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GREENE COUNTY TECH SCHOOL DISTRICT

“Investing in the Future... One Student at a Time.”

5413 West Kingshighway Paragould, Ar. 72450

870.236.2762

COUNSELOR'S CORNER

- Greene County Tech High School

 

870-215-4400 ext. 6020

Mrs. Breta Dean, 11th & 12th Grade, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mr. Ray Stricker, 10th & 11th Grade, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

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Counselor’s Corner

 

ACT INFORMATION

I wanted to inform you that most colleges and universities give scholarships based on ACT scores and grade point averages (GPA).  For each scholarship, there is a certain ACT score with a minimum GPA required.  There are some colleges (Arkansas State University, University of Arkansas, and others) that will only award scholarships based on ACT scores taken through October of this year.  If you are planning on going to college and have not taken the ACT or have taken it and wanted to try to raise your ACT score, then you need to take it as soon as possible. The next two opportunities for the ACT are September 8 with a registration deadline of August 10, and October 27 with a registration deadline of September 28.  ACT would rather you register online at www.actstudent.org or if you need a paper registration packet, then you can come by the counselor’s office for a packet.

 

ACT Prep and Practice Sites

 

ACT Online

  1. http://www.act.org/qotd/  ACT Question of the Day
  2. Free ACT study Guide from Study Guide Zone: http://www.studyguidezone.com/pdfs/actteststudyguide.pdf
  3. http://www.studyguidezone.com/acttest.htm additional free support
  4. https://www.number2.com/exams/act/companion/index.cfm?s=0 ACT Companion Prep (illustrate with Brief Demonstration)
  5. March 2 Success: march2success.com/index.cfm
  • Flash Cards
  • Zero Threat Hour Take the ZERO HOUR THREAT----Can change the time limit and level of difficulty.
  • College Readiness Online Course

 

ACT Mobile Apps

  1. ACT Student http://www.act.org/mobileapps/
  2. ACT College Search https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/act-college-search/id418007684?mt=8
  3. Allen Prep Test Bank http://www.allenprep.com/iphone_ipad_apps.htm
  4. ACT Math https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/act-math-prep/id437030927?mt=8
  5. Allen English ESL
  6. Allen Test Bank
  7. Hoot Suite
  8. Play 2 Prep will soon have a feature where students can challenge each other with test prep—kind of like Words with Friends.

 

SAT Online

  1. SAT Question of the Day: http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/sat-question-of-the-day
  2. Number 2: https://www.number2.com/exams/sat/companion/index.cfm?s=0
  3. March 2 Success: https://march2success.com
  4. Study Guide Zone: http://www.studyguidezone.com/pdfs/satteststudyguide.pdf
  5. http://www.studyguidezone.com/sattest.htm

 

SAT Mobile Apps

  1. SAT Daily https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sat-daily/id538328353?mt=8
  2. Ultimate SAT Prep http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ultimate-sat-prep/id576686867?mt=8
  3. SAT Question of the Day https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/official-sat-question-day/id361264754?mt=8

 

College and Scholarship Apps

  1. Mobile University (college and scholarship search) https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mobile-university/id459531542?mt=8
  2. College Prowler: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/college-prowler/id588433995?mt8
  3. College Prowler: https://collegeprowler.com
  4. Scholarships: I help Scholarship Helper https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/scholarship-explorer/id529207386?mt=8
  5. Scholarship by Student Advisor http://www.studentadvisor.com

 

 

ARKANSAS LOTTERY CHALLENGE SCHOLARSHIP

The Arkansas Lottery Challenge Scholarship is a scholarship that has helped many students tremendously over the last couple of years be able to attend college.  The law was CHANGED 2 years ago, students ONLY need to score a 19 on the ACT to be eligible.  In the past to qualify for this scholarship: one had to complete Smart core which includes a math above Algebra II and Chemistry and have either a 19 on the ACT or a 2.5 GPA.  The Arkansas Department of Higher Education office has said that they will be meeting again this winter and do not know if the requirements will change again or not so THEIR RECOMMENDATION is for students to still complete SMART CORE to be on the safe side.

