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2017-2018 Career Advising Plan

View our 2017-2018 Career Advising Plan for students in grades 6 through 12 here. 



Scholarships Currently Available

If you would like to receive text messages concerning important scholarship or college visit information from the guidance office, you can text (281)677-3385 with the message @ripp. This will put you on a text server and you will receive text messages from guidance throughout the year. Parents are encouraged to register as well.

VINTON COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE STUDENT OF THE MONTH/ LINDA L. REMY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP (STUDENT OF THE YEAR)-  The Vinton County Chamber of Commerce will once again sponsor the VCHS Student of the Month Program. There will be two winners chosen each month. These winners will then have the potential of being the Student of the Year and receive a $1,500 cash scholarship. Applications can be found on this site or in the guidance office. Application deadline is September 15, 2017.  Completed applications need to be returned to Mrs. Rippeth.
 MIAMI UNIVERSITY BRIDGES PROGRAM- This program is offered to high school seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0 who have followed a college prep curriculum and demonstrate leadership/ co-curricular involvement. Completion of the overnight program results in a waiver of the $50 application fee for admission to Miami University as well as a $2,500 to full tuition, four- year renewable scholarship to Miami if they are accepted for Fall 2017. For applications and more information about the Bridges program go to Deadline for application is September 18, 2017. (Students who have a family income of $35,000 or less may qualify for full tuition assistance)
WENDY'S HIGH SCHOOL HEISMAN SCHOLARSHIP AWARD- Students in the graduating class of 2017 may apply online, and will be judged on their academic achievements, athletic accomplishment, community leadership, and involvement in various extracurricular activities. Students must complete and submit their online applications by 6:00 pm EST on October 3, 2017. The application and eligibility information can be found at
NATIONAL SERVICE ACADEMY NOMINATION PROGRAM-  If you wish to attend a military academy such as West Point, the Air Force Academy, or the U.S. Naval Academy, you must be sponsored by a U.S. Senator. Your senator for contact is Sherrod Brown. The application for sponsorship should be filled out in spring of your junior year but applications can be submitted as a senior. Applications can be requested at You may also apply with Congressman  Steven Stivers, Senator Portman, Vice-President Biden and President Obama. Applications can be found on their websites. Information among these offices is not shared so the candidate is responsible for maintaining files at each office to which he/she makes application. Application request form deadline is September 22, 2017  by 5:00 p.m. Application deadline with all materials to Congressional members is October 20,2017.
HORATIO ALGER SCHOLARSHIP- This scholarship is available to seniors who have financial need and who have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity. Must be graduating this year and be planning to pursue a bachelor's degree.  Students can apply online at Deadline for application is October 25, 2017. There is a counselor portion that must be completed by Mrs. Rippeth online so if you apply, be sure to let her know to watch for the email.
COCA COLA SCHOLARS FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP- This scholarship is available to any current senior who has a minimum GPA of 3.0 and will be attending a post-secondary institution in the fall of 2017. Application deadline is October 31, 2017. Apply online at 

LENDEDU SCHOLARSHIP- LendEdu will offer 2- $1000 scholarships to current seniors and college students who submit an essay of 750 words or less answering the following question: How do
you plan to manage your finances in college and after graduation to be financially prosperous as a young adult?  Application deadline is October 15, 2017. For information and to submit the essay go to

THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY- Deadline for application with consideration for Merit-Based Scholarships and The Land Grant/ Morrill Scholarship is November 1, 2017. 

