MHS Counseling Staff

a month ago

MHS COUNSELING IS ON REMIND! 
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
ext 1610
dbatson@mhs.org


Katie Hickam
School Counselor

(Students last names A-K)
ext 1613
khickam@mhs.org



Ashley Ellis Renfro
School Counselor
(Students last name L-Z)
ext 1612
arenfro@mhs.org


Transcripts

a month ago


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




Current students can request via Parchment


Scholarship Information

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Scholarship Information 


  1. Please complete the MHS General Scholarship Application   (available 3/1/22) This application will determine your eligibility for certain local scholarships (local scholarship with their own applications are listed below). 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 

 

NSHSS- National Society for High School Scholars- SCAM ALERT!!! Please reach out to your counselor before giving them any of your information (or money)!



Rotary International District 6510 Foundation - April 1, 2022 - Two scholarships to an accredited College or Trade School to two high School seniors residing in Rotary District 6510.  For more information and the selection criteria please click here

Kiwanis Club of Murphysboro Key Club Scholarship - April 1, 2022Scholarship presented to two Key Club members of Murphysboro High School.  For more information and the application click here

St Joseph Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship - April 1, 2022- Scholarship for students who are interested in pursuing a career in medical/health occupation.  For more information and the application please click here.

Save Abandoned Babies Foundation - April 2, 2022 - Award winners will receive a $1000 scholarship to their college or trade school of choice.  Student must be eligible for high school graduation or passed the GED in 2022 and will be attending college or trade school in the fall of 2022.  For more information and the application please click here.

Zeta Phi Beta 2022 Arnolia Boone Memorial Scholarship Award - April 6, 2022 - $500  to female graduate in Jackson county. Application available here or the MHS Guidance Office.

Murphysboro Masonic Lodge #498 David Bryce Jacquot Scholarship Program - April 14, 2022 - Recipients will receive a one-time $500.00 scholarship from the Murphysboro Masonic Lodge #498.  For more information and the application, click here.

Murphysboro Education Association of Teachers - April 14, 2022 - Scholarships available for students interested in an educational career. For more information and application click here.

June Bug Scholarship April 15, 2022 Scholarship in memory of Catheryn June Freeman, to honor her life and raise awareness about dementia.  June had a love and talent for art.  Applicant must be a high school senior and submit a form of art.  For more information please click here

Leah Marie Reed Memorial Scholarship - April 15, 2022 - This scholarship is set up to benefit and reward those students that actively participated in community, music (band and choir), scholastic and school activities. You will receive a total of $2,000.00 if you maintain good standing status at the school you attend. Your essay must be printed, not handwritten. For more information and the application, click here.

Damas Latinas Scholarship - April 20, 2022 - Damas Latinas is a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 in Southern Illinois. It has created an Economic Fund Program: a scholarship with the purpose of promoting among high school students the value of education as well as the importance of studying the Spanish language. This year will be an offering of five $200.00 scholarships to the high school students that meet criteria. For more information and the application click here.

Jackson County Happy Homemakers - April 22, 2022 - These Scholarships and Tuition Awards are for outstanding Senior CTE Students, which are planning and preparing to attend a post-secondary institution where they will be continuing courses and training in one of the following CTE areas: Agriculture, Natural Resources, Construction/Architecture, Automotive/Transportation, Engineering/Electronics, Manufacturing, Welding, Culinary Arts, Hospitality, Health Sciences, or Business Management/Finance/Marketing.  Please click here for more information and the application.

AORN Southern Illinois Chapter 1402 - April 30,2022- graduating senior reimbursement scholarship for healthcare related college education. For more information and the application click here

Greg Yank "Servant Leader" Scholarship - May 1, 2022 - Scholarships to an accredited College or Trade School.  Awards will be $2500.00 each.  Recipients will agree to have their awards publicized throughout Rotary International District 6510.  For more information and the application click here

Gamma Kappa omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.  - May 1, 2022 - Awarding high school seniors with an academic scholarship to continue their education for the 2022-2023 school year.  For a full list of requirements and the application click here

Heartland Heating, Air & Plumbing Scholarship - May 2, 2022 - Graduating high school senior enrolling in a Trade of Technical two or four year college.  For more information and the application please click here. 

