LHS Counselors' Corner

February 2021

Honoring Ms. Evonna Stewart

The LHS Counselors would like to take this opportunity to honor Ms. Evonna Stewart. Your beautiful smile and upbeat spirit will be missed by all.

Students needing support during this difficult time can reach out to their counselors at the links below:

The LHS Counselors are here as a support for our students, teachers, and staff. Please click on one of the links below for assistance. Thank you.

The Lancaster High School Student Support Classroom Links

MRS. BURTON (A – Gre): Class code: uoid4wo Meet link: https://meet.google.com/lookup/f4rfr3u3cs

MS. WALKER (Gri – Per): Class Code: vn5slsn Meet Link: https://meet.google.com/lookup/erpoxshwfj?authuser=0&hs=179

MS. SESSION (Pes – Z): Class Code: uev7hei Meet Link: https://meet.google.com/lookup/f4bi5bd75v?authuser=0&hs=179

MRS. ANDERSON (SEL Counselor) Class Code: ag3x6rf Meet Link: https://meet.google.com/lookup/aoph2miycr?authuser=0&hs=179

Celebrate Black History Month - HONOR, REMEMBER, INSPIRE

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National School Counselors' Week - February 1 - 5, 2021

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We miss you students! Please stay safe!!!

Kindness Week - February 15 - 19, 2021

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LHS Hybrid Learning Information

Questions about LHS Hybrid Learning... Click the link below to watch the webinar.


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Need to contact a counselor? Send an e-mail or click the links below. Counselors are available Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 3:40 pm.

or Request to contact LHS College & Career Center


Seniors if you need to send a transcript to a college or university please follow these steps:

1. Email - shavondatippit@lancasterisd.org

2. Please include your NAME, ID NUMBER & NAME OF THE SCHOOL(S) you are applying too.


2021-22 Course Selection is Coming soon...

Attention Sophomores & Juniors!!

Your counselors will be joining your Chemistry & English 3 classes to discuss your schedules for next school year. Please plan to be present and ready to plan the next phase of your education!!

Know the State Graduation Requirements

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Credit Classifications

Freshman: 0-4.5 credits

Sophomores: 5-11.5 credits

Juniors: 12-18.5 credits

Seniors: 19+ credits

Do You Know Your Endorsement? Check out the endorsements offered at LHS below...

  • Arts & Humanities: (Art, Band, Choir, Dance, Theater, Foreign Language)

  • Business & Industry: (Business Administration, Welding, Culinary Arts, Graphic Communications, Information Technology, Media Technology/ Audio Video Production)

  • Public Services: (Cosmetology, Health Science, JROTC)

  • STEM : (Engineering)

Interested in Dual Credit or Advanced Classes for the 2021-22 School Year?

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Tips On Being a Successful Student

  1. Get Organized. Making a plan for what you're going to do and when you're going to do it will make sure you're always ahead of the curve - literally.

  2. Don't multitask. Studies have shown that multitasking is physically impossible.

  3. Divide it up. Studying isn't fun to begin with, and forcing yourself through a study marathon will only make it worse. Dividing your work into manageable chunks and rewarding yourself when you finish each chunk will make studying (more) fun.

  4. Sleep. Don't underestimate the importance of those eight hours of zzz's every night! Getting a good night's rest will sharpen your focus and improve your working memory.

  5. Set a schedule. Do you work better right after school or after you've eaten dinner? Are you more productive in 90-minute blocks or half-hour spurts? Find a schedule that works for you, and stick to it.

  6. Take notes. Taking notes will not only keep you more engaged during class, but will also help you narrow down what you need to study when exam time rolls around. It's much easier to reread your notes than to reread your entire textbook!

  7. Study. This one might be obvious, but did you know that there's a right and a wrong way to study? Review your material several days ahead of time, in small chunks, and in different manners (for example, write flashcards one day and take practice tests the next). In other words, don't cram.

  8. Manage your study space. Find a place that will maximize your productivity. Look for places away from the television and other distractions. Whether it's your local library or just the desk in your bedroom, set aside a study space that you'll want to spend time in.