MORRILL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM (OSU)- Applicants should be academically exceptional high school seniors who will contribute to campus diversity and actively engage as advocates and champions of diversity, inclusion and academic excellence on campus. To apply, indicate your interest in the MSP on the OSU application for admission and complete the MSP essay. Be sure to include leadership and diversity involvement on the Activity List. Deadline for application for this and any other university merit-based scholarships is NOVEMBER 1, 2017. This is a hard deadline so there is no flexibility to this.
LAND GRANT OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP FOR OHIO RESIDENTS (OSU)- This scholarship is awarded to at least one student from each of Ohio's 88 counties. Those selected demonstrate both academic merit and financial need. This is a full-tuition scholarship. Ohio residents who apply to the university by February 1, 2018 and file the FAFSA by February 1, 2018 will automatically be considered.  
WAYNESBURG UNIVERSITY/ THE JEFFREY AND REGINA TAUSSIG OHIO HONORS SCHOLARSHIP- Is a full tuition, room and board scholarship to Waynesburg University. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be majoring in Science field or Math (can include science or math education).Interested applicants should apply to Waynesburg University by November 1, 2017. For more information on this scholarship go to
PRUDENTIAL SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY AWARD- These awards are for middle and high school students who have demonstrated exemplary community service. Winners receive $1000 to $5000. Application deadline is November 7, 2017. Apply online at
 AFROTC HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM- This scholarship is available to seniors who have interest in the ROTC officer training program at a university. Applicants need to have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and an ACT minimum of 26 (SAT 1180). Application deadline is January 12, 2018. Apply online at
ELKS NATIONAL FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS- The Elks National Foundation is offering the 2016 Most Valuable Student Scholarship Contest. This scholarship is both a local and a national scholarship meaning that applicants compete locally through the local Elks Lodge and then nationally. The applications can be found online at Application deadline is November 27, 2017. Applications are to be submitted to Keith Denny 66 Dogwood Dr. Jackson, Ohio 45640 (Scholarship Chairman)
CINCINNATUS XXI- If you are interested in attending University of Cincinnati, their scholarship program Cincinnatus XXI has a deadline quickly approaching. In order to be eligible for their scholarship program you must have applied for admission to the university by DECEMBER 1ST.  For an application to be considered complete, it must have the application, transcript and test scores (they have to be sent directly from ACT or SAT). 
BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY- In order to be eligible for the top scholarships at Bowling Green, they must have received your admissions application by December 5, 2017.  In order to be eligible for any freshmen scholarship consideration, applications must be received no later than January 15, 2018. Applying after that date will not result in non-admission but will make you ineligible for scholarship consideration by Bowling Green. 
SOUTH CENTRAL POWER COMPANY FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS/OPERATION ROUND UP- Applicants must have a 3.25 GPA and a composite ACT of at least 22. Students must reside within a county served by South Central Power Company and be accepted by an accredited college, vocational, or technical school for the fall of 2018. Applicants are not required to live in homes served by South Central Power Company. Applications can be found at www.southcentralpower/community/scholarship-programs. Application deadline is February 1, 2018 and need to be submitted to Liz Bainter.
ROVE PEST CONTROL SCHOLARSHIP- This scholarship is available to current seniors who will be attending college in the Fall 2017 and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applications can be found at  Deadline for application is December 31, 2017. 
CAPTION SCHOLARSHIP- To be eligible for this scholarship a student must be attending college/university no later than fall of 2017 and have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Applications can be found at
Application deadline is November 30 2017.
10 WORDS OR LESS SCHOLARSHIP- This scholarship is available to anyone who is between the ages of 14-25 who is enrolled in school by September 2016. Applications can be found at
Application deadline is December 1, 2017.
POINTS SCHOLARSHIPS- These scholarships are available to any student who is at least 13 years old and enrolled or will enroll in a college or university in the US. Applications can be found at Application deadline is December 15, 2017
 WACE NATIONAL CO-OP SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM-These scholarships are available to current seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.5 who would like to attend University of Cincinnati, University of Toledo, Clarkson University, Drexel University, Johnson &Wales University, Merrimack College, Rochester Institute of Technology, State University of New York Oswego, University of Massachusetts Lowell, or Wentworth Institute of Technology. Applications can be found at Application deadline is February 15, 2018. 
