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Hillcrest High School CEEB Code:  012685 - you may need to provide this to register for ACT or SAT or to apply for admission/scholarships.

Transcripts, Applications, Letters of Recommendation: 

  • 1.  Any request for a transcript must be made by completing the Transcript Request Form.  Make sure that proper addresses/contact persons are included on the request form.  There are copies of the form on the front counter in the office and also can be downloaded under the links "Guidance" and "Forms" on the hillcrest website.  Fee is $5 and can be added to your student account or paid to Mrs. Robes (bookkeeper).
  • 2.  Please do not run close on deadlines, making requests at the last minute.  Requests for transcripts will be processed in a timely fashion, but may not get immediate attention.
  • 3.  Requests for letters of recommendation should be submitted with plenty of time before the deadline approaches. At least one week prior. Students should supply a completed resume with a request for a letter of recommendation.

The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them, changes both the maker and the destination.  Author Unknown

  Welcome to your senior year!  Make this your best year yet!
Senior Supplies -- If you have questions, please contact Jostens at 752-7776 (between 1:00-6:00 p.m.)

GRADUATION  - Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 9:00 a.m. Coleman Coliseum.  Graduates arrive at 8:00 a.m.

 GRADUATION PRACTICE - Friday, May 16 at 9:00 a.m. at Coleman Coliseum.  Practice is mandatory.  Any student who does not attend the entire practice will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.  All student fees must be paid by 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 15th (in order to participate in graduation).

 Shelton Student and Family Tours
Every Tuesday and Thursday at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. No Appointment necessary.  Meet in the Financial Aid Office a few minutes prior to the scheduled tour time.
Shelton Financial Aid Workshops - One-on-One Assistance with Scholarship Applications and/or FAFSA Application
Please stop by during one of the times listed below.  Students will need to bring the student (if you have one) and parents 2013 Federal Income Tax Return with them to complete FAFSA.
Open Workshop Times - Room 1826 (Compass Testing Room) from 3:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. (no reservation needed)

April 16, 2014
After you have completed the application process, schedule compass testing as soon as possible.  The dates listed are available for after school testing at 4:30.  You will use your SSCC i.d. number during the session.  To register for the test, visit http://www.sheltongstate.edu/homepage.aspx, click the option to schedule a compass test under quick links.  You may also contact the testing office at 391-2963.  Testing is held in room 1826 at the Martin Campus.
   Dates for After School Compass Testing
   April 28
Are you considering a Military Academy for college?  A congressional nomination is required.  For more information from the office of Congresswoman Terri Sewell, return to the homepage of this website, click on parent/student resources, then click on guidance.  Deadlines are important in application process.  

 Are you looking for a great summer volunteer opportunity?
CHOM Children's Hands On Museum is looking for teen leaders.  Hillcrest students have been terrific volunteers in the past.  Stop by the counseling office to pick up an application packet.  This looks great on your resume and will be a great use of summer time!
UWA Admission/Scholarship Deadlines:
   Summer semester registration deadline - May 19


University of Mobile Visit Days - visit www.umobile.edu - you can receive a $2,000 scholarship for registering and attending a visit day at University of Mobile!
Auburn University Montgomery - Bridge Program -
If you are not traditionally eligible for admission at large four year schools, AUM offers a bridge program for one semester that is designed to meet your needs.  Requirements of the program are a 2.3 GPA and 17 or higher on ACT.  Application deadlines are April 1 for summer term, June 1 for fall term, and October 1 for spring term.
UAH (University of Alabama Huntsville) Honors Program -
A brochure is available from this website by returning to the homepage of this website, click on parent/student resources, guidance, and scholarships. For additional information or to schedule a visit visit www.uah.edu or call  256-824-2773.  There will be a "meet and greet" information session on November 9.  Visit honors.uah.edu for information or contact Bethany Wilson to reserve a space at the event.
Young Writers' Literary Awards - First place - $100, second place - $75, third place - $50.  Categories - Poetry, Short Fiction, Creative Nonfiction.  All entries must be postmarked no later than April 18, 2014.  See Mrs. Coleman for detailed flyer.
Knabe Scholarship for students who are or have been in foster care.  visit www.umch.net for all details.  If you are or have been in foster care, this is a great opportunity.  Visit the website today!

