WELCOME SENIORS!


Please check this site regularly for important information. ACT, Scholarships, College/Tech/Military Reps and more!




COLLEGE & TECHNICAL SCHOOL REPRESENTATIVES COMING TO VISIT:

*PLEASE LET ME KNOW AHEAD OF TIME IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN VISITING WITH COLLEGE AND TECHNICAL SCHOOL REPS*




FINANCIAL AID PROCESS


A Financial Aid Night was held October 12th. Here is the presentation if your parents were unable to attend or if they wish to see it again.






What to be doing:


1. The time to apply for financial aid is NOW. You use your taxes from 2016. Check priority deadlines at colleges and technical schools as the deadlines may have moved to an earlier date now that students and parents can begin applying for financial aid as early as OCTOBER 1st.



2. Go to fsaid.ed.gov to create your FAFSA ID. This is required for you to complete the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). YOU and ONE OF YOUR PARENTS must have a FAFSA ID.


FAFSA ID WEBSITE


3. Go to www.fafsfa.ed.gov to apply for Financial Aid. (Note: Have your 2016 tax returns ready)



FAFSA WEBSITE


4. If you have your post high school choices narrowed down - get your ADMISSIONS APPLICATION submitted ASAP.

Having your admissions application submitted will help in the Financial Aid Process. You can make your final

decision much later but get the paperwork down now!




*SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES*PROFESSIONAL JUDGEMENT*** - Contact the college or tech school's financial aid office to give them this information. They can use their professional judgement to adjust your expected family contribution to your financial aid.





COLLEGE/TECHNICAL SCHOOL JUNIOR/SENIOR DAYS


Note: There are many more days than these. Be sure to check the websites of the post-secondary institutions.


CHECK EACH INSTITUTION'S WEBSITE OR YOUR SD PLANNING GUIDE FOR VISITATION DAYS.



2017-18 SENIOR INFORMATION NEWSLETTER:







LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION SHEET: It is a GREAT idea to give this completed letter of recommendation information sheet to people you ask to write letter of references. It will help them write the best letter possible:). Remember to give your reference person at least two weeks to write your letter of recommendation if at all possible. if a scholarship application requires teacher/school recommendations - the school staff turn in their letters of reference to me. You then give me all of the scholarship materials and I will mail them for you.







www.selectdakota.org- is a website produced by the SD Board of Regents (oversee all of the state universities in SD). It includes timelines for students, advice for parents, financial information and more! Check it out!





TRANSCRIPTS: Please ask Ms. Johnson for copies of your transcript or to send your transcript.






SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION


***There are NUMEROUS scholarship opportunities out there from various places. KFC, Tylenol, and many more. Think of the places you shop and the products you use and check it out - there may be a scholarship out there for you! (Note: I had a student receive a Tylenol scholarship once and it was a lot of money!)




SENIORS: Check your e-mail at least twice a week and listen to the announcements for scholarship notices and deadlines.



SCHOLARSHIP BOOKLET 2017-18

* THIS BOOK IS A GUIDELINE PAST SCHOLARSHIPS THAT WERE OFFERED AND THEIR PREVIOUS DEADLINES. CURRENT SCHOLARSHIP OFFERINGS WILL BE POSTED BY MONTH ON THIS SITE AND TAKEN OFF AS THE DEADLINES PASS.






SD BOARD OF REGENTS SCHOLARSHIPS - VARIOUS DEADLINES


https://www.sdbor.edu/student-information/Pages/Scholarships.aspx




SCHOLARSHIPS.ORG - VARIOUS DEADLINES








MARCH DEADLINES:



VENTURE COMMUNICATIONS CITIZENSHIP AND COMMUNITY SERVICE SCHOLARSHIPS -DEADLINE:

They must RECEIVE your application in the Highmore office by FRIDAY, MARCH 2ND.


GO TO: VENTURE COMMUNICATIONS 2018 CITIZENSHIP & COMMUNITY SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP


  • The student's parent or legal guardian must reside in and be an active telephone subscriber within a Venture Communications telephone exchange.

* Student must have a CUMULATIVE B AVERAGE or above grade point average.

* TWO LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION ARE REQUIRED.

* See application for further details.




SIOUX FALLS AREA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION (sfacf.org) Scholarships - Various scholarships are offered state-wide through this foundation! 1.Go to www.sfacf.org 2. Click on Scholarships 3. Choose categories that apply to you: Examples: College-bound students statewide, technical school/vocational school students statewide, etc.. Click on any specific scholarships that you may qualify for to obtain the application. MOST DEADLINES are March 15th or later but check right away! Here is the link:



Sioux Falls Area Foundation




BELLATOR TITANS MC SCHOLARSHIP Financial Need is a consideration.- Deadline for them to RECEIVE your application is MARCH 16TH.







