• This page is copyrighted and cannot be reproduced or replicated without permission
    The mission of the Norwood Secondary School
    Department is to provide academic, career
    personal/social counseling support to all students
    so that each student reaches his or her true potential
    and is prepared with a plan for life after public education in the
    twenty-first century.


    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 


    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.


    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

    Digital Learning North America - Your scores on your ACT or SAT can have a major impact on your college career. High scores can lead you to scholarships, grants, class exemptions, and more. The idea of studying for all the material can sometimes be an overwhelming experience for some eager students. However, the resources found here can help students study hard, practice, and gain confidence so they can do their very best. We do not charge for this resource and no login information is required to access it:  Discover Business Degrees: ACT and SAT Prep Resources

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

    Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created in 2008 by Salman Khan with the goal of creating a set of online tools that help educate students.The organization produces short lessons in the form of YouTube videos.  Its website also includes supplementary practice exercises and materials for educators. All resources are available to users of the website.

    CampusReel - 10,000+ student-made videos showcase dorm rooms, dining halls, student life and more on college campuses. It's like YouTube for college search.  It's the most fun and effective way to experience a college campus and community.

    ACCUPLACER Next Generation preparation links to review prior to testing;

    Advance Algebra and Functions Next Gen Practice

    Quantatative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics Next Gen Practice

    Writing Next Gen Practice




    Test Prep Review offers a free practice test webpage that features practice tests for each section of the exam, as well as test-taking strategy tips.



    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


    Lincoln College of Technology

    Universal Technical Institute


    Colorado Northwest Community College

    Aims Community College

    Front Range Community College

    Pueblo Community College

    Pikes Peak Community College 

    Community College of Denver 

    Military Options




    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



    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, ensure that 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 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.

    College Loan Calculator - A great resource to determine your potential loan costs for college.

    RaiseMe - RaiseMe partners with universities to offer students scholarships for their achievements during high school and community college.

    College Terms and Definitions

    College Opportunity Fund - The College Opportunity Fund (COF) is a trust fund created by the Colorado Legislature that provides a tuition stipend to eligible undergraduate students. The stipend pays a portion of your total in-state tuition when you attend a participating college. You can read the Colorado law (statute) that governs this program by clicking on "COF Legal Info" at the bottom of the COF homepage.


    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

    Guide to ROTC Programs:  https://universityhq.org/resources/college-planning-guide/rotc-programs/


    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 8th Grade PSAT Test – 12 October 2021 from 8AM to Noon.

    2.  The 9th Grade PSAT Test – 14 October 2021 from 8AM to Noon.

    3.  The 10th/11th Grade PSAT/NMQS Test – 13 October 2021 from 8AM to Noon.

    4.  The 11th Grade ASVAB Test – 6 October 2021 from 8 AM to Noon.

    5.   The S-1 MS/HS Finals Week 15 - 16 December 2021. 

    6.  The Access Test for all ELL Students - 10 January - 11 February 2022 (WINDOW) 

    7.  The 3rd – 8th Grades CMAS - English,Math, Science and/or Social Studies - 11 - 29 April 2022 (WINDOW)

    8.  The 11th Grade COSAT Test 26 April 2022 

    9.  The 9th Grade PSAT Test - 14 April 2022 

    10.  The 10th Grade PSAT Test - 13 April 2022  

    11.  The S-2 Seniors Finals Week – 16 - 17 May 2022.

    12.  The S-2 MS/HS Finals Week – 24 - 25 May 2022. 




    I will update this page as soon as I get scholarships, so check often.  

