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From the Director of Counseling

October is busy and exciting for all Eagles. Check out some of the programming and resources available to you by grade level and please do not hesitate to reach out to your counselor. 
 
  Focus for the month Additional Resources/Upcoming Events
Class of 2020
FAFSA
October 1 each year is the date that students and parents can start to fill out the federal government’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the College Board’s CSS/Profile form. These forms are the basis on which colleges decide financial aid, so it is important students and parents fill them out no matter what your income. Check out the Financial Aid Resources and do not hesitate to reach out to your counselor for help. 

APPLY

APPLY for College
Suggested Deadlines & Tips
(Check out presentation from last week for details) 
 
Dates: 
 October 8th, College Fair @ Strake, 6 pm-8 pm 

Help writing your activities on Common App/Apply Texas
Class of 2021 PSAT Test & Academics
Why should you take the PSAT serious? This year, your scores can qualify you for the NMSQT Scholarships. Check out this article
 PSAT  Importance 

Prospective College List Building
Building College Knowledge and explore Colleges should be a focus in the month of October. Check out this great resource and go to the College Fair. 
 Save the Dates
 October 8th, College Fair @ Strake, 6 pm-8 pm 

PSAT Test: October 16th at STH

November 13, Junior Conference Family Meeting
 
Class of 2022 Go to the College Fair. 
Prep for the PSAT Test-Khan.org
Visit the LEC and talk to your teachers. 
Check out the My Planner Tool in Naviance-what do you need help with--make an appointment with your counselor. 
 Save the Dates
 October 8th, College Fair @ Strake, 6 pm-8 pm 

PSAT Test: October 16th at STH
Class of 2023   Share your learning style with your family-how are you using these results? Families-look in Naviance under My Planner for tips and ideas.

Your academics are the most important freshman year. What are you doing well? What can your counselor help you with? Stop in and ask about the GPA calculator. 
 Save the Dates
 October 8th, College Fair @ Strake, 6 pm-8 pm 

PSAT Test: October 16th at STH


 

Counseling Department Upcoming College Visits

Students please sign-up in Naviance if you plan to attend. If the college visit is during lunch, please bring a lunch from home; and if the visit is during your class period, please get a Notification Form of Visiting College Representative (blue form) ahead of time from the counseling department to get your teacher's approval to miss class.  These dates and times are subject to change due to last minutes cancellations/changes by the college.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Garza in the counseling department at extension 107 or email madelyn.garza@sths.org. 

College Knowledge 

Looking for a strong engineering programs and undergraduate research opportunities in a small Liberal Arts environment? Check out Bucknell University

Location: Lewisburg, PA
Size: 3581
Average SAT/ACT: 1335/30
Top Programs: Economics, Psychology, Accounting and Financial Management, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Animal Behavior, Environmental Science
Mascot: Bucknell Bison
Fun Facts: NCAA Division I athletics, More than 1/2 of the classes have less than 20 students, 32% are in the Greek system, Engineering Freshman take an introduction class that exposes you to all 8 Engineering degree programs, rated one of the most beautiful campuses, 49% of students study abroad, 91% of students live on campus, many undergraduate research opportunities.

Have you added any of our featured schools to your "Colleges I'm thinking about" list on Naviance?  Add them to learn more and check out Scattergrams to see what it takes to be admitted!

Purdue University
Saint Louis University
Ithaca College
United States Military Academy at West Point
University of Dallas
Creighton University.
Trinity University.
Truman State

And more to come! 

Around Town:

Preview Rice
Nov. 25
A campus visit opportunity for students in grades 10 - 11. This is a short half-day program packed with must-have information for students starting their college search.  

Careers, Resumes, oh my!

Career Fair- Houston Stem College and Career Fair

Giving College-Bound Students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics the opportunity to interact with Admission Representatives from a wide-range of Postsecondary Institutions to explore the college admissions process; and connect with Industry Partners to learn about STEM Careers and internships.

Bayou City Event Center
9401 Knight Rd, Houston, TX 77045
Sunday, October 20, 2019, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Contact Us: Email collegefairs@nacacnet.org or call 703/836-2222 ext. 14.

