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.  
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  • Please follow us on Twitter: VHS Student Services@ counselor Baedke


Midco has a discounted program for low income families. The process of approval can be 3-5 days but if we move to e-learning this would be a great option.

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)

Junior Information

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.




Legends for Kids Scholarship Application:

Legends Scholarship Application 2019-2020

Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery Scholarship $1000:

Gavins Point Scholarship

Planning a career in wildlife management, conservation or other closely related field? This scholarship is for you! Details in the Student Services Office. Deadline: April 1, 2020

Clay County Republican Party Scholarship:

Clay County Republican Party Scholarship

Deadline EXTENDED: April 22, 2020

Mail completed applications to: Donna Schafer 100 S. Norbeck Vermillion, SD  57069

First District Development Company (FDDC ) Scholarship:

FDDC Scholarship

First District Development Company, South Dakota’s small business finance partner, is pleased to offer five-$1000 scholarships to students pursuing a post-secondary degree in business/finance related field. Applications can be picked up in the Student Services Office. Deadline: March 31, 2020.

Credit Union Foundation of the Dakotas Scholarship:

Credit Union Scholarship

Applications can be picked up in the Student Services Office along with a full list of eligibility requirements. Deadline: March 31, 2020.

MASABA $500 Scholarship:

MASABA $500 Scholarship

Senior who seeks further college-level (technical, trade or vocational) education in welding technology, drafting, hydraulic, machinist or electrical fields.  Please email completed application to:  Deadline: April 10, 2020.

Inez Taylor Walter Scholarship:

Inez Taylor Walter Scholarship

A student planning on attending a South Dakota or North Dakota college or university in the field of nursing. Applications in Student Services. Deadline: April 1, 2020.

Yankton Medical Clinic Scholarship:

Deadline: March 27, 2020

Vermillion Rotary Club Scholarship:

Rotary Scholarship

Mailing address: Kathy Chandler  221 Anderson Street, Vermillion, SD 57069.

Deadline EXTENDED: April 13, 2020

Morningside College:

Morningside Nursing

The Nylen School of Nursing at Morningside College will award a $1000 Nursing Scholarship to an incoming nursing student. Students interested in pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing degree at Morningside starting August of 2020 are eligible to apply.  Applications in Student Services. Deadline: April 15, 2020.

South Dakota Grand Commandery Knights Templar:

Knights Templar

The Masons of South Dakota who are members of the Knights Templar Masonic organization are pleased to again offer their scholarship for students in your school district who are considering post high school education at one of the four South Dakota Technical schools. Applications in Student Services. Deadline: April 15, 2020

P.A.Y. (Promoting Agricultural Youth) Scholarship: 

Yankton PAY Scholarship

This scholarship is made available through the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber Agri-Business Committee.  Funds for this scholarship are raised during the Chamber Ag Producer BBQ.  Scholarship winners will be recognized as a recipient during the event.

  • This is a $3,000 scholarship – $1,500 second semester of Freshman year, $1,500 second semester Sophomore year
  • Applicants must be going into an Ag-related field of study (see application for approved courses of study)
  • This scholarship is available for 2-year or 4-year programs

Please review the application for further requirements.  Please share with students who you feel would be a good applicant for this award.  Applications must be postmarked by March 31, 2020 to be considered for the scholarship.

First Dakota Scholarship:

First Dakota National Bank understands the importance of higher education. We support our communities and the youth within them. In order to encourage students to pursue furthering their education, First Dakota is proud to offer scholarships ranging from $1,000 – $5,000 up to a total of $25,000 for the 2020-2021 school year. Please follow eligibility requirements below and turn in your application soon!

• Student must be a U.S. citizen/permanent resident.

• Student must be a high school senior or currently attending a post-secondary accredited American college, vocational technical school, or university.

• Student must plan to attend an accredited post-high school college, university, vocational technical school, community college or junior college on a full-time basis.

• Student must provide confirmation of enrollment. Payment of the scholarship will be made directly to the school. • Previous scholarship winners are not eligible.

• At the time of application, student must have a First Dakota checking account and demonstrate satisfactory account maintenance.

• If you would like to apply for the First Dakota student scholarship and do not currently have an account, stop by any First Dakota location and open one today. You will enjoy the benefits!

Here is the link to the web application that students can fill out on-line or students can pick up an application in Student Services. Deadline: March 10, 2020.

CorTrust Bank: 

CorTrust Bank along with South Dakota Bankers Association are honored to offer our Scholarship Program to high school seniors who will be attending a post-secondary school in South Dakota! This year we will be awarding fourteen (14) scholarships throughout our South Dakota footprint. Below are details about our program as well as a link to the online application.

Scholarship Requirements. Applicant must:

  1. Be a graduating high school senior in the year in which the scholarship is awarded
  2. Attend high school or live in the community of a CorTrust Bank location
  3. Be attending a South Dakota college, technical or post-secondary school as a full-time student
  4. Submit a completed online form
  5. Applicants do not need to be a customer of CorTrust Bank to be considered
  6. CorTrust employees and family members are not eligible to apply

Online applications will be accepted January 30 through March 15, 2020.

