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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, 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.  


Trojan Army Scholarship

The Trojan Army Scholarship is available to any senior who will attend a two-year or four-year college or university in the fall. Scholarship consideration is given to a senior who has significantly contributed to Morristown West High School. The amount of the award is $500. Applications are available in the Counseling Office.

Deadline: April 26, 2019

Alpha Delta Kappa

The Alpha Delta Kappa International Honorary Sorority for Women Educator scholarship in the amount of $750 is available for any female senior interested in becoming an Educator.

Deadline April 10, 2019


A& B Bunch Scholarship

The A& B Bunch Scholarship in the amount of $500 was established by the Arnold and Brenda Bunch Family and will be matched by the Boys & Girls Club Foundation of Morristown. One $500 award will be given on Honors Day at West High and one at East High.

The criteria include:

1.      Obstacles overcome by the student in the areas of social, financial and/or health limitations.

2.      Displaying a high level of moral character.

3.      Achievement of a minimum 2.5 GPA during the four high school years.

4.      A proven work ethic exemplified by successful part-time employment or a history of community service.

5.      Special consideration will also be given to Boys & Girls Club members or past members.

Deadline: April 22, 2019

Morristown Hamblen Hospital Auxiliary

The Volunteer Department of Morristown Hamblen Healthcare will be awarding two $750 scholarships to two deserving students from Hamblen and surrounding counties this year who plan to go into the healthcare field. Applications must be submitted the Volunteer office at the hospital no later than noon on April 2, 2019. Submissions must be mailed to the address listed below. For questions, call 423-492-5803.

 Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System

Attn: Volunteer Services

PO Box 1178

Morristown, TN 37816

 Deadline: April 2, 2019


Commercial Bank “Life. Made Better.” Scholarship

 Students should have a GPA of at least 3.0, be involved in at least two extra-curricular activities (including sports, school clubs, volunteer work or employment), obtain a recommendation letter from a teacher or counselor and submit a 1000 word essay. The essay should describe the facets of what he/she believes can make life better for individuals in the community and how he/she commits to that goal. Students should go to to complete the online application and upload their recommendation letter and essay.

 Deadline: March 30, 2019

Providence Clinic Scholarship

 The purpose of the Providence Clinic Scholarship is to provide $500 scholarships to a senior at West High School senior who plans to enroll in a post-secondary school and graduate with some type of health-related degree. The recipient must meet the following requirements: financial need, 3.2 minimum GPA, three letters of recommendation from school officials and stated plans to enroll in a post-secondary institution to pursue a health related degree.


Deadline: Return to the Counseling Office by April 1, 2019


Lowland Credit Union

 Lowland Credit Union Scholarships are available in the Counseling Office. Seniors must be a member of Lowland Credit Union or must join in order to apply. Scholarship consideration is given to seniors with a minimum of 3.0 GPA, brief essay addressing the topic of the Credit Union’s philosophy “People Helping People”, community involvement and letters of recommendation. Lowland Credit Union will award (5) $1,000 scholarships.

 Deadline March 29, 2019


The University of Tennessee Martin

 The Department of Communications at the University of TN at Martin will award $1,000 scholarships to three incoming freshmen who declare communications as their major. Applications are available in the Counseling Office and require a 250 word essay describing college and career goals, ACT scores, GPA and rank in class.

 Deadline: March 22, 2019 by 5 p.m.


Sigma Phi Epsilon Balanced Man Scholarship applications are available online at for senior male students interested in attending the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Scholarship consideration is given to an incoming freshman recognizing men that challenge themselves and strive for continuous development in academics and critical thought, health and well-being and leadership skills. The chapter is awarding $6,500 this semester.

 Deadline June 14, 2019

 Shepherd Scholarship Foundation

The Shepherd Scholarship Foundation offers a scholarship to seniors with consideration of factors such as academic achievements, extra-curricular activities in high school, financial aid and to seniors that fall in the upper ten percent of the graduating class. Applications are available on-line at

 The access code to apply is “shepherd15”.

 Deadline May 1, 2019

Tennessee Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities Scholarship Program

The scholarship awards is $1500 per academic year for full time students and is renewable each semester contingent upon full time enrollment with a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. ELIGIBILITY:

• Resident of a public housing authority or assisted housing for a minimum of twelve months prior to January 1, 2019 and must reside in Public Housing or Section 8 to continue receiving the scholarship.

 · High school graduate, GED graduate or expect to graduate by June 2019.

 · Any applicant entering college may apply regardless of age.

 · Must have a 2.5 or better GPA on 4.0 scale.

 · Housing authority must be member in good standing with TAHRA.

 · The recipient must be planning to enroll in an accredited college as a first-time freshman in 2019 fall semester. This includes any accredited university, college, community college, vocational, technical or business school.

 · Application must be complete and postmarked by due date of April 5, 2019.

DEADLINE: Scholarship application deadline is April 5, 2019. All applications must be received or postmarked by that date for consideration. Applications received after that date will not be considered.

The Matt Seals Memorial Scholarship presented by Kidz Succeed, Inc. is available to any senior with a 2.0 grade point average and in the custody of a single parent, relative or guardian. Students are required to write a minimum of two paragraphs describing future goals and how the scholarship funds would be used.

 Deadline April 30, 2019

Samuel Doak Chapter DAR Scholarship Award

 The $500 scholarship award requires a three hundred-word essay. The topic of the essay is “Tennessee women during the Revolutionary War working to help the cause.”

 Deadline for submission of essays and additional required documents is April 1, 2019. Applications are available in the Counseling Office.

Morristown Lions Club Scholarship

 The Morristown Lions Club sponsors a scholarship for a senior who plans to attend Walters State Community College and pursue a career in the health care field. An essay is required as part of the application. Applications are available in the Counseling Office.

Deadline April 1, 2019

Equal Chance for Education Scholarship

ECE Scholars must have a B average, DACA or DACA eligible, willing to live at home and commute to campus, financial need, accepted to one of the following partner universities: Carson Newman University, Martin Methodist College, Trevecca Nazarene University, Cumberland University, MTSU, University of Memphis, Milligan College or Maryville College. To apply, send an email to

Deadline March 1, 2019

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: March 15, 2019

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, 2019.

Deadline March 8, 2019

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 20% 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 3, 2019

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

Tennessee School of Beauty

Tennessee School of Beauty offers four area high school students full tuition scholarships ($15,000). Selection will be based on a biographical statement of the applications educational history, contribution to the school, plans for the future and why he/she would like to study Cosmetology and a personal interview. Applications are in the Counseling Office. For further information you may visit

Deadline: March 31, 2019

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

 Applications should be mailed to:

 Kids’ Chance of Tennessee

Attn: Scholarship Committee
P. O. Box 681383
Franklin, TN 67068-1383

 Or emailed to:



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


CareerOneStop (also has sample resumes)

Occupational Outlook Handbook


Summer Internship Application Now Open

The online 2019 Summer Internship application is now open for juniors and seniors. The summer internship is a six- to eight-week paid experience with a local business or industry in a career field related to the student's area of study or interest.


Most internships are paid $10.00 per hour and work between 20-40 hours for six to eight weeks in the summer. The program begins in early June. Most businesses are flexible with a summer vacation if planned in advance. Students are supervised during the internship by one of our Work Based Learning supervisors who checks in on students and communicates with the business to make sure all is going well. Students are required to create a portfolio during the experience and take part in a presentation at the end of the internship.


Hamblen County offers programs of study in 13 of the 16 state recognized career clusters. Efforts are made to find internships in as many career fields as possible, including advanced manufacturing, health science, machining, electrical, information technology, accounting, marketing, and other related jobs.


The application deadline is January 31, 2019. Approximately 50 students will be selected to work in a variety of career clusters. Preference will be given to CTE (career technical education) concentrators, but all students will be considered.


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