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    Ben Cordero 

    Ms. Schumejda  

    Ben Cordero

    Cori Schumejda


Counseling Announcements

  •                                           Testing

    SAT Testing Dates (At Sitka High School)

    December 7, 2019

    Please see CollegeBoard to register. 

    May 2, 2020

    Please see CollegeBoard to register. 

    June 6, 2020

    Please see CollegeBoard to register. 

    ACT Testing Dates (At Mt. Edgecumbe High School)

    February 8, 2019

    Please see ACT to register.


    FAFSA Night @ Sitka High School

    When: November 5, 2019 @ 6-7:30 pm

    Where: Sitka High School Library

    What to Bring: 2018 & 2019 Tax Returns from parents and student (if applicable)

                          2018 & 2019 Bank Statements for both parents and student (if applicable)

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

    Due in November

    US Service Academy Nomination from Senator Lisa Murkowski


    Each year Senator Murkowski has the privilege of nominating outstanding Alaskan students for appointment to one of the four service academies (Air Force Academy, US Military Academy, Naval Academy and Merchant Marine Academy). Because securing a nomination does not guarantee an appointment or offer of admission, the entire process is highly competitive. You are therefore encouraged to apply to as many sources as you are eligible, including, but not limited to, your Congressional Delegation and the Vice-President of the United States.  For more information on securing Senator Murkowski’s nomination for one of these prestigious academies, visit her website!

    Deadline November 10th                                   visit: https://www.murkowski.senate.gov/assistance/students/academy-nominations


    Youth Noise Scholarship Program


    The Youth Noise Scholarship Program are looking for applicants who have a desire to be a model for change and positive growth in the world.  The contest will require you to create a 2-5 minute video in which the applicant explains how new ideas will shape the world and why education is the key to creating a brighter future.  The video should provide insight into what motivates the student as well as the students’ experiences that has already helped guide society in a positive direction. This is an opportunity for the student to express her/his vision of the future.

    Deadline November 21st                                                    for info please visit:  http://www.youthnoise.com/scholarship-program

    Sixt Scholars                                                            


    Sixt is pleased to offer five high school seniors graduating in 2020 the opportunity to receive a $5,000 scholarship and become a Sixt scholar. The program is designed to assist high school students who plan to continue their education in college.  Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice.  Applicants must have a GPA of a 3.7, plan on graduating in the school year of 2019-2020, and plan to enroll full time at either a two or four year university.


    Deadline November 30th                              for more information visit: https://www.sixt.com/sixt-scholars/

    Due in December

    *Grades 7-12

    Scholastic Art & Writing Awards


    It’s time to get creative!  Each year, Scholastic sponsors a variety of scholarships for creative individuals in art and writing areas.  Students may submit original works in the following categories a)ARTISTIC- Architecture, Ceramics/Glass, Comic Art, Design, Digital Art, Drawing, Fashion, Film & Animation, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Video Games and Art Portfolio, or b)WRITING- Dramatic Script, Flash Fiction, Humor, Journalism, Novel Writing, Personal Essay/Memoir, Persuasive Writing, Poetry, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Short Story and Writing Portfolio.  Submissions may be made online or by mail.  Check their website for details and individual category rules.

    Deadline December 3th (Writing)  and 22nd (Art)                        for info and submission requirements visit:  https://www.artandwriting.org/what-we-do/the-awards/guidelines-deadlines/


    Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships           


    Every year, Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation recognizes up to five students with sustained and innovative hunger-fighting ideas as Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholars. National scholarship winners receive a $5,000 scholarship for their education and a $5,000 grant for their hunger-related charity of choice.  Eligible students must: be enrolled in an accredited educational institution in the US, be between the ages 5-25, and have demonstrated on-going commitment to their community by performing unpaid volunteer services impacting hunger in the United States with the last 12 months.

    Deadline December 5th         for info. and application visit:  http://us.stop-hunger.org/home/grants.html


    AXA Achievement Scholarship


    Have you demonstrated outstanding achievement in activities in school, the community or the workplace?  AXA Achievers are drivers, but show ambition, drive, determination, respect for self, family and community, and an ability to succeed in college.  Each year the AXA Foundation, in association with U.S. News & World Report offers scholarships of $10,000-25,000 for students like you.  Your application must be one of the first 10,000 submitted electronically by December 15, 2019 to be considered. Apply early!

    Deadline December 15th      for info. and application visit: https://us.axa.com/axa-foundation/AXA-achievement-scholarship.html


    Burger King Scholars Program


    Integrity, high standards, entrepreneurial spirit, good citizenship and education were the values that defined James W. McLamore, co-founder of BURGER KING. The Foundation rewards these values with a variety of scholarships each year and you don’t have to be a Burger King employee to apply!  There are three different scholarship types available, so check out their website for more details.  Only the first 50,000 applications will be considered, so apply early!  Scholarship opens on October 15th and closes on December 15th.