  9. Find a study group. Sitting down with a group of people who are learning the same things as you is a great way to go over confusing class material or prepare for a big test. You can quiz each other, reteach material, and make sure that everyone is on the same page. After all, teaching someone else is the best way to learn.

  10. Ask questions. You're in school to learn, so don't be afraid to do just that! Asking for help - from a teacher, a tutor or your friends - is a surefire way to make sure you truly understand the material.

Tips for Submitting College Applications

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Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Spotlight

February is the Month of Love! How are you practicing self-care and celebrating yourself?

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Need A Counseling Resource? Check Out Hickory Trails...

At Hickory Trail Hospital, our team of adolescent specialists understands the unique behavioral health issues teens can face during turbulent times. To help adolescents (ages 13 to 17) navigate their way and return to wellness, we offer three tracks to help target their specific needs:

· Partial Hospitalization Program (full-time day treatment)

· Intensive Outpatient Program (part-time day treatment)

· Substance Use Program

Our staff provides evidence-based, individualized treatment to help youth overcome mental health and substance use issues. Programs run Monday through Friday, typically for four to six weeks.

· PHP groups run from 9 am to 1:30 pm, including an on-site lunch break.

· IOP groups run from 9 am to 12 pm.

Helping teens get back on track to wellness

Our outpatient mental health, drug and alcohol and dual diagnosis programs allow patients to receive treatment while maintaining their daily schedule. Program components can include:

· Group therapy and family counseling facilitated by master’s-level, licensed therapists

· Individual treatment

· Medication management and monitoring

· Weekly visits with the psychiatrist and daily access to our nurse

· Pet therapy, yoga, mindfulness training and music therapy offered weekly

· Daily lunch and snacks provided

· Dedicated in-house doctoral-level teacher to help ensure students don’t fall behind

Finding the right treatment for a teen can be a difficult and confusing process. We are here to make it easier. Confidential assessments are available 24 hours a day.

Call our trained professionals today at

972-347-4179 or learn more at hickorytrail.com.

Physicians are on the medical staff of Hickory Trail Hospital, but, with limited exceptions, are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Hickory Trail. The facility shall not be liable for actions or treatments provided by physicians.

Model representations of real patients are shown. Actual patients cannot be divulged due to HIPAA regulations.

For language assistance, disability accommodations and the non-discrimination notice, visit our website.

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College & Career Corner

Scan QR Code for information on webinars and virtual college fairs happening soon!

Are you interested in joining the military after high school?

Please e-mail bevelonwhite@lancasterisd.org for more information. The next ASVAB Military testing will be April 2021.

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Texas OnCourse

Texas' definitive source for college and career planning

Deciding what to do after high school and how to do it can be confusing. We're here to help.

As a state-funded initiative to improve college and career readiness, our mission is to equip all Texas students for an educational and professional future that unlocks their potential.

Texas OnCourse empowers you to make decisions that will help you, your child, or your student succeed after high school.

Thousands of students, educators, and schools across Texas use Texas OnCourse resources.

Check out Texas OnCourse to get a jumpstart on your future.


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If you’re graduating from a participating high school in 2021, the Dallas County Promise scholarship covers the last-dollar cost of tuition at a partner college/university for a limited amount of time or until you complete your degree. The last-dollar scholarship covers any monies due for tuition that financial aid does not, but does not include the costs of textbooks, transportation, etc. You should begin planning to cover the costs of books, transportation to and from school, and other incidentals as soon as possible.

To receive the last-dollar scholarship, you must attend a participating high school and qualify for in-state tuition. Our partner colleges and universities do not require any essays, entrance exams, or ACT/SAT scores. However, select partners will require your family/household income not to exceed $50,000.

Whether you’re graduating with a diploma or an associate degree, there is an opportunity available for you with one of our partner institutions on 16 campuses across the Dallas-Fort Worth region.


There are six partners offering scholarships, both unlimited and limited, to seniors graduating with a high school diploma – Dallas College, University of North Texas at Dallas, Midwestern State University, Texas A&M University – Commerce, Texas A&M University- Texarkana and SMU. Visit our Partner Page to review admission requirements and learn more.

