VMHS College & Career Center

Weekly Update Vol. 9

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Welcome & Happy New Year!

We are excited about another great semester and starting a new year and new semester! Be on the lookout for future updates from the VMHS College & Career Center. It is our mission to serve our students and community to the best of our abilities. Please scroll all the way down to see all that the College & Career Centers have to offer and any upcoming events and deadlines.

Click HERE to see our calendar.

ASVAB Testing

Thursday, Jan. 21st, 9am

7618 Evans Road

San Antonio, TX

ASVAB Testing Dates for 2020-2021:

January 21

February 25

April 22

CLICK HERE to Register
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PSAT/NMSQT Testing - 11th Grade (Online testing is not available)

Date: January 26, 2021

Time: 8:30 am
Location: Veterans Memorial High School-Must attend in person (Online testing is not available)

The PSAT/NMSQT test will be administered on campus. Tuesday, January 26, 2021. All face to face learners will be signed up for the test. If you are a virtual learner and you would like the opportunity to take the test, please complete the Google Document. (Online testing is not available).

-You will need to use your JISD student email in order to complete the google document and sign up for testing.

  • NO snacks are allowed in the testing room.
  • Face masks MUST be worn during testing.
  • BE ON TIME! If you arrive late you will not be able to test.
  • Students will be given time after testing is complete to fill in college codes and to opt-in to the College Board Student Search Services.
  • Rosters will be posted in the entrance foyer and the cafeteria with your testing room number.
  • Students that are virtual will be able to leave once ALL Testing Material has been turned in and accounted for.
  • Cell Phones will be returned once Testing Materials have been turned in.

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Dual Credit Programs at VMHS for 2020-2021 School Year

This is the time of year that we begin the dual credit process for the next school year 2021-2022. Students are ONLY ELIGIBLE IF they complete ALL steps of the dual credit process and have the scores that they need on TSI (Texas Success Initiative). These are the steps to take to participate in one of the 3 different dual credit programs:

1. Complete, sign, and return the Parent Consent Form - Due Jan. 15 (See the attachment below) - return by email to jrendon885@judsonisd.org or jhodges@judsonisd.org or in person to the VMHS front office

2. Take TSI (must have passing scores)

Math - 350 or better

Reading - 351 or better

Writing - 340 with a 4 on the essay or

less than a 340 with a 4 diagnostic and a 5 or better on the essay

3. Complete the ApplyTexas application for dual credit
(must be done with the College or Career Counselor)

4. AlamoEnroll modules (with the College or Career Counselor)

5. Essay "Why do you want to participate in an Alamo Academy" **ONLY for the Alamo Academies**

For more information about the three different types of dual credit available, see the information below:

Alamo Academies

Click the link below to watch the Alamo Academies Information Session

Upcoming College Application Deadlines

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Applying for Colleges & Universities in Texas Using ApplyTexas

ApplyTexas College Connections NLC

TSI Testing

What Is the TSI Assessment?

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

Who Needs to Take TSI at VMHS?

  • Students preparing to take a dual credit class in the 2021-2022 school year
  • Students applying for an Alamo Academy dual credit program in the 2021-2022 school year
  • Students currently taking Algebra 2
  • Students currently taking English 3
  • Students currently taking College Prep Math
  • Students currently taking College Prep English
  • Seniors planning to take college courses*

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

CLICK HERE to Register

Upcoming College Events

Alamo Community Colleges Registration Event

Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, 4-8pm

This is an online event.

The College Connection district office and all 5 Alamo College campuses have joined together to host an enrollment event! (flyer attached)

All students are invited to attend and get assistance with the following:

· Enrollment Information Sessions

· Apply Texas Application

· ACES-Student Portal Log in

· Financial Aid Assistance

Students Sign up HERE

12th Grade January College & Career Planning

Help your student plan for their future using SchooLinks. Students can access SchooLinks through the JISD portal. They will login using Google (school email & school password). Some of the activities that you can encourage your student to do are:

  • Complete a Balanced Final List (view the Final List video on SchooLinks by clicking: Activities>Learning>Learning Tasks (drop down menu)>The College Application Process>The Final List)

  • FAFSA Completion

If your student needs help with college planning or would like to schedule an appointment with Ms. Rendon, the College Counselor, CLICK HERE

If your student needs help with career planning or would like to schedule an appointment with Ms. Hodges, the Career Counselor, CLICK HERE

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Paying for Your College Education

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Priority Deadline

Friday, Jan. 15th, 12am

This is an online event.

FAFSA opened October 1. Get started on an application now.

For priority consideration, submit your application by Jan. 15, 2021. Additional forms might be required. Private and two-year institutions may have different deadlines. Check with your financial aid administrator.

Create Your FSA ID Here

Click Here To Start FAFSA

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Trade Opportunities



PO Box 791042
San Antonio, TX 78279

P: 210-347-2423


Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training (BAT)




San Antonio Masonry Tools & Supply


Every Wednesday night






6,000 hours


Already Employed

Scholarship Opportunities

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Scholarships for Texas Athletic, Music and Academic Participants

Deadline: February 12, 2020

https://www.sportsinaction.com/scholarship/ (Links to an external site.)

