Dec. 14, 2017

Seniors, this is getting posted late but if you are a senior boy, going to KSU next year take a good look at this letter to see if you are interested…..

Westar is offering several scholarships…. Please take time to look over these if you are interested…. Applications are found at 

Dec. 13, 2017

Seniors, I know this seems like it’s along time away on the scholarship award but certainly worth your time looking at

From Nursing Schools Almanac….

I'd like to make your students aware of a scholarship opportunity. has just launched its fourth annual Aspiring Nurse Scholarship. Our website will award a $1,000 scholarship to a future nurse in the high school graduating class of 2018.

We will award this scholarship to the applicant who best demonstrates:

+ A track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics

+ A passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare

This scholarship competition is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue college education in nursing, including LPN / LVN, ADN, and BSN programs. Scholarship applications will be accepted until midnight on August 31, 2018.

Interested students may visit and click the banner on the right-hand side of the website's homepage. Here they'll find detailed scholarship information and the official application form.

Dec. 11th, 2017

Seniors, a reminder as you are finishing your college classes this 1st semester that your college transcript through HCC or any college you are taking classes from and your HS transcript are different.  We as a HS cannot access your college transcript for you.  You are the only one who can access it through your personal college account (ex. Dragonzone).  Your 7 semester HS transcript should be ready by the 2nd week of January.  See me as you need to for the transcript to be sent to your schools.  You will need to do the same in May with your final HS transcript.  I will make sure it is sent to all schools you are considering.

See me about scheduling your Accuplacer test this next week before Christmas Break if you want to take College Algebra.  Mrs. Jordan will have to change a setting on your computer and then you can test with me in the conference room.  You will need your 9 digit HutchCC student ID to start the process.  


Dec. 6, 2017


    Mr. Knapp and I will continue to post the information regarding the AFA scholarship(s) as we receive more information this spring or simply as reminders.  This is a detailed message from the McPherson Chamber of Commerce that you should at least look over to have some background on the scholarship.  As strong as many of you seniors have been in the FFA, 4-H programs, etc… we would hope a lot of you will apply.  The scholarship link is live at:

Dec. 5, 2017

Announcing a Free Trip to Sweden for Fall 2018 Freshmen

In an announcement to Kansas high school administrators and counselors this morning, Bethany College President Will Jones revealed the college is launching the Swedes to Sweden program. Beginning in the 2018 Fall Semester, any first-time freshman starting at Bethany will be eligible for a free seven to 10-day service-learning trip to Sweden at the completion of their sophomore year. This study-abroad opportunity will engage the entire sophomore class and be led by Bethany faculty, staff, and alumni.

“It is great to be a Bethany Swede! Over the past 12 months, we have welcomed the largest freshman class in the history of the college, completed a strategic planning process, received the largest single gift in the history of the college, achieved reaffirmation of our accreditation, and closed on a loan from the USDA to purchase New Hall and refinance our existing debt. The Swedes to Sweden program is another win for Bethany students, faculty, staff, and alumni,” said President Jones.

According to some of the best research on higher education, high-impact practices like common intellectual experiences, learning communities, collaborative assignments and projects, global learning, and service learning result in significantly better learning outcomes, increased GPAs, better persistence, higher-rates of student-faculty interaction, and greater appreciation for diversity. They are also the types of experiences that employers value as well.

Bruce Karstadt (’73), President and CEO at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota, commended the college for “looking to the future” in regards to student international experience. “Bethany College and the Smoky Valley region have a heritage deeply rooted in Sweden.  And while I cherish these historic connections, this program is about the world today and the kind of world we want for tomorrow,” he said.  “This is such an incredible opportunity for younger generations to gain modern insights into a country that serves as a global leader in sustainability, gender equality and human rights.  A service-learning project in Sweden will give Bethany students an invaluable international experience for personal growth, and one which is increasingly important for professional success, as well.  I’m so proud of my alma mater for this bold investment in tomorrow’s leaders.”

Bethany College has enjoyed a special relationship with Sweden since beginning in 1881. Many of those involved in the founding of Bethany College, and have served the college through the years, have sustained strong identifications with Sweden. The college benefits from this rich heritage long celebrated in Lindsborg, known as Little Sweden, USA. Bethany students participate in festivals such as Svensk Hyllningsfest, Midsummer’s Day, and the St. Lucia Festival. The Bethany College Swedes have won more conference championships than any team in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Pearson Distinguished Professor of Swedish Studies has enriched the educational experience on campus for almost 20 years. Exchange programs with Karlstad University and Linnaeus University in Sweden have also benefited Bethany students and in return brought international students to campus.

During the strategic planning process last academic year, Bethany College identified its Swedish identity as one of the distinguishing characteristics of the college to be strengthened over the next five years. One significant initiative that was named in the Bethany, Arise! strategic plan was the sophomore class trip to Sweden. The details for the program will undergo further refinement in the coming year. College officials stated Swedes to Sweden is being made possible thanks to the generous philanthropic support of alumni and friends and stronger net revenue.

“I am very excited for our students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The Bethany learning and living environment will be enhanced thanks to this effort,” President Jones said. “Imagine the conversations, thoughts, and dreams Swedes to Sweden will spark during the coming years.”

December 5th, 2017

Seniors, finish up strong and make sure you are prepared for your Finals.  I will get your final grades for the college classes right before you leave for break.  You should have them way ahead of that.  A reminder the only grades we will include on your high school transcript will be your Public Speaking and Comp I grades.

Check your DragonZone emails if you are wanting to sell your books back as they will list the dates & times buyers will be around HCC to make you offers.  A reminder to check on your schedule for the spring in DragonZone and let me know if there are any mistakes.  Your classes will not show up as confirmed if you still have an outstanding bill with HCC so if you don’t see your classes check your finances icon first to make sure everything is paid.

I have visited with several of you about the CNA class HCC wants to offer on our campus this spring.  If any of the rest of you are interested and have not visited with me please make contact with me asap.  We need 10 students to commit to taking the class to offer it during the school day on our campus.  It’s really a great deal for the student and is totally paid for by SB155.  The only cost for the student is the Text.

If you are taking the ACT this Saturday make sure you have prepped enough to make the testing worthwhile.

Max & Dakota will be sending a letter to you seniors and then also sending one home about getting your pics in for the Senior slide show.  Help the guys out on this by meeting deadlines.  

I will not have 7 semester transcripts updated til early January but when I do --- we need to each sit down and visit about where you want it sent to and any other details you need help with.  

Nov. 27, 2017

Seniors, just 3 ½ weeks til the end of the semester.  Make sure you finish as strong as you started this semester in all classes both HS and any college classes you have.  

Any of you applying for the Ark Valley Scholarship a reminder the application is due in the Ark Valley office by this Friday, Dec. 1 at 5:00 pm.  

HCC is wanting to finalize some numbers for the spring classes.  Please check your DragonZone to make sure everything is correct.  This doesn’t have to “lock” you in if you are thinking about changing a class yet but they need to make sure we have enough numbers in each class to send a prof.  

Along these same lines if you want schedule changes for the 2nd semester

ACT is set for Saturday, Dec. 9th and there is still time to prep a little if you want.  See Mrs. Jordan or myself if you want online or paper test prep materials.

Barton County will not be out today recruiting but Butler CC will be here on Wednesday of this week during home room.  That will wrap up the 1st semester on campus visits.  

You are reaching that point of your senior year that we want to make sure your plans for next year are taking shape.  A lot of good discussions take place with the students & folks over the holidays.  Please let me know if you need help of any type.

Where should you be in the process of what you are doing next year if you plan to go on to vo-tech or college?

Christina Rudolph our KU recruiter wanted me to post the following deadlines for any of you looking at KU……

Wichita State would also like to remind you about the Dec. 1 deadline coming up this Friday for the FAFSA and their Merit Scholarships.

Nov. 13, 2017

From KSU……

Greetings from Manhattan!


