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MHS Counseling Staff

4 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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5 months 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

about 1 month ago

Scholarship Information 

  1. Please complete the MHS General Scholarship Application  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 



Damas Latinas - Spanish Essay Contest - Deadline April 19, 2019 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. Offering five $200 scholarships. Please visit the guidance office or click here for more information.

Murphysboro Lion's Club Scholarship - Deadline April 25,2019 Awarding one $800 scholarship at the end of the spring semester for 2019-2020 school year.  To be considered, a student must be enrolled at John A Logan College, must show proof of acceptance to that institution. Please visit the guidance office or click here for the application and more information.

Happy Homemakers Unit of Jackson County - Deadline April 26, 2019 For outstanding senior CTE students, that 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 visit the Guidance office or click here for the application.

Egyptian Electric Cooperative!   
LaVern and Nola McEntire Lineworker's scholarship,  - Deadline April 30, 2019 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.

Heartland Heating and Air Conditioning - Deadline April 30, 2019 Awarded to a high school senior 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 the application. 

Project Glam Pads Scholarship - Deadline April 30, 2019 - Female, high school seniors, with a 2.75 or above, who will attend a 2 or 4 year higher learning institution are invited to apply.  The purpose of this $250 scholarship if to cover the feminine hygiene expenses of the selected winner for the 2019/2020 school year.  Please visit the guidance office or click here for more information.

George McKibben Memorial Scholarship - Deadline May 15, 2019 This scholarship has been established by the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts to assist outstanding agriculture students int he completion of their education at any Illinois state college (University of Illinois, Eastern, Western, Southern and Illinois State)  Please visit the guidance office or click here for more information.

Egyptian Electric Cooperative - Deadline July 5, 2019 At least five $1000 scholarships will be given.  Must be a son or daughter of an electric cooperative member, attending college full-time int he fall. Must be present with parent to be eligible by drawing, following the annual meeting of the members on Thursday July 18, 2019 at the headquarters site 1732 Finney Rd, Murphysboro.  Please click here for more information.  Please visit the guidance office or click here for the 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

about 1 month ago

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. Summer classes are June 10th -August 1st.

Camp College- July 9-12, 2019 provides rising seniors the unique opportunity to learn about the college search, application, and selection process from both college admission professionals and high school counselors in an immersive college experience. Participants will learn about navigating a college fair, essay writing, identifying college fit/match, financial aid, and much more. Students will also visit multiple colleges/universities and experience living, eating, and playing on a college campus. Deadline to apply is May 24th

RYLA-July 26-28, 2019 RYLA, short for Rotary Youth Leadership Academy is 3 day long leadership, team building and problem solving retreat for rising freshman through rising juniors in Southern, IL high schools. RYLA is one of Rotary International's Youth Programs held around the world, but RYLA is unique because it is different in each district; while all RYLA's focus on building young leaders. More information & application here. Deadline to apply June 1st, 2019

Volunteer Opportunity- The students of SIU’s College of Engineering are hosting the National Steel Bridges competition finals this year on May 31st and June 1st. The organizers would like to provide high school students an opportunity to participate in the conference as Bridge Marshals. Bridge Marshals will be responsible for guiding teams from station to station during the competition and handling official scoring documents. Students will be able to watch as teams construct and load their bridges throughout the competition. This is an excellent opportunity for students to witness exciting, hands-on engineering activities and interact with college students and engineering professionals. I have attached a flier for the event that includes a link for students to register to volunteer.All questions should be directed toward Dipanjan Mazumdar, assistant professor in the Department of Physics;Phone: 618-453-3659

Summer Camps at SIU- Conference and Scheduling Services assists SIU Intercollegiate Athletics, SIU Colleges and other organizations in offering a variety of programs for youth ages 6 to 18. These camps and programs are hosted by education professionals who are experts in their various fields.

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.  

Lions of Illinois Foundation  and the Lions, Lioness and Leo clubs would like to invite eligible campers to enjoy our Free summer camps this summer.  Camp Lions is a FREE summer camp for youth and adults who are blind/partially sighted and or Deaf/HoH.  Registration for 2019 Camp Lions is underway. Please click here for more information and a list of camp dates.

Western Illinois University Summer 2019 Camps - Here is the complete line up of camps offered!
This summer we have more scholarships available then ever before for our summer camps! 
Listed below are the various scholarships available with a brief description of who qualifies. 
For full scholarship information and applications, please visit 
Sponsor a Camper Scholarships: $100 will be given to the first 20 campers that apply regardless of camp attending
College of Arts and Science Sponsorships: Available for WIU's Summer Science Experience and Girls Plus Math campers
NSF Astrophysics Research Grant Scholarships: Available for 2 WIU's Summer Science Experience campers
WIU Foundation Scholarships: $200 will be given to the first 20 high-schoolers that apply regardless of camp attending
Bushnell School District Scholarships: $100 will be given to the first 10 students who register for Girls Plus Math camp
Western Illinois Regional Council  Scholarships: Available for campers based upon residency and income requirements

Testing Information

4 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. Students also receive a waiver to retake the SAT- see your counselor. 

On Tuesday, April 9, 2019, MHS will administer the the SAT (11th grade), the PSAT (9th & 10th grade) in paper & pencil format. 

For more detailed information on the SAT components visit

For more detailed information on the PSAT visit

PSAT 9   PSAT 10

Get Free, Personalized SAT Practice from Khan Academy! 

ACT Information

ALL colleges & universities accept both the ACT & the SAT. YOU DO NOT NEED TO TAKE BOTH! Please see your counselor if you are interested in taking the ACT. Make sure you see your counselor for a waiver—so you don’t have to pay the registration fee! Register here


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

5 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)