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Weekly Update [October 2, 2020]
Heisman Scholarship Application is now open!

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A great chance to explore.
Invite Your Students and Families!
NACAC Virtual College Fairs
Monday, Oct. 12 and 
Sunday, Oct. 18

Dear Bobby,

The next NACAC Virtual College Fairsare happening soon! Would you let students and families in your community know?On each fair date, more than 600 colleges and universities will offer Zoom sessions and meetings. Students everywhere can log in, drop in, and ask questions.

These fairs offer an unparalleled opportunity for students to explore their college options! Thank you in advance for your support.

NACAC Virtual College Fairs team
Feedback From the First Student Fair
More than 18,000 students and families participated in the Sept. 13 NACAC Virtual College Fair. The response was so great that the virtualcollegefairs.orgsite was temporarily swamped with people trying to attend. We're working hard to make sure the next virtual fairs run flawlessly from the start.

We've enjoyed the comments from students who participated. In fact, 76 percent of participants rated the fair as Excellent or Good.
"This was fun!"

"Thank you for providing us all with an opportunity to speak to so many schools!"

"Honestly I really loved the platform, I was able to connect with colleges that I probably would have never known about."

"As a high school counselor I found the virtual fair extremely organized and very easy to navigate. I will continue to advertise this fair as I feel it is the best one I have attended. I am confident my students will benefit greatly from attending the future events. AMAZING job!"

How-to Video and Guide
Share this short video and this quick start guide with students. Each provides an overview of how students can make the most of their fair experience. (P.S.: A newer version of the video will be uploaded on Monday.)

Students are encouraged to sign up at and look around several days before each fair date. They can click the "Remind Me" button when they see a Zoom session that will be offered by a college that interests them. The reminder will get added to their "My Schedule" tab and they'll receive a text when the session is about to start.

List of Exhibiting Colleges
To find out which colleges will be at each fair, students can use the search and filter features on the site or they can download these lists: Oct. 12, Oct. 18, and Nov. 8.

Promotional Kit
Please check the Counselor Resources page for social media graphics and sample text.

Additional Learning Opportunities
NACAC also offers Zoom sessions at each fair, too. These are general, 30-minute information sessions called NACAC Meet-Ups. Here are the meet-ups scheduled for Oct. 12:PNC Bank provides sponsorship support and is offering the following informative Zoom sessions on Oct. 12:Bridging the Gap
A Note For Counselors: Because of disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, colleges and universities are not able to easily reach high school juniors and seniors with information about their programs, financial aid, and scholarship opportunities in the way they have in the past.

NACAC, for the first time, is helping to bridge this gap and facilitate connections between students and higher education institutions by offering student registration lists to eligible US colleges and universities for a nominal fee. Students participating in the fall season of NACAC Virtual College Fairs are asked to opt-in during the registration process.

We welcome your feedback about this initiative. Please feel free to contact us at
Our thanks for promotional support to:
Sponsorship support provided by:



We’re excited to announce that the 2021 Profile in Courage Essay Contest for high school students is now open! You can learn more here. 

We encourage you to write a 1,000 word essay describing a leader who demonstrated political courage as described by President Kennedy in his book, Profiles in Courage. Winning essays tell the stories of courageous lawmakers who stood up for what was right rather than what was easy or politically convenient. Today, as students like you are learning virtually or are back in the classroom, it’s clear that times are different. Our country is depending on leaders to demonstrate political courage — which is why your essays about inspiring choices are so important.

This year, you can win one of 15 scholarship awards for college, including a $10,000 first-place prize. Find out more about the contest here.
All essays must be submitted before January 15, 2021 — so don’t wait! We look forward to reading your essay and learning about a time when a leader’s political courage inspired you. If you are no longer a student, we hope you will share these details with someone that could benefit from this opportunity.

Best wishes,

Esther Kohn
Profile in Courage Essay Contest
John F. Kennedy Library Foundation

ACT Test Information:

Test DateRegistration Deadline(Late Fee Required)
2020-2021 Test Dates (National)
September 12, 2020
September 13, 2020 (Sunday)
September 19, 2020
August 31No late fees
October 10, 2020
October 17, 2020
October 24, 2020
October 25, 2020 (Sunday)
September 25No late fees
December 12, 2020November 6November 7 - November 20
February 6, 2021January 8January 9 - January 15
April 17, 2021March 12March 13 - March 26
June 12, 2021May 7May 8 - May 21
July 17, 2021*June 18June 19 - June 25

*No test centers are scheduled in New York for the July test date.

October 1st is when seniors can apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 


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It's nearly time for young artists to apply for the Governor's School for the Arts -  please spread the word to young artists and their advocates in your community!

The Governor's School for the Arts (GSA) changes the lives and trajectories of Kentucky's most passionate and creative youth - and we need your help to recruit applicants from the diverse range of places and perspectives throughout the Commonwealth!

This autumn high school sophomores and juniors are invited to apply for GSA's 2021 summer program: a tuition-free, life-changing experience that provides access to college scholarships, meaningful mentorships, and life-long friendships. Please share the following resources with young artists in your community, as well as their guardians, educators, and advocates.

  1. Visit to learn more about the program and review our applicant brochure.
  2. Register for GSA virtual info sessions - the first session is October 1st! 
  3. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
  4. Contact us anytime with questions/ideas at

Thank you for advocating for young artists - together, let's continue building a bright future for Kentucky's next generation of creative leadership! 

Yours in creativity,

The GSA Family 


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Behind Every Winner,
There's an Educator Like You.

Heisman High School
Scholarship presented by
Acceptance Insurance

Learn More and Refer a Student

It's time for your graduating seniors to shine.

Your students have been forced to make many sacrifices during the pandemic, but being recognized and rewarded for their remarkable accomplishments should not be one of the them.