Once you complete an associate degree (2-year) at one of the seven Dallas College campuses, you are eligible to transfer to partner four-year universities with your last-dollar scholarship guaranteed contingent on meeting income and GPA requirements. Students pursuing their associate and/or bachelor’s degree from a partner college/university must maintain eligibility and remain enrolled. For more information about what’s needed to maintain your scholarship and eligibility, review our policy document or contact us.

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Scholarships! Scholarships! Scholarships! Scholarships!!!

Please apply for the below scholarships!!

Lots of SCHOLARSHIPS DEADLINES BETWEEN FEB 22 – MAY 31 - click the attachment below!!

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Hispanic Scholar Application - Due 2-15-21

As a reminder, we are pleased to share that the 2021-2022 HSF Scholar Application is now open, and invite you to share with your networks and community.

  • Every year, HSF selects ~10,000 outstanding students as HSF Scholars from a broad and talented pool of applicants
  • HSF Scholars have access to a full range of invaluable Scholar Support Services, including career services, mentorship, leadership development, knowledge building, and wellness training
  • Career services include access to internships and job opportunities with HSF corporate partners
  • HSF Scholars are eligible to apply for all Scholar Conferences including, the STEM Summit, Finance Conference, Media & Entertainment Summit, Entrepreneurship Summit, Healthcare Summit, and Alumni Symposium
  • Exclusive access to the HSF Insider which shares invaluable information and select career opportunities with HSF corporate partners
  • Finally, and importantly, HSF awards more than $30 million in scholarships annually and, depending upon available funds, HSF Scholars may also be eligible to receive a scholarship, which ranges from $500-$5,000 and awarded directly to students

Deadline: February 15, 2021, 5:00 PM PT

Our website will be undergoing scheduled maintenance on Thursday, February 4, 2021, and will be offline from 6:00AM to 8:30AM PT. We apologize for any inconvenience, and appreciate your patience.


  • Must be of Hispanic heritage
  • U.S. citizen, permanent legal resident, or DACA
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for high school students; minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for college and graduate students
  • Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited, public or not-for-profit, four-year university, or graduate school, in the U.S., for the 2021-2022 academic year
  • Submit the FAFSA or state-based financial aid forms (if applicable)

About HSF:

HSF empowers families with the knowledge and resources to successfully complete a higher education, while providing scholarships and support services to as many exceptional students as possible.

Founded in 1975, HSF has awarded over $650 million in scholarships. HSF Scholars have access to valuable Scholar Support Services and, as funding permits, Scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000.

Additional Important information:

  • It takes an average of 30 minutes to complete the Phase I of the HSF Scholar Application
  • No essays, recommendations, or document uploads are required in Phase I
  • To get started, visit HSF.net and log into or create your MyHSF profile to access the HSF Scholar Application

HSF Scholar Application Timeline:

  • January – The HSF Scholar Application opens January 1 and closes, February 15, 2021, 5:00 PM PT
  • February – Applicants are evaluated and the most competitive are selected as Finalists
  • March – Finalists are announced and asked to submit essays, recommendations, transcripts, FAFSA, and other related documents
  • June – HSF Scholars are announced (includes both funded and waitlisted Scholars)
  • June to December – Final Document Verification (financial aid award letter, enrollment verification, and related documents)
  • October to December – Awards are disbursed after verification process is complete

OppU Achievers Scholarship

OppU Achievers Scholarship

Award Amount: $2,500

Eligibility: High school seniors, college students, graduate students; cumulative GPA of at least 3.0/4.0; U.S. citizen or resident

Deadline: December 31, March 31, June 30, and September 30

To Apply: Students submit a short response to the question "What makes you an achiever?"

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The Dallas Chapter of the Links, Incorporated Scholarship Application - Due March 5, 2021


The Links, Inc. is a national organization of African-American women who have united for community service and leadership since 1946. The Dallas Chapter of the Links, Inc. was founded in 1957. Since 1975, to encourage college attendance, the Dallas Chapter of The Links, Inc. has awarded approximately $400,000 in scholarships to 453 graduating seniors who have demonstrated financial need and superior academic achievement. The Links Incorporated Scholarship is open to graduating seniors who meet the criteria listed below. There will be one (1) first place scholarship award in the amount of $5,000.00. Other scholarships of lesser amounts may be awarded. The first-place scholarship, as well as any additional scholarships (if awarded); will be sent directly to the college upon verification of enrollment. The Links, Incorporated semi-finalist scholarship interviews will be held on April 17, 2021. The Links, Incorporated Scholarship awards will be made during a reception and ceremony at a location to be determined.


