December 15, 2017- The AXA Achievementsm Scholarship offers college scholarships of $2,500, $10,000 and $25,000 to high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their activities in school, the community or the workplace. Scholarship winners are known as AXA Achievers. They are ethnically and economically diverse, but they share these qualities: ambition and drive; determination to set and reach goals; respect for self, family and community; ability to succeed in college. The scholarship is sponsored by the AXA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AXA US.

The 2018 program will be accepting applications from September 5, 2017 until 10,000 applications are submitted or December 15, 2017, whichever comes first. Your application MUST be one of the first 10,000 submitted electronically by the deadline date. Apply early!


June 19, 2018-The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to continue to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. All student athletes who are graduating seniors are eligible to apply for this $500 scholarship. To apply, visit


August 1, 2018– The Straight North STEM Scholarship supports students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. Through the Straight North STEM Scholarship, the winning student will be awarded $1,000 to be used toward his or her degree. In addition, $250 book scholarships will be awarded to the two runners-up. The deadline to apply for the Straight North STEM Scholarship is August 1, 2018 and winners will be announced August 15.
Number of scholarships available: 3 Minimum

To apply, visit


March 26, 2018 – The Texas Rural Education Association (TREA) will award 25 scholarships in the amount of $1,500 to eligible graduating seniors. Eligibility requirements include:

  • Intent to attend a post-graduate program in the fall 2018
  • Applicants must agree to attend the opening banquet of the TREA summer conference to be held on Friday, June 22, 2018, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Only three applications can be submitted from each school district who is a member of TREA. Application questions and essay prompt are available in the counselor’s office, and must be returned to the counselor by March 26, 2018. They will then reviewed and submitted online by April 1, 2018

TVCC Dual Credit Enrollment for Spring 2018, Scholarships, Student Loan Information, Pre-Law Academy, December EOC Retest Dates


Students who plan to register for dual credit classes for the SPRING 2018 need to see me now through DECEMBER 15. This would be for freshmen already enrolled in TVCC welding, sophomores who plan to take SPAN 1411, and for juniors and seniors taking all other classes. This will give students over a month to get their paperwork completed. Application procedures for students who have never taken a college class is a process, so the sooner they come to get their paperwork, the more time they will have to get it completed and back to me by the deadline. Students who miss the December 15th deadline will have to complete registration at TVCC.

December 15, 2017- The Air Force Association – Texas is sponsoring the Earle North Parker Essay Contest, with the First Place award in the amount of $2,500 and the second place award in the amount of$1,000. Graduating seniors are eligible to apply and applications are located in the counselor’s office.

December 31, 2017– The Imagine America Foundation created the Imagine America High School Scholarship Program to help provide scholarships to students who plan to attend a vocational school after graduation. Graduating high school seniors who meet the recommended guidelines are eligible to receive a $1,000 award that can be used at career colleges participating in the Imagine America Scholarship Program throughout the nation. To apply, visit and click on Apply for Scholarships.

December 31, 2017– Picture Keeper is offering a $1,500 scholarship to a graduating senior who will be attending an accredited University or business school after graduation. Applicants must write a 200-300 word essay on what you are doing to follow your dreams, and also submit a photo to Twitter or Instagram which portrays what your essay is about. For further details, visit and click on PK Community and then student scholarships.

January 31, 2018 – The Carr P. Collins Scholars Program at Baylor University was established to recognize academically gifted students who are dedicated to helping others in an effort to develop leaders of tomorrow through the gift of higher education. Through a $2 million grant from the Carr P. Collins Foundation, Baylor University awards scholarships to students who demonstrate leadership through service. Selection is based on

  • Leadership
  • Academic ability
  • Community service

Collins Scholars are awarded a minimum of $5,200 their freshman year, renewable for three additional years provided they meet program requirements. To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Be admitted to the University
  • Be in the top quarter of their graduating class
  • Have a minimum score of 1310 (combined Math and Evidenced- Based Reading and Writing) on the SAT or a minimum score of 28 on the ACT
  • Have completed a balanced college preparatory program including history, science and a foreign language
  • Be a resident of Texas

To apply, visit, or contact:

Carr P. Collins Scholars Program

Baylor University

Student Financial Aid Office

One Bear Place #97028

Waco, TX 76798-7028

1-800-BAYLOR-U, option 8-2


Interest Free Student Loan Programs

Frost Bank in Galveston is offering zero interest student loans to qualified applicants. In the event your student does not get enough scholarship money or grants to pay for college, this might be the next best resource. Please see the attachment for further information.

