JUNIORS: Scholarship & Testing Info

September 22, 2022

My name is Heidi Clairmont and I'm the GRHS Scholarship Coordinator.

My job is to notify you of scholarship opportunities and deadlines, announce when military and college reps will be visiting the high school and I help with testing and communications from the counseling department.


My office is in the counseling office or you can contact me by email: hclairmont@isd318.org or phone 218-327-5760 x41544

MAKE A HABIT OF CHECKING YOUR SCHOOL EMAIL!

Many important announcements will come via email to your school email account. Make a habit of checking it daily or at least weekly! Scholarships will come out from announcements like this weekly or bi-weekly and will include time sensitive information and deadlines! You don't want to miss out on something because you didn't check it!

SCHOLARSHIP NOTIFICATION LIST

Notices of National, State and Regional Scholarship Opportunities are available on the "9th-11th Scholarship Opportunities" Page. These are updated as I receive new ones.


**However, this is not an exhaustive list... there are endless amounts of be sure to research additional scholarships on your own**


Juniors & Seniors will receive email updates through their school email. Anyone else will need sign up to be on the Scholarship Notification List.


**This initial message is going out to all Junior & Senior Parents as a courtesy. However, if you want to continue receiving these emails about scholarships, you MUST sign up to be on the notification list! Students may also sign up to receive the email to a personal email address.

JUNIORS: Information on taking the PSAT

The PSAT/NMSQT will be offered to interested juniors on Wednesday, Oct. 12th, in the loft. This is a timed test that will start at 8:25 and go until approx. 12:00. This is excellent practice for the ACT and SAT and is also the entrance exam for the National Merit Scholarship program. If you would like more information, contact Heidi Clairmont in the counseling department. We only have 30 exams and they will go on a first come, first serve basis! The cost is $20 (cash or checks payable to ISD 318)

Pay and sign up in the Counseling office.

ACT Information for JUNIORS

Planning on taking the ACT this year? There are many opportunities & options for taking the test and for Test Prep.


  • Take the ACT on a National Test Date (Saturday). This is typically given at ICC & HCC. The next test dates are Oct 22, Dec 10, Feb 11, April 15, June 10, July 15 (it will also be offered in early Sept 2023). You will need GRHS ACT code: 240990 to sign up. Fee Waivers available in counseling for free/reduced lunch students.


  • The benefit to take the ACT on a national test day in December, April or June is that you can purchase Test Information Release (TIR) which allows you to receive a digital copy of the multiple-choice test questions, your answers, a copy of your answer document, the answer key, and the conversion table used in determining your ACT scores. If you took the optional writing test, you will receive a copy of the writing prompt, the writing test scoring rubric, and your essay scores. However, the cost to take the test on national test day is more, and the TIR service costs $32 if you sign up before you test. The fees for national test dates can be found on this link but this might be very valuable to help improve future scores if you plan to test more than once.


  • The ACT will be offered at GRHS on Tuesday, April 4, 2023. We will not be offering the writing portion; many colleges/universities do not require it but check with any you are considering attending or need it for scholarships. Do I need to take the Writing portion? Cost is $51 and will be able to be paid through check or cash or online prior to taking the test; it is waived for students who have completed the Free/reduced lunch application and were approved for the current school year. (Please note: the district offering of ACT in April does NOT give your answers back. You MUST test on the national test day for this service**) More information will be available in late January or early February.


Other opportunities to take the ACT are available at act.org as well as FREE test prep.

Talk to your counselor if you have additional questions.

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Questions?

Reach out to me or to your counselor for help as questions come up. We are here to help you!


GRHS Counselors (students are assigned to counselor by last name not by grade)

A-D: Tanis Henderson

E-KL: Nate Elsen

KN - RH: Teresa Stephens

RI - Z: Sheila Anderson