Vermillion Lions Club Scholarship:

Vermillion Lions Club Scholarship

Mail completed applications to: Maxine Johnson 2111 N. University Rd. Vermillion, SD  57069 For Information: 659-6562

Vermillion American Legion Post No. 1 Scholarship: 

Vermillion American Legion Post #1 Scholarship

Email completed application to:

For more information call: Clinton Meadows 712-490-8092

Deadline EXTENDED: April 3, 2020

Grand Lodge Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of South Dakota:

The Grand Lodge A. F. & A. M. of South Dakota will award several scholarships of $2,000 this year to South Dakota residents who plan to attend a public or private college, university or technical school. Preference will be given to students attending a school in South Dakota. Successful candidates will demonstrate financial need, scholastic capability, and have a family connection, either by blood or marriage, to a member of the Masonic fraternity, either living or deceased. Scholarships will be granted for one year, but may be applied for each year for a maximum of five years.

Please make all eligible students aware of these scholarships. Application need to be returned to by March 27, 2020 to: Grand Lodge Scholarship Committee, Grand Lodge A.F.& A.M. of South Dakota, 520 S. First Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104-6902. Copies can be made of the attached Scholarship Applications. Additional applications can be found on our web site at

Vermillion Public Schools Foundation Scholarships:

Vermillion Public School Foundation

The Dennis Helseth Scholarship– $1000 Scholarship for a VHS Senior planning to attend a South Dakota University, College, or Technical School.

The Walter and Margaret Kaeberle Scholarship-$1000 Scholarship must be pursuing Health Sciences, Agriculture, or Religious Studies.

The Class of 1989 Scholarship- $500 Planning attending an accredited 4 or 2 year University, College or Technical School.

Edith Siegrist Scholarship- Two $1000 Scholarships planning to attend ANY University, College or Technical School.

Please email completed applications to: or mail: 602 E. Main St. Vermillion, SD  57069


Dakota Hospital Foundation Scholarships:

Becky and Dave Nelson Scholarship- Attend USD and pursue a course of study in a healthcare profession.

Patrick & Theresa Wingen Family Vocational School Scholarship- Attend an area Vocational school and pursue a course of study in a healthcare profession.

SVMC Employee-Child Scholarship-Employees’ children of Sanford Vermillion Medical Center and are planning to pursue post-secondary education in a two-or four-year college, university or vocational-technical program.

Deadline: April 20, 2020

Southeastern Area Retired School Personnel Association Scholarship: $200

Southeastern Area Retired School Scholarship

For a senior attending a South Dakota College, University or Vocational/Technical School

Return completed application to:

Sharon Donahoe 215 Anderson St. Vermillion, SD  57069

Deadline: April 14, 2020

Catholic Daughters of the Americas Scholarship Boy or Girl:

Catholic Daughters of the Americas Scholarship

Mail completed application, transcript, two letter of recommendations to:

Doralee Lynch, Regent Court St. Agnes #687   31835 469th Ave. Burbank, SD  57010

Deadline: April 1, 2020

Vermillion Eagles Auxiliary #2421 Scholarship:

Eagles Scholarship Letter 2020

Eagles Scholarship Application 2020 PDF

Extended Deadline: May 15, 2020

Vermillion Civic Council “Salute to Volunteers” Award:

Vermillion Civic Council Scholarship 2020 (1)

Alpha Pi State South Dakota The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Scholarship:

DKG International Society Scholarship

Email application:

Mail: Betsy Simons 1421 N. University Road, Vermillion, SD 57069

Deadline: April 20, 2020


Attending University of South Dakota



Applications and supporting documentation should be emailed to Tom
Schaack at by April 20, 2020.

Clark County Riders Inc:

CCR Scholarship 2020 Application

A non profit organization based in Clark, South Dakota. Last year we started a scholarship for students attending any one of South Dakota’s Vocational Schools. The club understands that vocational jobs are in high demand, and not every student wants to attend a four-year college. We would like to support young people in pursuit of these careers. The original scholarship was offered only in Clark County, as that is the home of our organization. This year, we have decided to open it up to more students in our great state.  CCR has members throughout South Dakota and wanted to support the communities they live and work in; therefore, we are now opening the scholarship to students in those communities as well.





















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:


Registration information is available in the Student Services Office — must register online at  The ACT test is given at VHS.


Test Date:                             Reg. Deadline:                           Late Fee:

  • Sept. 14, 2019             Aug. 16, 2019                             Aug. 17-30, 2019
  • Oct. 26, 2019               Sept. 20, 2019                            Sept. 21-Oct. 4, 2019
  • Dec.  14, 2019             Nov. 8, 2019                                Nov. 9-22, 2019
  • Feb. 8, 2020                Jan. 10, 2020                              Jan. 11-17, 2020
  • April 4, 2020                Feb. 28, 2020                              Feb. 29-Mar. 13
  • June 13, 2020             May 8, 2020                                 May 9-22, 2020
  • July 18, 202               June 19, 2020                              June 20-26, 2020

Test Fees: ACT  $52.00  ACT WITH WRITING  $68.00            

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:

Sign up in the Student Services Office cost is $17.00 (cost subject to change)

Vermillion High School Test Date: October 16, 2019


Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB): 

The ASVAB is the most widely used multiple aptitude test battery in the world, developed and maintained by the Department of Defense. Students are provided with scores on eight individual academic tests and three Career Exploration Score composites: Verbal Skills, Math Skills, and Science and Technical Skills. The battery takes approximately three hours to complete and test results are returned to schools in about two weeks. For more information on the ASVAB test, go to the Today’s Military website.

Sign up in the Student Services Office

Vermillion High School Test Date:  November 6, 2019


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