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. 

2018-2019 ACT DATES
Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)

April 13, 2019 March 8, 2019
March 9-25, 2019
June 8, 2019 May 3, 2019 May 4-20, 2019
July 13, 2019* June 14, 2019 June 15-24, 2019

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

Choose the ACT-No Writing Test!

Cost :  $50.50 (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

Kansas Board of Regents Scholarships - the following opportunities are through the Kansas Board of Regents:
KS Career Technical Workforce Grant - available for students in a designated high demand, critical industry program at a designated KS educational institution. 
KS Ethnic Minority Scholarship
Kansas Military Service Scholarship
- must be KS resident and have served in any military operation after 9/11/2001 for which they received hostile fire pay in international waters or on foreign soil.
KS National Guard Assistance Program - recipients agree to complete their current service obligation to the KS Air or Army National Guard plus three months of service for each semester of assistance they receive.
KS Nursing Scholarship - recipients must secure a sponsor to fund up to half of the scholarship and provide full-time employment to the recipient after licensure. This scholarship has a service obligation.
KS State Scholarship - eligible students would have received a letter stating they were designated by the KS Board of Regents as a KS State Scholar in their senior year.
KS Teacher Service Scholarship - recipients have a service obligation to teach in an identified curriculum or underserved area one year for each year's funding.
Common eligibility criteria: KS resident (except for Nursing Scholarship); enroll in a qualified program in a KS college or university and not already awarded an undergraduate degree (except for Nursing or Teacher Scholarships), complete FAFSA by April 1 priority deadline.

If you are interested in the above-mentioned scholarships, apply online at Paper copies are also available in the Counselor's Office.

National Technical Honor Society Scholarship - NTHS has awarded over $2,000,000 in scholarships to date and will award over $296,000 scholarships to high-achieving CTE students in 2019. Established in 1984, NTHS membership is America's highest award for excellence in career and technical education, and a positive image builder for CTE students and programs. Over 4,500 career/technical schools and colleges are affiliated with the Society. For more information, call NTHS toll free @ 800.801.7090 or visit Deadlines vary.

Tortoise Young Entrepreneurs Scholarship - Eligibility: Be a permanent resident of the U.S who is enrolled or plans to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study towards a bachelor's degree, or; be a non-resident of the U.S. who is enrolled or plans to enroll as a full-time student in a four-year bachelor's program or graduate program at an accredited university or college, and: have a minimum ACT score of 24 or SAT of 1680 (includes writing section.) Three non-renewable scholarships will be awarded: 1st place $3,000, 2nd place $2,000, 3rd place $1,000. Apply at by clicking the "Apply Now" button. Deadline is March 1.

BBB Student of Integrity Scholarship -Better Business Bureau (BBB) Foundation serving Nebraska, South Dakota, The Kansas Plains, and Southwest Iowa is offering scholarships. Three students from the Kansas Plains will each be granted $2,000 college scholarships. These scholarships are not based on ethnicity, need or grade point average, but recognize students who exemplify ethical behavior and personal integrity, and who demonstrate humility, courage, compassion and respect for their peers, teachers and community - values of the BBB. The application guide with complete instructions and required forms can be accessed at by clicking the link "Student of Integrity Award Scholarship" on the bottom of the homepage. Applications must be postmarked by Friday, March 8.

KACRAO Scholarship - The Kansas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (KACRAO) is a nonprofit, voluntary, professional association of more than 400 higher education administrators who represent nearly 80 institutions and agencies in the State of Kansas. Each year, KACRAO offers scholarships to reward students who have demonstrated quality leadership during their high school years. Four $500 awards are available and may be used toward attendance at KACRAO member institutions (one per school type: four-year public, four-year private, community college, and technical college). The awards are not need-based and may be used in conjunction with other awards. Eligibility: be in their senior year at a Kansas high school; have a cumulative seventh semester GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale; submit an application, which includes uploading a one-page essay, letter of reference, and resume. Information and application are available at Deadline to apply is March 15.

