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Meet the Counselor

Ashley Finley

Ashley Finley

Marionville High School Counselor


Welcome Message

Greetings from your Comet Counselor!

Hello! Welcome to the website for the Counseling Department at Marionville High School. The purpose of this website is to share important information about information from the counseling department....whether that be tips for parents, to testing schedules, to making plans for after high school. Looking for information on something and it isn't here? Let me know and I would be happy add it! This page is a work in progress.......I appreciate your feedback!

Monthly News

New Scholarship Opportunities for March 2017 have been posted!

Check out the "Programs of Interest" section below for information and updates made in the Scholarship section.

End of Course Testing

April 25, 26, & 28

April 25

April 26

April 28


*English II



*English II



*Algebra I

*Algebra II


*Algebra I






Students will be testing between 8:00-9:40 and 12:25-2:08 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

Students taking the Algebra II EOC are currently enrolled in Algebra II, took Algebra I in 8th grade and did not attend the Algebra I summer session.

EOCs count as 15% of the students grade in that class- they count as the semester final!

Programs of Interest

A+ Program

To be eligible for assistance you must meet the following requirements:

 High School StudentsInitial PostsecondaryStudentsRenewal Students
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or lawfully present in the U.S.
  • Enter into a written agreement with your high school prior to graduation.
  • Attend a designated A+ high school for 3 consecutive years immediately prior to graduation.1
  • Graduate with an overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have at least a 95% attendance record overall for grades 9-12.
  • Perform at least 50 hours of unpaid tutoring or mentoring, of which up to 25% may include job shadowing.
  • Maintain a record of good citizenship and avoid the unlawful use of drugs and/or alcohol.
  • Beginning with the high school senior class of 2015, have achieved a score of proficient or advanced on the Algebra I end of course exam or a higher level DESE approved end-of-course exam in the field of mathematics.3

  • Continue to meet the eligibility requirements for initial students.
  • Maintain a 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and otherwise maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by your school.4
  • Make a good faith effort to secure all available federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)each academic year.  If you are attending a school that does not participate in Title IV programs you must complete the FAFSA4caster,which is a tool for estimating your level of need for federal financial aid.

ACT Information

Marionville's School Code: 262-090

The October and December tests are given at Marionville High School!! Fee waivers are available if you are on free or reduced lunch.

The state will pay for ALL Juniors to take the test on April 19th. This test will be given during the school day.

Visit to register!

September 12, 2015August 7, 2015August 8–21, 2015
October 24, 2015September 18, 2015September 19–October 2, 2015
December 12, 2015November 6, 2015November 7–20, 2015
February 6, 2016*January 8, 2016January 9–15, 2016
April 9, 2016March 4, 2016March 5–18, 2016
June 11, 2016**May 6, 2016May 7–20, 2016

Marionville High School offers dual credit through OTC, MSU and Drury University. Currently, half of all dual credit tuition is paid by the high school- what an opportunity for our students!

We will register for English, American History, Chemistry, Physics, College Biology and College Algebra in January. Parents be ready for money to be due, to the high school, by January 30th.


MFA Scholarship:

This scholarship will be awarded to a student who demonstrates scholastic promise, citizenship, participation in extra-curricular activities, demonstrates financial need and had plans to continue their education. Applications are in the counselor’s office.

Deadline: March 15 (to Mrs. Finley)              Amount: $2,000

Apple Hill Gift Shop Scholarship:

This scholarship will be awarded to a student who attended high school in Lawrence County and will attend college to pursue a degree in the health care field. See Mrs. Finley for an application.

Deadline: received by March 31                              Amount: $500

CBCO Scholarship:

The CBCO is awarding a scholarship(s) to Marionville for our participation in the blood drive.  The amount will be divided into two (2) $250.00 awards.  One will be awarded to a student who has worked the blood drive; the second will be awarded to a student who has donated to the Marionville Blood Drive.  It is possible for one student to win both awards ($500.00) if they have both worked and donated.  To qualify, the students must submit an essay entitled “Why donating blood is important to the Marionville Community.”  Submissions must be turned in to Mrs. Finley.

Deadline: April 2

John Mais Memorial Scholarship:

Complete the application and write two short paragraphs describing your hobbies, interests and plans for the future. See Mrs. Finley for an application.

