Monthly Newsletters

November 2015

NOVEMBER COUNSELING NEWSLETTER

 

ACT Test Registration Deadline

The deadline to register for the December 12th ACT test is this Friday, November 20th. Register for the ACT test at www.actstudent.org with St. James Academy school code 171720.

  • Seniors – You still have time to take the ACT again! Many colleges will still accept the December ACT scores for admission requirements, scholarship applications, etc. Please check with the individual colleges for their policies.
  • Juniors – It is recommended that students take the ACT at least once during Junior ye Click here http://sjakeepingfaith.org/academics/counseling/actsat/ for a list of ACT test dates, and to plan which test date is best for you.

Note that December is the first of only three test dates per year (December, April, and June) that students can opt for Test Information Release. What is Test Information Release? For a $20 extra fee to ACT, they will send you a copy of the multiple-choice test questions, a list of your answers, and the answer key from your test. If you took the writing test, you also receive a copy of the writing prompt, scoring guidelines, and scores assigned to your essay. You also receive information about ordering (for an additional fee) a photocopy of your answer document which includes your essay, if you took writing. If you order TIR when you register to take the ACT, materials are mailed about 4 weeks after scores are reported. You can also order TIR for three months after you test.

 

ACT Test Preparation Class

PowerPrep is offering an ACT Test Prep Class at St. James Academy for students taking the December 12 ACT test. The class will be taught by Carolyn Devane. (You can find more info about Carolyn Devane and PowerPrep at http://www.powerprepinc.com/.) The class includes two sessions to be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1st and Wednesday, December 9th. The cost is $50 and covers English, Math, Reading and Science.

Click here for the registration form.

 

Seniors Planning for College Athletics

Are you planning to pursue your sport in college? Please see Mrs. Hicks to discuss your NCAA options and ensure the NCAA eligibility paperwork is in order. She would like to complete it before Christmas Break.

 

College Financial Aid Presentation

Senior Parents! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 2 at 6:30 p.m. Kyle Johnson from Rockhurst University will be presenting at St. James Academy to share the ins and outs of college financial aid, completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), etc. This is especially important and timely information for Senior Parents as the FAFSA application opens January 1, 2016 for students attending college next fall. In addition to determining Federal Aid, the FAFSA is required by many colleges to determine qualifications for other financial aid. Some schools won’t even consider you for any of their scholarships (including academic scholarships) until you’ve submitted a FAFSA.

 

College Explorations Class

Is your junior student preparing to take the ACT? Are they in need of additional support and strategies? Maybe they should consider taking our College Explorations Class. This semester course targets and prepares students to sit for the April ACT Test.   If your student is currently enrolled in or has completed Algebra II then they are ready for this intensive class. Space is limited, and a $40 book fee will be charged. The class will also include interest and career exploration, college resume writing, and an introduction to the college selection and admission process. If interested, please have your student stop by the counseling office to change his or her schedule.

 

Test results from October 14th Testing Day at SJA:

  • Freshman parents should have already received their student’s PLAN results in the mail. Please contact the Counseling Office at (913) 254-4259 if you have not received your student’s results.
  • Juniors that took the Practice ACT test should have received an email from yourkaplanscore@kaplan.com with their test results from Kaplan. Contact Kaplan at 1-800-kaptest if you have not received your test results.
  • Results from the PSAT/NMSQT (taken by Sophomores and some Juniors) are not yet available from College Board.

 

 

Click here for listing of Important Upcoming Dates

Juniors, be watching future Counseling Newsletters for details on a Junior Student and Parent College Information Night to be scheduled for February.

 

 

December 2015

JANUARY PARENT & STUDENT INFORMATION NIGHTS

The Counseling Department will be hosting Parent & Student Information Nights on the following evenings in January:Current Freshmen and Parents – Tuesday, January 12, 6:00-8:30 p.m.

  • SJA counselors will be presenting information on the Naviance Family Connections website, graduation and college admission requirements, standardized testing (ACT/SAT/PSAT/test prep), SJA’s Advanced Placement program and more.
  • Counselors will be available to discuss individual student’s course selections and a 3-year plan towards graduation.

Current Sophomores & Parents – Thursday, January 14, 6:00-8:30 p.m.

  • SJA counselors & teachers will be presenting information on the Naviance Family Connections website, graduation and college admission requirements, dual enrollment for college credit, and more.
  • Breakout sessions available for more detailed information on SJA’s Advanced Placement program, Standardized testing (ACT/SAT/PSAT/test prep) and SJA’s College Explorations Class
  • Counselors will be available to discuss individual student’s course selections and a 2-year plan towards graduation.

