Counselor’s Corner

MU ACT Prep Courses:  Marshall University offers ACT Prep Courses.  Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis!  The cost for each session is $250.  Call Susie at the MU Help Program to register or for more information at (304) 696-6473.

HOBY Leadership Seminar:  Every year over 9,000 deserving sophomore students from across the country are chosen to participate in the HOBY Leadership Seminar.

St. Mary’s Medical Center wants 10th and 11th-grade students that are interested in healthcare to attend their Health Professions Academy.  Dates and deadline TBA.  See Mrs. Appell for registration and for more information.

S.C.O.R.E.S. is an academic festival at Marshall University. We encourage all students to participate in the S.C.O.R.E.S. program each spring.  Students compete in a variety of areas, including photography, poetry, Spanish, mythology, nursing, psychology, algebra, history and many more.

Governor’s Honors Academy is for juniors only.  This is a 3-week camp in which you attend classes, travel and meet people from all over the state.  Interested students must submit applications that are reviewed by a committee that selects attendees to represent Cabell County.

Scholarship Opportunities

Please visit  for “The Best Scholarships in West Virginia”.
FAFSA for Seniors:  Everyone must complete this application or you will not receive any money from any source (Includes Promise or any other scholarship).  Deadlines TBA – WV, OH, KY all have different deadlines.  For more information visit www.fafsa.ed.govDO NOT PAY FOR COMPLETING THE FAFSA – IT IS A SCAM IF THEY TRY TO CHARGE YOU!       

Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum hosts an essay contest for students in grades 5 – 12.  The “Annual Student Essay Contest encourages students to think about the importance of being a unifying voice and being active in their communities to create positive change.”   Students in grades 9 – 12 can submit a 500 – word essay.  Please visit for more information.

Optimist International Essay Contest is for U.S. students under 18.  Students can submit an essay on the topic “Can Society Function Without Respect?”  Club winners advance to the District contest to compete for a $2,500 scholarship.  The deadline for submission is February 28, 2018.  Please visit for more information.

Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation allows students to compete with other high school students in grades 9 – 12 in online quizzes about general “common knowledge” items, specific academic subjects, books, websites or movies to win scholarships ranging from $250 to $2,500.  Please visit for more information. is an awesome scholarship site offering a new scholarship opportunity each month for writing 250 – word essays on everything from ice cream to zombies.  Students age 13 and up can apply.  Scholarship amounts range from $1,500 to $5,000.

John Garrett Scholarship – John Garrett graduated from St. Joseph Central Catholic High School in 1979 and his dream was to be a pilot.  He was shot down in the Gulf War doing what he loves.  His family has set up a $500 scholarship towards tuition at St. Joe in his name.  Scholarships will be awarded to two juniors with a winning 500 – word essay on “My Dream is …”   See Mrs. Appell for more information.

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest is a scholarship open to U.S. students in grades 9 – 12.  Students compete by writing an essay that demonstrates their understanding of JFK’s description of political courage.  Scholarships range from $500 to $10,000!   Please visit for more information.

Create – a – Greeting Card Scholarships Contest is for high school and college students.  Students compete for this award by submitting a photo, piece of artwork, or computer graphic to be used on the front of a greeting card.  The winner will receive $10,000 and the winner’s school will receive $1,000.  Please visit for more information.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program offers personal advising on selecting a college, navigating the financial aid process, and transitioning from high school to college.  Applicants are judged on academic ability and achievement, financial need, persistence, desire to help others, and leadership skills.  Awards are given to up to 40 students each year and can be as high as $40,000 per academic year.   Please visit for more information.  

 Recovery Village® Health Care Scholarship –  A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to students interested in studying something in the medical field. Entry requires submitting a 500 word or less essay “describing why you are passionate about substance use disorder and mental health treatment.”  For more information please visit


Information for Seniors –

You may contact Mrs. Appell if you have any questions concerning any of these items at (304) 525-5096 or