SUBJECT:Opportunities for Junior or Senior High School Students
United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP)
The USSYP is a unique educational experience for outstanding junior or senior high school students who demonstrate leadership and an interest in government. Texas selects two student leaders as delegates and two as alternates. The delegates spend a week in Washington, D.C. immersed in leadership activities. Delegates will visit the Senate, House of Representatives, Supreme Court, and Pentagon. Delegates will hear major addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials of the Department of State and the Department of Defense, as well as other federal departments. Delegates have all transportation, hotel and meal expenses provided. Each delegate is also awarded a $5,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies. The program is sponsored by the Hearst Foundations.
Please see the Texas Education Agency (TEA) USSYP webpage for more information:
Application due date: October 15, 2014
United States Presidential Scholars Program
The United States (U.S.) Presidential Scholars Program honors graduating seniors for their outstanding scholarship and achievement. Seniors chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholars will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to receive a medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House. While there, the students have opportunities to engage with accomplished people, participate in conversations over issues that concern America and the world, and participate in other activities.
TEA invites high school seniors graduating between January and June of 2015 to apply for the opportunity to be a U.S. Presidential Scholar. The Commissioner of Education will nominate five male and five female candidates to apply for the honor.
Please see TEAís U.S. Presidential Scholars Program webpage for more information: †
Application due date: October 27, 2014
For more information on either of these programs, please contact Sara Grunberger by email at or by phone at (512) 936-6060.

Several Scholarships for Navarro College, please go to their website for applicaton requirements and due dates: [Link]

There are several National Hispanic Scholarships available on [Link] please check website for application due dates.

Go to the Every Chance Every Texan for more scholarships available

Top 10 Tips for Scholarship Applications

1. Apply only if you are eligible - read ALL requirements and directions carefully.

2. Complete application in full – if questions do not apply to you note that on application.

3. Follow directions - be sure to supply ALL requested materials, including transcripts, recommendation letters, and essays.

4. Neatness counts - type your application OR make sure your handwriting is neat and legible. 

5. Write an essay that makes a strong impression - be personal and specific.

6. Watch for deadlines – extensions are rarely given.   

7. Make sure your application gets where it needs to go – allow enough time for it to get there.  

8. Give it a final review - proof read the entire application carefully. Look for misspelled words or grammatical errors. Ask a friend, teacher, or parent to proof read it as well.

9. Ask for help if you need it - do not hesitate to contact the scholarship/funding organization.

10. Keep a back-up file - before sending in the application make a copy of the entire packet for your records and make a note of when you turned it in.

Please click HERE for a listing of our 2013 award winners.

Students who do not have access to computers at home may use computers in the A.H. Meadows Library. Please note all requirements and deadlines for each scholarship as well as where each completed application must be submitted. As new scholarship opportunities become available they will be posted at that time.  

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