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    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


    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://edubirdie.com/blog/guide-to-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 12th Grde SAT Test - 23 September 2020 from 8AM to Noon

    1.  The 8th Grade PSAT Test – 28 October 2020 from 8AM to Noon.

    2.  The 9th Grade PSAT Test – 29 October 2020 from 8AM to Noon.

    3.  The 10th/11th Grade PSAT/NMQS Test – 14 October 2020 from 8AM to Noon.

    4.  The 11th Grade ASVAB Test – 21 October 2010 from 8 AM to Noon.

    5.   The S-1 MS/HS Finals Week 14 - 17 December 2020. 

    6.  The Access Test for all ELL Students - TBD

    7.  The 3rd – 8th Grades CMAS - English,Math, Science and Social Studies - TBD.

    8.  The 11th Grade COSAT Test TBD.

    9.  The 9th Grade PSAT Test -  TBD.

    10.  The 10th Grade PSAT Test - TBD.

    11.  The S-2 Seniors Finals Week – 17 - 20 May 2021.

    12.  The S-2 MS/HS Finals Week – 24 - 27 May 2021. 




    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 state-wide scholarships thanks to the Denver Foundation:
    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 2020. If interested, please apply by going to: http://www.digitalresponsibility.org/don't-text-and-drive-scholarship

    The Horatio Alger Association Scholarship is due by 25 October 2020.  If interested, please apply by going to:   www.horatioalger.org/scholarships 
    The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship is due by 30 October 2020. 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 Coca Cola Scholarship is due by 31 October 2020. If interested, please go apply at: http://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/applicants/ 
    The Boettcher Foundation Scholarship is due by 1 November 2020.  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 2020. 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 2020. If interested, please access the application by going to www.enf.elks.org/mvs

    The Hagan Scholarship Foundation for Rural Students Scholarship is due by 15 November 2020.  If interested, please access the application by going to https://haganscholarships.org

    The Daniel Fund Scholarship window is open for applications from 1 October to 4PM on 15 November 2020. 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 AXA Achievement Scholarship is due by 15 December 2020. If interested, please apply by going to www.axa-achievement.com 

    The Odenza Marketing Group Volunteer Scholarship is due by 30 December 2020. If interested, please access the application by going to http://www.studentscholarships.org/college.php

    The GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship is due by 5 January 2021. If interested, please apply by going to www.reaganfoundation.org/scholarships

    The Latin American Educational Foundations Scholarship is due by 10 January, 2020.  If interested, please apply by going to http://www.laef.org/scholarship

    The Providian Medical Scholarship is due by 15 January 2021. 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 Burg Simpson is due by 1 February 2021. If interested, please apply by going to https://www.burgsimpson.com/charities/burg-simpson-college-scholarship-program/

    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 2 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 intrested, 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 RBC Wealth Management Scholarship is due by 1 March 2020. If interested, please apply by going to https://denverfoundation.academicworks.com/opportunities/629

    The Just for Kids Foundation Man of La Mancha Scholarship is due by 2 March 2020. If interested, you can apply by going to; https://www.justforkidsfoundation.org/scholarships 

    The Skyler Kelly Memorial Scholarship is due by 6 March 2020. If interested, you can access the scholarship at: https://www.truenorthyouthprogram.org/skyler-kelly-memorial-scholarship

    The COOP Country Scholarship is due by 11 March 2020.  If interested, you can access the application by going to: www.agfuture.org/scholarships 

    The Lee J. Proper Scholarship is due by 12 March 2020. This scholarship is for students interested in obtaining a degree in medically related fields. If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application.  

    The Tom Hale Memorial Scholarship is due by 13 March 2020. If interested, you can access the scholarship at; https://www.truenorthyouthprogram.org/tom-hale-memorial-scholarship

    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 2020. If interested, please apply by going to http://www.uct.org/why-join-uct/scholarship-programs/

    The American Public Works Association West Slope Chapter Scholarship is due by 20 March 2020. If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application. 

    The Telluride Cars and Colors Scholarship is due by 1 April 2020. If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application. 