 

HONOR GRADUATES

Also, if you are planning on trying to be an Honor Graduate then I want to make sure you know the requirements for it to ensure you qualify.  Honor Graduate requirements are as follows:  4 years of English, 4 years of Math (one must be above Algebra II), 4 years of Science (one must be Chemistry), 4 years of Social Studies, a 3.5 GPA, and an ACT score of 19 in every area. You must also have either 2 years of the same foreign language and 2 AP classes that are in different areas, or 1 year of a foreign language and 3 AP classes that are in two different areas.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

I just wanted to let you know how I will be doing a few things this year.  When I receive scholarships, I try to get the information out to the students in the following ways:  I have them announced on the morning bulletin, I have them posted on our website under scholarships or counselor’s corner, I sometimes type a list and hand out in the English classes, and I will tell you to look on the website when I have new ones.  We also have access on our website to Tasseltime, which has many resources some of which are scholarship search engines.  The username is eagles and the password is spirit.  The only suggestion that I have when using a scholarship search engine is never pay for it.  If you have to pay for it, then do not use it.

 

ASU SCHOLARSHIPS

If you are planning on going to ASU and have an ACT score that will get you a scholarship, then you need to apply as soon as possible.  ASU’s deadline for scholarships is December 1st.

 

OTHER COLLEGES

If you need to know any deadlines for scholarships to other colleges, just ask.  I can find out for you.

 

COLLEGE APPLICATIONS

When you apply to any college, you will need to come by the counselor’s office and let us know so that we can send your transcript and shot record.  Please do not wait until the last minute to apply.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS YOU RECEIVE

When you receive a scholarship, we need you to bring us a copy of the scholarships so that we can keep a record of all scholarships.  Accept any scholarships that you receive because you can always turn them down later.

 

DATES TO REMEMBER

College and Career Opportunity Day:  October 15

 

 

ACT Tests:                            Registration Deadline           Late Fee Required                Photo***

September 8, 2018                  August 10, 2018                      August 26, 2018                      Aug. 31

October 27, 2018                    September 28, 2018                October 14, 2018                    Oct. 19

December 8, 2018                   November 2, 2018                  November 19, 2018                Nov. 30

February 9, 2019                     January 11, 2019                     January 18, 2019                     Feb. 1

April 13, 2019                         March 8, 2019                         March 25, 2019                       April 5

June 8, 2019                            May 3, 2019                            May 20, 2019                          May 31

July 13, 2019                          June 14, 2019                          June 24, 2019                          July 5

 

School Code: 041-950

GCT Test Center Code: 212-690

***If you need help submitting a photo, then see Mrs. Dean.

 

SELECTIVE SERVICE

All Males have to register with Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday; I can register you if you come by my office. www.sss.gov

 

If you need help completing any applications or have any questions, then you can come by the Counselor’s Office.

 

College Days

Seniors:  You are allowed two college days.  In order to take a College Day, you must sign up with the college and come by the Counselor’s office before that day to have it approved.

Juniors:  You are allowed one college day.

 

FAFSA

Everyone has to fill the FAFSA out to go to college.  It is a good idea to get a pin so that you are ready to fill it out after you have your taxes completed.  You will now use the Prior Prior Year Taxes.

