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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 with a plan 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 AND TESTING PREP/SUPPORT

    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 5700 schools, colleges, universities and other educational organizations. Each year, the College Board serves seven million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools, and 3800 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 course 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 equipment 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

     

    ASVAB STUDY LINKS

     

    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.

     https://asvabpracticetestonline.com

    4.  PROFESSIONAL/VOCATIONAL PROGRAMS


    Here are important links to local vocational programs as well as work force support options. I have also included links to all of the military services. These are all great options to get skills 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, ensures 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 of $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 - A comprehensive list of terminology used by college admissions and scholarship committees.

    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.

    Living Wage Calculator - A wonderful tool developed by MIT that helps students plan for life's expenses by state and regions within each state. 

    Bureau of Labor and Statistics - The BLS overview of wage data by area and occupation.

    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

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

    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 8th Grade PSAT Test – 11 October 2022 from 8AM to Noon.

    2.  The 9th Grade PSAT Test – 13 October 2022 from 8AM to Noon.

    3.  The 10th/11th Grade PSAT/NMQS Test – 12 October 2022 from 8AM to Noon.

    4.  The 10th/11th Grade ASVAB Test – 19 October 2021 from 8 AM to Noon.

    5.   The S-1 MS/HS Finals Week 12 - 15 December 2022. 

    6.  The Access Test for all ELL Students - 9 January - 10 February 2023 (WINDOW) 

    7.  The 8th Grade PSAT Test - 8 March 2023

    8.  The 3rd – 8th Grades CMAS - English,Math, Science and/or Social Studies - 10 - 28 April 2023 (WINDOW)

    9.  The 11th Grade COSAT Test – 12 April 2023 

    10.  The 9th Grade PSAT Test - 11 April 2023

    11.  The 10th Grade PSAT Test - 13 April 2023  

    12.  The S-2 Seniors Finals Week – 15 - 18 May 2023.

    13.  The S-2 MS/HS Finals Week – 22 - 25 May 2023. 

     

    8.  SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

    NOTE:  ALL PAPER BASED SCHOLARSHIPS ARE SENT TO EACH STUDENT'S EMAIL.  SEE ME IF YOU CAN'T FIND ONE.

    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 for scholarships online, absolutely free.
     
    Below is the current list of scholarships that are available to juniors and seniors:
     
     
    The AXA Achievement Scholarship is due by 30 September 2022. If interested, please apply by going to www.axa-achievement.com 
     
    The Daniel Fund Scholarship window is open for applications from 15 September to 15 October 2022. 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 Heisman High School Scholarship is due by 18 October 2022.  If interested, please apply by going to: https://heismanscholarship.com
      
    The Coca Cola Scholarship is due by 31 October 2022. If interested, please go apply at: http://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/applicants/ 
     
    The Boettcher Foundation Scholarship is due by 1 November 2022.  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 1 November 2022. If interested, you can access the application by going to;  www.greenhousescholars.org/apply

    The Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship is due by 14 November 2022. If interested, please access the application by going to: www.enf.elks.org/mvs

    The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship is due by 17 November 2022. This scholarship offers students 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 2022.  If interested, please access the application by going to https://haganscholarships.org

    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 2023. If interested, please apply by going to http://www.providianmedical.com/providian-medical-scholarship/

    The Society for Women Engineers Scholarship is due by 1 February 2022. If interested, you can access the application by going to http://www.swe-rms.org/scholarships.html

    The Chang-Chavkin Scholarship for first generation JUNIORS is due by 4 February 2022 for juniors.  Please see Mr Williams for an application. 

    The Basin Electric Cooperative Scholarship is due by 7 February 2022. If interested in applying, please go to; http://www.smpa.com/content/scholarships 

    The Steve Westhoff Scholarship is due by 9 February 2022.  Please see Mr Williams for an application. 

    The Pinnacol Foundation Scholarship for students of parents who have workplace injuries.  The scholarship is due by 15 February 2022.  If interested, please go to: https://www.pinnacol.com/foundation/pinnacol-foundation

    The Fort Lewis Foundation Scholarship for students interested in attending Fort Lewis College is due by 15 February 2022.  If interested in applying, please go to;  https://www.fortlewis.edu/flc-scholarships/FoundationDepartmentalScholarships.aspx

    The RMEL Foundation Scholarship is due on 25 February 2022. If interested, please apply by going to https://www.rmelfoundation.org/scholarships/   

    The Trace Campbell Memorial Scholarship is due by 1 March 2022.  If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application. 

    The Redefining Rural Student Advocacy Scholarship is due by 1 March 2022. If interested, you can apply by going to;  https://forms.gle/h52KpJhLW3azmoU8A 

    The Telluride Man of La Mancha Scholarship is due by 4 March 2022.  If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application. 

    The COOP Country Scholarship is due by 9 March 2022.  If interested, you can access the application by going to: www.agfuture.org/scholarships 

    The San Miguel Power Association Scholarships are due by 14 March 2022. If interested in applying, please go to; http://www.smpa.com/content/scholarships 

    The UTC Heaston Scholarship is due by 15 March 2022. If interested, please apply by going to https://www.uct.org/uct-in-action/scholarship-programs/ 

    The Horatio Alger Scholarship for JUNIORS is due by 15 March 2022. If interested, please apply by going to https://scholars.horatioalger.org/about-our-scholarship-programs/ 

    The Town of Norwood Scholarship for tech or trades schools is due by 23 March 2022. If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application.

    The Colorado County Clerks Association is due by 25 March 2022.  If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application. 

    The True North Scholarship is due by 1 April 2022.  Please see Mr Williams for an application.  

    The True North Food Service Industry Scholarship is due by 1 April 2022.  Please see Mr Williams for an application. 

    The Skyler Kelly Memorial Scholarship is due by 1 April 2022.  Please see Mr Williams for an application  

    The William R. Garing Scholarship is due by 1 April 2022. Please see Mr Williams for an application.

    The Frame My Future Scholarship is due by 1 April 2022. If interested, you 
    can apply by going to https://www.diplomaframe.com/contests/frame-my-future-scholarship.aspx

    The Telluride Center for Dentistry Scholarship is due by 13 April 2022. If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application.

    The Betty Miller Wilson Mesa Ranch HOA Scholarship is due on 14 April 2022. If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application.

    The SMB Fairboard Scholarship is due by 15 April 2022. Please see Mr Williams for an application.  

    The Lone Cone Norwood Public Library Scholarship is due by 15 April 2022. If interested, please see Mr. Williams for an application. 

    The Kit Farther Foundation Scholarship is due by 15 April 2022.  If interested, you can access the application by going to www.KitFaragherFoundation.org  

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

    The Neil Armstrong Scholarship for students studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) is due by 19 April 2022. 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 2022. If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application.

    The Pam and Roy Raabe Memorial Scholarship is due by 21 April 2022. Please see Mr Williams for an application.   

    The Alpine Bank Imogene Pass Run Scholarship is due by 22 April 2022.  If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application.

    The Elaine R.C. Fischer Art Scholarship is due by 22 April 2022.  If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application.  

    The Norwood Roping Club Scholarship is due by 30 April 2022.  If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application.      

    The Francis Warner Scholarship through the Elks Lodge in Telluride is due by 2 May 2022.   If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application.

     

    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, 1 senior has been offered admission to 1 college, university or postsecondary program throughout the United States.

    Rosalie Vogel - Fort Lewis College (offer)

     

    10.  STUDENT SUCCESSES 

    As Norwood High School students have received recognition for their efforts this year, I will update this section. To date, the senior class has earned $96,000.00  in scholarships and grants.   

      

    8th GRADE

     

    FRESHMAN

     

     

    SOPHOMORES

     

     

     JUNIORS

     

     

    SENIORS

    Yoselin Hernandez received the Chang-Chavkin Scholarship valued at $60,000.00 over four years to be applied to the college of her choice. 

    Yoselin Hernandez received the College Board National Recognition Award for minority students.  

    Roaslie Vogel received the University of Colorado-Boulder Outstanding Junior Scholarship valued at $4,000.00 over four years.

    Roaslie Vogel received the Presidential Scholarship from Forrt Lewis College valued at $20,000.00 over four years.

    Rosalie Vogel received the Chang-Chavkin Scholarship valued at $2,000.00 over four years.

    Rosalie Vogel received the Horatio Alger Scholarship valued at $10,000.00 over four years.