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Senior Bulletin

September Edition

From the Guidance Office of Karon Bishop 626-8787, ext. 308

From the Desk of Mrs. Bishop
I am very pleased that so many of you are stopping by my office to ask important questions about your future. The preparations you make now will get you where you want to be at this time next year. Be very diligent about deadlines. Don’t miss an opportunity because you failed to do your research.
Transcripts are free. Just stop by Mrs. Wilson’s desk in the front office, sign her clipboard and she will mail an official copy. Colleges only accept official transcripts mailed from the school.
I am happy to write letters of recommendation for you when you need them. I’ll need a resume and two weeks notice. There is a resume-maker at Use your user name and password to log into your private settings. I need to know all about your service and leadership in clubs and organizations, volunteer work, awards, and academic and college/career goals beyond high school.
My newsletters will be posted on the school website. Go to, Counselors, then 12th Grade.
***I would love to send this newsletter to you via email. That way you can press Ctrl + click on all the hyperlinks (underlined websites) to open the links. Just send an e-mail request to

It’s Time for a Road Trip!

Seniors receive two college days during the year. These days do not count as absences as long as they are used for visiting a college campus. Please give Mrs. Theis a note from a parent at least two weeks in advance for approval. There is a bulletin board outside the counselors’ offices that has many popular college visit dates posted. Check out these websites for more information about designated visit days. If your school is not listed below, check their website, or come by my office and I’ll help you find a date. Most schools have daily tours available anytime, so call to learn more.

  • University of Alabama – Offers daily tours at 10:00 and 2:00 or Saturday visits at 10:00. Call 1-800-933-BAMA or e-mail If you know an alumna, they can set up a more personalized tour through Discovering Bama. Go to

  • Auburn University – War Eagle Days are Friday, Sept. 7; Monday, Sept. 10; Friday, Sept. 28; Friday, Oct. 5; Monday, October 15; Friday, November 2. Register online at If you are unable to attend War Eagle Days, but want to visit at another time, contact the Office of Admissions at

  • Troy University – Fall Preview Day on Saturday, September 29. Includes complimentary tickets to the Troy vs. Louisiana Monroe football game. Saturday visits are also offered on October 20, November 20, and December 8. Call (800) 551-9716.

  • Birmingham Southern - Preview Day on Saturday, October 13; Black & Gold Days on Friday, September 21 or Monday, November 12. Register at

  • Mississippi State – Fall Preview Days are Friday, September 21; Friday, October 5; Scholars Day on Friday, Oct. 12, and Minority Student Achievement Day on November 9. Information at (662)325-0539 or at

  • Ole Miss – Red and Blue Preview Days on Sept. 15, Nov. 10, and Dec. 1. Fall visit day is Oct. 6. More information at
  • Tuskegee University – Fall Open House on November 10 includes a football game. Online information at or call 800-622-6531.

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham - Attend UAB Day - October 20 and November 17. Information at or call (800)421-8743.

  • University of Mobile – Preview Weekend on Nov. 30 & Dec. 1. Register at

  • Savannah College of Art and Design – SCAD Days are Sept. 22 and Oct. 20. Visit their website at

  • Jacksonville State - Fall Preview Day, Sept. 22. Includes a football game. Call (800)231-5291.

  • University of Montevallo – Preview Day on November 3. RSVP at (800)292-4349.


Congressman Jo Bonner invites you to his annual Academy Night to be held on Monday, October 8 in the Dr. Monte L. Moorer Theatre of St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Mobile from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Representatives from each of the United States Service Academies will be there to give information about how you can receive a service academy appointment. You do not have to be a member of our AFJROTC Program to be considered for an academy appointment. You may address questions to Mrs. Brooks Chew at (251)943-2073 or by email at
New NCAA guidelines are now in force. See Mrs. Bishop or your coach for details. Athletes may register online at You must go through the clearinghouse to play Division I or II athletics.

Marshall University’s Online College Courses in the High School (OCCHS) Program allows high school students to earn university credit online. There is a special discounted rate of $366 for an online three-hour course. Course credit is transferable to other universities. Visit their website at or call (304)696-7084.

