Excelsior Springs High School January 2011 Guidance & Counseling
Dear Seniors & Senior Parents, Graduation Requirements
It seems this year is flying by! Remember to keep an eye on your grades in classes
needed for graduation. The counselors will be meeting
Don’t let your opportunities fly by, too. with all seniors on January 12th & 13th to review credits
It’s not too late to do most college and courses needed for graduation. A letter home will
applications, but the deadlines will be follow shortly after these meetings and will outline for the
here soon. Also, it is just the right time students and parents exactly which courses and how many
credits each senior needs in order to graduate. Please
to work on your FAFSA, the first step in
monitor your/your student’s progress in these courses and
qualifying for grants, loans and work- contact the appropriate counselor at any time with
study. Plan on attending the Financial concerns.
Aid Night mentioned in this newsletter
for more information, but basically the Dates to Remember
FAFSA requires information from a Senior Financial Aid Night will be January 27th
student and parents’ 2010 tax forms at 7:00 PM in the ESHS Library. This is important for
and cannot be filed until January 1, everyone who will attend any kind of post-secondary
institution. A financial aid expert will be here to inform
2011. You can estimate from your students and parents on how to file the FAFSA (Free
2009 forms, but you would have to Application for Federal Student Aid) and to answer any
revise later and your aid would likely questions about this process. The FAFSA is a
change. The easiest thing to do, if requirement for students expecting to access A+ money
for school, and it is the gateway to many financial aid
possible, is to do your taxes early and resources such as grants, loans and work-study.
do the FAFSA early (by the end of Feb)
for your best financial aid MCC Careers Unilimited
opportunities. There is a copy of the MCC will host this event on February 9th at 8:30-9:30 AM
FAFSA worksheet attached to this or 12:30 -1:30 PM at the Business & Technology campus
to feature MCC’s 80+ career and technical programs.
newsletter to help you prepare to RSVP to Katie Cone at email@example.com
complete the application online.
Don’t forget to watch those A+ Transition Workshop
scholarship deadlines! More and more Learn how to use you’re A+ benefits at MCC as well as
local scholarships will be announced in how to transfer to a four-year institution on Tuesday, Feb.
the next several months and we must 8th from 6-8 PM or Tuesday, March 22nd from 6-8 PM.
To attend, sign up at www.mcckc.edu/visitmw or call
strictly adhere to those deadlines. But 816-6-4-3263.
local scholarships are great because
someone from ESHS is guaranteed to Missouri Cadet Patrol Academy
be awarded those scholarships, and The American Legion and the Missouri State Highway
scholarships are funds that you don’t Patrol sponsor this program from June 5 – 10th for any
students interested in law enforcement as a career. The
have to repay, unless there are $400 fee may be covered in part by the American Legion.
specifics mentioned in the Applications are available in the guidance office and are
announcement. due by February 15, 2011.
ESHS Parent/Teacher Conferences Financial Aid Tips
ESHS will be hosting Parent/Teacher conferences of
1. Watch deadlines.
February 17th from 2-8PM. This is an excellent
2. Get help - call your high school counselor,
opportunity to speak with your student’s teachers.
college admissions representative and college
financial aid office.
FAFSA Frenzy 3. File a FAFSA early- even if you don’t think
Sunday, February 13th 2-4 PM you’ll qualify. www.fafsa.ed.gov
Take advantage of this opportunity to get help completing 4. Apply for every scholarship you qualify for.
your FAFSA form. All seniors and their parents are 5. Avoid scholarship scams – never pay money for
invited to FAFSA Frenzy, hosted by Maple Woods, a scholarship search. This information is
Liberty High School, NWMSU, MWSU and other available for free on the internet.
locations. Check out the following website for more 6. Register with scholarship websites.
http://www.dhe.mo.gov/ Does Missouri Western University accept A+ for
Need a summer job? The answer is “yes,” but only for one-year and two-year
Wonderland Camp is looking for employees for the associate programs. Four-year bachelor degree programs
upcoming summer to work at a residential summer camp are not covered by the A+ program
at Lake of the Ozarks for children and adults with special
needs. For an application or more information go to Midwest Student Exchange Program
www.wonderlandcamp.org Applications are due by MHEC is a program that enables residents from Missouri
February 18, 2011. to enroll in designated institutions and programs in
Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota and Nebraska at reduced
Lunch Visits tuition levels. The goal is to provide more affordable
College & Military Recruiters educational opportunities for students to attend out-of-
January 6th-Marines state institutions. Check out the following website for
January 20th-Navy and Washburn University more information:
ACT – UPCOMING TEST DATES
Test Date Registration Deadline Kindest Kansas Citian Essay Contest
Feb. 12th Jan. 7th Synergy Services is once again proud to announce the
April 9 th
Mar. 4th Kindest Kansas Citian essay contest. Students at any
June 11 th
May 6th grade level are invited to write an essay about a non-
If you still need to (re)take the ACT, you can, but hurry family member who has made a difference to them
and register ASAP! You can still late register or test personally. Forms are available at
stand-by for the February test for an extra fee. www.synergyservices.org and must be post-marked by
February 11, 2011.
