Supporting every student’s academic, career and social/emotional needs is the goal of the Counseling Department at Gervais High School.
Look for information here in the future about financial aid and the application process, and for upcoming deadlines. GHS Counselor contact info…
- Andrea Oropeza, M. Ed School Counselor, Gervais High School:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-792-3803 x3024.
- Laura Zurita, MSW School-based Social Worker/Counselor, Gervais Middle and High Schools:
email@example.com or 503-792-3803 x3022
*Academic and Career Planning
*CIS-Career Information System
Each senior will complete the CIS in his or her Senior Survey class. These results can be integral in helping to create an academic and career path to plan for students’ futures.
Military recruiters are on site at Gervais High School often. Appointments can be made with recruiters individually and with parents of interested students.
*Field Trips to Oregon College Campuses
The goal of the Gervais High School Counseling Department is to partner with all available resources in order to ensure the utmost well-being of students. A meeting with a parent or guardian may be requested to join school staff members in obtaining solutions to student challenges.
Marion County Health & Human Services has established a warmline to help community members access resources to help them through the COVID-19 pandemic. Resources available through the warmline will be updated regularly in response to the growing needs of the community.
- *211: For other community resources call *211 or visit 211info.org
- Marion County WarmLine -7 days a week 8am-8pm 503-576-4602
- Financial support for utilities and rent
- Resources for Mental Health care
- Information about food pantries and food boxes
- Entertainment resources and ideas to beat boredom
- You may also visit midvalleyresources.org
- Visit our Current Community Resources page for more local resources.
FAFSA-Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Complete the FAFSA to see if you qualify for federal financial aid for post high school education. Most results in 20 minutes!
Eligible students can apply for the Oregon Promise grant at www.oregonstudentaid.gov/oregon-promise.aspx
**In order to be eligible you must meet all of the following criteria:
Complete an Oregon Promise Grant Application by the appropriate deadline
Be a recent Oregon high school graduate or GED recipient
Document a 2.5 cumulative high school GPA or higher; or a GED score of 145 or higher on each test
Plan to attend at least half-time at an Oregon community college within 6 months of high school graduation or GED completion
Be an Oregon resident for at least 12 months prior to attendance
File a FAFSA or ORSAA application and list at least one Oregon community college
Must not have more than 90 college credits completed or attempted
Beginning with Fall 2017 applicants, students may be subject to eligibility criteria based on their Expected Family Contribution (EFC).
“Undocumented students are not allowed to receive federal financial aid (FAFSA) but they can file for Oregon financial aid (ORSAA) through www.oregonstudentaid.gov“.
For additional information regarding undocumented students please visit http://oregongearup.org/sites/oregongearup.org/files/publications/undocumentedstudents.pdf
Every student can apply at www.oregonstudentaid.gov
More Scholarship Opportunities -Please see the sites below for lists of more scholarship opportunities.
Deadlines VaryScholarships A-Z Website StudentScholarship.org Website
Scholarships and Funding Opportunities Open to Non-US Citizens:
Are you employed? Are you working at least 5 hours per week of more? it may be possible for you to earn 0.5 elective credits per semester for the work you are already doing. Please review the documents below to see if you qualify and contact Mrs. Broadhurst if you have questions.
- Work Experience for Credit – Application
- Work Experience for Credit – Employer Evaluation
- Work Experience for Credit – Request for Credit form
- Work Experience for Credit – Cumulative Timesheet
- Work Experience for Credit – Overview
- Work Experience for Credit – Packet Cover Page
Laura Zurita, MSW
Hello, I’m one of the new counselors at Gervais School District and I serve 6th-12th graders. I have the privilege to work specifically with students who are struggling socially, mentally, and emotionally. I’m a first-generation Latina, born and raised in Oregon. My passion has been to work by serve youth and their families who’ve walked different paths of lives. I work on instilling inspiration, empowerment, and self-love by teaching students that there is more to life than what has been given, especially during rough times. Before coming to Gervais School District, I was a DHS Child Welfare worker for almost 4 years; working on reunifying families or finding a place where youth could call home. Then I worked for 2 years in Developmental Disabilities serving children and their families as a service coordinator.
I grew up in Lafayette, Oregon where I graduated from McMinnville High School in 2008, then completed two Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Spanish at Western Oregon University in 2013 and completed a master’s degree in Social Work at Portland State University, 2021. Currently I’m working towards obtaining a clinical licensure in social work.
I’m married to a wonderful man whom I’m proud to call my husband and best friend. We have a beautiful daughter named Lyra Fe who keeps me very busy outside of work. I love nature, trips to the beach and site seeing Oregon’s beautiful parks. My second home is in Mexico and when I can, I visit family and tour the country. I love both of my identities being a Mexican American.
What brought me to Gervais School District was the wonderful experience I had during my internship with the counseling department at GES. I loved and respected the schools’ values, support, and community. Since starting at GHS, I feel part of the Gervais family, the support and dedication staff, students and families have with each other makes this place rewarding.
A favorite Chinese Proverb of mine is, “Give a man a fish and you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish and you’ll feed him for a lifetime.” I look forward to working with you and your families. Do not hesitate to contact me. I also speak Spanish.
Laura Zurita, MSW
School Social Worker-Counseling Depart.
Gervais Middle/High School
503-792-3803 Ext. 3022