College & Career Counseling
College guidance begins when your child joins our school community. Stillwater Christian’s Student Success & Leadership Coordinator begins meeting individually with students in junior high school, guiding them and their parents through the college selection process to find the best fit—both academically and spiritually. Throughout these important years of schooling, thoughtful conversations take place about college and career choice, including potential areas of study, financial and geographic considerations, and the best ways to fully develop students’ God-given talents.
Stillwater’s College and Career counseling program allows families to work closely with Michelle Fetveit, our Student Success and Leadership Coordinator, to develop the best plan for their future graduate.
Student Success & Leadership
Phone: 406.752.4400 x177
- The PSAT is the College Board's preparation exam for the college entrance exam. The PSAT is given to juniors each fall. The PSAT is also the qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholarship. Students scoring high enough on the PSAT can qualify to participate in the National Merit Scholarship program, which involves taking the SAT and completing application materials.
- Score reports for the should be available shortly before Christmas break.
- We also offer the PSAT 9 and PSAT 10 for grades 9-10. The PSAT-9 will be administered in fall of the academic year; the PSAT-10 will be given in the spring of the school year. The hope behind this testing sequence is to condition students for this type of standardized test. Much of the success on the test is being familiar with the test format and vocabulary.
- Kaplan has FREE practice for the PSAT: Kaplan PSAT
- ACT: Students can find ACT prep on the official site for the American College Test. The site also provides details, tips, sample test items, and registration.
- SAT: Students can find free SAT prep at College Board Online. Register online for the SAT, send scores to colleges, get valuable Advanced Placement information, test preparation and information about the PSAT.
Scholarships will be highlighted in the monthly Student Success Newsletter, and deadlines will be posted on the bulletin board outside of Mrs. Fetveit's office. Be sure to keep checking your Cougar email account. Every December, Seniors need to pick up a local scholarship packet from Mrs. Fetveit's office, or download it from the link here!
Class of 2021 Mega National Scholarship List:
Class of 2020 Senior Local Scholarship Packet:
Gordon Grapevine Consortium:
We are now a member of the GGC! Gordon College, a private Christian college in Massachusetts, and Stilwater Christian School have partnered together to,"...promote Christian education in the lives of the students, parents, staff and faculty of each participating institution." Here are the benefits for students graduating from Stillwater and faculty/staff of Stillwater:
- Students graduating from a GGC member school will receive a $2,500 (for those living on campus) or $1,000 (for those living off campus) annual GGC scholarship at Gordon.
- GGC member shcools will receive priority communication and involvement in Gordon sponsored events and activities that benefit students, parents and the Christian community.
- GGC member schools will get priority considerationn for Gordon summer programs.
- Faculty and staff, along with their spouses, at GGC member schools may take courses in the undergraduate, graduate education and graduate financial analysis programs at Gordon with a tuition discount of $50 per credit.
- GGC member schools will be offered a 10% discount on NEXT, Youth Ministry Symposium and other Gordon College events offered for faculty, staff and adminstrators.
- GGC member schools will receive priority consideration when requesting student teaching/practicum placements and job posting for Gordon teacher candidates.
To find our more about Gordon College, visit: https://www.gordon.edu/
ACT Scholarship Giveaway
Enter for your chance to win a $15,000 Scholarship + $5,000 Tech Package in the ACT Scholarship Giveaway! Eligible sophomores, juniors and seniors who register for the ACT® test between 9.3.2019 and 6.26.2020 are automatically entered for a chance to win. It’s that easy!
No purchase necessary or ACT test registration necessary. Sweepstakes subject in all respects to complete official rules.* See Official Rules for eligibility requirements, entry details, and instructions (including alternate entry instructions).
We are all aware of the types of barriers to college access that students can face. Raise.me seeks to eliminate these barriers by transforming scholarships from an after the fact reward to an ongoing incentive. Raise.me partners with 270+colleges to offer micro-scholarships to students for their achievements starting as early as the 9th grade. Students can earn micro-scholarships for their grades in core classes, their involvement in a club or sport, their volunteer hours, and more! When students are accepted into a partner college, the micro-scholarships they earn will automatically be calculated into their financial aid package for that college.
This process of earning micro-scholarships has three effects on students:
• It gives them evidence that they can find an affordable pathway to college.
