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To apply for federal student aid, such as federal grants, work-study, and loans, you need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. Completing and submitting the FAFSA form is free and easier than ever, and it gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or career school.

In addition, many states and colleges use your FAFSA information to determine your eligibility for state and school aid, and some private financial aid providers may use your FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for their aid.

FAFSA Night: October 8, 2019 at 6:30 in the Cooper High School Cafeteria. Hosted with Paris Junior College.


JLV Counseling

JLV Counseling blog posts scholarships organized in many different ways with descriptions of each scholarship. It’s a great resource to filter through to find scholarships fitting each individual.


Texas 529 and Match the Promise Scholarship

The Texas Tuition Promise Fund®, the state’s prepaid college tuition plan, allows families to lock in today’s prices for tomorrow’s tuition and school-wide required fees at most Texas public colleges and universities (excluding medical and dental institutions). Texans may enroll in the plan at any time between Sept. 1 and Feb. 28 (Feb. 29 in leap years). The easiest way to open an account is to enroll online at or visit the website to download or order an enrollment kit. You can also call 800-445-GRAD (4723), option #5, for more information.

The Texas Match the Promise FoundationSM awards scholarships to eligible fifth through ninth graders* who are enrolled in the Texas Tuition Promise Fund®. The foundation encourages families to save for college by supplementing their contributions to the plan. Eligible students can apply from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31. More details can be found at

Going Merry

Going Merry is a scholarship website that offers scholarship matching, direct applications, autofilled applications, and estimated time to complete the applications, so that students can optimize their search. The website also groups scholarships by essay topic to ensure that you can apply to multiple scholarships with a similar essay requirement.

Scholarship Informer

If your goal is to earn scholarships to pay for college but you don’t know where to start, this page is for you. Be sure to sign up weekly text alertsText the word SCHOLARSHIPS to 72000

Abbreviation Finder Scholarship: a merit-based scholarship of USD $7,500 awarded to a high school senior who has demonstrated outstanding achievement, participation and leadership in school activities and work experience. College students are also eligible to apply.

African AmericanScholarships

Texas Caucus of Black School Board Members: For African American seniors graduating in 2019, with at least a 3.0 GPA

Veterinarian: The Charles Shelton Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide educational scholarships to African-American students pursuing a degree in veterinarian medicine or veterinarian technology.

Agricultural Scholarship: For students wishing to pursue a career in an animal related field

For students enrolling at Texas Tech for Ag Sciences

AQHA Jay Pumphrey Animal Sciences Scholarship

This $6,000 scholarship opportunity is offered to current AQHA or AQHYA members only.

The deadline to enter is December 1, 2019.
Details and rules can be viewed here:

Art: This scholarship is for senior who can two seniors who can use their voice and media to share how public school education has/will impact their future.

This graphic design-centric scholarship challenges you to create a lightly animated GIF that shows us a fast way to get your space cleaned.

Chinese Heritage: Eligible students must be from the DFW area and must be of Chinese ethnic heritage – either born in China or Taiwan, or born in the United States and have parents or grandparents who were born in China or Taiwan. Student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Selection is based on academic achievement and financial need.

Community Service: The purpose of the Susan Howard Community Service Award is to honor and reward academically adept students from low income families in Texas or Great Britain who have demonstrated initiative and leadership skills through their dedication to benefiting their community.

Dixie Baseball & Softball, INC: Applicant must be a senior in high school and must have participated in a DIXIE SOFTBALL program for at least two (2) seasons. See Mrs. Joslin for an application. 

Dr. Joanne Olivard Foundation Scholarship: Applicants must seek a degree in Agriculture, Science, Medical Fields, Engineering, or Math. See Mrs. Joslin for the Scholarship Application- Spring Semester. Application must be postmarked on or before March 10, 2020.

Dr. Shae Ochoa Orthondontics: Applicant must be a graduating high school senior AND must either BE or HAVE BEEN a patient of Dr. Shae Ochos’s. See Mrs. Joslin for an application.  Deadline is April 9. 


