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    The mission of the Norwood Secondary School
    Guidance 
    Department is to provide academic, career
    and 
    personal/social counseling support to all students
    so that each student reaches his or her true potential
    and is prepared for life after public education in the
    twenty-first century.


    1.  COUNSELOR - RICK WILLIAMS

    Welcome to the Norwood Secondary School Counselor's Corner. I hope that you will find this page very useful. There are a lot of things happening each month. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 327-4336 ext 121 or email me at: rick.williams@norwoodk12.org 


    2.  EXCHANGE PROGRAMS

    High School/ College Exchange Programs: Exchange programs are invaluable to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world. 

    Go Global: Youth For Understanding (YFU) is a non-profit international educational organization with programs in 64 countries. One of the world's oldest, largest, and most respected exchange organizations, YFU has exemplified excellence in exchange worldwide since 1951.

    CIEE : A nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, CIEE is the world leader in international education and exchange. For more than 65 years CIEE has helped thousands of people gain the knowledge and skills necessary to live and work in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world by offering the most comprehensive, relevant, and valuable exchange programs available.

    3.  COLLEGE TESTING

    ACT: ACT is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides a broad array of assessment, research, information, and program management solutions in the areas of education and workforce development. Each year, ACT serves millions of people in high schools, colleges, professional associations, businesses, and government agencies—nationally and internationally. ACT has offices across the United States and throughout the world. 

    SAT: The SAT is the nation’s most widely used college admission exam. Learn more about how the SAT can help you show colleges what you know and what you know you can do. 

    SAT II Prep "College Board": The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity Founded in 1900, the College Board is composed of more than 5,700 schools, colleges, universities and other educational organizations. Each year, the College Board serves seven million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools, and 3,800 colleges through major programs and services in college readiness, college admission, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. Among its best-known programs are the SAT®, the PSAT/NMSQT® and the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®). The College Board is committed to the principles of excellence and equity, and that commitment is embodied in all of its programs, services, activities and concerns. 

    Reviews.com ACT/SAT Test Prep: The Reviews.com research team compiled a list   of 38 ACT/SAT prep courses companies and then selected the 7 best companies to review based on the 28 most important features.

    Chegg Test Prep: With Chegg Test Prep, students can get instant access to hundreds of expert SAT, ACT, and GRE test prep guides.

    SAT Test Prep: http://www.chegg.com/test-prep/sat
    ACT Test Prep: http://www.chegg.com/test-prep/act

    March2Success.com  A great resource to prepare for the ASVAB as well as ACT/SAT tests.

    ACCUPLACER preparation websites to review prior to testing;

    4.  PROFESSIONAL/VOCATIONAL PROGRAMS


    Here are important links to local vocational programs as well as work force support options. I have also included the links to all of the military services. These are all great options to get skill and certifications for students not interested or possibly ready for college after high school.

     Vocational Options

    Colorado Work Force

    Delta Technical College

    Southwest Colorado Community College

    IntelliTec

    Lincoln College of Technology

    Universal Technical Institute

    WyoTech

    Colorado Northwest Community College

    Aims Community College

    Front Range Community College

    Pueblo Community College

    Pikes Peak Community College 

    Community College of Denver 


    Military Options

    Army

    Navy

    Marines

    Air Force

    Coast Guard

     

    Medical Careers

    The CU BA/BS to MD Program;  This is an amazing opportunity for students who are considering becoming physicians; specifically primary care physicians who have the passion to stay in the State of Colorado and practice.

    Nursing Resources:

    Medical Assistants

    Pharmacy Technicians

     

    5.  WEB RESOURCES AND FINANCIAL AID

    Please take a look at the numerous web links below which are designed to help students and parents navigate scholarships, financial aid, college search links, testing links, and exchange programs.

    College Search Engines, Sources of Aid and Scholarships:

     College Scorecard; College Scorecards make it easier for you to search for a college that is a good fit for you. You can use the College Scorecard to find out more about a college’s affordability and value so you can make more informed decisions about which college to attend.

