March 19, 2019

Seniors,

   We have added a new scholarship this spring--- our Alumni Association wants to give one out again.  The details are below:

INMAN HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP (1)

This scholarship is available to any student regardless of their major or type of institution they will be attending, who has at least one parent who is an Inman High School alumni. The cumulative GPA minimum of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale must be met. This award seeks to recognize a well rounded student who has demonstrated responsibility, a strong work ethic and leadership skills during their high school career. This $500 scholarship will be awarded to the student $250 in the first semester of their Junior Year in college and $250 in the 2nd semester of their Junior Year in college. This scholarship money would be received in the school year of 2020-21 or 2021-22 depending on how the college classifies you (some of you will be sophomores already next year with as many hours as you have taken). Application deadline is set for Friday, March 29, 2019.

Scholarship Contact: Katie Reinecker

Inman, Ks. 67546

 

March 18, 2019

Last stretch ……… a few dates to look over…

Crimestoppers Scholarship App due                        Monday, March 25

Inman Local Scholarship Apps due                        Friday, March 29

Kansas County Clerks Scholarship App due                Friday, March 29

NAIFA Scholarship App due                                Friday, March 29

McPherson County Farm Bureau Scholarship due        Sunday, March 31

Kansas Seed Industry Association Scholarship      Monday, April 1

HCC Enrollment Dates                                        Friday, April 5 & Friday, April 12

   (make sure you have registered for this on the website at www.hutchcc.edu/local)

Kansas Livestock Scholarship App due                Saturday, April 20

State of Kansas Scholarship Apps due                Wednesday, May 1

 (Ethnic Minority, Teachers Scholarship,etc…)

I have just added the McPherson County Farm Bureau Scholarship to your Scholarship Website.  This scholarship is for HS seniors from McPherson County whose Parents have Farm Bureau Insurance and are in good standing.  This scholarship can be used at Colleges or Vocational schools.  The minimum GPA to apply is 3.0.  There will be two $300 scholarships offered this spring.  Application deadline is set for March 31, 2019.

Start working or keep working on the local scholarship apps.  Due date of Friday, March 29.  Remember the application consists of your resume & 4 questions you need to answer.  I have the folders set up in my office for any applications you get finished and want to turn in.  

Make sure you have registered for your enrollment at HCC if you are attending next year.  A reminder those dates are set for April 5th & April 12th.    You may go to the link at www.hutchcc.edu/local to set up a date.

Seniors, as you update your resume for the last time before graduation, check to make sure you have included all you can.  This resume can and will be used even next year or for a couple of years if you apply for a job. I have listed a handful of honors, activities, etc… that you might want to look over and see if any of these fit for use on your resume.  There are many more I’m sure you can come up with.

Honor Roll, Hutchinson Community College Presidents Honor Roll, Kansas Scholars Curriculum Completer, Wichita State Junior Scholar, University of Kansas Senior Scholar, National Honor Society, Trig Star Contest, Art Contest- League, McPherson County, etc… Scholars Bowl,

Forensics FFA- many separate activities and community service projects, list what you are most proud of, Leadership Conferences, Eco Meets, Chapter Degree, Greenhand Conference, National Conference, etc… FCA, List any sport separately.... Football, Volleyball, etc… ,Student Council, Class Officer, Prom Committee, Student Council Community Food Drive, Class Concessions, HCTEA completer, USA Skills Contest, English Achievement Award, Outstanding Science Student Award, Hutch News Student Writer, GPA award, Vocal Honors/Band Honors/  Contest, KMEA, etc… Noteables Select Singing Group, KSTL Contest, Quill and Scroll, Inman Broadcasting Network, Think Pink Night or any other Senior Project you coordinated or were a part of...

***It is time for me to start compiling a list of honors and scholarships you have earned that we can recognize your for at graduation.  To be recognized for a scholarship I need either contact from the school, an email, etc… or a copy of an award letter that you give me for your file.  It’s time to start putting this together.

**Have you given Jordan F your pics for the senior slideshow?  Please help him out as his time working on this is getting less and less by the week.  

March 5, 2019

Seniors,

    A couple of updates on scholarship.  A reminder the locals are all due on March 29. If you are filling out the Lions Club Scholarship be aware that there is a set of different questions that can be found on the local Scholarship apps.  

     If your folks are members of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors of the Heartland (NAIFA) please be aware that they are giving away a one time $1000 scholarship to a hs senior who will pursue a 2 yr, 4 yr or Technical degree.    

     This scholarship will be awarded to a senior whose GPA falls between 2.50-3.75.

     Applications will be 1 page in length, 12 pt font and must be signed by the applicant. A 7 semester transcript for the school must be attached.

     The application should include the following:  Name, Address, Name of Parent/Guardian, Phone #, ACT score, Cumulative GPA, Planned Post Secondary Schooling and a 300 word essay describing your goals, visions and aspirations and how your education will help you achieve this.

   All applications should be returned to:

Randy Russell

1923 S. Ohhio

Salina, Ks.   67401

I have also included the MKC scholarship for this spring.  Due date is set for March 15.    MKC annually awards up to 20 scholarships.  A change this year, to apply you must be a child or grandchild of a MKC member-owner or MKC/TMA employee.   If you meet this requirement please go to www.mkcoop.com to find the application.

Feb. 22, 2019

Seniors, check out the following links for other possible scholarships…..

KANSAS LIVESTOCK FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

A list of scholarships to be awarded and individual recipient requirements for each can be found below. The number of scholarships awarded in each category will be dependent upon the number of qualified applicants. For additional information, contact the KLF office at (785) 273-5115 or email shelbi@kla.org

2019-20 KLF Scholarship Application

Applications are due April 20, 2019.

More information can be found at https://www.kla.org/programs/klf-scholarships?fbclid=IwAR1olGhjjY3byichoLj4eLiAjR92ylvT7ROWNzvBTZRZairntS68x42hk0w

Another option for possible scholarships is located at

https://www.mo-kanlivestock.com/  with the application form found at…..

…..https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/c78d6f_0eed98fbe2fe4ea4b4bbc0249937199b.pdf 

Seniors,

   

     Hutchinson Community College has set up Friday, April 5 and Friday, April 12 as enrollment days for the local seniors to get your schedules set for next Fall and to meet with an advisor.  If you have not qualified through the ACT test for College Comp or College Algebra you will most likely have to sign up and take an Accuplacer test before you enroll.  Please plan on attending one of these enrollment dates.  You have been sent an email from HCC regarding the enrollment if you are already taking classes with them.  Make sure you respond and get scheduled.  

     If you are headed to HCC, this enrollment in the spring is a “must” to get a schedule set up the way you want it.  If you wait til summer or school is out you will run into scheduling problems and classes being full.  One of the advantages of being close to HCC is their willingness to let you enroll early.  

      You may go to the link at www.hutchcc.edu/local to set up a date.  You will need to have a parent call in and excuse you for this date.   April 5th enrollment is an 11:30 am start so if you are playing baseball/softball, this one is out.  The April 12th date has both an 8:00 am start and then an 11:30 am start.  There is a softball game on the 12th at home so the afternoon would not be a good choice if you are playing softball this spring.  

      As we talk about enrollment for next Fall, any senior headed to a different school in the state than HCC, you need to be making contact with them about when to enroll and get set up for your classes.  For example, KSU & KU both enroll in late May, early June for next year.  Each institution has its own protocol, make sure you know what it is so you get the classes and advisor you need.

Feb. 21, 2019

Seniors,

     

***I will be meeting with you tomorrow at the beginning of  3rd hour to go through the list of local scholarships we have so far….. We do not have as many as past years but hopefully there will be a few more before the end of the year.

***All local scholarships have been posted on the Counselors Website, under “live Scholarships”.  We will discuss the format for the scholarships, specific details, number of scholarships each gives out, etc… tomorrow morning.  

This year’s list of donors includes:

Prairie Bank

Lions Club

Pleasant View

Troy Hostetler

SAL

Inman Recreation

Corn Family

Jordan Performance Horse

Louie's Service

FFA Local

FFA Alumni

Inman Fine Arts

Raleigh Scholarship

Please be working on any scholarship app you are eligible to apply for…….

Westar Energy Scholarship due                        Friday, March 1

KS. Agribusiness Retailers Scholarship                Friday, March 1

KS. Grain & Feed Association Scholarship                Friday, March 1

White Math/Science Scholarship App due                Monday, March 4

KACRAO Scholarship App due                                Friday, March 15

(Spring Break week)

McPherson KIWANIS Scholarship App due                Friday, March 15

Hutchinson News Future Journalism Scholarship        Friday, March 15

Crimestoppers Scholarship App due                        Monday, March 25

Inman Local Scholarship Apps due                        Friday, March 29

Kansas County Clerks Scholarship App due                Friday, March 29

Kansas Seed Industry Association Scholarship      Monday, April 1

State of Kansas Scholarship Apps due                Wednesday, May 1

 (Ethnic Minority, Teachers Scholarship,etc…)

Feb. 15, 2019

Seniors, I have added 2 new scholarships to the Counselors Corner website.  The first one is the Kansas Seed Industry Association Scholarship for $1000.   Applicants have to be 1) graduating seniors 2) planning to attend college in Kansas and seeking a degree in Agronomy, Ag Education, Ag Econ/Business, Food Science, Grain Milling, Ag Technology, Ag Farm Management, Horticulture, etc…  

Deadline for the application to be submitted is April 1, 2019

The second scholarship is the Crimestoppers Association Scholarship.  The only criteria listed is that the student must be a graduating senior from an accredited Kansas High School.  I have posted the application on the Counselors Corner website and also the letter from Crimestoppers on what their mission is.  This scholarship deadline is set for Monday, March 25, 2019.  This $500 scholarship will be awarded by April 26, 2019.  

Feb. 11, 2019

A reminder that Hannah Reynolds from KSU is here today recruiting.  Come see her if you need to.  She will be in the auditorium during home room.

Seniors, if you are looking at HCC next Fall, your scholarship application is due this Friday, Feb. 15th.  Don’t wait til the last minute to finish it.

The other deadlines for this week……

HCC Scholarship App due                                Friday, Feb. 15

Raleigh Scholarship App due                                Friday, Feb. 15

KS Association of Plant Facilities Scholarship        Friday, Feb. 15

McPherson County Foundation Scholarship                Friday, Feb. 15

Feb. 7, 2019

Seniors,

   

**The White Scholarship Foundation is again sponsoring the White Math/Science Scholarship for students in McPherson County.  Scholarships range from $250-$500 per year and can be renewed each year.  Scholarships are awarded regardless of financial need.  To be eligible a student must:

  1.  Be a college student majoring in Math/Science or a high school senior planning on majoring in Math/Science.
  2. Must be planning on a career in a Math/Science Field.
  3. Must be a McPherson County Resident upon graduation.

Interviews will be scheduled for April 13, 2019.

Application deadline is set for March 4, 2019.

Your application includes short essays, 2 reference letters from your Math & Science teacher and a transcript.  

I have placed the live application on the Inman USD 448 Website link under Counselors Corner.

Applications need to be returned to:

Jeffrey Smith

White Scholarship Foundation

717 4th Avenue,

Inman, Ks.. 67546

*** The Kansas Clerks Association, has these scholarships available every year…….

 

The Kansas County Clerks Election Officials Association has twelve $500 scholarships available to Kansas high school seniors, college freshman

or college sophomores.  The scholarships are for those students who major in Journalism, Political Science, Communications, or Business.

Please see the application available at http://www.kcceoa.org/scholarship.   This link is live and you can type your information in as soon as you are in the pdf document.

 Completed applications are due by March 29th to your

County Clerk/Election Official or to the Scholarship Chairperson Ellis County Clerk at PO Box 720, Hays, KS 67601 or dclerk@ellisco.net.

There are several of you who should fill this out!!!

***Hutchinson News Future Journalism Scholarship…...

This $1,000 scholarship is open to high school seniors who attend school in The Hutchinson News coverage area.

Candidates must be enrolled, or plan to enroll, in a journalism, photojournalism or communications program at an accredited college or university, with preference given to journalism students.

Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average.

The Deadline is set for Friday, March 15.

The winner or winners are selected by a committee at the Hutchinson Community Foundation.

http://www.hutchnews.com/news/20190123/2019-hutchinson-news-future-journalist-scholarship-program-application

I have included a link to the application via our website.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks, John Green, The Hutchinson News

(620) 694-5700, ext. 311

Deadline Dates:

HCC Scholarship App due                                Friday, Feb. 15

Raleigh Scholarship App due                                Friday, Feb. 15

KS Association of Plant Facilities Scholarship        Friday, Feb. 15

McPherson County Foundation Scholarship                Friday, Feb. 15

Westar Energy Scholarship due                        Friday, March 1

KS. Agribusiness Retailers Scholarship                Friday, March 1

KS. Grain & Feed Association Scholarship                Friday, March 1

KACRAO Scholarship App due                                Friday, March 15

(Spring Break week)

McPherson KIWANIS Scholarship App due                Friday, March 15

Hutchinson News Future Journalism Scholarship        Friday, March 15

Inman Local Scholarship Apps due                        Friday, March 29

Kansas County Clerks Scholarship App due                Friday, March 29

Kansas Seed Industry Association Scholarship      Monday, April 1

State of Kansas Scholarship Apps due                Wednesday, May 1

 (Ethnic Minority, Teachers Scholarship,etc…)

Jan. 29, 2019

Seniors,

   I am sending transcripts and reference letters to HCC on a daily basis as you finish your Scholarship apps.  Don’t wait til the very end, Feb. 15th to get this done.  Let me know when you are completely finished.  The way you will know if everything is turned in is to get to your Finance Tab, go to Scholarships and check to see that the “stars” are colored in.  If you are not sure what this means come see me.

A new scholarship app has been uploaded on your website, the McPherson County KIWANIS scholarship.  This scholarship(s) will go to a student(s) going into a career in the Medical, Law Enforcement or Educational fields.  This is a $1000 scholarship.  No pressure but we have won one of these each year for maybe the last 5 years…..  There are several of you who will be in the running for this scholarship so please make sure you apply and meet the deadline of March 15.  Realize this deadline is during our Spring break so you will need to finish it early if you can and you will need reference letters.  Follow the details on the Scholarship website.

Jan. 28, 2019

Seniors,

    HCC’s Lynette Hilty is here tomorrow during Home Room in the auditorium recruiting.  She does not need to see you seniors unless you need something from her.  The big thing she will be asking you if you talk to her is if your Scholarship App is turned in and your FAFSA completed!  I can’t stress enough to you how important it is to get this app finished and turned in for consideration.

Deadline Dates:

KSU Department Scholarship App due                Friday, Feb. 1

FFA National Scholarship App due                        Wednesday, Feb. 6

HCC Scholarship App due                                Friday, Feb. 15

Raleigh Scholarship App due                                Friday, Feb. 15

KS Association of Plant Facilities Scholarship        Friday, Feb. 15

McPherson County Foundation Scholarship                Friday, Feb. 15

Westar Energy Scholarship due                        Friday, March 1

KS. Agribusiness Retailers Scholarship                Friday, March 1

KS. Grain & Feed Association Scholarship                Friday, March 1

KACRAO Scholarship App due                                Friday, March 15 (Spring Break

week)

McPherson KIWANIS Scholarship App due                Friday, March 15

Hutchinson News Future Journalism Scholarship        Friday, March 15

Inman Local Scholarship Apps due                        Friday, March 29

Kansas County Clerks Scholarship App due                Friday, March 29

State of Kansas Scholarship Apps due                Wednesday, May 1

 (Ethnic Minority, Teachers Scholarship,etc…)

Jan. 24, 2019

Seniors, many of you are updating your resumes for the spring semester, scholarship work and college admissions.  If you need me to look over your resume please ask.  I have the list of awards you have received at our academic banquets going back to your frosh year.  Just email me and ask if you need to see those.  Also, many of you are finding the use for your Personal Statement you did last year in Junior English for Mrs. Baldwin.  I can’t stress enough the value of this document in filling out the HCC Scholarship App and for essays you are having to write this year.  Many of you are finding this to be a simple process of updating a few words and copying & pasting your personal statement into both scholarship apps and essays needed for awards.  Thank Mrs. Baldwin sometime!  She has saved you a pretty good chunk of time.

Jan. 23, 2019

Any senior going on to college and majoring in an Ag area or Business area please consider applying for the Raleigh Scholarship.  The deadline for this scholarship is Feb. 15.  The link to fill out the app is at https://www.mcphersonfoundation.org/programs/scholarships/

To get started you need to create an account.  You will need reference letters for this scholarship so please start asking your references and collecting those.  Mr. Knapp, Mr. Cearley and myself serve on the committee so we should not be writing you reference letters for this one.  Please ask us for help though as you need it.

The Raleigh Scholarship will go to an Inman HS senior of the class of 2019.  All of you are welcome to apply.

Jan. 16, 2019

Seniors,

   

   It is time to get going on the HCC scholarship app and get it submitted.  We are just less than a month away from the deadline but HCC is awarding scholarships to local students weekly.  We need to get your personal statements written and submitted through Dragonzone on the application as soon as you can.  I am ready to help any of you that are submitting an application.  See me when you can.

I wanted to share a website with some information about pathways and jobs in Kansas.  Check out the following link https://kscareernav.gov/  to see what various counties in Kansas are listing as their needs for careers pathways and the future of those jobs.  Just click on a county to see the information about the top 10 “High Demand Occupations”.  Pretty interesting if you are wanting to stay in Kansas. 

I am getting the list of State of Kansas Scholar Curriculum Completers assembled to send in to KSDE.  I will check with you in the next few days to make sure I have your information correct for those of you completing the 4 year curriculum.  The next step is to submit your GPA & ACT and then they will notify us in April of those students who are State of Kansas Scholars.  

Jan. 11, 2019

Seniors, the following information includes Scholarships from the State of Kansas that we talked about during the FAFSA presentation back in October.  The application is now live and can be found at www.kansasregents.org  Once you get to the website, click on “Students”, “Student Financial Aid” & “Scholarships” to find the app.  You will have to set up a user ID and password.  The list of Scholarship Apps include:

Kansas Career Technical Workforce Grant (Students must enroll in a designated high demand, critical industry program at a designated Kansas educational institution)  May 1, 2019 deadline.  Maximum award $1,000.  Must have completed the FAFSA by April 1.

Kansas Ethnic Minority Scholarship (Funding priority goes to students graduating in 2019)  To be eligible you must be of minority background but also meet one of the following:  ACT score of 21 or higher;  Rank in the top ⅓ of your class;  Complete the Kansas Scholars Curriculum or be selected in the National Merit program.   May 1, 2019 deadline.  Must have completed the FAFSA by April 1.

 

Jan. 10, 2019

Seniors, 2 new scholarships to look at….

The Kansas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (KACRAO) is a nonprofit, voluntary, professional association of more than 400 higher education administrators who represent nearly 80 institutions and agencies in the State of Kansas. Each year, KACRAO offers scholarships to reward students who have demonstrated quality leadership during their high school years.

Four $500 awards are available, which may be used toward attendance at KACRAO member institutions (one per school type: four-year public, four-year private, community college, and technical college). The awards are not need-based and may be used in conjunction with other awards.

To be eligible for consideration for these scholarships, students must:

·         Be in their senior year at a Kansas high school;

·         Have a cumulative seventh semester GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale;

·         Submit an application, which includes uploading a one-page essay, letter of

           reference, and resume.

The 2019 KACRAO Scholarship information is available for applicants on our website at https://kacrao.memberclicks.net/kacrao-scholarship.  The link listed is live and will allow you submit all your information and upload resume, etc….  There is a March 15th deadline.

     The Kansas Association of Directors of Plant Facilities promotes bringing the buildings and grounds profession to a greater height of knowledge and professionalism and has established a scholarship fund and will award five $1,000 academic scholarships and one $1,000 technical scholarship to qualifying students. These scholarships are available only to graduating seniors of non-instructional support staff who wish to continue their education at the college level.

     The students must be residents of Kansas and graduate from a Kansas High School and plan to attend a Kansas College or technical school. Only children whose parent or legal guardian is actively employed in a K-12 or secondary education institution and engaged in a buildings and grounds, food service or transportation position shall be eligible for these scholarships and it is the responsibility of the school to submit their best applications for competition.

        It is again time for KADPF Scholarship applications.  Applications are located on our website. http://kadpf.org/ At the KADPF homepage, click on the KADPF Scholarship Program tab at the top.  Applications are due to me by February 15, 2019.

Juniors and Seniors, Jeff Glimpse from Viega would like to come to our campus next Tuesday, Jan. 15th at 1:30 and visit with any student who is looking at options for post high school.  Viega is an international company who manufactures components for plumbing and HVAC systems.  The plant located in McPherson is looking for employees and has a great program where HS grads who go to work for them get their college degree paid for.  If any of you are interested in visiting with Jeff or listening to what he has to offer, contact and sign up with Mr. Pfannenstiel by Friday, Jan. 11th.  We won't ask Jeff to come out if there is no interest.

Jan 9, 2019

The McPherson County Foundation Scholarships are now published and the applications are due by February 15th.   To access the application you need to create an account at the following link:   https://www.mcphersonfoundation.org/programs/scholarships/

   Please follow the instructions carefully when filling out an application and meet all the requirements.  The list of possible scholarships include:

Nancy Billings Family Education Scholarship – $750

This is a fund established for women students seeking to attend a training school, college, or university to learn a new skill or trade in order to have a new start and direction in life. This is a one-year scholarship renewable for up to three years. At this time three (3) $750 scholarships are available.

Larry Wallace RN Scholarship  – $500

This scholarship is  open to graduates of Harvey, Marion, McPherson, Reno, Rice or Saline County pursuing Registered Nurse (RN) certification. To be eligible, applicants must be registered in the second year of an Associates degree nursing program or third year Bachelor of Science Nursing program and should be taking no less than six (6) credit hours per semester. Two (2) $500 scholarships will be awarded.

*****Raleigh Insurance Scholarship – $500

This scholarship is open to Inman High School graduating seniors planning to pursue a degree in an agricultural or business related field.  This will be given to an Inman Senior so please consider applying.

* Ashton Brunk from Inman High School who attends Kansas State University was last years recipient.

First United Methodist Church Scholarship – $750

This scholarship is available for graduating seniors who are active members of the First United Methodist Church, 1200 E. Kansas, in McPherson, Kansas.

First United Methodist Church Scholarship – $375

This scholarship is available for graduating seniors who are active members of the First United Methodist Church, 1200 E. Kansas, in McPherson, Kansas.

Hanson Family Educational Foundation Scholarship – $1,100

This scholarship is available to assist an individual in attending post-secondary public (tax supported) institutions. Applicants must be residents of McPherson County.

Kansas American Tooling Scholarship – $750

This scholarship, in memory of Kenton Gearhart, was established for candidates living in McPherson County, Kansas. Candidates must intend to work in the plastics industry as a production worker, machinist or toolmaker, engineer or technologist/technician, business manager, or teacher of metal working tradesman.

Chinberg-Eberle Memorial Nursing Scholarship – $500

The Chinberg-Eberle Memorial Nursing Scholarship is open to members, and friends of members, of the First Christian Church of McPherson or Galva who are pursuing an education in the nursing profession, including but not limited to: CNA, CMA, RN, LPN, Associates degree or Bachelor’s degree in nursing.

*Cassie Flaming from Inman High School who is attending Hutchinson Community College was one of last years recipients.

First Christian Church Educational Scholarship – $200

The First Christian Church Educational Scholarship is open to members, and friends of members, of the First Christian Church of McPherson or Galva planning to further their education beyond high school.

*Cassie Flaming from Inman High School, attending Hutchinson Community College was one of last years recipients.

Jan. 8, 2019

Seniors,

     You have until this Friday to set your 2nd semester schedule.  See me, Mr. W or Mrs. Jordan if you are needing help, looking for a workstudy, job shadow, etc… We will do our best to help you find something beneficial.

 I have added a new Scholarship from the Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association.  You can find the live app on the Scholarship page, USD 448 website.  Notice the deadlines and directions as listed below.

“Please attach high-school transcripts, ACT scores (SAT scores can be substituted) and two reference letters to each application packet.

Please mail five completed application packets to: KARA, Attn: Trae Green 816 SW Tyler, Topeka, KS 66612 Fax (785) 234-2930 Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2019. 

ABSOLUTELY NO applications will be reviewed that are postmarked after 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2019 and that do not have ALL accompanying materials in FIVE application packets.”

I am continuing to work on transcript updates today and hope to have your 7 semester transcript to you asap.  Please check for accuracy as much as you can.  I will forward your transcript to any school you request.  A reminder that any school or scholarship donor seeking an “official transcript” must go through our office.  

Jan. 4, 2019

Seniors…. Last semester!

College classes start today with the exception of Sociology and it will start on Monday.  Make sure you have your textbooks.  Check your “drop date” in case you are in a class you don’t want to stay in.  Remember you will get tuition refunded if you drop within the first week.  Any withdrawal after that you lose your tuition money.

We are working on grades and uploading information to complete your 7 semester transcript.  Be patient and we will have those ready asap to send to the schools you are looking at or for scholarship work.  Stay in touch with me as to what you need!

Hutchinson Community College’s scholarship deadline is set for Friday, Feb. 15th.  Make sure you meet this deadline.  You can fill out the application by getting on your Dragonzone account and going to your Dashboard, clicking on Finances and then Scholarship Application.  The most critical part of this application is your Personal Statement.  Take time writing your personal statement and have someone proof it for you before you submit.  You have examples of past alumni personal statements on your Scholarship website (USD 448).  See me if you need help.

Make sure you are checking admission, housing and scholarship deadlines for the schools you are looking at attending.  There is no excuse for not knowing when it is as simple as checking the schools websites.

If you are still needing to make visits to schools let’s get that going as soon as they are back in session.  Remember there is a very great value in visiting the campus and classes of schools where you think you want to attend.

Kansas Grain and Feed Association is seeking scholarship applicants for this spring.  Deadline is set for Friday, March 1, 2019 postmarked before 5 pm.  Applications need to be mailed to KGFA, Attn: Trae Green, 816 SW Tyler, Topeka, Ks.  66612. Six sets of the application need to be sent, one for each committee member.  Applications can be paperclipped together and mailed in one manila envelope.  Students must send HS transcripts, ACT scores and 2 reference letters.  See me if you have questions.  This application is on the USD 448 Scholarship website.  I have a paper copy in the office if you need one before.

Mr. Weinbrenner starts working on local scholarships and visiting with donors this month and we will have the list of local scholarships ready for you to look at in late February with a Friday, March 29 due date if you want to apply.  Last year there were 25 local scholarships given out from our community donors.  We hope to be at or above that number again this year.  Your preparation for this is pretty simple at this stage of the school year---get your resume updated with your latest information, awards, etc…  The local donors keep the application very simple and typically ask for essay answers to four general questions and then a resume with your pic on it.  

Dec. 20, 2018

Seniors, check your schedules for 2nd semester to make sure that you are in the classes the way you want it.  Double check any requirements for graduation that are not already complete to make sure you have them scheduled.  I have checked and not found anything but it would be good for you to look over requirements to.  

DragonZone should be accurate after looking at the spreadsheet HCC sent me from today for your 2nd semester classes.  Please check your spring schedule for accuracy.  A reminder that College Classes do start on Friday, Jan. 4th and you will need your books by then or the following Monday.  College Algebra is the one class I think you will want to make sure you have the book for right away or disc if that is what they require.  You don’t want to fall behind in College Algebra early and have to play catch up.  College Algebra will be held in Room 104, the Spanish room.  All other college classes will be held in room 101 like the first semester.

College Grades should be in by this Friday, Dec. 21.  Not sure if they will show up in your DragonZone or not right away but they should be there during the break.  I will get the list of grades for your classes that are dual credit.  HS grades will be updated and 7 semester transcripts ready by the week of January 7th.  Let me know any schools you want the updated transcript sent to during early January.  I will again send you a copy of your updated transcript to use as needed.

As you are on Christmas Break I want you to continue talking to the folks about your post high school plans.  The start of the 2nd semester is the time that usually a lot of seniors are weighing post high school options, comparing costs, visiting with the folks, etc…  Though you don’t need final decisions by the time you come back, you really should be narrowing down your choices and trying to make sure you have completed all the work you need to for your next level of school, work or the military.  

A short checklist for those of you looking at college or vocational school for next year:  

____  Applications in to the schools you are looking at?

____  Scholarship applications in to the schools you are looking at?

____  FAFSA complete?

____  Checked on or set up housing for next year?

____  Send 7 semester transcript when it is complete

____  Checked for the colleges enrollment dates for the spring (for 19-20)

Westar Energy is offering scholarships again this year for students graduating this spring.  Eligibility requirements include pursuing a degree in electric power, power plant technology, wind energy or other industries.  Applications can be found at WestarEnergy.com by clicking on the Scholarship Opportunities under the Community Programs tab located at the bottom of the home page.  Deadline for the app and the essay are March 1, 2019. I have included the fliers on the pages below…..

Dec. 12, 2018

Seniors, a couple of items to discuss and think about….

  1.  If you want to take College Algebra and haven’t qualified you can still set up a test date with me anytime before break to take the Accuplacer here on campus.  If you don’t qualify you can still take the test again before 2nd semester starts but you have to take it with HCC at the McPherson site or the Hutchinson campus.  The test I will give you is paper/pencil and the test HCC will give you will be computer based.  Just let me know if you are interested.
  2. College classes the 2nd semester will start on Friday, Jan. 4.  Have your books by then.
  3. If you have an outstanding bill at HCC from the first semester you can’t sign up for classes so make sure you have taken care of things with the Business office.
  4. Any online classes you are taking for the 2nd semester please make sure I have you in them already on Dragonzone.  If not, see me asap.

Nov. 29, 2018

Seniors I had the chance today to visit with Mr. McConnell who is with the Hutchinson Electrical Training Academy.  The program they offer in a nutshell is for a student who wants to become an Inside Wireman (Electrician).  This program allows students to work full time, get paid, have insurance, etc.. and attend class 1-2 days per month as they get their Journeyman License.  The program runs for 5 years, students can take the Journeyman test after the 3rd year.  The advantage of this program is there is no cost to go to school.  The Flier below will give you more details.  Anyone interested in this program please see me.

Notice of Apprenticeship Opportunity

For the position of Inside Wireman (Electrician) Apprentice

The Hutchinson Electrical Training Academy (HETA) will be accepting applications for a five- year Electrical Apprenticeship Training Program. Individuals who are selected will be employed by an electrical contractor for On-The-Job Training and attend school for the related classroom training. This program includes 900 hours of classroom instruction with 8000 hours of on-the-job training. There is no tuition cost, the apprentice is responsible for Book, Server Fees and tool cost. (Estimated cost over the five-year program is $3,800)

Applications will be taken on a year-round basis. Interviews will be conducted in Spring of each year. Interviewed applicants will remain on an active list for two years from the date that they interviewed. Applications must be made in person.

To qualify for an oral interview and ranking, applicants must:

a. Complete an application form, accurately responding to all questions and items.

b. Must be at least 17 years of age at the time of application and 18 years of age at the

          Time of the interview.

c. Be at least a high school graduate, have a GED, or have a two-year Associate

         Degree or higher.

d. Show evidence of successful completion of; one full year of high school algebra with

         passing grade, or one post high school algebra course with passing grade.

e. Provide official transcript(s) for high school and any post high school education and

        training. All GED records must be submitted if applicable.

f. Possess a valid driver's license.

HETA will interview applicants and make selections for apprenticeship on an as-needed basis.  New apprentices will begin work when employment becomes available. The related classroom training begins in July of each year. The recruitment, selection, employment and training of apprentices during their apprenticeship, shall be without discrimination because of Race, color, religion, national origin, sex or age-except the applicant must be at least 17 years of age to apply and 18 years of

age at the time of indenture. The HETA does not, and will not, discriminate against a qualified individual with a disability because of the disability of such individual. The sponsor will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the apprenticeship program as required under applicable law and lawful regulations issued thereunder. Selected applicants may be subject to substance abuse testing.

 

Applicants who meet all basic requirements will be interviewed by HETA. Apprentices will be selected in order of their final ranking.

For all correspondence and for more information, contact:

Hutchinson Electrical Training Alliance, 200 West 2nd Ave., Hutchinson, KS 67501          620-663-8988

Nov. 28, 2018

Seniors, this came up on my news feed today.  I know Mr. Knapp will be your main contact with the FFA National Scholarships but make sure this link and web site is on your radar as the February 6, 2019 deadline approaches.  

https://www.agdaily.com/ffa/application-ffa-scholarships/?utm_source=FbMain&utm_medium=&utm_campaign= 

The entire Scholarship catalog and list can be found at the following link…..

https://ffa.app.box.com/s/7jkwqqo13r7b6kuku122bhq2zj894epj 

Nov. 26, 2018

Hopefully it’s been a good break for you.  As you come back just a few reminders….

Nov. 16, 2018

Any senior taking college classes the 2nd semester, your list of classes should be showing up on Dragonzone.  To access the schedule make sure you change the term to "Spring 2019".  If your classes are not accurate please let me know and we will message HCC and get it corrected.  If your classes are not showing up you might check your account status as HCC will not upload new classes until the first semester cost and bills have been paid.  Don't panic, you will still get in the classes, you just need to make sure you have made payment arrangements.  

Knowing that your class schedule is set it's time to start finding textbooks at the cheapest rate you can find.  If you have books from 1st semester that you want to sell back to HCC they always send you an email on your Dragonzone account about when the buyers will be on campus, etc...  Let me know if you need help with any of this.

If you are signed up for Sociology and are waiting on your ACT score or want to take the Accuplacer to qualify for College Algebra just be patient until after Thanksgiving and we will get it all organized.  I can give the Accuplacer here at school, send it to HCC and let them score it.  I'm checking on their policy if they give the Accuplacer test more than once if a students score is very close but not qualifying.  

Nov. 13, 2018

Seniors, I had posted this earlier but a reminder….. If you are Pell Grant eligible and plan to attend ESU, FHSU or Wichita State you will want to apply for the Rudd Foundation Scholarships which will give you a full ride to any of these universities.  You ask “How do I know if I am Pell Grant eligible” and the answer is you have to have completed the FAFSA to find out.  If you are Pell Grant eligible you may apply for this scholarship at www.ruddfoundation.org/college-scholarships   You will need your transcripts & test scores uploaded; your FAFSA complete; recommendation letters submitted and your essays completed.  Deadline is Dec. 14, 2018.  See me if you need help.

A reminder you need to get your FAFSA completed if you haven’t already.  Most schools will be asking you this question in the recruiting process.

Monday, Nov. 12        KSU Senior Day (register at www.k-state.edu/admissions/seniors)

Thursday, Nov. 15  Fort Hays State’s priority deadline

Saturday, Dec. 1     Washburn priority deadline

Monday, Dec. 3        Ark Valley Scholarship deadline**

Friday, Dec. 14        Rudd Foundation Scholarship deadline

                        (link at www.ruddfoundation.org/college-scholarships)

Thursday, Jan. 17        Margaret Van Horn Scholarship (Business or Education Major)**

Friday, Feb. 1         Pitt State priority deadline

Monday, Feb. 11        Wichita Area Manufacturers Scholarship deadline**

Friday, Feb. 15        HCC scholarship deadline (complete this on Dragonzone)

Friday, Feb. 15        McPherson County Foundation Scholarship Deadline

                        (link at /www.mcphersonfoundation.org/programs/scholarships/)

Wed., Feb. 20        ACT (for any senior who hasn’t tested at Inman HS)

Thursday, Feb. 21        WorkKeys (for any senior wanting to test at Inman HS)

Thursday Feb. 21   Engineering Day, Job Shadow at Wichita (sign up by Dec. 31)

**Application is on our USD 448 Scholarship Website

Seniors, anyone interested in taking the Accuplacer to qualify for College Algebra make sure you are preparing for the test.  The best prep is what you are currently doing in Math class so just keep doing your work and adding to your skills.  If you need more help or are not in a Math class check out the HCC Accuplacer information page.