It is hard to believe that we have turned the calendars from October to November! I am excited to see what the rest of the semester has in store! I included some additional information on some exciting opportunities for students considering K-State!


Housing Contracts

Students can access both the application and the contract at There is no deadline for contract completion, but assignments are based on the date the contract was received so students are encouraged to submit as soon as possible. The $400 initial payment is refundable until June 1st.


FAFSA Priority Deadline

Students that will be submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are encouraged to submit by the December 1st Priority Deadline. Student Financial Assistance has many resources to give students and families confidence as they complete the FAFSA. Information and contact information can be found at


If you are a student who missed our November 1st priority deadline for scholarships, please contact me so I can try to ensure that you will be eligible for scholarships. As always please let me know if you have any questions. I’m happy to help!


Go ‘Cats!

Courtney Carlton

Admissions Representative

New Student Services

Berney Family Welcome Center

Nov. 9, 2017

Seniors, if you went to the HCC Banquets and were encouraged to fill out the scholarship application right away you can certainly do that.  We usually advise students to wait til the 1st semester is finished and then with the HCC college grades ready for the Scholarship Committee to see you have your full “resume” or body of work for them to look at.  The deadline is Feb. 15th and though they would like to “lock” you in right now there’s nothing wrong with waiting til after the first of the year and sending in your scholarship application.  

The University of Kansas will be here next Wednesday during Home Room if you would like to visit with them.  I know some of you are looking at KU after Juco and it would be wise for you guys to go meet the rep.  Barton County will be here on Monday, November 27th and then Butler County finishes the month of November out on the 29th with their visit.

Nov. 6, 2017

Seniors, I have uploaded the Ark Valley Electric Scholarship application to your Scholarship website.  To enter this local scholarship contest you have to be a current member of Ark Valley Electric.  This is a scholarship that will involve either writing an essay or putting together a short multi-media video.  The first place winner will receive an all expense paid trip to Steamboat Springs, Colorado and a one time $1000 scholarship.  The 2nd place winner will receive a $500 scholarship.  Deadline is set for December 1, 2017.  Finalists will make their presentation to a panel of judges and answer any questions regarding their presentation.  The two winners will be selected and notified by January 1, 2018.

If you would prefer a paper copy of the application please stop by the office.

A reminder that the HCC Scholarship Banquets are tonight in McPherson, Tuesday in Newton and Wednesday in Hutchinson at the Sports Arena.  

A reminder also that the KU Honors Banquet is set for this Wednesday, Nov. 8th at Hutchinson High School for our Class Valedictorians.  I know Mr. Weinbrenner plans on recognizing all of you for the KU Honor at the Academic Banquet this Spring.

Nov.3, 2017

Seniors, HCC has uploaded your Spring 2018 classes on your Dragonzone account.  Please check for accuracy and let Mr. Pfannenstiel know if there are mistakes.  The Textbooks  you need should be showing up on your class schedule also.  I have not heard any details from HCC on selling your books back for the 1st semester but I will check with our contacts to see what the options are.  I’m guessing most of you purchased or rented them elsewhere though.

Any senior wanting to take College Algebra 2nd semester but has not qualified and wants to take the Accuplacer test please see Mr. Pfannenstiel.  We should try to have this completed before Thanksgiving break.

Oct. 31, 2017

I know none of you have indicated an interest in KWU but they are having a Teacher Education Day as shown in the flier below.  Let me know if you are interested.

Oct. 30, 2017

Seniors, a busy week please make sure you are meeting deadlines….

Any senior applying to KU, KSU or WSU, a reminder the early priority admissions & scholarship deadline is set for this Wednesday, Nov. 1st.  See me if you need help.

Seniors attending the Hutchinson Community College Scholarship Banquet, a reminder to RSVP as soon as you can if you have not already done so.  HCC needs time to put together your scholarship offer and if you wait too long to respond you might not get an offer that night.  The dates for the Banquets are Monday, Nov. 6th in McPherson, Tuesday, Nov. 7th in Newton and then Wednesday, Nov. 8th in Hutchinson.  Check your invitations for more details.  

Jrs. & Srs. ---the recruiter from NCKTC in Beloit and Hays will be here Wednesday during Home Room and Lunch to share information about their Tech programs, Diesel Mechanics, Auto Tech, Heavy Equipment Operation, Culinary Arts, Electrical Tech and many other programs.  Sign up if you are interested.  

Any student taking the ACT test in December, the registration deadline is set for this Friday, Nov. 3.  Register at   Seniors, this is probably the last test you would want to take with the ACT unless you need a specific score for a scholarship or admission.  I applaud you as a class for all your hard work and your efforts!  I would love to capture your “attitudes” and efforts on the ACT and be able to give it to other classes.  

Our KSU rep Courtney Carlton sent the following message today……

Greetings from Manhattan!


I wanted to send an update on scholarships and housing at K-State—a big date just around the corner.


Residence Hall Contracts

For students that are interested in living on campus in a residence hall next year, the contract will be available starting November 1. We are excited to encourage students and families to learn more about room selection and our “Explore Your Options” worksheet at Students will have the ability to select their actual residence hall room this spring! Students can access both the application and the contract at There is no deadline for contract completion, but assignments are based on the date the contract was received so students are encouraged to submit as soon as possible. The $400 initial payment is refundable until June 1.


Priority Scholarship Deadline

Students are encouraged to complete the combined application for admissions and scholarships by November 1. By doing so, they will automatically be considered for any of our general university scholarships. Acceptance notification will be right around two weeks, and scholarship notifications are expected to go out in mid-December. Students do not need to send us an official transcript until the end of the school year if they elect to fully self-report their academic information (including Senior year class schedule.) The application can be completed at


College of Architecture, Planning, & Design

Our College of Architecture, Planning, & Design expansion is now complete and ready to host prospective students for visits! APDesign is unique among design and planning programs in the nation. K-State students not only design and plan, but also build and fabricate. Your students will be at one of the most affordable and highly ranked colleges in the nation, and one where they will receive an education experience preparing them for excellence in their chosen career path. If you’re interested in connecting students more with APDesign, they have a great video that showcases current students at:


As always, please let me know how I can help!


Go Cats!

Seniors interested in KSU…….Kansas State University wants to share information with you about a new summer bridge program titled “Leading the Way.”  This program is for incoming freshmen interested in majors in the Arts, Sciences, Education and Human Ecology.  As part of this program, students will earn seven credit hours total during the summer.  They will take an introduction to leadership course (3 hours of credit), a world regional geography course (3 hours of credit) and a one-credit hour connecting course that ties the two together.  Students will live in a residence hall on campus and participate in daily activities together.  If you are a student who is the first in their family to attend college just feel that getting an early start in the summer months is a good fit please consider this opportunity.  More information can be found at 

Oct.26, 2017

Seniors, Kansas Newman is here today recruiting during Home Room and then NCKTC out of Beloit & Hays is here next Wednesday during Home Room and Lunch.  I still think NCKTC is the strongest of the Tech schools in the state with programs in Heavy Equipment Operation, Bricklaying, Electrical Tech, Carpentry, Plumbing, Heating & Air, Culinary Arts, Automotive, Diesel, etc…  If you are interested in any of these programs please plan on visiting with the rep when is on campus.

If you & the folks are on Ark Valley Electric a reminder they give away a couple of scholarships and a trip every year to outstanding high school juniors & seniors.  I have not received the scholarship app yet this Fall and have called a couple of times but no response yet.  You might have the folks contact your branch office and see if they can get you an application.  I attached the flier from their website but found no application yet.

Oct. 23, 2017

The first 9 weeks is finished.  Boy that went quick.  Check your calendars for the important dates coming up and deadlines so you don’t miss anything.  The biggest reminders this Monday for each of you are:

Seniors, I want to post information on the KLL Memorial Scholarship.  This Foundation was established in loving memory of Kelly Lynn Lutz who lost a 9 year battle to breast cancer in May 2008.  Kelly was a teacher so education was very important to her.  Kelly’s family and friends generously contributed enough money to create a permanent endowment that will provide qualified recipients with a $2,000 annual scholarship at the secondary school of their choice, renewable for up to 4 years.  

