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Counseling Office

orristown Hamblen High School West Counseling Office 

The West High Counseling Office is staffed with four licensed School Counselors and one secretary:  Gwen Ledford - Department Chairperson, Melanie Justis, Jill Reuschel, Renae Byrd and Crystal Davidson- secretary.  The Counseling Department seeks to assist students with academic, career, and personal/social development.  These areas of development are addressed through curriculum resources, individual planning, responsive services, and program support.

The Counseling Department also coordinates and/or assists with a variety of tasks vital to the total school program such as:  registration, scheduling, testing, Safe and Drug-free activities, Open House, workshops, orientations, and career programs.

West High Counselors will track the following students during their four years in high school.  The counselor/student ratio average is 1:462.

Starting Aug. 24, 2017:  The counseling office will hold late hours on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month.  Counselors will be available until 6 pm.


Jill Reuschel   A-E

Gwen Ledford   F-L

Renae Byrd    M-R

Melanie Justis    S-Z


Students who desire conferences or information should contact their counselor either by coming to the Counseling Office on the first floor near the Main Office or by calling the office at 585-3792.  Parents may also schedule a conference with a counselor by calling the office.  The Counseling office is open during regular school hours (7:50 - 3:20) during the school year.


2017 AP Money Form

Classes of 2019-2021 Counseling Dept. Newsletter
Class of 2018 Counseling Dept. Newsletter

Transcript Request Form

Click here to view the West High Senior Packet

TSAC Student Financial Aid Portal

College Admission Handbook

Course of Study






Scholarships are listed in order of receipt in the Counseling Office.  The list of scholarships below is not an exhaustive list. The scholarships listed are primarily those sent to the office from local families and businesses who support our students in their desire to attend college and by Tennessee colleges and universities.  Please review general scholarship search websites such as those listed below to review further offerings.  You can obtain further scholarship information from the college you plan to attend.        





Stan and Thelma Plumlee Scholarship


This is an annual scholarship awarded each year, by the Tennessee Manufactured Housing Association, as an honor to the late Stan Plumlee.  To qualify, a recipient must be associated with the manufactured housing industry in some way; either by living in a manufactured home, working in the industry, or by having a relative who works in the manufactured housing industry.  The student must attend a Tennessee college, university or trade school.  The deadline to receive completed applications is March 8, 2018.


Deadline March 8, 2018




Ralph W. Sharpe Memorial Scholarship


A $2000 scholarship will be awarded to one deserving West High senior through the Ralph W. Sharpe Memorial Scholarship.  Mr. Sharpe served as a former English teacher at Morristown High School and Morristown Hamblen High School West.  Requirements include: plan to attend a 4 year college or university, top 10% of the graduating class, current transcript, a recommendation from a faculty member, a recommendation from a community leader and essays.  Applications are available in the Counseling Office.


Deadline: April 1, 2018




 DAR Scholarships


There is a list of numerous scholarships through the Daughters of the American Revolution Organization.  Please refer to the Counseling Office bulletin board for further information.


Deadlines Vary




Walters State Community College


Walters State Community College Scholarship Application is available online at .  The deadline to apply for scholarships is March 31, 2018.


Deadline: March 31, 2018



National CO-OP Scholarship Program


Seventeenth Annual National CO-OP Scholarship Program offers scholarships to students with a 3.5 and who have applied to one of the WACE Partner Institutions: Clarkson, Drexel, Johnson& Wales, Merrimack, Rochester Institute, OSWEGO, Toledo, Cincinnati, UMASS or Wentworth.  Apply on-line


Deadline: February 15, 2018




SunTrust Off to College Scholarship Sweepstakes


Enter online or by mail every two weeks up to 15 times during the sweepstakes period.  Two winners are randomly chosen every two weeks from September12, 2017- May 14, 2018.




2018 Profile in Courage Essay Contest


Students must write an essay to describe an act of political courage by a US elected official who served during or after 1917, the year of JFK’s birth.  Visit for further information.


Deadline: January 4, 2018


 American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest “A Constitutional Speech Contest” develops a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the US Constitution. Scholarship awards are presented to the three finalists in the final round of the national contest. Students must be certified by West High School no later than January 9, 2018


Deadline: January 9, 2018


The University of Tennessee Knoxville


Apply by this date for admission and institutional scholarship consideration. This is also the deadline to complete scholarship/honors applications (for those who applied for admission by November 1).


Deadline: December 15th


East Tennessee State University’s upcoming scholarship deadline is December 15th for Academic Performance Scholarships (APS) and our University Honors Scholars program.  These are excellent opportunities for high-achieving students.  The requirements and benefits of these opportunities are listed at the following links:


Academic Performance Scholarships:


University Honors Scholars:  (special application at this link required).


 Our General Scholarships deadline is March 1st and the application is available online for admitted students at


 Deadline: December 15th





Educational Opportunities


 The United States Senate Youth Program, established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution, is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. The 56th annual program will be held in Washington, D.C., from March 3 – 10, 2018. Two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity will spend a week in Washington experiencing their national government in action. Student delegates will hear major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies, as well as participate in a meeting with a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. All transportation, hotel and meal expenses will be provided by The Hearst Foundations. In addition, each delegate will also be awarded a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science.

Entering high school juniors and seniors may obtain a USSYP application through their high school principals, guidance counselors and social studies teachers OR they may inquire directly to their state selection contacts using this website (see selection contacts listing on home page). All student delegates to the United States Senate Youth Program are selected by state-level education officials – the United States Senate and The Hearst Foundations do not provide individual states’ applications or choose the delegates and alternates.