Portland High School Guidance Department
Donna Dixon and Kathy Freeman, Senior Class
Josie Larson, Junior Class and Freshman M - Z
Dana Kennedy, Sophomore Class and Freshman A – L
Barbara Dorris, Registrar
Chris McGuire, Guidance Clerk
Welcome to the Portland High Counseling Office
Our services include:
HELPFUL LINKS AND INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS:
ACT Information—All Juniors are given the ACT at school in March. If students want to take the ACT additional times, they have to sign up for a national test date, given at a variety of locations. Please go to the link below for information and to sign up! http://ACT.org
PSAT Information—The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is given every October, but is not required. College bound sophomores and juniors should consider taking the test to prepare for the SAT, get feedback about critical academic skills, and (for juniors) enter certain scholarship competitions. For more information, including sample questions, visit www.collegeboard.com/psat
The PSAT will be given at Portland High School on October 31, during the school day.
Important Financial Aid Links:
WHO: Senior Parents/Guardians
WHAT: FAFSA WORKSHOP
WHEN: Tuesday, January 15, 8:30 – 2:30
WHERE: Portland High School
There will be a financial aid specialist on hand to assist students and parents/guardians in completing the FAFSA. In order to receive hope lottery money or financial aid, the FAFSA must be filed. The process takes about 30 minutes. If possible, please bring the following information:
Social Number for you and your student
Tax Return from 2011
Final pay check from 2102
December 3, 2012
Please check out the following scholarship opportunities. Also, be sure that you are doing your own scholarship search. If a scholarship needs a transcript, please come to guidance to pick up a transcript or ask that a transcript be emailed to you. If the scholarship requires writing, please have someone proofread your writing sample before submitting it.
B.J. Dean Scholarship
Website: www.cmft.org, type in the scholarship name in the search box
Phone Number: 615-321-4939
This scholarship is for women entering the ministry.
Jimmy Edwards Scholarship
Phone Number: 615-327-2746 Deadline: Mid-March
This scholarship is open to graduating high school senior of Donelson High School in Donelson, Tennessee, or a descendant of an alumni of Donelson High School.
Delta Sigma Theta Nashville Alumnae Chapter Scholarship
Contact: Paula Lewis Hill, Meharry Medical College, 1005DB Todd Boulevard, Nashville, 615-327-5973
Deadline is early March. For women only and merit based.
Elizabeth Buford Shepherd Scholarship
Contact: Mark Cavender, 315 Deaderick Street, 4th Floor, Nashville, TN 37237-0403, 615-736-6755
Deadline is early March. Tennessee residents only and must live within 250 miles radius of Nashville.
Kohl’s Kids Who Care
Contact: N56 W17000 Ridgewood Drive, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
Phone Number 262-703-7000 Website: www.kohlscorporation.com
Eligibility: Must be between the ages of 6 and 18. Must be involved with community service. Awards are made at the store, regional, and national levels. Merit based. Contact store nearest you for more information.
McDonald’s National Employee Scholarship Program
Phone: 800-244-6227 Website: www.mcdonalds.com Deadline: March 1
Open to high school senior and current or returning students. Must be currently employed by Mcdonalds, and have been for at least 4 continuous months. Must work a minimum of 15 hours/week. Students selected based on academic achievement, community involvement, and job performance. Merit based.
Grow It Scholarship
Middle Tennessee Nursery Association Contact: P.O. box 822, McMinnville, TN 37111
Phone: 931-668-7322 Website: www.mtna.com Deadline: March 1
Must be majoring in horticulture-related field.
Nashville Athena High School Scholarship Program
Contact: 412 Metroplex Drive, Nashville, TN 37211 Phone: 615-790-0896
Website: www.nashvillecable.org Deadline: January 24
Several $1,000 are given.
Eligibility: Women only. Tennessee residents only. Must be in high school.
