November Newsletter 2021
Mrs. Amy Reinmuth 
Director of College Career Counseling & Registrar

253-475-7226 x106
areinmuth@soundchristianacademy.org

Class of 2022

  • College Applications: We are in the heart of college application season.  Last Friday, I met with the entire senior class and helped answer a bunch of their questions.  Most of our seniors have either turned in at least one application or at a minimum STARTED their application.  Be diligent in getting those completed!

  • FAFSA is now open! Click here to learn about what a FAFSA is, who needs to apply (spoiler: everyone!) and how to start filing this essential financial aid document that opened October 1. Do not wait to file - federal aid is awarded based on your filing date, so file early! Here is a checklist from FastWeb of what you need to apply.

  • Scholarships: The biggest question I get is wanting help with scholarships.  We are right in the thick of scholarship season so don't wait - apply TODAY!  Visit our website for lots of scholarship links.  You won't win scholarships if you don't apply!

Class of 2023

  • Make a College LIst: Want to know what you should be doing now to prepare for college after high school? Your junior year is the PERFECT time to be making a list of colleges you are interested in.  Then start making plans to visit them this next spring and summer.  You won't regret the pre-planning!

  • Visit a College Fair! Visit a virtual college fair (like the NACAC event on November 14) to explore your many options when it comes to colleges. 

Class of 2024

  • HOBY Leadership Seminar for sophmores ONLY! Each spring, 10,000 high school sophomores from across the country participate in one of HOBY’s 70+ State and Virtual Leadership Seminars to develop their leadership skills and learn how to apply them to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace, and community. Learn more about this important leadership conference by visiting their website. Several students have already expressed interest, please contact Mrs. Reinmuth if you would like to be in the running for this event.  Only one student will be sent from SCA.  Cost: $225

Class of 2025

  • Community involvement: Now is the time to get involved!  Find a spot to volunteer and start being consistent with your volunteer time.  Don't forget to document your hours in the high school office!  You won't regret spending the time in your community as well as building your resume for college.

  • Keep Your Grades Up!  If you are planning to attend college in the future, don't let your grades start slipping now!  Remember, everything that you do now counts towards your future college admissions, so make sure to keep up on your classwork.
  • Colleges taking applications now! ALL colleges are now accepting applications for Fall 2022.  Many even have priority deadlines in November. Make sure to take note of specific college deadlines both for the application and for financial aid.  They may be different dates!

  • College Bound Scholarship - Do you know anyone with a student in 7th, 8th, or 9th grade?  Encourage them to look into the CollegeBound Scholarship to see if they meet income requirements and sign up! For more information, click here.

  • Read this helpful article on the "The College Application Survival Guide" from UCDavis.

  • PLU's Fall Preview Day is coming November 11th!  If you are interested in Pacific Lutheran University, this is a great opportunity to take advantage of a day off school and visit their campus. Learn more about PLU through an admission & financial aid presentation, a campus tour, academic sessions, and taking part in student life breakout sessions and other personalized experiences. Also, for high school seniors this will qualify you to receive a $1,000 per year Visit Scholarship.RSVP and find a sample agenda and COVID protocols here.
  • Thinking of taking a Gap Year?  The Gap Year Association has some great ideas of things to do to move you forward during your gap year.  While I don't recommend having to pay to join their association, they do have some good ideas and links to some great opportunities. Learn more here.

  • ACT SIX SCHOLARSHIP: We have had a few students from our school receive this fantastic full tuition scholarship in the past.  This application process is in depth so don't wait to get started on this one!  Visit actsix.org for all the information. All members of the SCA Class of 2022 should be eligible to apply for this scholarship (students must attend Gonzaga, Whitworth, PLU, St Martins, or Northwest). NEW Deadline: November 30, 2021

  • HUGE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE!  Don't miss out - we are smack dab in the middle of scholarship season and you'll miss out if you don't apply!  Upcoming scholarships are currently located on our website.  Make sure to check back often as they are updated as they are received.

Volunteer Hours!

Did you volunteer this summer?  Work at a SCA sports camp? Or help out at your church's VBS? Don't forget to turn your hours into the front office.  You can either complete this form or have your volunteer organizer send an email to tjones@soundchristianacademy.org (it can't come from the student or the parent).  Remember, all high school students are required to have the following number of volunteer hours:

Seniors (20 hours)
Juniors (15 hours)
Sophomores (10 hours)
Freshmen (5 hours)

NCAA College-Bound Athletes

The 2021-2022 NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Athlete was recently released.  If you have a student interested in playing a sport in college, please make sure to take a look at all of this important information.  See Mrs. Reinmuth with questions.
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