Last Updated: 8/30/2021 7:10 PM
Mrs Riffe



Good morning Seniors!
Just a friendly reminder that students MUST have a Parchment account set up in order for transcripts to be sent. I can send to you an "unofficial transcript". However, you must request through Parchment for official transcripts. This is the quickest, most secure, and preferred way to send transcripts. You will need to have your account up and running in order for me to send your final transcripts come May 2022. If you have not yet created your account, please go to the following site below to complete ASAP. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

-- Michelle Riffe SGHS Guidance Counselor
PHONE 740-256-1054
FAX 740-256-6399

Senior Spotlight for May 2022
Please see the following update from Mr. Shamblin: Please share the following link with seniors for Senior Spotlight for the month of May 2022. The due date is April 30, 2022. Thank you!
Google Form Link


We have two events left this school year, so be sure to encourage sophomores and juniors at your school to register today. They can chat directly with hundreds of college admissions reps and current college students. We're also hosting college planning sessions about important topics for sophomores and juniors like financial aid, scholarships, and more.

Students who attended the BigFuture Days Northeast and West + Southwest events in March said it was "the most informative college event I've ever attended" and had "essential information I never would've come across anywhere else."

Students: Register

They can attend one event or both.

BigFuture Day
Sunday, April 18

University of Michigan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Chicago, Northwestern, WashU, and more will be there.

See the full list of colleges.


BigFuture Day
Thursday, April 29

University of Georgia, Florida State University, Johns Hopkins, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and more will be there.

See the full list of colleges.



Just a reminder that students can go to the following link listed below to inquire about SEALS for graduation. This is NOT mandatory and NOT necessary for graduation unless you have been specifically told otherwise. Deadline to complete the form is approaching 4/30/21. If you have already completed the form, no need to resubmit. 
Thank you! 



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Added April 2021


Mountwest Maritime Academy


Mountwest Maritime Academy, a part of Mountwest Community and Technical College, has been serving the needs of the River Industry since 2001. One of the most successful courses is the Deckhand Basic training course. This 7-day course is designed to acquaint the prospective entry-level deckhand with working aboard a commercial towboat on the Western Rivers and to assist the deckhand in obtaining a job in the industry. Starting salaries can range from $35,000 to $45,000/yr. A Deckhand job is just the beginning of an exciting and rewarding career that could lead to salaries well over $100,000 in under 5 years.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the demand for Water Transportation workers will continue to grow over the coming years. The Mountwest Maritime Academy is familiar with this demand and provides job placement assistance to our graduating students. We currently boast a 97% placement rate of our graduating students and work with several employers that recruit directly from the school.

We understand that not all graduating Seniors are interested in attending a traditional 2 or 4 year college after high school. This course provides an excellent opportunity for students that are ready to start a career without acquiring the debt that comes with attending college.

We have several classes coming up.  


April 26 – May 2
May 17 – May 23
July 12 – July 18

Due to COVID are class sizes are limited. Any students interested in attending one of these classes should contact us to reserve a seat. Students may contact the Academy directly at 304-697-5616 or checkout our Facebook page at They can also email me at or the Academy Director, Sherri Sowards, at


Katherine Williams Retired Teachers Scholarship



If you are planning to go into Teaching/Education after high school this scholarship is for YOU!

Scholarship Application

MountWest CTC


Great news! We are extending the deadline to apply for scholarships to Thursday, April 15th. Applications will need to be submitted by COB the 15th. Please encourage any of your seniors who plan to attend Mountwest CTC in the fall to apply. We have several scholarships available. For more information, students can visit our scholarship page and apply online. I am including the link below. If you could include this information in your newsletter, share it with in - person classes or on your online learning platform, it would be greatly appreciated. 

Scholarship page link

Added March 2021



GALLIPOLIS Lions Club Scholarship

Lions Club

Please email all applications to Michelle Riffe at:


2021 ELKS Scholarship Opportunity



GCLEA Scholarship Application

GCLEA Scholarship

The Gallia County Local Education Association is pleased to be able to offer scholarships again this year.
This scholarship award is in the amount of $500 and will be awarded to up to four students whose parents are members of the Gallia County Local Education Association.


$5,000 STANLEY Technology Scholarships

Stanley scholarship

STANLEY Security, STANLEY Healthcare and STANLEY Access Technologies have established a scholarship program to assist students who plan to continue their education in a Security, Information Science, Technology or Computer Science related field in university, college or vocational school programs. 


