School Counseling

Essex High School Counselors support the Standards of Learning by providing comprehensive counseling services for our students to facilitate their academic, career, personal, and social development. EHS School Counselors collaborate with parents, teachers, and administrators to promote the academic success and well-being of our students. We provide strategies and services aligned with the Standards for School Counseling Programs in Virginia Public Schools.

EHS Counselors
Sarah McDermott   8th and 9th grade
   Senriors with last names A-I
Diondra Mercer       10th and 11th grade
   Seniors with last names J-Z

School Counseling Secretary
Amanda Taylor

EHS School Profile

School Counselor Request 

Transcript Request for Seniors


Essex High School has partnered with Parchment to order and send your transcript and other credentials securely. This link will open a new browser. Welcome to Parchment Exchange.  We're offering this service to make ordering transcripts easier for you.  It's also more efficient for your school, and will deliver your transcripts to the colleges you choose in the format they prefer.


First of all, what ARE scholarships!?

Scholarships are awards of money that can help students fund a college education. Scholarships typically do not  have to be paid back, though students may have to meet certain expectations  or commitments to maintain a scholarship. Scholarships are awarded based on specific criteria set by the provider (e.g. - merit-based, need-based, athletic or artistic talent, affilation with a certain group, etc.) Scholarships can promoted at the local, state, or national level. Listed below are local, state, and national scholarships that have been promoted to the EHS counselors. Keep in mind that there are MANY more scholarships out there! Check for scholarships where you bank, where you work (or where your parents work), at your place of worship, etc. See your counselor if you have any questions about scholarships! Remember, you should NEVER pay to apply for a scholarship. If it asks for a payment, it's probably a scam!

             See links below under "Scholarship Databases & Resources"
                           for even more scholarship opportunities!
GRASP 2017 2+2 Renewable Scholarship NEW!!!!!!!

  1. Have met with the high school GRASP advisor
  2. Plan to participate in the Virginia Community College 2+2 Transfer Program with a Guaranteed Admission Agreement (student will be allowed to change college choice)
  3. Possess at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA
  4. Have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  5. Must be eligible to receive any amount of Pell Grant as determined by the FAFSA

Deadline: TBD

Alpha Delta Kappa Scholarship
Qualifications: Applicants must:
1) Be a high school senior who is planning to enter the field of education and who is pursuing a teaching certificate.
2) Applicants must reside in Essex, Richmond, or Westmoreland County.
3) Scholarship is awarded on the basis of a demonstrated commitment to the education profession, evidence of academic achievement, and an expressed desire to contribute to the field of education.

Amount: $1,000
Deadline: TBD
Procedures: See a school counselor for the application

Graduation Requirements

Standard Diploma
Advanced Studies Diploma
Modified Standard Diploma (Ending with c/o 2016)
Project Graduation

College Planning and Post-Secondary Opportunities

College Planning
Campus Tours: Virtual College Tours
College Atlas
College Measures
Degree Finders
I'm First! - Support for First Generation College Students
My College Guide
Online Degrees, Financial Aid & Scholarships
U.S. Department of Education
Transcript Request
Post-secondary education and employment data from the Virginia Council of High Education 

Scholarship Databases & Resources
The Community Foundation
College Board Scholarship Search

Financial Aid Resources 
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Career Planning
Join the Military
Alternative - Up With People
Career Builder
Career Magazine
Career Paths OnLine
Career Planning
National Application Center
Occupational Outlook Handbook
The Resume Place
Virginia Career View

Khan Academy  Download a real, full-length practice SAT test, watch Sal work through real SAT problems, and get even more practice using our interactive questions.
Varsity Learning Tools  Free practice tests, digital flashcards, and questions-of-the-day for standardized tests (including the SAT and ACT) and academic subjects of all levels
March 2 Success
ScoreUP! Success Academy

Virtual Virginia
As a program of the Virginia DOE, Virtual Virginia offers Advanced Placement, world language, core academic, and elective courses to students. It has high-quality, rigorous course content to meet flexible schedules and provide instruction to meet individual student needs.

Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements