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Scholarship Information

MLHS Scholarship Opportunities

2016-2017

Notes from Counselor Cheryl Theis

Updated March 16,  2017

  • PARENTS AND STUDENTS:  On Thursday, March 16, we will be enrolling for NEXT YEAR in the library.   ALL parents and students are encouraged to attend.  We will be discussing a plan for your child.  There are course changes and additions that will be discussed. College credit courses will also be discussed.  Thank you for making education a priority! 
    Next year's seniors (Class of 2018) will enroll at 5:15 p.m..  
    Next year's juniors (Class of 2019) will enroll at 6:00 p.m.  
    Next year's sophomores (Class of 2020) will enroll at 6:45 p.m.  
    Next year's freshmen (Class of 2021) will enroll at 7:30 p.m.
     
  • Pratt Community College Junior Day is April 5 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  That day includes the opportunities to explore the technical programs of your choice, talk with instructors, learn about admissions, financial aid, scholarships, college start courses, and take a tour of campus and residence halls.  Register at protect.edu/Junior Day
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  • Kansas Jr. Golf Scholarships is a $6000 academic scholarship for students who have participated in junior golf activities.  Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic performance, leadership, a written essay, and financial need.  Scholarship details and a downloadable application are available at www.kansasgolf.org/foundation/scholarships
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  • Kansas State is hosting an All-University Open House on Saturday, April 1.  No foolin'!  They will inform students and their families of educational opportunities.  Displays and events will be hosted by their 9 academic colleges, K-State Polytechnic in Salina and K-State Olathe.  Visitors will learn about student organizations, tour living options, enjoy free entertainment, and see student projects.  
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  • Kansas State is hosting an Open House for high-achieving JUNIORS on April 1.  Students will have access to all the Open House events listed above plus as being recognized for their high accomplishments.  Scholarship information will be presented.  Contact Mrs. Theis if you would like her to submit your name for this special visitation opportunity.
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  • Kansas State is hosting an Open House for SOPHOMORES on March 31 and April 1.  This will feature information about making the transition from high school to college life and activities to identify personal strengths and skills, a tour of the campus, opportunities to interact with current K-State students to discuss student life experiences.  Parents will learn about the college admission process, enrollment, financial aid, and scholarships.  Open House activities listed above will also be available.  Reservation deadline is March 15.  No late registrations will be accepted.
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  • American Legion Riders Post 69 will be offering scholarships again this year.  They are accepting the local scholarship application AND they would like students to attach to the application an essay of 100 words on the topic "What PATRIOTISM means to Me."  Applications are due to Mrs. Theis by March 31.
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  • American Legion Boys State of Kansas will be June 4-9 on the K-State campus.  Copies of this year's registration form, brochure, and a 2016 yearbook are available from Mrs. Theis.  More information is available at www.kansasboysstate.org to register.
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  • Kansas County Clerks and Election Officials scholarship applications are available from Mrs. Theis.  Deadline to apply for this $500 scholarship is April 3.
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  • Seniors -- Scholarships that you fill out online can now be done on your Chromebook, thanks to Mr. Dohrmann's tech help!  Just go to your Webstore, download "PDF Escape Editor", let it install on your Drive, and then you can complete those scholarships that you haven't been able to previously.
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  • SENIORS:  Bekki Pribil, South Central Community Foundation Executive Director, will be here at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9,  in the library.  She will be discussing all scholarships available through SCCF.  At that time, Mrs. Theis will also discuss every local scholarship.  Teachers need to approve students being absent second hour.  If a senior does not plan to apply for scholarships, he or she does not need to attend.  Parents are welcome to attend this meeting. SENIORS — The local scholarship application has been posted on our USD 254 website. 
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  • Southern Pioneer scholarship applications are due Feb. 1.
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  • Southwest Kansas Bar Assn. Scholarship essay topic is "The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy."  The 300-word essay and application are due March 15.  Five scholarships of $1000 will be awarded..
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  • State of Kansas Student Aid applications are available from Mrs. Theis.  Students can NOW apply for these programs:  Kansas State Scholarship, Kansas Ethnic Minority Scholarship, Kansas Nursing Service Scholarship, Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship, Kansas Career Technical Workforce Grant, Kansas Military Service Scholarship, and Kansas Nationl Guard Educational Assistance.  These are available at http://www.kansasregents.org/students/student_financial_aid
