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Momentum Award 2017

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a letter from the
President of the 

State Board of Education.

Special Announcements

Throughout the 2017-2018 school year, the Hilltop High School has partnered with the American Red Cross and has collected 103 units.  The amount collected has helped to save up to 309 lives as it is sent to the local hospitals and patients in need.  The American Red Cross could not do what they do without the partnerships of organizations like Hilltop High School.  This partnership has awarded the Class of 2018 scholarship monies.  A big Thank you to the blood donors, without your contribution, this scholarship would not be a possibility.

Mobile Dentist

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Mobile Dentist for 18-19
October 30 & November 1
May 2 & May 3


Hilltop Virtual Academy

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Williams County Safe Schools


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Millcreek-West Unity Local Scholarship Application

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Millcreek-West Unity Area Foundation:

Deadline for applications to be turned into the Guidance Office is Friday March 9th, 2018

Scholarship Instructions and Application: www.bryanareafoundation.org

Click on the Hilltop High School tab.

Make sure you download and save your application.


The Wendy's High School Heisman

Apply online at:



Distinguished Young Women 

Deadline to apply September 29th, 2017

Apply online at:



AES Scholarship 

Deadline to apply October 6th, 2017

Apply online:



Daughters of the American Revolution

This scholarship is open to all Senior students

Deadline October 9th, 2017

See the Guidance office for an application


Ohio DAR Wings of Eagles Scholarship

Deadline to apply February 10th, 2018

See the guidance office for an application


Student Scholarships: (The 2nd round of scholarships is out! Please see the Guidance office for a list!)

Deadlines begin as early as October 18th

See the guidance office for the list of scholarships and application


Hagan Scholarship Foundation

Deadline to apply November 15th

Need based Merit Scholarships up to 40,000

For more information and to apply: www.hsfmo.org


ZinGGIa Art Scholarship

For students pursuing Visual Arts in college.

2,000 for the 2018-2019 School Year

Deadline to apply: March 3rd, 2018

For more information and to apply: http://zinggia.com/artscholarship/#sthash.AA7btlrK.dpbs


B. Davis Scholarship

Deadline to apply: May 22nd, 2018

1,000 dollar Scholarship

For more information and to apply: http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm


HDDmag Scholarship

Scholarship award amount is 1,500

Application Deadline: June 1st, 2018

To apply and for more information: https://hddmag.com/the-scholarship-program/


ESA Foundation Scholarship Program

Women or minority students who are interested in pursing a career in computer & video game arts. 

More info at www.esafoundation.org/scholarship.asp

Starts February 1st, 2018


AMDA American Music and Drama Academy Scholarship

App available at www.amda.edu


National Commission for Cooperative Education

Scholarships available to students intending to participate in a college Co-op program through one of 9 universities, including University of Toledo and University of Cincinnati. 

App available at www.co-op.edu

Deadline: February 15th, 2018


AXA Achievement Scholarship

Apps available at: www.axa-achievement.com

Deadline to apply: December 15th


Farm Credit Services

Must be majoring in an agricultural field

Apps available at: https://www.e-farmcredit.com/scholarships


US Bank Scholarships

More info at: https://www.usbank.com/community/financial-education/scholarship.html


Northwest State Community College: Presidential & Honors Scholarship

Application and information available in the Guidance Office.


BigSun Scholarship

For high school seniors who are involved in a sport during the senior year.

Deadline to apply: June 19th, 2018

More info and to apply at: http://www.bigsunathletics.com/


Abbott and Fenner Business Consultants

Deadline to apply: June 14th, 2018

More info and to apply: http://www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.php


Burger King/McLamore Foundation Scholarship

Deadline to apply: December 15th

More info and to apply: https://bkmclamorefoundation.org/who-we-are/programs/burger-king-scholars-program/


Redfin Scholarship

Amount: 2,500 biannual

Accepting applications from November 1st - January 31st

For more information and to apply: https://www.redfin.com/resources/scholarship


2017 Future of Assisted Living Scholarship

Amount: 2,000

For more information and to apply: https://www.senioradvisor.com/ind/assisted-living#VD1zmC4AADAAdvp_


Franklin B. Walter

Students interested in applying for this scholarship need to stop in the guidance office by December 15th.


