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’)

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:

ACT Prep Presentation            MTP Student User Guide for iPad

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, 2018, rather than beginning on January 1, 2019. For more information:


We are excited to announce that we have connected with a tutoring company to offer ACT Prep classes! Our next class starts February19, 2019 at 6:30 it runs for 7 weeks.  Deadline to sign up for the class is February 1, 2019. If this is an area of interest for your child let the counseling office know.  Also, plan on having your child take the April 13, 2019 ACT test!


How to Qualify:
Students may apply if their parent or guardian is an active member of Clay-Union Electric.
Students must be a high school sophomore, junior or senior.
Students must complete a 500-word essay “How can today’s electric cooperatives adapt to fit our younger generations needs”. All essays must be type-written and include a cover sheet that states the title of the essay, the entrant’s name, their parents’ names and the school they attend. A current picture of the student must be attached to the essay. All essays must be submitted by 4 p.m. March 15, 2019. To submit application or questions: Jackie Williams 624-2673


Vermillion High School’s Graduation Requirements are designed to balance the rigor required for success in post-secondary pursuits with the flexibility of choice in courses that are aligned with a student’s career interests.  Toward that end, all students in the state of South Dakota are required to complete a plan for their high school career – or a “Personal Learning Plan” as a part of their graduation requirements.  This plan is a work in progress as students progress throughout their high school career.  VHS students create & update their Personal Learning Plan (PLP) through their SDMylife portfolio.  A hard copy of the graduation requirements and PLP may be accessed through the link below.
The following Course Information and Career Planning Guide helps students understand the course options available in each discipline at VHS.
I noticed in the graduation information something called “CTE” — What is CTE anyway? 
Career and Technical Education (CTE) prepares students for a wide range of careers and further educational opportunities. These careers may require varying levels of education—including industry-recognized credentials, postsecondary certificates, and two- and four-year degrees.  Within CTE, occupations and career specialties are grouped into “Career Clusters.”  Each of the 16 clusters is based on a set of common knowledge and skills that prepare learners for a full range of opportunities.  CTE equips students with: 
  • core academic skills and the ability to apply those skills to concrete situations in order to function in the workplace and in routine daily activities
  • em­ployability skills (such as critical thinking and responsibility) that are essential in any career area
  • job-specific, technical skills related to a specific career pathway
Vermillion High School currently has approved CTE programs in the Career Clusters of: 
  • Architecture & Construction
  • Arts/AV
  • Business Management & Administration
  • Information Technology
  • Human Services
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

VHS courses that fulfill the CTE option for graduation are noted in the course descriptions of the Course Information Guidebook.

For further information about CTE visit  South Dakota CTE Clusters and Programs of Study

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/Scholarship Sites 




A program developed by Wells Fargo to help you plan for college.  Enroll at any time and receive electronic postcards with helpful college-planning information.  In random drawings seniors can receive a $1,000 college tuition prize.           


By logging into the discover colleges web site for free information about private colleges, you will be automatically entered into the $2,500 drawing.



These websites add more scholarships to weekly:  


Three scholarships to check out: STAR SCHOLARS, MTI LEGACY , and AG EDGE CREDIT; log on for more information.


$1,000 scholarships to students that have a Yankton College connection.

Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation:


2019 Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship Program:

South Dakota State DAR Scholarship for Military Descendants:

The South Dakota State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution offers a $500 scholarship to direct descendants of United States Military Veterans. Applications are in the counseling office.  Deadline: February 15, 2019

SDACDE Karst Scholarship:

The SDACDE is offering three $500 scholarships. The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage those students concerned with conserving their natural resources by furthering their education in an agricultural/conservation related field. The scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors who will be attending a 4-year college or a vocational school.
Applications can be picked up in the counseling office or online at  Deadline: March 31, 2019

Davis-Bahcall Scholar Program:

This is a wonderful, fully supported experience for students interested in any career related to science, engineering, mathematics or technology.   We are eager to involve students from all over the state in this program so we are hoping you will help us cast a wider net and get more students applying for this fantastic learning and travel experience. If you would like additional information regarding the Davis-Bahcall Scholar Program, please visit:

B. Davis Scholarship:

The creators of the ‘Student Award Search Aid’ website are offering a $1000 scholarship. Deadline: May 24, 2019 Apply online:

Resource Conservation Speech Contest:

Resource Conservation Speech Contest for students 9-12.  Scholarship value for first place $1100.  Applications can be picked up in the counseling office. Deadline: March 30, 2019.

