The Senior Scoop- May 2021

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

Let the Countdown Begin


Graduation is quickly approaching and the last few weeks will provide numerous challenges and diversions to one’s academic responsibilities. It is imperative that seniors do not let up and allow for senioritis to set in. The warmer weather and fact that school is almost over are great temptations to affect your performance, but don’t let that get in your way.

Here are some tips to help you make it through the final few weeks.

  • Start a countdown. Thoughts like there are only 19 more days to go or I only have 3 more weeks of school will make things more manageable.

  • Don’t give into it. Do you really want your high school career to end on a negative note? You only have a few weeks left of your high school career and many years to enjoy being out of school (if you so choose.) Resist the temptation to slack off knowing that it’s almost over.

  • Break things down into small chunks. If you are feeling overwhelmed with numerous tasks during the final few weeks, it may be helpful to look at things in smaller bits. Looking at one day or one subject at a time will reduce the stress associated with having too much to do.

  • Complete the easy things first. While this won’t work for everyone, sometimes it helps to complete the smaller tasks first and leave the larger ones to later. The feeling of accomplishment as you finish more and more assignments will be a big boost to your level of energy and ability to overcome the stress.

  • Keep a list. It may seem like a silly thing, but you will feel a sense of accomplishment when you are able to cross something off your list of things to do. As the list shortens, you won’t feel so overwhelmed about the tasks you face.

  • Think positive thoughts. Also called self talk or self fulfilling prophecy, if you keep telling yourself that you will be fine and everything will work out, then it will most likely happen.

  • Take time to have fun. Everyone talks about how fun one’s senior year should be, but often you can’t help but feel stressed out when planning for your future, keeping up your grades or thinking about moving into a college dorm. But what about time for some fun and relaxation? We all have ways to reduce our stress levels, whether it is reading, listening to music, playing a sport or shopping. Whatever the activity, remember that moderation is the key. Too much of any one thing is usually not a good idea.

Good luck. You can do this!

Senior Signing Day Is May 28


MHS will hold its seventh annual Senior Signing Day on Friday, May 28 where we will recognize and celebrate all 60 seniors by highlighting their pursuits and plans after graduation. This year Senior Signing Day will be done virtually and be shared via a school wide broadcast at 9:00 AM. Seniors only will gather in the gym that morning to view the event together. Each senior will receive a seniort-shirt and a certificate signed by their sponsor.

This is truly a community celebration and we are glad that we can still hold this event despite the large gathering restrictions still in place. Elected local and state officials have been invited to participate as well as many of the high school staff. The event is being coordinated by the counseling staff. Special thanks to all of the sponsors and supporters.

We hope that you will enjoy the 2021 program despite the virtual format and hope that the 2022 version will be once again held in the gym full of students, staff and community members.


May Scholarship Listing


Thermo Fisher Scientific Antibody Scholarship May 5, 2021

The Thermo Fisher Scientific Antibody Scholarship Program (“Program”) will award scholarships to eligible life science students, to be used for the 2021–2022 academic year. Entries will be accepted beginning on or about 12:00:01 a.m. Central Time (CT) on December 9, 2020 through 11:59:59 p.m. CT on May 5, 2021 (“Application Deadline”). By submitting a scholarship application, each applicant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which shall be final and binding in all respects.ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be individual persons who (a) will be a legal resident of the 50 U.S. states or District of Columbia as of August 5, 2021; (b) will be age 18 or older as of August 5, 2021; (c) are enrolled as a Graduate Student, or Undergraduate Student at an accredited U.S. college or university (see U.S. Dept. of Education Database at https://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/ ) for Fall 2021; and (d) have a declared major of biology, chemistry, bio-chemistry or a related life science field. For more information and to apply, click here: Thermo Fisher Scientific Antibody Scholarship Application Form


NAGE Scholarship May 14, 2021

In continuing our commitment to helping members and their families achieve their educational goals and dreams, NAGE is proud to announce the 18th Annual NAGE Scholarships program. Each year, one hundred scholarships in the amount of $500 each are awarded in a lottery. Applicants for the lottery drawing scholarships must be planning to attend or already be attending a two- or four-year college, graduate school, trade or technical school to be eligible. Scholarships are available to members of NAGE, IBPO, IBCO, and IAEP, and the member's spouse, child, grandchild, niece, nephew, or significant other. The application, which is available by clicking the link below, takes about 3 minutes to complete. Scholarships will be awarded without regard to the sex, race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or disability of any applicant. For more information and to apply, click here: Leader Full Scholar


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.


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.


Hampden County Improvement League June 1, 2021

HCIL is committed to supporting continued education for young adults with an agriculture background and/or pursuing a career in agriculture. The League encourages youth to challenge themselves and work towards their potential by furthering their education after high school. To help meet this financial commitment, the League established a scholarship fund in 1993. Scholarships are awarded annually in the amount of up to $1,000 each. Recipients must be a resident of Hampden County for at least two years, be a good student and must show current or previous involvement in 4-H, an agricultural endeavor or be a member of a farm family. Please visit Monson High School Counseling Department for an application.


Abbott and Fenner Scholarship Program June 12, 2021

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. Your submissions must be sent to us by email at: scholarships@abbottandfenner.com. For more information please visit: http://www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.htm


Autism Can Do Scholarship June 15, 2021

John’s Crazy Socks is now accepting applications for its Autism Can Do Scholarship. This year, the Doug Flutie. Jr Foundation for Autism is co-sponsoring the Autism Can Do Scholarship. The program will present a $5,000 scholarship to a person on the autism spectrum in the United States to use at a college or trade school. Applications will be accepted from April 13th until June 15th. Applicants must complete a brief form, submit a brief personal statement and design a pair of socks. The winner will be announced on July 15th. The application can be found at the scholarship page at the John’s Crazy Socks website: https://johnscrazysocks.com/pages/autism-can-do-scholarship


Some Scholarship & Award Etiquette


Each year thousands of dollars of scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors. Approximately $60,000 is awarded to students from Monson High School through local scholarship organizations. If you receive a scholarship or award, here are some basic tips that you should consider:

  • Within a week after the Awards ceremony, it is important to send a thank you note to the individual or organization. The note does not need to be lengthy or elaborate but should be sincere and heartfelt.

  • It should be hand written. If you cannot write a personal thank you note, then at the minimum send an email thank you note.

  • Write it yourself. If you don’t know who to write the thank you to, please contact the Counseling Office for that information.

  • If possible, make a point to hand deliver it to the individual or a representative of the group. Not only is this a kind gesture, but it will make the donors feel good about their efforts.

  • If you receive the check prior to the beginning of school, ask the college if the money can be credited to your account in order to avoid the temptation of spending it on things other than school related expenses.

It is important to remember that the way in which you handle the scholarship process is highly scrutinized. Everything from the initial application, to the awards selection, to the follow up reflects not only upon the individual, but also Monson High School and future scholarship recipients. Therefore, it is imperative that you handle yourself in a mature and responsible manner.


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