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Counselor's Corner

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2017 Senior Parent Night presentation (Click link; view by clicking full screen bottom right of prezi; then forward arrow on bottom of prezi to go forward) 
A few 
important things I want to mention:
1)  Before applying to college, scholarships, etc... kids should clean up their online reputation.  They should check google to see what comes up with they type in their name.  Tell kids:  Check your facebook, twitter, vine and other social media sites for anything that might imply a problem with your judgment or values.   Delete any posts or photos that might make someone hesitate to grant admission, offer you scholarship money or a special opportunity.  
2)  Watch out for predatory lending practices, and warn your kids.  Many sources will offer loans and credit cards to students for education and related expenses. I want students to think about the expected income will be with their career choice and make sure the amount they borrow is not in excess of what they can reasonably repay.   The debt you incur can be crippling down the road if you take this lightly.  A degree civil engineering or is more profitable than a degree in education or exercise management.   Tell them if they are undecided or plan to "follow your heart" rather than your pocketbook, make sure to budget accordingly and look to cut costs and work along the way rather than use lots of borrowed funds.
3) Shop around and compare prices for education.  Expenses at colleges include tuition, fees, room & board, books and living expenses.  Each one of these can vary greatly between schools.  Institutional scholarship eligibility varies as well.  Community colleges and Career techs offer considerable savings opportunities.  In many cases you can transfer hours to earn a degree at a larger university as well.  
4) Research shows that holding a part time job in college can help pay expenses in college . About 10-15  hours is doable, and even beneficial with proper time management.  Over 20 hours can  interfere with college success for a full time student.  Some students may qualify for work-study based through FAFSA or can get a campus job- so be sure to inquire.   
5)  Oklahoma promise recipients... you must fill out the FAFSA for a second income screening in order to receive funds.  They will check to see that your household income does not exceed $100,000  at the time of graduation (based on your 2014 income).  If you are going to OU, complete your FAFSA by March 1 to receive additional "Sooner Promise" funds that helps to pay fees.  More information is available (senior info page).
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-  Read the ENTIRE application.


-  If the application requires a transcript, request one from the Guidance Counselors Office.  Do not wait until the last minute.


-  Complete all the student section of the application.  Be sure to sign it, and have your parent sign if required.


-  Complete the application neatly.  Type if required.  When essay or written paragraphs are required, write them on separate paper, polish them carefully using good grammar and punctuation, and then write a final draft on the application.


-  Messy or illegible applications can cost you dollars.


-  If you need the counselor or principal to complete part of an application, be sure your part is completed, and get it to them as early as possible before the deadline.  Students will be responsible for mailing his/her applications.


-  When listing honors, offices held, and school and community activities include everything in grades 9-12. If in doubt whether something is appropriate, include it.  Also, include any work experience.


-  Keep a college folder with photocopies of personal essays and letters of recommendation. General recommendation letters can be used several times if you have good quality copies.


-  When asking teachers or others for recommendation, indicate date the form is due, provide stamped envelopes addressed to the appropriate places, and keep a record of whom you asked


-  Local scholarship applications should be bound in lightweight folders with the scholarship name and your name visible on the front.






Many colleges and universities offer merit-based scholarships for students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills and academic achievements.


Although these scholarships are based on merit, not financial need, students will probably be required to fill out a financial need analysis (FAFSA). If a college awards its own scholarship dollars to students eligible for state or federal funds, this would eliminate the possibility of receiving outside need based funds.  This allows the colleges to make the best use of their scholarship dollars and serve the greatest number of students.


Students should investigate any private sources of financial aid available to them.  These may include.


-  Parents’ employers

-  Parents’ fraternal or school organizations

-  Professional organizations

-  Contests

-  Department awards within the university

-  Churches and religious organizations

-  Cultural groups

-  Foundations

-  Banks


In most cases scholarship decisions are based on a variety of criteria.  These are a few of the most often used:


-  Grade point averages

-  Class rank

-  ACT or SAT test scores

-  Activities

-  Leadership

-  Letters of recommendation

-  Interviews

- Autobiographical statement of essay