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Announcements
WELCOME TO THE KWHS COLLEGE & CAREER PLANNING WEBPAGE!

KWHS Guidance Department showing its college spirit!
Left to right: Mrs. Spencer, Ms. Missert, Mrs. Townsend, Ms. Morales,
and Mrs. Rowe. Unavailable: Ms.Cooper (but she'd say Go Gators!)
Updates for the Class of 2017 via text (Remind) are now regularly sent directly to your mobile device.
Instructions to sign up for these notices are here.
If you're not receiving these messages, you are missing opportunities!
SENIORS APPLYING TO COLLEGES!
Use the Make Me a Freshman Website to create a FREE account
and make checklists to help you complete all of your college admissions
and financial aid application materials.
Sign up to day at https://makemeafreshman.com/
OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS
IMPORTANT FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION FOR SENIORS PURSUING COLLEGE The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the first step for most students pursuing financial aid for college, opened earlier than in years past
on October 1st.

Please use the documents below to get a start on the FAFSA and the Financial Aid Process.
Missed KWHS's Senior Financial Aid Night on
Thursday 11/3? No problem! All of the materials are posted at the bottom of this page under Files > Class of 2017 folder > Senior Financial Aid Night


How to Set Up Your FSA ID (document)

Completing the FAFSA (checklist)

Form Your Future - FAFSA Resource Guide (document)


Senior Financial Aid Reminders (document)

FAFSA Student Aid Report Reminder (document)
RaiseMe.com Start earning micro-scholarships for colleges
for your achievements in high school.
https://www.raise.me/
Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship Students interested in applying for the Elks MVS Scholarship must apply online by November 30th.
Please see the link below for details and to access the application.
http://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/mvs.cfm
Florida PTA
Scholarship Award
Students interested in applying for the Florida PTA Scholarship must apply according to the guidelines and instructions detailed in the links below by February 1, 2017.
Instructions
Application
Regional + National Scholarship and Financial Aid Opportunities & Info for Current College-Bound Seniors
(In addition, please review the Regional + National Opportunities posted on this webpage under Links on the upper right)
Listed below are documents containing valuable scholarship
and financial aid opportunities and information
.

UPDATES SENT TO SENIORS VIA REMIND
Scholarship + Financial Aid Info 11/29/16

Other valuable information and websites:
American Indian Graduate Center www.aigc.com
Aspira www.aspira.com
College Connection Scholarships www.collegescholarships.com
College Scholarships Search www.college-scholarships.com
FastWeb www.fastweb.com
FinAid www.finaid.org
Gates Millennium Scholars www.gmsp.org
Hispanic Scholarship Fund www.hispanicfund.org
The College Board https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search
The United Negro College Fund www.uncf.org/sections/forstudents/ss_scholarships/schoalrships.asp
State Higher Education Executive Officers www.sheeo.org/agencies.asp
Free Scholarship Search and Information Service www.freschinfo.com
Fast Aid Scholarship Search www.fastaid.com
Federal Trade Commission (Scam Information) www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/micorsites/scholarship/index.shtml

UF Honors Program
Lombardi
& Stamps Programs/Scholarships

The University of Florida is proud to announce the 2017 Lombardi and Stamps Scholars Programs. A high school may nominate no more than two seniors who have applied to the University of Florida. Eight students will be selected for the Lombardi Program, and three students will be named Stamps Scholars annually. Preference will be given to Florida residents.

Criteria for the award include the following, but it is not expected that students will excel in all areas. Students with "jagged edges" often stand out more than those that are merely "well-rounded." Nominees for this award will rank at or near the top of their class.

Outstanding intellect and academic achievement
  • Sustained service to the community
  • Extracurricular involvement
  • Demonstration of leadership or ambition
  • Exceptional creativity and independence
  • Evidence of a strong moral character

Please see Mrs. Townsend with questions and see the link below for the application and details.

http://www.honors.ufl.edu/prospective/lombardi-or-stamps-scholarships/applications/

T.J. Carbone, Class of 2016, was KWHS's first Lombardi & Stamps Scholar and is currently at UF enjoying the program immensely.
The video of his summer experience with the program
is posted here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nAXOepIr-I

IMPORTANT, UPCOMING COLLEGE & CAREER PLANNING EVENTS
Seniors, Juniors and their families are encouraged to use the
College & Career Planning IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES document distributed to during classroom visits and parent nights at the beginning of the semester. These documents are also posted in the respective class folders
at the bottom of this webpage.
EVENT DATE
Senior Classroom Visits TBD January 2017
Junior Classroom Visits TBD January 2017
FAFSA Assistance Workshops for Seniors
at FKCC