Farm Credit Mid-America

students need to have a parent or grandparent who is a member of Farm Credit.

1,500 scholarship award

Awarded based on academic record, leadership qualities and community involvement

Deadline to apply is the last day of January

To apply, please visit e-farmcredit.com


AES Scholarship 2018

This award is available to all students, regardless of field of study.

Amount: 500.00

Deadline: October 6th, 2018

Students need to complete an essay, which can be found at the following link:



North Western Electric Cooperative:

They have 5 scholarship programs available. Please visit the following link for more information.



Bryan Area Business Women:

Applications must be turned into the Guidance Office by March 9th

Scholarship Instructions and Application: www.bryanareafoundation.org

Go to Scholarships and then go to Bryan Area Business Women

Make sure you download and save your application.

Ohio State University Alumni Scholarship:

Please see the guidance office for an application.


William D. Squires Scholarship:

EFC on FAFSA must be less than 7,000

Minimum GPA of 3.20

Deadline to apply is April 5th, 2018

Application can be found at: www.dquiresfoundation.org


Moser Nursing Scholarship:

Must have nursing aspirations

1,000 dollar scholarship

Applications must be postmarked by March 31st, 2018

Applications can be picked up in the Guidance Office


Nursing Schools Almanac: Aspiring Nurse Scholarship

Award 1,000 to a future nurse

For more information and to apply: https://www.nursingschoolsalmanac.com/


Senior Advice Caregiver Scholarship

2,000 Award

Deadline July 15th, 2018

For more information and to apply: https://www.senioradvice.com/senior-caregiver-scholarship-fall-2018

Farm Bureau

500 Award

Due April 6th, 2018

For an application please see the guidance office


Owens Community College Scholarships

Please see the guidance office for scholarship information


Masons Scholarship:

Deadline for application to be in guidance office-February 23rd

2-$1,200 scholarships

Don't need to be related to a member.

Please see guidance office for scholarship application


AAA Northwest Oho School Safety Patrol Scholarship:

Applications must be postmarked by April 2nd

Must have participated as a Safety Patroller within the servicing area of AAA Northwest Ohio

Please see guidance office for scholarship application


American Public Works Association Scholarships:

3 $500.00 scholarships will be awarded to anyone residing in Northwest Ohio

Deadline to apply is February 15th

Please see the guidance office for an application


Williams County Pork Producers:

Applications must be post marked by March 31st

500.00 Scholarship

Application has been emailed to students.


Get a Boost Scholarship:

2,000 dollar scholarship

For more information and to apply: https://www.blacknote.com/scholarship/


Hard Money Home Scholarship: 

1,000 unrestricted award

For more information and to apply: https://www.hardmoneyhome.com/volunteerism-and-entrepreneurship-scholarship-fall-2018

Student Scholarships:

Please see Guidance Office for an updated packet


GoBanking Rates Scholarship:

Scholarship is for the Fall 2018 Semester; application must be submitted between April 1st, 2018 and June 15th, 2018.

§  Must be 18 years or older at the time of application.

§  Must be enrolled as a full-time student

§  Full application can be completed online.

§  No GPA Requirement.

To apply: //www.gobankingrates.com/scholarships/







Scholarship Sites:












Seniors can fill out their application for FAFSA starting October 1st, 2017.


The following link  is a free  interactive tool that can help guide you through how to answer every question of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).



The following link will provide information on the criteria needed to earn an Ohio Honors Diploma and the different types of Honors Diploma available. 



College Fair

Trine University will host the 35th consecutive IACAC sanctioned Northeast Indiana Regional College Fair for high school students on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  The event will be in Trine University’s brand new MTI Center. 



Senior Planning Timeline

Please use this as a guide as you go through your senior year.

Senior Year

  • When senior males turn 18, they must register with Selective Service. Visit www.sss.gov to register! If you fail to register, you will not be eligible for Financial Aid. Ms. Bruner has information about registering.