College Info Night for Current Juniors & Parents –Wednesday, January 13, 6:00-8:30 p.m.

  • Numerous college representatives will be at SJA to present breakout sessions on College Financial Aid, Standardized Testing (ACT/SAT/PSAT), Private and Public College Admissions, Planning for College Visits, and Exploring Careers in Healthcare, Engineering or Fine/Performing Arts.
  • SJA counselors will be presenting information on the Naviance Family Connections website, graduation and college admission requirements, standardized testing (ACT/SAT/PSAT/test prep), dual enrollment for college credit, and more.
  • Counselors will be available to discuss individual student’s course selections and graduation requirements.

Click here for other “Important Dates” listed on the Counseling Dept webpage

College Financial Aid Presentation: In case you missed it…
The video and Powerpoint slides from the December 2nd Financial Aid presentation are posted on the SJA website.  The Counseling web page is located under the Academics section. Click here to go directly to the “College Financial Aid” web page.

Scholarships
Check out the newly updated scholarships list on Naviance Family Connections!  Information is listed for many scholarships, both local and national, and some application deadlines are approaching.  There are also listings for various scholarship search database websites where you can set up a personal profile and search for scholarship matches.  We will continue to add more scholarship information to this web page as it is received.
To access the Scholarship info on Naviance Family Connections:

  • Click here for the Naviance Family Connections sign in page
  • Sign in to Naviance with your SJA email address and Powerschool password
  • Select the “colleges” tab along the top of the page
  • Scroll down on the colleges page to the “scholarships & money” section
  • Select “scholarship list”

This information was sent via StudyWiz on 12/8/15 to all Juniors and Seniors.

PSAT Test Scores Available January 7th
According to the latest update from College Board, students will be able to access their October 2015 PSAT test scores on January 7 on the College Board website, at studentscores.collegeboard.org.  Information on interpreting the PSAT results will be presented at the Sophomore and Junior Parent and Student Information Nights (see schedule above).

ACT Test Registration Deadline
The deadline to register without a late fee for the February 6 ACT test is January 8. (Late fee registration ends January 15.)  Register for the ACT test at www.actstudent.org with St. James Academy school code 171720.

  • Seniors – Check with your specific colleges to find out if they will still accept the February ACT scores.
  • Juniors – It is recommended that students take the ACT at least once during Junior year.  Click here for a list of ACT test dates, and to plan which test date is best for you.

ACT Test Prep – PowerPrep
PowerPrep is offering an ACT Test Prep Class at St. James Academy for students taking the February 6 ACT test.  The class will be taught by Carolyn Devane from PowerPrep. The class includes two sessions to be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Thursdays, January 21  and 28. If weather affects one of those dates, the snow make up day is February 4. Click here for the registration form. The cost is $50 and covers English, Math, Reading and Science.  More info on PowerPrep  at http://www.powerprepinc.com/.

ACT/SAT/PSAT Test Prep – Kaplan
Kaplan Test Prep is offering $150 off all of their SAT and ACT test prep courses and tutoring options from now until December 17. To learn more, visit kaptest.com or call 1-800-527-8378 and use code THANKS150.

Seniors Planning for College Athletics
Are you planning to pursue your sport in college?  Please see Mrs. Hicks to discuss your NCAA options and ensure the NCAA eligibility paperwork is in order.  She would like to complete it before Christmas Break.

College Explorations Class
Is your student preparing to take the ACT?  Are they in need of additional support and strategies?  Maybe they should consider taking our College Explorations Class second semester. This semester course targets and prepares students to sit for the April ACT Test.   If your sophomore or junior student is currently enrolled in or has completed Algebra II then they are ready for this intensive class.  Space is limited, and a $40 book fee will be charged.  The class will also include interest and career exploration, college resume writing, and an introduction to the college selection and admission process.  If interested, please have your student stop by the counseling office to change his or her second semester schedule.

Do you have a question for a counselor?  Click here to email a SJA counselor.

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SCHOLARSHIP “SPOTLIGHTS”
…highlighting a few of the many scholarships listed on the SJA Naviance Family Connections website.  See instructions in the Scholarships section above to access the full list of scholarships.

