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Bremen High School Counselor Corner

January 28, 2014

BREMEN — With the influx of news this week, there wasn't enough room to place the entirety of the BHS Counselor Corner. As promised, here is the rest:

The following scholarships are available through local and national programs for high school students interested in furthering their education:

Woodies Scholarships — Woodies Supermarket will be available in the
Bremen High School Guidance Office. Applications are due back at the high school guidance office by 3:15 p.m. March 3.

Agricultural Leaders — Cultivate a young agriculture career with a $1,500 scholarship. Agriculture is more than just farming; 25,000 agricultural jobs go unfilled every year because there aren’t enough job candidates qualified to fill them. Monsanto has created a new scholarship program that provides rural students with the opportunity to earn a $1,500 scholarship to further their agricultural education. Learn more about the program at GrowAgLeaders.com. The student application period runs Nov. 15 through Feb. 1 where students will apply at FFA.org/scholarships and must have three farmers endorse their application to be eligible for the Grow Ag Leaders scholarship. The farmer endorsement period runs until Feb. 8. For more general information on majors that apply, see Shayna Harvey in the guidance office.

Nancy Jaynes Memorial Scholarship — Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust, Inc. is currently accepting applications for the Nancy Jaynes Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship of up to $1,500 for college or post-secondary technical schooling is awarded to an Indiana high school seniors who have a parent battling breast cancer or who have lost a parent to breast cancer. Information on downloading the Scholarship Application guidelines and instructions can be found at www.breastcancerplate.org. The application deadline is Feb. 7. Incomplete applications, along with faxed or emailed copies will not be considered. Application and recommendation forms must be postmarked no later than February 7, 2014.

Saint Xavier University — This is an art and design scholarship available to incoming freshmen and new transfer students, majoring or minoring in art and design for the 2014-2015 academic year. The deadline is Feb. 14. For more information about the application procedure visit the their website at www.sxu.edu, Keyword: Art. Candidates for the Art & Design Scholarship must be admitted to the university by the Feb. 14 deadline. Contact Andrea Bernardi at (773)298-3039 or bernardi@sxu.edu with any questions.

North Central Co-Op Scholarship — Established to reward high school seniors who desire to further their education after high school. Applicant must be an active member and have completed at least 5 years in 4-H or two years in the FFA program. Applicants must also have parents or grandparents that are current stockholders, patrons, or employees of North Central Cooperative and live in the surrounding trade area of North Central Co-Op Inc. Other requirements apply, including submitting a two-page essay. For a complete list of requirements as well as application procedures, please pick up information in the high school guidance office. The deadline to turn in the application is March 1.

Wells Fargo Scholarship — When students sign up to receive college planning and money management information from Wells Fargo, they'll automatically be entered in the CollegeSTEPS sweepstakes for a chance to win $1000. Enroll at wellsfargo.com/collegesteps to be automatically entered in the sweepstakes, which are randomly through drawings. A total of forty-$1000 prizes will be awarded (20 to high school students, 20 to college students). Once signed up students are automatically entered in future drawings. If chosen as a winner, notifications will be provided by e-mail within two weeks of drawing dates. See the Wells Fargo website for the official rules and consumer disclosure. For questions call (888) 511-7302 or visit the website listed above.

Scholarship Website — The Christian Connector provides a free Christian college information service as well as a $2,500 Christian college scholarship drawing. Students simply log on to www.ChristianConnector.com to request information about Christian colleges and scholarship opportunities.  

National Civilan Community Corps — AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, 10-month, residential, national service program in which 2,800 young adults, all 18 to 24 years old, serve nationwide each year. The NCCC program oversees two service tracks, NCCC and FEMA Corps, and members in these programs serve in teams of eight to twelve on three to seven service projects during their service. NCCC members serve on projects that address critical needs related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, energy conservation, and urban/rural development. FEMA Corps members focus solely on emergency management and long-term recovery activities through FEMA. Members are assigned to one of five NCCC campuses in the United States (locations listed on website). In exchange for their service, members receive $5,550 to help pay for college, or to pay back existing student loans. There are many other benefits, in which you can learn more about the NCCC programs at www.nationalservice.gov/nccc . There are also flyers in the guidance office.

SportsQuest Playing With Purpose Scholarship Program — Since 1998, more than 55,000 high school Christian Student Athletes have been recognized by this program. Sophomore, junior and senior athletes can apply for this scholarship and must meet certain criteria including being enrolled as a sophomore, junior or senior; maintaining a “C” average or above; currently being a varsity level athlete in one or more sports; and being a committed follower of Jesus Christ. Students can apply at www.playingwithpurpose.org. The deadline is Feb. 1.

