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School Counseling & Guidance

Tuesday, September 25
6:30 pm @ Mecosta Osceola Career Center - Miller Wing
Financial Aid Night at the MOISD! Melanie Mulder from Ferris will share wisdom on financial aid for your after HS education.  Topics will include FAFSA, scholarships, grants, and loans.  
Scholarship Opportunities  
Going Merry ( is an awesome new scholarship website. It makes it simple to find and apply for scholarships, just like the Common App has done for college applications!  Going Merry is completely different from the older scholarship search engines:
    • Matching - Once you fill out your student profile, you are automatically matched with scholarships you are most eligible for.
    • Direct applications - You can apply directly to multiple scholarships - you never leave the site.
    • Auto Filled Applications - All of the information from your student profile is auto-filled into each application, saving you time.
    • Estimated Application Times - Every scholarship has an estimated application time to help you prioritize them.
Complete the survey to send it to MiStudentAid.
You will be contacted with results from their scholarship database!
DID YOU KNOW??? Students may be eligible for a $1000 Ferris Next Scholarship if they earned at least 3 college credits with a 'C' or higher through FSU while in HS (dual enrollment). 
The QuestBridge National College Match is a college and scholarship application process that helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to the nation's most selective colleges.
Deadline: September 27, 2018
The contest is open to high school seniors who are accepted for admission to CMU and meet the academic qualifications of a minimum high school GPA of 3.7 and a minimum 1260 SAT or 27 ACT score. 
Deadline: October 27, 2018/ASAP
**For students in grades 5th - 12th**
Deadline: November 6, 2018
Deadline: November 15, 2018
Deadline: November 30, 2018
College Planning Resources
With a College Board account, you can:
  • Access your SAT scores & send to colleges
  • Register for the SAT and CLEP exams.  
  • Manage your personal college list
  • Search for and save your scholarship searches,
  • Compare costs at colleges that interest you, and more!
  • Find dates and register for the SAT here!
With a Khan Academy account, you can:
  • Utilize for grade K-12
  • Identify strengths and learning gaps
  • Utilize practice exercise & instructional videos
  • Link with College Board & SAT scores
  • Study at your own pace
Visit My Student Aid for:
  • Information on saving and planning, scholarships, grants, student loans, and more!
  • Find information on MI Public & Private Educational Institutions
  • For Vocational/Tech schools & programs in MI, click here.
Find out if you qualify for MI grants, including TIP:
  • Create a student account at: MiSSG
  • Create an account anytime between 9 - 18 yrs old
FAFSA applications are available starting October 1, 2018.
College fairs use the barcode and scanner system to expedite the exchange of information between students and colleges on fair day.  Be sure to register as a student! 
  • View college fairs in MI and across the U.S. 
  • Register in advance of a fair and get a barcode on paper or on a phone
  • Barcodes can be scanned by colleges at the fair which provides easier and more accurate information to colleges you are interested in!
Community Service 

Community Service Hours Should be Earned as Follows:


9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
10 hrs 10 hrs 15 hrs 15 hrs


*Students can begin earning hours for the next school year as soon as summer begins*


OPPORTUNITY: Christian Life Ministries

Christian Life Ministries has a store for the needy in Big Rapids; they are always in need of volunteer help to run the store.  If interested in volunteering at the store, you can contact Carrie Adams at 231-250-4083.


OPPORTUNITY: Great Lakes Caring Hospice

Be a Great Lakes Caring VolunTEEN and make a meaningful difference in someone's life while earning volunteer hours.  Open to teens 14 years and older.  Call 800-379-1600 or apply at