Guidance Counselor - St. Marys Jr/Sr High School | St. Marys, Kansas

St. Marys Jr/Sr High School
Home of the Bears
St. Marys Jr/Sr High School
Home of the Bears
601 E. Lasley St. St. Marys, Kansas
601 E. Lasley St. St. Marys, Kansas
St. Marys Jr/Sr High School Home of the Bears
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District Financial Aid Night Parents/Guardians, We will be hosting a Financial Aid Night for juniors/seniors and their parents on Wednesday September 29th at 5:30 PM at Rossville Jr/Sr High School. A Financial Literacy Coordinator from one of our local universities will be facilitating the event. Students and parents will learn about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a new state scholarship opportunity called the Kansas Promise Scholarship Act. We strongly encourage juniors/seniors and their guardians to attend. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have questions/concerns.
Washburn Tech Entrance Exam (Accuplacer) October 12th at SMHS High School Students, If you are interested in attending Washburn Tech your junior or senior year, you will need to take WT's entrance examination called the Accuplacer. The Accuplacer will be offered at St. Marys High School on Tuesday October 12th at 11:30 AM. This is open for any freshman-senior who is interested in attending WT. There are two portions to the test (reading and math)and each portion costs $10 to take. If you are interested in taking the Accuplacer, please complete the form below by Friday October 1st at noon. Payment is due on the day of the test. (Students will pay Washburn Tech directly.) Link: Please contact Ms. Heitman if you have questions!
KSU Airforce ROTC Cadet for a Day KSU Airforce ROTC Cadet for a Day High School Juniors/Seniors, I am Cadet Cameron Maltz, and I am a sophomore in the Construction Science Management program here at Kansas State University. I will be running the Cadet for a Day program this fall which gives high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to come here to K-State’s Manhattan campus and shadow one of our current Air Force ROTC cadets for the day. It’s a unique chance to see what college and AFROTC life looks like! We will be hosting the Fall semester event on Thursday, the 7th of October. The event will kick off at 8:30 AM in Richard B. Myers Hall here in Manhattan and concludes at 6:00 PM. Lunch will be provided. Activities include a detachment tour, attending a freshman aerospace studies class, campus tour, shadowing a cadet, attending our Leadership Lab, and more! Please sign up quickly as spots are limited and are first come, first serve. To register for this event, please email Lt Col Paul Bozzo at The deadline to register will be the 29th of September. In the event all of the slots are full by the time you try to sign up, you are always welcome to contact the Detachment 270 front office via email at or calling (785)-532-6600 to schedule a normal visit and meet with one of the cadre who can answer all your Air Force ROTC questions. I look forward to meeting those who can participate and think you will find it to be an awesome experience! Very Respectfully, Cameron Maltz
Essay Contest with Kansas State Treasurer Lynn Rogers This essay contest is open to all Kansas students in grades 5 through 12 (high school senior). Essay responses must be completed by the student, but the form must be signed by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Submissions will be accepted from now until close of business on October 8. Students must answer the following two questions: 1) What does the Kansas State Treasurer do? (50 words minimum) 2) If you had $1 million, what would you do with it? (200 words minimum) To be considered a qualified submission, students must respond to both questions with the minimum word requirement. Qualified submissions will be grouped by grade levels of 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, and 11/12. Responses to the second question will be judged by a panel of educators from all across the state. Essays will be judged based on creativity, quality of writing, and grammar, usage, and mechanics. One winner from each grade level grouping in each Congressional District will be named for a total of 16 winners. Winners will be notified in early November, and will each receive $529 to invest in a new or existing Learning Quest 529 Savings Account designated by the parent or guardian. No taxpayer dollars are being used for this promotion. Link to Apply:
PSAT October 13th (Optional for Sophomores and Juniors) The PSAT will be offered to interested sophomores and juniors on Tuesday October 13th. This optional assessment is primarily for two different groups of students: students who are interested in applying to universities out of state where the SAT is an admission requirement should consider taking the PSA OR students who are interested in the National Merit Scholarship Program. If you do not fit into either of these categories, the PSAT will NOT be helpful to you. Here's a link with more information regarding the PSAT/SMSQT: If you are interested in taking the PSAT, please complete the attached Google form by Wednesday October 6th. If you have any questions, please let Ms. Heitman know. Google Form Sign Up Link:
Elks MVP Scholarship The Elks MVP Scholarship is open for any current senior to apply for. The scholarship entry information can be found online at In addition to the National Scholarships, Junction City Lodge #1037 gives two $1000.00 scholarships. (We do ask that students that are going to submit for this scholarship, identify Junction City Lodge #1037 as their local Lodge.) All applications must be submitted online on or before 11/15/21. Local judging will take place in December, with state judging taking place in early January 2022.
Fort Hays State University College Rep The Fort Hays State college representative will be at SMHS on 10/28 at 11:30. There will be a flex session scheduled that sophomores-seniors can sign up for.
Kansas Buffalo Association Scholarship The Kansas Buffalo Association is offering a $1000 scholarship to a high school senior or first-year college freshman who is involved in raising bison and/or is planning to pursue a career in an agriculturally related field. The KBA invites interested applicants to complete an application, provide one letter of reference and submit a 500-word essay explaining why they have chosen agriculture as their field of study and why the selection committee should choose them to receive the KBA scholarship. KBA members may act as sponsors to qualify family, friends or a member of a local school or county ag-related organization (FFA, 4H, etc.) for this scholarship. The KBA website has a membership list to help applicants find a member in their area, and call, email or stop in for a visit to ask whether he/she would be willing to sponsor them. While a sponsor is not required, it is strongly recommended as an indication of the applicant's interest in the industry. Applications and supporting materials are due by Oct. 15, 2021. The scholarship will be awarded at the Kansas Buffalo Association Sale in Salina, Kan., on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2020. Either the recipient or his/her designate must be present to accept the scholarship and have a picture taken with representatives from the sponsoring organization. Link to Application Form:
2021 KSDE AEOP SCHOLARSHIP NOW AVAILABLE Applications are now available for the Kansas State Department of Education Association of Educational Office Professionals (KSDE AEOP) Margaret Van Horn Scholarship. Each year the association offers a scholarship to a Kansas student. The scholarship program is open to current Kansas High School, College, and/or Technical School students. Applicant must intend to continue his/her education in an education or business-related program. Applicant must be enrolled in a minimum of nine semester hours (at least half-time). Enrollment must be in an accredited post-secondary educational facility within the state of Kansas. The scholarship award of $300 is offered for the purchase of books, payment of fees or tuition, purchase of supplies, or other academic expenses. Emphasis for selection of the recipient will be based on the scholarship application, initiative exhibited, character shown, and/or other factors supporting his/her candidacy. The completed application, with original signature and enclosures, must be postmarked by January 14, 2022. The 2022 application can be found on their website:
Kansas Promise Scholarship The Kansas Promise Scholarship is a new scholarship program that was unveiled last spring. Called the ‘Last Dollar’ Scholarship, when other scholarships and grants do not cover the costs owed on tuition, fees or books, the Kansas Promise Scholarship makes up the difference. Promise Act funding may be used for various Career and Technical Education or two-year degrees. The specific CTE categories which qualify for Promise Act funding have been identified by state legislators within the areas of: Information Technology and Security, Mental and Physical Healthcare, Advanced Manufacturing and Building Trades, and Early Childhood Education. In addition, each college may select one additional area. Ms. Heitman will be hosting an information session during flex times in September to discuss this program in more detail to seniors. For more information please visit:
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