Mayer Lutheran High School students have access to a full-time guidance counselor who will help each student develop an academic plan to prepare them for what comes after high school, be it college, vocational, service or a job. Parents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the different course offerings and dual-credit options available. It’s never too early to start preparing!
ACT Dates for 2017-2018
- April 14, 2018
- June 9, 2018 held on MLHS campus
- July – 2018 TBD
AP and PSEO Information
ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) COURSES
Students may receive college credit by successfully passing a test offered through the Advanced Placement program. MLHS offers courses designed to help students prepare for these tests, which are taken at MLHS. College credit is not guaranteed. At the end of each year AP students register to take a test. Students receiving a score of 3, 4, or 5 may be granted college credit for the appropriate class. A fee for this test is required from each student regardless of their score. Advanced Placement courses are currently offered in English (Language and Literature & Language and Composition), U.S. History, World History, Physics, and Calculus. AP classes qualify for weighted GPA points.
POST-SECONDARY ENROLLMENT OPTIONS
A sophomore, junior or senior may apply for the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program offered by the State of Minnesota. This program pays college or university tuition and fees for students who enroll in an accredited college or university while still considered a high school student. The following procedures apply.
- Students enrolled in PSEO classes must still meet the graduation criteria at MLHS unless enrolled full time in an accredited college/university.
- MLHS will waive 1 credit (2 semester classes) for students enrolled full time at an accredited college. These credits may only be waived from “Religion” or “elective” categories
- Students enrolled in the PSEO program remain eligible for the National Honor Society.
- PSEO students are not exempt from the full graduation fee.
- PSEO students remain eligible to participate in co-curricular activities.
- PSEO students will be charged per credit for any classes taken which lead to a student’s early graduation. (Before the end of their second semester senior year).
- A student is not to exceed a 7/7 load without the permission of the Principal.
Post -Secondary Financial Policy: to determine the MLHS tuition for off-campus PSEO students, contact the Business Assistant.
Steps to be completed for PSEO:
- The student meets with the Guidance Office to discuss pros, cons, and the process related to the PSEO program.
- Parent contact is made by the Guidance Counselor to discuss options.
- The student investigates college options and visits prospective colleges.
- Students complete the application process for state reimbursement
- Students enroll in the participating college.
- Once students have been accepted into the college they complete a Notice of Student Registration.(See Guidance Counselor for form.)
- The student submits this form to the college.
- The college sends this form to the state after the enrollment process is complete.
Ninth grade schedules have the least flexibility, however it’s a great idea to look ahead to make sure to plan for any specific classes outside the requirement that you are interested in. For example, an increasing number of colleges require at least two years of language study. Physics and Calculus fill graduation requirements but are often taken as electives, so make sure to plan ahead so you can fit everything in.
Grades are another thing that take on much more importance in high school. MLHS keeps parents informed of any slippage in attendance and grades, but it’s important if you plan to attend college to keep those grades up. Placement test scores are important, but GPA is often just as important. Good study skills and testing strategies are one of the most important things to develop your first year in high school
Tenth graders are already starting to take advanced coursework and settling in. Continued good grades are extremely important if you plan to attend college. Sophomores are encouraged to meet with their teachers individually if subject matter is challenging or if they are having a hard time with tests. Teachers are often able to direct students to more efficient study habits for tests and papers. Students who work on becoming their own advocate to problem-solve academic challenges are better positioned for college than those who don’t. Now is the time to start.
Eleventh grade is the big ACT testing year. Most college-bound students prepare for and take their first ACT by the end of their junior year. By preparing for the test during the junior year, students have plenty of time to re-take the test to try to earn a better score by the time college applications open up. Knowing your ACT scores helps you narrow down the myriad of college choices.
This is a busy year! MLHS encourages parents and students to get as much as possible done before that crazy last-year of high school begins. Early college applications are available at many colleges. Research your options. Acceptance rates can also vary depending on when you apply. Most seniors at MLHS have challenging schedules their last year, including AP and PSEO courses. Finishing strong with their grades is very important. Mrs. Kelzer is available to help answer any questions you have as you begin this exciting new phase of your life.
Opportunities for Juniors
All juniors…if you have an interest in taking the ASVAB – a military exam – please sign up with Mrs. Kelzer. It will be offered on Friday, Jan. 12. This test lasts approximately 3 hours in length and will help you understand what you might like to do for your future. Please understand that you DO NOT need to be interested in the military at all to take this test, nor is it an automatic enlistment. It strictly is a test to see where your interests are and what might be a good fit for your future career. Please see Mrs. Kelzer for any questions and/or sign up.
MN Association of Townships
All students currently enrolled in the 11th grade and attending a Minnesota public, private, or parochial school or home study, can apply. See Mrs. Kelzer for an application. Deadline: May 1, 2018.
Opportunities for both Juniors and Seniors
ACR Homes has about 50 locations throughout the area. We hire Direct Care Professionals, who provide support and care for individuals who have physical and/or developmental disabilities.
Our company is interested in sourcing talent at an earlier stage in student’s lives. This position is a wonderful opportunity, specifically for those who are thinking about going into the healthcare field. However, the experience we offer is great for any student, whether they are going into Business, Human Resources, etc. We also offer valuable internships and hands-on experience. Please check out the link to explore the opportunities or see Mrs. Kelzer for more details. https://www.acrhomes.com/internship-programs/
Three Rivers Park District Internships
Three Rivers Park District is offering internship programs to students that are 16 years old and older. Some include: Community Engagement, Equipment Services, Golf Maintenance, Human Resources, Outdoor Education, Park Maintenance, Sales/Events, and more. If you would like more information for this upcoming summer opportunities, please see Mrs. Kelzer for more details.
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SENIORS
Updated March 8, 2018
As part of Black Note’s goal of giving back to the community, we award scholarships of $2,000 per student on an ongoing basis. To be considered, students must meet our eligibility requirements, complete an online application and submit an essay that impresses us.
You can find more information on our $2,000 Get a Boost Scholarship page.
UFC and UFC Farm Supply
UFC and UFC Farm Supply has extended our scholarship deadline to be postmarked by March 15th. The original packets included an application that originally had March 1st listed, but we have now extended to March 15th. UFC scholarships are eligible to a direct family member that is a voting patron of UFC or of a UFC or UFC Farm Supply employee. Guidelines to be a voting patron would be that they are actively involved in agriculture production and that they do $5000 of business with our cooperative annually. Visit for more information: http://www.ufcmn.com/about-us#community or see Mrs. Kelzer for the brochure/application.
Mayer Baseball Club
Mayer Baseball Club is offering a scholarship for interested seniors. Essay is due by March 22 to Mrs. Kelzer. Please see Mrs. Kelzer for the details.
Nancy Zumberge Memorial Scholarship
Nancy Zumberge Memorial Scholarship is available to a graduating senior with a NYA address who will be pursuing a post-secondary education, and currently attends either Central High School or Mayer Lutheran High School. The scholarship amount is $500.00. Deadline: April 9, 2018 to Mrs. Kelzer. Please see Mrs. Kelzer for an application.
Hamburg Fire Department Relief Association
The Hamburg Fire Department Relief Association is offering five, $300.00 scholarships to five high school seniors who will be pursuing a post-secondary education at a vocational, technical, community, or a four year college. The individual has a resident address in the Hamburg Fire District. If you are unsure if you are in the Hamburg Fire District feel free to contact the Hamburg Fire Department Secretary at 952-467-3232 or email@example.com. Please see Mrs. Kelzer for an application. Applications must be received by April 27, 2018.
Mayer Fire Auxiliary
One $250.00 award will be given to a graduating senior that will attend an accredited college in the fall of 2018. The $250.00 will be awarded after completion of the fall semester with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher. Please provide documentation of completed fall semester 2018, to Nikki McNeilly (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Applicant must be a graduating senior that will attend an accredited college in the fall of 2018.
- Applicant must have maintained a minimum 2.0 grade point average.
- No financial need is required to qualify.
- Applicant must submit all required application information.
- Applicant must live within the Mayer Fire Department fire district. Please contact Nikki McNeilly if you are not sure. (email@example.com)
Minnesota Athletes in Sports Medicine Scholarship
Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists and Allina Health are proud to present the 11th annual Minnesota Athletes in Sports Medicine Scholarship. Two $2,500.00 scholarships are available and will be awarded to one male and one female graduating high school student athlete who intend to pursue a professional career in sports medicine.
Sports and Orthopaedic Specialists and Allina Health Minnesota Athletes in Sports Medicine Scholarship criteria:
- Graduating high school senior from the state of Minnesota.
- Planning on attending a four-year college or university within the United States.
- Involved in an interscholastic sport each of their 4 years in high school.
- Intending to major in a field related to sports medicine.
Application Deadline: Must be postmarked by May 1, 2018. See Mrs. Kelzer for an application.
Ridgewater College Scholarship Opportunity
- To be eligible, students must:
- Have a minimum 2.30 cumulative high school or college GPA;
- Have grown up within a 60-mile radius of Willmar;
- Have participated in extra-curricular activities and/or public service; and
- Be pursuing a degree at a post high school institution in an automotive related career.
If students are not planning to attend Ridgewater College, they should complete the paper application. If students are planning to attend Ridgewater College they should apply using the online application at www.ridgewater.academicworks.com/users/sign_in
Cologne Lions Club
Cologne Lions Club is offering a $500.00 scholarship to a graduating senior that resides in the Cologne Fire District. Please see Mrs. Kelzer for an application. Deadline: April 2, 2018
Corcoran Lions Club
Corcoran Lions Club is offering a scholarship to any senior that resides in the city of Corcoran. If interested, please see Mrs. Kelzer for an application. Deadline: April 13, 2018
NursingSchoolsAlmanac.com has just launched its fourth annual Aspiring Nurse Scholarship. This website will award a $1,000 scholarship to a future nurse in the high school graduating class of 2018.
The scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who best demonstrates:
- A track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics
- A passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare
This scholarship competition is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue college education in nursing, including LPN / LVN, ADN, and BSN programs. Scholarship applications will be accepted until midnight on August 31, 2018.
