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Welcome to the THS College & Career Center page!  My name is Emily Nichols, the College and Career Counselor for THS.  I have been in Tomball ISD since 2007, and began my career in education in 1999.  I graduated from Sam Houston State University with a BA in Fashion Merchandising, and a minor in Business.  In 2004 I received my Masters of Education in School Counseling from Sam Houston State University.
I am here to meet your students college and career needs.  Students are always welcome in Cougar Corner (College & Career Center).  Parents may simply contact me and schedule an appointment.  I work with all grade levels in different areas of college and career readiness throughout each year.  Many events will be held each year for students to learn more about post high school options, careers, financial aid, and much more.  Make sure you check out the many resources I have posted for you.  The Links section is organized by area of interest with many helpful links for students and parents.
I am the Dual Credit Coordinator for our campus.  You will find helpful information on Dual Credit for our campus. We partner with Lone Star College, Tomball.  Our LSC Dual Credit Advisor is Erica Clark.
Please keep checking back on the Important Event Dates section and watch for many important announcements and event dates being posted!  

Recent Posts

Texas A&M University KINGSVILLE Preview Days

Check out the attached flyer for the upcoming Texas A&M University Kingsville Preview Days!   There is a upcoming event on November 12, 2016.
You'll have an opportunity to:
  • Visit Javelina Nation and discover campus first-hand
  • Check out your area of study and meet faculty
  • Guidance from staff about services available
  • Assistance with admissions and financial aid applications
Register online at

Financial Aid and FAFSA Night

Mark your calendar for the Financial Aid and FAFSA Night on November 17, 2016 in the THS Auditorium.  The event will be from 6 to 7:15 pm.  We hope to see you there.
If you are unable to make it to our event, Tomball Memorial High School is offering their Financial Aid and FAFSA Night on January 19, 2017.

Juniors - Free SAT/ACT Combo Practice Text by Kaplan Test Prep

Attention Juniors, on November 13, 2016 there will be a FREE SAT/ACT Combo Practice Test held by Kaplan Test Prep to help students decide between the SAT or ACT.  Participants will receive their scores instantly.  The practice test will be held at University of Houston-Main Campus at 10:30 AM. There are also Live Online options as well. Sign up

HOBY Leadership Opportunity for Sophomores


Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Empower * Lead * Excel

Attention Sophomores!!

Be a part of a special leadership conference in June 2017.  The HOBY mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service, and innovation.  To learn more about HOBY visit


To apply:

In 100 words or less, please describe the most rewarding and challenging aspect of being a leader in your school and community.


DEADLINE is October 31, 2016

Turn in essay to Mrs. Nichols in the Career Center, Room 1102.

Sam Houston State University - Elliot T. Bowers Honors College Open House

On Saturday, November 12, 2016 the Elliott T. Bowers Honors College at Sam Houston State University will be hosting an Open House.  The event will be held at 11:00 am in the Olson Auditorium, Academic Building IV, Room 220.
Students will learn more about the special programs and scholarships available through the Honors College at Sam Houston State University.  Students will have an opportunity to meet with Honors College faculty and Honors Student Ambassadors.  Information about Honors housing, academic advising, study abroad, undergraduate research, and honors seminars an courses will also be discussed.
Parents are welcome; however, seating is limited and reservations are required by Monday, November 7, 2016.
Each student admitted to the Honors College receives the Elliott T. Bowers Scholarship valued up to $2,800.  Eligible students are considered for additional academic awards, including the President's Scholarship, the University Scholars, and the Undergraduate Academic Achievement Award.  
To apply, students must meet at least one of the following criteria:
  • SAT Composite Score (critical reading+math) of 1270 or above, OR
  • ACT Composite Score of 27 or above, OR
  • Ranked in the top 10% of their high school graduating class
Interested students may contact the Honors College office at 936-294-1477 or by email at for a personal invitation.  
Questions?  Contact Dr. Maria Holmes, Associate Dean, in the Honors College office at 936-294-1477 or  
For additional information visit

Are you interested or planning on attending Lone Star College, Tomball?
Lone Star College, Tomball is offering College Exploration Days.  There will be opportunities to experience a college class, complete your LSC application, learn how to pay for college, and tour the campus.
Reservations required (lunch provided).  Register at
Dates for LSC, Tomball:
October 21st - Health and Sciences
October 28th - English, Languages, and Math
November 4th - Arts and Behavioral Sciences
Dates for Creekside Center:
November 11th - Workforce Programs

Please see the attached photo for more details.

