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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

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.        



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. Students will be awarded scholarships based on a brief essay, community involvement and letters of recommendation. Lowland Credit Union will award (5) $1,000 scholarships.


Deadline March 30, 2018


“Running Matt’s Race” Memorial Scholarship


The “Running Matt’s Race” Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to a student athlete who has at least a 3.0GPA, mastered all the benchmarks for the ACT and has lettered in a sport while in high school. Applications are available in the Counseling Office and should be returned to the Counseling Office.


Deadline April 16, 2018


Tusculum College


The Full Tuition Trustee Honor Scholarship is available for students with a 3.5 or higher gpa, at least 25 on the ACT, rank in the top 10%, completed admission and scholarship applications, letters of recommendation and personal interview. Apply online at


Deadline: March 1, 2018


Ned McWherter Scholarship


The Ned McWherter Scholars Program is intended to encourage academically superior Tennessee high school graduates to attend college in Tennessee. Tennessee high school seniors starting their last semester in high school may apply. To be eligible, the applicant must be a resident of Tennessee, US Citizen or permanent resident and attend an eligible Tennessee college or university full time, have at least 3.5 unweighted cumulative grade point average and have a minimum composite score of 29 on the ACT.


Apply Online at


Deadline: February 15, 2018


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.


Class of 2018 Newsletter 


 Classes of 2019, 2020, 2021 Newsletter