Counseling, College & Career
The mission of the Southridge High school counseling department is to provide all students with a comprehensive, developmental counseling program, which aligns with the student achievement goals of the school and district. our school counselors are licensed professionals who advocate on the behalf of all Southridge students. Establishing collaborative partnerships with educators, parents and community members, school counselors facilitate individual and systemic change to ensure every student has equal opportunities and the knowledge and skills necessary for academic, career and personal success.
As professional school counselors at Southridge High school, we are dedicated to promoting a school-wide achievement and empowering every students to reach his or her highest levels of academic, career and personal success. We believe that a comprehensive counseling program should be an integral part of the total educational program.
- College and Career Information
- Counseling Calendar
- Department Members
- Recommendation Letters
- Sept. / Oct.
- May / June
- District Scholarship Opportunities
Fast Water Heater Academic Scholarship: Due Sept. 9
Beat the Odds Scholarship: Due Sept. 13
SuperCollege Scholarship: Due Sep. 30
Path to Pro Scholarship Program: Due Sep. 30
FAFSA / ORSAA opens: Oct. 1
Oregon Promise opens (complete after FAFSA/ORSAA): Oct. 1
AES Engineering Scholarship: Due Oct. 8
National Young Arts Foundation: Due Oct. 15
Sharon D. Banks Memorial: Due Oct. 22
WTS Scholarship (women): Multiple scholarships
Coca-Cola Scholars: Due Oct. 31
ACT Readiness Champions Scholarship: Due Oct. 31
Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship: Due Oct. 31
Stokes Educational Scholarship: Due Oct. 31
Other Scholarship Opportunities Some information may be outdated.
Future Connect (PCC) opens: Nov. 1
Ford Family Foundation opens: Nov. 1
ACF Visionary Scholarship: Nov. 1
National Security Language Initiative: Due Nov. 5
Prudential Spirit of Community Award: Due Nov. 8
Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr. Schol. for Young Hispanics: Due Nov. 13
Elks MVS Scholarship: Due Nov. 15
Adopt A Veteran EssayContest: Due Nov. 15
First Freedom Competition: Due Nov. 17
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship: Due Nov. 18
ACE Mentor Program & Scholarship: Due Nov. 24
Seattle Univ. Sullivan Leadership Award: Due Nov. 30
Education Matter Scholarship: Due Nov. 30
SuperCollege Scholarship: Due Nov. 30
Dell Scholars: Due Dec. 1
NHS Scholarship Program: Due Dec. 1
Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarships: Due Dec. 5
Comcast Leaders & Achievers Scholarship: Due Dec. 6
Comcast Leaders & Achievers Scholarship: Due Dec. 7
Science Ambassador Scholarship: Due Dec. 13
AXA Achievement Scholarship: Due Dec. 17
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: Due Dec. 17
Kaiser Permanente Health Care Scholarship: Due Dec. 23
Odenza Marketing Group Volunteer Award: Due Dec. 30
National WWII Museum Student Essay Contest: Due Dec. 27
Burger King McLamore Foundation: Due Dec. 31
Oregon Association Chiefs of Police: Due Dec. 31
CrossLites Scholarship: Due Dec. 15
College is Power: Due Dec. 31
Ford Family Foundation: Opens Dec. / Closes in March
CX Scholarship: Due Dec. 31
Design Thinking Scholarship: Due Dec. 31
Certified Nursing Assistant Scholarship: Due Dec. 31
Power of Resilience Scholarship: Due Dec. 31
CC Bank's Young Scholars: Due Dec. 31
Honor a Hero Scholarship: Due Dec. 31
Common App. Scholarship: Dec. 31
LGBTQ Scholarship: Jan. 12
Point Foundation Scholarship: Jan. 23
I Have A Dream Scholarship: Jan. 31
Ag Day Essay Contest: Jan. 31
Union Plus Scholarship: Jan. 31
Ford Family Foundation: Mar 1
Oregon Wheat Foundation Scholarship Program : Due Feb. 1
Richie's Spirit Foundation Scholarship: Due Feb. 1
PSU Gerry & Marilyn Cameron Scholarship: Due Feb. 7
Al Forthan Memorial Scholarship: Due Feb. 7
Elks National Foundation legacy Scholarship: Due Feb. 7
OSAC: Due Feb. 15 - Mar. 1
McDonald's HACER Scholarship: Due Feb. 7
Poster Contest for High School: Due Feb. 18
