Orrville High School Guidance Department

Laurier Likens, 9th, 10th & 11th Guidance Counselor     Email: 

Buffe Hamsher, Senior Guidance Counselor     Email:

Guidance Office: 330.682.4448       Guidance Fax Number: 330.683.0547



"NEW FAFSA DEADLINE" Is FEBRUARY 1st, 2017!! You may start applying Oct 1st using last years tax information!! 

Don't forget after applying online to Colleges, to fill out a Transcript Request Form in the Guidance Office and give it to a counselor or Mrs. Smucker.  Your college application is NOT complete until we mail your transcript!  Your transcript will be mailed within 2 days of your request.   Please allow 10 weeks before the college process is completed.  We will send updated transcripts after 1st semester, per your request.  For any student needing help with filling out applications online...Mrs. Hamsher is available throughout the afternoon to walk you through the process.  Please bring your social security number and a credit card if you plan on completing the application process at school!  Final Official Transcripts will be mailed to the college or university of your choice and to NCAA Clearinghouse after graduation.

GPA CONVERSION INFORMATION:  Many colleges ask for, or may want you to report your GPA on a 4.0 Scale.  Attached are links to help you with this process.  Go to:  or  (This helps convert your GPA from a 5.00 to a 4.00 scale).  

Scholarships/Seniors:  See below for random scholarships that come in to the high school.  Also, you can check online at the Wayne County Community Foundation of Wooster to see if they have the Orrville and Wayne County scholarships updated for the 2016-17 school year.  You can get a head start by printing off applications, or applying to some of them online.  It's a good idea to ask for your Letters of Recommendation now so you can complete your applications, and be ready for the ones you receive in February.  

A SENIOR MEETING for "LOCAL SCHOLARSHIPS" will be held Thursday, February 16th, 2017 at 7:30 AM in the New Gym.  All high school & career center seniors who are interested in applying for local scholarships must attend.  An important information packet will be handed out at this time.  Also, a bus will be provided for career center students to return to the WCSCC.

NCAA CLEARINGHOUSE REMINDER!! Seniors planning on playing college sports need to check out the following requirements at the NCAA Clearinghouse Website.  Make sure you have the required Core Courses in high school to be qualified.  Talk with your coach, athletic director and counselor if you have further questions!


SCHEDULING for 2017-18

Course Description Book is here

College Academy brochure is here







ACT 2016/17 Test Dates:  April 8th (at O.H.S.); June 10th (at O.H.S.) 
To Register Go to:   OHS CODE:  363-950    

OGT Practice Tests:  Seniors should practice for the OGT by accessing links below:


SAT Test Dates:  Dec 3rd; Jan 21st; Mar 11th; May 6th; June 3rd




UPWARD BOUND:  Thinking about college?  Don't know how to get there? Upward Bound is a program which helps eligible students prpare for and then succeed in college.  Who is eligible?  Students who want to continue their education beyond high school and who have financial needs and/or are living with parents who do not have a bachelor's degree.  Ohio State ATI Upward Bound serves students at 4 high schools in the area.  For more information, OHS students can contact Mrs. Berry at the high school, or pick up a brochure in the Guidance Office.

College Reps Visiting OHS:  (October through November) - Most reps have already visited for the year, but if you would like to connect with one you can come into the guidance office and we can set that up, or call the college or university and set this up on your own. 

Military Reps Visiting O.H.S. – Lunch time set-ups



* Several Scholarships are listed  at:   Go to this website for details and deadlines! 

The University of Akron:  Register On-line at: or call 1-800-655-4884  You're invited to attend "Discovering Diversity Day", on Friday, February 10th, 2017.  This day is designed for underrepresented students interested in learning about UA and our multicultural excellence and support.  Registration must be submitted online at by February 2nd, 2017. 

Abbott & Fenner Scholarships:  Abbott & Fenner Business Solutions is once again be awarding $1,000 scholarships.  To apply you must submit an essay on the topic that appears on the scholarship page on their web site at:  Full details will be on this site.  Deadline for applying is June 12th, 2017.  This is a renewable scholarship. 

AMDA (The American Musical and Dramatic Academy):  AMDA offers multiple Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees and Professional Conservatory Programs in the performing arts and awards more than $10 million in scholarships each year.  For an Application and Tour Date information on Auditions, please go to: 

America's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders/Monsanto Fund:  Students who are continuing their education in the ag-related field can apply for a $1,500 scholarship.  Applications will be received between November 15th, 2016 and February 1st, 2017 at:  This program is managed by the National FFA Scholarship Program, but applicants are not required to be FFA members.  For any questions, eamil Brian Leake at:

APIASF (Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund) & the Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program:  Scholarship opportunities for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander college students for the 2017-2018 academic year closed January 18th, 2017 @ 11:59 PM est.  Go to: www.APIASF.ORG/SCHOLARSHIPS to apply, or @APIASF on Facebook for next years consideration. You may reapply each year.  If you have any questions, you can contact them at: or call: 1-877-808-7030   

ASHLAND UNIVERSITY/ART DEPARTMENT:  On Saturday, May 13th, 2017 from 9:15 AM - 4:00 PM, AU is sponsoring a college campus studio experience FREE for current H.S. students with an interest in pursuing art.  Lunch and art materials will be provided.  You will experience Sculpture, Printmaking, Digital Art & Graphic Design, Painting, Ceramics &/or Figure Drawing.  Students may attend two workshops based on their interests!  Apply online at:   Application deadline:  April 4th, 2017   ALSO: Student Art portfolios need to be submitted by February 15th, 2017.  For any questions, please call 419.289.5190.  

ASPIRING NURSE SCHOLARSHIP:  Nursing Schools Almanac has launched its third annual Asiring Nurse $1000 Scholarship.  Students must have a track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics; a passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare; including LPN, ADN, and BSN programs.  Interested students may apply at: and click the banner on the right-hand side of the website's homepage.  Here they'll find detailed scholarship information and the official application form.  Deadline is midnight on June 30th, 2017.

Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences:  Aultman College can help you achieve your nursing, radiography or health science degree. If you have any questions about Associate and Baccalaureate degree programs in Nursing, Aultman College would be pleased to offer personalized information by contacting Sheri @ 330.363.1178, or

AULTMAN VolunTeen Program for High School Students:  Aultman Orrville Hospital offers an opportunity for high school students to volunteer over the summer months during their school break.  This program runs 10 weeks and students are assigned to volunteer ositions throughout the hospital.  This is a first-come, first-serve basis.  Applications are now available in the OHS Guidance Office.  Students must be at least 16 years of age and have completed the 9th grade to apply.  Deadline for applying is Friday, May 12th, 2017.  Any questions, please contact: Oma Marks, Community Relations @ 330.684.4703.

Baker College, Flint, MI:  There are many scholarships worth up to $24,000 for students enrolling in Baker College.  Students attending Culinary Institute of Michigan and Auto/Diesel Institute of Michigan are also eligible to apply for these scholarships.  All completed applications must be received by the Baker College Scholarship Committee no later than May 1st, but the sooner the better.

Baldwin Wallace University:  Priority Application Deadline for Fall of 2017 admission is: Wednesday, February 1st, 2017; Presidents' Day Open House - Monday, February 20th; Junior Visit Day - Saturday, April 29th

Bowling Green State University:  If you are applying online to BGSU, go to:  Also, to see freshman scholarship levels, go to the Scholarship Calculator at: Apply early and be eligible for: a CBA Hoodie; first choice of housing options; first choice on Business District; Eligible to apply for CBA scholarship. BGSU will award approximately 30 scholarships ranging up to $5,000 to incoming freshmen.  Check out "THE HATCH" at BGSU!  If you are familiar with the popular TV show, "Shark Tank", this is a similar event!  Each spring BGSU hosts "The Hatch" for students to pitch business ideas to a panel of investors hoping to fund their businesses.  The College of Business has taken this best in class practice event and created a 5-day entrepreneurship curriculum for H.S. classrooms. December 5th was Application and Credential deadline for top scholarships; January 15th was Application and Credential deadline for freshmen scholarship consideration & FAFSA Priority Deadline!  February 20th is Presidents' Day Open House. 

