Senior News

The following area contains important information concerning announcements of events important to seniors. Below this news area are panels with specific topics and information for seniors.

12/17/19 - Reminder: Seniors interested in Scholarship opportunities should take time to review the opportunities listed on the AREA Scholarship page below. Application access and requirements for applying including deadline are provided.

11/27/18- Mrs. Daniel has given a list of Senior names to Ms Mann to allow each senior to verify the spelling of his or her name as it will appear on diplomas. PLEASE BE SURE you check this list and make any corrections. YOU MAY NOT CHANGE YOUR NAME TO A NICKNAME. YOUR NAME ON YOUR DIPLOMA MUST BE YOUR LEGAL NAME AS IT APPEARS ON YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE.

THE ONLY REQUIRED PURCHASE from Herff Jones IS THE CAP, GOWN, AND TASSEL PACKAGE, WHICH IS REQUIRED FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE GRADUATION CEREMONY ON MAY 24, 2019.The cost of the package is $60.00 and payable to Herff-Jones on the order date. The Cap/Gown/Tassel package will be delivered to Rusk High School in the Spring and distributed to the seniors on a date to be determined later.


IF you missed the October 24th opportunity to make a cap/gown picture, you may still schedule an appointment at Prestige Studios and have portraits made to include casual as well as a cap and gown PHOTOS. Call 903-581-4321 to schedule.

If you do not have a cap and gown picture made from Prestige, you may not be represented in the 2019 yearbook or in the local and area newspaper senior recognition in the Spring.

Megan Cumbee and Brad Gifford will meet with all Promise recipients as well as ANY SENIOR interested in attending TJC each month during the school year.





ALL PROMISE RECIPIENTS MUST HAVE FILED FAFSA BY MARCH 31, 2019. All other college bound students should meet this deadline also.

You and your parent (whomever claimed you on their 2017 Income Tax return) must have created a FSA Identification to be able to complete and submit the FAFSA. Once these are created, then you will be ready to complete your 2019 FAFSA. You must provide your parent's 2017 Income Tax return and W-2 forms for the required information needed to be entered on the FAFSA.

Calendar for remaining visits from TJC (Promise scholars must attend until released by Ms. Cumbee)

3. Wednesday, November 7th

4. Wednesday, December 5th (CANCELLED

5. Wednesday, January 9th(cancelled)

6. Wednesday, February 6th UPCOMING!!!

7. Wednesday, March 6th

8. Wednesday, April 3rd

9. Wednesday/Thursday, May 1st & 2nd – early college registration days ( Advisors from TJC will be here to help your student register for their FALL 2019 classes)


THE 18th Annual RHS Scholarship Banquet is scheduled for Thursday, May 2, at 6:00 PM, in the Commons and the RISD auditorium.


Again, please add these events to your calendar and help remind seniors!

General Scholarship Information

There are several types of financial aid available to students who plan to attend college or university.

I have copies of the Minnie Piper Stevens Foundation MPSF Compendium of Texas Colleges and Financial Aid Calendar available in my office. This book contains a list of ALL public and private colleges in Texas and the scholarships each of them award as well as their financial aid application deadlines for seniors 2018


ACADEMIC: These are generally awarded based on academic ability including High School GPA and rank, results of standardized tests (SAT, ACT.PSAT/NMSQT, etc) . Various departments that govern schools of study (i.e., math, social work. nursing, biomedical science, liberal arts, etc) may offer scholarships to student enrolling in specific majors. Sometimes these are not awarded until after freshmen year when that major is established.

PERFORMANCE BASED : These are awarded based on the students' ability in a certain sport or college activity (band, cheer, drama, dance, vocal, etc) . The student is recruited for some areas and can audition or try-out also. Each department on the campus of the college or university handles their performance - based scholarships.

The ACADEMIC and PERFORMANCE based scholarships do not have to be repaid.

SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIP programs, local organizations and businesses, and foundations are also sources of college scholarships that are awarded on merit, academics, testing , and sometimes because the student has a personal connection to a member of one of these groups (examples: dependent of an employee, dependent of member of a service club). These do not have to be repaid.

AWARDS/GRANTS: These are awarded for specific reasons (examples: minority student, winning a photography contest, speech contest, etc.) These do not have to be repaid.

FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID (Grants, Loans, Work-Study)

FAFSA - Federal application for Free Student Aid- Federally funded college grant, loan and work-study program for those who qualify based on family's income as filed through the federal tax return to the IRS. RUSK HIGH SCHOOL/TYLER JUNIOR COLLEGE OFFER FREE HELP EACH YEAR TO SENIOR STUDENT/PARENTS TO COMPLETE THIS FREE APPLICATION. PARENTS' PRIOR YEAR INCOME TAX RETURN IS NECESSARY TO COMPLETE form.

