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MHS Counseling Staff

about 1 year 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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19 days ago

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

Current students can request via Parchment

Scholarship Information

5 days 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 



Egyptian Electric Cooperative!   We are pleased to share that the program will now be awarding twelve $2,000 scholarships – an increase of two scholarships for 2019. 

     6 scholarships are awarded to students who are the sons or daughters of an Illinois electric
     cooperative member receiving service from the cooperative.  Please click here for more information       and the application - Deadline to apply December 31, 2018

     4 scholarships are reserved for students enrolling full-time at a two year Illinois Community College
     who are the sons or daughters of Illinois electric cooperative members, employees or directors.
     Please click here for more information and the application. - Deadline to apply December 31, 2018

     1 scholarship, the Earl E. Struck Memorial Scholarship, is awarded to a student who is the son or
     daughter of an Illinois electric cooperative employee or director.   Please click here for the
     application and to see the official rules”- Deadline to apply December 31, 2018.

     1 scholarship, the LaVern and Nola McEntire Lindeworker's scholarship, is awarded to a student to       attend the lineworker's school conducted by the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives in
     conjunction with Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, IL. Please click here or visit the
     guidance office for an application. - Deadline April 30, 2019

Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA) Scholarship - Deadline January 25, 2019  Three Scholarships will be awarded  The Stephen J Bollinger Memorial Scholarship - $7000.  The Freedom & Civil Rights Scholarship- $5000 and The Mutual of America Life Insurance Company Scholarship - $5000.  For more information please visit the guidance office or click here.

America's Farmers Grow AG Leaders - Deadline February 6, 2019 scholarships offered to students in rural communities who are looking to continue their education in an ag-related field of study and become the next generation of ag leaders. Please visit for more informatin and official rules.

Illinois Chemical Education Foundation - Deadline February 22, 2019 $2000 High School Senior Scholarship - open to all future Chemists, Chemical Engineers, Environmental Engineers or High School Chemistry Teachers.  Additional information is available in the Guidance Office or visit

Golden Apple Scholars- Deadline March 1, 2019. The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program is now recruiting aspiring teachers for Illinois schools-of-need. Scholars Receive: Tuition support, up to $23,000,paid residential Summer Institutes that include courses and extensive classroom/work experience; academic and social emotional support, Job placement assistance and ongoing mentoring from award-winning teachers throughout college and during the early years of teaching. Apply here

Farm Credit Illinois - Deadline March 1, 2019.   Thirty $2000 scholarships are available to high school seniors planning to enroll in an agriculture-based college curriculum next fall.  More information and the application can be found at

The Illinois Odd Fellow-Rebekah Scholarship Award - Deadline March 1, 2019 The Independent Order of Odd Fellow and Rebekahs of Illinois, being aware of the financial need for many deserving students wishing to continue their education in any post-secondary school or an accredited vocational technical school, is pleased to announce the continuance of their 2019/2020 scholarship program.  Applicants need not be affiliated with with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, but must be a resident of Illinois and a citizen of the United States.  Please click here for more information and the application.

Beta Sigma Psi - Deadline February 16, 2019 The National Lutheran Fraternity is offering several scholarships that are available to Lutheran men who will be starting college in Fall 2019.  Applicants should be male, confirmed members of a Lutheran congregation, and starting college int he Fall 2019 semester in order to receive the award.
The Christian Leadership Award - $1500 scholarship towards the cost of tuition at the respective campus they will be attending.
Martin Luther Scholarship - $2000 award is open to young men who will be attending their first year at any accredited 4 year College or University.
For more information and for the application please click here.

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

5 days ago

Schedule Changes- 
YOU MUST BE LOGGED IN to your MHS email to use this form: 
 This form (or the paper form available in our office) must be submitted by the end of the school day, Wednesday January 9th.  Click here

Opportunities for students 

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 this spring.  Students must meet requirements (listed on agreement) to register for Accuplacer. See your counselor with questions. 

Healthcare Professionals Camp- June 9-11, 2019; For students entering 10th, 11th & 12th grade (during the 2019-20 school year) who are interested in a career in healthcare. Location: SoutheastHealth college of Nursing & Health Sciences Tuition: $325 (includes meals, instructional materials, tshirt, &  2 nights lodging at SEMO dormitory. Limited number of scholarships available. For camp details & application click here. Deadline February 1st 2019 (for application & fee)

High school juniors – Apply to be a LEDA Scholar today: This COMPLETELY FREE seven week summer program at Princeton University includes leadership training, writing instruction, SAT/ACT prep, and college guidance. Support continues through high school, college, and beyond. Join a supportive community of student leaders from across the nation.Start your application today #LEDAapplication. Deadline is December 10th. Apply here: At our Summer Institute at Princeton, Scholars receive leadership training, writing instruction, SAT/ACT prep, and college guidance, while building a supportive community with students from all over the United States. The program does not end when they return home. During Senior Year, Scholars continue to receive personalized counseling and support through the college application process, and LEDA covers all costs associated with applying to college. 100% of our Scholars go on to four-year colleges and over 90% attend the most selective colleges in the country, where they have unparalleled opportunities and excellent financial support. In college Scholars receive academic counseling and personal support from LEDA College Success as well as career counseling from the LEDA Career Network.To be eligible for the program a student must be a junior in a public high school, a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, or have DACA status, and have a family income of less than $90,000. LEDA practices a holistic review process, but admitted Scholars typically have a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.6, are enrolled in rigorous coursework available at their school, and have demonstrated leadership in their school, community, or at home.

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.  

High School Juniors - Egyptian Telephone Cooperative Association is sponsoring one high school junior to participate in a four-day tour of Washington, D.C. as part of the 25th annual National Telephone Cooperative Association's (NTCA) Youth Tour.  This  all expense "Experience of a lifetime" trip will be held June 1-5, 2019.  The following requirements need to be met in order for the student to be eligible:
1. The student needs to have parents and/or Grandparents who have service in one of Egyptian Telephone's exchanges (329,336,763,768,774,785,824)
2. The student needs to be a high school junior
3. The student needs to be in the top 50% of the junior class
4.  The student needs to represent your school well.
5.  The student must be under 18 yrs of age at the time of the youth tour.
Please see your guidance counselor if you are interested.  Entry forms must be submitted by January 25, 2019.

Testing Information

about 1 year 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

about 1 year 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)