HOW TO APPLY TO COLLEGES
Applications for college admissions at 4-year, 2-year and technical colleges are now being accepted. Seniors are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible, preferably before December 1. Some colleges may close admissions in January.
Complete the application online
UW Colleges - www.applywisconsin.edu
Wisconsin technical college – www.witechcolleges.org - (or get a paper application in the Student Services Center)
WI Private colleges – www.wisconsinprivatecolleges.org
* Some in-state and a variety of out of state private colleges require the Common Application. To apply go to: www.commonapp.org. Upon completion of applying to the private college(s) of your choice bring all necessary paperwork, including the full name and address of the college(s) to Student Services.
BRING THE FOLLOWING MATERIALS TO STUDENT SERVICES:
- Senior Transcript Form (available in the Student Services)
- If you do not pay online, bring in a check made payable to:
- UW Wisconsin for all UW colleges or Name of Technical College or Name of Private College
- #10 business sized white envelope with 2-First Class Stamps (DO NOT ADDRESS THE ENVELOPE, DO NOT PUT YOUR RETURN ADDRESS ON THE ENVELOPE) We will address this for you!
STUDENT SERVICES WILL ATTACH YOUR TRANSCRIPT AND MAIL THE APPLICATION DIRECTLY FROM PARKER HIGH SCHOOL.
ACT/SAT scores must be sent by the ACT/SAT company. If you did not have your scores sent to the college you are applying to when you took the ACT/SAT go online to actstudent.org or collegeboard. com to have your scores sent.
OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS MUST COME DIRECTLY FROM THE SCHOOL.
TURN TRANSCRIPT REQUEST and ENVELOPE with 2 STAMPS IN TO STUDENT SERVICES -NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY!!!!
NEXT STEPS FOR ADMITTED STUDENTS
Once students have been admitted, they should follow these next steps:
- Apply for financial aid
- Explore university housing
- Sign up for an admitted student event
- Join the official Facebook group for their class
After students have committed to UW-Madison by confirming their enrollment and paying their class deposit, they should follow these next steps:
- Sign up for placement test
- Sign up for Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR)
- Send final transcript(s)
- Send AP/CLEP/IB scores
College Representatives Visit Parker
College representatives come to Student Services on a regular basis. If you would like to meet with them, come to student services prior to the visit and get a pass. Sign out with your classroom teacher and come to the Student Services office on the day and time of the visit. Students will be excused from class during presentation times but you are responsible for any missed work
|Mon. Nov. 19||9:45am||UW Oshkosh|
|Thur. Nov. 29||12:57pm||UW Platteville|
|Tues. Dec. 4||9:30am||UW Rock County|
|Tues. Dec. 4||10:15am||UW Whitewater|
Additional visits are added daily so listen for announcements! Colleges reschedule visits in the Spring
Technical College Application Dates
The following programs often have waiting lists so apply as soon as possible. Radiology, Nursing, Physical Therapy Assistant, Health Unit Coordinator, Auto Technician, Diesel and Heavy Equipment, Electric Power Distribution, Welding and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning.
The date your application is received will determine your spot on the waiting list.
Scholarship Application Procedures
Follow these procedures when you apply for scholarships.
1. Get the application form from the appropriate source. Scholarship applications may be available from Student Services, on-line from the Parker Home Page, from other websites or from outside agencies.
2. Type the application if possible. Make it as neat as possible. Use black pen. Never fill out an application in pencil.
3. Request recommendations at least a week in advance. Also give the person who is to write the letter a personal information sheet (located in Student Services) about you detailing information that they may not know. (Clubs, leadership roles, honors and awards, work and volunteer experience, etc.)
4. Request a transcript from Student Services if it is required.
5. PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO DEADLINE DATES. Scholarship committees do not accept late applications.
6. Note in the newsletter or on the application if you are to return the application to Student Services or mail it yourself.
