Senior Newsletter

February 2018

Graduation Requirements

  • Monitor your grades esp. in classes you need for graduation requirements! Make sure you reassess within the two-week window and see your teachers during PLT for help.
  • Remember that you have to pass both the U.S. and the MO Constitution tests in order to graduate. See Mrs. Nelson or Mrs. Quint asap for study help.
  • We will have another CPR training opportunity soon for those of you who missed it in the fall. You will receive a personal note about the date and time.
  • Do your 16 hours of community service and turn in your forms by May 1st. Mrs. Price is in charge of monitoring this requirement. Please see her with questions.

Senior Tidbits

  • Apply for college if you haven’t already! You may have already missed some scholarship deadlines, but it’s not necessarily too late to apply.
  • File the FAFSA for financial aid or A+ benefits for next year! If you didn’t get this done by February 1st, you missed the MO priority deadline for aid, but there still could be some aid available including federal aid up for eligible FAFSAs filed by April 1st. Check your college deadlines though! They could be earlier!
  • Complete all scholarship applications that you are possibly eligible for! We are not omniscient and do not know all deadlines for scholarships that all colleges offer. You need to do a little research into the college of your choice and find the scholarships that they offer as well as the ones we advertise. Also, register on a free scholarship search website or app, such as or Scholly, ask your parents if their employers or civic groups offer scholarships, ask your employer, your church, etc. In other words, be proactive, ask and research!
  • Complete the local scholarship application that will be used to award many of our local scholarship applications. Check the scholarship list in this newsletter for more information on this application and others.

Dates to Remember

ESHS Parent/Teacher Conferences

ESHS will be hosting Parent/Teacher conferences on February 15th from noon - 6 pm. This is an excellent opportunity to speak with your/your student’s teachers.

MCC Mobile Testing (Change of Date)

Students in the MCC Mobile Group will take the Accuplacer test (if needed) on Feb. 22nd starting 2nd mod. If you do wish to join this testing group, make sure you have applied for admission at . The last part of MCC Mobile will be for you to attend a Start session on campus (preferably with a parent/guardian) to enroll in college classes.

Midwest College Expo

This is a large college fair of faith-based colleges from 17 states. It will take place on Saturday, Feb. 24th from 10 am – 2 pm at Colonial Presbyterian Church at 9500 Wornall Rd in KC, MO. See the poster outside the counseling office for a list of colleges attending.

Lunch Visits

College & Military Recruiters

  • February 12th - UMKC
  • February 20th – U.S. Marines
  • February 21st – U.S. Army
  • February 27th – U.S. Navy
  • March 8th – Missouri State Park Rangers


Test Date Registration Deadline

Feb. 10, 2018 (register by Jan. 12, 2018)

(could test standby, if necessary)

April 14, 2018 (register by March 9, 2018)

June 9, 2018 (register by May 4, 2018)

July 14, 2018 (register by June 15, 2018)

If you still need to retake the ACT, you can, but hurry and register ASAP at! When you register, be sure to have your scores sent directly to the universities/colleges that interest you. You can have your scores sent to up to four schools for free. See Mrs. Grove for a fee waiver for the testing cost, if you get free or reduced lunch at school.

Please see the Countdown to Graduation attachment for other important upcoming dates from the Senior sponsors!


College/University Scholarships

Many universities offer competitive, academic scholarships for students who apply early. Sometimes these applications are automatic with your admissions application and some require additional applications. Check with the universities that you are interested in for the various scholarships that you may qualify for.

Other Scholarships

These are just some of the available scholarships out there and that have been sent to us. Be proactive and do your own search, too! Also, watch our due dates! Sometimes, for processing and mailing time, we have the scholarships due to us earlier than the dates on the applications. Remember to computer-generate your applications and have someone proofread them for you!

Greater Kansas City Community Foundation (various amounts)

The GKCCF offers numerous scholarships with online applications at starting in December. Some of these include:

Pastor Otis L. Cobbins, Sr. Memorial Scholarship – open to any senior who feels they demonstrate loving service to family and community, trustworthiness, etc.

Stephen R. & Dorothy M. Pratt Scholarship Fund – - LOCAL! For ESHS seniors who plan to major in music – must have a minimum 3.0 GPA

Go-Long Scholarship – open to students with a 2.0 or higher GPA

Automobile Dealers of Greater Kansas City Scholarship – must be planning on a career in the automotive field and have a minimum 2.75 GPA

Check out the web site for many others! Deadlines vary.

Jack Holley M.U.S.I.C. Scholarship

ESHS can have one nominee for this scholarship, which is not just for music majors. One letter of recommendation is required along with the application. Applications are available at and are due to the counseling office by Feb. 9, 2018.

Hy-Vee Foundation Scholarship ($1,000)

Students who are employed by Hy-Vee (or their parents are) are eligible for this scholarship. Go to for the application. Applications are due to the Hy-Vee Foundation by Feb. 10, 2018.

Ray-Carroll County Grain Growers Scholarship ($1,000) NEW!