Kansas County Clerks Election Officials Scholarship -The Kansas County Clerks Election Officials Association has twelve $500 scholarships available to Kansas high school seniors, college freshman or college sophomores.  The scholarships are for those students who major in Journalism, Political Science, Communications, or Business.Please see the application available at  Completed applications are due by March 29th to your County Clerk/Election Official or to the Scholarship Chairperson Ellis County Clerk at PO Box 720, Hays, KS 67601 or
Mike Rowe Foundation Work Ethics Scholarship Program -The time has come to announce another modest pile of money available through our Work Ethic Scholarship Program for people willing to learn a trade that’s in demand. The 2019 Work Ethic Scholarship Program is open and the deadline is Thursday, March 28, 2019. They are looking for aspiring workers who will work smart and hard. This program doesn't focus on test scores, grades or grammar but is about the people who share the values and importance of work ethic, personal responsibility, delayed gratification and a positive attitude. Go to to find details and to apply.

Kansas Contractors Association Scholarship - The Kansas Contractors Association is offering a minimum of $2,000 scholarship for any student enrolled in a construction management, construction science, construction engineering technology or related field of study at an accredited Kansas university, community college or technical college. For details and the application, click on the scholarship name. Deadline is March 15.

Wanda May Vinson Scholarship - Eligibility: Any senior who is an active KAY Members may apply! Deadline is April 1.

Kansas Seed Industry Association Scholarship - Eligibility: Applicants may be high school seniors or college students; plan to attend a college in Kansas; seeking a degree in Agronomy, Ag Education, Ag Econ/Business, Ag Communications, Food Science, Grain Milling, Ag Technology, Ag Farm Management, Horticulture, etc. Applications may also be downloaded at Applications are due in the Kansas Seed Industry office by 5 p.m. April 1.

Kansas Crime Stoppers Association Scholarship - KS Crime Stoppers is offering two $500 scholarships. Eligibility: must be a graduating senior of an accredited Kansas high school and enrolling full-time (12 hours) in an accredited Kansas institution of post-secondary education. Application must be received by March 25.


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 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. Many have a fill-in feature.

Please check back frequently for additions and updates!

Nex-Tech Break the Rules Scholarship - Unlike most scholarships, this is designed to allow students to showcase his or her passion and chosen career path in a variety of formats. It does not focus on academics, nor GPA. Ten, $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. Apply online at Deadline February 4, 2019 (received at a Nex-Tech office.)

Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) Scholarship - FRS is an organization promoting rural America. Through its members, like Nex-Tech, FRS offers programs to engage youth. The FRS 2019 scholarship program will award $125,000. Awards range from $500 to $7,000. A Nex-Tech representative must sign this application. ELIGIBILITY: You must be a graduating high school senior living in the Nex-Tech service area, and your parents or legal guardians must receive at least one Nex-Tech residential or business service, (Landline Phone, Internet, or Cable TV) excluding any Nex-Tech Wireless service.  To apply go to

Deadline: received at a Nex-Tech office - February 25, 2019 for Nex-Tech signature to meet the required FRS postmark date of March 1, 2019.

Harry B. Sweet Scholarship - The Harry B. Sweet Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of Nebraska, will make scholarship grants to individuals who reside or graduate from high schools in Jewell, Smith and Republic Counties, Kansas and Nuckolls County, Nebraska. The amount of each scholarship grant will be a least $500 but may be more. The grant must be used for tuition, fees, room, board and expenses related to study at an accredited college or university in the United States. Application deadline is March 1. Turn in applications to Mr. Wiens.

Kilmer Miller Scholarship - The Kilmer Miller Scholarship is available to 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. Application deadline is April 1.

DC Duer Scholarship
- the primary purpose of the D.C. Duer Foundation is to provide funding for the educational needs of the citizens of Smith County, Kansas. The scholarship is renewable each year upon appropriate application, eligibility and approval. Application deadline is March 30. 

Smith County Community Foundation Scholarships - The Smith County Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Greater Salina Community Foundation. Students in Smith County may qualify for scholarships through GSCF and its other regional affiliates. Online applications are accepted from November 1 to February 15. Eligibility: scholarships are available for graduating high school seniors, undergraduates, graduate, medical and professional sschool students and nontraditional students who are attending community college, four-year universities, career/technical schools, medical, or professional schools in the United States. All applications must be submitted through our online system. For more information and to apply, go to Application deadline: February 15.

Carl & Martha Grauerholz Memorial Scholarship - High School Applicants! Eligibility 1. 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. 2. Applicant must possess a cumulative G.P.A. of at least a “C” or higher at time of application. 3. Applicant must complete either the SAT or ACT test.Scholarship is available for tuition, room, board and books.  Funds will be paid directly to the school.