MU Music Audition Days are Feb. 21st and March 5th.
Music Students should apply for admission to MU as College Visit Days
soon as possible to be considered for other scholarships, Many universities still have special days set aside for you
too. Go to music.missouri.edu or call 573-882-4471 for to visit their campuses this spring. Take advantage of any
more information. scheduled days with no school to make any last minute
Senior Tidbits visits. See college websites or call the admissions offices
College Applications –Remember to let the guidance for more information. See your counselor if you need any
office know if you have completed an application online, help.
so that we will know to mail your transcript. If you do a
paper application, bring it in and we will mail it with your
transcript for you!
Check out the following websites for scholarship and
financial aid information:
Scholarships John Dennis Scholarship ($1,000)
This scholarship is for criminal justice majors who
Many universities offer competitive, academic
scholarships for students who apply early. Sometimes will be attending a Missouri college or university.
these applications are automatic with your admissions Applicants must be in good standing with their
application and some require additional applications. school, have a good reference from their school
Check with the universities that you are interested in for counselor, demonstrate financial need, have a 2.0
the various scholarships that you may qualify for. GPA or greater, and be active in extra-curricular
Examples -Mizzou offers scholarships through activities. Email Karen@mosheriffs.com to obtain
the Trulaske College of Business and the deadlines for an application. They are due to the guidance office
these scholarships are Feb. 1st. Mizzou also offers the by January 26, 2011.
Alumni Scholars program with amounts from $500 to
$5000. You do not have to be related to an MU graduate
James L & Nellie M. Westlake Scholarship
to qualify. Apply online at www.mizzou.com/scholarship
by Feb. 1st. Program (award covering tuition, books &
Colorado Technical University (CTU) offers a supplies)
$3000 JUMP Start scholarship to qualified applicants. This scholarship is for seniors from Missouri who
Cottey College – several scholarships are plan to enroll in a four-year university or college.
offered through P.E.O. International. Visit Applicants must demonstrate financial need with an
www.peointernational.org to find out about their Cottey EFC of $7,000 or less and a family adjusted gross
College scholarships and others. income of $50,000 or less. They also must have at
Northwest offers a scholarship for students least a 2.5 GPA. Applications are available in the
interested in majoring in Family & Consumer Sciences, guidance office or online at
due to NWMSU by Feb. 1st.
are due to the guidance office by January 27, 2011.
Watch our due dates! Sometimes, for processing MSPE Western Chapter Scholarship ($1500)
and mailing time, we have the scholarships due to us Seniors interested in engineering should apply for
earlier than the dates on the applications. this scholarship. Eligibility requirements include a
minimum 3.0 GPA, minimum ACT math subscores
Donate Life – North Kansas City Hospital of 29 and 25 in English, enrollment in an ABET-
Scholarship ($750, $1,000 or $1,500) EAC accredited program. Letters of
Create a project to increase awareness about organ recommendation and an essay are required. All
and tissue donation to win one of these scholarships. materials are due to the guidance office by January
Creativity is encouraged! Entries must be 28, 2011.
postmarked by Jan. 14, 2011. More information is
available in the counseling office. Ray-Carroll County Grain Growers Scholarship
Mensa Education and Research Foundation Students who are children of Ray-Carroll members
Scholarship Essay Contest forms may be or members of Ray-Carroll themselves may apply
downloaded at for this scholarship. Applications, essays and
http://www.mensafoundation.org/scholarships/ or teacher recommendation forms are due to the
are available in the guidance office. Entries must be counseling office by January 28, 2011.
postmarked on or before January 15, 2011 and this
contest is open to any senior. ACT National High School Poster Concept
Washington Crossing Foundation Scholarship This contest is open to juniors & seniors to design a
($1,000-$5,000) poster, including ACT visuals and tagline that
History buff? Enjoy politics? Government or encourages students to attend college and to take the
military service in your future? Visit www.gwcf.org ACT test. Visit www.actstudent.org/postercontest to
to apply for this scholarship by January 15, 2011. access more information. Posters and applications
must be postmarked by January 31, 2011.
