Junior Announcements


RECRUITERS/COLLEGES at SHSS - During Lunch in Commons

Due to restricted visitation at Salina High School South, all college, university and military recruitment visits will be conducted virtually.  Please check the Virtual Visits page for updated visit scheduling and information. 



Junior News...


Barton Community College - Junior Day
Barton Community College will be hosting Junior Day on Wednesday, April 14th! We will have information sessions, students can explore multiple majors, view campus/housing, and be entered to win prizes which include a $1,000 and TWO $500 scholarships. Registration is now open and can be found at the link below.  Register here - https://bartonccc.edu/junior-day  Masks will be required. 


O'Brate Foundation Dual-Credit Scholarship
The O’Brate Foundation is committed to helping youth with limited resources succeed in reaching their educational goals and becoming positive contributors to society. We invest more than just money in our scholars by providing each of them a staff mentor to help work through the challenges of adjusting to college. In addition, we also provide our scholars with Financial Literacy programming and Personal & Professional Development opportunities and workshops. Our Traditional College Scholarships are based on financial need, renewable and range in size from $500 to $5,000 annually. Eligibility Criteria: Financial Need, Age 17 to 252.5 GPA or higherKansas High School Graduate or equivalent, Full-Time Student pursuing, or planning to pursue, an undergraduate or graduate level certification and/or degree at an accredited technical school, community college, or college/university, Work Experience and Commitment to Work while in School, Drive & Determination to Succeed.  O’Brate Foundation Scholarship Application.  Scholarship Deadline: May 1, 2021


American Legion Boys' State
The American Legion Boys’ State of Kansas is accepting applications for Boys’ State 2021. This event is open to male sophomores, juniors and seniors in the top half of their class.  The theme this year is: “For Democracy to work, we must learn how to work together”.  Boys’ State will be held at K-State Manhattan from June 6th to June 12th.  To apply visit:American Legion Boys' State of Kansas ... (ksbstate.org).


Sunflower Girls State
Sunflower Girls State is a non-partisan program that teaches young women responsible citizenship and patriotism. High School students, having completed their junior or senior year, spend an intensive week of studying, working together as self-governing citizens. They learn how to participate in the functioning of their city, county, and state government in preparation for their future roles as responsible citizens.  Fee is $100 per delegate. Registration forms are located at www.ksgirlsstate.org Sponsorships may be available at your local American Legion Auxiliary Unit.  Registration Deadline:  May 15, 2021


Youth Civic Leadership Institute (YCLI)
The Youth Civic Leadership Institute (YCLI) is a highly competitive leadership opportunity held at the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas for incoming high school seniors throughout Kansas. The three-day, two-night program includes a variety of speakers, outings, workshops and brainstorming sessions focusing on the importance of civic engagement in our democracy. YCLI includes a visit to the State Capitol in Topeka to meet with our state leaders and discuss issues. This exciting leadership opportunity is provided at no cost to the accepted students.  For more information see Ms. Smith or https://doleinstitute.org/get-involved/for-students/youth-civic-leadership-institute/.


ACT Method Test Prep
Students can take advantage of ACT Method Test Prep in their Career Cruising Account. This is an excellent tool to prepare for the ACT test. Student can access Method Test Prep by signing into Career Cruising and clicking on "My Plan". Next click on the "ACT Link".



South High Student Opportunities...

Please read carefully. Some opportunities apply to a specific age/classification of student. Additional information is available in the Counseling Office.


Volunteer Opportunities
Are you looking for opportunities to volunteer in the Salina and Saline County community?  Here are some links to get started.

Volunteer MatchCatholic CharitiesSalina Family YMCASaline Emergency Food BankSalina Area United Way

  • Spring Spruce Up - Volunteers needed for Salina Community Wide Clean Up Day.  Saturday, April 17 (8am-Noon).  Spring Spruce-Up Flier
  • Big Brothers Big Sister of Salina is gearing up for the return of our Glow in the Park Fun Run on April 24th starting at Lakewood Middle School.  This new course will begin and end at LMS and run through Lakewood Park.  If you have any students who are looking for 2.5 hours of volunteer hours, we would love to have their assistance. The entire event runs from 7-10 PM.  We are needing the bulk of our volunteers from 7:30-10:00 PM (may end sooner depending on speed of participants. Volunteers will be placed (in pairs) around our glow race course where they will direct runners and walkers through our 5K/1 mile course.  Each volunteer will be given some Glow in the Dark/LED accessories to wear along with reflective vests.  We are asking volunteers to arrive to LMS by 7:30 PM for instructions and placements. We are also looking for 2 students who would be interested in being our event photographers. This would be a great opportunity for students to work with both darker lighting and action shots.  These students would be given whatever jump drive/camera card they would need for these photos.  This would a first come first serve opportunity.  In the past we have given the photographers jump drives and they upload the photos to them or a Google Drive for us. For those who would like to volunteer they can call our office at 785-825-5509 or email Camid@bbbssalina.org


Dual Credit Opportunities for Sophomores and Juniors - Salina Area Technical College
Salina Area Technical College has articulation agreements in place with several area high schools. This enables students to earn college credit while still in high school. See your counselor for more information or visit Salina Tech's website. To apply for admission to Salina Tech, go to their Application page. 



