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A transcript is an official school record that contains the final grades you made in every class you have completed thus far, the grade you made in each class, and among other information,  your GPA and total credits earned.

There are two options to obtaining an official transcript. The first, perhaps simpler, method would be to input counselor contact information when completing the college application. Several schools will electronically send your counselor an upload request if you do this. If this is not an option, however, there are transcript request forms in the Counseling Center.

Official Mailed Transcripts are signed and sealed and enclosed in a sealed envelope. These are usually mailed by the Guidance Office to a college or scholarship committee. If the seal on the envelope is broken, it is usually not accepted as an Official Transcript.

Unoffical Trasnscripts are also available.  These are usually used to verify your grades, or may be accepted for a discount on your automobile insurance.

If you are unable to submit your transcript electronically or you need it sent to an out-of-state college, you should complete the proper form in the Guidance Office, or click on the appropriate link at the side to print out a copy (or just click here). You can even complete the form online and then print.

Transcript Request Form

The completed form should be turned into the Registrar in the Guidance Office.  A request for an Official Transcript must be signed by a parent or guardian if the student is under 18 years of age.

Unofficial Transcripts may be ready the day they are requested, but it may take a couple of days to get an Official Transcript.  Records are kept of requests and when they are completed.

If you have been graduated for more than a year, transcripts should be requested from the Robertson County Schools Central Office at 615-384-5588.



If you took a DUAL class with VolState and want them to send a transcript to the college you plan to attend or to send a copy to you, printing and faxing or mailing THIS FORM (Click) is one of the easiest ways.  Even though the class is listed on your SHS transcript, they will not count for college credit.

Here are some sites that have some general scholarship information--If you find any particularly helpful or not very good, please let us know.

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Also--this site often provides some interesting scholarships

Useful college related information can be found at,,,, and, and

The following page has links to universities by state, info on preparing and paying for college, and more:

Check out for possible scholarships.

You might want to browse the site

$ 10,000 scholarship---register at --lots of other info available also--

BE AWARE that scholarships like the one above is probably a chance for them to get your address to offer you something for sale or possibly a loan with which they would make money. As long as you don’t give them credit card info or agree to spend money, it is a good opportunity to possibly win something.

FAFSA4caster is a financial aid estimator you can use to help determine how much federal money you might get for education--go to 

Two useful websites for African Americans are .

For  and and and Conexión Américas is committed to providing accurate and timely information and resources on how to support students’ higher education aspirations regardless of their documentation status.
Conexión Américas assists more than 9,000 Latino families each year through programs that focus on social, economic and civic integration – all created to give Latinos in Tennessee the opportunity to achieve their own American Dream.


---DISCLAIMER:  An attempt has been made to list only those sites that do not ask for any fee payment.  If a site does request your money, this is in no way endorsed or encouraged by this Guidance Department, Springfield High School, or Robertson County Schools.  Some of the websites listed may contain advertising.  This also is in no way an endorsement of any product or service by this Guidance Department, Springfield High School, or Robertson County Schools.

REMINDER---to send transcripts to colleges and universities you must request those from Ms. Vickie Couts. Students are responsible for picking up and mailing all transcripts except their final transcript.

A few of the listing below are older, so dates may have changed somewhat--check them out or ask.  We apologize for the older dates, but in some cases, have not received newer info, so you should check out the websites.

You can use the computers in the Counseling Offices to print applications when you need.

Tusculum College offers a full-tuition scholarship opportunity. Find details at Deadline: March 1st

SunTrust $ 1,000 Scholarship--luck of the draw--they probably want your name and address---register at

$ 10,000 scholarship---register at of other info available also-

BE AWARE that scholarships like the one above is probably a chance for them to get your address to offer you something for sale or possibly a loan with which they would make money.  As long as you don’t give them credit card info or agree to spend money, it is a good opportunity to possibly win something.

Virtual College Fair go to

TN DAR $ 2,500 and a $ 750 Scholarship--short essay required--
TWO scholarships--and there’s another one if you are planning to major in history or government--

If you have asthma, see me for scholarship info or

TN Manufactured Housing SCholarship--if you are associated with the manufactured housing industry---DEADLINE is March 9th--

Children of current or former Marines and possibly if your grandparent was in Marines for scholarships go to

Scholarships for children of the military check out

Interested in an Air Force or Army ROTC scholarship, see your counselor, or for Army-  has info about the HOPE and other TN Scholarships, and the McWherter Scholarships.  If you have a high GPA and good ACT scores, check it out and apply.  

Want to be a Registered Nurse? Check out 

Western Kentucky University has moved their scholarship application deadline to January 15th.  Several TN collegs have scholarship deadlines of February 1st.

