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Jill Reuschel (last names A-E) Phone Icon 423-581-1600 ext. 1012 Email Icon Email
  Erica Gillett (last names F-L) Phone Icon 423-581-1600 ext. 1011 Email Icon Email

Counseling Office

Morristown Hamblen High School West Counseling Office 

The West High Counseling Office is staffed with four licensed School Counselors and one secretary:  Melanie Justis, Jill Reuschel, Renae Byrd, Erica Gillett and Aimee Howerton- 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 1:396.

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

Erica Gillett   F-L

Renae Byrd    M-R

Melanie Justis    S-Z



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.  



Local College                                                 Deadlines

Carson Newman University                         Apply Early

East Tennessee State University                  December 15

Ki ng University                                            Apply Early

Middle Tennessee State University             December 1

Tennessee Tech University                           December 1

Tusculum College                                         Apply Early

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga    December 1

University of Tennessee at Knoxville          November 1 Competitive, December 15 General

Walters State Community College              March 31


Kids’ Chance of Tennessee

The Kids’ Chance of Tennessee Scholarship Program awards scholarships to dependent children of a parent or guardian who has been seriously, catastrophically or fatally injured as a result of a work-related accident that meets the criteria of the Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Act and that has resulted in a substantial financial need. Scholarship recipients must also meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a legal resident of the State of Tennessee
  • A dependent of a parent or guardian who has suffered a serious or catastrophic injury and/or permanent disability, or was fatally injured as a result of a work-related accident
  • Must be between the ages of 16 – 25 years old
  • Must be able to demonstrate substantial financial need
  • Must be enrolled as a full-time student at a post-secondary school (university, technical college, etc.)
  • Must demonstrate superior academic achievement and aptitude

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, 2018


Davidson College John M. Belk Scholarship

Any student interested in attending Davidson College, please see your counselor for information on the nomination process for the John M. Belk Scholarship. This scholarship recognizes and rewards students of demonstrated superior intellectual and personal achievement and significant leadership ability.

Nominations materials are due November 8, 2018.

 WACE The Best of 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 by February 15, 2019.

2019 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 18, 2019


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 8, 2019




College and Career Search Websites

The following websites are good ones for exploring colleges, majors, and careers:

Big Future

College for TN

College Navigator

College Scoreboard

Occupational Outlook Handbook

What Can I Do With This Major

eCampus Tours


CareerOneStop (also has sample resumes)

Occupational Outlook Handbook


Manufacturing Day 2018

ABB in Morristown graciously hosted a group of Hamblen County students on Oct. 5 to learn about careers in manufacturing and celebrate Manufacturing Day 2018. Check this great infographic for more information about careers in manufacturing.


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