SFASU Pre-Law Academy

The Pre-Law Academy at Stephen F. Austin State University is encouraging high school students to take advantage of their summer Pre-Law Academy, June 9-June 16, 2018, which will  provide an overview of the key steps in becoming a lawyer, including:

  • Undergraduate study
  • Discussions with law admissions officers
  • Interactions with law school professors, judges and attorneys
  • An introduction to law, courts, and legal concepts
  • Career options
  • Participation in a Mock Trial competition


This program is unique to the State of Texas. Students are offered a week of interactive, engaging activities  at a reasonable cost (scholarships are available). Enrollment is limited to 50 students and admission to qualified students is on a first-come, first-served basis. More information can be found at


STARR EOC Retest Dates

Monday, December 4 -English 1

Tuesday, December 5 -Algebra 1 and US History

Wed, December 6- English 2

Thurs, December 7- Biology


The University of Texas at Austin Automatic Admission Policy (2017)


Senate Bill 175, passed in 2009, took effect with the 2011-12 academic year , and essentially modifies the “Top 10%” automatic admission program at The University of Texas at Austin. This is due to the growth of the number of high school graduates which has translated into significant growth in the number of applications for admissions and the number of applicants eligible for automatic admissions.

SB 175 allows The University of Texas at Austin to limit automatic admission to 75 percent of the university’s enrollment capacity designated for first-time resident undergraduate students.

The University has determined that it will automatically admit all eligible 2019 summer/fall freshman applicants who rank within the top 6% of their high school graduating classes, with remaining spaces to be filled through holistic review.


May 1, 2018-The Break the Cycle Scholarship was created to inspire our future generation to complete their college education with the goal to support students with a desire to break the cycle of generational incarceration through education. This $250 scholarship is available to graduating seniors who meet the following criteria:

  • Live in Henderson County
  • family has a low income
  • first one in the family to attend college
  • one or both parents incarcerated
  • previously or currently in foster care system or placed with a relative by CPS
  • A two page essay is also required.

Applications are available in the counselor’s office.


May 22, 2018– The B. Davis Scholarship, a $1,000 award,  is available all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any post-secondary institution.

  • Be sure to include your name and the school you are attending this year and next
  • This is not an academic scholarship but we would like to know where you are going to school now and what your future academic plans are.

    Please do not send transcripts or letters of recommendation at this time.


To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay of less than 1000 words on the topic below. Your submissions must be sent by email to

Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most.  Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that they are developed in an individual



November 30, 2017- The Guidance Tech Leaders Scholarship is a $1,000 Scholarship available for graduating seniors who can write a 500 word essay on how you see the role of Internet and technology evolving over the next decade. To be eligible, applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. For further details and to apply, go to


February 5, 2018– The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Area Go Texan  scholarship application will open in November. Qualifications for applying for this scholarship include:

  • US citizen and Texas resident
  • graduating senior
  • Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  • Plan to attend an accredited not-for-profit University in the state of Texas
  • Meet the academic standards for class rank and SAT/ACT scores as stated within the application. No one may apply who has not taken the SAT or ACT test and who cannot furnish documentation of scores

To apply, visit and click on Educational Support, then Scholarships. Once the online application is complete, and before it is submitted online, make a copy to submit to the Henderson County Area Go Texan Committee. Paper instructions for this are located in the counselor’s office.


