The School Counseling program at LPPACS is designed to assist students in all areas of preparation for the transition out of high school and into their chosen post-secondary path whether that choice is college, trade/technical school, the military or workforce. The counselors work closely with staff, parents/guardians, and the community to address students' academic, personal and social needs in order to help prepare them become independent, resilient and productive members of society. Consultation, prevention, intervention and connecting students and families with information and resources is a part of the ultimate goal of assisting students to fulfill their capacity to learn, grow and achieve in their own unique way.
A FREE full length practice SAT test is being offered this Saturday May 2nd from 10am-2:30pm @ Sewickley Public Library sponsored by McCaffrey Tutoring. Registration is required-call 412-741-6920
PHEAA has launched an interactive financial aid tool where students and families can learn how to avoid over-borrowing, see salaries in your chosen career path, compare your costs to attend different schools, get an estimate of your loan payments and calculate your future monthly budget. Go to MySmartBorrowing.org
Upcoming College visits:
Please get a pass from Mrs. Grafton and have it signed by your teacher of record prior to the event
LPPACS recently purchased a license for MyPlan. com. This is career/college planning website is designed to help explore students their interests, values, personality, and skills in order to find a realistic and rewarding post-secondary plan. Students can explore by careers, colleges and majors. Students should set up an appointment with Miss Price or Mrs. Campbell to create their free life-time account.
- Education Planner – Start Thinking about Life After High School
- U.S. Bureau of labor Statistics — Occupational Outlook Handbook
- SAT — National College Admissions Examination
- The ACT — National College Admissions Examination
- US News & World Report — College Rankings & Information
- U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid
- Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA)
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Fastweb – Scholarships, Financial Aid, Student Loans & Colleges
- High Five Scholarships
- Zinch-Set up a free account then get step-by-step info on applying, compare schools, set up reminders for deadlines and search for scholarships
- Scholarship Experts -US Students who are 13 & up may be eligible to apply for these scholarships. High school students, college students, grad school students and adults are invited to apply. Get updated scholarship information, deadline dates and links to applications. Create a free profile and let the experts find scholarships that match you!
Affordable College Online-College Guide for Students with Disabilities
Community College of Beaver County is hosting severl FAFSA completion workshop events. Download the flyer below for the list of dates/time.
The 2015-2016 FAFSA applications are now available. LPPACS will be hosting a free online FAFSA Completion Workshop on Monday February 2nd at 6:00pm. Get professional assistance and file your FAFSA in as little as 20min. all from the comfort of your home.
Penn State Beaver is hosting a Financial Aid Workshop on Monday February 16th. There will be a session at 12:00pm and 6:30pm. This program is free and open to all high school seniors and their parents regardless of the school they plan to attend. registration is requested by not required. Register: PSU Fin Aid Workshop
Penn State Beaver is hosting a FAFSA Completion Workshop on Saturday February 21st at 10:00am. Bring your tax forms and financial documents and get assistance as you complete the FAFSA on the Web. This program is free and open to all high school seniors and their parents regardless of the school they plan to attend. Registration for this event is required. Register: PSU FAFSA Worshop
**If you intend to submit your FAFSA online, you need a Federal Student Aid PIN to sign your FAFSA electronically and check the status online. Getting a PIN is easy and takes just minutes. You need to provide only basic personal information—your name, address, phone number, and email address—to request a PIN. Register for your PIN here.
Keep your PIN in a safe place and do not share it with anyone. This number does not change. Each year that you apply for financial aid, you can use your PIN to access and electronically sign your FAFSA.
CONNECTING PEOPLE WITH THE HELP THEY NEEDPA 2-1-1 Southwest is a FREE confidential information and referral resource hub that connects people with community, health and disaster services in 11 counties through a 24/7 phone service and website.
Call 2-1-1 for help with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more. Learn more about your local 2-1-1 by looking it up here.
Dial 211 from service area OR
Alternative #: 412) 255-1155
Alternative #: (888) 553-5778
SouthWest PA 211-provides information and referral service for the following counties in Pennsylvania: Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler, Fayette, Mercer, Washington and Westmoreland. Coming soon: Beaver, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence.
People United in Shaping and Helping (PUSH) is offering a $500 educational scholarship to one 2015 LPPACS graduate who resides in Beaver County, has at least a 3.0 and has committed to attend a Beaver County institute for higher learning (Penn State Beaver, Geneva, CCBC) in the fall. Applications are available in the guidance office and the deadline is June 19th.
The Beaver County branch of the NAACP will be awarding three $1000 scholarships to deserving 2015 graduating seniors. Applications are available in the guidance office and submission deadline is May 20th.
