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Counseling Office

 Morristown 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

TSAC Student Financial Aid Portal

College Admission Handbook

Course of Study




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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.        




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




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 by February 15, 2018.


Each year the Elks National Foundation awards 500 “Most Valuable Student Scholarships” ranging from $4,000 a year to $50,000 a year.  Any high school senior who is a U.S. citizen may apply for an MVS scholarship.  Applications will be judged on scholarship, leadership and financial need.  Visit to apply. 

Deadline: November 27, 2017


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.



The Ron Brown Scholar Program purpose is to advance higher education and improve the lives of public-service minded and intellectually gifted African Americans.  Applicants should demonstrate academic achievement, exhibit leadership ability, participate in community service activities and have a demonstrated financial need.  Applications are available in the Counseling Office.

Deadline:  November 1, 2017


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




Tennessee Concrete Association is sponsoring the annual High School Essay on Concrete Contest for Tennessee.  All entries into TCA’s Essay Contest will be judged by a panel of industry personnel and TCA will award cash prizes to the first place ($250), second place ($100) and third-place ($50) essays.  Essay idea starters include Concrete’s benefits to society or Concrete is green.

Deadline December 5, 2017


The University of Dayton offers the Leadership in Service Scholarship award in the amount of $10,000 to a deserving student who has a desire for personal development and committed to service within his or her school, church or community.  West High administration has the opportunity to nominate one student.  If you have an interest in attending the University of Dayton and would like to be considered for this award, please submit your name to the counseling office by November 1, 2017.

Deadline November 1, 2017

Horatio Alger Association Scholarship Programs provide financial assistance to students throughout the nation who have financial need and have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity. Scholarship criteria also include high school graduation in spring/summer of 2018, commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree, and United States citizenship.

Deadline October 25, 2017

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

Prudential Spirit of Community Award

Are you a high school student who’s making a difference through volunteering? Apply for a 2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Award and you could win $1000 and a trip to Washington, D.C. next May! Complete the application and student/parent agreement.

Deadline November 7, 2017

Washington University 

If you have plans to apply to Washington University in St. Louis, please visit with your counselor in order to discuss scholarship nomination before November 15, 2017.

The University of Tennessee Knoxville

November 1: Priority Admission Deadline

Apply by this date for priority admission consideration to be eligible to apply for competitive scholarships and honors programs. Once admitted, students must also complete a separate scholarship and/or honors application.

December 15: Regular Admission Deadline

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).

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






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.