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Even More Financial Aid 101!

More financial aid training is available through WNCC, please click the link to the flyer below to learn more!

Financial Aid 101 – WNCC

Financial Aid 101 on January 20, 2016

financialaidWednesday, January 20, 2016 — Please join us with EducationQuest to learn about the Financial Aid Process.  We will be meeting in the Distance Learning Lab Classroom at 5pm.  If you have questions please contact Heather Cline at 638-4434 or

Update: If you are unable to make it to the January 20 meeting, Gordon/Rushville will be having the same meeting tonight, January 13, at 5:30 pm in their Cafeteria.

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Seniors and Senior Parents – FAFSA Help in Chadron

Attention Senior students and Senior Parents: If you need help and guidance filling out your Free Application For Student Aid, please click the link below to read the flyer.

Chadron 2015

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Senior Class Students & Parents

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Gordon-Rushville High School will be hosting an EducationQuest Financial Aid Program on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 6:00 pm.  Financial aid and the FAFSA will be discussed at this meeting.  Every student who attends or has a parent attend will be entered for a chance to win a $500 scholarship.

For an overview video of the FAFSA process click on the following link:

For other financial aid resources visit: or

EducationQuest can also be reached at 800-303-3745

Scholarship Listings

Scholarship information is available on the website.  It is updated as scholarship information comes in.  Please check back often by clicking on the big green button to the left labelled “Scholarships”.

Scholarship Contest – 1st to 8th Graders

Nebraska students from first grade to eighth grade can enter the scholarship contest by submitting a drawing. Drawings must be created with pencil, crayons, paint, watercolor or paper collage and are due by the end of September. Full details can be found at the state treasurer’s website: Twelve winners will receive $1,000 scholarships in a NEST 529 College Savings Plan account.

Financial Planning Webinar by Eduquest

Eduquest will be holding a webinar on Wednesday, January 22,   at 12:00 p.m. (CST) for those parents who would like to participate during the day.  Below you will see the links and password for each webinar.

Tuesday, January 21:                             password:  student

Wednesday, January 22:                       password:  student

Parents and students can also access the webinar by going to our website and use the link under upcoming events.

College Prep Radio Show

John Baylor has started a weekly, one-hour radio show, the John Baylor College Prep Show.  It is available at the following address:   There is a link on the  hshawks homepage as well.


Winning the Scholarship Game

Follow these tips to increase your chances of earning scholarships:

Don’t pay for scholarship searches. Use free resources such as ScholarshipQuest at with over 2,000 Nebraska-based scholarships. Free national sites include Fastaid, Scholarship Monkey,, School Soup, and

Visit your guidance counselor often for information about local scholarships.

Place scholarship applications in deadline order. Local awards and college-specific applications deserve top priority because you’re more likely to earn them.

Update your activities, honors, community service or paid jobs using the Activities Resume at

Earn the best possible ACT/SAT scores by taking the exam in the spring of your junior year and again in the fall of your senior year.

Use quality references such as a teacher, coach or counselor. Encourage them to write specific examples of your leadership skills. Give them advance notice and a specific deadline.

Tailor your essay to the scholarship.  Ask an English teacher to read your essay and offer advice on making a big impact.  Your essay will need to stand out from other applications.

Pay close attention to grammar, spelling and neatness. Ask at least two people to proofread your entire application.