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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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College Application Tips

The link below takes you to an online college advising site offering DOs and DON'Ts related to completing college applications.

Tuition Funding Sources

The link below leads to the registration page of Tuition Funding Sources (TFS) which hosts a database of 7 million scholarships.  Based on your profile, TFS matches you to scholarships which might be applicable to you.  It's FREE MONEY - register today!

Brockman Foundation Scholarships - TAMU

The Brockman Foundation in partnership with the Texas A&M Foundation and Texas A&M University seeks to provide full cost scholarships to nationally-competitive high school graduates.  The program is designed to support well rounded individuals of character through merit-based scholarships and build a community of scholars to enable and encourage academic success and civic leadership.  For more information on eligibility requirements and how to apply, please click the link below.

How to Create an Amazing Application Essay!

Application essays are an effective way for you to communicate unique strengths to admissions officials. Some colleges will have specific prompts they want you to answer. Others will ask to just describe your story. Whatever it is, be yourself, speak in your voice, and don’t try to fit in a bunch of fancy words from the thesaurus!!

  1. Start early
  2. Create an outline
  3. Read some examples
  4. Address what’s NOT on your transcript
  5. The deeper you go, the better
  6. Have a few people review it
Use this link to access help!     Class of 2019 Newsletter

Texas Farm Credit Scholarship Opportunity

Texas Farm Credit Services has 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 their FFA chapters and 4-H clubs. 

AgStudent of the Month: Each of Texas Farm Credit's 17 branches will recognize one outstanding student per month from January to April 2019. Winners will receive $100 Visa gift cards and will advance to the selection process for the Marsha Martin Scholarship.

Texas Farm Credit will continue to aware 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. 
More information on both awards can be found at the link below.

ACT Student Champion Award

This Award recognizes on student in each state who is tenacious and persistent, no matter the challenge, and is prepared for life after high school with a goal in mind and plan in place.  Click on the link below for more information.  Hard copies are also available in the Counseling Center.

Scholarship Programs for Texas Students

The link below lists 15 scholarship programs available to Texas students.  More than 900 individual scholarship awards will be distributed through these 15 programs.  
Many of these have October deadlines, so check them out now!

FAFSA Workshop October 9

There will be a financial aid specialist at the high school on Tuesday, October 9, to assist seniors and their parents in completing and submitting the FAFSA.  Parents who wish to take advantage of this opportunity must sign up for an appointment time.  For your convenience, we will also be offering appointments in the evening as well as during the day.  Appointments will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.  The appointments will last approximately 45 minutes.  To arrange an appointment, come by the Counseling Center today!

ApplyTexas Workshop October 10

Angelina College representatives will be on campus October 10, hosting an ApplyTexas workshop.  Come by the Counseling Center to reserve your time.  45-minutes time slots are available for three sessions in the Distance Learning Lab:  Session 1 runs from 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM;  Session 2 runs from 10:45 - 11:30; Session 3 runs from 11:30 - 12:15.

Angelina College Recruiting Visit

Juniors and Seniors - Angelina College will be on campus for a College Recruiting visit Tuesday, October 16.  The session for seniors will be hosted during 3rd period; juniors' session will be hosted during 4th period.  See Mrs. Russell if you have any questions.

Compendium of TX Colleges & Financial Aid

The Compendium of Texas Colleges and Financial Aid Calendar for High School Seniors 2018-2019 is now available.  It contains a "mini-course" regarding college admission and financial aid and a summary of college entrance test dates.  Federal, state and other financial aid programs (including scholarships) for high school seniors is also provided, as well as admission requirements and financial aid available at Texas colleges and universities.  Come by the Counseling Center today - copies are available to check out or use in the Center.

COLLEGEdata Online College Advising

COLLEGEdata provides all kinds of information on the colleges of your choice - everything from finances to graduation rates.  You simply enter the name of the college you are interested in.  The link is provided here.

Texas Tech University - New Program Offering

The College of Media and Communication at Texas Tech University now offers a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Media Industries.  This new major will offer students experience in electronic media, visual communication, digital production, photography and writing.  Read More Here.

East Texas Aggie For a Day

East Texas Aggie For a Day

Sunday, October 7, 2018 – Monday, October 8, 2018

Depart time: 3:00pm on Sunday

Return time: 8:00pm on Monday

Eligibility:  Students must be Seniors (Class of 2019), and an automatic admit (Top 10% or Academic Admit)

Details:  The Texas A&M Office of Admissions invites prospective East Texas Seniors to attend an all-expense paid overnight trip to Aggieland!  Students will have the opportunity to tour campus, tour residence halls, tour Kyle Field, eat in dining hall, explore the Rec Center, meet other current East Texas Aggies, and much more!  Students must apply by September 29th.  Preference will be given to rural students, first-generation college students, and low-income students.  Students will meet on Sunday, October 7th in Tyler, TX and will take a charter bus to College Station.  The Office of Admissions will cover the charter bus, hotel stay, and food for the trip.  Any questions or concerns should be directed to Derek Nido at


Four Ways to Make Applying for Financial Aid Easier

1.  Apply Early.  You'll increase your chances of receiving the best financial aid (grants, scholarships and low-cost loans) if you apply as soon as you can after completing the FAFSA.
2.  Talk to your parents about how to pay for college.  Before you apply, it is critical that you understand what your family can afford to contribute, and how much financial aid you will need.
3.  Get familiar with aid applications.  Look at the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and The CSS PROFILE if you plan to apply to private colleges.  Get some idea of the information you will need to provide about you and your parent's finances.
4.  Find out the deadlines for your colleges.  Colleges set their own deadlines for the FAFSA and other financial aid forms.  Develop a system for keeping track of them all.