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G. Bethea, 9th Grade Counselor 221-3186 Email
  Paula Estes, 12th Grade Counselor 221-3186 Email

WELCOME TO MURPHY HIGH SCHOOL'S GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT!

 

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How do I see my counselor?

Students: 

  • Email your counselor
  • Ask teacher for a pass to counselor's office
  • Leave a note for your counselor in her box which is located in the front office. 

Parents:

  • Call front office and schedule a conference
  • Email counselor
  • Call and leave message with counselor

 

College & Military Reps are here!

 See the guidance calendar for when college/military representatives will be here.  

Mrs. Estes will print out passes for seniors to visit with the college and/or military reps. -  A "Remind" message will be sent out to seniors about when to pick up pass in guidance.

Sign up for Mrs. Estes's Remind  so that you will know when to pick up a pass to visit with College and Military Reps.

 

"Remind" set up -- Text to 81010 -- message is @c43gfc

Or email to c43gfc@mail.remind.com

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 Use the following website to help you prepare for ASPIRE(10th grade), ACT, and ACT WorkKEYS(seniors):

www.usatestprep.com

Username: murphy

Password: newton86

 

Mobile Public Library also has online test prep and skills review resources.  Search the website below for resources: 

www.learningexpresshub.com   -  You will have to have your library card # to use. 

 


www.fafsa.gov

Apply for federal student aid online using FAFSA on the web (the online version of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA).  Applying opens on October 1st, 2016.

 


SENIORS:  Please note that you must see Mrs. Enfinger regarding cap and gown, senior fees, senior supplies, or  graduation ceremony.  See Ms. Bateman regarding senior pictures, and see Guidance if you have a concern about college applications, scholarships, transcripts or other academic questions.

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  We've collected some of our favorite (and easiest) awards with deadlines coming in the next few weeks and hope this can be a resource you can share with students and parents.

Student-Athlete Scholarship

 No Essay College Scholarship

You Deserve It Scholarship

AdmitSee Rant to Win Scholarship

Christian College EDGE Scholarship

CollegeWeekLive.com Scholarship

ScholarshipPoints $10,000 Scholarship

Christian College Scholarship Drawing

Cappex Easy College Money Scholarship

 

 

College Counts Scholarship was created to help Alabama high school students pay for their education at a 2-year or 4-year Alabama School.  Applications for seniors going to college fall 2017 will be accepted December 1, 2016 through March 1, 2017. 

visit this website for more information: treasury.alabama.gov/collegecounts-scholarship

 

 

The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) and the Rotaract Club of Birmingham have partnered to launch the first state-specific scholarship database - AchieveAlabama.org

Launched in conjunction with College Application Week, Achieve Alabama is an online scholarship resource providing students, educators, and parents with an effective scholarship search tool and college preparation resource that has the capability to guide students through the entire college admission process.

According to the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, in 2015, 50 percent of Alabama high school graduates were enrolled in an Alabama public university or college, but one third of those students never received any financial aid. Founded by the Rotaract Club of Birmingham and the non-profit College Admissions Made Possible (CAMP) and Cappex, to make scholarship funding more readily available to high school students across Alabama, the site aims to bridge the information gap on how students learn about, research, and ultimately receive scholarships.

The site is cost-free and is available to all high school students in the state. It houses thousands of university-specific and private scholarships. The site also focuses specifically on local scholarship dollars that are awarded each year by Alabama businesses and private foundations.

