VMHS College & Career Center

Weekly Update Vol. 15


We can't believe how fast this semester is going! Be on the lookout for future updates from the VMHS College & Career Center. It is our mission to serve our students and community to the best of our abilities. Please scroll all the way down to see all that the College & Career Centers have to offer and any upcoming events and deadlines.

Click HERE to see our calendar.

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Paying for College: FAFSA

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Testing Coming Up

April ASVAB Testing

Thursday, April 22nd, 8:30am

7618 Evans Road

San Antonio, TX

Testing is IN-PERSON and virtual testing is NOT available.

To sign up, go to https://forms.gle/mHJKKYc3MjH1ZGEX9

**Keep scrolling to find study materials located further down in the newsletter.**

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Finishing Up Alamo College Applications

Send TSI Score Reports for Alamo Colleges

Please be sure to submit a Cross Institutional Form to have your TSI Scores sent to Palo Alto College, St. Philip's College, San Antonio College, Northwest Vista College, or Northeast Lakeview College.

To send your TSI scores, please select your school from below:

Planning on Getting a Job? Here Are Some Tips to Help You Get Hired

How to Write a Resume That Will Get You Hired

Another Great Way to Make a Resume...Use Your SchooLinks Profile!

Schoolinks Profile Demonstration

Looking for a Job?

Burlington off of Evans Rd and 1604 is hiring (see below). Must be 16 years old to apply.

Rudy's in Selma is hiring (see below). Starting at $15 an hour.

The manager from Whataburger on Nacogdoches and 1604 said she is looking for evening and weekend help if you are currently looking for a part-time job.

Raising Canes on Pat Booker is hiring.

Whataburger on Pat Booker is hiring.

Know of another place that is hiring? Let us know...email Ms. Hodges at jhodges@judsonisd.org

How to Dress for a Job Interview

Career Planning

Lesson 3: Steps 1 & 2 to Career Success
4 Skills & 4 Steps to a Successful Career

VMHS CTE Program Highlight

Alamo Academies Aerospace

Freshman, are you still looking for that program that might be the right fit for you? Check out the Alamo Academies' Aerospace Academy.

The only time students are eligible to apply for this program is during their 10th-grade year! So start planning NOW!

The Alamo Academies is a competitive dual credit program where students attend college classes at St. Philip's College or San Antonio College during the 1st and 2nd periods.

To qualify, students must complete an application during their 10th-grade year and meet college readiness on TSI.

The aerospace industry is in high demand in San Antonio. If you would like to learn more about working as an airframe and powerplant technician, aircraft electrician, aircraft avionics technician, or aircraft fuel systems technician, the Aerospace Academy may be right for you.

The Alamo Academies program is accredited by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and can help you earn FAA’s Airframe and Powerplant license. You’ll receive comprehensive training and become well-versed in the manufacturing and repair of small airplanes and jumbo jets.

After graduation, you may enter the aerospace industry and earn anywhere from $10 to $15 an hour. Or students can choose to continue studying aerospace-related majors at a four-year school.

Click here for more information on the Aerospace Academy curriculum.

You Could be Next

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Is It Possible? Highlighting Alyssa Carson

Since she was three years old, Alyssa wanted to fulfill her dream of being an astronaut. Alyssa is in the 7th grade at Baton Rouge International School, where she studies all her subjects in 4 different languages. On October 9, 2013 she became the first person to complete the NASA Passport Program, going to all 14 NASA Visitor Centers in the US. She has appeared in several tv shows, been written up in numerous newspapers and magazines. Alyssa wants to be one of the first humans on Mars.