This year, The Heisman Trophy Trust along with Acceptance Insurance are proud to award $64,000 in scholarships to the nation’s most accomplished and community-minded male and female senior scholar-athletes. With winners from every school, 88 State Winners, 10 National Finalists, and two National Winners, your graduating seniors have many ways to join the ranks of more than 600,000 past winners—including several of your school’s very own.

Refer your best-of-the-best.

This year’s winners from your school will compete for 100 scholarships, ranging from $500 to $5,000, along with recognition at the state and national levels. And their chance starts with you. Give your seniors a shot at winning the Heisman High School Scholarship presented by Acceptance Insurance by referring a student today. You can also encourage your Heisman-worthy students to apply at


Refer a Student Today!


2021 Project Graduation Committee is selling SENIOR SUPPORT YARD SIGNS as a fundraiser & to showcase this class all around the community! The first design is for the home of your senior and the other design is for Family, Friends or anyone that supports this wonderful class. 
Price per sign is $12 and must be pre-ordered and pre-paid. See, print & complete the order form attached. Return form and payment per the instructions on the form. Forms and payments are NOT accepted at the high school. 


The Elks National Foundation (ENF) has kicked off the 2021 scholarship year. Here are the details!


Most Valuable Student (MVS) Contest:

The 2021 MVS application is now open. Applications can be found online at The application deadline is November 15th


The Elks National Foundation (ENF) awards 500 four-year scholarships based on academics, leadership, and financial need. National awards range from $1,000 per year to $12,500 per year. The national awards will be announced in April 2021.

In addition to the national awards, entry into the MVS contest makes students eligible for additional scholarship opportunities on the state and local level:

  • The Kentucky Elks Association will be presenting an additional $20,0000 in scholarships to 16 students staewide who enter the contest and are not selected as national finalists.

  • The Frankfort Elks Lodge will be presenting four $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors from Frankfort and Franklin County high schools. We will also be presenting the second annual Ronald Boyd Whitaker Memorial Scholarship (also worth $1,000) to a graduating senior from Anderson County High School.


MVS scholarships are for students pursuing a four-year degree on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 semester hours), at a U.S. college or university next school year. Some important applicant details include:

«  Current high school seniors (or equivalent) who are citizens of the United States are eligible to apply.

«  Applicants do not have to be related to a member of the Elks.

«  Male and female students compete separately. 

Applicants select from a list of the Lodges closest to their home address zip code. Please have your students choose Frankfort Lodge #530 as their sponsoring Lodge. Complete details can be found at


Legacy Awards – The Legacy Awards program begins on September 1st.  Legacy Awards provide $4,000 scholarships for children and grandchildren of dues-paying Elk members. The ENF offers a total of 350 national awards. The application deadline is February 5, 2021 at 11:59 a.m., Central Time.  Please visit for more details and the application link.


For any questions, please contact me at the email above or by phone at 502-330-3426.




John Snyder, PER

MVS Scholarship Coordinator

Frankfort Lodge #530

Hagan scholarship

You are receiving this letter because you may have one or more students who meet the eligibility criteria for a Hagan Scholarship. The Hagan Scholarship is a nationwide need-based merit scholarship, designed to provide each recipient with the opportunity to Graduate College Debt-Free. Recipients of a Hagan Scholarship will graduate from an Eligible Public High School located in a county having fewer than 50,000 residentsor from a remote rural public high school located in a larger county. There is NO Application Fee. To inform your students about the Hagan Scholarship please provide a link from your school’s website   


Hagan Scholarship recipients are high achieving, self-motivated students who will require substantial financial assistance to attend college. The Hagan Scholarship provides up to $48,000 over four years; nine hundred twenty-seven Hagan Scholars from 43 states are currently enrolled at 358 colleges and universities. Over 2,000 Hagan Scholarships have been awarded to date, 500 more scholarships will be awarded in April 2021.


The award of a Hagan Scholarship can be life changing for many recipients. For more information and to access the Hagan Scholarship Application please visit our website. The Application Deadline is 5:00 PM CST, November 15, 2020. A letter and Hagan Scholarship Brochure will be mailed to you later this month.  





Dan Hagan, Trustee


Dear Cynthia,

We know this back-to-school season is anything but typical. On top of navigating changes brought on by covid-19, you're also working with your students to finalize their college lists, complete the FAFSA®, and submit college applications.

The good news is that the College Board Opportunity Scholarships program was created to help your students with these steps while earning the chance at a scholarship for completing each action. The program is currently open to class of 2021 students in the United States, Puerto Rico, and U.S. territories, regardless of citizenship status. U.S. citizens and residents attending Department of Defense Education Activity schools abroad may also participate. At least half of all scholarships are designated for students whose families earn less than $60,000 per year.

The first step in helping your students earn scholarships is to take the College Board Opportunity Scholarships pledge. When you sign up for the pledge, you'll receive a free digital toolkit as well as monthly reminders and resources.

Take the Pledge

The following scholarship steps are currently open, or will be opening soon, for your seniors:

Strengthen Your College List to help those students who haven't yet finalized their list of colleges.

Complete the FAFSA to motivate students to take this important step and not leave money for college on the table. (Please note that students who aren't eligible to complete the FAFSA may still earn an entry for this scholarship.) Tell your students to visit to sign up early for Wyatt?, a free FAFSA assistance chatbot that answers their questions by text.

Apply to Colleges to encourage students to complete their college applications before February.

Whether you're conducting in-person, virtual, or hybrid learning this fall, your students can complete all actions for the College Board Opportunity Scholarships online at Use this program to support your college advising guidance and calendar. Don't forget to take the pledge today to receive a free digital toolkit and continue supporting your students on their

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