AHS Counseling Update

February Newsletter 2020

National School Counseling Week 2020

February 3 - 7 is National School Counseling Week! We are so thankful that we are able to serve the students of AHS. Be sure to follow us on social media and check the Counseling Website to stay up to date on the latest news from the AHS Counseling office!

Academic Small Group

Mrs. Millington will be starting an Academic Small Group to work with students who need a little extra help learning how to get organized, how to take notes and study, and work on some motivation to earn higher grades. The group will be held during homeroom time to not take away from classroom instruction. If you are interested in the small group, please fill out THIS FORM. Please note that space is limited and the group participants will be first-come, first-served. Once a list has been generated from the form, Mrs. Millington will reach out with information for small group start date. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Mrs. Millington via phone (417-678-2251) or email mmillington@aurorar8.org.

More Than A Game Night - Monday, February 10th at 5 pm

Our first More Than A Game Night was a success! We will be hosting another event on Monday, February 10th during the home basketball game vs. Mt. Vernon. We would like to encourage parents and students to attend to speak to representatives from local college/career institutions.

ACT Bootcamp - Feb 29 & March 7

Are you taking the April ACT? Want to raise your composite score? You should sign up for the ACT bootcamp with Mr. Glaser! Students must attend both dates. See your counselor to sign up.

SENIORS - It is scholarship time!!

There are now about 50 scholarships posted on our board just inside the Counselor's Office, most of which are "local" or "area" (meaning they will be awarded to either a "local", as in AHS student . . . or an "area" student from say, a Southwest Missouri high school).

Some you'll have to come in for . . . but many of them can be "viewed" on the Community Foundation of the Ozarks website (www.cfozarks.org). Go to "scholarships" and create an account or login to your existing account. Type in "Public" at the top and click on "enter code", then search "Aurora" to see all that are available for application ONLY to Aurora students. If you don't put anything in the "search" box, it will give you a list of all the scholarships offered through CFO, which is HUNDREDS.

The ones that are open to "area" students can only be found by typing in the specific scholarship or scrolling down through all of them, so I've made a list for you of those that you'll want to search for in addition to the "Aurora" ones. If you use just one "keyword" out of the names below, you'll have the most luck getting to the one you want.

  • AITP of the Ozarks
  • Alternative Education
  • Camp Arrowhead Staff
  • J.C. Carr Memorial
  • Christodoulou Memorial
  • Southwest Cattlemen's Association
  • Community Foundation Memorial (YEP)
  • EFCO Sales Rep
  • Estep Memorial
  • Gravelin
  • B.King Memorial
  • Orthopedic Nurses
  • MO Association of Resource Conservation & Development Councils
  • MO Society of Professional Engineers
  • Southwest MO Association of Resource Conservation & Development
  • Straus Memorial
  • Struck Memorial
  • Tesar Memorial
  • Thomason (Autism)
  • Umlauf Memorial

The scholarships listed above (along with several others) are all posted on our scholarship board, as well as on the CFO website. Whether you choose to view them online or in our office, you will quickly see that you will not be eligible to apply for nearly all of them. Some are very specific to areas of study, or requirements such as minimum GPA or minimum ACT. Just a heads up, almost all of them require some type of essay but don't panic . . . most of them will tell you what they want you to write about and it usually involves your goals and how you plan to achieve them.

Please be sure to check our scholarship board (or the student announcements on the school website) often, because new scholarships will be posted every few days from now until probably around the end of March and some have relatively short windows of time to apply. Make sure you are checking the Scholarships page on the AHS Counseling Website as well.

Please pay close attention to the deadline dates because scholarships cannot be turned in late. A few of them get turned in to me, but many are online, and others you will need to MAIL in. Please allow for mail time, as (in most cases) your application packet must reach the destination by the deadline date, as opposed to them accepting them based on postmark date.

AHS Counseling Department

Mrs. Manuel - 11th/12th School Counselor


Mrs. Millington - 9th/10th School Counselor