The following sites offer awards periodically:


AAA offers a $20,000 scholarship through a US and World Geography Quiz at

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee offers multiple scholarships to Tennessee residents. Read eligibility and apply online at Deadline: March 15

VolState has several Allied Health Programs available, including Dental Assistant, EMT, Paramedic, Fire SCience, Lab Tech, Ophthalmic Tech, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiology Tech, Sleep Diagnostics, and more.  See your counselor or for more info.

Burger King Scholars is offering scholarships for students that have a 2.50 grade point average, work part-time at least 15 hours per week and plan to enroll in an accredited two or four year college, university, or vocational school visit 

McKelvey Foundation Scholarship offers an entrepreneurial scholarship and a first-generation college student scholarship. They have not updated their site yet, but continue to check for application details.

TN Scholar Forms can be found at Deadline: February 26

Are you a budding entrepreneur with dreams of owning your own business---check out to apply for an award--use ACCESS KEY=NFIB

Artists and Writers---check out

TEACH Grant and

Dental Hygienist  DEADLINE is February 1.

CEMC-Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation $ 1,000 Scholarship--3 in Robertson County --DEADLINE is February 22nd--must attend college or tech school in TN or Western KY or Murray, 3.0 GPA and essay required--you MUST receive your power from CEMC, so you probably do not live in the city limits of Springfield-

National Co-op Scholarship at 10 national universities--none in TN--

U S Bank luck-of-the draw $ 1,000 Scholarship--  This type of scholarship has easy application, but they probably want your name and address to offer you a loan.  There’s no harm in applying for the scholarship, but don’t agree to anything else without careful  consideration.

Academic Common Market--pay instate tuition at an out-of-state school if your major is not offered in TN-- gives info on many colleges

Virtual Business Scholarship application is now available online. The application is accessible at: Business, marketing and personal finance students currently enrolled in their junior and senior years of high school throughout the United States are eligible for the scholarship. The applications will be judged nationally and the scholarship amount is $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, and $250 for third place. Application submittals are due by April 1

Farm Credit Services is offering $ 1,500 and $ 1,000 Scholarships to members or dependents of members of Farm Credit studying ag or business at four-year universities.  DEADLINE is January 31st. (Click on Community, then Scholarships.)

Hopkinsville Community College has several degrees and tech programs  offers up to $25,000 in scholarship money. DEADLINE is December 15th.

Backflow Prevention Scholarship for any student college bound, technical school trade school.  No GPA requirements.  Go to and apply. The deadline is January 31st.

If Alzheimer’s disease has affected your life, you can write an essay to win a $ 5,000 scholarship.  DEADLINE is February 15th.  Find the application at and

Middle Tennessee Nursery Association $ 1,500 Scholarship if you study horticulture science, landscape design, nursery management, golf course management, or related careers.  Application at or I have a copy.  DEADLINE is January 15th.

Scholars athletes-- sponsors a scholarship for student athletes.

FREE---don't go to a website that costs money---

The Scholarship Foundation of Robertson County offered 17 scholarships last year.  SHS got a significant number totaling several thousands of dollars.  The application is online at  or I can make copies.  DEADLINE is February 1st.  Make sure you complete all info.  For example, be sure you complete the income page even if you think you have too much money.  The application is apparently not considered unless complete.

Black females with a 3.0 or above GPA and a 23 ACT or above, see me for an application for the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Scholarship.

GRADES 9-12--If you have done work in your school or community to advance the cause of race relations, see me for info on the Princeton Prize in Race  DEADLINE is January 31st

NED MCWHERTER SCHOLARS PROGRAM: Eligible students will have a minimum 3.5 unweighted grade point average AND a minimum 29 ACT/1280 SAT.  Applications can be completed at Applications for this scholarship, an official transcript through the 7th semester, and an official ACT/SAT score must be received by TSAC no later than FEBRUARY 15 

MINORITY TEACHING FELLOWS PROGRAM (Loan Forgiveness Program): Eligible high school students must be a minority with a minimum 2.75 grade point average AND a minimum 18 ACT/860 SAT.  Continuing college students must achieve a cumulative 2.5 grade point average or above.  Applications can be completed at  Applications for this program must be received by TSAC.  This program does have an employment obligation.

DEPENDENT CHILDREN SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM: Eligible students will be a dependent child of a law enforcement officer, fireman or emergency medical technician who was killed in the line of duty or permanently disabled in the line of duty while employed in Tennessee.  Applications can be completed at  Applications, required documentation, and a completed FAFSA must be received by TSAC.

NOTE--many of these are just for this area, so your chances are much better--also be sure to apply for the if you meet the criteria--COMPLETE ALL PARTS-

REMINDER--Do NOT wait until the last day to get letters, transcripts, etc. for an application.  We have had snow days on those days or the teacher or counselor might be out.  DON’T PROCRASTINATE--it can be costly.

