Scholarship Information

General Information

    Financial aid comes in three major forms: scholarships, grants or loans, and work study. Scholarships and grants do not have to be repaid. Loans must be repaid - generally after a student has left college. Employment aid is usually an allowance of salary funds earned by a student in a guaranteed part-time job through the college work-study program.
New scholarships are available, but these must be applied for by the student. Only a few are awarded automatically on a student's academic ability.
The student will be notified by mail as to the amount of financial aid for which he will be eligible. Usually, the college will then compile a "financial aid packet" indicating the amount of the grant and/or work-study the student is eligible to receive.
There are a variety of scholarships available to graduating seniors who pursue a post-secondary education. Many scholarships are offered by individuals, organizations and institutions locally, area wide and statewide. Eligibility requirements for these scholarships vary and require essential criteria to be met. To be eligible, a student may need to take the initiative and apply through an application process. Students are encouraged to consult with the high school counselor, teachers, or building administrators to learn about scholarship possibilities.

Local Scholarships

    Over the past several years, the Licking R-VIII School District has been given trust funds by various individuals and organizations to make scholarships available to eligible seniors graduating from Licking High School. At the discretion of the donors, selection committees follow specific criteria to determine the recipients. Announcements of these awards are made at the graduation ceremony.
The following scholarships are those the school district has implicit responsibility for awarding to graduating seniors. Each of these scholarships are in memory of a loved one:

D. Wyatt Scholarship

    Local scholarship where recipient is selected by a committee of teachers, counselors and administration. The amount of the scholarship is based on interest earned on an established Trust Fund. This award, if possible, is to be presented to a student who desires to enroll in an accredited technical school. In the event there is no qualified graduating senior at Licking High School interested in attending an accredited technical school, then and in that event, the award shall be made to a qualified student interested in attending an accredited college or university.

Coy L. Rogers Scholarship

    Local scholarship where recipient is selected by a committee of teachers, counselors and administration. The amount of the scholarship is based on interest earned on an established Trust Fund. This award, if possible, is to be presented to a student who desires to enroll in an accredited college or technical school and pursuing a degree in agriculture. The recipient must show a potential for success by maintaining a high GPA and be enrolled in challenging high school classes.

Earl Haggard Academic-Physical-Social Scholarships

    Local scholarship where the recipient is selected by a committee of teachers, counselors and administration. The amount of the scholarship is based on interest earned on an established Trust Fund. Three awards to be given to male students and three awards to be given to female students. These are to be students who have participated in either athletics or vocational education and have shown merit and ability in one of these fields. They must have demonstrated scholarship abilities to succeed in college and must also exemplify qualities of good citizenship. The following areas are given consideration for candidate selection:
  • financial need evaluation, 
  • achievements in athletics and/or vocational studies, 
  • citizenship, 
  • grade point average, and 
  • potential for success in college. 
The students must enroll in a college in the fall term following high school graduation. Students must be those whose attendance in college must be aided by financial assistance.

Gina McKinney Athletic Award

    Local scholarship where the recipient is selected by a committee of teachers, counselors and administration. The amount of the scholarship is based on interest earned on an established Trust Fund. The purpose of the trust is to provide the opportunity to honor the memory of Gina McKinney, a senior at Licking High School in the year 1982 who died in a car accident. The scholarship award will be given to a deserving students who demonstrates the many fine qualities of Gina McKinney. The student will be an honor student, an athlete, involved in extra-curricular activities, such as music, high moral character, and active in community affairs. (One of the scholarships must be awarded to a girl.) This student must have demonstrated scholarship abilities to succeed in college and must also exemplify qualities of good citizenship. For the at-large scholarship award the student must enroll in a Missouri college of their choice in the fall term following high school graduation.

Lisa Michelle Henry Scholarship

    Local scholarship where the recipient is selected by a committee of teachers, counselors and administration. The amount of the scholarship is based on interest earned on an established Trust Fund. The purpose of the trust is to provide the opportunity to honor the memory of Lisa Michelle Henry, who was a sophomore at Licking High School and who died at the age of sixteen in a car accident. Lisa's honest and positive attitude to life, her high achievements in both athletic and academics and her willingness to help others would be a model for all students. Her faith in God, good sense of humor and appreciation for her school, community, and friends were constantly affirmed throughout her life. The designers of this scholarship fund expressed the desire that with the qualities and achievements of the prospective candidates being similar, preference be given to a female student excelling in both the academic and athletic areas of education, demonstrating scholarship abilities to succeed in college and exemplifying good citizenship qualities.

Stephen Maynard Memorial Scholarship

    Local scholarship where the recipient is selected by a committee of teachers, counselors and administration. The amount of the scholarship is based on interest earned on an established Trust Fund. The purpose of the trust is to provide the opportunity to honor the memory of Stephen Linn Maynard, who had been a student in the Licking R-VII School District and who died at the age of sixteen. Stephen's positive attitude to life, his high achievement in many areas, and his participation in school and community activities would be a model for all students. His faith, good sense of humor, and keen wit were constantly affirmed throughout his life. The scholarship award will be given to a deserving student who demonstrates the many fine qualities of Stephen Maynard. The student will be an honor student involved in extra-curricular activities, such as Art, Church Youth Group, etc., possess high moral character, and be active in community affairs.

Luke Holland Memorial Scholarship

    Local scholarship where the recipient is selected by a committee consisting of the Athletic Director teachers, the high school principal, the high school guidance counselor and the head baseball coach.

Jimmy Gobble Memorial Scholarship

    Local scholarship where the recipient is selected by a committee of teachers, counselors and administration. The amount of the scholarship will be based on a donation which could vary each year. The purpose of the trust is to provide the opportunity to honor the memory of Jimmy Gobble, who had been a student in the Licking R-VII School District and who died in a traffic accident. Jimmie's positive attitude to life, his high achievement in many areas, and his participation in school and community activities would be a model for all students. The scholarship award will be given to a deserving student who demonstrates the many fine qualities of Jimmy Gobble. The student must participate in sports, be academically driven, succeed in business classes, show financial need and be someone who brightens a room just by their presence.

Music Performance Award

    This cash award is given to a graduating senior for outstanding performance and participation in music during high school. It is given by an anonymous donor.

Current Scholarships

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Scholarship and Grant Information

FAFSA opening October 1st

    Students can file a 2017-2018 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016. This is a permanent change and will allow students to complete their applications before the start of the new year. Beginning with the 2017-2018 FAFSA, students and families will report their 2015 income information. This is a switch from the past when the application required financial information from the previous year. That means most income information should not change from students’ 2016-2017 FAFSA. The most important part is to file as early as possible, as priority deadlines for state-funded programs such as the Access Missouri grant is now Feb. 1, 2017, and Missouri State’s deadline for limited-availability funding was pushed up to match.
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Tips on How to Get Scholarships

    Advice to Students from Financial Aid Professionals:
http://www.nasfaa.org/publications/2008/anscholarships070208.html
    Ten Golden Rules for Winning Scholarships
Advice from http://www.scholarshiproadmap.com/
  • Start Early. Start looking your Junior Year. Many scholarship have early deadlines.
  • Speak with your high school counselor or scholarship advisor.
  • If you are a volunteer or active in community service, school, or religious group, ask the advisor, sponsor, or benefactor about scholarships.
  • Check out online sources.
  • Read Application Requirements.
  • Follow instructions explicitly.
  • Tailor your application essay to the sponsoring organization. Resist sending a standard essay with simple name change.
  • Proofread your application carefully - Errors can result in quick denial.
  • Be Active. Student leaders and those active in athletics, clubs and community service are more likely to win college scholarships.
  • Maintain your GPA. Keep your grades up. A minimum GPA is required for many scholarships. Strong academic performances will make you eligible for more scholarship opportunities.

Do you need a letter of recommendation?

    From time to time, you may need a letter of recommendation for a college admission, scholarship, or employment. Do not simply ask someone to provide such a letter. Be Proactive! Provide the person from whom you desire a recommendation with enough information to write a good one.
    Use this fillable document on "How to Secure a Letter of Recommendation"
How to Get a Letter of Recommendation
    Track the scholarships you apply for using this convenient fillable tracking sheet
My Scholarship Tracking Form

Be proactive! Check out these national scholarship websites.

Looking for a college right for you?

    Visit these sites for more information.

Resources

http://collegenavigator.ed.gov
    College Navigator is a free consumer information tool designed to help students, parents, high school counselors, and others get information about nearly 7,000 post-secondary institutions in the United States. It offers a wide range of information previously found on COOL -- such as programs offered, retention and graduation rates, prices, aid available, degrees awarded, campus safety, and accreditation. However, College Navigator offers users valuable new information about colleges and universities, and it does so in a way that is vastly more user-friendly.
http://www.college-scholarships.com
    Students, parents, and educators may use this page to request college and university catalogues, admissions applications, and information about scholarships and financial aid.
http://www.scholarshipsearchcenter.com
    Scholarship search by topic of career interest
http://www.careertools.org/scholarship
    A detailed list of several available scholarships.
http://www.studentcollegeloan.com
    Search for available college loans.
http://www.scholarships.com
    This is a free scholarship search and financial aid resource. This is a very comprehensive site that has membership in the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators, which is a professional organization that sets the standards for Financial Aid professionals.
http://missouri.collegesonline.net
    Find Missouri colleges and community colleges, scholarship information and financial aid information.
http://www.fastaid.com
    The World's largest and oldest private sector scholarship database. 20 years of Scholarship Research, Constantly updated.
http://www.supercollege.com
    Database of thousands of scholarships for high school, college, and graduate students.
http://www.fedmoney.org
    FedMoney.org is the most comprehensive FREE full-text online resource on all U.S. federal government student financial aid programs.
http://financialaid.about.com/cs/search
    Free scholarship searches for users. Each site may search different scholarship databases.
http://www.keycolleges.com
    Free options for scholarship searches.
http://ed.gov/pubs/Prepare
    This is an online handbook published in 1996 by the U.S. Dept. of Ed as a resource book for parents. The topics include:
  • Why Attend College?
  • How Can my Child Prepare?
  • How Can my Child Choose a College?
  • Financing a College Education.
https://web1.ncaa.org/eligibilitycenter/common
    The official NCAA web site. This site describes the academic eligibility and initial clearinghouse procedures along with recruiting for Division I, II, and III.
http://www.nces.ed.gov/ipeds/cool
    It's your link to over 9000 colleges and universities in the U.S.A. If you are thinking about a large university, a small liberal arts college, a specialized college, a community, technical, or trade school you can find them all here.
http://www.princetonreview.com
    Perform college searches, research college rankings, apply to colleges, and learn more about scholarships, the ACT, SAT and PSAT.
http://www.kaplan.com
    A great website for test preparation and college planning.
http://www.gocollege.com
    This site allows you to do college and scholarship searches as well as giving you resources for help with the ACT or SAT.
http://www.collegexpress.com
    Gives information on thousands of colleges, an "ask an expert" section, estimating college costs, finding scholarships and plenty of general advice on college.
http://www.fastweb.com
    This free service claims to have access to over 180,000 forms of financial aid and provides a scholarship search.
http://www.wiredscholar.com
    Information on preparing for, selecting, applying, paying, deciding on and financing college.
http://www.number2.com
    Information about the ACT and SAT tests and free test preparation.
http://www.collegeboard.com
    The College Board produces the PSAT, SAT I and II. Through this page you can assess online SAT registration, complete career searches, gather information on colleges, scholarships, test information and more.
http://www.act.org
    Register online, learn about test prep and test dates.
http://www.fafsa.ed.gov
    This site allows you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit it for processing.
http://www.anycollege.com
    Search for colleges by type, programs offered and location.
http://www.monstercampus.com
    Search for colleges, scholarships and more.
http://MyCollegeOptions.Org
    College search engine with lots of tips and financial aid information.
http://CollegeAnswer.com
    College planning website sponsored by Sallie Mae lenders
http://www.collegeispossible.org
    Think you can't go to college? Think again! Visit the American Council on Education's website featuring ways to help students and their parents find solutions to find the right college and fund your education.
http://www.collegenet.com
    College and scholarship search site
http://www.eCampusTours.com
    Research your school online, and hyperlink to your chosen school to book a campus visit
http://www.nacacnet.org/MemberPortal/ForStudents
    The National Association of College Admissions Counseling has a specific site for students. It gives information and advice on the college admissions process.
http://www.petersons.com
    The well respected Peterson's Guide to college online.
http://www.kiplinger.com/money/college/
    Great site for ranking colleges. It also gives you tips for financing your education.