• Welcome to SHS Counseling Office !

    Ben Cordero 

    Ms. Schumejda  

    Ben Cordero
    corderob@sitkaschools.org
    966-1927

    Cori Schumejda
    schumejdac@sitkaschools.org
    966-1925

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

Counseling Announcements

  •                                           Testing

    SAT Testing Dates (At Sitka High School)

    May 2, 2020-Canceled

    Canceled but please go to the CollegeBoard to register for the June 6th.  Students who have already paid for the May 2nd will be reimbursed but logging in is the same for the June 6th.

    June 6, 2020

    Please see CollegeBoard to register. 

     

     

                             Scholarships (These are the not the only opportunities.  See your counselor for more)

    From now until May 1st, those scholarships that needed to be submitted in person to the counseling office can simply email Mr. Cordero at corderob@sitkaschools.org. Please include the application and your supporting documents. 

    SITKA CHARR SCHOLARSHIP

    Up to $5,000

    The Alaska Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailers Association is a non-profit corporation, dedicated to serve the needs of the hospitality industry in the state of Alaska. The Association provides training programs, membership services, legislative and government relations, informational services, and promotes the industry for its members. Requirements are: a Minimum 2.5 GPA.  Committee has the authority to set higher averages if they wish; Evidence that student has applied to and/or has been accepted at a community college, college, or university, or a two-year vocational/technical institute; Evidence that the student has been actively involved in profitable employment during his/her school career.  Employment can be with a family enterprise or other employer; Evidence that the student has exerted leadership and has been successful in influencing other students in a positive manner; Evidence that the student has given attention to formulating career goals; Recommendations from at least three (3) people who have known the student through his/her high school career.  References should be from a teacher, school administrator, and/or employer.  Other references will be acceptable.  References from immediate family members will not be accepted.  Please see Mr. Cordero for more information.

     

    Deadline March 25th but moved to end of day April 10th                                                  for information please see Mr. Cordero or go on Naviance
                                                                        

    April 

    Sitka Education Support Professionals Scholarship (SESPA)

    TBA

    As paraprofessionals, secretaries, registrars, Community Schools and other titles, the Sitka Educational Support Professionals are an essential part of our schools.  Children of SESPA union members are invited to apply for this annual scholarship program.  Successful applicants plan to pursue post-secondary schooling (4-yr, 2-yr, 1-yr or certification programs are all included) have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and complete an application packet.  Applications and instructions are available in the counseling office

    Deadline April 6th                                                                                               applications available in the counseling office and on Naviance

    Ocean Wave Quilters Scholarship

    $1000

    Quilting involves a myriad of skills and interests, including art, math, design, history, fiber, and life skills.  As such, the Ocean Wave Quilters of Sitka are sponsoring a scholarship to be used for any educational program beyond high school.  An ideal candidate is attempting to go into the trades.  Stop on by the counseling office for more details on how to apply!

    As of now (4/7/2020) Deadline now April 30th                                              applications available in the Counseling Office and on Naviance

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    Holland America Line/Princess Cruises Scholarship Continuing Higher Education for Alaska’s Youth Scholarship

    $5,000

    Two scholarships of $5,000 will be awarded this year.  The applicant must submit: a resume, proof of enrollment, high school transcript, signed media release form, two letters of recommendation, and a 1-2 page personal essay describing the student’s career goals.  Applicants must be graduating Sitka High School in 2020, be a citizen or legal resident of the United States, and have a minimum overall GPA of 2.0.

    As of now (4/7/2020) Deadline April 24th                                                       applications available in the Counseling Office and on Naviance

    Sitka Scholarship (was Pulp Mill Scholarship)

    $5,000/ year

    The Sitka Scholarship Fund was established in 2011 to honor the memory of Tadao Sasayama, Founder of the Alaska Pulp Corporation. Since 1954, the Alaska Pulp Corporation has been a part of the Wrangell and Sitka communities. Mr. Sasayama was the founder and the First Chairman of Alaska Pulp Corporation. He retired in 1971 and passed away three years later at the age of 78. Scholarships are $20,000 total ($5,000 per year, renewable for four years) and are dependent upon students maintaining good standing and a full course load as prescribed by the post-secondary school. Scholarships are available to Sitka High School seniors who plan to pursue post-secondary education. Selection will be based on outstanding academic achievement and or special talent. There will be three scholarships awarded per year.  For application please visit the Alaska Community Foundation website.

