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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!  

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EVENT COMING UP SOON! - Who Gets In and Why

Come spend an evening learning Who Gets In and Why:  A behind-the-scenes look at the selective admissions process.  The evening will be an interactive workshop for high school students and their parents presented by Tufts University.
The program will highlight the various elements of a successful college application.  Topics include:
  • How do colleges evaluate a high school transcript?
  • Tips on successful essay writing and the impact of an application supplement.
  • The role of recommendations and interviews in a highly-selective admission process.
  • How to highlight "intangible" factors.
Thursday, September 29
7:00 pm
Kinkaid School
201 Kinkaid School Drive
Houston, Tx 77024

JUNIORS - Leadership High School Application THIS Friday, Sept. 23rd


THIS Friday, September 23rd is the deadline to apply for Leadership High School with Lone Star College.  This is a great opportunity for you to get involved more in the community as well as strengthen your leadership skills.

Please see the website for more details, meeting dates, application, etc.

To apply visit

Lunch 'n Learn for SENIORS - Lone Star College Honors College


Lone Star College offers students the advantage of a small college within a college experience through their Honors College.  The Honors College program provides a unique intellectual and co-curricular experience as students earn honors college credit.

In order to apply to the Honors College at Lone Star College, Tomball students must have one of the following:

  • A high school GPA of 3.5 or 4.0
  • 1150 or higher on the SAT (OLD SAT - combined math and critical reading sections) - NEW SAT score requirement TBA
  • 26 or higher composite score on the ACT
  • 3.25 GPA with 9 or more college credit hours

Qualified students who are interested in applying have many benefits of entering the program such as scholarships, early registration, small and interactive classes, Honors faculty with specialized advising, internship opportunities, honors designation on the transcript, and more.

The Lone Star College, Tomball Honors College Director, Ava Velelis will be meeting with interested seniors on Wednesday, September 21st during their lunch.  If you are interested please reply to this email or sign up through the Career Center.

For more information, please visit

Boston University Trustees Scholarship

Seniors applying to Boston University need to come by the Career Center to see Mrs. Nichols for more information on applying for the Boston University Trustees Scholarship.

Jefferson Scholarship - The University of Virginia

Seniors applying to the  University of Virginia need to see Mrs. Nichols in the Career Center for information on the Jefferson Scholarship.

Junior Achievement Offshore Technology Conference Scholarship

Scholarship opportunity for high school seniors pursuing a career in offshore oil and gas

The Junior Achievement/Offshore Technology Conference Scholarship Program is awarding eight $10,000 scholarships to students planning to work in the offshore oil and gas industry at any post-secondary education, including certificate programs, community colleges, universities, or technical education. The deadline for Houston-area high school seniors to apply is Oct. 7.


Eligibility requirements

  • Student must be a high school senior in the Houston-area during the 2016-2017 school year
  • Student plans to seek further education at a post-secondary education institution in the United States to pursue a job in the offshore oil and gas industry
  • Student’s education plans have been challenged due to financial issues caused by the downturn in the industry

How to apply

  • Download and complete the application (see attached document), and obtain required letters of recommendation
  • Submit the application to JA on or before 5 p.m. Oct. 7. All applications must be received by this deadline to be considered.
  • Visit the Junior Achievement website for more information at

Scholarship winners will be selected* on or before Nov. 1. All scholarships will be paid directly to the school in the name of the awardee upon proof of admission.


About Junior Achievement 

For almost 75 years, the purpose of the Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas has been to educate and inspire young people to value free enterprise and understand business and economics to improve the quality of their lives. Junior Achievement is a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization dedicated to the workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy of students in kindergarten through grade 12. Baker Hughes is a proud supporter of Junior Achievement and its purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.


**This information is also posted in the Naviance website on the Colleges Tab under the Scholarship List.

National Guard Scholarship Information

Are you interested in attending college and have up to 100% of your college tuition paid?  Check out the National Guard!  They have great programs available for students. 
See the attached flyer for more details or visit or
Our campus National Guard representative is SSG Justin Grandmont.  He can be reached at 832-367-0385 or by email at

Rock the PSAT!

Princeton Review is offering THS students a great opportunity to Rock the Test for the PSAT in 2016!  

Sign up for a FREE PSAT Practice Test on September 24th from 9 am to 12 pm and a FREE Scores Back Session on September 26th from 3 to 4 pm.  Students may sign up for this event in the Career Center, Rm 1102.

Students also have an opportunity to take a 9 hour Princeton Review PSAT Boot Camp.  You will learn test taking tips, pacing strategies, and much more.  The cost of the PSAT Boot Camp is $249 (using the promo code).  Please use the Promo Code for a $50 discount on the PSAT Boot Camp!  The dates for the PSAT Boot Camp are October 1, October 8, and October 15 from 9 am to 12 pm.

To register for the events, please visit:!Test-PSAT

Use Promo Code: TomPSAT16  (for the PSAT Boot Camp)

If you have any questions, you may contact LaShawn McCoy with Princeton Review at or 713-360-3169.


**Princeton Review will have a table set up during Open House on September 1, 2016 to register students for the events as well.

Texas A&M Housing Scholarship Opportunity

The Callaway House, Callaway Villas, U Club Townhomes, Aggie Stateion, and U Centre at Northgate is offering to enter students into a housing scholarship drawing worth $1,500 to any high school senior who tours any of their properties in College Station between now and July 14, 2017.
Send an email with your full name along with the date you will be touring A&M (with at least 24 hour notice) and number of guests to
Questions?  Please email Yvette Contreras at 
(flyer attached)

Experience Penn

Meet with the University of Pennsylvania's admissions representatives and Penn alumni to learn more about Penn.  There will be an interactive discussion about the opportunities at the University of Pennsylvania and beyond.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Hattie May White Educational Support Center
4400 West 18th Street, Board Room Auditorium
Houston, Texas 77092
For more information visit:  

Carnegie Mellon University Information Session

Come learn more about Carnegie Mellon University during an information session for students and their families.  Sessions are an hour long and will discuss their colleges and programs, admission, financial aid, and campus life.  You'll also have a chance to meet other students who are considering Carnegie Mellon University.
Sunday, October 2nd
1:00 pm
Hyatt Regency Downtown
1200 Louisiana Street
Houston, Texas 77002
  or call 412/268/2082
RSVP is required

What Can I Do With This Major?

Are you unsure what you might major in?  Do you have a favorite subject area and wonder what you might do as a career if you major in that subject area?
What Can I Do With This Major is a very helpful resource!  Uncover the mystery in some majors pertaining to what careers could lay in store for you.  There are printable and links for you to be able to print and explore more.

College Campus Events

I've compiled a list of college campus events on the home page of my website. Simply click on the title "College Campus Preview and Open House Events" to view the spreadsheet.  Colleges are listed alphabetically with event dates and a link to register for the events.
Keep checking the spreadsheet or the college website as events will continually be added/dates posted throughout the year!
*Remember that students have two college visit days in the junior year and an additional two senior year. College visit days cannot roll over to the next year if not used.  Students need to see Mrs. Nichols in the Career Center prior to their college campus visit to make sure they turn in the proper paperwork for visits to be excused.