It is very important to stress is the importance of deadlines and following procedures when applying for scholarships. Scholarship committees go through numerous applications - a definite way of 'weeding out' applicants is by eliminating late applications. If the stated deadline for a scholarship is March 15, yet a student submits his or her application on March 16, this student will not be considered for the scholarship, regardless of whether he or she is a worthy applicant. In addition to both college or scholarship deadlines, the assigned counselors at Burke High School need a minimum of 5 working days prior to the stated deadline to make certain that an application will be processed on time! It is possible that there are several components or steps to an application process before it is ready to be mailed to colleges/scholarship committees. It is not uncommon for the Counseling Department to process over 50 applications on a given day; this is in addition to classroom lessons and other counselor responsibilities. Please be sure to stay organized with regard to deadlines and keeping counselors and teachers informed of your intent to apply for particular scholarships.
Naviance Family Connection is the computer based program that will be utilized by Burke High to communicate numerous scholarship options for OPS seniors. Click on the 'college' tab to view the district scholarship list at the bottom of the page. Access Naviance Family Connection via the front page of the Burke High website - click on the icon that says Naviance. A student's username is his or her 6 digit student ID number; the password is his or her 8 digit birthday. Students are encouraged to change their password each semester by clicking on 'manage my account' at the top of the page.