    The Frame My Future Scholarship is due by 1 April 2020. If interested, you 
    can apply by going to https://www.diplomaframe.com/contests/frame-my-future-scholarship.aspx

    The 4-H Colorado Scholarships are due by 1 April 2020.  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 2020. If interested, please apply by going to http://www.afsascholarship.org/hsinformation.html

    The Neil Armstrong Scholarship for students going in to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) is due by 13 April 2020. If interested, please access the application at; https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=telluridescholarship 

    The Horatio Alger Vocational Scholarship is due by 15 April 2020. If interested, please go to; https://application.horatioalger.org    

    The Bosom Buddies Scholarship for students who have had a parent or guardian who has, at some time, been diagnosed with breast cancer is due by 15 April 2020.  If interested, please access the application at;  https://bosombuddiesswc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Bosom-Buddies-Scholarship-Initial-Application.pdf 

    The Friends of the Norwood Public Library Scholarship is due by 15 April 2020. If interested, please see Mr. Williams for and application. 

    The NuVista Federal Credit Union Scholarship is due by 15 April 2020.  If interested, please access the application by going to; 


    The SMB Fairboard Scholarship is due by 15 April 2020. Please see Mr Williams for an application.

    The Telluride Rotary Club Scholarship is due by 16 April 2020. If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application.

    The Kit Farther Foundation Scholarship is due by 17 April 2020.  If interested, you can access the application by going to www.KitFaragherFoundation.org  

    The Gayle Clarke Memorial Scholarship is due by 17 April 2020.  This scholarship is foe students who live in the West End.  If interested, please apply by going to: https://montrosedemocrats.org/2020-scholarship/

    The Alpine Bank Imogene Pass Run 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 2020. If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application.

    The Pam and Roy Raabe Memorial Scholarship is due by 23 April 2019. Please see Mr Williams for an application. 

    The Elaine R.C. Fischer Art Scholarship is due by 24 April 2020.  If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application.  

    The Al and Joyce Johnston Scholarship is due by 27 April 2020. If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application.

    The Francis Warner Scholarship through the Elks Lodge in Telluride is due by 7 May 2020. If interested, you can access the cover letter and application by going to  https://tellurideelks.org/scholarships/

    The Law Offices of Dianne Sawaya Denver Safe Driver Scholarship due by 31 May 2020. If interested, you can access the cover letter and application by going to  www.dlslawfirm.com/scholarship

    2020 Laird Connectivity Scholarship is due by 1 September 2020.  If interested, you can access the application by going to; https://www.lairdconnect.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 7 seniors have been offered admission to 26 colleges, universities or postsecondary programs throughout the United States.


    1.  Jenna Baugh - University of Wyoming (offer), Arkansas State University (offer), University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (offer), University of Northern Colorado (offer). West Texas A&M University (offer), University of Arkansas (offer), Colorado State University (offer)

    2.  Annaleigh Dabal - Montana State University (offer),  Metropolitan State University in Denver (offer), East Carolina University (offer), Colorado Mesa University (offer), University of Portland (offer), Colorado State University (offer), University of Hawaii-Manoa (offer)

    3.  Paige Franklin - Colorado Mesa University (offer), Adams State University (offer), and Fort Lewis College (offer), University of Northern Colorado (offer), University of Nebraska-Lincoln (offer)

    4.  Ayden Ingram - U.S. Navy

    5.  Cassidy Petersen - Montana State University (offer)

    6.  Riley Porter - Montana State University (offer), Colorado Mesa University (offer)

    7.  Katie Spor -  Mid-America College of Funeral Service (offer)

    8.  Zane Truelock - Fort Lewis College (offer), Western Colorado Community College (offer), Western State 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 $145,500.00 in scholarships and grants.   













    Jenna Baugh received the Provost Scholarship from The University of Northern Colorado valued at $10,000.00 over four years. 

    Jenna Baugh received the Chancellor's Scholarship from The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs valued at $10,000.00 over four years. 

    Jenna Baugh received the Arkansas Non-Resident Tuition Award from the University of Arkansas valued at $32,900.00 over four years.

    Annaleigh Dabal received the Western Undergraduate Exchange Award from the University of Hawaii-Manoa valued at $22,600.00 over four years.

    Paige Franklin received the Provost Scholarship from the University of Northern Colorado valued at $10,000.00 over four years. 

    Riley Porter received the Chang-Chavkin Scholarship valued at $60,000.00 over four years to the college of his choice.