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Welcome to University School Counseling!

picture Meet our New NiswongerCARE College and Career Advisor

Hello Seniors,

    My name is Jordan Lovetere, your NiswongerCARE College and Career Advisor. NiswongerCARE is a new program in partnership with the Niswonger Foundation and CARE Foundation of America.

My goal is to work alongside your counselor as she prepares you for life after high school. I will be available to provide one-on-one assistance with you and your families with: FAFSA, TN Promise, college applications, scholarships, and any other college questions that you may have.

   A little bit about myself - Originally from Knoxville Tennessee, I graduated from Knox Central High School in 2010. My next four years were spent at East Tennessee State University, pursuing a degree in Public Health Administration with a minor in Psychology. After graduating from ETSU, I worked at Woodridge Psychiatric Hospital until I was blessed for the opportunity to join the Niswonger Foundation's team.

I will be working at the University School every Wednesday in the counseling office, so please feel free to come by and introduce yourself anytime. I am looking forward to a wonderful year working with each of you! 

Jordan Lovetere
NiswongerCARE Advisor



From the Counseling Office…… 



Just a reminder that Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Penn & Stanford will host student information sessions in Knoxville on Sunday, October 11.  RSVP at


Ms. Shaw



Tennessee Governor’s Schools for Sophomores and Juniors:  The Governor’s Schools offer selected gifted and talented high school students intensive learning experiences in the Humanities, Math and Science, Arts, International Studies, Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage, Prospective Teaching, Emerging Technologies, Engineering, Information Technology Leadership, and Agricultural Sciences, Computational Physics and Scientific Models and Data Analysis. 

All students in the tenth and eleventh grades who would like to participate in a challenging and high-intensity summer program in one of the twelve areas should obtain application(s) online at .Please turn in the counselor portion to Ms. Shaw no later than November 1 for submission by the deadline.  Arts Applications will be due to Ms. Shaw by October 20             



Northeast State Open House

Printable Flyer

On October 20th, Northeast State will be holding their annual Open House program for prospective students and their families. It will be held on our Blountville campus from 6-8 pm. Staff and faculty will be available to talk about our academic programs, student support services, financial aid, scholarships and applying for admission. TN Promise representatives will also be on hand to help students apply for their program. Current students will also be on-hand to conduct campus tours and share their experiences as a Northeast State student.  

Invitations have been sent to all juniors and seniors in our five-county service area, including Scott and Washington counties in VA. However, sophomores and freshman are more than welcome to attend. Anyone wanting to learn more about Northeast State is welcome!

Once again, I’d like to ask for your help in promoting this program. We would greatly appreciate if you could post the attached flyer in high traffic areas around your school. Also, if you have a social media presence please consider posting it there. RSVP’s are preferred, but not necessary, by calling 423.323.0229 or online at  

Thanks in advance for helping us get the word out. Hope to see you and your students at Fall Open House!



Jim Henrichs

Director of Enrollment Services and Campus Information

Northeast State Community College

2425 Highway 75, PO Box 246

Blountville, TN 37617



 Tri-Cities Financial Aid Night:  Tri-Cities Financial Aid Night will be held on the East Tennessee State University campus on Tuesday, November 10th, at 6:00 p.m.  This event will be held in the Auditorium on the first floor of the D.P. Culp University Center. We would like to invite you, your school staff, all graduating seniors, and their parents to be our guests for this event.

Light refreshments will be served. The evening will include presentations from the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation, ETSU Scholarship Office, ETSU Financial Aid Office, ETSU Admissions, and ETSU Housing. Representatives from numerous ETSU Departments are scheduled to be in attendance.  View Informational Flyer                         

 Don’t forget!  The deadline to apply for the Tennessee Promise is November 1.  You must log into the TSAC website to apply for the Promise AND you must apply for admission to an institution (i.e. Northeast State) eligible to receive Promise funds. For full information go to


If you have completed a lot of community service, you might be eligible for this award.  Check it out on this link:




Exploring College Options will host representatives of Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Penn, and Stanford in Knoxville on October 11.  Registration is required to attend the session.  Follow this link to register:

 College Visits

 The following college representatives will be here during study hall this week: 

     October 13 Maryville College

     October 14 Milligan College

     October 15 UTK


 College Visit:  ETSU and APP State will have representatives on our campus during lunch/study hall on Thursday, October 8th.  Come out and ask questions and get the information you need about college possibilities!


8/26    Kennesaw State

8/27    College Fair Field Trip (9-11)



8/28    Lincoln Memorial University

8/31    Virginia Tech

9/3      Vanderbilt


All college visits are from 12-1 in the Media Center and are open to Juniors and Seniors.  Please be sure to sign in at the college fair to get a study hall absence excused.



 UTK Application Information

Greetings from Big Orange Country!

I hope that you had a relaxing summer and are just as excited as we are for the approaching fall semester. We cannot wait for the beautiful orange foliage that fall will bring in addition to a riveting football season and excellent academic year!

The fall also initiates our recruitment cycle for the freshman class of 2020. We are very excited about next year’s class and the caliber of students that we expect to bring home to Knoxville. The application is now available online at and

With a new cycle, we have SEVERAL IMPORTANT UPDATES in our application process. Below you will find an outline of our admissions application procedures for all freshman intending to enroll in the fall 2016 semester.

  1. 1.       Our admission application deadlines remain the same:

November 1 – priority application deadline

December 1 – regular application deadline


The application fee will now be $50. We will continue to offer a generous waiver program for students with demonstrated financial need.


  1. 2.       Supplemental materials:

Letters of recommendation and personal statements are optional this year. Students will be prompted to write two mandatory “interest” essays on the application. The prompts are: “Why are you interested in attending the University of Tennessee?” and “Discuss your reasons for pursuing your choice of major.”


  1. 3.       Testing:

We will use both the Old and New SAT for 2016 and entry years to follow. We will superscore the tests. We will also continue to superscore the ACT.


  1. 4.       Scholarships:

Volunteer, Promise, and Pledge still require only the admission application – submitted by December 1. Volunteer requires qualifying test scores (28+) by December 31, 2015 and grades (3.8 weighted core) by June 15, 2016. Promise and Pledge require the FAFSA submitted by February 15. 


Competitive scholarships (Chancellor’s, departmental, general) require submission of the admission application by November 1. Once admitted, applicants will receive the link to a separate competitive scholarship application due December 1.


  1. 5.       Honors:

Students interested in applying for the Chancellor’s Honors Program (CHP) must submit the application for admission by November 1. Once admitted, applicants with qualifying grades (4.0+ weighted core) and test scores (30+) will receive the link to apply for CHP. The honors application must be submitted by December 1.


Please encourage your students to APPLY NOW! The sooner they apply, have a complete file, and are admitted, the sooner they will receive the links for scholarships and honors applications. This will allow more time to complete those applications before the December 1 deadlines. We will be VERY open in communication with your students in order to assist in their application completion. Please alert them to frequently check their email inboxes for messages from us regarding missing documents and their application status. Also please utilize your counselor portal to see updates on your students or let us know if you do not have access to it. We want to make the application process as easy as possible for your students. Thank you for your help with this!


Discover UChicago Fly-in Program

 Please note that this opportunity is for underrepresented applicants.

Greetings from UChicago! We hope your academic year has been off to a great   start, and wanted to share a wonderful opportunity for your students with   you.

The Discover UChicago   Fly-In Program is an all-expense paid opportunity for underrepresented high school   seniors to discover the city of Chicago with current UChicago   students, spend a night on our campus, and learn more about the great   academic and student life programs the University of Chicago offers. Students   will fly into Chicago's Midway Airport on Sunday, October 11th, experience an   exciting day of programming, and depart Chicago after attending our Columbus   Day Open House on Monday,   October 12th.

Space for the Discover UChicago Fly-In Program is limited and an application   - including a short essay, an unofficial transcript, and self-reported   SAT/ACT scores- is required. Talented   students interested in learning more about UChicago and participating in this   program should submit   an application by Friday, September 4th.

Thank you for sharing this great opportunity with your students. If your students   have any additional questions, they can contact me at Thank   you again!


Safiya Johnson
Senior Admissions Counselor

The   University of Chicago|Office   of College Admissions
1101 E. 58th Street • Chicago, IL 60637
Telephone: 773.702.8650 • Fax: 773.702.4199
© 2015 University of Chicago


Hi Seniors-


Keep your eyes on this.  The competition for the new SCORE prize will open soon.  View Link


Ms. Shaw




Trendsetters Volunteer Opportunity:  An information session will be held on Monday, August 17th, in the Media Center from 12-12:30 and from 12:30-1 about Trendsetters, a volunteer mentoring program at the Boys and Girls Club.  The program is looking for 15-25 volunteers in grades 8-12 who will be paired with first, second, and third graders.  All aspects of the program will be supervised.  Please go hear about this great volunteer opportunity!  Trendsetter Information

Hi Seniors!


