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: StudentAid.gov/resources#how-fill-out-fafsa-video
For other financial aid resources visit: EducationQuest.org or StudentAid.gov/resources
EducationQuest can also be reached at 800-303-3745
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: http://treasurer.org/cs. Twelve winners will receive $1,000 scholarships in a NEST 529 College Savings Plan account.
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: http://eqf.org/1dfk8EK password: student
Wednesday, January 22: http://eqf.org/1asv81a password: student
Parents and students can also access the webinar by going to our website EducationQuest.org and use the link under upcoming events.
John Baylor has started a weekly, one-hour radio show, the John Baylor College Prep Show. It is available at the following address: http://www.johnbaylorcollegeprepshow.com/ There is a link on the hshawks homepage as well.
Follow these tips to increase your chances of earning scholarships:
Don’t pay for scholarship searches. Use free resources such as ScholarshipQuest at EducationQuest.org with over 2,000 Nebraska-based scholarships. Free national sites include Fastaid, Scholarship Monkey, ScholarshipExperts.com, School Soup, and Scholarships.com.
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 EducationQuest.org.
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.
December “To Do” List
Complete these tasks during December to stay on the right college planning track.
__ Submit college applications.
__ Estimate your FAFSA results using the College Funding Estimator at EducationQuest.org.
__ Attend the Financial Aid Program in your area.
__ Continue to apply for scholarships.
__ Attend the Financial Aid Program in your area.
__ Search for scholarships.
__ Register by December 28 for the January 26 SAT.
__ Register by January 11 for the February 9 ACT.
If you can shoot a basketball, you can win free money. Security First Bank is once again donating scholarship money to one lucky HSHS student grades 9-12. Basketball players are also eligible to sign up this time. The student chosen for this will shoot five times. Each made shot is worth $100. To be in the contest you must sign up on the office door before the game on Thursday, February 9. This game will also be parent’s night!
PLAYERS please note that if you are chosen you yourself cannot shoot! You have to choose an audience member that is neither a coach nor a referee to shoot for you.
College is just around the corner!!! Juniors and seniors should start preparing for college. Juniors can attend the financial aid program in their area, research schools that have their interest. Signing up for Countdown2College at education quest.org to receive monthly college planning advice, and complete the online activities Resume to record your honors and activities for future admission and scholarship applications. They can take the ACT as many times as possible –colleges use your best score. Seniors should start narrowing down their college choices, talk to admissions, visit campus’, attend a college fairs, request letters of recommendation, complete college applications, update your Activities Resume at EducationQuest.org, and apply for scholarships. Some good resources are Scholarship Quest at EducationQuest.org, the college you plan to attend, and free internet based scholarship search sites. If you have any questions about scholarships and college preparation, talk to Mr. Planansky or Mrs. Marx.