Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Burger King Scholarship

High school seniors are invited to apply to receive up to $50,000 in scholarship awards for the 2019-2020 school year!

Seniors must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale to be eligible, and must be active in their community through volunteering, sports, clubs and/or religious organizations. 


Applications are due by December 15, 2018. Visit

Monday, October 29, 2018

ASVAB - November 27, 2018

All students in grades 10 - 12 have the opportunity to take the ASVAB Career Exploration Program test at Iraan High School this school year. ASVAB stands for Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, which essentially helps identify areas of strength and potential career areas based on those strengths for each individual student. While the armed services is a huge proponent for this exam, the information students can learn about themselves is beneficial for all students. Not just those interested in pursuing the armed services after high school. The testing date will be November 27, 2018.

  • All seniors and juniors will be automatically registered to take the ASVAB. If you are a senior or junior and are not interested in taking the ASVAB, please see Mrs. Parker to have your name removed from the list. 
  • If you are a sophomore and are interested in taking the ASVAB, please see Mrs. Parker to have your name added to the list.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Award

Have you volunteered over the past year? Apply for the 2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Award today! Student applications are due November 6, 2018, and applications are open to all students in grades 05 - 12. Visit their website at or for application information.

Qualifying applicants will receive the President's Volunteer Service Award, and will become eligible to win $1,000 or more, a medallion, and all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., next spring for four days of special recognition events.

State level honorees will be announced in February 2019.

ACT Student Champion Award - Deadline 10.31.2018

The ACT Student Champion Award recognizes one student in each state who is tenacious and persistent, no matter the challenge, and is prepared for life after high school with a goal in mind and a plan in place.

ACT Student Champions receive a $500 non-renewable scholarship, certificate, and state-level recognition.

Students in the graduating class of 2019 who have taken the ACT and who fit the following criteria are encouraged to apply:
  • High school seniors who have overcome challenges and can articulate their education and/or career actions
  • At a minimum students must have a composite ACT score of 22 on a single test date
Applications can be found at Look for the ACT Student Champion Award. All applications are due October 31, 2018, and champions will be notified on or before January 31, 2019.

College Board Opportunity Scholarships

Students in the class of 2020 and beyond, this post is specific to you! 

The College Board is committing $25 million to encourage more students to take the steps necessary to get into college. This first-of-its kind national scholarship program lays out six simple steps that all students can take to get into college. Students have the chance to earn scholarships when they:
  1. Build their college list.
  2. Practice for the SAT.
  3. Improve their SAT score.
  4. Strengthen their college list (narrow down the selections).
  5. Fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
  6. Apply to college.
These six steps highlighted by College Board Opportunity Scholarships help students PLAN by making a good starter list of schools, PREPARE so they can take their best shot at getting in, and PAY for college by earning scholarships and applying for financial aid.

Beginning with the class of 2020, the College Board will be awarding scholarships ranging from $500 to $40,000. This scholarship program is not your typical program. There is no essay or application required, and it doesn't have a minimum GPA or SAT score. 

Students can begin today by signing up at the College Board Opportunity Scholarships website. The first thing to do is to make a starter list of six colleges they want to attend. Follow the link from the website to BigFuture to get started. Just by making that list, you earn a chance for a $500 scholarship!

Art Contest - Brand the Fund

The State Board of Education is providing an art contest for public school students in grades 9-12. Young artists have the opportunity to create a logo for the internationally-known Permanent School Fund and win a cash prize. The Permanent School Fund (PSF) was founded in the 19th century. Throughout its history, the fund has used the state seal or the Texas Education Agency logo in its materials. The State Board of Education now believes that the fund should have its own identity!

The contest is open to all public school students in grades 9-12. The contest winner will receive a $3,000 cash prize, and the runner up will receive a $1,000. The award will be presented at the February 1, 2019 State Board of Education meeting in Austin.

Entries, which may not exceed 20 MB in size, must be submitted as:
  • a high resolution PDF
  • a 300 dpi Photoshop JPG
  • or an EPS or Adobe Illustrator file with text converted to outlines
The board is not restricting the design to any specific images or colors but hopes the design will reflect the rich history of the PSF. 

Entries will be accepted through November 1st, 2018.

To learn more about the competition, go to To submit an entry, go to

Thursday, October 25, 2018

OKCU Film Festival - Scholarships Available

Oklahoma City University (OKCU) is hosting the 2019 OKCU High School Film Festival. All genres and forms of moving images will be accepted including narrative, documentary, animation & experimental. Your film must not exceed 10 minutes in length. You and your crew members must be enrolled in high school, and in grades 09-12. Submissions will be accepted for students from Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma & Texas.

For more information, visit the High School Film Festival website. Start planning now! Deadline for submissions is December 1, 2018. Awards will be announced at the Film Festival on January 20, 2019. Top entries can earn $5,000/year in OKCU Scholarships!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Baylor University - Carl P. Collins Scholars Program & Other Scholarship Opportunities

Baylor University annually awards scholarships through the Carl 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 of 28 on the ACT
  • complete a balanced college preparatory program including history, science, and foreign language
  • rank in the top quarter of their graduating class
  • be a bona fide resident of the state of Texas
Mrs. Parker has a brochure for this program in her office. The deadline for this scholarship program is January 31, 2019. If you are interested and want to know more about the application process, visit


Baylor University also offers other academic scholarships through their President's Gold, Provost's Gold, Deans' Gold and Founders' Gold Scholarship programs. These scholarships range in value from $32,000 to $88,000 divided evenly over four years of undergraduate study. The scholarship recipients are selected solely based on their application to Baylor University. No additional application is required to qualify for these scholarships. Visit the Baylor's online Scholarship calculator to determine your eligibility for an academic scholarship.

Hagan Scholarship - Helping Rural Students Graduate College Debt Free

The Hagan Scholarship is a nationwide need-based merit scholarship. Recipients must graduate from a public high school located in a county in the United States having fewer than 50,000 residents. Pecos County meets that requirement, so you may be eligible! The scholarship provides up to $6,000 each semester for 8 consecutive semesters (up to $48,000 total), and also includes a $15,000 Schwab Investment Account and a fully paid Study Abroad Award. This program continues to expand each year, and over 300 new scholarships will be awarded in April 2019.

Picture of the Purdue University campus provided by the HSF.

If this sounds interesting to you, please stop by Mrs. Parker's office to receive a brochure or check out their Hagan Scholarship Foundation website to learn more.All applications are due by 5:00 PM CST, November 15, 2018(No late applications will be accepted.)

Monday, October 22, 2018

Herff Jones: Caps, Gowns, and Announcements

The time is finally here! Graduation plans begin today. Herff Jones will meet with all seniors in the Spear-It Zone on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.

Herff Jones is the vendor Iraan High School partners with for Senior Caps & Gowns. Each graduating senior must order and a cap and gown. In addition, Herff Jones also provides services for graduation announcements. More information will be provided to you during the meeting. If you happen to miss the meeting, information packets will be available in the office. All orders are due on Monday, October 29, 2018.

Schedule your Senior Meeting Today!

As the end of October comes near, it is time to schedule your fall senior meetings with Mrs. Parker. Use the link below to complete the pre-meeting questionnaire. The information you provide will help your meeting be the most helpful. Once you complete the questionnaire, you will be provided a link to schedule the date and time for your meeting. The earlier you complete this task, the better option you have for your meeting! Stop by the office if you have any questions.