Welcome to Swan Valley Guidance Counseling Program. We appreciate the opportunity to provide you with a guidance and counseling program to benefit your success and educational experience. The Swan Valley Guidance and Counseling Department will work to promote the academic, personal, social, and physical development of each student by providing opportunities that contribute to the growth of the individual. The Guidance and Counseling Program is comprehensive and is designed to meet the developmental needs of all students.Its purpose is to contribute to the overall success of student learning. Our Program adheres to both the National Standards for School Counseling Programs and the Michigan Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling program. The standards are based on providing success through activities designed to ensure students’academic, career, and personal/social development. The Program is delivered through individual counseling, small group counseling, large group guidance, consultation, and coordination.


Mrs. Christine Luplow, Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, Master of Arts in School Guidance.

Mrs. Luplow joined the Swan Valley Schools in the fall of 2000. She has teaching experience as a head start teacher for the Saginaw Child Development Center, as the Adult Skill Coordinator for the Gratiot/Isabella Regional Education Service District in Ithaca, as a general education instructor with the Michigan Department of Corrections in Carson City and as a fifth-grade teacher at Havens Elementary. Mrs. Luplow was graduated from Central Michigan University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education. She earned a Masters of Arts in school guidance in 1997 from central Michigan university. She has served as a school counselor for both the Merrill and Shepherd school districts. You may reach Mrs. Luplow at:

Phone: 989.921.2426                                        


FAX:     989.921.2405



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Counselor Assignments and Appointments

To see the counselor, it is best to sign up for an appointment in advance. There are times, such as before or after school or during lunch, when the counselor is available on a walk-in basis. Check in the counseling center for appointment information and the counselor’s calendar. Parents are encouraged to call for an appointment. students who request to see the counselor during a class period should ask their teacher to call the counseling office to check availability.

ACT National Test Dates

SAT National Test Dates

 Senior Parent Night Information

http://Senior Parent Night Final.pptx

SAT Information

Instructions for applying for the Swan Valley High School 2017 Local Scholarships

  • Read through each scholarship description and decide which ones you would like to apply for. Click on each scholarship title to get a complete description and criteria for each scholarship.
  • Once you have decided which scholarships you would like to apply for, print out the full description and criteria page of each one that you are applying for.
  • Click on the application link and download the application to your computer. It will give you the option to Open or Save. DO NOT OPEN THE DOCUMENT; MAKE SURE TO SAVE IT TO YOUR COMPUTER!!! AFTER YOU HAVE SAVED THE DOCUMENT YOU MAY THEN COMPLETE IT AND EDIT IT FROM YOUR OWN COMPUTER.
  • Complete the application on the computer and save it.
  • Print the number of applications you will be submitting.  (For example, if you are applying for and meet the criteria for  three scholarships, you will print three completed application forms)
  • Once you have completed and printed your copies of the application, attach the scholarship description page to the top of the application. STAPLE EVERYTHING TOGETHER!  DO NOT USE PAPER CLIPS! Do this for each separate scholarship that you are applying for.



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Jaclynn W. “Jackie” Storm Memorial Scholarship

James Township Fire Department Scholarship

John Reimann Schrems Memorial Scholarship

Miss Julianne Windy Scholarship

Ronald R. Schrems Senior Award

Saginaw Thomas Township Kiwanis Club



Swan Valley Little League Scholarship

The Shields Men’s Club Scholarship


Thomas Township Fire Scholarship Application

Lucas Grant Isom Memorial Scholarship

PIF Scholarship

Credit Union ONE


The Cooke College Scholarship

Offer is up to $40,000 per year for four years for undergraduate studies at any accredited college or university

Can be used toward total cost of attendance not just tuition, room. and board

Supports study-abroad programs and internships

A chance to receive $50,000 a year for graduate study, up to four years

Got a Spine Scholarship

Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher in last academic year

Global Lift Equipment Scholarship

Deadline: June 15th, 2017

Lift Parts Express Scholarship

Deadline: June 30th, 2017

Must be a current Senior in High School

B. Davis Scholarship

Dealine: May 22nd, 2017

Amount of Scholarship $1,000

BigSun Scholarship

Deadline: June 19th,2017


All student athletes are eligible

  • Aspiring Fashion Professional Scholarship

  • $1,000 scholarship for students interested in pursuing a fashion degree.

FirstMerit PrivateBank Charitable Scholarships and Student Loans

Now part of Huntington National Bank

Basic Requirements for Charitible Student Loans:

  • Saginaw County Resident
  • Maintain a 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA
  • Demonstrate financial need as defined by the administrator
  • Attend an accredited college, trade-school, or university

Application period March 1st-November 15th loans given will be for the 2017-2018 school year

Basic Requirements for Charitable Scholarships:

  • Saginaw County Resident
  • Maintain a 2.5 or high cumulative GPA
  • Demonstrate financial need as defined by the administrator
  • Attend an accredited college, trade-school, or university

Application period is March 1st- May 1st any awarded scholarships will be for the 2017-2018 school year

For full requirements of the Charitable Scholarships and Student Loans please see the counseling office for applications

Aspiring Animation Professional Scholarship

$1,000 scholarship awarded to students interested in pursuing a career in animation.

Aspiring Business Professional Scholarship

$1,000s scholarship awarded to students that are interested in pursuing a business degree.

