DHS COUNSELING STAFF

Mrs. Adrianne Lindeman School Counselor (Last Names A-G) adrianne.lindeman@donegalsd.org (717) 492-1207

Mrs. Danielle Kuhn School Counselor (Last Names H-O) danielle.kuhn@donegalsd.org (717) 492-1208

Mr. William Rosengrant School Counselor (Last Names P-Z) william.rosengrant@donegalsd.org (717) 492-1204

Mrs. Christina Helfrick School Social Worker christina.helfrick@donegalsd.org (717) 492-1213

Mr. Uzziel Sanchez College Adviser usanchez@fandm.edu (717) 653-1871 ext. 51583

Mrs. Tracy Donnelly Counseling Department Secretary tracy.donnelly@donegalsd.org (717) 492-1209

DONEGAL HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELING & CAREER CENTER
DHS Zen Den

ACADEMIC INFORMATION

a month ago

Graduation Requirements

Beginning with the class of 2022 and beyond, to receive a Donegal High School diploma, a student must successfully complete a minimum number of courses during grades 9,10,11,12 as outlined below:                                                                                                                                                                                                          

SUBJECT AREAS                                 CREDITS                                                                             

English*                                                 4.0
Mathematics*                                       4.0
Science*                                                 3.0     
Social Studies*                                      4.0
Fitness                                                    1.5                                                           
Wellness 10 & 11                                  1.0
Informational Literacy**                     0.5                                                                           
Personal Finance         **                     1.0
Arts & Humanities and Electives***  5.0                                                                                                                  

TOTAL                                                     24                                                                                

Graduation requirements are modified for students attending full year CTC programs during their 12th grade year. 

* Must include required courses per items above and check department course descriptions.


** Informational Literary is required to be taken in 9th grade and Personal Finance is required to be taken in 11th grade       


***Courses that satisfy the Arts and Humanities 2 credit requirements may be selected from the following areas:             
English (beyond the four required units)                                                     
Social Studies (beyond the four required units)                               
Art                                                                                                     
Music                                                                                               
World Language

*** All courses beyond the required courses are considered electives.

CAREER INFORMATION

a month ago

There are many informative resources to help students with their career preparation and planning. Some of these resources are online, and some can be found in the Counseling Office.
 
Xello is an online assessment and exploration tool which will assist students in determining which careers match up with their interests, skills and values. The site provides students with information about almost every career available to them! Job descriptions, working conditions, earnings, and job outlook are among some of the information given. There are also interviews with professionals who describe what it's like to work in their particular career.
 
There are other excellent resources which can be found online. 
 
The Counseling Department also has hundreds of books and various other resources in the Counseling Office that will assist students in learning about the various careers available to them. If students would like one-on-one assistance in developing career goals, they should make an appointment to see their counselor.

COLLEGE INFORMATION & PLANNING

a month ago

Obtaining Applications

 

Where do I get an application?  

Colleges and universities maintain internet websites that allow users to request, download, or print information and applications. Most institutions offer online applications, and many prefer that students apply directly through the website, with application fees charged to major credit cards. For most schools, you may also opt to submit a paper application.

 
Do I need to send my transcript?  

Official transcripts and other supporting documents, as described in the Submitting Applications section below, are required and usually must be forwarded by regular mail to the college or university. Because we do not know when you apply online, please make sure to visit the Counseling Office after you have submitted your application online and request that your transcript be mailed.

 

How can I get more information from a college?  

Admissions offices accept email and telephone requests for information and materials, and many provide toll-free numbers.

 

What are College Fairs?  

College fairs provide good opportunities to obtain applications and other information directly from representatives. Please contact the DHS Counseling Office for information about any local college fairs.

 

What is the Common Application?

This term refers to a universal, or "Common Application", used by many colleges and universities across the country. This application only needs to be completed once and can then be submitted to multiple colleges/universities. Not all colleges and universities participate in the "Common Application", so confirm a school's acceptance of the "Common Application" before submitting it. Visit http://www.commonapp.org for a list of schools that accept this application.

