Senior Bulletin, Winter 2015

This information fact sheet will be provided for senior students and parents.  Both paper and electronic copies will be given to all seniors.  It will also be posted on the school web site on the right hand side of the high school page. Communication between students and parents, students and the Guidance Office, and all three parties is vital as students make future plans.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact me (Ron Osborn -Senior Guidance Counselor) at school (382-1415) or by email  rosborn@sps.k12.ok.us . College admissions requirements and other important information are constantly changing, so don’t hesitate to ask questions.

 

IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS

Dec. 4th           UCO Closeup Day

Dec.5th            OSU Tours—register on their web site

Dec.12th          National ACT Test

Dec.18th          deadline to register for ASVAB at Gordon Cooper in Guidance Office

Jan.6th             ASVAB at Gordon Cooper

Jan. 8th            ACT registration deadline for February 6th, 2016 test.

Jan. 23rd         OSU Senior Day—register on their website

            Jan. 26th          UCO Closeup Days—register on their website

            Feb. 1st            ECU, UCO, OU and OSU scholarship deadline.

            Feb. 6th          National  ACT Test

            Feb.13th          OSU Tours—register on their website.

           

             

TESTING INFORMATION

            ACT Test Dates         Date                Registration Deadline          Late Registration                                                                           Dec. 12th         Nov.6th                                        Nov. 20st

                                                Feb. 6th            Jan. 8th                                   Jan. 15th

                                                Apr. 9th            March 4th                                March 18th                     

                                                June 11th         May 6th                                   May 20th  

 

            Test Site—Seminole State College—Test Center Code—034360

            School Code—Seminole High School373210

            Registration Fee--$39.50 (If registration is not postmarked before deadline! add $25.00 late fee!)

           

           

NCAA Clearinghouse test code-When registering for the ACT or SAT, input the eligibility center code of 9999 to             make sure the score is reported directly to the eligibility center

 

 

 

What is a Residual ACT Test?—There are 5 national test dates. (Listed on page one.)                   Residual ACT Tests are tests which are kept on file at a college or university for one calendar           year. Some colleges have regularly schedule Residual tests while other take appointments and test whenever necessary.  Usually, students receive the test results the same day, however, the             results are ONLY valid at the institution where the test is taken. Consequently, if a student      chooses to take the test several times, he/she will be taking the same test each time and can     improve the tests results by making notes and studying for the same test.  There is a 60 day     waiting period between tests! The results are ONLY good to meet admissions standards and scholarship requirements at the institution where the test is taken.

 

 

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 scholarships will begin coming into the Guidance Office in the Spring.  Announcements will be made by intercom and through email.  Check in the Guidance Office for more information.  Please check on the important dates above for college scholarship deadlines.  Below are a few scholarships to apply for if you are interested.

 

 

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship

June 10, 2016

$1,000

Write a 500-1000 word essay describing your educational career and life goals. Explain your plan for achieving these goals. Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals. Submit your essay via email to scholarships@abbottandfenner.com

http://www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.htm

 

           

B. Davis Scholarship

May 23, 2016

$1,000

Available to all juniors and seniors. Submit an essay in 1,000 words or less describing the three characteristics of leadership you value most. Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that they are developed in an individual.

http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarship

 

 

US JCI Senate Foundation of Oklahoma

January 15, 2016

$1,000

Must plan to continue your education at an accredited post-secondary college, university or vocational school. The money must be used for educational purposed within the first year of full-time study.

http://www.jayceefoundationofok.org/

 

COLLEGE ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION

 

            Athletic Grants-in-aid (Scholarship)—Rules pertaining to the recruitment of student athletes are

            undergoing constant change. The eligibility requirements vary depending on which school a student        attends.  To be eligible to

            participate in athletics at any NCAA Division I or II school a student MUST be cleared through

the NCAA Clearing House at a cost of $75.00 per student. (Fee waivers are available!) This should be done at the beginning of the senior year and prospective athletes are encouraged to register online by visiting the clearinghouse Web site at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net. From this home page, the prospect should click on “Prospective Student-Athletes,” which will link the student-athlete to the necessary information. All SAT and ACT test scores MUST be reported to the eligibility center directly from the testing agency. When registering for the ACT or SAT, input the eligibility center code of  9999 to make sure the score is reported directly to the eligibility center

 

FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION

 

               You may NOT apply for financial aid for the 2016-17 school year until January 1, 2016.

            Parents are advised to gather tax information and have it processed early in 2016 so students can meet the March 1st deadline

            for the Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant Program (OTAG) and campus need based financial aid.

            (Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants-FSEOG, Federal Work-Study, and the

            Federal Perkins Loans)  (Note-Parents may still file their tax returns on April 15th, but are

            encouraged to have their returns processed early since financial data will be taken directly

            from the tax return.) Students who are married or plan to marry before they begin school

            in 2016 are advised NOT to file for financial aid until after they are married.  A married

            student is considered to be an independent student and, therefore, the need will be based

            on the married couple’s income rather than the parent’s income.

 

 

Parents, if you have students in grades 8-10, don’t forget to sign them up for Oklahoma Promise. A state funded scholarship that will pay tuition for up to 4 years.

 

 

Postponing College: Taking a Gap Year

Upon graduating from high school this year, many students will be heading off to college in the fall to begin their undergraduate education. While attending college right after high school is the usual route for most students, taking a year off from studies to travel, volunteer or study abroad are also some options. If you are unsure what career you want, or if you need a break from formal education, you may want to look into taking a gap year. The following explains the concept of planning a gap year and shows you some of the available opportunities if you decide to postpone your college education.

 

Search your Soul, Search the Internet!

You will find a lot of resources on the internet devoted to helping you plan your gap year. Some of these include gap planning sites, student articles and essays written by professionals with extensive knowledge on the gap year experience. You will also find it beneficial to seek assistance from your school counselor, your local library and your parents. Try to speak with a former gap year participant. Contact one of the many gap year planning sites like, The Center for Interim Programs athttp://www.interimprograms.comand ask if they can match you with a former gap year participant who can share with you their personal gap year experiences, likes and dislikes and help you in making your decision.

 

Focus on Your Finances

A gap year of study can be expensive if you do not plan well and seek funding far in advance. If you plan on traveling during your gap year get travel insurance and make sure to have enough money saved for medical emergencies or accidents. Try to work during the year as an intern or with a program or an organization that will pay enough to cover most or all of your expenses. Also, talk to your parents. They may be more than willing to assist you financially, especially if you can give valid reasons as to why you believe a gap year is important and explain how the time away from the academic would benefit you in career exploration, gaining independence, etc.

 

Get accepted into a College

Many colleges allow you to defer for a year before beginning classes. Therefore, it may benefit you to gain admission into a college before beginning your gap year. Submit your college applications prior to the completion of your senior year, and make sure you elect to defer enrollment for one year. This way, once your gap year is complete, you can begin your education without the worry of having to get admitted to a school.

 

Help for the Uncertain Student

 Suppose that after self-examination and discussions with your parents, you discover that you are unsure if you really want to attend college.  What can you do to come to a decision about your plans?  You can start by clarifying the reasons you are feeling uncertain.  Two of the most common are:

  • Personal goals may overshadow academic ones.  Graduation from high school offers thrilling opportunities to taste new freedoms.  Some of you aren't eager to harness yourselves to more schoolwork immediately.  As a result, you place your independence above academics for the time being and postpone any further education.
  • You may want to experiment with other situations.  Not all students see college as the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  Some prefer to roll up their sleeves and go to work right after graduation.  Others may feel that a college degree represents more education than they want now, and they enroll instead in a vocational/technical school or an apprenticeship program.  The military attracts a substantial number of young people, too.

If you do want to continue your education, but are wondering whether or not college is the best route to take, get the facts about possible alternatives.  Then you will then be able to commit your full energies and enthusiasm to carrying out your plans.

ALTERNATIVES TO COLLEGE

Vocational/Technical Schools

Approximately 105,000 people graduate in two years or less from schools accredited by the National Association of Trade and Technical Schools.

The Military Option

The United States Armed Services offer a greater variety of technical, vocational, and apprenticeship programs than do civilian schools.  Also, the Armed Services provide financial assistance for qualified veterans who want to attend college.

Incidentally, in case your daughter is thinking about enlisting, be aware that the outlook for women in the Armed Services is steadily improving.  Today, women make up about 10 percent of total military personnel; about 8 percent of all officers are women.

Apprenticeship Programs

Apprentices learn on the job and through classroom instruction.  Most programs take from two to five years to complete. The best source for information about apprenticeship occupations is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.