UT Outreach-Houston’s mission is to provide college readiness services that will assist underrepresented high school students in graduating from high school and matriculating to an institution of higher education. Participating Schools in Houston ISD: Lee, Kashmere, Madison, Scarborough, Waltrip, Washington, Worthing and Yates. From SAT/ACT prep, scholarships and college applications, we’ve got it all right here.



UTOutreach-Hou2UT Outreach-Houston targets and serves underrepresented students by providing college readiness enrichment designed to assist them in graduating from high school and matriculating to institutions of higher education, including The University of Texas at Austin.

UT Outreach-Houston was established in 1989. The program is designed to prepare low-income students and students who will be the first in their families to attend college for university-level academic work.

To be considered for participation in UT Outreach Houston, students should:

  • Attend one of the target public high schools
  • Receive the recommendation of a school administrator, teacher or counselor
  • Complete a UT Outreach application
  • Pursue the Texas Education Agency’s Recommended or Distinguished/Advanced High School Program
  • Complete Algebra I in the 8th grade, if course was available (Preferred)
  • Enrollment in at least one  core subject that serves as an advanced measure
  • Currently have a 3.2 GPA and  the ability to maintain at least an 80 average (Longhorn Pre-College Academy Cohort: Currently have a 3.5 GPA and/or rank in the Top 10% of their class)

Curriculum and Program Topics:
UT Outreach-Houston staff will deliver services and programs that closely align with the  State of Texas’ College and Career Readiness Cross Disciplinary Standards. [1] and  with The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s “Generation TX” [2] College Readiness initiative. Each workshop, meeting or event will be focused on College Readiness and College Access. Topics for workshops, meetings and events include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Resume and Personal Statement Writing
  • Financial Aid Application Assistance/Scholarship Assistance
  • Community Service
  • Leadership Development

[1] Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (2008). College and Career Readiness Standards. http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/index.cfm?objectid=C9B4C756-ACDF-A9B7-71FC77A184ED1DB3

[2] Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (2011). Gen TX. http://gentx.org/


UT Outreach-Houston
Kashmere Senior High School (map)
6900 Wileyvale Street Room #112
Houston, TX 77028

Phone: (713) 636-6400 ext.317
Email: outreachhouston@austin.utexas.edu
UT Outreach Houston


UTOutreach-HOU3UT Outreach-Houston staff will deliver services and programs that closely align with the State of Texas’ College and Career Readiness Cross Disciplinary Standards and with The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s “Generation TX” College Readiness initiative. Each workshop, meeting or event will be focused on College Readiness and College Access. Topics for workshops, meetings and events include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Resume and Personal Statement Writing
  • Financial Aid Application Assistance/Scholarship Assistance
  • Community Service
  • Leadership Development

Special Programs

The Longhorn Pre-College Academy

UT Outreach program participants who have an 85 average or are in the top 10% of their class by their sophomore year and are interested in attending the University of Texas at Austin can self-select to be in the Longhorn Pre-College Academy (LPCA). The goal of the LPCA is to provide students with additional college support and services specific to admission and matriculation at the University of Texas at Austin.


We believe with connecting our parents, students and families to as many resources as possible to help them better prepare for college. The best way to prepare to go to college is to PLANTESTAPPLYFUND and SERVE.

Each component is critical to going to the college of univeristy of your dreams.  The pages below will connect you to just a few of the resources available as you continue your journey.

Upcoming SAT & ACT Test Dates & Registration Deadlines

ACT | Costs: $52.50* Late: Add $23 ($75.50) | Register: http://www.actstudent.org/

  • Register for September 21st ACT by Friday, August 23rd (Late registration August 24 – September 6)
  • Register for October 26th ACT by Friday, September 27th (Late registration September 28 – October 11)
  • Register for December 14 ACT by Friday, November 8th (Late registration November 9-22)

SAT | Costs: $51.00* Late: Add $27.50 ($78.50) | Register: http://sat.collegeboard.org/home

  • Register for October 5th SAT by Friday, September 6th (Late registration: September 7 – September 20)
  • Register for November 2nd SAT by Thursday, October 3rd (Late registration: October 4 – October 18)
  • Register for December 2nd SAT by Friday, November 8th (Late registration: November 9-22)

*Fee waivers available, contact your school counselor

Parent/Guardian Engagement Program

UT Outreach Houston is proud to Partner with Parents

Our Parent Engagement Program designed to educate and inform parents about how to prepare their children for college.  This will include the same topics that are currently being used UT Outreach Houston students, but geared for an adult audience.  For example, the curriculum includes a “Paying for College” component that talks about filling out the FAFSA.  The parental part of the program would address the importance of completing the annual income tax filing in a timely manner to make sure their children meet important deadlines.

