** It is recommended that Seniors apply to all colleges that they are interested in no later than Thanksgiving! Please note that some colleges have November 1st scholarship deadlines. Check yours and complete earlier if needed!
ACT TEST DATES
You will need to register for the ACT at www.act.org. Be sure to pick up an ACT practice packet in the Guidance Office. Testing dates are as follows:
TEST Deadline to Register Late Fee Required
December 8, 2018 November 2, 2018 November 3-16, 2018
February 9, 2019 January 4, 2019 January 5-18, 2019
April 13, 2019 March 8, 2019 March 9-22, 2019
June 8, 2019 May 3, 2019 May 4-17, 2019
July 13, 2019 June 14, 2019 June 15-21, 2019
Do NOT wait until the last minute to register as it takes about two hours to complete the first time! It is recommended that juniors who are planning to go to college take the test for the first time no later than the December administration. Seniors who are taking it for the first time should take it as soon as possible! The ACT is the test score that colleges in this area want to see.
When you are completing the ACT Registration Form, you will need to list the colleges that you want your score sent to. Make sure you are including your most likely choices in this list. Larger colleges like Ohio State, Univ. of Miami, and Univ. of Cincinnati are now requiring that they receive your scores directly from the ACT company as well as from your high school.
- You should take the Writing portion of the ACT at least one time. Several major colleges in Ohio are requiring it as part of your admissions package, and some use it for English placement. If you have questions about a specific college, see Mrs. Meyer.
SAT TEST DATES
If you wish to take the SAT, register at www.collegeboard.org. Testing dates are as follows:
TEST Deadline to Register Late Registration Closes
December 1, 2018 November 2, 2018 November 20, 2018
March 9, 2019 February 8, 2019 February 27, 2019
May 4, 2019 April 5, 2019 April 24, 2019
June 1, 2019 May 3, 2019 May 22, 2019
ACT Prep Workshop Available!
Fort Loramie High School is offering an ACT Prep class on Sundays starting on January 27, 2019 and finishing on Sunday, February 17, 2019. Time for the classes will be 4:00 – 7:00 pm. Deadline to register for classes is
January 15, 2019. The cost for the workshops will be $20 per session or $80 for all four sessions. Registration forms and information are available in the Guidance office.
ACT Prep Websites available!
This site is sponsored by the U.S. Army (if you do not want to be
contacted by a recruiter, just check “no” when registering—no obligations for
just using the site). Several students who needed to raise their scores for scholarships purposes have found it helpful in the past.
Visit the official ACT student website and view video lessons, interactive practice questions, full-length practice tests, educational games, and other materials targeted to a student’s academic/testing needs. ACT Academy provides learners with a personalized study plan based on pervious scores from the ACT test, Pre-ACT, and official ACT practice tests.
You can register at this site to take free Practice Tests and get other test- taking tips!
Go to the Learning Express Library. Register as a student, and here you will find free on-line prep courses and free down-loadable prep books to help study for the ACT!
- There are also various resources available at a cost. Copies of some of these preparation books can also be found at local libraries or can be found on-line.
NEW! The Guidance Office has 2 new ACT Prep Guide Books and 2 CDs to loan out for your preparation! See Mrs. Meyer or Ms. Tennant if you are interested!
College/Scholarship Searches and Financial Aid Help
For good info about college searches and scholarship notification, you will definitely want to check out the following websites:
www.salliemae.com (free Education Investment Calculator)
www.bgsu.edu/offices/sfa (BG website offers short videos on financial aid topics)
www.christianconnector.com (request information & automatically be entered in $2,500.00 scholarship drawing)
Take On-line Campus Tours! Go to www.eCampusTours.com.
Ten scholarship programs that are available to Ohio seniors for the 2016-2017 school year can be found at www.studentscholarships.org/newsletter.php. More than 1 million dollars will be given out to students this year.
The “Need A Lift” book sponsored by the American Legion is available in the Guidance Office. It contains extensive information on scholarships for veteran’s dependents.
Playing Athletics in College?
Juniors and Seniors: If you are interested in playing athletics in college, you must register with the governing body of the athletic league to which the college you are playing in belongs. It is preferable to do this at the end of your Junior year in high school. If you are looking into playing at a Division I or II school, you must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center (https://web1.ncaa.org/eligibilitycenter).
When taking your ACT or SAT, designate the NCAA as one of your “College Choices” by entering the code “9999”. The NCAA must receive your score directly from the company; they will not take it off of your transcript from the high school.
If you are looking into playing at an NAIA school, you must register with the NAIA Eligibility Center (www.playnaia.org). If you register with either one of these centers, please let Mrs. Meyer know so that she can forward more information to the sites when asked for it. Complete lists of schools and their affiliations can be found at each website. You are urged to keep in close contact with college coaches you may be working with to ensure a smooth transition from the high school to college arena.
2018-2019 National Service Academy Nomination Program
If you are interested in applying to the Military Academies, contact Suzanne Cox in Senator Rob Portman’s office at 614-469-6774 or by emailing Suzanne_cox@portman.senate.gov.
College Fair and Job Shadow
Columbus National College Fair – This free event will be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center located at 400 N. High St, Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday, March 24, 2019 from 1-4 p.m. For more information email email@example.com or call 703-299-6851.
Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions of Sidney – Emerson will be holding a special seminar on careers in engineering and technology on Thursday, November 29, 2018 from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. The program is free of charge and will include a pizza dinner. Students will participate in an engineering project that will demonstrate the role of engineers in fields such as mechanical, electrical, sound and vibration, materials, and manufacturing. For additional information please call Becca Davis at 937-498-3270 or Becca.Davis@Emerson.com.
Mercy Health St. Rita’s Medical Center Job Shadow – High school students interested in Healthcare fields have an opportunity to job shadow at St. Rita’s Medical Center. If interested in participating in this program, contact Laurie Nicholas at LJNicklaus@mercy.com, call 419-226-9461, or pick-up an application in the Guidance office.
College Open House Days
Colleges set aside days to feature or “spotlight” certain majors—kind of like an “open house”. To schedule college visits, go to the college’s website for information and registration. Listed below are some colleges that we have received special announcements about. Check college websites to find out about others.
Wittenberg University – Fall visit days will be on November 12, 2018. Current high school juniors and seniors are encouraged to come and visit the campus. During a Fall Visit Day, you will experience firsthand the elite academic programs and the inviting campus that distinguish Wittenberg from the rest. Please register at www.wittenberg.edu/admission/special-visit-days.
Miami University – Fall preview days will be Saturday, November 3, November 10, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Spend your morning at Miami University interacting with professors, students, and admission experts to learn more about the academic, student life, and experiential learning opportunities that Miami University has to offer prospective students. For more information regarding the open houses, or to register, go to http://miamioh.edu/admission/visit-opps.
University of Dayton – Open House, Sunday, November 11, 2018. The beginning time for the event will begin at 12:00 p.m. with registration beginning at 11:00 a.m. in the John F. Kennedy Student Union. During the Open House, students/families will learn about admission and financial aid, attend the academic fair, gain tips for choosing a major, discover the benefits of the Honors Program, tour campus, interact with a student panel and more. For more information call 800-837-7433 or visit www.admission.udayton.edu/openhouse.
Bowling Green State University – The 2018-2019 open house dates will be on December 1, 2018 with the President’s Day Preview Day Open House on February 18, 2019 28, 2018. For more information call 419-372-0107 or visit the website at www.bgsu.edu.
Wright State University, Lake Campus – The Wright State University, Lake Campus. will be holding Fall Open House on Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. For questions and more information call 419-586-0300. To register for the open houses, go to https://lake.wright.edu/admissions/openhouse.
Heidelberg University – Fall Visit Days (Fridays at the Berg) November 9, 2018 beginning at 9:30 a.m. Homecoming Visit Day will be held on October 26, 2018. To register for any of these visit days, or to register for an individual or overnight visit, go to www.heidelberg.edu/admissions/visit.
University of Findlay will be offering high school students that are interested in a career in pharmacy an opportunity to attend the V.I.P. days of learning at the campus on March 29, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. If interested in attending and/or receiving more information, see Mrs. Meyer in the Guidance office. Deadline to register is March 26, 2019.
Mount Carmel College of Nursing – Mount Carmel College of Nursing will be holding open houses on the following dates: November 5, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.; November 28, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.; and the Lancaster Campus on November 29, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. Students need to RSVP to attend any of the open houses at www.mccn.edu. Be sure to include your name, phone number and the number of guests that will be attending.
Additional College Information
For descriptions of Private Colleges in Ohio, go to www.OhioPrivateColleges.com to download info
Common Application - There are over 300 colleges who will accept “The Common Application” to apply to their university. See the map in the Guidance Office to find out which colleges accept this.
Ohio State Scholarship and Application Notes – You must apply to the University by November 1st to be considered for most of the University’s Merit Scholarships, Morrell Scholarship Program, the Honors and Scholar’s Programs, and the College of Engineering. New freshman applicants to the Columbus campus will use The Common Application. The completed application must be received by the November 1, deadline. Regional campus applicants (i.e. Lima) will use Ohio State’s traditional online application. All students should start at apply at www.osu.edu.
Ohio State Lima Campus – Apply to the Lima Campus only using the Regional Campus application at www.lima.osu.edu. Deadline to apply of February 1, 2019; FAFSA is available after October 1, 2018, for the 2019-2020 school year. Need 30 semester hours and a 2.0 GPA to transfer to main campus after freshman year.
University of Dayton - If you are applying, they encourage that you attach a separate page listing your extra-curricular and service activities. Their admissions process is becoming more competitive, so providing information about yourself beyond the regular application may help your chances of begin accepted.
*Women Engineering Program will be sponsoring a no-cost overnight event on Friday, November 9, 2018 at UD for female juniors and seniors interested in the Engineering fields.
*Explore Engineering will be held at UD on November 10, 2018. During Explore Engineering students will participate in hands-on labs, meet the faculty, engage with current students, and tour the campus.
For questions and registration information for these two events, please contact Shawnee Breitensteing at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 937-229-5080.
Ever think about being a Court Reporter? Visit www.CIAmerica.org for information on the Court Reporting Institute of America.
Bowling Green State University – BGSU has joined the Common Application. Students may complete the BGSU application or the Common Application. Students may apply for admission online at http://choose.bgsu.edu/apply/online. Freshman scholarship levels may be viewed by going to the Scholarship Calculator at http://choose.bgsu.edu/aid/scholarships. Application and credential deadline for top scholarships is December 3, 2018, and application and credential deadline for freshmen scholarship consideration as well as FAFSA Priority deadline will be January 15, 2019.
- Those students interested in the Honors College at BGSU may apply online at https://www.bgsu.edu/honors-college.html.
University of Cincinnati – Early action deadline for applications is December 1, 2019. Students interested in UC scholarships and the University Honors Program, must meet this deadline to be considered. The rolling deadline for applications is March 1, 2019.
University of Findlay – The University of Findlay will be offering their Very Important Potential Pharmacists program for juniors and seniors interested in pursuing a career in pharmacy. Students need to be dedicated to academics, have an aptitude for Math and Science, or are considering a career in healthcare. This program will be offered on Friday, October 19, and again on Friday, March 29th. Please see the Guidance office for more information and registration directions if interested.
Hauss – Helms Foundation
The Hauss-Helms Foundation was established to aid worthy students that live in the Auglaize/Allen Counties of Ohio area to continue their education past high school. The application will be available November 1, 2017 on the website www.hauss-helmsfoundation.org, and must be filed no later than April 1, 2019.
RAEBURN E. BARNES TRUST LOAN PROGRAM
The Barnes Trust is a low-interest college loan program open to any student living in a Shelby County school district. Students are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible, as their funds do run out. The last possible date to apply is March 31, 2019. Please stop in the Guidance Office for an information packet.
**Bowling Green State University - Freshman scholarship levels may be viewed by going to the Scholarship Calculator at http://choose.bgsu.edu/aid/scholarships. Application and credential deadline for top scholarships is December 4, 2017, and application and credential deadline for freshmen scholarship consideration as well as FAFSA Priority deadline will be January 15, 2019.
