Guidance

Bishop Walsh Guidance Office can assist with academic and personal counseling. Academic advisement, college/career and personal counseling are offered at Bishop Walsh in a personal or group setting. The department works with students and teachers to schedule appointments. The department coordinates and develops all testing for the Middle School and the High School.

2016-2017 Test Dates

SAT Dates

SAT Date
Registration Deadline
Late Registration Deadline
Mail
10/1
9/1 
9/13
9/22
11/5
10/7 
10/18
10/27
12/3 
11/3
11/15 
11/23
1/21 
12/21
1/3 
1/12
3/11 
2/10
2/21 
2/23
5/6 
4/7 
4/18 
4/26
6/3
5/9 
5/16
5/25


ACT Test Dates

Test Date
Registration Deadline
(Late Fee Required)
September 10
8/5 
August 6-19
October 22 
9/16 
September 17-30
December  10
11/4
November  5-18
February 11
1/13
January  14-20
April  8
3/3
March  4-17
June 10
5/5
May  6-19


Guidance Organizations

SHOP: Students Helping Other People

  • You Can Make A Difference!
  • See Mrs Cioni for Information

National Honor Society Eligibility

  • Junior or Senior BW Student for at least one semester
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Must be in the majority of Phase 3 or higher English, Social Studies, Science, Foreign Language, and Math
  • Good conduct record and must give evidence of character, leadership and service.
  • Membership in the National Honor Society is a privilege, not a right.

Available College Scholarships

The following are a list of scholarships that annually come into the Guidance Office. Please come see Mrs. Cioni if you have any questions about any of these.
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K of C Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship

Wellness Ambassador Scholarship - Students who are interested in being trained as a “Wellness Ambassador” in our school or community can win this $500 Western Maryland Health System scholarship. Deadline to apply is Oct. 19. More details are available in the guidance office.

Mercedes Benz Scholarship-$2500 awarded. Student must have a GPA of 3.0 and be a first generation student entering college. Applications are online at collegescholarships.org. Deadline is February 10.

Ronald McDonald Scholarship- Application can be found at www.rmhc.org. Deadline is January 28.

Hispanic Heritage Scholarship-$1000-$3000 awarded. Application can be found online at www.hispanicheritage.org and the deadline is February 2.

College Prowler Scholarship-$1000 awarded for college application essay. More information is available at http://collegeprowler.com.

Best Buy Scholarship-Student must have good grades and have done some community service. More information can be found online at www.bestbuy.com and the deadline is February 15.

Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholarship-$10,000 awarded for one student in Allegany County who plans to study engineering. Student must have a 3.5 GPA and must have a minimum composite SAT of 1700. The application packet can be found online at http://www.northropgrumman.com/CorporateResponsibi.... Deadline is Feb. 4.

McDonald’s Scholarship-$1500 awarded. Student must demonstrate leadership skills both academically and within their communities. The application can be found at www.rmhc.org/rmhc-us-scholarships and the deadline is March 1.

The Polish Heritage Association of Maryland offers a scholarship to high school & college students of Polish background. Please use this link to receive additional information: http://www.pha-md.org/scholarship.html

Kohl’s Kids Who Care Scholarship – Volunteer work and leadership skills. Deadline March 15. www.kohlskids.com.

College Sports Recruiting Scholarship: A $1000 scholarship is available for seniors who write an essay about leadership on the field or court. The website is www.collegesportsscholarships.com/scholarships. Deadline is July 1.

Mc Kaig Scholarship- Must be resident of Bedford or Somerset County, PA; Mineral or Hampshire County, WV; or Allegany or Garrett County, MD. Applications can be found in the guidance office and the deadline is May 31

Rotary Club Scholarship - $800 Scholarship available to a BW senior. Application includes a transcript, recommendation, activities resume and financial need. Deadline April 18.

KFC Colonel’s Scholarship- Must be planning to attend a public, in-state college. GPA of 2.75 and above and U.S. citizen. Apply online at www.kfcscholars.org between Dec. 1 and Feb. 10.

Soroptimist International- Girls between 14 and 17 who have done community service and shown leadership in service organization. $200 plus $100 for club/organization. Deadline is December 1. Applications are in the guidance office.

Powell – Wise Charitable Trust Scholarship – Seniors must be accepted to a college and have financial need. Student must also write an essay about career goals, accomplishments and interests. Teacher recommendations, transcripts and SAT scores must also be included. Deadline is April 30. Forms are in the guidance office.

