MHS Announcements – February 18, 2016

Go Muskies!

  • Guest speaker Aime Wichtendahl will be speaking from 3:45 to 4:45 pm on Wednesday February 24th in Room 130 in the Science Hall. Aime is the first transgender woman to be elected to a city council in the state of Iowa. There will be refreshments provided. This event is sponsored by the MHS GSA.
  • Attention Seniors:  If you missed the local scholarship meeting in the auditorium on Wednesday please stop in Student Services and pick up your packet.
  • 2016 Local Scholarship Application and Descriptions – Deadlines vary, please read each scholarship for deadline information.  2016 Local Scholarship Descriptions     2016 Local Scholarship Application
  • Girls Tennis:  There will be a short informational meeting for all those interested in Girls Tennis.  We will meet in the Commons on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 3:45pm.
  • Junior and Senior Girls: Recycle the Dress is celebrating our fifth year! All girls who can attend prom in Muscatine county can stop by the Muscatine Recycling Center and Transfer Station at 1000 S. Houser St. on Friday, February 26th. 5:00 – 8:00 pm and Saturday, February 27th. 9:00 am – Noon to see the latest, greatest recycled styles we have for prom! All items are in good conditioned and have been donated for this program. There is no cost for any item at this event! Recycling is in and reuse is cool!  For more information on this program, please contact Laura Liegois at 563.263.9689 or
  • FREE Morning Tai Chi with Caleen Pagel will begin at 7:10 am Tuesday, February 23 in the Commons. This session is open on a walk-in basis to all MHS staff, students, and members of the community! We look forward to seeing you!
  • Engineering Week Banquet – Iowa Engineering Society-Muscatine Chapter, Tuesday, February 23rd at the Stanley Auditorium in Muscatine. The banquet provides a unique look into the engineering profession. One of the main emphases of this event is student interaction with real engineers so please encourage students to bring any questions they may have about math, science, or engineering.  RSVPs to by February 19th (this Friday).
  • FAFSA (Federal Application for Federal Student Aid) Night at Muscatine Community College, Thursday, February 25 from 4 – 6 PM, 152 Colorado Street, Muscatine, Gaekle Hall, Room 202. Phone: 563-288-6060. There is no fee for the event, nor is there a fee for submitting the FAFSA.  Everyone is welcome to attend. Participants are asked to call the college nearest them to let us know you’re coming or toll free 1-888-336-3907.  FAFSA Night at MCC
  • Reminder that Boy’s and Track and Field practice will start February 22nd. We will meet at 3:40 in the cafeteria please be dressed in workout attire. Please make sure you have your physical, insurance waiver, and concussion paperwork into the Athletic Director’s office. If you missed the informational meeting and have questions please see Coach Foxen.
  • Senior Resources is looking for dependable, hardworking Chore workers to provide snow removal services for Seniors in Muscatine County. Must be 16 years of age or older & be able to pass a background check. Worker must have own equipment. Positions open immediately. The position pays $11 per hour. Applications can be picked up at 1808 Mulberry Avenue, Muscatine. Contact Angela for more information. 563-263-7292 or   Senior Resources Chore Workers Needed
  • ATTENTION JUNIOR & SENIOR GIRLS: Win a PROM MAKEOVER sponsored by SIX local businesses! The prize package includes:  Dental makeover (Clove Dental),  Massage (Therapeutic Body Shoppe), Hair cut/color/styling, manicure, & makeup (Salon Incognito),  Corsage (Miller’s Florist),  Dinner for two (Sal Vitale’s Restaurant), Professional photographs (Genevieve’s Photography), ALL Muscatine High School Junior and Senior Girl students are eligible to enter.
  • College Goal Sunday is a national program that works with community organizations to coordinate financial aid events where students and families can receive free assistance with the completion of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form.  They will be at MCC on Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm in room 209 Gaekle Hall.  If you have any questions regarding this event you can email to or call (877) 272-4692.
    Visit for contest information. Hurry, contest ends March 4!
  • Nomination packets for the 2016 Excellence in Education Awards are now available! This year the form is a google form.  This is a really is a fast way to submit a nomination and the process is really smooth.  We are encouraging people to use this google form:
    Please note the following deadline for nominations:  Closing date is February 23, 2016.  For the nomination to be considered it must be received by:  electronically – must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m., February 23, 2016, US Mail – must be postmarked no later than February 23, 2016, hand delivered to Jan Collinson no later than 4:30 p.m. February 23, 2016 at 2900 Mulberry Avenue (No Late Nominations Will Be Accepted).Nominated students will be sent a letter telling them of the nomination and asking for them to complete a Self-Description Essay. Excellence in Education Award Recipients will be announced on April 5.   The Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at MHS.
  • Our boys basketball team earned the right to host a game on Feb 26th at 7pm.  Muskies will play the winner of Clinton and Burlington.
  • Yearbooks – The last day to order a yearbook for this school year is February 26th.  Cost is $56 and can be purchased at the MHS Attendance Office.  We only order a few extras which sell out very quickly, so if you want to guarantee yourself a yearbook, you need to order one. Yearbooks will be distributed in May.
  • 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 to make a donation.  Donations are accepted from Feb. 8-20, 2016.

** Silver Cord Opportunities **

  • Please check back later!

** Upcoming Events **

  • Feb. 18 – Wrestling – Des Moines  ALL DAY
  • Feb. 19 – UNI Tallcorn Jazz Festival @ Cedar Falls 9 AM
  • Feb. 19 – Boys Basketball Soph/Varsity Home 6 PM
  • Feb. 20 – Show Choir – Adler Theatre – ALL DAY
  • Feb. 20 – Mock Trial – Roosevelt High School, Des Moines 9 AM

** Scholarships ** (Scholarship section also posted on MHS Main Page under ‘2016 Scholarships’)

Edward Archer Memorial/ MP&W Power Line Scholarship.
Also included is another link that will take you to the
scholarship page, which has information on DEED.

1st National Bank –  Everfi Financial Literacy Scholarship Application Everfi Financial Scholarship Application
$500 scholarship to one student who completes the Everfi Financial Literacy Program Certification with a score of 100%. *Please turn applications in to Dena Ferreira at First National Bank no later than April 15th.

Diane Scott Memorial Scholarship – $1000 scholarship DIANE-SCOTT-scholarship

Eychaner Foundation – Iowa’s 17th Annual Matthew Shepard Scholarship Program for openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Iowa high school seniors- Deadline March 1, 2015.  Application is available at A brochure can be found in Student Services.

Muscatine County Farm Bureau Scholarships to high school seniors AND currently enrolled college students whose parents have a Muscatine County Farm Bureau membership.  Please note that the Muscatine County Farm Bureau uses the same application as the Iowa State Farm Bureau.  The same application is used for both. The local school scholarship is available to ALL high school senior and college students whose parents are Muscatine County Farm Bureau members.  THE IFBF scholarship uses the standards of eligibility on the application, the local scholarship does not. You do NOT have to br going into an Ag related occupation for the LOCAL Scholarship. The Muscatine County Farm Bureau Scholarship Committee will award up to 6 local scholarships. Then the committee will look at all application eligible for the State competition and will forward on the 2 best applications for the State Competition. Application must be returned to the Muscatine County Farm Bureau office, 1501 Plaza Place, Muscatine, IA no later than March 1, 2016. Farm-Bureau-Scholarship-Application

Learning Disabilities Association of Iowa Scholarship – Three scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors who plan to enroll in post-secondary education (college, vocational, or fifth-year program) in the fall of 2016.  Deadline is March 31, 2016.  LDA-IA Scholarship

S.O.A.R Scholarship – Sedona Group partnered with WQAD News 8 to recognize 5 outstanding high school seniors with a $1000 scholarship.  Deadline is April 24, 2016.  S.O.A.R. Scholarship

Iowa Motor Carriers Foundation ScholarshipsTo be eligible to receive an IMCF scholarship, a student must be a permanent resident of the state of Iowa.  The student also must currently be attending or planning to attend any of the following types of educational institutions:

A community college located in Iowa.
A public or private trade school located in Iowa.
A private college or university located in Iowa.
A public college or university location in Iowa.