Wendy’s High School Heisman Award Program is now open to all male and female high school students who excel in academics, athletics and student leadership. Applicants must have a “B” average and participate in at least one sanctioned sport. The first 36,000 applicants will receive a Wendy’s gift card ranging from $5 to $50. Apply online at Deadline is October 1.
Scholarships – Now Open

Applications for all active scholarships can be picked up from the rack outside my door in the counselors’

The GMAC Bowl Student of the Week Scholarship Program recognizes two seniors each week at their meeting at Heron Lakes Country Club in Mobile. Scholarship winners are then selected from the pool of students who have been chosen as Students of the Month. Last year, twenty scholarships were awarded, varying in amount from $500 to $10,000. An essay and recommendation are required. Pick up an application from the rack outside my door. Return applications to me by September 13.
All Poarch Creek Tribal members are eligible to receive up to $30,000 for technical/vocational or college training. Information is at their website,

SAE Engineering Scholarships – Apply if you are interested in a career in engineering or a related science. Values range from $400 - $10,000. The application is available online at, or see me for a copy. Deadline is December 1.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation awards 250 scholarships ranging in value from $10,000 - $20,000. Qualifications include demonstrated leadership, commitment to community and academic achievement. You must apply online after September 1 at Deadline is October 31.
The William Randolph Hearst Foundation is sponsoring the 46th Annual United States Senate Youth Program. Two finalists from the state of Alabama will receive a $5000 scholarship and represent Alabama during a weeklong internship in Washington, D.C. on March 1-8, 2008. A test and essay are required for consideration, and you must be a class officer, SGA officer or representative, or serve as a district or state officer in a civic or educational organization. See me immediately to meet the September 29 deadline.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is a nationwide program that recognizes young people in grades 5–12 who are volunteering in their local communities. Students must complete applications and return them to me by October 26. One DHS Local Honoree will be selected by committee for state-level judging. State Honorees will receive $1000 and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C. National Honorees receive additional $5000 awards and a $5000 grant to the nonprofit charitable organization of their choice. Pick up an application from me or download one at

Sharpie Autographs for Education is giving away a $25,000 scholarship. Complete an online entry form at and click on “Autographs for Education Sweepstakes.”

Outstanding Students of America is a national organization dedicated to providing high school seniors with scholarships. The scholarships are $1000.00 each and are payable to the college of the student’s choice. They are seeking a well rounded, intelligent student as a recipient. Community Foundation of West Alabama, a non profit organization, administers the disbursement of the scholarship funds. Applications are available at Deadline is October 10.
Are you a free spirit and interested in majoring in journalism? Consider the Al Neuharth Free Spirit Scholarship. Go to for more info about the program. Apply by October 15.
Apply for the SunTrust Off to College Scholarship Sweepstakes for $1,000 plus a $250 SunTrust Gift Card. Fifteen chances to win- one winner every two weeks, from Oct – May. Apply online at Starts Oct. 31.
Is there critical financial need ($50,000 or less adjusted gross) in your family? Have you overcome personal adversity? Apply for the Horatio Alger Scholarship at Deadline October 30.

Does this describe you: well rounded, determined to succeed and demonstrated achievement at a job, sport or extracurricular activity? Check out the AXA Achievement Scholarship in association with U.S. News & World Report. They will award 52-$10,000 scholarships, and those winners will compete for an additional 10- $15,000 awards. The deadline is Dec 15. Go to

The Ron Brown Scholar Program provides scholarships to academically talented, highly motivated African American students who plan to pursue undergraduate degrees full-time. Go to to print the application, or pick up a copy in the rack. If you apply by Nov. 1, you will be considered for other scholarships in addition to the Ron Brown. Final deadline is January 9.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals and Herff Jones cosponsor the Principal’s Leadership Award, providing 100 scholarships of $1000 each. Our school will nominate one senior. You are eligible if you are in the top 20% of your class and demonstrate leadership. If you want to be considered, please submit a resume to me by October 1. Our scholarship committee will select the school’s representative.
The Council for America’s First Freedom announces the 14th annual First Freedom Student Competition. This national contest offers 9-12 grade students an opportunity to compete for $3000, $1500, and $750 awards. Details for the required essay are available at
The G.I. Dependents’ Scholarship Program offers scholarship assistance to the dependents of veterans. For details, see me, call Willie Moore or Shelia Worthington at (334)242-5077, or see the local Veteran Service Officer at the Baldwin County Courthouse.
University Scholarships

