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Seniors-Mr. Sims
Instructor: Mr. Sims   
Welcome to the Senior Webpage.  Please check this website frequently for tips and information to help you have a successful year and plan for a productive post-high school career.  You will find upcoming events on the calendar, college information, financial aid information, scholarship information and applications, valuable web links, and much more.  We are looking forward to a great and exciting year!
 
Senior Announcements (Updated 10/20)
Texas Interscholastic League Foundation Scholarhips
What: scholarships to students who participate in UIL academic and music competitions
Criteria: must have competed at the UIL Academic State Meet any year of his/her high school career (CX debaters must have advanced to the 2nd day of competition); maintain 2.5 GPA in college; must have taken SAT or ACT
Apply: online application between March 1 and May 11, 2018 at www.tilfoundation.org; submit high school transcript, SAT/ACT scores, letter of recommendation from superintendent, principal, assistant principal, UIL coach, or counselor; copy of the first two pages of your parent or guardian's most recent IRS 1040 form
Seniors 2017 Presentation
The senior PowerPoint presentation has been posted. See 'Important Senior Documents' below.
TSI
TSI Testing

Texas Success Initiative (TSI) assessment test

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment determines your current skill levels in reading, math, and writing for college course level placement.
Helpful Links:
TSI Student Informative Brochure
TSI Sample Questions
TSI Sample Writeplacer Essays
Texas A&M Update
Texas A&M University continues to assist students, families and school districts impacted by Hurricane Harvey - our Regional Prospective Student Center staff and our Aggieland staff are available when you need us. Please encourage students to complete an application as a first step. Once their application is received, they may submit a request for assistance using the 'Contact Us/Ask a Question' feature in our Applicant Information System via the Howdy portal at howdy.tamu.edu. Students will need to provide a detailed explanation of the impact of Hurricane Harvey on them and their family and/or a letter of support from a high school counselor or school official. We will respond to their request with clear instructions as to their next steps. We will continue to be as flexible as possible during this difficult time. Thank you for partnering with us as we plan for the future education of your students. If there are additional questions, we can be reached at admissions@tamu.edu or at (979) 845-1060.

We Build Our WorldTexas A&M University College of EngineeringLike last year, your students who apply to the College of Engineering will be holistically reviewed for a seat in General Engineering. This includes the students who qualify for top 10% and automatic academic admission. The holistic review includes a student's academic and personal achievements, so filling out the application completely is very important. Also, the Early Action Deadline of Sunday, October 15 for the College of Engineering is just around the corner. Please assure your students that completing their admission file between October 15 and December 1, does not make them any less competitive for admission to engineering. The early action deadline only guarantees a student will hear from us by mid-December. We will provide all students who complete their admission file by December 1 a decision by early to mid-January.

NEWNew Fee Waiver Process
As reported in our Counselor Updates, since we opened our application on July 1, your students have been able to self-report if they qualify for a fee waiver. Both the ApplyTexas and Coalition applications allow students to select the criteria that make them fee waiver eligible. We hope this will simplify the process for you, since we will no longer require the fee waiver documentation as part of the initial process. If a student is selected for verification, there is the possibility that documentation may be required.

