Grades 9-12 Guidance

Contact Information

Shelley Ahleman, MSW, MA, LISW, LSC
LCHS Guidance Office
103 W. Young Street
Liberty Center, OH
sahleman@libertycenterschools.org

419-533-6403

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Helpful Links

FAFSA Website - The Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Website

ACT student website - Sign up for the ACT, get information and study resources for the ACT. Website

NCAA Clearinghouse - A site for students planning to participate in intercollegiate athletics must  register to gain NCAA eligibility. NOTE: The counseling office should receive copies of the NCAA documents to complete the process. Website

NAIA Clearinghouse- A site for student athletes planning to play sports at Division III and IV colleges. Register online at: Website

Four County Career Center - A great website where you can find out about all the various programs offered by Four County Career Center, including descriptions and video tours of each of the programs, as well as contact information. Website

Ohio Colleges and Universities

OHIO PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES - An excellent site to find out about the 13 Public four year universities in Ohio. A booklet shows costs, admission deadlines, and general information about each school. The site also has a brief video describing each school. Website 

OHIO PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES - A link to the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Ohio. Includes a grid of all majors offered by each school. (Click on the Counselors Guide when you get to the website.) Website

OHIO COMMUNITY COLLEGES - Use this link to find out about Ohio Community Colleges. There is a link to each of Ohio's community colleges. Website

Guidance News and Notes

ATTENTION MOMS THINKING OF GOING BACK TO COLLEGE!

The Jeanette Rankin Scholarship is available to women over age 35, living below the poverty line who are pursuing their first associate or bachelor degree. Apply online at:http://www.rankinfoundation.org/students/application/ 
Deadline March 17, 2017

BEZOS SCHOLARS LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

Applications now being accepted for the Bezos Leadership Development Summit which will be held in Aspen, Colorado June 24-30, 2017. This program is for both high school juniors and educators. Log on to learn more and apply at joinbsp.org no later than February 10, 2017.

ANNOUNCING FCHC HEALTH CARE CAMP

Fulton County Health Center has announced the dates of their fall and winter Health Care Camps. Winter session Sunday February 5th. This Sunday afternoon experience includes a tour of the hospital, discussion of health care careers, and an opportunity for ongoing volunteer opportunities at the hospital, This experience is perfect for students considering a career in healthcare. The camp is free, but requires registration. E-mail Mary Gautz at mgautz@fulhealth.org to register!


EXCITING AG EQUIPMENT SERVICE INTERNSHIP


Service Technician Internship Program available via Ohio Cat. This 4 semester program through Ohio State ATI in Wooster, Ohio may lead to employment and tuition reimbursement for students who maintain a 3.0 GPA and are absent less than 10 days per year. For more information, contact Jason Berens at 517-672-6963 or e-mail careers@ohiocat.com.


INTERESTED IN THE SKILLED TRADES?


Stop by the guidance office by Friday September 30th to sign up for the Northwest Ohio Manufacturing Day on October 14th. Dozens of employers from Northwest Ohio will be present to recruit 2017 and 2018 graduates for exciting careers in the skilled trades!

LOOKING FOR A JOB?

Adults and youth looking for employment are encouraged to contact Genesis Swanton Valley for a list of current opportunities. Call 419-825-1111 or visit www.genesiscc.com

LOOKING FOR AN ENTRY LEVEL HEALTH CARE JOB?

Heartland of Waterville, Ohio is looking for individuals wishing to pursue  STNA training and consider employment at Heartland. The STNA course, a new requirement for many nursing training programs, will be offered at Heartland. For more information, call Jackie Fleury at 419-878-8523.

FIND THE FAFSA PROCESS CONFUSING?

The find help with the online Ultimate FAFSA Resource Guide
(http://www.smartscholar.com/fafsa-guide/)

CONSIDERING AN ONLINE COLLEGE?

If attending a traditional college is cost prohibitive for you, online programs are an alternative. Learn more at affordablecollegesonline.org.

LOOKING FOR A SUMMER JOB CLASS OF 2016?

Sauder Woodworking is now taking applications from college bound students for the summer. Apply at www.sauder.com today! Job offers will be extended in April for summer employment.
 

INTERESTED IN A DENTAL ASSISTING CAREER?