NSSAR Eagle Scout Scholarship
Open to all Eagle Scouts who are currently registered in an active unit and have not reached their 19th birthday by Dec 31st of the year of application. Three cash scholarship awards are given: As the National First Place winner $10,000; Runner-up $6,000; 2nd runner-up $4,000. You may apply more than one year if you meet the age requirements but no more than $10,000 total may be granted to any one Eagle Scout. Entrants need to complete only one application — the one for the chapter competition. If it is a winner it is then used for the state competition, and if it is a winner again it is used for the national competition. Deadline December 31st. More details at http://www.sar.org/Youth/Eagle_scout.

Kelly Lynn Lutz Memorial Scholarship
The scholarship will be at least $2,000, renewable for up to a total of four years (at least $8,000 total maximum), and awarded annually. For applicants who have 1) lost the life of at least one parent (biological or not) to cancer before the age of 22; 2) are US citizen and live in Kansas or Missouri; 3) attend a 2- or 4-year higher education establishment; 4) have an interest in education, arts, environment, math, or science 5) show service involvement in the community, church, school, or other non-curricular activity; 6) indicate financial need; 7) submit the completed application, including personal essay and reference by deadline January 10th. Additional information and requirements at kllscholarshipfund.org.

2016 Tom Karlin Foundation Scholarship

The Tom Karlin Foundation will make scholarship awards to three Johnson County Kansas seniors who best explore one of the following selected topics: depression, mental health issues, or suicide prevention. Students may apply with an essay, a video or artwork.  Scholarship Awards of $2000, $1000, and $500. Deadline: 5:00 p.m. 12/31/15.
Download PDF of Instructions 

Kansas Dept of Education AEOP Margaret Van Horn Scholarship
The Association of Educational Office Professionals is offering a $300 scholarship to a Kansas student. The scholarship program is open to current Kansas High School, College, and/or Technical School students. Applicant must intend to continue his/her education in an education or business-related program. Enrollment must be in an accredited post-secondary educational facility within the state of Kansas. Emphasis for selection of the recipient will be based on the scholarship application, initiative exhibited, character shown, and/or other factors supporting his/her candidacy. January 15 deadline. Application and more details at community.ksde.org.

February 2016

FEBRUARY COUNSELING NEWSLETTER

Click here for Important Upcoming Dates from the Counseling Dept

JCCC “College Now” Dual Enrollment for AP US Government
Counselors have visited all AP US Government classrooms and distributed information about the option of dual concurrent enrollment with Johnson County Community College to receive college credit for AP US Gov. Students that would like to enroll with JCCC should complete their enrollment right away.  Click here to download a copy of the JCCC enrollment information.   Deadlines:

2/12/16 – Enrollment deadline and payment due date (This Friday!)

2/15/16 – Last day to withdraw with a 100% refund

2/15/16 – Last day to withdraw without a “W” on transcript

4/15/16 – Last day to request pass/fail grade or withdraw with a “W” on transcript

 

ACT Test Registration Deadline
The deadline to register for the April 9th ACT test is March 4th.  Register for the ACT test at www.actstudent.org with St. James Academy school code 171720.

  • Seniors – Check with your specific college(s) to find out if they will accept April ACT scores.
  • Juniors – It is recommended that students take the ACT at least once during Junior year.  Click here http://sjakeepingfaith.org/academics/counseling/actsat/ for a list of 2015-16 ACT test dates, and to plan which test date is best for you.

Note that April is one of only three test dates per year (December, April, and June) that students can opt for “Test Information Release”.

What is Test Information Release (TIR)?  For a $20 extra fee to ACT, in addition to your results, they will send you a copy of the multiple-choice test questions, a list of your answers, and the answer key from your test. If you took the writing test, you also receive a copy of the writing prompt, scoring guidelines, and scores assigned to your essay. You also receive information about ordering (for an additional fee) a photocopy of your answer document which includes your essay, if you took writing.  If you order TIR when you register to take the ACT, materials are mailed about 4 weeks after scores are reported. You can also order TIR for up to three months after your test.

