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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
School Counselor

(Students last names A-K)
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Tara Hargraves
School Counselor
(Students last name L-Z)
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Kylee Medina 
(Mrs. Hickam's school counseling intern & our GEAR UP/ISAC rep)
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about 1 year 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

23 days 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 



Thomas H. Moore Illinois Electric Cooperative Memorial Scholarship Program

The Illinois Electric Cooperative memorial Scholarship Program awards scholarships annually to deserving students in the "electric cooperative family" entering college to assist them with their education costs.

  • One 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.(LaVern and Nola McEntire Lineworker's Scholarship) - Deadline April 30, 2020

For more information about the Illinois Electric Cooperative scholarships please visit or to apply online click here.

Farm Credit of Illinois - February 28, 2020 - Scholarships are available to high school seniors planning to enroll in an agriculture-based college curriculum next fall. Selection criteria includes academic achievement, participation and leadership within school and community organizations, and a commitment to pursuing an agriculture-related career.   Click here for more information.

American Welding Society - March 1, 2020 - National, District and section scholarships are available for students attending trade schools, community colleges, and four-year universities.  Students complete one master application for all eligible scholarships.  Application can be found here.

The Illinois Odd Fellow-Rebekah Scholarship Award - March 1, 2010  Students wishing to continue their education in any post-secondary school or an accredited vocation school.  Please visit the guidance office for a brochure or the application can be found here. 

Illinois Elks Association - Illinois Elks Children's Care Program - March 6, 2020 College Scholarships for Physical and Occupational Therapy Assistant Program also College Scholarships for Physical and Occupational Therapy Majors only.  Submit application to Local Elks Lodge.  For additional information call: Illinois Elks Children's Care Program 1-800-272-0074 or 1-217-483-3020.  For an application please click here.

St. Joseph Memorial Hospital Auxiliary - March 13, 2020 - The St Joseph Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is a volunteer organization with a mission to support St Joseph Memorial Hospital by raising funds and distributing these funds to promote the hospital's mission of "improving the health and well-being of all the people in the communities we serve."  One of the ways we give back to the community is by providing $1000 scholarship awards each year for students who are interested in pursuing a career in health care.  The awards that are to be given out in 2020 are designed to be utilized in the 2020-2021 school year.  Please visit the guidance office or click here for the application.

Jackson County Farm Bureau - March 13, 2020 - The Foundation will offer the following: the Charles W. Young Scholarship given in recognition of his years of service as Jackson Co. President. Additional scholarships in the amount of $250-$1500 will be given out depending on availability of funds and qualified applicants.  Please click here for more information and to apply.

Illinois Sheriffs' Association - March 15, 2020 - The Illinois Sheriffs's Association will be awarding over 100 scholarships throughout the State of Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education the 2020-2021 academic year. The student must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of high learning within the State of Illinois.  For more information visit their website or for the application click here.

Bank of Carbondale - March 27, 2020 - Scholarship awarded to a full time student in the graduating class of Murphysboro High School.  The institution that the student chooses must be State Approved and/or Nationally Accredited.  Must be a graduate of Murphysboro High School.  Scholarship will be based on academic achievement, financial need, extra-curricular activities and community service, work activities, essay, recommendations made by others supporting the applicant.  For more information and the application please visit the guidance office or click here. 

Legence Bank  - March 27, 2020 at 3:00 pm Legence Bank awards scholarships every year to help the students in our community pursue their educational dreams. We will be awarding a total of five $500 Academic and five $500 FFA scholarships.  For criteria, additional information and and an application visit or the guidance office.

Illinois Masonic Children's Assistance Program/Southern Masonic Lodges - March 31, 2020 The  N. G. Cowen Scholarship was created to honor the memory of Master Mason Norredden Gene Cowen by his wife. The Scholarship to provide financial assistance to young adults from small towns in Southern Illinois, who are pursuing a training in the vocational or technical fields.   Please click here for full details and an application.

SIU Credit Union - March 31, 2020 - Scholarship 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.  To learn more or to obtain the scholarship application cal 618-457-3595 or click here.

Rotary International District 6510 Foundation Scholarship- April 1, 2020 - Two scholarships to an accredited College or Trade School.  Awards will be $2500 each.  Winners will agree to have their award publicized throughout Rotary International District 6510.  For complete details and the application please visit the guidance office or click here. 

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, inc. Gamma Kappa Omega Chapter - April 1, 2020 Thelma Walker Gibbs Scholarship - Full time African American Male or Female High School Senior - Resides in Southern Illinois (Jackson/Williamson) counties - Minimum GPA of 2.5 of 4.0 - Demonstrate community service involvement - Identify honors and awards.  Application can be obtained from the counselor's office or downloaded here.