Student Scholarship Recipients must:

  1. Be a senior of African-American/African descent, or a member of the Dallas Links STEAM Academy, graduating at the end of the 2020-2021 school year from a public or private high school within Dallas County.
  1. Have applied or been accepted to a four-year college or university at the time of scholarship application.
  1. Have a cumulative 2.75/4.0 or 80 or higher-Grade Point Average (GPA) at the time of application.
  1. Be able to demonstrate a significant amount of community service.
  1. Be able to demonstrate financial need via the FAFSA application.
  1. Be available for an interview with the Scholarship Committee if selected as a semi-finalist.
  1. Scholarships will be awarded to students who provide evidence of admission to a four-year college or university during the 2021- 2022 academic year. Funds will be sent directly to the college/university once documentation is received.


  • Submit a completed application by March 5, 2021.
  • Submit an official grade transcript with the completed application.
  • Submit two standard letters of recommendation.

Application Deadline

The application is due by March 5, 2021.

Semi-finalists will be selected and notified via email for mandatory interviews, which will be conducted on April 17, 2021.

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Simon Greenstone Panatier Scholarship - Due 3/1/21

We are pleased to announce this year’s Simon Greenstone Panatier Scholarship Benefitting Families Impacted by Cancer, which awards multiple one-year scholarships to students impacted by cancer. Award amounts vary, but will total $50,000 annually and may be used to support tuition, books and fees at any accredited college or University in the United States or its possessions.

Eligible applicants must be graduating high school seniors from any public or private high school in Dallas County or previous recipients of the SGP Scholarship that have been impacted by cancer in one of the following ways:

  • Have an immediate family member (mother, father, stepmother, stepfather, brother or sister) who is under a current cancer diagnosis and/or treatment for cancer;
  • Have an immediate family member who has passed away within the last two years from cancer; or
  • Are themselves under a current cancer diagnosis and/or treatment for cancer.

The application opens on January 15, 2021 and the deadline is March 1, 2021. Online applications can be found here: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=cftexasscholarship.

Frederica Chase Dodd Scholarship (Due March 4, 2021)

Each year the Dallas Alumnae Chapter awards a general four-year scholarship in honor of Frederica Chase Dodd, a National Founder, who was also a Dallas Alumnae charter member. The amount of the scholarship is $10,000 paid in 4 year increments per semester. In addition, the chapter awards a one time scholarship in the amount of $1,000 in memory of our beloved chapter soror, Joy Woodfork.

To be eligible for a scholarship, the student must:

  • Be an African American female graduating in 2020 from a Dallas County public school;
  • Be in the upper 25% of her graduating class;
  • Demonstrate financial need;
  • Have good moral character and a record of service to the school or community; and
  • Plan to attend a 4 year accredited college or university (applicants attending junior/community colleges will not be considered)

A copy of the application is attached or applicants can access the scholarship application at the link below.

Applications must be postmarked on or before Friday, March 4, 2021

FCD-Scholarship-Application-2021.pdf (dallasalumnae.org)

Dallas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Amazon’s Black Employee Network (BEN) Scholarship (Due 3/4/21)

We’re reaching out to share an exciting scholarship opportunity for students of Black or African descent who are pursuing an education in computer science or supply chain/operations!

Amazon’s Black Employee Network (BEN) Scholarship is a scholarship program to assist high school seniors who plan to continue their education in college and pursue a computer science or supply chain-related field of study and career. Recipients of the award receive $5,000 per year for four years for college, plus a connection to industry mentors and peers from Amazon’s Black Employee network. Learn more about Amazon’s Black Employee Network and their commitments to diversity here.

Eligibility requirements:

✅ High school students of Black or African descent in the U.S.

✅ Graduating high school in 2021, or recently graduated in 2020.