The application deadline for this year is January 10, 2018.  The recipient will be chosen in early March 2018.  For a copy of the application or if you have any questions please visit our website  You may also email us at  Please review the qualifications and the essay questions.  Multiple references are encouraged.

Oct. 19th, 2017

A reminder to keep working on college and vocational school visits.  I have helped quite a few of you get some things set up this past week but there are still more of you needing to get going.

Please continue to visit with the folks about your college class choices 2nd semester.  We are ready to upload those for HCC as soon as I have your final requests.  A reminder with College Algebra that you need a 21 ACT Math score to qualify or I will set up the Accuplacer test for you if need be.  

Several of you have told me that you received the HCC Scholarship Banquet Invite this week.  Please RSVP if you are going to attend and get the initial offer from them.  If you have not received a letter or misplaced it and planned on attending let me know and I will message Lynette to see if we can get you another one.  

Some updates for the next few weeks…

Thursday, Oct. 19                Fort Hays State Recruiting Home Room (Conference Room)

Monday, Oct. 23                FAFSA Parent Meeting 6:30 pm (Auditorium)

Thursday, Oct. 26                Kansas Newman Recruiting Home Room (Conference Room)

Saturday, Oct. 28                ACT Test Date

Wednesday, Nov. 1                KU, KSU, WSU Early Admissions & Scholarship Deadline

Wednesday, Nov. 1                NCKTC (Beloit & Hays) Recruiting Home Room (Conf. Room)

Friday, Nov. 3                        ACT Registration Deadline for the December Test Date

Monday, Nov. 6                HCC Scholarship Banquet at McPherson Best Western Convention

 Center (Invitation only)

Tuesday, Nov. 7                Career Expo A.M. at the Hutch Mall

Tuesday, Nov. 7                HCC Scholarship Banquet at Newton Meridian Convention Center

Wednesday Nov. 8                KU Honors Banquet at the Hutchinson High School

Wednesday, Nov. 8                HCC Scholarship Banquet Inman HS seniors (Sports Arena

Invitation only)

Saturday Nov. 11                ACT Workshop at WSU, Wichita Campus

                        (Form on the USD 448 Scholarship Website)

Wednesday, Nov. 15                KU Recruiting Home Room (Conference Room)

Friday, Dec. 1                        FAFSA Early Priority Deadline for KU, KSU,WSU, FHSU

Saturday, Dec. 9                ACT Test

Oct. 13, 2017

Seniors, it’s time to start talking with your folks about your classes for the 2nd semester through HCC or any other college class you want to take.  It looks like we are going to have 1st hour Fundamentals of Sociology;  1st hour College Algebra; 2nd hour General Psychology & 4th hour Comp II.  If you are unsure about any of the classes please be contacting your advisors at the schools you may attend after high school to find out if you need the class or not.  

Oct. 11, 2017

From KSU…..

Good morning!  I wanted to share with you a few updates about K-State! Additional information on how you and your students can connect with K-State can be found below.


Senior Day

Seniors are invited to visit K-State on Friday, November 10, 2017 for Western and Central Kansas Senior Day to learn about all the opportunities available to you as a future student.  If not able to attend on November 10, there are additional Senior Day dates to choose from. 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.  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


Apply to K-State

The application for Admission is available for students to complete at We encourage students to apply early. The priority deadline for scholarships is November 1!


Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions.


Go Cats!

Courtney Carlton

Admissions Representative

New Student Services

Berney Family Welcome Center

705 N. 17th Street

Manhattan, KS 66506


Oct. 9, 2017

Seniors, this week Sterling College is recruiting on Tuesday.  We are doing more Career Cruising work on this Friday but I think you guys are gone with extended lunch so if you need help on anything with majors, scholarships, etc...  let me know.

It is time to start using your college visit days or at least getting them set up.   We are at “mid term” time for colleges which as the half-way point of the semester is full of tests, papers due, etc..  For a lot of you the first 3 weeks of November are the best times for you to be making college visits.  Please start getting organized with this.  I will help any way I can.  The simplest of the visits to HCC or the Vo-Tech are still very valuable in your decision making process if you are unsure. A few of you have made your visits but not many.

Seniors, a reminder that all D-I schools in the state of Kansas have a November 1 deadline for priority admission and many of the early scholarships.  Make sure you are meeting your deadlines.

Monday, Oct. 23, I will have Matt Pfannenstiel, Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid from Bethany here on campus from 6:30-7:15 to share with your folks FAFSA information and answer any questions they have.  We will meet in the auditorium.  Please remind the folks.

A reminder to visit with the folks about filling out the FAFSA for next year.  I will meet with Mr. Cearley’s 4th hour Government students today and then we will be finished with our FAFSA meetings.  Remember the steps are simple once you decide whether or not you are going to fill the FAFSA out:


  1. Get an FSA ID for you and the folks
  2. Have all your information at hand to answer questions (SS #’s, DOB, etc…)
  3. Make sure you are on the correct website 
  4. Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool for the financial information
  5. List the schools you want to send the information to (similar to ACT registration)
  6. Review the SAR (Student Aid Report) for mistakes
  7. Wait for the Award Letter from the schools (usually 2nd semester mid-late spring)

Seniors, might check the following FASTWEB scholarships

Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway Scholarship (Deadline: Oct. 18, 2017)

Applications can be found at: 

Coca-Cola Scholarship (Deadline, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017) 

The McPherson County Community Foundation Scholarship applications for the senior class of 2018 are due by January 31, 2018.  The Foundation would like you to look over the list to see if there is any scholarships you  would like to apply for.  The application website is live as of now.  The list of scholarships can be found at  Please look over the list to see if you qualify for any.  I will remind you of these again in a few weeks.  

**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.  This application is due by Jan. 31, 2018.  The application site is not live yet but will be later this fall at the link listed as  (This award will go to an Inman HS senior in the class of 2018)

**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.  (we have had students earn this scholarship multiple times over the 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 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. Three (3) $750 scholarships will be awarded.

**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 following Inman HS scholarship applications listed on their website will not be due until April 2nd:

Seniors, we usually don’t send many students to the 2 years schools in the western part of the state but wanted to share with you that Barton County is hosting a Senior day on Wednesday, Nov. 19th.  They will have drawings for a $1000 scholarship and 2 drawings for $500 scholarships for attending.  

At Barton County CC a student with a 3.5 GPA or higher & ACT score of 26 or higher will be awarded the Elite Scholarship which covers all tuition and books for the year.  

A student whose GPA is between 3.0-3.49 with an ACT 24 or higher will be awarded the Excellence Scholarship word $1000 per semester.

Bethany College is off to a strong start this year, recruiting the largest incoming class in Bethany’s history!  Thanks to friends of the college and The Good Life Scholarship, Bethany College welcomed 75 students from McPherson and Saline county high schools this fall!


The week of December 4th will be a historic time as well at Bethany.  For just the 14th time in Bethany’s 136 year history, we will be inaugurating a new President. Will Jones arrived in Lindsborg and at Bethany just over a year ago, and what a blessing it has been! The installation of President Jones will be held on Friday, December 8th, and, in conjunction with the installation service, the Admissions office will be hosting a Good Life Preview Day!

Students from McPherson and Saline county high schools are invited to campus at 8:30am for a tour of campus and to interact with other students and faculty on our campus.


There will be a presentation on The Good Life Scholarship followed by the installation service for President Jones in Presser Hall. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn more not just about Bethany College and the college selection process, but, attend an event with dignitaries and speakers that will be memorable.

For questions or to RSVP for this event, please contact Matt Pfannenstiel, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, at by November 1st.

