May 14, 2018
- Seniors, if any of you are considering seeking admittance to one of the academies please check the Scholarship Website of USD 448 under “Counselors Notes” and check out the information “Academy Nomination for the Class of 2019”. This will give you a detailed timeline from Congressman Roger Marshall. See me if you need help. This would be for all the Service Academies.
- I have also placed your checklist for college courses through Hutchinson Community College on this Scholarship page too. The document is entitled “Inman Checklist Fall 2018”. This will give you more details if you need questions answered.
- I will leave the scholarships posted on this USD 448 website until Fall and we start receiving the new ones so you can look over the ones that are typically available. It would be good for you to look at the list of scholarships and honors our seniors received this year just from the standpoint of you knowing what is available. Mrs. Jordan is posting those on the USD 448 Facebook page.
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.
Date: May 14th, 2018
To: Seniors of 2019 and Parents
From: Mr. Pfannenstiel
Re: Senior Year & Future Plans
- Student schedules have been initially set and will be finished as the staff come back to work the first couple of weeks in August. Please let me know of any changes you want to make with your schedule at enrollment or during the course of the summer. It's my wish for each of you to make your last year at IHS a good one and I will work hard to help you make it that. This document contains several pages of information you would benefit from reading over. I apologize for the length, but it’s packed with valuable information for you and your parents. If you are the oldest in your family and your parents have not been through a year of planning for college or vocational school --- they will really find this document a helpful tool. Our students’ success rate in regard to post high school plans is usually very high due to the fact that students, parents and staff help explore many different options. It’s always a fun part of my job in getting the chance to help you organize your plans. Please don’t hesitate to let me work with you in providing options and information.
- The reality of starting your senior year tells us the process of decision making works best when you are well prepared, informed and know what your choices are. It doesn’t make the process an “easy” one --- but it sure helps to know your options. We have several months to plan and prepare for your goals after high school. My intent is to share with you as much information as I can about planning and approaching your future. We started this process clear back in your 8th grade year when you enrolled and we talked about having a 4 year plan and now you are down to the end of the plan. Your progress has continued through tests you've taken, results you’ve got back, feedback from other graduates, visits you have made yourself to schools (or will make!), etc.. It has also been enhanced by the interest inventories you've completed your 9th, 10th and 11th grade years ( ACT tests,Kansas Career Pipeline information and now Career Cruising). This process will draw to a close when you and your parents sit down, look over your options for continuing your education and then make the choice best suited for you. Remember, everyone is on a different time line. Some of you probably already know what your plans are while others are torn. Don’t panic if you are not “locked” into a plan yet. Keep working to get to the point where you can make a comfortable decision. Keep all your options open.
- My goal for you is simple --- to provide you with knowledge and the best options you have for your future based on what you want to do. Your goal is really very simple, too. You must look at options and opportunities to see if they fit your plans. I place a lot of emphasis on the fact that in order to have some options available next spring, you have to put forth a solid effort throughout the next 6-7 months. Those students who I see frustrated with this whole process are the ones who wait until the last minute to get things done. I sometimes tease students about treating this decision-making process the same way a lot of us do homework …. waiting until the very day of or the night before it’s due to start. If you use a strategy of “wait until the last minute” on your future plans, you might be very disappointed with the outcome! You must meet a number of deadlines, listen to announcements, read the updates you are given and above all ask questions. I feel very proud of the work we do together in researching career paths, gaining scholarships and in helping students make decisions about college and choices of majors/careers but I ask you to realize it takes a lot of involvement on your part.. One thing you must understand in this process is your role ---- "which is to be involved and actively seek and use all the help available to you” in gathering information and knowledge about your future, options, scholarships, etc. I make the promise to each one of you to help you in as many ways as I can. You need to make sure you use me as a resource person.
- The first advice I would give to any senior at this point in time is to plan your academic portion of the senior year carefully. We have already enrolled most of you and I see no major problems. I do worry about a select few of you in the college courses. The college classes do start your college GPA and we want you to get off to a good start. You have to approach next year with a serious attitude toward the college hours not only because of the importance of the grade and the credit hours you earn but because of the monetary investment. I also remind you if you know the major/ and or minor you are going to take in college that you make sure you are in corresponding classes now as you finish High School. Make sure you are not taking too light a load of academic subjects if you are truly intent on going on to the next level and at the same time don’t overload yourself. Most of you it seems have realized that it’s important to take classes that will help you better your chance of success. Taking a light load your senior year only sets you up for problems as a frosh in college if you choose to go on. I think the majority of you have done a great job in scheduling classes that will get you prepared. Remember the work habits and study habits you have learned carry you through your freshman and sophomore years of college (considered the toughest in your college years).