The Tennessee Promise Application will open on August 17.  Tennessee Promise is the scholarship that can make attending Tennessee’s community colleges tuition free.  You can find out more about Tennessee Promise at


Ms. Shaw

  National Sojourners 2016 Essay Competition:  Students in grades 9-12 are eligible to enter an essay about the most important (to them) historical document stored in the National  Archives.  See Attached Flyer .  More information can also be found on the National Sojourners Website                         


Hi Seniors-


If you are planning to submit any college or scholarship applications that require any kind of recommendation from me, then I need you to complete the Recommendation Self-Assessment attached to this email and to submit it to me via email.  Be sure to save a copy for your own use or for other teachers.



Ms. Shaw



Hi Seniors-


Just want to let you all know that the Common Application for Fall 2016 admission is now online so those of you eager to get started on your applications can begin by going to and creating your account.  The Common Application is exactly that--a common or single application that can be completed and sent to multiple schools.  Only certain colleges and universities accept the Common Application, and you can find a list at  Some schools will require additional supplements and all will require separate application fees.  If you plan to apply to multiple schools on the list, I highly recommend that you use the Common Application so that you can keep your information organized and save time in the long run by not completing multiple essays or reports.  It will also be helpful for people sending recommendations for you.  A few lessons learned from last year:


-Be sure to  give the version of your teacher’s and my email address.  Giving the version causes technical glitches.  

-Ask your teachers for recommendations at least 4 weeks in advance of the due date.

-The Common App does not function well (or at all!!!) in Internet Explorer.  Firefox and Chrome seem to have the best compatibility.  You can download either for free online.  If your teacher is having difficulty submitting a recommendation, it may be their browser.

-Read some online opinions about how you should answer the FERPA question.  Just know that if you feel that you need to waive your rights to have your application considered that I will always be willing to let you see what I write about you one on one.  I have to be honest in a recommendation, but I’m always going to do my best to put forward your strengths.

-Be sure that you assign me as the person to complete your Secondary School Report.  It was confusing last year.  I’m hoping that it is simpler this year, but we won’t know until after one of you starts an application. You will also have to assign me as a recommender in a separate place on the application.

-If you go to the website and have difficulty logging in, be sure that you are on “applicant” tab—not member or recommender. 

-If you are dually enrolled, remember that you have a lot of free time right now that is going to be sucked up when college classes start so get busy!


As always, come by the office if you need help!

Ms. Shaw

August 10th - application deadline Ambassador Program:  High School students, would you like to participate in a prestigious leadership program?  The UH ambassador program is for you!  This brand-new program is led by high schoolers from 9th to 12th grade, which includes several leadership activities such as public speaking and contributing to the community in several ways.  Come visit us at the Club Expo on Thursday, July 30th, or come to Ms. Shaw's office for more information and to pick up an ambassador application, which will be due on August 10th.  We encourage you to apply and become part of this distinguished and honorable program


 Tri Cities College Fair:  Seniors - Attached is a permission form  for our field trip to the Tri Cities College Fair on Thursday, August 27th.  We will leave shortly after 9:00am and return about 11:00am.  You will have about an hour to meet college representatives and gather information about schools at the fair. Please turn in your permission form and $3.00 to cover the cost of the bus to the Counseling Office by August 25th.  The College Fair will also be open from 6-8 on the evening of August 27 if you would like to return and visit with your parents.

Before going to the college fair you need to go online and create your personal barcode so that you can share information with colleges of your choice at the fair.  Instead of filling out multiple information cards, college representatives can swipe your personal barcode to load your information into their computer system.   Create your account and get your barcode at before August 27!!


from the University of the South!

Many college-bound students have stated that the campus visit was influential
when they were selecting a college. Because we would love to have your students
visit our campus, we are offering a very exciting visit opportunity.

Discover Sewanee,
Nov. 8-9, is a program designed for high school seniors to help them discover
the diversity of people and experiences that Sewanee has to offer. During this
two-day program, students will attend classes, meet current students, engage
with faculty members, and get a first-hand look at our dynamic campus

Discover Sewanee is an
invitation-only event.
To apply for this event, students must
complete the Discover Sewanee application online, as
well as submit a high school transcript by Oct. 2. They must also submit the
Common Application by Nov. 1. 

Travel assistance is
For students who are selected and need financial
assistance to participate, Sewanee will make travel arrangements or reimburse
their travel. Participants will be hosted by current students in our residence
halls and will have an opportunity to eat in our dining hall on

I hope that you will recommend Discover Sewanee to your students. If you have
any questions about this program or other visit opportunities, please feel free
to contact me at 
or by phone at 931.598.1976.


After looking through these materials thoroughly (link below) to be sure that you meet requirements, please let me know if you are interested in being nominated as a Jefferson Scholar.

Ms. Shaw

College Catalogs & Applications

New college catalogs, applications, and information are received each day.  Come by the counseling office to browse the catalog shelf or the college files.  Materials may be checked out for use.

College Applications & Recommendations

The Common Application makes it easy to apply to multiple colleges and universities through one application.  Access the application at  You will need email addresses for the people you would like to invite to recommend you.


Students heading to Northeast for the Fall should see the attached flier!

Good morning!

Please see attached for a reminder to share with your students.  Northeast State is hosting a special Registration Blast on June 3rd for new Northeast State students who need to test, register, and complete orientation before starting classes in the fall.  Call 423.323.0229 for more information.

Thank you!

Jim Henrichs

Director of Enrollment Services and Campus Information

Northeast State Community College

2425 Highway 75, PO Box 246

Blountville, TN 37617



It’s enrollment confirmation time in Tennessee!


This Friday, May 1, will mark our deadline for confirmation of enrollment in the fall 2015 family of Tennessee Volunteers. We are proud to welcome this new class which includes a strong academic profile worthy of the Volunteer name. Your confirmed students should be proud to be part of such a prestigious and close-knit family and we are proud to welcome them to our campus. A Big Orange congratulations to you and your students is most certainly in order.


Please alert your unconfirmed students of the May 1 deadline and direct them to our office if they have any questions. We would be honored to welcome them into the Volunteer family. As the school year comes to a close, please remind confirmed students to register for housing and select a summer orientation session to attend. These two actions are sometimes forgotten in the excitement of confirming, but are still very important. Questions regarding these steps can be answered by our office.


Finally, THANK YOU for another phenomenal year of recruitment. We are so grateful to have counselors like you shepherding these high school students into the next phase of their education. The guidance that you provide changes lives and you are truly appreciated by everyone in our office. Please contact us if we can ever be of assistance.


Thanks again, and as always…
Taylor Thomas
Coordinator of Student Affairs
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
The University of Tennessee Knoxville
Direct:  865-974-1192 





EOC Make-up Mandatory - End of Course Exams Mandatory:  All EOC Make Ups will be on Friday, May 8th, in Meeting Room 6 of the Culp Center.  This will be the ONLY make-up opportunity.  If students  will require a make-up for more than one test please let Ms. Shaw  know ASAP so that she can schedule it. Also, please remember that this exam counts as 25% of their second semester grade so make-up is mandatory

College Visit:  Juniors and seniors, a representative from Sewanee is visiting today (Tuesday, April 7th)


Please join us for our 2015 Spring Open House on Saturday, April 11. This day is designed to give prospective students a comprehensive overview of the design programs of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Architecture and Design.

Prospects and families can enjoy a lunch followed by program overviews, facility tours, faculty presentations, and discussions with student leaders and program chairs in the award-winning UT Art + Architecture Building, 1715 Volunteer Blvd.
•Undergraduate Open House | 10:00-1:00 p.m.
•Graduate Open House | 12:00-3:00 p.m.

REGISTER to attend.


Applications available for S-STEM Program at ETSU


JOHNSON CITY – East Tennessee State University is seeking applicants for its S-STEM Program. The National Science Foundation funds scholarships through the program, which promotes workforce development in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.


            The program will provide participants with three years of support. Students will major in Mathematics, with a concentration in either Computational Applied Mathematics or Statistics. Alternatively, students may choose a major in a STEM discipline while minoring in either Mathematics or Statistics.


            Participants will engage in activities with an emphasis on data science (Big Data) as they complete their major or minor requirements.


            Students will typically enter the program as rising sophomores. The required minimum grade-point average is 3.3. The program will start with an immersion in computational science, to be completed over the summer of this year.


            Then, from the fall semester onward, and for the next three years, students will attend a weekly seminar that alternates among mini-workshops, visiting speakers, career planning, team-building, and a variety of other activities.


            All participants must attend an organizational meeting on May 8, and they must complete computing proficiencies during the summer. Completion of Calculus I (MATH 1910) with good scores or Advanced Placement Calculus is required. Students will be expected to graduate after three years of support. 


            For the three years of the program, the total scholarship amount for each student is $16,500.


            The application process is by electronic submission only. Paper applications are not accepted. A Google account (such as Google+ or gmail) is needed.





National PSA Contest for Teens (ages 13-18) - Three Teens will win up to $500!  NetSmartz® Workshop knows how hard it is to get the attention of teens, especially with a topic like Internet safety. That's why we're asking teens to speak up for safety.

Together with Lockheed Martin, we're inviting teens (ages 13-18) to submit a 30 to 60-second video that answers the question "What's one thing teens need to know about being safer online?" The deadline for submission is May 12th.  Submission Details


This is just a reminder to Tennessee Promise students that your next mandatory meeting is at Science Hill at 5:30 on March 5.

