Guidance & Scholarships

GWHS COUNSELING DEPARTMENT

701 Broad Street

Danville, VA 24541

Telephone: 434.799.5108

Fax: 434.799.5251 (ATTN: Guidance Dept)

School CEEB Code: 470660 ● SAT Test Center: 47255 ● ACT Test Center: 238680


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MISSION STATEMENT

The George Washington High School Counseling Department is committed to facilitating the empowerment of students in their academic, career and personal/social development. This is accomplished in partnership with teachers, parents/guardians, and the community in order to maximize student achievement and successfully prepare students to meet the needs of an ever changing world.

SCHOOL COUNSELING TEAM

Lizzie Hooker, School Counselor (lhooker@mail.dps.k12.va.us)

Boyd Pearson, School Counselor (dbpearson@mail.dps.k12.va.us)

Janelle Blackwell, School Counselor (jblackwell@mail.dps.k12.va.us)

Genevieve Lyons, School Counselor  (glyons@mail.dps.k12.va.us)

Kendall Jordan, UVa College Adviser (kjordan@mail.dps.k12.va.us)

Megan Elgin, High School Career Coach (melgin@mail.dps.k12.va.us)

Patricia Ratliff, Secretary (pratliff@mail.dps.k12.va.us)

  • Parent Portal (parent access to student grades, attendance and teacher email)

  • Homework Requests (absences & suspensions)

  • Student Records

  • Preliminary Student Enrollment

Charlotte Melton, Secretary II--Main Office – 434.799.6410 (cjmelton@mail.dps.k12.va.us)

  • Transcripts (current & graduated students)

  • Student Records

  • Withdrawals

TESTING

SAT

www.collegeboard.org

ACT

www.ACTstudent.org

SAT Information Chart

SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships are a form of money given to students that does not have to be repaid. Not every student will receive a scholarship, but it is important that you make an effort to identify and apply for those in which you meet the criteria. Scholarships are available, not only for academically or athletically gifted students, but for various criteria including: the high school you attended, the community in which you grew up, community service you performed, the program of study you intend to pursue, and/or how much financial need you demonstrate.

The GWHS School Counseling Department provides a monthly Scholarship Newsletter of local and some national scholarships that are available for students to apply. It is the student’s responsibility to review the newsletter, obtain, complete and submit the application by the posted deadline. Scholarship applications are available in the Scholarship File located in the School Counseling Office. Some applications are only available online, which will be indicated in the newsletter. The Scholarship Newsletter is available for students to review in their English 12 and US Government classes, the School Counseling Office, bulletin board located beside the GWHS Library and the GWHS Website (link below).

When searching for scholarships online, beware of the following scholarship scams or scholarship services that state the following:

  1. The scholarship is guaranteed or your money back.

  2. The scholarship service will do all the work.

  3. The scholarship will cost money.

  4. You can’t get this information anywhere else.

  5. You are a finalist in a contest you never entered, or you have been selected by a “national foundation” to receive a scholarship.

  6. The scholarship service needs your credit card or checking account number in advance.

The following scholarship search websites have proven to be legitimate over the years and are approved by the GWHS School Counseling Department.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE REGARDING FINANCIAL AID/FAFSA: Legitimate services offering federal or state financial aid information should be free of charge. Be careful of “free” seminars offered by financial aid “consultants” offering tips on preparing for college or filing the FAFSA. Such organizations are often trying to coerce you into signing up for a long-term contract for services you don’t need. The correct FAFSA website is WWW.FAFSA.ED.GOV. If you are asked to pay a fee for completing the FAFSA, you are on the wrong website.

  • Questions? Contact Federal Student Aid

COLLEGE ADVISING

The University of Virginia launched the Virginia College Advising Corps, formerly the College Guide Program, in fall 2005 to address the widening gap in college access for low income, first generation, and under-represented groups. The program places recent UVa graduates in high schools and community colleges throughout the Commonwealth to work alongside counselors and other college access organizations. Please view the following link for more information about the Virginia College Advising Corps, visit vcac.virginia.edu/program

College Adviser responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting students with college applications, financial aid and FAFSA, scholarships, and making the transition to post-secondary education. The College Adviser is also available to make classroom presentations on topics such as: Writing the College Essay, How to Write a Resume, SAT/ACT Basics, How to Pay for College and/or Making the Most of High School.

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER COACH

The Career Coach and College Access Initiative currently places a part-time coach in the high school setting to assist students with their post-secondary education search and share vital financial aid information.

STUDENT & PARENT RESOURCES