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Mr. Orlano Guidance Corner


Seniors:  This will be a very busy year for you.  I hope you will look at this web page for information on colleges and scholarship opportunities.  

If you are planning to attend Iowa Central Community College, please check the number of scholarship opportunities.  Please go to www.iowacentral.edu


Seniors: April

- Visit an ICAN center and work on your college and career plan.  Call (877) 2727-4692 to schedule an appointment.

- Register now to take the ACT.  Please the test dates at the bottom of this page.

- Confirm that the colleges you've applied to have received your first semester transcripts.

- Decision Day is May 1.  Decide which college you'll attend.

- Tell other colleges you won't be attending

- If you are securing a student loan, complete the required promissory note and entrance counseling.

Juniors: April

- Time to schedule a college visit.  Please contact your school counselor.

-  Find information about the Iowa colleges at ICANsucceed.org/collegefairs

- Begin to schedule college visits for the spring semester.

- Make sure you enroll in senior classes that fulfill the credits you need for college.

- Download the College Cheklist from ICANsucceed.org/materials to stay organized.

- Register now for the April ACT if you plan to take it.

- Visit Raise.Me and update your profile to earn scholarship dollars for your college planning activities and daily classes.

FastWeb.  Just go to http://www.fastweb.com/ or http://www.iowacollegeaid.gov/

Juniors and Seniors, please view this video on the prior to prior year for financial aid.  The video is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJl7igE-WQ8

Parents of Seniors:  Here is a video that outlines the financial aid process.  Click on the following link to view the video.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rOWionnz-U&feature=youtu.be


DES MOINES, IOWA (March 15, 2018) – The Iowa Money Smart Kid essay contest deadline has been extended. Iowa students now have until Friday, March 23, 2018, to enter the essay contest sponsored by the Iowa Bankers Association.  Along with the extended deadline comes an increase in the number of awards offered. Five new awards have been added for contest runner-ups, so now the top ten finalists will be recognized. Award levels now include the following: 

• $1,000 award to first-place winner (1 award)
• $500 award to four finalist (4 awards)
• $300 award for five runner ups (5 awards) – NEW!

Eligible students must be in grades 7-11 and can enter the contest by writing an essay addressing the following: 

Please write a brief newspaper article describing the potential devastating effects of a natural disaster (fire, flood, hurricane, etc.) on a family’s financial situation. Please select only one type of natural disaster for the focus of your article. Be sure to include tips and resources for readers to help prepare them for a potential future unexpected crisis.


Guthrie County Rural Electric Cooperative: This scholarship is open to members of the Guthrie Co. REC.  Their are three scholarships available.  Please see Mr. Orlano for an application.  Application deadline is before April 6th, 2018.

The Carroll County Corn Growers Association will offer two $300 scholarships to be awarded to two graduating high school seniors who plan to continue their education in agriculture at an accredited college or university in the state of Iowa. Winners will also receive a one-year student membership to the Iowa Corn Grower Association (ICGA) for demonstrating exceptional leadership in the agriculture industry. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is April 15, 2018.

Guthrie County Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship: Applicants must declare their intent to pursue a medical or health related profession and have a grade point average of 3.0 or better.  Applications must be submitted by the third Friday of April.  Please see Mr. Orlano for application.

Carroll Co. Cattlemen’s Scholarship:  This scholarship is available to any individual who is a graduating High School senior and is planning to attend any post-secondary school, or to an individual who is already attending post-secondary school and continuing their education in the fall. 2. The Scholarship applicant will be chosen in a manner determined by the Carroll County Cattlemen’s Association Board of Directors. An application shall be completed and returned by April 15, 2018 with a copy of academic records. 3. The scholarship applicant’s parents must also be members of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association with a 3 year paid membership for Carroll County.

Please see Mr. Orlano for application.


Doyle Beeber Scholarship:  Dolye Beeber Scholarship is now available in Mr.Orlano's office.  Please see him for details.  Deadline is April 27th, 2018. 


2017-2018 ACT Test Dates            
Registration Date                                           Test Date
May 4, 2018                                                    June 9, 2018

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