    FAFSA: Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, ensuresthat all eligible individuals can benefit from federally funded financial assistance for education beyond high school. We consistently champion the promise of postsecondary education to all Americans —and its value to our society. Federal Student Aid plays a central and essential role in supporting postsecondary education by providing money for college to eligible students and families. We partner with postsecondary schools, financial institutions and others to deliver services that help students and families who are paying for college.

    Student Loan Calculators:  You can use these student loan calculators to compare repayment options, payoff strategies, refinancing savings, and tax deductions

    Fast Web: For nearly 15 years, Fastweb has been the leading scholarship search provider for every student going to college. As a scholarship matching service, Fastweb matches users to scholarships based on their qualifications, meaning students have a better chance of winning. Their scholarship database contains 1.3 million scholarships worth over $3 billion.

    Cappex: With easy-to-use tools that quickly let you find colleges, like College Profiles and Reviews for 3,000+ colleges, College Invites, $11 billion in merit scholarships (powered by MeritAid.com)... even a “What Are My Chances?®” Calculator that instantly tells you your chances of getting into your favorite schools. You've got the source that gives you all the info you need, all conveniently in one place. The resource more than 2 million cumulative students have trusted for their college decisions. MeritAid.com provides Cappex with comprehensive details about $11 billion in merit scholarships offered by colleges across the country. It is the first centralized website dedicated to matching students with merit-based scholarships from more than 3,000 colleges. Knowing what merit-based scholarships are available before students apply to colleges can help them make a more educated decision on where to apply.

    CAPPEX Career and Majors Quiz:  Choosing a major that is right for you is an important part of your college experience. Many schools specialize in certain majors and a school's strong reputation in a particular field can help launch your career after graduation. Ultimately, understanding which majors fit your interests, skills, and strengths can help narrow down your college decision.

    College In Colorado: A free, comprehensive Web portal dedicated to providing adults and students with everything they need to know about career exploration and planning, selecting high school courses, choosing and applying to colleges, and improving their financial IQ.

    College Invest:  CollegeInvest's mission is to address the challenges Coloradans face regarding both the affordability of and access to higher education. CollegeInvest was created by the State of Colorado in 1979 and is a division of the Colorado Department of Higher Education. As Colorado's leading education financing resource we provide expert information, simple financial planning tools, scholarships and tax advantaged 529 college savings plans to take education dollars as far as they can go.

    GoodCall Scholarship:  GoodCall Scholarship Search Engine is one of the largest databases of scholarships on the web. Unlike the others, the GoodCall Scholarship Engine requires no personal information and it's free to use.

    Niche: Explore college rankings based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of student and alumni reviews.

    Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Program - Students who are residents of WICHE states are eligible to request a reduced tuition rate of 150% of resident tuition at participating two- and four-year college programs outside of their home state.

    Common Application - With more than 600 Member colleges and only one application, The Common Application is comprised of a rich and diverse membership – colleges that are public, private, large, small, secular, and religious. No other college application system matches the diversity of institutions accessible through The Common Application, which is why more than 1 million students, counselors and teachers rely on us every year.

    6.  SERVICE ACADEMIES AND ROTC SCHOLARSHIPS

    Here are important web addresses for students interested in scholarship opportunities associated with the Service Academies or College ROTC Programs. Both scholarship opportunities are very competitive and applicants must start the process early. If selected, you will receive a full ride scholarship.

    Service Academies

    West Point (Army)

    Naval Academy

    Air Force Academy

    Coast Guard Academy

    Merchant Marine Academy

     

    ROTC Scholarships

    Army ROTC

    Navy ROTC

    Air Force ROTC

     

    7.  TESTING DATES

    I have included the windows for all tests that will be given this year. Please plan accordingly so that the students are available to take the tests.