 
 
Submitting Applications
 
Who should complete the college application?  

Students ( not parents) should complete applications and double-check the accuracy of all application information with parents before either bringing paper applications to the Counseling Office or submitting applications online. In general, paper application forms do not need to be typed, but neatness always counts! Print neatly, in black ink (unless otherwise specified), and don't forget to sign and date each application; a parent usually must also sign if the applicant is not yet 18 years of age.
 

After I complete the application, what do I do next?  

If you complete a paper application, please bring the application directly to the Counseling Office and give it to one of the counselors or to the secretary. If you are submitting your application online, please come to the Counseling Office and request that your transcript be sent through the mail.

 

What else should I bring to the Counseling Office with my paper application?  

All attachments, including application fee checks, should be submitted with the paper application so the application and supporting materials may be mailed as a packet and arrive together at the intended college. Be sure to alert the counselor or secretary to each school's deadline for receiving applications!

 

What is on my transcript?  

Transcripts mailed with applications are official (that is, imprinted with the school seal) and include: SAT scores received by DHS to date, the most recent class rank and grade point average, final course grades and credits earned since entering ninth grade, and high school activities reported by the student in previous years. Official transcripts cannot be hand-carried or hand-delivered by students or parents to intended recipients .

 

What about letters of recommendation? Do I need them?

Letters of recommendation should be brought to the Counseling Office if you want them to be mailed with applications. If you are seeking recommendations from teachers, advisors, coaches, counselors, or administrators, be sure to give them plenty of advance notice when asking for the letters. Some colleges require letters of recommendation and some only recommend them, so be sure to read the application carefully.

 

Do I have to write an essay?  

Personal essays or autobiographical statements are required on some college applications and are optional on others. Even when optional, they represent important opportunities to favorably impress an admissions committee, especially if an interview has not been possible. If you include supplemental or separate pages, be certain they are neat, clean, and legible, and that each extra attachment contains your name; it is also helpful to clearly label the content or purpose of such extra pages.

 

Can I submit my application late?

Adhere to application deadlines and submit materials early ! Applications should never be brought to the Counseling Office on the day they are due. Submit all materials well in advance of postmark deadlines and inform the counselor or secretary of deadline dates at submission!

 

How will I know if the college has received my application and other materials?

A record is maintained in the Counseling Office of transcript mailings for each student, including the name and address of the intended recipient, date the transcript was sent, and the date of acceptance (when applicable). A stamped and pre-addressed confirmation postcard is mailed with transcripts/applications for return to Donegal High School by the college upon receipt of the transcript and accompanying materials.

 

Now that I've applied, I can relax and take it easy for the rest of my senior year, right?

No, keep those grades up! Many colleges request mid-year grades. When colleges inform students that their mid-year grades are needed, students should notify the Counseling Office immediately so this important information can be sent as soon as it is available. After the final grades are posted for the Fall Semester, the cumulative GPA and Class Rank are re-calculated for each grade level. As soon as the revised mid-year GPA and Class Rank are available, they are recorded as the official rank and average on student applications, transcripts, and supporting documents.

 

 

 

College Visits

 
The Office should be informed of all college visitations (tours and/or interviews) prior to each college visit. This is the procedure that should be followed :
  1. Prior to a scheduled visitation , you must complete a "Request For College Visitation" form. Copies can be obtained from the Main Office, the Attendance Secretary or the Counseling Office. This form must be completed, signed by a parent, and returned to the office to be approved by the principal or assistant principal.
  2. You must have a parent accompany you on the college visitation.
  3. While on the visit, you will have a college representative sign a form indicating that you visited on that particular day.
  4. When you return to school, the form signed by the college representative must be returned to the Attendance Secretary so that the absence is considered "excused".
  5. Students are permitted to be excused up to three (3) days during their junior year and three (3) days during their senior year for college visitations.

 

 

College Admissions Testing

 

How do I know which tests I need to take?

