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Last Updated: 3/23/2020 7:58 PM

Mrs. Melissa Schultz Counselor, Students Last Name A-K                 

Mr. Steve Smith Counselor, Students Last Name L-Z  


Seniors: A financial aid officer with a local college was here on Monday, October 7th to discuss the FAFSA process and answer any questions you and your parents may have had.  If you were unable to attend, the power point presentation from the meeting is now available to the right on the “FINANCIAL AID NIGHT POWERPOINT 2020-21” link after the presentation.

Any student who plans to attend college or any type of training and needs federal grants, aid, or loans of any kind MUST file a FAFSA!  If a FAFSA is not filed, the only means of attending college are scholarships and/or paying out-of-pocket the entire expense!

You may begin your FAFSA starting October 1st. Click on the "FAFSA PROCESS INFORMATION" tab on the right side of this page for more information on how to begin the FAFSA process.

Once both the student AND parent have created their own FAFSA I.D., (as discussed in that document) the FAFSA can be started by clicking on the FAFSA tab (along the right side.)

Seniors in the College Application Process: If you are currently involved in the college application process or soon will be, please take a look at the attached sheet with some important College Application reminders and instructions found here.


Summer Academic Camps at BGSU for Students  bgsu

Summer camps are one of the first ways that students can get a feel for a particular major or interest, which is why we spend months coming up with offerings that will appeal to this generation. This year, we will have more than 20 camps, including coding, forensic science, fitness,  music medicine, media production, vet science, business and much, much more.
Summer is a great time for students to explore majors and career interests. Some camps are overnight for students to get that experience away from home, while others allow for commuting back and forth each day. Each camp is designed to expand a student's world view, but also to give him or her experience on a college campus. MORE INFORMATION

Mercy Health St. Rita's Volunteen Program: 

Mercy Health St. Rita's will be conducting a summer volunteer program for teens 14-18 years of age (at least entering 9th grade in 2020-21).  Application deadline is 4:00PM on February 7, 2020.  Volunteen Application Packets are available in the Elida High School Academic Office or by calling 419-226-9461. 

Lima Memorial Hospital Volunteen Program: 

LMH will be conducting a summer volunteer program for teens 14 years of age and older (at least entering 9th grade in 2020-21) who have an interest in healthcare. Students should have a "C" average academically to apply.  Application deadline is March 31, 2020.  For more information, see their website at


Civil Air Patrol's Cadet Program is a positive enrichment activity for students interested in aviation, space, cyberspace, and STEM. Our cadets develop self-discipline and leadership under the guidance of responsible adults. Each month, our cadets are required to have a certain amount of time devoted to Aerospace and STEM activities. These activities range from building rockets to programming in Raspberry Pi!  Orientation Day is January 12, 2020 from 2-4PM in Perry Webb Hall on the campus of OSU-Lima. Copy and paste the following link in a browser to complete the RSVP if interested in attending the orientation/open house to see what Civil Air Patrol is all about.


Attention any Freshmen through Seniors who have a career interest in health care:

Even if you missed the Lima Memorial Health System Open House on October 16th where students learned about this exciting, hands-on, multi-session experience designed to help you pursue your interests in health care as a career, you can still take part in the program. There are several different programs scheduled for the year, the first one on November 22 nd. Click here for registration information and further information about the Exploring program at Lima Memorial Hospital.

OSU "Dream" Program

Attention seniors who plan to attend college locally: Check out the info. on the scholarship tab for this program.  Several 2019 Elida graduates took part in the program and received an accompanying 4-year scholarship. 

 Seniors in the class of 2020 who plan to attend OSU-Lima in the fall of 2020; program designed to assist capable, first-generation students (neither parent has 4 yr. degree), or having financial need through the entire college admissions process; renewable for four years at OSU-Lima; other OSU scholarships available to students in the DREAM Program. 

If the DREAM Scholars Program seems like the right fit for you or your student, please complete the application by clicking on the link Please note, the scholarship is not renewable for students that transition to the Columbus campus. NOMINATE/SELF SELECT Questions? Contactt Temple Patton at



Are you applying to colleges that require you to use the Common App? 

Over 800 colleges and universities are now requiring the use of the Common App.  This saves you time because you only have to complete one application (and possibly some extra items for your particular school) as opposed to completing multiple applications.  There is a Common Application link available to the right.  You will need to create an account on Common App before being able to proceed.  A word to the sure that you enter your counselor's correct email (see above) in order for them to be able to process their part of your application.

     End-of-Course Tests PRACTICE/HELP 

If you are re-taking any end of course tests this December OR you are in any of the following courses: (ENG 9, ENG 10, Algebra, Geometry, Biology, USSS 10, PED)  there is extra practice/preparation for the tests available. Please see the document available in the link below which provides instructions on where to find those practice items online.  Online Practice Resources for End-of-Course Tests 


Do you need help with homework, studying for tests, or organizing your mountains of papers? Our National Honor Society students are here to help YOU!  FREE TUTORING is available each Thursday from 2:45-4:00 in the High School Media Center for any student in grades 9-12.  Take advantage of this awesome free service!


Are you a senior looking for opportunities after high school and college may not be a part of your plan?  Many companies around Lima are looking to fill apprenticeship positions for next year. 

What is an apprenticeship?  An apprenticeship is a program where a company hires a worker who, quite possibly, has no training in that particular field but has an interest.  The worker receives specialized on-the-job training from the company, which could also involve receiving free college as part of the training.  In return, the worker signs a contract requiring them to work for the company for a specified amount of time.  If this sounds like an opportunity you may be interested in, please see your counselor for more information.

Apprenticeship Opportunity with Ohio Operating Engineers:   Please see the attached document here or for further information on this program including qualifications, information required, and how to apply.  Deadline to apply is February 8, 2020.


Apprenticeship Opportunity with Plumbers and Pipefitters Union:  Please see the attached document here for further information on this program including qualifications, information required, and how to apply.  Deadline to apply is February 14, 2020.


LOWE'S Track to the Trades:  A great program that might be of interest to graduating seniors is called "Track to the Trades." This program is designed to help Lowe's employees launch a career in the trades: carpentry, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and appliances repair. In this program, Lowe’s pays for 100% of our employee’s tuition upfront. The only requirements are that the employee has been working with us for six months and must be 18 years or older. During their time in the "Track to the Trades" program, students will:

  • Complete their trade pathway program in 6 to 10 months
  • Receive a personal education coach that is available via text, phone, or email
  • Be introduced to local contractors that are willing to hire service-minded professionals for an apprenticeship
  • Receive ongoing coaching and mentorship to ensure success

LOWE'S is dedicated to promoting the trades as a viable alternative to a college education. By 2028, 32% of all skilled trade pros will retire, leaving 3 million job openings in the trades. Their website is and find additional information here.

Apprenticeship Opportunity at GROB:  GROB is looking for highly-motivated candidates graduating high school in Spring 2020 who have a strong work ethic, excellent attendance and grades, enjoy math and problem solving, and willing to learn and travel. earn a company-paid associates's degree at Rhodes in either Electronic Engineering Technology or Manufacturing Engineering Technology while working at GROB and earning an income. Apprenticeship open house and tours available November 9, December 7, January 11, and February 8, and the application deadline for the Class of 2020 program is February 19, 2020.  Apply online at Contact GROB at with any questions you may have.