Washington Middle School Counseling
Washington Middle School’s Counseling Department is part of the school’s Support Team, which also includes the Administration Team, Nurse and Wellness Center, and Security. Our department has several staff working to support students. Two are our grade level counselors who work with about 315 students each. We “loop” with our students, meaning that we stay with them all three years they are at WMS. Alfreida McKinney (Head Counselor) works with all grades with the last names A-L. Brianne Pan works with grades with the last names M-Z.
Our services vary depending on our role. The grade-level counselors handle almost any school-related issue you could think of, including academics, lost locker combinations, peer social issues and mediation, teacher and parent problems, scheduling and grade questions, parent and teacher consults, crisis management, grief and loss, family issues, etc. We also work with groups of students and do in-class education. Our work can be short-term (one visit) or last 3 years. The nature of our job, however, does not allow for regularly scheduled, long meetings with students. For students who could benefit from such meetings we turn to our Wellness Center, mental health counselors, or to outside resources.
Scholarships for SPS Students
Scholarships are a type of grant (monetary gift you do not have to pay back) for students to use in paying for after high school training and college programs. Scholarships are available for students as early as elementary school and continue through graduate school.
Federal and State programs provide over 46 billion dollars in student aid. Private companies, community organizations, civic groups, foundations, and religious organizations provide an additional 3 billion dollars in scholarships.
Finding a Scholarship
A scholarship list can be found on Naviance (all SPS 6th-12th grade students have 24/7 access to Naviance) and the following websites.
- The WashBoard
- Scholarships for students with disabilities
- More scholarships on the Scholarship Guidance website
- Seattle Foundation Scholarships
Share a Scholarship
Are you aware of and/or sponsoring scholarships that are not on the list?
Fill out the form below to add your scholarship to Naviance for all SPS students to access.
Monthly Scholarship Bulletin
04/01/2023 – Medic One Foundation Scholarship
Amount: up to $2,000
Seniors only: Yes
The Medic One Foundation, in partnership with North Seattle College, has developed an EMT Scholarship Program to help remove financial barriers for individuals interested in pursuing a career in emergency medicine in Washington state. Each quarter, a limited number of spaces will be reserved for scholarship recipients to attend the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course at North Seattle College—the most prolific EMT training program in the region—at no cost. To learn more about North Seattle College’s EMT training program and the program’s requirements please visit their website.
04/01/2023 – HSLDA Scholarship Contests
Seniors only: No
Every year, HSLDA offers creative contests in poetry, videography, short story writing, photography, art, and essay writing. HSLDA’s contests provide homeschooled students the opportunity to hone their skills in a fun and creative setting that invites them to think outside the box and be rewarded for excellence. Contests are open to all homeschooled students (ages 7-19).
04/14/2023 – SAEOP Scholarship
Amount: $500 or $1,000
Deadline: April 14
Seniors only: Yes
The annual Seattle Association of Educational Office Professionals (SAEOP) Scholarship. This year we are proud to continue the tradition of awarding one (1) one thousand-dollar ($1000) scholarship and (2) five hundred-dollar ($500) scholarships.
We are seeking all interested and qualified Seattle Public High School graduating senior students (class of 2023) who wish to continue their education at a 2-year college, 4-year college, or vocational school. Please keep in mind this is not a need-based scholarship.