Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas

Student Services

Congressional Youth Advisory Council

Congressman Pete Olson invites all high school juniors and seniors in the 22nd District of Texas to apply to participate in the Congressional Youth Advisory Council. Through this Council, the Congressman hopes to gain insight from students around TX-22 and encourages them to work hard and accomplish their academic goals. The Council meets six times within the school year and includes a roundtable discussion on current events, as well as learning the pivotal role of lawmakers, experts and citizens in a democracy. These high-achieving students will be considered Ambassadors for Congressman Olson and will be asked to provide feedback on legislation working its way through Congress. With Congressman Olson's retirement at the end of the 116th Congress, the Congressional Youth Advisory Program will be ending after the 2019-2020 Council concludes. No more applications will be accepted.

PDF icon2019-2020 CYAC Application.pdf
PDF iconConsent to Photograph Form.pdf

2018-2019 CYAC Participants:

Brazoria County
Alvin High School:  Luke Griffin
Dawson High School: Aayush Dave, Jonathan Frazier, Zachary Hall, Vanshika Jhonsa
Robert Turner College & Career High School:  Julia Meah

Fort Bend County
Stephen F. Austin High School:  Seema Kulkarni
Clements High School:  Jacob DeGeurin, Esha Draksharam, Jackson Fernelius, Rohan Skaria
Seven Lakes High School:  Karthick Arunachalam
Cinco Ranch High School:  Matthew Pharis
Lamar Consolidated High School:   Shuze Liu
Dulles High School:  Arnav Garyali
Foster High School: Joseph Aventurado, Vivek Patel, Laurence Tarquinio
Katy High School: Parker Egan, Dylan Koch
William B. Travis High School: Rajit Gulhati
Churchill Fulshear High School: Sean Richard
Elkins High School: Anita Shiva
Homeschooled: Lauren Hutson, Isabel Vaughan

Harris County
Clear Lake High School: Julie Sang
Saint Constantine School: Cassidy Irwin
Strake Jesuit College Preparatory High School: Vincent Liu
Lutheran South Academy: Carson Noack
St. Agnes Academy: Journey Peters

Financial Aid for Students

This PDF, prepared by the Congressional Research Service for Members of Congress, guides students through the process of locating and applying for financial aid.

The basics: getting started

Start gathering information early.

Free information is readily available from:
High school counselors
College and career school financial aid offices (where you plan to attend)
Local and college libraries
U.S. Department of Education Web page
Other Internet sites (search terms student financial aid OR assistance)

Ask questions: counselors may know if you have exceptional circumstances that affect your eligibility.

Be organized: use calendars to keep on track.

Keep copies of all forms and correspondence: you must reapply for aid each year.

Parents of students: save money long before your child attends college.

College Savings Plan Network (state "Section 529" plans)
FinAid: for Parents
Tax incentives for higher education expenses

Good overviews:

Cash for College
FinAid: The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid
Financial Aid: You Can Afford It
Looking for Student Aid
Mapping Your Future
Paying for College

Beware of scholarship scams -- don't pay for free information!

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