*College Fair: Arkansas Tech University, Thursday, September 20th; Bus leaves at 8:15 am and will return by 10:30 - You MUST Sign up in the counselor's office to attend by September 14th
* Career Fair: Arch Ford Cooperative in Plumerville will be hosting a career fair on Wednesday, November 7th. Students must sign up in the Counselor's Office to attend this event. Timing and more details to come as the information is received.
*College Days: Each senior will receive 2 college days (excused days to visit college campuses). These must be approved by your counselor prior to going and forms must be signed by each teacher and Mr. Ketcherside. Documentation will be required to excuse your absence. Please schedule your visit online with the college/university website at least one week in advance.
*Check your school email DAILY. This will be the primary form of communication with seniors . Also, it is suggested to use a personal email when you are completing information for colleges, FAFSA, FSA ID, Lottery Scholarship etc.... you will need to be able to receive communication and access information from these places after graduation - Summer of 2019 your SCCSD email will be disabled.
*All colleges/universities have different dates/deadlines for admission and scholarship applications. We suggest you apply to all places of interest in the September or October months. A lot of "priority" deadlines are in November and this is when scholarship award letters will be sent and offered - typically final deadlines fall a little later than November. Please be sure to check the priority and final deadlines for the scholarships.
*Awards Assembly: To be held Thursday, April 25,2019 from 1pm-3pm - Please mark your calendars.
*Arkansas Course Transfer System: You may go to their website to obtain information about the transferability of courses within Arkansas Public colleges - For example: Will something I take at UACCM transfer to UCA?
*Computers are located in the counselor's office to sign-up for the ACT, college applications, scholarship searches etc.... Please be sure to sign in at Mrs. Raper's desk before accessing the lab.
*If you plan to go to college or vocational school after graduation you will have to apply for the FAFSA - In order to do so, you and your parent/guardian must create an FSA ID (which can be made at any time). The FAFSA opens on October 1st - You will need your FSA ID and 2017 taxes to complete the application for the 2019-2020 school year.
*Financial Aid offices at the colleges are a great benefit and encourage incoming students to ask them questions when completing the FAFSA to be sure that it is completed correctly. Do not hesitate to contact them with questions.
*Financial Aid Workshop: This will be held on Thursday, October 4th in the MHS Library from 3:30-5:30. We encourage all parents to come with their FSA ID and both student and parent 2017 taxes. UACCM Financial Aid representatives will be here to assist you/parent/guardian in the completion of the application.
*FAFSA MUST BE COMPLETE TO RECEIVE SCHOLARSHIP MONEY FROM ANY INSTITUTION WHETHER YOU FEEL YOU WILL QUALIFY OR NOT - THIS IS MANDATORY
*Arkansas Lottery Scholarship: (Also called Arkansas Academic Challenge) opens October 1st. Do NOT use a school email when applying for this. The only requirement is a 19 on the ACT or the equivalent on the Accuplacer (an average on the Sentence Skills, Reading, and Elementary Algebra tests of 79). Scholarship application is online and opens on October 1st. Monies will be awarded in May - You must log-in and accept this scholarship when awarded or you will NOT receive this money.
www.scholarships.adhe.edu Please check the other scholarships that are available on this website as well.
*ARFuture is a new scholarship program for students entering into a program for Certificate of Proficiency, Technical Certificate, or an Associate's Degree in a high need area. There are NO ACT or GPA requirements. Many of the programs at UACCM fall into this category - More information can be found at www.scholarships.adhe.edu
*Begin to gather all of your material for resumes and letters of reference. Please do not wait until the last minute for L of R - Teachers need notice and time to write.
*Scholarships will be posted in the counselors office as they are received. Please listen closely to the announcements, read your email, and look to social media for their release - Openings and deadlines of all scholarships vary so please check regularly.
* *Now available is a Free On-line Scholarship Search By The Arkansas Student Loan Authority.
Go to www.asla.info/collegeplanning and to the Free Scholarship link. Also available at that website is Fund My Future, a web portal providing Arkansans comprehensive financial aid information.
*Do NOT ever pay for a scholarship search or application. Legitimate searches are free of cost.
*Some colleges combine their application and scholarship application into one form - Some colleges have separate scholarship applications. Be sure you are aware of this when applying. Additionally, each college has private/foundation scholarships that are a completely SEPARATE application from admission and academic scholarships. Search their site for this application and information - so much money does not get awarded each year because students do not apply for these type of scholarships.
*There are a lot of scholarship opportunities through your parent(s)/guardian(s) places of work. For example, if your parent works at Kimberly Clark or Wal-Mart, ask them to inquire about scholarship opportunities that are available.
*Arkansas Rehabilitation Services: There is money available for students with a wide range of disabilities ranging from asthma, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, heart conditions, diabetes, migraines, etc.... If you have a documented disability, you may contact AR Rehab Services at 501-852-1004 for information about educational assistance after graduation - They will also be visiting our campus - please listen and watch for the date.
*School Counts! Remember that you keep your scholarship to UACCM by demonstrating: Quality (obtain no transcript grade lower than a "C"); Good Attendance (achieve a 95% attendance record); Persistence (on schedule to complete high school in 4 consecutive years); Goal Setting (take more than the minimum number of credits required for graduation).
* There are millions of scholarships available to all students - we suggest you take time to "Google" and see what you can find - Counselors will pass along everything that we get - However, there are so many that are advertised through scholarship databases and are easily accessed through the internet
*Begin applying for college now! Colleges will accept applications year round - However, when looking for scholarships based on an ACT score each college has a different calendar - please pay close attention - Some final deadlines are in December.
*After you have applied online please see the counseling office to let us know where you have applied - We will be glad to send all Transcripts, Shot Records and Test Scores to wherever you have applied. ****NOTE if your ACT score has gone up and you did not request ACT to send your updated scores to the college you must let the counselor's office know your score has gone up so we can send the college updated information. Scholarships are awarded by the highest ACT score on record that they have received by their deadline.
* ACT Fee Waivers are available in the counselor's office. Students are allowed to use a total of 2 of these waivers during their Junior and/or Senior year.
* Students must register online at www.actstudent.org . You have to upload your photo for the admission ticket (may use free App Store a app with your Iphone. Download: ACTPhoto). On the day of testing you are required to bring BOTH an acceptable photo ID and copy o of your admission ticket with photo ID on it.
The ACT Code for Morrilton High School is: 041-710. Test Center Code for Morrilton High School is: 198770.
TEST DATES FOR ACT DEADLINE: LATE DEADLINE (Pay Late fee)
October 27,2018 September 21, 2018 October 5, 2018
December 8, 2018 November 2,2018 November 16, 2018
February 9, 2019 January 4, 2019 January 18, 2019
April 13,2019 March 8, 2019 March 22, 2019
June 8, 2019 May 3, 2019 May 17, 2019
July 13, 2019 June 14, 2019 June 22, 2019
*Accuplacer: Test is on-line and untimed; it is given at UACCM at the following times:
Monday - 8:30-4:30 (must arrive by 2:30)
Tuesday: 8:30-4:30 (must arrive by 2:30)
Wednesday: 8:30-4:30 (must arrive by 2:30)
Thursday: 8:30-6:30 (must arrive by 4:30)
Friday: 8:30-1:00 (must arrive by 11:00)
*This test can be used for admission into UACCM in place of the ACT; however, not all colleges accept this test for admission. Cost: $15