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
February 10, 2018 January 12, 2018 January 13-19, 2018
April 14, 2018 March 9, 2018 March 10-23, 2018
June 9, 2018 May 4, 2018 May 5-18, 2018
July 14, 2018 June 15, 2018 June 16-22, 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, University of Miami, and University of Cincinnati are now requiring that they receive your scores directly from the ACT 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 Fee Required
March 10, 2018 February 9, 2018 February 28, 2018
May 5, 2018 April 6, 2018 April 25, 2018
June 8, 2018 May 3, 2018 May 23, 2018
ACT Prep Workshop Available!
Fort Loramie High School will be offering two ACT Prep classes on Sundays, with the first starting on January 28, 2018, and finishing on February 18, 2018. The second session will begin on Sunday, February 25, 2018, and will finish on March 18, 2018. Time for the classes will be 4:00 – 7:00 pm. The last day to register is two weeks prior to the first class you wish to attend. Payment must be included with the registration. 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 Practice Questions, a Question of the Day, Test Taking Tips, and Test Directions.
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
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.
Apprenticeships, and Other Job Opportunities
Dayton Electrical J.A.T.C. – This is a 3-5 years apprenticeship opportunity in the electrical fields of Inside Wireman and Installer Technician. In these programs the accepted intern will learn the skills of the trade through on-the-job training, working alongside an experienced journeyman who will pass on his or her skills that have been learned over the years. If interested, contact Eric Gray at (937) 264-2052 extension 1202, or visit the website at www.daytonohiojatc.org.
Many jobs are currently open in Manufacturing and Machining Technologies at local companies – Entering Manufacturing and Machining programs at local colleges like Sinclair or Rhodes State. Starting machinists sometimes make the same amount of money as a beginning Engineer with a bachelor’s degree!
Sollmann Electric – There are growing careers in the Electrical Field. Sollman Electric hires 2-3 students per year from the programs at Upper Valley Career Center and the Miami Valley Career Technology Center. If you are interested in pursuing a career in electrical construction. See Guidance for more information and opportunities. If you have any questions regarding these programs, please contact Dennis Sollmann of Sollmann Electric at 937-492-0346.
Kroger – The Sidney Kroger store has many job opportunities available for students at the present time. Interested students are to contact Bev Snider, Recruiting and Retention Specialist, at (937) 497-7411 extension 2146.
GROB Apprenticeship Program – GROB Systems, Inc. would like to invite those of you who are interested in becoming an apprentice to an Apprenticeship Open House and Tour. Tour dates are as follows: Saturday, December 9, 2017, January 20, 2018, Saturday, February 17, 2018, and March 24, 2018. The starting time for each open house is 9:00 a.m. Benefits of a GROB’s apprenticeship include, but are not limited to: Free Associate’s Degree from Rhodes State College in Manufacturing Engineering Technology or Electrical Engineering Technology; Option for a +2 program where apprentices can receive their Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from the following schools (BGSU, Ohio Northern, Miami Univ., University of Dayton, or the University of Toledo); Free health, dental and vision insurance, 401K, 12 paid holidays, provided uniforms, and GROB provides $160 per year toward work boots. To apply for an apprenticeship, go to http://apprentice.grobsystems.com/. Application deadline is March 24, 2018. For questions or more information contact Mike Fuerst at (419) 369-6931 or Mike Hawk at (419) 369-1217.
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.
Bowling Green State University – President’s Day Preview Day Open House will be held 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.
Heidelberg University – President’s Day Spring Visit will be held on February 19, 2018 and the Spring Visit Days are scheduled for March 26, and April 20, 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.
Otterbein University – The Otterbein Experience Day for students that have been admitted will be 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
**Don’t forget that you should be constantly checking the websites of the colleges that you are interested
in for dates and deadlines for applications, scholarships, etc. !!**
For descriptions of Private Colleges in Ohio, go to www.OhioPrivateColleges.com to download info
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.
Ever think about being a Court Reporter? Visit www.CIAmerica.org for information on the Court Reporting Institute of America.
Wright State University Lake Campus – FAFSA priority deadline is January 8, 2018. The Wright State University school code is 003078. The housing application is now available. A student must be admitted before they can apply for housing. Housing fills on a first-come, first-served basis.
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.
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 freshmen scholarship consideration as well as FAFSA Priority deadline will be January 15, 2018.
University of Cincinnati – 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 – 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 Feb. 1st, 2018; FAFSA Deadline of Feb. 1st. Need 30 semester hours and a 2.0 GPA to transfer to main campus after freshman year.
Muskingum University – The PLUS Program at Muskingum University is nationally recognized for offering comprehensive academic support services to college students who have learning disabilities and/or ADHD. Call today for more information or to arrange a personal visit to Muskingum University by contacting the PLUS Program at 740-826-8280 or call the Admissions Office at 800-752-6082.
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, 2018. Please stop in the Guidance Office for an information packet.
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.
**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 – 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.osu.edu. FAFSA and regular application deadline is February 1, 2018.
**Wright State University-Lake Campus – Students considering Wright State University-Lake Campus, are strongly encouraged to apply for the WOEF Scholarship. The application is available at www.lake.wright.edu/admissions/lake-campus-scholarhips. Deadline to apply is February 18, 2018.
**University of Cincinnati – The rolling deadline for applications for admission is March 1, 2018.
**Tiffin University – Tiffin University has a variety of scholarships available in their music, dance and visual arts departments. Go to www.tiffinmusic.com/scholarships to apply. The individual departments will contact the students with audition dates and times. Students interested in these scholarships must have completed an application for admission to Tiffin University.
Edison State Scholarship - submit the Edison State Scholarship application to be considered for any of the 30+ scholarships offered through The Edison Foundation and Edison State Community College. Applications are to be completed online at www.edisonohio.edu/apply and the deadline for submit an application is March 20, 2018.
Guaranteed-Scholarships is a website offering over 700 scholarships guaranteed by nearly 200 colleges and universities. Visit the website to view available scholarships and schools at www.guaranteed-scholarships.com.
Midmark Engineering Technical Scholarship – Midmark Corporation is offering one Technical Scholarship worth $20,000, and comes with summer employment opportunities, as will a potential full-time job after the completion of an Engineering degree. To learn more about this scholarship, interview process, or Midmark Corporation, visit the website www.midmark.com, or stop in the Guidance office to view qualifications, procedures, and the application. Deadline to apply for this scholarship is February 23, 2018.
Pioneer Electric Cooperative Scholarship – This year’s scholarship will be awarded in four different increments to eight chosen students; one $2,000, one $1,500, one $1,000, and five $500 scholarships. Applicants must have a current GPA of 3.8 or better, will be attending a 2 or 4-year college/university, and whose parents are Pioneer Electric customers. Applications are available online at www.pioneerec.com or in the Guidance office. The application forms must be submitted to Pioneer Electric by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 26, 2018 and must be typed. Any applications received after this date, will not be accepted.
Community Foundation of Shelby County Scholarship Opportunities – Approximately 175 scholarships totaling more than $200,000 will be awarded by the Foundation for 2018. The application is to be completed online at www.commfound.com, with a deadline of February 15, 2018. Scholarships are available for Botkins Local high school seniors, with some being county-wide or multiple school scholarships. Directions are available online 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 10, 2018.
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.
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.
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 about 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.
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.
District Counseling Department & Scholarship Department – At the following website, students will find a variety of scholarship programs that will award scholarships to students graduating in 2017. To view the list of available scholarships, their criteria, and deadlines, go to www.studentscholarships.org/newsletter.php.
National Co-op Scholarship Program – Students that have been admitted to one of the Institutions listed may complete an application for the scholarships at www.waceinc.org. The universities participating in Ohio are The University of Toledo, and the University of Cincinnati. Early applications are highly encouraged. Deadline to apply is February 15, 2018.
Aspiring animation Professional Scholarship – This $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a student interested in pursuing an animation related degree at an accredited college or university. Interested students may visit www.AnimationCareerReview.com. Deadline to apply is June 1, 2018.
Aspiring Business Professional Scholarship – This $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a student interested in pursuing a business degree at any accredited college or university. Students may view information and apply at www.OnlineMBAReport.com. Deadline to apply is June 1, 2018.
Aspiring Fashion Professional Scholarship – This $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a student interested in pursuing a fashion degree at an accredited college or university. Interested students may receive information and apply at www.Fashion-Schools.org. Deadline to apply is June 1, 2018.
HRAWO Scholarship Program – This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior pursuing a career in Human Resources. Scholarship details, rules, and application are available in the Guidance office. Deadline to apply is March 15, 2018.
Mercy Health St. Rita’s Medical Center Scholarship – This $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to students pursuing a career in the medical field. Applications are available in the Guidance office, and the deadline is February 23, 2018.
Wapakoneta Area Community Foundation Scholarships - This year all applications must be done by applying online at www.wapakacf.org. Students will fill out their common application found in the scholarship section on the website. Answers provided in the common application will automatically take students to the scholarships they may be eligible to apply for this year.
Alvin E. Egbert Scholarship – This scholarship is open to Botkins Local high school seniors who are going into an agricultural field of study. Students will follow the same instructions as quoted above.
The Bill of Rights Institute Essay Contest – This year’s topic is “To what extent in the U.S. does the government, federal, state, or local, have the duty to monitor Internet content?”. For more information as well as directions and contest rules, visit www.billofrightsinstitute.org and click on We the Students Essay. Deadline to submit an essay will be February 5, 2018.
Acme Baseball Scholarship – Applicants for this scholarship must have played at least one year of Varsity Acme Baseball and have a minimum 2.5 GPA, and five $500 academic scholarships will be awarded. Applications are available in the Guidance office, and the deadline is February 1, 2018.
BigSun Scholarship – The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to continue to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits and offer a $500 award. All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating. To apply, please go to http://www.bigsunathletics.com to learn how to apply. Application deadline is June 19, 2018.
Abe Slann Memorial Scholarship & the Bo & Gloria Ginn Scholarship – These scholarships are offered to students that will be pursuing a career in Political Science. For an application, details and rules regarding these two scholarships, visit http://www.thebestcolleges.org/scholarships/politicalscience.
Midwest Electric, Inc. Scholarships –
Touchstone Energy Achievement Scholarship – Students applying must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above, their parents are Midwest Electric customers, and will be attending a 4-year college/university. Applicants will need to complete an online course and the application online at www.midwestrec.com under My Community. All rules, information, and recommendation forms are also available online. Students must have the application and letters of recommendation to the Midwest Electric office by January 12, 2018. No late applications will be accepted.
Ohio Electric Cooperative Scholarship – Students applying must have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or above, their parents are electric cooperative members, and will be attending a 4-year college/university. Information, application, and letters of recommendation forms are available at www.midwestrec.com under My Community, and must be in the office of Midwest Electrical by January 12, 2018. No late applications will be accepted.
NOTE: Applications, recommendation forms, and rules are available for viewing only, in the Guidance office.
Big Brothers Big Sisters “Big Buddies” Scholarship – Students applying for this $500 scholarship must meet the following requirements. Student must have at least a 2.5 GPA, attend a Shelby or Darke County school district, volunteer for Big Brothers Big sisters for two years and have a 75% attendance participation with the program, and planning to attend a two or four-year college, university, or technical school. Applications are available in the Guidance office. Deadline to apply is April 5, 2018.
Ohio-Michigan Association of Career Colleges & Schools 2018 LEADS! Scholarship Program – There are over 220 scholarship available ranging from $2,000 to $44,000. These scholarships are only available to Ohio High School graduates of the class of 2018. To find out more about career colleges & schools in Ohio and Michigan, visit www.omaccs.org. Applications and information are also available at the website under Scholarships. Deadline is April 6, 2018, and the information booklet and application directions are also available in the Guidance office for student use.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
2017 IT Girl Fame and Partners Competition – Win a paid internship plus up to $20,000 in other prizes. To enter go to www.fameandpartners.com/it-girl. Additional resources and information is available at www.fameandpartners.com/internship.
Kroger Store, Sidney has many job opportunities available for students. If interested in pursuing a job with Kroger, contact Bev Snider, Recruiting and Retention Specialist, at (937) 497-7411, extension 2146.