Counseling Center Announcements
SPRING 2017 CREDIT RECOVERY
Students: do you need to make up failed credits to graduate on time? Did you drop the ball and are now wondering how to get back on track? Sign up for Credit Recovery and get the credits you need!
Credit Recovery is an online program designed to make up a semester's worth of credit in just 8 weeks. WSD3 runs 3 sessions per calendar year. Each semester course has a $100 tuition fee and you can take up to two classes in 8 weeks. You can graduate on time!
See your counselor for details, questions, and registration information or check out the information online at wsd3.org, select High School Credit Recovery from the District Programs link on the left side of the page. Your application and payment can be turned into Mrs. Vickie Abeyta in the Counseling Center by 3:00pm February 6, 2017.
Orientation is Monday, February 13, 2017 at 3:30pm at Widefield High School in the lower commons in the Counseling Center.
HERFF JONES – SENIOR CAP, GOWN, ANNOUNCEMENT ORDERS
Orders should be made as soon as possible as availability and delivery time is the issue after January 11. You can go to www.yourgrad.com to place orders. If you have any questions feel free to contact Herff Jones at 719-573-1234 or visit their offices at 2150 Academy Circle, Suite A, Colorado Springs, CO, 80909.
CLASS OF 2017 SENIOR PANORAMIC PICTURE
Your Senior Class Panoramic Picture will be taken on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 at 7:00am in Bowers Gym. Remember, this is the ONLY time pictures will be taken of your whole Senior class as a group, so don't miss out. Students will receive order forms on picture day. The order deadline for the best price will be Sunday, February 12th. Visit www.BestClassPicture.com if you have any questions. BE SURE TO GET YOUR SENIOR TSHIRT BEFORE THE PICTURE SO YOU CAN WEAR IT ON FEBRUARY 8TH!! THEY ARE ONLY $15 IN THE COUNSELING CENTER!
COFFEE WITH COLORADO MOUNTAIN COLLEGE
Here's an opportunity to meet with an admissions representative from Colorado Mountain College and have a cup of coffee! Monday, January 23, 5:00-7:00pm, at Pikes Perk Coffee and Tea House, 5965 N. Academy Blvd., Ste. 203, Colorado Springs, CO. For more information on Colorado Mountain College go to www.coloradomtn.edu.
Buy a yearbook now at www.yearbookforever.com or in the business office. Yearbooks are $65.00 on January 1st.
WHS CLASS OF 2017 SENIOR SHIRTS ARE IN!!!
ONLY $15! BE SURE TO STOP BY THE COUNSELING CENTER TO PICK UP YOUR SENIOR SHIRT. CASH OR CHECK WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.
FOUNTAIN VALLEY SCHOLARS APPLICATION IS NOW OPEN!
Fountain Valley Scholars is a non-profit organization that awards scholarship money to high-achieving and eligible seniors from Fountain-Fort Carson, Mesa Ridge and Widefield High Schools to help them attend the college or university of their choice. Go to the Widefield School District’s main web page, click on the Fountain Valley Scholars picture (3rd in the series of slide show pictures) to access the link to the 2017 application and criteria. Deadline is February 27!
NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI)
You are not alone. One in four face a mental illness in their lifetime. NAMI's programs give you the tools and coping skills you need. NAMI Fall Classes are open for registration now. Registration is required for all classes. NAMI Basics, NAMI Family-to-Family, NAMI Peer-to-Peer, & Mental Health First Aid Colorado. Call 719-473-8477 for class locations. More information and updates at namicoloradosprings.org.
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NATIONAL CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS AWARENESS WEEK
February 12-18, 2017 is National Children of Alcoholics Awareness Week. Alateen and Public Outreach Coordinators of the Pikes Peak Al-Anon District are here to help. Pikes Peak Al-Anon/Alateen District 16, c/o 3595 E. Fountain Blvd., Ste. 120, Colorado Springs, CO, 80910. Or visit www.al-anon.alateen.org.
WESTERN STATE COLORADO UNIVERSITY PREVIEW DAY
During Preview Days at Western, you will have the opportunity to: go on a campus tour, attend parent/student sessions, attend the academic program fair, meet Western faculty, eat lunch in our dining hall, visit the club and organization fair, receive information on financial aid, housing and campus life, learn about the next steps to becoming a Mountaineer. Preview Day, February 4 and March 31, 2017. Visit western.edu/preview for more details.
WESTERN STATE COLORADO UNIVERSITY – DENVER ROAD SHOW
Western is coming to town! (Western.edu/roadshow.) Saturday, January 21, 2017, 5pm-7pm. Embassy Suites by Hilton, Denver Southeast, 7525 E. Hampden Ave., Denver, CO, 80231. Learn why students decide to #GoWestern.
FORT HAYS STATE UNIVERSITY
Music & Theatre Scholarships available for bands, choir and orchestra. Audition dates: February 18 and March 4, 2017. For more information, go to www.fhsu.edu/music-and-theatre/scholarships/.
COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES – HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
The Society for Women Engineers at Colorado School of Mines is sponsoring a Girls Leadership Conference for girls 9th-12th grade that are interested in math, science, computer science and STEM programs. Colorado School of Mines, 1600 Maple St., Golden, CO, Saturday, February 1, 2017, 8:30am to 3:30pm, $30 preregister by January 30, 2017. Register at: https://commerce.cashnet.com/swe_mep.
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SUMMER PROGRAMS
If you are seeking an academic challenge this summer, apply to the pre-college USC Summer Programs for high school students. USC Summer Programs offers students a preview of “freshman year” through its college immersion experience. Students explore Los Angeles as a laboratory for cultural learning beyond the traditional classroom. Their programs are designed to combine college level course work, academic field trips, and structured extracurricular activities. Visit summer.usc.edu for more information and instructions on how to apply.
STEM SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY
With help from a generous grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA, is offering a STEM scholarship program for students interested in STEM fields (Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics & Physics). STEM Scholars will have their full demonstrated financial need met for all four years with no loans. The deadline for Regular Decision admission (using the Common Application) is January 15, 2017, and students should file both the CSS Financial Aid Profile and FAFSA by January 15, 2017. Visit www.gettysburg.edu.
VIRTUAL COLLEGE FAIR FOR STUDENTS
This fair is scheduled for January 23-28, 2017. Students can log on any time during this week to get information from many colleges. There is a question and answer section for the students to get answers directly from college reps. Students must go to www.collegefairsonline.com to the “students” tab to register ASAP. They will be sent a reminder email. Be sure to register now and select “West Fair”. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out the unique college scholarship website at www.guaranteed-scholarships.com. You'll find scholarships guaranteed by nearly 100 colleges to students who meet the individual listed criteria for each. No essays, projects, recommendations or other secondary criteria are required. And, in almost all cases, there are no limits to the number of scholarships awarded. Students who meet the published criteria for a scholarship and attend the college offering it receive it...no and's, if's or but's. There is no charge for anyone to use our page and we never collect student information of any kind. To avoid disappointment or misunderstandings, they strongly suggest that you verify all scholarship information with the offering college or university before beginning the application process to be certain the scholarship is still being offered and to ensure that you are fully aware of initial qualifying criteria, deadlines, and renewal requirements.
HEUSER & HEUSER “WRITE TO WIN” CONTEST/SCHOLARSHIP
Heuser & Heuser wants you for their 2016 First Annual Write to Win Contest. They will be awarding FIVE (5) $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors who will be attending college or trade school. Please submit a hard-copy essay, no longer than a thousand words, answering the following question: “What is one thing you would change about your home-town? Describe why you would change it, how you would change it and how you would maintain the change you wish to see in your home town.” Please send submission to: Heuser & Heuser, LLP, Attention: Hannah Henry, 625 N. Cascade Ave., Ste. 300, Colorado Springs, CO, 80903. All submissions MUST be postmarked by March 1, 2017. Winners will be announced on April 1, 2017.
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COLLEGE ACCEPTANCE LETTERS AND SCHOLARSHIP/GRANT AWARD LETTERS
Seniors!! Bring your college acceptance letters and scholarship/grant award letters into the Counseling Center as you receive them. Please bring in ALL acceptance letters and scholarship awards even if you do not plan to accept them. ALL LETTERS AND AWARDS ARE DUE TO MRS. VICKIE ABEYTA NO LATER THAN MAY 2!! The Counseling Center wants to make sure we are able to properly recognize our students at Senior Awards Night In May!! Please don't forget to include Military Scholarships and Awards. Any questions, please contact Mrs. Vickie Abeyta at email@example.com or 391-3110.
MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY
MSU Friday is an all-day campus visit event which offers prospective students and their families the opportunity to meet with faculty and students, explore academic facilities, tour the campus and residence halls and investigate possibilities for financial aid and scholarships. The program is FREE! The scheduled dates are: January 27, 2017; March 10, 2017; March 24, 2017; June 16, 2017. A tentative schedule, driving directions, a hotel list and ONLINE REGISTRATION are available at www.montana.edu/admissions/msu/friday. Contact the Office of Admissions toll-free at 1-888-MSU-CATS.
AMERICA’S BEST ONLINE COLLEGES ANNUAL LIST
Every year, thousands of college-bound students ask themselves: "Am I applying to the right schools?" For those considering online programs, this question can feel even more uncertain. Go to www.bestcolleges.com for more information.
Parents Challenge offers Financial Aid for students whose families meet federal eligibility requirements and who choose private, public (traditional), public (charter), or homeschooling. Parents Challenge provides families with tools and resources to exercise educational choice to achieve academic success. To find more information on how all parents should be empowered to choose the school that is best for their children visit their website at www.parentschallenge.org or contact Deborah Hendrix, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, 719-633-4500.
WELCOME TO STEMsCO!