EACH STUDENT SENDS THE FAFSA FORM TO the colleges TO WHICH HE OR SHE IS INTERESTED IN ATTENDING. The college will inform the student if they qualify for federal financial aid by letter or email.

A specific list of the Federal grant programs (do not have to be repaid) that are available are listed in the MPSF compendium. The Federal Loans (must be repaid) are listed in the the MPSF compendium.

JOBS/WORK-STUDY: Employment on or off campus. Wages paid directly to student or credited to his/her account at the college.

Federal Work-Study is also listed in the Minnie Piper Stevens Foundation compendium..

EDUCATIONAL LOANS: Educational loans are from various state or federal sources. Banks, foundations, unions, etc also have loan programs. These loans usually have a lower interest rate. and MUST BE REPAID. Some loans will not require repayment begin until after you have completed your education. Most federal loans do not required repayment to begin until 6 months after education is completed in order for a job to be obtained.

NEW! Frost Bank Student Loan Division has announced a zero-interest loan program available through the Trust Department at Frost Bank of Galveston, TX. Qualified applicants may contact the Frost Bank office AFTER November 1 to request an application packet(s) for the upcoming fall/spring long-term school year. These include th Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation(application deadline Feb. 28) , the Vandal and Winifred Mercer TAMU Foundation (must be a TAMU student and deadline to apply is March 31)and the Ernest A. Mantzel Foundation(applications accepted until funding is exhausted). In total there are 880 zero-interest loan available to qualified students.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES are available to students through the internet, through mailings sent to Rusk High School from colleges the student is interested in attending, and from local organizations. When you begin applying to colleges and universities it is your responsibility to seek out information concerning those scholarships available.

Local scholarship applications will not be completed until early spring of 2017. As they come available, scholarship opportunities will be posted on this site. Students are welcome to come to the counseling center at any time to work on scholarship searches and to complete applications. .

Each student is urged to call or visit the scholarship and financial aid office on the campus of the university or college to which you are applying. There are many university specific scholarship opportunities available there.

Please visit to view specific scholarships for colleges in Texas.

Listed below are great websites for financial aid in all forms. Most of these require that you create an account that includes your email address as that is how they correspond with you.

Intro to Going Merry

This is an app for your phone from which you can access scholarship opportunities using one application and one essay for all!

Times are in Central Time - US & Canada (08:49am)
1. Go to: 2. Enter your name 3. Click "View Only" in the top right corner 4. Call 650-250-4491 on your phone
See description for instructions on how to join Going Merry

Remember, you are competing against students statewide and even nationwide for all scholarships outside of our local/county or district ones. BUT DON’T let that stop you from applying for scholarships!!!!

Check here often for updates of scholarship opportunities!

See Mrs. Daniel with questions. All written materials concerning scholarship application directions are housed in the filing cabinet inside the door to my office in the top drawer. You are welcome to look at those any time.

You will also find a form for requesting recommendation letters in the front of this cabinet.

When requesting transcripts for scholarship application purposes, please email Mrs. Daniel your request and indicate whether you need a "copy" of your transcript (UNofficial) or an "Official copy".

There are folders with your names on them (alpha by last name) in the BOTTOM drawer of the same filing cabinet mentioned above. I will place any documents you request in your folder so you can pick it up at your convenience.

Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Grants

State Divisions of Vocational Rehabilitation



The Recovery Village Healthcare Scholarship

The Recovery Village is dedicated to maintaining exceptional service while providing unique opportunities for education and personal development. As part of this commitment, The Recovery Village is offering a $1,000 scholarship to students pursuing a medical-related course of study.

To enter to win a $1,000 scholarship, simply submit a short essay (no more than 500 words) describing why you are passionate about substance use disorder and mental health treatment. Essays can be in the form of a personal narrative with a medical perspective or focus specifically on clinical experience.

Do you have a compelling recovery story? Have you witnessed the challenges that addiction can present, or helped someone overcome substance use disorder? Share your experience and describe why you are eager to enter the health care field for a chance to be awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Go to the following website for application instructions:

The Texas Interscholastic League Foundation offers Scholarship opportunities to students who have participated at the State UIL Meet any year of their high school career. (CX Debaters must have advanced to the second day of their competition) OR be a finalist in the Barbra Jordan Historical Essay contest, the Latino History Essay Competition, Student Congress or UIL Young Filmmakers Festival. The applicant must also plan to attend an accredited college/university in Texas, enroll full-time and maintain 2.5 or higher GPA, have taken the ACT OR SAT, graduating from high school int he current year. The online application is opened between March 1 and May 11, 2018. Se website for further details.

