"For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:10
The guidance program at Southwest exists to help students understand their value, purpose and calling from God. Each of us is uniquely made, formed in His image, having tremendous worth before our Creator. Our chief end is to enjoy God and worship him forever. We are fearfully and wonderfully made to know God, return His love, and serve Him from now into eternity. The primary focus of the guidance counselor is to help students gain a clearer picture of who they are and who God is calling them to be. Emphasis is placed on helping students see that all they do here at Southwest is preparation for their life beyond high school and the living out of their calling to be followers of Jesus Christ.
By understanding who they are and discovering who God made them to be, students will be more faithful to their specific calling, more fruitful in their endeavors, and more fulfilled overall in their life. The guidance counselor meets with all the students over the course of the year and is available on an informal basis at the request of students, parents or staff members.
(952) 556-0040 extension 138
Important Dates and Deadlines
College Preparation Timeline
• Overview of the College Planning Process (Focus of Each Year) Ask yourself:
Freshman Year- Trying different interests and developing good habits How has God made me?
Sophomore Year - Exploring careers and job possibilities What passions has God given me?
Junior Year - Choosing a major and visiting schools Who is God calling me to be?
Senior Year - Applying for programs and financial aid Where is God leading me?
• FREE Fall College Planning Night Our Fall College Planning Night will be on Monday, November 5 with many colleges and organizations present on campus. Gary Allen, the head of College Funding Consultants, will once again present "How to Pay for College without Going Broke," in addition to other workshops.
October 9 [Tuesday] from 9:00-12:00 and 4:30-8:00 and October 10 [Wednesday] from 9:00-12:00 will host over 350 Colleges and Universities as well as multiple free workshops @ the Minneapolis Convention Center
• Suggestions for college visits? Send me an e-mail if there is a school you would like to visit SW:
• Summer Program Search An exhaustive database of more than 1600 day and overnight summer camps programs from traditional recreation camps to intensive academic summer programs, special-needs camps, and study abroad trips – even paid internships.
College Scholarships & Contests
• Beware of Scholarship Scams A helpful checklist and questions to ask when searching for scholarships.[MN Office of Higher Education (2011)]
• Alert Magazine Scholarships $500 scholarships for graduating seniors who write the best drug and/or alcohol abuse-related essay (650-800 words) received for our state/region.
• Best Buy Scholarship Program 1,100 Scholarships of $1000 each will be awarded to students in grades 9-12 living in the U.S. Students who demonstrate good grades, commitment to community service and/or work experience are eligible to apply. Apply online at http://pr.bby.com. DEADLINE: February 15, 2013
• The Basin Electric Power Cooperative Scholarship Program More than 175 scholarships in the amount of $1000 each will be awarded to dependent children of: member-cooperative employees and/or member-cooperative consumers. Scholarship applications can be obtained from your local electric cooperative office.
• Twin Cities in Motion College Scholarship Program $5000 scholarship to one female and one male. The scholarship is open to all graduating high school students who: have participated in cross-country or track running event 800 meters or longer; have a GPA of 3.0 or higher; have Leadership Skills and Volunteer Experience; and live or attend school in the 11 county metro area. Applications can be downloaded at www.tcmevents.org. DEADLINE: March 1, 2013
• Vallely Will Fund Scholarship Program Scholarships ranging from $500 to $2500 will be awarded. Applicants must show a financial need. Applications can be found in the Guidance Center. DEADLINE: March 5th, 2013
• SFM Foundation Scholarship $5000 scholarship per year for children of parents who have been killed or injured on the job. Application can be found at www.sfm-foundation.org. DEADLINE: March 31, 2013
• SW Metro Chamber of Commerce Scholarships $1000 for graduating seniors living in Chanhassen, Chaska, Carver, or Victoria based on a student's dedication to and involvement in work, community, school, place of worship and/or family with an emphasis on generosity of spirit - not GPA or class rank. Apply online at http://www.swmetrochamber.com/scholarship.aspx. DEADLINE: March 15, 2013.