 Click on this link:   www.achievealabama.org 

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More Scholarships and Scholarship Search Engines

Fastweb A scholarship search engine that is specifically tailored to a student's interests and experience.

http://www.fastweb.com

American Association of School Administrators
http://www.aasa.org/content.aspx?id=5618

Disability Scholarships
http://www.collegescholarships.org/disabilities.htm

U.S. Dept. of Education
http://ed.gov

Federal Employee Education & Assistance
http://www.feea.org

U.S. Government Grants
http://www.fedmoney.org/

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
http://www.hsf.net/

Susan G. Komen College Scholarship
http://ww5.komen.org/uploadedFiles/Content_Binaries/KOMEN_Instructions.pdf 
 

 Follow this link for information about Scholarships for Military Children - www.militaryscholar.org/   

 

 

Veterans assist

http://www.veteransadvisor.com/2013/02/04/top-military-veterans-and-dependents-scholarships-in-2013/

Sallie Mae Scholarship Search
http://go.salliemae.com/scholarship/

American Indian College Fund
http://www.collegefund.org/scholarships/schol_mainstream.html

Scholarship Hunter
http://www.scholarshiphunter.com/

Student Scholarship Search
http://www.studentscholarshipsearch.com/

School Soup Scholarship Search
http://www.schoolsoup.com

United Negro College Fund
http://www.uncf.org

International Scholarship Search
http://www.internationalscholarships.com

International Students at U.S. Colleges
http://www.internationalstudent.com/schools_awarding_aid/

Merit Aid
http://www.meritaid.com

College Net
http://www.collegenet.com/elect/app/app
Scholarship Search
http://Scholarships4Students.com

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
http://www.apiasf.org/

Minorities

20 Scholarships for minority students

http://www.blackexcel.org/200-Scholarships.html

Academic Common Market

Study in a specialized field at an out-of-state college, while paying in-state tuition rates.

http://www.sreb.org/page/1304/academic_common_market.html

Military dependent registry
https://www.nrd.gov/education_and_training/scholarships_and_other_financial_assistance/scholarships_and_grants_for_spouses_and_dependents

Military children scholarships
http://www.militaryscholar.org/

Scholarships.com

One of the Best sites for results.

http://www.scholarships.com/

Students in Foster Care
http://www.fc2success.org/our-programs/information-for-students/

Financial Aid

FAFSA

Official Government Site for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/


Scams

Avert the pitfalls!

www.finaid.org/scholarships/scams.phtml

Undocumented Students

NACAC gives great resources for those students without citizenship.

http://www.nacacnet.org/research/PublicationsResources/bulletin/2013Bulletin/02-13-2013/Pages/UndocumentedStudents.aspx

Federal Loans
http://www2.ed.gov/offices/OSFAP/DirectLoan/index.html


FAFSA tips
http://federalstudentaid.ed.gov


Clep a Course
http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/clep/about.html


Student Loans
http://www.salliemae.com/


Government Programs
http://www2.ed.gov/students/landing.jhtml


SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid
http://www.finaid.org


Student Aid
http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/index.jsp


College Search Information

Academic Common Market
http://www.sreb.org/page/1304/academic_common_market.html


American Council on Education
http://www.acenet.edu/AM/Template.cfm?Section=CIP1


Association of American Medical Colleges
http://www.aamc.org/


ACT and CollegeNET
http://www.c3apply.org/


Association of American Medical Colleges Facts
http://www.aamc.org/data/facts/


AAMC Curriculum Directory
https://services.aamc.org/currdir/index.cfm


Alabama Colleges & Universities
http://collegestats.org/colleges/alabama/


Alabama Course Transfers (STARS)

This site informs students/parents regarding courses taken at any state college or university in Alabama that will transfer between the colleges.

http://stars.troy.edu


Common App Member Schools
https://www.commonapp.org/pdf/commonapplicationmemberschools.pdf


Big Future by College Board

This site contains a wealth of information for the college, major, and career search!

https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/get-started/know-yourself


Brain Track College Guide
http://www.braintrack.com/us-colleges


College Match
http://www.matchcollege.com/


College Net
http://www.collegenet.com/elect/app/app


College QuickStart
http://www.collegeboard.com/quick


College Bound
http://www.gocollege.com/


Careers and Colleges
http://www.careersandcolleges.com/tp2/cnc/login.do


College Atlas
http://www.collegeatlas.org/


College Board
http://www.collegeboard.org/


College Comparison
http://www.whatwilltheylearn.com/


College Essays
http://www.teenink.com/college_guide/college_essays/


College Lists
http://collegelists.pbworks.com/w/page/16119456/College-Lists-Wiki


College Admission 101

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) shares important information.

