Vol. 5 Senior Scoop - January 2022

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


1. Fill Out & Submit Your FAFSA

https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa - Use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form to apply for financial aid for college

Additional information & resources can be found at the following websites:

https://www.mefa.org/ - The Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority has valuable resources and tools to help you prepare for the future and navigate the college planning process.

http://www.salliemae.com - The home page for the Student Loan Marketing Association

http://studentaid.ed.gov - Detailed information about completing the FAFSA

http://www.finaid.org - A comprehensive site with hundreds of links providing info and advice on financial aid

https://student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile - Electronic version of the CSS/Financial Aid Profile

https://www.fastweb.com/content/fafsa - FAFSA: Financial Aid Resources & Common Questions

2. Send Your First Semester Transcripts to Colleges You’ve Applied To

The first semester ends Friday, January 21st. Please see or email Mrs. Ladue in the Counseling Office or ladueb@monsonschools.com to have your 1st semester grades sent to colleges & universities the week of January 31st.

3. Focus on Your Second Semester Classes

The second semester begins Monday, January 24th. Please see Mr. Dearing or Mrs. Sorel if you have any questions or concerns about your second semester schedule.

4. Search for and Apply for Scholarships

The Counseling Department produces a monthly list of available scholarships in The Senior Scoop which comes out around the first of the month. Stay Tuned for the 2022 Common Scholarship application, posted in March.

5. Additional information & resources can be found at the following websites:

http://www.fastweb.com - Financial aid information and scholarship search engine

http://www.meritaid.com - Directory of merit scholarships from colleges

http://www.college-scholarships.com - Provides information on colleges, test preparation and free scholarship and financial aid searches

6. Avoid Senioritis

You may have heard about Senioritis and laughed it off – but it’s the real deal. It causes a lack of motivation, general laziness and lethargy. The cold, gray weather and lack of outdoor activities and stress of finals are also important contributing factors.





Big Y Scholarship for Academic Excellence November 1-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.

SuperCollege Scholarship Monthly

Applicants must be high school students, college undergraduates, graduate students, or adult students residing in the U.S. and attending or planning to attend any accredited college or university within the next 12 months. Amount: $1,000. For more information and to apply: www.supercollege.com/scholarship/

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation January 5, 2022

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute awards more than $1 million in college scholarships to exceptional student leaders each year. High school seniors nationwide who demonstrate leadership, drive, integrity, citizenship, and who demonstrate strong academic performance (minimum 3.0 GPA/4.0 scale or equivalent) are invited to apply for the 2021 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program. Please visit: https://learnmore.scholarsapply.org/ge-reagan/ for more information and to submit your application.

Liv Mas Scholarship January 11, 2022

Scholarship is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, between 16 and 24 years of age, who are on track to apply for accredited post-high school/post-secondary educational programs or is currently enrolled in college. Applicant must submit a video (two minutes or less) that tells the story of their life’s passion. For more information and to apply, click here: https://www.tacobellfoundation.org/live-mas-scholarship/#home

The Massachusetts JCI Senate Scholarship January 14, 2022

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 http://majcisenate.weebly.com.

Henry David Thoreau Scholarship February 1, 2022

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: www.thoreauscholar.org for more information and to submit your application.

2022 Nuclear Family Scholarship February 28, 2022

Our team at the Law Office of David E. Gordon is excited to share the 2022 Nuclear Family Scholarship! This scholarship was created to help students reflect on how their immediate family members have helped them to become the person they are today. The applicant that best answers the prompt will be awarded a $1000 scholarship to help them pursue their higher education.

Questions About Financial Aid?

The trusted experts at MEFA are hosting FREE college financing webinars. Webinars will occur during both daytime and evening hours, and feature industry experts, both from within MEFA and from colleges and organizations across Massachusetts. To register for a webinar, please visit: https://www.mefa.org/events/category/college-financing


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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