Educational Outreach Division

The Educational Outreach Division includes three college and career preparation programs:

Upward Bound – Alief ISD
Upward Bound – Fort Bend ISD
Educational Talent Search- Alief ISD

What are The Parris Scholars TRIO Programs?

Parris Scholars TRIO Programs are 100% federally funded TRIO programs that are part of the Educational Outreach Division of The Parris Foundation. The programs identify and assist individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The programs provide academic, career, and financial counseling to their participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to and complete their postsecondary education. The programs publicize the availability of financial aid and assist participants with the postsecondary application process. Our programs also encourage those who have not completed education programs at the secondary or postsecondary level to enter or reenter and complete postsecondary education. The goal of all Parris Scholars TRIO Programs is to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in and complete their postsecondary education. All services are FREE to the participants of the program.

Services include:

• Academic coaching,
• Monitoring & support for Academic Progress
• Tutoring
• Mentoring
• Information on AP & CLEP Testing
• College and Financial Aid Awareness
• College Admissions Assistance & Workshops
• Financial Aid Workshops & Assistance
• Scholarship Application & Essay Assistance
• ACT and SAT Test Prep
• Financial Literacy Workshops
• College, Career, & Cultural Field Trips
• Career Exploration Workshops

To be eligible for the Parris Scholars Program, participants must meet the following guidelines:

  1. Attend one of these Alief ISD or Fort Bend ISD campuses: Elsik High School, Elsik Ninth Grade Center, Alief Hastings High School, Alief Taylor High School, Marshall High School, or Kerr High School
  2. U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  3. Must be either First Generation or have a desire to pursue a college education
  4. After selection, participants are required to receive a minimum of six contact services each academic year to remain eligible for the program