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Who Are School Counselors?

School counselors or guidance counselors are professional educators who have a master's degree or higher in school counseling and are certified by the state.

Professional school counselors advocate for and care for students, and are important members of the educational team. They consult and collaborate with teachers, administrators, and families to help students be successful academically, vocationally, and personally.

Bethany Springer is the counselor for grades 7-12.

Anita Watkins is the counselor for grades K-6.


We hope you find the guidance section of the Lexington High School web page useful. On our web page you will find college information, testing information, scholarship information, career information, information on special programs, and parent information. To find this information, just click on the words "News" and/or "Calendar". The "News" page has some of the latest information. The "Calendar" pages will give you dates of upcoming events and scholarship deadlines and information. Also, check out our "Links" page. It will connect you with websites that are helpful for college and career preparation.

Scholarships

Scholarship Search

Free Scholarship Search - FastWeb
FREE scholarship search (GREAT RESOURCE!) Find volunteer opportunities, internships & part-time jobs.
http://www.fastweb.com


NCAA Clearinghouse
High school students who plan to play a sport or hope to receive an athletic scholarship at a Division I or II college, must meet specific requirements set forth by the NCAA.
http://www.ncaaclearinghouse.net


CollegeSTEPS Program & Scholarship Sweepstakes
There is still time for seniors to enroll in this year's CollegeSTEP Program & Scholarship Sweepstakes. Monthly drawings for a $1000 are being held until the end of May 2008, when this year's final winners will be drawn.
http://wfefs.wellsfargo.com/jump/theguide_0307.htm...


Kids' Chance Scholarship Fund
Available to children who have had a parent killed or permanently and totally disabled in an on-the-job accident. Complete application online. Scholarship recipients may apply for subsequent awards provided they make satisfactory academic progress.
http://www.alfinc.org


AXA Achievement Scholarship
Questions about the application process may be directed to Scholarship America toll free at 1-800-537-4180 or by email to: axaachievement@scholarshipamerica.org
http://www.axa-achievement.com


Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation
Apply online >> Four Year Award for Seniors or call 1-800-306-2653
http://www.coca-colascholars.org


AnyCollege Scholarship Give-Away
Quarterly Scholarship Deadlines: Dec. 31, March 31, June 30, and Sept. 30
http://www.anycollege.com


Alabama Colleges & Scholarships
A list of Alabama colleges with financial resources, online applications, and links to their websites.
http://www.college-scholarships.com/alabama.htm


Need a Lift
A list of scholarships, grants, and loans provided by the American Legion.
http://www.legion.org/needalift


Scholarship Resource Network
An electronic scholarship search service. It provides access to scholarships, grants, and loans based upon the student's major, college selected, and/or interests/hobbies on the Internet.
http://www.srnexpress.com


The American Legion Oratorical Contest
Information on the oratorical contest that each year provides $138,000 in college scholarships.
http://www.legion.org


Free Scholarship Search
Monthly scholarship giveaway, monthly newsletters, free scholarship search, tools to help evaluate schools and costs, and more.
http://www.collegeanswer.com


Free Scholarship Search
http://www.scholarshipexperts.com


Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs
http://www.va.state.al.us


American Legion Student Aid Programs
http://www.legion.org


American Legion Auxiliary Student Aid Programs
http://www.legion-aux.org


American Legion Scholarships in Alabama
In addition to national scholarships, there are scholarships awarded at the descretion of the intermediate organizations.
http://www.americanlegionalabama.org


Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarships
Scholarship competition for high school seniors and United States Citizens. Judging criteria is on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. Completed applications should be submitted to the Florence Elks Lodge.
http://www.elks.org/enf/scholars


Defense Commissary Agency's Scholarships for Military Children Program
Scholarships for Military Children. For a college student or high school senior. At least one scholarship is awarded at every commissary location with qualified applicants. Applicants must submit an essay arguing for or against the following statement: "Every able-bodied citizen should be required to serve a two-year period of time in the military. Why or Why not?"
http://www.militaryscholar.org


Imagine America
Scholarships for students planning to attend selected career colleges.
http://www.imagine-america.org


Homebuilders Association
Opportunities in the homebuilding industry, scholarship information, job listings in related trades, help advice from members in the industry
http://www.ahbfoundation.org


Dixie Youth Baseball
Must be a high school senior and have been registered on a Dixie Youth Baseball team participating in a franchised Dixie Youth Baseball Inc. league before reaching age 13. Deadline is March 1.
http://www.dixie.org/dyb


Gates Milennium Scholars Program
Eligibility: Must be designated miniority, be a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident, or national; have at least a cumulative 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 scale; enter an accredited college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking freshman in the fall of the program year; demonstrate leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities; and meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria. Deadline is January 11.
http://www.gmsp.org


Horatio Alger National Scholarship
Must be full-time high school senior, progressing normally toward graduation, plan to enter college not later than fall following graduation, have strong commitment to pursue a bachelor's degree at an accrediated school, demonstrate financial need, be involved in cocurricular and community activities, demonstrate academic achievement, have at least 2.0 GPA and a U.S. citizen or in the process of becoming a citizen. Preference given to a student whose family's adjusted income is $50,000 or less. Deadline is October 30.
http://www.horatioalger.com/scholarships


