that together could foster a more beloved American community.

BETA member: This is a link to the BETA scholarship: The deadline is Jan. 25, 2018.

Did you know that cosigning a student loan can be risky business? According to a recent survey, the majority of parents of incoming college students do not understand the risks of cosigning a student loan.
You can find the guide here:
This guide covers the following main points:
- Pros and Cons of Student Loans Without a Cosigner (videos!)
- Federal Aid Available Without a Cosigner
- Private Student Loans
- How to Apply
- Comparison of Federal vs. Private Aid

This guide covers all of the basics about student loans - including the different types, how interest rates work, the application process, and all of the different options/strategies for repayment.
We think this guide is useful for those who may need to take on student debt in the future, as well as those who may already be in repayment. In addition, it is not promotional in any way, so there is no bias.

Virginia Highlands Community College Financial Aid Workshops: These workshops are for all students even if you are not going to VHCC.
Workshops will be at VHCC in Room #130. Please bring your 2016 tax returns to the session.
Monday, October 23 at 6 PM
Saturday, January 13 at 10 AM
Tuesday, February 20 at 6 PM
Thursday, March 29 at 6 PM

Emory & Henry would like to invite students who are looking at colleges and in the decision making process to put Emory & Henry on their list of schools to visit! Our Blue & Gold Open House & Preview Day is on Saturday, October 28, from 8:00 a.m. - 1 p.m! We will be holding information sessions, a campus tour, and an Academic & Campus Life Fair! Lunch for the student and two guests is on us. After lunch the student and their families can experience our E&H school spirit and join us for a home football game against Hampden-Sydney College with kickoff at 1 pm!

This preview day we are also showcasing two of our programs: STEM and Church Leadership. If you are interested in either of these areas, please encourage them to sign up for this open house!

We are also excited to bring back our United Methodist Youth Fellowship Day (UMYF) this year! After the football game, join our Spiritual Life Program after the football game for free supper and a live concert with Christian artist Alex Sprinkle! (More info provided on flyer attached!)

Attached is a flyer below for each event with registration information!
If you have any questions or would like to get more information about this event or any others, please don't hesitate to contact me!

PSAT will be given at CHS on Wednesday, October 11 in the Library: The cost is $18.00: Kaplan will once again bring you PSAT Prep Live, the only free, live PSAT prep program available to students online. Sign up now and gain instant access to quizzes and practice tests for the PSAT. Then join us beginning September 23 for live lessons. Get free prep at Then after you test you can get a free tailored practice program for the SAT-based on your personal test results-through Khan Academy. Please sign up in guidance. There is limited seating so sign up early.

Reasons to take the PSAT/NMSQT: Test will be October 11 here at CHS
  • Enter the competition for scholarships from NMSC (grade 11).
  • Help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT
  • Help Your Child Get the Score Needed to Earn Scholarship Money and College Admission

The Society of Women Engineers at the University of Virginia invites high school seniors and juniors from Virginia to apply to our High School Visitation program on Saturday, November 18, 2017. The program gives young women a comprehensive look at engineering fields and UVA’s engineering curriculum through informative speakers and hands-on design activities. The program is designed to benefit participants with all levels of engineering experience, but we particularly target those students who are not yet familiar with the field and may be interested in applying to engineering schools or pursuing a STEM career.

To apply, students should complete the HSV Fall 2017 Application which can be found here. This fall session particularly targets high school seniors, but sophomores and juniors can also apply. Students who have previously applied to HSV, are in the targeted grade level, and demonstrate a strong interest in engineering through their essay will receive priority acceptance and priority consideration for an overnight stay.
The attached flier provides more information about the event and instructions on how to apply online through our website.

The application must be completed online by 11:59 pm on Saturday, October 21st, 2017.

