Sequoyah High School


Senior Information Page

 Ms. Cothran
College and Career Adviser
E mail:
ext: 2503
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Hello Sequoyah High School Class of 2018!

I want to begin by saying that the faculty and staff at Sequoyah High School wish you a very productive and all around great senior year. We want to see all of you go on to do great things. Senior year can get very busy, so please make sure that you are staying on top of deadlines and checking your student e-mail frequently. I will be sending out a newsletter every few weeks to update you on all things college and career. The newsletters will be posted here and also to your Naviance accounts under document library. I hope that all of you will use Naviance this year as it is an EXCELLENT college and career building tool.

To log into Naviance:

Username: Firstname.Lastname (For example, John.Smith)
Password: school

*Parents and Guardians may also log in as a guest. Unfortunately guests do not have access to all of tools that the student accounts have, however you can still access newsletters and scholarship lists as a guest**

Remember to request transcripts through Naviance! If you need any help at all or want to make sure that your request was received just stop by my office.

If I am not in the office please e-mail me 

I look forward to working with all of you!!

Mrs. Cothron

College and Career October 2018 Newsletter 



Upcoming Dates 

·         October 1st FAFSA opens 

·         October 5th Registration deadline for the November 3 SAT 

·         October 6th  College Goal TN at UTC: Free FAFSA help 9:00-12:00 

·         October 8th-15th Fall Break 

·         October 16th MTSU Parent/Student Reception @ Convention Center 

·         October 22nd FASFA completion evening @SHS 

·         October 23rd TNPromise Meeting at SHS@ 11:00 

·         October 25th Chattanooga State rep @ SHS  

·         October 27th ACT National Test 

·         October 29th UTC MOC Minute 

·         October 30th  ACT senior retake @SHS 

·         November 1st TN PROMISE Application Deadline 

·         November 3rd Chattanooga State open house 10-1 

·         November 8th UTC campus tour  


Look for separate emails with detailed information on the dates listed above. 



Senior​ ​Reminders  

Applications and Essays: Please share and review all essays before submitting your applications.  

College Representatives Visiting SHS: Please mark your calendars and attend all representative visits for any colleges in which you plan to apply.  

Naviance: Please ensure all your applications are appropriately marked with the correct application type (Common App or directly to the institution). Remember to indicate when you have submitted an application and then request your transcript.  




The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) will be available October 1. This is a required form for those seeking financial aid or the TN HOPE & Promise scholarships. To complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA you will use the 2017 taxes.Please visit to create an account and file online. Financial aid is often distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, so do not delay!  


FAFSA preparation checklist:  

● An FSA ID (  

● Social Security Number 

● Cash, savings, and checking account balances  

● Records of untaxed income  

● Investments other than your home  

● Federal tax information or tax returns (Note: eligible applicants will be able to transfer (or import) this information into their FAFSA from the IRS)  


FAFSA overview video 




I will be holding a FAFSA evening on Monday, October 22nd  from 1:30-5:30. A TSAC representative will be here to provide financial aid/FAFSA information and answer questions regarding the FAFSA. Please bring your 2017 W-2.  



CSS​ ​Profile 


Nearly 400 colleges require the CSS Profile in addition to the FAFSA as part of their financial aid application process. 

See the list of school that require the CSS Profile 




All transcripts must be requested electronically through NAVIANCE - You may either go to transcripts or you may go to colleges – please put all colleges you are applying to into your naviance account – you may then request your transcript right there – If you have forgotten your password or your email is not correct – see or email Mrs. Mitchum  

DO NOT REQUEST A TRANSCRIPT UNTIL YOU HAVE SUBMITTED AND PAID FOR YOUR APPLICATION! The application is needed to create your file at each college/university. If you request a transcript before you have submitted your application the college/university will not have a file for you and the transcript will not be kept. 


1. Application (preferably online)  

2. Fee paid or waiver if applicable* (see Mrs. Cothron ASAP to get a waiver)  

3. Transcript including ACT and GPA (requested on Naviance)  

Some colleges also require  

4. Essay   

5. Letters of recommendation(s)  

6. Profile     

******Be sure to triple check the spelling of your name, your SS number and your birthday to make sure they are correct  

*If you are free/reduced lunch or eligible for free/reduced lunch you are eligible for college admission fee waivers- see Mrs. Cothron 







November 2 is the registration deadline for the December 8 NATIONAL TEST. Late registration (for an extra fee) will end November 19

Go to to register. Be sure to use the 4 free opportunities to send scores directly to colleges or NCAA (code is 9999 for the NCAA) 


The State of Tennessee will be offering a second free STATE TEST to all Seniors on Tuesday, October 30thYou do not have to register or pay for this test. It is arranged by HCDE. Please notify Mrs. Dodson if you DO NOT plan to test. 

