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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


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

Horatio Alger Association Scholarship Programs provide financial assistance to students throughout the nation who have financial need and have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity.  Scholarship criteria also include high school graduation in spring/summer of 2020, demonstrate financial need, commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree, and United States citizenship. 

Deadline October 25, 2019 


Heisman High School Scholarship-This Scholarship honors both male and female high school seniors who excel in academics, athletics, and student leadership. Must have at least a 3.0 GPA and participate in at least one school sponsored sport. Applications must be completed on-line at:

Deadline: October 29, 2019


The Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ premier scholarship Program since 1947.  Awards are offered on the local, state and national levels.  Students compete by writing and recording an audio essay on an annual patriotic theme.  This year’s them is: What Makes America Great. The scholarship program is open to grades 9-12.  Applications are available in the Counseling Office. 

Deadline: October 31, 2019


The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. 150 Coca-Cola scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship! See the Counseling Office for more information. 

Deadline: October 31, 2019


Pinot’s Palette Scholarship for Artistic Excellence- Current seniors who are planning to pursue a degree in the arts at an accredited post-secondary institution. To apply visit

Deadline: November 1, 2019


Elks National Foundation MVS Scholarship - Each year the Elks National Foundation awards 500 “Most Valuable Student Scholarships” ranging from $4,000 a year to $50,000 a year.  Any high school senior who is a U.S. citizen may apply for an MVS scholarship.  Applications will be judged on scholarship, leadership and financial need.  Visit for details and access to the application. 

Deadline: November 5, 2019


The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards were created to recognize students in middle and high school grades who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.  If you are interested in becoming a nominee for this Award, complete an online application by November 5, 2019 and then submit the application to the Counseling Office for Mr. Kinsler. Students must be certified by West High by November 15, 2019. 

Deadline: November 5, 2019


The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. College Scholars receive up to $40,000 per year, college planning support, ongoing advising, and the opportunity to network with the larger JKCF Scholar community.  Learn more at 

Deadline: November 13, 2019


Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program- Seniors may apply for this scholarship which is a one-time $2500 award. Criteria include a minimum 3.0 GPA, demonstrated leadership, commitment to community service, outstanding character and integrity. To apply go to

Deadline: December 6, 2019


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


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


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


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


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

National DAR Scholarships can be found at

The online application portal is currently available through February 15, 2020. Visit the website for a full list of detailed scholarships. Contact Barbara Baker at 423-581-9658 (leave name, message, and phone number) with additional questions.

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.


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.