Oct. 4, 2017

The KASFAA workshop yesterday gave us several items to share with you and the folks regarding Financial Aid.  Please encourage your folks to look at this website’s posts for today if they have questions on Financial Aid when you start filling it out.

It looks like the FAFSA has very few updates and the process continues to be sped up for parents and students filling it out.  I have posted the presentation I will share with you seniors on the Scholarship website under “FAFSA 2017”.  As soon as we can get together I will go through the details on Financial Aid with you.  Hope to share new information with you this week so you can get going on it if you want.

Have you checked the FAFSA priority deadlines for your schools you will apply for?  If not, please see the pages below for the schools in Kansas and their codes you will need to punch in on the FAFSA.  Also listed are the contacts if you have FAFSA questions for the schools you are looking at.

The following page shares information about obtaining an FSA ID.

Here are some updated Scholarship Search Resources and information sites.

Oct. 2, 2017

Thanks for attending the CPC at Hutch High this morning with us.  I know for a lot of you, your plans are pretty set and you really didn’t need this but appreciate you going and visiting anyway.

This Thursday, McPherson College is here recruiting.  Please sign up if you have not already.  I know they would like some of you to apply for their Presidential Scholarship and I hope you will give it consideration.

I will be attending a Financial Aid workshop tomorrow at Wichita State and will get back and meet with you guys at the earliest time I can to go through changes.  I will post the FAFSA slide show on our Scholarship website just as soon as I have it updated from KASFAA.  I know you are aware the FAFSA for the class of 2018 is open but again don’t rush to get it finished just yet.

I spoke with Corbin Strobel from HCC today at the CPC and he said they will not send out Scholarship Banquet letters until the 2nd week of October at the earliest so maybe next week start looking at the mail a little closer if HCC is in your plans and then make sure you RSVP for one of the Banquets.  This Banquet is the one Lynette was sharing about with you in regard to offering you initial scholarships.  Accept it if HCC is an option.  The offer may not be on the table later in the year.

The Hagan Scholarship Foundation is again seeking applicants for their unique need-based merit scholarship.  This scholarship is for high achieving, self-driven students with high goals.  Each scholarship is worth up to $40,000 and provides students with an opportunity to graduate college debt free.  The additional benefits for this scholarship include a Study Abroad Program worth up to $8,000, a $10,000 Schwab brokerage account and Free Workshops to learn important life skills. The Hagan Foundation will award 350 new scholarships in April 2018.  Two-thirds of finalists interviewed are awarded scholarships.  Each finalist interviewed and not awarded a scholarship with receive $1,000.

For more information, including the scholarship application, please visit the website at The application deadline is set for November 15, 2017.

**FAFSA update from KU:  Students applying for aid for 2018-19 should be aware of KU’s new priority date of Dec. 1, 2017 for the FAFSA.  Those who file by KU’s Dec. 1 priority date will ensure consideration for limited funding based on need for the 2018-19 school year.

Check out the following information from KU.   I thought you might find their timeline of events at KU of interest.

Sept. 29th, 2017

Financial Aid through the FAFSA opens Sunday, Oct. 1….  I know we have touched on this subject earlier but wanted to remind you that all seniors going on to post-high school education have the opportunity to fill out the FAFSA to see if you qualify for any type of Financial Aid to help fund your degree.  I also remind you there is not a rush to complete the FAFSA just because the window is open for you 2018 grads!

On Tuesday, Oct. 3rd I will attend the KASFAA workshop to find out the changes to the FAFSA for this year and then in turn I will come back and meet with all of you to explain what I have learned and send the details home to your parents.  On Monday, Oct. 23rd from 6:30-7:15 we will have a Financial Aid meeting for any of the senior parents who want to attend in the HS auditorium.  Our presenter from Bethany College, Matt Pfannenstiel will give updates on the FAFSA and will answer any questions you have in regard to filling out the FAFSA.  He will be able to address and answer questions for Public, Private, Specialty schools, etc..

In simplest forms the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the application students & parents fill out to see if there is eligibility for Financial Aid in terms of Grants, Work Study Programs & Loans.  If you don’t fill the application out you will have no idea of what you might qualify for.  The decision to the apply though is between the parent and student and is a discussion you need to have.  If you are the oldest in the family (first to go through this process) and need help or your parents would like help on this process please encourage them to message me, call me or just set up a visit to go over options.  If you have had siblings go through this before your folks will be pretty well versed in the details.  

The process…... Students & Parent will each need separate FSA ID’s to start the process.  KASFAA recommends watching a short 6 minute Youtube video at to help with this process.  This FSA ID will be used as your official signatures for all the years you are in school and speeds up the process filing.  You can get the FSA ID at anytime but will need it prior to filling out the FAFSA.

Once you have the FSA ID you are ready to fill out the FAFSA at .  To complete the FAFSA you will need SS#’s, 2016 Federal Income Tax Returns, Bank Statement & Asset Information.  A number of last year’s seniors told me that the process was very easy because parents were able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.  A student & parent may click on this tool to get a link which will automatically upload their financial information from their tax statements on the FAFSA.  

The process of filling out the FAFSA has been streamlined and though you can make mistakes it’s not very common so don’t fear filling it out.  Reviewing and  making sure you have used legal names, having the correct SS#’s and the correct DOB will help prevent mistakes.

The formula on the FAFSA will not have changed this year, we can almost guarantee that.  Filling out the FAFSA will give each applicant a figure called the EFC (Expected Family Contribution) which is based on the student & family’s financial information, number of students in college, etc… This figure will be subtracted from the COA (Cost of Attendance) to determine if there is a financial need.  Your EFC will stay constant regardless of what school you apply at.  The COA will vary depending on the school you apply at.  

A reminder that just by filling out the FAFSA, all students become eligible for lower interest loans which could amount to up to $5500 for a frosh in college.  Some students who will need to pay for their education on their own may have to look at loans so the FAFSA may be their only option to continue school.  We will discuss making “sound” financial decisions more when we meet later next week.  I know last year’s session with KASFAA gave the statistic that the average college student currently held 4.6 credit cards with the average debt around $4100.  This of course is above and beyond the loans they had for school tuition, etc.. so we want to talk about good financial practices.

You need to check your schools priority deadlines by going to their website to make sure you are finishing the FAFSA on time.  Where most deadlines use to be April, many schools have moved those to December and January.  The FAFSA is very similar to registering to take the ACT in that you may list as many schools as you want on the FAFSA to receive your Financial Information.  You simply input the school code and then if you have applied for admission at that school and have met their deadlines you can expect the school to send you an award package with details on what they can offer you for financial aid.

Hope this helps a little bit.  If it confuses you, be patient til I get the new updates and then we will talk and hopefully clear up the process a little bit for each of you.

Also, I wanted to enclose a copy of a questionable letter one of our students received about recruiting.  Check this out on the page below.  This is an example of an agency who will try to get you to sign and pay for a package at $199 up to thousands of dollars and in return for you paying them they are promising to get you aid & scholarships.  Never, Never pay money to an agency like this!!  If you get letters like these please let me see them if you have any questions and I will call just like I did on this one.

Sept. 25th, 2017

Seniors a couple of reminders….

McPherson College is seeking applicants for the Presidential Scholarship- if you receive an invitation to apply please consider it and if you need help in filling any information out please let me know so I can help you.  McPherson College was recently ranked in “Best Colleges in the Midwest” by US News & World Report; “Best Colleges for the Money” by Money Magazine and “Great Colleges to work for” by The Chronicle of Higher Education.  The Presidential Scholarship is worth $17,000 per year and to apply you must have a 3.2 GPA and a minimum 22 ACT composite.

A week from today, Monday, Oct. 2nd, we will be taking you to Hutch High’s Activity Center to the local College Planning Conference.  We will leave at the end of 1st hour, just meet up at the front office and have you back before home room.  You should have a lot of colleges, vo-techs, specialty schools in attendance that don’t come to our campus to visit.  Please make the most of this opportunity to meet recruiters and pick up information.  

