Senior Bulletin

SENIOR BULLETIN

Let’s have an awesome finish to your senior year!  Let me know if you have any questions as you continue to make plans for after graduation.  Also, please be sure to touch base with your home schools so that you know about any senior activities that are happening on campus. 

Scholarships:

(Scholarships are listed as a convenience to students and families and are for informational purposes only.  Forbes Road is not directly affiliated with nor does it endorse listed opportunities.)

**Please make sure you are looking at scholarship lists through your home school counseling office!  Those will list for you local as well as district wide scholarships! 

SME Education Foundation offers scholarships for students pursuing Associate or Bachelor Degrees in advanced manufacturing/technology or closely related engineering fields at 2-yr or 4-yr schools.  The scholarship and more information can be found at www.smeef.org/scholarships.  The application deadline is February 1st.

Pennsylvania Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Scholarship- Applications are now open and can be found in Mrs. Tomley’ s office or on PRAEF’s website.  Application packet must include three letters of recommendation, transcript, essay and a letter of acceptance from the post-secondary institute that you will be attending. 

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh- The Art Institute of Pittsburgh offers thousands of dollars a year to students!  Visit their website and go to the Financial Aid section to learn about scholarship opportunities in the program of your interest.  Deadlines vary so do not wait! 

Bob Williams Rotary Memorial Scholarship- Applicants must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher and must complete an essay which highlights candidate’s community/school service.  Applications are due February 20th and can be found in Mrs. Tomley’s office.

Barbara Walter Scholarship Fund- For students planning on attending a four-year year school, has at least a 3.0 GPA, demonstrates financial need, submits a letter of reference and completes an essay.  Application due on May 7th and can be found at The Pittsburgh Foundation’s website.

Herbert and Charles Kester Scholarship Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation- Student must have at least a 3.0 GPA and be planning on attending a two year vocational/trade institute.  Applicants must be able to demonstrate a financial need, complete an essay and get a letter of recommendation.  Application is due May 7th and can be found on the Pittsburgh Foundation’s website.

Tracy and Kevin Walsh Scholarship- Applicant must be attending a four year school, have at least a 3.0 GPA, show financial need, complete an essay and submit a letter of reference,  Applications are due May 7th and can be found on The Pittsburgh Foundation website.

Pittsburgh Technical Institute- Each year PTI supports high school seniors active in student organizations by awarding partial tuition scholarships.  This year they are awarding the following scholarships:  BPA, DECA, FBLA, FFCLA, FFA, HOSA, JROTC, TSA and SkillsUSA. 

Douglas Education Center- Located in Monessen, PA offers art, medical, business and cosmetology programs.  Douglas awards talent-based scholarships each year.   Application and scholarship eligibility requirements can be found at www.dec.edu

Epilepsy Foundation Scholarship Program- If you have a diagnosis of epilepsy and have already been accepted to a post-secondary school you are eligible to apply for the EFW/CP Scholarship Program. Applications can be picked up in Mrs. Tomley’s office.  Deadline to apply is March 28th

FireVEST Scholarship Program- Training Tomorrow’s Heroes- Scholarship for volunteer firefighters!  Log on to www.ccac.edu/firevest for information and guidelines. 

Empire Beauty Schools- Scholarships available!  Visit www.empire.edu/highschoolscholarships to get the application and apply! 

Scholarships are available for students training to work in the automobile industry, heavy duty work, CRT or business and engineering.  Applications and more information can be found at www.automotivescholarships.com and need to be submitted by March 31st.

Pennsylvania College of Technology- Review available scholarships at www.PCT.edu.  

Have you ever been couch-surfing, had to stay with friends or family, lived in a motel or other temporary placement?  There are scholarships available for students who at one point would be considered homeless.  To apply, visit www.homelessfund.org/hope.  Application deadline is May 31st!

CCAC High School to Career Scholarship- This scholarship provides funding for recent graduates from Penn Hills, Plum, Gateway, Woodland Hills, Highlands, Riverview, Wilkinsburg or East Allegheny High Schools to pursue a two-year Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science and then enter the workforce in their chosen fields.  Applications will be available online in the spring.  Anticipated deadline will be in May. 

