Board Meeting Change
The June 19th School Board Meeting has been moved to June 27th
Welcome to the Senior Page for the Class of 2017!
The Senior News, your monthly senior newsetter, will be emailed (Parents, contact Mrs. Thompson to be put on the email list, if you are not already.) and posted on the bottom of this webpage at the beginning of each month. ALL seniors will receive the newsletter at their school email address. Copies of scholarship information, as listed on the newsletter, will be available in the scholarship book outside the counselor's office. Most applications are now online, but the select few paper applications will also be available in the scholarship binder.
A Senior Timeline will also be emailed monthly, detailing benchmarks of what each senior should be doing based on his/her plans after high school.
If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact your Senior 2017 counselor, Mrs. Lisa Thompson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA)
The FAFSA for the graduates of 2017 will now be available beginning October 1, 2016. See the document posted below titled 2017-18 FAFSA Updates, to be most prepared for the new process.
Local Scholarships are now available. Application information is detailed in the monthly Senior News. See the attachments below.
ARKANSAS STATE SCHOLARSHIPS Updated 12/2015
ARKANSAS ACADEMIC CHALLENGE SCHOLARSHIP
The academic eligibility requirement is now simply an ACT composite of at least 19, or an equivalent score on an equivalent test. Smart Core is no longer required for public high school students, nor is there a minimum GPA requirement. The equivalent tests we accept are SAT (average score of 730), the COMPASS (average score of 64), the ASSET (average score of 40), and now the Accuplacer (average score of 82). We have never had a limit on how old a test score can be, so we will accept COMPASS and ASSET scores as long as students submit them. Those two tests will no longer be offered by their publishers in the near future, but we will continue to accept the scores indefinitely.
The award amounts for Challenge are as follows. Students will max out once they earn 120 credit hours.
First year -- $1000 ($500/semester)
Second year -- $4000 ($2000/semester) at a 4-yr institution; $3000 ($1500/semester) at a 2-yr institution
Third year -- $4000 ($2000/semester)
Fourth year -- $5000 ($2500/semester).
GOVERNOR’S SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
This scholarship has been eliminated.
GOVERNOR’S DISTINGUISHED SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The academic requirements for the GDS are an ACT composite of at least 32, and a GPA of at least 3.5. Beginning with the class of 2016, the GPA we use will be the student’s over-all GPA, as shown on the transcript, rather than the GPA in academic courses. The limit of the number of awards made each year remains at 300, unless extra funding is authorized. Every county is guaranteed a GDS. When a county does not have a resident that meets the minimum GDS requirements, the highest Academic Challenge Scholarship applicant in that county will be awarded the GDS. Please note that the Challenge Scholarship will be rescinded when the student is awarded GDS.
HIGHER EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY GRANT (GO! GRANT)
The GO! Grant is awarded based on financial need and is intended to help low income students complete their college degree. The annual award amount is $1000 for full-time students and $500 for part-time students. No student shall receive more than $4000 in GO! Grant funds in his/her lifetime. Eligibility is based on the family’s adjusted gross income as reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
CHANGES IN STATE SCHOLARSHIP HOLDS
Prior to this year, scholarship hold requests were authorized for up to one year for any reason. Beginning with the 2015-16 academic year, students can hold their scholarships for up to four semesters, but for only a limited number of reasons:
Please note that students are no longer allowed to put their scholarship on hold if they decide to attend an out-of-state college. They must decline the scholarship when it is offered to them. Anyone who decides to return to Arkansas for college can reapply as a non-traditional student in the future. GDS recipients are now, however, allowed to hold their scholarship for the first semester, which they were previously not allowed to do.