HS Ingenuity Counseling Newsletter


Upcoming Events on October

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FAFSA Parent Night

Senior FAFSA Parent Night on October 3rd at 4 pm to 5 pm located at the cafeteria.

What is the FAFSA?

To apply for federal student aid, such as federal grants, work-study, and loans, you need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and easier than ever, and it gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or career school.

In addition, many states and colleges use your FAFSA information to determine your eligibility for state and school aid, and some private financial aid providers may use your FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for their aid.

Website- https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa


PSAT PRACTICE!!! for 8th to 11th grade is on October 5th from 9 am to 12 pm.

SCHOOL DAY PSAT for 8th to 11th grade is on October 16th from 9 am to 12 pm.


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There will be a CBE test on October 12th, Saturday at 9 am.


Community Service Hours

Graduation Requirements;

In order for a student to graduate from Harmony Public Schools, the student must fulfill:

1. HPS High School Credit Requirement

2. Passing Score on Texas State Assessments (STAAR)

3. Admission by a 4-Year College

4. Minimum 100 Community Service Hours

As part of the graduation requirement each high school student has to complete 100 volunteer hours in four years. Community Service is any service that is done for non-profit agencies and organizations, educational institutions, and/or religious organizations.

* For more information please contact counseling department.


One-on-one Meetings

One of the yearly expectations of counseling department is to meet each student twice per year. Counselors has begun their meetings.

Scholarships and Programs

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation invests in exceptional students who are dedicated to leadership, service, and action that positively affects others. Know a high school senior who fits the bill? Encourage them to apply for one of 150 college scholarships worth $20,000 by October 31, 2019, at 5 p.m. ET.

For more details and a link to the application, please visit their website.

Horatio Alger Association

As one of the nation's largest need-based college scholarship programs in the country, the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who've faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger Association seeks students who've exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, in addition to having critical financial need.

The online application is open until October 25 for undergraduate scholarships.

For more information about the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs, please visit their website.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Scholarships can open doors for students who aspire to go to college but don't have the funds. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. In addition to the monetary award, Cooke scholars receive comprehensive educational advising, significant cohort-based programming, and graduate school funding, as well as access to a thriving network of more than 2,600 fellow Cooke scholars and alumni.

The Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program application (exclusively through the Common App) closes November 13, 2019.

The NASA High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) program is seeking 11th grade Texas students to participate in a FREE STEM program.

Please see the following link to apply: https://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/stem/High_School_Aerospace_Scholars.html

Harmony Education Foundation aims to offer College Leaders Scholarships to Harmony alumni who are driven and passionate about helping and leading other Harmony students to succeed academically and professionally at their universities. Apply Here: https://alumni.harmonytx.org/page/harmony-college-leaders-scholarship

The college acceptance and transition process may seem far away, but you can start taking actions now to get yourself ready. We know you are determined to attend college, and there are specific steps to take for your future success. If you're looking for weekly one-on-one attention from a Harmony alum who's recently gone through the entire process, please sign up the link below. Harmony Public Schools is partnering with Students with Ambition Go to College (SWAG To College) as our college and career success mentoring partner to help and support for your smooth and easy transition into college. There are many volunteer Harmony alum mentors registered to the program. They are trained, excited and ready to help you.


Turn Your Efforts Into Scholarships

The College Board has launched a new scholarship program with $5 million of scholarships each year, beginning with the class of 2020. LINK: https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/?SFMC_cid=EM199405-&rid=47442151


Head Counselor : Ibrahim Karatas ikaratas@harmonytx.org ext: 205

Senior Counselor: Stephanie McKinley smckinley@harmonytx.org ext: 112

Junior Counselor: Ibrahim Ozkaya iozkaya@harmonytx.org ext: 110

Sophomore Counselor and Career Advisor: Jackson Canales jcanales@harmonytx.org ext: 111

Freshman and Senior Counselor: Esra Mercan emercan@harmonytx.org ext: 108

Junior and Senior Counselor and Engagement Coordinator: Huseyin Yildirim hyildirim@harmonytx.org ext: 106