CIS Alumni Network

2017_12_5_Alumni GroupThe newly formed CIS Alumni Network drafted a mission statement for their group last night:

The CIS Alumni Network creates a supportive and fun community through peer to peer relationships. We bridge the gap between school and the real world with an emphasis on personal growth.

The group’s next meeting is scheduled for January 10th at 5:00 p.m. at the Communities In Schools of Central Texas offices. RSVP to

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College & Career Resources

Texas OnCourse empowers everyone who works with young people – pre-K through grade 12 – students, parents, teachers, volunteers, and counselors—to make decisions that will help students succeed after high school.

They have organized leading college and career websites and tools from across the state into a resource library that students, families and educators can easily access.


Neal Kocurek Scholarship

The 2018 Neal Kocurek Scholarship application is now live!  This is open to any Central Texas high school student planning to pursue a career in the healthcare field. The scholarship offers up to $7,500 per year for up to four years of undergraduate and up to four years of graduate studies and medical school at Texas colleges and universities, and up to $4,000 a year at Texas community colleges! Learn more and apply at:

Alumni Group

Thanks to Nadia, Melissa, Val, Angela, Keyanna, and Celeste for coming together over the last few months to help Communities In Schools of Central Texas create an alumni group to connect students to one another and to CIS after high school graduation. Are YOU interested in getting involved!? We’d love to have more alumni participate. Email Debra Joiner at CIS to learn more:

Scholarship Opportunity

For the Students Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: November 17, 2017


Applicants must…

  • Be a full-time student (minimum of 12 credit hours) at a college/university visited by the Fall 2017 For the Students Tour
    • Austin Community College
    • Full Sail University
    • Huston-Tillotson University
    • University of Central Florida – Rosen College
    • University of Texas at Austin
    • University of the Incarnate Word
    • University of Texas at San Antonio
    • Texas State University
  • Submit current transcript proving student has maintained a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Provide a copy of a resume. Links to extracurricular endeavors (websites, apps, podcasts, videos, etc.) and social media profiles are encouraged
  • Submit one (1) letter of recommendation from a faculty member or university/college administration
  • Submit a 500-word essay explaining how you have taken advantage of your collegiate resources, internships, and/or extracurricular opportunities to lay the foundation for your career before graduation. Additionally, state why you are the best candidate for this scholarship. Include points such as your experience, qualifications, post-graduation goals, etc.

Send all required information to

Recipient will be selected by December 15, 2017

Scholarship funds will be awarded directly to the student’s institution.

Click here to learn more.