    Deadline April 9th                  for info and application visit: https://alaskacf.org/blog/scholarships/sitka-scholarship/

    Sven E. & Lorraine Eriksson Alaska Scholarship

    $2,500/year- renewable

    Pursuing a degree in Engineering or Music at a University of Alaska Campus?  Then this scholarship is right for you!  Sven and Lorraine Eriksson are true Alaskan pioneers. Sven moved to Alaska in 1951 and Lorraine moved to Alaska in 1952, they were married in 1953, and spent their honeymoon at the old Mt. McKinley Hotel during December when outside temperatures were fifty below zero. They have spent their lives enjoying Alaska; flying, skiing, hunting and fishing with their two sons. The Sven E. and Lorraine Eriksson Alaska Scholarship will provide awards of up to $2,500 per year for up to 4 years (maximum of $10,000) to students studying engineering or music at the University of Alaska. Qualified applicants must be 1) enrolled full-time at a University of Alaska campus for the upcoming academic year and plan to study electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, or music, 2) a cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 or higher, 3) demonstrate academic motivation and success, 4) demonstrated financial need, and 5) demonstrate leadership qualities.

    Deadline April 9th                                                                               for info and application visit: http://alaskacf.org/scholarships/

    United States Coast Guard Spouses’ & Women’s Association Scholarship

    $750

    Dependents of active duty, retired, deceased, or reservist members of the US Coast Guard are invited to apply to the annual USCGSWA scholarship.  Successful applicants will graduate in the spring of 2020 and be pursuing any post-secondary educational program.  Applicants should show leadership skills and future goals, and must have a minimum of 2.5 gpa.  This is a local scholarship, and information and paper applications are available in the counseling office.

    Deadline April 10th                                                                            Application available in the Counseling Office and on Naviance

    Juniors & Seniors

    Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay Contest

    $1,000

    With a lineup of over 300 of the greatest literary works the world has ever known, Signet Classics is the publisher that students, education professionals and the public turn to more than any other. Now, we are proud to host our 24th annual Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay Contest, in which five high school juniors or seniors can each win a $1,000 scholarship award to be used toward their higher education plus a Signet Classics library for their school! Essays must be submitted by a high school English teacher on behalf of students who write an essay on one of five topics for this year's competition book Wuthering Heights.

    Deadline April 15th                 for essay topics visit: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/signet-essay-contest/

    John W. Symons Memorial Peace Scholarship                   

    $1000

    An anticipated one scholarship will be awarded to a Southeast Alaska high school or home school student graduating in the 2019-2020 academic year. This will be open to all students except members of Veterans for Peace and their families. There is no GPA or financial need requirement for this scholarship.

    Deadline April 15th                                for info and application visit: http://vfp-john-symons-scholarship.blogspot.com/2011/02/vfp-scholarship-essay.html

    Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (NSRAA) Scholarship

    $2,500

    NSRAA Scholarship Fund was established to provide financial assistance for the higher education to eligible commercial salmon fishermen or their dependent children.  Applicants must hold a current State of AK Southeast Salmon Limited Entry Permit and have paid salmon enhancement tax in Northern Southeast AK in the year prior to the application.  Full-time and seasonal benefited employees of NSRAA and their dependent children are also eligible to apply.  Any qualified applicant who plans to attend college or a vocational-technical school in the upcoming school year is encouraged to apply for a scholarship.  Applications are available in the counseling office or on the NSRAA website.

    Deadline April 15th                     for info visit: https://www.nsraa.org/_pdfs/Application_forms/Scholarship_Application2020_Fillable.pdf

    Seafood Producers Cooperative Foundation                  

    $1,500

    This foundation is awarded $1,500 to a recipient who is a child of Seafood Producers Cooperative member. Up to four (4) scholarships awarded each year.  Only one scholarship per applicant per year will be awarded.  Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of their financial need, scholastic achievement, demonstrated aptitude in their chosen area of educational pursuit, demonstrated potential to succeed in post-secondary education, leadership potential and activities, and community service. Students must fill out an application and write an essay.

