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Vol. 8 SENIOR SCOOP - May 2023

Senior Signing Day & Awards Ceremony!

MHS will hold its 10th annual Senior Signing Day on Friday, May 19th where we will recognize and celebrate all seniors by highlighting their pursuits and plans after graduation. This year, we are very excited to have Senior Signing Day in conjunction with the Awards Recognition Ceremony from 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM at Monson High School.

Each senior will receive a senior t-shirt and a certificate signed by their sponsor. This is truly a community celebration, and all families are invited to attend. Elected local and state officials have been invited to participate, as well as many town officials and community members. Special thanks to all of the sponsors and supporters!

We hope that you will enjoy the 2023 program!


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.

Make sure the letter is free of both grammatical and spelling errors. You are an important part of Plymouth State University, and the literacy demonstrated in your letter is a reflection on all of us.

Thank You Letter Tips:

Write clearly and concisely.

Double-check your letter for typographical and grammatical errors—better yet, ask a friend to review it.

Express enthusiasm.

Be sincere.

You were awarded a scholarship because your personal qualities, financial need and/or academic abilities stood above all other applicants. Sending a thank you letter confirms that this scholarship was important enough to you to take the time to present yourself in a professional manner. The sample letters (provided below) are to help you compose your own thank you letter in a professional format.

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.


Important Dates

5/1 Chemistry AP Exam

5/8 Calculus AP Exam

5/9 English Lang AP Exam

5/12 Mid-Quarter 4

5/13 Prom

5/18 Early Release Day

5/19 Senior Signing Day / Senior Awards Recognition

5/22-5/25 Senior Final Exams

5/25 Athletic Awards

5/26 Last day for seniors/ Senior Check-Out

5/30 & 6/2 Graduation Rehearsals

5/30 Senior Banquet

5/31 Senior Class Trip

6/1 Senior Bonfire

6/1 Senior Parade

6/2 Graduation (Rain date Sat 6/3)



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:

School Counselor

Mrs. Kristen Sorel


May Scholarships

Pioneer Valley Women's Running Club May 1, 2023

The PVWRC is offering a $1000 scholarship for a college-bound female high school senior in Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin Counties in Massachusetts as well as Northern Connecticut. The scholarship aims to reward a well-rounded, intelligent, civic-minded senior who has participated in track or cross country. For more information and to apply, please visit:

Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship May 1, 2023 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:

Thermo Fisher Scientific Antibody Scholarship May 2, 2023

The Thermo Fisher Scientific Antibody Scholarship Program (“Program”) will award scholarships to eligible life science students, to be used for the 2023–2024 academic year. 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 ) 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, please visit:

Nage Scholarship May 13, 2023

The 2023 NAGE Scholarship application is now open! Apply online through the link below. In continuing our commitment to helping members and their families achieve their educational goals and dreams, NAGE is proud to announce the 20th 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, NAGE EMS and IAEP, and the member's spouse, child, step-child, grandchild, niece, nephew, or significant other. The application, which is available by clicking the link below, and 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. NAGE Scholarship applications must be postmarked (or received if submitted electronically) no later than MAY 13, 2023. Scholarship recipients will be chosen in a random drawing at the Spring National Executive Board meeting; winners will be announced on this web site following the meeting. For more information and to apply, please visit:

The Trotter Project Scholarships May 15, 2023

The Trotter Project is pleased to offer the following 2023 Scholarship opportunities: The Farmer Lee Jones Scholarship, Homaro Cantu Scholarship, and the Pursuit of Excellence Scholarship. To be eligible, students must have a 2.5 or higher G.P.A. (unweighted), be a current high school senior, incoming, or college student pursuing Culinary Arts, Baking/Pastry, Hospitality Management or Agricultural. For more information and to apply, please visit:

B. Davis Scholarship May 21, 2023

This Scholarship is available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any post secondary institution. For more information and to apply, please visit:

Massachusetts Youth Soccer Scholarship June 1, 2023

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 2023. 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. In addition each recipient will be invited to attend the Annual Awards Banquet in January 2024. For more information visit

Hampden County 4-H / Youth Special Fund Scholarship June 1, 2023

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.

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship June 10, 2023

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. For more information and to apply, please visit:


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