St.Charles Guidance Office

The St. Charles Guidance Office

The St. Charles Preparatory School Guidance Department includes three counselors, each of whom is assigned students from a specific grade level. Counselors provide guidance and support to maximize each student’s academic potential.  In addition, they are always available to address career, leadership, personal and social development issues of each young man at St. Charles.

College Counseling – The St. Charles Preparatory School Guidance Department provides additional support to ensure that each of our men matriculate to the college of their choice upon graduation.  Finding the right school can be a daunting prospect.  The counselors are here to help make that process easier for our students and their families.

 

SELECTIVE SERVICE IT’S THE LAW: All 17 and 18 year old men have a legal obligation to register with Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday.  Not registering with Selective Service can seriously affect eligibility for student loans for college.  Your son needs to go online to www.sss.gov or pick a registration card up at your local post office.

NCAA: If your son is interested in competing athletically in college and has not already done so, he must register with the NCAA Clearinghouse.  The address is:  www.ncaa.org and then find Eligibility Center.  Please let Miss Smith know due to the fact that a high school transcript is required.  It would be helpful for your son to give Miss Smith his NCAA number – this is not required but on NCAA’s end it might be helpful.

GENERAL SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

 SHAMROCK CLUB OF COLUMBUS  – MSGR. J. COLBY GRIMES MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

 Dear Applicant,

The Shamrock Club of Columbus is honored to award five $1,200 high school scholarships in memory of the late Msgr. J. Colby Grimes for the 2014-2015 school year. Msgr. Grimes was the Shamrock Club’s chaplain prior to his death. These scholarships will be awarded to one student from each of the five Columbus Catholic high schools who is a current freshman, sophomore, or junior and who meets one of the following criteria: has a parent or relative currently belonging to the Shamrock Club, or is recommended by a current member of the Shamrock Club. If you do not belong to the Shamrock Club or don’t know anyone who does, please feel free to visit the club and introduce yourself and we will see that someone signs your application.The scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic success, leadership skills and community service among other criteria.

As you fill out the application please complete each question in as much detail as possible, using additional pages if needed. This application is used to determine who will be interviewed by the committee. Please access the club’s website at www.shamrockclubofcolumbus.org for pertinent biographical information concerning Msgr. J. Colby Grimes.  The application can be downloaded from this site and also is in the guidance office.

The Shamrock Club’s scholarship selection committee will interview two students from each school, as determined by the committee, on Saturday, April 26, with the top student from each school receiving a $1,200 scholarship. The other students who are interviewed will each receive a $300 scholarship awarded from the Office of Catholic Schools Tuition Assistance Fund. All scholarship money will be sent directly to the student’s school to be credited to their tuition account.

All completed applications must be mailed no later than Friday, April, 4, 2014 to:

Francis B. Doyle; 5732 McNeven Ct.; Dublin, OH 43017    For additional information contact Francis Doyle at (614) 766-8184.

Also….

1.Columbus Foundation -  Various scholarships can be located at www.columbusfoundation.org/news/?s=scholarships    

2. BGSU - Someday when you are reflecting on your collegiate experience, we hope the Bowling Green State University Alumni Laureate Scholarship Program and the people you met during your involvement will be the most prominent highlight. Being an Alumni Laureate Scholar also means joining a welcoming community of students who are driven to become effective leaders and make the world a better place ” just like you. Through your involvement in cooperative service projects and participation in a variety of Alumni events and functions, you’ll develop lifelong relationships with your fellow Alumni Laureate Scholars.

More than a full-tuition scholarship, the BGSU Alumni Laureate Scholarship is a distinctive, prestigious program funded by our most generous alumni in order to provide recipients with four years of support from caring mentors. Mentors who will challenge you to broaden your perspective, prioritize your goals, network with alumni and professional contacts, and frame your success through the values of leadership and service.

The Application process is easy! Applicants must be accepted to BGSU and demonstrate a commitment to leadership and community service. Applicants must also…

a) Hold a 3.5 cumulative grade point average

b) Score a minimum of 27 (composite) on the ACT or combined score of 1100 on the SAT At least 15 finalists will have the opportunity to interview on campus with the selection committee. As many as six recipients will be chosen to enter the program each year.

To get started, simply visit the Alumni Laureate Scholarship page. Be prepared to complete the online application process including the application itself, one recommendation (recommendation may be submitted by recommender), and two essays.

