Counselor's Corner

Welcome to the official School Counseling page for Turtle Lake-Mercer! Here you can find community resources, scholarship opportunities, standardized testing information, and more. Please take a look around and if you have any questions, my contact information is listed below. I am here to help and look forward to assisting all TLM students on their journeys to success!

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Samantha Slavik

  • PK-12 School Counselor

  • 7-12 Career Development Counselor

  • 504 Case Manager

  • ACT Testing Coordinator

Contact Information

Phone: 701-448-2365


Community Resources

Mental Health Resources- Bismarck

McLean Family Resource Center- Washburn

The Lord's Pantry- Turtle Lake (701)448-2551

Community Clothing Share-Exchange

  • Open Thursday's 12-6 PM

  • 221 Main Street, Turtle Lake

  • (701) 448-2884

Parent Resources

Parents can use the information in the links below to help their students with topics relating to academics, social-emotional learning, internet safety, and more!

Student Resources

Students can use the links below to help with standardized test prep, schedules, career planning, and college preparation.


FAFSA- Federal Student Aid

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ACT Testing

  • All Juniors take the ACT for FREE in the Spring! This year's test date will be March 9, 2022.

  • If you decide to re-test, you will need to sign up for a national test day through ACT's online system (Junior or Senior year).

    • The cost for the ACT is:

      • $55 (without writing)

      • $70 (with writing)

    • TLM's high school code is:

      • 351745

  • Use the ACT website to access study resources (some free, some that need to be purchased) to help you study for the exam.

  • If you're struggling with accessing resources or have questions, reach out to Mrs. Slavik.

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WorkKeys Testing

  • WorkKeys Testing might be for you if:

    • You are thinking of going straight into the workforce after high school.

    • You did not meet the required score of a 24 or higher on your ACT for state scholarship requirements.

  • These exams can be taken at any time throughout the school year (October through April).

    • Schedule to test with Mrs. Slavik

    • WorkKeys costs only $12 per test (3 tests required - Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Applied Information)

WorkKeys was developed by ACT. You can find sample questions and study materials on the ACT website.


ASVAB Testing

  • All Juniors will take the ASVAB test in the fall (October 20, 2021).

  • The National Guard helps to administer the test and interpret the results for students to explore career options that align with their strengths.

  • There are many places that offer free sample tests for you to prepare for the ASVAB.

  • This test does not impact a student's grade or academic standing; however, if the student is interested in the military, a high score can mean additional opportunities when enlisting.

Upcoming Events

Optional WorkKeys testing available NOW: Schedule a date and time with Mrs. Slavik


December 2021

North Dakota School Counselor Association Scholarship

  • Award Amount: $1,000

  • Eligibility Criteria: Be a high school senior in ND whose school counselor is a member of the NDSCA (Mrs. Slavik is!)

  • How to Apply: Write a 500 word essay describing your career plan and who helped you establish the plan, obtain 1 letter of recommendation, and complete the online application form found here

  • Application now CLOSED for 2021-2022 school year

    January 2022

    ND Corn Growers Association

    • Award Amount: $1,000

    • Eligibility Criteria: In order to be eligible for the North Dakota Corn Growers Association scholarship, students had to submit: a completed application, career plans, at least two letters of recommendation from non-family members, a resume and a copy of their most recent transcript. Applicants are required to be a member of a North Dakota Corn Growers Association. Student memberships are available for high school and post secondary students for $10.

    • How to apply: The North Dakota Corn Growers Association awarded 10 – $1,000 scholarships in 2020, which typically includes a recipient from each of the organization’s seven districts and three at-large recipients. The application form can be found here

    • Application and all other required documentation is due by January 31, 2022 by 11:59 pm

    February 2022

McLean Electric Scholarship Program 

  • Two scholarship programs available: the Basin Electric Scholarship and the McLean Electric Scholarship

  • Both Award Amounts are $500 

  • Eligibility Criteria: Students who are or have parents that are members of McLean Electric Cooperative and is planning to enroll as a full-time college student in the fall.   

