Senior Announcements

RECRUITERS/COLLEGES at SHSS - During Lunch in Commons

  • Monday, November 25 - Emporia State University
  • Tuesday, December 3 - Pittsburg State University
  • Wednesday, December 11 - U.S. Army Recruiter
  • Thursday, December 12 - Air National Guard Recruiter
  • Thursday, January 9 - Barton Community College

 


 

Senior News...

Kansas State University - Selective Scholarship Applications are now open
The application for K-State's Selective Scholarships is now open!  These scholarships require an additional application outside of the the general scholarship application and K-State Scholarship Network.  Selective Scholarships range from $2,000 to $80,000, depending on the scholarship.  More information:  KSU Selective Scholarships.  To apply, visit:  Supplemental Scholarship Application. Deadline:  December 2, 2019 by 5:00 pm

2020-21 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Form
The 2020-21 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is now open! Students enrolling for academic year 2020/2021 can submit their FAFSA; families should use their 2018 income tax information. Before students and parents can complete the FAFSA, the student and parent must create an FSA ID. To create your FSA ID go to FSA ID WebsiteHow to Create FSA ID Video

Class of 2020 Senior Photos for the Yearbook
The deadline for senior photographs for the yearbook will be December 19, 2019 so plan now to meet the deadline. Photographs can be turned in as printed pictures, digitally on a CD or jump drive, or emailed to kim.warren@usd305.com. If you are sending them digitally, make sure they are at a high resolution or the reproduction in the yearbook will be unsatisfactory. Senior portraits must meet the following criteria to be used in the yearbook:

  • Head and shoulder shot or can be cropped to head and shoulders shot.
  • No hats or hands
  • Color (not black and white or duo-tone)
  • Plain background (It can be outside.)
  • Vertical picture
  • No selfies

The rationale behind these regulations is that head size remains consistent among all pictures and that all portraits command the same amount of attention rather than one individual standing out on the page. If you have any questions about the requirements or want the yearbook adviser to look at a photograph to see if it meets requirements, contact Kim Warren at kim.warren@usd305.com or 309-3798.  Yearbook staff members are also available to take a senior portrait for the yearbook. Students can contact Kim Warren to set up an appointment. Lifetouch photos can also be used. If you didn't take Lifetouch photos, take them on retake day The yearbook staff has access to the photos, but students just need to let Mrs. Warren know they want these used.

 


 

Act

Next test date: December 14, 2019 (Registration Deadline: November 8, 2019)
Upcoming test dates: February 8, 2020 / April 4, 2020 / June 13, 2020 / July 18, 2020
For more information on test dates and registration visit: ACT Registration

South High is a testing site for most of the national test days, so make sure to choose SHSS when you register.



 

South High Student Opportunities...

Please read carefully. Some opportunities apply to a specific age/classification of student. Additional information is available in the Counseling Office.

Dual Credit Opportunities for Sophomores and Juniors - Salina Area Technical College
Salina Area Technical College has articulation agreements in place with several area high schools. This enables students to earn college credit while still in high school. See your counselor for more information or visit Salina Tech's 
website. To apply for admission to Salina Tech, go to their Application page.

JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest
It's that time of year again!  As you begin the new school year, we are excited to announce that our Profile in Courage Essay Contest is now accepting submissions.  The top 25 students receive recognition and the winning prize is $10,000.  The deadline for submissions is January 17, 2020.  Visit Profile in Courage Essay Contest to get started.

K-State Black Leadership Conference
The K-State Black Leadership Conference will be held on February 11, 2020 at the K-State Union in Manhattan, KS. If you are interested in attending, you must sign up in the counseling center.   The registration deadline is November 13, 2019.   Please see Ms. Smith if you have any questions.




 


 

 

Kansas Regents Public Universities - Financial Aid & Scholarship Information…

EMPORIA STATE UNIVERSITY

  • February 1 - Priority deadline
  • March 15 - Priority deadline for Federal Financial Aid
  • To apply for talent scholarships, contact the department directly. Contact information is on their site.

FORT HAYS STATE UNIVERSITY

  • December 15 - Priority deadline for general scholarship
  • February 15 - Final deadline for general scholarships
  • March 15 - Priority deadline for Federal Financial Aid

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY

  • December 1 - Priority deadline for premiere scholarships
  • If your application for admission is submitted by November 1st, it will automatically be forwarded to the departments.
  • February 1 - College/Departmental scholarship deadline
  • February 1 - Priority deadline for Federal Financial Aid

PITTSBURG STATE UNIVERSITY

  • February 1 - Deadline for general scholarships

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

  • November 1 - Priority deadline for general scholarships
  • March 1-Priority date for Federal Financial Aid

WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY

  • WSU begins awarding scholarships for incoming freshmen in September. Apply early for full consideration for scholarships
  • October 1 - Deadline for admittance to be included in the DSI Competition (Distinguished Scholars Invitational)
  • November 1 - Deadline for freshman merit scholarships


 

Scholarship Resources...

