The Senior Scoop- March 2021

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

Senioritis. Senior Slump. Senior Slide. Senior Slack. Whatever you call it, the result is the same. Seniors who have a lot on their minds, who are worried about their futures or how they are going to pay for college or those just tired of working hard, breeze through the last part of the year with little or no effort. And sometimes the consequences are serious:

  • Student fails to graduate from high school

  • Colleges can revoke admission offers and scholarships

  • Nearly one-third of students entering college need remediation because they can’t keep up with the challenging curriculum

Senioritis has been around for ages, however we might be more aware of it because of the larger number of students who are adversely affected as a result of their poor performance. More and more colleges are withdrawing offers of admission after seeing a student’s senior year grades. When a student is initially offered admission, acceptance letters include warnings to students such as, “Your admission is contingent on your continued successful performance.” So, when the senior grades are reported and they are not up to their standards, the offer of admission is revoked. In most cases, a student will have to discuss the situation with an admissions officer and provide a reasonable explanation of the turn of events. Students who are allowed to enroll may find themselves on academic probation or under the watchful scrutiny from the College, even before setting foot in the door.

Another factor which has brought more light to senioritis is the increased participation in early admission programs. Some students take advantage of the fact that their college search is over by January 1st and they coast through the rest of the year, assuming that nothing will happen to their acceptance if their grades are not up to par.

The government thinks things have gotten so bad that in 2001 The National Commission on the High School Senior Year was established. It reported that students need to be better prepared for college and an increasingly complex world of work. Students also should enroll in more rigorous academic programs which provide greater economic returns and ensure that Americans possess high levels of literacy, numeracy logic and the capacity to think critically. The Commission felt that by approaching the problem through a three-prong approach - creating a more unified system of education Pre-K through 4 years of college, raising the achievement bar and providing more alternatives in the senior year, that the concerns over senior year decline will be reduced. Senior capstone projects, the development of meaningful internships and the opportunities to take college-level courses are only some of the suggestions made to traditional approaches to educating seniors.

There is no doubt that the last year of high school is difficult for most seniors. The thought of going to college or into the working world, leaving their family and general uncertainty about their future should cause some anxiety. However, some students push the envelope by completely shutting down. A study by UCLA reports that 40% of students claim they are frequently bored in class during their senior year as compared to 35% in 1985. This trend is of concern.

For students who wish to avoid this phenomenon, here are some strategies to help:

  • Plan ahead & stay organized - Seniors should know what activities they plan on being a part of and what the demands of their senior year will be. By planning ahead and knowing what is due and when, they can alleviate some of the stress associated with senior year which might result in slacking off.

  • Maintain a challenging courseload - By taking courses that keep one motivated and challenged, there is less of a tendency to slack. Also, for honors and Advanced Placement courses, where a high score on the AP exam may lead to college credit, students are less likely to let their grades slip.

  • Stay active and involved - Volunteer work, school activities and sports will help students stay focused. Internships or career focused opportunities (i.e. - job shadow) will also help provide motivation as well as meaningful career-related experience.

  • Try out college early - If you are ready for the challenge of college, try taking a college course. Online opportunities can provide even more options than those offered on campus.

  • Talk it out - Seniors have many adults (counselors, teachers and parents) as well as their peers who have been through similar situations. By talking about their feelings with others, it will feel like a load is being lifted off their shoulders and thus provide some immediate relief.

For more information about senioritis or to review the Commission’s report, go to

The Common Scholarship application for local scholarships will be distributed to seniors at a class meeting on March 26. Approximately twenty-one 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). Any scholarships to 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 Mr. Bardwell at 267-4589x6005 or

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:

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 attainment 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:

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 college or university on a full-time basis. For more information and to download the application, click here:

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:

The Rebekah Assembly of Massachusetts March 30, 2021

The Rebekeah Assembly of Massachusetts, of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, offers a scholarship of ($1,000) to qualified seniors who plan to further their education by attending a two- or four-year college program. For more information and to apply please click here:

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 high school in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, or Hampshire Counties in Massachusetts. The amount awarded is $1,000. For more information, please visit:

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:

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:

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. This 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:

Father Robert F. Wagner Memorial Scholarship April 1, 2021

JERICHO, the Bureau for Exceptional Children & Adults in Holyoke, is pleased to announce the availability of the Father Robert F. Wagner Memorial Scholarship. Two $1,000.00 scholarships will be awarded annually to students from Western Massachusetts who are graduating from high school or are enrolled at an accredited college or university. The goal of this scholarship is to remember JERICHO’s founder Father Robert Wagner and to encourage and assist those who wish to follow in his footsteps by bringing dignity, respect, and wholeness to the lives of persons with disabilities. The Selection Committee will review all applications, identify the most deserving individuals based on the principles for which this memorial scholarship was created, and will award accordingly. For more information and to download the application please visit:

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 application form is available at

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:

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:

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:

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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:

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 or 413-784-1492. For more information and to apply please visit:

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. 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 and by mail to PO Box 857, Clark, NJ 07066. To download the application, click here:

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. APPLY apply, visit:

Ed 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 on how to apply, click here:

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: 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. To download and print the application, click here:

NOHO Pride Scholarship May 31, 2021