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New Salem - June 11, 2008

Counselor’s Corner

© 2008 Dr. Gaylynn Becker
National Certified Career Counselor
National Certified School Counselor
New Salem High School

Scholarships, Grants & Career Plans!
Many New Salem High School graduates received scholarships again this year. Mr. Gordon Davis and Mr. Brandt Dick announced the scholarship winners at graduation. The New Salem Journal printed students names and which scholarships they received. Thanks to all of you for your efforts in recognizing these students and their accomplishments. Also, thanks to all of you who either provided scholarships or who supported one of the organizations that provided the scholarships. Way to go Class of 2008!

The total first year scholarships that the class of 2008 received is $ 38,750.00. With the renewable scholarships the total exceeds $ 106,250.00. Of course, these figures are of scholarships of which I am aware. Some students will receive some scholarships that haven’t been decided upon yet.

The above amounts do not include grants that some students will receive for college nor military benefits while attending college. Grants are awarded to students based on both the student and parents' income, and assets. The most needy students will receive federal and state grants will exceed $ 8,000.00 per year. In addition to this, some of our students will also receive a grant based on their having taken challenging high school math and science courses while still maintaining a respectable grade point average. These grants will be awarded to students at a later date. My best guess is that the total grants will exceed the scholarships by quite a bit.

If you are planning on attending college this fall and have not yet applied, please do so as soon as possible. It is not to late to apply for federal grants. However, it is too late to be considered for state grants. To receive federal grants college students need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA can be accessed online at There are look alike sites. These look-alike sites will ask you for money at the end. Be sure that your site ends in “gov.” If it doesn’t, you are on the wrong site.

Class of 2008 – Career Plans
The Class of 2008 was another great class to work with – I will miss them. They have varied career plans. I last surveyed this year’s graduates on the last day of classes. Here is the breakdown of their first post-high school year career plans:
20 (66.6%) will attend a 2-year college
5 (16.6%) will attend a 4-year college
5 (16.6%) will work for a year or more.
One of those who indicated working will be full time Navy. The other 4 plan to work this first year and may attend classes at either BSC or some other educational institution. Best of luck to all members of the Class of 2008!

I hope New Salem High School students have a great summer break and come back to school again in August refreshed and ready to once again do their best!

As always, I am interested in assisting current students, graduates, and community members of the New Salem area in career planning. If you have any questions on career, counseling, or assessment topics, please contact me at either New Salem High School at 843-7610, or at my residence at 222-3222.

Have an excellent Summer!