GE REAGAN FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP- This scholarship program will award 20 college bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with $10,000 renewable scholarships. Applications will be accepted online until January 4, 2018 on The Ronald Reagan Presidential website. Apply at or
NFIB YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP- If you are a graduating senior who operates your own small business, you are eligible to receive a 2017 NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award from the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation. For more information and to apply go Deadline for application is December 18, 2017. 
BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY SCIENCE AND MATH EDUCATION IN ACTION SCHOLARSHIPS- Bowling Green is offering scholarships to incoming freshmen considering careers in teaching science and/or math. Applicants need to be considering teaching either secondary science or math OR middle childhood science and math. They must also have a minimum GPA of 3.0, a minimum ACT of 23 and be an Ohio resident. Applications can be found at and are due by January 15, 2018.
PLAYING WITH PURPOSE AWARD- This scholarship program is for students in grades 10-12 who are varsity level athletes with a 2.0 or higher GPA and a committed follower of Christ. Application deadline is February 1, 2018. Applications can be completed at 
AXA ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP-These scholarships are available to high school seniors who are active in the community, have led projects that benefit others or have overcome personal challenges. Only the first 10,000 applications will be accepted so do not delay the application process until the last minute. Application deadline is December 15, 2017  by 11:59 p.m. Visit the website at for more information and to apply online.
Parentinn- Cyberbullying Prevention for Teens Scholarship- This scholarship is for all high school students and may result in $1,250 in scholarship dollars. The deadline for the scholarship is February 28, 2018. For more information go to 
Dr. James H. and Nellie Rowley Jewell Cutler Scholar Award at Ohio University- This is a full scholarship, renewable annually, available to students from Meigs and Vinton Counties. The recipient receives a full academic scholarship per year, as well as $3,000 each year to support a series of four individually- designed extracurricular experiences: an outdoor leadership experience (summer before beginning at OU), public service internship, professional internship, and work or study abroad experience. The Jewell Cutler Scholar Award is part of the Cutler Scholars Program. All seniors from Vinton County High School are eligible to apply.  Applicants are selected based on the following criteria: intellectual curiosity, civic responsibility, leadership and character. There is no GPA or ACT criteria but it is a competitive selection so GPA and ACT are considered (average for last year was a 4.0 and a 30 ACT). Students can access the Cutler Scholars application, instructions and FAQs online at The application requires a resume, three short essays, and two recommendations (one academic and one extracurricular). We also request a counselor's evaluation of applicants' academic achievement and involvement as compared to other students at VCHS. Students must submit both the Cutler Scholars application and the seperate application for Ohio University by December 1, 2017. All items-including completed application forms, high school transcript, and any applicable test scores must be received by that date.
 Rio Grande Chemistry Academic Excellence Scholarships- The University of Rio Grande will be hosting the Chemistry Academic Excellence Scholarship competition, which allows students to compete for scholarships to major in chemistry at URG. The process involves an application, letter of recommendation from a current or past chemistry teacher, and academic transcripts. Select students may be invited to URG for an interview. Any student who will be a first time freshman at URG in fall 2018 is eligible to apply. Application deadline is November 1, 2017. You can direct students to the Rio Grande Chemistry Program webpage for more information about the scholarship competition, including the application, as well as our program.
Ohio Association of Administrators of State and Federal Education Programs Scholarships- This scholarship is available to those school that are members of the OAASFEP. Each member district can submit one applicant for consideration. If you are interested in applying to be the VCHS applicant, please see Mrs. Rippeth. Application deadline for consideration is November 1, 2017. 
OACAC CHARLES L. WARREN MEMORIAL HERITAGE SCHOLARSHIP- This scholarship is available to seniors of OACAC member high schools. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in a CP curriculum and be attending an Ohio college or university in the fall of 2018. Applicants need to demonstrate and show a continued commitment to cultural and intellectual diversity. For more information and to apply go to