All students who have spent documented time volunteering are invited to apply for the 2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. State Honorees can earn a $1,000.00 scholarship and National Honorees a $5,000.00 scholarship. You may access the application at or Your application must be certified by your high school Principal (Mr. Schwartz) or head of a county 4-H organization, Girl Scout council, American Red Cross Chapter, YMCA or Affiliate of Points of Light HandsOn Network.

For application or certification questions, you may also call 1-855-670-4787.

Deadline is November 6, 2019.


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AREA Scholarship Opportunities

All of the scholarship opportunities listed below will be updated for 2019 as the information becomes available. Application availability and deadlines should remain close to the same dates listed-but in 2019. I will have a NEW! or UPDATED! beside those that have been added or updated. BE SURE YOU CHECK FOR DEADLINES!!

REMINDER!!! East Texas Communities Foundation has a LIST of scholarships available to area high school student including YOU! One of importance to several of you is the Perkins Family Citizens Bank Scholarship exclusively for students whose parents work for The Rusk State Hospital , the Texas Department of Corrections and some other state agencies. go to for the online instructions and application. See me for assistance as all documentation must be uploaded and emailed to ETCF.

REMINDER - GO-TEXAS HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE! The following web links will take you to the HLSR APPLICATION WHICH IS ONLINE AND DUE FEBRUARY 5! Please keep in mind that this scholarship is not exclusive to students who have participated in agriculture-related events.

A paper copy of the requirements are available in Mrs. Daniel's office.

The GO-TEXAN Cherokee County AREA SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION is also available in paper form in my office. This application for a scholarship from your Cherokee County Go Texan Committee is due April 15, 2019. This scholarship does consider FFA and/or 4-H involvement.It should be completed after you receive your final class ranking and GPA.

Discover Student Loans Division is offering a $10,000 Scholarship Sweepstakes through January 31. Visit to enter today! THEY ALSO OFFER A SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH TOOL FREE OF CHARGE AT THIS WEBSITE.

12-17-19 - The 2019 Texas Telephone Foundation Scholarship application is now available. This Scholarship is designed to help further the understanding of telephony and advance telecommunication as a career choice. The TTA will award six, four-year scholarships in the amount of $2,000 per year to students entering college for the 2019-20 school year. Through MARCH 19, 2019, the TTA Foundation will accept applications to be granted beginning Fall of 2019. The TTA accepts only 2 scholarships per high school so if you are interested in applying see Mrs. Daniel as soon as possible for application details. ( Special consideration will be given to students pursuing a college degree in a field of study of particular interest to telecommunications (math, business, education, technology, engineering, and computer science.)

12-04-18 - Discover Business offers you a link to scholarship opportunities for business and finance majors. Go to: Business Degree Scholarships from or Finance Degree Scholarships from

12-03-18 - Eastex Telephone Cooperative has announced its 2019 Scholarship application. This $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to thirty students whose parent/guardian with whom they reside receive local service/dial tone(for Rusk area students this usually means your phone number contains the 743 or from Eastex Telephone Cooperative. AS of JANUARY 2, 2019, application packets can be picked up from one of their locations (Henderson, Livingston, Waskom) or the student can call the Main Office in Henderson (903-854-1000 or 1-800-232-7839) and request one be mailed to them. The completed application must be postmarked or received no later than March 1, 2019.

11-15-18 The Cherokee County Electric Cooperative Association has approved twenty $1,000.00 scholarships to be awarded to qualifying students in April 2019. The graduate must be a child of an active CCECA member. The completed original application in its entirety must be turned in to the Cherokee County Electric Cooperative no later than the last business day in February. (Thursday, Feb. 19 before 5:30 PM. The application and instructions to complete it is available in Mrs. Daniel's office.

AUSTIN BANK SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM HAS RELEASED ITS 2019 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION! NINE $2,500 SCHOLARSHIPS AND EIGHTEEN $500 SCHOLARSHIPS WILL BE AWARDED TO AREA HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS. The application and all of its requirements is available in Mrs. Daniel's office. as well as completing the application, the student must have a 2.5/4.0 GPA, write a personal essay, provide three character reference letters, and a copy of the student's high school transcript. The complete application must be in the Whitehouse Austin Bank office by March 1, 2019 (by mail or hand delivery or on its way with a March 1, 2019 postmark).

The East Texas Communities Foundation has updated its scholarships for 2019. All scholarships awarded through this organization and the requirements for each, as well as the applications for each scholarship must be viewed and completed online at Students must review EACH scholarship and its requirements to see if he or she meets them in order to apply. There are February and March 2019 due dates. One of particular interest is the Citizens Bank/Perkins Family Foundation Scholarship for students whose parents are employed by the State of Texas-(for example, TDC and the Rusk State Hospital.)

Northeast Texas Chapter 416 Air Force Association Earle North Parker Essay Contest. This essay contest awards $1,000 for 1st place, $750 for second place, and $500 for 3rd place for the winning essay on the topic, "How might emerging technologies of Robotics and Artificial intelligence affect, both positively and negatively, the operations of the United States Air Force?" Specific directions plus additional information and data on the topic are provided along with the application in Mrs. Daniel's office.

NEW! Texas Scholar Award - State Farm Insurance is awarding fifty of the most outstanding Texas High School seniors across the state with a $1,000 scholarship. Beginning this year, they will award three $5,000 scholarships and one $10,000 scholarship to the very best high school seniors in the state.. Go to for information about how and when to submit application.

NEW! UIL STATE COMPETITION QUALIFIERS - If you have competed on the state level in an academic UIL event, Congressional Debate, One-Act Play, Theatrical Design OR advanced to the second day of the CX Debate or a mamber of one of the top TEN teams per competition group at the BEST or FIRST robotics contest then you have the opportunity to apply for a Scholarship from the Texas Interscholastic League Foundation. The online only application will open between MARCH 1 and MAY 10, 2019 at:

(Students competing in late speech contests may amend their application through May 31 by emailing placement updates) Student must also supply a high school transcript, SAT/ACT scores, a letter of recommendation from superintendent, principal, assistant principal, UIL coach or counselor, and a copy of the first two pages of your parent or guardian's most recent IRS 1040 form is also required.

NEW! GE-REAGAN FOUNDATION- College Scholarships for Student Leaders The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute awards more than $1 million to exceptional student leaders each year. High School Seniors nationwide who demonstrate leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship are invited to apply for the 2019 GE -Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program. This program annually provide college-bound students with $10,000 renewable scholarship - up to $40,000 total per recipient-and supports them as they lead and serve in college and beyond. Apply by January 4, 2019 at

NEW! Texas Student Housing 2019-20 Application is available in Mrs. Daniel's office ( in filing cabinet inside outer office door) This scholarship is open to students ACCEPTED to colleges in Austin, College Station, or Denton, TX who have NOT SIGNED AN off-campus housing lease. (Note: TWU and UNT do not allow freshmen to live off campus-so this is only available to upper class men at these two universities.) Application DEADLINE IS JANUARY 31, 2019.

NEW! The Sons of the Republic of Texas announces the Texas History Essay Scholarship Awards program for 2018-19. Senior students are encourages to write a Texas History essay on "The Life of Mirabeau B. Lamar 1798-1859; The Father of Texas Education" Deadline for submission is a postmark date of January 31, 2019.

Rules Criteria, and submission directions are available in Mrs. Daniel's office.

The Slough Scholarship Foundation at Midland College is offering any interested graduating senior the opportunity to apply for their scholarship awards up to $5,000 per year ($2,500 per Fall/Spring semester) for up to 5 years or the completion of a Bachelor's degree at Midland College in Midland Texas.Please visit for eligibility criteria, more information, and to complete application which is due April 1, 2018.

The Cherokee County Coverall Classic Scholarship application is now available in Mrs. Daniel's office. You must be a graduating senior and a current member of a 4-H club or the FFA in Cherokee County. The scholarship is valued at $1,000.00. The application must be delivered to the Cherokee County Extension office or postmarked by March 1, 2018.

Cherokee County Master Gardeners Association 2018 Scholarship Application is now available. To apply the student must be a high school senior or enrolled in college or university. The applicant must be intending to pursue a major in a horticulture related science such as agriculture, landscape architecture, forestry, etc. The application is available in Mrs. Daniel's office and is due March 31, 2018.

Cherokee County Hay Show Scholarship application is now available in Mrs. Daniel's office. It is available to all graduating seniors who are members of an FFA or 4-H club in Cherokee County. Completed applications must be postmarked by March 1, 2018 or delivered to the County Extension Office at 165 East 6th Street Office 104, Rusk, Tx.

The Cherokee County GO TEXAN Scholarship Application is now available in Mrs. Daniel's office. It is open to EVERY GRADUATING SENIOR planning to attend college upon graduation. The application and supporting documentation is due May 18, 2018.

Rosental and Wadas, PLLC Criminal Defense Law firm in Collin County offers their 2018 scholarship valued at $1000.

Deadline: May 31, 2018
Award Amount: $1,000
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Application: The application and more scholarship details/requirements can be found at:

The 2018 Austin Bank Scholarship is now available to seniors. The application and instructions for completing it are available in Mrs. Daniel's office.

Deadline for postmark or delivery is February 23, 2018.

The Cherokee County Electric Cooperative Association (CCECA) has approved 20 $1,000.00 scholarships to be awarded in April 2018, to high school graduates who is a child of an active CCECA member. (receives electric service from CCECA). Applications are now available in Mrs. Daniel's office and can also be obtained from the Rusk or Chapel Hill offices or online at

All applications must be received in the Rusk or Chapel Hill office no later than the last business day of February 2018. Contact Brandy Walker at 903-683-2248 for more information.

The East Texas Communities Foundation has posted their 2018 Scholarship list and the application on their website This foundation has several scholarship opportunities for Rusk High School students. One of these is the Citizen's Bank/Perkins Scholarship for Children of State Employees. IF your parent works at the Rusk State Hospital or the Texas Department of Corrections, you are eligible for a $1,000.00 scholarship if you meet all other criteria. The scholarship is OPEN on December 1, 2017.

Texas Engineering Foundation

The 2017-18 Scholarship application is available to graduating seniors who plan to major in engineering at a ABET accredited university. Guidelines, scholarship application, and the list of other required documentation is available in Mrs. Daniel's office. The deadline is for submission is January 19, 2018.

AES Engineers Scholarship

The consulting firm of AES Engineers is committed to continuing its support of higher education by providing scholarships to deserving students. This award is available to all students, regardless of their field of study.

To be eligible the student needs to answer one of the essay questions that they will find on our site at

We are offering a scholarship that will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by evaluating the essays that are submitted.

Amount of award: $500.00
Deadline for entry: October 6, 2018

Further information, including previous winners, is available on our web site at:

The Cherokee County Go Texan Scholarship Application is now available in Mrs. Daniel's Office . The application includes a one-page essay and a copy of your official transcript. The due date is May 18, 2018.

The Automotive Aftermarket Central has scholarships availalel to graduating seniors interested in pursuing degree in an Automotive program.

Go to for the online application. Complete and submit no later than March 31, 2018.

Cherokee County Bar Association has released its guidelines for the 2018 Scholarship. Seniors who are interested will submit and editorial essay on this year's Law Day prompt:

"Explain or depict why the separation of powers is important to preserving freedom:"

The editorial essay must be no longer than 500 words.

The essay must be typewritten and double-spaced.

The essay must be the student's original work.

The submitted work must show critical analysis and historical evidence.

The essay must be submitted to MRS. DANIEL'S OFFICE NO LATER THAN the end of the school day (3:20 PM) on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

The winner of the essay contest will be awarded a $1,000.00 scholarship which will be forwarded to the student's college/university financial office.

College/University Scholarship Opportunities

Students are urged to meet with a financial aid/scholarship officer at the college or university in which he or she is interested. This person can be of great assistance in informing you of that particular college's scholarship opportunities.

Students should always visit the financial aid/scholarship section of the college's website for information, too.

Keep in mind that some colleges place you in consideration for scholarships when your application is accepted for admission while others may require a separate scholarship application to be considered for their scholarship opportunities. ASK QUESTIONS WHEN YOU VISIT!!!!!

Midland College Slough Scholarship Foundation was founded on the principal of assisting Texas students to achieving their educational goals. If you believe college is financially out of reach, visit for further information pertaining to this scholarship and it application process. You may also email with questions.

Baylor University annually awards scholarships through the Carr P.Collins Scholars Program to students who have demonstrated leadership through service. Collins Scholars are awarded a minimum of $5,350 their first year, renewable for three additional years. For consideration, applicants must:

  • have a minimum combined math and evidence-based reading and writing score of 1310 on the SAT or a minimum composite score of 28 on the ACT
  • complete a balanced college preparatory program including history, science, and a foreign language
  • rank in the top quarter of their graduating class
  • be a bona fide resident of the state of Texas
  • For application go to .

Baylor also offers other academic scholarship through their President's Gold, Provost Gold, Dean's Gold, and Founder's Gold Scholarship programs. These scholarships range in value from $32,000.00 to $88,000.00 divided evenly over four years of undergraduate study. Baylor considers students for these awards by virtue of their application for admission to the university. Applicants are strongly encouraged to utilize Baylor's online Scholarship calculator (

Stephen F. Austin State University offers the Cecil Richey, Jr. Scholarship opportunity to Rusk High School Seniors who graduate in the Top Ten Percent of their class. This scholarship amount varies each year, but is a wonderful financial opportunity for this group of academically successful students. SFA representatives share the specific each November with those students interested.

Stephen F. Austin State University is also designated as a Smith-Hutson Scholarship provider. This amazing scholarship which can provide up to $17,500 per year is offered to incoming freshmen students who are interested in pursuing a degree at SFASU and demonstrate financial need and academic potential. Submission of application for this is due February 28, 2018. All applications will be reviewed and approximately 50 students will be chosen to interview in May 2018 with approximately 20 chosen for the award.

Sam Houston State University is also designated as a Smith-Hutson Scholarship Provider. Contact the Scholarship Office at SHSU for application information including deadline for submission.

The University of Dallas is still accepting applications for the Eugene McDermott Scholars Program. This award supplies a virtually debt-free college education at UT Dallas. The application can be found at the university's website. The deadline is December 7, 2018.


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Local Scholarships

Rusk Local Scholarships Amt of award Qualifications/additional documents
(use the RHS Scholarship Application)
These scholarships are Awarded to RHS Seniors only
Carlene Clayton Memorial 1-$1,000 Open to all seniors
1 ltr of recommendation from non-family
Cherokee County Federal Credit Union 2 - $1,000 Open to all seniors
Clifford Harris Memorial 1 - $1,000 Open to all seniors
Collin Carroll Memorial 1- $1,000 Letter of recommendation from your pastor
Doug/Sally Jordan Memorial 1 - $1,000 Must be nominated by RHS teachers
Euclid Masonic Lodge #45 2 - $500 Open to all seniors
First United Methodist Church $500.00 each Must be a member of Rusk UMC
Lauretta Colston-Stewart Memorial 1-$800 Open to all seniors
Mack Philbrick Memorial 1 - $1,000 Must be nominated by RHS teachers
Rusk Athletic Booster Club 3- amt TBD Must have been a varsity athlete
Rusk Band Boosters $200. ea. Must have been a four year Eagle band member
Rusk High School Alumni Association 15-$1,000 Must have FAFSA EFC number and
need to have taken an ACT or SAT test
Must have two letters of recommendation:
(1 teacher and 1 community member)
Rusk Lions Club 3 - $750 ea. Open to all seniors
Rusk Ministerial Alliance $500 to Must be a member of a church active in RMA and

Rusk Ministerial Alliance Pastor Recommendation Form

must have a verification of that from the pastor

deetermined by numer of recipients
Rusk Rotary Club 3 -$1,000 ea. Open to all seniors
Rusk Youth Sports Association 2-$500 ea. Must of participated in RSBA 2 years
E. Howard (Hank) Watson Scholarship 1- $1,000 Available to a senior who will attend a
technical school upon graduation
Guidelines available in Mrs. Daniel's office
Glendale "Nurse Pate" Memorial 1-$,1000 nursing major; essay-personal goals;
2 letters of rec.-1-school,1-community
attach your picture
The guidelines are available in the following link. You must complete the RHS Scholarship Application and provide the additional listed documents.There will be two (2) $1,000 scholarships awarded to two 2019 RHS seniors who plan to enter a program of study in the medical field. The application and all supporting documents are due in Mrs. Daniel's office on Wednesday, March 6, 2018 by the end of the school day.

Glendale "Nurse" Pate Memorial Scholarship

There will be one application ( RHS 2019 Scholarship Application) completed for each of the above local scholarships. This application is the next PANEL on this page (SCROLL DOWN) entitied RHS Scholarship Application.

The students will meet with Mrs. Daniel on Thursday, February 7, and again on February 12, to go over each of the local scholarships and the process for applying for them . The students will be instructed to complete the RHS Scholarship Application and have it proofread for accuracy and content. Then the student will be given opportunities on March 4 and 5 to complete the application in the library and print a copy of it for EACH LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP HE OR SHE WISHES TO APPLY. The student will file these after printing, and Mrs. Daniel will see that the scholarship committees receives them. DEADLINE FOR COMPLETING AND TURNING IN ALL RHS SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS IS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2018, AT 3:45 pm.

ALL Scholarship recipients will be recognized at the Annual Scholarship Banquet on May 10, 2018.


The following scholarship timeline and guidelines timeline will help you:

MONDAY, March 4, AND TUESDAY, March 5, Mrs. Daniel available in library to help with COMPLETING, proofreading and printing scholarship applications during your Economics or US Govt. class (1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th periods)

WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 – 3:45 P.M. DEADLINE for students to turn in

the Scholarship Applications and all supporting documents.

FRIDAY, MARCH 8– I will deliver them to scholarship committees, mail

them, or the committee will pick them at the high school.

WEDNESDAY N APRIL 17 – Deadline for committee to inform me of the

Scholarship recipient(s)

THURSDAY, APRIL 25- Invitations to the Scholarship Banquet will be

given to the students. Each student can bring two parents, guardians or FAMILY members

to the meal. EVERYONE is invited to the presentations in the auditorium. YOU MUST


adequate food can be prepared.

THURSDAY, MAY 2, 2019 – 18th Annual RHS Scholarship Banquet-

Rusk High School Commons Area-Doors will open for dinner at 6:00 PM.

Please park in the STUDENT parking lot between the main building and

football stadium for easy access to the Commons Area.

