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College nights build awareness of possibilities

2015 October 15
by HISD Communications

As educators, one of our biggest challenges is getting students — particularly first-generation high school graduates — to think of higher education as an achievable dream.

One of the ways we do that is by opening their eyes to the possibilities through events like our Top-Tier College Night, which took place last week. I was excited to see many students take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about what some of the country’s most prestigious schools have to offer them, and how they could get there with the help of scholarships and other financial aid packages.

Students in the top 15 percent of their classes will have another chance to explore in-state options in a few weeks. Texas College Night is scheduled for Oct. 28 at the University of Houston, and I sincerely hope that all of our eligible seniors will attend. There’s a common misconception that for college to be accessible and affordable, you have to stick close to home, but that is often not the case. Many great schools offer academic and financial incentives to deserving students. But you’ll never get there if you don’t apply.

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