Preparing for your Future
See below for online resources, college financial aid and scholarships, and forms, transcript requests and information sheets pertaining to Guidance Services.
College Application and Career Planning
Learn more about applying for colleges and visit career planning websites.
- Christian College Planning – College fair and planning resources for Christian higher education
- Education Planner – comprehensive info on careers and colleges.
- Career Cruising (user name: lmhs; password: careers) – excellent career information.
- The Common Application – Common Application for Undergraduate Admissions
- CollegeBoard BigFuture – College Board’s college and career planning portal
- FastWeb Career Planning – various career resources, including resumes and internships
- The Princeton Review– all sorts of college information
- Undergradzone.com – free college prep checklist and free test prep
SAT/PSAT, ACT, CLEP, and AP Testing Resources
Learn more about how to register for the SAT, where the SAT exams are offered and how to send score reports to colleges.
The SAT/PSAT and ACT
- What is the PSAT/NMSQT and the PSAT 10?
- Where do I go to take the SAT test?
- How do I register for the SAT?
- How do I send my SAT Scores to colleges?
- When are SAT test dates and registration deadlines?
- When do I get my SAT test results?
- SAT/PSAT Testing Accommodations
- Where can I find information about the ACT?
Advanced Placement (AP) Testing
College Funding and Financial Aid Resources
Explore some of the many options for college financial aid.
- Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA)
- U.S. Department of Education: Loans, Grants, etc.
- Federal Student Aid
- Student Financial Aid Guide
- Find Scholarships to Help Pay for College
- GoodCall Scholarships – a database of scholarship information
- FrugalDad – website on college financial prep
- BigFuture – CollegeBoard planning assistance
- Princeton Review – for general college prep info
- Olga Ruth Stratton & Thomas Wolf Scholarship (Salvation Army) – for PA residents with a 2.5 GPA or higher with significant financial need. Applications are available in the counseling office.
- The Brossman and Wolf Scholarships: For seniors who reside within Ephrata or the former D&E service area.
- Penn State Alumni Lancaster Co. Scholarship: For seniors who plan to enroll at a Penn State University campus in the fall of 2017. The deadline to apply is April 14, 2017.
- Lancaster Building Industry Foundation Scholarship: For seniors who plan to study a field in the residential building industry (HVAC, masonry, electrical, plumbing, etc…) upon graduation from high school and who is a resident of Lancaster County.
- Ervin Steele Nursing Scholarship – two $1000 awards are being given to students from Lancaster or Chester County who will be entering the nursing profession upon graduation in 2018. A transcript and essay are required. Applications are available in the counseling office and the deadline to apply is April 23, 2018.
- Towne Club of Lancaster – for graduating seniors who plan to enroll in a two-year technical school or college after graduation. An official transcript and yearbook photo must accompany the application. Applications are available in the counseling office and the deadline to apply is March 16, 2018.
- The Ann Brown Memorial Scholarship – for seniors who will be continuing their education with a major that focuses on natural resources and/or conservation. Examples include: Environmental science, Wildlife Biology, Resource Management, or other related field. Applications must include: transcript, copy of college acceptance letter, essay, letter of recommendation, and resume. Applications are available at: www.lancasterconservation.org. The deadline to apply is March 30, 2018.
- Catherine Oster Scholarship – for seniors planning to pursue post-secondary studies after graduation. Strong extra-curricular and volunteer experiences are valued. An essay, recommendation from the school counselor, transcript, and completed financial need form are required. Applications are in the counseling office. Completed applications must be postmarked no later than April 15, 2018.
- Penn State Alumni Association – Lanc Co. Scholarship – for seniors from Lancaster County who plan to attend any campus of Penn State University. A resume, essay and transcript are required. Applications are available at: http://psulancaster.com/scholarships/. The deadline to apply is April 16, 2018.
- Compleat Restorations & Lanc. Co. Firefighters Assoc Schol – for seniors who serve as a volunteer firefighter or child of a volunteer firefighter in Lancaster County who plans to pursue post-high school education. Successful candidates must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. An essay, two letters of recommendation and a transcript are required. Applications are in the counseling office. Completed applications must be submitted by April 16, 2018.
Planning for International Students
Along with the college planning process information that is available for every student, the process for international students is often more involved. School counselors are available to serve our international students. Here are several recommendations to help international students as they prepare for college:
- Be Involved – LMH has great opportunities for extracurricular involvements that colleges consider valuable. We encourage international students to participate in areas such as sports, dramas, student clubs, music and volunteer service opportunities. Talk to a teacher or a counselor who can help you identify a good place to become involved.
- Practice English – The best way to prepare for college is to read, write and speak English. This will help international students prepare for the SAT/TOEFL tests and will aid in the social transition to college life.
- Begin Early – Often the college planning process for international students is more involved and typically requires many steps along with the regular application.
- Prepare for Tests – Adequate SAT and TOEFL scores are necessary for acceptance into college. There are many ways to prepare for these tests. Along with speaking, writing and reading English, there are online resources and preparation classes available to help prepare.
- Course Selection – Take rigorous courses throughout each year of high school. LMH offers many advanced, honors and advanced placement courses. School counselors can serve as a support for course selection.
- International students who regularly associate with native English speakers can score higher on the SAT and TOEFL. Many international students make the serious mistake of spending most of their time speaking their first language with students from their own country.