1 AUSTINTOWN FITCH HIGH SCHOOL NOVEMBER, 2013 FINANCIAL AID NIGHT JANUARY, 2014 Parents and students are encouraged to attend. Rosemary Kent, YSU Financial Aid Office, will explain the process of receiving aid and completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Date is still pending, but will probably be the second or third week in January. Students can familiarize themselves with the site at HONOR DIPLOMA Verification forms for the Honor Diploma are available in the guidance office. Please complete as soon as possible and return to Mrs. McGlynn or Mrs. Dockry Deadline: December 16, FEES Check with the treasurer regarding any fees you might owe and get them paid as soon as possible Remember your senior fees ($25.), as well as cap and gown ($27.28), are due ASAP! ACT or SAT? Most Ohio and western Pennsylvania schools will take the ACT. Highly selective, East Coast or West Coast schools may prefer the SAT. Go online to the colleges' websites for information. Plan ahead. Registering online you have a better chance of getting Fitch as your test site. REMEMBER November 8 late registration for the December 14 ACT test. NOTE: If you haven't taken this yet and plan to go to college REGISTER SOON!!! Also, remember Fitch's school code is Check with your college to see if you need the writing test. ACT PREPARATION WORKSHOPS (8 hour workshops) Kent State Trumbull November 29 & December 8, 6:00-8:00 P.M. or Kent State Salem November 19 & December 3, 9:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M. Cost: $75 for either. REMINDER Get college applications in ASAP. If you apply online, fill out a transcript request and give it to your counselor. Don't forget to bring in envelopes, stamps and if required, a college prep form. PLEASE NOTE College applications will be accepted for processing through FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, before Thanksgiving break. WEDNESDAY,
2 DECEMBER 18, will be the last day for applications before the Christmas holidays. Watch your deadlines and have it in before Thanksgiving! NCAA CLEARINGHOUSE NCAA Clearinghouse will only accept test scores sent directly from ACT and SAT. Make sure the code 9999 is on your registration materials. If you fail to do so you will need to submit a request (and fee) for an Additional Score Report. YSU Early Advisement and Registration Program gives you a jump start to your college planning. You must submit your Admissions Application and fee by February 15, 2014 to receive an invitation to participate. Universities such as Ohio State, Case Western Reserve, Cincinnati and NCAA want official test scores. This means the score must be sent directly to them from ACT or SAT. Go online to the websites to access additional score reports. As usual, a fee accompanies the transaction! We will continue to send copies of your test scores with your transcript to the schools when you make your request. Please give us a few days time to process although we usually can mail them by the next day's mail. COLLEGE APPLICATIONS It's time to make application to the college of your choice. REMEMBER all require an official transcript to be sent to their admissions office. The easiest way to do this is let us send everything at once when you send your application and the fee, so bring your completed application, check for the fee, and addressed, stamped envelope to Mrs. McGlynn or Mrs. Dockry and they will do the rest. If a letter of recommendation is needed, please allow at least a week for this to be done and see someone who knows you well and will give you a favorable recommendation. We have Student Brag Sheets for you to complete and give to the teacher who is writing the recommendation. College and scholarship applications should be typed. This always makes a better impression. If your college requires the Common Application you can access it at COLLEGE PROGRAMS YSU has a Bachelor of Science in applied science in forensic science. Students will complete an internship at a forensic science laboratory. Designed to give students broad theoretical and practical background in scientific, legal, and investigative aspects of forensic science, graduates of the program would be prepared to continue their education in forensic science graduate programs or immediately begin careers in crime laboratories. YSU's Histotechnician Program is a 2-year Associate in Applied Science degree.