As you consider potential colleges, you should determine which admissions tests are required by those schools. Tests should be taken at least six weeks prior to the application deadline of a school requiring the score.

 

Do I need to take both the SAT and the ACT?

Most schools in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States prefer the College Board's SAT in evaluating a student's potential for success in college. Many schools in the Western U.S. prefer the ACT (American College Testing) program. Some colleges require one test over the other. On-line registration is preferred for these tests and may be accessed through each testing organization's web address:

SAT: http://www.collegeboard.org                     
ACT: http://www.act.org

 

 

What are the SAT Subject Tests?

A number of schools also require the College Board's SAT Subject Tests (formerly called the SAT II). Results from these tests may be used in making admissions decisions, but generally are used in placing accepted students at appropriate levels in the school's curriculum. Pay special attention to testing requirements of each school you consider!

 

How do I register for the SAT?

SAT test dates and registration deadlines are listed on the College Board's website. The test is offered on a Saturday at local high schools. Donegal High School also participates in SAT School Day, which allows students to take the SAT during the regular school day. 

 

What is Donegal's CEEB code?

Students must include Donegal High School 's CEEB Code Number (392795) when they register for the SAT in order for their scores to be reported to us and posted on their transcripts.
 

Acceptances
 

What should I do when I have been accepted by a college?

Students should notify the Counseling Office when they have been informed of admissions decisions by the colleges to which they have applied. We share your excitement about acceptances, want to lobby for you when your application is put on hold or if a decision is deferred, and certainly want to support you if you are not admitted. When you decide which offer of admission to accept, your commitment to that college should be reported to the Counseling Office so your final transcript can be mailed in June.

 

Should I notify all of the colleges I applied to if I have accepted admission somewhere else?

As a courtesy to the other colleges where applications have been sent (and to the candidates who may be on waiting lists for those colleges!), you should notify each school of your intentions when a commitment has been made to another school.


Financial Aid

What is FAFSA?

FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. There are 3 types of aid available; free money, borrowed money, and earned money. Free money is based on need and does not need to be paid back. Borrowed money must be repaid with interest. Earned money is aid that is obtained through working a job which is coordinated by the college or university.

Am I eligible for financial aid?

To be eligible for financial aid students must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen, must have a high school diploma or equivalent, must not be in default on any other education loans, and males between the ages of 18-25 applying for FAFSA must register for selective service.

When is the deadline for financial aid applications?

Students can begin to apply for financial aid for the upcoming award year on October 1st during their senior year of high school. Colleges and universities have varying deadlines to apply by. Check the financial aid website of your prospective schools for those deadlines.

How do I apply for financial aid?

Visit studentaid.gov to begin your application.

What documents do I need to apply for financial aid?

If students are not filing as independent, they will need the following information from their parents as well.

1.     Social Security Number

2.     Driver’s License (student only and optional)

3.     Alien Registration Number or Permanent Resident Card (for non-U.S. citizens)

4.     Federal Income Tax Returns and schedules, W-2 Forms from all employers

5.     Current Bank Statements (checking and savings)

6.     Current Business and Farm Records (if applicable)

7.     Records of Any Stocks, Bonds, or Other Investments Including 529 Accounts for All Students

8.     Additional Untaxed Income Records

9.     Federal Student Aid Account


NCAA INFORMATION

a month ago

Students who want to play a sport at any NCAA Division I or II university as a freshman must register and be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center (formerly the Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse).

All student-athletes must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center prior to making any official school visits or receiving a written offer of athletically related financial aid. It is recommended that students register at the beginning of their junior year of high school.

There is a fee to register, and fee waivers are available to those who qualify.

Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at www.eligibilitycenter.org

After your NCAA Eligibility Center account is created, STUDENTS must send their SAT or ACT scores directly to the NCAA from their College Board account using code: 9999.

Please contact Mr. Rosengrant with any questions regarding NCAA Eligibility at (717) 492-1204. 

SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL RESOURCES

a month ago

Donegal High School's student assistance program is called CARES. 

