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Scholarships, Updated 1/16/19

Just In!  For students going to WSU, there is a $1,000 to $2,000 scholarship through the Carson College of Business for students who declare Management Information Systems as their major.  

Check into www.raise.me for ways to connect high school success to college dollars!  

 WSSRA:  This one is just for future teachers and school professionals!  Check out this link: www.wssra.org, click on "forms and files," then Scholarship App from the drop down menu.  Due March 1!

Oregon State U on your list?  They want you to start here looking for 'schiolar dollars.' 

This one is for you, Jake!  ASU, click on the portal box to the left to explore many opportunities.  

Central Washington University:  One app, over 325 scholarships!  Start here.  Due 2/1!

Blue Mountain Community Foundation:  This is the portal to thousands of LOCAL scholarship dollars!  Don't miss this.  Apply HEREDue March 1.  

Columbia REA:   They offer a general scholarship for college for their customers plus a lineman-only scholarship open to ANYONE.  See counselor for details.  

Accepted to WSU?  One application, thousands of scholarship dollars.  Due 1/31.  Access it HERE.  

Elks Vocational:  Open to ALL seniors, a great chance to earn local money toward a vocational program.  waelks.org, Due March 15!

Elks Dave Nicholas:  Open to all seniors with a GPA of 2.2 and 3.2!  Local ONLY, paper application.  Due March 15!

Accepted to EWU?  One application gets you consideration for the Honors Program and thousands of scholarship $$.  Apply HERE.  They recommend submitting by 1/15, but due 2/1.

Accepted to Gonzaga?  Browse your many scholarship options HERE, due February 1. 

Pursuing a STEM Career?  Washington State Opportunity Scholarships are available for those with financial need.  Look into this!  More info HERE, due February 28.  

American Indian Endowed Scholarship:  This is for any student with ties to a tribe, so check into it HEREDue 2/1.  

Cool fact!  St. Mary's University, the only Catholic University in London in Twickenham, London, charges international tuition of just $14,800 per year!  If you are looking for a change of scenery, update your passport and check that out!   

For 8th Grade Students Only:  Catholic Daughters sponsors a $1,000 scholarship toward a Catholic High School education.  The process involves letters of recommendation and an essay, but YOU CAN DO IT!  Click here for the application. Due April 1.   

Resume How-To: If you are dreading the resume writing piece, consider this site that really breaks the task into little chunks for you and lets you create a nice workign document: Resume Wizard! 

For great opportunities in WA State, check out this link and also remember to do your washboard profile, also linked below under search engines.   

Comparing careers and programs?  Favorite sites for that:

College Board's Big Future

College Majors 101 to explore career paths and majors.

WOIS: Site key required, see counselor.  Great resource!  Spend some time learning your strengths, interests, and options!  

College Scorecard is a great comparison tool. 

Want to see last year's FAFSA night Power Point?  Click here.

Great article on Big Money, Hard Choices  from Cardinal Newman Society.  

College Sessions On and Near Campus, 2018-2019

University of Portland, Lunch visit in foyer, Sept. 19

Washington State UniversityLunch visit in foyer, October 19

Pacific Lutheran UniversityLunch visit in foyer, October 26

Eastern Washington UniversityVisit and Onsite Admissions, October 31 starting in mod four

Gonzaga University11:30 to noon in foyerNov.1

Whitworth University, Lunch visit, Nov. 5

Carroll College, Lunch visit November 20

Whitman CollegeTuesday, Nov. 27, Lunch visit

Grand Canyon University:  Tuesday, January 8, lunch

WWCC: Lunch visit on 1/29 to talk about scholarships and other opportunities.  

Montana State University in Bozeman is hosting five MSU FRIDAYS:
At these events, students will have the opportunity to meet with faculty and students, exploreacademic facilities, tour the campus and investigate possibilities for financial aid andscholarships.

For further information and to register please, visit the website at http://www.montana.edu/msufriday/.

Access a good resource for students of color here. 

Tips for College Visits

WWCS School Counseling enthusiastically recommends high school students of all levels making official visits to as many campuses as possible!  The link below has some tips for focusing on what is important; the academic and career tips are especially helpful and too easily overlooked on any "tour," so you may have to ask!  Always ask for the chance to sit in on a class or talk wtih a professor, too.  

Click here for a good "visit" resource.

Scholarship Search Engines

We all like a personalized invitation, but these search engines allow students to create profiles, browse, learn more about national and statewide options.  Check them out:

fastweb.com

scholarships.com

theWashboard.org  This one is WWCS School Counseling's favorite; it is run by WA state and inlcudes local, state, national awards by emailing students after they complete a profile.  For any student, any year, any time, a worthwhile exercise.  