    Deadline December 15th                           for info and app visit: https://burgerking.scholarsapply.org/

    Due in January

    GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship

    $10,000 per year

    The GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program honors the legacy and character of our nation’s 40th president by awarding roughly 20 scholarships to college-bound students each year.  Successful candidates demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity and citizenship.  Scholarships are for $10,000 per year, and are renewable for up to 4 years (a total of up to $40,000!).  For more information visit their website or find them on Facebook.

    Deadline January 3rd                                    for info and application visit: https://www.reaganfoundation.org/education/scholarship-programs/ge-reagan-foundation-scholarship-program/


    Pride Foundation Scholarships


    Pride Foundation provides post-secondary educational scholarships to current and future leaders in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and straight-ally community from Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Washington. They offer nearly 50 different scholarships, but there is only one application to complete!  Scholarships cover nearly any accredited post-secondary school or program. This includes community colleges, 4-year public or private colleges and universities, trade or vocational training, creative studies programs, certificate programs, etc.

    Deadline January 11th                            for info and application visit: https://pridefoundation.org/find-funding/scholarships/guidelines/


    Alaska Engineering Education Foundation Scholarships


    The Alaska Engineering Education Foundation’s goal is to provide scholarships to support higher education in the engineering and math and science programs.  Scholarships for high school seniors are awarded state-wide and at the regional level.  By submitting one application, you will be considered for three different scholarships, AEEF Scholarship for all state-wide applicants, and ASPE scholarship for all state-wide applicants, and an ASPE scholarship in each region.  Scholarship information will be forthcoming.

    Deadline January 13th                                                                  for info and application visit: http://alaskaeef.org/scholarships/


    * Grades 9-12

    JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest


    Each year the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation invites students to describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born.  A “Profile in Courage” essay is a carefully researched recounting of a story.  The winner of the competitive annual contest is awarded a $10,000 prize and is invited to accept the award at the Profile in Courage Award ceremony hosted each May at the Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.  A second place winner receives $1,000 and up to five finalists each receive $500.

    Deadline January 17th                                for info visit: https://www.jfklibrary.org/learn/education/profile-in-courage-essay-contest


    The Red Boucher Scholarship Fund                


    The Red Boucher Scholarship Fund supports outstanding Alaskan candidates in the pursuit of technology education and/or training to honor H.A. “Red” Boucher. Red Boucher is recognized at the state and national level as one of the pioneers of the Information Age and a nationally recognized authority on the subject of computer mediated communication. The applicant should demonstrate motivation, academic and/or leadership potential, must be a graduate of, or a currently enrolled senior, at an Alaskan high school, must be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, must be formally enrolled fulltime in a technology-related program by the beginning of the semester he/she is using the award.  See the website below for more information about the scholarship and the essay!

    Deadline January 20th                                                         for info and application visit: https://alaskacf.org/blog/scholarships/red-boucher-scholarship/

    APIASF (now APIA) Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship


    APIASF awards scholarships to hundreds of deserving students each year.  Qualified applicants must •Be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity •Be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States •Be enrolling in a U.S. accredited college or university in the Fall of 2019.  •Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 •Apply for federal financial aid using the (FAFSA)•Submit one letter of recommendation.

    Deadline January 22nd                                                for info and application visit: https://apiascholars.org/scholarship/apia-scholarship/

    Elks National Foundation Legacy Awards


     Are your parents or grandparents members of the Elks Club?  The Elks National Foundation Legacy Awards contest provides educational assistance to children and grandchildren of Elk members who joined the order on or before April 1, 2017.  Eligible applicants are children, or grandchildren (or step-children/grandchildren) of a living Elk.  Applicants must be high school seniors, going on to college.  Successful applicants exhibit the core values of the Elks National Foundation:  1. Knowledge 2. Charity  3.Community  and 4. Integrity.  Up to 250 scholarships are offered nation-wide each year, approximately 4 awards will be given in Alaska in 2020.  Apply online only.

    Deadline January 31st     for info and application visit: https://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/legacy.cfm#WhoIsEligible

    Due in February

    The Jackie Robinson Foundation

    Up to $30,000

    The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship is the vehicle through which more than 4,000 talented young minority high school students apply to become Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars and carry on the civic-minded legacy of the Foundation’s name, Jackie Robinson.  Eligible students must be a graduating, minority high school senior, plan to attend an accredited and approved four-your institution within the United States, show leadership potential, demonstrate a dedication to community service, present evidence of financial need, and be a U.S. citizen.  Students must have a minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading sections or composite ACT score of 21

    Deadline February 1st                                                                   for info. and application visit: https://www.jackierobinson.org/apply/

    Nick Begich Scholarship Fund


    Are you interested in a career in education, government, or public service?  The late congressman Nicholas J. Begich from Alaska believed that education was both a right and a privilege that must be available to all.  In his memory, the Nich Begich Scholarship Internship fund offers a variety of awards to deserving students. The highest scoring applicant will be awarded the Eugene A. Kennedy Award which, at present, is a $2,500 annual award renewable for up to a full four years, pending academic review by the board. A number of additional grant awards of at least $750 are also given.  Applicants must be Alaskan residents at the high school senior level or above.         

    Deadline February 20th                                                          or info and application visit:  http://www.nickbegichfund.org/apply/

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