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VICTORIA COLLEGE EVENTS   February 2015 2015 Welding Rodeo Day 2015 Fire Academy Field Day
March 2015 2015 Pirate Preview Days

April 2015 2015 Nursing Field Day                      
                        
 


Seniors - Are you ready?

1.  Is your VISD email the only email you have?  Your VISD email will become inactive after graduation, so you need to go ahead and get a new one now.   Gmail, Yahoo, and Hotmail are a few choices out there for emails.  Try to make one that sounds professional, and possibly contains your name.   Example: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     Select a password that you will remember, possibly the same one you use for a different program you access regularly.

2.  Do you need to take a TSI exam? If you are attending college in Texas the answer is - maybe.  The best thing for you to do would be to contact the college or university that you plan to attend and ask to speak to an admissions officer.  Tell them that you are a senior and will be attending their institution in the fall, and you wanted to see if you needed to take the TSI exam.  Each college and university is different, so when in doubt, contact them.   If you do need to take the TSI, you can take it at Victoria College, if you would like.  To register for the TSI, please visit http://www.victoriacollege.edu/tsiassessment     You can also take the TSI at the college or university that you plan to attend.   3.  Have you logged into your college account?    All schools have some sort of system in which they use to get information to their students.   Victoria College had the Pirate Portal.  Texas A&M - Kingsville uses the Blue and Gold.  The important part is learn how to get into your account at the school you will attend.   For example, at Victoria College, and many other schools, they will let you know if you have qualified for financial aid via your account.  If you don't log-in, you might miss out on free money!  If you are not sure how to log-in to your account, contact the college or university and ask for assistance.  4.  Do you need a meningitis shot?   In the state of Texas, you must have a bacterial meningitis shot, in order to take classes at a college or university.   If you are up to date on your vaccines through your pediatrician, regular family doctor, the health department, etc. please contact them and see if you have already had the bacterial meningitis vaccination.   If you have, then ask for a copy of your shot records and turn that in your school.   If you haven't, then you need to get the shot, and then turn in proof of vaccination to the college or university.   If you need an exemption for personal / religious reasons, you need to contact the college or university to see what their policy is on that issue.

SCHOLARSHIP UPDATE

Local Scholarships

The time has arrived!  We are starting to get college scholarship applications for local organizations and groups.  Make sure that you are checking the newsletter when they arrive.
Frances Reuser Schneider Music Scholarship Open to students from Victoria County and six other surrounding counties. Must have applied and been accept to Texas State University to apply. Students must audition! For more information, call the Texas State University School of Music at (512) 245-2651 for more information. Audition dates are February 21st or March 7th.


Scholarships for Texas Residents There are 100s of scholarships to view.  http://www.cappex.com/scholarships/ByState/Texas/-s-s-TX/ Application deadlines vary 
NEW^^^^    Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Scholarships The 2014 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has many scholarships available.  Some require SAT/ACT Scores and some require that you must have completed the FAFSA.  Many of the scholarships are over $5000.  http://www.rodeohouston.com/Scholarships/ApplyforScholarships.aspx Application deadlines - Feb. 9, 13, 23, 27  (depending on which scholarships you apply for)


NEW^^^^    Nueces Electric Cooperative Scholarship is open to graduating seniors who is a dependent of an active Nueces Electric Cooperative member.  http://www.nueceselectric.org/communityService/education_programs/scholarship.aspx Applications must be submitted by February 13, 2015.


NEW^^^^   Alzheimer's Foundation of American - AFA Teens Do you have a loved one who has / had Alzheimer's Disease?   This scholarship is awarded based on an essay competition. First place will receive a $5000 scholarship and then there are many other cash awards!  For more information, please visit http://www.afateens.org/about_new.html The application period ends on Feb. 15, 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. http://www.jackierobinson.org/apply/general-applicants.php The application period ends on Feb. 15, 2015.


NEW^^^^        Smith-Hutson Scholarship Program This is open to student who have been accepted to Sam Houston State University. Must demonstrate financial need. http://smith-hutson.shsu.edu/


Shire ADHD Scholarship Applications from high school seniors, who have an ADHD diagnosis, are being accepted online or by mail. The scholarship not only means a $2,000 award, but also a full year of free access to an "ADHD Coach" who can help with your transition to college or with navigating campus life. http://www.shireadhdscholarship.com/US/default.aspx Applications must be submitted by February 18, 2015.