Deadline Reminders
Admissions Application: Dec 1
Scholarship Application: Dec 1
Housing Application: Encourage admitted students to apply early.
Honors Application: Dec 15
Accept Offer of Admission: May 1
University of Texas Plan II
What: ​​a flexible, four-year course of study that students can pair with other majors at UT Austin. Plan II offers students the opportunity to participate in small, discussion-based courses and delve deeply into a senior thesis project of their own design. It is also flexible enough to accommodate study abroad and internships — over 70% of our graduates have participated in both! In addition, Plan II professors are not only specialists in their fields but also award-winning teachers — truly some of the best that UT Austin has to offer.
Info: Plan II
Yale University Information Session
When: Tuesday, October 24, 7:00 pm
Where: Carnegie Vanguard High School, 1501 Taft St., Houston, TX. 77019
Topics: academic programs, residential and campus life, admissions and financial aid
Registration is optional but encouraged: ​https://admissions.yale.edu/events
ACT Student Champion Award
Award: $500
Deadline: December 31, 2017
Criteria: a student who has overcome challenges and can articulate education and career action; composite ACT score of 22 or a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; preference given to first-generation college students
Apply: ​www.act.org/readinesschampions If a student is under 18 he/she must fill out this form, also.
Voice of Democracy
2017-18 Theme: "American History: Our Hope for the Future"
Deadline: October 31, 2017
Award: Grand Prize $30,000
What do I need to enter? Record your original 3-5 minute (+ or -5 seconds max) essay on an audio CD or a flash drive. Visit the counselors' office for more info or download an application here.
Stephen F. Austin University Campus Visits/Showcase Saturdays
Student-led tours are offered Monday-Friday at 10 am, noon and 2 pm, departing from the 2nd floor of the Rusk Building. Showcase Saturday is SFA's triannual open-house event. Make plans to attend and visit with representatives from academics, student services, residence llife, financial aid and more! Admission counselors will be on hand to discuss admission requirements and any other questions you may have. Showcase Saturday dates: Nov. 11, Feb. 24, Mar. 24. Contact the Office of Admissions at 936-468-2504 to schedule your visit or email at admissions@sfasu.edu
National Space Club Scholarship
Award: 1 - $10,000 scholarship
Deadline: December 1, 2017
Criteria: plan to pursue a creer in the STEM field
Apply: https://www.studentscholarships.org/scholarship/12191/national_space_club_scholarship_scholarship.php
Barbara Lotze Scholarships for Teachers
Award: 5 - $2000 scholarships
Deadline: December 1, 2017
Criteria: plan to pursue a course of study leading toward a career in teaching physics
Apply: https://www.studentscholarships.org/scholarship/9561/barbara_lotze_scholarships_for_future_teachers_scholarship.php
HSC Home Warranty Scholarship
Sixt Scholars
Award: 5 - $5000 scholarships
Deadline: November 30, 2017
Criteria: minimum GPA of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale
Apply: https://www.studentscholarships.org/scholarship/10645/sixt_scholars_scholarship.php
StyleMann Young Professionals Scholarship
Award: 1 - $1800 scholarship
Deadline: November 30, 2017
Criteria: essay
Apply: https://www.studentscholarships.org/scholarship/14524?stylemann_young_professional_scholarship_scholarship.php
Student Photography Scholarship
Award: 11 - $2500 scholarships
Deadline: November 15, 2017
Criteria: must have taken at least one photography or related art class
Appy: https://www.studentscholarships.org/scholarship/9451/student_photography_scholarships_scholarship.php
Maryknoll Scholarship
VIP Voice Scholarships
SP Scholarship
Award: 10 - $10,000 scholarships
Deadline: October 31, 2017
Criteria: answer the essay question on the sponsors website
https://www.studentscholarships.org/scholarship/14186/sp_scholarship_scholarship.php

Houston Childrens' Charity
Application for beds and bedding from Houston Childrens' Charity.
Appy: ​
http://houstonchildrenscharity.org/programs/better-nights-sleep/
Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway Scholarship
Award: $100,000 - 5 awards; $25,000 - 5 awards; $2500 - 10 awards
Deadline: October 18, 2017
Apply: https://www.studentscholarships.org/scholarship/12674/dr_pepper_tuition_giveaway_scholarship.php
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The 2018-2019 FAFSA is open! Even if you feel you won't qualify, schools need to know this info. The schools are more likely to award more if you do not qualify for federal aid.
http://fafsa.edu.gov
Cristin & Katie Grubbs Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements
1) Participated in extracurricular activities, clubs or organizations
2) 3.0 GPA
3) Directly, or indirectly, impacted by an intoxicated driver (drunk or drugged)
Amount
$250 - $1000
Applicant Requirements
1) Complete application
2) 2-3 letters of recommendation
3) Provide sealed transcript
4) One-page essay explaining how intoxicated driving has impacted your life directly or indirectly
Deadline
April 13, 2018

Hurricane Harvey Relief Benefit
Sponsored by Port Arthur and Austin area churches
Available to residents of Pt. Arthur, Pt. Neches, Groves, & Nederland
When: Saturday, September 30, 10:00-5:00
Where: Thomas Jefferson Middle School
2200 Jefferson Dr.
Pt. Arthur, TX. 77642

Must schedule and appointment at www.loveportarthur.com
More info available here or here
Mid-County Madness T-shirt Contest
Deadline: October 6
For guidelines see 'Important Senior Documents' below or come by the counselors office.
Buckner S.T.A.R. Services
www.helpandhope.org
1. Free crisis hotline available 24/7
2. Face-to-face counseling for family and youth
3. emergency short-term shelter for youth who run away or who are unable to stay at home because of family conflict
Local contact: Angel Flores
9055 Manion Dr.
Beaumont, TX. 77706
Phone: 409-861-0582 x305
​ Fax: 409-861-7635
Email: aflores@buckner.org
4. Individual, family and youth counseling to help reduce conflict
5. Skill-building classes to help parents and caregivers learn how to handle difficult situations
6. Skill-building classes for youth to help them gain coping skills and meet their needs in a positive way
www.TexasYouth.org

AXA Achievement Scholarship
Criteria: ​Demonstrate ambition and self-drive as evidenced by outstanding achievement in school, community or work-related activities. Special consideration will be given to achievements that empower society to mitigate risk through education and/or action in areas such as financial, environmental, health, safety and/or emergency preparedness.
Deadline: December 15, 2017 or 1st 10,000 applicants, whichever comes first
For more info and/or to apply: ​
https://www.scholarsapply.org/axa-achievement/information.php
University of Dayton
The University of Dayton is offering a Leadership in Service Scholarship. Interested students must have a passion for personal development and a commitment to service. This scholarship, for students admitted to UD, is worth $10,000 ($2,500 per year for four years). The students selected will also be eligible to receive a University of Dayton merit scholarship, which can be worth up to $88,000 over four years. Interested students see Mr. Sims in the counselors' office.
Deadline is November 1, 2017
Local Scholarship App
The PN-G local scholarship application is now available in the counselors' office or you can print one here.
Many local scholarships are awarded by referencing the local application, so you must have one on file to be considered for these. Deadline is February 23, 2018, but DON'T WAIT!
U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

The United States (U.S.) Presidential Scholars Program honors graduating seniors for their outstanding scholarship, achievement and promise of future success. Seniors chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholars are selected by the Commission on Presidential Scholars and will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. where they will be presented with a medallion at a ceremony in their honor. While there, the students will engage with accomplished people and participate in conversations and events over issues that concern America and the world. The Texas commissioner of education will nominate 10 male and 10 female candidates to apply for the honor.
Beginning in 2016, outstanding students who demonstrated excellence in career and technical education (CTE) have been included for recognition. Therefore, TEA also invites high school seniors who are participants of a CTE program graduating between January and June of 2018 to apply for the opportunity to be a U.S. Presidential Scholar. In addition to the 20 general application candidates who will be nominated to apply, the Texas Commissioner of Education will nominate five additional students who are in CTE to apply for the honor.
Students interested in being nominated for either honor should see Mr. Sims in the counselors' office.
Deadline is Friday, September 29