Teacher Scholarship Loans
Scholarship loans available to students planning to become teachers in critical need areas.
http://www.atrip.alabama.gov


National Federation of the Blind of Alabama
$500 scholarships to recognize achievements by blind scholars. For more information contact: Tiffany L. Moore Scholarship Committee Chair at 251-679-7334, tiffanymoore_07@comcast.net or see Ms. King.
http://www.nfbofalabama.org


Grab-a-Grand Giveaway
You can register to win one of ten $1,000 prizes.
http://fw.monster.com/sp/112283b


eCampusTours
New & improved scholarship search
http://www.eCampusTours.com/scholarshipsearch


Hispanic Scholarship Fund
A Hispanic Scholarship Fund website featuring scholarships for Hispanic students and research reports on the education of Hispanic students.
http://www.hsf.net


Alabama Indian Affairs Commission Scholarship
Must have tribal roll card in a state or federally recognized tribe, be a resident of Alabama, attend a school in Alabama unless the program is not offered in Alabama and have a letter of acceptance from the school of choice.
http://www.aiac.state.al.us


Army ROTC
Army ROTC enrolls well-rounded students with proven ability to achieve high standards of excellence in academics, fitness & leadership. Students may be eligible for merit-based, full-tuition scholarships an annual stipend to cover living expenses, plus additional allowances for books & fees.
http://armyrotc.com


John F. Kennedy Foundation
Write an original and creative essay of less than 1,000 words that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy. Go to website for complete guidelines.
http://www.jfklibrary.org


Better Business Bureau of North Alabama Torch Awards Scholarship
Applicant must be junior or senior at an accredited high in North Alabama with a desire to continue his/her education. Students who enter as juniors may reenter as seniors if they were not winners.
http://www.northalabama.bbb.org


Scholarship Experts
Scholarship search engine - numberous scholarships available, but student must agree to release information (name, address, phone, e-mail, etc.) to scholarship sponsors. Rated one of the best search engines by Forbes Magazine.
http://www.scholarshipexperts.com


MeritAid
Web site dedicated to helping students with the college search by matching them to merit-based scholarships from colleges across the country. Students need a minimum 2.0 GPA.
http://www.meritaid.com


KFC Colonel's Scholars Program
Assisting students with financial need who plan to pursue a bachelor's degree at a public institution with their state of residence.
http://www.kfcscholars.org


My Future in Cotton Scholarship
Win a $1,000 scholarship to nine students whose essays best express, "My Future in Cotton".
http://www.MyFutureInCotton.com


George Washington Crossing Foundation Scholarship
For students planning a career in political service.
http://www.gwcf.org


NBFAA Youth Scholarship Program
Scholarship of high school senior whose parent/guardian have careers in public safety (police/fire). Children of volunteer fire fighters are eligible also.
http://www.alarm.org/pubsafety/ysp/index.html


Alabama Sports Festival
Details of scholarship opportunities. Click on ASF Scholarships.
http://www.alagames.com


Alabama Education & Training Voucher Program
The Alabama Education & Training Voucher Program is a federally-funded, state-administered program. The program offers funds to foster youth and former foster youth to enable them to attend colleges, universities, and vocational training institutions. Students may receive up to $5000 a year for qualified school related expenses.
Funds become available after October 15, 2009.
Funding is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis to students coming from the Alabama foster care system. Applicants are urgedto complete the ETV application, including documentation sent directly from the school confirming enrollment, the cost of attendance (COA) and unmet need, as soon as possible. Applications and additional information is available at www.statevoucher.org .

http://www.statevoucher.org


Scholarships for Students with Health Conditions
Gives information about scholarships for students with health conditions.
http://www.collegescholarships.org/scholarships/me...


Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Information on scholarships for hispanic students.
http://www.hispanicfund.org/


StudentEdgePeterson's StudentEdge Offers Free Scholarship Search and Scholarship Giveaway
The "Live Life Smart" scholarship promotion is running from September to November 23. Each week they award $1,000 directly to the student with the most StudentEdge logins, up to 5 per day.
StudentEdge also offers a free scholarship search to help student receive more scholarships.
See guidance counselor for Lexington High School Access Code.
http://www.mystudentedge.com


Miss Alabama's Outstanding Teen Pageant
This is a scholarship pageant. If you are interested in competing for the title of Miss Alabama's Outstanding Teen, the only teen program associated with the Miss America/Miss Alabama System, visit the website an application and complete details or call (205) 223-5127. Deadline for applications is Dec. 10 for the 2010 pageant.
http://www.outstandingteen.homestead.com


Dixie Softball Scholarship
The only eligibility requirement to apply for this scholarship is that the applicant must have participated for at least two years in a Dixie Softball Summer Program. The scholarship committee considers financial need and academic achievement in selecting scholarship winners.
http://www.dixie.org/softball


