Counselor’s Report

2021-2022 Class Registration:  Students will soon be receiving class registration forms for the 2021-22 school year.  Selecting courses is a very important process that we encourage all parents to be involved with.  Please take the time to talk to your child about his/her course selection.  Several questions to discuss are:

• What classes are required for graduation?

• What classes will prepare you for the transition options you are exploring (college, NCAA, military)?

• Will this schedule challenge you? Is the schedule too challenging?

• Are there classes you need to take now to prepare you to take more advanced NCHS courses in the future?

Course descriptions (including dual credits, NCAA, and prerequisites) can be found on the school website.

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

DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION SCHOLARSHIPS – Applicants must be U.S. citizens and plan to attend an accredited college or university in the United States. DAR chapter sponsorship is not required, however, applicants may want to reach out to a DAR chapter in their area for help with their applications.  The application can be found at  Deadline is January 31, 2021.

KASKASKIA COLLEGE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS – Fill out one application to apply for over 150 different scholarships from the Kaskaskia College Foundation.  The application can be found at   Applications must be completed by February 1, 2021.

ISCA STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP – Students who will be completing high school in 2020 are eligible for this non-renewable $1,000 scholarship. Visit Illinois School Counseling Association website to apply. Deadline is February 12, 2021.

ELKS NATIONAL FOUNDATION LEGACY AWARDS (300- $4000 scholarships) –  Applicants must be seniors who are the children or grandchildren of current ELKS members. Applicants will be judged on knowledge, charity, community service, and integrity. The application can be found at  Deadline is February 15, 2021.

CBAI FOUNDATION FOR COMMUNITY BANKING SCHOLARSHIP – Applicants must be seniors.  Two banks are sponsoring the scholarship: Farmers and Merchants Bank and Farmers State Bank of Hoffman.  You may only apply to one bank.  Applications are available in the guidance office. The deadline is February 17, 2021.

ILLINOIS CHEMICAL EDUCATION FOUNDATION HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP – Open to all future chemist, chemical engineers, environmental engineers or high school chemistry teachers.  Application information is available in the guidance office.  The deadline to apply is February 19, 2021.

LEE J. BROCKWAY SCHOLARSHIP – Applicants should be intending 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, 2021 by 5pm. The application process is online at the Association for Learning Environments website.

FAFSA:  One of the first steps of the college financial aid process is completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form.  The FAFSA enables students who qualify to receive federal/state grants, scholarships, as well as to participate in work-studies programs.  Information needed to complete the FAFSA: student’s driver’s license, student’s social security card, 2019 federal tax records for both the student and parents, records of untaxed income, and information regarding net worth of family and student assets.  The FAFSA form opened on October 1, 2020.  A new state law in Illinois requires all graduating seniors to submit the FAFSA or complete a FAFSA Nonparticipation Form.

Going Merry Scholarship Search: Going Merry ( is a great new scholarship website.  It makes scholarship application easier.  Students can sign up at:

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 17.   Registration is due by March 12.  Other upcoming dates are June 12 and July 17.  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 13.  Registration is due by February 13.  Additional SAT testing dates for the year are May 8 and June 5.  Registration is typically due 5 weeks before the testing date.  Students may register at  Our high school code is 143-110.

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