Scholarships and Opportunities, Updated 9/19

AES Engineering: This one is not for engineers at all but a contest with a $500 reward open to anyone who can write a 500-1000 word essay.  Due October 6.  

NCWIT Aspirations in Computing is sponsoring a contest for young women interested in math and science toward a goal of fostering computer career paths.  Check out the attached PDF for full information.  The contest is open now and closes November 5.  

Check into for ways to connect high school success to college dollars!  

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

This is a program through TerraGraphic, connected to WWCS Alum Chris Huether.  Check out this PDF to learn about how students who reside in certain zip codes and are willing to complete service hours during college can earn money while in school!  Our office can connect interested people to Chris directly.  

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          

Eastern Washington University: October 2, mod 4 presentations and onsite admissions at lunch time with Ana Zapien.

Whitworth UniversityFoyer table at lunch with Raul Sanchez, October 17.

Carroll CollegeBreakfast table!  Foyer before school, 7:45 to 8:15 AM, Hannah Sylvester, Admissions Counselor for our region. October 17.  

Washington State University, Foyer table at lunch with JR Gomez, October 18

St. Martins University:  Foyer table at lunch with Abby Kheriaty, October 21

University of Portland

Pacific Lutheran University

Gonzaga University,

Whitman College


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 and scholarships.

For further information and to register please, visit the website at

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:  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.  

Check out this website featuring student-made videos at colleges across the country: Campus Reel.  


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

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 2019-20

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

SAT Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline* SAT Scores Release Date* SAT Essay Scores Release Date*
August 24, 2019 July 24, 2019 August 11, 2019 September 16, 2019 September 18, 2019
October 5, 2019 September 5, 2019 September 23, 2019 October 18-24, 2019 October 29, 2019
November 2, 2019 October 2, 2019 October 20, 2019 November 15-21, 2019 November 26, 2019
December 7, 2019 November 7, 2019 November 25, 2019 December 20-26, 2019 December 31, 2019
March 14, 2020 February 13, 2020 February 24, 2020 March 27-31, 2020 April 5, 2020
May 2, 2020 April 2, 2020 April 20, 2020 May 15-21, 2020 May 26, 2020
June 6, 2020 May 6, 2020 May 23, 2020 July 15, 2020 July 15, 2020

ACT 2019-20

*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.  Other tests sites like Mac-Hi and Tri-Cities are available on the Saturday dates below.

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 Scores First Available
September 14, 2019 August 16, 2019 August 17-30, 2019* September 24, 2019
October 26, 2019 September 20, 2019 September 21-October 4, 2019 November 12, 2019
December 14, 2019 November 8, 2019 November 9-22, 2019 December 26, 2019
February 8, 2020 January 10, 2020 January 11-17, 2020 February 25, 2020
April 4, 2020 February 28, 2020 February 29-March 13, 2020 April 14, 2020
June 13, 2020 May 8, 2020 May 9-22, 2020 June 23, 2020
July 18, 2020* June 19, 2020 June 20-26, 2020 July 28, 20

College -Prep Testing at Assumption and DeSales

  • PSAT/NMSQT:  A preliminary SAT and scholarship contest, in October of junior year. October 16, 2019
  • PSAT 8 and 9: January 23, 2020 @ DeSales
  • PSAT 10: February 27, 2020
  • ASVAB: For Juniors, TBA in March, 2020
  • ASVAB Follow Up/Career Exploratory:  TBA April 2020

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

Spotlight on Safe Driving!

Check out this excellent resource from  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