Kids' Chance of Illinois - May 30, 2022 - Kids’ Chance Inc. of Illinois was founded with the goal of awarding academic college scholarships to deserving children of workers seriously injured or killed on the job. For more information and the application please click here

Ben "Big Red" Arbeiter Memorial Agriculture scholarship - May 31, 2022 - High School graduate from an accredited high school in Jackson County.  Scholarships are given to those individuals who plan to pursue a career in or directly related to the agriculture industry.  For more information and the application please click here

PB& J Scholarship - May 31, 2022 - Annual scholarship is for students who have experienced personal challenges that may not have allowed them to perform well academically, but who still have the drive to succeed.  For more information and the application please click here

Annual Meeting Scholarship - July 5, 2022 - Egyptian Electric Cooperative Association will hold a scholarship drawing on July 14th at 6 pm. Applications and proof of enrollment must be turned in by July 5th. The applicant must be enrolled, or have applied for enrollment, in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two or four-year college, university or vocational school for the Fall 2022 term. For more information and the application please click here

Crosswalk Community Action Agency August 1, 2022 - Scholarships for Franklin, Williamson, Jefferson,  and Jackson county residents for summer and fall semesters.  For more information and the application please click here.   

Fall 2022 Scholarship - August 5, 2022 - Prince Law Firm in Marion IL is offering a scholarship for graduates attending a college or university in the Fall of 2022 and live in the following Southern Illinois counties. Clinton, Madison, Monroe, St. Clair, Bond, Jersey, Calhoun, Marion, Clay, Lawrence, Richard, Wayne, Edwards, Wabash, Franklin, Perry, Randolph, Jefferson, Washington, Union, Alexander, Pulaski, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Saline and White. For more information and the application please click here


The National Cyber Scholarship Foundation Cybersecurity is one of the world’s fastest growing industries. The National Cyber Scholarship Foundation is working hard to address the current cyber skills shortage by developing and championing the next generation of cybersecurity professionals, through the provision of $2 million in college scholarships and $13.8 million in cybersecurity training. Qualify for the National Cyber Scholarship Competition through CyberStart America; an exciting gamified learning platform that will build and challenge your cybersecurity skills.


For more scholarship opportunities please visit here.

College Greenlight - By building a student profile on College Greenlight, we can match you to college and scholarship opportunities that reflect your accomplishments and interests. When creating your accountbe sure to select 'yes' for this question: "Are you part of a college readiness or college success program?" and then select Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) & Kylee Medina. 

Opportunities for students

a month ago


Schedule Changes: 
You must be logged in to your MHS email to use the form. Be sure to read it carefully and do not complete it if your request does not meet the criteria. You should follow your original schedule until you've heard from your counselor (check your email) or see that it is changed in PowerSchool. Schedule change requests are only allowed the first three days of every semester.








FREE ONLINE TUTORING!

Don't know your username? email your counselor 

Opportunities for students 



Illinois Society War of 1812 - Charles Schweizer History Essay Contest - Contest open to all students who are United States citizens. Contestants shall be attending public, parochial, or private high schools (including accredited home schools) and shall be in any grade of study during the contest year and attending a school in Illinois.  For more information on how to enter please click here

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. 

HOBY: Attention all Sophomores! Are you interested in enhancing your leadership skills? The HOBY program allows high school sophomores to realize their leadership talents and apply them in becoming effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace and community. Please see Ms. Hargraves for more details!


U of I - College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences - Interested in STEM? Spend two weeks discovering your interests in STEM-based careers through lab tours, lectures, and mini science demonstrations in the food, human, and environmental science fields conducted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Students who are currently rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors that rank in the top 25% of your class and have B grades should apply. For more information click here.

Pathways to Saluki Medicine - SIU can help you reach your dream career with the Pathways to Saluki Medicine camp. You'll visit research and learning labs, interact with current students, faculty, and medical professionals. For more information click here.

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. 