    Deadline April 15th                                                                                                Come see Mr. Cordero for the application or check Naviance

    Charles W “Chuck” Parsley Memorial Scholarship

    $1,000

    A 1987 Graduate of Sitka High School, Chuck Parsley was an avid swimmer, diver, wrestler and band member.  He went on to earn a degree from Oregon State University in Wildlife Science.  Chuck Parsley’s family is honoring his memory by offering a $1,000 scholarship for students with interests similar to his.  Successful applicants for this award are pursuing education in wildlife, fisheries, or other environmental science and have good moral character and a promising academic aptitude.  For details on the scholarship and the application process, please see Mr. Cordero.           

    Deadline April 17th                                                                               applications available in the counseling office and on Naviance

    Delta Western Inc. Continuing Higher Education Scholarship

    $10,000 over 4 years

    Delta Western Inc. Scholarship is providing a scholarship open to all Sitka High School Seniors. The recipient must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and must be enrolled or starting to enroll in a university, college or vocational school.  Please see Mr. Cordero for the application and more information.

    Deadline April 24th                                                                                                application soon available on Naviance

    Ron Rhodes Memorial Scholarship

    $500

    A life-long advocate of education, Ron Rhodes’ memory lives on through his family’s generous contributions to Sitka High School students.  The Ron Rhodes Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a graduating student who has given back to their community and who has clear goals for their own future.  There are no school, gpa, or college major requirements, so make sure you pick up an application for this community-focused award!

    Deadline April 24th                                                                                                application available in the counseling office and on Naviance

    Ken Osbakken Scholarship

    $500

    In honor of longtime Sitkan and promoter of education, the Ken Osbakken memorial scholarship is awarded each year to a deserving senior who plans to pursue a career related to biological science, natural science, or the health field.  Stop by the counseling office for more information and an application.

    Deadline April 24h                                                                             applications available in the counseling office and on Naviance

    Sitka Golf Association Scholarship

    TBD

    Sitka’s beautiful Sea Mountain Golf Course was built by the efforts of many local workers in vocational fields.  To give back to these hard-working folks, the Sitka Golf Association will be offering a scholarship to a 2020 Sitka High School graduate who intends to pursue post-secondary education in a vocational field.  The vocational range is broad, so whether you are pursuing a career in nursing, welding, construction, or any of the other vocational fields, this one is for you!!  Qualified applicants must have a minimum gpa of 2.0 and be attending a training program within 12 months.  Stop by the counseling office for details and applications!

    Deadline April 30th                                                                            applications available in the counseling office and on Naviance

    Society of Petroleum Engineers- Alaska Section Scholarship

    $Varies

    The Alaska Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), together with the American Association of Drilling Engineers  AADE), will be offering a total of $50,000 in scholarships to eligible students.  Graduating High School  Seniors are eligible for the scholarships if they: • Intend to enroll full time at an accredited university in the Fall of 2020 • Pursue a degree in engineering (including petroleum, chemical, mechanical, electrical, environmental or civil) or earth sciences  •Demonstrate interest in a future career related to the petroleum industry.  Check out their website for more details.

    Deadline April 30th                                                        for info and application visit:  https://connect.spe.org/speak/new-item/new-item

    Sitka Golf Association Scholarship

    TBD

    Sitka’s beautiful Sea Mountain Golf Course was built by the efforts of many local workers in vocational fields.  To give back to these hard-working folks, the Sitka Golf Association will be offering a scholarship to a 2020 Sitka High School graduate who intends to pursue post-secondary education in a vocational field.  The vocational range is broad, so whether you are pursuing a career in nursing, welding, construction, or any of the other vocational fields, this one is for you!!  Qualified applicants must have a minimum gpa of 2.0 and be attending a training program within 12 months.  Stop by the counseling office for details and applications!

    Deadline April 30th                                                                            applications available in the counseling office and on Naviance

    May

    *Grades 9-12

    American College Foundation Visionary Scholarship

    $1,000-$5,000

    The American College Foundation serves as a great resource for college bound students.  From career details and future planning to testing tips and college application processes, this website has the resources for you.  In addition to helping students get into college, the American College Foundation is also helping students with the expenses of post-secondary education through their Visionary Scholarship program.  Qualified applicants must be in high school, complete an online registration, and complete an application packet that will be sent to you including a report card and an essay addressing “Why college is important to me.”  Check out the website for details.

