Advanced Academic Services is part of the Austin Independent School District. This blog provides information, activities, and events regarding advanced academics and high ability children and teens. Smart without compromise. Potential without limits.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

K-12 Scholarships for Summer Enrichment and College - Due 2/24/17

The 2017 Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT) scholarship application period is open until February 24; all applicants will be notified of their status electronically on April 15. Details available at technical issues, application questions or to receive a Summer Scholarship application in Spanish, please contact Justin Ables at 512.499.8248 or
Summer Enrichment Scholarships
Awarded to identified gifted students grades K- 12, who are currently participating in a gifted program and who want to enrich their learning experience during the summer months. The maximum summer scholarship award is $400. Students may use these scholarships to attend programs with an academic, fine arts, or performing arts focus. 

Laura Allard Future Vision Scholarship
A $2,500 scholarship awarded to a graduating GT high school senior who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, possesses a strong sense of purpose and clearly defined goals, and has a long-term plan for achieving these goals.

Adelle McClendon Young Leader Scholarship
A $2500 scholarship awarded to a graduating GT high school senior who has demonstrated outstanding leadership.

TAGT/SMI Scholarships
Attend the Summer Mathematics Institute (SMI), a 3-week residential program with an intense focus on mathematics. Sponsored by the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science at the University of North Texas.

Friday, January 27, 2017



TEDxYouth@Austin is organized and produced by a dedicated team of youth leaders with key oversight from experienced adult mentors. Unlike most other youth events, TEDxYouth@Austin brings together students from all demographics in a non-competitive atmosphere. Our event is both one of the first and largest TEDxYouth events in the world, and we continue to grow each year. Attendance to TEDxYouth@Austin is completely free, and in exhange, our attendees commit to 4 hours of community service. We believe that our event has the ability to change the way today's youth- the leaders of tomorrow- engage with the world around them.  
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Monday, January 23, 2017

Why take Advanced Placement Courses?

Monday, January 23, 2017

Why take Advanced Placement (AP)?

It's choice sheet time of year! Deciding to take an AP course lets colleges and universities know that you have what it takes to succeed in an undergraduate environment. When admissions officers see “AP” on your transcript, they know that what you experienced in a particular class has prepared you well for the challenges of college. Taking AP is a sign that you’re up for the most rigorous classes your high school has to offer. Read more at

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Friday, January 20, 2017

UNCF STEM Scholarship for HS Seniors - Due 2/23/2017

Tiered tuition scholarships up to a total of $25,000
  • $2,500—freshmen and sophomores academic years
  • $5,000—juniors and seniors academic years
  • An additional $5,000—fifth-year students
  • A $5,000 internship stipend for a STEM-related project
Career-development support:

  • Mentoring, training and education
  • Access to entrepreneurial training in launching new tech ventures through a competitive venture accelerator program.
Apply online: Deadline: February 23, 2017, 11:59 PM EST

General Eligibility: African American; 3.0 GPA; high school senior entering U.S.-accredited college or university Fall 2017; demonstrated unmet or financial need; U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident