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From the Senior Counselor

Mrs. Emily Woodroof    

12th Grade Counselor        
Facebook: Hillcrest Counselor 
ewoodroof@tcss.net 

Class of 2019          

Transcripts, Applications, Letters of Recommendation 

  • 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 in the front office.
  • Please do not run close on deadlines.  Requests for transcripts will be processed in a timely fashion, but may not get immediate attention.
  • Requests for letters of recommendation should be submitted at least one week prior. Students should supply a completed resume  with a request for a letter of recommendation. 

 Senior Supplies

Jostens Campus Supply (cap, gown, etc)                                                                                                      

  • Address: 3650 Northbrook Dr, Suite 5, Northport,  Alabama     
  • Phone: 205-764-5120                                                                                                                                               
  • Hours: 9 am - 5 pm                                                                                                                                                   

Senior Portraits - Call Lifetouch/Prestige at 758-6995. 

College-bound Student-Athletes      If you are considering participation in collegiate sports, please visit www.ncaa.org to complete an application for eligibility.

Are you considering a Military Academy for college?  A congressional nomination is required.  For more information contact Col. Lackey.  Deadlines are important in application process.

ACT/SAT Information: Hillcrest High School Code is 012685    Fee waivers are available to students who receive free or reduced lunch and students are able to receive up to two waivers throughout high school.  Qualified students should see Mrs. Woodroof. ACT requires students to upload a picture when registering for the test.  This photo will print on your admission ticket.  Students will also be required to bring a government or school issued photo ID on their test day. Notify Mrs. Woodroof at least one week in advance if you need a school issued photo ID.     

  • To register or learn about the ACT - www.actstudent.org
  • To register or learn about the SAT - www.collegeboard.com  

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS and FINANCIAL AID - Updated 10/17/2018  

Beware of scholarship scams.  There is no need to pay for information about scholarships or financial aid.  All information is free and is available from the Guidance Office or the internet.

2018 Dudley Barnette ALS Scholarship - The Hillcrest High School Baseball program announces the 2018 Dudley Barnette ALS Scholarship. This scholarship program will offer a one-time $500 -  $1000 scholarship to a senior attending Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa, AL. The scholarship recipient will be notified by March 1 and will be recognized at Hillcrest Baseball’s ALS Night, which is tentatively scheduled for March 8, 2018. 

Applicant must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Must be an enrolled senior at Hillcrest High School, and doesn’t have to be a baseball player.
  2. Must plan to attend a 2-year community college or a 4-year college or university in 2018.
  3. Must include a 1-page essay telling the scholarship committee about yourself, why you need the scholarship, and how you would use the funds.
  4. Application must be turned in to Coach Garner at Hillcrest High School by noon on February 8. Faxed or emailed applications will not be considered. (Coach Garner’s classroom is a portable.)

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - https://fafsa.ed.gov/  Opened October 1st. The priority deadline is March 1st. Students who file after March 1 receive half as much aid as students who file earlier. 

Elks National Foundation Scholarship Programclick here for a list of scholarships they offer.

Tommy Smith Scholarship - he remembers how hard it was to go to college, balance a part-time job, and have a social life during his college years. This scholarship is to show students that there are people who understand all that they have to do to get an education. The scholarship is worth $1000 and only requires a 500-word essay on a specific topic to apply.   Submit the form by May 31, 2019. http://tommysmithscholarship.com/

Smith Scholarship FoundationThe Smith Scholarship Foundation will begin accepting on-line Applications on September 15, 2018 for the Smith Scholarship Program. The Smith Scholarship Foundation Program is an Accountability Scholarship Program providing assistance to High School Seniors who have “given back” to their community through volunteer activities or by caring for family while overcoming financial and personal challenges. http://www.smithscholarships.com/

UNCF's mission is to build a robust and nationally-recognized pipeline of under-represented students. Click here to see scholarships.

SallieMae Scholarships - Find Scholarships for College

The Horatio Alger Scholarship - As one of the nation's largest need-based college scholarship programs in the country, the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger Association seeks students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as have critical financial need.  Application deadline October 25th.  Click here for more information.

