College and Career Services

College Application Process

In the Spring of your Junior year, and summer prior to Senior year, is the best time to get a jump start on senior year college applications. Many college applications open as early as June of Junior year, and summer is a great time to reflect/brainstorm for college essay questions, and visit colleges.
Check out this helpful visual
Senior year timeline:

August

  • Set up an email designated only for college and scholarship use
  • Confirm credits & community service hours are on track
  • Finalize meaningful class schedule that supports your individual post-secondary plans
  • Begin narrowing down college searches via the SCOIR – platform
  • Determine if any of your prospective colleges participate in Early Decision or Early Action
  • Begin your Common Application, if applicable
  • Register -to retake the SAT, if applicable
  • Request – teacher letters of recommendation via SCOIR
  • Attend WMAA Senior Parent Night

September

  • Continue applying to a variety of reach and safety schools
  • Engage with senior English classroom lessons specific to college essay and prompts
  • Attend WMAA hosted Application Mania
  • Register for onsite college rep visits via SCOIR
  • Schedule an individual planning meeting with your counselor, if needed
  • Begin scholarship opportunity list
  • Request transcripts via SCOIR
  • Finalize Early Decision & Early Action applications
  • Keep up with studies, AP courses & Dual Enrollment course load

October

  • The Free Federal Financial Aid Application becomes available (FAFSA)
  • Create an FSA ID -in order to file your FAFSA (1 parent & 1 student)
  • Attend WMAA hosted Financial Aid Workshop
  • Consider taking ASVAB – Great resource for career aptitude
  • Attend College Fair
  • Continue registering for onsite College Rep visits via SCOIR

November

  • Finalize college applications
  • Updated SCOIR with applied school information
  • Last chance to register for December SAT retake
  • Scholarships, scholarships, scholarships
  • Order graduation items through Jostens

December

  • Finish semester strong, no excuses
  • Send thank you cards to anyone who helped you through college application process
  • Review winter semester courses and dual enrollment, contact counselor if any changes are needed
  • Consider housing deposits, if you haven’t already
  • Scholarships, scholarships, scholarships – the more you apply for, the better your odds
  • Rest

January

  • Finalize meaningful semester schedule
  • Scholarships are still waiting for you to apply
  • Check community service totals
  • Engage in mock interviews and job shadow (English class), this can help solidify or narrow down options after high school

February

  • Free money is waiting for you, a lot of scholarship deadlines are coming to an end
  • Submit your FAFSA

March

  • Money, money, money
  • Review financial aid packages
  • Update counselor on college acceptances
  • Update SCOIR
  • Register for AP exams
  • Register for Senior All Night Party

April

  • Visit colleges over Spring Break
  • Finalize community service hours & TURN IN
  • Send counselor proof of scholarship awards

May

  • College Decision Day
  • Finalize and clean up SCOIR account

College Entrance Exams

West Michigan Aviation Academy aligns with the Michigan Standardized test called the SAT. The following schedule is designed to help prepare our students, in the most efficient way, to perform to the best of their ability on these assessments:
Freshmen year – PSAT 8/9
Sophomore year – PSAT 10/NMSQT
Junior year – SAT

Assessments are given in the fall, as well as the Spring. If you are looking for free test prep, please check out the following resources:
College Board
Khan Academy

College Searching

College Representative Visits

Representatives from college admission offices visit WMAA throughout the school year. We update SCOIR in real-time with new visits, as well as highlight any scheduled visits, in the WMAA newsletter.

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 SCOIR. 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 SCOIR regularly to learn about upcoming visits, as they are added as requested, throughout the school year.

Financial Aid

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 important, and it gives you access to Federal, State and Institutional Aid.
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.
Apply starting October 1 of your senior year
Priority deadline for completion is March 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.

Qualifications include:

  • 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
    Score:
  • 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.

Scholarship Searching

Students are strongly encouraged to apply for scholarships outside of institutional and need based aid. Some sources of scholarship opportunities are:

  • Grand Rapids Community Foundation
  • Fastweb.com
  • Finaid.org
  • Studentaid.ed.gov
  • Counselor website

SCOIR

SCOIR is a customizable planning portal for students and families to use throughout high school. WMAA employs SCOIR to engage students and families in self-discovery assessments, YouScience, as well as the college application process, during senior year.

  • Career interest profiling
  • Unique, authentic depiction of campus life
  • College Fit based on academics AND personal interests
  • Gauge cost of attendance
  • Keep everyone on track, with counselor communication plan
  • Streamline the letter of recommendation process
  • Manage, send and track application documents with ease
  • College Visit Sign-ups

SCOIR 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.

Junior Parent Conference Forms

Countdown to Graduation