Free Scholarship Search
Site has information on scholarships, colleges, test prep, college loans, and financial aid information.
http://www.schoolsoup.com


Free Scholarship Search
http://www.zinch.com


NextStep Scholarship Giveaway
For college planning information and a scholarship giveaway.
http://www.NextStepU.com


Methodist Scholarship Opportunities
Who may apply?
An applicant must be:an active, full member of a United Methodist Church for at least one year prior to applying
admitted to a degree program in an accredited college or university WITHIN the United States
maintaining a grade point average of 2.5 or above
high school students may apply if they will be college students in the fall term.
Find out more on the UM Scholarships page.
Deadlines vary depending on type. Check dates and make sure to apply on time.

http://www.gbhem.org


Dixie Boys Basebal, Inc.Who Should Apply?
Outstanding high school seniors who have participated in a franchised Dixie Boys Baseball, Inc. program and plan to pursue undergraduate studies at a college or university may apply. Applications are taken from January 1 through April 1 each year. These programs include:
Dixie Boys Baseball for boys 13-14 years old
Dixie Pre-Majors Baseball for boys 16-16 years old
Dixie Majors Baseball for boys 15-19 years old
Winners selected by May 1.
http://baseball.dixie.org


CampusRN/AACN Scholarship Fund
Scholarships are available to support students who are seeking BS, MA, or PH.D degrees in nursing.
http://aacn.campusrn.com/scholarships/scholarship_...


National Association of Neonatal Nurses
NANN offers scholarships for members pursuing a BSN or graduate degree in neonatal nursing or nursing administration.
http://www.nann.org


National Student Nurses
Offers scholarship program
http://www.nsna.org/foundation/index.html


Oncology Nursing Society Foundation
Awards academic scholarships specifically for students pursuing bachelor's degrees (BS).
http://www.ons.org


Nurse Loan Repayment & Scholarship Program
Scholarships are available as well as loan repayment options.
http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/nursing/oanrepay.htm


Johnson & Johnson's Discover Nursing Web Site
Site has an extensive nursing scholarships search feature.
http://www.DiscoverNursing.com


Sigma Theta Tau InternationalSite offers a list of scholarships available through organizations and specific nursing schools.
http://www.nursingsociety.org


Scholarships for StudentsScholarships for Students:
This site has numerous scholarships for students!

http://www.scholarships4students.com


American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics
The Annual AIAA Alabama-Mississippi Section Engineering Scholarships have been awarded since 2002. The scholarships are intended to promote careers in the aerospace industry by encouraging students to pursue related engineering or science degrees. To be eligible, a candidate must be a high school senior living within the Alabama-Mississippi section area, entering an accredited university in the Alabama-Mississippi Section area, and pursuing an engineering or science degree that would reasonably lead to a career in aeronautics or astronautics. The scholarships have been funded by the proceeds of seminars and symposia that the Section has sponsored or cosponsored, and an endowment has also been established to aid in supporting these scholarships.

http://www.al-ms-aiaa.org


Free Scholarship SearchThey help you find scholarships from colleges and all the different criteria. With one profile, students can get matched to the school that may be the best fit for them, perhaps even receive a generous financial aid package as well as additional scholarship money. It is free!
http://www.scholarships.com


High FiveA new site, www.HighFiveScholarships.com is offering a large collection of scholarships free of charge. The site will soon have free ACT and SAT practice tests and study guides.
http://www.HighFiveScholarships.com


Scholarships for Students in AlabamaMy Team Planet, a company that specializes in collegiate merchandise, complied a list of scholarships for students in Alabama. They can be found at this website.
http://www.crimsontideplanet.com/scholarships-in-a...


Free Scholarship Search SitesThis is a link to several free scholarship searches.
http://www.college-scholarships.com/free_scholarsh...


Tuition Funding SourcesWells Fargo Band is sponsoring this scholarship matching website that also includes a career personality test along with college and career planning tips and tools.
http://TuitionFundingSources.com


Financial Aid
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
For 2008-09, students will be able to obtain a paper FAFSA by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) of visit the website. Students may request up to 3 copies of the paper application and should receive the FAFSAs in 3 to 7 business days. Remember filing online is encouraged.
http://www.edpubs.org


Federal Student Aid
Beginning in mid-November, the PDF version of the FAFSA will be available for download on various Federal Student Aid Web sites. Students can access the PDF, complete the form on the computer or by hand, and mail it to the address provided for processing.
http://www.FederalStudentAid.ed.gov


Need a Lift
Lists of scholarships, grants, and loans provided by the American Legion
http://www.needalift.org


Academic Competitiveness Grant
The ACG award is in addition to a student's Pell Grant award. Available to students who have qualified for a Pell Grant and have successfully completed a rigorous high school program as determined by the state or local education agency.
http://studentaid.ed.gov


Indians High Education Grant Program
Provides grants to Indian students to work toward a undergraduate degree. Students must apply for admission to an accredited college/university and must demonstrate financial need. Students must contact the tribe in which they claim membership or the Bureau agency serving their tribe for application forms.
http://www.oiep.bia.edu


Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs
http://www.va.state.al.us


U.S. Army
Information for anyone considering military service and ways to pay for college. Veterans and their dependents will find information educational programs, benefits, and scholarship opportunities.
http://www.GoArmy.com


U.S. Navy
Information for anyone considering military service and ways to pay for college. Veterans and dependents will also find information on educational programs, benefits, and scholarship opportunities.
http://www.navy.com


Making College Financial Planning Count
A free resource that provides a comprehensive, interactive overview of the entire college financing process.
http://fw.monster.com/sp/112283


Federally Funded Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, & Internships
A list of federally funded scholarships, fellowships, grants, and internships geared to high school, undergraduate and graduate students.
http://www.studentjobs.gov/e-scholar.asp


Financial Aid Estimator
A financial aid need estimator.
http://www.act.org/fane


The Student Loan People
Information on student loans for post-secondary education.
http://www.studentloanpeople.com


Alabama College Loan Program
Information on college loan programs in Alabama
http://www.alabamacollegeloanprogram.com/website/a...


Harvard University's Free Tuition Program
Free tuition for families earning less than $60,00 with a honor student graduating from high school.
http://www.fao.fas.harvard.edu


Peterson's Guide to Nursing Programs
Site provides information on specific nursing schools and maintains a link to financial aid help.
http://www.petersons.com/finaid


Nurse Loan Repayment & Scholarship Program
Program is available for registered nurses. Participants must serve at a health facility in underserved area to receive loan repayments.
http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/nursing/loanrepay.htm


Loan Comparison Tool
This is a loan comparison tool to help find the best private loans. It provides side-by-side comparisons of personalized private loans and terms to students attending colleges served by KHEAA in Alabama. The site gives students the details they need to make knowledgeable choices to pay for college.
http://www.alabamamarketplace.com


Tuition Management SystemAfford.com is a tuition management system to help parents pay for their child's college education. This was recommended to me by a parent who has used it and was very satisified with their service. Check it out to see if it meets your needs.
http://www.afford.com


CollegeBoardThis site can help you compare aid packages, and the cost of repayment. Start at CollegeBoard.org by clicking on the "College Planning" tab. Then click on the green tab "Paying for College". On that page you will find a link to the "Compare Aid Awards" tool. You can compare up to four schools - and type of awards included in the calculator cover all those you have listed. All you do is fill in the blanks for the offers from the four schools you are comparing.
http://www.CollegeBoard.org


Financial Aid HelpThey offer a free review of financial aid packages to the readers of Terry Savage.
http://www.PayLessforCollege.com


Simple TuitionAt this site you can learn everything you need to know about financial aid by using the "Tuition Coach" tool. It will help you fill out financial aid forms accurately and in the that lets you qualify for the most aid possible. You can find it by clicking the "More" tab on the homepage. The Tuition Coach is free, buy you do have to sign up for it and give your perosnal information. You will also find a quick calculator so you can make an educated guess at what the FAFSA will eventually tell you. The site also has a "College Cost Adjustor" tool that will help you compare the aid packages when they arrive, so you make a choice based on value - not only the bottom line, but the total repayment cost.
http://www.SimpleTuition.com


Tuition Funding SourcesScholarship searches, financial aid information, student loan information, and career information.
http://www.tuitionfundingsources.com


Paying for College GuideIt will guide you through the process - and the consequences - of each type of aid that might be offered.
http://studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa/next-steps/accept-a...


Consumer Financial Protection BureauThe website has a tool that compares average financial aid at universities and allows input of numbers from the aid packages offered by up to three different colleges, to make an easy comparison.
http://consumerfinance.gov/paying-for-college


Financial Aid ComparisonAward letter comparison tool which lets you take the actual offers from three schools and see how much each will really cost you and how much you may have to borrow.
http://Finaid.org


Financial Aid Calculator
http://Finaid.org/calculators/awardletter.phtml


Government Student Loans vs. Private LendersLearn more about the differences between the government's student loans and those made by private lenders.
http://discover.com/student-loans/compare-undergra...


University Tutor
http://www.universitytutor.com/scholarship-contest

College/Universities

Colleges/Universities


UA in Huntsville
http://www.uah.edu


UA in Huntsville Online Applications
UAH encourages you to apply for admission online. Scholarship deadline is Dec. 1.
http://register.uah.edu


University of North Alabama
http://www.una.edu


Northwest-Shoals Community College
http://www.nwscc.edu


The Art Institutes
Educational opportunities in the creative and applied arts: programs of study, scholarship opportunities, and locations
http://www.aiadvantage.com


The University of Alabama
To apply for scholarships for 2009-10 academic year, students will need to complete the scholarship portion of the application online. Dealine is Dec. 1.
http://mybama.ua.edu


Jacksonville State University
http://www.jsu.edu


University of Montevallo
http://www.montevallo.edu


University of Tennessee, Knoxville
To apply for scholarships at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
http://www.web.utk.edu/~finaid


University of Tennessee, Knoxville
To apply for admission to the University of Tennessee
http://www.apply.utk.edu