Texas Youth Preparedness Council
Are you passionate about emergency preparedness and community resilience? Looking for a leadership and/or service opportunity? If so, you should apply to be on the Texas Youth Preparedness Council! The mission of the council is to engage and empower youth in individual and community preparedness activities and roles. The council provides an opportunity for Texas high school students to enhance their knowledge of preparedness and develop leadership skills that will help them in addressing the needs of their communities. Youth will work on local preparedness projects, be an ambassador for youth preparedness on the state level, and provide a unique prospective to state agencies interested in preparedness. Apply online.
Texas Student Housing Scholarship
1) Open to students accepted to colleges in Austin, College Station, or Denton, TX.
2) Deadline: January 31, 2018
Visit counselors' office for an application or print an application here
McNeese St. University
1) Out of state fee waiver for qualifying students (cost of attendance is equivalent to in-state student)
2) Preview Days: Saturday, October 21 and Saturday, February 24; register at mcneese.edu/previewday
3) Admission and scholarship applications are available at mcneese.edu/apply
Visit the counselors' office for more info.
Northwestern State University (LA)
1) NSU is offering an automatic out of state waiver for attending a high school in a county that borders Louisiana. This is an offer worth $43,152 over 4 years.
2) Apply: nsula.edu/futurestudents/how-to-apply/
3) ACT or SAT scores can be sent using codes 1600 for ACT and 6592 for SAT. Score reports and transcripts can also be sent via fax to 318-357-4660.
4) Early-bird scholarship deadline is October 31 and NSide View Event is November 4.
WACE National Co-Op Scholarship
160 merit-based scholarships, totaling $4.2 million, to a select group of colleges and universities.
Qualifictions: GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale; apply to a WACE partner institution; 200-word essay.
Apply: www.waceinc.org
QuestBridge National College Match
Connects high-achieving, low-income students with a select group of colleges and universities.
Deadline: September 27, 2017
Apply: www.questbridge.org
Texas Gear UP
College Prep Resources:
Filling out college applications, adjusting to college life, repaying loans, ACT & SAT testing, living far from home, college-prep checklist, and more!
TexasGearUP.com
The Horatio Alger Scholarship
Criteria: Demonstrate financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income); involved in extracurricular and community service activities; display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity; GPA of 2.00
Deadline: October 25, 2017
Award: $6000 - $25,000
Apply online: scholars.horatioalger.org
Prudential Spirit of Community Award
Criteria: involved in community service or volunteer work in the past 12 months
Deadline: November 7, 2017
Apply: spirit.prudential.com or nassp.org/spirit
Remind 101
If you would like to receive remind messages from Mr. Sims please text to 81010 and write @simsco in the message.
Interested in the University of Houston?
Check out the scholarships they have to offer.
Scholarship Deadline: November 15
http://www.uh.edu/financial/undergraduate/types-aid/scholarships/
UT Dallas

Discover UT Dallas

Discover UT Dallas is hosted in cities across Texas. University representatives will answer questions and provide detailed information regarding admissions, scholarships, financial aid, academic programs and campus life. Space is limited and registration is required.

Houston

Sunday, October 16, 2016
4 p.m.–6 p.m.
Sheraton Suites near the Galleria
Houston
Register

Scholars' Day

High school seniors, community college students and their families are invited to visit and explore the UT Dallas campus on Scholars’ Day. Students who attend can qualify for application fee waivers for the upcoming school year.

Senior Scholars' Day I

Saturday, October 8, 2016
9 a.m.–3 p.m.
UT Dallas Campus
Event Full - Join the Wait List

Senior Scholars' Day II

Saturday, November 5, 2016
9 a.m.–3 p.m.
UT Dallas Campus
Register

University of Houston
Students interested in University of Houston may join UH for Cougar Preview — our largest open house for future studentsSaturday, Nov. 19, 2016 or Saturday, April 1, 2017!

These are great times for students to get a preview of the UH experience! Students may register at #UHCougarPreview, students will be able to:
  • See the 667-acre campus, including a sneak peek of the residence halls
  • Learn about the admission requirements, academic programs and campus life
  • Interact with faculty, staff and current students
  • Experience what it's like to be a Houston Cougar
Visit uh.edu/cougarpreview for more information.


Texas A&M University Engineering
The Texas A&M Society of Women Engineers presents, Texas A&M University Finding Engineering. This event will be held January 27, 2017-January 28, 2017. Registration is open from 10/10/16-11/19/2016. This opportunity is open to all Juniors and Seniors interested in engineering and other STEM majors. Contact hsc@swetamu.org or find more information at www.swetamu.com/high-school-conference.
Financial Aid
Students may begin applying for fafsa beginning October 1, 2016. If a student is planning on attending college in the 2017-2018 school year it is important to apply for fafsa as close to the October 1 opening date as possible. Please see the attached document under "important senior documents" entitled "2017-2018 Fafsa update" for more information.
Parents of Class of 2017
Please sign up to receive reminds from Mrs. Briggs regarding important events for your student's senior year. Text the message @k3e39 to 81010 or on your iphone or Android phone open your web browser and go to the following link rmd.at/k3e39 and follow the instructions to sign up.
Important Senior Documents (Updated 10/3)
Class Contacts
+ Briggs, Pat
+ Deckert, Jon
+ Graffagnino, Laurie
+ Jungen, Stephanie
+ Schexnaider, Kevin
+ Waguespack, Brian
+ Wueller, Kelley
Click on name to see details.

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