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Richard Ripley, School Counselor Phone Icon (423) 422-4204 Email Icon Email
  Christy Starnes Phone Icon (423) 422-4204 Email Icon Email

Welcome to the WGHS school counselor’s web page!  It is our sincere hope that this will be a useful tool for both students and parents as you make important decisions concerning high school education and plan for life beyond West Greene.  Feel free to contact us through email or call the office at the number listed below.

Phone: 423-422-4204



FAFSA Help Pages:

  Eligibility for Federal Student Aid

 The Financial Aid Process

 Who Is My Parent When I Fill Out My FAFSA?

 Do I Have To Provide My Parents’ Info On The FAFSA?

 Changes to the 2017-18 FAFSA Process -



ACT Question of the Day

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Application for federal and state student grants, work-study, and loans. Filling out this application will make you eligible for the HOPE (Lottery) Scholarship

· Your SS#
· Your Birthday
· A Valid e-mail address
· A Parent’s SS#
· And Their Birthday

The application can now be filed beginning on OCT. 15. 




The Tennessee Concrete Association is sponsoring the Concrete Essay Contest which is open to all high school students ages 16-18.  Cash prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place essays.  The winner of the Tennessee contest will be entered in the National contest and could win up to a $5,000 scholarship if enrolled in a concrete related curriculum such as those offered at MTSU.  Contest rules, essay idea starters, and entry forms can be picked up in the guidance office.  Entries must be submitted by December 2, 2016.




Suntrust's Off to College Scholarship Sweepstakes has begun.  Eligibility is not based on GPA or financial need.  Two $500 winners will be chosen every two weeks from October 28, 2016 through May 12, 2017.  You may enter once per drawing; however, students can register after each drawing for the next scheduled drawing.




 The Prudential Spirit of Community Award recognizes students who are making a difference through volunteer service.  State honorees receive a $1000 award and a trip to Washington DC.  If you have made a significant contribution through volunteer service and would like to be considered for this award you can go online at and fill out an application before November 18, 2016.




Discover Colleges, Inc. provides a free Christian college information service.  One $1,000 Christian college scholarship drawing is held each year and the scholarship is awarded to an individual who completes the information request form and goes on to attend a Christian college or university.




  McDonalds Scholarships - High school seniors may apply for a McDonalds scholarship, offered by the Ronald McDonald House Charities. $1000 awards based upon personal statement, high school transcripts (GPA 2.7 or higher), letter of recommendation and financial need.  





Ice Cream Flavor of the Month Scholarship

Application Deadline July 31

Award Amount $1500

Enjoy an ice cream cone while you compose you ideas for this summer scholarship. “If you were an ice cream flavor, which would you be and why?” Are you tart, sweet, nutty? This unusual scholarship is open to high school students ages 13+ and college students. For application and information about the Ice Cream Flavor of the Month Scholarship for college see










**Dates will vary from year to year**


American Cancer Society – March (Contact American Cancer Society for Details)

            To be eligible, a student must have had a diagnosis of cancer before the age of 21


American Business Women’s Association/Marguerite Brumley Chapter –

            Female seniors with C+ average based on resume, transcript (Greene County)


Amy Hull Ransdell Scholarship – March (Apply through WGHS Counseling Office)

Seniors with 3.0 GPA; based on income, activities, awards, GPA, essay; $1,000 (Greene County)


AXA Achievement Scholarship – December 15

            Students who have demonstrated a drive to succeed


Burger King Scholars – December 15

Each school nominates one senior with 2.5 or above GPA, works on average of 15 hours/week, community service, and financial need - $1,000


Captain D’s Scholarship -

Student tuition reimbursement for up to $600 to employees or a child or spouse of an employee (Contact Captain D’s directly)


Carmen Cox Scholarship – April (Apply through WGHS Counseling Office)

Seniors who plan to major in business or business related field – awarded solely on merit, not financial need – number and amount varies yearly (Greene County)


Carrie McGaughey Clemens DAR Scholarship – February (Apply through WGHS Counseling Office)

Senior going to Tusculum; preference given to relatives of member of Nolachuckey chapter of DAR (Greene County)


Center for Technology Advisory Council Scholarship – Spring (Contact Sandy Bible with Talent Search)

            Senior student attending the Center for Technology; $500


Claude Weems, Jr. Memorial Scholarship – (Greene County) Recipient chosen by Weems family


Coca-Cola Scholarship – October

Seniors complete an application on-line at, must have lots of activities


Dependent Children’s Scholarship – July 15

This scholarship is available to dependents of law enforcement and fire department personnel who were permanently disabled or killed in the line of duty.  You will need to provide documents proving the disability of your parent or if your parent is deceased, an obituary, etc.


Dr. Pepper Scholarship – January 12

            Details on website


DTR Scholarship – Family member must be employee of DTR (Contact DTR)

Seniors on the dual path who plan to pursue a career in a technical field (Greene County)


East Tennessee Engineering Association Council – January 26

Seniors who plan to major in engineering; based on school activities, GPA, course work, 250 word essay, ACT Math – 29, ACT Eng. – 25; $750 to $1,500 (4 to 6 in East TN and Southwest VA)


East Tennessee Foundation – details on website –

Check for available scholarships under Greene County




EdScholars – Applications submitted directly to colleges (Contact colleges)

3.25 GPA or ACT 23; Financial need, Community Service/Leadership; send to your college – available at various local colleges (ETSU, Carson Newman, etc.)


Elks Club Nursing Scholarship – January 10

Major in nursing; based on income, activities, volunteer work, recommendations – state awards


Elks National Foundation – January 10

Seniors – extended application based on income, activities, grades, etc. – state awards


FFA Scholarships – See Mr. Short or Mr. Murray


 Fund for Greene County Scholarship – Fall (Apply through WGHS Counseling Office)

Based on income, 2.5 GPA, activities, character, recommendations, etc. - $1,000 (Greene County)


Greene County Council of Ruritan Clubs – (Apply through WGHS Counseling Office)

            One nominee per school; based on financial need - $500 (Mosheim)


Greene County Democratic Women’s Club – (Apply through WGHS Counseling Office)

            Write an essay


Greeneville Kiwanis Club Scholarship Program – (Apply through WGHS Counseling Office)

            Application and interview


Greeneville Masonic Lodge #3 Scholarship – (Apply through WGHS Counseling Office)

Seniors based on income, GPA, ACT, awards, activities, community, work experience, essay - ? (1 Greene County)


Greeneville-Greene County Center for Technology Scholarship – Contact Greeneville-Greene County Center for Technology

            Must be a senior advanced student


Greeneville-Greene County Retired Teachers – (Apply through WGHS Counseling Office)

Seniors who want to become a teacher; 3.0 GPA, 21 ACT, transcript, income; $500 (1 Greene County)


Hugh Felts Memorial Community Service Scholarship/Greeneville Noon Exchange Club – (Apply through WGHS Counseling Office)

Seniors based on community service, GPA, citizenship, need, 1st in family to enter college, etc. -$1,000 per year up to 4 years (2 Greene County)


Katherine Long Memorial Scholarship(Apply through WGHS Counseling Office)


Katy Key Memorial Scholarship - (Apply through WGHS Counseling Office)


Loyal Order of Moose Scholarship – (Apply through WGHS Counseling Office)

1 senior in each high school; based on income, grades, activities, community activities - $1,000


Mary Hurley Wells Memorial Scholarship/DAR – (Apply through WGHS Counseling Office)

Seniors planning to continue their education’ based on income, GPA, ACT, awards, activities, community involvement, interviews - $1,000 (1 Greene County)


McDonald’s Scholarship – January 20

            Details on website


 National Honor Society Scholarship – January 29

            Schools nominate 2 senior chapter members - $1,000 (250 nation wide)


Optimist Club/ Donald Dean Renner Scholarship – (Apply through WGHS Counseling Office)

            Seniors interested in journalism or religion - $500 (1 Greene County)


Phi Delta Kappa Scholarship Grants (ETSU) – Apply through ETSU

            Grants for prospective educators – grants range from $1,000 to $5,000


Principal’s Leadership Award –

            1 outstanding student leader - $1,000 (150 nation wide)


Prudential Spirit of Community Awards – October 30

1 student – must have demonstrated exemplary, self-initiated community service; each state winner receives $1,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C.


Ray Kosuda Memorial FBLA Scholarship – Chosen by teacher

            1 FBLA member


Scholar Athletic Milk Mustache of the Year Award (SAMMY) –

            25 national winners; must be a senior athlete


Skyler & Dakota Neas Memorial Scholarship – Recipient chosen by Neas family


Tennessee Ready Mixed Concrete Associate – (Apply through WGHS Counseling Office)

            Essay contest on concrete


Tennessee Tomorrow Club Liz Morrell Scholarship – Chosen by Morrell family

            One student must be a member of the Tennessee Tomorrow Club; $250


TN Scholars – (Apply through WGHS Counseling Office) General scholarship from each school + two from WSCC.  Must be a TN Scholar


Unmet Need Scholarship Program –

Sallie Mae Fund for low-income students


US Nitrogen Scholarship – (Apply through WGHS Counseling Office)


Wal-Mart Scholarships – Parent or family member must be an employee of Wal-Mart (Contact Wal-Mart directly)

Based on ACT/SAT, GPA, curriculum, financial need, extracurricular activities, and work activities; on-line form; $1,000 (1 Greene County)


Wendy’s Heisman –

            For students who excel in academics, athletics and student leadership


WGHS Booster Club Scholarship – (Apply through WGHS Counseling Office)

            Seniors who have lettered in a WGHS sport; amount varies


Women of the Moose Nursing Scholarship – (Apply through WGHS Counseling Office)

            Based on financial need, ACT, GPA, extra-curricular activities



**Dates will vary from year to year**


Various companies have scholarship competitions for children of employees - Check with your parent’s place of employment.


Most clubs and fraternal organizations provide scholarships for dependent of their members.  Please check with your chapter.


State schools give a tuition break to children of state employees.


Most colleges/universities have a separate application for scholarships of that institution.  Please check at the financial aid office or in the guidance office.


Scholarships on the WEB: - a FREE scholarship search.  Just fill in the profile and they will e-mail you lists of scholarships for which you are qualified.  Have you gotten ads for scholarships searched?  This site does the same thing but it’s FREE!!!  All students have access to the Internet here at school. - another free service for scholarship and other financial aid info. - You can file your application and check on the results.  Before filing your application, apply for a FSA ID number for you and a parent at - Hang on to this – it is your permanent number! - The Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation website. - another free site for occupational and financial aid information - the official site for the ACT organization.  You can find sample tests, study tips, etc. - a college search site



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