- I would encourage you to continue to visit with your parents, teachers and myself frequently this upcoming year about your plans for a vocation, colleges, scholarship and financial aid as need be. As a class you have already used me many times for resources and information about your classes, schedules, college choices and careers. I keep a check on your senior plans by having you fill out information sheets and then meeting with you regularly. Statistics tell us the majority of seniors in High School are not 100% sure what vocation to look at. Don't panic if you are not sure. What we can access for information for each of you on Career Cruising, teacher involvement and having recruiters come in will help give you more insight as to potential careers. It will not make decisions for you, but it can be a valuable resource. Your goals for the future and decisions of the direction you will go must be reached on your own time and through the experiences you gain. No one can push you to reach that point quicker. Hopefully we can further your knowledge with our help and resources.
- Please communicate with your parents what you are interested in and keep them aware of what you are doing for the future. Parents will have to help fill out financial aid forms (FAFSA), help on some scholarship applications, make visitations with you, help remind you of deadlines, etc.. ----- please let dad and know what is going on. They have been an enormous part of your success to this point in time and they will continue to be a "big part" in helping you with this process. The other side of this is they have been through it already and can give you an experience factor you don't have when trying to make decisions. It doesn’t mean they will make the decision for you, but their input is very valuable. They know you better than any of us do. Never forget to say thanks to Dad & Mom!
- Remember, we need to take the ACT test again if you are intent on going on to school and are not at the level you want to be at! For those of you who took it in April ----- your best time to take it again is in September and October. A standard level score of 25 or higher this past spring would have given you a free ride at HCC on their Presidential Scholarship if your GPA was high enough. Two years ago it would have taken a 26. An ACT score of 22 or higher with a solid GPA usually produces some academic scholarship money at two year schools. A 23 or higher ACT this last spring along with Leadership Activities gave students tremendous money at the 2 year schools. Please prepare before you take the ACT. If this is important to you, you'll make the time.
- The test dates for next year:
- As we approach next Fall we will ask that you put together or update your resume to use all through your senior year and even after. We will use Career Cruising to store this document. Many of you have these already from Junior English, Ag or NHS applications. Most likely, a lot of you just need to update information. I have had past seniors call back and want copies if I still had them which proves to us it is a valuable document to have. With Career Cruising you will have it saved automatically. Some of you will need your resumes as early as Sept, Oct and Nov. for scholarship work so this will be a project we will try to start on early in the year. Most of the scholarship work done prior to the first of the year is for the top 10%-25% of the class based on GPA/ACT score or it deals with specialized scholarships. If you fall into this category it is a priority you be ready. Please have a senior picture ready for your resume also. The resume we will have you put together is a working copy. Most resumes need be only 1 page in length. For many years I have used the senior profile picture board as an extension of your resume and many seniors enjoyed doing this. This past year’s senior class was not interested in doing this except for one of the Homecomings and then Mayfete. This can start as soon as you get your senior pictures next year if there is interest. If you want to continue to do this early in the year, let me know! It’s a neat way to showcase yourself, family and friends for others to see. I’ll have to have some commitment though, before we can begin this again. Usually, I just pass a sign-up sheet around for those interested.
- Why you have to meet deadlines? I tell the seniors every year that it’s not unusual to see one or two students who won’t do a resume, never try for a scholarship or fill out a search engine for scholarships, never make application to any school or visits until they near graduation and then the student is stressed and upset because nothing is happening in their future! It sounds like a stretch but I use it to remind all of you that you have to put forth effort to be successful with your future plans. I often tell students the times of stress about their future plans seem to hit during their senior year right around Christmas Break and then just a few weeks prior to graduation time as many students & parents want their son/daughter to know exactly what their future plans are! Please meet deadlines and set goals for yourself.
- I tell parents the way a student handles the scholarship process and selection of schools really is a strong indication of how responsible students have become over their years in school. As students, I know you understand your parents cannot do your work for you, and neither can your classmates or your counselor! As you will quickly find out, the work you do for your future needs to be done on time and correct. It's not like in the classroom where you often times do get a second chance. You miss a deadline on scholarship work and there's no one to call and say "Could you please accept this application late!" It doesn't work that way in this area. I can give several first hand accounts of student’s missing $$$$ because they forgot, didn’t have time, didn’t make time, too busy with extracurriculars, etc.. One example of this from 2 springs ago that really bothered me was one of our students who was a lock for $3200 on a local scholarship left it the information un-opened in their email until it was a week past the deadline! Ouch!! Another student had an opportunity to cash in on a local scholarship this year---- the donor asked me where their application was and I had to honestly say ---- they said they were too busy to turn one in. There went $500 down the drain!
- Parents usually ask when can my son/daughter start the scholarship work. You may do searches for scholarships for any of you that are interested as well as creating the FASTWEB mailbox on the Internet at home and this can be done during the summer. (Simply type in FASTWEB on a Yahoo search and go to the website and fill in your personal information) This produces a list of potential scholarships you can apply for. I also distribute any scholarship you might possibly have a shot at through out the school year. I help you get your resources together, but I do not have the time to help you fill out all your forms etc.. It is not too early to look at these scholarships but it is too early to apply in most cases! I have included a list of the most acceptable websites out there with this dates information. A lot of the scholarship searches produce hundreds of potential scholarships but in reality they are essay contests, company specific, school specific, etc.. Don’t spend an abundant amount of time with these unless you find something you really want to go after. I would spend more time focusing on the schools you might be attending, your own ACT scores, GPA and the extracurriculars/community work you are doing. I hope you realize that you cannot sit back your senior year and expect everything to fall into place without involvement and effort. Being afraid to tackle it because you “don’t know what you want to do” is a poor excuse and you can’t live your senior year that way. To find out what you want to do you have to be involved and ask for help when you need it!
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)
- The most contact you get with local scholarship work and reminders from me will be in 3rd and 4th hour Government and English Classes as our teachers will remind you to check this website for updates. I often find you in the mornings, M-W-F before college classes right outside the office and ask “what do you need help with?”. I will find you as needed for scholarship work or anything which cannot be posted on this website. Please read the updates I give you. For specific scholarships through a university like KSU/KU/WSU you will have to apply for admission and then they will send you the list of possible scholarships. It’s a simple process you must take care of yourself. In most cases colleges charge $20-$25 to apply but it’s well worth it if you are serious about that school. Sometimes they will waive this feel too. This process begins any time from July up through August & September. My part in it consists of sending your transcript and then fielding questions they may have about you. Please be honest with colleges on what you write and fill out or on what you say to them when you visit the campus. We had an incident several years ago where one of our students went to a college on a visit and gave them a story about what they had done and could do academically/athletically. Before the student was off campus the advisor they had met with was on the phone to me and an instructor here at the HS wanting to know about this student. They had not been totally honest and we had to share this with the college. I urge you to always show honesty and integrity in visiting with recruiters. They will check out what you say as well as check you out on social media.
- When you fill out applications you will be asked to list references. Please think this through carefully. Your resume should list several references any employer or college can seek information from. Speaking for all teachers, coaches and educators I have to say we are honest when we talk to recruiters about each of you. It’s a reflection back on us and our school and if we are not honest with them we lose our credibility and reputation. Whether we are asked about grades, how you get along socially, whether you are a leader/follower, about your work ethic, attitudes, home life, etc. we must share what we see and what we know to be true. A good key to follow when selecting references is to pick people you respect. The reason I say this is because most often I have found the people a student respects tend to be people who respect the student also. You will need to solicit at least 2-3 references and courtesy tells us you need to ask each one personally if they will write a reference letter for you when it's needed. It also should be mentioned as you are picking references you respect, please make sure you have earned and continue to earn that individual’s respect too by your behavior, actions and attitude. In my office one of the most frustrating situations I deal with every year is helping seniors who have built questionable reputations with our staff find references when they want to go to the next level of education or activities. If we have a student who has the reputation of being disrespectful to staff and administration, or who has many absences, tardies, rule violations, etc.. we strongly encourage them to make the senior year a “clean” one! Students do not always realize how influential their teachers, coaches and administration are when it comes to reference letters and recommendations. I always encourage my seniors to give this some serious thought! Some of us have been around education circles enough years that a simple phone call to a school or a recruiter can result in money for you. “Don’t bite the hand that just might feed you!”
- A lot of colleges offer early scholarships in October and November. You must get your applications in early in the school year if you want to be considered. If your grades are high enough, ACT scores are solid and you are interested in going on, then you need to apply in September and October. K-State, KU and Wichita State are prime examples with deadlines usually falling around November 1st! Applications can be tagged and looked at a lot earlier though if you get your app in. Any time we have recruiters out from the school you are looking at --- you need to attend if at all possible.
- We've talked it before but a quick reminder about scholarships. They come in 3 forms: Athletic, Academic and Arts. The hardest to come by is the athletics. If you are very good, the athletic scholarship can pay for most everything depending on the size of school you go to. If you have a chance to play D-I or are being recruited by the bigger schools we need to get on-line and go through the NCAA Clearinghouse and fill out paperwork. This can be done now or even next Fall. My part in this process is in sending your 6 semester transcript in and then a final copy. Your coach is the key integral part in your success with an athletic scholarship. Be sure to communicate with them what you are wanting to do.
- The Academic scholarship is usually based on GPA, rank in your class and then your ACT score. You will quickly see an advantage to having worked hard at academics. Many schools give academic scholarships to you as soon as you enroll at their school solely based on ACT and GPA. This is an added incentive to search for schools early. Fort Hays is well known for this with their Gold, Silver and Bronze scholarship offers but many schools give awards based solely on GPA.