    Here are a few great links 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/

    List of national scholarships 2021-2022:
    Going Merry (www.goingmerry.com) - One place for students to find and apply to scholarships online, absolutely free.
    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 2021. If interested, please apply by going to: http://www.digitalresponsibility.org/don't-text-and-drive-scholarship
    The Heisman High School Scholarship is due by 19 October 2021.  If interested, please apply by going to: https://heismanscholarship.com
    The Coca Cola Scholarship is due by 31 October 2021. If interested, please go apply at: http://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/applicants/ 
    The Boettcher Foundation Scholarship is due by 1 November 2021.  If interested, you can access the application by going to; https://boettcherfoundation.org/scholarship-eligibility-requirements-and-selection-criteria/
    The Greenhouse Scholars Scholarship is due by 7 November 2021. If interested, you can access the application by going to;  www.greenhousescholars.org/apply

    The Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship is due by 15 November 2021. If interested, please access the application by going to www.enf.elks.org/mvs

    The Daniel Fund Scholarship window is open for applications from 1 October to 20 November 2021. 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 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship is due by 18 November 2021. This scholarship offers students with need up to $40,000.00 per year to attend college. If interested in applying, please go to https://www.jkcf.org/our-scholarships/ 

    The Hagan Scholarship Foundation for Rural Students Scholarship is due by 1 December 2021.  If interested, please access the application by going to https://haganscholarships.org

    The AXA Achievement Scholarship is due by 15 December 2021. If interested, please apply by going to www.axa-achievement.com 

    The Odenza Marketing Group Volunteer Scholarship is due by 30 December 2021. If interested, please access the application by going to http://www.studentscholarships.org/college.php

    The GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship is due by 6 January 2022. If interested, please apply by going to www.reaganfoundation.org/scholarships

    The Providian Medical Scholarship is due by 15 January 2022. If interested, please apply by going to http://www.providianmedical.com/providian-medical-scholarship/

    The Society for Women Engineers Scholarship is due by 29 January 2021. If interested, you can access the application by going to http://www.swe-rms.org/scholarships.html

    The Fort Lewis Foundation Scholarship for students interested in attending Fort Lewis College is due by 1 February 2021.  If interested in applying. please go to;  https://www.fortlewis.edu/flc-scholarships/FoundationDepartmentalScholarships.aspx

    The Colorado Society of Mayflower Descendants Scholarship (you don't have to be a descendant) is due by 1 February 2020.  If interested, please see Mr. Williams for the application.  

    The Chang-Chavkin Scholarship for first generation students is due by 5 February 2020 for Juniors.  Please see Mr Williams for an application. 

    The Basin Electric Cooperative Scholarship is due by 8 February 2021. If interested in applying, please go to; http://www.smpa.com/content/scholarships 

    The Pinnacol Foundation Scholarship for students of parents who have workplace injuries.  The scholarship is due by 15 February 2021.  If interested, please go to: https://www.pinnacol.com/foundation/pinnacol-foundation

    The RMEL Foundation Scholarship is due on 26 February 2021. If interested, please apply by going to https://www.rmelfoundation.org/scholarships/   

    The Just for Kids Foundation Man of La Mancha Scholarship is due by 28 February 2021. If interested, you can apply by going to;  https://www.justforkidsfoundation.org/grants-scholarships2021

    The COOP Country Scholarship is due by 10 March 2021.  If interested, you can access the application by going to: www.agfuture.org/scholarships 

    The San Miguel Power Association Scholarship are due by 15 March 2021. If interested in applying, please go to; http://www.smpa.com/content/scholarships 

    The UTC Heaston Scholarship is due by 15 March 2021. If interested, please apply by going to http://www.uct.org/why-join-uct/scholarship-programs/

    The Colorado County Clerks Association is due by 26 March 2021.  If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application. 

    The Norwood Marshal's Scholarship for tech or trades schools is due by 29 March 2021. If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application.

    The Board of the Telluride Jewish Community Scholarship is due by 1 April 2021.  If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application. 

    The Frame My Future Scholarship is due by 1 April 2021. If interested, you 
    can apply by going to https://www.diplomaframe.com/contests/frame-my-future-scholarship.aspx

    The American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship is due by 1 April 2021. If interested, please apply by going to http://www.afsascholarship.org/hsinformation.html

    The Richard Rozman Memorial Scholarship is due by 3 April 2021.  If interested, please apply by going to https://montrosecf.org/apply-for-a-scholarship/

    The Friends of the Norwood Public Library Scholarship is due by 15 April 2021. If interested, please see Mr. Williams for and application. 

    The Telluride Rotary Club Scholarship is due by 15 April 2021.  If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application. 