The program goes a step further in providing information that will empower parents’ in their roles as advocates for their children.  This will include knowing what courses are required and how to determine which college entrance exams their children should be preparing to take.


As a complement to the evening and weekend workshops for students, the program offers workshops for parents that are aligned with what students are learning.  The curriculum follows the same timeline as students to encourage dialogue between parents and students at each step of the process.

In addition to sessions offered by UT Outreach Houston, there we also provide opportunities for parents to participate in activities offered by community partners such as job fairs, job training, and civic engagement.  This program offers community service and social opportunities for parents to network with one another.


  1. Complete our Parent Interest Survey
  2. Attend our events (FULL SCHEDULE WILL BE POSTED SOON)


Contact UT Outreach Houston at 713.636.6400 ext. 317

Upcoming College Visits

For students interested in ENGINEERING at TEXAS A&M

Thursday, September 26, 2013 – FREE trip to Texas A&M University

The Houston Prospective Student Center and the College of Engineering is sponsoring a campus visit to Texas A&M University, all expenses will be covered.  A charter bus will leave from the center at approximately 7:30 a.m. and return around 6:00 p.m. on September 26th, 2013.

In order to be eligible for the trip, students must be admissible to TAMU and the Dwight Look College of Engineering.  Criteria for the trip:

  • In the top ten percent of your graduating class OR
  • Eligible for automatic academic admission (1300 SAT score – 600 critical reading/600 math  OR 30 composite ACT with 27 in English and Math); AND
  • Minimum of 550 on SAT Math or 24 on ACT Math

Spaces will be filled on a first come, first served basis of eligible students.  They are only allowed to transport US citizens, but non-citizens would be able to participate if they are able to provide their own transportation.

If  you qualify for this program, please contact Lisa M. Waddell, Center Director
Houston Prospective Student Center, Division of Academic Affairs,  Texas A&M University
lisamwaddell@tamu.edu | Tel. 713.454.1990

For all UT Outreach-Houston participants

Monday, October 28th, 2013 – FREE trip to University of Texas at Austin

Travel with UT Outreach-Houston to our homebase – University of Texas at Austin! Meet other UT Outreach participants, former and current UT students, and attend a college lecture!

75 seats on the buses available! Preference will be given to 1) Longhorn Pre-College Academy students (3.5 gpa or higher) 2) Seniors and Juniors (3.2 gpa or higher).

Be on the lookout for official announcement and how to sign up!


September/October deadlines

Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest

  • – Award Amount: 1st place: $10,000, (3) 2nd place: $2,000, (5) 3rd place: $1,000, (25) finalists: $100, (50) semifinalists: $50
  • -Type/About: Applicants will select one of three essay topics to write a clear, articulate and logically organized essay on the philosophic meaning of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.
  • -Eligibility: 12th Graders, College Undergraduates, and Graduate Students
  • -Deadline: Sep. 17, 2013    
  • -More information: http://essaycontest.aynrandnovels.com/AtlasShrugged.aspx?theme=blue

Questbridge National College Match Program

  • -Award Amount: Varies, up to full four year scholarships
  • Type/About: The QuestBridge National College Match helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to some of the nation’s most selective colleges. Complete application includes: Online application, transcript, test score reports, three letters of recommendation (two teacher, one counselor), and several essays.
  • -Eligibility: High school seniors who have shown outstanding academic ability despite facing economic challenges. Most College Match finalists have come from households earning less than $60,000 annually (for a typical family of four), and over 71% are in the top 5% of their high school class.
  • -Deadline: Sep. 27, 2013  
  • -For more information: http://www.questbridge.org/about-questbridge/national-college-match