Ms. Shaw




The Lyle School of Engineering at SMU offers summer camp programs for students in Engineering for students entering 7th through 12th grades and CSI camp for students entering the 6th and 7th grades. Camps provide a creative environment for students to learn and apply their knowledge.  More Information

Subject: Reminder-Northeast State General Scholarship Deadline March 1

Reminder-the deadline to submit the 2015-2016 Northeast State Online General Scholarship Application is Sunday, March 1, 2015.  The Northeast State Online General Scholarship Application serves as the one application for the following programs:


The deadline to submit the 2015-2016 Educational Access and Diversity Scholarship Application is Monday, June 1, 2015.  Applicants must meet one of the following criteria for underrepresented populations to qualify for Educational Access and Diversity Scholarship consideration:

  • Classified as a United States Military Veteran.  Proof of veteran status must be submitted to the Office of Scholarship Programs in order to qualify under military veteran criterion.
  • Hispanic/Latino/Spanish origin, Black or African American, Asian, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander origin as documented by the Northeast State Office of Admissions and Records.
  • Registered with the Center for Students with Disabilities at Northeast State.


Please note: as a result of Governor Bill Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiative and the introduction of the Tennessee Promise Scholarship, the Educate and Grow Scholarship Program in its current form will be transitioning into a new program as of the Spring 2016 Semester contingent upon local funding.  There will not be an application process for Educate and Grow during the 2015-2016 academic year.  It is possible for Tennessee Promise Scholarship recipients who apply for Northeast State Scholarships to receive additional funding to help cover book and attendance costs.  See the 2015-2016 Northeast State Online General Scholarship Application and the 2015-2016 Educational Access and Diversity Scholarship Application for program guidelines.


For more information, visit Northeast State Scholarships.  Contact the Office of Scholarship Programs (room C2107, General Studies Building) at 423.279.7637 or if we can answer any questions or be of assistance.



Erin Blevins
Director of Scholarship Programs and Student Needs
Office of Scholarship Programs and Student Needs
Northeast State Community College
PO Box 246
Blountville, TN 37617
Phone: 423.354.2507
Fax: 423.323.0240


 Good morning!

Some of your students may have received the invitation below for our "Engineering Buff" Day at Milligan College on March 20. I also wanted to share this information with you to encourage you and any other interested colleagues to come and learn more about our new program!

The event is a great way to learn more about the new mechanical and electrical engineering majors, as well meet current faculty and students. The day also includes a campus tour, complimentary lunch, and the chance to learn more about the application process and financial aid.

We encourage you to share this event information with anyone you know who may be interested!

Please let us know if you or your students have any questions!

Amerrica Duggan-Torbert
Office of Admissions
423-461-8758 |


I have borrowed this list of helpful hints from Tennessee Achieves to encourage you to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible!

Ms. Shaw


  • The 2015-2016 FAFSA opened on January 1st. Please make sure that you complete this year's FAFSA; if you completed the FAFSA prior to January 1st, you need to complete the 2015-2016 FAFSA. Double check that you are filing the correct year's FAFSA.
  • You will NEVER have to pay to complete the FREE financial aid application. Please make sure you file your 2015-2016 FAFSA online at  Do not use any other FAFSA filing website!
  • Even if you are 18 years old, you will need your parents/guardians' financial information to complete the FAFSA unless you are married, have children who receive more than half of their support from you, were in foster care, are a ward of the court, are emancipated from your parents, are homeless and/or have parents who are deceased. All could require documentation from a court. Keep in mind, the federal government defines an "independent" as an individual age 24+.
  • You and your parent will create a PIN number. This PIN number is your FAFSA password that you must keep up with in order to later return to update your FAFSA or make any corrections. Keep your PIN in a secure location. If you lose your PIN number, this could delay your FAFSA filing date.
  • Please make sure you have the correct social security number for you. Triple check that your social security number is correct on your FAFSA application! Completing your FAFSA with an incorrect social could delay your aid and cause significant issues.
  • To ensure that you meet the February 15th FAFSA filing deadline (this is the deadline for Tennessee Promise recipients, but should be a target for all students), you can file based on an estimation from the previous year's tax returns and later correct. You will select "will file". Remember, choosing "will file" does not complete your FAFSA.
  • If you file your FAFSA based off 2013 tax information or 2014 estimations, you MUST update your 2015-2016 FAFSA with the 2014 tax information once you complete your taxes.
  • Please make sure that your first college choice listed on the FAFSA is the TN eligible institution that you are going to attend after high school graduation. Your financial aid is sent to the first college choice listed on the FAFSA. If you change your institution, please make sure you update your TSAC portal, too!  If you list a non-Tennessee school as your first choice you will be ineligible for HOPE.  You can change your mind later, but it will require that you complete the Change of Institution Form.
  • You will electronically sign your FAFSA at the end with the PIN number you created.
  • Once you have completed and submitted the form, please check the email provided on your FAFSA for a confirmation email. If you do not recieve an email from FAFSA indicating that you have successfully submitted your FAFSA, you have not completed it correctly. Please save this confirmation email!

If you need FAFSA help or feel lost during completion of the FAFSA, click inside the answer box. Information will appear on the right side of your computer screen indicating where to find the appropriate answer. You can also contact FAFSA directly using the FAFSA helpline number: 1.800.433.3243.


College Goal TN Reminder and Apply NOW for 15-16 Financial Aid!

Hello Counselors! February is Financial Aid Awareness Month and we need your help in encouraging students to file their 2015-2016 FAFSAs and to follow up with the college financial aid office. Please encourage your graduating seniors to file their FAFSAs as soon as possible. Early application is very important if a student thinks he or she may be grant eligible, as some grants are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students who are considering ETSU should list our main campus school code (003487) on their FAFSA.

We’re hosting a College Goal Tennessee event this Saturday to assist students and parents with any questions they may have while completing the 2015-2016 FAFSA. We hope to see many of your students there!

College Goal TN - ETSU
Saturday, February 14th
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
ETSU Charles Sherrod Library, Room 309
Johnson City, TN

College Goal Tennessee is a non-profit program that provides free information and assistance to Tennessee families applying for financial assistance for higher education. ETSU Office of Financial Aid representatives will be available to help students and families complete their 2015-2016 FAFSAs. If possible, students and parents should bring the following documentation to the event:  

  • Completed 2014 IRS 1040 tax returns (Please note this is not required to attend.)
  • W-2 statements and other 2014 income/benefits information
  • Current bank statements
  • Untaxed income records for the previous year (such as Social Security, TANF, welfare, or veterans benefits records)
  • Driver’s license (if any)
  • Alien registration card (if not a U.S. citizen)


For more information, please email or visit




March 1: U.Va. Financial Aid Application Deadline

Dear Colleague,

Thank you for your continuing support of students applying to the University of Virginia. We are writing today to make you aware of an important financial aid deadline. If you have students who intend to apply for need-based financial aid for the 2015-2016 year, please know that the deadline to submit both the FAFSA and CSS/Profile is March 1, 2015. The 2015-2016 FAFSA and the 2015-2016 CSS/Profile are both currently available online.

No grants or scholarships from the state or the University will be available to late applicants. Even students who have not yet received their admission decision must submit both the FAFSA and CSS/Profile by March 1.

There is more to completing financial aid application than just the FAFSA and the CSS/Profile, however. Other supporting documents, outlined at the Student Financial Services website, should also be submitted prior to March 1, 2015, to ensure we can complete the preliminary financial aid award. We understand that family tax returns may not be done by March 1, but it is far more important that the student complete the applications using the best available estimates and submit them rather then wait until after the deadline has passed. Your encouragement of students to meet the deadline will be of great benefit to them.

Preliminary awards for those with completed applications to us by March 1, including all supporting documents listed on the Student Financial Services website, will be available beginning approximately April 1, 2015, thereby allowing students time to review their award prior to the May 1 deadline for accepting their admission offer, should they receive an offer.

Your students will receive additional reminders about the March 1 deadline over the course of the next several weeks as the deadline approaches. If you have questions in the meantime, please contact Student Financial Services here or at (434) 982-6000.


Office of Undergraduate Admission
University of Virginia
© Copyright 2015 by the Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia Office of Admission
434-924-3587 U.S. Mail
P.O. Box 400160
Charlottesville, VA 22904 Overnight/Express
190 McCormick Road
Peabody Hall
Charlottesville, VA 22904


Please remember that the second mandatory Tennessee Promise meeting for University School applicants is March 5th at 5:30 p.m. in the Science Hill High School cafeteria. Sign in will begin at 5 p.m. and the meeting will last one hour.

It is mandatory for students to attend their assigned second team meeting in order to remain eligible for Tennessee Promise. Parents are encouraged to attend but cannot attend for the student. You are encouraged to attend the team meeting as well! If a student has an excusable absence (see policy #2 on pg. 31), the student must follow the excuse form protocol highlighted on page 7 of the student/counselor handbook. If school is cancelled or released early due to inclement weather, the tnAchieves meeting will be rescheduled and students will be notified via email.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Have a great day!

