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)

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.




Basin Electric Power Cooperative-Member Cooperative Scholarship
The applicant must be a student who is enrolled or planning to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited, two-year or four-year college, university or vocational/technical school. Dependent children of member-system consumers and dependent children of member-cooperative employees are eligible. Applications can be picked up in Student Services or download online application. Deadline: Monday, February 10, 2021
South Dakota JCI Senate Foundation Scholarship
Graduating high school seniors in South Dakota. Application guidelines can be found in Student Services or download online application. Deadline:  January 22, 2021
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:

Junior Achievement of South Dakota $500 Leo Crawford Scholarship

  • Application deadline is March 1st
  • We realize most schools have not yet had JA this year; however, the scholarship is available for South Dakota seniors who have had JA at some point in their K-12 education (including the high school JA Ethics program).
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New Opportunity from JA USA: Do you have any students who might be interested in Co-Hosting JA’s National Podcast: The Money Jar?  If so, please share the below information directly with students or teachers who oversee speech, debate, oral interp, journalism club, etc.

  • For more info:
  • Application deadline is December 7, 2020
  • Students who have an interest in expanding their communication skills in a remote podcast interview format.
  • Students would commit to three hours of recording per month.
  • As one of the faces of the Money JAR, students should be excited to talk about careers, finance, education, and plans for the future!

The Bellator Titans Motorcycle Club:

Titans Cover Letter (002)

Bellator Titans MC Scolarship App (002)

Dakota Corps Scholarship:

The Dakota Corps Scholarship Application has now been posted to the Dakota Corps Website!

The application, in both an electronic version and a PDF printable version, can be found on the How to Apply  and Forms  pages of the site as well as at the links below.

2021-2022 Scholarship Application

Electronic Incoming Freshman Application

PDF Printable Employment Form

Clay County Youth Trust Fund, Inc.

Centennial Scholarship:

Deadline: March 1, 2021

Clay County Youth Trust Fund Centennial

4-H Scholarship:

Deadline: March 1, 2021

Clay County Youth Trust Fund 4-H

Rosie & Vi Venard Scholarship:

Deadline: March 1, 2021

Clay County Trust Fund Rosie& Vi Venard

Jack and Arlene Devany Scholarship: Sponsored by: Clay Rural Water System, Inc.

Deadline: March 1,2021

Jack and Arlene Devany Scholarship-Clay Rural Water System

Clay-Union Foundation, Inc. Community Service Scholarship:

Deadline: March 1,2021

2021 Clay Union Foundation Scholarship form

First District Development Company-FDDC Scholarship:

Deadline: March 31, 2021

First District Development Company FDDC Scholarship 2021

Amy P. Todd Education Scholarship:

Deadline: March 15, 2021

2021 Amy P. Todd Education Scholarship 2

Fore the Cure Scholarship:

This scholarship is available to provide financial assistance to graduation high school seniors impacted by cancer.

Fore the Cure Scholarship

Donald H. Quimby Memorial Scholarship:

Deadline: April 1, 2021

Donald H. Quimby scholarship

Missouri River Energy Services Scholarship Program:

Missouri River Energy Services 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:


Registration information — must register online at  At this time Vermillion High School is not a host sight.     

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 $18.00 (cost subject to change)

Vermillion High School Test Date: Sign up in Student Services by December 2, 2020



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