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  • Barber County Farm Bureau Assn. is offering $100 FFA Scholarships, even if the applicant is not planning on an agriculture-related career.  Deadline is March 31.
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  • SENIORS who want to qualify to be KANSAS SCHOLARS need to make sure you’re taking or have taken Physics, Spanish I and II, and four years of math.  See Mrs. Theis ASAP if you are missing any class.  So far Ali Bridges, Avery Larkin, and Kyler Sill are on track to qualify.
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  • SENIORS -- The local scholarship application has been posted on the USD 254 website under Resources.  NOW would be a good time to get that filled out and submitted!
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  • South Central Community Foundation has FOURTEEN scholarshipsavailable.  The scholarship criteria ranges from majoring in agriculture, medicine, or engineering to needing a summer work record or proof of volunteer work around the community.  Applications and guidelines can be located on their website:  Http://sccfks.org/listofscholarships.html Deadline is March 15.
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  • John Farney Scholarship of $1000 is sponsored by the Barber County Conservation District and will be awarded to a student his SECOND year of college with plans for a degree in a conservation-related field.  Deadline is March 30.  Applications are available at the conservation office.
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  • Kansas Society of CPAs is offering scholarships of $500 to $1300 to students who rank high in the ACS, plan to major in accounting, and demonstrate leadership through involvement in extracurricular activities.  Application details can be found at www.kscpa.org  Deadline is March 10.
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  • Seniors -- The local scholarship application has been posted on the USD 254 website under Resources.  NOW would be a good time to get that filled out and submitted!
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  • South Central Community Foundation has FOURTEEN scholarshipsavailable.  The scholarship criteria ranges from majoring in agriculture, medicine, or engineering to needing a summer work record or proof of volunteer work around the community.  Applications and guidelines can be located on their website:  Http://sccfks.org/listofscholarships.html Deadline is March 15.
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  • John Farney Scholarship of $1000 is sponsored by the Barber County Conservation District and will be awarded to a student his SECOND year of college with plans for a degree in a conservation-related field.  Deadline is March 30.  Applications are available at the conservation office.
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  • Kansas Society of CPAs is offering scholarships of $500 to $1300 to students who rank high in the ACS, plan to major in accounting, and demonstrate leadership through involvement in extracurricular activities.  Application details can be found at www.kscpa.org  Deadline is March 10.
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  • SCTelcom scholarships are available for students whose families are SCTelcome patrons in the Sun City, Lake City, Sharon area.  Applications and guidelines are available from Mrs. Their.  Deadline is March 1.
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  • FRS Scholarship applications offered by NTCA are available from Mrs. Theis and due March 1.  
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  • Southwestern College full tuition Pillars Academic and Moundbuilder Spirit scholarship information is available from Mrs. Theis.  The Pillars Academic scholarship requires a 3.5 GPA and ranking in the top 10% of the class; an ACT score of 25+ is recommended.  The Moundbuilder Spirit scholarship requires "well-rounded, considerate, hardworking, and community-minded applicants with a clear dedication to community, relentless work ethic, and at least at 3.2 GPA and ACT of 19+." 
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  • Barber County Cattlemen's Assn. Scholarships are $500.  Preference will be given to applicants with high levels of academic achievement and community service, agricultural majors, and involvement with Barber County Cattlemen's Assn. activities.  Applications are available from the Barber County Extension Office.  Deadline is Feb. 1.
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  • Pratt Regional Medical Center Scholarship is available online at www.prmc.org  They are offering two scholarships of $1000 each to students planning to enter the health care field.  Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
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  • ACT scheduled for Medicine Lodge on Saturday, Dec. 10, has been moved to another test center.  Students who signed up to take the test on that date need to check their email for the revised location information.
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  • Volunteers are needed for "Kids' Night" at Orscheln's on Sunday, Dec. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m.  Volunteers will be helping young children select gifts and wrap them.  Please see or email Mrs. Theis if you can help.  (Seniors -- Remember that those volunteer hours look very nice on college scholarship applications!)
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  • Chad Cargill ACT Preparation Workshop -- Our students have the opportunity to go to an ACT workshop at Alva on Wednesday, Dec. 7.  Chad Cargill will be the presenter.  If you are wanting to learn VALUABLE information to help you perform better on the ACT, then THIS is the workshop you will want to attend!  The cost is $35.  You will also need to bring a sack lunch or money to eat.  The workshop will begin at 9 a.m. and end around noon.  PLEASE let Mrs. Theis know BEFORE next Tuesday if you plan to attend. 