ACT Waivers - Also, those on free or reduced lunch (or eligible for free/reduced) are eligible for 2 free ACT tests, 2 SAT and 2 subject tests. See Mrs. Cothron for a voucher. 


ACT/SAT Prep Info $15 a month and can cancel anytime 




October 5 is the Registration Deadline for the November 3 test. Late registration (for an extra fee) will end October 24

Visit to register for tests, prep for the SAT, and to see other 2018-2019 Test Dates 

SAT Waivers-see Mrs. Cothron for voucher if you are eligible 





TNPROMISE pays tuition at Tennessee 2 year community colleges and PARTIAL tuition at a few 4 year universities. Visit for a list of eligible institutions.  

Apply at – You must create an account (if you have ever signed up for the DE Grant you already have an account) and then log in and apply for the Promise under “Apply for Scholarships” 

There will be a meeting for all seniors October 23rd concerning the TNPromise Scholarship. 


Honors Colleges 




Academic Common Market 


Are you interested in a major that is not offered at a Tennessee University?  There are schools out of state where you can receive in-state tuition depending on your major.  Check out the website at: 


College Events  


Chattanooga State 


Tiger Days are October 26 and November 30. 


·         Sit in on class 

·         Campus tour 

·         Meet with current student ambassadors and/or SGA President 

·         Lunch in Café 

·         Meet with reps from division of interest 

·         Talk with admission counselor 



Departmental Tours: Chattanooga State Nursing & Allied Health Information Sessions 

Many of the Allied Health Programs (radiology, nursing, pharmacy tech, dental, etc) and Technology Center programs have separate applications and additional requirements such as info sessions, tests, interviews, observations, etc. Please be sure to go to and check out the program you are interested in to see if there are additional forms. 

Did you know Chattanooga State has an AAS in hospitality management (under business major) 

·         Culinary Arts - prepares students for entry-level positions as chefs. 

·         Food and Beverage Management - prepares students for careers as restaurant managers. 

·         Hotel Management - prepares students for careers in hotel management. 






Mississippi State University 

Scholars Recognition DayOct 15 or Nov 5 (choose one). This is an invitation only event for seniors with a 30+ ACT and space is limited. There is no charge for this event and registration is open. If you are interested in attending, please call (662)325-2224 and ask for an invitation. 

Fall Preview DayOct 29, Nov 12 (choose one). This is an Open House geared toward Juniors and Seniors. Registration is open. 



True Blue Tour  

Chattanooga student reception Tuesday, October 16 at the Chattanooga Convention Center. During the reception you can meet with representatives from various departments. Door prizes will be given away, including scholarshipsiPads, and other great gifts.  



Preview Day 

§      Saturday, October 6, 2018 

§      Saturday, November 3, 2018 

Enjoy the full campus experience at Preview Day! MTSU rolls out the blue carpet for this distinctive event, and top university officials welcome some 500 people who get to take a look at departments all across campus. This is the best time to explore what it means to be True Blue. In addition to touring campus, visitors can meet with faculty and staff from academic areas and student affairs. Preview Day offers the premier visit experience! Check out the tentative agenda before you attend.  




UAB School of Nursing Dean's Nursing Scholars 


The Dean’s Nursing Scholar program is designed for academically talented high school seniors who are strongly considering a career in nursing. Scholars receive a number of benefits, including:  

·                     Opportunities to visit the School of Nursing to attend special events designed for the Scholars to learn about nursing and the BSN program 

·                     Priority admission to the highly ranked and competitive BSN nursing program as long as the Scholar: 

o     Enrolls at UAB directly from high school 

o     Successfully completes the required undergraduate pre-requisite foundation and core classes 

o     Achieves and maintains a 3.2 or higher GPA in the required nursing pre-requisite courses 

o     Maintains a minimum overall 3.0 GPA 


Individuals selected for the Dean’s Nursing Scholars must: 

o   Be a high school senior 

o   Achieve a composite ACT score of 25 or above or an equivalent composite SAT score 

o   Possess a minimum high school grade point average of 3.2 

o   Be admitted to UAB through the UAB Office of Undergraduate Admissions 

All applications must be submitted by the posted deadline. All applicants must: 

o   Complete the admission application through the UAB Office of Undergraduate Admissions 

Applicants with an ACT score of 25 or higher and a High School GPA of 3.2 or higher will be select as School of Nursing- Dean’s Nursing Scholar as part of your admission’s offer. All application materials are reviewed in the process of selection of Dean’s Nursing Scholars. 

