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Schedule an appointment with Dr. Shaw
High school students who need to schedule an appointment with Dr. Shaw regarding scheduling, Pre-ACT results, or dual enrollment can do so here: 
TN Scholar

TN Scholar Application Due to Dr. Shaw by March 31st

Do you want to be designated as a Tennessee Scholar when you graduate?

The application and all information can be found here:

TN Promise and TSAA FAFSA Deadline Extended

TN Promise and TSAA FAFSA Deadline Extended

Throughout the pandemic, we have continued to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on our state to determine whether new deadlines should be established for many of our programs.  Due to conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, many students may have a difficult time completing the FAFSA by the established Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Student Assistance Award deadlines.

Therefore, the decision has been made to extend the Tennessee Promise Scholarship FAFSA deadline and the priority FAFSA deadline for the Tennessee Student Assistance Award to March 1, 2021. This deadline extension will be in effect for new and continuing students.

We will continue to work closely with Tennessee high schools, higher education institutions, and Tennessee Promise partnering organizations to evaluate any further modifications to program requirements and ensure that all students are notified of these changes. Thank you for your heroic efforts on behalf of Tennessee students.

University School Mental Health Needs Assessment-High School

The counseling office at University School is partnering with the Our Young Minds Project founded by Amisha Agrawal, the ETSU Counseling Department, and Dr. Rakesh Patel, Psychiatrist and Medical Director of Creekside Behavioral Health to bring more mental health awareness and services to University School students. 

In an effort to more clearly target those support services, we ask that you take a brief (less than 1 minute) anonymous mental health needs assessment University School Mental Health Needs Assessment (Links to an external site.) for planning purposes. Just click on the highlighted link to complete the survey.


Dr. Shaw


Governors' School, Dual Enrollment, Niswonger Schedules due date

For 10th/11th grade:

All Governors' School Materials (including teacher recommendations) due to Dr. Shaw by November 30! Some schools require Dr. Shaw to initiate the application. Those requests should be made prior to November 24 unless you have an appointment already schedule. 

Application Information can be found here:

For 10-12

Dual Enrollment & Niswonger Schedules (Registered Courses) due to Dr. Shaw at  by November 30!


Jostens Website

Jostens Website has information on Class Rings and Senior Supplies.  View Jostens Website

Dual Enrollment

Attention Dual Enrollment Students- It is time to complete your Dual Enrollment applications/processes for Spring 2021! You will not be able to register for spring without completing the appropriate steps.  Complete information about what you need to do can be found in your Grade 11 or 12 Counseling CANVAS announcements. DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 5!

Tennessee Governor's Schools

The Tennessee Governor's Schools provide eleven challenging and high-intensity programs for rising 11th and 12th grade students (current 10th and 11th grade students) nominated by high school faculty. Each school offers a unique learning environment for students interested in the arts, humanities, agriculture science, STEM programs, advanced mathematics, physics, leadership, international studies, Tennessee history, or potential teaching careers. Students interested in participating in a Governor's School should obtain the application from a high school administrator, school counselor, or other faculty member. View the following link for more information and applications:

2021 Governor's School in Innovation of Biological and Statistical Sciences Student Application

High School Transcript Form


TN Promise
Youth Leadership Program
The Johnson City Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership Program applications are due by August 14th.  Information and applications can be found on the  Chamber of Commerce Website
Virtual Graduation Available for Download for short time only

Dear Graduates and Families-

Below you will find a link that allows you to download the Virtual Graduation Video. This link will only be operable for a short time so please download your copy very soon.

Dr. Shaw


High School Virtual Academy with Furman University
 Registration for High School

Time to register for High School Courses!

All the information regarding registration has been loaded into the Counseling Google Classroom for grades 8-11. Each step about registering is broken into short narrated videos to walk you through the process. Go back and start at the beginning to watch.

I know that some of you may have unusual circumstances regarding your registration needs, but we can resolve those questions through email or Zoom with Dr. Shaw. If you need help with your PowerSchool account log in, please email Ms. Carter at  or Ms. Penley at . If you need help adding the Counseling Google Classroom, please check your school email all the way back to the beginning of online school. A “join” link was sent directly to you. Email Dr. Shaw at   if you need help with finding it.

Deadline for registration is May 8.

Play College Sports

If you are planning to play or compete in any college sports, it is likely that your school will require you to be a member of NCAA or NAIA (may be other organizations) before you are able to participate in athletics at your future school. Membership in one of the organizations will also require transcripts to be upload by me so take care of this soon! Additionally, you will need to request official copies of your ACT/SAT scores from ACT/SAT. NAIA and NCAA no longer accept counselor submitted scores.  Please check the school where you plan to attend to get details about that school’s membership requirements.



Dr.  Shaw




Difficult Feelings Resouces for Parents

Resources for Family Life During Quarantine


NiswongerCARE Advisor

It’s Lucas Hitechew, your NiswongerCARE Advisor! You might remember me helping you this school year with TN Promise, FAFSA, etc.! I am still available to assist you in completing any unfinished tasks to get ready for the Fall when you enter a college or TCAT. You may contact me at or join my Remind account to receive reminders and be able to reach out anytime with your questions - through text! Here is how you join Remind: text the code @uhs20bbf to the number 81010 or go to Also, feel free to check out my website,, to find resources and helps for dealing with the college and career process! Thanks, and I hope to hear from you soon!