Students who are children of Ray-Carroll members or members of Ray-Carroll themselves may apply for this scholarship. Applications, essays and recommendation letters are due to the counseling office by February 12, 2018, or to the RCCGG office by Feb. 14, 2018.

Elizabeth Spellman Health Career Scholarship ($1,000) REGIONAL! NEW!

Students from Clay, Platte or Clinton counties are eligible to apply for this scholarship for students going into a health-related career. Applications are available at and are due to us by Feb. 15, 2018, if we’re mailing it for you, or due to St. Luke’s North Hospital by Feb. 20, 2018.

NCCE Partner Colleges- Merit Co-Op Scholarships

Application deadline Feb. 15, 2018 – For students attending Clarkson University, Drexel U, Merrimack College, Rochester Institute of Technology, Oswego, U of Cincinnati, U of Toledo, U of Massachusetts – Lowell, or Wenworth Institute of Technology. Students must have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA and complete all required admissions materials at one of the institutions listed above. To complete this scholarship please visit

Mediacom World Class Scholarship ($1000)

Mediacom is offering this scholarship to seniors in the North Central Division. The scholarship is based on academic performance, leadership and financial need. Applications are available online at and are due to Mediacom by February 16, 2018.

MO Society of Certified Public Accountants ($500)

Seniors interested in becoming a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) should apply for this scholarship. This award is based on academics, leadership and an essay. Applicants must attend a college/university in Missouri. To apply, go to . Online applications will be accepted through February 23, 2018.

Assistance League of Kansas City Scholarship ($1,000) NEW!

This scholarship is for seniors who have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, an 85% or better attendance rate and who demonstrate financial need. A copy of the application is attached to the email of this newsletter and all materials are due to the Assistance League by March 1, 2018 or to the ESHS Counseling Office by Feb. 26, 2018, if we’re mailing it for you.

Liberty Hospital Foundation Nursing Scholarship ($2,500)

LHF will award up to eight students who wish to pursue a BSN degree. Applications can be found at and are due to the counseling office by Feb. 27, 2018, if we’re mailing it for your or by March 2, 2018, to the LHF.

Blue Springs School of Economics ($500)

For students to be eligible for this scholarship, they must have attended the Blue Springs School of Economics on a field trip during their elementary/middle school years at some point. The GPA requirement is 2.75 or higher and an essay is required. Applications are available online at and are due to the counseling office by Feb. 28, 2018, or must be post-marked no later than March 2, 2018.

Excelsior Springs Optimist Club Oratorical Contest

This contest awards a $2,500 scholarship to a student (under the age of 18 by Oct. 1, 2017)) who wins at the district level. To enter you must apply by Feb. 28, 2018, and prepare to give a speech of 4-5 minutes on a Sunday in March. For more information and applications, please visit the counseling office.

MOACAC Braxton Rethwisch Scholarship ($1,000) and Scholarship Central NEW!

Seniors with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Applicants must plan on attending a MOACAC member college

or university. The application for this scholarship must be done through Scholarship Central, which is a portal that gives access to many local and regional scholarships. Previously focused on the St. Louis area, Scholarship Central is expanding to include opportunities open to students across the state of Missouri. This application can be accessed at and must be done by March 1, 2018.

Diane R. McCullough Scholarship (~$2,500) LOCAL!

This new, local scholarship is in memory of Diane R. McCullough, a long-time teacher in ESSD. Selection will be made based on application, resume, essay, letters of recommendation and transcript. The application was emailed to your student gmail account and must be submitted to the counseling office by March 1, 2018.

FCS Financial Services Scholarship ($1,000)

For Missouri seniors who are children or grandchildren of customers with FCS Financial through their loan or crop insurance programs. To apply go to

Applications must be submitted by March 1, 2018.

Project 21 Scholarship Contest ($1,000 – 1,500)

Create a video, poster or write an article about the issue of underage gambling. More information is available at and submissions are due to the Missouri Gaming Associate by March 1, 2018.

Missouri Bankers Foundation Scholarship ($500)

Students interested in college-level study of banking or banking-related careers should consider applying for this scholarship. Applications are available at and are due to MBA by March 9, 2019. Applications must be certified by a participating bank.

Missouri Women’s Golf Association

This scholarship is for female golfers and can be found at

and is due to the Association by March 10., 2018, or to the counseling office by March 5, 2018, if we’re mailing it for you.

ESHS Local Scholarship Application (amounts vary)

This one application will gain you consideration for the following scholarships:

American Legion

American Legion Auxiliary

Anderson-Taylor Memorial

Bonnie Casto Memorial

Clay Lodge #207 Masonic

Darren Couts Memorial

Excelsior Springs Business Women of Missouri

Excelsior Springs Chamber of Commerce

EDDS Custodial Department

Excelsior Springs Area Cultural Guild

Excelsior Springs Quarterback Club

Excelsior Springs Quarterback Club Visual Arts

Excelsior Springs Rotary Club

Gary Kennedy Memorial

Gregg Williams Foundations

Martha Jarman Memorial

Mary Denton Lamb Memorial

Michael Raybourn Memorial

Optimist Club Wendell Clark

Ray Reynolds Memorial

Student Council

Terri Garbison Memorial

Some restrictions apply, depending on intended college major, extra materials needed, etc. See the application that was emailed to your student gmail account and attached again to this email for details. Applications and all materials are due to the Counseling Office by March 15, 2018.

Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative Scholarship ($1,000)

Scholarships will be available to undergraduate students attending school while pursuing a degree in the electric power industry. Requirements include a GPA of 2.5 or higher, two letters of recommendation, a one-page essay and a digital photo and applicant or applicant’s family must be a member of PCEC. Applications are available online at and must be turned in by March 15, 2018, if we’re mailing it for you, or to PCEC by March 20, 2018.

Greater Kansas City Officials Association ($500) NEW!

This scholarship is for students in the greater KC area who are involved in at least one of the following sports programs: football, volleyball or basketball. Applications are available at and are due to GKCOA by March 31, 2018, or to the counseling office by March 22, 2018, if we’re mailing if for you.

Missouri Insurance Education Foundation Scholarship ($1,500) NEW!

These scholarships are for students interested in pursuing a degree or career in insurance, risk management or actuarial science. It is necessary to submit a typed application, letter of application, letter of

recommendation and a transcript, which must be postmarked by March 31, 2018. Applications are available at and are due to the counseling office by March 22, 2018, if we’re mailing it for you.

Septagon Construction ($500) NEW!

Students enrolling in one of the following areas of student are eligible for this scholarship: engineering – structural, civil or architectural, architecture, construction management, construction technology or a construction-related trade. Applications are available at and must be postmarked by March 31, 2018.

Shelter Insurance Scholarship ($2,000) NEW! LOCAL!

The local ES Shelter Insurance office is offering this scholarship to ESHS seniors who plan on post-secondary education at any accredited college or university. The application is attached to the email of this newsletter and is due to the ESHS Counseling Office by April 3, 2018.

Excelsior Springs Optimist Club H.A. Dickey Community Service Scholarship ($500) NEW! LOCAL!

Students who have completed 100 hours of community service (not including A+ tutoring) after the sophomore year of high school are eligible. You must plan to attend a college/university of some type full-time. Submit a resume of your community service experience to the counseling office by April 6, 2018.

Clay County Farm Bureau Scholarship ($500)

To apply for this scholarship you must be a resident of Clay County and your parents must have been Clay County Farm Bureau members for at least three years.

See the guidance office for an application and for more information. Applications must be received by the CCFB office by April 6, 2018.

Kenneth L. Short Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

OPAA Food Management offers this scholarship in memorial of Kenneth L. Short the founder of OPAA. To be eligible you must enroll in an accredited college or university and demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in the food service/hospitality industry. Applications are available at and are due to OPAA in Chesterfield, MO, by April 6, 2018, or to the counseling office by April 2, 2018, if we’re mailing it for you.

Women’s Retail Network (up to $5,000) NEW!

WRN is offering scholarships up $5,000 for females pursuing programs in automotive retail areas. Enrollment in an accredited automotive program or institution providing automotive retail and/or service management degrees or certificates is a requirement. Visit to download a copy of the application. It needs to be submitted by April 15, 2018.

American Legion State Scholarships

The American Legion Department of Missouri offers a numbers of scholarships to descendants of veterans and/or Girls/Boys State participants. If you meet this criteria, go online to for applications. Applications are due to the counseling office by April 16, 2018, if we’re mailing them for you. Because we can only have one nominee for the Shane D. Voyles scholarship, we’ll need to have those applications by April 9, 2018, to go through a selection process.

Student View Scholarship Program ($500- $4,000) NEW!

Log on to and complete a 15-20 minute survey about colleges in your area. The deadline is April 22, 2018.

Tip Top Tux Formal Education Scholarship ($1,000-5,000)

Tip Top Tux is offering these scholarships to any seniors continuing their education after high school. Applications are available online at

and must be submitted to TTT by May 1, 2018.

The Fountainhead Essay Contest ($50-$10,000)

Essays based on the novel The Fountainhead will be judged on both style and content. Judges will look for writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. Detailed instructions about this contest and other based on other Ayn Rand novels are available online at Submit online by May 15, 2018.

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship Program ($1,000)

Students will submit an essay on the topic that appears on the scholarship page of our web site: Apply by June 14, 2018.

Aspiring Nurse Scholarship ($1,000) NEW!

This scholarship is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue college education in nursing, including

LPN/LVN, AND and BSN programs. Apply at by Aug., 31, 2018.

AES Scholarship ($500)

Submit an essay by October 6, 2018. Visit for more information. You are not required to be an engineering major in order to apply for this scholarship.

College Covered Scholarship ($10,000) NEW!

Enter at and follow the links and instructions to complete and submit the registration form including a valid email address to be considered for this random drawing for 11 $10,000 scholarships. One entry per promotion period starting January 1st, 2018 and ending on January 31, 2019.