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MHS Announcements – January 26, 2016

Go Muskies!


  • Parent Night for current 8th-11th grade students has been RESCHEDULED to Feb. 17.   8th grade @6 PM, AP @ 7 PM (more info to be provided)
  • JUNIORS AND SENIORS: Today and Wednesday you can vote for your favorite prom theme. Check your email for the link to the voting form. Votes will be tallied Thursday morning.
  • WINTER THAW – February 6th, Tickets go on sale Thursday during lunch/enrichment outside Student Services.  Tickets are $5 each.
  • Recycle The Dress Event 2016 – Donations:  Do you have a fun formal or party dress that has not been on a date in years, in your closet? If you do and it is in great shape, please consider donating it to Recycle the Dress.  We accept shoes, jewelry, and handbags.  Contact Lara Liegois at 563-263-9689 or lliegois@muscatineiowa.gov to make a donation.  Donations are accepted from Feb. 8-20, 2016.
  • New Silver Cord Opportunity – see Silver Cord section below.
  • New Scholarships added – see Scholarship section below.
  • GSA Meeting on Wednesday, January 27th in room 130 from 3:45-4:45 pm.
  • Student IDs: If you need to pick up your Student ID, please pick it up in the Attendance Office after 9:30 AM.
  • Mr. Armstrong’s freshmen classes will begin swimming Monday, January 25. Please remember to bring your swim attire and towels.
  • Winter Thaw (Semi-Formal) Dance – Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 9 to 11 pm – MHS Gymnasium.
    Tickets will go on sale beginning Feb. 1 through Feb. 5 during lunchtime in front of Student Services. Tickets are $5.
  • 26th Annual Cake Auction – Super Heros Theme – Friday, January 29th, 2016.  For more information, please view the MHS Cake Auction link.  MHS Cake Auction
  • Washington University in St. Louis Summer Experiences – Academic Programs for Middle and High School Students.  For more information visit: summerexperiences.wustl.edu
  • Girls’ Golf:  If you were unable to attend the golf meeting, you can pick up information in the AD Office or contact Coach Randleman at 263-9960.
  • All 11th grade students will be given the ACT test on Tuesday, April 19th.  The test will be proctored at MHS and at Musco Lighting for some students.  There is no charge for the students for this test.  If you have any questions please contact Mr. Nienhaus at MHS.
  •  in room 130 from 3:45-4:45 pm.
  • Muskie Fans:  Muscatine Basketball Gear is now ready for order.  Check out several Nike products ranging from shirts, hoodies, shorts and quarter zip polos that we have to offer.  To view and order products go to www.monticellosports.com, > Team Login, > click on Muscatine, password: gomuskies

** Silver Cord Opportunities **

  • The Juntos program is looking for high school students to provide child care for the younger siblings of MHS students and their parents that are participating.  The classes are on Tuesday nights from 5:30 to 8 at Central middle school starting on February 9, 2015 till March 8. Please contact Becky Vargas if you are interested in volunteering by email at vargas@iastate.edu.
  • The Muscatine Community YMCA is need of volunteers for the 22nd Annual Try Melon Tri indoor triathlon.  We have the need for timers, lap counters, traffic control, and kitchen help. The event begins at 10 am and could go until 4:30 or 5 pm.  Shifts are available in hour & 1/2 increments, half days or all day and we feed our volunteers during this event!!!
    If interested, please email Jocelyn Paxton jpaxton@muscatiney.org or Nicole McCleary nmccleary@muscatiney.org no later than Monday, January 25th.

** Upcoming Events **

  • Jan. 26 – G & B Bowling – Home – Rose Bowl – 5 PM
  • Jan. 26 – Swim – Away @ Bettendorf – 6 PM
  • Jan. 26 – G & B Basketball 9th – Home – 6 PM
  • Jan. 26 –  Boys Basketball Soph/Varsity – Away @ Clinton – 6 PM
  • Jan. 26 –  Girls Basketball Soph/Varsity – Home – 6 PM
  • Jan. 28 – Wrestling JV/Varsity – Away @ Tipton/North Cedar/Cascade – ALL DAY
  • Jan. 28 – G & B Basketball 9th – Away @ Dav. Central – 6 PM
  • Jan. 28 – Girls Basketball Soph – Home – 6 PM
  • Jan. 28 – Boys Basketball Soph – Home – 7:30 PM
  • Jan. 29 – Cake Auction @ MHS
  • Jan. 29 – Girls Basketball Varsity – Home – 6 PM
  • Jan. 29 – Boys Basketball Varsity – Home – 7:30 PM
  • Jan. 30 – State Jazz Band Festival – ALL DAY
  • Jan. 30 – Boys Basketball JV – Away @ City High, Iowa City – 9 AM
  • Jan. 30 – Wrestling Varsity – Away @ Clinton – 9 AM
  • Jan. 30 – G & B Bowling – Away @ Miller Time Bowling, Davenport, IA – 12 PM
  • Feb. 6 – Winter Thaw – Semi-Formal Dance, 9-11 PM @ MHS
  • Feb. 10 – Parent Night for current 8th – 11th grade parents – MHS – 8th grade meeting starts @ 6 PM, AP meeting starts at 7 PM (more info to be provided in upcoming days)

