PTO News March 3, 2021

QUEST BRIDGE Applications – Video over the Program

The 2021 College Prep Scholars Program application is now open! The deadline is Wednesday, March 24. Start your application today >>

Applying to college can seem daunting, and the prospect of paying for it can seem even more overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be. The College Prep Scholars Program equips high-achieving high school juniors from low-income backgrounds with the knowledge, confidence, and resources to apply to top colleges.

Why apply as a junior? Being a College Prep Scholar is a notable distinction that shows our 45 college partners that you are a competitive candidate for admission. In addition, your application will automatically carry over for the National College Match when you’re a senior, giving you a head start on applying for a full four-year scholarship to our college partners. College Prep Scholars are historically five times more likely than other applicants to receive full four-year scholarships through the National College Match.


Any high school junior, regardless of citizenship, currently attending high school in the U.S. is eligible for the College Prep Scholars Program. Additionally, U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents living abroad are eligible for the program. International students living outside the U.S. are not eligible.

Applicants must be high school juniors who are planning to apply to college during the fall of their senior year.


ONE Health Student Essay Competition for Students

Submit your video, audio, or written essay for a chance to win $1000

The Institute for Collaboration in Health together with Energy Made Visible, a charitable foundation, invites high school students to submit to our essay contest on the topic of One Health. One Health is the idea that the environment, agriculture, animals and humans all impact each other. Changes in this system can cause illnesses. The current pandemic, COVID-19, is an example of what can happen when viruses jump from animals. Environmental changes, such as deforestation, make it easier for diseases to jump from humans to animals. Because of the importance of One Health to the survival of the human species, we created an essay contest to encourage students to engage with the concept. Your essay may take the form of a written, video, or audio submission. If you choose to write, please limit your contribution to 1500 words or if you choose another medium, 10 minutes in duration. Your topics may include One Health in human history, a scientific discussion of One Health, politics around One Health, the impacts of One Health on your community, or any other area that you consider significant. Fiction is not acceptable.

The Institute will make available three prizes. First Prize is $1000, second is $500, and third is $250. While we hope that you will use this money to further your education, there are no restrictions. Submissions must be in English. You may access our website for more information and to upload your contribution.

An independent committee will judge the submissions and will be blinded as to the name, gender, and site of origin of the work. Submissions will be judged on originality, passion, and ability to communicate the meaning and importance of One Health. We will accept submissions through midnight, on a date to be determined, and the winners will be announced on May 1, 2021. There will be a virtual award ceremony following the announcement. On behalf of the Committee, I hope that your creative instincts are piqued by this challenge and that, regardless of whether you win, you will learn more about One Health and be stimulated to be more aware of the ways One Health impacts your life.

ONE Health Student Essay Competition

A message from HISD

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EF Tours Greece Trip

Tatiana McBride (a health science teacher at DeBakey HSHP) is doing an EF Tour Summer 2022.   She  has done an EF tour as a student when she was 15 years old, and she has also taken DeBakey students on an EF tour during Spring Break 2019 to Italy.  Originally,  this tour “Athhens and the Islands” was scheduled for Summer 2020,  but it has been moved to Summer 2022 due to the pandemic. There will be a virtual  interest meeting on March 10, 2021 at 6:00 PM. If you are interested please check out the flyer for more information and to register for the meeting: Greece 2022 Tour Invite Flyer (1)




Our next PTO meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 6:30 PM.

Join Zoom Meeting: Meeting ID: 564 170 1447