Samford University
http://www.samford.edu


Alabama A & M University
http://www.AAMU.EDU/ADMISSIONS


University of Alabama, Birmingham
http://www.uab.edu


Georgia Tech President's Scholarship Program
Offers awards at various levels up to full estimated cost of attendance.
http://www.psp.gatech.edu


University of Mississippi
http://www.olemiss.edu


University of Mobile
http://www.umobile.edu


Wyoming Tech
Location in Daytona, FL
http://www.wyotech.com


Mississippi College
http://www.mc.edu


Freed-Hardeman University
http://www.fhu.edu


The University of Alabama
To get University of Alabama information.
http://www.gobama.ua.edu


The University of Alabama
For the latest adventures of UA students on campus, good resource for entering freshmen.
http://www.bamalog.ua.edu


University of North Alabama Blog
Good resource for prospective students.
http://www.una.edu/admission/blog/index.html


Johnson Scholarship Program
Washington and Lee University - "Students who have the intellect to excel and the selflessness to care should have the opportunity to lead." Full scholarship opportunity!
http://www.admissions.wlu.edu/johnson_scholars


The University of Alabama
From this site one can watch a tour of campus or download the tour to an iPod.
http://itour.ua.edu


Free Tuition at Harvard University
Free tuition to low-income students (families making less than $60,000 a year).
http://www.fao.fas.harvard.edu/


Wallace State Community College
Located 8 miles south of Cullman, on U.S. Hwy 31 in Hanceville - offering many allied health degrees.Discovery Days (campus tours) are Tuesdays 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. and Fridays 9 a.m.
http://www.wallacestate.edu


Middle Tennessee State University
Information about programs of study, admission, financial aid & scholarships
http://www.mtsu.edu


Auburn Engineering Scholarships
For more information about engineering scholarships to Auburn University.
http://www.eng.auburn.edu/scholarships


Huntingdon College
Admission & financial aid forms can be accessed online.
http://www.huntingdon.edu


The University of Alabama/Shelton State Bridge Program
Designed for college freshman who are just below The University of Alabama entrance requirements.
http://gobama.ua.edu/shelton


University of Alabama, Birmingham Customized Website
Each student's webpage is tailored to their specific interests, majors and high school. There are also links to Facebook and Twitter. Students may check it out!
http://uab.edu/MyUab

Financial Aid

Planning for College

Planning for College

ACT
Register online for the ACT-Offers online ACT preparation-College information
http://www.act.org

SAT - College Board
Register for the SAT or get information on the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and AP (Advanced Placement tests)
http://www.collegeboard.com

STARS
Statewide Transfer & Articulation Reporting System for students who do not plan to complete their degrees at the first college they attend as a freshman. This can be a huge savings in time and money!
http://stars.troy.edu

nelnet College Planning
College and university searches; Scholarship searches and giveaways; FAFSA assistance; Financial aid options and comparisons; Budgeting, expense, and repayment tools; ACT and SAT test preparation tools; Knowledgeable planning counselors
http://www.nelnet.net/collegeplanning

College Opportunities Online Locator
See and compare profiles of nearly 7,000 colleges and universities nation wide. Search by specific criteria, location, program, or all.
http://www.nces.ed.gov/ipeds/cool

USCollegeSearch.org
Directory of colleges in the United States.
http://USCollegeSearch.org

Career Colleges
Has college listings that focus on career training and technical education.
http://Search4CareerColleges.com

Alabama 529 Plan
An investor should consider the investment objectives, risks and expenses associated with municipal fund securities before investing.
http://www.alabama529.com

AnyCollege
Resources include: search tools, scholarship drawings, college information request forms, information on featured colleges and universities, and other resources for students, parents, and counselors.
http://anycollege.com

Embark
Advanced School Finder: Search for schools that fit your criteria. Search by size, type, location, setting, and more.
http://www.embark.com/defalt.aspx

Further Your Education
A place to learn about post-secondary education, plan a transfer to a four-year college, find a distance learning program, learn about educational benefits for soldiers and veterans.
http://www.furtheryoureducation.com

After School Explorer
An accessible, online source for preparing students for a career or higher education. Students will find tips, news and advice on annual school rankings, internships, opportunities in the military, and much more.
http://jostens.princetonreview.com

My College QuickStart
Easy-to-use, online, personalized college and career planning kit available free to students who took the PSAT/NSSQT.
http://www.collegeboard.com\quickstart

Regional Colleges Student Network Program
Designed for students interested in attending college closer to home. Receive information from our geographic region. High School ID Code = 011630, Password=HGC-RG Complete the electronic form and submit student information in order to be registered in the Student Network.
http://www.petersons.com/studentnetworks

KHEAA
Information for students and parents on college planning and financial aid. Download copies of "Getting IN" and "Affording Higher Education", GREAT resources for college planning in Alabama.
http://www.alstudentaid.com

eCampusTours
A college planning website featuring virtual tours of college campuses.
http://eCampusTours.com

Family Firsts
A series of booklets for first-generation college students and their families.
http://www.act.org/path/secondary/resources.html

