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...


PSAT Test - Sign Up
Time to sign up for the PSAT!  The PSAT/NMSQT, or PSAT, is a practice test for the SAT that's offered every October for 10th and 11th graders. It also serves as a qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Program, which awards $2,500 scholarships annually to high-scoring 11th graders. South High will offer the PSAT for interested juniors on Wednesday, October 14.  The testing fee is $17.  Student who wish to take the test must sign up and pay Mrs. Bennett in the main office by Friday, October 2.


Virtual College Fairs
The Kansas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (KACRAO) is proud to announce that student and counselor registration is now open for the 2020 KACRAO Virtual College Fairs! Students can explore colleges and ask questions to admissions staff much like they would during a traditional college fair. Registration is FREE to both students and counselors. You will have the opportunity to participate in multiple virtual college fairs where you can hear from several different colleges and universities in one session and have the ability to ask questions to college reps.  Register for Virtual College Fairs


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 Opportunties
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 BankSailna Area United Way


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.


Kansas Masonic Public School Essay
Open to juniors and seniors.  First Place wins $4,000.  2nd Place: $3,000.  3rd Place: $2,000.  4th Place: $1,000.  Four essays will be chosen to receive Honorable Mention and will receive $500 each. For contest details visit: http://kansasmasonic.foundation/program/kansas-masonic-foundation-scholarships/


Patriot Art Contest
Open to any student in grades 9-12 by the March 31, 2021 deadline who is enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States, its territories and possessions; or dependents of U.S. military or civilian personnel in overseas schools.  Students must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national. Applicant does not have to be related to a VFW or VFW Auxiliary member to participate, but the student must attend school in the same Department as the sponsoring VFW Auxiliary.  Foreign exchange students, students age 20 or over, GED and adult education students, or national winners of previous Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contests are ineligible.  It will be judged on patriotic theme and technique.  One Department winner will be forwarded to Auxiliary National Headquarters.  Please see the student brochure at vfwauxiliary.org/scholarships for more details on requirements.  Deadlines: entries received by Local Auxiliary – March 31, 2021. https://vfwauxiliary.org/scholarships/young-american-creative-patriotic-art-contest/



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

- Estimate my federal financial aid eligibility with the FAFSA 4caster at www.studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa/estimate


 - 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

 - Prepare a second draft of your scholarship essay
 - Visit www.college.gov and click on "how to pay' to see how other young people paid for college
 - Review and apply for national scholarships at www.fastweb.com and www.scholarships.com

 - 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