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Friday, April 21, 2017



In the college admissions process, nothing is more important than a student’s high school academic record.  You should know what information is included in this record and how colleges use this information.

Admissions Criteria

Colleges use some, if not all, of the information listed below when determining whether or not to accept an applicant.  Individual colleges, however, differ in how they evaluate this information.  For example, one college may place a great deal of importance of standardized test scores, such as the ACT.  Other colleges may focus on more factors, but the main three are these:
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) 
  • Academic Rigor
  • ACT scores

Colleges will review these three criteria using your high school transcript, which details the courses you have taken in grades 9-12.  A current cumulative GPA  (based on a 4.0 scale) is used.  It is crucial your GPA be a 3.0 or above for college admission.  For scholarships, a 3.5 GPA is recommended. High schools have “weighted” grades for Honors, AP, or dual enrollment classes.  By taking these rigorous courses, you can improve your GPA and even have a GPA higher than a 4.0 at graduation, which is VERY IMPRESSIVE.  The minimum GPA you should have is a 20, but again the higher the score, the more opportunity to earn admission and scholarships.  

Competitive scholarships, often called merit-based scholarships, often require GPA’s of 3.5 or above and ACT scores of 25 or above. The higher these two numbers, the more money available to you!

If you haven't been able to schedule a one-to-one SENIOR STRATEGY SESSION with Mrs. Buff before the start of school, don't delay!  We need a plan of action to get you on the path for a FANTASTIC FUTURE and a COLLEGE DEGREE!

Thursday, April 6, 2017


This Memorial Scholarship is established to honor the memory of our beloved mother, Mrs. Ora L. Jones, who passed away on May 30, 2011 from Congestive Heart Disease. Throughout her life she significantly impacted and influenced countless individuals by rendering sacrificial service. This scholarship is established with the following goal in mind: to help educate a child in order to motivate them to live out the principles modeled by our mother so that they can demonstrate a life of service by reaching back and helping somebody else along life’s journey.
To be awarded to: a High School Graduate of Shelby County or a surrounding area.
1.  Must have an acceptance letter to either a 2 yr or 4 yr College or University.
2.  Must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
3.  Must submit a 1000 word typed essay which depicts the importance of the scholarship and describes how they will use their education to give back to the community.
4.  Must provide a cover letter with the following:
a.  Full name
b.  Address, phone number, email, and name of high school you graduated from.
c.  A brief biography about yourself.
Deadline for entryApril 30, 2017
Scholarship to be awarded: by May 20, 20173 Scholarships awarded: $1,000 minimum each
“If I can help somebody as I pass along, if I can cheer somebody with a word or song, if I can show somebody he’s traveling wrong, then my living will not be in vain.”