3. John Carroll University – Please apply for the Castellano Scholarship in Classics at John Carroll University.  This is a four-year, full-tuition scholarship offered to one or two entering students each year who commit to majoring in Classical Languages. (Students are free to add a second major in any area of their choosing.) Information about the scholarship, including instructions on how to apply, can be found here: http://sites.jcu.edu/language/pages/scholarship-and-awards/castellano-scholarship/.  The deadline for applications is Feb. 3, 2014.

 

4. Marist College – Marist is offering 17 four-year tuition, room and board Technology Scholarships for students enrolling in the fall of 2014.  Please visit:  http://www.marist.edu/admission/technologyscholarships/ or call 845-575-3226 for further information.

5. Davis Scholarship – The creators of the “Student Award Search Aid” website are renewing the scholarship for 2014.  Please visit the website at:  www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm to read about this and to learn more about applying for scholarships.  The deadline date is May 26, 2014 and the amount of the scholarship is $1,000.

6. The Columbus Italian Club (CIC), a fraternal organization whose mission is to promote and preserve Italian culture and heritage in the Italian-American community, is proud to again sponsor the CIC Scholarship Award. The CIC scholarship program awards at least ten scholarships per year, typically in the amount of $1,000.00, to high school seniors of Italian descent who wish to further their education.  The criteria to apply are as follows:

a) Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25 out of 4.00

b) Must be of Italian descent

c) Must be a graduating senior from high school

d)Must attend, within 9 months of the award, a college or university that offers an associates or baccalaureate degree, or technical or trade school for additional learning.

Applications are available in the guidance office or available online at: www.columbusitalianclub.org.The deadline is:  March 31, 2014.

7. Westerville Area Chamber Foundation – The Jim Near $1500 Scholarship is available for students to apply who are living in the Westerville School District.  Please visit any Westerville High School website under the Community Scholarship tab or go to http://www.westerville.k12.oh.us/content_page.aspx?cid-840

 

8. The Violet Township League Scholarship is available for those students living in the Pickerington school district.  Please visit the following website for information (including applications) website@ www.vtwl.org

9. Minority Journalism Scholarship – intended for high school seniors planning to major in journalism, advertising, marketing or communications at an Ohio college or university.  Students can download the application at www.ohionews.org

10. William D Squires Scholarship – this is a financial need based scholarship. Applicants must be highly motivated and have good character, with a minimum GPA of 3.2  Students can find the application form at www.wmdsquiresfoundation.org

11. Buick Achievers Scholarship – please visit www.buickachievers.com for program details & online application.  Deadline February 28, 2014.

12. Education First Credit Union Scholarship – applicants must be a member of Education First Credit Union and must be a senior who will graduate in 2014.  Deadline: 2/14/2014.  Applications are available in the guidance office.

13. MMA Insurance Scholarship – MMA Insurance will be awarding a $500 scholarship to an Ohio graduating senior attending college in the fall of 2014 and have a GPA of 3.0 or above.  Application is available in the guidance office with a deadline date of May 15th, 2014.

14. Builders Exchange Scholarship – Eligible students must be enrolled in or be entering a two year technical program or four year college program and be in a construction related field of student.  Applicants are evaluated on the following criteria:  academic achievement, community and school involvement, financial need, relationship of the student’s field of study to the construction industry, quality of the applicant.  Deadline February 21, 2014.  Applications are available in the guidance office.

15. James Kura Memorial Scholarship – awards three $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors.  Detail and application available on their website:www.oacdl.org/scholarship; Deadline is March 28, 2014

16. Youngstown State University – announces the creation of the $1,000 First Opportunity Award, a new merit based scholarship program.  Please contact the Financial Aid Office at Youngstown State University: www.ysu.edu for application information.

17. Meijer Store Application – If you or your parent(s) work at a Meijer store there is a scholarship opportunity available to you.  Please visit this website http://meijerscholarship.egrant.net; Deadline is April 1, 2014.

