Class of 2020
    Update- Senior Delivery Day will be a curbside delivery in front of the 1100 building on April 20 from 11-4pm. 
    Individual Senior Meetings with Counselors started Sept. 16-October
    ***October 1- FAFSA Opens up to families- first thing to do is request an FSA ID by visiting www.fafsa.ed.gov
    ***September 30- WSFCS College Fair will be held at the Benton Convention Center 5-8pm
    ***October 17-Josten's will have a senior meeting on Oct. 17 at 9am in the auditorium to give order forms for graduation materials.
    *** Oct 17- College and Career Fair
    ***October 22- Senior Class Picture at the Football Stadium @ 3:15pm
    ***Financial Aid Night at the Education Building 6pm
    ***Oct. 25-Josten's will be here for Senior Order Day from 12:30-3:30pm for Cap/gown pictures and ordering graduation materials. Seniors must order a cap/gown to be able to participate in graduation. You can order online @ www.jostens.com 
      Students need to know their height and weight.  Students received order packets at the meeting on Oct. 17. For more questions call your Jostens rep. at 1800-Jostens.
    *** Senior Delivery Day- Cap/Gowns and Graduation Materials will be available for pickup in the Old Gym during all 3 lunches on March 31st
    ***May 26- Senior Awards Day at 6:00pm in the Auditorium
    **June 13th- Graduation
    Important Planning Tools for Senior Year
    Unofficial Transcript (bring flash drive to your appointment so your transcript can be saved electronically)
    Diploma Order Form - please review and return with parent signature ASAP


    Post-Secondary Plan       4-Year College/University
    •  Visit Colleges/Universities when possible...it is important for students to "officially" visit a college to ensure it is the right fit for them and not apply based on siblings or friends or parents interests
    • Decide HOW you're applying to college - Common Application (http://www.commonapp.org/), Common Black College Application (http://commonblackcollegeapp.com/), College Foundation of North Carolina (http://www.cfnc.org/index.jsp), Specific College Websites, Hard Copy of Applications, etc.
    • Organization will be IMPORTANT - meet ALL deadlines for college admissions (2015-2016 NC College Admission Deadlines)
    • Send ALL test scores to admissions offices directly via your individual accounts at College Board (http://www.collegeboard.org/) or ACT (http://www.act.org/)
    • We encourage all seniors to retake the SAT or ACT at least once in their 12th grade year
    • Complete Transcript Release/Request Form for ALL requests (even for students who apply through electronic method like Common Application)
    • Submit application fee (or speak to your Counselor about fee waivers if you meet qualifications) in order to complete application
    • Request FSA ID NOW http://fafsa.ed.gov/
    • Submit Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning October 1, 2016 http://fafsa.ed.gov/
    Post-Secondary Plan      2-Year Community/Technical/Trade Schools
    • Decide HOW to apply (electronic or paper application) 
    • Decide if you want to use your SAT/ACT scores in admission decisions and send directly to community/technical school
    • Plan to take required placement tests (e.g. Computerized Placement Test (http://www.forsythtech.edu/admissions/general-admissions-requirements/ )
    • Though most community colleges have rolling admissions, some programs have hard deadlines!  Research the programs in which you are interested and meet all deadlines published
    • Request FSA ID NOW http://fafsa.ed.gov/
    • Submit Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning October 1, 2018 http://fafsa.ed.gov/
     Recommendations for College Admissions and Scholarships
    • You MUST request recommendations from Counselors, Teachers, Administrators in a timely manner - be respectful of these professionals time and other responsibilities; it is recommended that you give the recommender at least 5-10 days to complete a meaningful, impactful recommendation
    • Create a brief letter detailing why you need the recommendation, when you need the recommendation, and how you are requesting the recommendation be delivered
    • If you request the recommender mail the recommendation for you, provide an addressed, stamped envelope as a courtesy
    • Provide a copy of a Senior Resume of high school activities, awards, etc. for your recommender as a point of reference
    • Before listing a teacher/counselor as a person who will provide a recommendation via electronic applications, talk to them directly (including commonapp, college websites, etc.)
    • Do not be offended if your chosen recommender does not provide a copy of the recommendation for you to review
    • Choose a recommender that can speak to your character or some unique quality in depth versus someone who will reiterate what is listed on your transcript or resume
    Paying for College
    • Federal Funding is available to families in the form of grants and loans.  In order to determine eligibility, families must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online beginning October 1, 2018  Visit http://fafsa.ed.gov/ to request FSA ID (student and 1 parent must have individual FSA IDs in order to complete FAFSA)
    • Scholarships are available based on need and merit.  Families are encouraged to review the EFHS Scholarship Newsletter (updated biweekly).  This newsletter is one resource and is not all-inclusive.  Check with employers, local businesses, online resources, college financial aid offices, etc. for any sources that will assist with student's college expenses
    • College Foundation of North Carolina or CFNC -  (http://www.cfnc.org/index.jsp) is a good resource for scholarship searches specific to the state of North Carolina
    • The Winston Salem Foundation (http://www.wsfoundation.org/) is another great resource for scholarships.  Some awards are specific to colleges, high schools students attend, college majors, philanthropy, etc. Students must create an account and will submit a single application to qualify for most of the awards available.  If a scholarship requires a separate application or supplemental information, that will be noted on the website
    • Colleges will package students' financial aid typically in the Spring.  This package will be based on information taken from the FAFSA application and includes grants, loans, and scholarships.  


Last Modified on May 31, 2020