 

ACT Test Prep – Nine Session Princeton Review Class
Princeton Review is offering a nine session intensive ACT Test Prep Class at St. James Academy for students taking the April 9th ACT test.  The class runs from February 20th to April 4th and includes three full-length practice tests with scoring and analysis, six class instruction sessions, supplemental practice materials and online tools.  Download the registration form with discounted rate ($399)  here.  Or for online enrollment go to the princetonreview.com website and select the St. James Academy class.  For online enrollment use Promo Code STJAMES2015 to receive the $200 discount. Find more general info on Princeton Review  at princetonreview.com/

 

ACT Test Prep – Two Session PowerPrep Class
PowerPrep is offering a two-night ACT Test Prep Class at St. James Academy for students taking the April 9th ACT test.  The class will be taught by Carrie Parazin from PowerPrep. The class includes two sessions to be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 29th and April 5th. Click here for the registration form. The cost is $50 and covers English, Math, Reading and Science.  More info on PowerPrep  at http://www.powerprepinc.com/

 

College Prep Scholars Program
Juniors – The College Prep Scholars Program is designed to give high-achieving, low-income juniors an early advantage in college admissions to top colleges, scholarships for summer programs and more. If you have a strong academic record, with annual household income less than $65K or will be the first generation in your family to attend college, please review the flyer attached or visit the QuestBridge website  Application deadline March 23, 2016.

 

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams
Students who are currently enrolled in 2015-16 AP classes are required to take AP exams for that subject.  These exams have been ordered and have already been paid via school fees.  These classes include:  AP Language and Composition, AP Literature and Composition, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Chemistry, AP Biology, AP Physics, AP United States History, AP United States Government and Politics, and AP Latin.

Other students who wish to take on of these AP tests but are not currently enrolled in that specific AP class may take the AP test by signing up with the attached registration form. Please see form for additional details.

 

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Seniors – Most colleges require you file your FAFSA by at least by March 1st to maximize your financial aid.  Some have earlier priority deadlines, so check with your prospective colleges for their specific priority filing deadline. Go to fafsa.ed.gov to file your FAFSA.

Find additional information and resources to help with filing your FAFSA at:

  • KASFAA, the Kansas Association of Financial Aid Administrators  – Their website www.ksfafsa.org includes videos explaining various aspects of the FAFSA, and a list of events they have scheduled across the state to help Kansans complete the FAFSA.   KASFAA has also created a Facebook page dedicated to assisting with the FAFSA.
  • College Board – The College Board webpage  “How to Complete the FAFSA”  includes explanations, definitions of terms, Frequently Asked Questions, a webinar, videos and other information on completing the FAFSA.

 

Upcoming College Visits st St. James Academy
Feb 12th    Donnelly College                2:30pm – 3:15pm

Feb 15th    University of Nebraska at Lincoln    11:35am – 1:30pm

Feb 23rd    Pittsburg State University            2:30pm – 3:15pm

 

Counselor Visits to Senior English Classes
SJA counselors have visited all Senior English Classes this past week, discussing 2nd semester college checklists, college application Q & A, scholarship info, the FAFSA, etc. with them.  Click here to download information.

 

Social Media Apps information
Click here for an quick-reference guide on “15 Dangerous Apps” that your students might be using.

 

Do you have a question for a counselor?  Click here to email a SJA
counselor.

 

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ICYMI: In case you missed it…

 

Presentations
The video and/or Powerpoint slides from the following presentation nights hosted by the Counseling Department are posted on the SJA Counseling webpage.   Click here to go directly to all “Presentations ”  on the Counseling webpage.

  • Sophomores & Parents Information Night presentations, from Jan 14, 2016
  • Juniors and Parents Information Night presentations, from Jan 13, 2016
  • College Financial Aid presentation, from Dec 2, 2015

 

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It’s Worth Repeating:  

(Information from previous Counseling Newsletters)

 

PSAT Test Scores Available
Students that took the PSAT test at SJA on October 14th (some Juniors and most Sophomores) are able to access their scores on the College Board website. Go to the College Board Sign-In page at https://studentscores.collegeboard.org.   Select “Sign Up” to create an account.  Please note that College Board implemented a new scoring system for the PSAT this year.  Here is a Guide to Your New PSAT Scores.  Each student’s original test booklet is available to be picked up in the counseling office for any students that want to compare individual questions to their results.

 

Scholarships
Check out the scholarships list on Naviance Family Connections!  Information is listed for many scholarships, both local and national, and many deadlines are approaching.  There are also listings for various scholarship search database websites where you can set up a personal profile and search for scholarship matches.  We will continue to add more scholarship information to this web page as it is received.

To access the Scholarship info on Naviance Family Connections:

  • Click here for the Naviance Family Connections sign in page
  • Sign in to Naviance with your SJA email address and Powerschool password
  • Select the “colleges” tab along the top of the page
  • Scroll down on the “colleges” page to the “scholarships & money” section
  • Select “scholarship list”

 

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SCHOLARSHIP “SPOTLIGHTS”

…highlighting a few of the many scholarships listed on the SJA Naviance Family Connections website.  See instructions in the Scholarships section above to access the full list of scholarships.