Cedarville University, Cedarville, OH:  Cedarville offers generous scholarships for music majors. To receive priority consideration and an early decision, students should register early - for more information visit:

University of Cincinnati: Make a reservation for a UC campus tour and schedule a visit to learn about UC's engineering and applied science programs.  Comprehensive CEAS tours offered most Tuesdays and Fridays.  Go to:   Customized tours are also available.  Please call or email for details at: Phone: 513-556-5417 or Email:  Follow them on Facebook at:  

Cleveland Institute of Art:  At CIA, they offer 15 majors in art and design, taught by highly accomplished practicing artists and designers in modern, well-equipped studio spaces, and possible internships for 80% of the upper class students. They are sponsoring a 2D3D National High School Art & Design Competition using 5 categories.  Awards range from $10,000 to $200.  Deadline is: 02/03/2017.  Go to: for more information. To schedule a visit, call 1-800-223-4700 or email

B. Davis Scholarship / Student Award Search Aid: Go to: to read about how to apply for scholarships.  This site is trying to improve the students' chances for success.  The site is free and they charge nothing for the information or application.  Deadline for applying is: May 22nd, 2017.  The amount of the B. Davis Scholarship is $1,000.  If you have any questions, please contact:

University of Dayton:  For more information on UD visit: Tour the campus, explore academic programs and experiential learning opportunities, discover how to choose a major if you're undecided, and learn about admission, scholarships and financial aid. RSVP at   If you have any other questions please call:  800.837.7433   ALSO: Engineering Overnight & Explore Engineering - Feb 24th & 25th - Go to:  Both programs are co-ed.  UD/Summer Programs: The Entrepreneurship 101 / June 18th-30th -; & Summer Sustainability:Food Systems - June 25th - June 30th, 2017 -   

Denison University:  If you are planning to attend Denison, and major in math or science, you may apply for the Austin E. Knowlton Scholarship by applying to this college. This award can be up to $5000, and is renewable annually.  Also:  Reynolds Young Writers Workshop / Aspiring young high school writers receive one-on-one interaction with writers from the New Yorker, The Atlantic and SB Nation.  This is an eight day residential summer program in creative writing for current high school sophomores and juniors who love to write.  Upcoming workshop dates:  June 18th-25th, 2017;  Online application portal opens: January 4th, 2017;  Application deadline: Sunday, March 5th, 2017 @ 11:59 PM  To apply go to: 

FARM CREDIT Mid-America Scholarship:  $1,000 College Scholarships will be offered to the children and grandchildren of customers.  The scholarships will be awarded based on academic record, leadership qualities and community involvement.  Education is one way to make a difference in our rural communities and agriculture.  The scholarship application can be accessed online at: (click on Community, then Scholarships).  Deadline is the last day of January, and scholarship awards will be awarded in June. 

FIDM Creative Careers:  If you are interested in the global industries of Fashion, Visual Arts, Graphic & Interior Design, Social Media and Entertainment Go to: for information  about National Scholarhsip programs.  FIDM awards more than $300,000 in scholarships.   You can also call the FIDM Community & Educational Affairs Department at 800.262.3436 or 818.990.2241.  

Hiram College:  Hiram is sponsoring The Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature Writing Contest for current 10th and 11th grade.  Students must submit a nonfiction essay to the Emerging Writers Nonfiction Contest.  The theme is Community!  They seek nonfiction that is reflective, investigative, immersive or meditative.  Essays should combine a foundation in facts with nuanced use of language and detail.  For more information and guidelines go to:  Deadline is: Friday, January 6th, 2017 by 5 PM.

John Carroll University:  JCU requires the Common Application process with an essay, high school transcript, ACT score, and at least one letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor.  Early Action deadline was December 1st, 2017 and Rolling Admissions is post December 1st, and Post February 1st admission is on space-available basis.  Go to: to access additional information and resources or call 216.397.4294.

J.F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest:  The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation invites U.S. high school students to honor the 100th anniversary of JFK's birth by participating in the 2017 Profile in Courage Essay Contest.  In Profiles in Courage, John F. Kennedy recounted the stories of eight U.S. senators who demonstrated political courage by risking their careers to do what was right for the nation.  The Profile in Courage Essay Contest challenges U.S. high school students to write a new profile in courage describing and analyzing an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year of JFK's birth.  For contest information, registration, and to submit your essay, visit the Profile in Courage Essay Contest at  First-place prize is $20,000; 2nd-place is $1,000, Five finalists receive $500 each, and Eighteen Centennial awards of $100 each.  Deadline for submission:  January 4th, 2017

Kent State University, Kent, OH: 

Kent State Stark University, Canton, OH:  7,250 students enrolled year-round; More than 200 Honors Program students; $5,664 cost of tuition for 2015-16; 85% of KSUStark grads are employed full-time or enrolled in Grad School.  18 Bachelor's and 4 Master's Degrees are offered. For information to make a visit call:  330.244.3251

Malone University, Canton, OH:  Students who are prospective music majors may audition for a music scholarship.  If you have any questions, please call Mary Haines at: 330.471.8357.  Register early by visiting:

Mensa Foundation / Cash for College:  The Mensa Education and Research Foundation is offering scholarships for students of all ages.  The application period is open from Septembe 15th through January 15th.  Members of American Mensa as well as non-members may apply to the scholarship program.  Applicants are required to submit an essay to be considered.  Grades, academic program and/or financial need are not included in the final determination of scholarship recipients.  To find out more, visit: or call:  888-294-8035, ext. 5509. 

