Counselor

Welcome to the Secondary School Counselor's Corner. I hope that you will find this page very useful. There are a lot of things happening each month. Please refer to the secondary calendar for upcoming events and scholarships. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 626-5788 ext 2303 or email me through the button above.

Exchange Programs

High School/ College Exchange Programs: Exchange programs are invaluable to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world.

Go Global: Youth For Understanding (YFU) is a non-profit international educational organization with programs in 64 countries. One of the world's oldest, largest, and most respected exchange organizations, YFU has exemplified excellence in exchange worldwide since 1951.

College Testing Aids

 

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.

The American School offers an on-line ACT and SAT Test Preparation Course for students interested in improving their standardized test scores. You can access the program by going to http://www.americanschoolofcorr.com/actsatprep

Professional/Vocational Programs and Career Outlooks

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.

 

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Web Sources and Financial Aid Support

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.

 

Sources of Aid and Scholarships:

FAFSA: Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, ensures that all eligible individuals can benefit from federally funded financial assistance for education beyond high school. We consistently champion the promise of postsecondary education to all Americans —and its value to our society. Federal Student Aid plays a central and essential role in supporting postsecondary education by providing money for college to eligible students and families. We partner with postsecondary schools, financial institutions and others to deliver services that help students and families who are paying for college.

 

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.

College In Colorado: A great site for exploring options after graduation in Colorado. Applies to both Middle School and High School Students.

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.

 

Service Academies and College ROTC

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

 

Posted Scholarships and Opportunities

I will update this page as soon as I get scholarships, so check often. Here are the current scholarships that are available to juniors and seniors:

 The Cibrowski Foundation Scholarship for Engineering or Chemistry majors is due by 20 April 2014.  This scholarship can only be applied to The university of Denver or The Colorado School of Mines in the majors mentioned.  If interested, please see Mr Williams for an application.  

 

The Niel Armstrong Scholarship is due by 21 April 2014.  If interested, please go to http://www.telluridefoundation.org/index.php?page=neil-armstrong-scholarship-fund

 

The Imogene Pass/Alpine Bank Scholarship is due by 25 April 2014.  I interested, please see Mr Williams for an application.  
 
 
The Ridgway Athletic Boosters Scholarship is due by 25 April 2014.  I interested, please see Mr Williams for an application. 
 
 
The Ouray County Rodeo Association Scholarship is due by 30 April 2014.  If interested, please see Mr Willaims for an application. 

 

The Ouray County Cattlemans Association Scholarship is due my 1 May 2014.  Please see Mr Williams for an application.

 

The Kit Garagher Foundation Scholarship is due by 16 May 2014.  If interested please apply at www.KitFaragherFoundation.org

 

The Big Sun Athletic Scholarship is due by 20 June 2014.  If interested, please go to http://www.bigsunathletics.comto apply. 

 

 

Test Dates

Parents and students,

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. The test dates are;

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Offers and Acceptances

Below is a list of Ridgway Seniors who have been offered admission to colleges and universities throughout the United States.  To date, 17 seniors have been offered admission to 74 colleges and universities in the U.S.

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Student Success

As RSS students receive recognition for their efforts this year, I will update this section.  To date, the senior class has earned $2,188,900.00 in academic scholarships. 

 

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