✅ Plan to pursue a computer science, operations, or supply chain related field of study

✅ Have a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent)

✅ U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Please share the poster attached with students and others in your network. You can learn more and view the application here.

Create-A-Greeting Card Scholarship - Due March 9, 2021

Description: U.S. residents aged 14 or older who will be attending school in the fall are eligible to participate. Applicants must design a greeting card.

Application requirements for the Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest are:

  • Application form
  • Greeting card artwork

Additional Information: Submit original photo, artwork or computer graphics for the front of a greeting card.

Award Amount: $10,000 annually, non-renewable. The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $10,000.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Apply Here

Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship


High school students can submit a 250-word essay on a topic of their choice for the chance to be entered into a competition to win a $1,000 prize. There are two contests per year. The fall contest deadline is December 31, 2020, and the spring contest deadline is July 31, 2021.

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Scottish Rite Library & Museum Scholarship - Due 3/22/2021

Scottish Rite Library & Museum

500 South Harwood

Dallas, Texas 75201-6210

Phone: 214-748-9196

E-Mail: administration@dallasscottishrite.org

Website: www.dallasscottishrite.org

Dallas Scottish Rite Library and Museum, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation that is active in providing support for community educational and charitable endeavors. Included in these endeavors is an annual merit-based college scholarship program which also considers the personal needs of graduating high school seniors. The number of scholarships awarded each year is a function of Dallas Scottish Rite Library and Museum. These scholarships will be awarded without regard to gender, race, color, creed, national origin or religion.

Due to the COVID-19 safety protocols, Dallas Scottish Rite Library and Museum will not be hosting our annual Scholarship Awards Banquet in 2021. However, we are now accepting scholarship applications. Please find attached a link to the scholarship application form below.

We apologize in advance for not being able to host the banquet in 2021. Hopefully, we will be able to host the banquet in 2022.

For a student to be eligible for this scholarship, a completed application form along with all supporting documents must be returned to our office no later than March 22, 2021. The application and supporting documentation must be delivered to us by regular mail or hand delivered to our office. Do not email your application or supporting documents. Emailed applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted. Our office hours are Monday - Friday 7:30am-4:00pm. Candidates who are approved for a scholarship will be contacted by email/mail no later than April 26, 2021. Scholarship checks and certificates will be mailed to each recipient no later than May 17, 2021.

To access the application please click or type the following link into any web browser:


Once opened, to fill it out in a fillable format on a computer, you will click the down arrow (icon on the right). This will download the application to your computer. Next you will locate file, complete it on the computer and then print the application after completion. If you prefer to complete the form by hand, click the printer logo in the top right of the screen. This will print the form and then it can be completed by hand. The application must be printed and mailed along with the other supporting documentation to our address listed on the letterhead. If the application is filled out by hand, be sure to print legibly. All correspondence and awards will be generated from the personal information submitted. Please use proper spelling, capitalization and punctuation.

Donny W. Broughton
General Secretary
Dallas Scottish Rite Library and Museum

Don't Mess With Texas Application - Due 3/31/2021

Applications are open for the 2021 Don’t mess with Texas Scholarship Contest.

Three $9,000 scholarships will be awarded to Texas high school seniors planning to attend an accredited college or university in the fall who take an active role in litter prevention around school or their community.

Interested seniors can apply at dontmesswithtexas.org. The deadline is March 31 at 5 p.m.

The Don’t Mess With Texas campaign includes a partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful, annual “Trash-Off” community outreach events and the Adopt-a-Highway volunteer program, according to a news release from the Texas Department of Transportation.

The scholarship program is sponsored by Buc-ee’s and iHeart Media.

Apply here.

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Lockheed Martin Scholarship - due 3/31/21

Thank you for sharing this great scholarship opportunity with your students!

Lockheed Martin is awarding over 100 scholarships of $6,600 each to students pursing associate degrees and vocational-technical certifications in specified fields of study.