Maumee Valley Dental Assisting School in Napoleon, Ohio offers 10 week courses for those interested in becoming dental assistants.  For more information, call 419-592-5855. This program is affiliated with the office of Dr. Michael Carpenter, a Liberty Center High School graduate.

LOOKING FOR AN APPRENTICESHIP?

Ohio Operating Engineers is looking for qualified candidates for their apprenticeship program. Learn more at www.local18training.com

 

ONLINE GPA CALCULATOR

http://www.college-scholarships.com/gpa-calculator

 

BGSU FREE MATH TUTORING FOR ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO CALL AHEAD AT 419-372-1493 BUT APPOINTMENTS ARE NOT REQUIRED.

PARKING PASSES WILL BE AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS WHEN THEY CHECK IN FOR TUTORING.

120 OLSCAMP HALL - WHEN YOU CALL YOU CAN ASK FOR FURTHER DIRECTIONS.

SAT REGISTRATION

The SAT is the preferred college entrance exam for institutions on the east or west coast of the United States. However, it is generally accepted by all institutions and may be a good alternative for students not pleased with their ACT performance. 2016-2017 tests dates are as follows:

Test Date                                                     Registration Deadline
   

JANUARY 21, 2017                                           DECEMBER 21, 2016

MARCH 11, 2017                                              FEBRUARY 10, 2017

MAY 6, 2017                                                    APRIL 7, 2017

JUNE 3, 2017                                                   MAY 9, 2017                                      

  REGISTER HERE sat.org/register

UPCOMING COLLEGE REP VISITS

ALL VISITS WILL TAKE PLACE AT 12:15 -12:50 IN BOARD ROOM 1

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 8- BALL STATE UNIVERSITY
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 21-UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 22- UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 29- TIFFIN UNIVERSITY
TUESDAY OCTOBER 4- OHIO NORTHERN UNIVERSITY
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 5- INDIANA WESLYAN UNIVERSITY
THURSDAY OCTOBER 6- UNIVERSITY OF MOUNT UNION
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 12- UNIVERSITY OF SAINT FRANCIS
THURSDAY OCTOBER 13-BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIV.
TUESDAY OCTOBER 18-ADRIAN COLLEGE
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 1- DEFIANCE COLLEGE
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 3- HEIDELBURG UNIVERSITY

 

COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS 2017-2018

A meeting with the High School counselor is required for anyone considering taking college courses during the 2017-2018 school year. Over 200 people have already attended both the initial and make up meetings. College Credit Plus, the State of Ohio's replacement for the Post Secondary Options and Dual Enrollment Programs, will be explained in their entirety and applications will be available at the annual meeting to be held Tuesday January 31, 2017. The absolute deadline for all application materials is a firm April 1, 2017, regardless of whether the student is taking courses first or second semester. Liberty Center students may also attend the CCP meeting at Holgate High School

Activities Recommended for Class of 2017

Students who will graduate in 2017 are strongly encouraged to visit a minimum of 3 to 5 colleges as soon as possible. Students should select a variety of colleges to visit, for example at least one large Division I institution, one small private institution, one mid sized public institution, etc. Most students find that a visit provides a subjective experience that simply can't be captured by a brochure or a website. Many seniors will find it difficult to find time for college visits after the school year begins. Group visits have already been scheduled for the class of 2017 at The University of Toledo on September 20th and Defiance College on September 13th.

Incoming seniors and their parents should also contact Ms. Ahleman to schedule a senior planning meeting (see below).

Each senior should strive to apply to 3 to 5 colleges by October 1, 2016. It is not necessary to decide which college to attend prior to applying. However, it is very wise to select a pool of at least 3 to 5 colleges to apply to. There is no limit to how many colleges one can apply. Typically, the more the better. The Common Application is accepted by more than 500 colleges and universities in the United States. While the application is lengthy and time consuming, it does allow the student to apply to numerous colleges at once. Click here to visit the Common Application website. The Common App for 2017-2018 should be available the first week of August 2016.

Keep an eye on the guidance webpage, particularly starting in October, for scholarship opportunities!