The Nashville Athena Award Program Announces Four Traditional Scholarships in 2013
Four scholarships are available for female high school seniors graduating from public or private high schools located in Davidson, Wilson, Williamson, Robertson, Sumner, Cheatham, and Rutherford Counties. Apply online at www.NashvilleATHENAAwards.org. Deadline is December 7, 2012
Nashville Central High School Scholarship
Contact: Harriett Cayce Turner, 3755 Faulkner Drive, Nashville, TN 37211 Phone: 615-883-9524
Website: www.nashvillechsalumni.com Deadline: March 10
Eligibility: Must be a graduating high school senior. Must be a descendent of a Nashville Central High School graduate or someone who attended Nashville Central for at least two years. Merit and need based.
National Academy of the Television Arts and Sciences Nashville/Mid-South Student Scholarship
Contact: 161 Rains Avenue, Nashville, TN 37102 Phone: 615-259-0040
Website: www.emmyonliine.org/nashville Deadline: April 15
Student must be a high school senior in the Mid-South region (states of Tennessee and North Carolina, and Huntsville, Alabama). Student must be planning a career in mass communication, television, broadcasting, video, or related field. Merit based.
National Association Minority Engineering Program Administrators Scholarships
Contact: National Scholarship Selection Committee Chair, 1133 West Morse Boulevard, Suite 201, Winter Park, FL 32789
Website: www.anmepa.org Phone: 407-647-8839 Deadline: March 30
Student must be an African American, Hispanic, or American Indian student. Student must be an engineering major. Merit based.
Optimist Essay Contest
Phone: 800-500-8130 ext. 224 Website: www.optimisttn.org Deadline: Last school day in January
Student must submit an essay on the topic of freedom. Contact your local Optimist Club for more information. Merit based.
Scholarship Grants for Prospective Educators
Contact 408 North Union Street, P.O. Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402-0789
Phone: 800-766-1156 Website: www.pdkintl.org/studser/sschol.htm Deadline: January 15
Student must be a high school senior and planning on pursuing a degree in education. Student must submit application to Phi Delta Kappa International. Call the above number for local chapter information.
Sam Walton Community Scholarship
Phone: 800-WAL-MART Website: www.walmartfoundation.org Deadline: Feb. 1
Open to high school seniors.
Wal-Mart Associate Scholarship
Phone: 800-WAL-MART Website: www.walmartfoundation.org Deadline: Feb. 1
Open to graduating seniors who are children of Wal-Mart employees.
Walton Family Foundation Scholarship
Phone: 800-WAL-MART Website: www.walmartfoundation.org Deadline: Feb. 1
Open to graduating high school seniors. All applicants must be the children/legal dependents of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. associates who have been employed full time for at least one year.
Burger Scholars Program
The application period for the 2013-2014 school year begins on Nov. 15, 2012 and ends on Jan. 10, 2013.
Open to high school seniors, Burger King employees, their dependent children, spouses or domestic partners.
East Tennessee State University Scholarship
ETSU’s Academic Performance Scholarship deadline is December 17.
Requirements: Entering freshmen, Tennessee resident, based on 6th semester GPA and ACT/SATscores
TN Technological University
The deadline for all merit based scholarships is December 15.
The American Legion
Scholarship and financial aid information at www.legion.org/needalift . Be sure to check out the opportunities listed.
OCTOBER 31, 2012
CEMC SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
CEMC will be awarding for the 2012/2013 school year ten scholarships to graduating high school seniors whose parent(s) or guardian receives electric service from CEMC at their primary place of residence. Pick up an application in guidance or online at cemc.org. Applications are due in guidance by February 25, 2013.
ESSAY SCHOLARSHIP FOR GRADUATING SENIORS
Templeton Press is sponsoring an essay contest that is open to any high school senior who intends to enroll at an institution of higher learning by fall of 2013. The applicant will write an essay about his/her life’s purpose. The contest carries prizes ranging from $1,000 up to $5,000. The deadline is December 31, 2012. Full entry information can be found at: http://lawsoflifecontest.com/
THE SERTOMA CLUB of NASHVILLE
The Sertoma Club of Nashville will award a $3,500 scholarship to the first place winner and 3 second place scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each. Students will write an essay of 300 words or less on a specific topic. The essay will be judged primarily on the BASIS OF CONTENT, and they must be turned into guidance by December 7. Only three applicants/school may be entered. Come to guidance for more information or visit www.nashvillesertomaclub.org.
