RECRUITERS/COLLEGES - During Lunch in Lower Gym
Thursday, November 16 - U.S. Air Force Recruiter
Monday, November 20 - Bethany College
Tuesday, November 21 - U.S. Marines
CHANGES TO THE FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Starting with Academic Year 2017-18, the traditional FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) submission date of January 1 will change to October 1. Students enrolling for academic year 2018/2019 will submit a FAFSA beginning October 1, 2017; families should use their 2016 income tax information. For more information: FAFSA Changes
Junior Day - Kansas State University
Juniors are invited to visit K-State for a Junior Day to explore all the opportunities available as future students. There are three remaining open dates this semester, December 1st, December 4th and December 8th. If they are not able to make any of those dates, we'll also have several Junior Days in the spring. The program begins at 8:30 AM and will end at 4:00 PM. For more information and to register, visit http://www.k-state.edu/admissions/juniors.End of Year Meeting - PowerPoint Presentation
Next test date: December 9, 2017 (Registration Deadline: November 3, 2017)Upcoming test dates: February 10, 2018, April 14, 2018, June 9, 2018, July 14, 2018For more information on test dates and registration visit: ACT Registration
South High Student Opportunities...Please read carefully. Some opportunities apply to a specific age/classification of student. Additional information is available in the Counseling Office.
Salina Area Technical College - Opportunities for Sophomores and Juniors
Salina Area Technical College has articulation agreements in place with several area high schools. This enables students to earn college credit while still in high school. Contact Student Services for more information. For more information, visit Salina Tech's website. To apply for admission to Salina Tech, go to their Application page.
Wichita State University ACT Prep Workshops
Wichita State University's Counseling and Testing Center offers a workshop to help high school students prepare to take the ACT. The workshop will provide general test-taking tips and information for all four subjects of the ACT exam - English, Math, Reading and Science. The cost for the workshop is $32. We also offer an ACT Math Prep workshop for $25. Registration can be done online at www.registerblast.com/wsu.
ACT Prep (Dates) - January 20, 2018, March 10, 2018, May 5, 2018
ACT Math Prep (Dates) - February 17, 2018
Join the Zoo Teens
If you are interested in engaging in conservation action through learning, teaching, and connecting with other teens from around the area, then Zoo Teens is for you! Zoo Teens offers teens a unique opportunity to expand their conservation awareness, increase their knowledge of animals and habitats, and develop useful job skills in a collaborative and fun learning environment. Participants must be at least 13 years of age by May 1, 2018, must participate in mandatory training session, and commit to a minimum number of hours required from March through August, 2018. For more information and to download application materials please visit www.rollinghillszoo.org and click: get involved / volunteer / teens. You may also call 785-827-9488 ext. 132 to request an application by mail.
KSU - EXCITE Shadow Days
High school students (grades 9-12) are invited to come experience a day in the life of a college student! Each participant will be paired with a current K-State student who shares similar interests in science, technology, engineering, or math. Together they will attend class, tour campus, share lunch, and discuss what it's like to be in a STEM major at K-State. Visit Shadow Days for registration information.
Yes for Liberty Constitution Bee
Applications for the Yes for Liberty Constitution Bee are now being accepted. This event is open to students in grades 9-12 and it will take place on March 4th in Manhattan, KS. Awards could range from $3500-$750. Applications can be downloaded at www.yesforliberty.org. Application deadline: December 31, 2017.
John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest
The John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest is open to U.S. high school students in grades nine through twelve. This year’s contest topic is “Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year of JFK’s birth”. First place prize is $10,000. The deadline to submit essay is January 4, 2018. Go to Profile in Courage website for additional information.
Scholarship/Contest Opportunities for Juniors...
Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation
This scholarship opportunity is open to high school juniors. “The Coolidge” is among America’s most generous: a full-ride scholarship that covers a student’s tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study. This scholarship may be used at any accredited U.S. university and students may pursue any field of academic study. Selection criteria consists of academic excellence, interest in public policy and Coolidge values, and humility and service. Apply online at www.coolidgescholars.org. All applications must be done by 5:00 PM on January 24, 2018. For more information, see Mrs. Wagner.
Miss Kansas/Miss Kansas Teen USA
You could be the next Miss Kansas/Miss Kansas Teen USA. For more information visit: http://www.misskansasusa.com
This scholarship is available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any post-secondary institution. To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay of less than 1000 words on the topic below: Pick a controversial problem on high school or college/university campuses and suggest a solution. Award: $1,000 To apply visit: http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm
- There is no age restriction
- Be sure to include your name and the school you are attending this year and next
- This is not an academic scholarship but we would like to know where you are going to school now and what your future academic plans are. Please do not send transcripts or letters of recommendation at this time.
Samsung American Legion Scholarship
Scholarships are restricted to high school juniors who complete either a Boys State or Girls State program and are a direct descendant - i.e. child, grand child, great grandchild, etc. - or a legally adopted child of a wartime veteran who served on active duty during at least one of the periods of war officially designated as eligibility dates for American Legion membership. To apply visit: http://www.legion.org/scholarships/samsung
Eagle Scout of the Year
The American Legion honors the Eagle Scout of the Year at the national convention with a $10,000 scholarship. The three runners-up get $2,500. Further information is available from department adjutants or the Americanism and Children & Youth Division. Student must have reached his 15th birthday and be enrolled in high school at the time of selection. For more information visit: http://www.legion.org/scholarships/eaglescout
Abbott and Fenner Scholarship
Abbott & Fenner are committed to continuing our efforts at helping those who have the desire and ambition to succeed. The winner(s) of this annual scholarship will receive their award within 2 weeks of the listed deadline. All applicants should include their full name and mailing address with their submissions. Applications for these scholarships are available at http://www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.htm
Junior Year & Financial Aid Checklist
ADMISSIONS & COLLEGE PLANNING
Ø Take challenging courses in core academic subjects and stay on track to complete state-required curriculum for college admission requirements. Colleges look for:
o Challenging coursework
o A strong GPA
o Involvement in extra-curricular activities such as sports, volunteer work, or church
Ø Request a catalog andadmission information about a variety of colleges and universities
Ø Go to college fairs and college-preparation presentations by college representatives
Ø Explore careeroptions and their earning potential in the Occupational Outlook Handbook at www.bls.gov/oco
Ø Stay involved in school and community-based activities
Ø Dare to dream—take on a new leadership role
Ø Apply for institutional scholarships (Don’t miss deadlines!)
Ø Estimate my federal financial aid eligibility with the FAFSA 4caster at www.studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa/estimate
JANUARY - MAY
ADMISSIONS & COLLEGE PLANNING
Ø Visit college campuses (and talk to Financial Aid while I’m there)
Ø Narrow my college choices to 5-7 schools
Ø Ask your teachers or community leaders for recommendations for professionals who you can job-shadow for a day
Ø Take the ACT and practice, practice, practice
Ø Talk to parents/family about my goals after high school
Ø Begin drafting a scholarship essay
Ø Ask teachers, counselors, and employers for recommendation letters to include with scholarship applications
Ø Review and apply for local scholarships geared toward juniors
Ø Estimate college costs using each college’s Net Price Calculator
ADMISSIONS& COLLEGE PLANNING
Ø Visit college campuses and talk to Financial Aid while I’m there
Ø Narrow college choices to 5-7 schools
Ø Begin applying to colleges
Ø Prepare a second draft of your scholarship essay
Ø Visit www.college.gov and click on “how to pay” to see how other young people paid for college
Ø Visit www.college.govand click on “how to pay” to see how other young people paid for college
Ø Review www.FederalStudentAid.ed.gov/guide for different ways to pay for college
Ø Save money from my summer job to pay for college applications and college costs
Helpful Hints to Score Well
Compliments of www.kasfaa.org
- Register in advance to give yourself time to prepare appropriately
- Take advantage of test-prep opportunities through your high school, online, or through colleges
- Eat a healthy breakfast the morning of the test and get several good nights of rest in the days before the test