Guidance
Contact:
Vanessa Alvarado 830.426.3341 Email
  Yvonne Norman 830.426.3341 Email

 

 

Welcome to the 2016-2017 Counselors' Corner!

 

Hello Owls!  We are so glad you are visiting our webpage.  Here, you will find information about scholarships, testing, dual credit, college and career readiness, and many other resources. Mrs. Norman is serving students whose last names begin with A-L, and Mrs. Alvarado is serving students whose last names begin with M-Z.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need anything!!

 

 Scholarships  

College and Career Resources

Testing FAQ'S

Senior FAQ's

Dual Credit FAQ's


 

Remind Account for Seniors:  SENIORS and SENIOR PARENTS, You are all encouraged to sign up for Remind 101.  In case you are not sure what that is, it is a one-way text messaging app that will allow you to receive any text messages that are sent out regarding senior stuff (scholarships, deadlines, graduation, meetings, etc.) You will not be able to respond to the messages via text, but you are always welcome to email or call your counselor if you have any questions.  If you would like to sign up for these reminders and notifications, please text @hondo17 to the short code 81010 

  

SCHOLARSHIPS

The scholarships listed below are just a sample of scholarships available to students.  Some are local, some are national, and some sites will take you a scholarship search webpage.  It is very important to know that this is not all scholarships available to students!  Many companies offer scholarships to their employees or employees' children, so ask your boss if they offer scholarships!  Various organizations offer scholarships, so it is a good idea to ask any organizations with whom you are associated if they offer a scholarship!  The most important place to apply for scholarships is the college or university you will be attending, and the deadline for that is usually December 1st!!! 

 

RECENTLY ADDED SCHOLARSHIPS (Click on the name to apply)

Texas Telephone Association Foundation Scholarship--Deadline to apply is March 17.

Texas Association for Pupil Transportation Contest--For grades 9-12!  This is a speech contest, and scholarships will be awarded.  The deadline is January 27.

Burger King Scholarship--This is for seniors with a GPA of at least 2.5.  The deadline to apply is Dec. 15.

Texas Engineering Foundation Scholarship--This is for Engineering majors. The deadline to apply is Jan. 13.

South West Texas Junior College Scholarship--This is for any student planning to attend SWTJC. The deadline to apply is April 1.

Catholic Life Insurance All American Scholar Award--Students must be a Catholic Life Insurance member.  The deadline is March 1.

Texas Student Housing Scholarship--This is open to students who will be living in Austin, College Station, or Denton.  The deadline to apply is Jan. 31.

 

VARIOUS STATE AND NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS

American Council of the Blind--www.acbtexas.org

American Institute of Architects--www.archfoundation.org

American Legion--www.legion.org

Best Buy Scholarship--www.bestbuyscholarshipamerica.org

Bristol-Myers Squibb Minority--www.bms.com 

Coca-Cola Two Year College--www.coca-colascholars.org

College Board Search--www.collegeboard.org/fundfinder/html/ssrchtop.html

College Fund--www.uncf.org

College Net--www.collegenet.com

Engineering/Architecture Scholarship--www.strongtie.com

Environmental Studies Scholarship--www.wstar.org

Fastweb--www.fastweb.com

Federal Scholarship & Aid Gateway--www.fedmoney.org

FinAid--www.finaid.org

Find Money for College--www.scholarships.com

Gates Millennium Scholarship--www.gmsp.org

Harry S. Truman Scholarship--www.truman.org

Hispanic College Fund--www.hispanicfund.org

Hispanic Scholarship Fund--www.hsf.net

Horace Mann Scholars--www.horacemann.com

Jackie Robinson Foundation--www.jackierobinson.org

Latino Scholarships--www.latinocollegedollars.org 

LULAC--www.lulac.org

MALEF Law School Scholarship--www.maldef.org/

Minorities Scholarships--www.minority-scholarship-guide.com/ 

NACME Pre-Engineering--www.nacme.org 

National Alliance for Excellence--www.excellence.org

National Black Journalists--www.nabj.org

National Hispanic Journalists--www.nahj.org 

Native American Journalists--www.naja.com 

Orphan Foundation of America--www.orphan.org

Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford--www.rhodesscholar.org

Sallie Mae's Free Online--www.salliemae.com

Scholarship America--www.scholarshipamerica.org

Scholarship News--www.scholarship-news.com 

Scholarship on the Net--www.advocacy-net.com 

Scholarship for Paralegals--www.paralegals.org

Sports Scholarships and Internships--www.ncaa.org

Tylenol Scholarship--www.tylenol.com

Weird Scholarships--www.weirdscholarships.net 

Wildlife Leadership Award--www.rmef.org

Wired Scholar--www.wiredscholar.com

 

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COLLEGE AND CAREER RESOURCES

 

Graduation Toolkit--This is infomation for all High School Students regarding graduation requirements, post-secondary planning, university resources, workforce resources, and much more!

Graduation Plans--This includes information relating to the Foundation Graduation Plan, Endorsements Flowcharts, Performance Acknowledgements, and more!

 

FAFSA Updates--Click here for announcements and updates regarding Financial Aid.

FAFSA Presentation from UTSA--Step-by-step instructions and other useful information for students applying for financial aid at any college

Financial Aid Application--Click here to apply for Financial Aid.

 

Resume Writing

College Essay Writing Tips

 

College and Career Planning

www.everychanceeverytexan.org/--Website with a ton of infomation about Texas colleges.

www.hope2be.com

www.collegeview.com--Not sure where you want to go?  Try SuperMatch to help you find the best school for you!

www.collegemajors101.com--This provides information about over 100 different college majors.

www.mynextmove.org/

www.texasrealitycheck.com--How much will you be able to afford with your future career?

www.texascaresonline.com--Explore careers that match your interests!

www.collegeboard.org

www.Youniversitytv.com--This is a great website that will allow students to tour any campus in the United States. 

 

Practice Tests

SAT, ACT and more Practice Tests

PSAT Interpretation

www.khanacademy.org--Free tests on subject areas, test prep for SAT, an much more!

 

Military

ASVAB Practice--Interested in the military?  Use this practice test to prepare for the ASVAB!

Military Branches

 

Dual Credit Information

Fall 2016 Deadlines

Spring 2017 Deadlines

 

Social Media Warning

 

STOP BULLYING--Information about bullying, including cyberbullying, and how to prevent and respond to it.  STOP BULLYING NOW!!

 

NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFE LINE--1-800-273-TALK (8255)

 

Children's Bereavement Center--(210)736-4847 

 

24-Hour Crisis Hotline--(877)466-0660--Please call if you are in a crisis situation.  This can be physical, mental, or emotional.  Help is available!

 

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TESTING FAQ'S

1. What are the ACT and SAT?

The ACT and SAT are college entrance exams that 4-year colleges and universities require.  Many admissions decisions are based on ACT and SAT scores. 

 

2. When should I start taking the ACT and SAT?

The earlier, the better!  You can take the ACT and SAT multiple times.  Some students like to start taking these tests in 9th grade to become more acquainted with the test.  We recommend taking your first college entrance exam no later than your junior year.  College applications open on August 1 each year, and most require a score in order to apply.

 

3. Do I need to take both tests?

Not necessarily, but we recommend trying both tests to see how you score.  The tests have many differences, and some students prefer one over the other. 

 

4. What is the PSAT?

The PSAT is an exam administered each October.  It is recommended that all 10th and 11th graders take the PSAT.  It is great practice for the SAT, and when you take it your junior year, you automatically get entered into the Nationl Merit Scholar program with a chance to earn very prestigious scholarships and honors.  The PSAT is administered during the school day at Hondo High School.  The cost is $15. 

 

5. Where can I go to register for these tests? 

 

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SENIOR FAQ'S

 

1. When can I start applying to colleges?

Many colleges and universities begin accepting applications on August 1.

 

2. How do I apply to college?

Most colleges in Texas accept applications through the website www.applytexas.org. Many private universities use www.commonapp.org.  You can always check the college's website for more information about the application process.

 

3. When can I start applying for scholarships?

You can start immediately!  By doing a search for "scholarships" online, you may be able to find 100's of scholarships that will be right for you.  In the fall, we will have a few local scholarship applications available; however, most of the local scholarship applications come out in the spring. It is also very important to remember to apply for scholarships from the college of your choice--these scholarship applications are available on the college websites.  Here are some websites you may want to check out in your spare time this summer:

www.scholarships.com

www.studentscholarships.org

www.fastweb.com

www.scholarships101.com

www.schoolsoup.com/scholarship-directory 

 

4. What are some tips for filling out scholarship applications?

Fill them out neatly, make sure you follow all the directions, make sure the application is complete, and be sure to turn them in on time!  The essay is also very important, so take care in writing an essay that is grammatically correct and has interesting content. 

 

5. When can I apply for financial aid?

You can apply for financial aid after October 1 at www.fafsa.gov.

 

6. How do I request a transcript from HHS?

There is a "Transcript Request Form" in available in the office--fill this out and turn it in.  Please allow a few days for us to fulfill your request.

 

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DUAL CREDIT FAQ'S

 

1. How do I register for Dual Credit?

If you requested a Dual Credit course on your Course Selection sheet in April, then you will be registered for the requested course through HHS. 

 

2. Do I need to apply to SWTJC?

Yes, but you need to attend a session at HHS with the counselors to complete your application.  There are certain parts of the application that must be completed a certain way in order to ensure that you do not get dropped from classes once you are registered. 

 

3. I see advertisements in town about signing up for classes at SWTJC...do I need to go online and do that?

No, we register you for all Dual Credit classes through HHS.

 

4. Will I need to take the TSI Exam?

You will need to take the TSI Exam if you are not exempt based on your STAAR, ACT, or SAT scores. 

 

5. How much do Dual Credit classes cost?

Dual credit classes will cost about $250.00 each per semester.

 

6. When is my payment due?

August 12 for the Fall 2016.  If you are unable to pay the full amount at once, SWTJC may be able to provide a payment plan for you.

 

7. When is the first day of class?

 Dual Credit classes will begin on August 22.

 

8. How do I get my books?

Students are responsible for buying their textbooks for Dual Credit classes.  You can create an account at the SWTJC Bookstore on the SWTJC website, http://www.swtjcbookstore.com/home.aspx, in order to learn the details of which books you will need to purchase.  Once you create an account, you will need to search by the course number of the class(es) you will be taking.  You can also call the bookstore at 830.591.7263 for help on finding the right books. Here is a list of the course numbers:

  • English III and IV is ENGL 1301
  • US History is HIST 1301
  • Government is GOVT 2305
  •        College Algebra is MATH 1314
  •        Psychology is PSYC 2301
  • Intro to Criminal Justice is CRIJ 1301
  • Principles of Business is BMGT 1327

Books can be pricey to buy, but you can often rent them from a variety of websites or buy the e-book version for a lower price.  You can certainly purchase your textbooks at the SWTJC bookstore, but here are some additional websites that may be helpful:

www.chegg.com

www.collegebookrenter.com

www.barnesandnoble.com     

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