Hit the Books Scholarship

  • – Award amount: $500
  • -Type/About: Candidates should submit an essay of no more than 500 words on the subjects of the importance of education in their lives and how the scholarship money will assist the students’ goals.
  • -Eligibility: Aged 18-25 and enrolled in an accredited college or university.
  • -Deadline: Sep. 30, 2013             
  • For more information: http://www.coffeeforless.com/scholarship

Joe Foss Institute Essay Scholarship Program

  • – Award amount: (1) $5,000, (1) $2,500, (1) 1,000
  • -Type/About: Applicants must befriend a veteran and submit a 1,500-word essay on the experience. Selection is based on essay creativity, clarity and grammar.
  • -Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens and be high school students or recent high school graduates.
  • -Deadline: Oct. 9, 2013   
  • -For more information: http://www.joefossinstitute.org/joe-foss-institute-programs/educational-scholarships/

My Projector Lamps Scholarship

  • -Award Amount: (2) $500
  • -Type/About: Create a one page essay detailing your ideas about the use of multimedia and data visualization in K-12 classrooms. Explore modern teaching methods and propose specific ideas for visual and interactive presentation in K-12 classrooms for improved knowledge retention.
  • -Eligibility: Minimum age of sixteen years (to date) or older, currently attending an accredited U.S. program: i.e high school, college or university, be in the final year of high school or enrolled as an undergraduate in the U.S., considered in “Good Standing” at current institution- i.e not on academic probation or suspension, a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.
  • -Deadline: Oct. 12, 2013
  • -For more information: http://www.myprojectorlamps.com/scholarships.html

Global Lift Equipment Scholarship

  • -Award amount: $500
  • -Type/About: Applicants must write a short story from the viewpoint of an inanimate object featured on sponsor’s website in the Used Equipment Inventory section
  • -Eligibility: Be currently attending or planning on attending a post-secondary institution in Canada or the US September 2014 and have a GPA of 2.5 or greater.
  • -Deadline: Oct. 25, 2013    
  • -For more information: http://www.usedforklifttexas.com/used_inventory/2870/used_xtreme_telehanders_inventory_texas.php

Horatio Alger Scholarship

  • – Award Amount: $5,000
  • -Type/About: Completed application includes: Online application, Support Form (Online form completed to support the adversities listed by the applicant), High School transcript (Uploaded or mailed) Online Certifications Form (Must be completed online by the applicant’s high school counselor) Income Verification (Applicants must provide a copy of the first two pages of their parent/guardian’s 2012 individual federal tax return (1040, 1040A, 1040 EZ or 1099 SSA-Social Security Tax Form) or tax transcript.)
  • -Eligibility: 1) Be enrolled full-time as a high school senior in the United States, progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2014 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation 2) Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution), 3) Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required) 4) Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities. 5) Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity. 6) Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0
  • -Deadline: Oct. 25, 2013
  • -For more information: https://www.horatioalger.org/scholarships/apply.cfm

Carrington Dental Centre Scholarship Application

  • – Award Amount: $500
  • -Type/About: There are many things that can help a student increase his/her potential for future success. The area we would like you to focus on is your capacity to learn. Write an essay that is no longer than 1000 words that clearly identifies one strategy that you believe will help increase your learning power. + Submit recommendation letter from parent/guardian.
  • -Eligibility: High School Senior, College/University Freshman or Sophomore, have a parent/guardian submit the recommendation letter prior to the Oct. 30th, 2013 deadline, be enrolled in a college, university, trades, or technical school by no later than the Fall of 2014.
  • -Deadline: Oct. 30, 2013                  
  • -For more information: http://www.westkelownadentists.ca/apply.php

Scholarship Search Resources

FastWeb Scholarship Search
The FastWeb Scholarship Search is the largest, most accurate and most popular free scholarship search site, with more than 35 million registered users. It is also the most frequently updated and provides automatic email notification of new scholarships that match the student’s profile. The FastWeb Scholarship Search was the first scholarship database available for free on the web and is the most innovative and student-focused of all the scholarship search sites.

