December Senior Newsletter

Dear Seniors,

It is hard to believe that we are already almost half way through your senior year. Graduation will be here soon ! Below you will find many current scholarship opportunities. Please pay close attention to deadlines and give yourself plenty of time to complete the application.

For many universities early action and priority deadlines have passed. Regular decision as well as universities with rolling admission are still accepting applications. It is important to know university deadlines so you do not miss opportunities. If you need help with applications or the college process please see your counselor we are here to help.

It is important to read emails and listen to announcements as communication surrounding college lunch and learn visits, scholarship opportunities, graduation information, and much more come in the form of email.

Current Scholarship Opportunities

Beat the Odds

  • Demonstrate academic achievement as well as participation in school activities, community organizations, employment and/or community service.

  • Have a current G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher.Plan to attend college, university, or vocational school in the fall of 2019.Application found at

  • Deadline: December 8th, 2018

AK Steel Sons and Daughters Scholarship

  • Parent must be an employee of AK Steel
  • Deadline December 31st, 2018
  • Application available in the counseling department

FREE SPEECH essay Contest :

  • Open to seniors in U.S. high schools. Students must submit an essay between 800 and 1,000 words on the provided topic below.

  • Additional questions regarding eligibility may be emailed to

  • Deadline: December 31, 2018.

Robert A. Cunningham Memorial Scholarship:

  • Be a member of General Electric Credit Union

  • College-bound with a "B" average

  • Community Volunteer hours

  • Essay required

  • 2 letters of recommendation

  • High School transcript

  • Deadline January 15th, 2019

  • Application available in the counseling department

Franklin B. Walter Scholastic Award:

  • Student ranked in the upper 5% of class

  • One year scholarship in the amount of $1,000

  • Deadline is February 2nd, 2019

  • Application available in the counseling department

WACE Co-op Scholarship

  • Have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale

  • Apply for admission for the 2019-2020 academic year at institution(s) you select on the scholarship application

  • Meet other merit scholarship criteria as established by the institution(s) selected on the application


  • Deadline February 15, 2019

AAA School Safety Patrol Scholarship:

  • Once served as a member of the AAA safety patrol

  • 500 word essay

  • References

  • Transcript

  • Deadline is Friday, February 22nd, 2019

  • Application available in the counseling department

Tina's Angels:

  • Pursuing an Associate's, Bachelor's, or Technical/Vocational School

  • High School transcript

  • Extra-curricular and/or community services

  • 2 reference letters: 1 teacher 1 community member

  • Deadline is March 1st, 2019

  • Application available in the counseling department

Martha Seward Rahfuse Memorial Scholarship:

  • Student ranked in the upper 25% of class

  • One year scholarship in the amount of $1,000

  • Deadline is April 1st, 2019

  • Application available in the counseling department

Hamilton Community Foundation:

Middletown Community Foundation:

Scholarship Award Letters

Seniors please share with the counseling department your scholarship award letters. We recognize scholarships awards in your graduation program and want to include and recognize everyone so please remember to turn in a copy to your counselor.

Torch Prep

Need a higher ACT score ? Torch Prep maybe the answer. TorchPrep exists to help students deal with the heavy weight of the ACT Test. TorchPrep has developed an innovative, strategy-focused approach that helps students beat the test, gain confidence, and achieve their highest possible score.
Senior year is very exciting but can also be stressful. Your trying to finish high school graduation requirements while also trying to focus on your next steps which include applying to college, ACT/SAT testing, letters of recommendation, college essay's, scholarship application....the list goes on. Here are some stress busters to help manage the stress.

Important Reminders

  1. You must submit your official ACT scores which requires you to log into your ACT account and send them to the Universities you have applied.
  2. Now is the time to work on your college applications and obtaining your password/user name for your FAFSA, which you will complete after October 1, 2018. Both you and your parent need to register and choose a password and FAFSA ID. Deadlines are fast approaching for many universities. Be aware of application and FAFSA priority deadlines are due.
  3. Attention Students and Families Wishing to File the 2019-2020 FAFSA. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool used to help families assist with completing the FAFSA will be available starting October 1, 2018 for those wishing to complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA. The tool will help families transfer the 2017 IRS tax information needed for this FAFSA. Please note that any information transferred will be encrypted to enhance the security level of this system. You will not be able to see the information transferred on the FAFSA screens or the Student Aid Report once the FAFSA is processed. If you have additional questions, please contact your school counselor, your college access advisor or your institution’s financial aid office.
  4. Please review previous senior newsletters for important information and resources such scholarship research searches, ACT/SAT, College Essay, Parchment, Overgrad and much more.