College Planning Calendar
ACT offers online checklists for keeping all students on track to a college education. See the steps students should be taking each year in high school.
http://www.actstudent.org/college/checklist.html

College Information
Provides relevant, comprehensive information about why to go, how to go, and how to pay for college or other postsecondary education programs.
http://www.college.gov

The Common Application
Provides applications online & in print that students may submit to any of the 350 members institutions. It can simplify the college admission process by saving time and eliminating duplication of effort.
http://www.commonapp.org

You University
Good link for college videos, there are links to Facebook but you do not have to participate in that unless you want to go there.
http://www.youniversitytv.com

Prepare for My Future Website
The U.S. Department of Education website is a good place to find a college, make sure it is accredited and fits your financial, lifestyle, and career goals.
http://www.ed.gov/students/prep/college/edpicks.jh...

Think College

College Information: Know how to go and evaluate how much you already know.

http://www.knowhow2go.org/#

StudentEdge

StudentEdge

Plan for college with StudentEdge

Redeem for free:

  • Scholarship search
  • Online courses for the SAT, ACT, and PSAT
  • College exploration and search tools
  • Homework help
  • Personalized college planning to-do list

Students received handout with school code. See school counselor if access code has been misplaced.

http://www.studentedge.com

North Alabama Center for Educational Excellence

This center has free information and assistance with applying for funds for your child to go to college. They offer the following assistance:

  • Assistance filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Information about scholarship opportunities
  • Help for those pursuing GED
  • Preparatory classes to improve ACT scores
  • Veterans who want to pursue degrees

Please call the Athens office (located near Athens State) for an appointment at 256-233-1220.

http://www.nacee.net

What Will They Learn
The search for the right college can be overwhelming. Check the totally free, online college guide to see which universities are making sure their students learn what they need to know. It's designed to help decide whether the colleges you're considering prepare their graduates to succeed after graduation.
http://WhatWillTheyLearn.com

College View
Start searching for a college
http://www.CollegeView.com

Match College
Free search for college matches by state or degree.
http://www.MatchCollege.com

University Spot

New website simplifies the search and makes getting there even more enjoyable (and less costly). Research and compare hundreds of colleges worldwide, browse course catalogs and programs, read student reviews, peruse college newspapers, tour campuses virtually, explore extracurricular activities, and much more.

http://www.UniversitySpot.com

My Majors

Don't know what you want your college major to be. Check out this website and take the quiz to get ideas or confirm what you may be thinking about. You can download the free mobile app. Text MAJORS to 80802 to download the award-winning MyMajors Mobile App.

http://www.MyMajors.com

Wells Fargo's CollegeSTEPS Program

Students and parents can both sign up for the CollegeSTEPS program to stay on track with college planning. You will receive emails on topics like study tips, financial aid, and campus visits.

http://wellsfargo.com/collegesteps

Career Planning

Career Planning

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Great resource for job descriptions, employment projections, training needed, and salaries!
http://www.bls.gov/oco

Todays Military
Discover information on careers in the military.
http://www.todaysmilitary.com

The Military
A wealth of information: benefits, pay scales, scholarships, etc.
http://www.military.com

Career Explorer
Looks at different career choices. It has job descriptions, aptitude tests, and career training information.
http://CareerExplorer.net

O*NET
Career information site that allows users to find occupations based on personality types.
http://online.onetcenter.org

Jobs
Local jobs, helpful career resources, search 24/7
http://www.northalabama.monster.com

Career Key
Match to interests to careers and investigate different options.
http://www.careerkey.org

Alabama State Personnel Department
View current job announcements and current job list.
http://www.personnel.state.al.us

My Future
Site contains good career information including career interest quizzes, college training guidelines and financial planning. Check out the career toolbox for cover letter examples and a resume builder.
http://www.myfuture.com

Dream It - Do It
Site offers info about dynamic careers in the manufacturing industry (design, engineering, management, technical...),including videos about jobs, a career quiz, career tool kit, Career Calculator, Career Profiles, School Search and more ...
http://www.dreamit-doit.com

Who Are You/Youth and Family
Site has lots of resources to help youth and family learn more about employment including numerous links to other helpful sites.
http://www.ncwd-youth.info/who_Are_You/youth_and_F...

Youth Rules
Site contains lost of information about jobs for teens and workplace regulations and labor laws. Labor law posters and other good information are downloadable.
http://www.youthrules.dol.gov

Career One Stop
Site provides lots of career exploration tools. including researching occupations, researching industries, and finding state labor market information and resources.
http://www.acinet.org

Monster
Site helps you build a resume and post it. Also includes many helpful career articiles, links, and examples of resumes and cover letters.
http://www.monster.com

Job Link Alabama
On this site, a job seeker can create an account that provides the ability to conduct a job search, build an on-line resume, register with the Alabama Career Center, receive emails on new job openings along with additional career information and links for additional services.
http://www.joblink.alabama.gov