United States Naval Academy

United States Naval Academy  Information Session, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at University School.

Wake Forest University Online Immersion Program

Wake Forest University Online Immersion Program
Flexible online courses for high schoolers offer students University academic experience and mentorship

Wake Forest University is excited to offer a new online program designed for high school students, ages 13 and up, which enables them to explore their interests before college.

Share this link with your students today, so they can learn more about the program. We will waive the $50 application fee for students who apply by Sunday, March 8th, 2020 by using the code ONLINE when submitting their application.

Kids' Social Skills Groups

ETSU Department of Psychology

Behavioral Health and Wellness Clinic

166 DeRosier Drive

Phone: (423) 439-7777


Attached is a flyer for an upcoming behavioral outreach program: Kids’ Social Skills Groups. The groups will be hosted by the ETSU Behavioral Health and Wellness Clinic and conducted by a student clinician. This group is appropriate for children with average to above average intelligence but with moderate to severe social deficits. Children with diagnoses of Autism, Social Anxiety, and Social Communication Disorder (formerly known as "Asperger's Syndrome") are likely to be a good fit, but such diagnoses are not a prerequisite for enrollment. Please spread the word and encourage interested families to call our clinic to get on the enrollment list.

The Kids’ Social Skills Group will be offered year-round: we will have 2 cycles each fall, 2 cycles each spring, and one cycle each summer. Each cycle will last approximately 5-weeks and all classes will take place at our clinic, located on the ETSU campus, one night each week for the duration of the cycle.

As such, children ages 8-13 can be added to the enrollment list. Any interested families should call our clinic (423-439-7777) to be placed on the list. If the child is determined to be a good fit for the group and the group dates work for the families, the charge for the duration of the 5-week period will be $50. Families can pay $10 each time they attend, or pay $50 upfront for all classes. There is no charge for being on the enrollment list.

Please spread the word and share/post the attached flyer. Thank you!

Staff at ETSU Behavioral Health and Wellness Clinic

Volunteer Opportunity - Red Kettle

Don’t forget to finish up your service hours for graduation! Check out the opportunity below!

My name is Kennedy and I am a Senior Media & Communications major here at ETSU focusing in Public Relations. I am reaching out to you because I have the incredible opportunity to be working with the Salvation Army as a part of Buc Brands, and we have a great opportunity for local high-schools and their students to get involved with a life-changing organization through #JCRings.

I know that for high-schooler’s, especially Juniors and Seniors, volunteer opportunities are important and can at times be necessary for future credentials. The Salvation Army offers volunteer opportunities year-round, but some of the most rewarding opportunities happen during the holiday season.

The Salvation Army’s bellringing is a unique occasion. It provides local veterans in Johnson City the ability to have a warm meal and get some necessary supplies to keep them afloat. The annual red kettle campaign is quickly approaching, and we would love for University High School to get involved!

There are two ways that would be a perfect opportunity for you all to join in:

  1. Register to ring. The red kettle campaign can’t happen without the amazing volunteers who stand by red kettles ringing Christmas cheer. There are plenty of locations and dates all across Johnson City, making volunteering to ring as accessible as possible. We’d like to ask your school to reach out to volunteers to help ring bells. It would make for a great event to do as a group that is fun and gives back to our community. You can register at
  2. Take the Red Kettle Challenge. Another super easy way to get involved in this campaign is by setting up an online kettle. You can create an online kettle for your school at and share your unique link to it on social media, by email, text, or whatever way you communicate to get people to donate. It’s the same as ringing the bell, but with a virtual touch that can be done anywhere at any time. It’s simple to set up and will only take a few seconds of your time. Will you take the #redkettlechallenge to change a life?

I appreciate your time and consideration. If I can be of any assistance in answering questions, feel free to reach out!


Emory & Henry's on-site Admissions Day is November 5th

We will be hosting prospective high school seniors from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to read applications, make an admissions decision, and advise of their Merit Scholarship amount. They can submit their E&H Application prior to the day OR during your visit. 

They need to bring the following documents:

High School transcripts (official or unofficial)
SAT and/or ACT test scores (official or unofficial)
If you or your students have any questions regarding admissions, financial aid, programs, etc. please do not hesitate to contact us.

Traci Harrison
Events & Affinity Admissions Counselor

TN State Essay Contest

Beta Delta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a society of women educators -  Our organization sponsors an essay contest for high school students.  The topic and submission instructions for our annual essay contest are available from Ms. Shaw. Please note that there are cash prizes as well as an invitation for the state winner to attend and present his/her essay at the Xi State Convention at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, next June.

ETSU Hosting a College Bound FAFSA Frenzy

ETSU Hosting a College Bound FAFSA Frenzy!-Get one-to-one help with the FAFSA: 

Dear all,

We hope the school year is off to a wonderful start! We would like to cordially invite your students to a FAFSA Frenzy from 3 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 29, at the ETSU Millennium Center.

At this event, ETSU will have staff available to assist students and their families in completing the 2020-21 FAFSA. Other university departments, including Admissions and the Scholarship Office, will be present to answer questions from students. At each event, students will have refreshments and the opportunity to receive giveaways and win prizes.