http://www.nacacnet.org/studentinfo/articles/Pages/Admission101.aspx


College Bound Network
http://www.collegebound.net/


College Admission BOOK

This is a GREAT resource.  All you ever want to know about college admission is in this book and on this website.  A wonderful informative resource for students and parents trying to navigate the college admission and financial aid process!  These authors can save you an enormous amount of time and stress.

http://collegeadmissionbook.com/


College Lists of all kinds

See what a Professional Association (NACAC) of college advisors have created for public use.  A wealth of information, lists of all types.

http://collegelistswiki.com/



Colleges requiring SAT subject tests
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1fQD41yn0jKU5oxFuMktWRvrYoe3r0s7ur0RiRLrQ4vg/edit?pli=1


College Finder
http://www.collegeview.com/index.jsp


Collegiate Walking Tour Videos
http://www.collegiatechoice.com/


College Majors
http://www.collegemajors101.com/


The Common Application
http://www.commonapp.org/CommonApp/default.aspx


European Council of International Schools
http://www.ecis.org/


First Generation College Student

This site is a great resource for any student being first in their family to attend college.

www.imfirst.org


Historically Black Colleges
http://www.american-school-search.com/colleges/hbcu?


Ivy League Admissions
http://www.collegeconfidential.com/ivy_league/


Kaplan
http://www.kaplan.com


Medical and Dental School Help
http://www.medicalhelpnet.com/content/view/28/46/


National Center for Education Statistics
http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/


National Association of College Admission Counseling Newsletter
http://www.nacacnet.org/Pages/default.aspx


Office of Post Secondary Education
http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/index.html


Peterson's Guide
http://www.petersons.com/


Princeton Review
http://www.princetonreview.com/


SAT/ACT Optional for Admission
http://www.fairtest.org/university/optional/state


Schools in the USA
http://www.schoolsintheusa.com/


United Kingdom International Cultural Relations
http://www.britishcouncil.org/new/


Virtual College Fairs
http://www.collegeweeklive.com/


Virtual Campus Tours
http://www.campustours.com/


Career Search

Johnson O'Connor Aptitude Test

One of the BEST and most accurate instruments to assisting in finding the most appropriate career direction and college major.

http://www.jocrf.org/faqs/index.html


Nursing School Info
http://www.rntobsn.org/


STEM Careers
http://info.victorymedia.com/webmail/45042/274121193/39f00cf807dd39b0501e3b1909a59a0e


Underrepresented students fly-in

A great resource for minority students.

http://www.collegegreenlight.com/blog/fly-in-programs-for-underrepresented-students/


Mapping Your Future
http://mappingyourfuture.org/


Discover
See your counselor for I.D.
http://www.act.org/discover/


Alabama Career Information

Career and Financial Aid information

http://alcareerinfo.org/start/counselors.html


Keirsey Temperament Sorter
http://www.keirsey.com/


Engineering
http://www.tryengineering.com/


Science Careers
http://www.sciencepioneers.org/


Alabama Career Information Network
http://www.alcareerinfo.org/


Career Forward
http://nroc.careerforward.org/careerforward/


College Athletics

College Sports Scholarships
http://www.collegesportsscholarships.com/


NCAA Clearinghouse Basics
http://professionals.collegeboard.com/guidance/prepare/athletes/clearinghouse


