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MHS Counseling Staff

7 months ago

Students & Parents- sign up for the Remind account specifically for your graduating class.  You will get information relevant to your grade.

Dana Batson
Registrar/Counseling Secretary
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Katie Hickam
(Students last names A-K)
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School Counselor

Tara Hargraves
School Counselor
(Students last name L-Z)
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6 months ago

Former students can request transcripts here
Please contact Dana Batson with any questions
687-2336 ext 1610

Scholarship Information

18 hours ago

Scholarship Information 

  1. Please complete the MHS General Scholarship Application  This application will determine your eligibility for certain local scholarships. YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED IF YOU DO NOT APPLY. Please check with the counseling office if you have questions.
  2. Scholarships on this page are listed in order of due date. We update regularly, please continue to check for new scholarships.
  3. In addition to the scholarships listed below, we encourage you to check with your employer, parents' employers, your church & other community organizations.
  4. Links to national scholarship sites are on the bottom of the page. 
  5. Apply for scholarships within the college/university you plan to attend. These are listed on the 'Scholarship' section and sometimes the 'Foundation' section of a university's website.  
  6. As you become aware of any scholarship you've received, please inform your counselor. We want to make sure that you are invited and properly recognized at this year's Awards Night 



Northwestern Mutual - due January 30, 2017 and March 30, 2018 - Two scholarship programs are available for childhood cancer survivors and siblings of those impacted by childhood cancer.  The Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarship will provide 25 scholarships for childhood cancer survivors and 10 for the siblings of those affected, respectively.  Application process for survivorship will be accepted until January 30th and the sibling scholarship process will be accepted until March 30th. For more information and to apply please click here.

Essay Contest celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Illinois statehood.  All high school students in Jackson County are invited to participate in an essay contest to commemorate the Illinois bicentennial.  The essay contest theme is Contributions of Illinois Lawyers to Illinois History.  Students are to write about one famous Illinois lawyer.   1st place - $400.00 2nd place - $200.00 3rd place - $150.00.  Please visit the guidance office for flyer and a list of famous Illinois lawyers.  Deadline is Monday, March 26th, 2018.

The Bank of Carbondale - due March 29, 2018 - Recipients will receive a one-time $1000.00 Scholarship from The Bank of Carbondale.  The following criteria will be used by the selection committee in awarding these scholarships, academic achievement, financial need, extra-curricular activities and community service, work activities, essay, and recommendation made by others supporting the applicant.  Applications are available in the guidance office or by clicking here.  Student will return completed application to their school.  

SIU Credit Union - due March 30, 2018 - For graduating high school seniors enrolling into a two or four-year college; community college students transferring into a four -year university;or adult students returning to college the opportunity to apply for one of five $1000 scholarships.  Eligibility requirements and instructions on how to apply are available here. Or call 618-457-3595.

Fred Freeman Memorial Scholarship Fund - March 31, 2018 $500.00 scholarship to one High School Senior who plans on attending a Junior College next year.  Please visit the guidance office for an application.

Crosswalk Community Action Agency - due April 1, 2018 is awarding scholarships to Franklin, Williamson, Jefferson and Jackson county recipients.  These funds are provided by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.  Scholarships range from $1500.00-$4000.00.  Please visit the guidance office for more information and to pick up an application.

Murphysboro Ministerial Alliance Scholarship- due  April 2, 2018 The recipient must be a graduating senior and a resident of Murphysboro, IL (must provide proof of residency).  The applicant must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.  The applicant must provide proof of registration to a college, university, or trade school. Applications available here & in our office 

Thelma Walker Gibbs Scholarship - Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, Gamma Kappa Omega Chapter - due April 2, 2018  Application requirements - full time African American male or female high school senior, reside in Southern Illinois (Jackson/Williamson) Counties, Minimum GPA of 2.5 of 4.0, Demonstrate community Service involvement, identify honors and awards.  Applications can be obtained from the guidance office or here.

Heartland Heating and Air Conditioning - due April 9, 2018, $500.00 College Scholarship for graduating seniors enrolling in a Trade or Technical two or four year college.  Eligibility requirements and instructions on how to apply are included on the application.  Please visit the guidance office or click here for an application.

