The Senior Scoop- April 2021

A Publication of the Counseling Department at Monson High School Just for Seniors


College Countdown...Making the Final Decision


Are you faced with a decision about which school you will attend next fall? Have you been accepted to multiple colleges and don’t know which one is best for you? Do you have a variety of financial aid packages from which to choose? If so, you are not alone. April often brings much additional stress and frustration to seniors who don’t have a clear first choice college.

First of all, don’t panic. Go back to the basics and think about who you are and what you want from a college. Write down what your ideal college looks like and what opportunities you want to be available to you. Now compare these lists with the colleges to which you have been accepted. Which colleges have the most things you desire? If there is no perfect match, begin to look at how many things do match. By looking at each college in an objective way, you may find your answer simply by looking at which school has the most number of things you seek.

Before making a final decision, consider how you will pay for school. If in need of financial aid to help pay for college, which school has the best financial aid package? Compare financial aid offers carefully since packages can vary widely. Look for the college that has significant grant (or free) money as compared to ones that offer you more loans. Don’t feel obligated to attend the least expensive college. It may be worthwhile to attend a more expensive school for piece of mind or a better fit.

Make sure to consult with your family, friends, teachers and your counselor when making this decision. By simply discussing the options with another person, solutions sometimes become very clear as different perspectives are often presented.

Take advantage of college programs designed to “sell” you on a school. Visitation or open house programs specifically for accepted students may help you to figure things out. When visiting, make sure to ask questions from everyone whom you come in contact. Stay overnight in a residence hall, read the student newspaper, go to the gym or visit a class to get a feel for how the campus really works.

After all is said and done, sometimes it comes down to a gut instinct. The feeling that a college is the right fit is often unexplainable. Remember that there is no right or wrong choice and that your decision is not necessarily final. The opportunity to transfer to another school is always a possibility if things don’t work out. However, if you did your homework in the beginning and only applied to colleges that were a good fit, you will be happy at whatever school you choose.


Common Scholarship Is Now Available


The Common Scholarship application for local scholarships was distributed to seniors at a class meeting on March 26.

Twenty three local scholarships awarded at the annual senior awards program in June can be found in the common application this year. Students will only have to complete one Google form and copies will be provided for each of the scholarships to which they are applying. Applicants are cautioned to follow the directions and attach any additional requirements such as an additional essay or copy of a transcript. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Students should submit applications following the directions listed in the application (either electronically or via mail). The deadline is Tuesday, April 27. Any scholarships that must be mailed must be postmarked by Tuesday, April 27 which is just after the annual spring vacation.

Questions about the application or the application process should be directed to Mrs. Ladue at 267-4589x6004 or ladueb@monsonschools.com


