Senior Information

Please check back often for more senior information.  This page will be updated on a regular basis.

Senior Checklist for Post-Secondary Planning

September - December
   - Meet individually with your school counselor to...
          * ensure you are on track to graduate
          * have the courses needed to meet admission requirements, and to begin post-secondary planning
          * your counselor will call you down for a meeting.
   - Attend College Night at Benson with your parent/guardian(s) on Oct. 13th at 2 and 6 P.M. in the cafeteria.
   - Take or retake the ACT or Compass Test (See Below for more Information)
   - Explore college options and narrow your selection (See Explore College Options for more Information)
   - Complete 2-4 college applications OR military, trade school, apprenticeship, job applications
   - Prepare and complete the FAFSA (See Below)
   - Attend the EducationQuest Financial Aid Program
   - Research and apply for SCHOLARSHIPS (See below for more information)
   - Request letters of recommendation fro your teachers. 
          * Ask in person and in advance. 
          * Let teachers know if you will be using letter for multiple applications.
   - Create an activity resume and essay that can be used for multiple applications

January and February
     - Meet individually with your school counselor to...
          * ensure you are on track to graduate
          * have the courses needed to meet admission requirements, and to begin post-secondary planning
          * your counselor will call you down for a meeting.
   - Continue to research and apply for scholarships

March - May
   - Continue to apply for scholarships
   - Select a college after carefully considering all of your options
   - Make your housing deposit if you plan to stay on campus
   - Request a final transcript to the college you have chosen through Naviance

June and July
   - Apply for student and parent loans if you need them
   - Attend the orientation program at your college

August
   - Start your new adventure! Congratulations on making a choice that will have a positive impact on the rest of your life.

Want a printable version of this checklist?  Click here.

Graduation

Cap and Gown

     - Seniors must wear a cap and gown for the graduation ceremony.
     - Cost is $50 (Includes cap, gown, shipping/handling, and tax)  
     - Must be ordered through School Traditions

       Order Dates
      
TBA

       Questions?   Contact...
      
School Traditions
       12100 W Center Rd #901
       Omaha, NE 68144
       (402) 733-0300

 

   
Announcements/Mugs/Senior Paraphernalia

 

     - Not required for graduation

 

     - Items may be purchased through School Traditions.  $50 deposit is required
 

 

 

 

Rehearsal
     - May 24th at 9:30 A.M. at UNO Baxter Arena


Ceremony

 

 

 

     - May 24th at 7 P.M. at UNO Baxter Arena

 

 


More Information to Come

Scholarships

Benson High School Magnet Scholarship Application
The Benson High School Magnet Scholarship Application should be filled out by seniors with a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 wishing to be eligible for several Benson High School, Omaha Schools Foundation, and Omaha Education Association scholarships, in which the recipients are selected by the Benson High School Scholarship Committee.  A fillable and printable PDF of the application can be found on Naviance and on the Benson High School site by looking at the Senior Information section under Counseling.  Hard copies of the application will be available in the counseling office beginning January 12, 2017.  The application, activity resume, essay, and reference form are due Friday, February 10, 2017.
2017 Benson High Magnet Scholarship

Benson High School Alumni Scholarship Application
The Benson High School Alumni Scholarship Application should be filled out by students in the top 50% of the senior class wishing to be eligible for one of the six $1500 scholarships awarded by the Benson High School Alumni Association Scholarship Committee.  A printable PDF of the application can be found on Naviance and on the Benson High School site by looking at the Senior Information section under Counseling.  Hard copies of the application will be available in the counseling office beginning January 12, 2017.  The application, activity resume, essay, and reference form are due Friday, February 10, 2017.
2016-2017 Alumni Scholarship Application

For more information on scholarships, Check out the COLLEGE PAGE under COUNSELING

Financial Aid Planning Night

Education Quest will hold a free Financial Aid Planning Night for seniors and their parents/guardians.


October

Tuesday 4 @ 5:30 (Spanish) OR 7:00 (English) – Bryan

Wednesday 5 @ 6:00 - Bellevue West

Tuesday 11 @ 7:00 – Creighton Prep

Thursday 27 @ 6:00 – Omaha Northwest


November

Monday 14 @ 6:00 – Elkhorn High School


Please direct questions to Education Quest at 402-397-4033.

College Planning Night

On Thursday, Oct. 13th, the counseling department will hold two college planning sessions at 2 P.M. and 6 P.M.   During the session, we will discuss the application process, financial aid, scholarships and more.

Please direct questions to Mrs. Katie Cameron at 402-557-3025 or by email at katie.cameron@ops.org

Senior Class Photo

Date is TBD.  Price ranges from $25-$40.

Important Dates

November
    
- 23rd:  Yearbook Senior Photos Due
December

January

February
      - 12th: BHS & Alumni Scholarships Due
May

     - 24th:  Graduation Rehearsal
     - 24th:  Graduation Ceremony

ACT

Seniors are encouraged to take the ACT at the beginning of their senior year.  Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch should see their assigned counselor for a fee waiver.  Students are allowed 2 ACT fee waivers that can be used during junior and/or senior year.

 Test Dates
 Registration Dates
 Feb 11, 2017           
 Jan 13, 2017
 April 8, 2017
 March 3, 2017
 June 10, 2017
 May 5, 2017
 
 


See COLLEGE PAGE under COUNSELING for more information

Yearbook Senior Tribute Ads

Immortalize your senior forever by purchasing a Senior Tribute Ad in the yearbook.  It is your chance to recognize them for all of their outstanding work.  Limited space is available.

Let the yearbook staff create an ad for you!  All you need is a photo or two of your senior (can be a baby photo) and a special message for them.

Ads start at $40 for 1/8th of a page.

Deadline is January 15, 2016

For more information, contact Justine Garman at 402-557-3047 or justine.garman@ops.org

College Visits

How to Schedule a Visit with a College Rep

   - Go to http://connection.naviance.com/benson
   - Click COLLEGES tab
   - Click VIEW ALL UPCOMING COLLEGES
   - Choose a college rep, click SIGN UP
   - Click SIGN ME UP


How to Schedule a Campus Visit
​   - Go to the college's website
   - Find a link that says Visit Campus, Schedule a Visit, etc.

Yearbook Senior Photo

Requirements

     - Head and Shoulders Only

     - No Hats or Hands

     - No Distracting Backgrounds

     - Paper copies will not be accepted


Submission

     - Email:  justine.garman@ops.org

     - Mail:  Benson High School   
                 Attn: Justine Garman
                 5120 Maple St.
                 Omaha, NE 68104
      - In Person:  Deliver to room 104



Due by Thanksgiving Break