3 Working in laboratories you would prepare blood, tissues, and fluids from humans using a variety of precision instruments. The results of the tests detect and diagnose diseases. Good hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity are important. See YSU's catalog for details. Income range: $20,000 to $35,000. Deadline: December 31, The most popular areas at Baldwin Wallace are education, business and science. Various visitation days are available. BW has a new major sustainability. It examines human relationships to earth and looks at future needs that address social, environmental and economic well being. Also, BW is now test optional which means the ACT scores are not used as a factor for admissions. The student must still submit the scores after they have been admitted to determine Math and English placement. Profusion Therapy (operate heart-lung machines) pays $50,000-$60,000 for starting salaries with a 4-year bachelor's degree. Carlow College in Pittsburgh is one of the very few colleges in the country that offers this major. For more information, call carlow. Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland) has outstanding Biology, Business, Engineering and Nursing Programs. Highly competitive criteria for admissions. Average ACT is They only accept the Common Application. Early Action deadline is November 1, PPSP is December 1, Regular Decision is January 15. The University of Cincinnati is best known for Music (rated 2 nd behind Julliard) and Interior Design is rated #1 in the nation. Transportation and Industrial Design only accepts students. Also, they have a strong co-op program, especially in Engineering. Their Engineering program is called ACCEND. If you are a high achiever, excel in math and science; take honors-level and AP courses this program is for you. Earn your bachelor's and master's degrees in just 5 years. DeVry University has locations in Cleveland and Columbus. It is a technical school that offers associate and bachelor degrees in business, engineering, computers, and telecommunications (without taking many general education requirements). If you prefer a hands on approach, check out DeVry. They also offer scholarships $2,000- $10,000, minimum GPA 2.7, top 5% of class. Did you know that St. Vincent College and Gannon University has an agreement with both Duquesne University and Lake Erie College of Medicine to admit some of their students to Duquesne's Pharmacy Program? Eastern Gateway College Affordable Tuition Earned credits will transfer to any state school. Gateway Grant is available to students with a 2.5 GPA that will cover full tuition. Great way to start college if you want to start in June 2014, use the Gateway Grant and your tuition is free. Transfer your credits to your university for Fall Eastern Kentucky has begun a new program, PGA Golf Management. Graduates will receive a Bachelors in Business Administration, major in Marketing with a concentration
4 in PGA Golf Management. Edinboro University offers all non-pa residents a lower tuition rate. Tuition for out-ofstate students is now $10, room and board. Gannon University, located in northwest PA (about 2 hours away) is best known for its health sciences and engineering programs. They also have a and a Physical Therapy Program. Geneva College (Beaver Falls, PA 40 minutes away) has direct entry into their Engineering Program and 100% placement of graduates in the past 10 years. Goshen College NAIA, only 1,000 students, known mainly for medical areas, 100% placement of nurses. Hocking College's Music Program is designed to prepare students for careers in music production, performance and business management. In addition to an introduction to all aspects of music, students select one area of specialization. Each quarter, students will learn from visiting lectures, notable professionals in the music and entertainment industry. During the second year, students spend a quarter at Havering College in London, a school renowned for its pop music production and performance program. Hocking College is also well known for Wildlife Resource Management and National Resource Law Enforcement. Kent State University Most popular unique majors include Architecture, Interior Design, Fashion Design, Speech Pathology, and Aeronautics. They also offer a BS in Nursing with 96% passing rate. Scholarships are generous, entrance to main campus begins at 21 ACT, 2.5 GPA. Marietta College (2-2 ½ hours) is known for their Petroleum Engineering program. Also, one of the only Ohio schools with a cadaver lab. They also offer a 5-year Masters degree in Psychology. A new major is International Leadership with Pre-Law. Students will study abroad or in Washington D.C. during their 3 rd year. Mercy College Nursing school that is based in Toledo, but classes are taken at St. Elizabeth's and Kent State Trumbull. 3.0 GPA and 22 ACT is required. Small class size makes Mercy College very attractive. Visit the Mercyhurst College (Erie, PA) has a unique major called Intelligence Study. It is designed for those who want to fight terrorism in the U. S. Government. Mercyhurst also works directly with the FBI with 100% job placement. The Forensic Science program, another popular major, allows you to specialize in criminology, toxicology or wild life investigation. The Fashion Merchandising program allows you go to to the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and return to Mercyhurst to complete your bachelor's degree. Mercyhurst also has a Dance major with emphasis on ballet. 85% of