Alyce Burdine
Regional Coordinator, tnAchieves
(Cell) 423-534-6600


Testing Calendar:  A "tentative" Spring Testing Calendar has been posted.  Juniors, please note that there are some mandatory tests that you must take, even if you are a dual enrollment student.  If anyone has any questions, please see Ms. Shaw


National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)University School has been selected to represent schools across the nation by participating in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)In our school, the NAEP assessment will be given on February 17th to 4th Grade and February 18th to 8th grade  There is no need to study in preparation for NAEP. We do ask, however, that you encourage your child to do their best and get plenty of rest the night before the assessment.  View Parent Information Letter



College Goal TN - ETSU
Saturday, February 14th
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
ETSU Charles Sherrod Library, Room 309
Johnson City, TN

College Goal Tennessee is a non-profit program that provides free information and assistance to Tennessee families applying for financial assistance for higher education. ETSU Office of Financial Aid representatives will be available to help students and families complete their 2015-2016 FAFSAs. If possible, students and parents should bring the following documentation to the event:  

  • Completed 2014 IRS 1040 tax returns (Please note this is not required to attend.)
  • W-2 statements and other 2014 income/benefits information
  • Current bank statements
  • Untaxed income records for the previous year (such as Social Security, TANF, welfare, or veterans benefits records)
  • Driver’s license (if any)
  • Alien registration card (if not a U.S. citizen)


For more information, please email or visit We hope to see many of your students and families at ETSU’s College Goal Tennessee!



Bucs Live University Experience:  East Tennessee State University is excited to announce a new college immersion weekend experience for high school seniors interested in pursuing a pre-health degree program. BLUE (Bucs Live University Experience) Weekend will introduce these students to the many health degree programs offered at ETSU while also providing them an opportunity to experience "life on campus."  The event will take place during our Spring Break, March 27th -28th.  Please see Ms. Shaw if you would like to be nominated for this event



Upcoming Deadline for University Honors Scholars Program Applications -- ETSU Honors College


Dear Ms. Shaw:


I am writing to remind you and your students that applications for admission to the University Honors Scholars Program at East Tennessee State University are due at the end of the month – by January 31.


The UHS Program, operated by The Honors College, is a four-year program of study designed specifically for exceptional high school students who enter ETSU as freshmen. The program’s curriculum provides for an interdisciplinary approach to most of a student’s general education courses. Students also complete a research project before graduation.


Students selected for admission to the program – we accept 22 students each year – receive a full scholarship for four years (covering tuition and most fees, room and board, and a textbook allowance each semester). (Students must remain in good standing in the program in order to maintain the scholarship.) To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements: (1) high school GPA of 3.5 or above, on a 4.0 unweighted scale; (2) ACT score of 29 or above (SAT score of 1280 or above, based on math and reading scores); (3) demonstration of community and school service, and other leadership activities; and, (4) a commitment to pursue a four-year baccalaureate degree at ETSU.


Additional information about the UHS Program and our other scholars programs (Fine & Performing Arts, Honors-in-Discipline, Midway) can be found on our website ( The online application and instructions for applying to the UHS Program can be found at


Should you or your students have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.






Michael T. McGill, Jr.

The Honors College

East Tennessee State University

Box 70589

Johnson City, TN 37614

Ph: 423-439-6075

Fax: 423-439-6080



Need help completing the FAFSA?  You can get free professional help on College Goal Sunday at Northeast State (no matter which college you will attend). See attached flyer for details! 



Hi Seniors and Parents/Guardians-


It is time to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for Fall 2015 for college found at this link  It is important that all students complete the FAFSA because all state, federal and some institutional financial aid monies require data extracted from the form.  A few reminders:


-Try to complete the form no later than February 10 because some aid is first come, first served.

-Complete the form even if you do not think you are eligible for federal need based aid because some merit aid and the HOPE will still require the form to be filed

-Gather all of your tax information (parent and student) before sitting down to work on the form.  Ideally, you will be able to use 2014 tax returns, but many people will not yet have received W-2s.  It may be necessary to use your 2013 return to file an estimated form which will then require later corrections.  It is better to file early and make corrections.

-About 1/3 to ½ of filers are later flagged for verification of financial information.  This is completely typical and common; it just means that you will have to supply actual documentation of the amounts provided on the FAFSA so keep that information at the ready.

-Both student and parent need a PIN number to sign the form.  After following the link above there is a PIN icon at the top of the page where you can apply for a PIN.

-Remember to be careful to put parent information in the parent section and student information in the student section.  It is easy to reverse social security numbers and birth dates or to think that questions must apply to parents because of the nature of the questions. 

-If you would like to sit down with someone to help you complete the FAFSA, Mr. Stewart from the Niswonger Foundation is available on Thursdays for appointments.  Email him at to schedule an appointment.

-The FAFSA is FREE to file.  If you are asked for payment, you are on the wrong site.  There are many scam and re-direct sites out there that ask for payment.  Be sure that all websites have the .gov extension.

-If you have had major changes to income/expenses between 2013 and 2014 or within the 2014 fiscal year, it may be necessary to contact the financial aid office of the intended college of attendance for assistance. 


As always, contact me if I can help!

Ms. Shaw

Hi Seniors-

I just want to remind you that you must request an official transcript from the registrar’s office of the college where you took dual enrollment courses to be sent to the college(s) to which you are applying for freshman admission. Although your dual enrollment courses will be added to your USchool transcript, the credit will not be transferred unless an official transcript is sent/received between the two colleges.  Neither I nor your parents have the authority to request this transcript due to FERPA regulations so be sure that you take care of this step as soon as your Fall 2014 grades are posted and again when your Spring 2015 grades are posted.


Hi Seniors-

 Check out this link to learn how to have transcripts sent from ETSU.  Remember you must have them sent directly from college to college.  I won't be able to send them for you.

TN Promise
Subject: Last Chance for Students to Apply

The Tennessee Promise application will be re-opened to all eligible high school seniors on Wednesday, December 10th from 8 AM-4:30 PM CST.  Students may access the application at, or directly through the TSAC portal at  Please ensure students are aware that creating a log-in is NOT applying, and that they must continue past creating a log-in and submit a full application.

December 10th will be the Last Chance Application Day.  No further applications will be accepted after that time.


Thank you,

Tennessee Promise Team

Students, don't forget to apply today for BURGER KINGSM Scholars Program-

Deadline Dec. 15

 Seniors volunteer opportunity:  Reindeer Run 5K to benefit the Early Learning Center needs volunteers to direct runners/walkers, hand out water, and hand out awards. Just show up at 5:30 on Thursday, December 11th, before the race to get your assignment.  Flyer with More Information


Hi Seniors-

Attached you will find the Tennessee Scholars Checklist and a description of benefits for students who apply to graduate with the designation Tennessee Scholar.

The completed checklist with documentation of volunteer service is due to me by January 15.  Please visit for more information about the program.  If you need copies of volunteer service that you previously turned in, then please attach a note asking us to add those hours. 

Remember that you need to be working on completing the hours you need for graduation!  The holiday break is a perfect time to get in some hours!

Ms. Shaw

HI Seniors-

Unfortunately, we are still having problems with our ACT practice accounts.  However, there is a free website that you can use:  Hope this helps some of you who are taking the December administration.


Seniors:   Only about half of you have completed the Graduation Survey .  In order to have your voice heard, you need to complete and submit the survey by this Friday, December 5th.  The parent committees will begin making plans and reservations based on the wishes expressed in this survey!

Any student in grades 9-11 who may be interested in attending a Military Academy for college is invited to an informational meeting on Tuesday, November 25th, at 5:00 p.m., at Mayfair Methodist Church in Kingsport, located on Centre Street.  A current cadet from West Point and Lt. Col. (retired) Rusty Wilkerson will present.  Parents welcome.  See Ms. Shaw for more information


Hi Senior Family-


Below is a link to information about College Goal Tennessee for January and February.  Colleges across Tennessee will open their financial aid offices for special weekend hours in order to help seniors complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  The FAFSA can be completed by a family on their own, but for those of us who feel a bit overwhelmed at having to complete an important online document you can get free professional help through College Goal Tennessee.  Check out the locations for special service hours by clicking the “location” tab on the site.  Be sure to register for your personalized appointment thorough the site too.  Remember that you cannot complete the FAFSA until after January 1, but it is urgent that you do so as early as possible to be able to access the largest available portions of financial aid monies.

Ms. Shaw


Senior, don't forget to complete the senior survey by December 1.  Only student (not parents) should complete the survey.








Hi All-

Just want to remind you that the December 1 college application and scholarship deadlines are quickly approaching.  UTK’s next priority deadline is December 1.  ETSU’s first scholarship deadline is December 15.  If you need transcripts or recommendations for December 1, then I need your information by tomorrow November 18!!!!!  If you need something by December 15-January 1, then I need your information by December 1!!!!! Please remember that your teachers and I will be on break from December 15 to January 5 so any requests need to be made ASAP or you may miss deadlines.

Ms. Shaw

Important Financial Aid Information- Please Read!!!!

