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. 

Hillary Pritchett 
Registrar/Counseling Secretary
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Zachara Nelson
School Counselor

(Students last names A-K)
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Ashley Ellis Renfro
School Counselor
(Students last name L-Z)
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4 months ago

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

Current students can request via Parchment

Scholarship Information

2 days ago

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)!

Southeast Redhawks Achievement Award - No Deadline - This scholarship is awarded to regularly admitted, beginning freshman at the time of admission. Students must have a 21 ACT or 1060 SAT and a 3.0 cummulative GPA or test-optional with a 3.25 cummulative GPA. Click here for more information and the application. 

Mensa's Healthy Minds Scholarship - No Deadline - Applicants must be in good academic standing with a cummulative GPA of 3.0 who have been admitted to any accredited two or four year institution who plan on pursuing a mental health related field such as psychology, counseling, social work and psychiatric nursing etc. For more information, pick up an application in the guidance office. 

Farm Credit- Agricultural Scholarship - February 28, 2023 - There will be thirty $2,500 scholarships awarded to seniors planning to enroll in an agriculture-based college curriculum in the fall of 2023. Two applicants will be designated "Diversity in Agriculture Scholars." Applicants must create a 30-45 second video capturing their passion for agriculture. For more information and the application, click here

General Federation of Woman's Club Illinois Scholarship - March 1, 2023 - A total of $15,000 will be awarded in the areas of Art, Drama, Environmental Studies, Music and Vocational Studies. Applicants (male or female) must be a graduating high school senior, current college student and/or an adult returning to a school located in the state of IL. Applications must be postmarked by March 1st. For more information and the application, click here

Jackson County Soil and Water Conservation District Scholarship - March 1, 2023 - This scholarship requires a one page essay regarding any honors, awards and/or membership activities, hobbies, outside interests, extracurricular activities and school-related activities, non-school sponsored volunteer activities, work activities and thoughts and interests on how you plan to preserve and protect our Natural Resources. Pick up an application in the guidance office. When completed, essays and applications can be emailed to as a PDF. 

Marion Memorial Health Foundation Scholarship - March 2, 2023 - $1,000 scholarship is offered to graduating high school seniors who are planning a career in the human health care field. They are also offering the R.D. Morgan, M.D. scholarship to a Marion High School senior who is pursuing a career as a medical doctor. If no applicants from Marion qualify, then the scholarship will go to an applicant at another school. Please email to receive the application and requirements, or pick one up in the Guidance Office. 

Illinois Chemical Education Foundation Ecolab High School Senior Scholarship (ICEF) - March 3, 2023 - Open only to students seeking degrees in Chemistry, Chemical, Engineering, Environmental Engineering or High School Chemistry Teaching. For more information and application, click here

Illinois Chemical Education Foundation (ICEF) High School Senior Scholarship - March 3, 2023 - Open only to students seeking degrees in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering or High School Chemistry Teaching. for more information and application, click here

Ilinois Chemical Education Foundation (ICEF) Lupita Turriff Hispanic Student Scholarship - March 3, 2023 - Open to all hispanic students who are first generation to attend college and are seeking a degree as future Chemists, Chemical Engineers, Environmental Engineers and High School Chemistry Teachers. for more information and application, click here

Doodle For Google - March 7, 2023 - This is an annual contest where students grades K-12 are invited to express their creativity by drawing their very own Google Doodle in response to a prompt. The winning doodle will be displayed on the Google homepage for 24 hours. 54 students will be named winners from their state/territory. Four finalists will win a $5,000 scholarship and one winning student will receive a $30,000 scholarship, a $50,000 Google for Education technology package for their school and to have their artwork displayed on Google homepage for a day. For more information and the application, click here

Kathryn G. Hansen Scholarship - March 13, 2023 - This $500 scholarship will be awarded to one applicant that meets the following criteria: A high school senior planning to attend college in the fall of 2023, have a strong commitment to pursue higher education in an office professional, sectrecarial or business-related field, be involved in a co-curricular and community activities. demonstrate academica achievement, be an Illinois residents and be a citizen or permanent US resident. For more information and the application, click here