Oregon Young Employee Safety Video Contest: Due Feb. 18
Opportunity National for Locked-out Dreamers: Due Feb. 28
Optimist of Beaverton: Due Feb. 28
SallieMae Fund Scholarship: Feb 28
Captain Kevin Kyle Mosley Private Pilot Scholarship: Due Feb. 28
Future Connect (PCC): Due Mar 1
Alden Landis Scholarship: Mar 1
Loprinzi Scholarship Program: Mar 1
COSA Scholarships: Mar 1
The Ford Family Scholarship: Mar 1
Harrington Family Foundation: Mar 1
Life Lessons Scholarship: Mar 1
The Sussman Fund: Mar 1
Kaiser Permanente Health Care Scholarship: Due Mar 1
OSAC: Mar 1
Oregon Tech Foundation Scholarship: Due Mar 1
BBB Students of Integrity Essay Scholarship: Due Mar 7
Mike Osborne Memorial Scholarship: TBA
ITE Diversity Scholars Program: Mar 15
OASSA Youth Scholarship: Mar 16
Paul Duong Memorial Scholarship: Mar. 20
SAE Scholarships: Mar 21
GFWC Fine Art Scholarship: Mar 25
Bruce Lee Scholarship: Mar 27
Oregon PTA Teacher Education: Mar 30
Blacks at Microsoft Scholarship: Mar 31
Dean Mitchell Scholarship: Apr 1
Associated Oregon Loggers: Apr 1
Humanists of Greater Portland: Apr. 9
Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships: Apr 13
Jiffy Lube - Now it's Your Turn: Apr 16
Student-View Scholarship Program: Apr 23
Susie Laughlin: Apr 25
Make a Difference (Beaverton Minority Adm. Community): Apr 25
Laverne F. Fuller: Apr 29
Superintendent's Scholarship: TBD
ABSA Scholarship: May 2
McKay Elementary Alumni Scholarship: May 3
Design a Better Future: Due Feb. 11
The Thomas Kim Alumni Scholarship: May 13
Conestoga Alumni Scholarship: May 15
Murray Scholls Vision Center Scholarship: May 15
CCBA Scholarships: May 17
B. Davis Scholarship: May 17
Abbott & Fenner: Due June 14th
BigSun Scholarship: June 19th
Annual National High School Poetry Contest: Due Jun 30
- Online Degrees & Programs
- College Planning
- Job Search
- District Sponsored College Planning Events
- Paying for College
- HBCU and HSI
ASPIRE is the state of Oregon's mentoring program to help students access education and training beyond high school. The program matches trained adult volunteer mentors with high school students to develop a plan to help them meet their future career and education goals.
Please see Mrs. Way for more information.
View Aspire Mentor Page
The Guide: A College Admissions and Financial Aid Guide For All Students
The Fair Opportunity Project is a nonprofit organization started by students and for students. The FOP provides some of the best and most up-to-date college application resources, scaled to reach everywhere and for everyone. They aim to forever change who gets what information. Begin with FOP's video modules and then download your own copy of The Guide, a comprehensive book on all things college.
• GETTING STARTED
• MAKING THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL
• FINDING THE RIGHT COLLEGES
• STANDARDIZED TESTS
• COMPLETING THE COLLEGE APPLICATION
• WRITING COLLEGE ESSAYS
• AFFORDING COLLEGE
• POST SUBMISSION
You may download The Guide in English, Spanish or Chinese. You can see from the Table of Contents below that The Guide is comprehensive and anticipates your questions and directs you to next steps.
Section I: The College Application
Chapter 1: College Application Timeline
Chapter 2: Starting Your College Search
Chapter 3: Standardized Tests
Chapter 4: Creating a College List
Chapter 5: Organizing the College Application
Chapter 6: Letters of Recommendation
Chapter 7: The Application
Chapter 8: The College Essay
Chapter 9: Optional Interview
Chapter 10: Update Letter
Chapter 11: Post Submission
Section II: Affording College
Chapter 12: Financial Aid
Chapter 13: Scholarships
Section III: Before College Applications
Chapter 14: Timeline Before College Applications
Chapter 15: Picking High School Courses
Chapter 16: Taking Initiative and Starting Projects
Chapter 17: Summer Experiences
Section IV: Essays that Worked: From Common App to Supplements
Chapter 18: Experience Essays
Chapter 19: Reflection Essays
Chapter 20: Strict Prompt Essays
Chapter 21: Short Response
Section V: Feedback and Additional Tools
What is a HBCU?
Historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are institutions that were established prior to 1964 with the principal mission of educating Black Americans (source). These institutions were founded and developed in an environment of legal segregation and, by providing access to higher education, they contributed substantially to the progress Black Americans made in improving their status (source).
Which Schools are HBCUs?
What is a HSI?
By definition, Hispanic Serving Institutions – or HSIs – are colleges or universities where Hispanic students comprise at least 25% of the full-time equivalent student body, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Hispanic Serving Institutions must be certified as such by the Department of Education (source.)
Which Schools are HSIs?
What should I know when applying to HBCUs or HSI?
● HBCU 101
● Black College Common Application: One application for 66 HBCU schools for a $20 application fee.
● Oregon HSI Schools:
○ Treasure Valley Community College
○ Columbia Gorge Community College
○ Blue Mountain Community College
○ Chemeketa Community College
○ Warner Pacific College
○ Western Oregon University
Talk with your College and Career Center Staff about when College Representatives from these schools will be presenting to Beaverton School District Students.
All 9th Grade
10-12; alpha A-G
10-12; alpha H-N
10-12; alpha O-Z
Amparo Garcia de Reyes
ELL & Dual Language
College & Career Specialist
Miriam Ramirez / Lyda Roberts
Bilingual Community Liaison
**NOTE: If you are applying Early Action or Early Decision, please have these supporting documents to your counselor before school begins in Sept.
Make sure the school you are applying to requires a Counselor Letter of Recommendation. Some do not. Download the forms below. The recommendation will not be written until your counselor has received all of the documents listed below. Please plan ahead and give your counselor and teacher(s) at least 3 weeks prior to your deadline to write the letter.
Counselor Recommendation Packet: Complete this packet and either email or hand deliver back to your counselor.
Activities Form: Provide your counselor with your own
Outside Recommender Form: Give this form to a person in the community who can speak on your behalf.
Teacher Evaluation Form: Give this form to a teacher who is NOT writing a formal recommendation for you.
Official Transcript request.
Feel free to contact your counselor if you have any questions about this process.
Counseling & Assistance
Youthline: 1-877-968-8491 / text teen2teen to 839863
Wa. County Crisis Line: 503-291-9111
Wa. County Resource Guide
Cascadia Behavioral Health
Depaul Treatment Center
Morrison Child and Family Services
Western Psychological Services
- Reasons to visit your counselor
All students are encouraged to visit with their counselor for any of a variety of services. These include academic assistance, scheduling, planning for the future, relationships with others (friends, family, etc.), and life situations that are occurring inside or outside of school.
- When can I see my counselor?
It is best is to visit your counselor before / after school or during your lunch. If your counselor is out, please leave a note and your counselor will contact you.
- I’m a parent / guardian. How do I find out what my student’s grades are?
The best thing to do is to get in contact with the teacher by email or phone because they will have the most up to date information. Many even have websites that allow grades to be checked using the internet. Parents are also encourage to utilize ParentVUE to access student grades.
- How can I change my schedule/drop a class?
Schedule changes will only be made during the first 7 days of each semester for students who are placed in the wrong level of class, for those who are missing a class, or those who need a class to graduate. Any class dropped after the first 7 days of a semester will result in a grade of W/F which will impact a student’s grade point average. Schedules will not be changed for teacher or lunch time preference. If you do feel that you meet the above criteria for getting a schedule change or if you have a special circumstance, you can speak with your counselor and he/she will give you more information on the process.
- What are the options if a student needs extra help?
The first step is to talk to your teachers. Many are more than willing to spend some extra time to help students. Some departments also offer small group tutoring on certain days during the week. In addition to your teachers, your counselor will also have some information on possible students who are willing to be one-on-one tutors. Be sure to utilize your extended period when available.
If I’m not at school how can I get my homework?
Students should email their teachers directly to collect homework. ParentVUE and StudentVUE provides teacher's names and emails. Homework can be picked up in the main office. Be sure to call Attendance: 503-356-2894 with all absences.