The Senior Scoop - December 2020

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

Staying Safe on Campus

Are you getting ready to head off to college in the fall? Did you hear rumors about the University of Massachusetts Amherst being one of the most dangerous colleges in the country? Remember that college campuses are often like small towns or cities and thus are subject to crimes like theft, rape, hazing and assaults. Here are some tips to help make your college experience safe and injury free. * Don’t allow your photo and personal information to be published for distribution to the campus community. Fraternities and upperclassmen have abused this type of publication to “target” naive freshmen. * Study the campus and neighborhood about routes between your residence and classes/activities. Locate emergency phones. * Share your class/activities schedule with parents and a network of close friends, effectively creating a type of “buddy” system. Give network telephone numbers to your parents, advisors, and friends. * Always travel in groups. Use a shuttle service after dark. Never walk alone at night. Avoid “shortcuts”. * Survey the campus, academic buildings, residence halls, and other facilities while classes are in session and after dark to see if emergency phones, escorts, and shuttle services are adequate. * Do not loan out your key. Rekey locks when a key is lost or stolen. * Always lock your doors and windows at night. Never compromise your safety if someone asks you to leave the door unlocked. * Dormitory residents should insist that residential assistants and security patrols routinely check for “propped doors” - day and night. * Do not leave your identification, wallets, checkbooks, jewelry, cameras, and other valuables in open view. * Program your phone’s speed dial memory with emergency numbers that include family and friends. * Know your neighbors and don’t be reluctant to report illegal activities and suspicious loitering. * Be cognizant of posting too much information on social media, in particular, where you are, what you’re doing and how long you will be there. This information gives would-be assailants instant details about your plans and location. * Check out the US Department of Education’s Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Tool at for current campus crime statistics and information

College Application Celebration Week Recap

Monson seniors participated in the annual Massachusetts College Application Celebration Week program from November 16 – 20. Despite the pandemic and having to switch to virtual learning, we did our best to provide a virtual experience to what would have happened if everyone were here in person. Fourteen (out of a total of 60) seniors completed twenty six applications during the week. Several received assistance from the school counselors to complete their college applications. There were 15 on the spot decisions from American International College, Elms College, Bay Path University, Western New England University, Westfield State University, Worcester State University, Springfield College, Springfield Technical Community College and Holyoke Community College. Over $126,000 in scholarship funds were awarded as part of the instant decisions. Thirty-seven seniors (or 62%) of the class applied to at least one college before November 20 for a total of 169 applications submitted so far. Each were recognized in a virtual assembly by having their name announced. The recorded presentation was followed by a modified Mascot Madness video featuring Spirit the Golden Bear from Western New England and Rowdy the Ram from STCC.

