William V. Fisher Catholic High School
Guidance Office News
April 1, 2021
FCHS Student & Family News & Information
College Credit Plus (CCP)...what's next?
Have you heard about College Credit Plus, but are struggling to understand how your student can get involved? A virtual Statewide Information Session was held on February 25, 2021 at 5 p.m. Please use the following links to review the slide presentation and the recording of this event. We shared the top ten things you should know about College Credit Plus.
Nonpublic (FC) & Homeschool Families
SAFE Account Integration with the OH|ID System
The SAFE Portal is being integrated with the OH|ID System in order to process applications in a more secure, streamlined way. All homeschool and nonpublic student families will need to access the funding award letters through the new OH|ID System.
All public school, private school and homeschool students must declare their intent to participate by
April 1 each year, even if they participated last year (in response to COVID-19 extended to May 1, 2021). Letters of intent for public school students may be downloaded from the “Forms” section below. Letters of intent for private school and homeschool students will be included in the funding application, starting in 2020.
Parents of private and homeschool students are required to establish an OH|ID account before the family can apply for funding (https://ohid.ohio.gov(link sends e-mail)). The OH|ID account can be established at any time, and has replaced the SAFE Portal to access funding applications and awards.
It's important to decide the CCP college where you will enroll. If, for example, you choose Ohio University-Lancaster, you will:
- Complete the Ohio University-Lancaster CCP admissions application.
- Request that FC Guidance Office submit an official transcript to OU-L.
- Receive an acceptance letter from OU-L, which is needed to complete your SAFE account.
- Complete orientation/course selection/registration with OU-L.
- OU-L courses will be selected prior to FC's final master calendar being determined. Please let Dr. Lozada know the courses for which you have registered at OU-L. FC courses will be chosen accordingly.
Summer Gym at FC
For those still needing to complete a PE requirement (all FC students have two gym credits for graduation, 0.25 credits each), we are, once again, looking forward to our traditional in-person summer gym:
7:30-3:30, cost is $125 per student
Searching for Career Mentors
Students are encouraged to explore career options by taking online inventories, talking with college admissions counselors, and shadowing professionals in their work settings. I'm currently searching for computer professionals and/or computer engineers who would be willing to have an FC junior shadow you for any amount of time. If you are interested or know someone who might be, please email me at email@example.com
Seniors! Did You Request an Official Transcript?
For all of the colleges that seniors plan to apply for admissions, FC must send an official transcript. However, many students forget to ask the Guidance Office to send ppppppe, please check with the colleges (simply call Admissions and explain that you are "calling to be sure that my admissions application is complete") to which you have applied to make sure that your official transcript has been received. If not, let Dr. Lozada know. For students applying to a college through the Common App, a transcript will be uploaded and there is no need to notify the Guidance Office (Common App sends an email notification).
Juniors! Now is the Time for Visits
While not all schools are offering on-campus tours, many are and more are opening up each day. Time away from school for college visits is an excused absence. Many students/families like to schedule two visits on one day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, if travel time in between allows. To schedule, visit the college website. If on campus visits are not happening, please talk with admissions staff to get a better idea of how to learn about campus.
What Am I Going to Be When I Grow Up?
If struggling with career/major options, students are encouraged to visit yourfreecareertest.com or ONetonline.org
Finding the Right College During COVID
The "new normal" continues to develop in regard to campus visits, test availability & scores, athletic recruitment and the colleges who visit FCHS throughout the fall. As information becomes available, the Guidance Office is committed to keeping families and students up to date.
The Raising the Barr Scholarship
In honor of Del Barr and his commitment and devotion to the female athlete by instilling values during her playing days and after. One graduating senior woman from Fairfield Union, Fisher Catholic, Liberty Union or Millersport will receive this $500 scholarship. Applications are available in the Guidance Office. Deadline to apply is April 15, 2021.
Sophie Strong Scholarship Application
The family and friends of Sophie Mazgay established a scholarship fund at the Fairfield County Foundation. There will be two scholarships awarded to two graduating seniors who play softball, one specific to Amanda-Clearcreek and one for a student of any high school in Fairfield County. Applications are available in the Guidance Office. Deadline to apply is April 17, 2021.