It is optional, but HCC recommends that you look over the attachment below and then go to the following link ( and register to attend this CPC.  The benefits of registering prior to attending is that it will get your information to the schools recruiting you so they have a record of you.  Then when you attend you don’t have to stand in line and fill out paperwork.  You will have a barcode on your phone that you just show the recruiter and it will upload automatically.  

Steps to register:  

  1. Go to the link listed above
  2. Click on Student Registration (orange box)
  3. Once you have registered click on Add a Fair (select Ks and the the Hutchinson CPC)
  4. This will allow students to sign up prior to the event and then print off a bar code to bring with them that day.  This barcode helps students be able to see more college's and visit with them in more detail instead of spending the time completing the prospect card.

 If you missed the ACT registration deadline last Friday and want to test in October a reminder that you can still sign up and pay the late fee.  Go to to register or come see me if you need help.

Wichita State is here today recruiting during Home Room.  Please come visit if you need to and ask about all the scholarship work and deadlines they have.  Our recruiter wanted me to share this info with you….

I just wanted to inform you about this opportunity for your students to experience WSU’s campus. Please feel free to pass this information on to any students who you know are interested in Wichita State! If you’re curious, please see the schedule below:


Here is what we have planned for the day:

8:30 a.m.         Check-in and Shocker Experience Fair

9:00 a.m.         Black and Yellow Day Welcome Session

9:30 a.m.         Academic & Student Life Sessions

11:00 a.m.        Lunch & Get to Know You Activities

12:40 a.m.       Tours of campus, buildings & labs

2:00 p.m.         Closing Session

2:30 p.m.         Optional Campus Tour








Black and Yellow Days are the perfect way for students get a taste of college life. They will learn about the seven academic colleges, hear advice about their college search, speak with current WSU students, get a tour of campus, plus lunch and a Shocker t-shirt!


Wichita State Black and Yellow Day

Friday, Oct. 13


Monday, Oct. 30


Space is limited and online registration is required. The cost to attend is $15 per student and $5 for each guest which covers lunch, program materials, and a Shocker t-shirt for the student.


To RSVP, go to and click on Admissions Events or call (316) 978-3085.

Sept. 18th, 2017

Seniors this will certainly be a busy week with Homecoming---please try to fit into your schedule  time to meet with any of the recruiters you need to…

Tuesday:        Bethany

Wednesday:        HCC  (all srs. are invited for Pizza & Pop)

Thursday:        Emporia State

**Reminder:  ACT Registration is set for this Friday for the Oct. 28th Test Date.  Check your calendars and register if you need to at    See me if you need help!

From your Career Cruising work on Friday ---Thanks for your efforts.  I got around to all 3 senior groups and was very impressed with you guys and your efforts.  A couple of thoughts for you:

**Any Senior looking at KSU Engineering this is definitely a day you might want to attend---check out the following….  (live link is at the bottom)

The live link is at 

If Engineering is a pathway you are interested in please check out the following two fliers from KSU….

KSU’s Engineering Programs

Seniors, I have not had any contact from Pitt State yet about a recruiter coming out but I know they will.  I have attached the flier for their Technology Open House which some of you might have an interest in.

Seniors, it’s been a while since we have had graduates head to Barton County CC but you might check out this flier if you are interested in the scholarships they offer….

Sept. 13th, 2017

As you complete your work in Career Cruising this Friday please go to the Link below and check off what you completed in that seminar time.

Sept. 12th

Seniors--take time to read this if HCC is one of your plans post high school!

We will once again be hosting our annual Scholarship Offer Guarantee Dinner & Information nights this Fall.  Hutchinson Community College will 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. 6, the Harvey Countydinner will be held at the Meridian Convention Center in Newton on Tuesday, Nov. 7, and the Reno County dinner will be held at the Sports Arena in Hutchinson on Wednesday, Nov. 8.  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 most kids are still in the "planning stage" of where they will attend college and may 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 and 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 2018-19 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.


Like in the past. we will extend the invitation to all in-state Seniors and their parents to attend the dinner 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. 11, 2017

Seniors, start looking at the ACT test dates as next Friday, Sept.22 is the deadline for the Oct. Test date.  If you need help scheduling please see me.

This week KSU PolyTech out of Salina is recruiting on Tuesday, Sept. 12 during home room --- check out the following info to see if you want to attend….

Sept. 7, 2017

Seniors check your school emails early today for a message about the SECD assembly.  This might help give you some ideas.

Bethany College has Senior Preview Days scheduled for Friday, Oct. 13, Monday, Jan. 15 and Monday, Feb. 15th for the class of 2018 grads.  A reminder that the Bethany Good Life Scholarship (full tuition) for students who graduate from Inman HS applies to your class and could get you 4 years of college tuition free.  Bethany will be here Tuesday, Sept. 19 recruiting.

Students taking college classes--- are you checking your DragonZone messages?  Some of you have shown me a repeat message you are getting from HCC asking you to watch a Title IX video and do a short training.  Here is what I found out…. “The feds require Colleges provide all students access to such training, but neither the Feds nor HutchCC requires students to complete it.”  ON a personal not --- it might not be a bad idea to take it b/c, if nothing else, the information is good and will likely impact them wherever they go post-high school. Especially in light of both national trends and even what's unfolding more locally (e.g. the 2 recent sexual assaults at Butler). I believe KU, KSU, WSU, Pitt, & Emporia are all requiring incoming Frosh to complete a similar training before they can get enrolled. HCC does not though.  No pressure or stress if students choose not to take it. The system will likely continue sending auto-reminders to them every 2 weeks.”  Hope this helps you make a decision.  If you are pursuing a major in psychology, counseling, social work, etc… this video would be real good for you to watch.

Mark your calendars:


Saturday, Sept. 9                ACT Test date

Tuesday, Sept 12                KSU PolyTech Salina Recruiting HR (Conference Room)

Tuesday, Sept 19                Bethany Recruiting Home Room (Conference Room)

Wednesday, Sept 20                HCC Recruiting (Pizza for Lunch)

Thursday, Sept 21                Emporia State Recruiting Home Room (Conference Room)

Monday, Sept. 25                WSU Recruiting Home Room (Conference Room)

Tuesday, Sept 26                Army Recruiting Lunch (Commons) Ssgt. Villareal


Sunday, Oct. 1                        FAFSA is live for 2018-19 school year


Monday, Oct. 2                HCC College Planning Day

Saturday, Oct. 7                ACT Workshop at KSU, Olathe site


Saturday, Oct. 7                ACT Workshop at WSU, Wichita Campus

                        (Form on the USD 448 Scholarship Website)

Monday, Oct. 9                KSU South Central Ks Senior Day


Saturday, Oct. 14                ACT Workshop at KSU, Manhattan


Sunday, Oct. 15                Kansas Buffalo Association Scholarship App due

Thursday, Oct. 19                Fort Hays State Recruiting Home Room (Conference Room)

Thursday, Oct. 26                Kansas Newman Recruiting Home Room (Conference Room)

Saturday, Oct. 28                ACT Test Date

Saturday Nov. 11                ACT Workshop at WSU, Wichita Campus

                        (Form on the USD 448 Scholarship Website)

Sept. 6, 2017

Seniors taking college classes through HCC… you are getting some emails

We are about 4 weeks away from the College Planning Conference on Monday, Oct. 2nd sponsored by HCC and held at the Hutch High Salthawk Activity Center.  Plans are to take all seniors and juniors to the Planning Fair as there will be dozens of colleges, vocational schools, specialty schools and military recruiters available to meet with you and get you information regarding their options.  Current plans are to leave at the end of 1st hour and be back by Home Room.  

