Vol. 9 Senior Scoop - May 2022

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

Senior Signing Day, returning in person!

MHS will hold its eighth annual Senior Signing Day on Friday, May 20 where we will recognize and celebrate all 67 seniors by highlighting their pursuits and plans after graduation. This year, we are very excited to have Senior Signing Day back in person 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 we are glad that we are able to get back to hosting this event in person, after two years of virtual celebration. Elected local and state officials have been invited to participate, as well as many town officials and community members. 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 2022 program back in action!

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 handwritten. 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.

Important Dates

Government AP Exam: Mon 5/2

English Lit AP Exam: Wed 5/4

Calculus AP Exam: Mon 5/9

English Lang AP Exam: Tues 5/10

Senior Signing Day: Fri 5/20

Senior Final Exams: Wed 5/25 & Thurs 5/26

Athletic Awards: Thurs 5/26

Senior Check-Out: Fri 5/27

Rehearsals: Tues - Thurs 5/31-6/2

Senior Awards Night: Tues 5/31

Senior Class Trip (Boston): Wed 6/2

Senior Parade (GV): Thurs 6/2

Senior Banquet: Thurs 6/2

Graduation: Fri 6/3 (Rain date Sat 6/4)


Pioneer Valley Women's Running Club May 1, 2022

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: www.pvwrc.org

Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship May 2, 2022

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: https://phillips-scholarship.org/new-applicants/

Thermo Fisher Scientific Antibody Scholarship May 4, 2022

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, please visit: https://www.thermofisher.com/us/en/home/life-science/antibodies/thermo-fisher-scientific-antibody-scholarship-program/antibody-scholarship-application-form.html

Nage Scholarship May 13, 2022

The 2022 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 19th Annual NAGE Scholarships program. For more information and to apply, please visit: http://www.nage.org/benefits/scholarships

The Trotter Project Scholarships May 15, 2022

The Trotter Project is pleased to offer the following 2022 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 to qualify for scholarships. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://www.thetrotterproject.org/scholarships

B. Davis Scholarship May 21, 2022

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: http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm

Massachusetts Youth Soccer Scholarship June 1, 2022

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. In addition, each recipient will be invited to attend the Annual Awards Banquet in January 2022. For more information and to download the application, please visit: Student Athlete Scholarship | Massachusetts

Hampden County 4-H / Youth Special Fund Scholarship June 1, 2022

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 12, 2022

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: bhttps://abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.php

For questions, please contact your Counselor:

Mr. Ryan Dearing (Last Names A-L)
Mrs. Kristen Sorel (Last Names M-Z)

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