H.C.H.S. SENIOR TIMELINE

HICKMAN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL

2018 Senior Class Time Line

August

  1. Review your transcript with your counselor and make sure you have taken everything or have it scheduled so you can graduate. This is your responsibility.
  2. Be at school everyday and keep up with your grades.
  3. Listen for announcements about Balfour and ordering caps, gowns, invitations, etc.
  4. Register for the September 9 ACT.  Deadline is August 4.
  5. Get a FAFSA ID at www.fafsa.gov
  6. Narrow your choice to postsecondary education to three schools.  
  7. Meet with a military recruiter if you are planning to join the armed forces after graduation.
  8. Apply for ROTC scholarships.
  9. Take a virtual tour of college choices: www.ecampustours.com.
  10. Register with the NCAA Clearinghouse if you are an athlete with the possibility of playing a college sport: www.ncaa.org.
  11. Find out more information about the colleges or military you are interested in at the College Fair on September 6 in the gym

September

  1. Register for the October 28 ACT. Deadline is September 22. (There is also a free ACT given at HCHS for all Seniors on October 3)
  2. Listen for announcements about Balfour and ordering caps, gowns, invitations, etc.
  3. Listen for announcements about visits by college representatives to the guidance office.
  4. Complete applications to schools with early deadlines: UT Knoxville, Tennessee Technological University, and Columbia State Community College Nursing Program.  All applications should be typed or written in blue or black ink.
  5. Visit prospective schools on the fall weekends.  Take your parent/s along.
  6. Register for selective services if you are a young man who just turned 18.

October

  1. The FAFSA will open on Oct 1 at www.fafsa.gov.    The only way to qualify for the Hope Lottery Scholarship (TSAC) and the TN Promise is by filling out the FAFSA.  In order to complete the FAFSA you will need:
  1. Your social security number.
  2. Your driver’s license number.
  3. Your parents’ social security numbers, your parents income and financial records such as W-2 form, federal income tax return, Current bank statements and records of stocks, bonds, or other investments, records of untaxed income received, such as social security, temporary assistance to needy families (TANF), welfare or veteran’s benefits, Business or farm records
  4.  If you have an income you will need this information on yourself as well.
  1. Check with Guidance about taking the upcoming ASVAB test this month if you are interested in the military.
  2. Register for the December 9 ACT. Deadline is November 3.  This is the last ACT for seniors planning to try for Academic Scholarships.
  3. Listen for announcements about Balfour and ordering caps, gowns, invitations, etc.
  4. Turn in applications to schools that you are interested in attending, especially UT Knoxville, Tennessee Technological University, and Columbia State Community College Nursing Program due to their priority admissions.  

Check for possible scholarships on the SCHOLARSHIP BOARD and in the SCHOLARSHIP BOX in the Guidance Office or at www.fastweb.com and http://www.scholarships4students.com/scholarships_for_high_school_students.htm

 

  1. Predict the cost of college at www.fastweb.com.

November

  1. Check for possible scholarships on the SCHOLARSHIP BOARD and in the SCHOLARSHIP BOX in the Guidance Office.
  2. Register for the December 9 ACT if you have not already done so. Deadline November 3.  This is the last ACT for seniors planning to try for Academic Scholarships.
  3. Listen for announcements about Balfour and ordering caps, gowns, invitations, etc.
  4. Complete applications for college housing.

December

  1. Check for scholarships in Guidance.
  2. Check for possible scholarships on the SCHOLARSHIP BOARD and in the SCHOLARSHIP BOX in the Guidance Office.
  3. Begin writing essays for applications that require them.  Make sure they are typed and double spaced.
  4. Fill out housing applications.
  5. Complete applications for schools without an early deadline.
  6. Register for Selective Service if you are a young man who just had his 18th birthday.