The University of Alabama at Birmingham has a November 1 scholarship deadline. Their current scholarship offers are 25 ACT, 3.5 GPA - $4000/year; 27 ACT - $6500/year; 29 ACT $8000. They also give a residual ACT that is only accepted at UAB. It is given once a month, so if you are close to a scholarship score, it could be worth your time to go there to take their ACT. Their admissions rep, Michael Armstrong, will be on our campus on September 18. There is a separate scholarship application.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s University Honors Program has a separate application form. They offer a few Hess-Abroms Honors Scholarships valued $5250 per year. That deadline is January 1, but it is always to your advantage to apply early. Research by students in the UAB Honors Program is making a difference, including new ways to attack cancer.
The President’s Scholarship at Georgia Tech is valued at $29,480 per year for out-of-state students. There is no separate application, just complete their Application for Freshman Admission by October 31.

Emory Scholars Program offers four years of undergraduate study ranging from 2/3 tuition to full tuition, room, board and fees. DHS can nominate up to four students for this award. The Application for Admission and Emory Scholar Nomination Form are due by the November 1 deadline. See me for a nomination form.
The Goizueta Scholars Program at Emory University offers awards ranging from 2/3 tuition to full tuition, room, board and fees. The program is small and highly selective. They are looking for nominees who have a demonstrated interest in business, as evidence by engagement in entrepreneurial activities, participation in internships, membership in business clubs, or involvement in business-related conferences, competitions, or other similar offerings. See me for a nomination form. Deadline is November 1.
The University of Alabama offers the following scholarships:

  • $1500 per year for students with a 27-29 ACT or 1200-1310 SAT with at least a 3.7 cumulative GPA. (Guaranteed)

  • Full tuition for 30-36 ACT or 1320-1600 SAT with at least a 3.7 cumulative GPA. (Guaranteed)

  • Academic Elite Scholarship requirement is 32-36 ACT or 1400-1600 SAT, with a 3.8 cumulative GPA. This offers $8500 per year, discounted housing, and a laptop computer.

December 1 is the deadline for scholarship competition. They do not have a separate scholarship application.
The University of West Florida waives out of state tuition for Baldwin County residents.
We are invited by Washington University in St. Louis to nominate students for their William H. and Elizabeth G. Danforth Scholars Program. Candidates have exhibited a capacity for service and leadership, as well as academic excellence, and will embrace the challenges of a rigorous academic curriculum. See me if you are interested in a nomination for this prestigious program. A representative will be on our campus on October 16.
The Beeson Exceptional Scholars Program is a full ride scholarship (tuition, room, board, and books) to Samford University in Birmingham. Our school can nominate two candidates for this prestigious award. The 2007 Beeson Scholars scored an average of 31 on the ACT and earned a 4.0 or higher GPA. Please submit your resume to me by October 10 if you would like to be considered for this scholarship.

The Gulf Coast Scholars Program at Spring Hill offers to all who qualify an $18,000 yearly scholarship for a 26 ACT and 3.5 GPA. Their Spring Hill Scholars Program is a competitive scholarship program for $30,000 per year for a 28 ACT and 3.5 GPA. Only four Spring Hill Scholars are named yearly. Spring Hill has strong academic programs in pre-professional health, nursing, communications, and education. You are automatically considered for scholarships when you apply, and you usually have an answer within two weeks of acceptance.

Auburn University has a December 1 scholarship deadline. They offer the following:

  • University Scholarship - 28 ACT or 1240 SAT and 3.25 GPA, $1500

  • Founders Scholarship – 30 ACT or 1320 SAT and 3.5 GPA – full tuition

  • Presidential Scholarship – 33 ACT or 1450 SAT and 3.75 GPA – full tuition, $1500 technology allowance, $4000 academic experience during the junior year.

The University of South Alabama offers these scholarships to all who meet the requirements. Deadline is Dec. 1.

  • Presidential Scholarships (all are renewable)

    • 24-26 ACT with 3.0 GPA = $2500/year

    • 27-29 ACT with 3.5 GPA = $3500/year

    • 30-31 ACT with 3.5 GPA = $7000/year

    • 32 ACT with 3.5 GPA = $8000/year

    • 33 or higher ACT with 3.5 GPA = $10000/year

  • Bay Area Freshman Scholarship (freshman year only) – 21-23 ACT with 3.0 GPA = $1500.

