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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 

Burger King Scholars- High School seniors can apply to receive up to $50,000 in scholarships. You must have a minimum 2.5 GPA. To apply go to

Deadline: December 15, 2019


AXA Achievement Scholarship- provides high school seniors the opportunity to receive between a $2,500, $10,000, or $25,000 scholarship. Senior must be a legal resident, plan to enroll in an accredited 2 or 4 year college/university next fall, and demonstrate ambition and self-drive through outstanding achievement in school, community, or work-related activities. The first 10,000 applicants will be considered. Apply online at

Deadline: December 15, 2019


Edison Scholars Program- $40,000 scholarship available for students planning to pursue studies in the STEM fields at a four-year college or university. High school seniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Visit to apply and to find more information.

Deadline: December 16, 2019


You Deserve It Scholarship- $1,000 award for any student 16 years or older and is enrolled in college or a registered high school. Must be a US Resident. Apply online at

Deadline: December 29, 2019


Imagine America Foundation- must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, Financial need, demonstrated volunteer community service record. Must attend a college that participates in the Image America High School Scholarship Program. For information about schools who participate visit

To apply visit

Deadline: December 31, 2019


National Wild Turkey Foundation’s Dr. Kennamer Scholarship – graduating seniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA who will pursue a degree at an accredited institution of higher education. Student must support the preservation of the hunting tradition and actively participate in hunting sports. Additional requirements can be found online. The application is available online and in the Counseling Office.

Deadline: January 1, 2020


Foot Locker Scholar Athletes- $20,000 scholarship for students entering college in the fall and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Student must be involved in high school sports, intramural sports, or community-based sports. Apply online

Deadline: January 3, 2020


GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship- $10,000 scholarship renewable for up to an additional three years. Student must demonstrate strong academic record, leadership, drive, integrity and citizenship. Apply online at

Deadline: January 3, 2020


The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program- “A Constitutional Speech Contest” aims to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States on the part of high school students. The state winner will receive a $3,000 scholarship, plus an all expenses paid trip to Indianapolis, Indiana to compete in the National contest (April 17-19, 2020) and a part of the national scholarship pool. Visit for full contest details or get information from the Counseling Office.

Deadline: January 10, 2020


John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest- students in grades 9-12 are eligible to participate. All students must register online at This website has a complete list of guidelines, or visit the Counseling Office for a copy of the guidelines.

Deadline: January 17, 2020


National BETA Scholarships- Senior Beta Club members who are registered with national headquarters by November 1st who also present leadership potential, academic excellence, and commitment to community service. Apply online at

Deadline: January 22, 2020


Tennessee Concrete Association- All entries for the High School 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. The TCA contest winners will have their essays published in the spring edition of Tennessee Concrete magazine in addition to the cash prizes. Visit to submit the online application and view contest rules.

Deadline: January 24, 2020


WACE National Co-Op Scholarship Program- Student must have a 3.5 minimum GPA, apply for admission in the 2020-2021 academic year at the institution selected on application, meet merit criteria at specific institution. For more information visit

Deadline: February 15, 2020


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


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


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



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




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.