** Scholarships **

Tri-Rivers Conservation Foundation Scholarships — Paris and TRCF Director’s Scholarships

Here’s how they are the same:

For students pursuing a degree in natural resources, conservation, education or a related field
If their major is outside that, they must state in the essays how they will use their career to better these fields
Eligible to any year of college study: freshman through post grad
Can win more than once
Can apply for and possibly win both
Deadline: March 15 by noon
Please feel free to contact Kaite Hammond or Don Kline at no1fish@iowatelecom.net with any questions.  

Paris Scholarship
$1,000 Scholarship
Must be a graduate of a Louisa County High School or a Louisa County Resident
Must plan to attend an Iowa school (college, university, technical school…)    
Paris Application

TRCF Director’s Scholarship
$500
Range is a little broader to include the Louisa Resource Area (could include Winfield, Mepo, Fruitland and more…the surrounding areas)
Not limited to attending an Iowa School – any college, university, technical school…   
Director’s Application     

The 2016 Iowa Golf Association Foundation Ann Griffel and Herman Sani Scholarship applications are now available!
Scholarships are awarded based on academic performance, extracurricular activities and leadership qualities. Completed applications (Griffel & Sani) must be received by Friday, March 18, 2016.

ANN GRIFFEL SCHOLARSHIP – The IGAF awards $2,000 Ann Griffel Scholarships to Iowa high school senior girls who have a passion for golf and intend to further their education at an Iowa institution of higher learning, whether a college, university or trade school.  APPLICATION & INFO: http://www.iowagolf.org/HTML/scholarships/2016griffelapp.pdf

HERMAN SANI SCHOLARSHIP – Any graduating high school senior and resident of the State of Iowa with experience or background in golf is eligible to apply. Each recipient receives $8,000 ($2,000 per year) over a consecutive four-year period as long as the student is making reasonable academic progress.  
APPLICATION & INFO –
http://www.iowagolf.org/HTML/scholarships/2016saniapp.pdf

Eastern Iowa Light and Power Cooperative Scholarship Program. A total of 20 scholarships are available.  Fifteen $1000 scholarships and five $500 scholarships are available. Scholarship forms will available by mail, from the Cooperative website at www.easterniowa.com, or at any Cooperative service center.  All scholarship applications must be postmarked or delivered to a Cooperative service center by March 15, 2016 to be eligible.

Iowa Section Professional Golfers’ Association, the Iowa PGA Foundation offers an annual scholarship opportunity in memory on one of its members – Charlie Burkart. This scholarship is open to any graduating senior within our section boundaries and any graduating student of an Iowa high school. It is awarded every year to one recipient. The winner will receive $1000 each year of full-time attendance for four years at a college or university of their choice.  PGA Golf Scholarship

Illinois-Iowa Section of the American Chemical Society

Donald Kiser Memorial Scholarship – one-year, non-renewable merit based award in amount of $1000. Applicant must be pursing studies in chemistry, biochemicstry, or chemical engineering. See link for more information: 

Application is available in MHS Student Services.  Deadline: March 31, 2016

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program.  We encourage the following to apply: High school seniors and current undergraduates, those who plan to enroll full time at a four-year college or university in 2016-17, those who plan to major in a specified course of study focused on engineering, technology or design, with an interest in the automotive industry. Visit www.buickachiever.com for more information.  Application Deadline: Feb. 29, 2016 5:00 PM EST.

The Coolidge – A scholarship for America – A full-ride presidential scholarship covering tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study and leadership training.  This one-of-a-kind scholarship may be used at any accredited American University. Open to students in the 11th Grade. Visit collidgescholars.org for more information. Deadline is March 18, 2016.

