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Urbandale High School

Senior Bulletin October 15, 2013

Transcript Information Transcripts should be requested from Mrs. Gibson, by completing the gold “Request for Transcript” form available in the Guidance Office or downloading the Transcript Request form from the website.  All seniors requesting transcripts must pay a one-time $2.00 fee.  This covers all transcripts needed during your senior year and must be paid with your first transcript request. Please check due dates CAREFULLY, and plan ahead!

College and Scholarship Application Documents that must be completed by a school counselor must be submitted to Mrs. Gibson and/or your counselor at least five (5) school days before postmark deadline. The Guidance Office needs at least 5 days to make sure that all materials are completed and signed, a transcript is printed, and item is mailed by the due date.  Please check due dates CAREFULLY, and plan ahead!

Any college or scholarship application document, due less than five (5) school days from the day that you submit it to the Guidance Office and request a transcript, is not guaranteed to be prepared on time. 

Letters of Recommendation are not entitlements; they are earned. They should be politely requested, in person, at least two weeks before the deadline, from someone who knows you. It takes time to craft a well-written recommendation that reflects the uniqueness of the student.

Please provide, in writing, 1) to whom it is written, 2) for what purpose it is being written, 3) does the reader of the recommendation provide any instructions? If so, include them, 4) provide the deadline, 5) provide an envelope with the reader’s name/address, etc., 6) if the writer is to comment on your participation, honors, awards, etc., provide a list of your participation, honors, awards, etc. Say “Thank you”.

Resources A variety of test preparation, financial aid, and post-secondary materials are available for check out. Please see Mrs. Gibson in the Guidance Office. 

ACT Testing ACT National Test Dates:

Saturday, October 26, 2013 Late Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required) October 11, 2013

Saturday, December 14, 2013 Registration Deadline November 8, 2013 Late Registration (Late Fee Required) November 9-22, 2013

Saturday, February 8, 2014 Registration Deadline January 10 Late Registration (Late Fee Required) January 11-24, 2014, UHS does not offer ACT testing on this date. Check for other DSM sites.

Saturday, April 12, 2014 Registration Deadline March 7, 2014 Late Registration (Late Fee Required) March 8-21, 2014

Saturday, June 14, 2014 Registration Deadline May 9, 2014 Late Registration (Late Fee Required) May 10-23, 2014

Standby Testing If you miss the registration deadline for a test date, you can try to test standby. Instructions for standby testing are available online at If you are already registered for a previous or future test date, try to make a Test Date Change instead. Standby testing may be available at test sites on a first come first served basis for each test date.

College Representative Visits

Tuesday, October 15 9:50 a.m. Creighton University

10:35 a.m. AIB College of Business
Wednesday, October 16 9:50 a.m. University of South Dakota

1:00 p.m. Loras College

Wednesday, October 23 9:50 a.m. Luther College

1:00 p.m. Bradley University

Thursday, October 24 8:00 a.m. Grinnell College
Monday, October 28 8:50 a.m. Iowa State University
Tuesday, October 29 8:00 a.m. Avila University

8:50 a.m. Des Moines Area Community College

9:50 a.m. Ashford College

11:20 a.m. Buena Vista University

1:00 p.m. Iowa Lakes Community College
Thursday, October 31 9:50 a.m. Grand View University
Wednesday, November 6 1:00 p.m. St. Mary’s University
Tuesday, November 19 2:28 p.m. Missouri Western State University

Search for outside scholarships - these sites are updated regularly:

Timberline Billing Service, LLC offers the TBS Scholarship Award, five $2,000 scholarships, to students who either have an active IEP or have exited their IEP within the past four years. Students must have applied to an educational institution for 2014-15. Information is in the Scholarship Drawer in the Guidance Office. Applications will be received until December 1, 2013.

The Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) is offering Alice Barton Scholarships (a scholarship for domestic violence survivors). Twenty-three $1000 scholarships will be awarded in 2014. For information and application information, visit Application deadline is December 6, 2013.
The Frerichs Booster Club $500 Scholarship is awarded annually to one senior male and one senior female, based on their academic profile, involvement in high school athletics, involvement in community activities and the recommendation of others. The application is posted online at on the Booster Club page. The submission deadline is December 4, 2013.
The Urbandale Community Schools Education Foundation George E. and Helen E. Newsom Scholarship is awarded annually to one male and one female senior Urbandale High School student in an amount not to exceed $2,500. The application is posted online at and must be postmarked by March 1, 2014.
The U.S. Air Force ROTC is a college program offered at over 1000 U.S. colleges and universities. There are scholarships offered in connection with the ROTC programs. You can learn more at and

ClaimAid, in coordination with Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) is offering two $2,000 scholarships to graduating seniors who will be continuing their education at a college or university: 1) The Star Student Scholarship of Iowa – Special Education graduating senior student and 2) The Special Education Teacher Scholarship of Iowa – graduating senior student planning to study Education, specifically Special Education. Apply online at by January 15, 2014.
The Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union is offering 2 separate awards: The E. Wayne Cooley Scholarship Award (five $1,000 and one $15,000) and the Robert Smiley Scholarship Award ($1,000). If you would like to be considered as a nominee for one of these awards, please submit a completed copy of your Senior Rec and Activity forms to the UHS Guidance office by November 15, 2013. Information and qualifications may be found online at
The Des Moines Women’s Club Scholarships are offered in the following categories: Art - $1500, Drama - $1500, Instrumental Music – $1500, Literature – $1500, Vocal Music - $1500, Performing Arts/Dance - $1500, and Any Feld of Study - $1000. Applications and instructions for the scholarships may be found online at Applications must be postmarked by January 24, 2014.
The Foundation for Sight & Sound is proud to offer a total of nine scholarships for high school seniors with vision or hearing challenges who are continuing on to college or a vocational school. One student in each category will be awarded $500. Focus categories are for the hard of hearing, visually challenged and a student who is blind. Applications are available online at
The Hy-Vee Foundation Scholarship Program awards 40 - $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors working for Hy-Vee or subsidiary who began employment on or before September 15, 2013 or a high school senior son and/or daughter of a full-, regular-, or part-time Hy-Vee or subsidiary employee who has a minimum of six months employment as of September 15, 2013. Information and application is posted online at under Company Info. Applications must be postmarked by February 10, 2014.
The Horatio Alger Association scholarship program provides assistance to students who will graduate in spring of 2014, have financial need and have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity. Submit an application at by October 25, 2013.

The UNIBusiness Dean’s Scholarships are offered to students who are high school seniors, have ACT math and composite scores of 27 or higher and have interest in pursuing a business major at UNI. To apply, go to and click on the UNIversity Scholarship Application. Follow directions for the CBA (College of Business Administration) Freshman Scholarship, located under the Business tab. Applications must be received by Sunday, December 15, 2013.

The NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards are non-renewable scholarships created to recognize young people who have demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit and initiative. An applicant must be a graduating senior entering his or her freshman year at an accredited two-or four-year university, college or vocational institute in the fall of 2014 and must be running his or her own small business. Scholarships are merit-based. Information and online applications are available at Students may contact the scholarship manager at with questions. Apply through December 18, 2013.

The Grand Lodge of Iowa, A.F. & A.M. Scholarship Selection Committee is pleased to announce that scholarships will be awarded to a number of students that will graduate this academic year from Iowa public high schools. Applications and information are available in the Scholarship Drawer in the Guidance Office and online at Completed applications must be postmarked by February 3, 2014.

The Grand Lodge of Iowa, A.F. & A.M. Masonic Charitable Education Corporation is pleased to offer the MCEC Technical Scholarships. The scholarships, known as the “Mark Earl and Esther Ruth Spencer Technical Scholarships”, will be awarded to a number of graduating Iowa public high school seniors who plan to enroll in a mechanical or trade course of study at an accredited Iowa community college. Applications and information are available in the Scholarship Drawer in the Guidance Office and online at Completed applications must be postmarked by March 3, 2014.