PARKER LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION
The Parker Local Scholarship Application is a form that should be filled out by EVERY SENIOR THAT INTENDS TO GO ON TO ANY TYPE OF COLLEGE. This application does not take the place of filling out scholarships that are in the Senior Newsletter, but makes the student eligible for scholarships and awards that are NOT published. Scholarship committees will come in to review the Local Scholarship Applications. Neatness is extremely important (type if possible). Use black pen. Never fill out an application in pencil. Awards and scholarships are given based on the information provided on the Local Scholarship form. This application is available in the Student Services Office and must be returned no later than March 1.
- World’s Largest Scholarship Database: www.SchoolSoup.com
- Helps you find money for college: www.Scholarships.com
- Scholarships @ UW-Madison: http://scholarships.wisc.edu
The FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the primary form that the federal government, states and colleges use to award grants, scholarships, work study and student loans. Grants and scholarships are free, but you have to earn the work study dollars and pay back the loans.
All students should consider applying for financial aid.
- Financial aid information (FAFSA) is available beginning in October (previously January). This better aligns the financial aid and college application processes and gives students more time to apply.
- The application must be completed on-line at www.fafsa.edu.gov Families can use their prior-prior year tax information to complete the form instead of the prior year’s tax information. This allows families to file the FAFSA before they file their previous year’s taxes.
When do I complete the FAFSA?
The 2019-2020 FAFSA is available for filing on or after October 1, 2018. The deadline for the 2019-2020 FAFSA is midnight, Central Time, June 30, 2020. The earlier you file, the more grant money you are likely to receive (up to twice as much). Filing early also helps to ensure you don’t miss FAFSA deadlines for state and college aid, which may differ from the federal deadline.
A few things to remember:
- To receive federal student aid for 2018-19 the deadline for submitting the FAFSA is June 30, 2019
- You need to apply as soon as you can! Schools and states often use FAFSA information to award nonfederal aid. Their deadlines are usually early in the year. Check with the schools you’re interested in to find out about their deadlines. Find state deadlines at www.fafsa.gov
- You must reapply for federal state aid every year
- If you change schools; your aid doesn’t automatically transfer with you. Check with your new school to find out what you need to do to continue receiving financial aid.
Your FAFSA helps you apply for federal, state, and school financial aid!
If you’re not ready to apply for federal student aid, but you’d like to estimate your aid, visit StudentAid.gov/fafsa/estimate to try FAFSA4caster; an early eligibility estimator.
Find more details about eligibility requirements at StudentAid.gov/eligibility.
HELPFUL FINANCIAL AID WEBSITES
- Step-by-step instructions to filling out the FAFSA
- Alternative ways to pay for college
- Different types of college savings plans
You can check out these guides here:
Ultimate Guide to the FAFSA: https://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/resources/fafsa-guide/
Graduating Without Debt: https://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/resources/debt-free-college-education-guide/
College Savings Plans: https://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/resources/college-savings-plans-guide/
Don't ask "Could you write a letter of recommendation for me?" Just about anyone can write a letter. The problem can be what they are going to include in the letter. Rather, ask "Do you feel you know me well enough to write me a good letter of recommendation?" By giving the following information such as your g.p.a, your rank, your outside activities, leadership positions and volunteer work to the person who is being asked to write the letter of recommendation you can be assured that those who say "yes" will be enthusiastic about your performance and will write a positive letter.
Letter of Recommendation forms can be found in the student services office. Fill out the form and include this when you request a letter of recommendation. Always allow at least two weeks to complete the letter. Your teachers will do a better job on your letter if they don’t have to rush. Also, keep a copy of the letter(s) for use later in the college application and scholarship process.
NEW GENERAL SCHOLARSHIPS
Alliant Energy Innovation Scholarship – To be eligible, scholarship applicants must have participated in a leadership role in community service work or volunteer activities. They must also meet the following critieria:
- Be a dependent of a current customer, or be a current customer, of one of Alliant Energy’s utility subsidiaries
- Have a current high school GPA between 2.50 and 4.0
- Reside within the Alliant Energy service territory at the time of application.
Plan to enroll in, for the first time, beginning in the fall of 2018, a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college or
- university, or vocational-technical school located within the Alliant Energy service territory.
- A 300 word essay is required.
For an application and more information go to:
alliantenergy.com/foundation. Applications will be accepted from December 1 to February 15.
