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Dawn Haak, College Adviser

College planning choices are some of the most important decisions our high school students will have to make in the coming years. The "where," "when," "how," "why," and "if" are all things that need to be addressed.  I've gathered some links and resources that I have found helpful in answering students' and parents' questions about college, scholarships, pre-college testing, and financial aid.  You can also reference the right sidebar for dates of upcoming tests at our school and college representative visits.

I encourage you to contact me at the high school with any questions about college planning, testing, or scholarships.  I'm here to help!


Scholarships

This list shows scholarships that are currently accepting applications. New listings will be in the daily announcements.  In general, more national scholarships are available starting in the Fall and more local and regional scholarships become available in January-May.  (They do not need as long of a selection time.)  Remember to read all qualifications carefully so you don't waste time on scholarships you are not eligible for!

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    • ACT SIX SCHOLARSHIPS

      • love your community and want to use your college education to make a difference as a leader on campus and at home;
      • will graduate from high school in 2022, or previously graduated in 2021 or 2020;
      • are not currently enrolled at a four-year college (students at two-year colleges may apply);
      • live in one of our seven Act Six program sites; and
      • want to attend at least one of the Act Six partner colleges in your program site.

      While ethnicity and family income are considered as factors in selecting an intentionally diverse group of scholars, there are no income restrictions, and students from all racial and ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

      There is no minimum GPA requirement and admissions standards vary across our partner colleges. In general, applicants with a GPA below 3.0 will need to demonstrate their readiness for academic success in college through their recommendations, essays and/or test scores.

    • https://www.actsix.org/program-sites/yakima-valley/

  • Category: Scholarship (Local/Area)
  • Due Date: 11/1/2021
  • Amount: Full Ride to Heritage or PLU
      • Graduating Senior
      • Intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2022
      • Earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above
      • Demonstrate
        • Significant unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. However, we anticipate that a majority of scholarship recipients will be eligible to receive a Pell grant
        • Persistence: Determination and perseverance in the face of challenges, ability to set and remain focused on goals and to put in the effort needed to meet those goals in the face of obstacles.
        • Desire to Help Others: Purposeful and meaningful commitment to others which may be evidenced by participation in volunteer/community service activities.
        • Leadership: Ability to organize and positively influence others in school and out-of-school areas (family, church, sports, arts, etc.).
    • Up to 150 awards will be given.

    • https://www.jkcf.org/our-scholarships/college-scholarship-program/

  • Category: Scholarship (National)
  • Due Date: 11/18/2021
  • Amount: up to $55,000
  • Connect to Washington scholarship providers...for FREE!  Making a profile on this site will show you scholarship listings that you are eligible for and help you submit applications for them.  

  • This article also describes a few things to look for when applying for scholarships to make sure you are not tricked by a scholarship scam. 


Testing

  • Students with financial need may qualify to take the SAT and ACT for free.

  • The SAT Reasoning test is required for admission by some colleges.  Tests are offered about 6 times per school year at various High Schools in the area.  You will need to register and pay online.  See Mrs. Haak if you have questions!

  • Here you can register for the ACT, required by some colleges for admission.  When you sign up, you will need our school code to make sure your scores are sent to our school. The code is 481-349.  The ACT is offered at SCHS in October and April.  Other test dates may be available at nearby locations.
         To find out if the colleges you are considering require the optional writing test, follow this link: 
         ACT Writing Test: College's Decsions


Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the first step in applying for financial aid each year you attend college.  The FAFSA can be filled out after October 1st of your senior year.  The following videos are a good resource to familiarize yourself with the process of applying and what to expect.

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