November 13, 2014

Dear Senior Family:

At this point all seniors should have already taken the ACT or SAT.  If your senior has not taken one of these college entrance exams, I would recommend that your student take the next available ACT on December 13 (registration deadline November 7) or SAT on December 6 (registration deadline November 6).  Remember that some schools also require SAT subject exams.  You can find more information about subject exams at

Many of the University School seniors have completed and submitted college applications through my office.  If your student plans to attend college beginning Fall 2015, it is important that college applications are filed very soon.  If you would like an application submitted prior to the end of December, I need the request for transcripts, counselor report, recommendations, etc. in my office no later than November 24.  Please be aware that college application dates vary widely, and it is important to check the exact dates required for different schools.  Additionally, be sure to use my correct email address which is .

Applying for financial aid will be the next step in the college application process. The FAFSA can only be filled out after January 1 on, but you can go ahead and apply for a PIN number to use with your FAFSA account at  The FAFSA and PIN are FREE.  There are many financial aid scams out there so if you enter a website that asks for a payment, then you are on the wrong site.  I would recommend that you try to have this form submitted by February 1 even if you have to use the previous year’s tax information and make changes later (because some monies are first come, first served) though it can be submitted up until the time of college enrollment.  For just a few institutions you will also need to submit the CSS Financial Aid Profile which can be accessed at  In Tennessee only Rhodes, Vanderbilt, and Trevecca Nazarene University require the CSS Profile. 

To be eligible to receive the HOPE (lottery) Scholarship and Tennessee Promise monies students must complete the FAFSA as described above and have either a 21 on the ACT (980 on the SAT) or a 3.0 GPA.  The HOPE scholarship will provide up to $3500  per year to an accredited public or private college/university in Tennessee.  The requirements to maintain the HOPE Scholarship are detailed on the website. Students and their parents are also invited to participate in College Goal Sunday in January or February—dates and locations are still to be determined.  For other scholarship information be sure to check the scholarship section of my website on the University School website at

Please feel free to contact me at 423-439-6939 or if you have questions about the college and scholarship application process.


Aleeta Shaw
School Counselor

Niswonger Dual Enrollment Gap Fee Assistance Spring 2015


If you are planning to dual enroll for Spring 2015, you might be eligible for scholarship assistance from the Niswonger Foundation.  The screening process will be more rigorous this spring in an attempt to use funds where they are most needed, but you are encouraged to apply.  Please print and complete the attached application and return it to me by November 21, 2014.  There will NOT be exceptions.


Ms. Shaw






Nominate a Student for U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

Information Sheet

Dear high school counselors,

We are excited to share an opportunity to nominate one high school senior from your school to serve as a state finalist for the U.S. Presidential Scholars program. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Each year, up to 141 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.

Historically, finalists from the state of Tennessee were chosen for their exceptional scores on the ACT or SAT. This year, Tennessee will recommend ten high school seniors to be considered for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program based on academic success and perseverance in addition to the students selected based on their ACT or SAT scores.

A selection committee will review all of the applicants from across the state and ultimately select ten students to act as the nominees from Tennessee; these nominees will then apply to the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program in February. National winners will be awarded an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars program emphasizes the following areas on their application, so we have designed our state application to mirror that:

·      Academic achievement

·      Leadership skills

·      Community Involvement

·      Overcoming obstacles

·      Strong writing skills

Please take the following steps to nominate a senior from your school:

·      Select a student based on the criteria listed

·      Help that student complete the online state application by Nov. 10

o   The state application is available here:

o   Ensure that your student applicant has access to a computer and scanner (as some documents like their transcript will need to be uploaded)

·      If your student is selected as a state nominee, please help your student complete the national online application in February 2015


Please contact with any questions.  



UChicago No Barriers: EA Deadline Extended to Nov. 15th

  UChicago No Barriers Information



Remember UTK Application Deadline November 1!!!!  It is possible to be admitted under a later deadline, but for full scholarship consideration you must meet the
Nov. 1 deadline.


Your diplomas are being printed this week, and it is time to order cap/gown and invitations.  Mr. Eddie Brown will be at school in the US Library 12-12:30 on November 3 (study hall) to meet with you as a group regarding senior supplies available from Josten’s.  Order packets will be handed out at the meeting.  Mr. Brown will be back from 12-1 on November 12 in front of the cafeteria to pick up your order forms.  Please plan to attend if at all possible.  If you cannot be there, please arrange for another senior or a parent to pick up a packet for you.



Hi Seniors-

I just want to remind you that the deadline to apply for the Tennessee Promise is November 1.  Remember that you will also need to apply to a community college, Tennessee Center for Applied Technology or to another partnering organization.  If you are uncertain of your college plans, then I encourage you to apply before the deadline so that you could still be eligible for the Promise scholarship if needed.   Please congratulate your fellow students (see below) on completing their Promise applications.

There will be a mandatory Tennessee Promise meeting in the Media Center on November 14 at 8:15 am. 

Ms. Shaw


Congratulations to our Promise Seniors!!


Jacob Beals

Kayla Boyd

Trevor Daniel

Dustin Estes

Brenton Fields

Harrison Hester

Emily Hoover

Rachel Johnson

Noah Jones

Lishika Lange

Logan Metcalf

Collin Newberry

Brenton Parker

Scott Parker


Alisha Strickland

Micaela Tucker

Silas Venturella


Senior Parents-


I just wanted to let you know that as a senior parent you will have some extra responsibilities this year.  As a part of the Graduation Week (last week of school), the senior parents traditionally arrange an overnight retreat, a senior picnic, the Baccalaureate service and Project Graduation (graduation night lock-in).  The school will donate a small amount of money toward these parent arranged festivities, but the burden of fundraising falls to the parents.  All of the above listed activities are optional, but have become a tradition usually embraced by the senior parents to give the graduates a great finish to high school.  There is no set system in place to organize parent involvement, but usually at least one parent will step forward to begin the process. I am happy to serve as advisor and facilitator for helping you organize Senior Week and to relay information to the seniors.  I encourage you to begin the conversation soon!


Please Senior Parent Webpage for important information discussed at the above meeting


Northeast State Spring Open House

Tuesday, Feb. 10th

6-8 pm

Main Campus, Humanities Building


**Snow date Tuesday, Feb. 17th


More information will be forwarded in the coming months. Thanks for helping us spread the word!


Jim Henrichs
Director of Enrollment Services and Campus Information
Northeast State Community College
2425 Highway 75, PO Box 246
Blountville, TN 37617



iconETSU Dual Enrollment Students:  It is time to apply for spring dual enrollment at ETSU.  You must complete two steps: 

  1. A new Permission to Enroll Form needs to be turned in to Ms. Shaw by October 30.  Print the form here:
  2. Complete the Dual Enrollment Grant Application for Spring 2015 online here:


ETSU Registration will begin on November 12 so it is imperative that you return the Permission to Enroll form by October 30.  Please see Ms. Shaw if you have any questions


Juniors & Seniors- Here is a schedule of upcoming College Visits:

October 17          Walters State
October 20          University of Tennessee-Knoxville
October 21          Vanderbilt
November 4       University of Alabama-Birmingham
November 6       Lees-McRae



 Saturday, October 18th or Saturday, November 1st

Financial Aid Information Sessions at ETSU Open House

I hope this email finds you well. This is a reminder about our upcoming ETSU Fall Open House events, which will be held on Saturday, October 18th,  and Saturday, November 1st. We will have both financial aid and scholarship information sessions at each of these events, starting at 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm. A representative from the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation will be joining us to discuss the Tennessee HOPE Lottery Scholarship and state grants.  We are not having Tri-Cities Financial Aid Night this year, but the presentations at the ETSU Open House events will provide the same information to students and parents.

 We hope to see you there!


Haley Greenway
Financial Aid Counselor
East Tennessee State University
Office of Financial Aid
P.O. Box 70722
Johnson City, TN 37614
(423) 439-4300 phone
(423) 439-5855 fax





Tennessee Governor's Schools Application:  Applications for the 2015 Tennessee Governor's Schools are now available. You can access these by visiting the Tennessee Governor's Schools webpage . If you have any questions please contact Grace Palmer at                       



SUBJECT: Volunteer Opportunity

Seniors, many of you still need your 40 volunteer hours for graduation. Good Samaritan Ministries in Johnson City needs a lot of volunteers anywhere from 9-3:30PM Mondays-Fridays to work in their thrift store, file paperwork, and other miscellaneous jobs. If you are interested, go to:

100 N Roan St, Johnson City, TN 37601 and plan to arrive 20 minutes early to fill out a volunteer form. If you have any questions, call their office at (423) 928-0288. 

---Good Samaritan Ministries---

100 N Roan St, Johnson City, TN 37601
(423) 928-0288



Hi Seniors- 

As I am beginning to send health and shot records to colleges and universities (usually goes with your transcript) I am noticing some patterns of missing items.  Take this time while you are on break to check in with your doctor to be sure that your immunizations are up to date.  The vaccination most commonly missing from the health records is the second varicella booster (chicken pox).  I have discovered that many of you have actually had the booster, but that the health record in our school files is not the most current.  Simply giving me or the nurse a new copy of your record will fix that problem. 

Most colleges and universities will require that you have 2 doses of varicella vaccine (or proof of disease), 2 doses of MMR vaccine,  3 doses of Hep B (HBV) vaccine and to live on campus a Meningococcal vaccine within the last five years.

Please check the exact requirements of the colleges that you plan to attend and go ahead and get these vaccinations out of the way if you can.  It is amazing the way an incomplete health record can put the brakes on your college application!

For those of you who have chosen not to be vaccinated for reasons of religious exemption please note that you still have to have a state health record certified by your doctor’s office or the health department declaring those exemptions and you will probably also have to provide additional documentation to individual colleges and universities.  I am not knowledgeable about the exemption process, but if you need help with that then we can figure it out together.

Ms. Shaw



Click here for Get in 2 College's 2014-2015 Academic Year Handbook handbook

Mini-Manuals and Powerpoints

User name:  2014  Password: APPLY2 (all caps)

Access the non-public website at the location below.  There you will find other materials such as worksheets and checklists, summer programs for high school students, planning calendars, etc.   There are also helpful links to other resources found on the internet.  Information will be updated on this site throughout the year so check back often.  You must use this link, as you cannot get to this from our public website:  

User name:  2014   Password: GETIN2 (use all caps) 


Check out if you are interested in Christian college information and scholarship opportunities.


Here is a link for information about volunteer opportunities at the VA:




For those of you planning to apply for the Tennessee Promise (Deadline Nov. 1) please remember that you will use the username and password that you created to apply for your dual enrollment grant if you are taking/have taken college courses.  If you have never applied for a dual enrollment grant, then you will be able to create a new account.



If anyone is considering applying to Liberty University, I have a special code to waive your application fee.  See me if you are interested.

Ms. Shaw



Exploring College Options is a special recruitment program sponsored by the undergraduate admissions offices of five of the country's leading universities: Duke University , Georgetown University , Harvard University , the University of Pennsylvania , and Stanford University . During the spring or fall of each year, the Exploring College Options group will visit all 50 states, Puerto Rico, USVI and the District of Columbia. At each event, representatives from the five universities will conduct brief slide presentations about their institution and answer your questions about the sometimes-mystifying world of college admissions. You will learn what distinguishes one fine university from another, what competitive colleges look for in the selection process, and what you can do to enhance your college application.

The programs start promptly at 7:30pm, so we suggest arriving 15 to 20 minutes beforehand to complete the sign-in process and find a seat. Programs typically last one and a half hours. Please feel free to bring your parent or guardian to the program, and if you have a friend who you think might be interested, please direct him/her to this website for registration information.


Army ROTC at UTK

My name is Lee Dalton, I am the Recruiting Operations Officer for the Army ROTC Department at the University of Tennessee.  I look forward to the opportunity to provide information about Army ROTC at UT to any students who may have expressed an interest in ROTC.  The Army Scholarship online application is now open for students graduating in 2015.  The scholarship application can be found at

Please feel free to call or email if you would like more information about Army ROTC, or you can pass my contact information to any students who have an interest in ROTC.  If you would like I can also email or mail you brochures and flyers with information about Army ROTC at the University of Tennessee.  

UTK Army ROTC web site

UTK Army ROTC Facebook page



Recruiting Operations Officer
University of TN-Knoxville
Office 865-974-4512
Cell 931-237-7482
Fax 865-974-8853  


On Saturday, September 20th, Congressman Phil Roe will be hosting a Military Service Academy Day for students and their parents who would like to learn about the educational opportunities available at the United States Service Academies and through collegiate ROTC programs.  The event will be held at Walters State Community College, located at 500 South Davy Crockett Parkway, Morristown TN.  Registration begins at 9:30 a. m. and the event will run until noon.  Printable Flyer



EXPLORE Testing for 8th Graders


All eighth graders will take the EXPLORE exam at school on Monday, October 6, 2014.  The EXPLORE is a mandatory exam required by the state and is administered free-of-charge.  The EXPLORE offers both a vocational assessment and a predictor score for the PLAN (pre-ACT college admissions exam).  Results will help students to make future academic choices to keep them on track for college admission.


PLAN Testing for Sophomores


The PLAN (pre-ACT) will be taken by all Sophomores during the school day on Tuesday, October 7, 2014.  The PLAN is a mandatory exam required by the state and is administered free-of-charge.  The PLAN gives predictor scores for the ACT, as well as excellent study information for obtaining the best possible score on the ACT.  Also, see information below about taking an optional PSAT.



ACT/PSAT Testing for Juniors


The State of Tennessee will again be providing a state ACT testing date when Juniors may take it free of charge.  The state testing day will be March 3, 2015.  If for any reason you cannot be present on March 3, 2015, you will have the opportunity to get a voucher to take the exam for free by registering for a national exam.  Please see Ms. Shaw to get a voucher to register for the ACT if you cannot be present on March 3.


The PSAT (pre-SAT) will be given on October 15, 2014 and is recommended for Juniors as excellent practice for the SAT.  The PSAT must also be taken in the Junior year in order to qualify as a National Merit Scholar.  Although the PSAT is recommended for Juniors, registration is open to other grade levels as well.  The PSAT will provide a predictor score for the SAT as well as study information.  The cost for this exam is $17 (checks payable to University School only).  Students must register with Ms. Robinson and pay for the exam at the time of registration.  Students may register between October 2 and 13—no earlier.  Registration will be on a first come, first served basis and will open to other schools on October 3. 



College Admission Tips for Seniors


  1. Be sure to schedule a senior interview ASAP with Ms. Shaw!!!!
  2. Finalize your college choices by the end of September.
  3. Turn in your Recommendation Self Assessment to Ms. Shaw via email.
  4. Create an account at to apply for all Tennessee colleges and universities. The site also has great tools for exploring colleges, majors, and scholarships.
  5. If you are not getting lots of emails from Ms. Shaw something is wrong!  Please email her at to verify your email if you are having a problem.
  6. Complete college applications, essays, and all college visits during fall break.
  7. Request all college recommendations from Ms. Shaw or other teachers at least 3 weeks in advance of the deadline. Please provide a copy of your Recommendation Self Assessment and/or resume and information about the colleges to which you are applying.
  8. Look for scholarships through your church, parents’ workplace, your workplace, the internet, books in Ms. Shaw’s office, and Ms. Shaw’s website.
  9. Avoid scholarship scams!  Don’t pay anyone to help you with scholarship searches.  It is probably a scam.  Look at the Better Business Bureau website if you want to check out a specific company.
  10. Take any SAT subject exams that you may need for college admission.  These are usually required for schools where admission is more competitive, but it is a good idea to check for all the schools to which you want to apply.
  11. Apply for Tennessee scholarships at  You will apply for your Hope (lottery scholarship) when you do your FAFSA in January. You will receive more information about financial aid in November, but plan on attending the Tri-Cities Financial Aid Night on Thursday November 6, 2014 at 6:00pm.
  12. “Like” the University School Counseling Office Facebook page or follow me on Twitter @MsShawatUS for additional information.
  13. Be aware of all deadlines!  They are earlier than you think! November 1 is the priority deadline for UTK. December 15 is the Academic Performance Award Deadline for ETSU. 





Is anyone considering UVA?  If yes, then let me know ASAP in case you might be a candidate for the Jefferson Scholar Program.  See info at



Just want to let you know that ETSU is making a change in their AP English Policy.  Students who begin ETSU in Fall 2015 will be affected by the change.  See below:





Just want to remind you that if you need a comprehensive Secondary School Report or School Counselor recommendation (all common applications require both), then you MUST fill out a Recommendation Self Assessment (attached) and return it to me via email.  I would like to have these before we begin our fall break because I will work on them during that break.  



The First Freedom Center announces its 22nd annual First Freedom Student Competition. This national essay and video contest offers 9th - 12th grade students an opportunity to compete for $2,500 awards as they examine the First Amendment and history and implementation of freedom of religion and conscience in American democracy and the world today. Students then present their evaluation in written essay or video format.

This school year, students will select a religion or belief group from their local community, state or region that was or is a minority group. They will research and analyze its history as it encounters issues of religious freedom and equality, and then, by written essay or video production, present their evaluation of how this group's local history compares to the broader narrative of U.S. history and First Amendment law. For the complete topic, essay and video guidelines, registration, classroom poster, student flyer and other details, visit, and then click on the First Freedom Student Competition button.

Student online registration is required on or before Monday, November 17, 2014, and the postmark deadline for students to mail their essays or videos with the accompanying entry materials is Monday, November 24, 2014. Winners will be announced on Thomas Jefferson's birthday, April 13, 2015.

Please forward this email to your social studies, English, media, library, guidance and other colleagues, and share this opportunity with your students today. We look forward to your school's participation in the First Freedom Student Competition!


Christopher L. Payton
Vice President

Sandra M. Poulsen
Competition Coordinator

First Freedom Center
1321 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
804.643.1786 phone
804.644.5024 fax

Visit us online at:



Hi Seniors-

Way back in 8th grade we took the Kuder College and Career Planning Assessment.  Much about you and our world has changed since then.  It is often a good idea for Seniors to retake the assessment to confirm what you think you know about yourself or to help you find focus in a new direction.  The assessment is free to you (paid for by TDOE) and can be accessed from home or any place that you have an internet connection.  Below are directions for accessing the system and creating an account.  As you create an account you may bump into your account from 8th grade.  You can use your old account or create a new one.  I only ask that you use your actual name when creating or updating your account so that I can see your results.  This assessment is optional, but could be very helpful with your college/career planning. After taking the assessments you will have access to huge databases of college/career information.

Ms. Shaw


Individual Registration & Login Instructions

Please follow the instructions below to begin using Kuder ® Navigator — an online educational and career planning system for today's middle school and high school students.


  • Go to the Kuder® Navigator at
  • Select New Users from the Login Area to begin the registration process.
  • Select Student and choose your grade level from the drop down menu.
  • Click Continue to create your account.
  • During the process you will need to create a unique user name and password. Write down your user name and password in the space provided for future reference.

User   Name:



  • You will also be asked to enter your Activation Code that was provided by your school.

               (SEE MS. SHAW FOR AN ACCESS CODE)

  • Be sure to check the box next to "I have read and agree to the terms and conditions of use " after reading this information.
  • Click Register to complete the process.

Navigator Home Page

Once you have created your account, you will be directed to your Navigator home page. To access the system's tools and resources select a tab from the top navigation menu. Your home page also provides a link your messages, to do list, recommended links, and account information where you can update your profile, upload a photo, and change your grade level each year.

Taking an Assessment

The first step in the educational and career planning process is learning about yourself.

  • Click on Learn About Myself from the top navigation menu.
    • 6th Graders: Choose Interest Checklist to learn about your interests in the six Career Fields.
    • 7-8th Graders: Choose My Interests or My Skills. To get started, you will select your desired education level/degree that you plan to attain.
    • 9-12th Graders: Choose Take an Assessment and click on one of the assessment titles. To get started, you will select the desired education level/degree that you plan to attain.
  • Once you complete the assessments, use your results and the other available tools from the top navigation menu to support your ongoing education and career exploration and planning.

Logging In

To re-enter your account, go to, select Log In, and enter your user name and password.



The Tennessee Promise website is open for applications.  Remember to apply by November 1 for the Promise,  apply to the community college or technical school of your choice, then complete all mentoring and service requirements by the deadlines.  If you follow the steps and meet the deadlines, your first two years of college can be tuition free!  Go to to apply today!!

Ms. Shaw

PS-For those of you who have applied for a dual enrollment grant anytime in the past, you will notice that you need the same username/password to access this TSAC account.

Beginning with the Class of 2015, students in Tennessee may apply for the Tennessee Promise scholarship, which will provide two years tuition-free education at a community college or technical school in Tennessee. Tennessee Promise is a last-dollar scholarship, meaning it will cover costs of tuition and mandatory fees not met from Pell, HOPE, or TSAA. As part of the program, students will be paired with a partnering organization and provided with a mentor who will support them during the college application process.


Hi Seniors-

I have new online ACT prep accounts for you paid for by the Niswonger Foundation.  If you would like to have a new account, please come by my office to pick up a username and password.  Please plan to stay long enough to activate your account while in my office.  For those of you taking a September or October exam I urge you to arrange for an account before break begins!!!

Ms. Shaw



Hope to play college athletics?  If you would like to potentially play a sport in college or even talk with a coach about the possibility of playing, then you must be registered with NAIA or NCAA or both.  You can find the required agency on the athletic page of most colleges and universities.  To register with NAIA please go to and for NCAA go to  Most colleges also ask you to complete a recruitment survey on their website so that they know about your interest.  Be sure to talk with your coach about what you need to do to prepare to play at the college level!



Please remember that you must complete a minimum of 40 hours of community service in order to graduate and 80 hours to be honored as a Tennessee Scholar ( during graduation.  The One Acre Café needs daytime volunteers so this might be a good Fall Break opportunity.  See the following link for more information!



Hi Seniors-

The email below went out to Faculty and Staff a few days ago.  They have until the end of the day Monday to make nominations.  If you would like to be nominated before the final vote, you may ask a faculty or staff member to submit your name to me.  Check the minimum requirements at the bottom of the page before asking for a nomination.

Ms. Shaw


Dear Faculty and Staff-


It is that time of year to nominate Seniors for the Niswonger and Roan Scholars Leadership Programs.  All Faculty and Staff are eligible to nominate one student for each program. If you are being pressured to submit more than one—go ahead.  We will have a final vote from all nominees at a later time. I will tally the votes, determine final eligibility, and complete the “official” paperwork.  Please email the names of your nominees to me by August 25.  It is perfectly fine for students to request a nomination of you.  The guidelines for each scholarship are as follows:


Niswonger Scholarship Program


Nominees should:

-display leadership ability including character, drive, energy, initiative and work ethic

-display academic ability demonstrated through grades and standardized test scores

-display financial need not just equated with low income. Some middle class families are unable to afford the tuition at elite colleges and universities.

-be willing to commit to return to Northeast Tennessee for work and service in their chosen profession


Roan Scholars Program


Nominees should:

-be committed to attending East Tennessee State University

-selection is based on character, leadership, scholarship, and physical activity

-successful candidates need not be the students with the highest grade point average in the school, since nominations are based solely on ability and reflect well-rounded students with the most potential


 UTK Info

We have an exciting year scheduled for you and for your students. Please take some time to review the programs we are offering this fall, which include a newly added event: Rocky Top Tailgate: A game-day event designed for prospective senior and juniors.  We look forward to hosting your students and seeing you on the road this fall.


Big Orange Preview (formerly known as Open House)

·         September 20   and November 1 

·         An Open House event for Seniors

·         Register through VIP at

·         More information here


Rocky Top Tailgate (game day event)

·         October 11

·         A Homecoming game day event for Juniors and Seniors

·         Register through VIP at

·         More information here


Application Deadlines

·         November 1—Priority Deadline for Admissions and Scholarships

·         December 1—Regular Admission Deadline




Go Vols,


Andrew Wood

Assistant Director, Undergraduate Admissions
University of Tennessee | 320 Student Services Building  | Knoxville, TN 37996 
Office: 865.974.1188 |Fax: 865.974.1182|

Hi Seniors-

See below from Sewanee if you are interested.

I'm so sorry that we're not able to work out a visit this fall, but I would love to have any of your students come meet with me when I'm in Knoxville in September. Here's that link:

We would also love to have students come for a campus visit.  Please direct your students to check out our visit website at



Check out this link to find out about a campus visit to MTSU and the evening reception to be held in Johnson City on September 22.

Ms. Shaw



We have some upcoming visits scheduled for college representatives to come to University School.  All Juniors and Seniors are allowed to attend these sessions during Study Hall/Lunch.  Students MUST sign out of study hall and sign in to the college visit to have an excused absence.


August 27-          12-1- Union University


August 28-           9-11 College Fair Field Trip (turn in your permission form/money ASAP) SENIORS ONLY!!!

                                 12-1 Furman


August 29-          12-1 Liberty University


September  4     Milligan, 12-1


October 21-        11:30-12:30 Vanderbilt University (only DE students may go at 11:30)


November 4-     12-1 University of Alabama-Birmingham


Hi Seniors-

If you are planning to submit any college or scholarship applications that require any kind of recommendation from me, then I need you to complete the Recommendation Self Assessment and to submit it to me via email.  Be sure to save a copy for your own use or for other teachers.

Thanks!  Ms. Shaw




Earn local, regional and even national recognition for being a student who never settles—not in the classroom, on the field or in your community.  Apply to win the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award by October 3, 2014.  Applications are online at .




Hi Seniors-

Is anyone thinking of pursuing QuestBridge?  Please let me know ASAP if you are!

Ms. Shaw



Test   Date: September 13

Registration Deadline: August 8

September is a great time for students to take the ACT®.

The ACT is   the only college entrance exam with a September test date, offering the   earliest testing opportunity for the school year. For seniors, this opens a   window to retest in October, if necessary, and still receive scores in time   for college admissions, financial aid, and scholarships.

Did   you know. . .

Questions on the ACT are based on what students have        learned in their coursework.  The ACT is accepted by all US colleges and        universities.  Not all colleges and universities require a writing        test for admission—the ACT Writing Test is optional, saving students        time and money.  The ACT test score is based on the number of correct        answers, with no points deducted for guessing.  Your students will receive personalized career        information based on their strengths, weaknesses, and interests.

Forward   this email to your students and remind them to register for the September 13   test date at   Late registration fees   will apply after Friday, August 8.

ACT offers no-cost   and low-cost test prep options at


Hi Seniors-


Just want to let you all know that the Common Application for Fall 2015 admission goes live tomorrow so those of you eager to get started on your applications can begin by going to and creating your account.  The Common Application is exactly that--a common or single application that can be completed and sent to multiple schools.  Only certain colleges and universities accept the Common Application, and you can find a list in the folder that you received during Mr. Stewart’s presentation at the senior retreat or at  Some schools will require additional supplements and all will require separate application fees.  If you plan to apply to multiple schools on the list, I highly recommend that you use the Common Application so that you can keep your information organized and save time in the long run by not completing multiple essays or reports.  It will also be helpful for people sending recommendations for you.  A few lessons learned from last year:


-Be sure to  give the version of your teacher’s and my email address.  Giving the version causes technical glitches.  