For the third consecutive year, H-E-B will award 15 high school seniors who participated in UIL competitions with a $2,000 scholarship in recognition of their community service and involvement in their communities.

Five students who competed in athletics, five students who competed in music, and five more students who competed in academic events will be selected from the pool of applicants from across the state.

The application deadline is Friday, February 12th, 2021. Recipients will be announced Spring 2021 at the UIL Texas Boys Basketball State Championships.

H-E-B will award each selected student with a $2,000 scholarship toward their college/university of choice.

Requirements: You must be a current Texas high school senior graduating in 2021 with a minimum 3.3 GPA, have participated in a UIL competition as a high school student and have been active in community service programs or events.

Applicants must complete the online application form (Links to an external site.) and submit all support documents at the same time. What you will need to apply:

  • Current GPA
  • Number of Community Service Hours in the last 12 months
  • Community Service Verification Letters to document the number of hours submitted (see attached form)
  • A Letter of Recommendation
  • A short essay (500 words or less) on the topic: "What does Community mean to you?"

For more information visit the website:


Blue Cares SA Scholarship

Any graduating high school senior wishing to apply must meet the following criteria:
Each applicant must:

  • Provide a copy of your acceptance letter from an accredited college or university. (Just one please)
  • Have maintained a minimum GPA of 85/3.3 throughout their high school career.
  • Provide an original, sealed high school transcript.
  • Please send your official, stamped, and sealed transcript to: Blue Cares, 1939 NE Loop 410, Ste 300, San Antonio, TX 78217
  • Copies Will NOT be accepted. Electronic transcripts are acceptable only if emailed directly from your school’s registrar. Please note, your scholarship application will not be complete until your transcript is received. To email transcripts, or for further questions please reach out to Sofia at sofia@sapoa.org

  • Provide an essay on why you feel you should be selected as a recipient, your future goals, and your life experiences that have influenced you to choose your career path.
  • Essay should be typed, no longer than two pages in length, Times New Roman font, size 12, double spaced with one inch margins.
  • All applications must be received on or before Friday, February 12, 2021

If selected as a finalist, you will be called for an interview with our Scholarship Committee. If awarded the S.A.P.O.A. Scholarship, you may be called upon for speaking engagements and/or be asked to volunteer at fundraising events on behalf of the S.A.P.O.A.

The Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers

The Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers is designed to support the best and brightest students pursuing a future in the teaching profession. The scholarship consists of $8,000-$10,000 in annual funding, as well as professional development opportunities and mentorship from sitting public school educators. The scholarship is open to students who are working toward receiving their teaching certification for the first time at selected universities.

The Charles Butt Scholarship application opens on October 1, 2020. More information, eligible universities and programs, and application close dates can be found below.


Student Voice Scholarship

Student Voice Scholarship Applications are now available at tasb.org/student-voice. A highlight of Governance Camp is the High School Senior scholarship and panel. Currently enrolled high school seniors are invited to submit an application. Four students will be selected from the applications we receive to join us in Galveston and share their unique public school journey in Texas. Selected students must commit to attend and participate on the panel at the 2021 Governance Camp, March 4 & 5, 2021, to receive the scholarship. Recipients will receive a travel stipend for their participation in addition to $1,000 in scholarship monies from our sponsor, Walsh Gallegos.

The deadline for application submissions is 12:00 p.m. on Friday, January 15, 2021. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance no later than Monday, February 1, 2021.
Tami Nagar
Special Programs Coordinator
Leadership Team Services

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship

The online application for the Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship is available starting on November 1, 2020, at jackierobinson.org (Links to an external site.). Through the JRF application, more than 4,000 talented young minority high school students apply to become JRF Scholars and carry on the civic-minded legacy of the foundation's namesake, Jackie Robinson. The deadline to submit the application for a JRF Scholarship is February 1, 2021, 5 p.m. ET.

About JRF:

The JRF Scholarship program addresses the financial needs of college students and provides extensive, hands-on mentoring and support services. Once chosen from a national, selective application process, JRF Scholars receive a generous four-year grant to attend the undergraduate school of their choice and enroll in JRF's celebrated "42 Strategies for Success Curriculum." This four-year program guides JRF Scholars to effectively navigate their college environments, explore career options, develop leadership skills, and embrace a commitment to service. The program also promotes the values and character traits embodied in the heroic life of Jackie Robinson, encouraging JRF Scholars to positively impact the lives of others.


To be eligible for a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Be a graduating high school senior;
  • Plan to attend an accredited and approved four-year institution within the United States;
  • Show leadership potential;
  • Demonstrate a dedication to community service;
  • Present evidence of financial need;
  • Be a United States citizen;
  • Have a minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading sections or a composite ACT score of 21;
  • Not possess a degree from a 2 or 4–year College when applying for the scholarship

To learn more about JRF, please visit their website at jackierobinson.org (Links to an external site.).

San Antonio Area Foundation Scholarships - NOW OPEN!

Universal Application

This application will consider you for up to 25 different scholarship opportunities depending on the criteria. Please see the attachment for a complete list of available scholarships.

Open Date: Monday, November 16
Deadline: Sunday, January 31

https://saafdn.org/students/scholarships/ (Links to an external site.)

For a full listing of the scholarships available, please see the attachment below.

January Scholarship Due Dates

Opens in January- www.fiesta-youth.org/scholarship-opportunities
1st-UTSA Terry Scholar future.utsa.edu/scholarships/
3rd-Foot Locker Scholar Athlete https://www.footlockerscholarathletes.com/
5th-GE-Reagan Foundation www.reaganfoundation.org/
5th-Young Filmmakers Contest www.oneearthfilmfest.org/contest-details
6th-Charles Butt Aspiring Teachers www.raiseyourhandtexas.org
​8th-TX Farm Credit Ag Student of the Month & Marsha Martin www.texasfcs.com/about-us/scholarship-form
9th-Ron Brown Scholar scholarships360.org/scholarship/ron-brown-scholar-program/
10th-Lo Bello Women's Association Application https://lobellowomensassociation.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/LB-Application.pdf
15th-AGCO Dealer Program "FFA" https://www.ilaged.org/messagedetails.aspx?ID=41#:~:text=Each%20year%2C%20FFA%20chapters%20are,grants%20for%20local%20FFA%20chapters.
15th-Carson Scholar Fund carsonscholars.org/scholarships/
15th-HireAHelper www.hireahelper.com/about/scholarships/
15th-King Ranch "FFA" bit.ly/31pliy2
15th-Monthly Varsity Tutors www.varsitytutors.com/college-scholarship
15th-Tractor Supply Company "FFA" bit.ly/34zkfxA
15th-Toyota Motor Sales "FFA" bit.ly/3lq7oUv
15th-UTSA General Scholarship future.utsa.edu/scholarships/
15th-Washington Crossing Foundation
16th-Student Voices Application available in Career Center
17th-AirForce ROTC High School www.afrotc.com/scholarships/high-school/types/
17th-Amazon Future Engineers learnmore.scholarsapply.org/amazonfutureengineer/

17th-Diversity Advancement bit.ly/2OIvuuN
17th-JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest bit.ly/2vlCBCF
17th-U.S. Air Force ROTC www.afrotc.com/scholarships/high-school/types/
18th-TEF TX Society of Profess. Engineers Application available in Career Center
20th-StudentCam www.studentcam.org/
22nd-Asian Pacific Islanders APIA apiascholars.org/scholarship/apia-scholarship/
22nd-Jose Antonio Navarro bit.ly/3kMSg21
23rd-Taco Bell Live Mas www.tacobellfoundation.org/live-mas-scholarship/
24th-Charles Butt Aspiring Teachers www.raiseyourhandtexas.org
25th-Tuskegee Airmen drive.google.com/file/d/1o5_f3mbq1j89iaKrDHzcDfolbNJ-7pAy/view
27th-Las Casas Foundation Perf. Arts www.lascasasfoundation.org/education-and-scholarships/
29th-Beauty Changes Lives beautychangeslives.academicworks.com/
30th-National FFA bit.ly/2OMpXTS
30th-Technology Addiction Awareness bit.ly/37XEeI2
31st-ATPE Northside 20 Application available in Career Center

31st-EAA- Aviation www.eaa.org/eaa/youth/Aviation-Scholarships
31st-BAFTX Undergrad Award www.baftx.org/scholarship-summary
31st-Carr P. Collins www.baylor.edu/admissions/index.php?id=872116
31st-Courage Persuaders courageouspersuaders.com/the-competition/
31st-Elks Legacy Awards www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/legacy.cfm
31st-I Have a Dream https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/our-scholarships/i-have-a-dream-scholarship
31st-Ken Stewart Future Language Educator www.scolt.org/ken-stewart-future-language-educator-scholarship/
31st-OLLU Star starsscholarship.org/
31st-Prestige prestigeportraits.com/get-inspired/prestige-college-scholarships/
31st-Rebekah Assem. of TX Irma Gesche bit.ly/31LJ4Tg
31st-Texas Student Housing www.texasstudenthousing.net/
31st-Union Plus www.unionplus.org/benefits/education/union-plus-scholarships
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Career Focus: Small Business

Career Day - Small Business

Some of the Local Schools with Entrepreneurship Programs

Use Schoolinks to Fill Out Your Common App Application

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

Directions for submitting your acceptance letter:

1. Log into Schoolinks through your JISD student portal.

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

3. Select "College Applications"

4. Select "#2 Application Results"

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

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

6. Confirm the Acceptance

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College Application Manager for Students

Contact Ms. Rendon, College Counselor

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

Contact Ms. Hodges, Career Counselor

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