Welcome to the Counselor's Corner! Here you will find information about: ACT Registration, graduation requirements, financial aid, scholarships, and college searches.
Please check often for updates and contact me at school if you have questions about the content on this page!
Thunder Ridge High School Graduation Requirements
Admission Requirements for State Universities
State universities in Kansas follow Qualified Admissions (QA) criteria when admitting undergraduate students. QA guarantees admission to a state university for Kansas residents meeting certain criteria. These criteria are set by the Kansas Board of Regents, the governing body for the six state universities. The purpose of QA is to enhance success at the university level by ensuring students are prepared for the rigors of a university education. The institutions that use QA for admission are: Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University, Pittsburg State University, University of Kansas, and Wichita State University.
Qualified Admissions for Kansas Residents
State Scholars Curriculum
Kansas System Wide Transfer Courses: takes the guesswork out of college transfer within Kansas' public community colleges, technical colleges, and universities! The courses have been approved by the Kansas Board of Regents for transfer as direct equivalents at all public post-secondary institutions.
2016-2017 ACT TESTING
Choose the ACT-No Writing Test!
Cost : $42.50 (fee waivers are available for students who qualify - see counselor for details)
Thunder Ridge School Code: 171-580
To register, go to www.act.org or see Mrs. Boden. There are fee waivers available for students who qualify.
play2prep App (Available for iphones and androids)
FAFSA on the Web www.fafsa.gov
National Association of Student Financial Aid www.nasfaa.org
Priority Deadline for Kansas - Received by April 1. Some schools may have an earlier priority deadline!
Unfortunately, there are people out there trying to take advantage of students and parents trying to get financial aid for college. Don't pay for help to find money for college! Commercial financial aid advice services can cost well over $1000. You might have heard or seen these claims at seminars, over the phone from telemarketers, or on-line:
For more information on scholarship scams:
Try these Free Sources of Information:
Don't Pay for the FAFSA - Several web-sites offer help filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for a fee. These sites are not affiliated with or endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education !
To request college transcripts from Cloud County:
Go to Cloud County Community College web-site at www.cloud.edu/. Select Academics, select Academic Services, select Transcript Request or see Mrs. Boden for a copy of the request form.
Federal Student Aid
Senior Scholarship Information:
All scholarship information that comes to me will be posted on this web-site. If there is a flyer, those are posted on the bulletin board in the senior hallway.
Kansas Board of Regents Scholarship - Apply online at www.kansasregents.org or applications are available from your college financial aid office. The following scholarships are available: State Scholarship, Ethnic Minority Scholarship, Nursing Service Scholarship, Teacher Service Scholarship. Some have service requirements. Common eligibility criteria: resident of Kansas, enroll in a qualified program in a Kansas college or university, and not already awarded an undergraduate degree, unless you are applying for the Kansas Nursing or Kansas Teacher Service Scholarships.
Kansas American Legion Scholarships - this is a variety of legion scholarships available for Kansas students. These are not our local legion scholarships. To access, please go to www.ksamlegion.org and click on the "Scholarships" icon then select which scholarship(s) you wish to view and print off the application. Deadlines vary per scholarship.
Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship Program - Receive up to $2,500 to pursue a career or technical education certificate/degree (510 awards up to $2,500 each). Criteria: Have completed high school or plan to complete high school by Spring 2016 with plans to enroll at a non-profit post-secondary institution by fall 2016; Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the U.S.; Demonstrated critical financial need (must be eligible to receive the Federal Pell grant as determined by completion of the FAFSA); Demonstrated perseverance in overcoming adversity; Be involved in community service activities; Be younger than 30 years old; Be a U.S. citizen. The application will be open with a rolling deadline until all awards have been given out. Applications will be reviewed monthly. For more information or to apply, go to https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/about-our-scholarship-programs/technical/
Westar Energy Craft Scholarships - A minimum of 4 craft scholarships will be awarded yearly in the amount of $3,000, renewable for up to two years. Selection criteria: Award based primarily on personal interview or job shadow, however academics (minimum ACT of 18, minimum GPA of 2.50) and volunteer work are also taken into consideration. Eligibility: must be a resident of Kansas or attending a Kansas high school; must be an upcoming graduating high school senior or must have graduated last year; must be pursuing a degree in electric power and distribution, power plant technology, industrial technology or other industry-related field; must be eligible to obtain a CDL (line worker scholarship only); must enroll as a full-time student in a degree program; must maintain a 2.5 GPA during degree program; if 18, must be willing to submit to a Motor Vehicle Record Check (drug free with no DUI convictions); females and minorities are urged to apply. Applications are available at WestarEnergy.com by clicking on "Scholarship Opportunities" under the Community Programs tab located at the bottom of the page. Deadline is March 15, 2017.