It is optional, but HCC recommends that you look over the attachment below and then go to the following link ( and register to attend this CPC.  The benefits of registering prior to attending is that it will get your information to the schools recruiting you so they have a record of you.  Then when you attend you don’t have to stand in line and fill out paperwork.  You will have a barcode on your phone that you just show the recruiter.  

Steps to register:  

  1. Go to the link listed above
  2. Click on Student Registration (orange box)
  3. Once you have registered click on Add a Fair (select Ks and the the Hutchinson CPC)
  4. This will allow students to sign up prior to the event and then print off a bar code to bring with them that day.  This barcode helps students be able to see more college's and visit with them in more detail instead of spending the time completing the prospect card.

Sept 5, 2017

Seniors, hope you had good break over the weekend off.  I wanted to remind you that the ACT test is this Saturday for those of you signed up.  There is still time to review some or prep a little.  I have the “newest” retired tests in paper form on my cart in the office---as I told you when we met please come get one if you want to use it for review.  You can access on line practice at  or you can ask Mrs. Jordan for the password to Fuel Ed’s test prep materials.

A reminder that Bethel is here recruiting on Thursday of this week during Home Room.  If you want to see them please stop by the office and let me know.

Now that we are past the Sept. 1 date I would like to remind you that you can and should start applying for admission at any of the state D-I’s & D-II’s and/or private schools.  Let me know if you need help.

Keep checking your Scholarship search engine emails on a regular basis to see if there is anything worth applying for.  This would be the Fastweb search engine or which ever one you chose to use.  

Are you setting up your Fall visits to the colleges and vo-tech’s that you are considering?  I know we have a couple of seniors gone today checking out programs and I encourage you to not wait too long to set your calendars with your visits.  

From our KSU rep……

Good Morning from K-State!


As we are all starting to get into the swing of things after summer, I wanted to reach out to you with key points that would be beneficial to both you and your students.


College of Veterinary Medicine Updates

Our College of Veterinary Medicine has recently announced a change in the requirements for our Early Admit program. As you're working with students that may be interested in applying to the College through Early Admit, please see the new requirements below.


New Admission Requirements for enrollment in our DVM degree program through our Early Admit Program:






Visit Campus!

We would love to host students on our campus as they are going through the college search process. Students may call the office of New Student Services to set up a personalized visit to our Manhattan campus Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm.


Apply Now!

The dual application for Admissions and Scholarships is available to students to complete at We encourage students to apply early and to reach out to me with any questions! The priority deadline is November 1.


Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions. I would love to know how I can best serve you and yours students this year!


K-State Proud,

Courtney Carlton

Admissions Representative

August 30, 2017

Butler County Community College, located in El Dorado is one of the stronger Junior colleges in the Jayhawk Conference.  They will send a recruiter out this Fall but please check out the recruiting flier they sent…

August 29, 2017

Thinking of attending Wichita State……. Please consider some of the following…..

To RSVP go to

Seniors as we approach Sept. 1 and are starting to dig into scholarships and talking about search engines I wanted you to see what comes across my desk and is very similar to what you find in your searches.  If you click on any of these I’ve tagged below it will give you a good idea of what is out there and what it takes to apply.  These potential scholarships come from the UNIGO website.

FEATURED: Niche "No Essay" College Scholarship

Award: $2,000

Deadline: Last day of every month.

Eligibility: Anyone planning to attend college or graduate school within 12 months.

How to apply: Just register on their website. That's it. "Love Your Career" Scholarship

Award: $1,000

Deadline: 9/11

Eligibility: U.S. students enrolled in a U.S. college or university for fall 2017.

How to apply: Interview a professional in a career you plan to enter and write an essay of at least 1,000 words.

All For Mailers Student Scholarship

Award: $500

Deadline: 9/15

Eligibility: U.S. and Canadian high school seniors and college students.

How to apply: Write an 800- to 1,000-word essay about mail.

Auto-Pets "Out-Of-The-Box-Thinking" Scholarship

Award: $1,500, $1,000, $500 (one award each)

Deadline: 9/15

Eligibility: U.S. high school seniors, undergrads, or grads.

How to apply: In 400 words or more, describe an original pet product invention. Scholarship

Award: $500

Deadline: 9/15

Eligibility: U.S. high school seniors, undergrads, or grads with a 2.4 or higher GPA.

How to apply: Write an essay of up to 1,000 words about your perfect career.

Gear Up Your Future Scholarship

Award: $2,000, $1,000 (one award each)

Deadline: 9/19

Eligibility: U.S. students who are attending high school or college in the U.S.

How to apply: Write a 500- to 3,000-word essay about the future of technology in education.

Hit The Books Scholarship

Award: $500

Deadline: 9/30

Eligibility: College students between the ages of 18-25.

How to apply: Write an essay of up to 500 words about the importance of education.

Don't Text and Drive Scholarship

Award: $1,000

Deadline: 9/30

Eligibility: U.S. high school, undergrad, or grad students.

How to apply: Complete this sentence in 140 characters: "I pledge not to text and drive because

Unigo $1,500 Shout It Out Scholarship

Award: $1,500

Deadline: 9/30

Eligibility: U.S. citizens or residents who are 13 or older.

How to apply: If you could say one thing to the entire world at once, what would it be and why? Tell us in 250 words or less.

Study Abroad Scholarships Essay Contest

Award: $1,000

Deadline: 12/31

Eligibility: U.S. high school or college students attending a U.S. high school or college who are 18 or older and will be enrolled in a study abroad program on or before March 31, 2019.

How to apply: Write an essay of 250 words or less about why you want to study abroad.

August 28, 2017

Mr. Cearley will check with you today during class to see if you have your scholarship search engine set up and if you do he will get you some extra credit.  If you don’t have it set up yet please work on it as this is more important than just the extra credit.  If you find a different site that you think is better than Fastweb please let us know and share it with the other students.  A reminder, scholarships will not “magically” drop into your hands, you will have to search and work at it.  I will get you any scholarship app that crosses my desk but I by no means see all of them.  

Seniors taking College Classes……. HCC will be delivering T-shirts sometime during the week of Sept. 5th for all of you that are currently enrolled as HCC students whether it be in classes on our campus, on line or HCTEA.  They just send us a mixed bag of shirt sizes to hand out so it’s not ideal but we will match you the best we can with the sizes they send us.  Why are they doing this you ask…….. Please read the following…

Hutchinson Community College would like you to “Wear This T-shirt to the Kansas State Fair.”   Stop by the Hutchinson Community College booth in the Meadowlark Building and sign up to win!   Post photos of yourself in your shirt at the fair on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (make sure the photos are public). You must use #hutchcc.  Gift cards will be given away daily to those spotted in person or on-line wearing the 2017 HutchCC State Fair shirts. 

August 25, 2017

Today marks the end of schedule changes for the 1st semester.  Please see me if you have questions.  Today is the last day to drop a college class that is taught on our campus.  The drop date for on line classes will again be one week past the starting point.  

A reminder with the college classes to really get off to a good start with your effort, assignments, communication, etc… This is such a good habit to take with you for the future be it in school, career or in everyday life.  

Please remind your parents to look at the information from our 1st meeting on “Kansas Can”, scholarships, recruiting, etc..  It was good to have all of you in attendance yesterday when we met and I appreciate the questions and desire you guys show.  Even though I had a busy afternoon in the office there were at least five of you who stopped by to visit about your plans after our meeting raised some questions and thoughts.  It shows how determined you guys are to be prepared for your future.  Please keep using me to help you and be a resource.

From our meeting yesterday…….