**Eunice Low Gower McHugh Scholarship for Robertson County students preparing for a career serving others, including, but not limited to teaching, nursing, law enforcement, ministry, etc---see  Let me know if you have any problems.

Sernoma Club of Nashville $ 3,500 Scholarship--300 word Freedom  DEADLINE is February 20th--APPLY


You might want to check out---


Getting ready for college at 

MALES 18 years old or soon to be---you must register with the Selective Service at less than 5 minutes

If you earn a credit in Pre-Calculus and have done 40 hours of community service over the past 4 years, there is a good chance you qualify as a Tennessee Scholar--See for more info

If you are interested in the electrical industry as an electrician, lineman, installer, etc, see me for some

USDA/1890 Scholars Program to attend one of the 18 Historically Black Land-Grant Institutions, including Tennessee State University---bug money for majoring in Ag Sciences, Family and Consumer Sciences, as well as biology, computer sciences, or civil engineering--Application to apply can be found at DEADLINE January 31

History, politics, government, military sciences---Washington Crossing Foundation Scholarships from $ 1,000 to $ 7,500. Each interested student is invited to write a one-page essay stating why he or she plans a career in government service including any inspiration to be derived from the leadership of George Washington in his famous crossing of the Delaware. This essay must be accompanied by a recommendation from the high school principal or guidance counselor evaluating the student's achievements, along with transcripts, national testing scores, and other supporting information of the applicant's choice as described in the Official Rules.---see DEADLINE is January 15th has a place to sign up for a $ 1,000 scholarship from a random drawing.  Websites like this want your personal info to give you a sales pitch, but as long as you don’t spend money, you might win a scholarship.

BURGER KING Scholars Program--2.5 GPA or higher, work part-time at least 10 hours a week, involved in community service. have financial need---DEADLINE is February 1st----you don’t have to work at Burger

If you are a member of DECA--scholarships are available---check out may provide you scholarship info--for minorities

WalMart Scholarship--check out DEADLINE is December 1. There is also a WalMart Scholarship if your parent is an employee. Deadline is April 1.

Best Teen Chef Scholarship at  DEADLINE is February 5th-- or

Artists and writers--check out

SunTrust $ 1,000 Scholarship ---luck of the draw thru May 14th---one winner every two weeks--- ENTER at   --This is another one that wants your info to send you loan info, but nothing wrong with applying

Nashville Old Timers Baseball Association is offering scholarships to high school senior baseball players in Davidson and surrounding counties.  Over the last 11 years the Association has given out over $175,000  in scholarships.  Applicants do not have to play college baseball to apply.  Information regarding the scholarships as well as applications can be found at: DEADLINE December 15th

National FFA Scholarships there are thousands of scholarship for all majors go to and click on scholarships the deadline is February 17

The FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid -- is a major step toward getting financial help for college. It may provide you with Pell Grant and/or state assistance money based on your family income. It may also qualify you for Stafford or other loans. Subsidized loans mean you do not have to pay interest until you graduate.

REMINDER---filing the FAFSA is FREE---BE careful about people that offer to help you for a fee.

The best way to complete the FAFSA is online at

You should obtain separate FSA IDs for you and for a parent by going to (INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO CREATE FSA IDs CAN BE FOUND UNDER THE "HOW TO CREATE AN FSA ID" TAB ON THE LEFT.)

FAFSA worksheets to assist with completing the FAFSA are available in the Counseling Department or with Ms. Roberson, but are not necessary. (THE DOCUMENT CAN BE FOUND UNDER THE "FAFSA AT SCHOOL COMPLETION WORKSHEET" TAB AT THE LEFT.) You can start it, save it, and return to finish later. It must be completed online though. For the 2018-2019 school year (the year your student would be enrolling in college), you will need your 2016 Tax Returns. If you need help determining which parent's taxes to use, the "WHO IS MY PARENT" TAB AT THE LEFT should help. Feel free to contact your student's counselor or Mrs. Roberson if you need more help.

The FAFSA is also necessary to receive the HOPE Scholarship from the Tennessee Lottery. More information on that and a few other scholarships is available at

If your family has low income, be sure to apply in October to obtain the most financial help.

Eligibility Requirements
All Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship Program recipients must:

--Be a Tennessee resident one year prior to application deadline; Sept. 1 for Fall or Feb. 1 for Spring and Summer (Dependent children of full-time religious workers, U.S. military or Tennessee National Guard members on active duty who maintain Tennessee residency while stationed out of state may be eligible)

--Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at (Applications must be received by Sept. 1 for Fall or Feb. 1 for Spring and Summer)

--Enroll in an eligible postsecondary institution within 16 months following graduation from a Tennessee high school or completion of a Tennessee homeschool or GED program (Some students graduating from some out-of-state schools may be eligible. For more information, call TSAC.)