LHS Counselors' Corner

March 2021


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We miss you students! Please stay safe!!!

You Are Not Alone!!!

2021 has brought many challenges. COVID-19, winter storms & economic uncertainty. We want to support you!!

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

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

Food Pantries for Families in Need

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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.


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Dear Parents and Students:

We are proud to offer our junior and senior students the opportunity to take the ACT Test on the campus of Lancaster High School. The ACT Test will be given on March 2-4, 2021, to all junior and senior students. In order to provide a standardized test environment to the fullest extent possible, we will administer the assessment in person. Students whose last names end in M-Z will test on Tuesday, March 2. Students whose last names end in A-L will test on Thursday, March 4. Some students who receive accommodations will test Tuesday, March 2, Wednesday, March 3, and Thursday, March 4.

Parents must advise LHS/LHECHS if they will allow their child to sit for the ACT Text. The following link https://forms.gle/p1RrspjDjdeEWk3i8 will be used to complete registration. Parents, you are asked to opt in or opt out for ACT testing. This will allow us to ensure we can follow COVID-19 protocols. All responses must be received no later than Wednesday, Feb. 24th by 4:00 p.m.

Please note the following:

1. Transportation will be provided on Tuesday and Thursday. Students who test on Wednesday will have to provide their own transportation.

2. Testing will begin at 7:30 and end at approximately 12:30. The test, with breaks is a little over 4 hours. There are preregistration requirements that must be completed.

3. There will be no more than 15 students per testing room with one room supervisor.

4. Students will be seated based on the CDC recommendations of 6 feet apart. Masks and face shields will be required.

5. Students who test will be excused from virtual learning and allowed time to make up missed assignments from the classes they miss.

What Students Should Bring on Test Day?

· Students will need to bring their chrome books and chargers. Please bring the chrome book fully charged. The students will be taking the ACT Test online.

· Student ID/government issued ID

· Mask

· Shield (If they have previously received one)

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

How are you practicing self-care and celebrating yourself?

LHS Online Spa

Take a moment to practice Self-Care. Click the link above. The LHS Online Spa has activities to relax and unwind.

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12 Day Self Care Challenge - TAKE TIME FOR YOU!!!

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

We are here to help with back-to-school stress

Teens are facing uncertainty during the school year. Depression and anxiety are rising, and it’s important to watch for signs in your loved one such as:

· Extreme worry or sadness

· Physical symptoms like headaches or stomachaches

· Moodiness, irritability

· Trouble sleeping

· Panic attacks

· Hyperactivity

· Unhealthy eating habits

· Avoidance of activities enjoyed in the past

· Difficulty with attention and concentration

· Poor academic performance or avoiding schoolwork

If your teen is experiencing any of these symptoms stemming from anxiety about going back to school, call us today at 972-298-7323 for a no-cost assessment or visit us at hickorytrail.com

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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 9, 2021 in the JROTC room from 8:00-1:00 pm.

Practice Exam - https://www.military.com/join-armed-forces/asvab

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Check out what's happening at Texas Weslyan University!

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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!!

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Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholarship

Dear HSF Partner,

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) invites you to help us identify HSF Scholars by becoming a Certified Essay Reader!

As a Certified Essay Reader, you will read and evaluate a minimum of twenty essays between March 15, 2021, and April 30, 2021. No travel will be required, as essays can be read wherever you have internet access (e.g., work, home, etc.).

Please review the application process timeline below and click the link that follows, to begin your reader application.

Reader Application Process:

  1. Reader Application Submission – February 10, 2021 to March 30, 2021
  2. Application Review and Selection - February 10, 2021 to March 30, 2021 – Those selected to be Readers will be notified on a rolling basis
  3. Online Certification - February 10, 2021 to April 15, 2021
  4. Essay Reading – March 15, 2021, to April 30, 2021

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

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

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Henkel Diversity Scholarship - Due - 3/18/21

Up to $20,000 Renewable Scholarships Available

The Henkel Diversity Scholarship was established to foster a diverse workforce and provide access to quality education and job opportunities for students from under-represented populations across North America.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be high school seniors or students in their final year of upper or secondary school or final year of CEGEP study
  • Reside in the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico
  • Identify as American Indian or Alaska Native or Indigenous, Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
  • Plan to enroll in fulltime undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university (or equivalent) for the entire upcoming academic year

Tell students to visit https://learnmore.scholarsapply.org/henkeldiversity
to learn more and apply.

Click here for a flyer to download and share with students.

Deadline to apply: March 18, 2021 3:00 pm CT

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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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



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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

Are you interested in STEM?

The University of North Texas offers a Bachelor of Applied Science in Learning Technologies (http://catalog.unt.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=20&poid=8211) at UNT.

This program may be of interest to students who have a passion for a career in STEM. Please share this email with your students and contact bas@unt.edu to learn more.

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National Honor Society News

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Texas Southern University will be hosting the TMCF HBCU Scholars Program at TSU virtually from June 14 -25, 2021 for high school juniors. This program is free to all participants through a grant received by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, an organization aimed to provide financial support and student leadership development programs and scholarships for HBCU institutions. The donors have requested to host this year's summer program virtually.

During the two-week program, students will participate in workshops on the legacies and benefits of attending HBCU institutions, college admissions, financial literacy, careers and majors, and connect with current HBCU students and alumni for networking opportunities and information on campus life. Participants will be able to earn prizes, gift cards, and possible scholarships during the program. Interested students must apply for program and submit a copy of their high school transcript and a letter of recommendation to me by email.

Fifty juniors will be selected to participate this year and students can apply online at www.tsu.edu/tmcfscholars . The deadline to apply is May 1.