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MHS Counseling Staff

29 days 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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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

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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 



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

Daniel H Brush Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution - Deadline February 15, 2019 - One Scholarship available, for a young woman who exhibits the ideals of the DAR, which include scholarship, service, and patriotism. Students who plan to enroll in a community college or a four year college or university in Illinois are eligible.  For more information and the application please click here or visit the guidance office. 

Illinois State Daughters of the American Revolution - Deadline February 15, 2019 -  Young men and women must attend a junior college, a four year college or university in Illinois.  Financial need academic record, extracurricular activities and accomplishments are judged.  Each DAR chapter may sponsor one applicant,  application must be first submitted tot he local DAR chapter Scholarship Chairman. For more information and the application please click here or visit the guidance office. 

General Henry Dearborn American History Scholarship - Deadline February 15, 2019 - Open to young men and women who plan on majoring in U.S. History at the college of choice.  The application must first be submitted to the local DAR chapter scholarship chairman.  For more information and the application please click here or visit the guidance office.

Daughters of the American Revolution National Scholarships - Deadline February 15, 2019 - A number of scholarships are available.  Please visit their website for the full list and further information on how to apply.

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.

Marion Memorial Health Foundation Board - Deadline February 22, 2019 $1,000 scholarship to graduating seniors from the area high schools -  who are planning a career in human health care. Please click here or visit the guidance office for more information and for the application. 

Jackson County Farm Bureau Foundation - Deadline March 1, 2019 - The foundation will offer the following: the Charles W Young Scholarship in the amount of $500. 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 visit the guidance office or click here for more information and the application.  You can also click here for the Farm Bureau website.

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.

Illinois Federation of Business Women’s Clubs (IFBW). Deadline March 1, 2019  IFBW is a state-wide organization that strives to make a difference in the lives of working women through education, professional development, networking, and advocacy. To further expand our commitment to education,  we are proud to be able to offer six $2,000 scholarships to deserving young women in Illinois. High school seniors and returning college students are eligible to apply.  If selected, scholarship winners must be willing to participate in our Speak-Off Competition in Effingham, Illinois, on Saturday, April 27, 2019. To learn more about our scholarship program and for application materials, instructions, and eligibility requirements, please visit our website at

Kathryn G. Hansen Scholarship - Deadline March 4, 2019 One $500 scholarship is being awarded by The Secretariat in honor of Kathryn G. Hansen. Ms. Hansen was one of the founding members of the State Universities Civil Service System, and The Secretariat, an organization composed of employees in civil service classifications with qualifications that meet or exceed those of Office Support Associate. The scholarship is to be used for tuition, books, or other related educational expenses at any university within the State of Illinois.  Please visit the guidance office for more information,  or click here for the application.

Murphysboro Masonic Lodge #498 Scholarship - Deadline March 8, 2019 Recipients will receive a one-time $500.00 scholarship.  Applicant must be enrolled as 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 - may be Four year degree program, Two year community college, or one year vocational-technical program.  Please visit the guidance office or click here for more information and the application. 

Illinois Elks Association Illinois Elks Children's Care Program - Deadline March 8, 2019 Scholarships for Physical and Occupational Therapy Majors or Physical & Occupational Therapy Assistant Programs.  For additional information call Illinois Elks Children's Care Program 800-272-0074 or 217-483-3020.  For an application please click here.

St. Joseph Memorial Hospital Auxiliary - Deadline March 15, 2019 Scholarship in the amount of $1000 awarded for students who are interested in pursuing a career in health care.  For more information and for the application please click here or visit the guidance office.

Illinois Conservation Foundation Achievement Scholarship - Deadline March 15. 2019 ICF annually awards scholarships to outstanding high school seniors in Illinois who demonstrate effective, voluntary, long-term dedication to the preservation, protection or enhancement of the state's natural resources.  Up to three scholarships of $2,000 each are available for  the current year.  Please click here for more information on how to apply.

Illinois Sheriffs' Association - Deadline March 15, 2019 In 1979, the ISA established a scholarship program for college-bound students. Scholarships ranging from $500 to $1000 are awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding scholastic, extra-curricular and character qualifications.  Please click here for more information and the application.

Legence Bank - Deadline March 29th, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. Scholarship to help the students in our community pursue their educational dreams. This year, we have revised our scholarship program to allow more students the opportunity to apply.    Please click here or visit the guidance office for additional information.  

SIU Creidt Union - Deadline March 29, 2019 A college education is one of the most important investments a person can make and SIU Credit Union is dedicated to helping its members with that investment. Five (5) $1,000 scholarships will be awarded for the 2019-20 academic year. For more information and for the application please click here.

Murphysboro Ministerial Alliance - Deadline March 29,2019 - Scholarship  to encourage Christian students to help further God's Kingdom. Offered to a graduating senior and a resident of Murphysboro.  Selection will be by the Murphysboro Ministerial Alliance committee with preference being given based upon the letters of recommendation , involvement  in activities, past and present Christian service. Please click here or visit the guidance office for more information and for the application.

Bank of Carbondale - Deadline March 29, 2019 -  Recipients will receive a one-time $1,000 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, recommendations made by others supporting the applicant.  Please click here for more information and the application.

Kiwanis Club of Murphysboro and Key Club - Deadline April 1, 2019 Scholarships in the amount of $500 will be awarded to two Key Club members of Murphysboro High School.  For more information and the application please click here or visit the guidance office. 

Crosswalk Community Action Agency -  Deadline April 1, 2019 is awarding scholarships to Franklin, Williamson, Jefferson and Jackson county recipients.  Scholarships range from $1500-$4000.  These funds are provided by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.  For more information and the application please click here or visit the guidance office.

Murphysboro Black Alumni Scholarship - Deadline April 15, 2019 Must be a minority student attending Murphysboro High School, or have been enrolled as a student in Murphysboro School District #186 for at least 3 years.  Must have proof of enrollment in a 4-year undergraduate program from an accredited university or college or show proof of enrollment for the upcoming semester.  Please visit the guidance office or click here for more information and the application.

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.

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.

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

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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)

Shawnee National Forest Hidden Springs/Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District - Deadline March 8, 2019  Currently recruiting students to participate int he Youth Conservation Corps Program.  The YCC is a summer employment program for young adults age 15 to 19, for work on the national Forest.  Enrollees will be selected on a random basis, and will be paid minimum wage. The program will begin on June 10, 2019 and end on August 2, 2019.  Please click here for more information and the application.

Egyptian Electric Cooperative Youth in Washington - Deadline March 8, 2019 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 3rd to tour the Capitol and other historic sites.  During the day students and their counterparts from other southern Illinois schools will meet their elected senators and representatives on the floor at the Capitol, and will learn first-hand about the workings of state government and electric cooperatives. In addition, the students will tour the Old State Capitol and the Abraham Lincoln Museum.  Of the students that attend Youth Day, two will be selected to represent Egyptian Electric Cooperative and our state, by attending the Youth to Washington trip June 8-15, 2018.  The winners will travel by bus, from Mt. Vernon to Washington D.C. this summer, to be joined with over 1,500 high school students from around the country, on one of the most recognized youth programs. Approximately 60 Illinois students will unite and travel with chaperones to Washington D.C. and enjoy several activities such as:

 Tour Monuments & Memorials: Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean Veterans Memorial, Iwo Jima Statue, World War II Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and Arlington Cemetery.

  • Tour Historic Sites: Smithsonian Museums, Holocaust Memorial Museum, Newseum, 9/11 Memorial and Mount Vernon.
  • Attend Special Events: Theater performance and all-states dinner and dance.
  • Interact with: Peers from across the U.S. sponsored by rural electric cooperatives; meet with your members of Congress and make new friends.
For more information and for the application please 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. 

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.  

AOPA will award 100 scholarships of $10,000 each to 80 exceptional high school students and 20 teachers dedicated to advancing aviation education in their classrooms. Scholarship recipients can use their awarded funds to pay direct flight training expenses toward a primary pilot certificate. The application deadline is April 2. Please click here for more information.

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.

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

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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 Wednesday, 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

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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)