Parents/Guardians - Please remember to report your students absence to the Attendance Secretary in the respective office (Elem/HS), even if you have reported the absence to the students teachers. / Quarter 4 ENDS today. Grade reports will be distributed on Wed, March 14. / SENIOR CITIZENS DAY is Wed, March 21.

 Scholarships

Scholarships and other important information are listed below by due dates. You can pick up scholarship forms from Mrs. Mueller or go on line. This list is updated frequently. Revised August 2, 2018.

Seniors thinking of going to Lincoln: Lincoln University and the Lincoln University Foundation has partnered to streamline their scholarship processes.  The new process is 100% electronic.  This new tool will increase efficiency, provide a more in depth overview of scholarships, and applicants will have an opportunity to view and apply for approximately 90 scholarships.

The online scholarship application is now available.  Through this tool, students will need to create an account, enter specified criteria,  and the system will develop an individualized list of scholarships that are best suited to their academic and extracurricular interests, as well as financial need. Go online today to create your account and apply for scholarships: https://lincolnu.starsscholarshipsonline.com/STARS/default.aspx P.S. Applicants must have their LU ID number to apply!

Juniors and Seniors: I strongly recommend that you meet with college representatives when they are here at Fatima. You can learn a lot about a college and maybe even find one to explore that you had never thought of before! Juniors – this is your year to explore! Seniors – this is your year to decide!

Students can now take Speech for 3 hours of credit from State Technical College. To be eligible, a student must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA or special permission from the college. In addition, a student must have a math ACT score above 15 and a reading ACT score above 17. Students can also take the accuplacer and earn scores that are comparable to the ACT requirement for admission. This test is much less expensive than the ACT and is available at State Tech. If your child wants to take the speech class for dual credit next semester, make sure they meet these ACT requirements or take the ACCUPLACER at State Tech and meet that score’s requirements before the next semester.

November 14: High school students planning to attend a tech school or college: Attend the Planning and Paying for College seminar Wednesday, Nov 14 at 6:00 in the high school library to learn about ways to get money for your college expenses. I would encourage parents and students to attend to learn about the different grants, loans, and scholarships and the best ways to get these.

Seniors: Keep track of every scholarship you apply for and the amount they are worth. You will need this for the Schwartz Scholarship!

November 15: ALL SENIORS: Go to enf.elks.org/mvs to apply for the Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship. They give away 500 scholarship ranging from $4000 to $50,000. Applications are judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. Deadline is November 15.

November 15: LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP and a good one! If you have a 23 or above ACT, a 3.5 or Above ACT, and have an EFC on the FAFSA of less than $6,500: Apply for the Hagan Scholarhsip. Deadline is November 15 at midnight. It will take some effort to put together, so don't procrastinate! Go to www.hsfmo.org for more information. Make sure you follow all directions EXACTLY! This is for $12,000 a year plus a $15,000 Schwab Investment Account and a fully paid Study Abroad award. CHECK IT OUT NOW!

November 23: Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors interested in a healthcare career: Consider applying for the ATSU Truman Healthcare Academy-previously called STAPH-at Truman University June 16-22. Explore careers and skills needed for nursing, exercise science, audiology, athletic training, physical therapy, nutrition etc. Hands-on activities and lively discussions will help you decide the career for you! Go to healthcareacademy.truman.edu for more information. Let Mueller know by November 23 if you want to be nominated for this academy.

November 26: Students active in drama or band or choir: Central Methodist University is hosting a competitions for two full-tuition scholarships (each valued at up to $100,000!) and  a whole host of smalled scholarships, on Friday, December 7, 2018 beginning at 8:00 a.m. There are five competitive categories: Vocal, Instrumental, Praise Band, Acting, and Theater Design. This event is free of charge and a complinmentary lunch will be provided. Deadline for registration is Monday, November 26. Go to http://go.centralmethodist.edu/centralsgottalent/inquiryform. A little birdie told me not many people have signed up, so if you have interest, for for it!

December 1:  Students Grades 7-12: Write a 350 or less word essay (very short) and possibly win up to $5,000.00. This is a local, and we commonly have students from Fatima who win the local money. The topic is "What Freedom of Speech Means to Me." Completed essays must be given to Mueller to be postedmarked by December 1. Go to Mueller for the essay cover sheet, or go to www.fra.org/essay for more information.

December 15: High school seniors with a 2.5 GPA apply for the up to $50,000 Burger King Scholarship. You must be active in your community through volunteering, sports, clubs and/or religious organizations. Go to www.burgerkingscholars.com by December 15 to apply. 

January 11, 2019: A scholarship that does not consider financial need, class rank, act score or basically any requirements: Join the Vantage Credit Union by setting up an account with at least $5 in it and apply for one of ten $1,000 scholarships. After the scholarship winners are drawn, you can withdraw your money or continue to be a member of their credit union. Go to vcu.com/qfe to fill out the form. Deadline is January 11.

January 31, 2019: Students grades 9-12: Write an essay between 1,200 and 1,500 about one or more aspecsts of books and reading and possibly win up to $1,500. Entries in this Robert J. Stuckey Essay Contest must be postmarked by January  31. For more information pick up a paper from Mueller or got to library.missouri.edu/giving/stuckey-essay-contest/.