Troy University offers these scholarship awards to all who qualify:

  • Chancellor’s Award pays full tuition for 27 ACT or 1220 SAT and 3.5 GPA

  • Millennium Scholars Award pays full tuition, room and board for 31 ACT or 1380 SAT and 3.7 GPA

  • Excellence in Leadership Award amount varies with 22 ACT, 3.0 GPA and an interview.

Troy has a separate scholarship application.

If you haven’t already, register at to receive the latest scholarship updates. This unique scholarship search website matches you with compatible scholarships, and you’ll receive weekly updates.

Coming Soon to Daphne High School

We will have brown bag lunches with the college counselors in the conference room so that you can sit down in a quiet environment and hear about what these schools have to offer. Just remember to bring your lunch that day, or make a quick run to the snack bar or cafeteria and head to the conference room as soon as possible.

Thursday, Sept. 6 – Alabama State on campus, all lunch waves

    Wednesday, September 12 – Spring Hill College on campus, all lunch waves

Friday, September 14 – Emory University, first lunch only (see me for a pass)

    Tuesday, September 18 - UAB on campus, all lunch waves

    Wednesday, September 19 – South Alabama on campus, all lunch waves

    Tuesday, October 2 – University of West Florida on campus, all lunch waves

    Monday, October 15 – University of Mobile on campus, all lunch waves

    Tuesday, October 16 – Washington University St. Louis on campus, all lunch waves

    Tuesday, October 16 – Troy University on campus, all lunch waves

Wednesday, October 17 – Loyola on campus, all lunch waves

Thursday, October 18 – University of Montevallo on campus, all lunch waves

Monday, October 22 – Samford University on campus, all lunch waves

Monday, October 22 – Baldwin County Parents’ College and Career Night, DHS 6:00

Thursday, October 25 – College and Career Day for all seniors, Faulkner State CC

Alabama High Graduation Exam

We will be on a regular class schedule next week during the AHSGE. Students who are not testing are expected to be on time to school, just as always. The only people testing are:

  • Seniors who still need to pass any subject area;

  • Juniors who are new to our school;

  • Sophomores who have passed Algebra and/or biology, but did not attempt the test during 9th grade;

  • Freshmen who passed Algebra in 8th grade.

The test schedule is:

  • Monday, September 17 – Math

  • Tuesday, September 18 – Reading

  • Wednesday, September 19 – Language

  • Thursday, September 20 – Social Studies

  • Friday, September 21 – Science

Tutoring for the AHSGE is available now from 3:15-4:15:

  • Reading, Ms. Jayne, room 101 – Monday-Thursday

  • Science, Mrs. Spivey, room 177 – Monday-Thursday

  • Science, Mrs. Wainwright, room 141 – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday

  • Language, Mrs. Huggins, room 107 – Tuesday

  • Math, Mrs. Vasquez, room 184 – Monday, Wednesday

  • Social Studies, Mrs. Grantham, room 104 – Tuesday, Wednesday

The next ACT is October 27. Registration deadline in September 21. Pick up a paper application from the rack, or register online at

***I would love to send this newsletter to you via email. That way you can press Ctrl + click on all the hyperlinks (underlined websites) and have a direct link. Just send an e-mail request to, or drop a note in my box.

Attention Parents!

Mark your calendars now.

Baldwin County Parents’ College and Career Night

will be held at Daphne High School on Monday, October 22 from 6-8 p.m.
Representatives from the following universities will be here to answer your questions:
Auburn Ole Miss University of South Alabama

Samford Alabama University of West Florida

Jacksonville State AUM Birmingham-Southern

Judson Troy University of North Alabama

Spring Hill Univ. of Mobile Mississippi Univ. for Women

Southern Miss University of Montevallo

…. and more are responding daily
We will also have representatives from:

All branches of the military

Jo Bonner’s office to talk about Military Academy Appointments

Local industry

Financial institutions
A representative from will present “Path to Leadership,” a program that highlights leadership opportunities through military service.

This program is an outreach for junior and senior parents throughout Baldwin County. Students are also welcome to attend. However, please note that seniors will attend a similar program on Thursday, October 25 at Faulkner State Community College.

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