Virtual College Visits

COVID-19 has changed the where and how we visit colleges campus. Recently, some college campuses have opened back-up their campuses for socially distanced and masked college tours, while others still remain closed to visitors. Your best source of information for how colleges are sharing their campuses with prospective students is each College/Universities Campus Visit website.

Virtual Campus Tour Resources & Events:

Tips for a (Virtual) Campus Visit You'll Remember


STRIVE Virtual College Exploration

Go to College Fairs

NACAC Virtual College Fairs



Scholarship/Contest Opportunities for Juniors...

Miss Kansas/Miss Kansas Teen USA
You could be the next Miss Kansas/Miss Kansas Teen USA. For more information visit: Miss Kansas/Miss Kansas Teen USA Website

Davis Scholarship
This scholarship is available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any post-secondary institution. To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay of less than 1000 words on the topic below: Pick a controversial problem on high school or college/university campuses and suggest a solution. Award: $1,000 To apply visit: Davis Scholarship Application

  • There is no age restriction
  • Be sure to include your name and the school you are attending this year and next
  • This is not an academic scholarship but we would like to know where you are going to school now and what your future academic plans are. Please do not send transcripts or letters of recommendation at this time.

Samsung American Legion Scholarship
Scholarships are restricted to high school juniors who complete either a Boys State or Girls State program and are a direct descendant - i.e. child, grand child, great grandchild, etc. - or a legally adopted child of a wartime veteran who served on active duty during at least one of the periods of war officially designated as eligibility dates for American Legion membership. To apply visit: Samsung Scholarship Application

Eagle Scout of the Year
The American Legion honors the Eagle Scout of the Year at the national convention with a $10,000 scholarship. The three runners-up get $2,500. Further information is available from department adjutants or the Americanism and Children & Youth Division. Student must have reached his 15th birthday and be enrolled in high school at the time of selection. For more information visit: Eagle Scout Scholarship

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship
Abbott & Fenner are committed to continuing our efforts at helping those who have the desire and ambition to succeed. The winner(s) of this annual scholarship will receive their award within 2 weeks of the listed deadline. All applicants should include their full name and mailing address with their submissions. Applications for these scholarships are available at Abbott and Fenner Scholarship Application

The 2021 Coolidge Scholarship
The Coolidge Scholarship is a full-ride, four-year, merit scholarship that may be used by recipients for undergraduate study at any accredited college or university in the United States. Any high school junior who plans on enrolling in college in the fall of 2022 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident is eligible to apply.  Coolidge Scholars are selected based primarily on academic excellence. Secondary criteria include: an interest in public policy, an appreciation for and understanding of the values President Coolidge championed, as well as humility and service.  The Coolidge Foundation invites the top 100 applicants to participate in its Coolidge Senators Program, which includes an all-expenses-paid Summit Weekend in Washington, D.C and a one-time $1,000 scholarship. Applicants who make it to the finalist level, but do not ultimately win the full scholarship, receive a one- time finalist scholarship of $5,000.  The scholarship application, along with additional information, can be accessed on our scholarship site: www.coolidgescholars.org. The application opens in October 2020. The Coolidge Scholars Program can be reached by email at coolidgescholars@coolidgefoundation.org or by phone at (202) 827-4291.



Junior Year & Financial Aid Checklist


Take challenging courses in core academic subjects and stay on track to complete state-required curriculum for college admission requirements. Colleges look for:

  • Challenging coursework
  • A strong GPA
  • Involvement in extra-curricular activities such as sports, volunteer work, or church

Request a catalog and admission information about a variety of colleges and universities

  • Go to college fairs and college-preparation presentations by college representatives
  • Explore career options and their earning potential in the Occupational Outlook Handbook at www.bls.gov/oco


  • Stay involved in school and community-based activities
  • Dare to dream-take on a new leadership role
  • Apply for institutional scholarships (Don't miss deadlines!)
  • Review and apply for national scholarships at www.fastweb.com and www.scholarships.com





  • Visit college campuses (and talk to Financial Aid while I'm there)
  • Narrow my college choices to 5-7 schools
  • Ask your teachers or community leaders for recommendations for professionals who you can job-shadow for a day
  • Take the ACT and practice, practice, practice
  • Talk to parents/family about my goals after high school


  • Begin drafting a scholarship essay
  • Ask teachers, counselors, and employers for recommendation letters to include with scholarship applications
  • Review and apply for local scholarships geared toward juniors
  • Review and apply for national scholarships at www.fastweb.com and www.scholarships.com


  • Estimate college costs using each college's Net Price Calculator




  • Visit college campuses and talk to Financial Aid while I'm there
  •  Narrow college choices to 5-7 schools
  • Begin applying to colleges



  • Visit www.college.govand click on "how to pay' to see how other young people paid for college
  • Review www.FederalStudentAid.ed.gov/guide for different ways to pay for college
  • Save money from my summer job to pay for college applications and college costs




Helpful Hints to Score Well

  • Register in advance to give yourself time to prepare appropriately
  • Take advantage of test-prep opportunities through your high school, online, or through colleges
  • Eat a healthy breakfast the morning of the test and get several good nights of rest in the days before the test


Compliments of www.kasfaa.org