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1 FHS Counselor Newsletter FEF Scholarship Application Deadline is Friday at 5pm: Attention Families of the Class of 2015 Graduating Frisco ISD high school seniors are eligible to apply for hundreds of college scholarship opportunities managed by the Frisco Education Foundation. The application is available online at. The deadline to submit the application is Friday, December 19 at 5 p.m. Late or un-submitted applications will not be accepted. The Foundation provides or facilitates thousands of dollars' worth of college scholarships each year on behalf of individuals, non-profit organizations and businesses in the community. Nearly $3.2 million has been awarded to more than 3,400 graduating seniors since the Foundation's inception 15 years ago. Also, please have your student verify the addresses they use or have used to request letters of recommendations, as FEF is receiving hundreds of bounce backs. Scholarship Opportunities: 1. The first scholarship is "Aspiring Fashion Professional" Scholarship. This is a $1,000 scholarship that will be awarded to students that are interested in pursuing a fashion degree at an accredited postsecondary school or college. Interested students can visit this link and find the scholarship located at the bottom of the page and click on it. 2. The 2nd Scholarship is the "Aspiring Animation Professional" Scholarship Program. This is the 4th year we are awarding this scholarship for AnimationCareerReview.com. We are offering high school seniors the opportunity to win a $1,000 scholarship. This will be awarded to students that are interested in pursuing an animation career path at an accredited post-secondary school or college. We ask that you have interested students visit our website, to find eligibility information along with the online application. The scholarship will be on the right side of the page and click on it.

2 The deadline for both scholarships is June 1, New SAT Practice for Freshmen and Sophomores C2 Education Frisco Center will be hosting a free testing event to celebrate the Holidays. Students in 9th and 10 grades will have the opportunity to take a practice test for the New SAT. When: December 10 through December 31, 2014 Where: C2 Education Frisco Center 3245 W Main St #213 Frisco, TX Registration: Call C2 Education Frisco Center at or at Things to bring: Calculator and a no. 2 pencil and a snack Coffee with the Counselor Sessions: mark your calendars

3 The FHS Counseling Department hosts periodic parent only sessions geared towards sharing information on topics important to parents. These sessions take place on the FHS Campus in the Lecture Hall at 8:30am. Please mark your calendar with the dates below. We look forward to having you here! Date January 16, 2015 February 20, 2015 Topic CTE Information / Courses/Pathways by Beth Jennings, CTE Counselor Dangerous Phone Apps for Teens FISD College Fair: For ALL high school grade levels When: Wednesday, Jan. 28 th from 6-8pm Where: Frisco High School Who: All 9 th -12 th graders and their parents Upcoming Destination College Events for Students and Parents: Destination College: The Parent Workshop 6-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 Living Legends Conference Center Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano This popular workshop will provide parents with the essentials of planning and preparing for

4 your students' college experience. Speakers will address practical parenting concerns, strategies for a successful college admissions process, and financial aid resources and terminology. Join us for an entertaining and informative evening. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided starting at 6 p.m. The program will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Please note that this workshop is for parents only. Registration for this workshop will open on Jan. 8, The RSVP deadline for this event is Thursday, Jan. 22, How to Apply for Financial Aid 6:30-8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 Preston Ridge Campus Conference Center 9700 Wade Blvd., Frisco How do I apply? What is a FAFSA? Get help in sorting out the facts from the myths. This workshop will introduce you to financial aid concepts such as the different types of aid, the application process and more. Registration for this workshop will open on Friday, Jan. 23, Collin College Pre-Admission Partnerships: Transferring to Universities 6-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 Living Legends Conference Center Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano Representatives from each of Collin College's pre-admission partner colleges/universities will provide information about their program's benefits, the application process, financial aid scholarships and ways to prepare for college. The partners will meet parents and students during individual breakout sessions. Information tables from university partners and Collin College will be available for browsing. Collin College's University Partners are: Austin College, Baylor University, Dallas Baptist University, Southern Methodist University, Texas A&M University - Commerce, Texas Tech University, Texas Woman's University, Texas Wesleyan University, The University of Texas at

