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~ College Planning Newsletter ~  

 College Days & Attendance

Each senior is allowed two days that they can use as College Days.  In order for the absence to be counted as a "college day" the student must bring back a letter, from someone at the college that was visited, stating when they were there.  The letter must be on a piece of paper with the college letterhead on it.  Make sure that the letter is given to the attendance office the day you return to school.  

College Navigator can help YOU find the right college.
Search by 2 year, 4 year, public, private, type of programs offered and location.  You can also search for colleges by distance from a particular zip code.    Example:  Do you want to go off to college but know that you want to be within 2 hours of home?  Enter your zip code and search a 100 mile radius. 
Research and learn! Check it out!  College Navigator


On ApplyTexas you can:

~ Apply for admission to any Texas public university, as well as to participating private universities. ~ Apply for scholarships from participating universities. ~ Apply for housing with participating universities.

The ASVAB is an aptitude test developed and governed by the U. S. Department of Defense. The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, or ASVAB, serves as a career exploration tool in addition to identifying military aptitude.  The test is open to 10th, 11th, and 12th graders who have an interest in one day joining the military.
The ASVAB, at VICTORIA EAST, will be given on November 7, 2014 in the library starting at 12:30.  Sign up with Mrs. Karen Groenhuyzen in the 2nd floor counselor's office.
The ASVAB, at VICTORIA WEST, will be given on November 13, 2014 at 8:35 am in the third floor computer lab.   Sign up with Mrs. Lupe Strauss in D203.  
Thank you so much.

We want to recognize your next step on your educational journey. When you get a college acceptance letter, please take a copy to the CARS Center so that your name will go on the Wall of Recognition. We will also have an area for those who are enlisting into the military or taking another path. Let us share your success with everyone! Who will have the most by the end of October - EAST or WEST?  




Most local / area scholarships are not available until the spring semester.  For current scholarships, you need to visit some scholarships site and start looking! 
You can create free accounts on some of the most common scholarship websites:

Apply for everything that applies to you - even if you don't think you stand a chance!!!
Hint: If you have any sort of medical issue, try searching that + college scholarship.  Example:  asthma college scholarships.   If your parent(s) have any sort of medical issue, search that + college scholarships.  Example: parent had cancer college scholarship.   It doesn't even have to be medical, so think outside the box.  Are you from a single-parent household, were you adopted, are you left-handed, very short or very tall? There is a scholarship for just about anything you can think of.  Happy hunting!  

Check out these college events: 

Monday at TCU -- Texas Christian University has Monday at TCU for students. You can take a campus tour, residence hall tour, and then enjoy breakfast and lunch during a Mondayat TCU. To reserve your spot please go to Please make your reservation at least 3 weeks in advance.
Texas Tech -  will host several application workshops in Austin and San Antonio for families that are interested in becoming a Red Raider.  
Fall UTSA Day -- University of Texas at San Antonio will hold its Fall UTSA Day on October 18, 2014. This day is a perfect opportunity to see what it's like to be a Roadrunner. For more information and to register visit
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi - will host Island Day on October 18, 2014 or November 1, 2014.  Take this chance to check out the beautiful campus and see what being an Islander is all about.  Register soon.  Note: there is a $10 per person fee, which includes lunch and program materials. To register, please visit
Victoria College - Pirate Preview Day will take place on Tuesday, October 21st from 9am to 2pm.  You will tour the campus, learn about financial aid, various programs offered, and everything VC.  To sign up, please email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view VC.  In your email, include your name, phone number, mailing address, what high school you attend, and what you might want to major in. 
TLU Dogs Day Preview Day - Texas Lutheran University (Seguin) - come explore life as a TLU student  on Saturday, November 8th.  Tour the campus, learn about financial aid, all things TLU.
St. Edward's University - Senior Visit Day. This event, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 is designed specifically for high school seniors and their parents! Spend the day touring campus and the residence halls, learning about the admission process and meeting members of our community. Reservations are required, and space is limited. Open to seniors only. Reservations open Oct. 1.
Sam Houston State University - will host their Saturdays@SAM on November 15, 2014.  Tour the campus, learn more about the various degrees offered, and learn all about the services offered.  To register, please visit.
Stephen F. Austin State University - will host their Showcase Saturday on November 15, 2014.  Learn what life as a SFA Lumberjack would be like for you!  No RSVP is required.  To learn about the day, please visit
University of Houston - Victoria will host their Jaguar Day on November 15, January 31, 2015 or February 28, 2015.  Learn more about the University of Houston - Victoria and what it has to offer.
Texas A&M - College Station – will hold a Freshman Information Day on Monday, November 24th

Wise Advice from Mr. Owl

Social Media Can Affect College Admissions

Six Tips to Clean up Your Social Media Profile

Easy steps to follow
1.  Google Yourself to see what shows up 2.  Use
WebMii to see your social media score 3.  Delete pictures that may not put you in the best light 4.  Untag yourself
Colleges and Universities are using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Flikr to make decisions between applicants. 

Start posting positive activities!  


2014-2015 Compendium of Texas Colleges and Financial Aid Calendar

This Compendium contains a list of colleges and universities in the State of Texas, admission requirements, total expenses for an academic year, financial aid data and related information, helpful hints to the college bound, together with a Calendar of various scholarship deadlines arranged by months.




Myth:  I should wait until I get the best SAT or ACT score before I send in my scores. Fact:  Send in every test you take.  Admission offices just file away electronic copies of your scores and don't even look at them until an application comes in. 
Myth:  Someone told me that it's bad to take too many SAT or ACT exams. Fact:  Take as many as you need to get the score you need for the college of your choice.  Colleges and universities want to see improvement in scores.
Myth:  I need to wait to apply until my test scores come in. Fact:  Apply now!  Your scores and transcript needs to be sent, but you are not on the radar of a college until your application is processed!

