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Here you will find resources to assist you in applying to college, taking the ACT and/or SAT, and information related to scholarships and financial aid. 
 
Ford High School seniors may now begin filling out our local scholarship applications online at https://goo.gl/forms/1YlRN1dfWJ7JKUm12.
 
This year, in an effort to help the environment AND help our students, the online scholarship application will greatly reduce the amount of time it takes to fill out multiple forms.  Technology will allow us to streamline the application process and make things much easier for our scholarship committees to retrieve specific information when needed.  
 
Students can access the application form from any device, anywhere, using their school login information.  Essays can be uploaded with a simple click of the mouse, and all data will be saved in real time. Students can also make any changes necessary to their applications up until the deadline.
 
If you have any questions about the new online scholarship application, please contact your child's counselor at Ford High School.  Thank you for helping us better serve our students and our environment.  The deadline to submit applications has been extended to March 24, 2017. 
Here is an online list of every Texas public college and university, with one click to see their deadlines, requirements, costs, etc:
 
If you would prefer a hard copy, see me or Mrs. Scott. There are only a few remaining. The same info is online at the link above.
 
 
Senior Scholarship from Brookshire's: First Place $3,000; Second Place $2,000; Third Place $1,000
Because History Matters - http://www.brookshires.com/because-history-matters/ Deadline 2/22/17.
 
A scholarship application is now available in the main office from the County and District Clerks' Association of Texas for all students graduating or who have already graduated who attend school in our area. It is labeled Northeast Texas Scholarship. The deadline for completed applications is May 1, 2017.
 
A scholarship application is now available in the main office from Hunt Regional Medical Center for all students graduating and planning to pursue health care majors.  It is labeled Hunt Auxiliary.  The deadline for completed applications is April 4, 2017.
 
A scholarship application is now available in the main office from Sigma Chi Fraternity at Texas A&M Commerce.  This scholarship is specifically for males who have been accepted to TAMU-C.  
 
A scholarship application is now available in the main office from Kavanaugh United Methodist Church.
 
 

Below you will find a list of 10 scholarship programs that will give out more than 5 million dollars to students in the 2017 school year. Students from Texas school districts are eligible for all the awards listed. There are various fields and requirements represented, from Agriculture to STEM to students with documented disabilities. To download the PDF, visit this link.

https://www.studentscholarships.org/…/2017_mar_scholarship_…?

 
ACT Test Dates 2016-2017:

Sept. 10, 2016

Oct. 22, 2016

Dec. 10, 2016

Feb. 11, 2017

April 8, 2017

June 10, 2017

 
SAT Test Dates 2016-2017:

October 1, 2016

November 5, 2016

December 3, 2016

January 21, 2017

March 11, 2017

May 6, 2017

June 3, 2017

To register for the ACT, create an online account at www.actstudent.org.
To register for the SAT, create an online account at www.sat.org.
 
The ACT costs $39.50 with no writing section, $56.50 with the writing section. Late fee is an additional $25.00.  Registration deadlines are 30 days prior to the date of the exam.  
The SAT costs $43.00 with no writing section, $54.50 with the writing section. Late fee is an additional $28.00.  Registration deadlines are 30 days prior to the date of the exam.  
 
Fee waivers are available from Mrs. Blair and Mrs. Scott. You qualify for a waiver if you receive free or reduced lunch.  You may receive one waiver each your junior and senior years for each test.  

The FHS school code for score reporting is 445767 for both tests.
 
The ACT is offered in Quinlan on  February 11, 2017 (at Ford High School Commons).  
 
The SAT is offered in Quinlan on October 1, 2016 (at Ford High School Commons) and January 21, 2017 (at Thompson Middle School Cafeteria).
 
IMPORTANT NEWS!  New ApplyTexas.org Admission Essay Topics Released!
 
At its March 29, 2016 meeting, the Apply Texas Advisory Committee adopted a new set of essay prompts to be used with the Apply Texas Freshman applications for the 2017-18 academic year cycle that opens on August 1, 2016. This change will affect applications for Summer 2017- Spring 2018. We were asked to share this information now so that you help your junior class students plan and prepare.

A message with a link to the prompts has been added to the application site, https://www.applytexas.org.

The new prompts are as follows:

Essay A: What was the environment in which you were raised? Describe your family, home, neighborhood, or community, and explain how it has shaped you as a person.
Essay B: Some students have an identity, an interest, or a talent that defines them in an essential way. If you are one of these students, then tell us about yourself.
Essay C: You’ve got a ticket in your hand – Where will you go? What will you do? What will happen when you get there?

On the College for all Texans website, http://www.collegeforalltexans.com/apps/Publications/?PubType=s there is a link to General Application Information for freshman applicants. The spreadsheet displays the 2016-7 academic year application instructions regarding essays for each participating university or health-related institution. (2-year colleges do not require essays.) The table can give you an idea of which institutions have required essays in the past. Final application instructions for the 2017-18 cycle will not be known and posted until late this summer.
If you have any questions, please contact the ApplyTexas help desk at applytexashsc@austin.utexas.edu.
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