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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:  Melanie Justis, Renae Byrd, Erica Gillett, Tonya Ely 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.

West High Counselors will track the following students during their four years in high school.  The counselor/student ratio average is 1:396.

Counselor Caseloads:

Tonya Ely   A-E  

Erica Gillett   F-L

Renae Byrd   M-R

Melanie Justis    S-Z


For monthly updates, please see our most recent Counselor Connection newsletter.


Scholarship Information

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.


 Current Scholarships Available 

Kyle William Kiihnl Memorial Scholarship- is in memory of Kyle Kiihnl who lost is life to a driver who fell asleep behind the wheel. $1000 scholarship application is available for graduating seniors. 400 word essay required on the topic of driving drowsy. Details on the essay are available in the Counseling Office.

Deadline: February 22, 2020


East Tennessee Foundation Scholarship-


Deadline: February 22, 2020


Regions Riding Forward Scholarship- graduating seniors will complete an online application and write an essay in 500 words or less on "An African-American who has inspired and motivated you". Complete the application online at

Deadline: February 29, 2020


Consumer Specialty Products Association- Only candidates with highest SAT scores will be considered; son or daughter of CSPA company employee; outstanding leadership and extracurricular activities. Eastman Chemical Company is a member of CSPA. Information and application online at click on Glauberman Scholarship

Deadline: March 1, 2020


The General Federation of Women’s Clubs Tennessee Scholarship is dedicated to community involvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. The Tennessee Federation awards scholarships of $1,000 to deserving students in Tennessee. Candidates bust be planning to attend a Tennessee college or university. Applications are in the Counseling Office.

Deadline: March 1, 2020


National Institutes of Health Scholarship- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. Visit for more information.

Deadline: March 18, 2020


Lowland Credit Union Lee Johns Memorial- must be a 2020 graduating high school senior, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above, be a member in good standing at Lowland Credit Union (parents membership does not apply) and plan to enroll or be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two or four-year college or university. Apply online at

Deadline: March 27, 2020


Tennessee School of Beauty-C.B. Brown Scholarship Program high school seniors that are not presently or previously enrolled in a Cosmetology course are eligible to apply. Applicants must be interested in pursuing a career in the field of cosmetology. This is a full tuition scholarship. Applications are available in the Counseling Office.

Deadline: March 31, 2020


Morristown-Hamblen Lions Club Scholarship- students who plan on attending Walters State Community College and plan to pursue a career in the healthcare field are eligible to apply for this $500 scholarship. Applications are available in the Counseling Office and must be turned in to the Counseling Office by the deadline.

Deadline: March 31, 2020


Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest- Any student in grades 9-12 who is enrolled in a public, private, or parochial high school or home study program. Student must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national. Requirements for art entry can be found at

Deadline: March 31, 2020 to Local VFW Auxiliary


East Tennessee Region, AACA Automotive Technology Scholarship- student must have been accepted to, or currently enrolled in a high school, college, or trade school program leading to a degree or certification in automotive technology and/or restoration, must have shown an active interest in the hobby of antique vehicles, and have not received this scholarship previously. $1,000 scholarship. Applications are available in the Counseling Office.

Deadline: March 31, 2020


Appalachian Fair Scholarship- Must have participated in Appalachian Fair within past two years, minimum 2.5 GPA, three letters of recommendation, essay on why you want the scholarship. Go online for application at or get pick up an application in the Counseling Office.

Deadline: April 10, 2020


Morristown Hamblen Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship  - Morristown Hamblen Healthcare will be awarding two scholarships to deserving high school students in the Hamblen and surrounding counties.  Each scholarship will be $750 and will be presented to a graduating senior who plans to attend college or a tech school and enter into a "health related" field.  Applications are available in the Counseling Office. 

Deadline: April 17, 2020


Student View Scholarship Program- Login to the website and complete an application survey about colleges in your area. The scholarship will be awarded by a random drawing of all completed applications. Winner announced in May. Apply online at

Deadline: April 22, 2020

PB&J Scholarship- The PB&J scholarship awards students who have experienced challenges in their life that may not have allowed them to perform well academically but still have the drive to succeed. $500-$1000 award. Apply online at or pick up a flyer in the Counseling Office.


Deadline: May 31, 2020


Barnes Law Firm- In a 500 word essay, explain how you are involved in your community through service. Pictures of service need to be included. $1,000 scholarship for high school seniors. Apply online at

Deadline: June 1, 2020

Bigsun Scholarship- Young athletes who wish to succeed in their academic pursuits. Any capacity of a coach, player or official. Must be a high school senior or attending a post-secondary institute while being involved in some sport at that institution or in the community. Apply online at


Deadline: June 19, 2020


Arthur K. and Sylvia S. Lee Scholarship Foundation- graduating seniors planning to enroll full-time at a local community college are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Applications are available in the Counseling Office, or can be found online at

Deadline: June 30, 2020

El Dabe Ritter Scholarship- graduating senior planning to attend an accredited university in the United States. $1,500 award. Minimum 3.0 GPA required. Apply online at


Deadline: June 30, 2020


National DAR Scholarships can be found at

Check the website above for a FULL LIST of scholarships offered!

The online application portal is currently available through February 15, 2020. Visit the website for a full list of detailed scholarships.



Scholarship Search Websites     



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

eCampus Tours



Occupational Outlook Handbook



Transcript Requests

Any current student who needs a transcript sent to a college may see Mrs. Howerton in the Counseling Office to complete a transcript request form. Please allow at least two weeks to process transcript requests.

College Visits

Each senior is allowed one college day during the senior year. Students are required to submit a parent note to Ms. Ferguson in the main office at least 2 days BEFORE going on the college visit. During the college visit, students should ask an Admissions representative for a letter or other paperwork indicating that the student participated in a visit to the college/university for attendance purposes. Students should then turn in this letter to the main office to excuse the absence.