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Hebron - November 2, 2005

Counselorís Corner


By Dr. Gaylynn Becker
National Certified Career Counselor
Hebron & New Salem High Schools

Family Financial Aid Night
We will conduct a Family Financial Aid Night on Monday, November 28, 2005. The session will begin at 7:00 P.M. in the ITV Room. Our guest speaker will be Sandy Klein. Mrs. Klein is the Director of Financial Aid at Dickinson State University. She will explain the entire Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the form that must be completed in order for a student to access federal funds. This includes PELL Grants, Supplemental Opportunity Education Grants (SEOG) Grants, and state grants. The FAFSA is also required for students to receive various subsidized and unsubsidized federal student loans.
This workshop is for the parents of this yearís seniors who are planning on attending college next year. In addition, any community members who are thinking of attending college in the near future and/or who would like to find out about the financial aid process are welcome to attend.
Last year each person who attended was able to enter their name or their son or daughters name into a $ 250.00 scholarship competition. The winners were drawn at random. We had a state winner at Hebron High School last year. It happened that both parents and the student all attended and so her name went into the drawing 3 times. I havenít heard yet if the North Dakota Directors of Financial Aid will have the same scholarship competition this year.

College Scholarships
This is the time of year to complete scholarship applications for college scholarships. In order to do this, students must first apply to the college for admission. Then students must normally complete a college scholarship application. The college will then examine high school transcripts and ACT scores to determine which college scholarships Ė if any Ė that an applicant qualifies for. Some colleges have already begun to award scholarships while some do not start to award scholarships until December 1st. Usually, the higher the grades and the better the ACT score, the more likely a student is to receive a scholarship.

There are also college scholarships for students in college. One place to check for scholarships is in the financial aid office. Two other sources are within the studentís major department and the college counseling office. Of course college students can also access http://www.fastweb.com. Fastweb.com will do a scholarship search for high school and college students both.

College Admissions Representatives
College and university representatives from across North Dakota and a few from out of state schedule visits at both Hebron and New Salem High Schools each year. Community members who are interested in visiting with a college admissions representative are also invited to attend the informational meetings at the high school.
The following Colleges will have representatives at Hebron High School:

1. Northern State University will be here at 1:30 on Wednesday November 2nd
2. Bismarck State College will be here at 12:30 on Tuesday, November 8th
3. Jamestown College will be here at 9:30 on Tuesday, November 22nd
4. Presentation College will be here at 8:30 on Monday, December 5th
5. North Dakota State College of Science will be here at 8:30 on Friday December 9th

Sexual Assault Support Group
The Abused Adult Resource Center in Bismarck is conducting a sexual assault support group beginning on November 7, 2005. Sessions will be held on consecutive Mondays from 6:00-8:00 P.M. The registration deadline is November 1, 2005. For more information and to register contact either Tamara or Kelly at (701) 222-8370.

Home Education
Anyone who is providing Home Education for their children and would like to participate in the North Dakota State Assessment and has not yet made arrangements with the school for testing, please contact me as soon as possible. The tests need to be completed and returned with the schools tests. I would like the completed tests returned to me at Hebron High School by 8:30 A.M. on November 7th.

For more information on career information and links, please see my Career Planning website at http://www.cplanning.org. If you have any questions on career, counseling, or assessment topics, please contact me at Hebron High School at 878-4442, at New Salem High School at 843-7610, or at my residence at 222-3222.

Have an excellent academic day!