Up and Coming Professionals Scholarship - The Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants is offering the Up and Coming Professionals Scholarship.Offered to high school seniors without regard to financial
need who will be entering a Kansas college or university the
following academic school year and plan to major in
accounting. Applicants are required to have ACT or SAT test scores submitted by a
counselor and must complete and submit a comprehensive application
designed to demonstrate their leadership activities and written communication
skills.Deadline to submit test scores is March 10. Deadline for application is April 14. For more information, go to https://www.kscpa.org/students
O'Brate Foundation Scholarship - Awards are based on need and range from $1,000 to $5,000 annually. Scholarships are renewable each year until the age of 25. Qualifications: financial need, 2.5 minimum GPA, full-time student for fall of 2017, determination to succeed. Approximately 40 scholarships will be awarded this year. Deadline is May 1 but early applications are appreciated. Please use a personal, not school-issued email address. To apply and for more information go to https://obrate.fluidreview.com.
Kansas County Clerks Election Officials Scholarship - Eligibility: must be majoring in Journalism, Political Science, Communications or Business; must be a high school senior, college freshman or sophomore; 3.0 GPA or higher. Deadline is April 3. Please see Mrs. Boden for the application.
CHS Foundation Scholarships - Graduating high school seniors pursuing a degree in an agricultural related field at any college or university throughout the United States and Canada may apply for one of 100 $1,000 scholarships. Students pursuing a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) field of study with an interest in agricultural or energy-related careers will also be considered. Learn more and apply at chsinc.com/stewardship. Deadline is March 31.
Wanda May Vinson (KAY) Scholarship - Eligibility: any senior who is an active member of the KAY organization. Deadline is The First Business Day of April.
Jim Johnson Scholarship - A $500 scholarship will be awarded to a high school seniors. Eligibility: applicants are pursuing a career one of the physical sciences (e.g. Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy as well as Earth Science including geology, hydrology, meteorology, oceanography and soil science.) The scholarship is also open to those going in the teacher profession in the physical sciences.
Deadline is April 15.
Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter 939 Scholarship - This chapter is offering two $1,000 scholarships and one $500 scholarship for post-secondary education or training. Criteria is not entirely, or even primarily, academic. Applicants should be reasonably conscientious as students, though not necessarily distinguishing themselves in academics; should have been employed for pay during their high school careers; good citizenship. See Mrs. Boden for an application. Deadline is April 16.
Most are for high school seniors but some may be for college students. Some eligibility is based on where you live, some are based on what county the school you attend is located in.
TO ACCESS THE FOLLOWING SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS, PLEASE CLICK ON THE SCHOLARSHIP TITLE.
Kilmer-Miller Scholarship - Eligibility: any Eastern Heights graduate, students graduating from Thunder Ridge High School from 2009-2012 who attended Eastern Heights, and Thunder Ridge graduates starting with the class of 2013. Applicants must attend any two or four year Kansas public or private college or any Kansas vocational technical school and have not already obtained a BS or BA. Make sure all parts of applcation are submitted (including letters of recommendation). Deadline is April 1. Past recipients use the same application for opportunity to renew.
DC Duer Scholarship - Eligibility: any high school graduate who is a resident of Smith County. Deadline is March 30
Carl and Martha Grauerholz Memorial Scholarship - Eligibility: applicant must be a current senior enrolled at Thunder Ridge High School and has been accepted or anticipates being accepted into an accredited four year university; applicant must possess a cumulative GPA of at least a "C" or higher at time of application; applicant must complete either the SAT or ACT test. Application deadline is March 31.
