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.

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.



Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) Access Partners will present an overview of the 2023–24 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) process. They will guide students and families through a step-by-step process of filing the 2023-24 FAFSA and PA State Grant application.

The webinars will be on July 6th and July 24th from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. 

Students and families can register for this event by visiting



Website for Financial Aid Information
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The Mercy College Business Honors Program conducts a week-long Summer Program for Rising Seniors in July.


Students who come to the SLA live on campus and explore potential careers in business.  More information about the program is enclosed - and also here: Summer Leadership Academy | Mercy College


Juniors can apply with this link: SLA Application 2023


Please email me if you have any questions.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Warm regards,

Leadership Academy Team


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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)?


Dear High School Students, Family Members, and School Counselors,

Sincerely, BG Robert “Hank” Sembower Jr. (R-PA) PA Co-coordinator - USMA West Point Field Force Email: [email protected] Bruce Apgar CDR USN (RET) Senior Naval Science Instructor  BG William D. Colvin (R-PA) PA Co-coordinator USMA West Point Field Force Email: [email protected] Charles “Chuck” Schrankel Deputy, Western PA - USMA West Point Field Force Email: [email protected] 

Additional Information: The following summer programs offer excellent opportunities for high school students to immerse themselves into the academic, military, and social life of a West Point cadet or Naval midshipman. These programs give you a taste of the character, determination, commitment to excellence, and leadership required to be a cadet or midshipman. 1. USMA – West Point, Summer Leadership Experience (SLE). Application window opens February 1, 2023. Two sessions: Session 1: June 3-9, 2023, and Session 2: June 10-16, 2023. 2. US Naval Academy Summer Seminar Program – Application window opened January 4, 2023. Three sessions: Session 1: June 3-8, 2023, Session 2: June 10-15, 2023, and Session 3: June 18-23. The following leadership, civic, and business-oriented programs provide high school students opportunities to participate in group activities while also expanding their individual skillsets needed to advance and excel in their careers. 3. Keystone Boys State (KBS) – will be held at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, PA from Sunday, June 18 to Saturday, June 24, 2023. 4. Keystone Girls State (KGS) – will be held at will be held at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, PA from June 18, 2023, through June 23, 2023. 5. Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week (PFEW) – will be held at Lycoming College, PA and Pennsylvania College of Technology both located in Williamsport, PA. Event dates are: a. Week 1 – July 2 - 7, 2023 b. Week 2 – July 9 - 14, 2023 c. Week 3 – July 23 - 28, 2023 d. Week 4 - July 30 - August 4


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



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