• It teaches them about what colleges value in successful applicants and allows them to make more informed decisions about how to spend their time in high school.
• It creates opportunities for students to engage with potential colleges earlier in high school, making it more likely that they apply to, get accepted to, and enroll in these colleges.
I believe that Raise.me could have a powerful effect on our students and our overall college culture. This is why I’m taking the time to do a school-wide sign up effort.
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College Board Opportunity Scholarships
The more effort you put in, the more chances you get to earn a scholarship ranging from $500 to $2,000. If you complete all six steps, you’re eligible to earn a $40,000 scholarship. Scholarships are awarded—through monthly drawings—to students who complete each step.
1. Build Your College List: $500
Get started by exploring colleges you’re interested in on BigFuture.
2. Practice for the SAT: $1,000
Use Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy® to get ready for test day.
3. Improve Your Score: $2,000
Show how practice pays off by improving your SAT score.
4. Strengthen Your College List: $500
Make sure your college list has a mix of academic safety, fit, and reach schools.
5. Complete the FAFSA: $1,000
Fill out the free government form to apply for financial aid.
6. Apply to Colleges: $1,000
Apply to the schools you want to attend.
Complete Your Journey: $40,000
Complete all six scholarship steps to be eligible for a $40,000 scholarship.
Scholarship Search Engines
Reach Higher Montana offers Scholly for free to all Montana residents! When it comes to searching for scholarships, Montanans start with Scholly. In fact, they like Scholly so much that users can access it for free from their website:
There are several scholarship search engines out there, but Scholly stands out for several reasons. First and foremost, it’s very comprehensive and includes hard-to-find statewide scholarships as well as national scholarships. Next, you can narrow your search to fields of study and interest to match you with the scholarships with the most potential. Finally, it has a scholarship essay editor. Upload your essay and it will critique it for you - how cool is that!
Going Merry Scholarship Service
Going Merry (www.goingmerry.com) is an awesome new FREE scholarship website - it makes scholarship applications as easy as college applications are when you use the Common App! There is a big waiting list but all of you can skip it when you sign up here: www.goingmerry.com/sign-up.
Going Merry is completely different from the older scholarship search engines:
Matching - Once you fill out your profile, you are automatically matched with scholarships you are most eligible for.
Direct Applications - You can apply directly to multiple scholarships, you never need to leave the site.
Autofilled Applications - All of the information from your profile is autofilled into each application, saving you time.
Estimated Application Times - Every scholarship has estimated application time to help you prioritize them.
Scholarships Grouped By Essay Topics - Scholarships are grouped by common essay topics so you can minimize the number of essays you have to write.
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House Service Points:
Teachers and staff at Stillwater will now be able to provide points for service opportunities. On the bulletin board next to my office there will be opportunities listed on a “first come first served” basis. There are also House Service Forms you can grab and help out any faculty/staff around the school. One service hour equals 10 points for your House!
The HEART Program: The HEART Program is a local non-profit that encourages growth and graduation by helping meet the basic needs of Kalispell and Evergreen students struggling with homelessness. The HEART Program consists of four parts: The HEART Locker, The Locker Learning Center, The HEART Markets, and the HEART Fund. Students can help by:
- Donating school supplies and/or hygiene products
- Give an hour of their time by sorting and organizing donated clothing
- Donate their gently used clothing they no longer wear
They are open to accept donations Monday and Tuesday 8- 10 am, and on Wednesdays from 3 - 6 pm.
514 E. Washington St. (Behind Taco Bell)
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity relies on a vast network of volunteers, donors, and supporters to carry out its mission statement: “Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, community and hope.” If you are interested in volunteering, go to: www.habitatflathead.org
The Literacy Center of Northwest Montana: You can make a difference by empowering lives through literacy! Volunteers needed for:
- Book deliveries to non-profits
- Children’s story hour
- Computer literacy program
- Cribbage program with children
- English as a second language services
- Fundraising events
- One-on-one tutoring
- Tutors and mentors in classrooms
To get involved call:
Civil Air Patrol
The Flathead Composite Squadron has been part of Civil Air Patrol / Montana Wing since the 1940's. Today they carry on the proud heritage of serving our community in the Flathead Valley. They have members from throughout the area and stand ready to bring professional, trained resources to incidents that affect our local area, our state or nation.
Commander: Captain Michael Stone
Contact Phone: (406) 890-9931
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
National Guard Armory
2989 Us Highway 93 N, Kalispell, MT
Meeting Time: 1800 to 2030 every Thursday
Health Scholars of Promise
High school juniors and seniors who have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or above and want to go to college to pursue a health related career are invited to apply to the Health Scholars of Promise program. This college preparation program will provide teens with general and health-specific resources, along with mentoring, and support services to help them prepare to apply to the schools of their choice. The program also provides support throughout students' college careers.
Benefits of being a Health Scholar of Promise:
- Opportunities to visit college and university campuses, both in Montana and nationally, in conjunction with Hopa Mountain's other two Scholars of Promise programs
- An option to participate in a summer College Preparation Retreat hosted at a Montana university campus with exposure to biomedical degree options, health science career choices, and time with current health professionals
- Access to training and coaching meetings to help you prepare to apply to colleges/universities and succeed once you are there
- Assistance with college and scholarship applications
- Mentor and peer support from undergraduate and graduate students in the health sciences throughout college
- Recognition through participation in the Health Scholars of Promise program
- Continued support throughout college based on individual students' needs
Apply anytime at: https://www.hopamountain.org/hsp-application
Senate Page Program
To apply for the U.S. Senate Page Program, please submit the following:
1) Online Application Form
2) Resume of Extracurricular Activities
3) High School Transcript (copies are acceptable)
4) Letter of Recommendation
High school students from the state of Montana are eligible to apply for the U.S. Senate Page Program. This program provides an excellent opportunity for students to learn about the United States Congress while living, working and attending classes for a semester in Washington, D.C. Pages play an important role in the day-to-day operation of the Senate and have the opportunity to meet some of the nation's leaders while witnessing history in the making.
Senate pages are juniors in high school and are sixteen years old by the date of appointment. Applications are accepted during the students' sophomore year.
Due to the nature of the U.S. Senate Page Program, spaces are not consistently offered to the office. Qualified applications are submitted and kept on file to be selected by the office when a vacancy is offered to the Senator.
Basic Page Requirements
- Students are only eligible to be a page the summer before, summer after or during their junior year
- Must be at least 16, but not 18 years old
- Must have at least a 3.0 GPA
The Office of U.S. Senator Steve Daines is currently offering internships for Spring, Summer and Fall sessions. Opportunities exist in offices across Montana and in Washington, D.C. Duties will vary and can include, but are not limited to: office work and general reception, constituent relations, press relations and special events. Internships are filled on a first come, first served basis pending application submission and interview(s). Interns will be asked to provide the following information:
- Fill the form on this website:
- Include a resume with three references with phone numbers.
- Include a letter of recommendation from a professor or professional reference (non-relative).
- Include a sample of applicant’s writing (college coursework is acceptable).
Please direct all application submissions to email@example.com or mail it to the address below:
ATTN: Amber Heinz
U.S. Senator Steve Daines
320 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Applications are welcome at any time, however for priority consideration, please refer to the dates below:
Spring: December 15
Summer: April 15
Fall: July 15
US Department of Education College Scorecard
FIND THE RIGHT FIT. Find out about colleges: their programs, costs, admissions, results, and more. To learn more, go to: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/
Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)
This is your ticket to affordable out-of-state college in the West! The WUE is a program coordinated by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Through WUE, students in Western states many enroll in participating two-year and four-year public college programs at a reduced tuition level: up to 150% of the institution’s regular resident tuition. In all cases, WUE tuition is considerably less than nonresident tuition. For answers to many of the commonly asked questions about WUE, visit:
Yes, this is the site where you sign up for the SAT, but it is so much more! Here, you can compare and contrast colleges, have access to the deadlines for every college, and learn critical information about college cost . Be sure to explore it today!
Reach Higher Montana
Based in Helena, Reach Higher Montana is the public benefit partnership between Student Assistance Foundation and the Montana Higher Education Student Assistance Corporation. The purpose of Reach Higher Montana is to help students strategically pursue educational opportunities. This website is a treasure trove of information for every Montana student. Be sure to check it out!
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The Common Application
The Common Application is a great tool if you plan to apply to multiple colleges that take the Common Application.
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Go to: https://www.commonapp.org/