    1.  The 11th Grade ASVAB Test – 4 October 2017 from 8 AM to Noon.

    2.  The 11th Grade PSAT/NMQS Test – 11 October 2017 from 8AM to Noon.

    3.  The 9/10th Grade PSAT Test – 19 October 2017 from 8AM to Noon.

    4.   The S-1 MS/HS Finals Week 18 21 December 2017. 

    5.  The Access Test for all ELL Students - 09 January - 10 February 2018 (Window). 

    6.  The 3rd – 8th Grades CMAS - English,Math, Science and Social Studies - 2-27 April 2018.

    7.  The 11th Grade COSAT Test 10 April 2018 from 8AM to Noon.

    8.  The 9th Grade PSAT Test - 11 April 2018 from 8AM to Noon.

    9.  The 10th Grade PSAT Test - 12 April 2018 from 8AM to Noon.

    10.  The S-2 Seniors Finals Week – 14-18 May 2018.

    9.  The S-2 MS/HS Finals Week – 21-25 May 2018. 

     

    8.  SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

    I will update this page as soon as I get scholarships, so check often. A paper copy will also be given to interested students at school. Here are a couple great Applications that you can also use to help you find scholarships; https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/scholly-scholarship-search/id640381740?mt=8 and https://www.myscholly.com/. Below is the current list of scholarships that are available to juniors and seniors:
     
    The Don't Text and Drive Scholarship is due by 30 September 2017. If interested, please apply by going to: http://www.digitalresponsibility.org/dont-text-and-drive-scholarship
     

    The Wendy's High School Heisman Scholarship is due by 2 October 2017. If interested, please go to: www.wendyshighschoolheisman.com

    The Horatio Alger Association Scholarship is due by 25 October 2017.  If interested, please apply by going to:   www.horatioalger.org/scholarships 

    The Coca Cola Scholarship is due by 31 October 2017. If interested, please go apply at: http://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/applicants/ 

    The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship is due by 14 November 2017. This scholarship offers students with need up to $40,000.00 per year to attend college. If interested in applying, please go to www.jkcf.org/scholarships

    The Latin American Educational Foundations Scholarship is due by 20 November, 2017.  If interested, please apply by going to http://www.laef.org/scholarship

    The Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship is due by 27 November 2017. If interested, please access the application by going to www.enf.elks.org/mvs

    The Daniel Fund Scholarship window is open for applications from 29 September to 4PM on 30 November 2017. The Daniels Fund Scholarship is needs based, so please consider your family's financial situation when applying. You can access the applications by going to: http://www.danielsfund.org/Apply.asp

    The Greenhouse Scholars Scholarship is due by 1 December 2017. If interested, you can access the application by going to;  www.greenhousescholars.fluidreview.com

    Lawsuit Legal First Generation Scholarship is due by 5 December 2017.  If interested, you can access the scholarship by going to; https://www.lawsuitlegal.com/giving-back/scholarship.php

    The Burger King McLamore Foundation Scholarship is due by 15 December 2017. If interested, you can access the application by going to: https://www.scholarshipamerica.org/burgerkingscholars/

    The AXA Achievement Scholarship is due by 15 December 2017. If interested, please apply by going to www.axa-achievement.com 

    The NRECA Rural Electric Youth Tour & CEEI Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp applications for Sophomores and Juniors are due by 18 December 2017. Both programs are fully funded tours over next summer sponsored by San Miguel Power. You can access an application by seeing Mr Williams. 