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  • Wells Fargo Scholarship Program for People with Disabilities -- These renewable scholarships are up to $2500/year, presented by Wells Fargo who is committed to empowering people with disabilities to obtain the education or training necessary to succeed in their chosen career path.  Applications are being accepted through Jan. 17 or until 700 applications are submitted, whichever comes first, and are available at https://www.scholarsapply.org/pwdscholarship/
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  • Parent/Teacher Conferences next Thursday and Friday are an important way for our teachers to communicate with parents.  PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND!
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  • ASVAB Score Interpretation meetings --   Parents, a Career Exploration Program Education Service Specialist will be here on Nov. 22, to personally interpret your child's score for you.  The specialist will personally guide you and your child through the "Exploring Careers" workbook and the "Occur-Find" booklet.  This will allow your child to get immediate answers to questions about the ASVAB, potential careers he/she discover during the exam interpretation, and will allow him/her to get additional advice for uses of his/her ASVAB results.  Please plan to attend either the 4 p.m. session or the 5:30 p.m. session.  We are requesting parents of 10th through 12th grade students who took the ASVAB try to attend a session WITH THEIR CHILD.  We are offering two sessions to accommodate for those parents wanting to meet right when school is out and another session for those working later and/or waiting on their child to get out of sports practice.  We will meet in our library.  If you don't know whether your child took the ASVAB test, please ask him/her or contact Mrs. Theis at ctheis@usd254.org  Thank you so much for supporting your child as we continue to assist him/her while planning for the future!
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  • NWOSU Ranger Preview is Saturday, Oct. 29.  Seniors may register online at www.nwosu.edu/form1   Highlights are a $600 Scholarship opportunity, free catered lunch, free Northwestern T-Shirt, free tickets to Northwestern volleyball match, free college admissions application, full campus/housing Tour,  NWOSU Rodeo in the Evening (small cost for admission to the rodeo.)  The schedule is
    • 8:00 AM-9:00 AM – Registration in Percefull Fieldhouse

