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~ College Planning Newsletter ~  

In this issue:

  • Christmas / Holiday Scholarships

  • Veteran military scholarship

  • College Recruiter Visits

  • CARS Center is on Twitter & Facebook



Do you want to get your hands on 56K in scholarship money?
Check out these holiday scholarship listings.
More scholarships...  
Fred J. Epstein Youth Achievement Award If you're a student under 19 with a documented learning disability or documented ADHD, your accomplishments in or outside of school could qualify you for the $1,000 award. Applications must be postmarked by December 15, 2014.  
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 30th, 2014
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.
Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship This is a merit-based program which means financial need is not considered. The selection of the winner is made by an independent panel of judges and is based primarily on the quality of the submitted personal statement. Past academic performance (e.g. grades and standardized test scores) are not considered. Applications are due on December 31, 2014.
GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program This annual program rewards up to 20 college-bound students with $10,000 renewable scholarships (up to $40,000 per recipient).  Like President Reagan, candidates  use the formative experiences of their youth to lead, serve, and pursue a life of progress, both individually and for their communities. Applications will be accepted online until January 8, 2015.
Texas Engineering Foundation 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 Deadline is January 9, 2015
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 deadline is January 15th.
Burger King McLamore Foundation Scholarship grants range from $1,000 to $50,000, and are intended to help students offset the cost of attending college or post-secondary vocational/technical school. Recipients are selected based on their grade point average, work experience, extracurricular activities and/or community service. The application period ends on Jan. 9, 2015.
Gates Millennium Scholars The goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential. Applications are due January 14th.
NEW*** U.S. Scholarship Program Students across the country work hard to earn top marks, dreaming of the college they'll attend and the education they'll receive. Unfortunately, many of these students won’t be able to afford it.  Ronald McDonald House Charities want to make that dream come true. Application deadline is January 20, 2015.
Wells Fargo - College STEPS 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. Drawings will take place - February 12, May 14, & August 27
The 2014-2015 RVF Scholarship Award Created in memory of Ralph Verde, student at Yale University, who died at age 22.!applyscholarship/c14f6 The application period ends on Feb. 15, 2015.
NEW***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 ends on Feb. 15, 2015.
NEW***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. Applications must be submitted by February 18, 2015.
Peter Pasula Study Habits Scholarship Write an essay to win this scholarship. Applications are due April 1st
NEW*** 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: Application must be submitted by April 30th.
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 S tate 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 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. 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 and find the scholarship located at the bottom of the page. The deadline for this application is June 1, 2015.






The Hazlewood Act is a State of Texas benefit that provides qualified Veterans, spouses, and dependent children with an education benefit of up to 150 hours of tuition exemption, including most fee charges, at public institutions of higher education in Texas. This does NOT include living expenses, books, or supply fees.

For more information on the Hazlewood Act or anything else related to Veteran's Affairs, contact the college you plan to attend.  Each college will have a Veteran's Affairs Department.  

Click here to read more here!


December 9th & 10th


Texas Lutheran University, Texas Tech University, and Texas A&M - Kingsville will be at VEHS and VWHS to visit with students.  Please sign up with Mr. Castillo (East) or Mrs. Slatter (West) so that you can attend.
In an effort to get our information to more people, we are going to start posting on Facebook and on Twitter.
Check our the CARS Center page!






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.




TEST         Reg.             Late Reg.
Date           Deadline      Deadline
Jan 24        Jan 9            Jan 13
Mar 14          Feb 27            Mar 3
May 2            Apr 17           Apr 21
June 6           May 22         May 27
TEST         Reg.             Late Reg.
Date           Deadline      Deadline
Feb 7         Jan 9          Jan 16
Apr 18        Mar 13         Apr 27
June 13      May 8          May 22  





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!    

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.