Internship Opportunity- Brave Bully Rescue Social Media Intern

Hello students and dog lovers! ❤️ 🐶  We are looking for savvy social media INTERNS who are majoring in (or interested in majoring in) Marketing, IT, Public Relations and/or Communications. If you would like to join our team and get a head start in your career while helping animals in need, send your resume and cover letter to info@bravebullyrescue.org!  Seniors preferred.

To learn more about our organization, please visit us at www.bravebullyrescue.org.

Cool Careers- Parent Features

Hey STH parents!  Do you have a "cool career" that you would like to share with the young men of St. Thomas?  We are looking to feature parent careers in our upcoming newsletters and would love your input.  If you would like to have your career featured, click here to complete the Google form!



Show me the Money!!! 

We want to make sure students take full advantage of all the financial aid opportunities Colleges and Universities offer, including grants, scholarships, and Work-Study! To be considered for financial aid, incoming College Freshman must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The 2020–21 FAFSA is now available. Students can submit their FAFSA online at fafsa.gov. Also, Scholarships are now available online in Naviance.  Students and Parents please log into your Naviance account, click on the College Tab, then click on Scholarships and Money. There will be 4 options to find scholarship money; Scholarship Match, Scholarship List, Scholarship Applications National Scholarship Search, view each option in order to apply for scholarship opportunities. Lastly, below is a list of scholarships we would like to highlight!    
 
The Heisman High School Scholarship - continues a 25-year tradition of honoring high school seniors who accomplish tremendous feats in the classroom, on the field, and most importantly, within their communities. The scholarship recognizes and rewards both male and female high school athletes who are community-minded and driven to use their exceptional talents for the benefit of all. Winning a Heisman High School Scholarship requires a weighted GPA of 3.0 or better, participation in at least one school-sponsored sport, and demonstrated leadership at school and in the community. You have students who have worked hard for years to make the grade.
Apply online at https://heismanscholarshipapplication.com/menu-home.aspx?comp_id=5EBBD33B-CBB1-4F5D-B8D0-95B32405CFF2; Deadline to apply is October 29, 2019.
 
The Coca-Cola Scholars Program- scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. With the 31st class in 2019, the Foundation has provided over 6,150 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $69 million in educational support. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship. Apply now! High school seniors may visit Cokeurl.com/Apply2019 to apply to be a Coca-Cola Scholar.
Apply online at https://webportalapp.com/sp/login/ccsf; Deadline to apply is October 31, 2019 5pm EST.
 
The Voice of Democracy -  has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VFW’s) premier scholarship program. Each year, nearly 40,000 high school students compete for more than $2 million in scholarships and incentives. Students compete by writing and recording an audio essay on an annual patriotic theme. This year’s theme is, What Makes America Great.
Apply online at https://vfworg-cdn.azureedge.net/-/media/VFWSite/Files/Community/Youth-and-Education/Voice-of-Democracy-Entry-Form-Fillable.pdf?la=en&v=1&d=20190408T161848Z: Deadline to apply is October 31, 2019.
 
 
The Stokes Educational Scholarship Program - facilitates the recruitment of individuals (high school seniors majoring in computer science or computer/electrical engineering), particularly minority students, who have demonstrated skills critical to the National Security Agency (NSA).  As an NSA employee with the Stokes Program, you will attend college full time, receive up to $30,000 per year for tuition and mandatory fees and a year round salary.
 
Apply online at https://comptroller.texas.gov/programs/education/msp/funding/aid/scholarship/scutpnsa.php; Deadline to apply is October 31, 2019.

Trends and Points of Interest

Just how busy is TOO busy?

St. Thomas High School students have a lot to contend with just by going through the normal, daily routine of trying to succeed in a rigorous and highly competitive college preparatory environment.  And THAT is just between the hours of 7:50 - 3:10 each day.  Add into the mix athletics, community service expectations, family commitments, part-time jobs, homework, and studying, etc. and it is easy to find yourself running out of hours in the day that are available to get everything done.

Linked below are three helpful and informative websites that discuss just how busy a high school student should be and ways in which our guys can better budget and manage their time.

https://studentstrategy101.com/blog/how-busy-should-a-high-school-student-be/
https://blog.collegevine.com/how-to-manage-time-as-a-busy-high-school-student/
https://gradepowerlearning.com/10-time-management-tips-students/

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