Vivint Smart Home is very excited to offer your students the opportunity to receive the Vivint Smart Home Scholarship. The application deadline for Spring semester is October 1, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. MST. After the deadline, five winners will be selected from across the United States. Each winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship award. The Vivint Smart Home Scholarship will be recurring and available both in the Fall and Spring.
We hope you'll be able to include this information on your website. Here are some Universities who have already shared our scholarship: University of Oregon, Indiana University and Marquette University.
Students must submit an application and post a 1-2 minute video creatively responding to the prompt listed here.
Eligibility Requirements

Scholarship award is not based on financial need. To be eligible for the scholarship contest, applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Must be a high school senior or college student
  • Must be a legal U.S. resident and currently living in the United States
  • Must be planning on or already enrolled in one of the eligible majors listed in the Scholarship Official Rules
  • Must submit a video that meets the guidelines described on The Vivint Smart Home Scholarship webpage
We would be honored if you could let your students know of this opportunity and include us on your scholarship resource page with the following link

The Society of Women Engineers at the University of Virginia invites you to apply to our High

School Visitation Program on November 18 th , 2017. The program gives young women a

comprehensive look at engineering fields and at UVA’s engineering curriculum through

informative speakers and hands-on design activities. The program is designed to benefit

participants with all levels of engineering experience. We particularly target those students who

are not yet familiar with the field but may be interested in applying to engineering schools or

pursuing an engineering career.

The session for high school seniors will take place on November 18 th , with an application

postmark deadline of October 21 st . The application and selection criteria can be found on the

UVA Society of Women Engineers’ website: Interested

students may be selected to spend Saturday night (the 18 th ) in UVA dorms with first year SWE


There will be a non-refundable confirmation fee of $25. Acceptances will be sent out no later

than October 28 th at 5pm, with commitment required by November 4 th by 5pm.

This will be a great learning experience for young women who would like to explore various

aspects of engineering. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at Thank you for your time and we hope to hear from you soon.

SunTrust Scholarship Sweepstakes: Free to enter and eligibility is not based on GPA or financial need. There will be fifteen chances to win-one winner every two weeks, from October-May. Apply online at . You could win $500.00. Only one entry per person for each drawing; however students can register after each drawing for the next scheduled drawing.

2017 Future of Assisted Living Scholarship, the premier ratings and reviews site for senior services providers nationwide, is proud to announce our fourth annual scholarship for advancement in higher education. This is a general scholarship which will award each of the selected applicants with a scholarship award of $2,000. This scholarship will be awarded to students enrolled in an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec) during the academic year.

Selection and Eligibility Criteria

The annual scholarship award is for three (3) students enrolled in an associate's degree, bachelor's degree or graduate level program at an accredited 2-year college or 4-year university during the 2017-2018 academic year.
The following are ineligible to apply:
  • Employees of, A Place for Mom, Inc., or A Place for Mom Canada, Inc.
  • An immediate family (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) of an employee of, A Place for Mom, Inc., or A Place for Mom Canada, Inc.
  • A person living in the same household, whether or not related, of an employee of, A Place for Mom, Inc., or A Place for Mom Canada, Inc.
Applicants must include a 250-word maximum introductory bio with their 500-750 word essay and sign the Scholarship Award Agreement.
A $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to three (3) individual students who write the most compelling essay as judged by staff.

Guidelines for Applicants

Please include the following three items in your submission:
  • 250 word maximum introductory bio about yourself – you may choose to include your work or educational background, why you're seeking a degree in your field, and why this scholarship interested you.
  • 500-750 word essay response to the question: How can your major of study improve the lives of seniors in assisted living facilities in your town?
  • Signed and dated Scholarship Award Agreement.
Submission Deadline: December 31, 2017
Scholarship award recipients will be announced by January 31, 2018.

How to Apply

Email to submit your essay, introductory bio, and signed Scholarship Award Agreement.
Award recipients will be notified individually and announced by January 31, 2018.

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if you are:
*a girl in the Class of 2018
  • involved in school and/or community activities
  • outstanding in academics, leadership, athletics OR the arts
  • interested in earning scholarships for college
this program is for you! Distinguished Young Women of Southwest Virginia is part of a nationwide program which awards scholarships for young women's achievement. Throughout your participation you will be encouraged to reach your goals, continue your education and be confident in your opinions. College scholarships are available to all participants and over $820 million is available nationally! AND it's FREE to participate! you can:
  • make new friendships
  • learn Life Skills like interviewing and public speaking have fun putting on a showcase of your achievements PLUS help pay for your college education! sign up today!
Questions E-mail SouthwestVA@DistinguishedyYW. org
Deadline Sign up by September 1, 2017

Financial Aid Workshop Schedule:
Free Financial Aid Workshop at Virginia Highlands Community College: All students who want to go to any college need to fill out the FAFSA form. This workshop is a comprehensive overview of the federal financial aid application process-regardless of the college/university you plan to attend. Those who bring their completed 2016 tax returns will have the option to attending a breakout session that will provide one-on-one help in submitting an online application, while others may use the information provided to file an application later.
To be announced
Additional information please contact: LindseyHolman at or 276-739-2555
What to bring to Super Saturday Financial Aid Workshop

• U.S. Department of Education Personal Identification Number
(PIN) for you and your parent. Save time and apply for a PIN in
advance at You may also get one in real-time
when you fill out the online FAFSA.