March 1, 2018-The Henderson County Go Texan Academic Scholarship is available for application for graduating seniors who:

  • Attend an accredited public high school in Henderson County
  • Are a resident of the state of Texas and a US citizen
  • Are ranked in the upper third of his/her graduating class
  • Have a minimum of a 950 on the SAT or a 19 on the ACT
  • Plan to enroll in a Texas college or university
  • Have been an active member of a local 4-H or FFA chapter for a minimum of three of the four years in high school
  • Have applied for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Area Go Texan Scholarship and deemed eligible by the selection committee

Applications are available in the counselor’s office.


March 1, 2018-The Tommy Barnett Vocational Scholarship, sponsored by the Henderson County Area Go Texan Committee is available for application. To be eligible, the applicant must:

  • Reside in Henderson County
  • Be a graduating senior
  • Have been a member of 4-H or FFA for at least three of their four years in high school
  • Intend to enroll in a vocational educational program through an institute accredited by the SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) located in Texas

Applications are available in the counselor’s office.



Imagine America Foundation; Scholarships

The Imagine America Foundation provides scholarships for career colleges, or trade schools in Texas. They have compiled a list of all the participating career colleges that offer the Imagine America Foundation scholarship, which is worth up to $1,000 toward tuition at these schools. To view the list, visit

October 31, 2017– The Good Sustainability Scholarship is a $1,000 award to graduating seniors who can write a 200-300 word essay about what sustainability, and living a sustainable life means to them. For further information, visit

November 30, 2017- The Andrew Flusche Scholarship Contest requires students to raise awareness about the importance of positive interactions with the police officers and law enforcement. Applicants must create a public service advertisement video (PSA) which portrays the correct way of interacting with a police officer during a traffic stop or any other encounter. Two winners will be chosen each year, 1 per semester, and each winner will receive $500 to put towards higher education.


The following people are eligible for the scholarship:

  • High school seniors who have been accepted into a college, university, or trade school.
  • Students who are currently enrolled in a college, university, or trade school.

For further information and to apply, visit


December 1, 2017– Since 2013, The National Space Club and Foundation has offered the opportunity for a student to give the keynote address at the National Space Club and Foundation’s annual Goddard Memorial Dinner, one of the space industry’s most prestigious gatherings. The student must intend to pursue a career in the Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) fields, be academically strong and excel in public speaking.

In addition to speaking at the Goddard Memorial Dinner, the individual selected will also receive a scholarship, in the amount of $10,000. This scholarship is awarded to a U.S. citizen, and is open to seniors in High School through graduate students studying at an accredited educational institution in the United States, who has definite plans to pursue a career in the STEM fields.

Graduating seniors who intend to pursue a career in the STEM fields and plan to attend an accredited U.S. College or university to follow a course of study to pursue a career in the STEM field, with preference for those with space related interests.

For further information and to apply, go to

December 1, 2017-The Barbara Lotze Scholarships for Future Teachers are for those graduating seniors who plan to pursue a career as a high school physics teacher. Successful applicants will receive an award of up to $2,000, and may be renewed for up to four years. For further information and to apply, visit


FAFSA for Seniors; Career/Interest Inventory websites

October 1 was the first day the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application for the 2018-19 school year to be open. Seniors who plan to attend college or any vocational education program need to fill this out to get any federal or state grants, or any financial aid from prospective schools. Visit to get detailed information and to access the application. To get the most benefits available, fill out this application as soon as possible.

Students are invited to visit or for interest inventories and career information.


Scholarships; TSI Testing

December 1, 2017-Aperture Education is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a student between the ages of 16-22 who submits a written essay. For further information, visit

January 31, 2018– The Texas Student Housing Authority is offering a scholarship to graduating seniors who will be attending college in Austin, Denton or College Station. This scholarship will be applied to the cost of OFF-CAMPUS housing for one academic year at Town Lake in Austin, The Ridge in Denton, or at The Cambridge in College Station, or at an alternate comparable facility IF designated by the Texas Housing Authority. This scholarship may be renewable if the student maintains established academic and leadership standards and communicates with the TSHA board as required.