    The Kit Farther Foundation Scholarship is due by 16 April 2021.  If interested, you can access the application by going to www.KitFaragherFoundation.org  

    The Neil Armstrong Scholarship for students going in to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) is due by 19 April 2021. If interested, please access the application at; https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=telluridescholarship

    The Al and Joyce Johnston Scholarship is due by 20 April 2020. If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application.

    The Telluride Dental Clinic Scholarship is due by 22 April 2021. If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application.

    The Alpine Bank Imogene Pass Run Scholarship is due by 23 April 2021.  If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application.

    The Francis Warner Scholarship through the Elks Lodge in Telluride is due by 23 April 2021.   If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application.

    The Elaine R.C. Fischer Art Scholarship is due by 23 April 2021.  If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application.  

    The Pam and Roy Raabe Memorial Scholarship is due by 23 April 2021. Please see Mr Williams for an application.   

    The 4-H Colorado Scholarships are due by 30 April 2021.  If interested, you can apply by going to; http://co4hfoundation.extension.colostate.edu/benefits/colorado-4-h-foundation-scholarships/

    The SMB Fairboard Scholarship is due by 30 April 2021. Please see Mr Williams for an application.

    The Norwood Roping Club Scholarship is due by 30 April 2021.  Please see Mr Williams for an application.

    The William R. Garing Scholarship is due by 7 May 2021. Please see Mr Williams for an application.

    True North Scholarship is due by 7 May 2021.  Please see Mr Williams for an application.  

    True North Food Service Industry Scholarship is due by 7 May 2021.  Please see Mr Williams for an application.  

    The Bosom Buddies Scholarship for students with family members who survived breast cancer is due by 15 May 2021.  You can access the application by going to; https://bosombuddiesswc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Bosom-Buddies-Scholarship-Initial-Application.pdf 

    The Law Offices of Dianne Sawaya Denver Safe Driver Scholarship due by 31 May 2021. If interested, you can access the cover letter and application by going to  www.dlslawfirm.com/scholarship



    Below is a list of Norwood High School Seniors who have been offered admission to colleges and universities throughout the United States.  To date 9 seniors have been offered admission to 30 colleges, universities or postsecondary programs throughout the United States.


    1.  Josh Alexander - University of Wyoming (offer), Laramie County Community College (offer), Colorado Mesa University (offer)

    2.  Gabby Flores - Colorado State University at Pueblo (offer)

    3.  Cash Joseph - Colorado Mesa University (offer)

    4.  Brayden Magallon - Colorado Mesa University (offer), Boise State University (offer)

    5.  Ashlyn Marshall - New England College (offer), Metropolitan State University (offer), Colorado Mesa University (offer)

    6.  Gage Owen - Hastings College (offer), Colorado Mesa University (offer), Montana State University (offer), University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (offer)

    7.  Jaidyn Platt - Grand Canyon University (offer), Fort Lewis College (offer), Colorado Mesa University (offer), Northland College (offer), Dixie State University (offer)

    9.  Sammi Reed - Colorado State University (offer), Metropolitan State University (offer), Fort Lewis College (offer), Adams State University (offer), University of Northern Colorado (offer), University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (offer), Portland State University (offer), Montana State University (offer), University of Montana (offer), Colorado Mesa University (offer)

    9.  Jarret Sinks - Colorado Mesa University (offer)



    As Norwood High School students receive recognition for their efforts this year, I will update this section. To date, the senior class has earned $139,500.00 in scholarships and grants.   














    1.  Gage Owen received an academic scholarship valued at $48,000.00 over four years from the Hastings College. 

    2.  Sammi Reed received the Outstanding Junior Scholarship valued at $4,000.00 over four years from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

    3.  Sammi Reed received an academic scholarship valued at $6,000.00 over four years from the University of Northern Colorado. 

    4.  Sammi Reed received an academic scholarship valued at $8,000.00 over four years from Fort Lewis College.

    5.  Sammi Reed received the WUE Scholarship valued at $68,500.00 over four years from the University of Montana.

    4.  Jarret Sinks received an academic scholarship valued at $5,000.00 over four years from Colorado Mesa University.