Better Business Bureau Students of Integrity Scholarship – BBB scholarships are awarded to Wisconsin high school students who have demonstrated character, leadership and ethical values. The students’ essay submission is the most important part of the application. The online application can be found at: https://www.bbb.org/wisconsin/scholarships Deadline is Thursday, Feb. 14th by 4:30pm
J.P. Cullen Foundation Scholarship – Available to any young women or man who are interested in entering the construction field. Applications are available in the Student Services office and must be returned to J.P. Cullen by March 31st .
Riverside Mens Golf Association Scholarships – George Clatworthy Memorial Scholarship and Gene Thorp, Fred Parkinson, Don Kazda Memorial Scholarship – Available to any senior going to a 4 year, 2 year, vocational-technical, beauty school, business school, etc. who is a member of high school golf team or a son/daughter of a RMGA member. Application forms can be downloaded at: http://golfrmga.org/scholarships.html. Download the application, fill it out and email back to: email@example.com Application deadline is April 15.
Rock Energy Cooperative Scholarship- Offered to students whose parents or guardians are active members of the Rock County Electric Cooperative. Applicants are judged on the following bases: General Merit, Cooperation, Leadership Abilities, Financial Need, and Class Rank. Interested students should visit: www.rock.coop, go to the Community &Youth tab and click on Scholarships. You must complete the application in one sitting. You cannot save and come back later. Deadline for students to complete the online application is January 9.
TO APPLY FOR ALL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS, READ THESE DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY:
Go to: http://www.cfsw.org/scholarships/high-school-students/parker-high-school/
Click on the name of the scholarship-It will take you directly to the application. ALL Community Foundation Scholarships should be completed, printed out, signed and returned to the Student Services Office. All Community Foundation Scholarships require 2ND SEMESTER transcripts. 2ND SEMESTER Transcripts will be attached to each scholarship before they are delivered to the Community Foundation. These scholarships cannot be accepted after March 1st
Edna Anderson Alumni Scholarship
For a Roosevelt Elementary School alumnus. Selection will be based on need, character, scholarship, and good citizenship. Student must have at least a 2.0 GPA.
Lavern Anderson Memorial Scholarship
For students who attended Lincoln Elementary School who intend to study agriculture, education, or healthcare. Student must be in the top 50 percent of class ranking.
Theodore W. Batterman Family Foundation Scholarship
Student must have a 3.5 GPA or better, be among the top 20 students in the graduating class, have engaged in community service of significant nature, be a person of good character as shown through letters of recommendation (only one may be from a teacher or school administrator), have demonstrated financial need, and provide a written statement of their goals. Scholarship is renewable up to four years.
George & Harriet Christopherson Scholarship
For students who will be attending a technical school. Student must have a 2.5 GPA or higher.
Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Janesville Chapter Scholarship
Student should demonstrate academic excellence and commitment to the field of study. Preference may also be given for financial need.
For students intending to pursue a career in the field of nursing at an accredited college, university or technical school. Preference may be given for financial need, but is not a restriction.
Sylvia B. Feingold Scholarship
Student must be pursuing a major/minor in foreign language.
Geraldine Hedberg Scholarship
For students who are planning to attend an accredited college, university, or technical school. Criteria includes financial need and class ranking. Preference may be given to financially needy students who show untapped potential.
Janesville Multicultural Teacher Scholarship
The JMTS program offers an incentive for Janesville students of color to return to the community as professional teachers and role models for all students.
Janesville Women’s Club Association Scholarship
For graduates to attain post-high school education. Preference may be given for academic excellence and/or financial need.
JAREA-Kathryn Mary Swingle Memorial Scholarship
For students pursuing a career in the education field.
Ronald J. Jelinek Memorial Fund for Welding Education
For students or adults wanting to learn or improve welding skills. Application is open to anyone living in Rock County. Scholarships will be given for tuition, fees, books, supplies and/or equipment required for courses at the educational institution.
Student must demonstrate leadership qualities and have participated in high school athletics
This scholarship was established to assist young people graduating from Rock County high schools who have been active in agricultural programs and projects.
Rubie McWilliam Scholarship
Student should be between the 10-20 percent of class ranking range and must demonstrate good citizenship, school involvement, and a willingness to broaden academic horizons. Preference may be given for financial need.