    The Odenza Marketing Group Volunteer Scholarship is due by 30 December 2017. If interested, please access the application by going to http://www.studentscholarships.org/college.php

    The GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship is due by 4 January 2018. If interested, please apply by going to www.reaganfoundation.org/scholarships

    The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers Scholarship is due by 9 January 2018.  If interested, please apply by going to http://www.artandwriting.org 

    The Providian Medical Scholarship is due by 15 January 2018. If interested, please apply by going to http://www.providianmedical.com/providian-medical-scholarship/

    The Greg Goff Leadership Scholarship is due by 16 January 2018. If interested, please apply by going to http://nshssfoundation.org/scholarships/greg-goff-leadership-awards/

    The CESDA Scholarship is due by 19 January 2018. If interested, you can apply by going to http://www.cesda.org/#!scholarships/crq5

    The Chang-Chavkin Scholarship for first generation students is due by 22 January for seniors and 12 February for Juniors.  Please see Mr Williams  for an application. 

    The Colorado Counsel on High School and College Relations Volunteer and Community Service Scholarship is due by 29 January 2018. You can access the application by going to www.coloradocouncil.org 

    The Colorado Mayflower Society Scholarship is due by 1 February 2018. You don't have to be a Mayflower descendant to apply. If interested, please apply by going to http://www.coloradomayflowersociety.org/scholarship.htm

    The Fort Lewis Foundation Scholarship for students interested in attending Fort Lewis College is due by 1 February 2018.  If interested, in applying. please go to;  https://www.fortlewis.edu/flc-scholarships/FoundationDepartmentalScholarships.aspx

    The Berg Simpson Scholarship is due by 2 February 2018. If interested, please apply by going to:  https://www.burgsimpson.com/charities/burg-simpson-college-scholarship-program/

    The Society for Women Engineers Scholarship is due by 2 February 2018. If interested, you can access the application by going to http://www.swe-rms.org/scholarships.html

    The San Miguel Power Association Scholarship, Basin Electric Cooperative Scholarship are due by 5 February 2018. If interested in applying, please go to; http://www.smpa.com/content/scholarships.

    The RMEL Foundation Scholarship is due on 8 February 2018. If interested,please apply by going to https://www.rmelfoundation.org/scholarships/

    The Colorado PTA Association Scholarship is due by 1 March 2017.  You must be a member of the school's PTA to apply.  You can become a member by contacting our PTA.  If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application.  

    The Frame My Future Scholarship is due by 1 March 2018. If interested, you 
    can apply by going to https://www.diplomaframe.com/contests/frame-my-future-scholarship-2018/newentry.aspx

    The San Miguel Basin Conservation District Scholarship is due by 3 March 2017. This scholarship is for students interested in agriculture, animal science, water and forest management, fish and wildlife education. If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application.

    The Colorado Rural Health Scholars Program application is due by 10 March 2017. The program will run from 4 June to 24 June at the University of Colorado Medical Center. This opportunity is for upcoming juniors and seniors. If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application.

    The American Public Works Association West Slope Chapter Scholarship is due by 15 March 2018. If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application.

    The UTC Heaston Scholarship is due by 15 March 2018. If interested, please apply by going to http://www.uct.org/why-join-uct/scholarship-programs/

    The RBC Wealth Management Scholarship is due by 16 March 2018. If interested, please apply by going to https://denverfoundation.academicworks.com/opportunities/375

    The Fruita Co-Op Scholarship is due by 14 March 2018.  This is a scholarship for students interested in agriculture and food production.  If interested, please apply by going to www.agfuture.org/scholarships 

    The Just for Kids Foundation Man of La Mancha Scholarship is due by 24 March 2018. If interested, you can apply by going to; http://www.justforkidsfoundation.org/#!scholarships/cpjb

    The Lance Corporal Phillip E Frank Memorial Scholarship is due by 31 March 2017. If interested, you can apply by going to http://www.heartofamarine.org/programs/Scholarships.aspx

    The Associated Builders and Contractors Scholarship is due by 30 March 2018.  This scholarship is for students interested in pursuing a career in a construction related field.  If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application.  

    The 4-H Colorado Scholarships are due by 1 April 2018.  If interested, you can apply by going to; http://co4hfoundation.extension.colostate.edu/benefits/colorado-4-h-foundation-scholarships/

    The American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship is due by 1 April 2018. If interested, please apply by going to http://www.afsascholarship.org/hsinformation.html

    The Gayle Clarke Memorial Scholarship is due by 14 April 2017.  This scholarship is foe students who live in the West End.  If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application.  
     
