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Seniors, the DHS school code is 342911. If you are planning on applying to a college in North Carolina, transcripts should be sent through CFNC, even if you do not apply to your school through CFNC. This automatically allows a transcript to be sent from PowerSchool once you have graduated and will ensure your transcript gets to the appropriate college.
To keep in touch with students, I use emails on a regular basis, which are set up by class - freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. I periodically send notifications of community service opportunities, scholarships, standardized testing dates, etc. If any parent would like to be added to these email alerts, send me an email with your email address and I will gladly add you to my list.
FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and must be completed if you are applying for financial aid. Your FAFSA may be submitted on October 1st, 2019 or anytime thereafter. The FAFSA is completed online at You and your parent must each have an FSA ID. Individual colleges may have varying deadlines. Make sure you fill out the FAFSA for the 2020-21 school year since that is when you will be starting college.
Help with FAFSA completion will be available this fall at State Employees' Credit Union branches. Dates to be announced in the future.

Important Notes on Preparing for either October or December FAFSA Completion at a Credit Union:

  1. Prior to the event, each student and one parent should apply for an FSA ID at Make sure to keep a record of the parent's and student's email addresses, their answers to the security questions, and both FSA IDs in a secure place. You'll need that information to sign the FAFSA.
  2. Completing the 2019-2020 FAFSA on the Web Worksheet in advance will help you get familiar with what's on the electronic version you'll be completing and submitting. Worksheet available at
  3. The day of the event, you'll need to bring information from your 2018 tax filing. With that in hand, most families will be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool in the income/asset section of the FAFSA.
  4. You can fill out the FAFSA on a computer, mobile device, or the myStudentAid mobile app.
  5. Filling out the FAFSA is free. Never pay a company or service to process your FAFSA.
  6. To complete the FAFSA, you will need your FSA ID (create logins at Social Security Number, Driver's License Number and Bank Statements and records of investments.

List of FAFSA Questions:
Advice on Tricky FAFSA Questions:
Ultimate Financial Aid Guide:
Financial Tips: https://explore.findtherightcollege.c...
College Budgeting Tool:


Financial Aid Resources for Students and Parents - Video Links:
1)           What Happens After the FAFSA is Filed? Link: What Happens After the FAFSA is Filed

2)           North Carolina State Grants: Link:

3)           Making Changes on the FAFSA; When to contact the financial aid office: Link:

4)           What to do when there is a change/loss of income: Link:

5)           Verification:What to do if my FAFSA is chosen: Link:

6)           Student Aid Report – How to Use it:  Link:


To Review An Organized Collection of Financial Aid Tools, Resources, and Guides, click on this link:   LendEdu has information here on:
- Popular Financial Aid Courses
- Popular Financial Aid Calculator Tools
- Important Statistics and Data
- Original Studies and Reports
- And even a few other random fun articles!
Private Student Loans Guide for 2018.
- In-depth comparison of the different private student loan options
- Risks of using private student loans
- Information about servicing
- Information about interest rates
- Application process and eligibility requirements
The Sallie Mae Paying for College Resource provides access to free, online college planning tools, short educational videos on financial aid, a free scholarship search engine with access to billions of dollars in scholarships, a college planning calculator, and other valuable information to help guide students and their families through the planning for college process.
Fair Opportunity Project, a free resource covering the entire financial aid and college application process.
Tuition Tracker. This website discloses the net price of a college based on a user’s family income, and other essential information, by the institution.
One of the best sources of scholarship and financial aid information is the Financial Aid Office and Scholarship Office at the college or university to which you are applying. Check out the website of any college and follow the instructions for deadlines and available forms.

Some free scholarship search areas:
  • Going Merry ( - A place for students to find and apply to scholarships online, absolutely free.
  •, the largest on-line database of scholarships for students pursuing a post-secondary education with over 250,000 College-specific and Private Scholarships. Go to where students can quickly and easily browse through scholarships by a variety of categories (Major, Athletics, Religion, Disability, State, College, etc.)
Search Fellowships, Scholarships, Paid Internships, and Research Opportunities:

 College Week Live Scholarships: 

  • Log in or sign up for a free account at
  • Visit five or more college pages before March 1st to research colleges and chat with admissions counselors 

          Students can enter each month and during  All Access events


Questbridge National College Match 

  • Helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to some of the nation's most selective colleges. If you are a student who has achieved academic excellence in the face of economic challenges, apply to the National College Match. Questbridge's partner colleges offer generous financial aid packages that cover 100% of demonstrated financial need, making them very affordable for low-income students.
Free to enter and eligibility is not based on GPA or financial need.
There are fifteen chances to win with one winner chosen every two weeks from October to May. Enter online at:  
  • National Beta Scholarship Program
National Beta will award over $300,000 in scholarships with awards ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 to outstanding 12th grade Beta members. The application is open Nov 1. Check out betaclub/scholarship for details. 
  • The Betty and Ken Isaac Scholarship Foundation
This is a $20,000 scholarship dispersed over four years for a student enrolled in a college within the state of N.C. See Ms. Ardiitti for an application, which is available in the Spring of a student's senior year. 
  • Catawba County Medical Society Scholarship

CCMS will sponsor five $1,000 scholarships available to Junior or Senior High School students considering a career in medicine. Applicants will submit a 500-word essay in response to the prompt: “Describe a person or event in your life that has shaped your future aspirations to join the medical field.” Application is due in the Spring.

