(Atlantic) For high school seniors it's getting to be that time of year where serious decisions about your future are finalized. With that, for many, comes scholarship applications.
Atlantic High School Guidance Counselor Jennifer Thurston says as many as 65 scholarships are offered to this year's senior class.
"It's just a great community that they have behind them with all of the options that they have to apply for different scholarships and different areas of expertise so it's just a great variety of different scholarships which is great for our kids."
Thurston says the more applications the better.
"I think it's important for them to think long term. As of right now they won't have any bills due, but come six months after college graduation they will have bills due and I can say from experience that I wish I had applied for more scholarships. I mean you can't get better than free money, so that's definitely something for them to think about."
A common misconception is that only the kids in the top of the class will be rewarded. The reality is that there are opportunities for a wide array of students.
"Absolutely, there are a lot of scholarships that don't even look at Grade Point Average. They want to look at community service or they want to look at your background or different things. If you're going into nursing or you are going into teaching or something like that they want to know about your passion and how you are going to make your community better. That's the nice thing about the local scholarships is they really focus on how kids are going to make their community a better place."
Some of the early deadlines are coming up in March with most applications being due in April. Thurston says a list of scholarships can be found on the Atlantic High School Website.