SENIORS AND THEIR PARENTS INVITED TO SCHEDULE SENIOR PLANNING MEETINGS

LCHS seniors and their parents are invited to schedule senior planning meetings with Ms. Ahleman. Most meetings last approximately one hour and allow students and their parents to conduct a senior credit audit, discuss the college and scholarship application process, and financial aid resources. Students who are considering skilled trade programs are also encouraged to schedule an appointment. Schedule your appointment by contacting Ms. Ahleman at sahleman@libertycenterschools.org or by calling 419-533-6403.

SUMMER STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS

SPI offers study abroad programs for college credit. Contact John Foster at 512-502-7505 or log onto www.spiabroad.com.

ACT SCHEDULING INFORMATION

 The ACT is recommended for all students in grades 10 and above, as well as students who plan to take college courses via the College Credit Plus program in 2017-2018. Register at www.actstudent.org before the registration deadline for the test of your choice. Those who qualify for free and reduced lunch may obtain a voucher from the guidance office to cover the cost of testing. Anyone can sign up to receive updates about ACT preparation resources at www.act.org/aap/resources.html.The 2016-2017 testing season will resume in September.  Any member of the class of 2017 who has not tested should do so in September or October to maximize scholarship opportunities. Please note both test dates and registration deadlines:

 Test Date                                     Registration Deadline

SEPTEMBER 10, 2016                    AUGUST 7, 2016

OCTOBER 22, 2016                       SEPTEMBER 16, 2016

DECEMBER 10, 2016                      NOVEMBER 4, 2016

FEBRUARY 11, 2017                       JANUARY 13, 2017

APRIL 8, 2017                               MARCH 3, 2017

JUNE 10, 2017                               MAY 5, 2017

 

LUTHERAN HOME NAPOLEON VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

The Lutheran Home of Napoleon is seeking youth over the age of 14 to volunteer in capacities such as gardening, pulling weeds, helping with crafts, reading to residents, painting fingernails, baking and visiting with residents. For more information, please contact Linda Miller at 419-591-4071. This community service would be highly regarded on scholarship applications. Please consider giving your time and talents!

Northwest Ohio Driver Training School, Inc. (NWODTS)

The NWODTS is offering adult and youth remedial classes for persons who have had their driver's license suspended due to accidents and traffic violations, or have not reached 11 points on their license and warrant a point extension. The NWODTS is licensed to teach persons with disabilities, providing specially equipped driver training vehicles, and can also accommodate students with special academic needs. Adult Driver Training Courses are also offered. For more information, please call one of the three following locations: Bryan (419)-636-9092, Stryker (419)-82-4741, or Wauseon (419)-337-6580. Information can also be found on the website, http://www.nwdriverstrainingsch.com

Featured Scholarship

LIBERTY CENTER FIRE DEPARTMENT SCHOLARSHIP

Download the application for this $500 scholarship in the upper left corner of this web page. Any student who will attend college majoring in a helping profession such as fire & rescue, healthcare, law enforcement, education or social work is eligible. Return you application to the guidance office by 3:00 pm Friday March 31st.

FINDLAY RUGBY CLUB YOUTH RUGBY SCHOLARSHIP

Two (2) $250- one-time scholarships to Northwest Ohio girls and boys Rugby players. You are receiving this email because one or more of your students either plays rugby or wants to play rugby on a youth rugby team in Northwest Ohio. Download the application for this scholarship in the upper left corner of this web page under "Scholarship Forms".

The deadline for the scholarship application is 11:59 pm, April 15th, 2017. The scholarship or scholarships are planned to be disbursed in the Fall 2017, once the successful applicant or applicants has/have enrolled in a two-year or four-year post High School educational program(s).

LION'S CLUB SCHOLARSHIP

Apply for this $500 scholarship by downloading both  application forms  available under "Scholarship Forms" in the upper left corner of this web page. Completed appliocations should be returned to Liberty Center Superintendent Tod Hug no later than 3:00 pm on March 27, 2017.


TIME STAFFING SCHOLAR DOLLARS
Earn an opportunity to win $500 toward
classes in the fall of 2017. For every 100 hours, you work for Time Staffing between May 1st and August 27th of 2017 you will be entered into a drawing to win$500. Must be registered for 12 credit hours for the fall of 2017. Call our office to get started today!! 567-264-4022 or e-mail us at www.timestaffinginc.com

MASON'S SCHOLARSHIP

Two $1,200 scholarships. One for a male student and one for a female student. Download application in the upper left corner of this website by clicking "Scholarship Forms". Return completed applications to westhoven79@yahoo.com no later than March 1, 2017.


UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO LEVIS LEADERSHIP HONORS PROGRAM & SCHOLARSHIP

Each year, up to 40 incoming freshmen, out of hundreds of applicants, are selected for this experiential scholarship program and have the opportunity to participate in up to four years of leadership development. Students in the program not only earn a $1,000 scholarship in their first year and $750 per year for three additional years, but they also gain critical leadership skills and abilities through a classroom experience during their first year and meetings/projects during their 2nd-4th years.  Leadership UT is a very prestigious program that helps develop leaders across all majors.  While there is a significant time commitment incorporated into this leadership program, the student participants will graduate from the program with incredible leadership abilities and lifelong friends!

 

APPLY

For more information on the Levis Leadership UT program and to apply for the scholarship, please visit http://utole.do/leadershiput.  Applications are due by February 13, 2017!

 

RICKY ROELL "GO THE DISTANCE" SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is for seniors who have persevered in the face of adversity. The application involves submitting the paper application available for download by clicking "scholarship forms" in the upper left corner of this web page no later Wednesday February 22, 2017 at 3:00 pm. Finalists will be interviewed in March. Scholarships range from $100-1,000.

DIABETES FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is for high school seniors with Type I diabetes. Apply no later than midnight April 15, 2017 at http://diabetesscholars.org/college-scholarship/

HENRY COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SCHOLARSHIP

One $500 scholarship will be awarded to a senior at each Henry County High School. Downloadthe application in the upper left corner of this website by clicking "Scholarship Forms". Complete and attach an essay :“Your work ethic –what is it and how did you develop it.”

Application must be typed and returned to: Henry County Chamber of Commerce 611 N Perry St, Napoleon, OH  43545 no later than  Friday, March 31, 2017 at 5PM


FARM BUREAU SCHOLARSHIP


Children and Grandchildren of Farm Bureau Members  in Henry, Fulton, Defiance & Williams counties are encouraged to these $500 scholarships. Applications available for download under "Scholarship Forms" and must be submitted via mail or e-mail no later than March 31, 2017.


ACME BASEBALL SCHOLARSHIP

ACME Baseball is offering five $500 academic scholarships to high school Seniors who have participated in ACME Baseball through their school and community. It is NOT required that applicants go on to participate in college baseball as this is not an athletic scholarship rather academic. We also have a program where we are attempt to partner with colleges and universities throughout Ohio who match our scholarship awards if our scholarship recipient attends their university. Download the application in the upper left corner of this website under "Scholarship Forms". Completed applications must be mailed to:

Mr. Chad Spencer - Acme Baseball Commissioner

                13432 Waynesfield Road

                Wapakoneta, OH  45895

and received no later than April 1, 2017

ASPIRING NURSE SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue college education in nursing, including LPN / LVN, ADN, and BSN programs. Scholarship applications will be accepted until midnight on June 30, 2017

Interested students may visit www.nursingschoolsalmanac.com and click the banner on the right-hand side of the website's homepage. Here they'll find detailed scholarship information and the official application form. 


NORTHWEST OHIO CREDIT UNION OUTREACH ALLIANCE SCHOLARSHIP


Three scholarships, ranging from $500 to $1,500 for an application and essay, no longer than 4 pages in response to the prompt "How can Credit Unions help you become financially literate?". Those who participated in the Finance 101 Program in consumer economics are strongly encouraged to apply! Download the simple application from http://www.finances101thegame.org/wp/

Submit your application via e-mail to Steve Grindle at steve@championcu.org OR via US Mail to the attention of: Scholarship Chair, Champion Credit Union, 4140 West Laskey Road, Toledo, Ohio 43623 no later than Friday March 31, 2017.

WILLIAM D. SQUIRES FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

Seniors whose expected family contribution (EFC) on the FAFSA was an amount lower than $8,000 are eligible for this $3,000 scholarship which is RENEWABLE for up to 4 years. Fifteen scholarships will be awarded around the state of Ohio. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.2 and have a specific career goal. Download your application from www.wmdsquiresfoundation.org .

Applications will be accepted between February 15, 2017 and April 15, 2017.