5 Dallas, and the University of North Texas. Please note: Browsing tables will be available from 6-6:20 p.m. Welcome remarks and breakout sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m. Registration for this workshop will open on Friday, Jan. 30, The Magic of Storytelling: How to Write a Successful College Essay 6:30-8 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, 2015 Living Legends Conference Center Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano You asked for it and we listened - a repeat performance of one of our most popular workshops. According to the 3,500 colleges and universities in the U.S., "The singular most challenging aspect of the college application process is writing the college essay." Learn the secrets behind writing a meaningful and memorable personal essay that connects with the admissions committee while distinguishing yourself from the 3.2 million students applying to college each year, from Marilyn Kaufman, M.Ed., one of 25 college counselors on the The Princeton Review National College Counselor Advisory Board. Registration for this workshop will open on Tuesday, Feb. 10, Getting Started at Collin College: For New Students 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2015 Living Legends Conference Center Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano Are you planning on attending Collin College in the summer or fall 2015? If so, this workshop walks you through each step of the process to get started, from admissions to advising and applying for financial aid. Representatives from various student services departments will be available to answer your individual questions. Please note: No dual credit information will be

6 discussed at this workshop. This session is intended for those who are graduating or who have already graduated from high school. Registration for this workshop will open on Wednesday, March 4, To register, visit University of Tulsa Information The University of Tulsa will be conducting scholarship interviews on Saturday, January 17, Our scholarship deadline is February 1. All admission material must be submitted by February 1 to be considered for academic scholarships. Our last overnight program, Tulsa Time for Seniors is February 15-16, Students can register online to attend. Campus visit program for Juniors: Monday, 1/19/15 or Friday, 4/3/15. Please visit for additional information and to apply.

7 7TH ANNUAL HBCU INFORMATION SESSION Date: January 16, 2014 Time: 6:00-9:00pm Lone Star High School Cafeteria 2606 Panther Creek Parkway Frisco, Texas PROGRAM GOAL: To promote awareness of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, their academic programs and admission processes. TARGET AUDIENCE: High school juniors and seniors, throughout Denton County and the surrounding areas are encouraged to attend and consider a HBCU for their academic future. SCHOLARSHIPS: Academic Scholarships may be awarded on site. To be considered for a scholarship, please bring an official transcript and your ACT or SAT scores. VISIT US ONLINE AT: SFA Pre-Law Summer Academy Stephen F. Austin State University invites you to apply to the only Pre-Law Academy in Texas designed for rising high school juniors and seniors: Interact with federal and state judges Visit courtrooms and law offices

8 Experience a crime scene investigation Participate in a mock trial competition Instruction by law school and university professors Learn about the LSAT exam Meet law school admissions officers Learn to brief law cases Discuss undergraduate preparation for law school Study the judicial system Enjoy recreational activities. Qualified students are accepted on a first come, first served basis until capacity is reached. Students who successfully complete the Pre-Law Academy receive a certificate bearing the seal of SFA, and signed by the Dean of the College of Liberal and Applied Arts. Intellectual challenge Earning potential (median salary $110,590) Transferrable skills Opportunity to help others Global influence Prestige Diverse practice areas Work environment Flexibility Perks, like travel Participants live in a residence hall at SFA. These rooms are close to program classes and to the dining hall. Counselors will be available in the evenings to supervise and provide assistance. Meals are served in a university dining hall. Meals begin with dinner on the first evening of the program and end with breakfast on the final day of the program. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served June 6 -June 13. Lodging for seven nights in a double-occupancy room costs $250 and includes meals. A participant is exempt from residing in the residence hall if living with a parent or legal guardian. An optional meal plan (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) for these participants may be purchased for $100. Tuition for the one-week program (which includes instruction, field trips, and extra-curricular activities) is $500. For additional information, visit