Samsung Scholarship Award

Up to $20,000

War time era descendants who attend Boys or Girls state—samsung-american-legion-application.pdf


Abbott and Fenner Scholarship Program

Awarding up to $1,000 to winner(s) each year

Deadline: June 12th, 2017

Application Process- Students will submit an essay on the topic that appears on the scholarship page on the website, full details are on the website

BBR Family Business Scholarship

BBR will award Academic Scholarship to students in the County of Saginaw who are planning to attend college in the fall of 2017

$500 for a male student and $500 for a female student

Each applicant should submit:

1.) A letter of recommendation from the applicants family and/or friend

2.) A copy of transcript

3.) A one page statement of reason for going to college

4.) A complete application

Applications will be evaluated based on:

1.) Grade point average (2.7 minimum GPA)

2.) Letter of Recommendation from a family or friend

3.) Activities from the High School they are attending

4.) Extracurricular Activities

5.) Statement of Reasons for attending college

                a. Females- How as a woman you will impact the community

                b. Males- How the profession you are doing will impact the community

All material must be received or post marked by January 2nd, 2017

Mail to P.O. Box 14684 Saginaw, MI 48601

If you have any questions call Lisa Ferguson (989) 577-1719 or Keneisha Scott (989) 522-2973

The Great Lakes Bay Manufacturers Association Scholarship

The Great Lakes Bay Manufacturers Association is pleased to announce a local scholarship for technical education students.

 Garber Buick Drive Your Community Scholarship Program

$20,000 Scholarship Program

What do you do for your community? Tell us and earn a $2,000 scholarship!

Ten students will earn $2,000 just for volunteering in their community! Students K-12th Grade are eligible to apply and no act of service is too small.

To enter the scholarship:

  • Make a 1-3 minute video showing what you do to help the community
  • Put it on YouTube

Deadline: June 30th, 2017

For more information pick up a flyer in the counseling office or go to for a complete step-by-step guide

Charitable Foundation Scholarship


  1. Submission of a completed and signed applicaiton
  2. Minimum 2.0 GPA, preference will be given to students who are actively involved in their school/community and whose GPA is 2.0 to 3.5, however ALL applicants will be considered
  3. Graduate of Bay, Midland or Saginaw County high school
  4. Accepted at a college, university or vocational school
  5. Full-time enrollment (12+ credit hours)
  6. Submission of an essay descrbing why you should be selected for this scholarship (limit to 1 page)
  7. Submission of High School Transcripts (does NOT need to be certified transcript)

***All criteria must be met***

For more information and applications see Mrs. Luplow in the counseling office 


Chopin Foundation Scholarship Program

$4,000 – 10 Awards (Deadline: May 15, 2017)

To be eligible a student must:

14-17 years old


Review It Scholarship

$1,000 – 1 Award (Deadline: June 30, 2017)

To be eligible a student must:

Be attending a college or university no later than September 2017.

Have a GPA of 2.5 or greater during their last academic year.


The Home Builders Association of Saginaw Scholarships

Awarded to students participating in a technical field of study within the building industry

Awarded based on career goals, academic achievement, work experience and community service

GPA- Minimum 2.7

Industry related fields include but are limited to: General Contracting, Construction Management, Architectural Programs, Interior Design, Trade Apprentices, etc.

See counseling office for applications

Aspiring Nurse Scholarship

Our website will award a $1,000 scholarship to an aspiring nurse who best demonstrates

Track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics

A passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare

Open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue college education in nursing, including LPN/ LVN, ADN, and BSN programs. Scholarship applications will be accepted until midnight on June 30, 2017.

Woman’s National Farm and Garden Association

To apply for a SAGINAW BRANCH scholarship, you must:

Must be a resident of Saginaw County

Not be directly related to a member of the Woman’s National Farm & Garden Association

College undergraduate (sophomore, junior, senior)

Be enrolled in a college program in the areas of environment conservation, forestry, horticulture, nursery, wildlife management, natural resources, veterinary science, natural resources, veterinary science or a related field.

Have a grade point average of 3.0 or better in areas of math and science

Provide a breif biological sketch (Include if you are implementing your area of studies outside of the classroom)\

Provide recommendation letter from your current academic adviser

Include the most recent official transcript of your grades

Pick up application from counseling office.


Self Help

Useful Resources

Irene Hensinger ACT and SAT Preparation- Session l beginning Sunday October 26th

Affording College in Michigan Guidebook-

Swan Valley Pay It Forward

$250 one year to be awarded to a student that has participated for one whole year. Minimum GPA 2.5, must have a good citizenship record. One letter of recommendation, describe how you will pay it forward in the future. Include resume and financial need is not necessary.

Financial Aid and Fafsa


Find Application At:

Saginaw County Foundation Scholarships

Help For Testing Websites

FirstMerit Private Bank

Charitable Scholarships and Student loans administered by FirstMerit PrivateBank. Requirements for Charitable student Loans are: Saginaw County Resident, Maintain a 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA. Demonstrate financial need as defined by administrator. Attend an accredited college, trade-school, or university.

AAA Michigan’s School Safety Patrol

$1,000 will be awarded to four graduating seniors attending a Michigan public, private or charter high school. Must show proof of AAA Michigan School Safety Patrol participation in elementary or middle school.

Art, essay, music, and poetry| $3,000 Best in Show Scholarship| $5,000 School Leadership Award

Name an African American past or present that you admire and describe how that person impacted or continues to impact history. How do you feel young people today can make an impact on history.


NCAA Clearing House

9999: code to send ACT scores to Eligibility Center

           NCAA Eligibility Center

    P.O. Box 7136

        Indianapolis, IN 46207

Samsung Scholarship Award

War time era descendants who attend Boys or Girls State may apply upon arriving at the program

Award: Up to $20,000

Delta College Foundation Schoalrship

1. what is your career goal and why did you choose that career?

2. Explain how earning a college degree will have an impact on your life

Scholarships on Social Media

Visit @TFSscholarships on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

Horatio Alger Career & Technical Scholarship Application

Plan to complete High School by Spring 2017

Demonstrate critical financial need

Demonstrate perseverance in overcoming adversity

Involved in community service

30 years or younger

United States citizen

Deadline: June 15th, 2017

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