WorkKeys
Find a testing site near you for this skills test. WorkKeys analyzes the skills needed for specific jobs and tests those areas. By qualifying for one of three certification levels, you demonstrate your initiative and confirm your skills for potential employers and possible internships. Note: There is a program at Northwest-Shoals Community College.
http://www.act.org/workkeys/centers.html

National Career Readiness Certificate
Information on the National Career Readiness Certificate
http://www.act.org/certificate

Bureau of Labor Statistics
Information on which career paths will be most available in the future.
http://www.bls.gov/home.htm

Explore Careers
Exploring career information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
http://www.bls.gov/k12

Alabama Mentor
A resource for college planning
http://Alabamamentor.org

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Provides a wealth of information on jobs, training, salaries, and projected employment.
http://www.bls.gov/oco

Alabama's Hot 40 Demand Occupations
http://www2.dir.state.al.us/OES/OES

O*NET
O*NET allows uers to find occupations based on six categories.
http://online.onetcenter.org

Career Ready Alabama
Provides information about getting your Career Readiness Certificate
http://www.careerreadyalabama.com



College Entrance Exams

College Entrance Exams

ACT
Onine registration for the ACT. ACT is encouraging students to register online, however paper registration packets (for mailing) are available in the guidance office.
http://www.actstudent.org

SAT
Onine registration is the simplest and quickest way to register.
http://www.sat.collegeboard.com

Summer Programs

Summer Programs

United State Naval Academy Summer Seminar
For high school juniors, the seminar offers the opportunity for high school students to visit the Naval Academy for one week during the summer. Students will experience all aspects of the Naval Academy including the academic program, physical training and midshipman life. Apply online.
http://www.usna.edu

SITE
Student Introduction to Engineering hosted by the University of Alabama. A weeklong residential program for rising high-school juniors and seniors.
http://site.eng.ua.edu

Capstone Summer Honors Program
A month-long residential program for high school juniors. Earn 7 to 8 hours of college credit. Must have completed junior year, have an ACT composite score of 25+ or an SAT score of 1130+ and rank in the top 20% of high school class.
http://honors.ua.edu/summerhonors

Capstone Business Academy
A 10-day residential summer program at the University of Alabama designed for academically exceptional rising high school seniors interested in obtaining an education and pursuing a career in business.
http://cba.ua.edu/summeracademy

OxBridge Academic Programs
Residential programs in Oxford, Cambridge, Paris, Barcelona and Montpellier, France offer a unique opportunity for motivated students to live and study in one of these world-famous centers of learning and culture. Choose from over 65 courses including Medicine, Law, Politics, Business, Classics, History, Criminology, Creative Writing, Drama, Photography, and French and Spanish Language at all levels. Grades 8-9: The Oxford Prep Experience, The Cambridge Prep Experience Grades 10-12: The Oxford Tradition, The Cambridge Tradition
http://www.oxbridgeprograms.com

Auburn University Summer Experience Camps
Auburn University and the Outreach Program Office are offering exciting opportunities to high school students through their 2007 Summer Experience Camps. The camps attempt to appeal to students with a wide variety of interests, from leadership and debate to engineering and architecture. While all Summer Experience Camps are designed to provide educational and fun experiences for students, they also provide unique opportunities for high school students to discover what the college life is all about.
http://www.auburn.edu/summercamps

College of Agriculture and School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Rising high school sophomores and juniors are invited to Auburn University's campus for a day to learn more about what the natural resources and agriculture have to offer students. Students may choose from five different tracks of study: Pre-Veterinary; Animal Autopsy Investigation (Not for the faint of heart); Let's Get Dirty-Plants, Trees, and Soil; Machines and Gadgets-Biosystems Engineering; Going Wild-Animal Interactions. For more information, visit the web site or contact Deborah Solie (334)844-8900, das0002@auburn.edu or Sarah Crim (334)844-1050, crimsar@auburn.edu or Megan Ross (334)844-3201, mhr0001@auburn.edu.
http://www.sfws.auburn.edu/sso/SummerProgram

Health Career Camp
Health Career Camp June 13-14, 2007, sponsored by Calhoun Community College, Decatur General Hospital, and Huntsville Hospital. Application deadline is May 15.
http://www.calhoun.edu

Presidential Classroom
Week-long experiences in Washington, D.C. Unparalleled opportunities to encounter democracy-in-action.
http://www.presidentialclassroom.org

Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Gulf Island Journey is a summer program for middle school age students (rising 7th, 8th, & 9th grades). Cost is $550. Discovery Hall Programs is for students in grades 9-11 who have completed a high school biology course. The program is 4 weeks long and cost $1800 + $50 registration fee, includes tuition, room meals, and lab fees. See Ms. King for more details or visit the website.
http://www.disl.org

Quest
Mississippi State University if providing an opportunity for high-achieving, dedicated, rising high school seniors to participate in cutting edge research at their engineering college. For 3 weeks, students will work side-by-side with engineering faculty members on exciting research projects in an area that closely matches their academic interests. A minimum ACT score of 24 is required to apply. Space is limited, so appy early. Information and applications packets are available on the web.
http://www.bagley.msstate.edu/quest/index.php