      10:00 AM – Welcome from Dr. Cunningham

      Campus Tours/Meet with Faculty, Staff, and Student Organizations

      11:30 AM – Free Catered Lunch

      2:00 PM – Free Lady Ranger Volleyball Match for Ranger Preview Attendees

  • Pratt Community College's "College Planning Conference" is Wednesday, Oct. 26.  Students must register online at GoToCollegeFairs.com  This registration provides a barcode that students must PRINT and bring with them so PCC can use Automation Scanning to collect their information in the most efficient manner.  
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  • Fort Hays State University Tiger Day is Saturday, Nov. 12, beginning at 8:30 a.m.  All juniors, seniors, and transfer students are invited to spend a day on the campus and to attain important information regarding academic majors, scholarships, financial aid, student life, athletics, co-curricular activities, and much more.  Reservations must be made by Nov. 2 by going to www.fhsu.edu/admissions/tiger-day
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  • Reservations for Kansas University Jayhawk Days are available on a wide variety of dates at http://admissions.ku.edu/visit/jayhawkdays The visit will include basic info about admission, scholarships, financial aid, programs of study, a walking tour of campus, a residence tour, and more.
  • Barton Community College Senior Day is Saturday, Nov. 5, from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., followed by the basketball game.. Students will be treated to a campus and housing tour, advisor session, and a drawing for two $500 scholarships, two 7-inch tablets, and more prizes!  Students will learn valuable info from the Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Life, and Housing departments.  Numerous advisors and faculty members will be on hand for the Advisor session.  
  • Fort Hays State University Science Day is Monday, Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  All high school juniors and seniors who are interested in the physical sciences are invited.  Biological science, chemistry, physics, and geoscience will be highlighted throughout the day.  Students will rotate to different labs for experimental sessions.  RSVP for this FREE event at 1-800-628-FHSU by Nov. 7.  
  • Cowley College main campus is hosting Event Days of Health Human Service, Social Science, Business Computer Information and Technology, Senior Day, Math and Science, Arts and Humanities, and Junior Day.  The day includes lunch, meeting current students, faculty, and staff, prizes, and information on residential life, clubs, athletics, academics, and activities.  Register online at cowley.edu/cevents
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  • Hutchinson Community College Fire Science Field Day is Wednesday, Oct. 19. Students may register at www.hutchcc.edu/fieldday
  • Barton Community College will be hosting Senior Day on Saturday, Nov. 5. Students will have the opportunity to hear from several departments on campus including Admissions, Financial Aid, and Student Life. They will meet with an advisor in their planned program of study, tour campus, and cheer on the Cougars at the Best Western Classic basketball games in the evening. Sign up for Senior Day at senior day.bartonccc.edu by Oct. 31.
  • Barton Community College will be hosting Junior Day on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Juniors will be given a chance to observe what a real college class is like. based on their areas of interest. Some of Barton's most popular majors will be available -- Nursing, Business, Art, and Athletic Training.
  • Kansas wants to help send your kids to college -- K.I.D.S. is Kansas Investments Developing Scholars. It's a matching grant program administered by the Ks. State Treasurer's Office. The State of Kansas will match up to $600 for each student for whom eligible account owners open a Ks. Learning Quest 529 Education Savings Program account with a minimum of $25. Get more info at KansasStateTreasurer.com/KIDS

 

  • "Shadow Day" at Ft. Hays State University is Oct. 26, Nov. 1, or Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day. Juniors and Seniors will become a college student for the day and have the opportunity to participate in an actual college class, have lunch at McMindes Hall Cafe, and be taken on an official FHSU campus tour. Parent sessions about Financial Adi and Residential Life are also available. Registration will close Oct. 19 or when the 15 spots are filled. RSVP online at www.fhsu.edu/leadership

 

  • ATTENTION ALL SENIORS AND PARENTS OF SENIORS:   There will be a VERY important FINANCIAL AID meeting on Wednesday, October 12, at 5:30 p.m. in the library.  The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) will change this year in that the date to complete your FAFSA will now open on October 1, 2016, instead of waiting until January 1, 2017, as it has been in the past.  This is a meeting that both parents and students will want to attend! Mark your calendars now!

 

  • Sophomores and Juniors wanting to take the PSAT need to sign up with Mrs. Theis. (This is NOT the ACT.)

 

  • Prudential Spirit of Community Award applications are available at http://spirit.prudential.com Students who have participated in community service activities over the past year may apply by Nov. 8 for a chance at an unrestricted award of $1000 or more and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C. in the spring for four days.

 

  • University Tutor's Scholarship Contest -- University Tutor holds a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest where students write a short essay in response to a monthly prompt. The submitted essays are reviewed by University Tutor staff at the end of the month and one winner is chosen to receive the $1,000 college scholarship. Interested students can enter the contest here: http://www.universitytutor.com/scholarship-contest

 

  • National ACT testing dates for 2016-2017 are
    • Sept. 10 -- registration deadline is Aug. 5
    • Oct. 22 -- registration deadline is Sept. 16
    • Dec. 10 -- registration deadline is Nov. 4
    • Feb. 11 -- registration deadline is Jan. 13
    • April 8 -- registration deadline is March 3
    • June 10 -- registration deadline is May 5

 

  • ACT Fee Waiver Eligibility Requirements for 2016-2017:
    • Be currently enrolled in 11th or 12th grade.
    • Be a U.S. citizen
    • Meet one or more of the indicators of economic need listed below:
      • Enrolled in a federal free or reduced-price lunch program at school
      • Enrolled in program for economically disadvantaged (like Gear Up or Upward Bound)
      • Reside in a foster home, is a ward of the state, or is homeless
      • Family receives low-income public assistance or lives in federally subsidized public housing
      • Family's total annual income is at or below USDA levels for free or reduced-price lunches

 

  • 2016 State Masonic Essay Contest has prizes from $500 to $4000.  Deadline is Dec. 1.  Talk to Mrs. Theis for more information.

 

 

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