DECA Scholarships above. To complete this scholarship please visit
DECA has a variety of scholarships offered based on www.co-op.edu
your part-time work experience and DECA
participation. Many are due soon (Jan.-Feb.) Please Kansas City Associated Equipment Distributors
see Mrs. Smith at the Career Center, your DECA Scholarship ($1,000)
sponsor for applications and details. Students interested in pursuing a certificate or
associates degree program in the areas of diesel
KFC Colonel’s Scholarship Program ($5,000- mechanics or heavy equipment repair should apply
renewable for 4 years) for this scholarship. Applicant must enroll to be
This scholarship is for students with at least a 2.75 full-time students and must have a minimum 2.5
cumulative GPA who plan to pursue a bachelor’s high school cumulative GPA. Applications are
degree in Missouri. Applicants must demonstrate available in the guidance office and are due to us by
financial need to qualify. Apply at February 24, 2011 or must be post-marked by
www.kfcscholars.org by Feb 9, 2011. March 1, 2011 if you mail it yourself.
MO United School Insurance Council Stephen R and Dorothy Pratt Scholarship Fund
Jack Holley Scholarship ($2000) ($750 renewable for 4 years) LOCAL!
ESHS can select one applicant. To be considered as This scholarship is for an ESHS student who plans
a nominee, complete the application and return to to major in music and must have at least a 3.0 GPA.
the guidance office by February 9, 2011. Financial need must be demonstrated. Applications
are available in the guidance office and are due to us
Knights of Columbus for processing by February 24, 2011.
The Knights of Columbus have several scholarships
available for students who have a parent who is a Janice Cox-Profitt Memorial Scholarship
member. Applications are available in the guidance This $300 scholarship is for residents of Ray County
office and are due to us for processing by Feb. 11, who have at least a 2.5 GPA and are planning on
2011 attending a university, college or technical school.
Due to the counseling office by Feb. 25, 2010.
Mediacom World Class Scholarship ($1000)
Mediacom is offering this scholarship to seniors in FCS Financial Services Scholarship Program
the North Central Division. The scholarship criteria ($1,000)
is academic performance, leadership and financial For Missouri seniors who are children or
need. Applications are available in the guidance grandchildren of customers with FCS Financial
office and are due to the guidance office by Feb. 11, through their loan or crop insurance programs. Visit
2011. their website
Best Buy Scholarship ($1,000) more information. Applications are due to the
Students need solid grades and to be involved in guidance office by February 25, 2011 for
volunteer community service or work experience. processing.
Apply online at www.at15.com or www.bestbuy-
communityrelations.com by Feb. 16, 2011. LEAP Scholarship
Due Feb. 28, 2011 – Seniors interested in becoming
a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) should apply
NCCE Partner Colleges- Merit Co-Op for this scholarship. This award is based on
Scholarships academics, leadership and an essay. Applicants
Application deadline Feb. 15, 2011 – For students must attend a college/university in Missouri. To
attending Drexel U, Johnson & Wales U, Kettering apply, go to www.leap-forward.com
U, Pace U, Rochester Institute of Technology, U of
Cincinnati, U of Toledo or Wenworth Institute of U.S. Bank Internet Scholarship Program ($1,000)
Technology. Students must have at least a 3.5 Apply online at www.usbank.com/scholarship for
cumulative GPA and complete all required these random-drawing scholarships. Students must
admissions materials at one of the institutions listed attend an accredited two or four year college full-
time next fall. Deadline is March 1, 2011.
Blue Springs School of Economics ($500) least a 2.75 GPA and must apply by March 15,
For students to be eligible for this scholarship, they 2011. Applications are available online at
must have attended the Blue Springs School of www.dillenkoffer.org
Economics on a field trip during their
elementary/middle school years at some point. The Robert V. Pirrie Memorial Scholarship (1,500)
GPA requirement is 2.75 or higher and an essay is Students interested in land surveying or a land
required. Applications are available in the guidance surveying related field as a college major should
office and are due to the guidance office by March apply for this scholarship. It will be awarded based
2, 2011 or must be post-marked no later than March on scholarship, leadership, activities and need. One
4, 2011. letter of recommendation is required. Applications
are to be completed online by March 15, 2011 and
SAMMY 2011 Award Program ($7,500) can be found at
The “Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year” www.missourisurveyor.org/forms/RVP_scholarship.
program recognizes outstanding scholar athletes in asp
grade 12 Judging of applicants is based on
academics, athletic excellence, leadership, Janice M. Scott Memorial Scholarship Fund
community service and milk experience essay. Leadership abilities, academic achievement and
SAMMY 2011 applications will only be accepted financial need are the criteria for this scholarship.
online at bodybymilk.com until March 4, 2011. Application packets must include an essay, a copy of
the student’s FAFSA forms, a transcript, a photo and
Missouri Gaming Association Project 21 two letters of recommendation. Applications are
Scholarship ($1000 or $1500) available in the guidance office and are due to us by
MGA sponsors the Project 21 scholarship to March 25, 2011.
promote the awareness of gaming laws in Missouri.