College Board’s FUND FINDER
The College Board’s FUND FINDER scholarship database lists scholarships and other types of financial aid programs from 3,300 national, state, public and private sources. The database is updated annually.

Scholarships.com LLC
The Scholarships.com database has good coverage of awards and a fairly precise match, but some of the scholarship entries in the Scholarships.com database appear to contain old information.

Peterson’s Award Database
The Peterson’s scholarship search lists awards from about 2,000 sponsors. This is the same database used to update Peterson’s Scholarships, Grants and Prizes book. The web site was a little slow and the match precision very low, forcing one to dig through a lot of irrelevant awards. Otherwise the coverage of available awards was very good. Peterson’s was acquired by Nelnet, an education lender, in July 2006.

Student Scholarship Search
Edvisors Network provides a free scholarship matching and application tracking service. The site also includes topic-focused lists of scholarships compiled by students who use the site, such as scholarships for women, weird scholarships and international scholarships. In addition, Edvisors Network gives away more than $100,000 in scholarships each year through its Scholarship Points program. Edvisors Network was acquired by College Loan Corporation in 2013.

NextStudent offers a free scholarship search as a loss leader to attract students to their student loan products and services. Their scholarship search is based on the scholarship database formerly known as Scholarships101. The search results lists each named award from the same award program separately, leading to a large number of matches that correspond to a single application form.

ScholarshipExperts offers a free online scholarship search and college search service. (ScholarshipExperts dropped their membership fee in December 2005.) The size claims for this database appear to be exaggerated by about a factor of 5 (number of awards) to 10 (total dollar amount of awards). The award listings include detailed information about the awards and also allow one to look at a separate list of expired awards. The web site is supported by advertising. ScholarshipExperts was acquired by Goal Financial, an education lender, in May 2006.

The BrokeScholar scholarship database appears to overlap with the Peterson’s scholarship database and may include a licensed subset of that database. The award listings have minimal information, making it difficult to tell whether the student actually matches the scholarship’s eligibility requirements. The number of matches was also very low, suggesting either a small database or too tight of a scholarship matching process. BrokeScholar is owned by Collegiate Funding Services, an education lender that was acquired by JPMorgan Chase in December 2005.

The CollegeData scholarship database appears to use a licensed subset of the Peterson’s scholarship database. Their site uses a simple one-page profile with keyword search. As a result, the scholarship match is not as precise as the other scholarship databases. Although one initially does not need to create an account to see summary information about matching scholarships (e.g., name, amount, GPA, residency, heritage/ethnicity and area of study), for detailed information one must be logged in. Registration is free and involves completing a two-page profile. CollegeData is owned by 1st Financial Bank USA, an education lender.

Summer Opportunities

UT Outreach-Houston Summer Enrichment Series

To assist and prepare students with the college application process, and provide students with enrichment activities during the summer.

Activities will include:
SAT/ACT Bootcamps
Community Service
Essay and Resume Writing
Scholarship Applications
Study Skills

Events are open to all students, but priority will be given to UT Outreach-Houston program participants in situations where space may be limited.

Dates and Locations

Summer 2014 dates and locations TBA

For More Information:
Contact a UT Outreach-Houston staff member.

McCombs School of Business Summer Program-UT Austin

The camps were created to provide early exposure to a diverse set of high school students regarding career opportunities in various business professions.  The programs provide an excellent opportunity to learn about careers in business and meet students from cities throughout the state, while having a great time on the UT Austin campus!

Students will have the opportunity to

  • Spend a week, all-expenses paid, at the top-ranked McCombs School of Business
  • Discover a career in business
  •  Attend classes taught by world-renowned faculty
  •  Network with business professionals
  • Make new friends and explore the UT Austin campus
  • Gain a glimpse of life as a longhorn


  • Rising juniors and seniors in high school (current sophomores and juniors)
  • Outstanding African-American, Hispanic, Native American, and first-generation students, in addition to those that have overcome any social or economic hardship, are strongly encouraged to apply.  However, all students are welcome to apply.
  • Students should be in the Top 10 percent of their class
  • Students should submit the completed on-line application, a resume, 2 letters of  recommendation, and official high school transcript
  • Roughly 40-50    accepted for each of the McCombs Future Executive Academy (MFEA) and Discover  Yourself iN Accounting Majors & Careers (DYNAMC) program
  • Deadline:  TBA