Submission Format: MLA Format, email as an attachment to



  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund
  • Janice M. Scott Memorial Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is for seniors who have a 3.0 GPA, plan to attend a 4 year university, and have demonstrated leadership abilities. The application is due by March 31, an essay is required, and the combined parental income cannot exceed $50,000. See Ms. Arditti for additional details.
  •  GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program
This national program awards college scholarships to high school seniors who embody the characteristics of President Ronald Reagan at school, in the community, in the workplace, and at home. Recipients receive $10,000 renewable scholarships - up to $40,000 per student. Apply online through
  • Careers in Conservation Scholarship Program
  • John Hoyle Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship -  $500-$1000  
Female seniors may apply for this scholarship. See Ms. Arditti for more information.
  • Abbott and Fenner $1000.00 Scholarship
  • Slemp Scholarship
Catawba Valley Medical Center awards a $1,000 scholarship to one student in each of the public high schools in Catawba County to seniors who have been accepted into a healthcare-related program. See Ms. Arditti for applications.
  • Vivint Smart Home Scholarship  $5000.00 Scholarship that is not based on financial need. Deadline to apply is April 1. 
  • RMHC/HACER $100,000 College Scholarship for Hispanic Students
Applications accepted Oct 1 - Jan 20. Get your application and details at 
  • Discover Student Loans Scholarship
Discover is giving away $50,000 in scholarships to high school and college students. Students are automatically entered to win a $2,500 scholarship when they sign up to receive helpful tips on planning and paying for college at No purchase or student loan necessary for students to enter or win. To learn more about the scholarship, visit
Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent U.S. Resident
Must be enrolled (or accepted) in an accredited college or university
Graduating high school seniors who meet the above-mentioned criteria may apply
Students need to apply by April 1.
  • Carolina Pest Management Scholarship
This merit-based, recurring annual scholarship is open to all undergraduate and graduate students at an accredited university or college located in North or South Carolina and the winning applicant will receive $1,000 dollars towards their costs of education. This scholarship also includes a $1000 match donation by Carolina Pest to a nonprofit of the winner's choice.
This is a recurring annual scholarship that is merit-based, requires a 1000 to 1500 word essay submission, and the winning applicant will receive $1,000 dollars towards their cost of education.  Plus, Carolina Pest will give a $1000 match donation to a nonprofit of their choice. All of the application details can be found here:
  • The NC Retail Merchants Association Scholarships
The North Carolina Retail Merchants Association (NCRMA) is now calling for students working in retail, or with parents working in retail, to apply for scholarship money towards next year’s tuition. Forty-eight awards valued at $2,500 each are available through NCRMA and its grocery division, the Carolinas Food Industry Council (CFIC). The awards are offered to high school and college students. For more information go to:
  • The State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC) Scholarship Foundation
The scholarship is available online at and offers scholarships to the dependents of SEANC members. If a student is interested in applying for a scholarship whose parent is not a member of SEANC, please go to to join. Applicants must apply through a local SEANC district. The District Scholarship Chairperson's contact information can be found at  
  • The Golden LEAF Scholarship Application
The Golden Leaf scholarship application is available at This scholarship is for students attending public universities and private colleges and universities who demonstrate financial need. The Golden Lead Scholarship Program will award up to 215 grants, each valued at $12,000. The application deadline is March 1.
  • Ellen Stewart Memorial School Nutrition Scholarship - See Ms. Arditti for an application for this $1500.00 scholarship.
  • Catawba Valley Medical Center Auxiliary Scholarship
  • Slemp/Volunteer Health Career Scholarship
Amount of scholarship: $1,000 for a One Time Award
Eligibility: A high school student in good standing with a C+ or better average and is planning a career in a healthcare field. See Ms. Arditti for an application.
  • N.C. Child Support Council Scholarship
Amount: $1,000.00. Check out:  for more information. 
  • Green Room Community Theater Scholarships
Amount: $1,000.00.  Check out:
  • Service League of Hickory Scholarship
Amount $10,000.00   Eligibility: 1) Financial need (Only submit an application if family income is less than $60,000.00 unless there are extenuating circumstances. 2) Academic excellence 3) Leadership 4) Work ethic.  See Ms. Arditti for an application.
  • N.C. Society of Accountants Scholarship Foundation
$750.00 scholarship for a student who desires to enter the profession of accounting. See Ms. Arditti for an application.
  • The Profile in Courage Essay Contest
This essay contest challenges students to think critically, research primary sources, and write for a purpose. This is open to students in grades 9 - 12. For this year only the top prize of $10,000 is doubled to $20,000. There are other cash prizes as well. The deadline is early January.
  • Gates Millennium Scholars
Students who are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, or Hispanic American can apply. You must be a citizen or legal permanent resident or national of the US, have a GPA of 3.3 (unweighted), be enrolling for the first time at a US accredited college or university, have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities, and apply for the FAFSA (must meet federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria). 
  •  Davidson Fellows Scholarship: 