About Alyssa

At her young age, Alyssa already has a quite impressive list of accomplishments, including:

  • Attend Space Camp 7 times, Space Academy 3 times and Robotics Academy 1 time
  • Be the first person to complete all the NASA Space Camps in the world, including Space Camp Turkey and Space Camp Canada
  • Witness 3 Space Shuttle launches
  • Attend Sally Ride Camp at MIT, and three Sally Ride Day camps
  • Speak several foreign languages: Spanish, French, Chinese and some Turkish
  • Deliver motivational speeches to other children

Hello, my name is Alyssa Carson and at the age of 3 I wanted to fulfill my dream of being an astronaut. I hope to be the first or one of the first on Mars. I would love to go to Mars because it is a planet that no one has been before. It’s about the same size as the Earth and there are ice caps at the top and bottom of Mars. That means there is water on Mars. This could possibly be our next Earth. Just think about all the things that are in Space. For example: planets we have never explored, galaxies that we have never heard of, stars that are just babies, black holes that are as wide as the Sun to Pluto multiple times and has the mass of a billion suns, parts of the universe that we have never seen. Just think of all that stuff just floating around. It’s more than you can imagine.


From a Childhood Dream to The First Person On Mars | Alyssa Carson | TEDxKlagenfurt

NASA High School Programs

High School Opportunities

The Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) is an interactive on-line science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning experience, highlighted by a six-day residential summer academy at NASA Langley.

NASA Langley sponsored program For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) challenging students to solve engineering problems in regional competition.

Governor’s School Engineering Mentorships available with NASA Langley Engineers.

NASA Internships and Fellowships offers paid internships to High School students over the summer semester.

Other NASA opportunities may be available via your State's Space Grant Consortium. Find your state and review their opportunities to get involved.

Current students over the age of 16 are eligible to apply to the NASA Langley Student Volunteer Program.

Career Focus: Automotive

Universal Technical Institute (UTI) Houston, TX, Automotive Instructor Mark Jenkins on Teaching

Auto Diesel Technology at Universal Technical Institute

UTI’s programs were designed for the hands-on learner looking for an accelerated path to preparing for a career. Programs begin every 3 to 6 weeks, and you could be ready to go into the professional workforce in just under a year.

Our curriculum focuses on what the industry says matters most. At UTI, you’ll learn skills directly related to the job, providing you with a strong foundation of knowledge you can build upon. You won’t be spending all of your time in a lecture. Instead, you’ll learn in dynamic classroom and lab environments and have the opportunity to work with the same tools and technologies used in the field. UTI’s campus experience is anything but boring!

Day in the Life: UTI Automotive & Diesel Tech Student Britton Bowen - Universal Technical Institute


Every year, millions of high school students face the decision of where to continue their education after graduating, if they choose to do so. If you’ve considered attending a trade school, you’ve probably wondered, “Is learning a trade better than college?” When it comes to comparing college and trade school, there are some key differences to keep in mind.

Traditional four-year colleges and universities typically lead to a bachelor’s degree upon graduation. College students will often spend their first two years completing prerequisite courses such as math, history, science and English before moving on to the curriculum specific to their major.

Trade schools, on the other hand, typically offer programs that can be completed in one year or even less. The goal of these schools is to provide students with job-specific knowledge and skills that allow them to gain expertise in the industry and their specialized field. Classes offered at trade schools are often smaller in size and provide a hands-on environment where students can learn and apply their knowledge.

When it comes to choosing between traditional college and a trade school, it’s important to make the right decision for you. There are several factors to consider, including cost, time, specialization and type of learning style the school caters to. If you’re a hands-on learner and want to acquire career-specific knowledge, attending a trade school may be the route to take!

College Information Sessions

UT Austin-VMHS Virtual Night


Join our fantastic admissions representative, Sam Torres, for a presentation and overview of the admissions process, financial aid process, and college life at The University of Texas at Austin. This presentation was created just for our Veterans Memorial Students.


Amherst, Bowdoin, Carleton, Pomona, Swarthmore, and Williams University Sessions

We're hosting two events for juniors and their families to help answer questions about the college search process

  • Junior Jumpstart - April 20 at 8 pm EDT or April 22 at 8 pm EDT
  • Navigating and Belonging: A Special Session for First-Generation and Low-Income Students - May 24 at 8 pm EDT or May 26 at 8 pm EDT

Scholarship for Ages 14 - 19

We the Students Scholarship Essay Contest

Deadline: April 15, 2021

The essay prompt this year is: What is the relationship between equality and justice?


