Senior Scholarships and Announcements (Set 1—September 1, 2017)

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Senior Scholarships and Announcements (Set 1—September 1, 2017)

  1. Keep a senior folder to stay informed, reminded, and organized about all of your senior year responsibilities. Use your senior handbook as a reference guide. Senior handbook and senior handouts will be posted on the school website on the Guidance page: click Files, then Seniors 2018.

  2. Important Dates: Homecoming Oct 13, Prom April 6; Awards Day May 15 at 1:00pm ; Graduation May 24 at 7:00pm

    1. Sign up with Mrs. Singleton today if interested in Homecoming Court; Sign up with Mrs. Childress today if interested in Prom Committee.

  3. Yearbook pictures for senior boys: Thursday Sept 7 in the auditorium- We will send for you- go to class until called. Tux is provided by photographer; wear a white undershirt and get a haircut . Girls (and some guys) have signed up for appointments at the studio already. Be on time and keep your appointment! If you need to cancel, call Greg 476-4135. Proofs will be provided; those who purchase packages can opt for touch ups.

  4. Yearbook Staff will be selling ads (senior casual pictures/ messages for the back of the yearbook) in October. Schedule casual shots now if you haven’t already.

  5. Senior Fees are $110. This covers Prom ($75) and Graduation ($35). If you are not going to prom, you only pay $35. Fees go to Mrs. Childress. After first semester (December 20), fees will increase by $25.

  6. Graduation supply order packets will go home with you on Oct 24. This will include cap and gown (required), invitations, and keepsake items.

  7. Begin applying to colleges NOW… at least 2-3. (Don’t wait on an ACT score or GPA. Those can be updated later). Guidance Office has some hard copies of applications, but colleges encourage applying online. Go to the college website and click on “Admissions” or “Prospectiv/Future Students” and follow directions to apply for undergraduate admission. For colleges with admission application fees, students on free/reduced lunch can use 2 waivers from Guidance Office.

    1. Refer to your senior handbook page 9-11 about types of colleges and how to choose a college. For example, do they offer the degree program you are interested in? Do you / can you meet their ACT/ GPA /course requirements?

    2. When you apply, the college will need your high school transcript. Use your account at (we will create your accounts in gov/econ next week in class!) to request a transcript to be sent. Students on free/reduced lunch get 4 free mailings. All other mailings will cost about $3.25 each.

    3. Other admission requirements: 2-year colleges will require a notarized proof of ID. You can take care of this anytime this year onsite at the college. Some colleges also require a residency signature page. Make sure you complete ALL admission requirements (forms, ID, transcript request, payment/application fee) for each college you apply to, and do so before their deadlines*. Refer to your senior handbook, page 22 for college admission info and scholarship application deadlines.

      1. *Updates to p. 22: JSU deadline Feb 1; Troy deadline Dec 1. Also, Bama auto-ACT scholarship threshold is now 27.

    4. Many colleges now require that ACT scores be sent directly to them from ACT. Log in to your ACT account ( to send scores if you did not list them when you tested.

  8. TAKE THE ACT. Remember, colleges use ACT for admission and scholarship determination. Higher ACT = $$$ for you.

    1. If you are taking the ACT Sept 9: Be here by 8:00 am. Students must be registered; bring picture ID, admission ticket, calculator, and pencil.

    2. ACT October 28. Deadline to register without a late fee is Sept 22. Register at Fee Waivers available in Guidance Office for Free/Reduced lunch or Talent Search students. Make sure you list college codes (who will get your scores), as well as NCAA (code 9999) if you plan to play collegiate sports. Our school code is 011930 and testing center code is 162870. You must upload a picture ID. The October Test is the LAST ACT for scholarship consideration for colleges with a December deadline. Writing portion is required for Alabama, Auburn, UAB, and UAH.

    3. Sign up for an ACT Workshop in the Guidance Office. Sunday afternoons from 3-5pm on October 8, Oct 15, and Oct 22. $15 per session or $40 for all three (Science, English/Reading, and Math). These workshops will be offered by local teachers.

