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Guidance Office Calendar

Updated: 9/1/2021

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. 






Elks ENF Legacy Award Scholarship - Deadline: February 7, 2022

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


Sun Tec Auto Glass Scholarship - Deadline: December 15, 2021at 5:00pm

This $1500 scholarship is for any college bound student with a GPA of 2.5 or above.  Applicants must write a 1000 word essay on “Why you think it is important to support local small businesses.” Winners will be announced no later than December 31, 2021.  Apply by 5pm on Dec 15, 2021 at 


Cooke College Scholarship Program - Deadline: November 18, 2021

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.


Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship - Deadline: Nov 15, 2021

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.  


Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation - Deadline: October 31, 2021 at 5pm EST

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 5pm EST for a chance at 150 scholarships ranging from $1,000-$1,500.  Applicants must have a 3.0 minimum GPA. Apply at:


Heisman Scholarship - Deadline: October 19, 2021 at 6:00pm EST

Seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or above, participation in at least one sport, and demonstrated leadership are invited to apply.  Scholarships range from $1,000-$10.000. Apply by 6:00pm on October 19, 2021 at  


College Board Opportunity Scholarships - Deadlines: Varies according to the scholarship task.

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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