American Legion/Edward H. Bitzer Scholarships: Applicants must be a child, grandchild, or great grandchild of member in good standing (or deceased member) of one of three posts listed on the application. Must be a senior in high school. Must have at least a 2.5 GPA. Must be a US Citizen.  Application is available in MHS Student Services.  Deadline: April 15, 2016

First Friday Breakfast Club Scholarship:  Applicants must have demonstrated leadership in efforts to increase education and understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues and reduce homophobia in their schools and/or communities. Applications is available in MHS Student Services. Deadline: March 15th, 2016

Iowa Automobile Dealers Foundation for Education: Applicants must be committed to the pursuit of automotive-related studies, such as technician training, body shop/collision repair, diesel, new vehicle sales, parts sales, accounting, or business administration.  Applications are available in MHS Student Services.  Deadline: March 1, 2016

GFWC/IOWA Federation of Women’s Clubs Scholarship: There are 18 different scholarships associated with the Club.  Applications and more information are in MHS Student Services. Deadline: March 1, 2016

**JUNIOR YEAR SCHOLARSHIP**  Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award: This scholarship awards up to $6000.  Applicants must propose a project and two references to the HH Foundation by March 15th, 2016.  If your project is accepted as a finalist, you will be notified by May 15, 2016. For a list of types of projects for proposals, visit the website www.hooverpresidentialfoundation.org/grantsawards/uncommon_student.php or visit MHS Student Services.

Muscatine County Cattlemen’s Association: We have changed our scholarship to “up to three $750 scholarships” this year. The student’s parent has to be a member for at least one year to qualify. Deadline is January 20, 2015.  Muscatine County Cattlemen Scholarship Application    Muscatine County Cattlemen’s Scholarship

Tri-Rivers Conservation Foundation Scholarships:
Paris Application – the Paris Scholarship is for $1000 this year!  Applicants must be a resident of Louisa County ORattend a Louisa County High School AND attend an Iowa college or university.

Director Application – The Director’s Scholarship is for $500.  Applicants can be from a little wider circle known as the Louisa Resources Area (this includes all of Louisa County and surrounding towns/cities) and the applicant can attend any college or university (not restricted to a school in Iowa).

More detailed information is included on the application itself.  Participants can choose to apply for both if they qualify, and can receive these grants more than once.  To apply for both, two separate applications need to be submitted. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Hammond or Don Kline: no1fish@iowatelecom.net

Aspiring Nurse Scholarship:  Nursing Schools Almanac has just launched its second annual Aspiring Nurse Scholarship. Our website will award a $1,000 scholarship to an aspiring nurse who best demonstrates:  A track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics & A passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of health care
This scholarship is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue a college education in nursing, including LPN / LVN, ADN, and BSN programs. Scholarship applications will be accepted until midnight on June 30, 2016. Visit
www.nursingschoolsalmanac.com and click the banner on the right-hand side of the website’s homepage.

SFM Foundation: The SFM Foundation provides scholarships to students whose parents were killed or seriously injured in workplace accidents while working for Minnesota, Iowa, or Wisconsin employers.  These scholarships are up to $10,000 per year, for up to five years. Visit www.sfmfoundation.com to apply.

Drake Physics Prize: First place is full tuition to Drake University for 4 years.  The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Drake are sponsoring this contest. The exam covers topics in Physics that would normally be studied by students in their first semester of high school physics. The exam must be taken at MHS on a scheduled time between January 27th and January 29th. Students wishing to test must register online by 1:00 pm, Monday, January 25th, 2016 at http://tinyurl.com/DrakePhysicsPrizeStudent2016  For further questions, contact the Physics Department at Drake at 515-271-3141 orsharyn.oconnor-beener@drake.edu

Grand Lodge of Iowa, A.F. & A.M.: The Masonic Charitable Educational Corporation is offering the MCED Technical Scholarships (the Mark Earl and Esther Ruth Spencer Technical Scholarships). Students who plan to enroll in a mechanical or trade course of study at an accredited Iowa Community College may apply.  Applications are available in MHS Student Services.  Due Date: March 1, 2016

Grand Lodge of Iowa, A.F. & A.M.: The Scholarship Selection Committee of the Grand Lodge of Iowa is again offering scholarships to graduating seniors with a focus on Leadership roles in the area of school and community.  Applications are available in MHS Student Services. Due Date: February 1, 2016

Hy-Vee Foundation Scholarship: Forty (40) $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. Student must have worked at Hy-Vee since September 15, 2015 or a high school senior son and/or daughter of a full/part time employee.  Student must attend any accredited 2 or 4 year school leading to a Baccalaureate degree.  Applications are available at MHS Student Services or online at www.hy-vee.com under company info.  Due date is February 10, 2016.

