Click here to make an Appointment with Ashley or Rachel!
- College Board has a great site for exploring and comparing schools! To check it out, click here.
- Why even go to college? Well for five great reasons, click here.
- For a bunch of information on how you could ever AFFORD to go to college, click here.
- For FAFSA (the Free Application for Federal Student Aid), click here.
The search for scholarships and the application process will be time consuming, but the reward can be great! Imagine 10 hours spent applying for 10 scholarships. Even if only one scholarship of $500 is awarded, that still amounts to $50 per hour of time invested and that's not bad!
We like to remind students that what they control will have the greatest impact on their scholarship potential - grades and ACT score. While there are those big, amazing scholarships out there (ie. Coca-Cola, which offers $20,000 scholarships for 150 students annually, and $10,000 for another 10 students annually) your student is competing against thousands and THOUSANDS (and thousands) of other students.
Universities offer incredible scholarships based on a students' GPA and ACT/SAT score. So keep encouraging them in good student habits, which can only have positive results.
Students should always apply for "Freshman Scholarship" opportunities at the school(s) they are considering attending. This is the source from which most scholarship dollars are awarded. Some merit scholarship considerations are automatic with the completion of an admissions application; others require separate applications. Review each institution's application instructions very carefully. Here are the links to the freshman scholarship pages of Utah schools that will help you get started:
University of Utah
Brigham Young University
Utah State University
Dixie State University
Utah Valley University
Salt Lake Community College
Southern Utah University
- For a monthly list of general scholarships, click here.
- For information on the Regents' Scholarships, click here.
- For Utah Future's Clusters Index of Scholarships, click here.
- To compare the cost, graduation rate, and average starting salary and different colleges and universities, click here.
- For a spreadsheet of some general scholarships, click here.
Letters of Recommendation
It is a good thing for your student to ask an adult who knows them well for a letter of recommendation in anticipation of college admission or college scholarship applications. When should they do this? Well 11th grade is not too early to start asking. Then the letter can be thoughtfully written and tweaked to meet specific scholarships or colleges when it comes time to apply.
Students requesting a letter of recommendation should ask in person at least 2 weeks prior to the deadline.
Students who need an official copy of their transcript can fill out a bright pink "Transcript Request" form available in the front office. Once you fill it out, give it to either Ashley or Rachel (or the front office if they aren't available). If you can't come in to the office, please email us your request.
Ashley Paulsen - email@example.com
Rachel Fletcher - firstname.lastname@example.org
We can normally complete the request within 24 hours, but if you need it more quickly than that, please feel free to be super nice to us when you ask us that and then we'll do the best we can. Thanks!
According to their website, "the ACT is the leading US college admissions test, measuring what you learn in high school to determine your academic readiness for college." Couldn't have said it better myself.
The ACT test is administered to our 11th grade students once each year, free of charge, at SLCSE. It is also offered nationally on a set of pre-determined dates ( below). You can take the ACT up to 12 times, not that we recommend that! We do think taking it at least two times is a great idea though. If you are on fee waiver, you are eligible to take the test two times outside of school for free. Come see us to get an ACT fee waiver.
Click here to sign up today! (if you have only taken the ACT at school, you will need to create a new account).
Test Date Registration Deadline
October 27, 2018 September 21, 2018
December 8, 2018 November 1, 2018
February 9, 2019 January 11, 2019
April 13, 2019 March 8, 2019
June 8, 2019 May 3, 2019
July 13, 2019 June 14, 2019
The SLCSE ACT test will be given on Tuesday, February 20th, 2019
College and Career Prep Information
Whether you're heading into the job field or off to college, you'll do a lot better with a little preparation.
Click on the following links to access information related to the pursuit of post high school opportunities.
Utah College & University Guide
ACT Home Page
SAT Home Page
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Free ACT/SAT/GRE Test Prep
NCAA Quick Reference Sheet - 2016 Academic Requirements
NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse
Interest Profiler - Explore your interests to find a career that suits you
Reality Check - How much money will you really need to survive once you graduate?
Career Cluster - Narrow down job choices and find jobs you may have never considered
Self Employment - take an assessment to see if self-employment might be right for you
Work Importance Locator - Find out what is important to you in a job