As you know, the FAFSA is a student’s application for all federal financial aid, as well as the starting point for many state and school aid programs. There are many funding opportunities – including the Pell Grant and HOPE (Lottery) Scholarship – that will not otherwise be available without a completed FAFSA.

If a student plans to attend our FAFSA event, please alert them to visit this webpage and register by Oct. 21. The student, as well as their parents, will need the following items:

  • Social Security Number
  • Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • 2018 federal income tax returns, 2018 W-2s, and other records of money earned (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool)
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
  • We encourage students and their parents to create an FSA ID prior to the event

We hope to see your students at our FAFSA Frenzy! Please direct any questions to Associate Director or Communications Coordinator .

Best wishes,

Blake Hopson
Associate Director of Student Financial Aid
East Tennessee State University
PO Box 70722
Johnson City TN 37614
Fax: 423.439.5855
Phone:  423.439.7479

Spring HBCU (Historically Black Colleges & Universities) Tour
Vanderbilt Admissions-SuperScoring
Test Optional Schools

Hi Seniors-

A growing trend in college applications is to allow students to complete an application with test scores being optional—especially if you are one of those students who excels as a student in every way except for standardized testing. It allows you to give a better picture of yourself as a whole student. Remember, test scores are automatically part of the University School transcript. You must request to have test scores removed from your transcript if needed for test optional schools.


Dr. Shaw

Army ROTC across Tennessee

Hi Seniors-

There are nine colleges and universities across Tennessee that offer Army ROTC programs. See me for information about individual schools.

Dr. Shaw

Common Application Issue!!!

Dear Seniors-

Another student and I discovered an issue with the Common Application this afternoon so please double check your account if you believe you have submitted your application to me. You must identify me as your school counselor using the email address . Even if you have entered my email correctly please check your recommender information and be sure that your part shows a chart that says what I have “started”, “not started”, or “completed”. If your side says that I have, “chosen to submit paper documents” there is a problem with your account. A quick fix is to re-enter my information and submit it again. Please double check ASAP!

Dr. Shaw

Youth Leadership Program
Youth Leadership Program, conducted by the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce, is accepting applications.  This is a great opportunity for our High School students.  Applications and more information can be found on the Youth Leadership 2020 Website
Order Final Transcripts!!

Hello Graduates!

 It is time to order your final transcripts to be sent to colleges, work places or yourself!

 Follow the link and complete the form for current students. There will not be a charge for up to 3 months post-graduation.

 Orders will be filled within the next week. Hope you are enjoying your summer!

 Ms. Shaw

UH College Signing Day
Seniors:  UH College Signing Day will be held on Tuesday, May 21st, from 12-1, in the University School side yard.  Events will include Corn hole, Photo Booth, Senior class signed frame, and Music.  Schools attending will include ETSU, NESCC, UT, and Tusculum,  Food will include cake, popcorn, and lemonade!  

If you have any questions, please see Ms. Mary Kerns, NiswongerCARE Adviser, or Ms. Shaw.
Tennessee Scholar

Be recognized as a Tennessee Scholar at Graduation! Complete the attached checklist   and return to Ms. Shaw by April 20! It is not necessary to complete the volunteer hours form if I have other documentation of your volunteer hours (need 80 for TN Scholar/need 40 for graduation). See the website for more info!    Printable TN Scholars Checklist and Volunteer Form

Parenting and Media Workshop

Free Parenting and Media Workshop, March 5th, Milligan College Campus.  Register at


Free Resources for ACT Test Preparation
There are a number of resources to help examinees prepare to take the ACT, including the opportunity to take a practice test, and use free personalized resources with ACT® Academy™.

Please view the following links:

Pro-Tip:  Preparing for test day will help students feel more confident!
FAFSA - Submit By February 1st
Seniors, Get Ready to file your FAFSA!  Your school's NiswongerCARE College and Career Advisor, Ms. Mary Kerns, is available to assist you in completing your FAFSA.  The FAFSA must be submitted by February 1, 2019, in order for you to remain eligible for Tennessee Promise.  View Information
Summer Discovery

Summer Discovery - Summer Discovery is a pre-college enrichment program for high school and middle school students that combines academics with fun, activities, and sports. Students experience college life while gaining independence, self-confidence, and social skills. Courses are taught by university faculty and students live on campus, exploring university towns for a robust, complete pre-college summer experience.

Milligan College Free College Planning Workshop
Milligan College will be hosting a Free College Planning Workshop on the Milligan College Campus, on January 15th.  More information can be found on the Workshop Webpage
UA Early College - Earn Dual Enrollment Credit for Classes
If you're in high school, you don't have to wait to get your college career started. Through The University of Alabama Early College program you can take college courses online or on campus while still in high school, earning up to 30 credit hours. Thousands of high school students have gotten a big jump on college through UA Early College.
UT offers summer engineering programs for high school students
The Tickle College of Engineering (TCE) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will host summer engineering programs for high school students during the summer of 2019.  See Program Website for more information.
Tennessee Governor's Schools

The Tennessee Governor's Schools provide eleven challenging and high-intensity programs in subjects ranging from the Arts to Engineering to International Studies to Teaching for rising 11th and 12th grade students nominated by high school faculty. Students interested in participating in a Governor's Schools program should obtain the application(s) from Students may apply to more than one Governor’s School, but can only participate in one. Applications will require two teacher recommendations (forms in application). Student applications and recommendations for the Arts are due to Ms.  Shaw by October 25 and others are due by November 15.