Renewal of Carl & Martha Memorial Scholarship -  Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 at the end of their first two semesters.  At  the end of second and third years their cumulative GPA shall be 2.5.  Applicant must  have taken a minimum of 12 hours per semester.    2.  Renewal applications must be made in writing to the Scholarship Committee prior to March 31.  Award of scholarship renewal will be made pending submittal of second  semester grades.   

Arnold "Tarzan" Levin Memorial Scholarship - High School Applicants! Eligibility 1. 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. 2. Applicant must possess a cumulative G.P.A. of at least a “C” or higher at time of application. 3. Applicant must complete either the SAT or ACT test.  Note:  Scholarship is available for tuition, room, board and books.  Funds will be paid directly to the school.  Deadline is March 31.

Renewal of Arnold "Tarzan" Levin Memorial Scholarship
Renewal - Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 at the end of their first two semesters. At the end of the second and third years their cumulative GPA shall be 2.5. Applicants must have taken a minimum of 12 hours per semester. Applications must be made in writing to the Scholarship Committee prior to March 31. Award of scholarship renewal will be made pending submittal of second semester grades.

Dane G. Hansen Foundation Scholarships for Phillips County Health Systems - Any application for a health-related career that will enhance the delivery of health care in the Phillipsburg/Norton area will be considered. To be eligible for this scholarship the applicant must have completed the pre-requisite classes and been accepted into their chosen medical field. Each scholarship carries a $5,000 annual grant. The awards are renewable, year by year, if satisfactory progress is made toward completion of professional training. Recipients of the scholarship must agree to return to Phillips County Hospital to serve in their professional capacities for at least one year for each year the scholarship is awarded. Applicants should write for information to: Health Scholarships, Attn: Human Resources, Phillips County Hospital, PO Box 607, Phillipsburg, KS 67661. Application deadline is April 26, 2019.

Edward G Beckman Scholarship HS - (High School Applicants) 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 care;  Working toward a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent;  Ranked in the top one-third of the class. Application deadline is April 1.

Edward G Beckman Scholarship Post - (Post Graduate Applicants) 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 care;  Working toward a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. Application deadline is April 1.

Rathert Foundation Scholarship - Eligibility: Thunder Ridge High School senior pursuing college or vocational education. Application deadline is April 1.

Margaret Nelson Castle Vocational-Technical Scholarship - Eligibility: A 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 is 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 years. Deadline is April 1.

Margaret Nelson Castle College Scholarship
- Eligibility: A prospective high school graduate residing in Smith County,  Attending an accredited college or university. Deadline April 1.

Margaret Nelson Castle College Post-Grad Scholarship - Eligibility:  A high school graduate residing in Smith County, Attending an accredited college or university.   Deadline April 1.

Bill and Julia Thomas Charitable Trust Scholarship - (High School) Eligibility: Applicants must be a 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 Charitable Trust Post-Grad Scholarship - Eligibility: Applicants must be a resident of Smith County intending one of the following: planning or attending a college or university for an associate, undergraduate or master’s degree; planning or attending a vocational school; planning or attending a medical school and upon the completion of said course of study intend to practice medicine in Smith County. Deadline is April 1.

Orville L. and Beverly Borgman Scholarship
- Eligibility: Prospective graduate or former graduate of a Smith County High School that is or is planning to a. pursuing a post-secondary education in a Health Care related field at a university, college, vocational school or in a graduate program; or b. Attending or planning to attend the Seminary;  or c. Pursuing a degree in a Special Education related program. Deadline is April 1.

Cleon Dettmer Trust Scholarship - Graduates only! Eligibility: A graduate of Kensington High School, Thunder Ridge High School or its successor, 2Pursuing 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 is April 1.

USD 110 Vada Bonnett Scholarship - Eligibility: Thunder Ridge High School senior or graduate; 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 a at least a 2.0 GPA; applicant 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.

Theodore & Ruth Levin Charitable Trust Scholarship
- Eligibility: prospective high school graduate planning to attend a college, university or vocational school; or a past recipient of this scholarship currently attending a college, university or vocational school. Deadline is April 1.

Thunder Ridge Educational Association Scholarship
- Eligibility:Thunder Ridge High School student or graduate with a minimum.3.0 GPA andCareer goal of entering the teaching profession. Deadline is April 1.

​Carroll and 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. 4. The scholarship will be based upon need, grades, and educational pursuits. Application deadline 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