January

  1. Check for scholarships in Guidance.
  2. Deadline for the FAFSA is January 16, 2018.
  3. Double check your transcript to be sure you have all your classes that you need for graduation.
  4. Be sure if you have any Credit Recovery that you finish it before Senior Trip and Graduation so you are eligible for both.
  5. Check for possible scholarships on the SCHOLARSHIP BOARD and in the SCHOLARSHIP BOX in the Guidance Office.
  6. Register for the February 10 ACT if you have not already. Deadline is January 12.  
  7. Listen for announcements about Balfour and arrival of senior orders.
  8. Make that final decision about which school you will attend.
  9. Ask teachers to write a letter of recommendation for you.  Provide them with a list of your activities and awards.  Send the writers a short thank you note.  Let them know your results.
  10. Submit all applications by January 30th.

February

  1. Check for scholarships in Guidance.
  2. Check for possible scholarships on the SCHOLARSHIP BOARD and in the SCHOLARSHIP BOX in the Guidance Office.
  3. Listen for announcements about Balfour and arrival of senior orders.
  4. Register for Selective Service if you are a young man who just had his 18th birthday.
  5. Colleges will begin to send acceptance letters.

March

  1. Check for scholarships in Guidance.
  2. Check for possible scholarships on the SCHOLARSHIP BOARD and in the SCHOLARSHIP BOX in the Guidance Office.
  3. Listen for announcements about Balfour and arrival of senior orders.
  4. Notify the Guidance Office of any scholarship offers so they can recognize them at Award’s Day and in the Graduation Program.  This is the only way the Guidance Department knows about the scholarships you have been awarded.

April

  1. Check for scholarships in Guidance.
  2. Notify the Guidance Office of any scholarship offers so they can recognize them at Award’s Day and in the Graduation Program.  This is the only way the Guidance Department knows about the scholarships you have been awarded.
  3. Listen for announcements about Balfour and arrival of senior orders.

May

  1. Complete your final transcript form for Guidance at graduation practice.
  2. Notify schools if you are not planning to attend or not planning to accept their scholarship offer.
  3. Check with the Guidance Office to make sure you have been verified for the Lottery Scholarship.
  4. Enjoy Graduation!
  5. Send thank you notes for any scholarships you have received.
  6. Send a note to those who have helped you get this far in life!

Some quick links to scholarships

FAST WEB

https://www.fastweb.com/directory/scholarships-for-high-school-seniors

 

SCHOLARSHIPS 4 STUDENTS:

http://www.scholarships4students.com/scholarships_for_high_school_students.htm

SCHOLARSHIP HOW TO….

Start Early

 If possible, start the process at least two years before you need the gift aid.

 Always remember that you will be applying for college scholarships about a year before you will actually receive the gift aid.

 Get good grades.

Prepare Yourself

Often, college scholarships are awarded to students who are involved in activities both in school and out of school. Well-rounded students have the best chance of receiving college scholarships.

 Many clubs and organizations have scholarships associated with them. Doing your research in the beginning may help you obtain more scholarships.

Do Research

Figure out what makes you a special individual. This may include academics, volunteer work, athletics or your family background.

Consider unique circumstances or conditions that might make you eligible for gift aid, such as being a foster child, having asthma, being a single parent or having a disability.

College scholarship opportunities can be found in many places including financial aid offices, libraries, local civic organizations, your (or your parents') employer, local businesses, your high school guidance office, or the Internet.

Obtain Scholarship Applications and Scholarship Information

 After you collect all of the information about the college scholarships for which you are interested in applying, you will need to contact the organization.

 Some organizations will require that you contact them through the mail or via phone or email to request scholarship applications and other pertinent scholarship information. For most organizations, you will be able to download the scholarship applications and other information from their website, or you will be able to complete the scholarship application form online.

 Give the organization ample time to send you the necessary paperwork. Be aware of all deadlines associated with applying.

Apply

Many organizations require information such as a completed scholarship application, an essay, recommendations, and/or a resume from each applicant. Make sure you have given yourself plenty of time to gather all of the required information.

Most college scholarships will have deadlines for applying. You may want to keep a calendar with all of the deadlines listed so that you do not let any expire.

Before you send in your completed scholarship application, make sure to double-check the spelling and grammar. Nothing looks worse on a scholarship application than a common spelling error.

 Remember that the scholarship application process takes time, and it could be months before you are notified of any awards. Be aware that some organizations will not send any follow-up correspondence if you do not receive the award.

 Always put your best effort into each application. Be neat and organized. First impressions count.

 

2017-2018