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! 

 

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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

Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)









April 8, 2017
March 3, 2017
March 4-17, 2017
June 10, 2017
May 5, 2017
May 6-19, 2017



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

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.

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

www.act.org

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

March2success

  • 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.  


FINANCIAL AID

FAFSA on the Web               www.fafsa.gov

National Association of Student Financial Aid     www.nasfaa.org

StudentAid.gov

Priority Deadline for Kansas - Received by April 1. Some schools may have an earlier priority deadline!

 

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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:

 http://www.finaid.org/scholarships/scams.phtml

    www.studentaid.ed.gov/LSA    

    www.ftc.gov/scholarshipscams

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.

 

Scholarship Searches!!!!!

tuitionfundingsources.com

Federal Student Aid

Fastweb  

Broke Scholar

Scholarships.com

Fastaid

Findtuition.com

Scholarship Hunter

SuperCollege

 

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.


LOCAL SCHOLARSHIPS

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 ACCESS THE FOLLOWING SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS, PLEASE CLICK ON THE SCHOLARSHIP TITLE.

TO FILL OUT LOCAL SCHOLARSHIPS, CLICK ON SCHOLARSHIP NAME, TYPE DIRECTLY INTO ADOBE AND PRINT.  Adobe Reader required. Download for free from http://get.adobe.com/reader 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!


Strother Insurance Scholarship - Eligibility: a senior at Thunder Ridge High School pursuing post-secondary education. Deadline: must be postmarked by April 25.

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.

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.

Kensington Alumni Association Scholarship - Eligibility: applicants must be in the Thunder Ridge class of 2017 planning to attend a post-secondary institution full-time; must attend the alumni banquet on Saturday, May 27th. Deadline to RSVP and turn in application is May 9.



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Other Helpful Information

COLLEGE PLANNING

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

EducationPlanner.org                    www.educationplanner.org

My College Guide                         www.mycollegeguide.com

U.S. Department of Education       www.ed.gov

 Kansasworks                              kansasworks.com

CAREER ASSESSMENT

MyNextMove.org

MySkillsMyFuture.org

CareerOneStop.org

MyFuture.com

www.todaysmilitary.com

www.scholarshipexperts.com

www.collegeanswer.com

www.fastweb.com

www.military.com