9 *********************************************************************** LSU Spring Invitational Program Students with outstanding academic records are invited to participate in the prestigious LSU Spring Invitational Program March 25 27, Throughout this program, a team of LSU students, faculty, and staff will be devoted to you. You are one of the best students in LSU s 2015 freshman class, and the efforts and resources of this entire LSU community will be at your service, ready to help you succeed and make the most of your college career. The LSU Spring Invitational Program s testing sessions, orientation programs, scheduling privileges, and social activities provide significant benefits. Earning advanced standing credit for college courses could significantly reduce your college costs. You will find yourself in extraordinary company the students invited to the program rank in the top 15 percent of the nation s high school seniors. Spring Invitational will serve as your orientation program. If you attend this orientation program, you will not need to attend any of the freshman orientation programs scheduled in June and July. At Spring Invitational you can expect to: Attempt to earn college credit before you take a college course. Learn about campus life, programs, and services. Schedule your classes with first priority. You will have the privilege of scheduling fall and/or summer courses prior to the normal freshman registration period. This means you have the first choice for freshman fall courses at the time you want. To take advantage of priority scheduling, plan to remain on campus until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 27, Receive personal and academic advice. Learn about LSU s academic opportunities. Experience Tiger spirit and life as an LSU student.

10 Meet faculty and staff to learn about the numerous resources LSU has to offer. Remember, space is limited and reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. You must attend the opening session, Preview 2015 at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25. To take advantage of the early class scheduling privilege, you must arrange to stay on campus until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 27. Program Invitation Requirements The LSU Spring Invitational Program is limited to invited students only. Participants must meet the qualifications listed below to receive an invitation. Invitation postcards and s will be sent around the third week in January! Please do not attempt to register for the program until you receiver an invitation via . Your official SAT or ACT score(s) must be on file with the LSU Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Student Aid. NOTE: The SAT required score is calculated from a student s combined Math and Verbal SAT scores. Level 1: 3.20 academic GPA and either an SAT total score of 1250 or greater or an ACT composite score of 28 or greater. Level 2: 2.90 academic GPA and either an SAT total score of 1250 or greater or an ACT composite score of 28 or greater. Level 3: 3.20 academic GPA and either an SAT total score of 1210 or greater or an ACT composite score of 27 or greater. The online reservation deadline is March 17, Admission to LSU To participate in the Spring Invitational Program, you must be accepted for admission to LSU. Your online reservation form for the LSU Spring Invitational Program cannot be processed until you have been admitted by LSU s Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Student Aid. If you have not yet applied to LSU, you may do so at Your application, fee, transcript, and official test scores should be on file with the admissions office by January 5, 2015.

11 To attend the LSU Spring Invitational Program, LSU must have your official SAT or ACT score(s) on file. Only scores received directly from the SAT or ACT testing center are considered to be official scores. For more information on how to have your official ACT or SAT scores sent to LSU, contact the LSU Office of Enrollment Management at Date: March 25 27, 2015 Registration Deadline: March 17, 2015 Tentative Agenda: 2015 SPIN Student Agenda Draft (PDF) *Program Itineraries for each program will be posted as soon as possible once they are finalized. PLEASE NOTE: Draft itineraries are subject to change. Cost The registration cost for Spring Invitational is $120 per student. Payment of this fee entitles students to take advanced standing exams offered during orientation. The fee also covers a copy of the Experience LSU handbook, and much more. If you pay by credit card, a 2.5 percent non-refundable processing fee will be added to your total. You will have lunch in an LSU dining unit on Friday. The lunch is mandatory and will cost $9.95, to be paid when you submit your online registration form. All other meals and refreshments are complimentary. You should bring enough money to purchase additional meals, such as breakfast, at the many dining options available on or near campus. Please visit for additional details and contact information.

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