Local Junior Achievement of South Dakota $500 Leo Crawford Scholarship

Deadline: March 1, 2019 Apply online:

Basin Electric scholarship- Members of Clay Union Electric:

Each year the Basin Electric Power Cooperative Scholarship Program awards more than 180 scholarships in the amount of $1000 each. Five 25 scholarships are for children of BEPC or subsidiary employees will be designated for qualified applicants who plan to attend a certified Vocational or Technical school, and five of 25 will be designated for qualified applicants who plan to achieve an engineering degree. Twenty will go to children of member cooperative employees and 141 to member-cooperative consumers.
Clay-Union Electric will award one $1000 scholarship to a child of a member. The scholarship must be used for educational costs and the student must enter college in the fall of the school year and will be distributed in August for the full amount. Applications are available on our website at, in our office or call to request one.
Completed applications must be received by February 15th, 2019 and can be emailed to, mailed to PO Box 317 Vermillion, SD 57069 or dropped off at the office at 1410 E. Cherry St. Vermillion.

Joe Foss “An American Hero” Scholarship:

To be eligible for this award, applicants must plan to attend an accredited college or university or vocational or technical school; have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better and a minimum ACT score of 21; and demonstrate characteristics of an American patriot. Available to seniors graduating from South Dakota high schools. Award: $1,000; Deadline: March 15 Apply online:

David L. Profilet Scholarship:

Winners of this award must be graduates of a South Dakota high school who plan to attend Augustana University in Sioux Falls. Additionally, successful candidates will have a GPA of 3.0 or higher; demonstrate financial need; and show character traits such as courage, determination, and an ability to overcome adversity. Award: $500; Deadline: April 1 Apply online:

Cogley-Buffington Certified Property and Casualty Underwriters Fund:

To be eligible for this award, applicants must be graduating seniors from high schools throughout South Dakota, Southwest Minnesota, and Northwest Iowa who plan to attend an accredited, four-year college or university. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need; have a GPA of 3.5 or higher; participate in extra-curricular and community activities, and demonstrate an interest in and understanding of the role of business in American society. Award: $1,000; Deadline: March 15 Apply online:

South Dakota State University Speech and Debate Scholarship:

Students will complete the application form and upload a performance of the student’s choosing to showcase their work (ideally a 7-10 min. performance). Students who are awarded the scholarships will earn academic credit for their participation on the team.  Students will be awarded up to $1,000 for the 2019-20 school year. For more information and scholarship application:

Jack and Arlene Devany Scholarship:

Clay RWS will award three $500 scholarships to students who are members or the children of members of Clay Rural Water System; this includes residents in the Towns of Wakonda and Gayville.  Applications can be picked up in the counseling office. Deadline: March 1, 2019.


Rosie & Vi Venard Scholarship $500:

Applicants must be a current or former Clay County, South Dakota 4-H member.  Applications in the counseling office. Deadline: March 1, 2019.

Centennial Scholarship $200:

Applicants must have been a resident of Clay County at the time of graduation from high school. Enrolling in a private, public college or vocational school. Preference will be given to those attending institutions in South Dakota unless the applicant’s designated study program is not available in the state. Applications in the counseling office. Deadline: March 1, 2019.

4-H Scholarship $200:

Applicants must be a current Clay County 4-H member and must apply during their last two years of club work. Applications in the counseling office. Deadline: March 1, 2019

Janice L. Miller 4-H Scholarship $100:

Applicants must be/or have been an active member of Clay County 4-H will plans to attend a college or university in South Dakota, with preference being given to an applicant attending SDSU or USD. Applications in the counseling office. Deadline: March 1, 2019.

Southeast Area Principals (SEAP) Scholarship $500:

Applicants must be pursuing a teaching degree. Applications in the counseling office. Deadline: March 1, 2019.

Clay-Union Foundation, Inc. Community Service/Scholarship:

Applications in the counseling office. Deadline: March 15, 2019.

“Insuring a Brighter Tomorrow” Scholarship $1000:

South Dakota high school seniors seeking funds to attend a South Dakota college, university, or technical school. Open to farmers Union Insurance Policyholders, South Dakota Farmers Union Members, Friends of the SDFU Foundation (defined as a contribution of $25 or more during the past year), or Participant in any South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) sanctioned activity. Applications in the counseling office. Deadline: March 1, 2019.

Becky and Dave Nelson Healthcare Career Scholarship:

Awarded by Dakota Hospital Foundation and Sanford Vermillion.  Applicant must attend University of South Dakota and study in a healthcare profession. Applications in the counseling office. Deadline: April 12, 2019.

Dakota Hospital Foundation SVMC Employee-Child Scholarship:

Awarded by Dakota Hospital Foundation and Sanford Vermillion. Dependent children of full-time, part-time or unscheduled part-time employees of Sanford Vermillion Medical Center.  Applicant’s parent must be employed as of April 12, 2019 of the current year. Applications in the counseling office. Deadline: April 12, 2019.

Morningside College Nursing Scholarship $1000:

Applicant must attend Morningside College pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing degree starting in August of 2019. Applications in the counseling office. Deadline: March 8, 2019.

