Vol. 3 | November 2021 Senior Scoop

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

November is National College Application Month!

Encouraging, Supporting, Celebrating and Recognizing Seniors completing and submitting their college applications.

What Is The American College Application Campaign?

The American College Application Campaign® (ACAC) is a national effort to increase the number of first-generation college students and students from low-income families pursuing a college degree or other higher education credential.

The college application process can be confusing and daunting for students. ACAC events assist high school seniors, including those systemically underserved, with submitting at least one college application. We break down the steps of the application process and we meet students where they are – in high school during the school day. By working across schools, across communities, and across state lines, we can more successfully impact who pursues education and training beyond high school.

Beginning in 2014, ACAC programs took place in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. As of the 2020 campaign year, over 3.69 million students have been served, submitting over 5.99 million college applications since the campaign’s inception in 2005.

Monson High School has been participating in ACAC since November of 2015, and over the years has helped over 250 students submit 483 applications, receive 196 direct admission decisions and be awarded over $830,000 of scholarships and financial aid awards!

This year, we will be celebrating ACAC the week of November 15th-19th. There will be Common App/College Application Workshops during all blocks and lunches on Monday, November 15th and welcoming admissions representatives from area schools to meet with students for immediate admissions decisions, throughout the week. Sign ups for all of these sessions will be located in the Counseling Office and virtually in the Class of 2021 Counseling Google Classroom.

Please contact your student’s School Counselor with any questions.


Big Y Scholarship for Academic Excellence November 1, 2021-February 1, 2022 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: https://www.bigy.com/Community/Scholarships for more information and to submit your application.

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) November 5, 2021 The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) honors 9th-12th grade women, genderqueer, or non-binary students for their computing-related achievements and interests, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education. Since 2007, more than 17,000 students have received an Award for AiC. For more information and to apply, click here: https://www.aspirations.org/registration

Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship November 15, 2021

The Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship contest is open to any high school senior who is a US Citizen. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. The Elks National Foundation will award the Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship to 500 of the highest-rated applicants. Please visit: https://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/MVS.cfm for more information and to submit your application.

Academic Excellence Scholarship November 18, 2021

The JKCF College Scholarship Program is open to high school seniors who intend to enroll in a four-year college in the fall. You must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and demonstrate significant financial need to qualify for this award. Selection is also based on persistence, leadership, and a desire to help others. For more information please visit: https://www.jkcf.org/our-scholarships/

Stand Up to Distracted Driving Scholarship December 1, 2021

Distracted driving, including due to texting and other cell phone use, is a serious issue that leads to hundreds of thousands of accidents and injuries in the United States each year. The problem is especially prominent among teen and young adult drivers, and teens are also at a greater risk of being the victim of a distracted driving accident. At Kanoski Bresney, we want to support students who do their part to fight the problem of distracted driving. Through the Kanoski Bresney Stand Up to Distracted Driving Scholarship program, we are offering five scholarships, in the amount of $2,000 each, to students throughout the U.S. who are pursuing higher education at the undergraduate or graduate level. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://www.kanoski.com/community-involvement/distracted-driving-scholarship

North American Van Lines Logistics Scholarship December 15, 2021

North American Van Lines, one of the leading moving companies in the United States, is committed to supporting the community as well as the growth and development of the moving services and logistics industries. We believe education is the best way to ensure our industry has qualified professionals for years to come. Because of this belief, we are proud to announce our first annual Logistics Scholarship contest. Three lucky qualified entrants will each win a $1,000 scholarship towards their degree in logistics or supply chain management at the college or university of their choice. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://www.northamerican.com/scholarship

Burger King Scholarship December 15, 2021

WHO CAN APPLY: High School Seniors, BK® Employees, Children, Spouses or Partners of Employees. WHAT YOU'LL RECEIVE: $1,000 - $50,000 in Scholarships. WHAT YOU NEED TO DO: Be from the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico, have a 2.5 GPA or higher, work experience and community involvement. For more information please visit: www.BK-SCHOLARS.COM

Upcoming College Representative Visit Schedule

Johnson & Wales University - Providence.......................11/4............................10:00

University of New Haven.................................................11/5............................11:00

Wentworth Institute of Technology.................................11/8............................11:00

Wake Forest University...................................................11/10..........................12:00


Common App is a non-profit college access organization designed to make applying to college faster and easier. With Common App you only need to use one system to apply to over 900 colleges and universities, including internationally. There are two main parts you fill out: a set of common questions and each college's own specific questions. The best part is that your letters of recommendation, essay and other supporting documents are all uploaded to the same place. For more information and to create an account, please visit: www.https://www.commonapp.org/



The trusted experts at MEFA are hosting FREE college financing webinars once per week beginning Tuesday, Sept 21st through Thursday, Nov 18th. Webinars will occur during both daytime and evening hours, and feature industry experts, both from within MEFA and from colleges and organizations across Massachusetts. Register for a webinar at https://www.mefa.org/events/category/college-financing

To Register follow the link below:


Find out more information about Financial Aid and applying through FAFSA here:





For questions please contact your Counselor:

Mr. Ryan Dearing (Last Names A-L) dearingr@monsonschools.com

Mrs. Kristen Sorel (Last Names M-Z) sorelk@monsonschools.com


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