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Weekly Update [Dec. 14, 2020]

All juniors will be taking the ACT on March 9, 2021 during the school day as part of our State Testing. ________________________________________________________________________

 See attached information from Mr. Glass regarding our final exam schedule.

FAFSA Completion Opportunity

With Toni Wiley, KHEAA Outreach Counselor

And area College Representatives

[email protected]   270-403-9468

All times are EST

Dec 18                   Friday                    FAFSA                   The Gallery Bardstown                                  10 am – 4 pm

As things are wrapping up on campus, we at Craft Academy are excited to be receiving Class of 2023 application materials!  While we are 56 days away from the February 1 deadline, we wanted to reach out to our high schools before you go on Winter Break. 

A few reminders: 

  • All applications must be fully submitted online, and supplemental items packets post marked by February 1, 2021.   

    For those students that are filling out their online application we have step by step instructions for completing the online application:   
  • If students have not been able to attend an ACT test or did not meet the benchmarks from a previous test, Morehead State University’s Testing Center is able to offer an ACT-R (residual ACT) on campus.  The ACT-R results will only be valid at MSU and Craft Academy.  If you have a student that is interested in registering for an ACT-R  please have them email [email protected]  

  • Students who are applying will need to request an official copy of their high school transcript, and that can be submitted to them, or mailed directly to our office.  Please know that we understand that many schools may be virtual, and the counselor may not have access to the buildings in some cases – we are willing to work with counselors.  Should this be the case, please contact [email protected] for alternate methods. 

  • We are continuing to offer weekday Virtual Visits until Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. EST.  Students, and families are invited to attend and learn more about our program and ask any questions they may have about the application process.  We are also available to schedule a specific session at an alternate time if needed. 

  • Our office will be closed Dec. 18 at 4:30 p.m. - Jan. 4 at 8 a.m. - however, should a student have a question, or concern, they can email us and we will have LIMITED access to email during Winter Break.   

We really appreciate you sharing this information with your students, as we know that it is a very hectic time.   

  If we can help in any way please do not hesitate to reach out, or have your students reach out!




An updated Counselor Connection is now available at by clicking on the link to get the latest edition.
You will find the following articles in this month’s issue:
  • Winner of KHEAA’s 2020 essay contest announced
  • Students should know these financial aid terms
  • KHEAA to hold webinars about financial aid
  • Scholarship Spotlight
  • KHEAA continues hosting social media outreach
  • Students can enter financial literacy video contest
  • Somerset plans new four-year university



On Sept. 15, 2020, NASA, in partnership with Future Engineers, launched the Artemis Moon Pod Essay Contest. The contest, which is open to all (public, private, and home school) students in grades K-12, asks participants to imagine they are leading a one-week expedition to the Moon’s South Pole. In the essay, students will need to describe to NASA what (and who) they would bring to help make their expedition a success.

The Moon Pod Essay Contest is presented in support of NASA's Artemis program. The student challenge is part of NASA's efforts to engage the public in its missions to the Moon and Mars. NASA is returning to the Moon for scientific discovery, economic benefits, and inspiration for a new generation. Working with its partners throughout the Artemis program, the agency will fine-tune precision landing technologies and develop new mobility capabilities that allow robots and crew to travel greater distances and explore new regions of the Moon.

Visit the Artemis Moon Pod Essay Contest page for important program dates:

The challenge will require students to imagine and share their thoughts on leading a one-week expedition at the Moon’s South Pole. Additionally, participants must include the types of skills, attributes, and/or personality traits they would want their Moon Pod crew to have and why. For a full description of the contest, including the requirements and who can enter, visit the Moon Pod Essay Contest website.

Every student who submits an entry will receive a certificate from NASA and be invited to a special NASA virtual event – with an astronaut!

Selected semifinalists will be invited to represent their state or territory in a series of Artemis Explorer sessions with NASA experts. Moreover, nine finalists will travel with a parent to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in 2021 to learn about lunar exploration, and the national winner in each grade division will win a family trip to see the first Artemis test launch to watch the most powerful rocket in the world launch from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Entries for the contest are due no later than 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time on Dec. 17, 2020. Children and students who live in the same household with NASA employees cannot enter. Read the full description of contest rules at Artemis Moon Pod Essay Contest ("The Challenge") Rules



Good afternoon!  The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is now accepting applications for scholarship opportunities for students who will be pursuing a Civil Engineering Degree at the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville, or Western Kentucky University AND who would be interested in working for KYTC after graduation.  If selected, the students will be eligible for stipends in the amount of $6,200/semester for the freshman & sophomore years and $6,600/semester for the junior & senior years, along with the opportunity to work for KYTC after graduation. 


Note – this is a scholarship available for those interested in employment with state government in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.  It is not a scholarship that is offered as general financial assistance.


For complete details and to apply, please visit our website at




Please feel free to contact me with any questions.


Thank you,




Marianne Sullivan

State Highway Engineer's Office

Phone - 502-564-3730

Direct - 502-782-4970

Fax - 502-564-2277

[email protected]


Dear Counselor,

Whether your students are back in school, learning remotely, or participating in a hybrid model, we know they're working closely with you on their journey to college. The College Board Opportunity Scholarships program was created to help your students complete steps for college while earning the chance at scholarships. Encourage your seniors to sign up for the program at for a guide to college and a path to scholarships.

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

Most students need financial aid to help pay for college. By completing the FAFSA®, students might qualify for thousands of dollars in federal grants, work-study, low-cost loans, and state and college scholarships. There's no other way to gain access to this money.

Encourage your students to complete the FAFSA and earn a chance at a $1,000 scholarship.

Completing the FAFSA is an urgent and important step—not just for accessing financial aid, but for staying on track to enroll in college. Research shows that 90% of students who complete the FAFSA enroll immediately in college—versus only 55% of students who don't file.

Between October and February, the College Board will award $800,000 to seniors who complete the FAFSA.

Tell your students to visit for instructions on how to sign up for Wyatt?, a free FAFSA assistance chatbot that answers their questions by text. When students sign up for Wyatt and text their financial aid questions, Wyatt sends answers via text, a familiar medium that doesn't require internet access. Wyatt is available 24/7.

Seniors: Complete the FAFSA

Scholarship Tip: Complete the FAFSA for a Chance to Earn $1,000 for College

Thank you for your commitment to your students.


College Board

Heisman Scholarship Application is now open!


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)

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 [email protected]

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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Scholarship List:

Kentucky Association of School Business Officials
Foot Locker Student - Athlete Scholarship
JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest
1 for 2 Education Foundation Scholarship
B. Davis Scholarship
Ky Transportation Cabinet Civil Engineering Scholarship
Ky Transportation Cabinet Civil Engineering Technology Scholarship
College Board Opportunity Scholarships
Raise Me

Some great places to look for

Fastweb.comKHEAA.comAnd the local scholarship packet should be available to seniors in late January!

Take Care,
Cynthia Miracle
Senior Counselor
Anderson County High School
One Bearcat Drive
Lawrenceburg, Ky. 40342
Phone: 502.839.5118 ext. 2519
Fax: 502-839-3486

Order your ACHS transcript by using the link below:

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