Theresa A. Purintun Memorial Scholarship
For students pursuing a career in the education field. Must have a 3.0 GPA.
Wilson Rawls Scholarship
For literary-minded students attending a four-year college or university. Applicant must provide three letters of recommendation, one each from a teacher, guidance counselor, and employer or community leader. Applicant also must submit a written essay of 200-400 words in length describing future education, personal life, community service, and career goals.
Mae Theisen Scholarship
For students who are in the top 20 percent of their class and intend to pursue an education degree. Student also must have financial need.
Mae Theisen Scholarship at UW-Rock County
For Janesville residents attending the University of Wisconsin-Rock County. Student must have financial need and intend to pursue an education degree. May be renewed after the first year if student demonstrates good academic progress.
Youth Baseball of Janesville Scholarship
Established to provide post-high school educational opportunities for young people from Janesville, Wis. Student should have at least a 2.5 GPA, recommendation from teachers, coach and/or school administrator is welcome, must demonstrate active interest in community and school activities. Preference will be given to students who have been active in Youth Baseball of Janesville.
PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED SCHOLARSHIPS
Elks National Foundation 2019 Most Valuable Student Scholarship - Available to high school seniors who are US citizens. Applicants do not need to be related to a member of the Elks. Males and females compete separately and are judged on scholarship, leadership and financial aid. These scholarships range from $4,000 to $50,000. The application is completed and submitted online. For complete details including the application and to learn more about the Elks visit elks.org/scholars. Application deadline is November 15, 2018
Engineer Foundation of Wisconsin (EFW) – Sponsored by the Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers these scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, community involvement, extracurricular activities and need. Application is available online at: http://www.wspe,org/efwi.shtml. Applications must be submitted by Monday, Dec. 17th.
James F. Swart ROTC Scholarship – Available to any student enrolled in an ROTC program at your college. Applications are available in the Student Services office and must be returned to Student Services by March 15th.
BLACKHAWK TECHNICAL FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is available to any student who will be attending BTC in the fall of 2018. Applicants must have two letters of recommendation and a written statement answering the four questions provided on the application.
Applications are available in the student services office and must be returned to BTC financial office by May 1st. For additional private scholarships go to: http://www.blackhawk.edu/FinancialAid/ScholarshipsandAwards/PrivateScholarships.aspx
UW Madison/Madison College – Delta Theta Sigma Scholarship house is offering two scholarships available to male or female high school seniors that will be attending either the University of Madison or Madison College.
- $1000 In-House Resident Scholarship – Leadership positions, sports and activities, community involvement, and academic achievement.
- $500 Academic Scholarship – Applicants who qualify will be notified and will be required to attend an interview.
- One application covers both scholarships and is available at: http://www.deltathetasigma.com/scholarship
- Deadline is February 15, 2019.
UW COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP WEBSITES
Parker High School is not aware of all scholarships available through your college. Listed below are specific UW college websites. Check out the websites for scholarship opportunities.
UW Eau Claire Scholarships
We are excited to share a groundbreaking scholarship program: The Centennial Scholarship. This is a $5000 scholarship which provides $2500 to students in their first year and then they bank $2500 to use toward experiences such as study abroad, research, internships, etc.
More details and scholarship application here: www.uwec.edu/admissions/scholarship.
We now use a separate scholarship application for most of our scholarships and it needs to be submitted by February 1 (December1 for early awards).
UW Green Bay Scholarships
The deadline to apply for new student scholarships is February 15. Scholarship information and application instructions are available at www.uwgb.edu/financialaid/scholarships/index.asp.
UW La Crosse Scholarships
Our Foundation Office offers pages and pages of scholarships. In order to be considered, seniors need to apply for the Foundation Scholarships by February 15. The scholarship application is available at uwlax.academicworks.com.
The application for admission is used to determine recipients of scholarships awarded through the Admissions Office. The most academically-talented students from the pool of admitted students will receive scholarships and will be notified by mail.
UW Madison Scholarships
Find information on all our available scholarships at scholarships.wisc.edu.
