Counseling

Scholarships and Opportunities, Updated 3/5/2020

The Trippeer is IN!  Paper apps handed out . . . get yours today.  Due 3/31!

Kiwanis Service/Merit, Due April 10! Information page and Scholarship Appliacation

March Madness! This PDF from WA state includes several scholarships with March deadlines.  Take a moment to peruse it; you may find something good for you!  

Horatio Alger, NEW.  Financial need and overcoming adversity are criteria for this award toward career and technical education. Apply here, deadline April 15.  

The Elks Dave Nicholas Memorial is only for students with a GPA from 2.2 to 3.2!  If this is for YOU, applications are due March 20. Newly online HERE.

The Elks Vocational Grant is a WA state Elks lodge scholarship just for students who plan to earn a two year terminal degree.  Here is the PDF of the app.  
 
Opening soon, look for the app 4/6, WA State CTS for students pursuing career/tech ed at community colleges!
 
Pat Gillette Memorial Scholarship:  This is a great local opportunity for scholar-athletes.  It's only available in paper form, requires specific evaluations from both teacher and coach, and is due April 20, 2020.  Applications available now!
 
Daughters of the Pioneers Scholarship:  This is great for families who can prove heritage in this area.  See counselor for paper application.  
 
Marsden Scholarship:  This opened 2/1 and closes 3/31. Apply at this link.  
 

New, just for Theater Arts students, Hollywood Lights!  This requires just a short essay and is WA/OR based, $5000.  

WWCC STEM Careers: These scholarships for up to $3600 per year are for specific programs such as Watershed Management, Engineering, Energy Systems, and Agriculture.  Apply at this link, due April 24, 2020.

WIAA Smart Choices: This one is great for scholar-athletes in WA.  2 $5000 awards and 8 $1000 awards available!  Cilck here, deadline 4/1/19.

Check out some great scholarship opportunities from the Better Business Bureau.  Choices include a video or essay options, due March 16 but full info at this site.  

Did you do a Common Application?  Check out this new feature called Scholar Snapp to connect to scholarships without re-entering every bit of information.  Sweet!  

Leadership 1000:  Click this link to learn more about this great award toward WA state college attendance. Eligibility requires financial need.  Check it out!  

Music Scholarships:  Want to get a few dollars toward your tuition paid and participate in music at your chosen college?  Audition! It isn't too scary!  See posters up around the school and ask counselor for how to add this to your college experience.

 

Looking at Montana State University? Click HERE to learn about the scholarships you can get. 

Check into www.raise.me 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: Most students were given their WOIS log in info before leaving for the COVID-19 break.  Site key required, contact counselor if need yours.  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.  

Opportunities to Consider

Interested in a medical career but unsure which type?  Medical Lab Technology is an important field accessible through Wenatchee Valley College's program at WWCC.  You never have to leave Walla Walla.   

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.  

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 kruthven@thewwcs.com

Announcements and Testing

COVID-19

Talking to your kids: National Association of School Psychologists resource on talking to your kids HEREor something from the Child Mind Institute including a video HERE.

Updates from the College Board HERE.

Updates from ACT on testing HERE. 

Updates on AP testing (Wow!) HERE

Here is a resource for talking with your child about death.  If you or your child needs some help with these discussions, please contact Kathy Ruthven, kruthven@thewwcs.com

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, March 12, 2020
  • ASVAB Follow Up/Career Exploratory:  TBA April 2020

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!