This is a Need-Based Merit Scholarship- up to $48,000- that is avaliable to students graduating from a rural area. 

The deadline to enter November 15, 2019. Details and rules can be viewed here

Health- Asthma: Applicants must be seniors attending a Texas high school during the 2018-2019 school year that suffer from Asthma, and who plan to go to college after high school graduation. The award will be payable directly to the college or university of choice in the student’s name.

H-E-B UIL Participant Scholarship: 

H-E-B is offering 15 scholarships for $2,000 to seniors who participated in UIL competitions to recognize their involvement in their communities. Applicants must have a minimum 3.3 GPA, the number of community service hours completed in the last 12 months, community service verification letters verfiying their hours of service, a letter of recommendation, and a short essay (500 words or less) on the topic: “What Does Community Mean to You?”. Applications must be submitted by February 14th, 2020, and winners will be announced on March 14th, 2020.

Lamar-Delta Retired Teachers Scholarships: Student must be majoring in Education AND enrolling at Paris Jr. College. This $1,000 scholarship can be used in two summers, end of Sr. H. S. year and end of Freshman year of college. Applications are due April 1, 2020. See Mrs. Joslin for an application. 

Leadership: Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Texas- For students who are exemplary role models in their communiities and have the initiative to fulfill their educational goals.

This scholarship was established by the Association of Texas Leaders for Education (ATLE) for Texas resident graduating seniors who will be attending a Texas school to pursue a secondary education.

The Agora Foundation Scholarship for Change is awarded to those students who demonstrate a passion for making the world a better place. 20 students will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship each to be put toward their education in creating a better future.

Marine Foundation Scholarship

Children of veterans who served in the Marines of Navy Corp are eligible to apply for specific scholarships. Application opens January 1st. Please see the link below if you fall into this category.

Northeast Texas Chapter 416 AIR FORCE Association Earle North Parker Essay Contest Scholarship 
How might the emerging technologies of Robotics and Artificial intelligence affect, both positively and negatively, the operations of the United States Air Force?

1st Place- $1000, 2nd Place- $750, 3rd Place- $500
The deadline to enter is Jan. 18th, 2019.
Details and rules can be viewed here: see Mrs. Joslin for the application

Paris Debutante Scholarship: Senior girls wishing to apply must attend one informational meeting at Mt. Zion Methodist Church, 768 2nd NE, Paris, TX 75460 on either Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 at 4:00 pm or Saturday, Feb. 2, 2020 at 12:00 pm. 

Pinnacle Peak Recovery Scholarship 
$500 Essay scholarship and students are encouraged to write an essay explaining how they plan on fighting issues surrounding substance abuse and addiction. Examples may include: future career path, volunteering for a related cause, helping someone they love seek treatment, or even how they have overcome their own personal battles.
The deadline to enter is June 30th, 2020.
Details and rules can be viewed here:

Science & Engineering: The undergraduate award is intended for low income families and is intended to alleviate the financial burden of funding tuition fees in Texas, whether at a 4 year or a 2 year college.

Sports- Dixie Baseball/Softball: In order to be eligible, the applicant must be a senior in high school and have at one time played in a Dixie Youth Baseball league.


Be recognized as a high school senior who excels in the classroom and in FFA and 4-H Clubs.

The deadline to enter December 1, 2019- Details and rules can be viewed here:

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Student must compete at the state leveal in an UIL academic contest AND plan to attend a Texas college or university.

The application is open March 1, 2020 – May 10, 2020. 

Details and rules can be viewed here:

Texas Nursery and Landscape Association

2019-20 Texas Excellence in Landscaping Awards

The deadline to enter is Nov. 5, 2019.

Grow Texas Scholarship

The deadline to enter is Nov. 15, 2019.

Horiculture Scholarship 

The deadline to enter is Dec. 15, 2019.

Details and rules for all TNLA Scholarships can be viewed here:

TEXAS TELEPHONE ASSOCIATION: For studnets enrolling at any college of university in the state of Texas. SEE MRS. JOSLIN FOR THE APPLICATION 



Opens Spring 2020 

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