 

Apply for a FSA ID (used to be PIN) for the FAFSA before filling the FAFSA out

FAFSA ID replaces the FAFSA PIN                                 Pin #’s Retired in May 2015

  • Students and parents can no longer use PIN.
  • May 10, 2015—FSA ID replaced the PIN for student and parent log-ins and signatures.
  • FSA ID consists of username and password-which increases the security level for the user.
  • FSA ID needed to log into fafsa.gov, the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) at nsids.ed.gov, StudentLoans.gov, StudentAid.gov and Agreement to Serve(ATS) at teach-ats.ed.gov
  • Create FSA ID at https://studentaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm
  • Students and parents that have current PIN will be able to enter it and link it to their FSA ID to assist with verification of FSA ID
  • Instruction Sheet available at http://ifap.ed.gov/eannouncements/attachments/050415FSAIDReplaceHowToCreateFSAIDGuideATTACH.pdf

FAFSA--http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/    ******DO NOT PAY FOR THE FAFSA****** Opens October 1, 2018. FAFSA on the Web worksheet can be used as a guide.  IRS Data Retrieval Tool will be available in October 1st.

***Make sure to use correct Social Security numbers (students and parents) and Legal Name, also.   Make sure to sign it also.

Pell Grants are awarded based on the FAFSA.  Last year was worth $5920.  Does not have to be repaid.

Subsidized Loans—Based on Financial Aid.  $3500-$8000.  Government pays interest while you are in college and then you start paying the loan back 6 months after you graduate.

Unsubsidized Loans—not based on Financial Aid.  $5500-$20,500.  Borrower pays interest for the life of the loan.

PLUS Loan—Parent borrows the loan.

***Make sure the Social Security Numbers are correct***

***If changes need to be made on the FAFSA after it is completed, then contact the college attending to help make corrections. ***

 

Lists of Scholarships

College and University Deadlines for Academic Scholarships

U of A             November 15, 2018—Priority

ATU                November 15, 2018—Priority

WBC               November 1, 2018

ASU                December 1, 2018                                           ***If you need to know one not on this list

UCA               December 15, 2018                                                     then, come see Mrs. Dean***

Hendrix           February 1, 2019

BRTC              March 1, 2019

 

Scholarship Search Sites                  NEVER PAY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH

www.fastweb.com

www.fundmyfuture.info  This website has lots of information and assistance in looking for financial aid.

www.Scholarships.com  Find scholarships, grants and other financial aid

www.tasseltime.com  See Mrs. Dean for username and password for scholarship databases

www.studentscholarships.org

http://schoolsoup.com

http://studentaid.ed.gov

 

Other Places to look for Scholarships

US Department of Education

US Department of Health and Human Services

US Armed Forces

 

Private Sources—Local Businesses and Employers

 

http://studentaid.gov/types/grants-scholarships/finding-scholarships

 

http://www.careerinfonet.org/scholarshipsearch/ScholarshipCategory.asp?searchtype=category&nodeid=22

Guides and Tools

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, higher levels of education translate to higher employment rates and higher lifetime earnings. But for many students, both young and old, there are many obstacles that interfere with their higher education and career pursuits. Our research identified not having proper educational resources and/or the lack of financial funding as the most common factors. So we addressed these head-on in our recent guide so that students and families in your community can learn about their options and feel empowered to take advantage of the opportunities in front of them.

You can see our free collections of guides and tools here:

LendEDU Tools

In an effort to help students afford their higher education, our team at LendEDU recently updated our guide to college scholarships to help students find relevant opportunities to cut some of the costs of college.

Our resource teaches students and families the importance of searching for scholarships when figuring out how to pay for college: https://lendedu.com/blog/scholarships

Other key points we cover are seen below:
- What are Scholarships?
- 13 Types of Scholarships
- Applying for Scholarships: A Step-by-Step Process
- Essay Tips
- Letters of Recommendation Tips
- Spotting Scholarship Scams
- Other Options


Thea Foundation Scholarships

Seniors:  There are scholarship competitions through the Thea Foundation in the following areas if interested:  Creative Writing, Film, Performing Arts, Poetry Slam, and Visual Arts.  You may only enter one competition.  GPA and test scores are not factored in the scholarship.  See Mrs. Dean for more information.

 

America Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Program

Senior Girls:  If you are interested in participating in the America Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Program which is formerly known as the Arkansas Junior Miss, then go to www.ajm.org.

