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College Visit Days:  Seniors are allowed to go on two excused college visit days.  You can make arrangements through me, or on your own.  If you schedule on your own, please let me know.  Campus visits are EXTREMELY important in trying to find a good fit.  I encourage you to visit first semester if at all possible.  You need to bring back a note from Admissions to verify your visit.  I have those forms in my office, so pick one up ahead of time and turn it in to the office when you return to excuse your absence.  Larger schools ask for at least a 2-week notice, so plan ahead.  Scheduled "Senior Days" at some places like KU fill up fast, so get online and reserve your spot.  Or you can schedule your own individual visit day.  Parents are welcome at these visits.  

Admissions:  You may apply for admission to more than one school.  The vocational schools and community colleges usually do not charge a fee; however, the four-year colleges and universities often charge a $25-35 non-refundable fee.  Some of the vocational/technical programs have limited enrollment numbers and waiting lists, so check things out early.  You MUST apply for admission before a school will consider you for scholarships/financial aid.  

ACT TESTING:  If you plan to attend a 4-year college or university, you need to take the ACT test in Oct. or Dec. to best use your scores for admissions/scholarships.  Register online: www.actstudent.org   and pay with a credit card or fee waiver.  Those on free/reduced lunch are eligible for a fee waiver which allows you to take the test twice as a junior or senior at no charge.  I have fee waivers and a few practice test booklets in my office, plus the actstudent.org has a practice test online.  Most Kansas schools are not asking for the writing scores at this time, but make sure you check with any schools you are looking at to be sure of their requirements, especially if they are out of state!!  Here are a couple more good websites:  

www.actstudent.org:  free practice test questions

www.number2.com    Free ACT tutorial program!!   


Test Date Regular Deadline Late Fee Required
October 28, 2017 September 22, 2017 Sept. 23-Oct. 6, 2017
December 9, 2017 November 3, 2017 Nov. 4-17, 2017
February 10, 2018 January 12, 2018 January 13-19, 2018
April 14, 2018 March 9, 2018 March 10-23, 2018
June 9, 2018 May 4, 2018 May 5-18, 2018

A JULY TEST HAS BEEN ADDED:  TEST DATE:  July 14, 2018; REGISTER BY JUNE 15, 2018; LATE REGISTRATION June 16-22, 2018: Photo Upload by July 6, 2018

ACT PHOTO ID REQUIREMENTS:  See www.actstudent.org for more information!!

Your photo must be added by the Photo Upload Deadline for your test date. The test dates and deadlines are listed below. If you miss the deadline, your registration will be cancelled and you will NOT be admitted to test. You will then need to request a test date change and pay the fee for the test date change.

ACT Test Date

Photo Upload Deadline
(by 12:00noon central time)

September 9, 2017 September 1, 2017
October 28, 2017 October 20, 2017
December 9, 2017 December 1, 2017
February 10, 2018 Feb. 2, 2018
April 14, 2018 April 6, 2018
June 9, 2018 June 1, 2018


2017-2018 College Reps at St. Paul:    Will be in the daily announcements, most will come during Standards time.  Juniors and Seniors are invited to come meet the rep, ask questions, hear about any new programs, and get information!

Website to check out - Mapping Your Future:  http://mappingyourfuture.org/

NOTE:  In addition to filling out any school™ application, some schools want a 6 or 7-semester high school transcript.  You must let me know so I can send one!

www.ExploreHealthCareers.org: America needs more health care workers, the US Dept of Labor predicts that health care will generate 3 million new wage and salary jobs between 2006-2016.  Seven out of the 20 fastest growing occupations are health care-related.  Find a health career that fits your interests, education and salary goals, locate pre-health internships and summer programs to begin preparing for your future now, search for scholarships, grants and loans to help pay for school.

Allen Community College:   View schedule of events and register for senior days by visiting www.allencc.edu, click on the Senior Day link, or call 620-365-5116, ext 268. 

American Academy of Cosmetology & Massage Therapy:  Located in Manhatten, KS, check out their new website at www.americanacademy.edu .  Students able to download their catalog and easily request more information.  Can also schedule your own visit day online. 