Women's Energy Network - Scholarship Deadline THIS FRIDAY

Each year, WEN awards five high school seniors, $2,000 scholarships from the greater Houston area. The 2016-2017 WEN Scholarship Applications DEADLINE: Midnight, Oct 14th!!
*Note: If transcripts are being mailed, they must be post-marked by Friday, Oct 14th. This can be mailed to: Young Women Energized Attn: Debbie White P.O. Box 680086 Houston TX 77268

The awards for the 2016 – 2017 school year will be presented at the November 15, 2016 Young Women Energized (YWE) event held at Houston Baptist University. 

Interested in learning more about energy careers & STEM? You are invited to Young Women Energized!
High school students, parents, and educators interested to register for the event please use the online registration form. The deadline for registration is midnight, Friday Nov 11th!
Event Info:
Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Houston Baptist University
Morris Cultural Arts Center/Belin Chapel
7502 Fondren Rd
Houston, TX 77074

Keynote Speaker:
Keisha Tanner is the Area Planning Team Lead for the Thunder Horse Facility in the Gulf of Mexico for BP. She is responsible for integrating Drilling & Completions, Operations, and Major Project activities to provide transparent and strategic guidance to support top business priorities.  Keisha has 21 years of experience supporting offshore operations and holds a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech.

YWE sessions include:

  • A discussion on the next generation of women advancing in energy
  • Ask the experts – engineers, scientists, technology professionals, lawyers, accountants, and more
  • Mapping your own career
  • Freshman/Sophomore students special session
  • Q&A session for parents, educators, and career & college counselors

If you are interested in learning more about the event or looking for ways to get involved, please contact the YWE Committee at - Micro Scholarships!!!

Micro-scholarships are the new and upcoming thing!  Over 180 schools have partnered with to bring students scholarship money for making good grades, being involved, etc.  Check out this informative video and register with today!
As of 10-12-2016:
11 THS students registered with
$299, 287 micro-scholarships earned!!
Register today!! Open to all grade levels!

CAPST College Planning Seminar - October 29, 2016

CAPST College Planning Seminar

Organizer: Chinese Association of Professionals in Science and Technology (

Time: October 29, 2016, Saturday, 10am – 12pm

Location: 1650 Hwy 6, 3rd Floor, Sugar Land, TX 77478

Format: panel discussion

Speakers: Rice University and Texas A&M University Admissions Officers

Host: James Jiang

Contact: Michelle He (cell: 281-797-5614, email:

Sponsor: To The Top International ( )

Chinese Association of Professionals in Science and Technology (CAPST) is one of the largest Chinese professional organizations in Southern USA. CAPST has held an educational seminar on how to prepare for college and how to thrive in college almost every year for more than ten years.  These seminars were


often held in the format of panel discussions by freshmen or newly admitted high school seniors, and they have been highly influential and greatly beneficial to the students and parents in the Chinese community.

Most of the panel discussions traditionally have been focused on the students' perspective on how to study, how to prepare for college and how to apply.  Last year we had a panel discussion by the parents only. This year we would like to offer yet another different perspective, that is to look at the college education from the universities' point of view in hopes that it completes the 360 degrees of viewing higher education. 

This event is free. We welcome high school students and their parents to attend. Please bring your friends!

CFISD Military Academy Night on November 1 at 7:00 pm

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD would like to extend an invitation to their annual Military Academy Night program to all middle school/junior high and high school students and parents.  

There will be representatives from The Citadel, the Texas Maritime Academy (Texas A & M – Galveston), the Army ROTC (Texas A & M – College Station), and the Air Force ROTC (University of Houston) in order to make students and parents aware of additional opportunities available if they do not receive an appointment to one of the nation’s service academies.  Military recruiters will not be present at this event.

Here is a schedule for the evening (this is not a come-and-go event like College Night):

6:30 – 7:00 PM:  Reps available at their tables in the Berry Center lobby to visit with early arrivals

7:00 – 8:15 PM (approximately):  Presentation in the BC Theater

8:15 – 9:00 PM:   Reps available after the presentation to visit with parents and students

**There will be blank tickets at the door for non-CFISD students to complete. (You will only need your name, grade, and campus). 