TN Promise Meeting

Hi All-See an important message below!! The meeting will be in the Cafeteria at 9:00am on October 17.

Ms. Shaw 

Good morning! 

I hope you are doing well. Please remember that tnAchieves will be facilitating University School’s TN Promise meeting on Wednesday, October 17 at 9:00 AM. I will be facilitating the meeting and can be reached at (865) 898-0538. 

This meeting will be a 30 minute informational meeting with all seniors enrolled at your institution. tnAchieves student handbooks will be distributed and the following topics will be discussed at this meeting:

  • Introduction to TN Promise, the November 1, 2018 scholarship application deadline and tnAchieves requirements, deadlines and mentors
  • Information on 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion and the mandatory February 1, 2019 TN Promise FAFSA filing deadline
  • Community service, which students can begin accruing on November 2, 2018. 

This meeting is not mandatory for student eligibility; however, all seniors are expected to attend as future mandatory eligibility requirements will be discussed. Attendance will not be taken at this meeting. If you wish to take attendance for your records, please do so after our session has concluded. We will leave any remaining handbooks with you for distribution to students who are absent. If we can have access to a microphone, that would be great! 

The class of 2019 team meeting schedule and student handbook can be found on our website,  The spring mentor meeting is mandatory for students to attend in order to remain TN Promise eligible. 

Please let me know if you have any additional questions. 

Thank you!


Amanda Bolden
Senior Director of Communications, tnAchieves


tnAchieves Email- 2019-2020 FAFSA

I received the email below specifically in reference to the TN Promise application. However, the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) information applies to nearly all students. Getting HOPE funds also depends on completing FAFSA.

APPLY FOR your FSAID this week! J

Ms. Shaw

Good morning!

The 2019-2020 FAFSA season begins in less than one month! The 2019-2020 FAFSA will open for completion at  on October 1, 2018. For TN Promise scholarship eligibility, students are required to complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA by February 1, 2019. We encourage students to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible as there are several scholarships and grants that are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

As you are planning and facilitating FAFSA information and completion events, please utilize the 2018-2019 TN FAFSA Frenzy tool-kit! You can also reference the tnAchieves counselor page  for additional FAFSA resources and information on the  FSA ID, which students and parents will need to create prior to FAFSA completion. Please let tnAchieves know how we can help your school with FAFSA completion!

Thank you!


Upcoming TN Promise deadlines:

  • November 1, 2018- Class of 2019 TN Promise Application Deadline
  • November 2, 2018 - Class of 2019 applicants can begin volunteering the required 8 community service hours.
  • February 1, 2019- TN Promise FAFSA completion deadline. Students can begin completing the 2019-2020 FAFSA October 1, 2018 at The 2019-2020 FAFSA will be based on 2017 tax information.



Youth Leadership 2020

***Extended the deadline date for applications…it is now Friday, August 24th
The Chamber of Commerce serving Johnson City/Jonesborough/Washington County is now accepting applications for the upcoming Youth Leadership 2020 program.  The application can be found on their website

2018-2019 YOUTH LEADERSHIP 2020 Schedule
Date Session Title Resource or Notes

Saturday, August 25

Saturday, September 15

Parents attend for the first 20 minutes.
Challenge Course/Teambuilding

Overview of Program with Parents, Definition of Leadership, Making An Impact (Leadership Class Service Project)

Greenwood Challenge

Saturday, October 20
10 am–2:00pm


Understanding The Leader in You (DISC)
Community Leaders Panel
Making An Impact Community Service

Saturday, November 17
10 am–2pm

Project Update
Participants learn about different forms of
Communication. Participants practice different forms of communication.

Saturday, December 15
10 am–12 pm


Project Update
Setting your priorities and managing your time more effectively.
January 12
10 am–2 pm

February 16


Students will understand what it means to think outside the box and key components of critical thinking. Students will overcome the restrictions of habit.

April 20
10 am–12pm
Students will recognize the importance of good decision making and understand different tactics used in decision making



*** December April and May meetings are scheduled from 10am-12pm with the exception of the Orientation, Ropes Course, January, February and November which will be 10am-2pm. Meetings will be held at Summit Leadership unless noted.

***March will be our volunteer month at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Ms. Shaw's Senior Website

Click to Link to Ms. Shaw's Senior Website

Lots of Information!

Dr. Noland Welcomes UH Students to ETSU
Playing college sports? Have you registered with NCAA or NAIA?

If you are planning to play or compete in any college sports, it is likely that your school will require you to be a member of NCAA or NAIA (may be other organizations) before you are able to participate in athletics at you future school. Membership in one of the organizations will also require test scores and transcripts to be upload by me so take care of this before school ends.  Please check the school where you plan to attend to get details about that school’s membership requirements.


Ms. Shaw

Let's Explore Africa Quiz Group for next school year

ETSU's Department of African American studies hopes to hold the quiz competition for the Let's Explore Africa program on campus next year. They are hopeful that we can get a team together to compete. Although we will not start the group until next school year, please be aware of this opportunity and let Ms. Shaw know if you are interested. You can learn more about the program at

Tennessee Promise Mandatory Meeting April 3

Reminder: Tennessee Promise Mandatory Meeting April 3 @ 3:00 Media Center (only for students who applied for TN Promise)

ACT Academy is LIVE!

Check out ACT Academy

Today we take a big step toward our “Equity in Learning” goals and launch ACT® Academy™, the new online ACT test prep platform.

Built using the world's leading collection of online resources, ACT Academy provides students with personalized study plans to help them prepare for the ACT® test.

“ACT Academy will help students improve their readiness for the ACT test and college and career by giving them the resources they need to increase their understanding of core academic skills. And the fact that ACT Academy will be free to all students is yet another way ACT is working to close gaps in equity, opportunity and achievement for underserved learners.”

Empower your students, share and encourage use of this FREE ACT test prep platform.

FAFSA Verification

About half of students applying for FAFSA are selected for verification. Here is a workshop that can help you navigate the system!

The ETSU Office of Financial Aid is offering drop-in Verification for FAFSA Workshops at the Center for Academic Achievement (first floor of the Sherrod Library) on the following dates:

  • March 13 - noon to 4 p.m.
  • March 26 - 8 a.m. to noon
  • April 12 - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • April 25 - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Students who miss the workshops should check their Financial Aid status on GoldLink, read your ETSU email frequently, and submit all requirements by the April 15, priority deadline to have your 2018-2019 file ready to award for Fall. Need Help?  Visit the Office of Financial Aid (Burgin Dossett Hall, room 105) or contact a counselor.  

Information for Graduation Invitations and Announcements

Information for graduation invitations/announcements:

June 1, 2018

Memorial Hall
(Brooks Gym)
1127 John Robert Bell Drive
Johnson City, TN 37614

 Midyear Transcripts and Reports


New midyear (7 semester) transcripts have been posted in Parchment and all current orders have been sent. In order to see the new transcript you must submit a request for a self-view. It will not change immediately because I have to log in to release them to you, but you should have access by the next day.  All Common Application midyear reports have been submitted. If you need me to send a new transcript to a college or university, please request it through Parchment. If you need a midyear report that is not part of the Common Application please see me tomorrow.


Ms. Shaw

Change of Graduation Location

Dear Seniors and Senior Families-

Thank you so much for your willingness to re-locate graduation to an off campus location. It was a great team effort from all of you! However, several of our stakeholders have urged us to move graduation to an on-campus location because so many of our students have attended school here on our campus for so many years. Graduation will be held at Brooks Gym this year because of the renovation of the Culp Center. We have several details that we have to work out before I can give you final information, but it will be moved. For those of you printing invitations outside of Josten’s, I am working on getting the formal name and address of Brooks so that you can have that for printing. For those of you ordering from Josten’s, I will take care of the change in information.

Thanks so much for your understanding!

Ms. Shaw

Ned McWherter

Hi all,

With the Ned McWherter application deadline approaching, I am getting LOTS of questions.  Jason has put together a refresher see attached.  After reviewing that and the below email, if you still have questions please forward those to me.

High school seniors who meet the academic requirements for TSAC’s prestigious Ned McWherter Scholars Program ( have until February 15 to complete its application via the TSAC Student Portal (  In addition to the application, the student will need to ask you to email a PDF of the student’s 7th semester transcript to or a hard copy may be mailed to…  


Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation

Attn: Ned McWherter Scholars Program

404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 1510

Nashville, TN 37243


ACT/SAT scores reflected on the student’s transcript are sufficient for McWherter application purposes.  Transcripts are also due by the February 15 deadline. 


Finally, several of you have had applicants concerned after observing the following messaging within their portal accounts after submitting the McWherter application…



Every McWherter applicant will observe this messaging within the TSAC Student Portal initially.  As Kathy Stripling, McWherter administrator, begins reviewing a student’s 7th semester transcript received from his/her respective high school and McWherter application, the messaging will update as she is able to calculate the “curriculum difficulty” and “leadership” scores and enters those scores within e*GRandS (this process takes time, so applicants should be patient).



Erika Adams I Outreach Specialist

Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation


ETSU Educational Outreach Center-Free Assistance for High School Seniors

Good afternoon,

I am reaching out to each of you today to remind you about the services of the ETSU Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) to add to your arsenal of resources for your seniors and parents as they prepare for postsecondary education.  The advisors have been in many of your schools this fall to assist with FAFSA completion.  The EOC is a federal TRIO program that can provide FREE assistance to your high school seniors and adults with enrollment in postsecondary education regardless of the institution they plan to attend.  The EOC Advisors can assist with FAFSA completion, as well as help students and parents with issues that may arise after the FAFSA is completed such as verification, promissory notes, etc. and help address other issues that are barriers to enrollment. Visit our website at

Advisors can help:

  1. Complete the FAFSA and apply for an FSAID
  2. Review the Student Aid Report (SAR) for any errors
  3. Complete Verification forms
  4. Review and compare financial aid awards from different institutions
  5. Complete the student loan process
  6. Assist with the appeal process, if necessary
  7. Answer questions and assist with the enrollment process

Advisors have over 20 years of combined experience in the financial aid process and have offices throughout upper East Tennessee so meetings can be scheduled in a convenient location.