Please urge your students to apply for the hundreds of available scholarships to be awarded for the 2021-22 academic year to students training to become automotive, heavy duty or collision repair technicians, as well as those studying IT/cybersecurity, engineering, accounting, business or other courses of study. Graduating high school seniors, full-time post-secondary students, and former recipients are welcome to apply. Each completed application is considered for all scholarships where the student meets the qualifications.
Co-Chairman, UAF Scholarship Committee
Co-Chairman, UAF Scholarship Committee
St. John the Baptist Scholarship
The Father Casto Marrapese Scholarship Program provides 8 $2000 scholarships to students of Italian descent who plan to begin their collegiate studies directly after high school. Applications are available in the Guidance Office. Deadline to apply is April 5, 2021
Keller Family Chiropractic Scholarship
$500 scholarship for students interested in alternative therapies: licensed massage therapy , chiropractic, homeopathy, naturopathy, etc.). Applications are available in the Guidance Office. Deadline to apply is April 15, 2021.
Columbus Foundation Scholarship
Trish Mayhorn shared great scholarship opportunity for deaf or hard of hearing students who attend a Fairfield or Hocking County, Ohio high school available through The Columbus Foundation (www.columbusfoundation.org).
The Marian and Wayne Sinsel Scholarship application is part of The Columbus Foundation’s 2021 general application available online at https://tcf-apply2.smapply.io/.
Scholarship Success Option
Scholars App has continued to look for for new and upcoming scholarships that could be relevant to your students. For this month, we've created a PDF for you of scholarships that are available for students within your state and added it to a Google drive.
As always, we've vetted each of these scholarships to make sure they are not frauds or scams. We've also continued to work on getting more updates on other scholarships that will be returning later this year.
Scholarship Success Manager
11 Best Websites for Finding a College Scholarship
Fastweb hosts more than 1.5 million scholarships that provide more than $3.4 billion in funding. Once you create a profile, the site’s search feature will help you find the matches that best fit your needs. Your personal profile is how the site helps you find pretty much exactly what you’re looking for.
You can then also see all the scholarships you’ve applied for and those you may want to apply for in the future. They also have “contests” that you can enter monthly or weekly to win money!
While the College Board is known for its college-readiness tests, it also has an arm that focuses on scholarships. Big Future hosts scholarships, as well as other financial aid and internship information from more than 2,200 programs — totaling nearly $6 billion. In order to get the most accurate search results, it’s critical to fill out as many details as you can in the profile that’s used for searching.
Scholarships.com hosts one of the largest scholarship databases out there and it’s updated on a daily basis. According to the site, “With more than 3.7 million scholarship and grant opportunities worth more than $19 billion, just about everyone is bound to find something.”
It’s easy to browse by category, but the best way to take advantage of what the site has to offer is to create a personal profile, which will allow you to find the most exhaustive lists of opportunities available to you.
Moolahspot isn’t as robust as some of the other scholarship databases but in the search for a college scholarship, it’s another option to help you find extra money.
The simple search engine contains more than 3.2 million scholarship and grant opportunities for students of all ages. It includes both need-based and merit-based opportunities, which means nearly anyone can find some extra help here.
SallieMae is a well-known education and student loan provider. The site’s College Planning page has a scholarship portal where you can search based on your field of study, hobbies and other parameters. Create a personal profile in order to get the most accurate matches that fit your needs.
Scholarship Monkey allows you to search for scholarships and grants a few different ways. You can search by keyword, browse scholarship lists (various categories/topics) and see lists of the latest and featured scholarships. This site also allows you to create a personal profile for more accurate results.
Cappex hosts a database of more than $11 billion in scholarship opportunities. Once you create a personal profile, you can search for opportunities that directly match your strengths and skills. Plus, Cappex has a tool that will calculate your odds of getting into a certain college before you even apply.
Chegg is widely known for its online textbook store that allows students to either rent or buy textbooks for cheap. But Chegg is also a great resource for finding scholarships — more than 25,000 of them.
To search for available scholarships, click on the menu stack at the top right of the homepage and select the “scholarships” in the drop-down menu. Once you create a personal profile, you can search for available opportunities that match your criteria. Chegg also has a “top scholarship picks this week” category that highlights some options you may have missed.