Illinois Sheriff Association - March 15, 2023 - This scholarship offers awards to over 100 applicants throughout the state of Illinois wishing to pursue higher education during the 23-24 academic year. Applicants must be enrolled full time at a certified institution of higher lerning within the state of Illinois and must be a permanent Illinois resident. For more information and the application, click here

VFW Auxiliary National Scholarship -Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest and 3 Dimensional Patriotic Art Contest - March 31, 2023 - Students in grades 9-12 by March 31 deadline who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program are eligible to enroll. Complete fillable form at and attach to back of entry with a typed explanation of the entry (250 words or less). For more information and further instructions, click here

VFW Auxiliary National Singing Contest - March 31, 2023 - This contest is a video solo vocal performance of The Star-Spangled Banner. For more information and further instructions and eligibility, click here

Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) - March 31, 2023 - This non-for-profit organization offers scholarship opportunities to graduating seniors entering the medical field. Any individual entering the healthcare field is welcome to submit an application. For more information and the application, click here

IMCAP N.G. Cowen Scholarship - March 31, 2023 - This scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to young adults from small towns in Southern Illinois who are pursuing training in the vocational or technical fields. Applicants must plan to attend a trade school or vocational classes at a college, GED program or apprenticeship. Must reside in a small town with a population of 10,000 or less and have a GPA of 3.30 or below average in high school. For the complete list of requirements and application, click here

SIU Credit Union - March 31, 2023 - This scholarship will be offering graduating high school seniors enrolling in a two or four year college; community college students transferring to a four year university; or adult students returning to college, the oportunity to apply for one of ten $1,000 scholarships. For eligibility requirements, the application and instructions on how to apply, click here. If you have any questions regarding the application, you can also call 618-457-3595, or stopy by a local SIU Credit Union branch. 

Kiwanis Key Club Scholarship - March 31, 2023 - This $500 scholarship will be offered to an MHS senior graduating in May 2023. Applicant must have been in Key Club for at least 2 years, have a current GPA of 3.0 or higher, have leadership experience and will have served at least 50 hours of service by March 31st of the 2022-2023 Key Club Year. For more information and the application, pick up in the Guidance Office. 

St. Joseph Memorial Hospital Auxiliary - April, 1, 2023 - This scholarship offers $1,000 to students of Murphysboro, Elverado and Trico District who are interested in pursuing a career in medical/health occupation. Applicants must submit a completed application, two letters of reference, transcript and a one-page essay. For complete instructions and the application, pick up in the Guidance Office. 

Crosswalk Community Action Agency - April 1, 2023 - This scholarship is funded by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and ranges from $1,500-$4,500. It is designed to provide financial assistance to low-income and disadvantaged persons of high academic attainment or potential. For more information on eligiblitiy and applications, can be picked up in the Guidance Office. 

Southeast Residence Life - June 1, 2023 - This scholarship is awarded to regularly admitted beginning freshman at the time of admission, who will live in a Southeast residence hall. For more information and application, 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

6 months 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.


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.


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

College & Career Planning

3 months ago

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

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

Create an account on the ISAC Student Portal ( 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:
Midwest Student Exchange Program- a multi-state tuition reciprocity program (find schools offering in-state/discounted tuition for Illinois graduates)

Testing Information

9 months ago


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

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

For more detailed information on the PSAT visit


Get Free, Personalized SAT Practice from Khan Academy! 

Test Date


Registration Deadline

Late Registration

Multiple Choice Scores Available





September 20, 2021*





September 24–November 3, 2021*





October 15, 2021*





November 5–December 17, 2021*





November 19, 2021*





December 17, 2021*





December 24, 2021– February 4, 2022*





February 25–April 8, 2022*





March 25, 2022*





April 15–May 28, 2022*





May 20, 2022*





June 13, 2022*





June 24–August 5, 2022*


ACT (Not Offered in NY)



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


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