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 www.fafsa.gov 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 texascareercheck.com or texasoncourse.org 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 http://www.apertureed.com/funding/scholarship

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 http://www.uiltexas.org/academics/essay-contests/barbara-jordan/overview

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 http://www.uiltexas.org/academics/essay-contests/latino-history

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 www.etpcu.org.


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:




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 https://parkingboxx.com/parking-solutions-scholarship-parking-boxx/.


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 https://www.drpeppertuition.com/program-details.



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 http://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/apply/#programs

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 http://stylemann.com/stylemann-young-professionals-scholarship/


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 https://www.texasfcs.com/news/scholarship-programs


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 https://americancollegefoundation.org/college_planning/home.aspx to apply.

TVCC has created an online Dual Credit Student Orientation at https://ecourses.tvcc.edu/enroll/EMG3LD. 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


October 6, 2017– The annual AES Engineers Scholarship for $500 is now available for application for any high school senior. The basis for winning the scholarship is character, and not just GPA> The scholarship is intended for future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study. Students must submit an essay of between 500 and 1,000 words in answer to the following question:

When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey?

There is no application packet, and essays may be submitted to scholarships@aesengineers.com. For further information, please visit http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm.


February 16, 2018-The Better Business Bureau Education Foundation of Central East Texas is proud to announce the Kay Robinson Student of Integrity Video Scholarship program. This program recognizes a college-bound Senior who personifies high ethics as demonstrated through their creative talents in creation of a 30 to 60 second video, as well as their overall personal integrity and academic history. The FIRST PLACE WINNER will be awarded a $3,000 scholarship to an accredited college or university. The SECOND PLACE WINNER will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship to an accredited college or university. The THIRD PLACE WINNER will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship to an accredited college or university. The application is available in the counselor’s office.

February 28, 2018– The Cyberbullying Prevention for Teens Scholarship of $1,250 is available for  all high school students to apply. All participants will have to research and submit a 600-1,000 words essay regarding the following topic:

Why and How to Stop Cyberbullying

 For further details and to apply, visit www.parentinn.com/scholarship.



Google Password Resets

Some high school students in upper grades may suddenly be unable to login to their district Google account if they are not using the “default” password we routinely assign them. If you hear of a student having this problem please let them know their password is their 2-digit class/grad-year followed by their 6-digit student ID/lunch number.

Recent account maintenance included resetting passwords; however, students in lower grades and campuses should not have a problem, since they cannot change them from default.

Please call or refer them to me if there are still problems or questions.

Rusty Meyners
Eustace ISD Technology
903 425 5137


May 12, 2017– The Geraldine McLauchlin Lewis Scholarship is now available for application for graduating seniors. Applications are available in the counselor’s office.

May 12, 2017- The Athens Noon Kiwanis Club/TVCC Scholarship is now available for graduating seniors to apply. The application is available in the counselor’s office.

The application must be received at:

Edward Jones Investments- Tony Kalawe

Re: Athens Noon Kiwanis Club

601 E. Corsicana St.

Athens, TX 75751

No later than 3p.m. on May 12, 2017.


Parent/Student Night for TVCC Dual Credit Students

Parents and students who plan to take dual credit classes through TVCC this Summer or in the Fall of the 2017-2018 school year are invited to attend a meeting at Eustace High School on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at 6 pm in the EHS auditorium. Kelley Townsend, Dual Credit Director at TVCC, will be on hand to present information on the dual credit program, as well as answer any questions. Parents and students are strongly encouraged to attend, as this is an opportunity to receive pertinent information to make your child’s college educational experience successful.