My Sister’s Keeper Scholarship – $1,000 awarded -Must be a graduating senior with a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher and in good academic and administrative standing at his or her current institute of education. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of scholastic excellence, financial need and community service. Application is available at www.mysisters-keeper.org .

AES Engineers Scholarship $500 to the winner(s) each year.

Central Scholarship Bureau- This website is a central site for many Maryland Scholarships and interest free loans. https://www.scholarselect.com has 40 different scholarships available for you. And you only have to apply once!
CSB offers a common application, so by filling out the easy online form, you’ll automatically be considered for any of our scholarships for which you’re eligible.
You must meet these requirements in order to apply: you have to be a Maryland resident with a GPA of 2.7 or higher, and you have to be enrolled or planning to enroll at any accredited U.S. institution of higher learning. Your total family income also cannot be more than $90,000 per year. Please note that different scholarships may have additional criteria. Deadline is April 1.

The Shoe City Scholarships: Four scholarships of $1500 to graduating high school seniors from Maryland or Washington, D.C.

The Chesapeake Urology Associates Scholarship: Scholarships of up to $5,000 for undergraduates majoring in health-related fields

The Rubin Scholarship for Women: Scholarships of up to $2,500 for women at all levels of postsecondary education

The Betty S. and Esther S. Hornstein Scholarship, The Kyle Patrick Wankmiller Scholarship, and the CSB Grant: All three programs offer scholarships of up to $5,000 to students at all levels of postsecondary education with a 3.0 GPA or higher

Maryland State Council of the Knights of Columbus: www.kofc-md.org/state/committees/scholarships.html

Supreme Council Scholarships: (ProDeo and Pro Patria) Based on Academic Excellence. Must be son or daughter of K of C member and attend a Catholic College. Deadline March 1. Mail your request for application to:
Director of Scholarship Aid
Knights of Columbus
P.O. Box 1670
New Haven, CT 06507-0901

New Page Scholarships for children of employees of New Page. Applications are available in the guidance office. Deadline March 1.

BURGER KING® Scholars Program criteria
Applicant must be a high school senior who:
Maintains a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
Application period: Oct. 15 – Dec. 15
Go to www.bkmclamorefoundation.org/WhatWeDo/ScholarsProg...

University Tutor Scholarship: A monthly $1000 scholarship is available to anyone 16 years old or older who submits a 300 word essay responding to a monthly prompt. Details are at: http://www.universitytutor.com/scholarship-contest

Wendy’s Heisman – B average and participates in sports. Application online at wendysheisman.com. Deadline is October 2.

Fireside Catholic Publishing – A $1000 scholarship for an essay entitled: “How religious education is influencing my life”. Deadline Dec. 11. Only one applicant per school on first come first serve basis. Applications in the guidance office.

AXA Achievement Scholarship – 2 different scholarships available with different deadlines. Possibly large amount of money for a student who has been active in the community, led a project that benefits others or overcome personal challenges. Application available online at www.axa-achievement.com . Deadlines are December 1 and February 1. Apply early for either one.

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship Program
Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants
are pleased to be able to continue with our scholarship program. $1000 Scholarship Deadline - June 18. Application Process: Students will submit an essay on the topic that appears on the scholarship page of our web site: http://www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.htm
Full details are available on our site.

BigSun Scholarship
The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to continue to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. We are offering an annual scholarship to a deserving high school senior. All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating in.
Deadline - June 24 Amount of Award - $500.00
Please visit our website at http://www.bigsunathletics.com to learn how to apply.

Cynthia E. Morgan Memorial Scholarship – $1,000 awarded – Must be a Maryland high school student who is a first-generation college student. Also must be planning on attending a Maryland college (or medical school) with a major in a medical-related field. Deadline is February 25.

College of Notre Dame of Maryland – The Monsignor J. Lawrence Kilkenny Scholarship is available to a Bishop Walsh female student accepted at Notre Dame of Maryland. Current amount is over $5,000. Contact the financial aid department at CND.

Chesapeake Urology Associates Scholarship: Undergraduates pursuing degrees in pre-medicine, nursing, or other health fields are eligible to apply. Scholarships of up to $5,000 each are awarded each academic year. Applicants must meet our basic eligibility requirements, and additionally, must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The scholarship recipients will be selected based on demonstrated commitment to the medical field, financial need and academic achievement. Application is online-only and can be found at www.centralsb.org. Students must complete the online application by May 1.