The Contest is open to all United States citizens or legal residents who are students who are no older than 19 and no younger than 14 as of the end of the Contest Period who (1) attend school in the United States, one of its territories or districts, or an American Armed Forces School Abroad, and (2) who are in grades 8 -12 attending public, private, religious, or charter schools, or (3) are enrolled in a GED or correspondence school program, or (4) are attending a home school program.

Submission Guidelines

Each submission must adhere to the topics and should fully answer the question and all sub-parts. Each submission must adhere to the word limits for each question (between 500 and 800 words), and must be submitted by 11:59 pm PT on April 15, 2021. Only online submissions will be accepted for the contest. Only one essay per student will be accepted.

The sixteen student winners will receive a total of $20,000 in scholarship prizes. More details including rules and regulations can be found on the website.

It's Acceptance Season!

Seniors: Acceptance and Award Letters


It is time to start wrapping up your senior year! As you receive acceptance letters and financial aid award letters, please be sure to upload them into Schoolinks. Schoolinks is located in your JISD student portal. The video tutorial below will help guide you and give you directions for the uploads.

College Application Manager for Students

More Upcoming College Events

Texan Tour

Tarleton State University is hosting four campus preview days this spring semester. Students will be able to speak with faculty and staff from academic departments, admissions, housing, financial aid, and scholarships. They will also have the opportunity to take a campus tour, view housing showrooms, and explore our Honors College, Corps of Cadets, and ROTC programs. Space is limited so students are encouraged to register early! Visit their website for more Texan Tour info.

Texan Tour Dates:

· April 9, 2021

· April 10, 2021

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Texas Tech Virtual Visits


Come join us for our Virtual Techsan Experience. This event will allow you to experience a live tour around campus, visiting some of Texas Tech's most famous spots! This tour will include visiting Jones AT&T Stadium, United Supermarkets Arena, Student Union Building, and much more! We will review how to apply to Texas Tech University and what you can do in preparation for your application to open.

Sunday, April 18, 2021
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. CST
All sessions are hosted virtually using Zoom

Register Here (Links to an external site.)

For questions about this event, contact the Visitors Center at 806.742.1299 or visitors@ttu.edu.

UTSA ISD Saturdays

Join us for ISD Saturdays, a special series for San Antonio-area students to explore what UTSA has to offer. Students will meet their admissions counselors, learn about UTSA's academic programs and student life, and build a plan for their Bold Futures.

Each one-hour virtual session will focus on the following topics:

  • May 1 – Navigating UTSA: Completing your Enrollment Checklist

We are also excited to announce some big giveaways! If students attend all three sessions, they will be entered for a chance to win a $1000.00 scholarship or a $200.00 HEB gift card.

Please share this with your students, and feel free to sign up for the event as well! We look forward to seeing prospective Roadrunners and our favorite high school counselors!

Visit: https://future.utsa.edu/satx/ to learn more and to register for the event! We also have some great virtual backgrounds for your ISD!

Need Transcripts? Click the Link Below


Click here to order a transcript

quick bytes: How to Create an Account in Parchment Transcript Services for High School Students.
quick bytes: How to Order a Transcript, Higher Ed & K12 Students Fall 2020


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Applying for Colleges & Universities in Texas Using ApplyTexas

ApplyTexas College Connections NLC

TSI Testing

What Is the TSI Assessment?

The TSI Assessment (TSIA) is part of the Texas Success Initiative program designed to help your college or university determine if you are ready for college-level course work in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. If you are an incoming college student in Texas, you are required to take the TSI Assessment - unless you are already exempt (read below) - to determine your readiness for college-level work. Based on how you perform, you may either be enrolled in a college-level course and/or be placed in the appropriate developmental course or intervention to improve your skills and prepare you for success in college-level courses.

Who Needs to Take TSI at VMHS?

  • Students preparing to take a dual credit class in the 2021-2022 school year
  • Students applying for an Alamo Academy dual credit program in the 2021-2022 school year
  • Seniors planning to take college courses*

*TSI is required in the state of Texas. Students can be exempt through meeting benchmark scores on SAT or ACT.

