• SENIOR COUNSELOR - CLASS OF 2018

    Eric Thiele   Mr. Eric Thiele, 719-391-3114, thielee@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

     


     

    ATTENTION SENIORS!

    Are you graduating at the end of 1st semester? If so you are considered a January Grad! Congratulations!

    All January Grads need to go the counseling center ASAP before December 21st and see Mrs. Abeyta for some very important information!

     

     


     

    HERE'S A LINK TO A "SMALL" LIST OF POTENTIAL SCHOLARSHIPS! >>> 2017-2018 Scholarship List

    CHECK FREQUENTLY THROUGHOUT THE SEMESTER AS THE LIST IS UPDATED AS WE GET NEW INFORMATION. ALSO, FEEL FREE TO SEARCH FOR SCHOLARSHIPS ON YOUR OWN. CHECK WITH YOUR PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS, OTHER FAMILY AND FRIENDS. EMPLOYERS, GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS MAY OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS THAT MAY HELP YOU IN YOUR QUEST FOR COLLEGE!!

     

     


     

    HERFF JONES - CAP AND GOWN ORDERS

    A representative from Herff Jones will be in the lower commons during lunch on Friday, December 15, 2017, to take your announcement and cap and gown orders.

    Also, all orders can be placed online at www.yourgrad.com. They also have a local office at 2150 Academy Circle, Suite A, Colorado Springs, CO, 80909. 719-573-1234. You can also keep your eyes and ears open to the KWHS news and daily announcements for information on their next visit. 

    BE SURE TO PLACE YOUR CAP AND GOWN ORDERS BEFORE YOU GO ON BREAK IN DECEMBER!!

    Herff Jones will be hosting an Open House (at their office, address listed above) on December 28, 2017 and January 3, 2018 from 9:00am until 4:00pm.                                         


     

    Pikes Peak Community College - Scholarships are Now Open

    ​PPCC students have access to scholarships awarding up to full-tuition at PPCC. ​This past year, ​PPCC awarded over 500 students a scholarship.​

    ​To be considered for a scholarship, your students should:

    • Apply to be a student at PPCC. The PPCC admissions application is free and no essay is required.
    • Visit the PPCC Scholarship page and click Apply for Scholarships.
    • Sign-up for an account using their student email provided by PPCC.
    • Fill out the General Application to automatically put them in the running for any scholarships they qualify for.

    ​The deadline to apply is March 1, 2018

     


      

    ATTENTION COLLEGE BOUND SENIORS!!

     

    Don't forget to complete your FAFSA at fafsa.ed.gov in order to receive your Student Aid Report - which includes your Expected Family Contribution.

     


    SAT PREP ACTIVITIES

    Want to prepare yourself for the SAT and help donate rice to the United Nations World Food Program?!! Check out this website >>> FREE RICE

     


    Why FAFSA

    This link above takes students/parents to the WHY FILL OUT THE FAFSA information page on the U.S. Department of Education website.  
     
    I encourage everyone to complete the FAFSA, even if you don't think you will qualify for much need based financial aid because there are many merit based competitive scholarships that make FAFSA information one of the qualifiers for the scholarship.    Also, many higher priced institutions cost so much that students, to their surprise, do qualify for some "free" money (ie. grant, work study, etc...).
     
    The FAFSA is now easier for parents to complete because they use prior, prior year tax information so there is no need to estimate one's taxes, as in the past.  
     
     

     

    BOETTCHER SCHOLARSHIP IS NOW OPEN 

    The Boettcher Foundation is excited to once again be seeking applicants for our scholarship, which is available to graduating high school seniors in Colorado. As you may be aware, the Boettcher Scholarship recognizes the dynamic thinkers and leaders who will propel Colorado forward. It is awarded to 42 of Colorado’s top high school seniors each year and includes full tuition and fees at any accredited, four-year Colorado undergraduate institution, as well as living and book stipends, campus enrichment programming and annual events. If you wish to apply, please let your counselor know by email ASAP as they will need to invite you through an online process before you can get started.

     

     


     

    NATIONAL ACT

    The vast majority of colleges look at either ACT or SAT scores. Most of you took the SAT's last April as juniors. If you would like to better your scores, October 28th is the only date this year that WHS is a test center for the National ACT.

    The registration deadline is September 22nd.

    Registration is online at act.org. WHS's School Code is #060299.

    The fee is $46.

    Photo Upload deadline is October 20th.  

    If you cannot make this date, there are other test dates and locations. Information can be found on their website at act.org.

    If you have other questions please contact Mr. Thiele, Senior Class counselor at thielee@wsd3.org.

     

     


     

    COLLEGE STUDENT WRITING RESOURCE

    Affordable Colleges Online has created information for students to help them better their writing skills and styles. Click here for their link. >>>Affordable Colleges Online

     


    QUESTBRIDGE

    Parents and students, here is another good college resource. Questbridge is a non-profit program that links high-achieving, deserving students with educational and scholarship opportunities at leading U.S. colleges and universities. 

    Click here >>>  QUESTBRIDGE.ORG

     


     

    BIG FUTURE

    Big Future is a site offered through collegeboard.org for researching colleges, scholarships, financial aid, careers.

    Click here >>> BIG FUTURE

     


    ACT on Drugs, Inc.

    On February 9, 2017, Lynn Reimer was a quest speaker at WHS on the subject of "New Trends in Substance Abuse".     Click here<<<To access her "Parent Handout". ACT on Drugs, Inc. is a Colorado registered non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, with a mission to educate parents, teens, and professionals about addictive and psychoactive substances, both legal and illegal, which are available in all communities. Visit www.actondrugs.org for more information.

     


       

    ACT INFORMATION

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

    TEST FEES: ACT = $46 and $62.50 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.

      


      

    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/.

     


     

    FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA) DEADLINE

    This is a reminder that the priority deadline to submit the FAFSA is March 31.  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? 

     


     

    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. 

     


      

    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.

     


      

    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 review 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.

    Juniors and seniors - you do not have to wait for a college admissions representative to visit WHS. If you are interested in a particular college or university, check their websites for visit days. Some college/university's host free application/visit days. There is lots to see out there! 

     

    Lamar Community College - Friday, February 23, 2018, in the lower commons during lunch