Austin ISD seniors have chance to meet First Lady Michelle Obama

Students must finish FAFSA and tweet a message

Mary Griffis, Entertainment Editor

The Austin Chamber, in collaboration with the White House and First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative, will offer Central Texas seniors who complete a FAFSA before 5 p.m. on March 14 a chance to see the First Lady on March 16 at SXSW Music for her keynote address.

The contest supports FAFSA filing over spring break and in advance of impending March 15 priority deadlines for Texas Grants and other aid.  A total of 80 students will win this opportunity, 2 per high school.

In connection with the First Lady’s visit to SXSW, we are proud to announce a contest for TWO seniors from each participating Central Texas high schools to see the First Lady on March 16.

To be eligible to win, students must:

File their FAFSA no later than 5 p.m. Central Time on Monday, March 14. If selected, student winners must scan and submit their FAFSA confirmation page to Andrew Feller at

  • Register for contest at:
  • Paste the following message in a Tweet to their personal Twitter account: “I filed my FAFSA, have you? File by 3/14 to meet @FLOTUS during #sxsw @austinchamber @ReachHigherATX contest here:
  • Be currently enrolled in a high school from one of the following school districts or charter schools: Austin ISD, Del Valle ISD, Elgin ISD, Hays CISD, Hutto ISD, Leander ISD, Lockhart ISD, Manor ISD, Pflugerville ISD, Round Rock ISD, KIPP Austin Public Schools, Harmony Public Schools, and NYOS.
  • The Chamber will randomly select two eligible students from each of the 40 high schools (80 total) representing the districts/charters mentioned above. The contest begins immediately and ends Monday, March 14 at 5 p.m. Winners will be emailed and called by the Chamber no later than noon the following day, Tuesday, March 15.

Winners will be sent additional information and must follow-up with all additional items by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15. Winners may also be subject to a security clearance.

If the event must be postponed for any reason, the Austin Chamber and the White House reserve the right to cancel and reschedule.