  • Finalize your list of reasonable choices. Include at least one “long shot”, one “target”, and one “safe” school. Your first choice might very well be a school to which you are a likely candidate for admission. However, each one of you should include at least one safe choice on your list of colleges.
  • Once you have narrowed your list of colleges to a recommended maximum of six, you should begin applying. Most colleges prefer students to apply online.
  • Attend meetings with college representatives who visit HHS. Keep in mind that the representatives who visit us will more than likely be the ones to present your case to the admissions team at their college: MAKE A GOOD IMPRESSION!
  • Register for the September/October ACT or November SAT if you have not taken the test or want to retest. Obtain packets in Guidance or register on-line.
  • Begin work on application essays. Most senior English classes include work on an essay.
  • Remember that the grades you make this semester will be an important ingredient in the way college admissions committees view your academic seriousness. Your first semester grades will be the last ones they see before deciding whether to admit you to their school.
  • Decide how you will actually apply: paper application, or applying online at the school’s website. Also consider using the common application which will save you time. Just make sure your school accepts the common application.-For more information go to www.commonapp.org
  • Keep your commitment to take challenging courses! Your senior year matters!
  • All seniors will have an individual 15-minute meeting with their counselor this month.



  • Complete and file your FAFSA as soon as possible. Aid is distributed on a first come, first served basis. FAFSA’s web site is http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. First you will need to create a FSA ID at the following website, https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/fsaid (Remember that the student and at least one parent needs to create an FSA ID)
  • The FAFSA is the federal financial form, needed for both public and private schools, and the Profile is for private schools only. Remember, the lottery scholarships require the FAFSA!


  • Please do not push deadlines. It is to your advantage to file your application early. Most colleges admit that early applications automatically receive more attention because they demonstrate the student’s sincere interest in a school.
  • Early decision deadlines and scholarship deadlines may be as early as October 15. Do not allow lack of planning on your part to create an emergency on our part. Submit your Transcript Requests two weeks before the deadline.
  • The college to which you are applying may require official copies of your test scores. Some schools require test scores submitted directly from ACT/SAT. Check the websites of the colleges to see what they require.
  • Notify your counselor if you would like to be nominated for a scholarship at the colleges you are applying.
  • Complete a Transcript Request form for each application you submit. Your transcript includes ACT and SAT scores, classes you’ve taken and your grades; when your counselor sends in your transcript, they will also attach your current schedule.



  • Use your college visiting days well. HHS allows a maximum of 2 days which will be counted against your exemption, but will be excused if pre-approved. Request the visit day by filling out the College Visitation Form at least five days beforehand and bring a letter from the college for proof of your visit.
  • Teacher Recommendations - If the colleges to which you are applying require a recommendation from a teacher, choose and ask a teacher who you feel knows you the best and will represent you well. Give your teacher a filled out Letter of Recommendation Form, which are available in the guidance office. ALLOW AT LEAST 2 WEEKS TO COMPLETE A RECOMMENDATION. If the teacher needs to send the letter directly to an institution, provide an addressed and stamped envelope with the appropriate corresponding forms.
  • This will be your last chance to sign up for and take the SAT or ACT in this year’s admission pool.


  • All college applications and transcript requests which need to be sent out before winter break are due in the guidance office two weeks before we leave for break.  Applications that have a February 1 deadline should also be processed in December.
  • Since we do not return until January 3rd, all Transcript Requests submitted after the deadline will be sent out in late January. Please remember that Counselor Reports will be processed in the order they are received…not in the order of urgency for you.
  • If you expect your counselor to write an effective recommendation for you, then allow sufficient time to process your recommendation.
  • Ace your mid-year exams—they matter!
  • Request Mid-Year transcripts to be mailed to the colleges to which you are applying.
  • Don’t ask to drop challenging courses. Colleges could withdraw their offer!


  • Continue applying and looking for scholarships!


  • If you haven’t already done so, visit schools to which you applied.
  • Wait.
  • Local Scholarships become available, please see the guidance office for an application.



  • By April 15, you should hear from all colleges. Use the two weeks before May 1 to make your final decision.
  • Register for Advanced Placement exams if necessary.
  • Notify all colleges which have accepted you of your final decision.
  • Notify colleges who have put you on their waiting list if you wish to remain on it.
  • Don’t develop Senioritis! All college acceptances are conditional pending receipt of final grades in June.