Top Ten Myths About College Applications




Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway Tell us your one of a kind story and how you plan to make an impact on the world for your chance to compete to win up to $100,000 in tuition. The deadlines are October 20th & January 12th.  
Horatio Alger Scholarship To be eligible to apply for the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs, applicants must be enrolled full-time as a high school senior in the United States, progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2015 with plans to enter a college. Application deadline is October 25th.  
Coca-Cola Scholars The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors each year. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. The application deadline is October 31st.  
The Voice of Democracy Scholarship Want to win $30,000 for college?  This patriotic opportunity is just around the corner and the top prize is the $30,000 although there are various levels of money awards.  Application and submission deadline is November 1, 2014.  
The 2014 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards The program's goals are to applaud young people who already are making a positive difference in their towns and neighborhoods, and to inspire others to think about how they might contribute to their communities. Over the past 18 years, more than 345,000 young Americans have participated in the program, and more than 100,000 of them have been officially recognized for their volunteer efforts. The deadline is November 4th.  
Wells Fargo - CollegeSTEPS Whether you're planning for college or already there, sign up for the CollegeSTEPS Program today and get tools, tips, and a chance to win $1,000.  Four drawings will take place - November 20, February 12, May 14, & August 27  
Intel Science Talent Search Since 1998, Intel has sponsored the Intel Science Talent Search, a national competition designed to recognize student achievement and research and inspire innovation in science, technology, engineering, and math. Intel STS alumni have achieved some of the world’s most prestigious honors: Eleven have won MacArthur Foundation “Genius” grants, six have won the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology, and seven have won the Nobel Prize. The application deadline is November 5th.  
Youth Volunteer Scholarship Award To be eligible for the Youth Volunteer Scholarship Award a student must have completed a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer work over the past 2 years, and have maintained a GPA of 3.5 or greater. Application deadline is November 29th  
NEW   Education Matters Scholarship As a scholarship seeker, you’re probably already well-aware of the importance of an education. But, what about the naysayers? Have you come across someone who’s tried to talk you out of college, saying that it’s not worth it? Speaking up for education could lead to helping you pay for your own. One applicant will be awarded our $5,000 Education Matters scholarship. Application deadline is November 30th  
NEW    Texas Exes Scholarships Are you hoping to get into the University of Texas - Austin?  If so, then you need to check out the variety of scholarships available through the Texas Exes organization.  Are you a top notch student, who has been very involved in school and extracurricular activities?  If so, the Forty Acres Scholars Program could help you earn a full-ride, merit-based scholarship!!!!    All of the Texas Exes scholarships can be accessed through the same site.  Application deadline is December 1st and applicants can apply even if they have not yet been admitted to the University.  
American Society of Safety Engineers The ASSE Foundation exists to provide programs that advance the safety profession. We exist because safety matters - for workers, for families, and for the future of our world. Our awards are for students majoring in occupational safety, health, and the environment. Deadline for submitting the application is December 1, 2014 by 11:30 p.m.  
Odenza Marketing Group Volunteer Scholarship A student must have contributed at least 50 hours of volunteer (non-paid) service within his/her community over the last 12 months. Please ensure that you have completed this amount of hours and that a person within the organization(s) is willing to confirm that you have volunteered this amount of time. Applications are due on December 30  
Texas Match the Promise Foundation In a state where opportunities and possibilities fuel ambitions and big dreams, the Texas Match the Promise FoundationSM encourages families to save for college by offering matching scholarships and tuition grants to participants in the Texas Tuition Promise Fund® — the state’s prepaid college tuition plan.  Applications are due on December 31.  
NEW   Texas Engineering Foundation Scholarship Open to seniors who plan to pursue an engineering, or related, field.  Must have a 3.0 GPA or higher upon entering college in the fall of 2015.  Must have scored at least a 600 in math, 550 in reading, and 500 in writing on the SAT.  If a student took the ACT, they must have at least a 29 on the math section and a 25 on the English section.  Senior must be planning to attend an accredited ABET school (click link to search for schools that qualify).  Provide completed scholarship application with all required attachments by January 9, 2015.   ***Paper application available in the CARS Center***  
Gates Millennium Scholars The Gates Millennium Scholars Program, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, awards scholarships to minority students who are eligible to receive Federal Pell Grants and have achieved academic excellence in high school. The scholarship helps students cover the portion of their college costs not funded by other grant and scholarship awards. Scholarship applicants must be nominated by an educator familiar with their academic backgrounds. Applications are due January 14th.  
Dell Scholars Program This is a program that looks beyond academic performance and grades. You don’t need the highest grades to apply. It rewards your determination to achieve great things through higher education. Unlike many other college scholarships, the Dell Scholars Program recognizes academic potential and determination in students that have a definite need for financial assistance. Applications open on November 1st and the deadline is January 15th.  
The 2014-2015 RVF Scholarship Award Application Created in memory of 22-year-old Ralph Verde who died of a brain tumor while finishing college at Yale University.  The application period begins on October 24 and ends on February 1, 2015.  
The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship An applicant must be a graduating, minority high school senior who will attend an accredited and approved four–year institution within the United States.  You must show leadership potential; demonstrate a dedication to community service; and present evidence of financial need. The students must be a United States citizen.  You must have received a minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading sections or a composite ACT score of 21. The application period begins on Nov. 1, 2014 and ends on Feb. 15, 2015.
The Victoria Independent School District does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, or age for admission, treatment, or participation in its educational programs, services and activities, or employment.
El distrito escolar de Victoria no discrimina contra ninguna persona por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, discapacidad o edad de admisión, tratamiento, o la participación en los programas educativos, servicios y actividades, o empleo.