Counselor's Corner
Kathi Boden, Student Success Coordinator

Counselor's Corner

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. 

2017-2018 ACT TESTING

Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
October 28
September 22
Sept 23 - Oct 6
December 9
November 3
Nov 4 - 17
February 10
January 12
Jan 13 - 19
April 14
March 9
March 10 - 23
June 9
May 4
May 5 - 18

July 14
June 15
June 16 - 22

Phillipsburg is a test center for the June and October ACT!!!!

Choose the ACT-No Writing Test!

Cost :  $46.00 (fee waivers are available for students who qualify - see counselor for details)

Thunder Ridge School Code:         171-580

To register, go to or see Mrs. Boden. There are fee waivers available for students who qualify.

ACT Prep

play2prep App  (Available for iphones and androids)

  • Daily training (5 questions)
  • ACT & SAT customized training
  • Simulated tests
  • Timed games vs. other players (if you want)
  • Progress tracker

  • Free ACT question of the Day
  • Preparing for the ACT – free student preparation booklet
  • Sample Questions
  • Tips for taking the ACT
  • Test Description


  • ACT, SAT practice tests, flashcards & games
  • 7 full-length practice tests that are timed and scored just like the real test
  • Can review your test and see detailed explanations of each problem
  • Also includes information about taking the test, test tips, and test-taking strategies
  • Zero Hour Threat Game allows you to review for test

*Seniors wanting to participate in  the Hansen Scholarship Test in September must a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 and have taken the ACT before September and scored at least a 21 to participate.  


FAFSA on the Web     

National Association of Student Financial Aid

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:

  • "Buy now or miss the opportunity."  Don't give in to pressure tactics. Remember the "opportunity" is a chance to pay for information you could find yourself for free.    
  • "We guarantee you'll get aid."  A company could claim it fulfilled its promise if you were offered student loans or a $200 scholarship.  Is that worth a fee of $1000 of more?
  • "I've got aid for you; give me your credit card or bank account number."  Never give out a credit card or bank account number unless you know the organization you are giving it to is legitimate.  You could be putting yourself at risk of identity theft.  

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 Select Academics, select Academic Services, select Transcript Request or see Mrs. Boden for a copy of the request form.


Scholarship Searches!!!!!

Federal Student Aid


Broke Scholar


Scholarship Hunter



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 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 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 2018 with plans to enroll at a non-profit post-secondary institution by fall 2018. 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

America's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Scholarship - sponsored by Monsanto, is offering students an opportunity to earn a $1,500 scholarship in an ag-related field of study. Program details: Go to for more information and official rules; Apply at - applications accepted from November 15, 2017 - February 1, 2018. More than $500,000 in scholarships will be awarded with winners announced in April/May.

Margaret Van Horn Scholarship - the scholarship program is open to current KS High School, College, and/or Technical School students. Applicant must intend to continue his/her education is an education or business-related program. Applicant must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 semester hours (at least half-time). Enrollment must be in an accredited post-secondary educational facility within the state of Kansas. The amount of this year's scholarship is $300. Application deadline is January 19, 2018. To apply, click on the title or see the counselor.


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 attnd is located in.


TO FILL OUT LOCAL SCHOLARSHIPS, CLICK ON SCHOLARSHIP NAME, TYPE DIRECTLY INTO ADOBE AND PRINT.  Adobe Reader required. Download for free from OR see Mrs. Boden for the scholarship application. If possible, these forms are designed for you to open and then type in.  If you have trouble using the fill-in for scholarships, open in the Adobe 9.5 or DC version. The DC version has a fill-in feature.

Please check back frequently for additions and updates!

Nex-Tech "Break the Rules" Scholarship - Unlike most scholarships, this one is designed to allow the student to showcase his or her passion and their chosen career path in a variety of formats. It does not focus on academics, nor GPA. The application process, including eligibility requirements and guidelines, is available at Deadline is February 5, 2018.

Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) College Scholarship Program
- Nex-Tech is pleased to announce this year's Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) College Scholarship Program. Scholarships range from $500 - $7000.
Eligibility: High school seniors living in the Nex-Tech service area whose parent(s) or legal guardians(s) receive at least one Nex-Tech residential or business service (landline phone, internet or cable TV, excluding any Nex-Tech wireless service.) The application process is available online at: Applications are due February 23, 2018.

Harry B. Sweet
Scholarship - Eligibility: high school seniors from Smith, Jewell, Republic counties attending an accredited college or university in the United States. Applications should be turned in to Mr. Wiens, Ms. Sukraw, or Mrs. McDowell. Deadline is March 1.

DC Duer Scholarship
- Eligibility: high school seniors who are Smith County residents attending a post-secondary institution. Deadline is March 30.

Edward Beckmann HS Scholarship
- High School Seniors use this application! Eligibility: any student who has resided in Smith County within the past five years; pursuing an education in the fields of science, engineering,, physics, biology, or health-related; working towards a bachelor's degree or it's equivalent; ranked in the top one-third of class. Deadline is April 1.

Edward Beckmann Post-Grad Scholarship
- College students use this application! Eligibility: any student who has resided in Smith County within the past five years; pursuing an education in the fields of science, engineering, physics, biology or health-related; working towards a bachelor's degree or it's equivalent. Deadline is April 1. 

Bill and Julia Thomas HS Scholarship - High School Seniors use this application! Eligibility: resident of Smith County, Kansas; planning to attend a college or university for an associate, undergraduate or master's degree; or planning to attend a vocational school. Deadline is April 1.

Bill and Julia Thomas Post Grad Scholarship
- College Students use this application! Eligibility: resident of Smith County, Kansas; attending a college or university for an associate, undergraduate, or master's degree, or a vocational school, or attending a medical school and upon completion intend to practice medicine in Smith County. Deadline is April 1. 

Rathert Scholarship - Eligibility: Thunder Ridge High School senior in good standing. Application deadline is April 1.


Other Helpful Information

COLLEGE PLANNING - 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. - this is a site to utilize for conducting a college search

College Answer                  

The College Board                        

My College Guide               

U.S. Department of Education