College and Career Center

James Bowie High School

Updates and Reminders

Rather than sending a lengthy email I wanted to make sure you received all the appropriate information in one area and be able to scroll to the areas of interest. In this newsletter I will be covering the following information:

  • Financial aid
  • Application Help Nights
  • Career Exploration
  • Upcoming Campus Visits To Bowie
  • SAT Prep
  • Stay in the Loop - contact information for Ms. Valverde

Financial Aid


The FAFSA opened on Oct. 1 and we are encouraging all families to submit it by Dec. 15. Please keep in mind the state priority deadline is Jan. 15, however, the sooner you submit your application the better chance you have of being considered for maximum awards. We will have another FAFSA help night on Nov. 14 from 6- 8pm in the College and Career Center. Please bring your Chromebook or laptop with you! If you are interested in attending please sign up through

Students, remember there's still an opportunity to win Formula 1 tickets if you promote these events through your twitter or instagram pages. Austin Chamber has posted the information for this contest here.

Scholarship Search

I've had several students ask how to search for scholarships and wanted to send this out to ensure everyone has this information. I also wanted to include a couple scholarships that have recently opened.

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- The best place to start searching for scholarships is through the websites of the universities you're applying to. Each school has their own process so it's important to search for their deadlines, application process, etc. If you have trouble finding this information, please don't hesitate to stop by the College and Career Center.

Naviance - The district is regularly updating the website with scholarships and their application information. To search the scholarship list, log into Naviance, click on the "Colleges" tab, then click on "Scholarships and Monday" and finally "Scholarship List". I also have scholarship information in the College and Career Center that students can browse through. - This site helps students search for micro-scholarships at participating universities. You will need to create an account and add all your classes, grades, activities, etc to see how much money you could potentially receive as an academic scholarship.

Scholarship Opportunities

College Board Opportunity Scholarships - These scholarships are a great way to not only prepare to access college but also have the opportunity to be awarded scholarships. Two opportunities are closing on 10/31 so I wanted to send them out so students can take advantage of these awards. (7 AISD seniors have been awarded a scholarship ranging from $500 - $1,000)

  • Khan Academy Practice Scholarship - Students who practice at least 6 hours on Khan Academy will be entered for a $1,000 Practice Scholarship
  • Big Future Strengthen College List Scholarship - Students who add schools to your list on College Board will be entered to be eligible for a $500 scholarship.

*Click the link for more information and additional opportunities through College Board.

St. David's Foundation Neal Kocurek Scholarship - Seniors with a strong GPA who are also planning to pursue a career in any health related field are encouraged to apply for this award. All recipients of the St. David's Foundation Neal Kocurek Scholarship are not only awarded about $7,000 for their first year; but provided they continue in the program and maintain strong grades they will continue to receive the scholarship the rest of their time in college and even through medical school if they decide to attend. More information can be found here.

STEM & Business Brockman Scholarship, Texas A&M - The Brockman Scholars Program invites applications for a merit - based full-ride scholarship that covers five years of study at the College State campus of Texas A&M University. The Brockman Scholarship supports four years of undergraduate study in an approved Science, Technology, Engineering, and or Mathematics (STEM) program followed by the one-year MS Business graduate degree for non-business majors at Texas A&M's Mays Business School. Top students are encouraged to apply for this prestigious scholarship via the app portal found here.

AISD Annual Scholarship Fair - Dec. 9

I will be taking a group of seniors by bus to the AISD Performing Arts Center for a scholarship fair. There will be several organizations in attendance sharing information about their scholarship opportunities and the application process. This is a great opportunity for seniors to learn more about these awards, their process, and be able to ask questions. There will also be college financial aid counselors in attendance helping students through the FAFSA process. Students interested in attending will need to sign up through Naviance. Log into Naviance, click on "Colleges", then click on "Research College" and "College Visits". You will need to click "Register Now" to be signed up to attend. Click here for more information about this event.

Application Help Nights

Application Help Nights are each Tuesday from 4:30 - 6:00pm. These help nights are for students needing a space to work on their applications or that might have questions about the process. Since these events are self - paced, students can come and go as necessary. Seniors you can sign up here. (Dates for the spring will be posted soon!)

**Don't forget to check the deadlines for the universities you are applying to! Remember SAT or ACT scores can take up to a couple of weeks to send to the schools you're applying to. You should also give your teacher or counselor at least 10 - 15 school days in advance to write your letter. **

Career Exploration

Throughout the year we will be having several representatives from various careers come to campus to talk with students about their career and the pathways to get there. Most of these presentations will take place during the month of November in the College and Career Center but be checking the schedule for more dates during the spring semester. To view this schedule and to sign up, please log into Naviance, click on "Colleges", then "Research Colleges" and finally "College Visits". To sign up, you will need to click on "Register Now".

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Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) - Career Assessment

We know several students are unsure about what they want to do after they graduate from Bowie and also how frustrating that can be. For those students, we will be offering the ASVAB on Nov. 12 and March 12 from 9am - 12pm. While this assessment is typically used for military job purposes, students can use the information to explore their strengths and possible careers. Once students receive their scores, they will also be given an access code for a career exploration page. This site will help students explore careers based on their strengths. Scores will only be given to students and not military recruiters. This opportunity is only available for students in 10 - 12th grade and sign up is required. We currently have between 40 - 50 spots available but priority will be given to seniors for this first assessment. (We encourage your student to sign up regardless as not all seniors are planning to take this assessment.) Please sign up for the Nov. 12 test no later than Nov. 8 below. (Students will be excused from class for this assessment)

**The form has been embedded in this newsletter so all you need to do is complete the form here. It won't open in a new window.

Upcoming campus visits and presentations

Below, I've listed all upcoming visits for the Fall 2019 semester. This event schedule is updated on a regular basis so make sure to check back for new presentations! All grade levels (9th - 12th) are encouraged to attend these presentations. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the school, their programs, and ask the representatives questions. Since most of these presentations take place during lunch, students are encouraged to bring their lunch with them.

Students must be signed up in Naviance to attend! (Follow the instructions listed under the Career Talks section) If you would like to attend a presentation that's during your class please stop by the CCC to get a pass.

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Students wanting additional help practicing for the SAT are encouraged to practice through Khan Academy. This is a FREE resource available through College Board. The program will look at your previous PSAT/ SAT assessments and tailor your practice based on the questions that need additional practice.

More than a Teacher (MTAT) also offers test prep for students on the SAT and ACT. They offer discounted classes to Bowie students and will be starting the Dec. SAT prep courses in Nov. Click here for more information.

MTAT will be offering FREE practice exams on our campus for the ACT and SAT. For more information, please click here. (Mock exams are listed on the right side of the page)

Social Media Updates

Stay in the loop with any updates, reminders, and additional information through our social media pages!

Twitter: @BowieCounseling

Instagram: @JBHSCollegeandCareer

Text Reminders

If you would like to receive text reminders, please sign up for our Remind class. Reminders about college presentations, deadlines, etc are typically shared through this service.

Seniors sign up here:

Parents sign up here:


Parents, If you would like to schedule a time to meet with Ms. Valverde, please fill out the form below. Students, you're more than welcome to stop by the College and Career Center with your questions. Ms. Valverde is available most days Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm.


Office Phone: 512-414-2356