UW Oshkosh Scholarships
Students must submit applications to receive UW-Oshkosh scholarships. We do not use the application for admission to award scholarships. Deadlines vary between January and March. Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholars may receive renewable benefits that include $2000 for tuition, half the cost of room/board, $400 for books, and a $1500 work opportunity in addition to the State tuition award of $2250 www.uwosh.edu/admissions/scholarships/.
UW Platteville Scholarships
Students must apply and be admitted to UW-Platteville before submitting the application for any of the following scholarships. All applications are available online at www.uwplatt.edu/financial-aid/scholarships-nf.
UW River Falls Scholarships
Scholarship awards will begin early December and continue throughout the spring. For consideration, your students need to be admitted and have submitted the scholarship application by February 5, 2015. The scholarship application is available at uwrf.academicworks.com/users/sign_in.
UW Stevens Point Scholarships
Our freshman scholarship application is available at www.uwsp.edu/admissions/Documents/UWSP_Scholarship%20Application.pdf.
Priority consideration will be given to admitted students who have submitted the scholarship application by January 15. Substantial tuition scholarships are available to National Merit semifinalists and finalists.
UW Stout Scholarships
The Stout University Foundation Scholarship deadline is now the first Monday in February of the student’s senior year in high school. We also offer academic merit based scholarships for incoming freshmen including: Stout Scholars, Chancellor’s Scholarship, Polytechnic Scholarship Check these out at www.uwstout.edu
UW Superior Scholarships
Our application for admission is also a student’s scholarship application. Apply by February 1 in order to be eligible for scholarships. If a student qualifies for a UW-Superior scholarship, they will be sent an email of their next steps in March, which includes submitting a letter of recommendation. Admissions, scholarships, housing or campus visit questions can be answered at (715) 394-8230 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.uwsuper.edu/admissions to learn more!
UW Whitewater Scholarships
The admission application also serves as the scholarship application for freshman. Applicants must be admitted by February 1, 2015 to be considered. Scholarship consideration extends to individuals ranking in the top 25% of their high school class with at least a 25 ACT.
FREE SCHOLARSHIP SEARCHES
Each of these interactive sites allows students to search for possible scholarships based on personal information provided by the student. Once an application posted to the Web has been completed, the user is able to search for scholarships using different criteria.
Absolutely Scholarships - Absolutely Scholarships is a searchable database that has over 200,000 available scholarships. The search is performed in two comprehensive scholarship databases.
College Quest - College Quest allows students to search for a campus to meet their needs as well as search for scholarships and other awards.
Collegeboard.com - Collegeboard.com enables students to match their educational goals with internships, scholarships, and loans. It offers a wide variety of facts and tips to aid students when planning for college.
Financial Aid Search Through the Web (fastWeb) - fastWEB is a database of more than 270,000 scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans
Kaarme.com -Provides tools, reference materials, and connectivity for college-bound students, counselors and parents. You may easily browse scholarships; no login information is required.
MOLIS - The Minority on-Line Information Service provides information about scholarship and fellowship opportunities for qualified minority applicants.
MACH25 - The CollegeNET MACH25 database contains listings of more than 500,000 private sector awards (including school-specific awards) from 1,570 sponsors. MACH25 uses residential, personal, academic, organizational affiliation, and general criteria to match the student's profile against the award listings.
SRN Express - Scholarship Resource Network Express (SRN Express) gives students access to a database of over 150,000 awards. The information is available to undergraduate and graduate students. There is also information about student loan repayment.
Wired Scholar - Wired Scholar allows students to complete an online profile to see for which scholarships they are eligible. Gain access to over 600,000 scholarships, grants, fellowships and internships. This database is available to undergraduate and graduate students.
Students interested in participating in a Youth Apprenticeship Program should complete and submit an Application Portfolio to Mrs. Potter. Application portfolios can be picked up in student services.
Benefits of Apprenticeship
EARN: In apprenticeship, you earn a paycheck from day one with guaranteed raises as your skill level increases.
LEARN:You will learn your trade through hands-on learning, coupled with classroom instruction and the potential to earn college credits.