  • Reply to the college you choose. Do not place a deposit with more than one college: it is unethical and you can be dropped by both colleges if discovered.
  • Fill out a Final Transcript Request for the college you will attend. You must make this request in writing to release your transcript.

College Entrance Tests

There are two college entrance tests; the ACT and the SAT. Though many institutions will accept the results of either test, Ohio colleges generally request the ACT. Some institutions may use test results for proper placement of students in English and Math courses.

Students planning on attending college should take either the ACT or SAT before January of their senior year. Many students will take the test more than once. It is not unusual for test scores to increase the second time taken.

A student should prepare in advance to take an entrance test. There are practice test booklets available in the counselor’s office, and there is also online preparation through the test website. You will also be able to find numerous books and computer programs to buy in order to help prepare further. A student is also able to take Test Preparation Classes through Kaplan or through Sylvan Learning Center; contact one of these companies or ask your counselor for further information about these resources.

You are highly encouraged to register for these tests online either at actstudent.org (ACT) or sat.collegeboard.org (SAT). When filling out the application for both the ACT and the SAT, you are required to put the high school code (or the CEEB code). The code for Hilltop is 365-505. Memorize this code, as it will be used very frequently when filling out applications and scholarships.

ACT Test

The ACT consists of four tests: English, Reading, Math, and Science Reasoning. Students are given a score for each test, with scores ranging from 1 to 36. These scores are then averaged to a Composite Score. The national average Composite Score is 21. ACT also has an optional 30-minute Writing Test; it is recommended that all students take the Writing at least once. All of the ACT questions are multiple choice and there is no penalty for guessing; therefore a student should answer every question. Calculators are allowed to be used.

The cost for the ACT (without Writing) is $46.00; ACT plus Writing is $62.50. Registration packets can be picked up in the Guidance Office. A student should be registered five to six weeks prior to the test date. ACT fee waivers are also available; if you are on free and reduced lunch, you could be eligible for a fee waiver.

What’s New with the ACT: Students will receive new readiness scores and indicators designed to show performance and preparedness in areas important to success after high school. The new scores and indicators will include: STEM score, Progress Toward Career Readiness Indicator, English Language Arts Score, and Test Complexity Progress Indicator.

For information on ACT test prep tools, go to www.act.org/theact/testprep

ACT Test Dates


Test Date

Registration  Deadline

  (Late Fee Required)

September 9, 2017

August 4, 2017

August 5-18, 2017

October 28, 2017

September 22, 2017

September 23-October 6, 2017

December 9, 2017

November 3, 2017

November 4-17, 2017

February 10, 2018

January 12, 2018

January 13-19, 2018

April 14, 2018

March 9, 2018

March 10-23, 2018

June 9, 2018

May 4, 2018

May 5-18, 2018

July 14, 2018

June 15, 2018

June 16-22, 2018










SAT Test


The SAT tests the skills you’re learning in school: reading, math and evidence based reading and writing. Your knowledge and skills in these subjects are important for success in college and throughout your life.

  • The reading section tests the understanding of passages from U.S. and World Literature, History/Social Studies, and Sciences.
  • The writing section tests the "Expression of Ideas" and "Standard English Conventions" through passages relating to Careers, History/Social Studies, Humanities, and Science.
  • The mathematics section includes questions on arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics, probability and real-world problem solving.

With the SAT, there is no penalty for guessing. Calculator use is allowed on 37 questions; not permitted for 20 questions

The cost for the SAT Test with no essay is $46.00 and with essay $60.00 and you can register for the test online at www.collegeboard.com, as well as take practice tests, look at practice questions, and get information about the test structure. A student should be registered for the SAT five to six weeks prior to the test date.

SAT Test Dates


Test Date

Normal Deadline

Late Registration

October 7th, 2017

September 8th, 2017

September 22nd, 2017

November 4th, 2017

October 6th, 2017

October 22nd, 2017

December 2nd, 2017

November 3rd, 2017

November 17th, 2017

March 10th, 2018

February 9th, 2018

February 23rd, 2018

May 5th, 2018

April 6th, 2018

April 20th, 2018

June 2nd, 2018

May 4th, 2018

May 18th, 2018


SAT also has Subject Tests that are required by some colleges; check with the college you are applying to make sure you have taken the correct entrance exam (i.e. ACT, SAT, or SAT Subject test).