CARES is an acronym that stands for Committee to Assist and Refer Students. CARES is a multi-disciplinary team composed of school personnel (teachers, staff, administrators, nurses, and counselors). This team has been trained to understand and identify students who are having problems in school because of chemical use/abuse, depression/anxiety, grief, or other related factors that affect the student's ability to learn or succeed in the classroom. CARES serves as an intervention and referral program to aid students in overcoming these barriers. The team does not diagnose or treat mental health or drug/alcohol disorders. 

Students may be referred to CARES by:

1. Self referral

2. Peer referral

3. Faculty/staff referral

4. Parent referral 

All referrals are kept confidential. For more information about this committee, please see your school counselor.

TESTING INFORMATION

a month ago

SAT


The SAT is the most widely used college admissions test in the United States. If you are a student planning to apply to college, you should take the SAT. Most four-year colleges will require SAT scores. It is recommended that students take the SAT at the end of their junior year. Some students will take the test again at the beginning of their senior year. Some students will opt to take the SAT more than once, but that is not required.
 
There are two options: SAT School Day or the standard SAT administration given on a Saturday. Donegal High School offers the SAT School Day option two times a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. Although Donegal High School is not a Saturday testing center, there are several local schools that do offer the test. To find test dates, locations, and test fees, visit the The College Board's website.
 
For Saturday administration, students must register directly with the College Board.  The preferred registration method is online, but you can also register by mail. SAT score results are sent directly to students.

PSAT/NMSQT


The PSAT is sometimes known as a "Practice SAT". Students who are in 11th grade and are planning to take the SAT are encouraged to take the PSAT. The test is offered at Donegal High School in October and the cost is usually around $17. Information about the test, as well as registration forms, are given to students in school (usually at the beginning of September). Registration is done through the Counseling & Career Center (not the College Board website). Students who take the PSAT in 10th grade may take the test again in 11th grade, and are encouraged to do so.  The National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) is the official route of entry to the National Merit Scholarship program. PSAT results are returned to Donegal High School in December and are given to students in school. Students will be given a detailed score report along with their test booklet, so they are able to review their test question by question. 


PSAT 10


PSAT 10 is offered to all sophomore students at Donegal High School every spring. Students are required to take the test, do not need to register, and there is no cost to the student. Results are returned to students and parents. Students will be given a detailed score report along with their test booklet, so they are able to review their test question by question.


ACT


The ACT is another college admissions test similar to the SAT. Although the test may not be as widely used as the SAT, it is recognized by most college admissions departments. Test dates and locations, as well as registration and fee information, can be found on ACT's website. 
 


AP


AP, or Advanced Placement, testing is an option for students enrolled in any of Donegal High School's AP courses. The AP tests are typically offered in May during the school day. Information about these tests, as well as registration materials, will be given to students at school. The AP tests can possibly offer the opportunity for students to earn college credit or advanced standing in college. This opportunity depends on the score earned by the student and the various colleges' policies for AP credit. Students should check with their intended college to see if/how they will accept AP credit.

**Students who wish to take an AP exam for which DHS does not offer an AP course should see their counselor.

TRANSCRIPT REQUESTS

a month ago

Current students can request a DHS transcript electronically, from your Chromebook on the Student Portal page. 

*** If you graduated from Donegal prior to 2018, we request a $2.00 transcript fee to assist in defraying the postage and handling fee.  Please make checks payable to "Donegal High School" and mailed to:  "DHS Career Resource Center, 1025 Koser Road, Mount Joy, PA 17552."  Upon receipt of your request and/or fee, we will promptly expedite your request.

Donegal High School graduates can request transcripts by phone or fax. For telephone requests, contact Mrs. Tracy Donnelly at 717-492-1209 or email your request to tracy.donnelly@donegalsd.org.  Please leave your name, year of graduation, date of birth and the school you would like your transcript mailed to.  Please email your telephone number where you can be reached (just in case we have any questions). You may also fax your request to (717) 492-1242. 