Unigo hosts millions of available scholarships and makes it easy to search by type, including athletic scholarships, college-specific scholarships, company-based scholarships, minority scholarships, major-specific scholarships, state-specific scholarships and more. You can search by category or create a personal profile to get more specific results that match your needs. Unigo also offers scholarship contests and sweepstakes.
Peterson’s hosts $10 billion in scholarship opportunities and provides information to help you in your search. Once you fill out a short survey, you can filter your search results so they’re tailored to your specific needs.
According to the official Student Aid website, this free tool is a great resource for students to search more than 8,000 scholarships, grants and other various types of financial aid award opportunities.
- Look through the site’s entire inventory of scholarships, arranged in order of closest deadline
- Narrow your list with a “search by keyword” option: Just enter a keyword about the type of award you’re looking for
- Use the filters to see opportunities for only certain types of awards, locations, level of study, and more
Engineers Foundation of Ohio (EFO) Scholarship
Graduating high school seniors with a 3.0 or higher, ACT Math 29, ACT English 25, US citizen and permanent resident of Ohio, who are majoring in engineering at college, are eligible to apply. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact EFO Manager of Administration Pam McClure at (614) 223-1177.
Pleasantville LaSertoma Youth Service Award
If you are a junior or senior who goes beyond the extra mile to provide service to others in your community, Pleasantville LaSertoma would like to honor you for your commitment to and involvement in community service. Students are welcome to apply and will be selected (one junior & one senior) from each participating school. Applications are available in the Guidance Office.
Summer Camps & Academic Opportunities
Baylor University, Waco, Texas
Applications for Baylor's pre-college programs are open! And course listings are now online.
With Baylor's Accelerate program (https://www.baylor.edu/accelerate/index.php?id=975994current) sophomores and juniors can begin their academic pursuits at a discounted rate and get ahead on core course requirements that not only will apply to a range of Baylor degrees but may also be transferable to other universities. This is an especially great deal for rising high school seniors. If a rising high school senior earns a 3.0 GPA in at least 9 Baylor hours, they will jump to the front of the line for admission into Baylor’s incoming class of 2022!
Greek Summer with the American Farm School
For over 50 years, Greek Summer has been based at the American Farm School. Founded in 1904 to educate orphans about farming, the American Farm School was one of the first international institutions to host Fulbright Scholars. It now offers all grades of education, from Pre-K to Graduate studies. While agriculture remains at the heart of the school, AFS has developed to become an institution offering premiere STEM education. Participants in the Greek Summer program benefit from the years of educational experience our program leaders have.
From its beginnings with founder John Henry House, an American missionary, the American Farm School has retained close ties with the US. Every summer, our high school students attend summer programs in the US and around a dozen high school graduates attend US universities each year. For high school grads and college students, we offer a variety of programs; semester, summers and school years study abroad programs (with US credit or without credit). Today, the institution boasts an international community with staff, faculty, and students from the US, Canada, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Greek Summer students get to engage with this population, developing intercultural competences and learning about new perspectives.
The vision of John Henry House was the importance of educating the head, hands, and heart. This philosophy continues today as students work on the farm daily and are responsible for producing and selling fruits, vegetables and other school-made products. They develop academic and practical experience which is necessary in our increasingly competitive world. Although this year’s Greek Summer program is virtual, we have made every effort to provide hands-on experiences — without leaving your home!
The American Farm School was one of the first institutions worldwide with a community volunteering component for high school students. Today, our students are involved in numerous service projects annually. Ask us about the optional service component of Greek Summer, a core feature of the program since its inception.
DATES AND PRICES:
- The cost of the virtual program is $450. A deposit of $150 is due with the application.
- June 28th through July 10th, Monday through Friday, 3 hours per day
Greek Summer is open to high school students who have completed grades 9, 10, or 11, and are between the ages of 15 and 17.
Congregation of Holy Cross, Notre Dame, Indiana High School juniors and seniors are
welcome to participate in the summer seminary immersion program, June 26-July 10, 2021. This will be two weeks of theological study, prayer, and community life for men interested in the priesthood. For more information, call 574-631-6385, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit precollege.nd.edu/seminaryimmersion
From Aveda Institute of Columbus
We've launched a team of career specialists focused specifically on the questions and challenges high school students may encounter as they near their graduation from high school. Aveda's purpose is "Developing Future Leaders in the World of Beauty and Wellness." Aveda teaches students not just how to pass the state board exams, but how to be successful as a leader in the industry. Our education has a specially designed marketing and financial curriculum that arms our students with the skills to excel at their craft and in business.