APRIL DEADLINES:




SCOTTISH RITE BOOK GRANT PROGRAM - Book grants of $200 each will be awarded on the basis of desire to attend college or technical school and financial need. Book grant checks are made payable to the student and school. They must RECEIVE your application by APRIL 1ST. SEE MRS. GOEBEL for an application or print your own using the file below.








MID-DAKOTA RURAL WATER SYSTEMS, INC. SCHOLARSHIP - Four $500 scholarships will be awarded. Applicant must be a child of a member of Mid-Dakota Rural Water System or a resident in one of Mid-Dakota's participating communities. The applicant must attend a SOUTH DAKOTA POST-SECONDARY EDUCATIONAL FACILITY and have a grade point average of 2.8 or higher. TRANSCRIPT required. Scholarship form must be completely filled out and a 250-500 word essay on what rural water has meant to the applicant or his/her community must be attached. A current photo is also required to be used for publicity purposes. DEADLINE for them to RECEIVE your application: 5:00 p.m., Sunday, April 1st. SEE MRS. GOEBEL FOR AN APPLICATION





GETTYSBURG CLASS OF 1997 SCHOLARSHIP IN MEMORY OF MARCI BOOTH & DALEN LENZ - One $3,000 scholarship will be awarded during the graduation ceremony upon completion of High School, payable to the student and the school of attendance. CRITERIA:: 2018 Graduate from Gettysburg High School, A minimum 3.0 GPA through the 7 semesters of high school, Provide a list (resume) of extra-curricular and community service activities, Submit a 300-500 word essay detailing a personal story which illustrates an event in which the applicant demonstrated resourcefulness and optimism in the face of adversity, Provide contact information (phone and email) of 2 characters of reference who can speak on behalf of the applicant's ability to demonstrate perseverance. Contacts will also be asked to speak of dedication to the service of others. Character references may NOT be related to the applicant. Please inform character references that they may be contacted by members of the selection committee. (NOTE: PREFERENCE MAY BE GIVEN TO A STUDENT GOING INTO THE MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSION OR A RELATED FIELD). They must RECEIVE your application by APRIL 1ST via e-mail to amy.cooper@k12.sd.us









CENTRAL CHAPTER OF THE SOUTH DAKOTA ENGINEERING SOCIETY (SDES) - will award a $800 scholarship to a local senior who may be interested in becoming an engineer and will be attending a South Dakota Engineering college next year. DEADLINE for them to RECEIVE your application is MONDAY, APRIL 2ND. See MRS. GOEBEL for an application.





VFW POST 8530 VO-TECH SCHOLARSHIP - a $1,000 Scholarship will be awarded to a Gettysburg High School Senior who has been accepted to a Vo-Tech School. Application consists of: Type a 500 word essay titled: "What does the American Flag mean to me?" Mail completed essays to: VFW Post 8530, Commander Bill VanderVorst, 306 N. Mannston St., Gettysburg, SD 57442. DEADLINE FOR THEM TO RECEIVE YOUR APPLICATION: APRIL 6TH




MASONIC LODGE SCHOLARSHIP - Two $500 Scholarships will be awarded to Gettysburg students. Any student accepted by a university, technical school, or post-secondary school may apply. TWO Letters of Recommendation are required from either a teacher, or a principal AND a member of the community. See application for other requirements. DEADLINE: Mrs. Goebel must RECEIVE your application by Friday, April 27th.








MAY DEADLINES:




PLAINS COMMERCE BANK, HOVEN BRANCH - SCHOLARSHIP - a $1,000 and two $500 scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors who plan to attend a post-secondary South Dakota college, university, or vocational technical school on a full-time basis. TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP THE STUDENT, OR THEIR PARENT(S) MUST BE A CSTOMER OF PLAINS COMMERCE BANK. DEADLINE FOR THEM TO RECEIVE YOUR APPLICATION:

MAY 1ST. Submit to: Att: Kay Kaup, Plains Commerce Bank, P.O., Box 7, Hoven, SD 57450-0007. SEE MRS. GOEBEL FOR AN APPLICATION.