18. University of Mount Union – Minority Achievement Award.  Please visit the following website for all information:  admission@mountunion.edu

 

 

COUNSELING STAFF

Head Counselor
Beth DeVine
E-mail: devinesc12@gmail.com
Office Phone: 614-252-8341 ext. 23
Responsibilities:
Junior and Senior Advisor
College Applications

Counselor
David Breckenridge (ext. 24)
E-mail: dbrecken@cdeducation.org
Office Phone: 614-252-8341 ext. 24

Responsibilities:
College Liaison
Military Academies
Military and ROTC Applications
Sophomore Advisor

Counselor
Zachary Wright
E-mail:
Office Phone: 614-252-8341 ext.18
Responsibilities:
Freshman Advisor

Guidance Secretary
Trisha Smith
E-mail: trishasmith2010sc@yahoo.com
Office Phone: 614-252-8341 ext. 16

Items addressed in the Guidance Office include: Announcements; Schedule of College Visits to St. Charles; College Fairs/Information Meetings in Central Ohio; College Open House Dates; Scholarships; and Financial Aid Forms

PARENTS

The counselors look forward to working with you and your son during his four years at St. Charles.  Please feel free to call or meet with our staff at any time.  Parents are also welcome to attend any of the presentations made by College Representatives here at St. Charles.  The schedule of these visits is available via the Useful PDF links and periodic e-mail notices.

COLLEGE APPLICATIONS

Transcripts & Counselor Recommendations – Students are encouraged to use the Common App whenever possible.  This generates an electronic notification for us to submit your son’s transcript and any required Counselor Recommendations (be sure to use devinesc12@gmail.com for Mrs. DeVine).  If you are applying to a school that does not accept the Common App, notify Ms. Smith, Guidance Office Secretary, to send the official transcript & Mrs. DeVine to submit the Guidance Counselor Recommendations.
When requesting letters of recommendation from the Guidance Office, teachers, or community members be sure to provide a minimum of a 10 day notice (2 – 3 weeks is preferable).

Provide each of the following with your requests:
1.  Recommendation Request Form (copies in Guidance Office)
2.  Resume
3.  Your Autobiographical Information
4.   Parent Questionnaire

SAT and ACT Scores – Collegeadmission tests must be sent to colleges directly from the College Board and ACT.  Contact them directly about having your test results sent in order to complete that portion of the college application.  When registering for the ACT include the Writing Test, if it is required by the college to which you are applying.
ACT Test Dates – www.actstudent.org/regist/dates.html
SAT Test Dates – www.sat.collegeboard.com/register

CEEB Code is 361595 – This code identifies St. Charles Preparatory School to all colleges/universities and many other institutes and organizations.  You must include this code when registering for the ACT or SAT to ensure that your test results are provided to St. Charles.

Common Appwww.commonapp.org/CommonApp/default.aspx

POLICY FOR ATTENDING PRESENTATIONS BY COLLEGE ADMISSIONS REPRESENTATIVES

Seniors – Each senior receives five passes to attend college presentations.  Pick up passes from the Guidance Office when signing up for the college presentation and have your teacher sign the pass.
Juniors – Each junior also receives five passes to attend college presentations.  Pick up passes from the Guidance Office to attend these sessions but juniors must have a parent’s signature on the pass along with their teacher’s signature.
All students regardless of grade level may attend any college presentation scheduled during lunch periods.  Students are welcome to bring their lunch with them to these presentations.

Release from School for College Visits

Students are encouraged to make use of vacation and release days for personal college visits.  Parents should notify the Main Office, if they are planning to visit a college on a regular school day to ensure that it is reported as an excused absence.  Students are also encouraged to notify their teachers.

 

Useful Links

2013-04-05 Architecture & Desing Sum Opportunities.pdf2013-04-05 3-D Animation & Game Design Sum Opportunities.pdf2013-04-05 Arts Sum Opportunities.pdf2013-04-05 Business Sum Opportunities.pdf2013-04-05 Diversity Sum Opportunities.pdf2013-04-05 Engineering & Computer Science Sum Opportunities.pdf2013-04-05 Health Sciences Sum Opportunities.pdf2013-04-05 Law & Govt Sum Opportunities.pdf2013-04-05 Leadership Sum Opportunities.pdf2013-04-05 Lit-Lang-Hist-Cult Sum Opportunities.pdf2013-04-05 Math & Science Sum Opportunities.pdf2013-04-05 Misc Sum Opportunities.pdf2013-04-05 Ohio Sum Opportunities.pdf2013-04-05 Various Academic Sum Opportunities.pdf2013-04-05 Writing Sum Opportunities.pdf
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