CLICK HERE to Register

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SENIORS, Please Fill out the FAFSA Survey below if you have not already done so

Paying for Your College Education

Please Fill Out the FAFSA Survey Below:

Mexican American Bar Association 2021 College Scholarship Award

Deadline: April 2, 2021

Every year MABA-SA awards several thousand dollars to deserving San Antonio area high school seniors. The MABA-SA scholarship fund seeks to aid qualified students who are pursuing a post-high school education, college as well as trade school. This year MABA-SA will be selecting twenty (20) individuals to receive a $1,500 scholarship.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS - A successful applicant must:
1. Complete a MABA-SA Scholarship Application.
2. Submit an exceptional personal statement.
3. Provide a copy of transcript of grades through December 2020.
4. Provide a copy of their best SAT/ACT scores. If, and only if, the student was not able to take
the SAT or ACT in 2020, the student must submit a copy of their PSAT score taken during their
Junior Year in high school.
5. Provide a letter of recommendation from a high school official (teacher, coach, principal, counselor).
6. If any community service work has been performed, you may indicate such service by
attaching a resume.
7. If selected to receive scholarship, please make arrangements to attend the Scholarship
Awards Ceremony on May 13, 2021. Recipients will be notified within one week of the
ceremony and the location and details will provided at that time.

QUALIFICATIONS - A successful applicant must:
1. Have at least a 3.0 grade point average.
2. Be a high school senior currently enrolled in an accredited secondary school.

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Alamo Colleges Foundation Scholarships

There are scholarships available through the Alamo Colleges Foundation along with resources to help you develop a strong application and information to help with the submission process.

Also, connect with the Alamo Colleges Foundation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to engage with other students who benefit from Alamo Colleges Scholarships.

Applying for Foundation Scholarships

2021-2022 Scholarship Application

Application Opens: Jan. 4, 2021 at 8 a.m.

Priority Application Deadline: April 5, 2021
Final Application Deadline: Sept. 5, 2021

Submit an Application (Links to an external site.)

Scholarship recipient selections begin after the Priority Application Deadline and continue throughout the academic year. Students selected to receive a scholarship are notified by email.

Scholarship Application

Only one application is considered per academic year. If you submitted a scholarship application, you must apply again to be considered for next academic year scholarships.

Once you submit your application, you will be given an application number. Make sure to write down your application number. This number confirms your application was submitted

Many scholarships require financial need. Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov (Links to an external site.) as soon as possible, since it takes a few weeks before receipt by the Alamo Colleges District.

2021 Randall P. Palmer Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: April 12, 2021

The purpose of the Randall P. Palmer III Scholarship Fund is to provide scholarships to deserving high school graduating seniors intending to pursue a course of study at an educational institution of higher learning. The scholarship award is based on financial need, one's display of high scholastic achievement, participation in community/service-based activities, and a demonstrated ability toward leadership.

• Must be a graduating high school senior (2020-2021 school year)
• 3.0 Minimum GPA overall or progression towards un-weighted GPA of 4.00 over the course of four semesters (For the most recent completed cumulative GPA period in 2020
- 2021)
• Must show financial need
• Must demonstrate community involvement

• Completed Application (preferably typed)

• Official high school transcript. All transcripts must be submitted using the grading
policy/GPA scale currently used by their school; additionally, ACT/SAT scores

• Acceptance letter from college/university (copy must be enclosed with application)

• Two Letters of Recommendation (LOR) from a high school teacher, counselor, social
worker, religious official or school principal. The LORs must include your potential to be successful in college; and have two contact numbers, e-mail address, and full name.

• Personal Statement must be typed, Times New Roman style, font size 12, double spaced.
The statement should address the following:
o A brief biography about yourself
o A description of your scholastic and career ambitions
o A description of your involvement in current extra-curricular and community
service activities.
o (Optional) Please submit no more than 3 action photos and a graduation photo for inclusion into our Gala presentation and social media platform.

Review It Scholarship

Dr. Gabriel and Christine Chiu are active philanthropists who avidly support a variety of organizations such as: Children Mending Hearts, Cedars Sinai, the American Red Cross, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, John Wayne Cancer Institute, Children's Action Network, GenArt, AVIVA, Project Angel Food, Center Dance Arts, Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Obesity, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Help for Orphans, the American Red Cross, P.S. Arts, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Art of Elysium, Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis, Children's Action Network and the Music Center.

