College & Career

Brooke Maroth, MS
College + Career Specialist
Student Services (Bldg. 800), Room 802

email: [email protected] 
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Students should be regularly checking the College + Career CANVAS module located in the "Student Body" course. 

Parents can also access the module by joining CANVAS.
Click here for OCPS information on how to set up a Launchpad Parent Portal for CANVAS.

The College and Career Center's mission is to Engage, Equip, and Empower every student by helping them:
Build a Competitive Student Profile
- Navigate the College Selection + Application Process
- Brainstorm + Edit College Essays
- Explore Military Options
- Identify School-to-Career Paths

The CCC hosts a variety of workshops during lunch to help students through the college application process, learn about scholarships, explore military options, and discover career pathways.

Following the CCC Instagram page (@WOHS_CCC) is the best way for students to get information about upcoming workshops.
Are you a local trade or technical career professional?  

The CCC is looking for members of our local community to share their experience and insight to our students who choose a career pathway other than college. Please email Brooke Maroth, WOHS College + Career Specialist,  if you would be willing to volunteer. 

Each year, over 100 college representatives will visit the WOHS campus during the school day for informative presentations with our students. Subscribe to the Student Services Newsletter and Follow the CCC Instagram for the most up to date information for on campus college visits. 

Click here for more information + college visit schedule. 

The college matrix is a helpful tool for students and parents to make informed decisions on whether a college is an academic fit based on GPA and testing trends from the school's previous year admitted students.

Florida Public Universities -2023-24 FL SUS Guide + Matrix
Florida Private Colleges & Universities -2022 Matrix

ACT/SAT and College Application Fee Waivers
Students requesting fee waivers for ACT, SAT, or college applications should complete the OCPS Household Economic Survey to determine eligibility. Please contact your Guidance Counselor for more information and questions. 

Common App Support

Be Common App ready! 
Over 1,000 college and universities use Common App for admissions applications and "how to's" about Common App are some of the most frequently asked questions in the CCC. 

The Common App resource site is also an excellent tool to help answer questions and guide students and their families through the process of getting to know Common App and how the application works. The CCC is always open to students for Common App support. 

» Click here to be redirected to Common App's resources. 

Teacher + Counselor Recommendations

Students should download, print, and complete recommendation profile forms for each teacher and/or guidance counselor they wish to secure a recommendation from. Be sure to make copies for every recommender as well as the student's personal records. It is the student's responsibility to deliver the forms to each recommender. 

*Students are strongly encouraged to give teachers and guidance counselors at least 2 weeks advance notice to complete their recommendation letter. 

Teacher Profile
Counselor Profile
*Paper copies are also available in the Student Services office.

Essay Information + Resources
The college essay on Common App and institutional applications is an opportunity for students to share who they are and what they will bring to a school's campus.

Students should plan to dedicate a considerable amount of time brainstorming, writing, editing, asking for feedback, making corrections, and fine tuning their essay. Keep in mind most "competitive" colleges will require more than one writing supplement so planning ahead is essential.

FREE Essay Writing Resources

College Essay Guy: How To Write A College Essay Guide
College Essay Guy: FREE Guide to Personal Statement 
College Essay Guy: Application Hub Resources
35+ Best College Essay Tips

Military Academy Information

Members of Congress are authorized by law to nominate candidates for appointment to four U.S. Military Academies. These schools include the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. The fifth service academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, does not require a congressional nomination for appointment. In addition to requesting a nomination from a Member of Congress or another nominating official, an individual seeking appointment to a service academy must separately apply to the service academies to which he or she seeks to be appointed.

Military academy acceptance is a rigorous process and, while not a requirement, students are strongly encouraged to start preparing during early in their junior year. 

» Click to read a Guide to US Military Academies

US Naval Academy
Admissions Information
Class of 2024 Admissions Profile

US Air Force Academy
Admissions Information

US Military Academy - West Point 
Admissions Information

Looking for a nomination for to a U.S. Service Academy? Contact Congresswoman Val Demings’ office for a nomination to a service academy. 
Nomination Guidelines Brochure (pdf) 
US Service Academy Nomination Application


How can I get a copy of my transcript or send it to a college?

When applying through Common App, students will submit their guidance counselor's name in the application portal,  their guidance counselor will be notified through Common App  and then internally attach the student's transcript to their Common App profile. 

If a school does not use Common App the student must request their transcript using our "Transcript Request" page or come to Student Services to fill out a paper request form from the Guidance support Staff. Electronic transcript requests can ONLY be sent to Florida Public Colleges/Universities (free of charge). Hard copy transcript requests are $2.00 each; cash not accepted, must pay thru School Pay. (link in side bar or on our "Transcript Request" page).

Visit the WOHS Transcript Request page

How do I submit my SAT/ACT scores to the college(s) I am applying to?
Colleges require official scores be sent directly from CollegeBoard or ACT. This can be done by logging into your CollegeBoard/ACT account and requesting your scores be sent to the colleges/universities of your choice.

Where can I find scholarships + when should I start applying?
There are many websites with scholarship information. You can start with our School Website, under Student Services, then Scholarships. You can also utilize Naviance through your LaunchPad account,,, and

You should apply for scholarships as soon as they are available and you are eligible.

What is FAFSA?
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a FREE application annually prepared by current and prospective college students in the United States to determine eligibility for financial aid. 

WOHS recommends all seniors complete this free application for financial aid eligibility as it often required to qualify for need-based AND merit based awards, scholarships, and grants from colleges as well as scholarship foundations. 

Students who think they do not qualify for need based financial aid should still consider completing the FAFSA.

WOHS does not have access and does not see ANY student or parent financial information provided to complete the FAFSA. 

The process is free. Never pay to apply for federal financial aid.

Click here for more information and to apply for the FAFSA.

What is Bright Futures?
The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program establishes lottery-funded scholarships to Florida public colleges and universities to reward Florida high school graduates for high academic achievement regardless of financial need. 

» Click here for the Bright Futures Scholarship Handbook

Should I take Advanced Placement (AP) or Dual Enrollment (DE) courses?
There is no right or wrong choice, there is just what is "better" for each individual student. Colleges are looking for well-rounded students that challenge themselves in their coursework - this can include both AP and DE courses. It is considered best practice to contact the college(s) you are applying to and ask their admissions office what they prefer.

What are the requirements for Dual Enrollment +  how to I apply?
Click here for WOHS Dual Enrollment information.

When should I start taking the SAT/ACT? 
Students should typically begin taking the SAT/ACT the winter/early spring of their Junior year.

When should I start looking for colleges and visiting them?
Students should start narrowing down their college choice the beginning of their Junior year and start visiting them the following Spring. Visiting a school while it is in session, taking a student led tour, and meeting with an admissions counselor will help a student and their family best determine if the school is a personal fit. 


The CCC is open for
walk ins during A + B lunch
or by appointment


Students can share essays with Mrs. Maroth for review.

1. Share in a Google doc with editing access to [email protected]
2. Title your essay "STUDENT NAME Application Essay"
3. Essays submitted by Fridays will be returned the following Thursday.
Please do not wait until your deadline to submit for review!


Students needing a Letter of Recommendation from a counselor and/or teacher should complete the Recommendation Profile and submit it at least 2 weeks prior to needing the LOR.
*Paper copies are available in Student Services


College Visits
Click here for schedule.

Common App Support

Transcript Request

Transcript Pay Link

Test Dates + Registration
SAT + College Board