Scholarship presentations will follow in the RHS auditorium at approximately

6:45 P.M.



RHS Scholarship Application

College Application Information

Click here for Apply Texas Common Application

Texas Common Application

All Texas public and many private colleges and universities accept the Texas Common Application. Once completed the student can use it to apply to as many schools in Texas to which you wish to apply. It is sent electronically to junior colleges and 4-year colleges and universities. Most 4-year colleges and universities require an application fee in order to process the application. This must also be sent electronically, through the website, using a debit or credit card. Fee waivers are available to those who qualified for free or reduced lunch during the current school year.

Click on to access the application. You will be asked to create an account and be issued an identification number which you MUST REMEMBER to be able to re-enter and access the application which can be saved and returned to at any time.

Note: You must check the specific college website for directions concerning whether or not that school requires the essay part of the application be completed.


ACT and SAT Webpages



Rusk High School Code (CEEB) 446070


$50.50 for the basic ACT or $67.00 for the ACT with writing-(recommended).(Late registration adds $25 to cost) Fee waivers are available to students who qualified for free/reduced lunch program in 2017-18. Waivers do not cover late registration.


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December 8 November 2


February 9 January 11

April 13 March 8

June 8 May 3

July 13 June 14

Go to for information about the other nationally accepted college admissions test, the SAT , including an overview of the purpose of this test, test dates, registration information and cost.

2018-19 SAT

TEST Date Registration DEADLINE


October 6 September 7 (late -Sept 26)

November 3 October 5

December 1 November 2


March 9 February 8

May 4 April 5

June 1 May 3

($25 late fee added if deadline is missed) Cost is $46 for basic SAT and $60 for SAT plus writing.(recommended) Fee waivers are available to students who qualified for Free/Reduced lunch program in 2017-18 school year. Fee waivers do not cover late registration


Check the website of the college or university of your choice to determine minimum test score required for admission.



Texas Student Housing Scholarship

THE TEXAS STUDENT HOUSING 2018-19 Scholarship Application is now available to students accepted to colleges or universities in Austin, College Station, or Denton, Texas. Application deadline is January 31, 2018. A complete application consisting of the application form, personal statement, official transcript, letters of recommendation, and standardized test scores must be submitted on time.(postmarked by Jan. 31, 2018). Scholarships are awarded for the full or partial cost of an OFF_CAMPUS room for one (1) academic year at Town Lake in Austin, the Ridge at North Texas, and the Cambridge at College Station. Note: TWO in Denton does NOT typically allow freshmen students to live off-campus nor does the University of North Texas. Therefore scholarships may be limited to upper- classmen at those two universities.

SEE Mrs. Daniel for application.


There are often many opportunities available to our students to attend camps, college preview days, college tours outside of Rusk High School. Please check here for information concerning these opportunities as they become available.

11th Graders

SFASU - JAMP Camp for Juniors interested in Pre-medicine studies

Click on the information letter

THE TEXAS AEROSPACE SCHOLARS PROGRAM: This is an interactive, online learning experience that culminates in an all-expenses paid week-long visit to NASA'S Johnson Space Center in Houston during the summer . Over the course of the year, students will train for the mission by learning about the past, present and future of space exploration online. Students with the highest scores will be invited to NASA. Selected participant will receive guidance from scientists and engineers to complete a hands-on design challenge and plan a mission to Mars. Both the online and onsite portions are free to participants.

Go to for details. Mr. Guess is also available to help you with this if interested. Application must be made by 10-25-17.

RURAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP ACADEMY - The Rusk Rotary Club plans to send 6 RHS Juniors to their leadership camp January 5-7, 2018. Four RHS juniors will be interviewed in early November (DATE TBD) for selection to attend the camp held at Pineywoods Encampment near Corrigan. All expenses (including transportation to and from) are provided those students selected to attend.

If you are a junior interested, please see Mrs. Daniel. Then listen for the announcement as to when the interviews will take place.


Colleges and universities provide PREVIEW days FOR PROSPECTIVE AND INTERESTED students and their parents to visit their campus and learn more about what is offered. These are the BEST opportunities available to really see a college campus and hear what that college promotes academically and socially.

Here are Preview Day Schedules for some of our area colleges and universities:

Tyler Junior College: November 11, 2017 April 7, 2018 Both events will begin at 12:30 with registration and end around 5:00 PM.

University of Texas at Tyler: November 18, 2017 Noon to 5:00 PM

Stephen F. Austin State University: November 11, 2017

February 24, 2018

March 24, 2018 All meet noon to 5:00 PM

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Go Texan


Eligibility Requirements for submitting application:

Be a citizen of the United States.

Be a Texas resident. Attend high school in our area).