Aveda institutes are NACCAS accredited and Federal Financial Aid is available to qualified students.
Aveda team members will walk students through the decision-making process and help them decide which program is right for them, how to apply for financial aid, scholarship opportunities, and ways they can get involved in the beauty industry before starting their education at the Institute.
Aveda Institute Columbus 889 Bethel Rd.,Columbus, OH 43214 513-805-3685 < call or text the team for more information.
Explore the World of Fashion Before College
Want to delve into the world of fashion before you decide what you’ll study in college? Parsons Paris has created online courses for students 13 and up to introduce you to this vibrant field. Taught by experts in Paris fashion through video lectures, courses cover everything from business, history, and trends to actual design methods and potential careers. Courses are two to four weeks long and available year-round. The asynchronous, online format allows you to study anywhere, anytime, at your own pace. You will also receive valuable guidance through live sessions with Parsons' mentors.
Parsons Paris offers online courses that enable high schoolers interested in learning about fashion to explore this exciting field before they get to college. The choices include a course on the business side of fashion, one on the design side and one on sustainable fashion. For additional information, visit this link: Parsons Paris Online Courses
Applications for NYU Precollege Summer 2021 are open!
NYU Precollege gives rising juniors and seniors the unparalleled opportunity to spend their summer experiencing academics at NYU. For six dynamic weeks, high schoolers can take online college-level courses for credit, develop their essay-writing skills, and learn how to manage their time, all while connecting with NYU Precollege and undergraduate students from around the world. For more information, visit:
University of Pennsylvania Summer High School Programs
Penn Summer Programs offer credit and non-credit online courses and immersive study in disciplines across the sciences, arts, and humanities: Penn Summer High School Program
Assumption University, Worcester, Massachusetts
AU is now offering a $10,000 scholarship for Catholic High School graduates ($2500/year). In addition, students will be considered for up to an additional $27,000/year. With 35 majors and 49 minors and new programs in cybersecurity, data analytics, health sciences, neuroscience, nursing and physician assistant studies, AU might be the perfect place. For more information, visit www.assumption.edu/apply
Ohio University Lancaster
There have been some major changes to the processes at Ohio University Lancaster this year. (These changes do not relate to CCP, as they refer to Fall 2021 full-time enrollment).
Students applying to Athens can now select a regional campus as an alternate campus. This means students can easily be admitted to the Lancaster Campus while waiting for a decision from the main campus. Every year, we have Athens applicants who apply to our campus after receiving a financial aid package and the decision is made to attend Lancaster, but we can't give them a scholarship because our application was not received in time for consideration. With the alternative option available, this problem is eliminated.
Notre Dame Pre-College Programs for High School Students
The Office of Pre-College programs offers exceptional students the opportunity to experience life as a Notre Dame student, from participating in seminars taught by professors and living in a residence hall on campus, to touring Rome, Ireland, and South Africa through our study abroad options.
Pre-College also offers virtual fall courses via the new Global Scholars program, taught by Notre Dame International faculty.
As a pre-college participant, you'll walk away with a taste of the college experience, as well as a peek into Notre Dame's unique approach to the life of the mind, heart, and spirit.
Visit the Office of Pre-College Programs for more information on programs, application requirements, deadlines, and tuition:
University of Toledo
UT is excited to highlight new admission policies (test-optional, superscoring, self-reported GPA, etc.), new academic programs, and program changes and share updates regarding direct admission to our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, Pharmacy Contingent Admission, Bacc2MD, and more. We also are excited to feature UToledo leaders that will discuss our student-centered approach to teaching and support services, ultimately leading to a successful and meaningful collegiate experience, and to hear from you about how you think we can best serve your students. For more information, visit https://www.utoledo.edu/admission
Columbus State Community College
Monica Badurina is our CSCC Admissions Specialist who will be working with FC students this year. Columbus State is dedicated to helping students have the most successful learning experience possible, whether that be online, in-person, or a combination of both. If you would like to learn more about Columbus State, contact email@example.com or 614.287.5689.