Fore the Cure Scholarship $1000:

This scholarship is available to provide financial assistance to graduating high school seniors impacted by cancer. A minimum of 1 of the 4 criteria. 1. Has an immediate relative (Mom, Dad, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins) who has/had any type of cancer. 2. Pursuing a career in any medical field. 3. Helping care for or helped someone with cancer. 4. Has cancer or is a cancer survivor. Information can be picked up in the counseling office.

Yankton Medical Clinic Scholarship:

Any high school senior with an interest in pursuing a major in a medical field. Applications in the counseling office. Deadline: March 19, 2019

Vermillion Public School Foundation:

The Walter and Margaret Kaeberle Scholarship $1000:

VHS Senior pursuing Health Sciences, Agriculture or Religious Studies. Applications in the counseling office. Deadline: March 28, 2019.

Edith Siegrist Scholarship $1000:

VHS Senior planning to attend any University, College or Technical School.

Applications in the counseling office. Deadline: March 28, 2019.

The Dennis Helseth Scholarship $1000:

VHS Senior planning on attending a South Dakota University, College or Technical School. Applications in the counseling office. Deadline: March 28, 2019.

The Ribs, Rods & Rock’ n Roll Scholarship $150:

VHS Seniors pursuing vocational-technical education. First preference Auto Mechanics. Applications in the counseling office. Deadline: March 28, 2019.

Vermillion Rotary Club Scholarship:

Two $1000 scholarships will be awarded named Vermillion Rotary Club Scholarship and one $1000 scholarship named the Roger Kozak Rotary Scholarship. All are one-year scholarships. No less than one scholarship will be awarded to a student attending the University of South Dakota and the Roger Kozak Rotary Scholarship will be a preference to a student attending the University of South Dakota. Recipients will be asked to attend a Rotary Club meeting and be introduced to the general membership. Deadline: April 2, 2019.


CorTrust Bank along with South Dakota Bankers Association are honored to be able to offer our Scholarship Program to seniors who will be attending a post-secondary school in South Dakota! This year we have sixteen – $1,000 scholarships to award. Below are some details about our program as well as a link to the online application. Please share this with your senior students.

Scholarship Requirements. Applicant must:

  • Be a graduating high school senior in the year in which the scholarship is awarded
  • Attend high school or live in the community of a CorTrust Bank location
  • Be attending a South Dakota college or post-secondary school as a full-time student
  • Submit a completed online form
  • Students DO NOT have to be a customer of CorTrust Bank to apply

Applications must be submitted by March 15, 2019.

All applicants will be notified via email and/or mail by April 19, 2019.

First National Bank Scholarship:

First National Bank is proud to offer three $1000 scholarships for graduating high school seniors in our banking area. Applicant must have a checking account with First National Bank. First National Bank employee and their immediate family are not eligible. Applications in counseling office. Deadline: March 21, 2019

Vermillion Fraternal Order of Eagles and Eagles Auxiliary #2421:

The Vermillion Fraternal Order of Eagles and Eagles Auxiliary #2421 will be offering six $500 educational assistance grants to six surrounding area students who have a desire to continue their education. These grants may be used at any two or four year college, university, technical, or vocational school. These post-high school institutions may be in or out of state. Applications in counseling office. Deadline: April 15, 2019.

Horatio Alger Denny Sanford Scholarship:

Students attending the following schools should apply!

Black Hills State University, Dakota State University, South Dakota School of Mines, South Dakota State University, University of South Dakota, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Augustana University, University of Sioux Falls

Apply online at:

You MUST enter the application code SAN19

Deadline: March 15, 2019

Vermillion Lions Club Scholarship:

The official motto of Lions Clubs International is “We Serve.” Lions clubs are involved in service activities that benefit your community directly or perhaps a larger community, such as major city or state. Any senior can apply.

Applications in counseling office. Deadline March 29, 2019


















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 guidance office — must register online at  The ACT test is given at VHS.

Test Date

September 8,2018

Registration Deadline

August 10, 2018

Late Registration Period/Late Fee

August 26, 2018

Photo Upload Deadline


August 31,2018


October 27, 2018 September 28, 2018 October 14, 2018 October 19, 2018
December 8, 2018 November 2, 2018 November 19, 2018 November 30, 2018
February 9, 2019 January 11, 2019 January 18, 2019 February 1, 2019
April 13, 2019 March 8, 2019 March 25, 2019 April 5, 2019
June 8, 2019 May 3, 2019      May 20, 2018      May 31, 2019
July 13, 2019 June 14, 2019     June 24, 2019      July 5, 2019

Test Fees: ACT  $50.50  ACT WITH WRITING  $67.00            

Vermillion’s High School code is:  421-315

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


SAT TEST Schedule – Registration information is available in the Counseling office – 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 Counseling Office; cost is $15.00 (cost subject to change)


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.