Application deadline is December 1 for priority consideration 



UAB Night is when the UAB Office of Undergraduate Admissions comes to you. Each UAB Night is a little different, but these casual events give students and their families a chance to learn about UAB without traveling to campus. All guests will have the opportunity to speak with UAB faculty or academic departments, ask questions of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, and learn more about the admission process, financial aid, scholarships, and exciting news happening at UAB.  

October 23, 2018 | 6:30 – 8:30 PM EST 
Public House 
1110 Market Street 
Chattanooga, TN 37402 

Dinner will be served. 






No wondering. No waiting. Know in a Moc Minute! 

When our Chattanooga Power C Tour comes to your town, interested students who bring all of their application materials* with them will be admitted in a Moc Minute! 

Representatives from Admissions, Scholarships, Financial Aid, Housing and Student Success will be on hand to answer questions. Meet current UTC students and faculty to find out how you can achieve the UTC experience. 

Read the requirements for the event as well as your confirmations for step by step instructions. 

All events are 4:30 - 7:30 p.m., local time. 


To be admitted, you will need to bring the following information to the event: 

·                     Undergraduate Admissions Application 

o   You must complete and submit the Undergraduate Admissions application online no later than the day prior to the event.If you do not submit the Undergraduate Admissions application the day before the event (or earlier), we will not be able to provide acceptance during this program. 

o   Do not pay the application fee upon submission of your application if you are planning to attend the Moc Minute event!It's on the house as long as you attend the event and bring the additional requirements needed for admission. 

·                     High school transcript in a sealed envelope 

o   Ask your guidance counselor to print your high school transcript and place it in a sealed envelope to bring to the event. We cannot accept transcripts not in a sealed envelope from your high school. 

·                     ACT or SAT scores 

o   You will need to bring a paper copy of your test scores with you. If your high school transcript includes the ACT/SAT score, you will not need to bring an additional copy of your score. If you've requested that your ACT/SAT scores be sent to UTC electronically, call the Undergraduate Admissions office at 423-425-5550 to confirm your scores been received before the event! 

All prospective students must meet stated freshman admissions requirements to be accepted. No exceptions to the admissions policy can be made at this event. 

2.85 GPA with an 18 ACT / 960 SAT or 2.5 GPA with a 21 ACT / 1060 SAT. 

If you have questions before the event, don't hesitate to contactJason Lyon. 



Oct. 29, 2018 

UTC University Center 
Chattanooga Rooms 
642 East Fifth St 
Chattanooga, TN 37403 








Interested in Honors Scholars Programs? If yes, you must apply by the priority deadline of November 1 and once admitted to UTK you will receive a link for both the competitive scholarship application and Honors & Scholars Program application, which is due December 15. UTK’s FAFSA priority date is January 15th. UT’s code is 003530 


For more detailed information about deadlines, visit 



As a reminder, students should check their VIP accounts frequently throughout the school year for important admission updates, invitations to events, and next steps in the admission and enrollment process. 


Applying to a Competitive Undergrad Programs: architecture, interior architecture, engineering, nursing or music? These programs each have an additional admission review. Visit for more information.  





Institutional Scholarships 

Chattanooga State 

TN Promise application deadline is Nov 1 to be eligible for free tuition 






MTSU Freshman Guaranteed Scholarships 


ACT scores required for scholarships!!! Dec 1 deadline! 


·                        Trustee Scholarship (30+ ACT/3.5 GPA); $5000 

·                        Presidential (from 29 to 28 ACT/3.5 GPA); $4000 

·                        True Blue (from 27 to 26 ACT/3.5 GPA); $3000 

·                        Provost (25 ACT/3.5 GPA); $2000 


MTSU awards an array of academic merit scholarship opportunities based on ACT scores and GPA. 

