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Welcome to the class of 2022 page!

As juniors, you will begin to immerse yourself in different opportunities and new information to help you plan for your post-secondary choices. Please check out the vast array of information presented on the Bobcat Counseling page, such as academics, ACT/SAT, Resources, Testing Dates, and Military.

Testing Information

This year, all juniors will be required to take the ACT on February 23. ACT has practice events online and free ACT Practice Tests. You can find them at this web site:

https://www.act.org/content/act/en/students-and-parents.html

Scroll down and you will see a purple banner going across the page. You will find the links to free resources there. If you have any questions, email or stop by to see me.

Juniors this year will have the option to take the ASVAB.  You will receive an email and sign up to take the test.  Ms. McClenny will be keeping a list of students who want to take the test.  If you need more information on the ASVAB, email her at mmcclenny@bobcat.k12.ar.us for details. The test will be administered Thursday September 24, 2020. You will be notified of the location. 

If you are one of the students who take the ELPA21 test, it will be given to you between January 25 and March 5, 2021. 

SCHOLARSHIPS

Bishop Scholarship

This scholarship will be for Juniors only.  The John Patrick Bishop Memorial Scholarship (JPB) is a chance to get your skills built up doing scholarship applications.  Each of you have until February 1, 2021 to complete and turn the scholarship in.  Don't wait until the last minute. 

The scholarship form is on this site as a document.  Once you have completed the application, it needs to be turned into me.  I will then attach a copy of your transcript and get them delivered by the due date.  So have them to me before January 27 so I can get them in on time.  I want to share some hints for scholarships now. 

1.  Always fill them out in pen, not pencil. 

             A.  Print off more than one copy of the scholarship form. (Or pick them up at the counselor's office.)  Use one to write on initially and the 2nd one to use for the final draft that gets turned in. 

             B. Make sure there are no stray marks and don't use white out on an application ever. 

2. Read all the instructions.  People giving money want it to be filled out the way they want it.

3. Double check all requirements.

             A.  Be sure spelling is complete and accurate.  

             B.  Don't use abbreviations.  The person getting the scholarship may not know what they stand for and it can hurt your chances. 

             C. Include all the required documents.  If you don't include what they are asking for, you will go to the bottom of the pile for consideration.

             D. Personal information makes a scholarship more real.  Don't include graphic information that might hurt your chances of being granted the scholarship.  

             E. Include clubs, organizations, awards you have received and offices held.  If they don't ask for them in the application, work them into a summary or essay you write. 

             F.  DON'T LIE.  

4. Turn in before the required deadline.  Don't wait until the last minute.

             A.  We know that recently schools shutting down and other shutdowns have caused us to not have access to paperwork and information we need.  If you want to request a transcript from the counselor's office you have to do that ahead of time.  

             B. Reference Letters should be requested from someone you know well.  

             C. Someone you have worked with or knows your academic habits.  This means they can personalize it for you.  That is important.  Don't ask someone who doesn't know you well. 

             D. Allow at least 2 weeks for someone to craft a reference letter for you.  Give them a list of what you want included or what the scholarship is asking for.  If they are individualized use it for the one scholarship only. 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  Good luck. 

 

As juniors you need to remember there are opportunities to gain scholarships now.  There are search sites like Fastweb.com and others that can help you narrow down your search to the scholarships that you have a greater chance of getting.  So start looking for money for college now, so you don’t have to pay it back later.