Victoria Electric Cooperative Scholarship Scholarship is open to graduating seniors who plan to attend an accredited college or technical school.  Parent or guardian must be a member of the Victoria Electric Cooperative to apply.   Application must be received by March 1, 2015. Paper application is available in the CARS Center Applications need to be mailed by February 24, 2015.


Buick Achievers Scholarship Program This scholarship is open to seniors who plan to attend a 4-year university and major in engineering, technology, design, or business, with an interest in the automotive industry.   http://www.buickachievers.com/ Application deadline is February 27, 2015.


NEW^^^^    State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarship The State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarship Program was established to provide financial assistance to high school seniors who plan to attend college, technical, or vocational school, but may not be able to meet the expenses of a higher education without such aid and often do not qualify for other scholarships.   https://www.scholarshipamerica.org/statefarmgoodneighborscholarship/ Application deadline is March 2, 2015


NEW^^^^   Frame My Future Scholarship Submit an original, digital creation showing how you frame your future for a chance to win a $1000 scholarship.   Samples provided on website.   http://www.diplomaframe.com/contests/frame-my-future-scholarship-contest-2015.aspx The application period ends on March 3, 2015.


NEW^^^^    Fred & Mary Koch Foundation Scholarship Scholarships is open to students who have a parent who works for Invista or any Koch-related company. http://www.fmkfoundation.org/scholarships.asp Deadline for application is March 4, 2015.


NEW^^^^    Victoria College Scholarship Fill out this one application to be in the running for ALL of the Victoria College scholarships.  There are 15 questions you must answer.  Write strong essay answers, be specific and give examples.  Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are considered when applications are evaluated. To apply, you have to have applied to VC and you must sign into your Pirate Portal.  If you have never signed into your Pirate Portal, please follow these steps.   Once you have logged into your portal, click on Financial Aid & Scholarships and then Scholarship Application.  If you need assistance, please see your CARS advisor for help. www.victoriacollege.edu Deadline to apply is March 5, 2015.


NEW^^^^    Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority Scholarship Program High school seniors who plan to enroll full-time at a 2 year or 4 year university for the 2015-16 school year.  The entire packet must be at the GBRA Office in Seguin by close of business on March 5th.  There are several steps to this scholarship, so don't wait until the last minute to get this finished. You may print out the rules and application www.gbra.org Application deadline is March 5, 2015


Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program Each year, Kohl’s recognizes and rewards young volunteers across the country for their amazing contributions to their communities.  Students must be between the ages of 6 and 18 (as of March 15, 2013) and not yet a high school graduate.  For more information or questions contact Scholarship America Customer Service at (319) 688-4336 or kohl’This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
http://www.kohlscorporation.com/CommunityRelations/scholarship/index.asp Application deadline is March 13, 2015. 


*F.W. Gross Alumni Scholarship For graduating seniors who plan on attending a two or four year college.  Applicant must be a descendant of a former student or graduate of The Victoria Colored School or F.W. Gross High School. Paper applications are available in the CARS Center. Due date March 18, 2015.


*La Camara De Comercio - Victoria Scholarship The La Camara Scholarship Program will award (3) $1000 scholarships and (4) $500 scholarships to seniors. You must be a senior, planning to attend college, have a 95% attendance rate, graduate without a criminal record, be a U.S. citizen or legal resident, and reside in 7 county area. Applications are open to students in Victoria, Bloomington, Pt. Lavaca, Edna, Cuero, Yorktown, and Goliad.  This scholarship is geared towards students who have overcome large obstacles in their life. Paper applications are available in the CARS Center Applications are due by March 20th.


*Victoria Tennis Association These two $500 scholarships are awarded to two area graduating seniors involved in tennis.  Paper applications are available in the CARS Center Application is due March 24, 2015.


*The Justin Forrest Cox "Beat the Odds" Endowed Memorial Scholarship Open to high school students who have “beat the odds” by overcoming significant personal difficulties to graduate high school.  Paper applications are available in the CARS Center Applications are due by March 31st.