Most colleges will ask to receive an Official Transcript. An official transcript contains the school seal, a signature from your school counselor, and is prepared on school district letterhead and mailed directly from the high school to the college/university. 

An Unofficial Transcript  may also be requested for your use to help you complete college and/or scholarship applications. This transcript will not have a seal or signature, so you should not be sending this to colleges (because it is not considered to be official). 


SCHOLARSHIPS

4 days ago






Partnership for Access to Higher Education (PHEAA)


When students receive funding from PHEAA, they may also be considered for the PATH program, which provides supplemental grant funding to students demonstrating need.

APPLY HERE


Student Scholarships.org






LANCASTER bUILDING iNDUSTRY


2022-2023 Scholarship Application

This scholarship application packet contains the materials necessary to apply for a scholarship from the Lancaster Building Industry Foundation – the charitable arm of the Building Industry Association of Lancaster County. This application must be completed and submitted by the applicant to the Foundation for review by the Foundation’s Scholarship Committee on or before March 25, 2022. All applicants must renew and resubmit their applications to the Foundation, as necessary, for reconsideration by the Foundation on an annual basis. Applicants are hereby advised that any scholarship funds received which are not subsequently used for payment of educational fees and supplies in connection with Foundation-approved curriculum, such as the costs of tuition, books, and/or any other such educational supplies;must be promptly refunded by the applicant to the Foundation. Failure to do so will result in the pursuit by the Foundation of any and all legal remedies available to it to recover any such unused funds. Please type or print all information on the application. Scholarships will be awarded regardless of an applicant’s race, religion, national origin, gender, age, veteran’s status, physical handicap or disability.

DEADLINE:  MARCH 25, 2022

APPLY HERE:



                2022 American Legion High School 

                   Oratorical Scholarship Program 


FIRST DEADLINE IS JANUARY 2, 2022

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         2021 American Legion 86th Annual Essay Contest   

FIRST DEADLINE IS JANUARY 9, 2021

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                        Susquehanna Valley Umpire  

                           Association Scholarship



The purpose of this scholarship is to provide a one-time $750 scholarship to two varsity softball players who participated in the Lancaster County Girls Softball League (formerly the Donegal Rheems Girls Softball League) and continued playing high school softball through her senior year. 

The scholarships will be awarded based upon character, sportsmanship, integrity, community service, and academic achievement. To be eligible, you must: 

1) Be a member in good standing on the varsity softball team your senior year.

2) Plan to attend a college or trade school. 

3) Played in the Lancaster County Girls Softball League (formerly DRGSL) at the U12 and U14 level. 

4) Have a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4). 

5) Complete a 500-word essay on what playing softball on your Lancaster County Girls Softball League team meant to you. 

6) Submit Letter of Recommendation from your high school softball coach and a classroom teacher. 

7) Submit a copy of your school academic transcript.

Must be postmarked by April 30, 2022

Directions and Form:  Here





            The Hermine Solt Student Scholarship

                 PA Association of Educational 

                          Office  Professionals                                                

The student scholarship fund was established in 1992 for the purpose of aiding students in Pennsylvania to pursue higher education in a business-related field. The scholarship was named the Hermine Solt Student Scholarship in April 2006 to honor Hermine Solt. Mrs. Solt, who passed away in 2008, was a dedicated office professional who faithfully served PAEOP and whose sincere desire was to enable students to further their education.

Scholarships of $500 each will be offered to students who meet the requirements. The number of scholarships given will be determined annually.  

Criteria:
1. Scholastic achievement and motivation for higher education
2. Qualities and traits of leadership, citizenship, and service to school and community
3. Financial need
4. Recommendations from business education department member and/or school counselor must accompany application
5. A career in Accounting, Business, Business Administration, Business Communications, Business Management, Business Communications, International Business, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing, Computer/Technology, or Secretarial/Admin. Assistant)

MUST BE POSTMARKED BY MARCH 1, 2022







                 Optimist International Scholarship



Every year Optimist International sponsors an essay contest to give young people room to develop their own views around a central idea.  In addition to the opportunity for written expression, participants have the chance to win a college scholarship.  This year the topic is:

"How Does An Optimistic Mindset Change My Tomorrow"

The contest is open for all students under the age of nineteen as of October 1, 2021 who have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent. The winner on the local level with the Optimist Club of Lancaster County will receive a monetary prize. The winning essay will then be sent to the District level to be considered for a $2,500 scholarship on February 28th, 2022.