Student Eligibility

To be eligible for the Dr. Gabriel and Christine Chiu “Review It” Scholarship a student must:

1) Be attending college or university no later than September of 2021.

2) Have achieved a GPA of 2.5 or greater during their last academic year.

3) Be attending or planning to attend a school in the US.

4) Submit answers to the essay questions no later than 11:59 PM EST on the day of the deadline.

GO TO APPLICATION: (Links to an external site.)https://chiubeverlyhillsreviews.com/reviews.php (Links to an external site.)

https://chiubeverlyhillsreviews.com/images/plasticsurgery/chiu-beverly-hills-reviews-poster.pdf (Links to an external site.)

April Scholarship Due Dates

1st-American Fire Sprinkler Assoc. www.afsascholarship.org/

1st-Heavy Equipment Parts Express excavatorpartsalabama.com/dozer
1st-Julie L. Jumamil Memorial 1-apr-julie_jumamil_memorial.pdf
1st-Myrna D. Schlegel Award www.dallasfoundation.org/scholarship-listing.aspx
1st-Sanders Hand www.sandershand.org/scholarships
1st-SA Professional Firefighters Assoc. http://www.saffbenevolentfund.org/scholarship
Deadline TBA-MABA Mexican American Bar Assoc. www.maba-sa.org/scholarships
2nd-1000 Dreams Fund www.growyourgiving.org/scholarships/1000-dreams-scholarship-fund

6th-Alamo Colleges Foundation
6th-National High School Essay Contest
15th-American Legion Legacy bit.ly/3br89HD
15th-Drs. Eric & Michelle Miller 15-apr-drs._eric___michelle_miller.pdf
15th-Exxon Mobile/LNESC (Hispanic) bit.ly/2OLO31b
15th-HomeLight www.homelight.com/scholarship/
15th-Monthly Varsity Tutors College www.varsitytutors.com/college-scholarship
15th-Nat. Defense Trans. Assoc. Found. www.ndtahq.com/about-us/education/
15th-Les Dames d'Escoffier bit.ly/2OJxwL4
15th-Scott & Kim Verplank (Type 1 Diabetes) verplankfoundation.com/scholarships/
15th-ThanksUSA www.thanksusa.org/apply.html
15th-Women In Technology www.buildium.com/women-in-technology-scholarship/
16th-HireAHelper www.hireahelper.com/about/scholarships/
16th-Porch Skilled Trade & Technology porch.com/resources/scholarships
17th-Erika Knode Memorial bit.ly/2uAmiBY
17th-Kuentz Elementary 17-apr-kuentz_elem.docx
Email application & documents to: kristinledesma2009@yahoo.com
17th-Women in Finance
20th-FFA Essay Contest www.culvers.com/essaycontest
20th-Four Star Leadership www.fourstarleader.com/scholarships.html
22nd-Student View www.student-view.com/ScholarshipWmap.html
25th-Grey Forest Utilities ??? www.gfugas.com/about-us/scholarships/
26th-Texas Burn Survivor Society ??? texasburnsurvivors.org/tbss-scholarship
30th-AMVETS amvets.org/scholarships/
(Must start an application by 4/30 to qualify for the extended deadline of 5/31)
30th-Anthem Essay Contest aynrand.org/students/essay-contests/
30th-Garage Gurus bit.ly/2PpTAdW
30thGeneral Henry H. Arnold Educ. Grant afas.org/general-henry-h-arnold-education-grant/
30th-Kia Great bit.ly/2JO6T4O
30th-Review It www.chiureviews.com/reviews.php
30th-San Antonio Cactus & Xerophyte Society 30-apr-sacxs.pdf
30th-Shawn Carter Foundation www.shawncartersf.com/scholarship-fund/#eligibility
​30th-SHPE Society of Hisp. Prof. Engineers www.shpe.org/students/scholarshpe
30th-Southwest Airlines Lanzate www.hacu.net/hacu/Lanzate.asp

30th-Texas Builders Foundation www.texasbuildersfoundation.org/what-we-do.html

Use Schoolinks to Fill Out Your Common App Application

If you are applying to schools using the Common App, be sure to link your Common App to SchooLinks! The Common Application is integrated with our districts college platform called Schoolinks. I've included a video tutorial to help you manage your applications and submit your acceptance letters. Please watch the video or follow the directions listed to upload acceptance letters. If you need help doing this, let Ms. Rendon jrendon885@judsonisd.org or Ms. Hodges jhodges@judsonisd.org know.

