Mariela Banda was looking forward to celebrating the end of
her high school years in person with her classmates at Milby High School.
“Being a virtual valedictorian is unfortunate since we will
not be able to fully close this chapter of our lives before we continue with
the next one,” she said. “It’s heartbreaking not to be able to share the joy of
graduation with my class. Instead, we have to worry about the
future. Being a virtual valedictorian is both challenging and stressful,
but I feel certain my class will continue to move forward.”
Mariela is still reaching out to motivate members of her
HISD aired a live virtual
town hall meeting on Tuesday, April 28, to assist students pursuing
postsecondary education options during the COVID-19 crisis.
The virtual town hall, which aired
in English and Spanish, opened with remarks from HISD Interim Superintendent
Grenita Lathan and featured experts in college admissions, scholarships and
financial aid, testing requirements, and enrollment.
Dr. Lathan thanked everyone
for their patience during this difficult time, saying, “Our goal is to give you
access to knowledgeable individuals who can provide up-to-date information,
resources, and answers to any questions you might have.”
In response to the unique challenges presented by COVID-19,
the Houston Independent School District is excited to announce that 100 interns
will be hired to tutor students remotely.
The HISD Virtual Student Leadership Program will offer online
instruction and lessons to students in need, delivered by student interns. To
promote social distancing and properly plan, the focus of HISD’s Summer Student
Leadership Program has been shifted from in-person internships within
departments to online virtual tutoring services.
In addition to providing high-quality virtual academic
instruction, the district remains committed to ensuring that students have
access to competitive summer employment opportunities. All students who applied
for the Summer Student Leadership Program will be notified of the change and are
invited to apply for a paid internship tutoring students virtually.
Voters in Harris County may want to remember the name Mercedes Sotelo. The Eastwood Academy senior has some serious goals – and clearly likes to have options.
Sotelo, who is a proud lifelong resident of Houston’s East End, has been accepted to 25 colleges across the nation. States with universities with her name on their acceptance lists range from Hawaii to Maine. On top of that, her scholarship offers totaled a whopping $559,000.
The choice wasn’t easy, but Sotelo ultimately chose to stay
home, in Texas. In the fall, Sotelo will attend Concordia University in Austin,
where she will pursue a degree in Political Science and Government.
Completing your FAFSA is the first step toward getting many different types of financial aid for school, and finishing the FAFSA early is the best way to maximize college-award packages.
Even though the federal government doesn’t have a firm deadline as to when FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) applications need to be completed, all 50 states do, and for Texas, the priority deadline is Jan. 15, 2020.
Nineteen years to the day that Dr. Jose Luis Zelaya was reunified with his family at the border, hundreds of students and their families watched in awe on Saturday as he achieved what was once thought to be an impossible dream.
A profound silence filled the Hattie Mae White boardroom as the HISD graduate and DREAMer, who migrated to the U.S. from Honduras at the age of 13 after an arduous 45-day journey, was hooded by his mother and father to solidify his doctorate in Urban Education from Texas A&M University.
“My graduation is happening in this moment because of my support systems, because of the people that believed in me,” said Zelaya, who served as the keynote speaker for HISD’s fifth annual Dream Summit. “There will be times when you won’t have money to buy your next meal, but there will be people that believe in you so much, that out of nowhere they will help you.”
EMERGE empowers and prepares high-performing students from underserved communities to attend and graduate from top colleges and universities across the nation. These institutions offer substantial financial-aid packages to students.
Students, teachers prepare for upcoming AP exams HISD Advanced Placement students are invited to attend the AP Saturday Countdown Academy to help prepare for Advanced Placement exams.
The first of four Countdown Academies will take place at Carnegie Vanguard High School from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 16. Throughout the morning, students will participate in three different review sessions aimed at AP exam preparation, skills, and content.
The event is free, open to all HISD AP students and teachers, and breakfast will be provided. Students should bring a notebook, a pencil, and a laptop. Students should inquire with their school if transportation is provided.
Event to help students apply for college, financial aid
College Readiness and Multilingual Programs will be hosting the fifth annual Dream Summit to assist students with college applications and the financial aid process on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center, 4400 W. 18th St., Houston 77092.
High school students and their families are encouraged to attend the free event. Students should contact their campus college-access coordinator, counselor, or college and career readiness advisor regarding transportation. Five seniors will have a chance to win a $500 scholarship.
Completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and TASFA (Texas Application for State Financial Aid) is the first step toward receiving the various types of financial aid for school, and finishing your FAFSA/TASFA early is the best way to maximize college-award packages.
But how much do you know about these financial aid applications? Here are 10 reasons why students should submit their FAFSA ASAP! For info on TASFA, see below.