College Leadership Workshop at Rice University

Students and parents are invited to attend the College Leadership Workshop at Rice University.  The goal of the program is to help high school students and their parents with the challenges they face with regards to the college admission process and to encourage all students to strive for higher education.  This program is hosted by the Rice Vietnamese Student Association (VSA).  
When:  Saturday, October 29, 2016
Where:  Rice University
Time:  9 am to 4:30 pm
Cost:  $7 per person
Interactive Topics Include:
  • College Applications
  • Financial Aid
  • College Application Essays
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Leadership
  • Guest speakers and a campus tour 
  • Other Houston-area university representatives will also be present
Students have an opportunity to have their college essays reviewed.  Parent participants will be able to attend student workshops, as well as parent workshops with resources specifically for parents.
Scholarship opportunities are also available!
Registration is required.  Please register at CLW Registration.
Registration includes a fee of $7 per person.  The fee provides breakfast, lunch, a t-shirt, and all workshops and associated resources.
Please email any questions or concerns to  

Air Force Academy Scholarship and Information

Find an Admissions Advisor by Region

If you or your students have questions or want more information about the United States Air Force Academy, please contact your area's admissions advisor, as well as the Admissions Liaison Officer (ALO) who lives in your community for your school. You can find those contacts here.

Outreach Events
 Learn more about the United States Air Force Academy!  We have representatives at multiple outreach events throughout the year. Click here to find upcoming events in your area.

KEY Dates:

  • Deadline for submitting the Pre-Candidate Questionnaire online is December 31.
  • Congressional representatives and other nominating entities submit nominations to the Academy between December 1 and January 31.
  • Applications for our Summer Seminar program are open from December 1 through January 15.  This program gives high school juniors a chance to see what life at the United States Air Force Academy is really like.  Limited spaces are available.

Rolling Deadlines: Applicants' specific deadlines to complete their file is posted on their portal. They must complete the required items by the deadline posted.

During a Student's Junior Year

Junior year is when the application process to the United States Air Force Academy truly begins. Students will start by filling out the Pre-Candidate Questionnaire, which becomes available online March 1 every year and starts the application process. When a student is ready to begin the application, they can visit the Pre-Candidate Questionnaire online.

Between March 1 of their junior year and December 31 of their senior year, they must also request nominations from their state’s congressional representative(s) or other designated nominators.

Who Are We Looking For?

The United States Air Force Academy strives to create a highly qualified and truly diverse cadet wing at the Academy each year. In addition to diversity in terms of race, ethnicity and gender, we are looking to expand our applicant pool across individual characteristics defined by our diversity definition, including:

  • Personal life experiences, including having overcome adversity by personal efforts
  • Geographic background, such as region, rural, suburban, urban
  • Socioeconomic and educational background, such as academic excellence and/or whether an individual would be a first generation college student
  • Cultural knowledge and language abilities, with particular emphasis on cultures and languages of strategic importance to the Air Force
  • Work background, including prior enlisted service
  • Physical abilities, including athletic prowess
  • Age, though applicants must be within statutory parameters for academy attendance

We take a holistic view of our applicants.  They're more than a GPA or standardized test score.  We're looking for students who have a desire to serve and seek an education that is on par with highly selective colleges and universities.   For our top diversity candidates, we offer the Falcon Visitation Experience.  This opportunity gives prospective students an opportunity to spend three days on our campus to get a first-hand look at what United States Air Force Academy life is like.  If you have students who may be a good fit for this program, please have them talk to their admissions advisor

Campus Tours

If you have students who are interested in pursuing an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy and plan to visit the campus, they may wish to participate in an escorted tour and admissions briefing. Offered during the academic year to middle school, high school, and post-high school students, tours can help individuals gain a deeper understanding of the United States Air Force Academy environment. Escorted tours are conducted regularly throughout the academic year and require reservations 14 days in advance. 

We also offer Game Day tours. After the tour, participants will be allowed to purchase discounted tickets to cheer on our AF Falcons for football, hockey, and men’s and women’s basketball. 

For more on available dates for both tours, please go here or call 1-800-443-3864.