• Cologne Lions Club Scholarship The Cologne Lions Club will award two $500 scholarships to any any graduating senior who reside in the Cologne Fire District. Application is available in the Guidance Office. DEADLINE: April 1, 2013
• Empire Beauty Schools Scholarship Opportunities Scholarships are available in the amounts of $1500, $1000, and $500. Seniors enrolled in Empire Education Group's Cosmetology program are eligible. Applications can be found at www.empire.edu/highschool. DEADLINE: May 1, 2013
• The College of St. Scholastica CSSyes full tuition program Full tuition for selected, high-performing, high-need students who otherwise may believe they could not attend a prestigious, private college. Eligibility requirements and more information can be found at css.edu/yes.
• Grand Canyon University Scholarships $5,000 renewable scholarship for students who attended a member high school for four years and choose to live on campus at GCU, up to $20,000. For more info please contact 800-800-9776 or email
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
Resources for College Planning
Guidance Office Resources
• Good Questions to Ask through the Planning Process
How has God made you? (Personality/Learning Styles)
What do you enjoy? (Interests/Hobbies)
How has God gifted you? (Skills/Talents)
What is important to you? (Values/Passions)
How is God calling you? (Dream Jobs/Careers)
What kind of training do you need? (College Majors/Minors)
Where is God leading you? (Colleges/Universities)
How are you going to pay for it? (Scholarships/Grants)
• List of 50 resources available in the guidance office that can be checked out and brought home. Topics range from College Selection, College Majors, College Admissions, Test Preparation, to Financial Aid. Lists are arranged by topic, date, and alphabetical listings.
• Transcripts Request Form[PDF File] Blank transcript request form - print off and submit to office receptionist (or e-mail to Mr. Moss:
• NEW: Minnesota Career Information System Invaluable website in the college and career planning process with personal assessments and surveys, scholarship sorts, and college databases (and more). See Mr. Moss for your individual username and password.
• NEW: Life Calling Class This new semester elective is a dual-credit class offered through Indiana Wesleyan University, and is based on the Life Purpose Model to help students explore key areas of their life and better understand the path God has designed for them.This class is for juniors and seniors.
• College.gov Department of Education sponsored website that provides relevant, comprehensive information about why to go, how to go, and how to pay for college or other postsecondary education programs.
• The Common Application The Common Application is a not-for-profit organization that serves students and member institutions by providing an admission application – online and in print – that students may submit to any of its 456 members.
• Need a Lift: College Financial Aid Handbook (American Legion) This guide is filled with scholarships, grants, fee waivers, student loans, and the organizations that offer them as well as information to help you select a school and apply for student financial aid.
• Fastweb (Scholarship Search Engine) Fastweb not only finds students scholarships but also provides a plethora of information and guidance as students find their college or first job.
• My College Dollars (Scholarship Search Engine) Facebook application that provides free personalized scholarship matches and alerts.
• Scholarships.com (Scholarship Search Engine) One of the most widely-used free college scholarship search and financial aid information resources on the Internet.
• Student Scholarships (Scholarship Search Engine) Information regarding academic scholarships, majors, career profiles, college course outlines, and more.
• Zinch (Scholarship Search Engine) Using student profiles, Zinch matches scholarships as well as college info with students allowing them to get recruited and interact with schools.
• Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) (Tuition Reduction Program) List of over 150 public and private schools that offer discounts to out-of-state students from other nearby Midwestern states. Contact the school's MSEP Campus Administrator to see if you qualify.
• Minnesota Zoo Teengage Volunteer Opportunities The Minnesota Zoo has three programs for teenagers: ZooTeen Volunteers (13-18 years old), Wells Fargo Family Farm Volunteers (15-18 years old), and Summer Seasonal Volunteers (17-18 years old). Download and fill out the Volunteer Application Form, attend one of the scheduled interview sessions, and receive the necessary training. Call (952) 431-9588 or e-mail
for more information.
• ACR Homes, Inc. ACR homes has paid positions available for Program Counselors (18+) and Jr. Program Counselors (16-17 years old). ACR Homes provides health care for people in Minnesota with disabilities.
"And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns." Philippians 1:6 (NLT)
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