Class Preparations:

Junior High:

Study Skills workshop - Aug. 18-22


Personal Learning Plan: College/Career/Post-secondary plan


PLAN ACT prep test, PSAT (SAT prep test) - both tests are provided during the school day. No fees.

Career Expo - Thurs. Oct. 8 - 11:15am-1:30pm - Kennedy H.S.
PSAT - Wednesday, October 11th.  Sophomores will test in the morning. This test is at Bethel LBC. 


PSAT - Wednesday, October 11th.
ACT, SAT - Register on your own (see info. below)

NDSCS College Fair - Thursday, September 14th juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to go to NDSCS for a college fair.  The bus leaves at 12:15 and will return at 3:15.
PSAT - Wed. Oct. 28 - 8:30-11:45am - Bethel LBC
NDSU College Tour - TBD
International College Tour - Oct. 14 - University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.




ACT Test 
Register online

  • Make payment online and print off admission ticket
  • Writing test is optional but often recommended by colleges
  • Recommended to take the test at least 2 times.
  • See info. below regarding ACT prep. course

Test Date:
Oct. 28 | Regular Registration Deadline: Sept. 22 / Late Reg.: Sept. 23-Oct. 6
Dec. 9 | Regular Registration Deadline: Nov. 3 / Late Reg.: Nov. 4-17
Feb. 10, 2018 | Regular Registration Deadline: Jan. 12 / Late Reg.: Jan. 13-19
Apr. 14, 2018 | Regular Registration Deadline: Mar. 9 / Late Reg.: Mar. 10-23
June 9, 2018 | Regular Registration Deadline: May 4 / Late Reg.: May 5-18
July 14, 2018 | Regular Registration Deadline: June 15 / Late Reg.: June 16-22

SAT Test 
Register online

Test Date:
Oct. 7 | Regular Registration Deadline: Sept. 8 / Late Reg. (Paper): Sept. 27
Nov. 4 /at HLA | Regular Registration Deadline: Oct. 5 / Late Reg. (Paper): Oct. 25
Dec. 2 | Regular Registration Deadline: Nov. 2 / Late Reg. (Paper): Nov. 21
Mar. 10, 2018 / at HLA | Regular Registration Deadline: Feb. 9 / Late Reg. (Paper): Feb. 20
May 5, 2018 | Regular Registration Deadline: Apr. 6 / Late Reg. (Paper): Apr. 25
June 2, 2018 | Regular Registration Deadline: May 3 / Late Reg. (Paper): May 23

AP Test

May AP Tests: Test fees are due into the Finance office by Tuesday, March 25th - $89/test

  • AP Calculus 8 am Thurs. May 5
  • AP Euro 12pm Fri. May 6
  • AP English 8am Wed. May 11



Juniors and Sophomores will be taking the PSAT test on Wednesday October 28 8:25 am – 12 noon.

  • Hillcrest purchases this test for all students and they will take it together at Bethel Church.
  •  Practice tests and information booklets will be given to the students.

PSAT is a practice SAT test that also gives students the opportunity to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program: receive up to full – tuition from some schools.
We have had past Hillcrest students qualify for this selective scholarship and have had many come very close to qualifying. Sophomores are not able to qualify but are able to test and then again as juniors providing the opportunity to receive a qualifying score.

Naviance/Family Connection A college/career readinessplatform.
We will be using this site to submit transcripts and recommendation letters to your student’s schools of choice.
Your student has been given access to this site.
We will be sending more information to you as well as your own access code.

Another very helpful and comprehensive college/career site is GPSLifePlan,

No log-in or registration is needed for this site.



Scholarship Opportunities

Recurring Monthly

Monthly chance to win $1,000 scholarship!

NHS SCHOLARSHIPS and create an account (program key NHS).

Fergus Falls Seniors Scholarships

Dollars for Scholars

Go to this website and create an account.

Contact Mrs. Paulson with any questions.


Questbridge National College Match. For high achieving low-income studnts to full four-year scholarships at the nation's best colleges, including Stanford, Yale, MIT, Amherst, and Duke.