Barton Community College (Great Bend, KS) short course technical training - Gas Measurement Technician Certificate program:  this short course technical training program provides an on-ramp to demand occupations in critical industries.  Scholarships are available for eligible students through the KANSASWORKS workforce system.  For more info, visit the web at: naturalgas.bartonccc.edu.   Barton CC also has a new Pharmacy Tech Program.

Barton Community College Athletic Training Scholarship:  Cougar Sports Medicine Dept is looking for students to join the athletic training staff - books and tuition scholarship opportunity.  Visit their website, www.BartonSports.com and click on the "inside Athletics" left-hand menu item, and proceed to the "Sports Medicine" page which has more information about the program, as well as the "Student Athletic Trainer Questionnaire."

Butler Community College New Program:  Land Surveying AAS Degree.  Persons successful in surveying profession are good in math but not necessarily the best; express an interest in technical and construction-related activities and like to be outdoors, have many interests ranging from history to legal to environmental considerations; have high moral character and can be trusted with property boundary decisions.  Butler CC also has Massage Therapy, and a relatively new Fire Science Program.

Coffeyville Communitiy College/Pratt Community College New Electric Power Technology (Lineman) Program:   the midwest is experiencing a shortage of line and ground workers for the Electric Power industry and many are set to retire within 5 years.  The program is designed as a 2-year program with a summer internship; however, students can earn a one-year certificate.  Many students don't return for year two as companies want to hire them off their internships.  Workers can expect to earn $15-22 per hour as beginning worker in the field.  Industry needs ground and meter technicians as well, so if a student is afraid of heights, there is still aneed for them in the industry.  EPT Instructor is Dean Senter, office phone (620) 252-7157, or deans@coffeyville.edu.  CCC website:   www.coffeyville.edu

Colby Community College: 2-year programs in Horse Production and Management; and Equine Science.  Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Equestrian Team, scholarships available to qualified riders.  Programs also offered in Veterinary Technology and pre-vet medicine.

Emporia State University:  Priority scholarship deadline is February 15!  For applications and a complete list of scholarships available at ESU, visit www.emporia.edu/finaid/scholarships

Flint Hills Technical College (Emporia):  95% job placement rate historically, last year's graduates earned on average over $28,300.  Check out their program offerings online at www.fhtc.edu.

Foley Industries Job Opportunities:  Foley Equipment Company in partnership with Oklahoma State Univ-Institute of Technology offers the CAT Dealer Prep Program, a 2-year Student Technician education program that leads to an Associate in Applied Science degree with a major in Caterpillar Service Technology. 

Fort Scott CC John Deere Tech :   John Deere Tech Center, 1029 N. Hwy 69, Frontenac. For information about the program, see www.fortscott.edu/programs/deere/index.aspx.

Full Sail University for programs in Computer Animation, Digital Arts & Design, Entertainment Business, Game Art, Game Developement, Recording Arts, Show Production, Music Business, Web Design.  More info: www.fullsail.edu.

Health Information Management professionals are responsible for the coordination, processing, data quality, and security of a patient's healthcare information.  If you have an interest in computers, information technology, business, law or medicine the health information management field might be for you.  KS has 2 associate degree programs in health information technology - Washburn Univ. and Hutchinson CC.  A bachelor's degree in health information management is offered through KU.  Financial aid is available to qualified students through the AHIMA Foundation of Research and Education, which offers both loans and scholarships.  See www.ahima.org/careers/scholarships.html .

Highland Community College Athletic Trainer Scholarships:  $1,000 scholarship each semester for students interested in athletic training; two-yr program is hands-on and prepares students to pursue a degree in athletic training or other health care profession at a four-yr university.  Questionnaire in counseling office, or contact Suzanne Crawford: scrawford@highlandcc.edu, or call 785-442-6049.

Hutchinson Community College Fire Science Student Field Day: held in October, check website for more information:  www.hutchcc.edu/fieldday.