2014 Hazel Dell Neff Smelser Music Scholarship — The Smelser Scholarship Committee will accept for consideration two applications (three if there is a string department) from each high school in Marshall and St. Joseph Counties. Seniors who are interested in a career in music are eligible for nomination from their music director. There is also a Special Music Study Scholarship for summer camps or study for eighth grade through the junior class students. Deadline for the Summer Study is April 1. For more information please see Shayla Harvey in the guidance office for a flyer on the scholarships. The deadline for Hazel Dell Neff Smelser Music Scholarship is Feb. 15.

Beta Sigma Psi Christian Leadership Award (Indiana University and Purdue University ONLY) — This $1,500-scholarship is available to Lutheran young men who will be starting college in the Fall of 2014.  There are two separate applications – one for young men planning on attending Indiana University in Bloomington and another for young men planning on attending Purdue University in West Lafayette. Applicants must be male, confirmed members of a Lutheran congregation, and attending college in the Fall 2014 to be eligible to receive this award. There is no obligation to join Beta Sigma Psi or be related to any of its members to be considered. Applications are available in the guidance office. Letters of recommendation and an essay are required. Completed applications must be postmarked by Feb. 15 for full consideration.

Martin Luther Scholarship by Beta Sigma Psi — This $2,000-award is open to young men who will be attending their first year at any accredited four-year college or university. These scholarships are a way for Beta Sigma Psi to give back to the Lutheran Church and support the youth. There is no obligation to join Beta Sigma Psi or be related to any of its members to be considered. Applications are available in the guidance office. Letters of recommendation and an essay are required. Completed applications must be postmarked by Feb. 15 for full consideration.

Mediacom Communications World Class Scholarship Program — For the 2013- 2014 school year, Mediacom Communications is again offering 60-$1,000 non-renewable scholarships through its World Class Scholarship Program to senior high school students in areas of the 21 states where it provides services for cable, internet, and telephone. While it’s not required that the student be a Mediacom customer, however applicants must live in the areas serviced by Mediacom. A list of all towns is included on the application, which is available online at www.mediacomworldclass.com . All completed scholarship applications must include an essay on leadership, the applicant’s school transcript, and two filled out recommendation forms. Completed applications should be sent to World Class Scholarship Program, 3737 Westown pkwy, Suite 2A, West Des Moines, IA 50266. The deadline for applications is Feb. 15. For more information email scholarship@mediacomcc.com .

PHP Scholarship Program 2013-2014 — Scholarships are available to high school seniors planning to pursue a career in a health related field. Three scholarships totaling $6,000 are awarded. Program requirements and the application are now available to download at www.phpni.com and click on the “2013-14 Scholarship Program” article on the home page. Requirements for the scholarship include pursing a career in a health-related field, maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and being a PHP member or attending a high school in the PHP service area. Complete a scholarship application form and a typewritten, double-spaced 1,000 word essay on the chosen topic, both available at www.phpin.com by Feb. 21. For questions or to have an application mailed, please contact (260)432-6690 ext. 328.

St. Joseph County Farm Bureau, Inc. Scholarship — To be eligible to receive one of the scholarships, the student must be a high school graduate who’s not over 21 when applying. The applicant must be a member of a family who has a voting or associate membership in the St. Joseph County Farm Bureau, Inc. Membership in the Farm Bureau must have been carried for at least two years prior to application for this scholarship. Applications can be found in the guidance office. The deadline is March 28.

BigSun Scholarship — The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to continue to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. BigSun is offering an annual scholarship to a deserving student. All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating in. The deadline for applying is June 20, 2014. The amount of the award is $500.The successful applicant will be a high school senior or be attending a post-secondary institute and currently involved in some sport at that institution or in the community. Visit the website at www.bigsunathletics.com to learn how to apply.

High Five Scholarships — This website is now live and contains one of the largest collection of scholarships ever assembled. It is available to everyone free of charge. In addition to scholarships, they will soon have free ACT and SAT practice tests and study guides. Visit this website at www.HighFiveScholarships.com

Wabash College — Young men interested in attending Wabash College may be eligible for a scholarship. Please stop by the guidance office for more information.

If you are interested in exploring a variety of scholarships, please visit www.studentscholarships.org. This organization has been providing scholarship management services for companies since 2003, as well as a comprehensive database of scholarships for students.

College Fairs/Open House:

IPFW Multicultural Campus Visit Day — On Friday, Feb.21, IPFW is hosting its annual Multicultural Campus Visit Day designed for multicultural students to become more aware of the resources and opportunities available to them on campus. There will be a full day planned of exciting adventures and real life experiences shared. Spaces are limited to the first 200 students. Lunch will be provided. RSVP by Feb. 17. Contact Jae Hampton by email at hamptonj@ipfw.edu or by phone (260)-481-6855 with questions.