Be a 2018 graduating senior.

Score at least 950 on SAT or 19 on ACT. (May combine scores from different administration of same test.) Must submit an official copy of score.

Be ranked in the top third (1/3) of graduating class.

Have made application to enroll with intent to accredited, non-for profit college or university and participate in curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree. No online colleges or universities permitted.

There are two parts to the application:

1. the online application due February 5, 2018.

2. the submission and receipt of supplemental required documents by Feb. 15, 2018.(in the HLSR office).

There are copies of the complete guidelines in Mrs. Daniel's office.

Please understand you do not have to be involved in FFA, show projects, agriculture programs to apply for this scholarship.

Senior AP/Dual Credit and Early Release Signature documents

Information for AP/Dual credit Students and Parents

The following information letter was distributed to seniors on Friday, 9/7 or Monday 9/10 who enrolled in an AP or Dual Credit class. Please return the attached acknowledgement/signature page (requiring parent and student signatures) to Mrs. Daniel by Tuesday, September 11.

September 6, 2018

Dear Parent of an RHS Senior,

Greetings from Rusk High School! Your student is off to a busy start in his or her senior year! And I can promise you it will only get busier as time goes on!

Your student is currently enrolled in the courses that will complete their high school graduation requirements. He or she chose to pursue the Advanced Placement (AP-college preparatory) or the dual credit (college credit earned along with high school credit) in 1-3 of these courses (including English, Science, and Math). In doing so, he or she chose to take the course(s) for the college preparation and for the class ranking benefit the class offers.

The first consideration in your student’s final rank will be if he or she has the number of courses required for the graduation plan he or she is pursuing. If your students fails one of the courses required for his/her graduation plan at the end of the fall 2018 semester, his or her rank determination will fall into the foundation (last) ranking group or tier.

Should your student be failing one of these courses at the end of the first nine weeks of the fall semester, I will recommend that he or she enroll in an online course in the same subject so the required number of courses can be completed by the end of the semester. This will allow the student to only drop 1-3 ranking tiers and not drop in rank to the lowest available tier used for ranking. Of course, this will depend upon the student successfully completing the online course by the end of the first semester.

Please be diligent in monitoring your student’s success in these PRE-AP or AP level courses as the semester progresses. Feel free to contact the teacher or me if you have questions.

I look forward to working with your student this year and helping in any way I can toward a successful final year of high school!

SENIOR Early Release Guidelines


Home of the Fighting Eagles


Phone: 903-683-5401 Scott Schwartz, Principal Fax: 903-683-6090

TO: Seniors scheduled for Early Dismissal

FROM: Scott Schwartz

RE: This MUST be signed by student and parent/guardian and returned by Friday, September 1, 2018, or student may be subject to schedule change.


  • 1. He/She must be a senior
  • 2.He/she has passed all subjects in the previous semester attended (including, but not limited to English, Math, Social Studies and Science). Students must have the required passing averages in the spring semester of the junior year to qualify for the fall of the senior year. The same applies to the fall of the senior year to qualify for the spring.
  • 3.He/she must maintain a record of responsible school behavior and regular attendance. This includes no AEP assignment, ISS assignments for discipline referrals, no excessive unexcused absences during the spring semester of the junior year to qualify for the fall and the fall senior semester to qualify for the spring.
  • 4.He/she has passed all parts of the EOC tests.

All students qualifying for early dismissal will only be allowed to leave after FIVE (5) classes or (1:04 PM) The student understands that he/she is expected to leave the high school campus within 5 minutes after being released from his/her last class and cannot return to campus until the next scheduled class or at 3:20 PM when the regular school day is ended. Pep rally is the only exception. Students are awarded early release to LEAVE the CAMPUS-not go to classrooms or other areas of the school. Not following this rule will result in the student being returned to a full day of classes at RHS or other disciplinary measures.

The Principal will monitor student accountability to the early dismissal criteria. Any student found to be in violation of the code would be subject for immediate reassignment to campus or face disciplinary actions as deemed appropriate.

____________________________________has my permission to leave after his or her last class and return for the remainder of their scheduled classes as they fall within the school day, depending on the student’s schedule. I understand that he/she must first meet all criteria to qualify for early dismissal and then maintain a satisfactory status during the semester of early dismissal. I understand he/she must have his/her own transportation to leave the campus at the required time. I understand that he/she must apply two times – once for fall and again for the spring semesters.

Parent date

I understand that criteria to get and maintain early dismissal status. I further understand a violation of the early dismissal agreement will result in my assignment to an on-campus, full day curriculum. I will apply two times, once for the fall semester and once for the spring semester based on the above criteria.]

______________________________________________________________________________________________Student Signature Date

______________________________________________________________________________________________Parent Signature Date