Science & Engineering Apprenticeship Program
Wonderful! Program offers paid apprenticeships for high school & college students interested in science & engineering.
http://www.usaeop.com

West Point Summer Leaders Seminar
Provides outstanding high school juniors the exciting opportunity to gain a better understanding of the academic, physical, military, and leadership development programs at a service academy.
http://www.admissions.usma.edu

E-MAP
The University of Alabama has a wide range of quality scientific and mathematical programs. Incoming freshmen interested in these areas are welcome to apply for admission to E-Map.
http://emap.ua.edu

UAH Summer Engineering Camps
Designed for high school students interested in learning more about opportunities in the engineering profession.
http://www.eng.uah.edu/camp

Ole Miss Summer College for High School Students

For academically gifted high school juniors and some sophomores (rising juniors and seniors). Summer College High School students live in an Ole Miss residence hall, eat at one of the campus dining locations, and enroll in 3 to 7 hours of college credit coursework (transferable to any accredited college or university).

In addition to the head start on college coursework, students participate in exploring sessions (to explore academic and career interests as well as to learn what to expect in the college application/selection process) and are mentored by UM students. Moreover, the SCHS experience builds long-lasting relationships between peers in the program.

Check the website for more information on costs and who is eligible.

http://www.olemiss.edu/SCHS

UNA Early Scholar Program


UNA Early Scholar Program

UNA will help you get a head start on your college education! The Early Scholar Program provides qualified high school junior and seniors the opportunity to take college classes with tuition waived while still enrolled in high school.

Features of the Early Scholar Program at UNA include:

  • No tuition charge for up to five credit hours per semester.
  • College credit may be applied to a degree program at UNA or another college or university of your choice.
  • Wide variety of classes in fall, spring, or summer.

You may choose classes from subject areas including art, science, business, history, foreign language, social science, and others. Mathematics courses may be taken if UNA has you ACT or SAT scores on file at the time of application.

Requirements for admission to the Early Scholar Program are:

  • Completion of the sophomore year of high school.
  • Ranking in the upper 50% of your high school class.
  • Written permission from high school principal or guidance counselor.

In order to be admitted to the Early Scholar Program at UNA, you will need to complete an application for admission. Additionally, you will need to complete a form that requires a signature from your principal or guidance counselor providing permission for you to enroll as an Early Scholar. There is also a $25 application fee which should be paid at the time application is made. You may request the forms from UNA Office of Admission or your high school counselor.

http://www.una.edu/

admissions@una.edu

765-4608


http://www.una.edu

Rural Health Scholars Program


Rural Health Scholars Program

To qualify, an applicant must be a resident of rural Alabama who is a high school junior with a "B" average and meets admissions criteria for The University of Alabama. Participants are selected who have interests, motivation, and personal qualities most suited for becoming future physicians and other health professionals practicing in a rural community.

The program begins around the first of June and ends five weeks later. Participants enroll in special sections of two University of Alabama academic courses: Creative Writing and Intro to Chemistry with lab. Students may take these courses at no risk, if the student earns and A, B, or C he/she will receive college credit, if not he/she will not be penalized - meaning any grade lower than a "C" will not be recorded on the student's academic record. Participants will attend special seminars related to health care, study sessions, and take part in field trips to a major medical center and local rural health care facilities. Participants will live in a University residential hall and eat in University dining halls. Males and females are housed separately in residence halls with gender specific counselors assigned to each group. Curfew and quiet hours for study time are established and enforced. Daily recreation opportunities are available as well as regularly scheduled group social activities. Students will be allowed to use the student recreation center and other recreational facilities around campus.

Tuition, room, meal ticket, and books expenses are provided by financial support from the Alabama Family Practice Rural Health Board, The University of Alabama, and friends of Rural Alabama. Participants will be responsible for application fee, transportation to and from the program, and personal expenses.

For more information, contact Ms. King or check online at http://cchs.ua.edu


http://www.ua.edu

Student Athletes

Student Athletes

Campus Champs
Information for the student-athlete on how to find a college, reach out to college coaches, apply for admission, get student aid, improve their game, and increase their chances to succeed both on the field and in the classroom.
http://www.campuschamps.com

NCAA Eligibility Center

The NCAA Eligibility Center has replaced the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse. The eligibility center certifies the academic & amateur credentials of all college-bound student-athletes who wish to compete in NCAA Division I or II athletics. Register at the beginning of your junior year.

http://www.eligibilitycenter.org

NCAA Information for College Sports

Check this website for information about eligibility for participate in Division I and Division II college athletics.

http://NCAA.org/playcollegesports

NCAA Eligibility Center (new)

If you want to play Division I or Division II college sports, you must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. Students should register during the summer after completing the 11th grade. Make sure you are completing the high school requirements. Check out this new website for more information!

http://NCAA.org/eligibilitycenter

NCAA Transfer Information

The decision to transfer to another school is an important and often difficult one in your college career. Before you act, do your homework. Make sure you understand how transferring will affect you, so you don’t negatively impact your education or your chances to play college sports.

http://NCAA.org/transfer