February 28, 2019: Seniors majoring in horticulture, agriculture, conservation, or forestry and going to a college, tech, or trade school: Apply for the Master Gardener Scholarship. Three $1000 scholarships will be given. Deadline is February 28. Must have a 3.0 GPA. Mueller has the form!

March 29, 2019: Students interested in fashion, visual arts, graphics, interior desgin, social media or entertainment: consider entering the FIDM National Scholarship Competition to earn up to $31,500. Deadline is March 29. Go to bit.ly/FIDMscholarship for entry details.

April 2, 2019: Three Rivers Members: Apply for the Gilbert G. Hilkemeyer Scholarship for $2000 renewable for a total of 2 years. Deadline is April 2 to have it to Linn. Mueller has the forms, or go to www.threeriverselectric.com.

 

College Visit Days:

UMSl Days are held on November 17 and March 2. Register at umslday.com

Mississippi State has preview days on October 8, October 29, and November 12. Go to previewday.msstate.edu.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago will have representatives at Kansas City on October 6 and at St. Louis on October 7. Go to saic.edu/ugevents to register.

Important Information:

March 1, 2019: Freshmen and Sophomores: consider applying for the Leadership in Practice program held June 23-26 at Westminister. The program uses real-life challenges to prepare students for success in high school, college and beyond. Focus on leadership and personal growth. Cost is $250. Go to mochamber.com/LIP to apply. Deadline is March 1. This is a great program!

Work at McDonald's and earn a scholarship. As a crew member, you will get $2,500.00 a year, and as a manager you will get $3,000 a year! Go to www.archwaystoopportunity.com for more information.

All Seniors: go to the websites of the schools you have applies to and see if they have a seperate scholarship application. For many schools, you have to be enrolled by an early date to even qualify for their highest scholarships.Get those applications in NOW! And check out their scholarship pages NOW!

 

The following websites are filled with information regarding college search and selection, financial aid, and employment. 

 

http://www.missouriconnections.org - this website has an interest inventory and a skills inventory to help the students find the career that best suites their personality.  There are also college searches for the entire United States with links to the actual college website.  Quick college comparisons of size, tuition, programs of study, etc. can be completed.  Also, students can keep a log of all the volunteer hours, community service, clubs and organizations, and jobs that they have completed, and then the information will be compiled automatically into an updated resume if needed!  Make sure you check out this sight.

 

http://web.fastweb.com/ - one of the best scholarship search sights.  Students can set up a private mailbox, and as the website is updated, new scholarships that the students qualify for will be emailed to them.  This is an extensive database; it requires about one hour to answer all the questions and set up an initial mailbox and search.  There is also college information on this site.

 

http://www.collegeboard.org - a scholarship search, financial aid information, and a financial aid calculator can all be found here.  There are also links to searches on careers and colleges.  Students can also register for the SAT here.

 

http://act.org- everything you ever wanted to know about the ACT.  Go here to register for the ACT electronically.

 

http://finaid.org - a free, comprehensive, independent, and objective guide to student financial aid and warnings about scholarships scams.  There is a link to other databases that students can search for free.

 

http://www.sfa.umkc.edu/ - UMKC’s financial aid information, but students do not have to go to UMKC to use the information.  A free scholarship search and access to an electronic FAFSA are available here.

 

http://www.dhe.mo.gov - operated by the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education with links to many more websites.  great site!

 

http://www.gocollege.com - a site that searches for colleges and scholarships.  There is also information about student loans and access to ACT and SAT practice. 

 

http://www.collegeispossible.org - tons of information about the college process including ten steps for parents, recommended books and websites, etc.

 

http://www.ed.gov/students - federal site that deals with the FAFSA and has the electronic applications.  Also has website links to two and four year colleges and universities with links to the individual college web pages.

 

http://www.ncaa.org - explains the application process students need to complete if they desire to be eligible for certain athletic programs at the college level.

 

http://www.number2.com - free test prep for ACT, Sat, and GRE and vocabulary builder.

 

http://stats.bls.gov/oco/home.htm - an Internet version of the Occupational Outlook Handbook by the US Dept of Labor.  Lists all the major jobs in the US, duties, salary, outlook, education needed, etc.

 

http://www.offtocollege.com - good for all ages planning to attend college.  Financial aid information, application information, preparing for college, etc.

 

http://www.search4careercolleges.com - a nationwide database to search for college options for those occupations that require going to career school. 

 

http://www.collegenet.com - online applications for colleges, college search functions, and scholarship database

 

http://www.nces.ed.gov - college Opportunities On-Line (COOL) with directory of colleges and university with costs

 

http://www.fafsa.ed.gov - complete the free FAFSA online

 

http://studentaid.ed.gov/fye- information about funding your educations

 

http://www.mappingyourfuture.org - college, career and financial aid information

 

www.petersons.com - education and career information

 

www.nasfaa.org./parentsStudents.asp - The Nationals Assoc for Student Financial Aid Administrators website for parents & students preparing for college

 

www.ed.gov/thinkcollege - college prep information for students

 

www.studentaid.ed.gov - info on college prep and applying for financial aid.