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

College JumpStart Scholarship - Eligibility: any high school who is a U.S. citizen or legal resident who will attend an accredited 2 year, 4 year or vocational trade school in the U.S. and is committed to using education to better your life and that of your family and/or community. Deadline is October 17. To apply, go to

Coca-Cola Scholarship - Eligibility: current high school seniors planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution. To apply, go to
Deadline is October 31.

Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship
- Eligibility: any high school senior who is a U.S. citizen. College students are not eligible to apply, students need not be related to Elks members. Male and female students complete separately. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership and financial need. Applications will be available from September 1st - November 27th. For more information and to apply, go to

Hagan Scholarship - this is a need-based merit scholarship, 350 scholarships are awarded each year. Eligibility: must be a U.S. citizen; must attend an eligible public high school; must be in the high school graduating class; must score 23 or higher on the ACT Composite; must enroll at an eligible four year college or university in the fall semester following high school graduation; must work 240 hour in the twelve months prior to the start of each academic year of college; must complete the FAFSA in 2017 (EFC must be less than $6,500); must apply for eligible Federal and State grants; must not have been convicted of a felony.​For more information or to apply, go to Application deadline is November 15.

Andrew Flusche Scholarship - Two winners are chosen each year (1 per semester) and each winner will receive a $500 scholarship. Eligibility: high school seniors who have been accepted into a college, university or trade school or current college students; must be a U.S. citizen. Applicants must create a public service advertisement video (PSA) which portrays the correct way of interacting with a police officer during a traffic stop or any other encounter. For more information and to apply, go to Fall semester deadline is November 30.
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!

Dance G. Hansen Career and Technical Education Scholarship - Eligibility - this scholarship can be only used for a 1 or 2 - year program or certification. An applicant ultimately seeking a 4-year degree program DOES NOT qualify for this scholarship. Applicants should be considering a Kansas school. Applications are available from the counselor or at Deadline is October 27, 2017.

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.


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