J. Norman & Margaret J. Reeves Private Foundation. Announcing a total of eight thousand dollars in scholarships to be awarded annually to four graduating seniors from the Tri-Towns and Keyser areas. The awards will be for one year and consist of one thousand dollars for each of two semesters. Applications must be returned to me no later than March 29. The applications will then be screened by the committee and presented to the foundation. The winners will be notified by April 15. If you have any questions, please e-mail Ed Jordan at cejordan@verizon.net or call 301-707-9539 (anytime) or 843-467-2696 (until March 16).

Coca-Cola Scholarship - Apply online at www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org by October 31. Minimum 3.0 GPA

Dell Scholarship -November 1 - Application Opens
January 15 - Application Closes
February 1 - Please visit us at www.dellscholars.org for a complete overview of the program and application process.

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program Now Accepting Applications
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, in cooperation with General Electric (GE), has launched a new scholarship program in the president's honor which will provide $10,000 for twenty college-bound high school seniors. The renewable award gives students the potential to accrue $40,000 over four years to use toward the pursuit of a bachelor's degree. Successful candidates should display exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship in all aspects of life. Must be a U.S. citizen.
In addition, candidates must:
· Be nominated by an eligible community leader (eligible leaders include high school principals, elected officials, or directors of nonprofit organizations)
· Maintain a GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent)
· Demonstrate financial need
· Use the funds disbursed by the scholarship program for tuition, room, and board while pursuing a bachelor's degree at an accredited U.S. college or university. To apply or learn more about the program, visit www. reaganfoundation.org. Applications are due no later than January 5.

VISINE® STUDENTS WITH VISION™ Scholarship Program is offering one-time $5,000 scholarships to students who have demonstrated a clear vision or goal for their future. High school seniors and current college students with a minimum GPA of 2.8 may submit an online application now through March 1.VISINE® STUDENTS WITH VISION™ Scholarship Program recipients are selected based on academic achievement, school and community involvement, financial need and demonstrated vision or goal.
For additional program information and to apply for this scholarship, please visit aim.applyists.net/Vision.

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program: We're looking to help students who have succeeded both inside and outside the classroom who may not be able to attend college without financial assistance. Those driven to make a difference today, and lead, tomorrow. We encourage applicants who:
1. Will be enrolling for full-time study as first-time freshmen at a 4-year college or university
2. Plan to major in one of the following: Science, Technology, Engineering, Business Administration, or Automotive Industry
3. Are interested in a career in the automotive or related industries Application deadline February 27

SECU SCHOLARSHIPS – The State Employees Credit Union of Maryland is offering scholarships for SECU members and family members. An essay is required. Deadline is April 10. Application is available online at www.secumd.org/scholarships.

Elks National Foundation Scholarships- applications are available online at www.elks.org/enf/scholars/mvs.cfm. Bases on grades, leadership and financial need. Deadline is November 30.

Susan G. Komen Scholarship
Applications for the $10,000 scholarships will be accepted from September 15th – November 15th. These awards aid college students facing significant financial burdens due to the loss of a parent (or guardian) to breast cancer or their own breast cancer diagnosis at age 25 or younger. The scholarship awards $10,000 per year (for up to four years) to a student to attend a state university in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. Komen scholarship recipients are selected based on scholastic achievement, community service, financial need and demonstrated leadership potential. Scholarship recipients serve as Komen Collegiate Ambassadors and must volunteer their time to breast cancer awareness activities for at least 20 hours per semester.

Western Maryland Health System Auxiliary -The Western Maryland Health System Auxiliary is now offering five (5) $2,000 scholarships for students accepted or enrolled in a health care curriculum. Deadline is April 10. For an application and more information visit www.wmhs.com. or the guidance office.  

Alliance to the Allegany County Medical Society: Scholarship for a student pursuing a Health Related Career. Need transcript, letters of recommendation, personal statement, and financial information. Applications are in the guidance office. Deadline to apply is May 31.

Horatio Alger Association Scholarships – Criteria includes desire to earn a bachelors degree, critical financial need (less than $50,000 family income), involvement in activities, strong character and GPA at least 2.0. Apply online at www.horatioalger.org/scholarships . Deadline is October 25

SunTrust College Scholarships Sweepstakes -$1,000 scholarship awarded every 2 weeks from October until May (fifteen chances to win.) Not based on grades or need. Enter to win online at

suntrusteducation.com/scholarshipsweepstakes.