April Scholarship Listing


The River East School-to-Career April 2, 2021 The River East School-to-Career Partnership is offering up to seven scholarships, in the amount of $500 each, to students participating, or who have participated, in a high school Work-Based Learning experience (Internship/Co op). This scholarship is intended to recognize success in career education, not necessarily overall academic achievement. The scholarship committee asks that you encourage ALL Work-Based Learning students to apply. All GPA levels will be considered. The application form is available at https://www.rivereast-stc.org/ Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship April 2, 2021 The Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund offers renewable, 4-year scholarships to students with financial need who display academic achievement, a commitment to serving others (in school, in the community or at home), a strong work ethic, and leadership qualities. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website: https://phillips-scholarship.org/new-applicants/ The Women’s Empowerment Scholarship April 10, 2021 The Women’s Empowerment Scholarship was created in July, 2018 to help power the movement of female leaders by inspiring and enabling women to pursue higher education. Special attention will be given to those who are pursuing careers in traditionally male-dominated fields. Overall, scholarship recipients will be those who have proven a commitment to academics, community service, and extracurricular activities. Any grant from The Women’s Empowerment Scholarship will be awarded with the intention of defraying a portion of the costs associated with education. Our board selects applicants in an anonymous review process. Please visit the Counseling Department to obtain an application. Grand Lodge of Massachusetts Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America April 15, 2021 The postmark deadline for the 2021 application is April 15, 2021. Any applications postmarked after April 15, or that do not include the proper materials, will not be considered. Recipients only will be notified by June 30, 2021. For more information and to apply please click here: https://2ade6623-d4dd-47e1-b299-e95d6da02654.filesusr.com/ugd/0bb6ce_b5e5d80050bd4e35bde24a1a59c9e6a1.pdf Amherst Orchid Society Scholarship April 15, 2021 The Amherst Orchid Society, established circa 1983 and of which I am a member, is offering a $500 scholarship for students intending to major in plant sciences, agriculture and/or related earth science disciplines in college. Awards are made based on the applicant's essay addressing their serious intention and passion for the subject. To download the application click here: AmherstOrchidSocietyScholarship.pdf Mark Bavis Leadership Foundation April 15, 2021 The Mark Bavis Leadership Foundation was created to help deserving young men and women excel in their quest to improve themselves, their school or their community. The scholarship is available to any high school student in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is awarded on the basis of need, and is not academically based. In addition, the Foundation will give more serious consideration to those students who have made efforts to make a difference in their communities and/or have shown leadership qualities within their school or community. For more information and to apply please visit: http://www.markbavisleadershipfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/210106_BavisScholarshipForm2021_V1.pdf Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts, Inc. April 15, 2021 The Italian Cultural Center Scholarships are awarded in the amounts of either $1,000 or $500. Completed applications, with supporting documentation, must be postmarked no later than April 15 in order to be considered by the scholarship committee. It is the responsibility of the student and their guidance counselor to ensure that all supporting documentation (transcript, recommendations, etc.) is submitted with the application. The application must be signed by the student, parent, guidance counselor, and a member of the Italian Cultural Center. If the student is not acquainted with a member of the ICC, they can email or call us to discuss at iccscholarship@comcast.net or 413-784-1492. For more information and to apply please visit: https://iccwm.org/scholarships Massachusetts Broadcasters Association Scholarship April 16, 2021 The Massachusetts Broadcasters Association is committed to furthering the broadcast industry by helping Massachusetts’ best and brightest students pursue a career in broadcasting. Students who are permanent residents of Massachusetts and plan to or are enrolled at an accredited institution of higher learning are encouraged to apply for the MBA’s Broadcaster Scholarship Program. The MBA awards scholarships annually in the amount of $2,500 to students pursuing a career in over-the-air broadcasting. In addition, a $5,000 is awarded in honor of the former President of the MBA, Al Sprague. Scholarships must be filled out completely and returned to the MBA by email to jordan@massbroadcasters.org and by mail to PO Box 857, Clark, NJ 07066. Applications MUST be postmarked or emailed by Friday, April 16, 2021 or they will not be considered. Incomplete or faxed applications will not be considered. Student’s transcript may be mailed separately.Participating MBA member stations will judge the applicants and all applicants will be notified as soon as possible whether or not a scholarship was awarded in their name. The MBA will hold up to two scholarship ceremonies at participating MBA member stations. Questions about the scholarship program can be directed to MBA Executive Director Jordan Walton at 800-471-1875 or by email to jordan@massbroadcasters.org. To download the application, click here: https://www.massbroadcasters.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/MBA-3170-Student-Broadcasters-Scholarship-Form-2021.pdf Peak Diesel Memorial Scholarship April 30, 2021 The Peak Diesel Memorial Scholarship was created to honor the memory of Monson High School Alumni, Parker ‘PJ” Brown, who unexpectedly passed in 2017. This $2000 scholarship will be granted to a student looking to pursue their own dream in entrepreneurship, owning their own business of some sort one day. Examples: owning a restaurant, dance studio, dental office, bakery, auto repair shop, etc. This scholarship can be used towards the education(s) that will get them closer to that dream. Students pursuing an education in Diesel Technology are also qualified for this scholarship. For more information and to pick up an application, please visit Monson High School Counseling Department. Pureland Supply Scholarship May 1, 2021 Pureland Supply has been selling high quality replacement projector lamps to various universities, schools, and government entities since 1997. We understand the importance of skilled trades in our society and appreciate those who learn and perform specific trade, craft or labor occupations. The $500.00 Pureland Supply Scholarship is available to students who have been accepted to an accredited trade school, vocational college, technical school or community college for the study of trade, craft, or labor occupations. Recipients are chosen based on their ability to describe how their chosen trade or field plays an important role in today’s world and why this is the path they have chosen. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://www.purelandsupply.com/t-scholarship.aspx Ted Hamel Memorial Scholarship May 1, 2021 To be eligible for this award you must be related to a current Disabled American Veteran member, such as son, daughter, grandchild, great grandchild, nephew or niece. You must also be a high school senior planning to attend college in the fall of 2021. You will need to have your sponsor’s name, signature and DAV membership number. Applicants from previous years may apply each year as they proceed through college, trade, vocational or technical school. For more information and to apply click here: 2021 Scholarship Application CampMass Scholarship May 20, 2021 Qualified candidates will have a concentration in one of the following areas to include but, not limited to…Outdoor Recreation/Sports, Hospitality, Environmental Preservation/Engineering. APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY MAY 20TH OF 2021. You may submit your application via U.S. Mail to: Jane Doonan, 834 Bourne Rd. Plymouth, MA. 02360 E-Mail: Janedoonan@verizon.net. Applications not filled out in its entirety or submitted after the due date will be rejected. 150 word typed essay and two (2) letters of recommendation must accompany your application and may not be turned in separately. Winner will be notified by mail no later than June 1, 2021. To download and print the application click here: maco college scholarship Mark E. Salomone-Distracted Driving Scholarship May 31, 2021 The Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone has joined the fight to end distracted driving by highlighting the dangers and taking steps to spread awareness - and you can help. We are proud to announce that we are holding an essay contest for college students and will award three winners a combined $3,000 in scholarships to help further their education in 2021. The essays will focus on how to prevent distracted driving and promote safe driving habits among young drivers.Distracted driving - especially sending or reading a text - poses a threat not just to the driver, but to their passengers, people in other cars, and pedestrians. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), from 2014-2018 more than 15,000 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, and teens ages 15-19 have the largest percentage of fatal crashes due to distracted driving. For more information and to apply, click here: https://www.marksalomone.com/scholarship Massachusetts Youth Soccer Scholarship June 1, 2021 The Massachusetts Youth Soccer Scholarship Program is for high school seniors who plan to attend a post-secondary educational institution. A scholarship of $1,000 will be awarded to one male and one female each year. To be eligible for this scholarship, the student-athlete must have been associated with Massachusetts Youth Soccer for at least the past two years. Each application (and supporting documentation) must be received on or before June 1st 2021. Massachusetts Youth Soccer will select the best-qualified applicants. The scholarship will be paid to each recipient after they have completed a full semester and it will be paid by a check made payable to the recipient and mailed to their home address listed on the scholarship application. In addition each recipient will be invited to attend the Annual Awards Banquet in January 2022. For more information and to download the application, please visit: https://www.mayouthsoccer.org/about/student-athlete-scholarship/ Hampden County 4-H / Youth Special Fund Scholarship June 1, 2021 The Hampden County 4-H / Youth Special Fund awards scholarships to qualified post high school or college level Hampden County 4-H members or former members. Please visit Monson High School Counseling Department for an application.

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