Nov. 9, 2018

     Seniors, I am starting to put together schedules for 2nd semester and uploading them into powerschool.  You might start thinking about your classes for the spring with more detail on what you really want to do.  HCC will be uploading your 2nd semester classes any day now so you might check once in a while on Dragonzone to see if they are accurate.  You are not locked into any class until we get back in January.  It looks like classes resume on the 3rd of January.  College classes could start as early as the 4th or the following Monday, Jan. 7th.  I will let you know once we have exact dates.  Again this spring we will try to offer both College Algebra and Fundamentals of Sociology 1st hour, General Psychology 2nd hour and Comp II during 4th hour.

     If you are wanting to take College Algebra and have not reached the 21 level on the ACT Math section , we will try to offer you an Accuplacer test to qualify you but we want to wait on that until after Thanksgiving break.  I can only give that test to you one time here on campus unless it has changed and the later we wait and the more math you have this semester the better your chances of qualifying.  We can even wait til early December if you want to test.

    If you took the ACT in October, you might start checking as scores should be out by now or coming out very soon.  I won't get the update until early December so you might keep me aware if your score has gone up for scholarship work, etc...

    If you are struggling to fill your class schedule for the spring here are some thoughts for you.  Mr. Weinbrenner is very workable with Job Shadows, Work Study and going to work early if we can get approval from the state.  Mrs. Jordan helps coordinate the Job Shadows and the Work Studys as she does the contacting of the employer and keeps the weekly forms you fill out on file in case the state asks for documentation.  Sometimes we are limited with what we can offer and the state of course checks us pretty close to make sure every student is accounted for every hour of the day.  I know you have heard this before but that's why students can't just have an hour off, come later, leave early, etc...  As the state pays school districts money for every student on their roster, the expectation is that students are in an acceptable learning environment.  College classes are another option but trust me it gets pretty difficult in the spring of your senior year to take online classes as the motivation is sometimes just not there but you are certainly welcome to try.  Keep visiting with your folks, your teachers, Mrs. Jordan, Mr. W and myself.  We will help you whatever way we can.

Nov. 5, 2018

Seniors who are taking the College classes of Human Relations and Public Speaking please go to the information below and fill out the eval for your professors.

The evaluation cannot be done on a mobile device at this time.

Directions:

-Go to URL: tinyurl.hutchcc.edu/stueval

-Enter the DragonZone username (e.g. jqs1000) or student ID (e.g. 77600****)

-Select a section

-Complete the evaluation. All comments are required, except for "Other Comments."

-Click submit. Students need to wait until the completion page shows.

The evaluations are currently open and will remain open until November 16th. Please see that all evaluations are completed before then.

Nov. 2, 2018

 Seniors, you might check out some of the links to the following scholarships I received today…. Deadline is just two weeks but still gives you time to apply.

  1.  Elks Most Valuable Student Competition  ($50,000 - 500 Awards  11/15/18)
  1. Any high school senior who is a citizen of the US may apply
  2. Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks.

Applications can be found by going to:

https://studentscholarships.org/scholarship/9716/elks most valuable student competition scholarship.php

 

2)        James Cox Student Photography Scholarships ($2,500 -11 Awards

11/15/18)

High schools students applying for these scholarships must have completed one year at an accredited high school, sophomore or older and should have taken at least one photography or Art Class.

Applications can be found by going to:

https://studentscholar.ships,org/scholarship/9451/james_alan_cox_student_photography_scholarships_scholarship.php

Oct. 31, 2018

     Seniors that are taking HCC classes this spring I know you have been looking over your needs for your pathway and what classes fit.  Keep asking questions and researching as you need to.  HCC is wanting to put together prelim schedules so keep visiting with me about what you want.  We will let HCC list the classes you want on your schedule on Dragonzone but this does not lock you in and you can change right up until we start the 2nd semester in January.  HCC will not let us place you in College Algebra though if you have not met the 21 minimum Math section score.  

     If you are needing to take an Accuplacer test to qualify I would suggest you wait til around or after Thanksgiving so you have as much math under your belt this semester that you can have to help you on this test.  I will message our contact at HCC today and see if I can still give the Accuplacer Math test as I know their protocol has changed.  

     Please find attached below the information checklist for spring classes through HCC.  Please note that if you have an outstanding bill at HCC they will not schedule your classes until the bill is paid.

Oct. 29, 2018

Seniors, the McPherson County Community Foundation is now accepting Scholarship Applications.  Please look through the list and see if you qualify for any and then create an account and submit your application when you can.  Deadline is set for Feb. 15 unless otherwise stated.  The Raleigh Insurance Scholarship is for an Ag or Business Major and will go to an Inman HS grad of the class of 2019.  Please apply.  The list of scholarships under Inman HS are posted on our local list in March so you do not need to apply through the McPherson County Foundation.  See me for help.

Application

The deadline to apply for the scholarships listed is February 15 each year, unless specified below.

To create an account, or login to an existing account and submit a scholarship application, please CLICK HERE.

Click here for short video on how to create an account.

Scholarships

The First Christian Church Educational Scholarship is available to graduating seniors who are members of the McPherson First Christian Church planning to further their education beyond high school. The amount of the scholarship varies each year depending on the number of qualified seniors applying.

The Paul W. Davis Memorial Fund Scholarship is open to graduating seniors of McPherson High School  who plan to further their education at the post-secondary level. One (1) $750 scholarship will be awarded.

The First United Methodist Church Scholarship is available for graduating seniors who are active members of the First United Methodist Church, 1200 E. Kansas, in McPherson, Kansas. Up to three (3) $750 scholarships will be awarded.

The Jay L. Frazier Scholarship is open to graduating seniors attending McPherson High School who plan to further their education at the post-secondary level with a preference in science. Two (2) $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. This scholarship is renewable up to 2 years.

The Hanson Family Educational Foundation Scholarship is available to assist an individual in attending post-secondary public (tax supported) institutions. Applicants must be residents of McPherson County. Students planning on attending Emporia State University will be given first consideration in cases where all applicants have equal qualifications. One (1) $1,100 scholarship will be awarded.

The Bob Hooper McPherson High School Basketball Scholarship is open to graduating seniors who have attended McPherson High School for four years. Preference will be given to applicants who have been members of the MHS Basketball team during at least part of their high school careers, but are not required to continue playing basketball when they enter college. One (1) $1,000 scholarship will be awarded.

The Kansas American Tooling Scholarship, in memory of Kenton Gearhart, was established for candidates living in McPherson County, Kansas. Candidates must intend to work in the plastics industry as a production worker, machinist or toolmaker, engineer or technologist/technician, business manager, or teacher of metal working tradesman. Applicants must be residents of McPherson County. One (1) $750 scholarship will be awarded.

The Kyle Jefferson McMannis Scholarship is open to graduating seniors attending one of the following Kansas high schools: Canton/Galva High School, Elyria Christian School, Wichita Northwest High School or St. John’s High School and who plan to further their education at the post-secondary level. Two (2) $500 scholarships will be awarded.

The Gary McNaul Memorial Scholarship is open to McPherson High School graduating seniors who plan to further their education at the post-secondary level. Preference will be given to graduating seniors who have or are playing on McPherson High School’s Golf team. One (1) $750 scholarship will be awarded.

The Raleigh Insurance Scholarship is open to Inman High School graduating seniors planning to pursue a degree in an agricultural or business related field. One (1) $500 scholarship will be awarded.

Inman High School  – The following scholarships are available to Inman High School students only. For applications, contact Joe Pfannenstiel at 620.585.6441

The Canton-Galva Scholarship is available to graduating seniors of Canton-Galva High School who plan to further their education at the post-secondary level.

The Jacey Sarah Cantrell Memorial Scholarship is available to graduating seniors of Canton-Galva High School (Or who live in the USD 419 school district) who plan to further their education at the post-secondary level. One (1) $500 scholarship will be awarded.

The Following Scholarships Have An Application Period Of June 1 Through August 15.

The Wallace RN Nursing Scholarship application is open to graduates of Harvey, Marion, McPherson, Reno, Rice or Saline County pursuing Registered Nurse (RN) certification. To be eligible, applicants must be registered in the second year of an Associates degree nursing program or third year Bachelor of Science Nursing program and should be taking no less than six (6) credit hours per semester. Consideration will also be given to applicants involved in student nursing organizations and/or community health activities. One (1) $1,000 scholarship will be awarded. Students can apply between June 1 and August 15.

The Billings Family Scholarship Application is open to women students, age 20 and older, currently living in McPherson County seeking to attend a training school, college, or university to learn a new skill or trade in order to have a new start and direction in life. Up to three (3) $750 scholarships will be awarded. Students can apply between June 1 and August 15.

The Chinberg-Eberle Memorial Nursing Scholarship is available to members, and friends of members, of the First Christian Church of McPherson or Galva who are pursuing an education in the nursing profession, which includes, but is not limited to, CNA, CMA, RN, LPN, Associates Degree or Bachelors Degree in Nursing. Awards will be distributed as follows: up to $500 for first year applicants; up to $750 for second year applicants; up to $1000 for third year applicants; and up to $1500 for fourth year applicants, for a total of up to $3750 per qualified person.Recipients need to re-apply each year between June 1 and August 15.

The Margaret Van Horn Scholarship is open to current Kansas High School, College, and/or Technical School students. Applicants must intend to continue his/her education in an Education or Business-related program. Applicants must be enrolled in a minimum of nine semester hours (at least half-time). Enrollment must be in an accredited post-secondary educational facility within the state of Kansas.

AMOUNT OF SCHOLARSHIP: A scholarship is awarded annually. The amount is based on gifts and funds raised by the association. The amount for this year is $300.00.

Use of the scholarship award is intended to offset the cost of tuition, books, class fees, supplies, or other scholastic expenses.

APPLICATIONS: Selection of the recipient will be based on the scholarship application, student initiative, character, and/or other factors supporting his/her candidacy. An application (electronic or hard copy) can be obtained from any member of the Scholarship Committee or your school counselor. The scholarship will be awarded to the applicant receiving the highest rating from a panel of evaluators. Applications must be complete, signed, and submitted by email in pdf format or postmarked by Thursday, January 17, 2019, to be accepted.

INSTRUCTIONS TO THE APPLICANT: 

1. Application is to be completed online or printed and typed for submission (handwritten applications will be disqualified).

2. Submit current “official” high school/college/technical school transcript(s) (with GPA). 3. Submit a one page typed essay, “Why I am Choosing an Education or Business-Related Career or Vocation.”

4. Application must be signed.

5. The completed application with enclosures must be submitted by email or postmarked by Thursday, January 17, 2019.

6. Failure to submit all requested information and to follow all guidelines will result in disqualification.

Students, I have placed the scholarship application on the USD 448 Scholarship Website.

Oct. 24, 2018

Updated Deadlines….

Thursday, Nov. 1        KU, KSU or WSU priority deadline for admission/ scholarship

Friday, Nov. 2        HCC Senior Day (register at  www.hutchcc.edu/recruit)

Friday, Nov. 2        ACT Registration Deadline for the Dec. Test Date.

