Wednesday, September 14, 2016

United States Presidential Scholars Program
The United States (U.S.) Presidential Scholars Program honors graduating seniors for their outstanding scholarship, achievement and promise of future success. Seniors chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholars are selected by the Commission on Presidential Scholars and will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. where they will be presented with a medallion at a ceremony in their honor. While there, the students will engage with accomplished people and participate in conversations and events over issues that concern America and the world.
TEA invites high school seniors who are graduating between January and June of 2017 to apply for the opportunity to be a U.S. Presidential Scholar. The Texas Commissioner of Education will nominate ten male and ten female candidates to apply for the honor.
President Obama amended the program by adding a new component in 2015 – recognition for excellence among students in career and technical education (CTE). Therefore, TEA also invites high school seniors who are participants in a CTE program and who are graduating between January and June of 2017 to apply for the opportunity to be a U.S. Presidential Scholar. In addition to the 20 general application candidates who will be nominated, the Texas Commissioner of Education will nominate five CTE students to apply for the honor.
Only one general program student applicant and one CTE student applicant will be accepted from each Texas high school. Principals are asked to nominate one outstanding student for each of these competitions to be considered for this honor.
Please see TEA’s U.S. Presidential Scholars Program webpage for more information: http://www.tea.texas.gov/Presidential_Scholar/  
Application due date: October 7, 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP)
The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) is a unique educational experience for talented junior or senior high school students who demonstrate outstanding leadership and a strong commitment to public service.
Texas will select two student leaders as delegates (and two alternates) who will join others from across the nation in Washington, D.C. for an intensive week-long educational program. During their visit, delegates will be immersed in leadership activities and interact with high-level officials, hearing major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials of the Departments of State and Defense, as well as other federal agencies. The program is sponsored by the Hearst Foundations, who fund all delegate expenses for Washington Week (transportation, hotel, meals). Each delegate is also awarded a $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship, with encouragement to pursue careers in public service.
Please see the Texas Education Agency (TEA) USSYP webpage for more information.
Application due date: October 15, 2016
2016 Round Rock ISD College Fair

On Monday, September 26th, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Round Rock High School over 200 Universities and College will be in attendance. Come prepared by registering online for a scanning barcode. You will be able to download your personal information on your registration, then when you visit a college's booth, they can scan your barcode and receive all your contact information. No filling out cards, or taking down contact info. Here is a flyer to explain. For a list of the colleges attending click here.


Follow these steps:

To register for 2016 Central TX TACRAO Fairs students should:

1.       Visit www.gotocollegefairs.com
2.       Click on “Students Register Now”
3.       Click on Texas in the map
4.       Click on “9/26/2016 - 9/30/2016 College Day/Night Fair”
5.       Fill out the questionnaire with their information
6.       Click Submit
7.       Print Bar Code, or have bar code ready on a mobile device