Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial Aid & Scholarship Opportunities

FIRST, check the institutions to which you are applying for admission. Each College and University does their financial aid and scholarship applications and offers differently, so it is always best to ask questions of the Financial Aid Offices at the prospective schools.

Additional Scholarship Search Engines:

  1. Fast Web
  3. Redkite
  4. September Newsletter
  5. Scholly
  6. NAVIANCE: Under the Colleges tab, there is a section devoted specifically for scholarships. You will need to sift through the many opportunities, but there are many right at your fingertips.

Parents, reach out to your work corporations and see if there are any scholarship opportunities that they may provide.

Financial Aid and filling out the FAFSA: This year students and parents can start filling out the FAFSA with 2016 tax information on October 1st. (FAFSA gives students access to grants, loans and some scholarships.)

Every month, university or local scholarships come across the counselors’ desks here at VHS.

  1. For specific university scholarships, we email these opportunities directly to students who have reported via Naviance (“Colleges I am applying to”) that they are planning to apply to that school. If students have not updated this information in their profile, they will not receive these opportunities.
  2. We post all local scholarship opportunities below under "Highlighted Local Scholarships." We encourage students to check this page frequently as it is updated as new scholarships come in.

-FAFSA - Opened October 1st

We encourage seniors and their parents to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students applying for the 2019-2020 school year can begin filling out this application annually on October 1st to determine financial aid eligibility and often as a requirement for institutional merit-based scholarships. Each school will have their own priority deadline, however financial aid is first-come, first-served. Filing the FAFSA is easier than ever since it will be relying on 2016 income and tax information, allowing access to the IRS Data Retrieval that should automatically import your tax information.

Students and Parents may also reach out to the Texas Financial Aid Information Center for help with filling out the form at home. The hotline number is: 1-888-311-8881

Local Scholarships

Kid's Chance of Texas Scholarship - Deadline ongoing

(Dependent of a parent who was catastrophically or fatally injured in a work-related accident) Criteria and Application

Cherry Gray P.E.O Scholarship- January 31, 2019

$1,000 scholarship recognizing a female graduating high school senior. Information and application.

College Covered Scholarships - January 31, 2019

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Victims of Drunk Driving Scholarship- February 2, 2019

Scholarship to be awarded spring of 2019 to four high school seniors who have been affected by a drunk driving incident that occurred to him/herself or to an immediate family member. Application

ABoR Foundation Scholarship- February 22, 2019, 4 p.m.

For High school seniors planning to attend a Texas-based college in the fall of 2019. Application

Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship- March 12, 2019, 3 p.m.

Current high school seniors with a cumulative 3.5 or above GPA who are planning to enroll in a STEM degree plan at a four-year university. Information and Application

Texas Interscholastic Leage Foundation (TILF) Scholarships- Application Window: March 1-May 10,2019

Scholarship for students who have competed in UIL Academics at the state level. Information and Application

FIDM National Scholarship Competition - March 29, 2019

Visit the FIDM scholarship page for more information.

Canyon Ridge Student Council Alumni Scholarship - April 1, 2019

Information & Application

Bill Buchholtz Memorial Scholarship- April 1, 2019

Scholarship for an active choir student who plans to continue their involvement in college. Information and Application

Vinson & Elkins Diversity Scholarships - April 2, 2019

For students purusing a career in law, top 20% of class, minimum combined SAT of 1100 or ACT of 22, demonstrate financial need, and member of a racial/ethnic group historically underrepresented in the legal profession or member of LGBT community. Information & application.

Young Women's Alliance League Scholarship

5,000 dollar scholarship for a female student with strong leadership skill and strong academics

Young Women's Alliance Information APPLICATION

Financial Aid Resources

FAFSA & FSA ID Tips for Parents

Myths About Financial Aid

Determining Dependency

11 Common FAFSA mistakes: great information on why to fill out the FAFSA and some tips and tricks.