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Welcome to Guidance! FTCHS has 4 counselors whose primary goals are to monitor and ensure the academic and emotional success of all FTCHS students. We have designed this site to serve as a resource for students and parents across a variety of topics.  Please use the tabs to the right of the page to navigate your search.  If you have a specific question or concern, please feel free to contact your counselor.


The Counselors Are:
Faith Hassey (last names A-F)

Elizabeth Kaisinger (last names G-K)

Christopher Logan (last names L-Ref)

Lindsay Runyen (last names Rei-Z)



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Hello Soon to be Senior Parents and Guardians: We hope that you are enjoying your summer! Junior Summer is a crucial time for students to plan and prepare for a successful senior year! We wanted to remind you that there is important information to help you and your student prepare for senior year and personal Future Planning on the FTCHS Guidance page. 

Please be advised that we will be changing our website platform towards the end of July.  We will be remapping information and will send out updates as soon as possible.  In the meantime, please email your student’s counselor with any questions over the summer.  Senior planning meetings, fairs and college presentations will start at the beginning of the school year!

*Please note that students may be receiving information from private marketing companies requesting a fee to be paid for membership.  FTCHS does not provide information to these companies regarding student information.  Unless you have requested us to send student information, please consider this marketing material.  Students and parents should use their discretion when deciding to respond to this material.   


Juniors are encouraged to check out this program.  – Hoos First Look at University of Virginia

Hoos First Look is a new program at UVA intended to fly in low-income and/or first-generation prospective high school students to UVA. Our organization’s goal is to make students that attend our weekend fly-in program more competitive applicants in the admissions process and show them that getting into a great, public university like ours is attainable. Our program is an ALL EXPENSE PAID three-day, two-night retreat to show 20 low-income rising juniors in high school around Grounds and the lifestyle of UVA students.

The program will take place from October 25-27 this Fall, 2019. To apply, students need to fill out an application by September 8th with the priority deadline of June 9th. We encourage students to apply as soon as possible to increase their chances of admittance. Here is our website for more information, which also has the link to our application:

Please contact your counselor if you are interested.  If selected as an FTC applicant you will be required to complete the program application and required essays by 9/3.  You will meet with your counselor prior to final submission.



Important Announcements:


Parents and Student, have questions about the college application process or financial aid?  You can find helpful information and resources  on the College Prep and Financial Aid pages under the Guidance website.  Just click on the page to the left of this announcement! 


Account Access - PHEAA’s Student Portal 
Students can complete the PA State Grant Form (SGF) and update their State Grant record through Account Access at New users will need to create a username and password prior to completing the SGF and making corrections to their State Grant record. Once they are logged into their individual account, they can complete their SGF and update their State Grant Record with their choice of school. 
Students may also use Account Access to update information related to enrollment, program of study, and housing plans. Information regarding the student’s State Grant eligibility is also available. 


Check out the Summer & Enrichment Page for new Summer opportunities!!!! 


Career & Technical Education Scholarship

he Career & Technical Scholarship Program is funded through the Horatio Alger Endowment Fund and the generosity of Association Chairman Emeritus and Endowment Fund President Walter Scott, Jr.  Scholarships are awarded to students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their lives who wish to pursue a career or technical education at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States.  Please visit for more information and to fill out an application. 

Senior 'to do' lists

Please see the links below for the senior 'to do' lists.  No matter your plans for after high school, there is something you should be doing.  Below are the 'to do' lists discussed in the senior assembly on Thursday, 4/4.  Be sure to see your counselor with any questions.


Advance College Experience (ACE)

Get a head start on college with Community College of Philadelphia’s summer ACE (Advanced College Experience) program. An opportunity that you will never forget, ACE provides college-level courses for highly motivated students going into 9th, 10th, 11th or 12 grades.  The ACE program offers a cross-section of intensive courses and includes a full semester of course material from July 9 – August 7, 2019. Courses meet Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 1 to 4:30 p.m. Three ACE courses are offered online. Courses require hard work, dedication to the task and most of all, a desire to learn new and exciting academic skills. You can take two ACE courses, however, please be aware that this is a lot of work.  Please visit for more information and the application.  


National Society of Black Engineers Greater Philadelphia Professionals Chapter 2019 STEM Futures Scholarship

The Greater Philadelphia Professionals Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers is pleased to announce a scholarship for underrepresented high school students who are passionate about science and planning pursue a career in one of the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

We will be awarding one $1000 scholarship to a graduating high school senior, who will enroll in a STEM major at a four-year college or university in Fall 2019.  Please visit to complete an application.  


Leadership Academy at Mercy College

Hey Juniors, are you interested in Business? Are you looking for something to do over the summer? Check out If this is something that you are interested in, please see your counselor.  


Born with Purpose Scholarships 

Born With Purpose proudly announces its first Laptop Scholarship and annual Book Scholarship, established to assist recipients with completing their work while in college.  Each applicant must currently be a high school senior who will enter the freshman year of college or vocational school during Fall 2019. Scholarship applications are attached as PDF's at the bottom of this page.  Please see your counselor for more information.


Dunkin' Scholarship 


Dunkin' Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program is proud to announce their 10th annual award.  Dunkin' will be awarding 25 $2,000. scholarships to qualified students.  Applicants must be high school seniors or current undergraduate students who plan to enroll in a part-time or full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational school in Fall 2019.  Scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of "well-rounded" character: positive academic record, demonstrated leadership, commitment to school and community activities and experience in a work environment.  All applications are due on April 15, 2019.  Applications are available at  


Interested in a career??? Check out Job Corps:



University of Pennsylvania Summer Mentorship Program  

The Office of Provost at the University of Pennsylvania is sponsoring a summer opportunity for students who are currently enrolled in 10th grade (and 9th grade students interested in engineering)  to learn about college, and careers in various fields.  Students will spend four weeks attending a program on the University of Pennsylvania campus, and earn a stipend for their successful completion of the program. The 2019 Summer Mentorship Program is scheduled for July 8-August 2, 2019.  Programs include: Dental, Engineering, Law, Medicine, and Nursing.  Please visit for more information or see your counselor for an application.  


Penn State Brandywine has announcements for our STEM Options: Explore, Engage, and Discover programs for girls. 

Read on for announcements about upcoming deadlines, as well as registration information for our 9th grade STEM Options: Career Pathways for Girls workshop, and more!

UPDATED - STEM Options: Virtual Conversations and Connections

Female STEM faculty across Penn State Brandywine have volunteered to connect with your students during class time, during an after school club meeting, etc. Similar to the Skype a Scientist program, our faculty are willing to speak about science careers, their specific research and field experiences, their own journey as a woman in STEM, and other topics. We are willing to connect with entire classrooms, not just girls in STEM groups, as it is important for all students to "virtually" meet and connect with a female STEM professional. Visit our website and contact us to connect: 

NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS - STEM Options: Writing Contest

We invite girls in grades 3 through 12 enrolled in schools in Chester County, Delaware County, and Philadelphia County to write an original story that connects to our contest theme, honoring the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT).  

Girls are encouraged to write a story in whatever style they choose (science fiction, mystery, letter to the editor, adventure, superhero, award nomination, how-to, biography, etc.) that highlights one element from the periodic table of chemical elements and its role in providing solutions to global challenges in areas such as energy, education, agriculture, and health.

Submission deadline: March 15, 2019 Visit our website to learn more: 

 NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION - STEM Options: Career Pathways for Girls

Our one-day career exploration program for 9th grade girls is now accepting registrations. Visit our website to learn more about the program, the schedule, requirements for schools to bring their girls, bios from previous presenters, etc.


This video will give you an excellent overview of the program: 

Lifeguarding offers skills such as responsibility and time management as well as an opportunity to earn some extra money while school is not in session. Being a lifeguard is a wonderful job for your students AND teachers! American Pool is one of the largest pool management companies in the area and operates over 100 facilities throughout Eastern Pennsylvania. We offer competitive wages, bi-weekly pay, and many bonus incentive programs. We also offer discounted training to all employees including lifeguard, CPR & AED certifications, all of which will aid in building a resume.We are looking forward to having a successful summer and we are confident that your students could be interested in accomplishing this goal.


Please visit or more fore information.   


Looking for a job this summer?? Check out the link below


Penn Medicine's Hospice offers two programs, Camp Erin Philadelphia and Grief Research:Rediscovering Family, Rediscovering Fun
Camp Erin is a free bereavement camp for youth who are grieving the death of a significant person in their lives.  Children and teens ages 6-17 attend a weekend camp experience that combines grief education and emotional support with fun, traditional camp activities.  Led by bereavement professionals and caring volunteers, campers are provided a safe environment to explore their grief, learn essential coping skills and make friends with peers who are also grieving. Camp takes place Friday, June 7 through Sunday June 9 in Montgomery County Pa.  Applications are accepted until all available spaces are filled.  it is recommended that families apply by March 1. For more information and to fill out an application, please visit  
Grief Research: Rediscovering Family, Rediscovering Fun is a program designed for families in their second and third years after a significant death.  There are workshops throughout the year that promote healing and building resilience as a family unit, through fun shared experiences.  For more information, please visit 
Other 2019 Events Include: 
1/26- Painting for Hope 
4/13- Horsing Around 
7/20 Building to Learn 
9/21- Grilling for Sustenance
11/9- Magic Tricks for Coping 


Calling all creative teens!!!! The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are open for submission!!! please visit for more information 



Drexel University
Drexel University is proud to announce that they are offering application fee waivers via the Common Application to all Philadelphia High School students. Please visit for details.

 Jump Start Your Career in a Year!


Year Up Greater Philadelphia is currently recruiting for its February 2019 cohort!


Year Up is a one-year, intensive education and professional development program that provides young adults, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skill development, corporate internships with leading companies, a stipend, and the opportunity to access college credits loan free.  Whether your goal is to jumpstart your career in an in-demand industry or continue to pursue a college degree—Year Up is the next step that can give you options. 

We provide training in the following areas of study: Business Analytics, Financial Operations and Information Technology



QUESTIONS? Contact Ariel Peterson, Recruitment Specialist, at or 215.384.4526


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