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New Salem - April 26, 2006

Counselorís Corner

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

National Merit Scholarships

Want to get your college paid for? A few bright hard working students
in North Dakota will get their college paid for through scholarships.

Now is the time for sophomores who are interested in competing for a
National Merit Scholarship to sign-up on the list in my office. In
order to compete for the scholarships, students must take the
Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship
Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) on Wednesday, October 18, 2006. Only students who are juniors in October can take this test and compete to become a National Merit Scholar.

The very top scorers will be notified if they are among the
approximately top 1/2 of 1% of scorers and will be notified of when to
take the SAT during their senior year to become a finalist. Students
who become National Merit Scholarship winners receive very large
scholarships from the colleges they attend. This scholarship along
with other scholarships will pay for most of their college education in
North Dakota.

Current sophomores who wish to compete in this need to sign-up prior
by May 10, 2006. The cost for taking the PSAT/NMSQT is $ 12.00. It is to be paid in the fall prior to the test date.

Fee Waivers
Each year we are able to secure a limited number of fee waivers for
students who qualify. Qualifications for fee waivers include: juniors
whose families are on public assistance, juniors whose families receive
free or reduced lunch, etc. Below is an alternative method for
qualifying for a PSAT/NMSQT fee waiver.

Household Size.....Annual Income
1 .......................... $ 17,705
2 .......................... $ 23,736
3 .......................... $ 29,767
4 .......................... $ 35,798
5 .......................... $ 41,829
6 .......................... $ 47,860

However, in order for the student to receive a fee waiver, I must
submit to the College Board the number of fee waivers in May. To
qualify, either the student or the parent must let me know by May 10,
2006 that they wish to take the test and that they qualify for and wish
to use the fee waiver. It is too late to apply for fee waivers in the

This test is also available for students who are sophomores in the fall of 2006. However, sophomores cannot compete for the scholarships
nor can they qualify for a fee waiver. The advantage for any sophomores to take this test is to gain experience on the test.

New Salem/Almont Dollars For Scholars
I received the go ahead from Mark Fleck, Chairman of the New Salem/Almont Dollars for Scholars Committee, to make the scholarship applications available. The scholarship applications were distributed to all seniors in Mr. Tyler Vander Walís Government Class on Tuesday, April 18, 2006. This yearís New Salem/Almont Dollars for Scholars Scholarships again include two Class of í51 Scholarships, and the Josh Kuhn/Josh Olin Memorial Scholarship.

Completed applications must be typed. If a student wishes to complete the application on the computer, simply request a copy of the application in Word through an e-mail to me at If completed on the computer, be sure to maintain the integrity of each page. The studentís name should only appear on the first page.

Thanks to the New Salem/Almont Dollars for Scholars Committee for their work and all those who have contributed to make these scholarships available for our students! Seeing students receive scholarships is one of the top things I like about my job.

If you have any questions on counseling, testing or career development issues, 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!