Orlando Arts Scholarships: Each year the Orlando Scholarship Organization awards a senior boy and a senior girl a $2500 scholarship.

Here are the qualifications and requirements:

1. You must be a senior boy or a girl.
2. Cover page includes: Name, High School, Where you plan to attend college, Email, Phone Number and Youtube link of the performance.
3. Essay about how applicant is involved in the Arts and also how they are involved in community service. Essay should be no more than 500 words. Please include name, age, school and hometown.
4. Talent Presentation no more than 3 minutes. Introduction should be included at the beginning of the performance. (Name, School and Age) Applicant needs to provide a Youtube link of their performance on the cover page.

Talent can be: Vocal, Dance, Theatrical, Instrumental, Visual Arts (Painter), Sculpture or Carving.

Applicant does not have to plan to major in the arts.

Deadline to Apply: June 10th, 2014
* Winners will be notified by July 4th, 2014.

Please mail all applications to
Orlando Arts Scholarship
Miss High School America Pageant
4 Valley Creek View
Little Rock, AR 72223

Duncanville Middle School Alumni - DMS will award a $500 to a former DMS Eagle.  The requirements include:  A 2.8 GPA or better, 2 letters of recommendation (one from teacher, one from outside school/family), Essay (500 words/2 typed pages) covering one of the two questions....."What is your favorite memory from your time spent at Duncanville Middle School" or "Is there one employee at DMS that made an impact on you?  Is so, who and why?".  The deadline to  apply is April 11th.  All materials must be submitted to Mrs. Coleman by 3:00 p.m. on April 11.
AVEDA Institute Scholarships - Submit your essay at Alsouth.com/contest (300 typed words or less about why you are interested in cosmetology and why you want a career with Aveda).  Submit application, essay, and application fee for a chance to win a full scholarship and participate in a fashion show contest.  Deadline to submit all materials is April 19, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.
The Chuck Poland Education Scholarship is a one-time $1,000 award to a student whose parent of guardian is an active pupil transportation employee for a local school system for the past three years.  The application and more information is available at http://www.alsde.edu/sites/memos/Memoranda/FY14-3029.pdfThe deadline to apply is April 30, 2014.
Students who have parents that have served as transportation employees for Alabama public school systems (school bus drivers).

Student Insights Scholarship - Apply now for one of several scholarships.  There is no minimum SAT/ACT score and no essay required.  To apply, simply log on to www.student-view.com and complete a 15-20 minute application survey about colleges in your area.  The scholarship deadline is April 20, 2014.

Inter-Tribal Council of Alabama - Do you have a tribal Native-American membership?  Scholarship money may be available.  Students must have a tribal roll card, reside in Alabama, have applied and been accepted to a college, have applied for a Pell Grant, and are considered low income by Heath and Human Services.  To obtain additional info, contact Sharon Keith at 888-400-3533.

DCH Radiologic Technology Program - If you are interested in a career as a radiologic technologist, take a look at the program requirements and application. DCH is taking applications now.  To download application and information, return to the homepage of this website, click on parent/student resources, click on guidance, then scholarship/information. 

AES Engineering Firm Scholarship The consulting firm of AES Engineers is committed to continuing its support of higher education by providing scholarships to deserving students.  These scholarships will be awarded on the basis of character (through essay evaluations).  Visit www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm to apply and for additional information.  The scholarship award is $500 and the deadline is October 6, 2014.
Need help paying for college?  Visit DiscoverStudentLoans.com to get great financial advice about the high costs of a college education.
 CollegeCountsAlabama Scholarship - If you have a GPA of 2.75 or better and can demonstrate financial need.  Visit www.CollegeCountsAlabama.com for details and to apply.  The deadline is March 19, 2014.
 BigSun Scholarship - BigSun Organization is offering a scholarship to high school athletes.  The amount of the award is $500.  The deadline to apply is June 20, 2014.  Must be a high school athlete no matter what sport.
University of Mobile - Students can be eligible for a $2000 scholarship by registering for and attending University of Mobile Visit Days.  visit www.umobile.edu for more information.