 

Knowledge Bowl Meet Schedule

  • Thursday, October 18: East Meet, Walla Walla (Walla Walla hosting)
  • Wednesday, November 28: East Meet, Waitsburg High School & Waitsburg Christian Church, 421 Coppei Ave (Waitsburg hosting)
  • Tuesday, December 11 - Tentative: All Schools 1 Team, Venue pending, Walla Walla, DeSales Hosts
  • Thursday, January 10: East Meet, Dayton High School, 614 S 3rd St (Dayton hosts)
  • Thursday, February 7: All Schools 2 Teams, Richland Church of Christ, 933 Thayer Drive (Richland hosts)
  • Wednesday, February 20: 2B, 1B Classification Regionals, Pomeroy (ESD hosts)
  • State will be in Yakima this year, the week AFTER the play! March 23!

WWCS School Counseling Mission Statement

Through a student and family-centered approach, School Counseling supports WWCS in the formation of every student, pre-K through post-graduation, toward maximizing potential within academic, personal-social, and vocational realms.  The School Counselor strives to provide personalized service to every student and family through advising, outreach, counseling, and classroom guidance.

 

Please contact School Counselor Kathy Ruthven, M.Ed, Ed.M., at at (509) 525-3030  or at kruthven@thewwcs.com

Announcements and Testing

WWCC Try-A-Trade Day on 2/1/19!  See Mrs. Ruthven to participate in this fun event to learn about trade and tech programs in hands-on activities!  

SAT 2018-19

Free full-length test and free KHAN ACADEMY prep accessible HEREregister HERE
 

Test Date

Normal Registration

Late Registration

Score Release

Aug 25, 2018

Jul 27, 2018

Aug 10, 2018

Sept 13, 2018

Oct 6, 2018

Sep 7, 2018

Sep 21, 2018

Oct 25, 2018

Nov 3, 2018

Oct 5, 2018

Oct 19, 2018

Nov 22, 2018

Dec 1, 2018

Nov 2, 2018

Nov 16, 2018

Dec 20, 2018

Mar 9, 2019

Feb 8, 2019

Feb 22, 2019

Mar 28, 2018

May 4, 2019

Apr 5, 2019

Apr 19, 2019

May 23, 2018

Jun 1, 2019

May 3, 2019

May 17, 2019

June 20, 2018


ACT 2018-19 

*Note: Until further notice, ACT testing at WWCC has been discontinued.  Therefore, testing in Walla Walla will take place on SUNDAYS, so the day after the mainstream test dates below.  WWVA is hosting these sessions, but they are open to our students. 

Register HERE
Free full-length ACT practice tests and information booklets available in the office and online.
ACT fee waivers for financial need available in the counseling office!

Test Date

Deadline

Late Deadline

Score Release*

Sept 8, 2018

Aug 3, 2018

Aug 17, 2018

Sept 18; Oct 2, 2018

Oct 27, 2018

Sept 21, 2018

Oct 5, 2018

Nov 6; Nov 20, 2018

Dec 8, 2018

Nov 2, 2018

Nov 16, 2018

Dec 18, 2018; Jan 1, 2019

Feb 9, 2019

Jan 4, 2019

Jan 18, 2019

Feb 19; Mar 5, 2019

Apr 13, 2019

Mar 8, 2019

Mar 22, 2019

Apr 23; May 7, 2019

June 8, 2019

May 3, 2019

May 17, 2019

June 18; July 2, 2019

July 13, 2019

June 14, 2019

June 21, 2019

July 23; Aug 6, 2019

College -Prep Testing at Assumption and DeSales

  • PSAT/NMSQT:  A preliminary SAT and scholarship contest, in October of junior year. October 10, 2018
  • PSAT 8 and 9: January 25, 2019 @ DeSales
  • PSAT 10: February 26
  • ASVAB: For Juniors, March 26, 8 AM
  • ASVAB Follow Up:  Dr. Steven Cook from Spokane leads an hourlong career exploratory and interpretive session with ASVAB results, April 16, 8 AM

Career Services:  WOIS is a great way to learn about careers.  Visit www.wois.org and use the site key available from the school counselor!  

Spotlight on Safe Driving!

Check out this excellent resource from DefensiveDriving.org.  Very practical tips for teen drivers and everyone, just click here!

Parents, this document may be useful as you prepare to talk to your child:

Tips for Talking about Death with Your Child