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Career and Graduation Planning

     Countdown to Graduation

     Countdown to Graduation  

April - August

Please continue to check your emails, college portals, and personal emails. They are great sources of information and can help guide you through this process - from me and your college!

I know some of you feel lost and you have not come to see me BUT I wanted to give you a list of what you should be doing for the next two months - you are almost done!
  • Submit scholarships - Thankfully, we have so many community scholarships in our area right now and it doesn't hurt to apply for all of them. You never know unless you try!
  • Staying updated - check emails and portals - super important!
  • Financial Aid - Complete your FAFSA and understand your report
  • Housing and Health - Where will you live? Can you get to classes consistently? Do you have your meningitis shots?
  • Make a decision - Where will you go to college? Work? What program? Next steps?
  • Pack it up - if you are going to stay in the dorms or are moving - make sure you begin packing and checking to see what you will need. Many schools provide a checklist - I can help with that too. Do you need supplies? Come see me!
  • Celebrate - Celebrate your accomplishments. You are a graduate! Life is open to you. Make memories!


Graduation Requirements


Starting in the 2021-2022 school year, all high school seniors must submit a financial aid application to graduate. Yes, it’s true. The State of Texas has made the FAFSA a graduation requirement! 

The date of completion goes on your transcript.

Begin completing your form HERE.

Wonderful Tutorial HERE

Proper Interaction with Peace Officer

Senate Bill (SB) 30 required the State Board of Education to adopt a rule (Title 19) that required students in grades 9-12 to complete instruction on proper interaction with peace officers.

The date of completion goes on your transcript.

CPR Training

State law (TEC §28.0023) requires school districts to provide instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to students and students must receive instructions at least once before graduating.

The date of completion goes on your transcript.



Our community has graciously contributed many of the scholarships below however there are many local, regional, and national scholarships included. Emails are sent out periodically to seniors to remind them of deadlines and submission requirements. I have also hosted a Scholarship Workshop for all seniors to help them edit and submit scholarships as well as complete reference letters upon request. Please work with your student to ensure they have submitted all necessary paperwork to me prior to submission. I try to submit the application at least two weeks before the deadline.

All scholarship information can be found on the Counselor’s Google Classroom.

Scholarship List


What is CCMR in Texas?

College Career and Military Readiness (CCMR) is about preparing high school students for life after graduation. HB 22 made CCMR an important part of preparing students for college, the workforce, or the military. If you aren’t sure whether or not you have met the CCMR requirements, speak with your counselor.