December Scholarship Listing

Light the Way Scholarship-Assumption College December 15, 2020 The Light the Way Scholarship is awarded to incoming students who Light the Way for others through acts of service, leadership and innovation, or volunteering to positively impact our communities. All scholarship applicants must submit an application for admission to Assumption by December 15, 2020 as well. This $27,000 per year scholarship is awarded to up to 50 deserving students annually. We value your ability to identify students whose hard work outside of the classroom should be celebrated as enthusiastically as their dedication inside the classroom. Considering various challenges students are facing this year due to the pandemic, we have updated our application requirements to make the process as easy as possible. For more information and to apply, please visit: Burger King Scholarship December 15, 2020 Open to High School Seniors, BK® Employees, Children, Spouses or Partners of Employees. $1,000 - $50,000 in scholarships will be awarded to students who have a 2.5 GPA or higher, work experience and community involvement. For more information please visit: www.BK-SCHOLARS.COM Equitable Excellence Scholarship December 15, 2020 Every year, students across the country work hard to make a positive and lasting impact in their communities and beyond. And every year, we award $1.8 million in college scholarships to hundreds of these remarkable young people throughout the nation representing all 50 states, Washington DC and Puerto Rico. Students have the opportunity to receive a $2,500, $10,000 or $25,000 scholarship. To recognize the important role their dedicated educators play in guiding these students along their path to success, we also award a $1,000 grant to every Equitable Excellence winner’s high school. For more information please visit: The OppU Achievers Scholarship December 31, March 31, June 30 To be eligible, students must be a U.S. citizen and have a GPA of at least 3.0/4.0. For more information please visit: Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship January 2, 2021 The Army Women's Foundation recognizes the importance of education and the role it plays in personal, professional and economic fulfillment. The Army Women's Foundation Legacy Scholarship Program provides grants to women soldiers, past and present, and their lineal descendants to help them attain their educational goals. The Legacy Scholarship Program offers financial support in four areas: Certificate programs, Community College coursework, Undergraduate Degrees, and Graduate Degrees. Women must have served or are serving honorably in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, Army National Guard or are the child of a woman who served honorably in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard. For more information please visit: The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Scholarship January 5, 2021 The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute awards more than $1 million in college scholarships to exceptional student leaders each year. High school seniors nationwide who demonstrate leadership, drive, integrity, citizenship, and who demonstrate strong academic performance (minimum 3.0 GPA/4.0 scale or equivalent) are invited to apply for the 2021 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program. Please visit: for more information and to submit your application. AAMI Foundation Scholarship January 6, 2021 The AAMI Foundation Scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $3,000 to students studying to become biomedical equipment technicians or health technology specific engineering, including clinical engineering. One scholarship in particular will be awarded to an individual studying to become a health systems engineer. Applicants must be entering or current full-time college students seeking a career in the healthcare technology profession at an accredited college or university. For more information or to apply, please visit: Foot Locker Scholar Athlete Scholarship January 8, 2021 The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program will award up to $25,000 per recipient for 1 recipient or up to $20,000 per recipient for up to 19 recipients. Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program honors student-athletes who demonstrate exceptional academic ability and strong leadership skills in sports, in their schools, and within their communities. Student athletes must be a U.S. citizen, currently involved in high school sports, intramural sports, or community based sports, and be entering in the Fall of 2021 as a Freshman at an accredited four-year institution for an undergraduate degree. Please visit: The Massachusetts JCI Senate Scholarship January 22, 2021 The Massachusetts JCI Senate will award two (2) $1,000.00 scholarships to graduating students in Massachusetts. The State winners will be forwarded to the National JCI Senate and will be eligible for additional $1,000.00 scholarships. To obtain an application please visit: Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Program February 1, 2021 The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) Scholarship program addresses the financial needs of college students and provides extensive, hands-on mentoring and support services. Once chosen from a national, selective application process, Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars receive a generous four-year grant to attend the undergraduate school of their choice and enroll in JRF’s celebrated “42 Strategies for Success Curriculum”. This four-year program guides JRF Scholars to effectively navigate their college environments, explore career options, develop leadership skills, and embrace a commitment to service. The program also promotes the values and character traits embodied in the heroic life of the Foundation’s namesake, encouraging Scholars to positively impact the lives of others. For more information and to apply please visit: Big Y Scholarship for Academic Excellence February 1, 2021 The $500-$2,000 Big Y scholarship is available to students who have their permanent residence in western or central Massachusetts, Norfolk County, MA, or the state of Connecticut. Applicants must be planning to attend an accredited college or university. Selection is based upon transcript of grades, College Board scores if applicable, letters of recommendation, and personal resume. Please visit: for more information and to submit your application. Henry David Thoreau Scholarship February 1, 2021 The Henry David Thoreau Foundation selects Massachusetts’ high school seniors interested in environmental studies to receive up to $20,000 for tuition to the college of their choice. Please visit: for more information and to submit your application MIAA 20th Annual Sportsmanship Essay/Multimedia Contest February 5, 2021 Contest is open to students in grades 9-12 at MIAA Member Schools Essay entries must be typed, double spaced, and contain no more than 500 words. Multimedia entries must be a video that is no longer than 3 minutes Prizes: First Place ($400) and Runner-Up ($200) prizes will be presented in two categories (essay and multimedia) Contest winners will present their entries as honored guests during the 27th Annual MIAA Sportsmanship Summit. First Place and Runner-Up essay entries will be published in a compilation entitled “Sportsmanship: A Game Plan for Life, Volume XX” First Place and Runner-Up multimedia entries will be available on the MIAA website. All entries must be received by 12:00 pm on Friday, February 5, 2021 All entries, essay and multimedia, must be emailed to Wace National CO-OP Scholarship Program February 15, 2021 To qualify for this scholarship, students must: Have a high school GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale or better; Apply and be accepted for the 2020-2021 academic year at one of the WACE Partner Institutes. Please see application for participating Colleges & Universities. To obtain an application, please visit 2020-2021 NIAAA Scholar/Essay Application February 10, 2021 Purpose of Scholarship: In accordance with National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association’s (NIAAA) purpose to promote, facilitate, and increase the knowledge and understanding of the vital role of interscholastic athletics in the educational system, this scholarship program will foster and acknowledge the partnership between the NIAAA and secondary education. The scholarships will recognize the distinguished scholastic, leadership, and citizenship attributes of high school student athletes, and the importance of high school athletics in each student’s life. All materials must be emailed to our MSSADA Secretary at or hard copy can be mailed to Tania Rich, MSSADA Secretary, Nashoba Regional HS, 12 Green Road, Bolton, MA 01740. For more information and to download the application please visit: Young Women in Public Affairs March 12, 2021 Though about 40% of the world’s workforce is women, according to data from the Inter-Parliamentary Union, only 25.1% of all national parliamentarians were female as of 1 October 2020. Because Zonta International believes that young women are the key to women’s advancement in the field of public service, it offers the Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award, which recognizes young women, ages 16-19, for demonstrating leadership skills and commitment to public service and civic causes, and encourages them to continue their participation in public and political life. Please visit: for more information and to apply Walter S. Barr Scholarship March 15, 2021 These awards for undergraduate education are made annually by the Scholarship Committee to residents of Hampden County, MA who are members of the senior class at their local public or private secondary schools. Awards are based on school records, college entrance examinations, general attainments and financial need. Awards will be continued through the four year course if the student’s record and need justify such continuance. Awards will be made on the basis of all available information, including school records, recommendations and examination scores. Consideration will be given to both the merit and financial need of the applicant. For more information and to apply, please visit: William A. and Vinnie E. Dexter Scholarship Fund March 31, 2021 The William A. and Vinnie E. Dexter Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to graduating seniors who attend a high school in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, or Hampshire Counties in Massachusetts. The amount awarded is $1,000. For more information, please visit: 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:

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