School Counseling Department

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


  • Announcements

    • Registration information for next year's classes will be happening very soon!  Pay attention to announcements!
    • This year, the counselors will coordinate 504 plans for their individual caseloads.  We will no longer have just one 504 coordinator. 
    • 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 10th graders of CHS. 
    • Mrs. Merryman is making FAFSA appointments with senior parents/guardians.  The deadline for FAFSA completion is March 1st, but DO NOT WAIT! Make appointments now. 
    • Seniors - it's never too early to begin to apply for college! Since our fall college fair was cancelled, please go on the college websites to apply or request information. 
    • ACT prep help is available after school! Check the morning announcements for details. 
    • Remediation (tutoring) is available before schoool, during lunch and after school.
    • See Mrs. Jenkins to find out if you qualify for an ACT fee waiver.
    • Counselors are always available to talk about EPSO's (Early Post-Secondary Opportunities). Get a jump start on college preparation!   
    • Students should be checking email and listening to morning announcements.
    • Check out this website for the best colleges in TN - best colleges
    • Junior ACT day will be Tuesday, March 2nd.  All juniors need to be in attendance that day to take the ACT.
    • All students, 9th through 12th, can take advantage of the TN Virtual College Fair March 4th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.  Go to https://www.strivescan.com/tennessee to register. 

  • Scholarships 2020-2021

    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. 

    Click here for good scholarship information and links for some national scholarships from Zippia.com. 

    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.   

    Y-12 FCU Bill T. Hicks Scholarship (Deadline: March 1) $1,000 for students who are interested in business related careers, 2.5+ GPA, a member of a Y-12 Fed. credit union (school bank) and been accepted to a two or four year school.  Requires an essay, transcript, and letters of recommendation. Click here to apply. 

    Anna Belle Clement O'Brien Scholarship (Deadline: March 31) $500 scholarship for a female senior. 2.8+ GPA, 21+ ACT. Requires essay and 2 letters of recommendation. See your counselor for an application and instructions. The essay title is: "The importance of exercising the right to vote in America." 

    Anderson County Farm Bureau Scholarship (Deadline: April 9) Click here and open as a PDF file and type directly on the app.  Mail the completed application to the Farm Bureau. 

    Federal Bar Assoc. National Civics Essay Contest (Deadline: March 31). Open to all high school students. Requires an essay less than 1,000 words on what it means to defend the Constitution. Click here for information and application. 

    Discover Student Loans.  Click here for a chance to win a $5000 scholarship. 

    Senior Care Scholarship (Deadline: May 15) $1500 scholarship for students who work with the elderly and/or are interested in a future career working with the elderly.  Short essay required. Click here to apply. 

    EEqual Scholarship (Deadline: March 31). This is a scholarship for students who've experienced homelessness or extreme poverty, but have proven to be successful in school.  Minimum 2.0 GPA, extracurriculars and demonstrated financial need.  Click here to apply. 

    B. Davis Scholarship (Deadline: May 22) $1000 scholarship. Click here to learn more. 

    The Pack Leader Scholarship (Deadline: April 30) Two $500 scholarships for TN students who have been accepted into a 2 or 4 year college/university. Click here to apply. 

    Abbott and Fenner Scholarship (Deadline: June 12) One $1000 scholarship awarded.  Must write an essay.  Click here to learn more.

    The East Tennessee Foundation Scholarships.  There are 14 scholarships available for CHS students.  Click here to go to the ETF webpage. (Deadline: February 15). View the application tutorial before applying.

    1. B&W Y-12 Scholarship: For students with an interest in a career in science or engineering. $1400.  GPA: 3.0 and 19 ACT. Must attend either RSCC, PSTCC, WSCC, TTU, UTK or Maryville college.
    2. Butterfly Fund: $2500 for students who want to study pediatric oncology.  3.0 GPA.
    3. Harold W. Canfield Memorial Scholarship: $950 for students who have participated in Knoxville Track Club.  3.0 GPA.
    4. Cherish the Child scholarship: $2200 to $4400 to attend a college or trade school.  The preference is shown for students who have received services from the Smoky Mountain Children's Home.
    5. Steven L. Coffey Memorial Scholarship: For students going to TCAT. $1000 per trimester. 2.5 GPA and financial need.
    6. Steven L. Coffey Middle College scholarship. For students planning to attend Middle college or who are currently in Middle college at Roane State. This scholarship opens up on April 1 and is due by June 1. $2500 for 2 years. Financial need.
    7. James K. Goldston INFOSEC scholarship. For students planning to major in computer engineering, computer science, cyberscience or information security. $1700. 2.5 GPA and financial need. Preference shown for first generation college students.
    8. Barbara G. Kirkpatrick Memorial scholarship: $2400 for a student who is a single parent and plans to attend ETSU.  Financial need. 2.5 GPA.
    9. Knoxville Business Association scholarship: For students planninig to major in a business related major at UTK>  $9000 over 4 years. 3.0 GPA and financial need.
    10. Joe R. and Kathy K. May scholarship: $2000 for a 2 or 4 year college student (public or private, not for-profit like South College) Preference shown for students planning to attend  Carson Newman. Financial need and preference for first generation.
    11. Lawrence Strader Boy Scouts of America scholarship: $4000 x 4 years.  2.5 GPA and financial need.  Must be a current Scout in the Great Smoky Mtn. Council or served 3 years as a Scout. Females may apply.
    12. Val Kyrie-Thor scholarship in Theatre Arts: $2600 for students planning to major in a theater related degree in college. Financial need.
    13. Debbie Van Cleave scholarship: $1300 for students with financial need and vision impaired: 20/200 or less after corrective lenses and/or visual field reduced to 20 degrees or less.
    14. Haley Elise Van Pelt scholarship: $1100 for students attending a 2 or 4 year college, TCAT or trade school, or a program that helps individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities gain skills.  Schools must be in TN. For students with permanent intellectual or developmental disabilities and/or functional impairment (brain injury, musculoskeletalimpairment, multiple traumas, neuromuscular disorders such as MS, Cerebal Palsy, or stroke. 