COMCAST LEADER AND ACHIEVERS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The Comcast Leader and Achievers Scholarship Program recognizes high school seniors from Comcast communities for their commitment to community service and academics (2.8 GPA or better). Only one senior/school may apply for the $1,000 award. Come to guidance for more information. November 5 is the school deadline.
TSDAR American History Scholarship
A $1,000 scholarship granted to a graduating senior who will be attending an accredited college/university and who will have a concentrated study of a minimum of 24 credit hours in American History and American Government. Come to guidance for more information. The deadline for application is November 15.
TENNESSEE CONCRETE ASSOCIATION
TCA is sponsoring the annual high school essay on Concrete Contest for Tennessee. The contest is open to all high school students ages 16-18. Come to guidance for more information or visit www.tnconcrete.org. Applications must be submitted by December 3, 2012.
TENNESSEE MANUFACTURED HOUSING ASSOCIATION
The Stan and Thelma Plumlee Scholarship is awarded each year by the Tennessee Manufactured Housing Association. The applicant must live in a manufactured or modular home or have a close relative who works in that industry. This is a four year scholarship with a total value of $8,000, provided the student remains in school. Applications must be recieved by March 8, 2013. Pick up information in guidance.
NIFB YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR AWARD
Graduating high school seniors who operate their own small business are eligible to receive a 2013 NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award from the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation. Apply online www.NFIB.com/YEA for more information. December 17, 2012 is the deadline.
THE PRINCETON PRIZE IN RACE RELATIONS
The Princeton Prize in Race Relations recognizes students who are helping improve race relations in their schools or communities. Winners of the Princeton Prize are awarded up to $1,000 and invited to Princeton University for an expense-paid weekend symposium on race. Apply online at www.princeton.edu/pprize.
AXA ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP
Applications are online at axa-achievement.com.
ELKS MOST VALUABLE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP
Based on scholarship, leadership, and financial need, the deadline is December 3, 2012 to guidance. Applications are in guidance or at www.elks.org/enf/scholars .
TN ELKS SCHOLARSHIP IN NURSING
Deadline is January 10, 2013 to guidance. Applications are in guidance.
CARSON-NEWMAN is now accepting applications for the 2013 academic terms. Upon acceptance to Carson-Newman, students will receive a merit scholarship ranging in value from $4,000-$12,000 (to be used for fall/spring semesters and renewable for three additional years). Visit cn.edu for a full listing or to learn more about financial aid opportunities.
WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY has a January 15, 2013 deadline for beginning freshmen scholarships. Visit www.wku.edu/admissions for more information or call 800-495-8463.
MTSU PRIORITY DEADLINE for university scholarships is December 1, 2012. Prior to this date students must apply for admission and submit test scores and transcripts. Visit www.mtsu.edu/scholarships for more information.
TN TECH UNIVERSITY has a December 15 deadline. Applications are online.
Remember!!! Neatly print in black ink or type all information in applications. Meet deadlines! If the application needs information from guidance such as transcripts, request those days in advance of the deadline. Meet deadlines! Request letters of recommendation from teachers at least two weeks before they are needed. Meet deadlines! Be sure you give the teacher necessary information, such as the purpose of the recommendation. Meet deadlines!
Helpful websites for your scholarship search
SENIOR NEWS LETTER
October 1, 2012
Be sure to attend Senior Parent night on Monday, October 8, 6:00- 7:30 to hear information on financial aid, scholarships, and the postsecondary application process. The program will be in the PHS lecture hall.
Work on improving ACT scores. The next ACT is October 27. To learn more about online ACT prep, contact Mr. McCoin, PHS PLATO lab instructor, at 615-325-8587, or pick up information in guidance.