5 students live on campus. Muskingum College Well known for their PLUS PROGRAM, offering academic support for students with learning disabilities and ADHD. For more information, call NEOMED Medicine and Pharmacy Applications should be submitted by December 15 for regular admissions. ACT scores must go directly to NEOMED. If interested, it is best to apply to all four (Akron, Kent, YSU and Cleveland State) for maximum consideration. New Castle School of Trades recently opened a new facility. Math is a necessity. One of the few schools preparing students for the Marcellus Shale Company Oberlin College has an outstanding Conservatory of Music (nationally ranked). Many scholarships are available. The college takes great pride in the internship program and the new science center. Ohio Northern University has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. They have started a Forensic Biology major that is science based. Of course, direct entry to the pharmacy program is sought after by many prospective students. In the College of Business, finance is a new major. College of Pharmacy deadline is 12/1. OSU Honors & Scholars Program Deadline December 1, Scores range from a with class rank of 10-20%. Complete online Honors Application by January 15, OSU All students should apply by February 1. FAFSA Deadline is Feb 15. Ohio University is best known for their journalism and education programs. They boast 85% placement into medical school. Apply before February 1. Average ACT is 21-26, GPA is 3.4. Journalism & Visual Communications deadline December 15, Honors College deadline is December 1, PTI (Pittsburgh Technical Institute) has a new program in School of Health Care Practical Nursing (12 month program). Slippery Rock - About 1 hour away in Western PA, is best known for their College of Education. Unique programs include Therapeutic Recreation Services (includes equestrian studies) and Safety and Environmental Management. They have a new recreation center, including a rock climbing wall and a new Science and Technology Building. $5000 grants are awarded to qualified Ohio residents. Minimum requirements: 2.75 GPA and 20 ACT. February 15 for most scholarships. Thiel College (45 minute drive, in PA) has small classes, co-ops, and internships, and a 98% placement into career positions within 6 months of graduation. Academic
6 requirements for acceptance are not as stringent as many other small liberal arts schools. Check it out! Universal Technical Institute is known for the NASCAR Institute. Ursuline College Located in Cleveland, is known for their nursing program (direct entry, 2.75 GPA, ACT 20) fashion, business and social work. Predominately a female school (1600 students), the minimum GPA is 2.5 and 17 ACT. U.S. Air Force ROTC is available at many Ohio colleges (BGSU, MIAMI, OSU, CIN). Once college is completed, you enter the Air Force as a military officer. For scholarships, students must have a 2.5 GPA, pass a physical, ACT of 24. Waynesburg University Located 1-1/2 hours from home, excels in nursing (100% passage on state boards), education (5 year degree with Masters) and criminal justice. They also offer a degree in marine biology, where the students spend 3 years at Waynesburg and 1 year at Florida Institute of Technology or UNC. Westminster College Many scholarships are available to Ohio and Mahoning County residents. If you are planning to attend Westminster, make application by December 15 for early action or after December 15 for rolling admissions. The College of Wooster ranks #2 (U.S. News & World Report) in Independent Study Program, #14 in PH.D.'s, 96% of the students received financial aid and is featured in Colleges that Change Lives. Mahoning County students receive special consideration for scholarship money. WHAT'S NEW AT OHIO PUBLIC/PRIVATE COLLEGES - Defiance College Forensic Science Mount Union College Center for Public Service (political science) Ohio Dominican University Sports Management Baldwin-Wallace College Film Studies, Arts Management, Public Relations Ohio Northern University Marketing, Nursing Hiram College Marine Biology Marietta College Finance, Education Kent State Public Health John Carroll Forensic Psychology SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION Scholarship materials arrive frequently. Check the scholarship rack in Senior Guidance or see your counselor. Many scholarship applications are online. You can take advantage of a wealth of financial aid information and conduct a free scholarship search at Scholarships.com. Schoolsoup.com is an interesting website. Check it out!
7 AES Engineers is providing a $500 scholarship to eligible seniors. for information. Deadline: October 6, Visit A & F Scholarship - $1,000. Complete a short essay at Deadline: June 14, AFSA Essay Contest Scholarship Students must read a short essay and answer questions based on the essay. Deadline is: April 2, American Legion Scholarships If you are a great speaker, why not compete for cash. If a parent served in the armed forces, check it out. Eagle Scout? Contact The Army Emergency Relief Fund (James Ursano Scholarship Program) provides college money to dependent children of soldiers on federal active duty, retired, or deceased while in active or retired status. Go to Available: January 2014 The AXA Foundation with U.S. News & World Report provides one scholarship to each state and 10 national awards. axa-equitable.com for many different scholarships. Big Sun Scholarship ($500) is available to young athletes who participate in at least one sport at the school or community level. Deadline: June Bowling Green State University has excellent scholarship opportunities. A 3.5 GPA and a 23 ACT qualifies for a $1,500 scholarship. As ACT's get higher and GPA's increase, so does the money. President's Leadership Scholarship is available to students who demonstrate success in academics, diversity and co-curricular activities. Deadline: December 1, Value is full tuition and fees for four years. For students who want to teach in the Science or Math fields, there are scholarships for $3,800-$5,200. Apply at Burger King Scholarship If you work 10 hours a week, 40 weeks per year, you may qualify for $1,000 scholarship. Apply online, bkmclamorefoundation.org. Cappex.com Log on for a chance to win a $25,000 scholarship. Christian College Scholarships visit for a free $2,500 drawing. Go online at for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship. Gates Millennium Scholarship is provided by Bill & Melinda Gates to a minority scholar (African American, Indian, Native Alaskan, Asian Pacific, or Hispanic American). GPA
8 3.3, leadership abilities, must meet PELL Grant criteria. Deadline: January 11, Go to Mahoning Valley Credit Unions one $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a local high school senior. Deadline is February 10, The winner may be eligible for another $2,500 scholarship. National Academy of TV Arts & Sciences will be awarding 2 ($2,000) scholarships. Students attending a 4-year institution to study TV or TV related fields are eligible. Apply nataslgl.org. PIEF (Printing Industries Education Funds) has established a maximum $5,000 scholarship to be awarded to one or more students who are planning to attend a PIEF approved graphic communications program. Deadline: February 1. The U.S. Bank Student Banking Division awards $1,000 scholarships through a random drawing process. Apply on line at Apply through March, YSU is very generous with their scholarship funds. Explore the following opportunities if you meet the qualifications. 1. Red and White Scholarship--$2000, renewable for four years. 22 ACT/3.0 GPA 2. Deans' Scholarship--$3000, renewable for four years. 25 ACT/Top 15% of class 3. President's Scholarship--$4000, renewable for four years. 27 ACT/Top 10% of class 4. Trustee's Scholarship--$5000, renewable for four years. Valedictorian (Rank #1) 5. Leslie Cochran University Scholars Program estimated over $16,000 per year. 28 ACT/Top 15% of class. Application for University Scholars Program is separate from the admissions application. It must be done on paper and received by the university before February 15 th. Don't wait until the last minute. Interested candidates are advised to schedule an informational session to discuss the program. This is a good idea because it allows the student to make a face-to-face connection with the director of the program. They can be reached at Forty spots are available and Fitch often occupies several of those spots. YSU Honors Program - All University Scholars are automatically enrolled in the Honors Program. Also, students who have earned the President's and Deans' Scholarships are enrolled, as well as current students at YSU who meet the requirements while attending college. If you are retaking a class you have already taken, please see Mrs. McGlynn or Mrs. Dockry as soon as possible to make sure your credits are in order. STOP IN THE SENIOR GUIDANCE OFFICE when you have time and talk to your
9 counselor. Your senior year is a busy time and we want to keep everyone informed on what is going on. Mrs. McGlynn Mrs. Dockry Fun and Unique Scholarships - check it pdx.edu
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