    The Friends of the Norwood Public Library Scholarship is due by 15 April 2017. If interested, please see Mr. Williams for and application. 

    The San Juan Healthcare Foundation Scholarship is due by 17 April 2017.  If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application. 

    The Lee J. Proper Scholarship is due by 20 April 2017. This scholarship is for students interested in obtaining a degree in medically related fields. If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application.  

    The Telluride Dental Clinic Scholarship is due by 21 April 2017. If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application.

    The Telluride Rotary Club Scholarship is due by 21 April 2017. If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application.

    The Lone Cone Cattlewomen's Scholarship is due by 21 April 2017. If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application.

    The Neil Armstrong Scholarship for students going in to science, technology, engineering and math is due by 21 April 2017. If interested, please see Mr. Williams for the application.

    The Elaine R.C. Fischer Art Scholarship is due by 24 April 2017.  If interested, please see Mr Williams for an appication.  

    The Alpine Bank Imogene Pass Run Scholarship is due by 24 April 2017.  If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application.

    The Gordon Glockson Memorial Scholarship is due by 27 April 2018.  If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application.

    The Pam and Roy Raabe Memorial Scholarship is due by 28 April 2017. Please see Mr Williams for an application. 

    The IAPMO Scholarship is due by 1 May 2017. If interested, please access the scholarship by going to http://www.iapmo.org/Pages/EssayContest.aspx

    The Norwood Roping Club Memorial Scholarship is due by 1 May 2017. If interested, please see Mr. Williams for the application.

    The Francis Warner Scholarship through the Elks Lodge in Telluride is due by 5 May 2017. If interested, you can access the cover letter and application by going to http://www.tellurideelks.org/charities-programs/francis-warner-scholarship/

    The H-n-H Sign Scholarship is due by 10 May 2017.  If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application.

    The Kit Farther Foundation Scholarship is due by 19 May 2017.  If interested, you can access the application by going to www.KitFaragherFoundation.org  

    The Best Matress Services Scholarhip is due on 19 May 2017.  If interested, you can access the appication by going to; https://www.bestmattressreviews.com/sleep-scholarship/

    The Century Link Quote Scholarship is due by 14 June 2017.  If interested, please apply by going to; http://www.centurylinkquote.com/scholarship 


    9.  OFFERS AND ACCEPTANCES

    Below is a list of Norwood High School Seniors who have been offered admission to colleges and universities throughout the United States.  To date 15 seniors have been offered admission to 64 colleges, universities or postsecondary programs throughout the United States.

     

    1.  Chloe Antonson - Montana State Univeristy (offer), University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (offer), Colorado Mesa University (offer), University of Northern Colorado (offer), Western State Colorado University (offer), Colorado State University (offer)

    2.  Jaida Baugh - University of Northern Colorado (offer), University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (offer), Colorado Northwestern Community College (offer), Western State Colorado University (offer), Colorado Mesa University (offer), West Texas A&M University (offer)

    3.  Hunter Brier - Colorado State University (offer), Grand Canyon University (offer), Colorado Mesa University (offer)

    4.  Megan Browning - Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (offer), Labette Community College (offer), Ozark Technical Community College (offer)

    5.  Ryle Burch - Western Colorado Community College (ACCEPTED)

    6.  Colten Butler - University of Wyoming (offer), Montana State University (offer), University of Montana Western (offer), Western State Colorado University (offer)

    7.  Aidan Dabal - Colorado Mesa University (offer), University of Northern Colorado (offer)

    8.  Donovan Graves - University of Arkansas (offer), Colorado State Univeristy (offer), University of Missouri (offer), University of Oklahoma (offer)

