Vol. 7 Senior Scoop - March 2022

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

2022 Common Scholarship Application

Applications open on Friday, April 1, 2022

How to Apply

Read the paragraph on each scholarship and choose those for which you are eligible. Complete the online form.


Scholarships are for full-time students, unless otherwise indicated. Specific requirements are listed in the description section for each scholarship.


All applications and supporting materials must be mailed/submitted to the appropriate agencies and postmarked by Tuesday, April 26, 2022.

Selection Process

You will not be considered for a scholarship unless your application and all supporting documents are mailed/submitted (postmarked on or before April 26) on time. Review committees of the awarding organizations will meet in May to select scholarship winners. You will be notified of a scholarship award at the Monson High School Senior Awards Night Program.


The Monson High School Counseling Department is not responsible for incorrect information that may be listed in this application packet.

Online Application - Complete this application online by using this Google Form - 2022 CommonScholarship Application.


2022 AP Test Registration Information

Please sign up no later than Tuesday, March 1st by using the Google form in the 2022 Counseling Google Classroom.


  • Government (Test Date: May 2)

  • English Literature (Test Date: May 4)

  • US History (Test Date: May 6)

  • Calculus AB (Test Date: May 9)

  • English Language (Test Date: May 10)


The cost will be $95 for each test ($25 for students on free/reduced lunch).

A $40 non-refundable deposit per test (or all $25 for the F/R lunch students) will be due by Tuesday, March 1st.

The remainder of the fee ($55) is due on Friday, April 15th.

Please make checks payable to Monson High School. Please bring checks to Mrs. Ladue or you may mail them to Monson High School, 55 Margaret Street, Monson, MA 01057.

We are NOT accepting electronic payments through MY SCHOOL BUCKS.


All AP Exams will be in person at MHS. Exact room TBA.


A Reminder to Senior Males about Registering for Selective Service

Selective Service registration is required by law as the first part of a fair and equitable system that, if authorized by the President and Congress, would rapidly provide personnel to the Department of Defense while at the same time providing for an Alternative Service Program for conscientious objectors. By registering, a young man remains eligible for jobs, state-based student aid in 31 states, Federally funded job training, and U.S. citizenship for immigrant men.

Men who fail to register with Selective Service may be ineligible for opportunities that may be important to their future. View more information on the benefits linked to registration, as well as what the penalties are for failing to register with the Selective Service System. Failure to register is a felony punishable by a fine of up to $250,000 and/or 5 years imprisonment. Also, a person who knowingly counsels, aids, or abets another to fail to comply with the registration requirement is subject to the same penalties. Unless a man provides proof that he is exempt from the registration requirement, his failure to register will result in referral to the Department of Justice for possible investigation and prosecution. In addition to potential criminal penalties, failure to register may make a man permanently ineligible for the benefits listed above.

To find more information and register, please go to https://www.sss.gov/.

March Scholarships

Young Women in Public Affairs Award March 11, 2022

The goal of the Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award Program is to encourage young women to participate in public affairs by recognizing the candidate’s commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements and a dedication to empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. ‘Public affairs’ refers to all aspects of community life where decisions have to be made about issues which relate to and affect those communities in which people work and live. For more information and to apply, please visit: http://zonta.org/images/docs/MyZonta/Tools/AwardScholarshipFellowshipTools/YWPA/YWPAApplication.pd

William R. Rooney Award March 15, 2022

The William R. Rooney Award provides awards and scholarships for high school seniors with disabilities. This award is named for William R. Rooney, a long-time educator and former Executive Secretary of The Horace Smith Fund, who advocated for financial assistance for students with special needs. In general, disability scholarships exist to provide college funding for students who possess cognitive, behavioral or emotional impediments that may make it difficult to attain a degree. That’s why, each academic year, we provide one award to a graduating high school senior who is currently on and has been on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or a 504 Accommodation Plan for a minimum of two years. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://forms.horacesmithfund.org/application-for-william-r-rooney-award/

Walter S. Barr Scholarship March 15, 2022

Each year, our Walter S. Barr Scholarships are awarded to residents of Hampden County who attend any of the region’s public or private secondary schools. These high school senior scholarship awards are determined using available information including school records, college entrance examination scores, general attainments, recommendations and financial need. The awards continue through the four-year course if justified by the student’s record and need. Scholarships are granted in the amount of $3,000 per academic year, paid in two installments each semester, and carry a maximum value of $12,000. Scholarships are automatically renewed each year provided a minimum GPA of 3.0 is maintained. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://forms.horacesmithfund.org/application-in-hs-2021/

Journalism Education Foundation of New England March 18, 2022

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, please visit: https://www.nenpa.com/students/scholarships/

Holyoke Community College Scholarships March 23, 2022

Over $300,000 in scholarships for new, current and transfer students. Many businesses, organizations and individuals enjoy giving back by sponsoring student awards and assisting students in achieving their educational goals with less financial burden. Scholarship awards represent free money, which helps students avoid taking out large students avoid taking out large student loads and graduate with less debt. For more information and to apply, please visit: hcc.edu/apply

The Rainbow Business & Professional Association Scholarship March 25, 2022

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: https://www.rbpa.org/scholarship

The Rebekah Assembly of Massachusetts March 30, 2022

We, the Rebekah Assembly of Massachusetts, of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, offer a scholarship of $1,000 to qualified seniors who plan to future their education by attending a two- or four-year college program. Please visit the Counseling Department to obtain a copy of the application.

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: www.opploans.com/scholarship.

Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts March 31, 2022

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. The 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: https://communityfoundation.org/students/scholarships/

The Women's Empowerment Scholarship April 1, 2022

Since 2018, the Women's Empowerment Scholarship has awarded $37,000 in academic grants to worthy recipients from throughout New England. Now is the time to apply for consideration to be a member of the Womens Empowement Scholarship class of 2022. The deadline to apply is April 1, 2022. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://womensempowermentscholarship.org/apply

Wing Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship April 26, 2022

The Wing Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship will be offering a one-year scholarship in the amount of $500 to students planning to enter the healthcare field. Examples of careers that will be considered are nursing, medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, radiology, pharmacy, medical technology as well as other healthcare related fields. Please visit the Counseling Department to obtain a copy of the application.


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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