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  • SENIOR COUNSELOR

    Thaddeus Hall    Mr. Thaddeus Hall, 719-391-3116, hallt@wsd3.org

     

       **ALSO PLEASE SEE THE WHS COUNSELING CENTER'S MAIN PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON COLLEGE & JOB FAIRS, SCHOLARSHIP & FREE ADMISSION DAYS, SENIOR HAPPENINGS AND MUCH MORE!

     

     

     


     

    Federal Tax Credits
     
    Parents remember these federal income tax credits for when your student attends college.  
    1. The Hope Credit - this one will depend on what schools you are looking at
    2. The American Opportunity Credit
    3. The Lifetime Learning Credit
     

    WHS School Code
    Our CEEB school code is 060-299

     


     

    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.

     


     

    HERFF JONES – SENIOR CAP, GOWN, ANNOUNCEMENT ORDERS

    Orders should be made as soon as possible. After January 11 availability and delivery time becomes the issue. 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.

     


    FINANCIAL AID NIGHT

    Attention Seniors and their Parents: WHS is hosting another financial aid night, Thursday, January 19, 2017, at 6pm in the WHS Library . Come and learn about your options and other information on financial aid to help pay your way through college! This will be an opportunity to meet with a financial aid specialist from PPCC to talk about how financial aid works, loans, prepping for the FAFSA. Bring your tax information if possible. For more information please contact Thaddeus Hall at 719-391-3116 or hallt@wsd3.org.

     


     

    WHS CLASS OF 2017 SENIOR SHIRTS ARE IN!!!

    ONLY $15.

    CASH/CHECK WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. PICK YOURS UP IN THE COUNSELING CENTER TODAY!

     2017 SHIRT FRONT        2017 SHIRT BACK

     

     


     

    YEARBOOKS

    Buy a yearbook now at www.yearbookforever.com or in the business office. Yearbooks are $60.00 until the end of December. Prices go up to $65.00 on January 1st.

      


     

     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.

     


      

    ACT INFORMATION

    Ready to take the National ACT?  Sign up today at www.actstudent.org.  

    TEST FEES: ACT = $42.50 and $58.50 ACT with writing.  Once you register and create an account, you can choose your college reports, change your registration, take advantage of helpful resources, prepare for test day, receive your scores and understand your complete score report.

      


     

    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 MS. JONES 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 Vickie Jones at jonesv@wsd3.org 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

    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, dhendrix@parentschallenge.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!

     


       

    UC Health - Memorial Hospital - Central and North Locations - VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

    The hospitals depend on volunteers to provide assistance for patients, families and hospital staff. Whether you are a retiree, a working adult, a student hoping to fulfill a service requirement, or if you simply want to lend your energy and talents to help others during your free time, there are a wide variety of opportunities at Memorial Hospital Central and Memorial Hospital North in Colorado Springs.  Call Memorial Hospital Central: 719-365-5298 or Memorial Hospital North: 719-364-5298 or visit their website www.uchealth.org/Pages/Give-to-UCHealth/Volunteer.aspx
    for requirements for volunteering at Memorial Hospital.
     

      

    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.

     


     

    SCHOLARSHIP LIST

    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 nbosanko@uwyo.edu.

     



    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 bus.scholarships@ucdenver.edu for more information.

     


     

    AMERICAN SCHOOL INDEPENDENT STUDY PROGRAM

    • Credit Recovery
    • Accelerated Learning
    • Home-Bound Students
    • Scheduling Conflicts
    • Courses Not Offered Locally

    Offering the accredited high school courses you need, at a cost you can afford. Contact American School at 708-418-2850 or independentstudy@americanschool.org.

     


             

    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/

     


     

    COLLEGE REVIEW WEBSITES  << Click here for an interesting read on a complete list of College Review Sites. In the article you will find a complete breakdown of every major college reveiw website on the web...all based on student reviews rather than "misleading college rankings". 

     

     


     

     ACT  Click here to register or check scores
     

College Visits

  • Attention Juniors and Seniors!!  Check here frequently for a list of College Visits.  Please see Mrs. Abeyta in the Counseling Center to sign up to meet with the Admissions Representative.  You have to sign up in order to receive your pass to attend the meeting.  Please note that college visits will be during advisory in the lower commons in the Counseling Center.  If the visit is scheduled for a yellow, Intervention day, and you have Intervention, you may not attend.

    • Western State Colorado University - Tuesday, January 31, 2017
    • Chadron State College - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

      

     

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