News from Doherty Guidance

Juniors:  Free SAT Preparation: Mr. Littizzio is offering free SAT preparation on Wednesday afternoons from 2-3:30 p.m. in Room 403.  Prepare for prepare for the SAT to maximize your score and your college options. 

Latino Family College Fair:  All are welcomeGet a jump on the college search.  Attend the college fair sponsored by the Latino Education Institute at Worcester State University:             

Worcester State University – May Street Building

Saturday, March 12, 2016, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

2016 Nursing Schools EXPO sponsored by the UMass Worcester Graduate School of Nursing:  Monday, April 4th from 4:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the UMass Worcester Medical School Lobby and Amphitheater I.  This event is directed toward freshman, sophomores and juniors and their parents/guardians.  Most applications to nursing programs are due on an early action basis so nursing applicants should begin to think about the college process now.  The program involves a career options presentation, a nursing school college fair, buffet dinner, and the opportunity to talk with representatives of nursing programs.

RSVP by 3/31/16 to Isabella Dunphy at

College Admissions Panel for Juniors:  Doherty High will be hosting a College Admissions Panel for juniors on 3/29 from 6pm – 8pm.  Representatives from UMass Amherst, Worcester State University and WPI will be in attendance.  This event is for parents and students.

 Scholarships:  Get started now.

  • See scholarship listings on Doherty website (use link on left hand side of screen to download scholarship database that is updated monthly).
  • Use the search tool on Your Plan for the Future (instructions given below).
  • You may need to provide a transcript and letter of recommendation as part of the application process.  Remember that guidance counselors need 2 weeks to complete recommendations for scholarship applications.
  • Do not pay for scholarship information.  It is available for free.
  • Pay attention to local scholarships. The applicant pool is smaller, which increases your chance of success.

Local Scholarships with March Deadlines (partial listing); See the scholarship database on the Doherty website or Mrs. Muirhead for more information

Aaron & Lucretia Bancroft

OSIAMA (Sons of Italy)

Colleges that Change Lives (Clark U and Hampshire)

Paul Gervais Music Scholarship

Diane Fitzpatrick Memorial

Quinsigamond Lodge A.F. & A.M.

Dolly Lancaster Art Award

Reverend Martin Luther King Scholarship

Elsie Frank Scholarship

Richard P. Donohue Scholarship

Francis Scales Scholarship

Schoolhouse Quilters of Shrewsbury Scholarship

George Coleman Scholarship

Simon Youth Foundation

Greater Auburn Community Chorus

Syrian-Lebanese Women’s Club of Greater Boston

Junior League of Worcester

Thomas Early Scholarship

Mark Bavis Leadership

TECET Engineers Week Scholarship

Mass. Broadcaster’s Ass’n

The Rebekah Assembly of MA

Mass Credit Union

Worc. County Women’s Golf

Mass. Ass’n of Women in Law Enforcement

Worc. Credit Union


Yawkey Scholars

MEFA Scholarship Database:  Try MEFA’s free scholarship database available at  Register with Your Plan for the Future, click on the Paying for College link, and then click on Search for Scholarships.  The database is free and has many listings. 

Scholarships for Undocumented Students: The guidance office has a list of scholarships compiled by the U.S. Department of Education. The list is not comprehensive but provides a starting point. Please see Mrs. Muirhead if you need assistance.

Financial Aid for college:  Do you need help figuring out how to start?  Check the website for each college on your list for a list of requirements and due dates.  File by the earliest deadline.   Contact Anne Muirhead in guidance at or 508 755 4571 for help with financial aid.  For help in Spanish, contact Kathia Gonzalez at Mass EdCo at 508 754 6829 ext 3007.

Free Tax Help for Worcester Residents:  The Worcester Free Tax Coalition is a nonprofit organization staffed by IRS-certified tax preparers who prepare taxes for free for Worcester residents whose family or individual income is $54,000 or less per year.  For help, email the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site at Worcester State University at for an appointment.  For information on other tax preparation sites in Worcester, see or contact Anne Muirhead at or 508 755 4571.


  • SAT:  The next SAT will be offered on May 7th.   Sign up at  See Mrs. Muirhead in guidance for a fee waiver.  Registration is open until 4/8.
  • ACT:  Registration for the April ACT will be open until 3/4.  See Mrs. Muirhead in guidance for a fee waiver. Late registration is available until 3/18 for an extra fee.

Free Accuplacer Preparation:  All public universities and colleges in Massachusetts require the Accuplacer test for placement in college courses. See the Accuplacer study tips and free study tools on the QCC website at

 Free Summer Accounting/Management Program at UMass Amherst Isenberg School of Management:  Students will explore careers in business; current 10th and 11th graders eligible; program takes place July 24 – 29; applications due by 5/27/16.

Free Summer High School Health Careers Program for Sophomores and Juniors:  4 week, tuition free, residential program at UMass Medical School.  Applications due by 3/16/16.  See Mrs. Muirhead for details.

Free Summer Journalism Programs for Juniors:  See Mrs. Muirhead for information on summer programs at Princeton University and Regis College.

Career Pathways Programs:  Are you out of high school and between the ages of 16 and 24?  Are you looking for a new career or do you want to learn a trade?  For free tuition assistance and help exploring options, contact the following programs:

  1. Y.O.U. Inc., Education for Employment Programs:  Kate Mallet 508 849 5600 Ext 397, 81 Plantation St., 2nd Floor,
  2. Training Resources of America, Inc.:  Leah 508 753 2991, or visit 2 Foster St., 3rd floor, Worcester
  3. WCAC Career Pathways Services:  Michelle Ramirez, Hi Set Instructor, 508 762 9825 or Linda Taylor, Job Developer/Counselor, 508 762 9821, 484 Main St, Worcester


Medical Interpreting training at QCC:  Are you bilingual and looking for a way to use your abilities to earn money?  You must be fluent in English and at least one other language to take this course.  Scholarships are available from QCC.  Call 508 751 7900 to register or for additional information.  Course runs from 3/26 – 5/28 on Saturdays from 9a.m. – 4p.m. or from 4/5 – 6/9, Tuesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Union Apprenticeships in Construction and Related Trades:  Interested in a career as a skilled journey worker with a union?  Construction trades include careers such as carpenter, electrician, plumber and pipefitter, roofer, operating engineer, bricklayer, boilermaker, floor coverer, elevator constructor, iron worker, heat and frost insulator, millwright, painter, plasterer, cement mason, and sheet metal worker.  Earn a paycheck during classroom and on the job training.  Earn an average yearly salary of $60,000+ after completion of an apprenticeship program.   Benefits include health care, pension benefits, and the opportunity to earn a 2 year college degree upon completion of apprenticeship programs.  Learn about 23 construction trades and 33 apprentice programs in Massachusetts at or contact Mrs. Muirhead in guidance for details. or 508 755 4571

WPS Portal:  Have you accessed your WPS Student Portal to check grades, attendance, MCAS scores, and to access Naviance?  To access the portal, follow the instructions below:

  1. Log onto the WPS Student Portal at
  2. Your email address is (Example:
  3. Your password is your birthday is the format of MMDDYY  (Example: June 2, 1999 – 060299)
  4. After logging in, you will be prompted to change your password. 

Do you have questions or updates for the Guidance News?  Contact Anne Muirhead at or 508 755 4571.