To apply, students must be:

  • U.S. Citizens
  • High school graduates (or GED equivalent), undergraduates with less than a bachelor’s degree, or high school seniors
  • Planning to enroll part-time or full-time at an accredited vocational technical school, trade school, two-year community or state college for the 2021-2022 academic year
  • Pursuing an associate degree, credit-bearing certificate or an industry-recognized credential in one of the specified fields of study

To learn more, visit https://lockheedmartin.com/vocational

Click here to download a flyer to share with students

Deadline to apply: March 11, 2021 3:00 pm CT

College Board Opportunity Scholarships - Juniors Apply Now!!

The College Board Opportunity Scholarships are now open for class of 2022 students. The program lays out six simple steps that all students can take to get to college.

For the class of 2022, the College Board Opportunity Scholarships program will help even more students plan for college, address affordability concerns, and connect them with other scholarship opportunities. Here are a few key changes to the program for the class of 2022:

More than 7,000 students will earn a scholarship each year, nearly double the number of winners in previous years.

All scholarship steps for the class of 2022 will be awarded for the same amount: $500. The Complete Your Journey award will remain $40,000.

There's a new Explore Scholarships step to help students find scholarship opportunities that may be a good fit for them. And there's a simplified Practice for the SAT® step that will guide students to begin personalized SAT practice just for them.

At least half of all the scholarships—over $2 million each year—are awarded to students whose families earn less than $60,000 per year.

We encourage you to share this information with your juniors and have them sign up for the program. Their first step is to make a starter list of six colleges they're interested in, for a chance at $500.

Juniors: Sign Up Today

Here is a list of twelve (12) “free tuition” programs in Texas:

1. Dallas College District

Dallas County Promise: This is a “Last-Dollar” scholarship program available to high school graduates from 57 participating Promise High Schools in Dallas County.

Students must apply to participate in the Dallas County Promise program which covers college tuition not met by other federal, state and institutional grants and scholarships (gift aid) at partner colleges. The program is funded through Dallas College Foundation and includes a Success Coach component.

The partner colleges include Dallas College, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Texas A&M University-Texarkana, Midwestern State University, and Southern Methodist University. Students are able to enter or transfer to most of the partner colleges tuition-free based on income eligibility (family income of $50,000 or less). For more information, please visit Dallas County Promise.

– Open to all graduating high school students from 57 participating Promise High Schools in Dallas County.
– Application required. High school seniors must apply to participate in this program around the same time they are applying to college. Applications open October 1, 2019 and must be submitted by February 7, 2020 (based on 2019 information).
– Students who graduate high school with a high school diploma or an Associates Degree (collegiate high school graduates) can apply to attend one of the partner colleges.

>>RELATED: Financial Aid Guide

2. Texas A&M University – College Station

Aggie Assurance: (Whoop!) This “free tuition” program covers tuition costs for future Aggies.

– Income below $60,000: Grants and Scholarships to meet the tuition costs.
– The program does not cover room and board and fees.
– Students must be eligible for the federal Pell Grant.

3. Texas Tech University

Red Raider Guarantee: This plan guarantees tuition and mandatory fees (based on 30 credit hours per academic school year) to new entering freshmen and transfer students with an Associate’s degree.

– Family must have an adjusted gross income of $40,000 or below.
– Student must be enrolled full time (12 hours or more each semester – Fall/Spring only).
– Student must be Texas resident and eligible for the federal Pell Grant.

4. University of Houston

Cougar Promise: Guaranteed free tuition for new freshmen starting in Fall 2019.

– Student from family with an adjusted gross income up to $50,000: 100% free tuition.
– Students must complete the FAFSA, list the University of Houston and be eligible for the Pell Grant.

5. University of Texas at Dallas

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Tuition Promise: The “free tuition” program is available for first-time students.

– Students from families earning $25,000 or less receive 100% free tuition.
– Students must qualify for the Federal Pell Grant.

6. University of Texas at Austin

Texas Advance Commitment: Beginning in Fall 2020, the university will offer free tuition to students with household income of $65,000 or less. The university also provides partial tuition support for families earning up to $125,000.

– Student from family with income up to $65,000 receive 100% free tuition.
– Student from family with income up to $125,00 receive partial tuition support.
– Must be a Texas resident and Pell Grant eligible.
– Submit a FAFSA or TASFA.
– Have demonstrated financial need.