Independence Community College Culinary Certificate program - six-course/18 hour hands-on training program prepares completers to be ready for employment in high-end kitchens and professional food venues.  A Hospitality Management Certificate is also available.  ICC also has programs in Phlebotomy, Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management, Sports Management & Veterinary Technology.  Check out www.indycc.edu.

K-State:  Scholarship Deadline - NOVEMBER 1; general scholarship application at www.ksu.edu/sfa/scholarships.  Need to have admissions application completed as well. Admissions app: www.k-state.edu/admit/apply/.

K-State Senior Visit Days:   Check out special senior days or schedule your own visit day.  For more information go to:  http://www.k-state.edu/admissions/events.

K-State College of Engineering:  Department info at www.engineering.ksu.edu.  11 Degree Programs, with a NEW Biomedical Engineering program to begin fall 2018. Watch for the free Engineering Scholars Day held in October, see: engg.k-state.edu/scholars-day. Minimum ACT 28; GPA: 3.60.   Must apply to KSU and for scholarships by Nov. 1st at: www.k-state.edu/admit/apply.  The Scholarship Day Application is available online at: www.engg.ksu.edu/scholarshipday.

K-State Engineering Day:  will be in February for juniors and seniors, observe ongoing scientific research in high-tech laboratories, information sessions, student discussion groups, speak with student design teams.  For more information go to: www.engineering.ksu.edu.  

Kansas Masonic Foundation Student Loan Program: interest-free loans until you graduate or end te agreement with them.  Students who have been in the loan program for at least 2 years; remain a full-time student; and have and maintain a 3.5 or higher GPA may be eligible for one of the King scholarships.  For a loan application call (785) 357-7646 during business hours, or email: kmf@kmfonline.org .  The deadline for all paperwork for the grant or loan is early April.

KU updates: application for admission is available online at www.admissions.ku.edu .  Students with at least a 3.25 GPA may also apply for scholarships through this online application.  Deadline for scholarship apps is NOV. 1. Can apply for the Honors Program through the online application.  Must have 3.75 GPA, and 30 ACT - priority deadline is Feb. 1.  Campus visits for special "Senior Days" can be registered at the following:  www.admissions.ku.edu/seniordays.

Labette Community College Prep Course for Pharmacy Tech:  introductory course to prepare students to take the national Pharmacy Tech Certification Board exam, includes both online instruction and a clinical observation (30 hrs total).  

Missouri Southern State University (MSSU- Joplin):   Senior Days -  Check out Honors Day, Health Professions Discovery Day, or Fine Arts Discovery Day - specific days listed on website. To reserve a spot visit www.mssu.edu/admissions, or call 417-625-9364.  Saturday tours available on the first Sat. of every month (excluding Sept/Nov/Jan).

North Central KS Technical College (Beloit, KS):    Fall Showcase Visit Day: Nov. 7th, 2013. Information at www.ncktc.edu, or call 1-800-658-4655 to set up a visit.  We guarantee job placement - 90% of all jobs available today require some type of technical education.  Think about it.

Pittsburg State University:  Rumble in the Jungle:   For High School Seniors, in Fall - check online for dates.  Meet with faculty from every academic dept., eat lunch in the dining hall and tour campus, attend the football game.  $10 per student, $5 for each additional guest.  Registration materials are available on website under campus visit opportunities.   Must register online but can pay fee when you arrive. 

PSU Honors College: 28 or higher ACT Composite; minimum 3.5 GPA.  DEADLINE: January 15.  Download an application for the Honors College at www.pittstate.edu/academics/honors/.  Range of scholarship possiblities offered.

PSU Scholarship Deadline: February 1.   Application is online at www.pittstate.edu/admit.  You must also apply for admission and pay the application fee to be considered for scholarships.

PSU NEW PROGRAMS:  Health, Human Performance and Rec dept. is adding a new Exercise Science program, could launch careers ranging from personal training and fitness management to cardiac rehab and physical therapy; AND new Bachelor of Integrated Studies option, with an emphasis in Sustainability, Society and Resource Management.  This program will put graduates in a position to help solve some of the nation's difficult and important issues.


The Christian Connector provides a free Christian college information service as well as a $2,500 Christian college scholarship drawing.  Students can simply log onto www.christianconnector.com to request info and automatically be entered in the drawing.

COLLEGE GOAL SUNDAY:   held from 2-4pm on a Sunday in February.  More info will be in counseling office.  This FREE event is for high school seniors and their parents staffed by volunteer financial aid professionals to get help in filling out the FAFSA.  Bring necessary documents and they will help you file online.  Four $500 scholarships also given away at each location (our closest ones are Iola - Allen Community College, and Pittsburg - PSU).  Notices will be given to seniors, more info in counseling office when it becomes available.

FINANCIAL AID NIGHT: more info to come.  Kara Hale, Financial Aid Director at NCCC, will describe the financial aid process, including the various types of financial aid and how to complete the FAFSA.

www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov:   curious to see what kind of info your FAFSA will return?  Check out the FAFSA4Caster to get an early estimate of your financial need.

www.fastweb.com:   Free Scholarship Search, automatic email updates with new scholarship listings after filling out the form.

http://www.mynextmove.org/:  good career search site, can break down search by Bright Outlook, Green Jobs, and Registered Apprenticeships.  Also has the O*NETInterest Profiler (Interest Inventory) for career exploration.


American Legion - Money for College:   reference guide to veterans, updated annually, for veterans/dependents and members of the American Legion family.  "Need a Lift?"  contains information on federal and state veterans benefits; scholarships for veterans and their dependents, and Legionnaires and their family members; tips for applying to college and applying for financial assistance; and a comprehensive guide to colleges and universities listing tuition, room and board costs, and admissions and financial aid deadlines.  Book available in counseling office; also available online at: www.needalift.org.

American Legion Scholarships:  all Legion scholarships are now posted on their website.  To access them, log onto www.ksamlegion.org and click on the button to the left named "Scholarships," then select which scholarship you wish to view and print off the application.


Allen Community College Fine Arts Scholarships:   looking for talented and commited students who love theater and want a quality, affordable education while completing their first 2 years of college, offer activity scholarships for as may as thirty students.  Scholarships available by interview and audition.  If a student would like to see one of their productions, contact Tony Piazza by phone or email to reserve a pair of complementary ticktets.  620-365-5116 ext. 224, or email piazza@allencc.edu .Tuition/book rental scholarships also offered in vocal/instrumental music, journalism and art.  Students DO NOT NEED to major in a fine arts field to be eligible for the scholarships.  GPA of 3.5 or higher eligible for additional awards.  Check with ACC for 2014 deadline – 2013 deadline was  April 1!  

Barton Community College Student Athletic Trainer Position - Tuition & Books!!   Cougar Sports Medicine dept looking for individuals interested in joining the student athletic trainers' staff while continuing their education in college.  If interested, go online at www.bartonnccc.edu/sports/sportsmedicine/default.htm to check out the program and to complete the "Student Athletic Trainer Questionnaire," located under Prospective Student Athletic Trainer.

Barton County Community College Gas Measurement Technician Certificate Program:  opportunity to work in the natural gas industry, average starting wage $30-40,000/year, median wages for a Technician Specialist averages $60-70,000/year.  30 credit hour certificate program/$87 per credit hour.  Visit the website for more information:  www.naturalgas.bartonccc.edu

Bethany College Honors & Scholarship Day:  3 full-tuition scholarships for seniors, 3.5 GPA/25 ACT, top 25% of class.  Must apply and be accepted to Bethany prior to participating.  All participants will receive a $500 academic scholarship to Bethany College.

Butler Community College:  Humanities/Fine Arts audition/interview dates – early Feb & March, auditions for music, theatre, dance and mass communications.  Students don't have to major in music, theatre, dance, or mass communications in order to receive one of our activity scholarships.  Covers the entire cost of tuition and books. 

Butler Community College:  Theatre Dept. searching for seniors who have basic skills in carpentry/woodworking or electricity/electronics or costuming.  Tuition/Books Scholarships available for reliable students who desire to gain experience as theatre technicians.  Interviews in early Feb. & March  - come dressed appropriately for an interview.