Beverly Barberi                  Service Area:  Hawkins County, Greene County      

Donna Quillin                    Service Area:  Sullivan County including Kingsport and Bristol

Dale Clements                Service Area:  Washington County, Carter County, Johnson County and Unicoi County

Hopefully most all of your seniors will have completed the FAFSA by the TN Promise deadline this week. But, you may have some that still need assistance with corrections, verifications, loan applications, etc. so an EOC advisor can still assist them.  Also remember that our services are available long after graduation.  EOC Advisors can work with the students and parents during the summer when schools are closed and other programs are not operating to try to help with some of those issues.  We can also assist those students that are high school graduates that come to you needing help or advice in returning to or beginning postsecondary education.  

If I can provide you with additional information or flyers/brochures to share with your students and parents, please let me know.  Please contact us at any time if we can be of assistance to you, your seniors or parents. Our phone number is (423) 392-8041 or email us at .

Thank you, 

Becky Stout
Associate Director,
Educational Outreach Programs
East Tennessee State University
1501 University Blvd.
Kingsport, TN 37660

(423) 392-8044


Amazing Volunteer Opportunity!!!! Get those hours finished!

Amazing Volunteer Opportunity!!!! Get those hours finished!

POP Arts (the inclusive performing arts program I'll be working with this semester) needs cast members. The program is for students with and without disabilities. Dr. Chambers said that any USchool students who would be interested in participating could count their rehearsals and performance as volunteer hours.(They'll be meeting for a couple of hours each Saturday from mid-february to mid-april).

Applications have been sent to you via email.

Supplemental Financial Aid Form, CSS Profile

Some colleges require a supplemental financial aid form called the CSS Profile. Check this link to see if one of your colleges requires it! The application is online.


Transcript Reminders 

Just wanted to re-inforce a few things about sending transcripts:

-You can create an account at so that you can request transcripts at any time. Once you make a request I get a notification to go online and approve your request. Asking me in person or via email is still fine, but it may be easier for you to do through Parchment in the evenings or on weekends.

-You can view your own transcript on Parchment so that it is easier to fill out college applications.

-Your University School transcript includes any completed Dual Enrollment courses, but colleges will need an official copy from the school where you took Dual Enrollment. You can request transcripts from Northeast or ETSU online through your student account—NorStar or Goldlink—NOT D2L. You can also contact the registrar’s office.

-Make sure that you apply for the appropriate clearinghouse NCAA or NAIA if you plan to play college sports. Then, you will need to ask me to log in and upload your transcript from my account or you can request in Parchment. (Fee waivers are available for the clearinghouses if you meet certain economic requirements.)

Homework Helpline Info

Homework Helpline Info for Tennessee students

Discover Accounting Program- September 18 

Hi Seniors-

Here is some information about a program during break to learn more about careers in accounting. Seniors may register at the link given and attend on their own.

Ms. Shaw

Individual students can sign up. Here is the link:

 Laura Hunt | Communications Associate

 201 Powell Place

 Brentwood, TN 37027
 Ph: 615/377-3825

Requesting a Recommendation Letter-More required than just a list of schools!

Hi Seniors-  It looks like many of you spent your long weekend catching up on college application forms. Great job!! Remember that if you need a “letter of recommendation” from me—necessary for the Common App, some schools, scholarships, and honors programs then you must complete the “Recommendation Self-Assessment” found here  on the first page and first red link and email it to me at least 3 weeks before your first deadline. You are welcome to share it with other teachers too.

Some schools may not need a recommendation or only require a brief one or two sentence statement. You do not need to complete the form if you do not need a “letter of recommendation.”


Ms. Shaw

Rotary Youth Leadership Award

The Johnson City Rotary Club is interested in sponsoring a UH student for this opportunity!!!

What is Rotary Youth Leadership Award Seminar (RYLA)?

Rotary Youth Leadership Award Seminar brings together high school juniors and senior from Winchester, Virginia to Greenville, Tennessee for a weekend of fun and an opportunity to learn and practice leadership skills. Participants will have the opportunity to hear outstanding speakers, participate in team activities, practice leadership skills and grow personally by sharing ideas and experiences with peers throughout the district. Participation in the Rotary Four Way Test Speech Contest is encouraged but is optional. More information can be found in the following link

Who is Eligible?

  • Be a high school junior or senior- Recommend students who have not previously attended
  • Have a record of accomplishment in school
  • Exhibit leadership qualities and a wish to improve leadership skills
  • Be willing to participate in group activities
  • Complete all application and release forms for the seminar

I am requesting you to distribute this email to Junior and Senior students in your school. Interested students should send me () a one page resume highlighting their academic and extracurricular accomplishments by September 15.

Gray Fossil Site Needs HS  Volunteers

High School Students:  The Gray Fossil Site will be accepting new volunteers ahead of the summer dig season. There will be a Volunteer recruitment event on Saturday May 6th. All interested students should plan on attending and fill out an application at that time. The goal this season is to recover the back half of a very large species of mastodon that we have been working on for 2 years now. It should be a very exciting season for people to join in on!