Deadline: April 1                                           Amount: $500

Bank of Billings Scholarship:

The application needs to include the following information; a short profile of you including clubs or school activities they are or have been involved in, goals and future plans, things of interest to you and your ACT score must be included. See Mrs. Finely for an application

Deadline: April 1                                           Amount: $500

Ozark Electric Cooperative Scholarship:

Students must have a 2.5 GPA or high and must be planning on attending college. You do NOT have to be a member of Ozark Electric Cooperative to be eligible. See Mrs. Finley for an application.

Deadline: April 3                                           Amount: $250 (10)

Cassville Cruisers Scholarship:

This scholarship will be awarded to a student who attends SRTC and is in one of the following programs: Welding, Auto Collision, Auto Technology or Diesel Technology. See Mrs. Finley for an application.

Deadline: April 12                                         Amount: $350


Visit for applications and more scholarships!

Shelby Estep Memorial Scholarship:

This scholarship is open to graduating FFA members in the Southwest District. Applicants will be judged on their leadership activities and the skills that they gained while an FFA member, and a 500 word essay.  The award is currently set at $500.00 to be used for any major. See Mrs. Finley for an application.

Deadline: April 1                                                       Amount: $500

Arthur G. Tesar Scholarship:

This scholarship is awarded to a student who is attending OTC or Missouri State University. You must demonstrate financial need and preference will go to students who aren’t receiving many other scholarships. Must have a 3.0 GPA and a 22 or higher on the ACT.

Deadline: March 10                                                  Amount: $4500 (4)

Jim and Shirley Cook Scholarship:

Open to ALL SW MO graduating high school Seniors pursuing a secondary education in mechanical engineering, CNC programming, welding or machine tool technology. You must have a 3.0 GPA and show financial need, preference will go to FFA members. See Mrs. Finley for application.

Deadline: March 10                                                  Amount: $400 (1)

Betty H King Scholarship:

This scholarship is awarded to a female student who is planning on attending a four year university to pursue a degree in a field related to math, science or engineering. Must have a 3.0 GPA and a 24 on the ACT. An essay and letter of recommendation are required.

Deadline: March 10                                                  Amount: $2,500 (2)

Laverta Arnhart Jones Scholarship:

This scholarship will be awarded to a student who graduates from Lawrence County, has a 3.0 GPA, 24 ACT, demonstrates financial need and plans on attending a four-year college or university.

Deadline: March 10                                                  Amount: $5,000 (4)

Henry J. & Lucille J. Straus Scholarship:

This scholarship will be awarded to a student from Southwest Missouri with preference going to a student graduating from a Lawrence County school who is planning on attending a private college. You must have a 3.2 GPA, an ACT of 24 or higher, and demonstrate financial need.

Deadline: March 10                                                  Amount: $5,000 (14)

MO Association of Resource Conservation & Develop Councils Scholarship:

All graduating high school seniors in Missouri pursuing a college degree in agriculture, natural resources or related field as aligned with the Missouri Association of Resource Conservation & Development Councils mission. You must have a 21 on the ACT and a 2.5 GPA.

Deadline: March 10                                                  Amount: $3,000

Diane and Peter Christodoulou Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to a MO high school graduating senior with a specific IEP in LEARNING DISABILITIES who can meet post-secondary entrance requirements.

Deadline: March 10                                        Amount: $1,000

Kevin Umlauf Memorial Scholarship:

Assists deserving high school or college / vocational/tech students who show promise of academic success, by financing a portion of their college education / vocational training.

Deadline: March 6                                          Amount: $500 (2)

State and National Scholarships

Missouri Community Service Commission (MCSC) scholarship

Scholarships are available to 9-12 grade student-volunteers through the High School Student-Volunteer Community Service Scholarship Awards initiative. Please go to for complete information. The MCSC program contact person is Commissioner John Albright at (Phone #: 573-207-0044)

Deadline: March 10                                                  Amount: $1,000 (8)

George Washington Carver Scholarship:

This scholarship will be awarded to a student who is pursuing a post-secondary education in Science, Art, Agriculture, Music or Education. College you are attending must be within 100 miles of the George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, MO.