 

NCAA Eligibility

To register to play Division I or II college sports, you must register with the eligibility center at www.eligibilitycenter.org. You must have 16 Core credits to be Eligible.

 

National Merit Scholars Program

Juniors must take the PSAT during their Junior year and make a qualifying score.  www.nationalmerit.org or www.collegeboard.com

 

 

October Deadlines

 

Arkansas Lottery Challenge Scholarship—Application opens up October 1st

The Lottery and Challenge Scholarship are the same scholarship.  It will now just be called Arkansas Challenge Scholarship.  You must have a 19 on the ACT to qualifyhttp://Scholarships.adhe.edu or go to www.adhe.edu   On the left hand side it says YOUniversal Application.  Deadline:   June 1, 2019.  Your application will not be complete until the FAFSA is completed.  **(A student can put this scholarship on hold for 4 semesters or 2 year but must accept first.)**  You must use a valid email when applying for the scholarship.  You can only accept the scholarship through email so it needs to be an email that is checked regularly.

***Signup for updates at Facebook.com/ArkDeptHigherEd, Twitter.com/ ArkDeptHigherEd, or there is also an app for smartphones. ***

$1000 for Freshman, $4000 for Sophomores and Juniors, and $5000 for Seniors.

 

Other scholarships with this application are the Governor’s Scholarships, Go Grant, Law Enforcement Officers’ Dependent Scholarship, and Military Dependents Scholarship. (Military and Law Enforcement Scholarships are for dependents of loss of or permanently disabled, POW, MIA.

FAFSA--http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/    ******DO NOT PAY FOR THE FAFSA****** Opens October 1, 2018. FAFSA on the Web worksheet can be used as a guide.  IRS Data Retrieval Tool will be available in October 1st.

United States Senate Youth Program

Seniors:  If you are interested in applying for the United States Senate Youth Program and spending a week in Washington, D.C, then see Mrs. Dean for more information or visit http://www.ussenateyouth.org  Deadline:  10/5/2018

 

AES Engineers Scholarship

Students will submit an essay on one of the two topics that appear on the scholarship page of our website. $500.   http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm Deadline: 10/6/2018

 

Wendy’s High School Heisman Award

Seniors:  If you excel in academics, participate in sports, and are involved in your community and extracurricular activities, then apply at www.WendysHeisman.comDeadline:  10/17/2018

 

Horatio Alger Scholarship

Seniors who have financial need and have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity.  Minimum grade point 2.0.  Parents’ income less than $50,000.  $1,000-$20,000.  https://www.horatioalger.org/scholarships/index.cfm  Deadline: 10/25/2018

 

Coca-Cola Scholar

Seniors are evaluated on the following:  demonstrated leadership, commitment to community, academic achievement, and employment.  Must apply online.  $4,000-$20,000

http://www.coca-colascholars.org  CEEB code 041-950 Deadline 10/31/2018

 

National Rice Month Scholarship Video Contest

Create awareness and promote US grown rice, National Rice Month, and the importance of rice to your state via video—and earn scholarship money in the process.  Visit www.thinkrice.com for more information.  Deadline: October 31, 2018

 

SunTrust Scholarship Sweepstakes

Seniors:  There is a SunTrust scholarship sweepstakes that awards 30 $500 scholarships.  Two winners are randomly chosen every two weeks from September 10, 2018 - May 13, 2019.  You can enter once every two weeks.  Register to win at www.suntrusteducation.com/scholarshipsweepstakes  

 

Voice of Democracy Scholarship

Students in grade 10-12 are eligible.  Record an original 3-5 minute essay (cassette or CD) on the topic “Is Our Constitution Still Relevant?”   $1,000-$30,000. https://www.vfw.org/-/media/VFWSite/Files/Community/Youth-and-Education/Voice-of-Democracy-Student-Entry-Form-and-Brochure.pdf?la=en Deadline: 10/31/2018

 

November Deadlines

 

Prudential Spirit of Community Award

Students:  If you have made a difference through volunteering over the past year, you could win $1000 and a fabulous trip to Washington, D.C. next May by applying for a Prudential Spirit of Community Award.  Students in grade 10-12 are eligible.  Applicants must complete an application describing a volunteer community service activity performed in the last year.

http://spirit.prudential.com/view/page/soc  Deadline: 11/07/2018

 

NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Girls:  If you are a creative coder, hacker, designer, or technical young woman, then you can apply of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.  Apply at www.aspirations.orgDeadline is November 5, 2018.  Opens up September 1st.

