The scholarship folder is filling up FAST at Chadron High School. We currently have 30+ PDF copies of local scholarships waiting to be completed! Please check out the 2017-2018 Scholarship Google Drive Folder. Please pay special attention to two HUGE scholarship opportunities due on February 1st: Susan Buffett and Virginia and Haven Smith.
On November 17th seniors at CHS and I sat down to talk about the amazing opportunity called the Susan T. Buffett Foundation Scholarship available only to Nebraska students. Please take some time to learn more about this amazing opportunity below:
This week CHS celebrates Apply to College Week sponsored by Nebraska's non-profit EducationQuest. On November 8th all seniors expected to graduate at the end of this academic year will be encouraged to apply for admission to at least one college or university. The purpose of this week is to acquaint students with the college application process and to communicate the importance of applying to college. Check out the list of events.
November 6-8th CHS COLLEGE BINGO:
Calling all Cardinals—students and staff!! Let’s play Blackout Bingo and win prizes!
Come grab a bingo card from the main office window, on it, you will see 25 squares, each with the name of a different college. At least one CHS staff member graduated or attended that school.
Ask any CHS staff member if he or she graduated from the square combination. If you find a match ask the staff member to sign his/her name across the square. Try to find all 25 matches—a blackout – for prizes that include t-shirts, water bottles, sunglasses, and more college gear. Turn in your card to the Counseling Office before 3:45 pm on Wednesday. Have fun talking with staff members about their post-secondary education!
November 8th: Official visit of Chadron State College with ALL Seniors!
8:00 a.m. - Senior Meeting in Auditorium
8:30 a.m. - Applying to colleges in auditorium with CSC/WNCC representatives
9:45 - Walk to CSC Ballroom
10:15 - CSC Admissions talk
11:00 - Advising Session w/ Professors in Small Groups
12:00 - Lunch on Campus
1:00 - Tour of CSC
1:45 - return to CHS.
November 9th: PRIZES GIVAWAY for College Bingo and College Trivia.
November 10th: Eastern Wyoming College Tour and Visit
This company's motivation is to provide service for a FEE.
Those attending the seminar receive information about the college application process with a cost of almost two thousand dollars. Consumers are informed through a Notice of Cancellation form that they may cancel the transaction with no penalty within three business days from the transaction date.
The Better Business Bureau rates the company with an F. According to the bureau's report on the company,
Complaints range from dissatisfaction with the service to "... questionable and high-pressure sales tactics."
"They use high-pressure sales tactics, get people to agree to pay, in some cases, thousands of dollars," said Randy Hutchinson, president of The Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South. "What they're paying for, they could have gotten either completely or mostly free from a guidance counselor or public resources."
Here is one case against them:
The State of Iowa v. College Admissions Assistance, LLC
On April 24, 2015, the business entered into a Assurance of Voluntary Compliance with the state of Iowa. The Assurance settles allegations that the business misled and took advantage of an Iowa couple.
Under the terms of the Assurance, the business agreed to provide any Iowans who signed up for College Admissions Assistance's services to obtain a refund for any unused portion of the contract term. In addition, the agreement also requires the business to change its marketing to eliminate misleading solicitation letters and high pressure presentations, and pay $25,000 for future enforcement under the Consumer Fraud Act. The Assurance was for settlement purposes only and should not be considered as an admission of guilt or finding of violation of the law.
We recommend that you ignore this solicitation.
EducationQuest offers you FREE resources for college planning. You should not have to pay for services. This valuable service is FREE - http://www.educationquest.org.
Four BRAND NEW scholarships just went into the Scholarship Google Drive Folder and emailed out to all seniors TODAY! Please take a peak at all the opportunities available so far
CHS Scholarship Folder: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B1-qIPmm7k3Oc2FUa29PMU9zVUU
CHS Scholarship JUMBO LIST: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1-qIPmm7k3OSnlfdzBJczVnUVE/view?usp=sharing
Seniors - Here are a few things I HIGHLY recommend you get done this month.
1) Your FAFSA. Sit down with your parents and get this done.
2) College Applications. If you are using the Common Application your deadlines are fast approaching! All other colleges seem to be giving priority for early applications. GET YOURS IN. Decide where you want to apply, and if you have not visited colleges yet it's now or never these last few months!
3) Scholarships. Have you been accepted to a college yet? If so, first priority is to get online and fill out the scholarship application for that institution. Second priority maybe to look at the ELKS scholarships in the google drive folder: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B1-qIPmm7k3Oc2FUa29PMU9zVUU We have had really good luck with these in the past.
Don't forget Mrs. Watson's AWESOME scholarship document: Lots of online scholarship opportunities here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B1-qIPmm7k3Oc2FUa29PMU9zVUU
If you need me to send a transcript to an institution please come fill out a transcript request in my office.
Did You Miss the Counselor's Coffee? Here are a few tips on "Winning the Scholarship Game" For Grades 9-12
Huge SHOUT OUT to Willie Uhing and Robin Bila for sharing their expertise on scholarship essay writing!
Please call the number listed on the attached flyer ASAP to make your one on one appointment to fill out your student's FAFSA. Be sure to make your FSA ID ahead of time and bring all required documents listed below to the meeting.
Parents - We will have our second Counselor's Coffee next Friday, September 29th, at 7 a.m. in the HS Library. The topic will be Winning the College Scholarship Game. If you missed the financial aid meeting please plan on attending. This is NOT just for seniors - Parents of all grades are welcome to attend to see how the CHS Counseling Office helps student's plan for college. Come join me for coffee, a short presentation, and time for questions and socializing while we help our student's plan for college.
Chadron High School Guidance Counselor