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My Mission

As School Counselor, my primary responsibility is to promote the academic, personal, and social development of all students.  I look forward to offering support to students, staff, families, and community members.

My goal is to create a positive and supportive environment conducive to learning and success.  Please know that I am dedicated in making every possible effort to make certain that all students receive as much personal assistance as possible to ensure that their years at San Augustine High School are productive and meaningful.



Como la Consejera Escolar, mi responsabilidad primordial es promover el desarrollo académico, social y personal de todos los estudiantes.  Estaré ofreciendo siempre el mejor apoyo a estudiantes, maestros, familias y miembros de la comunidad.

Mi objetivo es crear un entorno positivo y propicio para el aprendizaje y el éxito.  Quiero que sepan que estoy dedicada en hacer todo el esfuerzo posible para asegurarme que todos los estudiantes reciban la mayor atención como sea posible para asegurar que sus años en la Escuela Preparatoria San Augustine (San Augustine High School) sea productiva y significativa. 

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Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors: Virtual College Fair

High school students are invited to our free virtual college fair for the southern region of the United States!  This fair is scheduled for November 13th-18th.  The students can log on any time during this week and get information from many colleges.  There is a question and answer section for the students to get answers directly from college reps.  The students must go to: 
to the students tab to register ASAP and we will send them a reminder e-mail the day before the fair starts.  This service is completely free!   

Seniors: DISCOVER Student Loans

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I know that this is a busy time of year, but I wanted to remind you that our $2,500 Scholarship Award is still available for eligible students and parents through December 31, 2017. Students and parents can enter by signing up to receive tips and resources on No purchase or loan necessary to enter or win.

We also have a Scholarship Search tool where students can search 3 million scholarships worth more than $18 billion, and no registration is required.

As students prepare to complete their college applications, has helpful content on getting into college. Be sure to check out the article on how to make a college essay stand out as well as other helpful information related to the college application process.

Please share, a FREE resource on planning and paying for college, with your students and parents.  


Seniors: Financial Aid Pitfalls to Avoid

Financial Aid Pitfalls to Avoid
Avoid these missteps when applying for aid.
Applying for financial aid can be daunting. But the most common mistakes are easy to avoid, once you know about them.
Reporting assets incorrectly.
Many families believe that retirement funds and home equity must be reported on financial aid applications. Neither are required for the FAFSA. Both may be required for the CSS PROFILE.
Misreporting finances of divorced parents.
The FAFSA asks for financial data from only the custodial parent or the parent with whom the student lived the most. The CSS PROFILE also requires information from the noncustodial parent.
Overestimating how much financial aid you'll get.
Many colleges do not fully meet a family's financial need. This means that in addition to covering your expected family contribution, you and your family might have to pay more out of your own pocket.
Assuming you'll get the same amount every year.
Your financial aid eligibility will be recalculated annually. Even if your need for financial aid remains the same, you may receive less aid after freshman year -- or the same amount, but less in the form of grants and scholarships and more in loans.
To learn how to avoid five additional mistakes families often make when it comes to financial aid, read the full article at:

Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors: Deciding Which Colleges to Apply For

Deciding Which Colleges to Apply To
Are you applying to the right colleges?
These questions can help you to be sure that every college on your list could give you a rewarding college experience!
    • Are you making an informed decision? Do you have all the facts you need about this college and what it might be like to attend?
    • Are you making a reasonable decision? Have you considered your chances of acceptance and your ability to afford the college?
  • Are you making a heartfelt decision? Does each school fit your personality -- and challenge you in just the right ways?
What if your answer is "I don't know"?
That's ok! You still have time to do more research about your colleges to get the answers. And the payoff will be huge. When you carefully consider every school before adding it to your final list, it's almost certain that you will end up at a college that's right for you.
For more advice about making a great college list -- including the most important question to answer about every college before you decide to apply 

Seniors: University of Houston Scholarship Deadline Change

Sometimes there just isn’t enough time to get everything done. And with the various natural disasters that have been happening around the country, now is one of those times. S

Students deserve to have the time they need to complete their University of Houston application and have the best shot at receiving scholarship offers. That’s why we’ve decided to push back our scholarship priority deadline from Nov. 15, 2017, to Jan. 3, 2018.

Here’s what that means:

Just to recap: the scholarship priority deadline is now Jan. 3, 2018. However, the Fall 2018 application deadline for admission hasn’t changed. It’s still June 15, 2018

If you have any questions, send us an email at or call us at (713) 743-1010, option 4.

SENIORS: SCHOLARSHIP REMINDER: Marsha Martin Scholarship and AG Student of the Month

Here at Texas Farm Credit, we have a mission to support agriculture and rural communities today and tomorrow. Our customer-owned cooperative proudly offers two programs that recognize high school seniors who excel both in the classroom and in their FFA chapters and 4-H clubs. 

AgStudent of the Month: Each of Texas Farm Credit's 20 branch offices will recognize one outstanding student per month from January to April 2018. Winners will receive a $100 Visa gift card and will advance to the selection process for the Marsha Martin Scholarship.

Marsha Martin Scholarship: We will award five Marsha Martin Scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each for graduating seniors who are involved in FFA or 4-H and are pursuing a college degree in an agriculture-related field of study. These five scholarship recipients will be selected from the monthly AgStudent of the Month winners. 