 

U of Arkansas Scholarships

Seniors may apply for several scholarships at University of Arkansas.  http://scholarships.uark.edu/index.php/nfguide/default  Deadline: 11/15/2018 Priority deadline.  Must be admitted by 11/1/2018

 

Hagan Scholarship

Seniors:  I have information on a Hagan Scholarship for students who have a 3.5 GPA or higher and a 23 or higher on the ACT.  You must work 240 hours prior to the start of each college year.  For more information, see Mrs. Dean or the website at www.haganscholarships.orgDeadline is November 15, 2018.

 

Elk’s Most Valuable Student Scholarship

Our largest scholarship is the Most Valuable Student Scholarship.  The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year awards totaling $2.440 million. The deadline for this scholarship is November 15. The easiest way to access the application is through the website. Students applying for this scholarship do not have to be related to an Elks member. Please advise your students to follow the instructions carefully. The essay should be signed and dated. The official transcript should include a class schedule for the current semester. We also have two awards for the children/grandchildren of Elks members in good standing.  Information and applications for the Legacy Awards and Emergency Educational Grant can be found online. The website is https://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/MVS.cfm

Sixt rent a Car Scholarship

Sixt rent a car is pleased to offer five high school seniors graduating in 2019 the opportunity to receive a $5,000 scholarship and become a Sixt scholar. The program is designed to assist high school students who plan to continue their education in college. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice. To learn more about our scholarship please check out: https://www.sixt.com/sixt-scholars/

 

Scholarship Information

Five $5,000 scholarships

First 500 valid applicants will be considered

Available nationwide

Requirements

Have a minimum 3.7 GPA on a 4.0 scale

Graduating high school senior in the USA, academic year 2018/2019

Plan to enroll in a full time 2 or 4 year university

Mandatory Application Materials

A completed application appraisal form

Copy of your high school transcript

Deadline: November 30, 2018

 

Hendrix College Academic Scholarships

Seniors going to Hendrix.  3.6 GPA and 32 on ACT.  See Counselor.

 

December Deadlines

 

ASU--JONESBORO – Arkansas State University’s Alumni Association announced it is accepting applications for its License to HOWL Scholarship starting today.

“This year, four full-time students from each class (incoming freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior) will receive up to $5,000, $2,500 for the fall semester and another $2,500 for the spring semester, if the student continues to meet the scholarship criteria

To qualify for consideration, incoming freshmen must:

  • be a full-time student at the Jonesboro campus;
  • be a resident of the state of Arkansas;
  • have a minimum ACT score of 23 and a high school GPA of 3.5 and above;
  • submit completed applications by the December 1, 2018 deadline.

He noted selection will be based on demonstrated leadership qualities in high school, and special consideration will be given to those students who will be living on the A-State campus. To receive the scholarship again in the spring, recipients must continue their full-time status, be a student in good standing and have a collegiate GPA of 3.25. The deadline for incoming freshman applications is December 1, 2018.

 

SEMO—If you are interested in SEMO, their scholarship guarantee is December 1, 2018.

 

Arkansas Alumni Association Scholarship

Must be seeking a degree at the University of Arkansas, have a 3.6 GPA, and at least a 24 on the ACT.  Priority Deadline is December 1, 2018 and final deadline is February 1, 2019.  Application is online at www.arkansasalumni.org/freshmanscholarships

 

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