The only STEM BOCES in the state of Colorado. STEMsCO's mission is to "leverages community partnerships to equip educators and learners with the information, resources, tools and opportunities needed to propel pre-K through 12 students toward STEM Excellence. Work focuses on "Destination Workforce Readiness Pathways" for students to help create more opportunities for post high school certifications, internships, and job training. This gives students choices for future career possibilities. Their website is stemsco.org and you can follow them on Facebook. Check out their newsletter!
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AFFORDABLE COLLEGES ONLINE
Has put together particulars on various degree options and scholarships, financial advice, and tips on which school is the best for the desired degree of pursuit. A Complete Guide to Online Degrees can be found at http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/degrees/.
BILL OF RIGHTS INSTITUTE ESSAY CONTEST
Each year, the Bill of Rights Institute hosts an essay contest that does two things: encourages students to think deeply about their constitutional rights and helps them pay for college! We call it our We the Students essay contest! And this year, we're asking students to weigh in on the ongoing debate between liberty and security. Here's the prompt: Our Founders believed that the Bill of Rights should guarantee your individual liberty. But how has our government compromised on your rights in the name of security?
Students who answer this question in a 500-800 word essay will have a chance to win the grand prize of $5,000 and a scholarship to our annual summer event for students in Washington D.C. There are also a number of cash prizes for runner-ups. Visit http://www.billofrightsinstitute.org/engage/students-programs-events/scholarship/ for the contest details!
APEX COLLEGE OF VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY
Has been approved by the State of Colorado to offer courses leading to a certificate in Veterinary Assisting. Apex College offers an affordable, 2-quarter (less than six months) Veterinary Assisting Program in a state of the art veterinary teaching facility right here in downtown Colorado Springs. Visit their website for more information www.ApexCVT.com.
FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA) DEADLINE
This is a reminder that the priority deadline to submit the FAFSA is March 31 for the 2017-2018 school year. The FAFSA is required for grants, scholarships and other forms of financial aid. Please note that some schools have financial aid priority deadlines as early as March 1. Please check with the financial aid office at the higher education institution you plan to attend for accurate deadlines. Access the FAFSA through www.fafsa.ed.gov (NOT fafsa.com). Beware of scams, you should never have to pay to complete the FAFSA! Need help completing the FAFSA? The financial aid office at Pikes Peak Community College can be a valuable resource for questions and assistance with the FAFSA.
WIDEFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT #3 ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIPS
If you are a senior planning on attending college and have been in Widefield School District #3 since elementary school; there are scholarships available to you to help with college expenses! There is information and applications available in the Counseling Center and on each elementary school's webpage. Start checking the elementary school's webpages after Spring Break.
Seniors be sure to check out the link on WHS Counseling Center website for scholarship ideas! CHECK FREQUENTLY! The list is updated regularly. There is also a copy of the Scholarship List in the Counseling Center.
Colorado Council on High School/College Relations Volunteerism/Community Service Scholarship:
The Colorado Council Volunteerism/Community Service Scholarship application is now available online. To encourage and reward college-bound youth who likewise are committed to volunteerism and community service, the Council awards $1,500 one-time scholarships to 14 deserving Colorado high school seniors each year to assist with defraying the cost of tuition and fees at one of the Member Institutions. There is a link on the website, www.coloradocouncil.org.
New Biotechnology Program at Otero Junior College
Otero Junior College will be offering a Biotechnology Program beginning the Fall Semester of 2016! The program will provide coursework that will encompass Agricultural Biotech, Biomedical and Forensics Biotech. Students can learn more about this new program at: www.ojc.edu/Biotech.aspx.
UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING - ARMY ROTC
COWBOY BATTALION!! Check out website www.uwyo.edu for more information on scholarship and leadership opportunities!! The University of Wyoming offers 3 or 4 year National Scholarships as well as numerous campus based scholarships. Contact Nicholas Bosanko at 307-766-3394 or email@example.com.
APPLYING TO UCCS? Consider applying for the Chancellor’s Leadership Class and Scholarship. For more information and eligibility requirements visit, http://www.uccs.edu/~clc
CU DENVER BUSINESS SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS
The CU Denver Business School has scholarship dollars available for top seniors!
$20,000 scholarship open to students with an index score of 130+, $10,000 scholarship open to students with an index score of 126+. More than 30 different scholarships available to under grads. Scholarships range from $500 to $5,000 per semester.
See the CU Denver website or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
AMERICAN SCHOOL INDEPENDENT STUDY PROGRAM
Offering the accredited high school courses you need, at a cost you can afford. Contact American School at 708-418-2850 or email@example.com.
FORT HAYS STATE UNIVERSITY-HONORS COLLEGE
A vastly enhanced and more prestigious replacement for the Distinguished Scholars Program. The FHSU Honors College student will likely be enrolled in an international baccalaureate program, have many AP classes and/or have shown distinction as a leader in some capacity. Three new competitive Honors College scholarships have been created. Visit or contact FHSU for more information and deadlines. www.fhsu.edu/honorscollege/