www.usnews.com/rankings ~ This site focuses on college ranking according to II variables, including freshmen retention, graduation rates, student/ faculty ratio and peer assessment.
ASVAB (Juniors and Seniors)
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) will be administered at school on Thursday, October 18th beginning at 8:15. Any junior or senior who is interested in taking this assessment should sign the list on the bulletin board outside of Mrs. Hamilton's office by the end of the school day on September 27th. See Mrs. Hamilton if you have questions.
Seniors Parents!! Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Opens October 1st
On October 1st, complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
It is extremely important to complete the application as close to October 1st as possible. Procrastinating will push your child into the back of the line in terms of monies available. When the money runs out, those students at the end of the line are out of luck.
FAFSA Completion Workshop October 16th at 6:30 p.m.
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission representative will be here on October 16th at 6:30 p.m. to help with the completion of the FAFSA. She can also do her best to field any financial aid questions that might be on your mind. If you are interested in participating, please contact me by email or phone before Oct 2nd. .
SWIC Manufacturing Day-Granite City Campus Friday, October 4th 8-2 p.m. Visit for more information https://www.swic.edu/academics/academic-divisions/technical-education/manufacturing-day/
This section will include scholarship information, upcoming dates for visits from college representatives, state and national testing information, and other hopefully helpful insight to support your student. Although much
of the information will be geared toward upper-classmen, it is never too early to begin identifying possible scholarship programs for your student. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 965-3432.
Information concerning scholarships will be available three different ways.
(Please remind your student that it is their responsibility to obtain the
1 It will be included in Mrs. Haertling's weekly email newsletter
2 Posted on the school website with announcements
3 Paper copy can be obtained from the Counselor’s Corner bulletin board in the main hallway
Washington University Danforth Scholars Program- Any seniors planning on
applying to Washington University in St. Louis should talk to Mrs. Hamilton
about the Danforth Scholars Program. December 15th is the deadline for
applications for the scholarship program.
Coca-Cola Scholars Program- Coca-Cola will be giving 150-$20,000 to graduating seniors. Applications can be found at https://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/apply/
Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VFW’s) premier scholarship program. Each year, almost 40,000 high school students compete for more than $2 million in scholarships and incentives. Students compete by writing and recording an audio essay on an annual patriotic theme. "Why My Vote Matters." is the 2019-2020 theme for the VFW's Voice of Democracy scholarship program. Students compete by writing and recording a 3-5 minute audio essay on the above mentioned theme. This particular award is open to any student in grades 9-12. The deadline for this scholarship is October 31st. For more information see Mrs. Hamilton or go to https://vfworg-cdn.azureedge.net/-/media/VFWSite/Files/Community/Youth-and-Education/Voice-of-Democracy-Entry-Form-Fillable.pdf?la=en&v=1&d=20190903T205840Z
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards- This award is designed to recognize and honor middle and high school students who demonstrate youth volunteerism. To be considered you must fill out a nomination form at
http://spirit.prudential.com . The forms must be submitted by November 5th, 2019. These are then judged by the school and the most deserving student's form will be submitted for competition at the state level. State winners are eligible for a scholarship worth at least $1000, a medallion, and a trip to Washington DC. See the bulletin board for more information. Please let Mrs. Hamilton know if you have applied for this scholarship.
If you are interested in applying to one of the following schools, you may be eligible for a WACE Scholarship…Clarkson University, Drexel University, Johnson & Wales University, Merrimack College, Rochester Institute of Technology, State University of New York Oswego, The University of Toledo, University of Cincinnati, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Wentworth Institute of Technology. Application Deadline is February 15th, 2020.
United States Senate Youth Program- This contest is open to high school juniors and seniors. If you are selected, the first phase involves and all expenses paid trip to Washington DC in March 7-14 of 2020. The second phase is a scholarship contest that awards $10,000 scholarships to selected students. For more information go to http://www.isbe.net/pages/United-States-Senate-Youth-Program-Hearst-Scholarship.aspx or see Mrs. Hamilton. Deadline is Tuesday, October 1st, 2019.
Horatio Alger Association Scholarship Programs- This scholarship program provides financial assistance to students throughout the nation who have
financial need and have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming
personal adversity. Scholarships range in value from $5000 to $22,000. The
deadline to apply is October 25th. You may apply at https://scholars.horatioalger.org/applicants/.
Acorn Equality Fund- The Acorn Equality is a grassroots organization that provides academic scholarships for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, transgender (GLBT) persons and their children in Illinois' downstate counties. The 2020 scholarships range from $1000 to $5000. For more information go to https://www.acornequalityfund.org/scholarships--grants.html . The deadline to apply is Sept. 20, 2019.
Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship- The application for this scholarship can be found at http://www.elks.org/ENF/scholars/mvs.cfm . The applicant does not need to be related to a member of the Elks to apply. The completed application must be delivered to the Elks Lodge closest to the student’s permanent U.S. address, no later than November 5, 2019. See the counselor for more details.
Elks Legacy Awards are $4,000 scholarships for children and grandchildren of Elks members. The Foundation will offer a total of 250 awards in the 2019 contest. Applications will be due online by January 31 2019, at 11:59 a.m. Central Time. For more information visit http://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/Legacy.cfm
(The above mentioned websites have not been vetted at length. Please do your own research in order to make an informed decision as to whether or not the opportunity is appropriate for you.)