    9.  Calder Hughes - Metropolitan State University (offer), University of North Dakota (offer), Westminster College (offer), Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (offer)

    10.  Cortney Lemon - Casper College (offer), Colorado Northwestern Community College (offer), Northeastern Junior College (offer), Lamar Community College (offer)

    11.  DJ Snow - Montana State University (offer), University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (offer), University of Northern Colorado (offer), Colorado Mesa University (offer), Metropolitan State University (offer), University of Denver (offer)

    12.  Kalli Starks - Pueblo Community College (offer), Utah State University (offer), Pikes Peak Community College (offer), Laramie County Community College (offer), Colorado Mountain College (offer), South Plains College (offer), Western Colorado Community College (offer), Temple College (offer), North Lake College (offer), Colorado Mesa University (offer), Western State Colorado University (offer), The College of Western Idaho (offer)

    13.  Snellen Taylor - Montana State Univeristy (offer), University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (offer), Metropolitan State University (offer), Colorado State University (offer)

    14.  Hunter Wilson - Grand Canyon University (ACCEPTED), Colorado Mesa University (offer), Western State Colorado University (offer), University of Nebraska-Lncoln (offer) 

    15.  Riley Wilson - The Southeast Lineman Training Center (ACCEPTED), Colorado Mesa Univeristy (offer)

     

    10.  STUDENT SUCCESSES 

    As Norwood High School students receive recognition for their efforts this year, I will update this section. To date, the senior class has earned  $707,300.00 in scholarships and grants.   

      

    FRESHMAN

     

    SOPHOMORES

     

     

    JUNIORS

     

     

    SENIORS

    Hunter Brier was offered an Academic Scholarship valued at $30,000.00 over four years from Grand Canyon University.

    Colten Butler was offered an Academic Scholarship valued at $24,000.00 over four years from The University of Wyoming.

    Ryle Burch was offered an Academic Grant Package valued at $19,800.00 over two years from Western Colorado Community College.

    Colten Butler was offered an Academic Scholarship valued at $16,000.00 over four years from Montana State University.

    Donovan Dowden was offered an Academic Scholarship valued at $85,600.00 over four years from The University of Missouri.

    Calder Hughes was offered an Academic Scholarship valued at $56,000.00 over four years from Westminster College.

    Calder Hughes was offered an Academic Scholarship and Grant Package valued at $66,300.00 over four years from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

    Calder Hughes was offered an Academic Scholarship and Grant Package valued at $65,600.00 over four years from Metropolitan State University.

    DJ Snow was offered an Academic Scholarship valued at $20,000.00 over four years from Montana State University.

    DJ Snow was offered an Academic Scholarship valued at $26,000.00 over four years from Regis University.

    DJ Snow was offered an Academic Scholarship valued at $14,000.00 over four years from Colorado Mesa University.

    DJ Snow was offered an Academic Scholarship valued at $8,000.00 over four years from The University of Northern Colorado.

    DJ Snow was offered an Academic Scholarship valued at $68,000.00 over four years from The University of Denver.

    DJ Snow was offered an Academic Scholarship valued at $3,000.00 over four years from The University of Colorado at Denver.

    Snellen Taylor was offered the Achievement Award Scholarship valued at $20,000.00 over four years from Montana State University.
     
    Snellen Taylor was offered the Chancellor’s Award Scholarship valued at $10,000.00 over four years from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
     
    Snellen Taylor was offered an Academic Scholarship valued at $8,000.00 over four years from Metropolitan State University.

    Hunter Wilson was offered an Academic Scholarship valued at $39,000.00 over four years from Grand Canyon University.

    Hunter Wilson was offered an Academic Scholarship valued at $52,000.00 over four years from The University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

    Hunter Wilson was offered an Academic Scholarship valued at $35,000.00 over four years from Colorado Mesa University.

    Hunter Wilson was offered an Academic Scholarship valued at $14,000.00 over four years from Western State Colorado University.