 

Betty Charlton Scholarship for Shawnee

Scholarship for high school seniors who either reside in the City of Shawnee or attend a school in the City of Shawnee, and are intending to continue his or her education through a two or four year college and/or technical school. Consideration will be given to the student’s work, school activity and community service records.

Award of $1500, application deadline March 25th. https://www.growyourgiving.org/scholarships/betty-charlton-scholarship-fund

 

Gear for Sports Scholarship
One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded. Candidates must have minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale during their junior and senior years.  Must provide letters of recommendation from their school and other activities.  Type a 250 word essay on how you will “Make a Difference” after graduation from college.  Focus will be on both school and non-school activities. Applications must be received by April 4th. http://docslide.us/documents/2016-gear-for-sports-scholarship-application.html

 

Kansas Golf Foundation Scholarship
The Kansas Golf Foundation awards academic scholarships to five deserving Kansas Junior Golfers, both men and women, through the Kansas Junior Golf Scholarship. Applicants must have participated in high school golf or in junior golf activities. The Scholarship is $1,250 per year, renewable for four years, and must be used for expenses at an accredited college or university in Kansas, including community colleges. Junior Golf Scholars are selected based on the applicant’s academic record, essay, financial need, leadership and community service, letters of recommendation, and participation in golf. Application deadline March 25th.

http://www.kansasgolf.org/foundation/scholarships/

 

Shawnee Rotary Community Service Scholarships
Three scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded to qualifying students who either reside in Shawnee, Kansas or who attend a public or private high school there.

Applications will be judged by club members.  Family members of Rotarians are ineligible.  Winners will be guests at the club’s regular Friday breakfast meeting April 29, 2016; 7:15 a.m.  At that time, winners will tell the club about themselves, their community service, and their college plans.  Application deadline March 25th.

http://portal.clubrunner.ca/4408

 

Olathe Health Systems Health Career Scholarships
Each spring Olathe Health System awards several healthcare career scholarships to graduating seniors in their service area that have plans to pursue a career in healthcare.  Download the application on their website:

http://olathehealth.org/Careers/Healthcare-Career-Scholarships#.VroJ_pMrJsM

Please turn in completed applications to the SJA Counseling Office by no later than Tuesday, March 1st, to assemble and submit to Olathe Health Systems.

March 2016

MARCH COUNSELING NEWSLETTER

SJA Summer Classes & Camps

SJA is offering four classes this summer for PE or Technology credit, including a new Health Education class.  Click here for course descriptions and the enrollment forms.  Click here to see the 2016 Youth and High School Summer Camp information and sign-up.

New “Events” section on Counseling Department web page

Please click here to check out the new “Events” section on the Counseling Department webpage! It includes information we have received from colleges or other organizations about their upcoming events.  Examples include college open houses (K-State, Nebraska, KU, FHSU, MU, UMKC etc.),  STEM events (JCCC’s Epicenter 2016, Newman’s Summer Science Camp, KAMS Summer Camps, etc.), and more (Future Teacher Academy, Hispanic College Institute, Rotary Leadership Academy, etc.).  Opportunities are available for students at all grade levels!  Click on each event listed for details and important deadlines.

AP US Government students with JCCC “College Now” Dual Enrollment

April 15 is the last day to request from Johnson County Community College a pass/fail grade or withdraw with a “W” on your transcript.

ACT Test Prep – Two Session PowerPrep Class

PowerPrep is offering a two-night ACT Test Prep Class at St. James Academy for students taking the April 9 ACT test.  The class will be taught by Carrie Parazin from PowerPrep. The class includes two sessions to be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 29 and April 5. Click here for the registration form. The cost is $50 and covers English, Math, Reading and Science.  More info on PowerPrep at http://www.powerprepinc.com/.

Social/Emotional Resources

Click here to access the Social/Emotional Resources page on the Counseling Webpage. New links include “4 Tips to Keep Kids Safe Online (From a School Resource Officer)” and “Screen Time Tips for Better Sleep”.

Upcoming College Visits to St. James Academy

Apr 5     Seton Hall University         2:25pm – 3:15pm

Apr 13   Avila University                11:30am – 1:30pm

Apr 27   Kansas University            11:35am – 1:30pm

Do you have a question for a counselor?  Click here to email a SJA counselor.

Click here to view “Important Dates” on the Counseling Dept webpage.