Kiwanis Club of Murphysboro Key Club Scholarship - April 1, 2020 Scholarships of five hundred dollars each will be presented to two Key Club members of Muruphysboro High School.  For Criteria and application please visit the Guidance office or click here. 

Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program - April 3, 2020 - Golden Apple in committed to making a material difference in the Illinois teacher shortage. Get up to $23,000 in tuition assistance and become a teacher in Illinois! For more information and to apply please click here.

Leah Marie Reed - April 3, 2020 -  Scholarship to Murphysboro High School graduate who participated in band and or choir at some time during grades 9-12.  Please visit the guidance office or click here for more in formation and the application.

Crosswalk Community Action Agency - April 6, 2020 - The crosswalk Community Action Agency is awarding scholarships to Franklin, Williamson, Jefferson and Jackson county residents for Summer and Fall semesters. These funds are provided by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Please visit the guidance office or click here for the application and more information.

Jackson County Retired Teachers' Association Scholarship - April 13, 2020 The Jackson County Retired Teachers' Association (JCRTA) will be awarding an annual $250 scholarship to a high school in Jackson County.  This year's scholarship will be awarded to a student from Murphysboro High School.  Must  be intending to major in education. Please click here or visit the guidance office for criteria and the application.

Murphysboro Black Alumni Scholarship Application - April 15, 2020  - Scholarship for minority student attending Murphysboro High School, or have been enrolled as a student in Murphysboro School District #186 for at least 3 years.  Enrolled in a 4 year undergraduate program from an accredited university or college.  For more information, or the application, please visit the guidance office or click here.

David Bryce Jacquot Masonic Scholarship - April 15, 2020 Seeking graduating seniors with a record of volunteerism in the community and participation in extra-curricular school activities.  The application will be reviewed and recipients selected by a committee consisting of volunteers form Murphysboro Masonic Lodge 498.  Please visit the guidance office for guidelines and application or click here

Fred Freeman Memorial Scholarship - April 15, 2020 - Scholarship to Jackson County High School student who plans on attending a Junior College interested in an Applied Science Degree or a non traditional degree.  For more information and the application please click here. 

Damas Latinas - April 17, 2020 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 they will be offering five $200 scholarships to the high school students that meet the criteria.  For more information and where to send Essay please click here. 

Larry Reinhardt Somerset Township Scholarship - April 24, 2020 - Recipients will receive a one time scholarship in the amount of $250-$1000.  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. For full guidelines and the application visit the guidance office or click here. 

Velma McKinnon Associate Degree Nursing Scholarship - April 30, 2020 - The Velma McKinnon Trust at Regions Bank awards scholarships annually to individuals seeking to pursue an Associate Degree in Nursing at John A Logan College. Questions may be directed to Anna Cobb of Regions Signature Trust at 1-800-276-5827.  Please visit the guidance office for an application.

Heartland Heating and Air Conditioning Scholarship - April 30, 2020 -Scholarship to graduating high school senior enrolling in a trade or technical two or four year college.  Please click here for the application, the eligibility requirements and instructions on how to apply.

SIH Scholarship Program - May 1, 2019 The SIH Scholarship Program brings together college scholarship money with hands on work opportunities.  Qualified applicants are eligible for money to cover tuition, lab fees, books and educational supplies.  For more information please click here.

Illinois Migrant Council Scholarship - July 31, 2020 please call the Southern Region representative at 618-697-3246 if you are interested in the following:

  • Scholarship available for post-secondary education at an accredited institution of higher education in the State of Illinois.   
  • Community Service Grant for a range of services that assist low-income people in attaining skills, knowledge and resources to achieve self-sufficiency.
  • National Farmworker Jobs Program - Occupational Training/Job Placement Assistance if you have been employed in the past 2 years

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

about 1 month ago

Paying for college
Questions about College & Financial Aid? ISAC has answers on Facebook Live! 
Click here for details

Schedule Changes: 
You must be logged in to your MHS email to use the form. Be sure to read it carefully and do not fill it out if you already completed the paper version. 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.

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. Spring 2020 Accuplacer: 3/24/20 @ MHS; Sign up for Summer/Fall 2020 classes on 3/31/20 (sign up in our office)

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!