Friday, Nov. 2        KSU Senior Day (register at www.k-state.edu/admissions/seniors)

Monday, Nov. 5        HCC Scholarship Dinner (McPherson)

Monday, Nov. 5        KSU Senior Day (register at www.k-state.edu/admissions/seniors)

Tuesday, Nov. 6        HCC Scholarship Dinner (Newton)

Wed., Nov. 7          HCC Scholarship Dinner (Hutchinson)

Thursday, Nov. 8        KSU Engineering at Koch Industries 

(http://www.k-state.edu/admissions/wichitacareers.html)

Monday, Nov. 12        KSU Senior Day (register at www.k-state.edu/admissions/seniors)

Thursday, Nov. 15  Fort Hays State’s priority deadline

Saturday, Dec. 1     Washburn priority deadline

Monday, Dec. 3        Ark Valley Scholarship deadline**

Thursday, Jan. 17        Margaret Van Horn Scholarship (Business or Education Major)**

Friday, Feb. 1         Pitt State priority deadline

Monday, Feb. 11        Wichita Area Manufacturers Scholarship deadline**

Friday, Feb. 15        HCC scholarship deadline (complete this on Dragonzone)

Friday, Feb. 15        McPherson County Foundation Scholarship Deadline

                        (link at /www.mcphersonfoundation.org/programs/scholarships/)

Wed., Feb. 20        ACT (for any senior who hasn’t tested at Inman HS)

Thursday, Feb. 21        WorkKeys (for any senior wanting to test at Inman HS)

Thursday Feb. 21   Engineering Day, Job Shadow at Wichita (sign up by Dec. 31)

**Application is on our USD 448 Scholarship Website

Seniors,

     The Ark Valley Electric Cooperative in South Hutchinson, Kansas is offering an opportunity for one 2018-19 Junior or Senior to win a one time $1,000 scholarship to the college of their choice and a trip to Washington, D.C.  Ark Valley is also extending the opportunity  for another 2018-19 junior or senior to win a $500 scholarship to the college  of their choice.  These opportunities are available to the students of any member of Ark Valley Electric Cooperative. 

   The scholarship application is on our scholarship website and is due in the Ark Valley Electric Cooperative office by 5:00 pm on December 3.  The application can also be emailed to dalexander@arkvalley.com by the same date and time.  I would definitely include a personal resume along with the app, the essay or the video.  If you have questions please call 1-888-297-9212.  

   

    If you are a finalist you will be asked to make a presentation of your essay or video to a panel of judges and answer any questions.  The two winners will be notified by January 4, 2019.

Oct. 23, 2018

A few reminders….

I have posted the Financial Aid presentation that Matt Pfannenstiel, Bethany Colleges Dean of Students and Financial Aid presented last night on the Scholarship website.  Between Matt’s presentation and what I shared with you seniors on our powerpoint I think you should be able to get most of your questions answered on your needs with the FAFSA.  

Remember to check your school’s priority dates for the FAFSA, scholarship materials, etc..  This is one of the big keys Matt stressed last night in our meeting.

Matt hit on a lot of information we covered on our senior meeting about FAFSA and I think his comment “there’s no need to wait on completing the FAFSA” is one that I would remind all of you of.  At the worst, by filling out the FAFSA you will be notified you don’t qualify for grants but do qualify for low interest loans (up to $5500 your frosh year).  If you don’t fill out the FAFSA you will never officially know what you might qualify for.

Matt did repeat one comment that I wanted you guys to hear again and that was--- if you have siblings in college already it is definitely in your best interest to fill out the FAFSA if there is more than one of you in the family taking college hours.  It usually bodes well for those individuals to complete the FAFSA.

Seniors, I want to mention a Scholarship Search that Matt talked about last night  specifically designed for use with your phones called Scholly.  The link is at https://myscholly.com/  The only drawback is that this app costs $2.99 a month so a little different than what we promote with Fastweb.com which is free.  Not advocating you use this app but found it interesting that Matt said many of the students he works with in and out of our state are using this app to research scholarships.  I wanted you to know that it is out there.

If you are taking the ACT this Saturday, Oct. 27th, I still have prep materials in the office and Mrs. Jordan can get you a password to some online help.  

Hutchinson Community College is having their Senior Day on Nov. 2.   You have to RSVP to attend.  Many of our students have attended this in the past and have felt it was a valuable day for them.  Sign up at www.hutchcc.edu/recruit 

A reminder if you plan on taking the ACT in December, the next registration is Friday, Nov. 2nd.  Obviously you won’t have Oct. results back yet so visit with the folks on what your best route is to take.  

Oct. 15, 2018

Seniors who are wanting to follow an Engineering career pathway please note that the Wichita Chapter of Professional Engineers is once again offering a chance for up to 5 students from Inman HS to spend a day with a professional engineer at their job. The date this year for the job shadow is set for Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Students will also get an opportunity to go to WSU and hear first hand from students that are in the Engineering program what it is like. The deadline for registration is set for December 31st, 2018. To register you need to print, sign and mail your form to the address listed on the registration form.

We have had students attend this job shadow day before and have really enjoyed seeing what Engineering is about. I personally remember stories from our past students on how it helped them see what Engineering is really like and helped them shape their own decisions on what to do. One of our past seniors told me that since he was always so strong in Math that everyone told him "Oh you'd be great in the Engineering pathway" and he just assumed that identity all through HS without really knowing what a Mechanical Engineer actually did. It was his junior year when he went on this job shadow with Coleman Industries that he realized, "that's not what I want to do". I remember one of our other students who went to this job shadow and he was in the Aviation field and while he was with his Engineer for the day , I think he was either at Cessna or Beech, Payton Manning flew his jet in to have work done on it. He got to see a celebrity on his job shadow as well as see what the engineer did.

Please consider attending this job shadow if you are looking at an Engineering pathway.

Seniors, a few reminders….

Oct. 12, 2018

Any Senior looking at a career with a company in South Central Kansas, the Wichita Area, you might look at applying for this scholarship.  I have placed a copy in the Scholarship Apps on the USD 448 website.  It won’t go “live” where you can type write in the blanks til next week.  See me if you have questions.

Oct. 9, 2018

Register at prattcc.edu/TechDay  

Oct. 5, 2018

Pitt State is here today during home room in the conference room.  Please come see them if you are interested.  Monday, Kansas Newman is here and then Tuesday, Wichita State comes recruiting.

A reminder you are just a few weeks away from the November 1 deadline for the D-I schools.  If you need help let me know.

Seniors, if you plan on attending KU, KSU or WSU, a reminder the priority deadline for admission and scholarship work is set for Nov. 1.  Fort Hays State’s priority deadline is Nov. 15, Pitt State has a February 1 priority deadline, Washburn has a Dec. 1 priority deadline and Emporia State does not have an established deadline. HCC's priority deadline is set for Feb. 15th.

I attended a meeting with ACT/KSDE on Wednesday at Wichita State and wanted to share with you that any senior who has not taken the ACT will have the chance to take one on Wednesday, Feb. 20th with me at Inman HS.  The $50 fee will be waived.  I will visit with those of you who have not taken the ACT yet to see if you are interested.  This opportunity is something new the state legislature discussed and passed at the last session.  The goal was to give every Jr. and any senior who hadn’t tested one free test.  Sorry to say it but it’s a year too late to really benefit the majority of you seniors.  

At this same meeting we were informed the details of the WorkKeys Testing the state is funding for all jrs and srs.  Again, this is optional and I will talk to you in the next couple of weeks to see if you are interested.  The WorkKeys tests are a battery of 8 different tests designed to let students see if they are “Career Ready”.  The test we would give would be 3 sections, Workplace Documents, Graphic Literacy & Applied Math.  Each section is 55 minutes long.  We would use the Paper/Pencil version.  The benefit of the WorkKeys testing is that it allows you to see your level of readiness to go into the workforce at this point in time, as a senior.  At the conclusion of the testing, students will receive a readiness certificate to take to an employer showing the level of competency they have demonstrated on their test.  Typically, students are given Gold, Silver or Bronze certificates based on their score.  

Who should take this test?  All students are welcome but I would see a real benefit for a student whose post high school plan might be leaning toward going straight to the workforce.  I would encourage you to talk it over with the folks and myself or your advisor.  Some local industries use the WorkKeys specifically when you apply.  

What we know about the WorkKeys…..

I will visit with you in the next couple of weeks to see if you have an interest in taking the test.

Oct. 1, 2018

Seniors,

   

    Bethany College is here today recruiting.  A reminder you are still eligible for the tuition free education as a McPherson County grad for the 4 years you are at Bethany plus at the end of your soph year you can gain a service trip to Sweden as part of your college experience and service back to others.

     

    This Friday, Pitt State is here during home room.  We don’t have many students go to the SE corner of the state but everyone that has, has loved Pitt State!  Great programs in Construction Science, Technology, Engineering, etc…

     

    Friday, Oct. 12, KU hosts their Crimson & Blue Day.  If you are interested please go to the following link to register ……..  https://admissions.ku.edu/crimsonandblue 

   

     If you are needing your transcript sent to any of the schools you are applying at please let me know and I will get it there for you asap.  A reminder that November 1 is the priority admission and scholarship deadline for the three D-I’s in state, KSU, KU & WSU.  Fort Hays State’s admission and scholarship priority deadline is Nov. 15 with a final deadline of Feb. 15. Pitt State has a February 1 admission & scholarship priority deadline.  Emporia State does not have an established deadline but obviously the quicker the better for scholarships.  Washburn has a Dec. 1 priority deadline for admission and scholarships.  

    One deadline you better be looking at is the priority deadline for Financial Aid or the FAFSA for the schools you are looking at.  There are a multitude of different priority dates out there so please make sure you are checking what the dates are for the schools you are looking at.  You don’t want to miss this deadline. If you need help with this come see me and we will look together.

    A reminder that today, Oct. 1, the FAFSA for your frosh year in college or vo-tech is now open.  See me if you need help but remember from our meeting that the real discussion has to take place with you and the folks to come to the conclusion….if you intend to fill it out or not.  A reminder you will need 3 items to get the FAFSA complete:  1)  Social Security #’s for you and the folks  2) FSA ID’s (you know where to get these set up at and if not just click the link on the FAFSA.gov website)  3) the tax information from fiscal year 2017.  You have access to multiple resources for any help you need on this but don’t hesitate to ask us if you need anything.

Sept. 27, 2018

Housing Application

The application for K-State Residence Halls, scholarship house and the Honors House is available for students to complete at www.housing.k-state.edu. We encourage students to apply early! By completing the application, students are then eligible to complete the housing contract on November 1st.

             

MyMajors Assessment

K-State is currently partnering with KACRAO to promote the MyMajors assessment. This is a free tool that high school students can complete and receive a list of their best-fit majors and learn more about the colleges and universities that are members of KACRAO. By creating a profile, MyMajors assists with creating a major and career plan based on a student's academic aptitude and interests. To access the assessment, students can visit:https://kacrao.mymajors.com/quiz/.

             

Senior Day

Seniors are invited to visit K-State for a Senior Day to learn about all the opportunities available to you as a future student. Join the Wildcat family on campus for a fun and informative day. The program begins at 9:00 a.m. and will end at 3:00 p.m, and a full listing of available dates can be found on our website. At least one lucky senior will receive $250 towards textbooks for his or her first semester at K-State. For more information and to register, visit www.k-state.edu/admissions/seniors.  

KSU Fall 2018 Senior Day dates

Friday, October 12 (registration is closed for Oct. 12)

Monday, October 15

Friday, October 26

Friday, November 2

Monday, November 5

Monday, November 12

Career Connections Nights

We're bringing our campus experts straight to you in the Wichita area. This program is a great way for students and families to see how K-State can help turn a passion into a career, by making connections with industry leaders, professors and students in the field of their interest.