7. Lamar University

Lamar Promise: This free tuition program is available to entering freshman.

– Student from family with income of $25,000 or less.
– Must be eligible for full Pell Grant.
– Must be a dependent student (per FAFSA) and eligible or Texas in-state tuition.
– Must complete FAFSA or TASFA Available for up to four years.

8. Stephen F. Austin University

Purple Promise Guarantee Program: This free tuition program is a “last-dollar” program that pays any tuition costs not covered by other grants and scholarships.

– Student from family with adjusted gross income of $30,000 or less based on info provided in FAFSA.
– Eligible for Federal Pell Grant.
– Must be Texas resident.

9. Sam Houston State University

Bearkat Promise: Covers any mandatory tuition and fees not covered by other grants and scholarships.

– Adjusted Gross Income of $25,000 or less
– Eligible to receive Federal Pell Grant
– Texas resident

10. Angelo State University

Blue & Gold Guarantee: The program is designed to help families afford college and is considered a “last-dollar” scholarship.

– Student from a family with income of $40,000 or less.
– Must submit the FAFSA and be Pell Grant eligible
– Must be a Texas resident.

11. Texas A&M University-Commerce

A&M-Commerce Pledge Program: The program will cover any tuition balance not covered by other scholarships or grants.

– Family adjusted gross income of $50,000 or less.
– Expected Family Contribution (EFC) between 0 and $5,576.
– Reserved for students entering as freshman.

12. Midwestern State University-Texas

Mustang’s Guarantee Program: Eligible new students who have never earned a Bachelor’s degree can take advantage of this program. This program is a “last-dollar” scholarship and meets tuition costs not covered by other grants and scholarships.

– Student from family with adjusted gross income of $50,000 or less.
– Student must be Texas resident and Pell Grant eligible.
– Must earn at least 12 hours at the end of fall and spring semesters.

Wrap Up

The other saying: “Why pay for it when you can get it for free” applies here. This list is by no means exhaustive, so for more information check with the Financial Aid Office at the college you are interested in attending. They can provide more up-to-date information on any free tuition program they offer.

Free Tuition at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

COVID-19 (coronavirus) is creating an environment of unprecedented uncertainty. At UTRGV, we believe that earning your degree should never be uncertain. We are committed to helping you pursue education, without fearing the unknown.

As always - and especially now - UTRGV understands the importance of supporting our students and families by making the university experience more affordable.

We are proud to announce an expansion of the UTRGV Tuition Advantage grant. Launching in Fall 2020, this program will now cover the cost of tuition and mandatory fees for students with a family income of $95,000 or less**.

Learn more about the Tuition Advantage grant below to see if you qualify.


*Based on fund availability per academic year and awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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2021 Program Dates: June 13-18; June 27 – July 2; July 18-23, 2021
Applications Open: October 15, 2020
Application Deadline: February 15, 2021


Have you ever dreamed of visiting our nation’s capital and learning about how our government works? CHCI has an all-expenses paid leadership experience designed just for Latino high school students. Spend a week exploring Washington, D.C., while creating lasting friendships and wonderful memories. Participate in R2L® NextGen and make this a summer to remember!


As young Latinos, you may think your voice isn’t important or can’t be heard, especially if you live far away from Washington, D.C. We challenge this belief during CHCI’s R2L® NextGen program. You will talk to Latino leaders who value your ideas and opinions and will motivate you to get involved in your community to make sure your voice is heard.


Through the various interactive learning opportunities, you will better understand some of the top issues that face the Latino community. You will learn how you can be leaders of change in your community. You will also be inspired by the success stories of the speakers you will meet—including many CHCI Alumni—who have dedicated their lives to creating a better world for us all.


Like our culture, our country has a rich history. During your stay, you will participate in study visits at historic sites, embassies, and museums, including the Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, and Capitol Hill, to expand your knowledge in these areas.


During R2L® NextGen, you will be joined by Latino high school students from across the country. By spending a week together, you’ll make a lot of great new friends. Plus, you’ll meet successful Latino leaders, CHCI Alumni and staff, some of whom may be references for college applications and future jobs.