  • How to Apply: print the scholarship application page found here, obtain a copy of an up-to-date official transcript, a copy of your ACT/SAT scores, write a statement of career goals, obtain a letter of recommendation, and create a document outlining participation in high school activities.  Application and supporting documentation will be due to the address on the application by February 1, 2022. 

Elks Legacy Award 

  • Award Amount: $4,000 ($1,000 for each for four years); award 250 total nationwide. 

  • Eligibility Criteria: A high school senior who is a child or grandchild of an Elks member, must have taken the ACT/SAT, be attending a U.S. college or university in the fall, will be required to perform service one a year with an Elks Lodge throughout the next 4 years if elected 

 North Dakota Crop Improvement & Seed Association 

  •  Award Amount: $1000 scholarship to incoming freshmen AND $1000 scholarship to undergraduates (excluding freshmen). 

  • Eligibility Criteria: Must be a ND resident, attending a ND school, applicant or parent must be a member of the county Crop Improvement Association, and must be a full-time student at a college in the fall. 

Enerbase Cooperative Scholarship 

  • Award Amount: 8- $1,000 scholarships awarded 

  • Eligibility Criteria: Applicant or parent/guardian must be a current patron member of Enerbase and must have done at least $2,500 worth of business the previous year.  Open to high school seniors that will be entering their first year of college in the fall.  

  • How to Apply: Complete the application online at  Applications for this year will be due in February 17, 2022.

Foundation for Rural Service Scholarship 

  • Award Amount: Amounts vary and a number of different scholarships awarded (see link below) 

  • Eligibility Criteria: Graduating high school senior, U.S. citizen, be sponsored be a current NTCA- The Rural Broadband Association member, accepted into a 2 or 4 year college, have at least a 'C' GPA, and express interest in returning to a rural community upon graduation. 

  • How to Apply: Complete the application form, complete a 300-word essay on one of the given topics, have a high school teacher or guidance counselor complete the educator's statement, submit one letter or recommendation from a community leader (not an educator), 2 copies of your transcript, and have a sponsor signature from NTCA Member.  For further information and application visit: 

  • Application deadline is February 25, 2022 

March 2022

Great River Energy Scholarship 

  • Award Amount: 13- $1,000 scholarships awarded 

  • Eligibility Criteria: Any senior from Garrison, Max, Underwood, Turtle Lake-Mercer, Washburn, Wilton, Center-Stanton, Hazen, Beulah, Valley City, Barnes County North, Jamestown, and Montpelier High Schools.  Must be planning to attend a North Dakota college and must be a U.S. citizen.   

Farm Credit Services Scholarship in Agriculture 

  • Award Amount: 10- $1,000 scholarships awarded 

  • Eligibility Criteria: High school seniors who plan to enroll in college in the fall, be from an actively farming or ranching family or pursue an agriculture career.   

  • How to Apply: download the application here

  • Applications are due March 1, 2022.  

WRT Scholarship 

  • Award Amount: 7- $1,000 scholarships and 1- $1,000 technical scholarships 

  • Eligibility Criteria: Be a high school senior in one of the 7 regions WRT serves and parents must be members of and receive services from WRT.  One scholarship given to each area WRT serves.  

  • How to Apply: Complete application online at

  • Deadline is March 1, 2022

Sherry Westrum Memorial Music Scholarship 

  • Award Amount: $1,000 

  • Eligibility Criteria: TLM seniors who have been involved in the music program for a minimum of two years.  

  • How to Apply: Submit a letter of recommendation from a non-relative, a list of your musical activities throughout your high school career, and an essay of no longer than two pages- double spaces- on the topic "How Music has Enriched My Life."  Write your name on the back of the essay and on a separate sheet of paper write your name, address, and the college you will attend (the money will be mailed directly to the college). 

  • Mail applications to: Sherry Westrum Memorial Music Scholarship, C/O Myron Lick, 1919 21st St. NW, Ruso, ND 58778. 

  • Applications due March 1, 2022.  

American Legion Auxiliary National Level Scholarships 

  • Award Amount: varies 

  • Eligibility Criteria: If you are a Junior Member of the Auxiliary, a child of a post 9/11 veteran, a Boys and Girls State participant, or an American Legion Baseball player there are several scholarships you can apply for through the Legion! 

