Career and College
College ApplicationsCheck individual colleges for their online applications
The Common App - 700 colleges use this one application. Check to see if your school is listed. Let your counselor know you are using the Common App.
Financial AidBeginning Oct 1 - you can apply for Federal Aid. Go to www.fafsa.gov
One thing you can do before October 1st is create your FSA ID. There is a link to FSA ID on the FAFSA website.
Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion - Information on paying for college and scholarships.
CSS Profile - many private schools require students to file this in addition to the FAFSA. Check on your school's requirements before filling out.
College InformationStudent Aid and Preparing For College - information on Financial aid and the process of college
Western Undergrad Exchange - a great opportunity for Oregon residents to attend out-of-state colleges for a reduced out-of-state rate
OPPORTUNITIES, Preparing for College Guide & Workbook OREGON 2021 - 2022
Many seniors will need a letter of recommendation from their school counselor or a teacher. If you are in need of a recommendation for a scholarship or college application, please follow these guidelines -
The first step is to ask if a teacher is willing and able to write a letter of recommendation for you. Please do not assume that any teacher will automatically write you a letter. It is your responsibility to talk with recommenders face-to-face. Staff do not want to receive a notification from Common App that you have listed them as a recommender and you have yet to talk to them.
- Please give us a minimum of two weeks to write a letter. The more time-the better the letter. Please do not expect to get a letter when your due date is in a few days. Lack of planning on your part should not create stress and an emergency on your recommender.
- To request a letter of recommendation, please fill out this form.
National Scholarship List
The internet can be an invaluable resource for locating sources of money for college. Beware of any services that charge a fee for scholarships. You should not have to pay money to get a scholarship.
We recommend that you use these links:
NCAA Clearinghouse - if you are planning on being a Div 1 or Div 2 student athlete, you must register here. Also, please let your counselor know you are registering.
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) - the governing body of small athletics programs that are dedicated to character-driven intercollegiate athletics. Since 1937, the NAIA has administered programs dedicated to championships in balance with the overall college educational experience.
Philomath High School has begun to utilize Naviance to provide a comprehensive and supported approach to individualized college and career planning.
Naviance is a college and career readiness platform that helps connect academic achievement to post-secondary goals. On their individual page, students are able to research careers, take a personality test and interest inventory, keep track of colleges they are interested in and applying to, create a resume, and much more. Counselors will be using this tool to provide information to students.
Career Convention - Resume
Juniors - you will need to create a ONE PAGE resume for the Benton County Career Convention in February. There are two pdf examples below if you need help. You can also search for resume templates online to create a more personalized resume.
If you use the template, first make a copy of the template, otherwise your information will be saved on the Google Doc. Also make sure you delete any areas that say "Type Here".
Resumes need to be turned in BEFORE winter break.
CAREER AND SERVICE EXPERIENCE (senior project)
Students will complete a career and service project their senior year for graduation requirements. The experience will be completed in one of the 5 Career and Technical Education areas: Health Occupation, Business Management, Culinary Arts, Manufacturing and Forestry and Natural Resources.
For more information CASE PROJECT