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Jill Reuschel (A-G) 423-581-1600 ext. 1012 Email
  Gwen Ledford (Dept. Head) (H-O) 423-581-1600 ext. 1011 Email

Counseling Office

 Morristown Hamblen High School West Counseling Office 

The West High Counseling Office is staffed with three licensed School Counselors and one secretary:  Gwen Ledford - Department Chairperson, Melanie Justis, Jill Reuschel, 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.

Mrs. Jill Reuschel      Last names beginning with letters A through G
Mrs. Gwen Ledford    Last names beginning with letters H through O
Mrs. Melanie Justis    Last names beginning with letters P through 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.

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Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest


Is there a particular African-American who inspires you because of the significant achievements in our society that he or she has been responsible for?


Write about an African-American who has inspired and motivated you, and you could win a $5,000 or $3,500 scholarship. Your essay should, in 500 words or less:


  1. Address how an African-American has been an inspiration in your life
  2. Discuss the contributions of the African-American individual who has served to inspire and motivate you


Regions will award $5,000 scholarships to 15 high school seniors who live in states with Regions branches and will attend an accredited college in the U.S. during the 2017-2018 academic school year. Apply on-line at


Deadline February 28, 2017


The Appalachian Fair will award two $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors. Consideration is given to seniors with a 2.5GPA, participation in the Appalachian Fair within the past two years, recommendation letters and an essay stating why they should be selected. Complete applications should be sent to the


Appalachian Fair Scholarship Committee, PO Box 8218 Gray, TN 37615.


Deadline April 10, 2017


Tennessee Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities Scholarship Program offers funds to students who reside in a public house authority program based on academic merit, special talents or accomplishments and need. Factors that are considered include personal statement, leadership experience, class rank, test scores, grades, extracurricular activities, work experience, awards and recognition and community service. The scholarship award is $1,500 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.


Deadline March 27, 2017




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 will be used.


Deadline April 30, 2017


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 30, 2017




Samuel Doak Chapter DAR Scholarship Award


The $500 scholarship award requires a three hundred-word essay. The topic of the essay is “Many battles have been fought to make the United States what it is today. Many men and women have sacrificed their lives, homes, and families to make America what we call our home sweet home. What outcome of the Revolutionary War had the greatest impact and helped define the beliefs of the American people and inspired future directions of our country?”


Deadline for submission of essays and additional required documents is April 3, 2017. Applications are available in the Counseling Office.


Deadline: April 3, 2017


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 17, 2017

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, 2017


Walters State Community College


Walters State Community College Scholarship Application is available online at . The deadline to apply for scholarships is March 31, 2017.


Deadline: March 31, 2017


 East Tennessee State University


General Scholarship Deadline March 1, 2017


University of Tennessee Chattanooga Grote Scholarship


The Chemistry Program at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga awards Grote Scholarships to incoming freshman chemistry majors (including pre-medical, pre-dental, and STEM education) that are renewable for up to 4 years. To be eligible for this year’s awards, students must have been accepted for freshman admissions for fall 2017 with a high school GPA of 3.5 or better and at least 26 ACT composite scores. Apply online at


Deadline: February 15, 2017




  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 6, 2017.


Deadline March 6, 2017


The University of Tennessee ASPIRE Scholarship


The ASPIRE Scholarship is an undergraduate scholarship program available to Appalachian high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the University of Tennessee. ASPIRE scholars have access to generous financial support for up to 4 years, ongoing advising and the opportunity to connect with other Appalachian students while at UT. ASPIRE Scholars come from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and from rural, suburban, and urban communities. Many Scholars are the first in their families to pursue higher education.


To be eligible, applicants must:


Reside in one of the 52 Appalachian counties in Tennessee


Meet eligibility criteria for federal Pell grants


Qualify for HOPE scholarship


Achieve minimum 21 ACT OR a 3.0 GPA


Select STEM major in the College of Arts and Sciences




Volunteer Firefighter Alliance Scholarship Award


The Volunteer Firefighter Alliance is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a graduation senior who plans to attend a college or Technology Center. Preference is given to students who are enrolling in degree programs related to fire science, criminal justice or EMT programs. Participation in the program requires a commitment of eight community service hours with a Volunteer Fire Department.


Deadline: May 1, 2017


Carson Newman University


Carson Newman also offers several competitive program-specific scholarships for students. These programs include athletics, art, band and music, cheer and dance, chemistry, film, forensics, honors and theatre. Students interested in any of these areas should contact the Admissions Office at and a recruiter will connect them with the program coordinators for audition or application information.


East Tennessee Foundation


There are several scholarships available through the East Tennessee Foundation for Hamblen County residents. Please visit to find out more information.


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, 2016


Below you will find a list of 9 scholarships that will give out more than 1.5 million dollars to students in 2016. Students from Tennessee school districts are eligible for all the awards below. Deadlines vary. To download this newsletter in PDF, please visit the link below:


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, 2017


Austin Peay University Art & Design Scholarships


A number of scholarship and financial aid opportunities are available for art & design majors at Austin Peay University. Applications for all scholarships, including art scholarships, are available through the APSU Financial Aid Office website at


Deadline: February 28, 2017 by 4pm




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