Please visit the following website for more information on the new SAT and test prep tools www.kaptest.com/sat/kaplan-sat-prep/2016-sat-test-changes
































College Selection Process

Before you start researching colleges, you should make a list of characteristics you think you want in a school. Some characteristics to consider:

Academic Program (2 year, 4 year, Vocational)                                        Admissions, Cost, Financial Aid

Affiliation (Public vs. Private)                                                                  Supportive Services (Counseling, Med Center)

Size of the College                                                                                Activities, Social Clubs, & Athletics

Community (Rural vs. City) & Location (Distance from home)                   Religious Affiliation, Ethnic Composition

Campus Housing (Dorm, Off Campus, Live at Home)                              Areas of Study, Course Offerings, & Facilities

Student Body (Coed vs. All Male/Female)                                               Academic Rigor & Graduation/Retention Rates

Choosing a Major

A major is the area that you will study in most depth in college. You will take up to two-thirds of your classes in that subject. Most colleges do not require a student to declare a major until the end of their sophomore year. You can change your major, however, be cautioned that this could involve the risk of taking additional classes to satisfy the major requirements, which may cost additional time and money. Consider the following when choosing a major:

Look at your interests-career and otherwise.

Talk to people that you know that work in the field you are thinking of choosing. Come to the Guidance Office to look at the “Book of Majors” to help you decide.

Look in local newspapers at classified ads; look to see which jobs sound interesting and which pay the salary you would like to earn.

Research different career websites:

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/
  • Mapping Your Future: http://mappingyourfuture.org/
  • College Search: http://www.cappex.com/
  • Campus Career Center (look for internships & jobs): http://www.campuscareercenter.com/
  • Career Planning through the ACT: http://www.actstudent.org/career/

What Colleges Look For

Academic Record-Difficulty of courses taken                                           Standardized Tests

Grades & Class Rank                                                                            Out of Class Activities (Jobs, Volunteer Work)

Recommendations                                                                                 College Interviews (Some colleges)

Filling Out a College Application

Freshman applications can be filled out any time after your Junior year. Colleges strongly recommend that students apply early (some as early as or earlier than Thanksgiving). In order to be considered for acceptance, scholarships, financial aid, and housing, applications need to be filled out by March. However, this does not mean that you can slack off and wait until April to fill out applications! Not only are they time consuming, but financial aid and housing is usually based on a first-come first-serve basis; meaning, if all of the housing has been taken by other freshman that applied early, you may not be able to start on time or get enough aid to cover the costs. Moral is: DON”T WAIT! College requirements often vary so always read and comply with those specific requirements.

In general, the following are basic materials needed to complete an application:

  • A completed application & any required application fee
  • An official copy of your high school transcript, including class rank & GPA
  • An official record of your ACT/SAT scores (sent directly from ACT or SAT)
  • Other items that may be required (recommendations, essays, & financial aid forms)

Applications DO’s & DON”T’s

DO                                                                                           DON’T

-Read applications & directions carefully                                     -If you fill out a paper application, do not use white-out,

-Make sure to include any extra paperwork that                                cross anything out, or use pencil

    may be needed/requested                                                      -Don’t leave anything blank (if you have questions, ask)

-Fill out your own application                                                      -Don’t be unclear or vague (answer q’s specifically)

-Apply online to avoid mistakes (you can save and edit)               -Don’t put it off! Do it early!

    Most schools require/prefer that you apply online

-Be truthful & don’t exaggerate

-Be thorough & on time

-If someone is writing a recommendation for you, give that

    person at least two weeks before it is due



College Visitations

Visiting a college campus is a very important step in choosing a college. You can’t actually experience a college through brochures and smiling admission reps, so schedule a tour! Seniors are allowed two excused absences per year for college visitations. Per board policy, no visits can be made in May, so schedule your visits early by filling out a College Visitation Form, which are available in the Guidance Office. These forms must be completed and returned three days prior to the visit.