Caterpillar Diesel Technician opportunity:  Internships in the Foley Equipment Shops typically start in June and school starts in Fall.  A $2500 scholarship, free tools and tool-box valuing over $11,000 & paid internships!  Fall 2014 Program recruitment typically begins Aug/Sept/Oct 2013 - visit http://www.foleyeq.com/osu-cat-dealer-program.html - to learn more about the program, and to link to Oklahoma University's website for detailed program information.

Certificate of Career Exploration in Water Quality:  the water quality treatment field is projected to lose upwards of 1/3 of its KS workforce to retirements in the next 3-5 years.  This could translate into a well-paying career for you.  Consider attending this program offered by Salina Area Technical College (seven class days), cost for the Certificate of Career Exploration in Water Quality Program is around $200.  Ask about full scholarships available when you call to register.  Call 785-309-3124 by May.   OLD POST  but may do it again this year!

Coffeyville Community College Athletic Trainer Scholarship:   several scholarships available to students who have an interest in sports and/or medicine (or who are looking at a possible future in other health care fields such as nursing, pre-med, EMT, Phys. Therapy, etc)  Scholarships cover books, tuition, room and board, for around $1500 a semester.  Student would work with 2 NATA Certified Athletic Trainers; work in an up to date Athletic Training Room; learn basic skills of injury prevention, care and rehab; and develop skills relative to working with college athletes and coaches.  For questions call Rick King or Vanessa Martin at 620-252-7116.  See website at www.coffeyville.edu and follow the link on the Athletics Home Page.

Coffeyville Community College Enhancement Scholarships:   all Kansas students interested in one of their activities (Ag, Athletic Training, Cheer/Dance, Music - Inst. & Vocal, Meats/Livestock Judging, Rodeo, Theatre, Art, Broadcasting, Horticulture, Student Gov., Native American Leadership) can apply.  Scholarship provides tuition, some room and board costs, and the loan of books.  Most students receiving this will have less than $1500 per semester out-of-pocket expense. 

Coffeyville Community College Native American Leadership Scholarship:   available for official members of federally recognized tribes, will provide tuition and loan of books on the CCC main campus and $500 towards technical program expenses for qualified students.  For more info contact Candace Keah-tigh at: candacek@coffeyville.edu.

Coffeyville Community College Red Ravens Football Books & Tuition Scholarships available for the following positions:  Office Help, Filmers, Film Editing/Hi-lites, Field, Equipment, Laundry, Sports Information.  Please email Coach Mattox - mattm@coffeyfille.edu, or call (620) 252-7037.

Emporia State University: Priority deadline for scholarships - Feb 15, apply online at www.emporia.edu/finaid/scholarships.  ESU Hornet Scholarship 22 ACT, 3.0 GPA.  Special awards for students with class rank of 1 or 2 and talent scholarships in Art, Music, Debate, Theatre and Athletics.  Ranges from $1,100 - $3,600 with a 3.0 GPA and 21 ACT.  Priority date is Feb. 15th.

Friends University Fine Arts Showcase: Scholarship Auditions & Portfolio Reviews - Oct., Jan., and  March.  Call for specific dates.  Call 316-295-5103 or go to website to schedule a visitwww.friends.edu/schedule_visit.

Heavy Equipment and Diesel Engine Repair Scholarships:  Kansas City Associated Equipment Distributors (KCAED) has developed a scholarship for students with an interest in pursuing a post-secondary education in either of these fields. 

Hutchinson Community College Diesel Mechanics Scholarship:  working in cooperation with Lang Diesel.  If interested, contact Danielle Windholz at 785-301-2426.  HCC will send a rep here to visit in person and tell more about the program.

K-State's Developing Scholars Program: for undergrad research and also the Edgerley-Franklin Urban Leadership Scholarship for incoming freshmen, due mid-January.  Together they are worth from $7000 - $19,000 over 4 years at KSU.  Developing Scholars ONLY application: www.k-state.edu/scholars;  Developing Scholars WITH Edgerley-Franklin Urban Leadership Scholarship:  www.k-state.edu/admissions/#p=finaid%2Furbanleadership.html.

