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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Melrose Senior is a National Merit Scholarship Qualifier!

Melrose student Hannah Miller, a senior at Melrose Area High School, recently was named a semifinalist in the 61st Annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Hannah is among 16,000 semifinalists to advance and have an opportunity to earn the 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million.  About 1.5 million high school juniors entered the competition, and the scholarships are awarded in the spring.

Hannah is extremely motivated and dedicated to her academics as well as extra-curricular activities. A few of the activities that she participates in at Melrose are Student Council, National Honor Society, Knowledge Bowl, Speech and Varsity Swimming.  Of these activities, she is the captain in swimming, Knowledge Bowl and Speech.  Of special significance, Hannah was voted and participated in the American Legion Girl’s State Program as well as the MN House of Representatives High School Page Program.  In addition to all of her involvements Hannah has been recognized and/or volunteered with various activities such reading time at our local library in the summer, working with children during the community wide Riverfest and Barley Days summer celebrations, packing food for Kids Against Hunger, church choir and American Red Cross Blood Drives.  These are just a few of the many things that Hannah has participated and been recognized in our school and community. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout high school and had a near perfect ACT score during the state wide ACT test examination in April 2015.  Hannah’s high level of academic, leadership, and athletic achievements are a direct result of her work ethic, inquisitiveness, and positive rapport with her peers and teachers.

Students enter the 2016 National merit Scholarship program by taking the Preliminary National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which serves as an initial screen of program entrants.

Semifinalists must next submit a detailed scholarship application that includes academics records, school participation and community activities, leadership abilities, employment and honors received.

Announcements of National Merit Scholarship recipients begin in April and conclude in July.  Scholarship recipients will join more than 315,000 other distinguished students who have earned the National Merit Scholar title.

National Merit Scholar designees are selected based on their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.

For more information about the competition, visit the National Merit Scholar Competition website at

Monday, October 19, 2015

Two weeks left of College Knowledge Month!

You have all of this week and next week to apply FOR FREE to any state school, see the list here.  Please plan accordingly if you will need my help.  I am out all of next week (last week of October) for family reasons.  

This is a great opportunity for you to apply to a college, even if you only have a slight interest in it - it's FREE!

See me by THIS THURSDAY if you have questions or need help.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Free College Application

I think this is super fun and exciting - College Knowledge Month is here!  As part of this program, all MNSCU colleges will waive the application fee Oct. 26-Nov 1.  This is a perfect time for you to apply to as many MNSCU colleges as you want, free of charge!  WOOT WOOT!

Some are even offering a free application the whole month of October.  Here is a participating list.  See the key to know if they are accepting applications for free the whole month or only the last week of October.


* = Application fees waived all month
** = Never charge an application fee
Alexandria Technical and Community College
Anoka Technical College**
Anoka-Ramsey Community College**
Central Lakes College**
Century College
Dakota County Technical College
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
Hennepin Technical College**
Hibbing Community College
Inver Hills Community College**
Itasca Community College**
Lake Superior College
Mesabi Range College**
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Minnesota State Community and Technical College
Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical
Minnesota West Community and Technical College
Normandale Community College
North Hennepin Community College
Northland Community and Technical College (fee waived for high school seniors only)
Northwest Technical College
Pine Technical and Community College**
Rainy River Community College**
Ridgewater College*
Riverland Community College
Rochester Community and Technical College**
St. Cloud Technical and Community College*
Saint Paul College**
South Central College
Vermilion Community College
Bemidji State University
Metropolitan State University**
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University Moorhead
Southwest Minnesota State University
St. Cloud State University*
Winona State University

For more information, contact any of these MnSCU colleges and universities.