“Seniors 18”  Kansas Can First Meeting


o   Schedules – review your placement on the curriculums (23 of you are scheduled to be Scholars completers) another 3 are QA completers and 4 will receive CTE Certificates this spring.  Currently we have nine students at 4.0.  Review the Grad. Requirements specifically the Fine Arts credit. (Eight seniors will need me to add Alg. I from the 8th grade to your transcript at semester to be Scholars Completers since you are not in a Math class as seniors.  I will speak with you individually).


o   Recruiting --Know your GPA’s/ACT’s /class rank for recruiting, filling out information, etc.. Check your transcript to make sure you know this information.  Transcript information won’t update until January.  I can send you a digital copy of your transcript if you email me or get you a paper copy.  Any transcript a school needs or an official transcript for scholarships must come from my office.  Don’t send a copy in that you have. Recruiters want to know transcript details as well as what you will major in.  Have you updated your resumes?  Are your Resumes uploaded on Career Cruising?


o   Career Cruising with advisors in addition to me this year……. The seniors will have Mr. Cearley, Mr. Parsons and Mrs. Jordan.  I’m not sure how they will break it down further but it should give each of them approximately 11-12 students to work with during Home Room time.  The state vision for you, use of Career Cruising, the scholarship search, etc..


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 & 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.


o   Colleges & Voc. Eds are calling setting up campus visit dates.  I will have sign-up sheets for you as we get more information and these meetings again will be during home room.  Tie in with this your college visits --- you have 2 as a senior but probably can have more if you talk with Mr. Weinbrenner and you get organized. You really should make a visit in the Fall of the year.  Start checking the calendars for the schools you are looking at to see if you want to go to their Sr. days or if you want to go on your own.  Permission paperwork is the same through the office with a parent phone call.


o   ACT’s – Should I take it & why?  Take it again if I already have?  Each situation is different so please come ask & talk to your folks.  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 $46 and the 4 hours.  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 enough and to ask you to test just for the sake of having a score is not something we believe in.  You should not have to test after Oct. or Dec unless you are being asked to by a school or for a specific class/program.  Where can I get help?  Classroom teachers, Old tests, WSU, KSU, March2Success, Fuel Ed, etc...


o   Go to to register & use the practice test.  I have the retired ACT test from last year in paper form or on your Senior 2018 website in the August 10th information page.  The Army’s March2success ACT prep is also on the Sr. Website on the August 10th information page.  We are hearing good things about this ACT prep but we have not had many students use it.  Sept 9th is the first ACT test date but I think only a few of you are going with that one --- most of you will want the Oct. test date if you need to take it.  A reminder the State colleges will still check that you have met one of the 3 requirements for admittance:  21 ACT or higher, Top 1/3 of the class rank or the QA or Scholars curriculum.  Let’s review the minimums on how the ACT plays into scholarship money for colleges in state…

  >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”.


o   Meeting deadlines--- a special emphasis for seniors making sure you realize how important it is for anything you do with post high school.  I can tell you all types of stories both good and not so good on students and deadlines.  The ones unfortunately that I remember the most are of students missing deadlines and getting left out of potentially thousands of dollars of scholarship money, not getting admitted, etc…  The “D-I’s” – are November 1 deadlines in state while many of the other schools D-II’s and privates set their own deadlines so it is wise to get familiar with their website and/or the recruiter.  HCC’s scholarship deadline is February 15th.  A lot of times you won’t know the deadlines unless you apply for admission or get on the schools website.  This is why you have to do things early in the year.  You can apply for admission any time. Once you are in the system you will be notified of all finances available at the schools you are looking at.


o   Scholarships:  

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-Hatfield, Vocal-Menard, 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.


o   Scholarships you find on your own….by September 1 you should set up an account on one of the better scholarship searches on the internet and for us we would recommend –   but you may use any you want to.  This one goes out and searches for you based on the information you put in the data base.  Any time a new scholarship is made public and your information matches the criteria, you will get an e-mail or a “hit” from your FASTWEB account.  The typical scholarships on this site are company based, essays, contests, projects, etc.. but it covers us coast to coast, businesses & schools. There are many other search engines out there and don’t be afraid to try any or all.  Please share with us what you find to be worthwhile.


o   Local Scholarships from Alumni, Businesses, Private Donors, etc..  are made available in late March, early April of 2018.  I will have those to you as they are made available.  A common application is used for the majority of the 20+ local scholarships. Last year we had 26 local scholarships.


o   You should be checking with your folks to see if their place of employment offers a scholarship for you, if your church does, if your insurance company does, if you are members of the American Legion, VFW, etc… and what the deadline & details are.  Do this early in the year.


o   If you plan to go on to School:   Our goal is for each of you to have options as early as possible but definitely by Spring that you can set down with Dad/Mom and make the best choice for you and what you want to do.


o   If you plan to join the Military:  You can meet with a recruiter any time, sign at any time (age permitting), etc..  If you are not 18 we like the recruiters to come to your house.  Make sure you’re comfortable with the decision before you sign.


o   If you are headed to the Work Force right at graduation:  The goal has to be setting up Interviews in the spring if you are not going on to school or hopefully it’s a family business, etc...  Typically, with the economy the way it is you will find the transition straight to work to be a challenge unless you have a “connection”.  As a school we seldom if ever recommend students go straight to the work force.  Some students will say ”I need to work for a year and save some money and then go to school”.  We know from our past alumni and statistics that students who do not continue with their education right after graduation typically do not go back to school.                 

o   Financial Aid-  I will meet with you in October or November & show you the information regarding the FAFSA form and how you fill it out and all the changes that the Feds make.  My Financial Aid meeting isn’t until mid October so I won’t get all the changes til then.  On Oct. 1 the FAFSA is live for you and the folks to fill out.  As recruiters start meeting with you they will be reminding you to fill out the FAFSA starting in October if you want to and this will give you a head start on whether or not you will get any Financial aid.  If there is interest in the Financial Aid with your parents I have the rep from Bethany wanting to come out and present.  It’s the same information regardless of public, private, 2 year, 4 year, etc…  A necessity to fill it out right away?


o   Be careful of scams & letters wanting you to come to meetings or spend money to get scholarship money.  Bring the letters to me and let me check out the source if you are unsure.  Biggest scam every year is the letter that for $99 I can get you a $5500 scholarship.  Don’t fall victim to it.  $5500 is the typical Stafford loan amount every American student has available to them.


o   The biggest fear of parents and many students in this day & age – spending $50,000-$100,000 on an education and then coming out only to find no job openings in the field you are in and being so far in debt.   It happens.  Many examples----.  Choose wisely when you are looking at careers & schools.  Involve your folks as much as you can.  KU example on tuition this year.  More schools may do this in the future.


o   College classes—don’t be afraid to talk to the prof if you need to.  Remember to turn in your Consent form if you haven’t.  A reminder that this is the start of your college GPA and we do use Public Speaking & Comp for your high school grade so our hands are tied, no extra credit, make-up tests, etc..   Take care of your attendance and communication with the prof as need be.         


o   Picture boards --- if any of you would like to do this we would sure encourage you to do so.  We did this years ago as an extension of the resume & your welcome to participate but don’t have to.  We usually ask the MayFete Royalty to do the boards at the end of school & the Homecoming Royalty to do theirs the Homecoming weeks but don’t feel obligated.  What ever you have time for.  Some years it works some years there is no interest so totally up to you guys.



August 23, 2017

Please remember Mrs. Ryan & Mike in your prayers today!

Had a great visit with KU and their reps yesterday.  They wanted to make sure I shared a couple of items with all seniors:


Important Dates at KU this year…..


Oct 1        The FAFSA for 2018-19 goes live

Nov 1        Deadline to be considered for scholarships & Honors Program

Dec 1        Priority FAFSA Date for KU students

Feb 1        Admitted Students can submit improved ACT scores and improved GPA’s

                 for consideration of more scholarship money

May 1        Students should pay the enrollment deposit

KU wanted to share these facts about the incoming frosh class to let you see where you

would compare:


Average GPA        3.58

Average ACT        25.7

Percentage of students from Kansas        59%

Percentage of students out of state        41%

KU defines their Assured Admission Standards a little different than the Board of Regents lists it.  KU defines it as:

21+ ACT and a 3.25+ GPA or

24+ ACT and a 3.0 GPA And

2.0+ GPA in a college prep curriculum

Wanting to make a visit to KU?  Check out the following dates:

October 13                Crimson & Blue Day


Fall & Spring                Jayhawk Days


Fall & Spring                Admitted Sr. Days



August 18, 2017

Seniors, check the ACT workshop information from Wichita State on our USD448 Web site under Scholarships & Information.  This year to register they have just the paper copy you need to fill out and return with the $25 check.  You cannot register online at this point.

Check the Scholarship & Information website on the USD 448 link for the Kansas Buffalo Scholarship application which is due Oct. 15th.  The application should be live where you can type your information in, add your resume, essay, etc.. and mail the application in.  See me if you need help.   Check this website often for updates.  I have also added the KSU Important Dates to remember information sheet.

Mark your calendars:


Tuesday, August 22                KU Roadshow at the Cosmosphere

                                        (RSVP: )        

Wednesday, Aug. 30                KSU Recruiting Home Room (Conference Room)

Thursday, Sept. 7                Bethel Recruiting Home Room (Conference Room)

Saturday, Sept. 9                ACT Test date

Wednesday, Sept 20                HCC Recruiting (Pizza for Lunch)

Monday, Sept. 25                WSU Recruiting Home Room (Conference Room)

Sunday, Oct. 1                        FAFSA is live for 2018-19 school year


Monday, Oct. 2                HCC College Planning Day

Saturday, Oct. 7                ACT Workshop at KSU, Olathe site


Saturday, Oct. 7                ACT Workshop at WSU, Wichita Campus

                        (Form on the USD 448 Scholarship Website)

Monday, Oct. 9                KSU South Central Ks Senior Day


Saturday, Oct. 14                ACT Workshop at KSU, Manhattan


Sunday, Oct. 15                Kansas Buffalo Association Scholarship App due

Thursday, Oct. 19                Fort Hays State Recruiting (Conference Room)

Saturday, Oct. 28                ACT Test Date

Saturday Nov. 11                ACT Workshop at WSU, Wichita Campus

                        (Form on the USD 448 Scholarship Website)


Seniors who do not have your HCC photo ID---- I have Ann Marie, our HCC contact in the McPherson Office scheduled to come out next Thursday, August 24th at 10:50 during home room to take your photos for your ID.  She will be in the conference room.  

I know there are a number of you with strong ties to KSU--- if you are wanting to investigate careers and majors KSU’s College of Architecture is offering a couple of dates at specific businesses to let you see what the career would involve-- if you are interested just click on the RSVP:

        Career Exploration

Career Exploration is organized by the College of Architecture, Planning and Design and is hosted by a design firm. Career Exploration provides prospective students with the opportunity to learn about Kansas State University’s College of Architecture, Planning and Design, tour a firm, visit with design professionals, who are K-State alumni and meet other students who are interested in the design professions. Career Exploration will be held in the following cities during the 2017-18 academic year:

August 17, 2017

August 16, 2017


The Kansas Buffalo Association is offering a $1000 scholarship to a high school senior or first-year college freshmen who is involved in raising bison and/or is planning to pursue a career in an agriculturally related field.


The KBA invites interested applicants to complete an application, provide one letter of reference and submit a 500-word essay outlining their relationship/interest in bison and why they should receive the scholarship.


KBA members may act as sponsors to qualify family, friends or a member of a local school or county ag-related organization (FFA, 4H, etc.) for this scholarship.


Applications and supporting materials are due by Oct. 15, 2017.


The scholarship will be awarded at the 28th Kansas Buffalo Association Sale in Salina, Kan., on Dec. 2, 2016. Either the recipient or his/her designate must be present to accept the scholarship and have a picture taken with representatives from the sponsoring organizations.


The successful applicant will be notified by mid-November. Questions? Please contact Kevin Leslie at 913-957-4687 or e-mail

August 11, 2017


August 10, 2017

ACT Information 


This link would include the “retired Practice test” as well as the question of the day,

Questions for each section and Test prep for purchase, etc..

Updated ACT/ASVAB Prep Site

KSU ACT Workshop

Fall 2017 ACT Workshop dates include:

Saturday, October 7, at the K-State Olathe campus  Register here for Olathe.

Saturday, October 14, at the K-State Manhattan campus Register here for Manhattan.

Please Note: Event registration will close 72 business hours before the event. K-State reserves the right to close registration early if an event fills to capacity prior to the 72-business-hour deadline. Refund requests must be made prior to this deadline. In the event of inclement weather, we encourage you to check the K-State website for event updates. Events will be cancelled if K-State is closed. Otherwise, we will email you if an event is cancelled. We ask that you use your best judgment when choosing to travel to campus in inclement weather. If an event is cancelled, K-State will make an effort to reschedule the event to a later date and your registration may be transferred.

Improve your score

This class consists of five hours of instruction on the four ACT subject tests. Students gain insight into the test's content and format while learning practical test-taking strategies for maximizing their test score. Students learn how to control the test rather than letting it control them!  ACT’s “Preparing for the ACT” is used in this class in addition to our strategies.  This class covers general ideas about the test as a whole, as well as specific strategies for each sub-test:

Don't forget to bring a calculator and an extra pencil with you!


You'll attend a special morning program with sessions to learn more about financial aid, scholarship programs, and general K-State information. At lunch, you will have a chance to eat with your student and discuss the morning session. Parents will be on their own after lunch.

Got questions?

You'll learn the answers to these important questions:


8:30 to 9 a.m  Registration

9 a.m. to noon  Test-taking strategies

Noon   Lunch

1 to 3 p.m.  Test-taking strategies  

Cost  For students $50 per student: covers the cost of materials, instruction and lunch For parents $15 per guest: covers the cost of materials, refreshments and lunch

Parking  Parking is available near the buildings. Further parking information will be sent via email after you register.  Staying overnight? Check the list of Manhattan lodging options

Additional Information:

Read more about our presenter: Click Here for Bio   Discover what other students are saying about the ACT workshop: Click Here for Testimonials     Check your email after you register for additional information about parking and how to get to campus. Click here to view our campus maps.

August 8, 2017

August 7, 2017

August 2, 2017

August 1, 2017

Seniors….. Hope you have all had a great summer and are getting things ready to come back and finish up!  I’ll start making updates each day that I have new information for you.  Please get in the habit of of checking this website at least once a week for details.

May 17, 2017

Seniors, I have attached a list of possible website sources for college information & scholarships for you to review. 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 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.


Bureau of Indian Affairs                                        (Scholarships)

Fastweb                                                (Free Scholarship Search)

College Answer                             (Free Scholarship Search)

Broke Scholar                                  (Free Scholarship Search)            (Free Scholarship Search)

Scholarship Hunter              (Free Scholarship Search)

Scholarships 101                         (Free Scholarship Search)

SuperCollege                                (Free Scholarship Search)

Scholarship Experts               (Informational)

Scholarship Help                          (Informational)

Scholarship Scams      (Informational)

College Goal Sunday                      (Financial Aid Help)

Free Application for Federal                            (Student Aid (FAFSA)                                                                Financial Aid info)

Kansas Board of Regents                 (Look under students &

Financial Aid for

                                                 scholarship information-State Scholars)

PIN for the FAFSA                      (This is your signature for the FAFSA)

Selective Service                                         (All males 18 must register)




Date:        May 17th, 2017

To:      Seniors of  2018 and Parents

From: Mr. Pfannenstiel

Re:           Senior Year & Future Plans



Test Date

Registration Deadline

(Late Fee Required)

September 9, 2017

August 4, 2017

August 5-18, 2017

October 28, 2017

September 22, 2017

September 23-October 6, 2017

December 9, 2017

November 3, 2017

November 4-17, 2017

February 10, 2018*

January 12, 2018

January 13-19, 2018

April 14, 2018

March 9, 2018

March 10-23, 2018

June 9, 2018

May 4, 2018

May 5-18, 2018