To be considered for a Freshman Guaranteed Scholarships, students must be a first-time incoming freshman who plans to enroll at MTSU in the Summer or Fall semester. Students must have ALL of the following on file with the Admissions Office by December 1 to be considered for a scholarship: 

§      Admission application 

§      Application fee paid 

§      Qualifying official ACT and/or SAT test score (without the writing subscore) 

o     Only ACT/SAT scores through the December test date are considered 

§      Qualifying official sixth-semester high school transcript with cumulative GPA requirement 

§      Must be US Citizen or permanent resident  

No separate scholarship application is required for guaranteed academic scholarships. Student will receive notification of the scholarship award offer by February. 


MTSU DREAM Scholarship renewal requirements 

The DREAM Scholarship will be available for fall and spring semesters only and will be renewable for up to eight semesters, dependent on available funding. Students must meet the following requirements to retain the award:  

§      Enroll full-time (at least 12 hours) every fall and spring semester 

§      Have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of 15,000 or less on FAFSA 

§      Meet all renewal requirements for the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship, including but not limited to the following: 


o     Complete the FAFSA annually, by February 15 of each year, and complete the verification process, if selected 

o     Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements 

o     Meet GPA and enrollment requirements for the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship Program. 





All students MUST be admitted and complete the Scholarship Application every year by the December 15th deadline to be considered for a Tennessee Tech scholarship (that means need to apply by mid NOV for admission). This single application submitted through ScholarWeb is utilized for the awarding of over 600 scholarship opportunities. 



University of Alabama 


Out-of-State Merit Scholarships for 2019-2020 

First time freshmen who meet the December 15 scholarship deadline, have a qualifying score on the ACT or SAT and have at least a 3.5 cumulative high school GPA through the junior year will be eligible for the following merit-based scholarships: 


A student with a 27 ACT or 1260-1290 SAT score and a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA will be selected as a Capstone Scholar and will receive $24,000 over four years ($6,000 per year). 


A student with a 28 ACT or 1300-1320 SAT score and a minimum GPA of 3.5 will be named a Collegiate Scholar and will receive $32,000 over four years ($8,000 per year). 

Foundation in Excellence 

A student with a 29 ACT or 1330-1350 SAT score and at least a 3.5 GPA will be named a Foundation in Excellence Scholar and will receive $60,000 over four years ($15,000 per year). 

UA Scholar 

A student with a 30-31 ACT or 1360-1410 SAT score and at least a 3.5 GPA, he or she will be named a UA Scholar and will receive $80,000 over four years ($20,000 per year). 


A student with a 32-36 ACT or 1420-1600 SAT score and at least a 3.5 GPA will be selected as a Presidential Scholar and will receive $104,000 over four years ($26,000 per year). Students graduating with remaining scholarship semester(s) may use these monies toward graduate school and/or law school study at UA. 

Presidential Elite 

A student with a 4.0 GPA and a 36 ACT or 1600 SAT will be selected as a Presidential Elite Scholar and will receive: 

·         Value of tuition for up to four years for degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate or law studies 

·         One year of on-campus housing at regular room rate 

·         $1,000 per year stipend for four years 

·         $2,000 one-time allowance for use in summer research or international study (after completing one year of study at UA) 

·         $2,000 book scholarship ($500 per year for four years) 



University of Georgia 


Deadlines: October 15 is the deadline for students to submit their application for Early  

Foundation Fellowship and Bernard Ramsey Honors Scholarship application is open and closes on November 1. Your top students should check it out and submit an application! You can find more information online.  





UTC scholarship funds are limited and the awarding process is competitive. Meeting the eligibility requirements does not guarantee a student will receive a scholarship. The best way to improve your candidacy is to always submit all required materials as soon as possible. Keep in mind, to be screened for UTC Scholarship funds, all accepted students must complete the UTC Online Scholarship Application. 

Dec 1  Firm Deadline for Current High School Seniors who will be Fall 2019 First-Time Freshmen 

By this date, students must have a completed UTC Admissions file (application, application fee, high school transcript, and ACT/SAT score) with qualifying scores/GPA. 


Chattanooga YES! 


UTC is pleased to present the Chattanooga YES! Grant for First-Time Freshmen. Applicants who meet all the criteria below will be considered for the $3,000 per year award: 

·                     Tennessee Resident 

·                     Minimum 3.0 High School GPA and at least a 19 ACT (990 SAT) 

·                     Demonstrate strong financial need as determined by the FAFSA 


and who: 

·                     File the FAFSA and Complete any Financial Aid Requirements by April 15, 2019. Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1, 2018. 


Please note: Applicants with Incomplete files (Admissions, FAFSA or Financial Aid) will not be considered. 








