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 2018-2019
2018 Test Dates
- Oct 27
- Dec 8
2019 Test Dates
- Feb 9
- 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 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.
Minnesota House Of Representatives High School Page Program
The Minnesota House of Representatives High School Page Program offers a unique opportunity for students to examine what they learn in the classroom under real life circumstances. Students participate in a wide variety of activities, each designed to further their understanding of our state government and the legislative process. Some of the activities include:
- Assisting members and staff during House floor sessions in the House Chamber.
- Participating in a mock committee hearing designed to develop students’ leadership skills and to inspire them to think critically about the issues confronting our state.
- Individual meetings with state representatives designed to allow students to discuss the issues that matter most to them.
- Meetings with constitutional officers, members of the judiciary, lobbyists, and members of the media.
All Minnesota high school juniorsare eligible to apply for the program. The highly selective placement process includes an application and essay are individually reviewed at the beginning of December. Participants are required to participate in all of the scheduled program activities. The weeklong program takes place on Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Friday from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. Program dates include the months of February through May.
Applications and essays must be received by the end of the business day on November 28, 2018. Selected participants will be notified by the end of December.
More information: Contact Andrew Olson with the Sergeant at Arms Office at 651.269.7452 orAndrew.firstname.lastname@example.org
See Mrs. Kelzer for more information and an application.
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 September 9, 2018
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.
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 (email@example.com).
- 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. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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
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
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 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
Wittenberg University Scholarships
Wittenberg University offers several scholarships to Lutheran students. Visit or call for details: www.wittenberg.edu or 877.206.0332.
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.)