Nursing Day at Milligan - March 3

Nursing Day at Milligan - March 3

I would officially like to invite you and your students to attend our Nursing Visit Day on March 3!

Nursing is our most popular major here at Milligan. Our students are well-prepared for their careers and are in high-demand when they graduate.

Our Nursing Day will include informational sessions, student panel, lunch in the cafeteria, a campus tour, and more!

We would love for you to bring a group of students, or you can let them know about the day in case they want to visit with their parents.

Learn more about our program and register for Nursing Day!


Kristin Wright

Director of Admissions

423.461.8736 |


 NAIA Volunteer Time

NAIA Volunteer Time

We are looking students who are needing volunteer hours.  

Elisa Britt, Executive Secretary

The Chamber of Commerce serving Johnson City/Jonesborough/Washington County

603 E. Market Street

Johnson City, TN.   37601

(P) 423-461-8006

(F) 423-4618047


 Want to play collegiate athletics? Register for NCAA or NAIA
Help with College Fees

Need help with College Application Fees and other costs?


  1. College application fees, ACT/SAT fees,  and other kinds of deposits can add up quickly. Historically, not very many seniors apply for free & reduced lunch status, but if you have that designation you can often be eligible for special fee waivers—even NCAA and NAIA. If you think you might qualify, I encourage you to check with Ms. Kim in the Café to get the paperwork started.


  1. Check out schools like Berea, often called the Harvard of the South, which offers Berea’s Tuition Promise. To be eligible to be admitted to Berea your family must fall under specific income requirements, but many families that would be considered middle income in our area of the country often qualify.


  1. Consider applying for the Questbridge National College Match. This program is specifically designed for students who excel academically, but may not have the financial resources (ex: a family of four with household income less than $65,000 annually) to attend a top tier college.  You may be a perfect match for a four year scholarship from Duke, Yale, the University of Chicago, MIT or the other 34 member institutions. The FREE online application is due September 27!!!  Apply at  SEE ATTACHED SCAN OF BROCHURE.


  1. Because Lincoln Memorial University came to visit us personally we have a special fee waiver code to waive their application fee! Smfwaiver


  1. If you have been a DE student at ETSU, you still must apply to ETSU for freshman admission. However, when you complete your online application choose

RE-ADMISSION which will keep you from being charged the fee, but still allow you to apply for freshman applicant status.


As always, ask me questions!!

Ms. Shaw

 Tennessee Scholars

Student and Parent Information

  • Tennessee Scholars Adds  

          Value to a Diploma!!

What is Tennessee Scholars?

Tennessee Scholars has a clear and focused mission: to increase the percentage of Tennessee high school graduates prepared for post-secondary education, the workforce, or the military.  It is a rewards and incentives program for students who graduate high school with the required courses and additional expectations of attendance, discipline, and volunteer service. Any student can be a Tennessee Scholar who chooses. The key to success is to prepare early.

What are the benefits for graduating as a Tennessee Scholar?                       

Tennessee Scholars requirements are the minimum requirements one needs to prepare for college. The benefits are scholarships to many Universities, job preferential hiring, recognition at graduation, obtaining the distinction of being a scholar that will be on your permanent record for the rest of your life.  You can never go back and repeat high school so become a Tennessee Scholars today. The list of participating Universities are on the website.

How do you become a Tennessee Scholar?

  1. Apply by completing the application for Tennessee Scholars.

Once you and your parents sign it, return to the school counselor in charge of your class.

  1. Tennessee Scholars must be documented on the checklist each year. The requirement must be completed without exception.
  2. Seniors must complete the student checklist before the deadline of your senior year (usually March 1st). Your counselor must approve your checklist to be eligible for the honor.
  3. Seniors must complete the online survey for graduating seniors that is available in January of each year. (Only high school seniors should complete this survey)

Tennessee Scholars supports Tennessee Promise

All students are encouraged to sign up and complete the requirements to receive the funding from Tennessee Promise.

Job Recruiters are searching for Tennessee Scholar Graduates!!!! Don’t miss out on this opportunity! Contact your School Counselor and sign up to Become a Tennessee Scholar Today!

Requirements for Tennessee Scholars

4 years of English

4 Years of College Prep Math (Regular Bridge Math does not count as a 4th Math for Tennessee Scholars, Sails math does count.)

3 Laboratory Sciences(Biology and Chemistry are required as 2 of those sciences, Physics preferred )

3 Years of Social Studies

2 Years of Foreign Language

1 Year of Fine Arts

Personal Finance as required by the State of Tennessee

Physical Education as required by the State of Tennessee

       2 Additional classes of your choice in any subject                                                                                         

       No class can count more than once.

Additional Workforce Development Requirements

  1. No Out of School Suspension
  2. Maintain 95% attendance for 4 years (No more than 36 total days missed in 4 years)
  3. Maintain a C or above average in all classes. If your final class completion grade is a D or F you must retake that class and make at least a C to count that grade for the class. 
  4. Perform 80 hours or more volunteer service hours to help your community. These hours must be done before school or after school and cannot be counted as a grade or for pay. Mission trips can be counted as 8 hours per day you work. Please make sure you keep a log of your hours.

All documents can be downloaded at

For more information contact

Ruth Woodall, Executive Director Tennessee Scholars




Social Media Presence

Attention Seniors!! Social Media Presence and Professional Email Address

Hi seniors,

Please, be mindful of your social media presence when applying to college.