A $1000 scholarship is being offered by the Continental Building Systems. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 and plans to attend a 4 year institution in the fall of 2015. Applications can be picked up in the guidance area or found at www.columbusfoundation.org and clicking on the Scholar Link.
The Women’s Achievement Club Scholarship application is now available in the guidance office. Applicants must be college bound African American seniors with a 2.5 minimum GPA. Applications must be received by Tuesday April 21st.
The 3 Rivers Desk and Derrick Club is offering 3 $1000 scholarships to seniors attending college or a trade program for an energy related field. More information can be found in the guidance area and applications can be found online at ADDC's Educational Trust web site. Entries must be postmarked June 1st.
Attention juniors interested in pursuing a career in sports medicine! Applications for the Freddie Fu Scholarship Program are now available online at www.upmc.com/sportsmedicine. Recipients are awarded an opportunity to complete a 6 week summer program at the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine and a $2000 scholarship. Postmark deadline is April 25th.
Applications for the Rachel A. Mogielski are now available in the guidance office. This scholarship is open to all seniors and the deadline to apply is June 1st.
Attention students in all grade levels. Kohl’s is offering scholarships to students who are dedicated to volunteer service. You must be nominated by someone 21 or older (even your parents can nominate you). Nominees must describe their volunteer actions in detail and efforts must have occurred in the last year. Winners will be chosen based on the benefits and outcomes of their volunteer service. Prizes include Kohl’s gift cards, $1,000 scholarships and $10,000 scholarships. Kohl's Cares Scholarship. Deadline for submission is March 13th.
Applications for scholarships from the Tuition Mission Foundation (formerly Dollars For Scholars) are now available. Seniors residing in Midland, Western Beaver or South Side school districts are eligible. Apply between February 15th-April 15th online at TuitionMissionFoundation.com/apply.html
Applications are now available for the PA House of Representatives Scholarship. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, commitment to their community, extracurricular activities and demonstrate financial need. For more information visit the guidance office.
Applications for the 2015 Constance T. Rockwell Theater Arts Scholarship are available in the guidance office. This $4000 minimum award is based on talent, financial need, academic merit and school/community involvement. Visit the Pittsburgh CLO for details
Applications for the Jamie Ellenberger Scholarship Program are now available in the guidance office. Any senior planning to attend an accredited two or four year post-secondary education program is eligible to apply. Awards are based academic honors, school and community involvement, essay and references.
The Economy Junior Women's Club is offering scholarships to any current senior residing in the Ambridge Area School District. Applications are available in the guidance office.
Applications for scholarships from the Tuition Mission Foundation (formerly Dollars For Scholars) are now available. Apply online Tuition Mission Foundation
Applications for the 2015 Beaver-Lawrence Central Labor Council Scholarships are available in the guidance office. 3 scholarships, each worth $1,000 will be awarded. Applicants must be child or grandchild residing in the home of a union member. Submission deadline is March 28th.
Buick is sponsoring their annual Achievers Scholarship Program for current high school seniors who plan to attend college this fall to major in a field of study that focuses on engineering, technology, design or business with an interest in the automotive industry. Awards can go up to $25, 000/year. Application deadline is February 27th. Visit buickachievers.com for more details
Applications for Big33 scholarships are now available. Go to www.big33.org to determine which scholarships you are eligible to apply for. Deadline for submissions is February 27th
Applications for the Hermine Stolt scholarship are available to students pursuing higher education in the area of Business. Visit the guidance area or go online to PAEOP.com
The Student Assistance Program serves as a way for students, staff and families to identify individuals experiencing barriers to their education that are not academically related. A team of educators compiles data for each student identified and establishes an action plan to overcome hindrances and put students back on a path to success.
Resource by County
Allegheny County Department of Human Services
Beaver County Mental/Behavior Health
Center for Community Resources
The Mercer County Behavioral Health Commission
Washington County Behavioral Health & Developmental Services
Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
Mental Health America of Westmoreland County
The prestigious Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences (PGSS) will be held this year from June 28th-August 1st 2015 at Carnegie Mellon University. This 5-week summer residential program for talented high school students of science and mathematics emphasizes cooperative learning and hands-on laboratory research. The goal of the program is to encourage talented youth to pursue STEM related careers. Information is available in the guidance area. You must be a current junior at time of application.
Applications for the Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week summer program are now being accepted. This nationally and regionally acclaimed business education program provides rigorous academic instruction with a hands-on approach to give students the knowledge and skills they need for success in the workplace. Students will learn how to become better decision-makers, strengthen their strategic planning skills and sharpen their presentation skills. Every student accepted will receive a full scholarship to attend. Get more information in the guidance office or visit www.pfew.org.