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Distinguished High School Partners

“The Distinguished High School Partners program ensures that some of the brightest students in Texas can have a high-quality university experience, and that excites us. These partnerships are the next step in strengthening our relationships with area school districts.”

–Tarleton President, Dr. James Hurley

Dr. Hurley and Students

Program Benefits and Participating High Schools

Additional benefits for students from a Distinguished High School Partner include:

  • Automatic admission for the top 25% of graduates
  • Application fee waiver for those who meet Tarleton criteria
  • Ongoing support from Tarleton such as financial aid, admissions, degree counseling, and more
  • Provided a main point of contact from Tarleton, the P-16 Relations Coordinator
Participating Distinguished High School Partners

President's Guaranteed Scholarship Program

The President's Guaranteed Scholarship Program aligns with the 120-year vision of Tarleton’s founder and benefactor to provide a high-quality university education to students who otherwise might not have the chance. Tarleton State University will guarantee scholarship levels to entering first-time freshmen who graduate in the top 50 percent of their high school class.

Students from a Distinguished High School Partner school are eligible for a larger scholarship award level as indicated in the table below. In order to be considered must complete your General Scholarships Application and submit your SAT/ACT scores if applicable. Awards will be divided between fall and spring semesters based on full-time enrollment and be renewable ​for up to 4 years with satisfactory academic progress. 

Guaranteed Awards

SAT or ACT Top 10% Top 25% (not top 10%) Top 50% (not top 25%)
1300+ or 28+ $5,000 $2,500 $1,000
1100+ or 22+ $4,000 $2,000 $1,000
Submitted Scores $3,000 $1,500 $1,000
No Scores Submitted $3,000 $1,500 $1,000

Steps to Confirm Your Eligibility

Submit Your Admission Application
Submit Your Scholarship Application


What if I don't have a high school rank?
Will these awards be renewable?
What if I don't apply by the Scholarship Priority Deadline (February 15)?
Will this be the only money I can receive for scholarships?