JAKE BAPST SCHOLARSHIP (URG)- This scholarship is for full tuition for two years at the University of Rio Grande. Applicants must attend high school in the four county service district of Jackson, Gallia, Meigs, and Vinton (including Buckeye Hills). One student will be chosen from each high school. Applications can be returned to Mrs. Rippeth who will then forward them on to URG. Application deadline to URG is January 15, 2018. Applications can be found on this site or in the guidance office.

 DISTRICT COUNSELOR'S SCHOLARSHIP (URG)- This scholarship is for full tuition for four years at the University of Rio Grande. Applicants must attend a high school in the four county service district of Jackson, Gallia, Meigs, and Vinton (including Buckeye Hills). A minimum GPA of 3.2 and a minimum ACT score of 21 is required of applicants. Please submit applications and all required documents to Mrs. RIppeth prior to December 1, 2017 so that she can have them to Taylor Noel at URG by the December 1 deadline. Applications can be found on this site or in the guidance office.
HOMELAND CREDIT UNION SCHOLARSHIP- Applicants must be a member or a dependent of a member of the credit union, a high school senior with a minimum GPA of 2.5, and plan to enter college as a full-time student at a two or four year college or university. Applications can be found on this site, online at  or outside of guidance.   Application deadline is January 31, 2018 and should be mailed directly to the address on the application.
Hocking College Scholarships- If you would like to be considered for scholarships to Hocking College, you must submit the scholarship application that is available beginning January 1 for the 2018-19 Academic year. This application is available on Hocking's website at
HOCKING COUNTY 4-H SCHOLARSHIP- Applicants must be a graduating senior, have completed at least 5 years in Hocking County 4-H and be a current (2018) 4-H member and send in a transcript with the application. Application deadline is February 28, 2018 by 4:00 p.m. to the OSU Extension Office in Hocking County (Logan). For an application or more information go to
Hocking has no application fee as long as you apply before December 1st. If Hocking is under consideration, you should get that application in prior to this date.
HARRY B. CREWSON FRESHMAN SCHOLARSHIP (OU)- This scholarship is available to those seniors who are members of the Ohio University Credit Union whose parents are members. You must be attending OU as a first-year student and demonstrate excellence in community activities and/or talent areas in addition to academic achievement in high school. Applications can be found at Application deadline is March 1, 2018.
WILLIAM D. SQUIRES SCHOLARSHIP-  These scholarships are available to current Ohio seniors. Eligibility is primarily based upon financial need. The EFC on you FAFSA Student Aid Report must be less than 7,000 to apply. Applicants must already know their career goal, be highly motivated, of good character, show academic promise and have a minimum GPA of 3.20. Applications are available at . Application deadline is April 5, 2018.
OHIO ASSOCIATION OF PUBLIC SCHOOL EMPLOYEES (OAPSE/AFSCME) MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION PROGRAM-  This scholarship is available to any graduating senior whose parent or legal guardian is a member in good standing of OAPSE/AFSCME Local 4/AFL-CIO and who intends to enroll in a full-time degree program in any 2 or 4 year accredited university, college, business, or technical school. Applications are available at Application deadline is March 1, 2018
OHIO CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY CREATIVE COMMUNITIES SCHOLARSHIP AND INTERNSHIP- Application criteria include: 1. Academics- minimum ACT of 22, a high school GPA of 3.3 and one recommendation letter from an academic reference. 2. Character, Service, and Leadership- Students who volunteer, are active in their communities or churches, or show leadership potential are preferred. A letter of recommendation from someone familiar with the student's character or service is requested. 3. Attend a public or private school with approximately 750 or fewer students in grades 9-12. Applications are available at www. . Application deadline is February 9, 2018. Award amount is $10,000 towards tuition and $2,500 per year for internship work in a field aligned with the chosen major.

Graduation requirements 

Attention: seniors- please be sure to turn in physical education waivers to Mrs. Rippeth as soon as possible. Several of you either need to turn in the waivers or sign up for PE. 

College Visits 

If you will be scheduling a college visit, please remember that you will need to see Mrs. Rippeth to receive a college visit form to take with you. This form needs to be completed 48 hours in advance of the visit and must be signed by a representative of the university and returned when you come back to school. 

Ohio University will be hosting a majors fair on Wednesday, September 13th from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm in Baker Ballroom. For more information concerning this event go to If you are planning to attend, this would be considered a college visit and require a college visit form from guidance prior to attending.

OHIO UNIVERSITY -CHILLICOTHE MAJORS FAIR- OU-C will be hosting a majors fair on October 19, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. in the OUC Shoemaker Gym. This event will bring together representatives from programs at the Chillicothe and Main Campus. If you are interested in attending either OU location, this is a great way to learn more about potential majors available. If you are planning on attending, see Mrs. Rippeth for a college visit form.

University of Rio Grande College Fair- We will be taking any senior who would like to attend to the University of Rio Grande College Fair on October 12. This event does NOT count as one of your college visits because it is a field trip.
We will go to the college fair which hosts approximately 40 colleges/universities. This is a good first look at many programs and universities all in one location. We will also participate ina tour of the URG campus. Lunch will be $4.50 or you can bring a sack lunch with you. SIgn up with Mr. Allman or Mrs. C. Ward by September 29, 2017. Emergency medical forms with signed field trip permission must be on file by the same date. If you have questions, please see Mrs. RIppeth 
Ohio Christian University- October 11th 1st and 2nd periods
Ohio Dominican University-
Ashland University- 
Ohio University- Chillicothe- October 2, 2017 in Mr. Allman's classes
Hocking College- September 21, 2017 in Mr. Allman's classes 

I have posted a list of all the colleges/universities in Ohio as well as the adult program technology center addresses and phone numbers on this site under colleges/university contact info. I have also included Berea, Marshall and UK.  

Visit College Scorecard to explore options by majors and location. Find out the average yearly cost of the college and the average salary of graduates in that field.

I have posted a form that Seniors need to use when requesting a letter of recommendation from a staff member. This form will help the person you are asking to write about you compose a more accurate picture of who you are. The form is titled Teacher Recommendation Request Form. 















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