December 2021

Scholarship and Financial Aid Information

Need Cash for College? Now is the time to start thinking about applying for scholarships! This link will take you to a comprehensive Scholarship List with more information on the Guidance Office page of our school’s website. It includes local and national scholarships, as well as Dock-sponsored scholarships. This list will be updated and posted on the kiosk in Rosenberger Center as new scholarships become available. Feel free to stop by the Guidance Office if you have questions and/or to pick up a copy. We recommend you begin a personal scholarship search by using the following websites:

Another resource for scholarships is the college you plan to attend.  Ask your college admissions counselor what scholarships you qualify for. Research the college site and actively look for information relating to scholarships. The college financial aid office is also a good place to obtain information. 

Parents:  It is essential that you fill out the FAFSA form for your student to qualify for need-based federal loans, grants, and scholarships. Deadlines vary by state and college. The electronic version can be found at www.Fafsa.ed.gov. You may request a paper copy of the FAFSA by calling: 1-800-433-3243. We also recommend you visit www.pheaa.org to learn more about The Pennsylvania State Grant Program.

SAT Information

The SAT should be taken by college-bound students in the spring of their junior year or fall of their senior year. The easiest way to register for the SAT is online at www.Collegeboard.com. Students should set up an account with College Board. This will give them access to many tools that are available to support SAT preparation and the college search. There are also helps for parents. This is a recommended site for college-bound students and their parents.

SAT testing dates and registration deadlines are as follows:
Test Date                           Registration Deadline

March 12, 2022                  February 11, 2022

May 7, 2022                        April 8, 2022

June 4, 2022                       May 5, 2022

Save the Dates!

Friday, December 3 – EC-8 Christmas Benefit Concert:  7 pm at Franconia Mennonite Church

Thursday, December 9 – Grades 9-12 Christmas Concert: 7 pm at the High School Campus

College Applications

Seniors applying to college, remember to add all colleges you are applying to on your SCOIR account. The Guidance office uses SCOIR to send all supporting documentation to these colleges, including your transcript. You should be requesting letters of recommendation through SCOIR as well. Please give your teachers at least 1-2 weeks’ notice to write letters on your behalf. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Kabakjian before December 17. The Guidance Office will be closed over Christmas Break (Dec. 18 through Jan. 2).

College and Career Information

While all four years in high school are important, the most pivotal year for academic and career decisions is a student’s junior year.  During their junior year, students take a more comprehensive look at their future beyond high school.  All juniors:

  • take the PSAT/NMSQT in October and are encouraged to review their test results with their counselor and parents when they receive them.
  • are welcome to set up a time to meet with Mrs. Leaman about their future career goals, college selection, current academic standing, and selection of their senior year courses. 
  • should explore their options to prepare for the SAT. Links to free online resources and SAT Prep classes are available on the Guidance Office SAT Prep webpage.
  • should sign up to take the SAT at least one time during their junior year.
  • should develop a list of potential colleges, technical schools, or job opportunities to research.
  • who are student athletes, should become familiar with the NCAA Guidelines for Student Athletes, checking to make sure you are meeting the core course requirements and test standards.
  • are encouraged to visit the colleges and technical schools that fit their career goals and aspirations.
  • should begin to gather financial aid information from any sources available: Dock, the local community, and most importantly, from the educational institutions themselves.

Dock uses a college planning system called SCOIR. SCOIR helps students discover colleges that match their personal as well as academic interests. It is a useful tool for navigating through the college selection process. Juniors, if you have not yet created a SCOIR account, please see Mrs. Leaman. Through SCOIR, you will have access to a free career and aptitude assessment. This assessment uses engaging exercises (“brain games”) to identify your natural abilities. As a result, you are matched with careers for which your natural talents will help you excel.

Junior students who become actively involved in the college and career activities listed above will find their senior year to be productive, rewarding, and less stressful.