Mediacom Communications, through its World Class Scholarship Program, is offering $1,000 non-renewable scholarships to senior high school students in areas of 15 states where it conducts business. Information and applications are available at Application deadline is February 15, 2014.

The High School Abuse Prevention Magazine will award a $500 scholarship to a graduating senior with each issue (fall & spring) they publish in Iowa. Application includes an essay about a personal encounter you or someone you know has had with abuse. Information and scholarship requirements can be found online at

The Elks National Foundation offers the 2014 Most Valuable Student Scholarship, based on scholarship, leadership and financial need. For downloadable applications and additional information visit Application deadline is December 6, 2013.

The Elks National Foundation offers ENF Legacy Awards to students of Elks families. Legacy Awards applications are available online only at, and must be submitted by noon on January 31, 2014.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation awards $3 million a year in scholarships to 250 deserving students. Apply online at Application deadline is October 31, 2013.

The AXA Achievementsm Scholarship in association with U.S. News & World Report provides $670,000 in annual scholarships to young people throughout the nation. You may qualify for an AXA Achievement Scholarship if you are active in your community, have led a project that benefits others and have overcome personal challenges. Learn more and download an application at Apply by December 15, 2013.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) offers scholarships through their “Free Speech” essay contest. High school juniors and seniors are eligible to participate. Awards range from $1,000 to $10,000. For specific instructions and online application go to Entry deadline is January 1, 2014.

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program This renewable, need-based scholarship provides financial support and mentorship throughout a Gates Scholar’s undergraduate career and in some cases into graduate school. There are several qualifying factors. A student is eligible to be considered for a GMS scholarship if he/she is African American, American Indian/Alaska native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American and is a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the United States, having earned a cumulative high school GPA of 3.3. The student must meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria, enroll full time at a U.S. located, accredited college or university in the fall of 2012 as a first time first-year student, and have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities. Applications should be completed on the GMS website at Completed applications must be submitted online before Monday, January 15, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Prairie Meadows offers two $2,500 scholarships to graduating seniors from Urbandale High School. Applicants must enroll as a full-time student at an Iowa college/university/trade/technical institution, be a U.S. citizen for at least two consecutive years, and earn a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale while in high school. Visit for more information and an application.  Completed applications are due to Mrs. Gibson in the Guidance Office by April 4, 2014.

Iowa State University: Go to for additional information on scholarships at Iowa State University.

The University of Iowa: Go to to review all scholarships available to full-time first-year students entering the University directly from high school.

University of Northern Iowa: Go to for information regarding scholarships available to UNI students.

Websites is a college search engine that lists over 5,500 accredited colleges and universities in the U.S.  Students may search for a college by program, school type, location or athletic interest.  With the student’s interest in mind, the website is free for everyone to use and requires no registration.  Students may also sign up to win a $2,000 scholarship, awarded four times each year.  Go to and click on “Win a Scholarship” to sign up to win. is a site with information to assist you in selecting a college major. is greatly improved. It now:

·       Recommends 5 majors appropriate to a student’s background from among 100 of the most commonly found majors (40 more than previously)

·       Improves the logic used to make recommendations, including the asking of questions about a student’s extracurricular activities and high school electives

·       Contains more helpful content about majors and college planning

·       Offers links to colleges offering the various majors

The Christian Connector, Inc. provides a free Christian college information service as well as a $2,500 Christian college scholarship drawing. Go to to request information and be entered in the 42,500 scholarship drawing.

Help in completing the FAFSA:

The American Legion’s college financial aid handbook “Need a Lift?” is available online at This is a complete financial-aid reference guide to veterans, veterans’ dependents and members of the American Legion family, containing information on federal and state veterans benefits, scholarships for veterans and their dependents, and Legionnaires and their family members.

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