Before visiting a college, call the Admissions Office at least one week prior to the visit to schedule an appointment/tour. Try not to visit two colleges in one day; the information may run together. During your visit, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Speak to an admission counselor about admission procedures & programs of study (majors)
  • Take a campus tour (preferably with a current college student & when classes are in session)
  • Speak to a faculty member regarding an academic program that interests you
  • Eat lunch in a campus dining hall (sampling food you may be eating for the next few years is a good idea)
  • Get a general feel for the campus atmosphere (what students & faculty are like, residence halls, libraries/computer facilities)
  • Ask questions that concern you & find out general information (admission process, financial aid, scholarships, housing, etc.)



Questions to Ask When Considering/Visiting a College:

-How many students attend? Do most students live on campus?

-What academic programs is the college most known for?

-How many students are in one class? How many total students are in the Freshman class?

-Do faculty teach all the classes?...or graduate assistants?

-Am I required to live on campus? What are campus policies regarding housing? How are roommates assigned? Ask to see a residence hall room.

-What types of student activities, organizations, and athletics are available?

-What is the surrounding neighborhood like? How is security? Ask for crime statistics.

-Can I have a car on campus? Where do I park?

-How is the food?

-Is there a health clinic on campus?

-Is there a hospital nearby?...bank?...churches?...grocery stores?...etc.?

-Is tutoring available?

-What are the campus rules about visitation?

-How much is the enrollment deposit?...is it refundable if I change my mind?


College Information & Scholarship Websites

  • FAFSA: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ - File your federal aid form electronically. Apply also for a pin at U.S. Department of Ed’s PIN website, http://www.pin.ed.gov, by selecting “Apply for a PIN.”
  • FastWeb: http://www.fastweb.com/ - Download applications & send them via email; apply for scholarships by completing a profile to see all of the scholarships that are best for you
  • Peterson’s Education Center: http://www.petersons.com/ - Peterson’s publications offer some of the most comprehensive information available to students about all aspects of preparation for higher education.
  • Princeton Review: http://www.princetonreview.com/ - General information on admission & financial aid.
  • Transfer.org – Course Applicability System (CAS); provides information on how specific coursework will transfer and apply towards another degree at another university
  • GoCollege: http://www.gocollege.com/ - Comprehensive resource covering college admissions, financial aid, educational options, and surviving college.
  • College Net: http://www.collegenet.com - Download applications & send them via email; also provides a scholarship search.
  • Supercollege.com: How to get into & pay for the college of your dreams; scholarship search & tips/strategies.
  • Mapping Your Future: www.mappingyourfuture.org – College planning, career options, & financial strategies
  • CollegeConfidential: http://www.collegeconfidential.com/ - provides College Admissions, School Search, and Financial Aid Resources to students and parents, from Ivy League to State Colleges.
  • CollegeScholarships.com: Offers free college scholarship searches and information on financial aid, and provides tips on taking the ACT & SAT.
  • FinAid: http://www.finaid.org/ - A student guide to financial aid, information on scholarships as well as a comparison of loans available.
  • Sallie Mae: https://www.salliemae.com/ - The nation’s leading provider for college loans.
  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund: http://hsf.net/ - Scholarship program for Hispanic high school seniors.
  • www.scholarships.com
  • www.studentscholarshipsearch.com
  • www.gocollege.com
  • www.collegedata.com/cs/search/scholar/scholarsearchtmpl.jhtml
  • bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search
  • www.finaid.org
  • www.scholarships4students.com
  • http://www.college-scholarships.com/schools/ohio/



You have probably heard people say that there are “millions of scholarship dollars that go unclaimed each year.” You have also probably heard parents who have told you that their student has a 3.7+ GPA and cannot get a scholarship. Both are true. The fact is, there are thousands of scholarships, however, most of these scholarships have very specific eligibility criteria, and when it comes to academic scholarships, students generally need to have an outstanding GPA, high test scores, excellent recommendations, and be involved in extracurricular/community activities.

