The Senior Scoop- February 2021

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




Are you not sure what you will be doing after graduation? Do all of your friends seem to know what they are going to do and you don’t? Do you feel lost and need some direction?

First of all, don’t panic. There is still plenty of time to make a decision. There are still many options - further education, work, military, travel, community service or a combination of things are all viable options. If you are in this situation, the first thing you should do is to make an appointment to see your counselor. At that time we can discuss options that are available to you as well as help you with an action plan to achieve your goals. In the meantime, here are some options to consider.

Continue your education - There are many colleges and technical schools that are accepting students for the fall 2021 semester. In some cases financial aid is also available to help you pay for school. If you are unsure of what you might want to study, consider enrolling in a course or two at a community college to keep you in the education loop and give you more time to figure out what you want to study. Stop by the Counseling Office to learn how to search for schools still accepting applications.



Employment - Most students have some sort of job, even if continuing their education. However, if you want to work full-time in a decent paying job you may need help finding that perfect job. Mr. Bardwell is a good person with whom to begin these conversations. However, you will also want to contact FutureWorks, a One-Stop Career Center in Springfield. Career counselors can help you find a meaningful job that also pays the bills. Contact Mr. Bardwell to get started.


Military - The military is an option for those who want to help protect our country, while earning a salary and money towards future education. There are many options available within the armed services. Seniors who can handle the structured environment, who want some additional training while earning a paycheck or for those who are unsure of their next step should consider the military as an option. Stop by the Counseling Office for recruiter contact information. Service - There are several programs that allow young people an opportunity to participate in community service or to work in the environment. Organizations like Americorps (www.americorps.org) or Student Conservation Association (www.theSCA.org) provide structured opportunities to either work in special programs or participate in service oriented projects.


Travel - Who wouldn’t want to travel? Programs like Global Quest (www.gquest.org) or Outward Bound (www.outwardbound.org) provide students opportunities to travel and gain valuable life and educational experiences. Some travel experiences may cost you big bucks, while others are free in exchange for your volunteer work.


Still stuck? Try looking at websites such as www.whereyouheaded.com, www.takingtimeoff.com or www.interimprograms.com can help you discover other options. Procrastinating won’t make the decision come any quicker or easier. By accessing good information, you can not only get help to make a decision, but you might also get excited about your future. Take advantage of the help you have now to assist you in this process. Once you leave high school it is much harder to come back. But most of all, good luck in your search.




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 mssadasecretary@gmail.com or hard copy can be mailed to Tania Rich, MSSADA Secretary, Nashoba Regional HS, 12 Green Road, Bolton, MA 01740. Download the application please visit: https://www.wdmcs.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/2021-NIAAA-Scholar-Essat-Application.pdf

Yawkey Foundation Scholarship Opportunity February 12, 2021 The Yawkey Foundation invites you to help us find promising students for the Yawkey Scholars Program, a scholarship opportunity for graduating high school students entering private, competitive colleges in Massachusetts in the fall of 2021.This program is designed to make college affordable for talented, motivated, low-income, first-generation students from Massachusetts. It provides a four-year renewable tuition scholarship of $35,000 and other supports to help students achieve academically and go on to be successful and highly productive members of our community. Since 2005, the Yawkey Scholars Program has provided more than $13 million in scholarship support to over 300 Scholars as they pursue a college education. For more information, please visit: Yawkey Scholars Program | TPI

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 www.waceinc.org

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: http://zonta.org/images/docs/MyZonta/Tools/AwardScholarshipFellowshipTools/YWPA/YWPAApplication.pdf for more information and to apply

Journalism Education Foundation of New England Scholarship March 12, 2021 The New England Newspaper and Press Association awards up to 10 scholarships each year to aspiring journalists through the Journalism Education Foundation of New England. Our foundation strives to encourage and support young people who plan to pursue a career in the newspaper industry. College students or high school seniors who are studying and acquiring work experience that will prepare them to work in the field of journalism are eligible to apply. For more information and to apply click here: http://www.nenpa.com/students/scholarships/

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: http://www.horacesmithfund.org/applications/walter-s-barr-scholarships-for-students-in-h-s-links/

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: https://communityfoundation.org/students/scholarships/

PATH-WAY Providing Access to Happiness Scholarship March 31, 2021 PATH-WAY is a not-for-profit organization created, designed, organized and committed to elevating the lives of individuals with varying degrees of abilities. Scholarship recipients must have a physical disability, which may include but not limited to, neuromuscular disorders or musculoskeletal impairments such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, SMA, dystonia, osteogenesis imperfecta, spinal cord injury, or amputee and must be a resident of MA, NH, ME, or RI. Applicants must be a high school graduate/graduating senior. For more information or to apply, please visit: https://www.path-way.org/scholarships.html

The OppU Achievers Scholarship 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: www.opploans.com/scholarship.

PWC-CT Scholarship March 16, 2021 Founded in 1980, PWC is a national, non-profit 501(c)3 organization committed to advancing professional, entrepreneurial and managerial opportunities for women and other "non-traditional" populations in construction and related industries. Applicants must be currently enrolled in or entering into a two-year or four-year college undergraduate program or graduate program to study a construction related discipline (for example: construction management, architecture, civil, mechanical, structural or electrical engineering, interior design, landscape design). Students may be attending a college or university on a full-time basis. For more information and to apply click here: PWC- Scholarship Application Info 2021

The Rainbow Business & Professional Association Scholarship March 20, 2021 The Rainbow Business & Professional Association Scholarship Fund, Inc. was to award is students who have worked to foster diversity, end bullying and discrimination or otherwise advocated on behalf of LGBT issues in their schools and communities. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website: https://www.rbpa.org/scholarship

Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts March 31, 2021 The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts administers many scholarships and interest-free loans. Last year alone, the program attracted approximately 2,000 applications and awarded approximately $2 million to over 800 recipients. The program is recognized as one of the largest scholarship programs of the over 700 community foundations in the country. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website: https://communityfoundation.org/students/scholarships/

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/

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. 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. 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. To apply please visit: https://iccwm.org/scholarships

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.

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. 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

NOHO Pride Scholarship May 31, 2021 Open to high school seniors in Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire and Berkshire counties in Massachusetts who are able to demonstrate financial need. The winner of the scholarship will receive $500 paid directly to the college or university of choice prior to the beginning of the fall semester of the year the scholarship is awarded. Only the winner will be notified. The winner’s name will also be posted on the Noho Pride website no later than July 1st. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website: http://www.nohopride.org/scholarship.html

Abbott & Fenner Scholarship June 12, 2021 Abbott & Fenner are committed to continuing our efforts at helping those who have the desire and ambition to succeed. The winner(s) of this annual scholarship will receive their award within 2 weeks of the listed deadline. All applicants should include their full name and mailing address with their submissions as well as the school they are currently attending. The A&F Scholarships are available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any accredited post secondary institution. To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay on the topic below. The essay should be between 500 and 1000 words. Topic: Describe your educational career and life goals. Explain your plan for achieving these goals. Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals. Your submissions must be sent to us by email at: scholarships@abbottandfenner.com


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