Continue to work on grades, attendance, and personal scholarship searches.
Be active in school activities. Homecoming week is October 1 – 5. Get involved. Contact student council members for more information.
DATES TO REMEMBER
October 1, University of Tennessee Knoxville admission counselor visit to PHS
October 6, Austin Peay AP Day, visit www.apsu.edu/APday
October 9, WKU 2012 Bowling Green Open House, 6:30 p.m., call 1-800-4-WKU-INFO or visit online at topr.co/bowlinggreen
October 13, Furman open house, visit engagefurman.com
October 14, Seton Hall Open House, Sunday, November 18, 9:30 a.m. Register at www.shu.edu/visiting
The University of Mississippi fall visit day is October. Visit http://www.olemiss.edu/admissions/visit.html.
October 27, Roanoke College fall visit day. Register at www.roanoke.edu
November 8, Murray State University Racer Days. Visit www.murraystate.edu/racerdays
SPECIAL DATES FOR PHS SENIORS
October 22-26 is college application week. College App Week aims to build excitement concerning the college app process. We are encouraging all senior students to apply to the school of their choice during that week. Time has been reserved in the PHS Plato lab for students to apply during the school day. Remember, most colleges/universities do have application fees. Contact PHS counselors for more information.
Now is the time for high school seniors to apply for Tennessee Tech University scholarships for 2013-2014. The scholarship application is available online at www.tntech.edu/scholarships. Students must first apply for admission before applying for scholarships. The deadline to apply for scholarships for 2013-2014 is December 15. The scholarship application is now completely online; paper applications are no longer offered. Letters of recommendation must now be completed online.
Austin Peay Freshman academic scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The admissions application is the application for these scholarships, so apply for admission ASAP at www.apsu.edu/admissions! Also, there are some APSU general scholarships. Go to www.apsu.edu/scholarships for a complete list. To be eligible for these scholarships, you must submit the online scholarship application at www.apsu.edu/scholarships. The deadline to apply for Community College Academic Scholarships is April 1. For other general scholarships, the priority application deadline is February 1.
2013 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest deadline for submission is January 5, 2013. For complete guidelines, visit the Profile in Courage Essay Contest at www.jfk.library.org.
2012-2013 SunTrust Off To College Scholarship Sweepstakes. $1,000 Scholarship for students. Enter online at offtocollege.info. One winner will be chosen every two weeks from October 26, 2012 – May 10, 2013.
Scarlett Family Foundation application window is open through December 15. The Scarlett Family Foundation has awarded over $2.0M in college scholarships to 115 students from middle Tennessee pursuing a business degree. Apply online to scarlettfoundation.org
For the most current information on the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship Programs, please contact the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation at www.TN/gov/collegepays. To be eligible for the Hope Lottery, a student must have a 21 ACT or at least a 3.0 GPA.
To learn more about Tennessee Scholars, visit www.tennesseescholars.org.
Over $150 Million in Scholarships provided by Participation Christian Colleges is available. Learn more by visiting www.Christianconnector.com
Foundation for Individaul Rights in Education essay contest offers monetary prizes. Visit the fire.org/contest to enter.
OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION
Are you interested in the electrical industry as an electrician or lineman? Nashville Electrical JATC has an apprenticeship program that pays while being trained. Visit www.nejatc.org or phone 615-242-9950. This is a great opportunity.
The Wilder-Naifeh grant, part of lottery money, is available to any Tennessee resident who enrolls in a Tennessee Technology Center. The grant is for up to $2,000/year. Apply to the technology center of choice, file the FAFSA beginning January 1, 2013, and graduate. Get more information in guidance.
Application for admission should be made before or at the same time that scholarship applications are sent. Don’t forget to have supporting documentation sent as well. This includes your transcript and ACT scores which must be sent from the high school.
TIPS FOR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS
Remember, most are competitive.
Type if possible.
Follow instructions completely.
Ask for letters of recommendations in advance.
Have someone proofread essays and applications.