  • How to Apply: Print out and complete the approrpiate application from the American Legion at

  • Scholarship due dates vary dependent upon which scholarship is sought (Most are due in March 2022). Check the website for specifics and to print the desired application!

American Legion Nursing Scholarships 

  • There are 2 different nursing scholarships that are available through the American Legion: Past President Parley Grace Holmes, MD Nursing Scholarship AND Past President Parley Nursing Scholarship 

  • Award Amount: $500 

  • Eligibility Criteria: Must graduate from a ND high school and be pursuing a degree in nursing (LPN or RN).  Applicant must be a child, grandchild, or great grandchild of active military or honorably discharged military member living or deceased. 

  • How to Apply: Print out and complete the applications from the American Legion at  

    **See Mrs. Slavik for a complete list of American Legion Scholarship Opportunities and Application

  River Riders Scholarship 

  • Award Amount: $1,000  

  • Eligibility Criteria: Must be graduating from a high school in McLean County. 

  • How to Apply: 2022 available NOW. See Mrs. Slavik for an application.

  • Application due by March 31, 2022

TLM Dollars for Scholars 

  • Award Amount: Varies  

  • Eligibility Criteria: All TLM Seniors!! 

  • How to Apply: Create an account and fill out the application at to be eligible for the TLM Dollars for Scholars Program as well as get matched to other national scholarships!  Your profile needs to be created by January 1. Application deadline is March 31, 2022

 April-May 2022

Hubert and JoAnn Seymour Scholarship  

American Legion Auxiliary, Department of ND, Education Program 

  • Award Amount: $500 

  • Eligibility Criteria: Must be attending a college, university, or trade school in ND.  Membership or affiliation with the Legion is not required, but financial need is a factor. 

  • How to Apply: Print out and complete the application from the American Legion at under the Education page link.  Applications due April 1, 2022


Reuben T. Guenthner Scholarship 

  • Award Amount: $500  

  • Eligibility Criteria: Be graduating from a ND high school, have completed one or more CTE classes from grades 9-12, enroll in a 2-year ND public postsecondary institution, and enroll as a full-time student in a CTE program of 2 years or less.   

  • How to Apply: Fill out the online application and send transcript and 3 letters of recommendation to the appropriate contacts. Scholarship application and information can be found at

  • Application deadline April 1, 2022

Hattie K. Tedrow Memorial Fund Scholarship 

Edward O. Nesheim Memorial Scholarship 

  • Award Amount: $1,500 

  • Eligibility Criteria: High school senior, legal resident of ND and a direct decedent of a U.S. veteran who served honorably (proof of service and lineage required).  Must have a cumulative GPA of  2.75 or higher, must be pursuing a degree in agriculture, human nutrition, or medicine.  

  • How to Apply: Applications can be found online at

  • Application is due April 1, 2022


Dushinske & Jamison Water Resources Scholarship 

  • Award Amount: $1,500 scholarships (awarded to 4 qualifying applicants)  

  • Eligibility Criteria: Must be planning to attend a ND college and preference given to, but not limited to, those studying water-related fields and whose families have taken an active role in ND water resource management.  

  • How to Apply: the scholarship application can be completed electronically online at .

  • Deadline for application is April 1, 2022.

Falkirk Mining Company Scholarship 

  • Award Amount: 6- $1,000 scholarships  

  • Eligibility Criteria: Graduating seniors from Max, Garrison, Underwood, Turtle Lake-Mercer, Washburn, and Wilton High Schools.  Must have enrolled or are planning to enroll full-time at an accredited college, university, or vocational/technical school in the fall.  

  • How to Apply: See Mrs. Slavik for an application.  Complete the application; include a list of extra-curricular activities, volunteer/community service activities, and jobs; a copy or your recent transcript; an essay telling about yourself, hoe your career could play a role in the energy industry, and your thoughts on the coal industry; and a letter of recommendation. 

