College and Career Services
College Application Process
College Entrance Exams
College Representative Visits
Representatives from college admission offices visit WMAA throughout the school year to present information to prospective students. These representatives meet with interested students in small groups to discuss topics such as the academic programs, campus life, financial aid and admission procedures as well as answer students’ individual questions.
These visits provide a number of benefits to students. Not only can a student demonstrate their interest to the college by participating in a high school visit, the visit provides the student with a contact that can help guide them through the college application process. The college representative is often (one of) the individuals reviewing and evaluating the application and may give the student additional insight to aid in the submission of a quality application.
Juniors and seniors can register for college representative visits via Naviance Family Connection. Students must register no later than 24 hours in advance of the visit; space is limited. Students are responsible to touch base with his or her teacher as well as make up any missing work from the time of the visit. Students are encouraged to check Naviance regularly to learn about upcoming visits. Students will be notified via email of any visits for colleges listed on their Naviance Colleges I am Thinking About list. Visits are also advertised on the New and Events bulletin board.
Federal Financial Aid Overview
For a concise overview of federal student aid, please watch the following short video: Financial Aid
FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and quick, and it gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or career school.
In addition, many states and colleges use your FAFSA data to determine your eligibility for state and school aid, and some private financial aid providers may use your FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for their aid.
Class of 2016: Apply January 1, 2016-March 1, 2016
Beginning with Class of 2017: Apply starting October 1 of your senior year
FAFSA can be filed for FREE at: FAFSA
Scholarships for WMAA Students
The Gulfstream Aerospace Scholarship
Gulfstream will award one $60,000 scholarship per year for 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 to a graduating senior at West Michigan Aviation Academy. Each of the 4 scholarships will be payable up to $15,000 per year for 4 years towards the cost of tuition, books, labs, dormitory, meal plan, etc. Applications become available in January of the student’s senior year with scholarship notifications just prior to spring break.
- Graduating Senior at West Michigan Aviation Academy
- Enrolled in an Accredited Higher Education Institution
- Maintain 3.0 GPA for continuation of scholarship in following years
- 50% Financial Need
- 25% Academic Performance
- 25% Aviation-Related Degree
Lou Seno Scholarship
Louis Seno Jr., vice president for corporate relations and government affairs at Embry-Riddle, and his wife, Christine have donated $150,000 to be used for WMAA graduate attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Scholarship recipients are selected during the matriculation process.
The J. Scott Grill Scholarship Fund for Aerospace Engineers
This scholarship will be grated to a student with declared interested in pursuing aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan. First preference for scholarships will be given to students from the West Michigan Aviation Academy Charter High School. The gift will provide support to undergraduate students enrolled full-time at Michigan Engineering and interested in pursuing a degree in the Department of Aerospace Engineering. The gift of $150,000 will provide roughly $8,000 in available funds each year.
Students are strongly encouraged to apply for scholarships outside of institutional and need based aid. Some sources of scholarship opportunities are:
- Naviance Family Connection
- Grand Rapids Community Foundation
Naviance Family Connection is a customizable planning portal for students and families to use throughout high school. WMAA employs Naviance to engage students and families in self-discovery assessments, goal setting, college research, course planning, career exploration resources, and individual learning plans.
More specifically, WMAA puts Naviance to use for the following reasons:
- Email communications by grade level
- Career interest profiling
- Exploring career options
- Goal setting
- College Searching
- Scholarship Database
- Official transcript delivery to colleges and universities
- College Visit Sign-ups
- Tracking college applications
- And more!
Naviance Family Connection is utilized both individually by a student as well as within classroom guidance lessons. Each student and parent has a unique access account for the portal that requires an initial registration; access codes are available through school counselors.