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Senior Newsletter #6

Senior Newsletter #6

February 9, 2017

Mrs. Misty Wade

School Counselor




Don’t miss out on any Senior information distributed by the guidance department.  Join Remind!!!

Remind.com: FSHS Guidance Class of 2017!  To join, send a text to 81010 with the message @fshsgu or send an email to fshsgu@mail.remind.com.



The guidance department recently reactivated their FACEBOOK page.  To connect with the guidance department on FACEBOOK search for Fshs Guidance and send us a friend request.


Attendance Policy for Seniors

A senior student must not have more than 6 unexcused absences during the school year. After the 6th unexcused absence, the student will be denied the opportunity of participating in ALL graduation exercises (including Senior Breakfast and the Graduation Ceremony) for their senior class.  The student will receive his/her diploma if he/she meets graduation requirements, but will forfeit the opportunity to participate in graduation exercises. Students may pick their diploma up in the front office on Monday AFTER commencement.


Seniors Must Graduate College or Career Ready

To graduate with the class of 2017, ALL seniors must be either college or career ready as defined by KDE & the Simpson County BOE.  Even if a student meets the 32 course work credit requirement, he/she will not receive a diploma if one of the following are not met:

  1.  To be College Ready, students must meet the ACT Benchmarks of: English-18, Math-19, Reading-20 or make the equivalent scores on the KYOTE College Placement Exam.

Passing Scores on KYOTE Exams

Ø A passing score on the KYOTE college readiness mathematics placement exam is a normalized score of 22 or higher.

Ø A passing score on the KYOTE college algebra placement exam is a normalized score of 14 or higher.

Ø A passing score on the KYOTE reading placement exam is a normalized score of 20 or higher.

Ø A passing score on the KYOTE writing placement exam is a normalized score of 6 or higher.


  1. To be Career Ready, students must complete 3.0 credits in a KDE approved career pathway, earn a state issued industry certificate in that area, and pass one of the following academic components: ACT Workkeys-Silver Certificate, ASVAB-50, ACT-meet benchmarks, or KYOTE-passing score or higher.


College & Career Ready Counselor

Mr. Satterly is FSHS’s College & Career Ready Counselor. He is located in the CTE office.  Mr. Satterly is here to help provide resources to students transitioning to college, the military or the workforce after graduation. Students can see Mr. Satterly for the following:


  • Picking up a College Day Visit Form;
  • Needing to contact a military recruiter;
  • Getting information about colleges; and for
  • FAFSA help starting in October.



College Visits

College visits for seniors are excused absences as long as the following procedure is followed.  1. Schedule college visit with college.  2. Get a College Day slip from Mr. Satterly at least 1 week in advance.  3. Have all your teachers sign it.  4. Turn it back in to Mr. Satterly the next day.  5. Visit your college AND bring back a school excuse.  6. Turn your school excuse in to the excuse box in the front office the day you return.


Cap & Gowns

Any senior that has not ordered a cap and gown and still needs one, needs to see Mrs. Tyler in the guidance office ASAP.




Juniors and seniors wishing to attend Prom must be in good standing, which means no suspensions for the school year, no more than 6 unexcused absences and no more than 6 unexcused school tardies for the school year.



Letters of Recommendation

Sometimes college applications or scholarships will require letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, or community members.  If you need a recommendation letter, you need to give the person you are asking at least 2 weeks notice AND provide them with a resume. Your resume should include any clubs/activities you have been involved in, any leadership roles you’ve had, AND what things you were responsible for while a member.  A list of clubs is simply not enough information for someone to write you a quality letter. The resume should also include any awards won, community service experience (with descriptions), any paid job experience (with descriptions) and your goals for life after high school.  Make it easy for your teacher to write that letter for you!!




ACT testing dates                               Registration Deadline                         Late Registration Period                     Registration Fee                                                                                                                                                                                                   $42.50 (no writing)

April 8                                                   March 3                                                 Mar. 4-17                                              $58.50 (plus writing)


You can stop by Mrs. Tyler’s office and get an ACT flyer with instructions for registering online at www.actstudent.org


Scholarships New to this Newsletter


SKYCTC Scholarships

Several scholarships for incoming freshmen are available for SKYCTC.  Visit http://southcentral.kctcs.edu/en/Costs_and_Financial_Aid/TypesOfFinancialAid/Scholarships/Beginning_Freshman.aspx

for more information and scholarship requirements.  Deadline to apply is March 1st!!


 Bluegrass Indo-American Civic Society Scholarships

  Requirements include:

  • The applicant and/or parent of applicant are legal residents of Kentucky.
  • The applicant has been admitted as a full time student to a degree program at a recognized educational institution in the country.
  • The applicant is currently a full time high school student in Kentucky, graduating in the spring of 2017.
  • Summary of activities and accomplishments.
  • One page essay on your educational goals and future ambitions.
  • One letter of recommendation.
  • Copy of transcript and letter of admission to college.


Applications and more information can be found at www.biacs.org/scholarship.html. Applications must reach the scholarship committee by March 13th.


Commonwealth Credit Union Scholarships

Interested applicants must be high school students, members of Commonwealth Credit Union and accepted as an incoming freshman at an accredited college, trade school or university. Four $1,000 scholarships will be given out.  Minimum 2.8 GPA is required.

Scholarship applications can be found at http://www.ccuky.org/scholarship/ and should include the following:

  • Official high school transcript;
  • 2 letters of recommendation (one school personnel, one community);


Deadline is March 17th. Questions can be directed to Betsy May at 1-800-228-6420.


Gerald F. Healy KY Law Enforcement Memorial Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship will be given to the dependent child of a Kentucky Law Enforcement Officer or Telecommunicator.  Requirements include: 2 letters of recommendation, a letter about yourself and a copy of your letter of acceptance to college.  Applications can be downloaded and more information can be found at http://klemf.org/KLEMFScholarships1110.html.  Completed applications must be mailed to Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation, Department of Criminal Justice Training, Funderburk Building, 521 Lancaster Avenue, Richmond, Kentucky 40475.Applications must be post marked by March 31st.

Thomas Cecil “T C” Stubblefield Scholarship


This scholarship application process will be open to all Franklin Simpson High School graduating seniors that will be attending any college in the fall of 2017.  This student must be a full time student carrying a full load of classes.  As TC respected all students regardless of their station in life or their grade point average, there are no restrictions on grade point average or class rankings. 

 TC had three philosophical sayings that he strongly believed in,

 “One Life, Live It”

“Place No Hope in Tomorrow”

“Inspire Envy”

In order to apply for this scholarship in TC’s honor, the student must write a paper explaining what one of TC’s sayings listed above means to him/her personally.  How does this apply to his/her life now and the future? The paper has no restrictions on length but should be typed using proper grammar and punctuation. The paper should contain a cover sheet with student’s name, address and phone number, college attending and date written.  

 Deadline for this application is April l, 2017. 

 Kentucky Housing Association Scholarship

Three $3,000 renewable 4-year scholarships and one $2,500 1-year scholarship will be given to students whose families reside in a Kentucky Housing Authority unit.  Requirements include: reside in a KHA member agency owned or managed unit for at least a year, (2) have at least a 2.5 GPA, (3) three letters of recommendation, (4) transcript, (5) Essay:  “How my public housing and high school experiences have influenced my life”  (350-500 words), and (6) sponsorship letter from the Executive Director of the Housing Authority.  Applications are available online at www.kyhousingassn.com.  You will need to click on both the Application Kit AND KHA Scholarship Application Fillable links to complete the entire application. Deadline is April 7th


The Franklin-Simpson Educational Excellence Foundation Scholarship

Purpose: This scholarship is designed to recognize one or more graduating Franklin-Simpson seniors planning to attend a university/college majoring in an education-related field (i.e. teacher education, counseling, psychology, sociology, social work, speech pathology, etc.) and exemplifying excellence throughout his/her high school experience.


Administration: The Franklin Simpson Educational Excellence Foundation board of directors will administer the scholarship with additional input from the Franklin-Simpson High School administration. The scholarship amount for 2017 shall be $2,000 for the first semester with an additional $2,000 for the second semester pending documentation of a 3.0 college grade point average for the first semester. This is a one-year only scholarship.


Eligibility: 1. Demonstrated scholastic ability with a minimum 3.0 unweighted grade point average & TWO letters of recommendation related to student’s suitability for education major/career. Attach high school transcript. 2. Extracurricular involvement including leadership positions held. May include work and volunteer experience. 3. Demonstrated commitment to academic excellence by attendance record of at least 90% during first two grading periods of senior year. Attendance for entire year must equal 90% to receive award. 4. Financial need


Applications are available in Mrs. Tyler’s office.





Purpose: The FSAA scholarship program is designed to encourage and support outstanding students who work hard, have financial need, have a parent/guardian that is a Franklin-Simpson alumnus and who plans to attend a post-secondary institution who exemplifies the Franklin-Simpson High School motto “Focus, Spirit, Honor, Success.”


Administration: The Franklin-Simpson Alumni Association steering committee in cooperation with the Franklin-Simpson Educational Excellence Foundation board of directors will administer the scholarship with additional input from the Franklin-Simpson High School administration. The scholarship amount for 2017 shall be $4,000 payable as follows: $2,000 for the first semester with an additional $2,000 for the second semester pending documentation of a 3.0 college grade point average for the first semester. This is a one-year only scholarship. CHECKS WILL BE WRITTEN TO COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY in name of recipient.


Eligibility: PARENT OR GUARDIAN OF APPLICANT MUST BE A FRANKLIN-SIMPSON HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNUS 1. Demonstrated scholastic ability with a minimum 2.75 unweighted grade point average. 2. Extracurricular involvement including leadership positions held. Please include school-related activities, work experience, community activities and volunteer experience. 3. Demonstrated commitment to academic excellence by attendance record of at least 90% during first two grading periods of senior year. Year-end attendance must also be 90%. 4. Financial Need. 5. Two letters of recommendation: one from a faculty/staff member at FSHS and one from a community member: (employer, coworker, church member, family friend, etc.) Letters of recommendation should demonstrate how the applicant exemplifies the qualities of FSHS- Focus, Spirit, Honor and Success.


Applications are available in Mrs. Tyler’s office.




LendEDU Scholarship

LendEDU is offering 2- $1,000 scholarships. Essay required. For more information and to apply, visit https://lendedu.com/blog/scholarship-application/Due date is April 15th. 


American Legion Post #62 Scholarships

This year a scholarship will be awarded to one male student and one female student.  You must be a relative of a veteran who is a member of any American Legion.  This means in relation to; a father, mother, brother, sister, grandparents, or great-grandparents.  Aunts, uncles, and in-laws Do Not apply.


Applications are available in Mrs. Tyler’s office.  Deadline to submit applications: April 21st






Scholarship Reminders from Previous Newsletters


Women Leading Kentucky Scholarship Program

Eight $1,000-$1500 scholarships will be given to high school and college female students.  Requirements include at least a 3.0 GPA, have demonstrated leadership abilities on campus or in a community and complete a 300 word essay.  To apply, go to http://womenleadingky.com/scholarships/scholarship-application/. Deadline to apply is February 13, 2017.



Northern Kentucky University

The deadline for Merit Based Scholarships is February 15, 2017.  The priority deadline for the Honors Program is March 15, 2017.  University Housing applications opened December 1, 2016 with the priority deadline of March 15, 2017.

The chart below will help students determine which merit-based scholarship they are eligible to receive. Students are considered for merit-based scholarships once they submit a completed application for admission. NKU’s final scholarship deadline is February 15. CCIE

NKU also has additional scholarship opportunities for students that require additional applications and/or essays. Follow the links below for more details.



UK Alumni Association Scholarship

The UK Alumni Association sponsors several scholarships for undergraduate students on a yearly basis.  Minimum requirements include a 3.0 GPA and a 22 ACT.  Applications can be downloaded at Postmark deadline is February 17, 2017.


Kentucky Farm Bureau Education Foundation Scholarship

The Kentucky Farm Bureau Education Foundation will award 90 county and state college scholarships to high school seniors for the current school year.  Scholarships may be applied to tuition, housing, books and other educational expenses.  Payments will be made directly to the college or university of your choice.  A hard copy of the application form can be picked up in Mrs. Tyler’s office or it can be downloaded at kyfb.com/scholarships.  There are multiple scholarships available.  The comprehensive list can be found on the last page of the application form or on the website listed above. The application must be turned in to your local Kentucky Farm Bureau office by February 25, 2017.

To be eligible, applicants must:

                *have wither a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or a minimum 23 ACT score

                *be the child of a Kentucky Farm Bureau member and remain such while the scholarship is in force

                *finish high school within the year they apply for the scholarship

                *for the Leadership in Agriculture Scholarship, applicant’s parents must be actively engaged in production ag


Those not eligible are the children of:

                *Kentucky Farm Bureau Claims Personnel

                *Kentucky Farm Bureau Board State Board Members

                *Kentucky Farm Bureau State & District Employees

                *Kentucky Farm Bureau State Women’s Advisory Committee Members


Please note: Children of Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Agency Managers, Agents, Agency Secretaries and CSRs are only eligible for the Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Agents Association Scholarship and should utilize this application to apply for the scholarship.


The Garden Club of Kentucky Scholarship Program

Purpose:  To offer financial aid to outstanding KY students and to encourage the study of horticulture, floriculture, landscape design, botany, plant science, city planning, forestry, and allied subjects. The scholarship can be found at http://www.gardenclubky.org/scholarships/.


Applicants must:

1. Be a RESIDENT of Kentucky

2. Be a junior, senior or graduate student for the 2016 – 2017 year.

3. Attend a Kentucky university with an accredited program.

4. Major in horticulture, plant pathology, landscape design, botany, forestry, environmental concerns, urban planning, land management, agronomy or related subjects.

5. Submit application to the GCKY State Scholarship Chairman by March 1.


George Crafton Memorial Scholarship

A $1,000 scholarship will be given to a Kentucky high school senior studying Agriculture. Students wishing to major in the fields of conservation of natural resources will be favored.  Applicants must be enrolled in college at the time the scholarship is presented.  Go to http://conservation.ky.gov/Pages/Scholarships.aspx to apply.  Postmark deadline is March 1, 2017.


Citizens First Bank WKU Scholarship for 2017

The scholarship award is $1,000.  A hard copy of the application can be picked up in Mrs. Tyler’s office. The application can also be accessed online at CitizensFirstBank.comThe scholarship application deadline is Friday, March 3, 2017.


                · Graduating Senior from Franklin-Simpson High School enrolling full-time for the 2017 fall semester at WKU.

                · Meet WKU’s minimum grade point average requirements.

· Retain a record of good citizenship.

· Relatives of Citizens First Bank staff and board are not eligible for the award.


Community Foundation of Louisville Scholarships

Several scholarships ranging from $500 to $6,000 are available to look through at https://cflouisville.academicworks.com/opportunities.  Most have a due date of March 15, 2017.  You will have to look at each one individually to see if you are eligible.


Bluegrass Community Foundation Scholarships

Several scholarships for Kentucky high school seniors with various due dates are available at http://bgcf.org/learn/scholarships.




This site provides a list of scholarship programs that will give out more than 1 million dollars to students in the 2016/17 school year.  Verify your eligibility before applying. Due dates vary.


Bluegrass Cellular Scholarship

Fifteen students within Bluegrass Cellular’s 40-county coverage area will receive a one-time $1,500 scholarship. 


Requirements include:

  • Applicant must live & attend school within Bluegrass Cellular’s 40 county home coverage area.
  • Applicant’s parent must be a current Bluegrass Cellular customer who has received service for a minimum of 12 months and is in good payment standing.
  • Must enroll full time in a 2 or 4 year college/university or technical school.
  • Applicant cannot be an employee or immediate family member of individuals who are employed by Bluegrass Cellular.
  • Applicant must have 2.5 GPA at the time of application.
  • Applicant will be scored by the following- 45% financial need, 25% academic achievement, 20% school/community involvement, 10% personal essay and from 2 letters of recommendation.


Applications can be picked up from Mrs. Tyler or downloaded from https://bluegrasscellular.com/scholarship

 and must be postmarked by April 1, 2017



Scholarship Search Engines



This state run site is the place to find out how much KEES money you have as well as search for scholarships, financial aid info, and college information. One of the best on the web!

A government site with plenty of information on funding opportunities and grant application packages. It lists grants that are currently available, and shows you how to apply for them. There's also a special link for minority languages.


Students can also login to their ILP account and search for colleges, careers, scholarships and much more.


Events & Other Information


University of Louisville

#VisitTheVille: Campus Visit Program

The Office of Admissions hosts a Campus Visit program Monday - Friday and one Saturday per month. The programs begin at 10:15 a.m. and 2 p.m. on weekdays and 10:30 a.m. on select Saturdays (EST).

Registration is required to reserve your space on the Visit Scheduling tab on the bottom of this page.

Your campus visit will include the following:

  • Information session: a 45-minute information session with a UofL admissions representative.
  • A student-guided 90-minute tour of campus: a 90-minute tour will include academic buildings, a residence hall, the Student Activities Center (SAC), and more.
  • Optional academic visit: Interested students choosing the 10:15 a.m. Campus Visit time can request an appointment to meet with a departmental representative. We can only accommodate one departmental request per student and cannot guarantee that faculty will be available on the date of your visit.

To schedule a visit go to http://louisville.edu/admissions/visit/hs.

Middle Tennessee State University

A Preview Day will be held on campus at MTSU on Saturday, March 18, 2017.  Students interested in any of these events can find more information and RSVP at www.mtsu.edu/rsvp.  Any student wishing to tour MTSU, please contact tours@mtsu.edu.

University of Kentucky

If you are a student who was looking for a college major that combines art and design with science, technology, and the environment, then Landscape Architecture at the University of Kentucky could be the ideal plan of study for you. Landscape architects plan, design, and manage complex built and natural environments. Landscape architects envision parks, communities, and resorts, as well as nature preserves, corporate headquarters, university campuses and more.

The University of Kentucky offers the only accredited undergraduate landscape architecture degree in Kentucky. The four-year degree program includes a professional internship and an education abroad experience. Additionally, competitive scholarships are available. In small classroom/studio settings, faculty members work closely with students on design projects that are ecologically relevant, socially beneficial, and artful as well as functional. Graduates are making a difference in people's lives as creative professionals in private practice, public agencies, and academic institutions around the world.

The program has several distinguishing features:



For more information contact the 859-323-4995 or www.uky.edu/AG/LA



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