Catherine McAuley Scholarship/Mount Mercy University: This scholarship provides free tuition to Iowa students whose family income is $45,000 or less annually. This scholarship is renewable for up to 4 years. The student must be a graduating Iowa senior and enroll at Mount Mercy as a new freshman.  Students must reside on campus for all 4 years and participate in Mount Mercy’s College Success Program during their first year on campus.  Students must complete the FAFSA. To maintain the scholarship, students must successfully complete 24 semester hours per academic year and maintain a 2.0 GPA. *Students are automatically considered for the Catherine McAuley Scholarship upon admittance to Mount Mercy University.

Iowa Student Loan/Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship: 30 Iowa High School seniors will be awarded $2,000 each for use for their Fall 2016 college expenses. Interested seniors must visit www.iowastudentloan.org/SeniorScholarship to register and read the complete rules. Students must complete all three steps before 4:00 pm on March 4th, 2016.

Christina Hixson Opportunity Award: This award is a four-year grant of one-half tuition and fees to be used at Iowa State University. One hundred high school seniors will receive the award.  For eligibility criteria and to apply go to Hixson Award Application or www.hixson.dso.iastate.edu  Due date is February 1, 2016.

National Scholarship Search Websites:

  1. bigfuture.org
  2. scholarships.com
  3. fastweb.com
  4. icansucceed.org

The Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC): The organization offers 4 types of scholarships to apply for.  Students may only apply for ONE: Scholars, Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage, African-American or Black Caribbean Heritage, Hispanic/Latino Heritage. Seniors must plan to graduate from high school and enroll full time in a 2 year, 4 year, or technical school. Other requirements can be found at www.rmhc.org.  Application is at https://aim.applyists.net/RMHC. Deadline is January 20, 2016.

The Quad City Engineering and Science Council is accepting applications for its 2016 college scholarship awards from area high school seniors. Applications are due by January 22, 2016. The winners are selected based on a committee review of their application. This will be our 23rd year of encouraging students pursuing an engineering or science college degree.  Last year we awarded twelve scholarships with a total value of $20,500. You can download a copy of the scholarship application from http://www.qcesc.org under the scholarship link.

The Quad City and Engineering Science Council Scholarship Program was established and is administered by the Council.  This program provides multiple one-time grants/scholarships between $1000 and $3000 each for high school seniors pursuing a STEM degree at a 4-year university. These are awarded on an objective basis without regard to race, sex, or religion.  Criteria include academics, civic/community service, extracurricular involvement, career goals, and an essay on why you want a STEM degree

This year we are pleased to also offer engineering scholarships from Iowa State University, University of Iowa, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Wisconsin, Platteville, Western Illinois University Quad Cities Campus, and St. Ambrose University.

The Quad City Engineering and Science Council (QCESC) is an umbrella organization representing 36 technical societies totaling about 5,000 members here in the Quad Cities. The QCESC proudly sponsors annual events such as the National Engineers Banquet and the Engineering and Scientist of The Year Awards. We also provide judges for the local technical activities including Invent Iowa and FIRST LEGO League among other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)-related activities.

Muscatine Chapter of the Iowa Engineering Society: Must plan to pursue a career in engineering. Must attend either University of Iowa or Iowa State University in the Fall of 2016. Must have a 3.0 GPA for 10th and 11th grades. Must have an ACT composite score of at least 24.   Two scholarships available; each worth $1000. The application is available in MHS Student Services. Application deadline: January 15, 2016

Iowa Newspaper Foundation: Must be preparing for a newspaper career.   A total of 9 scholarships, all available with ONE application.  Total awards will be approximately $6,700. The application is available at www.INAnews.com   Application deadline: February 12, 2016.

Pearl Hull Falk Scholarship: Must be of Protestant Faith, resident of Iowa, and will attend the University of Iowa full time in the Fall of 2016.  The scholarship award is $800.  The application is only available in MHS Student Services.  Application deadline: May 2, 2016.

Midwest Technical Institute Scholarship Program: Must plan to attend MTI in Fall of 2016.
The application is available in MHS Student Services or with an admissions representative at MTI www.midwesttech.edu   Application deadline: July 1, 2016.

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