Wed 1/18 + Wed 1/25, 5-7 PM
FKCC Library
Open ACT/SAT Registration Assistance Thurs 2/21 at 2:30 PM,
KWHS Library
2nd Semester Junior Parent Night Tues 1/31 at 6 PM, KWHS Library
Resume Boot Camp
for juniors + interested students
Mon 4/3 + Tues 4/4 2:30 PM,
KWHS Library
Research the Fastest Growing or Any Occupations
Interested in the fastest growing occupations in Florida or nationwide,
as well as the predicted earnings and required education?
U.S Department of Education Website
CareerShines Website
BRIGHT FUTURES SCHOLARSHIPS – IMPORTANT INFORMATION
CLASS OF 2017 If you are a CURRENT SENIOR and believe you qualify for a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship, please make an appointment with Mrs. Townsend to complete the application starting in January 2017. Please do not complete it on your own. Technically, students have until June 2016 to make the qualifying test scores; however, it is highly recommended that Bright Futures eligibility requirements are met as early in the senior year as possible to confirm scholarships in advance of the end of the school year. Eligibility requirements are available here.
CLASS OF 2018 and later Now is the time to work on GPAs, community service hours, graduation requirements, and SAT/ACT preparedness in preparation for Bright Futures eligibility.

For comprehensive Bright Futures information, please consult the Bright Futures website.
COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMS - ACT & SAT
Current Sophomores and Juniors who recently received their PSAT scores - you will receive further instruction from Guidance in classroom visits this February in regards to your scores and next steps. In the interim, please view this document for your next steps.
UPCOMING SAT AND ACT COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMS AND REGISTRATION DATES FOR 2016-2017 ARE LISTED HERE.
Interested to know how your ASVAB scores correspond to SAT or ACT?
Please review the
ASVAB Concordance Table.
FREE and PERSONALIZED SAT PREP
Students - Link your College Board and Khan Academy accounts
for the free practice through these steps:
1. satpractice.org – log in to or create your Khan Academy account
2. Link Your Accounts – when prompted, agree to link your Khan Academy and College Board accounts
3. Send Your Scores – Sign in to or create your College Board account and hit “Send” to send your scores.
Sign up. Link up. Get practicing.
SAT ACT
Register online here: http://sat.collegeboard.org/register/​
SAT Registration Quick Guide + Test Day Checklist
Register online here: http://www.actstudent.org/regist/​
Files
 Brag Sheet, Resume Template and Letter of Recommendation Form
Students - review and complete at least one of these worksheets to give to recommenders when you ask for a letter of recommendation. Remember to ask for letter of recommendation at least 2 weeks in advance of the letter of recommendation deadline. The resume may also be a requirement of some college admission applications.
 Class of 2017 - Senior Classroom Visits, Parent Night & Other Meetings
Materials and Resources covered and distributed during the Class of 2017 meetings with the College Advisor.
 Class of 2018 - Junior Classroom Visits, Parent Night & Other Meetings
Materials and Resources covered and distributed during the Class of 2018 meetings with the College Advisor.
 Class of 2019 - Sophomore Classroom Visits, Parent Night & Other Meetings
Important information for the Class of 2019 in preparation for College & Career Planning.
 Class of 2020 - Freshman Classroom Visits, Parent Night & Other Meetings
Important information for the Class of 2020 in preparation for College & Career Planning.
 2015-16 Comparing Colleges.pdf
How does one decide which college is the best fit? Please use the attached for assistance.
 50 Fastest-Growing Occupations Projections in Florida in 2014.pdf
A spreadsheet of hot vocations in the State of Florida, including the expected level of education and wages.
 College Visit Letter 2015 v1.doc
Request form for College Campus Visits. Must be approved by the College Advisor PRIOR to the visit to count for one of four excused absences during the Senior year.
 FOCUS Parent Instructions.pdf
Instructions for parents to access and monitor grades in Focus, the student database and gradebook.
 FOCUS Student Portal Login PDF.pdf
Student Focus Portal Instructions
 Key West High School School Profile AY2017.pdf
Key West High School's School Profile for the 2016-2017 academic year.
 KWHS Registration Sheet.pdf
KWHS Course Registration Sheet
Useful for course numbers needed to complete college applications.
Contacts
+ Townsend, Gavin
Click on name to see details.

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