  • Applications must be postmarked no later than April 15, 2022

 Farmers Union Stanley Moore Scholarship 

  • Award Amount: Several $1,500 scholarships awarded  

  • Eligibility Criteria: Must be a Farmers Union member or a child of a member.  High school senior, college student, or non-traditional student seeking finding for a two- or four-year accredited college or university or technical school for any area of study (Priority given to ag related fields). 

  • How to Apply: Applications can be found online at

  • Applicant can choose to complete the google form application or print the PDF version. These links are located in blue if a student scrolls down after following the above link.

  • Application deadline is April 1, 2022.

North Dakota United Scholarships

  • Award Amount: Varies dependent upon scholarship (10 different options available)

  • Eligibility Criteria: Scholarships are available to North Dakota United members, including Student NDU and NDU-Retired members, as well as the dependents of all members. Check website for specific eligibility criteria for each of the 10 scholarships offered.

  • How to Apply: applications for each scholarship can be found on the NDU website here

  • Due Friday, April 15, 2022 by noon.

Dakota West Credit Union Scholarship

  • Award Amount: Four $500 scholarships 

  • Eligibility Criteria: Must be a member of Dakota West Credit Union and must already be attending a two- or four-year college, be enrolled in a trade school program into late 2023, or graduating high school this spring(2022) to be eligible. 

  • How to Apply: Students must complete an essay focusing on the importance of effective communication and how it has had an impact on their life.

  • Applications can be found here:

  • Deadline for submission is Friday, April 8, 2022

  • Winners will be announced Friday, April 22 on DWCU's Facebook page.

Richard and Karla Schindler Scholarship 

  • Award Amount: $1,000 

  • Eligibility Criteria: TLM senior who has participated in at least 2 sports in high school and has a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.  

  • How to Apply: Write a 2 page essay, double spaced on the topic, "How has athletics shaped me into a better student-athlete?"  Please write the name of the scholarship at the top of your essay and turn them into Mrs. Slavik by April 29 by 3:15 pm

Bank of Turtle Lake Scholarship 

  • Award Amount: $500

  • Eligibility Criteria: Must be a graduating senior and you or a parent must have an account at the Bank of Turtle Lake.

  • How to Apply: Qualifying applicants will receive scholarship information in the mail with a form to fill out.

  • Completed scholarship forms must be returned to the bank by May 14 at 3:30 PM! 

North Dakota Association of Counties

  • Award Amount: $2,000

  • Eligibility Criteria: Children and grandchildren of North Dakota county officials and employees are eligible to apply.

  • How to apply: Online scholarship form can be printed off here

  • Application must be postmarked no later than Friday, May 27, 2022.

    Dakota Cruisers Car Club Scholarship 

    • Award Amount: $500  

    • Eligibility Criteria: Must be a local area ND high school senior.Students enrolled or planning on enrolling in a vocational college in ND and will be pursuing a career in automotive repair and/or restoration.    

    • How to Apply: See Mrs. Slavik for an application.  Complete the application and include: 2 letters of recommendation; a 100 word, hand-written essay explaining what automotive field you plan on pursuing and why, and verification of good standing form. 

    • Applications must be completed and received by May 31, 2022

    KURU Footwear Live Your Dreams Scholarship

  • Award Amount: $1000

  • Eligibility Criteria:

    • Be a US citizen or Permanent Legal Resident of the United States

    • Be an incoming undergraduate freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior entering the Fall 2022 semester

    • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA

    • Be enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university for the Fall 2022 semester

    • Submit a 300–500 word essay answering the following question: “What are your career aspirations and what would it mean to you to win this scholarship?”

  • All fields of study are eligible

    Scholarship Application Deadline is June 1, 2022

  • Application can be found here:

    ND Academic and CTE Scholarship 

    • Award Amount: $6000  

    • Eligibility Criteria: All ND Graduates meeting GPA and core class grade requirements!

    • How to Apply: Complete all of the required coursework throughout high school. Obtain the test scores needed on ACT (24) or WorkKeys (level 5 or higher on all 3 tests). Complete a simple application by June 4. Application and Scholarship information can be found at