 Selections are based on the applicant’s academic record and outside activities as they pertain to school and community citizenship.  Students may only apply for one scholarship and the students who received a scholarship in 2015 will not be eligible to re-apply until January 2017.

For more information on the Iowa Motor Carriers Foundation Scholarship Program, please visit  Applications must be postmarked no later than March 15, 2016 in order to be considered.  Incomplete applications will be rejected.   Iowa Motor Carriers Foundation Scholarship Application

The Bob Bannister Memorial Scholarship was established by family, friends and colleagues in honor of the late Bob Bannister, an active volunteer and avid supporter of the Iowa Motor Truck Association for over 20 years. Bob was known throughout the industry for his knowledge of the industry and his love of the association. This scholarship was established as a way to keep his spirit alive and honor a true friend to Iowa’s trucking industry.

The Cummins Central Power Scholarship was established by an endowment from Cummins Central Power and is specifically earmarked for individuals pursuing a degree in diesel technology.

The Darryl Mason Memorial Scholarship was established as a way for Darryl to give back to the industry he loved. Darryl was a professional truck driver and a long-time participant in the Iowa Truck Driving Championships. Over the years, Darryl received numerous awards for his professionalism and commitment to safety and also earned a coveted spot on Iowa’s Road Team. Darryl passed away in August 2007 after a courageous battle with cancer, and the IMCF is proud to keep his legacy alive through a scholarship named after this great individual.

The Harold Dickey Memorial Scholarship was established by an endowment from the Dickey family in honor of the late Harold Dickey, founder of Dickey Transport, Inc. and former chairman of the IMTA. This scholarship is awarded to a student from southeast Iowa. (The Harold Dickey Memorial Scholarship has a separate application – Visit to access)

The Iowa Council of Safety Management Scholarship was established by the Iowa Council of Safety Management, a group of individuals committed to safety and professionalism in the trucking industry.  The L.W. “Vern” Simpson Memorial Scholarship was established to honor Vern Simpson, the “father” and treasurer of the Iowa Motor Carriers Foundation as well as founder and president of Mid Seven Transportation. Vern Simpson was a valued leader and friend to the trucking industry and to the association.

The Midwest Wheel Companies Scholarship was first formed in celebration of the company’s 100th anniversary in 2011 and its strong commitment and desire to make an investment in the future of Iowa. Through this scholarship, Midwest Wheel Companies (MWC) hopes to attract individuals into the field of business and ultimately the trucking industry. As one of the largest truck parts distributors in the Midwest, MWC is proud and honored to offer a scholarship opportunity to an individual who is pursuing a higher education. MWC has seven branches and serves a customer base in Iowa and its six neighboring states.

The Motor-Ways, Inc. Scholarship was established by an endowment from Pat Storey and MotorWays, Inc. Because of the company’s commitment to always giving back to the association and the trucking industry, a scholarship was the natural course of action to further show their support. Motor-Ways provides a variety of insurance products to carriers of all sizes.

The Paul Crouse Memorial Scholarship was established by an endowment from the Crouse family in honor of their father, the late Paul Crouse, founder of Crouse Cartage Company and former chairman of the board for IMTA. This scholarship is awarded to a student from western Iowa.

The Towing & Recovery Professionals of Iowa Scholarship was established by an endowment in 2012 from the Towing and Recovery Professionals of Iowa (TRPI). This is a division of the Iowa Motor Truck Association which represents Iowa’s towing industry. This scholarship is awarded to a student who is either an employee or a family member of an employee working for a TRPI member in good standing.

The Ziegler/Caterpillar Diesel Scholarship was established by an endowment from Ziegler, Inc. and Caterpillar, Inc. Another great supporter of the association, Ziegler/Caterpillar established the scholarship in an effort to continually invest in the field of maintenance and diesel technologies. This scholarship is earmarked for individuals pursuing a degree in diesel technology.

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 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
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:

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.  

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, 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 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 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 or visit MHS Student Services.

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:

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 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 to apply.

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

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 to register and read the complete rules. Students must complete all three steps before 4:00 pm on March 4th, 2016.

National Scholarship Search Websites:


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   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   Application deadline: July 1, 2016.

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