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OHS Counseling

Welcome to OHS Counseling. 
The primary role of a school counselor is to promote the academic, career, and personal development of students. 
They  will help students evaluate their abilities and interests to develop realistic academic and career goals. As well as coach students to learn strategies for problem solving and positive interpersonal communication skills. 
Counselors will support students with issues/situations that will impeded their ability to be successful in school. We are trained in crisis intervention and develop/facilitate/coordinate prevention activities and intervention strategies. Counselors adhere to a code of ethics and confidentiality that vary from others in the school. 
Counselors help students identify their post high school plans and lifestyle goals. This is done with the completion of the YouScience Inventory where the results are intpreted to determine careers that align with their lifestyle and interest.
Did you know that you can earn high school credit for working?

You get 0.5 credits for every 60 hrs of work up to 2.5 credits that go towards electives.

If you are working bring your pay stubs to your counselor to have those credits added to your transcripts.

Choosing a College

Does the College have my MAJOR?
How big is the college?
How many students attend (graduate students and undergraduates)?
Is the College in a Rural or Urban area?
What Student Life Activities does the College Have?
Does the College have Fraternities or Sororities you wanted to rush?
Do first-year students have to live on campus?
Do you meet the Admission Requirements? (not sure what those are then ask Dr. H or Mrs. Fig)
What are the Application Deadlines for Admissions and Financial Aid/Scholarships?

The College Application Timeline

FAFSA and Financial Aid Resources

FAFSA- Free Application for Federal Student Aid 
What do I need to complete the FAFSA? 
  • Social Security Number. Make sure it is correct
  • Your Alien Registration Number if you are not a U.S. Citizen
  • Your 2022 Federal Tax Returns, W-2's, and other records of income
  • Banking statements and records of investment
  • Records of untaxed income
  • An FSA ID to sign electronically (This can be created beforehand at or at the time of application)
  • List of colleges you would like to attend
If you are a dependent student, If you are a dependent student, then you'll also need most of the above information for your parent(s).

General Scholarship Information

Scholarship Experts: One of the best, most comprehensive free online scholarship searches available to students, parents, and educators.
Latino College Dollars: Scholarships for Latino students regardless of immigration status. 
College Answer: Sponsored by Sallie Mae, they use the Scholarship Experts data base. 
College Board Scholarship SearchUtilize a database of more than 2,300 sources of college funding totaling almost $3 billion in scholarships and aid. 
College Data: This free scholarship search allows students to save results in a data locker.
College Funds: Helps you hunt down the most ideal student loan, scholarships and other financial aid resources available
College Connection Scholarships: This service provides free scholarship searches and personalized scholarship application letters. 
College Tool Kit: Search for scholarships by geography, heritage, religion, extra curricular, family affiliation, high school or scholarship name. 
eCampus Tours: Uses a database of more than 10,000 scholarship programs that distribute awards worth more than $36 million. 
Fiancial Aid Officer: This free scholarship search engine lists scholarships worth $1.45 billion.
FastAid: The world's largest and oldest private sector scholarship database
Fast Web: Large database of free scholarships
Go College: The search encompasses 800,000 individual awards worth over $2.8 billion in scholarships.
The Scholarship Page: Started by a student in 1997
Scholarships: Scholarship database of 30,000 sources worth up to $3 billion
Scholarships Canada: Canada's most comprehensive scholarship portal
Can LearnAnother Canadian free scholarship search site
Study Abroad Funding: Comprehensive database of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, and grants can help make your dream of studying abroad a financial possibility and a profound reality. Scholarship searches can be conducted by country or subject. 
International Education Financial Aid: College scholarships and grant information for US and international students wishing to study abroad. 
Gates Millennium Scholars Program: A billion dollar grant from the pockets of Bill and Melinda Gates supports the higher educational needs of high-achieving minorities.
Educational Excellence for Hispanics: To help Hispanic students and their families navigate the college process

Parents Guide to the College Application Process



It is time to start thinking about requesting Letter of Recommendation.
Before you request a letter of recommendation:
Have you completed your resume?
Have a copy of your transcripts?
Emailed the recommender?
If you are requesting a letter from a Counselor, College and Career Coordinators please complete the below form after you email the recommender