CARS - College Access Resource & Success Center




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.

The 2014 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.  “My ultimate goal is to serve this great nation—a nation that has given my family a fighting chance in this world. The road ahead may be smooth or it may be bumpy, but one thing is for certain - I know that I will do my best to reflect upon my community with honor.”  Ralph Verde (10/24/1988 – 10/28/2011) The application period begins on October 24, 2014 and ends on February 1, 2015.

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.

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 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 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

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.


College Recruitment Visits

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi West - Sept. 22 1st & 2nd period  Computer lab A319


West - Sept. 23 Computer lab D201

Texas Tech

West - Sept. 29 Time - TBA Computer Lab A319

Texas A&M -

West - October 14 Time - 1st period Computer Lab D201


Apply to College  

Are you wondering what you should be doing at this point of senior year? 
Every senior should create an Apply Texas account. 


On ApplyTexas you can accomplish a multitude of tasks including:

~ Apply for admission to any Texas public university, as well as to participating community and private colleges. ~ Copy a submitted application to another institution. ~ Apply for scholarships from participating universities. ~ Apply for housing with participating universities.


Wise Advice
from Mr. Owl

All students need to have an email address and you need to check it daily. If the only email address you have, is your student  VISD issued account, then please set up a free email.  You can use  or as the top choices.  
Be careful because some email providers tend to carry viruses more easily than others.  Gmail and Yahoo tend to be a bit safer.
If you picked out an email name and it isn't  professional sounding,
please consider changing it.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , for example, might have  sounded cute when you were younger, but you need something more professional. 
If possible, try to have your name in you email address.  

And finally, create a proper email signature. You can do  this through the settings feature in any email provider. Please put your first and last name so that the reader will know who the email came from.

College Entrance Exams & Placement Exams   
*Please READ*

If you are planning to go off to a 4-year university, you will need to take an SAT or ACT for your entrance exam. 
In 2013, the state of Texas put the TSI exam into place.  TSI is a placement exam that students must take before they enter college.  If you are going to a junior college, like Victoria College, you can take the TSI instead of the SAT or ACT.   Even if you plan to go to a 4-year university, some of them require the TSI.  Those 4-year schools use it as a placement exam, instead of an entrance exam. 
***If you plan to go to a 4-year university, visit the school's website and in their search bar just enter TSI and then enter.  You can read about their specific requirements.*** 
It is better to take all of these exams sooner, rather than later!
To sign up for the SAT,
click here!
To sign up for the ACT,
click here!
To sign up for the TSI,
click here!








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.