VARIOUS DEADLINES:



ESA FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS


http://www.epsilonsigmaalpha.org/scholarships-and-grants

ESA Foundation scholarships are awarded based on individual scholarship criteria. For example, some scholarships have requirements for GPA and/or field of study. While the website filters applications based on selections made, it is important to review the specific criteria for each scholarship prior to applying. Personal letters should be written with these criteria in mind, as scholarship judges will be reviewing these items.




SD SPECIFIC ESA SCHOLARSHIP LIST:








SOUTH DAKOTA SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES - Visit the SD Department of Education website


SD DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


(www.doe.sd.gov)



Choose "S" in the alphabetical listing of topics, then choose scholarships. This page contains the SD specific scholarship programs. You can visit this website or go directly to the link below. I have listed some of the scholarships below but go to the site for ALL of the SD Scholarship Listings.



SD SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES


FINANCIAL AID OPPORTUNITIES FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES - If you have been diagnosed with with a disability and plan to attend a post-secondary institution, you may want to look through this booklet that lists various scholarship information. See Mrs. Goebel for a copy of the booklet or go to https://www.aclmedicaltraining.com/financial-aid-opportunities-for-disabled-individuals/ Scholarship deadlines vary.




SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH WEBSITES:

Bigfuture.org

Zinch.com

Cappex.com

Fastaid.com

Studentaid.gov




SOUTH DAKOTA OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP - - Criteria: 3.00 cumulative GPA, no grade lower than a C in the required SD Opportunity Scholarship required classes, ACT score of 24. See the Gettysburg Registration Handbook for specific course requirements for this scholarship. Applications are due to the School Counselor by May 11th. Go to www.sdbor.edu for an application or go directly to the link below. NOTE: YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO COMPLETE THE APPLICATION AT ANY TIME AND GIVE IT TO THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR. APPLICATIONS WILL BE MAILED WITH YOUR FINAL TRANSCRIPT TO THE INSTITUTION YOU PLAN TO ATTEND.

SD OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP





CURRENT/ONGOING SCHOLARSHIPS (also check Senior Scholarship Book)

Migrant & Seasonal Farmworker Grant Program - Vocational grant money may be available to students that have worked on a farm or ranch in the last two years who have recently graduated OR are about to graduate. You must have earned wages on a farm or ranch in the last two years, earned at least 50% of your income in farm labor or spent 50% of your tine in farm or ranch work. Money for technical school or college may be available or for on the job training. Call Gloria Miller at 605-494-3609 for further information. Mrs. Goebel has booklets that explain this program.



C&B Operations Tuition Programs

-Program 1: John Deere Ag-Tech Program (Wahpeton, ND)

$6,000 Tuition Assistance plus $2,000 in John Deere Tools=

-Program 2: Non-John Deere Diesel Tech Program

$5,000 Tuition Assistance plus $2,000 John Deere Tools=

-Program 3: Management or Technology Program - $7,000 Tuition Assistance

All programs require the applicant to work 3 years at C&B Operations, LLC.

Applicants are encouraged but not required to job shadow, intern or work at C&B Operations to see what job positions they would like.

See Ben Weisler or Matt Cronin at C&B Operations for further information.

The American Legion Scholarsip & Financial Aid Website- www.legion.org/needalift Each containes information on federal and state veterans benefits; scholarships for veterans and their dependents, and Legionnaires and their family members and more. Both resources are available in the school counseling office.

WWW.SDSCHOLARSHIPS.ORG - The SD Scholarships website provides a common portal and one-stop shop for students interested in submitting application materials related to these scholarship programs.Some of the scholarship applications featured on this site include the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship, Dakota Corps Scholarship, plus many more!


Scholarship Search Engine Through SDMyLife Directions:

- Go to www.SDMyLife.com
- Choose Schools (from bar across the top)
- Choose Financial Aid- Choose Financial Aid Selector
- Complete Questions to receive a list of scholarships
- Save to your portfolio to review later.





NCAA/NAIA -

NEW - please let me know when you get registered for the NCAA. LOTS OF CHANGES!!! Ed They are requesting initial transcripts, mid-year transcripts, be sent in addition to the final transcript.

ALL JUNIORS AND SENIORS - should have met with Mrs. Goebel or Mrs. Smith to verify they have the correct classes to meet the NCAA OR NAIA requirements.

GO TO eligibilitycenter.org for all the information you need.