Maryland Mensa -- A $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a student for writing an essay. You do not have to be a member of Mensa to apply. Application is online at www.mensafoundation.org/scholarships . Deadline is January 15.

Shire ADHD Scholarship Program – A $2,000 scholarship plus coaching sessions is available to students with ADHD. The details are online at www.shireadhdscholarship.com . The deadline to apply is March 27.

Hamilton Relay Scholarship is for graduating high school students in Maryland who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have difficulty speaking to assist in their goals of continuing their education. Hamilton Relay selects one candidate from each of the states where Hamilton is the contracted service provider. All candidates are required to submit an application, write an essay under the topic of communication technology and provide a letter of recommendation in order to qualify. The application documents can also be found online at www.hamiltonrelay.com. The scholarship deadline is March 3 and applications must be received or postmarked by this date. The scholarship is in the amount of $500 and the winner will be determined on or before April 30.

The State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarship does not require a high GPA, but rather focuses on students who are leaders and volunteers in their communities and demonstrate financial need. Applicants must meet the following criteria: Be a graduating high school senior, must have a cumulative GPA between a 2.5 and 3.2 on a 4.0 scale and plan to enroll full-time for the 2017-18 academic year at an accredited 2- or 4-year college, university or vocational-technical school. Must be a U.S. citizen. The deadline is March 2. https://www.scholarshipamerica.org/statefarmgoodne...

Western Maryland Health System Scholarship Opportunities 
Four different scholarships are available. Some are just for families of employees of WMHS. Applications are available at www.wmhs.com or contacting 240-964-8061. Deadline to apply is March 27.
1. Community Health Care
2. WMHS Family Member Scholarship
3. Thai McGreivy Memorial
4. WMHS Auxiliary

Varsity Tutors Scholarship: A monthly $1000 scholarship is available to anyone who submits an essay responding to a monthly prompt. Details are at: http://www.varsitytutors.com/college-scholarship

Joseph J. Fox Scholarship: $2,000 scholarship to a student with intent to pursue a teaching degree. Must major in Education and have a 3.2 or higher GPA. Go to www.somirac.org to complete application.  Deadline is April 15.

Dogs By Nina $1,000 “Show And Tell” Scholarship

Awarded to any college student (graduate OR undergraduate) who has a pet they love.  How To Apply:

  • Borrow a Friend and a Video Camera (a phone camera qualifies, too!!!)
  • Borrow a pet (if you don’t have one).
  • You and your pet  get on the camera and tell us about your favorite memories. Bonus points if your pet actually talks ! (Ok, so we’re kidding on this point. A talking pet might be creepy)
  • Upload the Video to Youtube


    • Title the Video “Dog’s By Nina $1,000 “Show And Tell” Scholarship“
    • Put a  link to http://www.dogsbynina.com in the description area.
    • Send us the link where we can watch your video to nina@dogsbynina.com
    • Include: Your Name, College Name, College Year, Major, Email and Phone Numbers we can reach you at.
  • Application Deadline for Fall School Semester is 11/30/2016

DCAcar $2,000 scholarship:    Must be currently attending or planning to attend a college or university during the Spring, Summer or Fall 2017 academic year.

  • Must be in good academic standing with your current educational institution.
  • For applicants under 18, you must have permission from a parent or legal guardian.
  • Must provide your written essay: “Driverless Vehicles” by the deadline of April 30, 2017.   A winner will be chosen on – May 15, 2017
  • All essay submissions should be sent to: scholarship@dcacar.com
  • Details available at http://www.dcacar.com/scholarship.html

ACLS Medical Training Scholarship: available to senior going into a medical profession. Go to: https://www.aclsmedicaltraining.com/scholarship/

What's your dream?

It's crazy to think of all the amazing stories that happen as soon as we close our eyes and drift to sleep. Did you have a dream that was off-the-wall, or maybe it was so real that you didn't know you were dreaming? Maybe you dream of a successful future or reaching your goals. Whatever your dreams might be, they could help you towards getting a scholarship for your college education. One "dreamer" in our I Have a Dream Scholarship Scholarship will receive $1,500 to help make his or her educational dream come true. Applicants must:

  • Be thirteen (13) years of age or older at the time of application
  • Be legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia
  • Be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2022) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education
  • Submit an online short written response (250 words or less) for the question:


    • "We want to know... what do you dream about? Whether it's some bizarre dream you had last week, or your hopes for the future, share your dreams with us for a chance to win $1,500 for college."


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