Club Contribution: In addition, each of the five Marsha Martin scholarship winners will also have a $500 contribution made in their honor to their FFA or 4-H club. 
Information related to both programs can be downloaded from our website:

Our application deadline and requirements have changed from previous years so please ensure that you
    •    review eligibility requirements
    •    are using the 2018 application
    •    note the December 1, 2017 deadline
Please contact us if you have any questions.

Lauren Graham, Relationship Manager
Texas Farm Credit Scholarship Committee
903-593-6609 |

Seniors: SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY: UIL Academic Scholarship

Seniors who meet the following criteria may apply for the Texas Interscholastic League Foundation scholarships:
*Must have competed at the UIL Academic State Meet any year of their high school career.
*Must plan on attending an accredited college or university in the state of Texas.
*Must enroll full-time in college and maintain a 2.5 college GPA.
*Must have taken either the ACT or the SAT.
*Must be graduating from high school during the current year.
The online application can be found at:

Juniors: High School Aerospace Scholars Program

High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) is a unique program that encourages high school juniors from across Texas to explore the vast opportunities awaiting them in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  
The State of Texas along with various community organizations,  has partnered with NASA to support HAS.  Lodging, meals, and transportation to and from Johnson Space Center are provided at no cost to the student.
To find out more about this program or to apply, go to:

Seniors: SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY: The Hagan Scholarship Foundation

The purpose of the Hagan Scholarship is to provide each recipient with the opportunity to obtain a four year college education and graduate debt free; and to provide a practical understanding of important life skills not typically taught as part of the school curriculum.
For more information, go to:

Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors: SFA's Pre-Law Academy

Stephen F. Austin State University invites sophomores, juniors, and seniors to apply to the only pre-law academy in Texas designed for high school students.  Students are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Scholarships are available.  
Students who successfully complete the pre-law academy receive a certificate bearing the seal of SFA and is signed by the dean of the College of Liberal and Applied Arts.
For more information, or to apply visit SFA's website at:

Seniors: Scholarship Opportunity: SFA Smith-Hutson Scholarship

SFA is once again offering this remarkable scholarship to incoming freshmen who can demonstrate financial need and academic potential.
The Smith-Hutson Scholarship awards up to $17, 500 a year for 4 consecutive years---that's $70,000 per recipient!!!!
This year's deadline is February 28, 2018.

Sophomores: HOBY Reminder

Just a reminder that all sophomores are encouraged to apply for the opportunity to serve as San Augustine High School's HOBY Ambassador for the 2018.
Application essays are due to Ms. Cartwright on or before Friday, November 10th.
The seminar will be held June 15-17, 2018 at University of Houston.  Students will arrive early Friday morning and leave Sunday afternoon.  

Seniors: SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Angelina College Scholarship Application is Now Open

The Angelina College Scholarship Application is now open! All applications, including the Smith-Hutson Scholarship are now available online! 
How to Apply:
Apply Online: The application is available online at The application can also be reached from under My Student Tools, Scholarship Application, and clicking on the bright orange link. 
Create an Account: Students need to create an account using their AC email address. After creating an account, the student should receive a confirmation email with a link to open their general application
Complete the General ApplicationThe general application will consider students for a majority of our endowed scholarships. Encourage students to complete the application as fully as possible.
Apply for Opportunities: Once the student completes the general application, they will be prompted to start applying for additional opportunities. These opportunities require supplemental questions not asked in the general application. Students can search these opportunities to see if there are any additional scholarships where they might meet the qualifications. The Smith-Hutson Application is located in this section. 
If students have any trouble creating an account or have questions about the application, please contact me at or (936) 633-4545

Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors: When Early Action Makes Sense

When Early Action Makes Sense
Want to know sooner whether you're admitted, but still keep your options open?
Consider applying "early action." It's the most flexible early admission option. Here's how it works.
    • There are no strings attached. Unlike "early decision," which requires you to attend the college if admitted, early action has no such commitment. You simply decide by the regular decision deadline if the college is the one you want to attend.
  • You can apply "EA" to more than one college. Most colleges offering EA will allow you to apply early action to other schools. Only a few highly selective colleges have restrictions.
When is early action the wrong choice?
While it's more flexible than early decision, early action isn't the right choice for all students. Many EA deadlines are in November and December. If you need more time -- to determine if you really like a college, to work on your applications, or to improve your grades or test scores -- applying regular decision might be the better option.
To learn more about early action and whether it's a good idea for you, read the full article at:

Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors: Make Your College Application Stand Out

Make Your College Applications Stand Out
Create applications that get noticed!
All college applications have one thing in common -- they're blank at first. So how do you turn an empty form into a testimony to your personality, achievement, and enthusiasm?
Jump into your story.
Many college application readers say that essays with a great opening line and a small "slice of life" story capture their attention and make the applicant memorable.
Show you have researched the college.
Mention specific things that appeal to you about the school, such as its mission, programs in your major, and faculty. Don't write a cookie-cutter application that could apply to any college.
Demonstrate your interest.
Mention any visits you have made to the campus and conversations you've had with college representatives, student leaders, or professors.
To get four more tips for creating stand-out applications, read the full article at: