Seniors, are you interested
in being nominated the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Merchant
Marine Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy or the U.S. Military
academy at West Point by Joe Manchin III? Contact Missy Phalen
at 304.342.5855 with any questions.
Selective Service Registration. Under
federal law, virtually all men must register with selective
service within 30 days of their 18th birthday.
However, the selective service system now accepts early
submission of registration information by 17-year-old men.
They can submit information to selective service at age 17 years
and 3 months old and be automatically registered when they turn
18. The agency holds their registration information and
automatically enters their data into the system when they turn
18. Register on-line at
The ASVAB test will be given on
October 24, 2014 beginning promptly at 8AM. The ASVAB test is a
Multi-Aptitude Test Battery. It helps the student identify
his/her different abilities. This test is free.
Representatives of the military will be administering the test.
Juniors or seniors planning to take the ASVAB test are to sign
up with Mrs. Bird by Friday, October 17.
GOVERNOR’S SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS—Wanted:
Actors, Creative Writers, Dancers, Instrumentalists, Vocalists
and Visual Artists. We are searching for sophomores who
are interested in looking for an incredible, cost-free,
three-week (July 5-25) immersion in the arts at West Virginia
Wesleyan College. Applications should be available at
www.wvgovschools.org in October. Deadline:
December 3 (GSA applications must be postmarked by the end
of the day).
JUNIORS--The West Virginia Governor’s
Honors Academy will be held at Fairmont State University
from June 28-July 18. Applications should be available
with detailed information online at
www.wvgovschools.org on November 15. Applications are
due to Mrs. Bird by February 2. A committee will rank the
students from Scott High who apply. All applications will then
be sent to Dr. Beck. A county committee will nominate students
from Boone County to the state committee. The state committee
will make the final selections.
Any athlete planning to play ball for a
Division I or a Division II School following graduation from
high school must meet certain standards. The NCAA Clearinghouse
determines whether or not an athlete is eligible to play. All
rules and regulations may be found at
Division I Changes—Overview This
impacts the incoming ninth grade class (class of 2016) who plan
to participate in intercollegiate athletics at the Division I
- Increase in the minimum required
core-course GPA from 2.0 to 2.3
- Ten of the 16 required core courses
must be completed before the beginning of the 7th
semester (senior Year). 7 of these 10 required courses must
be English, math or natural/physical science. A repeat of
one of the “locked In” courses will not be used if taken
after the 7th semester begins.
Increase in the
overall core-course GPA as it relates to the ACT or SAT score,
which results in a new sliding scale.
Division II Change—Reminder Seniors
(class of 2013) must meet this new rule if they plan to
participate in intercollegiate athletics at the Division II
Increase in the number of required core
courses from 14 to 16.
- One additional course in English, math
- One additional course in any core
academic area (English, math, science, social science) or
foreign language, comparative religion/philosophy.
In an effort to continue the NCAA
Clearinghouse emphasis on the educational mission of
intercollegiate athletics, the responsibilities of the NCAA
Clearinghouse will expand to include evaluating the amateurism
status of these prospects. This process will focus on
amateurism issues by asking the prospect several questions about
his/her athletics participation prior to enrolling at a Division
I or II institution. The intent is to determine if a prospect
is still an amateur, and therefore qualified to participate in
college athletics at the Division I or II level.
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A Senior Orientation meeting for
parents will be held in the Media Center at 6PM on October
22. Financial representatives will be speaking.
Don’t get stung!!!!!!! Many sites on
the internet are related to the Free Application for
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), but only one
www.fafsa.ed.gov. is the official site.
Be wary of organizations that charge a fee
to submit your application or to find you money for school. In
general, the help you pay for can be obtained for free from your
school or from the U. S. Department of Education. You may also
get help from the financial aid administrator at your college,
The FAFSA’s on-line help at
www.fafsa.gov and The Federal Student Aid Information Center
at 1-800-433-3243. If you are asked for your credit card
information while filling out the FAFSA on-line, you are not at
the official government site. Remember, the FAFSA site address
has .gov in it!
If you or your family has unusual
circumstances (such as loss of employment), complete the FAFSA
to the extent you can, then submit the application and consult
the financial aid office at the college you plan to attend.
www.studentaid.ed.gov This site provides a wealth of
knowledge, including information about applying for college and
financial aid, information about financial aid, scholarship and
career searches, and links to other Web sites.
www.students.gov In addition to college and career
resources, this site provides information about the military,
campus life, study resources, and information about the U.S.
www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov Students and families will receive
an early estimate of eligibility for federal student aid. This
web site provides students with an opportunity to increase their
knowledge of the financial aid process; become familiar with the
various types of federal student aid that are available; and
investigate other sources of aid, such as grants and
When students are ready to apply for aid,
they can easily transition from FAFSA4caster to FAFSA on the
Web. Much of the information that students enter in the
FAFSA4caster will populate the FAFSA on the Web application,
making the experience of applying for federal student aid much
www.fafsa.ed.gov This is the Web site where students
complete and submit the FAFSA on the Web. Students and families
may also print the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet from the site.
After submitting the FAFSA, students may use this site to check
the status of their application, view processing results, and
THE WEST VIRGINIA HIGHER EDUCATION GRANT—is
available to degree-seeking residents of WV. The following
criteria are used to determine student eligibility: 1. U.S.
citizenship, 2. WV residency for at least twelve months prior to
date of application, 3. High-school graduate or General
Education Development (GED) diploma, 4. Demonstrate an
established level of financial need, 5. Demonstrate academic
promise, 6. Enroll at a participating institution in WV or
Pennsylvania as a full-time undergraduate student, 7. Have not
previously earned a bachelor’s degree. Apply online at
www.fafsa.ed.gov. The award amount each year varies based
on a number of factors including the financial need of
applicants and available funding. For more information, as well
as a list of all participating institutions, please review the
West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s website at
ADVICE ON THE SAR & EFC: STUDENT AID REPORT & EXPECTED FAMILY
STUDENT AID REPORT (SAR)—After
completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA),
you should receive your SAR in 1-3 days if you filed
electronically or 2-3 weeks if you filed a paper version. Check
immediately for EFC (on upper right of pg 1) and for any
mistakes or errors (pages 5-8). The SAR is a summary of
the information you entered on the FAFSA. The SAR also notifies
you of your EFC and if you are eligible for a Pell Grant. It is
the form that tells you how much student aid you are eligible to
receive from the federal government, and how much your family
will be expected to pay. Immediately check for any mistakes or
errors. Any colleges you listed on your FAFSA will also receive
a copy of your SAR. Notify your prospective colleges’ financial
aid office immediately to make corrections. A delay could mean
less aid. Call 1-800-4-fed-aid if you do not receive your SAR
in 3-4 weeks. Once your prospective colleges review your SAR
and verify your eligibility, they will each construct an aid
package and send an award letter. You do not need to accept all
of the aid that’s offered to you; accept only the aid you
WHAT IF I FIND MISTAKES ON MY SAR?—
On the web using your pin: go to
www.fafsa.ed.gov and under “FAFSA follow up,” click “make
corrections to a processed FAFSA”: You will be able to check
off the items you want to change and make corrections
accordingly. On paper: flip to the last few pages of the SAR
and find your original FAFSA info. Make necessary changes in
the spaces provided. Only fill in the areas that need to be
changed and/or corrected. Once finished, you must mail it in.
EXPECTED FAMILY CONTRIBUTION (EFC)
–is the amount your family will be expected to pay based on your
situation. It should be on page 1 of your SAR. The U.S.
Department of Education uses the Federal Methodology (FM) to
calculate your aid eligibility. The FM takes into account:
your family’s income, the number of family members (in college
or not), net value of assets and your enrollment status, among
other factors. If there is an asterisk next to your EFC, it
means you have been selected for verification and must provide
documents to your prospective college(s) to verify the
information submitted on the FAFSA. About 1 in 3 is selected.
If there is no asterisk, you have not been selected. If your
college asks for verifying documents, send them as soon as
possible to avoid a delay in the aid process.
Early Decision (ED) vs. Early Action
Early Decision is binding. If accepted,
you must attend that school and withdraw any applications sent
to other schools. You won’t be able to compare financial aid
Early Action is not binding. If accepted,
you may compare admissions and financial aid offers from other
schools and wait to commit to the college until later in the
Some schools now offer Single-Choice Early
Action. This option is similar to Early Action, except that you
agree to not apply early to other colleges (though you may apply
Many ED or EA deadlines occur in the fall.
Verify with the college whether you are allowed to apply early
action to other schools. Ask your prospective school for more
THE WEST VIRGINIA HIGHER EDUCATION
POLICY COMMISSION—has the following enhancements on their
www.hepc.wvnet.edu. 1. A newsletter, Education Connection,
has been developed for high school juniors and seniors.
Students will be provided timely post-secondary and financial
aid information through the newsletter. 2. The COMPASS
publication, “Finding Your Future Through Education”, contains
extensive information about post-secondary educational and
financial aid programs. The COMPASS publication is now
available in an electronic format on this website. 3. A
graphic has been created to encourage financial aid questions
from students and parents on this website that includes an
e-mail “click” to submit a question. This graphic is under the
“For Students” link on the website. All types of financial aid
questions may be submitted, not just those related to the state
financial aid programs.
FOODLAND SCHOLARSHIP—A $1000
Scholarship is awarded from your local Foodland. Pick up your
application today at Customer Service.
GREATER KANAWHA VALLEY FOUNDATION
---has several scholarships and
is available on-line only. The application will be available at
www.tgkvf.org on November 1. Students must read the
Steps to Prepare and Apply before starting the application.
They must create a password to complete the application in
multiple sessions, if necessary. They must save their work or
it will be lost and they will have to re-enter all information.
Deadline: January 15, 2015.
ITHACA COLLEGE—offers the Martin
Luther King Scholar Program, an interdisciplinary learning
community emphasizing citizenship and service in our global
community. The program is offered to academically exceptional
students from traditionally underrepresented populations who
have demonstrated strong character and leadership through
service and community involvement. Go to
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Deadline:
The application is due January 2 and other required materials
must be completed by January 15.
UNIVERSITY OF CHARLESTON-MAROON &
GOLD DAYS are October 4 & November 15. To register for one of
these events, visit
www.UCwv.edu/MGDay. —Meet with professors, visit with
current UC students, take a personalized tour of campus, learn
about scholarship opportunities, and join us for a tailgate as
UC battles Shepherd University on October 4! Apply now & you
could win: A new KINDLE FIRE HD or a $4000 UC Scholarship!
*****Seniors meeting the GPA criteria for
RANKING and wishing to be considered for honor distinctions must
complete the ACT by the December test date of their graduating
year. Fee Waivers are available for
students unable to pay for the test.
2014 DISABILITY HISTORY ESSAY CONTEST All high school seniors
are invited to submit an entry Contest rules are located on the
bottom of the entry form. All entries must include the completed
entry form and must comply with all contest rules. The essay
topic is included in the application. All entries must be
submitted to WV Statewide Independent Living Council, PO Box
625, Institute, WV 25113-0625 ATTN: Essay Contest. Deadline:
PRUDENTIAL SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY AWARDS! This award is open to
students in grades 5-12 who have participated in a volunteer
activity within the past year. Honors are granted at the local,
state and national level. Top honorees earn cash prizes and
all-expense-paid trips to Washington, D.C. for four days of
special recognition events. Visit http://spirit.prudential.com
or www.nassp.org/spirit for the application. Deadline: Complete
the application and the student/parent agreement by November 4.