Submissions may be done in three categories – General Hospital Perpetual Trust Fund ($500)
article, poster or video. All submissions are due to African-American students pursuing a degree in
MGA by March 4, 2011. More information is nursing in the five-county greater Kansas City area
available in the guidance office. & St. Joseph, Missouri should apply for this
scholarship. An essay, passport photo, transcript
Pastor Otis L. Cobbins, Sr. Memorial and references are required. Applications are
Scholarship ($1,000) available in the guidance office and are due to us for
This scholarship will honor a young individual who processing by March 28, 2011.
exemplifies the attributes of Pastor Otis L. Cobbins,
Sr. These attributes include: honesty, hard-working, Missouri Women’s Golf Association Scholarship
strong character, love of humanity, etc. Short essays This scholarship is given in recognition of pas golf
and letters of recommendation are required. performance which includes overall high school
Applicants must be in good standing with school records and golf achievements. Applications are
currently attending and must enroll in at least 12 available in the guidance office and are due to us by
credit hours in the fall of 2010. Applications are March 29, 2011 for processing.
available in the guidance office and are due to us for
processing by March 10, 2011. Ray County Farm Bureau Scholarship ($200 –
renewable up to 4 years)
McDonald’s Scholarship – LOCAL! Applicants must be Ray County residents, have a
Seniors at ESHS who work at McDonald’s are parent who is a Farm Bureau member, be in the top
encouraged to apply for the McDonald’s 30% of their graduating class, and show academic
scholarship. Applications are in the guidance office and leadership abilities. Applications are due to
and are due by March 15, 2011. RCFB by April 1, 2011.
The Dillenkoffer Endowment ($10,000 – Go-Long Scholarship Fund (amount varies)
renewable for 4 years) To qualify for this scholarship, students must
This scholarship is designated for gay, lesbian, continue their education full-time at a two or four
bisexual or transgendered students who plan to year college or technical school, demonstrate
pursue higher education. Applicants must have at financial need, maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher and
complete eight hours of community service when Big Sun Scholarship ($500)
they receive the award. Applications are due to the All student athletes are eligible for this scholarship
guidance office by April 12, 2011. regardless of what sport they play. Visit
http://www.bigsunathletics.com to learn how to
Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship (up to $1,500 apply. The application deadline is June 23, 2011.
– renewable for 4 years)
This scholarship is for students in the top ten Abbott and Fenner Scholarship Program ($1,000)
percentile on the ACT (27-28 or higher) and who This scholarship requires that students submit an
have been accepted to college for the fall of 2009. essay on experiences outside the classroom that
Applications are in the guidance office and are due demonstrate qualities sought after by universities.
by April 13, 2011. Full details are available at
Women’s Retail Network (up to $5,000) The deadline for this scholarship is June 18, 2011.
WRN is offering scholarships up $5,000 for females
pursuing programs in automotive retail areas,
Enrollment in an accredited automotive program or
institution providing automotive retail and/or service
management degrees or certificates is a requirement.
Visit www.gmsac.com to download a copy of the Excelsior Springs High School
application. It need to be postmarked by April 15,
2011. Guidance & Counseling
The Fountainhead Essay Contest ($50-$10,000)
612 Tiger Drive
Essays based on the novel The Fountainhead will be Excelsior Springs, Missouri 64024
judged on both style and content. Judges will look
for writing that is clear, articulate and logically 816-630-9210, 2603
organized. Detailed instructions are available in the
guidance office. Submit online or by mail by April, 816-630-9227 (fax)
26, 2011. Colleen Agler, A-K
David G. Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund Heather Grove, L-Z
This award is for students who have played
basketball for at least two years and exemplify the
characteristics of a contributing team player.
Applicants must also plan on attending a two or four
year college, university or technical school, have at
least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and demonstrate
financial need. Applications are available in the
guidance office and are due to us by April 26, 2011.
Attached to hard copy
FAFSA on the web worksheet
Selective service flyer
College comparison worksheet