Miami University, Oxford, OH:  All online application materials and instructions may be found at Priority consideration for admission, merit scholarships, and selection for the University Academic Scholars Program, the University Honors Program, and other competitive admission programs will be given to students who completed all application requirements by December 1st, 2016.  The Regular Decision deadline is February 1, 2017.  For more information call Kelcey at: 513-529-1507 or email her at:  ALSO:  The Darl W. Brooks Scholarship information is now available for an Orrville senior who is planning to attend Miami University and is in an Advanced Math program.  Please contact for more information on how to apply.

Clinton E. Missler Agri-Scholarship:

University of Mount Union:

Muskingum University, New Concord, OH:  Learn more about MU on:; twitter @muckieadmission;; or call 800.752.6082 to visit MU's campus. Call to register for a visit @ 800.752.6082 or online at:

Northeast Ohio Spring College Fair:  Friday, March 31st, 2017; 9-11 AM; at The University of Akron James A. Rhodes Arena.  Reigstration Deadline: Friday, March 10th, 2017.  Register online at:  There is no cost to attend.

North Central State College, Mansfield, OH: 

University of Northwestern Ohio, Lima, OH: 

Ohio Board of Regents - Ohio War Orphans Scholarship:

Ohio Dominican University, Columbus, OH:  If you have any questions about Ohio Dominican, please contact them at: 614.251.4500, 800-955-6446; email, or Log On:

Ohio Northern University:  Annual Summer Music Camp - June 18th - 23rd, 2017 - Go to: for more information for grades 7-12.  Please look on this website for audition dates.  If you have any questions, email Dr. R. Casey @  or  Dr. S. Waters at:

Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program/Foundation - 2017 Scholarship Opportunities for Students:  The scholarship application can be downloaded from their website at:  There are more than 75 different unique career opportunities for your students to consider if they have a desire to work in this energy industry.  Ohio's crude oil and natural gas industry wants to continue to recognize the importance of providing financial assistance to those young men and woment who chose a path that can lead to a very exciting and rewarding career!  Last year 50 scholrships were awarded. Complete applications between December 1st, 2016 and March 1st, 2017.  Once awarded, this scholarship can be renewed up to four years, and is available to any student pursuing a 4-year or 2-year degree.  Applications are also available in the OHS Guidance Office.

Ohio State University - Mansfield Campus:  Campus Visit Days - December 21st.  A small campus with big opportunities!  Contact them with any questions at:    

Ohio Veterinary Exploration Conference & College Fair:  Saturday, February 25th, 2017 at Hyatt Regency Columbus, at 10 - 4:00 P.M.  This program exposes numerous students to available careers in veterinary medicine that might otherwise have been a mystery.  There is a registration fee of $10 per student and is open to high school juniors and seniors and undergraduate students.  Check-in begins at 9:00 AM.  Register at:  Deadline to register is Sunday, February 19th, 2017. 

The 2017 Orrville Community Chorus - Victor Gerber Memorial Music Scholarship:  Application forms are now available in the Guidance Office for eligible students interested in applying for this $1000 scholarship.  Wayne County seniors who demonstrate academic achievement, participation in music activities, and leadership, and who will begin post-secondary education in the fall of 2017 may apply.  Deadline for this scholarship is March 31st, 2017.