*Civilian Police Academy Alumni Association Applicants must be from Victoria County and be planning to study criminal justice or be the son or daughter of an employee of the Victoria Police Department or Victoria County Sheriff’s Office. Paper applications are available in the CARS Center Deadline is April 1, 2015


Peter Pasula Study Habits Scholarship Write an essay to win this scholarship. http://www.mortgagebrokerscoquitlam.com/mortgagebrokerscoquitlam.php Applications are due April 1st


*Victoria Texas - A&M Club Have you been accepted to Texas A&M - College Station?  If so, this scholarship is for you!  Paper applications are available in the CARS Center Due date April 3, 2015.


NEW^^^^    Texas Dove Hunters Association Scholarship Students must be graduating for a Texas high school and pursuing a degree at an accredited university or college.  They must be a hunting enthusiast and support the preservation of hunting and have a valid hunting license. http://texasdovehunters.com/scholarshipprogram Deadline is April 2, 2015


NEW^^^^    Don't Mess with Texas Scholarship This scholarship is open to all 2014 graduating seniors.  The amount of the scholarship is $1,000 and the student will receive a $500 scholarship for two semesters. http://www.dontmesswithtexas.org/education/scholarship.php Application deadline is April 4, 2015.


*Deleon Club of Victoria This scholarship is open to all 2015 graduating seniors.  The amount of the scholarship is $1,000 and the student will receive a $500 scholarship for two semesters. Paper applications are available in the CARS Center Applications are due April 10, 2015.


* Society of Petroleum Engineers Scholarship Applicant must be going into Petroleum engineering or related field.  Must include an official transcript, letter of recommendation, and test scores. Paper applications are available in the CARS Center Deadline is April 15, 2014


*Lynn Hamm Crow Memorial Scholarship For all students attending college in the fall.  Must have a 2.5 GPA Paper applications are available in the CARS Center Deadline is April 15, 2015


*James Bader Scholarship This Texas Public Works Association scholarship honors Mr. James Bader.   Eligible degree areas are Engineering, Public Administration, Chemistry, Biology, Geology, Business Management, Business Finance, Computer Technology and other public service careers.  *Must be the child or grandchild of an American Public Works Association active/former member* Paper applications are available in the CARS Center. Deadline is April 15, 2015


Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Scholarship The Navy Reserve Officers Training Program (NROTC) is a multi-year program that runs concurrently with a student’s normal college or university educational course of study. Check out the scholarship criteria at this link: http://www.nrotc.navy.mil/scholarships.aspx Application must be submitted by April 30th.


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. http://ebm.collegesteps.wellsfargoemail.com/r/regf2?a=0&aid=2092274041&n=1 Four drawings will take place -  May 15 & August 28


TILF—Texas Interscholastic League Foundation – Scholarship Opportunities For participants in the UIL Academic State Meet & Outstanding TSSEC Soloists. Must have competed at the UIL Academic State Meet any year of their high school career (CX debaters must have advanced to the second day of competition) OR must be a TSSEC Outstanding Soloist OR must be a state finalist in the Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition or the Latino History Essay Competition www.tilf.uiltexas.org Complete the online application between March 1 and May 31, 2015


Aspiring Animation Professional Scholarship Program This will be $1,000 scholarship awarded to students that are interested in pursuing an animation career path at an accredited post-secondary school or college. If possible, please include a reference to our scholarship program on your scholarship page. http://www.animationcareerreview.com/animationcareerreviewcom-aspiring-animation-professional-scholarship-program Applications are due June 1st.


Aspiring Fashion Professional Scholarship This is a $1,000 scholarship that will be awarded to students that are interested in pursuing a fashion degree at an accredited post-secondary school or college. Interested students can visit this link http://www.fashion-schools.org/ and find the scholarship located at the bottom of the page. http://www.fashion-schools.org/ The deadline for this application is June 1, 2015.

                        
                                                                 

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)  


The FAFSA is the government form to determine if you qualify for grants and / or loans through the Federal government.  Most colleges encourage students to fill out the FAFSA, whether you think you will get it or not.  For many scholarships, just filling out the FAFSA may be a requirement.
If you plan to start college in Fall 2015, click here to fill out your FAFSA.
 

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