 

K-State is coming to Wichita on Thursday, October 4th to share all the opportunities available to you as a future Interior Design student. Join the Wildcat family at GLMV Architecture for a fun and informative evening. Interior Design Career Connections Night begins at 6:30 p.m., with check-in at 6:00 p.m. The program ends at 8:00 p.m. There is no cost to attend the program. At least one lucky senior will receive $250 towards textbooks for his or her first semester at K-State. For more information and to register, http://www.k-state.edu/admissions/wichitacareers.html

 

K-State is coming to Wichita on Tuesday, October 23rd to share all the opportunities available to you as a future Hospitality Management student. Join the Wildcat family at the Hyatt Regency Wichita for a fun and informative evening.Hospitality Management Career Connections Night begins at 6:30 p.m., with check-in at 6:00 p.m. The program ends at 8:00 p.m. There is no cost to attend the program. At least one lucky senior will receive $250 towards textbooks for his or her first semester at K-State. For more information and to register, http://www.k-state.edu/admissions/wichitacareers.html

 

K-State is coming to Wichita on Tuesday, November 6th to share all the opportunities available to you as a future Health Professions student. Join the Wildcat family at Maize Career Academy for a fun and informative evening. Health Professions Career Connections Night begins at 6:30 p.m., with check-in at 6:00 p.m. The program ends at 8:00 p.m. There is no cost to attend the program. At least one lucky senior will receive $250 towards textbooks for his or her first semester at K-State. For more information and to register, http://www.k-state.edu/admissions/wichitacareers.html

 

K-State is coming to Wichita on Thursday, November 8th to share all the opportunities available to you as a future Engineering student. Join the Wildcat family at Koch Industries for a fun and informative evening. Engineering Career Connections Night begins at 6:30 p.m., with check-in at 6:00 p.m. The program ends at 8:00 p.m. There is no cost to attend the program. At least one lucky senior will receive $250 towards textbooks for his or her first semester at K-State. For more information and to register, http://www.k-state.edu/admissions/wichitacareers.html

 

Sept. 25, 2018

KSU Polytech in Salina……

Seniors,

    I know the office has sent messages to your folks about the McPherson Manufest coming up next week on Wednesday, Oct. 3.  The link to sign up to attend this meal and presentation about the manufacturing businesses in McPherson County can be found at https://www.gomcpherson.com/2018/09/manufest/.  The deadline for this registration is set for Oct. 1.  The flier attached below gives a few more details of who is presenting.

Sept. 24, 2018

Seniors,

    

     Make plans to meet this week with FHSU today, NCKTC on Tuesday and then KU on Friday.  All of the reps are coming during Home Room.  I know you have extended lunch on Friday so you may not be available for the KU rep.  Just let me know and I will grab materials for you.  She is in the area this week and we are locked in on that date.  Bethany is here next Monday, Oct. 1 and Pitt State on Friday, Oct. 5. It is time to start filling out your admission forms for any of the D-I’s and D-II’s.  Next week with the start of October we are just 2 ½ weeks away from the end of the first nine weeks.  

   

    Have you set up your Fall visits yet?  If not, it’s time to get this going.  See me if you need help.  Don’t take anything for granted even if you plan to attend HCC--set up a visit and let’s go meet with their department chairs or advisors so you have a good feel for what you are getting into.  

   

     Tomorrow, I will attend a state of Kansas FAFSA workshop at KWU in Salina.  I plan on meeting with you seniors on Thursday of this week during 3rd hour to take you through the presentation on what Financial Aid is all about.  I can’t tell you how many times over the years I have had seniors tell me that this FAFSA presentation has helped them understand the process of going on to college or vocational school and the costs better than anything we do or they have heard ---so please come listen intently for the 30 minutes we will be together.  I think this will answer a lot of your questions.

     One of the questions you will be asked the most from here on out (Oct. 1) as far as recruiting goes is “have you filled out the FAFSA and your financial aid”?  If you are unfamiliar with the term Financial Aid or are maybe the first sibling in your family to go on to school I’d like you to know the following…..

Financial Aid refers to any type of money used to pay for your education.  It can be in the form of scholarships, loans from the govt. or private, grants from the govt. or schools, work studys, etc…

The route you have to take to find out if you will receive Financial Aid to go on to school is to fill out the FAFSA (stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid) sometime after Oct. 1 of your senior year.  The website is located at fafsa.ed.gov .  

In simplest form, students and parents enter their financial information through the FAFSA, identifying the schools they would like to attend.  The colleges/vocational schools, once they receive the data let students/parents know if they will receive any type of financial aid to go on to school through an award letter.  Financial need is not easy to predict as there are many different circumstances that occur so all students/parents are encouraged to fill out the FAFSA.  This is why recruiters will ask you all the time to complete the form.  A lot of times you will hear comments like “both my parents work so I know we won’t get any aid” or “we make too much money”, etc… but the fact is you can’t prove there is or isn’t a financial need w/o filling out the FAFSA.

A reminder that one benefit to filling out the FAFSA is that every student regardless of financial status is eligible to receive low interest loans from the govt to go on to school.  Typical first year amounts are $5500 and usually go up each year after.  This can be a “real blessing” to students in need of financial help but can also be a “real curse” if students keep borrowing and borrowing to stay in school.  You all hear the stories of the students that are thousands and thousands of dollars in debt from their school loans and this is the means through which those stories tend to start.  

I always present our FAFSA meeting with a specific scenario in mind ---- “what if you were on your own to pay for college” would you know what to do?  You may not know now but you will have certainly have some ideas after the meeting on Thursday how you could try to get help.  

     

     

Sept. 20, 2018

Seniors, any interest in HCC’s Fire Science program this Field Day is excellent.

Sept. 19, 2018

Seniors looking at Emporia State, Fort Hays State & Wichita State you might remember a scholarship named the “Rudd Scholarship” once you fill out your Financial Aid (FAFSA).  If you qualify for a Pell Grant you also could be eligible for the Rudd Scholarship which could be used all your years of college.  Check out the link at

www.Ruddfoundation.org 

Sept. 18, 2018

Seniors, a few updates on recruiters....anyone else you want me to contact to come out?  Also, it’s time to start setting up your fall visits if you haven’t.  

HCC                                 Thursday, Sept. 20th Pizza at lunch

Fort Hays State                 Monday, Sept 24, Home Room

NCKTC Beloit                 Tuesday, Sept. 25, Home Room

KU                                 Friday, Sept. 28, Home Room

Bethany                         Monday, Oct. 1, Home Room

Pitt State                         Friday, Oct. 5, Home Room

Kansas Newman                 Monday, Oct. 8, Home Room

WSU                                 Tuesday, Oct. 9, Home Room

Bethel                         Wednesday, Oct. 24, Home Room

A reminder that D-I scholarship apps are due Nov. 1.  A deadline you must meet.

Seniors as Oct. 1 approaches a reminder that if you plan to go on to college, the FAFSA becomes live for you & your parents to fill out to see if you can receive financial aid for the 2019-20 school year.  As I’ve shared with you before it’s not critical you fill it out immediately but at least make plans with the folks as to whether or not it is something you want to do.  I attend a meeting next Tuesday, Sept. 25 in Salina for the FAFSA updates and then will come back and share with you guys the changes & information.  There is also a Saturday workshop in Salina at KSU Polytech on Saturday, Oct. 20th for parents and students if you want help.  I haven’t seen one closer to us posted yet but will keep an eye out for one if you or the folks have interest.  

You may register at http://polytechnic.k-state.edu/admissions/events/fafsa/ 

Sept, 17, 2018

Seniors,

   The screen shot below depicts an opportunity for an internship through MKC that students can check out at KSU tomorrow.  I know you are not eligible for this as high school students but I wanted you to see what you will be looking for as college students to make connections for internships and potential jobs.  There is no secret in finding these other than hard work, looking and being involved.  You need to build a network of connections that can help lead you to these opportunities.

  The McPherson County Community Foundation is in the process of updating their scholarship site and link.  You might check the following website out and see if there are any scholarships that you want to apply for when the scholarship app becomes available.  There might be multiple scholarships in the McPherson county region that you can apply for so please take time to see the qualifications.

    Make a note that the Raleigh Scholarship ($500) is usually due by Jan. 31 and this is the website you will make application through.  The other scholarships listed on this website will be part of our locals this spring.  

https://www.mcphersonfoundation.org/programs/scholarships/ 

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 Your experience matters!

Just one visit and you’ll see why K-State Polytechnic is the place for you!

Join us for a day dedicated to helping juniors and seniors explore our campus and experience the difference of a polytechnic education. To give you a hint, it's where innovative learning and real-world experience converge!

K-State Polytechnic is:

  • 14:1 student-to-professor ratio
  • 78% hands-on lab space
  • 1 of 4 campuses in the Kansas State University system
  • 96% job placement rate after graduation

 

Join us for Junior and Senior Day

Fri., Oct. 19Register Now

http://polytechnic.k-state.edu/admissions/events/fallvisit

 

Seniors,

Several items for a busy, busy week of Homecoming....

1) McPherson College is here recruiting today during home room. There is a short meeting with Mr. Weinbrenner in the auditorium but you should have plenty of time to meet with the rep afterwards.

2) Tuesday, Inman HS alum Kristen Knackstedt is here during home room to share about her pathway at K-State after she graduated in 2014. I think you find this helpful if you are looking at any of the D-I schools regardless of your major.

3) On Thursday, Sept. 20th, Lynette Hilty from Hutchinson Community College will be here during lunch recruiting. She will bring Papa Johns and drinks for all of you seniors so please come enjoy. The topics she will hit on are the Step Ahead Program, The Scholarship Dinners in November and then the Feb. 15th Scholarship deadline and then the importance of writing a solid "Personal Statement" on your scholarship application. A reminder all of you should be considering HCC as one of your choices be it as a first choice or a back-up plan. The offer you would get from HCC is non binding but it is a guarantee you may not have if you don't attend one of the scholarship banquets in November. **Do not get in a big rush to apply to HCC for scholarships regardless what you hear. We ask students to wait til after the first of the year so that your transcript is finished for 7 semesters and your latest ACT scores are on it.

4) This Friday, Sept. 21 is the ACT registration deadline for the October test date. I think there are still a lot of you wanting to take this test which is good. Please get registered at ACT.org. If you are needing questions answered about the minimum score cuts needed for scholarships, athletics, activities, just stop by and visit with me.

Seniors,

   Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Kansas Municipal Utilities building, 2090 E. Avenue A in McPherson, Ks. the Industry Professionals of McPherson County will be hosting an evening of information about careers in our county and all of you are invited.  Employers from Bradbury, Central States, CertainTeed, Ferguson, Hutton, Johns Manville, Moridge & Viega will present and have some demonstrations from former and current students.  I have sent each of you a flier in Google Classroom.  I have not heard if there is a sign-up, etc… for the evening but expect to hear something this week.

Sept. 13, 2018

See Mr. Pfannenstiel if you are interested in the next CNA class in Buhler!!

Sept. 12, 2018

A reminder if you are interested in getting in some community service, the Lions Club is seeking help for Saturday, Sept 22nd at the local Fishing Derby.  Message Craig Druecker at craigdruecker@gmail.com to offer your help.  This is one of the examples I shared with you back in August of where you can get your name in the running for a Lion’s Club Scholarship by helping here, volunteering to serve at their breakfast benefits, etc…  

The KU School of Engineering will host its annual Engineering Open House, on Saturday, September 29th, 2018 from 8AM-noon. This event gives prospective KU engineering students the ability to interact with current engineering students, staff and faculty, as well as speak with various KU Engineering student organizations, and KU departments, such as: Financial Aid & Scholarships, KU Student Housing and the University Honors Program. Guests will also have the opportunity to hear about majors offered by the KU School of Engineering, and tour our state-of-the-art engineering facilities.

 

If you are interested, please check out  https://engr.ku.edu/engineering-open-house, for a detailed schedule of events, as well as a link to register. Registration is mandatory due to parking restrictions that day, due to the homecoming football game. Registration closes on Monday, September 24th at 8AM.

 

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Rock Chalk!

 

KU School of Engineering

Undergraduate Recruitment

785-864-3881

studyengineering@ku.edu

Sept. 7, 2018

Don’t forget with the 1st weekend of the Fair to wear your HCC shirt if you attend.  A reminder with your ID card that we don’t have a comprehensive list of places, be it restaurants, etc.. that you get discounts at so you just have to ask to see if it works.  Your ID should get you into games at HCC though or any of the Dillon Lecture series speakers.  

Sept. 6, 2018

Seniors, the NCAA Clearinghouse has sent out the following information for students who are wanting to play sports in college and continue their education….

Reminder: Time for Students to Begin the Registration Process

The kick off of a new school year is a great time for students to start the initial-eligibility process by registering with the Eligibility Center.

