Monday, February 29, 2016

Austin Community College FAFSA Help - Cancelled

The ACC FAFSA help scheduled for this Saturday at Good Hope Baptist Church has been cancelled. 

Remember to check the FAFSA priority deadline for your college(s). 

Friday, February 26, 2016

FAFSA Priority Deadlines

Most universities have FAFSA priority deadlines for financial aid. Below are the priority deadlines for some of the most popular colleges for Westwood graduates and links to their FAFSA Info.

Texas A&M - March 15
Texas State - March 15
Texas Tech - March 15
Baylor - March 1
SMU - February 15 (CSS Profile also required)
TCU - March 15

If your family has had a change in circumstances since submitting the FAFSA, it is recommended you contact the college financial aid office directly.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Summer Internships for Rising Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors

The City of Austin’s Youth & Family Services/Youth Initiatives Office is hosting 2 summer employment programs for Summer 2016. Information and an application can be found at

Get Ready! Summer Internship Program
Sites will be occupational areas that contain one of the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Design, Mathematics) areas of focus. This program will allow youth to work in a professional work environment, which will allow them to gain work ethic, work experience, and learn more about STEAM centered career fields. The goal of the program is increase knowledge, engagement, and interest in fields that fall under the STEAM acronym as well as provide youth with a meaningful summer work experience.
·         June 6, 2016 - July 15, 2016
·         Rising High School Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors (age 15-18)
·         Interns work 20 hours a week, at a rate of $8/hr.
·         70 internships available.

Emerging Leader Summer Internship Program
Bank of America’s Summer Youth Employment Initiative helps meet a critical need to fill funding gaps with the goal of strengthening the communities they serve. As part of this initiative, the City of Austin, Bank of America, and the Quality of Life Foundation have come together to give high school students special summer internship opportunity. This program is focused on enhancing leadership skills, and includes an orientation for professional development as well as educational field trips. Students are placed at various locations based on their future career interests.
·         June 6, 2016 - July 15, 2016
·         Rising High School Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors (age 15-18)
·         Interns work 20 hours a week, at a rate of $8/hr.
·         30 internships available

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Texas Tech Financial Aid Night

Representatives from the Texas Tech Financial Aid Office will be available on February 18, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM to answer questions about financial aid and scholarships at TTU. The event is being held at:
10000 Research Blvd.
Austin, TX 78759

To register or for more information, please click here.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

FAFSA Help at Westwood - February 11, 2016

Free Application for Federal Student Aid - FAFSA
FAFSA Help at Westwood - February 11, 2016
Westwood is hosting a FAFSA work night on February 11 at 6:00 pm in the WHS Library. There will be no presentation this evening, but students and parents will have the ability to work on their FAFSA with the assistance of trained financial aid professionals from Austin Community College.

Additional FAFSA help is available throughout the Austin area from late January through March. Students should check with the universities to which they have applied for their FAFSA priority deadline. These deadlines are usually during the month of March and vary by university.
For additional locations for FAFSA assistance, please visit the sites below.

FAFSA Contest - Win a VIP Screening at Alamo Drafthouse
The Austin Chamber, C3 Presents and Alamo Drafthouse have created a competition among area high schools to increase FAFSA completion.  Schools will be divided into small, medium and large school categories with a winner in each group. Westwood is competing in the large school category. Winners are based on the number of students submitting their FAFSA by March 31, 2016. Winning schools will receive a VIP screening of Captain America: Civil War at the Alamo Draft House. Westwood is the current leader in the Large School category with 19.47% of students completing the FAFSA. Cedar Ridge is in second place with 14.7% completed.

Schools in the Large High School Category
Del Valle
Cedar Ridge
Round Rock  
Stoney Point
Vista Ridge
Westwood - Currently in the lead!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Studying in the UK

Are you interested in attending University in the United Kingdom? Attend a mini UK college fair and presentation in Houston on February 29, 2016. 

Event Details
Location: Awty International School
Date: February 29, 2016
Time: 5:30
Event Flyer
Click here for more information and to register.  

In addition, Bournemouth University will be at Westwood on March 30 at 3:00 PM. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

PTSA Scholarship Application

The Westwood feeder pattern PTSA scholarship application is now available. This application will be used by the Westwood PTSA and any elementary or middle school in our feeder pattern which awards a PTSA scholarship. This is the only avenue to be eligible for the PTSA scholarship. Last year the following schools awarded scholarships:

Kathy Caraway
Laurel Mountain
Canyon Vista

The application deadline is March 31, 2016. 

Students must sign in with with their RRISD student email account to access the application. 

Applications can be submitted here

Monday, February 1, 2016

2016-2017 Common App Essay Prompts

The Common App has announced the 2016-2017 essay prompts will remain the same as the 2015-2016 prompts. The essay prompts are listed below.

1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

 2. The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

5. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.