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 2019
2019 Test Dates
- Apr 13
- June 8
- July 1
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 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.
AGC of Minnesota Construction Industry Assessment
The AGC of Minnesota Construction Industry Assessment provides an in-depth look at the current and future status of Minnesota’s construction industry and construction economy. The Industry Assessment enters its fourteenth year of surveying all segments of the construction marketplace – Architects, Engineers and Contractors. Contractor responses are segregated in the survey by division between the commercial building and highway sectors, and by general contractor, specialty subcontractor and suppliers.
Overall, the 2017 survey depicts a strengthened construction market that continues to generate strong demand for construction services. The construction market has finally emerged from the shadows of the long and deep recession that impacted the sector far more severely than other areas of the overall economy. 2017 completed the ten year recovery of the 60,000 construction jobs lost to the Minnesota economy during the recession.
Key themes emerging from the 2017 survey responses:
There is general industry optimism for a slightly improved or continuing stable market for construction and construction services in 2018 over 2017 demand. Tempering this optimism is the impact the industry is experiencing from a severe shortage of available workforce. The worker shortage extends to both field craft labor and professional front office personnel and is cited as the most significant recurring concern across all survey responses and all market segments.
Additionally, responses indicate a growing decline in the level of workforce readiness and technical skills mastery. This is a developing concern that when combined with the workforce shortage is viewed as a significant drag on construction business productivity and profitability. Lastly, there is frustration and growing disillusionment over the inability of government institutions to find bipartisan solutions that address the large backlog of public works and infrastructure investments. This deficiency is most commonly cited in responses from the transportation market sector.
For readers wishing to explore the data in more detail please contact AGC of Minnesota 651.632.8929 | agcmn.org
If you are a student wanting to learn more about the “skilled trades”, you are encouraged to look deeper into this organization and to possibly pursue a career in one of the skilled professions. See Mrs. Kelzer for details.
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SENIORS
Updated February 27, 2019
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, 2019
Mayer Fire Auxiliary
One $250.00 award will be given to a graduating senior that will attend an accredited college in the fall of 2019. The $250.00 will be awarded aftercompletion of the fall semester with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher. Please provide documentation of completed fall semester 2019, to Nikki McNeilly (email@example.com). Deadline: April 15, 2019
1. Applicant must be a graduating senior that will attend an accredited college in the fall of 2019.
2. Applicant must have maintained a minimum 2.0 grade point average.
3. No financial need is required to qualify.
4. Applicant must submit all required application information.
5. Applicant must live within the Mayer Fire Department fire district. Please contact Nikki McNeilly if you are not sure. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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, 2019.
Hamburg Lions Scholarship
Hamburg Lions Scholarship offers a scholarship worth $500 to a graduating senior with a Hamburg address. Please see Mrs. Kelzer for an application and details. Deadline: April 15, 2019
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 5, 2019
Powerade Athlete of the Year
Powerade Athlete of the Year offers a $1000 scholarship to 5 males and 5 females each year. Students need to submit their own profiles by March 3, 2019. Entrants will be based on community involvement and leadership qualities. Please see Mrs. Kelzer for details, as one faculty member will also need to submit recommendations.
There is a great opportunity for our students to volunteer helping disabled students play sports!
Wild West is an organization that offers activities for adults and teens with special needs. They are currently offering a volleyball session on Monday nights at Mayer Lutheran and will host a Saturday morning basketball session starting in April.
They are looking for volunteers to act as Unified Partners or people who help the athletes through the various activities. Please consider helping with this service project! You don’t need to play sports, just help someone that would like to play and needs assistance. This could be a wonderful way to give back!
Wild West Volleyball
Feb 25, March 11 & March 18
Wild West Basketball
Saturdays 9:45am – 11:45am
April 13, May 4, June 1 & June 15
If interested, please see Mrs. Kelzer.
Scholarship Applications are now being accepted by CommunityGiving.
CommunityGiving administers 20 scholarships; awarding over $200,000 in scholarships each year.
Our Scholarship opportunities are listed on our website. Students can use the search tool to help narrow their search. http://www.communitygiving.org/scholarships/apply-scholarship
Applications are due March 1.
Each year, Ridgeview Foundation offers scholarships to area college-bound high school seniors who are interested in pursuing a career in the health care field. Scholarships of $2,000 each will be awarded to an eligible student from each of 16 area highschools in the Ridgeview service area, provided they meet the application criteria. Funding for this scholarship program is generously provided by Ridgeview Friends & Family (RFF), the Foundation’s largest giving club, with over 1,000 members who annually give $100 or more in support of Ridgeview or who participate in the Employee Giving Program.