- The Arts would be in the field of performing, music, acting, debate, forensics, digital, drawing, etc. and it often times offers as much or more money than the Athletic or Academic at the college level. If you are looking at this route, have you kept examples of your work? Film clips of plays, musicals, performances, portfolios? Being involved with extracurriculars pays dividends if you continue it at the next level. The scholarship work for most of these awards occurs during auditions in the spring of the year and on the campus of the school you are looking at or by taking your portfolio to the instructor.
- Financial Aid is also very important to any student who wants to go on to post high school education. It’s important that you at least consider it and have an understanding of what it means. When I refer to financial aid I am talking about money given to students through low interest loans or grants which the state and/or National Governments give to qualified students (Pell Grants), or work study programs on the school’s campus you are attending which will also provide money. If you get turned down that’s fine, but at least fill out the forms to see if you qualify. Never take for granted that you won't get anything especially since we never know what Congress and the President will do with laws concerning Financial Aid. Financial Aid rules change so often that we have a hard time keeping up on them. We are only informed of changes in the Fall of the most years so we simply call the local college's financial aid departments and get the answers. This past year a larger number of our Seniors and their parents really got involved. I have had very good feedback from those who applied and several found the financial aid route very, very helpful. Even if you are just wanting a low interest loan like the Stafford or the SEOG or others offered through the Government we should apply and see what we can get. College becomes very expensive and every help we can get financially we should try for. **Filling out the FAFSA form is almost a necessity in this day and age.** This process which use to occur right after the first of the year is now something that you can fill out any time starting your senior year once you’ve looked at the school(s) you want to apply at! You will see more information next Sept and October about this. The financial aid application is all done on line.
- Students who have majors and intentions of entering a specialty school need to contact me early in their senior year. If for example any of you are interested in getting into the Nursing Program at HCC there is a tremendous waiting list and we must apply early in your senior year of High School to have a chance to get you in even after your freshman year in college and getting your pre-reqs taken care of. We sent two young men to the Culinary Arts School up at Beloit several years ago and if we had not met deadlines and made decisions in a timely fashion, they would have never got in.
- We have college representatives stop by school on a monthly basis as well as the military. You will notice a tremendous increase in your mail volume this summer after you have taken the ACT because of the information colleges send out trying to attract students. A lot of it will be junk mail, but please look carefully not to throw away something that you might have an interest in. When we have reps come in from various colleges I usually go into the senior classes and ask who would like to see Mr. __________- from KSU. If anyone has a genuine interest then I set up a time. If not, I call the rep and tell him no one is interested in seeing him. I do have the authority to say, "No" you can't get out of home room to see this person". A teacher also has this authority if you are way behind and need to be in class. The truth of the matter is, once you've been to one of these "sales pitch" meetings you've heard them all. Pick the schools you are really interested in to attend. This past year we brought 25+ different recruiters to our campus during lunch or homeroom to visit with the seniors who were interested.
- INMAN'S HIGH SCHOOL CODE NUMBER IS 171-455----- please remember this, it becomes important on a lot of documents from here on out. Please remember your social security number also. It becomes your identity in a lot of the college processes.
- Scholarship work starts in August and continues all year. In early April we will fill out the forms for the Local Scholarships (approximately 24 this past year) that are funded or donated by businesses, patrons and families in our community. You will hear more about this next spring.
- It needs to be mentioned there are tremendous amounts of scholarships out there and many people make comments which makes students and parents think we can get our hands on them very easy. Trust me, it doesn't work that way! You hear all these comments about scholarship money going untouched and how the money is there but no one applies. Don't believe all of it. It's the quickest sales job in the world to get you to write a check for $49.99, $99.99 or $149.99 with the promise that a company will get you thousands of dollars of scholarship money. Don't spend your money on them. Most of them are nothing but a gimmick to get you to pay the $49.95. It doesn't take too many parents or students to buy a scholarship search book at $50 a shot to put money in a company's pocket. Our Cashe, Choices and FASTWEB search will give you all the potential scholarships you need information about. Remember, people giving scholarships never intended to make money themselves off of it! Most of those people/businesses were trying to help others achieve. You should never have to pay money for someone to search for you! Do not pay money to companies who promise you they will find you scholarship money. Throw those letters away!
Here is a list of other possible resources for scholarship work….
- I know this was a lot of information I shared with you, but I believe it is very valuable to know! I hope that your senior year is a great one and I have planted some thoughts in your mind and have helped your parents understand the process a little better. If there is anything I can help you with please email or stop by and ask. Keep checking this site for updates throughout the summer and then next year.