Renewal of the Carl and Martha Grauerholz Memorial Scholarship - Renewal process for past recipients
Arnold "Tarzan" Levin Memorial Scholarship - Eligibility: applicant must be a current senior enrolled at Thunder Ridge High School and has been accepted or anticipates being accepted into an accredited four year university; applicant must possess a cumulative GPA of at least a "C" or higher at time of application; applicant must complete either the SAT or ACT test. Application deadline is March 31.
Renewal of the Arnold "Tarzan" Levin Memorial Scholarship - Renewal process for past recipients.
Edward G. Beckman Scholarship HS Application - Eligibility: any student who has resided in Smith County within the past 5 years; pursuing an education in the fields of science, engineering, physics, biology or healthcare; working towards a bachelor's degree or its equivalent; ranked in the top one-third of the class. Deadline April 1st.
Edward G. Beckman Scholarship Post-Grad Application - Eligibility: any student who has resided in Smith County within the past 5 years; pursuing an education in the fields of science, engineering, physics, biology or healthcare; working towards a bachelor's degree or its equivalent. Deadline April 1st.
Martin F. Calkin Scholarship - Eligibility: any student who will be a graduate of a Smith County high school; ranked in the top one-third of their class; attending a college or university within the state of Kansas. Deadline April 1.
Margaret Nelson Castle College Scholarship - any prospective high school graduate residing in Smith County; attending an accredited college or university. May be used for any field of study. Deadline April 1.
Margaret Nelson Castle College Post-Grad Scholarship - any high school graduate residing in Smith County; attending an accredited college or university. May be used for any field of study. Deadline April 1.
Margaret Nelson Castle Vocational-Technical Scholarship - Eligibility: any prospective high school graduate residing in Smith County: attending an accredited vocational-technical school; enrolled in a vocational program to be completed in one or two years. Deadline April 1.
Margaret Nelson Castle Vocational-Technical Post-Grad Scholarship - Eligibility: a high school graduate residing in Smith County; attending an accredited vocational-technical school; enrolled in a vocational program to be completed in one or two year. Deadline April 1.
Bill and Julia Thomas Charitable Trust HS Scholarship - Eligibility: Must be a Smith County resident; planning to attend a college or university for an associate, undergraduate or master's degree; or planning to attend vocational school. Deadline April 1.
Bill and Julia Thomas Charitable Trust Post-Grad Scholarship - Eligibility: Must be a Smith County resident; plan to or is attending a college or university for an associate, undergraduate or master's degree; plan to or is attending a vocational school; plan to or is attending a medical school and upon completion of said course of study plan to practice medicine in Smith County. Deadline April 1.
Orville L. and Beverly Borgman Scholarship - Eligibility: prospective graduate or former graduate of a Smith County High School; pursuing a post-secondary education in a Health Care related field at a university, college, vocational school or in a graduate program; or attending or planning to attend the Seminary; or pursuing a degree in a Special Education related program. Deadline is April 1.
Theodore and Ruth Levin Charitable Trust Scholarship - Eligibility: prospective Thunder Ridge High School graduate and plan to attend a college, university or vocational school. Past recipients may re-apply. Deadline April 1.
Cleon Dettmer Charitable Trust Scholarship (THIS IS FOR POST HS ONLY - NOT SENIORS!) - Eligibility: A graduate of Kensington High School, Thunder Ridge High School or its successor; Pursuing a post-secondary education (must have completed one year of post-secondary education), and planning to attend an accredited university, college, junior college, or vocational technical school; Scholarship is granted for one year and must be re-applied for each year of college thereafter. Deadline April 1.
Carrol & Darlene Booz Charitable Trust Scholarship - Eligibility: A resident of Smith County or have graduated from a high school organized and operating in Smith County, Kansas; Pursuing a post-secondary education and planning to attend an accredited university, college, junior college, or vocational technical school; Scholarship is granted for one year and must be re-applied for each year of college thereafter. The scholarship will be based upon need, grades, and educational pursuits. Deadline April 1.
TREA Scholarship - Eligibility: Thunder Ridge High School senior or graduate with a minimum GPA of 3.0 with a career goal of entering the teaching profession. Deadline April 1.
Rathert Foundation Scholarship - Eligibility: any Thunder Ridge High School senior in good standing. This is a one-year scholarship and will be sent directly to the college or vocational school of choice. Deadline April 1.
