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Welcome to University School Counseling!

From the Counseling Office…… 



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


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



Attention Seniors!!!!  We have two important field trips coming up in the first quarter:


On July 25 the Seniors will travel to Roan Mountain for our annual Fall Retreat.  Buses will leave US shortly after 8:00am and we will return at about 4:00pm.  During the morning students will hear from some great speakers regarding beginning their college application process, and in the afternoon you will have some free time to enjoy the park.  Students should bring a bag lunch, pool admission money and swimming gear (optional), and any other sports equipment, musical instruments or games that you might enjoy in the afternoon.  You might want some change for the vending machines or snack bar too.  Please turn in your permission form to Ms. Robinson in the Counseling Office with $6.00 in CASH by July 22.


On August 28 the Seniors will travel to Freedom Hall Civic Center to attend the Tri-Cities College Fair.  Buses will leave during second period and return during third period.  Approximately 70 colleges and universities will be represented at the College Fair. Please turn in your permission form to Ms. Robinson in the Counseling Office with $3.00 in CASH by August 26.





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.


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Printable Financial Aid Letter  



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.


    • All eighth graders will take the EXPLORE exam at school on Thursday, October 10th.  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 ACT college admissions exam.  Results will help students to make future academic choices to keep them on track for college admission

    • The PLAN (pre-ACT) will be taken by all Sophomores during the school day on Friday, October 11th.  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.
      Students should report to first period for attendance and will be called to go to the Culp Center Ballroom for testing.  Students should bring #2 pencils, an appropriate calculator (, and lunch money or a bag lunch in the event that we do not finish by lunch time.


    • The PSAT (pre-SAT) will be given on Wednesday, October 16th, 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 4 and 14—no earlier.  Registration will be on a first come, first served basis

    • 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 4, 2014.  If for any reason you cannot be present on March 4, 2014, 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 4



  • 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 for Arts by October 15 and for all other schools no later than November 1 for submission by the deadline

  • The Constructed Response Assessment (math) will be given on October 23rd, to High School students from 8:30 to 10:00 in first and second periods


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 plan to take the ACT this fall, the first test of the 2013-14 school year is scheduled for September 21, 2013. Registration and deadline information can be found at  To meet many college/university deadlines this will be the last chance to improve your score.


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


 The Chamber of Commerce still has five slots left in their 2013-2014 Youth Leadership Program beginning in August.
This program is a great way to gain Leadership knowledge!  Wonderful experiences for college resumes too! Click here for Printable Application .  Click here for Printable Schedule


Fastweb - scholarship search resources




It is again time to apply for dual enrollment classes for Spring at ETSU.  If you plan to dual enroll in the Spring, you must complete and turn in a Permission to Enroll form to Ms. Shaw (attached), and you must complete the Dual Enrollment Grant online at

Please turn in your Permission to Enroll form to Ms. Shaw by October 22.  Registration for classes begins the second week of November so we want to get the forms processed as soon as possible.  Also, remember that you must maintain a 3.2 US/ETSU gpa to stay dually enrolled, a 3.4 US/ETSU to get the extra scholarship money, and a 2.75 ETSU gpa to get your dual enrollment grant.  A B- in a college course is equivalent to a 2.7  (too low to maintain the dual enrollment grant) so it is extremely important to monitor your grades.

Seniors, be sure that you request any needed courses to fulfill your graduation requirements.

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:

Graduating seniors:  remember to file your 2012-2013 FAFSA as soon as possible!


 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: 


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!

Senior Announcements
-Register to take the ACT at if you need to take it one last time!

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

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.       Update your online resume at  Contact Ms. Shaw if you don’t have your username/password.

4.       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.

5.       Complete college applications, essays, and all college visits during fall break.

6.       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 resume and information about the colleges to which you are applying.

7.       Look for scholarships through your church, parents workplace, your workplace, the internet, books in Ms. Shaw’s office, and Ms. Shaw’s website.

8.       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.

9.       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.

10.   Check out last year’s College Information Night through the miracle of video J at

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 Washington County Financial Aid Night on December 8.

12.   Be aware of all deadlines!  They are earlier than you think!