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Preparing for College

Financial Aid & Scholarships

All graduating seniors must complete either the FAFSA or the FAFSA Opt-Out form above.
While Highland Park offers a list of scholarships and resources that are available to students,  please note that this is not an exhaustive list. It is simply a list of scholarships that we have been made aware of. The inclusion of these scholarships and/or resources does not indicate any endorsement. Although we do review the content regularly, we are not responsible for the privacy practices or content of these sites. If you have any comments or concerns, please feel free to contact Mrs. Cramer at [email protected].
Military Academy Application Information
The U.S. Military Academy at West Point awards graduates a Bachelor of Science degree and a second lieutenant commission in the U.S. Army, requires a minimum five-year active duty service, and remains a prestigious institution with a rich history and commitment to Duty, Honor, and, Country.
The U.S. Naval Academy is the undergraduate college for training future officers in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, where midshipmen receive a four-year education, graduate with bachelor of science degrees, and are commissioned as ensigns or second lieutenants, committing to a minimum of five years of service in the Navy or Marine Corps.
The United States Air Force Academy, a public military service academy, is at the forefront of advancing innovation in various domains, including air, space, and cyberspace, and offers a unique experience that combines top-tier education, military training, Division I athletics, and character-building challenges.
The United States Merchant Marine Academy is a federal service academy that educates leaders of exceptional character to serve national security, marine transportation, and economic needs as licensed Merchant Marine Officers and commissioned officers, with a rigorous academic program, real-world experience at sea, and a combination of credentials including a Bachelor of Science degree, a U.S. Coast Guard license, and a commission in the U.S. Armed Forces.
The United States Coast Guard Academy is a prestigious and selective institution that educates leaders for America through a demanding program focused on physical, intellectual, and ethical transformation, preparing graduates for positions of leadership in the Coast Guard, a unique military service dedicated to life-saving, law enforcement, and homeland security.


Students MUST obtain a Congressional nomination from their local Congressperson to apply to a military academy. Students interested in applying to a service academy can learn more and apply HERE.



The University of Texas at Austin Automatic Admission Policy

Senate Bill 175, passed by the 81st Texas Legislature, allows The University of Texas at Austin to limit automatic admission to 75 percent of the university’s enrollment capacity designated for first-time resident undergraduate students. 

The University has determined that it will automatically admit all eligible summer/fall 2024 and spring 2025 freshman applicants who rank within the top six percent (6%) of their high school graduating classes, with remaining spaces to be filled through holistic review. This remains unchanged since the last school year. A letter from University President ad interim Jay Hartzell is attached to this correspondence. 

Attachment – Notification Letter from The University of Texas at Austin President Jay Hartzell