College and Career Planning
- College Search Tips
- College Application Process
- Financial Resources (FAFSA)
- NCAA Eligibility
While Comparing Colleges Use this worksheet to help organize your thoughts on schools you are currently considering.
This is a helpful tool to stay organized and give you a graphic representation of what each school has to offer you!
College Comparison Worksheet
The College Selection Process can be described as having 4 main components:
Information, Preparation, Visitation, & Application.
Begin by prioritizing the factors is most important to you in a college. By prioritizing, you begin to develop a means for compromise, if necessary. Before you begin gathering information and speaking to colleges, ask yourself where and what you are willing to compromise on.
- Meet with counselor to discuss your grades & GPA. See how you compare to students enrolled.
- Ask for Advice on taking SAT Reasoning, SAT Subject Tests, & ACT
- Maintain academically rigorous schedule and good grades through 12th grade
Once you have prioritized the factors that are important to you in a potential school play a simple game of matching. Research and visit schools that come the closest to your "ideal". Remember this is an involved process and you should use these factors that are a way of assessing your post-secondary options.
- Attend WCCC College Fair in September and/or Pittsburgh National College Fair in February.
- Use these sites to search for schools to visit:
- Attend College Rep visits during your Junior & Senior years.
The campus visit is the most important way of assessing the school. Pay attention to your gut feelings while there. You may have 2 days excused from school during your Junior & Senior years. See the Guidance Office for the College Visitation Form.
- Make a lit of questions to ask during the visit
- Take an unofficial copy of your transcript with you on the visit
- Take a walking tour with a student guide and meet an admissions counselor and a Financial Aid Officer
The Application component of the College Selection Process can be very involved. Gather the application and review this with your parents and counselor
- Consult with your counselor on an appropriate list of Reach, Realistic, & Safety Schools.
- Follow the instructions in pulling your application materials together!
- Know your deadline!
Plan Well: try to have all applications out by Thanksgiving of your Senior Year.
Questions to ask when visiting college:
Scholarships - 2023-2024 - In Order by Deadline
GENERAL ARTHUR ST. CLAIR CHAPTER, Sons of the American Revolution – Knight Essay Contest – available to students in grades 9-12. The topic of the essay must be an event, person, philosophy or ideal associated with the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the Constitution. Each essay will be judged on its historical accuracy, clarity, organization, grammar, spelling, and documentation. Contest rules and application are available in the Guidance Office. Deadline is November 17, 2023. Visit sar.org – George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest – National Society Sons of the American Revolution.
WPGA – Western Pennsylvania Golf Association Scholarship Fund – this scholarship is renewable for up to four years or until graduation, whichever is shorter. Students must maintain a 2.8 GPA per term to continue receiving the scholarship. The total value is about $16,000 (over 4 years). Application is available in the Guidance Office. Deadline is November 30, 2023.
THE AMERICAN LEGION OF PENNSYLVANIA SCHOLARSHIP AND CAMPS - Deadlines vary.
2024 High School Oratorical Scholarship Program – “A Constitutional Speech Contest,” open to students in grades 9 through12 – Contest information available at https://www.legion.org/oratorical.
2024 PA American Legion 89th Annual Essay Contest – “Why Is The 1st Amendment Important In American?” – open to students in grades 9 through 12 – Contest information available at https://pa-legion.com/programs/student-and-youth/essay-program/.
Elmer Hafer Youth Camp June 9-15, 2024 at Messiah University. For students age 15-17 interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement or the military. This is not a recreational camp. Additional information available at https://pa-legion.com/programs/student-and-youth/state-police-youth-week-program/
Keystone Boys State Camp June 16-22, 2024 at Messiah University. Leadership training and Civics experience open to Junior Boys (grade 11). Application for this camp available at https://pa-legion.com/programs/student-and-youth/keystone-boys-state-program/.
THE HAGAN SCHOLARSHIP – a nationwide need-based merit scholarship, providing recipients with the opportunity to graduate debt-free. The scholarship provides $7,500 each semester for up to eight (8) consecutive semesters. Eligibility: must be US citizen; must attend a traditional public high school located in the US that is governed by a school district; must have a 3.5 cumulative GPA; must enroll at an eligible 4-year college or university following high school graduation; must work 240 hours from January 1, 2024, until commencement of 2024 fall semester in college. Work must be regularly scheduled employment performed under supervision for compensation. Additional financial information and application available at www.hsfmo.org. Deadline is December 1, 2024.
RAISEME MICRO-SCHOLARSHIPS - Our Mission: At RaiseMe, we’re expanding access to higher education so that every student has a shot at the American Dream. RaiseMe is a social enterprise focused on expanding access to higher education, especially among low income and first-generation students. Rather than waiting until the end of high school to earn scholarships, which is often too late to impact a student's college ambitions or choices, RaiseMe enables students to earn scholarships throughout high school, starting as early as 9th grade, for doing all the things that best prepare them to succeed, whether that’s getting good grades, volunteering in the community, or joining an extracurricular. "RaiseMe enables students to earn scholarships throughout high school, starting as early as 9th grade..." Visit https://www.raise.me/ for more information.
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY 2023-2024 DREAM…INNOVATE…GROW SCHOLARSHIP – Three - $1,000 renewable scholarships for four years (equaling $4,000 total). To be eligible, the applicant must be a high school senior and plan to attend a college, university, or trade school in the fall of 2023. Recipients of the scholarships are eligible for renewal for up to four total years, provided the student maintains a cumulative 3.25 GPA; making the value of this scholarship worth $4,000. Additional information and application available in the Guidance Office and Class of 2024 Teams. Deadline is March 1, 2024.
NATIONAL ITALIAN AMERICAN SPORTS HALL OF FAME – Scholarships will be awarded to four very deserving 2024 high school graduating student athletes. The award consists of $4,000 is scholarships funds, awarded as $1,000 per year for four years provided the recipients successfully complete full-time course leads each semester. The criteria are as follows: high academic achievement; financial need; athletics at varsity level; June 2024 graduate. Additional information and application available in the Guidance Office and Class of 2024 Teams. Deadline is March 1, 2024.
DOROTHY STAFFORD SCHOLARSHIP FOR NURSING AND/OR THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS – $1,500 awarded to GSHS student attending Westmoreland County Community College (WCCC) for Nursing or other Health Profession programs. If a GSHS senior does not apply or is not eligible for the Dorothy Stafford Scholarship, a GSHS Alumni may apply. Applicant must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher; must be accepted into the Nursing or Health Profession Program at WCCC. Additional information and application available in the Guidance Office and Class of 2024 Teams.
LIVE SURVEY LINK-GREENSBURG SALEM SCHOLARSHIP- Annual - $1000 scholarship
Requirements: Must be GS Senior Student of 17 years or older on date of application; Must be planning to attend a college or vocational school; Must be a student currently receiving special education services and/or a student going into the education field. Students apply via survey link - DEADLINE: April 15, 2024 https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/7572432/Scholarship-Application
Student athletes must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center to be eligible to play NCAA Division I or II sports in college. Athletes playing in Division III do not have to register. The NCAA Eligibility Center certifies whether prospective college athletes are eligible to play sports at NCAA Division I or II institutions. It does this by reviewing the student-athlete's academic record, SAT or ACT scores, and amateur status to ensure conformity with NCAA rules.
The NCAA recommends that student-athletes register at the beginning of their junior year in high school, but many students register after their junior year. There is no registration deadline, but students must be cleared by the Eligibility Center before they receive athletic scholarships or compete at a Division I or II institution.
You are eligible for a registration fee waiver if you have received a waiver of the SAT or ACT fee. This is not the same as a U.S. state voucher. You must have an authorized high school official submit your fee waiver documentation online after you complete your registration.
NCAA Freshman Eligibiltiy Standards Quick Reference Sheet:
NCAA Eligibility Registration Website:
How to Register for NCAA Eligibility:
At Greensburg Salem High School we have begun incorporating the 'Career Pathways' model to organize our courses into 5 career clusters. These pathways help organize careers with similar interests and educational requirements and align the course work needed to successfully pursue these career interests after high school. Here is the Westmoreland County's Career Pathway Model which is used in our course selection guide as an organizing tool to showing students which courses and electives are associated with potential careers/career clusters.
If you need any help regarding career planning, please contact your school counselor. If you found any of the above information particularly helpful or if you have suggestions on how we can provide you with better online information, please let your guidance counselor know.
Not sure what careers are a good fit for you? Let's start exploring options by taking the self-assessment and some career exploration here:
Resumé & Cover Letter Preparation
A resumé is used to introduce you and summarize your experience, skills, education, and goals. It is often the very first impression you will make on a potential employer. Everyone old enough to work needs a resumé but even students who do not work will find a resumé very helpful for tracking their academic and extracurricular activities. In addition to your GPA, school coursework and other academic items, volunteer work, community involvement, leadership experience, and athletic achievement can be featured in a resumé. A nicely formatted resumé with dates and descriptions for your academic and extracurricular work may get you noticed by a potential employer, a college recruiter, or even a scholarship reviewer. You will also find it handy to have all this information at your own fingertips when you find yourself filling out application after application, form after form. The following sites provide help with resumé preparation. Use them to find a sample or a template that you can use to adapt for your own.