Strother Insurance Scholarship - Eligibility: a senior at Thunder Ridge High School pursuing post-secondary education. Deadline: must be postmarked by April 25.
Farmers State Bank Scholarship - Eligibility: Phillips county resident who attended high school at Logan, Northern Valley, Phillipsburg, or Thunder Ridge; must be enrolled or currently enrolled in a 4-year accredited college or university, in the State of Kansas majoring in business administration or agricultural business; candidates must have a 3.00 or above cumulative high school or college grade point average; demonstrates qualities in leadership, service and general conduct; and display positive character traits. Deadline is April 1.
Phillips County Farm Bureau Scholarship - Eligibility: Parent or guardian must be a member of Phillips County Farm Bureau; applicant must have 2.5 GPA and a graduate of an accredited high school. Priority will be given to a student majoring in an ag-related or vocational field. Applications are available at the counselor's office or Phillips County Farm Bureau office at 746 4th Street, Phillipsburg, KS. Deadline May 1.
USD 110 Vada Bonnett Scholarship - Eligibility: Thunder Ridge HS senior from the class of 2013 and after; a Thunder Ridge School graduate that was a Kensington student for the 2007-2008 school year,
or a Kensington graduate within the last ten calendar years; Senior must be in the top 1/3 of their graduating class or have a 3.2 GPA; Graduates must be in good standing with their college and have at least a 2.0 GPA. Applicants must be enrolled as, or an applicant for full time student status (12 credit hours) in a 4 year or 2 year granting institution. Deadline is April 1.
Sons of the American Legion (SAL) Scholarship - Eligibility: any resident of Smith County or Phillips County with preference going to descendants of American Legion or Sons of the American Legion members. Deadline is April 1.
Pro-Ag Marketing Scholarship - Student must be graduating from Thunder Ridge High School and be actively involved in FFA or 4-H. Preference will be given to students pursuing an agricultural disciplined degree from a university, college or vo-tech. Student must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Go apply, go to http://www.proagmarketing.com/scholarships. Deadline is April 1.
Vada Bonnett Music Scholarship - Student must be a resident of Smith County planning to attend a two or four year accredited institution; has a 3.0 or better GPA. Post graduates must have a 2.5 or better GPA. Preference will go to music major or student in which music plays a major role in life. Deadline April 1.
Kensington American Legion Scholarship - Eligibility: students pursuing post-secondary education. Preference will be given to children or grandchildren of members of Fred Marran Post #166 or Legion Auxiliary. Deadline is April 1.
Kensington Legion Auxiliary Scholarship - Eligibility: scholarships will be awarded to children or grandchildren of members of Fred Marran Post #166, or Auxiliary, Department of Kansas, providing the member has at least two years continuous membership. Deadline is April 15.
Vada Bonnett American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship - Eligibility: applicants who are descendants of American Legion or Auxiliary members should have first consideration for the scholarships; the recipient should have maintained at least a "C" grade average in high school or college; good character and citizenship should be considered. Scholarships should be granted to students attending, or planning to attend a four year college in the state of Kansas. If a student completes a community college program, then wishes to transfer to a four year college, that application will be considered. Deadline is April 15.
L. Kent Culbertson Memorial Scholarship - Eligibility: qualified high school graduate who is attending an accredited four year college or university in the state of Kansas who is enrolled in the school of agriculture or business. This scholarship shall be granted only to individuals whose families are residents of Phillips County. Deadline is April 15.
Kansas Livestock Association - The Phillips County KLA is offering a $500 scholarship to a student that attends a Phillips County school. Applicant's parents do not have to be KLA member. The student must be attending any post secondary education school with an agriculture related major. Application deadline is April 29. Click here to access the information sheet. Click on the scholarship title to access the application.
Other Helpful Information
College.gov - this is a resource from the U.S. Department of Education about continuing education for students (of all ages) and parents. The purpose of this site to engage, inform and inspire students about continuing in post-high school education.
AnyCollege.com - this is a site to utilize for conducting a college search
College Answer www.collegeanswer.com
The College Board www.collegeboard.com
My College Guide www.mycollegeguide.com
U.S. Department of Education www.ed.gov