The Davidson Fellows Scholarship goes to high-achieving students who are 18 years old or younger. You must be a U.S. citizen. Applicants must complete a meaningful project in one of these areas: science, technology, engineering, mathematics, literature, music, or philosophy. The form and topic of your project should highlight a new idea or creative way of approaching problems, as well as benefit society in some way.

The extraordinary students who make it through the application process are rewarded with a scholarship in the amount of $10,000, $25,000, or $50,000.

  • The Michael A. Demayo Scholarship
 The law firm of Michael A Demayo will offer fifteen $2500.00 scholarships to seniors in our community headed to a 4-year university with a 3.0 GPA. The application includes a video, PowerPoint, brochure, website, or essay which discourages underage drinking and driving. Applications are in Ms. Arditti's office. Entries must be postmarked by March 10. 
  •  Ron Brown Scholarship
The Ron Brown Scholarship, which has a Jan. 9 application deadline each year, provides support for around 20 academically gifted African-American high school seniors who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and take part in community service. Besides showing leadership potential, you must also have demonstrated financial need to qualify for this scholarship. Since the $10,000 Ron Brown Scholarship is renewable, winners can receive a total of $40,000 over their four years of college.
  • Harry W Clarke Memorial Scholarship
Offered for $2,000.00 to graduating seniors from any public high school in Western NC. Eligible candidates must be accepted for enrollment at an NC four-year university, demonstrate financial need, and be involved in significant community service and/or work experience.
  • Education Matters Scholarship
Students must be 13 years or older and a US citizen. Applicants must write an original essay on the topic of "What would you say to someone who thinks education doesn't matter, or that college is a waste of time and money?" In 250 words or less. The application is due 11/30.
  • The Rotary Club of Lake Hickory Scholarship
Applicants must be in the top 20% of their graduating class, attend a high school in Catawba County, and thoroughly explain the financial need. After these 3 criteria are met, the motto of Rotary International, "Service About Self", will be the major basis for selection. "Service Above Self," loosely interpreted, means contributions to school, church, and community. See Ms. Arditti for an application. Applications must be postmarked by March 20. 
  • Tuition Funding Sources - They post a new scholarship on their Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts every day @TFScholarships. 

  • North Carolina Hispanic College Fund
The North Carolina Hispanic College Fund (NCHCF) is announcing an open call to all Latino students to submit an application by January 15 for the 2019-2020 School Year scholarship awards cycle. The NCHCF awards annual scholarships worth between $500 and $2,500. Scholarship recipients are seniors and recent graduates of North Carolina high schools who are of Hispanic/Latino background. Recipients of an NCHCF scholarship must enroll in a degree program at a community college or a 2 or 4-year college/university and demonstrate a commitment to public service and community development. Visit the NCHCF web site for more information.
  • Horatio Alger Association

Receive up to $25,000 for college - Applications due October 25

Eligibility Criteria:

Will be enrolled in an eligible program in Fall 2020
Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor's degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the US. (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution.)
Demonstrated critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income.
Demonstrated perseverance in overcoming adversity
Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities. 
Maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0
Be a United States citizen

Check out the website for further information:

  • The Gallery Collection - Annual Create-a-Greeting Card
$10,000 Scholarship - submit photo, artwork, or computer graphic for the front of a greeting card. Designs should be appropriate for business and consumer use. Entry must be original work. 
Scholarships for Students Prior to Senior Year
It's never too early to start looking for scholarships. Explore the following scholarship opportunities for younger students:
Books for finding colleges and searching for scholarships
  • Fiske Guide to Colleges by Edward B. Fiske
  • Hidden Ivies by Howard Greene
  • The Ultimate Scholarship Book, by Gen and Kelly Tanabe
  • Peterson's Scholarships, Grants, and Prizes 2016
  • How to Win College Scholarships: A Guide for Parents in 10 Easy Steps, by Monica Matthews
  • How to Go to College Almost for Free, by Ben Kaplan
Due to Covid 19, many colleges are not requiring standardized testing and are adopting test-optional policies for the Class of 2021. You may contact the admissions office or review the website of any university to see what their testing policy for the coming year will be. 
Testing Schedule for the SAT 2020-21

