Scholarship info!!

Don’t forget to attend the Insider’s Guide for Applying and Receiving Scholarships! We will meet from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Northwest Technology Center on Wednesday, Sept. 21st. Karen Koehn from NWTC, Rita Castleberry from NWOSU Financial Aid, and Ashlee Sneary from financial aid at NWTC, and I, Tammy Duncan, will all be there to answer questions about the financial aid process, the FAFSA, and where to look for scholarships. This is the perfect time to start the financial aid process.

  • Did you know that the FAFSA has changed this year?
  • Do you even need to fill out the FAFSA?
  • Where do you go look for scholarships?
  • How and when do you start this process for college?

Come Wednesday night at 7:00 pm and find out answers to all these questions and more!

Welcome Back to School!

And another year has started….

I’m always surprised how quickly the school year goes by. Summer is over in a blink and then we are starting all over again.

September is a busy time. September is a good time for seniors to start narrowing down their college choices and apply! Many scholarships are already available.

September dates to remember:

  • NWOSU College Fair – September 6th. Seniors and Juniors are invited to attend.
  • ACT test – September 10th
  • PreACT for sophomores – September 14th
  • Deadline to register for the October ACT – September 16th.
  • Financial Aid Night at NWTech – September 21st at 7:00 p.m.

I am still in the process of updating the Scholarship/Honors page on this site. Be patient, I will be updating those deadlines and applications soon…

Welcome to the Counselor’s page!

Thank you for visiting my website. I try to use this page to communicate important information to students and families. Please visit often to see any updates.

The Scholarship tab is the one I update the most. All the local scholarship applications are listed on here. I also try to post new scholarships I receive, so check back often.

Scholarships are due soon!!!

Have you been checking this site often? I’ve uploaded several more scholarship applications.

The newest is the Ed Brower Scholarship. This scholarship is for males only! (Sorry, girls). This is a big scholarship for up to $4000! It is $1000 per year, renewable up to 8 semesters. The deadline is March 12th. That’s the Thursday before Spring Break, so don’t be late.

Check back often!

It’s spring semester and the time is flying by. I’m receiving new scholarships almost daily. I try to announce all new scholarships during the school day. I put them on the Alva Public School Facebook page and the @GoldbugCounslr twitter page. I also post them on the Scholarship page on this site. So make sure you look often to see what has changed or been added. My scholarship bulletin board is full of opportunities. I just need students to apply! Also, deadlines at colleges are coming up, so students need to be watching for those deadlines too.

Financial aid is an important part of college. To receive financial aid, students will need to apply for the FAFSA. This stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Don’t forget the FREE! It should not cost you anything to fill out the FAFSA. Be careful! There are companies out there that will charge you to fill this out. Go to for the free application.

The school year is going by quickly…

It’s hard to believe that the 1st nine weeks is already over! If you’ve just been floating through this school year, it is definitely past time to wake up and start working. Softball is just a memory and senior night for Football is this Friday! Basketball practice has already started. And the temperatures are dropping!

For seniors, you should have already started applying to colleges. NWOSU has Ranger Preview this Saturday, Nov. 8th. I’ve already had several big scholarship deadlines come and go. Make sure you are looking online, at school, and listen to announcements for scholarships.

OKCollegeStart is a great resource for Oklahoma Colleges and Universities. It has career and college information. Plus a whole section about scholarships and financial aid. Check out for all sorts of scholarship links.

Current scholarships:

Elks National Foundation Scholarship –

GE Reagan Foundation Scholarship –

US JCI Senate Foundation Scholarship –

Welcome Back to School

It’s that time of year again. The leaves are changing colors, football is on the t.v., and schools are opening all over the nation. Here at Alva High School, we have been working hard for 4 weeks now. Classes are in session, softball starts playoffs next week, and football season is going strong.

In the counseling office, there are a lot of things going on too. I’ve scheduled 3 important tests for students: The PLAN test is for sophomores and it is scheduled for September 25th. We are also offering the ASVAB this year for juniors and seniors who would like to take the test. It will also be administered on September 25th in the high school auditorium. The PSAT test is for juniors and some sophomores. This test is the Preliminary SAT and the National Merit Scholar Qualifying test. It is scheduled for October 15th at Alva High School.

I’ve already been in the senior English classrooms to talk to seniors about their future. The seniors and I traveled to NWOSU for the Alva Area-Wide College Fair on September 2nd. It’s time to start visiting colleges and making applications. There are also several scholarship opportunities already available.

The Oklahoma Hall of Fame Scholarship applications are out. This scholarship must be sent in to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Scholarship Committee office by September 26th.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation scholarship is available online at The deadline is October 31, 2014.

The Wendy’s High School Heisman is due Oct. 3, 2014.

The Elks National Foundation Scholarship is now available. Apply now.

Other opportunities:

For juniors, the Youth Leadership Oklahoma program is now accepting applications. Juniors must have a 3.25 GPA to be eligible to apply. Selected juniors from across the state will meet the week of June 7-12, 2015 to travel across Oklahoma. They will meet with state and community leaders, learn about issues impacting the state, and develop personal leadership skills. Applications are available in the Counselor’s office and are due by Dec. 2, 2014.

So as you can see, this year has started off with a bang. It’s hard to believe we’ve already been in school 4 weeks. I’m looking forward to an exciting school year! Keep watching for updates.