Larry Reinhardt Somerset Township Scholarship- due April 11, 2018 Recipients will receive a one-time scholarship in the amount of $250-$1,000.  Award amounts will be based on number of successful applicants.Applicant must be enrolled as a full-time student in the graduating class of Murphysboro high School or Elverado High School and must be a resident of Somerset Township.  Proof of residency will be required. Applications available here & in our office.

Murphysboro Black Alumni Society Scholarship - due April 13, 2018 Please click here or pick up an application in the guidance office.  Please contact Aaliyah Locke at with questions or for help with turning in your application.

Murphysboro Lion's Club - due April 15, 2018 - One $800 scholarship will be awarded at the end of the spring semester for 2017-2018 school year.  To be considered, a student must be enrolled at John A. Logan College.  Please visit the guidance office or click here for an application.

Damas Latinas - Spanish Essay Contest 2108 - due April 20, 2018 Five $200.00 scholarships will be awarded to high school students that meet the following criteria - High school senior student with a GPA no less than 3.0, three years of Spanish(transcript required), One letter of recommendation from a member of the school faculty, and an essay written in Spanish.  Please visit the guidance office for more information.

LaVern and Nola McEntire Lineworker's Scholarship - due April 30, 2018 
Qualifying students are: a relative of an employee at a member electric cooperative (Egyptian Electric); OR a son/daughter of a cooperative member/consumer (you qualify if you use Egyptian Electric) OR plan to attend the lineworker's school conducted by the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperative (AIEC) in conjunction with Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, IL. Please visit the guidance office for an application.

For more scholarship opportunities please visit here.
Scholarship Websites: By creating a profile on these sites, you can learn about millions of opportunities! *When searching online for scholarships, you should NEVER pay! (see your counselor if you don't remember your username/pswd)

Opportunities for students

8 days ago

Opportunities for students
Sophomores & Juniors interested in the CEO class next year- be sure to pick up your application in the counseling office ASAP.  Want to learn more? Watch this video. Applications are due March 1, 2018. See your counselor for more information. This is a great opportunity, don't miss out! Jackson CEO Application 18-19.pdf

John A Logan College Dual Enrollment Courses- Taking college courses during high school can be a great way to get a head start on your college career. If you meet the requirements, you may be eligible for a tuition waiver* each semester (beginning the summer after your sophomore year, & ending your final semester of your senior year). More information & eligibility found on the MHS/JALC Dual Enrollment Agreement (this form is required for students wishing to participate). JALC Placement test (Accuplacer) will be offered at MHS on Friday, 3/14/18. Students must meet requirements (listed on agreement) to register for Accuplacer. See your counselor with questions. 

Murray State University Commonwealth Honors Academy. The 2018 Academy will be held June 9 to June 30, 2018. Upon completion of the academy, students will receive six (6) hours of univeristy studies credit, have the opportunity to take an additional six hours of tuition-free university courses at Murray State University during their senior year, be awarded a four-year $2000.00 renewable housing/leadership scholarship to attend Murray State University.  Students must have completed the junior year of high school, a composite ACT of approximately 25 (or equivalent on the SAT, PSAT, OR ACT ASPIRE) and a 3.5 GPA on the 4.0 scale, other credentials, such as community involvement, class rank, and teacher recommendations are taken into consideration in the selection process.  Applications for the 2018 academy can be downloaded here. Deadline is March 1, 2018.

Youth to Washington/Youth in Springfield: “Egyptian Electric Cooperative (EECA) will select local teenagers as winners for the 2018 Youth Day in Springfield and two for Youth to Washington!  Sophomores, juniors and seniors, attending a public or private high schools within the EECA service territorial footprint, or otherwise a member of the cooperative, can apply.  At least 8 students will be chosen and sponsored to attend Youth Day in Springfield on April 18th to tour the Capitol and other historic sites. The top two students will be selected to represent Egyptian Electric Cooperative and our state, by attending the Youth to Washington trip June 8-15, 2018.  Applications are due March 16th.  Click here for more information and an application. If you have any questions on the application or the program, please contact Brooke Guthman at 618-684-2143 or”

Essay Contest celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Illinois statehood.  All high school students in Jackson County are invited to participate in an essay contest to commemorate the Illinois bicentennial.  The essay contest theme is Contributions of Illinois Lawyers to Illinois History.  Students are to write about one famous Illinois lawyer.   1st place - $400.00 2nd place - $200.00 3rd place - $150.00.  Please visit the guidance office for flyer and a list of famous Illinois lawyers.  Deadline is Monday, March 26th, 2018.