1.  St. Louis, MO scholarship for Washington University for a student with strong integrity, academics and a heart for service.

Wendy’s High School Heisman:  deadline Oct. 10; in one or more sports; online application

AES: Oct. 6 , $500;  essay,

Horatio Alger Scholarship for a student with a financial need in order to attend college.  This is a state and national scholarship you can use at the college of your choice.  If you're not sure you can afford to go to college this one might be for you.  GPA requirement of a 2.0.  Deadline October 25th.

Coca-Cola: deadline Oct. 31;



Prudential Spirit of Community Award: Nov. 4

*Heart Research Scholarship: deadline Nov. 19; interest in health science; Minnesota High School senior, college fresh. soph., jr.;

PCI/Salon Professional Academy (Fargo): deadline Nov. 30; $2500 cosmetology scholarship available for EACH MN high school!; application and guidelines available

Burger King: deadline Oct. 15 Dec. 15;


AXA Achievement Scholarship: deadline Dec. 1;; $10,000 - $25,000; community involvement, overcome personal challenges AXA Achievement Scholarship: ;$2,000; community involvement, overcome personal challenges

NFIB - YEF/Young Entrepreneur Foundation: deadline Dec. 15;; plan to attend a 2 or 4 year school; have an officially established business

Great Clips/Alice Madden Barton Cosmetology School Scholarship Program: deadline Dec. 31; for seniors planning a career in cosmetology, or barbering;

ESA: Feb. 1; EARLY BIRD AWARD Any completed application / accompanying documents submitted by December 15, and approved for judging; will be eligible for a drawing to be awarded a $1000 Early Bird Scholarship as funds permit.


National Wild Turkey Federation Ottertail Lakes Chapter: $500; seniors with at least a 3.0 GPA; holder of hunting license; member of NWTF; involved in school and community activities;

*US Bank: (applications accepted Jan. – May); plans to attend a 4 yr. school; Random drawing!; senior or high school graduate 

Ronald Reagan Essay Contest: Deadline Jan. 5  

Burger King: Jan. 10;

Fergus Falls Elks Lodge/Elks Most Valuable Student: deadline January 13; ; up to 6 students selected from our area

YFU/Intercultural Exchange Program: scholarships available for a summer, semester, or year abroad.


*ESA: Feb. 1; EARLY BIRD AWARD Any completed application / accompanying documents submitted by December 15, and approved for judging; will be eligible for a drawing to be awarded a $1000 Early Bird Scholarship as funds permit.

UEF/United Educators Scholarship: Feb. 1; 3/$1,000; member or family member of Credit Union member; “What’s New”

FRS (Foundation for Rural Services): deadline Feb. 15; up to $2500; Must have one of Arvig’s core services: video, Internet, phone; C average. Josie Winkels, Arvig, 150 2nd St. SW, Perham, MN 56573

*Northwest Minnesota Youth Leadership Award: $500; ages 17-21 as of Jan.1, 2014


*Buick Achievers: deadline Feb. 28; up to $100,000; full-time/4 yr. school; engineering, technology, design or business;


Farm Credit Services Scholarship: Deadline Mar. 1; 24/$1,000; come from an actively farming family or planning to pursue an agricultural career; applications available or online

MN School Counselor Association Scholarship: deadline Mar. 1;

*US Bank: deadline March; plans to attend a 4 yr. school; Random drawing! senior or graduate;

Fergus Falls Concert Association: $1,000;  qualified music students band student;.

Lowell Dreyer Memorial: Deadline Mar. 3; $500; applications available (leave score blank)

Ottertail Lions Club: deadline Mar. 15; senior involved in volunteering and leadership; applications available, also on website

Missouri River Energy Services: deadline Mar. 15; 10 / $1,000; seniors receiving power and services from a Missouri River Energy Services’ member utility; electrical line worker or engineer;

Kohl’s: Mar. 15; volunteer and contributions to community;

LR builders Foundation: Mar. 15, pursuing a trade, $500; applications available, also on website 

*Catch-A-Break! : deadline Mar. 15; up to $10,000; high potential 18-21yr.olds who have faced significant challenges;

*AAUW-Amer. Assoc. of Univ. Women: Mar. 21; $1,500; no age limit; women who have demonstrated an interest in the Arts (music, drama, writing, art); applications available, also on website

Mike Rohde Spirit Scholarship Award: Mar. 29; $1,500; energetic, fun-loving, community service; applications available 

*MBA: Mar. 30; up to $1,000; child of public school or school district employee; high school seniors or graduates

Janice M. Scott: deadline Mar. 31; $2500; 3.0 GPA; 4 yr. college

MWGA/Minnesota Women’s Golf Association Scholarship: Deadline Mar. 31; a female high school student who has  an interest in golf, plan to attend a 4 year school, GPA of 3.2 or above; $3,000/year for 4 years; see Mrs. Paulson

American Legion Trust Scholarship:  deadline Mar. 27; 3/$500; direct descendant of a Veteran; return to Mrs. Paulson, also on website

SFM: Mar. 31, up to $5,000, parent injured or killed on the job, (MN, WI)



*American Legion Memorial Scholarship: deadline April; 6/$500; must be a veteran, child, or grandchild of a veteran; for high school graduates; return to Mrs. Paulson ;applications available , also on website

MSTATE Fergus Falls Freshman Scholarship- Applications due April 1 You may download a copy of this application at

Tri-County Hospital: deadline April 1; 6 / $1,000; seniors with at least a 3.0 GPA; planning to enter health care field; applications available David H. Beighley: deadline April1; $1000; West Ottertail MDAA 815 S. Union Ave., Fergus Falls, MN 56537

*Marcella Arnold Nursing Scholarship: deadline Apr. 1; for high school graduates currently in an LPN or RN Nursing program. Forms available in counselor’s office and in the district office.

Tom Bovitz Memorial: deadline April ; $2,000 1st place, $1,500 second place, $1,000 third place, $500 fourth place; customer of MN Municipal Utilities Association/MMUA

Lake Region Healthcare Auxiliary Health Career: deadline Apr. 4; $500 - $750 , 2.5 GPA or above and interested in health related career; application  available, also online Education/Events (bottom of page)

MN Clean Air: April 5; essay ; forms available, or online

American Legion Legacy Scholarship: deadline Apr.;

Pioneer Care: April 16; planning to pursue nursing career and are accepted in an LPN/RN program; applications available.

Otter Tail/Grant County Corn & Soybean Growers Ass’n: Due April, $500, plan to pursue education in the field of agriculture. Applications available

2010 Student-View Scholarship: deadline Apr. 22;


Technology: Each semester our company challenges students to dig into the field of technology by writing different essays on how innovative technologies are transforming our lives. For the Spring semester the topic is: “The future of technology in education”. 

The best submission will be awarded $2,000 while the two runners-up will receive $500 each. All information and eligibility requirements can be found here:

JUNIORS! Minnesota Association of Townships: deadline May 1; 4/$1,000;

MN Athletes in Sports Medicine:  May 1, $2,500 1 male 1 female pursue career in sports medicine, MN 4 yr. school, 4 yrs. Involvement in sports

Society of Women Engineers, Minnesota Section: Deadline May 15;; female planning to study engineering or computer



MNESTA:  Deadline June 1;; student who is a son or daughter of active duty police, fire, or EMS personnel

Horatio Alger Career & Technical Scholarship: Deadline June 15;; student enrolling in non-profit postsecondary institution. Student must have a strong commitment to a career or technical program and demonstrate financial need.

Helpful Scholarship Websites  World’s Largest Scholarship Database enter to win free tuition.

Achieve Scholarship: plan to attend a MN college/university;

Scholarship for People with Disability ( sensory impairment or physical disability);

Wells Fargo College STEPS Scholarship Sweepstakes: 

MINNESOTAJOBS.COM Scholarship Program:; planning to attend, or are currently attending a Minnesota 2 or 4 yr. school.

Minnesota State Archery Association Program