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College & Career Center

Mission Statement

The WPHS College and Career Center is a volunteer organization, sponsored by the WPHS PTSA and led by a WPHS College Specialist, committed to assisting students in setting a successful course for themselves beyond high school. The Center assists students with the college selection and application process as well as identifying school-to-career paths.

Center Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
6:50am to 2:45pm

Wednesday
6:50am to 2:15pm

Parents may visit by appointment only.

Contact Mrs. Elisa Mora, College Specialist at elisa.mora@ocps.net

 

On-Campus College Visits

During the school year, over 100 college representatives will visit WPHS campus during the school day for informative sessions with students.

 

Seniors, juniors, and sophomores may sign up in the College & Career Center to attend a college visit. Students are limited to 5 visits each year. Please make informed decisions on whether the school is a fit for you based on GPA and testing requirements. College & Career volunteers can help you with this!

 

Teacher approval must be granted in advance for students to miss class in order to attend a college visit.

 

For students unable to attend a college visit, a copy of the presentation information, along with the recruiter’s contact information is maintained in the College & Career Center.

Standardized Testing

SAT – www.collegeboard.org

 

Financial Aid

Be sure to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov as early as October 1st of your senior year. This is a necessary step in qualifying for all need-based scholarships and grants. Also, many colleges, universities, and career schools use your FAFSA information to award state and college aid. The process is free.Never pay to apply for federal financial aid.

Some colleges and universities also require a CSS profile that can be completed on www.collegeboard.orgThere is a fee from College Board so make sure your school requires it.

Scholarships

LOCAL!

Check out our very own Winter Park scholarship database at https://www.ocps.net/lc/east/hwp/student_info/college_career/Documents/cc_scholarships.pdfThis database is maintained by volunteers and is updated frequently. Our Winter Park scholarship database focuses mostly on local scholarships because we feel that the oftentimes geographical requirement for these scholarships narrows the competition and allows our students a very good chance of qualifying!

 

NATIONAL

National scholarship search engines are listed under the link in the right hand column under Scholarship Websites. Remember that these scholarships are open to everyone, so it is important to spend your time only applying to the ones for which you feel you are uniquely qualified. It is also a good idea to create a separate e-mail account when you sign up for these national scholarship sites, because you will receive lots of e-mails daily from these sites.

FLORIDA BRIGHT FUTURES
For an up-to-date description of the Florida Bright Futures scholarship program, visit http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/bf/Be aware that the requirements vary according to your graduation year.

Our experience has shown us that the majority of financial aid comes directly from the schools that accept you. Many schools automatically consider you for their foundation scholarships, but others require a separate application. Visit the financial aid web site of your college frequently for updates!

Best of luck and PLEASE let us know if you receive a scholarship – we want to spread the great news!

 Center Library

Our center has many resources available for check-out. Stop by to see our selection of SAT/ACT study guides, college information books, AP/Subject Test study guides and much more!

Unsure about a major?

Visit www.mymajors.com

College and Career Links

Forms

Community Service Log

Senior Autobiography

College Application Checklist

 

Transcripts

Transcripts 101

How to Decipher Your College Transcript

Order and Pay for Transcripts

Transcript Verification Form

Pay for Transcripts Online

 

Scholarships

Winter Park Scholarship Database

State and local scholarships

Scholarship Websites

 

On Campus College Visits

College Visits

 
Winter Park HS School Profile

College and Career Center Library

Books Available

SAT and ACT

SAT and ACT

More information on the differences between the two tests.

ACT Dates and Online Registration

SAT Dates and Online Registration

Online College and Career Planning

Online University Guide

 

The Online Schools Directory

A national directory of colleges, universities and technical schools that offer online educational options.

Plan for College/Career Pathways

 

Florida Universities

Florida College Tuitions and Fees


Application Deadlines for Florida Universities

 

College Search Guides

Senior Year College Application Checklist

 
Junior Year College Search Guide

 
Sophomore Year College Search Guide