**Bowling Green State University Science and Math Education in Action Scholarships offers recipients $4,000 the first year with increases each year up to more than $5,000 the fourth year. High school seniors considering teaching either secondary science or math, or middle childhood science and math may be eligible for this scholarship program. To apply for these scholarships, go to www.bgsu.edu/action. Deadline to apply is January 15, 2019.
**Wright State University Lake Campus WOEF Scholarships – These scholarships are available to students that have applied and been accepted to the Wright State University Lake Campus. The Western Ohio Educational Foundation Scholarship application covers a wide variety and vast scholarship offering of over $200,000. Students are to apply at www.wright.edu/apply no later than January 8, 2019. Students may view the list of available scholarships and further information in the Guidance office.
**Edison Community College – For those students that have applied and or will be applying to Edison State, the scholarship application will be available online beginning on November 1, 2018 at https://www.edisonohio.edu/ScholarshipApps/.
**University of Toledo – The Judith Herb College of Education is offering the Herb Scholars Program for students accepted to UT and pursuing a degree in the field of Education. Additional information is available at www.utoledo.edu/education/scholarships. The projected value of this scholarship is $82,000 over the 4-years. Students must have applied and been accepted to the University of Toledo to apply. Application deadline is December 1, 2018.
B. Davis Scholarship - The creators of “Student Award Search Aid” are offering this $1,000 scholarship. Application and information are available at the website, http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm, and must be submitted online. Deadline for this scholarship is May 24, 2019.
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards - Open to students in grades 5 – 12, are eligible to apply for this honor. Those chosen to represent Ohio will receive $1,000, and a trip to Washington D.C. Apply online at www.spirit.prudential.com/apply/2019. Program details are available at www.spirit.prudential.com and www.nassp.org/spirit. The deadline to apply is November 6, 2018.
AXA Achievement Scholarship - The AXA Achievement Scholarship offers college scholarships of $2,500, $10,000 and $25,000 to high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their activities in school, the community or the workplace. Scholarship winners are known as AXA Achievers. They are ethnically and economically diverse, but they share these qualities: ambition and drive; determination to set and reach goals; respect for self, family and community; ability to succeed in college. The scholarship is sponsored by the AXA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AXA US. The application and full details are available online. Applications must be submitted online at https://www.scholarsapply.org/axa-achievement, with a deadline of December 14, 2018.
VFW Auxiliary Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest – This contest is open to students in grades 9-12 and includes home-schooled students. In addition to local and state prizes, students ware competing for a $10,000 National Scholarship. For official application, rules and information, go to www.vfwauxiliary.org. Deadline is March 31, 2019.
Ohio Living Dorothy Love VolunTeen Scholarship – This $500 scholarship will be awarded to a Shelby County graduating senior that plans on enrolling in a 2 or 4-year college, and that volunteers at Dorothy Love and completes a minimum of 32 volunteer hours. Deadline to apply is March 31, 2019. For more information contact Betsy Naseman at (937) 497-6529.
Travers Metalworking Scholarship – This scholarship will be awarded to a student that will be enrolled in a metalworking or welding program at a vocational or technical school, or community college or university. The recipient will receive $1250 in tools. Information and application are available at https://www.travers.com/scholarship/a/scholrship/. Deadline to apply online is December 31, 2018.
WACE National Co-Op Scholarship Program – To qualify for this scholarship, students must have a CUM GPA of 3.5 or better, apply to one of the 9 universities that partner with this scholarship, and meet merit scholarship criteria at those institutions. The colleges participating are Johnson & Wales University, University of Cincinnati, The University of Toledo, Clarkson University, Drexel University, Merrimack College, RIT, State University of New York OSWEGO, and Wentworth Institute of Technology. Deadline to apply is February 19, 2019. To complete an application, go to www.waceinc.org. Early applications are encouraged.
Hagan Scholarship – This is a nationwide need-based merit scholarship, designed to provide each recipient with the opportunity to graduate college debt free. The recipient of a Hagan Scholarship is a high achieving, self-motivated student who will require financial assistance to attend college. The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. CST, November 15, 2018. To apply please visit the website at www.hsfmo.org.
Mercy Health St Rita’s Medical Center Scholarship – This scholarship is for those students interested in a career in the medical field. Ten $1,500 scholarships will be awarded. Application and directions are available in the Guidance office and the deadline to apply is February 22, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.
National Space Club Keynote Scholarship/Olin Teague Scholarship – These $10,000 scholarships will be awarded to a high school senior who will be pursuing a career in one of the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), with a preference for those with space related interests. Students must apply online at www.spaceclub.org/scholarship no later than November 30, 2018.
Acme Baseball Scholarship – Students applying for this scholarship must have played at least one year of Varsity Acme Baseball and have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Applications are available in the Guidance office and must be returned to the Guidance office by January 28, 2019.
Beat the Odds Scholarship – This $5,000 scholarship will be given to five high school seniors that apply and meet the following eligibility requirements: Has overcome significant adversity, participation in school and community activities and/or employment, demonstrate a commitment to their community and/or social justice issues, a current G.P.A. of 3.00 or higher, and plan to attend college, university, or vocational school after graduation. Students must apply online at https://cdfohio.org/programs/beattheodds/ and the deadline to apply is December 8, 2018.
Burger King Scholarship – This scholarship is offered to employees and/or their children. High school seniors must have a minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.5 and must be active in their community through volunteering, sports, clubs and/or religious organizations. To apply go to www.burgerkingscholars.com by
December 15, 2018.
Ohio JCI Senate Charitable and Education Foundation Scholarship – This scholarship has two categories to choose from for applying. The first is an Academic Based Scholarship and will award two $1,000 scholarships. The second category is a Need Based Scholarship and three winners will be selected, with all three recipients receiving $1,000. The deadline to apply is January 11, 2019 and the application is available online at http://www.usjcisenate.org/programs/scholarship, or in the Guidance office.
Shelby County Ohio State University Alumni Scholarship – This scholarship is offered to students that have applied and been accepted to The Ohio State University, in the top 10% of their graduating class, have a record of performance in activities in both school and in the community, and recommended by the principal, counselor, or teacher(s) based on scholastic ability and character. Application is available in the Guidance office and deadline is January 25, 2019.
UPCOMING COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVE SCHOOL VISITS
Students must sign-up in the Guidance office to meet with any college representative at least 2 days prior to the visit.
Hobart School of Welding – November 27, 2018 during 7th period in Mr. Berning’s classroom. Please sign up in the Guidance office to attend the meeting.
Raise the Roof for the Arts Youth Volunteer Program – This new program is created to encourage the youth in our community to be engaged with the Historic Sidney Theatre and volunteer in their community. One Saturday a month, youth will gather at the Historic Sidney Theatre from 9-11 a.m. and jobs will range from programming preparation, cleaning, small renovations, and more. Donuts will be provided and hours spent engaging with this program can go towards needed volunteer hours for National Honor Society or other clubs.
The Youth Volunteer Program will take place on November 17, and December 15. If interested in participating email email@example.com, or call or text (937) 710-5195.
Dorothy Love VolunTeen opportunities are now available for those interested in a career in nursing, social work, dietary, or marketing, this is an excellent way to discover interests. Volunteers will do things like walk, read, play games and visit with residents, to just name a few. Dorothy Love Retirement Community is located at 3003 W. Cisco Road, near Sidney. For further information, please pick-up a brochure and application in the Guidance office, call Betsy Naseman at 937-497-6529 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wilson Hospital Teen Volunteer Program – Students interested in a medical field career, may volunteer at Wilson Hospital in Sidney, in different areas of the hospital. If interested, call 937-498-5390.
St. Rita’s Hospital Youth Volunteer Program – Students ages 14-17, interested in pursuing a career in a medical field may participate in the St. Rita’s Youth Volunteer Program. If interested, students need to apply online at www.mercy.com/about-us/careers/volunteers, choose Lima as hospital choice, or call 419-227-3361 for more information.
Ohio Department of Transportation have possible job opportunities available. Applicants may apply online at http://careers.ohio.gov/. For additional information about the Ohio Department of Transportation visit http://www.dot.state.oh.us, or call 937-492-1141 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.