  • Even though searching and applying for scholarships can be a lengthy process, students and parents who are willing to invest the time and energy may find that their efforts pay off handsomely. When searching, keep the following in mind:
  • Start early-finding & applying takes time, energy, & persistence
  • Private colleges often are more generous in awarding scholarships, thus making them more competitive in price
  • Be aware of deadlines & be organized (make copies of everything)
  • Network-tell everyone that you are looking
  • Search websites, books, etc. with scholarship information
  • Be aware of scams! Six warning signs of scams:
    • “This scholarship is guaranteed or your money back.”
    • “The scholarship service will do all the work.”
    • “The scholarship will cost some money.”
    • “You can’t get this information anywhere else.”
    • “You are a finalist-in a contest you never entered.” Or “You have been selected by a national foundation to receive a scholarship.”
    • “The scholarship service needs your credit card or checking account number in advance.”

College Costs

Below is a list of local colleges and their costs. This cost may include general fees; however they do not include fees such as parking, books, meal plans, etc.

Northwest State Community College: Tuition: $3,768, Books and Supplies: $1,300, Other Fees: $221

Bluffton University: Tuition $ 30,312, Room and board $ 10,188,Technology fee $ 450, TOTAL COST $ 40,950

Defiance College: Tuition $30,980, Room and board $ 9,950

BGSU: Tuition & Fees   $10,606, Room*            $5,450, Bronze Meal Plan**$3,240, Total=19,296

The University of Findlay: Tuition​            $15,718​, Room $2,380, Board​   ​$2,389,Student Activity Fee (non-refundable) ​$100,

​General Service Fee (non-refundable)​$383,Health and Accident Insurance (per year)​$315,Total per semester ​$21,285,

​Total per year ​$42,255

Owens Community College: Tuition=$166.77 per credit hour

UT: Tuition $8,950.08, Mandatory Fees  $856.10,Total (Per Semester):$9,806.18,Total (Per Academic Year):$19,612.36

Trine University: Tuition $29,600            ,Room & Board $9,800

Ohio State University: Tuition and Fees $10,037, Room and Board $11,666, Books and Supplies $1,248, Other Expenses $2,680

Lourdes College: 17,455 tuition, $8,400 on campus room & board, $1,275 books and supplies, $200 fees






To Sum it All Up: Do’s & Don’ts

DO: Attend College Fairs, use college source books, and take advantage of college-related Web sources to learn about as many colleges and universities as you can.

DO: Develop a set of criteria (entrance requirements, reputation/ranking, location, costs, majors, etc.) for developing your list of colleges.

DON’T: Wait until the last minute to begin the application process; the earlier you start, the better you’ll be. And do read the application instructions carefully to be certain you are following directions including everything each college requests.

DO: Research each college or university to determine entrance requirements, fees, and due dates for applications.

DO: Make campus visits to colleges that most interest you.

DO: Keep track of all the deadlines for each college or university-and do be sure to get your applications in before those deadlines.

DON’T: Allow yourself to fall into the dreaded senior slump. Many colleges will ask to see at least some of your senior grades before making an admissions decision-and some may wait on the decision until they see all of your grades.

2017-2018  ACT Test Dates

Register Online at: http://www.act.org/content/act/en/register.html

Test Date                      Registration Deadline                      (Late Fee Required)

September 9, 2017                  August 4, 2017                                       August 5-18, 2017

October 28, 2017                    September 22, 2017                       September 23-October 6, 2017

December 9, 2017                  November 3, 2017                                November 4-17, 2017

February 10, 2018                  January 12, 2018                                   January 13-19, 2018

April 14, 2018                        March 9, 2018                                       March 10-23, 2018

June 9, 2018                           May 4, 2018                                          May 5-18, 2018

July 14, 2018                         June 15, 2018                                        June 16-22, 2018



2017-2018 SAT Test Dates

To register please visit: https://sat.collegeboard.org/register/

Test Date                            Normal Deadline                        Late Registration 

October 7, 2017                       September 8, 2017                            September 22, 2017

November 4, 2017                   October 6, 2017                                October 20, 2017

December 2, 2017                   November 3, 2017                            November 17, 2017

March 10, 2018                       February 9, 2018                               February 23, 2018

May 5, 2018                            April 6, 2018                                     April 20, 2018

June 2, 2018                           May 4, 2018                                        May 18, 2018


www.scholarships.com Free scholarship search based on your profile. Other financial aid info also.
www.finaid.org Aid estimator and scholarship search.
www.fastweb.com Database of private sector scholarships, grants, and loans.

