Skip to content

Counselor’s Report

College Representative Visits at NCHS: Students who are interested in visiting with college representatives should come to the Counseling Office to sign up.  Currently scheduled college representative visits:

Ranken Technical College – February 27

McKendree University – March 11

Southeast Missouri State University – March 19

SIUE Summer Success Program: This is a five-week program open to first-year students who have identified as first generation and/or low-income students. Participants have the potential to take two college courses for a total of six college credit hours. The three components of the SIUE Summer Success Program include academics, campus resources and social development.  It will connect students to essential SIUE campus resources including financial aid, counseling and health services, Academic Advancement Center, Career Development Center, Center for Student Inclusion and Diversity, and other essential campus entities.  The program will also provide students with opportunities for mentorship, leadership development, and civic engagement. For more information, visit:

Tri-County Youth to Washington Trip:  Sophomores, juniors, and seniors who live in a home served by Tri-County Electric are eligible to earn an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.  Please see Ms. Tesha Maschhoff for more details.

Scholarships: As we receive information on scholarships, they will posted on the Counseling Office webpage at:  Some upcoming scholarships are:

ILLINOIS CHEMICAL EDUCATION FOUNDATION HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP – Open to all future chemists, chemical engineers, environmental engineers, or high school chemistry teachers.  Application information is available in the guidance office.  The deadline to apply is February 21, 2020.

LEE J. BROCKWAY SCHOLARSHIP – Applicants intend to enroll in a field related to educational facility planning and design. These would include, but not be limited to, education, architecture, engineering, interior design, facility planning, and construction management. Application must be received February 21, 2020. The application process is online at:

FARM CREDIT ILLINOIS AGRICULTURE SCHOLARSHIP – Applicants should be intending to enroll in a field related to agriculture.  Application must be received by February 28, 2020. The application process is online at

REGIONS RIDING FORWARD SCHOLARSHIP ($5,000) – Regions is proud to celebrate Black History Month and those who inspire the next generation. Applications are available  Application deadline is February 29, 2020.

ILLINOIS AMVETS LADIES AUXILIARY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS – Applicants must be a high school senior and a child or grandchild of a Veteran of the United States of America who served after September 15, 1940 and was Honorably Discharged or who is presently serving in the military.  Applications must be received March 1, 2020.  The application is online at:

ILLINOIS AMVETS LADIES AUXILIARY WORCHID SCHOLARSHIPS – Applicants must be a high school senior and a child of a deceased father or mother who was a Veteran of the United States of America who served after September 15, 1940, and was Honorably Discharged. They need not be killed in action or died as a result of a service-connected disability.  Applications must be received March 1, 2020. The application is online at:

ILLINOIS AMVETS SAD SACKS NURSING SCHOLARSHIPS – Applicants must be a high school senior who has been accepted into a pre-approved nursing program.  Priority will be given to the dependent of a deceased or disabled Veteran.  Applications must be received March 1, 2020. The application is online at:

ILLINOIS CONSERVATION FOUNDATION CONSERVATION ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP – This opportunity is available to outstanding high school seniors in Illinois who have demonstrated effective, voluntary, long-term dedication to the preservation, protection, enhancement and/or promotion of Illinois’ natural resources.  One of the four scholarships will be given to a dependent of an IDNR employee.  Applications are available online at:  The deadline to apply is March 1, 2020.

ILLINOIS FEDERATION OF BUSINESS WOMEN’S CLUB STATE SCHOLARSHIP – Applicant must be a female graduating senior with a 3.0 or better GPA.  Scholarship details and the application can be found at:  The application deadline is March 1, 2020.

THE ILLINOIS ODD FELLOW-REBEKAH SCHOLARSHIP – The applicant must provide proof of financial need by submitting a current copy of IRS 1040 or proof of electronic filing.  Applications must be received by March 1, 2020. Applications are available at:

College Fairs: As we encourage students to apply early to college, we also encourage parents and students to be educated about their decisions.  An excellent avenue to find out about various colleges is a college fair.  Listed below are various college fairs in our region.

St. Louis Metro East Baccalaureate College Fair

Southwestern Illinois College

Belleville Campus Varsity Gym

2500 Carlyle Ave.

Belleville, IL

Sunday, February 23, 2020

College Fair: 1:30-3:30

Financial Aid Workshops: 1:45-2:15 and 2:30-3:00

FAFSA Completion Assistance: 1:30-3:30 (Walk-in)


St. Louis STEM College and Career Fair

St. Louis University

Simon Recreation Center

3639 Laclede Ave.

St. Louis, MO

Sunday, March 8 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

This one-day, high-energy event is for college-bound students interested in college majors and careers in engineering, robotics, medicine, computer science, and other STEM fields. By attending, students can get their questions answered about majors, degree programs, campus visits, internships, scholarships, financial aid, and much more. Plus, they can take advantage of STEMinars on topics such as writing a winning college essay and standing out in the admission process.  To register, visit

Going Merry Scholarship Search: Going Merry ( is a great new scholarship website.  It makes scholarship application easier.  Students can sign up at:  Going Merry is completely different from the older scholarship search engines.  It allows for:

•Matching – Once students fill out their profile, they are automatically matched with scholarships they are most eligible for.

•Direct Applications – Students can apply directly to multiple scholarships from the website.  They never need to leave the site.

•Autofilled Applications – All of the information from students’ profiles are autofilled into each application, thus saving time.

•Estimated Application Times – Every scholarship has estimated application time to help students prioritize them.

•Scholarships Grouped By Essay Topics – Scholarships are grouped by common essay topics so students can minimize the number of essays they have to write

College Greenlight: College Greenlight is a free resource for any student who is beginning their college and/or financial aid search.  It helps students discover, research, and build relationships with the colleges and universities that will assist them in becoming successful.  It has an easily searchable database filled with thousands of scholarships, grants, and merit-aid opportunities.  Students can receive a customized list of the awards best suited to their academic, social, and community accomplishments.  Visit:  to create an account.

ACT Testing Dates:  The next ACT test with open registration is April 4.  Registration is due by February 28.  Additional ACT testing dates for the year are June 13 and July 8.  Registration is typically due 5 weeks before the testing date.  Students may register at Our high school code is 143-110.

SAT Testing Dates:  The next SAT test with open registration is March 14.

Late registration is due by March 3.  Additional SAT testing dates for the year are May 2, and June 6.  Registration is typically due 5 weeks before the testing date.  Students may register at  Our high school code is 143-110.

Leave a Comment