Pittsburgh Technical College, Oakdale, PA:  PTC used to be Pittsburgh Technical Institute.  You may visit their website to learn more about grants and scholarships at:

Slater & Zurz LLP, Attourneys & Counselors At Law:  To increase support and advancement of community, they are offering a $1,000 scholarship.  To be eligible, a student must be a high school senior who will graduate in 2017, and will be attending a college or university in Ohio.  The application process will be conducted online via the following link:  This scholarship is not being tied directly to a student's GPA, ACTscores, or Class Rank.  Rather, it will be reviewed and awarded based on the preparation of a "brief" YouTube video along with an accompanying written essay.  There are two options for the Topic of their YouTube video:  1) address an existing law in the State of Ohio that needs to be changed and then tell why the change is necessary.  2) the student creates a new law that would benefit the community and then tell how that new law will impact the community and why that impact is important.  Students are encourged to be creative, logical, and persuasive in support of their topic with both video and written essay.  Video submissions should range between 2 and 4 minutes and written essays should be between 500 and 1,000 words.  All applications must be submitted no later than March 31st, 2017.  The recipient will be notified no later than May 19th, 2017.  If you have any further questions, please contact Aaron Meikle directly via email at:  

Student Insights/ Student-View Scholarship Program:  Log on to: and complete a 15-20 minute application survey about colleges in your area.  Deadline is April 22nd, 2017.  One $4,000, two $1,000, and ten $500 scholarships will be awarded.  No essay, application form, or fees required.

Tiffin University, Tiffin, OH:  Students interested in a unique music curriculum, Tiffin has the cutting-edge bachelor's degree in Professional Music.  It allows students to work in popular and commercial music styles.  The degree provides students with a modern musical skill set and real-world, marketable skills that generally are not taught at other universities.  If interested, go to  Call Brad Rees for any questions at:  419.448.3366.

VARSITY TUTORS SCHOLARSHIP:  Go to: for information on applying to their monthly $1000 scholarship!  If you have any questions, please call Jenna at: 314.330.6107 or email her at:

Wayne College/UA:  For future visit days go online at:  Learn more about admissions requirements, course offerings, financial aid, scholarship offerings from Wayne College and the Akron Campus, and receive a campus tour: Or Call 330.684.8900 to schedule a personal visit.

Wayne County Committee for Crippled Children and Adults, Inc:  The WCCCCA is once again offering scholarships to those young adults with physical handicaps who wish to continue their education in college or technical school. This program provides scholarships for each academic year a recipient if in school up to four years. The amount of the scholarship is $1,000/1st year; $1,500/following three years. The deadline for applying is June 1st, 2017.  An application is available in the OHS guidance office.

Wayne County Schools Career Center - Adult Education Scholarship:  Seniors can start a full-time career just 1 year after graduation.  Wheather you're thinking of a career in health care, welding, machining, law enforcement, automotive technology, or office administration, the Adult Education programs at Wayne County Schools Career Center could be a perfect fit for you!  From now through April 15th, the Career Center is taking applications for their $1,000 Star Scholarship.  See the OHS Guidance office for an application.

Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling, WV:  To schedule an Individual Campus Visit, register for a Group Visit Day or find out more about visiting Wheeling Jesuit please contzct them at: 1-800-624-6992 or

William D. Squires Scholarship Foundation:  15 - $3,000/yr Scholarships will be offered to Ohio seniors who apply through this foundation.  Applicants must have a 3.2 GPA or above & already know their career goal; must be have good character and be highly motivated; applicants must show academic promise and have financial need.  Apply on-line between February 15th through April 5th, 2017 at:  This is a renewable scholarship. 

Wells Fargo - Tuition Funding Sources:  TFS is a private website designed to help students gain access to over 7 million scholarships totaling more than $41 billion.  You can access this link at:  FREE booklets available in guidance. 

Youngstown State University:  Monday, February 20th, 2017, from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, there will be a unique kind of Open House.  This is your chance to "Crash" their campus.  Friends and parents are welcome!  The deadline to make reservations for "Crash Day" at YSU is Wednesday, February 15th, 2017.  Contact: 330.941.2000 or toll free at: 877.468.6978. ALSO:  The Youngstown State University Summer Honors Institute offers gifted and talented students an opportunity to explore and discover new information in a wide rand of disciplines.  This runs from June 12th - 16th, 2017.  Applications are available at: and are due by: March 3rd, 2017. 




VASCO Asphalt / Massillon, OHLooking for new hires for 2017.  This is a growing division and they are looking for motivated young adults who will be graduating in the spring.  More than likely these students are not looking to go to college but want a high paying career out of high school.  Though, this job is not meant for everyone, it does offer those well suited for a long career in something that challenges them and offers potential for growth within the company.  If you have a good work ethic and a willingness to learn, and are interested in an interview with this company, please stop by the guidance office for more information.  You can also contact Kurt Gamby at: