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    RECRUITERS/COLLEGES - During Lunch in Lower Gym

    Thursday, January 18 - Fort Hays State University

    Thursday, January 25 - Butler Community College

    Wednesday, February 21 - Wichita State University

        

    Junior Leadership Salina

    The Salina Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to be a sponsor of an exciting program called Junior Leadership Salina. Sessions will include informative presentations by a variety of area leaders, tours, panel discussion and dialogue between participants and program presenters. Each session will be held in the evening. The objectives of the program are: to develop knowledge about the community, develop and encourage use of personal leadership skills, and stimulate interest in becoming involved in community activities and assuming leadership roles.   Application deadline is January 11, 2018. See Mrs. Wagner for an application

     

    FHSU - Hispanic College Institute (HCI)

    Fort Hays State University is proud to announce the third annual Hispanic College Institute (HCI). This unique opportunity to assist high school sophomore and junior Hispanic and Latino students to pursue their educational and personal goals. The FHSU Hispanic College Institute will be held June 20-23, 2018 on the Fort Hays State University campus. This FREE institute is a great opportunity for all Hispanic and Latino students to gain lifelong skills that will help them succeed in today’s world after high school. Apply at www.fhsu.edu/hci. The application deadline is April 1, 2018.

     

    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. Spring 2018 Dates: March 5, April 9, 13, 26 and May 4. 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.

     

    Junior Days - University of Kansas

    During a Junior Day visit, you'll be able to explore the academic information fair and speak with department representatives in an informal setting. If you're interested in scheduling a longer appointment with a specific academic department, you'll need to select one of our other visit options, such as a Jayhawk Day. Individual academic appointments can't be scheduled on Junior Day visits.  Spring 2018 dates:  February 19, March 2, 12, 26, 30 and April 6, 23, 27.  To register, Junior Days Registration.

      
     
     

     
     
     
     

     
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    ACT
     
    Next test date:  February 10, 2018 (Registration Deadline: January 12, 2018)
    Upcoming test dates: April 14, 2018, June 9, 2018, July 14, 2018
    For more information on test dates and registration visit: ACT Registration
     
     

     
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    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.  

       

    ASVAB Testing - Salina Area Technical College

    Salina Tech now offers the opportunity for students to take the Armed Services Vocation Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) every month! The ASVAB is a great way for students to assess their own skills and abilities, and to learn about potential careers that fit with those abilities that they might not have considered previously. Any students may take the ASVAB, and it is not required to share the results with the military. The next available testing date will be January 22 from 8 a.m.-noon. It will be on our campus – 2562 Centennial Road – in the downstairs computer lab in Building A.  It is first-come, first-serve. The next opportunities in 2018 will be Feb. 22, and April 2. The deadline to sign up will be two weeks before each testing date. Dates after April 2 are to be determined – stay tuned!

     

    KSU - 5th Annual Black Student Union State-Wide Leadership Conference

    In honor of Black History Month, the Kansas State University Office of Diversity would like to invite students to the 5th Annual Black Student Union State-wide Leadership Conference.  The Conference will take place at the K-State Student Union on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  For more information or to sign up please see Ms. Smith in the counseling center.  Deadline to sign up is January 30th.

     

    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

     

    Catholic Daughters of the Americas - Essay Contest

    Catholic Daughters of the Americas – Court # 1972 in Salina.  Each year we provide an essay contest for the students in the Salina area.  There are multiple categories for the students to enter under.  Each area will have 3 finalists in them.  The first place finalist will receive a scholarship.  The amount of the scholarship is not revealed until the end of the year breakfast on Saturday May 5th, 2018 at 9am, where it is REQUIRED that the winning students are present to receive their scholarship.  Last year we were very generous with our scholarship money and were able to fund multiple individuals within many tiers for our gifts.  Deadline is February 1, 2018.  Essay Information and Entry Form.

     

    ACT Workshop - K-State Polytechnic

    K-State Polytechnic is offering the opportunity for an ACT Workshop in the Spring of 2018.  Saturday, February 3, 2018 – K-State Polytechnic Campus in Salina.  There is a fee involved.  Students can sign up at: www.k-state.edu/admissions/act.

     

    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.

       

     

     


     
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    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

     

    Davis Scholarship

    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  

     

    SCHOLARSHIPS

    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  Review and apply for national scholarships at www.fastweb.com and www.scholarships.com

     

    FINANCIAL AID

    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

    SCHOLARSHIPS

    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  Review and apply for national scholarships at www.fastweb.com and www.scholarships.com  

    FINANCIAL AID

    Ø  Estimate college costs using each college’s Net Price Calculator

     

    JUNE-JULY

    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

    SCHOLARSHIPS

    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  Review and apply for national scholarships at www.fastweb.com and www.scholarships.com  

    FINANCIALAID

    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

    Ø  SAT...ACT...PSAT

     

    Helpful Hints to Score Well

    • 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

     

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