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Counseling Week 
As I reflect on this past week also known as Counselor Week in our education world, I am proud of what my STH Counseling Team has accomplished this school year so far.   From receiving scholarship award letters to helping a freshman fill out the GPA calculator, the daily tasks of our counseling team are rewarding as we see first hand how persistence and tenacity always pays off.  The STH counseling team is committed to being the best counseling program in Houston and is excited to roll out spring programming as we continue to support our eagles. Keep on the look out for important dates through our Instagram and emails from your counselor. Also to wrap up counseling week, I challenge you to write an email to your counselor and say happy counselor week. 

 Last but not least, check out all the great programs and events coming up for you. I challenge you to visit colleges over spring break and sign up for our job shadow programming over spring break. Yes do something

 Audience: Grade Level Topic Dates FYI
All  Visit the University of North Texas Saturday, March 7th  
All Visit SFA
Register Here!

Saturday,  February 22nd, 2020
Saturday, March 28th, 2020
Juniors FREE Method Test Prep Account  Ongoing *Look for email from Mrs. Stephenson on 1/30/2020 for FREE code 
All Grades STH Spring Break Job Shadowing Program
Review the site options here, then apply here
February 28th Deadline to apply Links also in 2/3/2020 email from Mrs. Shipman
All Grades Public VS Private Colleges Check out the pros and cons of each here  
 Seniors Scholarships: Find them on Naviance under the College Tab    See newsletter below for more specific scholarships

College Visits Next Week

Deadline Grade Level Scholarship Name  Details
February 15, 2020 12th Sparkling Ice Flavorful Futures Scholarship
Sparkling Ice is awarding FIVE $5,000 scholarships to eligible high school seniors who are planning their bright and colorful futures.
February 15, 2020 12th Diversity Scholars Program
  Each student will receive $5,000 per year for a maximum of eight semesters of study.
February 16, 2020 12th George & Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation Scholarships

Awards seventy $20,000 scholarships each year to be used over four years of undergraduate study.  Selection is based on financial need and academic ability.

College Knowledge 

SFA has so many different programs to choose from! Have you completed your YouScience Profile to learn more about yourself and what you should study? Check your 12/20/2019 email to activate your account and learn more in the video below:

Follow this link to view video. 


Trends and Special Interest

Public VS. Private Colleges...... Pros and Cons

The BIG one......COST!
The tuition cost of public colleges and universities for in-state residents is typically less than half the average cost of private schools.  That being said, private colleges and universities also often offer more in the way of scholarships, fellowships, and other kinds of need- or merit-based financial aid.  High-achieving students might actually get a better deal at a private institution rather than a public option depending on their achievements and financial situation.  A much higher percentage of freshman receive institutional grants at private schools than those who attend public schools.

Educational environment and offerings
Public universities likely have larger student populations which can translate into larger class sizes, less flexibility to personalize course choices and less personal interaction with professors.  Also, the average number of students who graduate in four years tends to be considerably higher at smaller private schools than larger public universities.

That being said, larger public universities tend to offer more in the way of research opportunities and internships that provide very valuable, real-world experience in a student's field of choice.  Also, a larger public school usually sustains a greater variety and breadth of majors to choose from and a greater variety of potential groups to join and activities to participate in.

Careers, Resumes, oh my!

STH Spring Break 2020 Job Shadow Program
The Counseling Office invites you to participate in our Spring Break 2020 Job Shadowing Program.  This program will allow you to explore and/or test-drive potential careers by spending 1-2 days with STH alumni and parents in those careers.  You will get to see exactly what they do firsthand, attend meetings, and ask all of your questions about how they got to where they are and what their careers are really like.  Not only will this help you in your career exploration, but it will also look great on college applications! 

Review the job shadow site options here, pick your top three, and then complete the application here by February 21st at 3:30PM!

Contact Mrs. Shipman ( with any questions.

Paid Experiential Learning Opportunity- Student Election Clerk

Did you know that in Texas, high school students aged 16 years and older can work the polls on Election Day? The Harris County Step Up to Serve campaign encourages civic participation and gives students an inside look at the elections process. They are looking for students to apply to work in the upcoming March 3, 2020 Democratic and Republican Party Primary Elections.  If you have any interest in a future career in government or politics, this would be a great opportunity for you!

If selected for this opportunity, you would have to be at the polls all day and would miss school.  The Dean of Students Office has graciously offered to count this participation as an excused "academic absence" that would not count towards exemptions, etc.

Student Election Clerk Info and FAQs
Student Election Clerk Application

Internship Opportunity- Wesley Hunt for Congress Campaign

The Wesley Hunt for Congress internship will give students first hand experience of working on a top nationally targeted political campaign. This internship is flexible with all schedules and can be completed throughout the semester. Students may also come in for a few hours a week to accumulate required service and volunteer hours, without committing to the full internship program. 

Students will be asked to participate in a number of tasks ranging from assisting in organizing events, writing campaign material and doing direct voter contact. This is a great opportunity for students to see the inner workings of a political campaign and our political system.

Click here to get the application.

Summer Job for Seniors- St. Luke's All Day Camps
St. Luke's in River Oaks is hiring graduating seniors to serve as counselors for their summer camps.  You must be 18 years old to apply.  Learn more about the camps here and contact Ms. Jassiel Lozano, Assistant Director, at to apply.

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