School Counseling Department

  • Phone Number: (865) 457-2611               Fax Number: (865) 463-1134


  • Announcements

    • Mrs. Merryman, GEAR UP coordinator, can help seniors with college needs, FAFSA filing and verification, and college visits.  Contact her at 963-8467 or email amerryman@acs.ac.
    • Mrs. Merryman is also working closely with the 9th graders of CHS. 9th graders can go on college visits if they have passing grades and no discipline or attendance issues.
    • All TN Promise seniors need to get 8 hours of community service. Record hours at www.tnachieves.org. Any senior that missed the meeting can get their TN Promise book from their counselor.
    • ACT prep help is available! See Mrs. Karen Campbell to sign up for tutoring. See Mrs. Jenkins if you qualify for a fee waiver. 
    • The next ACT is Saturday, April 4, here at CHS. Sign up by February 29th!
    • MANDATORY TN PROMISE MEETING ON MONDAY MARCH 16 AT 5:30 P.M. IN THE CAFETERIA! Arrive no later than 5 p.m. Bring a pen and your TN Promise book. 
    • All juniors will be taking the ACT at CHS on Tuesday, March 17. 
    • The ASVAB (military career assessment) will be given on Thursday, April 2. 
    • 8th graders from CMS and NWMS will be visiting CHS on Thursday, April 9.  

  • Scholarships 2019-2020

    Several national scholarships are available....create an account at FastWeb (a free national scholarship search) or School SoupScholarships.comCollege for TN, or Going MerryAnother great scholarship search site is from the National Chamber of Commerce.  

    Another good website for scholarship searches is Mometrix. Click here to learn more. 

    Student athletes who may be recruited to play at Division I or Division II colleges must apply online: Eligibility Center or NCAA or NAIA. Seniors should check the scholarship websites of all colleges and universities for which you've applied.   

    MISCELLANEOUS SCHOLARSHIPS

    Judy F. Snider Scholarship (Deadline: March 20 at 3:45 p.m.) $500- For students who want to pursue a career in cosmetology, automotive, construction, welding, industrial maintenance/mechatronics, health science, CNA, or culinary arts.  See Ms. Tuskan for application.  Must be turned in to Mr. Herrell at ACCTC. 

    Make a difference scholarship. (Deadline: May 15, 2020) $1000 for students planning to go to a 2 or 4 yr. college in TN and have a 3.0+ GPA. Click here to apply. Requires an essay.

    PB&J Scholarship (Deadline: May 31, 2020) $500 to $1000 for students going to a 2 or 4 year college. Click here to apply. 

    Oak Ridge Altrusa Club scholarship (Deadline: March 27) Open to female seniors planning to attend college or career technical schools. See Ms. Tuskan for an application. 

    SunTrust Off to College Scholarship Students can apply now until May for a chance to win $500 scholarships.  Enter at suntrust.com/offtocollege

    American College Foundation Visionary Scholarship (Deadline: May 1) Click here for a chance to win $1000 to $5000. Financial need not required. Open to all 9th through 12th graders.

    Abbott & Fenner (Deadline June 12) $1000. Requires an essay. Click here to apply.  

    Rex Hitchcock Memorial Scholarship (Deadline: March 1 ) $2000 for a student planning to attend a 2 or 4 year college. Click here for details and application. Applications can be dropped off at the Citizen's Bank in Oak Ridge or Oliver Springs.

    Travis W. Watkins Tax Resolution & Accounting Firm Scholarship $1000 for a student whose family has had tax issues (owed back taxes, audits, etc.) Due by April 30. Click https://www.traviswatkins.com/scholarship/

    Discover Student Loans Scholarship They give $10,000 in scholarships. Click here to apply.

    Automotive Technology Scholarship $1000 for students pursuing post secondary training in automotive technology. Click here to apply.

    College Covered Scholarship (Deadline: Jan. 31, 2020) Click here for a chance to win a $5000 scholarship. 

    Sallie Mae Scholarship Register on this website for a chance to win a $5000. Click here.

