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Barton Community College to Host Senior Day; $6,000 in Scholarships to be Given Away


By Joe Vinduska, Barton Community College


GREAT BEND, Kan. Barton Community College will help area high school seniors plan for their futures at Senior Day, starting at 9 a.m. Nov. 8, with a sign-up deadline of Nov. 1. Those interested can sign up at

The annual senior day will feature campus tours, sessions with advisors and admissions representatives, housing information, and much more. Most importantly, students and parents can learn the countless benefits of attending Barton before attending a four-year college or choosing a career program to enter the workforce.

All participants will be entered in a drawing to win two $1,000 scholarships or one of eight $500 scholarships. Lunch is included.

Director of Admissions Tana Cooper encourages all seniors in the area to attend, even if they plan to go straight to a four-year school.

“It is a great idea to come and visit and fill out the admissions application and take a look around campus,” she said. “Things are constantly being updated and evolving out here, and I think some of our local students would be surprised at how much has changed since they were last out here.”

Cooper also highlighted the Barton Bound Scholarship application.

“This scholarship program allows students from Kansas with GPAs from 2.5-4.0 to get scholarship dollars from Barton,” she said. “I think it’s important students realize that awarded scholarship money turns into actual cash in their pockets later in life when they have all kinds of bills to pay and things they want to buy. This is money that can go towards a house down payment, car payment, or even a fun vacation later in life instead of student loan payments.”

Cooper said there is much to know about Barton’s programs and opportunities.

“Barton offers many of the same classes as four-year schools, but at about half the cost, and some of Barton’s career and technical programs take only a year to complete and can lead to a rewarding career,” she said. “Of course, I would love Barton to be everyone’s first choice, but some students may already think they are going elsewhere.  I always say it never hurts to come and visit and have a backup plan. It’s a fun and free day.”

For more information, contact Cooper at (620) 792-9241 or [email protected].