Interested students may visit https://www.nursingschoolsalmanac.com and click the banner on the right-hand side of the website’s homepage. Here they’ll find detailed scholarship information and the official application form.
Students may also find the website a helpful reference for their college search: https://www.nursingschoolsalmanac.com/articles/list-accredited-nursing-schools-minnesota
Cologne Fire Department Relief Association
The Cologne Fire Department Relief Association is offering four $500.00 scholarships to a high school senior who intends to continue their education at a four-year college, community college, technical or vocational school. This scholarship is not limited to one school or school district, but is open to all graduating seniors this current school year that have a permanent home address and live within the Cologne Fire Department coverage area (see enclosed map). This scholarship shall be awarded to a well-respected student who has been involved in their community. All applications must be received by the Cologne Fire Department Relief Association by April 6, 2018.
Abbott and Fenner Scholarship Program
Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants are pleased to be able to continue with our scholarship program for the 10th year. We will be awarding up to $1,000 to the winner(s) each year. Scholarship Deadline – June 14, 2018.
Students will submit an essay on the topic that appears on the scholarship page of our web site: http://www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.htm. Full details are available on our site.
St. Bonifacius Lions Club
St. Bonifacius Lions Club offers scholarships to any graduating senior that have a home address of 55375 or a home phone number prefix of 446. This is a Humanitarian Scholarship worth $1000.00. An application can be picked up from Mrs. Kelzer. Deadline: March 20, 2018
Hamburg Hunting And Fishing Club Scholarship
A scholarship of $2,000 will be awarded to a graduate pursuing post-secondary education in the Natural Resources, the study of Environmental Conservation, or some field relating to Wildlife. Scholarship to be paid in full after the scholarship recipient has received his/her degree in Natural or Environmental Conservation.
Deadline: March 30, 2018. Please see Mrs. Kelzer for an application.
Carpentry Training through RAM Buildings, Inc.
If you enjoy being outdoors, working with your hands, a variety of projects & challenges, and having the ability to visually see your accomplishments, then this is the career for you! Classes begin June of 2018. Scholarships are available as well. Contact: RAM Buildings at (320)485-5578 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. See Mrs. Kelzer for details.
Seniors with Native American Heritage
If you are a senior and have Native American heritage, please see Mrs. Kelzer. I have a magazine that is loaded with college choices, scholarship resources, and other opportunities for students with a Native American background.
The SFM foundation provides scholarship to students whose parents were killed or seriously injured in a workplace accidents while working for Minnesota, Iowa, or Wisconsin employers. Applications are due March 31, 2018. Applications are available at www.sfmfoundation.com.
The consulting firm of AES Engineers is committed to continuing its support of higher education by providing scholarships to deserving students. This award is available to all students, regardless of their field of study. To be eligible the student needs to answer one of the essay questions that they will find on our site at http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm.
We are offering a scholarship that will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by evaluating the essays that are submitted.
Amount of award: $500.00
Deadline for entry: October 6, 2018
The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to continue to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. We are offering an annual scholarship to a deserving student. All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating in. Deadline – June 19, 2018. Amount of Award – $500.00.
The successful applicant will be a high school senior or be attending a post-secondary institute and currently involved in some sport at that institution or in the community.
Please visit our website at http://www.bigsunathletics.com to learn how to apply.
Wittenberg University Scholarships
Wittenberg University offers several scholarships to Lutheran students. Visit or call for details: www.wittenberg.edu or 877.206.0332.
B. Davis Scholarship
The creators of the “Student Award Search Aid” website are offering a scholarship for 2018. Please visit our website at http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm to read about us and to apply for our scholarship. While you’re there, please browse through the rest of the site to learn more about applying for scholarships. Our website was developed solely for the purpose of helping students locate and apply for scholarships. We are trying to improve the students’ chances for success. The site is free and we charge nothing for the information or the application. The deadline for applications is May 22, 2018. Amount of Scholarship: $1,000
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
Minnesota Women’s Golf Association
Minnesota Women’s Golf Association offers a scholarship to any senior girl that qualifies. Applications can be picked up from Mrs. Kelzer. Deadline: March 31, 2018.
Horatio Alger Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a student who is committed to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree and is currently a US citizen. Eligibility includes: high school graduation in spring/summer, demonstrated critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income), and a US citizen. Applications are found online: scholars.horatioalger.org and can be submitted from August 1 – October 25.
Waldorf University has many scholarship opportunities for graduating seniors. Please visit their website or stop in and get the information from Mrs. Kelzer.
Waldorf University has extended their offer for Half-Full Tuition Chantell Cooley Leadership Scholarships for Women. Please visit: http://www.waldorf.edu/residential/future-students/tuition—financing/scholarships/chantell-cooley-scholarship for more information.
Another helpful website for scholarships:
SmartScholar Research Tool
SmartScholar is an online research tool designed to help students find and apply for college scholarships. Visit smartscholar.com to learn more.
(See Mrs. Kelzer for more information on any of the scholarships listed above.)