    East TN Foundation Scholarships Go to http://www.etf.org/scholarships (Deadline February 22)

    • B&W Y-12 Scholarship: For students planning to study science (not health care) at Roane State, Pellissippi State, Walters State, Maryville College, TN Tech Univ. or the Univ. of TN $1400
    • Butterfly Fund Memorial Scholarship: For students who want to study pediatric oncology $1000-$2000 
    • Harold W. Canfield Memorial Scholarship: For students who participated in the Knoxville Track Club  $1000
    • Cherish the Child Legacy Scholarship: For students who are or who were in foster care or received services from the Smoky Mtn. Children's Home. $1800-$3500
    • Steven L. Coffey Memorial Scholarship: For seniors planning to attend a TCAT or students currently at Roane State or Pellissippi State. $1500-2500 for 4 years
    • Steven L. Coffey Middle College Scholarship: (beginning March 15 and deadline May 15) $2500 for 2 years in the Middle College program
    • James K. Goldston INFOSEC Scholarship: For students planning to study computer science, computer engineering, cyber science, information security or are currently in an INFOSEC program in college. $1200
    • Mary C. and Joe A. Hollingsworth Scholarship: ONLY FOR CHS STUDENTS!! For students going to a 4 year college/university $1200 x 4 years
    • Barbara G. Kirkpatrick Memorial Scholarship: For students with children who plan to attend ETSU. $2000
    • Knoxville Business Association Scholarship: For students planning to pursue a business-related degree from UTK. $1500 1st yr.; $2000 2nd yr.; $2500 3rd yr.; $3000 4th yr.
    • Lawrence Strader Boy Scouts of America Scholarship: For seniors who are registered members of the Boy Scouts of America, Great Smoky Mtn. Council, with a minimum of 3 years in scouts. $3000
    • Valkyrie-Thor Scholarship in Theatre Arts Fund: For students planning to study theater at Pellissippi State, Roane State, UTK or Maryville College $1000
    • Debbie Van Cleave Scholarship: To benefit legally blind (20/200 or less in better eye after correction) students pursuing higher education.  $1000
    • Haley Van Pelt Scholarship: To benefit students who have a permanently intellectual or developmental disability and/or functional impairement $1000

     

    LOCAL SCHOLARSHIPS

    Click here for Common Scholarship Application. Instructions: Download it onto your computer. Type directly on the application. Save it. For each scholarship that you apply for, change the name of the scholarship at the top of the page. Print each scholarship application out separately and give to the counseling secretary. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY FOR ANY EXTRAS REQUIRED ON THE APPLICATION!!

    Deadline: March 2 before 3 p.m.!

    ACEA: $1000. Academic achievement, activities and awards. Financial need and preference shown for a child of an ACEA (Anderson Co. Education Assoc.) member.

    Anderson Co. Bar Association: $500. Academic achievement, extracurricular activities, financial need.

    Anderson Co. Board of Commissioners: $500. Financial need. 

    Anderson Co. Board of Education: $500. Academics, school involvement.

    Anderson Co. Chapter TSNA: $500. Preference shown to students who took food and nutrition classes and at least one culinary arts class. Must have a 3.0+ GPA. Must plan on attending a 4 year college or university. Requires two letters of recommendation.

    Anderson Co. Fair Association: $1,500.  Academic achievement, community involvement, financial need. Preference shown to students involved in the A.C. Fair, FFA, 4H, or Human Studies. You must attach a personal statement describing your most important school activities and service.  Also, be sure to indicate any FFA or A.C. Fair involvement.

    Anderson Co. Farm Bureau Board of Directors: $1000. There is a separate application that gets mailed to the Anderson County Farm Bureau. See counseling office for application. Do not use common app!

    Anderson Co. Retired Teachers: $500 to $1000. For those pursuing teaching as a career. A brief essay is required telling the scholarship committee a little about yourself and your future plans. 

    Anderson Co. Democratic Women: $500.  For female students who have helped with any local or national Democratic political activities, and/or have family members who are Democrats. Please write a brief essay about your feelings, involvement and/or connections to the Democratic party.

    Claxton Optimist Club: Two $500 scholarships for students who attended Claxton Elementary School. Requires two letters of recommendation.

    Clinton Civitan: $1000. Good academics, financial need, and leadership. Must submit a 250-500 word essay on the community service in which you have participated. Indicate if you have any siblings who are currently in college, and/or if any family members are in the Clinton Civitan club.  Indicate this on your application.

    Clinton Lions Club: Three $600 scholarships. Need-based, good academics. Preference shown for students staying in-state and especially those interested in optometry or trade schools (such as TCAT).

    Earl R. Leinart Scholarship: Two $500 scholarships for students with good academics, school involvement and some financial need.

    Fox and Farley: $1000.  Minimum GPA of 3.0 and 20 or higher ACT. Preference shown for first generation college (indicate that on your application) and those with good community service. 

    Freddy Fagan Scholarship: $1000. Strong academics, demonstrated school spirit, community service. Include a short essay on why you are deserving of the Freddy Fagan scholarship. Also requires two letters of recommendation.

    Gail Martin Memorial Scholarship: $500 for students with good academics and community service.

    H.G. McGinley: $1000. Must be accepted to and planning to attend UTK. Community service important. Financial need considered but not necessary to apply. Strong academics and leadership. 

    Ida Inez Gamble: $1000 x 4 years. Must be in the top 15% of your class. (Class rank: 1-39)

    Jim Green Memorial Scholarship: $500. For any senior who attaches an essay (less than 1,000 words) on “Why should the motto IN GOD WE TRUST continue to support our nation?” Essay should have some citations/references.

    Ken Dee: $1000 for one CHS or ACHS student planning to attend a 4 year university. Financial need and strong academics. There is a separate application in the counseling office. 

    Larry Pierce Memorial Scholarship: Two $500 scholarships for students pursuing a career in Agriculture or Music.   

    Lt. Col. Paul K. Mikeal Memorial: $500. Must be a member of ROTC during your senior year, have completed at least 2 semesters of ROTC, applied to a 2 or 4 year college and exemplify the Cadet Honor Code: "I will not lie, cheat, nor steal nor tolerate those among us who do." Must exemplify the Core Values: Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do.

    Ruth Foster Wright: $500. Must have attended a Clinton City school for at least one year. List the Clinton City school attended and which grade(s). Academics and financial need.

    Timely Topics: $500.  Financial need, leadership, community service, strong academics. Those in the running will be required to be interviewed by a Timely Topics member.  

    Vera Jo Henegar: $500. For females planning to major in Education. 

    W.T. Gallaher Memorial: Two $500 scholarships. Preference shown for those who played Clinton Baseball Inc., or CHS Baseball. Indicate your baseball involvement.  


  • ACT

    Sign up at www.actstudent.org 

    Test Date

    Registration Deadline

    (Late Fee Required)

    Sept. 14, 2019

    Aug. 16, 2019

    Aug. 17-30, 2019

    Oct. 26, 2019

    Sept. 20, 2019

    Sept. 21-Oct. 4, 2019

    Dec. 14, 2019

    Nov. 8, 2019

    Nov. 9-22, 2019

    Feb. 8, 2020

    Jan. 10, 2020

    Jan. 11-17, 2020

    April 4, 2020

    Feb. 28, 2020

    Feb. 29-Mar. 13, 2020

    June 13, 2020

    May 8, 2020

    May 9-22, 2020

    July 18, 2020

    June 19, 2020

    June 20-26, 2020


    ACT Cost: $52.00

    ACT plus Writing cost: $68

    ACT late fee: add $30

    See Mrs. Jenkins to see if you are eligible for an ACT fee waiver

    NOTE: If you meet the ACT Benchmarks below, you will graduate with honors and be in the "Elite 100." 

    English: 18

    Math: 22

    Reading: 22

    Science: 23

    You will also be considered a TN Ready Graduate if you score a 21 or higher!


  • College Events

    Check college websites for special visit days.  


  • Drivers Permit Form Information

    Sign-ups and Pick-ups: Students (not parents) are required to sign up for a Drivers Permit or Drivers Reinstatement Form.  Students can sign up before school, in between classes, during lunch and after school.  Students can return in 2 days to pick up the form during the same allotted times.  The permit form expires in 30 days.   

    Eligibility: Students must be passing 3 out of 4 of their classes on the last nine week grading period and on their Semester 2 and Semester 4 report cards. Students must also have no more than 10 consecutive unexcused absences or 15 total unexcused absences in a single semester.


  • Formula for Determining Valedictorian and Salutatorian

    This is to inform you of  a revision to the class ranking policy #4.602 made by the Anderson County School Board on May 12, 2011.

    For the class of 2012 and beyond, the formula for determining the class rank of our top students with cumulative unweighted GPAs of 3.8-4.0 at the end of the 7th semester  will be calculated as follows: 

    GPA=9 x 35% + strength of schedule points x 35% + highest ACT composite score x 30%.
    NOTE: This ranking policy will only be in place for two more years.