• Social Security numbers for you and your parents/spouse

• Driver’s license (if available)

• 2017 federal income records, including income tax return and
W-2 forms (if 2017 are not available, you can bring most recent)

• 2017 untaxed income records

• Current bank statements, business and investment mortgage
information, business and farm records, stock, bond, and other
investment records

• Alien registration card (if you are not a U.S. citizen

SUBJECT: Lee-Jackson Educational Foundation Scholarship Program:

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is pleased to announce the Charlottesville Lee-Jackson Educational Foundation Scholarship Program. The objective of the program is to acquaint young people with the historical legacy of two of Virginia's most outstanding military figures, General Robert E. Lee and General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson.

The Foundation awards one $10,000, eight $2,000, and nine $1,000 scholarships to public, private, and home-schooled students throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. The scholarships are awarded as follows:

  • $2,000 for the first place essay, and $1,000 for the second place essay, submitted in each of the state's eight public high school regions.
  • $2,000 for the first place essay, and $1,000 for the second place essay, submitted by private and/or home-schooled students. Participating private and home-schooled students will be judged together as a ninth region for the purpose of making scholarship awards.
  • A bonus award of $8,000 will go to the single essay that is judged to be the most outstanding in the state. Therefore, the winning essay will be awarded a total of $10,000, and the winning essay writer will be designated as the 2013 J. Clifford Miller, Jr. Scholar.
The application and reporting forms are located on the Lee-Jackson Educational Foundation Web site at The deadline for students to submit applications and essays to their high school principals is February 15, 2018.

BigFuture Is a new website that college board is sponsoring


To help kick off the new school year, The Gallery Collection would like to remind you of our 7th Annual Create-A-Greeting-Card $10,000 Scholarship Contest. We are offering students a chance to win $10,000 towards their education plus a $1,000 award for their school! With all the budget cuts, every bit helps.
Entering the contest is easy! Students must submit a unique photo, piece of artwork, or computer graphic for the front of a greeting card. The student with the best design will win a $10,000 scholarship and have his/her design made into an actual card to be sold in our line.
You can make it easy for your students to enter by posting the following link to your school's website:

  • AIMS Higher Scholarship-Virginia Highlands Community College:VHCC has a scholarship for Smyth County students that pays the difference between what of the student's tuition cost and what financial aid does not pay. Students interested in this scholarship need to start working on the reguirements in the 9th grade. The reguirements are as followes: A minimum GPA of a 2.75, maintain a 95% school attendance rate, have no out of school suspensions, and complete 60 hours of community service-20 hours per year in 3 of the 4 years of high school(20 hours needs to be in thier senior year). Then to keep the scholarship the student needs to maintain a 2.75 while at VHCC.
  • NCAA Applications: Any student who is interested in participating in college athletics must apply to the NCAA Clearinghouse. This needs to be done as soon as possible. This is especially important if you are looking at Division I and /or Division II schools. This also includes cheerleading. When you take the SAT or ACT test make sure you put the NCAA Clearinghouse's number (9999) on the application so your score are sent to the clearinghouse directly. To apply go to this website:
  • TAG: means Tuition Assistance Grant. If you plan to attend a private college as a full-time student you can apply for a grant that pays approximately $2,200 per year for 4 years. You don’t have to pay it back, or demonstrate financial need or file a financial statement. Application forms for TAG can be obtained from the admissions or financial aid offices of Virginia’s eligible private colleges.
  • Academic Common Market: This program is for students who want to study a major that is not offered in any of the Virginia colleges or universities. This major can be studied at an out of state college/university for in-state tuition. Example: Nuclear engineering, Marine Biology is not offered as a major in Virginia.
  • Applications for College: When you complete your college applications, bring the application and application fee to me in guidance. I will attach your transcript and letter of recommendation(s) and mail it to the college. If you apply on-line, PLEASE notify me of this so I can send your letter of recommendation and transcript to the college. It is very important to mail your application, letters of recommendations, and the transcripts together so that the college has all your information in one place.
  • College scholarship ,, , ,| , , , , ,, www.peterson' ,, are websites that have scholarships available and other information for senior.
  • Most colleges/universities have scholarships available for academic achievement or in certain majors. If you are interested in a particular school, please see me and we can see if there are any scholarships available at that school.
  • Selective Service: ATTENTION ALL SENIOR MALE STUDENTS!!!!! If you are within 30 days of your 18th birthday, the law requires you to register with the Selective Services. You will not qualify for any federal financial aid, federal job training, or government jobs if you have not registered. You can register on line at or come by guidance for more information.
  • Scholarships: Find scholarships with the Next Step scholarship search. This website has you put in your specific personal information and it will bring up scholarships that you may qualify for. Go to this website:

ETSU Honors Scholars Program: This program is designed to provide special academic opportunities for highly motivated and talented students with the goal of preparing them to perform with distinction in their careers and as citizens of the world in the 21st century. Students that are selected as the University Honors Scholars will receive scholarships that cover full tuition and fees, the costs of standard dormitory housing and meal plans and a semester stipend for four years. A minimum qualifications considered for admission to the program include scores of 29+ACT (composite) or 1280+SAT (math and reading only), a 3.5 GPA, evidence of community and leadership activities and commitment to pursue a four-year baccalaureate degree. If students do not qualify for this program there is a Honors-In-Discipline program where the students needs a minimum of 25 on ACT or 1130 SAT and the student will get in-state tuition or a tuition scholarship. A special application is required and due on Jan. 31, 2016. For more information go to : or

Governor's Seal: Students who complete the requirements for an Advanced Studies Diploma or Advanced Technical Diploma with an average grade of "B" or better, and successfully complete college-level coursework that will earn the student at least nine transferable college credits in AP or dual enrollment courses shall receive the Governor's Seal on their diploma.

Board of Education Seal: Students who complete the requirements for a Standard Diploma, Standard Technical Diploma, Advanced Studies Diploma or Advanced Technical Diploma with an average grade of "A" shall receive a Board of Education Seal on their diploma.

Board of Education's Career and Technical Education Seal: The seal will be awarded to students who earn a Standard Diploma, Standard Technical Diploma, Advanced Studies Diploma or Advanced Technical Diploma and complete a prescribed sequence of courses in a career and technical education concentration or specialization that they choose and maintain a "B" or better average in those courses; or (1) pass an examination or an occupational competency assessment in a career and technical education concentration or specialization. or (2) acquire a professional license in that career and technical field from the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Board of Education's Seal of Advanced Mathematics and Technology: Will be awards to students who earn either a Standard Diploma, Standard Technical Diploma, Advanced Studies Diploma or Advanced Technical Diploma and (1) satisfy all of the mathematics requirements for the Advanced Studies Diploma or Advanced Technical Diploma (four units of credit including Algebra II two verified units of credit) with a "B" average or better; and (2) either (a) pass an examination in a career and technical education field that confers certification from a recognized industry, or trade or professional association; (b) acquire a professional license in a career and technical education field from the Commonwealth of Virginia; or (c) pass an examination approved by the board that confers college-level credit in a technology or computer science areas.

Board of Education' s Seal for Excellence in Civics Education: Will be awards to students who earn either a Standard Diploma, Standard Technical Diploma, Advanced Studies Diploma or Advanced Technical Diploma and complete (1) Virginia US History and US Government courses with a grade of "B" or higher; (2) have good attendance and no disciplinary infractions as determined by local school board policies; and (3) complete 50 hours of voluntary participation in community service or extracurricular activities. Activities that would satisfy the requirements are (1)volunteering for a charitable or religious organization that provides services to the poor, sick, or less fortunate; (2) participating in Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, or similar youth organizations; (3) participating in JROTC; (4) participating in political campaigns or government interships, or Boys State, Girls State, or Model General Assemble; or (5) participating in school-sponsored extracurricular activities that have a civic focus. Any student who enlists in the US military prior to graduation will be deemed to have met this community service requirement.