McCombs Future Executive Academy:   TBA
McCombs DYNAMC Program:  TBA

For More information:
Visit:  McCombs High School Summer Programs
Visit the summer programs website for detailed information about each camp.
Phone number: 512.471.2217

Rice University C3 Program

C3: Content ♦ College ♦ Career is a five-day high school student enrichment program designed for rising juniors and seniors. The rising juniors will focus on global issues as they relate to environmental sustainability and cultural understanding. The rising seniors will delve into current issues in science as well as gain an awareness of world cultures and their impact on our society. In addition, the program includes activities to assist both groups of students with communication skills, navigating the college admission and application process, and exploring a variety of career options in the sciences and social sciences. Sessions are presented by master teachers and guest speakers.

How to Apply:
Visit http://collegeready.rice.edu/C3_Layout.aspx. This opportunity used to be available only to AVID students, but for this year, students who are not in AVID are ELIGIBLE to apply.

*applications are not available at this time, but continue to check the website*


The price to attend will be $495 (this is subject to change, the registration form will have the most up-to-date pricing).”

For More Information:
Visit: http://collegeready.rice.edu/C3_Layout.aspx.
Telephone: 713-348-6031
Fax: 713-348-3123
Email: collegeready@rice.edu
Website: collegeready.rice.edu

Texas A&M Corpus Christi STEM Summer Institute

This program will introduce participants to exciting oceanography research and engineering opportunities, in particular ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) operation, through lectures, exercises, hands on activities, design and rapid prototyping, field trips and project competition introduces with prizes totaling $5,000. Students, ages 16—18, will have the opportunity to live on campus and experience the Island University. Come and experience the Island University firsthand!

How to Apply:
For More info visit the campsite at: http://engineering.tamucc.edu/stemsi

Session 1: TBA
Session 2: TBA

$535 Total
$35 Application Fee
$250 Enrollment Deposit
$250  Due at Check-In

SCHOLARSHIPS are available.  If you are interested in applying for the scholarship please submit 3 LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION along with the application materials to the address above. . Additionally, you should email  Korinne.Caruso@tamucc.edu , to inquire about scholarship details.

For More Information and to send applications:
Korinne Caruso, Program Coordinator
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
6300 Ocean Drive Unit 5797
Corpus Christi, Texas 78412
Phone: (361) 825-6025 • Fax: (361) 825-3056
Email: Korinne.Caruso@tamucc.edu

Summer Internship Opportunity

The summer program targets childhood hunger and the summer learning gap by focusing on mobilizing food resources and educational attainment through summer enrichment programs. Members serve between 8-12 weeks with one of 12 community partners. Daily activities vary between sites but all share the common mission to educate and enrich our community’s youth.  Applicants must be energetic, have an interest in working with school-aged youth, and serve as a positive role model. Summer positions are available in Dallas, Houston and San   Antonio.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Graduate (17 or older) *17 years old or older by June 5, 2013
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Reliable transportation
  • A commitment to make a difference

TBA: Priority Consideration Deadline

Time Commitment
Members serve 30-40 hours/week over the summer

Living allowance and an education award

For More Information and to Apply: http://www.citysquare.org/becomeamember

Upcoming Events

Welcome Back / Welcome to UT Outreach-Houston Receptions

  • Booker T. Washington High School – Tuesday, September 17, 2013 @ 2:30 pm
  • Madison High School – Wednesday, September 18, 2013 @ 11:40 am
  • Waltrip High School – Wednesday, September 18, 2013 @ 2:30 pm
  • Kashmere High School – Thursday, September 19, 2013 @ 10:00 am
  • Worthing High School – Thursday, September 19, 2013 @ 2:00 pm
  • Lee High School – Friday, September 20, 2013 @ 10:15 am
  • Yates High School – TBA

For More InformationContact a UT Outreach-Houston staff member.