Job Opportunity - Silkworm - Production Job 

Under the supervision of the Production Manager:

- keeps the shop clean and organized

-reviews sales order forms and lays out goods

-check all questionable order forms with the Production Manager or Sales Representative

-Applies heat transfers

-Inspects final goods, completing the sales order forms and packing

-Maintains the flexibility to perform related work as required.

Job Type: ENTRY LEVEL

Apply in person at  Silkworm  102 South Sezmore Drive Murphysboro, IL 62966 or call 618-6874077

College & Career Planning

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COLLEGE REP/MILITARY VISITS are posted on the main MHS Calendar. Visits occurring during ELP will be in the auditorium unless otherwise noted. See Dana in the Counseling Office for a pass. 

VIRTUAL COLLEGE FAIRS: 
National Association of College Admission Counseling  College Fairs: Log in on these fairs to meet with 600+ colleges and universities. They'll be online to talk with high school juniors and seniors. Find out when they're having Zoom sessions and drop in to attend! There are many additional resources on this site. 

Illinois Virtual College Exploration Program- More than 375 sessions from which to choose: local, national, and international colleges and universities, skilled trades, military branches, career exploration, financial aid & scholarship organizations, non-college training programs and more! Watch as many recorded sessions as you want.


YouTube Channel for College Spotlights- videos are approximately 15 minutes 

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 2point3.org

Create an account on the ISAC Student Portal (https://studentportal.isac.org/student) to stay updated on important due dates and get information about different events.  There is also a toolbox that has information about internships, apprenticeships and summer jobs.  There's also a college checklist that will help you navigate the college going process!


Learn more about colleges, majors, & careers: 
www.explorehealthcareers.org
Midwest Student Exchange Program- a multi-state tuition reciprocity program (find schools offering in-state/discounted tuition for Illinois graduates)

Testing Information

a month ago


NEW- REDESIGNED SAT 

Per the Illinois State Board of Education,  all public school students in grade 11 will complete the SAT. 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. Students also receive a waiver to retake the SAT- see your counselor. 


To access your College Board account, click here


For more detailed information on the SAT components visit https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/inside-the-test


9th, 10th & 11th grade students will take the PSAT on October 13th

For more detailed information on the PSAT visit

PSAT 9   PSAT 10     PSAT/NMSQT


Get Free, Personalized SAT Practice from Khan Academy! 


Test Date

Test

Registration Deadline

Late Registration

Multiple Choice Scores Available

28-Aug-21

SAT

30-Jul-21

17-Aug-21

September 20, 2021*

11-Sep-21

ACT

6-Aug-21

20-Aug-21

September 24–November 3, 2021*

2-Oct-21

SAT

3-Sep-21

21-Sep-21

October 15, 2021*

23-Oct-21

ACT

17-Sep-21

1-Oct-21

November 5–December 17, 2021*

6-Nov-21

SAT

8-Oct-21

26-Oct-21

November 19, 2021*

4-Dec-21

SAT

4-Nov-21

23-Nov-21

December 17, 2021*

11-Dec-21

ACT

5-Nov-21

19-Nov-21

December 24, 2021– February 4, 2022*

12-Feb-22

ACT

7-Jan-22

21-Jan-22

February 25–April 8, 2022*

12-Mar-22

SAT

11-Feb-22

1-Mar-22

March 25, 2022*

2-Apr-22

ACT

25-Feb-22

11-Mar-22

April 15–May 28, 2022*

7-May-22

SAT

8-Apr-22

26-Apr-22

May 20, 2022*

4-Jun-22

SAT

5-May-22

25-May-22

June 13, 2022*

11-Jun-22

ACT

6-May-22

20-May-22

June 24–August 5, 2022*

16-Jul-22

ACT (Not Offered in NY)

17-Jun-22

24-Jun-22

July 29–August 29, 2022*


ACT Information

ALL colleges & universities accept both the ACT & the SAT. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO TAKE BOTH, but you can. Admissions offices will usually take your highest score, whether it be your ACT or SAT score.  Please see your counselor if you are interested in taking the ACT or SAT. Make sure you see your counselor for a waiver—so you don’t have to pay the registration fee! 

 

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

ACCUPLACER TESTING     

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