The WBRC FOX6 News Rising Star sponsored by America’s First Credit Union is a program set up to highlight star seniors at Central Alabama area high schools. Students will be nominated by their high school counselor and must meet certain criteria. Mrs. Woodroof emailed seniors on 8/21/18 with instructions. Please email her if you have questions - ewoodroof@tcss.net 

12th Grade Girls: Through the years, the Linly Heflin Unit has awarded over 3,000 scholarships to Alabama women. This year again, the amount given will be $6,000 per year. The application and supporting documentation, including transcripts, ACT verification, letters of recommendation, and income verification, must be completed by January 10, 2019.  http://www.linlyheflin.org/

The Annexstad Family Foundation was established in 2000 by Al and Cathy Annexstad and their family with a singular purpose of helping deserving young people realize their dreams of earning a college degree. Click here to learn about their scholarship programs. 

U of Alabama Students - The Terry and Nick Saban First in Family Scholarship and the Terry and Nick Saban Endowed Scholarship are awarded to students who are the first in their family to attend college. First Generation students become “Game Changers” for their families and their entire communities providing inspiration, hope and new beginnings. These scholarships literally transform the lives of the recipients, not only by providing financial assistance but by recognizing their hard work and dedication to academics, leadership and service. Saban Scholars are chosen via a highly competitive and selective process that includes an on-campus interview. 

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. With the 30th class in 2018, the Foundation has provided over 6,000 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $66 million in educational support. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship. The application is open! Students who will be graduating in the 2018-2019 academic school year may apply here through Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern. 

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - https://fafsa.ed.gov/  Opened October 1st. The priority deadline is March 1st. Students who file after March 1 receive half as much aid as students who file earlier. 

The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. In order to do our part we are offering an annual scholarship to a deserving student. All student athletes are eligible regardless of the sport they are engaged in or the capacity in which they participate. The student must be a high school senior or be attending a post secondary institute. Deadline: June 19, 2018. http://www.bigsunathletics.com/

Largest collection of scholarships on the web - www.studentscholarships.or

Disability Scholarshipshttps://jlvcollegecounseling.com/scholarships/disability/

Both the Saban First in Family Scholarship and the Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship provide students with $5,000/year scholarship (renewable for 4 years, with GPA qualifications), as well as a multitude of professional development opportunities, academic coaching, and support programs.We are currently accepting scholarship applications from students who:

  • Are applying to The University of Alabama as freshmen for the fall or summer semester of 2019
  • Are Alabama residents
  • Will be the FIRST in their immediate family to attend college
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA

ROTC Scholarships - ROTC cadets committed to serving in the military after college are eligible for scholarships covering the costs for tuition, fees, and textbooks for four years, plus a monthly stipend for personal expenses. If you have additional financial need, you are free to apply for regular financial aid and non-ROTC scholarships. If you leave the ROTC at the end of your freshman year, the ROTC will cover its share of your freshman expenses with no further obligation on your part. http://www.goarmy.com/rotc/high-school-students/four-year-scholarship.m.html

UNIGO - Search scholarships by category, such as: athletic, company-sponsored, minority, major, state, etc. https://www.unigo.com/scholarships 

UNCF is the nation’s largest private scholarship provider to minority group members. Each year, we award more than $100 million in scholarships to more than 10,000 students at more than 1,100 schools across the country, including our prestigious network of 37 HBCUs.    http://www.uncf.org/scholarships 

Potential Magazine - sign up for scholarship alerts http://potentialmagazine.com/college-scholarships

Find Free Money with Scholarship Search by Sallie Mae® -  https://www.salliemae.com/plan-for-college/scholarships/scholarships-for-high-school-seniors/

Alabama GI Dependents Scholarship Program For more information about this program, please contact your Dept. of Veterans Affairs representative located at the county courthouse. 

The INTER-TRIBAL COUNCIL OF ALABAMA'S WIA Program http://www.itcala.org/scholarships.html

OTHER RESOURCES 

FREE Scholarship search engines:

            Peterson’s - https://www.petersons.com/college-search/scholarship-search.aspx

            Cappex.com – https://www.cappex.com/

            Fastweb.com - http://www.fastweb.com/

             Achieve Alabama - https://www.achievealabama.org/

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