October 2017

Mrs. Meyer, Guidance Counselor

Ms. Tennant, Guidance Secretary

October, 2017

** 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!


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 10, 2017 November 4, 2017 November 5-18, 2017

February 11, 2018 January 13, 2018 January 14-20, 2018

April 8, 2018 March 3, 2018 March 4-17, 2018

June 10, 2018 May 5, 2018 May 6-19, 2018

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.


If you wish to take the SAT, register at www.collegeboard.org. Testing dates are as follows:

TEST Deadline to Register Late Registration Closes

November 5, 2017 October 7, 2017 October 26, 2017

December 3, 2017 November 3, 2017 November 22, 2017

January 21, 2018 December 21, 2017 January 10, 2018

March 11, 2018 February 10, 2018 February 28, 2018

May 6, 2017 April 7, 2017 April 25, 2017

June 3, 2017 May 9, 2017 May 24, 2017

ACT Prep Websites available!

www.March2Success.com (free)

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.

www.actstudent.org (free)

Visit the official ACT student website and view Practice Questions, a Question of the Day, Test Taking Tips, and Test Directions.

www.number2.com/exams/act (free)

You can register at this site to take free Practice Tests and get other test- taking tips!

www.infohio.org (free)

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 Mrs. Brown 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.EducationPlanner.com www.CollegeAnswer.com, www.KnowHow2GoOhio.org www.meritaid.com

www.admissions.com www.studentedge.com

www.CollegeBoard.com. www.anycollege.com

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)

Free Scholarship Searches! Register at www.Scholarships.com and www.fastweb.com.

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.

2017 National Service Academy Nomination Program

If you are interested in applying to the Military Academies, contact Lee Martin in Jim Jordan’s Lima office at 419-999-6455 for more information. There is a deadline of October 13, 2017 to submit all academy information to Representative Jim Jordon‘s office to be considered for the class of July 2018.

College Fair and Job Shadow

WPAFB Education Outreach Office is sponsoring a Job Shadow day for High School juniors and seniors Friday, October 27, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Apply at http://wpafbstem.com, or email Kimberly Stultz at Kimberly.stultz.ctr@us.af.mil.

The Ohio State University – Be a Vet for a Day at Ohio State University! This event will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost of the event is $45, which includes lunch. Students can learn more and register at www.vet.osu.edu/vfadreg. For questions call 614-247-1512.

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, April 21, 2018 from 1-4 p.m. For more information email info@nacacnet.org or call 703-299-6851.

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.

The Ohio State Lima Campus – Fall Open House Days: Oct. 21 and Dec. 2; Spring Open House Days: Jan. 20 and Feb. 20, 2017. Apply to the Lima Campus only using the Regional Campus application at lima.osu.edu. Deadline to apply of Feb. 1st, 2017; FAFSA Deadline of Feb. 1st.

Wittenberg University – Fall visit days will be on October 13, October 27, and November 10. 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.

Ohio Dominican – Panther Day Preview Day visits will be held October 7, and November 4, 2017. Please register at http://www.ohiodominican.edu/future-students/admissions-aid/visit-odu/preview-day.

NOTE: ODU will hold an orientation and advising session for Project JumpStart College Credit Plus students and parents on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at 12:30 p.m. in the 274 Conference Room, Student Griffin Center. For more information go to www.ohiodominican.edu.

Miami University – Fall preview days will be Saturday, October 7, November 4, 2016, 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, September 10, October 1, or November 5, 2017. The beginning time for the event will begin at 12:00 p.m. with registration beginning at 11:30 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 2017-2018 open house dates will be October 21, December 2, 2017, with the President’s Day Preview Day Open House on February 19, 2018, and the Spring Open House on april 28, 2018. For more information call 419-372-0107 or visit the website at www.bgsu.edu.

Muskingum University – Fall open house will be held Saturday, October 29, and Friday November 10, 2017. Students may register online at the Muskingum University Admissions page: www.muskingum.edu/admission/fallprograms.html.

University of Cincinnati – The 2017-2018 open house is Tuesday, October 18, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Students that attend the open house, that apply to the University of Cincinnati, will have the $50 application fee waived when applying for admission. Students may register at www.admission.uc.edu to attend the open house.

Wright State University, Lake Campus – The Wright State University, Lake Campus. will be holding Fall Open Houses on Monday, October 9, 2017, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and on Thursday, November 16, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. For questions and more information call 419-586-0300, or email your request and question to discoverlakecampus@wright.edu. To register for one of the above open houses, go to https://lake.wright.edu/admissions/visit.

University of Northwest Ohio – The UNOH fall Open House and scholarship testing will be held on October 27, 2017. Students have the opportunity to earn up to a full-tuition scholarship. For more information call 419-998-3120 or go to www.unoh.edu/future-students/open_house to register.

UNOH – College of Applied Technologies Open House, November 3 & 4, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Testing will take place at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. each day. Go online at www.unoh.edu/future-students/open_house to register.

Heidelberg University – Fall Visit Day (Fridays at the Berg) October 13, October 20, October 27, November 3, and November 10, 2017. Homecoming Visit Day will be held on October 28, 2017. To register for any of these visit days, or to register for an individual or overnight visit, go to www.heidelberg.edu/admissions/visit.

Otterbein University – Tan & Cardinal Preview Days October 13 and November 4, 2017; The Otterbein Experience Day for students that have been admitted will be April 7. 2018, and overnight visits for those same students will be November 12-13, January 21-22, February 7-8, February 18-19; March 14-15, and March 25-26. NOTE: Students must apply by December 15th, 2017 to be considered for scholarships.

Additional College Information

For descriptions of Private Colleges in Ohio, go to www.OhioPrivateColleges.com to download info

University of Dayton news: 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.

Ever think about being a Court Reporter? Visit www.CIAmerica.org for information on the Court Reporting Institute of America.

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.

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 4, 2017, and application and credential deadline for freshmen scholarship consideration as well as FAFSA Priority deadline will be January 15, 2018.

University of Cincinnati – Early action deadline for applications is December 1, 2017. 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, 2018.

** 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, the Honors and Scholar’s Programs, and the College of Engineering. New freshman applicants to the Columbus campus will use The Common Application. 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 lima.osu.edu. Deadline to apply of February 1, 2018; FAFSA deadline of October 1, 2018, for the 2018-2019 school year. Need 30 semester hours and a 2.0 GPA to transfer to main campus after freshman year.

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, 2018.


**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, 2018. Scholars Day is for students that have applied and have been accepted to Heidelberg University, and meet the following criteria; 3.5 GPA and a 25 ACT or 1200 SAT score. Students may choose from the following dates for testing; November 11, 2017, January 27 or February 24, 2018. The three top awards range from $17,500 to $27,500 and are renewable for four years. Other awards in varying amounts are also awarded.

**Otterbein University – Students interested in attending Otterbein University and would like to be considered for the university scholarships, the deadline to apply is December 15, 2017.

**Rhodes State College – Students that have applied to Rhodes State College and plan to attend in the fall of 2018, have the opportunity to apply for over 50 scholarships. Applications, instructions, and essay questions are available at www.RhodesState.edu/Scholarships. Students will need to apply online, and may check all the scholarships, and criteria, on the website.

** Ohio State Scholarship and Application Notes – You must apply to the University by November 1, 2017, to be considered for most of the University’s Merit Scholarships, the Honors and Scholar’s Programs, and the College of Engineering. New freshman applicants to the Columbus campus will use The Common Application. Regional campus applicants (i.e. Lima) will use Ohio State’s regional campus online application. All students should start at apply.osu.edu. FAFSA and regular application deadline is February 1, 2018.

The Dietz Family Ohio State Engineering Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to a Botkins Local High School student majoring in Engineering, and attending The Ohio State University. Students that are interested in applying for this scholarship must apply for admission to The Ohio State University by November 1, 2017. See Mrs. Meyer for details or apply at www.go.osu.edu/dietzscholar. You may also go to the following link to apply for all freshman engineering scholarships; https://engineering.osu.edu/students/undergraduatestudents/scholarsip/incoming-freshmen.

ACT Student Champion Award – Applications are now open for the ACT Student Champion Award, recognizing a student from each state. The student given the award will receive a non-renewable scholarship of $500. Students must have a composite score of 22 or a 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 GPA scale. Applications and rules can be found at www.act.org/readinesschampions.

Horatio Alger Scholarship –Scholarships award value range from $5,000 to $20,000. Students must have at least a 2.0 GPA, attending a four-year university, and require financial assistance to attend college to qualify. Deadline to apply is October 25, 2017. Visit www.horatioalger.org/scholarships for further information and to apply.

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 https://spirit.prudential.com/apply/2018. For questions or paper application, call 855-670-4787. The deadline to apply is November 17, 2017.

Austin E. Knowlton Scholarship/Denison University – Students that apply and are accepted to Denison University, will automatically be considered for this scholarship. First preference is given to students from Ohio, and majoring in mathematics or the sciences. An award up to $5,000 is available, regardless of financial need. All Knowlton Scholarships are renewable annually.

James P. Humphrey Black Achievers Scholarship – Eligibility for this scholarship is as follows:

  • Attend a Shelby County school or the Upper Valley Career Center, and are residents of Shelby County
  • Have an accumulated 2.0 GPA or better. Applications may be picked up in the Guidance office, and the application deadline is April 1, 2018.

AES Engineers Scholarship - Students must submit an essay of between 500 and 1000 words in answer to the following question:

When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey?

Amount of award: $500.00

Deadline for entry: October 6, 2017

Submit essay to: scholarships@aesengineers.com

Please do not include your resume at this time.

Be sure to include your full name as well as the name of the school you are attending this year and your plans for next year. Full details are available at www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm the deadline is October 6, 2017.

Ohio Problem-Solving Scholarship – This is a $1,000 scholarship, for students enrolled in a 2-5 year college/university, and is based on a 500 - 1,000 word essay explaining the one thing you would change aout the world if you could, why, and how you would do it. Further details, instructions, and application are available online at www.klinglerlaw.com/scholarship. Deadline to apply is May 31, 2018.

AXA Achievement Scholarship - The AXA Achievementsm 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, and are available beginning on September 5, 2017, with a deadline of December 15, 2017.

Elks National Foundation Scholarship – The Elks Foundation awards 500 four-year awards to students that exhibit scholarship, leadership and financial need. Students may apply for this at www.enf.elks.org/mvs. The deadline to apply is November 27, 2017.

B. Davis Scholarship - The creators of “Student Award Search Aid” are offering this $1,000 scholarship. Application and information is available at the website, http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm, and must be submitted online. Deadline for this scholarship is May 22, 2018.

VFW Voice of Democracy Competition – Students in grades 9-12 are eligible to enter the competition. To enter a student must a submit an original 3-5 minute essay on an audio CD or a flash drive. Application and detailed rules for the competition are available in the Guidance office. Deadline to enter is October 31, 2017.


Students must sign-up in the Guidance office to meet with any college representative at least 2 days prior to the visit.

Muskingham University – Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 12:50 p.m.

Wright State University – Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

Defiance College – Monday, October 16, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.


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 in the Guidance office or call Betsy Naseman at 937-497-6529 or bnaseman@dorothylover.oprs.org.

Ohio Department of Transportation has 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.