Post high-school planning for all Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students begins at the elementary school level. Each Charles County public schools has at least once school counselor who provide guidance for post-high-school planning. At the elementary school level, counselors work with students during events such as Career Day and College Awareness Week to educate students on future career possibilities. Middle school students also participate in Career Day and College Awareness Week events, and work with their grade-level counselors to select elective choices and academic courses to prepare them for study at the high school level.
All seven Charles County high schools feature College and Career Centers for student use and include a variety of resources including college handbooks, scholarship listings and financial aid applications. Each center is staffed by a full-time college and career advisor, who is available for one-on-one assistance for students as they examine their career goals and objectives. College and career advisors also provide information sessions for parents and students on the financial aid and scholarship search processes, arrange school visits from local college representatives, military and business representatives and maintain updated lists of available scholarships and job opportunities for students.
Charles County Scholarship Fund
Charles County high school seniors can apply for college assistance and scholarships through the Charles County Scholarship Fund, Inc.
The application window is January through March annually.
Croft Scholarship Awards
Gordon Croft is a longtime supporter of Charles County Public Schools and students and families who reside in southern Charles County. Mr. Croft has endowed nine scholarships for eligible Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students.
Scholarships available for ESFCU members
Two scholarships, the Dorothy Marvil Scholarship for $3,000 and the Rosemary Brinkley Business and Finance Scholarship for $3,000 are available for students who are members of Educational Systems Federal Credit Union (ESFCU). Requirements include a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA, applicant is a member of the credit union and is a graduating high school senior. Visit the ESFCU website, https://supporteducation.org/helping-college-bound-students/ to learn more about available scholarships. Deadline for both ESFCU scholarship applications is April 1, 2020.
College Planning: Tools for Students and Parents
- 2020 Way to Be magazine
- List of Maryland Colleges and Universities
- Maryland State Government College Information
- Petersons – Guide to college information
Career Awareness Tools
- Career Cruising website – Internet-based college and career exploration program
What you need to know about Financial Aid
FAFSA 101 Zoom Meeting Recording on Oct. 28, 2020 with Christian Zimmermann, College of Southern Maryland
- Click here for the recording link
- Access Passcode: !FAFSA101
Good Websites to Check Out
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
- Fast Web – College & Scholarship Information
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid – FAFSA application
- College and Career Centers
- Maryland Higher Education Commission/ Financial Aid
Questions about the college planning process? Contact the college and career advisor at your child’s school or Alicia Jones, Supervising School Counselor for Charles County Public Schools, at:
5980 Radio Station Road
P.O. Box 2770
La Plata, Maryland 20646