OHIO SCHOOL BOARD ASSOCIATION BOOK GRANT

Download application from "Scholarship Forms" link in upper left side of this website. This $500 Book Grant is intended to assist aspiring teachers. Deadline January 30, 2017.


LEVY LAW OFFICES SAFE DRIVING SCHOLARSHIP

The Levy Law Offices are offering a $2,500 scholarship to one student who will be enrolled in a two-year to five-year institution (college or university) in 2017 in Kentucky or Ohio. To apply, students will create a short (2–3 minute) video or write a 1000 word essay telling us about one of the following things:

1. Explain why you do not support or promote distracted driving (Ex: driving while texting or drinking).

2. Explain how you prevent distracted driving and promote safe driving practices for yourself, friends, or family by providing specific examples.

The applicant's video and essay should also tell us how this scholarship will help them to achieve their educational goals. They will then upload the video to YouTube, fill out the application and include a link to their video on YouTube, or just submit their essay through the application. Applications are due March 20, 2017. Here is more information about the scholarship:
http://levylawoffices.com/scholarship/

TOLEDO COMMUNITY FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP NETWORK

Dozens of local scholarships specific to employers, interests, religious affiliations and other social metrics. Log onto www.toledocf.org soon! Many scholarships have a February 1, 2017 deadline.

ASPIRING BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS SCHOLARSHIP

Students planning to major in the field of business are strongly encouraged to apply for the Aspiring Business Professionals Scholarship. Apply online at:
http://www.onlinembareport.com/ombar-aspiring-business-professional-scholarship-program
no later than June 1, 2017.

KLINGLER LAW PROBLEM SOLVING SOLVING SCHOLARSHIP

Any student grade 9-12 may apply for this scholarship. Requires a 500-1,000 word essay about how you would change the world and why. Apply online at http://klinglerlaw.com/scholarship no later than May 31, 2017.

NWOYSL ROBERT KUMPE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS
Each year NWOYSL gives away over $10,000 in scholarships to eligible seniors attending college next fall, 2017. Additional information can be found on our league website: www.nwoysl.org Deadline this year is January 31, 2017! Click on "Scholarship Forms" in upper left corner of this webpage to download forms.

WACE ENGINEERING COOP SCHOLARSHIP
Ten universities, including the Universities of Toledo and Cincinnati, offer up to 15 scholarships valued at $24,000 for engineering students. Must have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 to apply no later than February 15, 2017 at www.wace.org

GOT A SPINE SCHOLARSHIP

Students must be enrolled in college by October 2017  and have achieved a minimum GPA of 2.5 the previous year to be eligible for this $500 scholarship. Apply no later than June 2, 2017 
at http://www.studentscholarships.org//2017_college_scholarships.ph

KNIGHT ESSAY SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST

The Bryan, Ohio Chapter of the Sons of the American revolution are announcing the George and Stella Knight Essay Contest. This nationally sponsored contest is designed to give students an opportunity to explore events that shaped the American Revolution. Scholarships range from $100 to $2,000 plus airfaire and travel expenses to the SAR Annual Congress. Contest rules available for download by clicking "scholarship forms" in upper left corner of this webpage. Direct questions to Fred Strobel at strobel5136@gmail.com.  Essays must be mailed to Fred Strobel 14359 West Diane Drive, Camden, Michigan 49232 and postmarked no later than December 19, 2016.

 

 

 SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH ENGINES

Scholarship File

 

 Additional Scholarships will be listed here as they come in. They will be listed in order by deadline dates.

Ohio School Boards Association Black Caucus of School Board Members-$500 stipend for living expenses. Any minority student planning to attend an Ohio College is eligible. Application in the guidance office. More information is available online at website.

NROTC Scholarship - Up to $180,000 over four years. Information can be found at: Website

Toledo Academy of Beauty Scholarship- Awards variable. Based on counselor recommendation and brief essay explaining why you want to pursue a career in Cosmetology. Applications available in the guidance office. No deadline indicated.

OSU Alumni Association GLTB Alumni Association- $1,500 schollarship for incoming freshmen who have demonstrated involvement in and dedication to the GLTB community. Additional scholarships for GLTB students who plan to study music, demonstrate need, or have worked in the HIV/AIDS community. Information contact is valentine149@osu.edu. Applications available in the guidance office. No listed deadline.

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