  9. ASVAB Test for Military entrance is Nov 14. See Mrs. Martin if you need to take or re-take this test.

  10. Attend College Preview/ Campus visit days. Info posted beside senior classrooms on pink flyers. Remember you can attend 2 college visits as excused school days this year. (+E-Day at AL is Oct 5 – college of engineering and computer science – Register by Sept 29)

  11. Explore college and career pathways at helpful websites like ,,,,, and We also have a career coach (Melissa Godsey) who can meet with you individually to help you explore the best career pathway for you. She will be here on Mondays.

  12. If you plan to play collegiate sports, register for NCAA eligibility at Fee waivers available for free/reduced lunch students.

  13. EVERYONE COMPLETES THE FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid. First Step: All seniors and their parents must create an FSA ID at Step 2: Your parents will need to pull their 2016 tax return documents to complete the 2017-18 FAFSA at The application opens October 1, and we will have a Financial Aid Assistance Night on October 2 @6pm in the library for those who need help.

  14. Use FREE* scholarship search sites like;,,,, and to do your own personal scholarship searches. I will list scholarships each month but there are THOUSANDS more to research as potential money makers for you! Also remember that I will usually only list “community” scholarships. GO TO COLLEGE WEBSITES to apply for College scholarships such as leadership, foundational, or academic scholarships. Each college has its own process for scholarship applications, so become familiar with the steps and deadlines necessary for YOUR colleges of interest! *NEVER PAY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH.

  15. So far these college guests are on the calendar to visit us. Let me know if there are others you want to invite!

Sept 21: Bama; Oct 6: UNA, UAH, UAB; Nov 3: UWA, USA, A&M, Miss St.; Dec 1: NWS; Calhoun will also be coming later this fall.







Better Business Bureau 2017 Torch Awards (11-12)

Leadership, Community Service, Academics, Essay


September 20

Quest Bridge National College Match*

Top 5-10% in class; ACT 28; household earning less than $65,000


Sept 27

*See their list of college partners before applying

Hit the Books

Essay (500 words or less)

$500 for books and materials

Sept 30 fall award

Jan 31 spring award

Don’t Text and Drive

(Grades 9-12)

140 Character message about text/driving;

Finalist will be asked to write an essay


Sept 30

Shout it Out (9-12)

Essay Contest (250 words or less)


Sept 30

Wendy’s High School Heisman

Senior student athlete with at least a 3.0 average; each school has a girl and boy winner (recognition only)

Varies; school can win up to $5000

October 2

AES Engineers Scholarship

GPA; Personal essay; for students going into engineering


Oct 6

click Scholarships for essay topic

Pelican Water Sustainability Scholarship

3.5 GPA; Essay; Letter of Recommendation

$500 - $1500

Oct 15

Click “About” then Scholarship

Horatio Alger

Perseverance through adversity, financial need (<$55K), GPA 2.0+, community service

Up to $25,000

Oct 25

*Mrs. Martin must certify all applicants

Voice of Democracy (9-12)

Audio Essay, 3-5 minutes on the given topic

Up to $30,000

Oct 31

See Mrs. Martin, Mr. Vanderploeg, or Mr. Bradford

Zombie Apocalypse (9-12)

Essay Contest


Oct 31

Coca-Cola Scholars

Academics, Leadership, Service


Oct 31

Prudential Spirit of Community (9-12)

Significant volunteer / community service

$1000 and a trip to DC

Nov 7

Smith Scholarship Foundation

Community service; financial need; FAFSA completed

Up to $15,000

Opens Sept 15

Deadline Jan 5

Linly Heflin

Female seniors who will attend a 4-year college in AL; based on need and academic records

$5000 x4 years

Dec 31

Unigo 10K Scholarship


Short answer to a challenge question


Dec 31

Scholarship Zone



Drawings all year- next one is Dec 31


***Ask your parents if their workplace or bank/ credit union offers scholarships for dependents. NUCOR and Listerhill are 2 examples who do so.

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