Applicants must:   

  • Be in their final year of high school/upper secondary school or high school/upper secondary school graduates or current college/university undergraduates  
  • Be pursuing a degree in an eligible Security, Information Science, Technology or Computer Science related field of study   
  • Plan to enroll in fulltime undergraduate study at an accredited college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire 2021-22 academic year  
  • Reside in and plan to attend college/university in the United States (U.S.), United Kingdom (U.K.), France, The Netherlands, or Sweden for the next upcoming academic year  

Learn more at


Click here for a flyer to download and share with students. 


URG Summer Programs

URG Summer Programs

Below you will find a list of our summer programs being offered at Rio Grande.  As you can see many are FREE.  If you have students interested in any of these options, you are welcome to share my contact information.

Summer Bridge 10 week program – Jump start to college by earing nine college credits hours for FREE.  Does Free tuition, fees, books and $10 weekly gas card sound good? If you struggle with math or English this program is for you. Offered at Main, Jackson, Meigs and McArthur.

CDCA (Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant) Phase I & II 10 week program – Understand and Identify substances and their effects by taking this five credit hour program. Tuition and Fees for these two courses covered by the short-term certificate grant. Offered at all locations. Student is responsible for books.

Beginner Basics Summer Welding Program -Learn basic SMAW & GMAW skills, learn about Welding Safety and PPE usage, Earn an AWS D1.1 SMAW 3G with backing bar certification. Students will also build a small project to be taken home at the completion of the course. Tuition and Course fees for this program will be covered by the short-term certificate grant. Student will need to purchase books and equipment (approximately $700.00). Students can complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid for this program. Offered at Main campus Monday – Thursdays 5:00pm – 9:50pm for 10 weeks.

OSCPA (Ohio Society of CPA's)


We have some excellent (and FREE!) programs coming up you will not want to miss out on:

  • High School Accounting Career Day
    • Watch four pre-recorded sessions covering what it takes to become a CPA, how to navigate the accounting career path, and how an accounting degree can pave the way for a successful future.
    • Each course is free and under 30 minutes long. These courses are available to watch anytime until they expire from our online learning library in June.
    • You and/or your students can sign up today
  • ACAP – Ohio
    • This week-long program introduces racially and ethnically underrepresented high school students to accounting, finance, leadership, and management.
    • The virtual program occurs June 14 – 17 between the hours of 10 am – 2 pm each day.
    • Learn more and access the link for students to apply to the program on our website.
  • CPA Camp
    • This innovative career development program is designed for underrepresented students including, but not limited to, those who identify as: having a disability, LGBTQ+, students of color, and the first in their family to attend college.
    • This is a day-long virtual event offered on July 13 & 15 (students can choose either date to attend).
    • Learn more and access the link for students to apply to the program on our website.

Theodore Roosevelt Public Speaking Contest ($2,500)

Theodore Roosevelt Public Speaking Contest

High school juniors and seniors are invited to compete in the national Theodore Roosevelt Public Speaking Contest to win scholarships and awards. Challenge your students to develop a speech on "Why Theodore Roosevelt matters in the 21st century", while enhancing their critical thinking, leadership, and independent research skills. 





Here you will find a list of 15 scholarship programs available to Ohio Students.

Check out all scholarships


Scholarships deadlines from April 30 - June 30

Check out all scholarships

Porch Skilled Trade & Technology Scholarships


Level up your education with a $2,000 scholarship from Porch.

Growing demand and lack of qualified workers in skilled trades and technology means it’s a great time to go back to school and enter these lucrative and fast-growing industries. To help keep up with demand and assist the next generation of professionals, Porch will award a $2,000 scholarship four times a year to eligible students.


Enter NOW


Added January 2021


OU Southern Upcoming Virtual Meetings

OU Southern


For those of you who were unable to join in on the College Credit Plus virtual meeting last night, please see the upcoming virtual meetings available for students and parents grades 6th-11th who are interested in taking courses through OU Southern. 

Let me know if you have any questions. Have a wonderful Friday and weekend. 

Contact person is Lisa Cantrell-

Wednesday, January 27 – 5:30-6:30 -

Tuesday, February 9 – 5:30-6:30 -

Thursday, February 25 – 5:30-6:30 -

Thursday, March 25 – 6:00-7:00 -

Gallipolis Junior Women’s Scholarship

Gallipolis Junior Women’s Scholarship

Gallipolis Junior Women’s Scholarship 2021­

$1,000 non-­renewable

Due April 1, 2021

Digital Copy of this may be obtained by requesting to


Five finalist will be contacted for a personal interview.


