Although the school campus is currently closed, the College Center and GEAR UP are still available to help students during this important time.
Here are some answers to questions seniors may have right now:
Who do I contact if I have any questions regarding my post high school plans?
Mrs. Scudder and your GEAR UP Team are here to help you! See below on how you can connect with them.
Will this affect the college admission process (admission, financial aid, deposits etc.)?
Yes, but the National Association of College Admission Counseling is encouraging all colleges to be flexible with admission-related issues that may be impacted by the outbreak. The association has created an online tool that includes information from colleges and universities nationwide on deposit deadlines, campus closures, and other admission-related changes. This tool updates automatically in real-time. Here is the link: nacacnet.org/college-admission-status-coronavirus
Continue to check your email. Some offices may still be operating virtually during this time. Therefore, if you receive an email from your college’s admission office or financial aid office requesting information and/or documents, please move forward in the process to prevent further delays. If you have any questions regarding emails that you are receiving, please forward the email to Mrs. Scudder so she can better assist you.
Colleges and/or scholarships are asking for my transcript and/or test scores. How do I fulfill this request?
Send Mrs. Scudder an email and request for your “unofficial” transcript. Attach this “unofficial” transcript to your online application(s).
If the organization is asking for an “official” transcript, please complete this online request form at: https://tinyurl.com/studentwhstranscript
Will colleges still require students to make a decision/deposit by May 1, 2020?
Remember that things are changing every day so continue to check this link and the college’s website for up-to-date information. Click on this link to find out what colleges are pushing their decision date: nacacnet.org/college-admission-status-coronavirus
I don’t understand my financial award letter?
If you have questions about a financial award letter, don’t hesitate to contact the college’s financial aid office. We are also happy to assist. Here are some other resources which may help:
How to Break Down Financial Aid Award Letters: https://www.parenttoolkit.com/financial-literacy/advice/paying-for-college/how-to-break-down-financial-aid-award-letters
Financial Aid Award Comparison Worksheet: https://www.nasfaa.org/award_notification_comparison_worksheet
Verification Resource: http://www.p20hawaii.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Verification-Next-Steps.pdf
I have documents (acceptance and/or financial award letter) to submit to the College Center.
Please use this time to collect all of your acceptance and scholarship notifications. Forward emails, send photos or screenshots of these documents to Mrs. Scudder (Lagarijo@waipahuh.k12.hi.us) over this break. We want to make sure that our notes are updated but more importantly, we want to make sure that we honor your accomplishments!
My ACT and/or SAT test date was cancelled. What do I do?
To ensure the safety of students and test administrators, the April 4th ACT and the May 2nd SAT were cancelled. Each testing agency has posted information about rescheduling your test date:
A scholarship application is due to the College Center, but school is closed. What do I do?
*Please note that some scholarship requirements may have changed to accommodate the extended closure of schools. Please refer to the scholarship listing for updated requirements and deadlines. Scholarships: www.tinyurl.com/2019-20scholarships
New procedures to submit scholarship applications:
- Email application and supplemental documents to Mrs. Scudder (Lagarijo@waipahuh.k12.hi.us).
- Recommenders may email their recommendation letters directly to Mrs. Scudder (Lagarijo@waipahuh.k12.hi.us). Please be sure the email clearly indicates your full name and scholarship(s) it’s for.
What if I have questions about an outside scholarship? What do I do?
If the College Center receives information from a scholarship organization regarding any changes and/or updates, we’ll note them on the scholarship listing.
Students should also visit the scholarship organization’s website and/or contact them directly with any questions.
Please continue to check the scholarship listing and bulletin:
Welcome to the College Center Edline Page!
Students are welcome to visit and use the various resources in the College Center. See you soon!
- Individual and Group Post High School Counseling
- Appointments are highly recommended
- Register for ACT, SAT and ASVAB (Test fee waiver information)
Informational packets on various universities/colleges, scholarships, collegiate athletics
- University, College, and Trade School presentations
- Stop by to pick up a pass to a presentation
Information on Military and College ROTC Programs
- Workshops on college search, test prep courses, college application, scholarships, financial aid, personal essay etc.
Tips from the College Center
- Join the College Center’s Email List
Email Mrs. Scudder at Lagarijo@waipahuh.k12.hi.us and request to be added to the email list. Receive prompt notice on college presentations, deadlines, scholarships and etc.
- Pick Up Resources From the College Center
Packets on College Search, Letter of Recommendation, Personal Essay Writing and etc. are available.
- Check the Morning Bulletin Daily and Weekly College Center Newsletter
Find information about college presentations and scholarships
- Read the College Center Bulletin & Scholarship Listing
- Participate in ALL College Related Activities Hosted by WHS
- Follow the College Center on Remind App