National Collegiate Athletic Association
http://www.ncaa.org/


Head Coach Web Search
http://www.collegecoachesonline.com/


Military Academies

Army
http://www.usma.edu/


Air Force
http://www.usafa.af.mil/


Navy
http://www.usna.edu/homepage.php


Coast Guard
http://www.cga.edu/


ROTC Information

Army
http://www.goarmy.com/rotc.html


Air Force
http://www.afrotc.com/


Navy
https://www.nrotc.navy.mil/


Marine
http://www.marines.com/#default


Military Aid

Military Student Aid
http://www.finaid.org/military/


Military Scholarships
http://www.fisherhouse.org/programs/scholarship-programs/


Military College Aid
http://www.military.com/education/content/money-for-school/military-spouse-and-family-educational-assistance-programs.html


ROTC Information
http://www.todaysmilitary.com/before-serving-in-the-military/rotc-programs?campaign_id=SEM2012:on:google:ROTC-r_o_t_c:exact


Summer Programs

Peterson's Pre-College Summer Programs
http://www.petersons.com/college-search/summer-programs-camps-search.aspx


Venture Scholar Summer Enrichment Programs
http://www.venturescholar.org/portals/enrichment.php


Career Summer Programs and Camps
http://www.careercornerstone.org/pcsumcamps.htm


Summer Enrichment Programs
http://www.enrichmentalley.com/


Summer Opportunities
http://collegelists.pbworks.com/w/page/16119590/Summer%20Programs%20-%20General


Summer Opportunities
http://www.usummer.com/


Questbridge Summer

This is an opportunity for low-income students.  If accepted to the Questbridge summer program, a student will gain assistance in applying to highly selective colleges such as Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, and Duke.  If the student wins their scholarship and is accepted to one of those colleges, it could mean a fully paid four year scholarship.

http://www.questbridge.org/for-students/cps-summer-programs


National Student Language Immersion
http://www.nsliforyouth.org/


Testing

ACT News You Can Use

Seniors prepare to complete the FAFSA.

Juniors:  plan ahead.

http://secure.elabs10.com/functions/message_view.html?mid=2192719&mlid=486&siteid=2010000185&uid=8cc6b57018


College Board
http://www.collegeboard.com/testing/


Educational Testing Service
http://www.ets.org/


No Test Requirement
http://www.fairtest.org/university/optional


Free Test Prep for PSAT
http://www.eprep.com/courses/sat


Questions about ACT/SAT
http://collegeapps.about.com/od/standardizedtests/Standardized_Tests_PSAT_SAT_ACT_and_TOEFL.htm


SAT subject tests
http://sat.collegeboard.org/register/?s_kwcid=TC%7C7002%7Csat%20subject%20tests%7C%7CS%7Ce%7C7081086884


Test Prep-Princeton Review
http://www.princetonreview.com/


Test Prep - Number2
http://www.number2.com/index.cfm


SAT waitlist guidelines

Read policies regarding taking the SAT or SAT subject tests if you missed the regular registration deadline.

http://tinyurl.com/SATwaitlist


PSAT testing

Helpful information regarding PSAT

http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/psat/download


ACT
http://actstudent.org


Convert SAT to ACT score

This helpful site allows one to compare admission test scores.

http://convertyourscore.org/


SAT score use at Colleges
http://professionals.collegeboard.com/profdownload/sat-score-use-practices-list.pdf


Convert SAT to ACT scores

A handy tool to predict one admission test score using the other.

http://convertyourscore.org/


AP Information

College Board
http://collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/about.html


College AP Policies
http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/apcreditpolicy/index.jsp


How to Prepare for College

Planning for College

A great resource for students and parents for the college planning process.

http://www.nacacnet.org/studentinfo/Pages/Default.aspx


National Survey of Student Engagement

NSSE

Find out what students say about colleges.

http://nsse.iub.edu/html/students_parents.cfm


Essay Writing

Personal Statement

A former dean of a major university shares his insight on writing your personal statement....your college admission essay.

http://www.dearadmissions.com/personal-statement-book/


Transfer Colleges

NACAC resource

A professional organization gives support for students choosing to transfer colleges.

http://www.nacacnet.org/research/transfer/Pages/default.aspx

 

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