- REMINDER THAT THOSE OF YOU CONSIDERING PARTICIPATING IN ATHLETICS OR OTHER ACTIVITIES THAT ARE AT COLLEGES WHO ARE PART OF NCAA OR NAIA. *-YOU SHOULD HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED AT THE NCAA/NAIA WEBSITE AND CONTINUE TO UPDATE YOUR PROFILE and send beginning of the year transcripts, mid-year transcripts - and final transcripts...**

ACT SCORES ARE REQUIRED AND NEED TO BE SENT DIRECTLY TO NCAA. ACT SCORES ON TRANSCRIPTS DON'T COUNT. ACT CODE FOR NCAA IS: 9999

- PLEASE SEE ME IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS! NOT DOING THIS IN A TIMELY MANNER COULD AFFECT YOUR PLAYING STATUS IN COLLEGE. YOU ALSO WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE MEETING THE NECESSARY REQUIREMENTS FOR THESE INSTITUTIONS TO BE ABLE TO

PARTICIPATE .

GO TO THE FOLLOWING WEBSITES TO REGISTER AND TO UPDATE:

NCAA: www.elibilitycenter.org

NAIA: www.PlayNAIA.org

ACT CODE FOR NCAA: 9999

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ACT (AMERICAN COLLEGE TEST)

*Our High School Code: 420-530

- This test is the assessment most colleges in South Dakota and most other states use as part of their entrance requirements.

- Most technical schools do not require it – but that depends on the school and sometimes the program. Make sure you know if your school might require it.

- The ACT is given at various test centers. Pierre is a test center for every test date. Mobridge is also a test center for the test dates in October, December, and April. Gettysburg is a test site for April. There are other test centers across the state as well.




REGISTER ONLINE AT www.actstudent.org



REMAINING ACT 2017- 2018 TEST DATES & REGISTRATION DEADLINES:







*Be aware of the PHOTO Upload deadlines for each date.***


ACT/SAT HIGH SCHOOL CODE IS: 420-530



ACT Study Materials/Programs Available:

- USE THE METHOD TEST PREP program on the SDMyLife.com website to study! Short quizzes, tutorials, full length tests, etc...


ACT Study Book – available from the library and the guidance office. The library also has CDs and flash cards

- Go to www.March2Success.com for FREE online test preparation for the ACT of SAT.

- Go to www.actstudent.org/testprep - FOR FREE ACT test preparation suggestions and a complete practice test including the Writing Test.

Note on calculator usage: You may use a calculator on the math portion of the test. The problems can be done without a calculator but it is recommended that you use one. Students must bring their own calculator – see the registration booklet on the calculator requirements and a list of prohibited calculators.

ACT Writing Assessment: Make sure you have checked the requirements of the schools in which you are interested. If you have to take the writing assessment – they REQUIRE you to take the ENTIRE ACT again. ACT does not allow for students just taking the Writing Assessment portion of the ACT.



GUIDELINES ACT FEE WAIVER INCOME

You may be able to take the ACT two times for free if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • Your family receives public assistance.

  • Student is a ward of the state/student resides in a foster home

  • Student participates in the free or reduced-price lunch program at school

  • Student’s total family income as at or below the following maximum amounts


Number in Household Total Last Calendar Year


(Including Student)Income (Before Taxes)


1 $22,311


2 $30,004


3 $37,777


4 $45,410


5 $53,243


6 $60,976


Each additional $7,733 each


ACT will grant a one-time test registration FEE WAIVER if you meet the above guidelines or if 1. your family receives public assistance; 2. You are a ward of the state or in a foster home; 3. You participate in the free or reduced price lunch program at school. See me for the form that you would need to complete.


ACT WEBSITE: www.actstudent.org - Registration, study questions and tips, career planning and much more is available on this website!




THINKING OF RETAKING THE ACT? – Research shows that of those students who took the ACT more than once: 55% INCREASED their score; 23% DECREASED their score, and 22% had NO CHANGE in their composite score. The college or scholarship can always use your BEST composite score.


Registration is shorter..remember to indicate you are retaking the ACT.


SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS: If you are on an Individual Education Plan – you may be able qualify for accommodations the day of the test. See Mrs. Goebel for more info. as there are a lot of steps to take to allow accommodations.

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  • SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)


    - This is also a test that is used for entrance into college.


    - Most colleges will take either the ACT or SAT – but there are some larger out of state schools that require it.


    - There is the general SAT assessment.


    - There are also an assortment of SAT subject tests. Some schools require you to take a few of these, too.


    - See me if you do not know what test is required for entrance to the colleges you are interested in.

SAT WEBSITE: www.collegeboard.com Registration, study questions, tips, and much more are available in on this website.


SAT FEE WAIVERS: Are available to qualified individuals. See the SAT website. IF you meet the guidelines, I can contact the regional office for a fee waiver form.