There are innumerable scholarship search resources online. The best search services are free, so there is no need to spend any money to use one of the services.

Questbridge

Fed Aid

FastWeb

HS

UNCF

Scholarship


 

Preparing for College: Senior Checklist

August/September

  • Register for the SAT and/or ACT if you didn't take it as a junior, or if you aren't satisfied with your score and want to take it again. (remember that your counselor can help you with fee waivers)
  • Take a look at some college applications and consider all of the different pieces of information you will need to compile.
  • The SAT test date most popular with high school seniors is this month.
  • Visit with your school counselor to make sure you are on track to graduate and fulfill college admission requirements. If you're ahead of schedule, consider taking courses at a local university or community college to get a jumpstart on college credit.
  • Take every opportunity to get to know colleges: meeting with college representatives who visit your high schools during the fall, attending local college fairs, visiting campuses (if possible). Ask your counselor if they know of special campus visitation programs.
  • Narrow down your list of colleges and begin to consider "safe," "reach," and "realistic" schools. Make sure you have the application and financial aid information for each school. Find out if you qualify for any scholarships at these schools.

Create a checklist and calendar to chart:

  • Standardized test dates, registration deadlines, and fees
  • College application due dates
  • Financial aid application forms and deadlines
  • Other materials you'll need for college applications (recommendations, transcripts, essays, etc.)
  • Your high school's application processing deadlines

Some schools require the CSS/Financial Aid Profile. Ask the colleges to which you are applying for their deadlines. You can register as early as September. See your guidance counselor about fee waivers.

October

  • It is time to fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). File the form as soon after Oct. 1 as possible. In addition to determining your eligibility for federal funds, many colleges and states use the form when distributing grants, so don't delay. Watch the mail for your Student Aid Report (SAR)-it should arrive four weeks after the FAFSA is filed.
  • Some colleges will have deadlines as early as this month. These would include rolling admission, priority, early decision, and early action deadlines.
  • If you cannot afford the application fees that many colleges charge, ask your counselor to help you request a fee waiver.
  • Finalize your college essay. Many schools will require that you submit at least one essay with your application.
  • Request personal recommendations from teachers, school counselors, or employers. Follow the process required by your high school or provide a stamped, addressed envelope, the appropriate college forms, and an outline of your academic record and extracurricular activities to each person writing you a recommendation.
  • Research possibilities of scholarships. Ask your counselor, your colleges, and your religious and civic groups about scholarship opportunities. You should never pay for scholarship information.

November

  • Finalize and send any early decision or early action applications due this month. Have a parent, teacher, counselor, or other adult review the application before it is submitted.
  • Every college will require a copy of your transcript from your high school. Follow your school's procedure for sending transcripts.
  • Make sure testing companies have sent your scores directly to the colleges to which you are applying.

December

  • Begin to organize regular decision applications and financial aid forms, which will be due in January and/or February.
  • Register for the January SAT (If needed). It is the last one colleges will be able to consider for a senior.

January

  • Many popular and selective colleges will have application deadlines as early as January 1. Others have deadlines later in January and February. Keep track of and observe deadlines for sending in all required fees and paperwork.
  • If necessary, register for the February ACT (some colleges will be able consider it).
  • Ask your guidance office in January to send first semester transcripts to schools where you applied. At the end of the school year, they will need to send final transcripts to the college you will attend.

Feb/March/April

  • While most of your applications will be complete and you are waiting to receive admission decisions, don't slack in the classroom. The college that you do attend will want to see your second semester transcript. No Senioritis!
  • Acceptance letters and financial aid offers will start to arrive. Review your acceptances, compare financial aid packages, and visit your final choices, especially if you haven't already.

May

  • May 1 is the date when the college you plan to attend requires a commitment and deposit. When you've made your college decision, notify your counselor and the colleges. Send in your deposit by the postmark date of May 1. If you've been offered financial aid, accept the offer and follow the instructions given. Also notify schools you will not attend of your decision.
  • Make sure that you have requested that your final transcript be sent to the school you will be attending.
  • If you are "wait-listed" by a college you really want to attend, visit, call and write the admission office to make your interest clear. Ask how you can strengthen your application.

Information Courtesy of: 2016 National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)