Test Date

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Late Registration


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ACT Testing Schedule:


ACT Test Dates & Deadlines 
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ACT Practice Sites    
ACT review tutorials and free practice questions are on this site. It has over 5 hours of free ACT tutorials. Best ACT Prep Course by the Mometrix Academy
ACT Academy is a resource available to students that offers free personalized online learning. Go to
You will find video lessons, interactive practice questions, full-length practice tests, educational games, etc. 
The ACT is given free of charge by Discovery High School in the spring of a student's junior year. Students must register and pay for the SAT themselves and can do so by creating an account on

All Seniors planning to attend a four-year college may be able take the SAT this Fall, if they have not already done so. It is recommended that students take the SAT up to three times, but due to Covid 19 that may be unrealistic. Juniors should plan to take the SAT for the first time in the Spring of 2021, if possible. If you are planning on attending a two-year school, you also have the option of skipping these standardized tests and taking an admission test offered through the community college.

Fee waivers are available for students on free or reduced lunch in the counseling office.
Any current junior may apply for the Martha Guy Summer Institute for Business Leaders at ASU. The program is designed for juniors with an interest in business as a college major. Students have a two-week residential experience at ASU the summer of 2020 followed by out of state travel. The cost is $1825.00 for the three-week institute. Need based scholarships are also available. Deadline to apply is February 2020. See Ms. Arditti for more information. 
If you are a very motivated student, consider applying for SUMMER VENTURES in Science and Mathematics. This is a no-cost, state-funded program for academically talented NC students who aspire to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Current sophomores and juniors may apply, and the application deadline is in January of 2020. This is a four-week program where students live on a college campus and conduct research around topics of interest with like-minded peers. Apply online at or see Ms. Arditti for more details. 
50 Best Pre-College Summer Technology Programs for High School Students - Best College Reviews
The Clemson University Scholars Program is for students in grade 7 - 12 who want a challenging summer program at a prestigious university. Please visit the website for more information.
Leadership Converse is a summer program designed for rising female juniors and seniors. Applications are due April 2020. Check out the link:
     How hard is it to earn admission into each UNC system school?
With Chegg Test Prep, students can get instant access to hundreds of expert SAT, ACT, and GRE test prep guides. One of the most popular guides to date is our top 50 strategies for SAT test day article
  • allows students access to hundreds of expert SAT and ACT test prep guides. 
  • For students who want to stay organized or need assistance in doing so:
    Check out the myhomework Student Planner App. Students can use this app to stay organized in school. The App may be used on an iphone, tablet, and computer. 
  • Our school CEEB code is 342911. This code is requested on college applications, ACT, and SAT registration.
  • Student Transcripts: Many colleges request that transcripts are sent electronically. The email address that students should submit to colleges for electronic transcripts to be sent is: 
  • NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse for Student Athletes:

    The clearinghouse evaluates your academic record to determine if you are eligible to participate as a freshman student-athlete in a Division I or II college or university. The Clearninghouse is an organization that performs academic evaluations for the NCAA. Go to and click on the eligibility center at the bottom of the page. For further information or assistance or for a fee waiver, see Ms. Arditti in the Counseling Office.

  • is a new online video platform that’s designed to help high school students better explore college options. The site provides 12,000+ authentic, unscripted videos created by current students at hundreds of colleges/universities around the country. Find out what a day in the life of a college student is like at different universities. Feel free to check it out...

  • Selective Service: All male students between the ages of 18 and 25 who live in the U.S. are required to register with the Selective Service. If you are at least 17 years 3 months old, you can register now. The information will be held on file and processed automatically when you are within 30 days of your 18th birthday. REGISTRATION IS THE LAW. Student financial aide, citizenship, federal job training, and federal job eligibility will be affected by failure to comply. Go to to register or fill out a registration form at any United States Post Office. 
For Help on Writing College Application Essays:
Some college applications require written essays. For tips:
1. Go to
2. Click Resources/Videos link
3. Click Helping You Apply link
4. Click Writing Your Admissions Essay
Safe Teen Driving Video Challenge
Ck out the Toyota TeenDrive365 at for their Video Challenge! To enter record a 60 second PSA on safe teen driving. You have a shot at winning $15,000 & a chance to work with a Discovery film crew and 14 other cash prizes. Good luck!
Career Exploration
  • CVCC has a career assessment tool that is free and available to all students, even if you do not attend CVCC. Focus2 is under the student services tab of CVCC. Even if you are not a CVCC student, you must create an account to use the tool. Focus2 helps students find a course of study that is in line with their interests and talents. 
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