Recipients are selected by members of the Scholarship Committee according to the following criteria:
• Must be pursuing one of the predefined health care career choices (see below)
• Must have high school GPA of 2.5 or higher
• Must be involved with school or community volunteer activities
• Must plan on enrolling in a post-secondary school, public or private, in the fall of 2019
• Complete application online at www.ridgeviewfoundation.org
Applications will be available online at www.ridgeviewfoundation.org on Feb. 1. Applicants may submit online, or download and mail to: Ridgeview Foundation, 490 S. Maple Street, Suite 110, Waconia, MN 55387. For additional information, please call Shannon Mattson at Ridgeview Foundation, 952-442-8061, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Completed applications must be received by March 8, 2019, no later than 8 p.m.
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 6, 2019
NDSU Scholarship Information
Incoming (freshman and transfer) students enrolled in any major at NDSU may apply for this award sponsored by Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. Selection is based on academics, extracurricular participation, and demonstrated leadership as they relate to agricultural activities (school, FFA, 4H, work, etc).
Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to students with applications submitted by March 31, 2019.
This year the application is available to fill out fully online! Our scholarship is available to direct dependents of our voting patrons (active ag producer that does $5000.00 of business annually with our cooperative) and direct dependents of a full-time UFC employee. This scholarship is available to any major, not just agriculture. If you or any student has any questions in regards to eligibility, you can reach out to me. My contact information is listed below.
Our program is run through Scholarship America. Their organization is solely responsible for the evaluation and decision of the awards. UFC just verifies the qualification of eligibility. Here are the links to access the scholarship application.
Community Relations Coordinator
United Farmers Cooperative (UFC)
People, Pride, Purpose – Since 1915
Office: 507-647-6606 ext. 6768
The Jackie Robinson Foundation and The Dream.US
The Jackie Robinson Foundation and The Dream.US partner with the College Board to increase scholarship opportunities for eligible students who’ve taken the PSAT/NMSQT® or PSAT™ 10.
No one succeeds in college alone. That’s why the Jackie Robinson Foundation offers promising minority students a generous four-year grant to assist with college costs as well as a support network of fellow scholars, alumni, and professional mentors to help them excel in college and beyond.
The application deadline is February 1, 2019, so please encourage eligible students to apply right away. Learn more about the Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship.
TheDream.US, the nation’s largest college access program for immigrant youth who are DACA, TPS, or DACA-eligible, opened its new round of scholarship applications for the 2019-20 academic year on November 1, 2018. TheDream.US has provided more than 4,000 scholarships to students who are attending one of the more than 75 colleges and universities in 15 states and Washington, D.C.
The application deadline for the Opportunity Scholarship Award, which provides scholarships up to $80,000 for first-time college students, is January 31, 2019. The application deadline for the National Scholarship Award, which offers scholarships up to $33,000 for high school or first-time college students and community college graduates, is February 28, 2019.
Visit TheDream.Us for more information on eligibility, how to apply, and FAQs.
The Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholars Program
The Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholars Program provides scholarships for talented, high-achieving young women from the Midwest to participate in academic summer programs at some of the country’s top colleges. The 2019 application for the Summer Scholars Program is now available online. Please share this information with your talented female sophomores and juniors, as well as colleagues. This year’s deadline is Friday, March 1st, 2019.
Tuition Funding Sources
Tuition Funding Sources (TFS) is a simple and easy website where students can go to review and search for scholarships that they may be eligible to receive.
You can visit TFS at tuitionfundingsources.com. The TFS database has more than 7 million scholarships totaling more than $41 billion to help pay for college expenses. First, your student will need to create a profile and can then begin searching for scholarships.
Wendy’s High School Heisman
Wendy’s High School Heisman is awarding over $60,000 in scholarships to the nation’s most accomplished scholar-athletes. With winners from every school, 100 State Winners, eight National Finalists, and two National Winners, graduating seniors have lots of ways to join the ranks of more than 600,000 past winners—including several of your school’s very own. Heisman-worthy students to apply at www.wendysheisman.com.
Grand Canyon University
Grand Canyon University wants to continue attracting students from Christian high schools while offering sizeable scholarships. In preparation for a growing number of CCSC students, we’re happy to offer $4,000 for on-campus students and $1,500 for off-campus students for the 2019-20 school year.
GCU recently made a change in its scholarship policy, which eliminated academic scholarship increases and decreases for students. Now, students can lock in their scholarship awards for the duration of their bachelor’s program. This change creates more financial stability and predictability for students and their families. Please see Mrs. Kelzer for more details.
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
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.
Wittenberg University Scholarships
Wittenberg University offers several scholarships to Lutheran students. Visit or call for details: www.wittenberg.edu or 877.206.0332.
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.)