 

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SCHOLARSHIP “SPOTLIGHTS”

…highlighting a few of the many scholarships listed on the SJA Naviance Family Connections website.  See instructions at the end of this section to access the full list of scholarships.

Vision Care Associates Scholarship

This $350 scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding St. James Academy senior planning to continue his/her education after graduation at a college or vo-tech school in a health care field. Application deadline is April 4.  Click hereto download details and application.

State of Kansas Student Aid Scholarships and Grants

Click here information on the following scholarships and grants offered through the State of Kansas:

  • Kansas Career Technical Workforce Grant

  • Kansas Ethnic Minority Scholarship

  • Kansas Military Service Scholarship

  • Kansas National Guard Educational Assistance

  • Kansas Nursing Service Scholarship

  • Kansas State Scholarship

  • Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship

Each program listed requires the applicant to be a Kansas resident and enroll at a Kansas educational institution, including public, private and technical institutions. Each scholarship or grant has separate guidelines.  The priority deadline date to process this STATE application is May 1. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) priority deadline is April 1.

Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation has a new scholarship portal to help Kansas City metro area students connect to more than 100 scholarship funds.  More information is available at www.growyourgiving.org/scholarships.

Shawnee Rotary Dan Cook Memorial STEM Scholarships

This $1,000 scholarship is open to high school seniors who either reside in Shawnee, Kansas or who attend high school there, and who are committed to pursuing higher education in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) related field.  Application and letter of reference due no later than March 25.  Click here to download information and application.

Len Dawson Scholarship

This is a one-time scholarship in the amount of $3000 for a graduating high school senior within the Kansas City area. Please note that this is not a sports-based scholarship. Click here to download details and application. Len Dawson Scholarship applications are due to Caroline Schippers in the Counseling Department no later than March 29th.  All applications received after that date will not be considered.  The SJA scholarship committee will review the applications and select one SJA student for consideration.

See Even More Scholarships!

Check out the scholarships list on SJA’s Naviance Family Connections website.  Information is listed for a variety scholarships, both local and national, and new deadlines are approaching.  There are also listings for various scholarship search database websites where you can set up a personal profile and search for scholarship matches.  We will continue to add more scholarship information to this web page as it is received.

To access the Scholarship info on Naviance Family Connections:

  • Click here for the Naviance Family Connections sign in page

  • Sign in to Naviance with student’s SJA email address and Powerschool password

  • Select the “colleges” tab along the top of the page

  • Scroll down on the “colleges” page to the “scholarships

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It’s Worth Repeating:

(Information from previous Counseling Newsletters)

PSAT Test Scores Available

Students that took the PSAT test at SJA on October 14th (some Juniors and most Sophomores) are able to access their scores on the College Board website. Go to the College Board Sign-In page at https://studentscores.collegeboard.org.   Select “Sign Up” to create an account.  Please note that College Board implemented a new scoring system for the PSAT this year.  Here is a Guide to Your New PSAT Scores.  Each student’s original test booklet is available to be picked up in the counseling office for any students that want to compare individual questions to their results.

College Prep Scholars Program

Juniors – The College Prep Scholars Program is designed to give high-achieving, low-income juniors an early advantage in college admissions to top colleges, scholarships for summer programs and more. If you have a strong academic record, with annual household income less than $65K or will be the first generation in your family to attend college, please review the flyer attached here, or visit the QuestBridge website.  Application deadline March 23, 2016.

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Seniors – Most colleges require you complete the FAFSA to apply for financial aid. Check with your prospective colleges for their specific deadlines and requirements. Go to fafsa.ed.gov to file your FAFSA.

Find additional information and resources to help with filing your FAFSA at:

  • KASFAA, the Kansas Association of Financial Aid Administrators  – Their website www.ksfafsa.org includes videos explaining various aspects of the FAFSA, and a list of events they have scheduled across the state to help Kansans complete the FAFSA.   KASFAA has also created a Facebook page dedicated to assisting with the FAFSA.

  • College Board – The College Board webpage  “How to Complete the FAFSA”  includes explanations, definitions of terms, Frequently Asked Questions, a webinar, videos and other information on completing the FAFSA.

Presentations

The video and/or Powerpoint slides from the following presentation nights hosted by the Counseling Department are posted on the SJA Counseling webpage.  Click here to go directly to all “Presentations ” on the Counseling webpage.

  • Sophomores & Parents Information Night presentations, from Jan 14, 2016

  • Juniors and Parents Information Night presentations, from Jan 13, 2016

  • College Financial Aid presentation, from Dec 2, 2015