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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 3/20/19  

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.

Sandra Baker/PRIDE of Tuscaloosa Scholarship - will award $1,000 to a high school senior in Tuscaloosa City or County School System. No GPA required. Deadline to apply is Monday, April 1st. Application was emailed to seniors on 2/13.

The Alabama Home Builders Foundation scholarship was founded in 1995 with a mission to help fund deserving students who are interested in pursuing an education in the residential building trades in the state of Alabama. As of 2015,over $500,000 in scholarship funding has been awarded to over 1,000 students. Deadline: March 15th . https://ahbfoundation.org/index.php/scholarships/

Branden Deon Moss (BDM) Scholarship - The BDM Scholarship is designed to provide scholarships, in the amount of $500 each, to two Hillcrest High School seniors, who have been affected by, or seen the effects of violence. The applications will be reviewed and recipients will be selected by the Anderson’s League of Leaders Board of Directors. Deadline April 1st, 2019. Mrs. Woodroof emailed seniors the application on 2/8/2019.

Alabama Agribusness Council FoundationThe AACF Scholarship was created to provide students enrolled in a four-year institution located within the state of Alabama majoring in a field of study that will prepare the student for a career in agriculture or agribusiness with financial assistance to help support their study. Deadline: March 31, 2019. 

Riverview Orthodontics – must be existing or previous patient. Mrs. Woodroof emailed the application on 1/30. Deadline: March 31st.

LAVENDER, INC. SCHOLARSHIP/ APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM – This scholarship is for students who are interested in: Welding, Drafting Design Engineering, Drafting Technology, Pipe Fitting, Industrial Mechanical, and Machine Tool Technology. Mrs. Woodroof emailed the application on 1/30. Deadline: April 1st.

 The Live Big, Love Hard Angel Eaton Memorial Scholarship - one-time $500 scholarship awarded to a Hillcrest High School senior who exhibits the same characteristics that Angel possessed -- a passion for life, a desire to help others and a fierce determination to achieve her dreams, despite the obstacles. Seniors were emailed the application on 1/17/19. Deadline: March 29th. 

Duncanville Middle Scholarship - Seniors were emailed on 1/11/19. Deadline: April 2nd.  

Greg Ray Memorial Education Scholarship - The scholarship is a one-time, $2,000 education scholarship awarded to a deserving public school student whose parent or guardian is an active pupil transportation employee for the past three years. A student qualifies by graduating from a public high school and then attend ing a postsecondary education institution in 2019-2020. Eligible students must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA and are selected based on their leadership, citizenship , and service. The $2,000 scholarship can be used for any part of the student's 2019-2020 school year tuition, books, or fees. Deadline: April 26, 2019.

The Southeastern States Pupil Transportation Conference (SESPTC) is a Virginia non-profit corporation created over 69 years ago to host an annual conference focused on educating student transportation professionals working in the southeast. To qualify, a parent/guardian family must have a gross taxable income less than $80 ,000 for each of the past three tax years and a parent/guardian of the student must have  been actively employed in  public school transportation for the past three years. A student qualifies by graduating from a public high school and then attending a postsecondary education al institution in 2019. The $2,500 scholarship can be used for any pai1 of the student s 2019-2020 school year tuition, books, or fees. Deadline: April 26, 2019.

 Charles "Chuck" Poland Education Scholarship - The Scholarship is a one-time, $1,000 education scholarship awarded to a deserving public school student whose parent or guardian is an active  pupil  transpo1tation employee for the  past three years.  A student qualifies by graduating from a public high school and then attending a postsecondary educational institution in 2019-2020. Eligible students must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA and are selected based on their leadership, citizenship, and service. The $1,000 scholar ship can be used for any part of the student's 2019-2020 school year tuition, books, or fees. Deadline: April 26, 2019.

Mike Cox Memorial Education Scholarship - The scholarship is a one-time, $1,000 education scholarship awarded to two (2) deserving public school students whose parent or guardian is an active pupil transportation employee for the past three years. A student qualifies by graduating from a public high school and then attending a postsecondary education institution in 2019-2020. Eligible students must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA and are selected based on their leadership, citizenship, and service. The $1,000 scholarship can be used for any part of the student's 2019- 2020 school year tuition, books, or fees. Deadline: April 26, 2019.

CollegeCounts ScholarshipApplicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for this scholarship:

  • Be a high school senior or first-time college freshman beginning in fall 2019
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be an Alabama resident
  • Planning to enroll in an Alabama eligible educational institution in fall 2019
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Have an ACT score of 26 or below
    (applicants attending a two-year school will not be required to submit ACT scores)
  • http://treasury.alabama.gov/collegecounts-scholarship/

National Scholarship in honor of Carlene Brown - https://sbmef.org/Scholarship/Details/4021

National Scholarship in memory of Jane Nicklay - https://sbmef.org/Scholarship/Details/4022

Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program - The Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program recognizes high school seniors for their community service, academic performance and leadership skills. We provide these scholarships to give young people the opportunity to continue their education to better compete in tomorrow’s workplace.

Eligibility - Applicants to the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program must:

  • Have a demonstrated commitment to community service, outstanding qualities in character, integrity and leadership
  • Be enrolled as a high school senior
  • Reside in a community served by Comcast 
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or vocational-technical college in the United States for the entire 2019-2020 academic year
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent)
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Deadline: Dec 7 - https://learnmore.scholarsapply.org/leadersandachievers/

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. 

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 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. 

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. 

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/

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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