Gettysburg College Junior Open Houses

Juniors: now is the time to start your college search, and Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA will be having three Junior Open Houses on February 13th, March 28th, and April 27th.  Visiting different campuses is an important part of the college process, and can really help you decide what you are (or are not) looking for in a school.  If you are interested in attending one of these events, click here to register.

ODU Extended Deadline

Seniors: Old Dominion University has extended their application deadline to April 1st.  Additionally, a representative from the university will be visiting CHS on February 25th at 9 a.m.  Students who are interested in applying, or who have already applied and have questions, should sign up in the school counseling office.

School Counseling Newsletter

All right seniors.  It’s February.  Every week we eagerly check the weather report but never see anything resembling snow.  Winter break seems like so long ago that some are questioning whether it even happened.  Many of you have submitted your college applications, and some of you have already heard back.  What that means is that now is the time to go hard after that free money that is available in the the form of thousands and thousands of scholarships open to graduating seniors.

CONSIDER THE CASE OF TWO COLLEGE GRADUATES.  Graduate “A” took the time, maybe an hour a week, to apply for scholarships when she was in high school, and therefore has ZERO college-related debt as a twenty-something person.  She keeps her entire paycheck and spends it on things like thai food, periodicals, and the occasional parking ticket.  Graduate “B” (who we’ll just call “Mr. S.”) did NOT do any of those things.  He still went to college but had to take out huge amounts of loans to do it.  And now, every month, he receives his paycheck and imagines about a quarter of it just vanishing, because that’s how much he spends to pay back his debt.

DON’T BE LIKE MR. S.  Do yourself a huge favor and apply for scholarships.  For a sampling of good ones to start with, feel free to check out the latest and greatest edition of the CHS School Counseling Newsletter.  As always, click the “Newsletters” tab above to grab your copy.

Need Help Completing the FAFSA?

Attend the Financial Aid Workshop at CHS

on February 5, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.


To complete the FASFA you will need:

o   Your Social Security Number

o   Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a US citizen)

o   Your most recent federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned (Note: you may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRIS Data Retrieval Tool)

o   Bank Statements and records of investments (if applicable)

o   Records of untaxed income (if applicable)

o   A Federal Student Aid PIN to sign electronically (If you do not already have one, visit to obtain one)

Youth Conservation Camp


Each year the Hanover/Caroline Soil and Water Conservation District sends two students to a summer camp designed to expand students’ knowledge of various natural resource conservation areas.  The camp is centered around hands-on, outdoor work, with little emphasis on typical classroom-type activities.

This summer, the camp will be held from July 12th to 18th on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.  Any student who is a current 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grader is eligible to apply and attend.  There are also a limited number of full scholarships available that cover the entire cost of attendance.

You can download the camp application below.  Applications are due by April 10th and should be returned to:

Hanover/Caroline SWCD

13224 Hanover Courthouse Road, Suite 201

P.O. Box 446

Hanover, VA 23069


Camp Application

Granville P. Meade Scholarship


Seniors who are planning on attending a four-year college or university in the fall should definitely check out the Granville P. Meade Scholarship.  This four-year scholarship, which will likely be in the amount of $2,000 per year, is for students who have excelled academically and in their communities, but may not possess the financial means to afford college.  See your counselor if you are interested in applying!

Great Scholarship Opportunity for CHS Students

The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is currently accepting applications for the 2015 cycle.  The deadline for applications is February 1st.  This is a full scholarship program.  Current high school seniors, and rising college sophomores and juniors are eligible.

The Award
Scholarships are awarded annually and must be used at one of the eighteen 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities. Each award provides full tuition, as well as room and board for the term of the scholarship. The scholarship may be renewed each year, contingent upon satisfactory academic performance and normal progress toward the bachelor’s degree.

General Eligibility
To be eligible for the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program scholarship a student must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Have been accepted for admission or currently attending one of the eighteen 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities.
  • Intend to study agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or other related academic disciplines
  • Demonstrate leadership and community service
  • Submit an official transcript with the school seal and an authorized official’s signature
  • Submit a signed application (original signature only)

Who Should Apply
The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is available to high school seniors entering their freshman year of college and rising college sophomores and juniors.

For more information and to download the fillable PDF applications, please visit

School Counseling Newsletter

Welcome back CHS!  We hope you had a restful break and are ready to take on a new semester.  Feel free to take a look at the brand-new January edition of the CHS School Counseling Newsletter.  Make your way to the “Newsletters” tab above to get your copy.