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www.fafsa.ed.gov - Free Application for Federal Student Aid
 
 
 
 
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Parents who subscribe to SEMO ELectric Co-Op for your homes, there is a scholarship application available with a Jan. 1 deadline. Please see Mrs. Pratt or Essner for a paper copy.
 
Students interested in Cyber Security as a career may find scholarships at https://cybersecuritydegree.com
 
SEMO FAFSA Notice: FAFSA for the 2018-2019 year opened on October 1, 2017. In order to apply, please use 2016 tax year information, which can be obtained from the IRS data retrieval tool which will import tax information directly from the IRS. SEMO's federal school code is 002501. In order to meet the February 1 financial aid priority processing deadline, please complete FAFSA form by January 15th. To file online, please visit fafsa.gov. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Student Financial Services at (573) 651-2253 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Fair Opportunity Project - Winning Forbes 30 Under 30, the guide -- linked here (FairOpportunityProject.Org) -- covers how to get into college and afford it. The guide has been reviewed by multiple admission committees and used by entire school districts.
 
Students ages 14-23 who would like information on the Congressional Award Program sponsored by Jason Smith please visit www.jasonsmith.house.gov.
 
Seniors also a reminder that to qualify for Merit scholarships at most colleges and universities, you must apply and achieve your highest ACT by December.  Although application deadlines for schools are on or before December 1st, they will usually wait on the results from the December ACT.  Please review deadlines on the college website and remember ACT registration deadlines located at www.act.org or posted in the counseling center.
 
Free ACT and Free Test Prep for Low Income Students - Students who register for the ACT test using a low-income fee waiver will automatically receive free access to ACT Online Prep for a year. To qualify for a fee waiver, students must be enrolled in 11th or 12th grade; be either a United States citizen or testing in the U.S., U.S. territories or Puerto Rico; and meet one or more selected indicators of economic need.
In addition to sharing the latest information on social media safety, an effort between law enforcement and the district to maintain safety of our students and to keep parents alerted about the drug trends in our area, the following information is offered to support parents and students. We have been notified of a newer drug trend in our area that is targeting high school and college level students.  Individuals are injecting heroine, xanax, methamphetamine, marijuana and other substances into gummy bears and gummy worms, then distributing in bags of (4).  These drugs are incredibly dangerous and potentially deadly.  There are several suppliers in the Cape Girardeau area and the trend is moving south.  This information is to alert parents to be cautious and mindful of potential issues.  As always, thank you for being involved and supporting the students of our district. 
 
To view a list of available accounting scholarships, click this link.
 
Please visit the www.studentscholarships.org/newsletter for a listing of additional scholarships available to students.
 
The American Legion is offering a multitude of scholarships with various criteria.  Please encourage your seniors to review them at www.missourilegion.org.  Some applications may require verification of the counselor.  Upon application completion, please make an appointment to obtain the verification. 
 
WELLS FARGO has a scholarship/funding source website where students and parents can search sources of funding for college.  Please visit:  www.tuitionfundingsources.com to sign up and begin your search. 
 
Seniors and parents of seniors:  Lots of questions arise when preparing for college and other training after high school.  There are also a multitude of deadlines to be aware of.  Please review the following checklist to keep abreast of this your senior year.  The counselor will also be meeting with each student to assist in the planning process.  Contact the office for any questions or concerns.
 
The National Co-op Scholarship Program offers an online brochure of various opportunities for students looking for financial support with college expenses.  Please visit www.waceinc.org for more information.
 
The Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives Youth Conference and Leadership Experience (CYCLE) Tour and the National Rural Electric Association's Youth Tour are leadership building programs for high school students around the state and nation. (CYCLE) Tour is for High School sophomores and is a 3-day program in Jefferson City. The Youth Tour and Leadership Program is for High School juniors and is a week long program in Washington D.C. Click here for the application.
 
Sussle Company is offering 1 $1000 scholarship each month to qualifying graduating seniors and full time undergraduate students. Please visit http://sussle.org/scholarship to review guidelines for entry. The deadline is the last day of each month.
 
Epsilon Sigma Alpha Foundation (ESA) offers multiple endowed scholarships for students entering post secondary education in Missouri. Please visit www.epsilonsigmaalpha.org to apply for scholarships.
 

The Christian Connector provides FREE Christian college information as well as a $2500 Christian college scholarship drawing. Interested students may visit www.ChristianConnector.com for more information.

The American Legion is sponsoring the High School Oratorical Scholarship Program. Applications and information is available in the counseling center for interested students grades 9-12. The American Legion is also sponsoring a multitude of additional scholarship opportunities for students. A full listing is located in the counseling center. Copies of the scholarship listings may also be found at www.missourilegion.org .

Local Scholarship Application - Editable Scholarship Application (Recommended) or Blank Scholarship Application Instructions: Complete the application, save it and e-mail a copy to either This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Copies of the completed applications will be distributed to local organizations offering scholarships.

The American Legion is offering scholarship and financial aid information for graduating students. Visit www.legion.org/needalift.

The Company Corporation's Quarterly Business Plan Contest; Deadline- Ongoing/Quarterly - https://www.incorporate.com/business_plan_contest.html

Washington University in St. Louis is offering a High School Summer Scholars Program and High School Summer Institutes. These are geared toward students wanting a college experience as well as improving their academic skills. These programs are available to students having completed their sophomore, junior or senior year. For more information please visit: WWW.SUMMEREXPERIENCES.WUSTL.EDU or you can contact 866-209-0691

Students needing to improve their ACT scores have an additional opportunity to participate in a FREE preparation program.  The US Army has connected our District with www.march2success.com which provides students with many practice options including (7) full length, timed tests constructed like the actual ACT.  The program will NOT in any way connect a student to the Military, but can help improve score dramatically.  The March 2 Success program will also grade the practice tests and provide you with correct answers to missed questions.  It is an awesome opportunity for a prep program that generally costs $75-$100 when taken at colleges and universities.

Missouri's Youth Adult Alliance (MYAA) is recruiting young leaders to help combat underage drinking in our communities.  Junior High and High School students who are interested in finding out more about the program please visit:  http://www.myaa.org/yap.asp

 

 
Elks Most Valuable Student and Elks Legacy Award applications and information are available at www.elks.org/enf/scholars