The Senior Scoop- January 2021

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

The Scoop on Scholarships

Most student aid comes in the form of federal education loans and grants from colleges. However, scholarships — which don’t have to be paid back — get a huge amount of attention from students and their families. If you decide to invest your time in a search for scholarships, it’s important to have an organized system to find, apply for, and win scholarship money. It’s also best to start early. Start With a Personal Inventory - Most of the information you are asked for on a scholarship search questionnaire is easy to come up with — year in school, citizenship, state of residence, religion, ethnic background, disability, military status, employer and membership organizations. Beyond those questions, you have to give some thought to your academic, extracurricular and career plans. You should ask yourself: · Do I want to participate in a competition? If so, what are my talents and interests? · What subject do I plan to major in? · What career do I plan to pursue? · Do I want to apply for all types of aid or only scholarships? Your answers to these questions help determine your scholarship eligibility. Take your time brainstorming and don’t overlook anything — the more personal characteristics you discover, the more scholarships you could potentially apply for. Research Local Scholarships First - Begin with your high school counseling office. Your counselors know about scholarships for students graduating from your high school. Your next stop should be the college aid section of your public library. Most libraries have a number of books about financial aid, including scholarship guides. Check Membership Organizations and Employers - Organizations of all types and sizes sponsor scholarships — leave no stone unturned. Explore categories you might not have considered, such as religious, community service, fraternal, military, union and professional. And don’t forget your parents. Many large companies offer scholarships or tuition programs for children of employees. If you are uncertain, ask your parents to check with their human resources departments. Don’t overlook student jobs. Employers such as fast food chains, department stores and supermarkets often give scholarships. Awards related to student employment can come from unexpected sources. For example, there are a number of scholarships for golf caddies. Use a Free Scholarship Search Service - You should never have to pay for scholarship information. If you’re asked to pay a fee for “exclusive” scholarship leads, there’s a good chance your scholarship service is really a scholarship scam. A scholarship search company collects information on hundreds of awards and compares your student characteristics with scholarship restrictions. Based on your answers to a questionnaire, you receive a list of possible scholarships. It is up to you to decide which ones to try for. Research Institutional Scholarships - Since the vast majority of all scholarship money is disbursed by colleges, it makes sense to research what kinds of scholarships are available at the colleges that interest you. Check out college websites, catalogs and financial aid offices for this information. Institutional awards can be offered on a university-wide basis, or within a particular college or major. Eligibility for such awards can be based on merit, financial need, intended major, ethnicity or a variety of other factors. Here are some questions you might want to ask about these awards: · Are scholarships awarded automatically if a student matches certain criteria, such as grade point average or SAT score? · What is the application procedure? What materials are required? · Is the award renewable? What are the requirements to maintain the award? Accessed from

January Scholarship Listing

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. Apply at

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 emailed by 12:00 pm on Friday, February 5, 2021 to

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. 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 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. Visit: 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:

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:

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:

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

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:

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:

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 below:

2021 DAV Scholarship Application
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January College Rep Visits

Universal Technical Institute of Massachusetts 1/11/21 10:00 Lincoln Technical Institute-East Windsor (CT) 1/11/21 1:00 Bay Path University 1/14/21 1:00 **These visits will be conducted via zoom. Check out your senior counseling classroom for the

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