LEDA Scholars: LEDA is looking for juniors in high school who are highly motivated, have succeeded in advanced courses at their school, have the desire to be a leader, and have demonstrated compassion and care for their community. What is LEDA? LEDA brings together a powerful community of student leaders from all racial and ethnic backgrounds across the United States. Because we exclusively serve students who may struggle to afford high quality summer programming, our program is COMPLETELY FREE.The LEDA Scholars program begins with an ALL EXPENSE PAID seven week residential program at Princeton University that includes academic preparation for college, leadership training, college guidance, SAT/ACT preparation, help with college applications and scholarships, and a chance to experience life on a college campus.Students who attend our program feel more prepared to apply to selective colleges, pursue competitive scholarships, and make a positive impact on their communities with their leadership skills. 86% of LEDA Scholars have enrolled in an Ivy League or Most Competitive college supported by excellent financial aid and scholarships. Click here for more information, Application here & is due December 11, 2019

Egyptian Electric Cooperative Association Youth to Washington - February 14, 2020 - At least five students will be chosen and sponsored to attend Youth Day in Springfield on Mary 31, 2020 to tour the Capitol and other historic sites.  Of the students that attend Youth Day, at least two will be selected to represent Egyptian Electric Cooperative, and our state, by attending the Youth to Washington trip June 19-25, 2020.  Please visit the guidance office for the application for questions on the application or the program, please contact Brooke Guthman at (618) 684-2143 or

Commonwealth Honors Academy - Murray State University  - The Academy brings together 120 rising high school seniors from Kentucky and the surrounding region for three weeks for an exciting, challenging academic enrichment program. Upon completion of the academy, students will receive 6 hours  of honors level university studies credit, have the opportunity to take an additional 6 hours of tuition free university courses at Murray State University during their senior year and be awarded a four-year $2000 renewable housing scholarship to attend Murray State University.  Please click here for more information and qualifications.  Deadline March 1, 2020

Jackson CEO -  Entrepreneurship education seeks to prepare people, especially youth, to be responsible, enterprising individuals who become entrepreneurs or entrepreneurial thinkers and contribute to economic development and sustainable communities. The CEO program is much more than a textbook course. Rather, students are immersed in real life learning experiences with the opportunity to take risks, manage the results, and learn from the outcome.  For more information and for the application click here. Deadline March 6, 2020 

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. 

Essay Contest - Sponsored by the Jackson County Bar Association Co-Sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association - All high School students in Jackson County are invited to participate in the Law Day 2020 Essay Contest.  The freedom to vote is a cornerstone of our constitutional republic.  law Day 2020 focuses on this cornerstone by reflecting on the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment and the women's suffrage movement. Essay must be turned in to the Social Studies/Government department no later than the end of the school day on Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

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 April 1st.  

Pleasant Grove Memorial Park & Murdale Gardens of Memory  is looking for Spring & Summer help for weed-eating and groundskeeping.  Would start mid to late March and run through fall.  After school and weekends during school year, and several days a week in summer. 30 hours week at minimum wage. Those interested should apply at Crain Funeral Home 31 Memorial Drive, Murphysboro.

SIH Nursing Job Fair - Wednesday February 19, 10:00 - 2:00 SIH Corporate Office 1239 East Main St Carbondale, IL  Meet with Hiring Managers, view job openings and apply onsite.
Speak with nurses from 10+ departments and hear why they love working for SIH
See how you cold be eligible for a scholarship or loan forgiveness worth up to $21,000.  For more information contact  Cordy Love, HR Nursing Recruiter 618-457-5200 ext 67813

Testing Information

2 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 14, 2020 , 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! 

Date of Test Test Register by Get Online Scores
Starting On †
8/24/19 SAT & SAT Subject 26-Jul Sep. 6
  (8/13 with late fee)
9/14/19 ACT Aug. 16 Sep. 24
  (8/30 with late fee)
10/5/19 SAT & SAT Subject Sep. 6 Oct. 18
  (9/24 with late fee)
10/26/19 ACT Sep. 20 Nov. 14
  (10/4 with late fee)
11/2/19 SAT & SAT Subject Oct. 3 Nov. 15
  (10/22 with late fee)
12/7/19 SAT & SAT Subject Nov. 8 Dec. 20
  (11/26 with late fee)
12/14/19 ACT Nov. 8 Dec. 24
  (11/22 with late fee)
2/8/20 ACT Jan. 10 Feb. 19
  (1/17 with late fee)
3/14/20 SAT only Feb. 14 Mar. 27
  (3/3 with late fee)
4/4/20 ACT Feb. 28 Apr. 14
  (3/13 with late fee)
5/2/20 SAT & SAT Subject Apr. 3 May-19
  (4/21 with late fee)
6/6/20 SAT & SAT Subject 8-May Jul-19
  (5/27 with late fee)
6/13/20 ACT 8-May Jun-19
  (5/22 with late fee)
7/18/20 ACT 19-Jun Jul-19
  (6/26 with late fee)

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 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


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, please contact your  counselor FALL 2019 Accuplacer @ MHS: 10/22/19


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 the auditorium 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:
Midwest Student Exchange Program- a multi-state tuition reciprocity program (find schools offering in-state/discounted tuition for Illinois graduates)