Hutchinson Central Technical High School, Buffalo, NY

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Dr. Gabrielle Morquecho





Saturday, December 16, 2017

Guidance Menu



  Applying for College



Guidance Department



Mrs. Elze
Holly McReynolds
Ms. Petty


Students interested in attending HCTHS must complete the COMPREHENSIVE HIGH SCHOOLS OF CHOICE APPLICATION. The application is available in their School Guidance offices and/or through the Student Placement Office. The application is completed by the student, their School Counselor and their School Principal. It must be submitted by the due date printed on the application.

All applicants are required to take an entrance aptitude test which is administered at HCTHS in November. In addition to the test results, school grades and school staff comments are considered in determining admission status. Students are notified in February of their status through their School Counselors or by mail, depending on the applicants school.


The Guidance Office is open from 7:25 am to 3:05 pm every day. Appointments are made before or after school. Counselors provide educational guidance, course information, career awareness and counseling in regards to personal problems. 

Reference materials, college catalogs, financial aid forms, and selected college applications are available in the guidance office.

Military recruiter contact information can be obtained in the guidance office.

Job opportunities will be announced when available. Career information is in the guidance office. 


1) Get an application.

Applications are available from the colleges and universities ONLINE. The Common Application is required this year. If a college does not accept the Common App, students can find applications on individual school websites. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain and complete the application. See your School Counselor if you are having a problem with an application.

2) Fill out the application.

It is the student’s responsibility to completely fill out the application for college. School Counselors are available to assist students and answer any questions but they can not complete applications for students

All APPLICATIONS for colleges and/or scholarships should be turned in to your School Counselor no later than 7 days before the deadline. Applications must be complete and include a STAMPED envelope if anything has to be sent through the mail. At NO TIME can a student have an Official Transcript. Due to the volume of applications, applications due January 1, 2018 must be turned into your School Counselor by December 8, 2017 for processing.

You must notify your Counselor
IN PERSON to send a transcript. Colleges will not process your application until they receive an official transcript from our school.

Application Deadlines

It is the student’s responsibility to know the specific deadlines for each college he or she applies. Early Admissions deadlines can be as early as October. Make sure turn in your completed application at least 7 days prior to the deadline. As a rule of thumb, REGULAR ADMISSIONS APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED BY DECEMBER OF YOUR SENIOR YEAR.


Financial Aid forms:

The main form that every student should fill out is the FAFSA. It can only be submitted October 1st of your senior year in high school. The FAFSA is used to apply for all of the various types of financial aid. At the end of the FAFSA you want to click on the link to the NYS TAP (New York State Tuition Assistance Program)Students can apply in two ways: online at: You must apply for a FSA ID (federal student aid identification) which consists of you creating a user name and password. This is your electronic signature.  ** Make sure to use the FAFSA on the web worksheet for your calculations when applying on-line.


TAP is aid granted by New York State. To be eligible you must attend a college in New York State. When you fill out the FAFSA form a pre-printed TAP form will automatically be sent to you. If you apply for FAFSA on line be sure to click on the link to NYS TAP on the last page.


You must be accepted to a college or university that offers SAY YES. You also MUST apply for FAFSA and TAP in order to qualify for SAY YES. You will need to complete a separate SAY YES application as well. SAY YES contact information is as follows:

712 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202

Office phone number-716-247-5310

Fax: 716-768-1449

Our Hutch Tech Say Yes Family Support Specialist is Miss Stubbe, please see her for any Say Yes questions. Her room number is 205I and her phone # is 468-0051 and email is


Scholarships are monies awarded by private foundations or schools. They are competitive and usually require an essay, letters of recommendation in addition to the application form. There are literally millions of scholarships available. Students should research and apply to as many as possible. Some students win scholarship money simply because they are the only person to apply. THE AMOUNT OF SCHOLARSHIP MONEY AWARDED TO OUR STUDENTS IN THE 2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR WAS $3,514,400. Starting in October - June there will be scholarship postings in the Guidance Office and the Hutch-Tech Library.

