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School Counseling

Morristown Hamblen High School West Counseling Office


Tonya Ely   students last names A-E


Erica Gillett   students last names F-L


Renae Byrd  students last names M-R


Melanie Justis  students last names  S-Z


Attention Students and Parents/Guardians:

While school is closed due to COVID-19 concerns, West High counselors are continuing to check e-mails and working on registration for next year using the information we have available (teacher placement recommendations, previous courses, graduation requirements, etc.). We are not at school, so voice mail messages will not be checked until we return to school. Please reach out to us via e-mail if you have questions and we'll do our best to help you. (Please e-mail teachers regarding specific questions about current courses and assignments.)

If a student needs assistance in a crisis, you may contact Youth Villages Specialized Crisis Services. According to their website, "Specially trained crisis counselors are available 24 hours a day in Tennessee to respond to crises rapidly and effectively. The Youth Villages Specialized Crisis Services staff provides assessment and evaluation of children and youth, up to age 18, who are experiencing a psychiatric emergency across the state of Tennessee." Their phone number is 866-791-9224. Students who are 18 years of age or over may contact Cherokee Health Systems Crisis Line at 1-800-826-6881 or the Tennessee Statewide Crisis Line 855-CRISIS-1 or (855-274-7471). Resources are also availble on the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network website.




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.

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  

Any scholarship below that states "due to the Counseling Office" will need to be email to Mrs. Gillett at by the deadline to be considered for the scholarship. 


“Life. Made Better” Commercial Bank Scholarship- students who wish to apply should have at least a 3.0 GPA and be involved in two extracurricular activities (including sports, school clubs, volunteer work, or employment). Recommendation letter from a teacher or counselor required. Essay of at least 1,000 words describing facets of what he/she believes can make life better for individuals in the community and how he/she commits to that goal. Complete application online at   All information is to be uploaded online.

Deadline: March 30, 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



Mike Rowe Work Ethic Scholarship Program- for a full list of criteria and instructions visit and complete all of the necessary steps to apply.


Deadline: March 31, 2020



Yamaoka Tuff-Torq Corporation- Each year, the Yamaoka Tuff-Torq Corporation recognizes a student for their achievement in the areas of math and science with a $2,000 scholarship. Seniors who are interested can pick up a scholarship application in the Counseling Office. Due to the Counseling Office by the deadline.

Deadline: April 3, 2019


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


Horatio Alger Career & Technical Scholarship- the Horatio Alger Association seeks to assist students who have demonstrated integrity, perseverance in overcoming adversity, strength of character, financial need, commitment to pursue a career or technical certification/degree, and a desire to contribute to society. Apply online at

Deadline: April 15, 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


A& B Bunch Scholarship- 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. Application available in the Counseling Office and due by the deadline.

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 17, 2020


Mary Layne Van Cleave Academic Award- available to seniors HOSA students. First-place award is $2,000 and goes directly to the winning student. There will also be six runner up awards of $1,000 each. Students nominate themselves at

Deadline: April 17, 2020



The Hamblen County Education Association Scholarship- Seniors must be a child of an HCEA member. Parents must have been a member of HCEA for five consecutive years. Criteria for selection will include: need, GPA/SAT or ACT, leadership and/or service, extracurricular activities and a hand written statement of why the student wishes to further their education. 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


Trojan Army Scholarship- write an essay describing your contributions to West High during your four years of high school. Minimum of one page typed, but no more than two pages. Double space the essay. Include your activities, interest, goals and future plans. Applications available in the Counseling Office. Turn in completed applications to the Counseling Office.

Deadline: April 30, 2020


Shepherd Scholarship Foundation- applicants will be considered based on academic achievements, extra-curricular activities in high school, and financial need. Apply online at Additional instructions may be picked up in the Counseling Office.

Deadline: May 1, 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



City Property Management HOA Service Scholarship- this $1,000 scholarship is available to any High School senior nationwide. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Apply online at


Deadline: July 31, 2020



 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.