It is vital for you to present your best self not only on your college application, but also online. Your application will tell the admissions officers about your interests, the type of student you are, and how well you performed in school. Your online presence will tell admissions officers, and future employers, how you present yourself in public, and how your projected image fits in with their particular institution. Colleges can check your online footprint to determine and admission and scholarship award. A good rule of thumb is, “if you do not want your Grandma to see it, do not post it.” This is a good time to google your name to see what admission officers will find when they research you. Scandalous pictures, offensive comments, and profanity need to be removed. It’s also a good idea to review the list of pages and groups that you’ve joined and “liked” on Facebook.

Beyond social media platforms, it’s also vital for students to have a professional working email address.  If you have an email address that it unprofessional (example: then it’s time to create an email for college applications and scholarships. I recommend using your last name, first initial, and number for your email. You can create a new email through Gmail, Yahoo, or icloud.

Be aware of how you present yourself on social media. It can make all the difference between you and another student competing for admission or for a scholarship.


Jordan Lovetere

Tennessee Promise

The application for the Tennessee Promise opened on August 1 so I encourage you to apply now. The Tennessee Promise will cover up to the full amount of tuition and fees at one of Tennessee’s community colleges, Tennessee Centers for Applied Technology, or other eligible institution (list on website).  Additionally, you must attend two mandatory informational meetings in order to be eligible for the scholarship.

For University School:

October 20th- 1st Mandatory Meeting-8:30 am Media Center

April 6- 2nd Mandatory Meeting 3:00 pm –Location to be determined.

 Complete the application and view all requirements here:

 Ms. Shaw

Jefferson Scholar

Hi Seniors-

I am able to nominate only one senior as a Jefferson Scholar. Please read more about the program and let me know if you would be interested. You must meet all eligibility requirements in order to be considered.


Ms. Shaw


Dear Ms. Shaw:

I am pleased to announce that the Jefferson Scholars Foundation at the University of Virginia is now accepting nominations for the Jefferson Scholars Class of 2021.

Jefferson Scholarships provide full tuition, fees, and a living stipend for four years of undergraduate study at U.Va., plus a number of generous enrichment benefits including a study abroad experience.  I encourage you to learn more about the scholarship, the selection criteria, and the multi-stage selection process by visiting the Foundation’s website and reviewing our nomination brochure.


Chattanooga Power C Tour

No Wondering! No Waiting! Know in a Moc Minute!

When our Chattanooga Power C Tour comes to your town, interested Freshman students who bring all of their application materials* with them will be admitted in a Moc Minute! 

 Representatives from Admissions, Scholarships, Financial Aid, Housing and Student Success will be on hand to answer questions. Meet current UTC students and faculty to find out how you can achieve the UTC experience.

The information for the Moc Minute program has now been updated. Registration will open soon.


 UTK Honors Program

Attend UTK Honors Program Information Session September 13 in Kingsport!

Top-notch Tennessee.  September 13th, 7:00 p.m., Renaissance Center, Kingsport, TN.  RSVP:  Email

College Application

Hi Seniors-

We have made it through the first major deadline of the college application season, but there will be a new one coming up about every two weeks through the end of March depending on where you plan to apply. In order to ensure that your materials are submitted in a timely fashion, please follow these guidelines:


  1. My email address should always be entered as . This is extremely important! Even though I receive emails into my inbox from multiple addresses only this address is linked to the Common Application, the UTK VIP Portal, SendEDU, Parchment, etc. If you inadvertently use a different email address, I may not know that you have requested information. This happened to several students who had a November 1 deadline. Go back into all your applications and check. Also, email me or come by the office to verify that I received your request.

  2. DO NOT WAIT to enter my information into your Common Application or other online application until you are ready to submit. I need access to your Common Application a MINIMUM of two weeks before it is due. It takes me several hours to complete my part of your application about 4 pages. If you submit the day before it is due I may not even know that you submitted it until it is too late especially on weekends.

  3. If you have applications due on December 15 or January 1, I need to receive any recommendation/transcript requests (these should be official online links or printed forms) by December 1. The last full working day for faculty and staff is December 10 so please be considerate when making requests of faculty/staff.

  4. If you need a recommendation from me (all common applications require it), then I need a resume or Recommendation Self-Assessment from you at the time you make the request. Please plan to provide this kind of information when you make requests of teachers too.

 I want to give you the best chance of being admitted and receiving scholarship money! Strong applications take time, thoughtfulness and consideration. Please help me and the rest of the faculty to give you our best. 

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.

EOC Make-up Mandatory

EOC Make-up Mandatory - End of Course Exams Mandatory: please remember that this exam counts as 25% of their second semester grade so make-up is mandatory


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.


College Immunization Requirements

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 doctors 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

 Get in 2 College

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)

 Christian Colleges

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

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

Volunteer Opportunities at VA

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

Exploring College Options

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.

ACT prep accounts

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!!!

Kuder Navigator

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



  • 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.


Hi Seniors! The Niswonger Foundation has purchased a site license for our high school students for ACT Online Prepmaking 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

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

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.

College Athletics

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!

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:



Course Transfers

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


Register to take the ACT at

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

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