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Welcome to Harrington's Counselor Page

Hello and welcome to the counseling and guidance page for Harrington Schools. Listed below are some sites which may be helpful to you. If you ever have any questions, please don't hesitate contacting me.

INFORMATION ABOUT CHILD DEVELOPMENT:

This is a handy guide to the general guidelines about child development at various stages and ages:
http://childdevelopmentinfo.com/ages-stages

LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL INFORMATION:

Agriculture careers:
agriculture.purdue.edu/usda/careers/index.html

Apprenticeship Information:

For students interested in going from high school to the world of work, an apprenticeship may be the route to consider. For more information about programs in Washington check out these sites:
http://www.lni.wa.gov/TradesLicensing/Apprenticeship/programs/
http://www.nwagc.org

Testing Information:

Juniors and Seniors- need to take a college entrance exam? Visit either: www.sat.org for the SAT or www.actstudent.org for the ACT. If you aren't certain which one is best for you, come and see me. Most colleges/universities take both, but to be sure, check with the college of your choice. Both test monthly throughout the school year. There are also posters with registration and test dates on the counselor bulletin board at school. For juniors, it is best to wait for the spring testing. Seniors, to test or re test you will want your final attempt to be either in November for college applications or January for scholarships. . Don't forget, both sites have practice tests: www.SATpractice.org. or www.actstudent.org to help you prepare. We also have materials in the library.

Attention 7th and 8th graders!!!: The Washington State College Bound Scholarship program is a commitment of college scholarship funds to selected Washington middle school students. To be eligible, you need to meet family income standards, take a pledge to graduate from high school with at least a 2.0 GPA and be a good citizen. Family income from your senior year will be verified upon high school graduation. This is NOT a competitive scholarship; applicants who sign up by deadline and meet eligibility requirement receive funds! Apply online at http://www.readysetgrad.org/college/college-bound-scholarship-program. Deadline: June 30th of your 8th grade year.

SCHOLARSHIPS:

Start your scholarship search online! There are several search engines which will help match your abilities, talents and interests with thousands of dollars in scholarships, whether you are planning to attend a technical school, a community college and/or 4 year college/university. YOU DO NOT NEED TO PAY A COMPANY TO FIND SCHOLARSHIPS WHICH MEET YOUR NEEDS; there are many free services. Here are a few which have been helpful:
www.washboard.org: Here you create a profile which will then match your interests with scholarships available to you.
www.studentscholarships.org: Like Washboard, you create a profile and this service matches up with scholarships.
Other national search engines: www.fastweb.com
www.collegeanswer.com
www.meritaid.comThe College Success Foundation www.collegesuccessfoundation.org has published an extensive list of state and national scholarship opportunities. Go to the site and click on Washington State for more information.

Keep in mind that individual colleges offer many scholarships based on financial need, academic merit, areas of study, student activities and more. Check with the college of your choice of more information.
Virtual Possibilities Network: Provides scholarships for graduating seniors or undergraduate students with their primary focus of study in engineering or science. Must be enrolled (or enrolling) as a full time student at one of these higher education institutions: Community Colleges of Spokane, Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, North Idaho College, Washington State University, Whitworth University, or University of Idaho. Please contact your institution for scholarship information.

FINANCIAL AID:

For information and on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) go to:
www.fafsa.ed.gov

To apply for FAFSA both student and parent (if child is dependent) must apply for a FAFSA pin number. This registration is found at:
www.pin.ed.gov

Financial aid is generally given first come, first serve so it is best to get this into the higher education school of your choice in early January of the year prior to your enrollment.

For local and other scholarships, refer to the Links page.