Are you a member of National Technical Honor Society?  If so, please go to their website!  They give away thousands of dollars in scholarships each year to NTHS members!   

Pennsylvania College of Technology- Review available scholarships at www.PCT.edu.  Deadline to apply is April 15th

 

Career and College Fairs:

Pittsburgh National College Fair:  David L. Lawrence Convention Center- Thursday, February 5Th and Friday, February 6ThCheck with your home districts- many of them are taking field trips!!  Admission Representatives from hundreds of colleges will be available to meet with you! 

SAVE THE DATE!!!! 

Forbes Road CTC College and Career Fair- Wednesday, February 11Th during the school day!!!!  Make sure you don’t miss school on this day!  We will have representatives from colleges, military and unions to meet with you to discuss opportunities with them! 

Job Corp:

Pittsburgh Job Corp and Community College of Allegheny College are working together to help you get assistance with college costs.  If you join Job Corp you can receive benefits such as tuition assistance, books and fees, basic medical care, drivers ed classes, clothing allowances ect.  You must be income eligible and federal Pell grant eligible.  You can get more information by calling or emailing Josh Comer at 412-441- 8779 or comer.josh@jobcorps.org

ASVAB: 

The ASVAB will be given at Forbes Road on April 21st and April 22nd.  There will be a sign up in Mrs. Tomley’s office closer to the test date!

Study Abroad Opportunity:

The Congress-Bundestag Vocational Youth Exchange-For current career and technical education seniors that have maintained a minimum “B” average, are a mature and stable individual, active in school and community, has a strong desire for a yearlong overseas family stay and demonstrates an interest in civic and/or international affairs.  Candidates must be nominated so if interested you need to come see Mrs. Tomley to discuss application process.  More information can be found at www.nacelopendoor.org

 

Forbes Road CTC 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, April 11th at 9:00 am

The 5K is back this year!  We hope many of you can attend!  It is a fun day with music, food, children’s activities as well as the run/walk.  You can attend as a participant of the run/walk, come and volunteer or just come to hang out!!  This is the main fundraiser for the Forbes Road Scholarship Fund!!!  Let me give you a hint…there are bonus points on your FRCTC scholarship application if you attend!!!! 

 

Timeline for Senior Year-

Given to you again as a reminder!  Makes sure you are getting everything off your “to do” list!

1st semester

* Begin to narrow your choices as to where you want to continue your education if that is your plan.  

* Attend College Fairs, speak to admission representatives and Military recruiters that visit your school.

* Review deadlines for all schools that you are interested in.

* Review Acceptance into the Unions and the differences between our local unions- Local 66, Carpenters, plumbers, Builders Guild ect. Ask about Admissions tests!

* Continue to communicate with your home school counselors on any senior and graduation information that they may have.  (Districts websites are a great resource if you are not on your home campus often)

* Continue exploring scholarship options:

***Review opportunities from Mrs. Tomley, Go to your home school counselor to get lists of local scholarships, Look into scholarship opportunities from the schools you are interested in.

* If applying for a “Limited Enrollment or Specialty Program” at CCAC, review admission requirements and deadlines.  

* Attend Financial Aid nights that are offered at your home school

2nd Semester

* January- Complete the FAFSA at http://FAFSA.gov and submit online

* Submit required applications and paperwork for each school to which you are applying

* If you need to take the SAT and have not yet, time is running out!  Review test dates!

* Review deadlines for scholarships!!!  

* Be in contact with your home school to stay on top of all senior information!!!  Yearbook, senior nights, graduation information!!

* February- Be at school on Wednesday, February 11th!  Forbes Road College and Career Fair- Representatives from Military, unions and colleges will be present!

* March-  If attending CCAC for general studies or any other open enrollment program, complete the online application.

* April- take the ASVAB at Forbes if you are interested in Military- April 21 and 22.

* May 1st- Deadline to file your FAFSA in order to be eligible for federal aid.