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For a quick video on Plans for after High School, click on You Tube at right.  
 
College Admissions Officers are reading your TWEETS.  Check this article.
 
NEW!!!  ACT STUDENT CHAMPION SCHOLARSHIP:  Recognizes one student in each state who is tenacious and persistent, no matter the challenge, and is prepared for life after high school with a goal in mind and plan in place.  Each recipient receives $500 non-renewable scholarship.  Must have taken the ACT, overcome challenges and can articulate education and career actions.  Must have a composite ACT score of 22 on a single test date or a 3.0 gpa or greater on a 4.0 scale.  Preference will be given to underrepresented and/or first-generation college students.  Due Dec 31, 2017
 
CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY - Interested in applying to Carnegie Mellon for drama or music major, check out the changes to auditions/portfolio review process.
 

C-SPAN STUDENT CAM COMPETITION:  Open to high school students in 9th-12th grade.  Complete the entry form for you, any teammates and your teacher advisor (if applicable).  Compete as an individual or as a team.  Upload your documentary video file on this year’s theme “THE CONSTITUTION & YOU” Choose a provision of the U. S. Constitution and create a video illustrating why it’s important to you.  Cash prizes totaling $100,000, C-SPAN awards prizes to 150 student documentaries and 53 teacher advisors!  Enter between November -January 18, 2018.  Deadline Jan 18, 2018  

2017 DRIVE2LIFE CONTEST:  Open to students in grades 9 through 12.  Create a public service announcement (PSA) for the 2017 Drive2Life Contet to help prevent distracted walking.  One Grand Prize student winner will receive $1,000 and a trip to New York City to work with an Emmy-winning director to turn his or her vision into a 30 second PSA.  Plus winner will be featured on the nationally broadcast TV show Teen Kids News and in select Scholastic magazines.  Four student runners-up (2 from grades 9 - 12) will receive $500 each.  The teacher of each student winner will receive a one-year subscription to a Scholastic magazine.  Due Feb 2, 2018     
  
ELKS CLUB VOCATIONAL GRANT:  55 renewable Grants of $1,000 each for student pursuing a technical or vocational education, one or two years, culminating in an associate degree or certificate.  Submit completed application to Barbara Ross.  Due within 3 months from time you downloaded the application.
 
FORD, ANNE SCHOLARSHIP:  For students with learning disabilities.  (Note: ADD/ADHD/Hyperactivity Disorder alone is not considered a learning disability; eligible candidates with ADD/ADHD/Hyperactivity Disorder must also provide documentation of a specific learning disability).  Need based. Minimum 3.0 gpa.  Must be planning on attending a 4-year college or university.  Due Dec 31
 
NEW!!!  GOLD COUNTRY KIWANIS ESSAY / SPEECH CONTEST:  Open to juniors and seniors.  First place $500, 2nd place $300 and 3rd place $200.  Due:  Feb 1, 2018   
 
LIONS SPEECH CONTEST: Speech to be between 5-10 minutes, but it is recommended your speech be as close to 10 minutes without going over the time limit. Note cards may be used at the club level competition. Topic is "Integrity and Civility Play What Role in Today’s Society?" Open to students, including foreign exchange students, in grades 9th-12th. Two Local contests will be held, one on February 14, and one on February 15, 2018.  Zone Level Competition will be held on or before March 19, 2018, Region Level Competition by April 9, 2018. District Level by April 30, 2018, Area Level by May 21 and the MD4 Final is on June 9, 2018.  See or email Barbara Ross asap to sign up (Preferably by Jan 19).  
 
$2,000 "NO ESSAY' COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP:  Open to all high school students.  Simply log in or create a free account to apply.  Must be legal residents of the U.S.  International students with valid visas are also eligible.  Only one entry per person per month.  A new winner will be chose every month.  Sponsored by Niche.  Due Dec 31, 2017
 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION 2018 INTERNATIONAL AVIATION ART CONTEST “Flight Into the Future”:  Open to students between the ages of 6 and 17.  Create a poster (11 3/4” x 16.5” or the nearest possible equivalent) with your favorite art supplies including watercolor, acrylic, oil paints, indelible marker pens, felt-tip pens, soft ball-point pens, indelible ink, Crayola or any similar indelible medium.  Not permitted are pencil, charcoal, or other non-permanent medium, computer-generated artwork, collage work involving the use of photocopies..  Artwork will be judged, at least in part, for its creative use of this year’s theme in relation to the aviation world.  Entries must be sent to your state’s sponsor office.  Due January 19, 2018

FAFSA information may be updated as required.  Spring of 2015, FAFSA implemented a new login process.  The FSA PIN is replaced by an FSA ID, which will be comprised of a user-selected username and password.  This will eliminate the need for individuals to enter personal identifiers (Social Security number, name and date of birth) when accessing Federal Student Aid's systems.
FAFSA information may be updated as required.  Spring of 2015, FAFSA implemented a new login process.  The FSA PIN is replaced by an FSA ID, which will be comprised of a user-selected username and password.  This will eliminate the need for individuals to enter personal identifiers (Social Security number, name and date of birth) when accessing Federal Student Aid's systems.
FAFSA information may be updated as required.  Spring of 2015, FAFSA implemented a new login process.  The FSA PIN is replaced by an FSA ID, which will be comprised of a user-selected username and password.  This will eliminate the need for individuals to enter personal identifiers (Social Security number, name and date of birth) when accessing Federal Student Aid's systems.
FAFSA information may be updated as required.  Spring of 2015, FAFSA implemented a new login process.  The FSA PIN is replaced by an FSA ID, which will be comprised of a user-selected username and password.  This will eliminate the need for individuals to enter personal identifiers (Social Security number, name and date of birth) when accessing Federal Student Aid's systems.
 
Encourage your students in grades 6–12 to create a public service announcement (PSA) for the 2017 Drive2Life Contest to help prevent distracted walking.
PRIZES:
•  One Grand Prize student winner will receive $1,000 and a trip to New York City to work with an Emmy-winning director to turn his or her vision into a 30-second PSA. Plus, the winner will be featured on the nationally broadcast TV show Teen Kids News and in select Scholastic magazines.
 
•  Four student runners-up (two from grades 6–8 and two from grades 9–12) will receive $500 each.
 
•  The teacher of each student winner will receive a one-year subscription to a Scholastic magazine.
 
Go to scholastic.com/drive2life for free lessons on pedestrian safety and creating a PSA.
 
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