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New Salem - March 1, 2006

Counselor’s Corner

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

Seniors should have already applied for college scholarships. These normally are applied for by completing a college scholarship form either at the same time as application is made to the college or shortly thereafter. Some colleges begin awarding academic scholarships December 1st. Many other scholarship deadlines are on or around March 1st. So, if a senior is planning on attending college and hasn’t yet completed a scholarship application for the college they are planning to attend in the fall of 2006, a college scholarship application should be completed and mailed immediately.

Scholarship Lists
There are many scholarships that seniors can apply for. I just posted the 16th scholarship list for this academic school year on the bulletin board outside my office. I post several and students are welcome to pull one off of the bulletin board. I also frequently distribute this list to seniors when I visit either Mr. VanderWal’s American Government Classroom or Mrs. Gilstad’s English classroom. This list of scholarships consists of scholarships primarily for seniors. On occasion there are scholarships for juniors, sophomores, freshmen, and sometimes for students in grades 7 and 8 too.

Many scholarship deadlines have passed and some students have applied for some of them. Here is a sample of some of the scholarships that are currently available to be applied for:

Associated General Contractors of North Dakota
The application deadline is April 1, 2006. The scholarship award is between $ 400 and $ 750. This scholarship is for a 12th grade student with a college major in construction, surveying, estimating, or civil engineering. The main scholarship criteria are class rank, awards, and letters of recommendation.

Berger Family Scholarship
This is the first year that this scholarship is being offered. Joe Berger and his family offer this scholarship. This application deadline is March 15, 2006. High school seniors may apply for this $ 2,000. Scholarship. This scholarship may all go to one person or may be divided among more than one person. Preference will be given to a member of St. Pius Catholic Church who is planning on attending the University of Mary. If both criteria are not met, the Berger family will choose from those who apply. Some of the selection criteria are: GPA, class rank, ACT, activities, goals, and special circumstances.

Although Mr. Berger attended school in New Salem many years ago, he and his family want to assist someone in attending post-secondary education. Thanks to the Berger family.

Farm Credit Services
The deadline for this scholarship is March 1, 2006. The award is for $ 500. Some of the selection criteria is GPA, ACT score, counselor/principal evaluation, letters of recommendation, activities, and need. A certain number will be awarded for this region of North Dakota.

Gate City Bank
The scholarship deadline is April 1, 2006. The award is $ 1,200. A total of 45 scholarships will be awarded based on GPA, class rank, activities, leadership, essay, and the application

ND Propane Gas Association
This $ 1,000. scholarship deadline is March 27, 2006. The scholarship is based upon GPA, resume, and the family must be purchasing bulk propane from a North Dakota Gas Association member.

New Salem Education Association Scholarship
This is another local scholarship that will be awarded. The scholarship application deadline is May 1, 2006. Some selection criteria are GPA, activities, involvement in education, and an essay, “Why you believe you are qualified to be considered for this scholarship award?” Thanks to the New Salem Education Association for making this scholarship possible!

North Dakota Credit Unions
This $ 500. scholarship has an application deadline of March 31, 2006. Volunteerism, work/job experience, honors, activities/organizations, and accomplishments are some of the criteria listed on the application.

Theodore Roosevelt Medora Scholarship
This $ 500. scholarship is for students who work during the summer for the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation. A total of 25 scholarships will be awarded.

For a complete current list of scholarships, one can either look at the scholarship lists on my bulletin board or go to my website at, click on “Scholarships” and then click on the most recent date for New Salem High School.

Helping students apply for and receive scholarships is one of the top 25 things I like about my job. It is great to hear a student tell me that he/she was awarded a scholarship. It is students getting paid for doing a good job in school. Yes!

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

Have an excellent academic day!