Volunteer Scholarship: Incoming first-year students with a minimum 3.8 GPA* who apply for admission by December 15 for the fall 2019 semester are eligible. New test scores to determine eligibility for the Volunteer Scholarship are accepted through December of senior year. You must matriculate for fall semester immediately following your graduation from a US high school, and be a US Citizen, or Permanent Resident to be considered. 


UTK PLEDGE SCHOLARSHIP - if you and your parents' combined income is less than $40,000 AND you are accepted for admission to UTK, you WILL RECEIVE the pledge scholarship AUTOMATICALLY IF:  you apply by Dec 15 and fill out FAFSA by Jan 15.  The PLEDGE scholarship pays room and board, books, tuition – That means you go for FREE!!! 





Outside Scholarships 


The MaryEllen Locher Foundation is a college scholarship program for children who have either lost a parent to breast cancer or have a parent who is a breast cancer survivor. The organization was founded in 2002 by MaryEllen Locher, a well-known WTVC news anchor and health reporter. MaryEllen passed away from breast cancer in 2005. Application for the 2019-2020 school year will be available on September 1, 2018

Applications and other information: 


Prudential Spirit of the Community Awards  

Due Nov 6 – – This is for student’s with high service hours and/or contributions to school and community 


Coca-Cola Scholars  

Based on GPA, test scores, AND COMMUNITY SERVICE AND LEADERSHIP – Scholarships range from $10,000 to $20,000  

You must apply ONLINE  

School code is 432109 Deadline is OCTOBER 31 – Note, This is the preliminary round but the application is quite extensive! Start early. Extensive community service will be required if you are to be competitive.  


Horatio Alger Scholarship  

State scholarships are awarded to eligible students in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. The program specifically assists high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. The scholarships are funded by Horatio Alger Members who, like the Scholars, have experienced challenges but ultimately overcame them to become successful business and civic leaders. For a full listing of Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs and award totals visit: 

To be eligible to apply for a Horatio Alger State Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria*: 

·         Be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the United States; be progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2018 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation 

·         Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution) 

·         Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required) 

·         Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities 

·         Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity 

·         Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and 

·         Be a United States citizen 



AES Scholarship  

The deadline for the 11th annual AES Scholarship is Oct 6     

Visit their website at  


Wendy’s Heismann Scholarship  

Wendy’s is looking for the next class of remarkable students who excel in academics, athletics, and community involvement.  The 2018 Wendy’s High School Heisman award application process is underway.  Now through Oct 19, 2018 6:00pm Class of 2019 graduating seniors can apply at:   

 To be eligible, a student must have maintained at least a ‘B’ grade point average, participated in one of the 27 sports officially sanctioned by the National Federation of State High School Associations, and demonstrated active involvement in his or her community.  

 National Winners receive:   

·         Recognition during ESPN’s national telecast of the college Heisman Memorial Trophy presentation in New York City  

·         A Wendy’s High School Heisman trophy and Heisman Patch 

·         $10,000 for their high school  

·          $500 Wendy’s gift card  



AXA Achievementsm Scholarship 

The AXA Achievementsm Scholarship provides over $1.4 million in scholarships to young people throughout the nation representing all 50 states, Washington DC and Puerto Rico. Students have the opportunity to receive a $2,500, $10,000 or $25,000 scholarship. In addition, for every student who wins a scholarship, a grant in the amount of $1,000 will be made to the winner’s school. 

How to apply 

·         The 2019 program year is now open until December 14, 2018 or until 10,000 applications are received. 

·         For more information and to apply, click here. 

What does it take to become an AXA Achiever? 

Our scholarship winners are known as AXA Achievers. They are ethnically and economically diverse, but they share these qualities:  

·         Ambition and drive 

·         Determination to set and reach goals 

·         Respect for self, family and community 

·         Ability to succeed in college 

Who is eligible? 

Applicants to the AXA Achievementsm Scholarship must: 

·         Be United States citizens or legal residents living or claiming residency in one of the 50 united states, Washington, D.C. or Puerto Rico 

·         Demonstrate ambition and self-drive as evidenced by outstanding achievement in school, community or work-related activities 

o    Because reducing risk is woven into the fabric of our company, special consideration is given to achievements that empower society to mitigate risk through education and/or action in areas such as financial, environmental, health, safety and/or emergency preparedness


Christi Harding

ext. 65558

Intervention ELA
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