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Guidance Office Calendar

Updated: 9/28/2022

Scholarships are updated as they are received, emailed to students and their parent(s)/guardian(s) of record, posted to Family Access and Student Access on Skyward, and posted outside of the Big Rapids High School Guidance Office. 






HEISMAN HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP - Deadline: October 18th at 3 pm. 

Student athletes who have a 3.0 GPA, have participated in at least one sport, and have leadership experience either in school or the community, are welcome to apply for the Heisman scholarship. Scholarship amounts range from $1000 state scholarships to $10,000 national scholarships.  Deadline is Tuesday, October 18th at 3pm. Follow this link to apply


COCA COLA SCHOLARSHIP Deadline: 5 p.m. Eastern on Monday, October 31, 2022.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation believes that investing in students who are leaders, both academically and in service to others, will result in positive, lasting change and sustainable communities.  Apply by October 31st at 5:00pm for a chance at 150 scholarships.  Applicants must have a 3.0 minimum GPA. Please follow this link to apply. 


ELKS MOST VALUABLE STUDENT - Deadline: November 14, 2022 at 11:59 p.m., Pacific Time.

Seniors with strong academics and who are pursuing a 4 year college degree may apply.  Applications will be judged based on academics, leadership, and financial need (you do NOT need to be related to an Elks member to apply).  Up to 500 scholarships will be awarded with amounts ranging from $1,000-$12,500/yr for four years.  Apply at  You must enter Big Rapids Elks Lodge #974 as your sponsoring lodge on the application.  You do NOT need a family member to be an Elks member to apply.



An undergraduate scholarship program for high school seniors with a 3.5 or above GPA and financial need.  Applications will be evaluated based on academic merit, financial need, leadership and persistence in character.  Apply through the common app.


MHSAA SCHOLAR ATHLETE AWARD - Deadline: December 2, 2022

All senior athletes are eligible. To apply students need to go to and create an account.  Students will need to enter the code leadership23 to gain access to the application.  You don’t have to complete the application all at one time, your work will be saved.  Students also need to provide two letters of recommendation. Students can upload PDFs or Word docs themselves, or they can use the system to have recommenders upload recommendations.   For more information please go to the MHSAA website. The application deadline is December 2nd at 4:00pm.



Students who plan to attend Calvin U, Dordt U, Kuyper College, Trinity Christian College, The King's University in Canada or Redeemer U in Canada are eligible to apply.  Students must submit an essay about "Calvin and Resistance to Oppressive Governments." Follow this link for more details. 


ELKS ENF LEGACY AWARD - Deadline: February 6, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

Legacy Awards are $4,000 scholarships available to children and grandchildren of dues-paying Elks members. SAT/ACT test scores have been waived for this year's applicants.  Apply at



Citizens bank awards monthly $2,500 scholarships, and a grand prize $15,000 scholarship.  Please see the website to determine if you qualify for the Citizens Sweepstake or the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion monthly scholarship.



College board has a number of scholarships available to seniors simply for doing the work necessary to apply to colleges (i.e. making a college list, practicing on Khan Academy, updating your college list, improving your test score, completing the FAFSA, and applying to colleges.  Go to for more information and to start your scholarship task list.  

**Two of the opportunity scholarships are no longer available after the end of October (Strengthening Your College List and Practice for the SAT).



Big Rapids High School currently offers dual/concurrent enrollment opportunities through Ferris State University, Mid Michigan College, and Lake Superior State University. This is an opportunity for current high school students to get started on their college coursework before graduating high school.

Helpful Links:       

Ferris State University 

Mid Michigan College






First Day of Class Jan 11
Drop/Add Final Date Jan 14 at 5 pm
Midterm Mar 8
Withdraw Date - Family responsible for full cost of class. Mar 25
Classes End Apr 30



First Day of Class Jan 11
Drop/Add Final Date Jan 15
Classes End May 7



First Day of Class Jan 19
Drop/Add Final Date Apr 30
*Check dates with each college*


Community Mental Health for Central Michigan (CMH) – (231) 796-5825

Crisis Hotline: (800) 317-0708


Mecosta County Location:

Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

500 South Third Avenue

Big Rapids, MI 49307


Youth Attention Center (YAC) - (231) 592-0129

Youth Attention Center offers different programs to help fit the needs of runaway and homeless youth, and those deemed to be at-risk. Qualified and compassionate case workers meet with youth to identify challenges in their lives, and assist in building basic life management skills to deal with those issues.  Youth may receive guidance in attaining communication skills and building peer and family relationships. There is also assistance with academic/truancy problems and mentoring to foster skills in anger management and coping with difficult life situations.

Office Location:

Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

126 Maple Street, Suite F

Big Rapids, MI 49307

**Phones are forwarded to on-call/crisis line after 5:00pm**



Call: 8-555-OK2SAY (855-565-2729)

Text: 652729 (OK2SAY)


OK2SAY is the student safety program which allows students to confidentially report tips on potential harm or criminal activities directed at school students, school employees, and schools. It uses a comprehensive communication system to facilitate tip sharing among students, parents, school personnel, community mental health service programs, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and law enforcement officials about harmful behaviors that threaten to disrupt the learning environment.


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