    Deadline May 1st    for info visit: https://americancollegefoundation.org/college-planning-visionary-scholarship-details/

    Alaska Government Finance Officers Association Scholarship

    $1,000

    The Alaska Government Finance Officers Association (AGFOA) annually offers several scholarships to college students preparing for a career in state and local government finances.  This year they are offering a $1,000 scholarship for eligible graduating seniors.  Anyone preparing for a career in public finance, including financial management, risk management, auditing, accounting, cash management or banking is eligible to apply.  Check out their website for eligibility criteria and application form.

    Deadline May 1st                                                         for info and application visit: https://agfoa.com/scholarships-2/#college

    Sitka Education Association Scholarship

    $TBA

    The Sitka Education Association Union is once again offering scholarships to seniors.  Qualified applicants include children of current SEA members OR seniors who are planning to enter the educational profession and have demonstrated involvement in educational services.  Applicants must be pursuing a degree, license, or certificate at an accredited institution, have a minimum of 3.0 gpa , and a completed application packet.

    Deadline May 1st                                                                                                information available in the counseling office and on Naviance

    Sitka Tribe of Alaska Higher Education Scholarship

    $Varies

    The Sitka Tribe of Alaska offers financial assistance to members who intend to enroll full-time in a college or university in the fall.  Funding through the STA Higher Education program is allowed for up to 5 years.  Qualified applicants must submit a carefully completed application, proof of admission, transcripts, financial need analysis, and Tribal enrollment verification.

    Deadline May 1st                     for info and application visit:  http://sitkatribe.org/pages/tribal-services-education-services

    ALPS Federal Credit Union Education Scholarship Award

    $2,500

    The purpose of this scholarship award is to provide education tuition credit to a full-time accredited college or trade school student who is a member of ALPS Federal Credit Union.   One scholarship of $2,500 will be awarded each year on or before May 15th. Awards are for one year only, but recipients may re-apply in subsequent years. All scholarship awards will be mailed directly to the college or trade school that the applicant is attending on or before August 1st. 

    Applicants must be full-time students attending an accredited college, university, or trade school.  2. Applicants may major in any field of study.   3. Applicants must have been a member of ALPS FCU for at least six months prior to the application deadline. 4. Applicants must submit a complete application packet by close of business on May 1st.

    Deadline May 1st                                                                                                 information available in the counseling office and on Naviance

    Mt. Verstovia Lodge #18 Masonic Academic Scholarship

    $1,000 (renewable)

    Mt. Verstovia Lodge No. 18, F & A.M, Sitka Scottish Rite Club, and the Sitka Shrine Club have come together once again to help fund Sitka students’ educational dreams.  The Masonic Academic Scholarship program wants to know “What being an American means to you.”  Qualified applicants must have a 2.25 gpa or higher and be accepted to a recognized college or university.

     

    Deadline May 7th                                                                                                     information available in the counseling office and on Naviance

    Mt. Verstovia Lodge #18 Masonic Vocational/Technical Scholarship

    $1,000 (renewable)

    Planning on a vocational or technical school?  The Mt. Verstovia Lodge No. 18, F & A. M, Sitka Scottish Rite Club and the Sitka Shrine are also offering a scholarship specifically for you!  The Masonic Vocational/Technical Scholarship was developed for students who have been accepted in a recognized vocational or technical program.  You are asked to write a short essay on “What being an American means to you.”  Qualified applicants must have a 2.0 gpa and be accepted to a recognized program.  Talk to Mr. Cordero to get the application requirements or go on Naviance!

    Deadline May 7th                                                                                                     information available in the counseling office and on Naviance

    Grace & Phil Edelman Health Sciences Scholarship

    $5,000 annually

    Grace and Phil Edelman worked hard and served the community they loved. The Grace & Phil Edelman Scholarship Endowment was created with great care and concern for the health and welfare of Southeast Alaska communities and the society at large. The Edelman's wanted to provide financial assistance to students dedicated to the Health Sciences, allowing them not only to further their medical careers, but also to encourage their returning to or remaining in Southeast Alaska.  Eligible students should:  1. Have a 3.0 gpa, 2. Plan to pursue a career in a health science related field and maintain full-time enrollment, 3. Maintain a 3.0 gpa in postsecondary education and 4. Demonstrate financial need.

    Deadline May 15th                      for info and application visit:  https://www.brhfoundation.org/scholarship/

     

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