Applying for R2L® NextGen is great practice for your future college applications! We ask for much of the same information you will need to begin applying to schools—basic personal information, three short essays, a copy of your high school transcript, a personal recommendation, and a résumé.


Don’t miss this incredible experience! It’s the perfect blend of classroom learning, team building, educational sightseeing, and fun. Read our FAQs, contact programs@chci.org to learn details about this fun, week-long experience for Latino high school students.

Applications due February 15, 2021 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time/ 8:59 pm Pacific Time.

In order to be eligible to apply, students must:

  • Reside in the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico
  • Be a current 10th or 11th grade student
  • Demonstrate interest in learning more about civic engagement

While we do require applicants share their grades and a copy of their transcript, there is no minimum GPA requirement to apply.

All individuals are welcome to apply. However, preference is given to individuals with financial need.

Interested in applying? Visit apply.chci.org and complete the application named R2L NextGen

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Free Eyeglasses!!

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ACAP 2021 Application is Launched!

ACAP 2021 Application is Launched!

ACAP (Accounting Career Awareness Program, sponsored by the DFW Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc., "NABA") is a one-week residency program for high school students interested in a career in accounting or business. The program introduces students to accounting, finance, economics, and management through a focused, undergraduate-level program taught by college faculty and guest lecturers in business and government. During the week, students attend classes on careers in accounting and business, personal development and college preparation and tour college campuses, local companies, and CPA firms. The program concludes with the students inviting their parent(s) or guardian(s) to a closing luncheon or banquet in commemoration of their completion of the program at the end of the week.

In summer 2021, interested high school students have the option of applying to one of two locations:

  • Dallas ACAP Week is June 27 - July 2, 2021 on the campus of Southern Methodist University (SMU) for high school students of all grade levels. The Dallas ACAP website is www.dallasacap.com. The targeted goal is 60 students.

  • TCU ACAP Week is July 11 - 16, 2021 on the campus of Texas Christian University (TCU) for high school students (all grade levels). The TCU ACAP web page is: http://www.dallasacap.com/tcu-acap.html. The targeted goal is 20 students.

Students MAY NOT attend both summer camps.

Note: Both the SMU and TCU residency camps will follow school, local, state, and Federal guidelines for health and safety concerns. Students will be notified of residency or virtual status as appropriate.

In addition to the ACAP admissions requirements listed below, students interested in ACAP should review the ACAP video and flyer located on the ACAP website prior to completing the online application:


Requirements for admission are as follows:

  • Must be a high school student at time of application (all grade levels)
  • Complete the online application
  • Has a minimum of 3.0 GPA (may take a 2.8 if involved in strong extracurricular activities)
  • Submit two (2) letters of recommendation (from teachers, counselors, coaches, ministers, bosses, etc., but not family members)
  • Submit a 100-word essay (included in the online application)
  • Submit an unofficial high school transcript
  • Attend an interview (to be scheduled in April or May, as appropriate)

The application should be completed prior to March 31, 2021 for acceptance into either the SMU ACAP residency camp or the TCU ACAP residency camp.


Odell L. Brown

Odell L. Brown, CIA, CPA, PHR

Dallas ACAP Executive Director



ACAP 2017 Intro Video v3
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Volunteer Opportunity for Students 16+ at the Lancaster Memorial Library!!

The library is currently offering a safe way for high school students to earn volunteer hours in a remote way that encourages independent thinking skills while also helping the library. We have modified our Junior Volunteer program to accommodate the need for students to fulfill volunteer hour requirements for any organization during the pandemic. www.lancaster-tx.com/1404/Teens

Black Men in White Coats - Virtual Youth Summit - 2/8 & 2/13

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Dallas Mavericks Reading Challenge

The Mavs organization informed us of their Reading Challenge presented by Whataburger.

Students K-12 are encouraged to read for 20 minutes a day for 40 days in an effort to improve reading literacy throughout Dallas-Fort Worth and earn cool prizes from the Mavs and Whataburger! This is a great opportunity for all students and classrooms in our district to join!

Please pass this along to your teachers. The last day for students to start reading and achieve the 40 days, is 2/20. To sign up, go to https://www.mavs.com/community/education-and-recognition/readingchallenge/. You will sign up online through your local library.