HOBY (Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Conference) empowers high school sophomores to develop their leadership talents to become the leaders of their community. The 3-4 day seminar is filled with interactive activities and workshops that allow students to discover their personal leadership strengths. The HOBY Conference will take place at Illinois Wesleyan University June 15-18. Please see Ms. Hargraves if you are interested or want more information about HOBY

Juniors & Seniors- Are you interested in learning more about our political process? Do you want to pursue a career in public service? If you are actively serving in an elected or appointed capacity in student government (student council), civic or educational organization you may qualify for the United States Senate Youth Program. Please see your counselor if interested. 

Interested in a healthcare related field? The SIH Summer Internship Program has been developed to help peak the interest of high school students planning for a career in healthcare. Qualified students are eligible for internship programs in Laboratory, Nursing, Radiology, Respiratory Therapy, Physical or Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy or other healthcare career fields. This 8 week program (summer) is unpaid; however students are given cafeteria cards to cover the cost of their meals while at the hospital, a scrub top to wear during their internship and can earn college credit.  For more information, click here &/or see your counselor. Applications are due May 1st.  

Testing Information

7 months ago


Per the Illinois State Board of Education,  all public school students in grade 11 will complete the SAT, including a writing component. The SAT will serve as the state assessment for purposes of state and federal accountability, will be provided at no cost to public school districts in Illinois, and will be offered to students during the school day. The SAT aligns with the Illinois Learning Standards and provides a college-reportable score for admissions purposes. It and will continue to empower educators to measure college and career readiness.

On Wednesday, April 10, 2018, MHS will administer the the SAT in paper & pencil format. 

For more detailed information on the SAT components visit

Get Free, Personalized SAT Practice from Khan Academy! 

ACT Information

ALL colleges & universities accept both the ACT & the SAT. Please see your counselor if you are interested in taking the ACT. IF you are 4-year university bound (meaning you plan to start at a university instead of a community college) OR you want as high an ACT score as possible, you should strongly consider taking the ACT more than once. Make sure you see your counselor for a waiver—so you don’t have to pay the $39.50 registration fee! Register here


Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Fee


October 28, 2017

September 22, 2017


December 9, 2017

November 3, 2017


February 10, 2018

January 12, 2018


April 14, 2018

March 9, 2018


June 9, 2018

July 14, 2018

May 4, 2018

June 15, 2018




We suggest that you take the December, April or June ACT & so you can order the Test Information Release (TIR). For $19, you will receive a list of your answers, a copy of the multiple-choice test questions used to determine your score, the answer key, and scoring instructions. You can order a TIR form when you register, or during the three-month period after your test date.  See your counselor for more information.  This is a great way to improve your score!

ACT ONLINE PREP IS FREE!!! Normally $25, just see your counselor for a username & password.  This is a great resource to prepare for the ACT.

Here's what you will find in the ACT Online Prep™ program:

  • Practice tests with real ACT test questions
  • Practice essays for the optional ACT Writing Test, with real-time scoring
  • Comprehensive content review for each of the ACT's four required tests—English, Math, Reading, and Science
  • Diagnostic test and study path
  • Anywhere, anytime access via the Internet


If you plan to attend JALC during, or after high school, see the counseling office to sign up for ACCUPLACER/ASSET testing.  This test is free, & is required for all college classes at JALC.
**  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your  counselor


College & Career Planning

7 months ago

COLLEGE REP/MILITARY VISITS are posted on the main MHS Calendar. Visits occurring during ELP (2:41-3:15) will be in room A22 unless otherwise noted. See Dana in the Counseling Office for a pass. 

Interested in playing sports in college? Make sure you are on the right track- click on resources below: 
Guide for College Bound Student Athletes
Division I eligibility standards are changing- Learn more at

Learn more about colleges, majors, & careers: (username: murphysboro; password: careeers)
Midwest Student Exchange Program- a multi-state tuition reciprocity program (find schools offering in-state/discounted tuition for Illinois graduates)