Student Services

Vermillion High School Student Services Department

The VHS Counseling Office will use the Remind App to send out important reminders to VHS students and parents this year.

  • To receive messages via text, text @vhscounse to 81010.  
  • Or click on the following link:
  • (You can opt out of text messages at anytime by replying, ‘unsubscribe @vhscounse’)
  • Please follow us on Twitter: VHS Student Services@ counselor Baedke


The Reemployment Assistance (RA) program provides temporary financial assistance for people who have lost their job through no fault of their own. Workers who become unemployed because their employer needs to temporarily shut down or isolate workers due to COVID-19 might be eligible to receive benefits. The link below have very good information about the application process and eligibility requirements.

Dual Credit Information:
Method Test Prep – Free online ACT Prep Program

You’ve signed up for the ACT.   A solid score can mean qualifying for the reduced tuition dual credit program, scholarships, and being accepted at your top choice school.  Instead of spending the time before the test searching for four-leaf clovers and other lucky charms, how about spending a little time on Method Test Prep?

Method Test Prep is a FREE online ACT Prep program available to all VHS students through their SD MyLife portal.   Students can access the self-paced program anywhere they have an internet connection.  Mrs. Larsen provided a short demo of the program to students and parents of the “What?” “Where?” and “How?” of Method Test Prep during Parent-Teacher Conferences.

Links to the presentation and to the Method Test Prep Student User Guide (for iPad) are located below:

MTP Student User Guide

Federal Student Aid (FSA):

ATTENTION SENIORS:  – New FSA ID:  In May, the Department of Education implemented a new FSA ID to replace the FSA PIN as the login process for the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  Seniors and their parents need to create a FSA ID and are encouraged to do it now.  It’s also important that students and parents create their own FSA ID as they will need them to sign and complete the FAFSA each year the student plans to apply for financial aid.  The following PDF walks through the steps for creating the new FSA ID needed to log into the FAFSA website. Creating FSA ID

FAFSA: Students attending college in 2018-2019 will be able to file a FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2019, rather than beginning on January 1, 2020. For more information:



South Dakota High School Graduation Requirements: Advanced Endorsements

 (Approved by the South Dakota Board of Education)

Senior Information

South Dakota High School Graduation Requirements: Advanced Endorsements

(Approved by the South Dakota Board of Education)

Time Line For Planning For College

Sophomore Information

Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) Seminar is the nation’s only program designed exclusively for high school sophomores.

HOBY’s purpose is to bring together a select group of high school sophomores who have demonstrated leadership ability so that they can interact with groups of distinguished leaders in business, government, education, and the professions to discuss present and future issues. These interactions occur during summer seminars which are three to four day weekend events. To learn more about HOBY, visit:

Senior Scholarships

If your scholarship needs a transcript please email or  an unsigned official transcript will be emailed to you. Communicate with your organization during this time to see if there are extensions for deadlines.




PB & J Scholarship
For students who have experienced personal challenges that may not have allowed them to perform well academically (High GPA is not needed to qualify!)
Amount: $500-$1000
Deadline: May 31, 2021
Eligibility: Open to high school seniors attending an accredited 2-year or 4-year college in the U.S
What’s Needed to Apply?
Application, transcript and 1 letter of recommendation required (2 preferred)
Questions? Contact Traven Watase at (808)450-9988 or email:

Donald H. Quimby Memorial Scholarship:

Deadline: April 1, 2021

Donald H. Quimby scholarship

Kids’ Chance of America Scholarship

Impacted by a parent’s serious work related injury or death

South Dakota USA Softball Scholarship

USA Softball Scholarship

Marion T. Wood Scholarship: South Dakota Association of Educational office Professionals

Application available on the SDAEOP website:

Marion T. Wood Scholarship SDAEOP

Clark County Riders Free to Choose Scholarship

Deadline: April 17, 2021

CCR Scholarship 2021 Application

Alpha Pi State-South Dakota DKG Society Scholarship

Deadline: April 16, 2021


MASABA Scholarship

Deadline: April 5, 2021

MASABA Scholarship-Vermillion

Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery Scholarship

Deadline: April 1, 2021

Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery 2021

South Dakota Telecommunications Association SDTA Scholarship

Deadline: June 15, 2021

South Dakota Telecommunication Association 2021

Richard Hagen-Minerva Harvey Memorial Scholarship

Attached is the application for the Richard Hagen-Minerva Harvey Memorial Scholarship. Program information and the Richard Hagen-Minerva Harvey Scholarship application can also be found online at the following website:

Application Hagen Harvey Scholarship 2021

Application deadline is April 15, 2021. Applications must be hand delivered by 5:00 PM CST or postmarked by the stated deadline.

Applications should be submitted to:

South Dakota Department of Education

Office of Finance and Management

ATTN: Mark Gageby

800 Governors Drive

Pierre, SD  57501

Dakota Hospital Foundation

Becky and Dave Nelson Healthcare Scholarship

Deadline: April 23, 2021

Becky and Dave Nelson Healthcare Career Scholarship

Dakota Hospital Foundation Sanford Vermillion Employee-Child Scholarship

DHF Employee-child Scholarship

Patrick and Theresa Wingen Family Vocational School Scholarship

Wingen Healthcare Career Scholarship

For more information:  Dakota Hospital Foundation/Scholarships website

VEA Scholarship 2021






College Admission Tests

Most colleges and universities require either the ACT or the SAT for college admission.  Check the website of the school(s) you are considering to determine which test to register for.  Both tests now utilize an online registration process.  Register for the ACT at Register for the SAT at  The ACT writing test and SAT sub tests require additional fees, and may be required by certain post secondary institutions.

Test preparation resources:



Test Prices: $55.00 ACT No Writing $70.00 ACT With Writing

Registration information — must register online at    

Vermillion’s High School code is:  421-315

Vermillion’s Test Center code is:  197-480.


SAT TEST Schedule – Registration  must register online at

Vermillion’s High School code is:  421-315

Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) is the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test:

Scheduled for the FALL of 2021 dates TBD



REQUIREMENTS to be eligible for Dual Credit courses per the South Dakota Board of Regents.

Seniors = 3.25 GPA OR 21 ACT Score

Juniors = 3.5 GPA OR 24 ACT Score