Preparing for your Senior year and for College
Students need to live up to their potential in the classroom, as well as with extracurricular activities. If an individual has not already done so, now is the time to become involved with clubs, church, sports, community, and volunteer organizations. These are all character building activities that will enrich the lives of students and certainly be noticed by admission and scholarship committees. Now is the time to start keeping a log or journal of these activities, as well as, all high school awards and honors. Do not wait until the senior year to try and build on a student resume. Colleges are looking for well-rounded students who have demonstrated leadership skills and extracurricular involvement throughout high school. Students may even want to enroll in summer college programs or early admission college classes.
Helpful information can be found at the following:
www.mississippi.edu MTAG (a Mississippi scholarship) requires 15 ACT & 2.5 GPA
Eminent Scholar (the top Mississippi scholarship) 29ACT & 3.5 GPA
Also, scholarships for potential nurses, teachers, psychologist, and speech pathologists are explained. Additionally, this site compares Mississippi colleges and universities….costs, enrollment, faculty/student ratios and other helpful data.
www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov This electronic tool is designed to help students and their families plan for college by providing an early estimate of federal student financial assistance. Financial aid is determined on the previous year’s income. The 4caster can be completed any time, any year. However, the FAFSA document for college is not filed until after January 1st of the senior year.
www.actstudent.org The official website of ACT offers registration, study guides, sample questions, and helpful information for students preparing for the ACT.
https://profileonline.collegeboard.com The Profile is an online application that collects information used by certain colleges and scholarship programs to award institutional aid funds.
Profile can be completed as early as October 1st of the senior year.
http://www.collegeboard.com/parents/apply/college-applications/21342.html This site does an excellent job of explaining the differences of Early Decision, Early Action, and Regular Admission. Only certain colleges utilize this type of an admissions program and their homepages promote it under the admissions section.
www.fastweb.com Students can create an account with this free, reputable source and receive information about scholarships, internships, and other financial data.
www.magnoliaheights.com There is a tremendous amount of additional information to be found by exploring the Magnolia Heights School homepage. Click on Academics and then College Bound and select from topics related to career choices, questions for selecting a college, additional scholarship sources, and basic college information.