Mrs. Cook

Mrs. Teresa Wilhelm-Cook, School Counselor

Mrs. Cook 
Welcome to the School Counseling department of Turkeyfoot Valley Area School District.
I am the School Counselor for Pre-K through 12th grade. I have been employed at Turkeyfoot since 2001. I began as the Music Teacher/Music Director. I graduated from Frostburg State in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education.  In 2008, I again graduated from Frostburg State University with a Master of Science Degree in Education in School Counseling. 
At that time I became the Elementary School Counselor, in addition to my duties as the Music Teacher/Music Director. 
In 2014, I took over the duties as the School Counselor for the entire School District.
I live in Meyersdale, where I grew up,  with my husband and family.  I have two grown children, and three grandchildren.
I love the atmosphere of the small school here at Turkeyfoot.  It is like that of a family.
I want the best for all the students and strive to make that happen to the best of my ability.

Virtual College Fair for your Students with Scholarship Opportunity 

We invite your high school students to join our free virtual college fair for the Northeast region of the United States next week, Nov. 13-18.  Students can register now through the end of next week!  The students can log in any time during that week and get information from many colleges.  There is a question and answer section for the students to get answers directly from college reps during the week.  The students should go to to the students tab to register ASAP. This service is completely free and each student that participates is entered to win a scholarship, we would love to have your school and students join.   Please have your students register as soon as possible if they would like to participate. This is a great virtual resource.  Please let me know if you have any questions or need anything. Every student that registers is entered to win a scholarship and their chance to win increases the more they participate Have your school share on social media by using the links below: Facebook Twitter TikTok post from @thatschoolcounselor TikTok post from @the apenglishlitteacher

Students Register Here

_________________________________________________________________ is constantly growing and adapting, thanks in large part to contributions from educators like you. We're excited to announce that we'll be introducing a new tool in our next email, scheduled to arrive around November 28th. Stay tuned for this exciting update!

The upcoming weeks and months are packed with a multitude of scholarship opportunities. Sharing these with your students could significantly impact their educational journey.

  • Our Scholarship Deadline Calendar includes links to each scholarship.
  • Email templates that can be shared with students and parents. 
  • Access the top 50 scholarship opportunities to share directly with your students via your Educators Account.

The following link provides information on financial aid.


The Keystone State ChalleNGe Academy (KSCA) is accepting applications for its third class of cadets, which begins in July. KSCA is designed to give academically challenged teens a second chance at obtaining their basic education, as well as learning leadership, self-discipline and responsibility.

The program is open to 16- to 18-year-old male and female Pennsylvania residents who are failing to progress in high school or may not be on a clear path to graduating. Applicants must be willing to be drug free, free of felony convictions and voluntarily commit to the program. The program lasts for 17 months, with the first five months consisting of residential training at Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County, followed by a year of mentorship back in the community.

Learn more about eligibility requirements and begin the application process here. Anyone who prefers to have an application mailed or would like to talk with someone about the program may contact the academy by emailing [email protected] or calling 717-861-7767 or 717-861-8831.


Recently published an exclusive list of new scholarships and we'd love to receive applications from Turkeyfoot Valley Area Junior/Senior High School students. We’d be honored if you could share the available scholarships here: [https://] You can find the updated list of Scholarships for High School Seniors here: 

Along with the list of scholarships, the page is full of useful information. It talks about why scholarships are necessary, the different types of scholarships available, and how to apply/earn scholarships.




Website for Financial Aid Information
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  • ALL Essays must be submitted electronically.

To assist with efforts preparing your students and their families for college this year, below are a few articles from our SoFi Learn website that we hope you will find useful:
  College Planning Guide for High School Students  
  The Differences Between Grants, Scholarships, and Loans  
  What Is the Student Aid Index (SAI)?



Information for College Financial Planning:
Saving for Your Child’s Education: 529 College Savings Plans -



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