PreVU Day — Step into college life for a day: tour campus, meet faculty, explore career choices, visit dorms, discover scholarships, learn about financial aid and enjoy a free lunch. Upcoming PreVU Days are Feb. 21, Feb. 22, March 21, March 22, April 4, April 5, April 25 or April 26. Make reservations at www.vinu.edu/prevu or call (800) 742-9198. Scholarship application deadline for Valparaiso University is Jan. 15. For more information and applications, visit the guidance office.

IUSB Ernestine Raclin School of the Arts — There are music audition dates for students seeking admission to the music program on Feb. 8 and March 8. Audition registration information is available on our website at arts.iusb.edu.

Ancilla College Financial Aid Information Night — Ancilla College is hosting several free one-on-one FASFA filing workshops on campus. The workshops are from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 27; from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 4; from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. March 5; and from 10 a.m. to noon March 6. FASFA applications received after March 10 will not be eligible for Indiana state grants.

AAUW & IUSB — The American Association of University Women (AAUW) & IUSB Women’s and Gender Studies Program are sponsoring their annual College Prep Workshop for high school junior and senior girls. This workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1 at Wiekamp Hall at IUSB. There is a registration fee of five dollars per girl. The workshop is designed for all girls who are considering college. The purpose is to help high school girls make a successful transition to college. In lively, interactive workshops with university experts and current college students, participants will learn about balancing academics and social involvement, managing their money and health and safety at college, learning about unusual majors and careers and study skills and classroom tips to foster academic success Contact Rebecca Torstrick, Associate Dean at (574) 520-4872 with any questions.

Indiana State University — Sycamore Preview Days entails a chance to tour campus and meet with admissions and financial aid staff throughout the year. Lunch is provided. To sign up, visit indstate.edu/admissions/sycamore-previews.htm. The preview days are currently listed as Jan. 28, Feb. 17, and April 12.

Ball State University School of Art — As part of the admissions process, the School of Art will be hosting its annual Open House and Portfolio Review on Saturday, Feb. 22. On this day students can bring actual artwork to be reviewed as part of the criteria for admissions. For registration information visit www.bsu.edu/art/openhouse. For more information on the procedures for admissions, including scholarships, preparing a portfolio, and guidelines for documenting artwork see Shayla Harvey in the guidance office. For questions further more please contact the School of Art at (765) 285-5953 or art@bsu.edu.

College Goal Sunday — At 2 p.m. Feb. 23, financial aid professionals from colleges and universities all over the State of Indiana will volunteer their time at 40 College Goal Sunday sites to help students and families complete the FASFA. The sites include Plymouth High School, Ivy Tech Community Colleges in South Bend and Warsaw, Goshen College and Elkhart Central High School. For more information call (800) 992-2076 or visit www.collegegoalsunday.org.

Trine University Campus Visit Days — Monday, Feb. 17 is Presidents Day Engineering Visit Day; Saturday, March 22 is Admitted VIP Day; Saturday, March 29 is Golf Management; and Friday, April 25, 2014 is Spring Frenzy & Engineering Expo. Register for these events online at trine.edu/visitday.

Indiana’s 31 Private Colleges and Universities — Get the scoop on 2014 offerings on Indiana’s 31 Private, Non-Profit colleges and Universities. Listed in the guide are summaries for each college, along with facts and figures on the benefits of choosing an ICI. For more information, stop by the guidance office to pick up a guide.

Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine Boiler Vet Camp — Junior camp is
June 8 through June 14. Students entering eighth and ninth grade in the fall 2014 may attend. Senior camp is June 15 through June 21. Sophomore though seniors in high school may attend the program/ For further information please visit: www.vet.purdue.edu/boilervetcamp

General Workforce Information

Job Corps is a federally residential job training program to prepare young people for a career path and provides assistance in getting a job. Eligibility criteria, income criteria, and other enrollment guidelines apply. Anyone who is 18 – 24 years old, needing vocational training, GED or high School Diploma who is serious about starting a career path then Job Corps may be the answer! For more information call the South Bend office at (574) 282-1484.

South Bend & Vicinity Electrical Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee
The National Electrical Contractors Association & the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (union) are accepting applications for a five-year paid electrical apprenticeship. Applications are accepted at 56365 Peppermint Rd., South Bend, IN, between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Monday through Friday. Basic requirements are listed in the high school guidance office, along with more information.

The Plumbers & Pipefitters JATC will be accepting applications for the Apprenticeship Program from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. starting Monday, Jan. 20 through Friday, Jan. 31. There are minimum requirements listed, please see Shayla Harvey for the list.

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