By: Nicholas Jamerson, Student Writer

Want some money to pay for college? Start searching on the board next to the Senior locker bay where Mr. Murphy and Mrs. Cascone have placed many different types of scholarship offers for college. The best time to start deciding and scoping out opportunities is Sophomore year. This process begins with the Sophomore project, organized by Mrs. Cascone.

“We start by researching what colleges we will potentially go to, our GPA’s and what type of personality we have. we then write a paper and present. I then understood what type of colleges I wanted to attend, and what I wanted to major in,” said Junior Ian Gerstner.


Head of Counseling, Mr. Murphy looks at various scholarships in order to keep the students updated about what available opportunities. He has various college booklets outside his office that “give general information about college but are very good to look over, especially with your parents,” said Murphy. Photo by: Kristin Jacobsen

The scholarship offers are open for anyone to read and to think about their future in college. The scholarships include: ethnicity, gender, interests in college, service hours, essay scholarships, duct tape dress and tux at prom scholarship, most creative sandwich scholarship, and many more.


Senior Erin Bollinger begins the process of applying to Mizzou. “It is important to apply as soon as you can and stay on top of your applications,” said Bollinger. Photo by: Kristin Jacobsen

“[These] provide an opportunity to get money for college, and there are organizations that really want to help students in their strive for a higher education,” said Head Counseling Director Murphy.

According to the College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2015–2016 school year was $32,405 at private colleges, $9,410 for state residents at public colleges, and $23,893 for out-of-state residents attending public universities.The average loan dept of a Class of 2016 graduate is $37,172.

Murphy and Cascone would highly recommend anyone interested in going to college to look at these scholarships. For additional information please contact Mr. Murphy or Mrs. Cascone in room 249 or email them at rmurphy@stpiusxhs-kc.com and mcascone@stpiusxhs-kc.com

Also check out the new link to all SPX scholarship


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