Directions for submitting your acceptance letter:

1. Log into Schoolinks through your JISD student portal.

2. Select the "Colleges" icon on the left side.

3. Select "College Applications"

4. Select "#2 Application Results"

5. Under the tab "Accepted" add the schools you have been accepted to.

6. Upload a photo of the email or letter stating your acceptance.

6. Confirm the Acceptance

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College Application Manager for Students
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Senior Mid-Year Checklist

A COMPLETE APPLICATION -Make sure your applications are complete. The following documentation must be submitted before your application can be reviewed:

o Application Form -Apply Texas, Common App, University App, etc.

o Supplemental Application (if applicable)

o Application Fee or Fee Waiver

o Official Test Scores if you are not waiving the SAT/ACT – Must be sent from College Board or ACT

o Official Transcripts (sent by school) 9th – 11th grade

o Letters of Recommendation (if applicable)

o Optional Materials

o Optional letter of recommendation


o ASVAB Testing-If you are interested in Military Service, make sure you have completed an test and contacted Ms. Hodges.

o Review Financial Aid Packages with your parents – Packages will be mailed out or will be available in your student portal. Makes sure you review the information and log into your University student account to accept it.


o DECISION DAY! Submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) by May 1st o Only submit your SIR to one college

o Place an order your final transcript for your University/College/Military B

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JUNIORS: Top 5 Things You Should Start Now

The Spring semester will pass by very quickly and there are some things you need to be prepared for. I've listed some of the tasks to help get you ready for your college application season. The University/College applications will open early again this year and it is always advisable to be prepared.

Maintain your grades!
  • Admissions is based on a 6th semester transcript. That means your 9th, 10th and 11th grade year will be used to evaluate your admissions application.
Study for your SAT
  • You will have the opportunity to take the SAT on March 3, 2021. It is true universities/colleges have waived the SAT for admissions. However, the major you are interested in may still require an SAT score. Make sure you check the requirements.
Schoolinks-Build Your College List
  • Schoolinks is the districts new college platform. It can be found in your JISD Student portal. You can research colleges, take interest/career quizzes, build a college list, and use the Common App to apply for colleges. Get familiar with this platform because you will use it often as a senior to submit your acceptance letters and scholarships.
Schoolinks-Create a Resume
  • You can create a Resume in Schoolinks by selecting your profile name. Resumes are helpful when you ask teachers, managers, and volunteer supervisors to write letters of recommendation for you. Some Universities/Colleges will require a resume as part of the application process.
Prepare your accounts
  • The Majority of Texas University applications will open on July 1, 2021. You want to be prepared and have some of the information ready to go. You can save time by creating your accounts and completing your profile. Make sure you keep your passwords in a safe place. Some accounts that require a profile are listed below:

  1. Apply Texas
    https://www.applytexas.org/adappc/gen/c_start.WBX (Links to an external site.)
  2. FSA ID (You and Your Parents will need to create an ID)
    https://studentaid.gov/fsa-id/create-account/launch (Links to an external site.)
  3. Common Application
    https://www.commonapp.org/ (Links to an external site.)
  4. Coalition for College Application
    https://www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org/ (Links to an external site.)
  5. Common Black College Application

Contact Ms. Rendon, College Counselor

Ms. Rendon is a proud graduate of Our Lady of the Lake University. She fosters and trains rescue dogs from various shelters and is currently in a doctoral program at University of North Texas.

Contact Ms. Hodges, Career Counselor

This is Ms. Hodges' fifth year in Judson ISD. She is a Baylor alumna and is currently in a doctoral program at the University of North Texas. Outside of school, Ms. Hodges collects vintage cookbooks, loves to bake, and take her dog, Emmi, to the park.