www.collegenet.com/mach25 Database contains over 600,000 awards totaling over $1.6 billion.

www.collegeboard.com Scholorship search and financial planning resource.
www.WeeklyScholarshipAlert.org  Free resources for college bound students and their parents.

www.collegescholarships.com A list of scholarships from around the country.
www.free-4u.com/minority.htm Scholarships for many ethnic groups and minorities.
www.schoolsoup.com The world's largest scholarship database

http://www.accreditedonlinecolleges.org/ohio/ Accredited online college database

http://www.accreditedonlinecolleges.org/degree-programs/ A complete list of online degree programs

http://www.accreditedonlinecolleges.org/guide/ A guide to how colleges receive accreditation





Don't Procrastinate!

It is highly recommended that all college applications be submitted by December 1st! Don’t procrastinate!

 The college Database

Provides data to help in the college search and selection process.









Information @ college and career planning, as well as scholarships.

Allows students and counselors to research colleges based on location, cost, and academic majors.

Kaarme.com (pronounced car-may) is an online resource that helps high school students navigate the complex world of college admissions. Our service is provided free of charge and marks a new development in connecting students to prospective universities.




College Information Websites:
Fast Web: www.fastweb.com – Download applications to more than 800 colleges and return them via e-mail.
Peterson’s Education Center: www.petersons.com – Peterson’s publications offer some of the most comprehensive information available to students about all aspects of preparation for higher education.
The Princeton Review: www.princetonreview.com – This site provides general information on college admission and financial aid.

Transfer.org – Course Applicability System (CAS). Provides information on how specific coursework will transfer and apply towards a degree at another university.
GoCollege - www.gocollege.com - Search for colleges, take virtual tours of colleges, take online practice tests for ACT and SAT.
College Net – www.collegenet.com Launched in 1995, lets applicants complete, file and pay for their admissions applications entirely through the internet.
SuperCollege.com – This free website is all about helping students get into and pay for the college of their dreams. There are free resources and great tips and strategies.
ACT: www.act.org
The College Board: www.collegeboard.org
College is Possible: www.collegeispossible.org Preparing for, selecting and paying for college.

Please Visit the following site for more information on the changes to FAFSA for the 2017-2018 School Year: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/about/announcements/fafsa-changes

Please visit the following site for information on and to fill out your FAFSA: https://fafsa.ed.gov/

FAFSA news and materials can be found at financialaidtoolkit.ed.gov/fafsa, click on FAFSA updates under Quick Links on the right side of the page.

#AskFAFSA Office Hours on Twitter: At 5pm eastern time on the last Wednesday of each month there will be a (Ask FAFSA Office Hours) live Q&A session on Twitter. This live Q&A will give students, parents and mentors the opportunity to get questions answered by the experts. You can submit your questions and join the conversation by using the hashtag #AskFAFSA and tune in during the live event for answers. Find them at www.Twitter.com/FAFSA

Don't have a Twitter account? Watch the stream live at http://bit.ly/ASkFAFSA2. Not available during office hours? Obtain a transcript of the Q&A session at www.storify.com/FAFSA the day after office hours.

Be sure to visit FinancialAidToolkit.gov, this website offers a searchable library of brochures, videos, fact sheets, sample tweets and Facebook posts, infographics, PowerPoint presentations and more.


Please visit the following website for information on CCP through Northwest State Community College




Discounted ACT & SAT Study Guides!

ACT & SAT Study Guides

Tuesday, August 26

Juniors and Seniors if you planning on taking the ACT or SAT this year, please follow these links to receive discounted access to an online (or DVD) ACT or SAT study guide to help prepare for the ACT or SAT test. The cost of a standard ACT or SAT study program is usually $250, but through this program, each is available for $19.99, which covers licensing, registration, customer support, shipping or online access fees.


Here are two links that provide more information about the program:
This link provides ordering information. The online program or DVD can be ordered using a credit card or check:
This link takes viewers to a YouTube video explaining the program in its entirety:


Guidance Office


Amber Metzger
School Counselor, Hilltop Schools
1401 W. Jackson St
West Unity, Ohio 45370
(419) 924-2365 ext. 2111