One would think with the soaring price of colleges, come running as high as $50,000 a year, students and parents would be searching high and low for scholarships, but the majority aren’t.
When I first child was a senior we went to the schools guidance counselor and asked about scholarship. Being the naive parents we were we believed the educator who was supposed to be an expert in his field one would assume, and took his word when he said scholarships were available only if you were an athlete, all others need not apply.
Only too late, we found that statement not to be true; there are many scholarships out there and unfortunately many not used.
I understand now at least the Laurel High School posts a list of the scholarships available, but there is still a snafu in the system. The kids are allowed to look into filing cabinet where folders have various applications for each scholarship.
I found out last week as an example, the George Schollenberger Scholarship worth $1500 is going unclaimed. One student when asked why he didn’t apply said he went into the filing cabinet, and the folder was empty. I fault the guidance counselor or their secretary for not checking the files and for the student for not asking for an application.
And the Laurel Alumni, where scholarships are also $1500 each had one of the lowest number of applicants in the 23 year history of the organization.
Unfortunately in today’s society our kids are used to mom picking up after them and doing for them and they can’t act on their own.
Laurel does not have the best record for getting scholarships. I serve on a county-wide scholarship committee where we offer about 80 scholarships a year valued at $2000 each, and if you keep your grades to a 2.75 average you can automatically pick up that scholarship for a total of 4 years.
The schools with the most applicants are Delmar and Sussex Tech. Delmar for years has had a very active and productive guidance counselor office. I think we had 3 applicants from Laurel this year for this scholarship.
I believe Laurel created a position just for someone to help students gain scholarships?
To me, a guidance counselor is one of the most important positions in the school, yet many schools place people in those positions to get them out of the teaching system, somewhat like the government; if you don’t do your job we won’t fire you, just move you where you can’t do any damage and pay you the same salary.
I have seen where guidance counselors have turned around the life of a student, changing their career goals or working with them to get on the right track. Very important especially with today’s kids, many who do not have a clue which direction to point their future.
There are so many careers that were hot a few years ago, that aren’t worth of going to college to gain a degree today and the students need guidance. After all when you get your degree there is a good chance the new graduate is going to be in debt; the last thing they want to find out is they have a degree in a field they can’t find a job!