Any materials in this packet can be copied.  

Send the application to enter the contest by Dec. 17th, 2021 to: 

Michele Austiii

1142Lebanon Rd.

Manheim, PA 17545

or you may e-mail the application electronically to maustin0621@yahoo.com.

The Essay will be due January 14th ,2022.

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                               Blue Grass Community Foundation

                         Murry Foundation Scholarship


The Murry Foundation Scholarship was established at the  Blue Grass Community Foundation by the Murry Foundation to assist students residing in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania achieve post-secondary education. The scholarship provides a $5,000 award that is renewable for up to a total of four years of undergraduate study.

Criteria
• Recipient must be a resident of Lancaster County, PA
• Recipient must be a graduating senior attending a public high school or have completed the GED
• Recipient must have a minimum unweighted cumulative GPA of 2.50
• Recipient must demonstrate financial need
• Recipient must plan to enroll full-time at any two- or four-year college, university, or vocational/technical school at the start of the upcoming academic year
• Preference given to first-generation college students

Application will be made available by December 2021
Deadline to apply will be March 4, 2022
https://www.bgcf.org/scholarships/
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                  Ervin L. Steele Nursing Scholarship

      Sponsored by:  District 9 VFW and VFW Auxiliary


Four Nursing Scholarships of $1000.00 each are being offered to graduating high school students residing within Lancaster or Chester County.  These scholarships will be paid to the billing office, toward tuition of the institution the student will be attending.  Scholarships are available to those students entering the Nursing Profession upon their 2022 graduation from High School.

All applications for the Ervin L. Steele scholarship must be submitted to the Counseling Office no later than April 11, 2022.

Application Here:



                       The Town and Country Garden Club 

                                of Lancaster Scholarship



The Town and Country Garden Club of Lancaster offers a scholarship for $1500.00 each year to a deserving senior who is continuing their education in the following studies: 

Agriculture, Agriculture Engineering, Agronomy, Biology (excluding Pre-Med), Botany, Dairy Production, Environmental Control City Planning, Flora Culture, Horticulture, Land Management, Landscape Design, Forestry, Wildlife Sciences and Urban Planning

The application below should be completed.

Three letters of recommendation (can be from a teacher, mentor, guidance counselor, place of employment).

Your most recent high school transcript

A personal essay explaining why you have chosen this course of study 

A small bio about yourself and your activities.

These six items must be postmarked February 1st to:

Mrs. Jean M. Sware

4 Kimberly Court

Lancaster, PA 17602

Application Here:



      2022 Road to Safety Scholarship Contest

Metzger Wickersham Scholarship

Each day, over 200 people are injured and 4 people are killed in traffic accidents in Pennsylvania.

At Metzger Wickersham, we have represented thousands of people injured in auto accidentsand we know how a serious or fatal car crash can devastate a victim’s family, friends and the surrounding community.

Many motor vehicle crashes are caused by risky behaviors like driving under the influence of alcohol or texting while driving. These types of accidents are especially heartbreaking because they are fully preventable.

Metzger Wickersham’s scholarship program encourages students to take a stand against dangerous driving. The Road to Safety Scholarship Contest provides high school seniors with the opportunity to submit a creative project about the dangers of drunk driving and/or distracted driving for the chance to win college scholarship money. The ultimate goal of the contest is to help spread the message to drive with safety in mind all the time!

First place winners will receive a $1,000 scholarship, second place winners will receive $750 and third place winners will receive $500.

Click Here for more information and entry form:

The deadline for entries is April 1, 2022