Interested in LSU (don't tell your Crimson Tide friends...) - Scholarship information can be downloaded by returning to the homepage of this website, click on parent/student resources, click on guidance, then scholarships/information.
Paul Mitchell Schools Scholarship - If you are considering Paul Mitchell programs, please read carefully about scholarship opportunities.  The information and application forms can be dowloaded by returning to the home page, click on parent/student resources, guidance, and forms.  The deadlines are one month prior to enrollment.
  Check out scholarship opportunities at http://www.studentscholarships.org/scholarship.php.




    Other Helpful Info


    Great Resources for College Info,

    Scholarships, Financial Aid, Etc.

    Recruiters/Admissions Contacts



    Alabama State - Jarred Twitty - 334-229-4823 - Jtwitty@alasu.edu

    University of Alabama - Mary Kathryn Carroll- 348-8205 - Mary.Kathryn.Carroll@ua.edu

    University of Alabama Honors Program - Allison Verhine - 348-5534 - allison.verhine@ua.eduUniversity of West Alabama -

    Hayley Sheffield - 205-652-3566- hsheffield@uwa.edu

  •  University of Alabama Birmingham - Phillip Chambers - 205-934-8729, pevchambers@uab.edu

    Auburn University - Evan Hicks - 334-844-6530 - evan.hicks@auburn.edu

    Mississippi State University - Phillip Moss - 205-516-5168 - pfm1@msstate.edu
    University of Montevallo - Phillip Green - 205-665-6046 pgreen1@montevallo.edu
    Samford University - Jonathan Lowery (former Hillcrest grad) - 205-726-2904 - jelowery@samford.edu
    Stillman College - Demetrius Castleberry - 205-247-8108 - dcastleberry@stillman.edu
  • Federal Financial Aid - FAFSA4Caster - Measure your eligibility for Federal Student Financial Aid by visiting fafsa4caster.ed.gov.  The application for financial aid for the fall of 2011 does not open until January, but you can begin to learn about the process now!  For additional information, visit fafsa.gov.

  • The Christian Connector - website devoted to providing Christian college information and scholarship - visti www.ChristianConnector.com.

    ·        Scholarship Matching -Sites like Scholarships.com and ScholarshipExperts.com will automatically find scholarships you could be eligible for. Simply fill out a free profile and discover new scholarship opportunities. At CollegeWeekLive, you can research $2.5 million in need and merit based aid from hundreds of participating colleges.

    ·        Major Matching -Discover which majors match your personality and career goals with online quizzes. You can find a free one here. - http://homeworktips.about.com/library/maj/bl_majors_quiz.htm.

    • Veterans Administration Benefits - Children of veterans who have died in service or as a result of service-connected disability; who have become permanently and totally disabled as a result of service-connected disability; or who have been listed as missing in action, captured, detained, or interned in line of duty for more than 90 days, may apply for government assistance for college at the local office of Veterans Affairs.
    • ACT - The easiest way to register is at http://www.act.org/.

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    For more info on scholarship opportunities - visit http://www.collegepeas.com/scholarshipgreen


    ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY - If you are considering participation in collegiate sports, please visit ncaa.org to complete an application for eligibility.


    University of Alabama scholarship info for incoming freshmen.  Visit comprehensive site at http://www.ua.edu/


    Comprehensive Website for Shelton State Community College


    Comprehensive Website for Stillman College


    University of Alabama - Birmingham - comprehensive website


    Mississippi State University - comprehensive website


    For students planning to attend college in Alabama.  Information about student assistance/financial aid/college survival.  Also links to other state and federal sites that offer specific financial aid for students attending school in Alabama. Provides a directory of Colleges and Universities as well as links to websites of public universities, public two-year schools, tuition and fees for public and private four year schools, and public and private two year schools. 


    Considering a career in nursing?  This site provides information on scholarships/financial aid for aspiring nurses.


    Auburn University scholarship info for incoming freshman






    This is the site for completing federal financial aid forms.  You will need your parent's Income Tax Forms to complete. 














    Really good college prep/college planning site.



    Research college majors that might be right for you!



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