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From the Senior Counselor

Mrs. Emily Woodroof    

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

Class of 2020          

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 or go to their website - https://prestigeportraits.com/

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 9/30/19

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.

THE 2019 PONTON LAW SCHOLARSHIP - This scholarship is now available to any high school senior in the United States that desires to apply. More information can be found on our scholarship application. Deadline: July 31, 2020 https://www.jamesponton.com/practices/car-accidents/#scholarship

 

AAFEPA Scholarships - Deadline: October 11, 2019. Email Mrs. Woodroof for an application packet. ewoodroof@tcss.net 

  • Leo Brown Scholarship are senior students presently enrolled in a public school. The student should be pursuing a degree in education
  • Joan Buckley Scholarship are senior students presently enrolled in a public school. The student may be pursuing a degree in any area of their interest. 
  • Exemplifies the following characteristics.• leadership within at least one school, community, or church activity • involvement in extracurricular activities • evidence of positive character, integrity, and leadership traits
  • Has attained the following achievements: • an overall minimum academic record of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale • a demonstrated commitment to learning • a successful experience working with children/young people

 

The Smith Scholarship Foundation will begin accepting on-line Applications on October 1, 2019 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. Deadline: Jan. 10, 2020. Proof of filing FAFSA must be submitted with application. http://smithscholarships.com/

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) awards multiple scholarships to students showing dedication to the pursuit of higher education in diverse areas of study including history, economics, law, political science, medicine, nursing, occupational and physical therapy, elementary and secondary education, chemistry, math, science and EnglishDeadline: February 15th. Apply online - https://www.dar.org/national-society/scholarships

Grades 9-12: Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest The Create-A-Greeting-Card Contest is currently being offered by The Gallery Collection to all high school, college and university students. This scholarship is valued at $10,000, and also offers you the chance to win $1,000 for your school. You can apply directly on their website (the application is mostly your greeting card design), as well as view winners from years past. 

WBRC Fox 6 News Rising Star - Students must be nominated by the counselor and must meet certain criteria.  Nominees must be star students who are serving in their community, participating in extracurricular activities and maintaining a 3.0 GPA or better.  There will be 30 weekly winners, who will be highlighted on WBRC FOX6 News.  Those 30 students will then compete for one of five $5,000 scholarships (to be awarded by America’s First Credit Union). If you would like to be nominated, please email Mrs. Woodroof (ewoodroof@tcss.net) the following information – please list: community involvement, extra-curricular activities, why you should be selected. Please only ask to be submitted once because nomination will remain in the applicant pool each week.

DACA Students - Golden Door is a nonprofit scholarship organization which provides large college scholarships to high performing students with DACA.

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. 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. 

1st Generation Scholarships @ UA - The University of Alabama has three elite First Generation Scholarship Programs that offer support and scholarship awards to first generation students.

The College Board is investing $25 million in a new scholarship program, with students earning $5 million in scholarships each year, beginning with the class of 2020. https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/

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. 

SallieMae Scholarships - Find Scholarships for College

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

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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