“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
The School Counseling Department at Calvary Christian Academy exists to serve the academic, social, and emotional needs of our students. We are biblically-based and solution focused, believing that a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the foundation for health and well being. The Bible is our authoritative source and guidepost for ministering to students’ needs. We provide these services through a School Counseling curriculum that teaches interpersonal, goal-setting, and advocacy skills, with a focus on helping students navigate through age-related issues in both small group and individual settings. Our over-arching goal is to help students understand that they are fearfully and wonderfully made (Ps 139:14).
We lead the identification of students who represent the vast spectrum of special learning needs and provide academic counseling and support for all learners. Our office is responsible for the interpretation of academic data within the junior/senior high school and uses that data for the enhancement of student learning. We identify and oversee the Academic Achievement Awards, participation in Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, and the Upper School portion of the Elementary Mentor Program and the Junior High Mentor Program.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
CCA’s College & Career Guidance Department exists to serve our students as they seek to pursue God’s individual plan and purpose for their lives beyond high school. We know that the research, decision making, application process, and financial planning surrounding college admissions and career pursuits can be overwhelming for both students and their parents. We are committed to the one-on-one time necessary to assist each student as they navigate through this process.
Our guidance curriculum begins in 9th grade and includes individual meetings, classroom visits, and informational sessions, as well as connecting students to useful information through scheduled college representative visits, a college fair trip, and online exploration. Our counselors are available to meet with students and parents to assist with course selection, college admissions testing, career planning, and the college application/financial aid process. It is our hope and desire to encourage each student to recognize their unique value in Christ and, with a heart of faithful stewardship, “to press on toward the goal for the prize of their upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:14)
College Scholarship Links
College Scholarship Links
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Wendy’s High School Heisman
The Wendy’s High School Heisman Award honors both male and female high school students who excel in academics, athletics and student leadership. Go to http://wendyshighschoolheisman.com/ for more information and to apply.
Horatio Alger Scholarship
The Horatio Alger Association seeks to assist students who have demonstrated integrity, perseverance in overcoming adversity, strength of character, financial need, a good academic record, commitment to pursue a college education, and a desire to contribute to society. For more information about eligibility and application requirements, go to http://scholars.horatioalger.org/
AXA Achievement Scholarship
Sponsored by the AXA Foundation in association with U.S. News & World Report, is open to high school seniors who plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university. Applicants must be United States citizens or legal residents and must have demonstrated ambition and self-drive as evidenced by an outstanding achievement in a school, community, or workplace activity. Application and Info: https://us.axa.com/axa-foundation/AXA-achievement-scholarship.html.
Haz la U Scholarship Program
To honor Hispanic Heritage Month, Colgate proudly announces the return of its scholarship program “Haz la U” or “Make the U”. This program, launched in partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), aims to award educational grants to eligible Hispanic students pursuing higher education.
High school seniors are encouraged to apply for the opportunity to win a $15,000 educational grant, or one of ten $2,500 additional grants. For more information go to: www.colgate.com/hazlau.
PSECU Scholarship Program
PSECU offers students the opportunity to receive one of six $6,000 PSECU Scholarships. Recipients may receive $1,500 per year over a four-year period, providing scholarship requirements are met. To qualify, you must be a PSECU member. For More information about eligibility, go to www.psecu.com.
1,000 Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship
9th-12th grade high school, college, or graduate student including adult students. Legal resident of the U.S. Currently in school or planning to start school within the next 12 months. Applicants must submit an essay of 250 words or less. For further instruction and details visit the website. To apply go to: www.genkellyscholarship.com.
The American Legion High School Essay Contest
Through the annual Department of Pennsylvania American Legion Essay scholarship contest, students are provided an opportunity to showcase their talents and abilities in English by using originality, accuracy and research as evidence, while learning that the responsibilities and duties of good citizenship can be both rewarding and fun. For more information, visit: pa-legion.com/programs/student-programs/essay.
The Gates Millennium Scholars
Provides outstanding, low income African American, American Indian/Alaska Natives*, Asian Pacific Islander American**, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline they choose. For more information about the scholarships, eligibility requirements and application material, go to www.gmsp.org.
Ronald McDonald House Charities U.S. Scholarship Program
RMHC’s network of U.S. Chapters, along with RMHC Global, offer scholarships to students in financial need who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership and community involvement. For more information, go to rmhc.org/what-we-do/rmhc-u-s-scholarships.
John McKee Scholarship Committee
The Estate of John McKee, through the McKee Scholarship Committee, offers scholarships for college or vocational training to high school seniors or graduates (not over age 19 years at the time of the application) who meet all of the following criteria:
Fatherless boys (i.e., whose biological or lost adoptive father is actually dead or has been declared missing by a competent authority) of any race; “missing” may also include permanently absent, dysfunctional, and not functioning as a father to the applicant
In need of financial assistance
Native to the five-county Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia)
The Philadelphia City Scholarship Program provides four-year assistance to undergraduate students in the amount of $1,000 per academic year. Applicants to the scholarship program must be in their final year of high school at the time of application. Additionally, the parents or legal guardians of students are required to be residents of the City of Philadelphia. City Scholarships are to be used for college costs at accredited colleges and universities in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware or Montgomery counties. https://beta.phila.gov/documents/philadelphia-city-scholarship-program-application/
L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future AND Illustrators of the Future Contest
Amount: $500; Grand Prize: $4,000
Deadline: Awarded quarterly
Details: For students gifted in art and interested in fantasy or science fiction.
For more information, go to www.writersofthefuture.com/contest-rules.
The National Merit Scholarship Program
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)–a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year–and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements. For more information, go to https://www.nationalmerit.org.
The National Achievement Scholarship Program
The National Achievement Scholarship Program is an academic competition established in 1964 to provide recognition for outstanding Black American high school students. Black students may enter both the National Achievement Program and the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) and meeting other published requirements for participation. For more information, go to https://www.nationalmerit.org/nasp.
The Sallie Mae Fund Unmet Need Scholarship Program
Provides scholarships to help meet last-dollar needs of low-income students. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, have a family adjusted gross income of $30,000 or less, demonstrate unmet financial need of at least $1,000 after the financial aid award package has been determined and have a grade point average of 2.0 and above on a 4.0 scale. Recipients must enroll at the undergraduate level on a full-time basis at an accredited Title IV eligible institution in the U.S. or Puerto Rico. Awards range from $1,000 to $3,000. For more information, go to: http://www.thesalliemaefund.org/financial-aid/scholarships/
The Philadelphia Foundation
The Philadelphia Foundation administers several scholarships that support various educational opportunities for applicants of all ages. Applicants are encouraged to read the eligibility requirements for each scholarship and apply to the ones that match their educational plans. For more information, go to: https://www.philafound.org/Scholarships/Overview.aspx.
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