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. 

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 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 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 https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/about-our-scholarship-programs/technical/

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 www.kansasregents.org. Paper copies are also available in the Counselor's Office.   

Rudd Foundation Scholarship - this is a competitive, 4-year award designed to pay any remaining costs associated with tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board after accounting all other grants, scholarships and financial awards. Eligibility: must be a U.S. citizen and resident of Kansas and qualify for in-state tuition; have cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; 2018 high school graduate and enrolling full-time in the fall; demonstrate financial need (Pell-eligible); must be admitted to attend Fort Hays, Emporia State or Wichita State; preference given for first generation, underrepresented students at each college institution. Application is available at https://www.ruddfoundation.org/college-scholarships. Deadline is midnight March 11, 2018.

O'Brate Foundation Regular Scholarship - Eligibility criteria: Financial need, 2.5 GPA or higher, Kansas High School Diploma or Equivalent, Full-time enrollment at an Accredited Institution of higher education, Work experience and continued commitment to work, drive and determination to succeed. For more information and to apply, go to https://obrate.fluidreview.com. Deadline is May 1.

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!

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 https://www.nex-tech.com/About/Community/Nex-TechYouthServices/Nex-TechScholarship.aspx. 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: https://www.nex-tech.com/About/Community/Nex-TechYouthServices.aspx. 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.

Hansen Transfer Scholarship -
For college students transferring from a Community or Technical College to a 4-year college or university! Twenty scholarships are available for Kansas Community or Technical College students transferring to an accredited 4-year public, private, or church-related Kansas college or university. Each scholarship of $4,000 may be renewed for one year upon completion of satisfactory work as evaluated by the Scholarship Committee. Eligibility: applicants must be high school graduates in the designated 26 counties of Northwest Kansas, have completed college work with a 3.00 GPA or better and possess good character and leadership qualities. Technical college students must have completed an associate of applied science degree before transferring to an accredited four-year school and must be enrolled as full-time students. Applications are due to the Hansen Foundation office by February 1. Three letters of reference are due in the Foundation office by February 1.Applications are available in the high school office or at https://danehansenfoundation.org/

Kilmer-Miller Scholarship - Eligibility: applicants must be a graduate from Eastern Heights, student graduating from Thunder Ridge from 2009-2012 who attended Eastern Heights, or 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. College students use the same application and submit college transcript. Application deadline is April 1.

Carl and Martha Grauerholz Memorial Scholarship - One annual scholarship of $5,000 will be awarded each year ($2,500 per semester.) Scholarships are renewable up to three years if application is made in writing to the scholarship committee.  Eligibility: applicant must be a current senior enrolled in Thunder Ridge High School and has been or anticipates being accepted into an accredited four year university; must have C or higher cumulative GPA at time of application; must complete either the ACT or SAT test. Deadline March 31.

Renewal of the Carl and Martha Grauerholz Memorial Scholarship - Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 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 hour per semester. Renewal applications must be made in writing the Scholarship Committee prior to
March 31.

Arnold "Tarzan" Levin Memorial Scholarship
- One annual scholarship of $5,000 will be awarded each year ($2,500 per semester.) Scholarships are renewable up to three years if application is made in writing to the scholarship committee. Eligibility: applicant must be a current senior enrolled in Thunder Ridge High School and has been or anticipated being accepted into an accredited four year university; must have C or higher cumulative GPA at time of application; must complete either the ACT or SAT test. Deadline March 31. 

Renewal of Arnold "Tarzan" Levin Memorial Scholarship - Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 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 12 hours per semester. Renewal applications must be made in writing the Scholarship Committee prior to March 31.

Martin F. Calkin Scholarship - Eligibility: a student who will be a graduate of a Smith County school; ranked in the top one-third of class; attending a college or university in the state of Kansas. Deadline April 1.

Margaret Nelson Castle Vocational-Technical Scholarship - Eligibility: 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: 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 College Scholarship - Eligibility: prospective high school graduate residing in Smith County; attending an accredited college or university. Deadline is 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 is 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 program. Deadline is April 1.

Thunder Ridge Educational Association
- Eligibility: a Thunder Ridge or graduate with a 3.0 GPA or higher with a career goal of entering the teaching profession. Deadline is April 1.

Dane G. Hansen Healthcare Scholarships - this is a post-secondary scholarship with a service requirement! Dane G. Hansen Foundation announces that health career scholarships will again be made available through the Phillips County Health Systems in 2018. 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, applicants must have completed the pre-requisite classes and been accepted into their chosen medical field. Each scholarship carries a $5,000 annual grant. Awards are renewable, year by year, if satisfactory progress is made toward completion of professional training. Scholarship recipients must agree to return to Phillips County Hospital to serve for at least one year for each scholarship awarded. Applicants should write for information to: Health Scholarships, Attn: Human Services, Phillips County Hospital, PO Box 607, Phillipsburg, KS 67661. Application deadline is April 27.




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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