Deadline: March 10                                            Amount: $1,000      

Odenza Marketing Group Spring Scholarship:

This scholarship will be awarded to a student who has a GPA of 2.5 or higher and completes the essay questions. The application and essays can be found at

Deadline: March 30                                      Amount: $500 

The Great Scholarship Program:

This scholarship is awarded by Great Clips and will be awarded to a student heading into cosmetology school. Amounts range between $250-$1,500. Visit

Deadline: March 31

Agrilegacy Tomorrow Agricultural Scholarship:

This scholarship will be awarded to a senior who is planning on studying in an Ag related field. You must have a 2.5 GPA or higher, show demonstration of participation and leadership at school, and must enroll in 12 hours. See Mrs. Finley for an application.

Deadline: April 1                                           Amount: $1,000

Patriot Guard Riders of Missouri Scholarship:

This scholarship will be awarded to one deserving Missouri student who qualifies within the following categories:

(1)   A son or daughter of one who has given their life in the line of duty, including both military and first responder (police/fire).

(2)   A son or daughter of an honorably discharged veteran who has passed after their term of service.

(3)   A son or daughter of a veteran or first responder disabled in the line of duty to the extent that providing an advanced education cannot be easily realized.

See Mrs. Finley for an application.

Deadline: April 1, 2017                                 Amount: $2,500

Monett Agribusiness Academy Scholarship:

To be eligible for this scholarship, the applicant must apply during their senior year in high school, participated in the Barry/Lawrence Agribusiness Academy at least once and must be enrolled into a Post-Secondary Education (four-year college degree program, a two-year associate’s degree or technical program. Students must have a 3.0 GPA and a 23 on the ACT. See Mrs. Finley for more information.

Deadline: April 1                                           Amount: $500

Kenneth L. Short Memorial Scholarship:

Eligible students must enroll in an accredited college or university and demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in the food service/hospitality industry. An application, essay, letter of recommendation and a transcript are required. Visit for the application.

Deadline: April 7                                           Amount: $1,000

Ava's Grace Scholarship

The Ava's Grace Scholarship Foundation is a one-of-a-kind non-profit organization with a vision of higher education and work force development for children of incarcerated parents.  AGSF's mission is to stop the cycle of incarceration through the gift of higher education.  Our scholars will be chosen based on financial need, academic potential and strength of character. Visit for an application.

Deadline: April 15                                                     Amount: $5,000 (10)

M.D. “Jack” Murphy Memorial Nurses Training Fund:

This scholarship is awarded to a student who is planning on becoming a Registered Nurse. You must have graduated in the top 40% of your class. Applications are in Mrs. Finley’s office.

Deadline: April 20                                         Amount: $375 a semester

Charles L. Bacon Memorial Scholarship:

This scholarship will be awarded to a student who is a member of the American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary, or the Sons of The American Legion, or a descendant of a member. Applications are in Mrs. Finley’s office.

Deadline: April 20                                         Amount: $500

Erman W. Taylor Memorial Scholarship:

This scholarship will be awarded to a student planning on obtaining a degree in education. You must be a descendant of a veteran, be a full-time student, provide a copy of the discharge paperwork and submit an essay of 500 words or less. Applications are in Mrs. Finley’s office.

Deadline: April 20                                         Amount: $500

Sean Dean Voyles Memorial Scholarship:

This scholarship will be awarded to a student based on athletic, scholastic and leadership abilities. The nominee must use the scholarship at an accredited college or university. Marionville can nominate one student, so please turn your applications into Mrs. Finley.

Deadline: April 20                                         Amount: $500

Kid’s Chance Scholarship - -

This scholarship will be awarded to a student whose parent must have sustained a serious injury or a fatality in a Missouri work related accident covered by worker’s compensation.  Visit for an application and more information.

Deadline:May 15         Amount: $17,600 divided between 10 recipients

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship Program:

Students will submit an essay on the topic that appears on the scholarship page of our web site:

Deadline: June 12                                                    Amount: $1,000

Big Sun Scholarship

This is an annual scholarship to be awarded to a deserving student. All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating in. The successful applicant will be a high school senior or be attending a post secondary institute and currently involved in some sport at that institution or in the community.               Visit to learn how to apply.

Deadline: June 19                                          Amount: $500 has several different scholarships available.

Duck Brand Duct Tape “Stuck at Prom” Scholarship Contest:

This scholarship involves a “couple” creating prom attire out of duct tape. Visit for details

Deadline: May 31                                          Amount: $10,000

Colleges Sports Recruiting Scholarship:

Visit for details. Email your essay along with your name, college or university, year of graduation and contact information (so we can notify the winner) to

Deadline: July 1st                                          Amount: $1,000