    UT Promise Scholarship:  Just like the TN Promise scholarship, the UT Promise is a last dollar scholarship for students planning to attend any of the UT system schools.  You must have applied to a UT system school (UTK, UTC, UTM), be HOPE scholarship eligible (3.0 GPA or 21 ACT), and have family income under $50,000.  Click here to apply.

    NOTE:  Specific college/university scholarships can be found on their webpages.  These are usually based on GPA and ACT scores.  Let your counselors (or Mrs. Merryman) know if you need any help applying.  The CHS local scholarships will open up in late January.  More details to follow.

    Local Scholarships   Click here to download the common scholarship application. Type directly on the application; save it. Don't forget to change the name of the scholarship at the top of the application. Print each scholarship application out separately and give to the counseling secretary. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY FOR ANY EXTRAS REQUIRED ON THE APPLICATION!! Deadline: Wed. March 3rd before 2:30 p.m.!

    1. ACEA$1000. Academic achievement, activities and awards. Financial need and preference shown for a child of an ACEA (Anderson Co. Education Assoc.) member.
    2. Anderson Co. Bar Association: $500. Academic achievement, extracurricular activities, financial need. 
    3. Anderson Co. Board of Commissioners: $500. Financial need.
    4. Anderson Co. Board of Education: $500. Academics, school involvement.
    5. 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.
    6. Anderson Co. Fair Association: $1500. 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.
    7. 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.
    8. Anderson Co. Democratic Women: $1000. 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 250 word essay about your feelings, involvement and/or connections to the Democratic party.
    9. Betty Graves/Phyllis Hawk Memorial Scholarship: Two $500 scholarships. 2.75+ GPA, 21+ ACT. Preference for students majoring in education or health. Financial need not necessary.
    10. Claxton Optimist Club: $500 scholarship for a student who attended Claxton Elementary School. Requires two letters of recommendation.
    11. 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.
    12. 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).
    13. Earl R. Leinart Scholarship: Two $500 scholarships for students with good academics, school involvement and some financial need.
    14. 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.
    15. 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.
    16. Gail Martin Memorial Scholarship: $500 for students with good academics and community service. 
    17. 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.
    18. Ida Inez Gamble: $1000 x 4 years. Must be in top 15% of your class. (Class rank: 1-39)
    19. Jim Green Memorial Scholarship: $500. For any senior who attaches an essay (less than 1000 words) on "Why should the motto IN GOD WE TRUST continue to support our nation." Essay should have some citations/references.
    20. Larry Pierce Memorial Scholarship: Two $500 scholarships for students pursuing a career in Agriculture or Music.
    21. 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.
    22. Vera Jo Henegar Scholarship: $500. Must be a female  planning to major in education.
    23. W.T. Gallaher Memorial: Two $500 scholarships. Preference shown for those who played Clinton Baseball Inc., or CHS Baseball. Indicate your baseball involvement.
    24. Ken Dee Scholarship: (Deadline: Feb. 22) One student from either CHS or  ACHS will be awarded a $1500 scholarship.  Must be going to a 4 year unversity in the fall.  Applications in the counseling office or GEAR up room. DO NOT USE THE COMMON SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION!
    25. The Helping Hand Scholarship (Deadline: April 5) One student from either CHS or ACHS will be awarded $100-$500 to help with necessary items such as textbooks or uniforms. Applications in counseling or in GEAR up room.  DO NOT USE THE COMMON SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION!

     


  • ACT

    Sign up at www.actstudent.org 

    Test Date

    Registration Deadline

    (Late Fee Required)

    Sept. 12, 2020

    Aug. 7, 2020

    Aug. 21, 2020

    Oct. 24, 2020

    Sept. 20, 2020

    Oct. 4, 2020

    Dec. 12, 2020

    Nov. 6, 2020

    Nov. 20, 2020

    Feb. 6, 2021

    Jan. 8, 2021

    Jan. 15, 2021

    April 10, 2021

    Mar. 5, 2021

    Mar. 19, 2021

    June 12, 2021

    May 7, 2021

    May 21, 2021

    July 17, 2021

    June 11, 2021

    June 25, 2021


    ACT Cost: $55.00

    ACT plus Writing cost: $70

    ACT late fee: add $35

    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!


  • TN Ready Graduate

    Our goal at CHS is to have every senior become a TN Ready Graduate!  Here are the ways to achieve this milestone:

    1. Get an ACT Composite score of a 21 or higher
    2. Complete 4 Early Post Secondary Opportunities (EPSOs) such as: a) dual enrollment, b) dual credit, c) AP classes
    3. Complete at least 2 EPSOs and earn one industry certification  such as: a) machining, b) mechatronics, c) CNA, d) EMS, e) cosmetology, f) welding, g) Microsoft
    4. Complete at least 2 EPSOs and get a 31 or higher on the ASVAB (military career assessment)

  • 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.