Hoby Youth Leadership Program

You will find a list of 15 Scholarship Programs available to Ohio students.  More than 615 individual scholarships will be distributed through these 15 programs.  Student from Ohio school districts are eligible for all awards listed in the document below.  To download the scholarship newsletter in a PDF, visit the following link:  CLICK HERE or HERE


High School Outreach Program

High School Outreach Program

Are you thinking about life after school? 
Are you unsure about possible next steps?
We offer FREE 1-1 career exploration and coaching!
Develop your own individualized post-school plan!
      Assess your personal and academic strengths
      Understand how to set and achieve your goals
      Make a step-by-step plan
      Get input on career training, jobs, or college admissions

Click the image on the left for more details.


Added November 2020


Ohio Township Association Scholarship Program

Ohio Township Association

We are pleased to share with you that the Ohio Township Association’s (OTA) annual college scholarship is now available online. The OTA has (4) $1,500 scholarships available to high school seniors who will be graduating in 2021 and plan to attend an Ohio college or university in the fall of 2021. The eligibility requirements remain the same and require each applicant to reside in a township in the state of Ohio and attend a township meeting.


Please direct your seniors to This will take them to the information and requirements page. They must apply through the link on this page. Each student is permitted to apply for both scholarships but must do so with separate applications. The deadline for our scholarship application is January 28, 2021, at 11:45 p.m.


We are aware that the first year in which a college scholarship switches from paper applications to online ones may be a bit confusing and might cause the application to fall short of reaching the same audience it did in previous years. While we believe that the online application will be more convenient and simpler for students to access in the long-term, in the meantime, we hope your assistance will publicize this resource appropriately.


Should you have any questions, please contact me at or 614-863-0045.

Thank you,

Heather Frame

Office Manager

Ohio Township Association


2020-2021 Virtual Rio Grande View Book

University of Rio Grande

Rio Grande Tour Information:
Virtual Open House Dates:
   - Tuesday December 1, 6pm
   - Wednesday December 16, 4pm

Virtual Campus Tour: (Use the Play All Option) YouTube Virtual Tour
Schedule Personal Visit: Visit Rio!

Admission Information:

1- Apply Online: Rio Grande Admission Application

2- Request High School Transcript Via Parchment:

Specific Major Application Deadlines:

Nursing: January 2021- Additional Nursing Admission Requirements

Allied Health: June 1, 2021- Additional Allied Health Admission Requirements

Financial Details:

1- Apply for the FAFSA:

2- Apply for Scholarships:

                           a. Jake Bapst- 2 Year Free Tuition Scholarship  Application

                           b. District Counselor – 4 Year Free Tuition Scholarship                                 Application

                           c. RedStorm Scholarship


Shawnee State University

Shawnee State University

Please see link below. The hyperlinks should direct the student to the registration page. Making it super easy to participate. Thanks!
Tena Pierce Assistant Director, Recruitment & Transfer
740-351-3262 (work)
740-464-0956 (cell)


Mount West Community and Technical College

Shawnee State University
1 Mountwest Way,
Huntington, WV 25701
Phone: (304) 244-1424

Let me know if you have any questions or need assistance to fill out an application etc.
Thank you
Dean Crawford, MPA

Added October 2020



To the Class of 2021 and 2022. This is NOT a Graduation requirement. THIS IS OPTIONAL. Students MUST request a transcript audit from Mrs. Riffe, Guidance Counselor, no later than April 2, 2021 in order to determine if they have earned a Seal. State law created 12 diploma seals for students to demonstrate academic, technical and professional readiness for careers, college, the military or self-sustaining professions. Each seal allows students to demonstrate knowledge and skills essential for future success in their chosen post-high school paths. Students will demonstrate readiness by earning at least two diploma seals, one of which must be state defined. Seals help students develop an array of critical skills that are valuable to them as they transition to the next steps after high school. Schools should consider encouraging students to pursue seals that meet their individual interests and skills. Graduation planning will be an important step in supporting students in earning their seals. See the following link for more detailed information on Seals:  SEALS LINK


Holzer School of Nursing


Please be aware that if you are planning on going into a medical field, nursing, etc, there is almost ALWAYS another application in addition to the admissions application you must fill out in order to be accepted into the program. One example is through the University of Rio Grande. Please see link below for more information.

Holzer School of Nursing

Scholarships for Trade Schools in Ohio: State Directory

UTI Download the 2020 Scholarship Flyer HERE.

Online Resume Builder

Attention Juniors

Attention Juniors


Click the image below for College Board Opportunity Scholarships

EDUMED How to Become an RN: An Online Guide


Guide to Online Nursing Programs


Guide to Accredited Online LPN/LVN Programs