Other useful sites:








• (Go to “Paying for College”)

Search Engines and Scholarship Programs

  • Scholar Snapp - A free, simple to use data standard that allows students to reuse their application information - including contact information, essays, transcripts, etc. - from one scholarship application to another thereby streamlining the college scholarship application process.

  • Scholly – A mobile app that provides students with a fast and simple way to find scholarships for college. (Created by Christopher Gray, a Coca-Cola Scholar!)

  • Peerlift - Proven scholarships, internships, summer programs, and more gathered by fellow students like you. (Founded by a team of 2017 Coca-Cola Scholars!) Learn more about the creation of Peerlift.

  • Fastweb – Create a profile and let fastweb do the research on scholarships, internships colleges and more for you.

  • CashCourse – Information that helps college students stay financially informed.

  • Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation – Educational and scholarship opportunities for students of all levels.

  • Cappex – A free website where you can learn which colleges want you, before you apply and learn about more than $11 billion in merit aid scholarships.

  •– A free college scholarship search and financial aid information.

  • Scholarship America – Provides information and resources for your scholarship search.

  • KnowHow2GO – Complete information on college prep, whether in middle school or seniors.

  • HS Finder (Hispanic Scholarship Fund) – Scholarship information for Latino students.

  • Thurgood Marshall College Fund – Provides scholarships, programmatic and capacity building support to the 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

  • Gates Millennium Scholars – Provides outstanding low income African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline they choose.

  • Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund – The nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).

  • American Indian College Fund – Provides Native American students with scholarships and financial support for the nation’s 33 accredited tribal colleges and universities.

  • Dell Scholars Program – Recognizes academic potential and determination in students that have a definite need for financial assistance.

  • UNCF – Awards 10,000 students each year through 400 scholarship and internship programs so that students from low- and moderate-income families can afford college tuition, books and room and board.

  • Chegg – A place to connect with scholarships and learn about colleges.

  • Reagan Foundation Scholarships - Scholarship opportunities for outstanding student leaders.


Yes, absolutely!! While it would be unethical to submit the same paper to two different classes, there is no rule against submitting the same essay to several scholarships. If the scholarship has a specific essay topic you must submit that topic.

Announcement from the Counselors

From Mrs. Elze:




  • The scholarship book is now available to use in the guidance office. There are many scholarships that you can start to apply for right now! The book will be updated throughout the year so make sure you stop in periodically to check out what is new!
  • Scholarsnapp
    • Scholar Snapp® is a free, simple to use data standard that allows students to reuse their application information — including contact information, essays, transcripts, etc. — from one scholarship application to another thereby streamlining the college scholarship application process.

    •  Scholar Snapp simplifies the scholarship application process by allowing students to automatically reuse their basic information for scholarship applications by syncing data from the Scholar Snapp website.

    • The Scholar Snapp website helps applicants identify scholarship providers that accept Scholar Snapp data and practice building a quality scholarship application. It also allows scholarship providers to synchronize their application with the Scholar Snapp data standard dynamically.

      What does Scholar Snapp do?

      • It is available to students and scholarship providers at no cost.

      • It saves students time by reusing their data across more scholarships and applications.

      • It includes a website where students can practice building their best application.

      • It helps students find scholarships they can apply to using

      • It synchronizes in real-time via API for flexibility and ease of adoption.

      • It contains more than 300 data fields including essays, recommendations, video uploads, etc.

      • It is flexible enough to synchronize just a few data elements within an application or many data elements.

      • It puts students in control of their data.

                 What does Scholar Snapp not do?

  • It does not award any scholarships or financial aid directly.

  • It does not share any data without permission.

  • It does not charge any membership or account fees.

  • It does not sell any data, anytime, anywhere.

  • It does not submit applications for students.





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