Two different accounts are available when a student registers at eligibilitycenter.org. Below are detailed instructions for completing both types of accounts.

Certification Account

A student-athlete must be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center to compete at an NCAA Division I or II school. A student must also be registered with a Certification Account before they can make official visits to a school or sign a National Letter of Intent in Division I or II. The registration fee is $90 for domestic students and $150 for international students. Registration typically takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes.

Profile Page

If a student-athlete is currently unsure which division they want to compete in or plan to compete at a Division III school, they should create a Profile Page. Creating a Profile Page is free and easy. Students should expect 15 to 30 minutes to complete a Profile Page. If at any time the student wishes to play at the Division I or II level, they can transition to a Certification Account and pay the registration fee to begin the certification process.

Sept. 5, 2018

From Hutchinson Community College…..

     We are once again hosting our annual Scholarship Offer Guarantee Dinner & Information dinners in November.  We want to send every graduating in-state Senior & their parents an invitation to attend this event. 

      We will again have three different dinner locations to make traveling convenient for all seniors and their parents to attend. The McPherson County Dinner will be held at the Best Western Holiday Manor Convention Center in McPherson on Monday, Nov. 5, the Harvey County dinner will be held at the Meridian Convention Center in Newton on Tuesday, Nov. 6, and the Reno County dinner will be held at the Sports Arena in Hutchinson on Wednesday, Nov. 7. All dinners will start at 6:30 p.m. and we try to make sure that everyone is out by no later than 8:00 p.m.

      We understand that not all of your Seniors are planning to attend HutchCC and might be a bit scared off by this invitation and therefore may not attend because they don't fully understand the purpose of this dinner. Our goal is to inform your students of what HutchCC has to offer while giving them some financial incentive to choose Hutch after graduation. With your help, we want your Seniors to realize that they can come to this dinner and accept the guarantee of scholarship offers from us while they are still looking at other schools. By attending a dinner, it ensures that IF he/she applies for admissions, returns the offer guarantee given to them at the dinner as well as completes the scholarship application by February 15 that HutchCC will GUARANTEE them at least the amount of money in scholarship awards stated on the offer for the 2019-20 school year. In many cases the student receives more money than their guarantee states. The biggest thing a student needs to understand is that the guarantee itself IS NOT a scholarship - it's a guarantee of scholarship offers that will come from various scholarship resources on our campus.

     We will extend the invitation to all in-state Seniors and their parents because we want all of them to have the opportunity to learn a little more about the True Blue Excellence that exists at HutchCC. However, only in-state students who have a 2.0 Cumulative GPA or better and complete the steps listed above will receive a scholarship offer guarantee. For those students that attend the dinner and have lower than a 2.0 GPA, we will give them a letter stating that if they complete the HutchCC Scholarship Application by February 15 AND their final HS GPA is above a 2.0 when they graduate in May that we will retroactively guarantee them scholarship money based on that final GPA. Scholarship Offer Guarantee Amounts are based upon a sliding GPA scale. The higher a student's GPA the more money the Guarantee of Scholarship Offers will be.

Sept. 4, 2018

     Hesston College will let me nominate 3 Jr. and/or Sr students who are natural leaders for a $1000 scholarship, solely on my recommendation.  I need to make my nominations by October 1.  I would love to visit with any of you that are seriously considering Hesston to see if I can possibly get you that nomination and the $1000 scholarship.  Their recruiter, Morgan, is here on Thursday to visit so might be worth your while to stop by the conference room and meet her.  

   I wanted to share with you the information about Hesston College sent me…..

“This past year Hesston College had students from 29 states and 17 countries represented on campus.  The total enrollment was 442 students with 25 different faith backgrounds. “  This year we have Kaylee Wedel at Hesston College as she pursues her Nursing degree.  

   One of the colleges who will come recruit later this Fall is Washburn University in Topeka.  I have always considered Washburn as one of the “best” schools in the state when I look back at our alumni who attended there and what they have had to say about their time on campus.  Very much like some of the schools in the different corners of the state that we are not familiar with our students don’t give Washburn enough consideration.  Check them out please when the rep comes for a visit.  

   

   Washburn “Senior Days” are set for Friday, Oct. 5, Friday, Nov. 2, Friday, Nov. 16 and then Friday, Jan. 25.  To RSVP go to Washburn.edu/ichaboddays   If you are serious about Washburn and have a 3.25 GPA or higher you can take the Garvey Scholarship Exam and possibly earn an annually renewable scholarship to Washburn for anywhere from $500 to $2000.  To take the exam a student needs to 1) apply for admission (washburn.edu/admissions);  2) pay a one time $20 fee;  3)  Send your official transcript and ACT scores;  To register for the exam you may go directly to Washburn.edu/garvey 

        Kansas State University will be here on Friday, Sept. 14th to recruit.  I am sending you seniors an email with information regarding admission criteria, dates, deadlines, scholarships, housing information, FAFSA deadlines, etc…  please check your school email for all this information.  A reminder the D-I’s all have a Nov. 1 deadline for scholarship priority.  Start working on this now and get your applications in and make sure they are complete.  Kansas State PolyTech in Salina has Jr/Sr Day set for October 19, 2018 and Polytechnic Wildcat for a Day set for November 1-2, 2018.

Kansas State University at Manhattan has an ACT workshop scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6th in Olathe and in Manhattan for Saturday, Oct. 20th.  Senior Days at K-State in Manhattan are set for Friday, Oct. 12, Monday, Oct. 15, Friday, Oct. 26, Friday, Nov. 2, Monday, Nov. 5 and Monday, Nov. 12.  Make your plans if you wish to attend.  Find out more at k-state.edu/admissions/events

August 31, 2018

Updated Recruiters visits schedule….

US Army                        Friday, August 31                Lunch (Commons)

US Marines                        Wednesday, Sept. 5                Lunch (Commons)

Hesston College                Thursday, Sept. 6                Home Room

Ks. Air National Guard        Friday, Sept. 7                Home Room

Kansas State                        Friday, Sept 14                Home Room

McPherson College                 Monday, Sept. 17                Home Room

Hutchinson CC                Thursday, Sept. 20th                Lunch/Pizza in the Commons

Fort Hays State                Monday, Sept. 24                Home Room

NCKTC (Beloit)                Tuesday, Sept. 25                Home Room

Kansas Newman                Monday, Oct. 8                Home Room

Wichita State                        Tuesday, Oct. 9                Home Room

Bethel College                Wednesday, Oct. 24                Home Room

August 29, 2018

Seniors taking college classes, Ann Marie from HCC will be here tomorrow during home room in the conference room to take your picture and get you an HCC ID that gets you into all their athletic events, Dillon Lecture Series, activities on campus and then can get you discounts at eating places, etc.. in Hutch.  The cards won’t be in right away but should be delivered to us shortly.  You will also be getting HCC T-shirts to wear at the State Fair.  If you are wearing your T-shirt

August 28, 2018

Any Senior interested in attending Wichita State University…...you have the chance to compete in the Distinguished Scholarship Invitational.  The DSI is one of the premier scholarship competitions in the country, awarding three $64,000 scholarships to attend Wichita State in the Fall of 2019.

To compete students must….

Seniors, if you are

August 23, 2018

Seniors, 

     Every October McPherson County Celebrates its Manufacturers- during this month various employers open their doors to the schools, public and host open houses.  Many of you have toured Viega, Bradbury, etc.. with Mr. Sprunger the last several years.  This year, they will kick off the month with an event called the McPherson County Manufest. This event will take place from 6-8 pm on October 3rd at the KMU building; 2090 E Avenue A.  The agenda though tentative, looks like there will be employers, CTE completers, HS students, etc.. that will share information about the school to work options, skills needed, etc.. to compete for jobs.  I will remind you of this as the date gets closer.  

Seniors--several reminders at the end of the 1st week…

Seniors, I want to keep encouraging you to research your majors, pathways, careers, etc.. early in this Fall semester.  It will make visits with recruiters so much easier, more informative and your conversations with both recruiters and your folks more valuable.  Keep me in the loop if you need information or need me to contact someone for you.  A lot of you have done a great job of this already.  

August 22

Any student interested in taking a CNA class this Fall please see Mr. Pfannenstiel for details of a class that still has open spots in Moundridge starting Sept. 6th.  A reminder the cost of this class would be covered by CTE for high school students.  The class is set for Thursday evenings and then Saturday & Sundays from 1 pm to 9 pm.  The class will end on Oct. 20th.  If you want to get signed up let me know asap and I will notify our contact at HCC.

**Seniors, anyone who is testing in September, I have received a shipment of the paper ACT practice tests with the newest “retired” test for you to work with.  Stop by the office any time and get one off the gray cart!

Pratt Community College…. Senior Days…..  Check the link at prattcc.edu/seniorday This is very early in the school year but a good day to visit Pratt CC if you are not attending the State Fair.

August 21

College Recruiters visits schedule….

US Army                        Friday, August 31                Lunch (Commons)

US Marines                        Wednesday, Sept. 5                Lunch (Commons)

Hesston College                Thursday, Sept. 6                Home Room

Ks. Air National Guard        Friday, Sept. 7                Home Room

Kansas State                        Friday, Sept 14                Home Room

McPherson College                 Monday, Sept. 17                Home Room

Hutchinson CC                Thursday, Sept. 20th                Lunch/Pizza in the Commons

Fort Hays State                Monday, Sept. 24                Home Room

NCKTC (Beloit)                Tuesday, Sept. 25                Home Room

Kansas Newman                Monday, Oct. 8                Home Room

Wichita State                        Tuesday, Oct. 9                Home Room

Bethel College                Wednesday, Oct. 24                Home Room

The Horatio Alger Association is seeking scholarship applicants from the class of 2019.  Since 1984 the Horatio Alger Association is awarded over $143 million in college scholarships to needy and deserving students.  The mission of the Horatio Alger Association is to provide help to students who have significant financial need and have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity.  Scholarships range from $6,000 to $25,000.  Eligibility include: high school graduation this spring, financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income) and US citizenship.  You may apply on line from August 1-October 25 at scholars.horatioalger.org 

August 20th

Seniors, we are scheduled to meet 3rd hour today out of Mrs. Ryan and Mr. Cearley’s class.  We will discuss the following:

“Seniors 19”

 

 

 

 

 

If you are undecided on what you want to major in there are several routes I suggest you consider…..

 

1)        check out various college & vocational school Websites for list of majors, opportunities,

classes required, etc..—Go to Hutchcc.edu & click on Majors to get a list of potential

pathways.  You can use any school be it college or vocational.  

2)        stop by and visit with me and I will take you through some lists of majors and

        help you eliminate at least a few through discussion.

3)        go into your Career Cruising program, review your information and continue to

        research in depth….

 

Whether it’s college, vo-tech or the military, recruiters all ask similar questions in meeting with you.

 

 

 

  >21 ACT gets you in any school in Kansas, in most cases with the exception of KU who has raised their score to a 24 with a 3.0 GPA or 21 with a 3.25 GPA.

 

  >22, >3.0 GPA gets some academic money at 2 year public schools in  Kansas, remember though, Jucos typically only pay Books/Tuition, no Room/Board

>24-25, >3.0 GPA  gets you in the running for academic scholarship money at 4 year Public

>22, >3.0 GPA gets you in the running for academic scholarship money at 4 year Private Schools.  Most Public & Private Schools have a sliding scale and a simple rule of thumb –“the higher the ACT/GPA, the more financial scholarship money you are eligible for.

 

I know you are aware of this already that not every student qualifies or earns scholarships.  If you are fortunate enough to have the grades, the ACTs or the skills recruiters are looking at please feel proud, blessed and remember to say “thank you”.  Books scholarships---some students chuckle when they hear that a senior got a books scholarship.  After taking college classes do you realize why a “Books” scholarship is great?

 

 

Academic:  when you apply for admission – fill out the scholarships app & meet the deadlines.  Have your resume ready to go with references (make sure your references are aware you put their names down and out of courtesy tell them they might get a call or email).  These scholarships are all ACT/GPA/Service Project related.