-Ask your teachers for recommendations at least 4 weeks in advance of the due date.

-The Common App does not function well (or at all!!!) in Internet Explorer.  Firefox seems to have the best compatibility and is installed in all of our computer labs.  You can download it for free online.  If your teacher is having difficulty submitting a recommendation, it may be their browser.

-Read some online opinions about how you should answer the FERPA question.  Just know that if you feel that you need to waive your rights to have your application considered that I will always be willing to let you see what I write about you one on one.  I have to be honest in a recommendation, but I’m always going to do my best to put forward your strengths.

-Be sure that you assign the person to complete your Secondary School Report.  It was confusing last year.  I’m hoping that it is simpler this year, but we won’t know until after one of you starts an application.

-If you go to the website and have difficulty logging in, be sure that your are on “applicant” tab—not member or recommender. 

-If you are dually enrolled, remember that you have a lot of free time right now that is going to be sucked up when college classes start so get busy!


As always, come by the office if you need help!

Ms. Shaw




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Just want to remind you that if you are hoping to play collegiate sports you must be registered with the NAIA or NCAA.  We had a college freshman miss their first competition this year because they never followed through!  Don’t let this happen to you!


Ms. Shaw


Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors:  You still have an opportunity to participate in Youth Leadership 2015.  However, the Chamber of Commerce has only 8 slots left in their class of 30.  Please see attached application or see Ms. Shaw if you have any questions 




Subject: Important Changes from the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation


  • Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA Grant):  Starting with the 2014-2015 academic year, prior-year recipients (renewals) will receive the award if they meet all eligibility requirements and their FAFSA is completed and error free on or before March 1. After March 1, remaining funds will be awarded to the neediest applicants who apply by March 1 based on the availability of funds. Awards will be made until funds are depleted.


  • It is important for your seniors going to college in the state of Tennessee to complete the FAFSA early and follow-up with the college(s) that they listed to receive the results. The 2014-2015 FAFSA will become available on January 1, 2014.



  • Stay tuned for new changes from the government and state on our website. 



Here is some information about a program for College Goal Tennessee that will be held in Chattanooga.  There will also be some programs at local schools.  I will forward that information as soon as I receive it.  Do remember that it is time to file your FAFSA!  The sooner the better!  Go online to to begin your application.

Ms. Shaw

 East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) is happy to announce that the East Tennessee Foundation 2014 Scholarship Applications will be available on our website,, beginning December 1, 2013.   


All ETF scholarship applications are required to be completed and submitted online (except the Sturm Essay Contest). Scholarship information, including detailed descriptions and application instructions, as well as 2014 applications, will be available on our website,, beginning December 1, 2013.   The application deadline for all scholarships (except the Sturm Essay Contest) is March 1, 2014.


We are happy to announce that our applications now allow for letters of recommendation to be submitted directly to East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) without the student being able to read the content of the letter.  The recommender will receive email correspondence with a link to use to upload his/her letter of recommendation directly to ETF.


Attached is a copy of the online applicant tutorial .  Also attached is a listing of each scholarship program the Foundation offers in your county or at your high school.  Please share this information with your entire Guidance Department and your students.

In an attempt to reach as many eligible applicants as possible, we request that a link to our scholarship page be added to your school website. By adding a link to, students can easily find ETF scholarship information and complete 2014 ETF Scholarship Applications directly from your website. Please note that you and your students can also link with our website via our East Tennessee Foundation Facebook page.


Thank you for your dedication and cooperation in spreading the word about ETF scholarships! Please feel free to contact me at (865) 524-1223 or toll free at (877) 524-1223 or via e-mail at with any questions or concerns. I look forward to working with you!




Beth Heller

Scholarship and Program Officer


625 Market Street, Suite 1400

Knoxville, TN  37902

Phone: (865) 524-1223

Toll Free: (877) 524-1223

Fax: (865) 637-6039


Thoughtful giving for stronger communities, better lives.


Confirmed in Compliance with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations



I have the ACT Online Prep usernames and passwords ready to be picked up in my office.  Just drop by!


Hi Seniors!  The Niswonger Foundation has purchased a site license for our high school students for ACT Online Prep—making it FREE!   If you are taking the ACT in December let me know so that I can move your name to the top of the list to get a code.

Ms. Shaw



Scholarship   Directories Allow Students More Ways to Find Scholarships

We provide students scholarship   directories to view options by categories. These directories group   scholarships together such as High School Senior and College Freshman scholarships. Additionally, we have   directories with specific student features such as scholarships for Bilingual Students and Veterans. View all the scholarship directories here.

Just a reminder that the guaranteed Academic Performance Scholarship Deadline at ETSU is December 1!!!


Upcoming Deadlines at MTSU

December 1-Deadline for Guaranteed Academic Scholarships at MTSU-Requires 3.5 GPA and 26 ACT

December 1-Deadline for MTSU Buchanan Fellowship (full tuition)-Requires 3.5 GPA and 29 ACT apply at


Below is part of a message that I received from ETSU’s Financial Aid Office.  It has important general financial aid reminders for everyone! 

Ms. Shaw


The 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will go live on January 1, 2014. This is the FAFSA that should be completed by your graduating high school seniors who plan to enroll in college for Fall 2014.


Students may use the FAFSA4caster ( now to get an estimate of their Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is an index that colleges use to determine what financial aid the student may receive. The FAFSA4caster will then determine what types of federal grants, loans, and work-study the student may qualify for and will provide them with an estimated award amount for each.


Please inform your students about this useful FAFSA4caster tool and remind them that the 2014-2015 FAFSA cannot be completed until January 1, 2014.


Thank you for all you do for students! Please let us know if you have any questions. We hope to see everyone at our Tri-Cities Financial Aid Night on Tuesday, November 12th.  All seniors and their parents are invited to attend!





If you are male and you have turned 18, you are required to register for the Selective Service.  State and Federal financial aid monies will not be disbursed if you are not registered.  Here is the website for more information or to register.


Application for Tennessee Scholars

Tennessee Scholars Checklist

Tennessee Scholars complete a required series of courses and other tasks and are recognized for their efforts by wearing a medallion at  graduation and with eligibility for special scholarships at various Tennessee colleges and Universities.  To apply, fill out the attached checklist showing that you have completed all of the courses/tasks listed and turn it in to Ms. Shaw.  The deadline to turn in your completed checklist to Ms. Shaw is January 10!  This date is not negotiable!!!  You may turn in your completed checklist anytime before the deadline.  You may substitute copies of your signed community service hours in lieu of getting a second signature.  Attached you will find the Tennessee Scholar Checklist along with a list of Benefits of Being a Tennessee Scholar.  For more information see




If you will be applying to a college/university, scholarship program, or specialized program that requires a recommendation, please go online to scroll down to the Recommendation Self Assessment, complete the form, save it for yourself and email a copy to me by August 30.


If you plan to apply to schools within Tennessee, I recommend applying through the CollegeforTN website at  You are able to create an account and autopopulate much of your application information.  This site is secure and a part of the state informational system for students so no worries about entering information.  This site also generates a notification to my email account so that I can track your college applications along with you.


Double check the admission requirements for all colleges to which you hope to apply.  Be sure that you have taken any needed SAT II Subject Tests or other necessary pre-requisites for admission. Register for SAT II Subject Tests at


Many colleges and universities considered by our students use the Common Application.  If you are considering schools like Transylvania, Centre, Vanderbilt, Wofford, Wake Forest, Sewanee, Furman, Emory & Henry or UNC-Asheville or hundreds more, then is your one stop application site.  The time to begin is NOW!!


Ready, set, GOOOO!

Ms. Shaw


Hi Seniors-

Hope to play college athletics?  If you would like to potentially play a sport in college or even talk with a coach about the possibility of playing, then you must be registered with NAIA or NCAA or both.  You can find the required agency on the athletic page of most colleges and universities.  To register with NAIA please go to and for NCAA go to  Most colleges also ask you to complete a recruitment survey on their website so that they know about your interest.  Be sure to talk with your coach about what you need to do to prepare to play at the college level!

Ms. Shaw






Check out QuestBridge at to see if you might be eligible for the national college match.

iconSeniors, please complete the College Application/Recommendation Letter Self-Assessment  and email to , ( )


College Application/Recommendation Letter Self-Assessment



I know that I have recently spoken with several of you about courses transferring from a

community college to a four year college in Tennessee.  Check out this website to get more complete information:

Fastweb - scholarship search resources


 Check for information about scholarships to Christian colleges


Just a reminder that ETSU Dual Enrollment students must fill out a Permission to Enroll form (available in my office) to be able to register for spring semester.  Students at ETSU, NSTCC, and Milligan must all fill out the online Dual Enrollment Grant Application.  Some students may have completed both portions in the fall, but all students should check their TSAC accounts.  Here is the web link: 


Senior Announcements -Register to take the ACT at

-Be sure to take any SAT II: Subject Tests that may be required for college admission!  Register at


Just a reminder that if you hope to play sports at the collegiate level, you may need to register for athletic eligibility.  Below are the registration websites where you can register:



Service Project - Printable Community Service Hours Form

HI Seniors- This is a news article about the best paying jobs of the future.  Thought it might interest some of you!



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