K-State Acacia Fraternity Scholarships:  1-$1,000; 2-$500; incoming KSU freshman male motivated for personal success and an interest in studying the principles of leadership.  No obligation to join fraternity!  Application and interview required; postmark deadline in January.  Application found and submitted online:  www.kstateacacia.org.354

K-State Phi Kappa Theta Man of Faith Scholarship:  given to 3 incoming males at KSU - (1) $1,000 and (2) $500 scholarships; no obligation to pledge to the fraternity.  Application in counseling office, more info at www.ksu.edu/phikap/manoffaith.htm.  

KU - Women's Rowing Team Scholarship Opportunities:  looking for hard working, athletic HS seniors who have the physical attributes needed to be a successful Division I rower.  No experience necessary.  If interested, please contact Head Coach, Rob Catloth at kurowing@ku.edu

KU Hixson Opportunity Award:  10 awards of $5,000 per year; student must have faced personal challenges or hardship, minimum ACT 21, minimum GPA 2.0, rank in top 1/3 of class, demonstrate financial need (FAFSA), essay.  Cleland Award:  one $4,500 scholarship fo a student who has experienced discrimination, bullying, and/or violence based on the belief, real or perceived, that said students are gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, or transgender; or for students who have exhibited support for GLBT persons.  Applications and more info: http://affordability.ku.edu/cs/.  Deadline to apply:  March 1, 2014.

Lang Diesel Inc. Service Technician Scholarship & Tuition Reimbursement:  LDI will annually select multiple students to receive their $4,000 award.  Students must be enrolled in a diesel mechanics program at a vocational school.  $500 dispersed every semester of school for 2 years, and $500 every six months for the first 2 years of employment with LDI.  They will also select multiple students who have already graduated from a diesel mechanics program and reimburse them for some of their tuition - $1000 every six months for the first 2 years of employment with LDI.  In exchange for the scholarship and reimbursement, the recipient will agree to work at LDI for a minimum of two years.  For more information about the scholarship or tuition reimbursement program, please call or email Denielle at the Hays location:  ph 785-301-2426, email:  marketing@langdieselinc.com

McPherson College Jump Start Kansas Venture Idea Competition:  do you have a great idea for a new product, service or social venture?  go to McPherson College website at www.mcpherson.edu/jumpstartkansas to complete your application.  Two winners will receive $5,000 in seed money, not required to attend McPherson to receive the money.  

Military Academies:  now accepting nomination applications for entry in July.  US Air Force in Colorado Springs; Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD; Military Academy in West Point, NY; Merchant Academy in Kings Point, NY. Deadline for a completed application is usually OCTOBER 1st.  Interested applicants send a letter requesting a nomination packet to:  Karin Wisdom, Office of Senator Pat Roberts, 155 North Market Street, Suite 120, Wichita, KS  67202.  May also request a packet on the following website:  http://roberts.senate.gov.

NCK Tech (Beloit Vo-Tech) Showcase Date & Technical Student Scholarships:   80% of American jobs require technical skills, most of them paying more than typical liberal arts entry-level positions.  Students who have demonstrated a high level of skill or ability in a technical area may qualify for the Technical Honor Student Scholarship,€“ see the website at www.ncktc.edu to learn more, or call 800-658-4655.

Pittsburg State University - Technology Education Incentive Scholarship Program:for students wanting to pursue a career in teaching in the field of Technology Education.  $1000 first year; $500 each sem.  Must maintain a 3.0 and remain in program to receive the full scholarship amount.  Through PITSCO, Inc. Scholarship Committee.

Washburn University Scholarship Deadline:  Feb. 15

Washburn Leadership Institute:  receive up to $8,000 total in scholarship rewards; grow in personal leadership awareness and development; be connected to an active network of leaders; earn a Leadership Studies Minor or Certificate.  Scholarship applications now available at: www.washburn.edu/leadership.

Wichita State University Wallace Invitational for Scholarships in Engineering - Nov.   Must apply for admissions before applying to compete in the scholarship day.



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