Applications are available in the counselor’s office.

February 21, 2018-The Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition is open to all students in grades 9-12 attending UIL member schools. In addition to scholarship eligibility, finalists will compete for state awards and will be invited to attend the Academic State Meet in May 2018. For further information and application, visit

February 21, 2018– The Latino History Essay Competition is open to all students in grades 9-12 who attend UIL member schools, and again, finalists will compete for state awards and will be invited to attend the Academic State Meet in May 2018. For further details and application, visit

March 1, 2018- East Texas Professional Credit Union is offering its two annual scholarships to graduating seniors. The McLauchlin Scholarship is a $2,000 award for students who are planning to pursue a degree in education, and the Presidential Scholarship is a $1,000 award for students who wish to pursue a degree in any field. Scholarship applicants or members of their immediate family must have an East Texas Professional Credit Union account in good standing- one may be obtained with a minimum deposit of $5 in a savings account.

Applications are available in the counselor’s office, any East Texas Credit Union office, or downloaded at


TSI testing will be offered at the High School on Thursday, October 26. TSI testing is required for students interested in taking dual credit courses through TVCC. Sophomores, juniors and seniors may sign up to take the test for the first time or to retest portions of the test they may have failed previously. Freshmen may sign up to test, but they will only be eligible to take welding beginning the fall of next school year. Eustace ISD will pay for students to test two times- after that, students must pay the $30 testing fee each time they retest.

Students may sign up in the counselor’s office beginning October 2 through October 23 and spaces are limited,

  TSI Study information:…/accuplacer-texas-success-initiative-assessment

This is also posted on my door for students to refer back to.

Scholarships, Online Dual Credit Student Orientation; Junior and Senior Advising

October 15, 2017-The Parking Solutions Scholarship is a $1,000 award for the student who suggests the most innovative, yet practical parking solution. High school seniors are eligible to apply, and must write a 500 word essay that is original, creative and persuasive on the subject of technology innovation in parking solutions, specifically from the perspective as a student. For more information and to apply, visit


October 18, 2017-Participate in the Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway! Eligible students must be 18 and have a Facebook account that has not been suspended, and must write a 350 word essay on how you will change the world. To enter, visit



October 31, 2017– The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. With the 29th class in 2017, the Foundation has provided over 5,850 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $63 million in educational support. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must be:

A) Current high school (or home-schooled) seniors attending school in the U.S. (or select DoD schools)

B) U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, U.S. Permanent Residents, Refugees, Asylees, Cuban-Haitian Entrants, or Humanitarian Parolees

C) Anticipating completion of high school diploma at the time of application

D) Planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution
Go to the scholarship application at

November 30, 2017-The Styleman Young Professionals Scholarship of $1,800 is available to students who can write an essay of 1000-1500 words on “How Fashion Industry Changed E-Commerce And Its Impact on Us”. For further details and to apply,  go to


December 1, 2017– Texas Farm Credit will continue to award five Marsha Martin Scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each for graduating seniors who are involved in FFA or 4-H and are pursuing a college degree in an agriculture-related field of study. These five scholarship recipients will be selected from the monthly AgStudent of the Month winners.

Information related to both programs is attached and can also be downloaded from the website at


May 1, 2017– The American College Foundation is offering their annual Visionary Scholarship Program, which will award scholarships which will range in amounts from $1,000 to $5,000.All high school students- Freshmen- Seniors are eligible to apply. Visit to apply.

TVCC has created an online Dual Credit Student Orientation at This is designed to be helpful to those students taking an online dual credit course.


I have 2 designated times each week to visit with juniors and seniors  about planning for college, scholarships, etc., much like the monthly senior meetings I have had in the past. Seniors meet with me every Monday during A block lunch in room 104,and Juniors meet with me as needed in my office every Tuesday during A block lunch. This does not mean that I am not available at other times- I invite students to visit with me anytime at their convenience