SUCCEED: Apprenticeship helps you to realize your career goals by providing a great salary and long-term career opportunities - without student loan debt.
How does apprenticeship work?
Apprenticeship is post-secondary education like a college or university. But there's a big difference. Apprentices learn only a portion of their skills in a traditional classroom. They receive most of their training on-the-job, while working for an employer who pays a good wage. The employment is the primary requirement for an apprenticeship - a job must exist in order for the apprentice to be trained. The classroom instruction is usually provided through the Wisconsin Technical College system.
Additional Apprenticeship & Traineeship websites
- Wisconsin Apprenticeship - dwd.wisconsin.gov/apprenticeship/individuals.htm
- Apprenticeship USA-https://www.dol.gov/apprenticeship/
- Find Opportunities-https://www.dol.gov
- Valuable Web Sites: Parker Home Page http://janesvilleparker.org
- Fast Web http://fastweb.monster.com
- UW Helpline http://uwhelp.wisconsin.edu
- Scholarship Search http://CollegeNet.com
- Financial Aid information http://Finaid.org
- Financial Aid information http://wasfaa.net
When males turn 18, they must register with selective service. Where? At the Post Office or www.sss.gov
To learn more about the military, check out the following web sites.
Military recruiters are in the Parker commons during lunch periods.
US Marines –Dec. 13
US Army –Nov. 15
CAMPUS VISITS ARE ESSENTIAL
One of the best ways for a prospective student and his/her parents to determine if a college is a good choice is to visit the campus. In addition to providing the opportunity to meet with admission personnel, campus visits allow a student to see the campus through a guided tour. Students can also make arrangements to meet with faculty, coaches or other university staff by pre-arranged appointments.
Campus Preview Days or Close-Ups offer a more extensive agenda. These programs are typically half-day events that feature informational sessions with faculty, student service representatives and current students.
Scheduling early is key when arranging a campus visit or making plans to attend a preview day. Students should schedule with the campus at least one to two weeks in advance of the date they wish to visit. The reservations for some tour and preview days fill quickly, especially on teacher convention days, so it is important to plan ahead.
You can find Preview Day and tour information on the websites of the individual colleges. All of the Wisconsin private and state campuses home pages have a link from the Parker Home Page. You can also call the admissions offices of the campuses using the numbers listed below.
Wisconsin Private Colleges
|Milwaukee School of Engineering||800-332-6763|
|Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design||888-749-6423|
|Mount Mary College||800-321-6265|
|St. Norbert College||800-236-4878|
|Silver Lake College||800-236-4752|
|Chippewa Valley Tech||800-547-2882|
|Fox Valley Tech||800-735-3882|
|Madison Area Tech||608-246-6205|
|Milwaukee Area Tech||414-297-6370|
|Moraine Park Tech||800-472-4554|
|Nicolet Area Tech||715-365-4451|
|Waukesha Cnty Tech||262-691-5200|
|Western WI Tech||608-785-9571|
“Careers in Construction”
The Building and Construction Trades Council of South Central Wisconsin will be hosting the 16th Annual “Careers in Construction” event on Wednesday, March 20 from 9 AM to 3 PM at Steamfitters Local 601’s Training Center
6310 Town Center Dr., Madison, WI 53718
Representatives from various building trades unions will be doing hands-on interactive displays. Students will participate in masonry, plumbing, electrical, painting, crane simulation and more. This is a free event for high school students, teachers, and industry representatives.
Call of email to RSVP:
Building and Construction Trades Council Of South Central Wisconsin
Phone: (608) 256-3161
SENIOR MEETINGS HAVE STARTED
TOPICS THAT WILL BE DISCUSSED:
- Academic Status
- Post graduation plans
- College Applications
- Financial Aid
If you would like to schedule your senior meeting, come in to the Student Services office or call Mrs. Schroeder at 608-743-5651 to schedule an appointment with your counselor. Parents are also welcome to attend. Counselors’ hours are 7:45 am until 3:45 pm.
|Sara Ofner (A-E)||608-743-5722|
|Mary Ross (F-K)||608-743-5656|
|Denise Kruser (L-R)||608-743-5657|
|Jen Leneau (S-Z)||608-743-5655|