 

From now until January – early scholarships are based on the Highest ACT, GPA, PSAT, etc..

From January on – scholarships are more Department based, performance based, offered based on needs of the school.

 

Activities:  Work through your sponsor/teacher:  Band-Horton, Vocal-Horton, Art-

Brensing, Scholars Bowl-Parsons, FFA-Knapp etc.. they will be your contact person and

biggest help/advocate. I can help you but your sponsors & coaches are the key.

 

Athletics:  Work through your coaches/sponsors to set up tryouts, auditions, sending of tapes, etc.. be it for any sport, dance or cheer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 17th

http://www.act.org/content/dam/act/unsecured/documents/Preparing-for-the-ACT.pdf

Remember you can also sign up on the ACT website for the Question of the Day from ACT to help prep.

August 16, 2018

Reminders for today….

 “Almost any major you go into at the next level will require both Math & Comp (English hours) for a degree.  To get out of Math as a senior if you

1) have not qualified for College Algebra (ACT math score of 21)

2) plan on going on to college

3) want to major in a field that uses Math

4) have not taken your ACT test yet…..

will really hurt your chances of being successful at the next level.  Matter of fact we have had students come back to share with us their stories of having to pay for tutors and then take multiple classes at the college level to even get into College Algebra or Math classes simply because they didn’t stay in math their senior year.”

August 13, 2018

Seniors,

August 10, 2018

KU Recruiting….. For you seniors --- a good chance to get information…. Register at the link below..

Preview KU.

Monday, September 24, 2018

7:00-8:00 pm

Cosmosphere

1100 N Plum St.

Hutchinson

For more information and to register for Preview KU,

go to https://admissions.ku.edu/previewku

 

Please help us to promote Preview KU to all high school students interested in KU.

 

We hope to see you!

 

Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

August 8, 2018

Seniors, as you are making plans to take the ACT this year and checking your calendar, the following message was released yesterday that might give you a chance to take the ACT for free if you haven’t take it.  We do not know all the details yet.  As seniors this is probably too late for the majority of you as you will be finished with the ACT by Dec. but just in case, I wanted you to see this.  There will be more details released later this month.  I will share with you details about the Work Keys test also when we meet at the beginning of school in case you want to take it if your goal is to enter the workforce right after gradaution.

KSDE and ACT have signed a contract to administer at no charge to the student or district both the ACT and WorkKeys to all juniors and any senior who has not had the opportunity to complete the assessments. ACT and WorkKeys are not required assessments. A student may complete both or just one.

·         Statewide ACT testing date – Wednesday, February 20, 2019

        Writing not included

·         Statewide WorkKeys testing date – Thursday, February 21, 2019

        Graphic Literacy

        Applied Math

        Workplace Documents

·         Accommodations (specific details not yet available)

·         Student score reports will be available 3 – 8 weeks after testing

·         Students may choose to have ACT scores sent to colleges

·         National Career Readiness Certificates will be provided to those who qualify

·         Administered locally – Each high school registering students for the free assessments will be

       responsible for administering the tests

·         Schools will choose between paper/pencil or computer for assessment delivery

·         Make-up Date – (inclement weather or absences) Tuesday, April 2, 2019

·         TEST record required for initial registration

·         Training dates (locations and times to be determined)

       Tuesday, October 2

        Wednesday, October 3

        Thursday, October 4

·         ACT will have multiple sessions and a booth at the KSDE Annual Conference October 16 & 17,

        2018 in Wichita

       Additional information will be available after the KSDE meeting with ACT on August 21 and

        22, 2018.

August 6, 2018

Seniors if you are looking at any of the D-I’s in Kansas check out the pages below of some of the timelines & details you need to know… more information can be found at the link https://admissions.ku.edu/freshman-requirements-deadlines 

KU:

Seniors looking for part time work….

 

PleasantView Nursing Home is currently needing 5-6 part time workers for HSKG/Laundry. At this time the positions are weekend only. 4 to 5 hrs. Sat and the same for Sun.  Start pay

is $9.17 a hr.  Hrs. will be 7-11 or 12.

 

If you have any students that would like a part time job we are needing the help.

They can apply online at  Pleasantviewhome.com on the internet or come in and

get a paper copy at the front office.  Applicants will apply under Careers and go to the Housekeeping section and fill it out from there.

Seniors a couple of reminders for ACT this Fall….

 ACT’s  Each situation is different so please come ask & talk to your folks about testing.  Do what’s best for you and what you are trying to accomplish.  If you don’t need to take it don’t spend the $$$ and the 4 hours.  If you say you are going on to college and want to try to meet the requirements you need to get a test taken.  It is a strong component in applying for scholarships also.  

If you need a higher score for admittance to a school/program or class, by all means take it.  If you are trying to earn more scholarship money, sure, take it but know your cut scores and what you need.  Take it for the right reasons is what I tell students.  We know you test a lot already and to ask you to test just for the sake of having a score is not something we believe in.  

Where can you get help?  Classroom teachers, Reading, Studying on my own, Old tests, WSU ACT  Workshops, KSU ACT Workshops, March2Success, Fuel Ed, etc...  We will once again try to host an ACT Workshop this Fall or early 2nd semester based on interest.  Keep watching this site for details.

 

 Go to ACT.org to register & use the practice test for this years newest prep.  I have the retired ACT test from the last 2 years in paper form or you can click on the following link for the ACT Prep.  https://academy.act.org/#_ga=2.58302634.1041831376.1533560418-42963750.1533145290   

The prep on this site is very good but you have to put in time to get better.  A reminder to check your calendar for the date or dates that work best for you.

ACT Test Dates 2018-19

August 3, 2018

Seniors taking college classes on our campus, plan on starting Public Speaking & Comp on Friday, August 17th for sure after visiting with HCC today.  We are waiting to hear on Human Relations but it sounds like the class may start on Monday, August 20th.  Keep checking this website to know for sure.

      If you have an online class please check the start date so you know when class begins.  Keep checking your email for information on any on-line class that you will take.  Usually a few days before the class begins you will get an email from the instructor.  Sometimes this communication  has come through the email via your Dragonzone account.  One of the big lessons of becoming independent in these college classes is to get involved and to stay on top of the communication with profs.  As a college student you are expected to communicate on your own regarding the class, any absences, etc..

August 2, 2018

Seniors, if you are still looking to fill your schedule during the day and have no other high school classes you want I would like you to take a look at the following link of classes:  http://www.hutchcc.edu/academics/outreach/courses-sb155 through HCC of the Excel CTE  that are tuition free through the old “SB 155 bill”.  We could build you an hour in your day to take the class or you could do this on your own and we wouldn’t have to schedule it at all.  A great chance to get a class or two in your major field free if you want to.  Notice there 8 pages of classes of which many are the HCTEA classes our students attend during the regular school day.  You will notice that not all of these classes are on-line but many are and that would mean for you as a student if there is a class that is in your major field you plan to go into, if you sign up to take the class this Fall or Spring you would only pay for the Books and probably a small online fee.  Might be worth it to you!  If you decide you want to do this during the regular day we will get you a spot with Mrs. Jordan in the library for the hour you take this class.  

I would especially pay close attention to the offerings of the Excel CTE if you are looking at the Business field or the Medical pathway as there are a number of classes in both areas being offered online that would get you a great “jumpstart” on the college hours in your major field.

July 31, 2018

HCC FireFighting Program ----Seniors, I know I have asked you guys several times if there was any interest and the answer was always “no” ---but HCC wanted me to ask again as I think they are still in need of numbers for the class….”We are currently enrolling for our fall 2018 Fire Science Academy. Do you know any students interested in getting their Firefighter 1 certification?  This is the class for them!  I have attached a flyer with details regarding the academy to this message.  The classes that make up the Fire Science Academy are covered by Excel in CTE (aka Senate Bill 155).   If you are interested please let me know.

Seniors, I am in daily contact with HCC so if you need help on your Dragonzone please let me know.  If you have forgot your User ID or Password, go to hutchcc.edu and click on Dragonzone.   This is where you will sign in to your account.  If you click on “Account Help?” you will be able to put your personal information in and get an email from HCC with your log-in information on it.  A reminder from  what we did last spring to use your personal email not the school email.  If this doesn’t work please message me and I have a number you can call to get help.  Since this is your personal information we will not have access to it.  

All the 6 semester transcripts are updated.  The only item not updated would be your ACT score if you took one in June or July and I don’t have those reports yet.  If you need your transcript sent somewhere or want it please let me know and I can get you a digital copy.  If you need an official copy sent to a school or recruiter that needs to run through our front office so just let us know.  

On the page below I have attached my August Calendar of reminders for seniors on what you should be looking at doing to help prepare for post high school plans.  This is by no means a complete list but it should give you some direction on what to start with.  Seniors of the past have always told me that if they worked hard at getting their plans set in August, September & October of their senior year it helped the year go much more smooth than waiting til April and May and trying to make last minute decisions.  Let us help you any way we can.  

July 30, 2018

Welcome back Seniors!  The last go round!  I started back on duty this morning and like most years my first task is to go through each of your schedules, transcripts, etc.. to make sure you are on track for graduation, vo-tech and college, workforce, etc..  I need your help reviewing a couple of things this next week or two as you have time.  Please feel free to message me or stop by to visit and make sure we have you set up correctly.  Get in the habit of checking this website for information about scholarships, deadlines, etc...

College Classes…..

ACT deadline….. If any of you are scrambling to meet a score requirement, etc.. and want to test in September… the deadline is set for this Friday, Aug. 3rd.  As in the past you register on ACT.org by setting up an account.  The first ACT date of the Fall is set for Saturday, Sept. 8th.  On our calendar that day is the Haven VB tournament.  The Oct. ACT date is again the same date as VB State at Emporia, XC State at Wamego and the National FFA Convention.  Check your calendars and plan accordingly.  See me if you need help.

May 14, 2018

Seniors, I have attached a list of possible website sources for college information & scholarships for you to review here at the end of your Jr Year. You don’t have to use this but it’s a good resource to have if you wish to apply for scholarships.  We usually get a little more serious with this list around September but if you want to look at some of these sites now you are more than welcome to. If you would fill out the information for FASTWEB on-line now or next Fall that would be a great start for each of you.    There are many other websites out there you can use also.  If you find any apps that you think are outstanding please let us know and we will share them.  I have attached the letter for the beginning of your senior year that I send to your parents this spring.  Please take time to look over it when you can.  

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Date:        May 14th, 2018

To:      Seniors of  2019 and Parents

From: Mr. Pfannenstiel

Re:           Senior Year & Future Plans

 

             

This is a list of resources on line that is supported by KSDE…

Bureau of Indian Affairs        www.bia.gov                                        (Scholarships)

Fastweb                               www.fastweb.com                           (Free Scholarship Search)

College Answer                www.collegeanswer.com                       (Free Scholarship Search)

Broke Scholar                       www.brokescholar.com                     (Free Scholarship Search)

FindTuition.com                    www.findtuition.com/scholarships  (Free Scholarship Search)

Scholarship Hunter            www.scholarshiphunter.com            (Free Scholarship Search)

Scholarships 101                   www.scholarships101.com                (Free Scholarship Search)

SuperCollege                       www.supercollege.com                   (Free Scholarship Search)

Scholarship Experts            www.scholarshipexperts.com             (Informational)

Scholarship Help                www.scholarshiphelp.org                    (Informational)

Scholarship Scams            www.finaid.org/scholarships/scams.phtml    (Informational)

College Goal Sunday            www.collegegoal.org                    (Financial Aid Help)

Free Application for Federal        www.fafsa.gov                            (Student Aid (FAFSA)                                                                Financial Aid info)

Kansas Board of Regents        www.kansasregents.org                 (Look under students &

Financial Aid for

                                                 scholarship information-State Scholars)

PIN for the FAFSA                www.pin.ed.gov                (This is your signature for the FAFSA)

Selective Service                    www.sss.gov                               (All males 18 must register)

 


 

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Here is a list of other possible resources for scholarship work….