High School Counselor

Stephanie Merickel
Ohio Means Jobs Website
Upcoming Events
FAFSA Officially Opens October 1

The FAFSA is required by most college and scholarship applicants and is the only way to acquire federal grants and loans for college.  The process is entirely online and may be accessed here.

There is also a FAFSA Mobile App.  You can download it from the Google Play or Apple App Store.  More information on the app is available here.



Scholarships Available Now

Sinclair Community College Scholarships

Priority deadline December 15.  Regular deadline February 29.

See their scholarship website here.


Ohio State Alumni Club

For students planning to attend OSU on any of their campuses.

Application opens November 1.  Deadline February 1, 2020

Link to club website here.


Shelby County Community Foundation Scholarships

Deadline Thursday February 13, 2020

Completing one application can qualify you for many scholarships facilitated by the Community Foundation.  Find the website here.


Midmark Technical Scholarship

Deadline February 21, 2020

Open to any student pursuing a Bachelor’s degree  in Engineering or Computer Information.

Link to website here.

PDF of application here.


Mercy Health-St.Rita’s Medical Center Scholarships

Deadline Friday February 21, 2020

Open to students planning to pursue careers related to healthcare.  Click here for the application page.


Ginn Agricultural Scholarship

Deadline February 28, 2020

For Seniors planning to pursue a degree toward a farming or agriculturally-related career.  Click here for the application.


Edison State Community College Scholarships

Deadline March 1, 2020

Any student planning to go to Edison in the Fall should apply.  Here is the link.


Skills Scholarship

Deadline March 12, 2020

This $2,000 scholarship is only open to students who plan to earn a Certificate or Associate’s Degree after high school.  Find the link to the application here.


Shelby County Farm Bureau

Deadline March 15, 2020

Parent must be a member of the Bureau, in good standing, to qualify.  Application available here.


Barnes Trust Student Loan Program

Deadline March 31, 2020

Though not a scholarship, the Barnes Trust is a great opportunity to get a college loan locally.  Click here for an application.


Lee Schauer Memorial Scholarship

Deadline April 1, 2020

Application available here.


Jim Lantz Memorial Scholarship

Deadline April 1, 2020

Application available here.


This new visual guide from National Honor Society is an emerging way to gear up for life after high school! Any HHS student can access this free tool. Check back in the next months for additional resources on this site.

College and Occupation Search

Job Shadowing

Job shadowing is typically one of the most important things a student can do to help them decide what path to pursue after high school. 

9th through 12th grade students at Houston High School are encouraged to step outside their comfort zone and shadow someone who works in a job or profession of interest.  Any student who wishes to take part in a Job Shadow experience may do so by talking with Mrs. Merickel.  There is a brief application form, but the process is easy and fun!  

Current Employment Opportunities

Ohio Means Jobs Website

Hometown Opportunity website – local job postings and resources

How to find a college or university that fits your needs.


Bachelor’s Degree Seekers (4 years):

List of Ohio’s Public Colleges and Universities
List of Ohio’s Private Colleges and Universities

***Click on “Ohio’s Private Colleges,” then click on “View Ohio’s Private Colleges.” This will allow you to look at a great fact sheet on any chosen college, as well as take you directly to the school’s website.

Nearby Branch colleges:
The Ohio State University, Lima Campus
Wright State University, Lake Campus Celina

Certificate/Associate’s Degree (2 years or less):

Associate Degree and Certificate Programs at Edison Community College, Piqua
Associate Degree and Certificate Programs at Rhodes State College, Lima
Associate Degree and Certificate Programs at the University of Northwestern Ohio, Lima
Associate Degree and Certificate Programs at Sinclair Community College, Dayton
Certificate Programs in the Adult Division of the UVCC

ACT/SAT links

ACT site

SAT site